Lindy Vincent

Lindy Vincent recently opened a personal training business, Moxie Fitness, which provides personal training services to time-crunched, health-conscious people. Additionally, she is a coach for Team Beach Body, the creator of well-known exercise DVDs and nutritional supplements. Read more about Lindy Vincent.

50 Cent Makes Change

Posted by: Lindy Vincent Updated: May 29, 2010 - 9:41 AM

 

Have you taken a good look at the rapper/actor 50 Cent lately? Pictures of him looking emaciated and much older are all over the internet.  I’m not a big 50 Cent fan, but the change is so dramatic that  I found myself wanting to learn more about what he’s been up to lately.   I quickly discovered that he made the dramatic change in his appearance for his role as a football player stricken with cancer in the upcoming movie “Things Fall Apart”. He went from a buff 214 pounds to an anorexic-looking  160 pounds in just nine weeks by drinking a liquid diet and spending three hours a day on the treadmill. Wow. 
The first thought that I had was “that’s crazy”.   My mind was flooded with gnawing questions such as, how could anyone do this to themselves? How safe was this weight loss method? How much money was he paid to suffer this kind of abuse? Was he under a doctor’s care? I can relate to taking your craft seriously, and wanting to be the best at what you do, but to jeopardize your health for a temporary role? I don’t think so. 
Seeing 50 Cent’s results may tempt some people to try a liquid diet as a quick weight loss solution. It’s summer, you may have a wedding or a class reunion to attend, so what’s the harm, right? Kids, please don’t try this at home. Liquid diets typically consist of 500-900 calories per day (as opposed to 1200 calories minimum recommended by nutritionist and doctors). Not only does this method of extreme weight loss and exercise cause fatigue, constipation, irritability and weakness, but in the long run it can decrease metabolism, dramatically erode muscle mass, cause heart problems, chronic issues with digestion, coma or even death. We’re talking about a potentially life-threatening situation.    
The weight loss solution recommended for everyday people, while not glamorous, is safe and effective. You’ve heard it a thousand times before, and it still holds true: eat a sensible diet made up of primarily unprocessed, whole foods, and move your body every day. There’s no magic, no silver bullet and no short or long-term debilitating effects when you follow this principle.
Although 50 Cent didn’t consult me before he made the decision to embark on this crazy weight loss venture, if he had I would have told him to pass on this role. Besides, he’s a much better rapper than actor anyway. Fade to black…….

Health Czar in the House

Posted by: Lindy Vincent Updated: May 25, 2010 - 5:26 PM

 

