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For the No Excuse Moms

For the No Excuse Moms

by Becca Brannan, RN - May 01, 2015

What is the best excuse that you have ever come up with? Think about it. Was it for missing work, bailing on a fitness class, justifying your fast food habit, or getting out of that blind date your Aunt Betty set you up on?

Need a Good Belly Laugh?

Need a Good Belly Laugh?

by Becca Brannan, RN - April 20, 2015

One of my very favorite quotes is by the great Milton Berle. He said, “Laughter is an instant vacation.” The first time I came across it I was floored by the simple truth of it.

Walk It Out

Walk It Out

by Becca Brannan, RN - April 09, 2015

You are sitting in a dimly lit room with no windows. The chair you are sitting in was comfortable for approximately 5 minutes. You know this because you have checked the clock on the wall so many times that the shape imprints on whatever you look at next. You can’t remember what the guy next to you just said. Well, let’s be honest… you weren’t really paying attention.

My Cavewoman Journey - Part One

My Cavewoman Journey - Part One

by Becca Brannan, RN - February 26, 2015

My mom laughingly told me to stop reading books the other day. You see, I have been interested in health, fitness and nutrition since I was a teenager (not quite Neolithic times, but a long time ago). So, I am always coming up with new or old info to test out on the family.

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar

by Becca Brannan, RN - September 26, 2014

Texans have a fiercely independent nature, and we still try to hold on to a little bit of the old Wild West! Not to mention, we love cowboys. AND, no one can visit Texas without eating some great food.

More Matters

More Matters

by Becca Brannan, RN - September 08, 2014

Did you know that 90% of adults and children do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and veggies each day? WOW! What are we eating… burgers, burritos and bon bons?

San Angelo's Hidden Jewel

San Angelo's Hidden Jewel

by Becca Brannan, RN - August 30, 2014

When I was in my twenties, I discovered a love for hiking. I was living in Austin, TX at the time. It is in the Texas hill country and outdoor activities are plentiful. I would hike along the Barton Creek Greenbelt every day after work and venture out to try new trails on the weekends.

Snapshot of Your Health

Snapshot of Your Health

by Becca Brannan, RN - August 05, 2014

Do you know your numbers… the ones that count the most? We all have numbers floating around our minds like birthdays, deadlines for work, miles we walked this week, how much money is in the bank, the price of that really cool purse you saw a few days ago or the scores from your favorite sports team.

No-Chop Potato Salad

No-Chop Potato Salad

by Becca Brannan, RN - July 03, 2014

What comes to mind when you think about July 4th? Most of us probably think of lazy summer days with lots of picnics and fireworks! With all the excitement, it can be easy to overlook what exactly the celebration is about!

Come join the standing revolution!

Come join the standing revolution!

by Becca Brannan, RN - June 26, 2014

Have you heard the tag line “sitting is killing you” or, “sitting is the new smoking”? Research shows too much sitting contributes to obesity, heart disease and diabetes, not to mention an achy back! Even worse, the studies show doing some physical activity each day does not offset the detrimental effects of too much sitting.

Just Ask!

Just Ask!

by Becca Brannan, RN - May 22, 2014

What do you think is the main goal of your favorite restaurant?

They may be a small mom & pop restaurant or a huge chain. They all probably started because someone loved cooking and developing new recipes. BUT, they still have something in common… they want your money!

Anatomy of the Ingredient List

Anatomy of the Ingredient List

by Becca Brannan, RN - April 24, 2014

How often do you look at the list of ingredients on the foods you buy? Geez… what do all those gigantic multi-syllable words mean? Is that granola bar really as healthy as you think it is? Are you really choosing low sodium and low sugar foods? Or are those ingredients hiding behind an unfamiliar-sounding name?

Then and Now

Then and Now

by Becca Brannan, RN - April 02, 2014

I remember doing backbends over and over when I was a kid. Lean back, arms over head and just fall backwards to land perfectly on my hands. Never even a flicker of a thought about not making it or my arms giving in and landing on my head! I was super flexible and had not an ounce of fear in me. Those were the days…

Skinny Shamrock Shake

Skinny Shamrock Shake

by Becca Brannan, RN - March 17, 2014

As a health coach and personal trainer, I am always talking to people and answering questions about what to eat and what not to eat! I always try to emphasize “Moderation not Deprivation.” I stress this because we all know what happens when we try to totally restrict something that we are REALLY craving.

The Dreaded “C” Word

The Dreaded “C” Word

by Becca Brannan, RN - March 11, 2014

As a member of the Health & Wellness team at Shannon Medical Center, I spend a good deal of time out in our local community teaching about prevention and talking about wellness. And, it never fails— as soon as I mention preventive screenings I hear moans and groans coming from the audience. They know what is coming. They are dreading the big “C” word.

How to Survive the Holiday Party

How to Survive the Holiday Party

by Becca Brannan, RN - November 25, 2013

It is that time of year again… are visions of sugarplums dancing in your head, too? With all the holiday parties looming in the near future, you may feel like it will be impossible to eat healthy during the holiday season. But, it can be accomplished.

Zen vs. My Inner Rock Star

Zen vs. My Inner Rock Star

by Becca Brannan, RN - September 13, 2013

Since I was a teenager, I had this quest to master the art of meditation and yoga. As a typical female that worries way too much about way too many things, the thought of quieting my mind through meditation and practicing yoga held great appeal.