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Hi, my name is Sue, and I'm an exercise junkie. I use exercise to reduce my depression and anxiety. (Mic drop). 

End of statement. I'm one of the millions of people who probably (I hope) looks fine on the outside, but struggles on the inside. 

 That's why I exercise and that's why I eat "clean". I have struggled with depression for most of my life. I believe in medication, therapy, meditation, and journaling- anything that can help you get out of bed and function. 

For me, toughest aspect is being able to stick with behaviors that help reduce depression. I know- this sounds so silly. If it helps, do it, right? Well, the problem with depression is that you constantly feel like you can't- there are a lot of days where it takes all your energy just to get out of bed.

My mom has never had depression. She wakes up everyday, popping out of bed at 80 years old, makes the coffee, does the dishes, reads the paper, and simply just starts doing her day. She...

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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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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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