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Susan Howard comes up with an idea to help you eat right.

Inspector Gadget

Susan Howard

At any given time there are two voices calling out, one the voice of the angel and the other the devil.  The devil tends to come out after several drinks, “Whatever, let’s get pizza and a pint of ice cream.”  While the angel comes out after a workout, “Kale salad dressing on the side, please and thank you.”

There is a constant battle between good cop, bad cop.  My friend Kevin put it this way: “Calories are like money; I spend all week saving it and all weekend spending it.”  Too true.

Here is my new concept (although I have a different one every other week. LOL): Act as if there were some bitchy Beverly Hills nutritionist inspecting your plate of food.  What would she say?  Let the good cop nudge you. “There is too much fat on that plate.”  “It’s too high in carbs.”  “You haven’t had a vegetable all day, you sloth.”

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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.”

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Getting back into shape doesn't have to be hard. Here are some great tips to get started again if it's been awhile since you worked out!

Back in the Chain Game

By Susan Howard

While it’s always better just to stay in the game, getting back into it is something most of us have to grapple with at some point.  Be it injury, vacations, or plain laziness, the possibilities are endless why someone might skip their workout.  Since we are a sum of our habits, skipping one workout could then mean skipping for months.

I run, therefore, I am.

Here are some tips my clients and I have found to be winners in jumping back into the iron.

Warm up your muscles with a 5 minute walk before you start. This will awaken the connective tissues and prepare your body for the routine.  In this case, dust off the cobwebs. Do 2 sets only of all moves at 75% of your normal weight. Within a week of not lifting weights muscle starts to break down.  Don’t go back to what you lifted a month ago, you have to build back to that. If you have a treadmill ..read more
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Susan Howard discusses the drawbacks of being overweight and to focus on one pound at a time during your weight loss journey.

Skinny Bitch

By Susan Howard

Here are somethings I will never have to worry about.

Shopping in stores that will carry my size. If a belt hole will reach the buckle. Buying boots that go over my calf. Fitting into a movie theater seat/airplane seat. Fastening a seat belt. Wearing short sleeves on a hot day.

Working with my weight loss clients, I have learned a lot — mainly that it kind of sucks to be over weight.  Yes, there are more and more plus size stores and on the cover of February’s Sports Illustrated swim suit issue there was a plus size model.  Yet, there’s still limits to carrying around 100 extra pounds, not including joint pain and heart health.

Overeating is an addiction you wear everyday.  Not to mention, there’s the social stigma, as people can be so harsh.  You can be a closeted alcoholic/drug addict, but not the same can be said when it comes to food.

Recently I heard a statistic that at least fifty percent of Americans ..read more

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Pick up something you always loved

By Susan Howard

As an adult, I can’t believe I am calling myself that, I have a ton of responsibilities.   My brain is constantly tasking and prioritizing and organizing.  Even my own workouts are planned and set.  It seems this is the best way to function, schedule everything out and plan.  The problem with this is it’s boring.  When your mind is bored, then likely your body is too and if your body is bored it is not improving from a fitness standpoint.

As a kid, there is always new data coming in; one because everything is new to you and two because you are being challenged and introduced to a wide variety of things to see what may interest you.  You are expected to try and learn, that is the norm.  As we get older we have already decided what we are good at or not good at and we tend to repeat the things we are good at and ..read more

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