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December Superstar- Lauren Kirschner

Metabolic health and wellness, in general, involve many moving pieces; everything has to be working together. As we discussed in our main article, it takes all six lifestyle essentials to manage your metabolic health. Our Super Star, Lauren, implements all lifestyle essentials into her routines. Sometimes it comes naturally to her, while other times, she has to work a little harder on it. Learn how Lauren uses balanced nutrition, optimized exercise, stress/sleep management, mindset/vision, education, and community as she 'pro-ages' and manages her metabolic health.

Meet Lauren

Lauren joined Sphericality and then The Limitless Lifestyle Academy because she wanted to hear herself the best chance to find herself in a healthy place as she approached her 50's. It was essential to her to have the energy and strength to keep up with her teenage kids and be fit for herself as she got older.

"It's hard to pinpoint one favorite part of the programs because it's all so great. The instructors...

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Insulin Resistance!

Insulin Resistance, I'm sure you've heard this term before! It might have been on that commercial, blaming people's inability to lose weight on their insulin resistance. This is partly true! Losing weight when you're insulin resistant is very hard to do, but it's not as simple as that and cannot be fixed with a pill like the commercial makes it seem.

How We Use Insulin

Before we talk about insulin resistance, we need to talk about insulin sensitivity and how our body uses insulin.

1. Minimize insulin release. This occurs when your body is highly sensitive to insulin. Only a small amount of insulin is necessary to effectively and efficiently clear glucose from your blood to its storage sites. This is great news because your body has a tough time burning fat in the presence of insulin. The less insulin you have floating around, the better.

2. Quick and efficient blood sugar clearance. Again, this will occur when your body is highly sensitive to insulin.

3. Maximize glycogen uptake....

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We're Grateful for Gratitude!

Tis' the season to be grateful. Have you ever sat around the Thanksgiving Dinner table as everyone took turns saying what they're thankful for? As we rush around this holiday season, it's important to remember to practice gratitude throughout the season, not just one evening. Gratitude is the state of being grateful and involves expressing appreciation and thanks for the things you have in your life. You can be thankful for anything, like a beautiful day or a delicious cup of coffee. The gratitude can also be for something less tangible, like being grateful for your health or the strength of a relationship. Why is it important to practice gratitude and how to get started?

Why We're Grateful for Gratitude

There are quite a few physical and mental health benefits associated with practicing gratitude. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. They adhere to the idea that gratitude is a positive emotion that has a...

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What Could You Do with 5 Minutes!?

Self-Care

At The Limitless Lifestyle Academy, we are big proponents of self-care and taking the time for yourself before taking time and taking care of other people. Many of our women are mothers, grandmothers, wives, and many also have high-demand jobs.

Over and over again, we hear and see women taking a back seat to everything else going on in their lives. We believe in women coming first for themselves and their families, and that's not selfish. We encourage engaging in self-care because we know it's a great way to take care of your body, mind, and soul. It is essential that you stay happy and healthy for everyone around you.

Self-care is simple. All it requires is participating in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress.

 

Take 5 Minutes

Thinking about taking care of yourself can be overwhelming with a busy life and many demands, but that's no reason to avoid it. We have a solution for you! In our Four Seasons program, we use Precision Nutrition. This program...

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November Superstar- Patty Burke

Meet Patty

Patty joined Sphericality and The Limitless Lifestyle Academy for our inaugural virtual retreat in January 2021. A very good friend invited her, they wanted to see what it was all about.

They knew the retreat was geared towards women over 40, a unique period in women's lives. Since 40, Patty and her friend had been struggling with their weight. The things they had done when they were younger weren't working anymore.

They decided they would jump in a give it a try. After the retreat, they immediately joined The New Way to Wellness Six-week Experience, and the program hooked them. Now Patty is a member of our Four Seasons program and continues to change her health and wellness.

Big Changes

While Patty has made some significant changes, she's had two big ones related to mindset since joining our community. One, she no longer fixates on her weight. She knows weight is just a number and her body composition is more important for long-term health. She looks at her wellness...

