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CORONA VIRUS: KEEP A SENSE OF HUMOR!

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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DON’T MESS WITH WILLIE

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 TRIBE

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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AMEN SISTER!

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH CHIPOTLE CHILI

My friend, Jill, found this recipe as a crockpot recipe. It sounded delicious but when she made it in the crockpot, it came out too watery. I decided to try it and cooked it on the stove in a Dutch oven. That solved the too-much-liquid issue. Wonderful flavors–this is a great, hearty dish! Give it a try before it gets too warm!

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1 tbsp olive oil

1 cup chopped white onion

1 tsp minced garlic

1 lb lean ground beef

1 head of  cauliflower, broken into small florets

1 butternut squash, chopped into small chunks

2-3 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)

1, 14oz fire roasted canned tomatoes

½ cup to ⅔ cup hot chipotle salsa

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp paprika

½ tsp black pepper

¼ tsp salt

¼ cup chopped cilantro

directions

Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven. Add the onions and garlic and cook, until translucent, for about 5 minutes. Add ground meat and sauté, breaking up the meat into small chunks. Season this mixture with the cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Stir in the cauliflower and squash.

Add the broth, tomatoes, and chipotle salsa. Simmer, uncovered, for at least 1 hour. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with chopped avocado and/or a sprinkle of grated cheese. (I skipped the toppings and served this over a small portion of polenta.)

 (Adapted from a recipe found on www.cottercrunch.com)

 

 

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ARE YOU LIKE PAVLOV’S DOG?

Most of us have heard of Ivan Pavlov, the Russian physiologist,  who did extensive work on behaviorism. As a quick review, Pavlov changed behaviors in dogs using a stimulus. He presented a stimulus (bell) and gave a dog some food. After repeating this, Pavlov then rang the bell and the dog started to salivate just from the stimulus without the food being present. Clearly, the dog had learned an association between the bell and the food.

I recently had an experience where I behaved no differently than one of Pavlov’s dogs.

Unfortunately, I have been cursed with a sweet tooth. If sugar were healthy, I would be eating things like Tootsie Rolls, Mary Janes, Gummies, and Taffy, all day long. But since sugar is pretty evil stuff, and I want to be healthy and feel good, I keep my candy consumption down to a minimum.

During my trip to Australian, my friend, Georgy, introduced me to this AMAZING IMG_8570Australian black licorice and boy did I love it! When I got back, I was thrilled (and horrified) to discover that this licorice was available in stores like Stop and Shop and Bed Bath and Beyond! So of course I just HAD to buy some. Since candy is very tempting for me, I decided to keep this stashed away in my glove compartment in my car and would only have some when I was in the car. What happened? The car acted as the stimulus because the minute I was in the car, I wanted licorice. Who could eat black licorice at 8 AM? ME!!

So yes, I am no different than Pavlov’s dog. Clearly, I had learned an association between the being in the car and wanting/eating licorice.

Well, I finished my last bag of licorice and will not buy it anymore. Driving is no longer nearly is fun. But my teeth (and my dad, who is a a practicing dentist) are grateful! If you are in a similar situation and are eating food triggered by a stimulus that is not hunger, it’s time to break the habit.

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THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS…….

LOVE THESE!

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Sorry exercise fans…….this is SO true!you-cant-out-exercise-a-bad-diet2My FAVORITE saying of all time!

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Boy, is this ever true…..

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THE BEST EXERCISE PLAN FOR 2016

If you ever watched children playing on a playground, they’re really just exercising. Look at these images:

From these photos, I see strength training (monkey bars), some cardio/aerobic training  (tag and jump rope) and great balance and coordination training (hopscotch).

Most people have issues being consistent with exercise because they don’t enjoy it. I think the key to sticking to a routine is to add PLAY into the equation. That means that you have to keep trying various forms of movement until you find something that you REALLY like. Think out of the box. You don’t  you need to join an exercise class if that’s not your thing. Instead, you might want to put on your favorite music and dance around your house for an hour.  That counts! The point is, you have to keep experimenting until you find something that you WANT to do. Then, you will have a much greater chance at sticking to it.

Recently, I took a trip to Australia and New Zealand. In New Zealand, I went on a 7-day bike trip. For me, that was play. In Australia, while visiting friends, I came across a  playground, which was across from a stunning beach. Clearly my “inner child” is still alive and well, as I felt compelled to try the swing. My friend got behind me and pushed. I closed my eyes and enjoyed the ride. Little did I know that there was a REAL kid standing right next to the swing waiting for a turn. Don’t worry, as soon as I was made aware of this, I got off. (I wasn’t happy about it!)

IMG_2718What to do in 2016? PLAY!

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