Sep 05

Working Mama

After a 6-month maternity leave, a dear client of mine went back to work. Since she wants to spend every moment she can with her children, my client takes a cab to work. At her sedentary desk job, she works straight through lunch so that she can leave on-time to eat dinner with her family before bedtime (taking a cab home, of course)! She is not alone. I know countless… read more
Sep 03

Finally ‘ME’ Time!

  Me, kindergarten As my mom will tell it, after I boarded the bus for my first day of school, she cried. She wasn’t alone, either. If you login to Facebook, you’ll see tears of pride across this nation – many of our friends are sending their babies to school today. But there’s a really big bright side for stay-at-home parents: long-awaited,… read more
Sep 01

Get set!

Summer is a time to let commitments fall by the wayside. Being able to stretch out, relax and decompress is essential to renewal and moving forward with vigor. But, it’s over. September has come. Since Thanksgiving is just 12 potentially-productive weeks away, ¬†why not step forward with some hefty goals? Whether they’re fitness, career or… read more
Aug 27

Strength = Willpower

Earlier this year, I did something that I promised myself I would never do: I took on a client who was addicted to cigarette smoking…with one caveat: if she didn’t quit smoking, I’d have to fire her. Month after month, my client got physically stronger. In 12 weeks, she went from 8 “girly” pushups to 20 chest-to-the-floor, perfect… read more
Aug 26

8 Rules I Live By

I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth – in fact, I’ve always known that if I wanted to really make it in this life, I’d have to work HARD. Because I’ve always had grand ideas. Because my parents aren’t made of money. And, because hard work is the very definition of ‘living’. So I share with you what helped… read more
Aug 21

My Mom: The Athlete

According to my mom, fitness and exercise weren’t emphasized when she was my age. “I don’t think ‘fitness’ was a word back then,” she admitted to me – and exercise during pregnancy wasn’t discussed. Not because it was taboo, but because it was a largely unknown phenomenon. Pregnancy didn’t slow… read more
Aug 17

Humble Pie

  OUCH. Last month, at the behest of my trainer, I signed up for the Spartan Race. I’m not quite sure what I was thinking when I invited my fittest clients (a sub-3:30 marathoner, Everest climbers and a personal trainer in the mix) to sign up for my team, but the possibility of being the weakest link has become my biggest motivating factor. Yes, I’m… read more
Aug 08

Strength for Life

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Aug 06

True Equality, Equal Responsibility {at home}

Ladies. It’s 2013. Do you want gender equality? Do you demand equal pay for equal work in the workplace? Some of the most assertive and powerful women that I know still personally struggle. At home, they are ‘damsels in distress,” awaiting marriage proposals, pushing motherhood until he’s ready, waiting for him to take subtle hints… read more
Aug 05

Strength: It starts with YOU.

Throughout my career, I’ve witnessed clients transform themselves from bystanders to bosses. Dealing with fertility issues, career stagnation and long-shelved dreams are a breeze for women who push themselves physically. In fact, successful women like Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow make exercise a first priority of their day. These women… read more