Blog: FITGirl Training

Clean up to Lean out

Many people have a hard time embracing this, but cleaning up the foods you eat makes a huge difference in weight loss.

Get Set, Go!


Monday Quote

No matter how bad things may seem, there's a bright side - find it!


It's Friday! Feel Good

Congratulations, it's Friday! Do something that makes YOU happy and feel good :)

What are YOUR Reasons?

Great list of reasons people exercise and eat healthy foods.

What are YOUR reasons for exercise?

Eating healthy, but still not losing weight?

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In my continuous quest to find resources for clients and family, I ran across Lyn-Genet Recitas book "The Plan."

This book would be good for a person that eats healthy, tracks their food, exercises, but still hasn't lost weight.

There are step-by-step instructions on issues such as understanding the health of your thyroid (metabolism regulation), eliminating inflammation from foods that your body may not tolerate well, and practical advice about how to either eliminate or lessen physical reactions to outdoor allergens.

I like the easy approach Recitas takes to guide readers through various problem solving techniques. She also provides an easy equation to understand how much water to drink each day and ideas on how to get it in.

I took Recitas advice and realized that I needed to stop drinking water past 7:30 p.m., so I can get better sleep at night.

Book Premise: Eating healthy food does not make us fat, but eating foods that cause inflammation results in water retention and weight gain.

If you've read this book, please share your thoughts and experiences. Have a great day ;)


How Muscles Are built

Muscles are built lifting slowly and with great effort. Completing a 60 minute weight lifting session brings up the heart rate, tires the body out, and burns calories over a longer period of time than cardio.

If you're looking to change the shape of your body, look no further - lift slowly, lift heavy, and get lots of rest.

Eating Doesn't Make You Fat

If you're eating healthy foods and still gaining weight, it's important to explore what your body doesn't like and find the source(s) of inflammation. Not all healthy foods are friendly for every person.

Black beans and broccoli are foods that just don't agree with me. They are healthy and I like them, but I am incredibly bloated and uncomfortable for hours afterward.

It's important to eat whole foods that make YOU feel good long after eating them!

Accepting Help

Accepting Help. This is a link to a great article by Attila Ovari posted on his blog My Life's Adventures discussing accepting help and the biases we have about letting others help us.

Often our own biases hold us back. With respect to personal training, many women feel incompetent and insecure about letting someone "into their world" to help them lose weight and feel better about themselves. The question I hear over and over is "Why can't I do this myself?" You certainly could if you had the desire to study the subject.

However, people specialize in certain areas of study because they're interested. In an area I may have interest and knowledge is not the same area another person finds interesting and chooses to delve into study. Does that make us incompetent? Should we feel insecure? Absolutely not.

The truth about the human body, especially for women, is that it changes drastically. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in life that we forget about ourselves and end up in a situation where we just don't know what to do anymore. Our body feels too far gone, or out of shape, that we fear it just isn't possible to get back in shape.

What does it mean to be in shape anyway? The beauty is that one person's answer is slightly different from another person's. Looking like a "super model" isn't realistic, but feeling good and having plenty of energy to keep up with your family and lifestyle certainly is. It is a realistic expectation to fit into your clothes without feeling "stuffed" into them.

Accepting the help of a personal trainer doesn't have to be permanent, but the knowledge you receive about YOUR body to help you get back on track is certainly worth it -  NO SHAME required!

Best wishes on a wonderfully healthy weekend ;)

Feeling Hopeless?

A complicated situation can often be interpreted as hopeless.

As a mobile personal trainer working solely with women, I have met many clients that initially express feeling hopeless either due to a debilitating injury, invasive surgery, depression, etc. While I'm certain there are trainers that are unwilling or uncomfortable accepting complicated cases for a variety of reasons - these types of cases are the ones offering the biggest surprises - jaw dropping, tears streaming down the cheeks, holy buckets types of surprises that you have to see to believe!!

If you're feeling hopeless, it may just be an opportunity to find the right trainer to motivate, inspire, support, and challenge YOU! I'm living proof that we exist ;)