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Even When It’s Cold

Winter Wonderland~

You might think I’m about to tell you I was out exercising in the fresh fallen snow early last Sunday morning with a group of enthusiastic gals, but I’m not going to tell you that. The truth is….

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….I was thoroughly enjoying a typical Sunday morning, lounging in mushy jammies with a steaming mug of strong, black java, updating client profiles, planning posts and skimming Facebook. My heaven~

This particular Sunday I gazed out the windows and was mesmerized by a wild wind that was whipping up frosty snow swirls over the ominously ice-grey lake. My thoughts? “There’s no place like home.”

As I scrolled through Facebook, a friend’s post caught my eye. This idyllic scene; a beautiful photo of a motivated bunch of girls strolling through a refreshing winter morning. Wow.

I pointedly looked to see when it was posted and was surprised to find it had been added only minutes prior. In that swirling snow. This group of gals were taking a Winter Walk!

How incredibly awesome was that? (It was practically a blizzard outdoors.) Kudo’s girls!

While I’m not likely to give up my Sacred Sunday ritual, I was curious to review the benefits of exercising outside, even in the cold.

Icy Inspiration

We all know it’s tough to find motivation to exercise (ANY day) let alone outside on a frigid day. During the work week most of us begin and end our days in utter darkness tinged with a frosty chill. The winter sunshine is appreciated but it’s not all that enticing when it barely warms up the day. We’re compelled to stay indoors, find warmth and forget about fitness until the spring thaw.

But for some, like the girls who were out walking on that frosty morning, outdoor activity is preferable to a crowded, stuffy gym and I was pretty impressed and inspired by their tenacity and spirit! Ballsy babes!

A Doctor of Natural Medicine and a Personal Fitness Strategist agree.

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Winter Warrior Rosemarie

My sister-in-law, Rosemarie, was one of those Winter Warriors. Later that same evening we had the opportunity to talk about exercising outdoors, even when it’s cold.  Rosemarie is Doctor of Natural Medicine, owner of Infinite Healing and an incredibly intuitive healer.

We agreed that cold weather training can be a perfect opportunity to increase the benefits of exercise, health and longevity. Here are the reasons we felt were most important:

You can burn more calories.

The body works hard to regulate core temperature in the cold, you’ll burn more calories during a wintry outdoor workout compared to one indoors.

Overall calorie burn will vary with each person’s body mass and the extremity of the temperature, but it’s a great perk to burn a few more without the extra sweat and effort.

You can strengthen your heart.

Cold weather makes your heart work harder to distribute blood throughout the body. A regular exerciser with good cardiovascular endurance can strengthen their heart with cold-weather sessions. You’ll be ready for more strenuous workouts in the future. (Non-exercise stresses too!).

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Skater? Not sure but I’m in the game!

You can build a tolerance for the frigid season.

It’s damn hard to force yourself outside for the first walk/workout of the winter season but over time it gets easier. Adjust your expectations as you acclimate rather than push for your typical “good-weather” training levels. Pay attention to your effort as opposed to hitting certain time, distance or other performance goal. Learn to enjoy the process.

You can get a good dose of vitamin D.

Even when it’s cold, the extra sun exposure will supply you with the same important nutrients as it does during warmer seasons. The benefit feels like “more” in the winter because natural light is already so restricted.

You can feel energized and happier.

Cold-weather exercise will boost your mood. There’s no humidity to drag you down and the chill is stimulating. As the body works hard to stay warm, more endorphins are produced which leaves you feeling a strong sense of happiness – you’ll feel younger!

You should embrace the winter months.

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  • Find a group of friends to kick your butt into gear.
  • Take the kids tubing and strive to keep up.
  • Get out your ancient ice skates and give them a twirl.
  • Rent some snowshoes, go for a walk with them on.
  • Organize a Pond hockey league!
  • Learn to Curl
  • Just get out and walk!
  • Ski!

Make fitness a bigger part of your life by extending your workouts to outside the gym while doing something fun. Exercising in the cold weather is going to make you hot!  (yep I just said that, cheesy I know!)

 

Get inspired. Get geared up. Get prepared. Plan your next adventure.

Winter activities can be as simple as organizing a walk with the girls or gathering the family for a skate. With bit of travel you could find Winter Snow Tubing in the country. It may take some research but you could perhaps find Snowshoeing at local golf course, winery  or through a pretty wooded estate. Ski weekends, sledding afternoons, snow angels moments…..even shoveling can be a fun and beneficial. Really!

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My Mack

Here, (in the Niagara Region of Ontario and Western New York) there are tons of opportunities to get out and you just need to do that – get outside!

Do something you’ve never done before and you’ll get a life you’ve never had before.

My personal favorite-Winter runs with Mack: This guy is the best workout partner I’ve ever had! Can you imagine keeping up with that!

<————– Happy, happy happy Bulldog~

Anyway….you get the idea.

 

Get out of that lazy-boy recliner before you begin to look like one! Fresh air and exercise will take care of many health concerns and you’re just going to be happier. That, and you’ll be away from the fridge!

Have a fantastic winter and promise me you’ll get out and play! ~karen

About the Author

nourish1Hi! I’m Karen Pilote – My job title (I suppose) is “Personal Trainer” but lately I’m liking the term “Personal Fitness Strategist.” I help people find unique and individual strategies for implementing fitness into their lives. I’m skilled at making plans for achieving a goal, and I’m good at forming strategies (which is OH SO (so!) important when we’re talking about fitness.

One size programs do not fit all and one (rigid) plan will not suffice for the long term. Your weight-loss journey’s going to follow a winding road; face it. It will be a mountainous climb at times; prepare for it.  It will bumpy ride for most of the trip; buckle up. But you can do it; believe it!

 

Honestly, it’s going to be confusing and you’ll need the support of an intuitive guide to help trouble shoot the challenges along the way. That’s me!

Sure, I can send you a program, tell you what to eat, explain and teach you the exercises but lot’s of people can do that for you – actually, you can find it all on the internet.

But I excel at tuning into what you’re feeling. My strength lies in understanding your confusion and fetching you back when you’re lost. I’m supportive when you’re disillusioned and I’m sure of your success even when you’re not.

Failure is not an option and I’ll never let you quit on yourself! I believe in you and I see what you can be- I will teach you to find that person and bear the challenges with some cursing and chuckling along way.

My program is called The Action Plan– it’s an general guide and plan to follow as you learn what works for you and what doesn’t. Read more about it here: The Action Plan

My workouts are found on Get Fit Over 40 – Pinterest. Free. I’m sure you’ll find them challenging and unique. For the most valuable use of the boards and cardio routines it’s best to set goals and follow the general plan outlined in The Action Plan.

I’m on Facebook Page Karen Pilote – Get Fit Over 40 for daily motivation and light-hearted humor and inspiration. (At least I like to think so, lol) See you there!

 

You Can’t Get There from Here

Bad knees? Bum shoulder? Weak back?

It’s nearly impossible to help someone if they won’t help themselves. If you want to lose weight but you’re in pain, you’re inflexible, you can’t squat, or you can’t lift your arm, you need a physiotherapist before an exercise program. Harsh? Maybe…but in the long run you’ll thank me.

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You see, if you try to jump over a vast expanse chances are you won’t make it. So too, you can’t go from overweight and wracked with pain to lean, strong, and pain-free –you have to take steps in between.

Build A Bridge

Begin by shifting your focus (for the time being) into a mindset of health, ease of movement and vitality. (I know that sucks when you’re thinking lean and sexy but….) by correcting the acute condition, you’ll begin to feel better, more hopeful and confident. AND THEN YOU WILL LOSE THE WEIGHT. You’ll have the solid foundation necessary to undertake a realistic weight loss plan.  Really, it’s the only way to progress.

Start Where You Are

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“Pain management, physiotherapy, and a good flexibility program are a must in order to rehabilitate and move beyond painful physical conditions and achieve sustainable weight loss and good health.”

You want to lose weight yet an old and painful injury is stopping you in your tracks. You believe that if only you could dump the weight that injury would be tolerable, right? You think, “If I lost 20 (30, 50, 100) pounds; then I’ll feel good about myself, and then I’ll take better care of myself, and then my condition (painful shoulder, stiff hips, bad back) will heal. I’ll be happy and healthy if I lose the weight…..”

#1 It’s possible (sustainable weight loss) but not probable. In most cases the pain associated with a chronic condition saps your resolve to stick to a plan and limits your ability to perform proper exercise.

#2 Often it’s not even the original problem you’re dealing with now. (that’s why you need to see a professional) When you’re hurt and recovering from injury or surgery, your brain sends messages to protect the area (you use it less, and baby it more) and it grows weak with disuse. Ligaments and tendons shorten as movement is limited. The healing process itself causes scar tissue and that adds to the whole mess. You live in pain and pain holds you back.

It’s a vicious circle; you can’t move because you’re in pain and your pain continues because you can’t move. And it goes without saying; you’ll probably not reach your weight loss goals with so much physical chaos….ugh!

You Can’t Get There From Here

Action Eight participant Julie V. has been dealing with this nightmare existence for years. She’s not overweight but wants a healthy, active retirement and a strong body. She wants to ease her painful joints. She wants to minimize the symptoms of menopause, and she wants to keep her metabolism stoked to avoid inevitable age-related weight gain.

She wants to manage her aging but she has to begin where she is now, and that’s in constant pain.

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“Julie knew that she had to keep moving but tightness in her joints, chronic pain and resulting muscle imbalances kept her from full range exercise form. After physio she’s limber enough to squat deeper and do more in the gym than ever before.”

Julie began experiencing excruciating pain in her hips more than 6 years ago. She couldn’t do her job and went on modified duties. She was diagnosed with torn tissues and bone spurs (most likely caused from years of wear and tear from sports combined with heredity). After surgery to scrape the spurs and repair the tears, she was left with limited range of motion, still in chronic pain, experiencing sleepless nights and had little hope of breaking the cycle.

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“Today. Finishing a workout with a stretch in a lengthened supine pose. This position used to cause so much discomfort that she couldn’t sleep well at all. With therapeutic manipulation, daily stretching and a good weight-bearing exercise program things are beginning to change for the better!”

As the joints heal, new issues arise. Scar tissue that forms to protect the healing body parts cause painful inflexibility. Unfortunately her decision to stop physiotherapy limited her ability to maintain a reasonable level of flexibility. She continued to exercise with the intention of living the best quality of life possible, but felt her efforts produced less advancement than she hoped.

When we began working together several months ago I explained that she’d have to address inflexibility before she could even hope to further strengthen her body. Her mindset and determination was perfectly poised for very healthy aging yet the her body’s tightness made it impossible to perform exercise optimally.

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“Very subtle differences make the world of difference in someone healing from trauma and is experiencing painful movement. A taller posture and a hopeful outlook is just as thrilling as dramatic weight loss. Julie feels the difference and very encouraged by what can be seen in her comparisons and more by what can’t be seen. Her pain is not getting the best of her!”

