Part 4 of 6 OWNING YOUR LIFE DON’T JUST STAND THERE, DO SOMETHING The power of taking (consistent) action     Do you know what I love most about exercising?  No matter what I feel like before I workout, I always feel better afterward.  And it isn’t just my body that feels better - everything feels better.  I think more positive thoughts, I have more energy, I’m more relaxed. Working out completely changes my physiology and psychology at the same time. But don’t get me wrong -  just because I’m a fitness professional doesn’t mean I love exercising all the time. Many times, I really don’t feel like working out.  Or eating whole, healthy foods. What gets me through is [...]

By |2019-10-29T16:18:39-07:00October 29th, 2019|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments


Part 3 of 6 OWNING YOUR LIFE “I’m just not a morning person.” “I don’t have enough time in the day.” “I’m too self-conscious/out of shape/exhausted to work out.” Do any of these sound familiar? When it comes to looking better and making positive long-term changes to our health, we often focus all of our energy on outside actions, like eating better and exercising more. Makes sense, right? But it’s funny -  after 20+ years in the fitness and coaching business, I’ve finally figured out the most important first step towards REAL change for my clients:  they’ve got to start on the INSIDE.  As we talked about in the previous 2 blogs, TAKING RESPONSIBILITY and FINDING CLARITY are key components [...]

By |2019-09-05T10:33:01-07:00September 5th, 2019|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments


Part 2 of 6 OWNING YOUR LIFE   “The map was upside down.  We’d been going the wrong way for hours.” In the ’90s, one of the biggest fitness crazes was Adventure Racing.  These were multi-disciplined (run/bike/paddle) events, ranging anywhere from 3 to 30 hours of non-stop racing.  It challenged the athletes mentally, physically and emotionally.  And me? I guess I thought it might be…fun. One night, 12 hours into a 24-hour race, I found myself leading my team up a trailhead in the Santa Monica Mountains. It was 2 am and since it was November, it was cold.  One of the tricks to racing at night is always making sure you’re checking and re-checking your route with your map [...]

By |2019-08-31T04:43:52-07:00August 29th, 2019|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments


Part 1 of 6 OWNING YOUR LIFE “It's not my fault.” This is one of the oldest excuses I learned as a child.  It was a protective mechanism to avoid punishment. And embarrassment. And pain. It’s a tiny sentence. Something all of us say. It certainly doesn’t sound all that bad. Or is it? How often do we say a version of this sentence to ourselves? When we’re parenting, commuting, working, eating. “It’s not my fault.” These 4 little words create the fundamental belief that our problems exist outside of ourselves. That we aren’t the cause. We blame external conditions on our own conflicts and challenges.  And when we deflect our attention away from ourselves, we are no longer “responsible” [...]

By |2019-08-29T10:48:31-07:00July 29th, 2019|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments


Have you ever fallen off the wagon when it comes to fitness?  You start off so strong – setting goals, buying new workout clothes, getting up early to hit the gym. Then after a month, 3 months, maybe even 6 months, you start to fade… the emotions that got you there just don’t seem to be strong enough anymore. Maybe you’re even a regular gym-goer: you show up every week, you attend classes and you’re consistent, but you just can’t seem to hit your goals – whether it’s losing that extra 5 pounds or cleaning up your diet.  You feel good and motivated when you work out and even still, there’s a part of you that still feels stuck. Targeted short-term “fitness challenges” (21-day, 6-week, 8-week, etc.) have [...]

By |2018-08-31T10:37:53-07:00August 31st, 2018|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments

Working Your Way to Unstoppable: SIMPLE WAYS TO BOOST ENERGY, MOOD AND MENTAL FOCUS | Week 2

  “If you change your mindset, you have the ability to change your whole world.” ~ Damien Thomas   How has your week been? Picking up where we left off from my last post: did you take time to re-charge by focusing a little more on sleeping and taking breaks when needed? Even if you didn’t get all the shuteye you want, just being aware of your sleep habits and stress levels will go a long way towards renewing your energy and giving you greater purpose each day. As we talked about in my last post, the concept of getting healthy isn’t just about getting our bodies in shape, it’s about gaining awareness of how our thoughts and habits – [...]

By |2018-05-13T10:10:48-07:00May 10th, 2018|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments


  Who doesn’t want to be unstoppable? Think back over the last week: was there a day where nothing went wrong?  A day where nothing seemed to bother you? A day  where getting either “good” or “bad” news didn’t seem to slow you down or change your mood?  Where you felt super-energized and alert, as well confident and calm?   A day where you felt like you were in the flow and completely unstoppable? Do you want to have more days like that day?  I know I do. So how can we find this kind of energy and consistency? More importantly, what gets in our way?  A great answer can be found in one of my favorite quotes of all time: "Food is the most widely [...]

By |2018-03-29T23:22:19-07:00March 29th, 2018|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments


“What should I be eating for breakfast?” “Is indoor cycling a good workout?” “What can I do about my low back pain?” “Should I eliminate carbs completely?”   QUESTIONS. I get a lot of them. From friends, family and members of our health club, Breakthru Fitness.  I love questions because one of my favorite things to do is help people figure out how to address the barriers they face when it comes to reaching their goals.  But over time, I’ve changed the way I respond. I used to jump right in and start “recommending” things for people to do:   “Always focus on protein…” “Be sure you’re getting your heart rate up and pushing yourself...” “Try stretching like this...” “Let [...]

By |2017-11-03T12:00:24-07:00November 3rd, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments


Do you believe you’re honest with yourself about most things?   Take a minute and really think about that question. It’s hard to be honest with ourselves. In fact, it takes real courage. Why? Because when we’re being completely, totally honest with ourselves, it means we have to examine the good and the bad: what gives us value (“I deserve to be healthy and strong…”)  and perhaps more importantly, what gets in the way of realizing our true potential (“but for some reason I keep cancelling my workouts.”) Why is this kind of self-inventory so hard to do? Because it means we have to take responsibility for ourselves and our choices - and not place the blame on our circumstances. Listen, [...]

By |2017-10-05T21:48:42-07:00October 5th, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments

Are You Wired and Tired? 6 Steps to Boost Your Energy and Mental Focus | Part 2

In my last post, we talked about three concrete steps you can take in boosting your energy and mental focus: Create and stick to a productive morning ritual. Figure out WHY you want to get fit – beyond just the run-of-the-mill physical reasons – so you can stay inspired to work out even when your energy is low. Be mindful about your food choices – what gives you energy and what saps it?     Now let’s look at the next three steps in establishing and locking in your best habits:   4. TIME MANAGEMENT I used to joke about my days feeling like a triathlon, with short periods of time where I transitioned from one event (work) to a [...]

By |2017-08-02T04:41:59-07:00August 2nd, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments