Healthy weight loss in front of your tv

March 14, 2015 By: office Comments Off

Studies have shown that the average American watches about 5 hours of TV a day, which means less time devoted to physical activity. Concerning weight loss for adults, every creative solution to get moving is worth considering. One way to help jump-start weight loss would be to exercise while watching TV instead of sitting on the couch like a bump on a log. Here are few ways to start increasing your exercise without having to leave the TV set.

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Keep Equipment on Hand

Keep small weights, resistance band, yoga mats and fitness DVDs, etc in your TV stand or nearby container so you can easily get to them when you start watching TV. If you have any exercise machines, put them in front of the television.

Take Advantage of Commercials

Get up and move during commercials. It will make your exercise minutes add up quickly. And if you want to keep your eyes on the screen, go ahead. Keep moving and all the advertisements for medical weight loss alternatives won’t seem so important.

Create Competitions

See how many sit-ups, push-ups, crunches and/or jumping jacks you can do during commercials breaks. Try to beat your last number the next time.

Wear a Pedometer

Walk or jog in place while watching a show (or during commercials). Track how many steps you take and try to increase them each time.

Sit on a Stability Ball

Stability balls can help improve your balance and posture while also working your abdominal muscles. This is a great alternative to sitting on the couch.

Find a Good Music Channel

Find your favorite and dance like crazy!

Fidget

People who move around even while sitting can burn hundreds of extra calories a day. Tap your feet, shake your legs, stretch your arms, or rotate your neck regularly for an extra calorie burn.

Clean

Do housework during commercials. Dust the room you’re in with the TV or run upstairs to see how much you can get done before the commercials are over.

With obesity rates on the rise, it is more important than ever to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle and pursue healthy weight loss. Make it fun and mix it up as you begin on your path to a healthy lifestyle. Encourage your children to exercise while watching TV as well to get the whole family involved in weight loss efforts.

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The Best Health Spas Integrate Exercise with Holistic Treatment

March 12, 2015 By: office Comments Off

“You’ll hate me in the beginning but you’ll love me in the end” -Running

Nike’s marketing department got it right. We all hate running at first. Delayed gratification can really feel like our snarkiest best friend, until numbers start shrinking on our waist or on the weight scale. And while delayed gratification has many benefits, sometimes you need a little instant gratification. And that’s when you hit the spa. Here’s the best part: A new study suggests that when Adult Weight Loss Retreats and other centers combine exercise with holistic treatments, there are maximum medical benefits. Say hello to the new approach to living healthy!

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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

Exercise isn’t just for weight loss, and holistic treatment isn’t just for illnesses. Often, exercise and holistic treatment overlap. The best adult weight loss retreat will offer combinations of exercise, traditional medicine and healthy food. This is sometimes referred to as Integrative Medicine.

    Traditional medicine, called CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) in the medical community, falls into four categories:

  • 1) Manipulation: These include anything that takes a manual, hands-on-body approach, including massages, reflexology and hot stone treatments
  • 2) Mind-Body: Any medicine that links the body to the mind and visa versa falls in this group. Aromatherapy, meditation and dancing are some examples
  • 3) Energy: This includes anything that taps into energy fields, such as Reiki and Electromagnetic Energy
  • 4) Biological: This involves intra-body approaches, for example ingesting vitamins or herbs

SHIATSU AND EXERCISE

Recently, China conducted a study in which they combined the traditional motions of Chinese and Japanese massages–rolling, rubbing, tapotement, pushing, and oblique-pulling–with core stability exercises performed every day for eight weeks. Core stability exercises used were plank, side-plank, bridge, straight leg raised, and modified push-ups. The second group of people received massages but did not combine exercise.

Both groups received massages for eight weeks, and then returned a year later. Even with a whole year of not receiving treatment, the group of people who did not combine core exercises with their massages were four times as likely to have back pain again. Only five out of 46 people who received both massages and core exercises every day for eight weeks had back pain again a year later.

When you combine shiatsu with core exercises, you have your back (and your back will thank you).

This regimen of combining exercise with traditional medicine for living healthy lives doesn’t stop at Chinese and Japanese massages. While few people have actually studied the difference between groups that only use alternative medicine and groups that use both alternative medicine and exercise, there have been countless studies that saw have proven they are extremely effective when combined.

