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What I Wish I Knew When I Started My Fitness Journey

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The start date on my gym membership card is 4/20/2000. I was 15. My attendance was spotty those first few years, but around the time I was 19 I started going to the gym regularly. I’m in my 30s now and I don’t think I’ve ever gone longer than a week without working out. It’s […] Read more…

7 Tips For Breaking Through A Plateau

You know what’s more maddening than being stuck in an uphill battle? Being stranded in a plateau with nowhere to go. At least when we’re crawling uphill there’s a definitive (although steep and difficult) path. When it comes to fat loss (or any fitness endeavor), being stuck in a plateau can leave us feeling incredibly […] Read more…

5 Easy Diet Rules to Maintain Your Weight

You might have heard the statistic that 95% of people who lose weight gain it back within five years. I don’t know how accurate that is, but I can say that I was one of those people. I lost 20 pounds in my early twenties, and by the time I was 31 I had regained […] Read more…

Diet “Rules” You Should Break

I spent a few years being cray about eating clean. I used to bring Whole Foods organic turkey jerky and a measured bag of nuts to happy hour so I wouldn’t eat any bar food lmao. I remember an old coworker saying, “Damn, you do it by the book.” And I really did. These days […] Read more…

Kick Your Sugar Habit While Still Eating Chocolate

I have to admit something, and you might think I’m a smug POS for saying so, but I don’t get sugar cravings. In fact, I don’t crave any particular food group. That’s not to say I don’t eat sweets or indulge in the finer things in life (I do). But on a day-to-day basis it […] Read more…

Buckling Down & Giving Fucks

I talk a lot about moderation and still being able to enjoy yourself whether you’re maintaining your weight or trying to drop fat. But it would be dishonest of me to paint the process as easy. Moderation still takes work; there’s a balance to figure out. Obviously you are not going to be able to […] Read more…

What It Takes to Reach Your Goal: Going Mental

  As the “fitness girl” in many of my social circles, I get asked for advice every now and then. The number one question is usually, “How can I lose weight?” When people ask this they’re looking for advice about specific diet and exercise protocols, but in my opinion, eating healthy and working out is […] Read more…

The Maintenance Game

The health and fitness world is overwhelmingly preoccupied with fat loss, but what happens when you actually reach your goal and have to learn how to maintain it? So I gained 20 pounds. And then I lost most of it. But this isn’t a story about how I put on the weight (fried food, alcohol, […] Read more…

What does the way you workout say about you?

I recently became enamored with this article over at Stumptuous.com: Party Like It’s 1899: Physical Culture Interview with Craig Staufenberg. To give you the gist of it, “Craig Staufenberg is an author and illustrator who’s just released an ebook titled How to Live: A Manual of Sensible Physical Culture that focuses on the history and […] Read more…

When Food Becomes Fodder

I am tragically American. Not that there’s anything wrong with being American. But let’s face it. Some of our habits suck. Like the way we view and treat food. Completely oblivious or hyper-analytical. Quantity instead of quality. Distraction versus pleasure. Generally speaking, I think we’re lacking in food culture. Americans are always in a rush […] Read more…