Archive for the ‘Anti-aging’ Category

Thursday, April 7th 2016

5 Things I’m Deeply Grateful For: Includes YOU

LOTS going on in 'AtlasVille'... LOTS to be grateful for:

So we dive right into it!! 1 - My good friends had a baby, and I got to visit them and give the little champ some love. My younger daughter came along and was able to hold the newborn cutie. She was DELIGHTED and it was sweet to watch. This new boy is a gem and his parents couldn't be more deserving. They are perfect parent material, in many ways. Love them. 2 - Speaking of my younger daughter (she’s 11yo)... Last Sunday, she asks; “Dad can you wake me up in the morning when you get up for your run?” I say; “Yes… but I get up at 5:40 am - why do you want me to get you up?” She answers; “Because I want to run with you…. The 1 mile run test we did at school made me feel good and I want to keep doing it.” Next morning she’s up BEFORE me :-) ready to go… We do the 1.75 mile run away from the house and then the walk/jog back. IT WAS AWESOME IN SO MANY WAYS… In the dark, street lights, moon rising - then the sun, birds starting to sing… The timing of everything was divine. And SHE LOVED IT. And was ready to go the next morning!! She had soccer practice on evening #2 - and on morning #3 woke up and said “I’m going to skip today because I’m feeling a little tired - so will take off this morning.” Awesome that she is tuning in to her own ‘capacity’ and also willing to let me know what she needs and when. 3 - Speaking of daughters… My older angel, who is about to graduate high school, is wrapping up her final high-school lacrosse season (she may play club in college) and at the previous game we had “Senior night” - this is where the parents walk with their child across the field, and the announcer reads a great summary/bio piece about each player/student. Each senior also gets a "player poster" - and we had some photo time with those too, as you can see here:
lexseniornight
A deep feeling of happiness flowed through me…. Extremely proud of my ‘Lex’, and the woman she is becoming. 4 - SCULPTAFIT is in Forward Motion!… Too much to share here, but in short - we are steadily moving forward with purpose and power… I have my core team (I’ll be introducing them soon) and we are working daily & weekly to create all that is necessary for Pre-Opening - and GRAND Opening… I am blessed to have these 2 inspiring and smart women at my side, working as a team to turn the vision of SCULPTAFIT into a life-changing reality… More to come… MUCH more :-)

5 - YOU

I’m grateful to be able to help you... I’m grateful you’re reading this today... And I’m grateful that you are alive and striving... THANK YOU. Your trainer for LIFE, Joey Atlas PS - I have more to be grateful for - and will be sure to share in a future post here. So, STAY TUNED! :-) PPS - any questions, thoughts, comments, virtual hugs? Just post below, you know I love hearing from you.
Wednesday, March 30th 2016

My Springtime SHIFT Mode for Body-Fat Reduction

First I want to say thanks for all the sweet Birthday wishes everyone posted on my facebook page. MUCH appreciated! Turning 46 feels awesome. Seriously.... I put in the daily work to be in line with my values and my goals - and the results show. Of course, I also strive to inspire others to do the same. And by you living your healthy and fit lifestyle - YOU will also inspire others as well. Maybe not everyone - but some for sure... I was at our local coffee shop last week doing some work, and the table of guys behind me were talking, trying to figure out some local answers. I turned around to help them out - and we started a friendly conversation. One thing led to another and they asked my age... When I said "46" - they were all blown away... NONE of them thought I was out of my mid-thirties yet. It felt good :-) Ok - so on that note - here is...

