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5 Things I Say to Myself to Talk Myself Out of Bad Decisions

May 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Talk yourself out of making bad decisions, because sometimes it helps to hear the rationale behind making better choices than to simply hear the word "no."

Q&A Wednesday: Tips for Training When You’re Top-Heavy

May 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Q: I'm too heavy on top to do squats without tipping over! Help?

Don’t Just Get Rid of the Sugar, Get Rid of the ‘Sweet,’ Too

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Photo credit:  Flickr / tellumo This is something I actually didn't think about until I ran out of lip balm. (If you're like me, you might call all kinds of lip balm "ChapStick" and have [...]

Q&A Wednesday: Can I Sleep with My Trainer?

May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Q: Erika you have to help me figure this out. My trainer is HOT. Like, five alarm fire hot and he's charming, too. Can I get it in with my trainer? Is this a bad idea?

The Case Against ‘Tough Love’

May 9th, 2017|1 Comment

For some reason, there's regularly—regularly—someone who "can no longer be silent" about the "disease" that's "plaguing the black community."

7 Major Misconceptions About Smoothies and Juicing

May 5th, 2017|4 Comments

A week or so ago, the Washington Post published an op-ed with three medical professionals—two of which are professors of medicine—basically saying the same thing I've been saying for [what feels like] an eternity: Mrs. [...]

Q&A Wednesday: Clean Eating on a Teeny Budget

May 3rd, 2017|4 Comments

Q: Hi, Erika. I'm writing to you today because I am really inspired by your writings on clean eating and am eager to get started, but it's really challenging to get started with such a small budget like mine. In fact, when I think about it, I'm very scared. All these individual pieces seem so expensive for such small things!

Video Vault: How Much Do We Really Know About Healthy Diets?

May 1st, 2017|1 Comment

"We had an explosion of high carbohydrate, sugary foods —and those have contributed to the obesity epidemic."

3 Big Reasons Why You Should Stop Drinking Diet Sodapop

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

I've been saying for years, that people need to relax on the fizzy drinks. The sweet drinks, too. Yes, that includes juice. And, for years, people have been coming aaaaat me about it. I mean, [...]

Q&A Wednesday: How to Handle the Gym ‘Alpha Dog’

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Q: so i know this is going to sound a little weird, but i am terrified of the gym. i mean, it scares the sh-t out of me. like, i get all siced to get up and go workout, but then i envision some a--hole in a muscle tank pointing and laughing at me as i struggle with two one pound kettlebells or whatever, and then i flip out and decide to stay on my couch in the comfort of shonda rhimes instead.

Why You Shouldn’t Lose Weight to Get a Man

April 17th, 2017|3 Comments

There are a million reasons to choose to lose weight. Don't let "because I need a man" become one of them.

5 Ways Fitness Can Improve Your Sex Life

April 7th, 2017|1 Comment

Erika's note: This post gets graphic. This post is for grown folks. Notice I didn't say mature folks. I just said grown ones. I might make a couple of dick jokes in here, and I [...]

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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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