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Journaling your food intake and exercise regime can help you lose weight.

Intention Action

By Susan Howard

Through research, Kaiser Medical Group has found that people that practice food journaling are 30-percent more likely to lose weight than those that don’t. Why? Often there is a huge gap between what we wish we were doing and what we actually do. In our minds, we are perfect eaters, consistent exercisers, and meditate once a day, twice on Sunday.

Who we are in our heads does not necessarily translate to who we are in life.

The power of the pen (or the notes section of your smart phone) makes you accountable to what you say you are going to do because it’s written down.  There it is, staring at you in the face.

So write down what you want your week to look like, and most often, that’s what you will do. Here is a workout week example:

Monday Eddie’s Yoga class 7 p.m. OMMMMM Tuesday Lunchtime strength training: plyometric legs and heavy arms, 5 sets. Get Tough! Wednesday Hike with Stacey, 6 a.m. Thursday ..read more
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A personal trainer shares some real truths about drinking water and how it can improve your life.

H20 2.0

By Susan Howard

As a fairly healthy eater, I stop short at water. Why? I don’t know. It’s annoying all that drinking and peeing and water bottles and filtered or not — and I don’t know. However, I am on a mission to change all this.

When I drink water, my brain feels better.  (Your brain is actually floating in water)

Also, it’s supposed to be great for your skin and organs.

Also, it’s supposed to help your digestion and stave off hunger.

Also, my wife is doing it, and she constantly calls me a camel.

So, jump aboard the water ship.

The rule is 8 glasses a day, though I am personally starting with 4 glasses and will bump it up as I go.

If your pee is dark, you are messing up.

Bottoms up!

Stay Ready!

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You have a choice in your food addiction. Choose well.

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By Susan Howard

From the second half of 2017 and up until now, I have been strict about my use of sugar.

One of my clients lamented, “Susan, is it really that horrible to have a cupcake every once in a while?”

“No, it’s not a big deal at all, you can easily metabolize those 300 to 400 calories on a 3 mile jaunt.  For me though, it sends me into a whirlwind of desire for more and more and more,” I replied.

Most everybody has their “thing.” I could drink a half a glass of red wine, or 3 glasses or skip booze for a month and not notice.  I will never have a drinking issue. Someone else could smell beer at a baseball game and become triggered into an all night bender. Other people crave fast food, french fries, cheesy creamy things. On and on it goes.

I was given my sugar addiction as a gift from my mom.  I will never forget ..read more

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There's only one thing you need to do to be healthy and lose weight -- be consistent in your workouts.

Rewind It Back

By Susan Howard

There is ONE thing I want you to know — only ONE.

I give you the big secret here….

To have the body of your dreams and to be fit and healthy there is ONE thing you must do…

Be consistent.

Workout every week 3 to 5 times each week.  Each and every one.  3 to 5 times.

It feels so good.

You get to stave off illness, disease, obesity, and yes, death.

Plus you gain energy and feel hot in your jeans.

So there.

Stay Ready.

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Dude, Where is My Ranch?

By Susan Howard

My family and I just got done with a long weekend on a Dude Ranch in Tucson, AZ.  Out in the open air, riding horses along cactus-filled trails, up with the roosters, prickly pear margaritas at dawn.  (You can tell I really got into it.)

I loved this trip because it was an active vacation. The kids got to go to riding camp during the morning and we played “Marco Polo” in the pool all afternoon.  Plus, unlike the private swim classes my kids take back home where my son hesitates to jump in the deep end, here he proudly showed off his highest cannonball and fastest swim to impress the older boys from camp.

Taken out of your daily routine, you can try things, learn new activities and open up to different experiences, ones that you may love.

My wrangler, Bill was trying to get me to lope, which is a little bit slower than a full gallop, but still ..read more

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Step Into It

By Susan Howard

We are who we have been.

We are who we are.

We are who we are becoming.

How can we become a new version of ourselves, when the old version is so strongly imprinted in our mental and physical DNA?  After a big weight loss or physical transformation, the old demons that want to overeat, sleep in, and make habitually unhealthy choices are still calling out.

There is another part to change and that is stepping into the shoes of the new person that you’ve become and allowing yourself a true metamorphosis.  This can only happen if the changes are based in choices that truly feed you in a multitude of ways —  energetically, spiritually, satisfactorily, and fun.

When the old you tries to sabotage the new you, (come back to the five and dime) you must proclaim louder and stronger who the new you is and what you are all about.

Make a list.

“Top ten things I love about my healthier self.”

Keep it ..read more

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