Happy Tuesday!  It’s the second day of the month on the second day of the week.  I’m superstitious and cray about a lot of things,  so I sort of get eerie feelings when a month begins on a Monday.  I know, I’m really weird.  I also can’t pump gas without ending on an odd number.  Oh yeah, and I have to turn twice to the left if a black cat walks in front of me.  Seriously, I should be put away!

However, I’m not here to talk about idiosyncratic tendencies, though if you have any, I’d sure love to hear about them.  I believe craziness is negated if other reasonably normal people have weird quirks too.  Okay, seriously, moving on!

So, again, it’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for the #DishTheFit Link-up with Jessica at The Fit Switch and Jill Conyers!  Today’s topic is “favorite fitness accomplishments”.  I would love to yammer on about how I’ve completed so many marathons or bench-pressed my own body weight, but I haven’t.  However, it’s super fitting that this is the topic today, because I literally JUST got my acceptance email for the FitFluential Ambassador program and I’m TOTALLY excited!

I have been in love with FitFluential for a long time .  So, now that I’m officially an Ambassador for FitFluential, it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside!

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I’m in!

When I think back just a few years ago, I was lazy (I’ll just come out and say it) and I just sat around waiting for life to happen to me.  However, I think as a sum of all of my efforts over the years, getting to wake up every day and know that while I am helping myself, I am helping others too, is my favorite fitness accomplishment.

So my fave accomplishment isn’t a single thing; it’s the certifications I’ve obtained, the fitness licenses I have earned, and the classes and clients I’ve helped over the last several years.   It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day ruts of thinking “I have to do more” or “what next?” — but what we should all really do in life is sit back for a few moments and recount all the wonderful things we have accomplished and how those things have made us into the people we are today.    That’s what this post has done for me today; it has given me the opportunity to reflect on all that I have done and to start thinking about the future.

Speaking of the future  and my next accomplishment, I have got to start my daily, intensive study session for my ACE Health Coach exam!

I want to thank Jessica and Jill for the Tuesday link-up, again, because it really is a wonderful thing to allow yourself to think about and share what motivates you and keeps you going!

What’s your favorite fitness accomplishment? Give yourself a big hug and then tell me about it!






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Is that too much info? Sorry, but I’ve decided today to participate in #DishTheFit hosted by Jessica Joy of The Fit Switch and Jill Conyers of Jill Conyers.com and their topic this week is “Does Your Mind Wander? Thoughts While Running or Working Out.”

As I stated in my post title, I get my best ideas while I’m sweaty and no, I don’t mean while I’m sitting around just being sweaty, I mean when I’m working out.

I used to say I got my best ideas while I was drunk, but really, they weren’t my best ideas. Obviously.

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That gif right there just about sums up the entirety of my so-called “best ideas”, circa 2000-2010, based on general risk, scale, and stupidity.

SO glad I turned over a new leaf several years back…

But seriously, when I am out on a run or even leading a class I feel like I am able to organize my thoughts so much better than when I sit around actually thinking about how I should approach a task.   For me, I think that these positive and good ideas come not only from the feel-good endorphins running through my veins, but also, because like attracts like, and doing something positive can only lead more positivity.

What do I think about while I’m working out?

Any number of things can go on in my crazy noggin while I’m in a sweat session.   Lately, I’ve been thinking about my wedding plans and about seeing my fiance soon.  Keeping it clean, people, just generally being happy about seeing him since it’s been nearly two months!  However, over the years, I have had many positive and wonderful ideas during runs.  I’ve come up with (but not limited to) the following:

  • Fun hashtags.  I came up with #ForTheHellaFit and I should probably use it, and so should you, because it’s really fun.  Seriously, why has this not caught on?
  • Recipes.  If you want to come up with a healthier version of a food, shout it out to me before I go lead a spin class, and I will come back with pure gold.  Okay, maybe not always, but sometimes, and that’s saying something.
  • Money management.  Things like “OMG Netflix has totally been charging me for the last three months and I stopped using it” or “I need to set up auto pay on my credit card bill” run through my mind and help to keep me on track.  My credit report would indicate otherwise, but those things are negative and designed to make us all feel just a little worse about ourselves.
  • …and that brings me to the biggest (and most productive) thought I have during a workout:  “I like me, flaws and all, and if you don’t?  Too bad!”  Some days I struggle with this, and hey, we all do.  However, the empowerment of a workout can do wonders for our confidence and the way we see ourselves.  That’s really what taking care of yourself is all about, isn’t it?  How we feel and how we see ourselves.  After all, living and being the very best version of you is tantamount to your overall success.

