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Hail Mary

What do Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson have in common? That’s right, with the football game on the line and time running out, they have each perfected the Hail Mary. They can throw a bomb half the length of the field, into the end zone for the game winning touchdown.

What does this have to do with you and why do you care? Maybe you don’t even like football and could give two hoots about the Superbowl. Fear not. My usage of the term “The Hail Mary” is to be used thusly; if it’s the end of the day and you haven’t had a chance to workout because of work obligations, travel, family events whatever, you still can throw a Hail Mary.

You should answer the question what could be your Hail Mary routine and keep it in your mind and write it out so you know what to do in a pinch.

Picture this; it’s 9:30 pm and you are ..read more

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Dark Daze

By Susan Howard

It’s a rough time right now, and all of us are being taken down by the political animosity in one way of another. Let’s face it, it’s stressful! We can pretend not to pay attention, but it’s impossible not to notice the frenzy around us. Even Tibetan monks are struggling on mountain tops, Namaste.

The only way around the craziness is through. Get sweaty, take action, walk in nature, write letters, wave flags, take a knee. You do you. Don’t let the dark cloud leave you lethargic and lame. Don’t let this time be an excuse to get lazy or be overwhelmed with anxiety. It’s time to stand up and be on the go.

I don’t mean this metaphorically, I actually want you to get to the gym, jump on your bike or go swim laps. Positive energy in your body creates positive thoughts in your head which in turn leads to calm focused decisions.

We all want change, but what ..read more

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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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Self Harm V. Self Love

By Susan Howard

The battle begins.  Who will reign triumphant, love or hate?  I have worked with a few clients who in their sordid past were self harmers—some with food, drugs or razor blades.  No matter the vice, they are all the same really.  Circumventing life frustrations, taking the stress out in a way that cripples them.  Instead of dealing with issues straight on, they hide their feelings and act out.

Why is it so hard to avoid self loathing?  I can take the thinnest most in shape person and they struggle as much as the over weight one.  Maybe that is a reason for the popularity of Instagram in that people are desperately trying to convince other people they are beautiful as they struggle with their own inner pain.

Who cares what you look like, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, as the old saying goes.  People do care what you look like, and you care what you ..read more

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My Dog Died

By Susan Howard

My dog actually did die two weeks ago, he was a great dog.  Bailey, he was like my first son.  He did funny tricks, flipped over couches and snored as he dreamed.  I will miss him forever and always.  The fact is I could not stop my 12-year-old blind dog from dying.  It’s one of the things that happens in life, and so it goes. 

If, however, I put on five pounds and I want to take them off there is a way to do so.  The five extra pounds is not an impossible puzzle.  There is something I can do about it.

Yes I have got to clean up my diet, exercise more, and be discipline in all the choices I make, but there is an answer to my problem.

Know this; if you think you can’t, you won’t.

Don’t make things bigger than they are.  You are not boxed into a corner in the ..read more

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You can choose to be as fit as you wish. Make the choice!

Fight, fight, win!

By Susan Howard

Today at my local gym, I was talking to a workout pal of mine that also happens to be a mega bro. He looks like a pro wrestler with big guns, strong legs, and ripped abs. He was eating a cookie at the time (granted it was the healthy kind with extra protein inside), and he offered me a bite. I took a little taste and said, “You can eat that stuff, I can’t.”

“No I can’t,” he retorted. “Everyone always says that and they are dead wrong.” He continued, “I watch what I eat all the time, that’s how I look like this. It’s tough to give stuff up, but if you want to look a certain way, you have to.”

There it is.  All the images of hot chicks in swim suits and shirtless dudes with their jeans pulled down past their hips, don’t just look that way, they choose to look that way.  This opens a whole ..read more

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Fight laziness by moving more!

Lazy Daze

By Susan Howard

In Indian sanskrit, there are certain steps to Nirvana.  Practicing the asanas, meditating, becoming selfless, overcoming the ego, and so it goes.  There is also a list of things that prevent you from reaching Nirvana.  One of those is, yes, you guessed it, laziness.

Before I get into this, it doesn’t mean you should push yourself around full steam ahead leaving this moment in the dust.  No, some of you reading this likely need to slow down and be a bit more chill.  But then there are the others of you that are, for lack of a better word, lazy.  You don’t want to be.  You are fuzzy in your mind, tired and perhaps a bit depressed.  Lazy is never just lazy, it signifies a hopelessness and a dimness that can’t be moved past.

How, I ask, can you reach your potential?

Well, you must move.  No surprise there.  Action begets more action.  Be in motion. Now I am here, now ..read more

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Feeling great is achieved by working out.

GREAT

By Susan Howard

Just like Tony the Tiger used to say after eating his bowl of Frosted Flakes, we want to feel “GRRRRREAT!!!”

(Side note: Frosted Flakes are actually horrible for you, and probably one of the worst things you could eat in the morning as they have a TON of sugar and no nutritional value, but that’s besides the point.)

We don’t want to feel good, we want to feel great.

After a tough workout yesterday, I was walking out of my gym, thinking, “I feel great.”  You could choose not to workout, but then you don’t get to feel great.  Yes, you can have a good day skipping a workout but without that heart-pumping, muscle-engaging sweat, you don’t get the rewards of feeling great.

On your quest for feeling great, you may turn to drugs or alcohol, but that is a fleeting “great” feeling that will eventually drop flat into a state of not feeling great or even God-awful.

This may sound simple, but if ..read more

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There's no use getting your dream body if you don't start to love yourself before you get there.

Hate

By Susan Howard

When we start from a place of self loathing — “I don’t look like she/he looks”/“I don’t look like I used to look”/“I don’t look like I should look”– there are a few things that happen.  We malnourish ourselves, or we overfeed ourselves, or we actually look and feel great, but secretly despise ourselves.  Ironically, I think the level of body disgust runs equally from my in-shape clients to my out-of-shape ones.

If we come from a place of love, there is a chance we will find movements our body loves to perform, food that digests well in our systems and clothes that fit our body and accentuates our figure. Seem easy? It’s nearly impossible. Even as I sit here typing I have my own level of  old school mental body noise that I am trying to abort.

I say, “Go blank off, you voices that say we are not enough!  We are enough, our bodies do incredible things everyday ..read more

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Susan Howard explains how post natal moms can work on their cores after having a baby.

Where Did My Core Go

By Susan Howard

It is still in vogue to talk about core strength, but for post natal women, especially, abdominal activation can seem miles away.

Here’s how I explain it: “What if you were to get punched in the stomach. How would you brace to receive that blow?” With your core.  Core and abdominal contraction are a big part of how we live and move. Even just moving from sitting to standing, we find that the abs contract to facilitate that move.

Now back to my post natal moms… When you get pregnant, all those intercostal muscles stretch out to create room for the little beast inside. If you get a C- section, the doctors cut through some of these connections to get to the baby.  How then do we make it back to the one?

Well, it’s harder for my pregnant ladies, but hey, at least you get a mini me.

When you workout, stem all of your moves from your core.  This is ..read more

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