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What are YOUR habits?

Do you eat the same thing for lunch, do the same exercise routine every day, go to bed at the same time each night?  Or do you eat whatever you want, avoid the gym and stay up late?  The habits you adopt will shape who you are.  When it comes to your body, the two habits that define your physique are your eating and exercise habits. In fact, everyone that you know who is in great shape has dialed in there two important habits.  If you aren’t happy with your body, then simply adjust your eating and exercise habits.

Making a Habit ~ use these seven steps to create a life improving habit:

1) Decide on the one habit that you would like to develop.  It’s tempting to pick up 3 or 4 healthy habits, but choosing just one new habit is realistic and doable.  Some healthy habit ideas are ~ bring your lunch to work instead of eating fast food; exercise 4 times a week after work for 45 minutes each time; get up early and exercise for an hour each morning; work with a personal trainer 3 times a week.

2) Write your new habit down on paper and include 2-3 main motivators for developing this new habit, the obstacles you’ll face and your strategies for overcoming these obstacles.  Here is an example ~ my new habit is to work with a personal trainer 3 times each week; my 3 main motivators are 1) to feel confident in my bathing suit, 2) to have more energy, and 3) to fit into my jeans.  The obstacles I will face are: 1) not having the energy to go to my session after work, 2) not having enough money to pay for sessions, and 3) not having my spouse’s support.  I will overcome these obstacles by 1) doing my workouts before work instead of after work so I do not have an excuse, 2) cutting down on frivolous spending to ensure that I can afford it, and 3) ask my spouse to join me so we can get in shape together.

3) Commit fully to your new habit, and let your family & friends know!  Post it on facebook, tell your family at the dinner table, call your best friend and ask her to hold you accountable!  This way you are putting yourself in a postion where you’ll be embarrassed to give up on your new habit!

4) Keep track of your progress.  You could keep a detailed journal or simply make a check mark on each calendar day that you successfully complete your new habit.

5) Keep yourself publicly accountable. This means either status updates on facebook or talking about it at dinner.

6) When you fail, figure out what went wrong so that you can plan around it in the future.

7) Reward yourself for your success.

In about 21 days, your new habit will become second nature; then move onto another habit by going through the same 7 steps.

2018 Goals

Do you have your 2018 goals written down yet?  If you have started thinking about some but haven’t written them down yet, now is the time to get them on paper so you can see them every day!  If you haven’t even begun thinking of them, there is no more time to wait!  Planning is key to achieving your goals!  Get in the habit now and the rest will follow.

* Start a food journal.  Write down your daily intake of food & drinks, this is a HUGE eye opener!  You can journal it in a notebook or on a free online website (like My Fitness PalSparkpeople or Lose It).  Capture not only your food you consume, but your exercise, your moods, energy levels, any stressors, etc.

* BE CONSISTENT!  Don’t give up after a day, a week or even a month!  Slow & steady wins the race.

* Set small goals & then put a time frame for each of those goals!  Be realistic.

* Find 1 or 2 areas of weaknesses, such as you drink soda or juice instead of water, and try to change that.  (Example: tell yourself you will drink 1 less glass of soda/juice and 1 more glass of water).

* Don’t set high expectations.

* Learn something new ~ weights, running, dancing, bootcamp class ~ anything that takes you out of your comfort zone.

* Don’t focus all of your attention to the number on the scale ~ that is all it is, a NUMBER!  Instead ask yourself, how do your clothes fit?  Did you take your measurements before you started eating better and/or exercising?  If so, re-take your measurements now and see what the progress is.  And finally, how do YOU feel?

* Shoot for 4-5 days of at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise ~ walking, jogging, bike riding, hiking, running, swimming or try personal training with Evolution Fitness ~ the ideas are endless.

* Shoot for 2 days of strength training targeting all of your muscles.  You do not need a fancy routine, just exercises that are going to tone up your muscles.

Meal Planning made easy!

Planning meals for the week can save time & money. It can also save calories, seeing as most last-minute dinners usually involve take-out, delivery, or fast food. Meal planning can sound intimidating, but taking it one step at a time – and one meal at a time – can make it easier to fit into your normal routine.

How to start meal planning:

  • Spend 15-30 minutes on Sunday making a list.  Go through your cabinets and see what you have on hand already.
  • Start with the nights you already know your plans. Dinner with friends on Tuesday? Cross it off. Late meeting on Thursday? Crock pot meal.
  • Fill in the gaps. Start with favorite healthy recipes you know will be easy to throw together. Mix it up with a variety of chicken, vegetarian, or fish dishes.
  • Stay flexible and keep it simple. Plans may change, but a few eggs and vegetables (even frozen) can be whipped up into a quick dinner omelet.

