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…

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…

Confounding Variables and Success!

So… I have been trying over the past week or so to slow down and give thought to the amount of time I spend doing things other than the things I need to be doing. This included use of social media, staying in bed after my alarm went off and just losing my focus altogether….

Change does not happen in a night… or in a week…

So, despite all of the wonderful intentions to change, I am living proof that change does NOT happen overnight… or over 5 nights for that matter! I have been trying to keep track of my achievements (no matter how small) and my pitfalls over the past few day, and I have recorded a few much…

Back to the grind… (since the world did not end)

It’s back to reality now that the holidays are over; class, work, writing, studying, research, reading, teaching… schedule, schedule, schedule. I am taking classes in health administration, health behavior and health communication. I am extremely excited about getting back into classes, I felt enlightened after last semesters work and cannot wait to continue on my new found…

Needs Assessments and Peppermint Mochas

One paper down, two to go; part of me is begging Christmas break to hurry up while another part of me is saying “there is NO way I am going to be able to get all of my work done before the break gets here!”. I am currently working on a needs assessment paper on…