Bounce back from quarantine (step-by-step plan)

Did you pack on some pounds during quarantine? Have you been emotionally eating and avoiding exercise?

We’ve got a step-by-step plan to help you bounce back from those quarantine pounds and get you into your best body ever…

Step #1: Program Your Mind

Your mind is your number one ally when it comes to achieving your goals. However, until your mind has been programmed for success, it will do more to derail your efforts than to help you.

  • Take a few moments each day to visualize yourself at your ideal weight. Imagine how it feels to look the way you’ve always wanted.
  • Protect your mind from any negative self-talk. If a negative thought comes to mind, immediately reject it.
  • You want to be thin and fit, and yet you think of yourself as out-of-shape and fat. Re-program your mind to think of yourself as fit and attractive, and you will be well on your way toward achieving your goal.
  • Give up the belief that you can’t achieve the body you’ve always dreamed of. See it first in your mind, and then in the mirror.

Step #2: Conquer Your Fear

Change makes most of us nervous – even if it is a change in the right direction. You may not be consciously aware of the fear you have of getting into shape. Until you conquer this fear, your best body efforts will be blocked by self-sabotage.

Professional speaker and author, Anthony Robbins, has outlined three specific beliefs that you must have in order to conquer your fear and instantly create a lasting change.

  • Believe that something MUST change. You can’t be wishy-washy about it. You can’t be considering it. You can’t even be pretty sure about it. You’ve got to be rock solid.
  • Believe that YOU must change it. You can’t pass the buck of responsibility and expect to lose weight. It’s on your shoulders. Other people will prove to be great assets in your journey, but in the end you are the one who is going to make it happen. You have to want this weight loss enough to make it your personal mission.
  • Believe you CAN change it. You may have failed in the past, but that doesn’t matter. When you put your mind to it, you’re able to do amazing things. Do you believe that you are capable of losing weight? Once you own the belief that you can, you’ll be unstoppable.

Step #3: Lose Your Excuses

Your excuses for being out-of-shape are getting old. An excuse takes less immediate effort than an action, but in the long run the action taker always has the advantage. Don’t allow excuses to ruin your life any longer.

Don’t skip out on your responsibilities with excuses, instead expect more from yourself.

Focus on the big reason why you are losing the weight. Make a list of the benefits you’ll enjoy once you achieve your goal and read them first thing each morning.

Remember that you can only have two things in life: excuses or results. Which do you want?

Step #4: Strengthen Your Commitment

How many times have you tried to lose weight, only to give up a week or two later? We live in a commitment-phobic world, so it’s no wonder that you routinely abandon your goals. If you truly want to lose weight, then your commitment to the process is a must.

  • The margin between success and failure is bridged by your commitment. Don’t give up until your goal has been achieved.
  • Treat exercise with the same importance as a work meeting, and you’ll never skip it at the last minute. Find three available 30-minute time slots in your schedule and mark them on your calendar. Now stick to your schedule.
  • If you don’t give up, then you’ll never fail.

Step #5: Control Your Diet

If you consistently eat the wrong food, then your weight loss efforts will all be in vain. To put it bluntly, you need to stop eating junk. Processed foods, refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup do not belong in your diet if you want to be in great shape. Cut these items out of your diet and replace them with real whole foods like lean meats, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fruits.

Don’t eat processed foods. Even though processed foods are accepted by our society, they contain tons of chemicals and empty calories that will make you sick and fat.

Fat contains twice the caloric density of protein and carbohydrates, so make sure to limit the amount that you consume. Eat lots of lean proteins and wholesome carbohydrates from plants and whole grains.

Vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds are filled with fiber and antioxidants which are vital for healthy weight loss. Snack on these instead of packaged treats.

Step #6: Utilize Your Patience

It takes time to transform your body from fat to fit, even though you want it to happen overnight. Remind yourself that it took time to put the weight on, so it will take time to take the weight off. When you find your patience wavering, or when you encounter a frustrating plateau, do the following:

  • Review your goal. Is it specific and measurable? Is it small and attainable, rather than monumental? Focus on your goal when the going gets tough.
  • Make each workout a new experience. Challenge your body with different resistance, new exercises and a varied pace.
  • Remember that anyone can have one great workout, but that won’t get you the body you want. The only way to achieve your goal is by consistently exercising and eating right, plain and simple.

