I have found the fountain of youth!

Dear JJ,

I want to share a conversation I had last week with a new acquaintance. I said my workouts with you had helped change my life! She could only say, ‘”I can’t afford her”; I have no time I am so busy building my business. I just can’t spend this money right now.”

I said, “Are you thinking that JJ’s workout is about just moving your muscles?”  For me personally, I experience JJ as a life coach. She shows you how to heal yourself. She shows you how to get stronger. These workouts have changed my workouts from pain to healing. Through these exercises, JJ explains how and why you’re doing every movement a certain way.

JJ is love. She is very dedicated to helping you. I am learning how to eat and make better choices. I feel like I am learning HOW to take care of myself, since I started working with JJ. It has been a better way to take care of myself because she has given me tools to work with like my heart monitor, proper form, and tips for preparing to walk to avoid my reoccurring shin splints!

You get into work you didn’t even know you were capable of! The instruction becomes so fluid your brain / body connection starts cooperating!

But I didn’t realize all this at once. It was my friends and family who started asking me what was I doing differently. I was changing right before their eyes and my attitude and moods had improved so much even my boss took me aside to ask what I was doing. I really was taken off guard. All I could do was smile and tell them about JJ.

She is a very loving and gentle person. JJ makes me feel she cares and she is full of good information. She understands women’s bodies. She understands nutrition. JJ is a good listener. JJ and Jeanne Peters work together and I was fortunate to find them both.

I was 60 when we started working out this past year. My first fear was that I was too old to get results. Every workout for me ended in pain. My knee and hip joints hurt most of all before I started working with JJ.

JJ knows the mind body spirit connection and that is way true healing can take place. And you know the law of attraction and that we are all one. It is great to have a person like this in your corner. We all need a coach to put it all together.

The most frequent comment I hear is that I now look younger. Did I find the fountain of youth?  I believe I did.

Sharon Gelafio

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Why you should NOT make a New Year’s resolution for fitness!

How many times have you said “My resolution for this year is to lose weight?” Or “eat better” Or any one of the many ways you could frame taking better care of your fitness or health?

And how many people KEEP that? The fitness and diet industry knows that millions of people make that resolution- it’s the biggest season of the financial year for us!

But then what happens? January people are gung ho and join a gym, buy the running shoes, set the clock earlier to get the workout in and start making healthier food choices.

This usually lasts 2-4 weeks. Once February rolls around and after you’ve missed a few workouts, had an extra dessert a few nights and partied it up at the Super bowl party– a lot of people throw in the towel.

They expect to see results fast. They make BIG changes quickly and find it hard to keep them up after a few weeks.

The habit is to say you want to lose weight or get healthy. Most people think that means they will put 15% effort into it daily and the rest of their life doesn’t need to shift.

Changing your body means changing your life. You eat 2-6 times a day. Every day you get up and everyday you go to sleep. The defining factor in changing your body and health for good is what you believe and therefore how you act- all the time.

What do you tell yourself before you eat? What do you tell yourself about working out?Do you justify putting everyone else and your work before you? If you think adding exercise and “trying” to be more conscious of food is going to work in the long run, you have probably been making a new year’s resolution about this for many years-unsuccessfully.

So what do you do?

1. If you are not ready to change your life, one step at a time, then I would reframe your resolution. You set yourself up to fail but setting such a big goal without being willing to make the necessary shifts to support it.

2. Change one thing at a time and do not expect miraculous results quickly.

3. And get some help. I’d suggest a fitness/life coach over a trainer or a trainer that coaches so you can start to analysis what it is you believe and what limiting beliefs you have that keep you where you are. If you have made this resolution for more than 3 years and you are still not at your goal, it’s time to get some help.

We offer fitness/life coaching. We believe that is the way to achieve lasting results.Having a trainer is nice. Most people work hard with someone there. But the pitfall is how you behave when they aren’t there. We want to make you accountable to yourself first (as well as us) and set you up with the tools to support you forever.

Written by J.J. Flizanes, Director of Invisible Fitness. 800 571 5722, www.invisiblefitness.com

A Mediterranean Diet Can Prevent Wrinkles

The fountain of youth may be as close as the ingredients found in your kitchen, study findings suggest.

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and unsaturated fats may ward off wrinkles by boosting the skin’s natural defenses against sun damage.

In an international study of eating patterns and skin aging, investigators found that dark- and fair-skinned people who ate plenty of wholesome foods but passed on soda, whole milk and sugars were less prone to wrinkling. The effect of this way of eating was consistent from sun-drenched Australia to sun-deprived Sweden.

Some of the skin-smoothing foods included:

green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale

celery

Legumes like broad and lima beans

olives & olive oil

nuts

eggs

yogurt

Fruits such as cherries, melon and apples

The researchers found that even when they factored in age and smoking — which is linked to premature skin aging — diet still played a role in wrinkling of sun-exposed skin.

Overall, people who ate more of the foods that are universally recommended for good health had smoother skin. The study authors speculate that certain foods offered skin protection due to their high levels of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E. The skin, they note, is a “major target of oxidative stress.” The study revealed that higher intakes of total fat, especially monounsaturated fats found in olive oil and nuts, along with calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc and retinol were correlated with less actinic skin damage.

Jeanne’s suggestions: This study demonstrated that the common foods found in the Mediterranean diet can be your first step towards healthy skin. I strongly recommend including a large salad every day with lots of greens, beans, walnuts and a dash of healthy olive oil. For dessert, try a bowl of lowfat yogurt, fresh seasonal fruits and a tbsp of flax seed meal and enjoy the nourishing benefits of healthy eating and healthy skin today.

Reference: Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2001;20:71-80