About this Podcast

Each episode gives you simple, proven steps to improve your health, body, productivity, focus and self-esteem! Tips, advice and instruction in three major subjects: Motivation, Training, Nutrition. Learn exactly which exercises and diets are a waste of time and which to use to get your best body ever!

Fitness Guru Kira Langolf has an international following and is best known for her proven body changing programs, personal development seminars and Fitness Makeover Workshops. Author of the groundbreaking book: “MINDSET MAKEOVER: Stay Motivated, Get the Body You Want and Live the Life of Your Dreams!”

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fit 245: Best Ball Exercises, Success, Low Carb Mistakes

The Top 3 Best Exercises on the Stability Ball, How to Recognize and acknowledge your successes and three things you must pay attention to when going low carb!


Training

The Top 3 Best Exercises on the Stability Ball:

  1. Ab crunches over the ball
  2. Anything that uses the ball as a bench, such as lying triceps extensions, chest flyes or chest press.
  3. Lying Leg Curl with bridge for hamstrings

Listen to the full episode on why these are the best exercises for stability ball and how to get the most effective workouts using these exercises!

Motivation

In part 2 of the 4-Part program to increase your self esteem and Banish Your Inner Bully, we focus on how to recognize and acknowledge your own successes!
  1. Identify your successes.
  2. Be a Victor.
  3. Be thankful.
  4. Help others.
  5. Accept compliments.
Listen to the podcast to hear how to use these to achieve your goals faster!


Nutrition

The holidays are here, which means fitting into clothes that don't fit and getting there fast! You may go low carb to get the result you want. Although I don't agree with this tactic, I know you'll probably do it anyway! So here are three tips when doing low carb:


  1. Tip #1  Increase Your Protein

  2. Low-carb diets cut out a huge portion of calories, so you need to make up the difference with proteins and the right fats. If you don't increase your protein intake sufficiently, your body will catabolize.  This means it will feed upon it self, using muscle instead of fat for energy and ultimately ruin your metabolism! Think about increasing your current protein level by 20-50% that means is you currently have


  3. Tip #2 Get Enough of The Right Fats  
  4. You'll also need to track your fats to balance your body and energy. Of course, the fats MUST come from healthy sources such as: 
    -omega-3s (fish and fish oil)
    -medium chain triglycerides (MCTs like coconut oil)
    -monounsaturated fats (olive oil and avocado, for example). 
    Listen to the episode to hear how this works with your body for fat loss!

  1. Tip #3: Take Advantage of Caffeine

  2. This one isn’t a “mistake” since using caffeine is a personal preference. Yet, supplementing with caffeine pre-workout when on a low-carb diet can give you a major boost and accelerate fat loss. 
    Larger caffeine doses may have even greater performance-enhancing effects, if you can tolerate them.
    The Caffeine Dosage used in studies for such results was 8 mg/kg/body weight.
    Caffeine is a way of improving performance when your energy is low due to a low carb diet.
     
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fit 244: Pinterest Workouts, Pumpkin Spice and How to make a change!

Pinterest workouts yeah or nah? Has the Pumpkin spice food craze gotten out of hand? Take the next step in creating a lasting change in your motivation!

Check out the new, improved QuickFit Club!


TRAINING
Workouts on Pinterest, some are good, some are a waste of time. Unfortunately, there is so bogus advice on toning, fat loss and expectations of results! Sorry, but fire hydrants don't do squat! [Pun intended] You won't see lean legs in 5 days and you won't lose 10 pounds in 10 days with most of these programs.

Below are links to the ones I spoke about in this podcast episode:

Squat related workout:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/468655904944545085/

Leg Lift workout  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/375558056403846994/

Listen to the podcast and find out if these workout or not!

NUTRITION
Pumpkin spice craze! Click here to see a list of 58 items in the pumpkin spice flavor!  There's a full list of 58 things such as cheerios, special K peeps, marshmallows bagels, pretzel nuggets and more!

Here's the LATTE calorie info for Size: Grande 16 oz. [from Starbucks] and some other specialties:
Drink;  total calories; calories from fat
Pumpkin Spice Latte, Nonfat, No Whip           260        5
Pumpkin Spice Latte, Soy Milk, No Whip        310       45
Pumpkin Spice Latte, Whole Milk, With Whip  420       160
Caffe Latte, Nonfat, No Whip                        130        5


Pumpkin Muffin Dunkin Donuts
Calories: 550 Total Fat: 24 g

Pumpkin Pie Donut- Dunkin Donuts
Calories: 380  Fat: 20grams Fat

If you have ever seen a Pumpkin Pie Donut (not the pumpkin glazed one, I've seen that) send me a tweet or comment and describe how it looked!

Real pumpkin nutrition:
1 cup (116 grams=4 oz) and just 30 calories

Pumpkin seeds-
1 cup (64 grams) cals-285
fat 12 g: 2.3 g sat/6g polyunsat/3.9 monounsat carb 34g (fiber 12g) prot 12g

Question Of the day: What is your favorite pumpkin spice food or drink? Is there another flavor that screams "Fall Season" to you?


MOTIVATION
Now you are ready to change!

Step 1: Fix Your Self Talk

Learn more in this episode about how to
  • acknowledge your emotions
  • look for the origin
  • change your self-talk
  • support yourself
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

FIT 243 Stretch vs Flexibility, Nutrition, How to Make a Change in Your Life!

Are you stretching all wrong? Is that food friend or foe? Three easy steps to start a change in your life!

