Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Miss Reading My Posts? Find Me On My New Blog

Do you miss reading my posts? Well you don't have to anymore because I am still blogging, I just now am self hosting at my new site. Start following me over there at:
Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Big Announcement! Launching of CertifiablyFit: The Healthy Lifestyle Approach

Good morning everyone! So here is the big announcement that I have been talking about for a while now. For those of you who have mentioned that you would be interested in training with me this will be extra exciting because now I am offering both in person and online personal training.After months of preparing and getting everything set up I am proud to announce:

The Official Launch of CertifiablyFit: The Healthy Lifestyle Approach 

You can visit the site by clicking below

No worries you won't be missing out on my blog posts you just now will find them here. Please update your bookmarks, feeds, and if you follow on Google Friend Connect just click on the follow button on the right on the new blog. 

Look forward to seeing you on the new blog. Feel free to invite all of your friends. 

Quote of the Day: “You will never win if you never begin.” ~ Helen Rowland

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Big Things Are Happening

Good morning everyone!

So I haven't been posting too much lately but there is a very good reason for this. I'm working on a new project which involves me banking some of the posts I have been writing lately. Soon I'll be back in full blogging swing again as soon as my new project is launched. I'll give you a hint, it has to do with my dream of having my own personal training business. Once everything is in place I'll announce my return to blogging as well as introduce you to my new project. I'm thinking that by the end of June / early July that everything will be up and running. Would be sooner but I'm getting married and going on vacation in about a week and will be out of town for two weeks. Just wanted to give you a heads up that I'm not becoming one of those disappearing bloggers :) I will be back and I promise that great things are in the works!

See you in a few weeks!

Quote of the Day: "Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them." ~ Henry Ford

Friday, May 28, 2010

Reflections from the Graveyard

When I ride my bike outside part of my route includes riding through a graveyard. People always look at me weird when I share this information. For me it’s not creepy at all and I look at it as visiting all the graves that have no visitors. Part of the reason I started to ride through was because the lack of traffic makes it the perfect place for me to do speed work.

So yesterday, while I was out for my early morning ride, my mind started wandering. I was looking at the dates on the tombstones and saw a wide range between those who lived long lives and those who didn’t and it got wondering what the difference in lifestyles was between them. How many of them died early because they didn’t take care of their health? How many of them lived full, productive, and happy lives because they did take care of themselves?

I really believe that my journey to better health has added more years between now and the time I will be only a memory in the lives of those who know me.  My hope is that I will be one of ones who lived a full, productive, and happy life because I took good care of myself.

I think from this point forward every time I ride through the graveyard I will give myself a pat on the back because every ride I take is one more step I have taken to live a healthier life.

Quote of the Day: “Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.” ~ Goethe

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Call for Healthy Journey Success Stories

Good afternoon everyone!

Are you a Healthy Journey Success Story? I'm looking to interview those of you who have changed your health status for the better. So whether you have met your goal weight, changed your fitness level, met a physical fitness challenge, or even conquered an emotional battle I want to hear from you! I'm looking to start a post series here on CertifiablyFit that features success stories of those who have embraced healthy living. So this post is a call for submissions for that series. Send me an email at certifiablyfit@gmail.com if you are interested in being interviewed and having your story featured.

Look forward to hearing everyone's story!

Quote of the Day: "There is no delight in owning anything unshared." ~ Seneca

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Business Trips – Healthy Style

Well I am finally home after having to be away for a couple days for work. I’ll be honest traveling for work always throws a couple challenges at me when it comes to staying on track with my healthy lifestyle. They throw food at you like you haven’t eaten in months and there are many hours spent sitting in a chair participating to back to back training sessions. Also, there is not much free time in the evening hours to fit in any physical activity or time to just distress from the day. Networking with colleagues is strongly pushed after training hours, which can lead to late nights as well.  
Healthy Business Travel is About Finding Balance

When I first began on my journey to better health I felt prey to these challenges and found myself off track for those couple days I was away. I ate with little regard to how much or the nutritional content (or lack of nutritional content) of food. I didn’t worry about getting workouts in either. Honestly, I just let the trip be an excuse to revert to old habits of poor eating, no physical activity, and threw my stress management plan out the window. The result was spending those days feeling pretty crappy. Oh and the guilt it would create when I returned would eat at me for weeks following.

