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June 21, 2013

Drink More Water and Shed the Weight

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Maybe my Grandma has been on to something all of these years.  My 85-year-old Grandma drinks more water than anyone I’ve ever seen. She also has a very specific way she likes her water. She prefers it slightly chilled, no ice, in a glass, and filled up only halfway.  So cute! Grandma has always preached to me the benefits of water. And yes, I do know there are lots of benefits to drinking water. It can make your skin look youthful and pretty, help headaches, help with digestion, and so much more. However, she never told me that by drinking more water I could actually lose water weight! We are right in the middle of swimsuit season; so what better time to pass on to you what I do to help me ignite my body into getting rid of water weight and to help jumpstart my system to losing weight fast.

When I was competing in the bodybuilding world I would walk into the gym or go to a competition and see those people carrying around their huge jugs of water.  I would always think this looked funny and wondered to myself why drinking that much water was really necessary. I finally get it.  Truth is that by drinking a lot of water, you are actually tricking your body into ridding the water more efficiently.  Just like when your body shifts into starvation mode and starts storing fat when you have a food fast, it also starts holding water when you don’t drink enough of it. So by changing up how much water you intake, you can teach your body to get rid of water instead of storing it. Studies actually show that drinking water before meals makes you eat less because you feel a little fuller.  The Public Health and Water Research went a step further and did a study to see if weight loss was also sustainable.  They split the study into two groups. One group drank two 8ounce glasses of water before their meals for 12 weeks and the other group did not.  At the end of the twelve weeks, not only did the patients who drank the pre-meal water lose an average of 4lbs., they also sustained the loss over time. Also, studies showed that when you couple drinking about two glasses of water before you consume a low caloric meal, you lose more weight than when are just solely on a low caloric diet alone.

For example, say I have a big event in a few weeks that I want to look my best for, there are a three things that I focus on in order to kick-start my system.  I have to strategically plan out my 1.) low caloric diet, 2.)water consumption and 3.) my workout routines. In this blog I am only going to focus on the water consumption part. So as far as the water part is concerned, not only do I just think to myself that I need to drink more water, I plan it out strategically.  It seems like a lot at first but after a few days I usually start getting more used to it. So here it is…I drink 2 full (16ounce) glasses before each meal and then two more glasses at my mid morning and then mid afternoon snack time. Think that sounds like too much? So did I. But when I am really getting serious about jumpstarting my system, this is one of the things I implement.  Obviously, it flushes me out pretty good and I end up going to the restroom more times than a pregnant woman. It gets annoying, but I try to keep in mind that it’s a good thing because I am shedding the water weight.  I’m not going to lie, remembering to drink all this water can be hard, so here are several ways that I try to keep it top of mind.

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  • Keep your water visual. Keep it in your cup holder, on your desk at work, by your bed, or on your side table as you watch T.V. 
  • Keep track of your intake.  Studies show that any time you start tracking your diet plan the chances that you stick to it improve.  So I like to make a little chart and track my water as I go.  It’s one baby step at a time!
  • Set reminders.  Sometimes I get going so fast throughout the day so I set my alarm reminders throughout the day remember to drink my water.  I set it about 30 minutes before each mealtime, one for mid-morning, and then one mid-afternoon.
  • Carry it with you.  I try to carry it with me everywhere.  I am a sales rep so I drive around a lot.  I always keep one water bottle in my cup holder, then at least another full one in my car.
  • Change it up a bit.  If I get bored with the plan taste of water, I add a little lemon or lime juice to the water.  Or I add no-sugar, flavored club soda and make a no calorie drink.

 When I have a big event a few weeks away that I want to look my best for; managing my water intake is a key factor for me to look my best.  It’s just as important as sticking to my diet and workout plans. Don’t forget that if your really wanting to shed water weight, it is also important to watch your salt intake and stay away from alcohol. Both make your body actually retain more water weight and create a bloated look. Like I always say, this is what I do and this is what works for me.  So you might have to alter or play around with what works for you.

Happy Drinking!

