Monday, July 28, 2014

My Cardio Confession


I was a fat girl.  My Mom took me to the pediatrician when I was eight years old, and he agreed that I was overweight.  He had me count calories, and he recommended the swim team for more exercise.

I wanted to dance. I desperately wanted to dance, but ballet wasn't right for little fat girls, so it was off to swim team for me.

I hated it.  I had a melon belly in my swimsuit that embarrassed my stepdad, I can sill hear him saying,

"Tuck Cathy tuck!"  That was his shorthand for telling me to suck in my stomach.

I know I probably still sound angry, and I've prayed hard over learning to forgive, but when I look back at photographs of that time, I wasn't very fat.  The horrible truth is that once they put me on a low-fat diet and the swim team, my appetite went out of control, I became obsessed with food and the feeling that I was starving, and I became fat.

I stayed fat until I discovered cigarettes, diet soft drinks, and the power of starving myself at age 15.

It worked.  I got thinner, prettier, and quite frankly happier because of the approval I received.  Did they know that I was living on one salad, or one serving of french fries and the smallest dinner I could get away with?

Still, I couldn't get skinny enough for the one thing I wanted to do after college.  I wanted desperately to be an actor, singer, and dancer.  Silly me, I picked the career that required its women to be not only the fairest, but the thinnest of them all.  So I started to count calories, and do aerobics classes and use cardio machines again.

Even in my twenties, I noticed that when I went to legitimate ballet or jazz classes, or when I was rehearsing a show, I would get leaner, and love the way I looked.  Then I'd try to get thinner by going to the gym and doing step aerobics, the treadmill, and cardio dance classes, and I'd get square, squishy, and hungry and put on fat again.

What was going on?  It turns out that trying to erase calories with tons of moderate intensity steady state cardio doesn't work.  The aerobics teachers of the 80s and 90s all had one thing in common: they were young and they had never ever had a weight problem.  We poor overweight girls were trying to get thin by taking advice from people who had never ever needed to lose weight.

It took me from 1979 to 2008 to finally figure out what I was doing wrong.

You would thank that after my TT Transformation in 2008-2010 I would never go back to 60 minute long aerobic dance classes.  You would be wrong.  I started teaching aerobic dance because I wanted to be popular and successful, and here is what I got as result:

I went from this...
To this.
What a nightmare.  I was doing up to 14 hours of cardio a week: 6 hours teaching and another 8 hours practicing.  I gained 15 pounds of pure fat, and my thighs got so big that none of my pants or shorts fit anymore.

Slowly but surely, I got out of the aerobic dance business, and I switched all of my teaching over to Turbulence Training, Home Workout Solution, and the new Six Minutes to Skinny programs designed by Craig Ballantyne MS/CTT.

The result?  I am so relieved that I was able to get my body back.  Now, I've finally handed off the last of my cardio classes.  For the first time in almost three years I can be true to what truly works again.  Am I right?  Can 6 Minutes to Skinny beat 12 hours a week of cardio?  ===>Click This Link<=== and find out.

I have another photo shoot in exactly 4 weeks, and the proof will be in the pictures.  Join me in using the 6 Minutes To Skinny Program, and if I'm wrong about "Black Hole"cardio, I'll be the first to admit it.
Age 50: 1/8 th. the cardio.  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Introducing the Sugar Freedom Show



Back in 2008, when I was going through the transformation that has allowed me to overcome obesity for good, I was listening to episodes of "The Livin' La Vida Low Carb Show" podcast every chance I could.  

The host , Jimmy Moore, had lost over 100 pounds by following a low carb, high fat diet, and it had become his passion to share information and interviews from the top experts in the world on how to shed  fat, improve health, and find a way of eating that just works for life.

Along with the experts, he shared success stories of people just like me, (maybe just like you too) who couldn't overcome obesity and food obsession until they finally kicked sugar and grains to the curb for ever.  

Sugar Freedom simply wouldn't exist without the inspiration of the authors like Gary Taubes (Good Calories, Bad Calories), Dr. William Davis, (Wheat Belly), and Dr. David Perlmutter, (Grain Brain) that Jimmy interviewed on his podcast.  When I was preparing food, doing laundry, or even working in the garden, Jimmy's show helped keep me inspired and on plan.  Even back in 2008, Jimmy was encouraging his audience members to tell their stories too. 

