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True or False: All Calories are Equal, No Matter the Source

January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

“All foods supply calories and there is no difference between the calories that come from sugar or steak or grapefruit or ice cream.”

Q&A Wednesday: My Knees Hurt When I Work Out!

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Q: Hello Erika, How are you? I respect you for giving out the information that you have for us women. I just had a few questions for you. Every year I say I am going to eat right and lose weight and I don't. I have gained so much weight through the years that now every time I do get on the treadmill my knees hurt. They hurt so bad that when I lay down at night they throb inside. I know it has to do with the excess weight I have gained in my legs and around my knees. What kind of exercise do you suggest for this and did you go through this also?

Q&A Wednesday: How to Help Sagging Arms

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Q: I'm rather unsure of how to go about some target areas like these sagging arms. How I can go about resolving those problem areas?

Sleep & Weight Loss: How Sugar Is Screwing With Your Sleep Habits

January 9th, 2017|1 Comment

That nasty sugar habit? It's messing up your sleep, and keeping you in a cycle of restless sleep, sugary treats, and weight gain. Break the cycle now.

Tracee Ellis Ross Shows Us What Healthy Body Image Looks Like

January 6th, 2017|1 Comment

'My weight fluctuates a lot and I move with it. It is what it is. That’s why I try not to have a relationship with the size that I am.'

Q&A Wednesday: How Do I Stop Saying Negative Things to Myself?

January 4th, 2017|1 Comment

Q: Erika, you said something about having an internal tape that plays negative thoughts over and over in your head...

How Playing in Your Makeup Can Help You Leave the Self-Hatred Behind

January 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

So many women say, "I hate looking in the mirror," "looking in the mirror makes me want to cry." You'd be surprised how easy it is to change that.

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|2 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|1 Comment

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.

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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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