5 Signs Your Weight Loss Is Damaging Your Relationship

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness, Information, Relationships | Posted on 20-02-2013-05-2008

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Losing weight can be a frightening time, particularly when you are in a relationship. Naturally, most of us fall in love because we share common interests, like watching the same things on TV, heading out to a restaurant, playing pool or video games together. But when somebody in the relationship changes their Monday night TV programme for a run instead, chooses to order grilled chicken and vegetables because it’s a far better alternative than a curry, going swimming instead of playing pool or decides that Wii Fit is more fun than Mario Cart? I sense trouble is a comin’.

Weight loss and adjusting to a healthier lifestyle requires a great deal of change? Change that your other half is probably not ready for at the moment. The truth is, it’s easy to see that weight can play a heavy part in your relationship.

If you think your relationship could be under strain due to your weight loss plans, there are several common warning signs to look out for during this time. Usually, most of these actions are part of something larger than the direct problems, so it’s essential to understand them fully to be aware of exactly where your partner’s or even your feelings are coming from. Usually, the “why” of a behaviour stems from deep-seated emotion of which you or your partner may not even be aware. For just that reason, I’ve included an “emotional why” to each warning sign exploring the emotion that might be behind these behaviours. Because we know how important support is to reaching your goals, I’ve also included some action tips on “how to improve the situation” you may be facing. This way, you can find a way to maintain your healthy lifestyle without sacrificing the health of your relationship.

Here’s 5 signs your weight loss is damaging your relationship.

1. Your partner makes negative statements about you changing

You start losing weight and becoming healthy but you still get comments from your partner and their family that you’re “skinny” and need to stop losing weight. Your significant other may make other negative comments about your weight loss or changing body because it signals change. And change is scary for your other half.

Emotional why: Fear is behind this type of behaviour. Your partner is afraid of losing you and life as they know it. While you may be ready to change, your partner may be afraid and reluctant to take the first step, and may be insecure that you will leave them, so they comment negatively about your changing body in the hope that things will go back to the way they once were.

How to improve the situation: Create new rituals together so that your loved one is involved with your new lifestyle. You don’t have to give up Friday date night. Try dinner at a restaurant with healthier options, or when you go to the movies, order a smaller size of popcorn (no butter) and a diet soda. See if they will walk around the block with you (take the kids if you have them) to catch up after dinner. Be sure to include your partner in as many ways as you can, and reassure them that you love them for who they are. If the behaviour becomes overwhelmingly negative, do not be afraid to talk to your partner about how those comments make you feel. After all, a relationship is a two-way street and open communication helps prevent a head-on collision.

2. Your partner makes you feel guilty

Does your partner make you feel guilty about the success you’ve had with weight loss? Do they complain that you’re not around as much or give you the guilt trip when you skip cuddle time or dessert to hit the gym? Whether your partner makes you feel guilty on purpose, or you just feel guilty for taking time for yourself, it’s not a good feeling to have, and it can be detrimental to a relationship if it goes on too long.

Emotional why: Nostalgia. Your partner loves you and wants to spend time with you. They may miss what used to be rituals in your household and relationship. These comments may also reflect some of the fear of change mentioned above.

How to improve the situation: Compromise. Don’t be afraid to compromise when you can! However, remember that you deserve to be healthy and happy. If your loved one is putting a guilt trip on you, encourage them to join you. Couples workouts allow you to spend time together and exercise at the same time. And if it’s just you feeling bad, then remind yourself that being fit is what you worked for and you deserve to feel good about your accomplishments.

3. Your partner tries to sabotage you

Sabotaging behaviour can run the gamut, from your partner picking up your “favourite” fast-food burger on the way home (even though she knows you’re trying to cut back) to begging you to sleep in when you have a date with that Spinning bike at 6 a.m. One very common example is having a partner who brings junk food into the house and then eats it in front of you, especially if the junk food is your favourite and one you have trouble avoiding.

