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#Inspiration

Over the last few weeks we have had a ton of snow days, which for me means lots of tv time as well as facebook, twitter and instagram :-) It is always inspiring to read the endless quotes posted, “today is the day” “your life is your own” you are in charge of your destiny” you have read them all, quoted them to your friends, liked them in your feed and had a moment of inspiration quickly followed ten minutes later with a complaint about the snow, a judgement about your body, a comment about someone else or an angry response to something, etc. We have all done this, and here in lies the never ending dilemma.

If you are responsible for the course of your life, how do you really change direction? So often, we play out the fantasy in our heads, I am just going to ____________ fill in the blank (quit, move, diet, stop, etc.) the bold life changing moves, if you have done one of these bold moves you may have discovered that as my husband The Rabid Monk calls it… you packed your shit suitcase and brought all your old patterns and crap with you. Bold moves are often like a big party, they take tons of planning, cost a lot and rarely leave a lasting change. They are great for a day or a month but what you are really looking for is a lifetime of change. If you are dissatisfied you have to walk a new road, a jet cannot take you there, you must stand on it and walk it every step of the way. It is not enough to post a quote, say a phrase or […]

Thanks for the update, now give me 20!

Here in the northeast it has been snowing for the past few weeks. There have been many snow days, too many unwanted days off, snafus with commuting, schedules and an embarrassing amount of Netflix watching (yes, I have been shamed by my tv as it asks, “Are you still watching.” Yes, yes I am. But, seriously, please stop it already people. Stop telling me the weather forecast, it will snow on Thursday, or Saturday, or next week. Right now, it is not. Right now the sun is sort of shining, the tv is off, it is warm enough outside to have logged over 8,000 steps so far today and there are workouts to do, classes to have fun in, cute scarves to wear and fuzzy slippers as part of our team uniform. (Everything is better when you are wearing cozy slippers :-)
So please, stop telling everyone about all of the c%$!p and smile at your fellow commuter, do a great workout, eat a salad instead of a cookie, buy a new toy (one of our staff members just bought an old fashioned turn table :-) and enjoy today instead of looking forward to the next disaster. If that is not possible for you, if the joy of your day is sharing sad news and bad stories then…give me 20 first; 20 curls, 20 leg lifts, 20 push ups….20 something. Make this your rule for a day! Not only will you get a great workout, it is a sure fire way to create a change in mental attitude. Before long you will be bragging about your twenty and leaving the complaining and bad news forecasts to cable news where it belongs!

Blizzards, cookies and learning to pick yourself :-)

Last week we had a blizzard here in Boston and the only reasonable response to that was obviously to bake chocolate chip cookies. I mean we needed sustenance in order to survive, right? :-) Now, those of you who know me, understand, that me actually adding the butter and eggs in to the pre-made mix provided by my friend Ilana and then turing the oven on and baking them mostly by myself (of course my husband Brian, the king of the kitchen helped :-) was a huge accomplishment worthy of accolades all by itself. But in my moment of glory and chocolate chip happiness I not only made these delicious morsels of happiness, I made sure that the cookies I ate, calculated to be 230 calories per cookie were duly allotted for in my daily number so that post blizzard I could continue my life in synergy at my ideal weight. No harm, no foul, cookies loved and blizzard survived. Yesterday, we had yet another snow day…… and herein lies the lesson in really choosing your Life in Synergy….

Yesterday’s storm did not come with the same, its a great snow day mojo. I was frustrated about having to close the studio, worried about what people would think about me for not being open, bored with sitting around and watching tv and in general, pretty unhappy. I know, chocolate chip cookies…..they worked last week. Do you see the difference? Last week, choosing the cookie was fun, joyous, easily allotted for and appreciated. This week, I was trying to use the cookie to solve my frustrations and problems. Down went the cookie at 6am…. and then the ravenous hunger set in. I could not get enough […]

Holiday Habits

One of the best gifts I have ever received is peace with my body. Not the kind when you “just accept” (also called denial) who you are but the great kind when you know that you are completely capable of creating the body and that life that you choose and when you look in the mirror you LOVE what you see. After years of hating it and abusing it with endless diets, workouts and really, if I am being honest disappointment and outright hatred. Each day now, it  is blissful to just be able to get dressed, to not have to think about how things look and feel on me. To enjoy my body for its capabilities not its short comings and to know that I can change anything I do not like with a little communication and understanding. To be able to have my cake and look hott too!

