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A Little Holiday Tough Love

Friday, December 03, 2010      13 comments

Remember: It's a Holiday Season, not an Eating Season. If you don't want to derail your own weight loss efforts, you are going to have to take ownership of your eating for the next month. Scratch that..... You are going to have to take own... Read more

Enjoy Your Weight Loss Journey

Sunday, November 21, 2010      14 comments

This may sound ridiculous, but try to enjoy the process of losing your weight and obtaining fitness. No, I have not lost my mind. emoticonRead more

Rules Are Sometimes Meant To Be Broken

Monday, November 15, 2010      5 comments

I love rules and find contentment in knowing I am following them. I think it's the German in me. At any rate, even I believe that there are times it's beneficial to break the rules, particularly when it comes to exercise. So, as promised in m... Read more

44th Birthday Progress Photos

Tuesday, November 09, 2010      33 comments

NewNarayan asked me to post progress pics, to see any potential muscle growth from my increased weight loads in my workouts. Honestly, I've been lifting like a fiend (for me), in an attempt to build up muscle in the places that needed a little ... Read more

In Defense of the Workout Split

Thursday, October 21, 2010      12 comments

I have had several people inquire about using whole-body exercises as opposed to working separate body parts. Many times it seems the whole-body camp gets almost charismatic about how their way is better. Me? I don't see it that way. I like sepa... Read more

Yep.... Here I Am..... AGAIN!!!

Thursday, October 07, 2010      17 comments

Okay, I have a big confession: As of this morning I am at 160.4 pounds. This is about 3 pounds over where I was allowing myself to be for the purpose of muscle gain, 8 pounds over the top of where I would like to "normally" be, and 12 pounds o... Read more

Why I've Decided NOT To Compete In Figure

Thursday, September 30, 2010      13 comments

I frequently have people asking me when I will do my first show, or as someone at the gym asked today my "next show" (like there ever was a first!). I had every intention of competing just a few months ago, but my mind has changed on this. Ins... Read more

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

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