My Results After One Year of FASTer Way to Fat Loss®

Has it really been a year of FASTer Way?

My parents always said that time flies, and I really notice that more in my 50s! It has actually been a little over a year since I started making the FWTFL program a part of my life AND I became a certified FASTer Way to Fat Loss® coach.

My fat loss and weight loss results

Fat loss and weight loss are different things. In the FWTFL program, we do a lot of heavier resistance training and eat enough carbohydrates to support the work it takes to build muscle, combining this strategically with low carb cardio days and plenty of rest. Because muscle is denser and weighs more than fat, you can lose fat and actually weigh more.

Now, I needed to lose both weight and extra fat, and have not only lost both, but maintained it! I lost 45 pounds that I have maintained pretty effortlessly, and gained obvious muscle (my body shape is completely different and I am down many inches - 3 sizes worth).

  AFTER

AFTER

  BEFORE

BEFORE

My cholesterol and thyroid results

I take prevastatin for high cholesterol and levothyroxin for my underactive thyroid. About six months ago I was able to cut the prevastatin down to 3x per week, and my TSH levels improved even more, on top of the low dose of thyroid hormone replacement. My energy is better (I did have to make some adjustments to my fasting schedule to account for adrenal fatigue, but more on that in another post), and I am stronger than ever! I look great, but most importantly, I feel great!

Intuitive eating

After a year of tracking my nutrition and calories per FASTer Way to Fat Loss guidelines in My Fitness Pal (MFP), I am now able to eat intuitively and know what my body needs and when. Some days I eat in an 8 hour window, while others I expand to a 12 hour window, depending on how I feel.

I know now what a day of low carbohydrates looks like and what to eat, as well as a full carb day. Every once in a while I input a day into MFP to check myself, and I am always on point.

What I eat on FWTFL

I eat everything. Seriously, I eat everything. On low carb days I treat myself to higher fat foods - ribs, brisket, salmon, organic aged cheese (I tolerate dairy), lots of vegetables, full fat salad dressings and yogurts, berries for when I need a little sweetness. On regular and rest days I add carbs - rices, pastas, quinoa, and sometimes even good bread. And on leg day I treat myself.

Lately hubby has been baking, so I have had everything from orange iced shortbread cookies to flourless chocolate torte and lemon poppy iced bundt cake! But sometimes my treat is Blue Ribbon fried chicken with sweet potato fries. Seriously, what I don’t eat is junky processed food. Everything else is fair game!

  LUNCH ON REGULAR DAY

LUNCH ON REGULAR DAY

  LEG DAY TREAT - SHORTBREAD COOKIES

LEG DAY TREAT - SHORTBREAD COOKIES

How much do I exercise on FASTer Way to Fat Loss®?

Not too much, actually! I do heavy strength training (including Pilates for full body powerhouse work) for a total of 30-45 minutes, 3x per week and higher intensity cardio for about 30-45 minutes (including sprints + lower intensity fat burning ending), 2x per week. The other 2 days I either rest but for dog walks or do some gentle pilates or yoga.

Nothing crazy. Not an hour of high intensity exercise every day, like some programs require.

Would you like to lose fat and improve your health?

Women and men of all ages have had success with FASTer Way to Fat Loss®. The combination of enough whole foods in the correct proportions, intermittent fasting with carb cycling, exercise, and enough rest, is powerful and life changing. It worked, and continues to work, for me!

My clients ALL feel satisfied and full at the end of the day, because they are giving their bodies exactly what they need. No deprivation, no depression over what you can’t eat - because in your week you can eat all the foods you love. In fact, I usually have to encourage my clients to eat more, since so many of us have eaten way too little for way too long.

My next round of FASTer Way starts prep week on October 29th, and I would love to see you there. Let’s get stronger and healthier together!

Gut Health Supplements and Life Update

Just when you thought I might never blog again, I am back! 

Sinus Infections and Adrenal Fatigue (Yawn)

The past few months have been tough. I ended up with adrenal fatigue, and then managed to get two sinus infections within the past month. What zithromycin wouldn't kill, levofloxacin plus a NeilMed sinus irrigation system has. (However, the neck and shoulder pain that I sometimes get with Levoquin are tough to take.) 