Now on The Action Plan and back to therapy, Julie is seeing and feeling a big difference. It’s still uncomfortable for sure, but now she has the confidence and guidance that will help her achieve her goals, maintain a good level of physical strength and has hope for a pain-free future.

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“By working on flexibility first, her workouts serve to strengthen lengthened muscles, tendons and ligaments instead of reinforcing tight, restricted areas. She stands taller and her postural improvements are the first sign that muscles are responding and working as they should. Exercise form and function continues to improve and Julie’s growing confidence keeps her active and engaged in her training.” 

Begin with Where You Are

If you want to lose weight but you’re in pain, get therapy! Even if you’re not overweight, treat the pain for a better quality of life and health. Commit to it for a lifetime if you must!

Exercise will not “cure” genetic conditions nor heal injury but weight-bearing exercises are important for pain sufferers. Resistance training can strengthen muscles around the joint that hurts. The stronger the muscle is, the less pain you are likely to feel in that joint, but you have to get help to get to the point where weight lifting is possible. You have to get beyond the pain.

Get Fit Over 40

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When I was starting out as a trainer I thought I could help everyone. I thought that if only people would start exercising they could achieve their goals through sheer willpower. I know better now. The Action Plan is not for everyone. If you’re experiencing pain or dealing with acute or chronic conditions please start by seeing a medical professional. Work with a reputable personal trainer as you begin your exercise journey back to good health.

The plan will work optimally when your body works optimally. Do it for yourself and do it today. A world of possibilities will open to you when you take the first steps!

Wishing you the best health!

~Karen

Build a Brick House

Are you considering a strict diet and bootcamp exercise to make up for summer weight gain? Think again because you’re running out of time, and those quick weight loss schemes never work out in the long run!

As we age it becomes more and more difficult for our bodies to rebound from trauma; crash dieting and “blitz” exercising is traumatic to the human body. It’s an assault that weakens your body, and a weak, sickly body cannot magically morph into a strong and lean physique…it just can’t.

That’s why it’s important to start with “reasonable” and gradually progress to “moderate” so that you can naturally adjust to “vigorous”….

You need to build yourself up!

What most people think of as “conventional dieting,” (slashing calories and eliminating whole food groups) actually tears down the body structure, weakens the foundation of health and creates an unstable environment that will actually diminish your ability to lose weight and remain healthy and strong in the years to come.

BUILD A STRONG, SOLID HOUSE

You need good quality building materials to build a strong and solid house and you need a specific amount of building material to complete the house of your dreams.

BUILD A STRONG, SOLID BODY

So too with your body. If you’re to achieve a strong and healthy physique you need good quality food and you need a specific amount of food to build and maintain that physique.

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Lasting Quality

A well-built home is easier to maintain and requires less maintenance than a poorly built home. A fit and healthy physique is easier to maintain than one that is starved, weak and sickly.

A well-built home takes longer to build but is worth the investment; same too for a body that will perform and thrive for many years to come.

Do it right the first time!

The Planning Stage

There are standard calculations required to build a house.

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When you’re investing time and hard-earned money, you do the groundwork, right? You calculate costs, research materials, establish a time line and figure out the game plan…….

Plan for a strong body too; formulate and follow a game plan for your health and weight loss.

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Calculate your calorie needs, choose wholesome foods, plan your grocery list and prepare your food. It takes time to succeed; preparation, contemplation and organization are part of “the life”.

 How?

Start with the very basics: nutrition and exercise.

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Energy balance is the relationship between “energy in” (food calories taken into the body through food and drink) and “energy out” (calories being used in the body for our daily energy requirements).

HOW MANY CALORIES SHOULD I EAT?

Figure out your Basal Metabolic Rate (Basal Metabolic Rate is the amount of energy expressed in calories that a person needs to keep the body functioning at rest. Some of those processes are breathing, blood circulation, controlling body temperature, cell growth, brain and nerve function, and contraction of muscles.) The body’s energy needs include the amount of energy required for maintenance at rest, physical activity and movement, and for food digestion, absorption, and transport.

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You can determine your probable optimal calorie need using a simple formula that calculates BMR. You can find BMR calculators all over the internet, here’s a good one: BMR Calculator. Once you’ve nailed down the number you can retrain the body to consume and utilize the nutrients, overcome poor eating habits and gain the energy you need to train intelligently. You’ll adapt!

The Action Plan

The Action Plan energy balance section sets general guidelines for the calories you should be taking in. You need these (quality) calories to build that brick house, so don’t scrimp! Start your program with maintenance level calories to restore nutrients and provide the fuel you need to exercise. Once you are recharged with good food it’s easy to manipulate the calories in order to prompt fat loss.

Kerri’s Calculations

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Kerri S. is an  Action Eight participant; one of 8 women I worked with personally and started The Action Plan earlier this summer (2015).

Kerri was shocked to learn her body requires 1800 calories to function optimally. She’s getting her head around it but it’s difficult to fathom successful weight loss when eating that much.

I point out to her that 1800 calories of wholesome food may seem like “too much” to lose weight, BUT the “sneaky snacking” and nibbling has been the too much!“. 

When Kerri divides those 1800 calories by 5  (3 “meals” and 2 “snacks”), consuming the appropriate amount of food becomes easier to manage. 360 calories per meal is an average clean eating meal and 1800 calories of clean food IS GOING TO BUILD LEAN MUSCLE, which will burn fat.

And that’s the whole point: scale weight is secondary to how you feel, how you look and how you function.

Fat Loss Success

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Kerri is a ways from “getting it all right”.  She’s learning and she’s striving to make better choices. With only the few strategies that she has grasped and applied so far, her efforts are already paying off. Initial comparison photos show changes in her physique and she reports feeling energetic, confident and excited to continue. She has a plan and she’s following the blueprint to building a healthy fit body!

HIT Cardio + Weights + Better Food Choices

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Kerri has a quirky instability in her back that requires modifications during exercise. She is realizing the importance of good nutrition in building strong muscles to support her weak links. Adding a basic weight training routine focuses appropriate loads on her weak areas. With a balanced program of HIT cardio (modified), resistance training and supportive nutritional strategies, she is reaching her goals!

Relevant exercise (that is, exercise that is appropriate for your goals) and proper nutrition will work for you too – even if you’re Over 40. Never doubt it, just get doing it! Build a strong and solid “brick house”.

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Have a Fit Day!

~karen

Health Issues? Get Fit Anyway!

I will decide how I age.

I have control. 

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But, There Will Be Snags

Exercising while dealing with chronic or acute health conditions is tough. Often, the issue keeps you from doing the very thing that will have a positive effect on the condition. At the outset of a therapeutic training program you’ll feel an exaggeration of symptoms or new ones…..exercise is unpleasant (for beginners) under the best circumstances. When you feel lousy, it’s worse. Sometimes bad enough to pull the covers up over your head and ignore the problem, right?

Wrong.

Remember, you want better.

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Exercise and Health Conditions

If you’re experiencing fatigue, lethargy or pain due to a health issue, the last thing you want to do is bounce, lift, jiggle or add to the discomfort in any way. The last thing you want to do is, quite frankly, the thing that you must do! You have to move arthritic joints. You have to circulate oxygen through the veins. You have to build stronger circulatory, respiratory and cardiovascular systems that will cause healthy adaptations in all areas of the body.

Good nutrition and relevant exercise will promote healthy body weight and ease the burden on body systems so that you can heal, and there are very few medical conditions that are not positively affected by a healthy, active lifestyle.

But you already know that…..

Now, if you’re looking for an excuse NOT to exercise, NOT to improve or NOT to succeed, you can stop right here. No one will blame you for that. It’s hard! But if you accept that it’s you alone who decides your future (and you DO want a future of optimum health), then you’ll want to continue reading and meet Debbie.

Debbie’s conditions are not imminently life-threatening yet they could spiral into a serious situation. Her unique health challenges (circulatory), together with the universal “womanly” related (menopausal) challenges AND genetics have fueled her current quest for better health, improved body composition and yes, weight loss. She’s ready to fight and I’m all on board to help steer!

Meet Debbie:
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“Hi, my name is Debbie,

I’m a married mother of two, grandmother of five and I work full-time.

I’ve battled my weight for most of my adult life and tried many fad diets with little success.

In my early 40’s I hit a record high of 172 lbs. I thought to myself,  it’s time to do something before major health issues develop. I started walking and trying to cut back and then I tried a popular weight loss program (WW) and made some progress.

Over next few years I added a variety of activities such as circuit training, Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and exercise videos. I lost 30 lbs. and I’m proud to say I have kept it off for over 10 years (still a struggle at times). In the last 3 years I started cardio classes and began to do some light weight workouts (3-5 lbs).

As a menopausal woman, I was concerned with bone loss, toning, and wanted to rid myself of those last 10 lbs. that I couldn’t shake off no matter how much I mixed things up. So, in February, I joined a local gym and had the pleasure of trying a variety of classes (Piyo, yoga, and, Bodybomb). All of the classes were great, each targeting specific needs.

I’m now under the guidance of Karen, with her expertise and Action Plan. In only 4 weeks I’m already seeing results in weight loss and body transformation!  I am lifting heavier weights (10,15, and 20 lbs. depending on the exercise) and using machines with weights up to 45 lbs.

I do have a few health concerns; pernicious anemia, varicose veins, restless leg, CVI, and Spina Bifida occult. It hasn’t been easy!  Karen and I have made modifications such as reduced reps & weight, and longer rest periods…(to catch my breath and check for a pulse ha ha!).

I’m eager to see where my transformation journey will take me. I know I wouldn’t have had such success without the encouragement and support of Karen and my workout girls. I feel stronger, healthier, and more energized than ever.

Thanks a million for helping me make it happen!

Debbie L.”

Debbie’s Action Plan

This is a workout routine from the Action Plan.

Four months ago Deb would have taken one look at it (in total confusion) and walked away. While she didn’t walk away, she didn’t get through it either!

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You see, it takes time, effort, tenacity and determination to do a board; you have to learn the routine, the terms, the exercises, and the sets and reps. You have to suffer the uncertainty. You have to show up and give it what you’ve got that day.

You’ve got to fail.

Debbie did all those things and she did them consistently. Even now, four months later, the boards are tough to get through most days. Debbie has learned and now understands: it’s the tough days when she plugs through (at whatever intensity she can muster), that she’s making gains. She’s growing stronger in mind and body, and that’s what it’s all about!

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My Two Cents

Deb was successful at losing 30 pounds ten years ago because she altered her habits. She maintained her loss because she stayed active and ate (relatively) well; the changes became a lifestyle that continue to support her new life and physique.

Fast Forward to Now 

Debbie wants more improvement and to move forward. To make further physical and health progress from this new position she has to implement further lifestyle adjustments. I want her to lift weights and tighten up her diet;  she’s agreed that these are reasonable and understandable “next steps”.

