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Advice My Future (10 Years Older) Self Would Tell Me Today (And Why I Need to Listen)

What advice would your 10-year older self give you today? What do you think he or she would say about your approach to life, work, and relationships? What do you think he or she would advise you to adapt? I spent some time contemplating this scenario and know that the 49-year-old Michael would most likely encourage these 5 life-enhancing tips (and I’m sure you will relate).

Listen


The root all being is interaction. Be an active participant with your ears. Listen to your environment. Listen to the random sounds around you. Take your nose out of your phone, and genuinely listen to your wife and son (and the rest of your family and your friends and your colleagues and everyone else you interact with). Look a person in the eyes when you're engaged in a conversation. Show them your genuine interest and strengthen the bond you initially created.

Don't hold onto worry or anger for more than 5 minutes


Quit wasting away seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, and decades of life worrying about not being perfect, doing perfect, or acting perfect. Embrace your emotion and passion but bundle it into a positive adaptive package and act instead of stewing in your destructive emotion. Don't let the resentment, anger, hate, and worry prison your mind and distract you from the precious little life moments (even if those moments don't feel important). Bark if you need to. Step away to be alone (and this isn’t avoidance, by the way). Shake your fist at the sky. But DO NOT obsess, swim, or dance in this negativity for longer than 5 minutes. Indulge in this instinctual (or reinforced reaction) for a short moment and then let it go. Find the silver lining. Accumulate wisdom from your error. Accept. Adapt. Be fair to yourself. Be kind to yourself. See the world as perfectly imperfect and don't let it overwhelm you.

Trust your genuine and real you and quit second-guessing yourself


Act in line with who you are but don't second-guess yourself because of fears, insecurities, or other underlying influences. Just be. Be assertive. Be confident. Don't act like yourself, just be yourself. Trust that you unconsciously have other people in mind. Don't worry about being judged. Don't judge yourself. Be yourself (unless you're selfish, inconsiderate, unsympathetic, unemphatic, demeaning, judgmental, egotistical, or unrighteous).

Seek to understand FIRST instead of judging when in a disagreement


In a world of negativity, it's easy to judge and interpret someone or an incident through a personal lens (a filter you developed from a collision of internal perspective and your daily life). How accurate is this judgment or interpretation though? What are you overlooking? Do you truly know the full story? How do you think your emotion has affected your initial interpretation? Your initial reaction? Seek to understand first, and you will foster sympathy and empathy instead of the anger, disappointment, and frustration you most commonly feel when judging.

Find 1 positive attribute in every person you meet


Quit looking for the negative in yourself, your environment, and people….especially other people. Retrain your initial thought process when meeting someone new by finding 1 positive attribute in every person you meet. Instead of assessing, try searching for the best in them. They may not be you, someone you know, or someone you may hang out with for a lifetime, but they still deserve your respect, genuine interest, and a chance to show their best selves.

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Author: Michael Moody Fitness
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The Personal Trainer's Guide to Staying Healthy While Traveling

Many of my personal training clients fear that they will sacrifice their health and weight loss goals while traveling. Fear not! Here is my quick guide to maintaining what you worked so hard for!

Don’t touch your face without washing your hands


Whether traveling by planes, trains, or automobiles, you most likely are hanging out in well-populated public places….which increases your exposure to bacteria and viruses. While I don’t think you should hole yourself in a closet for the rest of your life, I do advocate some boundaries. The first rule of staying healthy on the road is resisting the urge to touch your face without washing your hands. You might be surprised to learn how often you touch your lips, nose, and eyes each day. Each swipe of your hand gives germs access to your system. Considering that you’re sharing doorknobs, railings, counters, and faucet handles, your hands are constantly in contact with the world. Do yourself a favor and resist the urge to touch your face until you wash your hands.

Use disinfecting wipes while flying


Have you ever witnessed airline staff members wiping down tray tables and seat belts? Me neither. On average, each plane will see at least 2 flights each day (and we don’t know what special germs were left behind for us). Most likely, you will eat and/or drink off of the tray table….which makes cross-contamination easy. Before you sit, quickly wipe the seatbelt and the top and bottom of the tray table for 20 seconds. The little things that we overlook are the ones that affect us the most.