Step #7: Build Your Support

People who exercise alone are less challenged, less accountable and are more likely to fail. It makes sense. Who would rush to the gym if no one is was waiting for them? Who would push themselves if no one was paying attention? Exercising solo is a recipe for disaster.

Find an “account-a-bud”. Or find a GROUP of “account-a-buddies”. Or go get a trainer. Or swing by Fit Republic Southlands;) (we would be MORE than happy to help you out)

​OR do ALL the above!

Get serious about your results and begin the last weight loss program that you’ll ever do.

Keep on keep’n on!


Don’t Skimp on Sleep

Sleep matters when it comes to dropping fat.

Your body requires a certain number of hours for rest and recovery, especially when your workouts are dialed in. 7 to 8 hrs per night is a solid amount.

A study that followed nearly 70,000 women for 16 years showed that those sleeping less than 5 hrs per night weighed more than those sleeping 7 to 8 hrs per night.


Eat-Your-Chicken-N-Veggies Casserole

This easy-to-make casserole is packed with the protein and veggies needed to fuel your fitness results. Feel free to modify the veggies used in this recipe. Add in whatever veggies you have on hand and enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Servings: 6

1 cup broccoli, diced
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 yellow squash, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
10 oz ground chicken breast or turkey
4 cups liquid egg whites
1 teaspoon onion powder, divided
1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
Sea salt and fresh pepper

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 casserole pan with olive oil.

2. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and coat with olive oil spray. Add the broccoli and mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes. Add the squash and zucchini and sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and ½ teaspoon of both the onion and garlic powder. Once tender, transfer the veggies from the skillet into the prepared casserole pan.

3. Return the skillet to medium-high heat and coat with olive oil spray. Add the ground chicken or turkey and sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and the remaining ½ teaspoon of both the onion and garlic powder. Cook, stirring often, until no pink remains. Add to the prepared casserole pan.

4. Pour the egg whites over the veggies and meat in the casserole. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, until the edges have set and the top has browned. Feel free to garnish with a sprinkle of cheese, diced tomato and fresh parsley. Cut and serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition
One serving equals: 154 calories, 1g fat, 300mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, and 31g protein

Say Bye-Bye to That Belly Fat

Want to make your belly fat vanish before your eyes?

Uncomfortable fat around the stomach is one of the most common body frustrations clients complain about.

What’s tough is that losing body fat is a slow and steady process, rather than an instantaneous fix.

However, there is an extremely effective method for losing belly fat faster than ever…

Simple 2-Step Fat Loss. This deadly, fat-incinerating method fights fat simultaneously on two separate fronts for maximum effectiveness: your sugar intake and your high intensity workouts.

Fat Loss Step 1: This is the step that requires zero extra effort on your part! In fact all you have to do is NOT do something that you’re currently doing! You stop consuming refined sugar, in all its forms. This means no sodas, no desserts, no packaged snacks, no candy, no mocha lattes, NO SUGAR AT ALL!

When you stop to evaluate your diet, it may be shocking to find out how much refined sugar has crept in. Nothing will contribute to fat gains as swiftly as consuming sugar, so it makes sense that cutting sugar out is the top must-do for shedding those unwanted pounds.

It’s not necessary, or beneficial, to starve yourself during this time of rapid fat loss – you should fill in your diet with lean meats, vegetables, nuts and seeds as you cut out the refined sugar. Keep your metabolism high by fueling up on high protein, high fiber, low carb, and zero sugar foods whenever hunger strikes.

Fat Loss Step 2: Here’s the step that requires some effort, but trust me when I say it’s worth it. You crank up the intensity of your workouts to a whole new level.

Most people take exercise on with the slow and steady mentality – moving, pushing and pulling as little as possible while still “getting the job done”. I’ve got some news for you…if you still have belly fat to lose then the job wasn’t getting done.

If you can comfortably hold a conversation, hardly break a sweat or feel the same when it’s over as you did when it began, then you’re simply not pushing yourself hard enough while you exercise.

Increasing the intensity of your workouts requires focused intent. You must go into the session with the goal of pushing your body to the limit. Remember, it’s a contained timeframe that will be over shortly, so bear down and deal with the discomfort. With practice you will learn to embrace the burn.

So cut the sugar, crank up that workout intensity, and say good bye to that belly!

Keep on keep’n on!


