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A street video of Fitocracy headquarters (I kid, I kid)

Is The Fitness Industry Really Broken: A response to Dick Talens

A street video of Fitocracy headquarters (I kid, I kid)

A street view of Fitocracy headquarters (I kid, I kid)

 

I had the pleasure of meeting a Fitocracy Co-Founder at The Fitness Summit this past weekend. Dick Talens and I have been in correspondence for more than a year, bouncing great ideas off each other from time to time. When I read his post titled “Why the Fitness Industry is Broken,” I had to respond.

I write this response out of great respect for his thoughts. I can see his side, but I also feel that perhaps there’s more to it than what reaches his perception.

If you asked me who stands on the frontlines of the fitness industry in recent years, Dick Talens would be toward the top of my list. Believe me, the list is vast—for many reasons. Thirty years ago we could tick off our fingers when asked to name the men and women revolutionizing fitness. Now we see an incredible thing happening.

What were then polychotomous fields now gather in the same room to canvass new theories, old thoughts, and empirical data. Gym owners, athletic coaches, personal trainers, nutritionists, scientists, computer geeks, writers, physical therapists, and the general populous share jurisdiction in a space that not long ago was very black and white. Talens and I experienced this over the weekend at the JP Fitness Summit in Kansas City, MO.

An entire subculture has formed that allows us to take off our helmets to stop butting heads, and rather put our heads together to solve tangible issues that pose a real threat to our future. That statement in itself seems a bit alarming (something Talens warns us against in his article), but I can’t help bringing up the dire straits we are facing with the current health crisis.

According to the CDC, in 2000 no state reported having an obesity rate over 30%. Ten years later, 12 states reportedly saw an obesity rate of +30%, with a US average of 35.7%. During this time we witnessed one of the greatest economic crises in American history, with it came a rise in unemployment and an increase in healthcare costs.

Anyone calculating this dyad of despair would clench his chest. But when adding the third factor of obesity, his wallet practically disappears. An obese person spends upward 5.5% more of their average household income on healthcare as compared to citizens with a clinically healthy weight, according to a study in 2006. In addition, economists have found a direct correlation with unemployment and obesity. In other words, health care costs and unemployment are higher for those with obesity-related health issues. But the price of healthcare spending on obesity doesn’t just affect the spending of those individuals.

The Organization for Economic Co-Operations and Development reported obesity-related health care spending cost upward of $190 billion per year in 2012, equaling more than 20% of the total U.S. health care costs. This number is predicted to rise another $50 billion by 2030.

I won’t bludgeon you to death with statistical data regarding the economic impact of obesity or the state of health care. I also don’t want it to appear I think the health care crisis is only related to obesity– I know there exists a multitude of other factors and I’ve barely chipped away at this topic. I presented this information as an anti-catalyst to Talens’ argument as to why the fitness industry is broken, largely because a great percentage of the fitness industry works with clients who are overweight.

Before you believe that my goal is to reduce is argument in anyway, I think that no one has collected more real-world data on the psychological aspect of fitness than our friends at Fitocracy. In recent months, Fitocracy reached over 1 million users, giving them access to the largest information pool on how people interact in the fitness and nutrition realm. Coaches interact with dozens and even hundreds of clients each year, but these guys receive a constant stream of feedback regarding all things fitness related.

They read it all. They know who’s got it right and who’s doing it wrong. From reading Talens post we can definitely gauge that more or doing it wrong than right, which is likely what trigger his post in the first place. But his post wasn’t to call out those working hard to improve their well being. He created a call to action to expose why so many people have a hard time making progress. It’s not the individuals themselves, the misinformation that surrounds the fitness arena.

I agree with much of what he said in the article. I’m not going to dissect each statement and provide a counter-statement (that’s just annoying). But I do not agree that the fitness industry is broken.

We must take into account that physical fitness as a cultural substrate is relatively new when looking at the entire context of human history. Not to say that exercise is new—it couldn’t be otherwise man would have extinguished a long time ago. But the idea of this habit that’s taken outside of our normal lives, this hobby almost, hasn’t existed that long.