My Springtime SHIFT Mode for Body-Fat Reduction

1 - I get up a tad earlier and add about half a mile to my early morning run/jog/walk. Nothing crazy - just a little 'shift' in distance & duration. 2 - I delay all 'heavy' nutrition intake into later in the day by only eating certain veggies & fruits for the first half of the day (carrots, peppers, cucumber, strawberries) - with the exception of my morning tea and coffee. (at around 10am I have a double espresso with almond milk, cacao powder, stevia, and some coconut sugar). 3 - At about 1 or 2 pm I eat what I consider my first "meal" of the day. It's usually 1 or 2 rice cakes with organic butter, peanut butter, cinnamon, ground flax seeds and a pinch of sea salt. 4 - At around 2pm (sometimes earlier) I get up from my desk and do a 25 minute bike ride. I crank it out for about 15-20 minutes and the rest is light riding and just enjoying the outdoors. If it's raining, I grab my jump rope, turn on some good music and skip rope for about 20 minutes. 5 - A light snack around 4pm consisting of my absolute all-time favorite, ANTI-AGING greens juice powder and some nuts (almonds or cashews). If I'm extra hungry I chop a tomato and sprinkle on some black pepper, sea-salt and balsamic vinegar - and I'm satisfied for another 3 hours... 6 - At around 5pm I do my 30 minute body-weight training session and then shift into dinner mode for me and the kids.... Which consists of a spring mix salad, maybe a veggie also, a protein (wild tuna or 2 hard boiled eggs or sauteed chicken or a turkey burger (no bun of course) ...I do add some carbohydrates at this meal. 7 - Green tea and some lite snacking before bed is fine. I'm just mindful to keep a limit on how much I put into my stomach about 2 hours before bed. At first (the first few days) my stomach keeps sending those "hungry" signals in the morning.. But with each day they subside - and my body gets in sync with the 'SHIFT' mode... My energy goes up and my body (and mind) feels more efficient. Every few days there's a definite decrease in body-fat. I can see it in the mirror, feel it by touch, sense it in how my clothes fit - and feel it in my physical performance. Use my 7-Point Outline to create your own version of the Springtime SHIFT and give it a few days to kick in. Keep it simple. Check with your Doctor if you're unsure (even slightly) about it being right for you or not. Any questions, thoughts, comments? Please write in the box below - that space is there for YOU :-) Your trainer for LIFE, - Joey Atlas PS - here's a fun photo Joe (Joey Jr) took yesterday when we picked up my truck from being wrapped with the promo graphics for the new SCULPTAFIT Studio: Joey and Joey SUV preview 2016-03-30 at 11.34.19 AM
Wednesday, February 10th 2016

The intriguing results of my latest annual health exam

Every year - I do what, strangely, lots of men (and women) don’t do… I go in for my complete medical work-up to make sure “all is good and well”... - Full blood analysis - Check all vitals - Prostate - Eyes - Skin scan - Organs - Blood pressure - Etc… Going the extra mile, I even do a complete STD panel between relationships. I believe everyone should do that. But this is a deeper discussion for another day... Now, I haven’t been in a new relationship since my previous, and my last STD profile was clean as a whistle - so there was no need to do it last week. (also saved me from having to give about 3 more vials of blood, lol).

Now - here’s where things get pleasantly interesting...

My complete vision exam was done by a specialist a few weeks prior. When he was done, he said; “Joey, this is rare, but I do see this every now and again… Your vision has actually improved since your last exam 2.5 years ago.” And I knew he wasn’t kidding because I’ve felt that my vision has improved some. 1 point for “aging in reverse”... Then during my physical, we double-checked my blood pressure because it was reading lower than my previous history. And I was in about 6 weeks ago for a spider bite - and even that day my BP was showing good numbers as compared to the last few years. What’s amazing about this is that I’m currently under HIGH stress demands every single day as I work toward getting the 1st SCULPTAFIT Studio open in the Spring. (here's a recent photo I posted on the SCULPTAFIT Instagram Channel )
[caption id="attachment_1680" align="alignnone" width="300"]The Future SCULPTAFIT Studio for Women The Future SCULPTAFIT Studio for Women[/caption]
When I say high stress - I mean HIGH... (I promise to write more about this in a future post). Even my mid-day, resting heart rate was lower. So, to see my BP and resting heart rate down in a much healthier range is very encouraging… This may be due to my daily meditation habit I’ve been including for the last 6 months… And maybe there’s more to it. But either way… Chalk up 2 more points for “aging in reverse”... Now, I say none of this to boast of course - but to share what is possible when we stick to the habits and lifestyle we know ARE GOOD FOR US. Too many people live in a constant state of self-disconnect - and as a result, their bodies and health deteriorate as the months tick by… They take no responsibility for their well-being - and they avoid living up to their best potential… They stay in “the trance” of common societal habits and avoid making the mindset shift which would take them out of the “life rut” - and onward toward optimal health, mental strength and vibrant longevity…

It all comes down to valuing yourself and valuing the 1 life you have...

