One Year Of Whole Fit

Wow, a year has passed. Well, technically Whole Fit has existed since February 2016. There were breaks in the chronology for full-time jobs and experience-soaking-up. I would not call it fully formed until the relaunch in May 2019, when service offerings were solidified and felt right, when passion and time aligned to actually make things

Hail Caesar

The absolute best Caesar salad I ever had was in an Italian restaurant at a resort in Acapulco, Mexico. (Huh?!) My brother is my witness. And just because we were starving and eating a 10:00 PM dinner, does not mean we were slippin’ in judgement. Anyone would have been wowed by the table-side, ingredient-by-ingredient preparation

Why I Travel

I recently took a trip to New York City that brought a lot of notions about “travel” to the forefront. The expense, the absence, the stress… Is it worth it? I suppose, from my previous situation of more means, I had never thought of it in such a make-or-break way. Chasing a dream and running

Protein Bars

I wanted to make healthy treats to deliver to some of my favorite brand contacts in town, so I found this awesome Five-Ingredient Protein Bars recipe from Chew Out Loud. Amy from COL says… These 5-ingredient Protein Bars are super easy, packed with good nutrition, and perfect for breakfast or snack on the run. Plus,

Active Pup

Detective Leonard Briscoe Johnson. My pup. My super active pup. His second birthday is in October, and he is still very much a puppy. Boykin Spaniels live to be up to 15 years old, so they must just really enjoy their puppy-hoods, right? I keep hearing that he’ll be more mature at age two. And, I’ve

Ride the Wave

Per the quest to try new things in fitness and wellness, I have discovered a zen-ful place – WaveRoom Yoga in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I first learned of this studio from a former YMCA colleague Lori Skerjanz. She is the owner, entrepreneur and visioneer. She is also incredibly busy selling her brain-child, patent-pending product The Ravi,

Aging: Part 3

I accept that I am older! Part 3 is about understanding the angst that merely the idea of aging brings to our lives. The key is finding contentment in where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re going.  😉 A friend of mine has been 30 for a few months, and she recently admitted

Aging: Part 2

Welcome to the new anti-aging regime! Part 2 is about the information I gained with much research and testing. It’s still a very personal experience, but I hope I can make all you old people’s lives a bit easier.  😉 Yes, I got the Retin-A Micro. The instructions said to use it every day, or

Aging: Part 1

I just had a birthday. I turned 32. Each year I think about the same thing now – getting older. It’s about time I write about my journey. So I decided it should be a three-part series of humor, research and enlightenment. Don’t tread on my ego! Part 1 is a funny story about my

Parts Unknown

I’m finally writing this. I hate that tragedy hit first. I dedicate this article to the late Anthony Bourdain, a man who inspired so many to seek and savor… I joined my husband watching a random TV show on a Saturday morning. Hey, is that Anthony Bourdain? Hey, is that Charleston? What is this? I

Whole Fit Relaunch

In January 2014, I was doing major soul-searching about my career. I had a quality house and car and a solid, amazing romance going. They say when someone is no longer preoccupied with survival or love, the mind wanders to other worries. I had been working since age 14, and along the way taking the

GX Thanks

Group Exercise has played a big role in my fitness life for about 14 years. I remember fondly my free access to the state-of-the-art “Strom” center as a student at USC. And, my goodness, I took advantage. That’s where I attended my first GX class – probably pilates. Then I was hooked forever. All these

Fluor Wellness

“Fluor is one of the world’s largest publicly-traded engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance companies, offering integrated solutions for clients’ complex and challenging capital projects.”​​​ Fluor Enterprises in Greenville, South Carolina is one of the city’s biggest employers. And, thankfully, one of my closest friends happens to work in Human Resources and happened to be

Whole Health Nation

Whole Health Nation is a new organization, defined as “ a group of herbalists, farmers, educators and artists bringing a sense of community and joy to cultivating a healthy and nature inspired lifestyle; using food as medicine, your garden as your apothecary, finding sanctuary in the streets of your city. Starting as a seed in

