​Does this scenario sound familiar?

You decide to go on a big health kick and “clean up” your lifestyle – and that means getting rid of things. Maybe it’s certain foods (or even food groups) … or maybe it’s “activities” you decide to STOP doing (happy hour, TV binges, etc.).

Basically, it’s all about things you have to DENY yourself!

What if you flipped that script around and looked at it as UPGRADING your life instead?

This little mindset trick can turn a negative outlook into a fun and positive one that helps you create habits you will stick with and actually ENJOY!

  • Instead of denying yourself a mid-afternoon snack, upgrade your chips and dip into a handful of pistachios or one ounce (30 grams) of dark chocolate. 
  • Instead of cutting out all “carbs” like bread or pasta, upgrade to nutrient-dense options like sweet potatoes or fiber-rich pasta made with chickpea flour.
  • Instead of trudging through your usual cardio machine workout routine, join a fun class online to have more fun and get even better results. 

It’s all about finding ways to switch up what you’re doing NOW for something that actually adds value to your life and helps you move forward.

Plus … and this is super important … 

If you’re simply swapping one activity for another it means that you already have a habit in place! That makes it so much easier to stick to over time.

If you need help finding your own healthy upgrades, I’m here to help! 

Setting realistic goals

Setting realistic goals

Every once in a while I get a panicked email or call from someone who wants to “lower their cholesterol down x points before their next doctor’s appointment a month from now“ or “get ready for a marathon in two months”. Don’t get me wrong: Those are all important goals … but they absolutely are not possible (at least in a healthy and sustainable way) in only a month or two!

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Upscale sandwich shop recipe inside…

Upscale sandwich shop recipe inside…

Ever eaten at a gourmet sandwich shop and tried something new … and was BLOWN AWAY by the deliciousness?!Well, I’ve got a recipe for you today that’s based on one of those sandwiches. I’m drooling just thinking about it. It’s crunchy (the toasted bread) … creamy (the avocado & hummus) … and tangy (the sauerkraut).

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The right way to work out for energy

The right way to work out for energy

One of the top reasons people tell me they skip their workouts (or don’t work out at all!) – is because they don’t have the energy. Here’s a mind-blower for you: one of the best & easiest ways to get more energy fast is to WORK OUT.

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The minimum effective dose

The minimum effective dose

Controversy alert! I’m going to say something you won’t hear from a lot of coaches.I hope it gets you fired up – especially if you’ve been struggling. I know you’re busy juggling a ton of day-to-day responsibilities … 

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Rob is the owner and founder of Fitness Lifestyle Personal Training.

He has been training for over thirty-three years; seventeen of those years as a personal trainer helping others reach their goals.