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Living Healthy in a Hectic World

Every day we are bombarded with ads promoting smaller waistlines and bigger biceps.  We crave tighter glutes and results that loosen our jeans.  Among the noise, we hear “Eat less/eat more! Avoid cardio/go running!”  If you’re able to tune out these distractions long enough to balance work, family, and a week’s worth of laundry, the last thing you probably feel like doing is...

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The Sleep Diet

I'm not a fan of the term "diet." The word is typically associated with various trends that flood the weight loss industry. However, when you are eating right and working out but your weight hasn't budged (or maybe your weight loss has plateaued), it is important to consider the importance and impact of sleep. If you fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to...

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Beyond the Workout Log: Revealing Wisdom by Journaling

This past week I began a new journal. The pages were as blank as fresh fallen snow (which I don't experience often now that I've moved from Chicago to Alabama). In a lot of ways, journaling is similar to keeping a workout log. Whether or not you record your sets and reps, you are likely familiar with the benefits of doing...

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8 Reasons You Should be Using Resistance Bands

What comes to mind when you hear the word "resistance"?  If you're anything like me you may think "unwilling to change."  "Hesitant." In this context, resistance might keep you in your comfort zone.  It is difficult for most of us to break through resistance and discover what happens when we step outside of the norm. Most of the time, it's...

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Are You Wearing the Proper Workout Attire?

In a world where there are as many types of leggings as there are flavors of protein, it is possible to narrow down the options and purchase your workout clothes without feeling overwhelmed by choices. Save the sweat for the gym and keep your cool with the following tips. What kind of material is this made of? Speaking of keeping...

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Protein Banana Bread

If you're anything like me, you occasionally buy more bananas than you can eat. Once they've pasted their prime, I typically enjoy freezing bananas and using them to add thickness and flavor to my protein shakes. This time, however, I decided to experiment by creating a protein banana bread. The result? An amazingly healthy, delicious and easy-to-make comfort food! It's...

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Non-Scale Victories

Non-scale victories are the best! Too often, when it comes to weight loss, we get caught up in the numbers. One day you are down a pound, the next you are up a half pound. So you avoid weighing yourself for a few days only to find out that once you do, your weight is down 2 pounds. What gives?...

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My Fitness Transformation

A lot of time has passed since I was the girl in the high school gym, holding a tennis racket, wearing a XXL t-shirt and an extra 40+ pounds on my 5'11.5" frame. I came across this photo, along with some others, in recent years. Several times I have explored the possibility of sharing them, one day, when I was "ready."...

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Hustle, Rest, Repeat

In a world that encourages you to "just do it" - with no excuses, while going hard, after hustling (and before grinding), a rest day can feel like giving up. Years ago, I supported the notion of working out seven days a week. I was convinced that every workout had to be as difficult, if not more so, than the previous. Over time,...

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The Work-Workout Balance

Work hard and the results will come, right? Kind of. If your goal is to get in shape, then yes, you will have to work hard in the gym (or wherever you fit in your fitness). But you will also have to balance your diet and make sure your sleep schedule is on point. Likewise, there is more to it...

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