Anxiety Flare Ups Linger

When I have a bout of high anxiety that causes a cascade of thoughts, fears, and emotions, sometimes scary and unwanted, it doesn't just stop when it's over. I wish it did. I wish it were that easy; when the anxiety was gone I would restart life where I left off. However, it lingers. It's … Continue reading Anxiety Flare Ups Linger

Mind-Muscle Dis(connection)-the stigma survives

OK so we talk about the mind-muscle connection as it relates to physical strength and deliberately contracting a muscle to help foster its repair, strength, and growth. I pose the question: “What is the difference between the phrase “mental health” and the phrase “physical health?” I mean, besides the one innocent word preceding the term … Continue reading Mind-Muscle Dis(connection)-the stigma survives

Crushing goals

      Running the windy uphill trail at the state park in my town...This has been a goal for a while! No idea why but to challenge myself. Sometimes I come up with things that don't necessarily excite me but sound intriguing simply because it is a challenge. I woke up with this challenge … Continue reading Crushing goals

Running a Marathon

Life is a marathon complete with all the pains, struggles, aches, bruises, victories, milestones, smiles, tears, support, and companions. If we try to sprint, we often get burnt out and it takes a while to build up the energy to get going again. But if we start out slow, keep a good pace, look at … Continue reading Running a Marathon

Exercise is My Drug

Heart races. Sweat pours. Body aches. Burning sensation. Mind goes blank. World around me blurs. Can't see anything else; can't hear anything else...Focus. Determination. Sounds like a few things huh? Could be really bad spinning into a panic, a bout of anxiety with no place to go. Funny how the physical symptoms are so similar to … Continue reading Exercise is My Drug

Diabetes and Fitness

What is it like to be a non-diabetic personal trainer training individuals with diabetes? Everyone is different. What a general statement that could literally mean anything, but in this case I am referring to all of my clients and their diabetes profiles being completely different. One takes insulin, one doesn’t. One is type 1, one is … Continue reading Diabetes and Fitness

The Barbell Will Not Budge

The barbell will not budge. There is too much weight on the bar, my form might be sacrificed due to mental and physical fatigue, but yet my subconscious says “just one more time.” Maintaining a stubborn sense of “this can be done” while living in the parameters of reality can be exhausting, but admitting defeat … Continue reading The Barbell Will Not Budge