Body Essentials Personal Training & Wellness

In the spirit of it being the week of Valentines Day (enter eye roll) but also Heart Health Month lets traverse all things love, resilience, and working out!

On Love: I LOVE it when obvious things that I know and have lived come, go, and then re-enter my life like a it is an entirely new concept. Last week in a discussion and then listening session on utilizing strengths in our daily life the topic of love came up as a strength. And the conversation went from giving love to receiving love (we are not necessarily talking romance here) in the spirit of relating to others, accepting kindness from others and not just giving of ourselves to everyone else. This seemed so simple but has been my February profound moment that was just a great reminder. So take a moment and think about that. Do you receive offerings of kindness, compliments and gifts well? Some of us are better than others and it is certainly something to consider, reflect on, and practice in either direction especially if you feel like something is lacking in your life or if you are feeling burned out in one or more areas of life. When it comes to making time for exercise, optimal nutrition or self-care priority this is a discussion we often have to have with clients here not to mention with ourselves as coaches given that we are so attuned to selflessly and endlessly giving to others.

On Resilience: One of my favorite expressions in the work we do day in and day out with clients and prospective clients is “Every BODY has a story.” This means every physical and emotional body. As we begin a relationship with human beings here at Body Essentials we are entrusted with and take in a lot of information about people: Goals, experiences, failures, successes and fears to name just a few. With that comes a heaviness and lightness of giving, receiving and caring as we work purposefully to help people transform themselves physically which also results in an emotional transformation around confidence, behaviors, beliefs and past experiences. Exercise is medicine, therapy, and FUN all in one gorgeous yet sweaty package. I always share that one workout will make anyone feel better in the moment but there is a damned if you do/damned if you don’t impact of long-term exercise: Pain! Many people find their way to exercise to get stronger to minimize pain from weakness. Many people experience pain in exercise from the newness of it as a physiological response to new stimulus and intensity. AND many will experience pain from continued exercise as they get stronger and we continue to challenge them to grow and get better and reach goals and reach different areas of the body that are ready and able to work effectively. The bottom line is that with pain comes growth and improvement in the body and out of the body when we look in the mirror. And probably the coolest thing about resilience is JUST THAT. The ability of any BODY to bounce back. Now I am talking about people who have had significant setbacks in life and move through them to become what I consider amazing super heroes of or to themselves. Heart Disease is the #1 killer of men and women but I can (and I sure you can) share at least 6-7 stories of people who have had significant heart events who are absolutely crushing life, particularly very physically active lives.

On Working Out: You must do the thing you think you cannot do! And maybe do it more than once. We have asked our community to participate in many activities around vision building and goal setting for this year and so many take the challenge very seriously and set the bar high. From pull ups, 5K’s, Spartan Races, 100 mile bike rides, extended plank holds and fine tuning other activities around strength and cardiovascular pursuits our community is fierce and on fire and embracing exercise. If you know you should workout but are scared, take the step, because it can change your life if you let it. Exercise will keep you young, make you young again, and help prevent countless age related accidents if you are not participating in some sort of exercise routine. So change your mind and change your body by exercising fiercely but appropriately for where you are at right now!

So I invite you, no, insist that you celebrate yourself this week, and every week. At times the world, our country, our community seem dark and often times we are hard on others and ourselves unnecessarily so just stop it. Be nice to you. And as Ellen DeGeneres says each and everyday “Be kind to one another.” This is our one life ….. Go for it whatever IT means.

-Christie

I was taking a spinning class at an area gym this past weekend. All of a sudden I saw a flash of light go off in mid-pedal and wondered what it was thinking strangely that someone was taking a photo. It turned out to be inches away from me. The rider next to me had her cell phone on her handle bars and had got a text message. Now, let me be frank......CELL PHONES ARE UNNECCESSARY WHEN WORKING OUT especially in a group fitness setting lead by an instructor with music. And if for some extreme reason you need to have your cell phone in front of your face working out (i.e. on call Dr.) you sure as hell should have a discrete notification setting not one that could disrupt another participant to the point where they think they will have a seizure due to multiple flashes of light, which in my experience was what the instructor described when the flash went off and interestingly enough she has not addressed with this repeat offender in her class. So this whole experience got me thinking about how technology is doing more harm than good in this day and age from a well-being perspective physically, emotionally, socially and otherwise. Agree or disagree, think twice and beyond yourself about how your own technology usage may be adversely impacting others because of your own selfish behavior and adjust accordingly.