AROMATHERAPY AND MASSAGES COMBINED

    It is well-documented that exercise reduces anxiety and depression, due to increased endorphins. Several groups have studied the effects of both massages and aromatherapy, another alternative medicine offered at many Adult Weight Loss Retreats. The following has been found:

  • A) Special Needs Children: Aromatherapy and massage encourages tactile development, improves sleep patterns, increases endorphins, and provides pain relief. It has also been suggested as effective for neurological muscular disorders and for anxiety.
  • B) General Anxiety: When comparing anxiety “scores” before receiving aromatherapy and before receiving massages, to scores measured after either treatment, in both cases levels of stress significantly dropped
  • C) Weight Loss: In two different studies, aromatherapy, in particular the smell of citruses such as grapefruit and lemon, decreased abdominal fat. In these studies, massages were not included in the tests.

While aromatherapy is beneficial for anxiety in both children and adults, and has shown to release endorphins in children, it has no proven effects on depression in adults, unlike with exercise. Aromatherapy reduces anxiety, and exercise reduces fat, while aromatherapy aids fat reduction and exercise helps lower anxiety and depression. Can you smell the roses? When you combine aromatherapy and exercise, you give yourself the best of both treatments.

REIKI

A different study recently conducted on Reiki has proven what many did not think was provable: Reiki. Reiki works with human energy, significantly lowers recorded EEG brain indicators for frustration, anger, worry, anxiety, sadness and fear, and significantly increase indicators of calm, relaxation and happiness. Reiki, for perhaps the first time, has been proven to have a very real impact on human emotions and brain activity. This could be due to both energy and psychological will, a combination that may help with weight loss too. While there is no scientific proof of Reiki’s direct effect on weight loss, this may simply be because Reiki is an emerging science.

CONCLUSION

Exercise and alternative medicine work hand-in-hand. Both are non-chemical, natural methods of treating the body’s illnesses and losing weight, and they achieve a maximum impact when combined. The best health spas for weight loss integrate alternative medicine with exercise, because the connection between the two is clear and valid.

So clear your head, cleanse your body, and let’s go to the spa!

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5 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight (That Have Nothing to Do with Diet or Exercise).

March 3, 2015 By: office Comments Off

We’ve already seen extreme weight loss all over the media. From fat farms to The Biggest Loser to Boot Camp Fitness Retreats, we’ve seen all the success stories—and we’ve also seen most of these people gain all the weight back (and often gain back even more.)  If diet and exercise were the only two factors involved in weight loss, these “fitness camps”  for adults would be complete. But they’re not.

fatgirlAt Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts, we know that permanent weight loss goes beyond mere discipline and a health routine.  There may be many underlying factors that are preventing you from achieving your best body yet, and we’re here to help you get to the bottom of it.

Here are five potential obstacles that shed light on another side of the weight loss story:

1.  You’re dehydrated.

 Experts estimate that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, and may not even know it, according to CBS. Not only will chronic dehydration affect energy levels, but it is also associated with mood disorders, chronic fatigue, and disease.

If you want to become a better fat-burner, drink water! From a weight loss standpoint, water allows the stomach to be hydrated, so it can better produce hydrochloric acid (HCL), which is needed to digest a big meal. If the stomach is dry or dehydrated, it won’t produce enough HCL for digestion because that important acid would end up burning the stomach lining. This means the food can’t be digested properly, which causes bloat and weight gain.

The Institute of Medicine recommends 10 cups of water per day, but you’ll have to drink even more if you also consume dehydrating beverages, like coffee or soda. But if you are chronically dehydrated, it’s better to let these beverages go. (We know you can do it!)

2.  You’re trying too hard.

 Relax! Holding yourself in a state of stress is exhausting.  If you become too rigid or extreme in your weight loss goals or regimen, this often induces a state of stress that can actually reverse your progress. The more energy you spend in stress, the less energy, will power, and discipline you’ll have by the time evening rolls around, which is when most of us need self-control most (late night binges, anyone?)

As for your fitness, if you’ve tried run-of-the-mill “boot camp fitness classes” or “weight loss camps” these programs can be so stressful that the body learns to hate exercise, which makes it impossible to keep up in the long run. That’s why we at Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts create a fun and varied workout schedule in a friendly, supportive, and super-safe environment.

