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 sweaty workout or steamy tennis match and dropped several pounds in a day ? On the flip side have you enjoyed Chinese food and noticed the scale go up by several pounds ? The reason is the same, water weight. Fat loss is gradual and is often associated with a change in macronutrient balance. The human body, especially the female body, is very good at storing fat. If you have been at the same body composition for a long time then your body has become quite comfortable. In order to see changes you will have to make some consistent changes. Most of my clients find it is much easier than they imagined once they have committed to themselves that their health is a priority.
How can the scale be a valuable tool ? The scale can help us discover food sensitivities/allergies. When the body has a histamine reaction the scale will tend to go up as a natural response. Excess sodium consumption is also a great way to get the body to hold onto excess water . When you have changed your diet and are consistently giving your body the correct balance of nutrients then the green light goes on to let go of unneeded fat. It would be great if it happened quickly, but the human body is much smarter than we are and knows that just because we made some changes it does not trust that they will stick after just a few weeks of giving it what it needs to do it’s job efficiently.
If you are ready to improve your health, trim your waistline, lower your fasting blood sugar, lower your cholesterol and have more energy then I want to hear from you.
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 saving for retirement. Many people have saved for this big event but what happens when you get there ? My picture of retirement is filled with lots of travel, activities such as tennis and golf, community involvement and family. I know that I am happiest when I am active and my body does not limit me. In order for my retirement plan to become reality I must do several things :
- Stay healthy
- Invest wisely
- Maintain and build relationships
Are you taking the proper steps to enjoy your next stage in life and ultimately have a blast in retirement ? If not, I want to help you. Contact me today for your free health assessment at 316-650-9437 or email@example.com
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 to add a salad to dinner every night. You may not be willing to give up your daily bread but you are willing to increase your water consumption. Reaching your goals will require some give and take, but it is much less painful than most people think it will be.
Most people agree there is never a perfect time to have kids, but there is a always a perfect time to improve your health, TODAY. Your health is something you will never regret making a priority. Without good health nothing else matters. If you have more money in the bank, but you are in constant pain does that money help you ? If you have to continue to be put on medication to control your diabetes is that daily fast food worth it ? If you are in a wheel chair and can’t easily move around was that time spent feeling sorry for yourself worth it ? It is human nature to want to do the least amount of work to get the results we want, but when that amount of work is not getting the results you want then something has to change. The human body is very intelligent and will take a lot of abuse but when it has had enough it tells you loud and clear. For some people that message comes in the way of a disease , weight gain, head aches, and even constant pain. There are a lot of factors that are out of control but the one thing that most physicians agree upon is that the majority of chronic diseases in America are causes by our lifestyle choices which are 100% in our control.
Let me help you improve your health today. Contact Jody Vinson for a free assessment at 316-650-9437 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you leaving 100’s of dollars on the table every year ???
A large amount of companies offer wellness incentives and HSA accounts to their employees . Most plans are called an HSA, health savings account, which is a tax-advantaged medical savings account available . The funds contributed to an account are not subject to federal income tax at the time of deposit. Every company has their own requirements and often work with a third party such as Red Brick Health. Every program is different but normally contains similar qualities. The first is the ability to earn money from your employee by completing an annual exam. If you turn in your physical form by the required day you earn rewards such as $200 a year. The form may consist of waist circumference, BMI, blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, TC/HDL ratio, glucose, and triglycerides, By proving your blood results are in the healthy range you can earn additional funds per quarterly ($300 a year). If you do not have healthy numbers you have the opportunity to earn funds by performing healthy activities proving you are making the effort to improve your health.
The next option is to contribute to your HSA account. Some companies will match your HSA contributions to a certain amount annually. Each year there is a maximum amount that can be contributed to your HSA. Contributions are made tax free for eligible medical expenses. Each year it good to example your medical expenses from the previous year to determine what plan is best for you and your family.
If you are not completing these simple tasks to manage your health you may be leaving money on the table. Spending money to improve your health is always a wise investment, but spending too much or spending foolishly is not.
Contact me if you want help in improving your health the right way.
Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer, & Business Owner
This week I reached out to a client because I did not receive his details for the week. He told me that his work partner was out of the office and nothing he normally did could happen so he just threw in the towel and was starting over the next week. As I was paddle boarding on the last day of our vacation, it was windy and there were lots of boats in the area. I was having to constantly change the side I was paddling on to adjust for the wind. I had to move from my feet to my knees on several occasions to keep from falling away due to the boat wake. All of these little adjustments reminded me that this is life. There are lots of moving parts that need constant adjustments to either keep us on track or get us back on track. If you have ever been in a canoe, kayak, or sail boat you will understand the constant changes that are made to adjust. When you drive a car, small adjustments of the steering wheel are being made every few seconds to stay in the middle of the road. After years of experience you don’t even notice these adjustments, because they become automatic. The more you practice adjusting to the changes the more automatic they will become. Learning how to make adjustments easily is a skill that can be used in every aspect of life. If work problems happen and you can’t leave the office for lunch, you adjust by asking a coworker to pick up lunch since they are going out anyway. You make the protein shake you have stored in your desk as a backup and make sure to pack your lunch tomorrow in case the same thing happens. Your baby sitter quits and now you are left to find a new sitter quickly. You call in a few favors with friends and family so you have time to research a new sitter. There is always a way to solve the problem. It does not have to be perfect, it just needs to be progress.
