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What’s your word for 2018?

What’s your word for 2018?


I know, this is probably something you’ve seen floating around in social media the past couple of weeks.


And maybe you think this whole thing is pretty cheesy.  Or maybe it’s a practice you swear by annually.  Or maybe it looks interesting, but you’ve never done it before.



Here’s the deal:  this practice can be powerful, or it can be superficial and trite; it all depends on what you invest in it—like everything in life, right?



If you just ‘pick a word’ and write it on a post-it somewhere, or paste it on fb, then never revisit the meaning, intent or purpose of that word, it won’t be much use to you, just something cute to do.



BUT, if you take your time, choose a word with meaning, substance, and gut-level impact; it can make all the difference.


The purpose of the ‘choose your word’ exercise is to focus your goals, your dreams, your deepest desires into a powerful word or phrase which empowers you to visualize, and feel at the visceral, gut level that which you want most for and from yourself throughout this year.


Your word (or words, or phrase, or mantra or motto) acts as both a spotlight and an anchor.


It can guide you towards, and keep you focused on the choices and actions that are in line with your deepest desires and most important goals.



Your word can hold you fast to those deepest desires and most important goals when life throws curve balls at you, or you get discouraged, or distracted by some shiny new object along the way.



Your word can be a cutesy meme buried on your fb wall in January, or it can be a hot, glowing ember that fuels your fire and sparks action again and again.


It simply depends on what it means to you and whether you ‘buy in’ to the practice.



The first year I chose a word for my year was 2016, when I was entering my second year of Jill Coleman’s Best of You coaching program.  It was a year that followed two years of deep personal and professional struggle that challenged my beliefs, choices, and confidence.



For 2016, I chose the word ‘FEARLESS,’ because it had two meanings for me:  I wanted to go out into the world and do the things I was passionate about doing, to shed more self-doubt, to ignore any naysayers or critics, and to do this I needed to be fearless.  I’d become a chronic worrier, seeing ALL the ways in which something can go wrong, being too sensitive to the thoughts, feelings and opinions of others, so I honestly needed to fear LESS—fear less often, fear fewer things, take more action instead.



‘Fearless’ was a grounding force for me—it was a word, feeling and concept that I revisited again and again and again when the urge to shrink and hide, personally and professionally, struck.



The end result was that I jump-started my career again, teaching a functional fitness class I loved, working with the most amazing in-person clients, and creating the strongest, most athletic body and determined mind I’d ever had.   By the end of 2016, I made fearless choices, took action, and learned to fear less and do more.




What’s more important is that this change in me had a ripple effect on those around me, too.  I spread ‘fearless’ without even realizing it at the time.



For 2017, I chose the word BLOOM in anticipation of the rock-my-world life changes I anticipated happening throughout the year.  We were scheduled to move somewhere in the US mid-year (after living in Germany for 8 years), and I was determined to ‘bloom where I was planted,’ as the saying goes.



In June, we relocated to Fort Riley, KS, and the move DID rock my world.  And I bloomed anyway.  It was hard, it was at times painful, but I grew where I was planted, earning my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer cert, and starting to work as a coach at Get Mean CrossFit in Manhattan, KS.

crossfitcertOh yeah, I managed to get my kids started in sports and off to a positive beginning in school at the same time…and we adopted a puppy somewhere in that transition, too.




So when I started to consider my word for 2018 way back in the last week of 2017 (it’s so funny that that was just last week), I reflected on where the journey has taken me the past two years in particular (which were really good years, btw), what I can take from the experiences of those two years, and where I want to be headed in 2018.



Before I could choose a word, I needed to get a solid handle on what it is I want to accomplish most, what behaviors, goals and objectives are THE most meaningful for me right now—you know, that whole WHY thing 😉  So I ruminated and reflected for a few days.



My word for 2018 is BUILD.



I want to build on the foundation I’ve laid for myself the past two years. 


I want to build a stronger body, a better business, to become the best coach and trainer I can be. 


I want to build stronger and deeper connections with the people in my life who mean the most. 


I want to guide, encourage and inspire others to build the best life they can for themselves. 



I haven’t fleshed out the specific objectives for all this building I’ll be doing yet; that’s what this coming week is for!


What I do know is that all of my choices will be based on building, that I have both a spotlight and an anchor for my actions and my journey.



So if you’re wanting more focus for your choices, to make more conscious and purposeful decisions this year that make achieving your most meaningful goals possible, you may just want to spend a little time this today, tomorrow or this weekend reflecting on those goals and your deepest desires. 


  • What do you REALLY want to do this year? 
  • What changes are MOST important for you to make?
  • What’s something you’ve dreamed about doing, or becoming, but maybe were too scared to try?


  • When you look back on 2018, what do you want to be able to say about this year? 


  • What do you want to be most proud of? 
  • How do you want to feel about yourself?



If you’ve struggled with follow-through on goals in the past, taking time to choose your word for 2018 might just be the thing you need to do most right now.



Find that word so you can find your spotlight, find your anchor, and find your way to the most purpose-driven, meaningful and satisfying year you’ve had yet.



Building with you in 2018,



AND I would LOVE to hear about your word and the story behind it—don’t hold back!


PS–while you’re busy reflecting and ruminating on your word for the year, try out this ‘building’ workout 🙂


In 15 minutes see how many round you can complete of this +1 chain:


1 Turkish Get Up each side, followed by 25 HEAVY kettlebell swings.  Each round, add one more TGU per side, but keep the swing reps the same throughout the workout.  Stay very focused when doing your TGUs as the reps start to add up!  Here’s a TGU demo, in case you need one:



Trainer Tips:

Chances are, if you’re like me, your heavy swing weight is bigger than your TGU weight, so it’s probably best to use 2 different kettlebells.  I used a 12kg for the TGUs and a 24kg for the swings.



BUT if you only have one (lighter) weight available, you can just double the number of kettlebell swings to get the same level of training effect 🙂



OR if you only have one heavier bell, you can use a ball, shoe, dumbbell or any other object for your TGUs.



Get creative and stay focused on building that stronger mind and body!







Your 4-step system for making 2018 epic


If you’re anything like me, you’re probably excited about the prospect of a new year, full of new opportunities to make big things happen.  




And, if you’re anything like me, you might also be feeling a little bit nervous or intimidated by the thought, ‘Now HOW am I going to make this happen??”




