Shortcuts, Lies, and Good Lighting: the Fitness Industry Special


We know the lies that the industry tells us. We know tea alone won’t make us thin, and we know we can’t get a six-pack without losing body fat. Even then genetics will have something to say about it. We know strength training won’t make women bulky. We know you can’t add 100lbs to a lift without consistent training. Or that body weight kickbacks won’t sculpt our glutes. Continue reading


Monday Made Me Do It: KLP Milkshake

I’m starting this week with a one-way ticket on the Crazy Milkshake Train. I’m jumping on board and not coming back. I hope you’re not sick of this trend because it’s too fun to quit. Ice cream and dessert and fun toppings and a giant mess? I’m not normally a huge fan of milkshakes, but I think these excessive drinks literally whisper in my ear while I sleep.

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I Eat Whatever the Hell I Want: How I Beat the Cycle of Being a Slave to My Diet

Diet. I hate that word. Not the word itself, but what it often means at first glance. Low fat. Low carb. No sugar. Clean foods. Greens. Juicing. Grass-fed. Almonds. Chicken. Whey. Cardboard. Sadness. Frustration. I think I hate it because I like to talk about my “diet” without it being assumed that I’m on a diet. Hey guys, my diet is for life.

My diet wasn’t always for life, though. I once decided I was going to do a beauty pageant. I had three months to be bikini-ready on stage. I didn’t really have a plan, but I cut out all sweets and most fat. I lived off things I considered “good” foods: Clif bars (apparently not sweet) and grapefruit and salads. I didn’t fly off the handle afterwards, but I definitely wasn’t going to keep up that “diet.”

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My pageant-diet results using an unhealthy and drastic approach to food.

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To My Husband

This post is devoted entirely to my husband, Andre.


I was thinking about our situation the other day. You see, Andre and I work together. We drive to the office together every morning, have lunch together every afternoon, and drive home and have dinner and maybe go to the gym. Together. On top of that, he doesn’t only work with me, but my entire family. Mom, brothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, grandma. And my dad is his boss.

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Summer Sweets: Philadelphia Edition

Is wandering around town stumbling upon sweets a hobby? Because I’m sure I do this enough to call it a hobby. Here’s a round-up of our favorite Philly shops of all things sweet. Let’s start with…

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Sweet Box

This adorable corner bakeshop has some of the cheeriest, sprinkle-ridden baked goods you can find in the city. Plus, it’s impossible to be in a bad mood when you’re given a bubblegum-pink bag to carry home. You can get your fix of pretty little cupcakes, or you can get fun sweets like cookie dough brownies (!) and funfetti confetti cake batter bars (!!).

339 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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How I Learned to Love My Weight


I used to spend a lot of time feeling unhappy, but I didn’t really know it. It’s hard to be thoroughly happy when you spend so much time criticizing the way you look. It’s also hard when you’re looking to other people to determine your worth, especially when you believe your worth has everything to do with your appearance. Continue reading

Summer Cocktail Shortcut

During the summer I find that I’d rather come up with a fun cocktail to sip while the hubs mans the grill than stand over the oven or stove indoors. It fills my need to get creative in the kitchen and makes the heat a little easier to bear.

I have a simple cocktail equation I like to follow in the summertime when I’m whipping up my newest drink. There are so many ways to mix and match flavors and ingredients, so cocktail time never gets boring. It’s easy:

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The Question I Get Asked Most About Strength Training


For those who know me it’s no secret that a lot of my spare time is devoted to strength training. Women often ask me various questions on the topic, but there is one question, without a doubt, that is asked more frequently than others: how to get started. I’m not talking about picking up dumbbells for curls or tricep extensions, though those things have their place. I’m talking about approaching the big lifts: squat, bench, deadlift, and overhead press.

Here’s a little background on how I got started…

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