Always carry a water bottle


Too often, a cause of our exhaustion and hunger is dehydration. With the constant access of junk food on the road, it’s easy to convince yourself that you need an indulgence as a remedy (when all you need is a simple sip). Make yourself a rule: Any time you’re tired or hungry, drink 4-8 ounces of water and reassess. You might be surprised what you’ll find.

Walk


Usually your vacations are jam-packed with tourists activities….which rarely meet your minimum requirements of healthy physical movement. While I wouldn’t expect you (or my personal training clients) to exercise several hours per day during your break from reality, replacing your cab/uber rides with walks will still help you maintain your health and possibly weight loss. Believe it or not, walkers do lose weight while eating their way through Italy. Walking is the easiest way to move on the road and a great way to immerse yourself in new neighborhoods while keeping your engine revved up. Keep your senses alive and rise beyond the seat!

Split food


Enjoy the best of a dining experience while shrinking your portions: Split with a buddy! Instead of ordering 2 separate entrees (which are probably big enough for 3), share an entrée and an appetizer. This foodie approach is an easy way to enjoy more than one taste of the local culture while avoiding a belt-busting experience.

Finding a running group in the city that you’re visiting or signup for a 5k


Running is a global phenomenon that connects many cultures. Find another way to connect with the community that you’re visiting and find a local meetup for runners. What a neat way to participate in a social workout in a new environment! Google “running groups (insert location)” or “running clubs (insert location)” and extend yourself! You can also signup for a random 5k to enhance your workout too!

Make your food count with the ChefsFeed phone app


I always say that if you’re going to do it, do it well. Since my wife Sammy is an event sales manager in the restaurant industry, you probably know that I’m referring to restaurants. Exploring new dishes is a way of life-my life-and it tends to direct my travel choices. I can give you my normal personal trainer speel on following a true vegan lifestyle to achieve optimal health (even though all of us should). Instead, I’d rather try to persuade you to change your relationship with food. Stop eating just to fill up and eat with intent instead. Use the ChefsFeed phone app to strategically celebrate the favorite dishes and restaurants chosen by local chefs. Type in your location and sift through the many recommendations from the host culinary experts. It is possible to still meet your health goals while enjoying the best of life. You just need to be mindful and selective. Thanks for this suggestion, Carol!

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Author: Michael Moody Fitness
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82 Ways To Change Your Shape in the Mirror in 2018

It’s that time again!! Every year I compile a master list of the most valuable articles that have helped my personal training clients achieve optimal health and weight loss. It’s a comprehensive list of old and new that will help you cut out the guesswork.

Please share this list with anyone (friend, family member, colleague, client, etc.) who wants to change their life and finally see a difference in their health and lifestyle. Also, be sure to bookmark this page and return to it when you're frustrated with your results (which happens to everyone) or need a new idea.

Tip: Skim through this list and find the headlines that are most relevant to your current goals and interests (then spend 20 seconds skimming the article).

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Effective Weight Loss Tips and More!


-Your Business Plan to Lose Weight (or Achieve Optimal Health)
-37 Snack Ideas for Weight Loss (And You Won’t Be Bored)
-"14 Ways to Lose a Pound a Day" Review

-"42 Ways to Beat Your Junk Food Cravings" Review
-How to Lose Weight Without Exercise
-"Here's Why Counting Calories Really Isn't Necessary for Weight Loss" Review

-"How to Design Your Kitchen for Weight-Loss Success" Review
-The Secret to Losing Nearly 27 lbs!
-“20 Easy Ways to Cut 500 Calories a Day” Review

-“4 Surprising Benefits of Eating at Night” Review
-Science Confirms Two Ways to Lose Weight Fast
-4 Ways Your Brain Makes You Overeat—And How To Outsmart Yourself

-6 Things 'Successful Diets Have In Common
- “40 Things You’ll Gain When You Lose Weight” Review
-7 Ways to Lose Weight After 50