Just in case you are unfamiliar with podcasting, podcasts are like radio programs, but you listen to them on your computer, iPod, or smart phone.

Just a few weeks ago my sister Patty, who is having great success on the Sugar Freedom Plan, came right out and asked me,

"So when does your podcast start?"

I thought to myself, "Now.  It starts now."

I am so excited about this part of the Sugar Freedom journey.  Now I can answer your questions, address your concerns, and offer help from other experts in a brand new way.  Right now, you can listen to my very first public show with a real live guest.

James Gaida, the author of 4 Day Fat Loss  joins me to tell the story of how he went form chubby kid, to personal trainer, to passionate nutrition writer.  He learned what all of us who love fitness training eventually learn:  If you want to help people transform their bodies, you have to find a way to inspire them to eat smart, and eat well.  Then the transformation can begin!

James knows that once you reach your goal, you need strategies for eating well for life, and he shares several of them on the podcast.

In honor of his appearance on the show he is offering a deep discount on his entire program to Sugar Freedom listeners, and readers.

You can get his program at this link===>Click Here.
I Heard About Them On A Podcast.

To listen to the podcast go to www.blogtalkradio.com/sugarfreedom.

(Note: I recommend that you listen to the episode titled We're back with James Giada.)

Please send your questions, show suggestions, and the names of authors you would like to hear me interview to:


Let the Podcasting adventure begin!



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Before. After. Still.

Do you know the definition of insanity?

Doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result.

But wait.  It gets crazier.

The next level of insanity is knowing what to do, and refusing to do it.  I can't blame people, or myself for that matter, for trying to just eat less and move more.  Really, if that worked wouldn't we all have our dream bodies?

You see, we have to move beyond "Eat Less and Move More" by cutting fat and increasing cardio, to figuring out how to eat and move so that we satisfy and reduce appetite spontaneously.

How do we do that?  Simple.  We reduce or even eliminate the appetite stimulating foods like sugar, grains, and starches form our eating plan, and we eliminate appetite stimulating exercise like moderate intensity, steady state cardio from our movement plan.

Back in 2008 I cut the sugar and the cardio, and I got my dream body.

Then I went insane and started doing hours and hours of cardio again.

I gained back 15 pounds.  What was I thinking?  Oh right: I was insane.

I had actually reached the third level of insanity:  I knew what to do in order to achieve a physical transformation.  I had actually done it, and helped over a dozen people do the same thing by that point.

Then I stopped.  I call that the third level of insanity.

Then I got wise.  I gave up the cardio, and I stopped trying to cheat on my food plan.

Thank Heaven, my figure came back.

Before
After
Still


The most foolish mistakes I have ever made happened when I ignored my instincts in order to be popular or please someone else.  Perhaps that's the best definition of insanity that I can come up with.  

I can only hope that whatever plan you follow, Sugar Freedom and TT, or something else, that when you find what works for you, you will stick with it.  Find your solution, and then trust yourself. it will save you a lot of time and heartache.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Did This Man Make Us All Fat?

Ancel Keyes
He passed away a number of years ago, but his influence on dietary policy hasn't passed.  Here is a link to a story from reporter Paul John Scott in the Minnesota Star Tribune:
 Click Here for the Story.

Last week, Time magazine published a cover story titled: "Eat Butter."  It's ironic that the very man who had made it his mission to get us to stop eating butter and other saturated fats was on the cover of Time just as the low fat revolution was getting started.

This is a relief to me, as I get e-mails nearly every week from people who are thanking of following the Sugar Freedom plan, but they stop and think hard about a lifestyle change that involves eating more fat.

Articles like the one at the link above help a great deal when it comes to explaining why it's fine to eat fat, but I must add a note of caution.  Fat is fine when it is whole and natural as in pastured butter and coconut oil.  The trouble comes when fat is consumed along with sugars and starches.  Trans fats that we find in cookies, crackers, muffins, and other processed foods are unsafe at any level, and here is where so much of the confusion lies.

Don't even get me started on carbs!  Oh well, here goes.

Some carbs are fantastic for good health, well being and even fat loss.  Spinach, broccoli, asparagus, lettuce, tomatoes, yes, even carrots and sweet potatoes are phenomenal for nutritional density without caloric density.  Go ahead and put some pastured butter or coconut oil on them if you like.  I believe that you can eat them, get nourished and satisfied, and shed fat.

