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Can Frogs Help You Lose Weight?

Can Frogs Help You Lose Weight?

Not really, but if you understand the frog’s behavior, it may motivate you to get out of the boiling water.

IMG_3537I have being assessing various Custom Body Fitness’ members. As expected, all yield great results. However, I have stuck in my head one member in specific. She has been a member for 4 months already and she lost 21 pounds so far. When she started, she was obese with a fat level of 38%. Now she is 33.4%. Our member said that I would be proud of her for all the chances she has made. She said that it was not easy in the beginning, but now she is eating her breakfast, lunch and dinner when she used to skip all meals and over eat at night. She comes at CBF 3 times a week and started an active lifestyle.

I asked her if she was ready for her before and after and she said to give her more time. She is looking great, but she wants to look better. So I decided to show her the before pictures we took 4 months ago. We were looking at her pictures and she said, “gross!” By the way, she is very funny. She mentioned that she did not realize how bad she mistreated her body. And what she said is true. Many people do not have the idea how unhealthy their body is until they get out of the old frame.

That reminds me when I used to live in Mexico. I’m from the poorest area. There are a lot of gangs, violence and crime. I saw people shooting other people, guys being beaten into a coma, people doing drugs and other negative behaviors. I had no idea that I
was in the dangerous zone until I got out of that frame.

I read that frogs are cold blooded animals. They adjust accordingly to the temperature of the environment they are in. When a frog is submerged into a pot with room temperature water, and temperature is increased slowly until boiling, the frog will adjust its temperature until is too late to escape and will die cooked in the pot.

Humans and frogs have something in common, we both are accustom to our environments, and we are losing our life in the same way – as the frog boils in water. We think we are adapting while we are putting ourselves on the burner. We practice negative behaviors and we don’t realize that those behaviors are taking our body from us.

Our member saw in her before picture a person that she was not empathizing with. She did not recognize herself. She said that she is very happy by the decision she made by joying Custom Body Fitness as we were looking at her pictures, specially that one of her back shot. We both stared at her back shot picture and stayed silent for more than 10 seconds and she asked me, “Doesn’t it excite you!?”

frog1Since she is very funny and makes some jokes out of context, I replied, “Of course, not.”

She laughed and replied, “No, I’m talking about the results that your clients get when they come to you.”
I laughed with her and I told her yes. I told her that I assessed at least 4 other clients that week and all got good results. This is exactly what we do at Custom Body Fitness. Help our members get results, by education, positive atmosphere, fun programs, empathy, being an expert in the body transformation and weight loss, and understanding that we all are human beings and we need support and comprehension.

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The Qualities You Need for A Successful Weight Loss Program

The Qualities You Need for A Successful Weight Loss Program

IMG_3802Many people have concluded that to have a healthy body all we need to do is exercise and adopt positive eating habits. This is true yet many of us simply can’t follow through.

There are many reasons why we may lose our focus in improving our health, but I’ve come up with a short list of useful personality traits that may help you. People who continue their healthy life are:

1.Brave- They face challenges even if the challenges look intimidating.
2.Strong- They have integrity in difficult moments in life.
3.Diligent- They practice over and over again to defeat negative habits.
4.Searcher- They have want to learn more. They ask questions and research issuesIMG_3542 - Copy of concern themselves.
5.Responsible- They know they are the results of their own decisions.
6.Spiritual- They like to meditate or build in reflective time in their lives.
7.Active- They exercise and they avoid being lazy and other destructive behaviors.
8.Assertive- They resist negative habits and temptations. They make their own decisions and don’t let others decide for them.
9.Optimistic- They see the positive side to things. They trust themselves and are happy. .
10.Adaptable- They are resilient and cheerfully deal with unexpected situations. They are flexible.

People who follow their fitness and positive eating habits program are categorized by these qualities. And these qualities can be learned…

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Factors that Contribute Negatively to Your Weight Loss Program

Factors that Contribute Negatively to Your Weight Loss Program

IMG_3307Having difficulties losing that extra fat and toning your body? Getting in shape is not easy as it may seem. Either in my experience as a Body Transformation Expert and other research, I have noticed that losing weight and getting fit takes more than exercise and eating healthy. The problem is more formidable than people think although of course it is highly attainable.  Signing up in a weight loss program is a first, easy step, though keeping up with the program is harder.

