Where you look is where you’ll go

A few years back I took a bad spill from my mountain bike. The crash left me with bruised and bloody knees. It hurt, but while it wasn’t a pleasant experience, it helped me realize something important: Where you look is where you’ll go.  Cycling baggage I’ve never been very good at things on wheels. Skateboards, bicycles, Read More …

Strive for progress, not perfection

Is it really okay to be less than perfect when you’re working toward a goal? Like when you’re ready to take better care of yourself and improve your confidence and overall happiness. You may commit to eating more nutritious food, exercising more consistently, practicing daily gratitude, journaling, or any number of other healthy activities. They’re simple, but Read More …

Run your own race

I’d never been a runner, even though I’d always wanted to run. I thought running was not something I was able to do because every time I tried I gasped for air and felt like I’d pass out.  But I decided to give running another try. Nothing about it was easy for me. I was slow Read More …

See the Beauty of Failure

Failure can feel awful. So awful that it’s easy to be paralyzed by fear of failure, so that any new venture, undertaking, or adventure is off limits unless it’s almost 100% safe. What would life be like if we could the see beauty in failure instead of the terror of it? How can we do that? How can failure Read More …

How to find an exercise group that’s right for you

One of the best ways to stay committed to working out is to find a group, gym, or club that’s a good fit for you. How do you do that? Here are a few things to consider. Ask around Know some one who does a little bit of lots of activities? Running, cycling, weight lifting, and Read More …

Mindset Monday – Love Yourself Like You Mean It

Oscar Wilde once said, “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” Love yourself like you’re in it for keeps. Lifelong romance kind of love – that’s the good stuff. Work toward that. Make it nurturing, forgiving, patient, respectful, humble, and kind. Be nurturing. Take care of yourself – body, mind, and spirit. Be Read More …

Why has the FDA Banned Antibacterial Soap?

If a little is good, then more is better, right? In a case where more is not always better, the Food and Drug Administration recommend conventional soap and water over antibacterial soaps. In September 2016, the FDA ruled that some anti bacterial agents in soaps, hand gels, bar soaps, body washes, and other products will Read More …

What’s Strength Training and Why Should I Be Doing It?

I’ve talked about the benefits of exercise (you can click here to read that post in case you missed it) and specific types of exercises. (Read about Cardio Workouts here.) Today, I’m covering some basic information about Strength Training. You’ve probably heard you should be doing some sort of strength resistance training. Many women dismiss the idea Read More …

Exercise and Good Nutrition: Why You Need Both

The first time I trained for a half-marathon, I thought, “Okay, this is good.  I’ll be burning a ton of calories running all these miles and I’ll probably drop a few pounds. Awesome!” And, yeah, I burned lots of calories, but I didn’t lose weight. Not at all. The saying goes: You can’t outrun (or Read More …

Mindset Monday – Be empowered by the truth of this simple statement

Have you ever had a teacher make a life-long impression on you? My 3rd grade teacher at St. Paul’s Catholic School, Mrs. Stehling, I think was her name, was a tough lady – old, shaky, and a little scary. She didn’t sugarcoat anything. Whenever a classmate asked for clarification on an assignment, for example, “Do we have to Read More …