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Diet and Exercise Jumpstart for June

From my Get Fit Stay Healthy podcast! Get ready for the summer, break a plateau or change up your nutrition, diet and workouts with this easy to follow plan. Here is the outline from the segment, Diet and Exercise Jumpstart for June.

STEP #1: Preparation/Food. Pick 10 days that will give you the best opportunity to follow through, keeping in mind that there will probably never be 10 perfect days in a row. If you need accountability tell as many people as you can (that you trust) what you are...

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Ab Exercises With Surprising Results

Abs! Abs! Abs! That's the lead line in a recent report in the May 2014 IDEA Fitness Journalunder research/ACEinsight highlighting a new study commissioned by ACE to evaluate the effectiveness of 16 popular ab exercises (or, moves, as they stated it) by comparing them with the traditional crunch. Read along to learn about ab exercises with surprising results.

The Study: They recruited eight healthy men and eight healthy women between the ages of 18-24. Researchers chose 15 exercises and a...

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Hate Your Body? Tips for Body Acceptance

Do you dread warmer weather because you have to show more skin and it reminds you that you basically hate your body?

My Seven Tips for Body Acceptance to the rescue!I came across some wonderful tips on body acceptance from a blog calledrecoveryisbeautiful. Very sweet. I've added my own twist to them and formed them into mySIMPLE 7. I think you'll find these quite useful.

TIP #1:If you know looking in the mirror is going to upset you, then don't do it. Use full length mirrors when you are less...

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Age Appropriate Exercise For Wellness

Don't get me wrong, I love that my 50+-year-old body is strong, capable and reliable, but I also realize that some of my chronic aches and pains are from overuse and my years of rigorous training (and teaching). The older we get the more important it is to identify age appropriate exercise for wellness. Today's wisdom is a result of my own training in addition to that of my clients, my friends, my parents and the elderly rock-stars in the gym.

Late teens and 20's: Basically, you are moving to...

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Shed Your Shameful Thoughts

I am so fortunate to be at the end of a very, very, long, difficult, humiliating, painful, destructive, shameful journey with my eating disorder and body distortion issues. Along the way, I've found out some things about myself that, in the beginning, didn't seem to have any connections to my focus on food. Never thought of shame as being a culprit and barrier to my recovery.

Thanks to the new book, Craving, by Omar Manejwala, and my daily review of its chapters, I now see how debilitating it...

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How Do You Measure Success

It's not a new question, how do you measure success. We all know the standard answers and we certainly understand that it's not just a house with a white picket fence, a good job and a happy family anymore. Do we measure success by our level of happiness? By the toys we've accumulated? Perhaps, it's by our job title and salary.

My definition of being successful has definitely expanded and changed over the years from the natural progression in life and maturity as well as the challenges I've...

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How to Build Confidence

According to research, confidence is not a natural trait for most people. Successful individuals even struggle with it. Academy award winning actor Gene Hackman once said that he never watched his movies because he knew he would not be satisfied with his performance. He wasn’t confident that he gave his best. I think we've all felt that way but we can build confidence and these seven tips will get you started.
  1. Perfectionism Is Paralyzing.Accept failure and mistakes and imperfection as...

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7 Fitness Myths Debunked

I remember trying to explain the so-called "fat burning zone" back in my aerobics days, when the cardio machines debuted with new labeling and turned thousands of exercisers into long,lower-intensity-cardio-session freaks. Throughout my years of teaching and training, this myth along with many others are some of the BFL's (big fat lies) that are still perpetuated. The truth will set you free and so will these 7 fitness myths debunked.
  • Myth #1: Exercising in the fat-burning zone burns more...

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Acting and Getting Screwed

Why on earth would I name this post Acting and Getting Screwed, you probably wonder. I was reminiscing about my life five years ago around the same month and day. So much has changed. One of the advantages to blogging. It's like a mini-journal of your life. Here's the entry for that day and the reason for the unusual title.
Two auditions over the last several days, both for testimonials. Funny thing, after I was done, I actually wanted to buy the product and service! Hate to admit our dirty...

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Your Thoughts Are Hurting You

Yes, your thoughts are hurting you more than you realize, unless you are aware of negativity bias and how to prevent it. I certainly wasn't.

Research has indicated that we have upwards to 60,000 thoughts a day and 95-percent of them are negative. Apparently, we are programmed to hold on to negative thoughts, experiences and moments. Wow. Sobering information. From The Neuroscience of Happiness, Rick Hanson explains it this way.
For most of us, as we go through the day, most of the moments in...

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