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This Doesn’t Make Sense

By | Behavior Change, Health, Lifestyle

I have been having some great conversations with clients over the past few days, and many have come back after some inconsistency.

For example, one awesome woman in our Fit over 50 program has been taking care of her aging mom every evening and hasn’t been coming very consistently, like she had for the past year or two.  She was here today and said she was reminded of just how much she liked it and good you feel when you are done with the workout.

She also said how hard it is to come back once you haven’t been in the groove, and how easy it is to come when you are in the groove.

I thought about that and it is so true in my own life.  Let me share a real life personal example.

I am known to share most everything publicly, and I feed off that and use it as motivation and accountability.  Well, last October I did something I don’t normally do and kept a secret, my own personal project.

I hired a running coach with the goal to become a far better runner than I currently was.  So my coach and I devised a plan to run 50-60 miles a week, something that seemed outrageous to me at first, even compared to training for Ironman the past 3 years.  I spent the first 5 weeks building from 42 miles up to 50 and then I have stayed around the 50-60 mile mark ever since.

I have had zero sickness and only a couple days of some achilles soreness.

In case you are wondering, that is around 8 miles M/T/W/Th/F and then 12 on Saturday and 0-6 on Sunday.

Only about 4 people knew about this until a week ago, when I shared it in a newsletter.

I have been getting asked if it has been hard to run basically 8 miles every day.

My answer has even surprised me… no

It’s not because I am some superstar or have any special powers.

It is because I have spent the past 4 months doing it every single day.  I have only missed a few days in the past 120 days.

In other words, the more frequently I run, the easier it becomes to just do it.  I don’t get sore, I don’t get especially tired (unless it is interval day), and I don’t really have to give myself a pep talk.  It’s just like brushing my teeth or taking a shower. It has become who I am, and I will always find the time to do things that align with who I am.

It was much harder to run 3x/week around 5-7 miles each time, like I have for the past few years, because it wasn’t as consistent.

Now there is something that, for me, is going to require a lot of motivation and pep talk to accomplish…

Swimming.

It’s been 5 months since I got into a pool or a lake and I am about to start back up swimming in a few weeks.

What is my point to all this?

I am starting to believe that the thesis of one of the most popular fitness books of all time, Younger Next Year, is correct for every single one of us.  The authors say that you should exercise every day like it is your job, the most important job you have. They were referring to a person 50 and older, but I think it can and does apply to all of us.

Not only will this keep you healthier, it will make it easier to keep as a routine.

Yes, it is a bit paradoxical, but the more frequently you exercise (or do anything for that matter), the easier it becomes.  

Said another way…

The less frequently you exercise, the harder it will be to be consistent.

Without making this any more lengthy, I am not saying you should work out 5-7 days a week at maximum intensity.  That is a recipe for overuse injury.

Find ways to sweat most days of the week and just see how much better you feel.

Do you agree or disagree?

Keep moving,

Dustin

PS Now this concept could be taken too far and if you are working out many hours each day, it can lead to burnout and overtraining, which then makes it harder to want to train.  I am talking about consistency, but varied intensity and duration levels.

PPS Does the concept of exercising or moving most days of the week overwhelm you?  The good news is that you don’t have to start with that. Just start with a couple days a week and build up to it.  Reply to this email if you want help doing that.

Are you Desperate, Embarrassed, Fed Up, Frustrated, Overwhelmed, or Feel Like You Want to Give Up Trying?

By | Behavior Change, Health, Lifestyle, Mindset, Nutrition, Uncategorized

We would probably describe the above emotions as “negative” emotions and in one way I would agree.

These feelings suck and are what we don’t want to feel.

But…

I think these emotions can also be the best thing to ever happen to a person.

Why?

It is through this pain that we can decide right then and there that we are done living in the state we are living in and are ready to make a change.

Not just “try” but actually commit and “do.”

Now in the fitness world, many unfortunately prey on the desperation of people and offer late night infomercials, pills or creams that are guaranteed to melt fat away, or some prepackaged meals that sound like they will solve all their problems. But these “solutions” are pretty much BS or solve only 5% of the problem.

That is why I am excited when someone comes to me “desperate” because I know they have what it takes–they are ready–to create a life-changing transformation.

A transformation their friends, family, and coworkers can’t stop talking about.

I know what we offer at the Transformation Center is the real deal. It is 100% of the puzzle, not just 5%, as long as someone is ready to make the change.

If you have been following my journey over the past 13 years, you will find that I have hardly changed my strategies and beliefs in terms of how I help people get in shape.

In other words, I haven’t fallen for all the trends, gimmicks and fads.

As my friend Jamie Eason says, “the secret is there are no real secrets.”

It has and always will come down to the following formula for just about everyone.

  1. Mindset: Believe that you need to take care of yourself, if you are going to be able to be there for others. Believe that success is more than possible, no matter how many times you have failed before. Believe that you are worth the effort.
  2. Nutrition: Eat real food. The % of macros or even the number of calories to a certain degree is less important than just eating real food most of the time.
  3. Fitness: Exercise most days of the week with 2-3 days of strength training, a couple sessions of interval cardio and the rest steady state cardio. Move more throughout the day, every day. Doesn’t have to be intense all the time, but aim for less sitting and more moving.
  4. Community: Surround yourself with people who are fitter than you, who have already established the habits you wish to adopt. If you don’t have this, it makes it much more challenging to have lasting change.

There you have it. The not so secret secrets.

Executing this is, of course, the more challenging part and is what we strive to do at the Transformation Center and in our online program, Fit Moms for Life.

