Most of us put on a few extra pounds over the years and have tried various methods to lose it and maintain our weight. One of the most effective ways I’ve found to do this, which I shared in my 30-day healthy habits course that includes many other habits that need to change to establish

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It’s 2 AM. You’re staring at the ceiling, willing yourself to go back to sleep, knowing that you have to get up soon. Why won’t your brain shut off? Go to sleep already!!! Bored, you reach over and grab your phone, mindlessly browsing social media and internet sites. Maybe you even searched for “How to

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I signed on with a personal trainer a few weeks ago after getting tired of exercising on my own. After looking around at the various gyms in Springfield, IL, I found Jeremy Ferry from Pure Performance Fitness, and we hit it off immediately. For those of you who have been following this blog, you’re probably

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The beauty of meditation is that it helps us bring our mind and awareness back to the present moment. We spend so much time ruminating over the past or worrying about the future, that we are neglecting to seize the moment, and we forget that all we have at any one time, is the present.

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We asked thousands of people, “What would you change in your life right now if you could?” The responses are always interesting, ranging from nothing to healing or bringing back loved ones, to funny responses. There are three things that people would change that come up over and over again though. Top 3 Things People

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Think back to an amazing performance you’ve seen recently.  Did it ever cross your mind to ask the question how did this person get where they are when not that long ago mom and dad were changing his or her diapers?  How did they do that?This is the question that I ask myself on a

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Maybe I should rename this series 2 steps forward and 1 step back!  I think you can clearly see from the chart above that weekends are not my friend in this journey! For those of you who are new to this series, 3 weeks ago I admitted that I had once again fallen out of

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I hope you’ve been enjoying my Getting Back to Healthy series where I have been documenting my weight loss journey. This article is the conclusion to that series, summarizing the top three habits I’ve developed to lose and keep the weight off that you can use for your own weight loss journey. This wasn’t the

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This week I am continuing my “Getting Back to Healthy” series, where I am taking my readers along with me on my weight loss journey.  This is a journey I’ve made before, and I’ve lived the last 5 years in a healthy weight bracket after being borderline obese. A few weeks ago though, I admitted

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Last week in “Getting back to healthy: Time to get back to the basics!“, I talked about the fact that I, like so many others, have drifted out of the healthy weight zone. I committed to you, that I would get back to where I need to be, and that I would take you along

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I growled at the alarm on my phone, which seemed to be oblivious to my annoyance as it went on playing a cheerful tune. Not quite 5AM, I remembered that I had agreed to meet my personal trainer at 6AM this morning as I had a conflict at work so couldn’t go at my usual

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It can be difficult to fit in a workout, especially when you travel or are otherwise on the go. Even just having exercise equipment in your house can be a problem, think big treadmills or awkward weights. However, there’s a great option that’s versatile and extremely budget-friendly — mini resistance bands. Mini bands are a

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I slipped on my sneakers in the dim light, quietly making my way out of the house to avoid waking my three children still slumbering in the early morning hours. Walking to the end of the driveway, I paused for a moment and then began to run. It felt good, the blood pumping, ground moving

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I’m excited to announce that after 5 weeks, I’ve officially crossed back into the healthy weight zone!!! For those of you just joining, I’ve been documenting my journey back to a healthy weight after admitting I had gotten fat again after 5 years of being in the healthy zone.  The funny thing is that I’ve

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Personal training is one of the best ways to get in shape, but it is a big investment for most people and results are not immediate so it can be many months before you know if you made a mistake. Wouldn’t you want to know ahead of time if it is going to be a

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A meaningful life is one sustained quest for personal growth. Increasingly, that term is folded in with “personal development,” popular terminology that continues to cause a buzz. A more religious take on it might mark out the stages of maturity as “asleep, awakening, integration, acceptance, application and service.” (That last step is a call to

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