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12:20 pm - Posted by Gregg

My beautiful friend Karen recently had the rug pulled out from under her, health-wise. And yet she rose to the occasion and has become am amazing inspiration for so many people — including myself. I am so moved by Karen’s journey (not to mention her courage), that I asked her to write a little about what she’s gone through, in hopes it might move and inspire some of you. I know Karen inspires me daily. No matter what we might be facing, there is hope. In fact, like Karen, we can become the hope. It’s all about taking the next step (no matter how small of a step it might seem to be).

And for those of us (including myself) who sometimes complain that we don’t feel like exercising, Karen’s commitment to fitness and to being her best self is incredibly motivating. Don’t believe me? Keep reading…

My Friend Karen’s Story in Her Own Words:

I am a runner, love to cycle on the road or better yet on the trails. I play tennis two to three times a week. I am an athlete and cant ‘t seem to get enough of the great outdoors. The running, biking and tennis came to a screeching halt December 24, 2014 (yes — Christmas Eve) when I was diagnosed with not one but two cancers — ovarian and uterine.

I had surgery that morning and stayed in the hospital for a few days until I went home to start my recovery. I began my journey by walking around the island in my kitchen, I could complete four laps before having to take a break. After a week of this I was ready to get outside, however living in Michigan in January can be cold — really cold.

We had record low temperatures this past winter but it wasn’t going to stop me, I layered up and was out the door going for my walk. I started by walking around the block and then around the block twice — three times. It was then I started putting the miles on and found myself walking for over an hour at a time in the bitter cold and snow. I then began my 18 week chemotherapy program the end of January. I also went out for my first run (okay — slow jog) since my surgery ten days after my first chemo and I was never so happy.

“I am a runner and I am running,” I would tell myself — “Chemo or not!”

Backing off from tennis for two months while my 12″ incision started its healing process, I decided to pick up come spinning classes at my club. These activities continued through my treatment, not every day, slower on some days than others, but on my good days I was out there doing something and having fun doing it. When I rang “The Bell” (see picture of this event) on May 28th in celebration of my last chemo treatment I felt like I was on the podium after a big race and I had just won 1st place.

I am the winner and I have won BIG! I am a SURVIVOR and ever so blessed to have the medical care, my husband, friends and family along with the mental and physical strength and drive to be where I am today. Today I celebrate and am so grateful to be cancer free for 7 months.

I have just returned from a three week trip to Moab, Utah, Fruita, Colorado, and Prescott, Arizona — where I was mountain biking on some of the best trails, running and getting back to the mountains and the great outdoors. Happy trails and may they always lead you on a wonderful journey.

Photos Source: Karen B. (Used with permission.)

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6:04 pm - Posted by Gregg

I am so excited about The Athlete Within Summit, hosted by my friend and colleague Renée Ramsdell, during which we can all learn how to build a strong and resilient body, unleash our self-esteem and embrace a healthier lifestyle.

This 21-day Online Event began on May 21 and you can still claim your free virtual seat by clicking here.

Are you tired of looking in the mirror and not liking what you see? Do you say no to activities that sound fun but seem impossible due to your weight or your sedentary habits? Are you finally ready to create real mind and body health along with achieving lasting happiness? This free online summit is about real health and life-long vitality. No more yo-yo dieting. No more exercise fads. No more starts and stops and start overs. There’s so much conflicting information on fitness and nutrition! It’s time to debunk the myths and reveal the truth behind lasting, vibrant health.

That’s why I’m thrilled to be a part of Renée Ramsdell’s virtual event. She has brought together 21 incredible experts to help all of us ditch the guilt, shame and confusion around weight loss and fitness — and learn to replace them with simple ideas that work to empower each and every one of us! It’s all the mind/body wellness information we’ve been looking for — all in one place.

The experts involved are Doctors, Coaches, Psychologists, Nutritionists, Motivators and Athletes — along with yours truly (and you all know once I get started, you can’t shut me up!)! Many of these experts have had their own issues with lack of fitness, poor body image, and an unhealthy relationship with food — and their amazing, inspiring personal stories reflect that. Together we can all reach real mind/body health and lasting happiness!

