Archive for January, 2016

Salvere Blog: The Scale — UGH!

January 26, 2016

by Salvere Health and Fitness

 scale hammer

This little measurement tool seems to haunt us no matter where we go – Dr’s office, tv commercials, radio ads, nutrition discussions, exercise success measurements. Very few people seem to be truly motivated by the scale. Actually, quite often, we see the opposite. Through years and years and countless clients with scale struggles, I sat down and really thought about how we use the scale and what, if anything, we cannot determine via another method other than the scale.

If a diabetic loses a certain percentage of weight, their blood sugar improves – is it the weight loss or the healthier living? Do blood tests show all the info we need?

Losing weight helps decrease the risk of developing certain illness such as high blood pressure and cholesterol – is it the weight loss or added exercise and more nutritious eating? Again, blood tests and blood pressure cuff tells the progress.

What about weight loss that happens through eating packaged, minimally nutritious foods? Great job on weight loss, goal achieved but what about improved health?

What about the person that does not need to lose weight and shows health problems but never exercises and eats poorly? This person needs to make changes but the scale does not show that.

So, here’s my analysis so far on why we use the scale but if we really NEED it or not.
  1. Health Issues – blood tests show this across the board and include everyone
  2. Weight Gain – how your clothes fit tells this story
  3. Exercise Enough – if you’re moving your body most days
  4. Eating Nutritious Foods – write it all down and you can see the full picture
Can you think of anything that we NEED the scale to determine if we’re doing what we need to for our health????

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.

Salvere Blog: At War and Fighting

January 12, 2016

by Salvere Health and Fitness

At war. Fighting.

These day it seems every time we want to change something it becomes a “war”. The war on drugs, terror, diabetes, obesity, crime, guns, poverty, hunger, homelessness, cancer, tobacco companies, etc. Listening to the radio quite a bit throughout the day (commercials and talk radio) with an intentional ear shows how often we say we are “at war” or “fighting” something. We’ve become “ANTI” to quite a few things in our world.

Fighting and War bring with it some pretty tough emotions and feelings —

What if, instead of fighting or starting a war, we started talking about what we want to see… We became PRO Health instead of ANTI Obesity? Just a thought

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.

We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Dreaming and Doing

January 5, 2016

by Salvere Health and Fitness

what if you fly

While new years resolutions don’t have quite the same meaning as they once did, January does bring an opportunity to think and reflect on a new year and process an old one. In doing some introspection of my own, this year starts a whole new chapter for me and I thought I’d share a little of that with you. As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of sharing our stories with each other — It’s a great way to develop a support system and navigate your way through this thing called life!

The new chapter — A year without close involvement in Girls on the Run. For me this program came to Howard County because I stood by and watched too many clients struggle with finding their own beauty and uniqueness amidst a sea of media messages telling us what we “should” look like or “should” act like based on something not realistic (reality TV, magazines, air brushing, you name it!).

The biggest things I can pass on to each of you from my experience taking this crazy, scary leap in 2009 — Be brave enough to take chances, dreams can become reality and you are all powerful enough to use your voice and change a community!  Stand up for something you believe in to make this world a better place — All these things are way cool and not as scary as they seem at first! Share your story, journey and trust in those around you to build you a safety net.

To all of you who find it difficult to see beyond things like the scale, the “right” clothes and what “everyone” says you “should” do to find your true happy self, know it’s right in front of you (or maybe the way to say it is right inside you.). Find and define your own beautiful and celebrate it —

by Lisa Martin, personal trainer and owner of Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.