Gratitude, Always

There is tired, and then there’s tired. The kind of tired you feel when you have done way more than there is time for, more than you’d planned, and are sleep deprived on top of it all. It’s the kind of tired you feel when you have to tuck your chin down, keep your feet … Continue reading Gratitude, Always

Milestones and Mermaids

Hannah eyeing the pregnant lady in the lounge chair, we made our way over to a shaded table to plunk down our towels and kick off flip flops for an afternoon poolside. The kids love the pool. Without fail they inquire the precise time we will be going to swim each morning. Kids off and … Continue reading Milestones and Mermaids

Go Big or Go Home

I haven't felt like I've had much to write about lately. Much of that comes from just being too busy, tired, in the midst of deployment, blah, whatever - to put forth the energy to make coherent sentences. I often identify with Solomon in Ecclesiastes..."there is nothing new under the sun" Ecc. 1:4-11 when it … Continue reading Go Big or Go Home

Changes

Why all the changes? Chopped all the hair, stopped working at the gym, vegetarianism, no alcohol.... Um...wait, what?! That's right. I stopped drinking. Permanently. But having a cocktail or two is fun! Drinking responsibly is no big deal. Having a glass of wine with dinner doesn't make you an alcoholic. There's no harm in having a … Continue reading Changes

Faking It

A-hem. Not that kind of faking. I had a conversation with a friend the other day who hasn't seen me in person for over 6 or 7 months. After posting some silliness from a dress up day at work, the conversation drifted to something along theses lines: "By the way, you look amazing...You were already looking … Continue reading Faking It

Resolutioners

I love this season. Reflections, taking stock of accomplishments, setting new goals, appreciating the good of the past while looking ahead with anticipation of what the next year might bring. Lately much of what I hear at the gym is, something along the lines of, "Oh yeah, just wait until January! All the New Years' … Continue reading Resolutioners

It’s Not Flashy…

I was chatting with another trainer friend of mine, discussing how frustrating it is to sell what really works. After gaining strength and losing fat, someone will inevitably ask, "How did you do it? What's your secret?" Usually it's asked in a conspiratorial tone, the asker typically wants whatever book, diet guru, meal plan, macro … Continue reading It’s Not Flashy…

Body Image and Progress Pictures

When first embarking on this fitness ride 5 years ago Facebook was still (fairly) new and smartphones had been out for a while, but I didn't own one. I remember taking pictures on a flip phone when my 6 year old was born. People didn't edit profile pics and use fun filters like Instagram like … Continue reading Body Image and Progress Pictures

New

Everything. Everything has changed in the last two months. New city, new state, different climate, new house, new bigger bugs, routines - all of it. And, my first started kindergarten this week. As I sit snuggled with him in our rocking chair, feeling the steady rise and fall of his breath, I smell his washed-last-night … Continue reading New