Loren Silas

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June 7, 2013

Booty Blast Workout

ImageWe all want to look and feel our best in our cute shorts and swimsuits this year. Even though summer has begun, it’s not too late to get your booty in gear.  As we get older, we tend to take on the mindset that because we are aging our booty must go down with gravity. Let’s defy gravity!

For me, I think the most important thing is to hit the weights!  I know that’s not what you want to hear and sometimes as women we get scared that weight lifting will make us too bulky. However, the more muscle mass you have, the more fat you’ll burn.  So don’t be afraid to hit the weights!  Adding muscle is the best way to add some curve to your body. I know that every body type is different but what helps me get me get my booty looking it’s best is a combination of things.

When I need to turn it around quickly, it’s important that I stick to this routine. I know this might seem like a lot, but for me it takes full commitment to get on track. First, of all cleaning up my diet is super important.  I have to truly write out my meal plan and commit myself to sticking to it.  I do allow myself a couple of cheat meals a week. However, as much as it stinks, if you’re really trying to commit to your summer body, omitting alcohol will really help you reach your goal faster.  Secondly, I add in sprints/ stadiums a couple of times a week.  Lastly, I add a twice a week leg day, as well as incorporating non-weighted booty lifts at home while I watch tv (example fire hydrant, floor bridge).

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Here is one of my favorite booty workouts:

        Booty Burn Weight Workout

1. Squats 12/15/20 with 3 second pause on last set

superset with jump squats for 3 x20

2. One-legged leg press 3×20 per side

superset with reverse-lunges (in place) 12 per side

  3. Step ups
3×20

 4. Dead lifts 3×12 

 5.Finish up with lunge jumps 3×20

 Remember, we are all different and what works for me might not work for you. I just try to get a solid plan, and stick to it. Then I constantly remind myself to just take it one day, one workout, one meal at a time.  It’s important to celebrate even the small successes. You can do it!

 Happy Weekend-

Loren Silas

May 31, 2013

What Is Your Why?

 Have you ever thought about what your true motivation in life is? What is the fire that gets you up out of bed every morning? I was introduced to a preacher named Eric Thomas and I listened to one of the motivational talks he gave to a professional sports team. I have watched several of his You Tube videos and he gets me really fired up.  He really challenges people to dig deep, find their fire, and to use that fire to accomplish their goals and live a more fulfilling life.

 Why do I work hard from sun up to sundown to be my best? For me it’s two-fold. Number one, why am I driven to go to work everyday? And then secondly, why am I driven to work so hard with The Healthy Housewives. Yes, I love my job. Yes, I am passionate about health and fitness. But what REALLY drives me to wake up at 5:30 and not hit the snooze button? I am motivated to provide the best life I can for my daughter and my family. I am motivated to give her a better childhood than I had. I am also driven to motivate and empower as many people as possible to believe in themselves and live their best life. I am inspired to share my learnings in health and fitness to help people implement the right fitness plans into their life and feel their best.

A life-changing event in my life is when my parent’s got a divorce when I was eight. That was the point when I realized how stressful money burdens could be on a family. At that point, my mom was a substitute schoolteacher and was going to school at night to get her Master’s degree.  My father had just lost his job. They did their best to keep our lives “normal” and shield my brothers and I from the financial stress. However, we knew money was tight and a constant stress and I felt terrible that my activities added to that pressure.  At the time of the divorce, I was on the competitive team at gymnastics. That meant I was at the gym five days a week, which was pretty pricey. Of course gymnastics was a financial cut that my parents had to make. I was devastated at the thought. Athletics were my passion and my escape from my ever-changing family dynamics. I was fortunate enough that my coaches and gym offered to work with my parents through that difficult point. I don’t know what they worked out financially. However, I will forever be grateful to my coaches and all that were involved for caring enough about me to help my family and I through that time.  So at eight years old, I remember standing in front of the uneven bars one night at workout, asking my coach what it took to get a college scholarship. I hated feeling like I was being a financial burden on any one.  At that point, I told myself that if I wanted to go to college and follow my dreams that I was going to have to work hard and do it myself. Through hard work and some amazing people in my life, I ended up accomplishing my childhood dream of obtaining a full college scholarship and competing at a high level. I have achieved things in track and field, as well as life, that I never could have imagined.  And from that time is where I find a lot of daily my motivation. So many people have helped me through my journey. I want to give back and help people find their own strength and believe in themselves. I also am driven to provide the best life I can for my daughter and family, where finances aren’t a burden. Whether Landry wants to go to Harvard and become a doctor or if she even wants to be a professional ballerina, I want her to know that she can accomplish anything she wants. I am determined to provide the best life for her that I possibly can.

