Creating Inclusive Spaces With Care

Fitness should be open to all. Respecting body diversity means we all need to do a better job of making gyms and other fitness spaces more inclusive for the LGBTQ community.

On my recent trip to the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, I was looking forward to learning more about how I can do better in making my gym truly open to all.  There were two sessions on the schedule that focused on physical health and fitness. One session, taught by two physical therapists regarding pelvic floor health for the transgender and GNC community, went very well. The other, called Combatting Dysphoria with Fitness, turned out to be very problematic. On this episode, I share why I left that session with red warning flags flying. (Hint: it’s a problem that isn’t exclusive to the transgender community and one that everyone needs to take care to avoid.)

Also on this week’s episode, I also talk about my latest Tea and a Book recommendation Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani.

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Networking for Sober Introverts

It was a great second year for Biz 417’s Ladies Who Launch but for me it was tough to top the first year. The keynote speaker in 2018 was Laura Vanderkam, one of my favorite authors, speakers and podcasters. Her book Off The Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done inspired me to ask her dinner and she said yes! That’s a great story in itself, but you’ll have to listen to the show to find out how I almost gave her a concussion.

Also on this week’s show, I’ll share the best ever networking tips for sober introverts and ask for your help with a new segment featuring my favorite hashtags.

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The Great Breakfast Debate

I whined on Instagram and someone called me out.

I was complaining about a lack of healthy but fast breakfast options in Springfield when I was reminded that eating at home was a more economical and environmentally friendly option.

Eggs with kale and some oatmeal with chia seeds and cinnamon are my standard breakfast at home and I love it!

But I find myself eating breakfast somewhere else more and more these days. I’ve come to depend on Starbucks egg white and roasted red pepper egg bites.

But I would love a local option for fast and  healthy breakfast in Springfield MO. The problem is most local options are slow and meant to be savored (hello peanut butter and banana toast) or sugar bombs that destroy my blood sugar. (FYI…I’m a type 1 diabetic, not an anti-sugar fanatic.)

417-land, we have a breakfast problem. We need some better “breakfast on the go” options. There are two I’m going to do a better job of patronizing. They are Traveller’s Coffee House and Neighbor’s Mill. If you’ve got suggestions for a quick breakfast that isn’t fast food, let me know. (Bonus points for good tea!)

Plus I have another new segment…The Best of Thrive Personal Fitness! Instead of making you search for the best of my ten-year-old blog, I’ll be periodically sharing some of my favorite and most-read articles. This week it is Powerful Practices To Help You Love Your Body.


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