Here's what Peloton taught me to do differently in 2021

Uncategorized Jan 13, 2021

My Peloton bike has been storing clothes and clutter, not burning calories and collecting points.

So on New Year's day, I decided to finally take my Peloton for a spin and start the "new year, new me" resolution: to get up early and squeeze in some exercise before starting my workday.

Otherwise, my plans to exercise EOD don't happen. I'm swamped with back-to-back Zoom meetings. My days blur into evenings. And by the time a window of exercise opportunity presents itself ... I'm too tired....

..... and instead binge watch a Netflix series (I just finished Schitt's Creek; I loved the "byte-size" episodes. What have you been watching?)

Peloton instructor Kendall Toole shared some thought provoking messages during her 30-minute "top 50 of 2020" end of year ride like "Do Less. Give space for more to happen."

The pandemic has prompted us to pause, reflect, reset, and envision possibilities for change.

Here's what I will do differently in 2021:

  • Schedule space between my...
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Last month I became a proud US Citizen ... last night ...

Uncategorized Jan 07, 2021

Last month, on December 15, 2021, I became a U.S. Citizen. To my surprise, I had the interview, test and Naturalization ceremony all in the same day.

I was so nervous about the test. But not sure the time spent studying was worthwhile. One of the questions I was asked was: "Who is the President of the United States." Seriously!

As I left the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building in Baltimore, feeling like a proud and grateful American, a bird greeted me. The bird was a red robin: a symbol of renewal, fresh beginnings, hope but also danger.

I awoke this morning in tears, feeling scared for our country (I live in the Washington DC area, where I moved 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada). I pulled out Trump's "Dear Fellow American" letter from inside my Naturalization package to read for the first time. Some excerpts include: "You share the sacred rights, responsibilities, and duties that unite us as one people," "Our patriotism is the bond that holds us all tightly...

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Planning a virtual meeting in 2021? Here's how I can help

Uncategorized Dec 09, 2020

Just a short email to say: I get it - there’s a ton of content that needs to be crammed into your virtual conferences. Between keynotes, breakout sessions and networking marathons, your attendees will be sitting in back-to-back-to-back meetings. And that’s not good. Or healthy.

I can provide one simple fix: Movement! I have 58 five-minute video breaks featuring office yoga, stretching, desk and face exercises, and mindfulness practices. If you’re booking a virtual event in the next six months, let’s talk about how I can customize and incorporate energizing short breaks directly into your meeting program. I’ll get your participants out of their chairs to stretch, breathe and move – resulting in an invigorated, healthier audience that’s ready to learn and engage.

Here's a sneak peek of my virtual wellness experiences.

Hit reply, or book a conversation with me directly into my calendar or inside the 2-pager...

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Boost Remote Employee Engagement in 2021 Here's how I can help

Uncategorized Dec 09, 2020

Just a short email to share an easy way to re-energize your telecommuting team:

You know how Fitbit activity trackers and Apple watches vibrate every hour, encouraging you to stand up, move or breathe? Well, most people don’t know what to do next -- that’s because they get the reminder, but no breathing, movement or stretch break ideas.

I can help increase your team’s overall productivity with my video micro-breaks. By addressing ‘what’s next’, your team can choose from among my variety of 5-minute stretch, desk and face exercises, office yoga and mindfulness breaks. Best of all, I can customize any of my byte-size programs to YOUR company’s goals as part of an overall employee wellness program.

Here's a sneak peek of my virtual wellness experiences.

Let’s talk about how we can boost your team’s engagement, energy and health. Hit reply, or book a call with me directly into my calendar or inside the ...

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6 Cures for Zoom Zombie Syndrome

Uncategorized Nov 18, 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic drove millions of employees to home-based offices, the number of virtual meetings and video conference calls have skyrocketed. And as the remote workforce continues to grow, so too does the amount of time we’re all spending on virtual platforms: Between Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams, more than 600 million participants are sitting in online meetings and events every day. Let’s face it: The last thing any planner wants is an audience that’s filled with dread when your calendar invite pops into their inbox. Even worse is seeing a gallery of Zoom Zombies staring back at you during your event. Here’s what to look out for and how to 'cure' Zoom zombie syndrome.

You might create Zoom Zombies if...

  • You’re scheduling back-to-back sessions or ones that are longer than 45 minutes
  • Presenters have too many slides jammed with wall-to-wall text
  • Events don’t...
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3 Ways to Reduce "Zoom Fatigue"

Uncategorized Oct 29, 2020

We get it. COVID happened so fast that no one could prepare for the new norm of meeting virtually. We had no time to design effective approaches for virtual meetings.

