How Meditating Helps You Lose Weight

This month in my online program we are focusing Sleep and Stress Reduction and one of the tasks I’ve given my clients is to try meditating for 20 mins every day.

 

And let me be clear.

Most of my clients hire me because they want to lose weight and get fitter, not because they are looking for a spiritual guru.

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So one of them asked,

 

What is the real value of adding 20 mins of daily meditation to my life? If I’m not stressed, sleep well and feel grounded in life as it is, should I bother?

 

To reply, I told her this story:

 

 

When I first heard that story, it really hit me. 

Because I can relate to that woman getting impatient in a yoga class.

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And I know that most of my clients have a pattern like this:

  1. Run around like crazy all day –

      2. Mindlessly eating whatever comes their way because they don’t have time to prepare

      3.  They try to chill themselves out with wine at the end of the day

….. and the cycle continues until you are burnt out, overweight and exhausted.

 

When you take the time to meditate every day, you are:

  • less likely to overeat
  • you will not need alcohol to help you relax
  •  you will lower your levels of cortisol, which leads to retention of belly fat.

 

So that’s how meditating helps you lose weight.

 

But more importantly, meditating every day will lead to a great acceptance and love of exactly how your body is RIGHT NOW. 

 Which is obviously the whole point. 🙂

PS.

To get you started on your meditation practice, here are some of my favourite meditations available for free online plus one of my own for you:

 

http://www.omvana.com/

https://www.calm.com/

https://www.headspace.com

 

And we use this story of a hot air balloon ride to put the kids to sleep:

 

Cosmic Kids Yoga Chanel also has a bunch of great guided relaxations for kids

 

And here’s a meditation of my own that I will often use to get grounded and get perspective:

 

Should you listen to your food cravings?

Have you ever wanted a big fat burger so bad that it’s all you can think about?

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I thought so.

So…..Does that mean that:

A. You are an uncontrollable glutton that needs to get a grip.

OR


B. You are a delicate flower who is suffering from low iron and you should listen to your body and feed it with two all beef patties stat?

?

 

It’s a great question one of my ‘Transformers’ asked me the other day. In short:

Should you listen to your food cravings?

I answered with a live video on Facebook:

 

 

So…what do you think?

Are your cravings a something you should indulge? Leave a comment below and let me know what you crave! (and if you liked this video then please subscribe to my Youtube Channel !)


 

The Cottage Workout 2.0

You know how you go to the cottage… and there’s nothing to do but sit around and drink beer and eat chips?

And you keep thinking,

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And you’ve already done The Original Cottage Workout so many times?

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Welcome to the Cottage Workout 2.0! It’s another full body workout using only items you will find at most cottages. You will need:

  • An old life jacket
  • A boat bumper
  • A ladder
  • A solid chair
  • Your Cottage Workout 2.0 PDF

Click here to download the Cottage Workout PDF

Make sure you warm up first – a 5-10 swim or a jog would do the trick. Alternatively, do 20 jumping jacks and 20 alternating lunges four times each to lubricate the joints and get the muscles warm and ready for action.

Then, do 20 reps of each exercise in a circuit, keeping the transitions between the exercises quick so your heart rate stays elevated. You should be huffing and puffing the whole time.

If you can repeat the whole circuit four times, you have definitely earned your Miller time.

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Station 1: Ladder Dips

Station 2: Life jacket Lunges

 

Station 3: Ladder Pull Ups

Station 4: Bumper Wall Sit

 

Station 5: Muskoka Mountain Climbers:

Station 6: Bumper Plank Roll Outs

So what do you think? Is The Cottage Workout 2.0 as hard as the Original Cottage Workout? Are you inspired to bring your runners next time you head up north?  Leave a comment below and don’t forget to bring your PDF!(click below to download)

PS- If you liked the Cottage Workouts, you should check out the accompanying Cottage Menu by guest blogger Joy McCarthy from Joyous Health:

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You know those times when you are sitting around at home, or in a hotel room on a business trip…with nothing to do…thinking, “I just wish there was some way I could use by time effectively by strengthening my core and improving my cardiovascular fitness.”

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Shhhhhh shhhhhh it’s ok.  I’m always here for you.

That’s why I designed this Killer Cardio Core Workout. It:

  • Trains the entire core, including your Glutes, Back and Abs
  • Includes High Intensity Interval Training for maximum caloric burn during and AFTER the workout
  • Requires very little space
  • Requires no equipment other than your sweet bod.

If you aren’t familiar with any of the exercises or want a reminder about form cues or alternatives, check out the videos below and then download your free printable PDF so you can carry me wherever you go.

Grab my free PDF download


Make sure you warm up first. Go for a 5-10 min run or  do something like this:

Then start with:

The Superhero Back & Bum ladder

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Perform the following exercises starting with 1 rep of each exercise, then 2 reps of each, then 3 reps of each. All the way up to 10 reps of each!

1 Burpee, 1 Superman, 1 Spiderman Plank (1 each side)
2 Burpees, 2 Superman, 2 Spiderman Plank
3 Burpees, 2 Superman, 3 Spiderman Plank

…All the way up to 10 reps of each

***Water break!***

And then:

1000 reps of Pure Awesome:

Cardio:

 

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100 Jumping Jacks
100 Plank Jacks
100 Front Kicks
100 Low Jacks
100 High Knees

 

Abs

 

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100 Bicycles (50 each leg)
100 Bug crunch
100 Knee Tucks
100 Jack knife crunches (50 each leg)
100 Dead Bugs (50 each leg)

 

The Finisher:

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45 sec Plank
15 sec Recovery

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***stretch!***

Remember to:

  • Check out the videos below for form and alternatives
  • Download your free PDF to keep on your phone for a done-for-you awesome workout anytime
  • Leave a comment below telling me if you liked this post and if you are going to try the Killer Cardio Core Workout
  • Share this link so others can use it!

Grab my free PDF download


Videos for Superhero Back & Bum

(Do 1 of each, then 2, then 3 ….up to 10 reps each)

Cardio Videos

(100 of each!)

 

Abs videos

(100 of each!)