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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

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

  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+00:00March 29th, 2018|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments

THE POWER OF CONSISTENCY

“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+00:00November 3rd, 2017|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

HACK YOURSELF | PART 3

The mental (or psychological) game to achieving success in health and fitness is one of the most overlooked strategies.  We hear over and over about what foods we should (and shouldn’t) be eating and the most effective ways to maximize our workouts.  What rarely gets discussed is the MENTAL STRATEGIES one must have in place that will launch you toward your goal of health and fitness success, and more importantly, will help keep you there. In the last 20+ years of working with clients, I have seen clients drop anywhere between 10 to 40 lbs.  I have seen them reach their goals.  What is rare, in all honesty, is their ability to STAY there.  Something -- time, stress, distractions, injury [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:02+00:00July 8th, 2016|Fitness Tips|0 Comments

SLEEP IS A WEAPON

I spend a lot of time writing about the importance of moving and telling you how it improves your energy, overall health and vitality. And it is so important to get off our butts (do it now, I say -- stand up and move around!) and engage in vigorous exercise (which really only needs to be done 3-4 times a week for maximum effectiveness).  In fact, working out too much is not good for you, especially if you are skipping the most important part of your workout, the recovery phase. I have discussed numerous options for improving your recovery time, the 3 most important of which are:  getting optimal nutrition (including what you eat before, during and after your workouts), [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:02+00:00June 10th, 2016|Fitness Tips|0 Comments

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT (PART 2)

WILL SKIPPING BREAKFAST AND PUTTING BUTTER IN YOUR COFFEE HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT AND INCREASE YOUR MENTAL FOCUS? Welcome back to my tale of trying Something Completely Different in order to break through the walls I was hitting during the Nautilus Challenge in reaching my weight goals. If you missed last week’s blog, you can catch up here.  By way of quick review, I had started the Challenge with the goal of losing 10 lbs. of weight…all of which I wanted to come from body fat.  And at Week 6 of the Challenge, I was not seeing any new progress in meeting my goals and I was “stuck”.  So, I decided to try something completely different—Bulletproof Coffee. So, did skipping [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:03+00:00April 29th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|2 Comments

3 WAYS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TRAVEL (HOTEL) WORKOUT

Let’s talk travel workouts.  What do I mean by travel workouts?  A workout you do when you are on the road… at a hotel.  First of all, lets talk about the most important thing. What is your goal?  MOVE MORE. Assuming its being fit, losing weight, staying mobile (battling all that sitting, sitting in the cab, on the train, on the plane, in all day meetings, all that sitting) while traveling.  What do I mean by being mobile?  Being able to move your body through a full ROM (range of motion).  Stretching and foam rolling improve mobility, so does walking, squatting, working out, etc.  A good day is one where you can move as much as possible, without pain.  Movement [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:05+00:00March 5th, 2016|Fitness Tips|0 Comments