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Perfect Time for a Comeback!
January 24, 2018

I Missed You!'ve you been? How're the kids? The spouse? The job? The weather? Your life? LOL!

It's been a couple of mean years, since the last Straightforward Fitness Flash issue! Can you believe it? My how time flies!
So, I obviously took a break. I honestly meant for it to be a short one. A couple of months somehow turned into a couple of years. Crazy time warp or something. The more time that passed, the more I pondered how to bridge the gap that this time lapse created.

How do I pick this back up after so much time off? And more importantly, should I? If nobody reads these newsletters, what's the point?

And if there are a few readers who do enjoy them, would the newsletter better serve them in a different format? Perhaps a blog? Shorter emails? The jury is still out on these questions, but in the meantime, I've felt bad about not writing them, so if for no other reason than to ease my conscience and live up to my promise of a free monthly newsletter, here we go again! But it is more than that. In all honesty, I've missed you guys!

I've decided to change things up a bit this time around. I am going to make them shorter. I am still thinking about how and what to do, but I'll figure it out as I go. I will endeavor to send useful and hopefully motivational snippets of fitness info that is Straightforward and that you can read in a Flash. --See what I did there?-- ;)

In deciding on a topic for this comeback issue, besides the obvious, "I'm baaaaaaack!" announcement, I thought an appropriate topic might be as follows. In an effort to keep this short as promised, I will divide this topic into a series of short newsletters over the next couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy!

Breaking Back into a Fitness Regimen after a Long Hiatus

A common factor that I find with many of my new one-on-one clients is that they have a time lapse between when they were once working out regularly, or at least they were much more active, and their present sedentary, or at least much less active state.

How long has it been since your last workout? The answer to that question plays a crucial role in the appropriate exercise prescription and progression for your specific needs and goals according to your exercise history.

To make matters worse, when we drop our exercise habits, often our better judgment regarding nutrition falls by the wayside as well. This combination can lead to weight gain as well as strength/muscle loss.

Hey, it happens to the best of us. I confess that in the past year or so, I slacked up a bit myself! What? I'm human too! It may surprise you to know that we probably share the same challenges! Sometimes I'd rather take a beating than do my cardio! And yes, sometimes I'd rather be horse-whipped than walk into a crowded gym to train. I am a hermit at heart, after all.

Several factors play a role in returning safely to an active and healthy lifestyle. I want to spend this issue and a short series of issues (the next two newsletters) addressing the exercise/activity portion; namely cardio and strength training. And finally, I'll end this series with an issue on essential nutrition tips for the returning fitness enthusiasts, or anyone wanting to eat healthier for that matter!

That's it for this time, (told you I was going to keep them shorter). Be sure and keep an eye out for the next issue, where I will give some great tips for getting back on track and taking back control of your health and happiness just in time for spring and summer! I'll share with you the same methods I use with my clients, as well as the methods I am using personally.

We'll do this together! You are not alone!

Please feel free to contact me with any fitness question you may have or if there is a topic you'd like me to cover in a future newsletter. I love hearing from you!

Be sure and check out my blog site! Just click here to head on over and give it a read! I will be posting a new blog in the next few weeks.

You can also Purchase my books at most of the popular online bookstores in whatever format you may require. Please sign up for my mailing list and subscribe to my blog so that you can be informed when I post a new blog. I am a believer in less is more so don't worry about being inundated with posts telling you every time I had a snack or a new thought. On the other hand, I hope you find the wait between posts worthwhile as I plan to speak directly from my "writing" soul.

Say! Did you know that you can follow me on Facebook? Well, you can! Jump on over to and "like" my page, please. I plan to get back to posting a fitness tip most days. Feel free to leave comments and check in often. Thanks ever so much!
Thanks so much for subscribing to this newsletter and for reading it and for your support. Our relationship is reciprocal as I live and learn from all that happens in my life, just as you live and learn through yours. We are truly in this together, and I empathize with your challenges as I do my own. I promise to hang in there and learn and grow along with you, and I hope that sharing through my writing maybe helps you a smidge. If it does, that is my payback. It is why I continue to do what I do.

If you enjoyed this newsletter, please feel free to pay it forward to anyone you think would like it too. That is the best compliment you could ever pay me, and I appreciate it very, very much.

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From my heart to your health,

Linda Burke, PFT

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