I could go on but I think we all know that we are all guilty of over use. I know I am and the reminders above are as much for me as for everyone else. I utilize numerous well-being apps for meditation, journaling, affirmations and other tracking mechanisms in addition for audio book "reading" and yoga practice not to mention grocery shopping and banking and business. In the past three months I have set up some rules of use for myself that generally work well but there are periodic moments when I unnecessarily use my phone when silence or detachment would be the better option and other times when my phone being on silence has resulted in being late for or missing calls or scheduled appointments.

At the very least I think it is important to audit our behaviors around technology usage and how it may be adversely impacting us and others around us! And I will never know why a "camera style" flash is an optimal message notifier especially in a dark spinning studio at 8am on a Saturday morning!

As We wind down our programming for a long weekend and a week of workouts balanced woth recovery ❤️‍🩹 & intensity 🏋️‍♀️ It makes my heart happy to see how passionately everyone shows up, tries new things, expands beyond their comfort zone & gives 100%+

Working our core is not just strengthening our body but about feeling all the feels…..showing up  when we may not feel like it, trying a workout that may not be our favorite but knowing it will be good for us, and working thru all the hard stuff as it arises.  Listening to our heart and not that pesky judgmental voice in our head! 💜 

We walked a lot of miles in June, logged dozens of Zoom workouts, intentionally picked up and set down thousands of  pounds. And now we rest, reset, restore and return on Tuesday for a mew adventure! July is for mobility & flexibility on top of our usual work. 

My heart is full & grateful as I rest, celebrate, & prepare………….

#fitnessfeels #workitout #strength #resilience #flexibility #selfmastery #wellness #weightloss
#independence #summer2022 #bodyessentialspt #longweekendvibes
Whether health, career, state of mind or anything else, changing  our habits take time, engagement and understanding of ourselves. 

21 days is what you will see as a supposed sweet spot for creating a new habit but that is simply the beginning that can be created with sheer will power and perhaps that will power will turn into sustained long term change. 

But for anyone who has tried and then returned to old behaviors, there is more to it on that journey because stressors will take us off course, events, and that dirty, no good voice in our head will play games. 

Making the decision to change and the. Starting to design our human, built and  behavioral environment around what we are seeking and continuing to reinforce and create helps knock out those things that take us off track . 

Knowing why we want to change has to be strong to surpass the other options and continue to build the new. 

We are talking months here………

Do mot throw in the towel. Remember what made you decide to make the journey. The journey os worth  it and once you get there, every decision to change and the journey will be easier.

On Friday a client was stressed feeling as if the week got off track and things were not going well with nutrition and exercise. We worked out, talked, got back on track and on Monday determined that pesky voice was the culprit not her action. 

Just stay the course………

#transformationtuesday #behaviorchange #wellnessjourney #weightlossjourney #lifebydesign #bodyessentialspt
I think it is normal to feel a blend of emotions as we pass thru years of our lives. I believe in sitting with that and making some meaning and then moving on instead of just being our age or condition as if it is the only choice. 

🖤 Age is a number. We do not have to let the number identify when we stop trying at life.

🖤 Menopause is not a disease or a sign of end of life for women. Sure several things happen but like in other seasons of life we just have to adjust

🖤 We have a choice how to think & act in the aging process and that can make all the difference

🖤 With age comes wisdom, let’s use it to our advantage and never stop learning & improving. 

In my latest blog post (link in bio) I talk a little bit more about all of this written off the belief that I have 100% control of how well I will age and who I will partner with as needed & when needed. 

#wellnesswednesday #wisdom #activeaging #mindset #bodyessentialspt
This #wellnesswednesday let’s marinate in kindness to and about ourselves & towards others. We can never give or receive too much…..

🏋️‍♀️In fitness I always say there are certain exercises that never go out of style so you just need to learn to love them as resistance just make them harder! Any guesses to any of the exercises I am referring to? 

💃Self-loathing & body shaming ourselves or others is simply disempowering. Thinking, acting, and speaking kindly engineers our brain to a positive state of mind and working from a positive place allows us to work with the tide instead of against it. 

Todays yoga 🧘‍♀️ practice is all about loving 🥰 kindness & opening the heart sending goodness to ourselves, those we love, those that challenge us and to the world 🌎 as a whole. 

