Spring into Spring a few pounds lighter Thurston County!

By Kristine Kosturos
 It’s Spring in Thurston County, can you believe it?  Has your weight sprung to new heights?  Do your clothes feel a little tighter from the winter months?  Is your skin a little dryer than normal and do you feel like you desperately need a vacation, because sun is not present living in the Pacific Northwest?  Have no fear; you still have time to get that summer body ready and shed those extra pounds you may have put on in the last few months!

I’m going to give you some great weight loss tips and help you get back on track!  Hopefully after reading this newsletter, you will be inspired to eat clean, fresh and home prepared meals to help shed those extra pounds!

As women, we tend to be OBSESSED with weight and have skewed body images.  The diet industry in the U.S. alone is around 35 billion, YES—BILLION dollars.  I think we all know by now that DIETS DON’T WORK!  Whether it’s a pill, taking out entire macro nutrients like fat or carbs or the newest diet on the market—injecting hormones into your body and forcing it to act like its pregnant.  Yes, you read that correctly!  Why do we as women go to crazy extremes only to become disappointed with the end results because it’s not realistic for lifelong weight management?

Bottom line:  There is no quick fix or fast way of losing weight permanently!  It needs to be a lifestyle change or you will join the millions of American’s yoyo dieting lifestyle, and I’m sure you are sick of it!  Here are my tips on shedding those winter pounds:              

Prevent unnecessary cravings:  We have lost the ability to interpret the messages our cells send us.
The solution:  When you crave something fatty, such as cheese or French fries, make sure you eat a good fat. Examples are nuts and seeds, olives, and avocados. When you crave something sweet, reach for natural glucose in the form of fresh fruit.Prevent empty calories:  It is better to eat smaller meals throughout the day instead of two or three meals per day.
The solution: Increase your nutrient density by focusing on eating live, raw, whole foods like fresh fruit and vegetables.  In Thurston County, we have many local Farmer’s Markets to get these.  Also, eat smaller meals throughout the day to prevent energy dips.  When eating a fruit, add a few nuts. Avoid refined sugar and carbohydrates, as they interfere with fatty acid metabolism and strip the body of B vitamins that are needed to support and increase the rate of metabolism. Great weight-loss Snacks:

  • Carrots and celery with raw almond butter
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • Hummus and raw veggies like cucumbers and bell peppers
  • Plain Greek yogurt with blueberries and raw almonds
  • 1 cup of grapes or melon with 1 string cheese
  • 1 piece of fruit with 6 raw almonds
  • ½ avocado sprinkled with sea salt

Note:  The concept to life-long weight management is simple.  Put REAL foods into your body instead of processed man-made foods.  Eat from the Earth, Not from the factory!

About Rock Bottom Personal Training:
Christe Smith is the owner of Rock Bottom Personal Training. Rock Bottom serves all of Thurston County and offers customized fitness services in homes, workplaces, local parks and other locations to cater to the client. Rock Bottom has many Professional Certified trainers to help you with all your health needs in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater.


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