Chronic Care Management

An estimated 117 million adults have at least one chronic health condition, and an estimated one in every four adults have two or more chronic health conditions. In a questionable healthcare system, mostly focused on treatment instead of prevention, it is not a wonder. Medical providers actually profit short-term by sick patients visiting often. But,

First Week

Like many people, I took advantage of a lot of opportunities to indulge over the holidays. Nearly every event was centered around food. The wine, beer and cocktails runneth over. My rambunctious brother was visiting and stayed at our house for a week. So yeah. I think we all “give ourselves a break” during the

Resolve to Succeed

It’s that time again. We can’t believe it’s December. Christmas is almost here. We recap our year, taking stock of the best times and worst times. We evaluate, how did 2017 go? We think about a new year and a new beginning. It means something to us, somehow. Self-improvement is a shared hobby. It is

Meet Me at the Bar

Closing out the year strong, and having a little flexibility of schedule, I decided to take on a new fitness venture. My office life kept me in Greenville, so what better time to explore that area. I had two friends petition me to come to their group exercise classes. They didn’t have to try hard

Diabetes Prevention Program

I took this picture the last day of class. I paused on my way out the door, letting the impact of the empty room and happy memories linger for a moment more… I became a YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach in 2016. Aside from my general agenda for healthy and fit living and my

Low-Fat Foods Making You Fatter

What? Fat is not the Devil? Sugar is the leading cause of weight gain? Check out this video from the host of TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything, as posted by CollegeHumor. Very insightful and entertaining presentation about a huge myth – that eating fat makes you fat. Instead, hear how bad science and the sugar industry

Behavior Change Revolution

I was listening to a podcast from Freakonomics Radio entitled “How to Launch a Behavior-Change Revolution.” It relates entirely to my everyday struggle as a health and fitness professional, and covers an underlying issue for client success in Healthy Weight Lifestyle Programs at Doctor for Life. Behavior change is a big ask. Experts understanding thinking

Cancer & Excess Weight

A recent Internal Medicine News article covered an October report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention citing that “being overweight or obese significantly increased the risk of developing at least 13 types of cancer.” The study compared statistics between 2005 and 2014, showing that obesity-related cancers* increased by 7%. They found that 40% of

Atlanta MANIA

MANIA is an annual fitness convention offered in multiple states by SCW Fitness Education, where professionals go to earn credits, get certifications, network with peers, learn new material and be utterly inspired. This year’s Atlanta conference was held July 28-30, and our Fitness department was in attendance. One Doctor for Life priority is enlisting the most

HIIT Me

After leaving my job at the YMCA, I found myself right back in the Group Exercise classroom regularly. But this time, I was not teaching; I was participating. For one, my Wellness Department successor Wendy Jo was leading a new Small Group Training, and I wanted to support her and this effort to bring specialty,

Paintball

For Christmas, I got 2 Groupon vouchers to play paintball. Eek! I obviously put this off for a while… For one, I had never played paintball. I had never shot paintballs with friends running around the woods for fun. I had never even held a paintball gun, or a paintball for that matter. For two,

Welcome to Doctor for Life

Welcome the newest member of our team – Fitness Director and Development Lead Aarika Johnson! Doctor for Life is a medical practice specializing in Healthy Weight Lifestyle. With a unique and complex operation, combining Clinical, Nutrition and Fitness services to change lives, the right talent can be hard to find. Aarika comes to us with

Panzanella

You gotta love the Real Simple Meals Made Easy cookbook, especially the No-Cook Meals section… This week, I made my very first panzanella. Panzanella is a Tuscan chopped salad of bread and tomatoes that is popular in the summer. (It’s April, but it’s warm in South Carolina. So, what the heck?) I made this for

Eating a Pomegranate

I don’t like admitting this… I had never eaten a pomegranate. You know, the buy whole fruit at the store and do it yourself eating. I have had plenty of dishes with dried pomegranate seeds or pomegranate flavoring. Yet, that bulbous thing on it’s own was intimidating. During this week’s grocery store trip, beautiful ruby

