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Why Chronically Eating Less, Sucks.

Why Chronically Eating Less Sucks

& Does You No Good

 

By Trainer, Nutritionist & Powerlifter

Haley Kniestedt

 

 

Ladies….I’m (mostly) looking at you for this hot topic.

I used to subscribe to the notion that less was better, less food, less weight, taking up less space. This often lead to more exercise, more obsession, and more ways that my body and mind were screwed up.

I was ALWAYS dieting.

Chronic dieting just to look good or how we think we should – is not the life we are meant to live.

 

There are so many things that take place when we slowly (or quickly) diminish the amount of food we’re eating on a long-term daily basis (which is often paired with over-exercising).

  • low energy
  • insomnia
  • lack of appetite OR extreme hunger (depends on where your hormones are at)
  • loss or deregulation of period
  • hair loss
  • bowel problems (you can’t poop if there’s little to none to pass through your body)
  • micronutrient deficiencies
  • fertility problems
  • decreased gym performance
  • inability to gain muscle
  • inability to lose weight

The list goes on and on….and on.

That seriously does not sound like a way to live a full and active life.

 

By decreasing our intake, our body responds in a number of ways.

 

It down regulates our metabolism to match what you actually are giving it in order to protect essential functions. It down regulates hormonal production, because the body knows that if it doesn’t have enough food, it can’t possibly support growing another life. Even if you don’t want to get pregnant (now or ever) there are still long-term effects that come from poor nutrition (hello thyroid health…the base of our entire metabolism).

 

Constantly yo-yo dieting, fad dieting, cutting calories, cutting entire food groups, and never taking the time to assess why things aren’t working, or why you feel awful is a recipe for long-term disaster.

 

How well you feed your body has a direct impact on quite literally everything you do. Are you supporting your body in the best way that you can, to do all the things you want to do? Or are you constantly stuck on the hamster wheel called chronic dieting? My guess is probably the second one.

 

I get it though, I’ve been there & its always a work in progress. So many people are terrified of a number on a scale, which makes them afraid to just EAT.

The Number on the Scale

Literally all that number is, is the quantifiable relationship between your body, and gravity. Nothing else.

Weight does not indicate how powerful you are, how smart, funny, or caring you are. There is so much more to you than that number.

 

Are you a chronic dieter?

 

 

Haley Kniestedt

Haley Kniestedt

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GOALS & GIRLFRIENDS

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Today we are more connected than ever, but also less personal and most busy. This is a women’s group for those of us who want to make a difference. Not just getting together for cocktails, but also impacting our communities in a positive way.
 

Are you interested in a FREE women’s group to help each other stay accountable & give back?

Forget the GOSSIP. Let’s focus on GOALS.

The goal of this group is to give back and look outside of ourselves. However, this is a strong & powerful network of women!

Guidelines for How We Operate:

Accountability Partners: Meet to goal set with our girlfriends for our personal and business lives. Over lunch, dinner or coffee. Members are encouraged to help each other stay accountable.

Monthly meetings To consist of:

Serving our community. This could be by serving at the homeless kitchens, or meeting with battered and abused victims. We may also decide to clean our closets and go down as a group to somewhere like the Reno Gospel Mission, or even send out anonymous cards with cash. The possibilities are endless…

Give back Quarterly.

Each quarter we choose one day to donate to our community here in the Reno/Sparks area. This could be park clean up, joining a not-for-profit in their community efforts, etc.

Solicitation is not welcomed. This group is invite only. If you are interested please contact me via Facebook Message or Email.

Subject Box: Forget the Gossip!

GOALS & GIRLFRIENDS

Are you interested in a women’s group to help each other stay accountable & give back?  Forget the GOSSIP.

Let’s focus on GOALS.

Today we are more connected than ever, but also less personal and overly-consumed with busy-ness. I have been long-pondering a women’s group for those of us who want to make a difference. Not just getting together for coffee & cocktails (although we will do that too) but also impacting our communities in a positive way.

Solicitation is not welcomed. The goal is to give back and look outside of ourselves. However, this is a strong & powerful network of women building relationships who all encourage and  support each of our personal and professional lives.

 

How We Give Back:

Large Groups

Small Groups

Accountability

Goals & Girlfriends is one large group of women aiming to make a difference. Amongst our large group, we break into smaller groups that have individual special focuses within the community.

