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Should I Weigh myself and how often?

Should I Weigh myself and how often?

weight-scaleWhen your goal is to lose weight, most of the time, you can’t help but think about shedding the pounds as fast as you can. So you go ahead and spend more time at the gym, sweating it out with a bunch of cardio exercises. Of course, you also do your best to keep to your diet plan and avoid all sorts of high-carb temptations. And then you think and say to yourself, “I must have lost some weight now!” – only to discover that you are about to disappoint yourself.

The Rocky Road Ahead

On your own, you will realize that losing the pounds that you have gained over time is not going to be that easy. In the meantime, you would tend to check out the scale to see if you have made any progress. And what does the scale say to your face? You still weigh the same or worst case scenario would be that you have become heavier. Now, that is completely frustrating and you might feel like wanting to give up. What was it that you have done wrong? Didn’t you exercise enough? Should you be trying a different diet plan? Or should you just give up altogether and go back to your old ways and comfortable way of living?

Before you go nuts however and sulk in depression, know this truth: These feelings that you are actually having are pretty normal and mostly expected when you are trying to get rid of the unwanted and the undesirable. The weight loss business can be real tricky and the weighing scale can tell you things that you might not like. Because of this, it is important to understand how losing weight really works so that you don’t easily get distracted when it does not reflect the numbers that you have been wanting to see.

Weight Management Realities

The cycle of losing, gaining, and maintaining your ideal weight involves an intricate process that needs to be fully understood. So yes, you have to see beyond what the scale tells you and dig deep into what is happening to your body as you work on achieving your ideal weight. A number of factors are at play that influence how much you lose or gain along the way. Again, weight fluctuations are normal and realizing this alone can already help you think more positively about your weight loss goals, become less frustrated, and be able to persist until you are able to achieve physical transformation.

So what are these factors? The human body is such an efficient system that whatever you do with it, it will do everything in its capacity to maintain that healthy balance. Well, if it is to function accordingly, it has to ensure that not one element is askew – everything has to be just enough. While you are in the process of slimming up, you would tend to cut off on your usual consumption of solid food and liquids and this in turn signals the body of what it lacks and what needs to be compensated or replenished. Likewise, when you indulge in more exercise now than you ever did in the past, this will also have an effect on how your body will respond.

Accordingly, factors such as hydration, recent food consumption, bowel movement, and the energy expended for exercise come into play. Even the climate can have an effect on your weight. As a result, you will notice that each time you step on the scale, it would give you a different reading despite all the efforts that you have made. Needless to say, the weight fluctuations that you will experience will not always be because you have actually gained weight or you didn’t treadmill enough but is only the body’s way of ensuring that it is able to fulfill its physiological functions.

The question now is, how often then should you take that trip to the scale to check on your weight? Whether you want to shed off those pounds or gain a little bit of weight, it is very imperative to dissect the mystery of the scale first.

More questions to answer

Why weigh yourself in the first place? When you are trying to slim down, the happiest day of your life would be when you see a huge drop in the weighing scale. However, is it actually healthy to constantly check the scale? Is it helpful or more harmful to the individual in this sense? Should you be doing it everyday or in a weekly or monthly basis? There is no black and white answer to this question. What will be considered helpful or harmful depends on what will work out for you and what will be positively motivating for you. Yours is the power to decide as to the frequency by which you should be stepping on the most intriguing scale.

Keeping it going daily

Is it mortal sin to be visiting the weighing scale section each and every day of your life? If the purpose is to make it as a constant reminder of your weight management goals, then the answer is no. A lot of people need a tangible reminder of their health objectives and seeing what the scale will tell them on a day-to-day interval may work. It gives them a sense of responsibility for their own weight loss and renews their enthusiasm to continue doing what they are already doing. Their daily progress is important because it keeps them in the right direction.

Some people would even go as far as keeping a daily log or journal of their weigh ins so they are able to analyze the results and re-evaluate their efforts towards their ultimate health goals.

On the other hand, if you are the type of person who would be easily and extremely affected by the numbers you see, then forget about doing it everyday. You might weigh in one day and notice the 0.6 pounds of weight gain then get depressed about it for the rest of the day. Or, should you see the 1.10 pounds of weight loss and already feel like you can slacken off your efforts with that very minimal and even irrelevant success. Don’t forget that certain weight fluctuations like these can be attributable to the factors pointed out above so there is no reason for you to exaggerate. The scale is just giving you numbers and this should not dictate how you should spend your day and the rest of your life. So no, no daily scale checking for you in this case.

