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How to Quit Late Night Snacking

I will confess to you, I was THE BEST night time “snacker” on the planet!  After I had the kids I developed this habit and it stuck with me for years!  Until one day I decided to test some theories.  And what I realized was eye opening.  Here are your tips and reasons for quitting that late-night snack habit. 1.ASK YOURSELF WHY? When I asked myself why I was grabbing for that cup of cereal or that bag of chips and salsa I had to dig deep.  First, I realized that I wasn’t even hungry!  I had to come to terms with the fact that I was snacking simply because I wanted to eat in peace…and I could only do that after the kids were in bed.  It sounds silly, but that was my truth.  When you are a stay at home mom to young children every single meal you eat is with your kids.  I never EVER had an opportunity to just sit and enjoy my food.  AND I LOVE to ENJOY my food.  FOOD IS ENJOYMENT!  Ask yourself WHY?  Is it stress?  Do you also want to eat in peace?  Are you bored?  Or are you hungry? 2.REALIZE Read the full article…

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Is It Time to Make a Change?

Many of us know it’s time to make a change to our workout routine or even time to finally get started. The most difficult part is the first step of actually taking action. It’s commonly said that it takes 21 days in a row before something becomes a habit. With the chaos of the new year those 21 days can easily be interrupted by family visits, nights out with friends, and a hectic work schedule. We challenge you to start now and create that habit before you have to battle both motivation and seasonal obstacles like treats and having to take time off. Baby Steps Take things slow and make sure your action steps are manageable. If your goal is to start working out in the morning but you have a difficult time getting up early, start by waking up 15 minutes earlier each day or week…starting off with smaller morning goals to help yourself incrementally work towards early morning workouts! If you enjoy eating out but have the goal of cooking at home more then instead of quitting fast cold turkey, try setting a smaller goal. Maybe you only eat out 1-2 each week initially. Making small adjustments as Read the full article…

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Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Fitness Journey

Before I get started let me begin by saying that the purpose of me sharing this (as well as everything else I share) is to help. Believe it or not, there was a time when I didn’t know what a squat or carbohydrate was. Back then I firmly believed that I needed to starve myself thin or else I would have to live a life of being overweight and unhappy FOREVER! I get it! Not everyone wants to be lean or have muscles; some enjoy their curvy body…Right on! I’m really happy for you, embrace your beauty! But if you, like a lot of us, need a little boost of confidence, a different physique and/or to start on your own journey this may be for you. So let’s get started. How muscle relates to fat: I’m sure you’ve heard or read somewhere that a pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh the same, that’s true. But did you know that a pound of fat takes up 4 times the amount of space as muscle!! That’s why when you lose fat and gain muscle you look and feel thinner but the scale might not change at all. Because I Read the full article…

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How to Help New Gym Goers

What’re some things new gym goers can do to make fitness a habit? From what observed after coaching for over 5,000 hours; the one thing I’ve seen stand the test of time is putting fitness on a schedule. Let me clarify, start off by picking two days out of the week where you know for a fact you can get into the gym. For example: Mondays and Wednesdays before work at 6am. How do I, as a new gym goer, become motivated to workout? Honestly, at first you probably won’t. For the first week or two it’ll be self discipline and adapting to a new learning curve. That’s part of anything new. The fun happens when you realize the amazing benefits of fitness and now it’s part of your daily life. You start enjoy working hard, sweating and releasing your brains “happy chemicals”; this is where I, as a coach, see the general public really make a positive change. There is so much information, I’m having a hard time figuring out what will work for me! This is what I call “analysis by paralysis”. It happens a lot and it’s easy to fall into this trap. Take an “information dump”. Read the full article…

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How To Approach Your Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions can set you up for a successful new year. Making specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely goals for yourself is setting you up with a solid plan to conquer your goals. These tips and tricks will help you crush your resolutions! Track Your Progress While the ultimate goal is to improve your overall health, it doesn’t hurt to set a few smaller goals to work towards throughout your journey. If your goal is to be able to do 100 straight pushups by summer, why not strive to add at least two more to your total every week. If instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, tackle five pounds at a time. Keep a journal to help you stay on track and reward yourself for every goal met. Goals like this are easier to keep, and each small victory is another step towards winning the war. As you being to reach more and more goals your sense of self accomplishment will grow exponentially. Be Realistic Like the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. One of the easiest ways to fall short of your resolution is to set too lofty of a goal. Instead of telling yourself Read the full article…

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New Year- Do YOU!

We’ve all heard the phrase, “New Year, New You.” What does that really mean? Do we want to be a different person? Do we want to be New? Or, do we want to be our best, the best You can be? Many of us go into the New Year with big expectations of what we will achieve. We give ourselves demanding resolutions: Lose 50lbs., Run a Marathon, Bench Press twice our body weight, give up Carbs, Dairy, Meat, etc… Unrealistic goals and super high demands lead to many of us giving up on our New Year Resolutions within 2-3 weeks. What if You just Do You; meaning, setting more realistic goals. Of course, we want results and results take hard work and consistency. But, setting ourselves up for failure by doing too much, too soon is something for the past. What do you want out of the time you put in at the gym? Results right. We all want gratification, unfortunately, when choosing a healthy lifestyle, gratification isn’t immediate. We may experience some immediate results, but those long-term results are achieved over time. Consistency is key. Make sure your gym plan is something you are capable of sticking with consistently. Read the full article…

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