If It Is Important To You, You Will Find A Way. If Not, You’ll Find An Excuse.

JodyVinson

Jody Vinson

Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer, & Business Professional

Welcome to Back to Basics Nutrition and Fitness.

Welcome to Back to Basics Nutrition and Fitness. My goal is to help you feel and look your best.  Change can be tough, but definitely not impossible. Many of my clients say improving their health was much easier than they imagined it would be once they got started. My job is to make the lifestyle changes as painless as possible while still achieving great results. Recently I am noticing a trend with my clients that they have started their journey of adding exercise and trying to eat healthier, but nothing is happening which is why they reached out to me. The majority of the problems are falling into a few categories: Insulin resistance, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and gut issues. Gut issues are a very common problem lately and can be very difficult to navigate on your own. In order to diagnose some of these problems you may need to have tests performed with your doctor. The first test i would recommend is insulin. Most doctors office perform glucose and some will test A1C, but the very first biological change that occurs on the road to diabetes is insulin. This marker can warn you years ahead of time so you can make the necessary changes before you get in real trouble. Even if your blood tests come back "normal" there are clues that your body is giving you that is not functioning efficiently such as fatigue, digestion problems, moodiness, joint pain, etc. 

What is health coaching? As a health coach I help my clients navigate the challenges of life from nutritional guidance, stress management, sleep techniques, and lifestyle changes. Many of the problems American's face with their health are created by lifelong habits that our bodies used to tolerate. Over time these habits have created problems such as knee pain due to walking and sitting incorrectly. Skipping meals used to be fine until you find yourself getting dizzy and even falling due to blood sugar. Sleep deprivation was manageable, but now extreme fatigue and difficulty concentrating are affecting your daily life. I help you make these changes AND develop a plan that fits into your life. The next phase is holding each client personally responsible. Making changes is one phase, learning how to implement these changes into your everyday life is where most people struggle.

How is Back to Basics different than other personal trainers? After a decade in the fitness industry teaching a wide range of classes from boot camps to water Pilates I decided to focus on more 1-on-1 training. This change allowed me to dig deeper into the needs of each client and see larger improvements in strength, mobility, balance, and endurance with each client. Creating unique workouts specific to the client from a mix of strength training, Pilates, yoga, cardio, and balance exercises is my strength. Your goal may be increasing strength so you can get out of a chair easier and feel comfortable getting up from the floor when (not if) you fall. Losing weight and reducing inches is often a goal of many clients with the added bonus of increased strength ( confidence), energy level, and reduced pain in joints.

Start your new approach TODAY. Feel free to call me at (316) 650-9437, email backtobasicsjody@gmail.com or complete the  form on the contact page and I will be in touch within 24 hours.​

Make every day like Hair Day

Every woman I talk to loves when they have their hair appointment. Something about a fresh cut, style, and maybe even color to make you feel your best. What is it about hair day that makes the day all better ? Someone is pampering you by washing your hair with just the right amount of pressure and massage. All you have to do is sit in the beauty chair and let someone fuss all over you. The end product is perfectly styled hair and a relaxed client ready to take on the world. How do you duplicate the feeling of stepping out of the beauty salon when you leave your house every morning ? The first step is to show yourself some self love by taking a few extra minutes in the morning to wake up properly, not like you are being shot out of a cannon. Savor the smell, taste, and warmth of your morning coffee or tea. Take the time to have a nutritious breakfast, pack your lunch and walk out the door ready to tackle whatever the ...
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What did 2018 teach you ?

Every year it is natural to reflect on the previous year and look forward to the following year. Some people make resolutions or goals for the next year. This year how about trying a different approach? Instead of going through the same process and ending up with the same results, let's look at it in a new way. Let's take a common situation such as the New Year's Diet. Each year millions of people start on their New Year's diet to shed the pounds they gained over the holidays as well as the pounds that have accumulated over the last 20 years. A fad diet is not going to fix it, but it can be a start if you have a different mindset. Everybody is in a different stage of change, but if you have a timeframe such as 30, 60 or even 90 days to be "good" then you can go back to your old habits you will be in the same situation next year at this time and probably have even more weight to lose. You may have ...
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Rome was not built in a day

Rome was not built in a day……..   When starting any new health program ,the challenges typically start with what you ARE willing to do versus the things you are NOT willing to do . Both of these concepts both start with discipline, funny how that works. Many of my clients beat themselves up for the habits they may not be willing to change. This may include eating certain foods, amount of time allocated to sleep, etc. Instead of looking at the short falls I would rather focus on the positive changes that are being made such as reducing the amount of processed foods, the increase in water consumption, and the mental shift to focusing on the aspects that affect your health. Little changes happen every day which equal big changes over time.  I have a client that constantly reminds me that Rome was not built in a day. As a health coach and personal trainer, I help clients to see the positive changes they are making and if they are struggling then we troubleshoot these challenges together. Some people ...
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New Season = New Challenges

Every time the seasons change there are new obstacles to overcome. Fall brings changes in temperature, new foods in season, Football Season begins and new shows start up on tv. Are you one of those people that did great in the summer with your healthy living plan, but when cooler weather hits you abandon all those habits you created and fall into cheese dip and beer while watching your favorite football teams. When the weather changes the other big obstacle is allergies. Fall can be tough on people that suffer from allergies such as mold and ragweed. If your body is full of processed junk then it is inflamed and not able to fight off the histamine reaction your body has to protect itself. If you are eating more nutrient rich foods, getting adequate sleep, staying hydrated and building muscle then you are better armed to keep the effects of the environment far away from you. Certain foods are better at fighting the fall allergies than others. Eating foods that are natural antihistamines such as apples, onion, and garlic are ...
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The dangers of low caloric diets

I am seeing a trend with my female clients for very low calorie diets. They are not trying to consume a low number of calories on purpose, but that is what is happening. The only tools most people have when it comes to losing weight are to exercise more and eat less. At certain times in your life that works, but for the majority of women over the age of 35 that does not work and can even cause damage. The first problem is a lowered resting metabolic rate which means you are burning less calories at rest. The next problem is that your body steals energy from somewhere in your body because it needs a certain amount to make this machine of a body run. Where does it get it from ? It varies from person to person but in my experience I am finding that it tends to use up muscle tissue. I have noticed that these ladies consuming a low calorie diet are also having a larger number of injuries from hair line fractures (the famous boot) ...
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Healthy does not have to be painful

I work with both men and women to get them feeling their best. Most people think in order to improve their health it has to be a painful regiment of exhausting workout sessions and flavorless foods. This is very far from the truth. The biggest obstacle is understanding what each individual person needs at this time in their life. Men and women are completely different animals when it comes to nutritional needs and for women their needs change throughout the month when they are having fluctuations in hormones. The first step is to determine where you are in during your health journey and stages of change. There is very important as it helps to set the expectations so you can feel empowered by your successes rather than defeated. Before you jump on that next restrictive diet that will not result in long term success contact me for your own personal health history so we can develop a long term success plan together. Send an email to backtobasicsjody@gmail.com with the header - Painless Healthy Plan
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