Once again I sit here listening to music getting into the mindset of writing my thoughts, when a particular song comes to mind. Home by Phillip Phillips. In this song the lyrics are “Settle down, it’ll all be clear. Don’t pay no mind to the demons. They fill you with fear. The trouble it might drag you down. If you get lost, you can always be found. Just know you’re not alone. Cause I’m gonna make this place your home. “
I have been doing the Body By Fadi Fast Track program now for an incredible 9 months. In those 9 months my coach Fadi Malouf has has taken me from a world of the unknown to a world of Health Nutrition and Fitness and made me feel very much at home. I have been sober for nine months now. Free of smoking for three months. I am so far from that person I was just 9 short months ago.
Back in September if someone told me I would be having a complete home gym in my home I would have said that would be awesome. But 9 months ago if someone told me I would be at a gym working along side the same people who scared me, I would have assumed you were drinking heavily at that moment. But that is exactly what I am doing. When I wrote a blog here 6 months ago I was so afraid of walking into a gym. I joined one and after several “I can do this” to myself. I Love it. Using the Virtual Trainer is fun and easy. Yep! Easy!!!! I track my progress with every exercise Fadi assigns. This virtual trainer is one cool phone app.
Fadi has taken this once under achiever in life and shown through this amazing Body By Fadi Fast Track program. Anything is possible. Goals can be and will be met. I started this program weighing in at 129 lbs. with a goal of making it to 150lbs with his nutritional guidance I achieved that. Eating healthy clean foods. No fast foods, no junk foods, no chips or sodas or anything processed. I struggled along the way but never once gave up. I was going to get there. Now that I am there I still have high goals to reach.
One of my biggest enemies was myself, my self-esteem, my self-worth, always targets by “haters” trying to burst my bubble along the way. Fadi, the big brother type made sure I never lost belief in myself, by keeping me motivated with Facebook posts. His own words of encouragement and making sure no matter what was happening, no matter how hard things were, I was never going to be left alone to lose sight of the “big picture.”
Along with helping me understand fitness and nutrition, Fadi has shown me a path I of all people never saw coming. The want to help others who were in the same boat as I am (or was at some point) in. I am now enrolled in getting my sports nutrition certification. To teach others what I was taught. Simply eating right is the ONE factor (of many) you can control in staying healthy and fit. It’s all a matter of knowing whats going in your body. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients there’s a pretty good chance your body won’t make due with it. I hope to be working along side Fadi after this process is done.
So you see now why this Song “Home” is so fitting to me and the Body By Fadi Fast Track Program. This Amazing man has shown me a home that I was once afraid of. A lifestyle to which I have become so accustomed to. He has made me know I have to fight off the demons of the way I was. All I have to do is look forward and know I have come such a long way and fought through so much. His words that’s started it all ” You can go back to the way you were, or move forward and never look back,” is still standing strong in my mind.
One last thing. If a year long program seems a bit long. Trust me in 9 months from now you’ll be saying “Dang only 3 months left but I am having too much fun”
Thank You for listening and well WELCOME HOME!
Does “Love Conquers All”, as the famous saying states?
According to the recent two extensive studies it really depends on who answers this question Men or Women. A four year study was published in a Social Psychological & Personality Science Journal and it found that about half of the questioned men (48%) and only 20% of the women would leave their partner or spouse if they gained too much weight. Another source done through a 100,000 + men and women survey on askmen.com came through with pretty much similar results, about 50% of the men surveyed, and 19% of the women surveyed said they would exit the relationship, if their partner packed on some pounds.
Interesting data, isn’t’ it? The researches furthermore explained that the subjects through these studies supported their statements with the following explanation: “If the partner they were with gained noticeable weight, and became heavier then when they met, the initial connection would be jeopardized and quite possibly lost. They would feel less attracted to their spouse or partner and would attribute that to their lack of self-care, responsibility and possible laziness. ” This has definitely caused much controversy regarding the topic, and definitely stirred things up. If the saying “love is blind” really is put to the test, then when we truly love someone it really shouldn’t matter if they gained weight or not? Should it? With the same analogy, people can meet someone and connect on a different, deeper level than just the physical appearance and may think of their partner as the “best, most attractive, most handsome person around”, whether that is a fact or not. I recall back to my early adulthood years when I was training extensively and getting into a fitness and bodybuilding arena. I was very body conscious and started competing professionally, yet my love interest at the time was a girl who was size 12, believe it or not! I don’t remember perceiving or seeing her as a size 12, and to me she was the most beautiful girl at the time. Many people may be quite ordinary to others, but to us, they are “the best” as we fall in love with them. So how is it different when our partner changes physically throughout the relationship, does that mean that they change as a person too? And what happens to the saying “love is blind”, as it appears that “love” suddenly isn’t so blind after all?!
