Macro Profile – Protein

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The word protein alone conjures up images of muscle-bound gym-bros tossing back shaker-bottles full of chalky powder after grunting their way through a set. Whether you’re a long-term lifter looking for the gains, a fitness newbie worried about getting too bulky, or a busy working mom who just wants to keep up with all of her responsibilities getting the right …

Let Fandom Fuel Your Fitness

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I have a lot of friends who are self-identified nerds. I have a lot of friends who make physical fitness a priority in their lives. The overlap between these two groups is minimal at best. I still haven’t quite figured out why this disconnect exists. Maybe it has something to do with lingering memories of being bullied by jocks in …

Stop Sabotaging your Goals Once and for All!

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It’s half-way through January. How are your resolutions doing? Still going strong or is your stride starting to stumble? Maybe you were a little bit ambitious swearing off all sweets! Or the gym schedule you set was a little too intense. Change is hard, but how you change makes all the difference. “There goes my resolution,” my coworker declared, taking …

Use The Force (to destroy Diet Culture)

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When I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I left the theatre feeling like glitter had exploded inside of me. A powerful, child-like awe had consumed me with a single, joyous determination: “I want to be like Rey when I grow up!” This must have been how a whole generation of kids felt when they saw Luke Skywalker on the …

8 Fitness Apps to Smash Your 2018 Fitness Goals

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You have access to all the technology and information in the world right in your pocket. Why wouldn’t you use it to help reach your goals? I have a bit of a hoarding habit when it comes to fitness apps. I am obsessed with trying out every new thing that comes my way. After all, if you don’t try new …

Trail to Trifecta 001 – The Longest Belt Test

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On February 24th, 2017, I learned one of the most valuable lessons of my life. If you worry too much about the little things, you might miss the big picture. I just wish I hadn’t learned it in such a literal way. The belt test had just barely begun, we ‘d gotten through a light warm up. I had already …

8 Things I Want to Try in 2018

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If you’ve followed me on Instagram or Facebook, you know I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions.  How many times did you resolve to lose a certain amount of weight or go to the gym a certain number of times per week? If you’re like me, then probably almost every year. And if you’re like me… you probably stopped by …

100 Calories of Bricks vs. 100 Calories of Feathers

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Wanna know what makes me Hulk out? If you don’t know what CICO is, it’s an acronym meaning Calories In – Calories Out. And it definitely isn’t “a diet”. It is the first law of thermodynamics – matter can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only change form. As living beings, we consume energy through what we eat and …

Five Dedicated Superheroes without Powers

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Look, I know we, unfortunately, live in the “real world” and there are no radioactive spiders that are going to give you awesome spidey powers any time soon. (Actually, if there are radioactive spiders, I want them to stay very far away from me!) According to Stan Lee: […] in order to be a superhero, you need a power that …

What Can The Keto Diet Do For You?

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“So you’re doing that new keto thing everyone’s doing?” My mug from The Keto Box gets a lot of attention – almost as much as Morris the Manatea. While it doesn’t have quite as much name recognition as “Paleo,” people are starting to pick up on it and are genuinely curious. Unfortunately, like most fitness and health topics, there is …