Archive for the 'Goal Setting' Category


May 24, 2012

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all Americans will be obese by 2030. In other words, if you are pregnant right now, your future 18-year-old child has a nearly 50% chance that he/she will be obese.


We need to act now. As individuals. As parents, peer mentors and community leaders.

Our lives are made up of small choices that make us whole. Choices surround us: eat the donut or have oatmeal? Happy hour or the gym? Sleep or TV? Stairs or elevator? Organic or conventional? If we make poor choices most of the time, who are we?

We are role models to our friends, family and the rest of our community. If we pick the donut more often than not, we’re going to feel as hollow, round, and fat as the donut…barren of nutrients. Obesity leads to depression, disease and negativity. Misery loves company and those who are, wallow in it.

Choose life, I say! Making healthy choices most of the time makes us feel good. When we smile, people gravitate towards positive energy and we make more friends. If we all make better choices, think of how happy we can all be! Take the lead in your circle of friends by initiating a healthy lifestyle:

  • Organize a weekly fitness happy hour: take a spin class with your best friends and catch up during the post-ride stretch.
  • Research local farm-to-table restaurants in your area and patronize them versus national chain restaurants.
  • Join a local CSA (community supported agriculture) and learn new recipes with new & interesting ingredients.
  • Learn to chill out by taking a meditation or slow yoga class. Get in tune with your body!
  • Volunteer to mentor less-fortunate youth: they need good people to look up to! You’ll both learn oodles from each other!
  • Reach out to a friend in need and be a friend, indeed!

Don’t buy it!

May 20, 2012

I’m a Sunday NYTimes junkie. Today, a one-sentence book review of Karen Le Billon’s “French Kids Eat Everything“, read:

Why you shouldn’t cater to your kids’ taste in food but rather let them rise to your level.

My sentiments, exactly.

As a pre-and-postnatal fitness guru, my clientele is chock-full of mothers. Most of these women have law degrees, PhD’s, and years of executive work experience. Let’s just say they are accomplished professionally as they are, now, personally. Self-sacrifice, managing crises, saying no to powerful bigwigs and working through the night is nothing new to them! Most have always been health nuts and gym junkies, working out at 6am and having self-discipline to order a salad at lunch.

So why is it, that, when children enter the picture, self-control goes out the window? I’m not a parent (so I’ll probably get skewered for this post) but if Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers weren’t a staple before baby, how did they make their way from supermarket to my client’s cupboard? If I stuff my shelves with mini-oreos, fruit snacks, teddy grahams and juice boxes, I’d have a tougher time managing my weight, too!

All this processed food isn’t good for anyone – parents OR children alike. It’s a good way to spoil everyone’s appetite and make picky eaters out of a developing palate. My advice? Continue healthy eating eating and extend these habits to your children: if they’ve never tasted cap’n crunch, sugar bombs or pringles, how will they miss it?


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May 2, 2012

It’s wedding season! Most brides-to-be want to look fit and fantastic on their wedding day, but some go about it in curious ways. From juice fasts, feeding tubes, crash diets and overtraining stress fractures, getting there can be a traumatic journey.

It doesn’t have to be. With a bit of foresight and planning, the weeks leading up to your special day can be welcomed with confidence!

So you’ve set a date. Now what? Drawing from both personal and more than 8 years’ professional experience, I offer the following advice:

  • Begin a fitness regimen immediately. The sooner, the better. In fact, as soon as you know you’ll be getting married, establish healthy habits.
  • Hire a coach. Being accountable to someone is key to success: even if it’s just once a week. A nutritionist and/or trainer will help avoid injury and diet pitfalls.
  • Make mini-goals: daily, weekly & monthly. It can be as simple as cutting out sugar or running 4 miles by the end of the week.
  • Remain consistent. As the date nears and the to-do list gets longer, sticking to healthy habits will already be part of your routine.
  • Prioritize ‘me’ time. Sleep/rest is key to remaining injury-free.
  • Add intensity to workouts as the date gets closer, but keep gym time under 45 minutes: always go with a plan.
  • Hit the weights. For a toned look in photos, add muscle to your frame.
  • Train for your dress type: as you lose bodyfat, tone specific areas, like shoulders for a strapless gown or upper back muscles for an open-back dress!

And, for some cautionary advice:

  • Don’t sign up for a marathon or other major competition leading up to your big day…you’re under enough pressure!
  • Don’t crash diet. Juice cleanses, feeding tubes, & deprivation will compound upon an already-stressful wedding week!
  • Don’t overdo weight loss: look like yourself!