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Living a Healthy Lifestyle–As Easy as Riding a Bike!

Living a Healthy Lifestyle–As Easy as Riding a Bike!

My 2-year-old is learning to ride a bike. But not in the same way I learned to ride a bike. Have you seen balance bikes? These things are amazing! Seriously, so genius! The idea is that the kid learns the hardest part first—the balance—and then can easily transition to a real bike because the pedaling is the easy part. It’s the opposite approach to the traditional training wheels, where you pedal along, never worrying about your balance, and then you…

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5 Fitness Ideas that Need to Retire

5 Fitness Ideas that Need to Retire

I’ve been binge listening to a podcast the last couple weeks. Freakonomics. Heard of it? Basically, as they say, they “explore the hidden side of everything.” If you have any interest in human behavior, or just how this world goes ‘round, you should check it out. Anyway, an episode I listened to yesterday really struck me. It was titled, “This Idea Must Die,” and it was all about ideas in science that certain scientists and academics think need to be…

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From Caterpillar to Butterfly: Tips for Change

From Caterpillar to Butterfly: Tips for Change

Change. We experience all kinds of emotions about change, all of which are caused by our thoughts—thoughts like: “This will be hard.” “I’m unsure about this.” “I’m excited to see what will happen.” “Why is this happening?” “How will this turn out?” “I just want things to stay the way they are.” “Why can’t things change already?” “Change is just so hard for me.” While we sometimes look forward to change (like anticipating having my baby finally be potty trained!),…

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How to Overcome Perfectionism, Part 2: Get Rid of All or Nothing Thinking

How to Overcome Perfectionism, Part 2: Get Rid of All or Nothing Thinking

“I’ll never be skinny. I just like sweets too much.” I just saw this statement from a friend on facebook not too long ago. How many of us think things like this? This is a classic perfectionist statement. And if we generalize it to include just about anything, it would sound more like this: “If I can’t do it perfectly, I might as well not do it at all.” What if we could eat sweets and still be skinny? What…

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Wean Yourself From Willpower

Wean Yourself From Willpower

Have you ever wondered about those people who can stick with healthy habits? People who exercise daily, year after year? People who eat healthy consistently, not just when they are on a diet? How do they do it? How do they stay motivated? How does their willpower last so long? Let me tell you a secret. They’re not using willpower. WHAT?? They have TONS of willpower, right? No. They’re just really not using it. Not often anyway. So now that…

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Why Exercise?

Why Exercise?

Welcome back crew! I am so excited that you are here again, acquiring the tools you need to learn to love that amazing body of yours. You know you are worth it, right? Recently I wrote about creating your own healthy lifestyle. Not mine. Not your neighbor’s. Not Jillian’s or Kayla’s or Sean T’s or even Tony Horton’s (although I LOVE him!) YOURS. But I really, really hope that your healthy lifestyle plan includes some kind of exercise. Why? Why…

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Food = Fuel

Food = Fuel

Two years ago, I participated in a weight-loss challenge. I had just had my fifth baby and wanted to lose the baby weight as quickly as possible. I worked hard, I was super disciplined, and I won! And then, in the following year, I gained over half of the weight back. Last year, I wanted to become healthier and just treat my body better. I joined a challenge that focused on practicing and creating healthy habits rather than focusing on…

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