Two words that put it all in perspective

Two words that put it all in perspective

I've been a player in this self-love journey for a while now. I'm no rookie. But there are still moments, days and weeks where I feel uncomfortable in my own skin. I'm thankful that I am aware of these moments rather than a constant unconscious state of being as it used to be, but it still leaves a sinking feeling in my gut when it happens. 

Most recently I tossed on my bikini to hang out at the pool while on a mini holiday in California. That was fine. I have surrounded myself with imagery of real bodies and strictly limited the amount of photoshopped and unrealistic images from my daily life. [...]

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What is health?

What is health?

Don't you just love how the sometimes the simplest questions are the most complex? 

I've spent the last decade+ researching, learning, and experimenting with health. I've come at it from all different angles. Weston A Price. Paleo. Vegetarian. Vegan. Low fat. Low calorie. Low carb. High fat. High calorie. Many small meals throughout the day. Two big meals a day. Cod liver oil. Herbs. Protein bars. Slim Fast shakes. Tinctures, oils, and salves. I did each and every one of those experiments in the name of *health.* I was led to believe that every different option would lead me to health. How's that for confusing!? [...]

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Why am I here?

Why am I here?

I have had a few professional careers in my short three decades of life, so what am I doing here, running The Alley Gym? 

In a past life, I was a middle school Special Education teacher. Middle school is notoriously tough for everyone, but after spending thousands of hours with pre-teens, I saw that the added pressures of social media add a whole new level of complexity that a maturing brain is not prepared to cope with. This is in addition to the already-difficult-to-deal-with hormonal changes and bodies that are developing and changing before their eyes. [...]

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Your fitness tracker is only as useful as when it is broken

Your fitness tracker is only as useful as when it is broken

There is internal motivation and external motivation. Some people are wired to respond to one more than the other and that is just another example of personal differences. Nothing wrong with either one. For those of us that respond well to external motivation, many have found success with fitness trackers, apps, and other challenges where we get positive reinforcement from others.[...]

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Pay What You Can

Pay What You Can

I have put a lot of time and effort to become the coach and trainer that I am today. I have spent years studying, thousands of dollars to meet the requirements to be a certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer, traveled to attend conferences, and endless energy constantly bettering myself. I am a health and fitness professional and damn good at what I do. [...]

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