In the interest of getting my health back on track, I have made a few changes to my routine. Instead of doing a 16:8 intermittent fasting protocol, I am doing 12:12, which immediately helped my energy. I dropped back down to beginner/intermediate workouts, and not every day, and have actually gained some more muscle and lost more fat (who knew?).

I also found a new gynecologist, who is transitioning me to an FDA-approved oral HRT regimen that is still bio-identical. Instead of being on a dosing cycle of every 12 hours with the compounded cream I have been using, I will take the energy-producing estrogen and dhea in the morning and the sleep-promoting progesterone at night. Since my dose will be more regulated, I look forward to less sweating and more sleep!

In supplement news, I stopped taking fish oil after so many studies showing that it has no effect on cardiovascular health (plus I eat fish and good fats all the time), but have continued with probiotics and collagen for gut health and to keep the candida at bay after so many antibiotics!

And that brings me to the lates gut health supplements I have tried, both of which I received free in exchange for a review.

Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics

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How could I ignore an email with "The Princess and the Probiotic" as a subject line? As I know from working at an A-list private island resort, even royalty has gut issues with travel, so why would Meghan Markle be any different? 

What makes these probiotics different? They are fermented for three years with an organic prebiotic food blend. Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics are shelf-stable and effective. I took a capsule twice a day, and found them to work very well, keeping me regular and feeling great. The only issue is cost. To make a quality product like this is not easy or cheap. These will run you $43 per month on Amazon.

These work so well because they are a blend of prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics.

"The three-year fermentation process at seasonal temperatures encourages survival of the strongest bacteria and makes the blend (12 Probiotic Strains) shelf-stable without refrigeration. Unlike other products that claim billions of freeze-dried non-native bacteria is better, we understand that 'more' is not better. Dr. Ohhira’s formula takes probiotic support to a whole new level by providing the biogenic ingredients Postbiotics needed to support your exclusive probiotic ‘fingerprint’."

I also highly recommend their Kampuku Beauty Bar, which fits the hand perfectly, works on face and body, has no smell, and rinses clean.

Hello Beautiful Collagen & Multivitamin Powder

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I take collagen every day, whether hubby's awesome bone broths or a powder. Collagen helps our guts, as well as supporting our structural supports and skin. I am convinced that collagen helped me heal my crushed toe back in 2013! So, when I received an email asking if I would try Musely's Hello Beautiful collagen with multivitamin, I said yes.

They sent me one box of the unflavored and one of the wild berry flavor (20 packets each). The unflavored is great! It mixes easily into coffee, oatmeal, and my protein shake, and I love getting my vitamins and some electrolytes from the dried coconut water in the process. No smell, no residue, just clean collagen.

The mixed berry flavor is very lightly flavored. It mixes well in berry oatmeal and berry smoothies, and I even tried it in cold water, which worked well, much to my surprise.

I do prefer a more robust multivitamin, so this would not replace that for me. But if you have a hard time remembering to take a pill, but will carry and use a packet of powder, this will work for you! Prices range from $29 per box to under $20 in their subscription program.

Are You Ready For Summer?

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We are beyond excited about our NEW opportunity for FASTer Way To Fat Loss coaches because we’ve made it even easier to do what you love, change lives, and make an incredible income!

If you’ve been on the fence about trying FASTer Way To Fat Loss and becoming a certified FASTer Way coach, then now is the time to act! We’ll explain everything at our LIVE Special Recruitment Event on April 23rd, but here’s what we can tell you right now.

We have a brand new backend system to make the registration process completely seamless for you. We will take on the liability and insurance so you have one less thing to worry about. We will provide you with all the branding assets and marketing materials you need. We’re handing you a business in a box!

But we aren’t just simplifying the process and making it even easier... we’re structuring the FASTer Way so you can earn even more money!

