Goal Setting

Nov 18

Peer Pressure Doesn’t Die

Peer pressure and social norms are powerful influences on behavior and they are classic excuses. -Andrew Lansley I love to cook and Stanley loves to eat. Well, we both do. If he brings home a sweet treat, you can bet it calls my name in the cupboards until I cave in. We don’t buy many treats…after all, we’re trainers with a passion for what we do.… read more
Sep 25

Design Your Own Fitness Plan!

“Skoog, why don’t you teach group fitness classes?” “Hey Jen, you should do a workout video!” “Yo, me and my friends wanna workout together. Can you send us a program?” There are many reasons why I don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to fitness.  Just like the world is made up of very unique and diverse… 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 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
Jan 13

Your Partner: The Sloth

So far so good in 2011:  your workouts are on-track, eating is pretty clean and you’ve lost a pound (or 2!).  However, your significant other is definitely NOT.  He/she sits around eating bonbons, flipping between The Simpsons and Cops .  Sometimes the love of your life may be unintentionally sabotaging your plans: change can be a scary thing!  … read more
Dec 13

What a treat!

So much of what I write about these days is about holding back, practicing restraint and staying motivated.  But every now and then I do indulge, and when I do, I plan for it.  By consistently eating a balanced diet, exercising and getting proper rest, I earn the occasional free-for-all and enjoy every last bite!  I don’t worry about gaining an ounce… read more
Dec 07

Quit Smoking. Now.

When I take a yoga class, I truly try to shut off and focus on my breathing, posture, alignment and sense of self.  Today, I had the most frustrating experience.  Most of you know that I have a big nose.  And it works.  Really well.  After we said our initial “Om’s” and were inhaling/exhaling into downward facing dog, I noticed the… read more
Dec 06

If you fail to plan…

I live and die by my calendar.  Because I run my own business, every last minute of my day is scheduled so that I can stay as efficient as possible and make the most of each day.  After all, lost time can never be found, right?! Since my business is fitness and fitness is my business, I need to look the part at all times.  At the beginning of each week, I schedule my workouts… read more
Oct 24

Running Shoes

With the New York City Marathon coming up in a couple weeks, there’s a lot of buzz in the air about running.  Several of my clients have taken up the sport recently:  it’s an inexpensive, convenient and easy way to stay in shape especially if you’re on the road–all you have to do is pack your shoes and explore a neighborhood… read more