Increase Protein for Accelerated Fat Burn

Want even more fat loss? Studies continue to prove that diets with high in protein encourage more fat loss than diets high in carbohydrates. Each of your snacks and meals should be built around a centerpiece of high quality, lean protein.

  Fitness Chicken Lettuce Boats


I love recipes like this, where the flavor and enjoyment outshine the health benefit. One bite of these Fitness Chicken Lettuce Boats and you’ll see what I mean – the crunch, the collision of flavors and the creamy enjoyment will push all thoughts of calories and fat grams out of your mind…but rest assure that this recipe is highly healthy and will keep you on track towards your fat loss goal. Enjoy!

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Servings: 6

2 small apples, cored and chopped
1 Tablespoon orange juice
3 cups roasted chicken, chopped
¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped
¼ cup black raisins
1 (4oz) can mild diced green chiles
½ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup light, balsamic dressing
sea salt and black pepper to taste
1 head butter lettuce
red grapes – optional for serving

Instructions

1. In a large bowl combine the chopped apples and orange juice. Mix to combine.

2. Add the remaining ingredients (save for the lettuce and grapes) and mix well. Chill, covered, for 15 minutes or until ready to serve. Use an ice cream scoop to place the chicken salad on each lettuce leaf. Garnish the plate with red grapes and Enjoy!

Nutrition
One serving equals: 224 calories, 8g fat, 140mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 23g protein

You May be Addicted

Ever crave chips, crackers or cookies?

There’s a reason for this – the food companies actually formulate each bite for maximum craveability. This is done with a special tantalizing balance of sugar, fat and salt.

There’s a reason for this – the food companies actually formulate each bite for maximum craveability. This is done with a special tantalizing balance of sugar, fat and salt.

But while junk food tastes awesome…it always ruins your fat loss results.

And these days junk food is often deceptively marketed and packaged as healthy choices, but that “healthy” snack you love might actually be junk food…

Here’s how you know if something is junk food:

  • Junk food has little to zero nutritional value
  • Junk food is processed and packaged
  • Junk food is high in sugar, fat and salt
  • Junk food is high in calories
  • Junk food is rarely eaten out of hunger
  • Soda pop, convenience foods, packaged snacks, frozen treats…

4 steps to end your junk food addiction

What if your diet was 100% free of junk food? How would your results improve? How would you feel? How many empty calories would you save yourself from? Now let’s make it happen!

Step One: Toss the Junk

Step one is simple: get rid of all the junk food that you currently have in your home, office and car. Go through with a big garbage bag and toss anything that remotely resembles junk food. Remember, junk food is stuff that is high in empty calories.

Step Two: Stock Up on Healthy Snacks

Now you didn’t think I was going to let you starve, did you? Step two is where you go to the store and stock up on delicious, nutritious foods that will take the place of the junk food. Nuts, seeds, fruit, veggies, hard boiled eggs, meatballs, and hearty salads are great items to have on hand. You’ll eat less of these healthy snacks, since these aren’t empty calories, but rather nutrient-filled calories that satiate.

Step Three: HALT!

When the next craving strikes you, tell yourself to HALT! This word is actually a handy acronym. Ask yourself, “Am I Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired?” If you’re hungry then reach for one of the healthy snacks from step two. If you’re angry, then explore the issue and seek resolution. If you are lonely, then reach out to a friend, instead of reaching for junk food. And if you are tired then make the time to grab a nap or get to bed early to catch up on sleep.

Step Four: Stick With It

The first day that you go without junk food will be the hardest day. The second day will be a smidge easier. The third day will be a smidge easier than the second…and so on. The fact is that your taste buds adjust to the foods that you exist on. When your diet is filled with junk foods then that is what your taste buds will crave, but as you shift to a diet that is filled with fresh, nutritious foods then your taste buds will forget all about that old junk food. Stick with it, one day at a time, and you will break free from the grip of junk food addiction.

Keep on keep’n on!

Lockdown Program

Day 1 (Monday)

Morning Ignitor #1 (7 minutes): First thing in the morning when you roll out of bed.

Strength Training/HIIT (30 minutes)

Stretching (15-30 minutes)


Day 2 (Tuesday)

Morning Ignitor #2 (7 minutes): First thing in the morning when you roll out of bed.

Cardio (30+ minutes): Your choice of cardio. Try to keep your heart rate above 120bpm or a 6 on 1-10 Perceived Exertion Scale.

