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What If…

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Oh, the what-ifs… What if you start, and then soon after, you stop? 🛑 What if it takes longer than you think to see changes? 🗓 What if you don’t know what to do? 🤷‍♀️ What if you do the wrong thing? 😑 What if you start something and decide you don’t like it? 👎 What if? What if? What if? But… What if you *don’t* start? 🤔 Author Jordan Peterson has a great exercise where he asks people to envision what their life will look like in 20 years if they *don’t* take the positive steps they say they…

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Does you training enhance your life?

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Have you thought about what your training is doing for you? If you ask me, I want your training to enhance your life, not deplete it. What does that look like? 👍 It might not always be easy to get going, but you’re always glad you did. 🙌 When you finish your training, you have energy to spare (yes, I wrote that right). 🚴 You leave a session feeling like you just inflated your tires, not have a hole in (at least) one. 👩‍💼You’re ready to tackle your day when you finish, not ready for a nap. 😤 You don’t…

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Don’t Want to Train Today?

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Don’t want to train today? Welcome to the club. Maybe you don’t want to do it. 😩 Maybe you’re achy & tired. 🤔 Maybe you just have a lot on your plate & don’t know when you’re going to fit it in. ⏰ That’s why I always suggest the 10-min rule. I have it for movies, TV shows, kid activities, & training. The rule? Start. ⏩ Do it for 10-minutes. ⏰ If you’re still really not feeling it, stop. 🛑 If you decide that you’re not hating it that much, keep going. 👍 Maybe set a timer for 10 more…

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One Less Thing

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Your schedule is full. You’re doing lots of things you love. You’ve got kids, work, volunteer stuff, grocery shopping, the making of meals for the humans in your house… Seriously, does this meal planning/making meal thing ever get easier? I digress… On top of all of that, you want to get some training in! You make it to the gym or you get your equipment out at home… Now what? You could do some squats & pushups. You could do some lunges and rows… But how many sets? Reps? Is it working? What else should you do? Do you know…

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Habits

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We all have habits. Good ones, bad ones, and neutral ones. Do you brush your teeth as soon as you wake up? Or after breakfast? Do you unplug the toaster after using it? Do you drive the same way to work every day? These unconscious habits help us live our lives without having to overthink everything. Make something a habit and you no longer have to think about it. But what if you’re trying to change a habit? You have to start thinking about the thing you do that you do without thinking about it. Eek!   Habits matter. A…

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Body Positivity

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Body Positivity Is not: 🚩Loving every part of your body every second of every day. If this is what you think body positivity is, you’ll end up feeling worse because we all have *flaws* and *imperfections* and you’ll see them and you can’t *pretend* they’re things you actually like. You are not going to *trick* you. Body positivity is: ❤️ Loving yourself enough not to criticize every part of your body every second of every day. We can shoot for that! We can spin things to our advantage. If I start to think my arms are “too big” I can…

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Practice

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We had a friend over for dinner and he was asking my son if he liked playing the piano. My son said, “No, not really.” But I pushed him and asked, “You didn’t like being able to play the Star Wars theme song for your friends?” He replied, “Well, that was cool, but I don’t like practicing.” Which, of course, is where I went into full mom-splain mode. The gist? No one likes to not be good at something. It’s hard to practice something and not be great right away. But practice & consistency is what (slowly & over time)…

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Bodies 1/?

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My take on bodies: We’re all given one at birth. We grow & change & can alter our appearance a bit, but we all have different genetics & the form we take as adults varies. Our bodies are containers that house our essence, our true selves, who we really are under all the makeup, clothes, fat, muscles, personas, degrees, etc. I know that sounds woo-woo, but who we are is not what we look like on the outside. That doesn’t mean that how we look doesn’t affect how others treat us, how we see ourselves, and if society deems us…

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Aging

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What’s the old adage? It’s better than the alternative. How aging affects you depends on a lot of factors. Are you getting your strength training in? Are you getting quality food? Are you getting your cardio in? Are you nurturing relationships? Are you resting? Are you working on personal growth? How do you perceive aging? I have this thing going on with my knee. It’s an injury that’s been nagging for the last couple of years and it’s really been bothering me these last couple of weeks. As the calendar shows another year going by, I start to reflect on…

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