How To Build Lean Muscle

When people say they want to build "lean muscle" or they are going on a "lean bulk" what they are essentially saying is that they are going to build muscle and bulk in a controlled manner. There is just MUSCLE. Not lean, not bulky. It's all the same muscle. Similarly with the word toned - there is no such thing as being "toned". What toned actually means is that the person who you are referring to as "toned", has taken time to build muscle and then also took time to shed the fat to reveal that muscle. On the opposite side of the spectrum is what we call a "dirty bulk" which in the bodybuilding world simply means to YOLO your diet, eat as much as you can, and just focus on gaining weight and not caring if it's fat or muscle. I personally … [Read more...]

What NOT to Do When Trying to Lose Weight

The act of weight loss or fat loss has become so complicated for so many people due to all of the misconceptions, scams, and (excuse my language) bullshit that has surrounded it. Between crash dieting, crazy different diets, cutting out entire food groups, detox teas, waist trainers, and a ton of other irrational ways to " lose weight", no wonder people are confused! Today I want to squash all of those illogical weight loss tips you hear and to help you and correct some of the mistakes you may have made or could have made. Do not crash diet & do not have unrealistic expectations. This is so important. Crash dieting can cause major harm in the long run, and it is NOT something you will be able to sustain. You want … [Read more...]

Lost Your Period? Why You Lost It & How To Get It Back

A healthy, functioning female body gets a monthly visitor known as menstruation. The uterus gets thicker to prepare for a fertilized egg if a woman is to become pregnant. If she doesn't, the lining is released, and is known as a period, aunt FLO, mother nature, whatever you want to call it. All women get periods for a reason, obviously for pregnancy, but also because it's a natural function of a woman's body. Not getting your period is a sign that something is up, and in this case, I'm covering why women may not get their period in the fitness industry. **This also does NOT include those women that are on birth control. However, sometimes birth control can mask these issues without women even realizing it.** First of all, there may be … [Read more...]

Don’t Compare Yourself.. To Yourself

"Don't compare yourself to others." I'm sure you've heard this phrase over and over, and for good reason. Comparing yourself to other people is a waste of time, energy, and emotion that probably isn't positive. I know that the time I've spend comparing myself to other people tend to be negative and simply put me down. It happens sometimes still, but I'm much more aware of it and catch myself once I start to fall into this comparison trap. You may be nodding your head in agreement, and maybe you're thinking that you are guilty of doing the same thing. However, what about comparing yourself to yourself? You know, maybe you competed in a fitness competition and now you are 1, 2, 5+ months or weeks post competition and you notice that … [Read more...]

The Time I Got Published in a Magazine

Hey friends, happy Thursday! I was going to do a WIAW post yesterday, but I completely failed at taking photos of my meals yesterday. What else is new. No, but really. My memory can be super short-term sometimes. Oh well! I figured I'd join in on the Thinking Out Loud party that the lovely Amanda hosts.   1. I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I'm studying for my ACE group fitness certification!   My NASM CPT cert expires in January, and to keep it going you need at least 2 CEU's to get it renewed. Since my degree is in Health Education, in most of the job/internships you must teach group fitness as part of the gig. So after getting some advice from Paige, I just went for it. I'm trying to study and … [Read more...]

The “Healthier” I Ate, the Worse I Felt

When I first started embarking on a healthier lifestyle, I went full-force into it. I basically took the "all or nothing" route, as I tend to do with many things. That's just my personality - I usually feel that if I'm not giving 150%, there's no point. However, I have to disagree with myself on this one. You see, I immediately started eating completely "clean", whatever that means. Basically nothing processed, nothing artificial, nothing packaged, etc. which was a huge change from my normal diet. Yes, I started losing weight, and yes I did feel healthy and great at first. Remember what I said about my personality being full-force? Well yeah, I got SO strict with myself and only ate a select few foods. Not only that, but I … [Read more...]

Strawberry-Apple Cinnamon Protein Muffins

I always say I'm going to start coming up with more healthy recipes and then....it never happens. I love to bake though, and especially make my own homemade healthy protein bars. I love my store bought bars but dang, they can get expensive. I'm all about saving money where I can, and making your own protein treats are definitely the way to go. I finally had a chance to come up with a new recipe the other day on my day off. I basically threw a bunch of ingredients that I had at home into a bowl, mixed it, added in some chocolate chips, and luckily it was a success! I'm so professional. At least I'm honest, right? I'll never be a legit chef, but I can pretend ;) These muffins have almost an equal amount of carbs and protein, and … [Read more...]

Embrace Your Flaws

If you guys follow me on instagram, you probably saw the last post I posted talking about my flaws. Yup, I pointed out just a few of the many flaws that I have. The other day I posted a transformation picture showing how far I've come physically AND mentally. I post these transformations in hopes of inspiring others that they CAN reach their goals, whatever it may be. The picture on the left I had just started lifting, was eating too little calories, and just stopped running a ton of miles. The picture on the left was recent - barely any cardio, eating much more calories, healthy, and STRONG both physically and mentally. Well, low and behold, someone went out of their way to say "your legs look much fatter". Well, thank you sir, I … [Read more...]

Five Reasons We Shouldn’t Get Stressed Over the Holiday’s

Whenever the holiday's are coming up, I see people freaking out, getting stressed, and not even enjoying this time of the year. Between Christmas shopping, food shopping, wrapping gifts, holiday parties, cooking, etc. people seem to find ways to stress themselves out. I never understood it - isn't this time of the year supposed to be happy and jolly? That's how I see it. Since stress plays a huge role in mental and physical health, this is why I want to talk about this subject. I even tweeted yesterday about how I felt like the only one not stressed that Christmas was a couple days away. My own father tweeted me back (yup, he's on twitter ha!), and said it's because I'm not a parent yet. I understand that in a sense, but I also don't … [Read more...]

Exercise is Meant to Be Enjoyed

There are so many different ways to get active. You can run, lift weights, take exercise classes, do yoga, crossfit, bootcamp, do pilates, go swimming, rollerblading, biking, walking, and so much more. Often times I see people putting down certain ways of exercising. "NO running whatsoever", "Don't lift heavy or you'll get bulky", "yoga isn't really exercise", "walking isn't intense enough". So on, and so forth. I cringe when I hear these things. Yes, certain types of exercises should be incorporated into your exercise routine depending on your goals. However, they don't need to be the ONLY type of exercise you do. If you want to build muscle, sure, you must incorporate some type of strength training into your exercise routine. … [Read more...]