SEPTEMBER 2012

  • MEET TRILBY, “THERE IS A LIGHT AT THE END OF THAT DARK TUNNEL.”

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    One of my favorite parts of a magazine, especially fitness, are the articles that give you a glimpse into someone’s life. We all know that celebrities are fun to read about, but the truth of it is that although we can attempt to do as they do, we will never understand why any specific diet or workout plan doesn’t work as beautifully for us. I have an ultimate dream…that one day I could have my own chef so I never have to worry, obsess about, or plan my meals!! I mean how much thought do we place on what we put in our mouth…some of us…not enough thought…and some of us…too much thought. Celebrities have chefs. They have Personal Trainers. Halle Berry does the Five Factor Fitness Plan. Jennifer Aniston has followed the Zone Diet. Gwyneth Paltrow is an advocate for Tracey Anderson. I’ve done all of these and have I ever gotten the same results? Nope. But all is not lost! I have reached goals just by playing, changing, and trying.

    That’s why learning about people is fun regardless of their status. I found some amazing people willing to let me interview them and their answers were perfect.

    My first interview is a woman that cracks me up with a single sentence. For all of you who find yourself going through a tough situation, and you see that your body and emotions are suffering, she can definitely be of help to you.

    Please, Meet Trilby.

    Who are you?

    I’m Trilby Barton.  Born and raised in Visalia, California, I’m a farmer’s daughter.  I have a background in public relations and event planning, and work as a marketing coordinator for a local engineering/consulting firm, and am in a couple of leadership positions for some organizations.  I am a confident, creative, intelligent chick with a sparkly personality!
    When do you feel you first became aware of weight, fitness, your body? 
    When I was in junior high, I went through a very awkward stage (as I’m sure we all did during that whole puberty transition), and I saw myself as the tall, chunky, and awkward girl with acne who never really fit in anywhere.  I started showing reined cow horses and cutting horses about that time of my life, and transitioned into becoming an athlete.  The summer after my freshman year of high school, I ran one to two miles every morning, swam every day, and slimmed down so much in a short amount of time that people asked my parents if I was anorexic.  I felt great and looked great!  But after  high school came college and then a career, and maintaining the exercise and staying a healthy weight became a challenge I have battled for nearly 14 years now. Continue reading
  • HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: REAL PEOPLE SERIES

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    There are so many ways that make the statement, “History Repeats Itself” true. We are all naturally habitual people, but on top of that we are all “generationally-cyclical” people. I think I just made up a word, but hey, it’s the only thing that I felt described the idea I want to discuss.

    Going back three generations, my great grandmother was of strong German stock. She was a laughable woman, I’ve been told, and always had a smile on her face. Her body was smooshy and round from all of the heavy food that she cooked and ate. Then my grandmother was always terribly thin. I remember at every dinner table that her portions were no bigger than a bird’s, and before everyone else was done she would comment about how full she was. It seemed, as I got older and a little wiser, that this whole eating thing and making sure that people knew she was full, was a big deal. She’d smile when you would comment on her small eating habits or say she was too thin. There was obviously something very important there for her. Continue reading

  • REAL PEOPLE?

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    I’ve always been careful about writing anything negative. Being negative is easy. It’s really a choice everyday to see things in a bright light or in heavy shadows. I get it. Sometimes we are tired and our defenses are down, or there is something that you feel just must be said.

    A few years ago we all saw the advertisements for DOVE soap that talked about real women. I remember watching an episode of Oprah where she had the “Real” Women that they had used to model for the pictures. For many, it was extremely helpful to have this kind of encouragement. It was great! But of course things can’t ever stop there. We tend to find things in life and nitpick them to death, mixing, molding, shaking things until they say what we want them to say and argue what we want them to argue. Continue reading

  • BODY ROCK TV REVIEW

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    As I talked about, I want these next few months to be inspiring and motivating. I’m trying out new exercises over here, just so I can offer you some insight into some new things. Remember, it’s all about switching it up. If you are bored, then move on. Don’t stay with something for so long that your brain and your body are getting bored!!

    There’s not much fitness on the internet that I don’t know about. In my quest to research I’ve found and tried most everything. As I’ve said before, it’s the reason I started this blog because I was tired of all of the mis-matched information out there. And what I’ve come down to is this:

    Try Everything. NO ONE CAN TELL YOU WHAT IS BEST FOR YOUR BODY. I’ve had people tell me not to do too much cardio, or do more cardio–less weights, or more weights. So far, to lose the last couple of percentages of body fat, I’ve had to switch it up every couple of weeks. That’s okay, as long as you know what to change…and I know from experience…that most of us don’t know how to change our routine. It’s like writing a story when you aren’t a writer, or building a house when you aren’t a carpenter. This is why people hire trainers so they don’t have to think about it! But we all know that trainers are expensive and most of us can’t afford it in this economy. So we have to be inventive. Let’s figure out what is really out there. Continue reading