Tag Archives: Metabolism

June’s Small Step: +1

This month’s Small Step is as simple, in theory, as it sounds: add just one thing to your weekly routine.  You need only 30 minutes a week to do it and you don’t need any special equipment.  And, it can be done while other things are happening around you: while baking something in the oven, listening […]

June’s Small Step: +1

My Small Step Philosophy: A fit life is attained by making small, realistic and sustainable changes in food consumption and exercise over time.  This allows a person time to create and hone new, fit habits that then become adopted and integrated into her everyday life.  The result is a person who is living a fit lifestyle […]


On March 11th, I embarked on a modest weight loss trek with the goal of losing 10 pounds at an average of 1 pound per week.   On May 10th, I achieved my goal.  I am proud and humbled at the same time.  (More on the latter later.)  I used MyFitnessPal to track daily calorie intake and […]

Confessions of a 40-Something Personal Trainer

I’m just going to put it out there.  My jeans are a bit too tight for my comfort and ego to accept.  And, truthfully, the scale is reflecting that reality as well.  Exercise isn’t the issue.  I’m doing some type of workout 6 days a week (a combination of cardio, strength and flexibility training) and three […]

Balance Series Part 5/Making Your Muscles Work For You

Some of you are not going to like this.  I’m back again on my strength training soap box.  But, the truth is, one cannot achieve a balanced exercise program without it.  I’ve written about this topic in several previous posts so this is a sort of “Best of Strength Training” edition.  I’ve consolidated and re-organized […]

August One Small Step: Reflect, Revamp and Renew Revisited

There is still a month left before Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer.  This is a perfect time to reassess your fitness goals and reflect on progress and successes.  My One Small Step series is about taking small, manageable steps towards a more fit life, one month at a time.  Your assignment this month?  […]

Balance Series/Part 4: What Does a Balanced Diet Really Look Like?

I planned to make this month’s Balance Series topic about strength training but I was moved to veer off my plan because yesterday I read the following… “This month I make a confession: The editor of the world’s biggest healthy-cooking magazine needs to lose 20 pounds,” Scott Mowbray, Editor-in-Chief of Cooking Light Magazine, August 2013.  As a result, Mowbray […]