On Track With Your Nutrition (Part 3)

So now we're ready to get started! Make sure you have carved out 2-3 hours for your prep. Here are some other things you'll need to do before the cooking begins: Make sure your kitchen, counters and table are clean and you have lots of space to work Make sure your dishwasher and sink are [...]

Why I became a trainer….so I thought!

What vegetable salad can be made worse with different types of greens?

The Key to Motivation

Is there such a thing? I recently had  a conversation with a health care professional.  He asked me "What is the key to getting people motivated and succeeding in their goals?"  I thought back to my own journey, as well as several clients that have made amazing changes in their lives.  It's not a simple answer [...]

Who’s Responsibility Is It Anyway?

I’m sure you’ve all been there….the diet sabotage.  We’ve either done it to ourselves or someone has done it to us.  Or have they?? I love catching up with my clients after the weekend.  It’s great to hear about the travel they did (living in Europe offers countless opportunities!), or the simple stay-at-home relaxing couple of […]

You Are What You Speak

I had the pleasure of meeting a beautiful woman the other day.  She was ready to make some healthy changes to her lifestyle.  As a trainer, I’m required by law to go over my clients’ health history to identify any risk factors that may be present.  I’m also required to help them develop a workout […]

“Healthy” Doesn’t Have a Shape

I guess I never realized how much of our society has some form of an eating disorder.  By eating disorder, I don’t mean just in the form of anorexia or bulimia.  Disorders take on countless forms, even addictions to dieting methods.  Just think about all your choices – Adkins, Paleo, South Beach, the Cabbage Soup […]

On Track With Your Nutrition (Part 2)

Now the work begins!  These next steps require lots of thought, planning, preparation and some simple math.  Once you get the hang of this, it'll be something as easy as getting the coffee pot ready! So the next step is to determine the proper amount of macro nutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat) your body needs [...]

On Track With Your Nutrition (Part 1)

One of the biggest keys to my weight loss success and maintenance was fueling my body with proper nutrition every three hours. These small, regular meals allow me to keep a proper ratio of carbs, protein and fat steadily feeding my body which in turn keeps my blood sugar steady, my hunger under control and [...]

Dreaming Big Enough?

"When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.” ― Steve Maraboli What are your  dreams?  What would your answer be if you knew for certain your dream would come true? Would it be different? I recently asked my friends what their biggest health/fitness dream would be.  Answers [...]

Changing habits is like Potty Training! (Part 3)

When you look in the mirror and see no change, and you still keep faith, knowing that in time you WILL get there if you stay the course, that’s the difference between those who ultimately succeed and those who fail. No more diapers! Now you’ve entered the “action” phase.  You may have actually gone on […]

Changing habits is like Potty Training! (Part 2)

So you’re starting to get tired of having a dirty/wet diaper (so to speak!). Now what? Children will soon begin to recognize what it is that makes them uncomfortable. They will begin to recognize the sensation shortly before and/or WHILE its happening. Now begins the “determination” phase. Have you found yourself setting “quit days” and […]

Changing habits is like Potty Training! (Part 1)

Really? Potty training? I know you’re thinking, “You couldn’t come up with another analogy?” We’ll, I could have, but this is simple and more fun! And it’ll have a fun little twist at the end…..heh heh….. Think about it for a second. When you are in infant, you go pee-pee and poo-poo 10 times a […]

Is changing your eating lifestyle like “Potty Training”?

Throughout the last 5 years of losing weight, competing, and helping others lose weight, I’ve begun to see a trend. Making the transition to “clean” eating, healthy habits and lifestyle changes is a lot like potty training! So much so, I can usually tell where a person is at in their journey by their questions […]

Beyond the Surface

One thing I know for certain in nearly 4 years of personal training is that what you see on the surface doesn’t necessarily equate to what lies beneath. As I’ve mentioned previously, I really had no idea how much of a blessing this “job” would be….and how much I would learn about training, about people […]

A Community Coming Together

Our bodybuilding and figure team met for the first time back in January.  This would be our first team get-together for the 2013 season. I wanted each person to know what they were getting themselves into (smile!), so I drafted and presented  each athlete with a “welcome letter”.  This letter contained lots of information from […]

Why I Became a trainer…..or so I thought!

I spent this past weekend attending an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) class in Wiesbaden, Germany to obtain my CEU’s (continuing education units) for my certification. My instructor – the fabulous Lisa Patmor – was also my original instructor 4 years ago when I first began this road trip. She is an amazing […]