Toni’s #1 Tip for Health & Weight Loss: Balance

My #1 tried and true tip for health and weight loss is balance. So often, we either want to eat next to nothing or work out like a mad person when working towards living a healthy weight. What I have learned is that weight loss success is tied to finding a balance of fitness and food. These 2 principles must go hand-in-hand.

My #1 tried and true tip for health and weight loss is balance.  So often, we either want to eat next to nothing or work out like a mad person when working towards living a healthy weight. What I have learned is that weight loss success is tied to finding a balance of fitness and food. These 2 principles must go hand-in-hand.

I have found that effective weight loss requires 10,000 steps daily. That means that you can run, walk, jog, dance, zumba, jazzercise, kick-box or whatever, but you need to be moving. The key is to keep it fun and attainable. If you don’t have rhythm— it doesn’t matter! You still should show up for that dance class and give it all you’ve got. It’s not about form or fashion. Weight loss is all about activity, so please get moving.


Food, boy do I love food, but my relationship with food has changed. I’ve decided to eat to live, not to live to eat. I still choose to enjoy what I’m eating. I’ve learned to try new fruits and veggies, to substitute ingredients in recipes with healthy alternatives, as well as to be creative in the kitchen. Don’t think of the foods you are eating as a diet foods, but instead view them as lifestyle choices. Lean cuts of meat, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains aren’t diet foods— they are every day foods and eating them will ensure a healthier life.

Remember: 10,000 steps + smart food choices = Balance

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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