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15
Aug
2014

Rest and Recovery – Are You Over-training?

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This article is not for the people who need motivation to exercise. No, I’m talking to the fitness fanatic who thinks nothing of working out every day, or 6 days, or even 5 very intense days per week. Yes, I am including myself in this conversation. I’m mostly talking to my CrossFit friends. Without a doubt, it is a certain…

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03
Aug
2012

Injuries as a Good Thing (Pt 2)

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So, it's 2 1/2 months since my MRI and diagnosis of 4 herniated lumbar discs and torn annular and four months since the original injury.  As discussed in my earlier blog, my back injury is actually a recurring injury from an original disc herniation in 1999.  But, in April, I became symptomatic again, to the point that I couldn't do…

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01
Jun
2012

Injuries Can Be a Good Thing

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Some injuries are a good thing.  What?!  Did I really just say that? I recently had an MRI on my lumbar spine and found I have 4 herniated discs and a torn annular - the annular is the coating that encases the jelly-like tissue that makes up the spinal disc.  As many of you know, I recently became hooked on…

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09
Jan
2012

Healthy Cod Recipe

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I am often asked about diet.  Most people seem to think eating has to be restrictive in order to lose body fat.  I don't think so.  This cod dish is delicious and SO satisfying.  The most important thing about your meals should be the MACRONUTRIENT BREAKDOWN.  That is, the percentage of calories from protein, carbohydrates, and fat.  I believe it…

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16
Oct
2011

CROSSFIT: The Pros and Cons

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I had been hearing people talk about Crossfit and read about it online.  Sounded cool.  Just not sure I wanted or needed to join a Crossfit-only gym to do many (though not all) of the exercises I already do.  I pride myself on working out hard and pushing my limits.  My body fat percentage holds steady around 8%.  Why do…

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26
Aug
2011

How Star Changed Her Physique

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People have asked that I detail Star's progress:  dates of photos, workout regimen, and diet.  Here goes.  The before photo from the front view was taken just before Christmas 2010, the after was taken mid-August 2011 - about 7 1/2 months.  The rearview before was taken January 2010 - about 18 months before. [gallery ids="109,111,112"] So, there are no 30-day…

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19
Apr
2011

To Push Yourself vs Hurt Yourself

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It's great to be back and blogging again.  I recently did a promotion with Gilt City and have taken on a bunch of new clients.  I love fresh blood!  I love training people I've never trained before because they are a blank slate and, if they choose, they can make great changes. So often I watch people hold themselves back.…

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13
Apr
2011

Welcome to the New Website!

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Finally, I welcome you to the new website!  Take a look around.  My plan is for this to be a continual work in progress.  My blog updates will now appear here (no longer on blogspot) so please bookmark here.  It's been 6 months from the vision to the execution.  I learned A LOT about the working of the internet, web…

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02
Mar
2011

Why EVERYONE Should Lift Weights (Particularly Women)

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I'll get to the science in a minute, but first watch this 32 year-old woman do 7 unassisted pull-ups: She is 5’3” and 114 pounds.  She is not a personal trainer.  Nor is she a fitness competitor.  She works out 5 days a week for 45-60 minutes then works full-time in the fashion industry.  (Full disclosure:  she is my partner…

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08
Feb
2011

Guest Article – Lower Body Workout, Videos to Follow

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Hey All... Sorry for the absence.  Exciting things are happening as my new and updated website is near launch.  I've just begun a guest writing gig for this cool website called fitandfabliving.com.  I am putting together my book proposal for an interested literary agent.  I'm a writer.  Who knew? So, here's a link to my first article on this site:…

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