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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Never give in!

“Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never – in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”
-Winston Churchill

Burpee Challenge today!

We will be inside and outside this morning.  Get ready to work hard!  
Warm up – Because it is the first Thursday of the month, you know what that means!!!   
10 Minute Burpee Challenge!!  As many burpees as you can do in 10 minutes! Goal is 100!  Can you do it??? If you do meet the challenge, try to see how many you can do past 100.

THEN ~~~~
Run to Eastside High School and back, every 2 minutes 10 air squats
25 - 20 - 15 - 10 - 5
Dumbbell Thrusters
Plank Row Pushups
Box Jumps

It is 90 days till summer, are you ready to show that 6 pack? If you are putting in the hours at the gym, hitting Cardio hard, lifting weights and you are still not getting the results you want, check out your is most likely the culprit! Whenever I feel like I am losing definition in my core I start tracking my nutrition and calories. I use it to get back on track with where I need to be, for me it's mostly to be more aware of mindless snacks and portion control! Check out Lance Armstrong's site for my favorite tool for tracking calories...
The importance of tracking calories
Most of us claim that we watch what we eat. We also claim we change the oil every 3,000 miles. Do we really? It has been shown in tests that we tend to forget some of the bites that we make throughout the day. It turns out that most of us do remember that hamburger and french fries we had on the way home. But the things we tend to forget are the 50 grams of chocolate, the can of Coke, the bag of popcorn, and the few cookies we had before we went to bed. Unfortunately, those little details make all the difference and the only way to stay on track is to have a clear and complete picture of what we really eat throughout the day.

Tracking calories is probably one of the oldest dieting methods, and throughout all these years it still has not lost any of its appeal. We all know that consuming 1000 calories a day is rather little, and 3000 is too much for most of us. So why not pick a number in between, make sure to eat just that many calories, and observe the results a few weeks later. No change? Pick a lower number of calories. Gained weight? Pick a lower number of calories. Lost more than you expected? Make sure you eat enough nutrients.  To determine your Daily Calorie Needs, go to: 
Want to lose 1 pound a week? Then subtract 500 calories from your daily total. Want to lose 2 pounds a week? Then subtract 1000 calories from your daily total. Better yet, eat 500 calories less and burn 500 extra calories per day through exercise.
If you are eating the right amount of calories and find that you are still hungry, replace higher calorie foods (like processed foods) with lower calorie, higher fiber foods such as whole grains, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and grilled lean meats.  Eat the right foods and you won't be hungry. In fact, my advice it to eat no processed foods!

Dieting really is that simple. The reason why so many of us fail, is because we underestimate the number of times we opened the fridge. So put a notepad on the door of your fridge, and start recording the foods and the times at which you consumed them. This way you will not only determine the number of calories you may consume, but you also may be able to detect any unhealthy eating patterns. Last but not least, after having spent a few minutes writing down all the foods, you will think twice about eating them in the future.

“Feed your fears and your faith will starve. Feed your faith, and your fears will.”
-Max Lucado

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