In the same notion, exercise and nutritional scientists are infants among the scientific universe. Though Hippocrates, Celsus, and da Vinci presented radical ideas about exercise and nutrition, the first scientific experiments on food were not performed until the mid 1700’s. We didn’t even know what elements foods were composed of until the early 1800’s, and Liebig didn’t point out the chemical makeup of carbohydrates, fats, and protein until well into the 19th century.

We can largely thank Gutenberg for the invention of the printing press (16th century) as it allowed theories of exercise to spread among scholars through printed word. But, we still must account for the fact that exercise wasn’t studied in labs until much, much later.

Eating and moving are voluntary human actions, but necessary to survival. Perhaps we can say that the more the fitness subculture evolves, the more complicated we make these two basic survival skills, churning our brains into a heap of confusion?

In turn, we can also argue that in order for the fitness industry to break, it was at one time comprised of uniformly moving parts.

Exercise science, human nutrition, technology, medicine, health care and economics must be coetaneous for the general population to live harmoniously healthy lives. Marketers will always be marketers. We cannot blame faulty marketing on the failing of our current system. It’s not the Tony Horton’s or the Hydroxycut’s of the world that prevent people from achieving their goals. People will always buy into hype because of the rush they feel with instant gratification and the idea of things being easier to accomplish. Man evolves because he works very hard to make hard things easier to do.

PT Barnum taught us  about marketing with the circus. There’s nothing wrong with that rush. It’s what keeps us coming back for more. When we grew tired of sword swallowers, Barnum brought us ladies on elephants. When that no longer excited us, he tamed lions and tigers.

The magic of marketing is to continually create these illusions that distract people from their real lives. The fantasy of having what we think we want.

In the grand scheme of things, the P90X’s are harmless when it’s up against the drug companies and medical manufactures that continue to create bandages that make living with debilitating non-communicable disease possible.  Crossfit seems far less dangerous than Johnson and Johnson who is making more advanced orthopedic devices for obese persons, or Merck’s Januvia and Janumet diabetes medications that pulled in more than $5.7 billion in sales last year.

When we stand up against this wall dodging bullets and cannons being shot at us from the other side, we have to question what is really hurling danger at us in the first place? Is the fitness industry really fighting a battle within itself, or are we up against a much larger force?

We are being taught that it is far easier to take an amalgam of pills and undergo risky surgery to treat symptoms of disease than it is to prevent it in the first place. We are being taught that the only way to get better is keep doing things that may potentially cause other health issues. Band-Aids are easier to put on than to stop doing what hurts us in the first place.

Health care is big business, and until a system is in place that rewards the efforts of those who work to treat and prevent disease rather than symptoms, it will be the fitness industry greatest adversary— which means we (fitness and nutrition professions from all walks) must remain close allies. We must continue to reward the efforts of those who take their health out of the stranglehold imposed on health care and into their own hands. Regardless if they stumble, take the wrong advice, or give up.

As fitness professionals, it is our job to keep battering that wall. The one that separates exercise and nutrition from treatment and prevention of disease. We must continue to turn heads away from pharmaceuticals and medical devices that merely cauterize the wounds caused by a truly broken health care system. A system teaching people being sick is normal—a system that continues to thrive as obesity numbers rise.

The cost of health doesn’t hinge on the $39.99 DVD that failed the deliver its promises. The scope runs much deeper than that. Until the fitness community can unite with health care and work together to create a society that thrives—a society that understands how quality nutrition and movement helps us work harder and more efficiently as employees, making us a more productive society—then will we continue to stand up against the wall. The wall that prevents people from seeing what is possible for their own health.

I commend Talens, who is a dear friend and a brilliant mind in fitness. He has found a way to take something that caused a generation of kids to sit on their butts for hours on end and turn it into something that motivates them to move. These are the innovators who will create those hairline fractures in that wall we stand up against. I also commend him for opening up this dialogue as it forces us to think about the real issue—and also help us realize that we can choose to be a part of the problem or the solution, but we can’t be both at the same time.

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Living with purpose

The Finest Thing

Living with purpose

Living with purpose

 

I sat with fingers resting on the center of my keyboard and eyes fixed on the iPod peeking out from behind my computer. What seemed like hours went by with no movement other than a quick blink every now and again.

I’ve got nothing.

After writing thousands of words per week for months on end, my well of thoughts finally ran dry. I was slurping at the bottom for those last tiny creative bits, so I could at least fulfill my contracts with paying gigs.

