How I Lowered My Cholesterol With Lifestyle Tweaks

In the last three months I’ve tweaked my lifestyle in a personal challenge to decrease my cholesterol. The results are in, and yow! Changing your lifestyle really can work. Here’s how I did it and how you can decrease your risk of coronary heart disease, even if you don’t have high cholesterol. Given my healthy lifestyle, I’m pretty sure my high cholesterol is due to genetics (both my parents have high cholesterol). I’ve had high cholesterol since my twenties, varying between borderline high and high. It’s {Read More…}

Clean-Eating Nirvana: Garden Fresh Tomato Sauce

A fresh tomato is one of the joys of summer, a palmful of sunshine that is one of the most versatile fruits out there. ~ William Porter, The Denver Post  Although my mom is a master gardener and my family in Texas rave about big tomato crops every spring, I prefer to leave the gardening to others. Here in Denver, we don’t even plant til after Mother’s Day, so our tomatoes are ripening right about now. Freezing whole tomatoes doesn’t appeal to me particularly, but I {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…}

Do I Need Pre-Workout Supplements? Q&A With Suzanne

This week we’re talking about “pre-workouts” – those supplements you see advertised mostly for guys to “elevate performance” and otherwise activate beast mode. Are they for chicks, too? Plus my training update is at the end of this post. 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 have seen on social media more women saying they are taking pre-workout supplements before a session, {Read More…}

Why Am I Always Injured? Q&A with Suzanne

Each week I’ll answer your strength training and nutrition questions in this feature. Sure, you can Google your heart away for any ole question these days, so why should you ask me? Because you want the opinion of someone who knows what it’s like to be a woman in the weight room. Because you can trust that I walk the talk. And I don’t mess around with fads, ads, or bullshit. To participate in next week’s mailbag, post your question on my Facebook page, {Read More…}

Why Am I Plateaued? Training Q&A with Suzanne

You got questions, I’m answering ’em in my new Nirvana Training with Suzanne Q&A feature. You’ll get my perspective on strength training and nutrition for your goals, along with insights into my own training. To participate in next week’s mailbag, post your question on my Facebook page, ping me on Twitter, or drop me a line! Q. I’ve been following a popular strength-training plan consistently. Why have I plateaued? A. When people come to me for help and say they’ve been following {Read More…}