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I’ve been guilty of splurging on food at the grocery store – mostly stuff I don’t need, but think that I really might need at that point in time (Like, who doesn’t need a random assortment of olives from the olive bar? Me. That’s who.)  Now that I’m back in school, I’ve really had to pinch my … [Read more…]

It’s time to change my mindset. Lately, I’ve had excuses coming out my ears for missing a workout and/or a run. I have a half marathon coming up in May and have done barely any training for it. I’ve always seemed to find a reason not to: May is still plenty far away, I’ve got time Missing one … [Read more…]

You are constantly burning calories – sleeping, sitting at work, chasing your kids, chasing your dog, or getting in a good sweat session. Your body does it naturally, sometimes at a faster rate than others. And, when you burn more calories than you consume (at the basic level), weight loss occurs. … [Read more…]

Have you ever heard the phrase “Abs are made in the kitchen,” or that getting fit and healthy is “80 percent diet and 20 percent gym?” According to a recent article in the Washington Post, studies show that a foods-as-reward dynamic is often a culprit of weight-loss efforts. According to a study … [Read more…]

If you’ve been with The Sisterhood for a while, you know that we’re pretty big sticklers on what we put in our bodies – in moderation, of course. Hellooooooo weekend wine (or delicious treat of your choice). But what about what we put on the outside of our bodies? According to the Environmental … [Read more…]

It’s that time of year. The time where I say goodbye to nachos, steak, ice cream, bacon, grilled cheese, yogurt, omelets and fish ‘n’ chips. Not that this is my normal, day-to-day diet, but it really makes a difference when you make a commitment to eliminate all of it. This will be my 3rd year of … [Read more…]

Listen up, everybody! We’ve all heard it, we all know it, some of us have even believed it (and some of us are just plain sick of it): the muscle vs fat myth that Muscle weighs more than fat. Well guess what – I’m about to open a can of whoop-a** on this widely-accepted, well-known, … [Read more…]

What a week. How’d you do? Did you stick to healthy food choices, daily activity/exercise, a steady sleep schedule? Were you successful with the water challenge – the first of the 52 small changes? I tried. I really did. And I was successful….most days. I plan to continue trying to drink more … [Read more…]

So, we’re already FOUR DAYS in to the New Year. How’s it going? How are you feeling? How are those goals and resolutions looking? I have yet to jump into anything – my own personal detox will start tomorrow….the same day I start back at work AND classes start again. I thought I may as well pile … [Read more…]

This is the time of year when we look back to reflect and look forward to the future. There’s always big hype at the beginning of a new year surrounding goals, aspirations, transformations. The things that I WILL do throughout the next year to improve my life, my self, my mind and my overall … [Read more…]

This post was crafted and written by Corissa Ozekin. I love, and am incredibly appreciative of, her story, and I hope that you can find inspiration in it.  2014: The year I married the love of my life, experienced the death of my father, signed up for a marathon, and made a serious commitment to … [Read more…]

Today’s post takes a break from the calorie counting, the chastising for skipping the gym, and the stress of the general holiday season. Today’s post is just for fun. We all have certain idols that we follow, and that can include an athlete. It can even include an athlete from your home town who … [Read more…]

Oh man, I goofed up. And I’m not talking about the two pieces one piece of pie I had at Thanksgiving. For all the talking I do about the importance of footwear for running/hiking/walking, I am now eating my own words (had to – it’s an eating kind of weekend). I have let my running shoes get so … [Read more…]

I have a new found love. We’ve only been together for a week, and only seen each other 4 times, but I’m head over heels. I have also spilled the secret to two of my friends who have become just as enamored as I am. Our hearts race, our palms (and the rest of us) get sweaty,  and sometimes we’re even … [Read more…]

Do you ever get really fired up about something? Specifically, a food-related something? I, for one, definitely do. This time, it’s GMOs. Call me crazy (my family does), but I do my best to eat and buy (and grow!) organic whenever possible. Why? Because I don’t need ‘foods’ formally labeled as … [Read more…]