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You Can Do It!

It’s hard to believe that after all of the time preparing for the holiday season, it is over so quickly. In the sudden quiet after the storm of holiday activity most people are busy trying to regroup and figure out which end is up. Inevitably, people will turn to their New Year’s resolution as a means of trying to get their life back on track after the craziness of the last few weeks. This is where most people vow to lose weight, get in shape, get healthy, get organized and get it together. Retailers respond accordingly by prominently displaying fitness equipment, exercise DVDs, and every kind of weight loss pill and gimmick for all who care to buy. People will buy whatever appeals to them the most, usually the gimmick that promises you’ll lose 12 pounds in a week. When the crazy gimmick item doesn’t produce the promised weight loss, most people give up and  resign themselves to their new post-holiday weight and don’t think about their weight  until their New Year’s resolution comes ar
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Kitchen Must-Haves For Losing Weight

Trying to incorporate healthy eating into most people’s busy lifestyles can seem an impossible task. To make it easier, I have put together a few things that you absolutely must have in your kitchen. 1. Blender. A good blender can be worth it’s weight in gold.  I am constantly making protein shakes for myself, my kids, and my friends and I have worn out a couple of blenders in the process. You don’t have to buy a $100.00 blender,  but don’t go for the $12.00 one either, or you’ll just have to buy a new one in a couple months. 2. George Foreman Grill. My go-to kitchen appliance, and I must admit that I have worn out one of these,  also. It is quick and easy and I usually use it to make both  my lunch and dinner. I let the grill do all the work while I make up a quick salad or steam some veggies and I’m good to go. 3. Plastic Storage Containers. I stock up on these at the local dollar store since they tend to have a way of disappearing, kind of like how socks always go missing in the was
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Lisa Virgil Vitalize Health and Fitness

The Fine Art of Negotiation

I recently had to confess to my trainer, that I didn’t sumo squat as heavy as I knew I could because I couldn’t pick up the weight by myself. Which led to a discussion of how much could I really sumo squat.  My trainer said “Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could sumo squat 125 lbs.”  He looked eagerly to the weights only to realize that the heaviest free weight was 100 lbs. “It  would be great if you could sumo squat 100 lbs.”  he conceded. I knew very well that, at that very moment, I could not sumo squat 100 lbs. but I also knew the look in my trainer’s eyes. It was saying that he was mentally calculating how long it would take me to be able to get to the point where I could do that weight and that  it was going to be goal that he would challenge me to get to. Everyone knows that life is full of compromises and that the ability to negotiate a fair compromise is an incredibly useful skill.  I hadn’t realized that the fine art of negotiation would find it’s way into my workout with my tr
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Lisa Virgil Vitalize Health and Fitness Game Plan

Game Plan

In my family, we have a tradition during football season, of making game food from the region of the team we are opposing. It is a great way to learn about different regional cuisines, unfortunately, it isn’t always the healthiest cuisine. I try hard to make at least part of the meal something I can enjoy without having to worry too much about calories or guilt, but it doesn’t always work that way. If I know that what I’m going to be preparing for the big game won’t exactly fit into my healthy eating plan, I try to mentally prepare myself by creating a “game plan”. I will talk to myself several days in advance, saying I will only eat this portion of the meal, or I will only eat one serving of that part of the meal, or that I will add extra veggies to the meal, telling myself that I am stronger than temptation.  In theory, my mental pep talk is supposed to help me beat the temptation I know I will be facing. In actuality, it doesn’t always work. We were going to be playing against New O
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