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Why Intermittent Fasting?

Why Intermittent Fasting?

I admit, I’m a fairly new convert to Intermittent Fasting, and I will never go back to the way I was before.

For many years I was a breakfast eating,  5 mini meal a day kind of girl. I preached that mindset for the first 18 and a half  years of my of my fitness career.

I taught my clients they must eat breakfast with in 45 minutes of waking, followed with mini meals all day. I bragged that I ate at 7am, 10, 1, 4, & 7pm Each meal at about 300 calories, equaling 1500 for the day. Phew! It seemed like all I did was think about food, what I was eating, when my next meal was, and of course how many calories….. Food consumed me

My husband thought I was crazy, and my friends thought it easy for me. You know, being a fitness pro and all… The truth is eating 5 mini meals a day is exhausting! A lot goes into it, and I was sick of it. And, and I was not getting the results I felt I should get because of it. I was often frustrated, rushed, tired, hungry, etc… I was so deeply entrenched in the diet industry, and just believed that it was me, I had to work harder, keep doing, let my body adjust, blah, blah, blah…. WRONG!!

Enter Intermittent Fasting. IF changed all of that. I decided to experiment with it, and was shocked with my results. I dragged a few of my closest friends into a program with me, learned all I could about the science of it, and before I knew it…. we are all experiencing success. Listen, the body is an incredible machine, and knows just how to operate. All we have to do is give it the right stuff so it can do it’s job. Turns out the right stuff is not necessarily constant calories from morning till night.

What is Intermittent fasting? First what it is not…. it is not skipping breakfast in an effort to eat fewer calories. That backfires. Most people who skip meals  get so hungry that they eat anything. Eating to eat because you’re starving, often leads to way to many calories that have no real nutritional value and definitely no staying power. FAIL

Intermittent fasting IS a strategically timed eating pattern where you consume all of your calories, in the right macros (carbs, protein, fats) in a shortened feeding window. It’s really rather simple when you think about it. Your body responds because it is being satisfied with enough food. Intermittent fasting is not low calorie, or deprivation. It is quite the opposite. When you lengthen the time span between your last meal of the day and your first the next day, you put your body into a fat burning state. But.. and this is a big but; you have to eat enough!

My clients practice an All Foods Fit approach along with Carb Cycling, and Intermittent Fasting to get the sustainable win.

Like I said the body is an incredible machine, and with the right fuel it will burn fat and preserve muscle. You will have more energy, less sugar cravings, sleep better, get off certain meds, and you will lose fat! Learning to use intermittent fasting is a process. My clients usually get it in about 3 weeks. And once they do, an explosion of FREEOM happens.

My next Food Freedom program begins on June 19.  Join here

If you are ready to break free from the diet mindset, and become a great player in winnable game, I’m your coach!

Lets do this!

Coach Vera

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Food Freedom, Summer Edition!

Food Freedom, Summer Edition!

Thank you so much for your interest in my Food Freedom online training program! This is hands down, the most effective program you will ever complete. We’re not just getting ready for summer, we are playing to win the game forever!

This program will sell out!

If you’ve been eating clean and exercising without results, this program is your solution. We focus on carb cycling, intermittent fasting (it’s not what you think) and a IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) approach to life. I want to help you Ooze Vibrant Energy All Day Long. I will educate you regarding eating the foods you like best, and give you a simpler more effective exercise program. Your body reeves up becomes a fat burning machine, and you will feel amazing.

My mission is to help you lose weight, create a healthy life, and have vibrant energy to spare! My clients are experiencing incredible results with an average of one whole dress size down in just 4 weeks. In addition to weight loss, my clients are reporting far more energy, less anxiety and greater productivity in other areas of their life. Read what my clients are saying about this new program.

The next round of Food Freedom will start on June 19th. You will be added to a group to learn the meal plan details, workout routine, and pertinent information. The online program includes a focus on  carb cycling, intermittent fasting, IIFYM.

What can you expect from this new program?

  • Convenient 6-week program that fits your busy schedule
  • Accountability a supportive friendly group, and FREE access to me to answer your specific questions.
  • Affordable package option
  • The focus, quality, intensity, and commitment you’d expect from me, a trainer with 20+ years of success!

Here’s how it works:

  • Six week training program starting June 19 th
  • You will be given a grocery list with a list of approved an unapproved foods.
  • Clients will be expected to follow a 5 day per week workout plan that includes written workouts and hyperlinked videos.
  • Exercises will be appropriate for all levels with modified options for beginners.
  • Participants will be required to pay in advance.
  • Participants will be required to log in their food with MyFitnessPal and do daily checkin’s with me via the private FB group.
  • The price for the program is $159.
  • Please register and pay for the training program below.
  • After you register, we will schedule a personal Get to Know Each Other & Strategy call. Payment (in full) is due prior to the start of the program. Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

I will be accepting the first 25 registrants

Vera xoxo

YES, I am ready to make this the healthiest 6 weeks of my life!




