My REAL Skinny Strategies

A weekly message to strengthen your CORE and develop your resolve. 
October 16, 2013
Want The REAL Skinny on how to make exercise a consistent part of your life? Drum roll please… Make it a part of who you are and not something you do!
Here are a few of my personal CORE approach strategies for living and loving exercise!
  • Get out of your head and into your heart. Yes, we all know we “should” exercise, but that will never motivate you to take action. In fact, focusing on the fact that you “should” exercise will only make you feel inadequate. If you want long term results, connect to your individual and unique purpose and passion for good health. Working from the inside out will get you where you want to go and keep you going for the long haul.  Senior couple on cycle ride
  • Here are a couple of CORE questions to help you make the shift. What is your passion for good health? What are your internal motivations for exercise?
  • The ultimate exercise is the exercise you actually do! Don’t get hung up on the type, intensity or duration – it doesn’t matter in the big scheme of things. We expend more energy trying to find the right exercise than we do actually exercising! You aren’t looking to become an Olympic athlete; you just want to feel your best. Everyday movements will make that happen.
  • Find your Cynthia Jeffcott (my walking partner for 6 years). We committed to walking 5 mornings a week together and every day at 5:55 her car pulled into my driveway. Rain, wind, sleet, or snow, Cynthia was there. She put the mailman to shame! She was a great partner and we held each other accountable, not to mention we had a ton of fun doing it!
  • Use the 5 minute rule. Some days it is harder to get going than others. Here is my strategy for those tough days. I tell myself to exercise for just 5 minutes, if after that I still want to quit, I can. Interestingly, I never have. Five minutes is just enough time to gets the kinks out and let the enjoyment set in.  
  • Focus on what you are going to feel, not what you feel now! Of course you are tired now, of course your energy is low, of course you feel stressed, and of course you don’t want to move. Exercise is what releases all of that negative stuff and turns it into positive energy! Start slow and work it out as you go. Keep your eye on the prize.

Apple CoreFood for Thought


The word aerobics came about when the gym instructors got together and said, “If we’re going to charge $10 an hour, we can’t call it jumping up and down.”

~ Rita Rudner

We’ve come a long way, baby… or have we? We choose our style, our careers, and our mates.  But when it comes to our bodies and our health we are still stuck in the ‘No Vote, No Choice’ era of the 20’s.

old time dietingThis exciting presentation will open your world beyond the outdated methods of our mother’s restrictive diet days and introduce you to the CORE approach of today’s empowered woman. Participants will learn how to use their power to transform their health and their lives.
My all time fav CORE approach strategy… do what you love and you will never exercise a day in your life!

About the Author:

Mary Fox, LMHC, RD challenges the traditional approach to weight management to help people discover their path to success. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Dietitian, she combines both disciplines into a unique and comprehensive approach that is changing the way we understand weight management.

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