7 Top Reasons I'm Happy and Thankful That I Quit Smoking

7 Top Reasons I'm Happy and Thankful That I Quit Smoking

Many times I tried to quit and failed, but this time I was finally ready. Much like the many failed diets I attempted prior to losing 175 pounds, my attempts before were short lived and I was quickly back to my old ways. What finally made me quit? Many of the reasons I will list in this post were motivations to finally quit, but when I decided to become a personal trainer I could no longer make excuses to keep smoking. As a CPT my job is to inspire a healthy lifestyle, and under no circumstances could I expect to be taken seriously as a smoker. So, I finally quit. Cold turkey.

5 Tips for Mindful Eating

5 Tips for Mindful Eating

When you eat while distracted, you’re missing out on huge pieces of the experience of eating.  You’re not paying attention to where you are. You’re not paying attention to who you’re with and, most importantly for those of us who battle over eating, you’re not paying attention to the food that’s going into your mouth or your inner hunger and satisfaction cues. 

The #1 Change I Made to Lose Over 150 pounds- the most important thing!

The #1 Change I Made to Lose Over 150 pounds- the most important thing!

The people who hurt me don't matter. The people who once judged me don't matter. The people who still judge me don't even matter! None of those people get to live my life. I lost weight for myself! I did this for myself because I wanted to be a happier person and be a better mom, a better wife, a better daughter, and a better friend to the people who do matter. 

The Actions That Improved My Marriage

The Actions That Improved My Marriage

How can two people who are lost, hurting, and full of anger and resentment, come to a point of feeling fulfilled, loved, and supported? It was a rocky road for my husband and me, with many ups and downs, but here are some things that helped me to feel closer to my husband when so much distance had grown between us.