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California Bread: To Eat or Not to Eat

to eat or not to eatCalifornia came calling this month, and I was more than happy to answer. With visions of eighty degree days sitting on the beach with my Tally girl, I gleefully began to prepare for the trip. Then two things hit me. What kind of chaos am I getting myself into traveling with a four month old baby, and what on Earth will my four month post baby body look like on a beach?? Now, I’m not a believer in this whole instant snap back to pre-baby body craze. However, I am not going to front as though I wouldn’t mind getting my shape back and not only welcome it back with open arms, but also throw a party for it with a pinata and all. Although I’m not in love with all my newly acquired jiggly parts, I’m too busy enjoying being a Mother to be overly consumed with losing the baby weight. That being said, I still tried to get a few extra workouts in before the trip seeing as I was beach bound. But then Strep throat and life happened, so that went out of the window.

Transportation: Planes and Car Rentals

Speaking of windows… I didn’t get a window seat on the plane. Nor did I get an aisle seat. Max and I unfortunately got separated and I ended up smack dab in the middle of two strangers, with Tally and my overly stuffed diaper bag with leaking pumped milk in tow. But God is good. Our neighbors for the flight were kind and didn’t mind the baby feet and hands that were dangling over the boundaries of my seat, and Talia didn’t blow out her diaper until we reached the car rentals. So all in all, it was quite the successful first baby flight.

Everything in California just looks better. Even the car rental center in San Diego looked like a mall, with espressos and lattes available curb side. I LOVE this place… the coffee, the ocean views and rolling hills. It’s like God made a special variation of green just for this place, that happens to be more refreshing than any other place. My eyesight, although I’m terribly near sighted, is something I am thankful for every day… and California was definitely a feast for my eyes.

The Food: To Eat or Not To Eat

Not only does everything look better, but everything seems to taste better too. I’ve had a serious love affair with bread since childhood. It’s something I refuse to give up, but choose to manage responsibly. Vacations make that a bit more challenging, because eating really good is also a part of the “vacationing spirit”. I believe there is a balance to everything. I don’t think we should deny ourselves the joy of certain tasty treats, but we shouldn’t sabotage our health and our fitness goals either. Each of us has to assess where we are on our fitness journey and align our eating habits accordingly. For me, I’m definitely in a new place after just having my first baby. It’s a pretty determined place. I’ve clocked in the hours working out, and have maintained healthy eating habits. While I do allow myself some blissful moments with cookies, croissants and waffle fries, I keep them to a minimum.  So deciding to eat or not to eat, can be really hard at time but remembering to keep the balance is key.

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So now that my name is not only Danay but it is also “Talia’s Mom”, I feel a new sense of modesty. I felt quite risque slipping into my bikini and actually considering walking outside amongst other humans like this, but my dear husband assured me this was respectable. Coronado Beach was perfectly lovely. Lovely and uncrowded as we enjoyed a peaceful Monday morning on the beach. Although I didn’t get as many workouts in as I wanted to, and I indulged in some fantastic California bread, I felt good and I felt proud. Proud to be Talia’s mom. Proud to be Max’s wife… and just loving the family and the life we are blessed to be building together, and it’s only just begun.

The Joys of Motherhood

Baby Baby Baby: The Joys of Motherhood

The Joys of MotherhoodTrying to gather my thoughts these days is like going on a three nights journey all in itself. The pregnancy fog never quite lifted. Instead, it graduated, went into the army, and became the best fog it could be. Oh, but it’s a lovely fog. A pink and fuzzy one filled to the brim with everything Talia Rose. While yes, I lose my car keys and a pacifier every single day, and my retention for new information is barely sixty seconds, I wouldn’t trade this for ANYTHING. I truly, truly, truly to the infinite power love being a Mother. Fair warning, the new mommy syndrome is real…and I have it. Needless to say this entire blog will be about Talia and the joys of motherhood, hence the title. But as a new mom I feel I’m entitled to at least one blog completely dedicated to my new love. I seriously don’t know how on Earth to even articulate all that I’ve experienced since October 21, 2015. But without further ado, let the scattered brain mommy bliss begin.

