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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!

 

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!

Get Fit Over 40 With Us!

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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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Grow Some Goals

We now know, after 40+ years of trial and failure, that it’s tough to make one humongous lifestyle change. The hard work and discipline necessary to switch years of nasty habits to angelic ones is near impossible to sustain.

I’ve found that the easiest way to stay on track and measure progress is to set clear, non-negotiable goals.  In fact, I set goals on a regular basis because it’s the only way to stay on top of my health and motivated to grow as a person.

You’ve got to state your goals in order to get what want and by having focus on positive outcomes you’ll barely have time to ruminate over challenges. Having a goal keeps the big picture in sight but allows you track your progress on a regular basis. If you need to deviate, modify or adjust course you’re going to know how and when to do just that.

Grow Some Goals

#1 Dream Big but Play it Small:

It’s important to have big goals and believe that you can achieve them. If you can see yourself 50 pounds lighter, or running a marathon or even just walking a mile for some, you will do it!

YOU WILL DO IT! But its hard to sustain the excitement for a long-term – heck, sometimes its hard for me to sustain that feeling for 5 minutes! In order to sustain motivation easier I always break my ultimate goal into smaller ones.

If you want to lose 50 pounds, set a goal for 2 pounds per week. You can do that! Some months you might lose more and others weeks you might lose less, but you’ll be losing!

Bottom Line: When your goals are broken down to smaller ones then you can celebrate your successes along the way which will keep you motivated towards the bigger goal.

#2 Find Support:

It’s important to have a positive group of people who are supportive and caring. It might be hard at first but if you are open about your hopes to gain better health and to get stronger and fitter, the people who matter will help!  Tell those closest to you what your goals are and why you want to achieve them, then ask for their support. But you have to ask!  No one has ever achieved greatness by doing it alone, and you shouldn’t try to either.  You’ll be amazed at what you can do with a team of great people behind you.

Bottom Line: Those closest to you may not understand your journey or be willing to change along with you, and that’s ok. You’re strong enough and sure enough to do what it takes, but ask for the support anyway. You might be surprised at who wants to help.

#3 Recognize Your Potential

It’s just too easy to sit with who you are right now and be unhappy. It takes courage and wisdom to realize that your potential to achieve great things is undeniable.

It’s so important to recognize your potential and what you are capable of.  Way too many women yearn for something in life but stop there thinking, “I can never achieve that.” I want you to know this: you have the potential to achieve great things! Find an activity that you enjoy and do it! Find success in small things and let that success fuel bigger things. Start with healing pain and injury, then walk. Walk until you can run and then sprint – do what needs to be done to achieve your ultimate dream.

Bottom Line: Once you’ve decided on what you really want, you need to be willing to do whatever it takes to get it. It’s most important to believe in yourself and then take action.

Have Courage:

You need to have the courage to take it slow.
You need to be disciplined and not over do it.
You need to be motivated to build a foundation.
You need to be smart and do the minimum.
(Doing any more will really set you back.)
You need to be really focused on mastering the basics steps.

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Don’t expect your world to turn around overnight, you’re too wise for that!  Set great goals and small goals. Master the very basics and never give up on yourself.

I admire you for having the tenacity to take the road less travelled….you’re a winner already!

~karen

My Mom Made Me Do It

(A Thank You to my Mom on her Birthday)

Mom was our first real Personal Trainer.

Remember when she made you eat all your vegetables and scooted you outside to play? Don’t you wish that someone (anyone!) had that authority over you now? Someone to make sure you’re in bed early and insist you eat a hearty breakfast. Someone to tell you to get out of the house and run? Someone to keep you on track?

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My mom did all that, she made me do things!

I was 10 years old and there was a local swim meet organized at the pool where my brothers and I took swimming lessons. The boys excitedly participated while I sat on the bleachers, terrified. I was a good swimmer but competition was absolutely out of the question for me.  I have no idea where that fear came from but I refused to enter.

Fear?

Fear of failure, fear of hard work, fear of exposing yourself to new activities…..who knows the exact reason we refuse to do new things? We do get stubborn, don’t we?!

