9 Inspirational Tips to Keep Your New Years Resolutions

Well…It’s Jan 18th!  We are fast approaching February.  And how are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions?  Most likely many of you are just now starting to face the music.  It’s getting tough right?!  Well DON’T GIVE UP!  Here’s 9 Great Inspirational Tips to keep you on track:

 

1)      Set Realistic Fitness Goals: This is such an important tip.  It can be very overwhelming, and people are more likely to fall off the wagon, if they’ve set unrealistic large goals.  This doesn’t mean you can’t eventually accomplish a large goal.  But you should think about setting your goal plan to a smaller scale.  For instance, make reasonable small goals that will lead up to your main goal, (such as lose 5 pounds in 4 weeks, or finish a 5K in a month, etc.)  Please, consult your Trainers if you need some help setting some realistic goals.  That is what we are here for!

2)      Get Pumped:  Always go back to your original goal and keep that in focus.  Try to remember that where you will be in 6 months has everything to do with what you are doing now!

3)      Get Inspired by Others Success Stories:  Look to your fellow Bootcampers.  Watch weight loss shows like “The Biggest Loser.”  Or check out some Fitness Magazine articles.

4)      Reward Yourself:  How do you reward yourself without giving in to your previous vices, or throwing your healthy diet out the window?   It’s called MASSAGE!  It not only feels amazing, but is recommended for better performance and injury prevention!  Schedule one once a month, if you can or, if massages aren’t your thing, maybe another form of rewarding yourself might drive you such as a movie night out, or get yourself a new book, or maybe go to the next tip: number 5!

5)      Buy New Workout Gear: This gets me every time!  Once I buy a pair of kicks, I can’t wait to lace em’ up and take them for a few test drives!

6)      Find a workout buddy:  You are more likely to show up for your Saturday workout if your Bestie is expecting to sweat with you.  You are also more likely to stick to a program when you exercise with a friend!

7)      Try a New Physical Activity: Open your mind and don’t be afraid of the unknown.  You may discover new things that bring you joy!  Go hiking, take a dance class, go for a bike ride.  You may love it!

8)      Sign Up for a Race:  Registering for a 5K Run, Sprint Triathalon, or Obstacle Course Race is a great motivator.  Not only are we all inherently competitive, but it gives us a deadline to work towards.  The proceeds benefit a good cause, and they are super FUN!

9)      Get your Mind Right & Lose the Excuses: We have all heard the saying, “misery loves company.”  If you are a “Debbie Downer” you are only hurting yourself, keeping yourself from achieving your goals and reaching your full potential.  Eliminate all of those negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones.  Positive Energy is a must for success!

REMEMBER…You can accomplish anything with the right attitude, hard work, & dedication.  Your friends at SGO Fitness are here to support you every step of the way!

Have a great rest of your week everyone!

Dedicated to your success,

 

Sarah Gogarty,  ACE-CPT

Founder

SGO Fitness

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What is realistic for me to expect for weight loss?

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What is realistic for me to expect for weight loss?

This is the best question you can ask your trainer! There are too many quick fix unreliable weight loss fads out there for you to fall victim to!  Today’s post is part of one of my responses to a recent client request. Here are some simple tips to get you moving in the right direction.

 The simplest answer is: If you focus on healthy eating, increasing your daily activity and rock your workouts and cardio, a loss of 1-2 lbs a week is realistic and healthy to strive for. For almost everyone who has weight loss goals this should be your first step.

 After taking some time off from his weight loss journey one of our bootcampers returned with a new fire in his belly and a need to achieve. While away he’d lost 3 pounds which was good! But he’d increased his fat % by 1.5%. That meant he’d gained fat even though he’d lost weight. Not a healthy thing to see. At 235 lbs and 28.7% body fat he wanted to do better.

How can we achieve results?

