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


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 challenging, but  not impossible. Many of my clients say improving their health was much easier than they imagined  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.  They are  exercise and trying to make better food choices, but nothing is happening.  The majority of the problems are falling into a few categories:

  • Insulin resistance/Pre diabetes
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Hormonal imbalances and changes (MENopause )
  • Consuming low calories with the incorrect balance of macronutrients
  • Gut issues
  • Eating much more than you realize

Gut issues are a very common problem lately and can be  difficult to navigate on your own. They also tend to be the underlying cause to a variety of other problems. When you are not able to absorb the nutrients from your foods, problems start to happen. Deficiencies can cause problems such as muscle pain, fatigue, and weight gain. Vitamins and supplements may be needed to get your body to do it's job efficiently. As we age our body goes through changes that may require supplementation.  For the past few years I have used Arbonne as a compliment to my healthy coaching and personal training business. It helps with my mission to improve the overall health and quality of my clients and my own family. Every year I continually to be impressed with the line of Vegan, gluten, dairy and soy free products to support a healthy life from pre and probiotics with digestive enzymes to make up and skincare.  Check out the line up at https://www.arbonne.com/Pws/JodyVinson/store/AMUS/default.aspx . Contact me for your free health consult to determine the best place to start to improve your health. 

 Back to Basics is not your typical personal trainer and health coaching business ? After a decade in the fitness industry teaching a wide range of classes from boot camps to water aerobics and Pilates I decided to focus more on 1-to-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 . 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. I am an avid tennis player so I love working with fellow adult athletes to improve their performance both on and off the court. Adult athletes can benefit greatly with cross training to avoid injury, improve agility on the court or field, and recover more efficiently to reduct muscle break down. 

If you are ready to up your game of life, 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.​

Turn your EXCUSES into SUCCESSES ?

I have conversations with clients all the time when they list the reasons why they did not accomplish certain tasks. Most people realize when the words are coming out of their mouth that it is a bunch of excuses, but how do they change it ? I personally believe that some people come out of the womb thinking in a positive way where others start out as a Negative Nelly. Which one are you ? You know those people that always see the positive things when others see the gloom and doom. The transition from the dark side to the sunny side takes time and  effort. Here is a quick and simple 3 step process to turn your excuses into successes: Do what you have committed to for at least 30 days. If you committed to hitting a 7:00 fitness class 3 x a week then do it. You may not enjoy it the first few weeks, but it will get better. You will find that are more productive when you get up and hit the class first thing in ...
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Did you hear the BOOM ?

I often ask my clients if they are hearing the signs their body is giving them ? Some people are in tune with their bodies while others feel they have an alien inside them. The human body is very intelligent and was created to give signs when things are not performing as intended. Some of the signs are subtle such as digestive issues or minor aches and pains in muscles and joints. Other signs are less subtle such as constant or stabbing pain, loss of feeling in limbs , and the inability to perform normal every day tasks. If you take action when the subtle hints arise, then you may be able to slow down or even stop the momentum of the problem. If you don't take action then the situation may continue to progress and cause irreparable damage. This is what I call the  BOOM. As we get older, we blame age and all it's evil siblings for everything that goes wrong from weight gain , weak bones, incontinence, and poor vision but the real question is what are ...
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The Age Game

  When we are in our teens, we want to look older, but when we are over 40 we want to look younger. What are the telltale signs of our real chronological age? Wrinkles, age spots, amount of hair ( or lack of), body composition, and how we move. Some of these features have a genetic component such as hair loss or joint issues, but the majority are associated with how you live your life.  The main culprit of wrinkles and age spots are smoking, sun exposure, loss of collagen, and a diet lacking in nutrients. Hair growth can be associated with family genes but we can influence hair growth with a diet rich in nutrients. Have you ever heard the term genetics loads the gun, but your lifestyle fires it ? We have all heard the phrase “Mom Bod” or “Dad Bod”. The typical definition for Mom Bod is :   A woman who has had at least one kid and that child has affected her body in such a way that it changes her physical appearance to the ...
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The scale is not very smart……….

    Many people use the scale to measure their progress when trying to get healthier, but what does the scale really show ? I recently had the stomach bug and lost 7 lbs in 2 days. At first glance you may think this is a good thing if the scale was the only tool I used to determine my process.  The only problem is that the scale measures mass, that is it. It is not smart enough to determine the difference between water, muscle, fat, bone, etc. The number on the scale really means very little. When you walk down the street can everyone see your number on the scale ? Does the size of your waistline depend on the scale ? Does the scale number determine how you feel ? NO, NO, and NO !!! The 7 pounds that I lost was all water weight and that is not the same as 7 pounds of fat. How can you tell the difference ? Water weight happens very quickly both losing and gaining. Have you every had a very ...
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What happened ?

As I take a call from a new client this morning it starts with the familiar sentence of " I stopped doing what I used to do and I don't know what happened". When the road of life forces us to make decisions that take us down a different road then it is time to make adjustments. What often happens is that changes happen but the adjustments necessary to respond to those changes are slow to come for many people. This applies to everything from your kids growing up to retirement. Big changes in life require a conversation with yourself and often others that are impacted. In 2019 many people have lost the ability to communicate with themselves and the people around them. We rely so heavily on technology we forgot how to talk on the phone and replaced it by text. When relationships were once valued they are replaced with achievements. We need to learn to value the real things in life rather than what is material. When we start in the workforce the big push is to start ...
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What are you willing to do ?

When I speak to potential clients the most common problem is the willingness to make certain changes. These changes vary from not willing to cook or eat vegetables to tracking the food that goes in their mouth. Everyone has their own challenges which is why their personalized plan is unique to their lifestyle. At Back to Basics we work with the client on where they are in their life. If movement is a problem then we will create a plan to incorporate daily goals for movement which may be as simple as climbing the stairs in their home 5 times times a day to walking around the grocery store before the grocery shopping begins. As a personal trainer and health coach I have the ability to create fitness programs as well as lifestyle changes in nutrition, sleep, stress management, and even relationships. It is okay to have things you are not willing to do as long as the list of the things you ARE willing to do is longer. You may not be willing to cook, but you are willing ...
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