Category Archives: Fitness

Rebooting at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa

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This year has already been intense, and it’s only been month one.

I am pretty happy, I have to say. New house, some really exciting trips coming up, preparing for a kid in college, and really wonderful and rewarding partnerships. But I started the year stressed over many of those thing as well and was hit hard by the flu (managed to close on a house and move into it with said flu), and was beginning to feel like maybe I had pushed myself a little too hard.

When Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Lenox, MA invited me to spend a weekend with them (full disclosure) and check our their resort and amenities, I wasn’t sure if I could. Physically, I felt exhausted and weak, and emotionally, I felt overwhelmed and vulnerable.

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Fitness Travel: Interview with Leslee Schenk Trzcinski of Tune Yoga at Finger Lakes, NY

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When Carol took me with her to the Finger Lakes last month for a girlfriend weekend get-away, one of the things we wanted to emphasize was being physically active while we were there. I am an avid gym rat and personal trainer in-training, and Carol and I have shared workouts on many occasions. Our Finger Lakes host, AJ, came through big time by arranging hiking, kayaking, cycling, and what was the absolute fitness high point of the weekend: lakeside yoga taught by Tune Yoga owner Leslee Schenk Trzcinski. I’ve been practicing yoga for over 15 years, and this was one of the best yoga experiences I have ever had. Leslee herself has a very interesting story and is the go-to person for Finger Lakes yoga and cycling, both. I decided to interview her about her fitness philosophy and what she has to offer Finger Lakes visitors, and here’s what she had to say:

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Perfect Breakfast, Focused Fitness Goals

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If you were hungry during the BlogHer conference that took place this past week, you didn’t really have a hard time finding something to snack on, just a little challenge in finding something filling and healthy. Even the generous breakfast option for the conference were miles and miles of carbs that would only serve to fill me up with empty calories, that would later drain my energy for the remainder of the day.

I stayed true to my goal of sticking to yogurt whenever I could. The Dannon booth was easy to find, they had a great stock of new Activia Breakfast Blend products to try out, and the Dannon reps were friendly and happy to provide me with samples to get me going.

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Last Day of Walkabout Challenge

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I can’t believe that I have been walking, as part of the Walkabout Challenge, for 28 days!

These past 28 days have been pretty awesome. I got to take some great walks with my kids, and really enjoy the kick-off of spring together.

I got to take walks on the beaches of Maui, and reflect on so much in my life, my health, my life.

I got to gain some weight while away, then loose it – and then some – when I got back into a normal routine.

But even more fun was connecting with the other walkers nationwide who participated on this campaign, but also who felt inspired by what we were doing.

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What Goes Up, Must Come Down – Fitness Journal April 17, 2012

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I came back from Maui 3 pounds heavier.

Oh, I’m not upset. I knew what I was doing with the constant food tasting and meet and greets with chefs. It’s a professional hazard and I am learning to work with it.  I worked out so very little in Maui.  Again, I knew what the consequences would be.

So what do you do when this happens? When life takes over and you fall behind?

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