Top Grocery Shopping Tips

The other day I was walking around the grocery store and was just shocked how strategically the store was layout.  It seems that the average small town grocery store is a thing of the past and are now being replaced with huge super centers.  I am now able to do my dry cleaning, banking, drink coffee, eat Mc Donalds, change my oil and even cut my hair all in a grocery store!  Well here is the secret…the longer they can keep you in the store the more products you will purchase.  With this in mind, I have come up with 10 grocery shopping tips to help us stay on track to reaching your goals.

  1. Never shop hungry!  Have you ever noticed that food that normally is not appealing all of sudden sounds really good?  You will be tempted to purchase junk food and what I call “mindless food“. These include chips, crackers, candy bars, and other little snack grabbers. So avoid this at all costs!
  2. Shop on the outside isles.  Over 80% of the foods that you want to eat are on the outside isles of the store.  Foods like mixed green salad, lean meats, dairy products, vegetables, and fruits are always located on the outside isles.
  3. Shop from a grocery list.  Use the 30 Day Shredded Diet grocery list.  Stick to your list.  Over 40 percent of supermarket purchases are made on impulse thinking.  Stick to your guns!
  4. Stay away from the inside isles.  Here is a true fact.  Grocery stores regulate the heat on the outside isles.  They purposely heat in the inside isles more to keep you there longer.  The outside is always colder.  The inside isles have all of the junk food.  Be careful!
  5. Check out temptations!  With children I notice this a ton!  As we are stuck in line surrounded by candy bars, lolly pops, beef jerky, energy drinks, magazine tabloids, and other “mindless” foods the temptations rise tremendously!  Be careful.
  6. Choose foods wisely.  One rule I live by is that I always choose foods with one ingredient or no label.   If you cannot pronounce the ingredients on the package then avoid it.  Probably not good for you!
  7. Hurry Up!  Have you ever noticed the music in stores?  Supermarkets play down-tempo music to make you move slower and enjoy your shopping experience.  Marketing to get you to stay longer!
  8. Be careful in the cereal isle.  Companies pay big money for their prime spots on the shelves.  Have you ever noticed that all of the Disney characters are strategically placed at childrens height?  They are marketing to your children.  Sneaky,  huh?  Yes the healthy cereals are up high or way low.  The fruit snacks are right at eye sight level for children to see also.
  9. Why is the dairy case clear in the back?  Well this is strategically done as well.  Normally we are tempted to buy more as we walk to the back of the store.  Normally you will leave with more than just milk.
  10. Online grocery shopping.  Have you ever tried to shop with 3 small children screaming and wanting everything in the store?  Well it is not pleasant!!  My wife found the online grocery shopping experience to be very convenient.  A current study showed that people purchased 28% less calorie dense foods when shopping online.  Give it a try!

Bonus Tip:)  Avoid all of the free samples that the nice little vendor is offering!!

 

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The “Silent Killer”

Yes believe it or not but lack of movement is labeled as the “silent killer”.  If you really look at your daily activity you might find a big majority is “sitting” .Yes we have become a screen viewing society and many just lack movement with a combination of poor nutrition is a DEADLY combo.

As you are aware, I’m sure, people who work in an office tend to sit down ALL DAY LONG, and even if they have worked out in the morning (like at your boot camp), they still might be very sedentary during the day.  Here’s a typical example:  Get up and go to Steve’s boot camp with your day starting at 4:30a.m.

If you look at your life schedule with children.  It could be even more lack of activity.  Driving children to their activities and sitting and watching activities..in general we have become even more inactive the more involved our children become.  On the go makes us even more open to grabbing food on the go and foods with preservatives.

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4:30a.m -5:00 – SIT in car on way to Good Life Fitness

5:00-6:00am — Boot Camp at Good Life Fitness

6:00-6:30am – SIT in car going home

6:30-7:30 – ready for work

7:30-8:00 – SIT to go to work

8:00-11:30 – SIT at work

11:30-12:30 – lunch (SIT most of it)

12:30-5:00 SIT at work

5:00-5:30 – SIT on the way home

5:30-bedtime – dinner, SIT to read/watch tv/help kids with homework, e.t.c.

