44th Birthday Progress Photos
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
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!!!
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
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.
The title of this blog was posted as a comment by a gal named Christy on one of my earlier blogs on blogger.com. 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
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!
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
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????
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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