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Are you stuck in a plateau?

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Are you stuck in a weight loss or fitness plateau?

Plateaus are natural… The human body is incredibly adaptive, and this is why I preach to change things up. Changing your routine continually challenges your body, which keeps your body guessing; and therefore keeps you on track to continuing your weight loss.

Typically a plateau lasts anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks. It’s your body adjusting to what’s occurring. Remember the closer you get to your goal weight, the more your body will plateau. However, I want you to focus on how your body feels! Not just the scale. The scale sometimes does not reflect the transformation that’s occurring. Though plateaus are important to pay attention to, they should not stop you in your tracks. There are lots of great approaches to plateaus, which I share with you in my challenge groups.

Get your Spring Spark Back!

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Have those New Year’s resolutions taken a back seat? Do you need a little kick in the tush to get motivated again? Join my latest challenge group to help get your Spring Spark back.

If you have a coach already please check with them to see if they are offering a challenge group. FYI: You will get motivation, accountability, support from other participants, recipes, meal plan, complete nutrition and a workout program. A purchase is required so that you have all the tools you need to be successful.

Click on the link below for to apply:
http://Anitakellam.AutomaticCEO.com/go10

You can also go to http://www.homefitnessjunky.com and click join and join for free so we are linked together. I can’t wait to hear from you. Message me so we can connect.

Get Clean and Lean!

3 Day Refresh

I have gotten off track during the Easter holiday and those old bad habits of sugar cravings are starting to creep back in. I was doing the 3 Day Refresh once a month which helped keep things in check, but I haven’t done it since February and really need to get back on track. Click here to GET BACK ON TRACK

Be kind….I am a work in progress and these pictures don’t do justice to the renewed energy I have when I finish this.
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Yummy Recipes

It easy to follow, and has tasty recipes that are quick to make.
AND it is available to you! Have you ever done a cleanse to drop a few pounds quickly? IMG_0028_2

So, how do you know if you need or want this?
If you have any of those symptoms it might be time to FLUSH the toxins out and get rid of all the NASTY your body has been holding on to.
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What is the 3 Day Refresh?

In just three short days, Beachbody’s 3-Day Refresh is engineered to clean your body quickly while keeping you full, and giving you more energy than you’ve ever had before! Unlike any other “cleanse” you may have tried, 3 Day Refresh was created to make your body full so that you can easily go about your day, and even get your workouts in! I did PiYo everyday on the cleanse and felt AMAZING.

With three day refresh, you can expect to see a flatter belly, reduce your cravings for carbs, sugars, chocolates, and your clothes will fit better. This is perfect when you are heading on vacation and want to look your best a few days before hitting the beach so you can feel confident in your swimming suit. I can say that it has really helped me to feel lean and have flatter abs.
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What does the 3 day Refresh Include?
Shakeology will be your main source of incredible nutrition. Packed with supergreens and superfruits, Shakeology will make you feel amazing right when you wake up! Many of your bodies vital organs have been deprived of key vitamins, amino acids, pro & pre-biotics for years. Shakeology will restore your body quickly to it’s ultimate state. The challenge pack includes a 30 Day Supply of Shakeology- you pick the flavor you want of this incredible super drink. It will ensure you keep the weight off, and clinically proven to help you lose even more weight!

Vanilla Fresh Shakes for Lunch and Dinner (6 Packets)
20 grams of plant based protein is packed into this delicious shake, as well as 22 essential vitamins, minerals, and more. These shakes will curb your appetite further and ensure you get all the muscle building protein you need.

Daily Fiber Sweep (3 Packets)
An important part of the 3 Day Refresh is to clean your stomach of all the “junk” that has been deposited in their. The 3 Day Refresh Fiber Sweet uses a combination of whole ground flax, chia, and psyllium seed husks to gently clean your stomach, restoring it to it’s natural state.

Program Guide

This comprehensive guide walks customers through how this program works, what to expect, and how to prepare a shopping list, as well as their body, for the 3-Day Refresh. It also contains a menu planner with numerous easy-to-make, nutritious, and delicious meals, a list of fruit and veggie options, guilt-free flavorings, and recipes for fresh-pressed juices.

