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...

Kushyfoot Product Review

The Details Kushyfoot bills their product as “the first brand in women’s hosiery to incorporate the ancient healing art of Reflexology.” To do that, they add a 3-dimensional padding – or what they call “massaging sole” – to their hosiery which cushions the feet. The Kushyfoot® sole helps relieve tension and discomfort in achy feet, thereby helping to relieve stress and fatigue throughout the entire body. Their sport socks also come with arch support in the form of a band that is a bit tighter. Reflexology is based on the ancient healing principle that everything is connected. By creating socks, hose and sandals that integrate a massaging cushion designed by Reflexology experts, Kushyfoot claims their hosiery will relieve tension and discomfort in achy feet—and even stress and fatigue throughout the entire body! On their site, there is a section where you can click on the diagram of a foot and it will tell you the reflexology relation of that spot to your foot and how Kushysocks will help. They offer a wide variety of hosiery, from foot covers to be worn with stylish shoes, knee highs, tights, and many sock options including athletic, casual, and even yoga! They also carry toe pads for a minimal coverage while still getting support, and Flats To Go®, which are lightweight and convenient for on-the-go wear, while still being supportive. Their 2014 Fall collection has fun new styles and trendy colors, with more than 20 foot and toe cover looks. I received Kushyfoot’s Lace Foot Covers, Yoga Socks, Sport Foot Covers, and Athletic Socks to try for this review.   The Experience I...

Unilateral Training – Why You Should Get Yourself Some

I played 2 on 2 volleyball with my sister and niece and nephew on Saturday night, using a clothesline as an improvised net! My niece Madelina was my teammate. Madelina: Aunt Laura! I thought you were good! Me: That was 25 years ago! Don’t worry, I got my groove back after a couple of plays! What ‘groove’ I have left, that is. I left most of it back in the 80s. Did you know that if you play sports, you should do a lot of exercises that utilize unilateral movements? This is where you say, “No, Laura, I didn’t know that. Tell me more!” My pleasure.     What Are Unilateral Exercises? Unilateral exercises are movements that work one side of the body at a time, or movements that work the sides in significantly different ways. An example would be the single-leg squat. You might have both feet on the ground, yet in a single-leg squat you will place the majority of your weight, and hence the workload, on only one leg and use the other to assist only as needed for balance. We use unilateral movement constantly in our daily life and especially in sports. Working my legs in this way allowed me to move laterally to get behind the volleyball last night. You should’ve seen me. I was amazing. (I was so-so.) What are the Benefits? Balance, Joint Support & Core Work Unilateral exercises work the small stabilizer muscles that are forced to activate when the body is off balance. This is great news for building core strength that’s needed to work under movement and also resist...

Exercise Trends – Yea or Nay?

Someone posted an article the other day that took a disparaging view of all the new “fitness trends” – soul-cycling, hooping, belly-dancing, aerial yoga, and so on. You can read it HERE. The author claims these new fitness classes are simply a sneaky way to get money out of people desperate to lose weight. “Like the diet industry, the fitness industry’s revenues rely on teasing new interest from us every few years with miracle cures and novelty classes, the latest of which is a contact version of musical chairs.” I really don’t see those new exercise trends as a way to get people to part with their money. I see them, usually, as people trying to make a living doing something they love. If you love something, and you feel better doing it, and you decide to share it with others and yes – *GASP* – get paid to do so, what’s wrong with that? Guess what else these “whimsical fads” (her words, not mine) do? They bring people together. They help us connect with other people who enjoy the same things, which is motivating and fun. They help us move our bodies in the ways we did as kids, making these forms of exercise more fun than “work.” What’s wrong with that? I don’t know about you, but now that I’m an adult, I rarely (if ever) make time for play. I pursue hobbies, but I see that as “things I enjoy” rather than a focus on play. But because staying fit feels more and more important as I age, trying exercise programs that feel like play are...

We Rocked the ROC Race!

Last Saturday, I ran my first ever obstacle race! The ROC Race in Chicago, billed as “the craziest 5k of your life!” is the original game show-inspired obstacle run! It’s a 3-mile fun run filled with larger than life obstacle challenges! I hosted a giveaway for two free entries on my website, and fun surprise, one of the winners was my client Toni! So she and I, along with my 17 year old son and Toni’s best friend Chris, met up and ROC’d the ROC Race! The race was just as fun as I hoped it would be! The obstacles varied in difficulty, which made it fun for everyone. Some were easy and just for fun – like giant inflatable slides and a giant bounce house! Others challenged your strength – like the Get It Up (and Over) climbing wall, and the Gorilla bars. Guys. GUYS. Guess what? I did all the Gorilla Bars! I couldn’t do hand over hand, but I didn’t drop – I completed the entire sequence! And then get this – dropped backwards into the pit anyhow. OMG. How annoying! I lost my balance on my dismount. But there was a guy who was coaching me the whole time and that was super cool – “You’ve got great concentration! Keep going! You’re almost there. Steady pace, don’t lose momentum…” That REALLY helped because my grip was giving out but because of his encouragement, I kept at it! When I fell back into the pit, he yelled, “Great job! It counts!” WOO! Then there were obstacles that required balance, agility and coordination – like the Tight...