Things To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

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It’s time to tell the truth — most of us don’t know what the hell we are doing 99% of the time.

Me, you, that gal over there who looks like she has it all figured out, that “perfect family” you know from around town, your parents, whoever. So much of the time, we’re struggling …

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A Case for Hunger & How to Deal with It

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The concept of hunger has been coming a lot during the #moderation365 training, and so I thought I’d set aside time to put together a comprehensive post about it.

First, there’s a difference between hunger and cravings. Cravings are mostly felt in the head — we think, “I have a craving for chocolate right now.” …

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8 Ways to Be an Anti-Perfectionist in 2015

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Last week’s blog was pretty much a straight-up railing against perfectionism. #sorrynotsorry Check it here if you haven’t read it yet.

Honestly, perfectionism sucks.

Not only does it keep us from feeling good enough, but it actually doesn’t work effectively as a productivity system. Perfectionists are really bad at taking action because they are so …

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2015: The Year of the Anti-Perfectionist

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“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” ~Brené Brown

Perfectionism is a huge trap that continues to be perpetuated as a humblebrag: “What can I say? I’m a perfectionist!!”

What a scam. And it’s funny because I’m actually to the point in my personal development journey that associating myself with …

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How to Stop Caring About What Other People Think of Your Body

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Gah! This topic! So juicy. Thank you to the ladies who brought it up recently on the JillFit Facebook page in a thread about metabolic damage and yo-yo dieting.

There are many ways to go with this post, but let’s start with two truths:

Your knee-jerk reaction to this subject is most-likely, “Of course we …

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Do Negative Emotions Like Guilt, Remorse and Self-Disgust Motivate Us?

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I’m so excited to share with you ladies a recent interview I did with positive psychologist and super smart (and humble!) NY Times bestselling author Shawn Achor (below!) on the utility of positive thinking on behavior change (i.e. being able to actually do the things you know you need to do).

BUT FIRST, I …

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6 Ways to Deal with Naysayers, Skeptics and Disappointing Others

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A couple years ago, I was at a family wedding and was chatting with two of my uncles who I hadn’t seen in a long time. They were asking me about my job and how it was going with personal training. I told them that I don’t train anymore, and that my business is now …

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A Day in the Life of a Former Fitness Hustler

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I am going to preface this post with a little PSA: I need you to have an open mind and a whole lot of security reading this piece. Initially, it might come off as self-righteous or “better than” — which as you know is a huge sensitivity of mine, because just the nature of writing …

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How to Go to Italy for 2 Weeks, Eat Pasta, Pizza & Bread and Not Gain a Single Pound

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Last month, I was sitting at dinner in Amalfi, Italy with my friend Gianpiero and I was remarking on “the carbs in this bread” and the “fat in this cheese,” and he looked at me and just said, “Jill, we don’t talk like this — carbs, fat, protein. It’s just food. And in Italy, if …

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Why You Can Never Hate Your Body Into Leanness

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Yesterday, I was talking to a good friend of mine who is also an online fitness entrepreneur and I was relaying a story from about 5 years ago, when I was deep in my obsessive physique phase — hours on cardio equipment, complete obsession with the nutrition details (how many grams of protein, does this have …

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22 Things that Happen When You Start Trusting Yourself

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I’ve been thinking on the concept of vulnerability for a few weeks now. If you’ve read Brene Brown’s ‘Daring Greatly,’ she goes into a lot of detail around why allowing ourselves to be vulnerable in our relationships, though scary, is the ultimate in transcendence and connection and meaning.

My spiritual coach always quotes Brene’s, “Shame …

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5 Ways to Preemptively De-Bloat for Halloween

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I’ll never forget the first time I ate maltitol.

For those of you who don’t know what maltitol is, it’s a sugar alcohol, a sweetener. And though it’s technically a “natural” sweetener, let’s just say that the gastrointestinal effects are, um, not pleasant. Especially if you O.D. on it. Found in many sugar-free candies and …

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How to Know If You’re Addicted to Drama

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About 10 months ago, I had an a-ha moment. I was out to lunch with a friend of mine, and the two of us were talking about someone we both knew, saying how we didn’t understand them or why they did what they did and what was up with that, etc. And the whole time, on the …

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Do Only Certain People Have the Right to Body Esteem Struggles?

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I’ve been wanting to write this piece for a while — ever since my birthday post last July when I revealed that I was the most content and most comfortable with my body than I’d ever been, despite also being the softest I’ve ever been.

That’s the absolute truth. Both parts. It’s a fact that …

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“How Exercise Helped Me Get My Confidence Back”

There’s a psychological technique called “The 5 Whys” that is used in anything from business problem solving to interrogation to solutions for individuals to figure out the absolute core cause of something. You ask the question “Why?” 5 times to uncover the underlying reason for action. THIS is the heart of the matter.

In fitness, …

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When Being Superwoman Turns into Being Super-Stressed Out: 4 Key Ways to Take Back Your Health

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Something that comes up a lot with women is the concept of self-care and asking for help, understandably.

I think so many of us women want to be able to do it all, have it all, and be it all, and that kind of self-induced pressure can eventually leave us feeling emotionally drained, lonely and …

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How to Get Your Ass Out Of Bed & Work Out in the Morning

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From the ages of 22 to 27, I worked 70+ hours a week as a full-time fitness professional — personal training 12 clients/day, teaching 15 group fitness classes and managing a university fitness center. I loved it. But what I didn’t love (besides the fact that I had no time to start my online business) was … …

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How to Quit Needing to “Be on a Plan” Every Second

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Stepping off stage after winning my first figure competition in 2006 was an amazing feeling. Months of hard work, sacrifice, tighter nutrition than I ever thought possible and more miles logged on the treadmill than ever. Ahhh, sweet accomplishment: leanest body ever, killer photos to commemorate the experience and the knowledge that I had done something that …

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3 Ways I Used Kettlebells to Improve My 5k Time

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Ahhh running, you devil you! I love you, I hate you. I love to hate you.

Back in 2004, I ran my first 5k. And I don’t know about you guys, but when I’m running, all I want is for the actual running part to be over, so I typically run fast as possible for as …

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Should You Play to Your Strengths or Bring Up Your Weaknesses?

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There are two schools of thought when it comes to time management, priorities and self-improvement.

Some people say it’s wise to work to improve the ways in which you are not operating optimally in the world. In other words, spending time bringing up your weaknesses is time well spent because you can “fill in your …

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