Week 35: Weight Loss Unlocked: The Paleo Woman’s Solution

Happy New Year!  Wow, 2014 flew by for me. And I’m sure it did for a lot of you.

Were you able to participate in the Holiday Hustle workouts throughout the month of December?  I know some of you did and it was awesome to get your emails saying how tough and challenging they were. But also that they were easy to fit into your busy holiday schedule. That, my friends, is what some of us need around the holidays.

Oh, if you totally missed all the workouts, you can pick them up over here.


So, I wanted to bring to your attention another resource. A few months back I mentioned a gal by the name of Stefani Ruper.  I recently read her book “Sexy by Nature” which was a great read for those looking to eat natural, clear up skin issues, and repair some metabolic damage. Stefani has a history of her own issues that she struggled with and was able to help not only herself, but thousands of other women as well.

Her latest book, “Weight Loss Unlocked: The Paleo Woman’s Solution” is such a simple, yet solid book on why healing your gut,  and controlling hormones and inflammation is so, well, healing to the body. She’s a huge proponent of not “dieting” but eating quality over quantity. In fact, the majority of the women she works with are under eating!


While yes, this book does talk about weight loss, it’s not about dieting, but more about how to control the other factors that are causing weight gain (optimizing thyroid, eating food fats, not restricting).


Is she dead set on one type of dieting? Nope. She talks about eating lower carb (and why) or lower fat (and why). Which foods to choose (and why). And even finding the right (if any) birth control

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It’s a very solid all around book for understanding the female body and keeping food simple. I was able to read it in one sitting, PLUS all the extras that come with it (reading food labels, smoothie recipes, and even a section on body image).

You know by now I typically don’t promote anything I don’t believe in. Stefani is a very smart woman with extensive knowledge on the female body (along with metabolic issues, PCOS, etc).  Have a read. And as always, let me know how I can help.

Week 34: Live, Learn and Pass On: Elitefts Make-A-Wish Manuals

This week’s post fits so nicely into our 52 Weeks to Be More Awesome series. What better way to be more awesome than to learn and see so many different programs and support Make-A-Wish this season.

I am not sure where to start. I’ve been with elitefts since 2005, a time when female Powerlifers were not being put front and center and female strength coaches were being pushed under the rug. David Tate saw my education, relative and in-the-trenches work experience and put me front and center in a male dominated industry. This took some getting used to but has allowed me to gain a unique perspective in an industry known for gimmicks and quick fixes. Dave has taught us if we live, learn and pass on we will become better coaches, mothers, wives, friends and people.


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I understand this more today than ever. The more I grow and learn the more I realize how much more there is to know and in turn have become a much better coach today than I was in 2005. I have contributed to every Make-A-Wish manual since they began in 2007 and have to admit I loved the idea behind “Programs That Work“. There is much to learn from looking at the commonalities and differences among these programs as “cookie cutter” and “template based” programs will never work for the long term. These are real world programs that have been used by the coaches who submitted them. These manuals also help me to illustrate to my own clients why all their programs are different.

Just in the past two days of looking over these programs I have picked up several ideas I know I can use for some of my clients as well as my own training.

I highly suggest picking up these manuals and am very proud to be part of the team that help put these amazing resources together.

Plus all the revenue generated from these goes to Make-A-Wish OH, IN and KY. Since the team began these manuals and seminars we have helped grant close to 50 wishes. Your support has been what makes these come true. You can find the Elitefts MAW manuals here.