Make it a great day for yourself & those around you. 🙏 

#selflove #lovingkindness #health #wellness #fitness #innerstrength #loveyourbody #mindfulness #yoga
ahhhhhhh the weekend! ☀️ 

we always start with the workout! 

7am - Spinning 🚴 ….. A scenic guided ride around some favorite Vermont spots! 

8am - Total Body Blast 💥……. A mix of the best moves from workouts all week ….some may say the worst moves 😂

every weekend someone different for fresh energy & inspiration leaving us ready for the best weekend AND the week ahead and the next layer of programming in our 4, 8, or 12 week plan…..

#fitness #exercise #saturyay #weekendvibes #workitout #shakeitoff #butfirstweworkout #healthyliving #spinning #strengthtraining #beenergized #beinspired #bodyessentialspt
This is 47. 

My #feelgoodfriday is a whole lot of gratitude 🙏 for…….

💃 taking the path less traveled, listening to myself, not the crowd, not the expected, and simply stating what others think but do nothing about, taking action and changing what does not work. 

💃 being a warrior for my own health & wellbeing, physical & emotional. This means not just accepting Dr’s words as gospel. It means realizing how valuable all the journaling of nutrition, exercise, sleep is and knowing that “it is just aging and getting older” is just a reason not to take action. 

💃 never settling for good enough or beating myself up for mistakes and imperfection. Always improving and learning and soaking up as much of this life as possible. 

Why am I saying all this? Because women experiencing menopause or peri-menopause can have every aspect of their life turned upside down and not even realize why because it is talked about so little because lets be real when is it natural to bring it up in conversation?! 

All of the things that I celebrate today allow me to weather the change with confidence, energy, appreciation, stability, balance, wonder, and possibility. 

To anyone who needs to hear it, you are not crazy. Lean in and know there are countless ways to become or remain the best version of yourself during the change as long as you do not say, oh it is menopause, that is just part of the deal. 

Not feeling your best is a choice. Life is too short to make that choice. 

Get in touch if you want help! 

#gratitude #menopause #perimenopause #womenshealth #wellnessjourney #lifebydesign #mybestself #healthyliving #celebrateyourself
As great as exercise is for us, so is rest and active rest or recovery. In our mission to serve all parts of healthy living whether fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle, our studio closes for major holidays for a long weekend encouraging our clients to take an exercise break and be active in other ways outside in life.

This weekend that may include……
🪴 gardening
🏔 hiking 
🏊 water based activities
🧘‍♀️ unplugged weekend
🚙 roadtrip 
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💃🕺social events
🏕 camping or other time in nature
🎾 other sports like tennis, golf, or biking 🚴‍♀️ 

We reopen on Tuesday kicking off the 2nd half of 2022 programming reenergized, repaired and rested…..

Enjoy your weekend 🇺🇸 

#rest #relax #restore #recreate
#health #wellness 
#fun #nature #socializing
#memorialdayweekend
#summer2022
Life can feel like a real grind a good deal of the time if we let it. Work, home, kids, family, business, education rinse and repeat whatever the cycle is for you. No one will ever tell us to slow down or if we don't listen to those we do or tune into our body telling us to pull back and slow down life will just pass us by.This weekend, I invite you to take some time to step back, slow down, enjoy the sights and sounds of summer AND do less to accomplish more!

Feeling grateful for the extra time, space with no specific to do list for the next four days. Simultaneously, looking forward to see and feel the outcomes ………

Happy Weekend Friends! 🇺🇸 

#nuture #mayshowers #mayflowers #nature #justbe #listen #hear #mindfullness #nonjudgement #meditation #summer #evolve #wellnessjourney #memorialdayweekend
Sometimes, having no words is way better than thinking the answers and the commentary is simple. 

Hold the space, send the love. Some day we will know better and do better. For now take the time, be grateful, find your own way to do better, be better for yourself, your family, community etc. 

❤️‍🩹 🙏 

#wellnesswednesday #silenceisgolden #holdingspace #peace #bodyessentialspt
Happy Monday ❤️ 🌺 

As long as we consistently act and put ourselves in the presence of work and individuals, habits and attitudes that promote outcomes we are seeking, failure and lack of time is not possible. 

Of course we must know precisely what we are seeking …….