-Will Eating at Night Really Make You Gain Weight?
-"6 Things You Can Do Every Day to Prevent Weight Gain" Review
-5 Non-Diet Ways to Trick Yourself into Losing Weight

-"20 Easy Ways to Lose 5 Pounds at Work" Review
-"10 Secrets to Lose 25 Pounds Now" Review
-Do This Every Day, and You May Lose 20 Pounds in 6 Months

Why You're Not Losing Weight or Body Fat


-"Best and Worst Meals for Diabetes-Savvy Dining " Review
-"If You're Trying to Lose Weight, Don't Make These 10 Breakfast Mistakes" Review
-"10 Mistakes You're Making Every Time You Think About Starting A Diet" Review

-"7 Reasons Your Weight Loss May Have Stalled" Review
-3 Reasons Why What You’re Eating is NOT Healthy (Even Though You Think So)
-“10 Trendy Health Foods That Can Threaten Your Waistline” Review

-“Why Stress Makes You Want to Eat Everything in Sight or Nothing at All” Review
-4 Weird Reasons Why You're Gaining Weight
-“5 Ways Your Breakfast is Sabotaging Your Weight Loss” Review

-“Just Say No to That Detox Diet or Juice Cleanse” Review
-The Underlying Influence on Your Weight Loss Failures
-6 Diet Tricks That Are Actually Making You Gain Weight

-"Don't Fall for These 10 Weight-Loss Gimmicks" Review
-"5 Bad Things about Detoxing You Don't Know" Review

Easy Recipes for Weight Loss


-The Best Fish Nachos for Weight Loss!
-Weight Loss Recipe: Chili Cajun Chicken and Sauteed Vegetables
-The Best Spinach Stuffed Salmon Weight Loss Recipe Ever!
-Weight Loss Quick Supper: Cajun Almond Crusted Chicken with Asparagus and White Beans

-Weight Loss Recipe: Almond Crusted Mahi with Brussels Sprouts and Roasted Garlic Potatoes
-Vera Cruz Fish and Brussels Sprouts Weight Loss Dinner
-15 Minute Weight Loss Dinner from Trader Joes

Why Salads May Not Help Your Weight Loss Goals


-Why Salad is So Overrated
-"25 Salads That Have More Calories Than a Big Mac" Review

Holiday Weight Loss Tips


-"10 Foods to Give Up for Lent—and How Many Calories You'll Save" Review
-9 Dishes Doctors Won't Eat at Thanksgiving

Best Sources of Protein for Weight Loss


-Save the Cow! Here is a List of Non-Animal Protein Sources
-"45 Vegetarian Protein Sources You Should Be Eating" Review
-36 Ways to Fulfill Your Protein Needs While Losing Weight

Foods You Want to Avoid....And Why!


-"50 Foods You Should Never Eat" Review
-"25 Awful Ingredients Everyone Still Uses—But Shouldn’t!" Review
-"The 10 Dirtiest Foods You're Eating" Review

-11 Foods to Toss Out of Your Kitchen For Good
- “21 Foods that Sound Healthy, But Are Not!” Review

Why You Should Avoid These Drinks


-"20 Coffee Drinks with More Sugar Than a Can of Coke" Review
-How To Fit Alcohol in Your Diet without Ruining Your Weight Loss Goals
-"70 Most Popular Sodas Ranked by How Toxic They Are" Review
- “The Most Unhealthy Drink Orders at the Bar” Review

-"The Best and Worst Booze to Drink if You Want to Lose Weight" Review
-4 Ways To Beat Your Diet Soda Addiction In One Week
-How Caffeine Could Prevent You From Losing Belly Fat

How to Eat at Restaurants and Airports


-“23 Restaurant Foods with Crazy High Amounts of Sugar” Review
-How to Eat Healthy at the Airport

Fitness/Exercise Myths and More!


