Get in Shape “Rant”

Here’s a great little “Rant” from one of my body fat loss clients, Michele Balzano:

“Everyone is curious to how to lose weight and get in shape. I am no professional but I do get asked a lot on how I did it. I am not even top form in my physique. There is so much to cover.

First, get your dedication in check. It is crucial! Without it, you’re done before you start. Don’t have the “I just want to get a feel of this first attitude”. There is so much information on the internet for you to research.

My favorite place is www.bodybuilding.com. There is a overwhelming amount of information on the their site. I am sure there is many more websites out there with good information. But, for me this is my one stop shop.

Second, I am not going to use the term “diet”. This is not short term. One meaning of the word is: “The usual food and drink of a person or animal.” Thank you “http://www.thefreedictionary.com/diet”, for the reference. Most people use this word in means to eat healthier to make healthier gains. A diet is not “short term” it is a lifestyle for which you choose to live. Now, with the vocabulary lesson out of the way. Let’s move on! Changing the way you and your family eats is not easy. You try something and give up on it to try another. Try to make the same thing with different ingredients as well as bring more things. Getting a variety is awesome. It does get boring eating the same thing day in and day out. As my friend Ben would say, “change it up”. That seems to be a key phrase with everything when improving physique and health. He also says, don’t eat the same meal at the same time every day”. Ugh! That one was brutal for me. Eggs are boring but I find them the easiest to make at 5:30 in the morning. So, the grill is fired up frequently at that time. There is a balance and definitely a give and take. I eat grilled chicken, Steak and eggs with yams, grilled zucchini, grilled bell peppers, or Haricot Verts every day. Occasionally, I will have white fish or salmon. Although, I should have it more frequently. I am still tired of it from 6 months ago. Get the diet down and all the work you put into exercise will enhance and increase phenomenally, at least for me and many others it did.

Here are a few ideas:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/10_beginner_recipes.htm

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/5-fit-meals-anyone-can-make.html

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/creamy_hamburger_noodle_casserole.html

( I would use gluten free noodles)

There are so many way to make delicious healthier foods. Now some of these may not be ideal to shred. If you are looking to do that. Then you need to go back to the basics.

Now at one point, I figured I needed to step it up a notch. So, I hired a good friend that does nutrition http://www.scottsdalefitnessandhealth.com/. Thanks Ben! In the first week I dropped a 1% body fat and in 3 weeks I dropped 2.5%. It didn’t stop there. I continue to drop to 6.4%. Not bad for a 37 year old man that weighed 206 lbs 6 years prior. Probably somewhere in the mid 30% body fat range.

My son eats all the grilled food I eat. He even eats grilled tilapia and grilled chicken for breakfast with peas, white potato for him or rice. He is 9, 4’6″ tall and weighs 67 pounds. For his age, he should be at 4’1″ and 62 pounds. Thanks to “http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/height-weight-teens.shtml” He might have good genetics. But, I don’t know where he got them from.

Third: Exercise, For me, this is easy. I think working out is fun and I have a blast doing it. The more people I sense in the gym the more power I feel, to work harder. But, form and doing the right exercises for the body parts you are about to workout for the day is important to figure out. Form needs to be figured from the beginning the right exercises I think, can come in time. If you decide to get a personal trainer, That’s great! Although, they are like most things in life, “You get what you pay for”. So, if you are going the cheap route, which is fine in the beginning. But, if you want to maximize your time and health efficiently then you need to get someone that is known for producing results. For me that place is “http://personalpowertraining.net/. Thanks Garret for busting my ass to get it done and thanks to Scott “the owner” for sending the right guy. Now, I had worked out and had great results on my own. But, my knowledge and routine had come to a plateau and these guys took me to the next level.

There are other places that I know that produce great results as well. I don’t want to leave them out. They are people that are friends of mine here on Facebook. I even know one in Jacksonville, Florida.

If you decide to start up on your own, here is a get link to help you find different workouts you can do.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/bbmaintrain.htm?sel=exercises#exercises

http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/list/muscle/selected/abdominals

With all that said, it doesn’t mean you need to go to the extreme to eat and workout the way I do or the way many others do. If you seek those kind of results, you will need to. Find a goal that makes you happy and go for it. If you are not seeing results after a month. Then there is something to be said about it. Most likely it is what your eating. There is no “but I am eating better” there is only what will work and what isn’t working. If no results, it isn’t working. ”

Good Luck!

You’re Friend,

Michele’