If you are ready to learn how to make those little adjustments automatic to improve your health and quality of life then contact me at email@example.com or complete the contact form at www.foodisenergy.com
In the past few weeks I have had multiple conversations with both men and women on the topic of food relationships. When did eating for a healthy body become so confusing ? If you were born in the 60’s and 70’s then you have spent a lifetime being brainwashed with the media on what is considered healthy. One day eggs are healthy, then they were not. Butter was good, then it was bad. Fats were thought to make people fat, then came along the non fat trend and Americans became even more unhealthy. Convenience became the big push when both parents went into the work force. if you were born in the 80’s and 90’s you grew up when the snack food and frozen food sections grew just as fast as the number of fast food restaurants. If you were born in the 2000’s then you grew up with all the conveniences you could ever imagine and had to learn self control from the very beginning. The reason food is so confusing is due to a few reasons :
- The results from various studies are often misleading. These studies often look at foods in a vacuum rather than part of an entire diet.
- Every person is unique and so are their nutritional needs
- The quality of our food supply has changed over the past 40 years
- The food offerings have changed drastically over the past 40 years with convenience being the driving factors
- Medications are given to children at a younger age altering their gut health and immune system
The first step in improving ones health is to learn to have a good relationship with food. Food is energy, not the enemy. The number of food sensitivities and allergies continues to grow. I work with clients every day who have difficulty processing certain foods and ingredients. Consuming foods closest to their natural state is ideal with little or minimum processing. When foods are processed they are typically stripped of their natural nutrients and often have these lost nutrients added back in . Although the food companies are trying to add the nutrients back in that are lost it is not possible to match them in their natural state.
If you are ready to improve your relationship with food to understand the best foods for your body, contact me today for your free health assessment at www.foodisenergy.com or call 316-650-9437.
This article was written by Jody Vinson, IIN certified Nutrition Health Coach & ACE Certified Personal Trainer.
Midlife crisis by definition is an emotional crisis of identity and self-confidence that can occur in early middle age. Most people agree this is the age between 40-55 years of age. Women often struggle to understand what their role is if they have been the primary caregiver and now they are empty nesters. Men often reevaluate their career and relationships at this time. The one thing that both sexes typically agree on is that this is a time when their health becomes more important. Your body is going through some normal changes that may be causing problems. Menopause can be the trigger for women where men go through changes typically associated with less muscle mass and more body fat. The habits you had in the past are finally catching up and your body has had enough. Health becomes a priority but where do you start? Many people find themselves 20, 50, 100 + pounds overweight which can be overwhelming. Some people can clearly remember their younger selves as the high school or college athlete with a strong and flexible body. Life hits hard with job responsibilities, family, relocations and even caring for parents. Today’s demanding life with the convenience of technology forces many people to feel like they are on call 24/7.
Getting started is the most difficult part. Checking your ego at the door and being open and honest are the most important tools when embarking on your health journey. What you thought you knew may not be as accurate as you think. As a health coach and personal trainer my job is to be up to date on the most recent studies coming from the medical community. Every person is different so when you read about a program that may have been highly successful for one person but is not working for you, it does not mean you are doing anything wrong, it might not be the right program for you. On the flip side change takes time. If it was easy and fast everybody would be doing it. Anything that requires multiple habit changes will take commitment, consistency, and time. It is never too late to improve your health, so start today.
If you ask an adult that wants to lose weight if they have been successful at losing weight in the past the answer will be an astounding YES. Most adults are able to stick to a “diet” to lose weight for a set number of weeks or to reach a goal such as a wedding or a big birthday celebration. The difficult part is not losing the weight but knowing how to live a full life and maintain the weight loss. As we get older the methods of exercising more and eating smaller portions no longer works. The biggest differences as we age are the changes that occur naturally as part of the aging process. Understanding the factors that affect weight loss and knowing how to adjust them to allow for a good quality of life can be challenging. Hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, Vitamin D, and insulin are large factors in the recipe for weight loss. As a personal trainer there are many benefits to physical fitness, but large amounts of weight loss for most people is not typical especially when you are over the age of 40. If your body is balanced hormonally then your body will respond differently to certain foods versus the person that is insulin resistance and Vitamin D deficient. The maintenance phase is where you show yourself that you have the ability to have a good quality of life on your terms. Contact me today if you want to learn more.
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 day throws at you. 5 minutes could make the difference in the morning between a great day or running out the door with a protein bar in your pocket and a frozen meal in your hand for lunch. It does not have to take a lot of time, but it should be purposeful. Taking a few minutes to show yourself that you care by planning for a successful day can be as simple as 1 (take a few deep breaths when you are getting ready in the morning), 2 enjoy a nutritious meal to start the day, and 3 plan for a successful day by having all your ducks in a row from packing lunch, making sure to have the proper paperwork, computer, etc. to succeed that day. Start each day on your terms with the intention of having a great day.
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 even picked up other problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol or thyroid problems. Instead of making excuses this year, make plans. Learn what makes you tick and work within those boundaries. Understand what you are willing to give up and what you are not. You are a continuous work in progress and perfection is not the goal but consistency is. Look at this next year as a time to learn and apply this new knowledge to your best investment, YOU.