Goal Setting

Amongst each large group meeting, each Girlfriend will receive a coaching worksheet, and be coached on how to set achievable goals. As a large group we focus on our quarterly and yearly goals. It is the role of the small group leaders, and accountability partners to assist each other in achieving monthly goals.

Small Groups:

Each small group is assigned a team leader who is in charge of: Mission, Delegation, Purpose Focus, and Contact Information. This person will also assist in delegating additional roles in each team.

Accountability Partners:
We meet in small groups, and with partners to goal set with our girlfriends for our personal and business lives. Over lunch, dinner or coffee. Members are encouraged to help each other stay accountable to goal achievement, and action plans.

Guidelines for Operation

Small Group Monthly Meetings:
Each small group has a different focus. Serving our community is our main focus and topic of each meeting. This may be by serving at the homeless kitchens, or meeting with battered and abused victims. We may also decide to clean our closets and go down as a group to somewhere like the Reno Gospel Mission, or even send out anonymous cards with cash.

Large Groups Give Back Quarterly: 
Each quarter we will choose one day as a large group to donate to our community here in the Reno/Sparks area. This could be park clean up, joining a not-for-profit in their community efforts, etc.

The possibilities are endless…

EVENT SUCCESS: Inspire Me Mommy! Scholarship Fundraiser Zumbathon

Inspire Me Mommy! Scholarship Fundraiser ZUMBATHON was a HUGE SUCCESS!

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Attendees: 78
Donors: So far 90
Amount Raised to Date: $850
Goal: $1200
Donations are accepted through October 1st via mail or phone. Credit cards are accepted.
What began as a mere vision to help our local community in Reno, became a reality in less then 3 weeks! Within 3 weeks, this event was organized, donated to, and marketed successfully.
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WHEN YOU HAVE A TEAM!

Inspiration for Scholarship:

While teaching my Inspire Me Mommy! 6 Week Challenge (fitness classes), I realized the need for assistance to parents within the community, who are currently working and in school.  As I interacted with mothers and their children, I realized how fortunate their children were to have their parents actively involed in their lives, and have a positive influence. Our motto for the program is “Building stronger women to build stronger children and communities.” Afterall, children mimic their parents’ behaviors, and learn healthy habits at a young age.

I do not yet have children myself, but grew up estranged from my parents, as a run away, a high school dropout, and did this because I was raised in an abusive environment. I want to be able to give back to the community and help build stronger women, children and communities. I believe if we can reach parents, and have a positive influence in their lives, then we can empower their children through action. We aim to empower one family at a time! Education is a good place to state, regardless of ones’ past.

How the Scholarship Fundraiser Manifested:

One weekend I was floating the Truckee River and enjoying time with my dearest friends. My friend Vicky came, and I told her my vision for my business Inspired By Purpose, and that I wanted to be able to give out a scholarship. I told her the time wasn’t right because I didn’t have the money to give it out, but I would like to be able to host an event maybe at the beginning of 2014 to raise money.

She excitedly said “Let’s do it when your program ends on September 6th!” I said “Really? There isn’t enough time!” She said “The time is always NOW! Let’s get to work!” So, we did. We hustled hard and the result was a phenominally successful event! In less then 3 weeks, the vision manifested into reality through SACRIFICE, DONATIONS, DISCIPLINE, AND HARD WORK.

The only means of media and marketing that we had was Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ticket sales, and word of mouth. Through this, we were able to have 85 people SHOW UP to our event. This doesn’t include how many people were reached, and could not come that day. The community of Reno joined this movement in order to support change!

Sponsors and Donors:

Everyone who committed to volunteer their time, energy and resources is appreciated more then words can express! Every single person who instructed, gave to this cause, and helped with setup, clean up, catering, food pick up, providing food, water, and even making signs, and managing different tables did a magificent job. No one asked for ANYTHING in return, and they were just happy to be an integral part of it.

Namely:
My co-host and Zumba Instructor: Virginia Janet (Vicky)
Zumba Instructors:
Kathy Kennedy
Leslie Brown
Nolfa Aida Inostroza-Arias
Andrea Tibaduiza
Victoria Monroe (Amy)
Karen Lima
Nettie “Coco” White
Patricia Franklin-Gallimore (Pat)

I especially have to thank all Zumba Instructors for coming to rehearsal, selling tickets to their classes, and helping set up the facility. Did I mention everyone donated their own products to this event?

