Thinking Beyond Your Weight Loss Goals

Setting real fitness goals

Are you losing weight for the right reasons?

My last post, Should You Take Thermogenics?, compelled a reader to send me an email regarding weight loss. We engaged in a great conversation about his weight loss goals.

After chatting with him back and forth for a bit, I learned the real reason for his weight loss efforts. It wasn’t that he wanted the “ultimate” body, or that he was trying to look a certain way. Looks didn’t have anything to do with it at all. Once he realized this, his perspective changed.

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Should You Take Thermogenics?

Diet pills, thermogenics, fat burners, and the dangers

Do You Know What's In Your Diet Pill?

This past week I have had the chance to converse with a good friend as well as a reader about the topic of weight loss. My first conversation was with my friend Nate.

The topic of theromogenics came up, so we got on the subject of supplements. He is a chiropractor, and he often incorporates dietary discussion into his patient’s therapy.

At work, supplements are sometimes suggested to clients, but never any sports supplements that you find on the commercial market.

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Let’s Talk Chalk and Straps

Lifting with chalk will help improve your grip

Got chalk?

First, let me apologize for not posting in a while. I am training for my next NPC Figure Competition and found myself utterly consumed. I read an article in Muscle Mag the other day that had me thinking about the topic of training with straps vs. chalk on heavy lifts.

I find this rather funny due to my gym situation. I go to a suburbanite gym in the mountains. It’s sort of a posh place, but very nice and filled with friendly people. That being said, you don’t see a lot of chalk dust flying around.

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Don’t Just Carve Your Pumpkin – Eat It!

Pumpkins are a super food loaded in vitamins and minerals

Pumpkins are a great source of vitamins A and C.

Fall is one of my favorite times of year because I can find fresh pumpkin in the market. I took a stroll to Trader Joe’s yesterday and picked up 2 sugar pumpkins (sometimes called pie pumpkins).

Pumpkin is a super food loaded with vitamins A and C. It is also high in potassium, manganese, copper, and riboflavin. Not only that, but it is a great source of magnesium, phosphorus, iron, folate, niacin, vitamins E and B6, and thiamine. Phew, now that’s a super food!

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Girls Can Do Pull Ups, Too

Perform Wide Grip Pull Up

Pull ups are just sexy.

A couple years back I began intensely training in the gym. Of course, intensely then and now are two totally different animals.

A moment I will never forget is the first time I saw a figure competitor at my gym bang out a set of unassisted pull ups. It was the most beautiful sight in the world.

From that moment on, I was determined to do the same. Girl, was I in for a surprise?  For one thing, I was at a hardcore gym that didn’t believe in assisted anything. I was surrounded by powerlifters and bodybuilders who curled more than I weighed. So, starting somewhere was rather daunting.

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Planning Weekly Meals: Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables mother fitness

This weeks roasted vegetable mix.

Sunday is always a big cooking day for me. I usually shop on Saturday and prepare large batches of vegetables, fruits, and protein sources early Sunday.

One of my favorite veggie items to make is a huge pan of roasted variety. I always have my staples: eggplant, bell peppers, and onion. Then I add in whatever else I may have in the crisper. This week’s added veggies are asparagus and plum tomatoes. Usually I have mushrooms as well, but forgot to add some to my shopping list this week.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Walk In the Shoes of a Survivor.

In 1973, Betty Ford broke the silence when announcing that she suffered from breast cancer and had a mastectomy. A disease that killed hundreds of women for many years finally had a public face. Her courage to come forward awakened an era of women actively seeking breast cancer prevention.

If it hadn’t been for courageous women like Betty Ford in the 70’s, and Nancy Reagan and Nancy Brinker  in the 80’s, I may have lost two women very dear to me to this silent killer.

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Best Workout Template by Bret Contreras

How to Deadlift

Need a good workout plan?

I get asked often the best way to create a workout. I think for anyone who is busy, just starting out, or who wants to get in a good cardiovascular workout all while building muscle, full-body routines are the way to go.

My strength and conditioning coach, Bret Contreras, posted an excellent full-body workout template a few weeks back. His method is succinct, and provides great results.

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The Challenge To Change Yourself

Creating Change Means You Need to Slay the Dragon

Does Your Dragon Control You?

Talking about self-change and finding a sense of self is rather appropriate at this stage in my life because so many things have changed so drastically in such a short time. Some of you have known me for a long time, others only briefly, and some of you do not know me at all.

Regardless at what stage in my life we have met, one thing has remained true to my core being. I often hear two words that describe me over and over again. It doesn’t matter if they are from someone who really knows me well, or who has just met me. They are: reserved and sophisticated.

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Tilapia and Dangerous Hidden Fats

Tilapia has a high amount of omega-6 fatty acids

Tilapia contains dangerous amounts of omega-6.

Tilapia is one of the most abundantly consumed fish in the U.S. because it is an inexpensive source of protein. With all of the low carb/low fat diet fads, tilapia has grown in popularity quicker than any other seafood source. Despite its low fat label, farm raised tilapia poses a threat to your health because it contains high omega-6 to omega-3 ratios.

Tilapia is a common name for hundreds of species of cichlid fish found in various fresh water resources all over the world. In its natural environment, tilapia thrive in warm waters on a diet of algae and other vegetarian resources.

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