Taylor’s Journey Week 2

Right now I would really like to take a nap. A Rip Van Winkle kind of nap. You see, my kid has decided that sleep is for the weak, so I’m roused from my comfortable, warm bed every hour or two until it no longer makes sense to try to fall back asleep. During these

Taylor’s Journey Week 1 Part 2

Somewhere in the third set of modified push-ups, when I was struggling to push myself back up, I wondered if I’ll ever be able to do it. Can I push myself enough in the next few months to be able to do 22 standard push-ups without collapsing? Will I be able to lower myself enough

Meet Trainer Tracy 419

Meet Trainer Tracy 419

Hello everyone!!!!   My name is Tracy, and I am a personal trainer and professional chef here in Toledo, Ohio going by the name of Trainer Tracy 419. I’d like to introduce myself…tell you my story.   August 1, 2014 is my 6 Year Weight Loss Anniversary.  I have lost, and kept off, 150 (ish) pounds for 6 years. Today, I currently weigh

Accepting Change Part 2

        I had to write more on change, as it is  currently the most relevant topic and subject matter of my present life. I am moving from Cincinnati to Toledo. I am also moving my training,nutrition and catering businesses. I am starting a new journey this year (not that the old journey

Fear

Fear can hold you back or drive you forward. Many people don’t lose weight because of fear. Fear of the pain involved in exercising. Fear of failure. Fear of change. Fear of the unknown. Fear of success. I started, and stopped, hundreds of workout routines and diet plans/pills before I found what worked for me. I was

Eating Clean

I have found that the majority of people don’t really understand what “Eating Clean” means. Eating Clean refers to eating foods that are free of chemicals, additives and/or preservatives. You can take it a step further, and eat only organic, grain-fed and/or cage-free foods. A lot of these choices depend on your budget, quite honestly. Healthy foods

Rest Days

    Today is a “rest day” for me. A day to reflect, relax, take a breather. When you have a lot going on, it is really important to take mental breaks, physical breaks and just breathe! When you get into a good workout routine, taking a day off can be very difficult. You are

Small Victories Still Count As Victories

  We often don’t give ourselves credit for all of the things we can do. We need to be thankful for all of the small victories…stepping stones. When I start working with a new client, and their ultimate goal is to lose 100 pounds, I start them off setting small, short-term, obtainable goals. The long-term,

Forgiveness

I have struggled, for the majority of my life, with forgiving. Not just other people, but myself, too. When you decide to change your life, whether it’s eating habits, career, education, exercise/health, or some other big change….you have to forgive, a lot. My biggest hurdle to get over, while I was losing weight, was forgiving

Having A Reliable Support System

  Having a close-knit circle of people who support you is so important in life. When you take on a humongous task like major weight loss, you have to know that your “core” people will be there for you. I struggled constantly with “friends” trying to undermine my efforts-not out of spite, but out of

Accepting Change

There are a lot of people in this world that don’t like change. Many are described as stubborn, old school, or just set in their ways. A major component of weight loss is change…change in size, body shape, self-image, attitude, mindset, eating habits, your physical appearance, lifestyle, activity level and treatment from the outside world. You

Time Management

  After having the same conversation with 2 clients this week, I decided this was a blog-worthy subject….How do you fit exercise and planned meal times into your already packed schedule? Both of the conversations centered around women in masters degree programs. These ladies have families, internships, prior commitments, homework and full-time jobs. So how