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Each year, millions of people make the resolution to lose weight in the New Year. Are you one of them? I see this seemingly innocent declaration as the most direct route to failure because you are starting off on January 1st as “not” accomplished. I encourage you to instead create a resolution, set goals and milestones and get an accomplice for your journey!
Here is what I mean:
I (your name) resolve to live a healthy lifestyle in 2015! My Goal, or measurable result, will be at my yearly doctor’s appointment (Insert actual date: December 2015), my doctor will give me a good bill of health including:
After your resolution and goal is set, go backwards from your goal date, and create smaller monthly goals for each of your primary goals. For example if one of your goals is to walk 2 miles in 30 minutes then your goals could look this:
December 15, 2015
My Doctor tells me I am in good health, my body weight is a healthy weight and my blood pressure and cholesterol are all healthy. I feel good and look good! I have Walked 2 Miles in 30 minutes 4 x’s a week for 4 Weeks.
November 15, 2015
I Have Walked 2 Miles, 3 x’s a Week for 4 Weeks.
October 15, 2015
I Have Walked 1.5 Miles in 20 Minutes, 3x’s a week for 4 weeks.
September 15, 2015
I Have Walked In An Organized 3K Fundraiser, with Friends, at A Leisurely Pace. I Have Walked A 15 Minute Mile, 4x’s a Week for 4 weeks.
August 15, 2015
I Have Walked A 15 Minute Mile, 3x’s a week for 4 weeks.
July 15, 2015
I Have Walked 1 Mile In 15 Minutes. I Have Walked 1 Mile 4x’s a week, for 4 weeks.
June 15, 2015
I Have Walked 1 Mile 3x’s a week, for 4 weeks.
May 15, 2015
I Have Walked 4X’s A Week, For 4 Weeks, For 15 Minutes.
April 15, 2015
I Have Walked 4X’s A Week, For 4 Weeks, For 12 Minutes.
March 15, 2015
I Have Walked 4X’s A Week, For 4 Weeks, For 10 Minutes.
February 15, 2015
I Have Walked 3X’s A Week, For 2 Weeks, For 10 Minutes.
January 15, 2015
I Have Walked 2X’s A Week, For 2 Weeks, For 10 Minutes.
Now that you have your primary and monthly milestone goals set, you need to find your accomplice. This is someone who is priceless in helping you reach your December 2015 goal! Choose the person you are confident won’t let you wiggle out of your resolution, share with them your goal and ask them if they will hold you accountable to reaching it. Perhaps ask them to go along with you, or better yet, ask them if they have a resolution for which they want to be held accountable.
After your accomplice has agreed, create very specific check-ins or guidelines, such as; “Will you email me every Monday with a few words of encouragement?” “Can you be there in September at the finish line of my 3k?” Additionally, let them know what you need from them if they see you slipping from your game plan. Last but certainly not least, be sure to celebrate each of your goals along the way!!!
I know you’re wondering what happened to my Day 5 prep journal, so am I! That day was so crazy and hectic, I didn’t have a moment to write up anything. It was more of the same in terms of exercise, clients and food from the days prior – from what I can remember anyway!
So, shooting day finally arrived and ready or not, we arrived at the location before sunrise to get started. However, there was ONE huge obstacle that we had to get around at first, we were locked out of the location! Elena joked that we were probably just trespassing and didn’t really have permission to be there! Ha! We stayed cool as cucumbers until we got access inside the house and were ready to go!
Now, I’m going to keep you in suspense a little while longer to find out what this video shoot is all about, but what I CAN tell you is that involves bringing you my unique style of fitness with many other cool and fun surprises!
Here is where you wanna be in 2014! In the meantime, please check out the photo diary from the big day below! I am grateful and loving the opportunity to share with you and this is only the beginning!
Taking in the gorgeous view from our stunning location in the West Hollywood Hills!
After the week I had, thank goodness Elena was there to do her magic!
My pre-shoot pose- what?