So remember, desperation isn’t bad, it can be the flammable ingredient to igniting your success.

Maybe you aren’t desperate yet but don’t want to get to that point before you take action. Desperation isn’t a requirement.

If this message has spoken to you, the next step I would like you to do is to schedule a free 20 min session with me where we dive deep into your goals and challenges and create a plan.

I gained 7 lbs…

By | Behavior Change, Lifestyle, Mindset

I shared this with one of my Fit over 50 small groups a week ago and they said they really appreciated me sharing so I thought I would share it with you.

Ironman for me was Sept 9th and since then I haven’t been exercising very consistently.

I have only done 5-6 runs of 4-6 miles, about 120 miles of biking, and a couple sessions of lifting and core.  Nothing much.

Part of it was planned to give my body some recovery from 8 months of averaging 15 hours a week of exercise (peaking the last three months closer to 20 hours a week), and part of it was that I went into full work mode, putting in big hours at the Transformation Center.

But those weeks turned to a month, and I was struggling to find myself again and figure out a consistent workout routine.

I gained about 7 lbs, lost some additional muscle. I felt flabby and just blah.

Each day that I didn’t work out became more frustrating, the guilt built up and it was even harder to start the following day.

I filled my days with non-productive things to fill the space that working out took up and it was a vicious cycle.

Can you relate?

I am happy to report I broke this cycle a week ago and logged 42 miles of running last week with 44 miles planned this week.

So what changed?

Here are a few thoughts, and things I did. I hope you can apply the principles into your own life.

-I said enough was enough. I was tired of feeling tired and stressed. I knew from past experience, exercise was one of the best things I could do for myself and for my family.

-I recommitted to my WHY.  I still want to work towards qualifying for the Ironman World Championships and in order to do that I need to improve my run massively.  This in itself is highly motivating for me.

-I hired a running-specific coach for the next 5 months to help guide me.

-I created a plan.  I am going to focus on my running this winter 5-6 days per week (along with strength and core) to work on my weakness, and I asked my coach for a specific run training plan.

-I made it as easy and convenient as possible.  My coach wants me to run on soft surfaces as much as possible to decrease the chance of injury.  Many of the go-to places aren’t close to my house, so I have been searching for the best running places that are close to where I live.

-I found running partners.  I am still in the process of figuring out the best fit, but I ran with 6 different people last week to figure out who and what times will work best for my life.

-I got  the right gear.  I will be spending quite a bit of time running this winter.  The last couple winters I got all the cold gear I will need, but I want to listen to church sermons when I run to strengthen that part of my life, so I needed headphones and a way to hold my phone.  I posted on FB asking for recommendations, and within 1 hour I had purchased what I needed to make my runs more enjoyable.

-I discussed the plan with Tessa to make sure she understands my why and will support me in it, by watching my son Bo when necessary.

-I listen to a running related podcast, video, book, or article each day to keep my mind fueled for this goal.

-I am enjoying the journey.  At first my mindset was that I have 5 months of “off season training” before I get to the fun stuff of training specifically for my triathlon races.  Almost like this was a means to an end or that the next 5 months would be torture but a necessary evil to reach the results I want come next summer. Instead, I am taking each day as it comes as it’s own wonderful experience.  I have been appreciating the little things like the colorful leaves under my feet or the cold biting winds that keep my body from overheating. I am trying to enjoy the journey since running isn’t something that comes naturally or that I love (I am starting to like it more though).

-Lastly, I have developed a strong visual belief in a positive future outcome.  The feeling of getting faster, and placing higher up in the races is very motivating for me and keeps me going.

Each person is motivated by different things, and there is no right or wrong when it comes to this as long as it works for you.

Has anyone told you that you have changed?

By | Behavior Change, Health, Lifestyle, Mindset

Change…

A word that society doesn’t seem to like or support.

A politician can’t change their views on a certain topic.

An expert in their field gets put down for changing their opinion on a specific theory or belief.

A family member gets chastised for no longer wanting to do the same unhealthy behaviors over and over.

A coworker becomes isolated for no longer wanting to join the rest for happy hour.

You can change for the better or worse, but I want to focus on positive changes.

Growing or evolving are words I think of when it comes to positive change.

Why is it that most people around you will do everything they can to prevent you from evolving?

In most cases I believe it is because it shines a light on their own life and reminds them that they are still dealing with the same crap they have been dealing with a decade prior.

Evolving can be a lonely road.

That is one of the biggest reasons why making healthy changes isn’t as hard as keeping those healthy changes up for a lifetime.

We have a dozen different anchors (society, family, certain friends, jobs) that keep pulling us down.

How do we combat this?

We need to distance ourselves and drop some of those anchors in our life.

We also need to put on additional life vests.

What do I mean by that?

We need to fill our life with certain people, books, podcasts, courses, and communities that are all striving to evolve together and support each other in that process.

So if you are feeling lonely in your journey to evolving to a fitter, healthier, and happier person, you must start to cut some of your anchors and find a community or two of people who would like to hand you a life vest and do life together in an ever evolving way.

Let Me Guess…You Are Sooo Busy and Don’t Have Time

By | Behavior Change

Let Me Guess…You Are Sooo Busy and Don’t Have Time

I am on hour 15 here at work (I did take a 45 min swim break in the middle of the day to recharge). I also trained 5 sessions today and spoke with over 15 potential clients who reached out to me, interested in the Transformation Center.

I keep thinking I am going to hear something different, something that is going to shock me, or take me by surprise.

But I don’t…

After thousands of conversations with people about their health and fitness there are basically two types of people: the action takers and the excuse makers…

Listen, we are all different in many ways.

