Hey LIFER’S!
When Do You Feel Your Best?
You know those moments when you feel fully alive, confident, sexy, desired and ready to take on the world? It’s in these moments that you want your euphoria to last forever, knowing at that exact moment nothing can stop you?
Would you trade that feeling for a piece of cheesecake? The obvious answer is no, but the truth is that we do it all the time. Oprah says (one of my favorite O-quotes) “No food taste as good as thin feels.” So why do we sacrifice the glorious feeling of invincibility…the joy of being sexy and getting noticed? The answer is different for different people, but it all boils down to which voice on our shoulder we choose to listen to.
Survey Says Sexy
If we want to listen to the “good” voice that reminds us of our confidence, sexiness and freedom, we will feel our best. If we listen to the “bad” voice that makes excuses like stress, social pressure or lack of time to eat…or even worse, tells us it’s okay to say “F-it,” we will continue to feel much less than our best.
If listening to the “good” voice were easy, we’d all look and feel fantastic. It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible. In fact, all we need is the ability to hear it…more importantly, we need someone who can teach us how.
LIF Founder and Life Coach Eric Viskovicz is that someone. He teaches that there are 4 critical keys that will help you feel your best in order to be your best.
1.  Visualization- If you can’t envision it before you see it, it can never manifest. Eric says you must picture in your mind the perfect body, a healthy mind, a good life, and replay those images daily meditating on them to give you a new focus and concentration.
2. Internal Dialog – After you have a vision in your mind, the right internal voice will give you the posture to be successful. What do you say to yourself about yourself? What words do you allow others to tell you that affect how you think and feel? The right or wrong internal dialog will be pivotal in helping you reach your goals.
3. Self Coaching – Eric believes that the first coach you have should be yourself. You can pay for all the personal training and life coaching in the world, but no one will be with you in the middle of the night, when you stand at the fridge with a container of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. You have to be able to visualize your goals, speak to yourself and coach yourself out of the situation.
4. Motivation – Last it is all about motivation. Eric says that every day you should be your number-one cheerleader. Get on social media and surround yourself with positive quotes and sayings. Get up everyday and make a determination of how you will feel. Motivation will sustain you when you feel like your strength is failing you.
The angel and the devil want very different things for you, but they have one thing in common: they’re both you. The good news is, if you follow Eric’s keys and practice them daily, the angel voice will drown out all the negative thoughts, voices and feelings that keep you from having what you want the most: to feel your best.

To live a healthy life, men have specific needs. Nutrition and fitness play a huge role in long, energetic lives, including sex lives. Live in Fitness wants to assist you in minimizing your health risks and maximizing your fun by giving you some pointers about what you can do to improve your health.

Some health statistics from the United States Centers of Disease Control (CDC):
12.1% of men are in fair or poor health
34.6% of men are obese
31.6% of men have hypertension (high blood pressure)
23% of men exercise regularly

These statistics show us pretty unhappy men. Are you one of them? If you are, you need to make some changes. You’ll be happy you did.

How to Fix Your Statistics

Are you facing high blood pressure? Depression? Tight clothing? A lack of sexual desire? A lack of interest from potential sexual partners? Obesity is the likely cause of all of these.

Basics of Obesity

Live in Fitness has nutrition plans and exercise programs to help you optimize your weight loss, which will improve your life.

Regular physical activity is the first step. You need to get moving. This will be your first step in decreasing the risk of heart attack, diabetes, stroke, as well as many forms of cancer. Risks for osteoporosis, depression and/or anxiety can also be reduced. As for your sex life, expect improvement.
As you start moving, you need a nutritious diet that decreases the risks of heart disease, improves the strength of teeth and bones, improves energy and increases blood flow to the brain, which can prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Weight control is an obvious benefit of a proper, nutritionally balanced diet.
Improve your health, improve your life

If you have any health conditions, see your doctor before starting any exercise plan. I’m sure you’ve heard that warning before, and maybe even ignored it, but trust us. You need to make sure your doctor is on board and agrees that you are on a program that works with whatever diagnoses you’ve been given. Hopefully, you can get exercising and ditch those diagnoses!

