I have been so delighted about the success of our latest 6 Week Sugar Freedom Challenge at Gordon Studio.
The challenge group was small, but the results were big, with four challengers losing the Maximum Recommended Amount of Weight in six weeks. Cherie and Whitley each lost more than 11 pounds, and Candy lost 13.
As an ACE certified Personal Trainer, I’ve learned that 2 pounds a week is the maximum amount of fat loss that one can expect on a diet and exercise program. If we see higher weight loss numbers, chances are that the extra weight loss is coming for lean tissue: in other words, precious muscle.
What’s more, I have been coaching a number of other clients in the art of getting off of sugar, grains, and processed vegetable oils, and I enjoy learning more about the challenges of getting off of sugar and starch from each of them.
Here is a common problem they are reporting to me, and a solution to that problem.
According to Dr. Eric Westman, one of the co-authors along with Jimmy Moore of “Keto Clarity,” a low carb high fat diet can have a diuretic effect which drastically lowers sodium levels along with bloat and inflammation.
Now, nobody wants the bloat, but a drop in sodium levels can leave my clients feeing tired, cranky, and all around low energy.
Enter bullion in warm water as a fast pick me up. My clients Jill, Whitley, Candy, and more have reported that the bullion drink is astonishingly effective.
There’s just one problem.
Most bullions contain sugar! Yes, you read that right. One “organic” bullion even goes so far as to call it “Glucose Syrup” instead of sugar on the label. Can you imagine why? Companies must be getting wise to the fact that so many of us are discovering the benefits of getting sugar out of our diets
Luckily, my search on Amazon.com turned up this solution:
Finally, a sugar bullion that proudly declares its sugar free status right on the label. I’m heading over there to order some now.
Let me know if it works for you: firstname.lastname@example.org
No More Zumba Gold Classes
As many of you know, I struggled with overweight and obesity for 35 years before I discovered Turbulence Training.
After finally losing all the weight I wanted, while building the strength and muscle I needed, I became a Certified Turbulence Trainer in 2012.
In order to focus on TT to the best of my ability, I need to let the Zumba Gold classes go.
Zumba Gold will be available again soon with a different instructor. (Thanks Suzanne!)
Please leave me a message, or visit the studio for a refund on any unused classes.
Pictures Coming Up! The 17th Turbulence Training Transformation Contest is in its final weeks. I will be taking my “after” photos on Wednesday, but that’s not a very big deal as I’m not officially entering the contest. Here is a post I wrote on after pictures. I hope it gives you some good ideas going into picture day.
Make the Most of your After Photos
When it comes to “after” photos, honesty isn’t just the best policy, it’s the only policy. So if we’re not going to give in to the temptations of Photo Shop, what are some of the things we can to to make our photo shoot the best it can be? I’ll be writing about my experience with a professional photographer today, but most of these tips apply to the pictures you take yourself. #1. Practice your posing! Put on what you’re going to wear in your pictures, get in front of a mirror, and take a really good look at what you see. Yes, you do have a good side, and if you can’t figure out which it is, you haven’t spent enough time in front of the mirror. After years of dance and yoga classes it is easy for me to see that my right side looks slimmer and shapelier than my left. If you are familiar with “Warrior Pose” try it with the right and then the left foot in front and you should see what I mean. Your face probably has a good side too, and you can angle your body one way and your face the other, (Not too far, we want to see both of your eyes really well!). If you’re working with a photographer, you may want to write down notes about any poses you want to get. In the excitement of the shoot I did forget some poses I wanted to try. #2. Know what you want to express. There’s a reason why the look on your face is called your expression! All of the pride, happiness, and the pleasure of accomplishment should show in your face in an after photo. How do you do this? Just think about how your results make you feel, and that will come across to the camera. Allow all of the milestones you’ve passed and the new skills you’ve mastered to flash through your memory as you face the camera, and it will capture what you are feeling.
This means that if you’re an intense kind of guy you don’t have to smile if you don’t want to! Oh, and don’t flex so hard or pull in your abs in so far that you end up with a less than comfortable expression, if you know what I mean. :)
#3. The fun stuff! Nothing on this list of little extras to help you look your best costs more than $10.00. Arm and Hammer Whitening Booster- Squeeze it on top of your usual toothpaste. Start using it a few days before the shoot. So easy, and your teeth really will be whiter. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towlettes for body. I use one on my face too, then I spray on Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self Tanning mist on top of that. (Not in your face though!) Start at least three days before the shoot, use the lighter color if you’re naturally fair, and stop when you get the right color. It does take a full hour to see the color develop. The layering will give you a nice even bronzing. Palmers Moisturizing Body Oil- rub it on just before you take your pictures- not too much, you can always add more. A spray bottle of water- once again a light misting. These are enhancements. You don’t want to be so tanned or so shiny that people notice that instead of you.
Speaking of shiny, your forehead shouldn’t be. Go ahead and powder lightly if it is. Guys, enlist female help, we love this stuff. Well, at least I do but I’m real girlie. Anything else, just ask. The videotaping is tomorrow. Holy cow, I can hardly wait! To check out Turbulence Training, the fat loss program I used to make my transformation a reality Click Here!
Catherine Gordon is the author of the nutritional program: Sugar Freedom at www.sugarfreedom.com. She is also the author of "Keep the Change" Transform your body for good 2nd edition, at amazon.com. She is member of the National Weight Control Registry, and she was named the Certified Turbulence Trainer of the Year in 2013.
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