3 Day Refresh is NOT a liquid cleanse or fast! You’ll be pairing the Vanilla Fresh and breakfast Shakeology drinks with actual whole foods which in my HONEST opinion is a very, very good thing, because I love food.

How much does the 3 Day Refresh Cost?

3 Day Refresh Complete Kit costs $69.95 – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS

3 Day Refresh Kit WITHOUT Shakeology costs $59.95 – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS

3 Day Refresh Challenge Pack costs $140 – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS

Out of all 3 options, I would most strongly recommend the 3 Day Refresh Challenge Pack. You’ll get the added benefit of a free trial Club membership where you can have a customized meal plan laid out for you 30 days. You can also print out grocery lists to make meal planning that much easier.

Shakeology: part of my every day routine!

Shakeology is a part of the required breakfast for all 3 days so do not choose the 3 Day Refresh Kit without it unless you have a supply already on hand. FYI: Vegan Shakeology is recommended as part of the 3 Day Refresh as vegan sources of protein are easier to digest.
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If you are ready to change your body, restart your journey, need a REBOOT after an amazing vacation, or just need TO START, contact me TODAY so that I can help you. I would love to guide you to a whole new you!

Your Coach (or click here to make me your coach),

Anita

Eat Less, Move More to Lose Weight…..It’s NOT that easy!

Does this sound like you?

*You have an increased appetite and cravings?

*You have a hard time recovering after exercise?

*You’re irritable and have mood disorders?

*You’re gaining weight or reaching a weight loss plateau.
*You’re always hungry despite having a satisfactory meal?
*You have increased blood pressure?

These are symptom of Leptin Resistance!

Leptin, the “satiety hormone,” is a hormone made by fat cells which regulates the amount of fat stored in the body. It does this by adjusting both the sensation of hunger, and adjusting energy expenditures.

It is one of the most important hormones made exclusively by fat cells.

When a person overeats and gains weight, there will be an increase in body fat which would lead to an increase in the production of the hormone leptin. The leptin secreted will be signaled to the brain that there are adequate fat stores. The brain will then stimulate the metabolic processes that results in appetite suppression, weight loss, reduction in hunger, increased satiety with eating, increase resting metabolism, increase in lipolysis (fat breakdown) and stimulate fat burning, allowing the person to restore back to the normal body weight. This process of internal self-correction is called “homeostasis” and it stabilizes the body’s internal state.

When there is an increase in body fat, there is also an increase in the levels of leptin in the blood. For people who are overweight, leptin is not doing its job of reducing appetite and stimulating fat burning. When the functions of leptin are blocked, it results in a state called LEPTIN RESISTANCE.

We will, through diet and meal planning, restore your hormonal balance so your body functions like it should.

Leptin was only discovered in 1994 and the reason why much of the advice you’ve been given about diet and exercise is WRONG!

Don’t worry, We can make it right.

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Ready to cross train?

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We now have TONS of the HOTTEST workouts loaded all online, some of the ones you have been EYEING and wondering if you should get! Like Turbo Fire, T25, P90X3, 21 Day Fix and more! All ON DEMAND!

Do you want to train with me for 3 weeks? My group starts  Monday, March 16th.

–> My group will log in a private FB group for Daily Check in
–> I’m creating a Cross Training Program Workout Calendar using different workouts in the ON DEMAND to reach your goal!
(Doing a mix of hiits, cardio, weights, and stretching gets you results faster in a shorter amount of time)
–>NEW Meal Plan utilizing the “Intermittent Fasting” – My new research and formula that allows you to eat more of what you like that keeps you feeling satisfied and losing fat!
–>Daily personal training TIPS and advice loaded each day
–>Includes 3 months of ON LINE ON DEMAND WORKOUTS (all the TOP Beachbody programs)
–>Includes 10% discount for 3 months on anything else you want to buy- energy and endurance, recovery, bars, more Shakeology, etc..
–>Includes 1 month Shakeology and 2 months of it discounted 10%!
When they told us the price, I thought it was too cheap- so HEY! Get it while it’s CHEAP! HA! It’s ALL only $140! 3 months access to ALL of those workouts!
Anytime, anywhere- on your computer, phone, smart-tv…you got internet- play it!
Just think how much EASIER it is to do these workouts where you love to workout! At the gym- use the GYM’s weights for Body Beast, Get friends together and use the group room to bust out some Turbo Fire, Lunchtime Workouts at the JOB- do some 21 Day Fix for 30 minutes and then shake up some shakeology while you eat lunch and recover for your lunch break.

