Lift, Even if You are Overweight!
If you are overweight with no intention of reducing your calories and therefore losing weight, you are at an advantage for gaining muscle over those who are restricting their calories.
Yes, you read that right.
Let me rephrase: People ... Read more
Exercise- Your Non-Negotiable Appointment with Yourself.
How do I manage to keep up a 5-to-6-day-a-week exercise schedule? I make it a non-negotiable appointment with myself. If I didn't, I'd find every excuse in the book to not do it.
Exercise and self-care don't happen by accident. You have to... Read more
False Starts Aren't Wasted Time
I tried over and over again for years to lose this weight. I'd sometimes give up before I barely got started, and other times I'd lose some weight and either just hold there (got from 197 to 187 this way), or lose and then gain it back (went fro... Read more
What's your WHY?
I'd first heard the concept of having a "WHY" from David Greenwalt, a fitness expert who has helped many with his program "The Leanness Lifestyle". He emphatically stresses that until you have good, solid, concrete reasons for taking superb care... Read more
The Gift of Self-Forgiveness
In my last blog I started out by saying that it's hard to help someone you don't like. Wouldn't you agree it's just as hard to help, or be good to, someone who continually holds a grudge against you?
For me, self-forgiveness was just as i... Read more
Love Yourself in Your Current Condition
It's really hard to help someone you don't like. Wouldn't you agree?
So why then do we say cruel things to ourselves?
When I stopped criticizing myself for being fat, I started losing weight.
My reasoning for saying negative ... Read more
In Spite Of, not Because Of
If you are waiting for life's circumstances to be "just right" before you start eating right and exercising, you are in for a long wait. They never will be.
Why is it that we view taking care of ourselves as an added burden?
Why do we... Read more
It's Never Too Late!
The title of this blog has become a bit of a mantra for me.
If you think you are too old to change your physique, think again. It's never too late to make a drastic change for the better.
One of the things I love about the human body... Read more
Weight Lifting Hunger
Do you have an issue with hunger, now that you've started lifting weights? This has been an issue with me in the past, too. Here are a few things I've done to combat this:
- I drink massive amounts of water. I mean, on average a gallon a... Read more
Carbs, Fat, Protein, and Gin
Do you know the caloric content of a gram of each carbs, fat, and protein? If not, gaining this knowledge can help you to understand food labels better.
A gram of carbohydrate and protein each have 4 calories.
A gram of fat has 9 calo... Read more
Surround Yourself With Accountability
The concept of this blog is really pretty simple, but it's the thing that has been key in me finally being able to make a permanent lifestyle change: I boxed myself in with as much accountability as possible.
It started with going to Weight... Read more
Mix It Up To Maximize Benefits!
How to move to move past a plateau, prevent one in the first place, or get max benefit for your efforts? Mix it up!
- Change your caloric intake from day to day. If you regularly eat 1600 calories, vary this amount of the course of the we... Read more
Unless a doctor has told you differently, any reason you have for not eating right or exercising is not a reason, it's an excuse.
Sounds extreme, doesn't it? Ah, but it's not.
Here are a few I've heard:
-"I don't like the way heal... Read more
The Incredible Hulk Woman
I copied and pasted this from my regular blog because I've heard a lot of women here on Spark mention this issue:
Let me try to clear up a little muscle confusion, if I may: Women's fear that they will build a lot of muscle.
I have hea... Read more
Getting started with lifting weights....
I posted several blogs back about equipment needed to get started with exercise at home. Before you read this, check that one out, because it lays the foundation for what I am about to say here and I refer back to it.
I've had several peop... Read more
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