How Fit Women Can Counterattack Midlife Weight Gain

Hey there. It’s me, badass midlife woman lifter. But I’m not pretending to have the perfect body. Midlife weight gain is stalking me like an ambush predator. It’s been like a surprise attack to see my waistline suddenly (it seems) increase by an inch, then again by a half inch. I might add that I remain active and haven’t changed how I eat. Fortunately, I still feel like I “look good.” But I want to wear what I used to {Read More…}

5 Clean-Eating Myths That Need To DIE

According to some players in today’s fitness world, “clean eating” is a plague. At its worst, clean eating causes people to obsessively control – and even scrub – their food. At its best, clean eating confuses innocent bystanders, because what even is “clean” or “dirty” food, anyway? Don’t get me wrong, soothes the critic. I believe in eating mostly whole, minimally processed food. But people need FLEXIBILITY in their diets, not rigidity. But clean eating – the way I interpret {Read More…}

How To Tell If You’re Losing Fat or Muscle

Your daily ritutal includes hopping on the scale, followed by excitement or disappointment. But hop off, sister. That scale doesn’t measure jack. Well, it measures one thing – how much your entire body weighs. It doesn’t measure how much fat you’ve gained or lost and it sure doesn’t tell you if you’ve lost or gained muscle. In fact, if you’ve simultaneously lost fat and gained muscle, the scale might not budge at all. Yet that’s tremendous progress! To get an accurate {Read More…}

Sorry I’m Not Sorry If You Hate Goals

Lately, it seems all the rage to diss fitness goals, of all things. “Don’t set goals – you’ll feel like a failure when you don’t reach them!” “Don’t set goals – they’ll kill your motivation!” One article even argued that long-term goals cause you to “define your limitations.” So, for example, if you set a goal to run a sub-3:30 marathon and end up doing better, you’ve “sold yourself short.” If you do worse than that, you’re disappointed. Bam? In a Periscope broadcast I happened upon, a well-known coach explained {Read More…}

Eyes on the Prize (Part 3): Eating For Your Goals

In the last five months I’ve had two surgeries – a preventative double mastectomy and an implant exchange surgery. You can compare my coming back to a fitter body to your own fat-loss or muscle-building journey. How do you – and I – go about such a thing? For an extended time I couldn’t do any heavy strength training and my activity naturally decreased. Plus, there was some carrot cake that happened. Therefore, after a self-assessment (Part 1), I learned I’d gained  1-2% body fat and {Read More…}

How Can I Stay Motivated? Q&A With Suzanne

I am loving your questions for this feature and I’ve had a lot of feedback that you love it too. So let’s keep it going! This week we’re talking mindset and veggies for training. To participate in next week’s mailbag, post your question on my Facebook page, ping me on Twitter, or just drop me a line. Q: I’m feeling down and demotivated. I just can’t seem to stick to a program long enough to see results. Advice? A: In my {Read More…}