On Sunday, December 16, 2018, the staff and clients of The Motivator Personal Training and Rehabilitation gym gathered to celebrate the holidays – and an important milestone for the gym. Big Al opened his gym to the public four years ago! We’ve posted some pictures below!
“I’ve lost 64 pounds to date working with Big Al and couldn’t be more thrilled! He’s as dedicated to my success as I am. I’ve never had this level of support with my health and fitness goals. He’s diligent and detail oriented and created a workout plan that challenged me but also respected my limitations. He knows just how much to push you. He introduced me to proper nutrition and even went over my food diaries when I first started to help me refine my eating plan. Big Al makes it easy to succeed. He truly cares for all of his clients and goes above and beyond to help them. I couldn’t have succeeded with my weight loss transformation without him!”
For the health conscious, holidays can pose a daunting challenge. How do you enjoy time with your families – usually around the dinner table – without undoing all the progress you’ve made towards your fitness and health goals?
Fortunately, we have some ideas to help you survive the holiday, enjoy some good food, and stay on track!
Eat before the main meal.
Food before the food? Yes! A healthy snack or small meal eaten before the main meal can help curb your appetite for the calorie-laden food being served. A handful of nuts provide protein and whole fruit can provide a pop of sweetness and fiber, or go ahead and eat your normal chicken salad or protein shake. You’re more likely to watch what you eat, if you’re not starving. Note: if you choose to have fruit, ensure you eat fresh fruit and not dried, which can have added sugar!
Drink your water!
You hear this often, and it’s just as important during the holidays, if not more so. It’s possible to mistake thirst for hunger or to simply lose focus on certain goals when surrounded by the activity family gatherings attract. Drink a glass of water a short time before eating, and make sure you’re remembering to drink your normal amount of water throughout the day.
Serve yourself. Allowing someone else to fill up your plate can automatically position you to eat more than you planned. Craving the dish you only eat once a year? Create a sampler plate of smaller-than-usual portions. This way, you can satisfy your taste buds without going overboard.
Track your food.
It sounds simple, but often, the activity around the holidays and open trays of sweets can distract us from how much we’re eating. A nibble here, a nibble cookie, full dinner … and suddenly, you’re at a few thousand calories. A simple way to avoid this is to track what you’re eating as you eat it.
Stick to your normal schedule.
Maintain your healthy routine of meal planning, working out, and regular sleep as much as possible. Keeping structure in your holidays will ensure you’re not reaching for food out of excessive hunger, boredom, or lack of sleep.
Don’t drink your calories.
The holidays are booby-trapped with sugary, calorie heavy drinks such as peppermint mochas, eggnog, wine and beer. Allow yourself a serving of something you love and limit the rest of your beverages to water and spritzers.
Bring a healthy side dish and snacks.
If you’re headed out of town or to someone else’s house for dinner, bring your favorite healthy side dish. Also remember to bring the type of snacks you’d eat on a non-holiday, so you’re not overly tempted to swap a piece of pie for your mid-afternoon apple!
We hope you’ve found our holiday eating tips useful!
Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving from The Motivator Personal Training and Rehabilitation team!
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I have had 13 knee surgeries and countless physical therapy sessions. Both knees are replaced and 1 knee has already has a revision done. And I recently found out that I have several things going in in my back as well and haven’t been able to even walk upright or without limping everywhere I went. The Dr’s and therapists did the best they could with a bad situation that started with bad genetics in my knees and even with their help I have been in constant level 9-10 pain for as long as I can remember. I went to my 4th orthopedic Dr yesterday just praying something could be done to allow me to walk without limping and at least ease some of the pain. I was basically told that there wasn’t anything that could be done besides me trying to stretch the tendons myself and it wouldn’t get much better. It was devastated and extremely discouraged. But I remembered talking to Al at The Motivator a few weeks back and decided to contact him as a last resort. He had me come in today and I am in awe. He stretched me and did ART (Active Release Technique) on my legs and back. When I first got off the table, I was in shock. I was able to straighten my right knee ALL THE WAY for the first time in 10+ years. I went in at a level 9 pain level and left at a level 4!!!!! I will definitely be going back to finish the ART. And I am so excited, relieved and astounded at what a huge amazing difference just the 1 session has made already!!!!! Thank you Al for taking the time to help.
I’ve been working out at The Motivator for about three months now. The place is spotless, well-maintained, and well-equipped. After my initial meeting with the owner, Al, he connected me with my trainer, Maggie. My goal was simple – get in better shape. Maggie has something different at each workout, she challenges and motivates me. She’s well-educated in fitness and clearly knows what she’s doing. The Motivator is not like other gyms. It’s by appointment with your trainer only – so there’s always just a small group of people – trainers and trainees – there working out in a friendly environment. If you’re looking to avoid the typical gym vibe and looking to make a commitment to your own well-being (especially if you’re a bit older, a bit out of shape or have some residual limitations from injuries, etc.) you truly can’t find a better place to get in shape. I highly recommend The Motivator, Al, (with canine owner Oscar who’s always around with a wagging tail), and my trainer Maggie. My only regret is I didn’t find them sooner.
After being in significant chronic pain for over a year, multiple doctor visits, procedures, pills etc… I spent one rehab session with Al and my pain level went from a 7 to a 2. I cried with joy… to have my pain lessened after a year of 7-10 level pain daily seemed like a miracle. We have more work to do to get me back to “normal” but, if this is how I feel after 1 session… I can’t wait to see what is next! Thank you Al for changing my life… grateful beyond words! Oh, and after my session I got up from the sofa and my husband said I looked like a the younger woman he married, instead of a 70 year old woman… not sure if there was a compliment in there or not but I will take it. 😉
Al’s techniques are the first to offer me a real solution to chronic pain and safe strength training post injury. His methods have been more effective than any prescriptions or physical therapy. 7 years post injury, two spinal surgeries later, I feel I have finally found an opportunity to get back on track with my mobility and even athletic goals. Go see Al “The Motivator!”