Although Debbie lives and enjoys a good lifestyle, I intuit that it’s still a struggle. From our conversations, I gather that nutrition isn’t always easy and there’s an underlying fear of losing control and gaining weight back if she’s not diligent and “on top of her game” at all times. I explain that, although her bodyweight is down, body composition is still an issue. By increasing lean body tissue, (muscle) with weight training, she can change the shape of her body and easily maintain a strong healthy physique for many years to come. She’d then be able to better manage her health conditions as well.

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I gave Debbie (and the Action Eight) a very general resistance training routine to follow for one month. She struggled with exercise form, but even at that she’s experienced dramatic change. We’ll work closely together as she implements a more specific weight training plan to target her unique needs. We’ll monitor her progress, make adjustments and continue to refine her nutritional habits. I want to keep it as flexible as possible for her busy life as a wife, mom, grandma and full-time employee.

One Month Progress – Un-retouched Photos

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It’s possible to Get Fit Over 40 and it needn’t take years. With health conditions, it possible to Get Fit Over 40 anyway!

It does takes appropriate action, knowing when to switch it up and focus on new goals (having achieved previous ones). Ask Debbie!

The Action Plan and Get Fit Over 40 will get you there!

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Comment here to share your own stories. We love to hear about other “Over 40’s” who are doing it!

Have the absolute best day you can!

~karen

You Look Just Fine…

….but you want more. You want strong. You want to be fit. You want awesome aging.

Many, many, many women want to lose weight – some, lots of weight. “Bigger” women can’t figure out for the life of them what those “skinny” women are complaining about….they look just fine!

I get it. When you have 50, 80, 100 pounds to lose it can be pretty frustrating hearing about women who want to get healthier and fitter but don’t actually have a lot of weight to lose….bear with me ok, because it’s important validate all women in their personal quest for health.

The women I’m featuring here, the Action Eight, all look just fine. Actually, in my opinion, they look great. They are all relatively healthy, reasonably fit, and (surprise) they all want to lose weight. Well, they think they do….what I find is that “losing weight” is a catch-all phrase that women use when they actually just need to firm up, reshape, get stronger and manage health conditions.

You Look Just Fine: Karen W.

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Karen’s health data calculates out as “excellent” for body weight/height, body composition and all her health markers. She has very few physical aches; an uncomfortable hip condition is one that she accepts as normal for her. She is able to maintain her physique and health with very little effort yet she notices an “uncomfortable for her” belly bulge and she would like to age gracefully and healthily with a little less softness in her mid-section and thighs.

Karen “looks just fine” but she wants better for herself, and that’s just great! By cleaning up her eating a bit and consuming a nutritionally balanced meal plan, Karen can expect significant changes to her physique and health. She’ll begin training with weights 3 times per week.

Karen’s Focus Forward:

Number 1 – Begin to incorporate regular exercise.

Seemingly lucky, (and I have to agree), Karen has never been one to engage in a regular fitness program and yet is fairly fit and she looks just fine. We’ve talked about her goals and she agrees that, although she is managing well now, she wants to get ahead of the inevitable age related health declines.

The difficulty that naturally lean women experience as they age is that it’s necessary to participate in a regular and focused training plan but they’ve never formed that habit. That’s kinda tough and one of the reasons it’s a little “unlucky” to be naturally lean. Forming new habits over 40 takes resolve and learning to lift weights is confusing at first.

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Number 2 – Lift Weights!

Building lean muscle mass will strengthen the body, support the joints and build fat burning tissue. Karen will begin with Get Fit Over 40’s weight training program, Strong Over 40.

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You’ve got to start with a good, basic weight training program. Lifting weights will elicit immediate feelings of strength, fitness and well-being.

Karen will feel good immediately and she’ll be motivated and inspired by those feelings to continue. By addressing strength first, and building lean muscle, she can expect to maintain her current weight or even gain a few pounds.

The increased weight gain will come from lean muscle tissue, not fat! And: that lean muscle will serve as an incinerator to keep extra belly bulge and soft thighs in check. Bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, cardiovascular system….every body system will be positively affected! And she will maintain a good weight while enjoying a fabulous, strong and healthy fit physique.

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Number 3 – Clean up your eating!

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Karen eats well and her choices are often exactly what fits into a good healthy lifestyle, but because she wants to be more than “just fine” I suggest a few things.

I’d like her to track her habits and maximize the good ones, alter the not so good ones. It’s not important at this time to “be perfect” and “eat good”. What’s important right now is for Karen to realize that all (real) foods are good and can be included in a healthy lifestyle, but you’ve got to eat! Yes, potatoes are good!

“A healthy lifestyle includes all food in moderation, but if you want a dramatic difference you’ll have to make some changes for the time being.” Nourish Nutrition Plan

Also, I’d like for her to make sure she’s eating regularly. When you’re aiming to build up a good strong body you need to provide the materials. Whether you want to lose weight or add strength and tone, you have to eat.

11028131_1610358779185730_1264080325_oAre you lean but soft? Do you suffer from health conditions that could be managed with exercise and better eating?

Do you believe that you have to eat less, lose more and suffer through rigorous exercise to have “that” physique? Do you look just fine but want more?

Follow the training of the Action Eight and discover an easier way to attain your goals!

~karen

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When the Excitement Fades

Sustaining motivation throughout a difficult transition is the #1 BIGGEST effort you will have to put forth in your weight loss/health gain transformation.

We’ve all experienced that moment when we’ve had enough of our current condition and state of health. I can pinpoint with amazing accuracy the moment it hit me. I was at my girlfriends’ home, completely despondent in my own life. I was house-sitting while her husband and she travelled to some exciting place for some exciting reason and I felt completely overwhelmed with the condition of ME.

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Physically, I was an overweight mess and I blamed every misfortune on that fact alone. Of course, it wasn’t that way at all but that’s what I felt at the time. I was pretty fed up with my own “woe is me” story. Sitting on that couch, at that very moment, I was done with it. Done with feeling sorry for myself, done with feeling poorly about myself and done with not being the person I was capable of being.

I made a quick internet search of trainers in my area, connected with the person who would help motivate me and I took action. I called and made an appointment. I committed! Making the decision and taking action gave me a huge lift and I felt as if the job was already done by taking that step.

Of course, I had to follow through, I had to take action. There was NEVER going to be a better place to begin than in that dark moment. I started training the very minute I got back home. There was no doubt in my mind that I would succeed and follow through but I would be challenged many, many times throughout with setbacks, doubts and delays.

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I’m sharing this so that you can understand, this is not going to be easy. Especially right now, a few weeks into your journey with The Action Plan.

You’re discovering what challenges you, and that’s never fun. You’re tired and you’re sore. You might have a new injury or exacerbated an old one. Understanding the nutrition is overwhelming and doing it is just damn hard. Life events conspire to hold you back. You’re losing motivation because its harder than you imagined.

This is the time to dig in.

This is the time to say ABSOLUTELY NO (I actually say “f**it) to that life and that state of mind. This is the time to remind yourself, “I have the power to do this, I have control and I will not let anything stand in my way.”

This is the time to get tough with yourself, maybe even angry and use that fuel to push forward.

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You are strong, capable, smart and successful. You have raised children, you have built a business, you have volunteered, you have supported your friends in difficult times.

YOU HAVE DONE SO MUCH GOOD FOR OTHERS, DO SOME GOOD FOR YOU.

It’s time. You started and you can damn well finish.

You CAN learn, you CAN continue, you CAN figure it out, you CAN take the time, you CAN do the one thing that is important to you!

AND. You can do it when things go wrong....

Like when a challenging life situation erupts. When pressure is on and you have no choice but to respond, help and see it through to the end, you can. Because it’s necessary, you do what it takes.

-your child is going through difficult times and you can move mountains to help and support
-a loved one gets sick and needs help to care for themselves and you are there, across the town or across the state, you show up
-a work crises demands that you spend extra hours and extra attention and you take the time from your emotional bank account and hand it over to the company.

So do it DESPITE things that go wrong.

This part may be going to far for you but there are times that I question myself: I am avoiding my own health and fitness needs because I HAVE TO HELP __________.  Or am I using this situation as an excuse because it’s too hard to change me?

My point is only this, we have the energy, determination and means to step up for others. As women, we have no choice but to put out the fires in life, deal with emotional crises and plow through inevitable “bad” times as well as the good ones. A family vacation, holidays and celebrations are “non-negotiables” and your job right now is to SUSTAIN THE MOTIVATION that you felt on that dark day and keep it alive.

No one can do it for you. No one can teach you how. No one will insist that you continue. No one’s going to force you.

It’s up to you. You can give up and no one will blame you either, because you ARE up against a lot.

You ARE in pain, you ARE sad over the loss of a loved one, you DO have a ridiculous load to carry at work, you ARE financially strapped. Yes, you have every reason to put yourself aside and quit.

I’m challenging myself today and I invite you to challenge yourself. Find the ONE reason to put yourself first. Find the reason to continue and to succeed. It will be a heavy load to hold, but you have to. YOU HAVE TO HOLD ON TO THAT REASON.

I’ve been through “dark times” before my “couch moment” and I’ll have more, no doubt. Every time it happens I have to work hard to find the spark again, find the inspiration to move forward.

It takes courage to move forward and you’ve got that!
Renew your motivators often and work to sustain that motivation after the excitement fades.
You deserve this.

Need more inspiration? Read: Believe & Be strong, smart, beautiful

xokaren

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What is Wrong with Me?

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We were able to lose weight in our late 30’s. Now we’re Over 40 and the weight is creeping back on despite exercise and diet. We start to notice more bloating in the stomach area. What is wrong with us??
Ughhh!

First, and foremost, there is NOTHING wrong with you! Either you want to get fit and are willing to do what it takes OR you want to keep talking about it. It makes no difference to anyone but you. You are the same amazing person to your friends, family and co-workers no matter what you weigh.

But do you like yourself? Do you like how you feel? Are you content with your life? Do you feel fulfilled?

If you do, great!

If you want better for yourself it’s time to face some realities. Ready?

Numero Uno: Demand honest answers from yourself to these tough questions before you drown your sorrows in a box of wine:

1) What is your food intake? Not enough? Too much? Calculate the correct amount of calories to reach your goals.
2) What foods do you eat most often? Healthy fats, lean proteins, whole grains, fruit and vegetables? Or processed junk?
3) Is your water intake sufficient? You need water. Period. You can find out why in a million places online…..google water. 🙂
4) Is your exercise program geared towards your intended goals? Or do you choose activities that you like most? Spend your training sessions doing the work that gets results and save the fun stuff for in between.
5) Is your stress level through the roof? If you’re anxious, worried, and stressed your body is going to respond with it’s own mechanisms, sending out armies of hormones to help you cope but that will also promote fat storage…I know, not fair!

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It’s time to Get Fit Over 40. Lift yourself fit!

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~karen

 

Get Rid of Flabby Thighs Over 40

My Flabby Thighs

I hated my thighs all my life and because I am over 40 (way over) that’s a stinkin’ long time. Too long for someone with a reasonable level of self esteem, or so I would imagine from a psychological perspective.

