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As a personal trainer for over 7 years, with most of my clients being Asian. It surprises me to still find that in 2017, women in Asia are still believing that lifting weights makes them big. Big, as in looking like the Hulk.  I’ve spent the last two weeks in my home, Singapore, an extremely trendy country that loves having the latest fashion and technology. However, even with the current international fitness trend there are many women who are unaware or have misconceptions about lifting weights.  During my trip home, I was surprised at how many in my generation came to me personally to clarify misconceptions that somehow they knew didn’t make sense, so here I am clarifying all this for you ladies in Asia.  LIFTING WEIGHTS DOES NOT MAKE YOU BIG. Instead, here’s what lifting does for a woman… It’s more efficient for fat loss than cardio is. I…

As a fitness / health professional, I’m sick and tired of hearing people treat their health or weight loss with an all or nothing approach. I’m so over the need to be extreme in either being fit or being a bum, in being a clean eater or a daily fast food consumer. Our society has created a standard that to be healthy means having very low body fat, spending hours and hours in the gym everyday, preparing meals  and feeling guilty after cheat meals every week. And if you’re not doing all that, then you’re not fit or getting fit. Thanks to this false information, I now have to deal with convincing people that even a little effort counts in improving health and fitness. I have to remove the fear of giving up their livelihood so that they dare to approach a healthier lifestyle. (Big surprise…most people don’t want to…

Death, break ups, falling outs, war, etc. are all ways that we lose people. In nature, everything comes and goes, even people. Whether it was or wasn’t their choice to no longer be in our lives, we have to learn to let them go. My process for accepting their departure and moving on is to change my perspective of the situation… What was their purpose in my life? What lessons did they teach me about myself? What lessons did they teach me to help serve others? By packaging my time with them as a gift that I have received, I can focus on being grateful for that gift, which takes my focus off of losing someone. Whether the reason behind losing that person was bitter or not, I find a way, no matter how big or small, to appreciate the time they had given me. For those who do stay in our lives,…

In a world where the possession of materials or even people is what proves our success, I’ve made the practice of “letting go” a main focus of my spirituality. If we could keep everything and everybody and every way of life, I’m sure many of us would. Life, nature and this Universe, however, runs in cycles. What comes, must go. From physical things to beliefs  to emotions and people, losing and letting go is quite a process. We’ve all grown so accustomed to having more than what we need. Having more has forever been looked at as being more but I think the people with the most know that isn’t true. If anything is so difficult for you to let go, tangible or not, then it has a power over you. I’m not saying we shouldn’t care about anything or disregard any emotions or ways of life but why do we let these…

“Truly powerful women don’t explain why they want respect. They simply don’t engage those who don’t give it to them.”- unknown The one main element that every woman has is the power of her own independence. Independence breeds strength, courage, and the ability to achieve any desire that we have, and to overcome the fear of anyone telling us that we can’t. Independence is a state of mind that is built inside each one us, but sometimes we women don’t always see that. We struggle to understand what exactly that means and if society will look negatively at us for it. The answer to that is a both yes and no. There will always be that negative surrounding in your life that you can’t always avoid, but you can always grow stronger from. That is when we women need to stand by each other and look past the negative, toxic…

Sitting at a desk typing away all day isn’t fun when we could be sipping Margaritas in the Maldives, but work is work and we need money so we suck it up. Aside from it being that kind of pain in the ass, it can literally be… A  PAIN IN THE ASS! Sitting is one of the top killers today. Yes, sitting. Sedentary lifestyles kill. They are murderers! Sitting for extended periods of time is a villain. There are tons of reasons we can get into for how sitting for too long is extremely bad for your health but I’m going to focus on what it does to your gluteal muscles, aka your ass. It is common in a desk-bound job for your glutes to shut off. Meaning, they don’t want to work anymore. As though they have a mind of their own, if you don’t use them enough, they…

I don’t eat perfectly according to nutritional rights and wrongs, but I eat perfectly for me. I have my own set of rules and I call them my Personal Nutritional Boundaries (PNBs for short.) PNBs are my individual set of rules that I apply to my diet to help sustain healthier eating long term.  They include certain protein bars or cookies, chocolate, salad dressing, etc. Everyone’s is different because they are in place to help the sustainability of improved health and fat loss. Yes, I do promote natural, whole foods and those make the bulk of my diet. I would say most weeks 95% but it ranges from 80% and up. I’m perfectly okay with that. I do allow myself certain “treats” to buffer any deprivation and binge cycle. This is why I always tell my clients that I will NEVER say there is anything they cannot eat. Foodies ( like…

2017 contains a lot of firsts for me, and one of those firsts is embracing yoga pants. I’ve long wondered how it would feel to wear yoga pants outside of yoga class and now I know the answer—it feels like the ultimate freedom of movement! I’ve been wearing them almost every day at work so far this year and it makes my job so much easier. I can bend down without the utility belt that I wear getting out of alignment with my regular belt (a necessity for keeping my heavy jeans from drooping). I can stretch out easily when I’m on break. My weekly laundry is easier to keep up with since yoga pants take up far less space than jeans. In short, I adore my newfound yoga pant freedom; however, before I get too carried away with joy, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the brave…

“She was life itself. Wild and free. Wonderful chaotic. A perfectly put together mess.” -The Better Man Project I was at lunch with my grandma this week and she asked me the most absurd question. “Do you take out your delicate clothes midway through the dry cycle so you can hang them up to prevent wrinkling?” I couldn’t even answer her. I had so many questions of my own. Do people really take laundry so seriously? Is a wrinkle that upsetting? WHO HAS TIME TO PAY THAT MUCH ATTENTION TO LAUNDRY?! It’s laundry. I try to avoid it at all costs. I kept all these questions to myself. I chuckled and said, “Grandma, I don’t even separate my laundry. I certainly don’t stop the dryer from doing its job to make extra steps for me.” I told her that all the laundry gets done in 2 loads per week. One…