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superbowl-trophyIt’s that time of year again: time drink lots of beer, eat copious amounts of wings, cheez, and JUNK FOOD, and watch football dudes in really, really tight pants kick some serious football butt! I don’t actually watch the game much, but that’s only because I’m always the one throwing the Super Bowl party!

But ever since I’ve “downsized” I’ve learned a thing or two about “right-sizing” my Super Bowl goodies. I’ll always provide the hard stuff for the unwashed masses, but there are plenty of yummy options for those seeking lighter fare, or for the hostess who’s trying to sneak in something healthy and stealthy ala Jessica Seinfeld and the woman who’s suing her. In fact, I always make it a game of my own to see what healthy alternatives I can get away with!

So without further ado, here are some of my favorite Super-Healthy, Super-Stealthy, Super Bowl Sneaky Snacks! (more…)

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Get determinedIt’s that time of the year again: the ever-optimistic New Year’s Resolution time. While I don’t advocate resolutions, many people believe the New Year is the perfect time to get started, get fit, get back on the horse.
Many of us start out strong with our workout routines, but it doesn’t take long for our day-to-day lives to intrude. Meetings go late so we miss our kick-boxing class. The kids have parent-teacher night and there’s no way we can get to yoga. We catch a cold, we slip on our diet, we lose an eyelash or break a nail…the excuses start to build up and before you know it, *POOF*, our resolutions go up in flames.

If you are making a fitness resolution this year, here are some tips to help you bag those excuses and stick to the plan. You’re strong, you’re determined, YOU CAN DO THIS! Here’s how: (more…)

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I’m the kind of person who is generally unafraid to try new things and I like to jump in with guns a’blazing. But on the other hand, I like to be really, really good at what I do. I’m starting a new endeavor soon—don’t want to reveal too much yet, as it ‘s not 100% solidified—but it’s something that is going to be a big change for me.

howtobeanexpertI know I can’t start out as an expert right away, so I recall finding comfort in this “How To Be An Expert” chart and thought it would help to revisit it.

It makes me feel better to know we all have to push through the “Suck Threshold” before we can come out on the other side. Knowing this can help get us through it: “Hey, it’s not just me who sucks…this happens to everyone!”

I hope you also find some comfort in this when you are starting off on something new and exciting. Just have patience, work hard, pay attention, and keep on pushing past the “suck threshold” to the “kicking ass” threshold! You’ll get there. Me too! 🙂

More on my new endeavor shortly…stay tuned! Meanwhile, if you have any tips on finding your footing in a new environment, please share! I know we’ve all been there at one point or another!

P.S. I can’t remember where I borrowed this graphic from, so if it belongs to you, please let me know and I’m more than happy to credit you. Rock on!

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Gobble Gobble!

As I am perpetually watching my weight, I sometimes dread the holiday season because of all of the YUMMY FOOD! Temptation abounds! My trainer has a few tips on his blog for getting through the holiday season without overindulging. These include:

  • Don’t try to “save calories” by starving yourself before Thanksgiving dinner! You’ll most likely just end up eating MORE.
  • Try to stay with your regular workout routine as much as possible during the holiday week. You’ll stay calmer and saner and be more likely to stick to your program.
  • Prepare your Thanksgiving feast in a healthier way, using alternatives for butter, cream, and fatty gravies and sauces.

Check out the rest of the tips here. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Yeah, that includes all you silly foreigners, too! 😉

‘Tis the season: EATING season!
From Halloween through New Year’s Day, the holidays are a minefield for those watching their weight. It’s estimated that the average American gains between 1 to 5 pounds over the holiday season, and that the weight accumulates over the years and may be a major contributor to obesity later in life. But holiday weight gain doesn’t have to be inevitable. Determination and preparation can keep you on track through even the most tempting holiday treats. Here are a few strategies to help you get through the season beautifully, healthfully, and happily!

Got any tips for keeping on track this Thanksgiving? Please share! I need all the help I can get!

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Whenever my exercise motivation starts to lag, my first avenue of attack is to change up my music. It always spices up my workouts, and knowing I have a few great new songs to listen to makes me look forward to going to the gym, even when I’m tired. I also need a constant stream of new music ideas for putting together spinning classes. Gotta keep it FRESH!

But finding new or interesting music can be quite a challenge sometimes.

I get music ideas from all over, but usually rely heavily on the iTunes store and iMixes in particular. Recently, though, I’ve found that Blip.fm is a lot of fun, especially because so many of my brilliant and creative Twitter friends are on there. More great resources include the Jim-Fit blog, Pandora Radio, and, of course, hubby @thronkus‘s spinning classes. And then there’s always @akaMonty‘s Friday Night LIVE, but I would say that music is more what *not* to play! 😉

I know there is so much more out there, so tell me: what are your favorite music inspiration sources? What are your favorite workout songs? What’s at the top of your iPod playlist RIGHT NOW?

And also, are you an in-the-car rock star? I know *I* am! 😉

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I’m teaching several spin classes this month…come and join me! It’s a party on wheels! 🙂

  • Sunday, 9/07 – 9:30 AM
    Gold’s Gym, Needham
  • Tuesday, 9/09 – 6:30 PM
    BSC Wellesley
  • Friday, 9/12 12:00 PM
    BSC Newton
  • Tuesday, 9/16 6:00 AM
    Gold’s Gym, Needham
  • Friday, 9/19 12:00 PM
    BSC Newton
  • Sunday, 9/21 9:30 AM
    Gold’s Gym, Needham
  • Monday, 9/22 5:45 PM
    Gold’s Gym, Natick
  • Friday, 9/26 12:00 PM
    BSC Newton

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