Mountain Dew, Cool Ranch Doritos and Candy Bars

The breakfast and lunch of ……. a future holistic health and fitness coach? It may be hard to believe, but, that was my breakfast and lunch for at least a full year in high school. I would get picked up by a friend for school and we would stop at the Speedy Q where we would get breakfast. My go to was Mountain Dew and cool ranch Doritos (cool ranch was a new flavor at the time). In my school our Spanish club sold candy bars year round for their trip to Spain. Sadly, I ate the gooey caramel one almost daily for lunch. I stepped it up a bit senior year and ate a super bagel and fries at Charlie Brown’s every day. Charlie Brown’s was an ice cream place that was off limits for lunch because we weren’t allowed to leave school property. The craving for super bagels must have been pretty bad since I seem to remember serving detention a time or two. Horrifying isn’t it? Somehow, with those habits, I remained very thin and relatively healthy. I think it must have been because my mom cooked healthy meals every night. One nutritious meal a day kept the doctor away. Well, when I was a kid anyway. In college, I drank double shot mocha’s two to three times a day. Except in the summer time. Tim Horton’s came out with a frozen mocha that was ridiculous and yes, I had at least one a day. I was already a personal trainer at this time! Hell of a role model, huh? My habits sucked! 

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Who are you listening to?

What in the world does it mean to have a best body?

I was in Target this afternoon and saw Us Magazine’s cover this week. It has Jennifer Lopez on it and the title is Best Bodies.

It struck me. What the hell does that even mean? How many women and young girls see that cover, compare themselves and then dismiss their body as less than?

How many guys see that and a million other covers over the years and compare the women in the real world?

I realize this sells magazines. But, here’s the deal.

They are strictly talking about looks, so, call that shit out. Looks aren’t the only aspect of what makes a body awesome. And who the hell are they to tell me what body looks best? How many people believe them?

Think for a minute about who the people are that are telling us who’s hot and who’s not. They are getting paid a whole bunch of money to figure out how to use our insecurities to make us “need” to buy stuff.

It’s simple really. They get us to think we need things by making us feel like we are not enough.

If we all felt secure in our own skin, it wouldn’t be good for a lot of industries. In fact, marketing to us would have to take on a whole new approach. The more confident and secure I am in myself, the less money I spend. When I am confident and secure, I don’t need anything outside of myself to feel good. I don’t feel like I need to fix things. Media doesn’t get to me.

I know that if I feel like something needs fixing, it isn’t about spending money.

You don’t need a magazine to tell you who has the best body. YOU have the best body. So do I.

I am not always in love with how every part of my body looks, but, that isn’t all a body has to offer. Ironically, when you honor it for all it has to offer, it looks better too.

My body is constantly working to correct itself. Even when I am not nice to it.

My body takes me places even when it is screaming for rest. It deals with what I give it.

My body constantly looks for balance and has systems to keep brining me back to balance all while dealing with chronic illness. Your body is doing the same thing even if you don’t have a chronic illness.

You know the things you do to treat your body poorly. Guess what? It’s so forgiving that it works to counteract your carelessness. It is working to counteract the environment. It is built to live. You cannot live while comparing yourself to bodies on magazines.

I encourage you to honor your body for being the best body you will ever have.

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Happy No-resolution New Year’s

If you have been following for any amount of time, you know I can’t stand new year’s resolutions. I won’t get into why other than that they don’t work and they generally make people feel bad about themselves pretty quickly. What I do believe in is looking back on the year and reflecting on what went right and what you have accomplished. Spend some time with the things that make you feel good about yourself. Then, what didn’t go so well? What mistakes did you make? What lessons did you learn from them? Is there some area of your life that you keep getting in your own way? If you aren’t sure, is there an area that you keep making the same mistakes or you just feel stuck? This is a good area to enlist help in. Do that in 2015. I don’t think this should only happen annually, though. Especially if you have a vision you are working toward. I like to check in with myself on Sundays before I start the week. How I did the week before is my key to what needs attention the next week. Keep it simple and shut the critical voices in your head up while you are doing it. Don’t let them have a say in what your next week is going to be like.

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What happens to workouts when you get sick?

That time of year is upon us. “Flu Shots Here” signs on every corner. The woman in the next cubicle is hacking and coughing. You sit down for the evening when you get home from work and realize…you feel off. What is it and is it going to wreck all the progress you’ve made with your fitness? I decided to write this blog because scratchy throats, runny noses, coughing, and a general off feeling have been plaguing some of my clients recently and it brought some very important things to my attention.

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The Summer of Self-love

If you read my last blog, I Hear the Secrets that you Keep, you might be wondering how I got my mojo back and started living life again. If you haven’t read it and you struggle in silence with anything, go check it out first. I had really hit rock bottom back in January last year. My health issues were raging. I was struggling with work because of it, but, I was also just uninspired to keep growing the business that I had been building for so long. I was feeling like a fraud. I was preaching healthy living and the benefits that would follow, I was living it myself, yet I was suffering every day. I worked when I could and would push myself to get through as much as I could so that I wouldn’t have to cancel on any clients… until I couldn’t. My body would physically not allow it. I would repeat this cycle over and over. You know the definition of insanity? Repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I may have been temporarily insane. I finally had enough and decided to try some things differently. I decided to have a very different kind of summer this year. Instead of taking advantage of the extra light and being able to take clients workouts outdoors (meaning fitting in MORE sessions), I decided to chill. It was time for some true self-love and the only way that could happen is with some big changes. Here’s a little snapshot into the big stuff that changed:

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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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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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Fitter With Friends

“Why would I want to train in a group atmosphere? Training one-on-one is better, right?” I get that a lot. The truth is, there isn’t a simple answer that fits across the board. I do believe there are tremendous benefits if you have the ability to train one on one with a trainer, but, there are also benefits to training with other people that you can’t get from one-on-one sessions. Here are just a few:

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Being a Weirdo is Cool. Being a Bully is Not.

If you didn’t read last week’s post about getting bullied, you may want to go check that out before you read on. Maybe you read last week’s post and it felt familiar to you, but not from the side of being bullied. Maybe you are the one bullying and you never realized it until something in my last post resonated with you. Let me just take a second to say, I’m really glad you are here and reading this. I know you love your family and friends and you only want the best for them. I want to help you be a better support for them. Ultimately, that’s why we are here, right? To support one another.

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The Thigh Obsession

I have a very important message about your thighs. The abductor and adductor machines will not give you a “thigh gap”. In fact, even if you are just looking to “tone up” your thighs, these two machines, that you probably have to wait in line for, are not going to do it. The fact that women want this illusive “thigh gap” is an entirely different topic for another time. Today, if I can help just one woman understand how to get firm, toned thighs and help put these machines out to pasture once and for all, I have done this world some good. If you want to tone your inner and outer thighs there is about a million ways to do it and none of them involve sitting.

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