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    As a recovering food-aholic, I have committed myself to helping others find the best method to getting healthy. Follow my blog to stay up-to-date on everything health and fitness. You can also book me for training sessions if you live in the Kailua Kona area on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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  • THE MOST COMMON REASON PEOPLE WHO WORK OUT AREN’T LOSING WEIGHT

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    After working with many frustrated clients, I believe there is a very common reason that people who seem to be doing everything perfect are not getting the results that they want. When you think about burning calories you think of your work outs. You try and calculate how many calories you burn during a workout all the time. But have you ever calculated how many calories you burn at your job?

    Most likely not. This isn’t necessarily a problem for people with fast metabolisms, but with medium to low metabolisms this very well could be a problem. Continue reading “The Most Common Reason People Who Work Out Aren’t Losing Weight” »

  • AB AND BOOTY VIDEOS FOR NEW YEAR

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: fitness and health

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    For those of you who want to kick off the new year by getting in shape, check out these videos.  I created them for you to be able to do in the comfort of your home (no need to sign up for a gym membership…yet).  Remember, the path to getting healthy can be simple.  Start by cutting out something unhealthy from your diet and do something active everyday.

    Try these, and if you like them, there are plenty more videos on my youtube channel…just click here to be directed to it.

     

    XO, Tessa

  • BARBIE WITH A BUTT

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Confidence

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    So let me be real with all of you…I’ve got fears about raising girls.

    How could I not? I have an amazing mother, but I still grew up having to revamp my mind by encouraging more positive thoughts, less hatred of my body, and not idolizing bodies that I could NEVER have. I watched my mother be negative about herself and I watched friend’s mothers do exactly the same. When they said they hated parts of their bodies, I was watching…and it molded my eyes. I could not see truth about my own body or understand the meaning of confidence.

    Yet, what do we do when we see something that our parents did and we want to try and fix it? Usually we go too far. Rebelling from what our parents did can do just as much damage.

    So I’ve tried to take all emotion out of it, but sometimes that emotion slips in and it just did today…

    My daughters got Barbies this Christmas. I know peoples’ fears about Barbie and I honestly never wanted to be that helicopter mom that kept them from Barbies at all. If I try and keep them from Barbies, I’m waging a battle that I just cannot win. There will always be friends that have Barbies. As with all things…if my girls are going to learn about anything, I want it to be learned from Ben and me first.

    Continue reading “Barbie With A Butt” »

  • NOBODY LIKES A POOR SPORT

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: BJJ

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    Whether it is AYSO Soccer or Little League Baseball, the first lesson we are all taught is to be a Good Sport. This means shaking hands after a game, playing by the rules, and congratulating the other team for their good effort.  Why? Because nobody wants to play with a poor sport.

    The same goes for combative sports. Touching gloves begins a fight. It is your way as the fighter to tell all who are watching that it is an honor to be there and it tells your opponent that you are ready to begin.

    If you truly love the sport and truly love competing, you put in the effort for months and months or sometimes years ahead of time. You watch videos of your opponent’s style, you have a coaching team that helps you understand each competitor’s holes in their game, and you make sure that your body is in such amazing shape that you don’t gas out. Yes, most of this is so that you will win, but in the art of fighting, it’s also to show your opponent that you believe in them and respect their hard work to get where they are.

    Watching the fight on Saturday between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm, I thought about the fact that Ronda didn’t touch gloves with Holly. Not for the reason that Holm would be effected by it, because she clearly wasn’t…in fact, it seemed Ronda needed to do that more to convince herself that she had effectively intimidated her opponent–which clearly she had not…

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    No, rather, the reason I couldn’t stop thinking about it is because of the respect I have for athletes and fighters. If any of you have done a sport…specifically Martial Arts or boxing, you realize the importance of your competition and the way you treat your competitor.

    Continue reading “Nobody Likes a Poor Sport” »

  • RONDA ROUSEY VS. ANGELINA JOLIE

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    Ronda Rousey vs. Angelina Jolie…According to Hollywood, Jolie would win!?!

