The Prison of Perfection

The Prison of Perfection

Daily we are bombarded with images of “perfection.” Every time we turn on the television, open a magazine, or sign into social media, our eyes cannot help but focus on all the perfect bodies, perfect careers, perfect families, pets, vacations, and airbrushed Kardashians. These images paint a picture of what we’re “supposed” to want, what we…

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My 2016 Permission Slip

Permission slip

Remember school field trips? The sheer joy and anticipation of spending the day outside the classroom at a play, a museum, or some other historical site? You’d rush home to deliver the all-important permission slip to your parents (and silently pray that they wouldn’t elect to chaperone). As children we’re required to ask for permission…

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Recipe of the Week: Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

Welcome to Fall! My favorite season here in Colorado* (*too bad it only lasts about 10 days, and then it snows). Alas, I tend to make the most of our narrow window between 70 degrees and 7 degrees. Fall also means pumpkin EVERYTHING!!!! Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin candles, pumpkin Oreos (mmmmhmmmm you want to come…

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Clean Eating Versus IIFYM


If you’ve spent any time purusing popular fitness websites, magazines, or social media sites, you may have witnessed the sparring match between two distinct fitness and nutrition “camps.” Fans of each nutrition philosophy are extremely dedicated (and vocal), frequently sparking heated debates ( or all out wars). So, what’s all the fuss about? Many clients…

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A Letter to the Family that Bought Our House

School girl edited

Today, my parents sold my childhood home. It’s a historic and emotional day, as the house is the place that my Mother, Father, Sister and I have called “home” for the past 29 years. To date, we are the only family to have EVER lived in the house.  It’s an epic change, to say the…

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A Day in the Life of a Flexible Dieter

burger pic

I get a lot of questions here on the blog and on Facebook about flexible dieting and how it’s different from traditional “clean eating”. Also I feel there are a LOT of misconceptions about IIFYM ( “If It Fits Your Macros”), namely that all we eat is junk food (pop tarts, bacon cheesburgers, etc) So…

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Seven Weight Loss Road Blocks

Traffic Jam

“I’ve tried EVERYTHING, and I still can’t seem to lose any weight!”  My exasperated client was sitting in my office, on the verge of tears. We’d been working together once per week for about a month, and she was very frustrated. She’d been struggling with her weight for a few years and just felt like…

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10 Ugly Truths About Personal Trainers


What’s your idea of a “typical” personal trainer? Do you conjure images of a sculpted, statuesque Greek god or goddess with chiseled abs? Or an empty-headed muscle jock scoping out the girls in the gym while their client struggles to complete a set of bench press? Or a drill sergeant screaming in your face a…

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Me Vs. Spartan, Round 2

Spartan Blog Pic

Today I officially began training for my first “Summer Fitness Adventure” of 2015: The Spartan Sprint to be held in Breckenridge, Colorado on June 13th, 2015 What’s a “Summer Fitness Adventure” you may ask? Well, I define it as something that’s out of your everyday comfort zone, a skill that you’d like to acquire or…

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Common Fat Loss Myths…Busted!

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Some fat loss myths just won’t die. I’ve been involved in the fitness industry for over 20 years as an athlete, trainer and coach, and for some reason, certain myths persist. On Friday, April 17th I had the opportunity to visit the set of Colorado’s Best show here in Denver to help de-bunk my top…

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