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Keeping up Appearances. Another Reclaiming Radiance Update

So….we are talking about the invisibility factor of turning 53 in the American Female. Anything from not being consulted on a project to not being flirted with at the coffeeshop. We’ve been examining how this happens, how we as females contribute to the phenomenon and how we can take back our radiance. Think back to getting ready for your first job, whether that was in high school or after your kids went to school. What was involved? A full face of makeup? A hairdryer and curling appliances? 14 outfit changes? Nails done? Shoes just right, not too high, not too flat and comfort be damned? Ok. Now what happens when you head out to work? MAYBE a swipe of mascara and a dash of lipstick. Hair in a ponytail. Whatever clothes were clean. Nails that haven’t seen polish since prom. Shoes, only the most comfy. Now, how do you dress to run your weekend errands? And the young woman in...
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Who do you know? Part 3 Reclaiming Radiance

Ok, up front and in full disclosure….I am in sales….so I regularly ask, “who do you know?” Referrals are the way of business. So I am chatting about how I am growing my business and ask this wonderful woman who she knows. I get a blank stare. I continue that I am really wanting to expand my class sizes and maybe she knows someone who has talked about getting fit…..from church? Work? Book club? Neighbor? She finally says that our class group at the gym is her group. I want to cry….first for happiness, this is what I have worked for, building a strong community at the gym that even if I am not a strong enough pull in the Minnesota January you will still come because your friends are there! Yeah! But then I want to cry for sadness because we are the only group in her world? And this brings me back to the invisible woman. The one...
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You have permission.

“What!? I’m a grown adult, I don’t need your permission.” Well guess what, maybe you do. Have you ever changed something that you have been doing so long that no one around you takes you seriously? Or you are met with a ton of resistance so you go back to whatever you were doing before? An example or two….. I was maybe 8 when my mom decided we would switch from 2% milk to skim. Wow. I remember massive upset in the house. Or when we switched from white bread to wheat! I’m surprised we really did that now……my mom listened to a lot of complaining from me, my sister and dad. Fast forward a “few” years when I started taking walks at break time instead of sitting down with everyone to a soda and candy bar. First there were questions, then there was mocking, then bitching when I wasn’t there. And then there was people asking to come with...
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It’s just not worth cooking for 2 of us (or just me) part 2

So if you read part 1 you know I think this is just bulls*+%! And if you still think this is valid go back and reread part 1 now. That being said, I do understand maximizing your time in the kitchen. Now that the kids are gone I have tons of fun things I would rather do than spend time in the kitchen….but cooking for myself is so worth it…..I want to review that first. Cooking for myself is worth it! First, because I no longer have to put on a good face so the kids will eat something I really do not like. I cook only MY favorites! Brussels sprouts several times a week, fish done every way I can think of and sometimes I just eat veggies! (Gasp!) Second, I get to use the China everyday! That stuff was expensive, especially to only use a couple times a year! Third, if I want to eat a little early...
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Only cooking for 1 (or 2)?! You lucky duck. Part 1

Ok this has been coming up for a while but recently it has been driving me crazy! I meet with a new gym member or training client, they are all excited to exercise but when I start talking about food I hear, “I don’t know how to cook for just 1” or “it’s just so much work to only cook for 2”. “Seems like a waste of time to cook for just me”. “It’s just not worth it”. S. T. O. P. Seriously. Do you hear yourselves? I don’t know how?! It’s like this, take your favorite hot dish recipe for 4, if you are cooking for 2 you just divide everything in half! You get to use a smaller pan! Less hamburger! Maybe keep the same amount of green beans (I’m all for veggies) and cook…..just like before. Not a hot dish fan? Prefer steak and baked potatoes? Step one, only purchase 1 steak and 1 potato per person….cook...
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Comfort Zones

It’s interesting when you want to make a change how just the right books, FB quotes or conversations come into play. For the last few weeks I have been working on expanding my horizons, jumping into a new fitness arena or two and generally doing some things that I have not been comfortable with in the past. Like most people, I jumped in excitedly with 2 feet, not quite sure what I was getting into, let alone how the heck to execute some of the techie stuff I want to do. I made lists, ordered promo products, had pictures taken and now I am standing at a crossroads scared to death on how to implement. Have you ever been there? So I was preparing for my favorite mind-body class, IntenSati, when I read a blog talking about getting out of your comfort zone….read it, got uncomfortable, jumped on facebook to numb it out and avoid when what pops on my...
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Summer is Here! Now What?

  Oh my goodness! June is half over! The 4th of July is just 2 weeks away! Before you know it school will be starting! WHAT!? Summer is my absolute favorite season! I love it hot! I have a pool in my backyard and spend every minute I can in it, so when I start hearing those “Summer is almost over” mantras I just have to put an end to it.  Summer just got here, we haven’t even felt sweltering yet, the kids aren’t bored yet and my garden isn’t even producing yet…..quit wishing my Summer away! But I regress……how are you going to keep all those awesome fitness gains you have made since the new year up in the summer? Or maybe you meant to get started at the gym but never really made it, now what? Get in the gym! First things first……you keep those gains by continuing to get to the gym! No whining that it’s too...
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The ripple effect…your words, your actions, who is watching you?

If you have ever hung out with me for very long you know what a stickler I am with words; the words we use to describe others, the words we use to describe ourselves, the words we use for what is possible in the world.  Chalk it up to a variety of sources; my upbringing, my psychology degree, sales driven books but most notably my IntenSati training. IntenSati means intentional mindfulness.  Being aware of what we are thinking about and knowing that while we have thousands of thoughts a day we can only think on thought at a time….and you better make those thoughts count.  The practice of IntenSati focuses on us becoming what we talk about and think about regularly, for instance if I repeatedly say, “I am strong” then I will consciously or subconsciously do things that prove I am strong.  So when I hear a new client say, “I am so fat and weak” , you can...
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The 12 New Habits of 2015

First I need to clear this up, I AM not a holiday jumper!  Merry Christmas Season! What  an awesome time of year, and I don’t say that just because I am getting ready to go somewhere very warm and sandy.  This is a great time to rest, relax and take some time for yourself to review 2014, get out last years resolutions, you did write them down, didn’t you?  How did you do? Did you accomplish them all with flying colors and even surpass them? Or did you get 90%? 50% 10%?  Are you still looking for the list?! So I could quote the research on the power of goals (resolutions), having them written down, reading them daily, and having an accountability partner……but here are the cliff notes; people with goals get more stuff done, written goals are downloaded to the brain more powerfully, daily reminders help keep you in track and having someone to answer to gets you through...
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