Bernice Robinson

Getting Fit With Power Stroller Continued

Power Stroller

I am loving my experience in the Power Stroller group for many reasons, including all of the reasons I mentioned in my last post. Another reason I love Power Stroller is that it was originally founded in order to help raise money for under privileged children in our local schools.

“Many children in our communities are going hungry. In fact, numbers are staggering. 1 in 5 families live below the poverty line in London, Ontario alone.”

The program through Power Stroller is called Fit Mummies for Hungry Tummies. Working along with The Children’s Nutrition Network in London, Huron-Perth Eat & Learn Program in Stratford and the Elgin Community Nutrition Partnership in St. Thomas, Power Stroller’s goal is to take some of the burden off families who might be struggling to make ends meet by donating a portion of their proceeds to these programs.

Five weeks after getting the ‘OK’ to exercise after having my baby, I am noticing great results from the Power Stroller class with Bernice Robinson. Unfortunately, I was on vacation and missed a few classes in the beginning, but even still, while I haven’t lost any weight on the scale, I have definitely gained muscle definition.

This means that I have gained muscle and muscle weighs more than fat, so while the scale hasn’t changed yet, my confidence in my progress has! Meeting the other moms in the group and hearing about their experiences as new moms has been really reassuring as well. It is nice to know that we are all in the same boat and are going through the same challenges and experiences.

The group is so mom and baby friendly that just this past week, one of the moms stopped during our circuit training to nurse her son! Bernice informed her of the rest of our route in the park and she was able to catch up to us and continue the workout.

NUTRITIONAL EDUCATION

Each week we discuss a new nutritional topic such as proteins, good and bad fats, water and even where to buy healthy foods that you can’t always find in your regular grocery store. Bernice also posts recipes and additional workouts to the powerstroller.ca website each week as well.

NEW SESSIONS STARTING SOON

If you’ve recently had a baby, or you’re just looking for a new fitness program for the summer that is child friendly, you can start out fresh with all the other moms in the next upcoming session starting the week of May 27 at various locations around London, St. Thomas and Stratford.

CITY MOM DISCOUNT CODE

BONUS: All City Mom readers that sign up for the upcoming 8-week session will receive a 15% discount!

Until next week,

Village Mom

Trim Tuesday: Muscle Weighs More Than Fat

The Belly Fat Cure

About six weeks ago, I began practicing hot yoga. Many years ago I had a good yoga practice going but life happened and I stopped going. For the past 40 days, my yoga flame has been blazing; I’ve consistently practiced 4 to 5 times a week in this time.

Just the past weekend I noticed some changes in my body. Physically I feel stronger. My core feels more firm and my arms are beginning to look more shapely. This is when the light bulb went off. What I was seeing physically wasn’t sinking in mentally.

MUSCLE WEIGHS MORE THAN FAT

We all know muscle weighs more than fat, but if you’re fixated on the scale (like me) that knowledge won’t matter. You may expect to see that number going down, but if you’re increasing muscle mass, it won’t at first. The changes will be taking place on the inside and the scale won’t necessarily reflect that.

I decided to get some much-needed advice from my friend and personal trainer Bernice Robinson of Bernice Robinson Personal Training Studio. She reminded me that

“…for every pound of muscle it takes 40 to 60 calories a day to maintain. Therefore our body uses more energy increasing our metabolic rate which is the only way to lose body fat and keep it off. Also remember muscle weighs more than fat, but is much more dense; taking up less room in our bodies which equates to a more petite frame.”

“And don’t get discouraged by what the scale is reading! It takes time and it’s a forever thing. Not a short-term, quick fix.”

This is just what I needed to hear to keep going.  Slow and steady wins the race and if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.  A slow and steady fitness regime along with healthy eating is a fool-proof way to achieve your health goals.

MIND BODY AND SOUL

Sucess

I love yoga for a number of reasons and none of them actually have to do with weight loss. I love devoting an hour a day to my body and soul. I am able to quiet my mind during the classes and focus on my breathing and postures. I love the sense of calm this brings to me both physically and mentally.

Yoga makes me feel strong and empowered and if one of the side effects is more muscles and an increased metabolism than I am okay with that.

WEEK FIVE RESULTS

Start waist: 35”

End of week five waist: 33”

Week one weight loss:  4.6 lbs

Week two weight loss: 1.6 lbs

Week three weight loss: 0 lbs

Week four weight loss: 1 lb

Week five weight loss: 0 lbs

Total weight loss: 7.2 lbs

Total waist inches lost: 2”

Short Term Goal: To feel comfortable in a bathing suit on our trip to Florida in April.

Long Term Goal: To lose 37 lbs.

Remaining weight loss to goal: 29.8 lbs

Healthy waist: 32”

What activities do you like to do to increase your fitness? Are you a scale junkie? How do you overcome that?

Note: I am not receiving compensation nor am I affiliated with The Belly Fat Cure. These opinions are my own. Before starting any health or meal plan you should consult with you doctor. Or so I have been told.

City Mom

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