Weight Loss, Peer Pressure and Holiday Pitfalls

With Memorial Day come to a close and the BBQ’s and long weekend celebrations coming to an end how did you do? Did you stick to your goals? Did you get your exercise in? Did you keep track of how you ate?

Holidays and parties are some of the hardest times to keep on track with your weight loss goals. Here’s a few reasons why:

1)  Unhealthy Food in large supply

2) Unhealthy Portion Size

3) Alcohol in large supply.

4) Social Pressure to be part of the party

5) People who don’t understand what you’re trying to do.

The first thing we need to address is if you fell off the wagon this weekend, get back on. You have not failed, it’s not all lost, and you haven’t destroyed everything you’ve worked for these past few weeks. A single weekend of bad choices won’t kill you. A lifetime of them will.

Second, how do we deal with these pressures and temptations? This past memorial day weekend Sarah and I visited the in-laws while participating in a 30 day Primal/Alcohol free challenge. It was tough at times to keep on track but we succeeded. Lets go through the above list and see how we can overcome some obstacles.

1) Unhealthy Food: Pack healthy food for yourself. For our challenge we had limitations on what we could eat so we packed up what we needed and brought it with us! Feel uncomfortable bringing your own thing? Bring enough to share and make it part of the weekends eats! You just might help someone else choose healthy too!

2) Unhealthy Portion Size: All those bowls of potato salad and other tempting dishes spread out before you! How to survive? Grab the smallest plate you can and stick with it. Being forced to go back to the table to get another serving will help you think twice. (Only have big paper plates? Rip it in half!)

3) Alcohol…..ooooh! A tough one. The majority of calories consumed on long weekends come from what’s in your glass. If you really feel uncomfortable when everyone around you has a beverage, substitute! Get a bottle of club soda and fill your glass with ice and some lime. The bubbles and taste will give you enough kick to keep you sated and keep your thirst in check and the act of having a drink in your hand will keep people from badgering you to have another.

4&5) Social Pressure: When people question why you’re not having a drink, helping yourself to the buffet, taking part in Dad’s famous bacon wrapped burger, or make remarks about the choices you’re making remember:

You are on a journey to improve yourself and your life. It is your journey and no one else’s. You make the rules and you pay the consequence when you break them.

If someone puts down your choices it is only because you are holding a mirror to their own shortcomings and bad decisions. When someone feels bad their natural reaction is to try and make you feel bad so they feel better.

We have to live like no one else now so We can live like no one else later.

Food Trivia Answers

Here are some of the trivia answers from last nights Food Trivia Adventure

Friday’s Dinner   out:

Mozzarella Sticks 1 Full football Game 760
Club Sandwich Run for 1 hour 860
Sweet Potato Fries wash the dishes for 2 hours 390
Brownie Obsession < 2 hours of working out with SGO 1222
Glass of beer 2 hours of heavy petting 243
Total: 3475

Food vs Exercise & Activity Calories
1 pound of Fat Run a Marathon 3500
Big Mac Meal Hike Cowles Mountain Twice 1000
Chilli’s Texas Cheese Fries 2 full NBA Basketball Games 1960
Chilli’s Cobb Salad Chop 240 Pieces of Wood 430
Mixed Salad with Oil & Vinegar 8 minutes of “Quickie” Sex 47
8 oz T-bone Steak 1 hour of Cycling 402
11 Nacho Doritos Waching Dishes 1 hour 150
Banana Shopping at the Mall (22 minutes) 72
Starbucks   Venti Frappuccino (pumpkin spice) 1 30 minute Zumba Class 375
Home made mashed potatos Run 2 Miles 237
Outback Garlic Mashed Potatos 25 Minutes of Bootcamp 305
Friday’s Dinner out: 4 1/2 NFL Football Games 3475

Calories in Food vs. Calories in Exercise

Recently we ran a trivia quiz for a group of high school students participating in our fitness program. We gave them a list of fast food and restaurant meals and had them guess what the approximate calories from exercise they’d have to burn in order to earn their favorite meals.

We had so much fun I thought I’d share with you the same list. Remember, diet is as important and exercise! Are any of these foods in your diet? If so, you decide whether they’re worth the punishment.