Any writer can tell you those blank moments are all but pleasant. When you reach inside your head for bright ideas and all you see is the shadowy outlines of what could be content, but you aren’t really sure if it’s worth pulling out.

I struggled with this for months on end, writing just to fill space. Nothing felt organic. Every idea forced, and every word scraped my tongue as it left my mouth and spat over the pages in front of me (metaphorically. I don’t actually talk myself through every article).

I finally realized I was spending too much time at my computer and not enough time in the real world. The world that goes on behind me as I bang down on letters to create words that eventually flow into sentences, fragments, or incomplete thoughts.

I gave my words a sabbatical. They weren’t really helping anyone, so I figured no better time than the present to just walk away. Every now and again I’d settle back into my desk and attempt to write. Nothing cohesive came out. Just jumbles of letters than fell to the floor because they lacked stickiness.

After a week or so I felt okay with this. I let it go. My mind wandered elsewhere and I became more productive doing other things. I planted a 5 x 20-foot vegetable garden, breathed life back into what I now know to be pomegranate trees, lavender, and roses planted around my yard. I fixed up rooms around my house, studied new subjects, and cleaned my bathrooms on schedule.

I became more involved in what actually felt like accomplishments and less stuck to my chair imposing the strict order not to move until I had 600 or more words on a single page in front of me.

That didn’t matter. It didn’t matter if I wrote every day, or if what I wrote made sense. These practical experiences are what give anyone reason to write. Getting out in the world and doing things that add value to our lives and the relationships that surround us. That’s where real inspiration comes from. Nothing comes to us while hunched in a chair staring at the mess that engulfs our desks.

It’s common to lose sight of our purpose and forget why we do the things that we love, or even why we loved them in the first place. Mother Fitness was created to share, explore, and reconstruct all things relating to fitness, food, and family. I lost that vision and showed in my ability to craft meaningful posts.

I’ve really taken the time to do a bit of self-reflecting so I could rediscover why it is I continue to write in this space. Then I remembered it’s because of you. No matter where my work shows up on the web or in print, none of it would exist if you didn’t provide for me this haven for thoughts. Over the next couple of months I will work behind the scenes to bring my true vision of Mother Fitness to life. It took me a good 3 years to really feel comfortable with my dream of this blog. It’s more than a blog, and I’ve finally realized that. It’s a place for inspiration, comfort, and advice. I want to give you that in the best possible sense, and I’ve been working around the clock to make it work.

I’ve returned knowing full well the gratitude that is owed to each of you for this lesson. My vision going forward will bring you those daily thank you’s for making it all happen.

Keep inspiring and proving to the world that you live with purpose. If ever you lose sight of that (as I recent experienced), then step away from your desk, log all things off, and live in the moment for a while. It will al come back to you. I promise.

 

 

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Who wouldn't love this chickie?

Backyard Chicken Experience

Who wouldn't love this chickie?

Who wouldn’t love this chickie?

It’s always hard to find the perfect gift to show Mom just how much you love her. Flowers, breakfast in bed, a trip to the spa? How about backyard chickens?

Yesterday my husband packed the kids and me into the car for an early Mother’s Day surprise. Boy, was I surprised when we pulled into the local feed store. He turns to me and said, “Let’s go pick out some chicks.”

I must have looked pretty dumbfounded because I didn’t speak. He continued, “I’m getting you chickens. Let’s go pick them out. That’s your surprise.”

I’ve wanted chickens for quite some time but we’ve never lived in the best play to raise them. You can keep the diamonds and pearls, flowers and foot rubs. Give this girl some livestock and she’s happy as a lark!

The primary reason I wanted chickens was for fresh eggs. Also, their dropping do amazing things for your compost or garden soil. But, the bonus in all of this is they are actually wonderful pets.

Why chicks and not chickens?

Meet Fajita, Dumplin, Rocky, and Dolli

Meet Fajita, Dumplin, Rocky, and Dolli

Chickens are domesticated animals. Just like puppies, getting them as little hatchlings means you get lots of quality bonding time before they go out into the hen house. Our chicks are one week old and will live indoors for the next month. In that time they will get to know us and imprint on us as family. We hold them several times a day (how can you not), and by next week we will start to take them into the yard so they can scratch around and look for worms. By the time they transfer outdoors full time, they will stick around because they know this is home and we are family. Not only that, but they will follow me around like a mother hen. How can you not love them?

