Fat Burning Underpants! No Sweat Weight Loss! Had To Share My Thoughts.

Okay, I could not resist talking about this on my BLOG! Fat burning underpants? I am thinking of adding a page of shame to my BLOG and calling it, Karen’s wall of shame, to list every gimmicky, quirky, completely stupid weight loss and/or fitness scheme I have ever seen. And believe me people will be buying these super duper fat burning underpants. I have seen my own friends, family and clients purchase the shaper shoes, so why not fat burning underpants?

Lets think about this for a moment. Person A goes to the gym and does squats, lunges, calf raises, etc… Lots of leg work on a regular basis. It takes some time for Person A to develop the muscle to see a difference. Person B gets super duper fat burning underpants and some of those great shaping shoes and they are bikini ready in two weeks, okay maybe three. Does this sound plausible? NO!! it doesn’t, yet we get all excited when we see adds for this kind of stuff and those who are desperate and want a quick fix purchase this junk.

Funny, I started writing this post earlier this week. The very next day I saw that Reebok has to pay out $25 million, because there is no scientific information to back up firming hamstrings, calves, and butt from wearing their shaper shoes. I believe anyone selling gimmicky junk should take a hit for it. But honestly, if you really thought a pair of shoes could shape your legs. You don’t deserve your money back! So let this be a lesson to you, don’t buy the fat burning underpants! They won’t work. Although, maybe you will get lucky and they will burn your booty, so you too can have a lawsuit. Just kidding! People are way too sue happy now a days.

This is my short little rant for this week. Please stop wasting your money on crazy weight loss products. Use that cash to buy a gym membership, purchase foods for a healthy diet, and/or hire a weight loss coach and get moving in the right direction.

All the best!

Karen

 

 

 

Lose The Weight While Escaping From Diet Gimmicks And Hype

Hi All,

If you have a weight problem I just want to encourage you to click on the CD cover on the top right side navigation bar. This is a free audio to get you started on the right track to healthy weight loss and weight management. I also have a special offer at the end of the audio for those who would like more support.

I got started in the weight loss industry in the early 90’s , because I was sick of seeing people being taken advantage of by diet gimmicks and shysters who knew nothing about healthy weight loss that were just out there to make a buck. I wish I could say things have improved, but I can’t. I continue to see bad advice on Internet and TV daily. I am still going to continue to do my part to reach who I can with healthy alternatives that will last a life time. I hope this free audio will help you get started on the right foot.

I know it stinks to hear this, but it took you awhile to gain the weight, it will take some time to build healthy habits and lose the weight, but once you do it you will never have to diet again. Aren’t you sick of losing weight just to gain it back?

I also realize times are hard for many, so not all of my followers will be able to afford even a discounted price for my coaching, so I am working on something that will give you all the information you need at a very small price. I will have more to come on that later.

For now, click the CD cover “6 Powerful Keys To Lose The Weight And Keep It Off” or go directly to the website “U Lose Weight Healthy”.

As always, I want to help you. Please email me if you need anything or if there is information you would like me to get out to the public or share in my new product! karen@karenhummel.com.

All the best!

Karen

Unemployed? 14 Year Old Karen, Reminding You To Hold On To Your Dreams!

This is a hard time for so many in the US. We are bombarded daily with bad news about the unemployment rates and the flailing economy. Many have given up on finding work and for those that struggle daily life can bring on a great deal of stress. I know, I have been caught up in this depression and have friends in constant fear they will lose their jobs again. I feel lucky that I believe I can forge my own future in this down economy, but there are many that don’t believe they can do their own thing or want to. I would think by now we would have all learned that a job is not secure or safe, so why not try to do your own thing, especially if you are not working right now.

I have been there, so caught in the stress I was frozen and could not do anything. I would lay in bed and watch TV all day, which just made things worse. Step one, if you are unemployed or under employed, turn off the TV. I know it’s hard, but do it. Think about your strong points, take a walk, read a book, do anything, but back away from the TV.