2017 was a growth year.  Awesome at times, so brutally painful at others.  I’m always grateful for growth, but rarely do I actually enjoy the pain so often involved in the process.



first muscle up



But, over the past few years, I’ve learned to ’embrace the suck’ and press on–whether it’s in a workout, through a transatlantic move, during recovery from an injury, rocky times in relationships, and especially when nagging self-doubt shakes my convictions and leaves me wanting to turn away from my goals instead of pursuing them.




2017 forced me to embrace the suck in ALL those areas, from start to finish.  As a result, I am a better person, coach/trainer, athlete, and human than I was on this day one year ago.




So as I set forth my new goals and objectives, both personally and professionally, and that nagging, fear-fueled question pops up–Now HOW am I going to make this happen???–I have an answer.




And a plan.



Born out of need and challenge and growing pains, here’s my 4-step system for making this next year epic.  



  1.  Reflect on your 2017 wins, then celebrate them.



When we look at how far we’ve come in the past year, how many new skills, abilities, strengths, and pieces of knowledge we’ve acquired or developed, it’s pretty impressive AND inspiring.  It makes us more conscious of what we are really capable of.



  1.  Find your WHY.


Or, if you already feel you know your WHY, revisit it.  Make it stronger.  Define it even more.  Know how your WHY impacts your life for the better, then make it your anchor.



  1. Let yourself dream.



What is it you want for yourself in 2018?  What gets you fired up when you think about doing it?  What goal(s) would be so amazing to accomplish this year?



  1.  Make THIS your 2018 Resolution:  Resolve to have Resolve.



Resolve to just keep showing up and doing the hard work in the gym or in the kitchen, even when the going gets tough and messy.  Resolve that you will have the resolve to press on even when it’s super hard to stick to your plan, and abandoning your objective seems necessary or logical in the face of resistance.




Resolve to keep your word to yourself.  Like Marie Forleo says, “To be responsible, keep your promises to others.  To be successful, keep your promises to yourself.”




And when quitting gets tempting, which it so often does in the ‘messy middle’ of change and progress, revisit your WHY.




Call on that big WHY that is your anchor to hold you on course.



Dream again about how it will feel when you continue to see your plan through, when you can see and/or feel your progress showing itself, how it will feel to reach that goal.  See it, feel it, live it.




We all start with grand aims, good intentions, and a whole bunch of ‘motivation’ at the beginning of a new year, or a new project, or any of many new starts.  It’s exciting, and fresh, and new and we are sure that our ‘future selves’ will be able to overcome the challenges that plagued our past selves.  That it’ll be different this time.




Then only way it will be different is if we are different–if we make our resolve (aka: our GRIT) greater, ‘stickier’ than our fears or human failings.



Again and again, I find that’s where the magic lies, where the big changes happen–on the inside and the outside.





When we know our why, grow our grit, dream big and live with conviction and passion and persistence, and choose to press on instead of give in or turn away from the path we’ve chosen, that’s when we grow.




That’s when we win.  And that’s how we KEEP winning, all day, all week, all month, and all year long.




To recap, your new system for greater and epic success in 2018 is this:



  1.  Reflect on your 2017 wins.


Be proud of yourself, be proud of the choices, the commitment, the determination that made those wins happen.  Let those wins energize and fuel your 2018 objectives and continue to grow your confidence in your own ability to make things happen in your life.



  1.  Really dial in on that big WHY.



Have it so defined you can boil it down to one word, or a motto, a mantra or a phrase.  Make it so solid and clear that you could spit it out as a ‘grocery store line answer’ to anyone who might ask you about it.  Make it your ‘anchor.’



  1.  Spend time visualizing yourself ‘winning,‘ imagining and seeing yourself hitting those little goals that lead you to the bigger ones.  Let yourself feel the emotions attached to those wins.  Let yourself really, viscerally feel how it will be to win with each of those small success, then those really big ones.



  1.  Resolve to have resolve above all else.


Grow your grit.  Become the most determined, fierce version of yourself in the face of adversity–not angry fierce, but “I will not be moved” fierce.  When faced with doubts or obstacles, go around, go under, go through, climb over, and take a knee when you must but do not quit on yourself, your dreams, your objectives.



Wash-rinse-repeat as much or as often as needed throughout the year.




So what are your biggest hopes, dreams, goals, and/or objectives for 2018?  I’d love to hear all about them.



Remember, life is for the living–both in the noun and verb sense.



Get out there and really live this year.



Chase those dreams with consistent action.



Be the most determined, persistent version of yourself possible.




Make this year epic, so when you sit down to reflect on your 2018 wins, you’re blown away by all you’ve done <3




Here’s to living epic lives, and Happy New Year!





Are you relying too much on the ‘M’ word?

I’ve got a question for you:  Are you relying too much on the ‘M’ word?




‘Motivation,’ that is.




And another:  Are you one of those people who’s ‘waiting for the New Year’ to take care of your health and fitness?




Or:  are you one of those people who tends to say, “Oh, it’s the holidays, I’ll start working out again after January 1”?




One of the words I hear tossed around frequently (especially when it comes to working out when things get busy) is ‘motivation,’ as in:  “I don’t feel motivated” or “I just don’t have motivation” or “I just can’t get motivated.”





And I get it–really, I do.




Except….Except motivation is one of those ‘sprint’ emotions–it’s there all in a flash and feels hot and exciting, but flames out fast.




So ‘motivation’ isn’t a very good long-term way to achieve or maintain successful exercise or healthier eating habits (sorry!), especially during the holiday season, aka:  the rest of 2017. The hours of daylight are getting shorter, the list of to-do’s is often a bit longer, we feel less energetic in general, and then we have all these ‘extras’ to figure out–parties, gifts, family get-togethers, travel plans….




At the end of the day, motivation isn’t going to see us through, especially when we feel pressed for time/energy and pulled in many directions at once.




What we need instead is a whole lot of purpose–we need to know and have a really good handle on our big WHY for continuing to make healthier choices for ourselves instead of putting our health and fitness on the back burner until the magical ‘new year’ arrives.





It’s our WHY, our deep, gut-level purpose, is what really gets us moving and keeps us moving.  


  • It’s what makes us rise up bravely from our falls.
  • It’s the voice that whispers, “try again” in our ear when we want to stay down.
  • It’s what gets us to the gym at those odd hours, or picking up the dumbbells or kettlebells at home to get in that much-needed workout instead of ‘throwing in the towel,’ because we’re tired or it’s no longer convenient.




Motivation is long gone at these times, and if we wait to find it again so that we can act, so we can get moving, and do the (sometimes) hard things we need to do for ourselves, we will be waiting a VERY long time.




