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Healthier you!! Change your life.

We all try very hard to make healthy choices. Our pasts are filled with ups and downs, but right now is most important. And right now is pretty awesome!

I want to help you change your life. I want to help you build a strong body, resulting in a healthier you. I want you to workout with me!

Everyone would do this if it was easy.

But, it’s not easy. The exercise itself can be tiring, challenging, and sometimes painful. The time commitment is hard, there are too many other priorities pulling on you. And once you decide to go to the gym, you are unsure what to do, what will work? After a few weeks on a cardio machine you still haven’t seen any results and it is easy to get discouraged and let your routine slip away.

I want to be on your team.

I want to engage you in a healthy lifestyle. I want to inspire you to be active and strong. I will provide both the tools and encouragement. I have lots of exercise ideas to help you get started and to maintain a fitness routine.  As a result you will feel so empowered and confident in all areas of your life. You will be proud and satisfied when you make healthy choices—and sometimes you’ll surprise yourself when you realize just how far you have come.

Why should you exercise?

Most people already know that they should exercise. It can be to lose weight, change eating habits, results of a doctor’s visit and an unhealthy report, or preparation of a pending event. These are all great incentives to help move you towards a fitness routine. However, there are a lot more reasons that should be considered. A truly healthy body has healthy hormone production which helps to manage body composition, weight management, sleep patterns, along with prevention of disease like Type 2 diabetes.

Exercise is called the silver bullet to fight against aging—known for improving strength, cardiovascular systems and circulation, and maintaining bone density. Research has also continued to link regular exercise to improved brain health, memory and cognitive thinking.

So many good things!!

So, how do you get started?

The first step is usually the hardest. So BIG CONGRATULATIONS that you are here!

The next step is for you to commit to making yourself healthy. You can set your own goals for weight and inches to lose. But, I want you to set a goal to become a rockstar!

I want you to show up and push yourself through these workouts. I want you to groan when I say “one more round”—I want you to feel the energy (and a little soreness) pulse through your body because YOU DID IT! I want you to look at yourself in the mirror and feel that pride that you did something to improve your health.

Are you ready?

How about 35 minute real time video workout—just like you are in class with me!! How cool is that?

You can carve out a corner of space, put down an exercise mat, lace up your sneakers, and press play! I have planned a workout for us, I have programmed the timer and I am ready to workout—-anytime.

The next 6-Week Challenge starts soon. Get yourself signed up and you’ll be ready when the class starts. In the meantime, I have some FREE video workouts and some stretching videos that you can try. Once the classes start, you will join an online group of workout buddies. Over the 6 weeks, you will build strength—both muscularly and emotionally. You can do this!!

So, bop on over to the Ready for Spring Fitness Challenge and check out the details.

I hope to see you in an upcoming workout!


Holiday baggage……week 3!

Hey there! It’s been two weeks, how are you doing? Just being mindful of what you eat and how you nourish your body can go a long way to being healthy. We have added fruits and veggies, increased our hydration, and how do you feel?

Often, increasing hydration results in sleeping better, having more even energy levels throughout the day, and fewer cravings. Keep drinking that water!! 

Week 3: This week is serious, because next week we may eat more sodium in one meal than we eat in a total week normally! So, let’s prepare for that!! It’s time for more veggies, this time greens…..spinach salad, kale, or more broccoli. You choose, but get another serving in each day. Also, let’s cut out some simple carbs……reduce crackers, bread, or pasta. We will flush our systems and prepare for the increased salt intake next week!

You can do this. A couple of pounds this week just by making good choices! You will feel great heading into Thanksgiving!

Muscles and bones and ligaments, oh my!

When we begin an exercise program it is often to improve heart health or for weight loss. These are commonly known results of a regular exercise program, along with building strength in our muscles. But, did you know there are many other benefits to a regular exercise program?

Back in gym class, most of us learned about muscles…they get sore when we workout, and bones…they break if we whack them hard. But, what about ligaments and tendons?

Within our structural frame, our skeleton is a series of bones, connected at joints. Each of those joints have ligaments and tendons wrapped around and through to hold them in place and to actually move them. Tendons attach the beginning and end point of muscles to the bones, transferring muscular energy through the body. 

These connectors are imperative to provide movement through lever action, joint stability and support, and alignment of bones, muscles, and organs.

Ligaments, tendons, cartilage and fascia are referred to as connective tissue. All are made of collagen–the most abundant protein in the body–providing strength to connective tissues and cushioning–as cartilage–to joints. And, as we know, our bodies reduce collagen production as we age. Therefore, if left to nature, our connective tissues would become less strong and supple, losing elasticity, and more prone to injury.

Injuries can be acute or chronic and include strains, overuse and inflammation (tendinitis and tendinosis), ruptures and tears, “she suffered a torn ACL” (anterior cruciate ligament of the knee). All of these can be extremely painful and require a variety of long term treatment, often including surgery and therapy.

The good news is, the best way to improve muscle and connective tissue health is EXERCISE!! These tissues also benefit from good nutrition and hydration. Consistent use of the connective tissues through a full range of motion will help maintain flexibility, agility and allow for good balance. 

Cartilage—the buffer that protects the ends of bones—depends heavily on joint movement to absorb nutrients and remove waste, which means that for every step that you take you are not only strengthening the muscle and tendons surrounding that joint, you are also helping the cartilage and making it less susceptible to Osteoarthritis. Think: wrists while doing planks (joint weight bearing)! See, we do everything for a purpose!

Listen to your body. Many of us experience a reminder of a past injury. This can be a dull ache or a sharp, debilitating pain. Regular, controlled and specific exercises can alleviate the issue or strengthen the muscles surrounding the injury, reducing the direct pain.

