You guys, I'm so excited to share Carolyn Birsky with you!
First, she's a gem of a writer and human being. Second, she was one of my health coaching clients. Third, her bimonthly newsletter / blog is one of the only emails I allow straight in to my inbox, it's just that good! She's a dear friend and you're in good hands with this interview.
You guys know I've been preaching the benefits of stretching, balance and stress-relief for quite some time now. I finally committed to a weekly practice at a nearby studio in May 2016 and have been very consistent over the past year! I feel so much more OPEN in my body. Want to start your practice? Here's advice from my friend and YOGA EXPERT, Michaela Horvathova!
When Michaela of YogaWellnessMom.com reached out to me for advice on HOW to fit working out in to a busy week - at first I hesitated.
I'm not a Mom! What do I know!?!
But hey, then I told myself, I do know a thing or two about how to fit exercise in to a BUSY and stressed lifestyle. In fact, I have developed a ton of strategies and mindset tools I use personally and with great success with my health coaching clients. All who happen to be busy professionals, seeking to optimize their nutrition and FIT IT IN to a successful and well-lived life.
Before we spring forward, let's rewind. Wayyyy back to January 2006.
I made a "Bucket List" of everything fun and out of the box I wanted to do that winter and spring at Middlebury College. It included, cross-country skiing, a trip to Lake Dunmore, root beer floats at A&W and most hilariously, "shoe-shoeing" (I'd spelled snow-shoeing wrong).
I have the list saved somewhere in a storage box, because I ended up keeping it on my bulletin board front and center for the next 2.5 years of college. It reminded me to get my head out of the books and break from the same old routine of study | run SO many miles | party | REPEAT.
I was reminded of this strategy to think outside the box recently by one of my clients. So without further adieu. Here is my 2017 Spring Bucket List!
It had been really hard focusing on writing my book in NYC. I got a little scared for awhile. Will I ever write this book? I remembered advice from my Writing Course. Some writers can segment out 30 minute chunks every single day and write-write-write. Some writers need to schedule three day retreats in the woods and batch their writing during long stretches of unstructured time. Um YEAH, the WOODS one. That's me.
When I heard this quote, "Self-Care is an Act of Survival," my body and mind let out a huge sigh of relief. I admit it. I've felt guilty in the past for "indulging" in a ton of self-care. But lately .... lately .... I've realized I've been ahead of the trend. Self-care is the antidote, the cure, the answer, the preventative measure to the big, bad STRESS RESPONSE. Getting ahead of stress with radical self-care is indeed an act of survival.
I totally get it. The last thing you or I want to do is trek across town to your boutique fitness class. But chances are, you have a treadmill somewhere nearby, right? That kinda meh one in your building's basement gym? That gym membership? Here are five easy-to-remember treadmill workouts that you'll actually want to do.
The Olympics are my favorite, FAVORITE event. Give me all the personal moments stories, all the competition, video montages and inspiring music. Even the NBC Theme song speaks straight to my heart. So I'm going to brag and boast just a wee bit that I'm friends with a real Olympian! Meet Maria Ramberger ....
About a year ago I was working with my friend and health coach, Michelle Cady of FitVista, on a sort of health reboot. I was super overextended from working full time, going to coaching school at night, working on business ideas, being in a relationship, and generally trying to keep up with friends and maintain a social life. In the midst of all of that, I was trying to fit in exercise and eating healthy. I was on a vary obvious road to burnout (even if I couldn’t see it at the time).
I've been wanting to write this post for awhile, and then Friday hits and BOOM suddenly it's 5pm and I'm ready to call it a day. Time flies when you're trying to do ALL THE THINGS and wrap up everything on Fridays right?!? Thanks for reading what I've been loving lately!
I'm starting a little micro-blog series! I've compiled tons and tons of tips, tricks and strategies I use with my private health coaching clients and I just can't help sharing. Do you feel like sometimes you over-eat or over-drink on a Friday night? Or when you're stressed? Tired? Overwhelmed? Then this one's for you.
I'm thrilled to share with you a super smarty-pants guest post by my friend Lauren Woodcock. She's been part of our FitVista Tribe since Day One and a huge supporter of the blog! So, when she asked about pairing up for an article on health AND WEALTH, of course my answer was YES!
