Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Spreading Wellness: How have you grown through gratitude?

E3's Owner, Jodi, sipping tea
as she does research. :)
Grateful for both.

"Gratitude...the open door to abundance." ~Yogi Bhajan

Abundance of life, health, and happiness? Abundance of food and water? Abundance of rain and wind? Abundance of friends and family? Or, an abundance of kids art projects on your refrigerator? These questions all pop into my head as I ponder that quote. We all have an abundance of different experiences. We are all grateful for different people/places/things in our lives.

What would it be like if we all lived with a bit more mindfulness around gratitude? Some say that being grateful is the first step toward happiness. Some say that gratitude is the real joy that we feel in life. Yet others say that gratitude is an attitude that we live, and is the precursor to positive change.

Although there are an abundance of people/places/things to be grateful for, as a person who loves intellectual stimulation and learning, I am grateful for the abundance of intellectual research that is available at the tip of my fingers. :) Yes, I am a research junky, a scientist, and a purist. I am grateful for my graduate professors who helped me to decipher the validity of research, and instilled in me a healthy skepticism. My love of independent learning has been enhanced in a very positive way, through today's technology. I remember when I first went to college, my research was done in a library, with real books and periodicals...not much fun, and SLOW! Technology has allowed my intellect to grow abundantly. And as I type this, I chuckle inside, because although I absolutely love doing research, I limit my screen time, and often find myself asking clients if they can turn off their technology to truly take time for their own health and well-being. Hmm...oxymoron? Maybe. But that is ok. The relationship with technology is never going to go away, but it may increase. And, let's be honest, we can all get sucked into it longer than we anticipate. However, as a student of positive psychology, I need to look for the positives among the challenges, and being able to find solid research online is something that I am truly grateful for.

Today, I want to share a phenomenal inspirational talk with you, on Gratitude...one that truly combines my love of nature & technology. If you have about 10 minutes, take some time to watch and listen to the power of beauty and gratitude, from 3 different perspectives (the speaker and 2 interviewees). [If you followed my blog at my previous job, you may have already watched this, but it is worth watching again.] :)

E3 Twin Ports, LLC Wellness Tree.
I want to help you create a beautiful 
forest of happy and healthy people in your life!
Expressing gratitude and becoming more mindful of gratitude, can only help to enhance your own wellness. I recently updated my wellness philosophy tool. A graphic of a tree...spreading wellness has been my theme, and I see you as the trunk, growing your own tree, and then spreading leaves and seeds of health, happiness, and meaning to those around you, and soon, we will help improve the health of the entire forest. Beautiful.

I challenge you to become more mindful of gratitude, and see how your forest expands and grows. How has your life become abundant through gratitude?

Please share with us, your story about gratitude and abundance.

This blog needs a Post Statement, too...because there are so many things to be grateful for. E3 and I are grateful for the Fairlawn Mansion, and their request to team up to provide Yoga and Dance there! :) Please join us. Click on the picture below for details, and email us to register. We hope to see you there!

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E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Me, Jodi, owner of E3.
This day, I was grateful for another
amazing summer day, and gorgeous bike
ride up the shore.

Helping people to lead healthy, happy, and meaningful lives, and promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Spreading Wellness: What makes you smile inside and out?

After serving a left over waffle to my little girl, she asked me, "Is this healthy?" I responded with a, "not really, but it is ok to eat this sort of waffle sometimes." She had heard me the day before saying how this recipe made very greasy waffles, and I didn't think I'd make it again. We have made more tasty waffle recipes in the past, but I'm always game to try new ones. After about a month of eating a delicious pile of garden fresh greens and vegetables with eggs and fruit for breakfast, these waffles were a little treat. After she ate a few more bites she said, "You are a health nut." I was surprised and replied, "Really? You think so?" Her response surprised me even more..."Yes, but that isn't a bad thing, it's a good thing. My friends mom is too (with a smile on her face)."

This really made me think. She is 7, and ever since she was 4 we have been riding our bikes (from the tag-along to independent riding) in the summer to go grocery shopping & play at different parks. She asks 10 million questions, just like any other child, and I answer them as intelligently as I think her little brain can handle. She asks about nutrition, exercise, why we can't keep biking to the grocery store when the winter sets in, and a lot more age typical questions. I've wondered how much she retains, but I try to patiently keep answering whatever comes to her mind. My personal goal in life is to have a positive influence in her life, to empower her with the knowledge to make successful and healthy decisions in life, and to instill healthy lifestyle habits in her, mostly by example rather than preaching. And after yesterday's random comment about being a health nut, and it being a good thing, I celebrated inside. She gets it, and what I'm doing is helping her. She appreciates the way I answer her random questions, and this makes me smile inside and out.