Our chickens, Dolli, Rocky, Fajita, and Dumplin will not lay for another 5-6 months, but it’s worth the wait. I’ve never seen my kids so excited to care for something. Gwyn and Ellis each have a chick to care for and they do so with pride. I actually think it’s more exciting than a new puppy. Oh, and my dog is actually pretty cool with them. I was worried because he has this thing for turkeys. He’s snagged a couple of wild turkeys by the tail recently and I feared he would think the chicks a tasty morning snack. But, he’s only been slightly curious so far.

I look forward to sharing with you my crazy chicken experience. I may end up getting a few more in due time, but just with these 4 I will hopefully get a couple dozen eggs per week. You’d also be pleased to know that my newly planted garden is growing beautifully. Living in a climate that is conducive to growing (and having soil that’s utterly incredible) makes all the difference in the world. I will give up updates and tips on that soon, as well.

Gotta go snuggle with my little ones. If you want more info on raising backyard chickens, check out this site.

 

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Tea Time: The health benefits of tea

 

The health benefits of tea have been known for centuries, but scientists have only recently investigated the medicinal benefits in the lab to discover why tea is so good for you.

In their research, scientists discovered tea to have a large flavonoid profile—plant derived compounds made up of antioxidants—which is something we discuss often here on LesserEvil Life.

If you’re not certain the type of tea to sip, try one of these 3 varieties (or all of them) next time you feel a little chilly.

Green Tea

Green tea’s most notable quality is the high amount of catechins called EGCG. Studies link EGCG to reduction of cancer rates, including bladder, colon, esophagus, pancreas, rectum, and stomach cancers. In addition, a Japanese study found that regular consumption of green tea may reduce your risk of developing coronary artery disease.

Black Tea

Black tea has the highest concentration of caffeine, a substance that not only boosts your energy levels, but has also been shown to provide health benefits including improved cognitive function and a lowered risk of coronary heart disease. A study at the University College London found that those who drank black tea decreased stress levels faster than those who drank a placebo.

Rooibos

If you are looking for a caffeine-free alterative, rooibos may be the answer. In a study, rooibos extract was shown to suppress skin cancer in mice, and it has also been linked to decreased risk of metabolic disease.

Just how much tea should you drink? Harvard Health Publication suggests drinking three cups of tea a day to absorb antioxidants and other healthy plant compounds. Steep tea for 3 to 5 minutes to bring out the catechins before taking your first sip. Preparing your own tea offers greater benefits than purchasing tea that comes in a bottle because bottled and instant tea products have reduced amounts of antioxidants.

moringa

My favorite Rooibos tea is Moringa from The Republic of Tea. It’s made from the leaves of what is known as ‘the miracle tree’, infused with green rooibos and a touch of mango. I make this as an iced tea for warm afternoons, or replace my coffee with it in the morning. I can’t seem to keep enough of it in my house as my kids sip it down faster than I can make it.

 Herbal Tea
Herbal tea is not made from a specific plant as traditional teas. Instead they are an infusion of leaves, roots, bark and/or seed extracts brewed in hot water. Herbal teas have medicinal benefits and offer many remedies depending on the type of herbs uses. Some herbal teas include peppermint, dandelion, ginger and camomile.
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I like sipping Get Active herbal tea from The Republic of Tea before workouts to give me a little energy boost. Made with holy basil, licorice root and maca root, it’s got a distinct aromatic spice that I love.
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Best Restorative Yoga Poses (Greatist.com)

Feeling a little tight in the hips, hamstrings, low back, or pretty much everywhere? Sitting all day at a desk, lifting weights, and many other daily activities we do puts a lot of stress on our muscles.

Restorative Yoga is a great way to help nurse those muscle back to health, so you can move more freely– or at least a lot less like the Tin Man.

Greatist (yes, I am a huge fan!) put together this awesome tutorial on the best restorative yoga poses. Do these at the end of the day before bed and you will wake up feeling refreshed.

Get health and fitness tips at Greatist.com

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Hard time leaving mom guilt at the door?