3. You’re sleep deprived.

Yawn! The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that nearly one-third of American adults are not getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep, and 40.6 million American adults are sleeping six or fewer hours per night.

Prioritizing sleep can be one of the best things you do for weight loss. Getting more Zzz’s will help you to regulate your hormones, repair and rejuvenate the body at a cellular level, and give the internal organs a chance to rest, recover, and cleanse themselves from a long day at work.

To create a sleep schedule, start by waking up and going to sleep at regular times every day. To improve your overall sleep quality, join us at Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts to learn and practice the most effective ways to guide you to a deep and peaceful sleep, and even how to reset your body while you are still awake. (Yes, it’s possible!)

4.  You’re stressed.

When your body is in a chronic state of stress (even if it’s mild stress from e-mails, interactions with others, watching a horror movie), the body enters “fight or flight” mode, which essentially stops you from digesting food, detoxification of the body, or proper elimination. Instead, the body goes into a protective mode, which increases the likelihood of fat storage. If you are stressed while eating a large meal (even if it’s healthy) the body will not have the energy supply to properly digest it all, and it could end up being stored as fat or showing up as bloat.

Throughout your day, practice deep breathing, smiling, and tremendous patience with the challenges around you. See them as opportunities to make yourself better, not another wrecking ball to knock you down.

5.  Your breath is shallow.

Breathing is our body’s primary function in keeping us alive, yet no one ever taught us how to breathe properly! The breath is our most accessible, readily available, and least expensive tool for proper health—and fat burning.  An adequate supply of oxygen is crucial for the body’s optimal functioning, but most of us breathe so shallowly that we only use the upper portion of the lungs (chest breathing).

To involve the lower lobes of the lunges and nourish the body with a fresh oxygen supply, put your hand on your belly and practice taking a long deep inhale so the belly expands like a balloon. Then slowly exhale all of the air as slowly as you can, as the belly button moves in toward the spine.  The more you practice this, the more you will be able to calm your body and brain, and become a better fat burner.

Ready to Lose Weight?

So you think you’re ready drop the extra baggage once and for all? Join us this summer at Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts for a complete, balanced weight loss program. No gimmicks, no extreme fads, and we won’t make you cry on TV like The Biggest Loser. Learn to love exercise, thrive on a delicious and healthy diet, and feel good about your brand new body. We’re ready when you are!

By: Katie Papo

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Are Products Containing Greek Yogurt Really Healthy For A Weight Loss Program?

February 11, 2015 By: eteam Comments Off

When embarking on a weight loss program, Greek yogurt continues to be all the rage and is a favorite food at our Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts. But are all products containing Greek yogurt really healthy?

As long as you are getting the non-fat version, Greek yogurt is a low calorie, high nutrient food packed with protein which can help keep you full and aid in weight loss. But be aware that packaged foods such as cereals and bars claiming to be “made with real Greek yogurt” actually contain only a small amount of yogurt powder which is heat treated, killing the beneficial bacteria that yogurt is known for.

Greek Yogurt Products

The same goes for yogurt-covered raisins, pretzels, granola, etc. All contain yogurt “coatings” made from some combination of sugar, oil, whey and yogurt powder. If you check out the ingredients labels on these products, it is likely that one of the first ingredients would be sugar or another disguised name for sugar like dextrose, sucrose, corn syrup or cane syrup.

Manufacturers can throw whatever pictures or health claims they want on a package to make it appear healthy, but they can’t hide the actual ingredients. Always read the ingredients label and if it takes more than 15 seconds of your time or if there are lots of words you can’t pronounce, you may want to put that product back on the shelf!

If you’re looking for a healthy yogurt, the absolute best you can get is plain non-fat or 0% Greek yogurt, then sweeten it yourself with honey or stevia, fresh fruit or nuts. If you’ve tried Greek before, be aware that different brands can have a completely different taste and consistency. If you tried one and didn’t like it, don’t give up on Greek yogurt as a whole. Try mixing in different toppings or adding it into a smoothie to get an extra burst of protein without the extra sugar or fat.

By Megan Ware, RDN, LD

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Simplifying PRE– and POST- Workout Nutrition for Weight Loss

August 20, 2014 By: office Comments Off

Written by Sonya Luisi, M.S. Dietetics and Nutrition

Pre & Post Workout Blog

What you eat before a workout is imperative for fueling your workout and maximizing your performance.