But there is one way where we are the EXACT SAME…

We each have 1,440 minutes each day and can choose how to spend them.

It is amazing how many creative ways people come up with to justify not finding 30-45 of those minutes to exercise and build strength, endurance, and flexibility.

Time is the #1 excuse of course.

If our former presidential couple, the Obamas, found a way to exercise just about every day, can’t we?

Heck, I feel like I am SO BUSY sometimes taking care of 450 plus clients, my friends, family etc, but I am certainly not doing anything crazy like running our country.

Having limited time only shows a person’s true priorities.

If you have been around me much, you’ve probably never heard me say the words “I don’t have time,” because it is one of the most cringe-worthy statements to me.

Instead, I will often say something like, “I am very busy right now doing something that is of higher priority to me, so I will pass for now” or, “Ask me again in a few weeks.”

That way I am being truthful to myself and to the person.

If someone is going through some serious life challenges and chooses not to exercise because they are choosing other things over it and being ok with that, I can’t argue with that.

But…

And I am biased here…

There are VERY few things I believe should take priority over our health and, in particular, our exercise.

It affects every aspect of our lives in a positive way when we do it, and in a negative way when we don’t.

So what my dedicated clients tell me is that they actually have MORE time each day when they make the time to show up at the Transformation Center.

Why?

Because they have more energy, think clearer, and are more focused on the tasks at hand, plus they can generally handle emotions better.

I am not trying to make you feel bad, but I am hoping this at least gets you thinking and asking two important questions.

1. Do I value my health, fitness, energy?

2. Does how I prioritize my time align with my health, fitness, and energy values?

If not, I encourage you to take MASSIVE action. Don’t just take small action, take large action and feel better in a matter of days.

Rant…

By | Behavior Change

Rant…

I had an emotionally tough day. I have been working super hard calling dozens of people each day who have expressed interest in the Transformation Center.

I speak with each person for between 10-15 minutes, get to know them a bit and find out if they might be a good candidate for one of our 4 distinct programs, then have them come in for a free session.

Well, I had three guys in one day not show up for their free sessions. I called each of them up to make sure they were ok.

Now, each of these three guys were 60 plus and not in very good shape. In other words, their current level of health was significantly hindering them from living life to its fullest, but each of these guys gave me excuses as to why they decided not to show up.

I have studied psychology for over 12 years. I understand the stages of change and all that. But these guys are telling themselves a story in their head that will keep them from fully living life, and may cause them to die earlier than they should and become dependent on others probably 5-10 years sooner then they should.

If I am going to be honest with you, I got quite angry (those who know me know this is super rare).

I am still not sure why I got so angry, like to the point I wanted to throw my phone on the ground after the third conversation.

I think I am angry that they believe the lie that their health is something on which they can continue to procrastinate.

They believe the lie that they are too far gone, that there is no hope for them.

They believe that getting fit and healthy are for “others” but not them.

They believe that 6 months, a year, 5 years from now, they will be in better circumstances to start paying attention to their health.

I told the last guy (maybe not in the best tone), “Listen, I don’t really care if you join the TC, but PLEASE do something, take action, and start today.”

I know I can’t help every person, and that I need to attract those who are at the stage of readiness to make that commitment. But it is SO hard for me to see people making choices that will destroy their life and cause hardship for those they love the most.

I suppose this is how parents feel when they see their kids making unwise choices.

I just don’t know what to say to those people in a loving way to help them get to the stage of change.

Contrast this with a conversation I had with a guy this morning. His wife has been coming to our Killer Kurve’s program for quite some time and is getting incredible results.

He came to a free session this weekend and said he knew he had let his fitness go a bit, but two minutes into the warm up it hit him how far it had slid.

Instead of making excuses (he is a very busy, successful career guy) he said he was ready and took action and signed up. He will look back on this year and be blown away by how his life has changed for the better in pretty much all areas of life.

You see, when you start to have more energy, lose weight, and have more confidence, most everything in life becomes more awesome. Plus all the endorphins you release during and after exercise are better than most OTC drugs you can take.

Thanks for listening to me ramble and be transparent about my thoughts and emotions. I try to live each day in a state of positivity but there are some days that are really tough.

What Motivates You?

By | Behavior Change

What Motivates You?

Mike Fohner, cross country running coach, tells this story about one of his students:

Last year, one of my young cross-country runners was fully content walking up the hills and avoiding physical exertion to the maximum extent possible. I tried all sorts of tactics and motivation techniques…to wits end. Even my “walkers club” (post practice sprints for those that walk during practice) had no effect. One meet, this runner unexpectedly knocked 3 minutes off her best time, to which I gave a look of amazement to her parents. They smiled and said, “Well…she didn’t walk…so I guess we owe her ten bucks!!” So it appears that money is an effective motivator for all ages!

The statistics
Brace yourself. According to Rod K. Dishman, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Fitness Laboratory at the University of Georgia, nearly 50 percent of people who begin an exercise program drop out within the first 6 months. The question is, “Why?” What is it about sticking with a fitness routine that causes so many people abandon it?

The answer? Motivation. They don’t want health and fitness badly enough. It is a simple fact of human psychology that if we want something badly enough, we’ll do everything we can to get it.

Your challenge is to find out what motivates you to get serious about fitness and stick with it.

Unlocking your motivation
Mike Fohner’s student found that money was the motivation she needed to push her out of her comfort zone and into a commitment that she previously hadn’t been interested in.

