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Finish Fit Newsletter December 21, 2012
Obsess About This, Not That

You cannot control your weight.

Disagree with that statement?

Go stand on a scale and decide to lose 5 pounds.

Well, how'd that work for you? Did your weight drop on command, or did it not budge?

It didn't budge.

And yet you spend your precious time obsessing about your weight as if you had control over it.

The good news is that you do have control over a couple of important things that influence your weight.

I'm talking about your choices regarding what you eat and if you exercise.

Your current weight is the sum result of your history with eating and exercise.

Close your eyes and think back over the last three years of your life. What kinds of foods did you eat most often? How intensely did you exercise, and how often?

Now open your eyes and look at yourself in a full-length mirror. You are looking at the result of your past choices.

If you like what you see then keep on eating and exercising the same. It's working for you!

If you don't like what you see, then it’s time to start making different choices about food and exercise. Here are some suggestions:

Choices about food...

  • I choose to eat wholesome foods that nourish my body.
  • I choose to only eat when I'm hungry and to stop eating when I'm full.
  • I choose to not eat junk food, sugary drinks or sweets.
  • I choose to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day.

Choices about exercise...

  • I choose to get up early in the morning, when I could be sleeping, to invest an hour of my time in exercise.
  • I choose to be consistent with my workout schedule, giving exercise the same importance as a doctor’s appointment.
  • I choose to change my workout routine often, to always keep my muscles guessing.
  • I choose to push myself to new levels of intensity, in order to strengthen and tone my muscles.

There’s no reason to spend another minute obsessing about the number on your scale. You’re smarter than that.

Instead focus your energy on the choices you make regarding what you eat and how you exercise.

Remember, I’m here to help you meet your fitness and weight loss goals.

Call or email today to get started on a fitness program that will quickly bring you to your goal.

An excellent exercise choice to make is to start one of my fitness programs!

Boost Healthy Eating Choices

In order to make healthy eating choices a no-brainer, empty out your kitchen of any and all junk food items. Throw out the processed, sugar-filled and carbohydrate-rich junk food items that have been contributing to your weight gain.

Now replace all of the junk items with healthy replacements. Whole, fresh food items like fruit, vegetables, lean protein, eggs, seeds and nuts. The closer an item is to its natural state, the healthier it is for you. Stay clear of "health food" that come packaged and processed.

Teriyaki Chicken Plate

This recipe is very flavorful and is filled with wholesome nutrients, vitamins and fiber. Unlike most teriyaki recipes, this doesn't contain sugar, yet it maintains a sweet undertone. Serve on a bed of baby arugula and quinoa. Servings: 4

Here's what you need:

  • 1 can naturally sweetened, zero calorie lemon lime soda (Zevia brand)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown rice vinegar
  • 1 medium yellow onion - half minced and half thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut crystals (or 1 teaspoon agave nectar or 1 packet Stevia)
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch segments
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • optional *baby arugula and cooked quinoa
  1. Combine the soda, soy sauce, vinegar, minced onion, garlic, ginger and coconut crystals in a bowl. Add the chicken and turn to coat. Place in refrigerator overnight.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry. Reserve 1 cup of marinade.
  3. Heat one teaspoon of coconut oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken and heat on medium high, turning once, for 8-10 minutes, until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Wipe out the skillet. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Add the sliced onion and asparagus. Cook for 5 minutes, until browned. Add the reserved marinade and boil until slightly reduced. Add the cilantro.
  5. Serve over a bed of baby arugula and cooked quinoa.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 289 calories, 13g fat, 963mg sodium, 4.8g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, and 29g protein

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Armen T. Ghazarians
 Finish Fit, LLC

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