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Fitness and Choices

You have the perfect plan in place and the house is full of healthy foods. You are READY to rock this new fitness and weight loss. You get after it. Week one is hard, but you do it. Week two? The kids have practice every day this week. There are two basketball games....

It Can Be Hard To Set Smart Goals

Did you set a big goal this New Years? You were going to get it done in 2018. How many times in the past have you set a huge goal such as to lose 50 pounds or exercise 5 days a week, only to fall off the wagon a few weeks (or usually days) later? Why did you fail? A...

Mind Over Matter!

Mind over matter!  I find myself clinging to that mantra a lot as a FireWife.  Especially with the history my firefighter husband and I endured.  The past can never truly be buried deep enough.  It always seems to nudge it's way through my thoughts as I go about my...

Wait, you BOTH work shift work?

A little over 2 years ago, I got this crazy idea to apply for a different type of job than I had previously been working.  For years, I worked at the local community hospital as an ED nurse on an "as needed" basis.  As our children got a little older, I started...

Laundry Basket Fortress

It's a never ending cycle. Wash. Dry. Throw it in a basket. Maybe take it upstairs. If you're lucky you have a main floor laundry. Sometimes you have to scramble 2 minutes before needing to leave to find the matching sock for the three year old and oh wait..the baby...
Positive Coping Mechanisms After Critical Incident

Positive Coping Mechanisms After Critical Incident

Our firefighters head off to work every single day knowing that they may face an incident that shakes them. Sometimes that incident can replay over and over in their heads causing prolonged trauma. What most people and even Fire Families don’t realize is that...
Happiness and Exercise

Happiness and Exercise

  Ok folks, we’re going to get the obvious elephant out of the room right now. When you’re having a bad day, or are feeling down, the best way to increase your happiness, may be to exercise. There is a strong link between exercise and an improvement in mood and...
Creating An Exercise Routine You Can Stick To

Creating An Exercise Routine You Can Stick To

Part of the problem of an exercise program is getting started. Then a close second is sticking to it. Especially at first your exercise routine needs to be easy for you. Did you create or grab an exercise program that you actually wanted to stick to? Many people find...
Plateau or Complacency?

Plateau or Complacency?

I’ve seen my share of plateau’s as a personal trainer, coach, athlete and my personal routine. Hitting the wall with your times, weight loss, or fitness numbers. But, the majority of them have never actually been a plateau. It’s more about...
Stop The Exercise Excuses!

Stop The Exercise Excuses!

You can talk about it or you can do something about it. Either way it’s a choice. Many women say they want to get in shape and exercise more, but come up with a hundred and one excuses not to get moving. In the time you take to think of an excuse you could be on...