I know I sure don’t feel motivated to do anything but camp out on my couch under a blanket in comfy clothes most evenings.




also know that if I let motivation dictate my evening choices, I won’t get in that much-needed workout, or read that extra article or chapter of an exercise science book, or cook a healthy dinner for me and my family.




But if we call on our WHY instead of ‘finding’ motivation? 

Our why is always there for us–we just have to look a bit deeper to find it.




So instead of leaning so heavily on motivation to keep up with our health and fitness goals through the holidays, we can turn the ‘M’ word on its head–literally–so that it becomes much more useful.




When we turn it upside down, that M becomes a W, which stands for our big WHY.




And NOW is the time to do just that.




If you don’t yet have a solid grip on your big WHY–if you can’t say your why out loud, if it’s not right there on the tip of your tongue, then it’s time to pause and define it.




Here’s how to get to that big WHY!




First, start with this:

What are your fitness goals?


Then ask:

  • Why does this/do these goal(s) matter?
  • How do these fitness goals affect your life?
  • How do these fitness goals impact your health?
  • How do these fitness goals impact how you feel each day?
  • How do these fitness goals impact how you feel about yourself?
  • How do these fitness goals influence your energy?
  • How do these fitness goals influence your happiness?
  • How do these fitness goals improve or affect your overall quality of life?




Now your job is to take all the answers to those questions, and distill them down into what I’ve started calling your ‘Anchor’:  a clear, strong, solid one-sentence answer that sums up powerfully WHY your fitness goals REALLY matter to you.



Finding and defining your Anchor matters, because:

  • There are going to be a lot of times you feel like skipping the gym or hitting the couch instead of the weights.
  • There are going to be times you may want to quit.  
  • There are times when working out doesn’t feel great, or you aren’t happy with your performance.  
  • There are going to be times where other people might interfere–question why you have to work out, try to get you to skip your plans and do something else, try to commandeer your time.



The difference between the path you choose at these times will likely be determined by your Anchor–that big WHY statement that you can ‘reach back to’ to hold you fast to your goals and purpose.



So before the week is over, I encourage you to find a few quiet minutes (yeah, I know, ‘quiet’–hahahaha….) and build your Anchor.



Make your anchor something you can repeat easily to yourself, something that ‘hits you right in the feels.’  Post it on your bathroom mirror, on your desk, on your fridge, in your car and anywhere else you might need to see it each day.



Then stick to your fitness goals tenaciously for the rest of this holiday season and clear through 2018 to feel your best and come out feeling proud and accomplished instead of sluggish and feeling bad about having to start all over.


“Have an anchor so that life doesn’t toss you around.” 

~Debby Ryan


You’ve got this–and I’ve got your back!  Just shoot me an email if you need a little more guidance, support and accountability getting started and sticking to your fitness goals!!


Simply click this link, and we’ll get you started on an amazing 2018 ==>


And in case you needed a solid, get-er-done, do-anywhere workout, I’ve got you covered with this fun, simple and sweaty circuit:


Stay Anchored!!





I wasn’t going to talk about these things…


you have to be brave


I wasn’t going to talk about these things.


I was just going to keep my social media posts ‘business as usual,’ which, these days, is all about how and why you should (at least consider!) work HIIT or interval training into your life.



And I will—and soon–because high intensity training, both strength and cardio, and interval training really can have some *fantastic* benefits for all of us at nearly every age and stage of life (we just have to structure these workouts a little differently, depending on the stage we’re in!).



But I feel compelled to talk about these things that I didn’t want to talk about because concealing them is a disservice to others.


It’s also perpetuating an image of ‘everything is fine and great and perfect and I have it all under control’ that doesn’t exist, and so to omit the not-so-perfect, potentially embarrassing stuff that also makes me feel extremely vulnerable is, well, lying. Because omission is more often than not a form of dishonesty.



I named my business ‘Real Life Fitness’ (which, being too generic, evolved into ‘Real Life Fit by Kate’) because my teaching/training/coaching is about being real, serving real people with real and messy and complicated lives—NOT perpetuating the glossy image of perfection and then dangling that falsehood as a carrot for clients to struggle to reach themselves.



I started running my in-person personal training business back in heyday of bikini and figure training, when Oxygen magazine ruled, and being ‘fit’ was synonymous with 15% body fat, having visible abs, tanned skin, and sculpted glutes.



2012: My first year in business

That wasn’t something that was attainable for me—with a 5 and a 2 year-old, living overseas, dealing with deployments and the other rigors of military life—well, unless I was willing to go to some massive (and obsessive) extremes.



So my business was built on the crazy idea that we can all become fitter, stronger, more capable and satisfied versions of ourselves without needing to meet that aesthetically perfect ideal—that we get to define what’s fit and ‘ideal’ for ourselves, and we get to feel good in our own, perfectly imperfect, amazing bodies.



These mil spouses are some badass ladies, btw.

Let me just tell you, by the way, that’s hard to sell as a catchy business slogan, lol!  



Long story short, by hiding my own struggles, I’m failing to be real, to be genuine, to be the person I’ve set out to be—online and in ‘real life.’



So here it is—one of the things I wasn’t going to talk about.



About 6 weeks ago, I tweaked my back (again).  The kind of tweak where it stops you dead in your tracks, makes you walk like a 90-year old, and makes normal, basic movement really slow and challenging.



I did it in the gym—not doing anything outrageous or inherently dangerous, but doing too much within a 24-hour period.


On Wednesday evening at 5:30, I deadlifted heavy (my old PR is now soooo doable) followed by a hard conditioning workout, then turned right around at 10 the next morning to do some heavy Kettlebell Strongman work.



In other words, I did exactly what I would NEVER advise a client to do.



While a little, tiny voice had whispered:  ‘maybe you should wait another day,’ my big ‘ol ego shouted, ‘You are Superwoman, you can handle this!!!”




Here’s the deal:  I’ve mentioned before that a very bad fall from a horse started me down my current path of strength training, core training and consistent workouts back in 2006.  What I may or may not have mentioned is that I have scoliosis, and my back is anything but ‘straight.’



So, spinal discomfort and weird alignment issues are just part of what I deal with.  These weird ‘tweaks’ tend to happen when I’m going through times of peak stress, and when I haven’t been to a chiropractor/sports medicine doc regularly enough.



Luckily, this particular episode was less serious, thankfully, I was able to get really good treatment right away, and I was back in almost regular action in less than a week.



BUT, it scared me—it made me feel vulnerable, breakable, unworthy, and ashamed.



It made me feel like a fraud.