As you can see by the calculations below our first goal should be to get you into acceptable fat% levels (18-25%). As you lose fat and increase muscle you’ll see these numbers change and our goal weight change as well. But 11lbs for now is an achievable goal for a month of solid work. 

 Weight 235 lbs / Fat% 28.7% / Total Fat 67.5 lbs / Lean Weight 167.5 lbs /

Activity Factor 1.2 / RMR 2015 Calories / TDEE 2418 Calories

Desired:  Fat% 25% /  Body Weight 223.4 lbs

Weight Loss needed: 11.5 lbs

What do these numbers mean?

Activity Factor is a point system based on how active you are in daily life. A sedentary lifestyle (little to no exercise) puts you at a 1.2 activity factor.

RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) is the amount of calories you burn just being you (Lie in your bed all day and do nothing and you will burn this)

TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) is the amount of calories you’ll burn on an average day.

What do we do to succeed?

Eating:

  1. Eat every meal. No skipping breakfast, lunch or dinner! And small healthy snacks in between.  (sounds funny but eat more to lose more!)
  2. Pay attention to Calories. At your current weight you’re burning 2015 calories a day just being you. If you can keep your calories at 2000 calories you’ll be building a deficit of aprox. 500 a day. (3500 calories equals a pound of fat. that’s a pound lost over a week just on diet alone)
  3. Skip the white stuff. (Sugar, bread, pasta, grains & Dairy) This will be the hardest part of your nutrition journey. Sarah and I both focused on a diet low in processed carbs and dairy and saw significant results. If you’d like some coaching on what you’ll need to do to accomplish this let me know. The Paleo Solution and Primal Blueprint are great resources to give you some alternatives.
  4. Water. Drink it rather than anything else. You’ll save on calories and keep your body primed for exercise.
  5. 3 Day Food Journal: Be as honest with yourself as possible and write down everything you eat for 3 days. It’s an eye opener to where you’re calories are going and where you can improve. I’ve added a link for an example of a basic day diary for you: Food Diary Link

 Exercise:

  1. SGO Fitness Bootcamp: Rock it twice a week and give me all you’ve got. We’ll take care of the program. You take care of the sweat.
  2. Cardio: Get moving. I know you’ve already got some other classes going. But, make a goal of accomplishing at least 10 minutes of cardio for every meal of the day. (10 minute fast pace walk will get you nearly 100 calories no problem. That’s 300 calories a day!!)
  3. Activity: Always ask, will this make me better? Every chance you get choose the better  path. Park further from work and walk. Take the stairs always. Stand at your desk every ½ hour for 10 minutes. Wash the dishes rather than use the dishwasher. Play music and dance rather than sit and watch TV. Everything you do that makes you move will get you to your goal.

Recovery:

  1. SLEEP!!  8 hours. No arguments. Be Better.
  2. Stretch: You’ll be sore after bootcamps. Get stretching. Do the stretches we do after class every day. If you’re feeling like you need extra work done call me and we can set you up with a foam roller and rolling program.
  3. Professional Help: As a SGO Fitness client you get 50% off your first visit with our support team for Chiro & Rehab, Massage,  and Acupuncture . Take advantage of their services and expertise. I do.

 Goal Setting:

                This is most important of all. We have a weight and fat % goal set. But this isn’t going to do us any good if you don’t have an action oriented goal set to help you achieve it. So here is what I want you to do. Find something you want to accomplish in a month’s time. Something physical and measurable. (An easy one would be complete a 5k in you r best ever time but you choose) Once you have that goal, fill me in and we’ll build you a program to achieve it. By training your body to succeed at a physical challenge you’ll attack your weight loss goal as a byproduct. You win both ways!!

 

Choose a goal that is Specific, Measureable, Action Oriented, Realistic, Time Sensitive.

 

See it: Know what you need to do to be better.

Grab it: Take steps to plan your success.

Own it!: Tell people about it and make yourself accountable for your actions and success.

