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Do you need a trainer or coach ?

During a personal training session with a client today we were discussing when she would be able to go on her own if ever. She has trained with various personal trainers for over 12 years. Does she have the knowledge to train on her own? Probably, depending on her goals. Does she have the motivation? That is up to her. Most people look at training as a short-term relationship which it can be for those people that are self-motivated and disciplined. For many people it should be a long-term relationship. Paying for training or coaching long term is an investment in your health.

Over the years I have met lots of very intelligent people that are not willing to pay for a coach or personal trainer. The main reason is that they feel they know what to do. The result is , they are not doing it. Now don’t get me wrong there are lots of people that are knowledgeable in nutrition and fitness that do not have any credentials in the industry. There is definitely not a shortage of information on this subject thanks to the internet. Where most fall short is implementing what they know.

Why should you hire a coach or trainer? The reasons are unique to the individual but over the past 15 years here is my opinion.

  1. If you are not exercising on your own as often as you would like to then pay for someone to hold you accountable
  2. Injuries can be a real fear when strength training so pay a coach to make sure you are exercising in good form to avoid injuries
  3. If you go to the gym and make it up your exercises as you go along then hiring a coach for programming will help you reach your strength goals and avoid overtraining in certain areas and undertraining in others
  4. Learn to have a good relationship with exercise. Many people did not grow up enjoying sports so as an adult it is time to learn to love the benefits of exercise
  5. Nutrition can be confusing especially for woman. Hire someone that loves teaching people how to fuel their body properly.


If you continue to make excuses year after year and your health continues to spiral downward then it is time to hire a coach. I recommend having a free health assessment so you can determine if you are a good fit as you will have a close relationship with your coach and you want to enjoy your time together. Contact me today at

Jody Vinson – ACE Certified Personal Trainer and IIN Certified Health Coach

Owner of Back to Basics Nutrition and Fitness in Wichita Kansas

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Food is Energy not the Enemy

I often hear clients say they can’t eat anything without gaining weight and they blame food. Did you know that food is the body’s best source of energy ? Did you know that food was the first medicine ? Did you know that food is necessary in order to build muscle ? How do we learn how to use food to our benefit rather than treating it like the enemy ? Educating ourselves on how to balance food in the right proportions to get the results we want to achieve is the first step. Before we were bombarded by food offerings other than animal products, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, we did not think much about food. Food was used as energy to do a full day’s work. When flour was introduced the variety increased with added breads, then cakes, and so on. Now the variety at the grocery store contains more foods made from ingredients rather then foods that ARE ingredients. It is time to get back to the real purpose of food which is Energy. Deciding the mixture of foods that are pleasing and also beneficial for a healthy body can be a challenge. 

Everyone knows they should eat more vegetables and fruits and less processed foods. There is often the debate about animal protein, but I am a firm believe that all food groups eaten in the right portions are beneficial. Now there are people that choose to eliminate certain foods for ethical or religious reasons and they will need to look at their choices closer to get the proper nutrients. 

If you are ready to learn how food can help your body perform it’s best and stop looking at food as the enemy it is time to work together. You will never regret learning how to fuel your body properly. Contact me for your FREE health assessment at or 316-650-9437. 

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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:

  1. 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 the morning.
  2. Rally your troops. Instead of trying to do everything on your own ask for help. You may find that you are actually the one helping someone else when you reach out.
  3. Do your weekly check in . Whether you are working with a coach or are on your on it is important to check in each week. What did you do well this week (Pat yourself on the back) and what did you struggle with. Regroup and make adjustments for the next week. Success does not come from perfection, but progress.

If you need some help improving your health or getting your life organized, give me a call / text/email/facebook message. You only get one life, so make the most of it.

Thanks – Jody Vinson , Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, & Life organizer

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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 you doing to combat the natural aging process. There are some natural uncontrollable changes that occur with getting older, but are you doing the best you can with the many controllable factors ? Start by paying attention to the signs your body is giving you. Take charge of your own health with these simple steps :

  1. Understand your yearly blood work. If you are relying on your primary care doctor to update you on every single change that is not going to happen. Physicians see a large number of patients per day so they only have a certain amount of time to spend with each patient. The more information you can provide your doctor, the more personalized the response will be. For example , do you know your blood sugar and HbA1C numbers? These are the numbers that tell you if you are at risk of becoming diabetic. Most physicians only perform a glucose test which is the amount of glucose in your blood at that particular time. You may have had a high starch meal the night before and your numbers were elevated or you could have had a low carb meal the night before and your number was low or normal. This is not a accurate way to see your blood sugar numbers on a regular basis. Your HbA1C is a 3 month average of your blood sugar which is a better indicator or your diabetes risk. Don’t be afraid to ask for this test especially if you have a family history of diabetes, had gestational diabetes when you  were pregnant, or often get dizzy when you don’t eat or feel overly tired after starchy meals.
  2. Constipation is not just an inconvenience, but a health risk. If you are not emptying your bowels daily then you are literally full of shi?. When you are not able to get rid of the waste, it will rot inside your body releasing toxins and wreak havoc. For some people it may mean high cholesterol, hormone imbalance, or intestinal inflammation. One of the simplest things you can do is stay regular. Fibrous foods are important to include in your diet such as fresh fruits and vegetables with the skin, nuts, seeds, and grains.
  3. Keep moving. Life is full of ups and downs. The details of your fitness plan are not as important as the big plan which is to keep MOVING. Ask anyone over the age of 75 that is active is enjoying life what their secret is. The most common response I get is to keep moving.

Most people tend to complicate the issue of health ,looking for that smoking gun that is often not there. Instead of looking for the detour , try the main road hitting all the stops along the way to give your body what it needs. CONSISTENCY. If you need help getting back on track so you can live your best life, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at 316-650-9437 or .

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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 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.

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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 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 :

  1. Stay healthy
  2. Invest wisely
  3. 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

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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 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

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Are you leaving money on the table ?


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.

Jody Vinson


Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer, & Business Owner

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Life is full of little adjustments.


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 or complete the contact form at

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When did food become confusing ?

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 :

  1. The results from various studies are often misleading. These studies often look at foods in a vacuum rather than part of an entire diet.
  2. Every person is unique and so are their nutritional needs
  3. The quality of our food supply has changed over the past 40 years
  4. The food offerings have changed drastically over the past 40 years with convenience being the driving factors
  5. 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 or call 316-650-9437.


This article was written by Jody Vinson, IIN certified Nutrition Health Coach & ACE Certified Personal Trainer.