E3's Fall 6 week series is in session! :) 
Healthy lifestyle habits is what I teach about in E3's classes as well...by doing and learning. Our Fall 6 Week, Hike, Bike, Learn class is in session. Last week we learned about the 4 types of resiliency, after riding on the Osaugie Trail in Superior, WI. E3 is in the process of planning the next 6 week series...maybe it will include Fat Bikes...still working out details, but stay tuned!

COMING SOON! Oct. 19 through December 18th. Pre-register
by emailing Jodi at info@e3twinports.com.
In the mean time, we have launched our ads on Facebook for the next chapter of E3's infancy. E3 has teamed up with the Fairlawn Mansion, and we are offering Yoga and World Culture Dance Classes (a Zumba Spin-off) beginning October 19th! :) Pre-registration is appreciated. Simply email me at info@e3twinports.com. There has been a super positive response via Facebook, so we are hoping for full classes. If you are on FB, feel free to like, share, and comment to help us spread the word! :) Even if you do not live in Superior, you may have friends who do. :)



Just a reminder, we switched our community outreach free day.
It is now on Fridays! FREE FITNESS FRIDAY's with E3.
We jog, sometimes bike, and sometimes do intervals or hills...
but we always have a good time! :)
I began this blog post by sharing my personal goal, and I'll end it with my professional goal/passion...which is very similar. I absolutely love helping people to lead healthy, happy, and meaningful lives, & create healthy lifestyle habits. I love watching their energy increase through exercise, or improve (slow down) through yoga and meditation. And, I love empowering my students/clients with the knowledge to make educated decisions for their future lifestyle habits. When I hear positive feedback from my clients and students, my heart smiles inside and out. Just like it did when my little girl called me a "health nut, and it is a good thing."

So I ask you, what makes you smile inside and out? I would love to hear. Engaged readers is something that helps me to smile too. :)

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E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts

Helping people to lead healthy, happy, and meaningful lives, and promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

Jodi and her little one, taking a break
on one of their many bike rides. :)

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Spreading Wellness: What is the best oil for your engine?

Changing the oil on my truck was a much bigger undertaking than the old cars that I had. I'm a bit embarrassed to say, this was the first time I had ever changed the oil in my 12 year old truck, but it is true. I had taken engines in high school, and enjoyed working on my vehicles in my younger years...the little things like, oil changes, tires, & simple idle issues to name a few. But, when I purchased my truck, it came with oil changes for the first 4 years...and then I got out of the habit of doing it myself (that could be another blog). Since meeting my husband, he has been kind enough to change it for me. But, there is something to be said about knowing the workings of my vehicle, so I asked him to support me in changing it. He agreed, and I took to the task...not very enthusiastically, because quickly I found frustration in the placement of the oil filter. But, I persevered, finally had the oil drained, and was ready to put in the new. As I glugged 5.5 quarts of oil into the engine, I began pondering how the oil is the nutrition of the truck, just like food is the nutrition of our bodies. This really sank in when I poured the drained oil into an old 1 gallon oil jug. It all fit! (Minus a little bit of oil from the filter that went into a different container.) Do you get it? I put 5.5 quarts of oil into the truck, but just over 1 gallon (4 quarts) came out. The oil stick was not low when I changed it, but clearly oil in does not equal oil out.
Salad created by, and Photo taken by:
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner of E3
www.e3twinports.com

Sound familiar? This is also true in human nutrition! Calories in, does not equal calories out. Volume in, does not equal volume out either. Wow! Yes, I can find similarities to human physiology just about anywhere. Analogies are fun for me to ponder, and with the beginning of the new school year and fall classes for E3, I am working with students who ask questions about nutrition, healthy eating, the science of youthful aging, and more. So I ponder life analogies a little more often during the school year.
Food grown mostly by, and photo taken by:
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner of E3
www.e3twinports.com

There are so many diet fads advertised and marketing of food in mind-twisting ways, that many times my students are unsure what to believe. I admit, I'm a purist. A true scientist. So gimmicks and advertising don't penetrate my brain as easily as some. In fact, I enjoy finding the truth behind the label, and I make it into a game. Yes, I'm a bit nerdy, but it is a fun way to learn, and teach. :) The first question I ask my students when they ask about nutrition labels is, "do you need food that has a label?" The response is almost always the same...a puzzled look, a long pause, and then their answer. Sometimes the honest answer is, yes. In fact, for all of us, it would be very difficult to grow everything ourselves. But, perhaps we can limit the amount of "labels" that we consume?