No, I don’t get rich doing The Healthy Housewives, nor do I do it because I just think I’m going to be on tv. Don’t get me wrong all of that would be a cool added bonus. Yes, I love the other ladies and have fun with them and all of the exciting things we do.  But what fuels me to help grow this brand? What drives me is helping people believe in themselves and helping them have the courage to go for their dreams. Through my unique journey I have learned so much.  I now have been so blessed with an opportunity and a platform that I am so passionate about. Through my athletics and passion for health, I have seen first hand how much better I feel and function when I eat right and workout regularly.  I am inspired daily to be my best self, so I in turn I can better help and empower other people.

I have told you my motivation. That is one of the moments in my life that drives me to get up every single day and be my best self.  So what is your why? What’s your motivation to do what you do?  And where does that motivation come from?  You have to have a greater motivation than to just be rich or skinny.  Dig deep and find your own true motive. Channel your own defining moments and use them to achieve your dreams and live a fulfilled life.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Loren Silas

May 24, 2013

Get bikini ready the healthy way

I took the hard road but years later I have finally learned how to get bikini ready the healthy way.

I took the hard road but years later I have finally learned how to get bikini ready the healthy way.

We all want to look and feel our best this summer. I know that many people still think that by skipping meals, you are doing a good thing. It’s always a hard concept to grasp that eating more and more often can actually help you lose weight. Only eating lunch all day is not a good thing.  I think that’s just unfortunately a mentality many of us women have had since our youth.  We often equate no eating to weight loss.  Yes, of course you can lose weight if you don’t eat, but you feel terrible and you’re not setting yourself up for success long term. Trust me I know this all too well, I had an eating disorder in college.

I was a National Champion track and field athlete at LSU and the pressures to have my body a certain way for competition were fierce. If you weren’t performing as well as you were expected to, losing weight was usually one of the first things that was said needed to change.  For example, “she’s not running fast enough I think she needs to drop some weight”.  Problem is that when you’re training and competing at such a high level, you are hungry non-stop and your body needs so much fuel.   I would of course try not to eat much, which in turn would typically set me up for a binging episode later on that day.  I used to have four hour workouts in the middle of the day, and was being to only eat a couple of fruits for lunch, to try and help me drop the pounds.  I look back now and wonder how I allowed myself to take that direction seriously.  During our extensive warm-up routine one day I was doing walk over hurdle drills and can vividly remember having to stop because I was having such bad hunger pains. When I expressed out loud why I stopped, I was told that it was normal and that my stomach was just shrinking and that it would eventually go away when my body would got used to it.  WHAT?  Why did I actually try to do this? This is when my unhealthy relationship with food started.  I was trying so hard not to eat that all I could think about was food. I am that person who never gives up to a fault and I tried that mentality even with my “not-eating”.  I wanted so badly to excel at the highest level and any direction I was given I took to heart and tried to 100% implement. However, even at that time I couldn’t stop myself from my binging ways. I was hungry and my body screaming for energy.  Therefore this started an unhealthy bulimic struggle for me, which I did a lot of work on then to overcome. The beauty of going through something like that is taught me some valuable lessons and since learned so much that I don’t struggle with that disorder anymore.  I also learned the right ways to keep my body healthy and looking/feeling its best. Am I sometimes still guilty of mindlessly eating? Yes. However, when I find myself getting in that emotional-eating place, I work really hard to stay present while eating; instead of trying to solve my emotions while binging on comfort foods.  In case you have never experienced it, eating basically a whole tub of ice cream does not make you feel better.

