Tough Love Tuesday: Unrealistic Expectations

Tough Love Tuesday!

Motivation Monday: Biggest Loser Recap

Well, it’s that time again…..time for millions of viewers to slide into our couches and watch a show about weight loss :) Seems a bit odd, right?

Last night marked the beginning of a brand new season for the long running show. Jillian Michaels made a triumphant comeback and was in rare form. Bob Harper is still holding tight to his long-playing role as the top trainer and Dolvett Quince came back to resume his role as well. The BL also added a twist to the show in that they are bringing in 3 kids to be ambassadors for fitness. This means they won’t be at the ranch full-time and they cannot be eliminated. Good move on their part for bringing awareness to the childhood obesity epidemic. Oh, and Alison Sweeney is hosting again and might I say she looked FABULOUS last night!

As I move on through the recap, I need to remind you that the Biggest Loser is first and foremost a REALITY TV SHOW. They cater to ratings. I’m not judging, but I feel that some people watch the show and get caught up in the alternate reality of it all. Take it with a grain of salt people…… First night was exciting for sure. I loved the way each of the trainers handled the kids. Children should be trained differently from adults. Both in training progressions as well as motivation. The adults were a bit of a different story. The first workout was par for the course and each trainer stuck to their respective roles. I have to say, Jillian makes excellent points about the way we treat and speak to ourselves. I love the line she said about “That is abuse. All of this in here is not.” I agree whole heartedly. Now, I may not kick people out of my gym when they get dizzy (I usually offer a G2 and tell them to rest as it’s usually due to poor fueling), but I agree with her tough approach. you have to want it badly enough to challenge what has become your normal.

Aside from people dropping like flies and feeling poorly about the state of their own health (or lack thereof), everything went fairly smooth for the opening evening. As I sat and watched (with the rest of America!) I was bombarded with a lot of thoughts about this entire approach to weight loss. I mean, ALL of the contestants chosen made comments about the fact that they were doing this for their health and/or to live for a certain loved one. So, here’s the thought that keeps banging away at my heart and mind…..Why on Earth do you have to wait to be on a reality show to do it?

Whoa! I know what you’re thinking, “Come on now, at least they’re trying”. I say, no, they haven’t even begun to really try. Here’s the place I’m coming from. I have lost 104 pounds. No trainer, no huge gym, no pre-planned meals, no TV show, no cameras. Some might rebut by saying I already knew how. You would be wrong. I started right where many of these contestants start. There is NO lack of knowledge available, there is a lack of discipline to go get it.

Real fitness is just that, a DISCIPLINE. It’s not about motivation, inspiration or TV ratings. It is developing a discipline within your life to commit to your health and the health of your family. The young man who goes by Bingo (isn’t he precious???) is the same age as my son. It has taken me taking responsibility and telling him “Just a small serving” or “Get up and go do something”. Goodness, most of the time I get up and do things with him! And I’m busy too people, so don’t even try….. Develop a discipline in life and you will succeed. Success is derived from discipline.

So, I promise I’m not hating on the show! I realize that it does get some people inspired and that is worth the watch itself. Here’s the rub though: years ago when I first started teaching aerobics I had a lady who came religiously to my classes, and she was losing weight steadily. Then, one day she stopped coming. A few weeks later, she met me up at the gym. She explained that the Biggest Loser was coming to Houston to hold auditions and since you have to be a certain amount overweight to participate, she stopped working out and was gorging to gain her weight back. Houston, we have a serious problem….

Why do we think that only a TV show can save us? We are enamored with the celebrity of it all. Ask any professional actor and they will tell you the celebrity part is the worst part of the whole thing. Yet, we pine for it. It’s as though we honestly believe that living in an alternate reality is the only way we can succeed. To that I say this: if you believe you can only succeed in an alternate reality, you have already given yourself to failure. There was a man chosen who stated he had waited 3 years for his chance to be on the show. THREE YEARS!!!!! Do you have any idea what he could have accomplished in 3 years?!? And yes, I get the fact that when you do it on your own there are no cash rewards, no accolades, no interviews……but honey, it is so worth it!

The dedicated discipline you earn from putting in your own work far exceeds anything a reality show can offer! You want to see a change in this world? Start a fire in you first! Be the one that begins to develop a change in your own family. Take personal responsibility for your health and fitness. Stop making excuses and playing the victim! You and I are no different from each other. We both hurt, we bleed, we struggle, and if you’re like me, we have a raging sweet tooth! But you know what? Fitness doesn’t care who you are, how much money you make a year, where you start, or how long it may take. Fitness is available to EVERYBODY. You don’t need a membership, you don’t need a certain color shirt and you sure don’t need to be picked from a crowd. Did you realize that as of right now over 66% of the United States is struggling with obesity? That’s the MAJORITY! You are no longer going to sit idle amongst the majority, waiting hopefully for your name to be called. You will stand from this day on. You will walk tall and know that YOU CAN DO THIS.

So, what’s it going to be? Are you in or are you out? Are you tired of waiting for your “chance”? Be the first to step out and make a real change… script required :)



NEW DVD REVIEW! Biggest Loser Power XTrain

Hi guys!

