Run 10 Feed 10: Presented by Women’s Health Magazine

OK, so I’m going to post about running…..don’t get scared!

The annual Run 10 Feed 10 is coming up faster than Kara Goucher, and we need to get prepared.

Women’s Health Magazine has been kind enough to send me ALL the info we need to get involved AND a coupon code so we can get involved on the cheap :) Keep in mind, the coupon is for Houston, BUT the Run 10 Feed 10 campaign will be taking place all around the nation…even virtually.

Run with us and you can help feed hungry people in your area.

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WHO: Join Women’s Health Magazine, FEED, and thousands of men and women runners in the fight against hunger.

What:  This fall, Women’s Health magazine will once again host its signature RUN10 FEED10 event with a mission and is heading to Houston, TX. Women’s Health and FEED, the organization founded by philanthropist and social entrepreneur Lauren Bush Lauren, partner for this race series to motivate consumers nationwide to help fight domestic hunger. The concept is simple: run a 10k, feed 10 people. Last year, RUN10, FEED10 raised 1.5 million meals, and the magazine hopes to provide even more in 2014. The money from the registration and fundraising efforts will go to support food banks in the nearest Houston metropolitan areas.  Also included in the registration fee are a 2014 limited-edition FEED bag and a FEED bracelet as a special finisher prize. The day will include:

·      An unforgettable experience running at 10K for those in need

·      Pre and post race activities

·      Tons of freebies, experiences and giveaways

·      Special guests and more…



6426 Washington Avenue

Houston, TX 77007



$35 for early registration.  Sign up for Run10 FEED 10 at Use code R10F10PR for a $5 discount! That’s a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks :)

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If you fundraise for RUN 10 FEED 10, there’s no minimum fundraising goal. Raise $5, $10, $100 or more — whatever you can do! All money raised will help those in need. Team up with other participants to fundraise for RUN 10 FEED 10. Join a team or create your own so that we can make sure the funds are distributed to your community! Every dollar amount counts.

For those who don’t consider themselves runners….

To donate, visit the RUN 10 FEED 10 Crowdrise site and click on the red box that says “DONATE” on the right side of the page:



SHOP with Women’s Health and PlanG and earn giving dollars with your favorite retailers. Donations earned with each purchase will go directly to The FEED Foundation on behalf of RUN 10 FEED 10. You’ll transform your everyday shopping into feats of purpose! Here’s how it works:

1.    Install the PlanG shopping app for your web browser, and run through the one-time setup in seconds.

2.   Customize your settings with a few simple clicks.

3.   Shop at your favorite brands to collect your extra giving dollars.

4.   It’s totally free! The FEED Foundation gets 95% of your donations. PlanG only receives 5% (to help pay the rent).

5.    Download the app and start shopping!



ABOUT RUN10FEED10: Women’s Health and FEED are partnering for the 3rd annual RUN10 FEED10 10K race series to motivate consumers nationwide to help fight domestic hunger. RUN10 FEED10 has raised over 2.5 million meals to support the cause, and in 2014 the bar is set even higher. The concept behind RUN10FEED10 is simple: run a 10K and feed 10 hungry people in your community. Timed 10K races will take place in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Those living in Boston, Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix, Atlanta, Houston, Minneapolis, and Washington D.C. can participate in one of the Women’s Health “Fun Runs,” and if runners don’t live in one of the RUN10 FEED 11 host cities, they can still participate by registering at to run a 10K in their hometown. Kicking off the event series in New York City on September 21, 2014, thousands of participants will run down the West Side Highway for the timed race ending at Pier 84 at Hudson River Park. A post-race wellness festival will feature yoga sessions, nutrition, beauty consultations and great giveaways from sponsors.   The RUN10 FEED10 races in Chicago and San Francisco, and also feature a robust wellness festivals post-race. Women’s Health is excited to partner with “Good Morning America,” the Emmy Award winning morning show, to bring RUN10 FEED10 to households nationwide and inspire viewers to run for the cause. Chief Meteorologist, Ginger Zee, will host the New York City flagship event, running alongside the

Check out more from Women’s Health Magazine HERE


I’m in SHAPE…the magazine!!!

I just wanted to take a minute and share this with ya’ll :)

I was featured in a SHAPE Magazine article, along with 19 other beautiful ladies, about getting fit without running. If you know me, then you know I’ve struggled with wanting to be a runner, but never quite making it due to past injury. Just because I can’t pound out marathons (and trust me, I have MUCH respect for those who do!) doesn’t mean I can’t get fit and sculpt a functional body to boot. You can check out the entire article HERE:


Have a healthy day!

