Posts Tagged ‘losing weight’

Salvere Blog: Having Challenging Conversations

July 30, 2018
See how long you can go without either talking about or hearing someone talk about weight, losing weight, weight loss, being skinny, being heavy and/or eating “bad” foods. Reply with the longest amount of time you experienced!!!
What’s the big deal with this you might ask? Well, maybe nothing, maybe a whole lot, maybe somewhere in between. I talk a lot with friends and clients regarding these various topics and more often then not, they say how uncomfortable these conversations make them. (FYI this comes from people of all body sizes) Maybe because they tried to lose weight and didn’t, lost weight and gained it back or struggled after a health issue.
A few topics: going for weight loss surgery, not eating to lose weight, being heavy hurts knees/back, etc, so lucky to be skinny or not need to worry about weight, questions why exercise when thin, doing a shake or something extreme to lose weight.
What if you find yourself in a conversation that feels uncomfortable regarding weight or dieting, what do you do? Well, you could say something simple along the lines of “this conversation feels uncomfortable, can we change the topic?” Or you can expand on why it feels that way to you.
What if you find yourself being the one that brings it up and find out the other person doesn’t want to talk about it? Listen to the other person and respect what they feel. Complimenting weight loss feels like a great thing and sometimes it’s not.
Instead of immediately complimenting someones external body, find a way to ask a question first about what’s been going on. You might find out they’ve been sick or depressed or not eating. Notice something else like they seem to have more energy, notice their positive outlook or improved posture.
As a trainer, when we sit down and drink a beer together, it’s okay to simply enjoy the chicken wings with me! No need to justify or explain how it’s your cheat day or you’ll get back on track tomorrow or… Let’s change the conversations!!!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Exercise Makes You Gain…

September 9, 2015

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Exercise, why do we do it?? We’ve talked about it quite a bit on this blog, not surprisingly! As we continue to work through the purpose for exercise in our American society, we seem to circle around to losing weight. And the success or failure that surrounds this goal and the impact on long term consistency. How does it feel after you put so much time, energy and effort into your fitness then the scale stays stuck on the same number? I know, I know, we’ve talked about this before — And, staying true to the purpose of this blog, lets look at this whole thing from a different angle.

What if, we start talking about fitness, exercise and movement in a way that we focus on what we GAIN? I sat down and came up with a list that I present to you below.  Do you have anything to add???

Healthier Blood cholesterol
Improved Blood pressure
Improved Blood sugar
Higher quality of Sleep
Fewer Days missed work due to illness
Less Days/hours missed due to back or other pain
Consistently better mood
Better focus
Improved relationships
Pain free joints
More productive
Easier to do daily life functions
Slower resting heart rate
Improved Posture
Shorter recovery heart rate
Better endurance
Less stress
Higher self confidence
More relaxed
Less anxiety
More creative
Improved mobility
Stronger bones
Improved complexion

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

To Diet or Not to Diet…

October 2, 2014

Diets — they’ve become so much a part of our society that we work with clients who spend most of their life dieting and on a weight loss/gain roller coaster.  The term “diet” used to mean what ones eats over a certain period of time.  Now, most of us hear the word “diet” and automatically think something we “go on” that comes along with specific restrictions, usually for weight loss purposes.  As trainers, we engage in many conversations about what to eat and what is “the best diet”.  Recently, we’ve been involved in several eye opening discussions.

So one conversation started about a specific diet plan and the person wanted to know if it was ideal for her goals.  Off she went to investigate.  After deciding to give it a try, she brought home all the details, instructions and materials.  The five or so generic recommendations included avoiding things like alcohol and dairy.  Sounds okay so far — The looking at the specifics, the guidelines included utilizing their prepackaged foods.

Well, I picked up this astronaut looking food and read the ingredient list — Ingredient #1: MILK … Ingredient #2: Whey protein isolate (milk!) … Ingredient #3: cheddar cheese powder (dairy!) — hmmm, thought the instructions included avoiding dairy??  So the individual providing the diet instructions advised avoiding dairy but then sold their customer numerous food products (fyi they make money off of selling product!) that included not 1 but 3 dairy ingredients, as the main ingredients!  None of this mattered because weight loss happened — My question to you all when contemplating your next diet … What price do we pay for weight loss??  Do diets = Health??  Are we utilizing the right professionals when looking at making nutritional changes?

Look for our next blog where we investigate whether we should always be applauding weight loss…

Weight Loss

July 11, 2011

Making Discussions about Weight More Comfortable…

As a trainer, many clients start out of a desire to lose weight.  Some quite a bit of weight, others a few pounds.  The topic of weight loss makes for uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing discussions.  While the process to lose weight takes time, dedication and commitment as well as some serious soul searching, those of you who take positive steps to change your situation should be proud. 

We spend so much time in our society labeling thing as good or bad instead of simply taking each situation at face value.  At any point in time for any of us in any situation… (my famous saying) … It is what it is … Any of us can choose to move forward and make changes in a positive direction.  Nobody can change the past…

My thought in putting this post out – Many people struggle with their weight.  To those of you out there making positive changes (whether big or small) give yourself a big pat on the back.  It’s not easy and can feel like a huge undertaking… Congratulate yourself for moving in a positive direction!

Those of you who want to, take that step… Find a place where you feel safe and receive positive encouragement!  It’s possible to change!!!