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Make SMART Goals - Create Success!

What are SMART Goals?

Goal creating is a significant aspect of our 4 Seasons Program and our private one-on-one coaching. We always make sure goals are SMART, and we work with our clients to make sure it fits with the five elements.

SMART goals must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and Timely. Goals are created using specific criteria that ensure your objectives are attainable within a certain time frame. Writing a SMART goal entails working through each of those five components to build a measurable goal that encompasses precisely what needs to be accomplished and when and how you'll know when you're successful.

This approach eliminates generalities and guesswork, sets a clear timeline, and makes it that much easier to track progress and identify missed milestones.

Creating SMART Goals

To help understand how to create a SMART goal, we will use a typical example to discuss the five elements of the SMART goal. A common challenge we hear from our clients is getting...

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October Superstar- Lynn Mears

How It Started

Lynn came to Sphericality three years ago after putting her mother in a nursing home. She was worn out from caring for her and needed a change in her life. A close friend of Lynn's invited her to meet Dorian, and she made the commitment to herself and to the program in that first meeting with Dorian. When I asked Lynn what her favorite part of the program was, she said she didn't have one. She said,

"Everything works together, and I think that is what impresses me the most about Spherically. Real-life change happens when I work on all the different aspects of life. Eating right and exercise are just a small part of healthy living. Mindset, purpose, and vision need to be aligned as well as stress and sleep, to make change lasting."

Lynn's Mission

In The Four Seasons program, we are constantly working on mission statements and keeping them at the forefront of what we do. These play a huge role in mindset, purpose, and vision. These statements also help create goals...

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September Superstar- Alicia Worden

Meet Alicia

Hello! My name is Alicia Worden, and I joined Sphericality about ten years ago.

I struggled with keeping up with many things physically due to having a severe loss of cartilage in my knees. I went to see a doctor at the Hospital For Special Surgery, and he said I have a very painful looking MRI! He also said I am not a candidate for knee surgery and should build my muscles around my knees.

My exercise program is not working out for me, so I decided to place a call to Dorian. I knew within the first minute of our conversation that this was the place for me. A caring and nurturing place with Dorian being at the center, it was going to be perfect.

Alicia's 'why'

My favorite part of the program is that the instructors are wonderful at meeting everyone at their comfort level and working with each individual to meet their goals. I love coming to the studio and getting the coaching I need to build my muscles and get in shape overall. After a short time, I did not have to take...

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Thinking Positive is Positive for Your Health

What is Positive Thinking?

Positive thinking is the practice of focusing on the good of any given situation. This does not mean you ignore the bad things that happen in life; it's how you deal with them. One who practices positive thinking looks at everything that happens in life and expects that all will go well and work in their favor. They believe the best will happen, not the worst. Positive thinking starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the constant stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These thoughts can be both positive or negative. If your self-talk is more optimistic, you're an optimist. If it's more negative, you're a pessimist.

Positive Thinking and Health

Positive thinking is connected to health and wellness. This accounts for both physical and mental health. Chronic and long-term stress can be a cause of many health problems.

When you have chronic stress, your body does not turn off the fight or flight mechanisms we engage in when under a stressful or...

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Vitamin D Reboot-Why You Need More of the ‘Sunshine’ Vitamin and 5 Best Vitamin D Rich Foods

Imagine a world without the sun's heat and light…life on Earth would not exist.

Up to 50% of the world's population might not be getting enough sun, leaving many people deficient in vitamin D, the only nutrient your body produces when exposed to sunlight.

This is partly because people are spending more time indoors, wear sunscreen outside, and eat a diet low in quality sources of vitamin D.

With world-wide attention focused on the importance of vitamin D, here’s what you need to know.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a micronutrient that is needed for optimal health throughout your whole life.

It is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning that it dissolves in fat/oil and can be stored in the body for long periods of time. There are two main forms, D2 and D3; D3 being more effective.

Vitamin D is also unique, because it is both a nutrient we eat, and a hormone that our body makes from exposure to sunlight, which is why it is often named the ‘sunshine’ vitamin. 

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