Belly of the Beast

The day I beat my “heroin” addiction...

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Childish Excuses

I call BULLSHIT.  Based on my own experience I know what’s behind all of your excuses to eat healthy... 

Beautiful Words

My clients are my gifts...

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Me & Matt

I always thought Matt, my trainer told me, “Do exactly what I tell you & this will work”.  I was shocked when I read this & it was me saying to Matt, “Tell me what to do & I will do it”.  

He always told me it was me all along, that I did this & therefore all the credit goes to me, not him.  So this is me finally owning my power—only took 5 years. 

Thank you Matt & my Alive Family.  I miss you all but carry you in my heart forever. 

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My Alive Family 

Matt in the middle : ) 

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Matt teaching my daugher how to bench press 

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Matt giving me a lift  

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The gym class loser now turned Fitness Director  

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Sassy & Sober

Click the link below the workout to see how I stayed sober on St.Patty’s Day during my weight loss journey.

Earn your corned beef, cabbage & green beer! Or do this as a fasted workout the next morning to burn off all those indulgences. 

 

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Click here to find out why St.Patrick’s Day is so special for this sassy polish lass: 

Sassy & Sober  

Sassy & Sober  

My Free Skincare Product

I’m always being asked what my skincare routine is, what products I use & how I keep my skin so healthy.  The answer is simple.  Clean eating plus water.  LOTS of water.  I carry a water bottle around all day.  I drink about a gallon a day.  I infuse it with cucumbers, lemon, berries & mint.  

Your skin is the biggest organ in your body so you must treat it from the inside out.  Just like weight loss, the change happens on the inside first then you see it on the outside.

 If you want healthy, dewy, plump, clear skin then change what you put inside your body to see it happen in your skin.  People spend mountains of money on expensive skincare products when the best one is sitting for free right in their kitchen sink.  

This is a great article on the power of water:

Why Drinking Water Is Good For Your Skin | POPSUGAR Beauty

 

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Cheers

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Destinations

Destinations are where we begin again... 

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Raw & Real

Raw & real entry from my personal diary during my two year transformation journey of shedding 80lbs & finally finding myself again.   

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Lead by Example

 

Even our new puppy wants to get into our training!  

Feel free to do these with your little human baby too!

When I train clients in their homes I notice most of the dogs want to get in on the action. 

I have been known to train both the dog and their owner at the same time! The question is who has better form?   

Much like children, when Mom or Dad are training it inspires all in the household to want to join in on the fun.

 If you have reluctant kids or a spouse just keep leading by example; I promise you they will eventually follow.  I have seen it over & over in my career.   

Non Scale Victory!!!

This is by far the quickest PR I have ever witnessed.  Going from being able to do one rotation of jump rope to 100 in just one week!

 Joey was determined from the moment he picked up that jump rope.

 I can relate to his excitement since I was only able to do one rotation of jump rope when I first started with my trainer.  It took me longer than Joey to reach my PR but I didn't practice everyday like he did!  I had jump rope phobia.  But my trainer didn't let me give in to my fear.  

 Joey proves that persistence & a positive mindset pay off.  At first Joey was only concerned about the number on the scale.  I love that he now finds pride in non-scale victories!   

It's much more rewarding to have non-scale goals.  I see it in Joey, my other clients & myself; it's empowering doing a movement you never thought you'd be able to do.

Focusing on the number on the scale became an obsession for me.  I stopped checking in with my body to feel what was going on & started allowing the scale to determine my happiness.  If I stepped on and was up I'd be depressed the rest of the day.  I would be angry & snap at my family the rest of the day.  I was a world class bitch because of my scale obsession.

I weighed myself multiple times a day to see if the number changed.  I didn't eat or drink hoping that would make it change.  I weighed myself before & after a workout to see the change.  I drove myself & my trainer crazy.  At one point he made my daughter hide the scale.  To this day I still don't know where she hid it.

Looking back I can't believe I allowed an inanimate object to determine my mental state.   

I am so proud that Joey has already learned the value of non scale victories--and he's only in 5th grade!!  

My New Gym

The last 20lbs I lost melted off in the great outdoors. 

The last few bitches I like to call them.  I would meet my trainer in cold weather, scorching hot weather, rain, didn't matter I was there to train. 

Anyone can train in the comfort of a climate controlled gym.  If you really want to condition your body train outdoors. 

You will naturally work on balance navigating uneven terrain. 

You will work with resistance, running against the wind.

Your cardiovascular system will get a workout battling the elements of weather. 

You will work on agility dodging dogs, dog poop & people. 

There are stairs you can climb to lift your booty.  Benches you can do dips off of & step ups on.

