Wednesday, October 31, 2012



1.  I can't exercise today, school is closed and my kids are home
2. Gym is closed due to inclement weather....guess I can't workout!
3.  I can't get out of my driveway....workout will have to wait until tomorrow!
4.  Boot Camp Challenge was canceled due to snow.  Guess I have a rest day!!!!
5.  There is a predicted hurricane and the gyms are closing...can't go for a run or a walk, I might blow away.

Should I go on?  You get the idea.  Yesterday, during the predicted hurricane, it made me think of the up and coming winter and the endless excuses I hear because of bad weather.  There are no excuses anymore now that most of us have smart phones!  There are so many apps out there that you can buy for a few dollars to keep you fit and healthy even on those days where you are homebound.  My favorite one is the Boot Camp Challenge App.  You get 6 weeks of workouts in one little app that you can do at home with ZERO equipment!  Check it out peeps!!!!!!  It's also a great app for your hotel room when you are traveling or for when the kids are home sick and you can't get to the gym or when your car breaks down, etc...  NO EXCUSES!!!  xxxooo

Thursday, October 25, 2012


I hear from my clients all the time that they are tired of their “sqooshy tooshie”.  As we get older, gravity takes over and boom!  All of a sudden our buns are down to our knees.  It’s not too late!  Check out some tips to tighten your tush,  and smooth out those saddlebags for a tush that will crack and egg!  All can be done at the gym or in the privacy of your own home.  Burn those buns baby! check out the attached link for a demo!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Childhood Obesity...There is HOPE!

This morning was a good morning that gave me new hope for our children.  Since the Autism 5k back in September, my son Anthony has been a 5k crazy man... We completed the Autism 5k as a family this year.  However, I put ZERO expectations on my kids.  I didn't care if they crawled across the finish line, as long as they crossed...we were doing it in honor of all of those that live with an Autism Spectrum disorder and I wanted it to be fun for them. 

Well....since then, Anthony has become ADDICTED to 5k races.  I am loving this because the only outdoor physical activity I could get this kid to do was to turn the page of a book while sitting in a chair on the deck. He has run a 5k almost every weekend since then and has completed 4 of them in the past month.

It was the Great Pumpkin Challenge that they ran this morning. This was the first race in a while that I have not run.  I was on the sidelines cheering on some of my clients and my husband and two sons. 

As I stood there watching the runners finish, something hit me....The number of children running the race was amazing!  I have been running 5k races for over 13 years, and I have NEVER seen so many kids involved. 

Our society is headed in a very dangerous direction in regards to childhood obesity, but there was a ray of light shining today that gave me hope for the future!  Fit, healthy kids running with their parents and actually ENJOYING it!

My advice (if you want it)...get your kids involved WITH you in physical activity.  If the parents are fit and healthy and excited about exercise, our kids stand a much better chance of becoming fit, healthy adults.

I will NEVER force my kids to exercise,  but i WILL encourage them to find something physical they like to do and I will do whatever it takes to keep it a positive experience.  I am so grateful that Anthony has become interested in running 5k races.  It has become a weekend family affair for us.  It has really helped us all to become closer as a family too!  My 8 year-old is enjoying it too and I couldn't be happier.  I went to a psychic last year and she kept telling me that she saw wings on Anthony's feet.  I wasn't certain what she meant by that....I think I understand now.

Here's to healthy families!!!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

SUMMER IS HERE...NEW BEGINNING is Upstate, NY school is winding down and summer is beginning.  I have spent the last few weeks trying to get my schedule and my kids' schedules situated so I can continue my 5-6 days of workouts.  It's TOUGH!  Many of us use this time of year as an excuse not to exercise.  "my kids are home for the summer....i can't get to the gym...."  I hear this excuse over and over and over again.  If you take the time NOW to WRITE down your exercise schedule than you will not fall into that trap.  I have mapped out my workouts for the next 8 weeks.  My kids are doing 3 different half day camps and their schedule will shift all summer.  Therefore, I needed to plan well in advance.  I am all set though and ready for it because I treat my workouts like a really important doctors appoinment.  NOTHING gets in my way....I challenge you to sit down tonight and figure out that schedule.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated on These HOT DAYS

It's 9:55 a.m. and I have no central air.  I was sweating when I got out of the shower.  It is dangerously HOT today.  These are the days that it is VITAL to keep your body well hydrated.  I have managed to drink about 65 ounces of water already today and I'm just getting started.  I was very nervous at boot camp this morning. I had a tough workout prepared for my clients and it was HOT, even at 5:45 a.m.  I kept reminding them every 5 seconds to drink, drink, drink!!!!  They were so annoyed with me.  But no one passed out or went into heat stroke, so I did my job.  I know it's tough to drink plain old water sometimes, but there is nothing like the taste of cool, crisp water on a day like today.  Two things you can do to stay hydrated is to slice up some citrus fruit and squeeze it in your water.  Also, drink out of a straw.  You will drink SOOOO much more out of a straw.  I cut up some grapefruit and lemons this morning and have them in my water. Doesn't that sound refreshing?  Remember....if you are lethargic, have a headache and are cranky, it simply could be that you need to drink more water, so get on it!  If you are thirsty, then you are already on the way to dehydration, so sip it throughout the day to avoid signs of dehydration.  remember....half of your body weight in ounces of water per day PLUS a ton more if you are working out!  Happy drinking!

Monday, May 7, 2012

The SCALE! How Often Should You Weigh Yourself?

I was watching some reality show on TLC the other day and a woman in her early 40's had weighed herself everyday for 23 years. She was overweight, unhealthy physically and mentally. Her daily mood and attitude was dictated by the scale every day.  She was also influencing her teenage daughter in a very negative way. often should we weigh ourselves?  I don't have the answer, but I can tell you what my weigh-in habits look like.   I do not own a scale.  I weigh myself once in a while at the Y before a workout (once every few months) and I get weighed once per year at my annual OB appt.  I keep track of my weight at these appts because I don't want my weight to creep up from year to year.  Today, I went for my yearly appt and I lost TWO POUNDS from last year!  Yahoo!  I keep track of my weight at these appts, so I can keep myself in check.  One pound here and one pound there may not seem like a big deal, but one pound a year for 20 years, can lead to 20 extra pounds.  Just something to think about...

Thursday, April 26, 2012


I deal with many struggling clients trying to get fit, jumping on the latest diet trends.  Most of the diet trends they get sucked into are the super low carb diets where you can't even eat a strawberry because they have carbs.  Are you going to lose weight fast by cutting carbohydrates completely out of your diet?  Yes, you certainly are.  However, when you eat that first piece of bread after cutting carbs out for so long, the weight will come back with avengance.  I would recommend eating your "good carbs".  That would include, fruit, veggies, whole grain breads, pastas, brown rice, etc.  and limiting your "junky carbs" such as white breads, chips, cookies, cakes, etc... We NEED carbs for energy, a balanced diet, to keep us healthy and to have productive, safe workouts.  Here is a simple rule...if you are thinking about going on a diet that says you cannot eat fruit, only certain veggies and you cannot workout, then chances are it's probably NOT the healthiest plan out there.  Respect your body and what it needs.  We only get one!