Motivation Monday – Adventure!

I’m deep into The Desire Map by Danielle Laporte getting very clear with how I want to feel this year.  For me, this way of putting together my 2014 goals as feelings I want to have (instead of goals I want to achieve) is very different. It’s mind-blowing. It means that you can have what you want TODAY by creating the experiences and feelings you think you are seeking for tomorrow. Grab them now. I’m very clear that two of my core desired feelings are Courage and Adventure.   This less than 30 second vid captures ways I’ve evoked these feelings over the past 13 days: This teaches us to… Read More

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The Hunger Scale

Have you ever sat in the absolute back seat of a commercial plane?  I’m talking about the last row, where the seats don’t recline and you’re right next to the bathrooms. Well, that’s where I am right now as I write this to you.  On this plane, the jets cover the windows, so you can’t even see outside. I’ve just spent the past 5 days in “The Big D”, (aka: Dallas), mixing some family time with a business trip.   I tackled 2 (yes….TWO) big family reunions in one very long weekend.  It’s always good to see my family, young and old, who travel from all over to be together for… Read More

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Muscle vs Fat. Does strength training make you Lean or Bulky?

If I had only one single dollar for every gal (and yes, guy) who’s come up to me over the past 17 years of my fitness and nutrition career, I’d be a very, very….VERY rich girl. Do you think muscle weighs more than fat? Are you scared to workout “too hard” or “too heavy” because you’ll end up gaining bulk? Even if you know the “A’s” to the “Q’s” above cognitively, do you still deep inside go about your workout “carefully” so as to “not bulk up”? In the video below I’m not only going to tell you, but I’m actually going to show you exactly what 5lb of fat… Read More

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You Are Stressing Me Out!

In this fast paced Valley, moving through our day-to-day life in a stress state seems to be the norm.  But from a weight loss perspective, which is what 80% of my clients come to see me for, living in a stress state is definitely the best way to assure that you will never lose weight.  If some “expert” tells you to ‘eat less and exercise more’, at best they’re only giving you a small piece of the story. The levels of chronic stress we live with every day creates a very specific “stress chemistry” in the body, and from this place it’s next to impossible to lose weight no matter… Read More

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Spring Cleaning Detox 101

This Motivation Monday is coming to you with my head a little clogged up with a good ole’ cold. It’s not nearly as bad as it could be since I have an arsenal of natural remedies that keep my immune system up and are getting me back up on my feet in no time. (You can see my secret weapons here!)     Speaking of immunity, one of the greatest things you can do to boost it is to give your body a little break from junk food, sugar, processed foods, etc. And that’s what your Motivation Monday Training video is all about today! Dive right in and decide for… Read More

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When life hands you a shit sandwich

What do you do when you get sucker punched? You know when life starts to feel so overwhelming and you just aren’t sure where to turn?  I’m talking about heart-pounding, perma-lump in my throat, tummy-churning fear and overwhelm by circumstances completely out of my control. Any chance you’ve ever felt this, too?  Yikes! And what about times in our life when we get “sucker punched” or “thrown under the bus” by people or circumstances we never dreamed could have the capacity to suck icky-poopy stuff? It truly makes me want to freeze my life and go crawl into a corner, but we both know that’s not the answer. When things… Read More

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To Eat Meat Or Not? The Great Vegetarian Debate…

I am deep in the heart of East Texas spending time with my family for our bi-annual family reunion out at my Aunt and Uncle’s lake front property. It’s pretty much station vacation out here.  The weather is surprisingly awesome (90 as opposed to the typical 107 degree days!) and spending some quality time with my family is always great. Two of my favorite people in the world, my brother and his wife, drove in from North Carolina and they look amazing.  My brother looks like he’s glowing.  He’s always been lean and athletic, but today he looks like my yoga teacher, long and lean!  He’s actually leaner than I’ve… Read More

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Get Inspired through others

Happy Monday Morning! You wanna know what inspires me more than anything else? Well, two things actually. First I love listening to other people’s success stories.  Not just health and fitness, but with anything. When someone has been faced with a challenge or obstacle in their life and have faced it squarely, chosen the curvy, less traveled unpaved road of transformation, and come out on top despite numerous odds, I get tears in my eyes and Goosebumps all over… because this is surely the juice that life is made of! And even though we get all caught up with the “final product”, like an “after picture” or “Now they finally… Read More

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Cupcakes and Weight Loss

I just had a great weekend in Texas visiting with my family and friends, while also squeezing in a few business meetings.   My mom just got this adorable little-ball-of-fur who makes a debut in our Motivation Monday video below!   Have you ever wondered why some people can eat cupcakes and stay slender while someone else seems to do “everything right” but spends her life chronically dieting?   In this weeks training video, you’re going to learn why doing “everything right” sometimes isn’t the answer.   What you eat is one part of the puzzle, but how you eat is the other important piece of the puzzle.   These… Read More

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Building your Immunity

Okay  party people.  Our lead instructor is sick at home, I spent the weekend home in bed with the sniffles (although I’m feeling a bit better today), and some of our campers are starting to feel the season coming on. How can you keep your immune system humming along, and what can you do to “fight back” at the first sign of getting a little scratch in your throat (or a little snot in your nose…sorry…couldn’t resist.) First off, I am not the foremost expert on this, although through my nutrition studies, I have learned a ton of great natural ways to boost immunity, and it’s crazy how much of… Read More

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