Oct 252015

It’s time to have fun with your tea towel. Working out/exercising needs to be “fun” as studies have shown that we will find “fun” elsewhere usually in for form of food!!!

Check out my tea towel video for some great tips that you can do at home to get yourself moving!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3b3LU_U8sM


Here’s a little more about Hedonic Compensation…enjoy Moving, it’s what we are made to do!!


PS – Busy Mama Detox Tip – Just another reason to add fish oil to your morning routine… Fish oil signals genes in the brain to produce a chemical that keeps Alzheimer’s disease at bay. People who take fish oil have better cognitive function as they age, relative to those who don’t take fish oil. Dietary omega-3s, especially fish oils, increase fat breakdown.

Hedonic compensation

You might know the term “hedonism”, which refers to the pursuit of pleasure.

The theory of hedonic compensation suggests that if we feel like we “lose out” on pleasure in one area, we look to compensate for it elsewhere. (Thus, the thought process of “I’ve had a lousy day; I deserve a treat.”)

In 2014, researchers explored three different studies that help to show why exercise alone doesn’t usually produce weight loss.

In these studies, they found that perceiving a physical activity as “fun”, rather than “exercise” meant that:

  • People chose less junk food during meals.
  • People ate less candy when offered a snack from a self-serve container.
  • People chose “healthy” snacks more often than “unhealthy” snacks.

In other words, because exercise is not seen as fun, people compensate by finding fun elsewhere.

What they learned

Study #1
Thinking of movement as “exercise” instead of “fun” makes people get more of their calories from sugary desserts. Continue reading »

Mar 292015

Vanishing Muffin Top Workout

Ab work is the number one request I get in my classes. But remember, there is no such thing as spot reduction, so if you want the washboard abs your diet needs to reflect this desire and you also need to add cardio and weights to your routine. I’ve had washboard abs for months at a time throughout the years but not consistently…I’m being honest. Sure, I have incredibly toned abs & I’m strong but as soon as I let up on the eating and letting life take over, they disappear underneath some fat. I don’t have any genetic predisposition to a 6-pack so it’s related to my desire, my eating and exercise habits that I choose at that time.

Here is a part of the Vanishing Muffin Top Workout from Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans to reduce the size of your muffin top. If you DO the exercises and change your diet accordingly, you can make a difference.

Remember these tips to help you reach your goal: Continue reading »