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve reviewed a new workout DVD, so I thought I’d hop into the new year with The Biggest Loser DVD series.

For those wondering, although Jillian is back on the show (which airs this Sunday evening) she’s not in the video.

This DVD follows the same circuit style fashion as the others. Why? Well, circuits are the BEST form of exercise when you’re trying to lose weight. It’s effective because it keeps the heart rate up and provides cardio as well as strength training. We ALL know that is essential to keep the skin pulling back to the muscle. Now, as a disclaimer we all know that we cannot expect Biggest Loser style results unless we’re already on the show…..and have a couple hundred pounds to lose :) These DVDs do appeal to those just jumping back into working out or trying it out for the first time.

The big question: Do they work? Yes they do, in my opinion. The problem with any DVD is that it is up to the individual to push play though. They can only film it for you, not do it for you :)

Power X Train takes your workouts to a different level. This DVD is more like actual training in that there isn’t a lot of pre-choreographed movements and everybody is on their own pace. All trainers featured do give awesome form tips, but ya’ll know Bob is the favorite! He states at one point “I focus on your FORM first, then reps” and I couldn’t agree more. Bob is in true form throughout his part, making sure even the home viewers know exactly what to look for in their form. This is of great importance as form is key to not only preventing injury but also expediting your results.

You need your own body weight and some handheld weights for this DVD and you will also need some space. They take you through your paces, but you are always encouraged to stay at the level that works best for you. As always, modifiers are front and center and you can choose the former Biggest Loser contestant you want to follow. As with anything else, consistency is key. If you’re in love with the Biggest Loser DVD series, this is a great one to add to your rotation.

Until I see you again, remember….LIVE OUT LOUD!


P.S. Who’s planning on watching this season?

Monday DVD Review: P90X and P90X2

Good Monday Morning Fit Livers! :)

As with every Monday, I am reviewing DVD workouts that can be done in your home and at your convenience. Today I’m going to hit on 2 of the biggest ones: P90X and P90X2.

Pretty much everybody has heard of P90X. You may even have a copy yourself. P90X is a workout program fully devoted to your results. It is circuit training at its finest and, if done consistently, will bring about the results in fat loss and muscle definition that most of us want from our workouts. Trainer Tony Horton leads the charge in these 2 programs and does a phenomenal job in sequencing the circuit in what he refers to as “muscle confusion”. Basically, you are moving from one set to the next with no rest. Circuit training is the best way to shed fat and build lean muscle mass at the same time. Pick up any Jillian Michaels book or DVD and she’ll tell you the same thing :)
First off, I would like to address the fact that this is an actual workout system, not simply a fitness DVD. P90X is produced and distributed by BeachBody and like ALL BeachBody programs it is fully loaded. With this program you get all of the circuit training workouts (30-45 minutes in length) along with the Ab Ripper, Yoga X, Stretch, and Cardio (Kenpo). As with all other BB programs, you also get a comprehensive and flexible diet program, workout log, and motivation. Think of it as your mini gym for major results. The original P90 focuses on Tony’s own brand of circuits (muscle confusion) with some seriously awesome moves that you can aspire to achieve. It is a highly challenging workout, but has loads of modifications throughout to make it doable for the novice exerciser.
So, how is P90X2 different? X2 takes on even more of a sports related training platform within the 12 new workouts offered. It is still a killer circuit program, but it takes you to the next level: athletic training. This is accomplished by the use of P.A.P. or post activation potentiation. Big words which basically mean you’ll be challenged by exhausting a muscle group then asking that same group to do just a little more….
X2 has more complicated moves, but still offers modifications throughout. Once completing just one of the workouts, you start to feel like an athlete :) You still get the nutrition, tracking, and support that BB is so good at offering to help people reach fit life goals.

The upsides of both P90X and P90X2 is that they are incredibly effective IF YOU DO THEM! Sitting there watching doesn’t burn thing. As with any home based program, you must put forth the effort. The people in both DVD systems are actual P90 success stories and BeachBody coaches, not fitness models as with other DVDs. These people work out because they want to be fit and healthy, not because they get paid to look fit. HUGE difference.

There are a lot of different opinions about Tony himself. Some people will tell you he is annoying on the DVDs, but the reality is he is saying the things ALL great trainers say when we are trying to motivate clients. He just says a lot :) My own opinion is that he a very kind during the workouts. Meaning, he always tells you that you can take a break when needed and skip a pushup if necessary. This forces those doing the DVD to self motivate through the rough spots just a bit, which can be difficult for those lacking motivation in the first place.

So, this comprehensive program offers lasting results in 90 days and it does deliver. I myself am looking for a new challenge and beginning a 90 day journey throughout the entire P90X2 with my hubby :) I’ll keep you posted as I am always looking for new challenges and from the looks of things, this program will deliver.

In great health!



So GROSS! …but worth it!

THIS IS IT! I promised I would put up a post workout video so here it is people! It’s not pretty, but the feeling of finishing something harder than the rest of my day can throw at me is beyond words. AWESOMALICIOUS is how I feel baby! Consider this your get-off-your-booty-call.