Emotional why: Jealousy and fear. Although it may not seem like it, your partner may actually be very jealous of your progress and is sabotaging your efforts to keep you exactly as you are. He or she may be afraid that if you lose weight, you’ll get more attention from the opposite sex and possibly leave the relationship for someone else.

How to improve the situation: Reaffirm your partner that you’re still the same loving person you were before.

4. Your partner starts gaining weight as you’re losing weight

If you’ve noticed that your partner has gained a few pounds during the time you’ve lost weight, this could be cause for concern. Your partner may be upset with your weight-loss success and may be rebelling against you by eating more, higher-calorie food. If this is the case, tread lightly. This will probably be a very touchy subject for your partner. They may also be eating emotionally for comfort as a way to deal with the deep-rooted emotions (fear, anger, jealousy) about your positive changes.

Emotional why: Resistance and guilt. Your partner is probably feeling resistant to change and guilty about his or her own body and unhealthy habits. They may even be worried that as you get healthier, you won’t love him or her as much anymore. Especially if your partner has been self-destructing and views all of your positive changes are threatening to them.

How to improve the situation: If you’re in this type of situation, talk to your partner openly and regularly. Your partner may be very, very sensitive about this issue, so you may not want to bring the weight gain up directly, but rather ask how they are feeling during this time of change. Reassure your partner that you’re still the same person and still love them. And invite them to join in some of your small changes.

5. You look down at your partner

If you’re a few pounds into your weight-loss journey and overhauled your lifelong habits, yet can’t understand why your partner hasn’t done the same, then honestly ask yourself: Do you look down on your partner? Do you feel like the changes you’ve made are going to create lasting friction between the two of you? Whether you indicate these feelings to your partner (directly or indirectly) or keep them to yourself, they can probably sense how you’re feeling. Everyone wants their partner to be proud to be with them. When you stop being proud of your other half, it can really hurt your relationship.

Emotional why: Pride and fear. Right now, you may be very proud of yourself for your changes—and you should be! But it’s important to respect everyone’s journey and realize that you can’t force someone else to change. You may also find yourself being harsher on your loved one because they may remind you of where you started (a place where you don’t want to return).

How to improve the situation: You may not agree with all of the choices your partner makes, but try to be as understanding as possible. Remember how hard it was for you to change in the beginning! Remember how you had to decide to do it for yourself, not for someone else? Revisit that time in your past and treat your partner how you would have liked to be treated then. Recognize the reasons for your emotions. You don’t have to encourage unhealthy habits, but try to be as understanding and encouraging as possible.

If you’re faced with many of the issues above, don’t despair. A relationship may get rocky from your new dedication to a healthy lifestyle, especially in the beginning of your weight loss journey, but many couples say that getting in shape and eating right actually helps their relationship in the end.

At the end of the day, your partner should be one of the biggest and most supportive allies you have in getting healthy. Even so, you can’t expect others to change overnight. Becoming healthy and losing weight is an incredibly personal journey, and it has to start with the person wanting to change and not by telling someone what to do. So be as nice and supportive to your partner as you’d like them to be to you. Follow the tips above and recognize what’s really behind you and your partner’s actions to continue on your weight loss journey and keep your relationship strong. After all, leading by example is one of the most powerful ways to influence others in a positive way!

Dedicated to your success,

–Nigel

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Fitting Weight Loss Into Your Work Week

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Information | Posted on 03-08-2012-05-2008

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Losing weight can be difficult if you hold a full or part time job. Finding the time to exercise, as well as to eat properly, can be stressful. For working weight loss success, you must make time for yourself as much of a priority as possible.

Use these tips to fit weight loss into your busy work week:

Schedule Time for Working Out:

Make an appointment in your calendar, and stick to it. You’re meeting with your most important client, after all – yourself. If you struggle with being consistent, make an appointment at the gym with a trainer, or work out with a friend. This gives you a real deadline, and helps you to stick to your goal.