My own coach in Arizona, Andrea Atkins, recently reminded me of this. I was complaining that I don't have a gym here in NYC yet.  She replied "A gym? You don't need a gym!  Create your own.  Use the great outdooors as your playground AKA gym."

Thanks Coach!  Even from afar you are motivating me 😘

Driver's Window

My Dad is not a man of many words.  When he does speak it's usually with very carefully selected words full of depth & meaning.  

After I lost my 80lbs I went through a period where I was beating myself up over why I gained the weight in the first place.  I used to be a swimsuit model for God's sake so how could I ever have let myself get to that point?

 I was very scared of the weight coming back & kept looking back to try to make sense of it.  Old Lisa kept reappearing.  One day I told my Dad "It's as though I can see my old fat self in the rear view mirror."  

My Dad said something so profound I have to share it because it has stayed with me.  I even use it on my clients now.  He said "That's why the front window is much larger than the rear view mirror.  The rear view mirror is only to glance back every now & then.  To serve as a reminder.  The front window is for moving forward and the expansiveness of it serves as reminder of the endless possibilities that lie ahead."

Thank you Dad. XO

A Mother's Perspective

I had the pleasure of talking to the mom of one of my "Fit for Life" students and was taken by surprise as she described all the changes she has seen in her son!

  No more giant bowls of cereal every night, no more forcing the hand to be active, no more breadsticks at Olive Garden, no more shopping in the "husky" section & weight loss of over 5lbs!!

She was beaming with pride at all her son's new healthy choices.

He even had a backpack full of healthy snacks for the out of state field trip he was about to go on.  No McDonalds or junk food anymore for this student...he is truly "Fit for Life".

I cannot wait to have the pleasure of dining in the healthy restaurant this student plans on opening by the time he is 25. I am filled with hope for our childrens' future...

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Fly

"So keep on climbing, though the ground might shake.  Just keep on reaching though the limb might break. We've come this far don't you be scared now. 'Cause you can learn to fly on the way down." 

Elliana sang those lines from Maddie and Tae's song "Fly" to me on the night I was about to chicken out at my first speaking engagement telling my weight loss journey.  That was also Elliana's first performance playing guitar and singing in front of a crowd, and she inspired me with her courage. 

 We both have come so far & I did indeed learn to fly on the way down. This is for all of you flying out of your comfort zone.

 The first flight is where all the magic happens.

Go ahead and jump. 😘  

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Memorial Day Murph

My daughter & I are going to challenge ourselves & do Murph for the first time!  I challenge you to do the same!

 Make sure you time yourself.  Note the times for varying fitness levels.  

Also note the option to do 20 rounds as opposed to how the WOD is listed.

 If you are unable to do pull-ups or aren't able to get to a gym do Lat pullovers instead.  Lie on your back knees bent.  Keep arms staight & pull a weight over your head touch down on ground then back over to belly button.  Keep arms straight entire time.  

Modify push ups by doing on your knees or doing hand release push ups.  No worming! Or you can do push-ups off the wall.  

Always keep your form.  Don't scarifice form for speed.  Better to finish at a slower time than to injury yourself from sloppy form.   

In place of the run you can walk a mile if needed.  

  You got this!!!

 

Crossing Over

Metaphor for my life 5 years ago... 

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Five years ago this is where my life took a turn or a walk in a different direction.  

When my husband told me he didn't know when or if he was going to get another paycheck, I was a stay at home mom, & my daughter was in a private, Catholic school.  

I was determined to keep her in the school she'd been in since Pre-k.  I went into her principal's office crying, & she said "We are not losing a family like yours." She handed me a stop sign & a reflective vest, sending me out to the crosswalk.  

My daughter was horrified saying, "Did you have to take the lowliest job in the school?"

My husband laughed saying, "You aren't really going to take a job as a cross walk monitor are you?"  Other mom's also laughed at my new position.

  No comments mattered to me.  I have always been a do whatever it takes, not whatever is comfortable kind of person.  

I had been out of the workforce for 6 years of infertility treatments, then another 8 years of being a stay at home mom.

I needed the quickest route to keeping my daughter in a school that had become a family to us.

 I also knew I needed a job that had the same hours & days off as my daughter.

 Standing in that crosswalk paid exactly enough for my daughter's tuition.

The principal that hired me told me something I'll never forget.  "The crosswalk is the perfect job for you because you just lost 80lbs, transformed your entire life, and altered the course of your life so you are now literally crossing over in a new direction.  You're not able to see the other side yet, but in time you will see that this is a great blessing."  

She couldn't have been more right,  That crosswalk is where my life truly transformed and began anew.