Getting Over Mom Guilt and Taking Care of You

Hard time leaving mom guilt at the door?

Hard time leaving mom guilt at the door?

My day usually begins around 6:30 AM. This gives me enough time to walk the dog, drink obscene amounts of coffee, iron clothes, make breakfast, fix lunches, bath my kids, get them fed, and out the door for school by 8 AM. Mind you, in this time I only brush my teeth and wash my face. I usually arrive to school in my pajamas, hoping that my hair looks at least halfway between semi-decent and slept-in-a-wind tunnel.

I’m fortunate enough to work at home, but sometimes this is a blessing and curse all at once. I arrive home from dropping my kids off and immediately sit down at my desk. Still in my pajamas. Still looking half-dead.

My kids come right home after school rather than going to a care program, so I work feverishly to squeeze in an 8-hour day into 5 hours. Sometimes I find myself walking out the door to pick them up in the same state I was in when I dropped them off.  I haven’t looked up from my computer until that time, nor have I eaten breakfast. I quickly run back in, change my clothes and attempt to beautify myself a bit.

After school, it’s chores, playtime, homework, dinner, shopping, some more work if needed, and kid activities—sports, and the like. If you look at this schedule you can see that even I have a hard time fitting in exercise. And I have a gym about 10 yards from my desk.

The modern mom has to delicately balance her career and home life to the point that the slightest teeter in either direction can cause total chaos. I’ve been at various points of the spectrum. I’ve worked full-time with a long commute, having to put my kids in daycare. I’ve stayed at home to take time off from work, and I’ve worked at home while my kids are with me when not at school.

No matter the situation I always found one thing extremely difficult: making the time to take care of me. Yeah, I wrote that sentence while still in my pajamas at 12 PM. I did just manage to eat my breakfast.

When it’s hard to find time to manicure your nails or get a haircut, how ever does a working or busy mom fit in exercise?

This was one of the hardest realizations I had as a mother. I was so busy taking care of my family and my job that I put myself last. I know I’ve talked about this in the past, but it’s something worth mentioning time and again because it’s an ongoing learning process for all moms—including me.

How do you overcome what’s affectionately known as mom guilt and find time to squeeze in a workout?

There’s never a single easy solution because your life is ever changing from one day to the next. Kids get sick, you have family activities, you get sick, you have meetings after work, your house needs a good scrub…

The list seems to grow by the minute and the time your day gets taken up faster and faster as your kids get older.

Though I haven’t found the perfect solution, I do have some hidden gems to help you stay on track with your fitness goals.

 

 Making Exercise Work for Your Lifestyle

You don’t need a lot of time. Sometimes I will walk out into the gym and do a few sets of four exercise and be done with my workout for the day. Sometimes I just walk my dog a couple of miles. Sometimes I throw around heavy iron for 45 minutes and follow it up with a run later.

Your workouts don’t need to be super structured and take up X amount of time each day. If you’ve got 10 minutes to spare, you can get in a good workout. If you’ve got 30 minutes 3 times a week, you can workout intensely. Don’t get it in your mind that you need to train for an hour or two hours multiple times per week to see results. Anything that you do will make a difference no matter how little time you spend doing it.

Now, that isn’t to say that if you spend 10 minutes a week exercising you will drop 20 pounds in a month. But that 10 minutes a week is better than no time at all, and it will likely lead to a greater motivation to find more time. Hopefully it will lead to 10 minutes several times per week and then a couple of 20-30 minute workout sessions.

Rather than trying to find an hour of free time several times a week, take a look at the free time you have and find a way to fit exercise into that time slot.

Find that free time. When I say free time, I don’t mean the time that you are not at work. I mean that time you take each week just for you. Are you watching your favorite shows, playing games online, knitting, talking on the phone, reading, napping? For a few days, write down how much downtime you have and what leisurely activities you do during that time. Then see what you can give up or cut down to donate time to your workouts.

If you watch an hour of TV a night, then cut out 30 minutes of that a few times a week and donate it to a walk or workout session. If you play online games for 5 hours a week, snag 2 of those weekly hours and spend time taking care of your body by getting a move on it.

After a short time doing this you will start to realize how much better you feel once you begin exercising.

