How to Flip the Bird to the Halloween Candy Binge! (and other events that test your resolve)

We’re nearing the end of my first 5-Week ‘Change You’ Challenge (it’s going fantastic! Squee!) and at the end of last week’s meet-up, as we were talking about the importance of staying the path before next week’s fit test and measurements, someone gasped, “Oh no! Halloween is this week! I always binge on my kids’ candy!” Then another person chimed in, “And I’ll be drinking! So my guard will be down!” Halloween isn’t the only challenge we’ll face. We will be faced with opportunities that challenge our resolve often. So how do we handle them? Do we stand our ground and resist all temptation? (And say no to every party invitation until the end of time.) Or do we chalk it up as “it’s just one night” and binge away? Here are several tips for dealing with Halloween and other such temptations (including some no-nonsense, tough love advice for those who respond best to a verbal smackdown): 1. Get Full If you’re worried you won’t be able to stop grazing the buffet table once you arrive at a party, eat before you go. Eat a LOT. A lot of high-fiber, nutritious foods. Think protein + veggies + healthy fats. That will ensure you don’t hit the buffet table first thing upon arrival, cutting down on the sheer number of hours you’ll want to stuff your face, and arriving full makes it easier to make sane choices. When you’re starving, everything sounds good. When you’re full, you might still want some of your favorite foods but you’re more able to skip over other options. Get full before you Trick or...

5 Ways Tight Muscles Will Ruin Your Life

Ruin. RUIN I say! Sorry, just experimenting with those shocking headlines to get more notice. *shrug* But for realz, people, tight muscles aren’t just uncomfortable. They can be downright hazardous to your health. And THAT’S that truth. I’m going to tell you how tight muscles will ruin your life hold you back, but first, a story. It begins like this – I started up my daily morning yoga again! I’m one day in! :::pats self on back::: Did I ever tell you about my daily morning yoga challenge? In December of 2012, I challenged myself to do 10 sun salutations first thing every morning. First thing. In my pajamas, before coffee, before brushing teeth (ew gross!), before I could begin fretting over my to-do list, before email…. FIRST THING. It was a brilliant way to start my day and I quickly became hooked. I thrive well under deadlines and pressure and competition (in case, cough, you hadn’t noticed), so committing to every day ensured I did it. I marked it on my calendar. I liked checking off little boxes marked “complete” because I’m super nerdy I need the visual affirmation and reminder. I even found myself a handful of times doing my 10 sun salutations just before midnight because I’d forgotten, or otherwise hadn’t gotten to it that day. God forbid I missed a day! That was unacceptable. UNACCEPTABLE! Take a breath, Laura. Well, I began falling off the wagon in May, which is, incidentally, when I launched This is Fit Workouts. June was pretty spotty. In July, we hosted a huge Superman Man of Steel movie premiere party...

the Shoulders & Six-Packs & Thighs, Oh My! workout

We had 28 dozen people at our house this weekend (give or take a few dozen) and during yesterday’s gathering, my friend Diane came up to me and started gushing about how much she loves my Quickie Workouts, how she didn’t expect to love my Quickie Workouts, how my Quickie Workouts are helping her feel strong and awake and energized, and how she can’t wait to do my Quickie Workouts every day. And there I sat, with a big old smile on my face, listening to her gush on and on.  And I thought… This is why I do what I do. I love hearing feedback, and I love knowing that something I’ve offered up has helped someone feel better. I love it when people share how shocked they are that they can get strong and fit in only 15 minutes a day. I love the glowing smiles on people’s faces when they talk about seeing muscle definition, or having less back pain. In fact, that’s one of the things another friend shared with me. He’s been working his core regularly, using yoga and some of my workout suggestions, and he said he cannot believe how much better his back feels, and he’s suffered with back pain for years. YEARS. This is why I do what I do. I’m human, and I get down on myself sometimes, just like anyone. I’m not immune to comparing myself to others, and comparing my contributions to the world to what others are contributing. Sometimes I think “it’s just exercise” – I’m not moving mountains or anything. But then again….  maybe I am… one...