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Author: Jen Comas

Don’t Let the Fitness Industry Tell You What to Do

When I was five years old, my mom would play an album on the record player, put on her leotard, tights, and leg warmers, and do aerobics in our living room. I had my own little leotard and leg warmers, so I’d put mine on, too, and try to keep up with her. We always […]

Guilt, Shame, and Helping Your Clients Separate Food From Morality

I’m about to share something that I’ve only ever told one other person throughout the last two decades. Ready? I used to hide in the bathroom at school and eat pizza. Before you send me a message to tell me how gross that is, I implore you to reconsider because: I know. I agonized over […]

The Power of Accepting Personal Responsibility

Personal responsibility is the golden ticket to living your most empowered life. By accepting full responsibility for your words and actions (or lack thereof) you are putting the most important person in the driver’s seat — yourself. When it comes to shirking responsibility, people are often surprised to hear that it isn’t always as straightforward […]

Your Purpose in Life is Not Fat Loss

For years, I put my life on hold: all I did was grind away, working towards fat loss. When I say it was all I did, I’m not exaggerating: I didn’t have any hobbies and I avoided doing almost everything that wasn’t centered around fat loss, because I was so nervous that it would interfere […]

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 […]

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