MESSAGE ME if you have questions anita@anitakellam.com
OR to sign up for this- sign up ASAP at http://tinyurl.com/21dayleanout

You’ll get automatically from me a 7 day meal plan and access to 22 online workouts in a private library!
GO NOW so you don’t miss SHEDDING THE WINTER LAYER!

Busy Mom’s can get fit!

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One thing I know 110% I relate to is MOTHERS! WHO WORK FULL-TIME AND MANAGE A HOUSE/FAMILY. We all have something that drives us… OUR KIDS! One thing we all have in common is finding that ME time to BE ourselves and not just be labeled as a mom.

It breaks my heart when mom’s feel that they will never be able to fit back into old pants or have their old bodies back. Truth is… WE CAN!!!! And you know how? By allowing ME to help you! PLEASE let me help you find YOU again and not just be known as a MOM! I know it can be hard to reach out for help, but we ALL NEED IT! We ALL need the support and knowledge!

It’s ok to feel and look SEXY. It’s ok to take 25 min a day for YOU to work on YOURSELF. It’s ok to want to rock the skinny jeans and crop tops. IT IS OK!!!!!

I can help be YOUR guide to teach you how to get that started so PLEASE reach out! Lets do this TOGETHER!!!!

Please message me or email me at anita@anitakellam.combusymom

Positive thoughts for weight loss

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Do you remember the words to a popular song of the 1980’s, “Don’t Worry Be Happy?” Well there is more power to that sentiment than you may have ever realized.

Positive thinking plays a significant role in your weight loss efforts. Beating yourself up with negative thoughts can throw you off course and trigger old bad habits that will take you off course such as going off your diet, overeating and skipping your exercise routine. Positive thoughts, on the other hand, can increase your motivation and energy level.

It is important to then make a conscious effort to transform your thoughts. It may be true that you often cannot overcome your food cravings or stick to your diet. However, if there are times when you are able to stand strong, then focus on those moments and celebrate the triumphs. Maybe you put less sugar in your coffee today and said no to a second slice of pizza. Giving attention to the positive things will help to create greater self esteem and motivation to continue with your weight loss efforts.

One of the ways that a negative attitude can prevail when you start to make healthy choices is if you have set unreasonable goals for yourself. Trying to exist on an extremely low-calorie diet or setting your weekly weight loss goal at an unattainable number often sets you up for failure.

To increase weight loss success, set achievable goals. Losing one or two pounds per week is a reasonable goal and can generally be achieved without extreme measures. Weigh yourself weekly; every week that you reach your goal, acknowledge your success. This will perpetuate positive thinking. Before long, you’ll find that your motivation and energy have increased, and the pounds are coming off.

Goodbye love handles. Hello Sexy Abs!

Are you sick of muffin tops and love handles, or are you comfortable with the roll of flab that pops over the waistband of your jeans and ruins the sleek line of fitness clothes, clingy sweaters, and tailored shirts.