As in, ‘how can I talk about core strength, and keeping our backs healthy, give fitness advice, and teach CrossFit classes, for pete’s sake, when I can’t even keep my own back healthy?????’



Because of my feelings of shame and inadequacy, I didn’t say anything.  I  kept my limitations and discomforts quiet, and just focused on healing for a few days.  I didn’t want to be ‘found out’ or have people doubt my abilities or advice—especially as I was just getting started teaching classes again the following week!



And then…then I thought about some of the really outstanding coaches I know, respect, and look up to.


How they let the world know about their own injuries and/or limitations, how I actually thought more of them because they were brave enough to share, and how it definitely did not affect my respect for their coaching or athleticism.



Their injuries just made them humans, and infinitely more relatable and even MORE knowledgable because they knew what it was like to work with an imperfect body…just like me.



So here I am saying:  Hi, my name is Kate, I love to lift heavy, run hard, and do cool athletic things, and sometimes I get hurt because I have a perfectly imperfect body.  You know, like all us humans do.



I now know to double down on Dead Bug exercises when my spine gets hurt or tweaked, that sciatic nerve flossing is SUPER helpful, and that sleeping more and reducing stress really help the healing process.  I also understand that regular walks are really good for healing and stress management, too.



Which actually makes me a better athlete and coach than one who’s never gotten hurt, doesn’t know what it’s like to have limitations, and never had to recover.



“Shame hates it when we reach out and tell our story. It hates having words wrapped around it- it can’t survive being shared. Shame loves secrecy. When we bury our story, the shame metastasizes.”
~ Brené Brown

Well, while I’m at it, I’ll share another ‘shameful’ experience I’ve had over the past two months—gaining weight and bloating, both without direct causes.  Well, without being related to eating changes or changes in my exercise habits/intensity anyway.



After my period at the beginning of August, I continued to feel vaguely bloated, and my boobs never stopped being tender.  That stuff usually goes away by day 3.



I kept waiting, patiently but uncomfortably, but the bloating, swelling and tenderness just got worse.


And I know it was something other people could see, but not something I felt like explaining!


Sudden 5 lb weight gain/appearance changes in a personal trainer/CrossFit coach aren’t desirable, and don’t tend to lend a lot of confidence that you know what you’re doing or can coach nutrition habits!  It was embarrassing, and I just kept choosing loose-fitting tops to help hide my bloated midsection, hoping people wouldn’t notice, or wonder, too much.


By the end of the month, I was begging to get my period, and my bras were barely fitting.  And by this point, I realized that I was in another estrogen-dominant phase, like the ones I’d gone through in 2015.  I just hoped that this phase wouldn’t be months-long, like the ones I’d been through before.


Of course, I learned well from my past discomfort, and started implementing the strategies I’d found most helpful last time this happened:


First, I prioritized sleep—skipping that extra TV show, and taking time to wind down quietly instead by reading a fun fiction book in bed for 30 minutes..


Second, I started to put more attention and effort into stress-management:  when I felt myself getting riled up or holding my breath, I’d practice 5 slow, deep-belly breaths.  I started taking walks again—slow, outdoors, stopping to admire nature, breathing calmly and deeply throughout.



Third, I added more veggies to my diet and took out some of the less-helpful, starchy carbs.  I ate more protein, drank more water, and worked harder to make sure my meats were more organic than not.  Yes, this is more expensive, but when your hormones are taking you for a wild ride, the last thing you do is want to add MORE hormones to that mix from outside sources!



Which reminds me, I’ve stopped using candles, lotions, soaps, shampoos, and all kinds of other personal care products that contain unnatural fragrances, phalates, or parabens, which can have an estrogenic effect on the body.  I figure this is good for my daughter, who is just entering puberty, too!  These products are pretty easy to find in most stores these days, and the price difference isn’t too great if you get the store’s organic brands.



Fortunately for me, acting quickly seems to have helped the situation.  My cycle is still a little unpredictable, but my bras fit (thank goodness!), my mood is more stable, and my midsection is back down to a normal size.



So, here I am, saying:  Hi, my name is Kate, I’m 43, and I am officially somewhere on the perimenopausal spectrum, as much as I don’t want to be or feel old enough to be.  But it is what it is.



I guess the big takeaway is this:  we can influence things, change and adapt our eating habits, sleep patterns, fitness activities, and training plans, but we can’t absolutely control how our bodies will respond or change.  We also can’t control on what timeline our bodies might choose to respond and change.



What we can do is continue to build self-awareness, forgive ourselves our imperfections, accept our bodies as continuously evolving creatures, and just keep doing the best we can along the way.



And we can be honest about those things, too, because when we are brave with our own lives, we give other people to be brave with theirs.



“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”
~ Brené Brown



None of us need to suffer in silence, or go it alone, or feel ashamed when our human vehicles don’t act the way we want them to—or the way the media or internet or any of the ‘experts’ out there say it should.



I’ll make sure I do my part to stay brave and honest, so that other people and readers just like you can know that whatever you’re dealing with, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.


It is what it is, and we’ll just keep doing our best—individually and collectively, to adapt and evolve along our journey rather than hide and suffer in shame.



Always here for you, crooked back, crazy hormones and all!




How adding more gets you better results.

