August EOTM – “But I don’t like drinking water!”

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Nothing like a nice, cold glass of H20 to hit the spot, right?

So many of us have such a hard time getting in enough water, for a variety of reasons.  In my opinion, whenever I hear someone say they “don’t like water” or “water is boring,” what they are really saying is that they are more used to drinks that are sugary and carbonated and need that “fix”. Continue reading

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July EOTM – “My great-grandma, my grandma, and my momma all ate like this and they were ok, so it’s ok for me too.”

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My dear granny died about two years ago at the golden age of 90.  I miss her, but I consider it a blessing that she lived almost an entire century.  And she was additionally blessed to be in her right mind and able to speak, hear, and walk independently until the time of her passing.  She personally had a front seat to some developments in history and pop culture that I can only read about today — everything from the end of the Roaring 20’s and the Great Depression to the civil rights movement; 14 presidential administrations – to include our first president of color – and the advent of color tv, walkmen, cd players, computers, the Internet and cell phones. Continue reading

June EOTM – “I can’t exercise, it’s raining/cold/hot outside!”

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Any of my family and friends can tell you how much I hate rain and typically won’t even leave my house at all.  To add to the issue, Atlanta traffic is a BEAST when there is just a few drops of rain water on the roads…but your body doesn’t know that.  You might not like cold weather, but that doesn’t mean you can go the whole winter without exercise!

I’m certainly not suggesting that you go outside and workout if there’s a monsoon going on.  But because unfavorable weather is inevitable, you need to consider both indoor and outdoor exercises so you don’t get too far off from your regimen.  Continue reading

May EOTM – “But I don’t want to look like a man!”

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I can’t even lie, I LOVE a man with a large build (think large football player-type of physique, à la manière de football player Ndamukong Suh, celebrity chef G. Garvin, actor Morris Chestnut, actor/wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and even the late great r&b crooner Gerald Levert). I’m in love with big muscles, especially big arms, shoulders, and a broad chest.   Bigger men have always been my preference.  But as a gal that’s always been on the bigger side her entire life, I don’t want to look like one. Continue reading

April EOTM – “I’ve already messed up today, so might as well…”

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It’s Monday, Day 1 of your diet.  You’re really going to do it this time.  And the day is starting off great because before work you ate a light, healthy breakfast – a cup of “Good Times” oatmeal (you know, that plain old-fashioned oatmeal with no sugar and no flavor),  a slice of whole grain toast with the consistency of cardboard, and a glass of water.

It’s now 10am, and your stomach starts talking.   Continue reading

March EOTM – “I’m having a hard time staying motivated to eat right and exercise because he/she/it/they made me feel (insert emotion here).”

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One night I was walking around the Strip on Myrtle Beach, SC.  It was my first visit there.  It was a cool summer evening, humid with a little breeze in the air and a clear, starry night.  The weather was just perfect.  I was gazing around in an oversized t-shirt, shorts, and flip flops, and looking at all the young people out and about partying and having a good time.  Girls in their bikini tops and short shorts; guys going shirtless and sporting their best kicks.  Cars would cruise by with their tops down and making a loud rumbling sound whenever they revved up their engines.  The street was packed with people going in and out of the clubs.  Lights were flashing, enticing the cheerful bustling crowds to come to their bar for 2 for 1 shots and mixed drinks.  And loud, pumping music could be heard everywhere.  I was just taking it all in.

“FAT BITCH!”

Huh???  It rang out, loud and clear, louder than the blaring music.  I looked around, startled. Who said that?  Why?  What’s going on?   Continue reading

February EOTM – “I don’t have enough time/money/energy to work out.”

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Your’s truly running at the gym, 9/13/2013

I want to admit something upfront – I am single, I have no kids, and I work from home.  So in comparison to many of you, I probably have a bit more leeway in terms of how much time, energy, and money I can dedicate to exercise.  I don’t want to undermine the fact that many of you feel stretched to your limit in terms of time, energy, and money, and at the end of the day don’t have much more to give to anything else.   Continue reading

January EOTM – “But…I still have to live, right?”

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I was sitting across from my doctor, trying to think of something clever to say.  I had just happily told her that I made some sugar-free cheesecake brownies for dessert, and how good they were.  I thought she’d be happy, but her response was, “Wait, hold up…you did what, now?”   Continue reading