Posts Tagged 'weight loss'

Napa Boot Camp’s Goal Setting 101

Setting goals will enable you to eliminate the distractions in your life and help you to focus on the really important things.  By knowing exactly what you want, you’re able to concentrate on specific areas with more accountability and focus. Goals allow you to get more things done so you can achieve more.  Who doesn’t want to achieve more?

We like to take one large goal and break it into smaller, more attainable “mini-goals”.  This will give you the direction you need if you get off track.  Goals create steps.  The old saying goes, “How do we eat an elephant?” Answer: One bite at a time. No matter what task we have to tackle, we often can’t do it all at once. We can, however take small steps toward completing the task.

Always, always, always write down your goals! Set small, measurable, and attainable goals.  Focus on getting the result that you want.  Why did you set this goal?  Why is it important to you?  Make a commitment to yourself, and then take action with your end-result in mind.  Use your time wisely and work hard.  Don’t waste your valuable time and energy with filler.

Tell everyone you know about your goal.  You have probably heard this a hundred times, but it really works.  This will create accountability, and the more accountability, the more likely you are to succeed!  But, be careful with ones who won’t support you, don’t share with them as a matter of fact, just stay away from them!

One more thing…. “TODAY, not tomorrow” is critical.  Don’t put anything off until tomorrow…it will never get done.  Besides, if it were really important to you, then why would you wait?  Do it TODAY!

What is your Goal?

Let us help you accomplish your goals in 2012.  We want you to have a “NEW” goal in 2013, not the same one you make this year.

Define – Plan – Commit – Take Action – Make No Excuses – Be Persistent- Read Your Goals Daily – & Never QUIT!

Happy New Year!

Napa Boot Camp 12 Days of Christmas Workout Videos

Hey Everyone!
Who is ready for 2012?  I AM!!!!
We have got some very, very, cool stuff coming up next year…. including a Newly designed, 6 class Nutrition series, a National Transformation Contest (this is big), new Nutrition Talks in Sonoma, new trainers, New Year, New You….. it just goes on and on!!!!
I am excited!  And I will be sending out more details very soon!!
Just a couple of reminders below….
We have a few things to share with you below:
-Bonus Class on New Years Eve
-Schedule Changes in Napa
-12 Days of Christmas Workouts 9-12
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New Years Eve-Special Boot Camp Class
Saturday 12/31 @ 8am
934 Enterprise Way, Suite D
RSVP so we know you are coming….
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Schedule Changes in Napa
1.) Napa 5:15pm FRIDAYS is cancelled. Effective January 1st.
We find attendance to be VERY low on Friday afternoons and evenings so we are cancelling the FRIDAY 5:15pm Napa session.
2.) NEW Saturday morning classes at Napa/Enterprise Way location!!! Effective Saturday 1/14.
Yep, regular boot camp classes on Saturday mornings. WE will have regular boot camp classes on Saturdays at 8am during the ‘on’ weeks of boot camp.
NOTE: these are not “bring a guest” free saturday boot camp classes. These are member only classes, similiar to our weekday classes, we will still offer “bring a guest” class options and our Suck It Up Saturday specialty classes, but those will be emailed out to you indicating which days…..
3.) Napa 6pm is going inside. Effective January 1st.
I realize we took a poll on this and originally decided to stay at Silverado, HOWEVER, the the 6pm time slot tends to compete with other organizations that use the Kennedy Hall area and lighting at 6pm class time is inconsistent to say the least. So in an effort to insure we have enough room to train and an effort to be as safe as we can be. We are moving the Napa 6pm Mon-Thurs session indoors to our 934 Enterprise Way location.
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12 Days of Christmas Workouts 9-12
In case you missed it here are all the workouts including days 9-12, be sure to record your numbers for workout #11 and #12 and post on Facebook Fan Page!  Show everyone how bad ash you are!!!

Napa Boot Camp’s 4 Tips to Stay Fit for the Holidays

Well if the last few days are any indication you know how hectic the holidays can be. We all easily get stuck in the mode of skipping our workout so that we can squeeze in more holiday errands, shopping and parties.