Reset ButtonSo you got off-track.
Your best intentions for getting or staying on a regular exercise schedule didn’t pan out.
Maybe your ‘I’m going to start eating better’ plan didn’t come to fruition.
And you might be feeling a little disappointed, maybe a little lethargic, maybe a lot unmotivated.
What do you do now?
Go on some crazy, extreme ‘quick fix’ to get yourself ‘right’ again?
Throw out the baby with the bathwater in the process, while you throw yourself headlong into a massive diet-and-exercise overhaul…only to have it all backslide after 3 weeks of ‘being good’ and ‘on-plan’?
Or maybe you start over, TODAY, with just ONE small change that’s pointing you in a healthier, happier direction.
One small improvement you can make each day:  a ‘plus ONE’ approach.
Now, making one small change might sound, well, kind of insignificant, or maybe even a little wimpy.  It’s not the grand, brag-worthy, intense, restrictive, grueling ‘fix’ that you can tell everyone you’re toughing it out through.
Then again, how long would that grueling, Herculean effort actually last?  In my personal and professional experience, about 3 weeks.  Sometimes 4, but that’s pretty generous.  And it inevitably leads back to square one, in a hurry, with the extra mental baggage of having ‘failed’ once again.
So instead of trying to ‘right the ship’ all in one fell swoop, maybe using a more reasonable, realistic and just plain long-term effective approach, like the Plus ONE approach, is a better way to go right now!
Here’s the deal:
–>  +1 is always greater than zero
–>  +’everything all at once’ can only be a painful sprint effort at best
But Plus ONE?  Plus 1 is do-able.  It’s a small win, a consistent measureable sign of doing better that we can handle, that we can stick with, that we can feel proud of.
So what does this Plus 1 approach look like in real life?
It might depend on what your biggest challenges are currently, or what’s the easiest thing for you to tackle right away—because taking action is key to making this kind of approach work.  It might be something that you are super confident you can do consistently right now.
Possibilities, based on the challenges I regularly hear my clients and readers face, could include:
  • drinking one more glass of water each day
  • changing their after-dinner snack
  • adding in just one more serving of veggies each day
  • adding in just 10 minutes of movement to each day
  • adding in one strength training workout per week
  • adding a short walk to the after-dinner ritual
  • adding one serving of protein to breakfast (or lunch, or dinner…)
Notice it’s ALL about ADDING 1 thing IN, as opposed to taking things out, excluding or restricting or avoiding.
It’s about making workable additions and ‘crowding out’ old behaviors with new ones—because our brains aren’t wired to ditch old patterns of behavior (kind of inconvenient, I know), but they ARE wired to learn new patterns of behavior, and when these patterns are repeated many times over time, they become the ‘new normal.’
That’s why consistency is such a big deal—and engaging in small, easily repeatable behaviors is so much more effective in creating the habits we want to have so that we can lead the kind of life we desire to lead.
It’s like what Tony Robbins says, “In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”
Extremes, by nature aren’t sustainable.  Plus 1?  Those we can do every day.
And when the first Plus 1 becomes normal—just a regular part of daily real life, then you get to Plus 1 another thing.  By ‘plussing up’ regularly and consistently, you will effect massive change over time—on your mind, your body and your life.
Give the Plus 1 approach a shot TODAY!
Remember to think about ONE thing that either challenges you the most right now, or is the easiest to act on right now, or one positive change you are super confident you can do and stick with right NOW.
Maybe one of the suggestions above can be a great place for you to start!  Whatever it is, take action—don’t wait or hesitate.  Because it’s what we DO consistently that shapes our lives.
What are you waiting for? 🙂
Keep ‘plussing up’ and I’ll talk to you soon 🙂
PS–Here’s a link to a workout to get you moving.  It’s a fun, simple boredom-buster that you can do at home or in the gym!


Why I talk about eating so damn much.




Confession:  I am a very reluctant eating habit/nutrition coach.


I really don’t naturally love the topic of nutrition—it doesn’t get me fired up, and it took me a really long time to accept the role of nutrition in my personal fitness.


Like, a LONG time.



I was a very stubborn horse that had to be dragged to the water, and had to be dying of thirst before I would drink.


But, at a certain point (and I remember that pivotal moment—it’s what I call my ‘tiramisu epiphany,’ and you can read about it here: The Tiramisu Epiphany), I realized that I could not make any weight loss/fat loss progress without making some dietary changes.



That doesn’t mean it happened overnight!



My ‘tiramisu epiphany’ was in March of 2006.  Which means that my personal journey to eating better and in a sustainable way (that causes me little life stress, but still gives me the health and results I desire) started over 10 years ago.



Did it take some time? 


Was the time it took worth it?




There was no major diet overhaul; I simply surrendered the illusion that I could ‘work off what I ate’ and started to pay more attention to what, when, how, and how much I was eating a little bit more. 


I made the changes I could tolerate slowly, and began a process of self-education that definitely accelerated once I started working with a personal trainer who provided me with better resources with which to help myself.


So I honestly don’t LOVE the subject of nutrition like some people do (which is why they are diet experts with all those credentials behind their names!), but I understand how necessary balanced nutrition is, and the giant role it plays in how we feel, the energy we have, and in weight loss, fat loss, and overall athletic performance.


I don’t love nutrition, BUT I do love my clients. 



And I love to help others have less stress, more fitness success, and more confidence and independence in their own lives, so talking about nutrition, eating habits, and eating strategies has become a ‘necessary evil’ of sorts.



It’s important for me to share what I’ve learned, through formal education as well as professional experience and personal practice, because it just might help a client, friend or reader like you to shorten the ‘eating habit learning curve. ‘



Sharing this information might just help you or someone you know to stop depending on the next diet for the solution—from engaging in stressful, restrictive, all-or-nothing approaches, and to make the needed small changes in daily practices that will yield the results we’re looking for.



And that’s HUGE in my book.



After I surrendered the illusion that I could ‘outrun my fork,’ so to speak, I also had to learn and come to terms with the fact that my eating habits/patterns were shaped by:  a) the messages I told myself, b) unconscious tendencies, c) compulsive behaviors, d) the urge to self-soothe.




Funny that NONE of those things has anything to do with macros or calories, right?



The biggest realization I’ve had about the subject of nutrition is this:  Lasting results only come from conscious eating habit change, which can only happen when we first change how we THINK.


So really, when we talk about eating habits, we’re really talking about thinking habits—our thought patterns and beliefs, aka: our mindset.


I talk so damn much about eating because I loathe people getting all hung up on the idea of the ‘perfect diet’ or that they NEED to go on another kind of diet, or, conversely the belief that they’re helpless in creating lasting change in their own lives, that they’re powerless over how they eat.



Why do I loathe diets

Because diets breed helplessness and take away from ownership of our behaviors. 




They put the solution outside of ourselves, in someone else’s hands, when the real solution can only be found by doing the ‘inside job’ of changing how we think so we can change how we act.


So when I talk about eating, I’m really talking about thinking—about our attitudes about food, helpful or unhelpful beliefs about our selves. 

I’m talking about improving awareness of our self-talk (e.g.:  I always, I never, I just can’t help myself, nothing works for me, I’m just an ‘X’ addict, I’m a stress-eater, I’m an emotional eater—any of these sound familiar to you??), so that we can change our truth, and therefore make it possible to choose differently and make more progress with our nutrition.



I talk about awareness and attitudes because they create the possibility for ownership—taking full responsibility for all our own food choices, the chance to be ‘the captain of our own ship.’



Yes, we all come to the table, so to speak, with a certain set of genetics, a certain family food history, and whatever adult eating patterns we’ve developed so far.


But these pieces of the puzzle don’t dictate our future—only our consistent choices do that.  Only our consistent CHOICES.  We are in charge of our choices, especially when we take the time and make the effort to become aware of our self-talk, food history and current patterns of behavior.