-4 Simple Ways to Flatten Your Stomach
-You Should Master These 6 Exercises Before the New Year (And Here's How)
-12 Workout Myths That Just Need To Die
-The 15 Most Common Mistakes Personal Trainers See in the Gym

-“7 Myths About How to Stay in Shape” Review
-“How Much Exercise It’ll Take to Undo 17 Popular Fast Food Items” Review
-“20 Ways to Ensure Workouts Happen Every Day” Review

-End Your Lower Back Pain Today
-"The 21 Worst Things You Can Do For Your Body" Review
-Personal Trainer Wisdom: 1 Fitness Myth Unraveled

The Keys to Improve Your Sleep and Reduce Fatigue


-49 Reasons You're Always Tired
-11 Ways To Sleep Better Tonight
-This simple addition to your bedtime routine could make a huge difference in your sleep

Resolutions, Goals, and Relationships


-”13 Weight Loss Resolutions You Shouldn't Make" Review
-”The Best All-In (Life Changing) Fitness Plan for 2017
-5 Morning Habits That Have Made Me More Successful (and Less Stressed)

-"9 Ways to Ensure Your Relationship Is Built to Last" Review
-99 Ways to Redefine Yourself Today
-Excerpt from the book Redefine Yourself: Define Your Purpose

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Author: Michael Moody Fitness
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"Are You Making This Huge Weight Loss Mistake?" Review

I’ve seen too many of my personal training clients make this mistake, and you probably are too. Stop spinning in place and make this change today.

What You’re Looking At


“Torch 800 calories in 60 minutes!” “Congratulations, you just burned 500 calories!” For some women, few things are more motivating than leaving your boot camp or hopping off of the treadmill knowing they just incinerated the caloric equivalent of a Big Mac.

However, paying too much attention to calorie-burn claims, whether on your treadmill display or health club’s website, can seriously sabotage your weight-loss progress. That’s because most fitness trackers, calorie counters, and estimates of calories burned use ridiculously inaccurate methods for measuring calorie burns, often leading you to believe that you torched way more calories than you actually did.

And if you don’t burn more calories than you eat in a given day, you’re not going to lose. You might even gain.

Personal Trainer Wisdom: In an effort to strategically shave off weight, many of my personal training clients also rely on machines to determine the calories burned. Unfortunately, as mentioned above, they are dependent on tools that aren’t scientifically measuring their expenditure (after all, the machines aren’t connected to them). With this being said, most people are hanging on to a delicate balance of a calories in and an inaccurate measure of calories out….usually a dangerous line for consistent weight loss. Your best bet is to focus on your caloric count instead of your caloric expenditure (a far easier and more reliable measure).

Bad Calorie Math


For example, a new study published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine reveals popular fitness trackers, including the Apple Watch and MIO Alpha 2, can be significantly off in their calorie estimations as often as 93 percent of the time. Each fitness tracker utilizes its own proprietary algorithm to calculate calories burned, according to Stanford Medical Center, which doesn’t always jibe with the individual wearing it, researchers say.

That partly explains why your boot camp is so far off on its “burn 500 calories in 30 minutes” claim: Often, classes come up with caloric burns by simply having an instructor wear a fitness tracker during the class, Rebold says. “Then they take that information and use it to promote that exercise class they’re unfolding at their club,” he explains. The problem is, there is an insane number of intrinsic variables that will always impact how many calories you burn during a given exercise, ranging from your sex, age, weight, to your muscle mass, says Church. In other words, you won’t burn the same number of calories as your 6’2” male instructor. So don’t expect to.

Others classes, meanwhile, refer to average intensity rates from the 2011 Compendium of Physical Activities to estimate calories burned during class, says Tim Church, M.D., Ph.D., professor of preventative medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University and chief medical officer of ACAP Health, a workplace wellness consulting firm.

However, when it comes to the number of calories that you burn during any given class, exercise intensity is the greatest player. Take your average indoor cycling class as an example: If someone is on a bike pedaling at a faster pace or a higher resistance, they’re going to burn more calories than someone who’s just going through the motions,” he explains. How intensely you’re able to pedal will depend not only on how fit you are, but also factors such as the sleep you got last night and what you ate for breakfast. So while average intensity rates will ring true for a small subset of class-goers, they are going to be ridiculously off for everyone who isn’t “average.”

