Our Relationship with Anxiety As a health coach for LightenUp, one of the biggest challenges our members face is addressing the role anxiety plays in our lives. Anxiety can create all sorts of destructive behaviors from paralyzing us in our attempts to move forward to causing us to numb our feelings through excessive eating, drinking,…Read More
Childhood Obesity: It’s Getting Worse And What You Can Do To Help!
Childhood Obesity and the Associated Risks Based on a recent study issued from the American Academy of Pediatrics, childhood obesity is once again on the rise. Today, about one in three American children and teens are either overweight or obese (source: American Heart Association). Per the researchers, “The past 18 years have seen increases in the…Read More
Gratitude at present moment. It takes a sad day to remind us who and what is important.
Sometimes it takes a sad day to remind us who and what is important in our lives. Gratitude at present moment. We have all experienced loss in one way or another. Like change, it is an unavoidable fact of being human. Whether it’s a job, a loved one, a relationship, a dream or anything else,…Read More
Take Charge Of Your Health
Managing your health is a challenge, one determined by the choices that you make daily. To make decisions that last, you must understand the benefits and consequences of your choices. Ask the following questions: – Do I truly value my health? – What are the benefits of making daily healthy choices? – What are the…Read More
4 REASONS TO HIRE A CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH
First off, what is a health coach? Per Wikipedia’s definition, a certify health coach is a professional who uses “evidence-based skillful conversation, clinical interventions and strategies to actively and safely engage client/patients in health behavior change. Health coaches are certified or credentialed to safely guide clients and patients who may have chronic conditions or those…Read More
Five Ways to a Healthier Thanksgiving and Holiday Season
As Thanksgiving and the holiday season fast approaches, the health coaches at LightenUp Fitness wanted to share some ways we prepare our members for the holidays. Don’t try to accomplish all of them at once. Focus on a couple this holiday season and see how you do. Celebrate relationships, not food The origin of Thanksgiving…Read More
Does Gut Health Impact Weight Loss?
*So here is an interesting concept for you to digest… What if I told you that your moods and subsequently your weight loss success are affected by the health of your gut! What? I know, sounds like something out of Star Trek where there is a civilization inside you that is controlling how you see…Read More
My Personal Weight Loss Journey
“What do you know about weight loss?” *I do dislike writing about myself, but I have been asked repeatedly, “Why are your starting up this kind of business. You have not been overweight!” Au contraire mon fraire! Here is my brief story that’s led me down this path. Childhood Obesity and Me *I was an…Read More
Perfect: The Enemy of Good
Perfect: the enemy of good. We focus so much of our time on all of the things we would like to change about ourselves. As we start to go down that path, we become quickly overwhelmed and give up on our healthier lifestyle. In other words, striving to become perfect is not allowing us to become good. Research…Read More