Won’t you have pumpkin pie?

I hear this question a lot around this time of year – “Won’t you at least have pumpkin pie during the holidays?” And the answer is (drum roll please…) – YES! Absolutely, for sure, you betcha.  My mom makes pumpkin pies the old fashioned way, and it would take two men and a small child to keep me from gobbling down a piece at our Thanksgiving feast and then retreating into the sugar-induced coma that follows. However, what I WON’T be doing is eating pumpkin pie every day from now until the New Year “because it’s the holidays.”  Yes, it is the holidays but (point of fact) there are just a few holi-DAYS.  What I mean is, not every day after Halloween is a holiday, and using this time of year as an means to go crazy for 2 months straight is a sure fire recipe to gain about 5-10 pounds this season (which by the way is what the average American gains during the holidays). So go ahead and have mom’s pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving or aunt Sue’s sugar glazed yams at Christmas dinner.  Then get yourself back to some clean eating. And if you need some incentive, check out my holiday Project ZERO fitness...

Choice Fit on the move

Say hello to my new landlord, Rob. I’ll be moving to a new, larger space sometime in December. More programs, more fitness pros, more info to come!

The Challenge

I just got back from an intense workout at my local gym today. I pushed myself hard through different circuits for about 45 minutes. At the end of the workout, I eyed the pull up station. I’ve been doing different kinds of pullups in my routine for a while now, but lately my mind has been wondering if I could perform a 1 arm pull up. The station was free, and I thought to myself, “Really? You’re going to pick today? At the end of a workout? And in front of a gym full of people? You’re nuts.” Yes – I really do talk like this to myself sometimes. I sheepishly walked over and stood beneath the pull up bars. I was exhausted, and they looked to be about 10 feet higher than they usually do. I took a breath, jumped up, and grabbed the bar with my left hand. As I hung there on one arm, my legs felt like someone had filled them with boulders. I though, “There is no way this is happening.” But then I began to pull. I was shocked. Up my body went, raising higher and higher until I was at the top of the bar looking down on some other folks that were about a shocked as I was. I lowered myself down, and decided to try it with the right arm. Same as the left, I wend up, up, up and was able to do it. My point here is- sometimes we all feel like there are things we can’t do. But in order to find out, you have to challenge...

Easy Oven Braised Orange Chicken

Looking for for a tasty twist on tonights chicken dinner? Try this great recipe from dotFIT. Ingredients:   3 ½ to 4 pounds chicken (thighs, breasts, and legs)Coarse salt1 tablespoon olive oil2 bunches green onion, halved crosswise¾ cup halved, pitted green olives6 strips orange zest, plus ½ cup fresh orange juice (from 1 orange)  Preparation: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high until hot but not smoking, about 1 minute. Season chicken with salt. Swirl oil in skillet. Working in batches if needed, add chicken, skin side down, and brown on one side, about 5 minutes. Turn chicken, skin side up, and add green onion, olives, and orange zest and juice to skillet. Transfer to oven and cook until chicken is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.  Serves: 4Serving Size: ¼ Recipe Nutrition Facts (per serving)  Calories   625   Fat (g) 15 Saturated Fat (g) 5 Cholesterol (mg) 263 Sodium (mg) 647 Carbohydrate (g) 10 Fiber (g) 2 Protein (g) 106 Calcium (mg) 88...

What Makes People Want to Stop Exercising?

This is a great question, and one I see people face quite often.  Because of our own individual circumstances, there are ultimately many possible reasons that a person may want to stop exercising.  However in my own experience I’ve seen 2 common things that will discourage someone and cause them to consider stopping their exercise. First, I see many people who are putting forth the time and effort to exercise but not seeing results.  They feel as though they are holding up their end of the “exercise bargain” (and they are) but their body’s are not, and frustration sets in because they don’t see something for all the work they are doing.  As I begin to work with them we typically discover the problem has been that the exercises were being performed incorrectly, or the level of the workout (intensity) was a bit low, or a combination of the two.  The good news is that the fix is easy in these cases.  Since the desire to exercise is already there it’s just a matter of teaching them how to do it correctly.  They then begin to see something for their work.  It’s exciting, and instead of wanting to stop they’re driven to continue. Second, I see some individuals who come to a point in their lives where they want to see major changes very quickly.  They begin exercising all the time, as hard and as often as they can.  This kind of exercise regimen is next to impossible to maintain.  Their bodies wear down or they become injured, and exercise stops altogether.  This also leads to frustration because they...

When Effort Works Against Us

As a trainer, I get to know a lot about the personal history of my clients.  What types of work they have done, if and how they have exercised before, and what specific road led them to where they are today.  It’s a fascinating part of what I do, and it constantly reminds me of how unique we all are. However, amongst all of the individual people I meet there is one common thing I hear frequently.  It is said differently each time it comes up, but basically it goes something like this: “I’ve been really trying on my own.  I’ve been putting in the effort, but nothing’s happening.  I’m frustrated, and I don’t see why I should work so hard at this any more.” It’s saddening to hear this, especially as often as I do.  But it also makes me very happy that the person did not give up completely, and sought out the help that was needed.  It’s another case of “right effort – wrong execution.” It’s hard to believe, but sometimes effort can truly work against us. Take for example a somewhat new client of mine named Dan.  Dan is the type of guy that you look forward to seeing.  A thoughtful, funny, and very smart person.  He had been trying to lose weight on his own for some time, but to no avail.  In fact there were times that, despite all his efforts, Dan had actually continued to gain.  He was frustrated and wanted all of the nonsense over with.  “Just tell me what to do, and I’ll do it.” he said to me. So,...