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Genetics will forever factor in but after making the initial transformation it’s easier to maintain “normal” body fat levels and leaner legs with regular weight lifting sessions, moderate cardio and a balanced diet.

 

 

A WAR

I’ve waged war on my thighs for more years than I care to admit, slamming the poor things with so much negative attention that Abraham Hicks would shake his head. I know I’m not alone, right?  Help me out here.  If it’s not your thighs then it might be flabby arms or a bulging belly but most everyone has their own personal vendetta against some part of their body.

Not you? Wow, that’s so great! But I think a majority of us are looking to improve physically even though we know full hips and shapely thighs are a beautiful thing.

If you’re reading this you’ve probably got a “flabby” reason but I hope you’re not expecting a miracle solution (because there’s not one).

Unfortunately I can’t tell you it’s as simple as applying a lotion, taking a pill or drinking a tea. No, there’s not one exercise, food or product that will spot reduce fat, smooth out cellulite or flatten a flabby tummy. I wish there was……but more, what I do hope for you is that you accept your perfect self for who you are and recognize all the things that make you so. You’re beautiful!

But there’s still some flabbiness and we want to get that under control. It’s just who we are……right?

Here’s the thing, you will have to be even more diligent with these steps because you are Over 40, and you  certainly can! Here we go:

To Get Rid of Flabby Thighs:

1) STRENGTH TRAIN 2-3 times per week and engage your leg muscles with exercises that will make the whole body strong. When you eat properly and begin to lose the fat that covers your body you want to see strong, toned muscles underneath. Work to sculpt your inner and outer thighs, hamstrings, and butt and your legs will look leaner and slimmer. Target the lower body with workouts that are included in The Action Plan.

Squat, lunge and deadlift for strong, shapely legs.

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2) BURNING CALORIES is key to reducing your overall body fat. Moderate intensity, heart pumping cardio is necessary. Choose activities that burn the most calories like biking, running, rowing, swimming and jumping rope. These exercises will also tone the legs while you’re doing them. Work up to 40-minutes of moderate intensity cardio sessions (two times a week) and 20-minute High Intensity Interval Training (three times a week) to really notice a difference. The Action Plan includes exercises and schedules for you!

Burn calories to reduce overall body fat. Bike, run, row, swim.

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3) DON’T SKIP MEALS and definitely don’t miss breakfast because it’ll rev up your metabolism helping to reduce your overall body fat and reveal your lean legs. Follow The Action Plan nutrition guide and learn to include a balanced combination of protein, fat and fiber-filled complex carbs. The protein will give you energy for your daily training sessions, and it also helps build muscle. The fats will keep you satiated and the carbs will sustain that energy from meal to meal, day to day.

Lean proteins, natural fats, fruits and vegetables for overall fat loss.

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4) CHOOSE WATER most often and with few exceptions. You’ll save mega calories avoiding sweetened beverages. Staying hydrated helps with weight loss and the intricate physiological functions that support good health. Drink often throughout the day and especially before meals as a means to control your appetite and for a natural detox effect. Water is just good all the way around!

Infuse water with flavorful fruit & veggies and drink up!

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Your Flabby Thighs

No need to get overwhelmed. I’ll leave you with these 4 important steps to getting rid of flabby thighs. There are more strategies including: a variety of activity, macronutrient balance, sleep and recovery, managing acute or chronic conditions and stress, etc. But if you get serious, become consistent and remain persistent with just these 4 biggies you will see an incredible change in your body composition and the appearance of your legs. You will get stronger and slimmer!

ua302995_275735735782009_176229755732608_971238_1752614442_n Work hard, stay consistent, believe in yourself and anything is possible. Just remember you are perfect just as you are and when you strive to become stronger and healthier you’ll only get “perfecter”!

xo

~karen

 

Right On Time!

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It’s Mid-January..a great time to begin.

Are you a little late getting to your New Years resolution fitness? Yep, me too!

I’ve been active. I’ve been exercising. I’ve been busy but I’ve not been focused.

It’s easy to stay in “pretty good shape” by keeping active, but in order to make changes you have to be more diligent, focused and present. Target the goal you want to achieve and take action every day. You’ve got to make it happen, not wish for it to happen.

Time to get Strong and Lean 

To be fair, it’s pretty common, even for seasoned fitness buffs to get thrown off track over the Christmas and New Year holidays. It takes time to get schedules back in order and eating back on track, so in my books, we’re all right on time! And this is our time!

This New Year I’ve taken the Action Plan to a new location, a local gym in my hometown, and offered the workouts in a group setting. It’s been challenging to address the different levels of physical capability. Actually, what I find difficult is communicating the need for each individual to recognize their own physical capabilities and progress at their own pace. I think it’s important for all of you as well, when working out at home, to be sure to modify your exercises to a level of intensity that challenges you, not hurts you.

The Action Plan includes exercises that target muscle strength, endurance and flexibility components. It’s  challenging and that’s what it’s intended to be! You should look at it and think, “can I do this”?

You’ve got to overcome challenges.

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Becoming fit is not usually comfortable. It can be downright painful in some regards: leaving a warm and cozy family evening, finding time in a hectic schedule, maneuvering through a challenging workout routine, experiencing unusual physical responses, facing your insecurities and doubts…..there are so many reasons that committing to a fitness regime and lifestyle change is uncomfortable.

I get that. It’s hard for me too.

There are days that I want nothing more than a steaming hot mug of coffee, a good book and a bubble bath…..exercising is not my favorite thing to do, believe it or not. Don’t get me wrong, I love the strength that I feel after a good workout, but comfort and coziness call in the cold winter months. But we’ve no choice if we’re going to achieve weight loss!

 You will begin to feel amazing, strong and lean in 30 days. Promise.

All that aside, I think the biggest deterrent for most people is a fear that the program will be “too hard”, and they won’t be able to do it. But that is the point. You must do more than you did before, or do something different in order to progress. You’ve got to safely push yourself to the point of failure, just beyond your comfort zone, each and every workout. The Action Plan is set up to challenge your maximum potential. It is intentionally difficult! You, as an individual need to heed your body signals and expect to gradually reach your full potential over time and not in one session.

That means you’ve got to know when to modify, or to take a rest or to limit any workout in order to recover for the next session.

Take it. One day at a time, one work out at a time.

Going forward with (or back to) the Action Plan, I encourage each of you to be aware and recognize your level of tolerance in your training because it will make all the difference in your adherence to the program. No one can define that moment for you. Do what you can each session then follow up with good recovery nutrition, sleep, and hydration. You’ll come back fresh each session and be amazed at the progress you make in a very few short weeks!

Information and purchase: The Action Plan

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Karen Pilote The Action Plan  ~karen

 

 

Plank Motion and Activation

The Plank Pose is the bomb for strengthening your abdominal muscles and also the muscles of the back, hips, and pelvic floor. You won’t get six-pack abs doing this exercise alone, but you will gain core stability (trunk and spine) and great posture!

How to do it.

Tighten your abdominal muscles to help you hold the position correctly, and hold it as long as you can. When you begin to feel your lower back start to sag from fatigue, take a break, then get back into the proper position and hold the move once again.

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How to do it better!

Exercise progression is key to getting stronger. Make the plank a DYNAMIC move: when you can hold this pose for 30-60 seconds begin to implement movement modifications to target a variety of  strength, balance, stability and coordination initiatives. The Power Plank demo video is a GFO40 classic. Watch it here and incorporate some new moves to your core training. Make it a challenge!

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Core Activation

When it comes down to good physical conditioning the bottom line is “how quickly does your body respond”.  Training for muscle activation is a huge component of physical fitness. We want our bodies to react strongly, quickly and efficiently in our daily activities. A conditioning sequence for the plank pose should include “quick activation” drills:

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Perform a series of Activation Plank repetitions by lying flat on the floor in position to engage the posture. Begin by tensing and engaging all muscles of the body and quickly lift into plank position. Hold the posture for a few seconds and then return to relaxed posture, lying flat on the floor. Immediately repeat this process 6-8 times for one set of Activation Planks. Work up to 3 sets.

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 I Just Wanna Zip my Jeans!

Do you want to get rid of the middle age belly bloat?  Do you want to have flat abs of steel? Do you want to simply zip up your friggin jeans?  You can, but it takes a consistent overall effort; diet and exercise. The whole process has to start with some really “not sexy” core strengthening. Overall, full body, integrated strength will enable you to perform the more vigorous training necessary to burn fat efficiently. You need endurance and stamina to hang in there for the long haul. The plank is one of those basic exercises that you might take for granted, a training staple that will support your long-term goals.

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Grab a foam roller and then let me know how many rounds you finished!

xokp

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Vitamin B12 Shots for Fat Loss?

  • You’re doing it the right way, yes? Working consistently, eating right, enjoying a physical lifestyle?

     

    Everything is going great! You’re motivated and loving your training but you still want “an edge”. Are B12 shots the answer?

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    Tracey writes, “I’m training again and did my first big ride yesterday. I’m coming back! Do the shots help?? I just want a head start, this weight really gets me down.”

    Way to go Tracey! Good for you, you’re on the right track!

    Just don’t go scrambling to make things more complicated than they need to be!

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    Training and eating well work for weight loss. Stick with your program consistently now. If you suspect you’re lacking B12 investigate further. Any supplemental vitamin will help for a diagnosed deficiency, and then, when you feel 100% you can give 100% and that’s when change will happen!

    There is no magic.

    If you are B12 deficient, B12 shots will bolster B vitamin levels in your body. If you are considering this supplement for weight loss without changing your fitness habits, you are looking for arbitrary answers. Don’t waste time and money on imagined causes or unrealistic expectations.

    The cause of weight gain is not B deficiency. Even if you were deficient, it’s not directly responsible for the weight gain. Lack of exercise is responsible, and poor food choices are, so change that first.

    Weight Loss is Guaranteed

    If you think you have a vitamin deficiency, get a profile done or take a good multi-vitamin. But don’t jump to conclusions. Difficult weight loss stems from poor habits, and poor habits can make you feel terrible. Begin by getting the basics down pat. Eat wholesome food in appropriate portions, do the exercise you love and rest to recover. Drink lots of water! If you still feel that something is “off” then look to take further logical steps. Bottom line, there are no “head starts” to good health except for the one in your head. When you decide to succeed, you will.

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    Do What You Love

    And you started to bike? That’s so fun and cycling is great for you! When you enjoy your sport you’ll look forward to it. Get an extra edge for long rides and competitions by including a good weight training program. When you feel the strength and feel the ease of effort in your sport, you’ll begin to love lifting too!

    As a matter of fact, you are going to love what you do so much that you’ll keep doing it. Very soon you’ll see and feel the difference.

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    Have Patience Grasshopper

    Take logical action and optimize your weight loss efforts. Take care of the basics first and of course find out about vitamin deficiencies, but get straight with what counts.

