How My Fitness Journey Put Me in Limbo

How My Fitness Journey Put Me in Limbo

We are always living with three voices in our heads. The first is typically that of our past selves. It's easy to communicate with because its experiences are stamped in the past, existing as nothing more than the reality it lived. The second most common is our future selves, wanting to set motivating goals for what we can become. The third, and most often ignored, is our present selves. Find out what happens if we treat all three equally.

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Next Level Weekend (Part II): Spicy Orange Chicken & Asparagus

Next Level Weekend (Part II): Spicy Orange Chicken & Asparagus

After such a successful Saturday with an admittedly tame recipe, I was convinced to take things a step further on Sunday. With plenty of miscellaneous ingredients on hand, this spicy orange chicken was just what the doctor ordered. And the asparagus, oh my what pancetta adds to that side dish. This is a combo you have to try that will certainly be cooked again in the near future. I hope the pictures will make your mouth water, your stomach churn, and your motivation turned on.

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Next Level Weekend (Part I): Minestrone, Tortellini, & Pesto

Next Level Weekend (Part I): Minestrone, Tortellini, & Pesto

Oh kitchen, how I have neglected you for far too long. Please let this act as my apology and accept me back into your arms. Your level, evenly heated stovetop, your wide-open counter space, and your modern-day dishwasher (a.k.a. not my two hands) have gone under appreciated more than should ever be tolerated. But there you have been, waiting patiently. Let my culinary experiments serve you right and be the first of many weekends you will be valued.

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The 6 Pillars of Fitness: Balance

The 6 Pillars of Fitness: Balance

The word balance is about as sexy as the words "warm-up" and "cool-down," but it is also just as critical to your ability to stay healthy and injury-free over the long haul. The most ironic thing about balance exercises are the simplicity of the challenge coupled by the immense struggle to find success. We take for granted our subconscious ability to perform a variety of tasks throughout the day that require a steady frame, but whenever we are knocked off balance ever so slightly, things can go bad very quickly. Come on in and find out how you can better prepare yourself for these unexpected events and help yourself avoid a catastrophe in the making.

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The 6 Pillars of Fitness: Flexibility

The 6 Pillars of Fitness: Flexibility

So much of what we do is dependent on our ability to move. This simple fact prevents masses of people from living life to the fullest and they accept the mundane constants of their day to day lives. Beginning a flexibility program will allow you to forego entering this dreaded club and enjoy anything you set your sights on. The ability to move freely, however simple it may sound, is something you must dedicate to whole heartedly.

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The 6 Pillars of Fitness: Nutrition

The 6 Pillars of Fitness: Nutrition

The 6 Pillars of Fitness are the lifeblood of the Fitness in Five philosophy. As you build strategies that align with these six pillars, you will develop a wholesome lifestyle you never thought possible. Last week the focus was on Mindfulness. Now it's time to explore Nutrition. I will be presenting you with a challenge to become aware of your eating habits and giving you some options on how you can start becoming more in tune with the food you eat.

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Vipassana: A retreat built for mindful exploration

Vipassana: A retreat built for mindful exploration

A dear friend of mine has been building his meditation habits for six years and I wanted him to share a personal story of his. Spending 10 days in complete silence, he took an intentional journey in exploring his mind and all of the noise that comes with it. You will start by thinking there is no way you could endure such an intense program. However, you will realize Lucas is no more human than you, and you may find encouragement to take on a similar challenge.

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The 6 Pillars of Fitness: Mindfulness

The 6 Pillars of Fitness: Mindfulness

The 6 Pillars of Fitness are the lifeblood of the Fitness in Five philosophy. While your focus on one pillar can lead to secondary benefits for the others, you must make mindfulness a priority in everything you do. There are many ways to implement mindful practices in your daily life, but I if this concept is new to you, I want you to take a look at this simple breathing exercise and commit yourself to it every morning. Come check it out.

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Stop Being Average: Unlock your potential now with Fitness in Five

Stop Being Average: Unlock your potential now with Fitness in Five

I want you to take a moment to clear your mind of every photo-shopped, unachievable image you’ve been told to emulate and refocus on yourself. Fitness is one of the few things in this world where you need to be unapologetically selfish and say “I’m doing this for me. My soul deserves to be given the most well maintained vessel I can provide and no one is going to tell me otherwise.”

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Make Fitness a Habit: Why you need to ask for help

Make Fitness a Habit: Why you need to ask for help

We all have a mountain to climb and are often left without the means to climb it. Fitness in Five will give you the tools and expertise to get you taking your first step toward accomplishing your goals. Once you begin, you will never look back. Your momentum will carry you beyond your wildest dreams and when you get to the top, you will have inspired an entire community of movers and shakers.

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7 Ways to Keep Your Mind Focused on the Present

7 Ways to Keep Your Mind Focused on the Present

One of the most difficult habits to consistently practice is staying in the present. As time moves forward, our thoughts tend to linger in the past, affecting our productivity throughout the day. A little slip here or there and the negativity can ruin the entire day. Acknowledging how we respond to these small events will allow us to take the actions necessary to move on with our day without breaking stride.

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