 

That’s 11 hours of sitting, not including the sitting time after 5:30p.m. Lack of activity…YES belly fat and flat butt syndrome:)  Amazing when you really break down your daily activity like above.

GOALS:  Get up and move around through out the day.  How about a ergonomic desk that allows you to stand?  How about taking a walk or better yet go to the gym over your lunch hour?  How about go for a run/walk when your children are at their practices?  Your daily goal is 10,000 steps per day!!

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How Is Your Fitness Going In 2017

OVER 55 million people start on their fitness goals January…BUT over 80% fail in 6 weeks…BUT do we really ever fail?!?   Hopefully you have NOT joined a health club and signed a 1,2, or 3 year contract:)

How is your year 2017 going? Like many we are all doing our best to push ourselves when we workout. I have been witnessing many in the gym with a new level of motivation to meet their 2017 goals. But that warm bed, on a winter morning, is a hard one to part with mentally and physically. Yesterday, we received tips on avoiding the food cravings….how about we determine the tips for MOTIVATING ourselves to Work Out and to overcome that craving to stay in bed or relax on the couch?
And just like food cravings the same applies to our workouts, “The magic number in fitness transformations is 12 weeks! If you can stay dedicated for this period of time you will notice remarkable changes. In the fitness world the statistic shows a 65% failure rate around 12 weeks.   On a brighter note…remember nobody fails in fitness. You will work on your fitness EVERY single day of your life!”

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The top ten motivators that have worked for me:
1. Set goals that will motivate YOU and write them down. Read it daily, these goals will be very powerful for you when you are working out and keep you moving forward.
2. Tell a friend and provide them with your written goals….what’s better than having more accountability.
3. Get a Workout Partner or find someone in the gym that pushes you to give it your best and makes you want more or will keep you coming.
4. Know any one that may think you can’t do it…..prove them wrong and enjoy the look you get as you progress. This could be a huge factor for you to not decide to miss workout.
5. Motivate yourself with the programs you like to do or that work best for you. We like the path of least resistance. If it isn’t something you like or challenging you will find a million reasons to do something else.
6. Think of your work outs as opportunities or as small tasks. It can be mentally easier to motivate yourself to commit for 30 or 60 minutes, one day, one week or one month.
7. Set a schedule that is convenient and works for you. Always have the attitude to not alter that schedule for something or someone, this is my time!
8. Think positive. You will have some challenging days and you may experience some awkward moves and discomfort. Focus on what you can do; it will improve because you desire to make it work for you. Workouts should make you happy!
9. The euphoria after an intense workout. At first you may feel dogged, maybe beaten but eventually it is the GREATEST feeling when you recognize that you put it all out there, you gave your best and that is the ultimate satisfaction! Enjoy this emotional high it is a motivational boost.
10. You want it, you need it and most of all you DESERVE to be healthier and fitter!!

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HONORED To Assist So Many People!!

– “I was impressed with the knowledge foundation that our instructors have and their commitment to fitness and OUR health. They really have educated themselves on how to train us safely and effectively. I have been able to learn quite a bit from them and have been able to improve my ability to help others through their knowledge”. Dr. Scott Strasburger

“When I first started the boot camp sessions my goal was to just lose a few pounds and be done. However, after 3 weeks I started noticing changes that I’ve never experienced before and was hooked. I’ve been amazed at my experience ever since. Steve’s sessions are more than just a work-out; they’re educational and full of support. Prior to working with Steve I rarely ate breakfast, snacked on foods I considered healthy because they were low-fat and drank anywhere from 4 to 6 cans of diet soda each day. He taught me that exercising and eating the right type of foods combined is a recipe for success. I’ve learned the importance of drinking lots of water, eating breakfast every morning, eating regularly and eating good protein each day. I highly recommend Steve and his N-10sive Boot Camp training sessions to anyone looking for a way to change their body quickly and permanently. His sessions are educational, personable and fun! ”

“Boot camp was an important part of my 6 weeks transformation.  Steve was able to push me to the next level and beyond.  Being comfortable with my workouts and diet has been the key.  Being a mother of 4 and working full time as an Occupational Therapist you have to make exercise and diet just as important as anything else.  It is easy to eat fast food those quick meals the kids like.  It takes time to get up early to workout before the kids are up, make a special lunch for work, and get a meal started fro the evening but that is what it takes.  In the past I did not have the tools to adequately push me to see results as I have seen and will continue to see.  With the changes Steve has helped me make not only has my body changed my family has benefited by the nutrition and having a happier, healthier mom.  If you have the desire and drive…you will see results!  Be ready for a new you.