Instead of spending the next few weeks agonizing over “being bad” give yourself the gift of choosing you. When you reach for the sweets as work just factor it in and if you do not have room for it, you get to decide…. what is more important, feeling great about yourself on New Year’s or a snack that you don’t even really enjoy. You know me, I am not preaching deprivation here, no crazy diets just spending each day of the holidays like you would any other, eating  your #, taking your steps and fitting in a few SFM workouts for you. Listen, a glass of champagne only has 90 calories, you can fit that in your number and getting in your steps is a piece of cake, just go to the mall to shop!

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#Thanksliving

You know, I used to be just like you. Filled with questions and anxiety about what my next workout was going to be, which diet was finally going to work and how I was ever going to be able to look in the mirror and like and dare I say maybe even love what I saw. Each Monday I would start anew. Each workout I would push myself harder in the quest for happiness, I never found it. I found endless emotional highs and lows, frustration and depression that I was never going to look the way I wanted or as good as my friends and don’t forget the pain. Continuous pain in my neck and shoulders, my knees, my back…..I had taught myself that life was filled with torture (killer workouts), famine (silly diets) and disappointment. This is NO WAY to live your life.

So today, I am eternally grateful that I had the nerve to walk away. The nerve to live through years of hate mail from my critics and doubters. I am thankful that I now know how to eat, everything and NEVER feel guilty. That at 50 my body looks and feels amazing without a single bit of bone crunching cardio or knee destroying squats and lunges. That I have the ability to change my shape and be in control of how my body looks and feels. That I choose my Life in Synergy and create my own happiness. That each day I work with great people that were willing to trust and now have freed themselves and are the smartest and hottest staff anywhere. And finally I am so thankful to all of you, for your success, your endless emails […]

A Life in Synergy is NOT scary!

I became one of the first Gold Certified personal trainers in the country in 1987! Back then I was designing weight training rooms for women, teaching aerobics classes to adoring fans from around the country and the world and advocating the latest diets. I was 110 pounds, I had chronic pain in my knees, back and shoulders, I had muscles I hated and in general I was completely unhappy with how I looked, felt and how much time I spent every day thinking about, planning and discussing my diet, my workouts, and my inadequate body and life. That was scary! Was I always going to have to increase my workouts and eat less? Was I never going to be able to just live???? It was these truly scary and desperate thoughts that led to me creating the Synergistics Fitness Method, Nutritional Alignment, and the whole Life in Synergy Lifestyle. All of the abuse that I was heaping on myself on a daily basis as well as the real pain I felt was just the push I needed to take that first scary step. To look in a different direction for a different solution that would not only change my life but the life of thousands. The change that led to discovery, understanding and a hotter, pain free body with less work and a lot more fun!!!!

What are you afraid of?? Feeling great? Seeing the shape of your body finally change? The ability to enjoy a bagel or a slice of cake? Or maybe, you are afraid of what you are going to do when you truly have a body that you love and the free time to enjoy it???

Gaining a Life in Synergy is […]

Health Benefits of Molasses

When it comes to adding something sweet, blackstrap molasses will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also provide you many of your daily needs. A two teaspoon serving provides 12% of your recommended daily dose of calcium, as well as acting as a good source for iron, copper, manganese, potassium and magnesium. Blackstrap molasses is great mixed with yogurts, oatmeal, or even try it in your marinades or salad dressings. Remember a little goes a long way.

Pack a Cooler

Before long car trips or summer rides, think about packing a cooler. By planning ahead, you, your friends & family can enjoy fresh sandwiches made with multi-grain bread, fresh fruit, vegetables and ice cold water. This is a great alternative to wasting time, money and unwanted calories at rest stops with fast food chains and less hassel.

A Bowl of Cherries

Could cherries be a healthy snack that may also reduce pain? High in vitamin C and B as well as the essential mineral potassium, cherries contain many promising health benefits. Research has shown that antioxidants in cherries can help block inflammatory enzymes, which can help to reduce pain. Other benefits from introducing cherries into your diet include reducing the risks of heart disease and cancer. At this time of year, Bing cherries are coming into season. Pick some up today.

Make Your Potato Salad Healthy

Here is a terrific idea to help reduce the calories and add more flavor and nutrients to a summertime favorite. The next time you make potato salad, start by cutting the recommended amount of mayonnaise used in half, significantly reducing the calories. Also leave the potato skins on, as most of the fiber and nutrients can be found here. To add more flavor without adding too many calories, try combining fresh chopped herbs such as basil, cilantro and mint as well as grated lemon zest, red onion and garlic.