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Day 6 HealthMC “How to Build A strong Fitness Support Team”

Team Spirit, December 2006You’ve made up your mind this time to stick to your plan for good. You have everything lined up, your food is planned ahead of time, your workout  is scheduled  for the week, and you are really excited about the progress you’ve made so far.

In the middle of all your excitements you get the occasional naysayer (hopefully you don’t live with one), the constant doubter, the friend who complains about her weight yet to do nothing about it, and of course the jealous one who belittles every success no matter how big or small throughout your journey.

To deal with this toxic group you need a strong mindset paired with a strong support team. Having a great support system makes a big difference because you are whom you hang out with. The people you surround yourself with everyday, your life is more likely to look like there’s meaning: low-income, low self-esteem, complainer, losers, winners, or achievers. If you want to succeed in your healthy lifestyle, these are the people you should surround yourself with:

  1. A personal trainer (if you can afford one) who has YOUR best interest at heart. Not a personal agenda to push their business and/or services. Your personal trainer should also be a product of their product, how else would you know that what they are selling you works?
  2. An accountability partner. This person is the your go-to person when you feel like giving up, like you are not making any progress. The person you talk to sincerely about your failures. It is ideal if this person has already accomplished what you are trying to carry out. My accountability partner now is Ruby Carter Pikes, this 63-year-old fit mom keeps tabs on me worst than a GPS. But I know it is all out of love plus I get to learn from her ability. Ruby calls me to chat about my day, and urge me to be patient and stay focused.
  3. A workout partner. This person can be the one that gets you ready to exercise only because you already gave him/her your word. So by tagging along just to keep your word sometimes you end up having the best workout ever.
  4. Your family. Make it a family affair by involving your kids in your home workouts. My 3 year-old got so used to me doing cardio in the afternoon that when it’s nighttime he tells me “mommy it’s time to go to the gym” . Get your husband on board, and if he doesn’t want to eat clean YET, ask him to support you by not bringing tempting food around the house.

Your team can be bigger, the most important thing is that they know your goals, tell it to you like it is when you are whining, and continue to love you no matter what.

Your assignment on day 6 is to check your association and decide which one will be part of your fitness support team. You may have to dissociate from some people all together, have limited association with others and expand on your relationship with the rest. The group your expand on will definitely help you shine at the top.

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Can’t Believe I Fail For This Wacky Advice

We get lots of advice from people, some of them very useful, some funny, and some really wacky.  We value our parents’ advice but as adults we start to question some of them.

I was always a very competitive student in high school.  If I didn’t perform the way I expected too, I asked my mom to get me some help.  I remember my first bad grade on a math test; I was devastated and when I got home I asked my mom to get me a math tutor because I sucked at it.  She got me a tutor, as a matter of fact I got 2 tutors and they drilled math so much into my brain that I began to ace most of my tests.

The next problem I had was with remembering things.  Now that I think about it, a lot of what I studied in high school, I memorized without understanding a word in what the author was talking about.  In a test all you had to do was to spit out what you memorized and you get an A.  So I had a memory problem too and asked my mom for help.  “Mom, I have a problem memorizing stuff, I need help”.  My mom’s advice came in a quite genius and wacky way, “don’t worry Billy Billy (as she calls me), I have the perfect food for your memory problem.”

The next day with my dinner I was served grapefruit juice mixed with milk, which I hated.  When I asked my mom why I had to drink grapefruit juice knowing that I hated it, the answer was “It’s good for memory”.  OK I said and forced myself to drink it.   Needless to say the following months, I was bombarded with all kinds of fruits, veggies and other things that before the whole “It’s good for your memory” pitch line you wouldn’t pay me enough to eat.  Mom said it’s good for memory well, here we go.

You are probably wondering how this wacky advice affected my grades.  Well I got As, Bs and sometimes Cs.  I was convinced that the memory foods worked.  Now fast-forward 20 years, when my mom came to visit my husband and I, I had to ask her about the “Memory food” plot.  She laughed out loud in my face and said “I got you good with that one, didn’t I.  Now you eat your veggies and you drink grapefruit juice no questions asked right? Billy Billy”    Imagine that, my own mother lying to me about memory to trick me into eating everything I use to fight with her to eat.  The worst part was that I gave her the ammunition.

Whether or not some foods improve memory, I am sure some do. But  tricking a child into eating her veggies and using “It’s good for memory” advice to convince her is just plain Wacky.  I love you mom, but next time please no wacky advice.

What is the most wackiest advice that you ever got?  Please share it with us and comment on the blog.

Until next time, spread the love…

Simple Chef: Simple Snack

You know how you get very excited to get everything right during the week and you buy all kinds of fruits because

  1. you do not want to get bored and
  2. you are not taking another trip to the grocery store for fear of leaving the store with more than just fruits.

There is always the one that you forget, the itsy bitsy left over of strawberries. When you finally remember it’s existence in your  fridge,you do not want it to go bad.; “Oh no you’re not, I paid good money for this. I hate throwing out good food.”  Why not turn it into a quick snack?

Say hello to Simple Chef’s  Simple Strawberry Parfait snack.

You only need 1/2 cup of strawberries 




1/3 cup high fiber Uncle Sam cereal which contains 10g of fiber and less than 1 g of sugar






6 ounces of Chobani plain greek yogurt and  1/2 scoop of whey protein flavor of your choice.  Layer everything like a parfait in a tall glass and


Simple Snack that will curb cravings.

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Simple Chef: Simple Tilapia and Red Potatoes

Welcome to Simple Chef. This is section of the blog is a response to several emails I got today asking me, “What in the world do you eat? …. please can you share”. Yes I will,  and here is the first new recipe that I tried fresh out of the oven.

I know that I cooked like a mad woman yesterday but I cannot resist trying something new especially if I already have the ingredients in the fridge. All I had to get from the grocery store was 1 red pepper and 1 lemon. I also use my in-laws as an excuse to cook more things,  and trust me they have a big smile on their faces when I drop off my son for baby-sitting along with clean food.

Today’s recipe was found in on my fave “Oxygen Magazine”. It’s a Tilapia baked with red potatoes and it was super easy to make. I took pictures to share with you.
For those of you who do not wish to go look for the recipe, “Simple Chef” is here to make it simple.

Start by cutting 1/2 cup of red pepper and 1/2 of pitted kalamata olives and put it aside





Season your tilapia with Mrs. Dash, paprika, and 1/2 tbsp oil let it seat for 20 minutes





Then 1lb of small red potatoes cut in half, 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil, 1 lemon thinly sliced, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp sea salt mixed together

Bake potatoes first for 20 minutes, add tilapia and bake again for 15 minutes, add peppers and olives, and bake for another 10 minutes and






Enjoy and spread the love……



If you try this recipe and add some variety to it, come back and share it with us and post a comment.

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