Embracing Fear…I don’t want to be fearless

Lately I have seen a lot of people talking about fear.  About being fearless or getting rid of fear. Fear is something I have lived with for many years.  For almost half of my life I have been afraid of almost everything. I do not remember having this kind of fear when I was younger...like in grade school, high school and college.  I do remember being timid in some ways and having doubts and uncertainties about myself due to my weight issues and how it was constantly being thrown in my fac...
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Living a Life of Excellence

Do you want to live a life of excellence?  I know I sure do.  So how the heck do we live a life of excellence you ask?  Well, here is a quote I found that pretty much sums it up. “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather have these because we have acted rightly; these virtues are formed in man by doing his actions; we are we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”  – Will Durant, The Story of...
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5 Life Lessons We All Need To Learn

Back in July of 2012 if you had told me that in 5 years I would be an entrepreneur in the health and fitness industry I would have laughed you under the table....all while I was wearing my size 3x tank top, smoking a Salem Slim Light 100 and drinking a Diet Coke. That year was a turning point.  The youngest daughter graduated high school and my husband and myself had graduated to being almost openly hostile room mates instead of having any semblance of a marriage.  I was completely disillusio...
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#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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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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