Stress is one of the factors that can affect one’s intentions to work at a weight loss program.  One’s working schedule as well as health problems are some form of stress. Work and health issues sometimes are out of our control and, therefore, it mess up with our weight loss program. But a balance always can be found. If we don’t find it, we will never get to our desired body weight.

Other factors that can disrupt a weight loss or fitness program are bad habits. I read that a human being can never erase a bad habit. It needs to replace by a positive habit. Sometime, due to lack of knowledge, people don’t even know that their habits are putting their health at risk. Of course, others simple don’t want to give up bad habits because of their prompt relief.  Instant gratification is reinforcing, but we can learn to think more long term and, with steady work begin to morph our day to day practices and diet. Good habits result in slow but lifelong rewards which a bad habit does not do.

Another factor in determining whether or not people will change their lifestyle can be the existence of past traumas. The other IMG_3003day, on my walk, I ran into a young man I know who confided in me that he was afraid to try a real career because he’d been raised to feel he would be a failure no matter what he tried. He was a bright person but had pretty much stopped trying at all! We chatted for a while, and I tried to make him see that without some failures we can’t learn to succeed. And it’s true. People who are successful needed to make many mistakes to get to where they are. For the many arrows that missed the target, one of them will hit it. Some people who have been traumatized by their past don’t give their best or make the commitment to succeed, whether it’s losing weight or sticking to a workout routine. They say “Why try? I’m not going to succeed,” So they are ready failures before they start. My feeling is that, as scary as it sounds, we need to enjoy our failures as much as our success. Life is a journey.

One more factor that sometimes prevents people from beginning physical training is past injuries to the body. People are afraid of pain and want to avoid reinjuring their bodies. For them, if they feel any pain while they exercise, it’s a warning sign to them, and stop exercising. That’s where a Fitness Professional comes in! We can help a person differentiate “good” pain from “bad” pain.  There are pains which show us that we are getting in shape: one overloads the muscles a little each time, and this helps us get to our goals. Once we know what pain is “good,” we can train our minds not to panic if we feel a twinge or two while or after a workout. On all levels of life pain is part of life, and is needed to succeed in most aspects of life. It is important to talk to a professional dedicated to your wellbeing to understand the difference between pains.

IMG_3043Sometimes we wonder why we can’t lose weight and change our lives. These factors most likely are unconscious. Thus many factors contribute to our weight loss or fitness problems, including psychological, physical, and environment dynamics. Nonetheless, we have control over our lives, and we can do whatever we want if we really want it from the bottom of our heart. The power of changing is with you and only you.

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Weight Loss Success is Only for the One Percent

Where do you stand in the statistics of weight loss?

Weight Loss ExercisesAccording to studies nearly 95% of people fail to achieve their weight loss goal and 95% of the 5% who lost weight, will regain it back. This means that out of 400 people 380 will drop their weight loss program. Left are 20 people who completed some weight loss. Out of these 20 people 19 will regain the weight lost. That leaves only 1 successful person out of the original 400 people. What does this 1 person have that the other 499 don’t have? It’s the accumulation of many factors. However, he or she has a burning desire to lose weight. He or she is willing to do anything that requires effort to get to his or her goals. He or she exercises and eats like the last and first day of their program, with the same passion they had when they started, and with the feeling that time is running out.

Let me tell you a story that I heard:

It was about a youngster who wanted to be successful and in his town was a guru who knew how to achieve anything in life. He was a successful man in all areas of his life. The youngster went over to the guru’s house and asked him to teach him how to succeed in life.  The guru replied, “Meet me by the beach tomorrow and get ready to get wet.”

