Atkins diet overview: From books to foods

One of the most popular variations on low carb diets is also one of the oldest: Atkins. Created by Dr. Robert Atkins, it’s proliferated a wide range of products and books. It is a high fat low carb ketogenic diet plan. You go through four phases, with each allowing an increasing number of net carbs per day. It’s designed to burn fat faster while minimizing hunger pangs and carb cravings. Recommended reading:...more

10 Things You Need to Know Before Your First Half-Marathon

My best friend recently ran her first half marathon. The night before, I kept texting her with suggestions and tips. It occurred to me that it might be slightly less annoying if I just wrote it all down in one blog post. I'm certainly no expert in racing, but I WAS a total newbie just a couple of short years ago, and I remember what it feels like to be nervous and to have no idea what to expect on race day. I've picked up a thing or two during 6 half marathons, some from my awesome running friends and some from my own trial and error. So here goes. ...more
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Seven Weeks

I have seven weeks until the Glass Slipper Challenge. This year has been one of the most challenging years for me, with the most recent hurdles being a wisdom tooth extraction and stress so bad that my right hip and knee are twisted up. For the 2014 half marathon, I ran 1:48. I had hoped to run a sub-1:40 for 2015. I think I can still come in at 1:45. I have a strong base, and my plan for 2015 is not to be stress-free, but instead to better respond to my stress. So, for the next seven weeks, it’s going to be about my journey and process for the Glass Slipper Challenge....more

Jane Fonda's New DVDs Keep You Fit And Fab At All Ages

Get fit with the queen of fitness DVDs: Jane Fonda! She just re-released her original workout DVD, after hearing that many of us had actually worn out our old VHS versions....more

Feel like a big lump of poop!

It has been over a week and a half since I worked out and I feel like a big lump of poop! I came down with a really bad cold that turned into bronchitis and it really wiped me out.  Then came the holiday week and Zumba was cancelled twice.  I know that none of these reasons are my fault, but I still feel extremely guilty over not working out! I never thought I'd actually say I miss it!...more

TRX: Tips for Beginners

I've been curious about TRX since it showed up at my gym, but I've been a nervous to try it. It's a little intimidating. What are all those things hanging from the ceiling? They kind of look like torture devices.  Do you swing  from them? Climb on them?  When the gym offered a free introductory class today, I knew it was time for me to bite the bullet and see what it's all about....more

New Way to Count Steps and Track Fitness

In order to start the New Year right, I invested in a step counter, Fitbit One. Over the years, I have had several step counters, starting with the first step counter purchased years ago for five dollars. I was teaching English literature and composition at our local high school. The school nurse introduced us to the idea of a step counter we could purchase for this nominal fee. The idea was counting our steps to improve our health and make us more aware of our true activity level. I loved the idea and bought one....more

6 Reasons to Ditch Your Lying Scale

For a household appliance that lives in the bathroom and earns a living by getting stepped on, the scale is kind of a cocky bastard. It sees us at our most vulnerable and coldly spits out judgment. Did we meet our goals? Did we fall short? We put so much faith in that number that looking at it can sometimes make or break our entire day. Some of us even use the scale to punish ourselves after we indulge in a decadent meal. We shouldn't give it that power. ...more