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Lean for life: 5 ways to lose it for good

It’s easy enough to lose a few pounds for a short period of time, only to gain it back. It’s much harder to achieve long-term fat loss.

However, you know people who appear to be permanently in beach-ready shape, so it is possible to be lean for life. This begs the question: how can you lose the weight for good?

The answer to this quandary is not found in a single habit or action, but rather in the following 5 Lean for Life Habits…

Lean for Life Habit #1: Reimagine Yourself

Up until now you’ve accepted the shape that you are in, and even if you hate it, you’re comfortable with it. Read that again to make sure it sinks in. You are comfortable with the body that you have right now, and until you decide it’s no longer comfortable then you’ll be stuck in the shape that you currently have.

Now spend time reimagining yourself leaner. Really let that new image sink in until you’re more comfortable with it than you are with the image of your current body. Rinse and repeat. The clearer you can see and feel and imagine yourself in a lean body, the more urgency and desire you will create to achieve and maintain it.

Lean for Life Habit #2: Break Up With Sugar

Look, Sugar, we have to break up. It’s not you; it’s me. Sure, we’ve had some good times. You’ve tickled my sweet tooth and pleased my taste buds, but loving you is a double-edged sword that leaves me heavy and out of shape. So this is it, we are through!

As silly as that sounded, your relationship with sugar is holding you back from living in a lean for life body. It’s not only refined sugar that is messing with your body composition; in order to be lean for life you’ll also need to manage your intake of other added sugars.

The good news is that every day spent without sugar will make the next day that much easier and your cravings will become that much weaker. Stay strong and soon you’ll be more than happy with the occasional sweet treat rather than the all-day sugar drip that’s sabotaging your swimsuit dreams.

Lean for Life Habit #3: Forget Dieting

Going on a “diet” implies a start and end date, but if you really want to change your body composition for good then there is no end to your healthy lifestyle. It’s a marathon of adapting to healthier (and healthier!) habits to maintain for the rest of your life. The day that you stop trying is the day that your body reverts to it’s old (less svelte) shape.

Don’t worry, the more time that you get under your belt with healthy living, the easier it becomes. Soon your lean for life habits will feel like a normal day – just as your current habits feel like a normal day now. The key is to stick with it until the habits fully stick, and to vigorously fight the urge to give up.

Lean for Life Habit #4: Plan Your Cheats

Being lean for life doesn’t mean swearing off your favorite foods for the rest of your days. (Thank goodness!) On the contrary, you’ll find that planned cheat meals of your favorite foods are more enjoyable than ever before. The key is that you will be planning your cheat meals in advance and containing the excitement to one sitting each week.

The fun thing about enjoying a cheat meal while living a lean lifestyle is that there is absolutely zero guilt associated with the pleasure. Most of us experience twinges of guilt associated with most of our meals, because in the back of our mind is the thought that we should really be eating healthier in order to lose the weight that we have yet to lose. Once you’ve lost the fat and are actively living a lean life those cheat meals will be 100% pleasure!

Lean for Life Habit #5: Be Part of a Fitness Family

Belonging to a group of fellow fitness enthusiasts is key to making and maintaining your body transformation. Being fit is easier achieved in a supportive and encouraging group, rather than alone. The accountability provided from your fitness peers will save you from missing workouts and will get you to push yourself to try harder.

One of the most gratifying parts of being in a fitness family is the day when your support makes an impact on a new member. To give the encouragement that was given to you is a special moment that will stick with you, and will recommit you to your fitness lifestyle.

I have created a fitness family that I’d love for you to join. Call or email today to see how you can find your place here with us!



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Congratulations to Debbi for being the May Student of the month!

“Debbi has done an amazing job! She made it a goal then accomplished Fitranx 1! Fitranx is a challenging fitness test. She has also lost weight and toned up. She’s been great to have in the program.” -Stephanie

“Debbi has really impressed me these last few months! She has been consistently coming to boot camp and it is clear in how strong she is getting! She even passed Fitranx level 1, which is a huge accomplishment! She is very open to suggestions and is a great example of showing how when you are dedicated to your health and fitness and put in the work, you will see great results! Congratulations Debbi!” -Ashley

“Debbi has been in the program over a year working on attaining her best fitness level. She challenges herself with the harder exercises and I enjoy having her in class. She works hard on her goals and is certainly deserving of student of the month. Keep up the awesome path of fitness you are on! Congratulations!” -Tawyana


Student Accomplishments
  • Debbi passed Fitranx Level 1!​
  • Karen beat her goal of a 1:30 wall sit!​
  • Lisa H. met her goal and completed 8 push-ups on her toes!​
  • Nancy passed Fitranx Level 1!​

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Pam Shah, Reiki practitioner

Reiki is a non-invasive method of healing which is activated by intention. It is used alongside conventional medicine or natural remedies. Reiki balances the mind, body & spirit thereby promoting the body’s ability to regenerate itself resulting in higher energy levels, over all wellbeing and healing.
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Community Resources

Sharon McRae Sharon is a plant-based Certified Health Coach residing in Columbia, MD, who has been adopting and applying principles of health and nutrition in her own life for more than three decades. She works with individuals and families to support them in transitioning to a plant-based diet and adapting healthier lifestyle habits. Sharon received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and she is certified by PCRM (Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine) as a Food for Life instructor, teaching nutrition and cooking classes in the Columbia area. She offers nutrition and health coaching via phone, Skype, or in person to clients and families and conducts special events such as classes, seminars, and food store tours.
Learn more at www.eatwell-staywell.com. Contact Sharon at sharon@eatwell-staywell.com or 410-615-4631.


Dr. Dana Simpler (www.drsimpler.com) "It's time for doctors to help patients cure themselves with proper diet and exercise. This is my focus, and I'm uniquely trained in Lifestyle Medicine. People can reverse their medical problems with proper choices and I'm there to help"


Pam Shah, Certified Reiki Master

Reiki is a non-invasive method of healing which is activated by intention. It is used alongside conventional medicine or natural remedies. Reiki balances the mind, body & spirit thereby promoting the body’s ability to regenerate itself resulting in higher energy levels, overall well-being and healing.

pam@therereikiplace.net | 202.329.1489 | Blueberry Gardens

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