all right gang, it’s time for a health and wellness checkup. the first three months of 2019 has been crazy busy here at the blog. but i didn’t want you to forget that my fitness journey continues. even when i’m on the road, and i hope yours does too. from time to time one of you will email or comment on one of my social channels. and the sentiments are more or less the same “thank you for sharing Faster Way to Fat Loss i signed up, lost weight and more importantly have more energy.”
this is what a pilates reformer looks like. this photo was taken during a class at Pure Balance Pilates in Athens. pilates is one of my favorite forms of exercise especially as i age. it’s invigorating and low impact which is perfect for me as i struggle with chronic arthritis. sometimes when health issues step in the first thing we do is pull back from exercise. but maintaining an active lifestyle is crucial for our health and happiness.
here are some facts about our aging bodies: 4 out of 5 adults over the age of 50 suffer from at least 1 chronic condition. we also lose muscle mass, lose strength, see an increase of body fat, loss of density in bones, loss of agility, loss of endurance, loss of balance, and an increase in possible joint injuries. but there is a solution. exercise. ladies, we have to move it or lose it.
here are the benefits of regular exercise: reduce the risk of developing conditions and disabilities, lower blood pressure, increased balance, increased mobility, weight maintenance, increased flexibility. exercise also helps with chronic conditions including arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes. i can personally attest to the fact exercise is the key to combating my chronic arthritis. my joints may be stiff but they need to move and a regular exercise regimen helps me stay on course. a commitment to exercise is essential to living a healthy life.
there’s no question exercise is important to a healthy lifestyle but what we eat is even more important. there is no way you can out-exercise poor nutrition. this is a concept that i struggled with for years. it’s been said that it’s 80% kitchen and 20% exercise. Faster Way to Fat Loss helped me put this into perspective. and i’ve been learning week-by-week, month-by-month, and year-by-year. the program is simple to follow, and that’s the way it should be. here’s a photo of me in January 2018. the first day of my fitness journey.
here’s a pilates selfie that was taken before class yesterday. see a difference? it may be subtle but my sixty-year-old body has been given a healthy overhaul.
Faster Way to Fat Loss has also taught me the importance of a good night sleep and water intake. yes, i’ve learned to make friends with all of the restrooms in town! that’s how important water is. in fact, water runs the show as it regulates our thermostat. as we drink water, it circulates through our body naturally helping us to perspire and sweat which regulates a temperature pattern. if our water intake is low, our body can’t properly regulate its temperature. our body perceives this as trauma then figures out a way to adapt by hoarding and collecting fat to act as insulation to control our temperature. if our water intake is low, we will hoard fat. if our food is perfect, but our water intake is low our body will hoard fat. what?! yes, that’s why WATER runs the show.
to help keep my water intake on track throughout the day i carry a 30 oz Yeti tumbler. it’s the perfect container as it keeps my water cold, keeps it from spilling with a mag slider lid, and helps me remember how much water i’ve consumed. i typically fill it up between a minimum of three and up to six times a day.
smoothies have been added to my daily routine. not only are they delicious but they’re a great substitute for breakfast or lunch. daily harvest is popular. smoothie box has recently come on the scene and they include a packet of collagen peptides with their shake. both daily harvest and smoothie box are subscription programs
now for a healthy snack recipe because we all need a nutritious alternative to chips or cookies.
- 1 medium apple
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon mini dark chocolate chips
- Slice apple into thin wedges and spread flat on a plate.
- Slightly warm almond butter in the microwave to thin out consistency.
- Once almond butter is warm pour over apple slices.
- Sprinkle mini dark chocolate chips over apples and almond butter.
- Try this recipe with a banana for a delicious indulgent treat.
if you are interested in signing up for Faster Way to Fat Loss the next round starts April 8th. here are three reasons i love this program besides the fact i feel great and have more energy:
ONE – every detail is planned out for you. the online workouts have exact directions and links to watch the moves. but if you love working out at The Barre, or have another workout routine, or you’re used to Spin Class no problem. there are options, ladies, options. my workout routine consists of two sessions per week on my Peloton, two Pilates Reformer session, and one aerobic weight training class with Amanda (the mastermind behind FWTFL). the great thing about Faster Way to Fat Loss is you can make it work with your lifestyle!
TWO – this is a lifestyle, not a diet. we use My Fitness Pal app to track calories and macros, but the mentality is progress, not perfection. the goal is to eat dairy free, grain free and gluten free as much as possible but again, there’s flexibility. do i have a cocktail or glass of wine on occasion? absolutely! are there sweets and treats on special occasions? yes. as i mentioned, Faster Way to Loss is a lifestyle change, not a diet. it gives me the tools and resources to stay or get back on track. this program teaches how to cut fat and gain lean muscle while living life to its fullest.
THREE – it is a proven system that helps women and men (yes, there is a program for men) lose fat. and there’s no age limit! actually, you’ve heard me talk about the importance of exercise as we age. my goal is to live the best life possible regardless of age. and exercise is key.