The confusion starts when you butter pasta and rolls, or you put  healthy veggies on top of a pizza made with gluten heavy crust and soybean oil.

Slowly but surely, the understanding is beginning to dawn that eating well and losing weight or maintaining a healthy body weight takes the kind of knowledge that comes from a healthy skepticism.  I'm happy when people send me e-mails asking me to explain my Sugar Freedom philosophy.

As I seek better and clearer explanations for why Sugar Freedom has helped me and so many of my clients lose fat and keep it off, I get to learn the latest science that supports the idea of leaving sugar, starch, and processed fats out of the diet so that there is room on our plates for nourishing, satisfying food.

At the same time, Ancel Keyes' story teaches me an important lesson.  I must open my eyes to all of the well designed food studies I can find: especially those that may counter my position!

So keep the questions coming, and if you find reports that contradict my Sugar Freedom philosophy, I want to see them.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pictures of Turbulence Training Results




Catherine Gordon
Age 49 (50 in 3 weeks)
Pro Division
Start weight 127
End Weight 122

TT Thermogenic
Home Workout Revolution
TT For Buff Dudes and Hot Chicks

Before. After. Always.

I can’t believe it’s been almost 6 years since I won the 2nd Turbulence Training Transformation Contest.

Is long term fat loss maintenance exciting? Well I sure think it is!

I decided to enter the Pro division of the TT contest because I’m turning 50 this month, and so many of my friends are passing this milestone too. What does it mean for a woman to turn 50 today? Is this middle age? Am I supposed to behave differently now?

Funny, I look better now than I ever did at 25 or 35. I have so much more energy too. I teach 7 TT classes a week. I have a husband and a 13 year old son I adore. One of the best parts is that, at nearly 50 I get to play the Femme Fatale as an actor instead of nuns and old ladies. (Yes, I’m even working in the Theatre again thanks to TT.)

The workouts I chose were TT Thermogenic, Home Workout Revolution, and TT For Buff Dudes and Hot Chicks.

I followed my own Sugar Freedom Diet, and I made some adjustments to it on the advice of Fit Body Bootcamp owner Rebecca Tabbert. The Sugar Freedom diet eliminates all added sugar, grains, and vegetable oils. Healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, and Kerrygold Butter are encouraged.

Rebecca thought I needed less fat, more carbs (which I got by adding sweet potatoes) and more protein, which I supplemented with Bio Trust low-carb protein powder. It really did the trick, and my appetite wasn’t triggered as it has been in the past by other powders.

My biggest obstacle was getting enough recovery time. I’ve got my sleep dialed in, but if you don’t take time to recover by resting and relaxing, it’s hard for your body composition to improve.

As always, it was so good to post in the TT forums, and connect with the wonderfully supportive people there.

I know that we will see wonderful transformations come out of this contest. I am so proud to teach the Turbulence Training method which is safe, amazingly effective, and never ever dull.

I am a Turbulence Trainer for life. Before. After. Always.

To get the 14 Day Diet I used to achieve my results, go to www.sugarfreedom.com


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Did You Get Into Your Kid's Easter Basket Again This Year?



Surviving the Post-Holiday Sugar Crash


Are you feeling a little sluggish after a busy Easter?   You’re probably not alone.  According to the National Confectioner’s Association, Americans are expected to consume over 120 million pounds of Easter candy this holiday season. This is addition to three pounds of sugar the typical American eats per week. So it’s no surprise that you may be suffering a major sugar crash.
A diet high in refined sugars and carbohydrates can have a significant effect on your mental and physical wellbeing. This is why there is no better time to consider removing these harmful foods from your life. To do so, however, is to understand the many ways refined sugars enters our diet.

The Dirty Little Secret about Sugar

The shocking truth is that we may be getting more than our recommended daily allowance of the sweet stuff before we even reach for the sugar bowl. Most of the sugar we consume is hidden in the products we use every day. From fruit juice to pasta, nothing is safe from the additive. A fact that is made all the more confusing when you consider the various ways that sugar is identified on the label.

Sugar‘s Lasting Effects on the Body

Studies have shown that refined sugars (such as sodas, candy and corn syrup) enter the bloodstream to elevate overall glucose levels in the body. Over time, this can lead to diabetes, hypoglycemia and strokes. In addition, the increased glucose can have a major effect on pancreas.
Excess sugar that your body doesn’t immediately use can be converted to triglycerides-a type of fat that is typically stored around the waist, hips and thighs. High levels of triglycerides are also a known cause of both heart and liver diseases.
Oh, and that tired feeling you get after eating sugar? This is because sugar actually inhibits the levels of oxerin, which is the brain’s neurotransmitter that regulates arousal, wakefulness, and appetite. Even more shocking is the fact that sugar can artificially raise dopamine levels that creates an addiction on par with that of cocaine.

