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January 23, 2020

Keep it Simple

It’s that magical time of year. According to Runner’s World, most resolutions concerning health and fitness were over and done last Sunday, Januar

January 16, 2020

Success is Showing Up

How many times do you schedule your workouts for the week, and one day, you simply don’t want to show up? (Ok, that was me yesterday.) Your heart is

January 9, 2020

When the Body Breaks

Sometimes, in spite of our best efforts, our bodies don’t cooperate. I have friends with replaced hips, knees, and shoulders. Others have asthma, os

December 26, 2019

Getting (Back) into Your Routine

We’ve gotten past the Christmas cookies, candies, and cocktails. It’s now time to get back into your “normal” routine, or figure out what that

December 19, 2019

Unstuffed Pepper Soup

It’s soup weather. It’s almost Christmas. It’s crunch time. You need to eat nutritious food and you’ve get presents to buy, decorating to do,

December 12, 2019

The Buzz on Bone Broth

Lately I’ve been using more bone broth, whether it’s Carol-made or a store-bought variety. When comparing bone broth to basic broth or bouillon, b

December 5, 2019

The Peaceful Way to Christmas

The countdown to Christmas has begun. In fact, it started well before we ate the turkey. There are no Christmas decorations adorning our house, althou

November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is a day my family looks forward to for weeks. We enjoy hanging out, relaxing, cooking, and of course, eating. We typically fry our turkey. This

November 21, 2019

Thanksgiving Tips, Tricks, and Least Liked Classics

One week away from the official start of what many Americans consider to be the holiday season. Since you may not read your emails next Thursday, my s

Keep it Simple

It’s that magical time of year.

According to Runner’s World, most resolutions concerning health and fitness were over and done last Sunday, January 19.

How about you? If you had any kind of New Year’s commitment to get fit, are you still in the game?

If so, congratulations! You are one of the few. You can stop reading and move on with your day.

If not, get back in the game. Today.  

Getting and keeping fit does not take discipline. This is a business that takes patience, time, and keeping it simple. This is habit.

You don’t even have to give it 100%. In yoga, all that is asked is to give 2/3 effort. Any more than that, we’re working too hard, and that’s not the point.

The point is to show up as a beginner, curious to learn about oneself during those moments on the mat. The point is to be present to the present, and breathe.

Each and every time.

Yes, it’s that simple. It’s a habit that takes time to develop. Simple does not equal easy.

Let’s look at where you are in your journey with anything, today. How are you showing up? Is it possible to be a beginner who is curious to learn? Could you give it 2/3 effort?

Of course you can! I believe in you.

Let’s say you made a commitment to eat healthier. That’s pretty broad, and frankly, I’m not there 100% of the time. So, whatever it is that causes you to stumble, could you practice going for 2/3?

Cut back on the sugar or chips. Exercise 2/3 of the days you had originally intended. Drink a little more water than you did last year. Get 15 minutes more sleep in a night. You get the idea.  

Keep it simple, go for 2/3, and practice until it becomes a habit. This is the way to stay in your game.

Send me an email. I’m happy to help you set simpler rules to your game—one that you can win.

Much love,
Carol

“The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ – steady effort in the direction you want to go.” –Sally Kempton

Success is Showing Up

How many times do you schedule your workouts for the week, and one day, you simply don’t want to show up? (Ok, that was me yesterday.)

Your heart isn’t in it, yet you muster up the courage to do what you’ve committed to do—for you. Because. (I did it, or I couldn’t write this.)

Or, you decide to cut back on the sugary treats, unless of course they are amazing, and you eat the mediocre cookie. The “former” you would have eaten at least 3 in one sitting, and not have even given it a second thought.  

And then there’s the time when you meant to skip the late night snack, and you ate it anyway. You had a piece of fruit instead of another small meal.

Success is showing up. Success is doing just a little bit better than you did in the past. Maybe it doesn’t happen exactly the way you would like, however you’re making strides toward your health and happiness goals.

You are successful! You are showing up powerfully in your life.

I sense that some of you are allowing perfectionism to write a story of failure. Let it go. You and I are not perfect at anything, and we never will be. Sorry if I’m the first one to break this news to you.

Here’s a beautiful success story from one of my client couples. They had a wonderful holiday with family, and kept their eating in check—enjoying their favorite foods in moderation, with no feelings of deprivation. YES!

And then…when their family went home, clear across the country, (taking the grandchild too), they understandably felt sad. Their emotional button switched on, and they fell away from their newer eating habits. They hit the “Pause” button of life. They were miserable on several levels. It happens.

