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You won’t have a dry eye after you open this

By | Balance, Flexibly, Health, In the news, Lifestyle, Mindset, Strength, Uncategorized

Early this morning, after climbing my 108 floors of stairs, I received an email from a friend asking me if I had heard of an athlete named Amanda Sullivan. I had not, but I quickly investigated. After only a few minutes of reading and watching some video on her, I had tears streaming down my face.

In a moment I will share a couple links to articles and videos of her story.

I talk so much about your attitude. Your attitude will make or break the quality of your life and your success or failure at reaching your fitness goals. On occasion, I get so upset and frustrated when I am talking with a client, or prospective client, and listening to them ramble on with a million excuses why they aren’t where they want to be or where they said they were going to be. They want me to feel sorry for them. I am a very caring person with only their best interests at heart, but I cannot feel sorry for them. I have met too many people who have overcome far greater challenges in life.

Amanda Sullivan is one of those people. Her abbreviated story goes like this…

She was an athlete working as an aid worker starting an orphanage in Mexico, when she was rear-ended in the middle of an intersection by a guy on his cell phone. It tore her body up quite badly and caused head trauma. After 5 weeks, she was out of the hospital. At week 6, she was walking to her first physical therapy appointment when an 81 year old man crashed his car into her, causing such severe injuries that she spent the next three years completely in bed. She now uses crutches and sometimes a wheelchair, but still completes mud runs and 5Ks.

In one of her videos she says, “We all have excuses, I just choose to ignore them.”

Click here to check out a video NBC did on her: http://www.nbcsports.com/other-sports/amanda-sullivan-overcoming-most-treacherous-obstacles

Click here to read about her story in her own words: http://news.spartan.com//overcoming-obstacles-amanda-sullivan/

If you are on Facebook click here to like her page and watch her burpee video, AMAZING! www.Facebook.com/AmandaSullivanSmiles

I decided that I had to “meet” Amanda, so over the past 30 minutes we have had an amazing conversation. These are the types of people we need to be surrounding ourselves with. I asked her if she could tell you one thing what would it be?

Here was her response…

“Don’t let the negative committee that meets in your head control you any longer. We tell ourselves every day that we aren’t pretty enough, fast enough, fit enough, smart enough, successful enough, good enough. We would NEVER be friends with someone who tells us the very things we tell ourselves every day!!

If we can control our thoughts, we will control our actions and therefore control our destinies. Silence the negative thoughts, the self-doubt, the fear. If you have a body, regardless of how it looks, YOU ARE AN ATHLETE. The more you face your fears, the more you will chase your dreams. You will discover that you are more able, more unstoppable & more beautiful than you ever imagined possible. You will stop waiting for a hero to come and save you. You will find that hero has been with you all along, gaining strength, courage and confidence with every workout, every goal and every race completed. You will finally learn that YOU ARE ENOUGH. You will learn that you deserve all the hope, light, hugs, compassion, friendship, encouragement and love that you ALWAYS give to others.

The time has come to finally live your life 100%. The time has come to stop making excuses. The time has come to be the HERO you’ve been waiting for. THE TIME IS NOW. You’ve got this!!! You always had it (you just didn’t realize how awesome you truly are until now). “

-Amanda Sullivan

Life is too short to put up with the “vampires” in your life who tell you that you will never succeed or who sabotage you as soon as you begin to see progress. I hope you were inspired by Amanda’s story and attitude. Let’s get up off our butts and MOVE! I have worked out twice today already, but I think I will do a third because I am so fired up right now.

 

Tax Payer Dollars Going To Subsidize Bad Food

By | Behavior Change, In the news, Nutrition, Uncategorized

There are lots of things wrong with the government and this blog isn’t the place where I want to really talk about them.  What I do want to talk about though is how our hard earned tax dollars are going to subsidize certain crops that then get turned into nearly all the junk food we have today.  This video doesn’t talk about things that I wasn’t aware of, but the stats and the way they present the information sure got me angry to the point where I want to take action.

I really don’t care that food manufacturers make products that are unhealthy for us, just as long as they are honest with what is in it.  I believe we should be able to have the self control and knowledge to choose for our self.  I am pro business and don’t have a problem with companies like hostess making products that are very bad for you.  But I do have a problem with the fact that I am directly helping them cut their costs to make this product more affordable for everyone!

I find it ironic that we subsidize things that make us fatter and sicker, and then we are trying to find ways to fix our health care system that is broken because of the obesity epidemic.  I wonder if the lobbyist for the food manufacturers are also the same ones that lobby for the health care and drug companies?

If we are going to subsidize anything I think it should be things much healthier then corn and soybeans.

So what can we do about this?

First you can go to www.calpirg.org and take action through their site.

But much more important then that, you can vote each and every day by where you spend your money.  Do you buy processed foods or do you buy from local growers and small farmers, and buy more fresh foods then preserved food?  Yes it will probably cost you a little more in the short term, but either way you will pay.

-You will pay with higher medical bills

-More sicks days from work

-More frequent purchasing of larger clothes

-More spent on medications

-Higher insurance rates

-And probably most importantly teaching your kids unhealthy eating and living habits.