Here’s how it works! You will earn 75% commission on all of your sales (with an average of $200 per sale going directly to YOU). This is the HIGHEST in the industry (by far!). But it gets even better. For each coach that you bring into the FASTer Way family, you will earn a $1,000 referral bonus PLUS once you have 5 coaches on your team, you’ll earn 10% on all of THEIR sales! Are you already running numbers in your head? That’s right. HUGE potential! Not only that, if you apply during our special LIVE event, you’ll receive $1,000 off your Tier 2 coaching package!

Don’t wait! Space for this LIVE event is limited, so register now and experience the life-changing benefits of FASTer Way, before we fill up! 

You will start Prep Week on Monday 4/23, AND will be eligible to join the LIVE coach recruitment event! Click here for more information about being a FASTer Way To Fat Loss Coach.

How To Take Full Advantage Of The New FWTFL Coach Certification Opportunity

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The new FASTer Way To Fat Loss Coaching opportunity is creating a huge stir!

The income potential is off the charts, and the response has been massive. We couldn’t be more excited to get things rolling!

This opportunity is perfect for Fitness Professionals, including personal trainers, and Pilates teachers, health-focused Network Marketers (I'm looking at you, my Isa friends), and FASTer Way clients who are interested in learning more and changing lives. 

Here’s what you need to know.

  • Before you apply for the FWTFL coaching certification, you must complete one round of the FWTFL as a client. You need to know and love the program.

If you need to take the program, my next round starts April 23, and as long as you are registered in advance you can be on the waiting list for the coach opportunity, and start as soon as you finish the round! 

  • Once you are accepted into the coaching certification program, you will have 6 months to go through the material and take your exam. Most people finish much sooner than that, some in just a few weeks.
  • Our new online backend office for coaches will take care of registration, payment and document signing. YOU KEEP 75% of all commissions with no ceiling! (This is unheard of, and we are SO excited to truly change lives with this income opportunity!)
  • WE take care of all the insurance, which means we take on all the liability, should any client issues arise. It’s rare, but it happens, and we don’t want you to worry about it. - THIS IS HUGE!
  • You receive a business in a box! You’ll receive branding assets, marketing materials, and online portal access. Everything you need to start, promote and run your business!
  • You’ll receive the Business Accelerator Workshop self-study course to walk you through the process of setting up everything you need for your business marketing and sales funnels. You’ll also receive access to our private Facebook community for coaches. This is a very valuable resource!
  • Other FWTFL coaches can join your team for even more income opportunities! This is where it gets really good. Once you have 5 coaches on your team, you will be elevated to Premier Coach. You will receive a $1,000 bonus for each coach that signs up under you, PLUS 10% of ALL of their commissions!!

Here’s the best part!

Special Recruitment Event on April 23rd!

We are holding a LIVE EVENT on April 23, 2018 for potential FASTer Way coaches! Don't miss this event! 

Space at this special event is limited, so download your free guide - How To Scale Your Fitness Business The FASTer Way! - and register for this amazing opportunity!

Announcing The FASTer Way To Fat Loss Coach Certification

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Have you been through the FASTer Way and loved it?*** Well, now it’s our turn to share a little more love with YOU. If you’re committed to the FASTER Way, can’t get enough of the lifestyle, and toyed with the idea of becoming a certified coach, NOW is the time! We are excited to announce our Special Recruitment Event on April 23rd where we will be offering $1,000 off your coaching package and the chance to earn a life-changing income!

What do I mean by life-changing income? Not only will you earn an incredible commission (the HIGHEST in the industry BY FAR at 75%!), but once you have a team of at least 5 coaches under you, you’ll also start earning 10% commission on all of THEIR sales, not to mention a $1,000 referral bonus for each coach on your team! You have the potential to pull in a 6-figure income FAST!

Sound too good to be true? Well, we are 100% serious because we are passionate about helping women succeed in business. Especially when that business has the power to change so many lives through the best fitness program on the market! That’s why we give you a “Business in a Box” when you become a coach. We give you all the training, branding assets, marketing materials, and online backend office--PLUS we take on the insurance and liability. It’s everything you need to run a hugely successful online business.

