20 Jul 2013

Grit

Several years ago I found myself going through a very tough time emotionally, physically, financially, and spiritually. My marriage of thirteen years had just ended, I had sold my home, moved into an apartment with my son, and was struggling to find my way forward as a single woman and mom. I remember feeling intense fear and emotional pain like I had never experienced in my life. My family had watched my weight drop and

13 Feb 2013

Guilt

Through the years that I have been in fitness, I have found one of the biggest impediments to staying on track and achieving fitness goals is guilt. We feel guilty when we eat too much or when we stray from our diet, when we skip the gym or interrupt our fitness routines. After the holidays, after vacations or major life events, we tend to look at our diversion off course and criticize ourselves for choices

11 Feb 2012

Plateau

If you are working toward specific fitness goals and have been diligently following a plan that works for you, it can be very frustrating to suddenly find what feels like a halt in your progress. This is often called a fitness “plateau,” or a period of time when you are no longer seeing measurable results. It happens to everyone at one time or another, and it certainly does not mean you have been doing something

11 Jan 2012

Desire

There is a bible verse that comes to mind when I am contemplating lifestyle choices. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12). I do not interpret this to mean, when you finally get what you want, then you can be happy. On the contrary, I believe you can find happiness in the desire itself. Desire is a life giving, powerful force, and it

16 Dec 2011

Will Power

Emotions play a powerful role in helping us to determine which path to take in life, which activities to engage in, and which people to associate ourselves with. In fitness, our emotions serve to draw us toward those activities that will be most beneficial for our personal growth. However, there are times when our current feelings seem to contradict the plan we have already chosen, and threaten to deter us from our destination. In cases