• goals

    Chasing & Achieving Goals

    The past few months have been a flurry of setting goals, chasing them, and achieving them. North Carolina has been my home now for 8 months. A lot has happened in that time, some good, some bad, but mostly good! Each experience and lesson has been a great opportunity for growth.  As most of you know, I moved down to Wilmington with no job or housing set up. My intentions when I moved were to  1) Start over, redefine myself and move on from who I once was, as I…

  • diet sabotage

    Avoid Diet Sabotage

    Don’t throw away your hard work! Last week, a friend came down to North Carolina and spent the week with me. I haven’t seen any friends or family since moving to NC back in August, so it was nice to have some familiarity with me for a week and a half. I’m a horrible tourist, I haven’t done much here and honestly didn’t even hit many tourist things when I lived in New England…and I was there for 24 years. Anyways, we did all of the tourist-y things together which…

  • 25 life lessons

    25 Life Lessons

    As of March 7, 2021 I became a quarter of a century old. Twenty-five. I don’t know why but 25 just seems like such a good number and my 25th year is going to be my best so far. A lot happens in 25 years, and I’ve learned so much, especially in the last 7 years. The most significant years were from 2014 to now, where I went to college, graduated, worked a few different jobs which brought me to where I am today. College showed me a great amount…

  • 10 things i love

    10 Things That I Love

    I feel like this would have been a good article to write back when I started my blog 3 years ago, but my 10 loves in 2018 would’ve been a little different than what they are today. So, here I am, 3 years in with a list of the 10 things I love, and honestly wouldn’t want to live without. Defining what you love or enjoy and vice versa is a great way to get to know yourself and understand who / what you are…similar to defining your values, like…

  • 30 days of minimalism

    30 Days of Minimalism

    The 30 Days of Minimalism Challenge has been done by many…and I have decided to hop on the bandwagon after it being 4 weeks since Governor Sununu put the stay-at-home order into place. Not being able to coach right now, I need to put some sort of focus into my day outside of my morning routine. Every day, I wake up at 6am, cook breakfast, brew some coffee, grab a book or my journal and settle in for about an hour before working out. That’s my morning routine. At the…

  • The Gym: Understanding the Ecosystem

    The Gym: Understanding the Ecosystem

    Written by: Travis Panzini Let’s be honest, the gym is intimidating. Weights being thrown around, the occasional grunt, and tops that barely count as tops. To anyone (including seasoned gym vets), this can make working out seem pretty daunting. What if we could better understand this ecosystem to help build your comfort and confidence? Dealing with Imposter Syndrome Alright, so you just bought a beautiful new gym outfit because you have made the mental commitment to start hitting the gym. You’ve weighed all the plans at your local gyms to…

  • 5 strategies to beat the blues

    5 Strategies to Beat the Quarantine Blues

    I don’t want to say the world is in chaos, but it’s definitely not in sync or in peace right now. With the recent events of the COVID-19 outbreak, the world and our individual world has taken a hard hit to the ego. Right now, we are all experiencing a variety of emotions and feelings that we may not know how to process/handle, because we really have no idea what is coming next. We don’t know when or what the new “normal” will be. Quarantine: A state, period, or place…

  • How to Navigate Carb Cycling

    What is Carb Cycling? What’s the Purpose? Carb cycling is a diet / eating style that manipulates caloric and macronutrient intake, specifically adjusting the carbohydrate intake throughout the week. The idea or purpose of carb cycling is to limit your carbohydrate intake for a set number of days. By doing, you are decreasing your insulin levels which influences the release of fatty acids to be used as the primary fuel source. Having fats as the primary fuel source, this dietary style can help with weight management, body fat loss, and…

  • Monday Mood: Unrealistic Expectations, Pt. 2

    Client – a person or organization using or receiving the benefits of a service provided by a professional person or company.  When looking to use someone for their professional services, like personal training or nutrition coaching, there are some baseline expectations that the client should have of the coach they choose to work with.  Starting a journey into health and wellness can be a scary thing, especially when you have no idea where to start. Being unsure of where to begin is why people seek personal trainers – even if…

  • Monday Mood: Unrealistic Expectations Pt. 1

    This post in its entirety is meant for both trainers and clients, and those just starting out in the fitness world (be it as a trainer or a client), but I’ve decided to split it up because there’s a lot. I believe that many of us have unrealistic expectations of a multitude of things in life. Working in this industry, I see a lot of expectations that are too high and won’t be met fast enough or actually will never be met. Through this post, I hope my fellow coaches,…