In my zone and in my happy place performing some yoga moves.
Plotting and planning with Elena between takes as well as being silly with David Velo Stewart who was in charge for the day!
No, I’m not sleeping! More shooting on the balcony as the sun begins to set.
“Say cheese”–pizza that is –what was on my mind as the shoot was drawing to a close!
The beautiful sunset peeking behind the clouds as we finish up with final takes.
IT’S A WRAP! PIZZA TIME! Yes, I was caught devouring a slice in mid-bite.
No, I don’t care! I earned every morsel! #Heaven
Thank you for sharing the first part of this journey with me! So much more to come, so be sure to stay tuned!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Day 4- Rough Day
The effects of low-calorie, low-sodium, high intensity workouts and minimal solid food feels like it’s catching up to me today. I’ve got a little bit of a short fuse and low energy. However, a great reprieve was training my east coast client via Skype. It was so nice to be able to sit down in a calm place in Beverly Hills for an hour training her from afar!
I tried my best to keep my social calendar clear for this week, to both conserve energy and not tempt my palette, but who could pass up seeing a sneak preview of then Hunger Games?! Certainly not me! This outing also included dinner before..uh-oh! Before I arrived, I jokingly asked my friend to order me a cucumber for dinner and when I arrived, there was a plate of sliced cucumber and lemon slices. I savored every bite!! It still wasn’t enough to fend off all of the Italian goodness wafting in the air, so I folded and had one piece of Italian bread and butter. Butter never tasted so good!!! I also had a glass of Cabernet and wine has never so quickly gone to my head!! I made it through the movie without any popcorn and by the way I loved it and can’t wait for the 3rd one!
Workouts: 1 1/2 hours
An advanced yoga class with Rebecca Benenati- thank you Rebecca! My yoga mat was drenched once again!
Warm water lemon juice from 1 Organic lemon
3 bottles throughout the day: 16 oz of filtered water, 1 organic lemon, Organic Blue Agave and Cayenne Pepper to flush the system.
Breakfast: Pressed Juicery-Greens 2
Lunch: Kale Salad with lemon
Afternoon: Pressed Juicery-Roots 3
Dinner: Cucumber with 1 slice of bread with light butter
Before Bed: 8 oz Organic Aloe Vera Juice
Taught classes and trained clients back to back. By the time I got home, I crashed and my Calm Powder (more on this later) helped give me a good night’s sleep!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Day 3 “Thin it Down”
The scale and knowing your body weight and measurements is an important tool when your on the quick thin down program. My usually shoot weight is about 120-122 and my waist is at 25.5″. On Monday my weight was 126 and my waist was well bigger. Today I am 124 and waist is holding at “bigger”! Time to “thin it down”- this usually means lose water weight. For advice I turned to friend and Mr Universe, Gunter Schlierkemp .
Bodybuilders have to lose a lot of weight (water weight) the day of their shows- so that their muscles are perfectly seen for the competition. These guys have a ton of tricks!
Gunter’s trick-tip for me was the 3 days before show (shoot in my case):
Limit my sodium to almost nil- no added sodium, and to ingest 2000-3000 mg of potassium.
Drink lots of water “you need water to lose water”.
Then the day of show (shoot), only drink a little bit, maybe half a liter. But to also ingest sodium- he’ll eat fries! I had never heard this before- he went on to explain that when your muscle has been “deprived of sodium and then gets flooded with it,the muscle locks the water in. ” I’m a bit nervous about this one- but am on board for the “low/no- sodium” the days before (now) and of the lower water on day of.
Workouts: 3 hours
1. A laugh filled full-body and cardio circuit workout with friend and client Liza Weil. We also showed up wearing the same Lululemon outfit!
2. 30 minutes springs on recumbent bike- boring but necessary.
3. 90 minutes of Pilates with the ever wonderful Jillian Hessel – my abs are so sore and tight! Thank you Jillian!