There’s no getting around it; exercise has improved my life in every single way.  I don’t think I would have made it through the last several years as well as I have without the power of working out.  All the hours spent with just me, in my own head, taking on this crazy world don’t even seem possible anymore without my dearest friend, fitness.  Even if I feel more like Rocky in those moments and slowly slip back into my insecurities, or less awesome ideas, a little of that fighter is still in me each and every day; and you want to know what I think of that?  It’s f’n fantastic!

Does your mind wander during exercise? Or in general?  Join the conversation at www.thefitswitch.org or www.jillconyers.com for the “Fit Dish” Linkup! #DishTheFit


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Happy Monday!  I can’t believe that October is almost over.  I can’t believe that 2014 is almost over.  I can’t believe that I’m getting married in exactly ONE MONTH.  I also cannot believe that today is the third year since I lost my father to colon cancer.  This has been a profoundly emotional month; more so than any other October since his passing.   Maybe it’s because I am getting married and know his absence will be felt by my entire family.  Maybe it’s because I know that I will be moving to a new country and I’m feeling anxiety about this big change.  And maybe, it’s just a whole lot of everything rolled into one.    So this Monday, perhaps more than all the others so far this year, I need to renew my motivation!

In January of  2011, I was in Scotland traveling and enjoying life, when I got a phone call that would change my family’s future forever.  My father called to tell me he had been diagnosed with colon cancer and would be having surgery at the end of the month.  By the end of February, I had returned back to New Hampshire, a place I had never wanted to be again, to learn that my father’s prognosis was not good, and within 10 months, my father was gone.  Seemingly, without the amount of time needed to blink an eye, I had returned home to a dying parent, lost that parent, and needed to sift through a sh**load of personal, emotional baggage.  I felt like a lost teenager again; only worse, because this time I didn’t have my mentor in my life any longer to help me through.

Naturally, in the aftermath of my father’s death, I found myself overweight, drinking heavily, and angry at the world.  I would fight with my own shadow if it let me.  I allowed myself to stay in this stupor  — for about two months — until January 1, 2012.  That fateful day I woke up determined to make my life better.  I was sick and tired of feeling directionless and unhealthy, and I knew nothing would have made my father more proud of me than to see me get my sh** together.

I had been an athlete and runner for most of my life , but my relationship with food had always been rocky.  I had spent most of my twenties in terrible relationships, drinking excessively, and my idea of cardio, was dancing to The Scissor Sisters at dive bars in New York until 3 am;  at which point, I would retire to my apartment, eat french fries, and then proceed to pass out.  I had also suffered with bulimia for half of my life, and needless to say,  had a lot of unresolved issues with myself.  I guess you could say I was at my “rock bottom”.  I knew what I had to do to turn myself around, but for so long I just got too discouraged and defeatist about it.   Taking the first steps was so tough, I’m not going to lie.  Soon, I began to have more energy, focus, and felt better than ever.

Now, nearly three years later,  I am a certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, and working towards my Health Coach certification.  I have started a blog focusing on health and fitness, because I want to help others who have struggled  like me and continue to do so.  I have lost over 25 pounds and am currently in the best shape of my life.   As well, after a course of ups and downs, I am about to marry the most wonderful man I could ever have asked for.


Don’t get me wrong, it would be easy to slip into a depression and focus on the negative, which believe me, the majority of this past month I have  most certainly done.  However, instead, I simply channel the same Erin who woke up on New Year’s Day 2012 and said, “enough’s enough” and get on with my life.

I know life is not easy and it’s certainly not fair, but regardless,  it’s all we have.  Each and every day we have the opportunity to make the most of it or see the worst;  this is a choice we all make whether we do it consciously or subconciously.  Your circumstances may change; be it your health, your family, or even your job, but at the end of the day, you are what makes everything in your life possible, for better or worse.    You owe it to yourself to make goals, believe in yourself, and start living the life you deserve right now.  You may have set-backs and it won’t always be sunshine and rainbows, but you are the force leading your journey and you have an opportunity each day to make it great.

I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Elizabeth Gilbert’s  Eat, Pray, Love:  One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia:

“I’ve come to believe that there exists in the universe something I call “The Physics of The Quest” — a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this: “If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself… then truth will not be withheld from you.” Or so I’ve come to believe.”

What life changing events have you experienced?


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“Is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me.”

J.K. Rowling

Warning:  Rant!  How about this blog post title?  Who’s got their claws out?  Haha, nah, it’s not like that.  Well, really, it sort of is.

This morning I was out running some errands for my upcoming wedding, and I stopped in a little pub to have some lunch.  While sitting there, minding my own business,  I couldn’ t help but overhear two women sat in the booth directly behind me.  The waitress we had was a little on the heavy side.  Now sure, I notice other women’s bodies, because have my own insecurities, and hey, it’s human nature.  However, what I was listening to on the other side of that booth was atrocious.