The Joys of Motherhood and the Delivery

I love thinking back to the day of my labor and the excitement of it all… Max and I singing The Final Countdown at the top of our lungs at five in the morning while timing early contractions… He, my mother and I having lunch all the way across town when the nurse called us to come in… The nurses and their incredible, incredible kindness and good humor… The endless supply of Ocean Spray Cran-grape Juice that seemed to come from Heaven… Looking over in the middle of the night and seeing Max and Mom asleep near by. Talia was born the next day at 12:17pm. I’ll never forget, they turned her around and her arms were spread wide open as they plopped her down on my chest. My tears ran to meet her. Labor is a strange thing. On the one hand, it’s the greatest pain you have ever felt, accompanied with a vast array of unrivaled discomforts. Absolutely all modesty is shot to the wind as a whole host of strangers are now privy to…your pocket book, as my Grandmother used to say. And then on the other hand, you have the pure miracle of it all… and this new collection of snapshots and memories that make it such a unique and treasured window in time. Yeah…it hurt, but the beauty of it is indescribable.

The Joys of Motherhood and Everyday Life

My sweet Tally is now three months old. She’s sprouting up like a tree and filling the house with huge smiles and a colorful cooing vocabulary. It amazes me how with each day I seem to fall even deeper in love with her. She’s my roll dog, bestie, butter pecan sugar booger. We do everything together. Even now she’s sleeping on my chest as I type this, because if I put her down she’ll wake up and then I won’t get anything done. This little girl’s love language is definitely touch.

These days are beautiful. But it’s not always butterflies, rainbows and daisies. One minute I’m thanking God and telling Him I can’t believe my life is so awesome. And then the next minute I’m completely frazzled and praying, “Jesus please help me”. Each day comes with it’s blessings, and each day comes with it’s challenges. As I am being brought into new territory that is causing me to rely on the Lord in ways I never have before, I can really feel Him drawing me into Himself and stretching my trust in Him. I find it so important to start my day with Him. Sharing my quiet time with my little one is a little different but it’s precious. I pray that the scriptures and prayers seep down into her little roots and take up permanent residence, watering her spirit as she grows.

The Joys of Motherhood and Fitness

On the fitness side of things, I’m easing my way through. I’m not setting myself up with great expectations of a three month snapback, I’m just taking it one day at a time. I’m eating pretty healthy and I get exercise about four times a week. I know that if I’m doing the right things the weight will start to fall off in good time. So I’m not trapped in a rhythm of checking my weight everyday. The results will follow the work. In the meantime, my focus is on giving my all to the Lord, and the precious ones He’s blessed my life with. I pray to be the clay in the Potter’s hands… mold me and shape me as you will, fill my heart with your love, take me over.

A mother, a grandmother, and nurturer by nature decides to treat herself to a new lifestyle

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I want to introduce you to Jennifer Franklin.  Jennifer was the winner of the 21 Day Weight loss contest!  She lost over 10 lbs in 21 days.  The 21 day weight lost challenge came on time for her because it gave her the kick start she needed to get going.  It can be hard to start your weight loss journey.  For Jennifer she made the decision to start and is well on her way to reaching her goal of losing 30lbs.    Read Jennifer’s take on her Fit2DMax Roswell weight loss journey.

 

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Jennifer Franklin @ Fit2DMax Roswell after losing a healthy amount of weight can’t even fit her clothes.

 

Hey ya’ll, my name is Jennifer Franklin.  I’m 54 years old.
When I started with Fit2DMax Roswell, my goals were to to recover fully from a back and hip injury and return to my usual active lifestyle.  My secondary goal is to fit into a size 8 by my 55th birthday which is on September 1.
Why I love my trainer?  Although I consider myself to be a determined and driven person who like making and reaching goals, I needed a trainer to keep me on track and focused.  Max of Fit2DMax Roswell is great at encouraging and supporting and PUSHING me to meet and exceed my limits.

Because of Max’s training and experience I knew I could trust him to guide me through the fears and limitations I have as a result of my accident and chronic back issues. I get a huge amount out of our biweekly sessions AND I now can go to the gym and use the machines and equipment with confidence.

Best part of working with Fit2DMax – Doing something for myself. As a mother and grandmother I often do for others, being nurturing is in my dna but in the process of taking care of others, I forgot myself. Working out, eating right and focusing on my own well-being has changed every part of my life in amazing ways. And it has made me a better parent and grandparent, as I now can share my new lifestyle, working out and being active with my family.