Set Yourself up for Success

To set yourself up for success, think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps—like adding a salad to your diet once a day—rather than one big drastic change. As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices.

Tips – 
Prepare more of your own meals. Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food.

  • Make the right changes. When cutting back on unhealthy foods in your diet, it’s important to replace them with healthy alternatives. Replacing animal fats with vegetables fats (such as switching butter for olive oil) will make a positive difference to your health. Switching animal fats for refined carbohydrates, though (such as switching your breakfast bacon for a donut), won’t lower your risk for heart disease or improve your mood.
  • Simplify. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories, think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness. Focus on avoiding packaged and processed
    foods and opting for more fresh ingredients.
  • Read the labels. It’s important to be aware of what’s in your food as manufacturers often hide large amounts of sugar and salt in packaged food, even food claiming to be healthy.
  • Focus on how you feel after eating. This will help foster healthy new habits and tastes. The more healthy food you eat, the better you’ll feel after a meal. The more junk food you eat, the more likely you are to feel uncomfortable, nauseous, or drained of energy.
  • Drink plenty of water. Water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins, yet many people go through life dehydrated—causing tiredness, low energy, and headaches. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices.

Sugar & Salt ~ what it does to your body

As well as creating weight problems, too much sugar causes energy spikes and has been linked to diabetes, depression, and even an increase in suicidal behaviors in young people. Reducing the amount of candy and desserts you eat is only part of the solution as sugar is also hidden in foods such as bread, cereals, canned soups and vegetables, pasta sauce, margarine, instant mashed potatoes, frozen dinners, low-fat meals, fast food, and ketchup. It all adds up to a lot of empty calories since your body gets all it needs from sugar naturally occurring in food.

Sodium is another ingredient that is frequently added to food to improve taste, even though your body needs less than one gram of sodium a day (about half a teaspoon of table salt). Eating too much salt can cause high blood pressure and lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, memory loss, and erectile dysfunction. It may also worsen symptoms of bipolar disorder.

• Slowly reduce the sugar and salt in your diet a little at a time to give your taste buds time to adjust and wean yourself off the craving.

• Avoid processed or packaged foods like canned soups, frozen dinners, or low-fat meals that often contain hidden sugar and sodium that quickly surpasses the recommended limit. Prepare more meals at home and use fresh or frozen vegetables instead of canned vegetables.

• Be careful when eating out. Most restaurant and fast food meals are loaded with sodium. Some offer lower-sodium choices or you can ask for your meal to be made without salt. Most gravy, dressings and sauces are also packed with salt and sugar, so ask for it to be served on the side.

• Eat healthier snacks. Buy unsalted nuts and add a little of your own salt until your taste buds are accustomed to eating them salt-free. Cut down on sweet snacks such as candy, chocolate, and cakes. Instead, eat naturally sweet food such as fruit, peppers, or natural peanut butter to satisfy your sweet tooth.

• Check labels and choose reduced-sodium and low-sugar products.

• Use herbs and spices such as garlic, curry powder, cayenne or black pepper to improve the flavor of meals instead of salt.

• Avoid sugary drinks. Try drinking sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice instead.

What’s the secret to weight loss?


There is NO big secret to losing weight!  It won’t happen overnight.  There are no magic pills.  There are no detoxes that will make you lose weight.

The secret is eating healthy foods, exercising at least 30 minutes a day,  drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, journaling your foods and being consistent!  That’s it!

Seems like all you hear in the media is how to lose weight fast!  So many different options to chose from, so many different quick schemes.  The truth is while you  may see a few pounds lost within the first couple of days, it is mainly water weight.  And once you stop consuming your “quick weight loss product” you are more likely to gain the weight you lost plus some!

  • Shoot to eat every 2 1/2 – 3 hours
  • Shoot to eat less processed foods & more natural foods
  • Shoot to have complex carbs, lean proteins & healthy fats at each meal.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day ~ shooting for cardio & strength training exercises
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
  • Write down every bite of food and every drink EACH and EVERY day!

Holiday Shape Up

There are 8 weeks (58 days!) until Thanksgiving ~ are you going to be ready?  It has been reported that the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is when most people gain on average 8-10 pounds.  Don’t let yourself fall into the statistic!

Starting Monday, October 2nd, Evolution Fitness, will offer a 7 week Holiday Shape Up program. All done from the comfort of your own home!

