Posts Tagged ‘family’

Salvere Blog: Perfect … Is it Possible?

August 8, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

In continuing to think about words, what they really mean and how we use them, this blog looks into the usage of “perfect”. We’ve already discussed can’t, trying, should, etc. How often do we use the word perfect and when and what context – For starters, let’s look up the exact definition.

Perfect (adjective): having all the required or desirable elements, qualities or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be
Perfect (verb): to make completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such a condition as possible.

After reading these, I thought about how much we expect from ourselves, others, actions, situations and things. Perfect squat, perfect mate, perfect family, perfect job, perfect vacation, etc.

Pam (one of our other Salvere trainers) and I got into chatting about the importance of words so I brought up this blog post and, her response was – “It’s and imperfect definition.” I thought, that’s interesting – The definition of perfect is imperfect.

Maybe, we’re all perfectly who we are supposed to be — And, maybe, just maybe, we can investigate when we use this word and if it indeed impacts our feelings towards something or someone.

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email or call 410.707.0055.

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

Salvere Blog: Turkey Day Scavenger Hunt

November 22, 2016
For those of you who know me, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and our family holds a wonderful tradition of gathering in North Carolina each year. Quite a large group of us ranging in age from less than 1 to 93 start showing up starting Tuesday night and stay through the week! Needless to say, it’s a lot of meals together and time to share stories and activities. Years ago, we started a tradition where several of us got up and participated in a local 5 mile run on Thanksgiving morning.

With some of the younger kids getting a little older, we decided this year to forgo fighting the race traffic and do something a little different so more could participate. And 5 miles on little legs can be a lot! We even designed our own race shirts. Not sure how it will work out but thought I’d share here with you all so you could try something similar.

Our gathering space sits back in a quiet neighborhood so we decided to create our own event using a few roads to make a loop as well as the very long driveway. You could meet at the nearest park or other convenient area in your neighborhood.
Our List of Scavenger Hunt finds
A stick
Something crescent or heart shaped
Find a relative and ask them their favorite childhood memory
A green leaf
A red leaf
A purple flower
Find a relative and complement them on something you admire about them
Something in nature that looks like a number
Something in nature that looks like a letter
A piece of trash
Berries or fruit on a tree

Use these and make up some of your own! Let us know if you try it and share any creative ideas! Happy Thanksgiving!

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact her, call (410) 707-0055 or email
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Sending Warm Wishes and Cheer

December 21, 2015

by Salvere Health and Fitness

happy holidays

Wishing You and Your Family a Health and Happy Holiday Season

Thanks to each of you for helping us to make 2015 so great. We hope you enjoyed the blogs this year and tested some of our recipes. The holidays and new year bring with them a great time to reflect on the past year and the year ahead. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of building your healthy lifestyle in months and years to come.

Enjoy the season with lots of laughs, family and friends.

15 Years in Business Taught Me…

December 11, 2014


Starting a business at 25 years old sure does start learning some of lifes lessons quickly.  December marks our 15 year anniversary!  (Yes, if you do that math and don’t read all of our emails, that makes me 40!)  Shew — what a journey it’s been. Going from majoring in partying in college — because who would major in anything else — to being responsible for a business and finding ways to pay bills became quite an introduction to the “real world”.

In reflecting, I would say the 10 impactful lessons learned from owning and running a business are:

1. When things are busy, take advantage of it all because it will balance itself out with slow times! Work your butt off and be reliable.

2. If it seems like you finally got it, get ready, because something is about to change.  Keep looking one step ahead and be prepared.

3. Take time to sit and observe things and events going on around you, without making an assessment or judgement.

4. Surround yourself with amazing people. Encourage and provide an honest relationship, be real and take suggestions. You’ll need the support and feedback. Performance evaluations are still important even when you don’t have a boss.

5. Never underestimate your ability to make an impact — both positively and negatively! People watch what you do and we show/teach people how to treat us through our actions more then our words.

6. Getting up early is not all that bad — and can be quite peaceful and productive.

7. Take time to give time. To kids, to elderly, to animals — Find your thing!

8. Think out of the box with regard to advertising and marketing. Be and do differently.

9. Often you’re both the teacher and the student. Look for opportunities to learn and grow from other experiences. Be interested, share stories.

