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Routine Blood Tests - Keep Records. Watch the Trend.

wellness Dec 02, 2018

Years ago when I managed wellness programs for companies one of the things employees got points for was getting their routine annual physical including bloodwork. It was great to see so many people start doing something they had neglected as well as be rewarded for being accountable to themselves in the health category. The problem I saw, however, was that most people didn’t really know what their blood tests said, or what they meant with respect to basic markers for cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose.

“My doctor said I’m good,” or something like that was a very common response. Naturally I would probe with more questions. “Was anything borderline?” “It is better or worse than last time?” and so on. Imagine all the blank stares I got. So here is me advising you – keep your records; watch the trend.

I know we believe that our doctors will tell us if we are heading somewhere we shouldn’t but you are assuming they looked...

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What Does "Successful" Mean to You?

personal development Nov 25, 2018

Unless it’s quantifiable, the idea of “successful” is ever-changing and is dependent on perspective.

For those of you who are constantly seeking perfection on your quest to succeed, fighting the twists and the turns, you will find yourself in a never-ending battle. Life is a learning experience. We learn from our own experiences and from the experiences of those people around us. We don’t fail we find what hasn’t worked — then we learn how to improve upon it next time. The most successful people honor where they’ve been and learn from the unique challenges that they’ve faced.

The idea of success varies for each person and will likely change throughout your life. Having worked with people for nearly 20 years I have seen the shift from material and career success markers morph into the desire to simply pursue joy and purpose. If you are one of the fortunate minority, it is all wrapped into one. Whatever your success marker is at...

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Practicing What I Preach

If you are anything like me you have a lot going on during the Fall and Winter seasons. I might be a coach, but just like everyone else we are regular people who have to give ourselves constant reminders of when to stay focused, and when to take time out for ourselves. 

So today I did just that. I got myself involved in a project I've been working on and shut down the computer at 8 a.m. to go to the cycling class I enjoy on Sunday mornings. In all fairness, I have missed that class for the past couple of Sundays, but it was planned and intentional.

This morning I went though – and let me tell you, it was the best thing I could have done. I had a great class. Afterwards, I felt energized and was ready to conquer today.

Last night was very similar. I made a commitment to my team to do a 5k and just like this morning I shut my computer down and ran from the house (in haste, unfortunately). As a result, when I arrived I was in an obviously foul mood because of various...

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Where You Are at is OK, Because It’s Where You Are.

personal development Nov 11, 2018

When I work with clients I often hear stories of the glory days, when they were more fit, healthy, accomplished etc. I think that is awesome. The challenge is making sure they are not living in the past and are accepting the present. However, it is important to honor who you are and where you are in that moment.

As humans we usually like to appeal to our best self. In fact, we are more responsive when others do also. If you are someone who often says things like aloud or in your head like "I keep my commitments," yet you have fallen short on them in the past several months. Well guess what, you don't actually keep your commitments. And I'm here to tell you that is okay, for now. The present is a summary of your past. You can make changes at any time but you cannot go backwards.

What I am saying is that it is important to acknowledge and accept where you are right now. It doesn't make you a bad person, it doesn't mean you are a failure. Focus not about where you should be, you...

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Learn Something New: Lessons from the Tennis Court

Every year I like to learn or try something new to keep me growing as an individual. As a coach it also helps to remind me of how challenging learning something new is. Besides that, I often get reminded of the lessons I teach and it keeps me on my toes.

In recent years I’ve taken singing lessons, became a blue belt in jiu-jitsu, and learned to snowboard and how to swim properly. Most recently I am learning to play tennis. I’m telling you all of this for several reasons:

  1. It’s never too late to learn something new.
  2. Learning new things keeps our brains active and flexible.
  3. It gets you out of your comfort zone.
  4. Helps us put our beliefs into practice in new settings.

For example, most recently my coach told me not to worry about where she was on her side of the court, or where the ball I hit was about to land. I kind of laughed because last week I wrote and posted this meme on social media “Be too busy watering your own grass to notice if anyone else’s is...