The youngster met the guru the next day at the beach and he told the guru that he was ready. The guru told him to get in the water until the water covered his ankles and the youngster did so. The guru told him to go in deeper until the water covered his knees, following his hips and then his chest. Once the water covered the youngster’s neck, the youngster said, “I’m here to learn how to be successful and not how to swim.” The guru got close to the youngster and pushed him just ahead to where the water was deeper. The youngster started to desperately swing his hands and feet to get to the safe spot. He was able to manage and make it to a safe spot.

Once the youngster was calm, the guru replied, “When you are in your comfort zone, you don’t give the best of you, but when youHow to be successful get out of it, you do your best to survive. This is how people succeed.”

The story reminds me of when I was drowning in a river. I’m not a good swimmer. In fact, I don’t know how to float. On one of my vacations in Chiapas, Mexico I was swimming in a river and did not take into considerations that rivers have deep spots. Once I got tired and I wanted to stop; I tried to touch the ground and couldn’t. I panicked for I realized I was drowning. In 5 seconds, my past, and my future came into my mind. I couldn’t believe I was about to die in just a blink of an eye. The human being gets resources from his inner self when it is in threat. I decided not to die there, I did my best to catch my breath, and get enough energy to swim back. I made it and I could touch the ground!

The 1 person who succeeds out of those 400 hundred lives his or her life like it’s their last. She or he does not leave things pending for the next day, next month, or next year. He or she understands what counts is what she or he is doing right now in the moment, and to give the same effort to every moment. The only thing that matters to him or her is what he or she doing right now. She or he is committed to their desire to lose weight and get in shape; no excuses are big enough to stop them. When was the last time you wanted something and really fought for it? Did you make excuses or did you give it your best? Are you living your life to succeed or just going with the flow? You want to get rid of that “muffin top,” “love handle,” DSC01736and get a flat stomach? Achieve your ideal weight loss? Exercise like it was your last opportunity, eat like you had a deadly disease caused from bad foods, meditate like it was your last day of life, and love yourself like you never have before.

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Habits: Pain or Pleasure

Habits: Pain or Pleasure

Habits are behaviors that people practice over and over again:

Habits to succeedWhat comes to your mind when I say “pain”? What comes to your mind when I say “pleasure”? Humans have the tendency to run from pain and search for pleasure. It is common sense, but sometimes we don’t see the outcome of pain and pleasure.

Habits are behaviors that some of us practice unconsciously while others are conscious about them. We have the habit of traveling, cooking, exercising, partying, working, watch TV, reading, shopping, gathering with the family and so on. Habits are behaviors that the human being can’t escape from. Even not having a habitual pattern creates a pattern of chaos which can be classified as a bad habit. Now good habits are those that contribute positively to our lives enhancing our health, financial state, family, mind, body, and over all our wealth-being.  Bad habits deteriorated our well-being making us struggles in life. An example of a good habit is exercise daily. Exercise has many benefits and contributes positively to someone’s life. An example of bad habits is eating junk food often. Junk food has been attributed to many diseases including diabetes, cancer and obesity.

People perceive the words different, according to their past experiences, present reality and belief system. While an event is the same, people can give it a different meaning to it. For instance, weight lifting for someone who perceives the burn as results can have a positive effect in the individual. In the contrary, someone who has a perception of injuries while weight lifting, the burn can be a negative feeling.

Out of the comfort zone

Bad habits bring momentary pleasure in the beginning, but in the long terms they bring negative consequences. I think this is the reason why they are called bad habits. Therefore, people tend to practice bad habits in their lives. The pleasure or relief that these habits provide attracts us. It is easy to get stuck in bad habits since the perception of the pleasure is in the moment. Usually people don’t think about the future consequences. People who fight bad habits actually do study the consequences and they stay away from them. This is due to the person who learned from a past experience or is intelligent enough to understand the pattern of bad habits. Good habits work the opposite way, they start with pain or discomfort and they work up contributing positively to our well-being. This is the reason why they are called good habits. Take exercise as an example, there is discomfort and pain at the beginning. Many people are not willing to go through the beginning of a workout program since the gratification is not right in the spot. The gratification comes when the event is over and in the long term.

