Whatever It Takes

Motivation can be an extreme challenge when you need it most. Writing an article, practicing a new instrument, or maintaining a workout routine all require motivation – a reason to get something done. Maybe the biggest misconception about it is that the influence must be a grand gesture. One sentence, five minutes, or 10 crunches are all small, driving forces that are a step in the direction you need to go to get something done. Little pieces come together in a puzzle to finish a big picture. Bit by bit. Step by step. Whatever it takes to get to where you need to be. ~trvw

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Health Advocate

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The world we live in requires you to be your own health advocate. Fight for your health and well being. You’re worth it, and if you aren’t at a place where you think you are, don’t you think that your family, friends, and children are? ~trvw

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Apples and Cookies

Because I’m a runner I often feel like people either think I don’t ever have dessert or that because I work out I get a free pass to eat all the dessert I want. It can be tempting to want to use the excuse that because, “I’m a runner” I can eat cookies to my hearts content for dessert every night. Sure, they’re made with brown rice flower and
sprinkled with anti-oxidant powered vegan chocolate chip and dates. However, that doesn’t give a green light to gorge.

We’re all human and when the urge strikes to over eat on a treat, try finding an even healthier, less processed alternative. After hitting my cookie limit and still having a need for a sweet bite, I found an apple. Knowing the apple alone would not fix my cookie craving, I sliced a sliver of the apple. Then I dipped it in a mix of peanut butter, chopped dates, and chocolate chips. A few slivers satisfied me and I felt like one smart cookie for eating that apple! ~trvw

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Dealing with Doubt


Doubt will take any chance it can to cause you to question what you’re trying to do. At the end of a busy week an attempt at a long run might make you wonder how you can ever complete twice the distance in a race. That’s why it’s called training. We are dealing with the doubt that tries to keep us from reaching our dreams. Do deal with it. Let it train you to know that the journey to the goal isn’t going to be easy, but once you know this and keep pushing to the finish you can appreciate your ability to make things happen…even when you are not 100% sure of the outcome. ~trvw

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Resolutions Really Work

20130113-093259.jpgIt was surprising to see a TV promo the other day where Dr. Oz said he loved the idea of making resolutions. He claimed, “About half the people who make New Year’s resolutions will be successful or will still be on them in six months.” Even if you’re skeptical, give it a try. There’s only strength to gain and bad habits to loose. The most important thing to remember is that you do not need the calendar to say “January 1” in order to set a goal or make a resolution. Now is always the perfect time to improve your health. ~trvw

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Jump Start January 2013

Now is as good a time as any to define your goals for the new year. Especially when it comes to health and fitness goals. Do you want to train for a 10K or establish a workout routine that you can maintain? Grab a pen and paper, write it down, then do it!

Allow yourself time to experiment with exercises, time of day, gyms vs. home, try all the things that you need to do so you can find out what works for you. Research on the Internet, in the library, wherever you to can to gain motivation and information to help you gain ground. Keep notes and track your progress.

Beginning now will give you a jump start on forming good habits. Keep moving forward. Small is better than not at all! ~trvw

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Nourishing You And Yours


Nourishing yourself has benefits beyond your initial consideration. When you eat well and exercise, your mental focus improves. Your mood improves and the people around you get inspired by your desire to live the best life you can. Your kids will practice the lifestyle that you are living out daily; don’t you want them to mirror healthy habits? Nourish you and yours with rich health and wellness and the benefits will flourish. ~trvw

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Move Now

I say it often, but I’ll say it again. Don’t wait for the New Year to get active. Now is a perfect time to start moving your body. It alleviates stress and when you’re making an effort to be healthier, you will want to eat better. Plus, when you are scorching extra calories with exercise you are helping your body manage those extra calories when you do indulge a little bit.

Exercise has so many benefits that you might as well start taking advantage of them now instead of putting it off for later. When you get moving, you help increase blood circulation and that means your heart doesn’t have to work so hard to pump blood through the body. Just a few simple movements can make you look and feel better now. Key word searches on the internet can offer lots of options. Try “exercise at home” to get you started and happy, healthy holidays! -trvw


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Build a Network, Not a Wall

Last Saturday at the SOS class, it was said several times that, “we are not meant to do life alone.” While I nodded in agreement and cheered out words of support, there was a mini little brick layer in my head that said, “unless you need the help.” Hmmm, maybe this wall builder has kinfolk that lives in us all?? If so, we must be persistent in dealing with the little devils! Hopefully those cheers of support will drown out the negativity and doubt because we are all social by nature and deserve to live life together happy and secure.  Vulnerability isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of sharing how you’ve became strong. ~trvw

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Simple Organized Savings

Wow, wow, exciting! Today I taught my first seminar for Simple Organized Savings (SOS). It was a test. A way to stretch my comfort zone. While I often speak to thousands of people on a regular basis on 88.3 The Wind, this was different because I could see the faces hearing me. That wasn’t even the hard part.

The difficult part was wondering if I could really make a positive difference in the people sitting in front of me. Could I offer something that they hadn’t already heard? The class was “Whole Health & Wellness”, a topic that I can endlessly consume myself in and often discuss the issues for hours on end. However, put a group of folks in front of a high-strung perfectionist and anxiety is very likely.

The important thing is that I survived and had good feedback. There were a few areas that can be improved but if there hadn’t been something to learn from the experience, I think I would have been more worried. Worried because that could mean that SOS didn’t want me back and that the audience had glossed over in a sea of haze. There were interactions from the group, great questions and comments, and encouraging discussion about the “classes” that I teach “next time”. ~trvw



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