Weight, BMI, WTF

The picture accompanying today’s post illustrates the problem at hand – this incredibly muscular guy will likely be tagged as ‘Obese’ for his weight/height ratio alone. If that can happen, why do we even use this measurement? We exist in a pretty dismal situation in this country, where it comes to an individual’s weight and…

What do you really need to workout from home?

Let’s face it – life is still not quite returning to normal, yet getting more hectic as we move out of the more relaxed summer season. Let’s face this too: we’re better for ourselves when we exercise regularly. We feel better, we feel more resilient, we burn off stress better, we sleep better, and all…

Finding time in batch cooking

I can blab all day about the importance of protein, but that’s not going to help anyone make dinner unless they’re already 1) proficient at cooking and 2) have enough time in their schedule to do it. Extra work hours, schoolwork, or an unscheduled trip to the mechanic or doctor can really mess with your…

On breast cancer and community

I recently had a story accepted by Wildfire Magazine for their Community issue (August/September 2021) – in it, I went back and looked at my life before the point where provisions of the Affordable Care Act, social media, and my stage of personal growth would intersect in a positive way. Part of that was the…

Protein sources

As we discussed in last week’s post, most of use are woefully deficient in protein consumption as older adults. We talked about the rough estimates for grams/kg. But what are actual sources of protein? You probably already know that lean meats are basically made of protein – a lean meat is a muscle cut, with…

On protein

I haven’t written about protein for awhile, and it’s coming up a lot for me lately in my day-to-day work, so I’m here to share the good news about protein! Lol, ok, let’s ground this in some details & facts. But first, a little story. I used to think protein was just for bodybuilders –…

What holds you back?

What would you do if you achieved your physical goals, either about your appearance alone, your appearance & your strength/flexibility, etc., or just your strength/flexibility? Have you ever felt that achieving such a goal might…..suck, somehow? I’m asking because I have felt that myself, to be honest. I’ve hit my weight goals plenty of times…

This post is coming to you from my vacation

I am in Vermont this week, one of my favorite states in the country. I’m gonna eat cheese curds and paddle on Lake Champlain with my partner of 19+ years, Craig, and do a serious amount of relaxing, reading, hiking, and…..going to a gym? Yes. I even go to the gym on vacation, because I…

Fear of the heavy

Heavy weights, that is. In my experience, the main concern that my female clients have is about using weights. Some of that is fear about poor form and causing injuries, which is valid and can be addressed with training. But a lot of it is fear of growing muscles themselves, of getting bigger. I see…

No Judgement zone

The title of this post references a popular gym franchise motto, but it’s not about them. It’s about gym culture in general. I’d been percolating some feelings for the last 2 weeks, as I’ve started to add more hours at the gym I worked at, pre-pandemic, and I’m starting to see a lot of people…