2014 is your year to Be Your Best! Now is the time of year that most people get motivated to start getting healthy, fit, and lose weight. In the beginning of a new routine results typically start to show very quickly, but then comes the dreaded plateau. Don’t be discouraged! It’s natural for your body to get used to your healthier lifestyle. And the good news is that you can avoid plateaus with just a few easy changes.
This morning I went to the gym, as I do most mornings before work, expecting to enter the chaos that typically follows the celebration of each New Year and the resolutions we so often feel inspired to make.
To my surprise the gym was a ghost town, even deserted by the regular crowd usually spotted at this time of morning.
So why is this happening? The answer is simple: people aren’t sticking to their resolutions! But that’s only to be expected when we arbitrarily throw up statements like “I’m going to lose weight” or “I’m going to eat healthier” and then don’t follow through with how we are going to get there. By not taking the proper steps for success we are setting ourselves up for failure.
So what does it take to succeed with our New Year’s resolutions?Read More
Finally sticking to a get-fit plan was one thing. Letting the momentum seep into other aspects of life was the next.
“Last summer’s clothes didn’t fit as nicely this summer,” admits Warren Gouws. He was ready to do something about getting into better shape. So when his friend invited him to register for the New England Tough Mudder, a 12-mile obstacle course, Warren figured that was just the motivation he needed.
Still, days would go by, even weeks sometimes, when Warren didn’t work out. “I kept telling myself I wasn’t in such bad shape and that I could easily start working out next week,” Warren says.Read More
Karen Thomas was not overweight. In fact, she was in pretty good health. She’d been using NeoLife products for years. But last summer, she had kind of an epiphany.
“The one thing I was missing was regular exercise,” Karen admits. And for this forty-something mother of three, growing old gracefully seemed more immediate than it had in previous decades.
“I want to live a long time with my mind intact and with the strength and energy to do the things I want to do,” Karen says.
Then she heard about the BE YOUR BEST Challenge. “I thought, This is a great incentive, I’d like to win $1,000, and I need some fitness goals,” Karen recalls. So she set her first fitness goal to complete in 30 days.Read More
The night Anthony and Zereen Mirabello each won the 90 Day BE YOUR BEST Weight Loss Challenge, Anthony wasn’t even at home to hear it happen live. When Zereen called and told him they had won, he asked, “What do you mean, ‘We won?’” not realizing that the challenge had one category for men and another for women.
“I didn’t think there was any way either of us would win, much less both of us!” he laughs.
It’s pretty fitting for the Mirabellos to have won on the same night because the healthy lifestyle they’ve developed, they’ve developed together. It started with Zereen when she started walking every day with her friend. They would motivate each other and talk about health and nutrition as they exercised.Read More
Condiments add flavor to any meal. Many of us can’t imagine our favorite sandwich without mayonnaise or salad without creamy dressing, however, they tend to be loaded with sugar and high in fat. The truth is condiments can quickly turn any healthy meal into a bad one. Condiments are only intended to enhance a meal not be the main attraction.
If you can’t cut these condiments out completely, use them sparingly or try substituting for a healthier alternative. Instead of slathering condiments on your food, drizzle some on a side dish. This will help you be aware of just how much you are adding to your meal. Don’t let condiments hold you back from your weight loss or fitness goals.Read More
Ever reached out for one of those seemingly ubiquitous energy drinks? There are dozens of them out there, and they seem to have become a staple especially with college students and clubbers. Sales of Energy Drinks skyrocketed to $9.7 Billion in the United States this year according to Symphony IRI data compiled by Bloomberg. Children and adults under 25 years provide most of that revenue. But consider this: in addition to the empty calories (some with over 50g of sugar!), many of them have caffeine and stimulant ingredients such as guarana, glucoronolactone and L- phenylalanine at dangerously high levels– often time combined in one product. Read More
Setting goals are vital to seeing the results we desire. Instead of juggling them in your head, try jotting them down. At NeoLife, we believe, “written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; cant’s into cans; dreams into plans; and plans into reality. Don’t just think it – ink it!” So, go ahead, try writing down your goals and use our 4 steps to help you achieve them!
A very important lesson I have learned is that you can’t exercise your way out of poor nutrition.
People often ask me why they aren’t reaching their fitness and weight loss goals even when sticking to a good workout routine. Before answering, I usually recommend he/she start keeping a journal of what they are eating and drinking along with exercise and show me in a week.
Not surprisingly, this journal tends to reveal a pattern of justifying unhealthy eating habits with a little exercise and not enough nutrition. In this case I can follow up with the answer of ‘you can’t exercise your way out of poor nutrition!’ and then go on to point out what that person needs to cut out and what they should add to their diet. It doesn’t matter how hard you push yourself in the gym if you are eating poorly at home.