We Have To Start Somewhere!

I have always been interested in fitness, but my fitness journey really started in January 2002. My husband and I had just gotten married and he’s family has a history or hea We Have To Start Somewhere!rt disease and high blood pressure. I told him I didn’t want him to die on me, so we going to give each other a personal training for Christmas.

Enter Mike D. This man CHANGED the trajectory of my life. We met with him every Saturday at 7am for 6 months. During that time I lost 25 pounds and my husband lost 40 pounds.  From the first meeting with Mike, Philip (my husband) and I were ALL IN! That day we went home and throw out all the crap and the “healthy” crap.

Boy, was it a wake up call to lose my cheese and crackers and my pasta. I thought I’d miss it but looking back I had to go cold turkey.

During this time the gym had a weight loss contest. It was based on body comp change and I won.  It was at this time Mike who was a former bodybuilder suggested I think about competing. At this time, I had NO CLUE about competing. I didn’t even know what it was all about. He told me go buy an Oxygen magazine and get back to him.  I flipped through and thought this is not for me. I’m was not a “girlie” girl.

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17 weeks later

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Fast forward 2004, the Red Sox win their first world series. My motto became if the Red Sox can win a World Series anything is possible. I sought out a competition coach and I competed for 9 years.

During this time, what was a hobby turned into a full blown passion. I wanted to be the Mike D. for other people.

You can only imagine what it feels like when you are able to set a goal that you thought was impossible and achieve it.

I wanted to help others feel the same way that I did. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than seeing others achieve their goals.

I started part time in fitness in 2006 and made the transition to full time fitness in 2010.

I can’t imagine my life without fitness and I hope that I can inspire my clients that we Mike inspired me.

Do you have a fitness story? I’d love to hear about your journey. Leave me a comment below.

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The Wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used in many ways for many years.  It has been an important ingredient in numerous home remedies, and it has frequently been used for weight loss.  This simple, inexpensive substance has seemingly endless uses.  Here are some of them:

  • For a cold or the flu, take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in water several times a day.  This will help balance the body’s pH, making it a less favorable environment for the germs.
  • Apple cider vinegar is great for getting rid of dandruff.  Applying it to the scalp and letting it stand for 30 minutes to an hour before washing will kill the fungus that causes dandruff.  It also helps soothe an itchy scalp.
  • Diabetics can benefit from taking apple cider vinegar in water once a day.  This has been proven to help lower blood sugar.
  • Apple cider vinegar is often used to relieve sinus problems and ear infections.  Depending on your symptoms, you can drink it, add it to a vaporizer, inhale it, or squirt it in your ear with a syringe and let it drain back out.
  • Digestive problems and diarrhea can be relieved with an apple cider vinegar tonic.  The vinegar soaks up liquid and forms a protective coating in the intestines, and it activates stomach acid and enzymes.  It may also relieve the symptoms of acid reflux.
  • Apple cider vinegar can soothe a sunburn.  You can soak a towel in it at full strength and place it directly on the burn, or you can take a bath in water with one cup of the vinegar added.

* Painful and unsightly varicose veins can benefit from treatment with apple cider vinegar.  Apply it full strength twice a day, and drink two teaspoons in water twice a day.  It may take a month to see results.

* Apple cider vinegar is good for a sore throat.  Gargling with a vinegar and water mixture every hour can help you feel better faster.  But it is important to remember not to swallow the mixture once you’ve gargled with it, because it draws out germs.

* Muscle soreness can be treated with apple cider vinegar.  It can be applied full strength with a small amount of cayenne pepper added, or you can soak in a bath with a few cups of vinegar added.

These are just a few of the myriad ways that we can use apple cider vinegar for health.  Drinking a vinegar tonic each day can improve our health in a number of ways.  We can also apply it topically to rid ourselves of many more aliments.  Stocking up on apple cider vinegar will put the remedy for a variety of problems right at your fingertips.

March Fitness Madness

I love this time of year. It signals that warmer weather is coming and the National college basketball tournament is starting. Good friends and I have been playing MP900426565 March Fitness Madness along with the March Madness brackets for years. It’s so fun guessing who’s going to be the Cinderella story and what sure thing team will fall first. The first weekend of the March Madness tournament I”m glued to the TV with my bracket sheet. My husband tells me I need to get new school and  look my tournament brackets on my phone or ipad, but I like paper. I like highlighting my winners and crossing on my losers with black marker.

This who event got me thinking what if during the March Madness Tournament — we got fit.  Each day during the tournament I’m going to post a fitness challenge. Of course you will accept the challenge and you will post your comments here or on my Facebook wall.   We’ll create a community of support cheering you to meet your fitness goals.
The March Fitness Tournament starts Tuesday, March 19th and end Monday, April 8th.  Check back every day for a challenge!!!