#mindfulmonday #springflowers #gardening #lifebydesign
What does that mean for you? It is 100% worth figuring it out and navigating your way there. Now go, live well in body & mind! #lifebydesign #healthyliving #wellnessjourney #bodyessentialspt
another from the collection of lets  not take ourselves too seriously…..a legitimate form of being well in mind, body & energy. 

make it a fantastic Friday‼️ ☀️

#fridayfunnies #fitnessfriday #rule6 #artofpossibility #wellnessjourney #bodyessentialspt
This is the best way to flow into the 2nd half of an absolutely gorgeous week……

#wellnesswednesday #yogaflow #onewithnature #secondhomegym #yogawiththebirds #workitoutoutside #lifebydesign #wellnessjourney
Energy is everything! 

Psychologically we can condition ourselves to 
to work hard and be energetic in theory. Here are a few other repeatedly well-documented ways to thrive energetically. 

☀️Vitamin D - Supplementation is critical for New Englanders. Do you know your number? Good for bones & your emotional spirit. 

🛌 Sleep - Quality & quantity. We may think we can be optimal on 5-6 hours but really….can we? Making sure your environment is set for sleep not work is critical. Lighting, temperature, peace, screen free. Power down 1-2 hours before sleep time. 

🥗 Food - That fuels not just fills. Nutrient dense in just the right amount and frequency that does not leave you stuffed and tired. 

👥 Relationships - Surround yourself with those who bring about the best in you. Laugh plenty. Hug & kiss your loved ones. 

✨Clarity & Purpose - Know yourself & your wants/needs, work purposefully & positively. Intention without action is just spinning your wheels will be exhausting over time. 

This just scratches the surface of energy drivers that crossover to our health improvement as a whole. 

Catching up on low energy is nearly impossible so stop borrowing from your future to serve your present…… 

#restup #energize #health #healthimprovement #wellnessjourney #restore #rejuvenate #womenshealth #energyiseverything
….work life balance is in the eye of the beholder…..

How do you “be~friend” yourself daily, weekly, monthly, annually? 

Do you like being in your own company? 

Are you ok being in silence with your own thoughts? 

Do you have hobbies that you engage in outside of life responsibilities? 

This is simply something to consider especially if you constantly feel like you have no time or space for just you. 

Remember that “you time” is not selfish. It makes us better spouses, parents, colleagues. 

I know that sometimes I can be doing around home like cleaning and it will feel like it is my time and quite fulfilling as it just me in silence but other times the last thing I want to do is anything that has to do with care of the home. And sometimes I like to exercise on my own in my own way with no one else and other times I want nothing to do with exercise. 

#wellnesswednesday can be a great day to take a break for you to do something or nothing at all but what you choose. 

#humanbeing #humandoing #wellnessjourney 
#bodyessentialspt
This is my goal each & every day……..

Not putting off life until “retirement” …… for so 

many reasons ……

On the other hand I will never create a life that I 

will not want a vacation from ……

If it is too easy, I am not working hard enough. If 

it is draining my well-being I am not working 

smart enough. 

We all deserve physical and mental well-being. It is within us but something that also has to be worked out by us and not delayed until the kids are grown or until we retire……..

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. How do you tend your health as a whole on a daily basis? 

#healthiswealth #lifebydesign #healthyliving #wellnessjourney #mentalhealthawareness #personaltrainer #nutritioncoach #healthcoach #lifestylecoach
In an effort to not take oneself too seriously lets finish the month laughing and owning that sometimes a fake it till you make it mindset is a’ok. Adulting can be hard….

Have an amazing weekend 🥳🤣☀️

#weekendvibes #fridayfeels #laughterismedicine #rulesix #artofpossibility
what do you do each day to create the best version of yourself? 

do you even feel like know what the best version of you is? 

Our daily responsibilities blur our belief of being able to create our best self. 

Doing work I love 💕 is a part of my best self. 

Creating time & space for leisure pursuits and learning is another part ✨

Being a loving & supportive spouse is a priority 🥰

Maintaining physical & emotional health allows the other three to flow 🧘‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ 🏋️

Adventure & fresh landscapes breathe fresh energy 🏔 

Everything else is noise and distraction ….

If you are not sure for yourself, take some quiet time to identify 1-2 things & work from there ….

#transformationtuesday #vision #lifebydesign #health #love #adventure #peaceofmind #lifeonpurpose
My belief is that the more positive I think, even in moments of adversity or days that just don’t feel great, the better the outcome I will have compared to if I had a bad attitude about anything in my day or life not working out as planned. 

