Algonquin Personal Trainer – Signs Your Thyroid May Be Underactive

Struggling to lose weight?

Does it seem like no matter how hard you diet, you still cannot see the progress you’re hoping for?

If so, it might be time to consider whether or not there is more at play than just the diet and workout program you’re using. While in most cases all it takes to get seeing results again is a few simple changes to the workout and diet you’re using, but in other cases, that isn’t enough.

If your thyroid gland isn’t functioning optimally, this can have a significant influence on the results that you see.

Your thyroid gland is responsible for helping you sustain a higher metabolic rate and burn off sufficient calories daily. If it’s running slowly, this means that your overall calorie burn will be that much lower, meaning you’ll either have to diet harder to lose weight or weight loss will not occur at all.

By resolving this issue, you might just get yourself right back on track with where you need to be.

Let’s look at a few of the clear signs that a thyroid issue may be at play and what you can do to get it back on track again.

Signs Of A Slow Thyroid Gland

Apart from the lack of weight loss results you’re seeing, there are a few important signs to watch out for that could indicate that you have a sluggish thyroid gland.

The first is a high level of fatigue. If you feel as though you’re tired almost all the time, this is very indicative of an underactive thyroid. Even on nights when you do get a good sleep, if you wake up with little desire to go about your day (and you’ve ruled out depression), you should be taking a look at your thyroid function.

Another clear sign is insensitivity to cold. Find that no matter what you do, you just can’t stay warm? Again, your thyroid may be to blame.

Those who have underactive thyroid will notice that they are cold all the time – even when others are warm. And when others are cold, for them, it’s almost unbearable.

Finally, lacklustre hair and brittle nails are another sign that your thyroid may not be functioning as well as it should.

Fixing The Problem

So what can you do if you feel like this problem may be impacting you?

The first thing to do is see the doctor. A simple blood test can confirm whether or not this is an issue for you and then if it is, your doctor will likely prescribe you some medication to take care of it.

Another important thing to do is make sure that you are eating enough carbohydrates in your diet. Lack of carbohydrates can also cause issues with thyroid function, so if you’ve been low carb dieting forever, it may be time to give yourself a brief break.

That may just get weight loss moving along again.

So keep these few points in mind. Make sure that you aren’t overlooking the influence that your thyroid gland has over your body and are taking steps to ensure it’s running optimally.

Cary Personal Trainer

Hey, Craig here and I am BACK! I am back to share my health, fitness, and sport advice, opinions, and expertise with YOU. I will also be running little competitions, challenges, and giveaways,

Before I go any further, I want to update you all on the past competition we were running with my three friends from high school! The contestants were Chunk, Big House, and Big “S”. If you scroll back through the posts you will see the updates. It was actually going really well in the beginning and we were all doing great…however, then life happened for the majority of the crew! Between sickness, new work loads, babies, and babies on board. Having said that, there was one of the crew that stayed the course and continues to ROCK it today! The winner of the Weightloss/Muscle Build challenge goes to BIG HOUSE!

If you remember correctly he was the one that had the least amount of weight to lose and was more interested in gaining muscle. Well he lost the weight he needed to and has since bumped his muscle mass up and is doing AWESOME! Great job Brother.

THIS WEEKS GIVE AWAY!!!

First of all this is how it will work…I am going to post a question or challenge and You need to do the following two things 1. Post your response on the comments at the end of this BLOG 2. Link this blog to your Facebook Page with the same answer! Sound fair? Good. The winner of this week will receiver one of our PREMIER ROCKSTAR shirts that look simply AWESOME!

We are in search of the healthy, tasty, and just flat out GREAT RECIPES. Please provide us with a healthy option recipe that will have us saying “That sounds amazing, lets eat!” The person that submits the best recipe will receive the winning prize. Remember it needs to be healthy, tasty, and have us ready to eat! Best of Luck and I look forward to your responses!

I will be back throughout the week to update you ALL and share new and exciting news around the gyms and to lay down some solid health and fitness information with you. Until then, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and hope to see some great recipes when I check back.

I have some more work to do, some Cary Personal Trainer to train, and if any of you are in the area and want to see some solid football…I play this Friday night in Round Lake. I am playing for the Lake Shore Lynx (3-0) and we will be facing our toughest competition yet in the Lake County Cowboys (3-0). If you are interested be sure to let me know and I would love to see you there!

It is good to be back and remember to MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!