So, odds are, you’re not burning the 800 calories that exercise class advertised, says Michael Rebold, Ph.D., C.S.C.S., department chair of the integrative exercise science program and assistant professor of integrative exercise science at Hiram College in Ohio. In reality, you may burn anywhere from 600 calories at the low end and 900 calories at the high end, he adds.

Meanwhile, research shows that you can’t depend on those calorie counters on your favorite pieces of cardio equipment, either, according to ABC News. In one oft-cited experiment, University of California - San Francisco’s Human Performance Center pitted the calorie counters of four different cardio machines against a VO2 analyzer. On average, the machines overestimated calories burned by 19 percent. Among the four machines, the elliptical machine was the worst offender, overestimating calories burned by 42 percent. So, for instance, it could say you burned 100 calories when you actually only burned 58.

Personal Trainer Wisdom: This section reminds us of the complicated algorithms of caloric expenditure. It extends beyond the simple math of a machine (even if it is measuring your heartrate). Always ask what the caloric expenditure claim is based on. As explained, it could be based on your instructor or other body types dissimilar to yours.

Your No-Math Solution to Weight-Loss


In the end, however, the problem isn’t the calorie-burn totals in and of themselves—it’s using them to calculate exactly how many calories you’ve “earned” or “worked off.”

After all, if you follow the whole, “I just burned 600 calories, so now I can go out and eat 600 calories,” you could easily end up gaining, not losing weight, Rebold says. The more your class, elliptical, or fitness tracker overestimated your caloric expenditure—and the more you depend on those numbers to determine what you do and don’t eat—the more you stand to sabotage your own efforts.

So instead of relying on a likely-inaccurate number to tell you how much you can eat, trust your body’s built-in calorie counter: your hunger cues, recommends Denver-based registered dietitian Kendra Glassman, R.D.

On a scale of one to 10, with one being absolutely starved and 10 being what Glassman calls “Thanksgiving-dinner-full,” eat when you reach a three or four (you feel a tinge of hunger), and stop when you’re at a six (comfortably full).

Personal Trainer Wisdom: Over the last 12 years, I’ve seen personal training clients practically kill themselves to burn as many calories as possible. They wanted to sweat off the weight loss. Unfortunately, you can’t avoid the one thing you need to change the most: Your diet. Believe me when I say that you don’t need to exercise to lose weight (although we need to move daily for optimal health). I chose this article to steer your focus away from unrealistic fitness measures and technological gimmicks. If you’re truly worried about your calories, count your dietary calories instead. If you’re not interested, you may want to reflect on the reasons why.

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Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article "Are You Making This Huge Weight Loss Mistake?" on MSN.com (Women’s Health).
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37 Snack Ideas for Weight Loss (And You Won’t Be Bored)

As a personal trainer, my personal training clients always wonder what quick and healthy snack options will help them lose weight. With a little research (and tasting), I’ve compiled this master list to guide their (and your) choices. Please keep in mind that “snacks” are really filler foods or indulgences that rarely meet your entire nutritional need at a given time (such a tease!). You’re probably seeking food because you’re hungry, and a small meal is most ideal (even if it’s only 100-300 calories). Since you now eat with intent, you want to choose a nutrient balance of vitamins, fiber, protein, fat, and more.

The snacks/small meals below are perfect examples of delicious, on-the-go options that satisfy your hunger and nutritional needs without adding to your waistline. Be sure to bookmark this list in case you’re looking for something to prepare at home or pickup in-between appointments. I’ve included a number of meal delivery services as well. Finally, check out the "Ideal Weight Loss Plate" below to help you choose combinations beyond this list.