Are You Willing? 3 Committments That Will Help

This month my mantra is feel the fear and do it any way. That means fear of all things — workouts, eating, my career and my personal life MP900400680 200x300 Are You Willing? 3 Committments That Will Help and if I have time I may even take on my fear of snakes.  I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching on the matter and I really think, it comes down to these core principles.

  • Make the commitment — decide that this is what you want to do and do whatever it takes to make it happen. Everything comes to fruition when you commit.
  • Be willing to be mentored — listen to the things they say and be willing to take action based on their advice. When seeking a mentor you want to find someone who can see in you what you can’t see in yourself.
  • Surround yourself with greatness — be in the company of those who are doing what you want to be doing and just observe their actions, their habits and take notes on how you can apply to your life.

The 3 core principles will help you to break through those nagging fears that are preventing you from living your life and achieving all that you know you can accomplish.

I leave you with this Are you putting your health on your to do list? If you aren’t I can help. Shoot me an email or give me a call and let’s see how we can make that happen.



Hold The Stuffing!!!!

Maintain Don’t Gain This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving Turkey Cartoon Wallpapers 300x263 Hold The Stuffing!!!!Average holiday weight gain can be 1-5 pounds. 

Don’t be a holiday weight gain casualty!  
Let me help you stay on track, this holiday season.

Eat Better. Feel Better. Look Better.

Join me on Sunday, November, 2-4pm

Simply Erinn’s
268 Brookline Street
Cambridge, MA

Please RSVP by Friday, November 2nd  & bring a friend!

Come learn how you can still enjoy your favorite 
holiday treats and all your traditional holiday experiences without blowing your diet.

Do You Have The Slight Edge?

This is a scene taken from Coach Carter. I saw that movie years ago, but forgot about this scene until I was at recent seminar.  This scene struck such a cord with me!

I remember back in 2001, I was working my ass off for a company, I was traveling, working crazy hours and my workouts and nutrition were none insistent. I survived off of what was in the vending machine (ps. it was subsidized so you could get a ton for $1.00) and scarfing down leftovers from vendor meetings. Then I’d be too tired and way to hungry to cook anything so it was whoever could deliver the fastest. Plus with all my travel heading to the grocery store was a joke, because anything fresh would go bad. Does this sound like any of you?

I tell you this so you understand that I get it! I didn’t always live the “clean, healthy” lifestyle. I tell you this because I want you to know that I can help.

I was like so many of you. I was stressed, overworked and not living the life I wanted to live. But I woke up one day and said enough is enough! Is this my life. My pants don’t button, I’m always tired, my skin looks like hell and I just don’t feel good.

Are you willing to give me 30 days? Can you commit to 30 days of small daily consistent action? If you are shoot me an email or leave me a comment below and we’ll take it from there.

To Cleanse Or Not To Cleanse?

It seems like every few months I get this question. So I wanted to give you my thoughts. The premise of a cleanse is to reduce the amount of toxins in your body. Studies have shown that a cleansed and revitalized body is stronger, resists illness better, is more efficient and performs at a higher level than one that is filled with impurities.

Now there are different kinds of cleanses:

  • Colon cleanses — uses fiber or laxatives to shed gunk and foreign substances from your colon. Let’s just say you’ll spend diet vs cleansing 300x271 To Cleanse Or Not To Cleanse?some quality time in the bathroom.
  • Liver cleanses — encourages your liver to produce more bile to help rid the liver of toxins
  • Overall diet cleanse — you remove certain foods from your diet in an effort to reduce/eliminate inflammation
  • Whole body cleansing — helps you to reduce the toxins from your whole body at a cellular level

I have recently discovered a cleanse that aloe based so it’s gentle on your body while helping to remove toxins on a cellular level.  Nutritional cleansing helps the body return to a state of balance and optimum health. A whole body cleanse rids your body of  contaminants that have collected within your body over time, helping your  systems function more effectively. Deep cleansing also creates the accompanying benefit of stimulating weight loss while reducing inflammation in the body.

When we are very toxic our body starts  to create more fat cells to protects us from the toxins.  We all know that fat takes up WAY more room that muscle. The goal of whole body cleanse is to ensure you are reducing toxins from ALL over your body not just 1 specific organ.

Since going through “the change” my mother has struggled with her weight. I went to visit in July her and she was on yet another diet! I finally said mom let me help you. Because of all of her y- yo diets I knew she need to just clean out her system to enable weight loss. She started the program on July 11th and in her first 9 days,  she lost 5 pounds and 10 inches.  Ikathy koover 224x300 To Cleanse Or Not To Cleanse? did this cleanse back in March so I could understand what it felt like. I wasn’t looking to lose weight, but I lost 6 pounds. The best thing about this cleanse is that I had ENERGY!!! I worked out and taught 2 classes and didn’t feel like a missed a beat.

