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Strength Training for Women (Your Six Pack Won't Save You)

by Shondelle Solomon-Miles

I cringe whenever a woman says to me, ' I don't want to lift weights' or 'Strength is just not that important to me’.  Not so much because I think there is something inherently wrong with not enjoying strength training, weights but because of the REASON most women give as to why they don't...

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We Can Change If We Want To

by Natalie Ford

we can change if we want to

Over the past several years, exercise has become a huge part of my life.  After losing my husband, I spent a lot of my time thinking about how I was stuck in this life that I wasn’t prepared for. I wasn’t prepared to raise a child alone, to cook the meals, to run a household, to take care of the yard. There was so much I didn’t know how to do and so much I didn’t want to take on. I really believed that the person I was at the age of 24 was the person I would be for the rest of my life.

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Healthy Habits for a Sweet Tooth

by Maddy Curley

As a coach and a competitive athlete, I'm often asked about my diet. I actually have a very lenient diet and one that I think almost anyone could follow! So, here's how it came about. After gymnastics, I, like every gymnast, got "fat". Or at least what we gymnasts would consider fat: 5 to 20 pounds overweight. We are used to training four hours a day, six days a week all while in school. There really aren't enough hours in the day to overeat!  But then, the day comes when you quit or basically "retire" from the sport and suddenly the thousand calories you burned at practice that you are still eating pile on to your body. And boy does it come fast!

The first couple years after gymnastics I had no idea what to do with this extra weight. I started reading SELF, Women's Health and basically any magazine that said anything about losing weight to figure out how to eat. I also didn't have CrossFit at this time, so my exercise was a painfully boring 30 minutes on the elliptical or stair stepper.

I tried every annoying diet I read about, but if you have a sweet tooth, none of these diets are very helpful. Finally, one broken down day in the Barnes and Noble, I stumbled upon a book called Weigh Down while looking for a Bible study book. The cover had a skinny woman named Gwen Shamblin on it with big Tennessee hair. I opened it and she told me I was not a failure, that I was just trying too hard to control food. I'm in. Tell me what to do, Gwen.

Basically, the approach is SO SIMPLE. Just wait for hunger and stop eating before you're full. After nine weeks of trying this plan (and waiting for hunger is WAY harder than you think, but it is possible) I lost all my post gymnastics weight and felt like I wasn't constantly stressing about food. It was a very freeing feeling. There are still times when I get off and eat when I'm not hungry, but it's such a simple formula to fall back on and I've seen amazing results from people who stick to it.

So that's it.  That's why I'm known as the girl that carries around half a Snickers bar in my purse, because I want to stop before I'm full and sometime I just want a taste of something sweet.

Questions/comments for Maddy about her diet? Find her on Instagram and Twitter: @maddycurley - or post below.

Maddy Curley is a CrossFit L1 Instructor, Coach at Brick CrossFit, and an actress in Los Angeles, CA. She is a former collegiate gymnast now on a mission to strengthen the minds and bodies of others. We welcomed Maddy as a Fashletics Ambassador in April of 2014. Click here for her full profile.

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Full Time Everything

I had a lot of great conversations this week, as I do most weeks, regarding the growth of Fashletics. I spoke with gym owners, marketing firms, resellers, designers, bloggers, and more. I love this. I love that running a business has created so many opportunities for new relationships. People, generally speaking, are awesome. Especially people who are passionate about spreading the message of health and well being.

However, it is entirely possible that the most important conversation I had this week was with... my mom. This is because in the midst of all of these amazing conversations, and while building new relationships with these incredible people that will help grow Fashletics - my son got sick. I am still a new enough mom that when my little guy gets sick, I have the insatiable urge to stop the world from spinning until he is better. But I can't do that. I need to take care of him and accept that the clock keeps running, which means I also need to remain attentive to my business, to my own health, and to my household.

My inability to stop time is what prompted the call to my mom. I was overwhelmed (not the first time) so I called her on my way home from an abbreviated day at work where many tasks were left undone. "Who can do this? Who can do all of this?" I asked. I avoid the words "I can't." I don't want to hear them leave my mouth. I don't even want to be thinking them. So instead I ask  "Who can?" How is this done? Tell me how to do it all and I will.

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