The new year is exciting for many, because we eat a lot over the Holidays knowing that we are going to get back on track in January! For some of us, we eat way to much all year long and we eat the wrong foods. I am careful what I eat most of the time, but I do tend to indulge more than I should over the Christmas Holidays. This week I want to help you set goals!

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Happy New Year! It is January and studios are getting busy! Most of the studio owners I know (including myself) spend November and December preparing to make January wonderful for you! I understand because I am a mom of three busy kids, I work full-time, and sometimes I just get tired! Don't beat yourself up. I want to help you set some goals for the new year. As a personal trainer, this is a very exciting time of year for me because it's my chance to get you to commit to your workouts which will bring a better quality of life for YOU! My goal is to take my clients to a place where they MUST workout. This Christmas I was very proud of my clients. They obviously wanted time off to be with their families, but when given the option to keep their private sessions or cancel them, almost all of them wanted to keep them and were willing to be scheduled at a time that worked for me. This is because they have been dedicated for the year (or many more) and know that a week off and can take them one step back. Don't worry if you are new to fitness. Baby steps! I am here to help you along with any good and caring trainer you may seek for help! Below are a few tips! You can do it!

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I simply cannot wait to share with you how much I love squash! I am a southern girl, so I grew up eating fried squash. In fact, I used to think that was the only way to cook squash. Over the past ten years I have chopped it and added it to other meals seeking healthier versions, but I never considered making squash my main ingredient....until now!

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Do you or your clients ever deal with shoulder pain? Most instructors will have a client at some point who has shoulder pain. I have had a few clients who have shoulder pain unrelated to Pilates, but it makes me think long and hard about the exercises I include in their workouts. My journey to find the answers led me to a few Pilates instructors who are also Physical Therapists. I simply asked them for the "Do's and Don'ts" for working with shoulder issues when teaching or practicing Pilates. Please hear from my colleagues who offer great advice.

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First and foremost......stretching feels good, right? Well, I guess that depends on who you ask. I love it, and cannot get enough of it. However, I have a couple of clients who do not like to stretch. For many men, especially, it hurts. Give it time and you will enjoy it, too!

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I haven't blogged in a couple of weeks, because I have been in Honduras. I returned with a full schedule, but truth be known, I wasn't sure what to write in order to give this life changing trip justice. It's amazing what one week can do for the soul. After a lot of thought, I decided to simply post two journal entries I wrote halfway through my week and let the photos speak for themselves...

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Here is the first harvest from my Fall garden! I couldn't wait to chop these radishes and put them in my salad! CHOP CHOP CHOP, toss them in, and OH MY! THEY ARE HOT! Are these supposed to taste like onions? I was unsure, so I decided to text Linda, my garden "go-to" girl for gardening advice. Before I called her I looked online and read that radishes can be hot if they grow under stress.

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Words from my heart. Exactly that. You will not necessarily hear from me weekly on this, because I have to feel led to write things that come from an emotional place for me. Pure and authentic. I have had a very busy month. I sold my house and had to be out in three weeks so I spent the little free time I had the last few weeks packing my house. In addition to packing my house, I leave in one week for a trip to Honduras where I will be volunteering at four orphanages and a hospital for disabled children.

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Finally! I can share my experience as an extra on Homeland with you. I was advised by my buddy who is a regular on the show filmed here in Charlotte, NC, to keep my mouth shut! For the most part, I listened to her advice, but it aired last night so now I can share my experience with you.

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Mostly everyone has heard or used the term "core strength" at some point. But what defines core strength? Many people think that core strength means using your abs....a couple of sit-ups and you're good to go. Unfortunately, that is not the case. If it were there would be fewer muffin tops and a lot less back pain. In the picture below I was pressing my legs and arms opposite directions into the tree, but without my core strength I would not be able to hold steady.

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