Tag Archives: Eating Healthy

Emphasis on Body Image Has No Place in Fitness

Here we go again! The fiction of the “perfect” body, the eating disorders, the exercising disorders (yes, there is such a thing), and the body shaming that accompanies these things used to be relegated to the fashion and entertainment industries.  But now with celebrity trainers, weight-loss reality shows and toned muscles being photoshopped onto fashion models’ bodies in […]

Cruel Winter = Cruel Spring

It was a long, frigid, snowy winter for much of the U.S. this year. Nowhere is this more true than the Northeast, where I live.  I belong to a Facebook group (Team #SomeNerve) made up of amateur athletes, mostly local, who are training for bike races, half-marathons, triathlons and the like or are just trying […]

April’s Small Step: Substitutions

This month’s step is more of a tweak than an all-out change.  These substitution suggestions will work in tandem with the new habits you’ve adopted over the last few months. Food Substitutions While January’s Portion Control helps to train us to eat the correct amount of foods in order to avoid over-consumption of calories, this Small Step helps to train […]

March’s Small Step: Accentuate the Positives, Eliminate the Negatives

This month’s Small Step is all about setting yourself up for success.  Remember, fitness is a lifestyle not a diet or exercise program with an end date.  Even making changes in small, manageable increments, as my program advocates, doesn’t guarantee one won’t get derailed especially if she is relying only on willpower and well-intended plans.  What’s needed […]

February’s Small Step: Plan Ahead

Just as we can’t “wing it” when it comes to work, parental obligations and important appointments on our calendars, so it is true with fitness.  To say, “I will go to the gym 3 times a week and eat 3 healthy meals a day,” without a concrete plan for how you will accomplish that is […]

Hurray for #thisgirlcan – It’s About Time

If you’ve been a regular reader of my blog you know that my mission is more than simply a personal trainer handing out exercise and healthy eating tips.  The mission most dear to my heart is to rail against the body image focus that dominates our society and replace it with a focus on health […]

The Truth Behind Our Biggest Fitness Mistakes

The impetus behind my Small Steps series is my frustration and sadness with witnessing people – both loved ones and our society as whole – making attempts to take control of their health in all the wrong ways.  Eventually, when their efforts don’t produce the results they want, they give up, feeling like failures.  That’s […]