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Turning Wine into Water! How to Swap out Your Favorite Beverage WITHOUT Feeling Deprived.

On average, Americans gained 1.5 pounds a month over the pandemic, which translates to almost 30 pounds in 18 months. Parents and essential workers gained 36 to 38 pounds over the pandemic, while 48% of millennials reported gaining-on average-over 40 lbs. More women gained weight compared to me, but women gained only 22 lbs to the mens' 39 pound average. 

As a health and fitness coach, I totally get it. I was like everyone else. I didn't have a job to go to everyday, my kid didn't have school to go to. It felt like Spring Break...that never ended. I was acting like a Hobbit, heading into the kitchen for elevenses, then lunch, then tea, then dinner, then supper- you get the idea. If I had kept that up I would be writing a very different article right now. 

The pandemic and lockdown left many of us without any structure. Our regular, normal, mundane, boring lives of taking the kids to school and going to work were turned completely upside down. Self-care blogs on how to...

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Got a Desk Job? 5 Daily Habits to Get and Stay Healthy!...when you sit for a living...

 

I hear the terms "Health and Wellness" thrown around a lot these days. It seems like every social media post and online article has some sort of tip on how to achieve long-term "Health and Wellness." Do we even know what that looks like? What if my version of health and wellness is different than yours? Are we still both healthy and well even though we have different versions? 

Today I'm going to give us a little working definition of what it means to be living a life of health and wellness. 

Let's begin with the definition of wellness I found on Dr. Google, "Wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical, mental, and emotional health outcomes."

AWESOME! I'm so glad they cleared that up! Okey dokie, let's go be healthy and well!

Wait a second, what do they mean by healthy habits? What are these healthy habits? Is there a universal standard? Or can I make up my own rules? Is daily consumption of ice cream a healthy habit? It...

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Learning to Workout because it Feels Good!

 

Like everyone else, I am ready to put 2020 in the rearview mirror and take off as fast as possible in the opposite direction. The last year was...interesting...to say the least! Now that I'm looking back instead of being in the middle of it, I realize that I learned some stuff about myself.


Way back when I first got into fitness, I wanted to get strong. I wanted to be able to do simple things, like a straight leg push-up. I remember the first time I just plopped on the floor and pounded out 10 push-ups while working with a client. It was really cool to be able to do a push-up without struggling! the client being super impressed was a nice bonus, but I digress.

My goal for working out was always to get strong. A nice bonus was that I started to like how I looked. I've never had a very positive body image- which is why I LOVE the #bodypositive movement. My hips are too wide, my legs are too thick, my arms aren't toned enough...blah blah blah...The only part of my body that I liked were...

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I LOVE Banging My head into a Wall...Over and Over and Over Again!

 

"I LOVE banging my head into a wall over and over and over again because THIS is the time when it won't hurt." Then we proceed to bang our head into that wall...just one more time...this is the LAST TIME....I really mean it...but I'm going to test it just once more, just make sure...and guess what? It hurt! 

Sound familiar? Just this week I had kind of a silly realization about my face cream (No, nothing earth shattering- sorry to disappoint!). I finally realized that it wasn't very moisturizing. I thought about some of the other products I use and realized that the serum I out on at night is very nice, so maybe I'll try that under my sunscreen instead. You know what? It worked! Lovely dewey skin of a 20 year old! Ok...not really, but a big improvement. It helps make the sunscreen go on much smoother- makes the sunscreen look better- and it feels better. Desired results achieved. Woo hoo! 

Now, how did I arrive at this mind blowing realization? I took a step back and...

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The "Why" behind EZ fit in 10

 

Start with  the "why" in mind. This is how great leaders inspire us. But what does that even mean?  Start with the "why" in mind? 

Simon Sinek describes his Golden Circle like this; we know our "what" (what I'm doing) and we know our "how" (how do I do it), but often times we don't know our "why" (why am I doing this?)

When it comes to fitness I would say most of us exercise because Dr. Oz said to be healthier, we should exercise. Or maybe our doctor recommended that we exercise to lower our blood pressure or blood sugar or cholesterol - all excellent reasons- but is that enough to truly inspire us to do something we don't actually want to do? 

