We’ve all made THIS mistake before... Myself included!

 
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What starts out as a well-intentioned favorite food (I’m going to eat one cookie because these look delicious!) turns into a full-blown eating fest (holy shit I just ate 4 of those cookies and a piece of pizza and had chips & salsa and 2 glasses of wine and now I feel STUFFED!)

I’m talking about a food BINGE.

Check out the top 3 reasons that women struggle with binge eating:

1. You’re feeling TIRED or STRESSED. When we’re tired, stressed, or emotional, it’s easy to seek comfort in food. Here’s the truth though — eating NEVER helps the root cause of our tiredness or stress! Find a way to deal with stress/tiredness that doesn’t involve food. Honor your body by only eating when you feel true hunger.

2. It’s EVENING or WEEKEND time. I love the evenings and weekends, but that time often comes without plans or routines. We are more likely to binge when we’re out of our normal routine. Try to keep yourself busy during evenings or weekends, or be intentional about finding ways to relax that don’t involve food!

3. You’re being TOO RESTRICTIVE. If you’re feeling hungry all the time, or following a diet that’s SO strict that you’re never able to enjoy chocolate, wine, or any of your other favorite foods, chances are you’ll binge. NO ONE has the willpower or “motivation” to live this way forever. Focus on building sustainable nutrition habits that teach you to eat nutritiously most times, but that still allow you to ENJOY your favorite foods!

Let's Talk FAILURE!

 
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I am an extremely positive, passionate person about everything in life, but especially my clients and my business! But there’s something I want to talk about today that ISN’T all sunshine and rainbows…

It’s FAILURE.

There are two ways that my clients fail.

It’s not eating too much chocolate.

It’s not drinking too much wine.

It’s not lack of consistency.

It’s not overeating.

It’s not stress or emotional eating.

It’s not lack of exercise.

Will all of these reasons cause my clients to not lose weight? Absolutely!

But lack of results is NOT FAILING my friends!!!

Failing happens when you stop reaching towards your goals and completely GIVE UP on yourself. It also happens when you REFUSE to LEARN from your mistakes. Those bullet points I listed up there are mistakes that my clients make… sometimes often!

No one is perfect… Mistakes happen to all of us (me too)! But giving up on yourself every single time you make a mistake, or making the same mistake repeatedly without learning… THAT is FAILURE at it’s FINEST.

This applies to EVERYTHING in life too, not just weight loss!! Remember to be kind to yourself and show yourself some love. Setbacks and mistakes WILL happen… It’s what you do AFTER they happen that determines whether you achieve your goals or not.

You CANNOT out-exercise your fork.

 
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When I was training for the Chicago Marathon, I read a book that specifically focused on nutrition for marathon runners.

There was an entire chapter devoted to the fact that some marathon runners GAIN weight because they justify everything they eat by the fact that they are running so many miles a week.

Talk about an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise…

As a society, when did we start believing that we DESERVE to eat chocolate or drink wine simply because we exercised?

Or, when did we start viewing exercise as a PUNISHMENT for eating a cheeseburger or pizza?

No matter how hard you try, exercise alone will not help you lose weight. You must create sustainable nutrition habits that teach you how to eat nutritiously most of the time while still enjoying life’s indulgences.

Exercise and food are two INDEPENDENT parts of the healthy life equation.

Exercise keeps our hearts, lungs, bones, and muscles strong... it isn’t a tool that’s meant to justify what you eat.

In a similar way, you DESERVE to eat chocolate, pizza, or burgers occasionally only simply because you WANT it... Not because you “earned” it with exercise.

Do you agree with me?

On a scale from 1-10, how CONFIDENT and RADIANT do you FEEL in your life right now?

 
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If it’s anything less than a 10, you’re selling yourself short. You deserve MORE.

You see, almost every woman I work with comes to me because they want to simply “lose weight.” While using the scale is a great tool to measure progress, it surprises me that so few women understand how creating a healthier life will make them FEEL!

How would you FEEL if you slept 7-9 hours a night? ⁣

How would you FEEL if you fueled your body with the nutrients it craves?⁣

How would you FEEL if you consciously chose to ate dessert simply because you WANTED it, without any strings attached or without using it as a comfort for stress or emotions? ⁣

So... how do you bump your confidence up to a level 10?

You remember that you always have a CHOICE, and that is your POWER. Decide to take action. ⁣

If you’re not happy with how you FEEL, how can you change your daily actions (which directly changes your feelings)?

Ready to IMPROVE your confidence and really SHINE?

On a scale from 1-10, how CONFIDENT and RADIANT do you FEEL in your life right now? 

 
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If it’s anything less than a 10, you’re selling yourself short. You deserve MORE.

You see, almost every woman I work with comes to me because they want to simply “lose weight.” While using the scale is a great tool to measure progress, it surprises me that so few women understand how creating a healthier life will make them FEEL!

How would you FEEL if you slept 7-9 hours a night? ⁣

How would you FEEL if you fueled your body with the nutrients it craves? ⁣

How would you FEEL if you consciously chose to ate dessert simply because you WANTED it, without any strings attached or without using it as a comfort for stress or emotions?

So... how do you bump your confidence up to a level 10?

You remember that you always have a CHOICE, and that is your POWER. Decide to take action. ⁣

If you’re not happy with how you FEEL, share in the comments below… How can you change your daily actions (which directly changes your feelings)?

Results? Or Excuses?

Being totally honest, I’ve been slacking when it comes to running lately.

I’ve used the terrible Michigan winter and “hating the treadmill” as an excuse to NOT run. I went from running 100+ miles a month in November and December to 11 miles in January. YIKES.

 
 

One of my goals for 2019 is to run another marathon and to break 4 hours (I finished my first in 4 hours and 11 minutes).

Guess what though?! That WON’T HAPPEN if I don’t start incorporating a mix of running AND strength training. More importantly, if I don’t start preparing now, I’ll end up getting injured like I did last year. ⁣

This past weekend, I hopped on the treadmill and instead of focusing on how much I hate running in the same place, I shifted my mindset and focused on how grateful I am that I’m healthy enough to run. And guess what? I survived and I WAS NOT MISERABLE. ⁣

Would I rather run outside? You bet, but I don’t take those risks when the sidewalks are snowy or icy. ⁣

I don’t care if you’re trying to lose weight, or run a marathon, or start dating, or make a career change... IF YOUR EXCUSES HOLD YOU BACK, YOU WILL NEVER REACH YOUR GOALS.

“I’m too busy…”

“I don’t have time…”

“It’s too much work…”

“I’ll never be able to succeed.”

ALL OF THESE ARE EXCUSES.

Yes, there are times that we have VALID reasons for not taking action towards our goals. For example, if I am injured I WILL NOT RUN. Or, if you’re trying to lose weight but the ONLY option for lunch at an all-day work seminar is pizza, you NEED TO EAT THE PIZZA..

Chances are though, OUR EXCUSES are the biggest reasons that we aren’t achieving our goals.

Can you think of any excuses that have been stopping YOU from achieving your goals?!

Drop them in the comments below!