My weight-loss journey

6 Surprising Reasons to Develop Your Core (That Aren’t a 6 Pack)

I just got back from our weekend retreat a few hours ago. While I promised myself that I’d spend more time relaxing than working, I did find time to read in my new core anatomy book while staring out at nature. Ever wondered why you should worry about working your core, beyond getting those ever-elusive … Continue reading 6 Surprising Reasons to Develop Your Core (That Aren’t a 6 Pack)

Why You Don’t Need to be Buff, Bulky, or Cut to Hit the Gym

I used to want six-pack abs. Back when I first started my weight loss journey in February 2011, I thought that a washboard stomach would be the final goal on the way to my perfect body. I thought that I got pretty close to that goal, too. After losing 100 lbs and getting down to … Continue reading Why You Don’t Need to be Buff, Bulky, or Cut to Hit the Gym

Carrying on the Fight After Personal Training

Leaving your trainer behind is a tough gig. Needs change. I’ve had people leave me for various reasons: moving away, increased workload, career change, and the standard issue of money. Life happens! Here’s what else tends to happen, though. When we stop our training, we tend to fall off our plan. Even I ended up … Continue reading Carrying on the Fight After Personal Training

Which Weight Loss Plan Works Best for You?

Contrary to what your friends might tell you, weight loss is pretty simple. To lose weight (burn fat), we create a caloric deficit daily, maintaining that deficit until we reach our goal. Eat less, exercise more, and you can create that deficit. Simple. Why, then, is it so damn hard to actually lose weight? As … Continue reading Which Weight Loss Plan Works Best for You?

Am I Sabotaging My Partner’s Weight Loss?

(In response to "Your Secret Saboteur") "My husband has been working hard to lose weight and exercise. I find myself being that saboteur often and not realizing it. I brought home a candy bar for him yesterday. I supported him buying wine last week (though he was the one who wanted it). I'm trying to … Continue reading Am I Sabotaging My Partner’s Weight Loss?