From experience I know how terrible it feels to sacrifice all the hard work put in to get lean muscle mass and better fitness levels only to lose it all during the ‘holiday season’. One major reason why; when you lose lean muscle mass, you will lower your resting metabolic rate, which is approximately 60 – 75% of your total daily calorie burning. So what happens is every day you will start burning fewer calories which puts you right in harm’s way of nasty, unwanted body fat during the holidays and really until you decided to get back on the wagon.

In addition, when you substitute holiday busy-ness for your much needed workout you lose strength and then the next time you go to work out your performance will be below average. So you literally took 3 steps forward and 4 steps back, what a waste of perfectly good muscle and strength.

There are so many sharp ways to maintain or even better yet, increase the calories you burn per day, both from exercise and from your normal daily activities in order to stay fat free this holiday season. Below are some tactics to maintain and/or increase your current amount of lean muscle mass and maximize your daily calorie burn to best save yourself from the dreaded holiday fat expansion!

1.) Make sure one of your workouts is an intense strength training session each week

Studies show that a mere single strength training workout session per week during times when you cannot train as frequently as you normally do is an effective way to maintain your current levels of strength and lean muscle mass. So, to best maintain your strength and lean muscle mass, shoot for at least one good strength training workout per week to stay buff during the holidays and to prevent unwanted regressions in fitness. To best prevent weight gain, aim for three total body strength workouts per week. To maximize fat burning, perform at least 3 interval training days, interval training burns 9 times more fat than traditional aerobic workouts.

2.) Hit Your Totals

Your body is a dummy. Not to be mean but your body can’t differentiate between 100 push-ups performed in a row versus 100 total push-ups performed in a day. When you honestly cannot find a five to 20-minute time slot to complete an effective total body workout, look for hidden chunks of time during the day to get in a certain number of daily repetitions for a certain number of exercises that work your entire body. Got a free moment from now until you need to take the turkey out of the oven? Then, bang out 10 push-ups, 10 rows, and 20 squats. Using this method throughout the day will lead to big numbers by the end of the day that will burn the same amount of calories in addition to creating similar muscle building effects as if you did all of the exercises at once during a single workout. In addition these shorter bursts enable you to insure you have perfect form and technique. As Pavel puts it, ‘greasing the groove’.

It is important to note that this “Hit Your Totals” routine is merely a back-up option to the ideal 20-minute interval training workouts which are scientifically proven to burn nine times more fat than ordinary exercise. Short rest periods between exercises create the optimal hormonal environment for rapid fat loss and lean muscle gain, where as the long rest periods (full recovery) between movements do not.

Make sure to pick multi-joint, compound movements that hit as much of your body’s major muscle groups in the shortest amount of time possible (e.g. squats, deadlights, lunges, push-ups, rows, etc.).

3.) We don’t need no stinkin’ machines

Machines have made us an incredibly out of shape and overweight society. This holiday season make it a point to not use them! Now I don’t mean to say that you cannot drive to the mall during the holidays. However, when you get to the mall, try to park further away so you can do more walking to get inside. Avoid using elevators and escalators and opt for the stairs; all those steps truly do add up. Instead of having your naughty kids carry the bags, burn more calories by carrying the bags yourself (sorry, I had naughty kids while I was writing this ha-ha). Stay on your feet as much as possible and resist the temptation to let a robot or machine do the work for you.

4.) Engage in more outdoor holiday activities

Since we don’t get much snow here it will be hard to have incredible snowball fights. However, we have perfect weather for a family hike or a touch football game. You will have so much fun you won’t even realize all the calories you just burnt. Get outdoors this holidays season, make a new tradition to go for a nice long walk after your holiday dinner. Once again, all these calories here and there truly do add up and could make a difference between you fitting in your pants or ripping your pants by the time the clock strikes midnight this New Year!

Napa Boot Camp Transformation Contest Winners

The results are in and the winners lost a combined weight of 121.4 pounds and that was just the top 4 — in 12 weeks!

