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Find Your Fitness Style

Polly Pitchford - Monday, December 21, 2015


I passed an old man walking up the steepest slope of Celery Mountain. Well, to us in South Florida it looks like a mountain. It’s a man made hill with lots of walking paths cut into it and bedecked with palm trees that look like oddly placed birthday candles on a giant green cake.  Read More



7 Tips for Maintaining, Not Gaining, Over the Holidays

Polly Pitchford - Saturday, November 28, 2015

Now is not the time to try to lose weight! With all the office cookies, parties, family gatherings and traditional dessert recipes, it's challenging enough not to spin out of control on a sugar high much less try and lose that stubborn 5 pounds with an All Kale diet!  Let's get real and make peace with the idea that weight loss will be easier to achieve starting January 1.  Until that time, here are 7 strategies that will help you maintain your current weight and still let you enjoy the holiday food traditions that are near and dear to our hearts.  Read More



The Music Made Me Do It

Polly Pitchford - Tuesday, April 07, 2015

I love to exercise.  I love to eat healthy foods.  I love to quiet my mind (I can’t quite call it meditating). But not always.  There are some days my inner 4 year old comes out and I stomp my feet and say, “No! I don’t want to!”  Read More



Stress Beats Out Bacon for Heart Disease

Polly Pitchford - Thursday, January 08, 2015
  • I slept fitfully that night worrying that my alarm wouldn’t go off at 4:30 a.m. so that I could take my oldest son to the airport.
  • Saying goodbye tore at my heartstings even though I was equally excited for his 6 month footloose adventure in New Zealand.
  • Light fog (or was that just my misty eyes?) slowed me down enough to be 20 minutes late for work.
  • I burned my two right knuckles, which immediately formed blisters.
  • My low back was nagging at me all day.
  • Did he make his connecting flight to Figi? How many hours over the Pacific Ocean?? Why won’t he text me that he’s landed???
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The Best Reasons for Working Out

Polly Pitchford - Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me.  She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over.  “Come on!  Get that body ready for the beach!  Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties!  PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!  Read More



The Best Food to Eat in the Morning

Polly Pitchford - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Here’s a riddle for you:  What’s sweet, low calorie, juicy, crispy, energizing, cleansing and cheap?  Read More



How I Survived a 7 Day Cleanse

Polly Pitchford - Sunday, July 06, 2014

I was getting a little further off track than usual. My overall healthy lifestyle of eating whole foods and exercising was getting a little sloppy and those lazy behaviors were effecting my mood and my productivity. I usually maintain an 80/20 lifestyle. That means that 80% of the time I'm walking my talk that I talk about as a motivational speaker on health and wellness, and 20% of the time I'm not. That balance has served me well for many years. Lately, however, my "off track" personality has been winning out. You know the one. The one who tempts you to buy that snack bag of Cheetos, crunchy style.  The one who seduces you into ordering the Creme Brulee. The one who convinces you that it's good to relax with that glass of Pinot Noir.  Read More



Food Ruts Recommended

Polly Pitchford - Friday, May 23, 2014

“Eat a wide variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and lean proteins daily for optimum health. “ We’ve all heard this before and understand that this is the best way to eat…but realistically maybe 1% of the population practices this everyday!  It’s especially challenging for people with full time jobs.  Read More



Nuts for Saginaw

Polly Pitchford - Sunday, March 23, 2014

I am an avid believer in the healthy habit of travelling with a baggie full of nuts in your purse just in case you get hungry while on the road.To highlight just how important I think this information is, I’d like to share a little story I like to call “Nuts for Saginaw”.  Read More



10 Foods Every Healthy Kitchen Needs

Polly Pitchford - Friday, February 21, 2014

When it comes to eating healthy, you need to set yourself up for success. A kitchen filled with cookies and chips, for example, won't encourage you to reach for that piece of fruit instead. Be smart by stocking up on these ten healthy items that keep for a while and will help you whip up a healthy meal no matter how time-pressed you are.  Read More




Latest Blog Posts

  1. Find Your Fitness Style Polly Pitchford 21-Dec-2015
  2. 7 Tips for Maintaining, Not Gaining, Over the Holidays Polly Pitchford 28-Nov-2015
  3. The Evolution of Exercise Polly Pitchford 31-Aug-2015