Now, revisit your dreams and get excited about something. Believe me it will help! I am lucky, that I have always loved to write. I find things I have written at a younger age and I smile. It’s like past me is giving present me advice. Here is a poem that I wrote at about 14 or so. I noticed adults seemed to just be stuck in a rut and I did not want to end up like that. Every time I read it, I am reminded to hold fast to my dreams. I hope it will remind you of your dreams. Whether you are suffering physically, emotionally, or financially or with all three as I have had to in the past, there is still a dream inside of you, a spark of hope, a light waiting to shine to the world.

From 14 year old Karen to you:

Why do dreams fade with the passage of age

Do we lose a little courage with each little life stage

Is determination and optimism only held while in youth

Then we let it fade away and lose sight of the truth

Or is it the hardships of life that take there toll

Knocking us down, causing us to lose sight of our goal

I don’t know exactly what it could be

But it is happening daily to you and to me

So take the time to remember your dream

And have faith no matter how impossible it may seem

For I believe that dreams do come true

Don’t give up, It can happen for you!

– A Karen Hummel Original

Just re-typing this got me going. No matter what is going on in your life, don’t lose site of your dream. Turn that dream into goals and actions and GO FOR IT! It may take time to reach, but you can be proud of each little step you take in the direction of your dream.

Just as young Karen, believed in today’s Karen, I believe in you and know you have more inner strength then you might be giving yourself credit for right now. So get moving!

 

 

 

Over 40? What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

I had the joy of turning 40 at the end of last year. Being in the wellness industry for many years, I have always noticed the products marketed to those over 40, but until I hit 40, never thought it would happen to me. I think the worst part of turning 40 was being referred to as middle aged. I mean, you have to be kidding me. Me, middle aged? I don’t look like what I thought middle aged would be. My friends don’t either.

So now we are 40 or over 40 and we are expected to weigh more, have less energy, and have some type of crisis. I chose to ignore what is expected of someone my age and live on my terms and so should you. I don’t care if you are 40, 50, 60, 100 or more, this is your life and you can still be anything you want to be when you grow up! If your Mommy and Daddy didn’t tell you that growing up, well shame on them! I am telling you now. It’s not too late, keep your eye on what you want and GO FOR IT!!

I wanted to write about being over 40 today as I recently got a Facebook message from a friend of mine asking about some advice she had seen on a commercial for women over 40. The commercial stated that women over 40 had to exercise at least one hour a day to not gain weight. My response was that I think everyone should be exercising at least an hour a day for their health. Women and Men over 40 really need to be serious about weight training. Both sexes metabolisms slow each decade starting at age 20. For men 2% to 6% and for women 6% to 12%. The best way to fight this is through weight training. You also want to keep up the cardiovascular exercise to keep your heart strong and as with any age and/or fitness goal, nutrition is critical! That being said, sometimes hormonal issues come into play and no matter how much you eat right and exercise the weight stays. Most people overestimate how much they are exercising and underestimate how much they are eating, so start by working with a professional, before you decide you have a hormone issue. And please, don’t be one of those over 40 people that say, “Well, I’m 40, I’m supposed to gain weight now.” That belief will keep the weight on you. You have to believe you be fit over 40 to accomplish the goal.

I know in the US right now, many 40 and over are struggling not only with added weight gain, but financially from job loss. I have been through that, so I understand how stressful and debilitating it can be.It can also be a huge blow to your self confidence. I know I expected to have more on my 40th birthday, then I did on my 25th birthday and that just wasn’t the case. I eat right and exercise but the stress and uncertainty at that time caused me to start losing sleep. As a result of the stress and lack of sleep I gained a few pounds. I share this, because you or someone you know may be going through something similar. My heart goes out to all who find themselves in a time of uncertainty. I know it will pass, but when you are in the situation it seems never ending. If you know someone going through this, do your best to lift their spirits.

So, we are over 40? What now? What is your goal? Whether you want to lose weight, change careers, go back to school, start a business, or anything, start working on it today! Little actions make progress over time. You can do it!