What you eat after a workout is crucial for optimizing the recovery process and gives your body the energy it needs to recover quickly and work more efficiently.

Ensuring that you have the proper PRE- and POST- workout nutrition will certainly play a positive role in your overall results.

What should you eat BEFORE a workout?

The last meal you eat before your workout is meant to give your body all the energy it needs to ensure optimum performance. Your pre- workout meal functions to:

  • Decrease muscle glycogen depletion
  • Decrease muscle protein breakdown
  • Decrease post workout cortisol levels

According to the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionist group, your pre-workout meals should be a combination of low-fiber carbohydrates without added sugars and protein.  Aim to make your meal or snack with well-tolerated foods, which means avoiding fast foods, pasta buffets, high fiber products and spicy foods. Aim to eat these about 45 minutes to one hour before your workout though food intake timing may differ for each individual depending on your body’s ability to tolerate specific foods before activity.

Stay hydrated with water and avoid carbonated beverages before physical activity. Sports Dietitians suggest aiming for 16 ounces of water two hours before your workout.

For a quick carb fuel-up to your next workout, chose an apple and with all-natural peanut butter. For a PRE- workout meal option, mix salad greens with assorted veggies and a hardboiled egg, with a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar, or your favorite low-fat dressing.

What should you eat AFTER a workout?

Immediately after a workout the body needs to repair, replenish, recover and adapt.  Your post- workout meal is a first defense for maintaining and building lean body mass, which increases our metabolism and helps us burn more calories throughout the day. In addition, a post workout meal will:

  • Decrease muscle soreness and fatigue
  • Decrease muscle protein breakdown caused by exercise
  • Decrease cortisol levels
  • Replenish depleted glycogen levels from exercise
  • Increase overall muscle protein synthesis

A post- workout meal should be a combination of protein and carbohydrates. Aim to consume these within twenty minutes post- workout when our body is primed and ready to accept protein and carbohydrates so it can immediately begin processing the nutrients to accomplish all the above functions.

Put one medium banana, one cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk and ice in a blender for a quick post-workout snack. For a post workout meal, have “breakfast for dinner”: scramble one whole egg and two egg whites with a handful of chopped spinach, bell peppers and ½ sweet potato, diced and add one ounce of low-fat cheese or avocado.

How do you incorporate PRE and POST workout meals into a weight loss plan?

Menu planning will be the most important tool to incorporate into your daily activity to ensure your pre and post workout meals are not “extra” calories but are part of your total daily energy needs. For example, if your estimated energy needs are 1500 to 1700 calories per day, then the calories from the meals and snacks before and after your workout need to be part of those 1500 to 1700 calories – not in addition to them!

Sources:

http://scandpg.blogspot.de/2012/03/eating-for-exercise.html Accessed July 19, 2014.

http://www.acaloriecounter.com/diet/pre-and-post-workout-meal/ Accessed July 20, 2014.

http://www.muscleandfitness.com/nutrition/gain-mass/sponsored-post-pre-and-post-workout-nutrition-simplified Accessed July 20, 2014.

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Fun and Tasty Watermelon Recipe!

August 18, 2014 By: office Comments Off

Written by: Kori Mann, Nutrition Intern

watermelon recipeWhen the summer heat hits and everyone is looking for a way to stay cool, not much can beat an ice cold slice of watermelon. Originating from southern Africa, watermelon proves more nutritionally dense than most would think. 92% of the fruit is water and it contains antioxidants including vitamin c and lycopene; the latter is involved in cancer prevention research, particularly in regards to prostate health. Two cups of diced watermelon is about 80 calories, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 270 milligrams of potassium, 30 per cent of the Daily Value for Vitamin A, and 25 per cent for Vitamin C.

The water and potassium content make watermelon a great post-workout snack. Though the fruit alone is delicious, try adding pieces to a salad with some balsamic vinegar, blending some into a fruit smoothie, or making a surprising salsa to go with your meal. Even adding watermelon to a stir fry is a fun way to bring in color and natural sweetness to a dish! Save money and buy your melon whole instead of pre-cut; look for a fruit that is heavier than it seems with a cream-colored patch on the side. Info gathered from watermelon.org Try serving this with your next meal:

Watermelon Gazpacho

Recipe adapted from “A Couple Cooks” website

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • About 8 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 1 medium tomato, quartered
  • 2 medium shallots, peeled and quartered
  • 1⁄4 cup loosely packed basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • A few dashes hot sauce (optional)

Directions

Place the watermelon into a blender or food processor and blend. Pour into a bowl or container, and set aside. Place the cucumber, tomato, shallots, and basil leaves into the food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into the container with the watermelon and mix them until fully combined. Stir in the red wine vinegar, the salt, and add the hot sauce. Chill for 2-3 hours before serving.