In the end, I talk about eating so damn much because it has such a huge impact on our lives, and I talk about mindset and mindfulness around eating because this is what dictates our relative success or limitations.

As Mahatma Gandhi said,
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.” 



When we are mindful, we are fully in charge of our choices; we can choose to change our minds about ourselves and food, and that’s when we can REALLY start changing and making those lasting, impactful nutrition choices.








TTT: UNround those Shoulders!


Trainer Tip Tuesday: Tips for Un-Rounding Those Shoulders


For me, in both my personal and professional experience, posture is a combination of elements: genetics/anatomy, areas of relative muscle tightness, areas of relative muscle weakness, and a whole ‘lotta habitual sitting/standing/moving patterns.



When these things get added up over the years, the result is often some kind of uncomfortable or unhelpful posture.



The way I go about addressing posture issues, both personally and professionally, is therefore focused in these three areas:



  • stretching chronically tight areas that contribute to postural discomfort issues, strengthening weaker areas that contribute to postural improvements,
  • and putting a TON of emphasis on paying attention to and actively improving on existing postural habits.






Mindful Posture and Movement Work.




First, Let’s Talk Stretching/Mobilizing

Areas that tend to be tight, especially in the women I work with, are: the front of the shoulder/chest area and the upper traps (area just under the neck).




We tend to hold much of our tension in our upper backs and this often causes a ‘turtle-like’ neck shrinking posture where the shoulders creep up towards the ears.



Add in chronic forward-facing, forward-reaching activities (e.g.: desk jobs, driving, time on computers and other devices, holding kids, nursing babies) and you get a tighter, forward head, shoulder-rounded posture over time.   And if you were a girl who developed breasts early or have had large breasts much of your life, then it’s pretty likely you’ve developed a forward-shoulder posture as a means of downplaying their size/avoiding unwanted attention. That’s tough!




So to first deal with these common tightnesses and postural tendencies, we can do the following stretches and mobility drills to get relief—over time, and with consistent practice, of course!





Doorway Stretch


Arms behind the back stretch


SFG Neck Mobility Series


GS Mobility Series*


Chin Tuck


Supine Overhead Reaches


Wall Slides, Floor Slides


Table ‘L’ Stretches


Extended Arm Doorway ‘hang’ stretches




Thoracic Twists


Thoracic Bridges


Downward Facing Dog (plus plank dynamic movement)



Next, let’s work on getting stronger in the places that will help the most!

Areas that tend to be weaker and not get the time and TLC they deserve are: the muscles in the backs of our necks, the muscles that control and guide the shoulder blades, the muscles we sit on much of the time, all of the trunk muscles (not just those 6-pack muscles, lol), and the paraspinal muscles.




When we spend so much time in forward-facing work postures, we need to spend extra time working on all of those ‘back half of the body’ muscles (aka: your posterior chain).




To do this effectively, we need to work on strengthening our middle and low traps, scapular stabilizers, all of our trunk (aka: core) muscles, our glutes and our spinal erectors and stabilizers.




Exercises we can do regularly—both at home AND in the gym—to help ourselves out are:



Scapular Packing


Side Planks


Bird Dogs


Rowing: seated band, one arm, TRX, ring rows


Band Pull-Aparts




Kettlebell swings


Kettlebell Deadlifts


Farmer’s Carries


Half Kneeling presses, band chops


Half-Kneeling Pallof Presses


Scapular pull-ups


Turkish Get Ups


Kettlebell Arm Bars


Hollow Holds (ground, bar)





And then comes the element that will make the MOST difference for us: Mindful Posture Practice.




The good news? You can do this ALL the time, no matter where you are, how old or young you are, or how fit or out-of-shape you might be.




The bad news? It’ll take lots of mental and physical effort for a while until these postures normalize (aka: become a new habit and feel like your ‘new normal’).




The other good news? You’ll immediately look taller, more confident, and potentially slimmer. You’ll feel better AND you’ll get better (and more pain-free) results in the gym, too.




So the time and effort you put into changing you sitting, standing, and moveing posture will be well worth it because the payoffs are both huge and lasting.




Mindful Posture Practice Tips: Think about…


  • Stacking ribs over pelvis “Make the Canister”


  • Bracing abs


  • Squeezing the glutes


  • Keeping the chin back and the next long


  • Pulling the shoulders out of the ears


  • ‘Packing’ the shoulder blades—pulling them down and in






Even if you’ve had some posture issues most of your adult life, it doesn’t mean you can’t make improvements that make a big and lasting difference in how you look, move and feel each day.




All that you need to do is make sure that you stretch what needs to be stretched, double-down on strengthening the muscles that will help you most, and stay mindful/pay attention to your head, shoulder and spinal positions until better posture becomes your ‘new normal.’




If I can do it, so can you! Take heart, believe in what’s possible, and get busy doing the work on the regular—the results will come.

What do you do when you F— it all up?

 What do you do when you F- it all up?


You had the best of intentions. 

You were off to a great start.

You’d made so much progress.

You’d gotten so much stronger.

The workouts were easier.

The pants fit better.

Things were really starting to fall into place…and then.

And then something knocked you off-course or for a loop.
A vacation.
An illness in the family.
A super stressful event or period of time.
And then…you find yourself struggling again, feeling like a failure, feeling shame you ‘couldn’t hack it,’  that you let yourself down, or family or friends down….
It happens!!
To even the best of us.  From time to time, we all struggle.
Some life event impacts our routine, disrupts our ‘normal,’ causes resistance, or throws us back into old coping mechanisms.
Sometimes this means we stop working out—or working out as much.  Sometimes this means we stray too far and too long from our better, more healthful eating patterns.  Sometimes this means we burn the candle at both ends, leaving ourselves a fried mess unable to cope—or using unhealthy or unhelpful coping mechanisms.
  And we feel bad—because we KNOW better, right?!?
Again—it happens.  What matters more, what matters the MOST, really, is what we do next.
So we F’d it up again.  Well, done is done.  We can either wallow in it, tell ourselves how weak and pathetic and stupid we are, thinking that berating ourselves will lead us to ‘behaving’ again, or….Or.
Or we can do a few of these things:
1.  Acknowledge our F-Up. 
Name it, own it, then leave it behind us.  Done is done, and no good comes from beating the proverbial dead horse; clinging to our ‘failings’ actually prevents us from growing and changing.  Move on!
2.  Look for the Lesson.
As much as we might hate it, there’s always a lesson in those hard moments and times, or an opportunity for personal growth.I’ve learned over time, through dealing with and recovering from numerous injuries and health issues over the years, that there’s always something that can be learned out of an illness or injury.
Sometimes that means learning to literally DO things differently—in the gym or at home.It can mean learning how much eating well impacts how we feel or makes or breaks our health.
Sometimes it means reevaluating our lifestyle, and cutting out the things that really aren’t working FOR us, even if those changes are unpopular.
Sometimes it means checking our ego at the door—either the ego that’s prompting us to do things that aren’t good for our bodies because we think we can or should or have something to prove, or the ego that screams at us: “I want what I want and I want it right NOW and I deserve it right NOW,” like an angry toddler would.
Whatever knocked you off-track, hung you up, derailed your efforts, or sidelined you (temporarily), there IS a lesson in there.
Look for it, ask the hard questions:
  • What did I do to get myself here?
  • What do I need to do to get myself OUT of here?
  • And what can I do to avoid doing this again??
3.  Take action—NOW.
It doesn’t have to be huge or perfect, it just needs to be action.
  • Start by eating a veggie at your next meal or snack.
  • Get up and go for a walk.
  • Do a few squats or push ups.
  • Read an article or book that helps you ‘grit it up’ a bit more.
  • Listen to a podcast that inspires you.
  • Call someone who supports you (not an enabler, but someone who loves you and will help you take the next step forward).


