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Love Your Fat

February 9th, 2014 by Joan Maiden

When was the last time you looked in the mirror and loved all of you–even the excess fat. Probably never. You may have cursed it, hated it and vilified it. How has that worked for you? Did it help boost your self-esteem? Did it motivate you to make long-term change? Did it help you love […]

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The Secret to Being a Warrior Not a Wimp

November 25th, 2013 by Joan Maiden

I told myself I was crazy to do this again.  After all, I’d proven that I could do it, so why did I feel the need to run the Big Sur Half Marathon for a second time?   At least when clients tried to give me the excuses of  “I’m too old.”  “I just can’t […]

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The Diet in Shining Armor

October 18th, 2013 by Joan Maiden

“Maybe he’s the one!  Maybe he will be my knight in shining armor who will make my life wonderful.”  Virtually every woman who grew up on fairy tales has sought their knight in shining armor only to find when they think they’ve found the one, that their knight turns out to be a normal man […]

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No Cheating–Ever!

September 15th, 2013 by Joan Maiden

We’ve all seen them—“The Cheaters Diet”, “How to cheat on your diet and still lose weight”, “diet cheat day”.  Can you really “cheat” on a diet? The dictionary definition of cheat is:  “1.  to deceive by trickery, swindle ; 2.  to act dishonestly; 3.  to be sexually unfaithful.    After all, the definition for diet is […]

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Solitude

August 16th, 2013 by Joan Maiden

  “Me, write a book?”  Sometimes I have to be dragged kicking and screaming to do what I know I’m supposed to do. For years,  I had been telling myself all the reasons I couldn’t possibly write a book. I recently spent the weekend with someone I tend to ignore a lot of the time…myself.  […]

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The Last Two Left Standing

June 18th, 2013 by Joan Maiden

Who was the sadist who thought it was a good idea to line little kids up on the playground, choose two team captains (who were always the most popular kids) and have them choose kids to be on their team.  “Please don’t let me be the last one chosen” I’m sure went through a lot […]

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6 Secrets to Achieving your “Big” Goals

May 26th, 2013 by Joan Maiden

Like most people, I’ve set goals and failed time-after-time–I’d eat healthier, I’d finally lose those last 10 pounds, I’d exercise every day without fail, I’d stick to my budget–the list goes on and on. My daughter called me one day and said “Mom, you’re in good shape,” “why don’t you run a ½ marathon with […]

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Lost in the Land of Oz

May 4th, 2013 by Joan Maiden

  I don’t watch Dr. Oz very often because when I do I always end up pissed off.  If you follow the advice on the show, you’d be taking hundreds of pills a day, spending lots of money and still have no idea  what to eat and what not to eat. Every week there is […]

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What’s Your Five Year Plan?

November 2nd, 2014 by Joan Maiden

“What’s your five year plan,” the doctor asked Helen. “What do you mean, my five year plan, I’m 80.” “Everyone needs a five year plan.  I think you need to start strength training.” “WHAT!  I’m 80!” “No excuses–let’s find you a trainer.” That’s how I came to do strength training with 80-year-old Helen.  Helen had […]

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Don’t F**k with My Food

April 4th, 2013 by Joan Maiden

When Katherine first came to work out with me, she could barely make it down my basement stairs and then had to sit down to catch her breath.  Katherine was in her early 50s and weighed over 350 pounds.  One of the first things I asked Katherine was what her diet was like.  She looked […]

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