It’s not too late! Join us by clicking here. (And yes, you can share the link with friends and family — all of whom can also sign up for free). “See” you there!

Photo Source: Pro Well Fitness

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11:51 am - Posted by Gregg

Can you tell I’m excited about the availability of free online summits that can teach and inspire us to live happier, healthier lives? And no, I’m not just excited about them because I’m sometimes asked to participate as one of the guest speakers. I find these summits so useful for anyone looking to change their life for the better — whether they’re at the beginning of their journey to health or are working on maintaining the goals they’ve already achieved. I know I learn so much from these summits and speakers. And I love that the one I’m blogging about today focuses on discovering your inner athlete.

You know those feelings that tell us we aren’t athletes (oh, man — I know them well). Looking in the mirror and not liking what you see. Saying no to activities that would actually be fun, but seem completely impossible due to our weight or our current (or even former) sedentary habits. Well, we can now reclaim our health and a positive mindset once and for all.

First of all, know that you’re not alone. Lot’s of experts on these topics have been through it too and they are available to show you how! Connecting with your inner athlete can change the way you think about exercise, food, your health AND your body.

If you already know you want in, go ahead and click here now for free access.

You and I both know the internet is over-stuffed with lots of exercise plans, fad diets, self-help books, and dozens of other quick-fixes that over promise yet under deliver results. This is why we get so tired of all the failed plans and let-downs. What we really want is a healthy lifestyle that lasts — not another “get thin/fit/beautiful now” scheme.

My friend and colleague, Renée Ramsdell has pulled together a single resource for you where you will find all the tools you need to create lasting happiness while you build a strong and resilient body, unleash your self-esteem, and embrace a healthy lifestyle. We all deserve to be well and happy! Renée and I totally get what you’re going through because we’ve been there. The good news is we’ve both gotten though it and we’re excited to help you get through it too!

Renée has brought together 21 incredible experts (including yours truly) for this free online summit. She’s interviewed notable Doctors, Coaches, Psychologists, Nutritionists, Motivators and Athletes with years of experience. This rockstar group of experts have all come together to give you the tools you’ve been looking for.

If you’re ready to empower your inner athlete, get fit, lose those extra pounds and live a life full of amazing health and vitality, click here to sign up for free.

You’ll take away so many great tools and tips (all without charge, which I love!):

  • Discover what types of exercise WORK for and are FUN for you.
  • Learn to accept where you are now and plan for where you’d like to go.
  • Make friends with your body.
  • Enjoy foods that satisfy AND nourish you.
  • Harness the power of your mind to achieve your goals.
  • Decide that you are WORTH it!

I’m thrilled Renée invited me to speak on this free online event, and I’m proud to share this virtual stage with all my fellow experts. I look forward to your joining Renée, myself and all the other experts.

P.S. Share this link with friends and family and they’ll get to enjoy free access to the summit as well!

Photo Source: New England Journal of Medicine

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March 16, 2015

Posture perfect

1:34 pm - Posted by Gregg

Did you know that both standing and sitting tall are as good for your inner health as they are for your outward appearance – making this an appropriate reminder for anytime of year (and believe me, I need just as much reminding to ‘Stand up straight’ as anyone!).

In fact, if you stand tall and sit tall, you’ll appear as much as 10-pounds thinner. You also exude extra confidence and self-worth, upping the “attractor factor.”

Think about it… People you see with good posture (whether seated or standing) just seem to have it more together than the people walking around in a slump. Take the initiative to reach for the stars by reminding yourself several times throughout the day to stand or sit tall. Look in a mirror to help you know how it “feels” to use correct posture. It takes some getting used to – but is definitely worth the effort. Other ways to improve personal posture include trying yogaPilates or other stretching and strengthening exercises, as recommended by your doctor.

For 10 do-able tips for improving your posture, click here. And for a visual guide to standing tall, check out the infographic, below.

Photo Source: Greatist

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January 11, 2015

Love your body

2:44 pm - Posted by Gregg

Exercise because you love your body. Not because you hate it. Your body is perfect right now…right in this moment. No matter how much you weigh, no matter what size clothing you’re currently wearing. The better we feel about ourselves, the more likely we are to initiate positive and lasting change. You matter! (Believe it!)

Photo Source: Spark People

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