10. Stay true to your heart and values — personally and professionally — even when it seems to go against the grain.

Thank you to all of you for allowing me and Salvere Health and Fitness to help you on your journey and sharing your stories with us.

Happy Anniversay Mom and Dad

August 14, 2014

Our blog posts usually come on on Thursdays and it just so happens that this Thursday falls on my parents anniversary — So I thought I’d make it the topic today.  First, Happy 43rd (I think!) Anniversary Mom and Dad … And thanks for all the lessons over the years.  I will say that one of the biggest and most important (and healthiest!) parts of my life do revolve around what they built surrounding our family.  Some of the most important “learnings” through the years – from Mom and Dad (they probably don’t even know they taught those!)

1.  Often we teach people how to treat us more by our actions then our words.

2.  Disagreeing is okay – although not always fun and comfortable.

3.  Create space for others to live and define their own, individual happiness.

4.  Meal time (and cooking together) is important for more then the food.

5.  Sometimes you simply go with the flow.

6.  Having half a Little Debbie snack pack is okay, even if the whole pack is available (and the kids at school might pick on you!).

7.  Chores make you stronger.

8.  That spending time with someone is valuable, even if it’s doing nothing.

9.  Volunteer and give back.

10.  That even though they are Mom and Dad, they are people too — and it’s okay to treat them to dinner (or a beer!)

Do You Share Your Story?

March 13, 2014

What story you might ask?  Everyone has a story — the story of you, your life, your experiences.  Think about what influences you or motivates you to do something.  Whether it be the television, a friend, a family member, an acquaintance or something you read  in social media — a personal story motivates us to take action.  Think about your parents and grandparents — How much did you learn from their experiences?  How cool did you think it was to be a kid and listen to them share about how they grew up or what they did for fun as a kid?

In today’s society of constant busy, we rarely take time to listen and share stories.  If you have children, take time to share your stories and listen to theirs.  Sometimes its good to hear that someone else struggled with the same thing, that we may all seem so different yet share similar experiences.  Sharing your story helps you to feel part of a group, a community, to feel self acceptance and to build trust in other people.  It helps to create amazing relationships with other adults and kids … It’s freeing!  You never know who you will impact by sharing a little piece of yourself.

Building a Healthy Family

January 9, 2014

The life of a mother; rushing from here to there, to this practice, that play, this tutor or that friends house then make dinner, do laundry and pack lunches. When is there possibly time for things you want to do for yourself? Alabama sings it perfectly in their country ballad “Rushin’ rushin ‘til life’s no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die, I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.” Okay, so maybe you feel like all the rushing is for a purpose. Ask yourself, is the benefit short term or do you see long term gain?

As women, the responsibilities of running the household often falls onto our shoulders and, in the process, our own “stuff” gets pushed aside for everything else. You want to work out but don’t have the time, you want to eat healthy but you have a picky kid who only eats chicken nuggets and goldfish crackers, you want to get back to your sport but your kids take up your time and well, you get the picture. Our focus on getting our kids into more activities to get into the best college and be the best athlete creates an overwhelming situation for fitting everything into an already tight schedule.

All this being said, you can make it happen with a little thought and planning. We forget how much our children learn from what we do as much as (if not more then) what we say. Start by modeling the behaviors you want them to adopt. Make physical activity and healthy eating part of regular family activities. Include the kids in decisions, cooking and exercise. Set aside family time to be active and eat healthy together.

Let your kids into the kitchen. Have them mix up a dressing or marinade, put together a salad or measure out the water for cooking rice. Challenge the family to eat more fruits and vegetables and encourage like and dislike of any food. Ride bikes, take a hike or participate in activities like tag to encourage movement. Play games and hold contests for added incentive with fun rewards and little prizes.

When working with a busy schedule, remember every little bit counts. Hearing that we must engage in 60 – 90 minutes of activity every day seems overwhelming at times. Do what you can as long as it is something. Short on time? Make twenty minutes can go a long way in a workout by incorporating big movements and minimal rest. By increasing your intensity, you accomplish a lot in a short period of time. Incorporate small changes into your daily eating as well. Set out to achieve one or two goals a month to make habits.