With all that being said I understand, all too well, the pressures of trying to obtain the ideal body and how the pressures of trying to do so can often times can create us to have unhealthy relationships with food. Bulimia didn’t do anything except for make me look bloated and feel terrible. I also saw first hand how not eating enough caused me to lose that precious muscle that I had worked so hard to build.  I needed my muscle to compete my best.  Even if you’re not a hard core athlete, muscle not only makes your body look healthier and pretty, but also the more muscle you have the more your metabolism increases.  I could talk about this subject for hours. However, to get back to the main reason I started this blog; in order to lose weight, you need to snack regularly to keep your metabolism up.  I’m not talking about any snack but healthy snacks. My go-to’s used to basically consist of a protein shake or almonds, and occasionally fruit. Marzia has a helped me to really expand my snack options, along with my own research and experimenting.Remember that in order to keep the muscle you’re working to gain, it is important to combine a lean protein with a clean carb together at each meal.

I often get asked what some good, quick snack options are and here are some of my favorites. I am on the go a lot because I am in sales, so I pack my snack in the morning and then keep in my car.  With my protein shake I will put the powder separated out in one of those kid snack containers. The one I use is perfect for carrying the protein powder. It has three compartments and an opening that makes it easy to pour out the powder. I am a picky eater so keep that in mind as you read my top five favorites options:

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  1. A piece of fruit and a kind bar
  2. Green drink (my juicing mix of fruit and veggies) and almonds
  3. Almond butter (I like Justin’s and it comes in travel packs) with celery or apple slices
  4. Whey protein shake and a handful of almonds
  5. Turkey slices (not packaged of course) and carrots (or any veggie)

Looking at different snack options always helps give me ideas that I then tweak and make my own.  I hope you enjoy a great, long holiday weekend.  Remember that planning ahead so you don’t skip meals is key.

Loren Silas

May 17, 2013

May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month

226May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month and so today I am choosing to write about a disease state that I spend most of my days educating people on. Osteoporosis is disease of the bones and it is a silent, but deadly disease.  In the 5-7 yrs after menopause the average woman loses about 20% of her bone mineral density. 44 million Americans have a low bone density or osteoporosis. Oftentimes osteoporosis is under diagnosed and not detected until bones become so weak that a fracture may occur. Approximately 1 in 2 women over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis- related fracture in her remaining lifetime.  And once a patient has experienced a new vertebral osteoporotic fracture, studies show that 20% of women will develop a subsequent vertebral fracture within 12 months. A woman’s risk for breaking her hip is greater than the combined risk of developing breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer.  And women who have had a hip fracture are 4 times more likely to have another. The numbers are alarming but there is so much that you can do to prevent and treat bone loss.

thPeople used to think that osteoporosis was an inevitable part of aging. Today we know a lot more about how to prevent, detect, and treat the disease. You are never too young or old to take care of your bones. Good lifestyle habits can help you protect your bones and decrease your chance of getting osteoporosis. And, if your healthcare provider hasn’t talked to you about your bone health, it’s time for you to bring it up!

There are lots of dietary changes and health habits that can help you maintain your bone health. 

1.)    Eat more protein- Studies show that low protein diets are associated with higher risk for fracture

2.)    Eat fruits and veggies- Fruits and veggies have been proven to be natural buffers to neutralize acids from proteins and carbs. If your diet doesn’t have enough fruits and veggies it will (like with sodas)take away calcium from your bones. Research shows that 2 ½ cups of veggies and 2 cups of fruit is enough to protect your body from these acids.

3.)    Drink less soda- Increased soda consumption puts patients at higher risk for fracture.

4.)    Stop smoking and limit alcohol to one to two drinks a day.

5.)    Get enough calcium and vitamin D by eating a well balanced diet and appropriate supplementation.

6.)    Exercise!

