Shedding Holiday Weight

How to Shed Holiday Weight GainThe holiday season has come and gone. Many San Jose residents have “Shedding Holiday Weight” as a top priority on their to-do lists now.  It’s time to work on losing those extra pounds gained from all the parties, holiday treats and family gatherings. With the abundance of rich foods at holiday time, it is no wonder that so many people suffer from holiday weight gain (yep, even your friendly San Jose boot camp coach can fall victim to holiday treats!).

The extra pounds you may have packed on during the holidays can make the prospect of losing weight seem like an overwhelming task. The good news is that by taking the time to plan out a post-holiday strategy that will work for you, shedding holiday weight won’t be as difficult as you think.

Post Holiday Weight Loss Tips

  1. Set a goal. What would you like to achieve in the next 6 weeks?  Is is attainable?  Measurable?  Get your goals down on paper and post them where you’ll see them every day.
  2. Put together a routine.  Get yourself back into the habit of regular exercise.  Write out a schedule of when you’ll exercise and stick to it.  Grab a workout buddy if you need more accountability.
  3. Eat breakfast!  Having a good breakfast with protein and produce (think scrambled eggs and spinach) is important in order to set yourself up to feel full and energized for your day.  Ditch the sugary cereals and flour-based bread products.  Stick with protein and produce as your first meal of the day.
  4. Eat often.  Make your meals a little smaller, and eat 4-6 times per day.  This will keep you energized and feeling full, and it will also keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day.
  5. Limit alcohol and other calorie filled, non-nutritive beverages.  Now, don’t shoot the messenger, and please note that I didn’t say eliminate.  Simply limit them ;-).
  6. Get outside!  We’re fortunate to live in an area with wonderful weather pretty much year-round.  On the weekends, soak up a little sun and vitamin D with a walk, a hike or sprints around your local high school track.  A little sunshine and fresh air will do your mood good.

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Save $1,000 on a Fitness Vacation in Colorado!

Fun and Fitness on a Fitness Adventures USA vacationEver thought about a vacation where you came home fit, energized and rejuvenated instead of bloated, slow and sluggish?

Check out the Rocky Mountain Fitness Adventure happening May 23 – May 28 in Estes Park, Colorado (hold on to your seat, because in a moment, I’ll tell you how I hooked you up with a sweet deal).

Fitness Adventures USA’s Colorado Adventure trip takes your normal routine and whisks it away to eyepopping locations like Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, and the Colorado River. Any piece of equipment used in the activities is provided. And while you may be biking mountains, you won’t be moving them; Fitness Adventure USA’s expert guides will accommodate all ages and fitness levels.

The vacation includes vacation home lodging, food, excursions, guided tours, fitness classes, yoga and boot camp, equipment rental, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting. In fact, one of my clients, Jazmin M, just got back from the Wine Country Fitness Adventure here in California, and she had an absolute blast!

Now, since I’m friends with Scott Colby who puts these fitness adventures together (in fact Scott and I hung out for 3 days in Kentucky all last weekend), he let me make a sweet offer to you.

On top of the Early Bird Discount, which saves you 700 bucks, he threw in a special Discount Coupon just for me to give to you.

When you go here: and click the button to sign up, use this Coupon Code FAUSA20 to save another 300 bucks. That’s 1000 bucks off the price in all. Now this is only for the May trip, so make sure you sign up for that one. It’s Scott’s special “Last Minute Deal.” Make sure you sign up by April 23rd though, because that’s when Scott’s Early Bird Special AND Coupon Code go poof! And the deal disappears.

You can read some testimonials on Scott’s trips here:

Here is a video montage of Scott’s Colorado trip last year:


In the video below, you’ll see participants in his California Adventure talk about their experiences:

If you’re looking for a fun and fitness-filled vacation with planned-for-you activities, here’s your chance to grab a great deal on one!  It might just be the experience of a lifetime for you.


Committed to your success,




Here’s to Eating Healthier in Santa Clara County

A big thumbs up to Santa Clara County Supervisors who approved an ordinance this week that only allows toys in fast food Kid’s Meals that meet certain nutrition conditions.  I think this is a great first step in encouraging healthier eating practices.

As a San Jose-based fitness business owner, I applaud  Supervisor Ken Yeager for spearheading legislation that encourages better nutrition choices.  The toughest thing I do with my in-home personal training clients and members of my fitness boot camps in San Jose is help them make better food choices.  Old habits are hard to change.  Getting kids (and their parents!) accustomed to making better food choices is a move in the right direction.

Some opponents see this as the government telling us what we can or can’t eat.  I don’t see it that way.  As I understand it, the ordinance doesn’t say someone can’t eat a high fat, low fiber, high sodium meal.  It simply doesn’t allow restaurant chains within unincorporated areas of San Jose to put toys in meals that contain too much fat, sugar or sodium.  Kids can still get the toys.  Mom and Dad will just have to purchase a healthier meal to get them.

On the news today, I heard a parent say that she’d buy her child the healthier meal choice in order to continue getting the toys for her daughter–but that her daughter would probably throw out the fresh fruit in the meal.  Wow.  Kids learn how to eat through social cues within their family and in their environment.  If they get more fresh fruit and less fried junk, maybe we can get them to make better choices as adults.  What a concept!

I believe that as Americans, we should have the freedom to choose what we eat.  But let’s face it—a great many Americans are making lousy food choices.  Every day.  Is that their prerogative? Sure.  In fact, a once in a while meal at a fast food joint is fair game,  if you ask me.  Some kids are frequenting these fast food joints several times a week, though.  Maybe it is time to begin educating people on better nutrition. If they’re going to hit the fast food joint, let’s reward the purchase of healthier menu options.

Look at just about any elementary school campus at recess and you’ll see way too many chubby and downright obese kids in the school yard.  Those kids are our future.  It is said that children born today will potentially have a shorter life expectancy than their parents due to the rising level of obesity.  We can stem this explosion in obesity by encouraging people, especially children, make better food choices.  I believe good nutrition begins at home with parents buying good food and setting good examples.  However, a little nudge in the right direction when eating out is a good idea (sadly,  some kids eat out more often than they eat in).

This ordinance is a step in the right direction.  At this time, it only involves a small number of restaurants in San Jose.  People can choose to patronize  restaurants in San Jose that aren’t bound to the ordinance–but the precedent has been set.  In areas that must abide by the ordinance, kids and their parents still have the freedom of choice, but they’ll be rewarded by making a better choice. Yes!  Let the nutrition re-education begin!

Thank you Supervisor Yeager,  for putting forth legislation to help consumers make better nutrition choices.

Please feel free to share your thoughts here by leaving a comment.

Committed to your fitness success,


For more information on this story, please read Mercury New writer Tracy Siepel’s article in todays paper.