To Dextoxify, Or Not To Detoxify

Every January, the health buzz word is detox. Many of us see the New Year as an opportunity to shed unwanted pounds and the past year and give our liver (among other organs) a reboot. I believe, however, even the healthiest people should consider seasonally cleaning things up—and I don't mean via a dramatic diet plan but in a gentle way that balances our hormones, stress levels and gut flora.

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Week 17 & 18: Getting on Course

Some days we stay on the course. Some days we stray from the course. During the course of my training, I have had empowering stretches of time in which I followed my training schedule religiously and witnessed my stamina, muscles and confidence strengthen. I have also met up against training obstacles

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Week 15 & 16: Playlists and Shout Outs

We all have a pump-you-up song. And that tune can change with the times. When I was captain of my high school basketball team, for home games we always ran out to "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys. The intro of the song was in cadence with our movements—from the flinging open of the locker room door, to the dribbling of our Spalding balls just as the guitar and drums come in, to that first passing drill when you first hear, "I can't stand it I know you planned it." It was harmoniously kick ass.

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Week 14: Checking In

This week Coach Laura asked me to check in with some questions about myself and, to be honest with you, most were easy to answer and some were not. Because this has been a hard year for me and my family, I've found these days sometimes asking myself in depth questions is like ripping off a band-aid—yes, it's time but it kinda hurts. Maybe you can relate. Either way, here were my responses:

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Week 10 & 11: Whoosh!

It's Friday. Whoosh. Now it's Monday. I've got everything under control. Whoosh. Now I don't. As I try to metaphorically keep my head above water, I have to laugh at myself and think, "I wish my open water swim time was a fraction as fast as my day to day life."

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Week 9: Bored of Being Boring

My heart didn't beat. It pounded. My mind didn't think. It raced. Time didn't tic. Nor did it toc. It thrummed like an ominous countdown. Ten, nine, eight... three, two, one. OK, I'm being an ass. It wasn't that dramatic but my first ocean swim training session really did freak me out and here's why:

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Week 8: Groove Power

OK, don't feel sorry for me but Sunday through Wednesday I was forced to go to Bermuda for a business-networking related trip. I know. I know. It was tough getting away from all the devastation from Hurricane Matthew and drinking rum swizzles delivered by men in knees socks while relaxing on the beach, swimming with dolphins, eating conch fritters and lobster sushi, and getting a kick ass massage with essential oils. But hey, someone has got to do it, right?

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Week 7: Hurricanes & I Cans

One of my intentions when pledging to document training for my first triathlon was to post every Monday, but as I've learned over the past few weeks life comes at you—sometimes at 85 mph—and you have to weather through and change your course of action in order to achieve your end goal.

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Week 4: Travel & Training

A month deep into training I no longer feel like a total newbie. Not totally. I can get my swim cap on with one try (versus three or more). I finally figured out the cadence meter on my bike. I'm getting more efficient at using the training apps. And I even found myself talking someone who has never raced into to training for a triathlon, too—and not because I wanted her to join in on my madness but because I have truly drank the cool aid (or should I say the recovery drink) and think everyone can benefit from tryinga tri.

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Swim Lanes & Comfort Zones

I did not start doing sports until the fourth grade. Before then, I liked playing with Barbie and after school I would come home, do my homework, and then sew doll outfits and pillows and curtains for my Barbie Dream House. But my mother noticed that I wasn't interacting with the other girls at my school and she encouraged me to start playing basketball. I remember with the vividness only awkward childhood memories can bestow, my first basketball practice. I didn't know how to dribble, shoot or guard. I didn't know any of the other girls. And I wasn't sure how to pronounce my coach's name. But knocked kneed and nonetheless, I hit the court with prepubescent gusto.

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Pre-Training Week

This week is all about lacing up, buckling down and getting my feet wet. For starters, I officially registered so there's no backing out now!

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Trying Times = Triathlon Training

You might think I'm healthy, especially given the fact that I'm a health writer and coach, yoga and Barre instructor and birth doula. But, after trying unsuccessfully to have a baby this past year,  I feel truly unhealthy. Infertility challenges your marriage, your spirit, your faith, your body and your overall wellness.

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5 Days of Getting Fit in Hilton Head

Don’t worry. This is not going to be another countdown-to-slim-down piece about getting ready for bikini season. Instead, this is an itinerary on how to feel “fit-tabulous” in 5 days mind, body and soul-wise—and on beautiful Hilton Head Island, nonetheless.

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