Posts Tagged ‘Stress’

Preparing For The Holidays

November 19, 2009

Well we’ve come to that time of year again. The HOLIDAYS!!

If you’re not careful this time of year can be stressful, overwhelming, full of distractions from your goals and an overall hair puller.

When it’s really supposed to be quite the opposite.

What has happened to us?

We will do anything to get the “right” parking spot.

We will over eat and use excuses like “it’s the holidays, that’s what I’m supposed to do”.

We’ll shop instead of getting in our regular workouts.

Then before you know it. This time of year will have passed and we’ll be committing to new goals for the New Year.

Honestly, I never understood what makes January 1st so special when setting goals.

Oh, I get that it’s the first of the year and it’s time to start anew. And after all from Thanksgiving to the end of December we seem to throw all sense out the window and act like we never had a plan for good health anyway.

So is it a sense of renewal that we look to this date or is it the guilt of our behavior that leads us to this time when we make our boldest of statements….”This year I’m gonna”.

So instead of waiting until January 1st

I DARE you to set a goal today!

In upcoming blogs I will give you ideas to avoid the usual stress, overeating and lack of exercise that seems to go hand in hand with this time of year.

I would also like to hear how you are doing during this time. Use this as a sounding board when the stress becomes just too “silly”.

Tell me and share with the others what you’re doing to avoid the same old “holiday blues”.

If you don’t want to do this on a public forum please feel free to e-mail me at

I’m here to help. I’m at your service whether you are a client or not. It’s what I do.

Let’s have fun this Holiday season!

For more Health & Fitness information please visit our ongoing blog at


Why Am I So Tired????

October 25, 2009

My alarm goes off at 4:10am. My first appointment of the day is at 5:30am. My last will end at 7pm. I make my way to bed by 9:30pm and then repeat this process for the next 5 days. This has been my schedule for the last 10 years. Funny thing is although this may seem like a lot. I know quite a few people who work hours like this. In fact we Americans work more hours and take less vacations than other westernized countries.

We are workers. We put in the hours. Aren’t we told that this is what it takes to be successful? Aren’t most of the successful people you know doing just this?

If I don’t get to bed by 9:30 and get the sleep I need, then I may not feel the effects the next day. But by the time the end of the week comes, I’m a zombie.

When I feel myself struggling towards the end of the week, because I haven’t gotten enough sleep. I will often take a nap in the afternoon. Now I realize that a lot of people don’t have this luxury. But a 20 to 30 minute rest is all it takes to recharge your body.

Sleeping is overrated!! Not really. I’ve known many college students that have come down with colds right after final exams. Why is this? Well they have been spending many nights before their tests studying to ready themselves for that one day. Sleep deprivation breaks down your immune system, hence the cold.

Not only does missed sleep effect your immune system but it can also decrease your

  • Motivation
  • Patience
  • Judgment
  • Performance
  • And much more

Although, this is a general guideline and needs vary from person to person. Research done at the Scripps Clinic Sleep Center in La Jolla, Calif., has shown that 6.5 to 7.5 hours of sleep a night is ideal.

So what about you? How much sleep do you get? How much do you think you require? How do you feel if you haven’t gotten enough sleep? What can you do to change this? (hint: the answer isn’t more caffeine!)

For more Health & Fitness information please visit our ongoing blog at