Our sponsors gave unselfishly. Sierra Strength and Speed allowed us to use their facility without charge just to support the cause.

The catering company gave, even during their busiest season, and met up with me at 11pm because he was so swamped during Burning Man and the Balloon Races. He did not ask a single dollar for hundreds of dollars worth of food and raffle prizes.

The mommies in my Inspire Me Mommy! 6 Week Challenge all made signage for the event, and also hand wrote out gratitude rock cards explaining the significance of the donations, and the Law of Attraction. They also picked up food, offered to donate additional money, and lent tables and fans for the event. They even got up in front of everyone, and spoke to the crowd.

My amazing boyfriend “B” and our amazing best friend Brandon “OneShot” Cook, ran errands with me until midnight, vacumed and cleaned the facility, managed the gratitude rock station, set out all the hot and cold foods during the event, and helped me with raffle prizes. They also went to the Truckee River with me and hand selected gratitude rocks in which we boiled personally.

Special thanks to “Gatorz” family here in Reno. Shorty-T and his brother, Terrel came out to show support after their Homeless Drive last week! Diversity at it’s finest.We are making a difference together in this communnity.

ALL volunteers There were SO MANY of you it’s hard to name you all. From managing the cash and ticket entries (Pat), to making sure everyone signed the Liability Waiver and Roster for the event (Krista), to the videographer, photographer, and everyone else who made this event possible!

We ALL prayed for each individual attending the event, and did not fail to realize the significance of helping people change their lives!

Local business sponors for this event:

Sierra Strength & Speed
Facility where the event was held. Where I train my clientele and am mentored.

State Farm
Came to the event, participated, gave free Starbucks gift cards with each quote, and donated food and water!

We SWET Clothing
Donated 8 women’s tank tops just for this program! They generously send them from Las Vegas, and wouldn’t allow me to to pay for shipping!

Gourmet to Go
Not only met with me at 11 pm, but donated: A 5 gourmet cheese board, a special fruit platter, crackers, a Holiday Dinner for a needy family of up to 10 ($500 value), and a Romantic Dinner for Two with an in-home Personal Chef ($150 value).

Papa Murphys
Paul from the NW Papa Murphys is always extremely helpful and sweet. He donated 5 large pizzas as swag prizes.

Wing Stop
At the last minute, our hot food from our caterer could no longer be donated due to logistics and event setbacks from other events. Wing Stop stepped up and donated 100 wings so we would have hot food!

Port of Subs
Likewise, Port of Subs also stepped up to offer a healthier option, and provided us with enough sandwiches to feed everyone!

Massage Essence
Generously donated a 1 hour massage for swag prizes!

Artistry Salon, Hair By Tabitha
Donated a $75 hair salon service as a swag prize!

That Hair Salon
Donated a deep conditioning and blow dry as a swag prize!

Zumba
Not only did instructors generously donate their time (all 8 of them!), but they also donated bracelets, and tee shirts as swag prizes. They also allowed us to sell apparel for additional donations!

Nail Trix By Scott
My personal nail man for over 4 years now, is a strong business man, and generously donated 4 gift certificates for salon services to all of the momnies in my Inspire Me Mommy! program. He did this because we have a working referral system, and out of the kindness of his heart.

Apply for Inspire Me Mommy! Scholarship 2013

Application form can be found on the Inspired By Purpose website. Please keep in mind that all information provided will be verified through the applicant’s employer, school, and during the interview process.

I am taking extra precautions to ensure that the candidate in fact meets the criteria. If dishonesty is discovered, the candidate will immediately be disqualified and banned from receiving a scholarship from Inspired By Purpose at any time in the future. Dishonesty will NOT be tolerated.

For specific qualifiers, and steps to take please click the link below!

Click Here: Scholarship Application Form

The Future of Inspired By Purpose Events:

Stay tuned for a collaboration of local businesses, and single dads to bring a scholarship for single dads!

Inspire Me Mommy! Program will continue in blocks throughout the year, focusing on progressional fitness. We will be hosting this event annually.

Stay tuned for speaking events and locations.

Watch Us on YouTube:

Video Clip: Inspire Me Mommy! Scholarship Fundraiser Zumbathon!

In order to effect great change, we need to look at how we can help those in our own communities as well as globally.
-Christina Aguilera