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We all know the expression, “When you assume you make an ASS out of U and ME.” As human beings, we naturally look at each other and make immediately judgments—it’s just the way that we’re wired.

Let’s imagine two, 55-year-old women. The first woman is very thin, has virtually no muscle mass, has elevated cholesterol and blood pressure, has low bone density and poor cardiorespiratory fitness. (She doesn’t exercise.) The second woman is 25 lbs overweight, is muscular, has a perfect lipid profile, low blood pressure, strong bones, and runs 20 miles a week.

Here’s the irony: When we look at the first woman, we naturally ASSUME that she’s healthy.  Likewise, we ASSUME that the “chubby runner” surely can’t be—not with the way she looks. Over the past 17 years I have worked out with a lot of people and I can assure you that being healthy and fit comes in all sizes and shapes.

I’m not saying that being overweight is a good thing. In fact, if you are overweight, losing 5-7% of your body weight can lead to great health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and blood sugar. However, I NEVER want weight loss to be achieved through dieting, since diets don’t work. It can be achieved, though, by making long-lasting lifestyle changes.

Several years ago, I popped into my local hardware store to pick something up right before I was going to teach one of my fitness classes. A lanky, 50-ish year-old man helped me.  Right before I left I jokingly asked, “So, are you going to come to my exercise class now?” He looked me straight in the eye, ran his hands down his body in swooping gesture and said, “Does it LOOK like I need to exercise?” He ASSUMED that because he was thin, exercise wasn’t necessary. This is a very dangerous assumption.

Bottom line: There are plenty of VERY unhealthy, thin people walking around. Don’t obsess over THIN. Instead, do your best to focus on being HEALTHY. That means, try to eat as much food that comes from the ground, move your body as much as possible, get plenty of sleep, reduce processed foods from your diet, lift weights, drink water, stretch, talk to yourself with kindness, find a hobby that makes you happy, learn something new, connect with people, breathe deeply, find your sense of spirituality, read a good book or watch a good documentary. All of these contribute to good health. And whatever you do, don’t assume!

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Last week, I was interviewed on business talk radio 1. The interviewer, Arthur, was brand new to his job–I think he was more nervous that I was! It’s a 6-7 minute quickie!

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The other morning, I went to my local Stop & Shop to get some food. Mind you, I didn’t need anything urgently, and yet I felt compelled to go.

When I entered the store, I was shocked to see how little food there was—especially in the produce section. Shelves were empty and what was left looked sad. I couldn’t believe my eyes and so I panicked. I grabbed (wait for it) a giant 4 ½ lb butternut IMG_1515squash. Why? I actually don’t know!

As I was driving home , I started to laugh at myself.  What was I thinking? The laughter felt good.  These are very rough times for all of us. But we have to take a deep breath and not panic. I promised myself that I wouldn’t do that again!

I will be searching for recipes to do something with this monster. Stay tuned and be healthy!

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A client of mine recently shared an INCREDIBLE story with me that I must share with you! I promise you that this story, about an 82-year old woman, named Willie, will not only make you laugh but will truly inspire you.

Click on this YouTube link.  Seth Myers takes you through the story about fierce Willie Murphy, who proves to be one serious badass.  Take a close look at Willie’s body—at 82, she has a lot of muscle! It is never too late to start weight training, to build muscle, or to get stronger!


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My goal as a trainer is to get people fitter, stronger, healthier and to start truly enjoying exercise. But just as important, I want my clients to feel like I have their backs—that I’m taking care of them and I’m looking out for them. As women, we spend way too much time taking care of others—it almost feels decadent when someone looks after us.

Lately I’ve been reflecting on my clients and I realize that I have a collection of strong, smart, capable women who are lawyers, psychologists, high-level executives and teachers/professors/educators. There is a life coach, a nurse, an engineer, a jewelry designer, an esthetician, a project manager, a pastor, a few high-powered personal assistants, an advertising  executive and a marketer.  There are women who have their own businesses, women who fight for the underdog, and women who are juggling work and kids.  There are retired women, who have a  plethora of wisdom. I have a  powerful tribe right under my own roof. I learn something new almost every day from someone.

Having these women around also brings me great comfort. I know, in the future, if I get stuck and need a psychologist, I’ll have one. If I need to sell my house, I  will have access to the best real estate lawyer. If I need help marketing my business, I can turn to my marketing guru. I  am surrounded by strong women who will also take care of me and have my back. How lucky am I?

The bottom line is this:



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