Rosa Smith-Montanaro is a Virtual Wellness and Weight Loss Coach, and the award-winning creator of the Mind Over Platter program. She also wrote a book of the same name. Her background is in Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistics Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Success Coaching.

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Mind Over Platter

by Rosa Smith-Montanaro, Virtual Wellness & Weight Loss Coach
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Ran my first 5k and am so proud. I never thought I could or would. With the encouragement of my friends, I began to wonder if I was up to the challenge. It was when two of my coworkers offered to run with me that I decided I would sign up. I doubted I could finish. That was the goal, finish. It was a stretch to publicly start something that I may not finish.

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What I quickly discovered was somewhere during my quest for fitness and love of cardio a shift occurred. My body became stronger. I have always had asthma. I carry my inhaler with me at all times. If I ran from my front door to the end of the driveway, I would need my inhaler. In addition to that, I lived with chronic back pain. The combination limited me in what type of exercise I participated in.

I found my soul mate workout in Turbo Kick. At first, I would use my inhaler throughout the class. Each week my endurance grew and now I only use it before I begin. My confidence grew and I stepped out of my comfort zone to try other classes. I am impressed with what I can do without suffering from an asthma attach or back pain. I am still nowhere near the others in my classes, but I don't need to be. I feel good in knowing that I am doing my best!

This week push past your comfort zone. Try something that challenges you in a healthy way. Ask your friends for support and team up with people who want to celebrate your success.

@ 10:57pm ET on December 3, 2012
Good post.

Another method to push out of one's exercise `comfort zone` is applying HIIT as well. HIIT (High-intensity interval training) is using Exercise Blasting within one's normal exercise routine. For example, let's say one can jog consistant 30 minutes at 3.5 mph on the TreadMill machine. One day per week, change the TM program to 5 minutes @ 3.5 MPH + 5 minutes at 4.5 MPH (which is your max speed - without blowing the muscles and lungs apart). Then, repeat 5+5 minute cycle until usual 30 minutes is completed. Exercise "blasting" (or formally called HIIT) pushes the body and mind out of one's exercsie comfort zone as well.

Hope this helps others as well..

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