Bryan Reece found a different motivation. Told by his doctors that he was minutes away from a heart attack, Bryan decided to fight back. Even though he had not been in a gym in 30 years, he turned his life around and eventually became a finisher in the Arizona Ironman competition. You can read his story in the book, You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World’s Toughest Triathlon by Jacques Steinberg.

You do not have to be part of that 50 percent who quit. You can stay committed and finish strong. It is all about finding what motivates you personally.

Here are some possible motivators for you.

1. Do it for your health. Consistent exercise and healthy eating are the two very best things you can do for your health. You will develop a strong, healthy heart, reduce your chances of many cancers, prevent diabetes, keep a sharp mind and resist dementia and avoid many of the common ailments that come with aging. It is possible to age without decay, and the key to this is exercise and eating well.

2. Do it to look better. Appearance isn’t everything, but most of us care how we look. A strong and healthy person just looks good. And it isn’t all physical. Your demeanor will change as you develop the confidence that comes from the discipline of fitness. You will appear more energetic and confident because you will be more energetic and confident!

3. Do it to relieve stress. Really! It isn’t a cliché. Exercising really does cause physical changes in your brain and nervous system that result in feelings of calmness and well-being. In fact, you may get so hooked on the mental benefits of exercise that you will crave it!

4. Do it to be strong. If you have never done focused weight training, then you have no idea of the total transformation that you will feel after just a few weeks. There is nothing like bending over to pick something up that normally results in discomfort, strain and even pain, only to find out that it is a piece of cake! By getting strong now, you reduce your risk of age-related falls and fractures because you have the core strength and balance to keep yourself stable.

It is worth taking the time to discover the powerful motivators in your life. Don’t worry about ‘bribing’ yourself: do what it takes to get yourself moving. Find out what makes sweating worth it. Find out what you want more than that brownie. Your health is at stake; in fact, your very life is at stake. It’s time to transform yourself.

49 Ways for You to Fall Asleep and Sleep Deeper!

By | Behavior Change

A client asked me for help, so I reached out to my Facebook community to find out what helps them fall asleep and sleep deeper.  Here’s the great information I got back.

Woman-trying-to-sleep-190x155Here is my client’s original email…I have to say, I get so frustrated when people tell me to get enough sleep (duh is right!) because I know how important it is, but I can’t seem to accomplish it. I am a very poor sleeper (have been for decades) and I’m in a cycle now where it’s particularly bad. I give myself OPPORTUNITY to sleep, but I can’t MAKE myself sleep. I have tried everything under the sun (lifestyle changes, dietary changes, supplements, over the counter sleep aids, prescription meds…). I have been prescription free for 3+ years, and I have no desire to go that route. I am trying not to take OTC meds, though I was so desperate last night I took Advil PM — and slept five hours. Woo.  Help!

Responses:

  1. Has she had any blood work done to see if she has adrenal fatigue or low Vitamin D levels?

 

  1. Using the Biomat before bed knocks me out cold (there are lots of types available). Many of my clients actually sleep on it. It helps combat the effects of stress, helps with pain, that maybe disturbing sleep, so good for you. I also use lavender essential oils, and often just put a chunk of amethyst under my pillow, although there are many other crystals /stones that help with sleep. Magnesium deficiency may also contribute to insomnia, as well as Vitamin D deficiency.

 

  1. My husband has been helped some by taking Vitamin D. Also a very strict bedtime routine.

 

  1. Vitamin D is for sure a start. Has she had a sleep study done?

 

  1. Overactive thyroid can be the culprit as well. I second the suggestion to get blood work if this hasn’t been done.

 

  1. I would concur – stay away from prescription meds. I struggled for months with insomnia due to high brain activity when trying to rest. Have her try lavender oil on her temples, wrists, & behind ears. A mix of nettles, valerian can also help – a dropper before bed. The natural medicine & oils will help her stay in REM sleep, without having to try to increase hours of sleep. She’ll wake refreshed without the side effects of prescriptions.

 

  1. A good lavender essential oil will help.

 

  1. Sleep is always a struggle at our house (but mainly due to small kids & a dog that sometimes is up in the night). Things I’ve found that work – aside from an overall supplement program – are drinking lots of water throughout the day, no caffeine (& especially not after lunch if I have any) & adjusting the temperature in the room where I’m sleeping. For me, I fall asleep faster if there is a fan on & the room feels chilly without a blanket. And not turning on the TV if I can help it. If I wake up in the night & can’t get back to sleep, I try to give myself a break, get up, walk around, maybe read or do something else that’s quiet.9. It could be a vitamin deficiency, but if she’s tried those things & consulted with a doc about some of the underlying causes sometimes it helps to just switch up the routine.

 

  1. Sleep study, for sure.

 

  1. Finding music that you only listen to when sleeping. George Winston worked for me, now I’m able to use white noise. Good luck, I understand the struggles.

 

  1. I agree with the other posts about checking vitamin d, magnesium levels, and using essential oils. I used to struggle with insomnia during stressful times and I read about the relaxation method. It’s guided meditation you do regularly for 2 weeks (15 min song/meditation I downloaded from iTunes) once I got used to dozing with it over those first two weeks a few times a day, I now use it at night when I think it will be hard to sleep. My routine when I’m really stressed now is a warm bath, essential oils and guided meditation before bed.

 

  1. Please check out TRE-Tension and Trauma Releasing exercises. The website is www.traumaprevention.com. It is a set of 7 simple exercises to calm the nervous system. The number 1 benefit we hear about is better sleep. It cured my insomnia.

 

  1. Melatonin is ok for short term from my perspective. It works ok for a while then you have to start increasing the dosage as your body gets used to it.

