Turn Up the Volume!

I enjoy variety in most areas of my life. In my last post I discussed needing to change my meal plan – not necessarily what I ate but the timing (i.e. intermittent fasting). The same is true with my exercise routine. After a while I notice that what I’m doing is no longer producing results which indicates that it is time for a change. Whenever you do something for a long period of time, your body adapts to that and stops changing. That’s what I was experiencing. This week I changed my exercise routine to include high volume training, specifically German Volume Training (GVT). GVT is essentially choosing 3-4 exercises and doing 10 sets of 10 reps of each exercise. High volume training

Intermittent Fasting - My Experience

I decided to try intermittent fasting because I was bored with my current routine and since I had been doing the same thing for so long I believe it lost most of its effectiveness. That’s how the body works. It adapts to a certain routine and the results that you once enjoyed are no longer there. That’s how it worked for me. I played with the idea of intermittent fasting in the past but fear stopped me. What is intermittent fasting? It’s a style of eating where you have a “feeding window” and a “fasting window”. In other words, you choose a certain length of time that you are allowed to eat and then when that time is up, you simply stop eating until the feeding window comes around agai

Being a Real Woman

One small compliment goes a long way. Have you ever noticed that when someone pays you a sincere compliment how it just changes your whole outlook? Or the look on someone’s face when you are the one giving the compliment? Compliments are easy. They don’t cost a thing and they make the giver and the receiver feel so good. That is, if you are able to receive (and give) compliments. I used to be a person who couldn’t receive compliments. I’m sure there is some deep, dark psychological reason why but I don’t care to investigate the why behind it. I just know that part of me didn’t really believe that I was worthy of the compliment. Finally, someone said to me, “just say thank you”. So I

Communication is Key

Back in 2012 when I hired my first personal trainer he asked me a question: What are your fitness goals? I wasn’t quite sure how to answer the question. I knew I wanted to achieve a certain look but it wasn’t one that I could intelligently put into words. My answer came out as: I want nice shoulders. My training started out slowly and we worked on overall strength and conditioning and slowly but surely I got those shoulders plus much more. Then when I decided to become a figure competitor I was once again traveling into unknown territory and I relied on my trainer to lead me in the direction that I needed to go. After training consistently for a period of time, I was able to learn my

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