I mean, holy cow! 5! IzzyFit is old enough to go to kindergarten! To celebrate, here's what I've learned in the last 5 years training at TruFit Personal Training Studios, ABC-style:
Abs really are made in the kitchen.
Be wary of anyone who tells you there's only one right way to do anything: An exercise, a diet, a way to put on your pants...
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Deadlift for life actions, not for bragging rights.
Ego will likely get you injured or sidelined; see above.
Fat is not what you ARE; it might be something your body has some of; it does not define you.
Growth mindset ALWAYS trumps fixed mindset!!!
Having goals is nice; knowing your priorities is nicer.
Izzy is a nickname my mom does not particularly like (but I had already LLC'd before knowing that)
Judy jumping on boxes taught me to get out of my clients' way.
Kettlebell work help you get out of your head and really teach you the power of your own strength.
Love yourself to good health; have you ever been able to take care of something by hating it?
Medicine ball slams can have a surprisingly huge therapeutic effect.
Now is just as good a time to start a new exercise or nutrition program as any; there's never going to be a "perfect" time.
Original Strength resets have given me more "mind blown" moments in the short time I've been practicing them than most movement protocols I've learned since becoming a trainer!
Practicing skills over time will help you reach your goals and stay where you want to be in the long run.
Question the validity of every "research finds" article you read online or in print or on TV.
Recovery is as essential as training; the harder you train, the harder you have to recover (sleep, soft tissue work, nutritionally-dense meals)
Salads don't have to be boring!
Tacos are amazing, too, and one of the highlights of my career has been sharing my thoughts on them on Josh Hillis' blog.
Using your strengths to get you to where you want to go can help neutralize your "weaknesses".
Vowing to "never" eat something again usually results in binging on that thing in the near future...
What if I didn't care? Still one of my favorite questions.
Xyphoid process: It's that little lump at the end of your sternum. I didn't JUST learn this in the last 5 years, mind you; "x" words are hard to come up with.
You should be your number one health advocate.
Zzzzzzz: Sleep is the best gift you can give yourself.
I am so grateful to every one of you who have trusted me with their fitness and health and well-being, to those of you who have helped me make IzzyFit what it is and to you who love and stand by me when I'm really tired and grumpy ;) Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
[*I say rosé because it was SUCH a theme this summer, rosé was seemingly everywhere. But drinking might not be your thing. So treat “rosé” as a metaphor for whatever summer treat you may have chosen to thoroughly enjoy that you may, for whatever reason, want to step away from… Hope this helps!]
I am writing this ON Labor Day, at the Soho House rooftop, sipping on my almond milk late and water while 80% of the other people up here are drinking rosé like it’s going out of style (at 11:30AM). And I mean, good grief, rosé was all the rage this summer, it was everywhere! And now, everyone’s saying goodbye in ritualistic ways as the fall settles in.
So of course I’m using rosé as my one example but I could just as easily use ice cream or hot dogs or whatever other summer goodies we embrace when the warm weather finally comes. But as the leaves change color, in come the Pinot Noir and Pumpkin Spice Everything and Halloween candy. And when the trees go bare we get excited for Cabernet and potatoes and bread and pasta. We replace one thing with another.
If you follow or have worked with me before, you know I’m not an elimination girl. Total elimination of a food or drink usually completely backfires (obviously we’re not talking about addiction here)! That being said, though, we do need to be honest with ourselves: We often might *think* we’re only enjoying seasonal goodies here and there because they’re “special” and “unavailable” the rest of the year. But we completely lose sight that the “here-ing and there-ing” of treats year-round can actually add to the waistline over time.
If you’re ready to move forward with fall with a bit less of the “rosé”, here are 5 ways to start easing out the habit you’ve created:
The above tips are just a handful to get you started. There are so many other ways to start cutting back on those beverages and foods that are getting you further away from your health and fitness goals. Hopefully these 5 tips above help spark some ideas of your own! If you've successfully cut back/quit some bad habits, how did YOU do it? Feel free to share in the comments!
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