 

  1. I have found Magnesium to help relax which helps fall into a more peaceful sleep!

 

  1. I have studied melatonin a little bit and agree it is ok in short term, but is awful as a long term strategy. If melatonin doesn’t work (natural supplement) the next best route is trazadone which is a prescription but worth it to sleep.

 

  1. I have some of the same issues, but not as severe. Stumbled on this Life Hack article in FB just last week, and skeptically I tried it. Weirdly enough, next thing I knew it was 3 hours later!  It’s a breathing technique called 4-7-8 supported by Andrew Weil, MD. Others I have shared it with have found it helpful, too.

 

  1. Look into essential oils! Lavender, Cedarwood, Orange, Peace and Calming are a few that can be lifesavers. I use them all the time.

 

  1. Cedarwood is my go-to when I can’t sleep.

 

  1. There are so many herbs that can help with sleep and the amount can vary, it really is trial and error. Personally, I use Blue Vervain in a tincture form. 60 drops for me at bedtime, but my son only needs about 6. I have also used California Poppy in tincture form. Some people swear by Valerian, but for me, it makes me jittery.

 

  1. 21. I spray my pillow with lavender and I take 1 milligram of sublingual melatonin.

 

  1. Try essential oils that help sleep. Try using a diffuser and salt lamp they both work great.

 

  1. I’ve had that problem too. Getting up early and getting enough exercise during the day helps- plus cutting out caffeine. But I know you can’t always control what you do in the day and it’s really shutting off your thoughts at night that’s hard.

 

  1. 24. Two weeks of no electronics, 3 day juicing fast with 8 hours of outside air or as much as possible and they will be able to sleep. Fresh air and real food is amazing for sleep & activity cycles plus reduces overall stress. Without the electronic info overload your brain can process the stress much more efficiently.

 

  1. It’s just a breathing exercise so nothing to buy:

http://www.medicaldaily.com/life-hack-sleep-4-7-8-breathing-exercise-will-supposedly-put-you-sleep-just-60-332122

 

  1. Many options are out there, I avoid any OTC things as that can adversely affect your body in the long run, couple of immediate tips to get you in the sleep state, make sure the room you are in is PITCH BLACK, no night lights of any kind, and a eye mask to eliminate distractions.

 

  1. Research natural alternatives to melatonin that are non-addictive.

 

  1. The post didn’t go into details about the client, but very important if you’re a woman on the pill to be aware of your prescription which can be the major culprit. A simple switch in the brand may resolve certain side effects- such as depression and anxiety- which really mess with your sleep.

 

  1. Lavender comes in an ingestible form now…calms and relaxes and the only side effect is “lavender burps”.  That, combined with chamomile or another sleepy tea…combined with a cool room temp and maybe a boring book before bed might be helpful.

 

  1. We do lavender essential oil on bottom of feet or in a diffuser or put some drops in the wash with our sheets. Also my husband listens to a podcast or two when he first lays down

 

  1. My husband uses an oral sleep spray that contains a combination of natural herbs and oils to help you fall asleep and awake rested. My insomniac husband swears by it.

 

  1. 32. Epsom Salt soaks before bed make a difference for me when I can make time to do it. Make sure you are in the tub at least 20 minutes. Yoga before bed can help as well.

 

  1. Magnesium in the form of a topical spray and also a pill.

 

  1. I know this sounds odd, but rub “Icy Hot” for aches and pains on the back of your neck and a little bit on your temples right before you go to bed…then deep breaths through your nose as you’re falling asleep….works like a charm!

 

  1. I have the same problem. I am seeing an Integrative medicine MD to talk about this. I will share what I learn. I am told though that meditation, turning off electronics before sleep and magnesium help. I will try anything to take this naturally, but medication. Is helpful to get you through the phase where you are looking for answers.

 

  1. Have you ever been checked for sleep apnea? It is a disorder that can be treated effectively once it is diagnosed.

 

  1. So helpful. I struggle with staying asleep–fall asleep easily but wake up at 2 or 3. Daily meditation has helped some.

 

  1. If your client hasn’t already discussed this with a physician, that would be a good thing to do. They may have some non-drug related ideas or might order a sleep test. There are some medical conditions that can cause sleep issues. Other ideas – I know people that have been helped by chamomile tea or other “sleep” teasAcupuncture has helped me sleep better.

 

  1. I agree wither starting with a version of magnesium. Might be Epsom salt or a powder form at whole foods. My wife uses natural calm. But start at a really low dose. Or nausea and diarrhea will ruin your experience.

 

  1. And melatonin is only for regulating your body when to go to sleep. Not sleeping through the night. It been market as a natural sleep aid to sell more. Be careful.

 

  1. Reflexology and magnesium.

 

  1. Valerian tincture (or tea) has been known for centuries to calm the mind and relax the body. It was given during the 1800 in England to children as an afternoon tea so they could take a nap. Many countries in Europe today use it as a sleep aid.

 

  1. What about an underlying anxiety or depression symptoms. These definitely disrupt sleep…

 

  1. Have you thought about a sleep study there might be something that you are missing? Another thought might be anxiety.

 

  1. C1 (atlas) misalignment can be a factor also and very important for many other vital areas. Check with a reputable chiropractor. Good luck.

 

  1. Many people have stress and anxiety and do not even realize they are in a constant state of flight or flight. It might be worth exploring with someone to see if there are some underlying stressors, anxiety that this person isn’t even aware of anymore. (Speaking from experience here as someone who for years was anxious and didn’t even know it.)