    Before riding, check your tires and gear to make sure you get where you’re going. And before a weight loss initiative, check your expectations and habits!

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    Don’t wish to succeed, make it impossible not to!

    Happy Trails! xokp

Thai Spring Rolls

“Professional” Spring Rolls

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My Spring Rolls!

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So, you can’t/won’t cook?

Me either! I am the quintessential non-chef.  Thankfully I passed the “gourmet gene” on to my two boys but I happily open a can of tuna, steam some vegetables and rice, shake up some protein and hit the gym with my Corelle containers.

This one is worth the effort.

I did it, I made them! And if I do say so myself, mine are awesome.

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Thai Spring Rolls

20 circle rice paper wrappers
20 cooked shrimp
40 basil leaves
40 mint leaves
1 carrot sliced into shreds with vegetable peeler
2 cups torn butter lettuce (or romaine without spines of leaves)
1 skein vermicelli rice noodles cooked
1 cup bean sprouts
4 stalks green onion finely chopped
pie pan of very warm water

Spread all ingredients out on a work surface. Remove tails from shrimp and cut shrimp in half lengthwise.

Dip a rice wrapper into the warm water until soft and pliable. On a clean dry cutting board, fold it in half so you have the straight line of the half circle at the top. Place your filling a little off the center in a vertical line. Start with two shrimp halves end to end, cut side up (so the pink shows through when it’s wrapped). Top with two basil leaves, two mint leaves, and a small portion of each remaining ingredient. Arrange so ingredients will be peeking out of one or both ends.
Starting at the corner your filling is closest to, wrap that corner over filling, (If you only want ingredients showing from one end, fold an inch of the bottom up right now) then begin rolling tightly. Place seam side down on a large platter and cover with plastic wrap.
Makes 20 Rolls.
*If this is your photo “Ms. Pro Chef” let me thank you personally.
Ok gang, go make them! Eat them, enjoy every nutritious calorie!
Thai Spring Rolls: A guilt free, out of the ordinary, ”take a break from boring” recipe from a Non-Chef!
xokp
If you have a wonderful “Non Chef” story or recipe to share, please do. We culinary-challenged friends have to stick together!

Weight Loss Stall – Face the Facts

Face facts now. Before you begin your lifestyle weight loss plan know this-you WILL stall. Even while following all rules and regulations to a tee, your body will have its own way in its own time. When this happens, stay calm and trouble shoot.

Are you eating enough?

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You might need to increase your calorie intake to fire up your fat burning metabolism. If you consume too few calories (the average women needs 1o calories per pound, per day to get the right amount of nutrients and to support the functions of  daily living) your body will hold on to fat in order to survive. If you skip a meal your body will act as if food is scarce. Breakfast is especially important so your body will understand that it is ok to burn fuel the rest of the day.

Have you cut out a whole food group?

Cutting back too much on carbs or fat will leave you lethargic and unable to exercise at an intensity necessary to lose weight. Vary your diet and include healthy fats and good carbs to fuel your workouts. Low carb and low fat diets are not sustainable over a long term and when you fail to stick to this type of plan you will regain the weight lost and more. You will also feel less confident to lose weight in the future.

Do you “treat” yourself after exercise?

It is suggested that you take in food after exercise to replace lost nutrients and give the muscles the building blocks to repair and strengthen. However, a high calorie treat will not help weight loss. We often overestimate calories burned during exercise and underestimate the amount of calories that are consumed. Keep calories in check.

Do you consume diet soda?

Artificial sweetners can increase insulin and lower blood sugar, resulting in hunger and calorie storage in the fat cells. These sweetners may not satisfy your craving like sugar can so you may need even more “sweet” after that pop.

Are your friends inactive or unsupportive?

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Your social circle influences your lifestyle. Your chances for being inactive, and therefore overweight, increase with every friend in your circle who is inactive or overweight. Your perception of fit changes in relationship to your influencing group; overweight becomes acceptable if your friends are. You don’t have to avoid them however. Start an exercise program together and form new rituals for your friendship.

Are you tracking everything you eat?

When you write down what you eat you become aware of “nibble calories”. If you use a computer or phone application, you will increase the chances of weight loss success with positive feedback that an app can provide. Lose more weight and stick with a diet longer by using a digital recording program.

When your diet stops working don’t you! Do not freak out. Weight Loss does make sense, your body is smart. If you are honestly doing what it takes, consistently, weight loss will resume. “Weight” it out! You are stronger than a craving!
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What is stalling your weight loss progress?  What holds you back?

Vent here! It’s good for you!

xokaren

3 Things to Do Now

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Don’t wait for the New Year. Don’t wait for another Monday. Here are 3 things you can do right now while you organize yourself for the Action Plan.

It’s very exciting when you are all “motivated up” and ready to start, but we both know that if you aren’t prepared it will be a frustrating transition.  If you aren’t in the right mind set you could drop the ball before the game starts. And if you aren’t familiar with the program, the exercises and the food plan, you may quit.

Uh, not again! Not this time!

Take time. Invest a few days to get organized:

1) Read through the whole program, beginning to end.

2) Clear out and organize your workout area. If you already have a space, freshen it up.

3) Shop and Chop. Grocery shop, prepare and store your food.

4) Get mentally prepared.

While you are getting organized do these 3 simple things:

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Drink water.

This week get in the habit of drinking water. Have a glass first thing in the morning. Pack it to go, stash some in the car, prepare and store a jug with lemons or cucumbers and have a glass before you sip on that Timmy’s or Starbuck’s. Start to make water the rule. Invest in a few gallon jugs and fill them up daily. Aim to consume a gallon a day. Plan to make the trips to the restroom. Plan to wake up in the night to pee. It’s going to take some adjustments, of course. But they are necessary and you’ve got to do it. Period.

Please eat! Eat regularly and heartily. Feed yourself wholesome, fresh foods.

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Shop, chop and simmer a huge pot of soup. Use the Action Plan Brown Rice and Chicken Soup recipe, or make your own clean cooking recipe. Just be sure to keep a good balance of protein, complex carb and vegetables. The idea this week is to nourish your body, ease carb dependency and fuel up for your training. Think positively about food! It’s your partner in fat loss! As you work towards getting your life organized and ready for some changes, rely on this pot of soup to keep you fed and satisfied. Start your day with it if you must, have a serving every two hours if you must, just make sure that you begin to feed your body at regular, consistent intervals and begin to feel strength and vitality from the whole foods in the soup. Here is our recipe, from The Action Plan:

 

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The Action Plan “Brown Rice and Chicken Soup” is found on page 55.  Make a huge batch!  Make it your own by incorporating your favorite vegetables, grains and protein. You might choose to  use a good, clean eating recipe that you are fond of, a family favorite or ours! The ACTION PLAN  recipe. Just have a pot of soup ready for the next few days!

 

 

Move Your Body.

It will take time to become familiar with the HIIT Boards and THE TEN exercises that are used in the Action Plan. Again, take the time to learn them, view our exercise demo videos at Get Fit Over 40 and google the movements for further clarification. Do this very simple routine everyday this week to get you going and keep you moving. It won’t take long for you to figure out the boards and pull your food plan together but it’s nice to have a go-to workout handy when you are a bit overwhelmed. If you are intimidated by the number of reps in this  program simply skip down to 30 or 25 rep section and follow it down to the 5’s.  Just make sure to do a little more each day.

Take Action now; not tomorrow, not after the holiday, not on Monday. Do it today!  Incorporate these 3 strategies while you get organized. It will be a little frustrating at first but you will quickly fall into a habit and shortly thereafter you’ll be able to adjust things to suit your own lifestyle.

 

heartHappy New Year everyone!

Happy New Attitude!

Let’s do this!

xokaren~

Slaying Midnight Munchies

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This is really hard to tell you; your dream diet illusions will be crushed, but I believe that you guys are ready to face some hard truths. Truth: to achieve long term weight loss success, expect to feel hungry at times. To manage the hunger and midnight munchies, plan ahead for the assault and devise your success strategy during the daylight hours.  Don’t wait for a surprise attack, use these 4 tips to minimize collateral damage!

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Four “Munchie Management” Tips:

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1)  “Midnight Munchy Management Meal” On Shop and Chop Sunday, plan, prepare and package meals for the week and include a munchie meal that fits into your overall nutrition program.

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2)  Avoid nibbling on arbitrary “healthy” snacks. Any food that is “in addition to” your allotted weight loss calorie requirements will stall your progress. Instead, address the need to change a negative habit. Mindless eating is not going to get you to your goal. If you feel you need nutrients later in the day, plan for it.

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3)  Adjust your eating schedule to accommodate that later meal and then close the kitchen at night. Eat at 3 hour intervals starting at (for example) 7 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, and 7 pm. Divide recommended calories by 5 (meals). To include another later meal make the adjustment by dividing daily calorie needs by 6 (meals).

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4)  You will feel hunger, and the best thing to do is deal with it. Eat (hungry or not) every planned meal, drink required water, get necessary exercise and sleep at night! Lifestyle change requires some adjustments and there will be times that you’ve got to have willpower. Find yours and succeed!

heartDo you get the munchies late at night? Come on! I know that I’m not the only one, and I have to admit there are times I am not prepared. For the most part though, I’m pretty good and my best strategy (the one saves me often) is that I never have a tempting treat in the house. If I’m on a bender, (well, a real bender includes m&m’s) (peanut butter m&m’s) I can usually find some greek yogurt with a few almonds to settle things.

True confession time! What are you doing to tame the midnight monster?

karen~the munchie slayer

Control the Monday Monster

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How do you feel on Monday Mornings? Are you up and raring to go? Or, are you tired and lethargic, raring to go back to bed?

You can control how you feel! Monday mornings, or any morning for that matter, can be productive, energetic and even euphoric. It’s a brand new week and the possibilities are endless if you plan it that way. These tips may help:

1) Stay on your food plan throughout the weekend.

No matter what social event is on your schedule, eat your meals with consistency. Steady, good, clean fuel will balance out “party nibbling” and keep your energy levels steady. Moods are affected by the foods we eat. An overload of sugar, skipping meals or not getting enough water over the weekend will result in Monday Monster.

2) Stay active.

If your training program calls for rest days, plan to do something to move the body anyway. Invest in a good stretch video, attend a yoga session, ride your bike or go for a hike. Exercise affects your mood. When you begin training consistently your body and brain craves activity and when deprived it becomes a Monday Monster.

3) Stay on top of your “to-do” list.

When you plan and execute an organized exercise program it becomes easy to get it all done. Start the days with training for energy and mental focus and then get to your lists. Yard work, laundry, taxi cab service for the kids….you’ll get it all done! When you fail to plan and procrastinate so many things do not get done and that brings out the Monday Monster.

4) Stay connected with your feelings.

Moods are a conversation between your body and your mind. Eavesdrop! Meditate and read between the lines. When you learn more about yourself and your responses to exercise and food you will be better able to manage and then banish the Monday Monster.