If your goal is to lose weight, I would love to help! You can always reach me at karen@karenhummel.com.

Now get out there and show the world how fabulous over 40 looks!

 

 

September Is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Hi All, those of you who have been following me from the beginning know my original intent with the BLOG was to help parents of overweight and obese children through educating them on nutrition, fitness and taking action to improve their own health. When I started my radio show I started writing about other preventative health topics that came up on my show and the BLOG grew to include more preventative health and wellness advice. While it is fun to have more diversity on things to talk about, the childhood obesity epidemic is what got me started writing this BLOG. I also created a coaching program to help parents of overweight kids and it did not receive the interest I had expected. While I was bummed I wasn’t able to help as many kids as I wanted, I was proud I was able to help two local families with severely obese children. I impacted the kids by working with their Mom’s who were also morbidly obese. I am grateful I at least touched their lives. Had I not made the attempt, I would not have helped anyone. And believe me, this is not a topic I plan to shut up about ever, so I will be attempting to support this group again, because I believe every child deserves the right to a healthy and happy future.

When I moved from California to Texas, I saw something I had never seen before and I live in Austin, a very fit centric city! What did I see? Teenagers and twenty somethings using the electric machine (no idea what it is called) to get around the supermarket. Man, that broke my heart. I had refused to use that contraption when I could barely walk after breaking my back and here were kids that had to use it, because they are to heavy to make it around the market. Now I am sure this happens in all States, including CA. This childhood obesity epidemic is hitting the entire country, some states worse than others.

Usually at this point I throw out some advice, but my goal with today’s post was to create awareness. I think if enough people write about this issue and do their part to help these kids we will make some progress. I could go on and on about fast food, soda, video games, companies marketing to children, etc… There are a lot of contributors to this epidemic, but the truth is parents need take a stand for the health of their children. While I don’t have my own children, I do have a cat I adopted. I took adopting her as serious. I owe it to her to protect her from harm, make sure she feels happy and loved, to feed her nutritiously and to play with her to keep her active. Pawsha, my cat, eats all natural food I have to get from a specialty pet store. There is nothing quick and easy about it. Since I recently relocated I have to drive 20 minute to and from the pet store to get it. Yes, I know I don’t have to cook it once it is here, but I do know people with pets that take the time to cook food for their pets. Now if we wouldn’t feed our furry friends junk, why are we feeding our children junk? I truly think it’s lack of knowledge.

The latest research is showing the obesity rate will reach 50% for adults by 2030 if nothing is done. That’s because our current overweight children will more than likely become obese adults. So lets all do our part to educate parents on how to live a healthy lifestyle. I am hopeful we can make an impact and reduce the projected rate of obesity for 2030.

Parents, if you have an overweight or obese child I would love to help you. You can email me directly at karen@karenhummel.com.

Let everyone you know that September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Be part of making a difference!

 

 

 

Childhood Obesity – Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Right For Teens?

Yesterday I wrote a bit about food addiction after catching one of the morning shows. I was bummed I could not remember which show to share the link to the segment. I don’t watch much TV anymore, so I considered myself very lucky when I turned on the TV last night and saw the same segment would be running later on Nightline. But I got hooked on the current segment about a 400 pound teen opting for gastric bypass surgery.

This boy, Nick lives with his overweight Mom who had her stomach stapled years ago. I was saddened to see she had obviously learned nothing about eating right or exercising from her experience, which should always take place before going under the knife for weight loss. She had passed on her horrible eating habits and other poor lifestyle habits to her son. Her parents probably passed on their unhealthy habits to her. Lack of nutritional knowledge is moving from generation to generation and we have to put a STOP to it.