Hardest part – The gym. I am not athletic, I was a book worm as a child and have never participated in sports of any kind. Add to that a serious fear of injury due to my physical limitations. I had a lot of preconceived ideas about people who went to gyms and felt I didn’t fit in and I felt very self-conscious of my appearance and age at the gym. But because I now know how to use the equipment – correct posture and form, number of reps, correct weight, time etc., I can utilize the gym with confidence and I have learned to not only appreciate but love it.  And I enjoy pushing myself to make and achieve new goals. Nothing feels better than leaving the gym after a challenging workout and knowing I DID IT.

 

As you can see, Fit2DMax in Roswell, GA has only been open for about a month and we are already making a difference.  Make a change in your life with Fit2DMax Roswell by signing up for our 21 day Fat Loss contest.   Call 404 913 2629 or email us today at fit2dmax.info@gmail.com to make a choice that will change your life for the better.

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The Amazing Power of the Words, “One More”

THE AMAZING POWER OF THE WORDS, “ONE MORE”

 

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As a coach, motivator, and trainer, my job is to encourage people to be better than they were before.  When I sit down with a person that I am about to work with for the first time, the words “accountability”, “motivation”, “encouragement” and the phrases, “pushing the envelop”, or “a kick in the pants” get thrown around a lot.  I’m not big on kicking pants or pushing envelops but I am all about individuals making the decision to be the best that they can be on that day, for that minute, or to break it down even further, in that exact moment.

 

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Usually when one works out, if they are really challenging their limits while working out, there are defining moments during the workout where fatigue sets in, and the mind and body wonders, “Can I do one more?”.  Most people say heck no, and stop.  The unfortunate thing about that decision is that it usually translates to work performance, business decisions, martial challenges, and a lot of other things that people would like to see more success in.   The words that I use to reverse that mind set is “One more”.  When I say one more, I am usually referring to the last repetitions in a work out.  I am asking the person to push past their comfort zone and to push for another rep.  It is a a mental decision but it is initiated through the spirit first.

 

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Everyone has a spirit that pushes past the impossible, that navigates through the undo-able and that makes the unmake-able.  Some call it the holy spirit, some call it the human spirit, others call it your inner self, but whatever it is, you have “IT” and it works just like your muscles.  The more you train it, the stronger it becomes.

 

 

When I encourage my students to do one more, 9 times out of 10 they complete that extra rep and as a result, they are better for it.   So in conclusion, think about what can you do “one more” of in your life that will enhance your situation.  Can you give your children one more hug to let them know that you care for them and support them?  Can you do one more project to influence your employer to give you a promotion at your job?  Can you do the research for one more investment that can set you up financially for life?  Challenge your self to push past your comfort zone.  When you do “one more”, the possibilities are endless.

When was the last time that you pushed your hardest?  Please share in the comment box below what are some of the things that you are doing in your life right now that is a little pass your comfort zone.
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Welcome Summer with the 21 day weight loss contest/Fit2DMax Grand Opening Event

Welcome Summer with the 21 day weight loss contest/Fit2DMax Grand Opening Event

 

I am proud to announce that on Monday June 8th we will have the Grand Opening of the 2nd Fit2DMax location in Roswell, GA.   The entire Fit2DMax family is excited, and to celebrate, we are kicking off a Summer weight loss contest!  You can start losing weight and train with us for just $1.  Yes, celebrate our Grand Opening with us,  jump into a supported and motivational environment and lose weight for just $1.  The winner will receive a special addition Tony Burch FitBit!   If you are willing to lose a dollar and some major pounds join us for the weight loss kick off.   Sign up by calling 404-913-2629 or visit http://www.roswellgapersonaltraining.com and contact us.
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Wellness Expert Maxim Nazaire is a Personal Trainer in the Roswell, GA and metro Atlanta area.  He specializes in double digit weight loss, injury rehabilitation and athletic/human performance.  He is the author of two critically-acclaimed books including his latest book, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wellness.  Nazaire is a graduate of the School of Health Science and Public Health at Stony Brook University in New York.  He is also Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and holds the honor of Level 1 Coach from the United States Track and Field Association (USATF).  Maxim has been featured on CNN Headline News Health as their go to health contributor where he shares his philosophy on wellness with television viewers all over the world.   Nazaire is a highly sought after motivational speaker, captivating audiences from every walk of life. He is married to his wife Danay Nazaire and currently reside in Atlanta, GA.

 

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Tone and define the back of your arms with this great tricep exercise!

