I’ve Lost 60+ Inches…Now What To Do With All This Extra Skin?

Broke out the measuring tape this morning and discovered I lost 2.75 inches in nearly 3 months! Image courtesy of FreeDigitalphotos.net and zirconicusso.

Broke out the measuring tape this morning and discovered I lost 2.75 inches in nearly 3 months! Image courtesy of FreeDigitalphotos.net and zirconicusso.

Over the last 10 weeks I’ve lost nearly 3 inches from my body, for a grand total of 60.25 inches since I started my quest to get healthy over 3 years ago.

Not too shabby. No wonder I can now fit into size 14 jeans.

This recent loss came from my hips, thighs and chest. No change this time around for my waist and arms.

While I’m excited about losing the inches, I’ve noticed one part of my body not shrinking — my loose skin. In fact, it’s getting worse. Read More


Exercise Vs. Training – Do Trainers Know The Difference?

Me in Oct. 2013 when I first started working with a trainer. Unfortunately, 3 trainers later, I still haven't graduated from the machines to free weights. So I'm leaving the trainer behind to build strength.

Me in Oct. 2013 when I started working with a trainer. Unfortunately, 3 trainers later, I still haven’t graduated from the machines to free weights. So I’m leaving the trainer behind to build strength.

I really love working out, but I’m finding it harder to get my groove going for the past several weeks. Oh, sure, I go walking and running. I do love those. And I love my spin classes, but it’s awfully hard biking inside when the sunshine calls to me. As for my muscle workouts…one word sums up how I feel about them:  Blah!

After nearly 2 years, 3 trainers (yes 3 trainers), I’m getting bored frustrated by the routine. It feels like I’m doing the same machines over and over. I love working with free weights. Unfortunately, my trainer seems to prefer the same 5 lbs. dumbbells, and doing 4 sets of 25 reps to tire out my shoulders every other session. Grrrr!!!!! Read More


Muscle & Protein: Keys For Healthy Aging

Want to age gracefully? Time to start lifting weights! Image courtesy of Feelart and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Want to age gracefully? Time to start lifting weights! Image courtesy of Feelart and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Want to be healthy as you age? Build muscle strength and eat more protein. Muscle helps your metabolism, burns fat and improves resiliency to the stressors of aging. As we age, the decline in muscles means we’ll become frail, have a greater chance of falling, hospitalization and some type of assisted living.

We tend to lose muscle as we age. Why? Mostly because we become less active as we get older. But it’s not just exercising we’re lacking as we age. Roughly 41% of women and 35% of men age 50+ eat less protein than the recommended daily allowance (RDA). And keep in mind the RDA is the bare minimum. How can you maintain muscle mass, much less build it if you don’t even eat your daily bare minimum? Read More