I recently had a great story about a mom with 7 kids who changed what she bought and turned her whole family around to one of health and wellness on a tight budget.  Click here to read more about her story.

Hostess filed for bankruptcy a couple years ago because enough people said no, to their chemically laden toxins.  We have the power to vote everyday for what we believe in by choosing what to buy and what not to buy.  Walmart has started to incorporate organic foods in their stores.  They will give us what we want, we just need enough people to want the healthier foods.

I challenge you to forward this blog post to everyone you know so they can be educated as well and with more of us being educated on the problems and solutions to the problems we will be able to see a shift in prices as well as the health of the country as a whole.  I rest my peace 🙂

Question of the Day:  How does this video and blog post make you feel?  Write your responses in the comment section below.

Random Thoughts

By | Behavior Change, Blog, bootcamps, In the news, Uncategorized

Posted by Roger, a contributor to this blog.

Got up nice and early this morning to attend Memorial Day Boot Camp. It was kind of a humid morning but there was a little breeze so all was good. Afterwards I had a chance to reflect a bit since no work today. Nothing particularly profound but thought I ‘d share them with you anyways! Read More

Science Corner: As the Stomach Growls

By | In the news, Nutrition, Uncategorized

Hey, Sue G here, one of Dustins Blog contributors. Time to wind up the hormone primer. I had mentioned that I was going to tell you about some newer hormones – so here we go!

Perhaps you have heard a little about Leptin and Ghrelin already. Two more hormone type players in the chain of metabolism – food – mood, that exist along with players we already know: insulin and glucagon. Leptin Versus Ghrelin – the battle begins. While we battle with trying to do our best these are two opponents to be aware of!

Leptin is secreted into our bloodstream from our fat cells. Its action is to supress the appetite. It helps you to stop eating too much and helps keep the body temperature up so extra energy is expended. Sounds good so far right? But there is always an opponent in battle. Hello Ghrelin. This is a substance that causes the release of growth hormone from the pituitary and also has an appetite stimulating effect.

Together, they seem to work in a check and balance system. Ghrelin rises just before mealtimes, helps make you hungry and when you eat, it’s level reduces, allowing leptin to send the signal to your brain that you are full.

The bottom line? There is alot of research currently in progress, but the best thing to do is understand the complexities of hormones and try to balance what affects them so they work to to our advantage. What are some things we can do? All the things we know – and now hopefully, armed with more knowledge, these things will be easier to do! Avoid excess sugar; perform regular exercise; improve sleeping habits; eat slowly with balanced meals and snacks (let leptin send that full signal!); avoid long term (days in a row) of calorie restriction.

Happy balanced eating!

Worthless Fitness Gadgets/Infomercial Product

By | Abdominal Training, In the news, Uncategorized

One of the things that gets me the most mad are all the infomercials out there that come up with the most worthless inventions to take advantage of desperate people looking for a quick fix.  Click here to check out a previous post I wrote about this subject.  Check this video out from the Ellen show.  At least she is making fun of it and not endorsing it!  By the way, I still haven’t heard back from Ellen, but I am determined to get on her show!

Have you ever bought an infomercial product and regret buying it later because it didn’t work or you never used it? Please share with us in the comment box below!

Interview With Biggest Loser Contestants Kristin and Cathy!

By | Behavior Change, In the news, Mindset, Nutrition, Uncategorized

This past weekend I was able to get an exclusive interview with season seven’s Biggest Loser mother/daughter team Kristin and Cathy!  They were both so amazing and definitely have a passion for helping people begin “living their lives” instead of just existing.

Here are some of the biggest take aways I got from this interview:

cathyandkristin1.  Weigh your food using a food scale, you need to measure it to manage it.  Our society has lost all perspective on proper portion size and the only way to be sure is to buy a scale.  I recommend a digital one, you can get them at a Target or Walmart for about $30.

2.  Surround yourself with people who are going to support your new healthy behaviors.

3.  Get out of denial and stop living a “comfortable life.”

4.  Work with professionals.

5.  Don’t focus just on the scale, but overall health benefits.  Focus on getting off meds, and decreasing aches and pains.

6.  Find enjoyment in physical activities.

7.  Don’t just do one form of exercise.  Cross train and find new activities that you can try out.

8.  Prepare as much food yourself and don’t rely on eating out.

9.  If you have to eat out, plan ahead and know what are the better choices at restaurants.

10.  Make a food journal.

11.  You don’t need the Biggest Loser to get what you want.  Dig deep and realize you have what it takes inside of you.

12.  You need to make the COMMITTMENT!

Inside Secrets of the Biggest Loser

One of the most interesting things Kristin said about the BL behind the scenes is that they weigh-in the morning of the TV weigh-in under medical supervision. But, the contestants don’t know the results until the official weigh in.  In order to prevent extreme dehydration measures, they are required to give a urine sample right before the weigh-in and if it doesn’t meet BL standards, they have to drink water until it does.

Also they had to prepare ALL their food on the ranch, there was no one who cooked it for them.

The weigh-in actually takes a lot longer than you see on TV because of all the takes and retakes that is required for TV.