 

 Obviously the food that you eat can affect your bones. So learning about the foods that are rich in calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients that are important for your bone health and overall health will help you make healthier food choices every day. The chart below is from The National Osteoporosis Foundation and gives examples of the different types of food you should be eating every day.

Good-for-Your-Bones Foods

Food Nutrient
Dairy products such as low-fat and non-fat milk, yogurt and cheese Calcium. Some dairy products are fortified with Vitamin D.
Fish  
Canned sardines and salmon (with bones) Calcium
Fatty varieties such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines Vitamin D
Fruits and vegetables  
Collard greens, turnip greens, kale, okra, Chinese cabbage, dandelion greens, mustard greens and broccoli. Calcium
Spinach, beet greens, okra, tomato products, artichokes, plantains, potatoes, sweet potatoes, collard greens and raisins. Magnesium
Tomato products, raisins, potatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, papaya, oranges, orange juice, bananas, plantains and prunes. Potassium
Red peppers, green peppers, oranges, grapefruits, broccoli, strawberries, brussels sprouts, papaya and pineapples. Vitamin C
Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, collard greens, spinach, mustard greens, turnip greens and brussel sprouts.  Vitamin K
Fortified Foods   
Calcium and vitamin D are sometimes added to certain brands of juices, breakfast foods, soy milk, rice milk, cereals, snacks and breads. Calcium, Vitamin D

 Start taking care of your bones! There is so much that you can do these days to both prevent and treat this disease.  Stay tuned for next week’s blog to learn more specifics around the importance and ways to supplement vitamin d.

 Love yourself to a healthy lifestyle-

Loren Silas

May 10, 2013

Let’s Celebrate Mother’s Day

My mini-me

My mini-me

What a special weekend this weekend is! I want to say Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mom’s out there. And if you’re a mom, I hope you can relax this weekend and enjoy the love of your own family.  Instead of running around this weekend with crazy Mother’s Day plans, I am hoping to try and relax and celebrate the women who mean the most in my life.

I have a three year old and Mother’s Day now takes on a whole new meaning to me. I feel

Mom, myself, and Grandma

Mom, myself, and Grandma

so blessed and so much love being a mother to my little girl.  I can remember my first Mother’s Day with her when she was about three months old.  She got dedicated at church that weekend and it was such a special weekend. I can remember how proud I felt as Icarried her in front of the church that morning. She makes my heart warm and she is such the light of my life.  Yes, some days can be challenging and I can get frustrated at all of the mundane tasks motherhood entails, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  It is the small things that I appreciate on mother’s day. I am looking forward to “muffins for mom” at my daughter’s school and seeing her face as she hands me a craft project that she has made for me.  It’s these moments that I want to hold close to me forever. I am also fortunate enough to celebrate Mother’s Day with my 85-year-old grandma, mom and step-mom. They all hold such a huge place in my heart and have all sacrificed so much to make me the person I am today.  If they are reading this I want to say, thank you and I love you all so much. When I was growing up, I can remember loving making my mom breakfast in bed. She always pretended like she was so surprised and like it was the best breakfast she had ever tasted.  I have a step-mom, a mom, a grandma, and so many wonderful friends in my life who I have been blessed enough to consider like friend/moms to me.  Women take the heat a lot for beating each other up, but I feel like most women really look out for and take care of each other.  I love appreciating all of the strong women out there who are mothers in their own right. As women, we are oftentimes the glue that keeps the family together.  We dedicate so much of our lives working hard to love, nourish and take care of our family unit. I wouldn’t have it any other way and love all of the sacrifices I make to be there for my family.

A mother isn’t just a woman who has given birth to children. Mother’s can come in many different forms. I looked up the definition of a mother and here is what was listed:

My step-mom and Landry

My step-mom and Landry

A person who is pregnant with or gives birth to a child.

A woman who adopts a child.

 A woman who raises a child.

A female parent of an animal.

A female ancestor.

A woman who holds a position of authority or responsibility similar to that of a mother: a den mother.

