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Taking Care of You: Your Self Care Guide

Self-care is always on the top of my list since if we don't take care of ourselves everything around us seems to fall apart. I've had to learn this the hard way, so now it's my passion to bring knowledge to my clients and friends as to why it's so important.

Here's are some ideas you can incorporate into your life to help fill you up so you can give back without sacrificing your health.

Enjoy!


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Mindful Eating for Weight Loss

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This post is the first of a five-part series on mindfulness, and it tackles the inescapable struggle of weight loss. When it comes to losing weight, you may assume you need to muster up a huge amount of willpower and force yourself to stick to a diet through sheer discipline. But this isn’t always the case. Instead, you can start your weight loss journey by eating more mindfully. 

What is mindful eating?

Mindful eating is a relatively simple technique that helps you gain more control over your eating choices and habits. It’s based on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness, which calls for you to bring your full attention to the present moment. With mindful eating, this means paying close attention to your cravings and other physical cues when eating. Instead of automatically falling into old eating habits, mindful eating helps you make more conscious, healthier choices.

Tips for Eating More Mindfully

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Listen to your body.

Before you even start eating, take a moment to really, truly listen to your body. Are you hungry – or is it something else that’s making you reach for a chocolate bar? Know your body’s hunger signals so that you can tell the difference between snacking out of boredom or stress and actual hunger. 

Listening to your body will also help you notice when you’re full, so you can stop eating before you get to that miserable, “Stuffed” feeling.

Eat more slowly.

Once your food is in front of you, there’s no need to dive in and devour every last bite – your food isn’t going anywhere! Eat slowly to give your body time to catch up to your brain. It actually takes about 20 minutes for the “I’m full” signal from your brain to reach your body, so slowing down can keep you from overeating. 

To help you eat more slowly, try taking smaller bites, chewing each bite 25 times, and setting your fork down. 

Cut down on distractions.

Have you ever stood in your kitchen with a pint of ice cream, scrolling through Instagram while eating a few spoonful’s of Ben & Jerry’s – only to look down at an empty pint? Distractions are the epitome of mindlesseating. To cut down on mindless eating, you must also cut down on distractions. Don’t try to multitask during mealtimes. This means turning off the TV and putting away your phone. Instead, tune into your body and savor the food you’re enjoying – this is one of the best parts of eating mindfully! 

Savor every bite.

Speaking of savoring your food, did you know that you’ll actually feel fuller and more satisfied at the end of a meal if you simply pay more attention to what you’re eating? By eating mindfully, you’ll notice textures and flavors you probably haven’t noticed before, even in foods you’re familiar with. And more satisfaction means you’re less likely to overindulge or immediately start looking for something else to “fix” that craving. Really enjoy your favourite food and feel satisfied instead of guilty. 

Celebrate International Women’s Day: Be Bold For Change!

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This year’s International Women’s Day theme couldn’t be any more timely and inspirational.

Being bold and determined to make changes is the first step to reaching our goals.

Take this time to draw inspiration from women who are recognized for their achievements which paved the way to creating awareness for greater equality.

The common thread among women who have succeeded through the years, is that they not only make decisions to change, they also see it through. 

For most of us though, making lifestyle changes is a process that takes time and may require support. Once we’re ready to make a change, the difficult part is committing and following through. So we need to make a plan that will prepare ourselves for success. Careful planning means setting small goals and taking things one step at a time.

Where the mind goes, the body follows.

Let us work on the psychological aspect of making lifestyle changes that last. Here is a list of tips from the APA (American Psychological Association) to help us get and stay on track.

Make a plan that will stick. Your plan is a map that will guide you on this journey of change. You can even think of it as an adventure. When making your plan, be specific. Want to exercise more? Detail the time of day when you can take walks and how long you’ll walk.

Write everything down, and ask yourself if you’re confident that these activities and goals are realistic for you. If not, start with smaller steps. Post your plan where you’ll most often see it as a reminder.

Start small. After you've identified realistic short-term and long-term goals, break down your goals into small, manageable steps that are specifically defined and can be measured. Is your long-term goal to lose 20 pounds within the next five months?

A good weekly goal would be to lose one pound a week. If you would like to eat healthier, consider as a goal for the week replacing dessert with a healthier option, like fruit or yogurt. At the end of the week, you’ll feel successful knowing you met your goal.

Change one behavior at a time. Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time, so replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Many people run into problems when they try to change too much too fast. To improve your success, focus on one goal or change at a time.

As new healthy behaviors become a habit, try to add another goal that works toward the overall change you’re striving for.

Involve a buddy. Whether it be a friend, co-worker or family member, someone else on your journey will keep you motivated and accountable. Perhaps it can be someone who will go to the gym with you or someone who is also trying to stop smoking. Talk about what you are doing.

Consider joining a support group. Having someone with whom to share your struggles and successes makes the work easier and the mission less intimidating.

Ask for support. Accepting help from those who care about you and will listen strengthens your resilience and commitment. If you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals on your own, consider seeking help from a psychologist.

Psychologists are uniquely trained to understand the connection between the mind and body, as well as the factors that promote behavior change.

Asking for help doesn't mean a lifetime of therapy; even just a few sessions can help you examine and set attainable goals or address the emotional issues that may be getting in your way.

Making the changes that you want takes time and commitment, but you can do it. Just remember that no one is perfect.

