Conference Blogs

The 5 Whys

Why?  Such a simple question that can uncover so much.  In sales, we're taught to ask why 5 times to uncover the real reason behind something.  As a trainer, I find why to also be an important question to ask when my clients state a goal they'd like to achieve.  Why that goal?  Why is that number/event important?  Why that exercise program?  Why that number of calories?  Why?  Why?  Why? 


Fiber Filled Foods - Feel Full and Satisfied Longer After Eating Fiber! Roughage! Bulk! We've all heard of these words, but do you really understand how important they are and what they mean? We all know that consuming foods rich in fiber is not only good for you, but do you know why fiber is so good and why we should be eating it daily and often?

Shouldering Up

 This week, my husband and I attended a fabulous presentation by Dr. Eric Oestmann on Rotator Cuff Disorders. While designed as continued education for physical therapist, it had plenty of information for our use as personal trainers.  We see shoulder problems more often than we like, and I myself am intimately acquainted with impingement syndrome, shoulder surgeries and a frozen shoulder. 

Banana Apple Bread

This bread is moist, sweet, and nutritious! It's great with breakfast, as a pre/post workout snack, or for dessert.  Ingredients:2 mashed ripe bananas1 apple, peeled & diced2/3 cup of stevia sugar or sucanat1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce1 tsp baking soda1 tsp salt Preheat oven to 350*. Spray a loaf pan with olive oil spray.Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and mix well.Put in loaf pan and bake in oven for about 45-60 minutes. 

Chicken Meatballs with Tomatoes & Spinach

These meatballs are easy to make and easy to love! Meatball ingredients:ground chickenparmesan cheesewhole wheat bread crumbsworceshire saucehot sauceany spicy seasoning Preheat oven to 350*Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. I estimate the amount of my ingredients--use your own judgement.  I always use a pound of ground meat. Make medium size meatballs and place on baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes. 

Transitioning into Running

As a trainer, I encourage my clients to include some jogging/running in his or her exercise program.  Here are a few reasons why I do encourage my clients to jog/run.Jogging/Running works different muscles than walking, even at the same speeds.Jogging/Running gives a heavier body a reason to start becoming lean.Jogging/Running will make you more efficient at walking.Jogging/Running may help contribute to bone density. 

New Day - New You

MORNING CUP OF MOTIVATION: Today is NEW. Today all things are NEW. Today all good will is NEW.

Just a thought for your 'WELLNESS' and your BROKEN HEART!

Don't let anyone take your JOY.....surround yourself with people that SEE the BESTIN YOU...and make you want to be better....we can't 'ATONE' for the hurtthese people feel and the blameand shame they try to

Eating healthy while eating out

Just read a very interesting article titled, "Navigating Restaurant Menus" in the IDEA Fitness Journal.  It had some shocking statistics about eating out.  One thing that I found intersting was that just one meal at a restaurant adds an average of 134 calories to your daily energy intake.  So, if you eat out once a week, you could gain 2 pounds per year.  The article also stated that most Americans eat out an average of 5.8 times per week!  With that in mind, it would help to have some strategies to eat healthy while dining out.