Are You Mindful or Mind Empty?

Mindfulness is all the rage right now, from corporate America sending their executives on mindfulness retreats, to Hollywood stars and individuals using apps such as Headspace to get in their daily mindfulness meditation session. But what is it? Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to the experience. ( Psychology Today) In a nutshell, this means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our

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Exercises You Thought Sounded Great..Then They Crushed Your Dreams

When a trainer asks you to do an exercise, you pretty much know what that exercise is going to involve. A sit-up is going to involve you-what else? Sitting up. Over and over. When a trainer says squat you know you're supposed to stick your ass out, keep your chest high, and pretend you're sitting in a chair-despite the fact that sitting down in a chair usually doesn't cause quite the same burn in your thighs. Unfortunately, there are some exercises out there that are sneaky S.O.B's....they sound great, give you dirty thoughts, or make you think you'll be feeling

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My Favourite Excuses…

With over 20 years of in the trenches personal fitness training experience, I've heard it all....really I have. I've come to realize that there really are very few viable excuses for people to use as reasons for their failures in their fitness ventures. Since I'm feeling a wee bit humorous today, I'm going to break out a few of the best and most commonly used ones starting with: "I Don't Have Time To Exercise" No? But you had time to watch Game of Thrones in its entirety last night. And you seem to have time to go ( where did

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Everyone Wants It, But Nobody Wants To Work For It

An interesting statistic came across my email this morning. It says that 55 million Americans join a gym or start a diet every single year (yes, I know we live in Canada and I'm sure the percentages are the same, so bear with me.) And what was the #1 Goal of these 55 million people? Fat loss. They wanted to lose weight, transform their bodies and finally look and feel like the person that they’ve always wanted to be- fit and healthy. But in spite of these 55,000,000 people’s best intentions, fewer than 10% are successful in losing weight and

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Becoming Who You Are

How many of you out there are really happy with your life, or with who you are as a person? I'm betting there are many of you who would say you are happy, but deep down there are things missing. Or things you dislike about you, your life, or your situation. From the day we are born, we have the entire world influencing what our life will be like and who we will be as a person. Our family, our friends, the way we are raised, the foods we eat, the beliefs, values and morals that are instilled in us,

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Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Are A Joke

Your New Years Resolutions are a JOKE! Let me guess... you want to make more money...lose weight...be healthier..... be more successful... make 2016 your best year yet... travel more... spend more time with your family, etc. But let's be really honest with ourselves for a second... Less than 3 months from now, chances are things are going to pretty much be the same as they are right now. It sucks to say it, but that is reality,  and you're not alone. LESS THAN 8% OF PEOPLE worldwide achieve any part of their New Years Resolutions. Don't believe me, see for

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Challenge of The Week- September.28/2015

Committing to Your Goal Set a goal & COMMIT to it. Being clear about your goal is critically important to being able to achieve something you WANT. It’s important to take control of the direction of your life and to live your life ON PURPOSE, and not just let life “happen” to you. If you don’t, you might wake up in 10 years and wonder how you got there! Your Challenge of the Week is: Define one of your goals and COMMIT to achieving it. No matter how big or small your goal is, if it doesn’t CHALLENGE you, it

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Challenge of The Week- Sept.21/2015

Step OUT of Your Comfort Zone Have you ever heard the phrase “Life begins one step outside of your Comfort Zone?” To accomplish something worth-while, it will most likely require you to push yourself into areas where you are unfamiliar and uncomfortable. Usually, the more uncomfortable it makes you, the bigger the payoff. The funny thing is, that MOST people have the same EXACT fears as you do. BUT…it’s always the people that challenge themselves BEYOND their fear that become successful. Instead of looking at fear as a huge obstacle that gets in your way, embrace it. Whatever it is

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Challenge of the Week- Sept. 7/2015

It's Your Time...Spend It Wisely I read an article that really inspired me the other day… The article is called “The Busy Trap” by Tim Krieder, and I have to admit that I’m guilty of it occasionally. The first paragraph reeled me in: “It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy!” “So busy.” “Crazy busy.” It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint. And the stock response is a kind of congratulation: “That’s a good problem to have,” or “Better than the opposite.” It’s important to remember that it’s OK to do NOTHING

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No, You Can’t Eat What You Want

Frustration warning. Something I see all too often, and have seen too much of since I entered the fitness field nearly 20 years ago, is the broken mindset of the fitness enthusiast. What do I mean? The mindset that just because you work out or exercise it gives you a free ticket to eat whatever you want, whenever you want. Newsflash! No, you can't. The reality is this: you are in bad shape because you've been eating what you want for so long that it has turned you into a walking mass of human shaped blubber. The fact that you

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