    We all know that there is no way in hell Angelina (or any other actress for that matter) would be able to beat the UFC Bantom Weight World Champion, nor would they be dumb enough to challenge her. This is not a bash on Ms. Jolie as she is clearly very talented and successful. This post, however, is meant to bring to light the ridiculous casting standards that Hollywood still seems to hold, despite the recent push for women to embrace curves and strength.

    Ben and I were watching an older movie the other day that, of course, had a sexy scene where two women were half naked. Don’t worry this is not to complain about the scene…that’s neither here nor there because of what actually occurred to me in that moment. I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but I’m pretty sure beauty standards have shifted in the last few years. THANK GOD. First off, this is not to say that naturally small women are not beautiful! They are…of course, but I feel like in the last thirty or more years, women have lost their ability to remain curvy or simply a larger and stronger body without ridicule. So while naturally thin has been welcomed for many years now, naturally curvy or athletic is told to lose weight or they don’t belong.

    If you don’t agree with me, that’s fine, but you might want to climb back under that rock from where you came. Take a look back at my post a couple of years ago when I was doing background work. The everyday expectation of me was to be a size zero when I will clearly never be a size zero or even a size 2, 3, or 4, for that matter.

    Continue reading “Ronda Rousey vs. Angelina Jolie” »

  • 5 HEALTHY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN

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    Some people hate Halloween and I am NOT one of them. I love it. In fact, you know how Christmas celebrating starts nearly two months early? Well, for Halloween I take almost the entire month to watch movies, decorate, and get into the fall spirit. Okay, so the FALL doesn’t happen as much in Hawaii, but the SPIRIT is still there. My brother and sister-in-law watch the tv show Ghost Adventures all the time, and even though it’s a bit OVERdramatic, I found myself watching it the other day. Although I wasn’t scared, I found myself noticing the main guys arms.

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    I remember when I was a kid and church had me completely believing that I was worshipping the devil if I liked Halloween. Oh my poor soul, how I thought I was evil for loving Halloween. But you see, the Halloween I love is not the crazy, scare-you-out-of-your-mind, play with a Ouija Board kind–just a suggestion…don’t touch those things! I like movies like GhostBusters, The Haunted Mansion, Charlie Brown and Garfield Halloween, and I’ve even started making The Goonies a routine watch in my house.

    Continue reading “5 Healthy Tips For Halloween” »

  • THE REBIRTH

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Rebirth Tessa

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    Aloha All!

    First off, I want to relish in the fact that I am at home, sitting on my bed, and enjoying a couple of days where I do NOTHING. Life has been so fast paced–which will start again tomorrow–but today I am reborn, as I sit in my white, turqiouse, and gray room, enjoying the warmth of my feet (airplanes always make my feet cold) and the snuggle of a one hundred and sixty-five pound lazy dog.

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    I am so excited today…many things are changing…and it’s opened up a new door for me. New doors that I never even thought about. Isn’t it funny how life works? Whenever you think that your motivation is lost, if you are open, something comes in to usher you forward into a new world of passion.

    There have been a few reasons why I’ve been light on the blog posts and videos… Continue reading “The Rebirth” »

  • GETTING A BUBBLY BOOTY #2

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    Oh lawdy, lawdy, my original post about getting a bubbly booty definitely reminded me that I AM NOT the only one that desires a little more on the backside. I mean come on…it’s one thing to be skinny…it’s another thing to have curves where you need them.

    Putting all vanity reasons aside–which I do not discount–having a strong and muscular butt means so much more to me than I ever thought it would. I used to walk up the stairs and try to connect to my butt. I couldn’t. I used to try and simply squeeze my butt and I couldn’t. This just shows me how disconnected I was from one of the MOST important muscles in my body.

    Why is this one of the most important muscles in our bodies?

    Continue reading “Getting A Bubbly Booty #2” »

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