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Health & Wellness at the La Cantera Hill Country Resort

April 29, 2014 By: office Comments Off

Original Article Courtesy: La Agencia De Viajes Magazine.
Translation: Miranda Southwell

San Antonio is, for many, the shopping mecca of the United States. But, beyond the shopping, the locale offers an ideal space for travelers looking to change their eating habits for the better. Shane Diet & Fitness Resort is located in the La Cantera Hill Country Resort hotel and offers physical fitness and weight loss programs for adults. The Executives: Ziporah Janowski, co-founder and president; Debbie Davis, program director and fitness coach; and Jackie Poplanski, program developer and behavior coach, are the ones responsible for personally tending to guests of the resort and offering them access to nutrition programs, physical fitness and dietary counseling so that, day by day, they learn to incorporate healthier choices into their lifestyle.

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Eating proper portions of well-balanced meals, learning how to change unhealthy dietary habits, developing a regular exercise plan and being able to do it all in a setting that truly encourages and inspires its guests are the four fundamental cornerstones that the program offers potential visitors.

Regarding the variety of different people that attend the program, Janowski commented that there were distinct plans to accommodate every circumstance, such as their Corporate Weight Loss and Bridal Packages. “The Corporate Package is designed for business executives and human resource professionals who need to deal with their own weight issues and physical fitness needs with a personalized plan of 3, 7 or 21 days,” she told us.

It’s important to note that Shane Diet & Fitness Resort is in operation throughout the year with programs that vary in length, starting with the shortest 3-day program. Rates include luxury accommodations, meals, group classes, workshops and activities as well as individual sessions with nutrition and fitness professionals.

 

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Sleep & Weight, The Connection

April 11, 2014 By: office Comments Off

By Amber Ketchum

We all hear that sleep is important, but the reality is that most of us just don’t get enough of it. One important aspect of health people often overlook is the connection between weight and sleep. Let’s look at a few factors that can create a cycle of poor health habits:

Not getting enough sleep makes you tired. This sounds pretty obvious, but being tired is one of the biggest reasons that keep people from exercising, which is an important component to weight loss and overall health. Ironically, exercise can also help improve sleep.

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Many of us are also much more likely to swap out healthy snacks for sugary, caffeinated foods and beverages to get enough energy to make it through the rest of the day after an insufficient night of sleep. Caffeine acts as a stimulant, so while it helps provide a quick boost of energy, its effects often linger later in the day, making it hard to fall asleep. This results in staying up late, which can create several extra hours of opportunity to eat/snack. Many people consume hundreds of extra calories in the evenings simply because they are up late and more likely to eat at that time.

One more factor to consider is the effect that a lack of sleep can have on our hormones. Insufficient sleep has been found to alter the balance of our appetite-regulating hormones. This basically means that people often feel hungrier as a result of poor sleep. Similar to how we often mistake thirst for hunger, we can interpret the need for sleep as hunger.

All of these create a cycle starting with bad sleep, which leads to exercising less, eating more, and sleeping worse, bringing us right back to the beginning of the cycle. If you’re stuck in this cycle, it’s important to evaluate your day and sleep patterns. Fist, cut out stimulants like caffeine after lunch. Focus on eating fresh, healthy foods at regular times throughout the day, drinking plenty of water, and fitting some kind of exercise into most days. You might consider stopping the use of electronics (computers, phones, TV) about an hour before bed, as well as going to bed earlier. Sleep is essential to the body repairing and rejuvenating, so start making these changes for a better night’s rest, improved control over your lifestyle habits, and a more energized life!

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Can You Incorporate Fitness In Travel?

March 27, 2014 By: consultant 2 Comments

Traveling Blues No More

When you travel, you are faced with being outside of your normal fitness routine, limited quality food options, and probably more downtime than normally needed.  On your journey to better health and fitness, you must overcome these obstacles and put fitness in travel. While you are on holiday or personal travel, you need to learn to incorporate physical activity and healthy eating into your daily routine. Do not worry; we are going to give you insights into living a fuller and richer life when you travel.

