A Year Of Gratitude

People usually celebrate their birthdays. It’s an accomplishment of sorts: being born and being alive. However, I find it somewhat odd, seeing as I didn’t actually do anything to achieve my birth or state of living. Luck allowed me to have two parents that decided to have a third child, the genes to not get significantly ill, and the fortune to not be in any tragic accidents.

So birthdays are a celebration. But they are a celebration of everything that we are grateful for.

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5 Road Warrior Tips To Stay Healthy While Traveling for Work

I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never actually traveled for work. My profession barely takes me more than a few blocks from my apartment in Chicago. Nevertheless, from family, friends, and clients, I have heard of the pitfalls that come with a job which requires frequent travel.

Sometimes you have a hotel gym with lots of equipment. Other times you are lucky to have a dumbbell. Sometimes you get off work at 6pm. Other times you get off work at 3am. Sometimes you have a Whole Foods next to your hotel. Other times you are lucky to get a 711. 

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How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution

As the holidays come to a close and we’ve had our fair share of alcohol and sweets, we look towards the New Year as a cleanse from unhealthy habits and a revamping of healthy ones. However, many of us make the same resolutions year after year, without any success. Did you know that only 8% of Americans are successful in their New Year’s Resolutions? Why is that??

I believe it’s because we set ourselves up for failure from the very beginning. We do not know how to make and plan for sustainable change. We decide on New Year’s Eve that we are going on a detox diet, and joining a bootcamp, only to back out on January 2.

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Joining a Gym or Hiring a Trainer

Finding a gym or trainer that will deliver what is promised is a daunting task. There is a myriad of misinformation in magazines and on social media, and dishonest sales tactics challenge you throughout the process. Below, I give you 5 questions you should ask yourself before you invest your hard earned money into this venture.

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Calorie Density – What is it and how can it help you lose weight?

I used to be against calorie counting. I thought it promoted anxiety, OCD-type behavior, and a low self esteem. I still believe that these things are possible, but I found that counting my calories actually gave me the freedom to eat more and stress out less. This all happened once I gained an understanding of calorie density.

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Grocery Shopping Cheat Sheet

Grocery shopping can be stressful. It’s crowded, the lines are long, and they are always out of your favorite peanut butter!

Once you add the stress of reading labels and trying to buy “healthy” food, it’s almost too much to handle!

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The “Magic Formula” to Fitness

When you are a doctor and you go out with friends or family, everyone wants you to take a look at the mole on their back, or ask why their knees hurt in the morning.

When you are a health coach or personal trainer and you go out with friends or family, everyone wants to ask you the best exercise to “tone” their arms, what they should eat for breakfast, and how often they should workout.

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Four Ways to Mix Up Your Boring Workout

You walk into the gym, you know what you want to work on, but you are sick and tired of doing the same old thing. It’s become monotonous and you are losing motivation.

Sound familiar?

I used to do the same workout all the time. I worked my butt off, but I did not see results.

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