Spring into Fitness with Our First-Ever Mini-Session of Maplewood Boot Camps!

Spring into fitness with a mini-session of Maplewood Boot Camps. For the first time, we’re offering a 6-session Maplewood Boot Camp to help you kick start your workout routine. This is the perfect way to get a jump start on your fitness routine for warmer weather and to check out Maplewood Boot Camps!

Sign up for a limited time for $127 and get started this week on a brand-new you!

*The 6 camps of the Mini-Session must be used between March 22nd and April 9th.

Camps are held 7 days a week at:
6 and 9:30 am on Mon/Wed/Fri in Memorial Park in Maplewood
9:30 am on Tues/Thurs at the Baird Center in South Orange
8:30 am on Sat/Sun in Memorial Park in Maplewood

Green Weight Loss?

Need more convincing that greens should be a regular part of your diet?

People who consume green smoothies report fewer cravings for unhealthy food and tend to snack far less than when they aren’t getting their greens.

So sip your green smoothie with a big smile, knowing that you’re turbo charging your health and expediting your weight loss.

Green Smoothie
Green smoothies consist of 3 basic ingredients: greens, fruit and water. Have fun experimenting with a wide range of varieties of both the greens and the fruit in order to reap the most benefit. You may be surprised to find that the simple combination of greens and fruit is quite delicious.
Servings: 1

Here’s what you need…

  • 1 bunch (2 cups) red dandelion greens (feel free to use spinach or any other dark greens)
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 cups filtered water
  1. In a high speed blender mix the ingredients until smooth.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 199 calories, 1g fat, 47g carbohydrate, 10g fiber, and 6g protein.

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5 Healthy Reasons To Go Green!

1. Greens are packed with amino acids…AKA protein.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that dark leafy greens are a legitimate
source of protein. It’s true!

Protein molecules are made of a chain of amino acids. When you
consume protein from chicken, you’re getting chains of amino acids
that have already been assembled into a complex protein.

When you eat dark leafy greens you are getting a plethora of
individual amino acids. Your body then takes these amino acids and
assembles it into complex protein chains.

2. Greens give you lots of insoluble fiber…like a sponge.

You know fiber is important, but did you realize that fiber is
needed to rid your body of toxins? Insoluble fiber is extra special,
since it is built like tiny sponges that each absorbs several times
more toxins than its own volume. Check out just a few of the many
benefits of fiber:

* Fiber reduces cholesterol
* Fiber prevents and reduces the risk of cancer
* Fiber lessens risk of diabetes and improves existing diabetes
* Fiber helps shed unwanted pounds and prevents overeating

3. Greens promote bodily homeostasis…necessary for optimal health.

Homeostasis is the physiological process that regulates all substances
in your body at ideal levels for optimal health. It is a very complex
process, one that your body is constantly working towards.

In order for your body to achieve homeostasis it needs an abundance
of vitamins, amino acids, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and
minerals. Greens are a super provider of all of the above.

4. Greens are alkaline…which promotes healthy cells.

In 1931 Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize for discovering the
cause of cancer: weakened cell respiration due to lack of oxygen
on the cellular level — this causes fermentation, which results
in acidity, or low pH.

There is a close connection between the foods you eat and your pH
balance. For example, Parmesan cheese is highly acid forming, -34;
while spinach is an amazingly alkalizing food, +14.

When you get plenty of greens on a daily basis, you’re able to
better maintain a good alkaline pH balance.

5. Greens are made of chlorophyll…liquid sun energy.

As amazing as it may seem, the molecule of chlorophyll is strikingly
similar to the molecule of human blood. Chlorophyll heals and
cleanses your organs while destroying harmful substances.

Here are just a few of the powers of chlorophyll:

* Chlorophyll builds a high blood count
* Chlorophyll helps prevent cancer
* Chlorophyll counteracts toxins
* Chlorophyll promotes an alkaline body
* Chlorophyll helps sores heal faster
* Chlorophyll improves varicose veins
* Chlorophyll improves vision

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Our New Camp is Underway!

I hope everyone has power, or a warm, dry place to stay until their power comes back!