Overcoming Sugar Addiction

It’s definitely possibly to break free of sugar’s effect on our lives. All it takes are a few strategies to create healthy habits that last a lifetime.
First, definitely consider getting rid of sugar-based products from your pantry. This not only includes table sugar, but also brown sugar, honey and corn syrups. Take time to also raid your candy drawer stash to remove any sugary treats as well. Be sure to add healthy snacks such as whole fruits, nuts and vegetables to give you a satisfying replacement without the empty calories.
Sodas and energy drinks are another major way that extra sugar enters our diet. Instead, commit to drinking water and flavored unsweetened teas. Not only will it help to hydrate your body but it also removes harmful toxins that cause illnesses.
Finally, be mindful of the different ways that sugars can be identified on the label. Even products that are identified as “sugar-free” can have a substantial amount of sugar in other forms.  Look out for ingredients such as fructose, dextrose, cane sugar or Agave nectar. As a rule, many of the ingredients that end with “ose” or “syrup” are really a sweetener by design.
The good news is that it’s not too late to eliminate sugar to better your health. It may seem like sugar is lurking everywhere, but Catherine Gordon A.C.E. and Certified Turbulence Trainer of the Year has written the Sugar Freedom Program to solve the sugar dilemma.  She is a recovering sugar addict who used this program to overcome obesity, and finally get the figure she struggled so hard to achieve.  Even better, she is having astonishing success with helping her readers and students get off of sugar, shed belly fat, and feel great.
You’ll find all of her solutions: Meal plans, shopping guides, recipes, and more at 
www.sugarfreedom.com.   Don’t miss the amazing transformation photos and success stories of shedding sugar and losing weight, while finding new energy for doing the things you love. 

Click Here for the 14 Day Fat Loss Plan that is a real solution to sugar cravings!

Bye Bye Easter Basket!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Week Doesn't Have To End With Sugar Week.

How to Beat the Sugar Rush This Easter

Easter is just around the corner, bringing with it promises of egg hunts, candy-filled baskets and lots of family fun.  In fact, according to a recent study by the National Confectioners Association, Americans will spend around $2.26 Billion on treats this holiday season, with over 90 million chocolate bunnies and 16 billion jelly beans expected to be sold.

These numbers are staggering when you consider that the typical American eats about 130 pounds of sugar per year. And with obesity at an all-time high, there’s no better time to review the dangers of sugar as well as how to counteract the onslaught of such foods during this time. 

The Effects of Sugar on the Body

The overuse of refined sugar has a well-documented effect on the body; being linked to ailments such as hypertension, hypoglycemia and diabetes.  Sugar can also increase the fat levels in your liver to become a leading cause of liver disease. 
Additionally, sugar is known to accelerate the aging process. Studies have shown that sugar and other high-glycemic carbohydrates (such as breads, starches and pastas) affect the collagen fibers that make up skin.  Over time, this can lead to reduced skin elasticity and a potential for increased skin damage, lines and wrinkles.
Finally, sugar also affects the body’s dopamine levels, leading some experts to say that it is just as addictive as cocaine. 

Avoiding Sugar This Easter Season
Despite the temptations, there are plenty of opportunities to beat the sugar rush this holiday. One of the best suggestions is to replace the candy with choices such as dried fruit, popcorn and nuts.
Building an Easter basket for your loved ones? Then consider filling it with books, fun toys and flavored teas instead of sweets. Not only will you save additional empty calories but you’ll start a healthier tradition for your family.
And if you must have chocolate, reach for dark chocolate instead. Not only does dark chocolate (especially those with at least 70 to 80% cacao) has less sugar than other chocolates, it is loaded with antioxidants that have been shown to slow the aging process and lower risk of heart disease.
Getting a head of the sugar rush this holiday doesn’t have to be a burden if you plan correctly. For more tips on how to live the sugar-free lifestyle, head over to sugarfreedom.com. 

You will find my complete 3 step program to end sugar cravings, lose fat, and look younger: for good!

===>Click Here For Sugar Freedom.