Saturday, November 26, 2011

Putting the pieces of the puzzle together....

Very often I find it very helpful to use anaolgies when trying to bring together a point of interest.

So, here I go again...!

There are numerous factors to take into account when creating a game plan for achieving our desired goals; there are numerous "pieces of a puzzle," to put together to complete our mission.

All of these "pieces of the puzzle," must fit just so in order to get optimal results.

The obvious  pieces are: proper nutrition, adequate sleep, exercise ( cardio and resistence training) and motivation.

Quality personal training is also a piece to this puzzle because this allows you to achieve optimal results and getting there more efficiently.

Another piece tot his puzzle that you may not think of is simply understanding a little more about ourselfs, recognizing our character strengths; this allows us to use our greatest asset...our inner strengths and motivators!

Having a B.A in Psychology, I strongly believe in personality types and recogizing our strengths so we can use them to achieve our goals.

Throughout my educational process I used the following personality assessment test numerous times; this test is widely used and has proven to be highly regarded.

Just click on the link...Do it!

Have some fun....

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A few carbohydrate facts....

1) Daily diet should include 25 grams of fiber.

2) They are our bodies preferred form of energy source.

3) Carbohydrates provide proper cellular fluid balance, maximazing celluar efficiency.

4) For fat loss or muscle gain, carbohydrates should make up the highest percentage of macronutrient calories.

5) Fiber is one of the biggest contributions made by dietary complex carbohydrates.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

More about me....

Since my first days of wanting to pursue a college degree, I knew that I loved to learn, I knew that loved to feel enriched from newly acquired knowledge.

In terms of my continuing my pursuit of fitness knowledge, I am learning little tidbits of information from multiple sources almost on a daily basis.

I am also beginning to study for my 4th personal trainer certification (National Academy of Sport Medicine). This certification is considered the best in terms of the latest cutting edge research based fitness programming.

Some may say..."Do you really
 need a 4th certification?" The answer is no..however I want to be as well rounded as possible in terms of my fitness knowledge. My view is, the different certifications all say essential the same thing in their overall programming, however each posses their own unique perspective. By incorporating different perspectives into my training style, it keeps the workouts fresh, fun and productive!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

How do I keep my workouts fun?

I make each and every workout fun because if working out is not enjoyable then we need to rethink what we are doing!

I keep my workouts fun by focusing on a variety of exercises, exercises that you enjoy doing.

I keep my workouts fun by getting results...results are rewarding, being rewarded is achievement and achievement is always fun!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Getting protein requirements from a meat light diet...

By making some choices it is very possible to meet your protein needs with the option of not eating meat.

It is a nice option to not have to rely on meat to meet all of our protein needs.

Here are a few options:

edamame : 1 cup = 17 grams of protein

tofu:  3 ounces=  9 grams of protein

kidney beans: 1 cup= 13 grams of protein

low fat, plain Greek yogart: 6 ounces=  18 grams of protein

About chickpeas...

The chickpea aka garbanzo bean is a tasty and verstile legume. It is possibly most known as the main ingredient in hummus. It is also seen in many popular dishes, including those of Greece, Italy, Spain and various other countries in the Middle East.

Chickpeas are a good source of nutrition and are high in fiber and protein.

Chickpeas can be stored dry.

There are prominant types of chickpeas: the Desi and the Kabuli. Desi has a rough coat ,small darker seeds. Kabuli has a lighter colored, larger seeds and a smoother coat.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A few egg facts...

 Eggs provide 13 vitamins and minerals in varying amounts, 70 calories per large egg. Eggs are a good example of a nutrient dense food.
Egg yolks and egg whites are good sources of high quality protein.

Most of the fat in eggs is unsaturated.