Tricia Jones - Beachbody Coach and NASM CPT

Monday, June 16, 2014

What Does Being Fit Mean To Me . . . .

To me - "Being Fit" does not mean a perfect body. I consider myself fit but I am not cellulite-free, I have a little extra "meat" on my arms and thighs than I would like. By no means would I say I have a perfect body.

What "FIT" does means to me is that - I enjoy working out and have the increased stamina to constantly challenge myself.  I understand the importance of getting my heart rate up and also lifting weights to strengthen muscles. Being Fit also includes nutrition for me.  I enjoy eating clean because it makes me feel healthier. The more I learn about our "foods" these days the stronger this passion for clean eating grows within me.  I would even venture to say that part of being fit is educating ourselves and not just going on our own understanding. I like to dig deeper and research what certain "doctors" on TV claim with regards to fads and weight loss. Often I think they are just adding to the hype of fad diets for rating purposes when all we really need to do is more simple than we realize. Because of this, I don't always listen to the first viewpoint I hear on a matter and like to look more into the topic to come up with my own understanding.

Another part of being fit is figuring what works for our bodies and educating ourselves on what our individual needs are. I do not believe that what works for me will work for others. I believe there are general guidelines we can all follow but down to specifics with regards to certain foods and timing of when you eat, depends on the individual. Sometimes this can only be done via trial and error to see what works for you and how you feel on certain foods/exercises. This trial and error often brings frustration. I know for myself, when I became fed up with how I Felt in my own skin I wanted a FAST resolution. . . but quickly I learned that I needed a lifestyle change and a quick fix would only bring me back to the "fed up" point.

Because I take care of myself, my confidence has grown back to feeling comfortable in my own skin. For instance, I have always worn clothes that I felt flattered my figure and made me feel good.  In the summer, I wear a respectable bikini (no thong or strings).  I haven't owned a 1-piece or even a tankini since I was a very little girl. It is just not my style.  I also like to wear tighter fitting jeans because I don't like baggy jeans.  I wear sleeveless tops because I like the style. I wear shorter shorts or skirts with my bathing suits as easy cover ups. I also like a deep v-neck top because I like my collar bone and like to accent it. These are all clothes styles that I have chosen that I feel good in and am confident wearing when I am fit. (a bonus to taking care of my body)

With being fit there are so many positives - you find the one that motivates you and run with it because you need that motivation. So if your goal is to get into a tank top and love the way your arms look - go for it!  Being Fit - opens doors to greater confidence, energy, health status, smiles, laughter. It is the fountain of youth when you are fit! So go for it!

If you need help -contact me. I would love to just chat even to see if I can help you. I do offer a free consultation to anyone who reaches out.

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Go gettem - Get FIT and stay fit! It will open doors!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Refined Sugar is Poison

Eating refined sugar is addictive, makes you fat, tired, depressed, age faster, makes your skin dull, weakens immunity and when consumed in excess causes all sorts of diseases. This is a fact not a myth. . . or a fad. 

While I try to reduce my intake of sugar, I will never proclaim to completely eliminate sugar from the foods I eat. . . trying to eliminate every type of “sugar” from our diet is crazy. I would bet that any person trying to do this will fail in the long run. So choose a lifestyle change over something dramatic...

What I have learned about sugar is to aim to obtain natural sugars that our bodies can easily digest. Consume sugars that provide nutrients, minerals and vitamins that our body will use.  One of the keys to ultimate balance in life is avoiding man-made sugars made from cane, beet and corn but still enjoying naturally occurring sugar in moderation.

The problem with eating refined sugar from cane, corn or beets vs. other sources of  sugar, is that refined sugar is acid forming in the body because it has been chemically stripped of its minerals. The natural minerals in whole food are important for our bodies ability to process nutrients in food and to ultimately keep our bodies alkaline. ***A body in an alkaline state is primed to avoid disease and a myriad of other ailments.

So what do you buy instead of traditional white sugar? Personally, I have started to incorporate Organic Coconut Palm Sugar (I buy from Trader Joes) and use in our recipes instead of white sugar. so far, the taste of traditional recipes remains just as good - and no one can taste a difference.  There are also a few other options you can choose from...