Kastning Out

More Butternut Squash!!!!

Since last week I discovered Butternut squash, I decided to try more recipes with it.

Last time when I cooked the soup I roasted the rest of the butternut squash and it turned out great, so this time I decided to make the whole dish out of it.

you will need:

2 cups of squash

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

1 Leak

1lbs of chicken tenderloins

Spices to taste

Preparation:

Chop all the vegetables in same size cubes(about 1 inch squares), spray baking dish with Pam , set all the veggies in the dish , sprinkle with some garlic salt and roast them at 370 for about 30-40 minutes(until tender).As the vegetables roast, rub some spices on chicken tenderloins ( I like the Cajun spice )and grill on the Gorge Foreman grill until ready.

Set the meat aside, and mix with vegetables when they are ready.

Leave in the oven for another 5 minutes, for flavors to combine.

Enjoy.

You can serve it with the side of hummus, or with a splash of low sugar barbeque sauce.

 

 

 

 

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The soup that kicked my butt!!!!

Hey, actually that was peeling a butternut squash, that kicked my butt.

Friday was the first time I peeled butternut squash and didn’t realize that it is so hard to do.

If you have an easy way to do that, please let me know, I would really appreciate it.!!!!!!!!

After the squash was peeled and the soup cooked, it turned out delicious, so I want to do it again, but with less butt kicking:)

OK so my soup was, Rachel Ray inspired, I think she is a wonderful Cook, and I am going to try some of her recipes , but make them healthier.

Actually in this recipe, she used butter, flower and milk  , but I decided to use almond milk instead and it worked great.

Her show was just on when I was doing my cardio on the stair master, and since I always look for new inspirations for cooking, of course my attention was drawn to the recipe.

I didn’t have a chance to write it up, so I tried to memorize all the ingredients. Unfortunately at the end of the workout I didn’t remember it all, so I decided to experiment with what I did.

Here is, what was on my memory list:  Butternut squash,Red onion,Leak,carrots,parsnip ,bay leaf ,oregano,black pepper,chicken stock.

I didn’t remember the quantities,so here is what I used

1/2 of large butternut squash(peeled and cubed)

1 large leak

2 medium carrots

1 large parsnip

1/2 large red onion

5 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons of chicken bullion

1 teaspoon of black pepper

1 teaspoon of Tuscan spice( I didn’t have oregano)

5 bay leaves

1/2 cup of almond milk

After chopping up all the vegetables, I put them in the pan and covered with water and got into a boil, added spices , bullion and garlic(pressed) ,  reduced the heat and let it cook until the vegetables got soft. At the end of cooking I added 1/2 of almond milk and let it cook for another 5-10 minutes.

This soup was a success in my eyes, I didn’t even ask Jamie to grade it, I liked it so much.

The good thing was that I didn’t waste the rest of the squash,  I roasted it in the oven in the casserole dish sprayed with Pam, I used a little of garlic salt to taste.

Baked it at 350 for about 30 minutes.Turned out great as well, making a great side dish next day.

Give it a try , and please let me know how you liked it.

PS. Please share with me the easy way of peeling the butternut squash!!!!

 

 

 

 

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Healthy Foods That Might Ruin Your Workout

Not all healthy foods are good to eat before you hit the gym.

A lot of foods can actually slow you down in a variety of ways which prevents you from getting the workout you really want and need. Since we don’t want anything slowing you down we decided to share some of these workout saboteurs with you.

1. Flaxseed – It’s good for you but the high fiber can cause gas and bloating which will definitely slow down your workout.

2. Hummus – Great snack to have AFTER your workout. It takes a while to settle and will definitely slow you down if it’s bouncing around in your stomach.

3. Dairy – Again, it’s a great food to have after your workout. Having it up to two hours before you hit the gym is sure to kill your workout.

4. Salty Snacks – Nuts are great sources of protein but anything with high levels of salt can throw off your fluid-balance which is essential for better workouts.

5. Hard Boiled Eggs – They are a great source of protein but they don’t offer any immediate energy. They also take some time to digest and will stay in your stomach during your entire workout.

Read more about foods that slow down your workout here. 

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How about breakfast for dinner?!

Just yesterday night I came home after full day of work and I was totally unprepared for dinner.

for my defense, I feel like I am still catching up after the traveling to Kansas and snowboarding trip out west,so I haven’t really done a good grocery shopping trip yet.

