Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Spreading Wellness: Who is your railroad friend?

Spreading Wellness Blog for E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Who is your RR friend? By owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
www.e3twinports.com  info@e3twinports.com
The air was cool & sweaters were donned, as we strolled down the railroad tracks for a short walk into the sunset.  Deep in lively conversation, we were suddenly startled by a voice.  Off of another trail someone was looking for directions.  We stopped to help, and quickly learned we had fun commonalities.  Our short evening walk became much longer than anticipated by this random encounter with a new railroad friend.  Eventually, we showed him the start of the trail he was looking for, and exchanged contact information.  All of this was sparked by a book that I was reading at the time of meeting, “Before Happiness.”  My new RR friend is friends with the author, Shawn Achor.  Being open to connections through random meetings, and being passionate about reading and learning, has sparked a new friendship.
I’m sure most of us can share similar stories of connection and friendship.  We are all connected in some way, not only with other human beings, but also with our natural world.  The changing species of birds at the feeders and the chattering of the squirrels in the pine tree, remind us that a new season is in full swing.  The downed trees in the rivers remind us of the past flood.  And, the people that we pass by and exchange a smile, spreads happiness.  But, have you ever thought of a book connecting people and sparking friendships outside of a book club? 


During Wellness Coaching, I often recommend books that might help my clients to understand themselves or concepts that they are working on a little bit better. Books are fantastic resources for learning and connecting with yourself and others. The style of coaching that I offer is fitness based, which then opens the door for deeper conversations about healthy lifestyle habits...and starting your transformation at the place you are most interested in...completely customized programs based upon your needs. Lifestyle habit change does not happen overnight. It takes small changes that add up over time. If you attempt to change too many things at one time, you are bound to fail. If you start with one small change, you are more likely to keep the habit. Healthy habits, especially exercise, are the most difficult habits to start & keep, and as stated in "The Power of Habit" book by Charles Duhigg, it can take up to a year to become a true habit. This might sound overwhelming for some, but that is what I am here for. To help coach you through, create a realistically customized program for you, & be your cheerleader, so that you can make long-lasting healthy habits.

I believe that I have referenced researcher, BJ Fogg before, but in his Tedx Talk he shares the research behind my style of wellness coaching. Small behavior changes at a time, truly add up to significant changes. This research, both written and spoken is great, but the big reason that I use the style of coaching that I do, is because of the work that I have done with all of my clients, both young and old since 1997 when I started working with people in the fitness, health and Physical Therapy fields. I have had numerous compliments over the years about my "bed-side" manners, my ability to connect with clients, and how I make big hurdles seem like small ant hills. I appreciate these words of gratitude from clients, and it has motivated me to try and build a Wellness Coaching business around healthy lifestyle habit formation...knowing you do not need a gym to be healthy...and truly asking clients to dig deep to find their own unique definition of health and "why." And, perhaps, if the conversations end up at a place where I believe a book can help with understanding, &/or looking at the concept from a different perspective, then I will happily recommend a book. And, maybe then, you too will randomly connect with another person over conversations surrounding the book or author. :)

So, who is your railroad friend?  Has a book ever connected you before?  If not, I encourage you to be open to these random experiences and friendships.

To schedule your free consultation for wellness coaching, send me an email (info@e3twinports.com). We will meet at a local coffee shop to discuss your needs, and to determine if we will be a good fit for each other.

If you have stumbled upon this blog, and would like to be added to our list, simply email info@e3twinports.com, with "Blog Sign-up" in the subject line. I'll happily add to to our growing list of over 145 people. 

E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
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LIVE HAPPY, DREAM BIG, SMILE, and PLAY OUTSIDE!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Spreading Wellness: What do you do in a pinch?

Photo by E3's Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
www.e3twinports.com
Twas the night before blog-day, and throughout my brain,
every neuron was firing, and going insane.
The computer sat open, using up watts,
in hopes that my fingers would type out my thoughts.

But, up in my bean, for once in my life,
there was nothing, simply nothing, oh what a strife!

So instead, in honor of the season,
I realized there simply just must be a reason,
that my neurotic brain has nothing to say,
I best bid the computer to have a good-day.

Thinking that this morning my neurons would flood,
with ideas to share with my readers, ah crud!

Still nothing worth writing,
there is no use fighting.
So I'm giving it a little break,
instead of making my head ache.

But I hear the bean shouting, as I type out this row,
Happy Holidays to all, and to all, let's think SNOW!

Please share with me: What do you do when you are in a pinch? As for me, I wrote you a silly little poem. :)

To learn more about E3's upcoming 2016 programs, please click this link, scroll through to see what looks good (gift certificates are available). Then, email me at info@e3twinports.com to register. :)

If you have stumbled upon this blog, and would like to be added to our list, simply email info@e3twinports.com, with "Blog Sign-up" in the subject line. I'll happily add to to our growing list of over 145 people. 


