8 Healthy Holiday Habits to Practice Year Round

It's the time of year when we raise our glasses along with our holiday spirit. We spread cheese on our crackers and cheer among friends.  Shortly after, when the parties have ended and the presents have been opened, we realize our waistlines have also spread.  The numbers on the scale have risen.  Rather than panic later, it's best to prepare...

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5 Thoughts to Fuel Your Goals

Years ago, I was invited to a networking event that was taking place at Willis (forever in my mind "Sears") Tower.  Back then, we had flip phones instead of GPS.  And having grown up in the Chicago suburbs, I was confident that my map-less self could navigate along the Dan Ryan and through the city streets to reach my destination....

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Let God Guide You

5:30am. You glance away from the clock and stare toward the window. The sun is beginning to come up. You had put your phone down an hour ago, but the restlessness in your body (and mind) are as strong as the coffee you contemplate making. Hours before, as you were brushing your teeth and going through your nightly rituals, you noticed...

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Beauty Basics

Years ago, during a New Year's Eve trip to Canada, I shared a hotel room with four other girls (craziness, I know). I recall one particular night when I was the last one to get in the shower, and I was the first one ready to go. While I'm still not sure if this is something I should be proud...

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Modifying Your Relationship with Food

The word "cheat" has become a buzz word in the fitness industry. It defines the way we view a particular meal, snack or food item. When you think of a cheat food, what comes to mind? Ice cream? Pizza? Chocolate? Anything with a barcode? If you can relate to any of these, or if your cheat meal consists of a bottle...

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Are Aches & Pains Slowing Your Progress?

If you're reading this, chances are you experience aches and pains.  There's nothing more nagging than a throbbing knee that keeps you from logging your miles on the treadmill.  Or tightness in your shoulder that nixes the possibility of doing any pushups or shoulder presses. On the other hand, if you're lucky enough not to experience muscle aches, bone and joint...

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Living Healthy in a Hectic World

Every day we are bombarded with ads promoting smaller waistlines and bigger biceps.  We crave tighter glutes and results that loosen our jeans.  Among the noise, we hear “Eat less/eat more! Avoid cardio/go running!”  If you’re able to tune out these distractions long enough to balance work, family, and a week’s worth of laundry, the last thing you probably feel like doing is...

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The Sleep Diet

I'm not a fan of the term "diet." The word is typically associated with various trends that flood the weight loss industry. However, when you are eating right and working out but your weight hasn't budged (or maybe your weight loss has plateaued), it is important to consider the importance and impact of sleep. If you fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to...

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Beyond the Workout Log: Revealing Wisdom by Journaling

This past week I began a new journal. The pages were as blank as fresh fallen snow (which I don't experience often now that I've moved from Chicago to Alabama). In a lot of ways, journaling is similar to keeping a workout log. Whether or not you record your sets and reps, you are likely familiar with the benefits of doing...

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