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Monday, February 21, 2011

Fitness For the Pleasanton Working Woman

The phones are ringing off the hook, there are papers flying all over the office and your executive assistant has called out sick-- again. 

How can you honestly be expected to take a break, let alone get in your morning work out? 

You're an independent motivated professional Pleasanton woman and your number one priority is to increase the bottom line... along with your paycheck. Your path to the corner office is in clear view and nothing is going to stop you from getting there. This is what you've worked for and you deserve it. But, there is a part of you that wants to stop the world and get off this ride because lately you are so tired, stressed and unhappy with the strain that your professional goal has put on your personal life. 

But what can you do? You've worked so hard to get here. You can't stop now. Your hands are tied, right? Think again, because you can keep your amazing job and focus on healthy lifestyle choices, too. It only takes a few adjustments that you can start on right away.

First, make a personal promise to yourself to put your health first. It's the little things you already know that will make a big difference, like choosing to eat a healthy breakfast and getting to sleep at a decent hour. 

Make sure that the promise is clear and reasonable enough to achieve. For example: I will work with a local Pleasanton personal trainer three times a week or I will bring my walking shoes to work and spend 30 minutes of my lunch break taking in some fresh air. Once you set the goal, do your best to stick to it at all costs. 

Is there a project due at noon? Then take a walk around your Pleasanton neighborhood before you leave for the office that day. Don't give yourself any excuses. Remember, this is the vow you made to yourself; you deserve the benefits you'll reap from the follow-through.

Realize that you are worth it. That sounds so simple. But when is the last time you actually thought about that? Everyone deserves a break, especially when you are a hard working Pleasanton career women. You give everything you have for your next promotion and for your company by sacrificing your personal time to make it all happen. But it's time you shift focus for a bit and start paying attention to the hub of your world- you! With all the time and energy you put into everything else, it only makes sense that you take time to focus on yourself. Your body-- and your career-- will thank you for it.

Then, most importantly, select a fitness plan that fits your needs. There are tons of options when it comes to focusing on your health; from fitness videos to women-only gyms to personal trainers. Put in some time to think about how you work best and then select that plan. Keep in mind your personality, learning style and weight-loss goals so that you make the best choice. You are a unique woman with special needs, and your workout should reflect that.

Make yourself a promise and realize that you deserve to have your workout created just for you by the number one personal trainer in Pleasanton.   Having this in mind you can go back into that office refreshed and ready to take on whatever comes your way-- flying papers and all.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Pleasanton Fast Food Diet?

It starts with McDonald's Monday and then on to Taco Bell Tuesdays and on and on and on. From the meals we consume to the snacks in between, controlling our poor eating habits has become a major issue. For many of my clients, creating a basic food log looks like the buffet at a casino on any given Sunday. And it wouldn't be a problem except for the few minor details it effects; like the fact that it's so harmful to their health and the unrelenting fact that its impossible for them to slip into their favorite little black dress for a hot night out on the town. But where does one start when it comes to changing these habits? Sure, someone could go to the bookstore and try and read up on the topic but who has the time for that? There's barely time for Pleasanton moms to catch their breath at the end of each day!
Learning how to eat right takes time, dedication and not to mention a healthy dose of personal honesty. The first step in this journey is to make a decision to change. That means getting serious about what goes in ones mouth. Food is a resource that should energize someone not put them in a television coma. So when they make that decision to eat healthier foods, it is important to leave delusions and excuses behind. Instead of getting their nutrition information from commercial advertisers, its about time we stop to read the side of the box.  Paying more attention to the details, no matter how tedious it can be at first, will in the long run make a huge impact on someone's life....maybe even a life-saving impact. Regardless of is the time to change, not for others, but for oneself.

You can start with the buddy-system it works great for a lot of people, especially when paired up with guidance from a Pleasanton personal training expert. This kind of fitness professional can simplify things and make it easier for one to understand how the human body is affected by all of the different foods one eats. Most importantly, a buddy provides accountability.  This should be someone who cares about you and your body just as much as you do and will not steer you in the wrong direction.  Note to self, don't have your foodie friend be your buddy when it comes to weight loss or your super likely to crash and burn.

When it comes down to it, the most important thing is making eating right a daily habit. This does not mean that someone has to torture themselves and give up all forms of sugars and other various treats over night. This is why one should take a cheat day once a week.  Now, this doesn't mean eat crazy amounts, it means eat whatever you want in reasonable amounts (you know what reasonable honest now).

The trick is to decide to change, find someone to keep you accountable and then follow through....just as in sports, if the follow through sucks then the results will too.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pleasanton Parents Do As They Say....and Do - Part II

Great question and the answer is……..we don’t.

Wait a minute, didn’t I just write how important it is to lead by example? Yes I did, and let me explain what I mean when I say “We don’t”. We decided that rather than running out to sign up at the local gym, we would researched on how to truly get fit and stay fit in the most time efficient and cost effective manner. Not that there’s anything wrong with belonging to a fitness club, they can be great places to work out, find a personal trainer and socialize if you have the time,  In the end we decided that we would make the small, but incredibly valuable investment of engaging a local Certified Personal Trainer.

Our trainer taught us that you do not need to go out and run 5 miles a day, or even spend the money for a Tri-Valley Health Club membership and hit the gym three to four days a week, two to three hours at a shot to get into the best shape of your life. Instead he taught us that in as little as 30-45 minutes a day in our own home we can achieve the same or even better results as someone who runs 5 miles a day or hits the gym for hours. We happened to hire Mark Rogers. Mark is a local Pleasanton Certified Personal Trainer who has taught us how to get the most value out of our precious time and finances. Most importantly, Mark has provided us with the opportunity to truly “Lead our children by Example”.

John-David Enright
- Satisfied Mark Rogers Fitness Training Client
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