What I had in my fridge was: egg whites in the carton, spinach, pico de gallo, goat cheese and hummus.

I decided that omelet for a cold winter night sounds great.

It took me 10 minutes to do it.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup egg whites

3 tbs pico de gallo

1 oz goat cheese

2 cups spinach

Pam

Preparation:

Wash spinach leaves, spray the pan with Pam, saute spinach until for 2-3 minutes add pico and set aside.

Pour the egg whites on the pan, let it cook until eggs became white(not clear) arrange the spinach over  the eggs, add goat cheese  and more pico if needed, fold on both sides and let it cook for another couple minutes.

Serve with the tablespoon of hummus on the side.

Yummy:)

New Year – New Start – New Goals –

Wow…2012 is already 16 days deep…UNREAL! I don’t know about you but I am super stoked for ALL that is in store for the next 12 months…As most of you know I am in a little bit of a competition with Chunk, Big House, and Big “S”…well, apparently somewhere between the holiday parties, the vodka tonics, cookies, carb loaded foods, Christmas, and New Years I failed to keep you all updated on our progress…if you call it that?!

Being that I am fairly disappointed in myself with my eating habits the past month. Yes, that is right I am CALLING MYSELF OUT and I am asking YOU to keep me accountable…ya Digg? As of New Year’s Day I was up 4 lbs from the start of the competition! Having said that I am ON my SHOW MODE DIET and weight will be falling off! Lucky for me I was able to get workouts in and stay fairly lean for gaining weight…body fat is probably still around 9.5%

Here is the GOAL AGAIN BUT BETTER              

I am def in the mood for a killer month as I just kicked off the opening of Chi-Town Boot Camps Woodstock two weeks ago and already have 15 members with a goal of 35 by February 15th!  If you are in that area and want a killer workout, nutrition, and cardio….check us out! We have found our home at 110 Irving Ave Unit B (Behind ACE Hardware) and hold boot camp Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 5am, 6am, 9am and 7pm (5:30pm Friday)! Saturday at 8am and 9am! We have some absolute Rock Stars already and excited to grow the family!

 

Now, the competition! I have to say I am impressed with the boys…they have kept to the plan and as much as the holidays derailed some progress they are back on their A game and ready to rock and roll. So, I am just going to go ahead and quote them from their past messages!

BIG HOUSE -

“Good to hear from you guys I was hoping no one quit. Week 5 was a really good week. Haven’t really compared photos from beginning but I am definitely getting stronger.  The  holiday temptations are over after we take our last trip back to Woodstock. Week 6 was a little tougher as I got an infection in my knee! The knee is on the mend but not quite 100% yet. Friday was not better as I  woke up with a wonderful case of stomach flu or food poisoning. That too is about gone today.  Weight is back down to 156 today but was up to 158 late last week. I am ready to crush these next weeks so be ready boys cuz The Big House is coming!”

Neck 14.75
Chest 36
Belly 30
Waist 30.5
Hips 37
Bi 11.5
Tri 10.75
Quad 19.75
Calf 15

BIG “S” – “Hey boys, Sorry I did not get an email out last week, I was slammed at work.  I was in the same boat as you guys ( looked a lot like Chunk’s pic). I got back in the swing and this week and I should be able to rock the last 6 weeks. I got pumped up last night because when we started this program I could only do 3 pull-ups ( yes I was able to do 15 in high school) and now I can knock out 8 with no floor help. Small victories!!!  I hope all is well. Been chugging along week by week and my weight this morning is 219. I got slowed down last week with a back problem, but should be back to normal this week. I don’t have measurements yet because I was home alone all weekend. All us married guys should know how rare that is. Anyhoo have a good week Great Game Packers and GO GIANTS!!!”

Neck-15 1/4″
Belly-39″
Bicep- 16.1/4″
Forearm-13″
Waist-37″
Penis-13″
Hips-42.1/2″
Thighs-24 “
Caves-17″

CHUNK -”Sorry fellas, been getting my sh*t handed to me at work.  Onlyable to get in about 3 days this a week, but should be able to get some quality time in the rest of this week and next! I have a couple questions for our Sensai-
1. Steam rooms after a workout – good, bad, indifferent? 2. Coffee – same? I attached my most recent picture for you to get a little extra motivation!”