A lot of people think that they can get rid of this annoying bump with daily sit ups. While crunches do tone muscles this exercise alone will not get rid of love handles. Do you know why? Well it’s because love handles aren’t muscle. They’re fat, and to burn fat you need a healthy diet and a rigorous cardiovascular program.
A good overall plan for 30 to 45 minutes of cardio three to four times a week, strength training (including the exercises below) two to three times a week, and a day of rest every week so your body can rebuild muscle. Spice up your workouts with a variety of cardio approaches will be the most effective — don’t just stick to only the elliptical or just a few spinning classes. Getting stuck in a cardio routine can lead to a plateau. Instead, you want to keep challenging different muscle groups. My personal favorite high-intensity interval training to burn fat is TurboFire. You get results quicker instead of working at the same steady pace throughout your workout.
Your initial goals will be weight loss and trimming down the fat. Once you’ve done that — or at least made significant headway — you can start to tone the muscles underneath your love handles. As you burn fat and increase your metabolism through building muscle, that extra padding will eventually go away.

Ab Workout: Kiss Love Handles Goodbye

Make these five exercises part of your plan to tone waist and hips:
1. Bicycle Crunches: “This exercise will work your internal and external obliques as well as the rectus abdominis [the largest ab muscle],” Keigher says.
Lie on your back, knees bent.
Place hands behind your head without interlacing your fingers. Lift your head slightly.
Twist so that your left elbow goes toward your right knee while you extend your left leg.
Pull your leg back in and extend the other leg, twisting so that your right elbow goes toward your left knee.
Build up to 3 sets of 25 reps each.

2. Standing Trunk Twists
Stand with your feet about hip-width apart.
Keep hips and legs facing forward as you twist to the right, extending your left arm out (like a punch) to the right.
Twist in the opposite direction (left), extending your right arm out in a punch to the left.
Aim for 100 repetitions.

3. Lying Leg Twist
Lie on your back with your arms stretched out to the sides, hands flat on your mat.
Lift legs and bend knees so that your calves are parallel to the floor and your thighs form a 90-degree angle with your torso.
Lower both legs together to one side so that your outer right thigh touches the ground on the right side, maintaining the 90-degree angle.
Return them to center and then lower to the other side so that your outer left thigh touches the ground.
Build up to 3 sets of 25 reps each.

4. Side Planks: “This exercise strengthens your core, in the front and the back,” Nasser explains.
Lie down on your right side, leaning on your elbow.
Extend your legs out straight, with your feet stacked. The edge of your right foot should be on the floor.
Use your core to hold your body up in a straight line (you can modify it by putting your right knee down on the floor if you need support). Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, or longer if you can.
Lower yourself fully to the floor and switch sides.
For added challenge, lift the top leg and hold it up so that it is not touching the bottom leg.
Holding each side for about 30 seconds, do four or five reps, and increase as you get stronger.

5. Seated Russian Twists
Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat.
Hold your arms out in front of you, hands pressed together.
Lean back about 45 degrees. With a slow, controlled movement, twist to your left side. Return to center, and twist to your right. That’s one rep.
One full rep should take about 20 seconds. Take a breath and repeat. Start with four to five reps, adding more reps as you get stronger.
For an added challenge, lift your feet off the floor as you do this exercise.
If you eat a healthy, low fat diet and burn more calories than you take in, and enjoy a good mix of cardio and ab workout time, you’ll watch your love handles start to melt away within a few weeks.

Resource: Healthy living from everyday health.

Not all calories are equal…

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Looks like I wasn’t totally off my rocker when I fell in LOVE with Shakeology.  There is new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that losing weight—and, more importantly, keeping it off—is not just a matter of eating fewer calories. Instead, the type of diet one follows—may significantly affect metabolic rate.

The low-glycemic diet will improve metabolism, without many of the same negative effects of the low-carb diet.

Low-glycemic index diets are easier to stick to on a day-to-day basis, compared to low-carb and low-fat diets, which are restrictive.  Another great point is that low-glycemic diets don’t eliminate whole food groups, it may be easier for people to follow and stick to them over the long-term.

Foods ranked by the glycemic index are given scores:

High: 70 and up (e.g., instant white rice, brown rice, plain white bread, white skinless baked potato, boiled red potatoes with skin and watermelon)

Medium: 56 to 69 (e.g., sweet corn, bananas, raw pineapple, raisins and certain types of ice cream)

Low: 55 and under (e.g., raw carrots, peanuts, raw apple, grapefruit, peas, skim milk, kidney beans and lentils)

Consuming foods with a high glycemic index is not recommended because these foods are ingested rapidly by the body, which can cause a spike—and then a rapid drop—in blood sugar. These wide fluctuations in blood sugar can cause extreme changes in hunger and energy levels.