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Does Inner Freedom lead to Food Freedom or is it the other way around?

Does Inner Freedom lead to Food Freedom or is it the other way around?

What causes the mind to go rouge and do the exact opposite of the thing you want to do? You know, like when you go on a diet and before the day is over you’ve blown it and are left feeling like a failure again. That, what causes that?

Thats your inner game, aka: your subconscious mind/body. It’s job, to protect you. But, protect you from what, doing better in the world? Our past experiences, live in the body, and rule the way you respond to life today. The problem is that those experiences probably have nothing at all to do what you are wanting to do in the here and now. But because they are stored in subconscious mind, they actually rule the choices you are making in the present. Think of it as an inner conflict. In spite of your best intentions to do something, to play bigger, to play better, that powerful subconscious seems to sabotage your efforts every time. And your not even aware of it.

Changing this has nothing to do with mustering up more will power, and muscling your way to success. Seriously, have you been successful, long term, using will power? Probably not.

So how do you make lasting changes?

First things first. The mind has a way of trying to keep you safe. For example, for years my clients would begin a new weight loss program, and ultimately fall right back to doing the same things that got them here in the first place. Thats because most us learned at a young age, that learning something new is scary. What if I fail? Their gonna laugh at me? What if it’s too hard? Those fears are stored in the body, and although we don’t even realize it, it’s those fears that cause us to fail over and over again throughout life.

Next you have to know that the body will give you clues when the subconscious mind is taking over. The problem is you’ve been ignoring the energy of the subconscious for so long, chances are you don’t even feel it. But it’s there. Being willing to tap into it, experience it, and allow it, will give you insight into how powerful it is. Yup, it seems scary right, but seriously, working with me is not so scary, but it is life changing! It’s actually very cool to feel that energy in your body and learn how to use it. Guiding my clients through Inner Freedom is the best part of what I do.

Approaching life from this framework is probably different than what you are used to. Im not going to give you another diet, Im giving you a life changing skill. FYI, I was a little scared when I first started to do this kind of work too. But inner freedom is the catalyst to becoming a great player in every game of life. And thats the ultimate goal to BECOME who you want to become!

The bottom line, the subconscious mind doesn’t want you to be afraid. Thats exactly why it sabotages your best efforts…. It wants to keep you small, and seemingly safe. Food is an easy, legal way to numb you, distract you, comfort you. It doesn’t talk back either, it does the opposite. It convinces you, in the moment anyway, that you shouldn’t feel bad, to go ahead eat ____, you can get back on your diet bandwagon tomorrow. You won’t fail tomorrow, because I, your subconscious, will keep you safe..

My clients break free from that endless loop. My Inner Freedom method will help you feel into the fear that is holding you back from achieving your hearts desires. Its not magic, it’s judgement free awareness. I guess in a way it is magic. Inner Freedom is powerful, and will change your life. You won’t need
will-power to get through life. Inner Freedom leads to Food Freedom, which leads to a healthy, energized, clear life that you live freely and with great joy.

Know someone who would benefit from reading this, feel free to share it.

My personal inner freedom work allows me enough energy to give back to the world. I would love nothing more than to have a easy conversation with people curious. I have spots reserved for just such a conversation with you. Get one now before they are all gone. Schedule NOW

Live Fit, Spread Joy!
Vera

6 Tips to Burn Fat and Get Lean

6 Tips to Burn Fat and Get Lean

Weight loss is about the food, but food alone will not give you a fit, lean look. That requires losing fat and increasing lean muscle. However, to do both effectively doesn’t have to be tricky. Its a balancing act that requires you to be intentional.

Here are 6 tips that will help you build muscle and burn fat, giving you a toned, fit, and healthy look.

1) Eat the right macros. Macros is just a fancy name for carbs, protein, and fat. Eating enough of the right fuel will provide your body with everything it needs to build muscle. Building calorie burning, energy producing, looking good muscle is the goal.

2) Eat at the right time. That doesn’t mean you have to eat breakfast! In fact it means experimenting with Intermittent Fasting and shortening your feeding window. Imagine having your first meal of the day at 11, 12 or 1 pm!

3). Eat for the right reason.
We focus on fueling your body with enough macros throughout the day (with food that you like) for your workouts and your life, vs obsessing over everything you put in your mouth and not eating enough.