You will have occasional lapses. Be kind to yourself.

When you eat a brownie or skip the gym, don’t give up. Minor missteps on the road to your goals are normal and okay.

Resolve to recover and get back on track.

5 WAYS A PERSONAL TRAINER CAN HELP YOU SUCCEED

You’ve tried over and over to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You want to stay strong and active, keep up and play with your grandchildren or take your fitness to the next level. Your dream keeps getting farther away as you get older. Stop the internal fight by teaming up with a personal trainer who can support and teach you the tools you need to succeed. Here are 5 ways a personal trainer can help:

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1. Accountability – It tough changing your day to day rituals. We get used to doing the same things day in and day out and it tough figuring out how to fit in workouts, food planning, and life balance. This is why a program with accountability helps. Checking in with your trainer for regular measurement, body fat and pictures is usually enough to keep you on track and motivated to keep going and skip that pizza or dessert.

2. Debunking all those old myths about nutrition – It’s tough to keep up on all the new information out there about nutrition. What works and what doesn’t work. Why low fat, low carb diets do’t work. Why limiting your calories can actually create chaos with your hormones and metabolism.

3. Gives you confidents and knowledge to exercise property – Learning how to properly weigh-train can be intimating, especially for beginners. A personal trainer will teach proper progression to insure there are no injuries, while building strength and function within the kinetic chain.  Have you been training for a while but you’ve plateaued? Learning new exercises and combinations can give you more effective results and take you to that next fitness level you’ve been working so hard to reach.

4. Teaches proper nutrition for life not a quick fix – Are you always wondering what proper mix of micronutrients will help your transformation. What to eat and how much? What might work for someone might not work for the next person, we are all unique individuals. Throughout your program a personal training can dial in what works for you, so you are successful for life.

5. Teaches life changes that stick – How many times have you tried to incorporate more healthy habits into your life? Then a week later your not doing it at all? Having that accountability with someone who teaches life changing sustainable habits through small daily steps is essential.

It’s a team effort to move past life changing fears and uncertainty to one of desire, excitement and change. Make your life feel significant, valuable and happy!

5 Top Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Oh, the weather outside will soon be frightful, and those holiday cookies look so delightful… but don’t give in to those tasty temptations this holiday season! You don’t want to enter 2019 with a few extra turkeys around your waistline, right? That’s why I’ve put together my top 5 tips to help you avoid holiday weight gain this winter.  

1.   Be true to yourself.

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Don’t just believe in Santa this holiday season – believe in yourself! Ok, maybe that’s a little cheesy, but you should absolutely believe that you deserve to feel good (and look good, too!).  

Know your own importance and make a commitment to yourself. After all, you’ll never know what you’re capable of until you trust yourself enough to go all in. So truly commit for the holiday season, and then don’t let anything get in the way of your exercise regimen.

2.   Avoid indulging the whole season.

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It seems like the holiday season starts earlier every year. We haven’t even put away our Halloween decorations and already pumpkin spice everything is out on the store shelves!  

But that doesn’t mean your holiday indulgences should start early, too. Don’t start the food festivities now, or you’ll add extra pounds before the real holidays even arrive. Save your planned free meal and dessert for a big holiday party or dinner.

3.   Don’t skip meals.

Every now and then, a holiday treat will be too tempting to resist – but don’t try to “make up” for those little indulgences by skipping meals. This can negatively affect your metabolism and even cause you to gain weight. Yes, gain weight!

Plus, you’re much more likely to make bad food choices and overeat if you’re starving.

4.   Get your rest to avoid crashes and cravings.

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Sleep is one of the best holiday gifts you can give yourself. If you’re not getting enough rest, you may find yourself hungrier than normal during the day, which can easily lead to mindless snacking on those holiday treats.

And nobody wants to hit the gym if they’re feeling too tired either. So prioritize your sleep to see better results from both your diet and your exercise.  

5.   Stay focused and write down your vision.

Do you have your eye on a sexy black dress for a New Year’s Eve party? Write down your vision of what you want to achieve by the start of the new year. This will help you remember that you’ve got goals so you can stay focused.

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Follow these easy tips, and you’ll start off 2019 with confidence! If you need a little extra motivation this holiday season, I’d love to chat with you about how I can help you reach your goals and get a jumpstart on a healthy new year.


5 SIMPLE AFFIRMATIONS FOR PERSONAL GROWTH

Sometimes life can get us down and can be challenging. However the way we look at life, situations and what we say to ourselves is what determines our happiness, and growth. I believe we create our lives by our thoughts and we can have success, great relationships, our dream job, health, and much more. I know this works because it has changed my life. Here are five things you can start to say to yourself to shift your thought process to one of achievement and growth.

5 Affirmations for Personal Growth:

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  1. I am in control of my thoughts, therefore, I journal everyday what I will create for that day. What I am grateful for and what action steps to take.

  2. Obstacles are my opportunities for success, and to prove to myself what I am capable of.

  3. I am pro-active in creating the structure I need everyday so that I will have a strong foundation for long-term growth.

  4. I am a beautiful, strong, pro-active action taker. I can accomplish whatever I put my mind too.

  5. I always take care of my health, mind and body by exercising daily and only eating whole food that will make me strong for life, and free from disease.

Write these down and put them on your fridge, bathroom mirror, work station, car and in your purse. You deserve the best life ever, but it is up to you to take the action steps!