In a panic I called an off-cycle family meeting to discuss our healthy eating and exercise plan. I was headed to the grocery store to re-stock after returning home from vacation the day before and I felt it necessary to announce that I would not be bringing home any chips, junk or craziness. It was definitely time to snap out of vacation mode and get back to reality. It’s not the first time we’ve talked about this as a family, but I definitely felt a sense of urgency in bringing it up again. We had just spent the prior week in the Bahamas for Spring break and the kids and my husband ate so much fast food, ice cream and fries that the running joke was that my husband was going to turn into a hamburger, my son was going to turn into a hot dog and my youngest daughter was going to turn into a chicken nugget. My oldest daughter ate a variety of equally unhealthy foods but she mixed it up more so she couldn’t identify with just one dish. Being on vacation and eating almost every meal out for a week was not optimal and allowed the kids (and my husband) to get overly comfortable eating poorly and lounging. Some would argue that that’s the purpose of a vacation, but I disagree. I think you can maintain healthy habits regardless of your circumstances. 
As a trainer and a health enthusiast I pretty much eat the same way when I travel as when I’m at home.   I travel with my own snacks, stick to my exercise plan and make sure to drink my 96 ounces of water daily. So, I feel totally stressed out when I see my family “relaxing” their nutritional standards and eating junk food like there’s no tomorrow.  Now that we were home I wanted to remind them that our goal as Team Vincent is to take care of our bodies through healthy eating and daily movement. As soon as I announced the renewed emphasis on healthy eating and exercise my ten-year old and my eight-year old looked at each other and rolled their eyes and let out a groan. I actually felt bad for a hot minute because I don’t like being the “health police”, but I truly want them to be equipped to make healthy choices when I’m not around. As crazy as life can be the last thing I want them to worry about are preventable weight and health issues. As a parent I know that it is my responsibility to feed my kids healthy foods, insure that they get enough exercise and to generally lay the foundation for healthy lives, but at times they can lay the guilt on thick and make me feel as if I am too strict. Even my husband, who is very health conscious most of the time, can give me the puppy dog eyes when I’m on a roll, preaching the virtues of a healthy lifestyle. Realizing that not everyone is as enthusiastic as I am when it comes to nutrition and exercise I took a step back and suggested that we focus on a core group of priorities that everyone could stick with and incorporate into our daily lives.
In an effort to keep it simple and to optimize compliance we decided to re-dedicate ourselves to the 5-point Team Vincent Health Plan, also known as the TVHP:
1)      Eat breakfast every morning. This is a big one because study after study shows that people who eat breakfast are more alert, have more energy and eat fewer calories throughout the day.
2)      Snack on fruits and veggies (e.g.carrot sticks, celery dipped in ranch dressing). We each try and eat 5-7 servings a day.
3)      Watch our portions. Just because food is there and looks good doesn’t mean we have to eat it. Learn your bodies hunger and fullness ques and feed it accordingly.
4)      Spend time moving our bodies every day. This can be riding a bike, walking around the neighborhood or dancing to Radio Disney.
5)      No juice rule. Drink water or milk unless there is a special occasion like attending a party. Our pediatrician told me about 3 years ago that the hidden calories in juice are the number one culprit in childhood obesity.
So far we’ve done a pretty decent job at sticking to the plan. I would give our family an eight out of ten on the healthy eating scale. I realize it could be a lot worse, but I’m still shooting for the 10! I was really encouraged and really thrilled last week when my daughter declared that she wants to start running with me and that her goal was to be able to run five miles without stopping by the end of the summer. I smiled to myself and realized that children really do look to their parents for guidance and direction. I’m happy to play the role of health czar for Team Vincent and will continue to try and think of innovative ways to get my point across and make being healthy fun.

More about Lindy Vincent

Posted by: Lindy Vincent Updated: March 9, 2010 - 11:06 AM

Lindy Vincent was raised in Cleveland, Ohio where she was educated in a private girls’ school. She was raised in a single-parent home with an older sister and a mother who worked her way through college as an adult, and went on to become the assistant dean of student affairs at Case Western Reserve University. Her sister, Joy, is two years older than she is, and they were both expected to pursue higher education as a means to a better life.

Early in her undergraduate studies, Vincent, always interested in health and living things, decided to seek a career in biology. She majored in Human Biology at Stanford University, graduating in 1988. After taking some time to work in corporate America, she changed the course of her career to pursue a career in marketing and was awarded a fellowship to the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, where she earned her MBA in 1993.

Vincent has spent the bulk of her career as a marketer for such renowned companies as General Mills, General Electric, Sara Lee and Target. In 2007, with the birth of her third child, Lindy decided to take a break and remain at home to care full-time for her three children as Mom-in-Chief. Throughout her life,  Vincent has remained physically active and interested in health and fitness, with a focus on running. She has completed several 5K and10k races as well as a few half marathons, and ran the Twin Cities marathon in 2003. She continues to run today.

Recently, Vincent decided to take her passion for health and fitness one step further by becoming a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified personal trainer. With her business acumen and passion for health and fitness, she recently opened a personal training business, Moxie Fitness, which provides personal training services to time-crunched, health-conscious people. Additionally, she is a coach for Team Beach Body, the creator of numerous well-known exercise DVDs and nutritional supplements. Vincent believes that everyone deserves a chance to be healthy and fit.

Her goal, in addition to growing her personal training business, is to found a non-profit organization that serves the low-income communities of the Twin Cities through evangelizing nutrition and exercise. She is married to Anton Vincent; they have 3 children: Chase, Dylan and Peyton.

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