I’m Proud to be a Rhinoceros!

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I am a rhinoceros. I realized that just a few hours ago, and I love it! Let’s settle one thing first. If you read that title and in any way think, “Aww, shame” or have any kind of pity that I would think of myself as a rhino, then you and I are different creatures […]

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Complimenting Fat People at the Gym (RANT FRIDAY!)

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Welcome to RANT FRIDAY! Today’s rant is thanks to Leanne, of Weigh to Health, and her friend Becca, of Between Wander and Wonder, who wrote a beautiful post titled “I Am Guilty of Gymming While Fat.” Their posts spurred my own conversation today, and I think this type of discussion does best when as many […]

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I Can Bench Press Your Mama

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Okay, so I can’t bench press your Mama, unless she’s a petite woman who weighs 110 pounds or less, in which case, yes. Yes, I can, in fact, bench press your Mama. Yup. My new one-rep max on the bench press is 50kg, or 110 pounds. (See video below. And no, it’s not assisted. He […]

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We Fall And We Get Back Up

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Hey everyone my name is Colin and welcome to my guest post for Marla. I met Marla via each others’ blogs, mine being a fitness blog. After some time and many exchanges I ended up becoming her online coach for fitness and nutrition. Instead of writing a brand new post I decided to share one […]

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My Only Backslide Will be on a Slip ‘n Slide (Fitness Friday)

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No going back. No backslide. No relapse. Ha. No way. Of course I’ll have times I slip up, gain a pound when I’m not paying attention. But I’m talking about the “big stuff.” As I reach a smaller size, I am eliminating ALL the previous size clothes from my wardrobe. Most are being donated. Favorites […]

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Manuscript Monday: The Great Divorce

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“D. I. V. O. R. C. E.” Can you hear Tammy Wynette singing that country song in your head? As I work on this section of the manuscript about the death of my father, I’ve been considering the word “divorce”: both the divorce of my parents; and the book titled The Great Divorce, which is […]

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Nutrition for Travel

You know your mindset toward fitness nutrition has changed when the first thing you pack for a trip is a softsided cooler with plenty of protein and electrolytes since you know the train and hotel store will just have junk. My “staples?”: coconut water for healthy electrolytes; ground almonds; protein powder and jerky for, well, […]

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“Protein Makes Me Gag!” (is What She Said)

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Come on. Seriously? Quit being so juvenile. This is a FITNESS post. I had absolutely no intention of suckering you into yet another nonsexual post with a sneakily-titled innuendo. According to my trainer and my online coach, I need a LOT more protein and water. It’s not the first time I’ve been told to eat […]

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Drop Sets, Sex Swings, S&M Gyms and Surprise Packages

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Okay, to be clear, it wasn’t a sex swing. And I never really thought it was, but seeing it hanging there by the window of the gym on a day last week when Kurt and I were working out together did spark my imagination in a few exciting ways, one of which was a gym […]

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A Voldemort, by Any Other Name, Would Still Smell Like Fear?

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Today is the 3rd and final part of these posts about success, failure and the 21 Day Sugar Detox. I PROMISE that tomorrow and Friday will be SHORT and SWEET!! I’m also sharing some photos of a few little successes in my life to go with today’s post. Some of you recognize my posts for […]

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