Your life - your choice. What will you make of it? As always - I’m grateful for you taking the time to stop by here and read today’s post. Let me know your thoughts, questions, comments below - it inspires me to write more when I do hear from you... Your trainer for life, Joey Atlas
Friday, October 9th 2015

Want to Meditate With Me?

So, if you recall, in one of my recent emails I mentioned “I’ve officially started meditating…” And I also promised a blog post about it. Not just to tell you more about what I’m doing - but to also suggest why and how you can get started with exploring your own options for meditation… In efforts of being open and transparent - I want to share with you what triggered me to start meditating now - as opposed to last year - or the year before…

Stress.

That’s one of the main reasons. Others are; for the sake of self development, anti-aging, enhanced cognitive and physical functioning, and more… But - back to the stress issue: Yes - I’m human - and I’m currently working through some common life stresses. One of the biggest advantages I have - is that I keep my daily fitness and nutrition as a top priority. Those are 2 of the biggest stress fighters PROVEN to help give us an advantage in managing it. But, as we know - life can still “bring it on” - and sometimes we need more ammo to help maintain some kind of balance.

Here are some of the stress sources I currently face:

1 - Back in May, we lost one of the teens in our extended family. We are a close family - so his passing hit close to home. The experience has changed us all. He was a fantastic and loving soul. Hard for us to understand the “why”. He’s in our thoughts and hearts everyday, as you might imagine. 2 - As a single dad, my time has become tighter - guiding me to be more mindful & proactive in time optimization. The process brings on some stress - but the outcome is worth it. 3 - Being discerningly single for several years now, I’m realizing the power of “healthy” companionship - and how its absence can leave much to be desired, on many levels - even for a busy, mission-driven spirit, like me. That absence, I believe, is causing a tiny bit of stress. No desperation - simply more ‘aware’ of the human need for well-matched connection. 4 - As you know, I’m working on getting SCULPTAFIT Studio location #1 open in the next few months. LOTS of pieces to a unique puzzle to put together. Lots of brain-bending - and big decision making through these early stages. Stress comes with that package. That being said - I feel blessed to be the one delivering this project to the world - I look forward to sharing more of this as the puzzle comes together. 5 - I’m releasing a very simple, but effective fat-loss program in the next few weeks. (a few subscribers have already gotten access to it for early stage use, etc..) Lots of women have been requesting this over the last few years - so I’ve quietly put something together that is going to be GREATLY appreciated by many. I’m hoping to release the full program toward the end of next week. Alrighty... As you can see - there is stress in my life. Again. Human… [Side note - make no mistake, I believe stress is normal, and REQUIRED in our lives, as there are positive aspects of it. BUT, when the levels rise too high - that’s where danger might be. SO, the proactive measure of managing it BEFORE it gets too high - is what I’m after here.] Hence the start of meditation. It’s been 10 days of "10 minutes every morning", FIRST thing in the morning. (I started with a free trial to the app: 'Headspace' ) and I’m most likely going to sign up as a client for ongoing access and progression to the next levels/zones. In short - meditation is bringing benefits. I feel I am able to reduce the amount of stress I create in my own mind - versus how much is actually “real”. I feel more relaxed overall. I’m sleeping better. I’m more in touch with my physical self - an enhanced mind/body/spirit connection, I guess we can say. I’m more content with life itself - the simple things. (I’ve always been this way - but am even better now during times of stress. This is a sweet breakthrough.) That’s the short version - and I plan on sharing more as time progresses as I believe this is a CRITICAL element of health, wellness and longevity for EVERYONE. (And I do plan to weave this into the ‘method/culture’ we deliver via the SCULPTAFIT Studios.) For now - I want to share some helpful resources if you want to dive deeper into this life-changing realm: 1 - this is the facebook page of Headspace: https://www.facebook.com/HeadspaceOfficial And this is the page about Andy from Headspace (great TED talk video on this page). https://www.headspace.com/andy-puddicombe   2 - Free Streaming Meditation Audios: http://sittingtogether.com/meditations.php   3 - Meditation for Sleep Enhancement A - Mindful Meditation Helps Fight Insomnia http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-helps-fight-insomnia-improves-sleep-201502187726 B - Sleep Relaxation Techniques http://www.nosleeplessnights.com/sleep-hygiene/relaxation-techniques/ Those resources should be good for now, a nice start - until I circle back on this topic later... I’ve re-opened the book “How God Changes Your Brain” (you might remember, I mentioned this book earlier this year) and am now in the sections addressing ‘mindfulness and meditation’... TRULY FASCINATING and helpful - no doubt. BTW - please leave comments, thoughts, experiences, questions below - as I’m interested in hearing from you about this topic. Oh - and don't forget to use the buttons below to share today's post with your friends, family and co-workers. You never know who you might help by sharing it. To be continued… Your trainer for life, Joey Atlas
Friday, August 28th 2015