Tone and define the back of your arms with this great tricep exercise

When you look at the back of your arms, do you notice some flab action going on? Do you find that when you wave your arms that there’s extra skin flapping? If you have that problem, then here is your solution. Let’s tighten those arms with this great video that shows you one of the best exercises to target the “chicken wing” arms.  Go from flabby to toned with this one great exercise. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

Next time when you go to the gym, try this work out for 4 sets of 12 to 15 reps. Make sure that you work with a weight that you can control. Please feel free to give me a shout to let me know what you think of the exercise and if you have any questions about proper form.

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Wellness Expert Maxim Nazaire is a Personal Trainer in the Roswell, GA and metro Atlanta area.  He specializes in double digit weight loss, injury rehabilitation and athletic/human performance.  He is the author of two critically-acclaimed books including his latest book, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wellness.  Nazaire is a graduate of the School of Health Science and Public Health at Stony Brook University in New York.  He is also Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and holds the honor of Level 1 Coach from the United States Track and Field Association (USATF).  Maxim has been featured on CNN Headline News Health as their go to health contributor where he shares his philosophy on wellness with television viewers all over the world.   Nazaire is a highly sought after motivational speaker, captivating audiences from every walk of life. He is married to his wife Danay Nazaire and currently reside in Atlanta, GA.

 

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Are Smoothies Making Me Fat?

Are Smoothies Making Me Fat?

Are smoothies really good for you?

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Are smoothies actually good for us?  Will smoothies help me with my weight loss goals?  It really depends on how you use smoothies.  I remember one particular instance a few years back when one of my clients was upset about her weigh in.  One of the major catalyst for weight loss is your nutrition and what an individual eats.  I make it a point to provide guidance to my clients and steer them towards foods that they can eat and enjoy while losing weight at the same time.  I knew that this particular client was active, so the first question I asked was, “How is your nutrition coming along?”  She said that her eating habits have improved.  One of the biggest changes that she made was adding more smoothie drinks to her daily food habits.

 

At the time, it sounded good to me.  On the surface, it seemed like everything was going well.  I then asked, “What are you adding in your smoothies?”  She ran down a list which included rice milk, strawberries, orange juice, apples, yogurt and bananas.  When you look at the list, initially it sounds like she is doing the right thing.  By most standards, those are all healthy foods.  When we were able to look at the list again, I realized why she gained weight rather than lost weight.  If you look at the list of foods that were in her smoothie, they were all glucose based.  In other words, they were all carbohydrates.  Her daily dose of high amounts of sugar is what led to the weight gain.

 

The question that I asked in the beginning of this post was, Are Smoothies making me fat?  The answer is yes they can if you don’t place the right amount of ingredients in them.  Carbohydrates are primary sources of energy. Carbs are a good thing.  The challenge for a person who is on a weight loss journey is that an excess amount of carbs will be converted to fat if the carbs are not being utilized through exercise.  Storing fat is the last thing that a person wants to do if they are losing weight.   Now I am not saying that blending smoothies, juicing fruits and making protein shakes are bad.  I’m actually a big smoothie fan, as I use them for my personal health. Smoothies are a great way to boost your health. We just have to use them the right way by adding good things in them.  Here are some pro’s and con’s for smoothies.

 

Smoothie benefits

-excellent way to get your nutrients in

-convenient

-people who are resistant to having breakfast can use a smoothie as a meal replacement

-cooking can extract key nutrients from the food while drinking it will ensure that you are able to get them all in.

 

The drawback to sugar loaded smoothies

-elevates insulin levels (sugar)

-because you are drinking the calories, it makes it easier to pack in more calories at a time

-most smoothies have too much sugar because people would rather blend fruits as opposed to vegetables

 

Here are some quick tips to make a better smoothie.

 

  1. If your smoothie has more than eight ingredients in it, you’re probably doing too much.
  2. The idea of more is better is simply not true.   Keep your smoothie simple
  3. Use one fruit like an apple to mask the taste of a vegetable that you may not like to eat on a normal basis.
  4. Since most of us don’t eat a lot of vegetables, it is important to add green vegetables into our smoothies whenever you can.

 

Get the biggest bang out of your smoothie by adding these:

  • Blueberries are one of the best fruits to use for your smoothie because it is so high in antioxidants
  • Chia seeds are a good source of several B Vitamins which can help in energy production.
  • Flax seed are rich in Omega-3’s and can help reduce inflammation
  • Nuts are packed with protein and have unsaturated fats which are the healthy kind of fat that aids in the functionality of the heart.