It only took a couple of experiences like this before I recognized that I had to find a better way to manage these situations. If I could create a plan to manage my everyday life, there had to be a way to create a plan for business trips that would keep me on track.  So that is exactly what I set out to do. After a couple of trips I was able to create a plan that works pretty well for me. Now when I have to travel for work, I am able to stay on track fairly easy.

Since I know I’m not the only one that has health goals and is required to travel for work, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my tips for staying on track.

Business Travel – Healthy Style Tips

Scope out the Hotel Accommodations
I don’t normally get to pick the hotel I stay at because normally it is arranged by either my boss or by those who are hosting the training I’m attending, but I do get ample notice to which hotel I will be staying at. One of the first things I do is to check out the hotel’s website to see what I’m likely working with. Information I gather: Is there a fitness center?, Is there an in room micro-fridge?, Is there a pool?, Is the area surrounding walking/running friendly?, Are there restaurants near that I can eat healthy at nearby for meals that are not provided?   
Personalize Your Schedule
Another thing I get ahead of time is the schedule of what my schedule is for the days I’m in training. I take the schedule and use it as the base of a personalized schedule I create for the trip. I schedule in my workout times, sleep times, relaxation time, networking time, etc. into my personalized schedule. Once I have it all typed out I print it and make sure it is in my business notebook. Doing this ahead of time sets me up to be ready to use my time wisely and not waste opportunities to take care of myself.    
Healthify Your Packing List
Before I pack for the trip I actually write down a packing list so I make sure I don’t forget anything. I start with all the basics first like clothing, toiletries, computer, and business notebook/planner. Then I look at the accommodation information I collected earlier and determine what I need to bring with me to workout, relax, and stay on track nutritionally. This list normally includes things like workout clothing and shoes, workout DVD’s, resistance bands, healthy snacks, my heart rate monitor, a book, and my Ipod. Sure it makes me look like I’m packing to be away much longer than I will be, but I can’t complain that I don’t have what I need.
My Fitness/Healthy Snack Stash from my Latest Trip

Be Sensible with Food Choices
If your trip is anything like mine, normally are you are pretty much surrounded by massive quantities of catered foods throughout the time you are away. A majority of times these food choices are pretty unhealthy with a very limited selection of healthy options. For me, I follow the healthiest option approach. Meaning I try to select what I’m eating by trying to determine the healthiest option available. I keep an eye on my portions as well. Sure it might turn out to be a choice I won’t always make when I was at home, but my goal here is to do the best I can. When it comes to pre-scheduled snack times I evaluate if I’m hungry or not first. Just because they are providing snack time doesn’t mean you have to eat if you don’t need to. If I am hungry and the snack choices are pretty unhealthy then I dip into my personal snack stash.     
Stand Out From the Crowd
This one means being prepared to handle some peer pressure when it comes to certain things that you choose to do to stay on track. Some of the common things I deal with are pressure to indulge in poor food choices and to go out afterward to have drinks. You already are normally dealing with some of these issues when you are not traveling, don’t let the fact you aren’t in familiar environments derail you. Just use the same skills you use when you are on your home turf to deal with this. Keep in mind a lot of times when you are getting pressured about things like this it typically is because the person is trying to feel better about their poor choices.

Resources for Health Business Travel
Healthy Travel Network
Don't let business travel derail your fitness goals
Staying Healthy On The Road
Workout Tips for Business Travel

Quote of the Day: “Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.” ~ Julie Andrews

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Winner to the ‘Don't Drink ___, Drink WAT-AAH!’ Giveaway

And the Winner to the ‘Don't Drink ___, Drink WAT-AAH!’ Giveaway is….

GINA from THE CANDID RD  who left the following comment:
“Very cool!!! I didn't know about this, thanks for the info. I liked the DON'T DRINK JUNK ad :) I will certainly post about it on my next post. I will try to remember to e-mail you!!”

Gina, please send me your shipping address through email at certifiablyfit@gmail.com and I’ll have the company send you your prize!

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Coming up this week will be a post about staying on track with your health goals when traveling on business.  I’ll be traveling for work for a couple days early next week so I figured it would be fitting to post my tips. So stay tuned!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Quote of the day:  "The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become." ~ Jim Rohn