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About ten months ago, I was dealing with a significant health scare. I had lost more than twenty pounds and was continuing to disintegrate, despite my avid attempts to consume high numbers of calories. I was exhausted all the time, sometimes unable to get out of bed. Most concerning, I had developed bruises – lots […]

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Strength training is paramount to any fitness routine, even if your goal is simply to lose weight. Strength training increases your muscle mass, which in turn raises your Basal Metabolic Rate. It also does wonders for your endurance and strength. While muscle weighs more than fat, it actually takes up less volume. This means that, […]

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I believe many people fail in their exercise endeavors due to a lack of knowledge. It is easy to spot people at the gym slowly pedaling on exercise bikes, perusing magazines and playing games on their cell phones. These individuals might even frequent the gym, putting in their time, yet receive lackluster results. While all […]

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Nutrition: Pick your poison

Look forward to dessert I will be the first person to admit that the main reason I became interested in fitness was because I was so interested in chocolate. Some people get cravings to drink or go fishing. I get cravings to bake. Brownies, cupcakes, chocolate-covered marshmallows; I make at least one batch of something […]

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Making time to exercise

The fantasy I believe that when most people make resolutions, they are tempted to imagine their lives the way they wish they were, opposed to the way they really are. My personal favorite is pretending like I am a morning person. I have this wonderful image in my mind of waking up refreshed at 6:00 […]

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Making sense of calories

Calories. It always comes down to calories. In my last post, I discussed some of the easiest ways to keep track of how many calories you ingest on a daily basis. But the importance of this information can be confusing to people who don’t fully understand how calories affect their bodies. A calorie is essentially […]

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A guide to smart and satisfying choices

The (sometimes counter-intuitive) truth Did you know that a plain bagel has more calories than a chocolate glazed doughnut? About twice as many, in fact. And its 53 grams of refined carbohydrates are not much better for your body than the doughnut’s 12 grams of fat. While every brand’s calorie count is different, you can […]

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Life, liberty and the pursuit of decadence

I fell in love with two men when I was six years old. Their names were Ben, and Jerry. I have loved them ever since. Quality chocolate rates among good music and close friends in its ability to positively affect my mood. I have been the designated dessert maker in my family for as long […]

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Breaking up is hard to do

We’ve all been there (or at least us lucky ones): Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy takes girl on a date. Boy and girl change Facebook status to “In a relationship.” Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl fight. Boy and girl break up. Boy and girl change Facebook status to “Single.” […]

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iPhones help you…lose weight?

I have no idea how I ever survived without my iPhone. From GPS navigation to searching the internet to facilitating my new ScrambleWithFriends addiction, my iPhone is never far from reach and is by far my most valued possession. I honestly don’t know what I did back in the day when my phone was only […]

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