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Sandy O'Shea

The Importance of Strength

The Importance of Strength How important is being strong and fit? It’s critical. It helps with posture, with the ability to walk, climb stairs, carry groceries, gardening, you name it … fitness helps. I’m not even talking about being competition ready. I’m talking about everyday life. I’ve

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Living out your Comfort Zone

Living out your Comfort Zone Lately the subject of getting outside of your comfort zone has come up a LOT. What IS your comfort zone and why should you push past it? Is it a relationship, a job, a friendship, your sex life? I’m a sex and

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Summer Flings

Summer Flings This article was originally published in the Summer, 2017 issue of Resilientista magazine.  This is an online magazine targeted at women who have gone through a major change in their lives.  The subscription is free and you can sign up for it here. In fact, the

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Spring Clean your Body

Spring Clean your Body This article was originally published in the Spring, 2017 issue of Resilientista magazine.  This is an online magazine targeted at women who have gone through a major change in their lives.  The subscription is free and you can sign up for it here.

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Looking forward to 2018

Looking forward to 2018 I wrote this yesterday on January 1, 2018.  It seemed like the perfect day to think about this new year. I’m not sure I could articulate this any better so I wanted to share this with you. A friend of mine wrote the

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My first year in business – 2017 in Review

My first year in business – 2017 in Review Today is my day to review what happened in 2017 … the good, the bad and the ugly so I thought it would be the perfect day to write this post. Here’s the thing. The “bad” and the

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Keeping it real and raw

Keeping it real and raw On November 21st I posted a Facebook live video. It was raw, real and very emotional. The response I received from this video BLEW ME AWAY!! Did it start off sounding like I needed help? Yes. Was that the purpose of that

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Christmas Challenge

Christmas Challenge This is something that has been on my mind the past several years. Yes, Christmas is fast approaching. There’s a reason they call it the “silly season” for a reason. So many people get so stressed out, both time wise and financially. Why is there

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Acceptance

Acceptance This is a subject that I hadn’t really thought that much about until recently. Perhaps because I just took it for granted but there are so many people who do not. What do I mean by acceptance? It’s multi faceted. Most importantly there’s acceptance of yourself

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Gratitude and Growth

Gratitude and Growth Last weekend was Thanksgiving and although we didn’t have a big family gathering, I did take some time to recharge. The past couple of weeks have been unbelievably transformative for me and for that I am incredibly grateful. I’ve questioned so much about myself

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What’s it like to work with me?

What’s it like to work with me? I was asked the other day by a friend of mine just what it was that I do which prompted this post. A lot of people might not know what I do … only that I’m a nutritionist and I

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On loss, vulnerability and expectations

On loss, vulnerability and expectations Last Thursday marked the 9th anniversary of my mom’s death. She had a tough last few years and although I’m not one to give into feelings of guilt, this one was hard to dismiss. I felt like I had abandoned her somewhat

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Gratitude

Gratitude It’s something that not everyone is conscious about and even those of us who are, don’t always express it or are evenly consciously aware of it all the time. It’s gratitude. A while back, I was keeping a gratitude journal. It was just a book to

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On proposals and getting what you ask for.

On proposals and getting what you ask for. When people ask how long I’ve been married I say “20 years”. They’re caught off guard when I say something to the effect of “when he said yes” when referring to the proposal. Yes … I proposed to my

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Transformation

Transformation I believe we are constantly changing. Does transformation mean something huge that takes place in a short period of time? Sometimes. But sometimes, transformation happens in small ways that accumulate over time. And sometimes those small ways are the things that set you up for a

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Looking Ahead to 2017

Looking Ahead to 2017 Yes … I know it might seem a little cliché and everyone and his brother seems to be doing this … but given recent events I thought it appropriate to provide you with an update on what’s in store for Stepping Stones Wellness

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2016 – A Year in Review

2016 – A Year in Review Since this is my last Thursday post for 2016, I thought I’d take the opportunity to take a breather from the subject of sexual health and wellness and talk about this past year. To say that it has been an interesting

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Pushing too Hard and Self-Care

Pushing too Hard and Self-Care I generally keep to a regular writing schedule and have been writing about each hormone and answering 5 questions for each hormone. Last week I took a little detour and published the talk I gave last Sunday. This week … we’re taking

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It’s about Strength of Body and Spirit

It’s about Strength of Body and Spirit Normally I would be writing about what supplements to take to control high estrogen.  But given the fact that I am Canadian and The Tragically Hip just performed their last concert, and given the response to that concert, I feel compelled

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The Importance of Journalling

The Importance of Journalling When I first started working with my health coach several years ago, he encouraged me to start journaling.  My thoughts, my fears, my successes…anything that happened and how I felt about it. I thought he was crazy.  What on earth could writing about what

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Turning the Big 5-0

Turning the Big 5-0 So what does 50 mean to me?  Endless possibilities.  I encourage you … no matter your age … to pursue your dreams, no matter how lofty they might be.  If you shoot for the moon and land in the stars … life is

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Managing Stress in a Crazy World

Managing Stress in a Crazy World The past two and half years have felt like a constant roller coaster.  And that takes a toll on the body. It started with 2 years straight of juggling a full time job, school, my husband and my friends and family as

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The Challenges of Maintaining Balance

The Challenges of Maintaining Balance One of the biggest challenges in life is maintaining balance.  It’s not as easy as it sounds.  My sister encouraged me for years to maintain balance … which sounded like a fabulous idea … I just didn’t know how to. Between work, home,

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Why Detox? What’s in it for me?

Why Detox? What’s in it for me? First of all, when I refer to detoxing, I don’t mean buying the supplements or packaged cleanses.  I’m talking about eating whole foods that are good for your body. Even as a nutritionist, I’ve struggled with the idea of detoxing

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Comparison – The Self-Esteem Killer

Comparison – The Self-Esteem Killer The story goes like this.  At 46 I was fat, unhealthy and unhappy.  I met someone who helped me.  I lost 60 pounds in a year, got my health and fitness levels back to where I was when I was in my

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My Story

My Story This was me in 2008.  I was 5’7″ and 221 pounds.  I’ve struggled with my weight for most of my life but never like this. Back when I was twenty-two I was a little overweight and when I decided to get in shape it didn’t

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On success, setbacks and moving forward.

On success, setbacks and moving forward. This has been a tough post for me to write because it exposes a part of me I never wanted anyone to see.  It shows that I am human and therefore subject to all those very human and annoying emotions.  It

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Turning the Big 5-0.

Turning the Big 5-0. So what does 50 mean to me?  Endless possibilities.  I encourage you … no matter your age … to pursue your dreams, no matter how lofty they might be.  If you shoot for the moon and land in the stars … life is

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Managing Stress in a Crazy World

Managing Stress in a Crazy World The past two and half years have felt like a constant roller coaster.  And that takes a toll on the body. It started with 2 years straight of juggling a full time job, school, my husband and my friends and family as

Read More »
Sandy O'Shea

The Challenges of Maintaining Balance

The Challenges of Maintaining Balance One of the biggest challenges in life is maintaining balance.  It’s not as easy as it sounds.  My sister encouraged me for years to maintain balance … which sounded like a fabulous idea … I just didn’t know how to. Between work, home,

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