Space for this LIVE event is limited, so download your free guide - How To Scale Your Fitness Business The FASTer Way! - and register for this amazing opportunity!

***If you haven't been though the FASTer Way To Fat Loss Program, I have a round starting Prep Week on Monday April 9! Sign up for FASTer Way and you will be all set.

5 Ways To Cut The Fat Without Sacrificing Flavor

We are all trying to eat better and live a healthier life, and we’re all looking for a way to do it that’s easy to fit into a busy lifestyle.  One of the most popular ways to eat healthier is to cut down on fat in your diet. This is great if you’re eating too much fat, but you still need to do it the right way to see the results you want.

The low-fat craze actually caused a lot more problems than it solved because manufacturers used sugar to improve the flavor of the low-fat foods they produced.  Sugar is the LAST thing you want to consume more of when you’re trying to eat a healthy diet!

Fat is an important part of your daily macros (carbs, fat & protein), but that isn’t permission to eat as much fat as you want.  Most people need to make sure about 30% of their diet is made up of fat.

But Fat = Flavor and I like to eat good food!

The good news is, you can still eat delicious food, even if you’re trimming the fat to hit your 30% macro goal.  I recently had a fantastic chat over Facebook Live with professional chef Aelie Swift where she shared some of her best tips for lowering fat without lowering flavor.

5 Ways to Cut the Fat Without Sacrificing Flavor

1. Watch Your Red Meat

Red meat can quickly put you over your 30% goal for the day, but you can eat less without sacrificing your favorite foods!  If you cycle your carbs, (like I teach in the FASTer Way To Fat Loss), then save your red meat for low carb day when you’ll naturally consume more fat instead of carbs.

A great option for a lower fat (but still delicious!) burger is to cut in some ground chicken or turkey when you are preparing your patties.  Use about half ground beef to half ground chicken or turkey and you’ll have a flavorful burger that helps you hit your macros.  This is a lower fat option than 93% lean ground beef.

2. Cook Protein Over High Heat or with Low Heat

If you don’t have a sous vide option at home, a great way to increase flavor without using much fat is to cook it over high heat.  For example, if you cook a chicken breast in a 350℉ oven for 20 minutes, it will be cooked but bland. If you take that same chicken breast and sear it on the stovetop, then put it in the oven at a high heat to finish, you’ll have beautiful caramelization and incredible flavor with minimal fat.

Sous Vide (French for “under vacuum”) is a cooking method that produces tender, flavorful meat by placing it in a vacuum-sealed bag and cooking in a low-temperature water bath.  No fat is required and the results are moist and delicious. You can cook steak, chicken, salmon, or even poach eggs this way. Sous Vide is used by virtually all high-end restaurants because of the superior results, and recently, home options like the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker have become available.

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Roast Vegetables to Caramelize the Sugars

Roasting veggies caramelizes the natural sugars and develops a lot of delicious, fat-free flavor.  You can omit the oil (or cut it down drastically) when you roast instead of steam your veggies. As with chicken breast or steak, using high heat to develop a beautiful, caramelized crust is the key to more flavor with less fat.

As a general rule of thumb, roast veggies at 400℉ until they’re nicely browned (the timing will vary based on the size of the vegetables).  

Use Aromatics

Infuse flavor into your food using aromatics like garlic, onions and herbs.  They provide incredible flavor that you can’t get any other way, not even with fat.  Use fresh herbs to finish your food, and dried herbs for a longer cooking time. If you’re using the sous vide method, add your aromatics to the bag with your meat.  You’ll enjoy restaurant-quality meals at home for a fraction of the cost.

Add Citrus and Salt

If your dish seems bland or lacking, add some citrus to lift up the flavor.  Lemon is delicious with chicken.  Orange is a great compliment to salmon.  Sometimes acid is all a dish needs for the pop of flavor you want!

Don’t be afraid of salt!  If your dish is flat, it might just need a little seasoning to bring out the flavor.  You don’t need a lot of salt to make it delicious, just be sure to season to taste for best results.

