Do It Anyway

I’m back!  Well, I’ve actually always been here I just haven’t been blogging.  Can you guess why?  Lack of time? Life getting in the way? No material?  Actually, none of those.  OK, maybe a couple of those but a lot more too.  Honestly, I got in my own way.  Once I started this blog I got really excited about it.  I was so into it I started reading about how to do it better.  I found all sorts of material out there; books on how to make money blogging, lots of other bloggers and plenty of websites.  Problem is I found so much out there, so many other people already doing it and in my opinion doing it better that I assumed I just couldn’t compete with that and I quit. Have you been there?

I guess I’m not big on competition.  Typing this though I’m realizing that that is exactly why I started this to begin with.  Not because I wanted to compete but because I wanted to offer a competition-free zone for my thoughts. It’s the same reason I named my fitness business Real Life Fitness.  Real life doesn’t always look the way it’s presented to us out in the world, on social media or just in what people show you.  I’ve never been into that.  I am who I am and if you don’t like it so what?

That’s not always very easy though, is it? I truly believe we need all the help and support we can get just to remind each other that it’s perfectly ok just to be you. Think your thoughts, speak your mind, live your life. Be you! Because you know what? There’s probably someone else out there who loves who you are and wishes they could be just like you because it’s really just like them too.

So, I might not ever make money doing this or be the best blogger out there but I might just resonate with someone else out there who needs to hear what I have to say. And even though it scares me to put myself out there and I fear that I’ll fail by trying and not just by giving up I am doing it anyway.  Sometimes you just have to do it anyway.  Even though you’re scared.  Even though you think no one will think like you. Even when you think no one is listening. Even if you’re afraid you might fail. Do it anyway!

Class 1 – Winter 16

Class 1 of Tabata Bootcamp Winter Session 2016


This class is part of an 8-week session.  Individual classes are $8 each.

It’s a Good Thing

Wow, it’s been forever since I’ve had a chance to sit down and type out my thoughts.  And even now, it’s a quick note before I run out to the dentist and head back home to catch up on the pile of work I’ve got to do.  However, I am beginning to remember just why I started Real Life Fitness and it’s hitting home how much I need to continue with it.  There are so many wonderful blogs, websites and pages out there that offer workouts, fitness info and advice.  I know I am no where near that level and that tends to make me draw back and do nothing.  I have to remind myself that everyone started somewhere.  I also have to have faith that my path will open up to me as I’m ready.  And so will yours!


So…  that’s all for now as I’ve got to run out the door but just wanted to let you know that I am still here and Real Life Fitness is here and it’s a good thing.  It might be a small thing for now but it’s a good thing and I can’t wait to see where it goes.  Already, I’ve had so much success in my classes with my loyal participants and I can’t wait until I’m able to share what I do with more people so they can as well.

Summer-Fun Tabata Bootcamp

Summer session of Tabata Bootcamp for adults.  Sessions include Tabata Bootcamp online access, daily 6-minute workouts, nutrition plan, personalized support and 8 small group fitness classes with a trainer.

Teen/Tween Tabata Bootcamp

Summer session of Tabata Bootcamp for kids ages 10 and up.  Sessions run Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30pm and run for 45 minutes.  Kids will play games, build strength and learn tips on nutrition and fitness.

Summer-Fun Tabata Bootcamp Orientation

The new summer sessions of Tabata Bootcamp begin with an Orientation on Sunday, August 3rd at 5:30pm at 345 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA.  Intersection of Routes 2o and 131.

Summer Bootcamp Session Options are:

Kids – Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30pm (45 mins class)

Adults – Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30pm (45 mins class)

Register today to ensure a spot!

Real Life Advice

In an effort to build my knowledge base I’ve been subscribing to a lot of fitness blogs and pages recently.  I can’t believe how many opinions are out there on what to do and why.  Everyone has an opinion these days, it seems.  I just wanted to give out some quick real life advice when you come across any of these tips, techniques, or bits of wisdom yourself.