Plan Your Meals:

Take time once a week to plan your meals and snacks. Choose snacks that are both healthy and easy to pack. Pack your lunch instead of eating out for better control of your calorie intake. Fast food calories add up quickly, so if you must eat out choose a salad or grilled sandwich.

Cook Ahead:

Make time once a week, or even once a month, to cook large batches of food in advance. Brown ground turkey, chop lettuce and veggies for salads and snacks, grill chicken breast. Any preparation that you can do ahead of time will save you hours in the kitchen later in the week.

Exercise at Work: Many companies are beginning to offer fitness clubs on campus as an employee perk. If yours does, be sure to take advantage. If you’re not so lucky, take time to walk on your lunch break. Getting up and moving around will also help you to avoid that afternoon slump.

Keep an Exercise Video for Backup: We all have those super stressful days where there’s simply no time to squeeze in a trip to the gym. Keep an exercise tape or two that you enjoy at home – some are as short as 15 minutes. This will allow you to squeeze in your exercise before or after work, without setting foot outside your door.

Fitting weight loss into your work week can be accomplished with a bit of prior planning. Take the time to plan ways to reach your fitness goals this week. You’ll find that you’re more productive and feel better, because you’re doing something for yourself. After all, you will still be living in your body long after retirement – make sure it’s a healthy one!

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Hardcore Workout C

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 20-05-2012-05-2008

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This is TT Hardcore Workout C.

This metabolic resistance circuit that we start with is one of my favorites I’ve ever put together. This will challenge you in so many different ways.

Start with a depth jump. Elevate yourself a little less than a foot or even less than that. If you are not ready for the jump, you can do regular jumps or bodyweight squats. However, if you are only able to do bodyweight squats, you are probably in the wrong workout. It’s very advanced. Make sure you do not preform this on concrete floors.

Step off with one foot and right into a squat and immediately jump straight up and land soft with your hips back to absorb the force of the jump with your muscles. You will do 6 reps.

Move to a deadlift. You will hold for a 2 second pause at the bottom of each repetition. Move the bar right up against your shins, use an overhand grip, press your hips back while arching your lower back. Pull up and slowly lower down for 3 seconds, pausing for 1 count. Reset, arch your back and pull up. Do 8 reps.

Move immediately into pushups. You will be doing 50% of your maximum number (if you can do 60, you will only do 30). Lower down, keeping your abs braced and holding your body in a straight line and drive back up.

Finish with a Turkish get-up with a kettlebell. Lie down, bring the weight up pressing strong. come up and slide your leg up and under while holding your arm up and keeping your shoulder in a strong position the entire time. Move your leg back out and slowly lower down without losing control of your arm and weight. Do all reps on one side and then switch and repeat on the other side.

That concludes our first metabolic circuit of Workout C.

The second metabolic circuit starts with a 1-leg bench squat. Stand on the bench with your hands out in front of you. Step off the bench to the side, while you push your hips back for a 4 second lowering phase. You can touch the floor if you need to, but if you can control it, just stop right before your foot reaches the floor and come back up. Do 10 reps and repeat on the other side.

After that, you will do renegade rows with either flat hex dumbbells or kettlebells. Start with your body in a straight line with your abs braced. Row the weights up and alternate sides (using the same amount of weights on each side).

You will be doing pushups with your hands on the stability ball. These work your triceps a little more. Keep your body in a straight line and lower down. Drive back up. Some people have some wrist problems with that exercise, so you can do a different kind of pushup in place of them. You can do pushups with your feet on the ball or close grip type pushups.

Finish with hanging leg raises. The easiest grip is with the bars that go straight out so your palms face one another. Keep your abs braced and bring your legs up. Keep it controlled on the way down.

If you can’t do those, you can do stability ball rollouts in place of them. Roll out with a stretch on the way out, keeping it controlled and contract your abs on the way up.

