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Healthy Morning Routine Hacks (As seen on Today)

If you’re like many of my private weight loss clients, mornings are a hectic time. Whether you’re on a timeline to get your children to school or making that 8 am meeting – everyone can agree mornings fly by and don’t leave you with enough time. 

One of the last things on your mind during your morning routine may be fitness, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Many of the basic tasks on your morning to do lists can be modified to squeeze in a workout or meditation. These mini-workouts are the perfect way to squeeze a little health and wellness into your morning routine. For example, maybe you don’t have enough time to do a breathing exercise but you most likely have the time to focus on your breathing while you drink your morning coffee.

If you’re interested in all 11 tips to make your morning healthier that I shared with Today, click here! 



As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Certified Personal Trainer for Women and Certified Professional Life Coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country.

Here are a few more things that I do as being a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Weight Loss Nutrition (we work with a Doctor of Nutrition to assess all of our private weight loss clients), Health & Fitness Training in Chicago, and Fitness Training in Chicago. In addition, I do Corporate Wellness Training in Chicago, and I’m a Fitness Consultant in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Trainer in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place! In addition, I am a Nutrition Expert in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!

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WINK TV: How to Lose Weight Like Marissa

I stopped by the WINK TV studios this morning to talk about weightloss – more specifically, about how you can incorporate health & fitness into your life JUST LIKE Marissa, my client on Chicago’s newest reality TV show. She’s losing 80+ lbs in 12 weeks. Find out how you can stay committed to your wellness plan, too:


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Celebrity Bartending Tonight + Drinking Tips!

Tonight Marissa and I and a few other members of the TV show will be celebrity bartending at a breast cancer event! Get your tickets HERE.

Speaking of bartending, for those of you who are going to sip on cocktails this weekend, here are some crucial tips you need to know:
– Get hydrated before you start drinking alcohol. You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces.
– Stay hydrated instead of oversaturating your liver with alcohol. One drink per one glass of water.
– Steer clear of bright liquors or heavily flavored mixes. A neon yellow drink screams “too much sweet and sour mix!” Try to get natural ingredients when possible, such as lime juice squeezed from a lime.
– Mindfully take sips, not gulps, of your drink. Whether it’s wine, beer, or a mixed drink, become more present and conscious of what you’re doing and how you’re feeling. Touch the glass, enjoy each sip, and mindfully order or decide not to order another round.

Get more in tune with your body & be more mindful while drinking with the help of my workbook!


The Mentality You Need for Holiday ME Time

Did you see my clip on HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade? It aired nationally every hour Thanksgiving morning! Here’s the 30 second clip:

The holidays are upon us – with shopping, parties, and family gatherings, a lot of people put their health & well-being on the back burner. But, during this time it is CRUCIAL to carve out time and energy for yourself! You must tell yourself, others, and the universe that, “Hey! I’m important too!” Here are a few ways and a few mentalities to fit in your “me” time this holiday season:

Think about why you value yourself and why you are important: Are you the glue that holds your family together? Do your co-workers count on you to be extra chipper during the holidays? Do you love to volunteer with your favorite charity? Whatever it is, people count on you and you are important! Therefore, take yourself seriously and know that because you are important, you deserve to place importance on all of you – your mental and physical well-being – over the holidays.

Look at your calendar: Can you go late to an event? Will a 30 minute workout in your living room really make you too late for a party? The answer is usually….NO! By making 30 minutes a priority for yourself, you will feel more energized, more relaxed, and more peaceful and better able to enjoy your event.

Analyze your food choices: Do you always seem to binge on cookies at a mid-afternoon meeting? Or are the buttery and fattening appetizers looking great this time of year? Make sure you don’t show up to events starving! This will help you avoid cravings and food binges. By eating every 3 – 4 hours, you’re keeping your blood sugar levels stable and avoiding cravings that kick in when your body just needs more fuel.

– Finally, think about your state of mind: Are you pushing off working out until the new year? Is 2012 “your year”? If so, what are you waiting for? One minute of exercise is 100% better than 0 minutes. Step It Up NOW and start getting into the groove before the new year – it will be that much easier to fully commit to yourself in a few weeks if you’ve gotten a jump-start now.


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