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Rest is Over Rated – Part 2

Continued from – http://onlyresultsfitness.com/rest-rated/

Here is the thing, it is not always about time, it is about how much energy you can muster to be the best employee, boss, Mother, Father, Son, Daughter, Friend, Partner, Lover, person, if you don’t take the time to recover. Most professional athlete’s build in their rest and off season, however that is not something that is accepted in today’s American society. So you need to learn how to build in your own off-season breaks and recovery, so you can be your best physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. And you can’t focus on one more than the other, the best success comes from a balance of all 4.

I encourage you to take your rest, “force yourself to rest” and “then get back into it”, and only when you are completely rested, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Now here comes the real truth, you need to get back into it, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

So here is the thing taking complete care of yourself means that you need to embark on pushing hard and stepping back on all aspects of these items.

In our gym, our motto this year is to get uncomfortable. What can make you uncomfortable is actually prioritizing getting physical, making yourself magichappensuncomfortable while working out, maybe doing yoga, sweating during your workouts, picking up heavy weights or actually embracing your warmups. Your exercise should be prioritized, and not be mediocre based on all your wasted energy emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Yet pushing too hard all the time in your workouts, can cause you to push too little in another area of your life. Not pushing hard enough in your workouts can be result of you pushing way too much in other areas of your life. As a fitness professional, of course I am going to point out the need to maintain the physical aspect of your energy spectrum, because that is what I know best. However I am learning although that is my comfort zone to push really hard in my workouts, I know that even my physical can suffer if I don’t push hard enough as far as my mental, emotional and spiritual as well.

Well if you are feeling much like I often revert back to feeling, try building in your rest periods throughout your days, as well as throughout your life. Again I am still learning and yet I am excited to say on a daily basis I am trying to read, take naps, don’t answer emails or phone calls, walk the dog or play with her. I am spending more time trying new workouts, pushing hard in areas that are making me uncomfortable. And I know that as I step away from my work, I know that I can come back and push harder with renewed enthusiasm and energy.

Join me in making life more meaningful and let’s set a precedence to change the way we live our lives in today’s American society. It’s ok to admit you took a vacation and didn’t answer any emails, go to lunch outside your office with no phone or way to contact you, shut off at 5pm and don’t check anything till you get into the office the next day, if you travel for business; read a magazine or a book don’t do any work, and for goodness sake go to your child’s games and leave your phone in your car. And for gosh sake’s it is okay to check in on Facebook that you are at the gym, getting your sweat on, your friends should cheer you on and not chastise you for taking care of yourself.

Let’s be the example of change for the better, stop being accepted for being overworked, overtired, “I am so busy” person, have a gym membership you never use. Be the one that is admired for living a healthy and highly “engaged” productive life.

Rest is Over Rated

“This is a rest based workout.  That means that you actually want to rest in this workout. If you do this workout correctly you could be resting as much as you are working.  Your goal is to push as hard as you can, force yourself to rest… then get back into it.”  (Introduction to Metabolic Effect group workout created by Dr. Jade Teta and Dr. Keoni Teta)

Ok wow!!! What is so foreign to us in this rat race of our American society is taking rest and the needed time out in order to “Work as Hard as we can” as stated by these Metabolic Effect group class instructions.  Is this an acceptable means of doing things or is this just being lazy?

Not long ago, Dr. Jade Teta wrote an article written in Idea Fitness Journal discussing American style living vs. “rest based living”.  What is the difference between the two? We as American’s pace ourselves to work as many hours as possible and rest less than we need.  The timer goes off, or your alarm clock wakes you up in the morning at the allotted time, then you get up, get dressed and get going with your day.  And whether you are truly rested or not, you don’t rest again until the clock tells you it is time to rest. There is really no true autonomy to deciding when you should or shouldn’t rest you just work when you are told and rest when you are told.  And the norm is to work more than you rest.  And the side effects of this type of living can be your family, work, and health can suffer.  Besides the fact that you are cranky, impatient, distracted or numb to everyone and everything around you.