You Decide!

You have control over every detail of your life.  As part of your own personal ACTION PLAN, schedule time to organize, prepare and manage events and tasks that have previously caused you to stumble. Take a few moments today to analyze your activity over the past weekend. If you feel great, note the reasons. Think about the good things accomplished and acknowledge the connection. If you feel “not so great”, figure out why, take note and resolve to manage those factors and control next Monday’s Monster.

heart Have a great week!

xokaren

Party Prep Plan

Get Party Ready and Fit Over 40

Note: This is a great “at home” program for any season, winter, spring, summer or fall! Follow it anytime you need to change up your routine or prepare for a special event.

Thanksgiving is 6 weeks away and Christmas, 10 weeks. Are you going to feel great  in your party dress?

partyprepprogramimagesCA4EAT0VPrepare for the social season, implement positive habits and get a head start on your January resolutions with the Party Prep Plan, a “feel good for the holidays” program.

The Party Prep Plan is an efficient, effective and sustainable program. We have planned rest days because more is not better.  We eat well and we eat often because less is not better. Structured rest days and solid nutrition will keep you physically, mentally and emotionally motivated; ready to build the life and physique you want.

Get “Red Dress Ready” with a program that is completely planned out for you with progressive intensity  (necessary to reduce the chances of plateau). The Party Plan works!

The 6 week PPP weight loss program includes 4 Treadmill Workouts, 4 Core Programs, 4 HIIT Sessions, 4 Walk Workouts and a meal plan. Similar to the Get Fit Over 40 ACTION PLAN, the PARTY PREP PLAN sessions are organized for you on a calendar and it’s simple to follow.  Just do the work, check it off and Get Fit Over 40. Purchase the program right here and get started NOW!

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Karen Pilote

“I’m getting ready too! If I could share just one thing to help you Get Fit Over 40, this thought is something I believe is very important:

Begin a moderate exercise program that you can sustain.  Hours on the treadmill are not sustainable. Insane intensity will cause injury. Boring and painful workouts don’t last. You WILL quit.

In contrast to crazy, last ditch, frenzied fad-diet tactics begin by implementing short, intense workouts using weights, sprints and plyometrics. This type of exercise is sustainable and appropriate for a mature body. Balance your exercise program with challenging walks that are easy on the joints. Do quick, intense core work; variety will keep your program interesting.

Both the PARTY PREP PLAN and THE ACTION PLAN are based on sound exercise and nutrition principles.  As always, follow the blog and facebook pages to stay connected, we’ll all need one another’s support!

Let’s get this party startedheart!”

karen

6 Lessons for Over 40 Weight Loss

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It’s  tempting to “go it alone” when embarking on a weight loss journey. Many do it and succeed but the fact of the matter is, you are busy with your work, your home, your family, your friends. You may not have the time to devote to the research, the planning and the details of implementing a well thought out plan of action. It takes a deep understanding of oneself to accept the fact that while we are brilliant, capable and willing, we may be better served to seek guidance and help when undertaking a lifestyle overhaul. The investment you make in a plan and/or a trainer, will allow you to enjoy the things that you are good at, remain sane and achieve your goals quickly.

Trust Yourself

Your intuition is always a good voice to follow. Even if you are getting advice from the best, or following the most reasonable and sensible training plan; if something doesn’t “feel right” it’s not. Get professional guidance, adjust your eating plan, modify your workout. No weight loss program is “one size fits all”, so make adjustments. Go with your gut feelings and make the plan your own.

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A lifestyle transformation often seems daunting and all encompassing. It actually is, but shouldn’t be that way for long. If you focus on just that area of your life to the exclusion of everything else you will become bitter and resentful of your new habits. Take time to enjoy life, include friends and family in fun activities and make the experience fun. When you make fitness a priority and balance it with work, play and family it will be an awesome experience.

Evolve into the Program

A sensible plan will allow for your individual evolution. Forcing yourself to stay overly strict and in total compliance with every step will lead to frustration. A great weight loss plan will accommodate modifications but you must embrace this concept in order to stay in general compliance for the long term. Don’t be afraid to stray a little in order to stay the course.

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Many people will give you their opinion and offer unsolicited advice.  Stay the course, follow your intuition, and make your own common sense decisions. Lifestyle transformation is a very personal experience. It’s an educational journey that is yours alone, unique and exciting!

Eat the Frog

Don’t put off the difficult tasks, get them out of the way at the beginning of your journey. Do the calculations, do the food prep and do the work. Once you’ve tackled the less than glamorous side of transforming the rest of your journey can be enjoyable.

The Action Plan

You will never know how it’s done until you do it. You will never understand the rhythm of your weight loss until you start losing weight. It’s a challenge to know what to do and what plan to follow because of all the information available. The Action Plan is a reasonable starting point. When you follow it and get results you can begin to understand the need to tailor a program to your specific lifestyle; food preferences, training regime and exercise choices. You will discover your own personal success strategy. Give it a try! Read more about the plan here at The Action Plan.

untitled-16Hi, I’m Karen Pilote and I’m 54 years old. I work hard every day to stay fit and healthy, but not at the gym.

I work hard outside of the gym to keep a positive attitude because we all know how life can get you down! Don’t be deterred by the hard work it takes to stay motivated. Ultimately, being motivated makes the physical job much easier. Strive, every day, to stay connected to others who are successful or who share your journey. It truly is the single most important piece of the weight management puzzle.

Wishing you Unlimited Inner Strength! xo

Easy on All Those Salads!

Tell me I’m crazy but every time the topic of diet or weight loss comes up the discussion always turns to carbohydrates.  (Ok, I’m exaggerating. But really, it happens a lot.)  Weight loss conversation seems to center around carbs: low carb, no carb, or carb cycling. We are addicted to carbs, craving carbs or crashing from lack of carbs.

Newsflash: Carbs aren’t the only player on the team!

Instead of focusing on this one macronutrient that gets so much attention, my suggestion is this: create a shift in your thinking by defining your meals by the protein selection.  When you change your thoughts and words, you change your reality.

Let me explain.

Making Protein the Reference Point

momsteak-salads-grilled-steak-and-vegetable-salad-with-chipotle-chimichurri-dressing-0912-lWhen it comes to eating for weight loss we are pretty good at reciting our carbohydrate food choices. When asked “What did you have for lunch?” we’ll reply, “I had a salad,” “I had a bagel,” “Aghhh, I cheated! I had pizza.”  Yep, all carbs.

A Protein Challenge

My challenge to you is this: tell me about your protein. Protein is the lost macro-nutrient and not because it’s more/less important than the other nutrients. It’s “lost” because we fail to mention it; we define our nutrition by the carbs we eat. When we think weight loss we think diet. When we think diet we think salad, raw veggies and fruit. Where’s the meat? Weight loss is achieved through balanced, clean eating. When planning your meals, choose the protein, compliment with a starch carb and finally, load up with vegetables. Before adding fat to your meal, consider how much is already available in your protein source and then proceed accordingly. Remember to start the conversation with protein.

Let’s try it again.

Question: What did you have for lunch?

Answer: Protein…….

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Steak, sweet potato and asparagus.

Chicken, rice, spinach salad.

Egg salad in a pita with tomato and cucumber.

Beef Burrito and Bean Salad.

Crab Cake and vegetable stir fry.

Good Basic Protein Choices:

  • Tuna (fresh, in pouch, or canned in water)
  • Skinless chicken breast
  • Skinless turkey (ground or breast)
  • Lean ground beef
  • Ostrich
  • Lean cuts of steak
  • Eggs/egg whites
  • Low-fat cheese
  • Low-fat cottage cheese
  • Low-fat, low-sugar yogurt
  • Fish (Salmon, Catfish, Orange Roughy, Cod, Sardines)
  • Protein shakes/powders/drinks
  • Protein bars (emergencies only, ok?)

Ensure Success

Understanding is key to success for any undertaking. It’s a big deal that you understand the importance of “balanced nutrition.” Protein. Carb. Fat. Start thinking about your meals in a way that supports your goal, speak about your nutrition with confidence and prepare meals by components first. What is the protein? What is the carb? What is the fat? Like any new skill this will become second nature quickly. Good health can be learned and getting fit over 40 is possible.

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Get Fit Over 40!

Start The Action Plan. 18 weeks of exercise and nutrition are scheduled to help you become the best you!

Hang out with us at Facebook: The Action Plan-Get Fit Over 40 for support and Facebook: Get Fit Over 40 for motivation. Our website Get Fit Over 40 also has complete guidelines for weight loss strategies. Check out the Nourish Program to get you started and the Shrink Program. See you over there!

xokaren

Intelligent Eating

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We are confused. We want to eat the “right way” but we have no idea what the right way is. Paleo, gluten free, low carb, blood type, intermittent fasting, vegan, vegetarian. What is clean eating? What is the best diet plan? What? When? How much? Should I cut calories? Cut fat? Cut carbs? The options and opinions are vast and diverse.

Clarity

What is your goal? That’s what you need to get straight first. You can’t make decisions until you have a clear sense of what you want to achieve. Everyone is seeking health and many are striving for weight loss. The two are inextricably linked but eating for health alone will not guarantee weight loss. If you make the proper food choices though, you will likely gain better health if weight loss is your goal.

KISS

Keep it super simple; don’t go looking for problems and don’t make things overly complicated. For weight loss make sure you are implementing these simple rules:

1) Eat to support function. The body needs calories for energy to sustain itself optimally and to perform daily tasks. Don’t deny yourself this very basic necessity. If you don’t pay the bill the power will be shut off. If you don’t feed the body your energy will grind to a halt.

2) Eat quality food. For superior performance you need to eat good quality, wholesome and fresh foods. Period. You can eat less calories of garbage foods and lose weight, but not for long. I will bet you, within 2 weeks your body will scream for nutrients and rebel with fatigue, moodiness, and you will experience loss of enthusiasm for your once exciting mission.

3) Eat often. If you are grabbing a coffee at 10 am, you need to eat. If you are mentally crashing at 2 pm you need to eat. If you are foraging for a snack at 10 pm, you should have eaten more regularly throughout the day. Don’t underestimate the power of a steady source of fuel. Once you’ve skipped a meal you’re definitely behind the eight ball. You will binge; that’s not a guess, it’s a guarantee.

TIN1woman-measuring-waist-measuring-tape_410x290Refuse to be Confused

Stop reading ridiculous diet nonsense. Rebel against diet marketing schemes. Stop buying into complicated hype that causes analysis paralysis.

The only reason you “can’t do it” is that you’ve been led to believe it’s hard.  You’ve allowed yourself to be misled. Guess what, it’s not hard. Believe that there is an easy answer, because there is an easy answer. Make each meal simple and satisfying. Make one healthy decision that’s built on the last healthy decision. “Get stuck” with good habits.

Exert your willpower, its good for you!  Walk away from diet drama and stand apart from the contrived controversy. Keep it super simple, capeesh?

