habits

FITNESS CHALLENGES: 5 REASONS WHY THEY WORK

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+00:00August 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+00:00May 10th, 2018|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments

THE HONESTY MINDSET: THE FIRST STEP TOWARD CHANGING YOUR LIFE

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+00:00October 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+00:00August 2nd, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments

Are You Wired and Tired? 6 Steps to Boost Your Energy and Mental Focus | Part 1

“Habits are the answer to anything we want to change in life.  They control what we do, and eventually, they make what we do easy and automatic.”  – Steve Chandler Energy:  I want more of it. Don’t you?  So why is it such a battle to stay energized? Why, when we ask each other, “How are you?” the answer is more-often-than-not: “I’m SOOO tired.” What’s behind all this exhaustion? What’s sapping us of our energy?  Is it lack of sleep?  Eating the wrong foods?  Stress?  All of the above? On the flipside, what about those times where we’re really having fun or discovering a new passion and all of a sudden, we feel like we could conquer the world? We [...]

By |2017-07-21T14:19:35+00:00July 21st, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation|1 Comment

BE A ROAD WARRIOR – 5 TRAVEL TIPS TO HELP YOU STAY FIT AND HEALTHY WHILE ON THE ROAD

Reality is that we can always find an excuse to justify bad choices when it comes to working out and eating healthy.   Our “default mode” will probably be to gravitate to eating a little too much of the things we shouldn’t and moving less than we should, which is not the ideal combination.  And this is never more true than when we are on the road traveling and out of our home element – being away on the road places additional stresses on our health and fitness regimens. Therefore, DECIDING what you are going to do ahead of time is always ideal.  Then, in the moment, if you take a second to be mindful, chances are going to be in [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:01+00:00April 1st, 2017|Fitness Tips|0 Comments

PHIL’S SECRET “GET LEAN” EATING HABITS (AKA – YOU CAN’T OUT EXERCISE A BAD DIET)

My philosophy on clean eating has always been to focus on HABITS and not a DIET. Although we do recommend and create meal plans, I prefer the idea of guidelines that promote HABITS vs. DIET.  Why is that?  I believe, if we want to make changes that are consistent, over time, they have to be habit based. Here are few examples: Eat a little less than usual. Sounds simple and it is and very effect. Example: Eat half your sandwich, or remove the bread, split your dessert… see how easy it is? Eat each meal slowly and stop eating BEFORE you are full. Learn to SLOW DOWN and you’ll find you’ll end up eating less. Learn to stop BEFORE the [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:01+00:00March 3rd, 2017|Nutrition Tips, Weight Loss|1 Comment

QUICK FIX OR LIFESTYLE CHANGE? THE CHOICE IS YOURS

We have become a nation of instant gratification. Thanks to technology, we expect things to be, literally, at our fingertips at any given moment. Because of this, when we don't receive the favorable results we're after, we tend to think the effort isn’t worth it and we move on. But some things take time; in fact, they take an entire lifetime. Some people have completely “let themselves go” for years, and then might expect to be able to transform themselves in their first 30 days back in the gym.  This rarely, if ever, happens.  So, in order to be successful, what we are really looking to transform are your HABITS.  They say that the best way to create change in [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:01+00:00January 13th, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments

WHAT IS YOUR “LIMITING” STORY? (AND 3 WAYS TO BREAKTHROUGH IT!)

If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. -Henry Ford On August 14th, I sat in a small room with a few other fitness professionals, interviewing 126 people who came to “audition” for 25 spots in our upcoming 10-week body transformation program.  I spent 11 hours listening to these folks, one by one, come in and tell their story about why we should pick them for this program. It sounds tiring, but I was not tired at all, not for a minute.  I was getting to hear their stories -- the inside, true and unedited versions of WHY people get out of shape, don’t find time to work out or have not found success yet [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:02+00:00September 9th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation|1 Comment

THE BIGGEST LIE WE TELL OURSELVES (HOW TO OVERCOME IT)

I hear it time and again:  “I just don’t have the time to work out.”  This is the adult version of “My dog ate my homework.”  And it's the biggest STORY we tell ourselves so we can avoid making the commitment we know need to make to exercise, eat clean and live a healthier life. I have dealt with this issue many times, both in my own life and in the very busy lives of the clients with whom I work.  I want to give you a few strategies that have worked for them in the hopes that you, too, can overcome these lies we tell ourselves.  In this way, you will be able to create a new “story” for [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:02+00:00July 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments