Q and A Friday, May 31st

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I’m so happy to have my blog again! For those of you that didn’t know, I had a server crash (hackers be damned!) and it took some time to get things up and running again. Here’s how this works….I write, you comment and ask questions, then I write more relevant stuff. Got it? I really appreciate when you get in the game because then I can offer more of what you want and need. So DON’T BE SHY, comment here on the blog and on my Face Book Fan Page. That way everyone can benefit from your questions and my answers. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does (for example, see below). PS. There are NO dumb questions (that comes from my teacher voice from 20 years of encouraging kids to speak up…)

My goal is to help you anyway I can, so help me by telling me what you need more of and I’ll do my best to get it your way. Here are some of the questions from this week:

Question: What’s a good brand of Olive Oil to be buying then, if “Extra Virgin” isn’t good enough, how do I know what’s good?
Thanks in advance. Lori-Ann

Answer: I’ll turn this over to my food expert, Nick Pineault. I’m really impressed with the information he has to share in his Truth About Fat Burning Food.

Extra virgin is good. When you buy extra virgin you’re already avoiding most fake olive oils out there (these fake ones are often labeled as only “Olive Oil”). My point concerning extra virgin is that, unfortunately, a lot of oils claim to be extra-virgin (which means they are of the highest quality) when they in fact are not. So you may be paying more for a product that doesn’t live the hype.

That being said, the only way to be 100% if your oil is of the highest quality possible would be to know the producer personally (plan a trip to California, Italy or Spain…), which is not very convenient 🙂 Your next best choice is to opt for olive oils in speciality stores, where clerk can tell you exactly where it was produced. If you’re really a foodie and are not on a budget I would go that route. For most people though, extra-virgin and organic are too claims you want to focus on! Nick

BTW: I highly recommend Nick’s program: The Truth About Fat Burning Foods. You can find out more about his program and simple ways to increase the nutritional density of your diet, HERE.  After all, if you’re making the effort to eat well, you may as well get the most bang for your buck.

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Question: I like to do impact HIIT, but I feel like I’m going to pee my pants when I do things like jump rope and jumping jacks. Help. Sue

Answer: My pal Sylvia, the Pilates expert, has some great exercises for you. The pelvic floor is the main culprit for the ‘pee your pants’ feeling.  When you focus on moves that will strengthen the pelvic floor and the deep core muscles, it tightens everything and the ‘pee your pants’ feeling goes away.  The pelvic floor acts as a hammock and supports the uterus, rectum, bladder and aids in sexual performance.

It happens to be Sylvia’s birthday TODAY and she has a great Pilates program for you here.


Question: Can a 12 year old do M2A workouts?

Answer: Yes. M2A workouts are appropriate for young athletes because for the most part they are bodyweight and HIIT. They are short and effective for fitness for any age. A word of caution for any weighted movements: young people need to be supervised for proper form and limit load to avoid injury. You can read more about my Challenge Fat Loss Workouts for ANY age HERE.


Question: How do I download the Challenge Fat Loss videos to my iPad?

Answer: Check it out here: http://challengeworkouts.com/how-to-save-the-videos-or-create-a-dvd


Question: MOM, will we EVER get another dog?? It’s been almost an entire YEAR. Your daughter, Hannah

Answer: Hannah, How did you get on my blog anyway? I tell you there’s no end to this relentless hounding to get another dog. I softened by stance from an emphatic ‘no’ to a ‘maybe’. We’ll see….

(For those of you that didn’t know, I lost my dog last July and my kids have been relentless with their nagging for another one. This is the first time I’ve been dogless in 25 years and it’s taken a long time for me to warm up to the idea of another dog. My heart was pretty broken with the sudden passing of my beloved boxer.)


Question: What superpower does Challenge Fat Loss trainer Brian Kalaky possess??

Answer: You tell me!

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