Roman Catholic Church-  A mother superior

Whether you are a mom to a golden retriever or a grandma with 10 grandkids, Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you and your loved one’s have a fabulous day. You deserve it!

Much love-

Loren Silas

April 26, 2013

Exercise while you Work

images-1Do you ever have a day that there is NO possible way you are fitting in a workout? No matter how hard I try, on some days it just happens. I work in the medical field and I talk to nurses and doctors daily.  I would easily say that over half of the people I talk to daily are women and also mothers. They work so hard and are busy with their clinics. Depending on the specialty they work in, a lot of the time they are getting to work before 8:00 am and oftentimes staying late after 5:00 pm.  And like women in any career, a lot are also managing and coordinating their families at home. On top of that, many are single moms or have husbands who also have a demanding work schedule.  I honestly don’t know how many of us ever find the time to even go to the restroom, much less fit in our workouts.  I am amazed and inspired daily by these moms who work so hard to provide a great life for their families and rarely ever find much time for themselves.

 Here is one example of a busy mom, which I’m sure many of you can relate to.  I was in a breakfast at an office the other morning and was talking to the nurse about the importance of bone health, of course.  Then we ended up discussing fitness goals for the summer and she was asking my advice on what she could do on days that she didn’t have time to fit a workout in. In my typical peppy voice I replied, “What do you mean you can’t fit your workout in?  You can always find time fit in a workout.”  She kind of glared at me and then proceeded to tell me her day up until that point, which was only 8:30 am. She is a single mom with two kids. That day she had already made all the lunches, coordinated after school care, taken her 15 year old to swim practice at 5:30 am (club swimming) and then had to come back home to help get her middle schooler ready.  Then she had to go back to pick up her kid from swim practice and then take both of kids to different schools.  That was just her morning schedule.  Her night after work consisted of more carpooling to kid activities, making dinner, helping her kids with homework until about 10:30 pm and then finally a second to breathe.  I’m sure that second to breathe was then only momentary before she had to prepare to wake up at 4:30am the following morning and do it all again. Whew! I was exhausted just listening to her.  Not once did she complain about her busy day or about being a single mom. This is just how her life is and she glows just talking about her love for her children. Her days might not always be quite this busy. However, regardless of her schedule, we discussed some ways that she could make some small changes in her daily routine.

Here are some healthy exercises that you can fit into your workday to burn more calories and help keep your body engaged:

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1.  Walk the block.  Even if you’re on your feet all day, try to take a couple 10 minute walks outside to help get the blood flowing.  Studies show that the average person can burn about 50 calories in just one brisk 10-minute walk (3.5 mph/17-minute mile).  And if you’re a working girl who likes to wear heels to work, pack a pair of flats in your bag to work so you can walk comfortably.

 2.  Do some squats- Shut your office door and do 10-15 squats multiple times a day. Or every time you walk into a stockroom, file room, bathroom stall etc. do 10 squats before you walk out.  They can lift you, tone you, strengthen you and even help shrink your mid-section.  Just think how many squats you could fit into your day if you did them every time you walked into one of these places?

3.  Exercise at your desk- According to WebMD, one of the worst things you can do for your body is sitting still. It is proven to be hard on your bones, muscles and joints. If you have to sit at your desk, do a few simple stretches to break up the day a bit.  Try setting an alarm mid-morning and then again in mid-afternoon, to help alert you that it’s time to do a desk stretch. Also, try to switch out your office chair for an exercise ball.  This will help strengthen your core and can improve circulation.

 4.    Take the stairs– Whether you are going out for an errand or you are running down for a quick bite to eat, forget the elevator. Take the stairs down and up whenever possible. You might be surprised to see how it tones your legs.

5.    Get to Lunging- You can incorporate 10-20 walking lunges every time you take your walk around the block or find an empty hallway either before work or during lunch and get to stepping. Go to Shape.com to watch a how-to for performing a lunge correctly to avoid injury.

