That chirping sound isn’t your alarm. It’s the first of many text messages you get each day. Always being available isn’t helping your sleep, your workouts or your attitude. Digital distraction and being “on call” leaves you little time for yourself. It leaves you unable to focus, come up with new ideas or plan for the next chapter. Instead of making space to dream about what a new career path or the possibilities of empty nest life, you’re jumping from daily fire to daily fire without ever knowing what you did or what you want. If your days are too tasked-oriented and lack space for creative idea-oriented thoughts, you need to meet Riley for a visit to Juliet’s School of Possibilities.read more
Your cautiously curated Instagram feed of French bulldogs, travel photography and tea has an intruder. The tempting message to abandon your sensible fitness goals has infiltrated your consciousness via your favorite health beverage. Some of the tea brands and bloggers you love are promoting the myth of detoxing your body with tea.You’ve skeptical of the claims but still slightly curious. You know all the health benefits of tea. Could there be any truth to the detox claims?read more
Spring cleaning isn’t just about tidying up your bedroom and the kitchen. It’s a good idea to take a fresh look at your fitness routine and health goals regularly. Milestones like daylight savings time or the first day of spring are great reminders to review, revise and reset your healthy habits.If you feel frustrated by your progress or you can’t even remember what goals you set in January, it’s time to take a moment for honest reflection. If you don’t see the results you want it doesn’t make sense to keep going down the same path. Even if what you’re doing worked for you before it doesn’t mean it will work now. Taking time to reset your healthy habits means letting go of what was, connecting to what is and understanding what you want for the future.
I have four questions that I ask clients when they start working with me. These four questions are designed to help us both get a clear sense of what they want for themselves and how I can help motivate them to get there.
The healthiest thing about traveling to London and Paris for our anniversary had nothing to do with the delicious vegan food or the almost 20,000 steps I walked each day. The best thing about our visit to Europe was my intention to let go of digital distraction.
I made a conscious decision before we left not to get an international phone plan. I knew we would have wifi at each hotel and Bri’s plan comes with international access at no charge. As a wise former client told me before my first trip abroad, “there is probably not going to be a personal training emergency”. There was no logical reason to stay constantly connected while on vacation.
Did you decide to plan a getaway to chase away the post-holiday slump? Or maybe February brings a rush of work travel now that the holiday breaks are behind us. Either way, you want a way to stay committed to your healthy striving goals with a good workout on the...read more
Pinterest has been a boon to your creativity. You can find new themes for book club brunch in an instant. It saved you a ton of time and money redecorating the bathroom. Unfortunately, Pinterest hasn’t been such a hit in the kitchen. You’re tired of hit and miss recipes that look better online than they taste in real life. You need a quick source of reliable recipes if you’re going to stick to your commitment to eating better in 2019.
Why not go old school and pick up a new cookbook? It may seem passé to go back to paper, but healthy living cookbooks full of taste-tested recipes never go out of style. I’ve got three cookbooks for you that will save you time and money with recipes that never miss.read more
Catching 30 minutes of reading over lunch or 20 minutes of an audiobook during your drive home can be a very satisfying restorative niche. But what if it’s just not enough? What If you need just a little more to feel recharged and ready to tackle the next big project? Perhaps it’s time to consider taking a reading vacation.
Taking a reading vacation is the perfect way to retreat at home or even create needed space while on a family vacation. Having nothing to do but read for a few hours a day may be just the restorative niche you need. It doesn’t have to cost a lot nor does it require a whole weekend. (Although if you can take an entire weekend to do nothing but read I highly recommend it!) Here’s how to plan and take a reading vacation.read more
Did 2018 feel like it was one step forward and two steps back on your fitness journey?
Are you starting 2019 feeling like you are making a strong effort, doing the right things but not seeing the results of working out you had hoped?
Regroup and reassess your workout plan and check your diet but don’t give up. If you’re still trying, it doesn’t matter what happened before. What separates success from stagnation is the willingness to keep going and the ability to see progress before it manifests. If you are not seeing the results of working out that you want, take a step back and check your mindset.read more
I love being in the gym alone. Time with my music and my weights lifts clears my head and perks me up. Exercise can be the perfect restorative niche for a tapped-out introvert. What exercise shouldn’t be is a way to numb and separate yourself from the world. It shouldn’t take over your life. You can’t sacrifice meaning and connection and be well.
Consistent workouts are a normal part of a healthy and happy life, but they should not be the only part of your day that matters. Using exercise as a way to avoid whatever is bothering your or delay difficult conversations is the opposite of living a healthy and happy life. Overtraining is not only physically harmful; it can keep you from finding joy in your work and family. Too much dedication to a workout plan or a diet can keep you from making meaningful connections and finding purpose in your life.
You can be too devoted to your fitness goals. They should not block you from making meaningful connections and pursuing purpose in your life.
Think about a day when you have been your most productive. Your thinking was clear and your energy was flowing. It was probably a day that started with a good night’s sleep and a decent breakfast. Maybe you walked the dog before you left for the office or got a great workout at the gym the night before. These events aren’t just coincidence; the connection between a healthy body and a healthy mind is very real.
Your mental health is a direct product of how you move and nourish your body. Let’s look at the long list of evidence that explains the connection between a healthy body and a healthy mind.read more