With that said a cleanse isn’t for everyone. Here are a few thing to consider prior to cleansing.

  • What are you goals?
  • Are you looking at this to jumpstart weight loss?
  • Have you been polluting your body with processed foods?
  • Do you have the time for this?
  • Do you have the willpower. On most cleanses your food is limited! You must be able to resist giving in.
  • Will you have support?

Want to learn more about nutritional cleansing in person, join me on August 29th. You’ll get to meet Kathy Koover, Executive Vice President and 60 year athlete who uses cleansing as part of your training regimen.  Click here for details. 


If you are looking to transform your body and before the “after” picture that you always dreamed you could be. Shoot me an email to discuss taking the first step!!!


A Master Was Once A Disaster

Last weekend I went to a great event where the speaker keep saying the over an over again “A master was once a karate 214x300 A Master Was Once A Disasterdisaster including me”. Most of you have been reading this newsletter for a while, but not sure if you guys know that I too have struggled!

12 years ago, I was 30 pound heavier and barely working out because my 50+ hour a week job and travel schedule didn’t allow much time for anything other than work. No one reading this can identify with that right? I finally said enough is enough I was done with my work driving my life I started to take back bits of my life it started with working out in the AM so that I would at least do something for myself before the day got away from me. When I was laid off, it was a relief. I told myself that my former life couldn’t ever happen again.

Now fast forward — August 2011
I have been living a healthy lifestyle for many years. I typically workout 5-6 days/week, have a strict bed time, I cook my meals once a week and always have food with me. I have to say to you the I thought I felt great! About 9 months ago, I was introduced to new product line, by my friend and mentor Cathy. I started using these products and let me tell you I now sleep through the night, I wake up feeling refreshed before my alarm goes off (I get up most days at 5:30am) and I now power through my workouts. After using these products I now what feeling great really means.

What’s your story?? If you could change anything about your health/wealth in the next 30 days what would it be? leave me some comments below, I’d love to hear about it.

9 Ways To Change Your Fitness Habits — pt2.

Last week I talked about how to change your perspective to get fit. This week I give you the rest of the tips — you are either moving forward toward your goals, treadmilling — plugging away but going now where or standing still. My hop is that these goals will help propel you forward into taking action.

  1. GET A SUPPORT SYSTEM. Find someone or many someones who could help hold you accountable and I’m talking MP900433152 300x300 9 Ways To Change Your Fitness Habits    pt2.someone who isn’t afraid to call you on your stuff — I’d like you to insert your own expletive. You don’t have someone like that in your life — reach out to me — I don’t take excuses.
  2. COMMIT TO VARIETY. I hear it all the time; I can eat the same thing over and over again. Whelp – no you can’t!! Your body gets use to everything. We need to keep your body guessing – that means food, cardio and lifting!!! Here are some quick tips:
    – make 2 menus and rotate between them. Learn to introduce 1 new food item/month. Also, learn that nuts and nut butters are great, but not an every day source of good fat.
    *Cardio  — each time you go to the gym – try a different piece of cardio and try a different program for cardio – one day you do the fat burner, the next hill interval, the next manual and make up your own kick ass interval. Are you picking up what I’m putting down?
    * Lifting – each month vary yours workout to keep your body guessing some months its about endurance, some months its about strength – make your workout about muscle confusion that’s how you are going to stimulate change. Over training doesn’t make results come faster – it leads to injury and NO RESULTS!
  3. BE OPEN TO THE PROCESS. This is a process; each of you is an individual.  Your body will do what it wants to do. If you are client of mine, I have years of experience and have seen hundreds of bodies. Just trust – I know you go to the gym, go on Facebook or other forums and hear that people are doing this that and everything else. I ask that if you are working with me you trust; I know what we I’m doing. I can help you reach your goal!
  4. BE A PROBLEM SOLVER.  Obstacles are going to appear. I don’t want them to get you down. When obstacles appear – you are going to look at it and say to yourself – what can I do to – go over it, under it, around it, over it or punch a hole right though it. You can also reach out to your coach so we can brainstorm ideas.
  5. WHAT’S YOUR INTENTION! Decide what is your bull’s-eye – what is your ultimate goal and set your mind on achieving it!  You need to from this point forward commit to be better than you were yesterday. Think of the book The Little Engine That Could. He keeps plugging along and eventually makes it up that hill. The worse thing you could do is – QUIT!  Remember the easy to do is the hardest to do!

I hope has helped you put your fitness commitments into prospective. I’m hear to help. If you need any assistance, just shoot me an email. If you think what I’m saying is completely crazy!!! Leave me a comment below.