Rain aside, we’ve had three great first days at Maplewood Boot Camps! We’ve been meeting inside at the batting cages at the Baird Center in South Orange as we wait for the thunderclouds to pass and the fields to dry up a bit. Watch this space for updates on where camp will be held this week, and we’ll email as well.

People are signing up for our Biggest Loser Contest – the man and woman who lose the greatest percentage of their body weight at the end of four weeks will each win a free month of boot camp!

There’s still time to sign up to join this new camp that runs from this week until April 9th!

Happy Birthday Carlito!

Today is the last day to sign up for Maplewood Boot Camps and get
10 percent off!

And since today is my son Carlito’s 4th birthday, as a special added
bonus, if you sign up by midnight tonight, you will ALSO receive a
free copy of the Game On! Diet book, complete with nutritional plan,
to use in this month’s Biggest Loser Contest!

At the end of the month, we’ll pick two Biggest Losers and award
them a free month of Boot Camp!*

Our next boot camp starts tomorrow, March 13th and runs until April 9th.

You can sign up to take camp 2 times a week, 3 times a week or for
an unlimited amount of times throughout the 4-week session.
(10% off is good only on 3-Day a Week and Unlimited Boot Camp)

Camp is offered 7 days a week, you come the days and times that work
best for you!

Mon, Wed and Fri in Memorial Park at 6 and 9:30 am
Tues and Thurs at the Baird Center in South Orange at 9:30 am
Sat and Sun in Memorial Park at 8:30 am

Spring Biggest Loser Contest

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You could be making a valiant effort to lose weight, but if you eat
too much each day then the number on your scale will not budge.

Even if you think that you’re limiting calories, you won’t know
unless you do a little research.

Get a small notebook to carry with you and jot down everything you
eat for an entire week. Be sure to include the exact amount that
you eat of each food item. At the end of the week do a tally of
each day, and then figure out how many calories you eat on an
average day.

Review your daily entries for items that are filled with empty
calories – like cookies, candy or soda pop. These should be the
first things that you cut out of your diet as you transform your body.

To help you kick start a new you in Spring 2010 we are launching our
brand new Maplewood Boot Camps “Biggest Loser Contest” and we’re
offering 10 percent off the price of camp!

To participate, you are required to weigh in once a week every
Saturday morning starting on March 13th-April 10th. You will also
need to maintain a notebook with a food log for the entire 4 weeks.

The camper who loses the biggest percentage of their total body
weight will win a free month of Boot Camp.

I will be awarding two free camps, one to a male and one to a female

Go now and secure your spot in our next Maplewood Boot Camp
before the spots fill up!

4 Weight Loss Blockers

Read the following 4 Weight Loss Blockers to discover what is standing in your way and how to quickly and easily begin your weight loss journey.

Blocker #1: Your Commitment

How many times have you tried to lose weight, only to give up a week or two later? We live in a commitment-phobic world, so it’s no wonder that you routinely abandon your goals. If you truly want to lose weight then your commitment to the process is a must.

  • The margin between success and failure is bridged by your commitment. Don’t give up until your goal has been achieved.
  • Treat exercise with the same importance as a work meeting, and you’ll never skip it at the last minute. Find three available 60-minute time slots in your schedule and mark them (in pen) on your calendar. Now stick to your schedule.
  • If you don’t give up, then you’ll never fail.

Blocker #2: Your Diet

If you consistently eat the wrong food, then you’re weight loss efforts will all be in vain. To put it bluntly, you need to stop eating junk. Processed foods, refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup do not belong in your diet if you want to be in great shape. Cut these items out of your diet and replace them with real whole foods like lean meats, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fruits.

  • Don’t eat processed foods. Even though processed foods are accepted by our society, they contain tons of chemicals and empty calories that will make you sick and fat.
  • Fat contains twice the caloric density of protein and carbohydrates, so make sure to limit the amount that you consume. Eat lots of lean proteins and wholesome carbohydrates from plants and whole grains.
  • Vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds are filled with fiber and antioxidants which are vital for healthy weight loss. Snack on these instead of packaged treats.

