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Q&A Thursday: Do I HAVE to Give Up Carbs?

July 21st, 2016|5 Comments

Q: Erika! Did you give up carbs to lose the weight before? Are you giving up carbs to lose your baby weight?

It’s Time We Talk Honestly About Gyms and Locker Room Culture

July 18th, 2016|1 Comment

There are some cruel and inhumane people in this world, like Dani Mathers, and unfortunately you are likely to meet at least one or two of them at the gym.

Q&A Wednesday: We All Fall Off the Wagon, Including Me

July 13th, 2016|3 Comments

So many of you talked about how you'd 'fallen off the wagon,' and how you regretted it. Here's how to hop back on the wagon, and stay there.

5 Tips Every Parent Considering Breastfeeding Should Know

July 11th, 2016|3 Comments

After one failed attempt and one successful attempt at breastfeeding, here's everything I learned to help you achieve success when you give it a shot.

  • ironically, the black panther comic i bought my husband arrived today

Speak Out, But Do More Than That: Understand, Empathize, Act

July 8th, 2016|2 Comments

We feel the need to say "black lives matter" because, when you treat a population with apathy and skepticism, you're trying to tell them they DON'T.

Q&A Wednesday: What Do You Think About Intermittent Fasting?

July 6th, 2016|4 Comments

Ebony asked me about my thoughts on intermittent fasting, and I was actually surprised that I'd never written about it before. Basically, it works, but I still wouldn't do it. Here's why.

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Weight Loss Journey

July 1st, 2016|6 Comments

Yes to sweets, no to soul-crushing workouts, and definitely calorie counting,but not for the reasons you think!

  • this was taken just a couple weeks ago!

Want to Know How I Grew My Long Hair? Tips Inside!

June 30th, 2016|23 Comments

A collection of the most common questions I get about my thick natural hair, but the answers would help whether you're natural or not.

Your Homophobia is a Murder Weapon

June 27th, 2016|2 Comments

Homophobia kills, and not just with guns and knives.

The Story of Baby Sprout

June 24th, 2016|6 Comments

The story of my second child, otherwise known as Baby Sprout.

True or False: Drink Water Until Your Pee is Clear

June 21st, 2016|9 Comments

The claim: "Drink half your body weight in ounces of water! Drink until your pee is clear!"

When Working Out Starts to Feel Like an ‘Obsession’

June 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Sometimes, your exercise routine can feel unhealthy, and obsessing over it can take up so much of your time that it makes you fear that you're developing a disorder. Learn more about exercise obsession.

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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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