Body Essentials Personal Training & Wellness

I love food! And really who doesn't? What I do not like about food is grocery shopping and wedding thru food items that manufacturers are trying to sell as healthy when I do actually partake in a grocery shopping trip. I enjoy preparing food at home when I have ample time to do it in a manner that does not seem like I am just doing it to fuel myself (AKA rushing to put the healthiest thing together in the quickest amount of time) and obviously I enjoy eating food!

First things first, the BEST thing to happen too Rutland, VT is the Hannaford To Go service. Being able to order my groceries online from the comfort of my home with the ability to check the fridge and pantry to assure I do not over look something is as AMAZING as it is to walk into Hannaford and get great customer service at the HTG check out area when I pick up my groceries. Lets face it, most of the challenge of eating well is in the plan and prepare phase. Hannaford has lightened the load in part of that process. The only redeeming aspect of physically doing the grocery shopping now is seeing any new products on the shelves that I may not have seen in the online grocery store BUT similarly the same thing happens when I shop online at Hannaford, I see things I may not have found walking around the store. Truly this is not meant to be a manifesto about HTG but it has been a game changer in my weekly schedule for over 2 years now!

In August I reflected on how 30 days of no alcohol made a difference in my life so in September I went on another nutritional journey and eliminated as much added sugar from my diet as I could. Added and processed sugar is a huge issue in the Standard American Diet (SAD). According to the American Heart Association (2009) Men & Women over 19 years of age average 18-25 teaspoons of added sugar per day. The recommended daily amount if no more than 9 teaspoons (36 grams) for men and 6 (25 grams) for women. Given that data was from 10 years ago, there could be some changes but they would not be improving numbers. If you read nutrition labels at all when you are shopping, you may see an added sugar total on some labels under the total sugar number. As of January 2020 this will be mandatory  on a majority of food items  with the date being expanded for others. So depending on your nutritional knowledge base, just because something says it has sugar, does not always mean it is added sugar, some are naturally occurring in the food product  such as some dairy and some grains. It can be confusing. I have a relatively healthy diet but it is not perfect and a month of looking a bit more carefully at this particular ingredient further enhanced the quality of my diet and overall health.

As I started my month of no added sugar the first two changes I made were that I only bought plain greek yogurt which was already a staple but I would allow a flavored yogurt as a snack (and I could write an entire post on the spectrum of bad to good flavored yogurts). I also stopped using maple syrup. Shhhh, do not tell my husband. Although maple syrup is all natural it is still sweet so I wanted to go entirely plain on my yogurt which is the only place I use syrup (aside from the occasional pancake, french toast or vanilla ice cream). These changes were relatively simple because what I found as I continued this process is that I really don't have a diet high in added sugar so the flavor changes were not huge for my palette. I did minimize bread intake which again I was doing anyway but even more so in September. I have a weird weakness for toast but months earlier I had switched from regular bread (cue the Klingers Jewish Rye) for whole wheat sandwich thins which have less than 3 g of sugar. One of my biggest learning came from my affinity for Cabot Cottage Cheese (great source of protein for snack). I had no idea some of the sugar was added sugar. No more cottage cheese which meant more fruit and plain yogurt. Next up was my love of lattes on any given day of the week and when one certain coffee shop in Rutland starts selling pumpkin lattes in September, the challenge is on. Thankfully THESE pumpkin latte's are made with REAL pumpkin, not that flavored sugar syrup of many coffee shops so I was in the clear especially since I prefer oat milk from Planet Oat which is low in sugar from the oats and no added sugar. Otherwise the challenge was in condiments which are not huge for me but when my husband does the cooking he is more likely to use BBQ sauce if grilling chicken and just loves sauce in general. AND of course, salad dressings. Unless you make your own salad dressing, you are accumulating added sugar even from locally made dressings. So I did some research when I was shopping (online of course) and ended up going back to an old favorite, Briana's French Vinaigrette. Any food not mentioned is because it is fresh protein with only fresh herb flavoring, fresh fruits and fresh or frozen vegetables so sugar was not an issue at most lunch or dinners. Moreover, staying away from things like ice cream and other sweets was quite easy. Now that October has rolled around, I got a bit more lax the first week but have stuck with most small changes I needed to make and the box of chocolates I just received are hidden and unopened!

Another area that I was unsure about was oatmeal but I was pleasantly surprised that I was in the clear here. So overall I was reassured the my diet was above average with no plan to change anything!

So if I have piqued your interest as to what are some big offenders when it comes to added sugar (aside from the obvious), here is a list of things that I talk about regularly when coaching & advising nutrition to clients:

-Boxed/Shelf Stable food items including boxed meals

-Processed food items from the shelf, frozen, food section, in the dairy section AND in the "healthy food section"

-Pasta Sauces

-Yogurts

-Condiments (Salad dressings, BBQ Sauces, Ketchup etc)

-Bread Products

-Flavored foods (like frozen veggies with added sauce, or frozen prepared foods, or canned goods with additives).

-Flavored Coffee Creamers

-Dried Fruit

This is not an exhaustive list by any means, just some items that always shock people where other high sugar items are obvious including alcohol & most everything you can buy at a convenience store. The best strategy when trying to reduce sugar in your diet is to get things as plain and natural as possible and then added your own flavoring via fresh or dried herbs, prepare your own foods as straight forward as possible (AKA not from a box and with fresh or plain frozen veggies).

Source: American Heart Association, Scientific Statement on Dietary Sugars Intake & Cardiovascular Health (2009)

In her own words: Marietta reflecting on her first month of refocusing her energy & goals.

After week one of getting restarted on my workouts and goals I was down and out with bronchitis and pneumonia. I thankfully caught the possible severity of it early enough to get on the right medication and got better within a week instead of being sick for months at the start of the year. Now, one month in to this experience, I feel great!

Over the past month I have been working on my nutrition and learning that some of my choices, although not terrible, could improve by making some substitutions to help reduce added sugar and other additives in addition to reducing fat. As a result I am eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and reading ingredients on other food that I shop for to make more mindful and educated choices around starchy carbohydrate items and other foods to understand and assure that I am selecting the "cleanest," most whole food possible. After two weeks of this I feel more satisfied with the five meals per day that I eat.

Exercise wise, I am back to five days per week at the studio including classes and my semi-private training sessions, including a three hour block on Thursday that includes a 60 minute training session, followed by 45 min of yoga and completed with 45 min of Spinning.  I walk on the weekends in addition to Saturday morning classes when I do not have another weekend obligation. Getting out into the fresh air and nature helps my body but also my soul.

Personally, I have had trials with my mom and her heath and trying to take care of her and myself and family all at the same time can at times be difficult but at this time I would not want it any other way but it is a real juggling act some days and weeks.

Coaches Note: Marietta has had a challenging year which is why we have taken steps to help her regain her energy and desire to persist to her goals. She is losing 1-1.5 lbs per week including thru illness, down a total of 4 pounds as of 3 weeks into this process. She is energized and performing better than ever just like when she first started with us in 2018. We are looking forward to watching her progress as we hone in on some nutrition work as her exercise is always strong. Tweaking some aspects of her nutrition will keep her energy high and hopefully help keep additional illnesses at bay, improving her A1C numbers to reduce reliance on diabetes medication and keep the weight melting off her!

Keep up the GREAT WORK & ATTITUDE MARIETTA!

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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