What will you receive?

  • Each day you will receive a 30 minute workout
  • A nutritional guideline at the start of the program
  • Daily motivational tips
  • Guidance from a certified personal trainer and fitness nutritionist
  • A private facebook group

What do you need?

  • Exercise mat
  • Pair of dumbbells (we can substitute if you don’t have any)
  • Motivation & Consistency!  


  • $50 for the 7 weeks

Sign up today & get ready for the holidays!  

Bye Bye…..Negativity

How many times have you questioned yourself in the middle of workout ~ “Why am I doing this?  I’m not seeing any progress?”?  How many times do you have the conversation ~ I can’t keep up, I’m not doing the exercise correctly, holy cow my legs are on fire?

Internally we have a fire burning ~ burning to make us better, stronger, faster, healthier!  Whatever that fire is, keep sparking it to make your fire burn before, during & after your exercise!

Every day, every workout, YOU have the choice to get those negative thoughts from your head.  You have to make the choice!  You have to keep your eyes on the goal!   You have to stay focused!  Yes it will be HARD.  Yes you will find a challenge along the way.  But it will all be worth it!  JUST. KEEP. PUSHING. FORWARD!

Dieting is not…..

Dieting is defined as a “special course of food one restricts oneself to lose weight”.  BUT losing weight, getting healthy, toning up is NOT about dieting.  It truly is a mental game!

  • How many times do you eat a 100% on track, exercise for at least 30 minutes each day for 6 days in a week only to not have the scale move that week and GAWK if the scale goes up!

  • How many “quick fixes” are you guilty of trying?  Weight loss pills, detoxes, cleanses and others?  There are NO quick fixes – you have to work to lose weight and keep it off!

  • How many times do you get on the treadmill or elliptical (or any other cardio machine) and just stroll through it and not pushing yourself or your body into a fat burning mode?  (aka: sweating)!

  • How many times do you start a new routine only to get bored with it after a few days?

  • And let’s not forget, how many times do we compare ourselves to our family, friend or anyone else on social media?

Keep these tips in mind to help keep your head in the game and to not fall into the vicious cycle of losing weight becoming a mental fight!

* Focus on eating healthy foods ~ less processed and packaged foods; more fruits and vegetables, more lean proteins, moderate carb intake and more healthy fats.  Those 100 calorie packs loading our grocery store shelves are nothing but empty calories ~ they won’t hold you over long!

* Strive to eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day.

* Focus on exercise ~ consisting of cardio (you have got to sweat!) and strength training (you have to build those muscles to keep that metabolism going strong) ~ for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week.

* Stay away from the sugary drinks ~ have water (and fill with lemon, lime, mint, orange, etc.) and hot and iced tea (unsweetened).

* Take some time each day ~ even if it is only 5 minutes ~ to be quiet, journal, have a cup of tea.  Just reflect on what is going well with your journey, maybe identify something to work on improving, just be still.

When you feel like you hit a bump in the road or a mental roadblock, reach out to me and let me help you get over that hump.  

Are you hydrated?

The hazy, hot and humid days of summer are upon us & making sure you are drinking enough to keep your body hydrated & functioning properly is extremely important.  Here are some tips on ensuring that you are getting enough water in:

* Drink at least eight, eight-ounce servings of water each day. More time outside means more fluid that needs to be replenished

* Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. By the time you’re thirsty, you have already lost a couple or more cups of water from your body.

* Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Carry a bottle of water with you as you commute to work, or whenever you leave the house and may not be back for a while.

* Don’t substitute caffeinated coffees, teas and sodas for water. Caffeine acts as a diuretic, so does alcoholic beverages, causing you to lose water through increased urination.

* Keep a bottle of water on your desk if finding time to drink water is a problem. Or, visit the office water cooler and take water break rather than a coffee break.

* Once you start exercising, don’t stop drinking. Keep a bottle of water with you and drink throughout the duration of your workout.

* Don’t underestimate the amount of fluids lost from perspiration. You need to drink two cups of water for each pound lost following a workout.

* Start and end your day with a serving of water. Your body loses water while you sleep. Drink a serving of water while waiting for the morning coffee to brew.

* Common colds and flu’s can lead to dehydration. Keep a large bottle of water next to your bed so you can sip it throughout the day without having to get up.

Remember that when it’s warm outside, cold water—not carbonated soft drinks or sport drinks—is the best fluid for keeping hydrated. Cool water is absorbed much more quickly than warm fluids and may have a positive effect on cooling off your overheated