Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA
Why am I excited about State of Slim and the authors’ advice for permanent weight loss when I have poo-poohed or ignored so many others of its ilk? (Did I really just say “ilk?” Go me!) First, I had the fun and fortune to meet Dr. Hill and Dr. Wyatt in person when I attended last year’s FitSocial conference at the brand new, jaw dropping Anschutz Health and Wellness Center where they were both presenters. Second, I just got back from this year’s FitSocial event where Dr. Hill served as keynote speaker on the subject for which he is the leading world authority: Obesity.
When high-level researchers and academics bring evidence-based, hot off the treadmills, cutting edge info direct to fitness bloggers like me, I get a nerdy, intellectual groupie thaaang goin’ on. If you have weight loss goals, then take my advice to take Dr. Hill’s advice. For one, he and Dr. Wyatt focus minimally on what causes our nation’s obesity. (Though, believe me, they have years of data to list how we got into fat trouble). Instead they put their efforts towards what actually works for successful weight losers. Or more importantly — weight loss sustainers.
Depending whether you are in weight loss or weight maintenance mode, you have specific, clear steps to take. And those steps are backed up with a lot more than a gimmick or celebrity testimonial. Their extensive research reveals that Step One is to answer these questions:
Write down a few motivators or key desires now. Or share in the comments below. Feel free to overshare even! Make your list as long, short, ungrammatically incorrect as you like, but do some self-reflection to come up with your “whys.” You will have times when an oversized portion of yummy deliciousness beckons like Precious in Lord of the Rings. My precious. My precious. (Ok, kind of creepy if you think about it.) Or the warmth of your snuggly blankets feels sooo much better than springing up to work out early. In snow. Or dark, Or uphill. Both ways. You need to invoke your purpose motivator mojo if you want to join the ranks of successful losers.
As Dr. Denise McGuire reinforced in her talk at FitSocial 2013 on Making Lifestyle Changes, “Be clear about your motivation if you want to make a life change. 95% of diets don’t work long term. And fewer than 20% of the people in a problem population are truly ready for change.” If you are wanting a healthier, happier, leaner body for life, you need to have reasons that are meaningful and powerful for YOU.
Don’t fret about whether your reasons are internally motivated — you want to explore the world when you retire — or externally driven — you want to look HAWT in your new travel outfit. No worries either if your purpose or whys shift over time. The point is to start with whatever gets and keeps you going now. You can revise your purpose as you go if needed. As Dr. Hill pointed out in his talk, the single greatest challenge to keeping lost weight off is staying motivated. Losing weight is hard. Keeping it off is harder. Even harder yet is being obese or overweight.
Kymberly is showing proper respect for Dr. HIll and her blue Lorna Jane Activewear top!
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Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA
Kymberly: Long ago in a faraway galaxy–also called pre-2008 or so–we thought the “grown up” brain was hard-wired and immutable. The exciting news coming from the brain research universe shows how much we have learned since then. In fact, our brains continue to change, rewire, and develop throughout our entire lives. Color me super excited by neuroscience!
Also changing are the rates of obesity. When Alexandra and I scampered through the recent IDEA World Fitness and Nutrition Convention, I made sure to attend the “Healthy Aging Survival Kit” session offered by Dr. Terry Eckmann. Her basic premise: “Our Reality is based on our Perception.” While this belief is centuries old, the scientific data to back it up is new. Such discoveries are especially relevant for those wanting to make life and habit changes.
A lot of what Eckmann revealed in her presentation dovetails with a teleseminar series Alexandra and I were invited to contribute to: Leave Obesity Behind. For those wanting to lose weight, the key is to recognize that change starts with our thoughts.
According to studies Eckmann referenced, we now know the following:
Alexandra: What kind of thoughts would you have if you were able to access over 25 experts in the field of obesity and weight loss? And if it were via a telesummit that was at no cost and had no catch? Yeah, me too – happy thoughts!
Our colleague Robyn Bennett decided to offer a program that would delve into healthy solutions for weight loss that address the mind, body and spirit. Are you sick of yo-yo dieting or emotional eating? As health professionals, we know that it is difficult to lose a lot of weight if you approach it from a simplistic point of view – “Eat less, Move more” is a good mantra, yet not complete. There has to be a part that addresses the mind, as that is where your power lies.
Kymberly: Remember– your perception shapes your reality. If you want to change your reality you have to shift what you think and perceive. For instance, what message do you see in this phrase:
For her “Leave Obesity Behind” event, Robyn has interviewed experts who are able to help you:
* Create healthy patterns for weight loss
* Improve your health at any size
* Find solutions for emotional eating and compulsive overeating
* Make exercise fun
* Quit negative self talk and start loving who you see in the mirror
* Teach healthy eating habits to your family
* Feel better about yourself inside and out
We aren’t selling the teleseminar because there’s nothing to buy. This summit goes through August 30, and this is the link to register for Leave Obesity Behind: Discover the Secrets to Eating Right into a Healthier, Sexier You. And of course, we believe you’ll enjoy the segments with us. We definitely offer some simple, achievable, non-painful tips!
