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Should You Drink Coffee For a Pre-Workout Energy Boost?

December 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Sure, coffee can give you a nice burst of energy leading into your workouts, but are there any side-effects you should be worried about? Yes.

Time to #BreakUpWithSalt!

December 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Here are four quick and easy tips to help you kick salt to the curb, brought to you by A Black Girl's Guide to Weight Loss and the American Heart Association!

Q&A Wednesday: Why Keep Doing It If I Can’t See My Progress?

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Q: I can tell it's working because I feel active....but how long does it take to start actually seeing a difference? I'm not seeing anything!

A Few Words on Self-Love, Self-Care, and Fitness

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

It's not that people don't 'love themselves enough' to work out—we just don't all define "loving ourselves" in ways that include 'working out.'

“You’ve Changed a Lot Since You Lost Weight”

December 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

"You know, you've changed a lot since you've lost weight." It was always—always—said scornfully. It was supposed to signal to me that I was different now, and the difference was not welcome.

Q&A Wednesday: The Older I Get, the Less Motivated I Am!

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Q: After hitting age 38 everything did not work the same as it did. So now my motivation is not as strong. YES...I want to lose weight but my motivation SUCKS!!!

Chub Rub: The Best Ways to Stop Chafing and Exercise Comfortably

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

It's bound to happen, sooner or later—chub rub, more 'officially' known as chafing, rears its ugly head and causes rash, irritation, or otherwise uncomfortable dry patches of skin in places it just doesn't belong.

The Truth About Using Exercise as a Tool Against Depression

November 22nd, 2016|1 Comment

One of the frustrating things that I've learned in reading about depression is that people rely heavily on the idea that you should just be able to work out, and boom—problem solved. And this is sort of true. Sort of.

How to Care for Yourself While Being a Caregiver for Others #RealTalkAboutCare #ad

November 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Are you a caregiver to a loved one? Me too, friend. Here are a few things I do to make sure I care for myself while also caring for my family.

True or False: Watermelon is ‘Just Empty Calories’

November 18th, 2016|1 Comment

I see many, many, many fitness 'enthusiasts' who advise against eating foods like watermelon because it's just empty calories. Is this true?

The Case for Sustainability: The Environment and the Economy, Part 1

November 17th, 2016|2 Comments

If the entirety of the system, as it stands, relies solely on paying disenfranchised populations as little as possible, is this sustainable? More importantly, what kind of precedent does this set?

Q&A Wednesday: What Do I Do the Day After a Sugar Binge?

November 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Q: Erika, I screwed up. I had a stressful week, and this weekend I went on a sugar bender! And when I woke up, I realized I'd put on 3 whole pounds! WTF?? I'm so ashamed of myself and I want to get back on track right away. Do you have any advice to help me undo this mess I've done?

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Hi, I'm Erika! Lovingly known as Evil Fitness Barbie or The Fitness Fairy Godmother, I'm a wife and mother of two (!) who has gone from couch potato to NASM-certified trainer, with specialties in weight loss, women's fitness, and nutrition.

Oh, and I also lost 170lbs on my own through diet and exercise. Read more about that here.

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