“Beat sugar cravings and get your eating in order so that your program has a chance to succeed. You have to nourish your body to achieve weight loss. A weak body will not tolerate the exercise necessary to shed fat. If you want a dramatic difference you’ll have to make changes. Start with this 2 WEEK eating program that will teach you the basics and get your body in the nutrient-rich, exercise ready state. This is the foundation work you have to do! If you take the time to learn smart, sustainable habits you will accelerate weight loss and minimize injuries. Eating well is the key, there is no doubt about it!”

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Are you feeling confused about nutrition and weight loss? Let’s talk…

What do you find hard to understand when it comes to weight loss nutrition? We can all share our common sense solutions. I’m going to grab a shake, be right back!

~karen

Extreme Fitness Over 40 – It’s Not Necessary!

What It Takes

12180977_1682358368652437_1349377930_oInsane Workouts.
Marathon Sessions.
Ultra Clean Eating
Deprivation.
Exercise Fanaticism.
Critical Calorie Counting.

That’s what it’s going to take, right?

Actually, no.
Losing weight will take consistency and patience.  Willpower and determination are key for long-term successful weight loss, and that is an extreme concept to most.

We believe that fast, hard and long is the way to achieve our weight loss goals. Following an efficient, effective and sustainable program seems extreme.

We believe that a missed workout means “start again” and any deviation from an eating “regimen” elicits guilt and signals failure. Planning rest days, eating well and eating often is perceived as extreme by many. The thought of taking a year or more to achieve ultimate health and substantial weight loss is just unimaginable for us.

80%

Eighty percent of people who begin an exercise program will quit. That percentage is unnecessary and unacceptable, but it’s no surprise when you think about it. We buy into lies, set unrealistic expectations and fail.  We expect to lose weight, feel great, stay healthy, and change our lives with a 90-day program that starts at 100 MPH. With no gas. And no rest stops. When we burn out, stall or crash we blame ourselves for not going hard enough and long enough. It’s just crazy!

It Takes More

Long-term, effective, sustainable weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the “hard exercise” that you need to tackle. When you practice and perfect behavior change, self-efficacy strategies and self-management strategies, you will be miles ahead of any quick weight loss scheme.

Go Beyond Extreme

brucetumblr_losvxoTQV51qa2wo7o1_r1_1280This time, go beyond extreme. Build the life and physique you want by focusing on consistent, long-term effort and performance goals. This time, adopt a moderate mentality, patience and learn to accept and adapt to the peaks and valleys of a healthy lifestyle.

This time, succeed! (Now, that is extreme).

It’s time to stop dieting and start living the life you want, don’t you think?  Get a good plan and make it your own.  My program is called the Karen Pilote Program because it’s all about me. It’s time to put your name on your plan and set it into action for an extreme duration. Make it for life!

The Action Plan

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Stuck?

Get Unstuck

tara1It would be a small miracle to follow a weight loss program and progress smoothly, consistently and effortlessly. It would be fantastic to drop pound after pound, to see your body change, skin tighten, aches disappear and live happily ever after. It’s going to happen, although not as consistently as you might hope.  The fact of the matter is that weight loss is not predictable. You can always expect good results when you adhere to a realistic program, but your body will respond in its very own way, and in its own time. Expect plateaus going in and you will be less disappointed and frustrated along the way. Plan your training and nutrition properly at the outset and have a “plateau strategy” in place.

Have you hit a plateau? Are you totally frustrated because weight loss has stalled? If you have just begun the program, stay calm and stay the course. You will see the weight loss soon. There is a trick to losing weight with relative consistency.

Adaptation

Your body will adapt to newly imposed demands by getting stronger and smarter. It’s a built-in mechanism that should be viewed as a positive indicator that your training program is effective. Plateaus are a signal from your body indicating that you are on the right path. When you stall you’ve succeeded; you’ve taken your body to the next level and it’s time to implement “the next logical step.” Welcome a plateau, rest a time, revise your program and eating strategy.  It’s time for a change so plan and prepare for your next phase of training.

Time for Change

dostumblr_m1txnim7ta1r2dklqo1_500When your body has become accustomed to your exercise routine and you are not seeing results anymore you have to mix it up. With a good program, your body becomes stronger and it’s necessary to change the exercises, change the order of exercises, lift heavier weights, change the rep scheme, or take shorter rest periods. You have to change some component of the program to challenge the body further and continue the adaptation process.

Dieting is similar in that your body becomes accustomed to a certain amount of calories and adjusts your metabolism accordingly. Your body gets smarter and slows its metabolism in order to protect you from a perceived period of starvation. The rate at which the metabolism slows down will vary, but it is almost a guaranteed situation: when you diet for a long period of time the metabolic rate is going to decline.

By alternating the calories you consume, a technique called calorie cycling, you can keep your body guessing and burning calories. You may also choose to incorporate a CHEAT MEAL in an effort to “trick” your metabolism into speeding up again.

THE ACTION PLAN

rockthCA4JZ4IJTHE ACTION PLAN suggests that you begin your program by calculating the calories necessary maintain your current weight and consume that amount with clean foods. At this stage, you will find that weight loss is attainable simply by eliminating junk food and exercising at a moderate intensity and frequency. It is recommended that you maintain that calorie level for 2 weeks and then lower the food consumed by 200 calories.

At this time you will become familiar with your energy levels, the rate of weight loss and the time it takes for you to recover. If you find that weight loss is sluggish you may choose to reduce portions again by 200 calories for 2 weeks. But, if you have not hit a plateau, simply delay this step until a time that weight loss does slow and then try the calorie reduction.

The point is to simply pay attention to your body signals and feed it as much nutrient dense food as possible while continuing to lose weight. As you progress through The Action Plan training program, the workouts become more challenging and will require an adequate source of fuel. Eat to maintain a good fuel supply and you will feel energized for your workouts and you will lose weight!

Send Us a Smoke Signal

heartHow long have you been “stuck” at the same weight? What measures have you taken during that time to manage the situation? Did they work? Sometimes it takes a time of reflection and another viewpoint in order to see our own situation more clearly.  Clear your head of useless frustrations and get back to the one clear thought: I will be AM strong and healthy. Share your thoughts here and we can troubleshoot together! karen~

99 Problems & Belly Fat is One

Stress Fat

cortisolthCAB4ZYQ6The boss is on vacation, your partner is down with a cold, your workload is doubled, the car is in for repairs, the kids are home from school, the fridge is empty, and the house is a FREAKING mess. You are exhausted, frustrated, at the end of your rope, and feeling fat and lousy.

You are stressed all the time and too tired to exercise. Heck, too tired to tie up your running shoes. Dinner is something you grab and gobble on your way out the door. Again.

Middle age weight gain may be inevitable due to crazy life circumstances, but now there is an extra layer of uncomfortable fat around your middle. What’s with that? Lack of exercise?  Poor eating habits? Or is stress to blame? Is it the hormone called Cortisol that causes belly fat?

We know that there is a link between cortisol and abdominal body fat, but is this singular hormone the sole culprit? So many seemingly reliable sources say it’s so, but what are we to believe?

Who’s the Bad Guy?

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Is Cortisol a Bad Guy?

If you depend on the information in advertising claims, you would be convinced that stress and cortisol are to blame for obesity, belly fat and the failing world economy. It always makes me wary when one factor is made tidily responsible for a multitude of problems. It’s important to realize that by simplifying scientific facts, advertisers sway millions of intelligent people into believing the unbelievable.

So, is cortisol the “bad guy'”?  Does stress make you fat?  I did some research in order to make an informed opinion. Take a look at some facts:

Just the Facts

Fact: Cortisol is an important hormone; balanced levels of this hormone are essential for numerous body functions. (Me: Cortisol is good.) Fact: Cortisol works to break down stored fat, but chronically elevated levels can lead to muscle loss. (Me: Muscle loss is bad.)
Fact: High cortisol levels can contribute to storage of body fat. (Me: eat too much + move too little =  body fat storage.)
Fact: Stress alone does not increase body fat. Stress may stimulate appetite which can lead to overeating, which will lead to overweight issues. (Me: Stress eating, eating poorly, under-eating are facts of life for the middle ager.)
Fact: Balanced cortisol levels can improve strength and recovery, but reducing those levels below normal has not been proven to have a positive effect on strength and recovery. Less is not necessarily better. (Me: Taking cortisol suppressing drugs are not a weight loss answer.)

morttumblr_mmoomcnBi21rlzvmho1_400It is really hard to lose the extra midsection weight without disconnecting the stress-cortisol connection. You have to ease the impact of unavoidable stress:

•Schedule downtime.
•Get sleep.
•Eat healthy balanced meals.
•Spend time in caring environments with caring people.
•Get out of relationships that cause you stress.
•Limit alcohol and other (non-prescribed) drugs.

Stress is Important!

Cortisol is a Good Guy. Positive growth is achieved by adapting to imposed demands. Go ahead, embrace stress, but learn to manage it.

Work hard to steer your life away from chronic and continuous stress, not only in everyday life but at the gym too:

showtumblr_mofa429hq51rbybp4o1_500•Stop low calorie dieting for long periods. Calorie deficiency stresses the body and is counterproductive.
•Train with an intensity that is relative to your ability to recover. Training a tired body is stressful and harmful.
•Keep most workouts short and intense. Cortisol response will kick in after 45 minutes of training.
•Get lots of sleep! Good quality sleep!
•Limit stimulants that may give false energy and mask important body signals to slow down.
•Limit alcohol. Yes, large amounts will raise cortisol levels!

 

Look, we have stress. That’s what life is all about, right? I like to give problems a reasonable amount of time (based on the seriousness of the situation) and a time limit. Some things demand I worry for one hour, other things one day, and if it’s a pretty complicated issue, I give it a week. Very rarely do I tolerate anything for more than a month without taking some drastic action to ease the situation. It’s just not worth it! Life is short! I’ve got stuff to do, and so do you. I’m tough love all the way, on myself and my clients. If you want to lose weight, you can if you do it the right way; with consistency, tenacity and a solid plan you can change your physique and win the battle on belly fat.

Face the truth about what is holding you back rather than accepting (even legitimate) excuses. Have you given it everything you’ve got? Have you worked diligently towards your goals with proper exercise, eating, sleeping and minimizing stressful situations? Do you believe it’s possible to get a flatter tummy? You’ve got to believe!

heartI look forward to hearing from you, leave a comment and let’s talk!

xokp~

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THE ACTION PLAN

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Most of us are conditioned to believe that a good workout means of sweating our butts off and then crawling out of the gym. The truth is, that’s not necessary. It’s important to work hard, but it’s vital to work smart. There is no success training into an injury, into exhaustion or into confusion. Follow a plan and have ultimate control of the outcome. There is power in planning.

Simple Fat Loss Over 40

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-Educate yourself. Learn the basics about training and nutrition.

-Eat for nutrition. Don’t diet. Eat wholesome, real food most of the time.