“They shouldn’t let fat people serve food in this place – it’s supposed to be a health conscious establishment – it makes me not even want to eat.”

This is what one of the women seated behind me said to her friend about our waitress and what’s worse was the poor girl heard her!  I don’t want to be a hypocrite, because there was a point in my life where I might have had that same thought.  However, I was wrong to have ever thought so negatively, so a grown woman should know better than to think it, let alone  say it, within earshot of another living, breathing human being.

I wanted so badly, and imagined in my mind (à la Ally McBeal) that this girl would come over with the check and ask “seriously, did anyone ask your opinion about whether or not I should work here?”   Or say something like, “they shouldn’t let judgmental and ignorant people eat in public, but hey, the World’s an imperfect place.”  It would have made my day.

I don’t know about you, but judgment is getting WAY out of control these days.  I don’t blame the Internet, because obviously intolerance and judgment are as old as dirt, but I do feel that it has made us all feel much more free with our opinions.  For instance, today one of the biggest Twitter discussions is about Renee Zellweger’s face.  People have judged her for everything from her weight to the shape of her eyes over the last decade.  Leave the woman alone, again, did she ask for an opinion? Also, there’s NOTHING else going on today more pressing or worthy of an “opinion” than the flaws found in complete strangers?

Seriously, unless somebody asks, why feel the need to leave a nasty, critical comment?  Why should another person even care what is thought about them?  I’m taking a risk even sharing what I think right now.  Like, who the hell am I to have an opinion about having an opinion?!  Wow!  I’m dizzy now.

The only thing I can say is the next time it seems like two cents are desired, ask, “is this person asking for an opinion?”  If they want an opinion, give it.  Believe me, I am full of opinions, and not all of them are sunshine and rainbows.

The point I am trying (and possibly failing) to make here is this:  There’s a time and a place for thoughts and judgments,.  However, unless someone actually wants an opinion, 99% of the time, that time and place is just plain ol’ kept to oneself.

Okay, I’m done.

Do you ever catch yourself being judgmental?


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BeetsPerMinute | Emotional Eating

When you take that first bite, your body releases dopamine, which stimulates the area of your brain that tells you that you feel pleasure.

We’ve all been there, right? You get some crappy news, you get a parking ticket, or have a fight with a friend or family member, and what’s the first thing you want to do? If you’re like me, some days hit the snack aisle.

What is emotional eating?

Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food — usually “comfort” food or junk foods — in response to feelings in place of actual hunger. Emotions formulated to make us believe the food can bring us comfort is what causes these spells of eating.

What triggers emotional eating

In short, anything that makes you feel out of control. A rude customer, a fight with a friend, or a high heating bill could be the cause. Not every person is affected in this way, however, but people with control issues linked to anxiety, depression, or addiction can be at higher risk for this behavior to kick in.

Why you always want to eat the worst foods when you have an emotional eating episode

Simply stated, your body craves highly refined carbohydrates, sugar, salt, and fat, because they are pleasing to us. We want french fries, chocolate cupcakes, and pizza because the minute we bite into these foods, they go straight to our heads. When you take that first bite out of a piece of cake, your body releases the “feel good” chemical, dopamine, which stimulates the area of your brain that tells you that you feel pleasure and even euphoria! You want to feel better so if that piece of candy or cake makes you feel better, what’s the problem? The big deal is that it rarely ever stops at one piece, and once you’ve finished swallowing that food your remorse kicks in, and you feel more powerless than before.

Do you suffer from emotional eating

The first step to stopping your emotional eating habit is to admit that you have it. How can you assess whether or not you emotionally eat?

You eat when you’re not hungry

You have a negative relationship with your body image

You fabricate the truth when it comes to how much you eat

You feel guilt after eating certain foods or amounts.

I am an emotional eater. Now what?

I wish I could say it’s easy – or that there’s a magic herb or book or something to help you stop, but I can’t. The only way to actively stop your emotional eating is to be aware of it and to find other ways to feel good. Obviously, it’s easier to buy a milkshake when you’re feeling stressed or depressed than it is to jump on a treadmill or contort your body like a pretzel doing yoga, but there are other ways to manage this. Confide in someone you trust who can help you when you’re feeling stressed, take a walk, or go on BuzzFeed and look at pictures of cute otters (seriously, this is one of the ways I deal with my EE). The bottom line is: Emotional eating is just as controllable as it is controlling. When you become aware of your triggers, you can then seek out a plan of action to stop yourself from feeling helpless.

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Do you suffer from emotional eating?  How do you cope?

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