And, we have one more superset to go.

First up will be a burpee/chin-up combo. You will start with a burpee, dropping down, add a pushup and come back up with a jump. Then move immediately into a chin-up with an underhand grip. Go right back into a burpee and then a chin-up. This is great for people who can’t do so many chin-ups in a row. You will get that little break with the burpee. You want to do 10 of these, but if you can’t do 10 chinups, just do as many as you can and then finish the rest with just burpees.

For the last exercise, you will do cross body mountain climbers with your feet on the ball. This is a little bit harder than the ones we did earlier. Do 8 reps per side (alternating sides).

Rest and repeat.

Finish up with adrenaline interval training. This time you will do 36 seconds of work with 54 seconds of recovery. This is still the same 2-3 ratio of interval training to rest. It’s a lot easier to do on a machine for interval training.

2 things you can change up, you can do your interval training the day after your workout days. You can change that up so you can do shorter workouts.

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Hardcore Workout B

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 19-05-2012-05-2008

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This is Workout B from TT Hardcore 2K10.

You’ll be doing 6 repetitions of 6 exercises in this workout.

Start with a barbell complex, but start with an empty barbell for the first time you go through this. You can even use a broomstick for this. If you are training at home, you can even use dumbbells.

Start with Romanian Dead Lifts. Press your hips back as far as you can, keep a flat back and then drive back up to feel that stretch in your hamstrings.

Next up is a hang clean (6 reps), so you will do a little dip, drive up and catch the bar underneath. You want to get that extension, especially when you have some weight on it.

Move right into front squats. Keep your elbows up, push your hips back as you lower and drive back up for 6 reps.

Next is a military press. You will be limited in this entire complex by the weight you can military press or push press, but I want you to choose a weight you can press overhead 15 times. Press up and with your last one, bring the bar behind your head to move directly into a back squat.

For back squats, press your hips down and back and drive back up.

Finish with a forward lunge. Step forward, lunge and drive up, alternating sides.

You will find that your upper back and legs will be a little fatigued with this complex.

Do these 6 exercises with 6 repetitions for each one, rest and repeat for a total of 3 times through.

After the complex, we’re going to move into a couple of tri-sets. We’ll have a lot of resistance training, but no interval training.

Move right into a 3-exercise circuit starting with either underhanded inverted rows or a chin-up with knee up.

For the chin-up with knee-up, we’re going to combine our lats and biceps with abs. Use an underhand grip, do a chin-up while bringing your knees up and back down nice and slow. Do 2 reps short of failure (if you can do 10 of them, you will only do 8).

If you cannot do the chin-up with knee up, you can do underhanded inverted rows instead. With your palms facing you and your body in a straight line, pull yourself up and slowly lower back down. This is an easier exercise, but if you want to work your upper back a bit more, this will do that.

Next, move into spiderman climb pushups. These are the same as spiderman pushups, except you will touch your foot to the ground. Start in pushup position and bring your knee to your elbow as you lower down. Keep your abs braced. Do 1 repetition short of failure for these. If you can do 10 reps, then only do 9 reps.

Finish this circuit with a 1-leg stability ball leg curls (this is why we did so much hamstring warmup). This is a powerful exercise for your hamstrings. Raise one leg up and bridge your hips. Curl the ball in and back out, contracting your hamstring. Do all reps on one side and repeat on the other side.

Rest 1 minute and repeat this circuit 2 more times.

We’re going to finish this workout with something that is a bit different than usual. We’ll finish with 3 exercises in a circuit, but we’re going to do 5 reps for each.

First up are incline presses. Drive up and in and slowly lower down and out for 3 seconds. With the incline, you will be working the deltoid muscles more.

Move directly into dumbbell split squats. You will probably use lighter weights for these. Start with your lead leg out in front. Your lead leg will be doing all the work, while your rear leg will be used for balance and stretching through your quadricep. Lower and hold for a 1 second pause at the bottom and drive back up through your lead leg (quadricep) and your glute. Do 5 reps on each side.

