Is it Too Late to Get Your Summer Body?

It’s not too late to get in shape for summer! 

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Do you ever just blink and feel like time flies by? It was just New Year! Now it’s summer! Everybody is talking about summer vacations, summer trips, training to get that summer body, and summer is HERE!

Likewise - I blinked, and 6 months have passed since I posted on the blog. The last post I wrote was about NY resolutions. 

(Well, it’s not the last post I wrote; it’s the last post I published. I write all the time. I just don’t take the time to edit them, take a good picture, and publish them. Big thank you to Jorge and Gary for the push to get going again!)


Summer is here!

What if you are still working on your summer body? What can you do right now, to make a difference, today? Lots of things! 

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  • incorporate a 10 minute walk after meals, or after one meal

  • go to one new group class this week. Yoga, Pilates, body pump, whatever is your style

  • return to your favorite active past time. My friends and I went roller skating last week. Toooo much fun!! Also, I WON the throwback dress up contest, even though no one else competed. :)

  • add an extra serving of vegetables once today


Small changes add up!

At some point, after seeing the benefits of small changes, you will likely be ready to jump in a little more whole heartedly; training 4+ days a week, eating well 90% of the time.

If you aren’t there, for whatever reason - you’re a human taxi service for your kids, you’re working overtime, etc.- I understand. But don’t let that be an excuse for why you can’t make small changes, which add up. 

Will you get your goal summer body in a week? No, maybe not. Will you be on the cover of a fitness magazine next month? Probably not; it’s a competitive process.

But - will you feel better, and sleep better, and be proud of yourself? Yes! It’s worth it to get going! 


Build your nest

A West African proverb says “dooni dooni kononi be nyaga da”, which means “little by little, the bird builds its nest.”

Begin building your nest, and taking the small actions that will add up, until your nest is complete. Until you have peace with your body and yourself. 

Instituting new habits or change is the hardest part. Keeping a routine is much easier than starting. So, start these new habits and be proud of yourself!

In Defense of New Year's Resolutions

I am 12,871.75 days old (as of this writing, 1/1/2019).

Everyone’s talking about resolutions right now, just like every new year.

I LOVE New Year’s Resolutions! I just can’t help it. They’re so fun! I love planning! I love looking to the future, and knowing it’ll be better, because I can make it that way!

That’s why it makes me so sad to hear people say stuff like this, true quotes taken from the internet:

  • Start the year with making a promise to myself that I know I will break and end up feeling like a failure? I'll pass, thank you.

  • Why bother?

  • Nope. Life is hard enough as it is without setting yourself up for failure by making dumb resolutions

  • Mine is to overthrow the puppet regime of a third world country, and then install myself as Grand Poobah! Oh, RESOLUTIONS, not revolutions. Sorry, my bad. (Kathryn: Ok, this one made me laugh.)

(All resolutions from Ask Someone Else’s Mom Column, 1/1/2019. I love advice columns. Don’t judge me.)


What if Resolutions Can Help You?

Why not re-assess your goals and where your life is going? It’s really not much different than assessing and planning quarters, as in the business world.

What if a calendar wasn’t little 30-day chunks that hung on your wall? What if it was a big string of days that kept going from left to right along the way across all the walls in your room, little one inch squares to represent the days with no differentiators of week or months or years?

Stack the Odds in Your Favor in 2019

Merry Christmas! Happy (almost) New Year!

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This is one of my favorite times of year; this down time between Christmas and the New Year! Time to revel in all the happy holiday feelings, and plan with optimism the New Year.

I LOVE planning, and I LOVE New Year’s time.

I don’t necessarily love the idea of waiting until New Year to make improvements. (Eat your vegetables today, obviously. Don’t wait a week. Go for a walk now!)

BUT - I LOVE the unbridled optimism, the hope, and the energy surrounding the New Year. Since it’s pretty much here right now, why not use that to channel your energy into your goals?


Stack the Odds in Your Favor in 2019

This might sound like a big ole “DUH” but the easiest way to reach your goals is to be crystal clear about them. It’s too easy to get through just this workday, this week, or the next little project. Before we know it, time passes and we haven’t really gotten anywhere.

If you are intentional about moving toward goals, instead of passing through time, you will infinitely stack the odds in favor of reaching your goals.


What Do You Want?

What do you want in 2019? This is a big question! Ok, start with this: What is important to you?

Take time to sit down and think on this. Figure it out. Write it down.

It’s ok if you still have questions. The process of figuring out what you want and how to get there is just that: a process. Some things you’ll figure out as you go. Some things require forethought and planning.


Some Questions to Get You Started

Do you want 2019 to be the same as 2018? If so, good! Don’t do anything different. Keep doing what you’re doing.

If you want to be healthier, richer, less busy, you’ll have to make some changes. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What do you do on Saturday afternoon, when your time is yours?

  • What do you do when you get to do what you enjoy?

  • What’s stopping you from doing that more?

  • If you can’t think of things that bring you joy, look at your calendar and your bank account. Where you choose to spend your time and money is usually what brings you happiness.

  • What have you always wanted to do that you put on the “to do in the future” list (which of course is a moving target)?

  • What do you want to make? Art, woodworking, calligraphy?

  • What did you love as a kid?

  • What kind of legacy do you want to leave?


Write It Down!