Exercise is the most important part of any weight loss plan. Cardio and weight training are both critical to your crusade to defeat fat. You have to move to burn calories and build muscle. Let’s translate that: Burn calories means get rid of excess fat and building muscle will make you look and feel amazing. It will not go unnoticed. You, your friends, your family, potential romantic partners… You’ll definitely look better and have more confidence. Confidence is sexy. Very sexy.

You will notice, as you begin to see results, that your life will change. You’ll have more energy. Your clothes won’t be tight… in fact, you may need to shop for new ones in smaller sizes. Everybody knows that plus or “big and tall” sized clothes are never as fashionable. You’ll be in designer duds in no time.
The best benefit will be your improved health. Better health equals an overall better life and lifestyle. Reap the rewards. You deserve them.

Once you have begun improving your diet, exercise and health habits, congratulate yourself. You are on the road to living a longer, healthier, happier, sexier life. Well done!

Six months ago, your high school friend asked you to be in her wedding. Three months ago, you tried on dresses and ordered a size that was quite snug because you KNEW you were going to lose enough weight for it to fit perfectly. Now the wedding is two weeks away. Can you really lose weight in 2 weeks? Is there any hope? Actually, yes there is.

Before we get into fast weight loss, let’s make this clear. For healthy weight loss at a rate that will stay off, you would have been better off starting at six months. Even three months would have allowed for significant weight loss, shaping, and toning. If you need to lose weight, call us and start now. You’ll be ready for anything.

With only 2 weeks to lose, you will have to dedicate yourself to a strict diet and exercise regimen. Recognize that a good portion of this weight will be excess water and may return if you don’t stick to some kind of program when the wedding is over. At Live in Fitness, we offer programs for everybody. No matter how much weight you need to lose or what your level of fitness may be, we can design a program for you.

That’s right. You cannot do this with diet alone. Exercise is a key part of this fast-fix plan. With exercise, you’ll feel energized and the endorphins will help keep you motivated. Talk to a coach here and we can work something out for accelerating your first 2 weeks and then moderating the program after the wedding is over.

Do NOT try a cabbage soup, watermelon, or lemon water diet. None of these will work. You may lose a few pounds, but you will deprive your body of necessary nutrition and probably pass out during the ceremony. Your best bet is to increase your leafy greens, eat a normal (playing card-sized) portion of protein at meals, and decrease fat and sugar significantly. Avoid adding salt to your food, when cooking AND when eating. Later, you can work with a nutritionist to come up with a personalized meal plan. For now, moderation is the key.

Hungry between meals? Try a handful of almonds. If you have trouble with portions, measure everything out beforehand so you don’t “accidentally” overeat, especially with nuts. Plain popcorn is healthy and gives you a satisfying crunch. Organic peanut butter spread on a half apple gives you more protein and the apple provides fiber and vitamin C.

If you stick to a strict diet and exercise plan, your dress will allow you to breathe at the wedding. You will lose weight in 2 weeks. After the ceremony, take a moment and reflect on how you have been able to work and achieve your goal. If you can handle two weeks, you’ve already begun to make healthy changes into healthy habits. Don’t fall back into that chip bag on the couch! Stick with us and begin a lifestyle that will lead to a longer, happier life. Don’t wait for another wedding for motivation!

You just want to lose weight in 2 weeks? There’s no deadline or event? Start a diet and exercise program and you will lose weight steadily – in the first 2 weeks and beyond.

Crying is one of the most amazing things people do, because we do it for so many different reasons. A baby will cry for a reason as simple as he’s hungry. We never judge him, because if we were incapable of feeding ourselves, every one of us, man or woman, would bawl our faces off if it was the only way we knew to get some food. A young child will cry when the ice cream falls from her cone onto the dirty ground, because in her mind, she’s just lost the best thing the world has to offer and will never find it again. A teenage boy will cry because the 13-year-old girl he was certain was going to be his wife let him know in a not-so-kind way that there was no chance that was ever going to happen. A grown woman will break down in tears when she feels completely distraught. A grown man will say he has something in his eye, because crying to him is a sign of weakness.

