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12 Inspirational Stories to Get You Off Your Butt

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By Christine Ardigo MSRD

Running, Biking, Swimming, so Many Races to Try! I’ve written many posts on weightlifting, my true love and passion for many reasons, like here and here and here. But cardio is just as important for our lungs and heart, therefore I dedicate this wonderful post to all of you that get out there and do it and to hopefully inspire those of you that don’t.

I ran three 5k races several years ago and loved the excitement surrounding the races. I completed a Spartan Race in April and a Mudd Run with my daughter in June. But to really inspire you, I am lucky enough to have 12 amazing people in my life that want to share their stories with you. Why they started entering races, what they felt like while training, and of course, what it felt like to complete a race. Without further ado, here are their stories. I hope it motivates you and moves you as much as it did me.                                                       Read More

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How Many Colors Did You Eat Today?? 5-9 Fruits & Veggies a Day

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By Christine Ardigo MSRD

How Many am I Supposed to Eat???

It’s recommended that we eat 5-9 fruits and vegetables every day. Every day. If you have 5 small meals a day, and have one at each meal, that’s five right there.  It’s entirely doable!

I counsel clients all the time and they tell me they eat plenty of fiber, but once we run down their usual list, it consists of some low fiber Cheerios, an apple with the skin peeled off and mashed potatoes at dinner. Women need 25 gms of fiber and men need 38 gms of fiber every day. Food labels will tell you how much fiber a product contains per serving. Although fruits and vegetables do not have labels, they are naturally high in fiber and for an added benefit, they provide water and fluid to keep all that fiber flowing smoothly though your intestines.

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What Exactly is Happiness and Can we Find it?

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By Christine Ardigo MSRD

I am happy to have reached my 46th birthday today. I am healthy, only visit the doctor for my yearly check-up, have no diseases, and do not take any medication. That should be enough to make someone happy right? But it’s not. Why?

Many of us are unhappy. We count our problems and disasters in life instead of our blessings. We put high rank on objects that, in the end, leave us feeling emptier. We look around at other people and what they have and we compete with them. We still suffer from high school syndrome.

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