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Do I Make You Better?

Do I Make You Better

Do I Make You Better

Here is a beautiful photo of my lovely daughter presenting me with a Valentines card.  Her class did a generic card but my daughter requested to do a second card that was special to our family.  She told me that she loves how healthy we are.  She said she appreciates how I always want to walk instead of drive even though she complains.  She continued to tell me that she likes how I am always buying organic and healthy foods even though they don’t always taste good.  I told her, “I just want you to be better.”

Later that week I heard from an acquaintance that she wasn’t happy with her trainer.  I asked, “Is he helping you to be better?”  She said, “No- I have to figure out how to break up with him.”

Another person walked into my gym to say, “Hi”.  He said he has always wanted to check out my studio.  He currently trains with another trainer but isn’t happy with him.  I asked the same question, “Is he helping you to be better?”  He said, “No but I would feel bad firing him.”

As a parent it’s hard to get my kids to do the healthy option but I stand my ground because I want them to be better.  As a trainer it’s hard to not give the clients what they want but again I stand my ground because I am trying to make them better.

Doing and being better is so challenging because it’s easy to just keep or stay the same.  It’s easier to just sit than to get up and move.  It’s easier to just stay where you are than to walk away.  It’s easier to complain and not do anything about it.  It’s easier to just eat whatever you want without thinking about what it is you need.

We all need to be better.  We should all be striving to do better.  Look to your left and to your right.  Are the people in your daily world helping to make you better?  Do they inspire you to do good?  Do they help you to do your best?  Do they motivate you with their actions to become better? Like my daughters card, “I love you because you make me strong.”  If your world isn’t making you stronger then stand up now and make your move.  Don’t wait.  Don’t settle.  Be strong and be better!

Do I make you better?

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Gluten/Dairy Free Stuffed Peppers (Paleo Friendly)

stuffed peppers

stuffed peppers

2 Large Red Peppers
1 package of Hormone Free Ground Turkey
½ c. Fresh Organic Basil
1 tbs. Minced Garlic
¾ c. Vegan Mozzarella Cheese
2 c. Marinara Sauce

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Cut tops off peppers and discard insides. Boil in pot big enough to cover peppers for 10 minutes. While peppers are boiling, brown turkey meat with garlic until done. In mixing bowl combine meat, fresh basil, ½ c of cheese, and 1 c. Tomato Sauce. Spray small baking dish with non-stick spray, Place peppers in dish. (the dish should be small enough that peppers can stand up on there own without falling over) Fill Peppers to the top with meat mixture. Add a Tablespoon of sauce to top of each pepper, then pour remainder of sauce in dish around peppers. Add remainder of cheese to top of peppers and place in oven to bake for 30 minutes.


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Am I Right For You?

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Am I Right for You

In the photo can you see the person on the left sitting down using his phone.  That person is the trainer.  There is another person on the right side of the photo sitting on a mat, she is the client.  The client was stretching in a way that was not as efficient as it could be.  The other day when I was parking in Coronado I saw a guy yelling at a handful of women in the park.  He was standing about 10 feet away from them saying, “Keep going, 5 more, 4 more,..”  Everyone was doing pushups and either struggling or cheating.

I don’t look at any of these trainers as bad trainers just different from me.  They are totally and utterly different from me.  I am not able to watch you do something without showing you ways to do it better.  I am not able to stand back when you look like you need help.  I cannot be in your space while you are doing something that could potentially hurt you later on.  It is super hard for me to stay quiet, bite my tongue, look away or ignore.  Lastly, there is no way I would motivate you or say, “Keep going” if what you are doing is wrong for you.  I can’t be that person but there a lot of them out there.

The way I am may not be for you and that is okay.  I am an in your face, intense, don’t let you get away with anything, call you on your S–T type of trainer and type of person . I am not easy going or laid back.  And for most of you, I am way too much . I get that.

Luckily for my studio, there are three other trainers that might be a better fit for you.  Check them out and give them a try.  They are all offering free consultations and some do a free trial workout.  You never know, they might be better for you.

Am I right for you?

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Can You Do Simple and Easy?

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simple and easy

I have “found” that most things are simple and easy.  They just require consistent effort with boundaries and positive energy with no boundaries.  We make things complicated by over thinking, endless analyzing and continuous wondering.  Our minds create unnecessary stress by holding onto what we have no control of.  We makes things difficult by going full blown, 100 miles per hour and never stopping.  Our bodies are not designed to go non stop.  We will eventually end up with illness or injury.  So why not do less?

Like these little bands – They are a great workout.  There is no heavy lifting and no risk for injury.  They take up very little space so you can travel with them.  They are simple and easy but rarely ever seen in gyms or used by trainers.  When I bring them out my clients cringe.  NO ONE likes the bands because guess what?  These simple and easy colorful rubber pieces are an intense workout.  They are simple to use but require consistent effort utilizing small stabilizing muscles.  Your big muscles can’t take over.  You can’t sink into your joints.  There is no cheating with these guys.  They are easy to use because you can bring them with you.  You can pack them in a suitcase.  They are simple and easy.