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So, let’s explore the possibility of what Dr. Jade Teta suggests, if you are living a rest based life, you work hard, then you rest, force yourself to rest, especially when you need it, knowing that you will work hard again when you get back into it. This way of living helps you become more autonomous, and listening to your personal physical, emotional, mental and spiritual signs of need for complete disengaged rest.  Based on his clinical experience, he has found, the results from “rest based living” far exceed our current American pushy lifestyle.

Now in theory this works, however putting it into practice is the true challenge.   Let’s face it, as a society, American’s encourage overworking, as a badge of honor, if you disengage you are viewed as lacking ambition and drive.  It is accepted to either workout feverishly to excess, then pushing ourselves through the day with coffee and ending the day with several glasses of whatever alcohol is on tap, or just skipping your workouts completely to answer another urgent email at work.  So we pace ourselves based on necessity to get ahead of everything and never truly work as hard as we can, because we never force ourselves to truly rest.  Your best is less than mediocre due to the amount of time you waste loading more “things” to do in your life.

“Balancing stress and recovery is critical not just in competitive sports, but also in managing energy in all facets of our lives.”  This is a quote from an awesome book I am reading, The Power of Full Engagement by Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr.  The key to success according to both sources is not time management but balancing our energy reserves.  We need to “push as hard as we can”, then rest, and resting means emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Ok as a self-imposed pusher I have to admit, I am totally guilty of being so busy, to the point of total exhaustion. Everything that gets done is not really done at my best, I can be unusually cranky, weepy, impatient, weak, confused, lack the energy or will to do anything meaningful.  My workouts suffer or become few and far between, eating a good meal is the last thing that is a priority so I either skip my meals or just eat whatever is in front of me (which could be just protein bars, gluten free chips, many cups of coffee, or even a ½ bottle of wine).  The most energy I can muster is getting my daily job done, don’t ask me to do anything that is outside my daily tasks that would require any additional amount of energy that I just can’t muster.

Then low and behold Mike and I spontaneously took a night away that became two and it opened my eyes to what it really means to really shut down and rest.  Those two days had no schedule, nothing planned except dinner reservations and wandering the streets of Philadelphia.  We slept, walked the dog, talked and just enjoyed each other’s company; no business, no computers, just taking in the sights and sounds.

The true nature of resting my mind, body and soul, is what enabled me to realize that my constantly working was becoming counterproductive. In the days prior to our impromptu getaway, my work was all consuming, no time to walk the dog, eat a complete meal, my workouts were sparse, I was completely edgy, impatient and with constant body pain. As a business owner, that is a fitness business, I can get caught up in the necessity to keep moving and doing, because there is no one else to get it done, right? That, in and of itself is so egotistical and selfish.  It didn’t really occur to me, until this impromptu rest happened, that my preaching rest and time out for all my clients was extremely hypocritical.

So I have learned, thankfully with the help of Jade Teta’s research and reading The Power of Full Engagement, in order to rest, I have to disengage enough to get back at it, fully “engaged”.  There is a necessity on a daily basis to step away, take my energy breaks, in order to make my work and my living more impactful.  A life that is being led by work and not by example is really not the right kind of life to live….. To Be Continued

Hitting The Gate!


Sound crazy? Not to me, because yes I did hit a gate while riding my bike along the Rock Creek Parkway. And that day symbolizes a pivotal moment in my life. It could have turned out so completely different yet I hit a gate right in front of a Ranger Station that just happened to be doing drills with a local Fire Department. So my incident can be totally viewed as embarrassing or just lucky as hell. RCKPimages

Throughout my life I have found quite a few gates that have stopped me in my tracks, even thrown me to the ground and each time I get back up again. And why do I choose to do that and not stay on the ground or just stay right where I am behind the last gate? What is it that keeps me going, moving forward toward that next possible gate?

