• Gavel
    Mind,  Self-Care

    Mom Obligation And Guilt

    As someone who has worked with many new moms, I see how guilt and obligation creep into the minds of these women, take over, and haunt them. I have heard it all, such as, “I feel guilty leaving the house” (even if it’s just for an hour to take some much needed time for herself), “I need to have another baby so my first baby isn’t an only child”, and “I feel like a bad mom because of …”. Fill in the blank, the list of reasons is endless. Most of us fear judgement in various situations, but that fear seems heightened in motherhood and dictates a lot of the…

  • Rocks stacked by lake
    Mind

    Does Anxiety Have a Purpose?

    Most people are familiar with the feeling of anxiety. There is a lot of information online about ways to cope with it yet so many of us are trying to push it down, ignore it, wish it away, drink and/or medicate it away. Even if this feels good in the short term, anxiety always comes back, often stronger than before. Exercise is one of the top listed ways to cope with anxiety as if we are exercising the demons. While working out is a tactic I swear by because of the endless benefits it offers, I do not advocate solely on working out as a cure all. There is no question…

  • Bunch of carrots
    Mind

    Diets Suck!

    When most of us sign up for a new diet or exercise routine that promises losing ten or more pounds, we get excited and think it will work this time, even though nothing much has changed since the last time you purchased a weight loss program. The problem is that many weight loss programs are marketed and sold as temporary or quick fix solutions. If you reach, or get close to reaching, your goal weight, the carrot is yours. This is the most dangerous time though; many people begin putting weight back on once they have reached their goal weight. This is particularly true if the diet was highly restrictive…

  • Julia doing bridge exercises in the gym
    Mind,  Weight loss

    What’s Missing In Your Weight Loss Program

    Do you diet and exercise for a while, fall off the wagon, then start back up again when you feel fed up? Yo yo dieting is common but can cause damage to the body when done repeatedly. So many emotions, both conscious and unconscious, are involved in eating patterns. When one consciously decides to begin a new diet and/or exercise routine, willpower is the primary driver of behavior. The problem is, willpower doesn’t work long term; if it did everyone would look the way they want to. Most people generally know what they need to do to lose weight, so how can you stick with what we know works? A…

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  • Squat rack and captain's chair
    Mind,  Weight loss

    How Your Assumptions Keep You Unfit And Unhealthy

    Chances are you have been on the health and weight loss hamster wheel for a long time. Every new diet and/or exercise routine you try works for a little while, but then brings nothing but more of the same. If you start a new technique, or go back to one that has brought you positive results in the past with the same mindset, you can guarantee that your results won’t be any different than they were the first time you tried. With that said, there are weight loss methods that aren’t healthy and can actually exacerbate health issues or create new problems. For this reason it is best not to assume…

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  • Statue of figure meditating
    Mind,  Weight loss

    Using Visualization For Weight Loss

    Olympic athletes use visualization when preparing for their event. Not only do they visualize the win but they visualize the obstacles they might encounter during the event and how they will move effectively through each. By seeing possible obstacles ahead of time, they are setting the stage for success by coming prepared with tools to manage them. Does this mean we have to be, train, or compare ourselves to olympians? No, but we can learn from them. They spend time thinking about their goals and contemplate their actions ahead of time; we can apply this technique too. When I first started out as a trainer, I couldn’t do a pull-up. Honestly,…

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