Is Blogging a Waste of Time? (Hint: Not if You Want a Job)

Thrusting this article into my hand, without a word, was Mom's way of saying she was worried about me. Mom sees me blog, post videos, and share expertise online, without being compensated. Given the recession's gulp out of my savings account, she constantly tells me to stop working for free and find something lucrative to do. ...more
This is a great post. I've actually just started freelancing with the skills I've learned while ...more

The lazy cook's orange and feta salad

I like to cook, and people say I'm a pretty good at it, but I'm as lazy as they come.  If there is a short cut, I will take it.  If I can avoid a recipe, I will.  And if a dish takes longer than 20 minutes, I don't make it. ...more

Can Americans be Motivated to Combat Rising Obesity Rates?

For some incomprehensible reason, nothing seems to shock us into compliance when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight. As a people, Americans continue to grow, despite education, law making, and support programs. What will it take for us to take control of this problem? ...more

Testing out Michael Pollan's 5 Ingredient Rule

In Michael Pollan's book, In Defense of Food the author suggests that we eat food products with no more than 5 ingredients. The idea, at least in theory, has caught on. Every time I pick up a newspaper or magazine, some person is saying that you shouldn't eat anything with more than 5 ingredients....more

Find Your Exercise Preferences

Dress for Success, Even in the Gym

You've probably heard it before: if you put effort into your appearance, it will make you feel good, confident, ready to take charge.  After all, that's exactly what the power suit is all about.  It's that suit that gives you an attitude when wearing it.  It's the suit that makes you feel like you can accomplish it all. ...more

Does Marriage Make You Fat?

Is marriage making you fat? Yes, according to the Journal Obesity. Why?  Many experts believe you become lazy after walking down the aisle. You've already found your mate....more

Don't Be A Slave to Your Fitness Plan

You've decided that you are going to exercise, and you finally have a plan. You are going to perform strength training exercises on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. You are going to hop on the elliptical to train your heart on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  ...more

Why I Prioritize Exercise Over Cleaning

People often ask me how the heck I fit exercise into my schedule. I have two children, aged 2 and 4. I have two part-time jobs, one as a Pilates trainer and the other as a freelance writer. I do not employ a babysitter or nanny. Like everyone else, I am busy. It is not that badge-on-my-sleeve-look-what-I-can-accomplish kind of busy. It is the exhausted kind. The kind that really would benefit from one less activity, one less responsibility, a little less stress. Nevertheless, a schedule devoid of free time is my reality, just as it is a difficult reality for many, many, people. ...more

Thank you so much. I have gotten out of the habit of exercising and sometimes neglect my ...more