Is Biometric testing really so bad?

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Biometric testing really so bad?

Wellness is the new buzzword floating around many companies these days. The cost of health insurance is steadily rising with astronomical deductibles which is why my employer has jumped on the health and wellness bandwagon like so many other companies of late.  Wellness is the latest company trend. As it is, every November I get that dreaded letter from Human Resource asking me to schedule my yearly biometric testing. Biometric testing is a short health examination that determines a person’s risk level for certain diseases and medical conditions. Yes, my employer is checking to see if I’m too fat, pre-diabetic, a chain smoker or anything else that would drive up insurance cost.

Obligingly I submit to having my body measurements taken along with blood work all the while supplying endless medical data. Oh, and did I mention having my weight taken, and the worst part…

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Published in: on January 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM  Leave a Comment  

The Four Agreements of Working Out

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz was one of my favorite reads of 2013.  It seemed like everyone I know had read the book but me so I decided to dive in myself to see what the buzz was about. I read it and loved it! Based on traditional Toltec beliefs, the author, who is a shamanic teacher and healer, believes that we will become filled with unconditional love, grace and peace if we apply the agreements to our lives.

Being the fitness minded person that I am I naturally wondered how I could apply this to my workouts.  I decided to take the same principals and apply them to my personal journey. The following outlines my thought process.

1.    Be impeccable with your word: If you say that you’re going to make a change to your health and fitness then make it. If you say that you’re going to start working out then do it. Show up for yourself. Start using words to encourage yourself and create the healthy lifestyle and body that you desire.

2.    Don’t take anything personally– sometimes things won’t go the way that you want them to go. Your knee might act a fool, or you might get tired really quick. Don’t take it personally; go slow until you work your way up. Your body is not against you. It’s just that you might be doing something different and it has to get accustomed. When in the gym you might feel that people are staring at you and sometimes they are, but not always for the reasons that you think. People often access their progress by looking at other people. So just smile, nod, and keep it moving, because everyone is there for the same reason and that is to get in shape.

3.    Don’t make assumptions– If you have a question while at the gym then ask it. Don’t assume that you know the routine or how to use the equipment properly because then you risk injuring yourself. Once you ask you’ll know how to execute it properly going forward. Trust me, there are no stupid questions here.

4.    Always do your best– when striving towards a healthy lifestyle do the best that you can.  Yes, there are times that you will not want to be in the gym, on the track, or doing whatever activity that you’re involved in. Look at it this way, you’re already there, right? So give it your all so that you will feel better about yourself afterwards without self-judgment, self-abuse or regret.

So there you have it….my take on the four agreements as it applies to your health and wellness. I hope that you, too, can take what I have written and find it beneficial in applying it to your own health regime.

Published in: on January 17, 2014 at 3:06 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Need a Butt Lift???….I did

The Brazil Butt Lift (2 weeks complete) Week two of the Brazil Butt Lift is under my belt. Literally. Yep, it’s a good feeling to know that you’re flying high on another workout trip without taking the actual flight. With the Butt Lift I’m in Brazil on the beach looking at the mirror image of what I want my body to resemble. Well actually I’m in my living room but I really appreciate Leandro Carvalho (the creator and instructor of the program) bringing a glimpse of Rio de Janeiro into my home. He has these amazing women with the flattest abs I’ve ever seen and the tightest gluts in the world shown on the beach working out. One minute you’re in the studio and the next minute you’re staring at the beauty of the ocean. What makes it even more amazing and almost comical is his accent. Call me a sucker if you will but I love a man with a sexy accent. You can be dog ugly but talk to me with that accent and all I can hear is your voice.

Now don’t get me wrong…I’m a married women but the accent keeps me listening when I have no idea what you’re saying. Remember listening is all I’m doing! Period. Now back to the exercise program….see accents get me off track. Leandro seems to really care if my butt is round or not. What a man. There are four different programs that you can follow. There is one for the flat butt. He will show you how to take it from a sliding board to a merry go round. Then he has a program for the pear shape, too much of a good thing (too much butt) and the classic form. Me, well, I’m a pear. That’s when you have a small waist but hips for days. It promises to slim the hips, thighs and lift the Bum Bum(boom boom in English) He just cracks me up! Anyway, the first week was lots of squats, lounges and cardio. I felt like a Brazilian dancer. Go Vee! Yep, about that, I still need to work on my balance.

My sister and I decided to do the work out together. The first couple of times we were bumping into each other. We had the nerve to have our niece filming us for YouTube. Boy that will be a crazy video. Filming on the first go round. It’s taking her forever to edit. I guess she can’t stop laughing. We were bumping into each other. She kept saying “go the right way Vee.” I just got caught up in the music. It’s weird when you’re standing in front of the TV, their right is my left and vice versa. I was never any good with directions. Going the right way, well, that’s never going to happen. Maybe on week three, but on week one, I don’t think so. Homey don’t play that. Sorry, getting off track again. The dance numbers were off the chain. The music is pumping and then you hear Leandro say “Shake the booty, shake the booty.”

Week two- whew! Too much sculpt for my taste and the ab workout is killer. He says “don’t cheat yourself, do just like I told you so you can get nice round boom boom that you want so much.” With those words said I straighten up and fly right. I want the boom boom that I want so much. Then he says when it gets hard again “make sure you straighten your leg so you can get the body that I promised you.” Me and my sister both start laughing because once you make a promise we depend on you to keep it so we work through the pain. If you are brave enough to try this at home please know that we did a lot of sweating the first week. You might wanna have a wig on stand by unless you’re going to the hairdresser on the regular. The second week we concentrated more on upper body with his 50 minute sculpt routine and lots of floor work for the boom boom. Talk about sore. My butt felt like it was tied up in knots. I worked hard on the treadmill to walk it out.