-Train for performance, not fat loss.

-Limit excessive cardio. Follow a balanced and progressive training program.

-Set an ultimate goal and a realistic time frame. Break your training into 4-6 week cycles that will lead to the overall goal.

 Welcome Change

“Change isn’t easy. Changing the way you live means changing the way you think. Changing the way you think means changing what you believe, and that’s the hard part. When we live in misery we often cling to it even when we badly want to change, because that is the life we know. It’s comfortable.”

yogatumblr_mdaglhGjpt1qg7efto1_400When you think about starting on a fat loss journey, you may associate it with deprivation, hunger and long arduous workouts. That’s just not the case. Actually, fat loss is impossible under those circumstances, and that’s the good news. Believe you can achieve success, follow a sound training program, accept setbacks (learn from them) and never quit. You may not get this right away, but you will come to understand that getting fit over 40 is easier than at any other age. You have more control over your choices, your time, your finances and your habits. It will take some planning, but that’s where The Action Plan will help.

THE ACTION PLAN

The ACTION PLAN is a progressive fat loss and body shaping program based on sound exercise principles and a supportive nutrition plan.

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Do you want to lose weight? Do you need to lose weight? What holds you back? Why can’t you get fit? The answer lies in your own personal experience. “Just Do It” has become the slogan of the century. It is, quite simply, the answer.

Exercise is effective for weight loss, especially when you combine weight training and cardio training with an effective nutrition plan. This program organizes all the components that you need to achieve your goal; all you have to do is DO IT.

On the Action Plan you will move relatively heavy weights and/or body weight, quickly. Following the plan, you will get to this point safely, without risking injury. Start with lighter weights and slow, controlled movements. Over a matter of several weeks, you will become stronger and naturally able to increase the weight you lift and speed at which its lifted. You will adapt.

How This Plan Works

You will incorporate several different modes of training over the next 3 months. Each session targets a specific component of fitness training that is required for overall fitness and sustainable weight loss.

The Exercises:

The Action Plan includes 10 basic multi-joint exercises that will engage a lot of muscles at one time. Training like this will burn calories, and you will develop a lean, strong body. The risk of injury should be significantly lower using complex (multi-joint) exercises. Various muscle groups work together to execute the movements, creating patterns that promote safety and that work in developing a functional and fit body.

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Walk Sessions:

These sessions are incorporated at the outset in an effort to encourage you to set aside time everyday for training. As you progress through the plan, walk sessions provide an active recovery time.

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HIIT Sessions:

High Intensity Interval Training is cardio done at a higher intensity for a shorter period of time. This method of training will not only help you maintain your muscle, but can help you build muscle mass. Maintaining and/or building muscle is critical for weight loss. With HIIT programs, the intensity bursts are tough and challenging, but they are short in duration.

Interval Sessions:

Walk/jog/lunge/sprint intervals will address muscle strengthening, endurance and fat burning goals. You will burn more fat and calories in a short time by alternating periods of intense effort with periods of moderate to low effort.

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Bonus Cardio and Core:

Depending upon your current level of fitness, you may need to modify the number of workouts that are outlined in this progressive program. Use the bonus sessions too, if you feel you need more work along the way.

Nutrition:

Eating well is a major part of getting in shape. You cannot train every day and see results if you have a bad diet. You need to have both your nutrition and workouts in balance. Use our delicious recipes and sample menus to help get started, or devise your own meals based on the calorie and macro nutrient information available in the plan.

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I am Karen Pilote, 55-year-old trainer and administrator of Facebook Page Get Fit Over 40. I’ve put together The Action Plan for those who want to GET FIT OVER 40. Kate O’Connor (recipes) and the girls that work with us are available to support you in your weight loss journey everyday at The Action Plan-Get Fit Over 40 and at the MAC-Massive Action Crew group on Facebook.

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Balancing Life Over 40: Big Rocks

Striving for Balance

 

jaciWhat are your priorities? If you were to fill a jar with the “big rocks” of your life, what would it look like? When you are pulled in countless directions, what is it that really counts when you hope to get it all done?

A Jar of Rocks:

Health is a BIG ROCK. Of course, our family, our friends, and our jobs are a joy. They are our world, but without health, the significance of our relationships with anyone or anything else suffers. That’s why, for me, health and fitness are my “biggest rock”.  When the stress of work obligations, finances, family and social commitments weigh me down, I work out. My physical strength has a direct impact on my inner strength. I am successful because I choose to be healthy in order to face life’s challenges and lessons.

Stephen Covey shares this in his “Rocks in a Jar” analogy.  http://www.appleseeds.org/Big-Rocks_Covey.htm  “Make a list of your big rocks. Then make a plan to ensure that your big rocks are put first. Block out the time in your schedule for those activities. Amazingly, the other stuff still gets done.”

 

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It’s counter-intuitive to use time, family, job, faith, or illness as excuses to avoid exercise and eating well.

You think, “I’m too busy. I’m too tired. I’m injured. I don’t know how.” HOLD UP! Those are the very reasons that you need to get into shape. You need to lose weight. And you need to get healthy and strong.
When you define what is urgent in your life and do what matters most first, it’s logical to care for yourself and your health so that you are fit to tackle your life and obligations.

Fitness is a Big Rock.
Period.
It is your health.

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What do you want so passionately that you would do anything to get it? Believe me, you can do that thing so long as you are strong enough. Make the commitment to yourself so that you can keep your commitments to others. Welcome a full, hectic, challenging and wonderfully crazy life by training for it!

If you’re lucky, life will never slow down, there will never be a shortage of friends to share time with, and there will never be too long without some unexpected challenge to keep you feeling useful, needed and engaged in life.

Be strong for all that life offers you.

A busy life makes fitness harder, but fitness makes a busy life easier. Do you have some “lifestyle” rearranging to do?

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Just Show Up

What Will It Take?

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I understand it’s summer and that means you are very busy socially and with work, but I encourage you to find the time to take care of yourself and your health. It is the perfect season to begin a lifestyle transformation.

Remember that time you felt incredible resolve and determination to make a positive change in your health? You were excited to begin taking control of your fitness, weight, stress and health. What have you done since then to take action?

Have you been able to make a change to your eating habits? Have you been able to do “your version” of the exercise sessions by completing at least 3-30 minute sessions per week? Have you been able to get out for a 20-minute walk at least 2 times per week?

It’s not too much to ask of yourself.
It’s not too hard for you.
It’s what you’ve got to do to get what you want; to lose weight, build strength and to feel better about yourself.

The Honeymoon is Over

Perhaps you did begin a program and now the “Honeymoon Phase” is over. You are faced with the reality of what it will take for you to accomplish your goals. The Action Plan is not a quick fix, and you know what stands in your way. Are you up for the task? Are you willing to challenge your challenges?

Honestly, you knew it wouldn’t be an easy transition but you made the commitment anyway. At that moment you believed. At that moment you really wanted to achieve your goal, and you were willing to do what it takes.

Realize that you won’t always have the luxury of being in a state of hyper motivation. The daily commitment to your exercise regime will often seem mundane, repetitive and a whole lot less glamorous than you would hope. The days that you show up despite a lack of enthusiasm are the days that you make your biggest gains.

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You see, it’s not all about the exercises nor the eating properly. In the beginning stages of transformation, it’s all about showing up. If you were to take one small action every day for the next 14 days you would be 75% closer to your goal. Compound interest on those few small changes is what truly makes a difference.

Get started today, recommit to the process. It’s one half hour a day. You can find that time!

Please stay in touch, let’s work through the rough spots together.

By focusing on the small, positive steps that you have been able to implement, you will feel more assured and confident in tackling the next steps. Tell me about one habit you changed, you added or that you are proud of as it directly relates to YOUR ACTION PLAN.

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Stay strong with GFO40!

Have a great week! karen

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MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

Place hands on floor, slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Position one leg forward and bent under body and extend other leg back.
While holding upper body in steady, alternate leg positions, landing on both feet simultaneously.
Note: Intensity can be increased by stepping faster.

ONE ARM PRESS

Stand with dumbbell positioned near shoulder with elbow below wrist.
Press dumbbell upward until arm is extended overhead. Lower to side of shoulder and repeat.
Torso may naturally lean “away” for balance which is ok or you can strive to maintain upright posture.

HIGH PULL

Start in a standing position holding the dumbbell in front of you.
Push your rear end back and bend forward, stretching the hamstrings slightly, until the dumbbell is just above your knees. With a swift movement, burst upwards to a standing position. Pulling with your arm, bring the dumbbell to shoulder height.
Lower the dumbbell and return to the starting position.

SQUAT PRESS

With feet shoulder width apart, grasp a dumbbell with both hands. Position the weight around shoulder height.
Keeping your chest up, lower yourself into a squat, bending your knees until your thighs are parallel to the ground. As you stand up, push the dumbbell overhead.
Lower the weight as you return to squat position.

BURPEE

Begin in a standing position.
Drop into a squat position with your hands on the floor.
In one quick motion, thrust feet back to assume the plank position.
Return to the squat position in one quick motion.
Return to standing position.
Note: Increase intensity by jumping up instead of standing.

FORWARD LUNGE

Stand with your feet about 6 inches apart, toes pointed forward. Take a forward step out and push back. Keep your back upright.
The further you step out, the more you work the gluteus and hamstrings. (butt and back of legs) The closer you step, the more you work the quadriceps muscles. (front of legs)
Step forward with one leg and lower your body to 90° angle at both knees. Don’t step out too far. There should be 2 to 2.5 feet between your feet at this point. Keep your weight on your heels and don’t allow your knees to cross the plane of your toes.

PUSH UP

Position yourself in plank, hands slightly wider than your shoulders, and with your body in a straight line from head to toe without sagging in the middle or arching your back.
Contract abs and maintain a tight core throughout the movement.
Bend elbows and lower yourself until your elbows are at a 90° angle and push back up to the start position.

SQUAT ROW

Grasp a dumbbell, hands shoulder width apart. Position your feet wider than shoulder width, toes pointed out to the sides, and let the dumbbell hang a few inches in front of your thighs.
Squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Immediately stand back up as you lift the dumbbell up toward your chest.
You may choose to perform the squat-upright row with a barbell, a kettle bell or 2 dumbbells held in each hand.

DUMBBELL SWING

Bend at the hips and grasp the dumbbell with both hands at arms length in front of you.
Shift bodyweight back slightly and swing dumbbell between your legs.
On the return, squeeze your gluteus, (your butt) thrust hips forward and allow the dumbbell to swing up to shoulder height.
Allow momentum to work. Don’t lift the weight. Imagine a pendulum swing.
Keep a natural arch in your spine when you bend at the hips, don’t round forward.

JUMP SQUAT

Stand with feet shoulder width apart, arms at sides. Start by lowering into a squat position and then jump explosively, thrust towards the ceiling. Land smoothly, absorbing the impact by lowering back into the squat position. Use your whole foot to jump, not just your toes.