As children, it may have been a fear of the unknown. We just didn’t know what we liked and disliked. We didn’t know what we wanted or didn’t want. Mom made sure we tried new things – “hard-for-us” things. But it’s different now that we’re adults, we have choices. And that’s not always so good.

  • We like to feel good physically but dislike what it takes to get it, so we choose not to.
  • We want to have a great physique and robust health but the work is hard, so we choose not to.

Do we still need our mother to coax and order us to do what’s best?

Back then, sitting on the bleacher, my mom insisted that I get involved in the swim meet; she made me do it. I won my first race and never looked back. That sport became my whole world for many years. Even though I would never be an Olympian I learned so much about myself, my preferences, my abilities and my limitations.

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If mom could tell us what to do now, instead of “Go clean your room!” she’d say, “Go do your exercise!” But, that’s not going to happen. You’re the boss of you now. You’ve got to do the work you don’t like to get the life you do like.

My mom was great; she exposed us kids to lots of things that worked out, like swimming competitively. There were many lessons that didn’t work out so well- like, I was never going to be a ballerina, nor pianist nor baseball player. (however, I did play a mean tuba is highschool!)

The point is, my mom made me do it then but today I have to want it for myself.

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And now I have the honor of making my mom do it!

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The bottom line is, no one’s going to do it for you. You’ve got push yourself…

No matter how old you are, a mom’s wish is to see her child succeed and live a strong, healthy and fun life. Get on the plan, get out and run, join the aqua group, climb the rock wall, learn to surf, skydive, hula hoop……

Do your exercise!

xxkaren

Happy Birthday Mom! I love you!!

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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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Child Birth and Weight Loss – What We Know Over 40

“Did you know that they sometimes have to stitch you up because you tear ‘down there” when the baby is born!?” Laura asked with eyes popping in disbelief and horror. Laura is one of the younger girls in our group. This morning during exercise, she shared a story about her friends’ childbirth experience.

“The baby actually tore her and the doctors had to sew her back up!”

The mothers in the room nodded knowingly.

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With care not to further alarm her, each of us shared a memory about birthing our babes. I could actually feel the atmosphere in the room change as we spoke laughingly and fondly of that bittersweet time of pain and joy.

As it slowly dawned on Laura that it was a possibility (the tearing and stitching) she sat stone-still, eyes even wider. You could actually see the “that’s not gonna happen to me” thoughts in her head take on a physical stance. We’ve all been there, right?

Two things occurred to me after this exchange.

1) At “over 40” we are now that wise woman who hands down stories and shares experience. I felt the responsibility to tell it in a way that’s positive, hopeful and would allow Laura to realize that, while the birth experience is universal, our individual experience is unique.

2) So too with weight loss; our stories are similar, but our individual experiences are unique. Most of us will laugh and talk fondly of the journey while respectfully remembering the difficulties and the struggle. (even though it was HELL at times, and it’s probably not over!) LOL.

The value of our story to others is greatest when we support their unique circumstance, and not force ours. It’s valuable to encourage joy in the journey, assure that it’s ok not to not be ok, applaud self-acceptance, and cheer as other’s push through difficult times. It’s valuable to offer a guarantee that it really IS going to be worth it!

The joy that childern bring into our lives far outweighs the challenge of childbirth.
The vitality of a healthy life far outweighs the struggles of weight loss.
The old you might tear, but the new you will heal stronger, fitter and happier.

My boys are grown men now and they are the joys of my life. Balanced lifestyle choices, a healthy weight, strength and flexibility allow me to live a fun life; a life that I can reasonably expect to enjoy for years to come. That’s the plan anyway!

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Stephen, myself & Taylor. Daytona 2014.

 

Are you living the life you want to? Will you enjoy a good quality of life as you age? Do you have a plan that’s helping you to achieve these goals?

What I’d like you to know about Get Fit Over 40 programs is that they are written from my personal point of view, experience and communicated to you in my unique way, from the perspective of a woman over 40. (OK over 50 is now closer to the mark). The bottom line is this- you can draw from my experience, follow my plan but all the while, REALIZE THIS: You are designing your own life, writing your own story and etching out a plan that works for you, every unique step of the way! Make it a Best Seller.

xokaren

The Massive Action Crew – JOIN OUR FAT-FIGHTER TEAM!