However, there are times, when we just need to stop doing what hurts! 🙂 I could be a doctor.

Let’s strive to be “better than yesterday’s self”!  

Holiday baggage…week 2!

How did you do with week 1? Was it a treat to get to eat an apple each day? I have mine late in the afternoon with a few raw almonds, when it would be SO easy to have a less healthy snack! But, as I leave the house, I slice an apple and pack it with me. I know it is there and will fill me up and satisfy a sweet craving.

I really believe in packing food with me. I always have an ice chest in the car full of snacks or a meal. I know myself well enough to know that I will make less healthy choices on a hungry stomach! And it is often hard to find an healthy choice in a restaurant or store.

Be prepared and take something yummy with you!

Week 2: It’s an addition again! This week we add 4 glasses of water with fresh squeezed lemon. The lemon really helps to manage the acid levels in our bodies and assist with healthy digestion. There is discussion out there about how much water a body really needs, but I know that most of my friends and clients DO NOT DRINK ENOUGH! A healthy, hydrated person needs to pee every hour or so……when was the last time you peed? See? Just sayin’. Drink more water!

Holiday Baggage……Excess Baggage.

So, each year we head into the holidays with a blend of excitement and hesitation. When was the last time you thought, “I can’t wait to wear this and this and see all of my relatives, because I look my VERY best and have such so much positive self love?”

Let’s change that! It’s early in November and we have weeks to deal with! Let’s do what we can to build confidence, stand taller and totally believe in ourselves. And, along the way, let’s take off 2 lbs each week through the holidays! Okay?

Just 2 lbs. That is 6 lbs by Thanksgiving (maybe more if you rock it!) and another 6-8 lbs by Christmas! That is crazy and only 2 lbs a week. Just by being aware and giving yourself some love through the holidays, we can do this.

For the first week, here is your assignment!

WEEK 1: Add an apple or pear EVERY DAY. Also, add one serving of veggies each day. This can be raw carrots, celery, peapods or it can be cooked broccoli or asparagus, or a small salad. The first week you get to ADD food! Yum!

See you next week!


The peaches are so sweet this year. I am loving them in everything. Lately, they have been my afternoon treat. I believe anything that you need to peel (i.e., bananas, pineapple, mango, etc) should be treated as a dessert. However, while I really don’t enjoy eating peach skins, they are edible. So therefore, it is just a great fruit for anytime of the day.

Today, an afternoon snack in the form of a caprese salad.

Sliced mozzarella, a drizzle of Spanish olive oil and balsamic glaze, a couple of crystals of Hiwa Kai–Black Lava Sea Salt, and of course topped with basil.

The sweetness of the peach carried the olive oil and the sea salt, intensifying the flavors.


Peach Caprese

Rick Bayless- Frontera Taco Seasoning

My sister friend is a terrific cook and has some very strong opinions about food and is more than willing to ‘share’ them with me.  She is one of the only women I know that purchases 50lb bags of sugar each summer to make jelly. She could actually benefit from a ‘hopper’ system like commercial bakeries have. (Compared to me—I only buy a 5lb bag—which I recently learned is only a 4lb bag—when did that happen?  My sugar is to make hummingbird food.  I will use natural sugar until somebody tells me that the little buggers like Stevia or Agave!!)

Most of my sister’s friend’s recipes involve (lots of) grated cheese, (cubes of) butter, and a quart of HEAVY whipping cream. However, she recently switched it up a bit and told me about a new taco seasoning.   Both she and her husband like all types of Mexican food, so she tries new things regularly.  She has repeatedly told me about a fabulous taco seasoning by a famous chef and “you really should try it”.

The local newspaper features gourmet recipes and chef recommendations.  Needless to say, with his combination of restaurant write-ups, awards, and featured recipes that are outstanding, Chef Rick Bayless has been featured on more than one occasion, and therefore has taken on a persona of trusted friend and chef with my sister friend—if Rick Bayless (she always refers to him as Rick Bayless) says that something is good or worth trying, it IS good and worth trying!

To the rest of the world, Rick Bayless is everything fiesta, salsa, and tasty Mexican food.  He dedicated more than 6 years to culinary research in Mexico.  He has written cookbooks, opened multiple restaurants, and is well known in culinary circles.  With partners, Chef Bayless created Frontera, a brand of all natural, preservative-free products featuring authentic Mexican flavors available in grocery stores.

Ahhh, so Frontera makes wonderful taco/enchilada/fajita seasonings with all of the natural flavors of Mexico as researched and proven by Chef Bayless.  After a few strike-outs at my local grocer, I did locate the Fronterra/Rick Bayless products and chose the Original Texas Taco Seasoning.

Rather than a packet of dry ingredients, this seasoning is a pouch of thick and rich reduced sauce and seasoning.  Instructions are to brown a pound of ground beef and an onion, add the pouch of seasoning, heat through and serve.

I prepared a taco salad with baby greens, avocado, cilantro, sunflower seeds, bright green Castelvetrano olives (I know Italian—but SO good) and a light tomato vinaigrette.  The flavored beef was perfect, with enough flavor to enhance the salad, but not so spicy that you had to drink water to cool it down.  The first bite brought back memories of warm hard taco shells with seasoned beef and shredded lettuce…..maybe….a bit of that green chile sauce.  Another day!

With a little web research, I found that there are three additional taco seasonings, along with enchiladas, fajitas, mole and a variety of other sauces.  I also found Chipotle Cranberry Salsa—YUM! I may be placing an order!

Whether I scour the grocery shelves, or order on-line, I do believe I have found a natural, preservative-free taco seasoning that is terrific! My sister friend will be so happy that I tried it and that I liked it!  Now, I will recommend it to all my friends!!  I will be back for more, and I can’t wait to try the other flavors!