Next move into a stability ball ab pike. Start with your feet on the ball and keep your body in a straight line. Push your hips straight up pike in and back out. Go as high as you can. You will do 5 reps.

Rest 1 minute and repeat 4 more times (for a total of 5 times total).

At this point, you may be fairly tired out, but you still might be able to press out a decent amount of weight.

No interval training for workout B.

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Hardcore Workout A

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 18-05-2012-05-2008

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This is Workout A from the TT Hardcore 2K10 program.

We’re going to start with a metabolic resistance circuit of 4 exercises starting with an explosive power exercise with 3 vertical jumps (each one being it’s own repetition). You can do these with your hands up behind your head. Squat down and drive up and land soft on your feet with your knees bent and your hips back. Use your muscles to absorb the force.

You will next move into dumbbell chest presses. Lie flat on the bench and press up and in, slowly lower down and out for 3 reps.

Next, move into dumbbell reverse lunges (you will probably use lighter weights than you were using for the chest press). Step back with your chest up, using your lead leg to pull you back up while you contract your glute. Do all reps on one side and then switch to the other side.

The next exercise will be a 45 second stability ball plank. Keep your body in a straight line and hold with your abs braced and breathe normal. This is an advanced exercise.

Up next, we have another metabolic circuit of 5 exercises starting with pull-ups. I want you to go 2 reps short of failure, so if you can do 10, you will only do 8.

Take an overhand grip, slightly wider than shoulder width apart, pull your chest up to the bar and keep it controlled on the way down.

Next, move into dips, doing 2 reps short of failure. I want you to keep your knees up and your body forward to keep the stress off of your shoulder joints. Slowly lower down and drive back up.

Next up are dumbbell rows with 12 reps per side. Start with your knee bent and a flat back with a slight bend in your elbow. Row up and slowly down. Repeat reps on other side.

Cross Body Mountain Climbers are next. This is one of my favorite oblique exercises. Start out in a pushup position and brace your abs. Bring your right knee to your left elbow, keeping your abs braced and alternating sides.

Grab another set of dumbbells for rear deltoid raises. Press your hips back with a flat back. Raise your arms out to the sides and slowly lower down.

Go through this circuit a couple of times and then finish with adrenaline interval training (24 seconds on and 36 seconds off) each week you will do more according to the manual.

This is a really tough workout and will probably take you close to an hour to get through it, but this is hardcore.

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Hardcore Warmup

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 16-05-2012-05-2008

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This is TT Hardcore 2010. We’re going to start with our bodyweight warmup and I’m representing North Park High School in Brampton. I spoke to the kids there last week and it was a lot of fun. They were nice enough to give me this T-shirt afterwards.

These workouts are advanced and they will take you about an hour to get through them.

For our warmup, start out with a bodyweight squat with your arms straight out and keep your chest up high as you squat and drive back up.

Next, we’ll get a little dynamic flexibility work for your hamstrings with some leg swings. Each repetition you will go a little farther than the last one. Don’t over-do it because you haven’t been really warmed up, but this will give you a good stretch and a better range of motion in your hamstrings.

After you’ve done both legs with the leg swings, move into a lateral lunge. Step out and down and drive up with your leg while you keep your chest out. This will give you a nice stretch through the groin.

Next, move into a prone stick-up to get your upper back and shoulder mobility going. Lay down on your chest and squeeze your shoulder blades down and together as you move your arms out. Tuck them back in and back down.

Close grip pushups are next. Place your hands shoulder width apart, keeping your body in a straight line with your abs braced. Drop down with your elbows tucked in and drive back up through your triceps, chest and shoulders.

These workouts have quite a bit of intense hamstring contractions in them, so were going to warm them up more with a 1-leg Romanian Dead lift (RDL). Stand on one leg and drive your hips back with your other leg behind you. Stretch the hamstring of your planted leg and bring it back up. Repeat on the other side.