I highly recommend you google "the effect of Refined Sugar". My mom's neurologist (she/we suffer from Dementia/Alzheimer's) is a very respected top doctor in his field. He and I discussed how often he stresses the importance of a low glycemic diet for his patients. The benefits in making small changes to reduce the amount of refined sugars is very beneficial to his patients and can result in more improvements than medicine alone! He said studies are coming out on how bad gluten and refined sugars negatively impact us! This is from a top doctor with pages and pages of awards and recognitions hanging in his office.   This is not a fad. This is serious stuff that as a parent - I in good conscious can not ignore or pretend is not an issue.

Yes - we have things in our house that have refined sugar in them. This is a huge task to work on but baby steps add up and over 2 years we are making headway.  I really want to inspire you to look into this (don't take my word for it) . . . refined sugar is bad bad bad bad bad and is in so much of what we eat. IF its in so much of what we eat - it quickly adds up and is a problem. Do. Not. Ignore. This. You and your kids are eating poison....look into this.

If you need help with a clean eating diet - Beachbody just launched a 21-day fix program that will help you in this area. Its clean eating made simple and I have written about it here.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Simple Fitness. Simple Eating. Fast Results. - 21-Day Fix

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Why Shorter Workouts Work

Ready for more traditional, time-consuming workouts this year? Not so fast. Multiple-hour sweat sessions are so 2013. This year, it’s all about efficiency. Not a minute wasted. Get in, get out, and get on with the rest of your day.

It’s true; shorter, more intense workouts are all the rage. That’s because now you can slash your workout time in half—without sacrificing the results.

Intensity, not duration, that’s the key. And to prove the point, we’ve enlisted the help of two men who pretty much invented the word intensity: Tony Horton and Shaun T.

Shorter is the new longer. The rise in popularity of shorter workouts is no accident. There’s science behind it.

“Studies have shown that shorter workouts can be as effective, or even better than longer workouts. The goal is to make every second and every minute of your workout count.”

A major benefit of shorter workouts is that the most dramatic body transformations happen in the first 30 minutes of exercise.

“People are more likely to train harder when the routines are shorter. For example, you’d run a 200 meter race faster than you would a 10k.”

Makes perfect sense. But how will P90X3 and FOCUS T25 help you in the long run?

Beat the burnout

The shorter time frame in programs like P90X3 and FOCUS T25 help eliminate one of the biggest problems with more conventional programs: burnout!

“Burnout happens when your body isn’t prepared to do what you’re asking of it. It also happens when you can’t make the time to do one hour-plus workouts. This is one of the many reasons why we created P90X3. It’s P90X® and X2 intensity in just thirty minutes.”

FOCUS T25 is, as the name suggests, 25 minutes. And Shaun says the variety in T25 is the perfect remedy to beat workout boredom.

“We constantly change the focus minute by minute so you work one part of the body and rest others. That’s what makes it so effective. No nonsense. Just results. 25 minutes and then you’re done!”

The skinny on the new programs

So what is it exactly that separates these new programs from the pack?

P90X3 is very unique because it combines muscle confusion from P90X, muscle integration from P90X2, and muscle acceleration in fast paced workouts. It’s brutal, but still awesome.”

Shaun serves up a couple reasons why T25 may be your go-to program.

“It’s a total body training program combining cardio, resistance, upper & lower body circuits, strength, and core. We’ve effectively selected moves and sequences that are necessary to see results. No matter what your age or fitness level, you CAN do this.”

The resolution solution

It’s been well documented that most people fail at their January fitness resolutions. Tony offers up some stats for us...
“The average person will abandon their New Year’s resolution between February 15 and March 1. The reason for this is that good intentions are not well planned out and become overwhelming after a while.”

That’s where P90X3 and T25 really shine: Long-term appeal.

The variety, fun, and short duration of X3 allows the user to stay consistent from January 1 through December 31—and beyond!” exclaims Tony.

Shaun explains why T25 will keep you and your customers engaged all year long:

“Do it first thing when you get up. During your lunch break. Before dinner or before bed. 25 minutes is doable and manageable. There’s no excuses, people.” You have the time, now get it done.

Both T25 and P90X3 are on special this January 2014! Contact me for more information.

Happy New Year! xo