For most of us, the answer is no- it's not. 

I have a close friend who just got diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. To say she was bummed is an understatement. Now my friend has never been a big fan of exercise- especially cardio. She fights it tooth and nail! But as she was researching effective methods for managing...

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Do What you LOVE and LOVE what you Do!

 

"Do what you LOVE, and LOVE what you DO!" ~everyone

I am always so amazed by people who can put all their time and effort into reaching a goal.  The focus and drive that it takes to pursue something that may or not pan out- scary! That is probably the scariest thing that I can think of- doing your best, working really hard, putting the time and effort into something with no guarantee that you'll be successful- yuck! No thank you. 

However, I did that all the time as a kid. When I was a teenager I did a ton of theater- that was my thing. I was really good at it, so I got quite a bit of ego-stroking back in the day. The accolades were great, but I didn't need much encouragement. I loved every minute from auditions to rehearsal to show time. 

I especially LOVED showtime. My heart race with anticipation, feeling like it would burst with excitement. Being in a show felt like you were riding a rollercoaster every night. But at some point the ride had to end; time to get off...

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It's True, It's True! 10 Minutes of Exercise Works!

What? No way! You mean I can get ALL the awesome cool benefits from exercise in only 10 minutes? 

You mean I can exercise for only 10 minutes and still raise my metabolism? Lose body fat? Increase energy? 

Is this a trap? Like the good old bait and switch? "You only have to exercise for 10 minutes today, but tomorrow it'll need to be 2 hours!" 

Nope, this isn't a trick or a trap. There's real hard science proving that 10 minutes of exercise is just as effective as 30 minutes. So ditch that "all or nothing" attitude and let's look at the benefits of 10 minute workouts, or as I like to call them- Fitbreaks!

1. Boost your Mood and Brainpower

Have you noticed that at the beginning of a task, you’re focused and productive, but after a while, your attention starts to drift? Well sure- everyone's does- that's why you go to the kitchen looking for a snack! Instead of searching in the pantry for something to get your head back into that project, do a 10 minute...

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"If You want to Win the Lottery, You Have to Buy a Ticket"

"If you want to win the Lottery, You Have to Buy a Ticket"~Sue Spencer, adapted from Elizabeth Gilbert

I watched the first few minutes of Eat, Pray, Love last night and was reminded of this quick little parable: 

“There's a wonderful old Italian joke about a poor man who goes to church every day and prays before the statue of a great saint, begging, "Dear saint-please, please, please...give me the grace to win the lottery." This lament goes on for months. Finally the exasperated statue comes to life, looks down at the begging man and says in weary disgust, "My son-please, please, please...buy a ticket."

If You Want to Win the Healthy Lifestyle Lottery, You Have to Buy a Ticket 

We want to be as healthy as possible. We want to have the energy to do the things we love to do. We want to feel rested from a good night’s sleep. We want to enjoy our lives. Well my friends, you’ve got to buy the ticket. 

I wish I could wave my magic fitness fairy wand and...

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What Happened to 10,000 Steps a Day? Didn't you hear? Steps are SOOO last YEAR!

 

Ugh!!!! I swear, the fitness industry is so annoying! One day we're telling you walking is enough to get you healthier, then the next day we're telling you something different. What gives?

Well, unfortunately, the answer is, as always....it depends. 

What does it depend on? Your goals. What results are YOU looking for from an exercise program?

Today I'm going to to give you definitive, exact answers to the question, "How much exercise do you REALLY need?"

Goal number 1, "I want more energy".

Do you feel tired all the time? Do you have a hard time staying focused on a task or project? Do you need a dose, or two, or three, of caffeine to get through your day? 

Doing just 10 minutes of purposeful movement can significantly increase your energy. Here's the science:

When we do purposeful movement, like exercise, for just 10 minutes, we bring oxygen into our brains and muscles. Oxygen is energy. So think of a 10 minute Fitbreak as a natural "power boost". You're literally...

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