Exercise HabitsSo when people who are looking for a prompt relief, usually they have a positive perception of a bad habit. Only people who are aware of bad habits perceive bad habits for the future outcome, same event,but different perception. People who run away from discomfort are not willing to start a good habit and people who study good habits are willing to do it because they have already thought about the results.

Adding value to your life is to acquire good habits. Good habits are not a sign of pleasure in the beginning, but you should consider all the consequences of a good as well as a bad habit.

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Couple Reasons Why You Should Cook

Couple Reasons Why You Should Cook

“Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

–Dalai Lama

 

Do you have a fast-paced life? Have you questioned yourself where are you going with such a stressful existence?  Many of us are living a life of no sense. We work and make money, shop, party, gather with people and other activities. But we don’t think about why we are doing all this.  Some of us may assume that someday we are going to be successful and happy with all this running around.   But wait a minute, let’s redefine success. Many people think that success is money, others popularity, recognition or power. My plan here is not to argue the definition of success, but to suggest that we redefine it.

One of the reasons why people are here on earth is to be happy. Many argue that one can’t be happy all the time, and of course I’ll admit that happiness comes from a balance of many factors. But this is what I called success, to find all these factors and be happy no matter the consequences.

We have become people who get stuck in ruts without always enjoying the smaller acts in life which, in turn, can lead us a healthier life. An example is how we Americans treat food.  Food has a great and rich history, and I encourage you to do some a research on how real food is prepared and enjoyed. We have become people who grab something to eat in the way to work, often packaged or fast food. We often eat on the go. We eat out. We usually don’t cook. These habits contribute to the obesity epidemic and other health issues, including cancer.

Cooking is important for human beings; it contributes to our happiness. Real food is more nutritional than packaged food or fast food if fast food or processed food is nutritional at all. Preparing food and eating together brings people together and solidifies family and community.  Eating real food also helps us fight and prevent disease and obesity. An added benefit is that when you cook from scratch, you know what’s in it–transparency rules.

When I was researching food facts, what really caught my attention is that people who cook from scratch are healthier than those who don’t. I learned that the human body adapts to any natural source of food, except the western, fast-food diet. This is because we eat a lot of meat and processed foods that often include hormones, preservatives, chemicals, and added refined sugars and salts.  Humans are designed to eat food, not chemicals; no wonder the body develops many diseases in reaction to these processed products we eat. According to New York Times reporter and foodie author Michael Pollan, a study was conducted that introduced the western diet to primitive hunters who killed and cooked their own food.   These people developed medical problems just as we do: high sugar levels, low insulin levels, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and others symptoms.  Happily, two weeks after they when back to their native habitat and food sources, these problems disappeared.

We have lost the culture. Cooking is not only a unique skill but a contributor to our health. Cooking is a positive habit that helps people to lose weight and live healthier.

So, if your goal is to stay healthy and find happiness, I suggest that you cook at home. What is the rush anyway to continue our day without enjoying the beauty of this world? Is health contributed to the whole definition of success?

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13 Steps for Weight Loss

13 Steps for Weight Loss

Here are my steps for weight loss 

I was walking to the park when a person stopped me and asked me what is the best steps for weight loss. I replied that there is onlyphoto (2) one legitimate and true way to lose weight and keep it off forever. You have to change your lifestyle, other methods are only temporally. So I gave him the my steps for weight loss:

  1. Set your goals
  2. Do small changes
  3. Be persistent
  4. Don’t ever think of dropping your weight loss regiment, no matter how difficult life gets
  5. Be ambitious
  6. Get rid of all the extra calories that your body does not need, such as junk food, cookies, chocolate, ice cream candy, added sugars, sodas, flavored water, refined flour, deep fried food (French fries, etc.), beers, drinks and others
  7. Cut your meat intake and replace it for vegetables and fruits.
  8. Eat organic
  9. Exercise daily
  10.  Walk everywhere; use the stairs instead of the elevator. In other words, be active.
  11. Pay attention to the reason why you eat. Are you eating because you are hungry or because you are under stress?
  12. Don’t overeat. Eat small, healthy snacks between your main plates.
  13. Eat grains for breakfast instead of high fat foods, such as fried eggs, bacon and sausage.

