Friday, February 27, 2009

What's your potential? (It's not what you think)

You can’t do it.You don’t have what it takes.
It's impossible for you to lose weight and get
back in shape.

Does hearing that tick you off? You should be if
you’re not. Never let ANYONE tell you that you
can't do something. But what’s more important than
someone else telling you that you can’t, is
telling yourself you can’t. That should really
make you fume.

Potential is underestimated all the time. Each
time I take a client through a push up test they
moan and groan in the beginning and tell me they
won’t be able to do one push up. Every time,
without fail, they do more than they think they

So why is that? Why do we underestimate

Well, there are many reasons. But we’re very good at
leaving our potential locked up inside us. If we just
unlock that potential (I’ll tell you what the key is in a
minute) we could become so much more. We’d be more
successful. We’d excel in our careers, in our
communities, AND our health and fitness.

But it’s human nature to take the path of least

Do you know your own potential? I mean, do you
really know what you’re capable of?

I can tell you with absolute certainty it’s more
than you think.

Just yesterday I was going through my workout
doing tricep extensions. I started with my right
arm and moved to my left, doing 12 reps. I
increased the weight on the second set and did 10
reps. I increased the weight again on my third set
and started extending. My mind began to drift
and by the time I refocused I was on rep 13!
Here I planned to do 8 reps because that was my
"potential". I was completely wrong! I had the
potential to do more. But my self-imposed limitations
were preventing me.

This is the case with you too. Your mind is very
powerful. And sometimes it does more harm than
good. I call it head trash. Because that’s exactly
what it is.

You have the potential. You just have to unlock

And here’s the key...

The key to unlocking your potential takes three

1. Decision. This must occur first. Decide comes
from the latin word decidere, meaning ‘to cut off’. You must cut
off all other options. Decide whole-heartedly that you
will lose weight, get in shape, improve your
health, or whatever it is you want to accomplish.
There are times I talk with men and women and
they’re not that uncomfortable with the extra
weight they’re carrying around. If you’re not
disgusted with how you feel or how you look then
it’s likely you won’t cut off everything else. Every
other option. Decide - once and for all - to get your
body and your life back!

2. Commitment. You’ve made the decision. Now you
have to make it stick. And you do this by
commiting. Call it a pinky swear, a promise, or a
vow. Call it what you will. But commit to a
program. Nothing should get in the way of your
commitment. Not sleep, not a rainy day, not even
your coworkers birthday cake.

3. Action. This step is the hardest. This step takes
the most effort. This is getting off your duff and
DOING it. You can think about it, dream about it
and talk about all day long. Till you’re blue in
the face. But nothing, and I mean NOTHING, will
happen until you take action. One of my favorite
quotes is from Dan Kennedy. "Be somebody.
Be somewhere. Do something." Emphasize the last.

Decision, Commitment, and Action is your key
to unlocking your potential. If you add
accountability and persistence you’ll
exponentially increase your potential. You didn’t gain
weight and fall out of shape overnight. So it will
be hard at first. And it will take some time. But
you CAN do it.

Decide, Commit, and Do.

To your health,

Tim Chudy

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

6 BIG Weight Loss Mistakes

I read a lot. And a lot of what I read is on weight loss,
fitness and nutrition. Recently, I read an article in a
lesser known nutrition newsletter called
Environmental Nutrition. It was on the six biggest
eating mistakes people make when trying to lose
weight. I wanted to share these with you as they
can be helpful to be aware whether you fall
victim to them or not. All with my comments of

Mistake #1: Going too long without food

A lot of the people I consult with will skip
breakfast or lunch. They don't understand why
skipping meals still causes them to gain weight.
But the fact is, studies have shown that people
who have lost weight and kept it off eat breakfast

The problem is two-fold. First a balanced
breakfast is needed first thing in the morning to
stoke your metabolism. Just as throwing logs on
the fire get it going, so too does breakfast. I
once read that eating a Snickers in the morning is
better than nothing at all! Maybe it's true.

Secondly, skipping meals throughout the day will
lead to an imbalance in blood sugar and insulin,
and thus cause you to make poor food choices later
on. It's a vicious cycle that prevents any
possible weight loss.

Mistake #2: Banking calories

We've all done this haven't we? You have a big
party scheduled tomorrow. And you know they'll
serve the most delicious desserts! So you just eat
a little less today to 'even it out'.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it
doesn't work like that. The calories you save
today almost never equal the calories you'll
consume at the party tomorrow.

The real way to weight loss is to maintain healthy
eating strategies at the party. Eat a high
protein, low calorie snack ahead of time so you
don't go to the party hungry, alternate a glass of
water with your alcoholic beverage, and stick to
smaller portions.

The difference is that those strategies work!
Skipping meals before hand only confuses your
metabolism and ultimately does NOT work.

Mistake #3: Skimping on protein

It's essential. And it can be challenging. But I
have vegetarian and vegan clients that can do it.
So can you!

One study showed that people that started the day
with two eggs consumed 300 calories less during
the day than someone who started the day with a
bagel supplying the same calories as the eggs.

Adequate protein also helps build and maintain
muscle mass. A metabolic enhancing certainty! This
is also why we suggest Cinch meal replacements.
They have added leucine which helps preserve
muscle mass on a weight loss plan.