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Temptation and Self-Discipline.

At yesterday’s Nutrition Essentials Seminar I let everyone in on the secret to weight management. Are you ready? It’s Self-Discipline. Assuming that you have gathered the proper education about how food is used as fuel from that point on it is your responsibility to stay true to your goals by using the knowledge and education that you have via Self-Discipline.

It’s easy to get lazy or to let the hedonistic toddler inside us all take over in the moment and redirect us from goals we’ve set. Whether your struggle is better eating, following through on a big house project, writing a book or simply following through on a weekly commitment – even on days it is raining or you are lazy – it is Self-Discipline that must prevail.

Choosing between “this or that,” two items right in front of you is far more simple than choosing between right now and the future. Do you deserve buying a frivolous item or do you deserve saving that money so you can...

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Better Life Quality Is In Your Reach. And the Secret Is...

wellness Oct 14, 2018

A healthier, more fit and longer life is within your grasp. A significant amount of research shows that exercise is the magic ingredient for a better quality of life.

Regular exercise aids in weight loss and helps with weight maintenance, it increases bone density and general strength, reduces your risk for several chronic diseases and conditions, and helps to reduce stress levels. No matter your fitness level there is a place to begin for everyone. The key to exercise is finding what you enjoy and making it part of your daily routine. 

Research has confirmed that any amount of exercise, at any age, is beneficial. In general, the more you do the greater the benefits. The National Academy of Sciences has recommended that everyone strive for a total of an hour per day of physical activity. Sounds like a lot, but the hour can be made up of several shorter bursts of activity done throughout the day, and is not limited to the gym and sports alone. Depending on your fitness...

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What Is Your Gift?

personal development Oct 07, 2018

I believe in the extraordinary potential that exists within everyone. Now I don’t just mean a person’s ability to draw, or do math or whatever other tangible skill a person has. I’m including the intangibles like depth of character, ability to be empathetic, hard-working, and skill at lifting people around them and brightening a day. These are just a few examples.

Not everyone is an all-star at something tangible. And that’s okay. But everyone is an all-star at something. We are all here influencing people with every turn and are role models in our own way. I believe that finding your gift and sharing it is what creates life fulfillment. Unfortunately, too often we ignore our own gift for want of another’s. Personally, I’m not great at anything specific but I’m pretty decent at various things. However, it is my desire to learn about people and things which allows me to relate to and connect with a wide array of people that I believe to be my...

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Overthinking: Exhausting and Unproductive.

personal development Sep 30, 2018

Visualization is a powerful tool. When used to enhance physical performance, help manifest something in your future, or recover from injury, visualization is incredibly useful. Our brain doesn’t know the difference between thought and action. Studies have shown that the brain of an athlete lights up the same when performing a skill or imagining it. Not only does visualization stimulate and wire the brain, it also sends blood flow to areas of the body being used in the visualization. On a personal note, in high school my volleyball coach had us do guided visualization tapes (yes, I said tapes) about twice a month. I found them very helpful and saw my game performance improve.

In the context of life we spend such a great deal of time thinking about all the things we have to do. We do it every day and with every topic of life. I spend a great deal of time coaching people to “let go” of things they are really not going to deal with in the immediate future. It’s...

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Critical Thinking and Disinformation.

personal development Sep 23, 2018

Like many of you I am a participant in social media in its various forms. My blog today is fully inspired by the incredible amount of false content we have access to, and the rapid fire way in which people communicate it without fact-checking. Very often these “shares” are of the political nature, inaccurate dates and events, partial truths or lies, or true events circulated with inaccurate headlines in order to evoke outrage. To give a non-divisive example, I have literally seen memes announcing the death of “The Rock,” Dwayne Johnson at least three times. As we know, they travel in cycles. If you know people who spread untrue or misleading content, please ask them to stop.

I believe it is our duty to read past headlines and see more than the surface content of a photo. We are highly social beings who engage with one another. The integrity of our word is vital. Critical thinking obligates us to ask if something really makes sense even if we want to believe,...

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