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Online Weight Loss Coaching for Women

Ok…this one really excites me!  I mean, who else doesn’t want to reach their New Years Resolutions and start 2010 with a hot & healthy body?

Have you been struggling with your at home workout and seeing any weight loss results?  Do you have a tough time staying motivated? Do you want to take charge of your health and fitness finally?

Many people don’t think a small coaching program would help them, but let me tell you…

I’ve been in Valerie Waters Red Carpet Ready club for almost a year now and I was seeing/feeling changes by the first 6 weeks.  The invaluable support of the club members and Valerie’s focus on each one of us really pushed me to a place I haven’t been in a long time!  I weight less than I did 20 years ago, and am stronger and healthier than I’ve ever been!

Valerie Waters is offering her exclusive 6 week Diamond Club Coaching program again.  There are limited spots — only 30!  As of this writing there are only 14 spots left!

If you are curious how a coaching program works and to find out more about Val’s intense 6 week program, check out the Diamond Club….and I’ll see you inside the Red Carpet Ready club!

Daily Achievements

The other day I was teaching a new mom postnatal pilates on the reformer.  She came into the session beaming and really energetic.  After asking her how she was doing, she exclaimed that she had gotten her 3 month old to sleep for more than an hour nap!  I congratulated her immediately, knowing exactly how she must be feeling!  We talked more about the process of getting her son to nap and how the day prior she was beating herself up over not being able to get him to go to sleep at all!

What I told her is something I also often have to remind myself.  Congratulate yourself and TAKE NOTICE of those daily victories.  In the case of my client, I told her that she should be happy about these “small victories” and that her son would continue to change, but know that this whole sleeping thing was his lesson to learn…and would be re-learned several times during his childhood.

In much the same way that new moms deal with the ever changing sleep of their babies (believe me…I found out at 22 months that my daughter was changing yet again!), we have to understand that we are also changing as we create new habits, take on new jobs, meet new people, and generally develop as human beings.  No one is perfect, but if you stay consistent and are conscious of your behaviors, you have a much better chance of having more and more of these small victories.
Pretty soon, those small victories will reveal big achievements!  Not only will you notice the changes in your life, your health, and your body, but so will others!

So, let me share with you some of my small victories from today–

  1. I ate clean 85% of my day.
  2. I wrote 4 articles for this month and managed to get in a workout!
  3. I took a long walk to the beach with my husband & daughter…and ran around in the sand.

What did you accomplish today for yourself?  Did you get your workout done? What about just eating well for most of the day?  Did you drink enough water?  I don’t care how small the “victory” seems, take a moment and take note of these accomplishments for the day.

Is Pilates Right For You?

Pilates can benefit most every body–from young to older bodies even.  But is it the right exercise for you?

I firmly believe that some people “fit” better with pilates than others.  Some people will really take to pilates and absolutely love it…others will abandon it quickly after the novelty of the machines and different exercises wear off. Still other people will never try it because they prefer a harder, sweatier workout.  I figured this out my first year as an instructor where I also had to “sell” potential clients on pilates.  The funny thing is … I never “sold” anything.  I could tell within the first few moments if someone would be receptive to taking pilates past this one free session.
Here are 5 easy ways to help you decide if pilates is for you:

1. This is the obvious one.  Try a mat class, Try a reformer class.  Many studios offer a first class free.  Ask them if they do, schedule it, and then decide.   You might even have a class at your gym.  Take it.  Email me for suggestions or to make an appointment if you live in Los Angeles.

2.  Do you like structure and form as well as focusing on your breathing? Pilates might be for you then.  You really learn how to use your breath and initiate movement from your core.  If you like a focused, precise type of movement, then you might get a lot of pilates.

3. Do you want to sweat? Many people think you won’t sweat in pilates.  Sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t.  I know people who put all of their effort and focus into the class and do sweat..a lot. Others never even look winded.  Don’t expect a sweat unless you are prone to that, but if you focus on the movements and engaging certain muscles as your teacher cues you, you could get a big surprise and enjoy the class.  Regardless, you will definitely wake up the next morning feeling sore across your abs … all of your abs.
4.  Do workouts vary or are they the same every single time?  There is often a very specific structure most classes follow.  Mat classes tend to have a sequence of exercises that you will do every single class.  However, nothing is set in stone.  If you want variety, take classes from different teachers and on/off the machines.  Don’t expect teachers to add new “choreography”.  Think of pilates like a dance class or even a martial arts class. You spend a certain period of time going through “drills” which help you understand the movements… As time passes, the instructor will change the movement cues so you can experience the same exercise in a different, more challenging way.