Dedicated to your success,

Sean Gogarty,  ACE-CPT 

Founder

SGO Fitness

Vegan/Primal Cookies

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Every so often you need a small reward. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

2 cups coconut flour

2 teaspooons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup raw sugar

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup water

carob chips, vegan chocolate chips, and if you’re not actually vegan, real dark chocolate chips

Steps:

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

2.  Mix all of the dry ingredients together and then add wet ingredients.  If your dough is a little too dry and falling apart, add 1 more tablespoon of oil.

3.  Add desired amount of chocolate chips, roll into balls, and place on baking pan

4.  Bake for 10 minutes

5.  Shove them in your face and enjoy!

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Paleo Diet

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The basic theory behind the Paleo diet is simple. For millions of years our ancestors survived on diet provided by a hunter-gatherer lifestyle which consisted mainly of meat, fish & foul, vegetables & fruits and nuts & seeds. With the introduction of the agriculture approx 12000 years ago that diet changed to include grains and dairy, which are believed to cause several autoimmune diseases and digestive distresses. By avoiding these and a few other foods you can expect to see a dramatic change in your health, performance and physique. For an in-depth explanation read The Paleo Solution.

What drew me to this diet, other than the amazing personal endorsement from my friend Kevin Dusi which you can read below, is that its all natural. There is nothing in this diet that you would not be recommended to eat by your own doctor or nutritionist. There’s no miracle potion you need to take, no supplement with additives you really have no knowledge of. Just wholesome great tasting food that you cook for yourself. I’ve always said for most food “If it comes in a box or a carton, its probable not that good for you.”

Before I began this 30 day Paleo Challenge experiment I’d been getting a lot of questions and also having a lot of conversations with people about the diet and their opinion of what it was all about. In order to get a personal take I decided to call my good friend Kevin Dusi, and avid Triathlete and soccer player. Kevin had been eating paleo for several months as a means to help with his training and I wanted to get his take on things. His answers were so informative and helpful I thought I’d post our conversation here:

 Hey Kevin, 

Minds answering a few questions? Not at all. 

Why did you decide to go paleo in the first place? I had hit a plateau. I was training 5-6 days a week, often twice a day, for my events. However, I was stuck at 210 pounds and still had a decent amount of ‘squish’ to my frame. My friend had the physique I was looking for and sent me some reading materials when I asked. 

How long have you been eating paleo? Starting Jan 1, 2011, essentially.

What physical changes have you experienced since you’ve been eating this way? Weight loss, illness, how you feel daily? In two months I went from 210 to 190 with no effort. On a general day, I have a lot more energy. I haven’t gotten anything worse than a headache in 2011 (knock on wood) and that is generally more of a result of eating something I know I shouldn’t. I suppose a great overall comment for ‘physical changes’ would be that you get to be much more in-tune with how your body reacts to what you put in it. Eat a carne asada burrito? Tasty as hell, but expect a headache and a “food coma” after. Eat right? Expect what I refer to as a “food high”. You seriously will get a rush of energy. It’s weird. 

What were the biggest hurdles you had to overcome to stick to it? At first: wheat headache. It sounds odd, but when people first kick gluten they will get to look forward to something similar to a caffeine headache. Your body is addicted, in a way. Now the hardest issue is travelling for work, as I prefer to prep my own food. On a normal week, I’d say prep time for what I want to eat is probably the biggest thing, but you get into a routine with that… and you really do start to look forward to feeling great and dreading how you feel if eat wrong. 

Have you “fallen off the wagon” on anything? What did you do about it? I fall off the wagon all the time. But each time you do, your body reacts and it’s enough of a lesson to get back into eating right. The beauty is that it is really easy to re-set. I’ll bounce from 190 to 193 any given week based on how “well” I’m doing. 

