Motivation Minute Ep 11: Releasing Perfectionism and Fear

Welcome! Need a mentor to rock better results with weights and clean eating? If you want even more motivational, lifting, and clean eating resources, plus my muscle-sculpting ebook, sign up for email updates.  Thanks for stopping by! In this week’s video Motivation Minute: One the main reasons we don’t start – or we quit – is because of perfectionism. But perfectionism is just a mask for fear. See how to change your perception and rise to the potential you know you have. {Read More…}

Motivation Minute Ep 6: No More “Failing”

Welcome! Need a mentor to rock better results with weights and clean eating? Stay up to date on blog posts and get tips I only share with my newsletter subscribers. Thanks for coming by! Hey there! I’m back on da blog – yow! I have amassed quite the collection of strength-training and clean-eating articles in the last 5 ½ years, but I needed to hit the “reset” button, you know? Perhaps this was the break I should’ve taken while recovering from my prophylactic mastectomy. So here I am, feeling refreshed and ready {Read More…}

Eyes on the Prize (Part 1): A Plan for Muscle Growth and Fat Loss

There’s really no question in my mind that by this winter, I will have rebuilt substantial muscle in my shoulders, arms, back, and legs. (Chest is another matter – right now I’m just teaching my pectorals to function in a different position after my bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction.) By this time next year, I’ll be back to where I was, if not much sooner. I can’t see into the future, but these are my goals. Now that I’m back to hardcore {Read More…}

I’m Not So “Strong” – I Just Got F*cking Goals, See?

Not counting a couple of interruptions due to a car accident and the birth of my daughter, I’ve been lifting weights for over 15 years. Weightlifting’s been my mama, spanking my ass one day and wiping my tears the next. But four months off is not gonna kill me. It’s been two weeks since my exchange surgery and I’m on fire, taking one-mile walks and doing bodyweight squats. And today I’m doing split squats. For 10 weeks I had awesome, immovable jugs installed in my chest to stretch my skin to a smooth shine and {Read More…}

How I Learned to Love the End Goal

During the last six weeks I’ve had just enough energy to take care of my clients, focus on my family, and heal from my preventative double mastectomy with reconstruction. Today, I’m starting a series of posts that will give you a peek into what it’s like to undergo this big life event, because in so many ways, these lessons apply to everyone, every day. I began planning my big surgery when I realized my life in the future would look a lot {Read More…}

Is Training for Aesthetics a “Good” Goal?

Lately I’ve noticed that while it seems ok for guys to work towards bigger biceps and quads, if a woman train for aesthetics it’s a “slippery slope” of self-loathing and failure. I  call this training-for-aesthetics shaming, which raises the ire of those more concerned with body acceptance than body sculpting. It also wrankles people who believe you should only train to increase performance or functional movement. After I wrote this post I took the longest pee of my life; obviously I feel passionate about the issue because this entire {Read More…}