A big congratulations to all of our contestants all of you did a great job and I acknowledge how tough it can be to start a fat loss program so you should be very proud of all your efforts. We are proud of you!

Our top four winners are:

1st Place: Rick Lair (Napa Boot Camp 5:30 am)
2nd Place: Crystal Britto (Napa Boot Camp 6:00 pm)
3rd Place: Bob Clark (Napa Boot Camp 6:00 pm)
4th Place: Rebecca Offer (Napa Boot Camp 5:30 am)

All the results are listed below!

If they can do this in 12 weeks just imagine what you could do, if you want to start your journey you can start with our Summer Slim Down program starting May 17th. Click Here for more details about Napa Boot Camp, Sonoma Boot Camp or St. Helena Boot Camp.

I will post my final Lessons Ive Learned post tomorrow. I thought everyone would be inspired by these AMAZING results today!

Your Friend,
Tiffany Larson

Lessons I’ve Learned, Part 3: The Children Are Our Future

I have been overweight all of Maddie and Mia’s life. It is getting better and they have seen me lose 50 pounds but one thing I have learned is that children do what their parents do and sometimes with much struggle they do what we say as well.

One of my biggest reasons for making better food decisions and making fitness a high priority in my life is so that my daughters grow up surrounded by that influence.

I read different reports but in the book Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. there are some staggering estimations:

– It is estimated that over 25% of school aged children in America are obese.
– An overweight child develops heart disease earlier in life.
– Mortality data suggests that being overweight during early adult life is more dangerous than a similar degree of heaviness later in adult life.
– The #1 health problem in the United States is obesity.
– If our current trend continues, by the year 2030 all adults in the United States will be obese.
– People whose parents are obese have a tenfold increased risk of being obese.

I think you get the point.

With all those odds stacked against my kids I have to work harder than any parents in generations past to make sure that my children have fighting chance against obesity and a life filled with illness.

But before I started my own healthy journey, I started to realize quickly that when you start at a very young age your children will eat what you put in front of them for the most part. Maybe there are certain things they don’t like but as the parent I was the one that encouraged the healthy choices…. if I didn’t buy gold fish crackers, my kids would be forced to eat apples for a snack. If I didn’t buy sugary yogurt tubes, my kids would have to eat bananas as a snack. If I didn’t buy ‘chicken nuggets’ (what is a nugget anyways) then my kids would have to eat real chicken breast.

Early on I taught my children that snacks are healthy food that fuel our bodies and help us grow healthy. And that pudding, yogurt tubes, gold fish crackers, graham crackers, chips, cookies, ice cream, fruit snacks and juice are NOT snacks. They are ‘treats’ and are ‘every once in a while’ foods.

Now that they are a little older we talk about commercials on T.V. The commercials that try to get your kids to think ‘it’s part of a healthy breakfast’ or this juice is a complete source of vitamin C…. or any of the other bull crap that they are brainwashing our children with. They tell me when they think that that information doesn’t sound right and we work together on making healthy choices.

Now don’t get me wrong, we all love goodies just like anyone else and we do have them, however, I am hoping that my children grow up knowing that fruits, vegetables, and whole food are staples and not packaged convenience items that are almost suffocating people whereever they go now a days.

I know it can be difficult to battle with the little ones because they are pretty powerful when it comes to getting what they want. But here are some things that I have learned and have worked for me in staying ahead of the battle:

1.) Educate, educate, educate. Make sure your children know what they are eating. Read the ingredients to them. If you can’t even pronounce the words in the ingredients…. they are gonna ask you ‘what is that’ and you can remind them that food companies use all kinds of processing agents to make food have a certain color, a certain taste and a certain shelf life and that those things are very bad to put in our bodies.

And on the flip side of that, explain to them the good things that whole foods do for our bodies. Get creative because kids are a tough sell.

Teach your children about serving sizes. Most of them don’t realize that the bag of chips they get from the store is usually 2 or 3 servings. Or a whole bowl of ice cream is 3 or 4 servings….