Find that energy.There are those afternoons where I can barely keep my eyes open by 3PM. I’ve learned that if I hook my dog to his leash and hike around the neighborhood for 20 minutes I actually feel refreshed and energized. Exercise increases energy; so taking those initial steps that actually gets you moving is the hardest part. I promise that once your blood starts pumping faster you will feel revived.

Leaving your kiddos behind. The biggest mom guilt factor when it comes to exercise is leaving your kiddos—perhaps for the second time that day. I know when my kids were little I couldn’t stand being away from them all day (okay, I still can’t) and then dreaded even more having to stick them in a gym daycare for another hour. Worse yet, when I put them in daycare only to have the attendant call me 15 minutes later because they wouldn’t stop crying!

There are plenty of ways to avoid this. If you workout at home, you can structure your workouts around their schedule. For instance, working out before they wake up in the morning or after they go to bed. You can also find ways to include them in your exercise routine. Riding bikes together, taking your kids for a walk, doing some bodyweight exercises at home, having a family dance party—just to give you a few ideas.

Here’s a little secret . . . kids LOVE exercise. They love exercising with you even more. Just getting out and playing games with them is a great way to burn some calories, get in several healthy giggles, and bond with your babies no matter their age.

Ditch the gym. If you love going to the gym, stick with it. But if the idea makes you cringe, then ditch it and do something at home. You can get in a great workout with little to no equipment. Try workout on demand, bodyweight workouts, Youtube or books to help get motivated.

So, what are you waiting for? Time to take care of you by scheduling in some time for exercise. Find a few free spots on your calendar each week and get moving.

 

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“Strong Curves: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Better Butt and Body” Sample and Coaching Consultation Giveaway

 

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We still can’t believe that in two weeks Strong Curves will hit the bookshelves. There’s no way we could have accomplished this monster of a book without the support of our fans, colleagues, friends, and family.

The wait to get this in your hands has made us a bit antsy, so we put together a 46-page downloadable sample of the book to hold you over until it lands in stores. This sample gives you a great idea of what’s inside the cover, with more than 300 pages of serious content.

Just to give you a hint on the rest of the book, Strong Curves is a complete guide for improving a woman’s physique, strength, and lifestyle:

 

  • Chapters 1-9 teach you the key components when building a woman’s physique, provide the science behind muscle building, provide you a practical guide for nutrition, and discuss proper movement patterns.
  •  Chapters 10-14 provide a comprehensive warm-up, four 12-week glute-focused resistance training routines for every fitness level, full color tutorials for each exercise with descriptions and photos, workout logs for each plan, and simple ways to live the Strong Curves lifestyle.
  • The remaining bulk of the book consists of an exercise term glossary and an Exercise Index with over 200 exercise tutorials—including common mistakes for big lifts and how to fix these mistakes. The Exercise Index serves as a fitness guide for life.

Click the link (Free PDF here) to get instant access to the free book sample. But, don’t leave this page just yet. We mentioned above that we have a giveaway involved.

We need your help making this a top selling fitness book and a timeless guide for women in strength training for years to come. In order to do that, we ask that you share the free book sample with as many people as you know possible. Blog about it. Tweet about it. Talk about in on Facebook, Reddit, and other social media outlets. Share it with your friends, at the gym, with your neighbors.

 

Spread the word that Strong Curves is the go-to guide to help women build an incredible body. Post your links in the comments below so we can share your content as well.

In addition, when the book launches April 2nd, we ask that you write a review on Amazon.com and/or Barnesandnoble.com for the book. Once you do, send us the link for a chance to win a free 1-hour Skype consultation with The Glute Guy himself along with a full month of online training with unlimited access via email or phone.

Ready to dig into the content? Download your free sample here.

 

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New Happenings: Book Release, Site Makeovers, and Balancing Work/Life

This is my new neighbor

This is my new neighbor

I just survived another cross-country move. Yep, that’s two moves clocked at a total of 3,500+ miles in six months. Ah, but we finally purchased a home in an incredible neighborhood. Our new home is nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills right inside a nature preserve. It definitely feels like home to me!

I have a larger garage to film more fitness videos and plan to get some snazzy new fitness and camera equipment. So be on the look out for that.