Are you failing miserably at your weight loss resolutions? Is it time to join a team that will support you?

Great news: I’m starting to take “Massive Action” using THE ACTION PLAN and I’m organizing a crew that will motivate, inspire and hold me accountable. I bet that you could use the help too!

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I looked at the calendar today and this is what I thought: It’s the end of February and we’ve had several “failure to launch” situations in regards to fulfilling that New Year Resolution. I’m guessing here, but it’s a pretty accurate statement, right?

Did you drop the ball? Did you fall off the wagon? Or maybe you didn’t  even jump on?

Did you get motivated by all the hype of that “New Year” season? Now it’s a month later; bills piled in, work got busy, stress got high, the flu wiped out the family for a week (it got you for two?) -needless to say, FITNESS did not FIT in. AND- it’s Winter Break soon! Ughhh!

I get all that, I’m in the same boat!

A busy January meant missed workouts for me. (An increased work load is a great thing for the pocket book, stress levels and ego but my bottom line got fat!). That nasty cold bug nailed me for more than a week and now it’s almost March, damn!

 

Let’s put this all in perspective and then get on to taking some Massive Action together.

Success in the business place, a happy home, fulfilling relationships and a fun social life often come at the expense of our own needs.

  • We put others first because that makes us feel good.
  • We accept lots of fun social invitations because this is “the time of our lives”.
  • We put our heart and soul into our work because we’re proud of those accomplishments.
  • We enjoy a comfortable, clean, organized home, so the projects are never ending.

Need I go on? Bottom line, we want it all and we want to be lean, fit, healthy and sexy. Come on, I know that deep down you want to feel fantastic in and out of your clothes!  Let’s do all that together.

 

I’m inviting you to join me in taking Massive Action.

I’m starting the Action Plan on March 1 and it would be great to train with you. We’ll do this together and celebrate our successes/losses together on June 1. Ready? This is the plan:

1) Purchase and download The Action Plan. (or dig out and dust off the copy you have!) This is the exact plan we will use for the next 12 weeks to lose weight, maintain muscle, gain strength and get fit. 

DOWNLOAD THE ACTION PLAN

2) Subscribe to the Get Fit Over 40 Newsletter. I’ll send weekly updates, exclusive video support, plan modifications and more via the newsletter-no spam and no sales pitches, this is a supportive, accountability team only!

SUBSCRIBE TO GETFITOVER40 NEWSLETTER

3) Send a “friend request” to the Massive Action Crew page on Facebook. The page will be a closed, safe and supportive community of MAC members for accountability, interacting, sharing tips, triumphs and airing out frustrations. I’ll post weekly “Trainer’s Hours” so that you can ask questions of me and other professionals in the group.

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4) Prepare to take Massive Action on March 1. We have less than a week to prepare, let’s take action now.

DUST OFF THOSE SNEAKERS! PURGE THE PANTRY! BLOCK OFF YOUR TRAINING TIME! SHIT JUST GOT SERIOUS!

Don’t think about it, just do those four things now. I’ll be in touch!

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xokaren

Confession: I Don’t Always Practice What I Preach

This is the lesson: Patience.

This is the take home message: Set modest goals that you can meet incrementally so that you don’t get discouraged and quit. Expecting too much too soon is one of the biggest mistakes a person can make when it comes to lifestyle change.

This is the confession: Do I follow that advice myself? Not always, but we’re works in progress, right?

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This is the story: My “Bucket List” for 2014 included learning to target shoot. I did it! I had a great time out there in the fresh air with good friends. I was a good shot too, for a beginner! I began to imagine myself as Annie Oakley in no time flat. Learning something new is exhilarating and it had been a long time since I coaxed myself out of my comfort zone. I loved it!

Fast forward to now:

IMG_4453This year I decided to take my interest a step further and enrolled in a firearms safety course. The duration of the program was 2 days and then an exam. No problem right? I’d be an ace in no time flat!

Wrong.

Holy shit balls! I was in way over my head! There was so much more to learn than I thought and I was completely overwhelmed. 

