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Happy New Year!

My New Year is starting with an appointment book getting full for podcast interviews and improved health for my dogs after 7 weeks of fighting off an unknown bronchial virus they’ve had. I’d love you to check out Denise Angst’s interview on my podcast, Plus Fitness with Tara, HERE. She’s got a retreat happening March…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

This weekend I had the best news of my professional career – I achieved the Masters of Kinesiology that I’ve been working on at California Baptist University for 2.5 years. Pause from COVID, sewer backup that made my house unliveable, hurricanes, threat of flood and fire and storms that knocked out power to my house…

Webinar Wednesday October 25th at 4pm Eastern 5pm Atlantic (Halifax) time

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.When: Oct 25, 2023 05:00 PM HalifaxTopic: Movement, Mindset and Motivation Please click the link below to join the webinar:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86042430722 Join myself, Susan and Esta for a fun look at what’s worked for our clients to: Improve sleep Change our mood Get ready for winter workouts no matter where…

Webinar October 25th 5pm Atlantic

Email me at PlusfitnesswithTara@gmail.com for this free webinar for the public! Movement, Mindset and Motivation is coming to you – virtually! You’re listening to three fitness professionals on their experiences and their suggestions on how to make the last quarter of this year your most productive. Esta McIntyre Susan Crews Tara MacDonald (myself) Movement, Mindset…
Fall is here!

Welcome, Fall…

I ended summer celebrations in Tucson, Arizona at the JW Marriott Starr Resort after medical tests from Canyon Ranch Tucson. I had a good cause to celebrate and enjoyed a full day, by a pool, on a scorching hot day, reading my book and sipping Bahama Mamas. Then, I went to Texas to finish up…

Heading to ICON conference – eWomenNetwork

I am so excited to make travel plans for the annual eWomenNetwork ICON conference held this year at the OMNI Las Colinas, Texas hotel. The hotel rooms are fully sold out right now but there are neighbouring hotels that you can get rooms in. This is my first year attending as a Managing Director so…
Nova Scotia Strong

Thank you, First Responders!

https://www.unitedwayhalifax.ca/give/united-way-halifax-wildfire-recovery-appeal/ If you feel like donating to our Nova Scotian community please consider the United Way’s appeal and the Canadian Red Cross. RESOURCES FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY/CONCERNED ABOUT THE WILDFIRES: Shelter & financial support: https://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses/atlantic-canada-wildfire-responses Evacuation notices: https://www.halifax.ca/fire-police/fire/emergency-management/fires-tantallon-hammonds-plains News releases: https://www.halifax.ca/home/news Real-time updates: https://twitter.com/HRMFireNews Air Quality Health Index: https://weather.gc.ca/airquality/pages/nsaq-001_e.html Active fire map from NASA: https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/map/#t:adv;d:2023-05-28..2023-05-30;@-63.8,44.7,12z Nova Scotia SPCA (text): (902)229-8620 In…

My “Why” – What’s yours?

Find my latest podcast here or on my website under PODCAST! I often get asked how I do the things I do.  I have a busy life and I’m constantly educating and learning new things.  Partly because my fitness professional certification requires me to do so each year.  And the other part is because I…

Escaping Winter in Winter

Ahh… the sunshine. The heat. The tropical ocean waves. The sand in your toes… how to get to the happy place of yours that’s down south. Many Canadians “Snowbird” for winter in the USA but for those of us working year round we take a week or two to flee the winter weather and go…

Do you travel?

So, do you travel? I was born in Cape Breton Canada and 2 weeks later I was on a plane to London UK because my father worked there. My family is Canadian and my Dad had a job in Uxbridge, UK that he traveled back and forth from London for. It’s amazing now when I…

The road to Managing Director, eWomenNetwork Halifax Chapter

Why did I accept this position? Well, talk about an uneven de-aligned road for sure. Sound familiar? Nothing in my life has ever been linear no matter how hard I tried when I was younger. I broke my mind over it all in 1998-2000. Thanks to my Dad for coming thru for me during that…

BeeWell IHC

I want to do a shout out to https://beewellihc.com/ I have been a client of Dr Matt Kennedy’s for over a year now and use Aimee Hoyt as my RMT. This team makes sure I get help for aching muscles as my body changes with my #weightlossjourney They offer all kinds of services at their…

We develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges…

So many of us recently went through a hurricane in Atlantic Canada that the trauma is still very present as some are still without power and have experienced loss. What I know of Nova Scotia is that we help each other in the darkest of times. Our community survives and luckily we work on that…

Back to School!

Back to school for so many of us! I’m still going through my studies for my Masters of Kinesiology at California Baptist University. I do enjoy it though and my grades reflect it. What do you do for dealing with school – either for yourself or your kids? Do you get school anxiety? One of…

August Podcast

Podcast hosted by eWomenNetwork. Found on most platforms including iTunes and Spotify. HERE https://ewnpodcastnetwork.com/podcast/plus-fitness-with-tara-macdonald/ I have had some great guests on my Podcast these past few months. Some had to cancel or change due to their own schedules and health but I’m excited that I’ve been able to chat with these guests. Each one works…

August Update!

