In our Go, Go, Go, society, we have to remember that rest is important. I’ve always told clients on their fitness journeys that rest is where the magic happens.

Experiencing traumatic events like the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, etc. is no different. After these events, it is imperative that we hibernate a bit and give ourselves the time we need to heal and renew. It’s essential. It is only after this season of rest that we can rediscover our new selves and share a new beauty with the world.

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Vegan SuperFood Brownies Made With SHAKEOLOGY

We are in the middle of Winter Storm Jonas here in the north east. I don’t know about you, but storms, blizzards, basically any kind of severe weather phenomena always make me hungry. For the last 20 days I’ve been super focused on my clean eating and fitness and I don’t want one weekend to completely derail me. I decided to make myself a treat ahead of time so that when (becasue it’s inevitable) those cravings come knocking I’ll be prepared. Here, I share with you, my “I’m not afraid of JONAS” Vegan Superfood Shakeology Brownies. If you decide to …

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Comfort Zones, Fear & Faith

My Daughter Near The River A Lesson on Comfort Zones, Fear and Faith I’ve been walking on this particular trail for a while now. I’ve use those walks as meditation and as an antidepressant. They really helped me deal with the grief of losing my mom at the end of 2014 and the depression that had taken over my life. On these walks I would look across the river and think, “It must be so beautiful to walk over there, on that side of the river.” These thoughts were almost always followed with, “I walked “over there” before and got …

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INSIDE OUT movie, lessons and review

I took my daughter, who just turned 11, to see the movie INSIDE OUT last night. I thought it was good, but more importantly, there are some great life lessons tucked inside this little movie. I’ve never written a movie review before and this is more of a commentary than a review, I guess. I felt compelled to write it because the lessons actually brought me some peace – more on that later. Here are the lessons I gleaned from the movie: 1. Change is inevitable, it’s futile using all our energy to keep things the same, we just can’t. …

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What will your legacy be? Are you living your life’s purpose?

  When I was a student in law school, one of our most beloved professors was killed. A speaker at his memorial service noted that the service was extremely well attended and that so many had such wonderful things to say, not just because my professor was kind and loving, but because he lived his life on purpose. Just this past weekend, I was at a service for a dear friend who passed away and a similar comment was made. I started thinking about all the people who came to my mom’s service back in December and all the wonderful …

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Death, Job Loss, Broken Furnaces and Frozen Pipes (Faith and Positivity through loss and other adversity)

Before I even begin, let me say: If you are dealing with the death of a loved one, job loss, and/or other adversity, I pray that you find the faith to carry you through your storm. I’ve been wanting to do a blog post for a while, but this whirlwind of change I’ve been twisting in has been relentless. I finally have a moment to sit and share and there’s so much I want to tell you. I think I’ll just have to write again soon, since I won’t fit everything swimming in my head in this one post. So …

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How I broke Through Binge Eating and Depression, This Time.

THANK YOU God for new opportunities to make better choices. I was in such a funk. In fact, let me be real, I was depressed. I cringe as I write this because I believe words have power and I believe you are what you say you are. That said, all my behavior pointed to depression. When you’re in that place, it’s hard to see your way OUT. Finally, I had to put my big girl panties on and face the fact that I CHOOSE! I could keep choosing things that fed my depression or I could choose things that didn’t. …

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The 21 Day Fix: Variety and a plan equals success

I just had an epiphany and I had to share it with my online support group. I wanted to share it here, with you, in case you are considering doing The 21 Day Fix – There’s a lot of variety on this plan! If you eat as designed, you won’t get bored or hungry. I’m a creature of habit, I can eat egg whites and lentils everyday, but this plan begs the user to diversify. The plan wants us to add teaspoons (nut butters, coconut oil, olive oil, etc.); we must add an “orange” (pumpkin seeds, olives, dressing, etc.); we …

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Killing a week of clean eating on the weekend? Maybe this will help.

My Epiphany I had an epiphany this week, I want to share it with you. I was sharing with a friend that I was feeling a little “peckish” on Saturday evening. I had some organic popcorn then, fortunately, before eating any and everything else I could get my hands on, I realized, I was hungry. I stopped and took the time to prepare a satisfying and nutritious meal. After I was satiated, my epiphany came: the reason why I tend to go crazy on weekends and often throw a way a week’s worth of work (does that ever happen to …

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Still Not Bored and EFWFA

Still not bored It’s February 2nd and Tomorrow I begin Block 2 of P90X2. The first 4 weeks were filled with fun, yet challenging, workouts and I am excited to see what the next 4 weeks will bring. I don’t like to preview my workouts – call me weird – I like to be surprised. I did take a quick peak at the schedule, however and noticed that with the exception of X3 Yoga, all of the workouts for the next three weeks are new. I LOVE that! There’s no way you can get bored with this program. I do …

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