Want sustained productivity and a good mood throughout your workday? Do this…

So often in my practice I uncover with my clients that there is some “other element” of their life that is holding them back from realizing true job satisfaction – this element remains an obstacle for them even after they discover their talents, interests, values and match that to an ideal job and industry.  Often this “other element” is predictable – it is usually:

  • their relationship with money
  • their self-esteem and confidence regarding some physical aspect not easily changed (their voice, signs of aging, disabilities, etc.)
  • their personal style – or lack of it – such as their wardrobe, hair, etc.
  • their relationships with significant people in their life (their partners, parents, friends, kids, etc.)
  • their unfulfilled thirst for personal or skill development
  • a lack of fun and leisure
  • their comfort level with technology

and the number 1 reason…

  • their health and fitness

It’s amazing to see how many people just don’t have the energy or confidence to pursue the job of their dreams because they don’t feel good about how they look.  Fitness is big – regardless of age.

The solution for many of my clients to commit to a new routine includes 2 things:

  1. attaching a purpose to fitness beyond “looking good”.
  2. finding a routine that works for your decided investment of time, effort and money

So what’s your purpose for health and fitness?

Wanting to “look good” is fabulous, BUT, it is a superficial reason that alone doesn’t seem to sustain the commitment of time, effort and money into doing what it takes to create a new set of habits in your life – habits that can promote well-being in many areas of life – including how you feel about your job.

Did you know that research shows that people who exercise are more productive, less stressed and happier with their work than those who don’t?  Not only that, they feel that way even moreso on the days they actually work out than on the days they don’t work out.


Do you want sustained productivity and a good mood throughout your workday?  Do this…


Want a routine that doesn’t require a lot of time, money or effort?

Working out doesn’t have to take hours, require travel to a gym, require lots of expensive equipment that eventually just collects dust, becomes a dumping ground for clothing and junks up your house – nor does it have to break your budget.  Even a short workout can have a profound impact on how you feel about yourself, your job, your day – your life!  So how can you achieve that?

Well, it’s not often that I endorse specific health routines – usually because I am so discerning (and sometimes skeptical) about what “works”- after all, what works is different for everyone!  But I have had the good fortune to personally come to know Dana Lee of RealFit.tv.  Dana is a fitness instructor who has developed an on-line, at-home fitness program that is highly accessible to anyone interested in a new way to achieve their health ambitions.  Dana’s approach is affordable, effective and best of all – she offers routines that change frequently in many different workout genres – from cycle, kickboxing, step, strength, H.I.I.T and even yoga!!

Yahoo – because I know I hate doing the same routine over and over – it’s boring and it’s not effective!

I asked Dana to guest blog for you to give you a fast solution if fitness is in your way to moving forward with confidence toward a job you can love!  I learned something from this blog – so I’m super happy to offer it to you!

Plus, in this blog Dana offers you the opportunity to Join RealResults for 30 days (which you can join for as little as $17) and if you aren’t seeing results within the first 4 weeks, she will even give you your money back!

If feeling and looking fit has been holding you back from going after the job of your dreams – you can get over that hurdle – affordably, for no financial risk and right now!

 So, enjoy Dana Lee’s blog!

A guest blog by Dana Lee of RealFit.tv – “RealFit in 5: 5 Steps That Brought Me From Sugar-Burning to Fat-Burning”

 “Over the course of the last year, I have been working on re-training my body to get off the sugar (or carbs) and use my own body fat for energy instead.

And over the weekend, it hit me. I’ve come a long way with this transition. In fact, it’s safe to say, I have arrived.

Here’s how I know….

Over the weekend (my husband) Steve & I stayed with some friends in Philly. We all got tickets to see a TEDx talk at the University of Pennsylvania. The event was on Sunday, so we headed down early to meet up with everyone on Saturday & stay the night. That way we could catch up over dinner & drinks then feel less rushed in the morning to make it in time for the 10am start.

Side note: By the way, if you haven’t gone to any live TEDx talks, they are AWESOME. I make it a point to subject myself to people with big ideas & insights who are not afraid to share their concepts with the world. TEDx is known for forward-thinking and revolutionary concepts. I. JUST. LOVE. THEM.

So, what ELSE came of this awesome trip?

I realized that I can now travel & not feel like I’m a slave to my food (or my workouts for that matter.)

No stressing out about what, when & how I’m going to eat on the road or in someone else’s house where I’m staying. No freaking out because I don’t have the “right” snacks & I’m starving.

It’s a rather amazing feeling and I am finally ready to share how I did it with you in this week’s RealFit in 5 video.

It started with recognizing & admitting these 2 things:
1. Carbs (even “healthy whole grains” at every meal was no longer a good idea for me. It caused my blood sugar to spike, my stomach to growl, and my mood to drop which made me HANGRY within 2 -3 hours of eating. It made me a slave to my food.
2. My hormones had more to do with how my body was handling food and my mood than I was willing to admit in the past.

I put off taking care of these things because eating carbs is hard to let go of! Carbs & sugar are the fun foods! the comfort foods.

AND, I was in denial about how much my body TRULY needed to benefit my health and level of “feel good.” I would reach to them to fell good, but that was a temporary fix that lead to a crash shortly there-after.

The other reason I put it off was because I wasn’t ready to go off my birth control. (I shared this in a previous video) Not getting my period was AWESOME! …So I thought. Then it caught up to me & was becoming quite the hinderance in my life.

Once I faced these 2 things, I made a decision to do something about it. (remember my post on decision making a couple weeks ago?)

Here’s what I did:
1. I went off my birth control & got my hormones tested. Magdalena gave me a protocol to help balance them out naturally.
Click here for info on hormone testing.

2. I shifted my carb intake to the evening.
Check out John Kiefer of Body.io who opened my mind to a different approach with my food.

3. I balanced out my workouts. Less cardio. More rest days. I’ve talked about this before & it holds true for me – the more cardio I do, the more ravenous my appetite & well, that kinda defeats the purpose for me. Also, with my cortisol levels high ( proven from my saliva test), I knew that cardio would actually cause me to HOLD ONTO body fat, not burn it.

4. I incorporated yoga as part of my stress relieving strategy for mental & emotional health. (Did you know we now have regularly scheduled new yoga videos in RealResults too?)

5. I got back to lifting for 30-45 minutes 3 times a week. Strength training promotes hormone balance and lean muscle tissue for a more efficient metabolism.

Want a 2 or 3-day a week strength program to follow? I’ve got it covered for you. Join RealResults for 30 days & if you aren’t seeing results within the first 4 weeks, I will give you your money back!

I would love to hear about YOUR experience with being a sugar burner… or perhaps you have already made the switch yourself! Share here!”



About Gina Calvano

Gina Calvano is a certified coach and Senior Professional in Human Resources, with over 20 years of experience as a talent management professional in both the private and non-profit sectors. With a unique approach, she combines her strategic corporate expertise and accreditations with metaphysics and transformational thinking which has resulted in people all over the world feeling good about themselves and connected to a sense of purpose.

She created the Success Readiness Bootcamp™, a step by step process that enables people to easily discover their unique talents and abilities and match them to majors, jobs, industries and leisure pursuits. Gina is also the co-author of Breakthrough! Inspirational Strategies for an Audaciously Authentic Life with NY Times Best Selling Authors Marci Shimoff, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood and Powerful Connections Made Easy™ with Aprille Trupiano, and is currently working on her next book — Caged in My Cube: The Turnaround Guide For Loving The Job You Hate.

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