Blocker #3: Your Patience

It takes time to transform your body from fat to fit, even though you want it to happen overnight. Remind yourself that it took time to put the weight on, so it will take time to take the weight off. When you find your patience wavering, or when you encounter a frustrating plateau, do the following:

  • Review your goal. Is it specific and measurable? Is it small and attainable, rather than monumental? Focus on your goal when the going gets tough.
  • Make each workout a new experience. Challenge your body with different resistance, new exercises and a varied pace.
  • Remember that anyone can have one great workout, but that won’t get you the body you want. The only way to achieve your goal is by consistently exercising and eating right, plain and simple.

Blocker #4: Your Support
Get serious about your results and begin the last weight loss program that you’ll ever do.

Get serious about your results and begin the last weight loss program
that you’ll ever do.

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3 Reasons Why You Can’t Lose Weight

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There are few things more frustrating than not being able to lose

You want to be slimmer and to tone your body, but your weight won’t

Read the following 3 Weight Loss Blockers to discover what is
weight loss journey.

Blocker #1: Your Mind

Your mind is your number one ally when it comes to achieving your
goals. However, until your mind has been programmed for success,
it will do more to derail your efforts than to help you.

* Take a few moments each day to visualize yourself at your
ideal weight. Imagine how it feels to look the way you’ve
always wanted.
* Protect your mind from any negative self talk. If a negative
thought comes to mind, immediately reject it.
* You want to be thin and fit, and yet you think of yourself
as out-of-shape and fat. Re-program your mind to think of
yourself as fit and attractive, and you will be well on your
way toward achieving your goal.
* Give up the belief that you can’t achieve the body you’ve
always dreamed of. See it first in your mind, and then in
the mirror.

Blocker #2: Your Fear

Change makes most of us nervous – even if it is a change in the
right direction. You may not be consciously aware of the fear you
have of getting into shape. Until you conquer this fear, your weight
loss efforts will be blocked by self sabotage.

Professional speaker and author, Anthony Robbins, has outlined three
specific beliefs that you must have in order to conquer your fear
and instantly create a lasting change.

* Believe that something MUST change. You can’t be wishy-washy
about it. You can’t be considering it. You can’t even be
pretty sure about it. You’ve got to be rock solid.
* Believe that YOU must change it. You can’t pass the buck of
responsibility and expect to lose weight. It’s on your
shoulders. Other people will prove to be great assets in your
journey, but in the end you are the one who is going to make
it happen. You have to want this weight loss enough to make
it your personal mission.
* Believe you CAN change it. You may have failed in the past,
but that doesn’t matter. When you put your mind to it, you’re
able to do amazing things. Do you believe that you are capable
of losing weight? Once you own the belief that you can, you’ll
be unstoppable.

Blocker #3: Your Excuses

Your excuses for being out-of-shape are getting old. An excuse takes
less immediate effort than an action, but in the long run the action
taker always has the advantage. Don’t allow excuses to ruin your
life any longer.

* Don’t skip out on your responsibilities with excuses, instead
expect more from yourself.
* Focus on the big reason why you are losing the weight. Make
a list of the benefits you’ll enjoy once you achieve your goal,
and read them first thing each morning.
* Remember that you can only have two things in life: excuses
or results. Which do you want?

Get serious about your results and begin the last weight loss program
that you’ll ever do.

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What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

What you don’t know could hurt you
How much thought do you put into what you eat?

If you want to get into great shape then you’ll be interested to know that 80% of your fitness results are attributed to your diet.

In our fast-paced society, eating is often done with little or no thought as to what exactly it is being ingested. Excess body fat is a direct outcome of this hurried, poor nutrition. Even if you have the best intentions with your diet, you are likely frustrated and fed up with extra pounds.

I don’t blame you for being confused about what you should eat. The media surely doesn’t help. One day the talking heads want you to give up all fats. The next day carbs are the culprit, and then acai berries become the holy grail of weight loss.

The food manufacturers increase confusion by printing misleading labels and bogus health claims.

Sometimes it seems like the whole system is set up to confuse and frustrate us into buying the latest and greatest packaged food.

The bottom line is that your physique is largely a result of what you eat, so the foods that you put into your body should be carefully selected.