I felt frustrated and defeated during the sessions; I doodled stick figures lifting weights and listed all the terrible feelings that were swirling through my head. I was definitely going to quit!

You might see where I’m going with this.

How many of us want to lose weight NOW? How many of us want to be in shape NOW? How many of us want to eat right NOW? How many of us quit when NOW doesn’t happen?

I consult with so many women who dive head first into diets and gym memberships, fully expecting to know what to do and get results immediately. Bottom line, it just won’t work that way. I had to accept this of my Annie Oakley vision and you have to accept it of your weight loss ideals.

Take the time to gradually learn, cope, change, fail, fail better, succeed, slip up, and then try again. No “all or nothing” thinking. No quantum leaps. You’ve got to learn the ropes and embrace the journey.

With me and the guns?  I’ll take the next 6 months to achieve my target shooting goals, and you should take the next 6 months to achieve your weight loss goals. It’s as simple as that, an obvious suggestion but we have to hear it again and again.

Setting modest goals that you can meet incrementally will help you to not get discouraged. Period.

karen2DSC_0629It takes time, patience, dedication and drive to achieve the goals that mean the most to you. Take the time, learn the lessons and reap the rewards!

Throughout my fitness career I have learned valuable lessons that serve me to this day (albeit, delayed at times) and the greatest of them was to have faith in myself,  love myself for who I am now and enjoy the journey. The lessons have to be repeated time and again, and that’s ok!

Wishing you patience, perseverance and joy! ~karen

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!

11002965_1608425702712371_644121093_oMenopause, arthritis, illness, workload, children, grandchildren, family commitments, holidays, celebrations….Yep! There’s lots of excuses that are totally understandable. But, are you going to keep using them?

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”!

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~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

Direct Purchase Link: The Action Plan

Karen Pilote The Action Plan  ~karen

 

 

HGH- The Ultimate Youth Hormone

I’m always excited to learn new ways to optimize my ability to become stronger and healthier by implementing natural strategies. We have an absolute ability to manage our aging process! The human body holds power beyond imagination. If we learn to harness that power and nurture the amazing systems within, we can and will become strong, vibrant, youthful and achieve weight loss. The key is to mobilize an arsenal of natural health defenders, like HGH.

Human Growth Hormone

HGH is produced by the pituitary gland and helps to:

  • regulate body composition, body fluids, muscle and bone growth, sugar and fat metabolism, and heart function
  • regenerate and repair your cells
  • makes your muscles firm, skin tight, bones strong and joints healthy
  • helps your body function more efficiently

With age, the body starts to produce less of this hormone but you can bolster HGH levels naturally and easily. Countless studies show clear proof that the following strategies can increase  Human Growth Hormone.

7 Ways to Harness the Power of HGH

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1) Get sufficient good quality sleep. Approximately 70-to-80% of  HGH production takes place while you sleep 7-to-9 hours straight, day or night.  Get deep, peaceful, and revitalizing sleep.

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2) Abstain from eating before bed. You can produce more HGH while you sleep if you stop eating 2-to-3 hours before bed. The key here is to keep insulin levels low so that HGH production is optimized. Anything you eat will cause your body to release insulin, not just sugary foods, so eat well and regularly throughout the day to avoid late night binges.

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3) Work-out at a (relatively) high intensity. Research shows that intense workouts that involve the entire body will elicit an “exercise-induced growth hormone response” and will produce the most HGH. Weight training and low to moderate intensity cardio activities will increase HGH as well, but most likely not near as much as full body compound exercises and intervals would. Of course, depending on your fitness level, it’s important to gradually progress into higher intensity activity.
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4) Exercise first thing in the morning.  There may be some advantage to working out in the morning when your insulin levels are lower. Of course, train at the best time of day for you (considering your individual schedule) but it may be beneficial to give this theory a try to see how it works for you.

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5) Lose weight.  If you carry extra weight, it’s highly likely that you are insulin resistant. The body just can’t do a good job of getting rid of excess insulin in overweight conditions. No matter what your current weight, you can prevent insulin resistance and produce more HGH if you avoid sugary and processed foods.  Stop eating garbage!