Earn what you Eat!  

Fast Food Hamburger  540 calories = Run 5 miles

Can of Coke  150 calories = Stand for 1:30 hours

Chef Boyardee Mini Ravioli  239 calories = 30 minutes of or 600 Pushups

Lean Cuisine spaghetti & Meatballs  299 calories = 2 hours of Washing Dishes

Twix Bar 284 calories = 1 hour of Stretching

Big Mac Meal  1350 calories = 2 hours of Martial Arts

Starbuck Mocha Frappaccino  500 Calories = Walk 5 miles or Shop for 4 hours

Carls Junior double 6$ burger  1520 calories = 3 hours of Soccer (non-competitive)

Carls Junior Fries 470 Calories = 4 hours of Studying

Carls Junior Shake 610 Calories  =  2 hours of Situps (3600 situps)

Total Carls Junior Meal : 2600 calories = 7 hrs of wood chopping (4200 pieces of wood)

Chips & Salsa: 250 & 72 = 322 calories = 1 hr Coaching Sports & 1 hr on the Phone

Fish tacos: 400 calories  =  One 30 minute Class Workout  (Full Effort)

On the Border Fish tacos: 2100 calories =  One Month of 30 minute classes (6 classes)

Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries 2900 Calories = 8 hours of Hiking

Chilli’s awesome blossom: 2710 calories  = 10 hours of Frisbee

Chilli’s brownie sundae: 1290 cal  =  2 hours of Hockey

Chilli’s Texas Cheese Fries: 2120 calories  =  30 hours of sleeping ( 4-5 days)

Chilli’s Ribs: 2170 Calories = 21 hours of making out

Total Chilli’s meal: 8612 calories =  2.5 Marathons

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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

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6 RULES FOR WEIGHT LOSS & EATING

6 RULES FOR WEIGHT LOSS & EATING

Here is a simple list of rules to live by when it comes to healthy eating. If you stick to these practices and pay attention to what fuels you, you’ll be in great shape!

1.       NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST!

Breakfast is your most important meal of the day! (I know you’ve heard that before)

Here’s a question for you: If I asked you to fast for 8 hours starting at 10am tomorrow would you be hungry for dinner at 6pm? Of course! Your body would be begging you for fuel! So why do we skip breakfast when we haven’t eaten since the night before? Fuel you morning right and the rest of your day will be a lot more enjoyable.

 

2.       SNACKS WITH A PURPOSE

Snacking for fuel is important and positive. Snacking because of cravings and boredom makes you fat. Plan out your snacks in advance and look forward to them (healthy snacks like apples and a handful of nuts) rather than wander the halls for a vending machine and empty calories.

3.       PORTION CONTROL

Since 1977, hamburgers have increased by 97 calories, French fries by 68 calories, and Mexican foods by 133 calories, according to analysis of the Nationwide Food Consumption Survey. Buy smaller plates and bowls and pay attention to what the waiter puts down in front of you. Eating everything on your plate was important when you were a growing child. Now you’re an adult growing isn’t helping.

4.       WATER

Americans consume more calories from beverages than any other source. Stick to water as your beverage of choice for 30 dayS. Only water! See the difference. You’ll lose weight, perform better and look better overall. Want it to taste better? Throw a slice of lemon in there. (Or rock out at bootcamp. It’ll taste like the Nectar of the Gods after an hour of exercise!)

 

5.       WHOLE FOODS

My simple rule is “If it comes in a box, can or wrapper, the ingredients are crapper”…well not the best rhyme but true . Try to eat as much unprocessed food as possible. The more ingredients the worse it is for you. Another tip: Shop the edges of the grocery store, not the aisles. Do that alone and you’ll save yourself a lot of calories and added salt.

 

6.       SIT AT THE TABLE

The simplest and best thing you can do for you and your family. Set the table and enjoy a meal together. Even keeping it a family ritual just once a week gives you the opportunity to point out what is and isn’t healthy at the dinner table. If you’re single, set the table and focus on the food in front of you. If you concentrate on the experience of a healthy meal you’ll make healthy choices while your eating.

Dedicated to your success,

Sean Gogarty

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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

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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

SGO Fitness