Serial Trainer

{November 19, 2008}  

Many of you already know that I am a huge advocate of  There are many reasons for this.  Firstly, having worked for 24 Hour Fitness, I was exposed to them a lot and the one thing that stood out to me was that they do a lot of research. But more importantly…they will give you their research!  Not that many of us can understand it but if you had it in your hand, you could take it to a doctor. This is actually something I challenge you to do with everything.  Have you ever taken the chemical breakdown and research that you found on a medicine and brought it to the doctor and grilled him on how much he -really- knew about the medicine he/she was prescribing you?  Doesn’t it seem silly that we will blindly follow what our doctors tell us without question and they never even have to hand you supporting research to back the claim? 

I definitely take all my prescriptions home and do research before I ever stop at the pharmacy which is why I make some of the decisions I do.  So I guess my challenge to all of you is that you re-evaluate your view on that.  It’s why I’m here, partially.  I’ve been offered to try many different products (which by the way! I never received my Labrada products. I know I told you guys I would try it and get back to you but the person that was supposed to send it has not yet so when that happens I’ll get back to you, I promise) and I try them because with all the media hype and the billions of dollars being made off of  people trying to lose weight or get in shape, someone’s gotta be the voice of reality.  If it tastes like crap and doesn’t work, I’m going to let  you know.

I also wanted to post something else. I got a little side tracked.  I started talking about APEX because I was reading something on their site.  Here’s the original post [].  I had to laugh because of a few things.

1. It’s nice to see that with the bodybugg the wool is pulled off of many peoples’ eyes.

2. It’s sad to see that the simple equation for being healthy eludes many people for many reasons.

3. I’m glad to see people who learn how easy it is, will now find more, creative ways to be active.

What is this all about?  To paraphrase the article, someone wrote into Apex and said “Hey!  I’m burning as many calories doing housework as I do when I workout!”  and Apex was like, “duhhhh?” in a nice way. And no I don’t mean it in a demeaning way HAHA!  I’m purely being comedic about it but think about it!  How many times do you have to say BURN more than you EAT?  People will NOT believe you until you strap them into the bodybugg and show them PROOF. 

Prove it to them. And they did. I love it. 

So people are strapping on the bodybugg and proof!  They don’t move as much as they think they do.  And proof!  They are eating more than they think they do.  And proof!  If they just stand instead of sit down for an hour a day, they will burn extra calories.

No one’s saying train for a triatholon!  If you’re lazy, OK! Just stand there instead of sit. If you’re allergic to sweating? OK! Turn on the radio and sweep your kitchen…briskly.  It’s all a matter of finding things to do and getting away from not doing anything.

Look, we’re all tired.  We all have long days of work or school or whatever is going on in our lives.  The fact remains that if you’re tired to the point that you have no energy left at the end of the day, you need this more than anyone and I’m going to tell you from personal experience.

When I get home, the first thing I think of at 6pm is my bed, not the damned elliptical.  I want to curl under my awesome, soft blanket and sink into my amazing mattress and fade away until the next morning.  But I don’t do it. I have done it. I fall off the bandwagon, pick myself up, and then I remember that it’s only a 1/2 hour.  A 1/2 hour on my elliptical will give me my calorie burning goal for the day.  And then something amazing happens…

I feel great.  I’m still tired, but I feel better.  I’ve hit my goal, I’ve done something for myself, I’ve given myself some energy. It’s enough to get me through dinner or to the hot bubble bath that will help lull me to sleep.

Take this to heart:  I’m a mom of four boys and a student full time. My job as mother is one job that I take more seriously than anything else in the world. Trust me, nothing else will come above it. But if I don’t take care of me, what am I doing for them? The answer is nothing. If you don’t take care of you, you are taking the chance of not being there to take care of anyone else. You are taking the chance of having someone obligated to take care of you and hopefully that doesn’t sit well in your mind.

I want my quality of life to be one of quality, not full of doctor visits, medication, etc.  The best “preventitive” medicine you can give yourself is 30-60 mins of health. I feel the worst when I’ve gone two weeks without a good, ass-kickin workout.  People around me tell me to go workout because I’m crabby and depressed. Working out takes the stress out of my life, gives me the endorphins I need and keeps me out of a horrible, monotonous routine.

Don’t wait until January 1 to make your resolution, make it now and shoot for the New Year as a checkpoint on your way to that goal =)


I love it. You’ve made my day.

From Apex Fitness Group

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