Guided Meditation for Coping with Loss and Healing

Guided mindfulness meditation continues to help me navigate the healing process after my loss.

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Don’t be SAD this Holiday Season!!!

Hey everyone, It has been quite some time since my last post and I forgot how much I missed writing- well.. typing. The holidays are upon us and I currently find myself in a fitness rut; I have not stepped foot in the gym in weeks- despite working one floor below a gym. I am not 100%…

Never Give Up

We all have bad days, bad weekends, and bad nights with no sleep but picking yourself up and pushing forward despite these “bad times” is a true indicator of your inner strength and desire to succeed. On top of not staying on track of my diet this weekend and not working out, I believe I…

Need a quick workout? Take the Stairs!

If you struggle finding the time to hit the gym during the day, you are not alone! According to Club Industry,  the most trusted media source for fitness business professionals, 67% of gym memberships go unused! Make sure that you still get your cardio fix by finding a flight of stairs and following the quick, but…

Yoga Proven to Ease Back Pain

Over three years ago, I was a regular at my chiropractic’s office suffering from moderate-severe low back pain. My pattern of increasing pain followed by chiropractic visits continued until my chiropractor suggested I start a regular Yoga, Pilates or stretching regimen. When I did finally take his advice, I began taking yoga classes at my…

Weight Gain after Menopause: Stopping the middle age “spread”

The hormonal changes of menopause might make a woman more likely to gain weight around the abdomen than around the hips and thighs, but hormonal changes are not the only factor to blame. Weight gain is also related to aging, lifestyle choices and genetic factors (Mayo Foundation, 2013). Postmenopausal weight gain is a concern for…

Death to Soda.

research has been consistently showing us that sugary sweetened beverages (including sports drinks, sodas, etc.) are negatively impacting our health and well-being. According to an article in the IDEA Fitness Journal (2013), sugary drinks are linked with 180,000 deaths globally! During the American Heart Association’s 2013 scientific sessions on Epidemiology, Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism,…

On Maintaining Accountability

As summer marches steadily on towards fall you may be slacking off on your healthier behaviors, especially as summer tends to be filled with lazy days, BBQ’s and family events (usually accompanied by foods that are not on your list for recommended healthy choices). So, how do we make sure our motivation and drive to…

Biggest Loser Program a Success!

Biggest Loser competition aims to keep employee, student participants motivated “Burttram hopes UAB’s Biggest Loser will return to the Rec Center next year. She hopes the successes of participants like Nolan will inspire others to take charge of their health and not be afraid of the unknown.” – Tyler Greer, Writer for the UAb Reporter Read…

SOPHE 2013 Awards Announcement

The Society for Public Health Education announces its recipients for the 2013 Distinguished Fellow and Health Education Mentor Award in this video and although I am not included in this video I AM included in the list of award winners to be announced at the 2013 annual meeting! I wanted to take this time to…

Clean Eating BBQ Stew for the WIN!

So, this recipe is one of my favorites because my husband LOVES it, it is EASY and it is HEALTHY!!! Ingredients: Pork Loin – Chicken Stock (about 3-4 cups) – Diced carrots – Red potatoes quartered – BBQ sauce Directions: (1) Put it all into the slow cooker, stir until the BBQ sauce mixes with the chicken stock…

Re-Prioritization, Planning and being a “work-a-holic”

On priorities… I have been slacking on observations over the past week for my self directed behavior change project but have a few points of interest I have been saving for this blog entry. I realized, sadly, that there are times I get so wrapped up in working, school and research that I forget to…