Holiday Season Healthy Habits Survival Guide

Ray Beam Fitness, Mindset, Nutrition 10 Comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or the worst, if you’re working on healthy habits. Basically as soon as the clock struck midnight on Halloween, every pumpkin turned into a Christmas tree. (Super awkward if you’re Jewish, like me.) We are at Def-Con Holiday and it’s not ending any time soon. Sorry, if I sound a bit Grinch-y. …

How to Get in Shape for the First Time or Start Over the Fiftieth Time

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Behind every success story, is someone who made one last attempt at starting over. You’ve decided to get in shape. This is it, you say. Time to start over, time to get it done. You’ve set a goal for yourself, tossed out all your unhealthy food, set your alarm to go to the gym. Two weeks later, you are sore, …

Imposter Syndrome and the Internet

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Anxiety leading up to a big event is a normal reaction. Fear of failure stops many people in their tracks, but you have managed to push through it. Most people experience a mix of excitement and wariness leading up to a major challenge. But for some, another, insidious feeling lurks beneath the surface.   ‘It’s not that special,’ a little …

Convention Disaster Prevention – Staying Healthy During Con

Ray Beam Fandom, Mindset 2 Comments

All year long, Dragon*Con feels like a distant dream that will only come someday. Then August hits, and suddenly I’m scrambling to book my plane, finish my costumes, and make arrangements for my cat to be cared for while I’m in Nerd Nirvana. To those not in the know, I tell people that Conventions are like Halloween, New Year’s, and …

Body Dysmorphia: 3 Ways Your Mind Messes With Your Fitness Journey

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You’ve seen those before and after photos, right? The transformation narrative goes one way from sad and overweight to empowered and fit. It’s like we’re being sold on the idea that losing weight is the key to ultimate happiness. I will never stop advocating the benefits of a healthy body composition — particularly as a healthy diet and exercise improves …

Vacation Without Ruining Your Progress – Trail to Trifecta 005

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I know, I know. The blog’s been really quiet lately. I stretched myself very thin at the beginning of this year. Between editing and producing Countdown to Infinity, moving to a new state, finishing my construction project management certification, starting crossfit and studying for my NASM certification, I’ve been a little bit exhausted. Good thing I snagged a vacation. But, …

Three Easy Steps to Get Back on Track When You’ve Fallen off the Wagon

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There is nothing more upsetting than seeing months of hard work undone in a couple of days. Imagine my surprise when I jumped on the scale to see a gain of six pounds in just two weeks. That’s three months of hard work down the drain. It’s enough to make someone want to give up and dive head-first into a …