When Enough is Enough….

I must warn you that this particular post is not for the faint of heart….

As I sit here, tears flow freely down my cheeks. I have yet to determine if I am simply sad, or if it is a much deeper hurt than I can put words to. Frustration has left me feeling quite helpless this morning and is urging me to change paths entirely. My decision lies in wait at the turn of my thoughts…

I work in a vain industry. Say what you will about health, but much of this industry revolves around vanity. I am constantly bombarded by those who “want” to lose the weight, but quickly lose nothing but that elusive seductress called motivation. Why does this burn me to my core today?

Today is October 1st. On the 29th of this month, it will be 17 years since my mother passed away from breast cancer, marking the turn at which I live the majority of life without her. Two years ago my dad battled cancer and through aggressive treatment and a strict diet, he is cancer free. My father in law battles it still. Within 2 weeks, 2 of my friends have gone under the knife for a double mastectomy due to breast cancer diagnosis. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

There are children who have never seen the outside of a hospital room. There are girls in Moldova who are grateful everyday they wake that they no longer have to endure the pain and hopelessness of being a slave in the sex trafficking industry. There are millions who will go without food today…again. And yet, we wonder if we should have a piece of bread or not and debate over the validity of going gluten-free just because Dr. Oz said so. My world is shaken today and my soul wants to scream ENOUGH!

The science of weight loss truly is common sense. I am no great thinker, nor do I believe I can come up with the next big thing. It truly is common sense and for those who will follow it, I am just a memory jogger. Eat smaller portions and move more…A LOT MORE for most. I think my approach is so simple it throws most people off. It should be harder right? If it were harder than we would have better excuses as to why we have not yet accomplished our goal. It was never meant to be harder. While we focus on our narrow world of weight loss, people die daily from lack of food.

I do not mean to be the bearer of horrible news here, but I NEED somebody to open their eyes. Find something bigger! It will revolutionize your goals when you actually start working for others. In light of this fact, I though I’d share something with you:

I’m no runner, but I would like to one day fancy myself as one :) So, I have embarked on a journey to make myself a runner. Why? I believe it is the simplest form of fitness and requires very little equipment, meaning habit is all that must be formed. One thing most think is that since I have been in the health and fitness field for so long that this is easy for me. That would be a lie! Running is hard work, whether it’s 1 mile or 20! The more seasoned a runner gets, the more efficient the runs. However, I don’t think you’ll ever catch one saying that it is “easy”. With knee injuries and arthritis being my toppers to each run, it can get overwhelming and seem undoable. So, I think about WHY….

Why I Run

I run for every child that can do nothing but stare at the hospital wall.

I run for every mother who feels in over her head raising her kids.

I run for every soldier who laid his or her life down for my freedom…to run.

I run for those women who are forbidden to do such things.

I run for those who run for their lives.

I run for those whose time has run out.

I run for those who face giants I will never know.

I run for the future generations that will grow up without knowing what it means to persevere.

I run for the elderly who can run no more, but so desperately long to.

I run for those who have lost everything.

I run for those who are a slave to fear.

I run for the child in Africa who wakes every morning to run 3 miles in hopes that today there may be food.

I run for those whose depression keeps them bound.

I run for freedom.

I run for my son, that he may know what it means to finish.

I run for my daughter, that she may know strength.

I run for my husband, that he may know he is my partner in this race.

I run for those whose parents ran out.

I run for those who feel like hope is lost.

I run for the girls across the globe that fear for their lives.

I run for those who think the world would be better off without them.

I run to prove that God can use a life after tragedy.

I run to show others that God is still able to heal.

I run in spite of the pain,  in spite of the aches, in spite of the voices screaming to stop because my GOD has given me the health to run.

And I will not stop until the day He tells me it is over.

Calories, weight, fat, jean size…. It all counts as futile to me in light of what I think about when I run.

My charge to you? Think outside of yourself, and see how far you can actually go.

Healthy Holidays 2011 #2: Turkey Trots and such

As we near Thanksgiving ( you realize it’s almost time to thaw the turkey right?) there is a tradition that I enjoy most every year. On Thanksgiving morning I get up and run before the rest of the household is a bustle with sugared excitement. I usually run for about an hour and this run serves a dual purpose. 1) I burn calories before the feast of the day even starts. 2) I am able to de-stress and clear my head of any left over junk that may be hanging on from the time of year.