Take your meeting from mind-numbing to memorable by adding mind-body breaks throughout!

Incorporating micro-breaks into long virtual meeting days will retain participants' focus, keep them alert, and socially connected to others.

Regardless of whether you plan meetings or attend them, here are 3 ways to reduce “Zoom” fatigue and make your meetings and conferences virtually memorable.

1. Increase focus and retention with mindfulness breaks

     

It’s utterly unreasonable to expect any person of any age to sit still for hours without end. Give participants a 5-minute break every 60-90 minutes or between back-to-back sessions to reset and refocus.

Mindfulness breaks give participants time to pause, reflect on the information learned or observed and digest it. These reflections could produce...

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Rethink and revitalize your virtual events - here's how

Uncategorized Sep 23, 2020

Last month I attended my first virtual conference.

3 days.

12 hours a day.

Here's what I observed. Live events are tiring but virtual conferences are downright exhausting.

Here's why:

At live events, attendees are moving and exercising during the day, like walking from the conference venue to the meeting venue and walking between breakout sessions.

At this event, I walked from my bed to my desk and walked to the bathroom between breakouts.

I may have clocked a thousand steps all day.

Most of those steps were accrued when I walked during my lunch breaks. Alone. And stretched a bit during the coffee breaks. Alone.

Networking opportunities were limited. Occasionally, us attendees were thrown into Zoom breakout rooms and tasked to complete a group brainstorming exercise with a group of strangers. There were no social icebreakers and time to build camaraderie.

The virtual event left me with sitting fatigue and learning fatigue. But what could I expect after sitting in...

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5-minute health habits to avoid Zoom burnout

Uncategorized Sep 03, 2020

It took a lot of courage for me to come out from hiding behind my computer, self-record a video and share - unedited - with you and others in my network.

Call it the COVID courage. I hope you too will go outside your comfort zone during this unprecedented time and try something new. Honor yourself - the new you - as you navigate the new normal.

Click the video below and have a look and listen to my story:

CLICK HERE to see what's included in the 5-MINUTE HEALTH HABITS challenge membership.

CLICK HERE to become a Founding Member and receive your early bird/fast action bonus exercise kit that includes 12 healthy lifestyle tip sheets, a resistance band, jump rope, mobile phone holder and carry bag. This bonus is available while supplies last.

Questions? Unsure if this program is for you? CLICK HERE to schedule a Zoom video call and let's talk! 

Remember: It's the small changes repeated with consistency every day that lead to lifelong...

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I'm going plant-based - want to join me?

eat Jul 08, 2020

Have you seen the Netflix movie The Game Changers?

This movie changed the way I think about plant-based diets for not only improving health and preventing disease but for boosting energy and athletic performance.

Despite maintaining what I thought was a healthy whole foods diet, my A1C levels (blood glucose) have bordered pre-diabetes for many years, with doctors' recommendations to start Metformin (diabetes medication).

My father had adult onset type 2 diabetes. Due to an imbalanced diet, his type 2 diabetes became type 1 diabetes three months before he passed away two years ago.

I carry my dad's genes but my mission is to reverse diabetes with a different nutritional approach.

I don't believe in rigid diets and rigid calorie counting, food tracking and restrictions aren't my thing.

Recently, I became a new patient of the medical doctor featured in The Game Changers (he's also the former internist for the St. Louis Rams football team and the St. Louis Cardinals...

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Here's how I failed

Uncategorized Jul 01, 2020

I failed in showing you EVERYTHING that's waiting for you inside Byte-Size Wellness Academy and specifically its accompanying new group coaching program REVIVE.

So ... let me just show you!

I made a 2-minute video (just for you!) to take a tour inside the REVIVE Members Area.

TAKE THE VIDEO TOUR NOW

 

Everything I researched and taught in those 30 years is now delivered to desktops and mobile devices in neatly organized modules, with easy-to-follow videos and worksheets, waiting for our FOUNDING COMPANY MEMBERS.

How's that for making wellness easy, accessible and sustainable?


Trust me, I haven't really shown you everything you're getting .... let's change that.

TAKE THE VIDEO TOUR NOW

Then - before the holiday weekend - head over to my virtual calendar to schedule a phone call or a video call.

Or CLICK HERE to fill in this form to lock in this special offer and pricing for when your company is ready to get started.

Be well,

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