 

  1. Acupuncture, yoga, essential oils.

 

  1. 48. I would start with the simple: no sugar before bed or caffeine. How about a snack like full fat yogurt plain with berries? Something with casein protein that takes longer to absorb and keeps you full through the night?

 

  1. I would actually look into a weighted blanket. It helps a lot of light sleepers.

 

For those of you who struggle with sleep issues, I hope some of these suggestions are helpful.

 

Keep moving,

Dustin

 

  1. You still have a few more days to sign up for our 2nd Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshop on February 28th at 4:30 at the TC. Our January workshop was so successful and we’ve been hearing awesome comments from clients who are enjoying the tasty and healthy meals they prepared.

Use this link to sign up: http://goo.gl/forms/iof0XwcrZp

 

PPS. We’re offering an online freezer meal opportunity, too, for our clients that do not live in Madison. We’ve partnered with Wildtree to make this service available to FM4L because I know this is an issue that so many women struggle with. Our first online workshop will be Sunday, March 6 at 7:30 PM Central. Learn more and save your spot here: https://ia175.infusionsoft.com/app/page/online-freezer-meals

 

 

Weight loss saves a marriage!

By | Behavior Change, Blog, Transformations, Uncategorized

Today, I want to share with you a story of an incredible couple named William and Leanette.

WilliamLynetteThey were like many couples with kids- they lived crazy, hectic lives – trying to provide for their family and be the best parents they could be for their kiddos.

Like many American families, they ate mostly processed food and both of their weights escalated to extremely high levels. At 27 years old, William’s doctor told him that if things didn’t change, he might not live to see 30.

You were introduced to this couple in the Killer Kurves video, but I want them to share their story with you in more detail on this blog post.

->-> Weight loss saves a marriage! <-<-

Here is a short excerpt from their experience…

“Killer Kurves has helped us change our whole family’s eating habits. We have managed to follow the nutrition principles and exercised faithfully and together have lost over 75 lbs in about 12 weeks! More important than our weight loss, I think we have become closer as a couple as we are finally on the same team when it comes to eating. We have been able to discover what works for our bodies and each are able to support the other at parties and pot lucks. If you are considering K2 or are a significant other of someone who is considering, joining is the best form of support!”    -William and Leanette

Click here to read their story and find out what they ate to lose over 140 lbs (as of now).

If you are ready to start your journey, be sure to have signed up for your free weight loss seminar coming up.

->-> Click here to learn more about K2.<-<

Keep moving,
Dustin Maher

Jillian Michaels Just Kicked My Butt in Chicago… Then I Disagreed with Her!

By | Behavior Change, Fabulous Over 50, Health, Killer Kurves, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Uncategorized
This weekend, 7 trainers from the Transformation Center went to MidwestMania, a large fitness conference in Chicago, designed to help us become better trainers and coaches. (A huge thank to our trainers, Ashton, Joe & Ryan, that stayed behind and kept our classes going!)

(From left, back row: Monique, Dustin, Liz, Michelle, Erin; front row: Shelley, Tessa)

This was the 4th  year I have taken a team of trainers there and it was a great time to learn more ways to safely exercise, more ways to use food to burn fat, and learn the latest science on fat burning, aging well, and improving fitness.

Jillian Michaels from the TV show, The Biggest Loser, kicked our butts in an intense 30-minute workout and shared some of her advice on staying fit with kids, a crazy career, and everything else.

She said, “There are seasons in our lives when you have to be ok with “good enough.”  You should always be striving for improvement but at times in your life you can’t strive for perfection and if you have done your best you need to be ok with that.”

I really liked that.

But…

There was a controversial moment in Jillian’s keynote and that came when a trainer asked about her menopausal clients and how it seems harder for them to lose weight and what Jillian thinks about women in that demographic. I am paraphrasing what Jillian said, but basically she said that losing fat is losing fat whether you are 20 or 60. It requires you to eat less and move more.  Then she gave examples like Madonna (58), Jane Fonda (80), and Helen (mid 50s) from Season 7 of Biggest Loser. She basically said it is in menopausal women’s heads that they can’t lose weight.

This certainly didn’t settle well with the hundreds of menopausal trainers in the audience. In one respect, I do get Jillian’s point.  She is saying we can’t use age as an excuse and that we need to exercise intensely more than ever as we age and eat the right foods and we must get enough sleep, manage stress the best we can, and eliminate toxic people from your life.

I 100% agree with this.

But…

I spent much of the past 3 days in lectures and workouts focusing on menopausal women’s issues and there are distinct challenges and issues that occur when your body dramatically reduces its estrogen production and eliminates progesterone secretion. So my response back to Jillian would be:

“Jillian, you are right, we can’t use age as an excuse why we can’t exercise at a very intense level and eat healthy food and lose weight, BUT fat gain happens MUCH EASIER after menopause, particularly in women’s stomach areas.”

Is it impossible to lose fat after menopause?  Of course not!  You just need to employ some additional strategies and small habits into your life that you maybe didn’t have to have during your 20s, 30s, and 40s to stay the same size. In Madison, we have become the undisputed leader in training/coaching menopausal women and beyond in both our Fit over 50 small group training program and Killer Kurves.

We are able to get our clients in their 50s, 60s and 70s to lose weight, build strength, and dramatically improve their cardio/energy by employing some specific strategies that most women aren’t currently doing including what we are eating. Our nutritionist, Tracie Fountain, will be with us this Tuesday night to share what specific foods you should EAT and AVOID to reduce inflammation and joint pain and reduce body fat.

