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Introspection and Your Life

My buddy Craig recommended this article about introspection.  A good read while you're considering weight loss, hiring a personal trainer in Chicago, or making any life transformation.  
Introspection is a Superpower by The Daily Flux

Choose Your Goals to Lose Weight

In an effort to increase accountability while losing weight with a Chicago Personal Trainer, you should choose 3 specific goals each month.  Always keep last month's goals in mind.  Did you reach your goals?  Why or why not?  What would you have done differently?  Were the goals realistic?

Take two minutes to record these weight loss goals-it will guide your programs with a personal trainer in Chicago and behaviors for the next 4 weeks.  The more specific, the better.  The greater focus for you, the more likely you'll reach your larger goals. 

*  Weight Loss Dietary Goal:

IE:  1 soda per week, 4 glasses of wine per week, 1 cheat meal per week, 50% veggies with every meal

*  Personal Fitness Goal:  

IE:  4 days of exercise, walk 12,000 steps per day, perform a perfect lunge, perform a pullup

*  Life Goal:

IE:  Don't work over the weekend, Take a breath whenever I'm stressed, Spend more time with my spouse

Need a reminder of what you need to do?  Download the app S-Routine on your phone.  Within the app, you can set up alerts with positive messages that will keep you on task. It's time to reinforce a new you! 

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Choose Your Goals to Lose Weight
Goals and weight loss.

Your 1 Month Weight Loss Plan

The most common misconception about achieving your best physical health is the primary importance of fitness. While fitness plays a pivotal role in your strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, and cardio endurance, it still relies heavily on your nutrition. Without the proper nutrition for your body type, you will not have the energy or building blocks to sculpt the healthy body you want. Any nutritional deficit or inflammation will affect your ability to get in shape, live to 100, or reduce injury.

If you’re interested in weight loss or general physical health, read Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live. It helps you understand your body and its needs. In the meantime, follow the simple dietary plan below as a first step in this process. It is loosely based on his suggestions.

Simple Plate Ratio

Most clients lose weight within the caloric range of 1200-1500 calories (you must determine the healthiest amount for you). Limit your calorie intake to 400 calories per meal. Break down the contents of your plate for every meal into the following percentages:

· 25-40% Protein (lean meat, fish, seafood, soy, eggs, plants, etc.)

· 45-55% Vegetables (any)

· 25% Fiber (beans, legumes, fruit, plants, etc.)

Add to Your Diet

Choose the most nutritionally dense foods for every meal using the Simple Plate Ratio as your guide. Foods in the whole form will provide the necessary macronutrients for proper absorption and digestion.

· If you want fiber, substitute grains with beans or dark leafy greens.

· If you want calcium or vitamin d, substitute dairy with dark leafy greens.

· If you want antioxidants, substitute red wine with grapes.

· If you want protein, substitute a protein supplement shake with lean meat, eggs, fish, or soy.

Subtract from Your Diet (Subtraction List)

Our bodies are equipped to handle quite a bit. Like the rest of nature, the human body has boundaries as well. The following items have been scientifically proven to cause weight gain, inflammation, and more. Determine your sensitivity to each of the items.

· Grains including whole grains or all-bran products (breads, crackers, rice, cereals, etc.)

· Processed foods (products with additives and preservatives; genetically modified foods; or anything else not in its whole natural form)

· Dairy (butter, animal milk, and cheese)

· Alcohol, refined sugar, and artificial sweetners

· Animal protein with high levels of saturated fat (most red meat, pork, wild game, etc.)

Integrating Change

Record your consumption everyday and study your body's response to your diet. Develop boundaries based on your physical symptoms and weight loss results. You might employ a moderate version of the recommendations:

· Don't exceed 2 portions of any items per week on the Subtraction List

· Avoid domino foods (foods you can’t limit to one-i.e. chips, nuts, etc.)

· If you drink alcohol, it must not push you over the set caloric amount for the day

Your weight loss will depend on your adherence to the guidelines above. There is no doubt that you will lose weight if you:

· Track your food intake

· Follow the recommended calorie amounts

· Moderately integrate the subtraction list

· Create a new routine based on these recommendations

As you determine your sensitivity to the Subtraction List, you may incorporate more flexibility your eating habits. Please note that the further you stray from this plan the less weight you will lose. It is based on 10 years of research (individual studies, government doctrine, Dr. Fuhrman, and more) and client success across all genders, ages, and activity levels. Push through Month 1 and you can redefine your new boundaries in Month 2!


Please consult your doctor before starting any nutritional plan or following any dietary advice....and never listen to a personal trainer in Chicago who recommends supplements.

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Your 1 Month Weight Loss Plan
Weight loss with a Chicago personal trainer.