Now that you’ve been eating this way for a while are there any variations to the diet you’ve added or recommend? I’d say I eat more “primal” than “paleo”, but even that isn’t a very big distinction. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/whats-the-difference-between-primal-and-paleo/a paleo “purist” would shun dairy (I love me some cheese and butter), alcohol, etc. Primal allows for a little more flexibility. I think the main thing I’d recommend is to go at least a month completely committed to the paleo way of eating. No booze, no dairy, no gluten, etc. and see how you feel. If you go into it feet first, it will be night and day. After 3 or 4 days when I started I was sold, but went the full 30. After that, tinker around and reintroduce some stuff. Like dairy? Add it in. Note how your body reacts and use that as a guide.

Where do you shop for most of your meals? Any great places to go? I love farmers markets. Poway has a good one on Saturdays, Hillcrest has an amazing one on Sundays, and if you have clients on the coast I’ve been to the one in Solana Beach on Sunday afternoons and it’s decent. Fresh vegetables are amazing. For stores, I live right next to a Henry’s and that’s typically where I’ll go. For eating out, places like JSix downtown (pricey but worth it), Urbane Solace, and The Linkery are my three favorites, and they generally have stuff that’s Kevin-approved.  

What would be your recommendation for someone who’s thinking of trying to eat this way? What would you suggest to someone who’s never worked out, watched what they ate, or even heard of this type of diet until now? Do the homework and commit to 30 days.  By homework I mean either read everything you can online or get a book. I went the book route. Either Robb Wolf’s or Mark Sisson’s is a great place to start. Also, keep in mind that it’s NOT just a gluten-free diet. A lot of things are hitting the shelves at supermarkets with “gluten free” stamped all over them. That’s great, but there’s other stuff besides gluten that you want to avoid. It’s just the big one. That’s why reading up on it first is what I’d recommend, so you don’t shoot yourself in the foot over it. I’d hate to see someone do what they *think* is paleo only to fail because they didn’t know the full story. Also, it’s easier in groups. As far as someone that’s never worked out… I’d say diet is 80%, sleep is 10%, and working out is 10%. They can see a ton of improvement by doing nothing more than walking and getting some sun. Mark’s Primal Blueprint goes into a lot of detail on that. Robb’s book does to a lesser extent. FYI, when I lost my 20 pounds, I cut my working out to maybe 1/10 of what I had been doing. Now I work out when I want to, which is maybe twice a week for 30-40 minutes, similar I’d imagine to your boot-camp.

Thanks Kevin! That was awesome! I think you just wrote my blog post!

 I’ll be posting how we’ve been doing shortly. All I can say is that we’re feeling great, cooking more than every and loving learning new recipes we’ll share in a bit. Thanks for reading!

dedicated to your success,

Sean Gogarty

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Reasons for Sean & Sarah’s 30 Day Diet Challenge

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Hello Everyone,

It feels like forever since we last posted for SGO fitness and there have been tons of subjects we’ve been wanting to cover!

So here’s the scoop, over the next several posts we’ll be covering a bunch of topics that have spurred Sarah and I to undertake a diet challenge of our own.

Over the past several months we’ve been working with a program called The Losers Club. This is a 12 week weight loss challenge where contestants have the opportunity to win a cash prize for the most weight lost. As the exclusive trainers for the group we’ve run into many questions and diets brought to our attention by contestants as they’ve explored their weight loss journey.

Sarah and I decided, after weeks of exploring some of their questions, to focus on two diet programs for ourselves. Sarah focused on a whole food diet avoiding meat and dairy protein. (see Forks over Knives for a quick summary) and I have focused my eating habits on the Paleo Solution, a diet eliminating dairy and grains otherwise known as “The Caveman Diet.”

We’ve been following these programs for 17 days now and we’ll post shortly about our findings and personal opinions. But I wanted to list a number of topics we’re going to cover over the next few days in addition to these two subjects. (Honestly, it’s an attempt to have you hold us accountable and not let work and bootcamps get in the way of us posting regularly)

Subjects on the block:

1         Paleo and everyday eating

2         Whole Food

3         Grocery Store Survival

4         Juice Fasts

5         Eating in the AM.

6         Pre and post workout meals! What do I eat?

7         Why did the scale go up after a good week?

8         Sarah and her Soy Protein Journey

9         Where we’re at after 14 days

So Keep you’re eyes open and your questions ready!