But we don’t only cry because we’re hungry, distraught, heartbroken or sad. We cry tears of joy. Tears stream down our faces when we’re sharing a laugh with friends, and even better (if that’s possible), we can become so overwhelmed with elation, that even a grown man can’t dam the flood that pours from his eyes. These are the tears we see at Live in Fitness, and we’ve been known to shed them ourselves.

So many of our clients come to our fitness retreat because they are tired of living the unhealthy life they’ve been living. They come because they can’t stand to look in the mirror one more time. They can’t stand that they can’t stop eating pizza, ice cream, sweets and other less-than-healthy foods in obscene quantities. They come because their situation is so desperate that they have no other option. Or they don’t come because they have tried everything they can think of to change and have failed.

The ones that don’t come will continue to cry the tears that can only come from lost hope. Those that do get to experience the extreme joy that comes from knowing they will be there to see their children graduate and get married. They shed tears because, when they thought all hope was probably lost, they believed, committed and succeeded despite every cell in their body being filled with doubt.

That was Chris. When he first came to Live in Fitness he weighed in at 482 pounds. He had a starting body fat of a whopping 47.5%. When he left, he weighed 277 pounds and had dropped his body fat 16 percentage points to 31.5%. In addition to that, he lost 126 inches! If that sounds like a lot, it’s because it is. That is 10 and a half feet! If you’ve ever stood on the high dive at your local pool and looked down, it’s farther than that. The numbers are impressive and paint great before and after pictures (which you can actually see on our site), but they don’t tell the whole story.

Chris didn’t show up and the pounds magically melted away. We first had to dig in and discover why and how he let himself get to that unhealthy state. We also had to figure out why his efforts to change had failed in the past. Without changing the mind of our clients, we might be able to temporarily change the body, but the changes will be only temporary.

Then we conducted our thorough battery of tests to analyze the present state of Chris’s body. We helped him set reachable goals and devise a plan to ensure he achieved them. We developed a meal plan, and the rest was up to him.

The road wasn’t an easy one for Chris. He arrived at Live in Fitness with low self-esteem and a hopeless vision what his life would be, but he was determined to see his children grow up. The road was certainly bumpy, but Chris put in the work. With the help of Eric Viskovicz, Live in Fitness’s Founder and President, and the care of Chris’s team of trainers, his impossible dream slowly became a reality. We can’t say for sure how many tears Chris shed in private during his stay, but the day Eric presented him with his plaque for incredible success, Chris couldn’t hold back the tears. Apparently, big boys do cry…especially when they get smaller.

Chris’s story is only one example of clients who have shed tears as well as pounds and inches. Live in Fitness has helped hundreds of people lose thousands of pounds. And although their journey was not always easy, they all were rewarded with a previously unthinkable overwhelming sense of joy…the kind that comes from accomplishing the monumental task of changing their lives and the lives of everyone who loves them. Whether you believe it or not right now, you deserve this joy. Don’t wait any longer to start the journey; we can’t wait to make you cry…and the Kleenex are free.

Happy people on beach

We honestly don’t know why everyone is dancing. All we know for sure is that there has been a marked increase in spontaneous episodes of elated gyrations, quick rhythmic movements and a boatload of smiling.

These outbursts are understandable when they’re part of one of our dance classes, but more and more they’re occurring at non-scheduled dancing times. People just keep breaking into their sweet groove between classes, when rest and/or hydration would be the more logical activities.

We can only speculate as to what caused this outburst. Maybe they’re going for a little extra burn. Maybe they’re stoked that they’re dropping pounds like they’re hot. It could be that “this is their jam,” or possibly they’re just having fun.

Seriously, we don’t know. But this has been happening a lot lately. Men, women, older people, younger people, on the beach, in the gym…even at meals…everyone is getting down, and it’s beginning to reach epidemic proportions.

Maybe when people come to a fitness retreat where they have to exercise and eat healthy foods in measured proportions, they expect to be miserable. Then they realize that doing great things for themselves makes them feel like dancing…so much so that they can’t help themselves.

That’s the only reason we can think of. In the meantime, we might have to limit our song selections to Air Supply…maybe some Spandau Ballet.

That might work…but then what are we going to do about all the laughing, hugging and high-fiving?