After only FOUR days, they got back into their healthier, happier, habits. Not only did they recover quickly, this rebound has pushed them into the next level of fitness. I see this as massive success. They saw it as failure.

See the difference? It’s all in perspective. I’m very proud of their progress.

In their life before Coach Carol, they would have allowed their emotions to control their eating for far longer than 4 days.

Friends, this attitude shows up in every area of your life. Choose to show up and live powerfully, even when you don’t feel like it, or it’s a bit scary. 

If you’re stuck and don’t know what plan of action to take next, I’m here to help. Email me, and together we’ll figure out how you can rebound to the next level.

To your success,
Coach Carol

“The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.”― Brené Brown, “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead”

 

When the Body Breaks

Sometimes, in spite of our best efforts, our bodies don’t cooperate.

I have friends with replaced hips, knees, and shoulders. Others have asthma, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and more. They are facing a myriad of challenges and emotions.

It’s frustrating when things just don’t go as planned and the body breaks.

We do the best that we know to do, and it’s not enough.

I recently had this happen to me on an extremely minor scale. The day before Thanksgiving, I began experiencing pain in my left hand. I hadn’t consciously done anything that would have caused harm—or so I thought.  

Perhaps I pulled something out of whack doing my strength training class, since I had been fine before that, and not so afterward. OUCH! So, I exercise because it’s a good thing to do, and this is the result.

It was a challenge to cook and slice and dice.

There was a slight knot and some swelling. I used ice, then heat, and did some stretching exercises that I found on Dr. Google.

I was annoyed. This was an inconvenience in my life, especially when making Thanksgiving dinner.

When I tried to do the same strength training class a few days later, I discovered the move that caused the problem. I continued to do other classes that wouldn’t make the injury worse, however I was mad that I couldn’t do what I was used to doing.

I needed a break. Sometimes we don’t take the break we need until we’re forced to do so. We push ourselves until we get the flu, need the new joint, or can’t slice and dice.

Since what we resist persists, I had to lighten up my anger at my injured hand. I overworked it, and it was yelling at me the only way it knew how. I had to change my attitude to one of gratitude. 

After five weeks, I’m back with my friends, doing a class I really enjoy. I’m very grateful. It was something I had taken for granted.

Aging gracefully is tricky. Like Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say, “It’s always something.”

If you’re frustrated with your body and have the desire to change your attitude, I’m here to support you. Send me an email. We’ll work on it together.

Much love,
Carol

“The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure.”—Tibetan Proverb

What’s Your Intention for 2020?

Each year, I choose a word or intention that sets the stage for the days and weeks ahead.

Entering 2020, my world is full of POSSIBILITY.

Possibility came about as I reflected on the rollercoaster ride of 2019. I’m sure you’ve noticed, each year typically offers a crazy mix, with hopefully more happenings on the fun, arms-in-the-air, part of the ride.  

We’re always learning, evolving, and risking, as long as we’re thriving and truly living. With the many surprises comes possibility.

When I try something new, I see what’s possible. Playing it safe may feel more secure, however, that’s not my intention.

So, what do I see as my possibility for 2020?

  • Creating and executing opportunities that have a positive impact on my community
  •  Increasing my knowledge by reading a minimum of one book a month
  •  Practicing more Instant Pot recipes for fun—ok, all kinds of recipes—and posting them on my   website for you to enjoy
  •  Taking additional professional courses to enhance the coaching experience I provide
  •  Maintaining the “Give it a try and see what happens” attitude about life
  •  Remember that since I’m a human being, not a human doing, I’d best BE still for a time
  •  Any idea, any dream, anything, has possibility. How fun is that?

Perhaps you’d like to choose a word or intention that has significant and transformative meaning for you. If so, spend some time with it, and journal about it at least 3 times a week throughout the year.  

Here’s another possibility: If improving your health is an intention you’re committed to, I’m here to coach and support you.

With me by your side, you will:

  • Love the food you eat
  • Re-establish abundance in your thinking around food
  • Balance your blood sugar
  • Drop those lingering excess pounds
  • Be happy in your body!

My special New Year bonus: Book your NO OBLIGATION exploratory call by Saturday 1/4 and receive an extra kitchen coaching session with your program.

AND: When you schedule your call by 1/4 you’ll receive 10% off your customized 6-month coaching program!

Schedule your NO OBLIGATION call to learn more TODAY! 

This is the opportunity to shift your mindset around food, health, and fitness, for good.

May this year be full of possibility for you.

Much love,
Carol

“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”― St. Francis Of Assisi