When I used to work in Finance, my Asset Management Company would release the Annual Report for our mutual funds for the fiscal year. Some habits never die! Many of you have been asking me gently ... kindly ... and ever-so-curiously ... so what is it that you actually do? I'd love to share and I'll keep it short!
I was honored to be asked by fellow Health Coach and friend, Alexandra Napoli, to be interviewed on Health Coach TV, "Ask the Expert" Series! We talk about stress, adrenal fatigue AND three tips to improve your running game. Dive right in to the interview here, YouTube Video Three Tips to Improve Your Running Game
I'm so thrilled to introduce you to one of my clients who recently completed my signature six-month Nutrition Health Coaching Program. Working together, Alexis upgraded her routine, accomplished all of her goals and she lost 25 pounds! Read on for #GuestPost on 7 Nutrition Setbacks & 7 Targeted Solutions.
Quick story. Over the weekend I did a full "Marie-Kondo" clean and purge of my closet, jewelry and lotions / potions / medicine cabinet. It felt SO GOOD. And you know what I realized? I don't own any medicine. NONE. So I turned to my friend and fellow health coach, Emily Nachazel, who is an expert on all things gut and immunity-related for the best advice on how to naturally support your system and ward off catching the common cold.
I'm so glad you're here. Thank you. This is a serious subject (and deeply personal to me), but I want to write this article with some semblance of fun in it, so let's talk through 20 WAYS TO GET ADRENAL FATIGUE, as if it's something we desire. (It's not). Notice your patterns, tick off which ones you're currently exposed to, and we'll talk about ways to unwind these issues and other aspects of stress throughout the rest of my blog series.
What I'm about to share is quite personal and I haven't been ready to write about it until this very moment. Short story :: I was diagnosed with Phase One Adrenal Fatigue and Elevated Cortisol levels in August 2015 ... AND I HEALED MYSELF. The long story? I could write a freaking book about it.
Extra, extra, read all about it! PSYCHED to share my interview from Nativa-World.com, where I talk about the best types of exercise for business women and female entrepreneurs. Huge discussion on STRESS and SLEEP and LIFTING HEAVY WEIGHTS! Also, actionable tips for biz travel and working out on the road, because folks, I've been there! Story is quite personal! >>>>> Nativa World :: Why You Aren't Not Reaching Your Fitness Goals
After joining SimplyFit, Janice's life has completely transformed. In just 4 weeks, she lost 10 pounds (and her hubby lost 15) and she feels the best she has in her entire life. Her skin is glowing, she has way more energy, she feels happier and she's kept it going! She still uses the recipes and workouts, and she can't wait for the Fall program to start! Join us for October here!
When you woke up this morning and looked in the mirror, what did you see looking back? Was it the happiest and healthiest version of yourself? Was it someone you barely recognized? Or was it somewhere in between? If you’re already at your optimal health, then I’m SO proud of you! But if you feel like you could use a little support to reach your peak of wellness, don’t worry, I’m still proud of you! It takes courage to realize that you need change, and I’m here to help you.
First, chill. You did NOT gain three pounds in three days. That would mean you would have had to eat and drink an extra 3,500 calories every single day. An extra pound of bodyfat is more or less equivalent to 3,500 extra calories. So let's do the math together.
My clients are putting in the effort and seeing the results. It's been inspired, it's been hard, it's been life-altering and many say it's been fun. Because you know what?Getting healthier can and should feel REALLY GOOD.
Yes, FitVista is still alive and running! Even though I haven't been around these parts as of late, my mind is constantly writing blog posts in my head and thinking of how I can best serve you and your health and lifestyle goals. But on a deeper level, let's talk life, health and some soulful summer stuff. #A Self-Care Summer. Yup, I meant to write this post on the importance of a "Self-Care Summer" in June ... and then, I didn't write it ...
Best advice I've heard from a Yoga teacher in Vermont, is "If you are rushing to get to Yoga Class, DON'T GO."
My body is feeling awesome, I've definitely lost a few pounds (combined with other diet modifications and exercise) and I'm not tight ANYWHERE. I have a massage with my massage therapist today, and what is she even going to work on? Just kidding, I could get a massage every darn day and be a happy camper.
I've been dreaming about this challenge for months now. Anticipating my move from the island of Manhattan to Long Island City (LIC) and scheming in my head: making plans for myself, thinking of self-challenges and workout goals. I've known for quite awhile that I need to do more yoga.