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The Secret to Fitness Success

by Shondelle Solomon Miles

I hope you’re sitting down for this one because today I’m going to pull back the curtain and share with you something huge. In fact, I believe that this is the biggest secret to attaining that perfectly fit body that you’ve been after for so many years.

If you’re like most fitness enthusiasts then your perfect body has eluded you for quite some time. It’s not that you aren’t trying to workout and eat right, it’s just that you haven’t been able to find that one thing to take you all the way to success.

Now, my friend, you’re about to find out what that one thing is, and your fitness results will never be lacking again. It’s quite simple, and yet stands as the truest and most important fitness advice you’ll ever receive… 

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Creating New Habits… A Walk in the Park (or Not?)

Being an athlete used to be my top priority. Back in the days when being an athlete was one of the only things I had to do. It is still near the top of my list, but sometimes my behavior indicates otherwise. It used to be so easy. And now it’s not. Now, I am a working mother running my own business with a list a mile long of things I need to accomplish each day.

I don’t point this out to complain or make excuses, and by no means does this make me unique. I am one of hundreds of thousands just trying to make it all work.

Just like every other mother, I want to be the best parent possible, but often find that my commitment to motherhood directly conflicts with my other goals.

I want to continue to be the woman I set out to be before kids… and yet, I want to be everything and more to this little person who has become the center of my universe...

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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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I Want A Cupcake Damn It!

First of all, I apologize for the profanity in the title, this is supposed to be a family-friendly blog.  But this is a topic of passion!  It also seems apropos considering this blog is about coming to terms with the fact that I don't always set the best examples.

People ask me all the time about what I eat.  If I responded "Cupcakes and beer!!" you probably would either be:

 a). Excited to know that your dream diet had just been approved by a fitness coach.

or

b). Disappointed that someone you thought you could come to for sound advice was actually off her rocker.

Truthfully, "cupcakes and beer" is part of the answer to that question...

 

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