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You Haven't Failed Until You've Stopped Trying.
Saturday, September 18, 2010      21 comments

The title of this blog was posted as a comment by a gal named Christy on one of my earlier blogs on It struck a cord with me and has been rambling around in my head ever since. I think too many of us have decided that we've fa... Read more
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

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