Watch and learn

Watch and learn

I was observing a new participant in our Small Group Training last week (I’ll call her RH) as she speed-walked towards me. (No running for her yet – not until she gains the strength she needs to stabilize her knees.)  I offered a suggestion for altering...
How are you aging?

How are you aging?

Getting older has pros and cons. I certainly value the wisdom I’ve gained from my years, but keeping pairs of cheaters strategically located everywhere is sometimes amusing but more often annoying. I deeply appreciate my body and all that it has carried me...
You have to earn it.

You have to earn it.

Dale Barr, a fitness coach here at Dauntless (and pictured below), recently earned his ranking as a Top 200 Age Group Qualifier in the 2018 CrossFit Open. That’s Top 200 in the world.  Incredible achievement.  He earned this via commitment to a thoughtful,...
Let’s talk about food.

Let’s talk about food.

We want you to think differently about the food you eat.  So we are showing a film and hosting a discussion: Saturday Feb.3rd, 5:30pm Food is powerful. What you eat: can make you sick or make you feel amazing can contribute to a longer life, or a shorter one can help...
Let’s talk about food.

What should you eat? And why does it matter?

Have you ever wondered what to eat to be healthy? Or why it really matters? Or how to make that work for your family, in the midst of busy lives and full schedules? Join us Saturday, Feb. 3rd 5:30pm for a screening of the film “In Defense of Food” and a...
Change happens.

Change happens.

  Change.  We all want it. On some level. There’s something we wish were different, something we think we should be doing. And we’ve got solid, good intentions. But…it’s not happening. Maybe it’s in your approach. Join us Thursday,...
It’s not just black and white

It’s not just black and white

 Black/white. Good/bad. Right/wrong. Right/Left. On/off. Yes/no. Happy/Sad. We love our absolutes. We want to be sure. We want to be all in. We want to be right. We want to be dedicated –  24/7/365.  As if. In reality though, most of life is nuanced. Our...
Wait – don’t make that resolution yet.

Wait – don’t make that resolution yet.

2018. New year, new ___ ? If you are at all inclined to start this new calendar year with some form of To-Do list aimed at changing yourself, consider coming at this a different way. First, create a list of the things you’re doing well. Acknowledge your...

What is medicine?

Earlier this year I wrote a piece titled “What is health?” Now I’m pondering; what is medicine? One definition; “a substance used in treating disease or illness”. Another; “the art or science of preserving or restoring health or due...
What Is Strength?

What Is Strength?

What is strength? “Strength, strength is what I want. Strength not to endure, I have that and it has made me weak – but strength to act – ”   Susan Sontag, from Reborn: Journals & Notebooks 1947-1963 I saved that quote because it resonated...
“There’s no food…”

“There’s no food…”

“There’s no food. Only stuff to make food.” My kids used to say this when they opened the fridge. Translation: I’m in a hurry (or, I’m lazy), and I want to grab and go. The eggs, bread and cheese in the fridge could not compete with the...
“There’s no food…”

Food Is Simple – follow up

Writing today to share a text message I received from a client recently. Her words exactly: Hi Louise  – first thank you for continuing to send me the newsletter. Here’s my story. On June 1st you sent “food is easy”. I was intrigued by “Eat...
Let’s talk about food.

How To Live Longer. Or At Least Better.

Live longer or live better. Whatever your intent, simple lifestyle changes can transform your overall health, and certainly improve the quality of your day-to-day. Drop the idea that you have to overhaul your whole life. It’s simply not true. Outside...
Let’s talk about food.

The Best Food for Summer

Summer is the season with the greatest variety of fruits and vegetables available. And, fruits and veggies are sources of water, healthy carbs and fiber, so they serve to keep you hydrated, energized, and full. (A fresh peach or a handful of berries is a great answer...
Food is simple, Part 4

Food is simple, Part 4

This series started with Food, as simple as it gets.  We offered Michael Pollan’s 3 simple food rules: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”  We got into more detail with Part 2 – What is food, followed by Part 3 – How much, and now...
Food is simple, Part 4

Food is simple, Part 3

This series started with Food, as simple as it gets.  Then came Part 2 – What is food? Now, Part 3 – How much? We are expanding on Michael Pollan’s three basic food rules: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Today: how much?  We...
Food is simple, Part 4

Food is simple, Part 2

Food can be a challenging topic to write about. My recent post – Food, as simple as it gets – started many conversations, mostly about the 3 simple guidelines. So, I thought I would expand a bit on those. “Food is simple” is how we start...
Food is simple, Part 4

Food, as simple as it gets

We have conversations about food with people every day and it is amazing to hear the array of thoughts, ideas, and opinions. One thing becomes clear very quickly: people are confused and frustrated and often just want to be told what to eat and when. Food is both...
Lost in thought?

Lost in thought?

I shared a quote from Eckhart Tolle with some friends recently: “Most humans are never fully present in the now, because they unconsciously believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not...
How to stick with the boring fundamentals.

How to stick with the boring fundamentals.

A client asked me last week how to be consistent with the boring, fundamental movements I’ve asked her to do in-between her strength training sessions. Tired of hurting when she tried to exercise with any intensity, she agreed that restoring range of motion to...
First, move well.

First, move well.

A lot of people start an exercise program and subsequently get injured, strain something, or just experience some degree of chronic discomfort that makes them question the endeavor altogether. And that’s too bad, because exercise enhances life on so many levels....

What is health?

The dictionary says this: “The state of being free from illness or injury.” The World Health Organization (WHO) gives a nod to our emotional and mental and says this: “Health is the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not...
Simple nourishing comfort food.

Simple nourishing comfort food.

This is a guest post from Maria Ulbricht. She is a local holistic health practitioner who specializes in the healing power of food.  We understand that our body changes as seasons change. These changes show up in our energy level, our appetite, the foods we crave, and...

Grateful Deadlift Days

Thanksgiving is coming. Our tables will be full, but many will not. The Dauntless community is gathering together to help those in need.  We are excited to participate in the 1st Annual Grateful Deadlift Day, a multi-facility fundraiser for local charities. The event...

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