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Author: Jen Comas

Sep, 28 Jen Comas Mindset

Managing Your Expectations: How to Set Yourself Up for Success

Several years ago, I was following a pretty strict meal plan in hopes of losing some body fat. I could only white-knuckle my way through the meal plan for so long before I started sneaking in extras, usually in the form of nuts and nut butter. I’d toss back a heaping spoonful of almond butter […]

How to Combat Stress Eating

Disclaimer: the intent of this article is to give proactive suggestions to women to help prevent seeking self-comfort from food during occasional increases in chronic stress. For a list of behaviors that may indicate the need to consult with a professional regarding emotional eating, please see the bottom of this article. Cookies and wine are […]

Aug, 10 Jen Comas Mindset

Do You Need to Ditch the Diet Mindset?

“I feel like I should try to lose five pounds.” I was sitting at a swanky sushi bar in Vegas with a new friend who we’ll call Alison. She knew what I did for a living, so the topic of fitness came up, as it often does. While I didn’t know Alison very well, I […]

May, 16 Jen Comas Mindset

Growth vs. Fixed: How The Right Mindset Can Take You Further

“I’m so nervous! I’ve never been, but I can’t wait to learn!” I was with a close girlfriend, and we were talking about our future plans to go mountain bike riding this spring. When she made that remark, I couldn’t help but admire her enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Her comment is a fantastic example of […]

How I Found Peace With My Body

About six years ago, I was invited to a pool party with a bunch of my closest friends. Rather than feeling excitement, I was overcome with a sense of dread. Going to a pool party meant wearing a bikini, and I was so incredibly self-conscious that I didn’t go. That’s right. I missed out on […]

Getting Started With Strength Training — True Stories From Former First-Timers

For someone new to strength training or thinking about starting, it can feel at once inspiring and intimidating. If that sounds familiar, just remember… Everyone has been a beginner at some point. For me, everything started on a summer day in 2009. As I sat in the parking lot of the gym looking over the print-out […]

Training Doesn’t Have To (And Shouldn’t) Be Miserable

Fact: I haven’t been to the gym in four weeks. I simply haven’t felt like it. Sometimes the gym really appeals to me, and other times it doesn’t. However, just because I haven’t been to the gym doesn’t mean I’ve stopped exercising; far from it. I understand and value the importance of exercise and resistance […]

Why You Should Continue Training Through The Holidays

The holidays are a magical time. For many of us, this time of the year is full of festivities, events, and quality time spent making memories with loved ones. It’s also a time when our routines get thrown completely out of whack. Many people take time off of work, travel, or are busy hosting relatives […]

Oct, 11 Jen Comas Mindset

Why Your Weight Fluctuates

The last two years of my life have been a wild ride, packed full of changes, both awesome and chaotic. Two biggies started it all: the amicable end of my marriage and a cross-country move. These two changes led me to leave a company that I worked for, partly owned, and loved. I then threw […]

The Hierarchy of Fat Loss

When it comes to fat loss, exercise seems to get a lot of the attention. Often, when a person’s progress stalls, one of the first things they do is increase exercise duration, frequency, or intensity— sometimes all three! While training is important, to bust through plateaus we need to look at four other things first. […]

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