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

Breaking Down the Baby Steps Process

I realized something this week--something really important: “I talk a lot about Baby Steps, but do I ever really define what that means?” It’s been awhile since I actually addressed that topic; here’s the original writing about my philosophy. Seems like a simple idea, too. Like any half-decent idea, you can sum it up in one … Continue reading Breaking Down the Baby Steps Process

More Than a Number: 5 “Cheeky” Reasons to Lose Weight

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again here: there’s much more motivating weight loss goals than pushing for a number on the bathroom scale. Here are 5 different goals that you can focus on as you continue on your lifestyle journey. 1) Bitch stole my look! Inspiration rules our plans when it comes … Continue reading More Than a Number: 5 “Cheeky” Reasons to Lose Weight

Exorcising the Weight Loss Demons

I was scrolling through Facebook today and came across a young woman I used to know. I met “Ellie” through my old weight loss company, where we both lost over 100 lbs on their products. Ellie lost 130 lbs in under 2 years and weaned herself from several medications—her journey was a great inspiration for … Continue reading Exorcising the Weight Loss Demons

Nick Saban: What Is the Price of Victory?

Click through to read the blog. I came across this article about football coach Nick Saban recently that made an important point about paying the price for your goals. While I don't follow sports in any fashion, I found his success philosophy applicable to our discussions on healthy lifestyle shifts. Here's the main quote from … Continue reading Nick Saban: What Is the Price of Victory?

Facing First Day Gym Jitters

Feeling intimidated by getting started at your new gym? You’re not alone. A regular gym—the kind with weight machines, free weights, cardio equipment, the whole nine yards—can feel like a lot to take in when you first sign up. It’s loud, with lots of big spaces and confusing equipment. It seems like everyone else working … Continue reading Facing First Day Gym Jitters