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Living Fit Mommy: There Are No “Experts” in the Fitness Field

Be sure whoever you hire to help you get where you need/want to be is qualified and truly concerned about YOU.

Let me be clear on this, there are plenty of people out there who have degrees/certifications that allow them to speak knowledgeably about things related to your overall health and fitness. Plenty. I have an NASM CPT, and extensive experience in how to train, and get results, using a structured regimen, coupled with a clean diet. Even so, I would hardly say that makes me an expert.

What it does mean, however, is that I’ve taken the time to go beyond accepting what a magazine article will tell me, and opted to learn a bit more about the science of weight loss, and how what we do externally effects us internally. That said, where I’ve taken the steps to obtain a legitimate certification to accentuate my passion, there are plenty of people out there just looking to turn a profit off of other’s ignorance.

What I’m getting at here is this: you have to be mindful of those who seek to fleece you. Before you seek to hire anyone, do as much of your own research as possible. Don’t buy into anything if your gut tell you it doesn’t make sense.

The easiest truth to remember about fitness is that it doesn’t consist of  a tough equation. Most of us, assuming there are no medical issues involved, can lose weight if we adhere to a good diet and regular exercise; those that want the athletic, muscular, or bodybuilder’s physique need a bit more help to get where they want —hence the true need for the personal trainers of the world—but, even then, be aware of the risks.

There are plenty of qualified professionals who can help you get where you want to be, just be sure they’re operating from the same manual as you, and not solely looking to a fatten their pockets.

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Living Fit Mommy: Revisiting the 80/20 Rule as it Applies to Fitness

As long as you’re trying to live a healthy, fit, lifestyle a majority of the time, it’s okay to slip up every now and then.

My first real introduction to the “80/20 Rule” came via a viewing of the Tyler Perry film “Why Did I Get Married?”. The rule, as stated in the movie, had to do with relationships. However, did you know that the 80/20 theory applies to a lot more than just marriage/relationships? Hell, did you know that it wasn’t even something that came about in response to that conversation in the first place? I certainly didn’t.

You can read more about the rule, as it applies to your fitness success here, but here’s my favorite part of the article.

…80/20 is a universal rule and it applies to everything. Spend the majority of your time making the right decisions, and you will love your results.

It’s not about circumstances, it’s about choices. 

A healthy lifestyle is achieved by the sum total of all of your choices. Losing weight, getting healthier or becoming more fit is not a quick fix or a gimmick; it’s the culmination of your habits and your daily decisions. This rule is about MODERATION. Yes, you can have that dessert. No, you cannot have dessert every night. Yes, you should workout most days. No, you don’t have to beat yourself up if you skip a day.

You know what’s so great about this rule?

You can use it for eating.

You know it’s challenging to eat clean all the time. Work parties, BBQ’s, cookouts, pot-luck gatherings, cocktail parties, restaurant temptations, travel…all those things make clean eating a bit of a challenge. But if you can work toward eating clean the majority of the time (lots of real foods from the produce aisle!), you are going to see a difference in your body and in how you feel. (Hello, energy, there you are!) If you go for portion control moderation more often than not, you can effectively manage your weight!

You can use it for exercise.

Yes, it’s easy to fall out of your workout routine when you travel, or you have family in town, or a rerun of  Real Housewives has you captivated to the TV, but get right back in the saddle and get back at it. Don’t let a break from your exercise routine become a break-up from exercise. Push toward that 80 percent. (P.S. Remember my two-day rule? I never go more than two days in a row without a workout.  It’s my little game I play to keep consistent at least 80 percent of the time.) (Chris Freytag)

In short, don’t beat yourself up too much if you choose to eat cake over kale on any given day. The goal is to make good choices a majority of the time and accept the possibility that, sometimes, you may not make the best one. If you skip a day of exercise, as the author points out, try not to miss two; in other words, it’s okay to be human. Fitness is a never-ending journey with lots of ups and downs, but it’s not meant to be a jail sentence.

Do your best, most of the time, and you should do fine.

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Fit Mommy: You Have to be A Bit “Above Average” to Live Fit

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Living a fit lifestyle means different things to different people, but the dedication it takes to—day in and day out—remain true to an exercise regimen, eat healthy, and choose action over excuses, takes a special kind of individual. Why? Because a truly fit-minded person views the decision, to live in such a way, as a lifestyle, not a means to an end.

In other words, it’s not for “bikini season”, that “little black dress”, or  whatever other nonsense fitness magazines scream at you to do it for, but because they’ve bought into the truth that living a healthy lifestyle is the only way to go.

You have to want it. I”m always preaching this concept because it’s true. No one can make you do it. You have to want it for yourself. If you don’t, then you’ll never succeed in the long run.

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