Who’s Judging?

Sometimes, other people’s criticism is the least of our problems. I’d been talking circles around my good friend Emily, at the time also in her 20s, complaining about my stupid relationships, my stupid apartment, my stupid boss, and my stupid job. “So what WOULD make you happy? What do you WANT?” Emily asked, finally. I considered her question. Like, actually Read More

 March 28, 2017     Addiction | Motivation & Self-sabotage
Self-Love Online Means Setting Healthy Boundaries

Spare yourself some pain and madness – stop taking in messages that aren’t meant for you. I’d tested the limits of what you can do to a body without killing it. Drugs, alcohol, fast “food,” and a garlic & vampires-type aversion to exercise. After a heart-jolting come-to-Jesus moment in my kitchen, I started taking good care of myself consistently. I started Read More

 February 14, 2017     Motivation & Self-sabotage
Wellness: Why Bother?

 We’re all gonna die anyway, so what’s the point of eating well and exercising? (No, really.)     Ever made a roomful of 17-year-old girls cry? I have! I was wrapping up my talk on how important it is to take care of your body in college – something I 100% did not do – when a hand went up. Read More

 December 29, 2016     Motivation & Self-sabotage | Self-love
Miscarriage of Hope

You can survive the loss of a dream that didn’t. I was finally pregnant again after surviving two soul-pummeling miscarriages. I held my breath through the first trimester, having twice learned the hard way that I couldn’t afford to be even vaguely hopeful until at least the three-month mark. Finally, I was safely in the second trimester. I took quick, happy Read More

 November 9, 2016     Mother / Baby | Self-love
8 Advantages Online Fitness Pros Have

Yes, she has unfair advantages. Here’s what you can do to get the same edge. Have you ever wanted to lose weight or get fit? If yes, you probably follow one or more online fitness personalities for inspiration. These folks are notorious for posting workout, weight loss, or recipe tips on social media that make “living healthy” seem about as Read More

 November 2, 2016     Motivation & Self-sabotage
This Election Need Not Be Your Undoing

Just like everything else that hasn’t killed you, this election can make you stronger. For women across the political spectrum, this season has been one big, triggering tornado of stress, rage, and fear. If you align with a specific presidential candidate, you probably think that a win by (one of) the other(s) would send the country – and by extension, Read More

 October 13, 2016     Motivation & Self-sabotage | Self-love
When Women Say UGH I AM SO FAT

Why some women fat-shame themselves in front of other, often larger, women (and how to respond). It’s a scene as old as time: People – usually women – are together somewhere when one suddenly breaks out with “Ugh, I’m so fat.” Often, the woman talking isn’t. Often, the woman/women she’s talking to are. For those of us who are or Read More

 September 6, 2016     Self-love
Rage, Blame, and Rejecting the Victim Role

Telling it like it is doesn’t have to mean embracing our own defeat. My hair was sticking to the back of my neck and arms. My shorts and t-shirt were damp. I was on the sidewalk in front of our building, moving Barbies from one concrete square fantasy world to another. I was having fun, but my mother needed a Read More

 August 17, 2016     Motivation & Self-sabotage
5 Reasons Women Should NOT Do Cardio

These days you can’t flip your ponytail without hitting an “article” by a “fitness professional” claiming that cardio is good for women. This once-obese personal trainer is here to set the record straight.   Ladies – think twice before including cardio in your workouts. Here’s why: 1- ARD (Acute Rhythm Development). If you’ve never been one to clap to the beat, the Read More

 August 3, 2016     Exercise
How To Do Yoga Perfectly Without Bending Over Backwards

Despite physical limitations, most anyone can do most any exercise, perfectly.  I lost over 150 pounds in my 20s. Then I started exercising for the first time in my life (I liked strength training because it made me feel like a super hero). Some time later I became a personal trainer. Because it was still so new and unfamiliar for me to Read More

 June 28, 2016     Exercise | Motivation & Self-sabotage
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