Dish created by, and photo taken by:
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner of E3
www.e3twinports.com
Email Jodi at info@e3twinports.com
Food and nutrition...a complex and very personal topic, but the one that is asked about in class the most often. Kris Gunners, with Authority Nutrition, an Evidence Based Approach, wrote a really informative article on Debunking the Calorie Myth, and why calories in does not equal calories out. She talks about the neural and hormonal circuits, satiety and metabolic pathways. She asks the question, "What if calories are a consequence of the weight gain, and not a cause?" (If you want the link, please email me, and I will happily share it, along with a brief explanation on why I didn't post the link here.) What I really liked about the article was that she shares the human physiology side of nutrition, in an easy to read article, and makes a person think about food from a different lens.

The type of calories that we feed our body is important. Nutrient dense verses calorie dense. Eat real whole food, shop on the outside of the grocery store (that does become habit), and enjoy what you eat. These are all topics that I talk about with my students, and often, they ask about recipes. Where can I find good recipes? For this, my go-to website is Jamie Oliver's. He is an amazing chef, educating our world about food and nutrition. Here are a few links to some articles that his company has written, and a few fun YouTube recipes from Jamie Oliver himself.
So the next time you sit down to eat a delicious meal, ponder your internal belief system around food. What is your relationship with food? Do you believe in calories in equals calories out, or will you expand to the thoughts of nutrient dense foods, whole foods, foods without labels, and shopping along the outside of the grocery store? Or better yet, picking food from your own garden to create a delicious meal?

Using our vehicle analogy...what is the best oil for your engine? What foods do you enjoy? What resource do you turn to for healthy cooking? Or maybe the question is, do you cook and teach your children to cook too?

I believe that the best food for my human engine comes from my garden as much as possible (I even tried growing my own legumes this year, and learned how to grow and make coriander!), then from the outside isle of the grocery store, and less from the inside of the grocery store. This said, I will be honest, I love my chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cheesecake, and fudge brownies. See a theme? :) And, I don't feel guilty eating them on occasion.

I love hearing from my readers, so please email me your thoughts (info@e3twinports.com).

Update on E3's programming. Our Intermediate Fall 6 week series, Hike, Bike, and Learn, starts tomorrow, and I am super excited that 4 wonderful ladies will be joining me. And, coming soon (hopefully by the end of this week) is our marketing on Yoga and Dance at the Fairlawn Mansion in Superior, WI! World Culture Dance Aerobics (a spin-off of Zumba). "Like" us on Facebook for daily updates!

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E3 Twin Ports, LLC. Locally owned and operated. Jodi thrives on helping people to lead healthy, happy, and meaningful lives through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations. She hopes you will sign up for one of her classes, and experience the benefits for yourself.

E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts

Helping people to lead healthy, happy, and meaningful lives, and promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.


Website: e3twinports.com
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Spreading Wellness: What would you like to know about youthful aging?


Red flashing lights on the school buses are filling our streets today, the official first day of school for so many across our country. I can imagine the excitement of the kids getting on the bus this morning, the feelings of overflowing joy...securing their seats on the bus for the year...getting to see if there are any new kids in class...and meeting up with old friends.

As we send off our own children, it seems like a great time of year to consider how we will keep our own brains stimulated. Have you thought about taking a class or two? Just for fun? Or, are you continuing your education? For me, I am learning about marketing and entrepreneurship, so that I can be more effective in teaching my community about youthful aging. This feeling of excitement still engulfs me as I pursue new classes that I can take, and teach.

I teach at Lake Superior College as an adjunct in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department, and every year, I teach my students about healthy aging. It is so much fun to watch their wheels spin, hear the questions that they have, and spark a real love of learning about their own health and wellness. It is with all of this in mind, that I created E3. I know there are other adults out there that are interested in learning the same/similar material that I teach to my students at LSC. It is also with this in mind that I created a little quiz for my blog readers, clients, and potential clients. I am passionate about helping people to live healthy, happy, and meaningful lives through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations. And this is one avenue where I can share this passion. Yes, I am excited to share, hear what you learned, what you knew, and what you didn't. Feedback from my readers fuels me to keep writing.

This quiz is meant to share with you, the 8 topics of wellness that we focus our teaching/educational presentations on. Please check it out, and let us know how you did! :) We will have more sophisticated questions on our next quiz.

E3's Youthful Aging Overview Quiz

Let us know if you have questions, or want the links to the articles that we took our questions from.

Please share with us, what you would like to know about youthful aging. :)

We still have room in our intermediate fitness level class, Hike, Bike, and Learn. Check out our website for details, and email us to register. info@e3twinports.com.