Steps for weight lossAnd the most important one of all:Do all these steps for life. Nothing will help you in the short term. It is like taking all the contaminated water from a lake when the creek still running contaminated water back into the lake. If you want to clean the lake, you need to approach it from the source. If you don’t take all these steps seriously, sorry but you are not ready to lose weight. Other approaches will only lead you to failure in the long term.

I wished him the best and I continued with my walk.

I thought about all my clients and understood that the steps for weight loss are not easy to follow. However, I’m blessed by having clients that are supportive to each other and they are fighting for what they want and I know they won’t stop until they achieve the body and health they desire.

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Exercise Tips: Tips to Get Results At Your Physical Training Session

Exercise Tips: Tips to Get Results At Your Physical Training Session

There are different exercise tips that need to be fulfilled in an exercise session to reach your fitness goals. Attending an exercises session is the first step; however, it is not all it takes. You could compare this to attending a lecture class and not paying attention to the teacher. Nothing good will come of just showing up. There should be a sense of concentration, taking notes, reading, participating, actively asking questions, etc.  The same goes with exercise, engaging our muscles and our minds. Here are six exercise tips that you should follow if you want to see results:Exercise Tips

  1. Be in discomfort: Any well designed program made to give results should not keep you in a conform zone. You should feel some sense of challenge all the time. If you don’t feel any challenge, the body is accustomed and will not change to meet the demand. Therefore, you will not see results.
  2. Don’t go backwards: Many people think because they pushed last week, they don’t need to push in the present. Remember that the body becomes accustomed to the resistance given. In other words, if instead of increasing your weight lifting from 15s pounder dumbbells to 20s and go down to 12s, or if you run less or slower than most times, the body will get used to the new resistance. This means that either you get more toned and lose weight by increasing your weight lifting or running distance, or you get gain fat and lose muscle by decreasing your weight lifting or running distance.
  3. Have a “progression” mentality: Think “what can I do better today?” Some examples could be, increase your weight lifting, increase your intensity of the exercise, try to do your entire program in less time, add other exercises and so on.
  4. Live the moment: Concentrate in your exercise and forget about everything else. This is your time to get in shape. Everything else will have its own time.
  5. Find people who are more motivated than you: People who do what it takes to get results usually motivate us, both by personal encouragement and by inspiring us. These people will help you get to your goal.
  6. Enjoy the exercise: Exercise should be challenging, but you must have in your mind that you love it. If you think the opposite of it, you will drain all your energy and you will not get results.

Sopris CarbondaleTake these six exercise tips into consideration and get results. Also you make add my food rules to get better results. My goal is to give you tools to continue your fitness journal. Exercise is a need to stay and live healthy.  I think we all want to do it right, enjoy it and get the most out of it. Don’t waste your time and start this week!

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Physical Activity: A Benefit or A Need?

Physical Activity: A Benefit or A Need?

Is physical activity important for the human being?

It’s easy to see how much working out at the gym has improved your friend’s energy and body shape and then decide, “I’m going to do that.” But when it is time to go, will you do it? When you get so sore that you have to fall on a chair to sit down and pray that you can get up, will you keep going? When something that sounds like more fun comes along, will you keep going?

-Joyce MeyerPhysical Activity

One of my passions is learning. I love to study human behavior and the environment effect on humans and physical activity affects our lives. As humans we love freedom, we like to do what we want to do and eat what we want to eat.

It is a normal part of the human behavior. Most children yearn to grow up because they don’t want to follow rules. They picture their life as adults making their own decisions of doing whatever they want to do, go to bed early, watch television all night or just play all day. However, every decision we make comes with consequences. And there are natural laws we can’t ignore. Our body, for example, is designed to perform regular physical activity. Our ancestors were very active; they only had animals and their bodies to do the work. They hunted, collected fruits, vegetables, grains, carried water from the river, transported by foot or horses, build things from scratch and by hand, etc. Everything they did was physical demanding. Now a day, we don’t even have half of the physical demands humans used to have. We drive everywhere, pumps deliver all the water, meat is farm raised and precut for us, meals are already prepared for us to eat, our fruits and vegetables are picked and ready at the super market for us… Yes, we still have some work that requires physical activity but not compared to before. Our bodies are adapting to the new lifestyle. Some of the consequences are early diseases, aging, illness and obesity.