Coughing in the New Year

I’m fairly miserable at the moment. I have combination sinus and respiratory infections. I have all the symptoms of the flu, except the added facial pressure and wheezing. It is not the flu though, the nurse practitioner said, because my fever hasn’t been high enough. Go figure. I’ve been taking every care to recover –

GO Day

Saturday, June 11, 2016, was National Get Outdoors Day, or GO Day for short. This year marked the ninth annual recognized day, but it was the first time I had heard of it. Thanks, random TV commercial! I talk all the time about the importance of getting outside more. The benefits of fresh air and

Taken Aback

Recovery seems to be a neglected theme in a world of fitness. We cannot fault trainers too much, as their job is usually to correct a situation by adding activity to someone’s life because the lack of it has led to health and size issues. Yet, what about the clients, or trainers themselves, who are

Kickin’ Bridal Booty

We are two weeks out, and I can hardly focus my brain on anything but wedding. My current to-do list is 22 items long, and that’s not including subcategories. It is fun. I suppose more planning for and looking forward to fun. But I am trying to enjoy the journey. On my bachelorette trip a

Athletic Cows

Athletic cows. Let that sink in for a minute. I heard the term the other day while watching The Dr. Oz Show. It was an episode devoted to investigating beef in America, particularly looking into the category of grass-fed beef. Per this exploration, beef produced from conventional industry is managed to meet a huge American

The Power of Ex

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m writing an article about couples. My fiancé and I are currently in the middle of a three-week fitness challenge. It requires being active seven days a week and adhering to an eating plan. So far so good. Day One was the worst, where he really had to make some

Winflo

Winflo… That might just sound like a slang way to say I’m feeling awesome about life, but I’m really describing a pair of shoes. I get a ton of mileage from my athletic shoes. So, even though they may still look nice and clean, the support generally wears out after about a year. No biggie. That

Give Us Our Daily Water

“According to most of the literature, a safe general recommendation for daily fluid intake is about 3 liters of fluid (or 12 cups) each day. Since 1 liter (4 cups) comes from our food, this means that 2 liters (8 cups) comes from purposeful fluid intake (in other words, drinking).” This is Precision Nutrition on

New Year, Y’all

Like many, as the holidays approached, I began to say to myself, “I’ll tackle that in January.” Now it is January, eight days gone in fact, and I’m left with no excuses. I am a trainer, a very aware health connoisseur. But I am not immune to powers of the anti-routine. Rich, salty, sugary foods

Starting Today

Hello world! I started this website today, my very own health and fitness site to promote my new personal training business. I filled it with some backdated content from my everyday blog TheSideNote.com. I plan to maintain both sites, only this one will be geared toward “health-ness” matters – advice, literature, research, tips, recipes and more

Went for a Swim

I went for a swim today, and I felt like my old self. I haven’t swum laps in a chlorine pool in many years. I used to be a lifeguard, five summers worth. I used to swim 500 yards almost daily. And I was fast. I’ve lost a lot. I’m not even sure how long

Jan Fit Challenge

Thanks to my girl Heidi with Train To Live, I joined a fitness challenge for January. The challenge consisted of a three-day cleanse and then two-weeks of workouts. I started January 5 and am proud to say I completed as of this Wednesday, January 21. I lost 2.875 inches total and feel more toned and

Still Alice

I recently finished a book about a woman who’s diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and her struggle to hang on to whatever she can of herself throughout the process, hence the title Still Alice. The novel by Lisa Genova portrays Alice Howland, a 50 year-old renowned psychology professor at Harvard University who begins to notice

Perspective to Prevail

I originally wrote this article on May 24, 2012. Over two years ago, but this perspective always rears it’s head, now as it did then. My brother is in town, and we’ve been talking a lot of “life is good, especially for us” stuff, so I see it fittingly… Life has me busy. And, yes,

D Deficiency

I woke up this morning and opened all the curtains and blinds in my house. I’m working from home today so I feel that this act is worth it, versus me throwing back the sashes on a normal day only to have to close them again when I leave the house an hour later. Cost-benefit