E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel


LIVE HAPPY, DREAM BIG, SMILE, and PLAY OUTSIDE!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Spreading Wellness: Does your plan have you feeling a bit uncomfortable?

Photo by: Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Quote by: Jack Canfield

As New Year’s approaches, you may have expected a blog about resolutions, goals, inspiration for getting started, and how to make it reality. Well, I am here to meet your expectations. J

Pause for a moment. Recall a time in your life when you made a life changing decision. Maybe it was deciding to go to college. Maybe it was deciding to purchase your first home. Maybe it was deciding to have your first child. Think about it....

How did it make you feel? Were you a little uncomfortable? Can you remember where you were when you made those decisions? Did you have a support network to discuss the pros and cons with?

What was your next step? Most likely, after you made the final decision, you then proceeded to make a plan. Once your plan was in place, you moved forward. 

New Year's resolutions and healthy habit formation goals require the same approach. Usually you need a support network. If they are truly new habits you are forming, they likely make you a little bit uncomfortable. You need to create a plan in order to move forward successfully. And finally, you need to act upon the plan. Although the action step is the most difficult, it is a very important piece to accomplishing a new healthy habit.

It sounds simple, right? But, we all know it isn’t easy. How do we make this simple task easier to accomplish? Since your first step is knowing you want to go somewhere, maybe your second step should be knowing that where you are going is realistic. Last year about this time I shared an article on resolutions by Kelly McGonigal. There are times in life when re-reading the same information is important, and I feel that this is one of those times. If you were following my blog last year, refresh your memory and re-read this well written article. If you are new to my blog, read Kelly's insights on how to create realistic goals, and then pause to consider how you can do this in your life. She is a psychologist from Stanford University, and I really respect her knowledge and perspectives. 


If you would like assistance with creating a plan for your healthy lifestyle habit formations, please consider hiring me to help you. I am truly passionate about wellness coaching, and I use a fitness centered approach. Although I can work with any fitness level, my true strength lies in working with people who are just getting started. I create a non-judgmental environment, that fosters empowerment in my clients. I offer a free initial consultation so that you can determine if my style will work for you and vice versa. I look forward to meeting you and/or your loved ones. To schedule the consultation, send me an email (info@e3twinports.com). I meet my clients at a local coffee or tea shop for the initial consultation.

If you already have a coach, or have a program in place, great work! I encourage all of you today, to gather some great social support for yourself, as you strive to meet those goals that you hold in your heart. And, as Zig Ziglar said, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great!”

Then, share your accomplishments with me! :) I LOVE to hear about my readers & client successes. And, as always, I would love to hear your answer to the initial question - Does your plan have you feeling a bit uncomfortable? As for me, Yes, my personal wellness plan for 2016 does leave me with that feeling, but I look at it as an exciting uncomfortable. :)

To learn more about E3's upcoming 2016 programs, please click this link, scroll through to see what looks good (gift certificates are available). And, if you are interested in the women's winter wellness retreat, click here. Then, email me at info@e3twinports.com to register. :)

If you have stumbled upon this blog, and would like to be added to our list, simply email info@e3twinports.com, with "Blog Sign-up" in the subject line. I'll happily add to to our growing list of over 145 people. 


E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel


LIVE HAPPY, DREAM BIG, SMILE, and PLAY OUTSIDE!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Spreading Wellness: Have you experienced increased happiness from volunteering?

Superior Rotarians Club #40
Warren, Ann, and Jodi - the early risers who
volunteered from 5 - 7 a.m.
Yes, this morning, which is why this blog is going
 out a little bit late. Can you please forgive the
tardiness this week? :) Thank you, friends and followers.
At 3:44 a.m., my eyes opened. One minute before the expectant, "Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding" chimed on my phone to let me know it was time to get out of bed. A much different way to start my day. Sometimes my alarm goes off at 4:30 so I can get out for a run, but 3:44 is, well, wow, it just seems like hours earlier. But, I'm not complaining. My body was ready to move, my brain was just a bit slower to start working. By 4:30 a.m., a group of us were at the WDIO-TV news station, ready for instructions on taking donations live, in the studio. :) It really was a great way to start the day. Superior Rotary Club #40 had a match going on from 5-7 a.m., and there were some local donors who took advantage of that. But the real star of the day was, The Second Harvest Food Bank (there is a link to volunteer on their home page). We were all there to help raise money and awareness for this amazing organization who offers meals to our local community. Their Executive Director, Shaye Moris, told us this morning that a $1 donation can provide 5 meals. Every dollar counts! Great work, Second Harvest Food Bank. You can make your donation online by clicking HERE. I have to say, by 7 a.m. when our shift was over, my brain was smiling. It just took my a little bit to wake up. :)

Volunteering and donating are 2 often overlooked items on your wellness plans. They both improve happiness. Along with other benefits, WebMD says that volunteering can help lower levels of depression, increase life satisfaction, and enhance well-being. Wow! That is amazing! All from helping others. :) Are they in your plan?

