Keep the Yummy Stuff in Your Diet

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My philosophy on staying healthy is to keep everything in balance.

  • Have a slice of pizza, don't eat the whole pie.

  • Have a brownie; just don't eat the whole pan.

  • You have to enjoy life and enjoy food.

If you start making certain food or food groups 'off limits' you may deprive yourself of essential nutrients. And you will almost surely crave what you cannot have which can lead to overeating.

After retiring from elite competition, I quickly gained a good amount of weight on my 5"1' frame. I felt sluggish and was embarrassed by all the extra weight. I felt like I had let people down. I did not look like an Olympic champion. Nor did I feel like one. I was sluggish, lost confidence in myself and quickly realized I was shying away from doing the things I once loved.

One morning when I couldn't fit into my favorite pair of 'relaxed fit' jeans, I sat down in my closet and wondered how I had not seen this coming. What had I done and how could I turn things around? In gymnastics, if I wanted to learn a skill I would map out all the things I had to do in order to make it happen. And now I had to put those skills to use again.

Over the next few years, with much trial and error, I sculpted a healthy lifestyle plan for myself. At first I tried almost every diet I read about. Not one of them worked and they certainly weren't something I could stick with for the long haul. I was too focused on getting thin, not healthy.

Hitting an all-time low in my self-esteem, I chose a new strategy.

I would not deprive myself of my favorite foods. Rather, I would cut down on portion size, eat a more balanced diet, and workout 4-5 times per week for 30-45 minutes.

All of this seemed doable and I resigned myself to try it for at least 12 weeks.

I didn't lose the weight overnight but I was seeing results. Not only was I looking more toned, I was also enjoying food! And the best part is that it was a lifestyle I could maintain.

Bottom line... don't hesitate to reach for dessert. Remember portion size and don't forget about the fitness portion of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
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Posted In: Fitness 12/1/2011

The mission of Shannon Miller Lifestyle is to inform, educate and inspire women to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Through books, DVD's motivational speaking, a weekly call-in radio show, and website.
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Wife, Mother, Dog lover, Cancer Survivor (2011)
Olympic Gymnast

* 7 Olympic Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze
* 9 World Championship Medals: 5 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze
* Member of 8 Halls of Fame
* Most Decorated Gymnast, male or female, in United States history

Television/Radio Personality

* Television (host/analyst/commentary) includes NBC, ABC, Comcast, MSNBC, etc.
* Spokesperson and Health Advocate
* Host of weekly call-in radio show Shannon Miller Lifestyle (AM690 and 106.9FM WOKV)

Health and Fitness

* President of Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health & Fitness for Women
* Speaker, Author, Designer
* Health and Fitness Advocate
* SML Products include multiple fitness and health related books, DVD’s, SML Personal Fitness Mat, SML pedometer, Free online Shannon Miller Walk-Fit program and much more coming soon!

Shannon Miller remains The Most Decorated American Gymnast, male or female, in history. She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympics Hall of Fame – Twice! (Individual (2006) and Team (2008))

Shannon has won an astounding 59 International and 49 National competition medals. Over half of these have been gold. She is the only US gymnast to win 2 World All-Around Titles. Her tally of five medals (2 silver, 3 bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a US athlete. At the ’96 Games, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the US Women’s first ever Team Gold and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured Gold on the Balance Beam.

Finding success in the professional world.

She holds a BBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and her law degree from Boston College. In addition to her broadcasting and spokesperson duties, hosting her own radio show and writing a series of fitness books, cookbooks and filming her Fit Pregnancy and Body After Baby DVD’s; Shannon continues to be a sought after motivational speaker. Shannon’s company Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health & Fitness For Women has exploded into a movement! SML took part in over 120 events in 2010 and is on track to exceed that this year.

Most recently Shannon launched her “Walk-Fit Program” a FREE online tracking and incentive program. Register now and get your free SML pedometer here. In addition, Shannon has just added her newly designed SML Personal Fitness Mat to her collection that will take your workout to a whole new level. She worked with experts to design a mat that will act as a shock absorber while you workout. It offers more padding than a yoga mat while remaining highly transportable. It is light, easy to fold up and carry or store under your bed.

Staying connected to the sports world.

Shannon remains connected to the sports world hosting televised events, commentating, speaking and teaching. Get coached by Shannon Miller, America’s Most Decorated Gymnast, with Nintendo DS “Imagine Gymnast”. And now “Get in the Game” with Shannon Miller. You can get her iPhone app here as she coaches you through all the tips and tricks of gymnastics training!

Setting a mission and overcoming her own battle to help other women achieve a healthy and fit lifestyle.

After battling with her own weight and confidence after retiring from Olympic competition Shannon has made it her mission to help other women achieve a healthy and fit lifestyle. In 2011, after a diagnosis of a Germ Cell Tumor, a type of ovarian cancer, she has become a passionate advocate for women to get their regular exams and screenings. Early detection save lives. you can follow Shannon’s cancer and chemo journey on her personal blog, My Journey, along with videos and information from physicians, nurses and other experts in the field. Whether you want to know what chemo therapy is like or how to do your make up or wigs after losing your hair, Shannon’s blog covers it all.

Through her personal stories of trial and triumph Shannon shares with her audience the idea of “balance” in our efforts to be successful and live a healthy and fit lifestyle. She brings her never back down attitude to her professional life as well as her health.

Shannon and her husband welcomed their first child, John Rocco, on October 28th, 2009.

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