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Oh No! My Inner Demon is Keeping Me Up at Night!

This morning my iPad wasn't working- no sound. I checked all the usual spots- maybe the airpods or headphones were connected or maybe my speaker was connected. Nope- all "normal". 

Next I did something very unusual. I turned it off. I powered it down and let it rest. Guess what? It worked. A few hours later I turned it back on and now I'm listening to lovely music as I work at my desk. Magic!

Normally this type of incident would send me over the edge. I'd poke some buttons only to get more frustrated with not being able to fix the problem because honestly, I don't really understand how the thing works in the first place, and that would get me even more frustrated. Then I'd probably start looking for a replacement, assuming that the contraption is broken beyond repair and once again being thankful that I have Apple care for just this type of situation. Yes- I have a slight tendency towards over reaction. 

This time though I stayed calm, simply turning the thing off and...

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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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"I Can't Change the Direction of the Wind, ..."

But I can adjust my sails to reach my destination" ~ Jimmy Dean.

One of the toughest things to do is change. We know this. We don’t like change. Change takes us into the unknown, into uncertainty. This creates anxiety and worry. YUCK! Who wants that? 

When the wind changes, we have a choice. We can stay exactly the same, fighting to keep moving towards our destination, battling the wind, hoping and praying that the wind will change back. Or, we can work with our new circumstances, change the sails so to speak, and work with our new circumstances to our advantage. 

I’m a health and fitness coach. My job is to help people through the process of creating positive healthy behaviors. Most of the time my job is to just help bring awareness to a situation- basically help you become aware that the wind has changed and how to work with your new circumstances so you can reach your destination more easily instead of constantly “fighting the wind”. 

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Why the "Just Do It" Mentality Doesn't Work (for most people).

The Fitness Industry’s Dirty Little Secret: Part Two

(Read Part 1 here)

In Part One I discussed what the Fitness Industry’s Dirty Little Secret Is:

We train YOU like we train ourselves. "Do what I do and you shall be healthy and happy like me".

The Nike campaign of “Just Do It” highlighted one of the main truths about a successful fitness program; you exercise simply because that’s what a healthy, active person does. Everyday. Rain or shine. You’ve just got to do it. If you want to look like (insert ideal body image here), then this fitness program (that was designed by an athlete-a trainer- a group exercise instructor) is what you must do. 

100% accurate, true, this IS what works. For exercise to be effective you must exercise Frequently (30 minutes minimum), Consistently (5 days a week), and at an Intensity that is Challenging (break a sweat). That’s the truth. If you want results, that’s how it needs to be done. 

However,...

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Find Out What the Fitness Industry Doesn't Want You to Know!

The Fitness Industry has a Dirty Little Secret that they DON’T want you to know. Want to know what it is? 

As I’m scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, I often wonder, “who’s coming up with these workouts?” Well, me. I’m  one of those “fitness people” who make up the fitness industry. I’m a trainer and Group Exercise instructor, so I am definitely “one of THOSE people”.   I keep telling you if you just move for 10 minutes, it will change your life!  

Back to my point- who’s making up this stuff? Who’s the mastermind behind HIIT training and Tabatas? Olympic lifts and marathons? Hot Yoga and Zumba? It’s people who LIKE to move. Actually, it’s people who LOVE to move. People who love to exercise. People who are motivated by competitions, people who keep striving to lift more, run farther, bend deeper. We can’t imagine our lives without exercise....

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