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What we can learn from My 600 lb Life.

For a lot of people, their fitness goals revolve around improving body composition.  I've been thinking about this a lot as I've been sitting on my couch overeating and watching bad television.  However, its not all bad. 

After binging on a few episodes of "Hoarders", I was inspired by my next TV binge of  "My 600 lb Life".  The struggles to commit to life-changing, and often life-saving behavior serves as a good metaphor for the rest of us who are trying to make drastic changes whether its diet, physical ability, or getting over an addiction.

This show reminds me of a “chose your own adventure” book.There are a few different outcomes that are relatively predictable based on what happens at different points during the show.And its an incredibly clear illustration of what is possible when people follow directions and stop making excuses. It always starts the same way.You meet a person who desperately needs help losing an excessive amount of weight.They talk…

How to Train Like a Scientist

Before becoming a mom, and a trainer, and a coach, I spent about 10 years working as a research scientist in a variety of labs.  I've worked in both the university and commercial setting as well as both medical and environmental labs and with a number of different teachers, mentors, students, and objectives.  The most wonderful thing about working in a lab as a research scientist is that regardless of nationality, we all speak the same language, ie, the scientific method.

Scientists are both perpetual students as well as teachers.  We are always learning about new methods, new research, and entirely new fields of study.  Likewise, we are constantly teaching the steady stream of students and fellow researchers who are coming through our labs as well as anyone who may reach out from other labs who need advice or guidance on their own research.  Generally speaking, scientific research, especially in the university setting, often promotes an atmosphere of collaboration and education t…