6.    Add wall Push-ups.  Traditional push-ups aren’t typically the best option at work.  Who really wants to place their hands on an office or hospital floor? However, a wall push-up can be a great alternative. Do them until you feel a burn and then push yourself to do 5-10 more.

Even though these exercises might not seem like much, even a little exercise is better than nothing.  If you stay consistent with these small changes, you will notice a difference. The American Heart Association says that even 10-15 minutes of daily exercise can prove beneficial for your overall health. Remember that 15 minutes of exercise is only 1% of your day.

Have a great weekend and as always love yourself to a healthy lifestyle.

Loren Silas

April 19, 2013

The on-the-go workout

picI’m in New Orleans for my friend’s wedding and I’m trapped in the hotel. The weather outside is nasty and I’m camped out in her bridal suite today.  Even if it is only for 20 minutes, I still try my hardest to keep up my workouts while on the road. It’s important to maintain a routine while on the road to keep your metabolism going and get to your blood pumping daily. I know there are always treadmills in hotels but I can’t stand treadmills.  I am one of those people who will only run outside.  So luckily I always bring my jump rope because you never know when it will come in handy. I typically incorporate jump rope when I work out on the road. Here is a picture of the buff bride. She is used to doing crossfit workouts, but this morning we both did my hotel workout.

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Summer is right around the corner and I’m sure a lot of you will also be getting out of town soon. So I thought I would share with you the quick workout that we did this morning.

Quick Hotel Workout

2 minute jump rope

15 push-ups

35 air squats

1 minute plank hold

1 minute lunge jumps

Repeat 3 times

Hope you guys have a great weekend and remember to love yourself to a healthy lifestyle!

Loren Silas

April 12, 2013

Girl Power in Hollywood

signI just spent the week in Hollywood to help pitch show ideas and WOW what an experience!  The only time I have ever been to LA was for a track meet but I have never actually spent any real time there.  Before I left Dallas people kept wishing me luck, but I didn’t know what to expect and didn’t go into this week with very high expectations. Well, let me clarify on that point; I did think that there was a good possibility that a new fitness concept show could come out of the meetings. However, I was skeptical that what the producers would want wasn’t something that I fully believed in and would want to be a part of. It was all a little intimidating at first. We were lucky enough to get in front of some of the biggest production companies in the industry. I don’t know much about Hollywood but I do know you don’t have multiple chances to pitch your concept.  You have one chance to make a first impression, sell yourself and your concept.  It was a lot of pressure and I admit that I let Hollywood get the best of me that first day.  I thought that if the producers initially had one vision that out of respect for the people who were responsible for me being there, that I didn’t have the authority to step up and change the direction of the meeting. So that first day, I sat back and didn’t challenge the direction because I felt like it wasn’t my place to freely speak my mind.  It was frustrating to say the least.

 

After that first day of meetings we went out to dinner with some of the people involved in this project. At dinner we discussed what happened that day and strategized on ways to improve our pitch. The feedback I was getting was that I was coming across too shy and needed to be more outspoken.  I agreed that I had been kind of quiet but the reason why I had remained so quiet was because I didn’t believe in the direction those first meetings were going. I was able to express why I was quiet and at that point got permission from the agents and others that is was ok to speak up, even if that meant standing up against their own vision. Woohoo! That’s all I needed to hear.  

 

I felt like somehow we had been getting pigeon holed into only bringing value at a superficial level with nothing else to offer. That made my skin crawl and I wanted nothing more than to at least stand up for ourselves and walk away with our heads held high. Even though I think it would be cool to be on tv, I only want to be on tv if it’s positive and empowering to women. I think there is enough on tv that is degrading towards women.  As women we have much more to offer than our looks and cat fights.  What did we have to lose by standing up for what we believed in? Maybe a show but we agreed that we wouldn’t want to be on a show if it wasn’t what we actually believed in.  I couldn’t stomach sitting through one more meeting feeling degraded. So with nothing to lose and everything to gain, that night we went back to the room and strategized how we could best present ourselves and our ideals.  I felt like in some small way we were making a stand; not just for ourselves but for all women.