  • First of all, don’t believe everything you read!  Just because it’s posted on Facebook or in a blog doesn’t qualify it as fact.  You’ve got a built in ability to judge what’s may be legit and what’s not; go with your gut!
  • Remember that unfortunately, there really are no “get-rich-quick” or “lose-weight-fast” deals out there.  There just aren’t.  There are many different techniques and some work for some people and others work for other people.  Some don’t work for anybody!
  • Finally, just get back to basics.  We all know the deal.  We all really know what we’re supposed to be doing.  The biggest problem is we never want to just get up and do it.  Find your motivation whether it’s internal (willpower) or external (friends and a great class) and get it done.  Your reward will be how you feel not just at the end of whatever you’re about to embark on but, if you’ve chosen correctly, the rest of your life.

Tabata Bootcamp for Kids

My next sessions of Tabata Bootcamp will feature a program for kids. Ideally ages 10 and up but you may use your discretion if you think a younger child can handle the class. Not so much fitness-wise, as the class itself is designed for all levels but attention and focus for the duration of the 45 minute class.

What will this class do for your child?

  • Aside from the physical aspect of the class which will get your child moving for 45 of the recommended 60 minutes of activity they need each day, it will also start to teach them how to make healthier food choices, how to fit more exercise into their day and start to build stronger muscles from head to toe.
  • Even if your child is already involved in sports, this program will target all muscles. Sometimes you will find that during particular sports programs your child may focus on only one muscle group, legs in soccer, for example. Strengthening, toning and stretching all muscles will allow for better sports performance overall in any sport.
  • Another great reason to to sign up is injury prevention. One of my own sons has experienced shoulder pain due to the weight of his backpack. By working the whole shoulder and not just the isolated muscles he needs to lift and carry the bag, he will have the strength in the entire shoulder and avoid potential chronic injury.

My Tabata Bootcamp for kids will begin August 4th at 5:30pm. I will hold an orientation with demo class for the session on Sunday, August 3 at 5:30. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at and when you’re ready to register you can do so from the Programs/Sign-up page.  Cost is only $75 per child and includes 8 small group fun training sessions.

I Love Food

I Love Food!  I really do.  And once upon a time I used to love to bake and cook and eat.  I don’t have much time for a lot of that anymore.  I don’t do as much baking when I do have time though either.  Funny how things change, isn’t it?  There was a time you could walk into my kitchen at any hour and find all the ingredients you needed to make just about any baked good you desired.  Now…  you’d be lucky if you could find flour!  Eggs.  I have eggs!  Well…  I have chickens now so, that’s kind of a given.

So, what changed?  Well, I started paying attention to what I was eating.  Originally, I did it to try to lose weight, as a lot of people do.  Then, I started to notice a trend that started to make me really upset.  As much as there seems to be a growing divide between the “have’s” and the “have-nots” in this world there seems to also be a growing divide between the “real” and the “not-so-real” food out there and most of us don’t seem to quite notice it, at least not right away.

What do I mean?  Well…  how much of what you eat has ingredients in it that you can actually read?  How much of our current “food” is being manufactured instead of grown?  Big business has really managed to make a big business out of food at our expense and the cost is our health.

I have been trying not to buy anything processed.  I try not to buy anything with a lot of sugar in it.  THAT is a huge hurdle since added sugar is everywhere.  I think they need it to mask over the taste of all the crap they throw together in an attempt to create something edible.  When I go grocery shopping, I stick to the perimeter of the store, produce, meat, dairy, etc.  All the interior isles is where a lot of the processed food is kept and what you want to stay away from.  I read an article online recently that talked about the economy and how numbers in the grocery stores did not see any growth at all except in the perimeter of the store.  I was so excited by this news but, of course, the  reaction of big business (they) was what can we do to fix this?  I was so appalled by this?  We should be shouting from the rooftops, “People are finally getting it!  They’re learning!” and be glad that as a nation we are beginning to become healthier in our choices.  But, no!  Big business wants to find ways to lure you back in.

Local farmers and corner markets had to adapt and/or close to succumb to changes and the ways of the times.  Why isn’t big business doing the same?  It’s us.  If we keep buying, they keep selling and making a profit.  Don’t let them.  Maybe it’s time for another shift.  Time to see these local farms and small town stores come back.  Buy local and often, since the good stuff goes bad quickly, not in 12-18 months!  Drive around your towns and get to know your local farmers markets.  Shop your small town shops.  Locally, I’ve got a few favorites of my own and even in the bigger grocery store I know I can buy organic and from local farmers.

So, do I still love food?  Definitely yes!  Am I smarter about what I eat?  Definitely yes!  And guess what, I’m healthier for it now too.