is this you?

Each month you set a few goals and are excited and ready to start fresh! The first of the month rolls around and you spend a few days checking those goals right off the list. And then 2 weeks in, you find yourself off the rails, frustrated and your goals end up right out the … Continue reading is this you?

mobility flow – free DIY anywhere, anytime!

Using Mobility training to WARM UP, COOL DOWN or to BOOST MOOD can improve the range of motion of our joints and muscles. It can assist in improving our posture. Mobility training can alleviate 'everyday' aches and pains as well as improve our body awareness. Lee-Ann Watanabe’s Mobility Flow Use as a Warm-Up, Use to Cool-Down, Use to … Continue reading mobility flow – free DIY anywhere, anytime!

motivation versus discipline?

Last week I ran an #instagram poll asking people whether they believed motivation or discipline played a bigger role in adherence to a wellness / fitness / nutrition program...DRUM ROLL please... discipline won with a 91% vs. 9% tally. I USED to believe that motivation was the most important thing when adhering to a wellness … Continue reading motivation versus discipline?

non scale victories

My 50-year old client did a 3 week check in. The scale didn't budge but the inches sure did! You see, there is much more to long term wellness than that fickle number on the scale. After all, your value as a person, your experiences, success and the vibe you bring to the world can't … Continue reading non scale victories

people say the darndest things

Recently at a professional meet up, I was in group of other Personal Trainers. As we "broke the ice" a woman in our group gave us her "bio." She specializes in the geriatric population; trains her clients out of her home; used to race a lot of marathons and triathlons, and now just runs for … Continue reading people say the darndest things

it's never the right time

This past weekend, I was excited to attend the Brookbush Institute Human Movement Science Corrective Exercise Lab; 16 hours of education built around assessment, mobility and integration of common dysfunction patterns we see in most clients across the board. 2020 has been filled with much of this - taking risks with exciting and yes, scary … Continue reading it's never the right time

my insecurity – imposter syndrome

It took me over 10 years and a vicious irritable bowel disease to arrive at my current spot, and why understanding and mastering my mindset has been so important to me over the last several years so I thought I would give you a glimpse into my own history of struggle. When I first set … Continue reading my insecurity – imposter syndrome

can i strength train with a sore stomach?

CAN I LIFT weights with a sore stomach? 🤔 CAN I EXERCISE with GI issues? 😳 CAN I STRENGTH TRAIN with an Ostomy? 🙋🏽‍♀️ YES YES YES! December 7th this year will mark 5 years of living with an Ostomy and ZERO ❌ Ulcerative Colitis issues. I spent most of my adult life struggling with GI dysfunction. Despite that, exercise … Continue reading can i strength train with a sore stomach?

a boxing match – my ulcerative colitis story part 2

It was the first time I had to fill so many prescriptions at once. It was the first time, I had to take anything more than a birth control pill (30 plus pills to be exact). It was my first pharmaceutical cocktail and you know what? That shit worked like a CHAMP! *Prednisone - made … Continue reading a boxing match – my ulcerative colitis story part 2

exercise and GI stuff – FAQ

I get a lot of questions about exercising with GI issues. If you follow me on Instagram (@leeann.watanabe or @guts.gal), I frequently answer them on my live stories. Q1: Can I exercise with GI issues? Q2: What exercises can I do with GI issues? Q3: I'm so fearful of being at the gym or in … Continue reading exercise and GI stuff – FAQ