Next, well finish with 2 stretches. The first one will be a hip flexor and psoas stretch. Kneel down with one arm up and lean back and to the side a bit. Youll feel this through your rectus femoris, quads and through your waist. This area gets very tight with all the sitting we all do. Hold this for 30 seconds and then repeat the stretch on the other side.

The next one will be a chest stretch. Place your hand against a wall and rotating away. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

Rest 1 minute and repeat this circuit one more time before you move into Workouts A, B and C of TT Hardcore 2K10.

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Weight Loss & Fat Burning For Busy People

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness, Time Management | Posted on 11-12-2011-05-2008

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To a busy man or woman, finding time to exercise for weight loss is just another form of daily stress. But without exercise, you’ll have less energy to devote to your family, less clarity in your important decision making processes, and more time spent away from work dealing with illness and poor health. And in this business world, you can’t afford any of that.

As a writer for Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness, millions of office workers across America and the world have improved their health and fitness with my workouts. I want to show you how to lose fat, gain muscle, eat better, have more energy, and be able to get great workouts at home or even in the worst hotel gym in the world. It is possible to train and lose weight on the road!

By using an efficient combination of strength and interval training, you’ll be able to cut down on your workout time and spend more time on your business projects and more importantly, at home with your family.

In order to do that, I want you to understand that you have to make nutrition your main focus in the fight against fat loss. It is far more important than exercise.

Given that, you can now understand why you don’t have to do marathon workouts in the gym 5-6 days per week in order to lose weight and look better. All you need are 3 workouts per week, taking no more than 45 minutes. That is the maximum amount of time needed for my system, but you can do it in even less time if you are busy.

You need 5 minutes for a bodyweight warmup (do some easy bodyweight squats, an easy version of pushups for you, and an exercise called stick-ups to mobilize your shoulders – after all, you are probably tight due to computer use).

Next up, choose 4 basic, total-body strength exercises and perform them in 2 supersets. This will cut down time and allow you to work all of your body in only 20 minutes. Finish up the workout with 20 minutes of interval training. That’s it.

By improving your health and fitness, you can have more energy; more energy to devote to your work and business, and more importantly, more energy to dedicate to your family.

The job performance benefits of health and fitness are also undeniable. Sharper mental focus, improved mental and physical endurance, enhanced self-confidence, and impressive changes in your appearance are just a few of the well-known effects of a good training program.

Unfortunately, a lot of men and women leave their health and fitness until it is too late. In fact, I’ve seen many prominent business-people and lawyers struggle through the simplest of physical tasks. Simply because they let the typical unhealthy executive lifestyle overwhelm them.

Don’t you think these executives would gladly trade some of their wealth for the opportunity to have even an average level of fitness? Instead, long hours and poor eating have left them overweight, unfit, and looking and feeling 15 years older than they really are.

But it doesn’t have to be that way for you, no matter how busy you are.

The first thing to know is that your workouts don’t need to last an hour and half each day to be worthwhile. You can achieve great results by training for less than 60 minutes three times per week. You’ll be able to reduce your workout time by up to 2 hours per week when compared to traditional, inefficient training programs, and you’ll feel better and have more energy within days.

A strength and interval workout will decrease your stress levels, increase your mental focus and endurance, enhance your self-confidence, and drastically improve your appearance – all in record time.

Adding regular exercise to your lifestyle is known to improve work performance and personal satisfaction. Business owners that exercise regularly are 14% more likely to make the income they desire when compared to sedentary business owners. They’re also 10% more likely to achieve personal work satisfaction. It’s all thanks to the ability of exercise to make people more confident and give them more energy.

And research has shown that an executive lifestyle plan can result in dramatic health improvements such as:

Decreased bodyweight = -5.5 lbs.

