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health

I hear the secrets that you keep…

HAH! Sorry. I don’t really hear your secrets. That’s just creepy. I do however, keep hearing the popular 80’s song by The Romantics every time I sit down to work on this blog and try and come up with a name for it. I figured it was a sign. Hence the name.

Some people we know on a professional level. Some people we know on a social level. Some people we know intimately because they are family or we share our space with them as a spouse, partner or a room mate. Then some people are mere acquaintances or even less, we follow them on social media. But, how much do we really know the people that we “know”.

Everyone is fighting a battle that you know nothing about. We all face them every day. It’s just part of being human. You know the people that you compare yourself to? They struggle too. You know the Facebook friend who’s life seems like a freakin’ dream? The one that makes you feel like your battles will never let your life measure up to theirs? They have their battles too. People don’t post the ugly stuff. Well, there may be some drama mongers that do. I know there’s a whole lot more to my life than what gets posted on Facebook, though. I don’t think people omit the ugly because they want people to compare and feel bad, but, it is human nature to compare¬†and that is what we do whether we realize it or not.

Comparison is a killer. It kills dreams. It kills creativity. It kills hope. How do I know? I am just like everyone else. I have my secret battles and I have done my fair share of comparing and it sure seems like there are a lot of people out there having more fun than me that have less struggle standing in their way. In weak moments I have compared myself to people personally, professionally, athletically, aesthetically, intellectually‚Ķ.probably even spiritually. The moment you are aware that you are comparing, even in the slightest way, you’ll be able to live your life a whole lot happier, more creative and definitely more purposefully.

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General

I’m Back!

I know it’s been awhile, but, I am not going to talk about how busy I have been or come up with a million excuses as to why my blogs have been on hiatus. The fact is I took an unplanned break. I needed to regroup and rethink the quality of the content I am sharing with you. I started to feel a little inauthentic. Not that I don’t stand behind the things I have written. I just started to feel like I was working to pump out quantity and I think the quality took a hit. That’s not how I want to treat you guys. You are smart. You are here because you are looking for something different. I feel like I’ve probably been holding back on who I am and how I roll while trying to keep it more professional. I am a work in progress just like everyone else and on the top of my list this year is to give you content that is me. It’s how I live, how I have become the coach I am today, mistakes I have made (so you don’t have to), fun that Christine and I have with RachelFit stuff, my own struggles that in sharing will help you with yours, and anything else that comes up that I think will benefit you.

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Food/Nutrition

To Fuel or Not to Fuel

Seems like there has been a lot of talk in my circles lately about pre and post workout fueling. There’s a lot of debate about what’s best especially pre and post running. I’m going to give you my quick protocol that I follow. I am not going to throw out a bunch of scientific facts or direct you to a bunch of studies. You can find that stuff on your own. I am going to give you the guidance I give my clients and what I follow myself. I guess there is a 15 year study behind my method, because in the years I have been working with clients, this is what has seemed to work the best.

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Exercise

Should You Run?

It’s a question that anyone who has had any interest in fitness, at any point in their lives, has asked themselves. Whether you are a runner and experience pain or you are not yet a runner, but are considering taking it up, you have probably wondered if it is good for you.

You may have even Googled to find out whether or not it’s something you should do. You probably found information and opinions that strongly support either side. I think it’s ludicrous to say whether it is good or bad for the majority of people in one article. I don’t know you, your motivations or your body mechanics. So, before you read any further, I should tell you that this article isn’t going to delve into your body type and why you should or should not run.

I am a runner and I love it deep down to my core. I am also a trainer with an education in physical therapy who knows the physical detriments of running first hand. Still, I am not going to try and talk you into or out of running. I just want to give you some things to think about when you are pondering the question “Should I run?”

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General

Your Bucket List

Do you have a bucket list? If not, do you already do things on a regular basis that encourage growth, happiness and challenge? It doesn’t really matter if you keep a list in your head or maybe you have an app for that, however you do it, I think it’s important to live outside your comfort zone regularly. What’s the quote? Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

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