I got a great question this week, and realized it deserved an answer that everyone could read. The question was about how a person's activity level influenced how many calories they needed-- as in "I do this, this, and this during the week. How do I know how many calories to figure in?" The short… Continue reading Ask the Trainer: How many calories do I need to lose weight? What about my activity level?
Self- Care is a buzzword in the health and fitness industry. My Pinterest feed keeps preaching self-care to me, but at least there, it seems to look like candle-lit hot baths. Or online shopping. Turns out that a subscription box filled with beauty samples is all I really need to take care of my body?… Continue reading The Hard Work of REAL Self Care
It’s not just about the number of calories you eat! Here’s why.
Such a cool thing happened today! Prevention Magazine featured "Pudge" in one of their online articles. If you're a regular reader of this site, you probably already know how I lost 100lbs-- because it's the same way I talk about over and over on this site. But if you want to read the article, you… Continue reading Big Day!
Everyone has a beginning. But it doesn’t have to be the whole story! Here’s my starting point, plus advice I would give to “old” me...
This picture from the Olympics is high on my list of favorite pictures ever. It shows Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu, who became the first US skater to land a triple axle during the Olympics. I don't have a lot of ice skating expertise (which coincidentally, is also why I have fake front teeth. Turns out… Continue reading Love Your Life Series, #16: Focus on Small Wins
In addition to being Valentine's Day, for many others in the world, the day marked something else. Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, for Christian churches that recognize Liturgical Seasons. (Hang tight-- this isn't a "churchy" post!) The idea is that participants use the 40 days (not including Sundays which are feast days!) as… Continue reading Love Your Life Series, #15: Choose Beauty for Ashes
As I might have mentioned, I thoroughly object to Valentine's Day on so many levels. I did even as a kid, when there was so much pressure to pick out the coolest Valentine's (or at least not the ones that would leave you ridiculed!) and to make sure you got as many as the popular… Continue reading Love Your Life Series, #14: Be your own Valentine… Everyday
I like to have things all planned out-- and like it even more when things go according to plan. But sometimes, life! This post wasn't in my plan for this series, but it actually helped me name something I really believe, but hadn't yet put words to. I was coming back from my car this… Continue reading Love Your Life Series, #13: Be Vibrant
I’m such a fan of words. Sorry, dear people who are reading my posts! I like ‘em a lot! Words, like music, have amazing power to remind us of things, to make us hope (and work) for better, to capture beauty and resilience, and to make us feel things that we didn’t even know we… Continue reading Love Your Life Series, #12: Keep Great Quotes