 

“I’ve carried around extra weight for years and have not been in the best shape. Steve developed a program just for me and helped me lose weight and worked on some of my other fitness issues. I’ve lost and kept off 25 pounds and do not have back pain like I used to have. In addition, I feel my overall health is better!. I highly recommend Steve.”
Randy Bretz- Marketing and Sales Associate

“Steve is a fantastic personal trainer who both inspires and instills confidence in his clients to help them reach their fitness goals. He is extremely knowledgeable about the best ways to combine diet and exercise to improve his clients’ overall health and well-being.”
Katherine Brandenburg- Marketing Communications and Public Relations Professional

“Four years ago I started power lifting under Steven Auxier’s direction. In that time he has helped me accomplish gains in strength that I never thought possible. Steve can see ones potential and safely help them set and surpass their goals. Since starting this sport he has helped me add almost 400# to my total pounds lifted and is responsible for my current 2nd place ranking in the United States for my division. Because of his coaching, I’ve actualized a dream of being a part of a United States team, something I would have never imagined! ”
Barbara Sieps- National and World Champion, American and World Record Holder

“As a physical therapist, I have times where I refer patients on to a personal trainer to continue their exercise progression as well as to help return them to sports. I have referred patients to Steve because I have seen the knowledge that he possesses as well as the dedication to his clients. Steve is a hard worker and tailors his clients workouts to their specific needs and goals. He is constantly reading about and researching the latest advances in exercise and nutrition which keeps him on the cutting edge and allows his clients to see great results.”
Rob Kobza, Physical Therapist, Snyder Physical Therapy

<em>“I have just completed my 6th week of training with Steve Auxier. The strength program that Steve has developed has improved my tennis game incredibly by focusing on my weaker areas of my game! My first step to the ball is quicker, I have more strength in my forehand and my endurance has really changed!”
Zach Northey- US Tennis Circuit Competitor 

“As a competitive powerlifter, my training is unique. Steve is able to target specific improvements in both my technique and training cycles over and over again. For the past 4 years, I have continuously made significant gains in each of my lifts – which is quite an accomplishment! Not only that, but he inspires me everyday to become a better athlete.”
Kelli Lambert- Silver Medalist USAPL Bench Press Nationals

“I do not have as much free time in the summer to drive to Lincoln to meet with Steve. During golf season we focus on flexibility and core work and then he switches my program to building strength in the off season. My long game in golf has improved substantially.”
Dr. Larry Carlsson- Omaha Nebraska

“Dear Steve,
Year end of 2008 is a good opportunity for me to thank you for all the effort you’ve put in to helping myself, my husband and my office staff live healthier, happier, more productive lives. You have definitely gone above and beyond in accommodating our limited facilities and time and given us a thorough workout every week.
We all appreciate the variety in your presentation of the different parts of our workout and the feeling after each session that Every muscle of our being has received its individual attention. We can all attest (and readily tell anyone who asks) to the fact that we are stronger, more flexible and have more endurance than almost 2 years ago when we started working with you INSTEAD of now feeling “older”!
Thank you–We appreciate you.”
Donna M. Howe, DDS

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Fitness Comfort Zone-Stepping Out For Maximum Results

I am the first to admit that it is not fun to push yourself.  When I was powerlifting I dreaded the 3 hour squat workouts…but I had an amazing training partner that LOVED SQUATS!    It is human nature to constantly comfort and reward ourself throughout the day.  Look at Starbucks for example… They are constantly upselling you with the following one liner “would you like to add a delicious pumpkin bar with your latte”?  Well sure….I can comfort myself!   We have been taught from an early age that food can be comforting just like grandma’s chocolate chip cookies when we were upset.  Have you ever noticed that large commerical gyms are loaded with low impact cardiovascular machines or selectorized circuit equipment?  Have you ever noticed that the ellipticals are packed…I guarantee 45 minutes of the elliptical is alot easier than 45 minutes of running on the treadmill and people wonder why they cannot drop excessive body fat?  Why do people choose the easiest cardio?  Is it the low impact theory that draws people to the elliptical?  Have you ever noticed that it is hard to elevate your heart rate on the elliptical once you have been using it for 4 weeks…the same for the treadmill?  Have you ever noticed it is easier to run on the treadmill versus outside running?   cardio-brain1

What would you say if I could guarantee you to burn excess bodyfat with proper nutrition in little as 1 hour a day? 

