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Colleagues sabotaging your diet? Food sharing at the office

Many of you know I dislike coworkers bringing food to the office.

I understand some do so to show their love. Other think they are liked for bringing in food, which turns into pressure for others to be expected to bring food. Some colleagues want to get rid of food they have at home and others don’t think at all.

Office: colleagues and shared food for everyone

I already addressed how or if eating healthily is a sacrifice in the article, Living a healthy lifestyle is a sacrifice- really?Continue reading

Women and lifting weights – who influences women to start weight training?

„Women should lift weights“. Something we tend to hear or read a lot. Yet, we barely acknowledge how women who do lift (heavy) weights got started.

(Given, that there is little research on this, I speak my opinion from decade-long observation. Don’t feel like reading? Then watch the video Secret lifted why some women lift weights.)

Women & weight/resistance training 

Some, many, women to this day fear heavy weights and resistance training, for various reasons.Continue reading

4 ways to combat holiday stress and winter blues

Ways to control seasonal weight-gain, holiday stress and winter blues before it starts

Motivation and „Baby, it’s cold outside“:


Yes, motivation is definitely not the greatest. Few of us are eager to strap on our running shoes when it’s grey, cold and perhaps even wet outside. It feels more comfy on the couch, I know- you don’t have to tell me. If you are like me, you perhaps, too, like to spend your evenings or Sundays snuggled up on the couch with a good book. Social outings or an invite to a Christmas party, too, often sound a lot more fun than an exercise session outdoors. I think we can all relate.

BUT…..yes, there is a but, a big BUT to be precise.Continue reading

walking 10,000 steps per day: motivation, apps, failure or success?

To work from home but still walk 10,000 steps per day?

My struggle with motivation – „have to“ versus „want to“

Most of us know or have heard that in order to support our health we should take 8,000 – 10,000 steps per day, which certainly is an easier task for those of us living in a big city and an easier task for those of us not working from home.

I know. I work from home.

Perhaps you, too, came across the article in The New Yorker titled “I work from home” (if not you can read it here). I certainly found myself nodding my head a few times reading the article. But as a health nut, I actually came across another problem not mentioned – lack of activity.Continue reading

Make your New Year’s resolutions stick – success is possible

New Year’s Resolutions

We are almost 2 weeks into 2017. Hopefully, if you made New Year’s resolutions this year, you are still on track with your desired behavior. Less than 70% manage past the first two weeks. For some of us, real temptation might not have crossed our paths yet. Our hormones might still be in balance. Stress might still be average. We might still feel good and motivated – for now. Life will return to normalcy though. Temptations will arise. Success will stall. Stress will catch up with us. Happy attitude, motivation, and ambition might leave us. Intention(s) might fade. What will you do then?


New Year’s resolutions tend to fail, and we know it!

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A survey of over 1,000 respondents (living in the US) revealed that only 16.3% of people over the age of 50 achieve their resolutions each year (37.8% of individuals in their 20’s report they do). While 72.6% of respondents stay true to their resolutions throughout week one of January, only 44.8% manage to stick with it past June. US News even reports by week two of February, some 80% of those having made a New Year’s resolution are faced with disappointment leading most of them to give up on their intentions. But why is that? Why are most of us, year in and year out, unable to change our behavior? Don’t we want it badly enough, are we unable to change or are we too weak?Continue reading