6 Tips That Will Change the Way You Lose Weight

A lot of people ask me what I do to prepare for photo shoots and events to feel confident and look my best. I've never been shy about sharing my short-term exercise and nutrition habits before big occasions. But let's get one thing straight. The rest of the year, I practice a balanced approach to health and fitness. I treat my body with love and respect by eating mainly whole, unprocessed foods, taking daily vitamins and supplements, and staying active. The week before a shoot is just a little umph to give my abs a bit more definition. So don't expect any crash diet secrets here. Hello! Do you even know me? Life is too short to go without chocolate , wine,

How to Lose Weight Without Dieting

How to Lose Weight Without “Dieting”

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.

4 Ways You’re Damaging Your Metabolism (And How to Fix It!)

  Are you struggling to lose weight? Feeling constantly fatigued? Dealing with sleep irregularities? You may be making one or more of these 4 metabolic mistakes! https://youtu.be/IAkNBcoj_20 It can be really frustrating to feel like you’re doing everything “right,” but not see results. I hope you can take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. I’ve been there and so many other women have too. One of the Life in Spandex ladies, Sarah,  put it really well. She said, “I’ve always felt like I should be paid to workout I do it so much, but unfortunately I never felt like my body was reflecting all of my hard work.” Let’s get one thing straight. You are not broken. There are plenty

What's in my Gym Bag - The Essentials

What’s In My Gym Bag – The Essentials

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

Life in Spandex Summer Shape Up Series Week 3

Summer Shape Up Series: Week 3

Can you believe it? We're halfway through the Summer Shape Up Series! Have you taken your weekly progress picture yet? You may not see the little changes starting to happen when you look in the mirror or step on the scale. Trust me, they're there. Taking a picture and comparing it side to side with your Week 1 progress photo will prove it to you! Now's not the time to slack off! You're building strength, seeing new muscles pop, and we've only just begun. We have two weeks left to tone, define, and sculpt all the right places. Mmm hmm you know what I'm referring to - thighs, booty, abs, arms - bring on the workouts! Your Weekly Schedule is