Foods with lower glycemic index ratings, by contrast, are digested more slowly and do not cause the extreme fluctuations in blood sugar. These foods also are believed to help control appetite, delay hunger cues and help reduce the risk of insulin resistance.

Source: Mayo Clinic

Ebbeling, C.B. et al. (2012). Effects of dietary composition on energy expenditure during weight-loss maintenance. Journal of the American Medical Association, 307, 24, 2627–2634. 

Can you be skinny and still look fat?

Definitions and Misconceptions:

To begin, we need to address some misconceptions about how the body works…

  • You cannot “tone” a certain portion of your body.  Your body will not lose fat in one spot at a time, it will only lose fat.  Thus, you must reduce your overall body fat percentage to see results in the area you want.  This is why the “ab-(insert attention-grabbing verb)” you see on TV won’t work to help you get a better midsection.
  • Lean – having little to no surplus fat – Thus, to look “lean”, you need to have low levels of body fat.
  • Toned – seeing muscle definition on a human body – Thus, to look “toned”, you need to have low levels of body fat combined with having enough muscular development that you can see the shape of the muscle under the skin.  This is usually accomplished at below 20% body fat on women, and below 10% on men.
  • You will never “bulk up” overnight, except from maybe an ice cream and beer binge (guilty).  You will never wake up one morning, look in the mirror, and realize that you just built bulky muscles in your sleep.

First, I want to establish that having muscle doesn’t mean being bulky…

The first thing you need to do is compare these two women:

For reference, the girl on the left is a runway model and the girl on the right is an elite CrossFit athlete.  Both have approximately 12-15% body fat.  Both are doing something they love, and the bodies they have created help them do that.

On the left, we have a runway model who has almost zero muscular development while also having almost zero fat deposits.  She has enough essential muscle to not fall over walking, but not much more.  If you want to look like the woman on the left, sorry, but we cannot help you get there.  Although, if you have an apple and a cigarette a day for about a year, you could get close (it supposedly worked for Christian Bale in the Machinist).  However, CrossFit South Bay will not help you create that type of body.

The female on the right has spent years developing her strength and muscle.  She has battled heavy weights and pushed herself to the limit to squat, deadlift, and lunge heavier weights every time she comes into the gym.  She weighs approximately 35-40 lbs more than the runway model due to the large amount of muscle that she has acquired.  She is likely approaching her genetic limits in the amount of muscle she can develop without going on a bodybuilding routine.  Between her and the runway model, there is likely very little difference genetically, yet there is a huge difference in training and diet (more on this shortly).

 Here’s a fit girl, now dressed up, still bulky??

Thus, you can have a large amount of muscle without ever looking “bulky”.  Don’t you agree??

Now that we know that muscle doesn’t make you “bulky”, what does??

Well, the answer is fat.  Excess adipose tissue will result in less than satisfactory aesthetics.  This is regardless of the amount of muscle you have.  This is easily seen in the image below:

The image at left shows a female figure that has a large amount of fat, while having a very small amount of muscle.  This is described in the fitness community as “skinny fat”.  While not overly “bulky” she  doesn’t have the aesthetics that most of us work so hard to attain.  The woman in this image is likely at a level close to 30% body fat and likely has a similar amount of muscle as the runway model.  So even though she may look fine wearing a sweater, it is a different story at the beach.

The trick is how to fix this.  Well, option 1 is to eat less and do tons of cardio, surviving on a diet heavy with running and light on food, and you will end up looking more like the runway model above.  Option 2 is to develop muscle to burn away the excess fat while doing cardio, resulting in looking more like the elite CrossFitter above.

Ok, so we have started to establish that building muscle isn’t a bad thing, right??  Yet, you are afraid that by squatting and deadlifting, you are making your legs and butt bigger, thus getting more “bulky”, correct??