 

Strong Curves

It’s finally here! I received my very own copy last week and it’s beautiful. The full-color 320-page book weighs in at 2.6 lbs (ha, I did weigh it), and it packed with fantastic information for women of all fitness levels. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Bret and I will soon have a nice sample of the book to share with you, your friends, family, neighbors, gym partners, and anyone you think would benefit from the book. So be on the look out for that. The release date is April 2nd, but you can pre-order your copy now to get it on the actual release date.

 

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GetGlutes

We’ve gone through some growing pains, and still are . . . but GetGlutes has been such a fantastic adventure so far. Our members are kicking butt (and growing butts too) every month. We couldn’t be happier with their progress.

Right now the site is getting a makeover, so ignore our dust. If you have any questions about the site and what it offers, feel free to email me at motherfitness (at) gmail (dot) com.

In addition to the makeover, I won a contest with 99designs for a free logo. Yesterday I submitted our logo design specs and now fantastic designers from all over the world are putting together some great samples for the new design. It’s really an interesting process and I look forward to seeing what they come up with.

Thanks 99Designs! You can read about the contest here.

 

MotherFitness Facelift

Since my first post back in October 2011, I’ve run this baby all on my own. I’ve finally decided to step up my game and hire a pro to help make my site run more efficiently with a polished and pretty appearance. Yep, MotherFitness is growin’ up!

You will see some changes around here soon and I can’t wait to reveal them!

 

Balancing Work and Life

I have to be honest about something. As of late, I’ve had a hard balancing work and life. This morning on the way home from dropping my kids off at school, I listened to a discussion on NPR Morning Edition addressing the exact sentiment.

Diane Rehm interviewed Facebook CFO Sheryl Sandberg about her new book that reveals her journey to the top of Silicon Valley while balancing a family. I am definitely getting my hands on this book. I think it’s a struggle that women are reluctant to discuss and we just forge ahead without complaint.

You can listen to full interview here: Sheryl Sandberg: “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.”

 

 

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Get the freshest ingredients around

Gear Up for Local Farmers Markets

Get the freshest ingredients around

Get the freshest ingredients around

The weather is warming up and soon farmers markets all over the US will set up shop at local venues. Eating local not only helps sustain your community, but it also helps you put the best food on your table for your budget.

The grower is right at his or her booth and you can ask them how they produce the food that you buy. In addition, you know the food is as fresh as possible since it was likely picked right before it went to market.

When heading out the to farmers market, there are few things you should know before you go. These tips will help you get the most for your money and put the freshest possible ingredients in your pantry.

 

What Season is It?

Different regions have different growing seasons and it’s good to know exactly what grows at what time in your area. Though you can find staples year round at the regular grocer, often times those foods are shipped from different countries and states when they are out of season at your local farms.

This page offers great tips on what grows by region during each season. Follow this guide so you know what’s freshest and most affordable in your area when you shop.

 

 When should I go?

The earlier you arrive to the market the better. The crowds usually roll in an hour or so after the market opens. To get the best parking and to ensure you get the best quality foods, arrive around the time the farmers begin setting up shop.

 

What should I bring?

Bring your own bags to avoid getting overloaded with plastic bags. If you plan to purchase a good amount of produce and other products, you may want to bring a cart to help you haul things around.

In addition, it’s best to bring cash instead of credit cards. Though many farmers markets are set up to take credit cards, individual vendors are not and you pay at a central booth. This can add extra time to your trip.

 

How much should I buy?

Plan to buy in bulk to save the most money. Farmers markets usually offer great deals when you buy large quantities of items all at once. Plus if you buy something that is harvest at peak, then you get the best tasting food—and you can’t pass that up.

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How Many Ounces in a Pint? Kitchen Volume Conversion Aid

I know I learned this stuff as a kid. It’s somewhere deep the wrinkly gray matter stored next to my first grade teacher Mrs. Burgess’s bathroom policy and my mom’s lentil stew recipe. Sometimes I just can’t seem to dig out kitchen volume conversions and I find myself stumped when cooking. How many tablespoons in a cup? How many ounces in a pint? What exactly is several pinches and dashes?

When I saw this kitchen volume conversion chart I got a little tickled inside. Yes, it’s the little things in life that alter my universe. I thought so highly of this and found it so useful that I couldn’t help but share it with you.

 

 

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