Sunday, January 30, 2011

If You Asked Me Last Month...

 If you asked me last month how I saw myself, I probably would have said, " I think I’m fine, I look good…Oh, I’m running the LV marathon, I can eat this and I’ll be okay!” Boy was I wrong!

If you know me, I get away with a lot of things because of my genes (Hawaiian & Chinese). I used to eat fast food almost every day. I got away with it because of my metabolism and my genes! I'm 75% Chinese and 25% Hawaiian, although you would probably think it was reversed because of my size. My pops (the china man) he is about 5'7" and 175 lbs soaking wet, and I think I might be giving him way too much credit! The Hawaiian side of me is pretty strong for being the lesser of the two.

Long story short, I pretty much coasted through my 20’s eating McDonalds, Jack in the Box, Pizza Hut, and just about everything in between. Once I hit my 30’s, things started to change! I could feel my stomach grow with every bite, my Qua blue shirt got a little tight with the first bite of a burger. Whatever it was, it had to change! So, instead of changing my eating habits, I started running. My first marathon I signed up for, I thought would have been the death of me…I survived to say the least! But, I was still eating bad, that’s the one thing that did not change! With all the running we were doing, I figured I could get away with it. We did the Long Beach Marathon, and finished the year off with the Las Vegas Marathon, but I was so burned out from doing 3 full marathons, a half, and a few 5 K’s that year, I took almost the whole 2010 off from working out! I would go to the gym once a week, at the most twice. I just had no desire to leave the house, unless I went to work…which is funny since I’m a Personal Trainer, but hell, we all go through it! I kind of got back into working out when a close friend of ours wanted to do her first marathon, so I was almost forced to get back into running. As much as it was a struggle to get up every Saturday morning to do our group runs, it was good for me. It got me back into the gym, but my eating habits still did not change one bit! We finished the 2010 LV Marathon, and the first thing I wanted after the run was what?? A BURGER!!!

2011, a new venture, a New Year and new place that we call home! But, with the New Year comes my birthday, still thinking I look fine. January 4th, Carisse looks at me and says, “Let’s do something different, let’s change up our workouts?”

“Okay,” I said, “What do you want to do?”

“Let’s do Insanity!”

 I said, “Okay!” But, this time I did things different. I looked at this new workout in a different way. Instead of making a New Year’s Resolution, I made a New Year’s Mission! I made workout logs and a FOOD LOG!!! What?? A food what??  Yes, so I can be accountable for what I put in my body! If I was logging everything down, I’m pretty sure I would not want to log a donut or two or three, okay, I could go on….

January 29th, I look at people’s posts about doing HCG, Lap Band, and just about every short cut possible! I’m here to tell you in a little over 3 weeks I went from 210 to 196 lbs. NO SHORT CUTS, AND THE BIGGEST SURPRISE IS I HAVEN’T BEEN IN A GYM ONCE SINCE I HAVE BEEN IN SAN DIEGO! Yes, it is possible…it just takes work, hard work!

Before pic: Pump up the Pride

After pic: Jan 25, 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011

What ABOUT FitcampSD?

     FitcampSD  is fitness camps that combine the mind and body to improve physical fitness levels, which include cardiovascular, muscular strength, muscular endurance, speed/power, and flexibility.
     As part of our philosophy of incorporating all aspects of physical fitness, we challenge the mind and body with Yoga, Tai Chi movements, and Pilates. Yoga increases flexibility, body awareness, and strength with various poses and combinations of movements.

     FitcampSD consists of functional training to assist in ADLs, activities of daily living. Some individuals may have a goal to increase their bench press, while others have a goal to make it from sitting to standing without a struggle, or to pick up the box on the floor and place it on the shelf above their head. Functional training takes workouts out of context and in to the real world.
     Speed, agility, and power are important for the elite athlete, but the average individual can increase their physical fitness with this training as well.  This kind of training is considered sport specific, as it relates to various sports. If you were to take a sport and break it down to single movements or small combinations of movements, you would see quick changes in direction, plyometrics (jumps, leaps, and bounds), quick starts and stops, different combinations that challenge ones coordination, etc. FitcampSD uses these movements to increase the physical fitness of participants, as well as, train the athlete that can take these movements to the game.

     FitcampSD also includes a small meditation portion at the end of class. Meditation relaxes the body and the mind. Meditation helps to bring the body back to its resting state following exercise, as well as, relieving anxiety and reducing stress.
     It is important to know that during FitcampSD we are increasing our physical fitness , but we are having FUN! If workouts are boring and uneventful, who is going to stick with it? Why WOULD anyone stick with it? FitcampSD is about helping YOU reach YOUR goals, regardless of age and fitness level. It is a process, a journey, and not a destination. There is no quick fix, and no PERMANENT fix, we must be active DAILY. Our bodies were made to WORK.
     Contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns. ENJOY this moment, it is all we are sure of.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy Healthy Halves of Every Heart

The heart is a vital organ that is often misinterpreted and misunderstood when it comes to physical activity. The left side of the heart is a pressure pump and the right side is a volume pump. In order to increase the efficiency of the heart, we want to be able to fill up the right side of the heart with as much blood as possible to increase our cardiac output to send oxygen-rich blood to the body. When doing cardiovascular training, this is the adaptation that occurs. When doing strength training, the change is occurring to the left side of the heart, the pressure pump. The myocardium of the left ventricle, the wall of the lower left chamber, results in greater thickness due to the pressure being placed on the heart to pump blood to the muscles. THIS is the very reason we NEED to do cardiovascular AND strength training. Just a reminder that exercise alone does not result in a healthy lifestyle, diet plays a major role as well. Without a healthful and balanced diet, the heart may have to work harder due to atherosclerosis, plaque build-up in the blood vessels, which inhibits blood flow to and from the heart.
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