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New Year’s Resolution Plan for 2015

Here is an article I’ve written to help you get to your weight loss goal and stay there! New Year’s Resolution Plan

Holiday Top 10 To-Do List

Here is my Holiday Season Top 10 To-Do List….Stay tuned for videos and details for each item to get you through the season with a little discipline, a little fun, and no regrets. 1.  Exercise-We all know we will most likely “out eat” our exercise at the Actual Holiday Dinner table, but it can’t hurt to get your metabolism burning and create a deficit to combat that major meal.   Schedule weekly workouts and plan on a workout the day of your festive meals as well. 2. No fasting — You may think it’s a good idea to “fast” all day …

Our Longest Relationship

Over your lifetime, you will have friends, lovers and acquaintances that come and go. Some of them will know you a little, some of them will know your deepest secrets.  As the years pass by, I have come to really understand how no one will ever know me as well as I know myself. I’ve had instances where I knew something was wrong with me, health-wise, and had to do some serious convincing to a medical professional to dig deeper–just to confirm I was correct.  I’ve gone through infertility and frightening preterm labor complications.  I’ve had physical injuries and know …

10 Tips for a Fit Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving and all it brings…family togetherness, fun in the kitchen, and eating. 🙂  Yes!  I love eating!  I think it’s important to enjoy the Holiday traditions, but try not to regret the entire day after it’s over. Here are 10 tips for you to include in your celebrations that may help you make it through with a bit of fun and a bit of restraint. 1.  Plan your workouts for the days prior to the Holiday and stick to the program.  On the “day of”–check the special program of classes at your gym.  Every gym offers a variety …

Chocolate Milk???

Should you have some Chocolate Milk after you workout?? Yes!!  Hurray!!! Here’s why… Having protein after exercising will promote muscle repair and prevent abdominal fat!  This all relates to the production of cortisol which is activated when you exercise.  What is cortisol? It’s a stress hormone that helps you push through those extra reps or plyometric moves.  Sounds like something you want, right?  Yes, but not for too long…if you have too much, it will have detrimental effects.  It can inhibit the muscle-repair process and alter your metabolism which will make you body store more calories as fat–primarily in your …

Don’t Out-Eat your Exercise

I have been approached by at least 10+ people since the beginning of the year/post-holiday indulging about their need to get “back in shape/on track.”  GREAT PLAN!  Obviously, I’m behind that 100%! I do know that weaning yourself off the treats and bigger meal portions can be hard–your body got used to it and now you are going to have to go through a little transitional period to find your appropriate and balanced zone again. You will be hungry…pick your snacks wisely!  Here’s where “out-eating” your exercise comes into play.  This is where most people remain stagnant in their efforts to …

Eat to live???

I overheard someone talking to her friend after my class…she was venting her frustration  regarding her progress with her health and fitness aspirations.  She mentioned she was a person who “lives to eat” rather than “eats to live.”   I totally identified with what she said and found this to be such a great comment because I think a lot of people probably feel the same way.  However, I don’t think it should get in the way of one’s goals. I recently made a big change in my long time eating habits.  I felt hungry and entitled to eat certain …

Recipe Swaps

I am not a registered Dietician nor am I a  Nutritionist, but I do know how to make healthy choices and am always looking for great ways to overhaul some of my favorite recipes to make them fit into my healthy lifestyle. Here are some great sneaky trades that you can possibly incorporate into your Thanksgiving Day meal plan to help lower the damage 🙂 1.  Instead of 2 Cups of all purpose flour, use 1 cup WHOLE WHEAT flour and 1 Cup all- purpose flour. (familycircle.com) 2.  Instead of 1 Cup oil, use 1/2 Cup oil and 1/2 Cup APPLESAUCE …

More tips….

I want everyone to know that I love a good Holiday meal!  I like to enjoy myself, yet stay within some boundaries so I’m not TOTALLY hating myself at the end of the night.  Here are some things to think about and get you prepared for a fun and successful Thanksgiving….. 1.  I went to the store today and decided to stock up on all sizes of “take home” containers (the kind that you can give away and not need returned).  This way…if you are hosting, you are not surrounded by your favorite endulgences for the next several days…re-living your …

Here come the Holidays….

With the fun of getting family together and decorating your home with enthusiasm, comes the temptation to scrap your healthy eating and activity until January.  As easy as that sounds, maybe there is a middle ground you can find so you can enjoy your holidays and all the special treats it brings, but still maintain a balance so you don’t get yourself into a situation that may be hard to “undo.” Thanksgiving is a week away….start thinking what you can do now… In general, I recommend: Being very watchful of your eating this week…lots of lean protein, vegetables, and  fresh …

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