Shhh….. The Perfect Workout

Shhh….. The Perfect Workout

It is natural to want to care about your looks. It is natural to want to have the “perfect” body. It is natural to look at the magazine cover and want to be them. So, you save the photos of the workouts, screen shot the workouts and then begin doing the workouts waiting for the results.  However, you become frustrated, still searching for the next workout.

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Invisible Illness Vs. Fitness

Invisible Illness Vs. Fitness

“This idea of modification has taught me how to be adaptable and flexible to not only trying new things, but especially to not get discouraged in not being able to do the things I knew I would cause discomfort. It taught me that modifications are okay – it didn’t make me weaker, or less active, or less adequate. My thought process would be was, “I know my body, that’s not a good idea. I will certainly do a modified version, and if the modified becomes too easy, I will try a few of the regular kinds, even if slow or just a few.” 

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Scars & Stretch Marks

Scars & Stretch Marks
I look in the mirror and I feel I failed you. I look back at the pictures of victory in the athletic arena. I scrutinize over my many choices that could have been better since that time. Maybe I could have abstained from that decadent dish while dining out, or pushed myself a little harder in a prenatal workout, or chosen to workout rather than sleep in my delirious state of being a new parent to get back to you. 
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How to Make 2016 Your Healthiest & Fittest Year Yet

How to Make 2016 Your Healthiest & Fittest Year Yet

By now the confetti has been swept away, the bubbly is flat and the magic/ newness of New Year’s Eve has faded. We are almost through the month of January. We are back to work, back to the "real" world. How are your New Year's Resolutions? Are they starting to fade? Were they the same resolutions you made in 2015 or in previous years? 

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Failure with Fitness

“We may fail, but we are not failures! Lots of people have their hopes dashed and dreams shattered. But when achievers fail, they see failure as only temporary, and they decide to rise above adversity by turning tribulations into triumphs, failures into fortunes and burdens into blessings. Remember, failure is the backdoor to success.”* * - Robert Frost

When you make the decision to commit yourself to a life a health and wellness, you need to overcome adversity through setbacks. When I first sit down with a client, I want to know what they have tried, why it did not work, and what their frustrations are. Embracing a life of health and wellness is about understanding yourself and how to deal with setbacks and failures. It is crucial to understand that in order to find success you must go through failure along the journey of healthy and well-being. Plateaus will happen in the gym, a day of poor diet management will happen, and your life demands will inevitably cause you to fall off track. How do you prevent failure from crippling you? First, I tell my clients to acknowledge these setbacks and let them motivate you to see the events that permitted you to go astray. When you can begin to see what is causing you to start to fall, you will be better able to navigate through adversity and have greater gains. Second, accept failure as a source of growth to become a stronger you. Finally, remember your "why" and it will keep your steadfast in your path to achieving your goals. I personally love the the word failure because it is the essence in which understanding and success is born. It is an incredible place that permits an individual to truly see who they are. Failure is not a stopping point; it is the nudge to motivate you toward your realizing your goal. Will you sit there and take it or let it inspire you?