The Right Way to Train for a Marathon (IDEA Fitness Journal, 2013)

I came across this article as I went back through my amazing collection of IDEA Fitness Journal issues from over the years I’ve been certified as an ACE Personal Trainer.

Here’s an excerpt from the article and I’ll post the link to the full deal just after.

“To paraphrase an ancient Chinese philosopher, “A journey of 26.2 miles begins with a single step.” From the time the Greek runner Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens in 490 BC to announce the Greeks’ victory in the Battle of Marathon, humans have had a compelling interest in taking that single step–and many more after it.”

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Happy reading and running!

Go ahead, eat a homemade cookie…and ENJOY IT!!!


Happy holidays! Tis the season to eat (mindfully), drink (more water) and be merry!

Eating mindfully is all about empowering yourself to choose what you want to eat and how much, and making sure to enjoy every bite.

It’s also about shirking the notion that any whole food is inherently “good” or “bad” but rejoicing in the beauty of increasing the variety of foods you choose to put in your body.

Below is an excerpt from the great holiday email I just received from Precision Nutrition co-founder John Berardi. Inspired!

Enjoy a real cookie or two this holiday season! Or some other thing you enjoy but think is “off limits”.

Just do it consciously, mindfully, and – as we teach in our coaching programs – slowly.

Instead of scarfing it down and waiting for the guilt, taste what you enjoy. With intention. Then move on.

Because, with the right approach, you can work toward more enjoyment and connection PLUS improved health and fitness.

All at the same time.

But even if you’re not ready to embrace this mindset yet because restricting is your only way to feel in control…

Because you can’t believe that enjoying certain foods guilt-free is possible…

Because you’re stuck in the middle of a nasty cycle of restrict, collapse, guilt, repeat…

My family and I will still share some laughs, shed some tears, and nosh a few cookies this holiday season.

We might even raise a glass of egg nog in your honor.

Because, around here, we know that connection, love, and enjoyment CAN exist while working toward better health together.

And we’re hoping that somewhere along they way you’ll discover the same thing.

Besides, we’ll probably burn up all those cookies climbing the local sledding hills anyway 😉


Bring it on!

One of my favorite Facebook discoveries this holiday season was how many people were pledging to their friends and family that they were going to eat a plant-based diet for at least the first 30 days of 2011.


Here are some of my favorite sites for DELICIOUS recipes, animal-friendly couture and other inspirations for making the switch or even flirting with moving toward a more compassionate way of life.  Enjoy! (Alicia Silverstone’s amazing creation!)

Happy Holidays!

I don’t get why so many people overeat (as much as up to 600 calories EXTRA) per day between Thanksgiving and New Years!  All I have to say is if you choose to stick with me, you will be eating delicious food with incredible nutritional value that helps you keep your girlish (or boyish) figure intact!