Wow… I cannot believe how time is flying! Anyone else feel the same? I’ve been working hard on my weightloss journey. Check out these results on the scale! I’m so excited to share these results with you. Everything I want to achieve in my weight loss journey is finally happening thanks to the approval from…

Difficult conversations… thanks FitzLife Podcast

FitzLife Podcast found HERE I’ve been struggling… As I get ready to re-launch Plus Fitness with Tara and finish up my online fitness videos I keep running into a barrier – how to tell your (meaning mine) authentic story. Because believe it or not – my life has many pain points. And, between 1998 –…
Available this week!

What is Fire and Flow?

Also, listen to Michelle Pfile and Aaron McDonald on my Podcast hosted by the eWomenNetwork Message me to get started this week! What Is FIRE AND FLOW? FIRE AND FLOW is a 4-week programme designed to bring more balance and joy into your life while helping you get in great shape. For just 25–30 minutes…

Rest – What is it?

Listen to the podcast here I recently came back from the eWomenNetwork Platinum Conference hosted in Newport Beach, California, USA at the Balboa Bay Resort. I came a day early in case of flight delays. Boy, was I glad I did that. Had a 6 hour delay in Denver that I wasn’t sure I was…

Spring is here! How are you doing?

I have a new episode for my Podcast up hosted by the eWomenNetwork. The past two episodes I’ve interviewed two business professionals from Colorado, USA. Krista Goode created the Goode Life Community and Lisa Olsson is passionate about sharing the Arbonne products and business opportunity. These two women are inspiring others to reach out, be…

Ignite Mastermind – eWomenNetwork

Today, is Day 1 of my experience in the Ignite Mastermind hosted by eWomenNetwork. eWomenNetwork is based in Texas but provides networking events/meetings/trainings/speaking opportunities around the world. I am absolutely loving the experience so far! I find it calming to listen to and learn from other #entrepreneurs discuss their concepts and ideas to receive coaching…

Fit For Fall 2020 – Covid19 Pricing in effect

Wow, what a wild ride this year has been so far. Here’s hoping for more peace in our communities and love for our family and friends in our society. I’m offering Fit For Fall 2020 as a service until I break for the Christmas Holiday. Offered Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays weekly this is a all around full package…

What is Primordial Sound Meditation? Find out more!

I’m a adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalance, cortisol level off-the-charts and heart attack survivor. If I can do it – so can you! I recovered with healthier nutrition choices (tackled my disordered eating habits), essential oils, exercise (Barre Blend and Transform 20) some Yoga and meditation! June 24th and June 25th, 2020 I’m hosting a webinar…

Intro to Balance – Video 2 now available!

Thanks to everyone who reviewed the video last week – Video 2 of the Introduction to Balance 4 Week program is now up. Click here… I’m asking for donations to Epilepsy Maritimes here in memory of my friend Jessica MacNutt, former CEO of GroPro.ca in return for providing these videos. Small donations count! These videos…

Intro to Balance…a 4 week online course

Today, I am releasing into the world the first video of my 4 week online course called “Intro to Balance.” Instead of being paid for this introduction I am asking for donations to Epilepsy Maritimes in memory of my friend, Jessica MacNutt (passed suddenly in April 2019) former CEO of GroPro.ca and wife and mother…

May 11th, 2020 – 4 Weeks Free

Yes, that’s correct! Donate what you can anywhere from $5 – $10 up and receive 4 Weeks free online training from me via a Vimeo link. The donations go directly to Epilepsy Maritimes in memory of my friend Jessica MacNutt, President GroPro.ca and former sponsor of my old fitness club. Accepting etransfer only – tara@taraCmacdonald.com…

Jessica MacNutt, R.I.P.

I remember her strongly after investing money into her business, GroPro.ca about how she thanked myself and Suzanne Milner for a marketing consult. We held it at my home. Jessica was on fire! She loved her business and thought she could make it bloom. Years ago, she had one competitor in HRM. She even included…

#goldenyear let it be… compassion

The story begins with gratitude… ?All the front line workers keeping us safe by doing their jobs and those hidden workers going above and beyond to make sure we still have some normalcy to life around us. Some connection. Today, I observed the 6feet rule and plexiglass in my grocery store. I saw a post…

Start with… someday and make it today!

Promotion for the Health & Harmony Wellness Retreat starts in March – hard to believe we are there – the coaches are (besides myself) Scott Walsh, Dawn Perrier and Amanda Swales. We are all so excited – this is going to be a great trip to Rodd Crowbush PEI and a week I’m already looking…

Winter, winter… go away…#lol

Wow, I really am hating our cold weather here in Nova Scotia, Canada but I know my Mom’s side of the family in Alberta had it worst for a while last week. The Deep Freeze of the prairies. Hope they get a Chinook one day, soon! What have I been up to? I’m now a…

The “dating game” – winners or losers?