2.) Make deals. I mean you are master of your domain and if you just do a clean sweep of your house and get rid of all the crap then that is up to you, but you might have some crazy troops on your hands! So start out slowly. Have the kids pick one junk item that you always purchase that they will trade in this week for a real fresh fruit or a cleaner version. Do this once a week or every other week until you have cleaned out all the junk.

And in the meantime, if they want a ‘treat’ item, limit it or make a deal that if they drink a whole glass of water and have some clean foods then they can have some of what they want. Ususally by the time they finish the water and the healthy snack they have forgotten about the treat….(usually but not always 🙂

3.) Encourage your children to be active. Put a limit on T.V. time. Find an activity that you can do together. Search for a sport they are compatible with.

4.) Set a good example. Just do the best you can and nevermind how things have been in the past. Today is a new day and we have many days to come….. Show your children that starting now, eating clean healthy food is a priority because you want to be healthy and feel better and that you make exercise a priority in your life because you are important to you! And that you want to be stronger and healthier!

Chances are if you develop these new habits, make them a high priority and stay consistent the rest of the family will follow along!

I would love to hear your comments below on how you are helping your children make good choices and how your new healthy journey has helped your family!
Your friend,
Tiffany Larson
http://www.napabootcamp.com

P.S. If you need help with your fitness or nutrition you can get all that and more at Napa Boot Camp or Sonoma Boot Camp or St. Helena Boot Camp. Check out Summer Slim Down, it starts soon and you can save $60!

There is No Final Destination…..

I know we all have to figure it out for ourselves but I hear so, so, so often:

“What do I do when I get done with this 3 month fitness package?”

“If I do this for 12 weeks and I lose all this weight, will it just come back?”

“Oh, I can’t wait until I this transformation contest is over so I can eat ________ again.”

This is another lesson I have learned over the past 9 years on my fitness and fat loss journey, there is no final destination, you don’t actually get there and then stop, you don’t actually arrive at your destination or goal and park it.

It is an ongoing journey.
What would happen if you put gas in your car every week for 3 months and then just stopped?

You would not get anywhere in that car, right?

What if you did laundry, maybe one load per day, to keep it from piling up and then you stopped?

The laundry pile would get bigger and bigger and bigger, right?

What if, in order to stay organized and keep on top of your business you checked emails once a day but then decided to only check a couple of them, now and again but pretty much stopped following up on those messages?

Your inbox would over flow; you would lose control of your business, right?

So, what if you did a fitness program and exercised almost every day, and started eating clean, cutting down or cutting out all the simple carbs and followed the advice of a professional and you lost 20-30 pounds in 12 weeks and then you stopped?

Your 20-30 pounds would come right back, and then you would start to gain more.

Trust me I know.

Being healthy, being fit and reaching and maintaining your ideal body composition is a journey. You set and reach goals but you must keep going to maintain those goals and you must set new ones in order to keep the journey relevant.

One of the coolest things about staying on the journey is the learning process. I have learned so much about my body and what works for me and what doesn’t. If I quit every time something didn’t work then I would never see the things that do work and if I quit every time something did work and I made progress then I would have to re-do that every time! I surround myself with information and I keep educating myself in things that will help me on my journey.

I appreciate the journey, I know that I am never going back to 217 pounds and I am never going back to 197, 187 or 177. I am on my way to 167, 157, and 147 and then ….. I will not stop. I will keep working on new goals, keep climbing and creating a more interesting journey.

We all have a different story and we are all on our own journey and one of the ways to stay on that journey is to share our experience with others. That is a vital part for me. Maybe, something I share might help someone and I know that you have something to share with a friend or a family member that will help them.
I have made a long term, commitment for life to eat clean and continue to challenge my fitness level and I set my goals around that.

Have you started your journey and stopped? Are you back on your journey now? Have you committed to it being a lifelong process? I hope you are able to think long term for your health and fitness and hope that you share your experience with others! You can even share with us by commenting below!

Stay tuned for tomorrow where I will share Lesson #3: Our Children Are Our Future

Your friend,
Tiffany Larson
http://www.napabootcamp.com

P.S. Are you ready to start your journey? We can work together….. You can start on 5/17 with our Summer Slim Down

Lessons I’ve Learned: Part 1

I took some time to write down the lessons I have learned from being fat to fit and since I am still learning these lessons, it will be an ongoing blog post.

