WESTFIELD, NJ — Tony Bianchino, owner of Westfield-based personal training and nutrition center Out Run Your Fork, has a lofty goal of educating Westfield about what it takes to be healthy,…
If You Feel Like You’ve Been Stuck For A While, Then Maybe It’s Time For A Very Simple Change.
There are lots of reasons why many of us are not quite at the level of fitness that we desire. Maybe we want to lose a few pounds around the midsection or maybe we want to tighten and tone our arms and legs. Whatever the goal is we need to keep in mind that weight management is 70% nutrition. Now, I am not discrediting exercise in the least. But as our name “Out Run Your Fork” suggests: if you exercise a lot and continue to miss step on your nutrition, then you’ll never get where you want to go. Exercise alone is not enough. You simply can’t Out Run Your Fork.
So let’s start by focusing what is in your control. If we think about it they’re only four things we can control:
- our thoughts
- our words
- our attitudes
- our actions
While there are many root causes as to why people don’t do what they’re supposed to do, we are going to leave the first three items for future articles. This article was going to focus on the final one of these: our actions.
I heard somebody say once, “It all starts with your hand.” He went on to explain that when you’re making a choice you could choose to reach for a healthy food or you can choose to reach for an unhealthy food. It’s what you reach for that’s going to determine what you put in your body. If you don’t put it in your hand, then you can’t eat it. Think about it for a minute. It’s so simple, so why is it so difficult? The answer is determined by one word: desire.
Desire: that which we fix in the foremost of our minds is what we focus on minute after minute, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. It creates a burning desire to reach that goal. But a burning desire without a plan of action will not yield results. Without a plan of action there will be no action. So, the first step is to create a goal and that an action plan on how to reach that goal. The next step is to simply move into action. The simplest action is to make better choices. The way you can make better choices is by reaching for foods that will move you closer to your goal and leaving the food alone that will prevent you from moving toward your goal. Is everyone with me so far? Good!
Let’s turn that desire into action:
- The next time you are given the choice of reaching for an apple or a muffin, choose the apple!
- When you know you’ve eaten your portion of food, don’t reach out for more!
- If given the choice of baked potato or french fries, duh!… (yes, go for the potato)!
Set friendly reminders. Write a note on your hand that says “It starts here.” Put a note on your debit card or wallet. On Your refrigerator door. On your water bottle. Anywhere you can see it prior to grabbing that piece of coffee cake and ramming it into your face. Keep healthy snacks nearby: an apple in the car or desk drawer at work. A small amount of nuts (look at the serving size!) in your purse. A protein shake in your gym bag. A low calorie protein bar in your briefcase. Sneak in healthier alternatives wherever and whenever you can. TIP: Just be sure to watch total calories!
STOP reaching for the Bad and START reaching for the Good!
“The most important thing that Tony did for me was (be) my cheerleader. He encouraged me every step of the way and if I slipped up …he was there to get me back on the wagon in a positive way. When I first started was in the worst shape of my life. I had never enjoyed exercising…Tony ‘got the ball rolling’ and I am currently in the best shape of my life. I love keeping myself healthy and I’m a much happier person now. Thanks Tony!”
When I first started working out with Tony I had turned 30 and was in the worst shape of my life. I had never really enjoyed exercising before and did not understand anything about nutrition. When I was younger I had tried several fad diets and running but none of it worked because I did not enjoy it and I did not know what I was doing. I was determined to not turn another year older and be even more out of shape. When I talked with Tony he helped me figure out my goals and gave me easily understandable facts about what I should eat. Together we worked on various types of exercises which included a lot of strength building. I found that I actually really enjoy exercising but I had never known that since I never tried anything other than running.
The most important thing that Tony did for me was encourage me every step of the way. There were some days I was not able to perform as well as I had the previous week. Instead of letting me get discouraged, Tony was my cheerleader and the next time I came to see him I was able to do better. If I slipped up on my nutrition he was there to get me back on the wagon in a positive way. He was always able to find some progress for me to be happy with even on days where I was not the best I could be. These little victories encouraged me to come in to the gym on days where I did not have a session with Tony and work out on my own. Tony also gave me plenty of information about proper form so that I was able to successfully work out without injury and increase my progress.
It was a sad day for me when Tony told me he would no longer be working at the same gym where I was a member. However, he had helped me so much that I still continue to go to my local gym. I am currently in the best shape of my life and I work to ensure that I keep improving myself. Tony is the person who really “got the ball rolling” for me so to speak. My only regret is not starting ten years ago! I love keeping myself healthy and I’m a much happier person now. Thanks Tony!
It’s been great forging a friendship with you and even better to know I’ve had such a positive impact on you! All the best, Caroline!