February 7th, 2013
Most of the ASK TARA MARIE letters I receive are from people with whom I have never worked. I recently got an email from a client whom I have trained off and on for several years. We stopped meeting in mid-December because he said that the end of the year at his office is busy and we would pick up again in January. When I didn’t hear from him by mid-month, I emailed and he said he was awaiting lab results from his doctor and would be in touch shortly…I never heard back. Three weeks later, I emailed him again and got a reply which I will post below along with my advice. If it seems that my words are harsh, understand that the situation has reached a critical point for his health and hand-holding is not what he needs. Someone must tell him the truth without mincing words because at this point, his life is at stake. We often take our health too lightly until the first stroke or heart attack, and this is foolish disrespect of the human body we are given at birth.
Here is Sam’s letter: Read the rest of this entry »
February 6th, 2013
Many of the guests on my radio show, TARA MARIE LIVE are authors, and prepping for each show has given me an opportunity to read a plethora of great books. This week my guest is the author of a fantastic little book that provides no-nonsense, practical tips to burn off the excess body fat that has plagued you for years. This 103-page gem is called, FIRE UP YOUR FAT BURN, and its author is Dr. Lori Shemek. This is the perfect book to toss in your bag or briefcase, and devour a few pages every chance you get. It’s an easy read and chock-full of information written in terms that everyone can understand. She explains why inflammation in your body is a key reason that you’re over fat and suffer with other diseases–and she tells you how to reduce inflammation and optimize your health. We have been led to believe that it’s a “calories-in, calories-out” equation, but the truth is, a calorie is not a calorie when it comes to their expression in our bodies. As I was reading this book I kept thinking that rather than, FIRE UP YOUR FAT BURN, the book should be called, COMMON SENSE…as it simply is this. Dr. Shemek gets a gold star for this one!
January 28th, 2013
Very rarely do I recommend specific weight-loss programs but this is one of those rare instances where a program really deserves an honorable mention.
It’s a 20-week, weight-loss education course called Lifestyle180. It was developed and is led by my good friend and colleague, David Greenwalt—a Certified Wellness Coach. It’s a really solid course that yields amazing results for participants–and one extra bonus is that you can win your share of $18,000 cash prizes awarded to the top finishers.
I’ve done several interviews with David on my radio show and he really is a wellness and weight-loss expert. He specializes in compulsive eating and the hard cases or the “weight-fighters,” as he calls them. These are people who have tried and failed for more than a year and most often for several years. Sound familiar? It’s frustrating, I know.
David says it doesn’t matter if you have 10 pounds or 200 to lose. Trying time and time again without success depletes your self-esteem. If this describes you then I strongly recommend you give Lifestyle180 chance.
David’s focus is on permanent weight-loss. His company slogan is “Evidence-based lifestyle-education for permanent weight-control.”
It’s common to feel like a failure for not having your weight under control. It’s supposed to be easy, but it’s not. It’s becoming impossible for many–unless they have what my good friend David Greenwalt offers–and that’s a proven weight-loss education course that has students losing as much as 70 pounds in 20 short weeks!
I wouldn’t share this with you if I didn’t know David and hadn’t personally taken the time to review the program. I’ve known David for more than five years and he is the REAL DEAL. It’s time we all move beyond dieting and focus on PERMANENT weight-loss. That’s exactly what David Greenwalt focuses on with his Lifestyle180 program. Read the rest of this entry »
January 16th, 2013
I was recently asked to write an article for ExpertBeacon.com about long term weight loss and more specifically, some of the behaviors and attitudes we must implement to have long term success managing our weight. Click here to read, “Long Term Weight Loss Requires Having Confidence and Avoiding Weight Cycling.”
Enjoy! Tara Marie
December 13th, 2012
I have gotten many compliments about my social media accounts, including both my Facebook Business page and my Twitter account. I must confess that I cannot take full credit for them, as I have a wonderful company managing both, and they do most of the heavy lifting for me! After getting so many inquires, I decided to start a new category on my blog called, Consumer Services Review. In this section, I will review different services that I have used myself and personally endorse and recommend to others.
Kono Social is a full-service social media management company based in California. I originally found them when my local social media management firm shifted gears and changed their business focus. Worried that I would never find anyone to take care of me and continue to grow my following, I was pleased when a friend mentioned that he had seen Kono Social online.
The day I called them was the turning point in my social media campaigns. By chance, the Vice President of the company, Tony Pinto, answered the phone. That one call convinced me to sign a 6-month contract and I’ve never looked back. Since working with Kono Social, my following has grown steadily and they have taken the pressure of managing social media accounts off my back. I am a business person and prefer to focus on my work and other creative endeavors. I am happy to let Kono Social create content, monitor my accounts, and ensure everything runs smoothly. Read the rest of this entry »
November 30th, 2012
TARA MARIE’S TOP TEN WAYS TO Set Yourself Up for Success!
FIVE: Understand the power of cumulative exercise.
The single most common excuse that people give for not exercising is lack of time. I get it. I know what it’s like to have so much to do that you don’t even know where to begin. As my life has gotten more hectic, I have also had to get more creative.
At one point, I would not go to the gym at all if I didn’t have time for my “full” workout. My definition of a full workout meant time to do cardio, weights, and a full stretch at the end. Back in those days, I could kill an easy two and a half hours, five times a week doing my “full” workout. The days that I can devote that kind of time to the gym are long gone, but I’ve adapted.