5.  Do you want an intense workout?  While you can get a challenging workout from pilates, it’s not the same feeling you will get after a fast paced circuit based workout.  There is more precision, more thought, more conscious movement required to do the exercises properly.  That’s why you don’t have to do quite so many reps usually.  For me, I find pilates has focus on bringing balance to the body rather than just building strength.

The above questions and answers are only a starting point to helpyou decide if pilates is right for you.  There are many exceptions and I’ve seen people who have done gym/weight workouts love pilates and tell me that it benefits their everyday workouts.  I know runners who take pilates to keep their hamstrings & hips flexible and their core strong.  I also know many people who prefer the “conscious movement” of yoga over that found in pilates, even though it seems like someone would love pilates if they love yoga.

What made you keep taking pilates or stop taking pilates?  Leave me a comment and let me know what could change your mind (if you didn’t stick with pilates).

Are you ready to see changes in your body?

Start seeing a difference today…by understanding and accepting this simple reality…

You need to eat a diet of whole, clean, healthy foods with little to no refined sugar and white flour in order to transform your body.

You’ve all heard and read the same books, websites, magazine articles…preaching how to lose weight and get shape.  Eat well, exercise more.  Ok, that’s great, yes we know.  So, then if all of us pretty much know what to do to get in shape, why is it such a struggle? What’s holding us back from achieving our best health and best bodies?  How do we get started without feeling overwhelmed and then quitting…day 2 of our quest?

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again.  Changing the way you eat is to me the single most important element to changing your body (and your brain).  I can tell you from personal experience that each time I consumed the yummy sugary treats this holiday season, I could actually feel a brain fog coming on.  My moods were so up and down.  I even had a few headaches.  It’s no coincidence that my sugar eating was up too.

So, today, I’m starting a weekend long (hopefully not all weekend) kitchen cleanse.  Everything…I mean everything that isn’t on my clean eating list is going to be int he garbage.  I’ve already told our guests that they need to take the food with them or it’s getting tossed.  Hopefully, by Saturday afternoon, everything will be cleansed and ready for proper restocking.

I already have my plan…but what if you have been eating haphazardly for awhile now…

Where do you start?

THE SAME EXACT PLACE.

When I started Valerie Waters’ Red Carpet Ready program in 2009, one of the first things she advised was to do a kitchen cleanse.  I still do a kitchen cleans every few months–doing them every month is probably better because things find a way of creeping in to the cabinets and fridge, even if you are really trying to be good.  I mean, come on we’re human, right?

Here’s a quick guide to getting your kitchen cleansed and ready for some real clean, healthy food:

Freezer/Fridge:
Get Rid Of…
Packaged frozen foods and desserts – I’m not talking fruit and veggies, get rid of the prepared meals.
Old Food in tupperware
Veggies that have gone bad
Go through your condiments and get rid of the ones that have sugar listed in the ingredients.  I know I know…that means ketchup.  If you can control yourself…just keep it for now, but try to avoid the heavy salad dressings and other mayo based stuff.

Cupboards
Get Rid Of:
Crackers, chips, white sugar, breakfast cereals
anything that is package, pre-made or otherwise processed.

Next…Replenish with healthy, clean, whole foods.

Check out these sites for some great tools and resources to get your kitchen in shape–including shopping list ideas to make sure you restock your home with the right food.

Eat Clean Diet Tools & Support

Valerie Waters – nutrition rules

Eat Clean Magazine – Shoppping List

*Also, consider picking up one of the Eat Clean Diet books — lots of great recipes and ideas to get you started.
Send me before and after pics of your Kitchen Cleanse! I’d love to see what you discover and what you can get rid of!

Depending on how big of a cleanse your kitchen needs, you’ll also have plenty of time to think about all the intentions you have for your new healthier lifestyle.  Next up, I will give you my tips for how to set these intentions (sometimes called goals, too) and show off my CLEANSED KITCHEN!