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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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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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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Emotional eating signs, triggers, and tools to help

While emotional eating may not be one of the 4 diagnoses of eating disorders according to the American Psychiatric Association's Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published in 2013, it is definitely disordered eating.  If you are interested in reading more about the eating disorders, The National Eating Disorders Association has an informative article about them and the Psychology Today website has an Eating Disorders and Emotional Eating Test th...
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Should I Detox?

Springtime!  Dontcha love it!  Everything is going green, the temperatures are beginning to get warmer, the days are getting longer, there is the sweet scent of all the spring blooms in the air....Aaaaaaaand the questions begin about detoxing and/or cleansing.  Should I do a cleanse/detox?  I so which one is best?  How should we detox? and on and on. I get it.  People want to slough off the ickyness of having been cooped up all winter and feel like they want something to make them feel fr...
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