Tag Archives | Weight Loss

Five Easy Tips To Make Running More Fun

I’ve been running on and off for over 37 years. At age 52, I am starting to enjoy running again after years of dreading it. Why? Maybe it’s my age, my wisdom or just experience, but I really have changed my mindset around running. That, and the fact that I listen to my body now, rather than ignore it, has made running fun again. For the first 15 years I ran, it was because I “had” to, either to stay in shape for sports, or to stay thin. In my 30’s and 40’s I changed from running to aerobics and pounded myself into the ground in a different way. By age 47, I had alot of aches and pains and the […]

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Shape-Ups Should Ship Out

Yesterday was a beautiful day and all of Hudson was out walking. This is a good thing- like many communities, Hudson is struggling with obesity among its residents. But, I was very surprised to see how many people were sporting the new “Shape-Ups” sneakers that have been advertised so much over the last few months. So- WARNING! WARNING! Rant and rave begins here…….. The commercials for Shape-Ups, Masai Barefoot Technology, or any other mimic of these shoes are downright misleading. Do you really think that the 18 year old, 5’9 ,110 pound model wearing these shoes got her butt and legs from wearing Shape-Ups? Of course not. Do you really think that these sneakers will produce the same results as […]

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The 5 Easiest Things You Can Do For Your New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. Most people make overly challenging resolutions that have not been thought through or planned at all. When they fail after just a few short months, they exclaim sadly “ I give up!- I can never lose weight!” This then lets them off the hook entirely for another full year when….. guess what? It’s New Year’s again! Remember the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Sound familiar? I have NEVER…… let me repeat, NEVER met anyone who has “tried everything” and still can’t lose weight. What this usually means is that they tried some crappy diet or exercise regimen that was just […]

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Random Musings as we approach the New Year

A few things I have been thinking about…. I hate New Year’s resolutions. They are made after a period of overindulgence, overeating and overdrinking. They are often spur of the moment, made without planning or thought. It’s easy to say ” I’ll never have cookies again” when you’ve just had 5 cookies a day for two weeks. Your tank is still full- and it’s hard to imagine it being empty and deprived, so you make the promise. The hard work comes later-three months from now, or sooner, after the honeymoon period, when you survived on willpower alone. So- if you are going to make a resolution- do the real work. The planning, the strategizing, the support systems, all must be in place for when willpower- which has […]

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What I learned from going on a diet

January 2, 2009. D-day. Got on the scale first thing in the morning. AAAHHHHHH!!!! I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore! Perhaps some of you have felt this way after getting on the scale?  I could not believe the number I was seeing. Boy, had I been in denial! Now, I am not a big proponent of obsessive scale weighing, because many people equate weight with self worth, and this obsessive pattern can enhance low self esteem, especially in women. But, I do believe it is essential we get on the scale every now and then to know whether our eating habits have resulted in weight gain, weight loss, or no change. Recent research has shown that people who weigh themselves frequently, […]

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Weekend Overeating Sabotages Weight Loss

I have always counseled my clients to allow themselves one meal a week to eat the foods they may consciously avoid when trying to lose weight. For most people, that may mean going out to dinner on a weekend evening and splurging a bit: having dessert, or maybe a tasty appetizer or the homemade lasagna you have been craving (note I wrote OR- this is not a license to gorge). While this kind of controlled “splurge” rarely if ever impacts weight loss efforts, unfortunately, many people take this one meal splurge to mean a weekend of overeating. A recent study published in the journal Obesity confirmed this trend. Their study followed 48 adult subjects for one year, asking them to […]

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The Link Between Obesity and Depression- An American Epidemic?

I have been working in fitness since 1988, and have spent quite alot of time working specifically with women as either a fitness instructor or a personal training/strength coach. I have many success stories to tell, and won’t bore you with those, because what I really want to discuss are the stories which did not result in success.  What determines who succeeds in their fitness goals and who does not? Well, one very clear characteristic of someone who sees a lack of progress and success, is the client who comes to me with the difficult challenges of being both obese and depressed.  Women who come to me ( and some men as well- but this does not seem to be as great a problem with men) […]

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Nutrition Logs For Weight Loss Success

Research has proven time and  time again that keeping a food log increases weight loss success by 60-70%. Unless you know your successes, your pitfalls, your weaknesses, or just plain old bad habits- it’s hard to change them. Seeing your food detailed throughout the day gives you a great picture of what you need to work on, right? Unfortunately, one of the biggest issues my clients have in keeping logs is finding the time to do them. Yes, I know, excuses, excuses. But some may be valid- as keeping a detailed food log takes time and planning,  and doing a log for weeks on end can be challenging. So, in an effort to find easier ways for my clients to be successful in journaling, […]

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Successful Weight Loss- Don’t Put The Horse Before The Cart

As you can imagine, when a new client calls me to inquire about personal training, the first thing they always say is “I need help to lose weight”. Of course this makes sense, as weight loss is the most common reason people hire a trainer. But for once, just once, I’d love to hear someone say “I need help because I need to exercise and eat better”. Too many of us, too many of my clients, obsess constantly about losing weight, and yet have not put enough thought into what needs to be done first- exercising and eating well. When people only care about losing weight, and not about being healthy, they are putting the horse before the cart. In […]

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Diets don’t work! They make you fatter

In one of the most comprehensive and rigorous analysis of 31 long term diet research studies, UCLA researchers undenyingly concluded that diets don’t work. While diets may help you lose 5 to 10% of your weight initially, this comprehensive analysis showed that most people gain all of their weight back AND MORE within several years. Furthermore, the UCLA study concluded: Most people would’ve been better off not dieting at all. Their weight would’ve remained the same, and their bodies would not have suffered from the rapid weight loss and weight gain. Although this study paints a terrible picture of dieting, the actual effectiveness of diets is probably much worse, as many of the diet studies examined biased the diets to […]

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