I remember my back always hurting..

I remember my back always hurting..

I’ve battled with weight gain. I remember waking up every morning in some sort of pain. I still remember my back aching, feeling this rope-like tension in my lower back.

The pain took a while to subside once I got out of bed. My shuffle was slow. I remember it taking me twice as long to get my morning going.

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That was almost 10 years ago.

I had gained about 65 pounds during Nursing school. A culmination of inadequate sleep, overwhelming stress, poor food choices and dangerous health habits had made me unhappy and dangerously unhealthy. I couldn’t do the things I used to do. It was the first time I heard “Pre-Hypertension”.

As a former “athletic” guy, my brain knew what I needed to do…. but actually making the decision to do them was so very hard.

Once I made the decision, I armed myself with as much information as I could muster. It wasn’t easy, but all the small changes I made have remained a permanent part of my life.

I adopted healthy habits that have sustained me over the past decade. I figured out the hard way that knowing was not enough.

It’s one of the many reasons I’m training to become a Certified Health Coach. The Health Coaching team I’m a part of is out to make America Healthy.

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Here’s the great news!  We’re hosting a live event on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 6 pm PDT | 8 pm CDT | 9 pm EDT and I’d love to have you attend to hear more about our program. Interested in participating or learning more? You can sign up while there are still spots available:

The TRUE Science of Weight Loss and Weight Gain

A live webinar with a jam-packed panel of experts including 3 physicians, 2 highly successful fitness trainers and a Registered Dietician. [Seriously, how can you go wrong??]

Don’t miss out, seats are limited: http://seanpdent.com/2eUUrBL

If you can’t make it, you can always schedule a phone call with me: http://www.meetme.so/SeanPDent


OH… and the Holiday’s are upon us. Anyone else nervous about maintaining your health? Do you like to play any games?

There’s this really cool Challenge coming up called The Holiday Health Challenge (starting on 11/21/16) .

It gamifies the accountability of maintaining your health. You participate in daily activities which you log in via the website or (free) mobile app like drinking water, sleep, exercise, etc. The points are tallied at the end of the challenge to determine the winner. The more points… the more chance you have of winning your money back!

While winning money is awesome, just imagine how many good health habits you could develop through this challenge, not to mention a supportive environment?

The game includes interaction and support from a community of people sharing your same struggle. The more you engage, the more chance you have at accomplishing your goal (whatever that may be).

You choose between two goals.
Lose weight: Lose 4% in 4 weeks
Maintain weight: Maintain within 1% to -3.99%

Oh, you can also earn extra points by inviting others!

I’m already signed up. I hope you’ll join in on the fun.

 
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The Student In Me Is Feelin’ the ‘Fat-Effect’

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I took this photo earlier this week while on the unit during my clinicals. I’ve been logging so many hours with clinicals and studying for my comprehensive exam, that I haven’t seen the inside of my gym in over two weeks… and it’s starting to mess with my psyche. Heck, I haven’t seen the light of day in almost two weeks. 
 
You know that horrible feeling that you’ve gained 50 lbs all because you haven’t exercised, or haven’t followed your normal exercise routine to some degree. Yeah, that’s me. I haven’t changed my eating habits in any way, but my exercising activity level took a nose dive.
 
My priority has been school this month, and I’m in over-drive studying for my big comprehensive exam, so I don’t have much time for the gym right now.
 
I don’t want to look back on the exam and say, “I should have studied more”. I’d rather say, “I feel fatter, but I passed that damn exam!!”
 
The reality is, this comprehensive exam is a ‘do-or-die’ situation. You have to pass this exam in order to graduate!
 
Sooo… yeah. The exam is way more important than burning some extra calories right about now.
 
Oh, and in case you were wondering. I chose the beat up banana. Not those delicious looking muffins. It was a tough call.
 
 

The Biggest Loser’s silver lining

I’ve admitted this more than once on here about having no love for ‘The Biggest Loser’. They do have a couple things right though…

The 5 secrets to the Biggest Loser

For some strange reason most of John Q Public is continually fascinated by the TV show ‘The Biggest Loser’. They seem to be in awe of the amazing and breathtaking results that the contestants accomplish.

“How do they do it?”

“What’s their secret?”

Some take the road of negativity and place blame on the show for sending such a mixed message (I’m guilty of this):

“If I had a personal trainer, I’d lose weight too!”

Now, let me be clear, I think the show itself is bad for your health. It gives some pretty mixed messages about how to lose weight, and what you should and should not do. But the show does have a silver lining that we can all benefit from. It gives you the tools and the key ingredients on how to successfully lose those extra pounds. Not only lose them, but keep them off!

Here is what the show possess that you need to incorporate into your lifestyle in order to see the changes you desire:

Motivation

The money! Who doesn’t want to win the cash? I don’t know about you, but I could use $250,000. Of course none of us can find THAT kind of motivation, but something that motivates you on a daily basis. Whether it’s a cash prize or not. Some people will place bets with fellow co-workers or family & friends. You decide on the what/when/where, but YOU decide. Because in the end it has to motivate YOU and no one else. You’re gonna need that motivation when it starts to get tough and you start getting tired.

Support

The contestants not only have the support of the trainers and that panel of ‘judges’ at the end of each show (sorry I don’t really watch the show), but they find support amongst fellow cast members, contestants and family. Find support with those that are fighting the same fight as you, or have been through what you are going through. The energy you channel from their validation is empowering.

Deadlines

I for one think that the weekly deadline is a bit extreme, but it’s reality TV, not real life. Create reasonable, realistic and reachable deadlines. Whether they are daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc. You set the deadline. But you better be sure to stick to them and not change them to your liking, or change them because you missed the deadline. Create them and stick to them. Period. No excuses. Use the deadlines to help monitor your progress.

Guidance

There isn’t a soul out there that knew everything there is to know about losing weight when they started. They utilized their resources and learned from those that are more educated or ‘field ready’. On the show, it’s relatively easy to seek guidance since they have personal trainers they report to. I only caution you to seek guidance carefully, because there are people out there who will guide you in the wrong direction. Stay away from the absolutes. There is more than one way to skin a cat, don’t let anyone lead you in to believing their way is the only way.

Feedback

Ultimately this is bread and butter of the show. Every week the contestants get feedback on what went right, what went wrong. They are confronted about their weaknesses and congratulated on their strengths and accomplishments. The feedback is the pivoting lever that helps you maintain balance and keeps you moving forward towards your final goal. No feedback = no progress.

Use these tools with ANY lifestyle change or program of your choosing and you will succeed. It’s really that simple.

The 5 secrets to the Biggest Loser | Scrubs Magazine