Update! New Years Resolution 6 Months Later...

Back in January, I wrote to you with a confessional. I had recently made some HUGE changes in my life- I had moved my family to a new state, I had started full time building a business, and I was in a new town, away from all of the resources and routines I had relied on to stay healthy. It was overwhelming, to say the least. And I wrote to you then about how, in this time of intense transition, I was so busy taking care of everyone else, that I stopped taking care of myself. I let fear and overwhelm take over, and I stopped doing so many of the things I need to do to manage my health. 

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Andrea Wool
Why exercise, even though it's hard? The REAL Story...

I promised that I would always keep it real with you guys, and so I am going to share something with you.

This week, my exercise routine has been hard.

I have been really busy, and it's hard to find the time to exercise, and when I do actually have the time to exercise, I find myself resistant, procrastinating, doing mindless and unnecessary things to fill my time (like scrolling through Facebook). I don't actually WANT to exercise- it feels difficult, exhausting, and frankly, sitting on the couch, staring at my phone feels easier.

Have you ever felt this way???

Ok, so, here's what I did.

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Andrea Wool
Small Group Coaching!!!

Autoimmune Strong is now offering small group coaching!!!

What does this mean?? Well, it means that Autoimmune Strong will be running an online class, lead by a real live coach- and its me! That means you get private access to a personal trainer who specializes in autoimmune and chronic pain exercise. This means you can review your progress with me in real time, talk about your successes and challenges, and even get some personalized exercise modifications if you need it. Also, it means you will have a small group of other Autoimmune Strong members to support you, encourage you and motivate you- because you will all be going through the exercises at the same pace. It’s like a warm hug all around.

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We can't let the scale control us!

So many members have been asking for a newsletter, so here it is! Once a week, I will try to share some inspirational thoughts (usually coming from my own experiences). Please tell me what you think! And if there is a topic you want me to write about, please let me know! Happy to oblige.

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Andrea Wool
Eliminating Processed Foods.

It's really hard it is to change our habits in order to get our health back in order. (I wrote about that in a previous blog that you can read here).

And I talked about the importance of healthy movement and healthy food. These are the cornerstones of health- when we eat healthy and move our bodies in the right way, we can gain back our energy, feel fewer flare-ups, and be able to move about the world with fewer aches and pains.

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Andrea Wool
How I Overcame My Sugar Addiction

There is something I have been thinking about, and I wanted to share with you.

"Sometimes, in life, your situation will keep repeating itself until you learned your lesson."

I stumbled upon this quote on Instagram one day, and it stopped me in my tracks. You see, I have been talking to you about motivation (you can read about my struggles here), and about doing the things that are good and healthy for you. Eating healthy food and incorporating movement into our days are important for taking care of our bodies and our minds. I developed Autoimmune Strong to teach you how to eat and move in a healthy way, that will help you take control over your pain, and restore your energy and zest for life. 

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Thyroid + Exercise

I know firsthand how difficult it can be to exercise with a thyroid disorder. I live with Hashimoto’s disease, and have struggled for years to find the right exercise program for my body. This is one of the reasons I designed Autoimmune Strong for myself- to use exercise to heal my thyroid rather than aggravate it. (You can read more about my story here).

You see, Thyroid + Exercise can be a tricky combination. 

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Why Your Body Needs To ADAPT To Exercise...

So, as many of you know, I am a certified personal trainer. And today, I am going to share a little personal trainer lingo with you.

All personal trainers learn about the SAID principle- otherwise known as Specific Adaptations To Imposed Demands.

It is a basic foundation to exercise science. And it has a direct effect on what you do with your body every day.

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Andrea Wool
My Reflection on 2017

So it's that time of year again. I don't believe in New Year's resolutions, because they are so hard to keep. But, around this time of year I do get reflective and I start thinking about what went well in the past year and what could have been better. And today, I took a long long look at myself. 

I realized that this has been a majorly important year for growth and change. So many big things happened this year. My home life is different, my work life is different, and both of these things have had a major impact on health. 

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Andrea Wool
Preparing for the Holiday Season

As you all know, sometimes the holidays can be a wonderful time, filled with joy. But other times, the stress and general "business" of the holiday season can be difficult for those of us living with chronic pain. And we tend to eat too much sugar, drink too much alcohol, and don't have much time to exercise or rest. This is me- every December- and maybe this is you too? 

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Tori Cox
Why I Want To Be Grey At 38

Recently, I went to an event with my parents, and there were many of our long time family friends in attendance. I had recently decided to embrace my natural grey hair- and for me, since I had been dying my brown hair for so long- this meant bleaching my hair super light so that the grey could grow out naturally without looking too messy.

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Why I Stopped Chasing The Idea That Skinny Was Best and Started Focusing on My Health Instead

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn

As long as I can remember in my life, I have wanted to be skinny. Even as a child, I had a thick, strong body. I have thick muscular legs that could carry me as far as I wanted to go. But that never mattered to me. What mattered to me was how I looked in my clothes compared to my friends, compared to the girls in the magazines and on TV. I grew up feeling like I wasn’t pretty or good enough, even though I got straight A’s in school, had a happy family life, had friends, and even had a cute boyfriend.

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Andrea Wool
Practice Being Uncomfortable...

“Practice doing uncomfortable things in a controlled setting- that way you are ready for all of life’s surprises.”

Living with chronic pain often means feeling discomfort every day. Your body hurts, aches, screams at you- but somehow you still have to live your life, right? You don’t want to miss out on all that life has to offer. It sucks to stay inside, feeling exhausted, hanging out on the couch watching others live an active busy life.

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Tori Cox