Monday’s are still a little rough, I can be honest, there is so much to do and not enough time in everyday to get it all done. Do I just want to hide behind the gates that keep popping up? Of course, I do, but if you have read some of my story, such as http://onlyresultsfitness.com/we-all-have-an-expiration-date/, you can learn how the gate to motherhood was slammed in my face. And yet again I got back up and move forward with more knowledge of who I am and who I want to be in this world.

Or maybe you didn’t know that in my 30’s I decided to compete as an amateur bodybuilder for the first time http://onlyresultsfitness.com/what-is-the-destination/. This is just another glimpse into my life’s journey and what has brought me to this point in my life. Maybe this resonates with you or you can see a piece of yourself in some of my stories. What these stories tell you, is about my life journey to bring me closer to you and help you relate to me.

As a woman who encounters other women just like me, maybe lost and looking for some direction; I work endlessly to help you find your true strengths and purpose that get lost with stuff or trapped behind your own gates of life. Sometimes it takes another woman, who can relate, to open a mind to the possibilities. Women, in my experience, who are seeking fitness and health are looking for overall emotional balance in their journey to a healthy wellness.

Now as a 44 year old woman in a world that doesn’t necessarily accept my need to own a business, especially in a male dominated world of fitness, I find other women who are pioneers in this world of health and fitness. These women are opening my perceived gates in this business. And women’s perspectives are the ones that are revolutionizing the business of health and wellness and making it a priority to change how this business is done.

Some of the women who stand out for me are Jill Coleman, Rachel Cosgrove, Lori Harder, Jen Sinkler, Neghar Fonooni, Kelli Calabrese, Cathy Savage are a few of the well published and respected women who make their mark every day, paving the way, and opening the gates for someone like me coming from Small town USA, working toward reaching more women like me.

In life I have found those pivotal moments are the ones that can really turn us around and help us find what we really should be doing in life. Our life destiny may not be apparent if we are looking in the wrong direction and until you hit that proverbial gate will you realize you have been looking in the wrong direction, looking back too much and not really seeing what is truly in front of you.

These women represent the Fire Department that was able to assist me when I needed it most lying on the ground in a bit of pain. I stand up today knowing that they have helped me get off the ground and I plan on paying this forward and help other women get up and get out there in this world that is calling all of us to be our best. And no I am not embarrassed that I was able to accept their help, I am truly thankful that there are people such as these women who are helping to push open all of our gates, and share our gifts with others. #gatesoflife #fitbodygps #onlyresultsfitness #life #motivation

New Year’s Miracle Weight Loss Drug or Not?

So the time of year has come to put your New Year’s resolutions into action, but buyer beware! There are many tempting products on the market claiming to help you achieve your goal in a quick, sustainable manner. However, beware of any claims that are too good to be true.

Do you remember back in the 80s and mid-90s all the hype about a miracle weight loss combination pill Fen-Phen, also known as fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine and phentermine?

This combination of pharmaceuticals was being prescribed by doctors who believed the drug curbed appetite and helped patients shed pounds.

However on Sept. 15, 1997, the FDA announced the withdrawal of Fen-Phen from the market, according to FDA.gov:

The Food and Drug Administration has asked the manufacturers to voluntarily withdraw both treatments for obesity from the market.

The action was based on new findings from doctors who have evaluated patients taking these two drugs with echocardiograms, a special procedure that can test the functioning of heart valves. These findings indicated that approximately 30 percent of patients who were evaluated, had abnormal echocardiograms, even though they had no symptoms. This is a much higher than expected percentage of abnormal test results.

“These findings called for prompt action,” said Michael A. Friedman, M.D., the Lead Deputy Commissioner of the FDA. “The data we have obtained indicate that fenfluramine, and the chemically closely related dexfenfluramine, present an unacceptable risk at this time to patients who take them.”

