Stop Blowing Yourself Off!

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DATE › April 17, 2017
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You wake up Monday morning with your whole day planned out. Your meals are prepped and you grab what you need before heading out the door. You look at your schedule for the day and plan on hitting the gym after your late afternoon meeting. Then, the late afternoon is here and your meeting runs much later than you had planned. It might be too late to hit the gym and you plan to head on home. You feel a little guilty but it’s not like you blew off your co-workers or a serious meeting or anything, right?   This

What Paying Taxes Can Teach Us About Fat Loss

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DATE › April 17, 2017
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Taxes are due tomorrow, and you should know that the American tax system is by and large the most painful, inefficient, and confusing way to pay taxes in the industrialized world. Most everybody hates Tax Day in America, because paying taxes is time-consuming (and costs you money, if you pay a tax professional to help you). In Estonia, Japan, the UK, Spain, Denmark, and in many other countries, by comparison, paying taxes is a breeze, and might take as little as 3 minutes. If you lived in those countries, you might not even see a tax return, as the government

Kirsten’s Corner: The One About Not Training for 3 Months

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DATE › April 6, 2015
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by Kirsten Shaw Once upon a time there was a recovering chunky-butt named Kirsten who decided she wanted to work in a gym-o-awesomeness and surround herself with healthy, fit-minded peeps. As part of her indoctrination into the land of IFAST-dom, she was awarded an assessment that verified her strengths and weaknesses as a dormant athlete. She quickly proved herself to have the dexterity of a Weeble-Wobble. They sent their noble and optimistic warrior, Sir Jae, to feverishly train Kirsten in the art of Anti-Humpty-Dump-tery. This is her story… Last fall, my doc said I had gotten lean enough that it

Why Calorie Counting Doesn’t Work

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DATE › October 23, 2014
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I have always hated counting calories, whether it's to lose weight or gain weight. First of all, it's tedious. Second, when I am ready to eat, I don't want to bother weighing and measuring my food first -- I just want to eat! (Also, remember that when you eat fewer calories, your body tries to burn fewer calories, too, which can lead to a frustrating cycle of eating less and less while not losing much weight.) I've never advocated that my clients count calories, either. Instead, I encourage them to shift their diet toward more healthy foods -- whole, unprocessed

Kirsten’s Corner: The One About Setting New Goals

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DATE › September 5, 2014
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Once upon a time there was a recovering chunky-butt named Kirsten who decided she wanted to work in a gym-o-awesomeness and surround herself with healthy, fit-minded peeps. As part of her indoctrination into the land of IFAST-dom, she was awarded an assessment that verified her strengths and weaknesses as a dormant athlete. She quickly proved herself to have the dexterity of a Weeble-Wobble. They sent their noble and optimistic warrior, Sir Jae, to feverishly train Kirsten in the art of Anti-Humpty-Dump-tery. This is her story… It's hard to believe it's been 6 months since  I tippy-tappy-typed my last blog post when

Old Habits Die Hard

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DATE › June 10, 2014
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Ever had an old habit that you wanted to get rid of? Well I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that you can't just get rid of a habit. That wiring in your brain is there to stay. The good news, however, is that you CAN write over it. --- Do you know someone who has been ruined by addiction? Gambling, alcohol, checking email - whatever the vice, these habits can ruin a life. The gambler sees a slot machine, puts money in, then gets a high when he JUST misses a win. "That felt good. Let's

A rant about Girl Scout Cookies

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DATE › April 3, 2014
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I had a client come in the other day and tell me that she had just bought a box of Girl Scout Cookies, and that this had been the one source of sugar in her diet for the last week. First of all, I'll have to say that if that's the only source of sugar in your diet, that's not doing too bad. That's certainly better than eating a box of cookies, plus brownies from the kitchen at the office, plus ice cream a few times after dinner, plus this or that.... So I probably shouldn't have gone off on

EVENT: Everyday Paleo Workshop Coming to IFAST

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DATE › February 25, 2014
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Join Paleo-lifestyle celebrities and best-selling authors, Sarah Fragoso and Jason Seib as they make a rare trip to Indiana for their Everyday Paleo Workshop! "During this extremely comprehensive day, we will cover the science behind why paleo works, the core principles of paleo, how to make paleo work for you and your family, how to make paleo your lifestyle and not just another "diet", how to manage all that comes along with a major lifestyle change, and much much more!! The Everyday Paleo workshop is designed to include plenty of opportunities for discussion, so come armed with your questions. This

How are pain and fat loss related? Part II

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DATE › February 13, 2014
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Last week, we had a very brief primer on how pain works. In case you missed it, the basic message is: pain is controlled by your brain. Whether it's a paper cut, a stress-related headache, or a gunshot wound, your brain creates the perception of pain. This is sometimes a good thing. It means that your back pain doesn't necessarily involve any structural damage that needs to be surgically repaired. In many cases, all you need to do is learn to breathe and move better, and your back pain can go away without surgery. Now, how does this relate to

Kirsten’s Corner: The One About Getting to ONEderland

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DATE › February 11, 2014
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Once upon a time there was a recovering chunky-butt named Kirsten who decided she wanted to work in a gym-o-awesomeness and surround herself with healthy, fit-minded peeps. As part of her indoctrination into the land of IFAST-dom, she was awarded an assessment that verified her strengths and weaknesses as a dormant athlete. She quickly proved herself to have the dexterity of a Weeble-Wobble. They sent their noble and optimistic warrior, Sir Jae, to feverishly train Kirsten in the art of Anti-Humpty-Dump-tery. This is her story… WEEK 43: [caption id="attachment_2432" align="alignright" width="300"] BEHOLD: ONEDERLAND[/caption] For the last few months, I've had