I have had to have some serious conversations with obese clients that plan to have children. My main goal with the conversation is for them to realize if they don’t get healthy, their child is doomed to suffer from obesity as they have. 70% of children with overweight parents will become overweight adults. I believe most parents want what is best for their children and would spare their children from any pain possible. Being an obese child and adult is very painful. I don’t have to tell you about bullying, the lack of dates, the added health complications and sometimes very serious depression. It’s on a news show daily. So why aren’t parents taking this more serious? Why are they opting to put their children under the knife? Well, there are many reasons. Some parents don’t see their kids as fat until it’s too late. There are so many fat kids now that fat is the new average weight. This does not mean it is any less detrimental to their health and futures. Many of these parents also lack the education of what is healthy and/or nutrient dense. Lastly, people are still looking for a quick fix. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix.

I was mortified when the mother opened her fridge last night. I did not see one fruit or vegetable. In fact neither mom or son had tasted Broccoli before! I would wager that means they have not tasted a lot of other vegetables. Then Cynthia McFadden from Nightline pulled out hot dogs and the mother responded, those are turkey hot dogs. Like, turkey hot dogs are super nutritional. Turkey or not, hot dogs are a processed food, which are fine once in awhile, but by the 400 pound weight issue of her son I would guess turkey hotdogs were a regular meal. Now I don’t want to seem like I am completely slamming the mom. I think it took great bravery and love for her son to be on Nightline and show the world that refrigerator and admit she too struggles. She had also started taking exercise classes with her son and was working on  learning to eat better. I give her kudos for that and I pray her sons story really hits home for some families, so they can make healthy changes in their lives.

Well I have wrote about surgery for weight loss before, so those of you that follow me know I am completely against it when it is obvious there was never work on the mind or the body. I am especially apposed when it  is a teenager. Yes, now Nick is losing weight at a fast clip, but how is that going to affect his metabolism in the future? I will tell you, it’s going to slow down, so if he doesn’t learn to eat right and exercise for the rest of his life, he will gain the weight back, just as his mom did.

I am glad for Nick though. He was so happy with his weight loss, I would be a real meany if I wasn’t cheering the kid on. I especially loved it when he said, “I want to be a chic magnet”. Go Nick! I hope he is and that he keeps the weight off the rest of his life.

I loved the twitter talk about the whole thing last night too. You can follow it at #foodfight. A number of wellness professionals, including myself offered some free coaching for teens contemplating this surgery. Pretty cool!

So what can we do? The childhood obesity epidemic is enormous. I have a few tips for people.

1. If you are thinking of having children, whether you are overweight or not, take a nutrition course and start making physical activity a priority. I know you want your future child to be healthy and happy. That child will emulate what you do, so prepare to be a role model now. For now, here is some free information to get you started.

2. If you are already dealing with weight issues in your family, it’s never to late to work for the better. You can do it! Take a nutrition course and get active now. Plan fun, physical activities for your family.

3. If you feel like you can’t do it on your own, seek assistance. You have to get your mind straight and believe you and your family can be healthy first. You may need a psychologist or a coach. You may also want to consider a weight loss coach and/or trainer. Just make sure you check their backgrounds thoroughly.

Hopefully as Nightline and other media outlets continue to share these types of stories more and more lives will be touched and changed for the better. By the way, here is the Nighline story, 400 Pound Teen Opts for Gastric Bypass!

If you or your teen is contemplating gastric bypass surgery I would love to talk to you about other options to try first. You can reach me at karen@karenhummel.com.

I know how painful you must feel right now if you are morbidly obese. You can get healthier and thinner. It will take some time, but you can do it! I believe in you!

Karen

 

 

 

Food Addiction – Could You Be a Sugar Or Fat Addict?

When I clicked on the television this morning  one of the morning shows was featuring a rehabilitation center. I immediately thought it was a rehab center for drugs and/or alcohol. People were in small groups crying about things like what their addiction has done to their families and other negative ways it has impacted their life. Then I noticed the words at the bottom of the screen, Sugar Addiction.

Candidly, I know what an addiction sugar can be for people, but I was a bit dumbfounded by the immense pain these people were obviously in. I don’t think any of us typically think of food addiction as being as detrimental as alcohol or drug addiction, but for those who suffer it is. In part of the segment they actually showed a brain scan of the the founders head as she drank a sugar laden milk shake. Her brain lit up like the fourth of July, showing that the body was getting extreme pleasure from the sugary treat and that indeed the brain would want that substance again.