Making it weekly

So what about checking out the scale at least once a week? Weekly weigh-in could be the thing for you. You do not have to worry yourself daily with your goals. Instead, you can focus and put all your concerted efforts on what needs to be achieved today so that by the end of the week, you can take a look at the numbers. In this manner, the pressure is off but you are still able to track your progress and remain consistent with your efforts with something to look forward to after 6 days.

The best practice when it comes to making weekly tracks of your weight loss or gain is to choose a certain day to do it and have it done in the mornings. While doing so, assess how your efforts affect the numbers on the scale. However, keep in mind that just like daily weigh-ins, you do not have to pay attention to the minute changes or fluctuations. In addition, your assessment should cover a good number of weeks before you are able to pinpoint a pattern that is giving you more success for your goals and then make sure to implement the same. With this weekly habit, you can still feel that sense of accountability but with more space and time for the actual health-promoting actions.

The Advantage of Periodic Tracking

You can also choose to check in on your progress on an occasional manner. Say, if you happen to have the spare time at the bathroom where you have your scale or at the clinic when you have your medical exam. This works well for those who do not consider numbers that important but find noticeable changes in the fitness of their clothes or how they feel more energized when they exercise more significant. They are in for the big changes and feel very motivated when it is other people who would first comment on or notice their transformation. Health buffs who do periodic weigh-ins believe more in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the long-term in comparison to short-term, and often fleeting weight management goals.

Forget the scale

Whoever said that the scale is the only way to go? Well, there are also those who simple do not care about the weighing scale. What is most important for these groups of individuals is their general well-being and that’s all there is to it. As long as they are eating a balanced meal, feeling comfortable with their clothes, and exercising regularly, then they are good.

So there you have it with four options to choose from. Keep in mind that whichever you pick, it should lead you to the sustainable achievement of your weight objectives. And whatever you do, never weigh in twice or thrice daily. Simply put, that is just too much and anything excessive is bad for you. Use the weighing scale as a tool to help you and not make you obsessive over numbers. This is the secret to a successful weight loss via the weigh-in.

Not liking what the scale says? Check out Hammer and Chisel for a great program.

12 Reasons to Date A Woman Who is into Fitness

12 Reasons to Date A Woman Who is into Fitness

fitness girlHave you ever dated a woman who works out on a regular basis?

These ladies like to sweat it out and in the process, they do not only beautify their bodies but improve their mental agility as well. They are sexy inside out so you will look forward to having sensible conversations with them. They are most appealing because they realize the importance of staying healthy and living life full of energy.

So yes, they are a great catch – they are the kind of girlfriend material you’ll be more than happy to introduce to your family or friends. You will realize that you will not only have a fit and active lady, but will also enjoy a healthy and satisfying relationship with her. Here are 12 reasons to finally date that woman you have been checking out at the gym:

1. She is almost always at her best

The thing about exercise is that it triggers a lot of positive things in the body. For a woman who frequents the gym, this means that a rush of endorphin’s is in constant supply. A boost of these happy hormones implies lower stress levels for this lady. The Department of Exercise researchers at the University of Georgia confirmed that working out is three times better at minimizing anxiety compared to resting. Consequently, you can expect her to be cool, unfazed, and collected.

So when you date this girl, she will be in a good mood most of the time. She will also rub off on so you will experience the same type of moods. Her energy will be off the charts and if you rub her the wrong way watch out for her right cross. (just kidding) 🙂

2. She values time and prefers to make productive use of it

Time is important for this sexy babe because she learned the discipline from her tightly scheduled workouts. Just a minute means a lot since she can already do a number of reps in this short time. She is typically well-organized with her schedule as she has to make sure that she can squeeze in her gym time.

Going out with a woman who frequents the gym involves her arriving at your date on the dot. She can have short-term and long-term plans that will be beneficial for the relationship. Yes, you can rely on her to have great time management and planning skills.

3. She is determined and ready to go the extra mile

Just when you think she is about to give up, this toughie for a woman would never back down on a challenge. In fact, she feels more motivated when the going gets tough. She simply refuses to let anything get in the way of accomplishing her tasks and goals including becoming optimally fit. Her consistent exercise schedule tells of her sense of commitment. No matter what, she will see it through and this includes your relationship. She will always be there for you come rain or shine. Slacking off is not in her vocabulary.

4. She is independent and strong on her own

When you have to be somewhere equally important, she will understand if you can’t be there to help her out. Of course physically she will never be as strong as you are,(maybe) but she also knows how tough she can be on her own. It will certainly give you peace of mind knowing that your woman can be independent.