At-Home Ambition


- Kale, black bean, red pepper flakes, and avocado bowl
- Spanish spinach with chickpeas
- Hummus and tabouli salad
- Chickpea salad
- Mixed olives, almonds, and minced garlic tossed in a little tahini sauce
- Roasted chickpeas and carrots with lemon and tahini sauce and crushed almonds
- Cashews with sliced apples
- Pistachios with a banana
- Kale chips with jalapeno hummus and lemon
- Hummus with chia seeds and sliced bell peppers

Eating on the Road


Chipotle
- Tacos: Corn tortillas, avocado, black beans, romaine lettuce, pico de gallo
- Bowl: Black beans, pinto beans, fajita veggies, fresh tomato salsa, tomatillo green-chili salsa, guacamole

Roti
- Bowl: Hummus, tomato and cucumber, fresh vegetables, red cabbage slaw, sumac onions
- Bowl: Tomato and cucumber, red cabbage slaw, sumac onions, tahini

Lyfe Kitchen
- Edamame hummus with seasonal vegetables
- Fish tacos with seasonal fish chayote slaw, avocado, cilantro, green onion, chipotle aioli, corn tortillas, salsa fresca
- Roasted curry cauliflower with brussels sprout petals, roasted grapes, capers

Protein Bar
- HI-5 Smoothie: Coconut milk, kale, spinach, cilantro, and pineapple blended with crushed ice
- Market Smoothie: Coconut milk, kale, romaine, spinach, celery, apple, ginger, cucumber, parsley, lemon, and lime
- Sweet Greens Smoothie: Coconut milk, pineapple, apple, spinach, romaine, kale, celery, ginger, cucumber, parsley, lemon, lime

Pret a Manger
- Moroccan lentil soup: A bold soup packed with hearty lentils and chunky vegetables, with a handful of spices and a dash of balsamic vinegar to create an authentic Moroccan
- Black bean soup
- Mediterranean Mezze Salad: A colorful salad loaded with falafel, butternut squash, harissa chickpeas, beet hummus, dukkah, pomegranate seeds and fresh mint
- Veggie Fiesta Salad: Black beans, charred corn, jicama & zucchini slaw, cubed pepper jack, avocado, pickled red onions, cilantro & lime over a bed of romaine and spinach

Freshii
- Superfood Soup: Vegetable broth, quinoa, kale, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, red onions
- Salad/Bowl: Spinach, kale, almonds, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, cabbage, mushrooms, roasted peppers, sesame seeds, beet slaw

Left Coast Food and Juice
- Jimmy Ching: Napa cabbage, romaine hearts, snow peas, crunchy quinoa, cashews, green onion, mint, sesame seeds, chinese mustard vinaigrette
- Robust Rosa: Kale, spinach, roasted broccoli, red onion, roasted tomato, toasted hemp seeds, avocado caesar dressing

True Food Kitchen
- Charred Cauliflower: Harissa tahini, Medjool date, dill, mint, pistachio
- Seasonal Ingredient Salad: Brussels sprout, butternut squash, cauliflower, white bean, pomegranate, toasted mulberry, horseradish vinaigrette
- Ancient Grains Bowl: Miso-glazed sweet potato, turmeric, charred onion, snow pea, grilled portobello, avocado, hemp seed

Sweet Green
- Spicy Sabzi: Organic baby spinach, shredded kale, spicy broccoli, raw beets, organic carrots, bean sprouts, spicy quinoa, basil, Sweet Green hot sauce, carrot chili vinaigrette (ask for no roasted sesame tofu)
- Bowl (build your own): Organic mesclun, bean sprouts, spicy broccoli, hot chickpeas, toasted almonds, local apples, lime cilantro jalapeño vinaigrette
- Bowl (build your own): Organic arugula, basil, shredded cabbage, raw beets, toasted almonds, spicy sunflower seeds, carrot chili vinaigrette

Caffe Baci
- Grain Salad: Organic kale & spinach, citrus marinated northern beans, tri-colored quinoa, pickled red onion, toasted sunflower seeds, citrus vinaigrette on the side
- Grilled Vegetable Salad: Native, grilled seasonal vegetables, balsamic vinaigrette
- Tomato Salad: Fresh vine tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, fresh basil, red wine vinaigrette, Italian spice blend

Meal Services


- http://www.sageeatschicago.com
- https://www.fittinglydelicious.com/
- https://www.purplecarrot.com

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Author: Michael Moody Fitness
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