The same kind of thing was born when Turkey Trots started taking off. Turkey trots are offered all around and chances are you can find one very close to your home. They mostly 5K runs, but they are also widely non competitive and fun for the whole family. Even the kids get involved and love it! If you are wanting to run in a Turkey Trot (or if you are like me and prefer to relish your run as your quiet time) I suggest starting an easy training program. Couch to 5K is one of the absolute best and allows you to train at a steady pace. You can always enlist the help of a running couch to perfect your gait and help you choose the right shoes, especially if your harbor a lot of pain in the legs and joints post run.

Any way you choose to go about it, I suggest getting out of the kitchen even if it’s just for a brief stroll around the block. This is a healthy habit you will want to stick with year after year. :)


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What Serves You

There is a phrase that my yoga guru uses often in class and I have come to love it. The phrase is, “Let go of that which does not serve you.” Think about that phrase for a moment. It’s pretty freeing if you let it sink in isn’t it? Using this theory of letting go, we’re going to welcome the topic of workouts today….

Being a trainer for the better part of a decade has afforded me the opportunity to hear and see all kinds of things regarding working out. It wasn’t until I started practicing Intuitive Eating and Attuned Movement (fancy words, I’ll explain later!) that I started paying attention to these things. I hear clients and friends say things like, “UGH! I have to go to the gym and work that (food of your choice) off now.”, or things like, “Aw man, I have to get up in the morning and go running.” You could probably list several you have heard or said yourself. Think about Facebook for a moment: just this past week I came across these:

  • @ the gym :p
  • ugh, running :-/
  • why is it so easy to gain and so hard to lose :(
  • I miss ice cream :-( :-(
  • workin @24… blah

You get the point by now. When I first entered training we were taught the highly accepted “No pain, no gain” mantra and told that people are inherently lazy with no desire to change their ways. Trainers, therefore must make them see the error and remind them that the more they HATE an exercise, the better that exercise is for them. Wait, what?!? That makes sense…in crazy town! Just like diets don’t work, I am of the belief and strict workout regimens that do not SERVE you don’t work either. Read on….

I have put this into practice with my own workouts and I have been astonished. I do yoga and some other mind/body workouts throughout the week and I’ve been doing this for several months now. Shockingly, my clothes actually fit better! I’m not burning the calories I once was, but I feel awesome and I haven’t had to resort to my “fat pants” even once! So, soak this in for me: What makes you feel good? I know some smart **** out there will tell me that laying on the couch makes them feel great. I counter that with the argument that if you truly felt great you would have the energy to do things and not be ties to your mid afternoon naps…try again. I use running as an example because it’s something I know. First I must dispel the myth that you are healthy if you run. WRONG. I know tons of unhealthy runners. You can lose the extra weight and gain strength and vitality without running. For some (including serveral dear friends of mine) running serves them. They feel energized after a good run. They love the time to retreat and get their brain cleared. They like the feel of the pavement under their shoes and several run races and marathons simply because they enjoy it. Running does not serve me in that way. My joints cry and ache for days after a good run and I always dread hitting the pavement. My mind doesn’t clear, it just gets angry. I let running go, as it did not serve me. Yoga serves me well as I am able to focus my mind (if you know me I tend to run fast and do 20 things at once!) and challenges my body. After a great yoga session I feel invigorated and energized and ready for the day ahead. I have friends that feel that way about dance, step, weight lifting, roller blading, etc. What serves you?

To answer that question as it applies to your workout, you need to think of a few things:

  1. Does your workout build you up? In other words, do you feel better about yourself after a workout?
  2. Does it give you MORE energy?
  3. DO you look forward to it?
  4. Do you get excited about your next session/class?
  5. Does it challenge you in a good way?

These are the top 5 simplest points to consider. Step away from the age old “It has to burn the most calories” ideal. Working out, just like good nutrition, must be something you can incorporate daily for the rest of your healthy life. So think about what gets you going. What makes you want to get up and move? What gives you boundless energy? THAT is your workout.

I encourage you to try something new. Heck, even pole dancing fitness classes are a blast and I love them! They make a great girls day :) Give a new fitness form (think outside the box here) a try and let us know how it went in the comments section below.

XOXO Michelle