DO NOT TEXT OR EMAIL OR SEND ANY KIND OF ELECTRONIC MESSAGE—CALL THEM.  You know, in real time, just like the good ole days 😉
4.  Use the Lesson(s) to make a new plan. 
  • What did you learn from this experience? 
  • Where did you ‘fall down’ or where did things go sideways on you?
  • What can you do to be derailed LESS by this same kind of situation, should it happen again?
  • What can you do to avoid the same, or a similar, pitfall?
  • What resources do you need?
  • What kind of planning do you need to do?
  • And how are you going to go forward, from right where you’re at, right now?
5.  Just get moving.  Keep moving.  Find a mantra or create a mantra, and put that puppy all over the place.
Mantras can add to our grit, shore up our commitment to a goal or project–even when it’s not going well; mantras can help refocus us when we feel like we’re on the ropes. They can create positive energy, and keep us focused on moving forwards and doing our best.
And if you don’t have one yet, maybe finding a short, meaningful and memorable saying is just the thing you need to help keep you motivated, focused and positive!
As Mahatma Gandhi said,
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
And remember this, above all else:
“Failure is not in the falling down, but the staying down.”
~ Unknown
If you’re not sure where to start, your fitness or nutrition have been lagging, let’s chat!
We can get on the phone, or email or FaceTime or Skype, etc, and start working out a plan to get you heading in a better direction again.  20 minute ‘Recharge’ chats are totally complementary 🙂
You can reach me at
And if you’ve fallen off the workout ‘horse,’ try climbing back on with this simple ladder workout you can do pretty much anywhere!
Keep your head up and keep moving forward!


4 Reasons you NEED to work out (that have nothing to do with weight loss)



Confession:  I really hate the whole ‘exercising to lose weight’ thing.  It’s, well, kind of boring.  And it’s also not long-term inspiring.



I get it, though—in the beginning the vast majority of us (who weren’t athletes in our youth) probably started exercising, aka: ‘working out,’ to lose weight.  I know I did!




When I first started working out and lifting weights with a structured plan in a for-real gym, it was between the my junior and senior years in college.  I wanted to look more like the other girls I knew, to be more slim and ‘toned.’  That was it.  That was my big motivation to exercise—just to be, well, skinnier.





To my surprise, a magic thing happened in the first 3 months of following this structured plan—I fell in love with the process.  Or, more accurately, I fell in love with lifting weights and more in love with running.  The time spent on cardio machines trying to ‘burn off the fat’ I could have done without (literally, it turns out—but that’s another story).





Since then, I’ve been up and down the scale a few times, been on dedicated plans and gone through phases where I’ve been completely off-plan, but for the past 10 years, I’ve been dead consistent.





Yes, weight loss was often initially a motivating factor, but it’s not what’s brought me back to the gym, or gotten me out on the road, or busting out my loop bands at home week after week.




What’s kept me moving consistently through lifestyle changes, pregnancies, illnesses, surgeries and other adversities are the following 4 reasons.  These reasons are also why I’m wholeheartedly dedicated to getting other people just like you to start exercising, exercise more regularly, and keep exercising for life.




  1.  Exercising just plain makes us feel better.




I’m sure you’ve seen a tank, t-shirt or meme somewhere at one point that said, “You’re just one workout away from a good mood.”  Well, it’s not just some gym addict’s cute little slogan—it’s actually, physically true.




Exercise—physical movement in general—does put us in a better mood.  Our bodies are hard-wired to move, from the most primitive parts of our brains.   It started out as a survival mechanism, because we needed to find or hunt food to survive, so our brains were wired to create biochemical systems by which we could get food more easily.  Meaning, our brains were wired to give our bodies what they need to move, chemically and hormonally, so that the body could get the fuel the brain needed to survive.



What this means for us now:  our brains have created system by which we feel better and have ‘happy’ chemicals and hormones released when we move and exercise.





Just this one benefit alone has kept me working out consistently—even, and especially, on the days I DIDN’T feel like working out AT ALL.  I know I will feel better afterwards, so it’s always worth putting in the 10 to 60 minutes of effort that day.




Like today.  I didn’t really want to workout.   Having a glass of wine and kicking up my feet sounded way better!  BUT I knew I would feel better afterwards…so I worked out.  Then I felt better—not like ‘over-the-moon’ estatic, but in a calmer, happier state of mind.




Those workout efforts don’t need to be intense to work for us:  it can be as simple as taking a walk outdoors for 5-10 minutes, or getting down on the floor and doing some planking, or glute bridging for 5-10 minutes.  Even the shorter workouts give us those ‘feel better’ benefits.




We just have to move a bit to get that ‘feel better’ side effect.




2. Exercise increases brain activity and improves academic performance.




Thank you, evolution!  Because of the way our brains are wired, after we’ve exercised, our thinking abilities become enhanced.  Due to the chemicals released in the brain and the effects on the learning and memory centers of the brain, we are primed to be able to think more clearly, creatively and quickly after exercising.




I know after I’ve worked out—especially after workouts that combined something that elevated my heart rate and required some skill to do (movements where I had to concentrate on balance or direction)—I feel my ‘smartest,’ and solving problems, writing programs, and communicating with others just ‘flows.’