6am- Warm water lemon juice from 1 Organic lemon
7am- Greens 3
9am- Chlorophyll water
11am- Vanilla Protein
3pm-I broke 4 gluten free crackers
7pm-Greens 3 and chopped kale and lemon salad with 5 almonds
Bedtime 8 oz of organic aloe vera juice
Tuesday November 19, 2013
I had to kick it up a gear today and get on top of my team, other than Christa we have no one booked to shoot this..What?! this is craziness, wondering if we can really pull it off and even if we do, will the final product be anything worth using? Breathe…
1. 90 minutes advanced Yoga- HOT. Felt so good and strong. Strongest I have felt in weeks- arm balances were a breeze and sweated it out so much- thank you Anthony Benenati check out the photo of my Yoga Mat post class… It was gross but cool all at the same time! #SweatIsCool
2. To shed those pounds I always suggest to get over to SoulCycle- or your favorite spin studio. So I took my own advice- class tonight with @PixieAcia was a killer. I actually wanted to slug her when she turned the intensity on my bike up in the final round. Oh my! My Yoga mat is no comparison to my sweat drenched head after spinning -Yuck! Check out this photo, I made my Yoga mat look dry. #SweatFeelsSoGood
3. In the spirit of kicking it up a gear I started a half-day juice cleanse from my ever favorite Pressed Juicery.
Before Breakfast: Hot Water with the Juice from 1 organic Lemon
Breakfast: 2 Hard boiled Eggs and Chopped Kale
Late Morning: Grapefruit & GT’s Multi-Green Kombucha
Later-later morning: PURE bar
Lunch: The Juicing Begins! Roots 3: Beet/Apple/Lemon/Ginger
Afternoon: Greens 1: Kale/Spinach/Romaine/Parsley/
Dinner: My Favorite Vanilla Almond: Almonds/Dates/Vanilla Bean/Sea Salt/H2O
Before Bed: 8 oz Organic Aloe Vera Juice
Coordination: Booked makeup artist the super talented and uber funny Elena Gharbigi. Meetings with 2 filmmakers. ( I love LA people who move on the fly when need be). Worked with Christa endlessly on video outline and oh yeah taught 6 classes/clients!
I just scored an AMAZING location to shoot some personal videos (No silly not those kind of personal videos) though I’m not going to tell what it is yet! Let’s just say you will definitely benefit from them- in some way! Ahh, don’t you just love the suspense?! Anyway, I just found out that we got the location, so we have to shoot this weekend! Normally, that wouldn’t be too big of an issue, but of course this comes at a time when I’m just getting over being sick with bronchitis for 2 weeks!So, you know how it goes, when you’re down and out for the count, the body can get a little softer and shall I say, thick around the curves. I’ve barely worked out and my energy is still a little down but I have to be ready to rock skin tight fitness attire and a bikini (hint, hint) in five days!
This is the beginning of how I am going about this safely and efficiently:
Day 1: Monday November 18, 2013
1) Remove all gluten, processed food and alcohol from my diet, with the exception of the pizza I had last night. I mean it was gluten-free and vegetarian. C’mon, I needed to have a couple of slices to mentally prepare me for the rest of the week! #DontAlwaysFollowMyLead
2) 90 Minute therapeutic Pilates session and a 2-mile run to get my body back working.
Breakfast: 3 Egg Whites, Mixed Greens and Pico de Gallo. Decaf Coffee with Milk
Late Morning: 1 Grapefruit
Lunch: Steamed Tofu and Grilled Asparagus
Dinner: Gluten Free Vegetarian Pizza from Fresh Brothers- Yummy in my Tummy- Naughty-Naughty for my skinny
Before Bed: 8 oz of Pure Organic Aloe Vera Juice
4) Worked with the amazing Christa Shelton till 8pm on shoot outline and coordinating.
5) 20-minute meditation to calm my nerves and keep me grounded for what is going to be a hectic week.
6) #Grateful #LoverOfLife