Seriously, go write it down! Burn the list later if you don’t like it. Perfection doesn’t matter. The good ideas will stick with you, and you’ll find what you really want keeps popping back in the forefront of your mind.

Email me or leave in the comments what you’re going to move forward with this year! I can’t wait to hear!

Go make 2019 yours!!


On my list: gardening again, painting for fun, and keeping my blog current! (Email me if you have ideas you’d like me to cover!)

If your goals involve fitness and you’d like my help, I’d be honored! I have a workout plan you can do on your own, and I have some morning and mid-day sessions available in the Austin area.

Message me on this page if you’d like to get started!

Homecoming

The Big Move

My first photoshoot (ever) at Hyde Park Gym. I love this one, excessive spray tan and all. 2011. Thank you  Ty Hardin

My first photoshoot (ever) at Hyde Park Gym. I love this one, excessive spray tan and all. 2011. Thank you Ty Hardin

In October of 2017, I made a big move. I left my home gym, Hyde Park Gym, for a new location. Hyde Park Gym was in the middle of a “problem” of luxury: it was busy. We had weightlifters, powerlifters and people pumping iron in what felt like every space of the gym. There was high energy and lots of community. 

So what’s the problem? As a trainer who plans every training session for every individual, I was making a lot adjustments during my client workouts. 

The new gym had a great facility, quality equipment, and welcoming people. I am forever grateful for their open arms and the friendships I developed there. 

But it wasn’t home. 

I decided to give myself the best birthday gift this October 2018, and after a year, I returned home. 

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I am back 100% at Hyde Park Gym. My clients are loving the eclectic vibe and the unique community. Some of my clients are returning with me, and some are seeing Hyde Park Gym for the first time. 

The gym has found a balance between busy-ness and availability, and it feels like a step back into the golden years. I’ve not had to wait for a rack, and people work together. My old friends and gym friends are here; like I never left. 

People welcomed me back with open arms and asked where I had been. To some of them, I said I was on vacation for a little while. It’s a time warp, you know. Some believed me, some did not. 

Eleanor the gym dog has the same puppy-like greeting. Brook, the owner, is as supportive as ever. All are welcome, whether elite lifters, or beginners.

The Hyde Park Gym community defies explanation. Everyone eventually comes back to this place, whether to visit or to lift again. Truly, you have to experience it to understand it. 

Thanksgiving

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I’m SO happy to be back. To say that I am thankful is an understatement. I’d be more than thrilled to introduce you to the Hyde Park Gym community if you’d like to find an oasis of supportive and fascinating people in central Austin.

In the meantime, I suggest you find the communities, the tribes, the groups in your life where you feel genuinely and authentically happy. Seek those out on a regular basis, and you’ll see your happiness in life increase.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!


Proud mama feels right here for Emily’s photoshoot. Photography by  Becca Ewing.

Proud mama feels right here for Emily’s photoshoot. Photography by Becca Ewing.

Here too! I adore my client Holly! She and her family are part of the fabric of Hyde Park Gym.  Becca’s  amazing photography again.

Here too! I adore my client Holly! She and her family are part of the fabric of Hyde Park Gym. Becca’s amazing photography again.

Yeah, I know you’ve seen this picture everywhere. I think it’s my favorite. Thank you  Matthew !

Yeah, I know you’ve seen this picture everywhere. I think it’s my favorite. Thank you Matthew!

Tire flipping. Photo by  Becca Ewing

Tire flipping. Photo by Becca Ewing

I seriously love the character of this wall, and this entire building. Also by  Matthew DeFeo

I seriously love the character of this wall, and this entire building. Also by Matthew DeFeo

My amazing group of women at The Chick Workout

My amazing group of women at The Chick Workout

Abby! One of my biggest supporters!

Abby! One of my biggest supporters!

My sweet friends at Hyde Park Gym. What a great group!!

My sweet friends at Hyde Park Gym. What a great group!!

Press On

I had the greatest client session yesterday and wanted to share with you the lessons learned. 

My client let me know before her session that she was not feeling up to par. Nothing catastrophic or contagious, but that we might need to take it into account. 

Since she let me know ahead of time, I was able to look at her program and keep in mind some potential adjustments. Some Plan B’s, if necessary. 

In a Rut? Do This One Thing For a Mid Year Restart

In a Rut? Do This One Thing For a Mid Year Restart

It is fall as I am writing this. If you made New Year goals, you should be in your “after” situation right now. This was going to be the year, you were going to make the changes you know you’ve been needing to. You were going to establish a healthy, disciplined routine.

Did you? If not, start here.

HIIT Revisited: Is it a Must-Do?

HIIT Revisited: Is it a Must-Do?

If you follow fitness blogs or publications, you’ve probably heard of HIIT training. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. HIIT is, as the name says, high intensity training that is done in bouts alternated with rest.

Sounds simple, but this is exhausting! It requires mental fortitude, but drives big results! Read on to see if it’s right for you.

Tips on Meal Prepping for One

Tips on Meal Prepping for One

Meal prepping for exactly one person can be tough. If you’ve ever tried to portion out food, you know exactly what I mean. When I cook for only myself, I can try to plan for exactly one meal and no more, then <BOOM> I have enough food for the neighborhood.

Here are some quick tips for cooking solo and not wasting food: