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
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
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?
Should you try intermittent fasting? I’d say yes, if with a couple of caveats.
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
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
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
Remember those 90’s infomercials about 8 minute abs? Of course you do. I recall how they offered that holy grail of exercise programs: stellar results with minimal effort. What a dream! Like many fitness fads (I’m looking at you, ThighMaster), the product faded while the question remained. How can I get better fitness results in … Continue reading HIIT Me with Your Best Shot
From one former chubby kid to another, I wanted to know if you had any decent advice for keeping cravings for junk food under control. I have my cheat days like anyone but I'm trying to cut them out and just have a meal instead of a day where I eat whatever. - Corey C. … Continue reading How Do I Curb Junk Food Cravings?
“I just want to get toned. I don’t want my muscles to get all big and bulky.” I used to hear this all the time as a new trainer, especially from my female clients. There’s this misconception that lifting heavy weights will make someone bulk up, while lifting lighter weights a whole bunch of times … Continue reading Why “Toned” Muscles Don’t Exist but FAILING Still Gets You There