It’s time to re-examine what you eat.

It all starts with reading nutritional labels. The nutritional content and ingredient list will give you everything you need to know about the quality of the food item.

I’ve outlined 5 ingredients that should raise a red flag when you turn over that package and find them listed:

Red Flagged Ingredient #1: High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
HFCS is a manmade sugar, derived predominantly from genetically modified corn. The sweet concoction has been shown to promote binges and hysterical hunger, and wrecks havoc on your blood sugar levels, promoting fat storage.

The introduction of HFCS into our food supply directly paralleled a 47% spike in Type 2 Diabetes cases as well as an 80% increase in obesity. Food manufacturers use HFCS in many mainstream products, including the following:

  • Sauces (including ketchup)
  • Yogurt
  • Energy Bars
  • Soft Drinks / Fruit Juices
  • Processed baked goods
  • Cereals
  • Crackers
  • Ice Cream
  • Salad Dressing
  • Most packaged snack foods

Red Flagged Ingredient #2: Hydrogenated Fat / Partially Hydrogenated Fat (Trans Fat)
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats have undergone such extensive processing that the chemical structure has changed from a “cis” shape, which the human body recognizes and utilizes, to a “trans” shape, which is foreign and destructive to human physiology.

Check each food label for the word ‘hydrogenated’ and avoid it diligently. Cutting out hydrogenated fats is a simple set towards looking and feeling your best.

Red Flagged Ingredient #3: Aspartame
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that was denied 8 times by the FDA before being approved in 1973. Many scientists objected the approval, claiming that aspartame hadn’t been proven safe for use as a food additive.

MIT neuroscientist, Richard Wurtman, researched the effects of aspartame and concluded that it promotes cravings for foods high in calories and carbohydrates. Though aspartame is calorie-free it still causes insulin to be released, which job is to stow away sugar – when this sugar is not available, the result is often hypoglycemia and severe hunger. Not exactly a recipe for weight loss.

Red Flagged Ingredient #4: White Sugar
White sugar comes from the juice of a sugar cane plant that has undergone an intensive refining process. In this process all of the enzymes, fiber, vitamins and minerals are destroyed, rendering it nutritionally void. White sugar is also extremely high in calories, which your body loves to store away in fat cells.

Refined sugar has been linked to a weakened immune system, hyperactivity, ADD, mental and emotional disorders, dental cavities, hypoglycemia, enlargement of the liver and kidneys, and an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain. All that and it leads to weight gain.

Red Flagged Ingredient #5: White Flour
White flour comes from natural whole wheat that has been stripped of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. This results in a nutritionally void product that is packed with calories that release quickly into your system, creating a spike in blood sugar. As you know, this promotes fat storage and leads to hysterical hunger and cravings. You don’t need that.

Once you cut these 5 items out of your diet, you’ll be pleased with the results. Expect to lose weight, to have more energy and to feel better than you have in a long time.

If you’re serious about looking and feeling your best through purifying your diet, then focus on eating real food items. Real foods include lean meats, vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds.

Would you like to expedite your fitness and weight loss results? Call or email today to get started on a fitness program that will quickly transform your body.

Remember, while nutrition is vitally important for weight loss, true results are achieved through a combination of both nutrition and challenging, progressive exercise.

Naturally Sweet Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner – have you thought about what to get your special someone? This year consider an arrangement of exotic fruit or gourmet dried fruit in lieu of the expected box of chocolates. Fruit is nature’s candy – sweet and packed with antioxidants. Your special someone will feel the love, and will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Lime-Spiked Asparagus

Here’s a real food item for you! If asparagus isn’t a mainstay in your diet, then it’s time you make it one. Asparagus is packed with folic acid, which is necessary for blood cell formation. Fresh squeezed lime makes this dish refreshing and delicious. This recipe only takes 15 minutes, perfect for weekday dinners.
Yield: 2 servings

Here’s what you need…

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus spears, tough ends trimmed
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. In a large skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Mix in garlic and shallot, and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the asparagus spears, cook until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Squeeze lime juice over asparagus and season with salt and pepper.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 80 calories, 2g fat, 8g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, and 3.5g protein.