Lisa's new training partner, Trixie!


Please excuse me for being a little indulgent but I just want to introduce you to my new trainer, my dog Trixie!!! for those of you who know me you'll know how much I've been wanting a dog so now I finally have one...yay. Had her now for about 2 months after rescuing her from SPCA.

Trixie's a very sleek and sporty 10 month old Lab/beagle cross and she's been a great training partner. I'm not a big cardio queen but since getting her I've had no choice to just veg. She gets me up and out of bed and off for walks most days, and usually twice a day. So my cardio's gone from about 2hours a week to about 6 a week! so I'm enjoying a little bit of fat loss without trying too hard.

Not only are my legs getting exercised, think my arms are getting good workout too from the static contraction of holding her back from chashing the cats! She's also a good sprint coach as there has been times I've had to do sprints when she does decided to chase that cat down the driveway. And the pigeons and ofcourse other dogs!

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Why aren't you losing weight?

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Trying to loose weight seems to be a girls (and some guys) favourite past time. But no matter how much cardio you do, how strict your diet is or how many weight sessions you do, that number never seems to budge on the scale. Its probably that same number for 2 years or more but still you try and try to get under your magic number. Yet all through those 2 years your body has probably changed to show some muscle definition and weight has shifted to other areas. But still we grumble and moan about getting under a particular number. So in this article thought I'd give you some reasons people do not lose weight despite going on a diet and doing exercise, and why some of you may always be at your magic number!

Your weight is already normal!
One of the prime reasons for failure to lose weight, is the fact that your weight may already fall into the normal range. Very often a person's BMI falls within the normal range from 18 to 25.


Plastic water bottle dangers

Are you one of those people who continually reuse your Pump or other water bottle? You also don't see the point of buying water all the time if you can just refill the bottle you have. If you're like me you probably have a few half filled water bottles in various rooms and rolling round in your car. It's probably been there for a week or 2, ready for you to take a sip when you happen to be in that room or in your car.

You can relate to the above? then read on as reusing water bottles could be detrimental to your health. I recently got an email from an avid Go Figure viewer who also got the dangers of water bottles highlighted to her so thought I'd share with you:
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" This is how Sheryl Crow got breast cancer. She was on the Ellen show and she said this same exact thing. So in these hot weather months ahead please be very careful. One lady whose mother recently got diagnosed with breast cancer.


Shake up your training

When it comes to working out, many of us are creatures of habit. We do what we know. We stick with what’s familiar and comfortable. The catch is that if you always do the same thing the same way, your body will adapt and your results will grind to a halt. This is especially true of strength training, where you need to keep your body guessing if you want to keep seeing results. Here are some techniques for breaking through strength training plateaus and keeping the results coming:

07-GymKpulldown Exercise Variety – It’s important to regularly vary the exercises you do
and the order in which you do them. Different moves recruit muscle fibers
in different ways. By varying your routine, you keep your muscles changing and adapting and therefore you keep seeing results.  

Keep in mind that machine exercises tend to isolate the working muscle,while free weight exercises incorporate additional muscle groups for balance and stability. They both have advantages. Try to find several good exercises for each body part and alternate them regularly.

Pre-Exhaust – In addition to trying new exercises, experiment with their order. If you’ve always



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