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“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?

Review: ButcherBox Brings Grass-Fed Organic Meat to Your Door

November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

A review of the ButcherBox, a subscription service that delivers organic, grass-fed, hormone-free meat to your door on a regular schedule.

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Q&A Wednesday: How Do I Know What Diet Advice To Follow?

November 2nd, 2016|2 Comments

Q: I feel so overwhelmed by everybody's advice that I'm like UGH!! So my first question is: How do I know which way is up?

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How to Handle Halloween Candy in the House

October 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Do you struggle with willpower during the Halloween candy dash? Can't keep your hands out of your kids' trick-or-treat candy? Here's a few tips to help you avoid the candy stress!

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5 Things You Learn When You Tell the Internet About Your Post-Partum Depression

October 28th, 2016|3 Comments

I learned a quick and dirty lesson—well, five of 'em—about not only depression, but the way we talk and think about it.

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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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