The truth is, life is hard and life is always changing. We go through periods that are more challenging than others, and hopefully as things flow, they will also ebb. It is during the busy times that you must be extra diligent about maintaining some semblance of a routine or risk getting so out of the habit of exercising that you wake up a year and a half later wondering when the extra twenty-five pounds accumulated on your back side. Read the rest of this entry »
November 20th, 2012
I am offering a FREE teleseminar for people struggling with binge eating. It will be based on my blog, Battle Binge Eating with R.A.G.E.™
We will be discussing what binge eating is, what it is not, and how to connect the behavior to your emotions so you can bring self-awareness and self-control to any situation. Please join me for this event and pass this information along to anyone who would benefit from it!
Battle Binge Eating with R.A.G.E.™
Date: Tuesday, November 27
Time: 8 PM Eastern Time
Conference Line: 805-399-1000
Access Code: 534333
I’ll meet you there!
Happy Thanksgiving, Tara Marie
November 8th, 2012
I have had the great pleasure of working with a wide variety of clients, including young athletic types, moms and dads just trying to stay fit, and often, people that struggle greatly with eating issues that plague so many of us. As I have said before, I have suffered with my share of problems regarding body image and compulsive behaviors around eating and exercise.
One of my lifelong struggles has been with binge-eating. I was finally able to conquer my compulsion to binge, and I now teach my clients to do the same based on a system that I devised that will bring awareness to the problem and help the client connect the undesirable behavior to its triggers—and offer an alternative means of dealing with the stressors of life.
Binge-eating is a coping mechanism used by millions of people, and at its best, it serves as an ineffective way of assuaging unpleasant emotions and temporarily distracting us from our feelings. At its worst, it compounds every problem with which we suffer and gives us one more thing to worry about when the binge is over. Often, binge-eating becomes a form of self-punishment. Binge-eaters hate themselves for not being able to control their own behavior around food.
I know EXACTLY what it feels like to be obsessed with an irrational urge to eat to the point of being physically sick. I understand the shame involved and the need for secrecy. I have experienced the isolation, and it is a horrible way to live.
If you suffer with binge-eating, it is of primary importance that you understand that it has NOTHING to do with food. You don’t want the FOOD, but rather the FEELING that the food gives you. In fact, as long as you continue to believe that your problem is food, you have little hope of overcoming the behavior. Food is never a PROBLEM, nor is it ever a SOLUTION.
When we binge, we reach for foods like muffins, pies, cakes, bread, uncooked cookie dough, frosting, chocolate, ice cream, chips, crackers, pizza, etc. These foods literally change your brain chemistry by way of increasing serotonin and other neurotransmitters and calming anxiety. I have never heard of someone bingeing on steamed broccoli and celery stalks.
We binge for the same reason that people smoke one cigarette after another, take drugs, or drink to excess—to cope with feelings that are uncomfortable or in some cases, we want to totally numb our pain. It’s not very different from giving a baby a pacifier, as it creates instant calm.
Anyone who has ever binged can attest to the fact that the good feelings are fleeting. Once the binge is over, guilt, shame, disgust, self-loathing, and feelings of worthlessness overwhelm an already-troubled person.
Conquering binge-eating IS possible, if you are willing to do the hard work to learn another way of living and coping in an increasingly stressful world…and all you need is R.A.G.E.™ Read the rest of this entry »
October 30th, 2012
TARA MARIE’S TOP TEN WAYS TO Set Yourself Up for Success!
FOUR: Give yourself a break.
I always get nervous when people describe their weekly exercise routine as though it is set in stone: “I do chest and triceps on Mondays, half of legs on Tuesdays, I rest on Wednesdays, do back and biceps on Thursdays, the other half of legs on Fridays, and shoulders on Saturdays. I also do abdominal training on Tuesdays and Fridays and cardio for exactly 45 minutes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays.”
While I admire their commitment, I wonder how they handle it when life gets in the way. I used to be very rigid with respect to my exercise routine—so much so that if I had planned to do a certain workout on any given day and I ran late or I could not be at the gym to perform my predetermined routine, I would skip the workout altogether. This is faulty thinking and I always felt frustrated because life rarely goes as planned (at least mine does not.)
I have learned two lessons that have served me well, both in the gym and in other areas of my life: remain flexible at all times and do the best you can with the circumstances you are given. Read the rest of this entry »
October 25th, 2012
Hi Tara Marie,
I am 57 years old, and I started weight training about two years ago. If I exercise one part of the body, how many days should I rest before I again exercise the same body part?
Thanks for writing! This is a great question, and one that I am often asked.
If, for instance, you work your chest on Monday, wait AT LEAST 24 hours before repeating a chest workout. I say “at least” because if you are very sore, I would recommend waiting even longer (until the soreness has calmed.)
There are three basic components that must be considered for muscle growth:
1. Work the muscle.
2. Feed the muscle (this includes supplements, water, and food).
3. Rest the muscle.
If you do a great job working your muscles and you give your body great nutrition in the form of supplementation, water, and food, you can still hamper your development if you do not give your muscles proper rest time.
It is during your rest time that the micro-damage that occurs when you do resistance training repairs. Your body synthesizes new muscle tissue during the rest process. This is how our muscles get dense and strong. Inadequate rest retards the repair and growth of muscle.
Hope that this helps, and keep training!
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