Tremendous or just noticeable weight gain affects numerous things. Our energy levels changes. Our personality changes as well. So when someone’s spouse/partner changes physically, do the dynamics between both people change as well? Of course they do and the research shows it doesn’t only have to do with the physical appearance. The spouse who gained weight is often perceived as they care less about themselves, they became lazy, complacent, and have lost their drive. What if they are dealing with a medical issue and their body is experiencing changes beyond their control? Would that change the perspective? According to the research, shockingly, very little! The subjects surveyed and observed stated that they would only consider staying with their partner if they saw a drive and a desire to change. If that drive was not there, they would simply leave their spouse.
It is not a secret that how we take care of our body and ourselves actually shows primarily physically. When we care and take the time to treat our body well, it shows everyday as our body is thankful and healthy. In return, we feel great, look great, have the energy, stamina, can concentrate better on work, different tasks and be around longer for our children, loved ones and ourselves. So it is our total responsibility not just as an individuals, but a larger community to create a positive and nurturing environment for others to live better, look better and feel better. It is so important to share, educate and inspire one another to make our lives the best that they can be. And without the health and healthy, fit body that is hardly possible.
Did you know the average person only eats 50 different types of food their entire life time?
The following recommendations apply to any meal situation whether you are in your home, at a fast food restaurant, fine dining or traveling.
Prepare or Request your meal be prepared one of the following methods:
Steamed Broiled Dry (without butter or oil)
Open Grilled (Grilled with all fat able to drain off)
Barbecued (sugar free sauce)
Microwaved (with all fat drained)
1. Use the Helping-Hand System for portion control if you have not received your recommended daily micronutrient intake.
2. Select 1 (one) of Protein foods per meal. Approximately one serving the size of the palm of your hand.
3. Select as many of the vegetable foods listed as you wish. Have at least the minimum serving, approximately 1 (one) hand-fist.
4. Eat high density high glycemic (HDHG) carbohydrates only following an intense exercise session if you are in the phase 3 or 4 of your program.
|Vegetables – Frozen or Fresh
Avocados (Really a fruit and mostly good fat)
|Fruits – Frozen, Fresh or Dried
|Beans & Legumes – Fresh or Dry (HDHG)
Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
|Grains – Whole or Sourdough (HDHG)
Tuna (Canned white low sodium)
|Poultry & Lean Meat
Beef: Eye of Round
Extra Lean Ground
Buffalo: Eye of Round
Extra Lean Ground
Chicken Dark Meat
|Eggs & Low-Fat Dairy
|Milk, 2%, cow’s
|Nuts, Seeds & Oils – Raw & Unsalted
Olive oil, extra virgin
MCT oil, supplement
|Herbs & Spices
Chili pepper, dried
|Natural Sweeteners, Beverages & Other
|Foods to Avoid
Meats high in nitrate
Food with added salt
Food with added sugar
Ingredients you can’t pronounce
Most Dairy products
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Weight Gain and Obesity
Weight Gain and Obesity
It’s true that we gain weight when we eat more than we can burn off. But this conventional diet wisdom does not always hold true. Weight gain can also be caused by health conditions such as hypothyroidism, food sensitivity, Cushing’s syndrome, organ disease, prescription drug use, anxiety, blood sugar imbalance, and essential fatty acid deficiency. Many people respond to stress or depression by eating excessively. Sources of stress may not always be apparent, but may still affect eating habits and cause weight gain.
Reactions to foods are not always immediate. They can occur many hours later as bloating and swelling in the hands, feet, ankles, abdomen, chin and around the eyes. Much of the weight gained is fluid retention caused by inflammation and the release of certain hormones. In addition, there is fermentation of foods, particularly carbohydrates, in the intestines which can result in a swollen distended belly and gas production. Food allergies as well as food sensitivities can cause weight gain. Yes, it’s possible to have no other symptoms. You can’t count on seeing runny noses or sneezes with some food sensitivities. Instead, a person’s body perceives the food as a poison and limits digestion of nutrients, thus causing the body to store fat.
Symptoms of food sensitivity can include headache, indigestion or heartburn, fatigue, depression, joint pain or arthritis, canker sores, chronic respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, sinus congestion or bronchitis and chronic bowel problems such as diarrhea or constipation.
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