Don’t Skip the Stretching!

I got a wonderful email today from my health care provider (Aetna) and there were so many great little nuggets of information I am going to dedicate a blog post to each one.

Stretching… don’t lie, I know when the video is over and there are 3 minutes left of stretching, you turn the video off and go put in a load of laundry or empty the dishwasher.  Don’t!  Stretching is just as important as the workout both to warm up your muscles and cool them down.  This prevents injury.

Experts say the best way to do this is to go at a slower pace for 5 to 10 minutes. So if you’re jogging, you should walk for a few minutes to warm up. And then again to cool down.

Stretching’s important, but bouncing is for balls
While stretching is important to remain flexible, if you don’t do it right, you risk injury. You should stretch your muscles a couple times a week.  Hello yoga!

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Avoid the following:

  • Stretching cold muscles
  • Holding a stretch for more than 15 seconds
  • Bouncing (don’t do that)

Other ways to avoid injury include using the proper equipment. And having the proper form. No matter what the exercise warriors on television advise, don’t overdo it. If you push yourself too hard, you could go from warrior to war torn.

For more on how to avoid injury from exercise, visit the National Institutes of Health Medline Plus website.

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Time Management Tips, how to juggle it all

The question I get ALL THE TIME is “how do you have time?!?”  It’s like people think it’s impossible for me to succeed at a corporate job, coach, and be a parent.  Well, I am here to tell you that is isn’t always easy, but it CAN be done and each job plays a very important role in my life.    So this is for those people who are currently in the work world, are interested in coaching, but think you can’t do both.  

It is all about TIME MANAGEMENT!

This is how it works for me.  My first priority is to my family.  Second to my career at J&J, lastly coaching.  

Here are some of my time management tips for every day.

  • Plan out your meals on the weekend.  I don’t have time to actually meal prep, but I either grocery shop or ShopRite from home everything I need for the week.  I’ll even freeze some meats to defrost later.  I know what I’m going to make for dinner so when we get home I just start cooking
  • Get up early.  I know this is the one that everyone hates, but when you carve out time in the morning you can start your day on the right foot.  For me, that means 5:30 exercise, 6:15 shower, kids up at 6:30-7, breakfast and getting the kids out the door by 8.   
  • Work smarter, not harder.  I had a co-op last year say this and it stuck!  Instead of opening up 5,000 things.  Complete 1 task at a time, then move onto the next.  I also work through lunch in order to get more accomplished and sometimes take walking conference calls or meetings. 
  • Put everything on the calendar.  There are actually a lot of hours in a day.  

Here are my tips for adding coaching into the mix

  • Use social media scheduling tools.  When I have a group I am running and I know what I want the daily message to be, I use a free post scheduler like postcron.  I’ll plan out my week of posts on Sunday and schedule them to post daily at 6 am, while I am actually showering.
  • Put time on the calendar to exercise.  Mine is 5:30, that is an appointment with myself.  Don’t skip it.
  • Put time on the calendar to talk to people and ONLY check your phone/social media at that time.  Mine is 9-10pm or 10-11 pm after my husband goes to sleep.  I also check in on Sunday.

Bottom line, Be flexible and have fun.  Learn new things and meet new people.  You never know where inspiration will come from.  
These 2 are why I do both.  The corporate world challenges my brain and coaching helps me grow as an individual.   

  

Make time for what is important.  Even something as small as 10’minutes of coloring before bed really gives us quality time together.

  
Don’t limit yourself.  This is a big world that is growing and changing.  You have the ability to make an impact on people’s lives.   Think big.  Don’t put yourself in a box.  You can do and be whatever you set your mind to.  Never stop growing, never stop learning. 

 

Find your strong

I could start this with “beach weather is around the corner… Blah blah blah.” No.   Strong is not always about your body.

This NOT about looking good in a bathing suit.


This week has been really horrible. Social media always makes it seem like life is sunshine and rosy all the time. That everyone is doing everything and they’ve got their sh%# together and everyone is all smiles.

So not the case. No one wanted to wake up this week, I was a horrible mom and yelled most mornings, no screamed. I got to work stressed out, I missed 70% of my workouts, I picked the kids up late every day, I think they got a bath twice.

My current exercise group had an amazing week though, they felt stronger, more empowered, lost weight, got more done at work, had patience for their families. I just was not my best self.

We made up for it with ice cream Friday and some Saturday workouts.

The eternal debate… Hard or soft ice cream. Hard coffee ice cream is my weakness!

Felt better after sweating on Saturday.  Don’t have a weight bench for decline push-ups? Use the stairs!


Anyway, I am reaching out if you want help reclaiming your inner self. I need YOU to keep me accountable. I will be expanding April 4th and participating in #summerstrong with my coach.

I am going to share what I learn with you. I’ll recommend a workout you enjoy (from boot camp, cardio, weights to yoga/Pilates), I’ll provide motivation, support, a meal plan and friendship.

I have high interest already so comment below if you want in. I’m accepting 10 new clients only. We’ll chat and I’ll give more details.

Just visualize yourself 30, 60, 90 days from now. Where do you see yourself?   A faster runner?   Getting into that yoga headstand, or maybe succeeding at work, or having more patience for your family.   Let’s get you there.   It’s worked for me every time, now I want to share the feeling with you.

Nutrition, Exercise, Support…Success

Reclaim your strong.  Regain your happy.

A running & steak kind of day

I needed to get some fresh air.  Work has been totally hectic and I’ve been spending so much time at meetings and conference calls I needed to step away so I took my lunch break to go for a wonderful run outside.   There were so many people out!  I think we all had the same idea.  I made sure to pack my clothes just in case the opportunity presented itself!