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6) Eat seafood and beef. These foods are good sources of the amino acids (L-Phenylalanine/ L-Tyrosine)  and aid in the production of L-Dopa (a non-essential amino). L-Dopa stimulates the Pituitary gland to release HGH.  If beef or seafood is not your thing, you can easily supplement with natural sources of L-Dopa.
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7) Nurture a healthy liver.  All the HGH released in your body is absorbed by your liver. You can experience maximum benefits from HGH if you have strong liver function. Clean it up with wholesome fibrous food, recommended water intake and daily exercise.
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8) Laugh! Lots! Research shows that laughter can increase your growth hormone levels!

“The blood drawn from experimental subjects just before they watched a funny video had 87% more human growth hormone compared to a group that didn’t watch a funny video.” -Dr. Lee S. Berk of Loma Linda University

Keep company with fun people and lighten up in everyday life!

Age Management

imageAwesome Aging is possible for everyone. Become fascinated, learn more and gain a deeper understanding of the potential that exists under your skin.

You have everything needed to optimize health and lose weight in this beautiful human package. You don’t need to understand the science completely, just adhere to basic health strategies (activity, eating, sleeping, drinking water, reducing stress) to ensure optimum performance and age management. xokp

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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Radical Action-Radical Results

Are you feeling hopeless? Here’s some radical advice that you won’t like at all.

Make a drastic change. No. Don’t even worry about hitting the gym or stocking up on lettuce leaves. Plan to live a leaner life with new habits that you might not associate with a diet program. Habits, good or bad, got you here and new habits will get you out. Indulge me for just a moment while I set this up for you:

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These conditions exist due to long term inactivity, overeating, stress, and health mismanagement. While many of these circumstances alone are not detrimental over a short term, sustained periods of inactivity, poor food choices, and stress will kill “optimum well being.” To correct an over-fat condition you have to reverse the contributing factors. You need a drastic change.

Balance is Overrated.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know what “they” say. Balance is key, blah, blah, blah. But it’s not working, is it? We are still an overweight, unhealthy and unhappy society. We arrived at this state due to extreme or long term bad habits and now we want a nice, easy, balanced solution. Hello; that only happens on the internet. Real people have to engage in real effort to get real results.

Radical Change Gets Radical Results

1)  Shut off the television.

Get out, live life, and achieve your goal. Do you have a Bucket List? Get on it! Engaging in new activities will shake up your life, thoughts and expectations. Fail at something new and move on, or succeed at something new and shake up your life. The karma will spill over into your physical reality too!

2)  Get up earlier.

Spend the first hour of your day in active pursuit of  your goal. If you’re not a “morning person” so be it. Make sure though, that your late night hours are productive, empowering and purposeful. If you lack good sleep habits, make that your radical change, get more! Whatever your inner clock dictates, make the best use of your time.

3) Eat real food.

Stop with the “sugar addiction” BS. Get over it, eat well and achieve your goal. The very nature of being human is to seek the opinions of others, but if you get stuck with notions of addiction, oppression, age and decline, that’s where you’ll end up. Combat every oracle of aging.

4) Plan to succeeed.

Winning is not a random occurrence, it’s an organized outcome. Do your homework. Count the calories, prepare the food, tend to injuries and show up everyday with a strong attitude and 100% expectation. You can win!

5) Get comfortable with “missing out.” 

I know, we all want to be in the middle of the fun, socially accepted and engaged. And you will be! Once you seek to improve your life there will be a new way to party, new social contacts and a new way to engage in an exciting, healthy way. Anticipate the new!

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Eating in bed while watching late night television? A cocktail to wind down every night? Cooking and nibbling? Procrastination? Self pity? Lame excuses?

What are you willing to do about it?

What are you willing to walk away from in order to realize your goal? How bad do you want it? You’ll be surprised to find out what you DON’T miss in order to live a fuller, leaner and happier life. Start with something easy to handle or start with something that scares you. Ready?

Let’s do it together! Download THE ACTION PLAN.  xokp

Self Respect

Have You Wondered?

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When I’m tired, do I rest? When I’m hungry, do I feed myself well? When I am lethargic do I get active? When I’m injured, do I take time to heal, seek professional help, and nurture habits that make me strong? When I fail, do I pick myself up, cheer myself on and resume the challenge?

