Archive for June, 2010

The Pinnacle Fitness Challenge

June 24, 2010

Last Monday morning Pinnacle Fitness Boot Camps in conjunction with Mayor Joe Adame’s Fitness Council began the Pinnacle Fitness Challenge.

Angela Rowe the Mayor’s Fitness Council Coordinator asked me a few months ago if I would like to be involved in helping Corpus Christi become more fit and remove ourselves from the Number 1 position as the “Fattest City in America” according to Men’s Health Magazine. I told her I was very interested but I had a few conditions.

First, I wanted our participants to meet more than just a few times together to workout. I wanted the participants to join our current boot camp members in transforming their lives and their bodies.

The Pinnacle Fitness Challenge participants started this past Monday with our current boot camp members. The Fitness Challenge participants will continue to meet either in the morning at First Christian Church Fellowship Hall on MWF at 6am, 7am or 8:30am or Downtown at the Omni Maria MWTh at 5:45pm until the end of September when we will take a post-assessment of each participant.

Secondly, I wanted a strong group of civic minded busy professionals who normally wouldn’t take time for themselves to participate in our program. Angela delivered a great group of individuals: US State Represenative Solomon Oritz Jr, City Councilman John Marez, Local “40 thing to do in Corpus Christi” commentator Joe Hillard, Mayor’s Fitness Council member, Venessa Garza, Beautify Corpus Christi Executive Director Daiquiri Richard, Channel 6 Weekend Anchor Melissa Schroeder, AEP Texas Communications Coordinator, Omar Lopez, the City’s Intergovernmental Relations Director, Rudy Garza, Interim Director of Economic Development, Emily Martinez and City Pride/Clean City and Mayor’s Fitness Council Coordinator, Angela Rowe.

Lastly, I wanted to make it fun and competitive. Before Monday most everyone had come into Pinnacle Performance and Fitness training studio and completed their initial assessment. We measured body weight, girth measurements, body composition, and took a before photo. Some were shocked by the results, others were not so surprised.

The measurements from the initial assessment will be used to compare the results at the end of the program. We are planning on giving our Corpus Christi community the opportunity to vote for a winner using an online poll. We will post the each participants transformation story, their pounds, inches, and body fat % lost as well as their before and after picture for the voters to decide who should be the winner of the Pinnacle Fitness Challenge. We are still collecting prizes from area businesses.

Each participant was also given the Drop a Dress Size in 21 Days customizable meal plan as well as our 3-Month customizable Done-For-You meal plan.

Over the next four months these individuals will transform their bodies, lives and the lives of family and friends. I have already seen it happening from their Facebook accounts.

I will be making weekly posts about the Fitness Challenge as well as outstanding, awesome, unbelievable Pinnacle Fitness Boot Camps members.

Let me know if you would like to join our members in transforming your life and body.

When is Eating Healthy, Not so Healthy?

June 3, 2010

Most us try to eat healthy on a regular basis but sometimes eating healthy isn’t enough if we are trying to reduce our caloric intake to lose body fat. Don’t get me wrong, eating healthy should be your first priority i.e. dark colored fruits and veggies, lean and clean proteins, nuts, legumes, and healthy fats. But sometimes we over indulge in our health foods and take in unnecessary calories.

Below are a few tips to help you monitor the amount healthy food you are consuming.

Eat a salad everyday. Make your own and load your salad up with bagged spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, brussel sprouts, sunflower seeds or almond. Top it off with a table spoon of low sugar vinaigrette or low calorie dressing that isn’t creamy. Add protein such as eggs, chicken, or fish if you are not having a salad with a meal. Make sure the chicken or fish isn’t larger than the palm of your hand.

Eat your salad and/or fruit first to help fill you up.

Use salad plates instead of your large dinner plates when eating at home. The portions look bigger but you will be consuming fewer calories. Just don’t pile it too high!

When eating cold cereal use a measuring cup first to serve yourself the correct serving size. You will be amazed how much cereal we overeat. (I am guilty of this one!)

When eating out always ask for the smallest portion. If you are still hungry you can order more.

If a restaurant doesn’t have a reduced size portion, ask the waiter to bring half of the meal in a to-go box so you can have it for lunch the next day.
Turn off the TV when you eating at home.

Try to put your fork down between bites. (This one can have a huge impact on your waistline).

Eat your calories versus drinking your calories. Other than your post workout shake or protein shake as a snack you shouldn’t be consuming calories from liquids. Water, Water Water and Green Tea! Drink your body weight in ounces of water per day.

I hope you find these tips helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Committed to Your Success,