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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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Finding a Personal Trainer

Posted November 16, 2009
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A few months ago when I decided to hire a personal trainer, I asked a few of my coworkers for feedback on which trainer would be best suited for me and my fitness goals. I got many different suggestions, but before I had a chance to contact one, I happened to see Kelly Robbins in the gym. After speaking with her for a few moments, I knew she was the right choice for me. Once I began training, though, my decision was met with a lot of resistance. My friends and other instructors seemed astonished. “Why on earth would you pay a trainer, when you already work at the gym?” “You’re already fit, and a group fitness instructor, so can’t you just train yourself?” “Why didn’t you just ask any one of your friends to show you around the weight room?” My standard response to everyone was, “it’s just something I want to do...

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Holiday survival tips

Whether we want to admit it or not, the holidays are zipping toward us. Beginning with Halloween and ending with Mardi Gras (and maybe St. Patrick’s Day or Easter), we’re facing at least four months full of parties, temptations and sinful delights. I hear many people say, “I know I’m going to gain over the holidays, so I’ll just wait until _____ (insert month here) to start an exercise program.” My answer to that? DON’T WAIT! Start now and, instead of watching your pants get tighter, you can maintain where you are now or at least keep the damage to a minimum. Yes, the holidays are busy, but make the effort now and you’ll be rewarded by not having to work twice as hard later...

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Are You An Oxymoron?

Posted September 14, 2009
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Are You An Oxymoron? I was happily walking the dog the other day and I saw a “go green” bumper sticker on a Hummer. An in-your-face oxymoron if I ever saw one! I tried to give the owner the benefit of the doubt – after all, they may be a Tulane University (Green Wave) fan. But then I got to thinking... How many of us are a living, breathing example of an oxymoron? For instance, I may like to think that I am a peace-loving, gentle human being, but what thoughts run through my head when I’m late and stuck behind the slooowwwwest driver in the world? If I am passionate about the “reduce, reuse and recycle” lifestyle, are there areas of excess in my life? Am I a stickler for not stealing, yet I constantly make people wait and “steal” time from them? What oxymorons do I embody every day? How can you know the values by which you want to live your life? By getting in touch with your true self, your gut, your inner voice...

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