4) Lift heavy weights (for you) to develop lean, calorie burning muscle. In order to build muscle you have to lift heavy enough weights for you. When muscles are working hard, you will burn significant calories during your workout, and your body will continue to burn calories for hours after your workout is over. This kind of muscle building will give you a lean and strong body. To do this effectively you need an intentional workout plan. This will also require that your diet includes enough macros.

5) Engage in just enough Fasted Cardio. When combined with a strategic weight training program, cardio done in the fasted state will require your body to reach into its fat stores to start burning fat for energy. In addition, a well-planned fasted cardio workout will not only burn tons of calories during the workout, but will burn calories up to 48 hours after your workout has finished.

6) Maintain the Right Mindset.
Building lean muscle while burning fat takes time. Staying off the scale, and notice Non-Scale victories. NSV go a long way in keeping you on track. People who stay positive throughout a fitness program have greater long-term success than those who don’t. In addition to staying positive, the simple act of thinking about what you are grateful for has been shown to decrease cortisol levels by 23%. Cortisol levels plays a significant role in the way your body stores and burns fat. An effective program will have a mindset component added to its nutrition and fitness plan.

If you want build lean muscle, get lean, and burn fat these tips will help. For the past several months I have built the very best program out there to help you. I’ve incorporated all of these things into my Food Freedom Fat Loss Program. My clients have gone through the program and have seen truly amazing results. My Food Freedom Fat Loss Program takes ALL of the guess work out. It provides you with the support and programming you need to be successful. Registration is open for my first Food Freedom Fat Loss Program of the year. My next Food Freedom program begins in February, and slots are already filling up. I am so confident in this program and its ability to help you get lean, that I offer a money back guarantee.

To join me, and the hundreds of other women who have seen success through this program, Sign up here.

Hugs,
Vera xo

Let me know if you would like to chat first 🙂

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Food Freedom 2017

Food Freedom 2017

Faster way to Fat Loss

Thank you so much for your interest in my Food Freedom Faster Way to Fat Loss program! This is hands down, the most effective program you will ever complete. I want you to feel amazing 365 days a year!img_0760

I am extending 2016 pricing to all NEW clients in 2017.

If you been thinking about those New Year Resolutions and know that you want to do something, but you just can’t commit during the holiday season. I understand. If you have decided that mini meals, calorie restriction, and crazy exercise schedule is not something you are willing to try again. This program is for you. We will be focused on fueling properly, and by that I mean eating enough food, and moving our bodies. I will educate you regarding eating the foods you love and exercise smarter not harder. Your body revs up and becomes a fat burning machine.

My mission is to help you lose weight, live a Food Freedom lifestyle, and feel great about accomplishing your goals. My clients are experiencing incredible results with an average of one whole dress size down in just 6 weeks. In addition to weight loss, my clients are reporting far more energy, less anxiety, more control over their food choices and mood, better sleep, and much more! Read what my clients are saying about this new program.

The January Food Freedom Faster Way to Fat Loss begins on Jan. 9th. The bonus prep days begins Jan. 4th.  You will be added to a group to learn the meal plan details, workout routine, and pertinent information. The online program includes a focus on carb cycling, intermittent fasting, nutrition education, and 5 days per week of movement.

What can you expect from this new program?

•Convenient 6-week program that fits your busy schedule
•Accountability and a supportive approach that keeps you on track to accomplish your goal
•Affordable package option that is among the lowest cost option you’ll find
•The focus, quality, intensity, and commitment you’d expect from me, a trainer with 20+ years of success!
•FREE access to me to answer your all your specific questions
•FREE copy of a cutting edge book from my mentor and leading carb cycling expert

Here’s how it works:
•Six week training program starting Jan. 9, 2017
•You will be given a grocery list with a list of approved and unapproved foods.
•Clients will be expected to follow a 5 day per week workout plan that includes written workouts and hyperlinked videos.
•Exercises will be appropriate for all levels with modified options for beginners.
•Participants will be required to pay in advance.
•Participants will be required to log in their food with MyFitnessPal and do daily checkin’s with me via the private FB group.
•This is the last time the program will be offered at the introductory price of $159.
•Please register and pay for the training program below before Dec. 11th to lock in this rate .
•After you register, we will schedule a personal Get to Know Each Other & Strategy call. Payment (in full) is due prior to the start of the program. Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

I will be accepting the first 25 registrants

Vera xoxo

I am ready to make this the healthiest 6 weeks of my life!
Register here




FLEX

FLEX

Fall Fast FLEX DietingI am thrilled to announce the launch of my FLEX PROGRAM! This program combines the best of my level 1 program (5 day carb cycle), and introduces you level two. Intermittent fasting, advanced workouts, and an IIFYM (if it fits your macros) approach.

