Petra Kolber on Detoxing From Perfection, Authenticity, and Confidence

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In The Interview: Episode #10, Ciara Pressler interviews Petra Kolber, author of The Perfection Detox. Petra and Ciara talk about… What it means to be of service to others right now How being a fitness professional created unrealistic expectations and goals Shifting the message away from a need to attain perfection Using the metrics of possibility and future building to measure success Petra Kolber is a speaker, author, mindset coach, podcast host, DJ, and wellness leader who is known throughout the industry as a beacon of authentic happiness. As a keynote speaker, she inspires people around the globe to stand […]

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela on Fitness, Wellness, and Social Change

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In The Interview: Episode #12, Ciara Pressler interviews Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, author, historian, and fitness expert. Natalia and Ciara talk about… The idea of public and individual health Remaining cautiously optimistic about social justice and radical change Refusing to accept hollow progress The perfect conditions that had to emerge in order to lead to the current mass mobilization for social change Ethical responsibility of the fitness industry Current events in the context of American history Natalia Mehlman Petrzela is an associate professor of history at The New School in New York City, co-host of the Past Present podcast, host and […]

I Need A Hug… A Single Extrovert’s Worst Nightmare

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Here we are, through March 2020, where most of us probably feel like February was four years ago instead of four weeks. Our lives have been turned upside down, and let me tell you, this weekend was one of the hardest times of my entire life. I don’t think I’ve experienced sadness or anxiety like I have since I was a little girl trying to figure out my childhood that forced me to grow up and take care of myself much faster than any five year old should. Saturday I took a 48-mile bike ride just to wear out some […]

Dangerous Misconceptions About “Self-Care”

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When did “self-care” become synonymous with getting our nails done? For the record, I love having my nails done, but it’s not self-care. My Self doesn’t need pretty nails; my ego does. (And, yes, I realize people paint their nails for other reasons.) When we talk about self-care, it’s essential to examine our motivations to be sure that we are supporting our Selves and health rather than inadvertently undermining our self-esteem. Self-care is not irresponsible indulgence; although true self-care may feel indulgent because it’s rarely practiced. Self-care is not about feeding our ego, which is insatiable. It’s not about what […]

3 Simple Tips for Reducing Sugar Without Feeling Deprived

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Did you know that on average 40% of calories consumed come from a cup or a bottle?  From healthy-sounding fruit drinks to refreshing iced teas and fun flavored coffees, excess sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are usually lurking behind the scenes.   The problem is, these devilish drinks, however delicious, have no nutritional value and don’t fill you up, so those excess calories don’t give you a whole lot of value for your sip. Even the vitamin-enriched versions provide little to no more benefit than regular water, often adding calories and even sodium where it’s not really necessary, especially when you […]

Confessions of a Life Coach: Does Goal-Setting Really Matter?

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  Confession #1: I don’t like setting goals. They scare me. Setting a goal raises the possibility that I won’t reach it. If I never commit to anything, I can’t fail, right? Oy. If only that were true. I spent a few years living without making any goals. The problem was that I wasn’t really living. When I don’t commit to a challenge, I don’t grow, and if I don’t grow, I feel unmoored and lost. Or firmly stuck in a rut. Either way, not committing to a goal is a fast-track to depression. But setting an unrealistic goal, or […]

First Class May Kill You! (Or, How To Eat Well While You Travel)

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  I was upgraded to the first class cabin on a morning flight last year and was excited to learn I had two choices for breakfast, a scrambled egg burrito or oatmeal and fresh fruit. Oatmeal sounds like the healthier choice, right? Yup, I thought so, too, and that’s the one I picked. (Also, I’m allergic to gluten so didn’t have much of a choice.) Then, when my tray arrived, my jaw dropped and I quickly started doing the math. Rather, I put everything into MyFitnessPal and watched the sugar count climb. It added up to 80g of sugar! United […]

Thrivers Strive for Inefficiency

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The efficient use of your time may be costing your health. While most would agree that being physically active is an important part of leading a vibrant, healthy life, most of us also flounder when it comes to finding the time to do it. Ironically, one of the best and easiest ways to get more active is to be as inefficient as possible. Now, I know all you type-A’s out there just took a deep breath to argue that, but hear me out! Our modern lifestyle has us tethered to electronics and sitting for much longer than our bodies were […]

[MVP] Sophia Asghar: Performance Mentality

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Sophia Asghar has the personal mission of improving lives through fitness, nutrition and mindfulness and building businesses to help ensure this mission is achieved. She has 15 years of experience as a personal trainer, nutrition coach and founder of series of health oriented businesses. Her current company, Wellness Consolidated, is dedicated to getting companies and employees healthier through fitness, food, and fun. Sophia earned a B.S in Physics and spent over ten years in the corporate world in sales, business development and operations. She has brought together her training as a scientist with experience in a high performance corporate environment to […]