Core (6 minutes)

Stretching (15-30 minutes)


Day 3 (Wednesday)

Morning Ignitor #3 (7 minutes): First thing in the morning when you roll out of bed.

Strength Training/HIIT (30 minutes)

Stretching (15-30 minutes)


Day 4 (Thursday)

Morning Ignitor #4 (7 minutes): First thing in the morning when you roll out of bed.

  • 1:00 Caterpillar
  • :40 Butt Kickers
  • :40 Release Push-Ups
  • :40 Alternating Lateral Lunge
  • < 3 rounds >

Cardio (30+ minutes): Your choice of cardio. Try to keep your heart rate above 120bpm or a 6 on 1-10 Perceived Exertion Scale.

Core (6 minutes)

  • :30 Supine Tuck
  • :30/side Side Hip Raise
  • :30 Table Top
  • < 3 rounds >

Stretching (15-30 minutes)


Day 5 (Friday)

Morning Ignitor #5 (7 minutes): First thing in the morning when you roll out of bed.

Strength Training/HIIT (30 minutes)

Stretching (15-30 minutes)



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Are you sure your dinner is healthy?

This is your year to finally lose the weight and get fit…and it all starts with dinner.

You may be exercising hard, getting plenty of sleep and staying diligent in your hydration, but if you’re eating the wrong food for dinner then sadly you will never reach your goals.

Most dinners are too high in calories to allow you to steadily lose weight and progress towards your ideal body. This goes for restaurant dinners as well as homecooked meals.

However, the good news is that it is possible to enjoy wholesome, fitness dinners that support your fat loss results whether out-to-eat or cooking at home.

I want to make this as simple as possible for you so that you’ll actually use it to transform the way that you select your nightly meal. Rather than worrying about calories and measurements simply ask these 3 questions before you sit down to eat your next meal and visualize a clock…

Fat Burning Question #1: Is there Lean Protein?

Your meal should start with a lean source of high-quality protein that’s cooked in a healthy way. Choose protein that has been grilled, baked, broiled or steamed. Fish, chicken, turkey, egg, lean red meat and beans all make great choices.

Picture your plate as a clock and fill it from 12 o’clock to 4 o’clock with your choice of protein. This is roughly 1/3 of your plate.

Fat Burning Question #2: Is it mostly Fibrous Veggies/Greens?

Next comes fibrous veggies and greens. Fiber is a huge part of eating healthy and being lean. Fibrous foods will fill you up while delivering vitamins and nutrient in a low-calorie package. Salads and seasonal vegetable make perfect choices for your fat burning meal. Just be sure to watch out for heavy dressings or fattening cooking methods that may add additional calories to the dish.

On your plate fill between 4 o’clock and 10 o’clock with these fibrous veggies and greens. This is roughly half of your plate.

Fat Burning Question #3: Is the Starch in Moderation?

Are you gaining weight or not able to lose weight? Chances are your meals are filled with too many starches, including potatoes, pasta, rice, grains and bread products. To make these starches more fattening, they are often cooked with added fats that increase the calorie count. For your starch stick with wholesome, complex carbs like sweet potatoes, brown rice, sprouted grains and legumes.

On your plate fill between 10 o’clock and 12 o’clock with these wholesome starches. This is the smallest portion on your plate for a reason, as these starchy carbs are calorie-dense and just a little goes a long way. Fight the urge to push the line by allowing yourself to eat more starches than you need.

I hope that these 3 simple questions make it easier for you to choose your next fat burning meal by cutting through some of the confusion. While there are certainly more specific, measured meal plans that lead to body transformation success, this guide is meant to keep you on track when you aren’t sure what you should be eating.

For the most effective results, pair your clean eating with a challenging exercise routine!

Get out there, get going, and go get some!

Keep Calories in Check While Eating Out

The 3 Fat Burning Questions above are meant to keep the content of your meal on track…however eating out brings up additional challenges! Here are some tips to help you keep your calories in check while eating out…

  • Forget the Extras: Ask for the bread basket or chip basket to be removed from your table and stick to eating only what you ordered.
  • Don’t Drink Calories: Stick with water or unsweetened iced tea in order to avoid a few hundred extra calories.
  • Get Dressing On the Side: Ask for sauces and dressings on the side to cut down calories.
  • Order Healthier Sides: Just because the grilled fish comes with a side of potatoes doesn’t mean you have to get it that way. Ask for a side of steamed veggies instead.