If you have stumbled across this blog, and would like to sign up to receive it weekly to your inbox, simply go to our website and sign up on our blog page, or send an email to info@e3twinports.com, with "blog sign-up" in the subject line. We will happily add you to our growing list of over 100 regular readers.

E3 Twin Ports, LLC. Locally owned and operated. Educating about and promoting healthy lifestyle habits through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations. We hope you will sign up for one of our classes, and experience the benefits for yourself.

E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts

Educating about and promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.


Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Spreading Wellness: What does your foundation look like?

This past weekend, my husband and I finally tackled the challenge of permanently removing an invasive tree. What was it invading? Our garage. Yes, it was growing through the foundation skirting of our very old, antique garage. After lots of sweat from sawing and pulling, we finally broke the final root that was holding it in the ground. Stubborn it was. Grounded well. Foundation great. Once it was removed, the foundation of our garage was exposed....not so stubborn...not so grounded....foundation not so great. The walls have been tipping like the Leaning Tower of Pisa since I purchased my home 3 years ago, and the roof began leaking this past winter. With the skirting of rotting OSB board pulled away (from the tree), we were able to look at the foundation. It is no wonder why the garage doesn't seem so grounded...why it doesn't stand so straight, and why its roof is leaking...with just 3 4x6's placed on the dirt ground, and debarked trees set on top of those 3 boards, we have the full foundation of my garage. Between the bouncy floor of the garage that I stand on, and the dirt ground, is a space that hosts a wide variety of wildlife. Perhaps the bare ground is a perfect foundation for the homes of the many rabbits (that tried to eat our garden), the 3 squirrels that are busily planting acorns, and the invasive tree. But, it doesn't make the best foundation for a solid garage.

This leaning garage reminds me of the many patients that I've worked with, who came to physical therapy due to excruciating back pain...slightly leaned over to one side or the other, and their quality of life disheveled. Then, after participating in exercises, prescribed to improve their spinal foundation of movement, they would begin to straighten up and feel better With an improved foundation, we could teach them proper lifting techniques and body mechanics. As for our garage, we are trying to nurse it along, patching what we can to keep it from falling over, but I'm afraid that its foundation (rather lack there of) is not working in our favor.

Back pain and many other similar scenarios made me realize that I wanted to help people to build themselves a solid foundation of health and wellness, to help prevent these sort of injuries. To help the community in which I lived, to lead healthy, active, and meaningful lives into their elder years before they were injured. I wanted to work in the field of prevention, and help people to build a true foundation of health and wellness. Yes, this is yet another reason that I started E3 Twin Ports, LLC. Of course some of the patients that I saw had acute injuries and accidents that would have been difficult to prevent with a healthy lifestyle, however, most of them were micro-injuries (poor body mechanics over time) that built up to the "last straw" sort of event.

This is why education is a large part of what E3 does. Educating about proper body mechanics, and other holistic health topics before it is "too late." We are passionate about Wellness Coaching, but many times that is done in a sitting sort of way. So we came up with the idea of group wellness coaching, while participating in FUN outdoor recreation and fitness! We want people to practice what they are learning, and teach healthy lifestyle concepts in the field, which is why we have created fun, active and educational classes for you!


So I ask you, what does your foundation look like? Is it like my garage, or the tree that exposed the foundation of the garage? I am creating a "healthy lifestyle habit" quiz, and will reveal it next week in our blog and on Facebook. I encourage you to take the short quiz to see what your educational foundation looks like for youthful aging. Until then, perhaps you will sign up for one of our classes that we have open for the fall. Our Simply Hiking Class (for beginner fitness level, with customized education) closes for registration on Thursday. Our Bike, Hike, Learn (for intermediate fitness level, with customized education) closes on September 10th. Email info@e3twinports.com to register, and we will send you all of the registration forms. For more information on these two programs visit our website at http://www.e3twinports.com/personal-training-fitness/, or click on the posters in this blog.

Where do you think this photo was taken? Answer correctly
for 10% off of  the "Bike. Hike. Learn." OR "Simply Hiking"
class through E3 Twin Ports, LLC. :)  Send your answer to
info@e3twinports.com.
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And last but not least for this week, Duluth Loves Local featured our owner, Jodi, in their blog! :) Check it out, and follow them on Facebook. They are a fantastic organization, supporting locally owned businesses.

E3 Twin Ports, LLC. Locally owned and operated. Educating about and promoting healthy lifestyle habits through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations. We hope you will sign up for one of our classes, and experience the benefits for yourself.

E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts

Website: e3twinports.com
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