If you are within driving distance of Madison, you need to attend this free event. RSVP here ->->https://fitmomsforlife.leadpages.co/nutrition101/

If you are out of state, we are planning on live streaming it (assuming technology cooperates) and you can register for the live stream here ->->http://app.webinarjam.net/register/7802/cfa70b59d5

Are you 50 or older?

My trainers and I have opened up some additional times in the earlier morning, midday, and later afternoon for small group training and we also have a handful of spots remaining in our Killer Kurves (for any age if you have 30 or more pounds to lose) coaching program, which starts in just over a week.

->-> Click here to fill out a short interest form and I will call you up to discuss your goals. <-<-

In a few days, I will be sharing with you what I learned about losing fat after menopause.  This is SO important to do if you are in that stage of life, and SO important to start to do if you are in your 30s or 40s, because if you start doing these things now, you won’t be in for such a rude awakening.

I Conquered My Fear Of Water And Swimming…

By | Behavior Change, Challenge, Fit and Fabulous Over 55, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Strength, Uncategorized

This past weekend, I decided to go out and conquer my fear of water and swimming. One year from now, I will need to efficiently swim 2.4 miles for Ironman.  I have never been able to make it further than down and back at a pool, and haven’t treaded water for more than 2 minutes. That is why attempting to swim across Devil’s Lake, 1.2 miles terrified me.

With the support of a SUP that stayed near me. I was able to make it all the way across in a very slow and inefficient 71 minutes and only threw up 4 times during the swim.  I was unable to front crawl, so I spent the entire time laying on my back, flopping. I will probably use a few different swim coaches for the next year because I know this swim will probably be one of my hardest challenges.
 
The other day, I was sitting in my office at the Transformation Center working and eavesdropping on a handful of women in their 60s who had just finished their workout. The one woman was telling the other ladies about her epic hiking trips out to the mountains. The other ladies were inspired and they began to talk about possibly doing a trip either together or with others, and starting off with a smaller hike because of the confidence they have been getting through our Fit over 60 training program.
 
This made me think of my mom, and three years ago, she agreed to hike a 14,000 plus foot mountain in Colorado because it was what her kids wanted to do. This was the furthest thing from her comfort zone or personal desire. My mom did make it to the top having given every ounce of her energy and strength.  Seeing my mom climbing hands and feet at the top and saying, “only for you kids,” is a memory I will always cherish and it brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it.
 
Why am I sharing all this with you? My favorite health book of all time, Younger Next Year, (yes, in many ways more favorite than my own book) calls these sorts of activities “kedging.” The authors define “kedging” as planning a vacation or event that will require some training and some mental and physical pushing. I believe that these types of challenges will result in some of our biggest breakthroughs in life.
 
You might be a mom with three small kids, feeling like you have no time for yourself and your body is a larger, stretched out version of before and struggling to feel confident and beautiful. Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality. The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level in any part of your life. You might be a woman in your 40s watching your parents age and wondering how to avoid facing some of those same health challenges as you get older.  You want to be able to get down onto the floor and play with your grandkids and avoid taking tons of meds or dealing with severe daily pain.

Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality. The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level in any part of your life.

You might be a woman in your mid 50s and have put on 30lbs of fat all around the midsection from the big “M” word.  You hardly recognize the body that you were just 5 years ago and wonder if your best years are already behind you. Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality.  The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level in the next phase of your life.
 
You might be a 65 year old newly retired woman who has seen her energy, strength and balance deteriorate rapidly over the past few years and are concerned what life will look like 10 years from now if this continues. Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality. The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level and reverse many of the “natural” experiences of rapid aging.
 
These are the type of clients that I and my incredible team of trainers work with both in Madison at our Transformation Centers and bootcamps and online through our home DVD programs each day.
 
Within the next week, I am going to share with you a story of a woman who lost 80 lbs and set a massive goal for herself.
 
Now that kids are back in school, we are looking for a few women interested in becoming Fit Moms for Life Leaders and obtaining massive results (physically and emotionally), while helping other women do the same. Join us for a special live webinar to learn more on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30 PMCentral.  Click here to reserve your spot! Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and help others do the same and your life will never be the same.  Learn more about leading here:  http://www.fitmomsforlife.com/lead_now/

Join the 6 Week Challenge: “I’m entering the best decade of my life!”

By | Balance, Behavior Change, Fabulous Over 50, Health, Lifestyle, Six Week Challenge, Strength, Uncategorized
I talk to men and women everyday who tell me they wished they lived near Madison so they could participate in our programs. I wish everyone did but knowing that’s not possible is what led me to create the 6 Week Challenge.
I also get questions about whether it really works. It does! But you don’t have to take my word for it, read Kris’ story here:

234I’ve never been athletic. Phy Ed was the class I dreaded going to. I was blessed with a long lean body and fabulous metabolism. My mom prepared plenty of home cooked meals, but we also had plenty of processed food. It was a “normal” diet as that’s what everyone in my circle was eating.

I had my first child at the age of 25. Even though I gained nearly 50 pounds during the pregnancy, I lost it within the next few months. I maintained at 130 pounds and gained 30 pounds with my second child at the age of 28. And then, the battle for those last ten pounds began. With two kids and a full-time job there was no room for exercise let alone cooking a meal that didn’t contain at least one processed item.

Over the years I purchased the latest exercise equipment, the quick fix diet pills and plans, the latest videos. Many times I would lose the weight, but then it would creep back on and then some.

Memorial Day weekend 2012, two weeks before my 47th birthday, I decided I had enough. I was nearly 50 pounds overweight, my belly sat in my lap, no strength, no energy and I would get winded on a flight of stairs. I set a personal goal: To be in the best shape of my life by my 50th birthday. I’m hoping to have grandchildren someday and I want to be an active Grandma that can keep up with her grandchildren.