I have worked with clients that suffer from food addiction. Mentioning they give up their favorite fat laden or sugary foods sends them into a panic, sometimes tears. They often say something like, well then what is the sense of living? That is a huge statement. They would rather be dead then cut down on fast food or brownies. I find this very sad, as food is where they are deriving most of their joy in life.

I think most everyone on a conscious level would agree, food should not be your primary source of joy or where you should seek comfort in times of sadness or stress, but we all do use food in times of our life in one of those areas. We also have been taught to use food in time of celebration. Lets face it, we do need food to survive, so becoming addicted to fat and/or sugar laden foods can be pretty easy. Often starting at childhood when we are rewarded with a cookie or a special trip to a fast food restaurant.

Have you ever heard the following words come from your mouth? If I can’t have (insert a food you love), what is the sense of living? If so, you may just be addicted. So what can you do?

1. Admit it to yourself. 99% of people I have heard these words from also have a weight problem. If you are significantly overweight this is probably an issue for you.

2. Start making small adjustments to your diet. For example, give up soda and start eating more fruit One small adjustment per week will be your baby steps to success.

3. Don’t beat yourself up when you have a lapse and grab that soda, for example. If you do, that once soda will turn into a case in your refrigerator. Just get back on track as quickly as possible.

4. Realize you are not alone. Other people are struggling with this, as well. I know when I am struggling to change something in my life or I have a problem with something I often feel lonely. Just remembering I am not alone in my battle helps. Go purchase a book about food addiction, sugar addiction or fat addiction. You may have just found someone to commiserate with.

As usual, I would add, reach out for support! Drop me an email anytime at karen@karenhummel.com.

All the best!

 

 

 

Help! My 12 Year Old Wants Six Pack Abs!

I got a Facebook message from a friend the other day that her 14 year old daughter was now on the quest for six pack abs. That led me to go online and conduct some research to see what was out there in terms of advice for parents concerned about their children’s obsession with six pack abs and advice geared toward this age group to support them on this quest. What I found made me a little sick. There were numerous 12 to 14 year old seeking advice on how to get six pack abs and the answers they were getting were deplorable. So FYI, if your teen is looking for six pack abs or if you are a teen seeking six pack abs do not search by your age and six pack abs on the internet. You will not be finding the most reliable sources. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that pretend to be experts on the Internet just to make a buck. There are also a lot of reputable people, but you have to do your homework.

Since I do not have kids, I started to think back about myself at age 12, 13 and 14. I was probably around 11 when I started thinking about dieting and realizing I was a bit on the chunky side. I joined the gym at 16 and started lifting weights. I also yo yo dieted through junior high and high school, so I had my thinner years and my chunkier (is that a word?) years. I never thought about six pack abs though. I don’t remember friends thinking about six pack abs either. We more or less back in the day, wanted to be thin. I remember wanting thinner thighs, so maybe that was my version of six pack abs. I am thankful I never developed an eating disorder and I majored in Nutrition and Exercise in college. That put an end to my crazy dieting and probably saved my metabolism from many more years of abuse.

So what is a parent to do if their pre-teen or teen wants six pack abs? The way I see it, there are two ways this can go. Your teen could end up healthy and fit or with a warped sense of body image or worse, an eating disorder. I know I went on many unhealthy diets when I was in this age group. I restricted my calories too low numerous times in my quest to be thin. I was doing the best I could with the knowledge I had about losing weight at that time. Your teen will do the same. So the #1 thing you can do is SUPPORT THEM. Now how do you go about doing that when you are concerned they may end up with an eating disorder or hurting themselves doing crazy exercises.

Here is what I would do if it were my child?

