Food for thought

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14 Mar: WORKOUT SMARTER NOT HARDER

No doubt you’ve heard this phrase before because it’s relevant and powerful in every area of life: “Work smarter not harder.” You wouldn’t want to work more hours for the same amount of money, so why would you workout longer in a way that produces a lesser result? I’ve seen it over and over again in a gym: the cardio machine people head to their machine of choice for 45 minutes to an hour. The upper body people (usually guys) do their same curls and bench press routine. Yogis go to yoga. All of this is fine, no judgement here. But if the goal is a combination of health, a lean body, confidence, stamina, strength, and flexibility, there’s a better and more efficient way. Traditional workouts tend to take 60-90 minutes to get through all parts of a circuit including cardio or something like a yoga class. I believe ALL…

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13 Mar: Why We Have Negative Emotions

No one likes the experience of feeling negative emotions. Whether it’s stress, uneasiness, unhappiness, or disappointment – it just feels bad. And it’s supposed to. You see, negative emotions serve a purpose in our lives. They are a CALL TO ACTION. When you feel those negative emotions coming up, carefully evaluate what they are occurring around. What is causing you to feel that way? Negative emotions are there to drive you do something differently in life. If you sit in your negative emotions and do nothing, they will linger. If you take action toward changing the situation, you can exchange the negative feelings for positive ones. Let’s look at an example. People often come to us here at Movimento Fitness with negative emotions around their bodies. They avoid mirrors, having their partners see them unclothed, or they feel a general need to cover up. There can be shame, disappointment, self-doubt, or…

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25 Feb: 6 Strategies for Healthy, Quick, & Convenient Dinners

The biggest obstacle I hear from the people we coach is that they “just don’t have time.” People are SO busy today with work, families, managing a house, and the million other things that come up. So it’s too often that they find themselves grabbing food for convenience – food that not only doesn’t serve their bodies but that also ends up negatively impacting the family and their waistlines. This leads to further guilt and a vicious cycle begins. So, I’m here to help! Check out my strategies for ​healthy, fast, and convenient ​dinners (or whichever meal you choose!):

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21 Feb: Do You Have Impossible Goals?

One of the things we are most passionate about is helping people achieve things they thought were previously impossible. The amazing thing about working with people in fitness is that once they start to achieve those “impossible” feats, it trickles over into other areas of life. Someone who loses 50 pounds or conquers new feats of strength for the first time suddenly gets a promotion at work, gains the confidence to do something they have been dreaming about for years, or starts a new relationship (or even leaves a relationship that was making them unhappy). It’s truly incredible to witness these total life transformations over and over again. And I believe it comes down to following these 6 steps:

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19 Feb: The Maker of Dreams

I hope you saw my blog post from the other day on The Killer of Dreams. If you missed it, be sure to click here to read this powerful post. That piece was really about owning and acknowledging the excuses we make for ourselves. Too often we buy into and believe the stories we tell ourselves because that makes it easier to accept less out of life than we truly desire. To live in our comfort zones, if you will. But here’s the reality. If you have a goal that you’ve convinced yourself is unattainable and anyone in your same or similar circumstance has achieved it, there’s not one real reason you can’t be successful too.

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15 Feb: What’s the Big Deal About Carbs?

What’s the Big Deal about Carbs? Starchy carbs get so much attention when it comes to nutrition conversations because they are the biggest double-edged sword our bodies have to deal with. On one hand, all of our energy in the body comes from glucose molecules (carbs in their basic sugar form) but on the other, our bodies weren’t designed to be surrounded by so many readily available carbs. So when our body does get an onslaught of starchy carbs (usually from refined sugars in all of our indulgence foods or simple carbs found in anything baked with flour), it handles them by releasing insulin. Insulin is responsible for a lot of important functions in the body, but by design, it is a storage hormone. So instead of signaling our body to burn fat, our bodies actually get the signal to store fat whenever we eat a lot of starchy carbs….

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14 Feb: The Killer of Dreams

Have you ever used the phrase “When ________, then _________…”? Let me give you an example: WHEN things in my life calm down and I can focus, THEN I’ll lose the weight and get in shape. Or… WHEN I have a little more money, THEN I’ll invest in myself. This phrase is the dream killer and can be applied around any area of life – weight loss, fitness, career goals, parenting, literally anything.