photoSo the next day we were fired up and ready to go represent. I was focused like I was about to run a race. We were both determined not to let anything get in the way of us standing up for our convictions and getting our points across. Turns out our three meetings the last day went great. We went out with a bang and with our heads held high.  We completely turned the direction around and I was so proud of Marzia and myself. I was hearing Beyonce women empowerment songs playing in my head all day. What a crazy experience! There was lots of interest that last day for our show and only time will tell what happens next.  But no matter what happens, I feel like we both grew from the experience. We listened to our guts, fought for our beliefs and convictions and showed that women do have way more to offer tv than cat fights and superficial qualities.  At the end of the day, we high fived and both knew that even though it was risky, we did the right thing.  We’ll keep you posted on the outcomes. The possibilities seem super exciting but we know it’s a long process ahead. I am very thankful for this amazing experience and to those who included me in this project. No matter what happens, we will keep pushing forward.

 

I hope you had a great week! 

Loren Silas

 

April 5, 2013

Feel the need for Speed

Most people would describe me as being a very passionate person and that passion feeds into so marunny segments of my life.  One passion that sits high at the top of that list is running. I love to run, in every form. I love feeling the power of my body as I sprint on the track. I love taking off my shoes and feeling the grass between my toes, as I do strides on the infield. I love an early morning run, when it’s quiet and I am alone with my thoughts and the pavement. I love running and racing from mailbox to mailbox with my little girl. I could go on and on.  I realize this might seem crazy to some, but for me running is when I feel most like myself.

So, whether you are passionate about running or you just do it purely as a good source of exercise; most of us have gone through periods where we have hit a plateau in our training.  I went through a phase where I was going on anywhere from 3-7 mile runs almost daily. Even though I loved just getting in my little zone and going on my regular run, my body hit a plateau and I stopped noticing changes. At this point, I knew that I needed to change it up and incorporate some new challenges for my body.  I thought back to the times where I had seen the best results. Those times were when I mixed in some sprint interval training. I don’t typically love doing heart pumping cardio every day. I really enjoy and need my days that I can just go for a relaxing run and unwind. So, for now, I have found my happy place and I just alternate my cardio days.  For instance, I will still go for a steady state run or do the stair stepper, but then every other day I like to mix it up.  Sprint intervals are one of the easy ways for me to mix it up and keep me on my toes.

As a runner you want to continue to improve the way in which oxygen is supplied to the muscles, which then will help you get stronger and become a faster runner. Your body is working much harder during this type of workout. Studies show that your body will start drawing on its fat reserves to help restore muscles and repair energy levels from the high intensity exercise. Then in turn, your metabolism is boosted.

A couple of weeks ago I gave you a couple of my favorite track workouts. Since then I have had several people ask me for interval workout ideas that they can do close to home. That is actually one of the reasons I love this workout below. You don’t have to find a track to do it because it’s simple and easy to incorporate anywhere. I have done this workout since my college days and I’m still a believer. It was my regular “Sunday run” that I first started doing on my route around the LSU campus. Here it is:

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  1. 6 minutes warm up jog
  2. 2 minutes at a comfortable but active pace (this is your “rest” period)
  3. 30-45 second sprint (should be full speed)
  4. Repeat steps 2-3, 6-8x
  5. 6 minutes cool down

When doing this workout, maximize your time and push yourself to make every second count. Personally, mixing in sprints helps me feel stronger and more in tune with my body.  Not only is it important to me to feel my best for myself, but I want to stay in the best shape possible for my little girl. My parents were really active with us growing up and that’s something that I have wanted to pass down and enjoy with my own family. I loved that they didn’t just watch us play and do activities, but that they stayed healthy and active enough to join in and play with us.

Sprinting does require an existing fitness level and if you are just starting out running, then this is something you should work up to. If you are a beginner and you need workout suggestions on how to build up your running strength and endurance, please message me. Thanks for letting me share my passion with you.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to love yourself to a healthy lifestyle.

-Loren Silas