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…}

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…}

Two Missing Pieces of Your Weight Loss Attempts

It’s not so easy to change habits, even when we want it bad. Our brains are habituated into automatic behaviors. This “sleepwalking” behavior happens without any awareness whatsoever. We’re programmed for routine – it allows our brains room to think of other things. Yet when we become aware that we need to change our binge eating, late-night snacking, or couch behavior habit, we think of sacrifice and deprivation. And if even if we do manage to make changes for awhile, our persistence often falters and we end {Read More…}

Podcast Interview with Side Quest

Last week I spent some time with Rob Farlow of Side Quest (the “unofficial” podcast of Fitocracy) to talk about how I approach life , coaching, and owning it in the weight room and beyond. Rob’s super easy to talk to, and we delved into all kinds of topics, such as how to conquer those nagging negative voices holding you back. I also share a few fun favorites, like my go-to meal in a pinch, favorite lift, and music I don’t tell anyone I listen to {Read More…}

Butterflies and Muscles: Reaching Your Audacious Goals in 2015

It’s almost done! My clients and I have set our one-year goals. When I see their deliciously audacious goals, I get butterflies. When I set my own I felt slight trepidation. Don’t you? If you read my post last week, you’ve visualized your victory celebration one year from now. You know where you want to be in a year and have looked back to see how last year went. (See my goals at the end of this post.) The next question is, where do you stand? Right {Read More…}