1 Deadly Fat Now Officially Banned by the FDA

This week has flashed by at high speed as I work, what seems like non-stop, to get SCULPTAFIT location #1 open by late November (early photos coming soon)... It’s like putting together a HUGE puzzle - the only difference is I’m creating the pieces as I put this whole thing together…

Very fulfilling - but very demanding. And I want to let you know how much I appreciate you following along. Even from a distance - it’s energizing to know you’re pulling for me and supporting the big dream… So I THANK YOU!

Ok - onto the FDA Ban of Trans-Fats:

In June the FDA announced that food manufacturers have until June 2018 to remove the primary source of trans-fats, PHO’s (partially hydrogenated oils), from their products. (and there are THOUSANDS of them).

NoTransFats
photo credit: Mykl Roventine via Flickr

That’s over 2.5 years. Crazy but true. But it “must” be done because the FDA estimates this ban will save $140 BILLION in health care costs, just in the USA alone - over the next 20 years.

That’s a good indication of how damaging this evil ingredient is. Sad it took so long for all this to come to light.

The reasons for the ban? Here you go:

1 - they increase your bad cholesterol (the LDL’s)

2 - they lower your good cholesterol (the HDL’s)

3 - they are suspected to cause inflammtion

4 - they may lead to heart attacks and strokes

5 - they are linked to type-2 diabetes

6 - AND - they cause problems with memory and cognitive function

I strongly believe they also do MUCH more damage than that - but we’ll save that for another day.

Now - it’s VERY important to understand - this trans-fat “ban” doesn’t mean all will be fine and healthy - because the trans-fats will most likely be replaced with other risky fat ingredients, such as; palm kernel oil (high in saturated fat - and raises bad cholesterol levels)...

Genetically modified soybean oils will also become an alternative. Experts say these GMO oils may lead to a host of health problems and cause environmental issues. And what’s worse is that, as of now, these don’t have to be labeled as ‘GMOs’ - so people won’t even know this because GMO status won’t be on the label.

So, if the ban only means it will be replaced by other unhealthy alternatives - then what is one to do?

The answer is simple:

1 - Most of the processed foods that trans-fats go into - shouldn’t even be included in the “health and fitness lifestyle”.

2 - Those types of foods should basically be seen for what they are. Garbage. And banned from your own nutrition plan.

3 - The key is to focus on what you CAN and SHOULD be eating…. Foods and ingredients that are in line with your personal health and fitness goals. Simple.

4 - If you value your life - and you want to live as long and healthy as possible - don’t put foods in your body that are proven to cause disease, age you faster - and cause premature death.

5 - Now remember - the good fats are actually necessary for optimal health, performance and function. Fats such as organic extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil…. These are life-enhancers!! They cause lots of GOOD things to happen inside us.

And despite the old myth of fatty foods causing excess body fat - that’s only half true. Because there are (healthy) fatty foods that actually help us BURN OFF unwanted, excess body-fat and flab…

The top 7 are covered in this Freebie e-Guide:

7 Fatty Foods that FIGHT Belly-Flab and Body-Fat

Please share today’s email about the FDA ban and the 7 Fatty Foods e-Guide with your friends, family and co-workers. The simplest gesture can make the most powerful impact on someone’s life. Don’t underestimate that.

Your trainer for life,

Joey Atlas

ps - I’m hoping to share some photos of SCULPTAFIT studio location #1 at some point in the next week or so. If all goes to plan - we should have something “on the map” very soon. Plus I have a few other "top secret" photos and items I’m looking forward to sharing with you. :-)

S