TRAINING
Notes:
  • There are two types of stretching: static (no motion) or dynamic (with motion). 
  • Flexibility is the range of motion around a joint, whereas stretching reflects the actual deformation of tissue. Stretching is just one form of flexibility training –weight training is another!
  • Research shows that the most effective way to add range of motion is by using proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching, particularly the contract-relax, antagonist-contract (CRAC) method.
  • This method basically involves intermittent contractions of 6 to 8 seconds while stretching. Do as many sets as it takes to reach your maximum for the day (normally around 2 to 5 sets). PNF summary: 6-8 second contractions at about 25% effort and 2 to 5 sets (length it takes to reach your max) 
  • A good example is the Frankenstein stretches we use in some of the QFC warmups, and the butt kicks and the knee highs.

Summary
1) Dynamic: Before training
2) PNF: Before and during
3) Static: During or after, not before (unless specific reason, e.g. relaxation, antagonist, or non-worked muscles.

NUTRITION
Three questions to ask before you eat that food!

1. Can I digest this food easily?
 Pay attention to how you feel after you eat and adjust accordingly. Sometimes an immune response to a food takes a while to fully develop and it’s not until the next day that you feel fatigued or ill.

2. Is this food a high-quality protein?
Protein is important! It raises your metabolism, causes the release of gut hormones that keep you satisfied, helps manage blood sugar and insulin, decreasing cravings for sugar.

All protein sources are not created equally. High-quality protein is defined as a protein source that provides at least 10 grams of essential amino acids (EAAs).  Make it your goal to Get 10 grams of EAAs per meal by planning your diet around a high-quality protein source from eggs, fish, meat, or dairy.

BONUS: Want to get rid of belly fat?
Research shows that people who eat the 10-gram-threshold dose of EAAs per meal have less visceral belly fat and a lower body fat percentage than those who eat poorer quality protein.

3. Is this food high in nutrients?
Eating processed, low nutrition foods can cause more problems than you think! Too many low nutrition foods can damage your metabolism, cause fat gain, increase depression and excess fatigue. These foods usually have too much sugar, which messes with your blood sugar levels and makes you feel tired, sluggish and wanting more sugar! A viscous cycle!

Select high nutrient foods as your mainstays. Your best bet is to eat real, whole foods, such as meat, fish, eggs, whole-fat dairy, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and beans. Limit or avoid processed foods for a better body and better health.



MOTIVATION
Stuck in a rut? Its time for you to change!

Do you ever find yourself repeating the same actions and expecting different results?  Maybe when it comes to losing weight?

The definition of insanity is "doing the same things over and over and expecting different results."

ARE YOU INSANE???!!!

If you're still struggling with your weight, with losing body fat, then it's time to CHANGE!!

I'm going to share with you a guide to help you get out of a rut and get on track! Here's three small steps that can give you a big jump start!
You'll find more in this in my book, Motivation Mindset and in our workshops we call these "Strategy Sheets."
http://fitnessmakeover.com/proshop/shop/nutrition/weight-loss/mindset-makeover/
 
Question #1: Ask yourself, “What is holding me back?” 
Write it down! And be real! Many things that may appear to be holding you back are just excuses. but you won't be able to see this until you write it down  and look at it more objectively!

Question#2: Ask yourself if you've had any of these thoughts lately, and answer them with a yes or no:
  • I want to improve my self-confidence. 
  • I want to gain control of my habits and thoughts, especially toward weight loss. 
  • I want to end the diet cycle.
  • I want to be more successful in weight loss, exercise and all areas of life! 
Question#3: Ask yourself, then answer with Yes or No:
  • Do you find yourself overloaded with responsibilities to others? 
  • Do you feel like you sacrifice your own health and sanity? 
  • Are you expected to maintain a household, raise and teach children, earn money and see to the daily mundane tasks before you take care of yourself? 
  • Do you feel overwhelmed, with no end in sight?
  • Are you ready to change? 
If you answered "Yes" to alot of the items in questions #2 and 3, then you are ready for a change! More on that in a future podcast!


Other updates and news: 

1. New Video Series: QuickFit Tips on Youtube Channel 
If you didn't know already, I've been posting QuickFit tips videos on the Getfittv channel on YouTube. These videos aren't long, but are packed with useful info, tips and suggestions! I plan on posting these weekly, so hit the subscribe button when you're watching!

 2. 100% NEW QuickFit Club finally complete! 
This seemed to take the longest! The workouts were the easy part, but the website.....OMG! But after three total redos, the site has everything I wanted! You'll hear more about it on the podcast but here are some of the things I'm excited about:

1. Social login (so much easier, right?!)
2. Quickfit Workout Plans
3. Some free workout videos!
4. Nutrition information
5. More things that we'll be adding but for now, everything works perfectly!


 3. Personal Stuff: More work on my house and an interruption by Hurricane!

1. Of course, I'm also renovating a house by myself, you can see some of the progress at fitnessmakeover.com/house.....yes there is still much to update that I've done and much more for me to do!

2. Hurricane Matthew took two weeks of my life! The week before, was prep-getting out the shutters, figuring all that stuff out and trying not to kill myself in the process! Then putting things back to normal. Alot of missed workouts in October!!

3. Unfortunately, the events of October threw off my plan for competition. Sure, I did some heavy lifting (of a golf cart and other things) but not my usual workouts. So, I'll be revising that goal, but I will still do a competition soon! And probably a video log during prep too.

I'm doing my best to stay on schedule with podcasts once a week, Setting up Quickfit live chats once a week and QFTips once a week! That's a big endeavor for me to tackle, so please be kind and patient!

All for now!
Kira


Get all the most recent episodes on iTunes or download this episode here:

FIT 243 Stretch vs Flexibility, Nutrition, How to Make a Change in Your Life!



 
Now available in paperback: "Mindset Makeover," available at The Book Patch.com.