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Do you compare yourself to others?

The wonderful thing about having goals is everyone starts off on their own their very own personal journey… But the biggest mistake people can make when starting something life changing is comparing themselves to others. “Comparison is the thief of joy”. This quote resonates with me because when I started to put together my own Personal and Professional goals a few years ago, Social Media was brand new and I had easier access to many people that I looked up to… I saw all forms of success and, admittedly, there were moments when I felt overwhelmed and discouraged (because I’m human) but rather than have it keep me down I quickly learned to channel what I saw into inspiration. We’re all in different stages of our journey and when we see pictures or videos of others at a more advanced stage, we can sometimes lose perspective of what we’re actually really trying to achieve. And the reality check of what it really takes to achieve success. Someone’s “after” picture doesn’t show all of the hard …

Super Bowl Chili

Since I’m such a huge believer in Food Flexibility and using a variety of recipes to work with your fitness goals, there’s no way my household wasn’t going to enjoy the Super Bowl today. No way at all. As my baby boy takes his morning nap, I’m in the kitchen putting together an On Plan Turkey Chilli from my 100+ Guilt Free Recipe Book. Calorie and macros clearly outlined. And if you’re following a nutrition plan and want to substitute your (‘ahem’ bland) food use my Food Substitution Calculator to sub your protein, carbs, and fats. All on plan. No guilt. And all deliciousness. I’m so excited and can’t wait for the Big Game and Lady Gaga tearing up the Halftime Show! And if you need any help with putting together a fitness program (that has unlimited food options), fill out my questionnaire and let me know how I can help. And one day soon…my beloved ‘Niners will be back to back in the playoffs :S

2 Tricks To Stop Sugar And Chocolate Cravings Around “That Time Of The Month”

That time of the month can really bring on those sugar and chocolate cravings and it’s so easy to grab junky food items that just end up making us feel worse and not to mention messing with our fitness goals. When the cravings are unbearable I have 2 little tricks 1. Increase Magnesium Ever wonder why you crave chocolate before your period? It’s because your body is craving for magnesium. Dark chocolate (80% plus cocoa) has more magnesium than any other food. Magnesium levels fluctuate during a woman’s cycle. The higher the estrogen or progesterone, the lower the magnesium. During the second half of the menstrual cycle, when both estrogen and progesterone are elevated, magnesium plummets big time. I usually take 400 mg of magnesium per night but around “that time of the month” I will increase the amount to 600 mg or indulge in some dark chocolate… just like the recipe below. 2. Make My Famous Chocolate-Peppermint Fudge Bites Satisfy and help PMS cravings and symptoms with this recipe. It’s the perfect sweetness and oooey …

I Wasn’t Expecting This…

My favourite fitness magazine – Inside Fitness Magazine holds a Top 100 Fitness Models issue every year called the Hot and Fit 100 For the last few years it’s an issue that I always look forward to because of all of the beautiful and fit women who are smashing their fitness and business goals. So inspring!!! I know most of the winners have gone on to do incredible things in the fitness industry leveraging their exposure as the cover feature and, for me personally, I’ve looked up to many of the women that regularly appeared in the Hot and Fit. I vividly remember the inaugural Hot and Fit 100 issue featuring the gorgeous Lyzabeth Lopez (my She hero!!!) and went through the magazine admiring all of the beautiful women and their careers. You see at the same time I was working a job that required me to travel 2 1/2 hours per day (and can’t even remember what I really did), made very little money, couldn’t afford to pay my bills (and was drowning heavily …

Done For You New Year’s Resultions

We tend to overthink New Year’s Resolutions. To me, I feel we should always be improving ourselves despite the New Year. But I get it, we like the feeling of a “Fresh Start”. So here are my Done For You New Year’s Resolutions. Print these out and put it up somewhere you can see them…daily! Oh yeah….be sure to check out my crazy deals and some (FREE) nutrition kick starts and workout plans…click on the links below. 1. Make Time For Yourself Setting a goal is one thing but if you don’t have the time to see the goal through you’ll end up feeling defeated. Look at your schedule, plan and pencil your time in. You may have to cut things out or even wake up a little earlier…make it happen! 2. Be Realistic If your goal is to workout on a regular basis don’t state you’re going to workout every day. Set a realistic and achievable goal for you. Maybe it’s 3 days a week or 2 days at the gym and 1-2 days …

The Top 5 Not So Obvious Foods That Are Making You Bloated

Feeling gassy, bloated and just down right uncomfortable?  I’m sure there was one point over the holidays you’ve wanted to change into your pyjamas to avoid the bulging bloated feeling in your clothing. I’m the first to admit that this was me after a big turkey dinner, some red wine and the platter of different desserts I taste-tested 😉  Oh boy was my tummy swollen! But it’s easy to chalk up your bloated feeling to overeating…and yes, that is a factor but what happens when this awful bloated feeling doesn’t go away and creeps up on you even when you’re eating healthy and balanced meals? We need to find out what is causing this so we can fit back into our pants! Pay attention to these not so obvious foods the could be causing your bloating. 1. Yogurt It’s played up for for its good-for your belly probiotics, but certain types of yogurt could actually be doing you more harm than good. That’s because dairy products contain varying levels of the sugar molecule lactose, which …

5 Fitness Tips For The Holidays

With the holidays upon us there are countless goodies of food, drink, parties, and events. In fact many fitness enthusiasts even dread this time of year because of all the delicious temptations that might throw them off plan from their goal of sculpted abs or a leaner mid-section. Say what??? In fact the later part of the year includes Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years – talk about a landmine of extra calories! The truth of the matter is you’re not going to be very successful with your goals if you try to avoid everything…and it’s going to be a very miserable Holiday Season. So rather than avoid all of your friends and loved ones, here are some tips to manage those unwanted pounds. i) Water Drink your water. I had to repeat this again. Personally I take in 3-4 L water daily and always recommend my clients to do the same because not only does it provide hydration, aids in controlling cortisol levels (the stress hormone that causes weight gain), delivers nutrients and oxygen …