You can enjoy delicious, restaurant-quality meals at home with less fat and more flavor—all while sticking to your macros and living the FASTer Way lifestyle.  

Hungry For More?

If you want to cook more from home but need some help figuring it out, you can check out Aelie’s 4 week meal plan for delicious lunch and dinner options.  

Wondering about the FASTer Way so you can easily live a healthier lifestyle?  Join me for the next round. We start soon, so don’t wait to register! It’s the best program on the market and it’s transformed the health of thousands of women.  Join the ranks, we’re saving you a spot!

New Fitness Reviews - Dolph Lundgren's Fitness Autobiography & Theraband CLX Loops

Train Like An Action Hero - Be Fit Forever

Dolph Lundgren: Train Like an Action Hero - Be Fit Forever—his autobiographical training guide—is out in a brand new edition, featuring weekly training programs with photos of each exercise, menu planners, guides to equipment and gear, stories from his life, and fantastic photos from behind the scenes of Hollywood action movies.

I have always liked Dolph Lundgren, from his debut as Rocky's opponent, his dating Grace Slick, and his current projects as writer and director. He is an academic (always close to my heart), a Fulbright scholar with a Master's in Chemical Engineering, served in the military as an officer, and is an internationally renowned black belt karate champion. Now, at 60, Lundgren has revamped his book for his peers, the older generation.

"[Y]ou are the star of your own life. Play it well and enjoy the movie."

DOLPH’S SPECIAL TIPS:
1. Briefing: The reasons you need to get fit
2. Mission: Personal training and health philosophy
3. Weaponry: How to best combine strength exercises, cardiovascular, and flexibility training
4. Special Ops: Stick to your goals even while away traveling
5. Fuel and supplies: The best foods and supplements to build your body
6. Fit forever: Stay in shape for the rest of your life!

Like Joseph Pilates, Lundgren was a sick child, with croup, asthma, and allergies. He also was bullied, and part of his fitness journey was simply being able to breathe. His father was bipolar (like my mom) and abusive. Lundgren was sent to live with his grandparents in the country, and that is probably what saved his life.

Lundgren promotes a holistic approach that includes strength training, cardio, stretching, and relaxation. He suggests meditation, breath work, and even legs up the wall! The workouts are pretty basic - a back body day (pull), front body day (push), and arm/shoulder day, and then a full body circuit workout for when you don't have time to separate parts.

Most of the exercises are gym and equipment-based, so if you want bodyweight-only exercises, this is not the book for you. My biggest issue with his approach to fitness is the classic, No Pain, No Gain mentality. He even asks readers to compare their measurements to the classic body builder Steve Reeves!

All in all, Train Like An Action Hero is worth it for the photos, the basic information, and Dolph Lundgren's stories. And the information he gives is sound and useful.

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Theraband CLX Consecutive Loop Bands

I LOVE the new Theraband CLX Consecutive Loops! My Black loop is arranged around Dolph Lundgren's book in the above photo. These bands are so useful, and are the first resistance bands I have tried that I believe really could replace weights.

Yes, you heard me, the CLX bands can actually replace weights for FASTer Way To Fat Loss or even Dolph Lundgren's workouts!

They come in 6 levels, ranging from Beginner to Elite, and are created with unique reinforced loops that give the user greater control and freedom when using the bands. The resistance levels pretty much match the standard Therabands.

But it is the loops that make the difference! The 5' band has loops built into it every few inches, and each loop can fit a hand, foot, arm, or leg. You can work many things at once! If you have a door anchor, you can literally do any resistance cable exercise. Want a longer band? They sell a 25' roll!

I used my black one for a strength training session a few days ago, and was able to do resistance squats, lunges, chest and shoulders, and all arm work, And then I was able to lay down and use it for hip and glute work. The bands are strong and it just really works!

The best part is TheraBand’s free CLX Exercise App, which guides you through a ton of different exercises, showing exactly where to place your hands and feet. With the CLX being as small and light as any resistance band, now there’s no excuse for skipping a workout! You can carry a few for different exercises.