Part 2: Workout Motivation, Tips & Tricks

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PART TWO: Home Workouts and Equipment

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There are things I love about both and reasons why I still do both. From privacy to commute, consider what obstacles are killing your motivation. If you dread a long drive to the gym, you’ll make more excuses not to go. If you’re embarrassed about working out in front of other people, you’ll probably cut your workout short and go home. So pick a time and place that you can feel comfortable and then choose your activities around that. Continue reading “Part 2: Workout Motivation, Tips & Tricks”

Part 1: Workout Motivation, Tips, & Tricks

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NOTE: Once I start writing, the words just keep coming. I don’t usually talk much in person–I’m better at listening–so perhaps that’s why I have so many extra words swirling around in my head and ready to spill out onto the page (or keyboard). With that said, I’ve decided to break this post into four parts that will be easier to digest and keep you moving 😉

PART ONE: Getting Motivated (this post)
PART TWO: Home Workouts and Equipment
PART THREE: Reasons to Choose a Gym
PART FOUR: Get Moving

PART ONE: Getting Motivated

Up until a year ago, I’ve been dragging myself out of bed before the sun rises (somewhere between 4:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.) since 1999 to do an early-morning workout. You’d think that after that much time, getting up would be easy…it’s not; at least not for me. Actually, it’s gotten harder. Quite often you’ll hear people saying that it takes only 21 days to build a habit, well 19 years later, I’m still fighting this one. To the outside world, it may look like I have no trouble being motivated since I’ve been dedicated to fitness for so many years and have made it an important part of my life, but I still struggle. So, today I’m sharing some of the tips, tricks, and workouts that have helped me to stay fit and exercise consistently for almost 20 years. Continue reading “Part 1: Workout Motivation, Tips, & Tricks”

My Crohn’s Story

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A few weeks ago, I realized that I still haven’t written and shared my full Crohn’s story–the lead up to my first flare and eventual diagnosis–despite having started this blog more than a year ago, last September. I’ve alluded to certain parts of it, but I haven’t shared everything; except with my gastroenterologist, of course.

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The Season of Crohn’s

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It seems that no matter what I do, my body fights me every winter/holiday season. Without fail, when November and December come around, my Crohn’s Disease likes to remind me that it’s still there. Last winter, I gave up all my fermented foods to try the carnivore diet, in hopes of knocking out the symptoms that were returning then.
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Kidneys, fatigue, and Crohn’s

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Ironically, two weeks ago I was planning to sit down and write a blog post about how I stay motivated to workout every day. No, I don’t spend 1+ hours in the gym everyday like I did when I trained for my fitness competitions (I’m getting too old for that and have too many other things to do–like drink wine and go boating!), but I’ve been working to refine my efforts so that what I do to stay fit and healthy is enjoyable, effective, and quick–with no room for excuses. But here I sit, writing to tell you that I have not worked out in two weeks. This is rare for me.

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Derailed by a cavity and back to carnivore, again

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Every time I sit down to write about Crohn’s Disease, I always find myself having an internal debate about how much to share. On the one hand, there’s a lot to be gained from hearing other people’s experiences and I deeply appreciate those who have shared their stories that I’ve stumbled upon throughout my journey. But, on the other hand, the issues that come with Crohn’s are what most people would consider embarrassing, incredibly personal, and not suitable for discussing at the dinner table. That being said, the last few months have been full of ups and downs with regard to my intestinal health. I found myself falling out of ketosis, which brought on mood swings and mild depression; testing the waters with some of my old fermented foods (which were literally old); and circling back to some supplements I had gotten away from. So, to heck with the polite dinner conversation, this is my story and it is what it is…

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Gratefulness for better health (Part 3, return from vacation)

It’s time to finally wrap up my lessons learned from vacation with the final part of this blog trilogy. (Then, I can jump into some quick posts with food tips, podcast reviews, and other fun things I’ve been wanting to write about.) As you may recall, the last takeaway I had from back-to-back travels was to be more mindful and grateful of what I can do and what I can have, rather than focusing on the negatives of what I can’t do and what I can’t have.

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Grateful for this sunset boat ride.
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