Weight:  215

Neck 17.5
Chest 44
Bicepts 15.5
Belly 39.5
Hips 42.5
Thighs 23
Calves 16.5

MANIMAL HERE – Just wanted to touch on a few things before I post my progress as I flip the switch from relaxed eating to SHOW MODE – IN IT TO WIN IT MODE – BEAST MODE!

Chunk, I am a big fan of the dry sauna pre and post workout. I like the warming aspect of it before for a few minutes to get the blood flowing, sweat going, high body temp = high heart rate = more fat burn! It is a great way to loosen and stretch out the muscles you are about to break down. As far as after, it is a great relaxing way to end a great session. Helps release toxins from your blood and sweat out any excess water or sodium you might be holding. Some might even say it is a great to flush out that 1.75ml “Glass” of wine you guys always seem to have! I’m just sayin…lol! As for coffee…HELL YEAH! I am at Dunkin Donuts everyday getting my coffee to start my day! Just careful with the cream and sweetners…I prefer milk and sugar over all of them! Just not over kill…moderation. Too much of anything IS NOT good for you! Well…I can think of ONE thing we ALL agree on that there is always room for! I believe it fit into BIG “S” request for additional cardio sessions…lol! Ya dig?

Okay, now…BIG “S” you are in the area so you have an INVITE ON ME to take My Chi-Town Boot Camps Woodstock sessions! I better see you there Mon-Tues-Thur-Fri 5am, 6am, 9am, and 7pm! Saturdays at 8am and 9am. I plan on seeing BIG HOUSE there too when he is in town! Big Boyd started up just 13 days ago and as of today he is down 10lbs, my cousin lost 6lbs the first week, and my sister lost 3lbs and probably more this week…so why don’t you come and GET SOME!

Now that I have that out of the way I will drop a little bit of my progress on YOU!

Weight – 202 lbs
Neck – 16”
Chest – 45”
Bicep – 17.5”
Forearm – 13.25”
Waist – 32”
Belly – 33”
Hips – 39”
Thigh – 23.5”
Calves – 15”

Yes, I am about the same as last time I posted measurements! I will give the resason for it as this “YOU CAN NOT OUT TRAIN A BAD DIET!” Truth, I feel like I need to pick it up and do some work these next weeks ahead. Not only am I in a competition with these guys, but I will be doing the Gladiator Assault Challenge on 3/31 and then taking stage in the WBFF to go after my PRO CARD on April 14th! Only thing left to say is….I’m GONNA GET SOME!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLEAR EYES – FULL HEARTS – CAN’T LOSE

SEXY BEAST OUT – For Real I am headed to Cali on Thursday so time to soak up the sun!

10 Quick Ways To Burn 100+ Calories

Sometimes we hit those spots where we feel like we are stuck. We workout every day, we eat pretty healthy, but we just aren’t getting the results we want. Well we put together a few sneaky ways to burn more calories every day by doing every day things.

1. Cook Your Meal – If you spend about 40 minutes chopping, stirring and mixing you can burn up to 128 calories before dinner is even ready!

2. Dance Dance Revolution – Play one of these new dance games with your kids for just 20 minutes and melt away over 100 calories. It’s fun family time and it helps to shrink your waistline.

3.Deep Cleaning – If you spend about 25 minutes scrubbing you can say goodbye to about 107 more calories and all that grime you’ve been waiting to go after.

4. Plant A Garden – 100 calories comes off in about 20 minutes if you’re planting, digging and weeding in your garden.

5. Be Creative – Find yourself with some down time? Instead of turning on the TV pick up a new shade of paint and try to liven up one of the rooms in your home. Burn 120 calories in just 35 minutes.

6. Read A Book – Believe it or not you can burn 100 calories by reading for a little over an hour. Find a good book, sharpen your brain and burn some calories!

7. Shovel Snow – It sounds terrible but bundle up and get out there! In a heavy snow you can go through 100 calories in just about 20 minutes.

8. Take The Stairs – If you spend about 15 minutes on the stairs throughout the day you will have burnt an extra 100 calories. as Nike says “Just Do It!”

9. Be Fidgety At Work – Just by doing little things like drumming on your desk or playing with your hair can burn up to 100 extra calories per hour.

10. Choose A Basket – If you aren’t stocking up you might be able to carry a basket at the store instead of pushing a cart. That little change will burn an extra 100 calories while you spend your 30 minutes walking up and down the isles of the grocery store.

More ways to burn more calories here. 

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