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The 2.5 mile Blue Hill loop

Morning cardio that’s good for the soul

my walking partnerMy preferred time to work out is first thing in the morning. My preferred method of cardiovascular exercise is fast/power walking — preferably somewhere scenic.

I’ve learned over the past few years that fasted-state cardio — a cardio workout before I eat breakfast serves me best throughout the day. The added benefit is that I’m burning stored fat, while at the same time waking up my mind and soul, and ensuring that I start the day “in my equation.”

These past three weeks, I’ve been blessed with the very best walking partner one could ask for — my Bud. And, the most scenic, soul- energizing route I could imagine in Blue Hill, Maine. Read more

Healthy cole slaw with Asian twist

summer salads - healthy cole slawHere’s an “easy peasy” recipe for the best Cole Slaw (sans the mayonnaise) with an Asian kick. It’s yummy and clean for those of us watching our carbs.

Thanks to my friend, personal trainer and health and wellness coach, Sandra Swami, for this one. I had this delightful salad at Sandra’s at a outdoor BBQ and LOVED it!

The best part, it’s sooooooo easy that even I can do it! I’ve made it twice myself with varying degrees of “kick.” It’s fantastic with grilled chicken, or anything on the grill. It has really nice Asian flavors.

This one is NOT boring. Just YUM! Read more

“Put yourself In the equation” at Blue Hill YMCA

This Wednesday, Sept. 10, I will be sharing my transformation story and tips for putting yourself in the center of the equation of your own life and achieving your big, hairy audacious goals and dreams. Join us at the Blue Hill YMCA, a branch of the Downeast Family YMCA, at 5:30 p.m.. The event is free and open to the public. Details below. Please RSVP to save your seat, seating will be limited. Hope to see you there!

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Success is changing the inside to sustain the outside

Meet the amazing Lori Martin, Transformation success story #4 in my series titled, “Success. It’s personal. And that’s a good thing.”

Success - Lori MartinDetermination. Focus. Heart. Passion. Courage. Stubbornness. Self-awareness. The ability to go all in and then some. A sense of humor. Learning to embrace the process, as well as the end result.

These are are all qualities I had to muster in abundance during my transformation journey. And each serves me well today as I embrace my new healthy way of living.

They are also the very qualities that my friend, Lori Martin, shares in abundance. It’s why she is one of my favorite transformation success stories, and I’m delighted to share her story with you today as the last in my series – “Success. It’s personal. And that’s a good thing.”

Lori’s Martin measures success differently than you might imagine. While she has lost and maintained 109 lbs — and wants to lose another 100+ — she doesn’t measure success in terms of weight loss. At least not totally. Lori is focused on her WHOLE self, transforming inside and out. We’ve shared this “wholeness” goal since the very beginning and I feel privileged to support her through the ups and the downs. Read more

My In the Equation morning ritual

Cardio with a twist!

Como Lake Light on DucksThis summer I’ve adopted a new morning ritual and this morning I realized it and deemed it as such. It’s my “in the equation” start to every day and it totally works for me.

For almost three months, I’ve evolved my morning routine to include this 45 min ritual. It combines my preferred form of cardio — power walking in a beautiful place, preferably around or near water — with a couple of simple mental practices that help me throughout my day.

Also, because I’m on the move and living part-time in Minnesota and part-time in Maine, it allows me to have a daily practice that is consistent and helps me focus mind, body and spirit before the day ensues — no matter where I am. It helps ground me. Read more

Cardio in the rain

Good for the soul – therapeutic, cleansing, metaphorical

the pathI made a pact with myself this week that I was going 120+% all in, no matter what. Focus, focus, focus. In part, to help with my head game. In part, to stay on track with me in the equation during some challenging and stressful days.

So up at 5:30 a.m. and outside for cardio in the steady rain before my training session I went. And, just like the lawns and plants in Minnesota — this was a much needed drenching. Read more

From lost hope to #beyondgrateful

Filled with gratitude for the ability to go from small life to WHOLE life!

LoriandBud-smallI woke up Saturday morning, after a week and half of struggle to get back into my MN routine, beyond grateful.

As I entered my day, I was overwhelmed with thoughts about where I am today compared to where I was just four or five years ago. This contrast was just what I needed. The ability to see the big picture from 35,000 feet of all I’ve accomplished and to feel my wildest dreams now coming true.

For those of you that don’t know my story, this November will mark the four-year anniversary of the major turning point in my life. My decision to put myself in the equation of my own life, get healthy and follow my dreams. This is when my transformation journey began. Read more

Friendship, frittata and fun

And a recipe for a healthy Chicken Broccoli Frittata. Yum!

10_13_11 Sisters Journey, Maine 113I’m a lucky girl to have such amazing friends in my life! Topping the list, is my group of eight college friends/sorority sisters — we’ve been friends since the 80′s and have seen each other through triumph and heartache, loss of every kind, joy of just about every kind, and lots of celebration.

This was the group of women that traveled from Minnesota to Maine with me almost three years ago to climb a mountain in Acadia National Park and toast my -150 pound weight loss milestone.

We’re all now entering (what I guess you call) middle age, and we all live in Minnesota so we’re able to see each other often. Lately, we’ve embarked on an attempt to get together weekly at my friend Kathy’s house. She hosts weekly “supper club” and whomever can come, comes. One of us makes dinner, and the nights are always filled with deep-in-your-belly, full-on laughter. The kind that makes your cheeks hurt and spirit soar. Read more

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