There are benefits to training outside and getting away from traveling festivities; however, this is easier said than actually done. First, do not make excuses not to exercise when the gym is not handy!  Next, make this your goal, “I will maintain my current body weight.” Lastly, drink plenty of water and be vigilant about appropriate portion sizes both at restaurants, business meetings and visiting homes.

Remaining Fit WHEN YOU TRAVEL

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Let’s be realistic, you are going to have days where you are going to struggle, maybe even eat and drink too much, or weather conditions might impede your training. Everyone does.  But you can strive to be that committed person that does not give in and does not let your traveling agenda stop you from your personal success. Now, get ready to succeed when you travel.

Here are some travel tips to choose from:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • 45-60 minutes of Cardiovascular Training
  • Body Weight Conditioning Training
  • Shadow Boxing
  • Yoga before breakfast
  • Yoga before bed
  • When commercials are on do push-ups and sit-ups
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Go for a hike in a local Park
  • Invite your family, members to participate in activities with you
  • Find a local fitness class and drop in

Benefits

To reap the benefits of fitness when you travel will not be an easy task. Your family, spouse, or friends might not understand why you are training during travel and limiting excess food and alcohol. For people on a journey to a healthy weight and fit life, effort is required to achieve your goals such as to fit into a smaller pant size or receive a much-awaited compliment from our significant other. Remember these are nice accolades, but the largest benefits are decreasing health risks, increasing life longevity, and dedicating oneself to healthier lifestyle. We make the priority to go train at the gym, so let’s make it a priority to train while we travel.

  • Benefits of continuing to train while traveling: Stress relief from family and travel
  • Rejuvenation
  • Keeps yourself focused on your goals
  • Weight management
  • Inspire a family member to live a healthier lifestyle
  • Cross trains and strengthens weaker muscles
  • Decreases burn-out from always training at the gym

Have a trip coming up?  Start planning now how your will weave fitness in your travel plans and keep yourself on track.  We at Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts can help if you have any questions.

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Journey of A Weight Loss Camp For Adults Intern: Post 5

March 25, 2014 By: consultant 1 Comment

As this week comes to a close I am able to look back to when I first started interning at Shane weight loss camp for adults and I feel like I can see a huge difference.  Not necessarily physically (although I can now fit into a new pair of paints that I wasn’t able to a few weeks ago, and my stomach looks a little smaller) but more in the sense of nutrition wise. 

Usually when I go to the grocery store I have a list of all the food that I feel like I could use to make different meals (fruit, black beans, corn tortillas, vegetables, crushed tomatoes, tofu, eggs, etc…). I don’t really have a set meal plan but I can make a bunch of different meals from these random ingredients. And while this system worked for a while, my nutrition was all over the place and it would become really stressful because I would eat really health for the first few days (I try to only go to the grocery store about twice a month) but by day 5 I would run out of vegetables or cheese and then my meals would just be a concoction of whatever was in the pantry.

Now (thanks to our amazing Shane staff) I have realized the beauty that is meal preparation. Yesterday morning I made a small list of all the recipes I would like to make and from that I broke them down into all the ingredients I would need.  After that I went and got all I would need, so the plan for tonight is to do most of my meal preparation for the 10-15 days.

As far as workouts go, I had a great chat with Debbie (our program director) the other day while I was on the treadmill and we talked all about my workouts and I realized that not only do I not track my workouts but also that my workouts are not effective. I shouldn’t be spending an hour doing cardio and then another hour doing weight lifting and not seeing any results. So that day, I went to the store and bought a small notebook and now I am tracking my eating and my workouts. I am still getting the hang out of it but I haven’t missed a day yet.

School is going well but as the semester is in full swing that means exams and projects.  Sometimes it seems like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. When your day starts at 4:30 am and doesn’t usually end until 10 pm it leaves very little time for homework but since school needs to be my priority sometimes my workouts get put on the back burner.  But like I said in the last blog post, I schedule my workouts and try to always at least get a small workout in.

As the spring slowly rolls into summer, what are some of the struggles that you find with keeping up your workout routine or maybe some struggles that you have in regards to nutrition?

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