Or do I walk away from myself, my hopes and dreams? Do I batter myself with thoughts of worthlessness and pity? Do I give a damn about me? Do I do the things that will truly make a difference in my life?

There are so many ways that we can respect ourselves and it’s novel to understand that eating breakfast is respectful. Exercise is empowering. Time is valuable, precious, limited and we are worthy of taking as much as we need.

Self-respect is not only about walking away from negative people and situations, it’s caring enough about yourself to go out for a walk, eat good food, rest when weary, cry when you need to and become selective about your busy-ness. Self-respect is honoring wrinkles, sags, veins and cellulite by doing more, not less. More than accepting who we are now, self-respect is loving who we are now and saying yes to everything that makes us more.

We are meant to shine, to struggle, to feel well, to be strong, have doubts, laugh, fail, and live.  Are you?

Start a Respect Revolution today.

Step One: own your magnificence and acknowledge it. Announce it! Tell me about your best friend and share those things you’ve long admired about her/him (that’s you!).

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” M. Williamson

xokaren

The Miracle Question

imageWhat if, tomorrow morning, you woke up at your goal weight?

What things would you be doing differently to have achieved that? What’s in your fridge? What clothes are in your closet? Where do you spend your time? How has your daily schedule changed? What are your priorities? Who are your friends?

Do you see where we’re going with this?

The Miracle Question is such a cool little brain-training tool but you really have to get into it ok? Feel it, see it, believe it, and write it down! It should be like imagining that you’ve won the lottery. Dream big! This exercise can help you establish goals so have fun with it!

Try the Miracle Question:

(The miracle question is a method of questioning that a coach, therapist, or counselor uses to aid a client to envision how the future will be different when the problem is no longer present. Solution-Focused Brief  Therapy Practices)

This is the question:

“Suppose our meeting is over, you go home, do whatever you planned to do for the rest of the day. And then, some time in the evening, you get tired and go to sleep. And in the middle of the night, when you are fast asleep, a miracle happens and all the problems that brought you here today are solved just like that. But since the miracle happened overnight nobody is telling you that the miracle happened. When you wake up the next morning, how are you going to start discovering that the miracle happened? What else are you going to notice? What else?”
 

imageI’d love to hear how your dream day would unfold so use the comment area as your journal. Let’s compare notes.

Don’t be afraid to dream big and in HD, you will get it!

xokaren

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!

3 Things to Do Now

newyearb8e1e1fdde806bef056c739afaecde7bBeginning the ACTION PLAN.

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.

www%20hot_soup_bowl[1]Make a Pot of Soup.

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~

Fitbit Love

Smarter fitness made simpleGotta get a gift? Christmas, birthday, anniversary? Mothers Day, Valentines Day? I give the fitbit FLEX.  It’s awesome!

It’s a great little accountability tool that will keep you on track and honest.  As well, the sleep feature really helps troubleshoot sleep and stress issues that may be hindering progress. We’ll be talking more about the Fitbit at The Action Plan Facebook Page.

Use this link to purchase the Fitbit and get free shipping.

The Action Plan + The Fitbit FLEX = A Winning Combination
You’re just steps away from better fitness.

 

The New Flex: Wireless Activity Tracker

Slaying Midnight Munchies

TRUTH

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!

Get the Party Prep Plan here!
Add to Cart Six Week Fat Loss Program $19.95
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

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.

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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

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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~

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.

Download and start today. Purchase link: The Action Plan

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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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karen

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“The PARTY PREP PLAN is a 6 week “get in shape for any event”- efficient, effective and sustainable program. Get ready for an upcoming social event or segue into adopting solid fitness habits that will build the life and physique you want.”

dancegifuntitled “Too many women have used diet methods that slow metabolism and that is the primary reason that their efforts failed. Instead, women need to train and eat to support muscle growth and retention. Metabolism and muscle are key to losing fat and developing a lean, fit, strong, slim and healthy physique. Get Fit Over 40 programs will get you there.

Skip the infomercial weight-loss plans and fake health-food diet programs. Decide to adopt sustainable healthy eating habits. Learn the intelligent way to weight loss and succeed forever.”

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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.