If you think your friends would benefit, please share the link with them too! Now, if only I could get the lyrics to “Think Lovely Thoughts” from Peter Pan out of my head!
Put on your thinking cap and take advantage of our YouTube channel that offers short videos to support your weight loss goals! Have you subscribed yet to our blog? Please follow us on google+Alexandra and +Kymberly, on Twitter: AlexandraFunFit and KymberlyFunFit and Instagram: KymberlyFunFit and AlexandraFunFit.
The most interesting panel (besides my own, of course. Of course!!) was “Food Blogging for the Next Generation – Finding Solutions at the Intersection of Childhood Obesity and Food Insecurity in the USA” Big Ass title to match the heavy hitters on the panel: Anna Lappé of the Small Planet Institute, Elly Spinweber of Partnership for a Healthier America, Lea Webb – one of the nation’s leading community organizers, and Michelle Berger Marshall of Feeding America.
It was extremely interesting to hear about the obesity epidemic from the food point of view, as I’ve spent so many years studying it from the fitness perspective. Some of the salient points might interest you:
* Vinegar can be made using fruit peels (the description sounds a bit like my sourdough starter)
* Eggshells will keep slugs away from your plants, especially if the shells are sharp. Toast your eggshells and feed them to your chickens (Okay, maybe YOU don’t have chickens, but we do).
* Peach pits combined with vodka make a delightful extract. Just watch out for the cyanide!
* Carrot tops can be added to kosher salt to make bouillon flavoring
I shall end with a smoothie recipe I created based on ingredients from a few of the BlogHer Food sponsors.
1 Ataulfo mango (I prefer organic) Whole Foods has a video showing how to cut one. I wish I’d known these cutting tricks when I made sticky rice with mango a few weeks ago
Vanilla bean or plain yogurt from Organic Valley (if you follow me on Twitter, FB or Instagram, you know my obsession with this company)
2/3 cup almond milk
1 tsp Bob’s Red Mill flaxseed meal (Bob is a real guy. We’ve met him. He gave his company to the employees. And he’s from Oregon. What’s not to love?)
1 banana (if you want an eensy bit of chocolate, throw in a frozen chocolate-banana dipper from Dole . You’ll have 3 dippers left over. Eat them for snack… right after breakfast)
Blend all these in a Ninja Pro Blender. I tested the blades on my hair and they were effective!!!
Top it all off with a Snicker Doodle cookie from Udi’s Gluten Free. I’m not a gluten free eater, but these are actually tastier than the ones I bake myself…according to my kids.
I searched for the links in this post using Bing. The Bing reps at the conference were funny, approachable and had great customer service. Three qualities you probably like in a brand.
Are you a food lover? What’s your favorite mango recipe?
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Fitness professionals and our beloved industry have changed. And not just out of tight-fitting lycra and midriff-baring spandex. We’ve changed to embrace, welcome, nay, even beg all sizes, shapes, ages, fitness levels to take part in an active world that genuinely cares about the health and happiness of everyone. You included!
We want YOU in our classes. We teach group classes because the people in them are the ginchiest and grooviest. And after more than 30 years of teaching, we can definitely say that almost everyone walks in to the exercise room for the first time with one thought in mind: “This is freakin’ scary!” How can we possibly know that? Because new students always come up and tell us. Not in those words. More like, “I haven’t worked out before. I can’t keep up with all these people. I don’t see anyone who looks like me. I don’t think I’ll last the entire time. I’m not coordinated.” These are the most common, but they all mean essentially the same thing.
I want THIS lady in my classes. She makes me feel happy!
People who teach group fitness do so because they love working with people. You are that person! When you’re in the group fitness room, all you need is a willing attitude and desire to try your best. So take a deep breath, remind yourself that the people in the club were once just as scared as you, and step into the light with these tips in mind:
Be aware that we (by “we” we mean all humans) tend to see what we are looking for. If you think you are going to hit the front desk and be whumped upside the eyeballs by “perfect bodies,” that is exactly what you will notice. If you can take a deep, yogic or aerobic breath and look again, you will notice something fabulous — “regular” people actually inhabit gyms. All ages, all sizes, all shapes, all kinds of fashion statements, all levels of everything. What they ALL have in common is a desire to avoid embarrassment; a desire to be healthier; to be more energetic; to be loved; to have friends; to have a low stress life; to enjoy their bodies more each day.
We leave you with a true and somewhat humorous story — in our 20s we taught at a small studio. The owner was one of those “ideal” bodies. And she was also beautiful and kind. Genetic Freak! A potential member came in to the studio to inquire about the classes. She took one look at the owner and remarked, “Oh, I could never look like that.” Then she spotted us. You wouldn’t run screaming from us, but we aren’t perfect. We are fun! Anyway, the woman pointed over toward us and said to the girl at the front desk, “But I could look like that.” So we have called ourselves the Attainable Goals ever since. We hope you’ll come be an attainable goal with us!
Readers: If you are new to exercise, what would it take to get you into the group fitness room? If you’re a regular exerciser, what could you do to make a new person feel included?
Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA