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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Living a fat burning life and The Biggest Loser

There are a couple of new and great things on the Mama Bootcamp blog that we would like to call your attention to!

First, a link to an Active.com article entitled "4 Ways to Live a Fat Burning Life" has been added to the Mama Bootcamp Favorites on the right side of this page. The article is a fantastic read and is definitely worth checking out.

Secondly, Mama Bootcamp's own Lorri Ann Code recently created a video in response to a casting call from television's The Biggest Loser. You can now see that video on the MBC videos page (scroll to the bottom of the list). Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Giveaway coming soon!

We have something exciting happening on the MBC blog!

CSN Stores has generously furnished a $35 gift certificate to Mama Bootcamp and we are hosting a giveaway on the blog! From fitness equipment to cookware or even a leather briefcase, CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find just about anything.

Details coming soon!

*Please note that products can only be shipped within the US and Canada.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A new way of thinking - Rewards

I have been thinking a lot lately about how I reward myself for a job well done. Instead of rewarding myself with a hot bath, pedicure, or new pair of jeans for my new body, I have recently been rewarding myself with food. Food that might taste good, but is certainly not good for my body or for working toward my goals. It is fine to have a treat once in a while if my diet is generally tight, and my exercise is on point, but letting a "treat" turn into a habit is not a good idea.

I recently read an interview with Drew Carey, who has been working hard at changing his habits, his weight, and his lifestyle. Something he said stuck with me, and is really changing my thinking:

"Eating crappy food is not a reward - its a punishment."

I'm not sure truer words have ever been spoken.

Read the full story/interview here: http://www.parade.com/health/2010/09/26-drew-carey.html

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Motivation...from OPRAH!

(via Coach Marilyn)

Many of you have changed your diet, filling your meals with fruits, vegetables and whole grains instead of refined and processed foods. You've pushed your body further than you thought you could go exercising every day. You've woken up hungry…eaten a good breakfast…and cut off your eating two to three hours before your bedtime. You've changed your whole lifestyle. Great start!(Oprah - Jan 2006)

"The key to staying motivated is putting your health at the forefront of why you're working out. And go ahead and admit it—don't you feel better when the workout is over? Applaud yourself each time, and keep doing it.

For exercise, the key is to push — challenge your body, continually and consistently. Even if you started slow, you will build. In each workout, you can begin at a level that's comfortable for three minutes. Add a tenth of a point every minute until you feel that you're working at least at a level 7 out of 10. Every day do at least a tenth of a point higher than the day before.

As I said before, I started my team at 3.0 speed and 3.0 incline, although I knew they were capable of more. But we warmed up and cooled down at 3 and 3 the first week. By the end of the 12th week, we started at 4.0 and 4 incline and that was our cool down! It was so easy it felt like a backrub.

You are probably already surprised at how quickly you're strengthening and improving. And strength over time equates to power.

That, my friends, is the true goal in life to become a powerful force for your own goodwill.

Realize that this isn't just about your lifestyle, or even reaching a goal. It's about your whole life. It's about your heart…pumping blood…pumping love through your veins and being the most alive you can be—for yourself and the people who love you and need you. It's about giving to yourself—knowing you are worth the time, worth the challenge, worth the commitment to take care of yourself.

Yes, your body has changed, but more importantly, you've begun to strengthen your spirit. It's the most powerful feeling you can stir up in yourself!

The most important thing now is for you to build on what you've begun. Take what you've done in this 12 weeks. Develop your own system and plan based on everything you've learned. Make the decision for yourself that you're going to make this work—that you are going to be fit and full of life—for the rest of your life.

Claim your power!"

These are words from Oprah back when she was doing her "bootcamps" around 2005-2006. I wanted to share these words because weight is a very personal issue for 67 percent of obese folks who make up America. The point is, we will not be able to defeat the weight without a plan of attack that includes exercise and food control.

(She continues).................You're just fooling yourself if you think otherwise. There are some people genetically coded to "get away" with no exercise; who can eat "anything" they want. But Oprah says: "And did you ever notice the people who say they can eat "anything" really don't eat everything and volumes of it. And the stars that say they hardly exercise…well let me assure you they hardly eat either. They push the same piece of lettuce around on their plate for an hour or take a bite (just one) out of a piece of cake—and leave the rest."

We want you to have good luck with Mama Bootcamp just like Oprah wanted for her followers in her bootcamp program.. Luck doesn't come without preparation and opportunity. Prepare yourself for the opportunity that awaits you to be healthier and to be your best.

For more pep talks - go to this link.


Woot WOOT!!!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

New! Videos page

A new MBC Videos page has been added to the Mama Bootcamp blog! This page contains body care and workout videos featuring our own Lorri Ann Code. Check it out!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fighting the blahs: Allibrew's "bag of tricks for staying buoyant"

This post, written by Food Coach Allison Brewer (aka Allibrew), describes her "Bag of Tricks for Staying Buoyant".

This time of year can be a mixed bag of emotions for many people. The holidays apply pressure to be jolly. To bake and shop. To wrap and invite. To consume. The cloudy skies and early setting of the sun can keep us inside and away from the things that feed our souls (like friends and exercise) and drive us to the things that feed our bodies (although not well), like snack foods and eggnog lattes... CONTINUE READING

What is on your list?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

New! Printable Resources

Have you noticed the new Printable Resources link on the left side of this blog? This cool new page contains links to all kinds of fabulous resources that you can view online, download, and print. Take a look!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pump Up your Motivation!

So......it's cold, wet and rainy. In thinking about the upcoming fall/winter months and how the darker, cooler days and nights affect our running, it's important to pump up your motivation. It is normal to have motivation problem during the Winter, so how do we attack this issue? Here is one way:

The Inspiration Muscle by Jeff Galloway.
When you're tentative about your motivation getting out the door for a run, if often helps to read (possibly out loud) the following list of benefits you receive after running:

*Your attitude is better after every run
*Stress is released, often completely dissolved
*Natural body chemicals (endorphins) relax the body, reducing or eliminating muscle aches and pains
*Your spirit is engaged, leaving you with feelings of accomplishment, confidence, and strength.
*Body and mind are connected, giving you the confidence that comes with being a more "complete" person.
*Your right brain is engaged, energizing your creative and imaginative resources.
*You're learning connections to hidden inner resources which kick in whenever you're under stress.

Coach Marilyn