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Always, Sometimes, Never

By Susan Howard

This phrase, “Always, Sometimes, Never” reminds me of an Algebra test I didn’t pass or an old drinking game that got me into trouble at a college house party.  Today I am referring to none of the above.  (Answer D) 

Instead, I want you to look at your absolutes. 

From; “I will never stop drinking coffee.” to “I hate weight training.” to  “I am not an early riser.” to “I always need something sweet in the afternoon.”  Whichever one of these phrases relates to you, (you could also fill in the blank with some of your own one-liners) aren’t completely true.

Yes, there are somethings you don’t want to give up…YET, but don’t block off the potential of change you could ignite by deciding that you are any one thing. 

At this moment you are you for as many years as you have been you. You feel most comfortable in your habits, but is the ..read more

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You have a choice in your food addiction. Choose well.

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By Susan Howard

From the second half of 2017 and up until now, I have been strict about my use of sugar.

One of my clients lamented, “Susan, is it really that horrible to have a cupcake every once in a while?”

“No, it’s not a big deal at all, you can easily metabolize those 300 to 400 calories on a 3 mile jaunt.  For me though, it sends me into a whirlwind of desire for more and more and more,” I replied.

Most everybody has their “thing.” I could drink a half a glass of red wine, or 3 glasses or skip booze for a month and not notice.  I will never have a drinking issue. Someone else could smell beer at a baseball game and become triggered into an all night bender. Other people crave fast food, french fries, cheesy creamy things. On and on it goes.

I was given my sugar addiction as a gift from my mom.  I will never forget ..read more

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Abstain from sugar this holiday season.

Sugar, You Devil

 

By Susan Howard

If you are a parent (or a person in the U.S.), come Oct 31st, we begin a Sugar-fest that starts with Trick or Treating and continues on through April with the Easter Bunny.  That’s 5 months of the year that one is tempted with chocolate-covered whatevers and frosted bunny heads.

STOP the insanity.

Don’t get on the holiday dessert train.  Once you get on, you can’t get off.  It’s addictive.  Make no bones.

Sugar is addictive like nicotine or caffeine and, if you are like me, it’s tough to just have a little.  Sugar turns to fat on your tummy.

This is the first year I am going to try abstinence from sugar and I implore you to jump in with me.

I am skipping out on all the sweets.  This does not include a cocktail or two, just the sweets.

Who is with me???

Comment below.

Stay Ready.

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Wasting your food is better than overeating according to Susan Howard, personal trainer of Los Feliz, California.

Clean Your Plate

By Susan Howard

While I hate to waste food, water, clothes, money, anything really, there is one thing I will always and forever be against, the “Clean your plate” mentality.

Why?  Because it leads to an overstuffed version of you.

First, shrink down your plate size.  Get a smaller plate to put less food on and have less to “clean.”

Second, try and fill your small plate with equal portions of protein, good fats, grains, and greens.

When you are eating out, order LESS than you think you want.

Lastly, listen to your body.  When you are full, the show is over.

Waste, yes, WASTE your food.  Happily dump it down the disposal.

Then it’s done.

Or mail the second half of your sandwich to those poor kids in Africa.

Yes, they do need it. No, your overeating won’t feed the hungry children.

Write a check to the Red Cross each time you dump your plate if that helps.

No guilt.

Stay Ready.

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Tradition

By Susan Howard

I often write about habits and being a fitness professional. The pinnacle quandary to address is, “What are our habits and how can we change them to create a healthier lifestyle?”

I am going to shock you.  Ready?

Some of your habits, you will want to keep.  Yep, even the “bad” ones.

I have a tradition — when I get my car washed I go to a little bakery, grab a coffee and a cookie, and do some work.  It’s got AC, free water, and Top 40 radio pumping.  It also allows me to maximize my free time of which I have little.

I have been off sugar for the last 5 months, so going to the coffee shop was a bit of a challenge.  But it makes sense for me and I love the hang.

So having worked out for over an hour, I knew that I needed to get something besides my earl grey tea.

I paced back and forth, and landed on ..read more

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