1. I already told you this, but support them. Arm them with the right information from a reputable source. You may want to consider hiring a trainer or a coach like me to educate them on what they can do at a particular age. It’s key that they understand it’s not just about six pack abs, it’s about being healthy and fit. It’s about the entire body. They need to be taught the importance of core strength. They need to understand that at their age, they are still growing, so exercises that are applicable for an adult will not always apply to them. People in this age group need to do higher reps, less weight and not as many sets of an exercise for example. I don’t want to offend parents, but I remember this was around the age I decided my parents didn’t know everything and I knew some stuff. That being said, your child is more likely to listen to an expert.

2. Pay attention to what they are eating. My friend also mentioned that her daughter’s friend was taking in a lot of protein shakes. It sounded as though that teen equated the protein shakes with the six pack abs. Protein shakes aren’t all bad, but your teen and you for that matter, should get most of your nutrients from whole foods. Again, I would be slow to advise your child not to drink them at all. I just know sometimes we do the opposite of what Mom and Dad want.

3. I would also take a hard look at celebrities your teen looks up to or wants to look like. Boy, I could write an entire post or book on this one. So many celebrities and models are rail thin. I would not call them healthy or fit. In fact, as I am writing this I am trying to think of one I could mention as a good role model for health and fitness and can’t think of one. I am sure there are many, just not coming up with one at the moment. Not everyone is naturally rail thin. I remember when I was 14, I wanted to be that thin. Genetically, I am not made to be a size 0-1. Okay you can fight me on this. I have said this numerous times and had people think I am wrong and all kinds of crazy, but I think Victoria Secrets commercials are damaging for young girls. They put a vision in  a girls mind of what beauty and perfection are. You can disagree with me, that’s fine. But I know I’m right, tee hee.

4. Last but not least, be very careful about the messages you are sending to your child at all ages. Don’t let your child see you pinching the fat on your stomach in front of the mirror. Be a role model, maybe it’s time you take your fitness and nutrition more seriously. If you are a yo yo dieter, stop it! Make it a goal to get the entire family more active and eating healthier. I absolutely squirm every time someone tells me how since they are eating healthy, they have to make their family a separate meal. So your kids and husband can build artery clogging plaque and be on their way to Type II Diabetes while you are getting healthy? Here’s the deal, taste buds take time to adapt to new flavors. Slowly start making healthy changes. Don’t do everything at once, your family will hate you. But a minor tweak here and there won’t be too noticeable. If your kids start eating healthier now, they are less likely to develop eating disorders or be a heavy adult.

As usual, I started talking about one thing and went all over the map. Hope this was helpful!

Please drop me an email (karen@karenhummel.com) or make a comment if your child is obsessed with six pack abs.I may put something together for teens on this subject. I want to get some good information out to them, after reading what is currently out there.

Now go do a set of crunches while you have abs on your mind! 3 sets of 25! GO!

Karen

 

What’s Your Excuse? Drop It! Improve Your Health, Improve Your Life!

Could you be sabotaging yourself? Is it possible that you are the only person blocking the road to your dreams? Have you started and scrapped the same goal numerous times?

I don’t care how big of a go getter you are or how lazy you think you might be, I believe most of us can declare an area we have wanted to improve in our lives for a long time, but we just never seem to conquer the mountain. Whether it be weight loss, starting a business or the biggest dream of all, creating balance, we fall short. This is going to sound a bit harsh coming from me, but here it is!  You are sabotaging yourself, you are the number one person putting up the road blocks to achieving your goals and you gave up based on an excuse or multiple excuses.

When I work one on one with people that want to improve their overall wellness, fitness level or lose weight I get the joy of hearing all sorts of excuses. The one I have been hearing most often lately is how busy busy busy a person is. They are too busy to go have a preventative screening, exercise or eat well. Johny has basketball, Mary has basket weaving, and I work 70 hours a week, then I car pool, then I have to cook, no one else eats right, bla, bla, bla… I am a nice person and I hate hurting peoples feeling, but I have had to start saying, “Guess what? We are all busy.” I have had to start letting people know there are others with the same schedule making time to do all the things they want to do, because they have decided to prioritize their lives and do what is important to them. After all, it’s up to you to create the life you want!

