The Ultimate Cheat Day.. Should You Have One Too?

The Ultimate Cheat Day… Should you have one too? Cheat days get a bit of a bad rap in the fitness world.  Some people say you should only have a “cheat meal,” meaning you go all out for only one meal to help keep calories down for your whole day so it doesn’t set you back too far.  Others say you should have scheduled refeeds that are meticulously tracked by adding in more carbs than…

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Women + Weight Lifting, Part II

Hello blog world! Claira here, with a Part II to my previous “Women + Weight Lifting.” I hope after my last blog on women lifting weights, that I changed some of you women’s minds, or at least opened them up a bit, about whether or not to pick up the heavy stuff in the gym.  If so, GREAT! If not, here’s a few more bullet points to see if I can… Increased Metabolism First, what is metabolism? Metabolism is the…

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I was Fine with Gaining Weight

I’ve had an amazing 2016, food wise, that is.  I’ve indulged in a lot of donuts,  ordered Pizza Hut at least once a week,  and threw tracking my macros pretty much out the window.  That MFP crap starts to get old after doing it everyday for way too long.  Sometimes we need a break.  I wanted to be able to let loose, train hard,  and not feel restricted every time I wanted to get some damn food.  Well,  25…

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Women + Weight Lifting (from a woman’s perspective)

Hey you guys! Actually you girls… Claira here making a guest post on the blog. Since opening the gym, it’s surprising to me how many women are either too scared to lift weights in fear of the word “bulk,” or just don’t lift weights because they think they will “lose more fat by spending 30+ minutes on the treadmill.” Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not writing you being all hypocritical and telling you never to do…

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The Sacrifice of Counting Calories

Counting calories seems to get a bad wrap from the majority.  “It takes way too much time, I just want to eat my food, or I don’t want to have to worry about tracking it.”  I hear it all the time.  People always ask me what should they be eating in order to get in shape.  My answer always consists of just one word, “FOOD.” After a long blank stare from my response they seem…

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