5. She is sharp and smart

Remember that your workout bombshell shapes up her body and sharpens her brains with every bit of sweat. Spark’s Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain found that after a gym session, a health buff’s intellectual abilities revs up and is able to assimilate new vocabulary words much quicker by 20%. Make that a regular 3-month workout routine and you have a learning and memory boost.

At the University of California, Los Angeles, studies were made through the Brain Injury Research Center. One research work presented that intensive exercise routines resulted in a significant increase in the levels of a brain-derived protein that is responsible for higher thinking, decision making, and learning.

You are totally gonna learn some new words from her at Scrabble and proudly play side by side with her on trivia night.

6. She digs real food like you do

Her diet is composed of highly nutritious food that is in tune with her fitness goals and you are sure to enjoy eating with her. She won’t be starving herself when you guys are out on a date and might even know how to prepare great-tasting meals for the both of you.

7. She is into a whole lot of self-improvement

The primary reason for her working out is mostly self-improvement and it doesn’t stop there. Because she has a lot of great things going for herself, she can’t help but share the good vibes and inspire others as well. It’s gonna be contagious and you will love it too.

8. She is as well-coordinated as a profitness girl 2
Physical coordination is one of this girl’s best assets. If she is pumping Beachbody workouts, (like Hammer and Chisel) then agility becomes her second nature. While you sometimes fall speechless to her charms, she will stand grounded and tall.

9. She is a ball of energy

You might wanna go and workout too in order to keep up with this girl. Her energy levels are so high, she won’t get easily tired. She looks and feels younger – ready to take on the world. The regular workouts fuel her 24 hours a day and add more years to her youth.

10. She will trade your night with the boys for her beauty sleep

She isn’t the clingy type and she would gladly goad you to have fun with your boys for a night out, poker night, tequila night, or whatever it is you do with your crew. She won’t mind because she has to have her deep slumber for the next day’s workout. So don’t bother her during her workout times.

11. She’s a stunner from all angles

The one thing you are sure to love about dating a girl who works out is her imperfectly perfect looks. You can look at her from behind, right in front, or on the side and she will still look gorgeous. Who would not want that in a woman?

12. She’s bound to make the relationship strong

Since she will be spending most of her time exercising, you can’t help but join in the fun. As you sweat together and reach your fitness goals, the bond between the two of you is strengthened.

A fit babe is everything you need and want. Go date one!

Beachbody Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

Black Friday Update

So you missed out on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals so now what do you do?  Well, I’ll tell you what I would do, I would go and make my purchase anyway because our programs are life changers and they are all worth the price of admission.  Beachbody rarely runs specials like this and it probably won’t happen again until next year this time but if you want to stay on top of any deals that might come out go to this page https://www.facebook.com/decidetostayfit and hit the “LIKE ” button.  I always post any deals or specials here along with some tips and motivational stuff.

I hope you and your family have a healthy and fit holiday and New Year.

 

Beachbody Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals.  There is nothing like giving the gift of fitness for Christmas. A workout is the gift that can keep on giving forever and literally change someones life. If you are a bargain shopper and looking for an awesome Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal then you have come to the right place.

Beachbody Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 2012

 

When will the Beachbody Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals Start?

The fun begins this Friday, November 23rd, around 9:00 AM PST/12:00 PM EST and ends on Monday, November 26th around 9:00 PM PST/12:00 AM EST. Remember, all offers have a limited quantity available and will no longer be available once those quantities have been sold. Trust me when I say this, all of these workouts will sell out at this price so make sure you purchase early. Beachbody rarely runs sales so take advantage of these deals while you can.

How Do I Get the Beachbody Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals?

In order to get the Beachbody Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals you have to place your order from the links below.  If you already have a Team Beachbody account with me just log in and click one of the links below to place you order. These are special links for the deals.

These links will not be active until Friday, November 23rd, around 9:00 AM PST/12:00 PM EST.

  • P90X Offer + 3 Shakeology Packets. $99.00 (27% savings)
  • TurboFire Offer. $53.00 (53% savings)
  • 10-Minute Trainer Offer. $59.90 (25% savings)
  • Power 90 Offer. $44.90 (25% savings)
  • Hip Hop Abs Offer. $24.95 (58% savings)
  • Body Gospel Offer. $24.95 (68% savings)

If you still want to get started with your workout just click the links below.

sales are limited to 3 purchases per customer

All I know is this, I would have gladly paid $200 for P90X and I know my wife would have gladly paid that for TurboFire. These are all great deals and if you are looking to start the New Year off by getting back in shape then this is the perfect opportunity for you. Take advantage of these Beachbody Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals while they last.