However, for now I have a 4 part series and I will give you one lesson per day and it all leads up to our “Summer Slim Down” program which I will tell you more about later…..

Lesson #1
Life is Too Short to Not Enjoy Every Minute…..

After I had my children I reached my heaviest at 217 pounds. And some of you may be reading this going wow, 217 that’s big. Then some of you may read this and think 217, that’s nothin’. Either way, I hope you find something here that you can relate to. We all have our own version of what is average, good, big, bigger and too big…. And that is a personal place.

Me Then....

I think of that day, the day I reached 217 and was about to purchase a pair of size 18 pants as the day I hit ‘bottom’. I was really miserable, I always thought I looked good and I had a good body image but at that point I was sad to see what had become of me in the mirror… Actually I didn’t even see me in the mirror I just saw fatness. And honestly I really didn’t see it coming, but there it was and I left the store crying!

I did not want to get any bigger and I knew that if I wouldn’t have taken immediate and drastic action that the only thing that would happen is, yep, you guessed it, I would get bigger.

I thought to myself, I have a great husband and two brand new children to share my life with only I don’t want to share my life because I am uncomfortable, frustrated and honestly embarrassed. I would never let anyone know that, but deep down inside that is how I felt. I lost myself and hated that feeling.
I remember that feeling of wanting to play with my kids but just not having the energy to do it. Carrying around all that extra weight makes you very tired and actually depressed so the oomph to get up and go just wasn’t there. It made me sad because I was turning down precious opportunities to share precious memories with my children that I can’t EVER get back!

As a family we would go camping and of course camping usually leads to some sort of swimming and I had to get a bathing suit….. I went for several years not wearing a bathing suit because I was just not happy with what I saw in the dressing room and then of course 2 pregnancies later ….. I had to purchase one of those bathing suits that was a full suit with a skirt thingy around the bottom….. I hated that and therefore, when the rest of the family was swimming I was hiding on the beach, hot and miserable again missing out on opportunities to enjoy my family and enjoy my life. You know there is nothing better than getting in the nice cool water on a really hot day, but being fat kept me from that joy.

More of me.....

And clothes, uggh, for several years I would not wear anything that didn’t provide full coverage. As a matter of fact I wore my maternity clothes for at least 2 years after my last child was born….. I used to hate going to work functions or to meetings in maternity clothes, especially 2 years after the pregnancy. I really felt unprofessional and quite frumpy most of the time which in turn made me shy away from business opportunities and building relationships with people.

I guess what I am trying to say here is, being fat gave me feelings of depression and self consciousness, it made me tired and grouchy and those feelings resulted in me turning down great things in my life and life is just too short to not fully enjoy every single wonderful opportunity that we are blessed with everyday!

So I started my journey to get back to a place where I felt alive again, confident again, a place where I was able to play with my children and swim with my family and have some level of looking good when I left the house! Boot camp and my friends from camp have been the biggest part of that journey.

I am still on that journey, I am not where I want to be exactly yet, but I am sure a lot better than I was 50 pounds ago!

Less of me Now...

I hope you are on your journey, I know there is something out there that will work for you if you haven’t found it yet. Today, make a committment to yourself to start something, make the first step and each day will get you closer to your goals!

It now brings me joy to help others on their journey…… to get fit, to lose weight and to feel happy again! I see it happen every day and invite you to email me if you are ready to take the next step and start on that road – I am here to help.

Your Friend,
Tiffany
Napa / Sonoma / St. Helena Adventure Boot Camp
http://www.napabootcamp.com

P.S. If you relate to how I felt or maybe you are in a different place but really want to get started in a fitness and nutrition program and work towards your goals we are starting our Summer Slim Down program on 5/17! Now is the time to get started! Click here for more information about Summer Slim Down

P.S.S. Stay tuned for Lesson #2 Tomorrow: There is No Destination….


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