#OwnYourShit – Me taking responsibility for my actions

This is an #OwnYourShit post.  Me taking responsibility and accepting the consequences of my own actions with no blame, guilt or shame and sharing my experience with you so that you can know it it is not just you.  Shit like this happens to us all and we are not alone. These last couple of months I have NOT been practicing what I preach, and now have to pay the consequences. I tell my clients... and everyone else because I'm just bossy like that, their top 5 priorities for both weight loss and...
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Top 5 home gym essentials

When I first began getting back into exercise I did not have the money or the space for the great home gym I have at home now. So, before I was able to have this kick ass home gym there were a few essentials that I purchased that enabled me to get in a hella workout at home for less than $300 that takes up very little space. #1   A decent Yoga Mat.  If you plan on this home gym being more of a temporary thing then I would get just a basic Yoga Mat that is of decent quality but it will not hurt ...
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Finding My Life’s Purpose

When your love what you do, you will never work another day in your life.   I never really understood how true that quote was until a few short years ago.  I spent a lot of years doing things I was good at for my job instead of doing the things I loved and it was not until I was in my 40's that I realized it and decided to go on a completely different path.  Can we say scared AF? It's actually kind of funny how I got started in the fitness industry and it is a story that has plenty of twi...
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No you don’t have to love your body

I was talking with a friend a bit ago who has been struggling to lose weight and has been following some fitness people online who promote "loving your body".  She made a comment that really stuck with me because with my history, I completely understood where she was coming from.   She told me "I am sick and tired of hearing how I need to love my body.  I HATE my body.  I look at myself and all I see is fat.  I hate how I look, I hate how I feel and I hate that I cannot walk for just a few minut...
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Stop Stressing Your Way To Being Fat.

Stress management is the 3rd thing on my list of priorities to have for weight loss or just a healthy happy life.  All of us are under stress every single day.  From our jobs, our families, our friends and heck even our recreational activities can cause us stress.  Dealing with high levels of stress on a daily basis without learning how to lessen the stress load leads to chronic stress.  Chronic stress leads to a whole slew of health problems, and weight gain is definitely one of them. How we...
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It’s all in our mind. Our thoughts can help us lose weight as well as find happiness

Mindset matters, and it matters way more than most of us give it credit for.  In all areas of our lives.  Our mindset or attitude can determine the success or failure of something as soon as we have the thought enter our head. When we think positive, we usually end up with a positive outcome because we look for the positive in the outcome.  When we think negative, we generally end up with a negative outcome just because we expect it and look for all the negative things.  Mindset, like most th...
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Choose Half-assed over Perfect!

It's my monthly training weekend which means I was on the road for a fast food a good bit again. Sometimes I grab something to eat while driving, sometimes I grab something at a store, and on occasion like this Saturday I eat in at the restaurant. (I needed the wifi) I know it's hard to believe but you can get a halfway healthy breakfast at McDonald's and many other places if you really put your mind to it...and the grill master cooperates. At McDonald's I usually try to order a piece of ...
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5 reasons to shop at a farmer’s market

Other than the heat, the sun and being in the water as often as possible, one of my favorite things about summer is Farmer's Markets.  Farmer's Markets are the BEST.  I absolutely adore them.  I think they are one of the best things since sliced bread, cuz lets get real.  if you have ever baked your own bread, then you know that having to slice it is a bitch. In the summer and fall I make a point to have my route to and from work to pass by the farmer's market so that I will not forget to stop ...
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Sleep your way to weight loss

Sleep your way to fat loss?  You're kidding me right?  Nope.  Making sure we get enough sleep every night is what I would consider the number 1 out of the 5 things I believe we should prioritize for fat loss.  Many people in the health and fitness industry will have at least 3 or 4 of the same top 5 priorities, but maybe do not put them in the same order. In my blog last week I touched on the 5 things to prioritize for weight loss.   The reason I prioritize each of these things in this particul...
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5 priorities for fat loss and optimal health

              What are your priorities? Want to lose weight but really not sure where to begin?  We can open a browser window and Google fat loss or weight loss.  Most likely it will come up with lots of different views, ideas, specific diets etc.  The majority of them dealing with nutrition specifics like shopping and prepping and exercise specifics.... do this kind of training instead of that or whatnot.  But what if we may be complet...
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