Author Archives: TeamMona

About TeamMona

UW certificate in Sports Med. & Human Performance, ACE-certified personal trainer, apparatus-certified Pilates instructor, with experience in formats from Zumba to Kettlebells... I believe there is a move for every body, and size and age is not a barrier to joyful movement or better health. We just have to find it, the best movement for your body... I get the struggle of loving oneself enough to find way toward better health, even if it doesn't look like what media shoves down our throats... and I believe health is multi-faceted, caring for our body, mind, and spirit, and for each other.

Avoiding the Exerciser’s Hangover

What is the one thing you do everyday that when you don’t do it, something in your being feels… off?  You probably have several things that just need to happen for daily life to feel… right.  Health and productivity guru … Continue reading

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Pencil and Pedals Ready? Northwest 2013 Cycling Rides for Your Calendar

Cycling with friends is fun and motivating. Grabbing your friends to cycle with crowds of strangers who become roadie compadres is even more fun!  Organized road touring rides are a great for lots of reasons: – new riders benefit from … Continue reading

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Kryptonite

Today I had another dizzy spell, the third in a week. The room began spinning and I had to sit down. The vertigo made me nauseous, and the nausea created sweats then clamminess, and I was suddenly weakened as surely … Continue reading

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Nothing Comes from Nothing: 5 Steps Toward Getting That Goal

I recently saw a sign that read: “EXCUSES Are for People Who Don’t WANT it Badly ENOUGH.” Wow.  That hit me hard.  It reminded me of a sports psychology lecture I attended at the World Spinning & Sport Conference in … Continue reading

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Are You All You Need?

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” — Oprah So here’s a guilty secret I have:  I thrive, absolutely shine, on the positive feedback I get from others. … Continue reading

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Load and Explode! What Plyometrics Can Do for You

You may have seen people jumping up and down off of boxes at your gym, or maybe there’s that person doing side to side “skater” leaps across the running path, or perhaps you’ve noticed more folks attempting to clap in … Continue reading

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When Catching an Edge – or a Cold – Takes You Down

Picture this:  you’re a world-class alpine skier.  You’ve been diligently following your training plan with a blend of strength, cardio, plyometrics, and Pilates.  You eat right.  You feel amazing and unstoppable as you fly down the mountain!   Now imagine … Continue reading

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“Flyaway” from Self-Deception to Success!

I was recently fortunate to receive an advance copy of Helen Landalf’s anticipated teen novel, “Flyaway.”  It’s the story of fifteen year old Stevie, a girl used to her drug-addicted mother disappearing for days at a time.  Her Aunt Mindy … Continue reading

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Grey Days, Sunny Heart

I live in the Pacific Northwest, where we have a reputation for endless days of rain and grey skies. The joke around here is that the Seattle Rain Festival runs from January 1st to December 31st. While that is a … Continue reading

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Live, Forgive, and Learn

A friend was beating herself up today for letting her emotions get the best of her brain.  This beautiful, amazing woman has been working so, so hard on her body for the past several months and making great gains.  Yet … Continue reading

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