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Coping with challenges

Posted March 10, 2010
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This past month proved to be a bit of a challenge. The company handling my apartment called me and informed me that I had 21 days to vacate – the property was going into foreclosure since the landlord had not paid the mortgage. To top it off, I had already committed eight of those days to out of town trainings. It also appears that my divorce will be final – although after nearly four years, I’m not holding my breath. And, would you believe it, I’ve had a severe case of writer’s block... What to do when life hands you challenge after challenge? When you feel completely overwhelmed and can’t seem to find the time to exercise, sleep, or take care of yourself? The following steps have helped me find some equilibrium: 1...

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The party's over

Posted February 20, 2010
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Thanksgiving, the December holidays, New Year's, Saints Fever, the Super Bowl(!) and Mardi Gras. Small wonder you've gained weight. Or, even if you didn't, your fitness routine has suffered. Now's the time to jump back on the wagon -- skin-baring summer is fast approaching and there's time to get ready for it! Here are a few tips: 1. Hire a trainer: I'm beating an old drum here, but a trainer can get you out of your comfort zone safely and effectively. In just four to six weeks, I guarantee you'll feel and see a difference in your body (and your attitude) if you adhere to your training schedule and pay attention to your nutrition. A trainer can custom-design a program to fit your specific needs and goals...

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Anything is possible!

Posted January 25, 2010
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After decades of patiently (and not so patiently) waiting, this season the Saints fans ripped the paper bags off their heads and are second-lining their way to the Super Bowl. One poor, misguided writer (Clark Judge with CBSSports.com) wrote back in November that a Saints/Colts Super Bowl was highly unlikely. Now he’s probably wondering how he could be so wrong – and how could such a thing possibly happen? New Orleans was still giddy the day after the Vikings playoff game and everyone was talking about their team. I overhead one woman say that “now anything is possible.” And she’s right – anything is always possible. This wonderful team, consisting of men from different backgrounds and races, put in a lot of individual and collective hard work, overcame numerous obstacles, but, most of all, they believed in themselves and each other...

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Get moving!

Posted January 17, 2010
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Face it, sometimes life gets in the way of the things we want to do. And there are things that we know we should do, but then allow life to get in the way. For instance, I’d rather do just about anything than vacuum. It’s not that vacuuming is tremendously difficult or time-consuming, I just have to be extremely motivated to actually do it. But, once it’s accomplished, I am happy with the results. The same can be said for exercising – it’s sometimes difficult to get started, but the results are worth it! We are all familiar with the benefits of exercise, but they bear repeating. People who incorporate daily physical activity in their lives are more likely to: Maintain a healthy body weight...

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Keep your resolutions

Posted January 5, 2010
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It’s a new year and another chance to do right by making one (or several) resolutions. If you have committed to taking care of yourself by eating better and exercising, here are a few pointers to help you on your way: 1. If your goal is to lose weight, get out of the “diet” mentality. The first three letters spell D-I-E, so you’re doomed from the start. Have you ever heard someone utter the words, “I’m on a diet” in a perky voice? Need I say more? Change your approach to eating by committing to a “lifestyle change.” If you can implement simple changes that you can live with and, most of all, stick to, then you have a greater chance of success. Eliminate or reduce the food items gradually that you know are not nutritious and not helping your waistline...

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Holiday Survival #2

Posted November 18, 2009
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My previous blog on surviving the holidays focused on ways to deal with the abundance and temptation of food. This second installment deals with how to survive mentally – i.e. dealing with family and emotional issues regarding the holidays. 1. You have no control. Say this to yourself over and over again. You can’t control situations, people or things – you can only control your reactions to them. One of my favorite mantras is the Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Think back to times when you’ve really been upset or angry. What really happened to set you off? Was it because things didn’t go as planned? Did someone do or say something that went against what you thought they should do or say? How would you have felt if you hadn’t reacted? If you had just accepted that “it is what it is?” Things happen...

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