Our bodies are very smart when it comes to fat burning.  Nobody wants to step out of their comfort levels when it comes to fitness.  What type of fitness would we do in a gym if the elliptical or treadmill was never invented?  How about interval training with weights and short durations of anaerobic training? Interval training guarantees to push you out of your comfort level.   I am a big fan of Tabata training, Hiit Training, and the super set method of training for burning stubborn body fat!  Here is a very effective Tabata program that will guarantee to push you out of your comfort level to pave the way for fat burning!

The Tabata program has a sequence of the following. Repeat this Tabata  then proceed to the next Tabata.

  • Bodyweight Lunges alternating feet:  20 seconds then Ice Skaters ( lateral) for 10 seconds.  Rest 10 seconds.  Repeat 4x
  • Bodyweight pushups:  20 seconds to front abdominal planks 10 seconds. Rest 10 seconds   Repeat 3x
  • Mountain climbers:  20 seconds then Burpees for 10 seconds.  Rest 10 seconds.  Repeat 3x
  • Bear Crawls ( side ways) for 20 seconds then chair tricep dips for 10 seconds.  Rest 10 seconds.  Repeat 3x
  • Lying abdominal bicycles 20 seconds then laying face down supermans for 10 seconds.  Rest 10 seconds.  Repeat 4x
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Maximum Results With The “Shred” Nutrition Program.

Did you know that in a recent study done by the International Food and Information Council Foundation 52% of consumers said that figuring out how to eat a healthy diet is more difficult than completing a tax return? WOW!!

Think about that for a second…

Just the like the weather we are currently having in Nebraska…rainy one day, sunny the next…always unpredictable.

Media, Muscle and Fiction, and other periodicals are there to confuse everyone!!

Low Carb, Low Fat, Zone, Flat Belly In 2 Days are just a few to mention.

Even friends are persuading you to try out the latest and greatest diet that has helped them lose “50lbs in 7 days.

Nutrition does not have to be complicated and the key is a plan that you can maintain past 21 days, 6 weeks, 12 weeks or 6 months.

I do have that plan for you.  The “Shred” nutrition program from Good Life Fitness is formulated nutrition plan that will instill the tools that are needed to help you achieve long term nutrition and fitness success.  What’s the secret?!?  No secret but a “shred” nutrition program that is designed around your lifestyle, your fitness goals, your grocery budget and the BEST thing is…it is NOT a “diet”…but a nutrition lifestyle.

Call today and schedule a FREE nutrition consultation to learn more about the “Shred” nutrition consultation TODAY!  (402)434-4444

“I love the SHRED diet! I have stuck with it for about six years now”- Christi Weirman- 6- Week Transformation Champion!  christi6weekchampion

 

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Good Life Fitness TEAMS Up With CEDARS!!!

The TEAM of Good Life Fitness came together and assisted the employees of CEDARS!!! The overall changes in only a short amount of time were AMAZING!!! GREAT job TEAM!!!

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Good Life Fitness Pairs Up With Other Local Businesses!!!!

Congratulations Lincoln Nebraska in being ranked as the #1 fittest city!!! We at Good Life Fitness are HONORED to assist so many people on their fitness journey’s with ONE MEAL, ONE WORKOUT, ONE DAY AT A TIME!!!! Our goal is to help encourage and educate people on making small daily changes in their lifestyle for long term health/fitness success!! In this venture we have TEAMED up with local restaurants in Lincoln to provide a healthy menu option. Check out our latest “shred” menu at Greta’s Gourmet!!! For a full list of other “shred” menu options throughout Lincoln visit this link.

A HUGE thank you all of the local Lincoln businesses for their support in making Lincoln healthy:)

http://goodlifefit.com/shred-diet-list-partners/

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