Also, is you want to take advantage of our secret weapon to a healthier life then check out Shakeology, the healthiest meal of the day.

Be sure to bookmark and share these deals with your friends!

What is the Most Important Piece of Equipment you Need for P90X?

P90X MindsetWhat is the Most Important Piece of Equipment you Need for P90X?

Breaking news: You can now “try” P90X FREE for 30 days with our Beachbody On Demand. You will also get the P90X Nutrition Guide as well. You will also have access to other workouts like P90X, Insanity, TurboFire, Brazil Butt Lift, T25, 21 Day Fix Extreme, P90X One on One’s and many others. (great value)

I have done a post before titled “What equipment do need to do P90X?’ but I don’t think I really covered what the most important piece of equipment is that you will need. MINDSET! That’s right, the most important piece of equipment you will need costs nothing and all you might have to do is tune it in. I have seen so many people buy treadmills, shake weights, gym memberships, gadgets, work out programs and for some reason they never get anywhere. Why? Mindset.  I really don’t think people understand what it really takes to change. I can tell you one thing, it definitely takes more than a week.  So many people go into a new work out regiment with the “I’ll give this a try” attitude and think they are going to succeed.  My first round of P90X I made up my mind before I even received the work outs that nothing was going to get in the way of the hour I needed to put in each day for the next 90 days. Guess what? I did not miss one work out.  Now I understand life happens and things will come up but that is not an excuse to quit.  If you miss a work out, so what. Just don’t make a habit of it. If you miss 2 or more P90X work outs repeat that week.  This simple formula will take you a long way.

Most people think it is the pull up bar, push-up stands or the dumbbells that are the most important piece of equipment when starting P90X but I always ask how many times have you been to someones house and seen their tread mill used as a clothes hanger?  Work outs that have not even been opened and just collecting dust.? Gym memberships that haven’t been used in months? I see it all the time.  Before you decide on a program you need to get in the right frame of mind.  Decide you really want this.  Make your commitment and you will succeed.  You might not be able to do any pull ups when you start, you might only be able to do 2 push ups when you start, you might not be able to finish Ab Ripper or P90X Plyometrics but just show up every day and you will amaze yourself with the results you will see over the next 90 days.

Looking for more P90X FAQ’s?

If you are looking to get started with P90X then take our P90X Beachbody Challenge. We will help you on your journey. We know this formula works. You will know what to eat every day, what work out to do every day and you will be held accountable.

More P90X (Fitness) Motivation

P90X Motivation.  We all need some motivation from time to time. Life happens, things get in the way, there always new hurdles to jump and we have to keep pressing on. Below is a video that gets me going. When I say gets me going, I mean in everything. It inspires my work outs, my business and my life. Hopefully it will do the same for you.  The bottom line is when your “reason why” is strong enough then you will succeed. When your reason for getting in shape is strong enough then you will succeed. For some people that takes a visit to the doctors office and receiving bad news.  For others it simply takes just looking at their kids and saying to themselves “I plan to be here for them as long as possible and I will do everything in my power to accomplish that.”  Why??? Ask yourself this question.  Business, fitness, health, life. Let’s make it happen.  If you need some extra accountability feel free to send me and email to ask when my next Beachbbody Challenge group is starting.  This way you will be teamed up with at least 4 others, have access to me, private facebook group for questions and inspiration and you will all be doing the same program and have the same hurdles to jump. Your Beachbody program will fill in the other blanks. ie. What work out to do, when to do it and what to eat.

Capitol Hill to Recognize Beachbody Customers and Coaches

Pala AwardCapitol Hill is taking notice that Beachbody coaches and Beachbody fitness programs are making a difference.  They have included us Beachbody coaches and new customers in the Million Pala Challenge. PALA stands for the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. For those who commit to fitness for 5 days a week, 30 minutes a day for 6 weeks will qualify for recognition. (60 minutes for kids.)  You do jot need to purchase a Beachbody program to participate but if you do between July 15th and August 17th 2011 you will automatically be recognized and do not need to complete the registration form at http://www.millionpalachallenge.org/, Beachbody will be taking care of that for you.

How it works:

Between July 15th and August 17th, the Presidential Council will recognize:

Each of these Coaches and customers will receive a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, issued by the Presidential Council. Get ready to display your badge proudly.

This means that is you decide today to commit to a Beachbody work out during the time period listed above you will qualify to get your Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. Most Beachbody work outs are 90 days, so this is why you will qualify for the award.

So make the decision today to get fit.  Commit to a work out program. You will succeed.

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