That being said, if you aren’t reaching the goals you set for yourself, it’s time to sit down and prioritize what you want. Then make a list of action steps by priority and then come hell or high water (Not sure where that phrase came from) you do it! That will create a feeling of balance in your life and get you on the road to achieving your goals and dreams!

What saddens me the most is that people put their preventative health on the back burner until they drop from a heart attack or stroke. Once that happens, guess what? Suddenly they have time to buy healthy food and put it in a cooler instead of stopping at fast food every day, suddenly they are at the gym five days per week, suddenly nutrition coaching and  personal training fees aren’t that expensive!

I hope you will not let one more day of excuses keep you from a healthy life. Here are three things to get you started today.

1. Make preventative health/wellness your #1 goal. Believe me, in the long run you will save money, have more energy and time for your family and you will feel you have more time in your day. If you feel healthy you will also be more likely to achieve your other goals.

2. Don’t make creating balance your goal. Make doing what is best for you your goal. Prioritize what is important to you and healthy for you and create an action list for the following day every night. Then as Nike says, Just Dot It.

3. Love yourself enough to do an excuse check and if you can’t admit your excuses to yourself, as they may seem like valid points in your mind, check in with your best friend or hire a coach. I think you will be surprised how many things you could accomplish if you dropped the energy wasted on one excuse and used it to take action.

As always, I believe in you. If you need my support, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at karen@karenhummel.com.

Have a great day. NO EXCUSES!

Karen

 

Lose Weight, Despite Information Overload

When you think of information overload, you may think of the constant link to technology. We are consistently connected these days. We have our smart phones now, so we can call or text, surf the net, utilize social media and stay connected. While I love being connected and fulfilling my dreams of being online to serve more people I do notice that it is another location to become confused about pretty much everything. There is just so much great marketing out there, how do you select what is right for you in any are of your life?

When I think of “Too Much Information” I also think about the beauty supply store. There are now countless shampoos and conditioners by many different brands. I catch myself reading all the bottles. Well MMM, this one can give me shiny hair, but wait, this one will save my color, ahhh but yet there is another to add volume to my limp locks. I want it all! Which one and which brand will actually work on my hair? Same goes for skin cream, right ladies? I mean, come on, which one is really going to fight the signs of aging and fill in those smooth lines and wrinkles?

That leads me to weight loss and proper nutrition. How does the average person know what to do anymore when they are bombarded with options everywhere all day, and if all this stuff is the end all, beat all, why are we still losing the weight, just to gain it all back or better yet just throwing in the towel and feeling like failures? I am going to tell you how to pick what will work for you right now! Are you ready? Here it is:

1. Do your research. Is this program cutting out certain food groups, asking you to cut calories dramatically, not promoting complementing proper nutrition with weight training and cardiovascular exercise, creating a mindset that you are on a diet and this way of living will end when the diet is over? Run and don’t look back, this is yet another diet where you will lose some weight, just to gain it back and feel miserable about yourself.

2. Make the decision this will be your final attempt at taking the weight off, because you are sick and tired of the yo-yo dieting and feeling like a failure. Make a decision this is not a diet, this is your life! This is your children’s life! Your life is consistently bringing positive or negative energy to those around you. When you are happy with yourself you will bring that energy to your family, friends and people you meet. Your life will change for the better once you decide this is your LIFE, not your DIET! You want to feel great for the long run.

3. Take baby steps. You have some mindsets and habits that are ingrained in your brain. These will take time to overcome. Treat yourself like you would your very best friend, love yourself and cheer yourself on. Remember, small actions deserve recognition. A string of small actions will eventually lead you to your big goal. You weren’t doing physics in preschool! Heck, I got out of doing it in college. Anyhow, you get the picture. Sustained weight loss will be a journey.

4. Seek support if you need it. Get an accountability partner or put together a group. Remember I am always here to help too!

You can make your health and fitness dreams come true!

I am cheering you on!

Karen