Social Support: An Often Missing Component in Weight Loss

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It’s amazing how big of a component social support is in our lives, especially when we’re trying to reach a goal. We don’t realize how much of an influence our closest friends and family have on how successful (or unsuccessful) we are in certain endeavors.

When it comes to lifestyle changes for weight loss, social support is often the missing link in someone’s journey. The lack of support is something I’ve seen time and time again over the years with my clients and class participants. It’s astonishing how many people are sabotaged by the people closest to them, who should be their biggest cheerleaders.  [Read more…]

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Kid-Approved Podcasts for (Short or Long) Road Trips

Photo credit & fun road trip games at The Vacation Times

If you’re in the car with kiddos for any length of time this summer, you know that keeping them engaged or occupied (or asleep) is the key to peace and smooth traveling. Podcasts have been our jam lately because they’re free, quickly downloadable, and there’s a plethora to choose from. There are even a few that are as entertaining for the adults as they are for the kiddos. These are the ones our boys, ages  6 & 8, have been loving this summer: [Read more…]

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Watching “Ghost” For the First Time (via Instagram Stories)

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I know, I know. It’s 2017 and I’ve never seen the movie Ghost, which has been out for almost 30 years. I’d been putting it off mainly because I knew Patrick Swayze’s character dies (obviously) and I can’t watch a young Patrick Swayze without thinking of Johnny Castle from Dirty Dancing sooooo I just didn’t want to go through all that. But, it just came out on Netflix and this past Saturday was a lazy one, so I decided to go for it. I live-tweeted (what’s the Instagram story term for this?) it while watching because I knew I’d get made fun of for never watching… which I definitely did. Because those stories disappear after 24 hours though, I kept them just to re-live it here. Feel free to make fun as well.

However, if you’re like me and have never seen this movie, this is a definite spoiler alert… Continue at your own risk. You’ve been warned: [Read more…]

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Things & Links That Are My Jam Right Now

First… the Things:

Moscow Mules.

I’ve long been a fan of the margarita but just a couple years ago discovered the Moscow Mule. It’s been my main order lately since it’s refreshing but not too sweet (as most marg’s are when you order them at restaurants). [Read more…]

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Movement Tips for the BEGINNER Beginner.

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There are enough posts out there to recommend really hard/advanced exercises, but this post is aimed at those in the very beginner category: those that have been sick or injured for a while, those who are extremely overweight, or those that experience difficulty with most physical activity.

Maybe you’ve made the decision to “get in shape,” but you’re not totally sure where to start. Or, you’re not physically, financially, or emotionally ready to join a gym just yet. Whatever your motivation is, it’s awesome that you’re ready to roll in some fashion. Here are a few beginner movement tips that may help you out: [Read more…]

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Santa Barbara Fitness Getaway Weekend!

Need an excuse to hang in sunny Santa Barbara for a fun weekend?

Details & registrations here.

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Book Buzz: Salt Fat Acid Heat

I want to learn more about cooking. I want to understand the science behind it all so I can enjoy cooking more than I do. I’ve come a long way from frozen fish filets and canned green beans in college (when I thought I was something), but I still don’t feel totally comfortable in the kitchen. Sure, I can follow a recipe, but if I don’t have a recipe, I feel looooost. Enter Samin Nosrat and her amazing game-changer of a cook book, that’s better than a cook book: [Read more…]

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Is Your Workout Helping or Hurting You?

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Between the number of gyms and studios and the number of free online workouts out there, there’s no shortage of places to obtain a workout or full exercise program.  People choose what type of workouts they do based on many factors: from what they think sounds fun, to what they’ve heard “really works.” Everybody is different in what works for them, what they like to do, and what their goals are. I won’t give you one type of workout that will be great for you, but what I will do is help you figure out if what you’re currently doing is helping you, hurting you, or just plain wasting your time…

< < <     3 Areas To Assess     > > >

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How I Quit My Soda Habit

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As a child of the 80s and 90s, I grew up drinking sodas. We got Happy Meals at McDonald’s as special treats and I would slurp down a Coke in seconds flat. My dad loved Pepsi, so those were always in the fridge and we could have one at dinner every now and then. Although I drank plenty of water too (I was a dancer so was constantly in class or rehearsal) I would often stop and get a soda at a drive-thru once I got my license. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I had to stop… [Read more…]

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Life Currently…

So currently… well, a lot has been happening. It’s a complicated process this immigration application. We’ve sent it to our lawyer to submit almost two months ago, he sent it back noting a bunch of things we missed or needed to clarify. We sent it back in and are now waiting for the green light to be able to submit it. I can’t work in Canada until I get a temporary work permit (which usually takes about 3-4 months after you submit your application to get accepted) so I came back to Kentucky for a month to get some work in and make some money.

Fraser was already gone for a couple weeks when I left Canada and I’ll teach my last TRX course here on the 28th. It’s been well over a month since I’ve seen my husband and the boys in person and still have 2 weeks to go. I miss them terribly. I’m trying to have a good time while I’m in my hometown though. I’m working a little, spending time with friends and family, and soaking up the heat and sun.

So that’s what’s been goin’ on. Here’s what else:

Making: Plans with everybody! Trying to see as many people as I can while I’m home. I can’t fit everybody in, but I’m giving it my best shot.

Wanting: Fraser and the boys to be here with me. Fraser comes every Thanksgiving for the family visit, but it’s always cold and dreary… it’s way more fun in the summer. The boys have never been here before, so I’m dying to take them to the lake.

Reading: Sheryl Sandberg’s “Option B.” Although I’m moving at a snail’s pace. I’ve been getting home late every night and only reading a couple pages before I go to sleep! It’s really good though. [Read more…]

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