Photo taken by: Maarja Anderson from WDIO
E3 Twin Ports, LLC truly believes in community service and giving back, which is why I signed up to volunteer for the Second Harvest Food Bank this morning at WDIO-TV. I encourage you to experience this yourself, if you haven't already. I also encourage you to involve your young children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends to get out and volunteer. Our family has made it an annual tradition to volunteer at the DECC over Thanksgiving, and the smile on our little ones face as she took charge of her station is a memory that her Dad and I will always remember. It truly made a positive impact on her life, and we know that she will continue this spirit of volunteering into her adult life. Yes, her smile illuminated the happiness that it brought to her.

Have you experienced increased happiness from volunteering? Will you begin volunteering as part of your health plan? This holiday season is a perfect time to volunteer if you haven't already. Your community thanks you for volunteering for an organization that has meaning to you. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr asked the question best, "What are you doing for others?" 

If you have experienced benefits of volunteering, please share them with us, by posting a comment on our blog, or sending us an email. We would love to hear from you! info@e3twinports.com.

To learn more about E3's upcoming 2016 programs, please click this link, scroll through to see what looks good (gift certificates are available). And, if you are interested in the women's winter wellness retreat, click here. Then, email me at info@e3twinports.com to register. :)

If you have stumbled upon this blog, and would like to be added to our list, simply email info@e3twinports.com, with "Blog Sign-up" in the subject line. I'll happily add to to our growing list of over 145 people. 


E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel


LIVE HAPPY, DREAM BIG, SMILE, and PLAY OUTSIDE!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Spreading Wellness: How well do you sleep?

Tossing and turning, turning and tossing. Watching the hours on the clock, hearing snores coming from the family, and me, eyes wide open, unable to sleep. Kicking myself for drinking the amazing "coffee treat" that I had mid-day. As I was enjoying it, there was a little voice in my head telling me that I shouldn't....especially since I didn't have any fitness planned for the day. It was a day set aside to enjoy with family and visitors. Usually, I'm an early to bed and early to rise sort of girl, but not this night. It was another reminder that maybe I should listen to the little voices in my head. Sleep is too important for my health to compromise it...

How do you sleep? Do you know what helps you to sleep better? Do you know what compromises your sleep? Have you ever tuned into your sleep patterns? Have you allowed your body to get into a natural rhythm? Sleep is extremely important for your health. According to WebMD, healthy sleep leads to better weight control, mood, lower risk of injury, better memory, and more. So how do you improve your sleep? Exercise is one way, and according to the National Wildlife Federation, children sleep better if they play outside...and I personally believe that must be true for adults too.

With New Years around the corner, people are beginning to think about their New Years resolutions...and I hope that I can help people to push beyond the 2 week to 1 month attempt at keeping them. Just like exercise takes a long time to create it into a habit, according to Psychology Today, the benefits of exercise on sleep can also take a while. So stay focused, and keep trying. And, take an E3 class to learn about creating healthy habits, if you have questions or would like to learn more.

Now I ask you, how well do you sleep? If you answer, "not very well." Then, E3 (Energy and Empowerment through Exercise) is here to help. Starting in January we have 2 outdoor programs open for Women...one snowshoe class (including education on women's health, one topic being sleep), and one intermediate fitness winter sampler (which also includes women's health education). For those who are not ready to play outside in the winter, we are also offering 2 different Yoga classes. Enlightened Yoga and Oils at Avalon Educational Center on Monday evenings (8 week class that combines essential oils, meditation, chakras and yoga) and Yoga at the Fairlawn Mansion (7 weeks, includes 7 punch pass, 4 punch pass and drop-in rates). Check out all January programs here, and remember that registration is also open for our Winter Women's Wellness Retreat at Giants Ridge. Click here to check out those details, and I just heard from the massage therapist at the Lodge. She will be offering $10 off her massage prices for those that attend the women's retreat! That is a fantastic deal! Please share this with family and friends. Thank you.

Make 2016 a year of healthy sleep, and sign up for one of our classes today. :) Register by emailing me at info@e3twinports.com, and questions are also always welcomed. Please check out all of my links below to learn more about E3...including my website, facebook, and YouTube channel. Meditation Mondays have been a big hit, and you will find them all on my YouTube channel.

If you have stumbled upon this blog, and would like to be added to our list, simply email info@e3twinports.com, with "Blog Sign-up" in the subject line. I'll happily add to to our growing list of over 145 people. 


E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel


LIVE HAPPY, DREAM BIG, SMILE, and PLAY OUTSIDE!