Dedicated to your success,

Sean Gogarty

SGO Fitness

ORGANIC FOOD 101

Written By: Sarah Gogarty & SGO Fitness

Just how important is it to choose organic foods over the rest?  The argument is that organic foods are more healthy than non-organic.  But because many factors influence the nutritional value of foods, it isn’t actually possible to conduct a control study to prove this.  However, the bottom line is, “Organic foods are spared the application of potentially harmful long-lasting insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers.” (Janet Little, “Treat Your Baby Naturally”) Perhaps more worrisome are the studies that have shown that chemical exposure can have negative impacts in the womb and on developing children.  This is partly because pound for pound exposure to a child is greater than that of an adult.  But also because the blood-brain barrier and lymphatic system of children is not fully developed yet, allowing for more exposure to the organ’s and systems.

Knowing these the potential risks, some of us decide to avoid chemically treated foods by going Organic.  But Organic foods can be expensive.  And perhaps you aren’t quite fully convinced that non-organic foods are harmful.  Well here’s a list from Sprouts Farmers Market of the top 12 most & least contaminated fruits & vegetables from pesticides to help you decide what might be worth spending a little more on during your next Grocery Shop.

 

Top 12 MOST contaminated fruits & vegetables:

Strawberries

Peppers

Spinach

Cherries (US)

Celery

Apples

Raspberries

Grapes (Chile)

Nectarines

Peaches

Pears

Potatoes

 

Top 12 LEAST contaminated fruits & vegetables:

Asparagus

Avocado

Bananas

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Sweet Corn

Kiwis

Mangoes

Onions

Papaya

Peas

Pineapple

Janet Little, CN and Sprouts Farmers Market presentation “Treat Your Baby Naturally” Parkway Plaza, Westfield Mall on 08/24/2011

Health, Family, Job

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When we first decided to start our own fitness company, I had a heartfelt conversation with my mother as to whether it was a good idea for us to strike out on our own. Was it smart to leave secure jobs with guaranteed salaries to follow our passion for fitness and make a name for ourselves? I knew a career in fitness would keep us in great health and give us more time with family and our young son, but could we really trade a comfortable paycheck for the uncertainty of entrepreneurship?

Her words were short and to the point. “Remember these three things: Health, Family, and Job.”

 These three things are the most important simple factors to consider in your life but they need to be ranked in the order I said: Health, Family, and then Job.

Now I’m going address them in reverse:

#3 Job: Yes you need a job. Unless you have earned enough money in life in order to retire in comfort now, you will be working in some form or other for a good portion of your life. It’s important to try and find a job that is fulfilling but above all it needs to put food on the table.

#2 Family: These are the people who stand by you through thick and thin. They are your support, your comfort and your happiness. These are the people in your life you would do anything for and they the same for you.

#1 Health: The most important part of your life you need to pay attention to. Everything else falls by the sidelines. If you are unhealthy you will not be able to care for your Family. If you are unhealthy you can’t do the Job that puts food on the table. Sadly this is always the first thing we neglect when times get tough. Taking time for ourselves and our own physical and mental health always seems selfish when we think of what we need to do the address #2 & #3.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!!

Take the time to help yourself. Eat healthy meals, cook for yourself, exercise, go for walks, and enjoy the company of others rather than the company of TV. Go to the Doctor, Dentist, Chiropractor, or Acupuncturist. Get a massage. Try Shopping locally, Eating locally, Socializing Locally. Join a club, join a team, and build a community. Do the things you love and meet the people who love what you do. Make the most of this life. It’s yours. Don’t waste it.

Take care of your health and Family and Finance will follow.

Dedicated to your success,

Sean Gogarty

SGO Fitness