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Need a jacket so you can workout outdoors? Train in all kinds of weather? You can go bonkers looking at all the options on-line!

Let me save you the trouble. Being the gear goddess that I am, you can trust me that before buying any of these jackets, I researched and researched and RESEARCHED beforehand! That includes reading customer reviews, selecting the best materials, paying attention to weight and breathability, and of course, they had to be good looking! Read more

My Thai

Thai food is one of my favorite Asian cuisines and much healthier when made at home.

Thai Peanut Bowl

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The advantage of cooking Thai food at home is that you can control the amount of oil and sodium. Americans make the mistake of assuming that eating out at Asian restaurants is healthy. Quite the contrary! You should consider these dinners a splurge unless, of course, you order steamed vegetables and a dipping sauce on the side. THAT is the only way to insure you are eating a reasonable amount of calories with low fat content.

Remember, you aren’t in China, Japan, Vietnam or Thailand– you’re in America where Asian restaurants have “Americanized” the menu. That means huge portions, too much oil, and mega sodium!  Read more

Under the Covers: Life of Pi

Welcome to Under the Covers, an on-going series of book reviews to enrich the way we think, move, eat and connect.

Life of PiWise Owl 4 RatingIn my Under the Covers book series, I will rate each book based on its “Life Wisdom” value (from 1 to 5 wise owls). I will review books that inspire, motivate and teach life lessons. Some of our greatest wisdom comes from those whose journeys may be quite different from our own.

When we escape into their world, we can learn from their trials, tactics, and courage. Through their wisdom, we add to our own.

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Lance Armstrong- Behind the Handsome Face

Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey was revealing and disturbing.

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I watched the televised interviews intently. Lance Armstrong was one of my favorite athletes. Not only did I tell my friends that I’d donate $1000 to his Livestrong foundation if I could just feel the muscles in his legs (lol:), but I watched all of his Tour de France wins TWICE. In the morning live and the exact same coverage again at night. I also believed in his innocence and thought he was the real deal.

My conclusion after the interviews. Lance Armstrong is a sociopath. There were telltale details within his confession that confirm his inability to feel empathy for others and an absence of social conscience. His actions characterized by chronic and continous lying in which the rights of others were violated.

I couldn’t help but experience detailed flashbacks of my work with sexual abuse perpertrators. In the midst of their confessions, verbal expressions of remorse, acknowledgement of guilt, they would mention the lacy dress the 9 year old little girl was wearing and how it felt to have her on their lap. Sickening stuff.

Here are the key parts of his interview I found very revealing. Read more

What We Can Learn When Our Heroes Fall [re-post]

SPECIAL POST: This post initially appeared on FITskitz.com on 10/22/12. In light of Lance Armstrong’s confession this evening to Oprah Winfrey that he did in fact use performance enhancing drugs to advance his career, I am re-posting this article. Next week I will post my reaction to the interview. I’m anxious to see which of these “effects” described below impacted his choices the most.

In my opinion, the only way for him to rebuild his reputation is to become fully transparent (including how he bullied others), pay up to those he wronged, and devote the rest of his career to being the conduit for cleaning up professional sports. He should admit he would have gone to his grave with his lies had he not been caught. But now he has a different kind of power– the power to use his own deceit, greed, and fame to stop others from doing the same. Unfortunately, his legal team won’t see it this way. Stay tuned Thursday and Friday on OWN.

Lance Armstrong reminds us of the common traps of ultra success.

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The Evolving Swimmer: Total Immersion

Total Immersion swimming has its place in the pool.

Welcome to Part VI of “The Evolving Swimmer” series. Missed Part I ~ V? Click here.

To conclude this series, I’ll introduce you to a method of swimming known as Total Immersion. Developed and promoted by Terry Laughlin, this unique approach can help evolving swimmers and triathletes become more comfortable in the water and swim with less effort.

If you’re out of breath every time you swim or you’re a “sinker,” this method is for you. There are pros and cons, some of which I’ll mention, but overall Laughlin’s swim methods will help you become more balanced and at ease in the water.

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“Ladles”- Sweet Potato and Cabbage Soup

Hit the jackpot on a winter's night with one of my absolute favorite soups EVER!

Shutterstock Ladle-Welcome to “Ladles”, an ongoing series of healthy soups, stewps and gumbos!

A year ago my son gave me the Moosewood Restaurant cookbook, Simple Suppers, for Christmas. This recipe originated from this cookbook with a few tweaks and additions.

I urge you to try it even if you aren’t a huge fan of sweet potatoes or cabbage. This Indonesian flavored soup is savory (garlic and ginger root!), slightly spicy (cayenne!), bizarre (peanut butter!) and creamy (there’s NO cream!). Serve as a fancy shmancy fine dining course OR at halftime of the Super Bowl to sober up the crowd. Your guests will think they’re dreamin’!

Don’t be ashamed to lick your spoon- I did!

Sweet Potato and Cabbage Soup

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VIPER

I'm revealing the five key tools I've used to maintain a healthy lifestyle for 25 years.

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In my recent post, The ABCD Method of New Beginnings, I acknowledged the power of fresh starts. Declaring change is like a drug. Blood is flowing, thoughts racing, and energy bounds.

Making a decision to change your life is the first step. The easy step. Signing up for a fitness class, a gym membership or buying your first blender so you can begin your 3 day cleanse? Terrrrrific!  Acknowledge you’re in the honeymoon period of lifestyle change.

Want to be married to your change? That’s going to take commitment, willpower, discipline, and re-commitment. Here’s how. Read more

The ABCD Method of New Beginnings

Follow the ABCD method to turn resolutions into life long habits.

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A new year, a new you?  At least for a few weeks, eh? The gyms are packed. Personal trainers are working their own tushies off. Sparks are flying.

Motivation is a beautiful thing. January brings a new oxygen to the planet. As if we require some universal signal that it’s ok to declare a new beginning. Much like the first day of school. The backpack is full of new stuff–tools sharpened and minds eager.

Take full advantage at any time of year to declare a new beginning. If it’s January 1st, that’s great! If it’s your birthday, a Monday, or the first day of class—perfect!

There is extraordinary power in beginning.  Read more

“Ladles”- Lentil and Sausage Gumbo

No better time than winter for one pot meals served with a ladle.

Shutterstock Ladle-Welcome to “Ladles”, an ongoing series of healthy soups, stewps and gumbos!

Hearty soups feed the soul. Cheating is encouraged! Nobody cares if you chopped all fresh, organic vegetables or threw in a generic brand of frozen peas and carrots.

Comfort food doesn’t have to be mac and cheese or mashed potatoes. Protein doesn’t have to be a slab of meat. One pot to wash and leftovers that taste even better the next day!

Lentil and Sausage Gumbo (animal friendly, of course)

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