2019 has been an interesting year. Getting a handle on my health; having a friend die unexpectedly; supporting some friends in their businesses; re-configuring my own business; dealing with senior dog issues (liver disease and eye issues); health of certain family members; and working on school non-stop. What’s stood out recently is that I attempted…

ZUMBA Fundraiser for Alice House – support local!

Wow, what a great night at the Millstone Public House in Dartmouth, N.S. on Baker Drive. We had a casual get together and everyone showed up in Sole Sister gear and Black Cat attire for our Friday the 13th theme. The next one is October 4th, 2019 at the MSVU The Meadows at 6pm-8pm and…

Think that 1 hour workout a day is enough? Nope… and here’s what anyone can do to combat desk sitting all day

I attended Dr. Len Kravitz’s session on the Female Training Advantages and he referred to this study done showing that the one hour workout a day is not enough. For those of us who sit all day either at work or in a computer pod or at a desk as an #entrepreneur or #coach we’ve…

Top 10 Essential Oils night

I had no idea that if I used one Essential Oil, Lavender that I could change how I sleep, lower cholesterol, lower cortisol and deal with driving anxiety. One oil! Numerous issues dealt with. The life of an entrepreneur can be stressful. I was able to take some time off – but what if you…

Sole Sisters Women’s Race Weekend 2019 – more than a race – it’s a lifestyle!

Come show your support for the amazing women taking part in Sole Sisters Women’s Race Weekend starting Saturday night with the untimed 5KM. Sunday is the timed 5KM, quarter marathon and half marathon. I’ve loved being a part of this event since 2015 and super pumped to be a Silver Sponsor in 2019. My colleague…

Happy Mother’s Day!

Loved this article so I’m sharing it here, today. https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/letter-mothers-struggling-infertility-mother-172631054.html A friend I made in the Sher Fertility IVF clinic shared this with me so I’m sharing it here, again… Finally, Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom in Calgary, Alberta.

How I recovered from BURNOUT and OVERWHELM

I realized I had to change my stress levels. My cortisol results were off the charts. My hormones with the exception of testosterone were imbalanced… I had plaque in my arteries… The list goes on… So, I booked my trip to Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona to see Dr. Diane Downing. I worked with my…

Jill Plus ONE event Saturday April 27th, 2019

Admission to Jill’s Spring Event on Saturday April 27th, 2019 at 10am is $3 per person or $5 for two people. The event ends at 3pm! Location: Bedford Legion, 1772 Bedford Hwy, Bedford, NS B4A 3X4 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 I’ll be there with Kaitlyn Beaver Nutrition Health & Wellness promoting our businesses. I’ll…

Remembering Jessica MacNutt

Jessica was a friend, sponsor of my old fitness club and a great entrepreneur. I will never forget her. Her obituary is below. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Jessica Mae MacNutt, age 37 from Head of Chezzetcook on March 27, 2019.Born in Truro, NS.  Jessica was…

Help my team at the MS SOCIETY WALK in HALIFAX, NS

http://mssoc.convio.net/site/TR/Walk/AtlanticDivision?team_id=104887&pg=team&fr_id=6285 My Aunt is originally from the Valley area in Nova Scotia. She has a sister that is courageously dealing with her MS diagnosis and has done so for years. The MS has not stopped the big heart of my Aunt’s sister or her actions in her family and friends. I’m walking that day to…

Sweet Potato Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

What to do with leftover Sweet Potato from your Healthy Eating & Weight Loss Coach I don’t know about you but I always look for recipes that help keep me healthy on the weekends.  I get my meal prep done on Thursdays for the week and freeze a lot of food.  The weekend though (when…

Wednesday Reflection

More reflection on the retreat… I am still exhausted all the time.  Thanks to the supplements from Dr Karen F. at Symmetry Wellness Centre my Naturopath I am sleeping well.  I’m following a nutrition plan for carb cycling as well and it’s helping me out a lot. So, there’s a lot of me time. A…

Wellness Wednesday!

What’s going on with me? Well, let me tell you. I just finished an awesome business retreat called Activate Your Awesome in Orlando, FL. I’ve been a participant in this retreat since it was held originally at Oceanstone Resort in Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia. The next time I went it was held at Atlantica…

Happy New Year! My word for 2019 is Reserve

New Year, New You! How often do you hear that? Especially at this time of year? A lot. Right? What is the message you understand from that question?  What resonates with you? I’ll tell you mine.  I feel defensive.  As though I’m under the spotlight and not already at my best self.  That’s my feeling. …

Plus Fitness With Tara website is live!

Hello everybody, and welcome to my website! Thank you so much for visiting, I hope you love this platform as much as I do. Plus Fitness With Tara™ means so much to me because the journey along the way has taught me so many things about living a healthy, fulfilling life in the body that…