The contestants still keep in touch with each other since the show and also are close to contestants from past seasons and newer seasons.

Are you ready?

If after watching this interview you have become inspired and are ready to take that next frightful step towards becoming the YOU that you deserve, I would be honored to be your “Bob and Jillian.”  Whether you are in the Madison area and can come to a Fit Fun Bootcamp, or if you workout with me in the comfort of your own home through the Fit Moms For Life DVDs, or if you are just wanting some quick workouts to target your midsection through my Got Core program, I would be honored to have the pleasure to work with you!  If you are uncertain which program is best, or just need a little guidance, I am giving you permission to email me directly at dustinmaherfitness@gmail.com, this will go directly to my inbox instead of my assistants inboxes.  I will try to help as many of you as I can!

Personal Trainer and Fitness Model Gains 90 lbs

By | Behavior Change, Fitness Modeling, In the news, Mindset, Nutrition, Transformations, Uncategorized

Thank you Brian Petty for emailing me this very fascinating video. This video really struck me in so many ways!

Watch the video now! It will blow you away!

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/index.php?cl=14984444

One of the most frustrating things clients and others I meet tell me is that I have it easy because I have good genes and I am a trainer. As to say: you were born with a six pack and you don’t have to work at it. I often times get internally upset when I hear those comments, because I know it is so far from the truth. Read More

Madison Mini Marathon

By | Cardio Workouts, In the news, Uncategorized

I have been asked by a few organizers and sponsors of the Madison Mini-Marathon to help promote this event. This is a brand new event this year and it features a half marathon (13.1 miles), and a 5K race.  The race is August 29th at 7 AM.  They are limiting the races to 2500, so you need to register soon if you are interested.

I hesitated to promote this, because as you know by now, I am very against marathons as a form of weight loss.  The research out there shows that it is an awful way to try to lose weight.  I personally haven’t met anyone who was trying to lose weight and did a marathon and actually lost weight.  But, I have received countless emails, and had many conversations with people who gained weight and fat during the training of such long endurance events.  I even had friends doing 50 mile running races and training 6 hours a day, and they continue to put on weight.  Long slow cardio eats away at muscle and will spike cortisol levels, leaving your body no other choice, but to conserve all the fat possible in order to survive.

I am also very hesitant to promote the half marathon because it is still quite a long distance and takes at least 2 hours for most people to run, but it is a much better option than the full.

The 5k race is much better!

http://www.madisonminimarathon.com/ Read More

Are You Causing Your Kids Or Friends To Become Anorexic?

By | Behavior Change, Fit Moms For Life DVD, In the news, Kids Fitness, Kids nutrition, Mindset, Uncategorized

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Today’s topic might hit a nerve with many people.  I want to first say, that I am not an eating disorder specialist in anyway, and I am not giving specific guidance.  I am just sharing my experience with you.

I received an article from one of my readers and Fit Fun Bootcampers, that really hit me hard.

Click here to read this article and watch video

Hollywoods portrayal of attractiveness!

Hollywoods portrayal of attractiveness!

Eating disorders can be devastating, and cause the person to battle it their whole life.  I have dealt with many clients who have had, or are still struggling with an eating disorder and just feel very overwhelmed and frustrated.  From a physiological side, metabolisms seem to get so messed up when people go from a healthy weight to a very unhealthy weight and back up again.  It seems like their bodies try to store as much fat as possible once they begin getting help and eating a healthier diet.

I am writing this not really because of the topic of eating disorders, but rather the example you are setting for your kids and friends.  I too have been guilty of this, especially with past female college friends.  I have made little comments here and there that have made them question their body image (even though I never realized it at the time).

The mom who sent me this article has two young girls and is concerned if she is sending the right messages to her daughters.

If you have been following this blog, and my views for any amount of time, you know how important family is to me, and the role it plays in the developmental process of a person.  So I want to ask you a question?  If you have kids, are your words and actions supporting a healthy behavior or hurting it? In your circle of friends, are you building your friends self image up or shooting it down?  Are you encouraging healthy behaviors of those around you?

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So what does this all mean?  How can you lessen the chances your kids or friends will develop eating disorders or body image problems, or low self esteem related to their health/appearance.  Here are some of my suggestions. Read More

Patrick Ivison An Inspiration To Us All!

By | Behavior Change, Blog, In the news, Mindset, Uncategorized

For those of you who know me, you know I love inspirational stories of people who don’t let their physical limitations get them down.  I get so upset when I see able-bodied people wasting their life away by becoming inactive, overweight, and lazy.  Sometimes I feel like they should give their bodies up to someone with physical limitations who would give anything to walk, run, jump or climb, since they seem to not want to use their own bodies.

I want to thank Fit Fun Bootcamper, Meagan for sharing this story that was on the Today Show.  I would like to think that if life dealt me the hand that it dealt Patrick, I would be just as positive and determined to be the best I can be and not look at what I can’t do, but rather what I can do.

Warning:  Only watch this in a place where it is appropiate to cry!

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Here are a few links to a couple more inspirational stories of people overcoming the odds. Read More