 

Here’s one of my favorite smoothie recipes

 

Purple Power Protein Punch

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1 generous handful of spinach

1 cup of frozen blueberries

1 scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder

1 cup of Almond milk or 1 Cup of water if you want to reduce calories

 

When it comes to healthy eating and healthy living, smoothies can be your great benefit or an additional obstacle.  Make sure that you put the right things in the mix and you will be on your way to the good and healthy life.  I shared my personal smoothie recipe, so if you have some smoothie recipes that are working for you, please share so that we can encourage folks to live healthy and active lifestyles.

 

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Wellness Expert Maxim Nazaire is a Personal Trainer in the Roswell, GA and metro Atlanta area.  He specializes in double digit weight loss, injury rehabilitation and athletic/human performance.  He is the author of two critically-acclaimed books including his latest book, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wellness.  Nazaire is a graduate of the School of Health Science and Public Health at Stony Brook University in New York.  He is also Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and holds the honor of Level 1 Coach from the United States Track and Field Association (USATF).  Maxim has been featured on CNN Headline News Health as their go to health contributor where he shares his philosophy on wellness with television viewers all over the world.   Nazaire is a highly sought after motivational speaker, captivating audiences from every walk of life. He is married to his wife Danay Nazaire and currently reside in Atlanta, GA.

 

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The Best Fitness Advice that I ever received…

The Best Fitness Advice that I ever received was,  “Keep on going and don’t stop”.

I know you are thinking, “Is that it?!!”, but I stand by that advice!  Here’s why.  I started running track when I was a child.  I was a novice and didn’t know that much about running form, or the right shoes to wear or even the right way to stretch.  I had tons of questions for Coach Moore (My middle school track coach).  My first couple of questions were general ones.  I asked Coach Moore, “What should I do when I get out there?  Do you have any advice for me?”  The answer that he gave me was a simple one.  He said, “Keep on going and don’t stop.”

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So here it is, my first Cross Country race.  I’m the new guy on the team and it’s my time to show what I can do.  In my first run I started out slow.  Everyone else gets out ahead of me.  As I continue to run I noticed that my teammates stopped to take breaks.  I continued to run.  The voice that echoed in my head as I passed each runner was that of Coach Moore saying, “Don’t stop”.  I didn’t stop.  I kept on running.  Listening to Coach Moore took me a really long way because on my first run with the team, I moved up to second place on my first day.  Not bad for a newbee.

 

In life, too often, we overlook the simple advice that people share with us.  We  look for the advice to come to us on a magic carpet, or we are looking for revelations to come in a platinum package.  In actuality the deep and profound answers to life’s obstacles can be extracted from “Simple advice”.   When that simple advice is shared with you, it may not always be easy, but keep your focus on that simple thing.   Master that one thing and unlock the key to worth while achievements.

 

When you are pursuing weight loss, you have to “keep on going and don’t stop”.   Most people quit on their weight loss right before a major breakthrough comes.  If they stayed with that workout program for one more day, or if they would continued on with their new and improved grocery list, they would seen the fruits of their labor.  One more push often times is what it takes to see success in fitness and in life.

 

So, what kind of simple advice do you need to follow today to reach your maximum potential?  Which words of wisdom have you over looked?  What is the best advice that you ever had but you haven’t followed it yet?  Think about the best advice that you ever had and let it ring in your mind like a top 40 hit.  Please share your comments and thoughts about the best advice that you ever received in the comment section of this blog and inspire someone today!

 

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Wellness Expert Maxim Nazaire is a Personal Trainer in the Roswell, GA and metro Atlanta area.  He specializes in double digit weight loss, injury rehabilitation and athletic/human performance.  He is the author of two critically-acclaimed books including his latest book, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wellness.  Nazaire is a graduate of the School of Health Science and Public Health at Stony Brook University in New York.  He is also Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and holds the honor of Level 1 Coach from the United States Track and Field Association (USATF).  Maxim has been featured on CNN Headline News Health as their go to health contributor where he shares his philosophy on wellness with television viewers all over the world.   Nazaire is a highly sought after motivational speaker, captivating audiences from every walk of life. He is married to his wife Danay Nazaire and currently reside in Atlanta, GA.