We will be focused on fueling our bodies to crush workouts in addition to burning fat effectively. I will educate you regarding how to restructure your metabolic process so your body is a fat burning machine. I will also teach you how to improve satiety, insulin sensitivity, and reset your hormones. This ongoing program will include custom macros for each participant, and adjustments as we go along.

Through this active accountability program you will have the opportunity to win prizes as you become even more efficient at burning fat!

Because we are implementing upper-level strategies through this program, I am only accepting clients who have gone through my bootcamps earlier this year or fellow health coaches and personal trainers. If you are new to counting macros, intermittent fasting, or carb cycling, I will be leading a level 1 program for you beginning October 3.

This highly effective program starts on Monday Oct. 3, 2016

You will learn:

How to restructure your metabolic process so your body burns fat like an incinerator.
How to improve satiety
The importance of flexibility
How to calculate and track your custom macros
The importance of proper fuel and a good attitude

How it works:

Ongoing program kicks off on Oct. 3, and runs through Dec. 18, 2016
You will receive a live 20 minute strategy call with me
You will receive help setting your custom macros
You will be added to an active accountability group
You will be expected to check-in daily
You will have the opportunity for prizes

The cost of this program is $299. If you participated in one of my bootcamps earlier this year, you will receive $100 off this 12 week program. You must have an understanding of carb cycling, intermittent fasting, and IIFYM. If you do not, please join my level 1 program beginning Oct. 3rd. Fellow personal trainers and health coaches are welcome to join. Schedule a Consult NOW

Please use this Paypal link to register now.

I am only accepting 10 clients into this program. Spots will go fast, so be sure to reserve your place today.

I am excited to work with you!




Vera xo

FALL FAST FLEX Program

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Fuel a Healthy Lifestyle…….. Carb Cycling 101- REGISTER NOW

Fuel a Healthy Lifestyle…….. Carb Cycling 101- REGISTER NOW

Thank you so much for your interest in my brand new carb cycling and intermittent fasting online training program! This is hands down, the most effective program you will ever complete.

My mission is to help you lose weight, create a sustainable healthy lifestyle, and feel great about accomplishing your goals. My clients are experiencing incredible results with up to 6 lbs lost in one week! In addition to tremendous weight loss, my clients are reporting far more energy, less anxiety, more control over their food choices and mood, and much more!

The next round of the carb cycling and intermittent fasting program will start on Monday, July 18. You will be added to a group to learn the meal plan details, workout routine, and pertinent information the week of July 11. The online program includes a focus on goal setting, carb cycling, intermittent fasting, nutrition education, and 5 days per week of movement.

If you are ready to commit to this 6 week program, register below! Your satisfaction is my guarantee.

The 6 week online training program will start on Monday, July 18, 2016.

What can you expect from this new program?

  • Convenient 6-week program that fits your busy schedule
  • Accountability and a supportive approach that keeps you on track to accomplish your goal
  • Affordable package option that is among the lowest cost option you’ll find
  • The focus, quality, intensity, and commitment you’d expect from me, a trainer with 20+ years of success!
  • FREE access to me to answer your specific questions
  • FREE copy of a cutting edge book

Here’s how it works:

  • Six week training program starting on July 18.
  • You will be given a grocery list with a list of approved an unapproved foods.
  • Clients will be expected to follow a 5 day per week workout plan that includes written workouts and hyperlinked videos.
  • Exercises will be appropriate for all levels with modified options for beginners. The workout will include plyometrics, running drills, and pilates.
  • Participants will be required to pay in advance and fill out all health forms, waivers, and liability forms before the program begins
  • Participants will be required to log their food and do daily checkin’s with me via text or email.
  • The Carb Cycling Intermittent Fasting program will be only $159 as a introductory price special.
  • Please register and pay for the training program below. I am only accepting the first 20 ladies who register and several spots have already been filled. After you register, I will send you the health forms, waiver and liability forms. Payment (in full) and all forms are due prior to the start of the program. Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

Register below. I will be accepting the first 20 registrants.




8 Truth’s on How to Lose Weight

8 Truth’s on How to Lose Weight

1. Find your reason for losing weight.

In the beginning the reason may be you have a reunion or vacation or a big event, and thats OK. What ever gets the ball rolling serves the purpose. But eventually, as you get stronger and endorphins kick in, and your getting results, your reason can change. And it can help keep you anchored to your goals, and lifelong fitness dreams. I have personally entered contests that offered money to lose weight and sure, money is motivating, but along the way, as I felt better, my health became the prize. Find your reason, and if you need to, go stand in front of the mirror, turn off the cell, the laptop and TV and just find your reason. Be raw, real and write it down. In some cases your “Why” may make you cry.