While surfing the net, an ad flashed on the screen with a picture of a woman holding out her jeans showing how much weight she had lost. I clicked on the ad and was taken to the Fit Mom’s for Life program. It was very intriguing as I had not seen a program that offered so much for Mom’s in the different stages of motherhood. And who was this good looking young man and why did he want to help me get into better health? I loved that he was located in the city I worked in. It made him real and trustworthy. No pills. Just honest to goodness commitment to exercise and clean eating. I ordered the DVD series. 12 DVDs for the next year and used them from the privacy of my own basement. When they arrived I started getting up earlier in the morning. You have to understand that I am NOT a morning person. This was definitely a challenge especially on those dark, cold winter mornings. I watched the nutritionist piece at the end of the first DVD and visited Tracie’s website. My sister and I went to her Nutrition 101 class. The awesome things we learned! I immediately started cleaning out my pantry and changing up my grocery list. There were very sad faces when I announced I would no longer be purchasing Poptarts. Guess what? Everyone is still living without Poptarts!

When they say 80% of your success is diet over exercise, they are speaking the truth. Start with your diet. Keep a food journal to teach yourself the macro’s of the food you are2 choosing. There are great on-line food journals that make this easy. Plan, plan, plan! Cook more chicken breasts than you will need for dinner so you have them for your salads. Make a big batch of steel-cut oats and portion it out for the week. I packed my lunch bucket with everything I planned to consume during the day and logged it immediately. I would then see how much room was left for the dinner I had planned. I could then adjust what was in my lunch pail to stay within my protein, fat and calorie goal. Over the course of a short couple of weeks I learned so much about food. My typical day is a protein smoothie for the commute into work. A couple of hours after I’m at work, I have breakfast  (2 eggs -hardboiled or scrambled in the micro, steel cut oats with almond milk and fruit, or a cup of greek yogurt with fruit). For lunch I have a salad. Mixed greens, a protein (usually chicken or salmon), fresh veges and a drizzling of homemade dressing. I have two favorites: Lime juice, minced garlic, pepper and olive oil or stone ground mustard and local honey. My afternoon snack is typically a piece of fruit with 12 almonds, or greek yogurt with cinnamon. My husband does not like many vegetables and the ones he likes are starchy, so I’ve learned to cook one he will eat and cook one for me for dinner. If you’ve never roasted vegetables, I highly recommend it. So flavorful with a bit of olive oil and your favorite seasoning. I chose lean proteins and we grill a lot. One food challenge I did was a two week raw food challenge. I was determined to give two weeks of my life to the program and be really brave and try the vegetables I had never tried before. It was an amazing experience. They were some I didn’t like and some I needed to acquire a taste for, but what an accomplishment to not eat one piece of cooked food for two weeks. The result was I discovered vegetables I would have never otherwise tried. I absolutely love beets now. I find myself asking what the fresh vege of the day is when we go out for dinner. So many amazing flavors when you train your taste buds to crave good clean foods.

I did fairly well sticking to a 5-6 morning a week workout. I would do the strength training one day and then the cardio and core the next. It didn’t take very long before I was putting aside the 5 and 10 pounds weights for 15’s and 20’s. I now own 25’s and 30’s as well. There were definitely periods of time where life interrupted and I got out of the daily habit, but I was feeling so good and losing weight and inches that I was encouraged to get back at it. I also set a goal to run in a 5K mud run eight months after starting the DVDs. I needed something out there that would keep me motivated. Remember how I said I’m not athletic? When I first started running, I couldn’t even run a block. How in the world would I run a 5K, in the mud, with obstacles. Each time I ran on our farm, I would pick a spot and will myself to run to it. I did that first mud run. Walked part of it, but completed it and it felt great. And I got to meet Dustin in person at that race. There have been a few more mud runs since and I can now run a full 5K without walking. What I discovered was the DVD workouts contributed to my running endurance more so than the once a week run I would do. Strengthen the body and everything improves.

23It wasn’t easy. There were many moments of wondering if it was worth it. But I can tell you, it was worth it. Even when I just didn’t want to do one more rep, it was worth it. I’m very proud of the fact I made my goal when I turned 50 this past June. Thirty-five pounds lost. Four dress sizes gone. The best was when I was hauling heavy buckets with my husband and he said, “You’ve got guns!”

My journey is not done. The difference between this time and all the other times is I made a life style change. I made my mind up that it was going to be hard work as I no longer have fabulous metabolism. I gave myself a realistic timeline to work towards my goal. I will not go back to eating the way I used too. My grocery cart is filled with fresh food. When I skip a day or three of exercising, I miss it. I’m told I look younger and honestly I feel many years younger. I truly believe I’ve entered my best decade yet.

You are never too old to take charge of your health and care for the one and only body the Good Lord gave you. Don’t expect a quick fix. Just start and take it one step at a time and one short-term goal at a time. Be that role model for your family. Be that physically fit, healthy Grandma so your grandchildren can make memories with you for many years to come.

Thank you, Kris, for sharing your inspiring story with us! You’ve worked so hard and I am thrilled that we are able to partner with you on your journey.

If you’d like to improve your health, eat better, move your body and live a more quality-filled life, please join the thousands of women (and men) who have joined the 6 Week Challenge. We’ve continued to make improvements to the program since Kris started and now everything (menus, recipes, videos, workouts and more) is available online but we still have hard copies of everything if that’s your preference. More information can be found here or email me with any questions and I or one of my staff will respond.