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Take Back the “Present Moment”–Stop Letting the Thought Factory Steal Your Fitness

Take Back the “Present Moment”–Stop Letting the Thought Factory Steal Your Fitness

I was talking with a friend recently about using the present moment as an effective way to navigate stress.  But what does “being present” even mean? It sounds a little woo-woo, but it comes down to simple awareness.  At the most basic level, “being present” means being aware of everything connected to a particular moment. … Continue Reading

The Forgotten Side of Fat Loss

Most fat loss plans focus on the mechanics of physical change.  What to eat?  How much?  When?  What kind of workouts?  For how long? All very important questions.  And also a bit fun to think about, right?  There’s so much potential. But here’s the problem: the mechanics of fat loss account for maybe 10% of… Continue Reading

Problem Solving – I Went to a Chiropractor and This Is What Happened

Problem Solving – I Went to a Chiropractor and This Is What Happened

The road to fitness is a bumpy one, filled with potholes, bad directions, crappy weather, and wrong turns.  And sometimes, illness and injuries. A fitness blog isn’t much help if all we talk about is workouts, recipes, rainbows, and unicorns.  Sometimes the shit hits the fan. When that happens — WHEN, not if — and we need a… Continue Reading

My Favorite Fit Girl Dessert (A Blueprint for Enjoying Treats Without Going Overboard)

My Favorite Fit Girl Dessert (A Blueprint for Enjoying Treats Without Going Overboard)

I love pumpkin pie. Love.   Throughout my childhood, pumpkin pie was basically the entire point of Thanksgiving. Chocolate’s great, ice cream is fun, blueberry cobbler is amazing.  But pumpkin pie … is … heaven. This, of course, is breaking all the rules of sound blogging.  It’s February.  Pumpkin obsession season is October 1 through December 1. On a… Continue Reading

Stop Trying to be Comfortable – How a Little Mental Yoga Can Make Us Stronger and Happier

Stop Trying to be Comfortable – How a Little Mental Yoga Can Make Us Stronger and Happier

Does the desire to be comfortable hold us back?   Life is inherently uncomfortable, so if we get too attached to comfort, some serious avoidance strategies are sure to result.  Overeating is a biggie. In fact, when I think of struggles I’ve had, the promise of comfort is usually lurking around. Overeating, anxiety, reluctance to… Continue Reading