Ugh, I hate that word... "dieting." It literally has the word "die" in it! By no means do you need to "die-t" to lose weight. And, sorry to spill the beans, most of those d-word strategies end in the exact opposite - either stalling progress all together or setting you up for weight gain rebound. There are a couple other (more helpful) reasons I don't like the idea of a "diet." It assumes that the changes you're making will be temporary. It usually sets you up on a meal plan that SHOULD only be temporary. It asks you to includes absurd amounts of cardio or exercise in general. It sometimes includes some sort of "meal replacement," supplement, or magic pill.
Tea cleanses, miracle pills, shakes, oh my! The media is swarming with advertisements imposing on anyone with weight loss New Year's resolutions. In all honesty, I don't blame someone who falls for one of these gimmicks. From taking a number of weight loss pills to talking my parents into buying me at-home Ab Crunch machines, I'm guilty of it myself! These companies play a good game. For someone who already feels stressed out about weight gain, the exclamation points, titles in cool fonts, before and after photos, and celebrity endorsements, create an even more demanding sense of urgency to slim down. Whether you've never tried to lose weight or have tried everything in the books, dropping lbs can be frustrating
2016 in a one word description would be something like... changing. Maybe it's a part of being twenty-something, but I feel like I've seen some of the biggest changes in my life during the past couple of years. During 2016, I acquired my Precision Nutrition Certification, went through a major personal life change, and was awarded a promotion at my work that combines my passion for fitness with my knack for marketing. These pivotal moments of 2016 not only changed my life circumstance, they helped me grow as an individual. Change can be scary for a lot of people. For me, it's freeing. It's freeing to know that no matter what the circumstance, it can change. And not only can
Fall is here and you know what that means… #pumpkineverything! Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. Any first sense of the season changing – a leaf falling, darker mornings, cooler evenings, Halloween decor lining the aisles at Target – and it’s a mad rush to Trade Joe’s to snag some of their organic pureed pumpkin! This year I’m setting my sights on actually carving a pumpkin and roasting the seeds inside. I promise myself every year but have yet to do it for almost half a decade. Don’t judge me! Life gets in the way. There’s been no carving yet. I have a “go big or go home” attitude about it and I won’t settle for an average jack-o-lantern.
Fit is not a one-size fits all. Our bodies are unique and require different training and nutrition to achieve desired results. However, there is one thing that every successful fitness journey includes... preparation! If you aren't prepared to succeed, how do you ever expect it to happen? If you follow my nutrition and fitness advice, you're probably doing a great job at meal planning and scheduling your workouts at the beginning of the week. But what are you doing on a daily basis to make sure your #noexcuse game is strong? To ensure my workouts happen five to six times per week, I always pack my gym bag the night before or the morning of. I'd be lost without it. I'm lucky enough