Other times, when I haven’t moved for much of the day, thinking through a complex idea, or understanding what I’m reading, or even giving my kids good reasons why they should or shouldn’t be doing something just feels HARD.  It’s like having cotton in my brain.


But if I move a little—take the dog for a walk, or crank out a few squats or push ups or lunges, the mental fog lifts and I’m able to get things done way more easily.





Who doesn’t love being able to do more in less time with less mental struggle?




3.  Exercise helps us manage our stress (and minimize distress).




To build muscle, we have to stress it—in a reasonable amount.  This then promotes a repairing response by the body, where the muscle tissue  is rebuilt to be stronger when allowed adequate time to recover without more stress.  Too much stress, and we create sprains and strains.  Too little stress, no muscle growth.




Same with our brains and our neural plasticity!  With regular, but appropriate stress—the kind we apply to our bodies through exercise,  we condition our brain and nervous system to handle stress better and to recover better from episodes of stress.  Over time, we also improve our threshold for stress, too—it takes more stress to provoke a stress reaction, and our bodies learn how to recover more quickly instead of staying in that stressed condition.




“The great thing about exercise is that it fires up the recovery process in our muscles and neurons.  It leaves our bodies and minds stronger and more resilient, better able to handle future challenges, to think on our feet and adapt more easily.”



John H. Ratey, Spark: The revolutionary new science of exercise and the mind




Bottom line:  regular exercise improves our ability to deal with stress and raises our stress threshold (it takes more to stress us out than it used to!).



4.  Exercising adds to our ‘I can do this’-ness




Let’s face it, life is full of things we can’t change, that we wish were different, and we can often feel blown about by life’s circumstances.  And while we may not have control over what happens at work, or in our family, or amongst our friends, or where the army moves us, we can control one thing:  our choices.




When we choose to exercise, especially consistently, we choose to help ourselves feel better, think better and manage stress better.  We prove to ourselves, one choice at a time, one workout at a time, that we can do this.




Through consistently choosing to move our bodies, to do our PT/rehabilitative exercises, or go for runs, or show up to class, or go lift some weights, or take a walk, or get down on the floor and do some ab and glute work, we choose to take a little control over our own destiny—to influence the outcome a bit in our own favor.




When we keep ‘showing up and doing the work’ day after day, week after week, we prove something to ourselves; we prove that we can do this.  We prove that we have the ability to withstand, to overcome, to get better ‘in spite of’ our circumstances.  The more we choose to get up and move (even when we really don’t feel like it!), the more we prove that we are strong, resilient, capable people who choose to do good things for ourselves and grow in our strengths and abilities instead of shrink in the face of challenge.



“The more we do, the more we CAN do.”




We just have to get started DOING!





If you’re in need of a little extra ‘nudge’ to get moving consistently, want more real-life-doable and effective workout ideas, and are looking for a supportive community to help get you on track and keep you there, check out the Elevate with Kate FB community!



“Get Strong, Be Strong, Stay Strong.”



Our Mission: To create a supportive community of women who raise each other up as we actively pursue becoming our best selves, both in and out of the gym.



We are a community of women who strive to better our health, as well as our physical and mental fitness, with the goal of living fulfilling and satisfying lives.


Come check it out!



Your body is not your opponent; it’s your partner for life

Your body is not your enemy nor your opponent. It is your partner for life.


If you’ve been struggling with your body–your weight, your musculature, your shape, your size, your speed, your strength, your endurance, your appearance–it’s likely that you’ve adopted a position or attitude of being at war with your body.


You might feel like it’s resisting you, or holding you back, or even betraying you.

“If you knew who you truly were, you would be in awe.”
~Dr. Libby Weaver, Ph.D.


This quote comes from a TED talk by Dr. Libby Weaver, whose Ph. D. is in Nutritional Biochemistry, was describing how the body looks when it’s mapped out by it’s systems and biochemicals.


When we’re trying to lose weight, or get fitter, or lift heavier, or run faster, or just plain feel better and it’s just plain hard, or the results aren’t showing up the way we want them to, it can be discouraging and frustrating.


It’s easy to get a little fixated on how our bodies aren’t ‘right’ yet, or doing what they’re ‘supposed’ to be doing–and to forget how amazing our human bodies really are.


“When you the human body mapped out, you see the absolute miracle that we are,” she says. “Miraculous.”


Last week, I tweaked my back doing something light and simple in the gym.  It scared the bejeebers out of me–mostly because I couldn’t sit, stand or bend over normally for three days.


Moments like that remind me how amazing our bodies really are–and how our bodies shouldn’t be taken for granted.


The week before, I was complaining that my endurance wasn’t up to par, that I couldn’t lift as much lately, that I couldn’t keep up with the other people in class.  They were getting stronger, and I was ‘stalling out.’


Then, when just moving around the house became challenging, I realized I needed to focus more on taking care of the amazing vehicle I travel this life inside of instead of getting upset because it wasn’t ‘behaving the way I thought she* should.’  *(I call my body a she, not an it, because we’re partners in life, and she deserves respect.)


I had to be reminded not to take my body for granted, or resent her in any way, but to care for it better, to appreciate the health and mobility I have, and to just give my amazing body more rest so it could feel better and repair better, because she and I are going to be partners for a long time.  And we have alot of cool stuff left to do!


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What would happen if, instead of feeling like your body is the opponent to be conquered or subdued, you looked at it as your partner for life?


  • How would that change your the way you eat?
  • How would that change the way you move, or exercise?
  • How would that change the way you perceived your body?
  • Would you be more grateful, more gentle with yourself?
  • Would you be more likely to care for, rather than punish or abuse, your body?
  • Would your motivation to take better care of your body improve?



If you’ve been at war with your body, maybe it’s time to take a different perspective–to see it as an asset, a gift, and the one true partner you will always have, through thick and thin.



Maybe embracing your body’s gifts, its strengths, its natural tendencies and its needs is the first step to creating the changes we seek, the physique we desire, the strong, satisfying and fulfilled lifestyle we week to lead.



Today I encourage you to look at your body through an appreciative lens and name 3 things that are amazing about your body. You don’t have to post them here, just recognize and name them (out loud) for yourself.



Just as it can with our gratitude practices, adopting a daily body appreciation practice will create a more positive mindset and experience of the world.


When we are actively recognizing and appreciating all the incredible things our bodies do and are capable of, it becomes a whole lot harder (and less meaningful) to criticize the ways in which it’s ‘flawed.’


More gratitude, more happy feelings about our bodies. More happy feelings about our bodies, more happy hormones…which leads to better results…it’s a gorgeous self-reinforcing cycle 🙂




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