Physical Activity 2Joyce Meyers, in her book Power Thoughts, talks about the real truth, not what people think is true or what others want to be true. She talks about Natural and Divine Laws. She said that people will be happier if people follow the truth. She made me think about a wise person who told me, “The truth is immense and deep and at the same time is glorious. Unfortunately, after many years and millions of mistakes, it is difficult for man to understand and reach the truth.”

 

Keeping your body active, constantly challenging it and getting out of your comfort zone is a positive habit. Exercise as a habit will help you to lose weight, slow down aging, fight many diseases, and have a higher quality life. I know it is not like watching TV. The body was not made to watch TV. It was made to be active and to be challenge. This is the reason why exercise has many benefits.

 

Do you want to improve your life? Are you ready to be sore? Are you ready to put negative and unproductive habits on the side toThree Beautiful Girls exercise? Or are you ready to be ill, age faster, and gain some weight? We are the architects of our own life. The truth is that physical activity improves our life and a sedentary lifestyle has a negative side effect. By the end, we are free to do what we want to do, but we are not free to choose the outcome of our choices.

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Excuses: Are You Busy Enough Not to Take Care of Your Health?

Excuses: Are You Busy Enough Not to Take Care of Your Health?

I am blessed to feel that my life is wonderful, even though it’s busy and stressful. You know why? Because hard work it pays off. When I want something, I dedicate time and effort to obtain it. It’s common in sense:  you work for it, you get it.

The other day I had a conversation with someone who was interested in training at Custom Body Fitness. Let’s call her Penelope.  She has many things to do, with two sons, husband, and work. In fact she would admit that she has a very stressful life. However, I have other clients who are in the same boat, yet they make the extra effort that it requires to get the healthy body they want and be happy.

Penelope told me that her sons are first in her life that she doesn’t really want to take time from them to exercise.  She said this even though she admits that she is not happy being overweight. Of course, I didn’t council her to forsake her love ones. But it seems to me that often people waste more time watching television or doing other questionable activities instead investing time in something that will benefit both their bodies and their minds.

Talking with Penelope reminded me of a conversation I had with a young man recently.  He was confused about life and had some problems. He confided to me that he felt alone and not accepted by his dad.  He even started to cry as we were talking and told me something that I will never forget:  “I don’t understand, the Bible says that I need to give before I can get, and people say that I need to take care of myself before I can give.” At the time, I told him, “I understand your confusion. The truth is that both are right. You just need to understand it. Before you can give, you have to have it. If you don’t love yourself, you can’t give love others. If you don’t have money, you can’t give it to who needs it. If you don’t feel safe, you can’t make someone else feel safe. Not that we need to be selfish.  Care about you, learn, understand it, but once you are blessed, then give it and care about others.”

So I told Penelope that to be able to give the best to her family, she needed to care about herself a bit more. It wouldn’t do her any good if she only worked like a machine, giving all with no thought to her own self.  You have to take care of your health to be able to give the best to your family. And there’s the other concept that a parent needs to set an example for his or her family. Sometimes in my own family, I hear an adult tell a youngster to go to college, and the adult makes excuses that he or she is too old to go back to school. But this is nothing but excuses, age is only a number. If you want people to do something good for themselves or to make the right decisions, be a role model and do something for yourself, so in the future you are not a burden to them.

To conclude, if you really want it, you can get it. All it takes is an extra effort that, sadly, many won’t do. Invest your time in something that is beneficial for you and get rid of bad habits. There are other people in the same situation or even more difficult situations who have done it. Help yourself so that you’ll be able to help others. You happiness is just in the other side of  your hard effort.

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