Mistake #4: Cutting calories

There is no doubt you can lose weight by cutting
calories. You've heard it, 'less in, more out'.

I've dubbed this type of diet 'The Oprah Nutrition
Cycle'. You will inevitably fall into the classic
yo-yo diet. When calories are restricted to a low
level not only is weight lost, but malnutrition
occurs causing you to 'fall off' the diet.
Further, you lose muscle weight (also called
atrophy) which inhibits metabolism. And lastly,
your metabolism slows down thinking that the body
is starving to death! So when you finally crack
mentally and/or emotionally you won't be able to
handle the calories you once could.

This is a vicious cycle!

Mistake #5: Denying yourself treats

In all my time as a fitness and nutrition coach,
I've never suggested someone to deny themselves
something they love. Now, depending on your
current situation and your goals, you may have to
deny yourself a little more than normal. But it's
not wise to set yourself up for failure.

Most Saturday mornings my dad would bring home
donuts for my siblings and I. I loved it!! It was
my favorite day for breakfast. But we didn't get
donuts Monday through Thursday. We had to eat
eggs, oatmeal, Raisin Bran, and the other stuff my
parents forced down our throats for breakfast.

It's ok to enjoy your favorite snacks. Just do so
in moderation and make sure it's in line with your

Mistake #6: Taking weekends off

This is similar to banking calories for a big
party or occasion. And it's sabotaging your
results. Sticking to the plan through the week and
splurging through the entire weekend is setting
you up for failure. If you overeat on Saturday and
Sunday, you're overeating 29% of the time. It's
nearly impossible to make up for that during the

This article was very informative. There is a lot
of nonsense in the marketplace regarding weight loss,
fitness, and nutrition. Heck, even I can feel overwhelmed
at times. But any expert will tell you the snazzy
commercials and 'best selling' books do not hold the
answer to your weight loss, fitness, and nutrition
problems. Fix these 6 mistakes and you'll be on your
way to weight loss success.

To your health,

Tim Chudy

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fitness, or nutrition you can request a FREE
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

KMOV stops by Fitness Together

House Bill 223 is gaining some least here in St. Louis. Chris Nagus of KMOV Newschannel 4 stopped by the studio tonight and interviewed me about this important bill. Here's a video clip:

As you can see, we're getting some traction. KMOV is reporting this. I've talked with the Post Dispatch. And I expect calls from other media outlets. This IS important. And it needs your attention and your support.

Here's how you can help:
(and it will take you no more than 5 minutes)

1. Go to our website to Support House Bill 223

2. At the bottom of the page are resources for you to use. Find out who your local representative is.

3. Download the draft letter and either send or email it to him or her.

4. That's it! You're done. It's that simple.

I appreciate your time and support for this bill. This is not just about saving money for us all, but it's about you and your fellow Missourians taking a PROACTIVE approach with their health and fitness and living better, healthier lives. I'll keep you posted on the progress of this bill.

To OUR health,

Tim Chudy

P.S. I would appreciate your comments. What do you think about this bill? How do you feel about it? (I adjusted adding comments below so there is no log in needed)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Breaking News!! How to save money on your health and fitness - Support House Bill 223

May I have a few minutes of your time? In exchange for them, I might be able to help you save at least a hundred dollars. Sound interesting?

Earlier this month the Missouri State House of Representatives introduced House Bill 223. As you probably know in 2008 I was required to start collecting state sales tax on all personal training services. I know, it’s ridiculous. The court cited a state statute that imposes sales tax on fees paid at retail in or to any place of "amusement, entertainment or recreation, games and athletic events." Can you believe that?! They think Fitness Together is amusement! I should’ve invited the Judge in for a workout:)

Well, all of that might change. House Bill 223 authorizes sales tax exemptions and income tax deductions for amounts expended for fitness dues or fees and fitness equipment. This means you immediately save money on anything you buy! (There’s part of my savings to you)

But it gets better!!

There will also be opportunity to deduct these expenses from your income tax! I can’t tell you how much that will be. I’ll leave that for your accountant. But this will help you save more money for being proactive with your health and fitness!

Can you tell I’m excited?! I hope so. And I hope you are too!

Because it gets EVEN better!!

Saving money is a great thing. Especially if it goes in our pockets.

But the real victory here is a PREVENTATIVE approach to health and fitness. We spend over 160 billion on obesity related causes every year. That’s a ton of money. I can’t even fathom that much money. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

You see, all I’ve ever wanted to do is make a positive impact on people through health and fitness. I learned at an early age how it feels to be fit. How it feels to be strong. To look good and feel good. That’s how I got into this business. I wanted to share that feeling with others.

And supporting House Bill 223 helps give incentive to those that take that kind of action.

Right now in our economy dollars are important. And this bill will make dollars spent on health and fitness very logical. There should be no reason why someone has to think twice about spending money on their health and fitness. Because as cliché as it may sound by now, what do you have if you don’t have your health?

I’m asking for your support. Please help me and other Missourians show our support for House Bill 223. You can click here to download a letter to send to your local State Representative. You can also gather more information on the bill and Missouri’s health.

Please let me know how you feel about this bill. I would like to see a healthy discussion on this issue. (No pun intended) Post a comment below.

If we rally together as Missourians we can help promote a preventative, healthy and fit lifestyle. We can help make a positive impact on each other’s health and fitness.

To OUR health,

Tim Chudy