So, bring us back to present day. As of Dec. 6, the FDA issued another withdrawal of a weight loss miracle drug and this time it is for a homeopathic weight loss aid. The weight loss aid is human chorionic gonadotropin or HCG. The use of HCG was never intended for weight loss. The use of HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin was only approved for the use of infertility, fertility and as a tumor marker.

Although this drug has been believed to be a new weight loss miracle, it was first introduced to the weight loss market in the 1950s by Dr. Albert T.W. Simeon. The claims made were never proven true even after extensive clinical trials, so the usage of HCG for weight loss became less popular in the 1970s.

The reintroduction of HCG was due in part by a book written by Kevin Trudeau “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About” and presented in the format of infomercials. This book was just a long line of misrepresentations; ironically Kevin Trudeau had a history of misrepresenting himself and was charged so by the FTC.

In 1998 Kevin Trudeau was charged with making false claims. In doing so he moved to selling his systems, such as his weight loss system through his books. Although Trudeau was not the only reason for HCG to be reintroduced, the help of his late night infomercials played a large role.

“These products are marketed with incredible claims and people think that if they’re losing weight, HCG must be working,” says Elizabeth Miller, acting director of FDA’s Division of Non-Prescription Drugs and Health Fraud. “But the data simply does not support this; any loss is from severe calorie restriction. Not from the HCG,” as stated on the FDA’s consumer page on HCG.

The HCG Diet is making remarkable claims about losing large amounts of weight in a short period of time. The claim is that your appetite is being suppressed, so you should consume only 500 calories a day in combination with HCG and you will lose plenty of weight. However, as explained by one of the FDA’s nutritionists, Shirley Blakely, “Living on 500 calories a day is not only unhealthy—it’s hazardous, according to FDA experts. Consumers on such restrictive diets are at increased risk for side effects that include gallstone formation, an imbalance of the electrolytes that keep the body’s muscles and nerves functioning properly, and an irregular heartbeat.”

They can be dangerous, she says, and potentially fatal.

Even the American Society of Bariatric Physicians has stated concerns in a position paper “On Use of HCG for the Treatment of Obesity“:

Although there were a few early studies in agreement with Simeons recommendations, a number of subsequent studies produced evidence that the HCG in the Simeons method was ineffectual and that the weight loss was entirely due to the diet. A meta-analysis review in 1995 of prior studies concluded that there is no scientific evidence that HCG is effective in the treatment of obesity. The meta-analysis found insufficient evidence supporting the claims that HCG is effective in altering fat-distribution, hunger reduction or in inducing a feeling of well-being. The authors stated ‘ …the use of HCG should be regarded as an inappropriate therapy for weight reduction.’ In the authors’ opinion, ‘Pharmacists and physicians should be alert on the use of HCG for Simeons therapy.’

According to a press release issued Dec. 6, the FDA is advising consumers to steer clear of these “homeopathic” HCG weight-loss products.

“They are sold in the form of oral drops, pellets and sprays and can be found online and in some retail stores,” the press release states. “FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have issued seven letters to companies warning them that they are selling illegal homeopathic HCG weight-loss drugs that have not been approved by FDA, and that make unsupported claims.

“FDA advises consumers who have purchased homeopathic HCG for weight loss to stop using it, throw it out, and stop following the dieting instructions. Harmful effects should be reported online toFDA’s MedWatch program or by phone at 800-FDA-1088 (800-332-1088) and to the consumer’s health care professional.”

As history would tell us about Fen-Phen, although the significant effects of HCG have not been found at this time, the FDA has chosen to remove these products due to their overwhelming surge in popularity again. So, if you are currently hoping that your New Year’s resolution can be solved by a quick fix, think again and remember that if it sounds too good to be true, you are probably right.

When it comes to health and wellness, a balanced approach of healthy eating, purposeful exercise and a healthy lifestyle are the true keys to reaching any resolution. The lasting effects of balance are truly what make your quality of life better than the potential lasting effects of a hazardous “miracle” pill.