Thanksgiving is tomorrow and we all know what that means: FOOD! DELICIOUS AND BOUNTIFUL FOOD!!!
But let’s not forget that the holidays shouldn’t be an excuse for you to overindulge on your favorite plates. Diane Carbonell wrote an excellent article on just this dilemma. Remember: you have a goal you want to maintain and you don’t want this one day to detract from that.
As a matter of fact, holidays are the best time to test your self-control, so you should seize this opportunity to see if you truly can look at that piece of cranberry pie and not have it end up inside of your stomach.
And of course, we here at human@ease wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your turkey! And don’t forget to check out our new fitness program for 2014.
By: Alejandro Paulino
When I’m going to the gym regularly and jogging on my cardio days, I (try to) maintain a strict diet that allows for just a little bit of wiggle room. It is not the best diet, but for someone who tries to be as thrifty (and fast) as possible, it is great for me. This is how it goes:
Mornings (6-7:30 am):
- Omelette (2 eggs)
- Two strips of turkey bacon
- Two slices of whole wheat bread
Afternoons (12-1 pm):
- One Mozzarella stick
- One cup of lowfat yogurt
- One cup of cashews (I take a few bites periodically throughout the morning)
- A medium-sized bowl of salad
- Two pieces of grilled boneless, skinless chicken breast
I have gotten pretty good at grilling moist chicken breasts, and going with the skinless type knocks out a good amount of calories from fat. My breakfast can be prepared in under 30 minutes, which is great when I have to get to work. My afternoon meal is perfect for portability when I’m out and about in the city and I try not to eat past 6pm so I prepare my dinner quickly so I can get back to doing what I want. What is your quickest meal? Let us know in the comments.
Your body is a temple, so you gotta treat it like a well-oiled machine. If you are lacking in one aspect of your life, then all the other areas of your life will either work harder to compensate or work less. You’d be surprised how all the different parts of your life are connected to each other: if you have a bad day, your productivity at work may be negatively affected; if you’re happy, then you’ll give off positive vibes to others.
So whatever you do in life, make sure your body is more than up for the task. We are here to help you get there. And always remember that you only get one body.
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What an exciting journey and amazing privilege it was for me to be able to work with these five incredible and motivated individuals for our 12 wk pilot B.E.S.T Program.
The success of the program was beyond what I imagined and the results were astounding. I am pleased to say that the B.E.S.T Plan is one of the most effective and comprehensive weight loss programs out there and it’s all because of the powerful conversations that take shape at the level of the group.
I look forward to working with our next group starting in Jan. 2014. There’s still time for you to put in your application so that you too can be your BEST!
Here are some testimonials from our Inaugural B.E.S.T. Group:
"The B.E.S.T. program at Human@ease has helped transform my body and mind. The combination of group strength training, group fitness classes, group coaching, and sauna sessions helped me reach incredible results in just 12 weeks. I’ve lost 13 pounds and 5% body fat. More importantly, I have gained strength, confidence, and the tools to take care of my body and mind for the rest of my life. Even though my 12-week program is over, I am continuing the B.E.S.T. program to help me reach my long-term fitness goals. Thank you to the entire team at Human@ease for helping me change my life!"
~ Elyse Wilson
"Now, I’m inherently not a “joiner”. I’m pretty stubborn and non-commital. A younger me probably wouldn’t have even considered trying this program. But I was feeling desperate enough to get better, to feel better mentally and physically, that I thought maybe committing to a program was what I needed. That maybe it would give me the accountability I needed to stick it out and not give up like I usually do.
And now I can honestly say this is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. I’m not just back to feeling “fine” again, I’m actually feeling better than I have in years. Besides being down in weight and feeling better about myself physically, my mental health has dramatically improved. I’ve radically changed my diet, and I’ve finally learned what foods make me feel good and what foods I need to avoid. And I must admit that the group aspect of the program was a big part of our success. Friends and family can be enablers of bad habits, so having each other to lean on for support and encouragement has made a huge difference. I’ve learned invaluable lessons. I’ve learned a lot about nutrition. I’ve gained self-discipline. And I’ve developed positive eating and exercise habits that will help me for the rest of my life.”
I would highly recommend this program to anyone at any place of fitness in their lives. It really is suitable for anyone. The program has been so valuable to me because it has taught me a universal idea that I’ve carried through to all aspects of my life: I deserve to be my best, to nourish myself completely and to make my health a number one priority.
Everyone owes it to his/herself to take the best care of his/her body and mind as possible. The B.E.S.T. Program is a successful way to do so. Since participating, I’ve lost weight easier then ever before, I’ve had more energy and more mental clarity, and I’ve been confident to take on endeavors, both personally and professionally, that I would not have attempted before the program.”
"As I look back after completing the B.E.S.T. Program, I can see that I have changed, both physically and mentally. We constantly fight with that voice in our head that says, ‘Why am I doing this?’ ‘This hurts, this is hard,’ and ‘I’m over this’ and blah blah blah. It’s all a story and an excuse. Once you finish a workout, the feeling of accomplishment, as well as the natural energy boost you get afterwards, feels amazing.
Most of our challenges, if not physical, are within ourselves. I for one know I am my own worst enemy. I can be hard on myself and I tend to put myself in a negative state. I learned through doing this program about keeping yourself motivated and just pushing through. I’d be lying to you if I said that this was an easy task; that is why you have to break things down day-by-day and not look at the future or the past. We only have control of NOW.
I’ve had slip-ups during this program; it’s called being human and I learned from it and moved on. This program gives you and in-depth look at your physical and mental abilities. I’ve learned to eat better and work out harder. If you think you can’t do one more rep or lift, you can! It’s in you. You just have to believe.
I really enjoyed this program and will take a lot of the lessons I learned with me. The real challenge is when no one is looking or around. You can fool everyone else, but you can’t fool yourself. Do what’s right and take care of yourself…no one else will!”
- Bengey Asse
“Twelve weeks. It’s just 12 weeks and then it’s over. ‘You can survive 12 weeks…’ I told this to myself over and over at the beginning of the B.E.S.T. Program. Now looking at this last day looming large in front of me, I realize I didn’t simply survive these 12 weeks: I thrived, and this isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning.
The road wasn’t easy, but the things that matter in life should absolutely require effort. I had already decided it was time to make a change, but I needed guidance, I needed advice, I needed people supporting me, and I needed, well, a plan. This plan worked for me. Seeing everything I have now that is helping me to be successful, I know why things didn’t work for me in the past. They were isolated attempts at fad diets and boring exercise. The diets were literal diets— Medifast, low-carb, Atkins-like stuff that never addressed the addiction or emotional attachment to food, and there were also the lonely, late-night efforts on the elliptical, where I would quit whenever it started to get too hard.
This plan is more of a way of life: feeding your body good fuel—whatever that means for you as long as it’s minimally processed, employing control, in moderation, and mindfulness in your actions, working with a supportive team to push you, encourage you, and sweat and groan with you. It’s easy to disappoint yourself, but it’s much harder to disappoint others. Now I do Zumba, Yoga, and other great fitness classes. I strength train, and am addicted to dead lifts. I backslide and eat things I regret, but I don’t punish myself and I constantly work on the root of why I did that in the first place in the counseling sessions. I have integrity in my actions and I still have a plan. It’s just 12 weeks, so what are you waiting for?”
- Kristina Ivy
And don’t forget to check out Elyse’s article on her progress in our program so far.
You can also find out more about our new program and how we can help you become the B.E.S.T. you