With every month comes change and progress

IMG_4884I always am so excited for the first week of the month…re-assessment week! I measure, weigh and do the same fitness tests that I do on our initial meeting. What a great way to see progress and it’s an awesome motivator!

Highlighted for last month is Kathi’s achievements! She started on her own by going to her gym facility at work and modifying her diet. Kathi trained with me for a few months 2x/week (with a buddy) and came to free Saturday bootcamps. Kathi advanced physically quickly, even though she deals with back issues.

Congratulations to Kathi for achieving her goal of climbing a rock wall at James Island County Park (not to mention kayaking too!). Kathi lost almost 7″ in 2 months, increased on all her fitness tests and increased her flexibility by 2″! Kathi is now giving our advanced class on T/TH with Heather a try!

Thanks Kathi for being an inspiration for making this her new lifestlye! Who else is ready to make a change?

Health and Happiness!




Dads, do you suffer from Dickie-Do Disease?

In honor of all the wonderful dad’s out there, let’s bring Dickie-Do Disease to light.

What the heck is Dickie-Do Disease?  It’s when your Belly sticks out further than your…


….well, how can I say this tactfully…I can’t…then your Dickie DO!  (also known as a “beer belly”)!

My dad used to rub his belly proudly and told me it took 30 years to make it that round. The vision of him doing that cracks me up, but the effects a beer belly has on your body is anything but funny. He could tell you the same thing, but he’s no longer with us. Here’s why:

First of all, it’s a lot more than just beer causing this.  A poor diet (tons of beer would be included), lack of portion control and lack of activity and exercise cause that dangerous visceral fat around the belly.  If you have that, chances are you will develop:

– Type 2 Diabetes, Colorectal Cancer, Cartiovascular Disease and Sleep Apnea

Don’t believe me?  Too proud of your belly to let it go?  Here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say about it!  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/belly-fat/MC00054

Ready to make some changes to see your toes and everything else below the belt?  Great!  You will add years to your life and quality to those years!

If you don’t want to do it for you, do it for the ones that love you.  Give the gift of health to yourself and inspire others!

Let’s make this a challenge.  Try the 12-week Get Healthy Challenge.  You’d be amazed at how that belly will shrink 🙂


Get in the right zone

watchWhen my second son, Sean,  was about 6 months old, I hired a trainer for the first time.  It was actually my first time working out in a gym as well.  She suggested I get a heart rate monitor and told me what “fat burning zone” I should be in.  This zone is disputed and you will hear there is no such thing, but for me , it worked!  I lost a lot of weight at that time.

Ten years later I just got a new one…and it keeps track of calories burned!  I compared the calories burned on the watch to what I plug into www.myfitnesspal.com and they matched pretty well.  Polar makes a million different kinds, but this is all I need.  I like to keep it simple sweetheart!

To find out more about the benefits of wearing a heartrate monitor, go to www.polarusa.com.  They have cute videos that are short and easy to understand.

I want to hear your experince with your heart rate monitor!