21 Day Challenge: You Are What You Think

“It’s really dangerous to think that what you look like is who you are”. – Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi (she played Lindsay Bluth F

Be The Next Stair Search Winner!

2 of my husband's groupies

I am looking for the next “Stair Search” winner. For the next 21 days your challenge is to take only the stairs at work (and if you don’t work then take the stairs whenever you can) and to inspire as many people in your office as possible to follow your lead. This little challenge was inspired by my husband who began taking the 7 flights of stairs up to his office instead of the elevator, because he realized that he’s too tired to work out after a long day at the office, but at least he would get some activity in throughout the day. Sure, it’s not a substitute for working out, but it is a major step in the right direction when it’s a choice between that or nothing. He’s even got groupies now and at least 5 other people are choosing the stairs over the lazy man machine. It’s even become somewhat of a joke and he’s started to challenge even more people to do it.

Did you know that 15 minutes of stair climbing will help you burn at least 133 extra calories a day (based a 130lb. woman)? As long as you’re not replacing those calories with food, that’s one pound lost every 26 days. Depending on what floor you’re on that’s pretty much a done deal by simply walking up and down the stairs about four times. 6 minutes are already taken care of by getting to work, going out to lunch, and then leaving work. Find a reason to leave your office or just take a quick break to go up and down the stairs, instead of checking Facebook for the 4th time that day (Farmville, Mafia Wars, or your IQ test can wait until you get back). 133 calories is equal to 6 Hershey’s Kisses, 5 oz. of a peanut butter flavored Tasti-D-Lite (supposedly…), or a can of regular Coke. Think about it, you know there’s usually some sort of yumminess lying around the office, so by simply by taking the stairs, you can have that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, or 2 Dunkin Donut’s Munchkins, or morning croissant with your coffee guilt free. Not bad!

So, here’s the challenge: For the next 21 days you need to start taking only the stairs at work and inspire as many other groupies as possible at your office to do the same. Submit your name, your company’s name, and the name of all other people following your lead as they join in. The winner will receive a 5 pack of Very Personal Training with me in my Park Slope, Brooklyn studio. Being as how there is no real way to prove that you are the honest to goodness winner of this challenge, I am trusting your honesty, and will only ask that you send along with the above information pictures or video of your “Stair Search” challenge.

Good Luck!

21 Day Challenge – May 25th to June 14th

Congratulations! Yesterday was the end of your first 21 day challenge. How did it go? I give these challenges to a lot of my clients and it really helps them get to their goal in a much more manageable way. It takes away that overwhelming feeling of “where do I begin, what should i do first?” and it can really help make the whole thing way less stressful.

Speaking of goals… Do you know what yours is? For the next 21 days I want you to work on your “Victory Vision”. A Victory Vision is what you see for yourself a year from now. The idea is to make this vision as specific as possible to you. It may go something like this… “One year from now I am putting on a nice form-fitting dress, which is something I thought I would never feel comfortable in. I look in the mirror and can see how far I’ve come. It feels so great knowing that my hard work paid off and it was so worth it, because today I am going out feeling so confident, strong and sexy. I’m not upset in dressing rooms anymore, because I feel good about myself. I work out 4-5 times a week without a second thought.”

Make your Victory Vision as true to you as possible. Speak in the present as if it’s already here and be as descriptive as possible. No one else is looking at it but you, so don’t feel embarrassed about anything you write. Just be honest with yourself about what you want for your life a year from now.

For the next 21 days read this Victory Vision aloud to yourself in the morning when you wake up and at night before you go to bed. As an incentive I’m offering up a little contest giveaway! Post your vision in the “comments” box and I will choose one as the winner for a bottle of Scott Barnes’ Body Bling Shimmering Body Lotion.

It’s what he uses to give celebrities their glow on the red carpet (think J. Lo!). So get cracking!

21 Day Challenge – May 3rd to May 24th

Beginning today, I’m starting a new feature of my blog. Every 21 days I will be posting “The 21 Day Challenge”, which will help you create a complete lifestyle change. Rather than just tweaking one thing here or there without any direction, these challenges will make conquering yourself much more manageable and doable. So, get out your calendars, mark today as your start date and then mark 21 days from now. Cross off each day as it passes and don’t be too hard on yourself if you “mess up” (which is likely to happen at some point – it’s normal), just recognize why it happened and come up with a plan to deal with it next time.

Today is May 3rd, so 21 days from now will be May 24th.

Yesterday I realized that if I were to think of the one thing that has helped me lose weight over the years and really signifies the fact that I have changed my lifestyle it wouldn’t be the amount of time that I work out during the week. In fact, that’s really a much smaller portion of it than I thought. It’s what I do when I’m not in the gym that gives me the extra edge, like not taking the subway when I can walk, carrying a basket in the supermarket and not using a shopping cart, or simply standing more than sitting.

So, for the next 21 days your challenge is to make sure that you’re putting in the extra effort, even if that means deliberately standing for 5 minutes every hour that you’re at work (that’s an extra 40 minutes of activity every day!). Just choose one more thing and do it for the next 21 days. Let me know if you need help or suggestions. Good luck!