Decreased systolic blood pressure = -17 mmHg

Decreased total cholesterol = -28 mg/dl

Decreased LDL cholesterol = -16 mg/dl

Decreased triglycerides = -45 mg/dl

Decreased fasting blood glucose = -26 mg/dl

Now all that scientific jargon just means that a good program will help you lose weight and will leave you feeling 10-15 years younger than you would without exercise and proper eating. It’s incredibly simple, yet too many men and women neglect to make a strategic investment in the future of their health.

It’s time to take action. Armed with this knowledge, you have the opportunity to improve your health, fitness, and energy level. Your first step is to review your current lifestyle and get your physician’s approval to begin a new lifestyle. After that, you can gradually and consistently improve your daily activity and eating patterns. Changes in your energy and well-being will be immediate.

As you progress with your strength and interval workouts, your new lifestyle will become an easy to follow habit, and your old lifestyle a distant memory. On a daily basis, you’ll notice improved performance and the benefits of a balanced lifestyle. You’ll soon regain physical strength and endurance that you haven’t enjoyed in years.

That’s a small investment now in order to live a longer, more energetic, healthier life. You’ll be able to keep up with your grandkids, not only your own children. I guarantee strength and interval workouts will add energy to your life while taking inches from your waist.

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Psychological Land Mines

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet, Health, Information | Posted on 04-12-2011-05-2008

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By Nigel Jeal
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“You have to face your fears and challenge them head on, or your psychological land mines will blow up your weight loss dreams.” ~Nigel Jeal

Psychological Land Mines are those fears and negative thoughts, those self-conscious and insecure beliefs that we continue to hold about ourselves, that consciously and subconsciously controls and rules our attitudes and confidence levels with an iron fist. You need to approach your challenges “Head On” and overcome all your obstacles at all costs to prevent these psychological land mines blowing up your weight loss dreams.

Everyone has their own internal demons, even the most confident of people has their own subconscious fears and negative thoughts working against them and stopping them achieving the results they want. I can also tell you who created these little monsters running though our minds. The Proverbial “Enemy From Within”.

Here’s Your Chance To Gain Control…

You have to “Search and Destroy”, rooting out each and every psychological land mine that has been carefully place or even dumped in our consciousness. You see, the human brain is very much like a computer and just like a computer there are good files and bad files. You need to search for all the negative files and delete them one-by-one from our minds.

It will allow you to start afresh with a completely clean slate, on which you can skilfully and intentionally re-program the systems you want running and supply yourself with the data and files you care to have running the show from this point on. It will not only take time, but focus, dedication and determination.

Imagine, For A Moment, That It’s 6 Months From Today…

You have taken action to overcome all your fears and negative thoughts, followed a healthy diet and followed a proven exercise program which has really revved up your metabolism. The result, you have achieved your weight loss goals and successfully boost your confidence, self esteem as well as getting the body you’ve always wanted.

Stay Strong,

Nigel Jeal

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7 Weight Loss Tips

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Getting started, Nutrition | Posted on 07-08-2011-05-2008

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 By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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Okay, that’s it, all done with the holidays, so lets get going on weight loss. No more bad nutrition, get back to your regular calorie intake and 6 small meals per day. You are eating 5-6 mini-meals per day, right? If not, get started, and here are some more weight loss tips.

1. Eat more fruits and vegetables.

Get your carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables first, before using breads and pastas. You’ll get far more nutrients and fiber, and fewer calories.

2. Eat fiber

The average American falls far short of the fiber recommendations (of 25+ grams of fiber per day). Add an ounce of raw nuts to your daily food plan to get more fiber and to satisfy your appetite.

3. Eat more protein

Protein fills you up and doesn’t mess with your blood sugar, so you’ll have more mental energy.

4. Have something for breakfast.

While the exact reason isn’t clear, breakfast eaters tend to be slimmer than non-breakfast eaters. Start your day with a whey protein shake and an apple if you are in a rush.

