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I was on Spring Break with my family a couple of weeks in San Diego when I experienced this wonderful moment of clarity. Maybe it is because I am in my 40’s now. Maybe it is because I am now working with individuals who have lost loved ones and talk about how much the moments with their loved one mean now that they are gone. Or maybe it is because my children are growing and time is slipping fast. It is likely a combination of all of the above and more, but this trip was different than any other I have gone on.

My brother flew out to surprise our three boys (ages 13, 10 & 7) and two of my cousins, who are like brothers to me, live in San Diego. So I guess this also made the trip extra special. But there was a moment while I was si...

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We’re on the road to improvement, or at least I hope we are. No matter how far down the path you’ve made it, redefining eating for your best life continues to require focus and awareness. And a plan; especially if your good habits are not completely formed yet.

#1 Understand your goals and set them.

Forbes cited a study that found people who wrote down their goals were 42% more likely to achieve them. Know where you want to go and set appropriate SMALL STEPS to get there. Don’t expect it overnight, but go into it with a plan to succeed.

#2 Look at your relationship with food.

My childhood was filled with trauma from multiple directions. The very happiest times were spent with family at the dinner table. I associated fo...

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This weekend I had the opportunity to watch some very powerful things occur at the My1FitLife Adventure Weekend at Lake Las Vegas. I was moved to watch individuals who indicated they have little confidence in themselves flip 300-pound tires, participate and enjoy Zumba® when they told me they couldn’t dance, participate in a challenging Boot Camp class, and literally climb mountains, just to name a few. It is inspiring to watch someone overcome the mental blocks they use to limit themselves from living life large.
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As I was getting my monthly massage this week, I reminded myself of just how important it is to pay attention to my body and my breathe while my muscles were being worked on. It always seems to amaze me when I pay attention to my body, I make so many connections. It even becomes emotional at times.
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A few years ago I read an article about forgiveness and there was a piece of it that resonated with me: “Anger, bitterness, resentment and vengeance can rob our very existence of any semblance of contentment”
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You go the entire day eating healthy and mindful, only to sit in front the TV after the day is over with a bag of chips. Before you know it, the bag of chips is empty and you are left feeling angry with yourself, overstuffed, and miserable.

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Does this sound familiar? Make a to-do list the night before, only to find yourself exhausted in the evening and not even 50% of your to-do’s are checked off of your list? On top of that, you didn’t make it to the gym and now you have no clean clothes because laundry did not checked off, either. Before you know it, it is bedtime and your left feeling defeated yet again.
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People ask me all the time, “how do you keep the motivation to workout regularly?” Three active boys, a husband, a dog and work do keep me very busy. If you ask my husband, he will tell you I HAVE to workout. Because I get really cranky when I don’t. I’ve been working out for as long as I can remember; so it does just feel like a natural part of my day. But to be honest, if I didn’t teach Group Fitness, I’m not sure I would still be as active as I am. I do still find the drive on my days off from teaching to get something in. I see the benefits when I get my workouts in. I’m not as cranky. I sleep better. I feel better about myself. It’s a pretty awesome feeling to have that part of my life under control.
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Sitting down to write my blog and decided to check Facebook quickly. That turns into 30 minutes of commenting “lol” and “you’re kids are so adorable!” Before I know it, I only have about 30 minutes to work on my blog before my kiddos get off the bus.
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