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My 5 Favorite Food Info and Recipe Resources

Who is talking about food?  The answer is… Everyone! The messaging around organic vegetables and fruit, organic/grass fed meat, non-GMO, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, peanut or tree nut free is simply everywhere. But what does it mean? Do we need to care? Why are these things happening now, when they didn’t seem to

Start Before You Are Ready

As I sat down to write this blog I googled the title. The result was 844,000,000 in 43 seconds. I guess lots of people are talking about this, so there must be something to it. The basic summary of the top line items was that successful people start before they feel completely ready. As Richard Branson put

Find Your Inner Olympian

It seems everywhere I look the 2014 Winter Olympic Games are featured. The Biggest Loser contestants were at the US Olympic Training Center in Utah a couple of weeks ago. Most magazines about fitness, yoga or Pilates have one or more articles about Olympians and their workout regimes. Local gyms are holding “Olympic” competitions within

Resolution Re-do.

I have a confession. I love reading all the year-ahead horoscopes at the beginning of every year. It is a total guilty pleasure. I do not rule my life by it, but I do like to randomly see how things line up at the close of a challenging day. I do mean all, astrological horoscopes,

New Year’s Resolutions

Welcome to day number two of 2014. If you are among those taking a few more vacation days, good for you! For the rest of us, at least it is only a couple of days to the weekend and then reality can really set back in on Monday. Whenever I think of New Years I

Eighty Years Young

“The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” Kenneth H. Cooper One of my first blogs talked about the things that hold us back from achieving our goals and reaching beyond what we may think is possible. (If you missed it, check it out here What Holds You Back?) Today I’m

Exercise, Problem Solving and a Sunny Disposition

With the onset of December we could all use a little more sun in our lives. Right? I know I can. I remember a time when I commuted in the dark on my way to work, lived in cube land without easy access to natural light for most of my day, and then commuted home…

My Motivation Matrix (Part 5 of 5) – Be Kind to Yourself.

So over the last several weeks I have laid out my 5 part motivation matrix. These are the tools I use to keep myself moving. Set a goal – Goals give us a deadline, something to work toward and an event to hold ourselves accountable to. Get in gear – Having dedicated attire helps to

My Motivation Matrix (Part 4 of 5) – Blast the Tunes

  When last we left our motivational matrix, we scheduled an event, got our training on the calendar, got in gear, and then got moving and started tracking our progress. How is that going? That good huh? I get it. I was talking with one of my coaches the other day and she said “Don’t

My Motivation Matrix (Part 3 of 5) – Get Out the Door, Get Moving and Track Your Progress.

When we last chatted, you had found an event to register for, teamed up with a buddy, and were getting yourself the right gear for the activity of your choosing. You made the commitment and got the shoes now to actually get you moving. Re-enter our challenges, “It’s too hot.” “It’s too cold.” “It’s raining”…

Why I do what I do.

Habits are invisible. Movement just happens. You don't actively think about how to stand up and walk across a room. Right?? Unless a foot or knee or hip are not working as they should then it can be tough or downright painful.

The human body is an amazing instrument and everyone’s is different. Some people have long limbs and short torsos, some have long torsos and short limbs, some are lean and naturally muscular, others work hard to build strength and even harder to gain and maintain flexibility, while more still have such flexibility in their elbows, knees, shoulders and hips that the muscles need to work overtime to protect them from injury. Or more commonly learn how to recover.

Pilates and Yoga Therapy are tools I have used to rehab injuries for myself and post-rehab with my clients. I know what it is like to work through an injury. It is extremely rewarding to guide my clients on their path to strengthen, re-balance, and improve their overall functional fitness.

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