• #Crushed It

    My first-ever 10k is days away - 12 to be precise - but I've been training since June. Despite the time I've put in and the progress I've seen (my asthma is much better), I admittedly have been doubting myself. Can I really run 6 miles without stopping? Will my asthma be okay on race day? What have I got myself into?

    This Sunday, I have my pre-10k test: the Cambridge 5k. It's going to be a fun, fun time (yes, running can be fun, I realize) especially with the teams that have signed up and the Oktoberfest costumes that will be in the race and on the sidelines. I think this 5k is just what I need to amp myself up for The Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women.

    Last night when I set out on my run, I told myself that it was a good endurance test to run from the Esplanade over the Harvard bridge to MIT and back. Turning around is okay. That's what I told myself. I had figured out the distance ahead of time: 1.7-ish miles there, 1.7-ish miles back.

    "Run there and back. That's going to be a great workout and the run you need before the 5k." And so I ran from the gym to the Esplanade, and then over the Harvard bridge to Memorial Drive.

    But I didn't turn back. I kept running. I told myself I could loop around the other bridge, re-enter the Esplanade at Charles/Mass General and get in a little more distance and time.

    Only thing is, I took the wrong turn. A runner's fork appeared, and I kept right when I should have gone left. It's the only time in the entire run that I stopped, for like three seconds to contemplate turning back. I stopped briefly to check the time. The sun was setting.

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  • 3 simple ways to LOSE WEIGHT over the holiday season

    It's that time again and every single year the same thing happens! Right? We go into the holiday season withJeff Hopeck the "I can splurge" mentality because it's that time of the year again. Does this sound familiar? Well- I guess you are right with the splurging mentality as long as you are satisfied with your current weight. Remember, if you want different results in your life, you have to start doing DIFFERENT things in your life- thinking differently, acting differently, cooking differently, exercising differently, etc:

    Here are 3 great, simple-to-follow strategies you can implement this holiday season that will help you fit into your pants better:

    1. Stop after you eat 50% - since you are going to have the splurge foods, just be sure to eat half! It's a really simple theory to follow and adds up to HUGE caloric savings. Recently, I helped a client save 20,000 calories in a month!! Just by eating half of his meals: that added up to 7lbs melting from his body.

    2. 2 out of 3 aint' bad - this is one of my favorites to teach people, because I implement it every single day into my own life. If you are going to a high calorie dinner tonight, MAKE SURE you eat 2 or 3 super healthy meals before the big splurge. Salad for lunch, fruit for breakfast and small healthy snacking in between. My favorite is to double up on the workouts for that day! If I am going to a high caloric dinner, here is what I do:

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  • 7 Underrated healthy fruits you should be eating

    PLANT POWER - In other words, the benefits of fruits, vegetables, and other delicious foods from the plant kingdom.

    Today I've got a list of 7 underrated, under-appreciated fruits that you should be eating regularly. These fruits are delicious, and very nutritious:

    1. Pineapple: Not only are pineapples a delicious tropical treat, they contain bromelain, which has been linked to a wide variety of health benefits, including easing inflammation and aiding with digestion. (Source: WHFoods: Pineapple)

    2. Kiwifruit: Kiwifruit is high in vitamin C, and also contains a fair amount of potassium. It has also been shown to be a natural bloodthinner.

    3. Raspberries: Raspberries are in the top 10 of antioxidant-high fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants have been thought to prevent and repair oxidative stress, a process linked to the development of disease such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's. (Source: Washington Red Raspberry Commission)

    4. Pears: Pears are a rich source of Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, as well as copper, and potassium. Pears are natural energy boosters. (Source: Freediets.com)

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