Try making things simple and easy in your life for a change.  Start by doing these two things:
1) Set boundaries for yourself when it comes to working, spending money and even training your body.  Give yourself a limit and do no more.
2) Program your mind to seeing the good in all, the positive in the situation and the happiness in each choice you make.

Can you do simple and easy?

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Fluff, Fillers or Fuel?

There are three categories that all foods fall into.

1) Fluff: This is the food that you want to eat but should not eat.  Its the food that gets advertised by fast food companies to make your mouth water.  It’s the appetizers and the desserts.  It’s the food that we tend to “stuff” ourselves with because it tastes so good.

2) Fillers: Fillers are the foods that are low carb, nonfat, sugar free, etc.  They are overly processed to taste like Fluff.  They are chemically designed to give you the taste of something that you want to eat but don’t want the calories, fat, sugar, etc.  Not only do they have no nutritional value but often times the ingredients can harm you.

3) Fuel: This is the food that gives you the best form of energy because it has the purest of ingredients.  These foods come from the earth.  You don’t need a dictionary to understand their ingredients, nor do you need a magnifying glass to see the ingredients.

Fuel yourself.
-Know every ingredient that you put into your mouth.
-Choose water 90% of the time as your beverage.
-Eat half of your calories from vegetables and fruit.

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Fuel Yourself

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Quinoa Stuffed Chicken

Nutritional Corner by Victoria

Quinoa Stuffed Chicken
( makes 2 Servings )

8 chicken tender strips
1/2 cup of cooked tri-colored quinoa
1 cup of baby spinach
6 baby yellow and red bell peppers, sliced
1/4 cup of feta cheese (vegan or dairy)
1/2 cup of baby bella mushrooms
red pepper flakes, to your spicy taste
1 tbsp 21 season salute or any salt free season blend or choice.
1 tbsp basil flakes
2 tbsp olive oil

Cook quinoa adding the olive oil to water, when done mix veggies, half the seasonings, and cheese together and put it aside.  Layer four tenders on the bottom of a lightly sprayed small baking dish.  Spoon the entire quinoa mixture onto chicken.  Place four more tenders on top. Sprinkle all remaining dry spices on top of the chicken.  Bake on 350degrees covered for 20 minutes and uncovered for 10 minutes.  Use Sriracha to add more spice to your dish.

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Are You An Artist?

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Are you an artist?

The other day I had a past client pay me a compliment.  He said, “You were the best trainer.”  My reply to that is, “Thank you.  I love what I do.”

When I lecture on personal training I ask the students, “Why do you want to be a personal trainer?”  I get similar answers, “I love fitness”, “I am passionate about health”, “I want to help people”.  So it’s obvious that a
lot of people love what they do in the field of personal training but are they an artist?

Anyone who can teach a certain exercise to a client is a laborer.  A trainer who can teach and think about how to fit that exercise to meet the needs of their client – that is a craftsman.  The professional who can teach, think
and inspire their client not just with words but a certain energy that makes the client feel safe, supported and truly cared for – that is an artist.

I am an artist!

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Whats For Lunch?

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whats for lunch

People ask me all the time, “What do you eat?”   And I tell them all the time that I eat what I tell them to eat.  I rarely go against my “rules” for eating to be “Clean & Lean”.  I like to keep a constant “diet” because the body thrives on a sense of normalcy and consistency.  The body works at it’s optimum when it can continuously rely on a nutritious diet made up of clean foods with little to no processing or chemicals – BOTTOM LINE, LONG STORY SHORT, HONESTLY SPEAKING, etc etc.

With that being said, there is no end in your “diet” unless you are dead.  You cannot think or say, “I just eat this way until I reach my goal and then I can eat whatever I want.”  That is called “yo-yo” dieting.  It is the path to going up and down with your weight.  It’s an equation to shutting down your metabolism.

Diet is a constant.  It is one of the few things that you can control.  You control what you buy at the grocery store.  You control what you order at a restaurant.  You are the only one holding the fork to your mouth.  Life is full of unpredictable experiences that you cannot control.  If you want your body to react to those experiences at it’s best then you better be giving your body something to rely on.

Whats for lunch?

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Chip Dish

What do you do with the broken small pieces of your very expensive organic, flax, chia, quinoa baked chips (or any other chips)?  You make Chip Dish

You need:
Bottom of bag chips, approx. 1 1/2 cup of chips
1/2 cup of mashed black beans
1/4 cup of salsa
1/4 cup of cheese, any kind will do even vegan
1/2 of avocado

Mix beans and salsa together and heat until warm
Place 1/3 of chips on bottom, layer beans/salsa mixture , 1/4 of sliced avocado, 1/8 cheese.
Repeat layer and end with chips on top

Heat entire dish in oven for 5 minutes at 400 degrees.
Garnish with salsa and avocado


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chip dish

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Coconut Oil – Good for You

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healthy benefits of coconut oil

Coconut Oil has many uses and health benefits.  I use coconut oil to cook, to detox, in my coffee and on my skin.

There are so many uses for coconut oil it can be overwhelming but here is a link to just 10 amazing and some of my favorite uses.  Click here

Nutritional Notes by Victoria at LisaFIT Personal Fitness Trainer


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