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Why NOT try, and again and again??

I’ve been thinking so much lately on the art of starting again.
You know, when we’ve tried something and failed .. maybe in our fitness, maybe in our relationships, or our careers .. really, anything ..
How long will it take us to try again? At what point do we get fed up of settling for less than what we really want?
When we desire something, it usually isn’t entirely unreasonable – right? I mean, how many of us are REALLY fretting over winning the lottery or looking like a celebrity overnight?
We ARE reasonable creatures, yes. We do dream of very realistic things. But what keeps us back from actually acting on them?
Why are we still only dreaming?
Have we tried in the past to bust into the next income bracket, to stop the madness of living paycheck to paycheck, or to finally be comfortable in our skin? Have we shied away from trying again because we feel we have failed or “been burnt?”
Can we start again? Maybe this is the day to shift our mindset to the possibilities before us. We only really desire the things that are possible for us, because we know, inherently, unconsciously .. that they are ours for the taking.
All I’m asking is for you to believe in the possibility. Take one step. Dream again. Believe just a little, again.
The rest will come. All of life is a beautiful process, a wonderful ebb and flow that will guide us to where we are going, if we allow it to do so ..

Pre- and Post-Workout Fuel

With all of the information available to us out there, have you ever gotten confused on if you should eat before your workout, or after your workout, or both? And, if so, then what?
Here’s a great article I found through breakingmuscle.com. It helps to clear the fuzz and clarify what to eat, when, and why.

Upcoming Event Invite: Holistic Health Spring Open House!

Mark your calendar: May 6th! 10 am – 3 pm!
Today’s spotlight: Lisa Hazelgrove, owner of Lisa Healthy!
Lisa is a holistic educator providing valuable systems using cutting edge magnetic, far-infrared, negative ions, full spectrum lighting, water & air filters, nutritional, sleep, energy and emotional solutions thus creating an authentic action plan that is enhancing people’s lives. She loves teaching the community on how to create a wellness environment to help the body heal. She offers one-on-one consulting sessions, workshops, classes as well as speaking engagements. She has been in the Wellness Industry for 14 years and specialize in Nutrition, Sleep and the Emotion Code. In 2008, she began teaching as a Wellness Instructor at the University of Richmond.
Come hear her share why is sleep so important, what can be disrupting our sleep and what we can do to improve our sleep.
Stay tuned for other offerings you’ll find at our Holistic Health Spring Open House!
We hope to see you there! 🙂

I worked REALLY hard and FAILED ..

Many of you know my fitness journey. I was not a particularly active kid. I loved playing outside, but I never played any sports back in grade school. I wasn’t terribly overweight, but I was never happy or confident about my body.

After high school, I got a membership at a gym, with great intentions and commitment to finally get the body I would be confident in a bikini in. And so it began.

I exercised. I went to the gym 1 day/week, then 2 .. then 3, then 5-6 ..

I worked hard. Really hard. And when I wasn’t getting the results I wanted, when I didn’t look like what I wanted to look like, I worked harder.

(circa 2009): Still not in a bikini, 2 years in to "gym going" ..

(circa 2009): Still not in a bikini, 2 years in to “gym going” ..

That’s what I thought was the key to getting what I want. Now, maybe you’re reading this and thinking one of two things: either, “that’s impossible,” or, “what was going on?” A few years later, I was FRUSTRATED.

“No wonder people quit,” I thought to my stubborn self.

That’s when I discovered running, and decided to see what my body could do in that arena. 5k .. 10k .. half-marathon .. marathon .. ultra-marathon .. triathlons ..

I was kinda proud, but I still didn’t have what I wanted – a body I was confident in.

As a trainer, I’ve learned: Motivation – knowledge = FRUSTRATION.

This is my value as a coach. I’ve acquired the knowledge: I’ve learned how to tweak not only my own variables (amount of exercise, type of exercise, nutrition, rest) but my clients’ variables and help us all get what we are really working for – the results we really want. (See testimonials).

I’m not upset that I had the immense learning curve. I’m glad I can help save many other people the time, effort, energy, and emotional energy, and get them to their goals much faster than I did my own.

What is it that I can help you to accomplish? Do you have a “stubborn” 10, 20, maybe 30 pounds that you’ve been working hard to get rid of? Are you tired of trying the next exercise or nutritional plan only to throw your hands up in the air a few weeks later because you didn’t get what it promised you?

Let’s talk. Reach out to me. Apply for a free transformation session. Allow me to help you cut through the buzz and the fuzz that is all around the health, nutrition and fitness industry and steer you towards what you really want – that fitter, happier, healthier you.

Click here to apply!

I look forward to connecting and hearing YOUR story!


PS. Share this with someone you know it’ll benefit. Let’s change lives together!

Aubrey Eicher
owner/personal trainer, Richmond Wellness
Curious? Read some testimonials here!

Changing Habits: It Gets Easier

IMG_3289I was inspired this morning when I arrived to work at 5:35 am and saw that the accounting firm next door was already in their office. It spurred some thoughts about those of us who are trying to develop new habits, especially those that are for ourselves – like getting up earlier to exercise or having some personal planning, reflection, and quiet time in the morning.

Developing new habits can be tough at first, but it does get easier. I shared in this video.

Obstacles and challenges can seem larger to us when we are starting something new. With time and dedication, those challenges have a way of becoming less significant.

In the end, we all do what we really want to do. Can you admit to that? If we really want to make a change and change some habits, then we will. The challenge of change is more rewarding than the staleness and frustration of stagnancy.