5. Drink water

At least 8 cups per day. This will help fill you up and helps you avoid constipation.

6. Exercise less, but harder.

Forget about long, slow cardio. Learn how to do interval training instead. This will boost your metabolism all day long.

7. Use your bodyweight

There are hundreds of bodyweight exercises you can do at home, from beginner to advance.

And those are your 7 tips to help you lose weight, burn fat, control your appetite, boost your metabolism and get the body you want.

Sincerely,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training

P.S. Is a lack of time stressing you out?

“No time to exercise” is the #1 reason most people don’t exercise consistently. In fact, a lack of time stresses most people out for many reasons – whether it’s a lack of time to prepare good food, exercise, or be with your family.

That’s why I created Turbulence Training to be the most efficient and effective fat loss program out there.

The warm-up is applicable to your workout, not some 5-minute waste of time on the treadmill.

The strength training supersets shave minutes off your wait time.

And the intervals cut your cardio in half, or more.

“I think TT is awesome. I have seen a serious change in my overall body composition. In 12 weeks I’ve gained a lot of muscle and have lost about 10 lbs, but inches are flying off.”
Gordon M.

“The TT workouts are excellent! You have literally changed my life! I got completely burned out on single body part training and long periods of cardio. It just isn’t conducive to my life given that I work full time and have a spouse. I’m already lean but I want to maintain a high level of health and have a fit, athletic look. I have to admit that I was skeptical because the workouts were so short, but even after the first workout my skepticism disappeared in a hurry. The time flies by at the gym and the workouts have eliminated a lot of stress because if I got stuck at work and couldn’t get to the gym for “leg day” it would mess up my training schedule for the rest of the week. I also like having the option to do some body weight circuits plus I have a full range of dumbells and a ball at home so I can get my workouts in at home.”
Janet M

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7-Minute Weight Loss Circuit

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Getting started | Posted on 06-08-2011-05-2008

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By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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One thing we have to lose from our workout mindsets is the idea of this “60-minute workout”. Forget about spending that much time in the gym. Instead, choose better exercises that are more efficient. This will allow you to get your workout done faster, eliminating the “no time” workout excuse.

To do so, you need to eliminate irrelevant exercises. I know you want to do an exercise for shoulders, and one for arms, and one for abs, and one for this and that. But before you do, ask yourself, will these really get me to my goal, or have I just been convinced by bodybuilding magazines that I need 40 sets per workout to get results?

Now, taking those lessons, we can then create some pretty incredible bodyweight workouts as well. And these bodyweight workouts can get finished fast!

In fact, here is a 7-minute bodyweight circuit that can help you lose weight, burn calories, and blast your metabolism. You don’t need machines or weights. You can do this anywhere!

Bodyweight squat (10-20 reps)
Pushup (10-20 reps) – do it on your knees if you must
Reverse Lunge (10 reps per leg)
Plank (30 second hold)
Close-grip Pushup (10-20 reps)
Side Plank (20 second hold per side)
Mountain Climber (10 reps per side)

Do this with no rest between exercises. Rest 1 minute at the end of the 7-minute circuit and repeat up to 3 times.

If you are a beginner, do fewer reps and take longer rests.

It’s a tough, tough bodyweight circuit, especially the combination of two exercises late in the circuit. This combo literally exhausted me to my knees…twice…before I was able to finish the circuit.You can do the circuit up to 3 times.

Another weapon in your fat loss arsenal. Now you’ll know how to train efficiently and eat effectively for fat loss.

Don’t wait any longer to get started! Get all of these bodyweight exercises, and more, in the Turbulence Training workouts that you can do in the comfort of your own home. No more annoying drives to the gym, waiting in line for machines in an uncomfortable environment, or being intimidated by the super-buff gym bunnies. Lose fat, get fit, and workout your way – at home with only a bench, a ball, and dumbbells.

Sincerely,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training

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