Danielle's Blog – Designer Fitness

{December 28, 2010}   What do I think of Wii Fitness….

I love the Wii, I find it fun and inventive and a nice thing to do at home.  In fact when my husband bought us the Wii fit a few years back it was a great tool….for the first 4 weeks….then like any other at home program it is too easy to lose motivation.  The Wii can not get me out of bed and motivate me to work harder along side a coach that really knows me and really cares about me.  I had a client ask me the other day if I thought the Wii would put me out of business and I just smiled and asked what parts of our session that she liked the best…interestingly it was all the things the Wii can not do…What I can do is make sure you show up! Then I can encourage, assess, motivate, correct, keep things fresh and keep the her progressing.   Truth be told I think the Wii can be a great source of extra workouts but it will never be the same as the energy you feel at a zumba or bootcamp class or the connection one feels at a personal training session.  Enjoy these wonderful workouts you got for Christmas, play with your family, enjoy being active…then come see me when you are ready to take yourself to the next level, connect with others and get some more amazing results.

Here are a few ideas that help me to eat on a budget:

In an effort to keep monthly food costs in check we have come up with a few strategies. Not planning meals and not creating a shopping list are two mistakes that cost shoppers more in the long run. Planning is essential to eating well, especially when dollars don’t go as far as they once did. A healthy diet is affordable with a little planning, smart shopping and basic cooking skills. As fitness professionals, we can offer some budget-friendly shopping strategies that will help our clients find ways to eat well on the cheap.

Meal-Planning Tips

  • Check your fridge and cupboards to see what you already have on hand that you can use.
  • Plan meals around the best weekly store specials. Stock up on sale items if space allows.
  • Get inspired by exploring one of the many online recipe finders, or check out a cookbook from the library.
  • Add more meatless meals. Meat is the most expensive part of a meal.
  • Use leftovers, to save time and money.
  • Keep a running shopping list and jot down items when you run out. To make shopping easier, organize the list around your grocery store layout.
  • Keep all your weekly meal plans. In no time, you’ll have a monthly menu cycle and a “go-to” list of quick meals.

Shop Smart

Use these tips to “work the store” to your advantage:

  • Stick with an organized list.
  • Eat first. Hungry shoppers overbuy and usually purchase prepared (less healthy) foods.
  • Shop alone if possible. A partner and/or children tagging along can quickly stray from the list and increase the food bill. However, shopping with kids is a nice way to teach them smart habits, so if they come along, set expectations before leaving the house.
  • Get a grocery store loyalty card.
  • Shop the perimeter to fill up on fruits and veggies, protein and dairy.
  • Look for bargains near the ends of aisles and on the upper and lower shelves. Cheaper, generic store brands are typically found on lower and upper shelves and have the same nutritional profile as name brands.
  • Compare unit prices of different product sizes and brands. Unit prices are found on the shelf tags below the food items.
  • Buy in bulk.
  • Make your own single-serving snack packs from larger bags of food.

Preparing Food at Home

After shopping, dedicate a little time to organizing food at home.

  • Divide large packages of raw meat into smaller meal portions.
  • When you have time, brown meat and chicken, package them and freeze them for use in meals later.
  • Clean and cut up vegetables for meals and snacks that will be eaten within a few days. Wait to wash others just before eating.
  • Cook in batches, and freeze extras.
  • Keep a frozen-food inventory so that unknown meals don’t get buried in the freezer.
  • Toss food into a slow cooker in the morning so that dinner is ready when you get home.
  • Use the plate method: fill half the plate with fruits and veggies, one-quarter with protein and one-quarter with whole grain.
  • Cook with friends. Take turns hosting a small group to plan meals, share recipes and cook large batches of food. Package the meals for everyone to take home and freeze.

This has helped me!   Enjoy!

Source November-December 2010 IDEA Fitness Journal.


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