Today is the official start of week three. We decided over dinner in the midst of week two that we would not stop at four weeks but shoot for 8 weeks. I will report back at the end of four weeks. In the mean time love, peace and shake your booty!

Published in: on March 11, 2011 at 6:25 PM  Comments (3)  

The Journey begins

The Journey begins.

Published in: on February 25, 2011 at 4:23 PM  Leave a Comment  

The Journey begins

On November 24th, 2010 I decided it was time to get serious about my weight. I had ballooned up to 178 lbs. This was discovered when I stepped on the scales at my last doctors visit.  Considering that I am only 5 61/2 that is a lot of extra baggage to carry around on my small frame. It mostly manifest itself in big hips, jelly rolls around the gut and love handles. Now I have been in the gym for quite some time and it’s embarrassing when you are working out as much as I am but gaining weight all at the same time.  I do have to be honest and tell you that I do love my wine, bread, cheese and all the other comfort foods that come to mind. I am a big fan of Tosca Reno but I can not make myself go to the grocery store to purchase all the tireless ingredients that go into an eating clean recipe. Cooking is not and has never been my thing. I will visit the Earthfare  grocery store every so often and go up and down the isles, but I usually come out empty-handed or with maybe a bag or two.

So now I’m feeling like I need to apologize to my doctor for the weight gain, after weighing 10 lbs  less at the last visit. Instead we go over my weight gain and look at my lowest weight of 154 (that’s when my husband’s friend thought I was getting too skinny) in 2002.  Also the year I had decided enough was enough and used Weight Watchers as my last and final straw. It was a good ride too. I lost 24 lbs in about 4 months. The problem was that I could not imagine myself keeping a food log each and every day. It just kind of took the fun out of eating.  Regardless, I kept the weight at bay for about 4 years.

In 2009 my employer started a WW meeting and I joined of course, lost about 8lbs and  then fell off the wagon.  Okay, so by now I really getting sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m hitting the gym at 5 a.m. four times a week, going hard with the weights and still pigging out like nobodies business.  So I decide to give WW another try. I find a meeting in my area and go. I’m paying $10 per week and working hard to get back to my ideal weight because by this time I’m a lifetime member. Once I reach my ideal weight I no longer have to pay for meetings! Yiiipppee. The problem is I can not focus. I go wholeheartedly for 3 full months, tracking every morsel put in my mouth. I lose 10lbs and then decide I can no longer be a slave to tracking points. I wanna try something new…but what?

Realizing that I am fighting a losing battle a friend of mine turns me on to P90X. I’m excited, but what is it?  It’s a 90 day workout program that promises to deliver extreme results. Okay, I’m listening so tell me more. He says hey, I’m doing the program and I’m getting great results I think you should try it. Okay, so I’m in the gym 24-7 and I’m no stranger to hard work so I agree. I do the workout for a week and fall off the wagon. Too hard, too disciplined. I wanna do my own thing. So I go back to my regular way of eating and working out until the day the scales tips at 178 in the doctor’s office and I feel too ashamed to weigh again ( remember this is where the story started)

My friend comes back to me  about 4 months later and says hey, I’m doing P90X again it was awesome the first time and you should give it another try.   Then he adds “can you imagine the way you would look once you’re done. You would look amazing, and for your age OMG.” Okay, so appeal to my vanity if you will, but I bought it hook, line and sinker.

I started  P90X the week before Thanksgiving 2010 but kept eating the way I had always ate. I felt my body getting tighter and I was committed to doing this program. I still went to the gym every now and again but continued to work the program as it is written. Then  with Christmas fast approaching and I still kept eating holiday foods but thought, hey I’m doing P90X  as well as all cakes and cookies I could lift, but in the  words of MC Hammer in reference to my food “Can’t touch this.” 

Okay so I’m about 35 days into the program, and feeling stronger and although I can feel the tightening of my skin the pounds are not miraculously dropping off. Yep, just what I thought….this program does not work. Self pity and loathing came in but I kept on pushing. Then on January 10, 2011 my church embarked upon a fast of only eating fruits and vegetables  for 21 days. I joined in on the fast and continued my P90X AND thats when I saw P90X start working. So far I have lost 11lbs and I finished P90X on 2/21/11. Now had I been eating right from the beginning there is no telling where I would be at this point.

I then joined the Beachbody team as an Independent Coach and I am still eating clean. On yesterday I started a new BB program called the Brazil Butt lift, designed to get rid of saddle bags (yep, I have those) and lift and shape your back side. The boom boom!!!! You should have seen me and my sister last night doing the first workout. Hilarius. Yep, we have to work on the whole balance thing. We took our measurement and  we hope that after the program we see those measurements shrink. My weight last night 167lbs. Her weight at 5 7 160. My goal is to get down to 150 and hers is 145. Well we will just see how it goes. In addition to eating clean I have also replaced one meal per day with the Beachbody wonder called Shakeology. It’s a wonderful protein shake loaded with fruits and veggies.

Over the next few months I will share my weight loss stories. My prayer is that it is filled with only downs and no ups!!!!  If you would like more information about Beachbody feel free to look at my website and partner with me at www.teambeachbody.com/vstyles

Published in: on February 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM  Comments (1)