What are 2 new habits you want to incorporate into your life today? You know, the ones you’ve been thinking about .. but haven’t “pulled the trigger” to.

If not now, then when?? Write them down. Commit to them. Get a friend or professional who is strong in that area to keep you accountable to your new commitment. Change is so much easier when you’ve got someone in your corner rooting for you and helping you be accountable!

I have 1 more spot for individuals that apply for a free Transformation Session with me (worth $95) to be chosen. Please ONLY apply if you SERIOUSLY want to make a change and not just talk about it. You don’t have to be any type of fitness level, only ready and willing to make a change in your life, because that’s exactly what will happen.

Link for the application: http://svy.mk/1U5N9Zs

Looking forward to seeing who I hear from!
Have an amazing Wednesday!
Aubrey Eicher
owner/personal trainer, Richmond Wellness

Read some testimonials here!

PS: if not now, then when?

richmond-wellness.com | 8 N Robinson St Richmond VA 23220 | 804-367-3589

National Walk to Work Day

So, it’s National Walk to Work Day! (No, not April Fools’ – that’s SO 2002 😝)walk to work day 2016.JPG

Even if you missed the opportunity to do so, or would have to start REALLY REALLY early in the morning, adding steps to your day can provide wonderful benefits and a great kick start to a higher level of fitness and wellness! Read more about the benefits of more steps in your day here.

I have 2 more spots for individuals that apply for a free Transformation Session with me (worth $95) will be chosen. Please ONLY apply if you SERIOUSLY want to make a change and not just talk about it. You don’t have to be any type of fitness level, only ready and willing to make a change in your life, because that’s exactly what will happen.

Link for the application: http://svy.mk/1U5N9Zs

Looking forward to seeing who I hear from!
Have an amazing weekend!

richmond-wellness.com | 8 N Robinson St Richmond VA 23220 | 804-367-3589

Why Train with Richmond Wellness?

Our functional, holistic training philosophy is integrated into all we do with you. We believe that wellness is “.. an intentional and true state of being that comes from the inside out that flows from the deepest part of a person and displays itself in daily lifestyle, physical care of oneself and mental decision making; a feeling of wholeness, joy, and peace that starts from the inside and flows out to touch not only every aspect of one’s own life, but everyone they come into contact with.”

Our personal training is comprehensive, including goal setting, program planning with execution steps and accountability, a coaching emphasis on proper mechanics, avoiding injury and being most effective with workouts, monthly progress reports, photos, and measurements, education, motivation and inspiration to help you reach your desired vision of success, connection, support and encouragement from the RW community through social media groups and access to events.

We care! Our personal trainers and massage therapists build personal relationships with each of our clients, seeking to truly understand your life and how we can help you integrate a higher level of fitness and wellness from right where you are, today. Our mission is to intentionally improve the wellness of those we serve, through mental, spiritual, and physical fitness.

We value lasting lifestyle change! Results are only as good as they last. Our mission is to help guide you in the changes that will stick with you and your family for the rest of your lives.

We are always learning. Expertise in our field comes from continual intentional research, learning, and application.

We are always improving. Every day, our goal is to provide an amazing experience for each of our clients and to express to you just how important and special you are.

Our private studio facility is geared towards making your workout experience comfortable and exclusive, with no distractions, music to your liking, client pricing on massage services, and more ..

We are excited about getting to know YOU and learn what YOUR fitness and wellness goals are! Give us a call or send us an email today for a free phone consultation. We look forward to meeting you! 

richmond-wellness.com | 8 N Robinson St Richmond VA 23220 | 804-367-3589

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili

Slow-Cooker-Sweet-Potato-Chili - Richmond WellnessCook Time: 8 hours

Yield: Serves 6

This hearty sweet potato chili is made in the slow cooker – perfect for cooler fall days.


  • 28 ounce (796 ml) can diced tomatoes
  • 23 ounce (680 ml) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1” pieces
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15 oz cans kidney beans, drained; or 3 cups cooked kidney beans (start with 1.5 c dry beans, soak overnight)
  • 1 cup corn, frozen and thawed
  • 1 lb ground beef sirloin (optional)
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  1. If using cooked beans, soak 1.5 cups kidney beans overnight, rinse and pre-cook while preparing the rest of the chili.
  2. Roast the corn until most pieces have a dark/charred corner, either in your slow cooker, if it has that function, or on the stove top. A dry pan or pot works best. Set aside corn and brown the meat (in slow cooker or on stove stop).
  3. Combine all ingredients in the base of your slow cooker and stir to mix well. Cook on low for 8 hours.

(Found here.)

richmond-wellness.com | 8 N Robinson St Richmond VA 23220 | 804-367-3589

Pumpkin Bread


  •          1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
  •          2/3 c applesauce
  •      2 eggs
  •          2 t vanilla
  •          3 1/2 c flour
  •          1/2 c nuts (walnuts/pecans, or mix)
  •          2 t baking soda
  •          3/4 c honey
  •          1 t sea salt
  •          2 t ground cinnamon
  •          1 t cardamom
  •          1 t nutmeg
  •          1/2 t baking powder


Move oven rack to low position so that tops of pans will be in center of oven. Preheat to 350F. Grease bottoms only of 2-8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 pans or 1-9 x 5 x 3 pan.

Stir together pumpkin, honey, applesauce, vanilla, and eggs in large bowl. In separate bowl, blend all dry ingredients. 

Blend dry ingredients with pumpkin mixture. Pour into pan(s).

Bake 8″ loaves 50-60 min or 9″ pan 60-90 min.

richmond-wellness.com | 8 N Robinson St Richmond VA 23220 | 804-367-3589