Today I joined Evan Pohl and his amazing team out at Forge-Rx in Winder, GA to discuss gut health! Some key points: -Eat a plant-based (doesn't mean plant *exclusive*) diet with *at least* 25g fiber per day. -Exercise! But get enough rest. -Diet and exercise affect the microbiome and explain a large percentage of microbial diversity. … Continue reading Take Control Radio: Episode 22–Gut Health
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." -Seneca My dad said this to me after we received the incredible news that I'd earned a full academic scholarship to Radford University. At the time, I couldn't believe my 'luck.' It was as though I hadn't toiled and stressed and cried over schoolwork for the majority … Continue reading Don’t Wish Me Good Luck
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! Photo by Anthony on Pexels.com If you're required to eat a live frog, best to eat it first thing in the morning so you can be sure your day isn't going to get any worse. Photo by Thierry Fillieul on Pexels.com While the origins … Continue reading On Eating Frogs and Elephants
I really hope that my last blog spoke to you in some way. Talking openly about one's own struggle with mental health can be daunting. There's always a threat that others may use it as ammunition. Even so, it was cathartic to share, and it liberated me from the weight of those thoughts. Well worth … Continue reading Taking Up More Space and Lifting More Weight
Are you a perfectionist? Hyper-critical of your performance at all times? Feeling like you could--and should--be doing more, and better, even when you're past the point of exhaustion? Or do you feel like a failure when you miss a deadline or a lift...fall off track with your diet for a day or even a meal...when … Continue reading This Blog Isn’t Perfect, But It’s Done
I recently competed in a powerlifting meet to practice for my upcoming Georgia State meet, and decided to include a practice weight cut as well. I’ve been dieting down to the 57kg weight class for several weeks now, and though I wasn’t planning to try and make weight, I did want to have all of … Continue reading “Weight” Up: You Can Make Weight Safely!
My last blog explained the process of adopting and maintaining change, along with some ways to prevent a relapse back to behavioral procrastination (DUN dun DDUNNN). This time, I'm going to explain how I stuck to it for the whole 12 weeks without eating an entire jar of peanut butter or all of the Halo Top in … Continue reading Two More Weeks, Two More Things! (Installment #2: Hacking Your Brain)
Last weekend was QUITE the weekend. I finished my 12-week cut with Renaissance Periodization, having dropped 13 lbs and at least 4.5% body fat (~9-10 lbs of fat). I PR'ed on bench, repping 120x8 at 131 lbs. I passed the CISSN exam, which is the premiere sport nutrition certification through the International Society of Sport … Continue reading Two More Weeks, Two More Things! (Installment #1: Maintaining Change)
It has been FAR too long since I last posted. I make no excuses; I prioritized other things. The semester went into full swing, and between work, training, dieting, and a personal life, I decided to put this on the back-burner. There's only so much time that I want to spend staring at a computer … Continue reading 10 Weeks, 10 Pounds, 10 Things
A few weeks ago, I did a bit of Instagram networking and was invited to write a guest post. I picked one of my current supplements of interest, and one that I regularly use: tart cherry extract. You can read it here! I hope you enjoy it!