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Anchor your eating habits

As we enter the season of cookies, pies, and gravy, anchoring your eating habits will help you move through the holiday season with less stress and fewer extra pounds.   HABIT #1 EAT TILL YOU ARE 80% FULL. Did you know that if you eat till you are 100% full, you are actually overeating? Your […]

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Two Ways to Make Holiday Fitness Happen

Just because we have entered the holiday season doesn’t mean we have to boot exercise off our schedule. Let’s anchor our exercise so we can continue to feel strong, confident, and healthy all the way till January! BE CONSISTENT Plan your holiday schedule around your workouts; don’t plan your workouts around your schedule. For example, […]

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I Belong

Everyone has the right to better his or her body, and to feel strong, capable and confident regardless of where they are in their fitness journey. So why, when I walk in to the gym, the mecca of people seeking to become better versions of themselves, don’t I feel like there is a place for […]

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Nutrition and My Fitness Journey

Challenges with Nutrition We all have challenges within our fitness journey – those aspects where progress is more or most difficult. For me, it is nutrition. I know what proper nutrition looks like, and I know what works best for me. I tell people if you put a piece of chocolate cake next to a […]

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Creating Great Energy for You and Your Life!

A piece of fitness is understanding how to manage your energy cycle. Many people run their lives in two stages: activity and fatigue. (Actually, there are three stages for most: activity-activity-activity, followed by a whole lot of fatigue that ends with a big crash. Many either lose their edge, get sick, find the need for a weekend […]

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The Beauty of Movement

Swimmer’s Reflections I love to swim. I was reminded of that when I recently ventured back into the pool after a 3-year hiatus. I’ve swam pretty much all my life. My earliest memory of swimming is in the baby pool when I decided to mimic the “big people” and swim across the baby pool moving […]

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Learn to ride your stress curve to a stronger, and healthier you

My Top Three Lessons for Dealing with Stress

We’ve been talking about stress levels in the studio this past week and how to manage your stress so you can be at your best. Stress is a funny thing. It is hard to live with it but just as hard to live without it. I have tried both ways. Neither worked so well. I […]

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The Art of Making Tea

I love making tea, and not the kind with a Kerig, my friends. The type of tea making that requires a couple different tools and patience. It is one of my favorite ways to unwind and relax. And although, I love making it and enjoy drinking it, I am no expert on tea and nor […]

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How to Combat Emotional Eating

Overcoming emotional eating is a significant concern for many people focused on improving their fitness and health. In fact, 66% of women who responded to a recent survey conducted by Precision Nutrition said that emotional eating is an area where they need the most guidance. If you struggle with emotional eating, here are some helpful […]

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Food – Friend or Foe?

Have you ever sat down and asked yourself what nutrition means to you and what you want the food you eat to do for you and your life? It is an enlightening exercise to do so. This question popped into my mind the other day. I like when questions like this pop into my mind. […]

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