Here is the kicker, the reason your legs (and shoulders and arms and back) are getting a little bigger is that you have now started to add some muscle to them.  Now, that muscle will burn more calories, starting to help whittle away at the amount of fat you have on your body, even while you sleep.  You now are able to achieve that “lean” and “toned” look, as your body fat levels have decreased, and your muscle is starting to show, giving the “toned” look.

Additionally, you cannot have a “toned” look without muscle.  This is because that “toned” look that you are going for is the result of seeing muscle that is underneath a layer of fat.  If you have too much body fat, it acts as a shielding layer.  For those of us that require a visual, imagine your muscle as an apple sitting on a hard surface.  Now cover the apple; what you cover it with is representative of your body fat.  A wet paper towel=very low body fat.  A dish towel = low body fat.  A comforter = high body fat.  As the covering gets thicker, it becomes harder to see the apple, which is exactly what happens as you gain body fat.  Now, more muscle makes the object bigger, imagine the apple is now a grapefruit.  Less muscle makes the object smaller, imagine changing the apple to a cherry.  Even with all the objects being similar in size, it is the covering that determines how “bulky” they look; same with body fat.

BAD cardio

Bad cardio and worse cardio…

Some people keep saying to be leaner they just need more cardio and less strength.  Well, yes, if you just do “more cardio”, you will lose more fat, but you would also lose muscle because without anaerobic and strength training, your body burns muscle as well as fat.  So, instead of looking more like a Victoria Secret model, you start to look more like a runway model.  Then, once you stop doing “more cardio” you will gain fat even faster now that you don’t have the muscle to burn the extra calories, resulting in the “skinny fat” look.  You can see this in ex-athletes that have tried to “get leaner” by doing “more cardio” only to result in having more fat with less muscle.

Skinny vs Strong

This can also happens as we age, as the muscle we built by running, jumping, and playing in our childhood and teens atrophies due to under-use with a more sedentary life, so people in their early twenties are seen as having “high metabolisms”, supposedly not having to work to maintain lean body shapes.  This “high metabolism” is because the muscle they built in their teen years is burning excess calories and fat, and with the low body fat levels, you can see their “toned” muscle underneath.  However, as they take day jobs and do not stimulate their bodies, their muscles atrophy, burning less calories and thereby lowering their “high metabolism” and leading to increased body fat as they age. Usually, people try to do “more cardio” to regain their lean, toned bodies that they had when they were younger. However, since they do nothing to build new muscle or maintain their current muscle, they slowly transition to a thin, but “skinny fat”, look as they age.

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Train like an athlete…. Look like an athlete…

Most people can agree that they want to get “toned” and “lean”, but have you ever asked someone that was “toned” and “lean” what they have done to get that way??  You should, because almost every athlete I know that looks “toned” and “lean” has spent years working to develop strength, power, speed, endurance, and stamina for a sport.  They move HEAVY weights quickly.

Lastly, you will never be able to create muscles like a man lifting weights.

A WOMEN THAT LOOKS LIKE SHE HAS MUSCLES LIKE A MAN HAS LIKELY TAKEN STEROIDS!!  This is the defined truth, a woman’s muscle development is much different than a man’s.  Unless a woman has a very different genetic make-up (a very, very small portion of the population), it is almost impossible to build muscle like a man.  (And, as much as you might think it is true, you only have a 1 in a million chance of being the 1 in a million that has the different genetics, so stop saying, and believing, it)

This is because males have 20-30 times the testosterone of women, resulting in deeper voices, more body hair, and more muscle development.  Women just physically cannot build muscle like men can, sorry but it is a scientific fact.  Some of the maximal amounts of muscle you can put on a female frame with CrossFit training can be seen below.  These are women that built their bodies using sports and strength training.

An extremely high level of muscle on a female will look like the pictures above, but again, only with many YEARS of weights training and a focus on a clean diet.

So, lastly, just to clarify, “bulky” means fat.  Which does not happen when you work hard at http://www.homefitnessjunky.com!!


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