This is a script that can be flipped at any moment but has to be continuously cultivated and practiced in order to create a more automatic response, in difficult times. If not practiced, it is easy to say that a positive outlook does not work. When practiced as a way of life, bad days are few and far between and there are always solutions to challenges of any kind. They may just take a while to get to but it is sure better than seeing the negative in every person or situation. 

Happiness & Resilience are as good for our health as exercise and nutrition. 

What is your day to day outlook? 
🤗? 

😒? 

😐? 

#motivationmonday #earlybirdgetstheworm #selfcoached #fitness #mindset #resilience #practicewhatipreach
the prettiest view for today………

Have a great day! 

☀️ 💐 

#aprilshowers #springinvermont #tulips #chooseyourview #enoughisenough
How do you Monday? 

I am 110%. They are always packed full.

It takes some self-coaching to get pepped up but after that first hour of being up, I am all in! 

We can let others impact our Monday mindset but the bottom line is that it is only us that makes the choice of how we respond to what comes our way at any given point of any day‼️

Not perfect, no filters, but 100% me………

#motivationmonday #earlybirdgetstheworm #selfcoached #fitness #mindset #practicewhatipreach
Happy Friday. That is all. 🌺 #weekendvibes #easterweekend #tulips #restandrestore #fitnessfriday
just this for today, for this week, forever ….

#radiance #soulfulsunday #liveinspired #aprilvibes #springshowersbringmayflowers
I know I am winning my week when my Friday 5:30am class energy matches or exceeds my Monday 5:30! It is all a matter or energy & mindset management. 

We work hard and deserve to not be depleted over the weekend in order enjoy our leisure time. 
Loving what we do for work or training ourselves to do. Constantly focusing on the challenge, busyness & rigor of our work lives depletes of us the joy of our life. 

We only get one trip……..how do you live all of it to your fullest….work & leisure……loving most every moment…..

#mindsetmatters #tgif #weekendvibes #mindyourenergy #lifebydesign #getyourmindright #seekyourbliss
THIS was such a great memory to have pop up on my phone this am! It was the last in person professional development event I attended. We certainly did not know that at the time. Thank goodness for virtual conferences the last two years! 

This #wellnesswednesday I am thankful for the various coaches & instructors I have had the opportunity to work with at the studio over the years & grateful for those still part of our community. It takes a village to maintain a vibrant community and in the fitness business, variety is part of keeping the body fresh & motivated to keep in improving! 

This Friday we kick off a new chapter with another new member of our spinning tribe! I have a feeling it is going to be a sweaty ride. 

#attitudeofgratitude #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
#fitnesscoaching #fitnessjourney #ideapti #spinning #trx #raisedbarre #yoga #groupfitness #personaltraining
Whether to somewhere warm or to ski ⛷, it makes my heart ❤️ happy to see our members vacationing again! 

It gives me peace of mind that they can take us with them if they want to fit a couple workouts in with our on-demand option where you log in anytime to find workouts of all types, lengths and equipment ready to play! 

A life well lived is definitely knowing when to say when, rest or workout but also not having to sacrifice daily life if our work takes us in the road or if family duties call us away from home. We provide as much support to our community as needed. DM with questions or go to link in bio get started! 

#vacationvibes #lifewelllived #workitout #beonthego #bodyessentialspt #fitnessjourney #restdays #traveldays #ondemandworkouts
Somedays, pie for lunch is all you need. In honor of #maplemonday & Pi Day I whipped up this Maple Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie & every bite was exquisite! Now as a fitness & nutrition coach this is not my norm but we all deserve to treat ourselves well in health & indulgence.

I did not like the idea of corn syrup so out with that & in with more maple 🍁  syrup! AND substituted white sugar with date sugar that I made. Dates are lower on the glycemic index so there is a lesser chance of crashing. Dates make a great sugar substitute especially in darker foods as they do not change the color. Total, delicious success! 

Thanks to @lcchocolates for the recipe inspo! 😋

#piday #maplemonday #vermontmaple #maplesyrup #treatyourself
Monday….Spring forward covered in snow. All I can say is good thing the devices change themselves. 

I am just going to believe everything today is a magical miracle because it just feels like a great way to go thru this day…..

#mindfulmonday #springforward #thisvermontlife #believeinmagic #miraclesareeverywhere

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