2. Set a Goal.
As much as you don’t like the scale, or tape measures, it’s imperative for you to know your starting point. Get a pad or  journal, write down your weight and measurements and ask yourself, what a real measurable goal is. Telling your best friend that you want to look good in a dress is great, but that doesn’t really give you a tracking progress. Name your goal. Is it 20lbs? 30lbs? Pick your number, pick a date, write it down and begin manifesting that goal.

3. Pick your plan.
What do you like to do? Lift weights, ride a bike, run? Find your passion again and if you don’t have one, then start here: Ask yourself what is mostly holding you back from working out. Is it a busy schedule? Is it injuries? Is it time scarcity? Find this answer and then apply it. When you find a workout that works for your schedule and works for your goal and happiness, then you will likely have more success than a plan you don’t like and are just doing it to get through the workout. I like to do a lot of different things, from being outside, to classes, and my favorite is banging out a quick one at home.  If you need helping picking a plan, I can help you with most anything.

4. What are you willing to give up?
In order to get healthy, you will likely need to give up some things. Make a list of all the things that ‘keep you unhealthy’ and reprioritize. Is it junk food around the house that can be removed? Is it friendships that support bad habits? Is it bad time management? What things are sabotaging your goals? Make a list of what you need to change in your daily, weekly, or weekend life; and yes, you may have to let some lunch buddies, or friendships go, for a while. It’s not because you don’t love them, it’s because you love yourself enough to get healthy and you need to get stronger and learn how to say no sometimes.

5. Figure out what got you here and make peace with it.
We all have times in our lives that we gain weight. It may be a new relationship and you kind of let yourself slide. It may be the ending of a relationship and you turned to food or drinks for comfort. It may have been a death, job loss, the birth of a baby, in any case, make peace with what happened and work to turn it around so that you are not continuing on a self-defeating path. Chances are likely, you know how you gained weight and you just need to make peace with it and let it go, so that you can grow.

6. Perfection.
Let go of the perfectionist syndrome. Many people will analyze a program a to death, and try to control the plan, before they even start. Perfectionism is often what keeps you stuck. You paralyze yourself with an overwhelming perfect ‘set up for weight loss’, when all it is, is a perfect set up for failure. Know that there will be days that you nail it, and there will be days that you struggle, but as long as you are making the choices to support your goals each and every day, you are one step closer to that goal. Don’t throw in the towel over one mistake or one pound, get over it and keep moving forward.

7. Find some Fun.
Find a 5K, 10K, a Tough Mudder, a Muddy Buddy.  These are great ways to stay on track.  Shoot for mini goals along the way. All this training can be not only targeting weight loss, but it’s pretty darn exhilarating to cross a finish line. Getting a medal is like getting when you got a ribbon in grade school. Some of us liked the ribbon more; it’s a sign of accomplishment and a tangible pat on the back. And when you shift your focus to a fun sporting event, rather than yourself, you’ll be surprised at ‘how fast’ you lost weight.

8. Find a Support Group.
Yes a weight loss support group! People who take on life change need Coaches, friends, and people in their lives that are on the same path. It’s what keeps you strong when the mind starts working against you. I can’t tell you how many times I have picked up a phone and called a friend walk me off a ledge, and by the time I hung up BOOM, I was hitting my workout hard. Think of it like AA. People there are trying to get healthy and they need support. And being around like minded individuals keeps them strong. Even after doing this for years, I still need and count on my accountability people. That is what support does, it keeps you strong. And, that is what I do, Coach, people like you, who just want to lose weight and keep it off forever.

I hope this helps you become a better player in your fitness game. I have played the game and been up and down the scale, pregnant, injured, depressed, very overweight, in my best fit range for many years now,  our games may be different, but we are all playing to win.

And I hope that this helps you feel okay with where you are and encourages you to maybe take that next step.

Life is a Game, Play to Win!

Vera

Coach Vera’s favorite foods

Coach Vera’s favorite foods


Coach Vera’s easy fool proof Breakfast:

2 Scrambled whole eggs

Lightly wilted spinach

1 pc Ezekiel toast


 

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Spray a small frying pan with non stick cooking spray, heat

scramble 2 eggs with a ounce of water, salt and pepper to taste

add to hot frying pan, cook until done, transfer to dish

in the same hot pot, add baby spinach, remove from heat, toss lightly wilt

transfer to another plate, add eggs to top

serve with toast. (I like my toast dark, and eat it dry)


 

prep time: 5 minutes

cook time: 5 minutes

calories 210