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Start slow!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010      15 comments

I am a huge proponent of weight lifting heavy weights for women, but one point I have not focused on at all is that if you are just starting with lifting (or any kind of exercise for that matter), or it has been a while since you've lifted, it's... Read more

Maintenance- The Work Will Never End!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010      32 comments

I don't mean to be a big downer with this blog, but I want to point something out to help keep people from slipping into the "When I lose this weight I can eat whatever I want" mode: It just ain't true! The honest truth is that, while I am ... Read more

My Favorite Protein Shake Recipe

Saturday, August 28, 2010      16 comments

This is a diverse recipe I came up with that even my kids like. Everyone I've made it for asks me for it. If you leave out the olive oil, this is an excellent post-workout shake. Fats slow digestion, so leaving it out lets the carbs and... Read more

Don't Work Your Abs.... Say WHAT????

Sunday, August 22, 2010      17 comments

I am going to address something I have heard around here on Spark that I think is complete hogwash. And I am sure I will take some flack for this, but I'm going to say it anyhow: I've been reading people advising others not to work their a... Read more

Calf 21's (or 30's)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010      9 comments

I've had a couple of different people who look at my workouts on Spark as me what "Calf 21's" are. I also call these "Calf 30's". I think calves are the most boring body part to work, so maybe this will give someone else a new spin on a way to w... Read more

Take the Occasional Exercise Break

Sunday, August 08, 2010      9 comments

Did you know that if you are a regular exerciser, taking the occasional week-long break is good for you? I lift weights very hard, and schedule a week off of training every 10 weeks. Back in the days when I wasn't maxing out on my weights ... Read more

Vacation Eating Part 4: Tourist Trap Survival

Wednesday, August 04, 2010      9 comments

The part of the vacation we look forward to the most is also the part that I dread the most when it comes to eating: The Theme Park! Let's face it, they really don't cater towards healthy eating at theme parks. To make matters worse, they ... Read more

Vacation Eating Part 3: Hotel Breakfast Survival

Saturday, July 31, 2010      4 comments

The hotel breakfast..... You find yourself surrounded by free waffles and danishes and sausage.... Oh my! I know that at first glance the hotel breakfast looks like a lost cause for a health-conscience eating, but it all reality, you can p... Read more

Vacation Eating Part 2: Eating out

Thursday, July 29, 2010      10 comments

Okay, so you have prepped by having good snacks along with you, but you are still going to have to eat out. More than likely your first meal in a restaurant will be while traveling to your destination. You need to get it in your head from this... Read more

Vacation Eating, Part 1: Preparation

Wednesday, July 28, 2010      16 comments

I was originally going to do a blog on vacation eating in general, but realized it would make a very lengthy blog, so I'm going to break it down into several parts. Today is Part 1: Preparation. My 13-year old daughter, Lane, and I ... Read more

Emulate Those You Want To Look Like

Monday, July 19, 2010      13 comments

Which type of physique do you admire and wish you looked like? Is it the people who run all the time? Bike? Sit on the couch with a remote in one hand and a bag of pork skins in the other? The ones who spend all their time at the gym in cardio c... Read more

Abdominal Workout Tips

Thursday, July 08, 2010      13 comments

Here are a few tips to get the most out of your ab exercises. All of these help to ensure that your abdominal muscles do the work and not other body parts: 1. When doing any kind of crunch, strait up or to the side for obliques, keep your e... Read more

Squatting Re-learned

Sunday, June 27, 2010      31 comments

The biggest difference to my body since I've started working with personal trainers is my hips. I'm convinced that it's because they've had me squatting so much. Just about every single time we worked lower body they had me doing some kind of sq... Read more

Least and Most Fav Lifting Moves

Monday, June 21, 2010      14 comments

Here are my favorite moves for different body parts when lifting weights, along with my least favs and the ones I feel are most effective for me personally. Thought this might get people thinking about how they can change their routines up! ... Read more

The Evolution of a Muscular Back

Sunday, June 20, 2010      11 comments

Many years ago (20 or more), I saw an article in a magazine where the author gave kuddos to the best body parts in Hollywood. Raquel Welch got the vote for back, and the attached caption for the beautiful photo of her back stated that a muscula... Read more


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