Priorities during Disruptions: Travel, Vacation, Holidays, Company in town…

December 5, 2018

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Vacation. Travel. The holidays. It’s important to enjoy some down time. It’s also important to spend time with family & friends. Maybe it’s just you? That’s great too. Alone time is also very important. But what are the priorities for someone who is trying to shed unwanted body fat during such disruptions? The most important thing is your total calories each day (aka “how much we eat and drink). Don’t worry so much about exact numbers. We are all aware of what “reasonable” and “obnoxious” looks like. Aim for more reasonableness, less obnoxiousness. Don’t worry so much about exercise either. By all means, if you can or want to, do so. Enjoy. Just know that your main secret weapon will be walking as much as possible. Every single day. All day long. Walk your ass off if possible. Of course, that’s not possible. Good thing too. Personally, I like to do short 5-10min workouts most mornings. Not because I may burn a few calories, which is probably less than 100 calories in this particular case (less than a can of soda). I exercise because it makes me feel better, gives me energy plus helps maintain my basic strength levels and lean muscle mass, which increases in importance as we age. I suppose I could do a longer workout but why?! At some point, exercising longer just to burn a few more calories becomes counterproductive, disruptive and unhealthy. It makes much more sense to consume fewer calories to begin with. I hope you see my point. I was just gone for 2 weeks. Each morning I did 10 deep squats, 10 pushups and 10 pullaparts with a old rubber tube that I typically travel with. I did 3 rounds of that, stretching between each exercise. That’s it. Nothing too complicated. (The details here are not really too important.) I have said this before and will say it again now: what we eat & drink (and how much) affects our body-fat levels much more than exercise ever will. Exercise is super important, for many other reasons besides being a tool to help burn calories. During such temporary disruptions, control what you eat and drink. That way there’s less to deal with later. Be reasonable. Reasonability, in most situations, is a very good friend. #bssbbooks #blueskystrongbox

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“Refocus after Time Off” 8/28/17 Carlton Cullins-BLUE SKY STRONGBOX-Personal Trainer-AustinTX

August 30, 2017


New Monthly Tipz! I’m back but instead of weekly, it’s proably gonna be more like monthly.This time i talk about a simple strategy for the holiday season. Why you ask? Because like it or not, too many people are gonna be fatter by the end of this year. Let’s not do that. You know, to be honest, there’s no secret or magic trick to any of it. It just comes down to a mindset, a simple plan and some stick-to-it-ness. Exercise can help but not more than focusing on nutrition during the next couple of months. Watch the video. Figure out your plan. Follow through. See you soon. Sorry it’s been a while… – Carlton

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New Weekly Tipz! What is your Protein source at each meal you eat during the day? How many grams of Protein (roughly) are you eating each day? What is Protein? You should know the answers to all of these if you are concerned at all with your health or the way you look. Today, I talk briefly about a few of these things…

October 16, 2012

New weekly tipz! Most of us would prefer to have less body fat on us than we do. For some of us, it may be a few pounds. For others, it may a lot more…and that’s ok. But more than likely, there is a long list of many things that will eventually need to change for this unwanted fat to magically disappear. Today i will tell you about the one “modification” that i’d recommend putting at the top of your list! It’s something simple.

September 17, 2012

New Weekly Tipz! This week i talk a little about the “Cheat Day” (or maybe i use the term “Cheat Meal” instead) with regards to nutrition. There are good AND bad things about the concept. It all simply comes down to self-control. Some (few) people have it, most don’t. But lets be clear, cheating with food doesn’t get any of us any closer to our goals unless it is used to keep us from quitting all together. Thus, it should be used with extreme caution! lol

June 19, 2012

New Weekly Tipz! This week is a talk on METABOLISM, as simple as i can put it. It’s not a short video but i think it’s well worth listening to. Understanding the basics is essential to success. Metabolism IS the “basics” of our body and it’s many functions.

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