Coping in a crisis

These are truly unprecedented times (sound familiar? probably because it’s how every corporation you’ve ever given your email to has started their email to you about this same topic). But you know what they say about cliches? They are repeatedly used because they are indubitably applicable. I think it’s fairly safe to say that the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the societal and structural responses that have come along with this pandemic have impacted almost everyone. The gym that I work at has closed. There have been tens of thousands of applications for unemployment in my state of CT, in…

Challenge yourself

I’ve always been a big fan of challenging myself, in fitness, academics, and life. In recent years, however I’ve learned to reign that in and not get too caught up in constantly striving to be “better” than yesterday. But really, where is the fun in that? Kidding, I’m all about self-acceptance. But, I’d be lying if I said I still didn’t LOVE a challenge. At the end of 2019 I put together a 7-week challenge for myself where I worked out, hard, 5 x a week and ate WELL. I made sure to get enough protein but I didn’t focus…

How I’m training for flexibility

This year I am going to be working on getting more flexible. I’ve always been a little bit of an amateur acrobat but in recent months I’ve experienced some back pain. So, I’m going to be focusing on being gentle with myself. My flexibility challenge is NOT going to be about how many cool positions I can contort my body into. Although, I’d really like to be able to do splits, or at least touch my toes without pain. Many people are surprised to learn that this simple move pains me. I’ve always had extreme tightness in my hamstrings. But,…

The fitness industry: the good, the bad, and the controversy

I am a huge advocate for ALL people feeling confident and happy in their bodies no matter what their BMI is or what society says about how they look. I follow many progressive writers and activists closely and I genuinely enjoy the messages that they send to the public about loving yourself and valuing who you are as a person, beyond what you look like. The New Year brings about a lot of talk of people wanting to change the way that they look. We are constantly being bombarded with adds for ‘skinny’ teas, gym memberships, and numerous gadgets and…

Vacation is over, now what?

I spent last week adventuring on a island, it was absolutely spectacular! I had so much fun and had been looking forward to this trip for weeks. To be honest, I love my routine at home but I can’t help but feel a bit bummed that something I’d been looking forward to came and went just like that! You know when you’re looking forward to a trip or you’re working towards a goal and it happens and it’s AWESOME, but then you’re just like okay, now what? That’s where I’m at. I don’t have any single solution for this feeling…

A look back at this past year, and being at ease in 2020

Last year, I posted a list of my goals for 2019 and honestly, I did really well with them — for the most part :). Let’s review: 1. Adhere to a regular posting schedule, 2. Take online clients, 3. Publish more of my writing, 4. Stay organized, finish projects, 5. Stop using external accomplishments for validation, 6. Play more games with my family, 7. Plan an epic trip with the LOML, 8. Take less pictures, 9. Live presently, 10. Spend less time behind a screen. Well, it’s safe to say I crushed #10 subsequently causing #1 to have suffered, unfortunately….

25 ways that I cultivate wellness

It’s that time of year, no not Christmas but yes also that. Really I meant, IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!! I was torn between using the word WELLNESS in this title because I feel like I say “wellness” a lot and I wanted to use HAPPINESS because I feel like it’s less sterile. But the truth is, what I’ve cultivated runs much more deeply than what can be described by the emotion-based word, “happy.” Last year, in my 24 things I’ve learned about health post I wrote what knowledge about health I’ve obtained. But, in this post I wanted to detail the…