How do you measure your fitness?

I've always been someone who has appeared "fit". I have never been overweight, I have muscle tone (more now, than before), and have engaged in "working out" for many years. Everything from exercise videos to powerlifting. I started working out “formally” 16 years now, doing Cindy Crawford and Kathy Smith exercise videos before walking to school. Yet, at times, while still … [Read more...]

Breaking News: Carbs and sugar are not “junk food”

Why are the words “carbs” and “sugar” synonymous with “junk food”? I talk to people a lot about what they think about nutrition, to see what kinds views they have, but also to find if anything could be a roadblock or very limiting to progress. The belief  that "carbs/sugar = junk food" is one of those. A lot of junk food has sugar. A lot of junk food has carbs. A lot of … [Read more...]

What I am dying to tell my clients about training…..that’s not about training

Over the past several months, I've had the pleasure of communicating and training several clients who went through stressful life changes and events. Often, training took a backseat and talking took a frontseat. I learned to listen better because of what they shared, and saw what they needed beyond just exercise prescriptions, better technique or sets and reps. There's much … [Read more...]

Lessons in ‘Chocolat’: Keeping food a pleasure, for better fat loss and better health

Why this matters Diets normally need structure, but that structure should never include guilt about what you eat or avoidance of the inherent pleasure of food. [Read time: 10-15 minutes]   I came across this research paper the other day and found this statement to be quite powerful. "Attitudes to Food and the Role of Food in Life in the USA, Japan, Flemish … [Read more...]

Diet philosophizing, training progress….a bit of cursing and my fave squat vid!

Random thoughts typed out on my Iphone about the whole dieting thing. Might as well archive them here! Some cussing, some controversy. Lots of my thought processes. This blog is my journal as well. Your personal bias is HUGE. Do what you can to minimize it. Be proud and picky when choosing information to put into use for yourself. You owe no one anything. No trainer, no … [Read more...]

Your Problem With Sugar is THE Problem With Sugar

Why this matters: Nothing is easier than blaming sugar when it comes to unsuccessful dieting, but that blame is often very misplaced. Learn what sugar is and why it's not as devilish as you've been made to believe.  [Read time: 25 minutes (stick with it; it'll be worth it!)]   "When you start from an incorrect assumption, you reach an incorrect conclusion." - … [Read more...]

Can You Learn About Fitness From Unrequited Love?

When I was 20, I was out of my first relationship that had lasted 4 years. I was living with my dad in Japan and had the cutest fat little baby girl who looked like a brown Shirley Temple. I even called her Charlee Temple. I  lived in a beautiful compound in the mountains about 3 hours from Tokyo and 20 minutes from the beach. I was working as a nonprofit volunteer with a … [Read more...]

Consultation Question and Answer Sample

I get quite a few emails from people inquiring about consultations, and/or just asking questions. This is great for me as a coach, because it exposes me to a wider variety of problems! Right now, besides working with an online client, I deal daily with mostly strength and conditioning factors for young athletes. Getting experience working with other types of clients is not as … [Read more...]

What You SHOULD Know About Plateaus

I have had this post bouncing around in my head since last week, and if I don't get it out I'm gonna go crazy. Occasionally at work (the prison), I am assigned to construction watch. This is great for me  because it means babysitting two non-inmate maintenance guys = I can catch up on reading!!! I print out some Alan Aragon Research Reviews, grab a highlighter and get paid to … [Read more...]

Food-for-Thought Before Starting a Diet or Weight Loss Plan

I sincerely sympathize with people who struggle with their diet. Having known the confusion of bouncing from one fad to another, getting your hopes up when you hear of a new "method", feeling the rush of losing 5 lbs (water weight dear) and then having the hunger and frustration set in. The thoughts that you should be stronger than this. That willpower is all it takes. The … [Read more...]