I love my bridesmaid gift from my sister in laws wedding.  The perfect tote for sneakers and a change of clothes!
  

Running has such a transformative power.  You are outside, the sun is shining, you are pushing your limits, and all the stress from your brain starts melting away and you are able to really think.   I came back in totally refreshed and with new ideas for how to innovate in the lab.

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James came home with some Chinese food but I already had dinner cooking.  I still took my fortune cookie though!  I agree with this sentiment whole heartedly!

   

I don’t know about you but I just love steak.   I’m super happy to report I made this recipe by winging it and it was delicious!  

1 package skillet steak ($6.50 at ShopRite).  I used 3 slices

Montreal Steak seasoning, lift coating

1 onion

1 pepper

1/2 cup quinoa.

Softened the onion and pepper in olive oil in a cast iron skillet, cooked the steak on high heat about a minute or so each side. Had a side of quinoa for carbs.  

Quick, easy, inexpensive, and delicious.
  

My favorite dessert is a container of yogurt topped with fruit.  Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and kiwi.

 

Mental Resolve

Last Friday, as my blog post mentioned, I was pretty devastated. It did affect my weekend a bit which I am not proud of. During my workout this morning I had an epiphany, so I am writing this with my heart rate still recovering because we all know, if we don’t write it down immediately, the thought is lost forever.

Basically what I came to was, no matter what happens today I am not going to quit coaching. It has had so many positives in my life. The first is that I have reconnected and met so many amazing people. People doing it all against all odds. People who push through adversity. Everyone has their own story and I have loved learning about each persons life.

Secondly, a huge part of coaching is personal development. If I hadn’t started coaching, I would not have started listening to books in my car. I would have never picked up a success or motivational book and those books have advanced my career and helped my marriage.

Coaching is not about the money. It is about helping others (as well as myself) unleash the strong amazing person that is inside each and every one of us. The only way I can do that is to continue to reach out to more people. This blog, and instagram may become a bigger platform for me. The negativity on facebook is staggering sometimes. It is sad that with such a huge networking platform where we can reach the world people choose to complain about the weather or traffic. There are so many beautiful things we can share.

Plus fitness and nutrition are a passion of mine. It is FUN to see what the human body can do and even more fun to watch someone else realize it when their transformation begins.

Each person is going through something, and I am going to be there if they need a friend.

  

Devastated

Feeling pretty devastated today.   As many know, I have a full time career which I am very passionate about in addition to coaching.  It has been a busy week and I work so hard there.   No, it has been an insane week…

I feel like I am at a crossroads in life.  I don’t want coaching to jeopardize my career, but the thought of giving up coaching is tearing me up.  I literally have a knot in my chest.   

I received an email today that I personally helped 44 people since I started 8 months ago.   I also got a message from a client this morning that she finally broke through her plateau after not being able to get below a certain # on the scale for years.   I had someone else this week tell me how much happier and stronger they feel… 

Although my career in R&D is rewarding, it has challenges and creates stress.  Coaching has been a creative outlet, it has helped me grow, I have performed the best that I ever had before in my R&D career because of the daily exercise, positive thinking, and daily motivation and encouragement I have received from fellow coaches and clients.  

Why can’t I do both?  

I aim to continue to help others find their inner strength, I may just have to find other outlets.   

Feels like such a sad day.  And it started out so wonderful. 

  

No Excuses

I am going to get so REAL. I hate excuses. The number one thing I hear ALL THE TIME is “I don’t have time.” Guess what, That’s BS. What you are really saying is “This isn’t important to me”.

We are all given the same 24 hours in a day. If you want time, you need to MAKE it. We are all capable of anything we set our minds to. What sets you apart from that guy over there who runs marathons, runs a company, travels for business, and still spends time with his family? NOTHING. They MAKE the time.

Think about it, if you wake up at 6 and go to bed at 10, that is 16 waking hours!

  • Full Time Job (9 hours)
  • Hour commute (2 hours)
  • Free time: (FIVE HOURS!)

What are you doing with those FIVE extra hours???? Cooking? Cleaning? Spending quality time with your partner, kids, pets? I hope so.

My guess is you are watching TV, Playing on your ipad, Scrolling through fb, surfing the internet…

I want YOU. If you are reading this and want a change in your life. Get OFF YOUR BUTT. I need you to give me 22 minutes. YES, just 22 minutes of those 5 extra hours you have when you aren’t working or commuting. That is less 1 TV episode.

I want a group of MEN and WOMEN, committed to changing their outlook on life, sick of making excuses for themselves to join me on March 28th to start a new fitness program. Do it from home, only 22 minutes and start taking control of your life.

Is it you?

Contact me now. No excuses.

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Reality Testing

I’m listening to this book on my commute to and from work called “Motivational Legends”

One of the guys had such a great speech I wanted to share a piece.  He called it reality testing.  

What is your go to excuse?  Have no time?  Why don’t you?  Want to be skinny? Why aren’t you?  Want to be in a good relationship?  Why aren’t you?  Want to be financially independent?  What’s stopping you?  

Take any of your excuses and do a reality check.  Has anyone in your situation accomplished what you want?  How about 5 people?  How about 10 people?  How about the 500,000 people since the beginning of the republic of the United States that have had it much worse than you but have accomplished what you want.  

Your excuse is invalid. It has no substance. It is merely a fantasy. An illusion we use not to make progress.  

Wow, that is some heavy tough love.  But rings so true. What is stopping you?  

We need to get out of our own way.  It isn’t our external environment that is stopping us. 80% of what we want can be achieved by our internal mindset and our willingness to do, to be, to change. 

The other piece is you have to refuse to believe in failure.  

He has a whole other piece on self efficacy.  Check back next week for more on manifesting your dreams into reality.