All posts tagged: motivation

What I’m Loving Now

The Power Bowl from Quench Juicery in Warren  Feel like spooning your smoothie?  Get an acai bowl!  You can mix in all kinds of healthy ingredients, but the acai is what gives the bowl it’s signature name.  What the heck is acai?  It’s a South American berry that’s loaded with nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, and unsaturated fats. Recently, I tried The Power Bowl from Quench Juicery in Warren, RI-basically I had dessert for breakfast!  Usually I opt for one of their protein smoothies, but I was in the mood to mix things up.  The bowl was bursting with flavor: bananas, coconut, nutty granola, almond butter, and honey.  In the future, I would go lighter on the coconut and honey, to reduce the amount of sugar.  I like the variety that acai bowls bring to the table and the berry itself tastes like a mix between a grape and a blueberry.  Want a DIY version?  They sell frozen acai berries at Whole Foods.  And you can find pureed berry packets at Trader Joes. Pacemaker As we …

How This Fitness Pro Eats on Vaca

Do I have an actual vacation plan when dining out?  No, not really.  But I’ll tell you this, I do think about how I want to eat while on holiday and how I want to feel.  One things for sure, I want to enjoy myself, and that means experiencing the local food wherever we go.  I also know that I want to feel good, and not like I can barely get up from a dinner table because I’m in a food coma. I haven’t always been at a place where I’m in tune with my eating the way I am now.  It’s taken years, and it’s a big plus that I’m in an industry that helps me prioritize my health! Truth is when I’m eating lots of veggies and whole foods I just feel so much better, more energized, I sleep better, and my skin looks healthier.  So I choose to indulge, but I also spend time seeking out healthy markets and restaurants when I’m away. I stick with an 80/20 style of eating when …

Quick Circuit for the Road!

Need a quick body weight circuit you can do on the road? I’ve got you covered. With August being one of the biggest vacation months of the year, you’re going to need some moves you can bring with you while you’re on the move! You can do my quick body weight circuit off a beach wall or park bench. You can even use a hotel chair! Complete 3 Rounds of Exercises 1-5 20 Single Leg Tricep Dips-10 with Rt. leg lifted/10 with Lt. leg lifted  Lengthen your spine, open your chest and shoulders and point your elbows back as you dip.  Lift one leg up to intensify the exercise and lift more of your body weight.  Dip as low as you can! Less intensity: Keep both feet on the floor, or bend both knees.  24 Mountain Climbers Maintain a plank form with the heels, hips and shoulders.  Draw your navel in and up throughout.  Drive knee close to chest.  Strong tempo, while maintaining tight form. Less Intensity: Walk the climbers instead of jumping. Step Up …

Slow and Steady

I may have run slow today but I still ran! I am continuously amazed by the way the body was designed. Just one week off from running and my stamina decreased, my speed reduced and energy for running was just not on par. I definitely had fleeting thoughts going through my head like, “If you don’t pick up the pace, you’ll never get back to your average speed you held at your peak.” and even, “Maybe you’re running days are coming to an end!” Yes, those anxiety ridden, worse case scenario thoughts flashed through my mind, because that’s the very primal human part of me that is programmed to panic. However, the personal trainer in me always wins out-thank goodness! And louder thoughts coach me through the run, “You can do this!” “Just one more minute and you’ll get over this hill.” “At least you’re out here doing the damn thing!” I can totally understand how many of my clients and students get discouraged when they take time off from working out. I have been …