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Sorry, Not Sorry: Things That Don’t Require An Apology

It had been a long day in the trenches of mothering, working, striving to hit that ever-so-delicate balance of doing everything and feeling as though I’m losing. I stumbled a bit walking across the living room and out of my mouth came, “I’m sorry.” A phrase I use so frequently and often, without thinking. It […]

Letting Go Of These Two Words Will Make You Feel Powerful

It all started a few weeks ago when I was at the gym working on my pull-ups upon returning from our family trip to Italy. As many of you probably know, traveling often makes it difficult to do pull-ups. You might find yourself in a hotel gym sans pull-up bar, or you might be relegated […]

Jul, 26 Jen Comas Mindset

How to Kick the All-Or-Nothing Approach to Fitness and Nutrition

The following situation may sound all too familiar to some of you… Recently, a girlfriend and I took off on a little weekend getaway, and at the start of our trip, my friend announced that this was her “cheat weekend”—she planned to indulge in whatever food she wanted to have. When we stopped for dinner […]

Food Is Not A Reward. Fitness Is Not A Punishment.

“I worked out really hard today; I deserve this.” “I ate too much this weekend, so I have to work it off this week with extra cardio.” “I’ve been really good on my diet, so I earned this treat.” “I drank too much wine last night, so I need to go to the gym twice […]

Why? This Simple Question Will Transform Your Workout and Self-Image

It’s been about seven years since I was super lean. Shredded. Twelve percent body fat and completely obsessed with counting calories and tracking macros. During my “lean phase” I ate 1,500 calories every single day, trained for two or more hours, and waited for the weekend so that I could go “off plan” and binge […]

Mar, 15 Jen Comas Mindset

Social Sabotage: How to Respond to Criticism About Your Food and Exercise

Disclaimer: The following is written assuming that you’re participating in healthy behavior. If you are over-exercising, or being far too restrictive with your diet, there is a good chance that people are worried about you and have valid concerns about your health, and that is a completely different topic. Several years ago I was dieting […]

Had a Crappy Workout? Here’s What You Can Do About It

Some days, your workout just winds up being really, really crappy. It doesn’t matter how prepared you think you are or how much you were actually looking forward to your workout. Every lift feels like you’re trying to move a whole planet. Every sprint feels like you’re running through the thickest mud. Every movement feels […]

Nov, 27 GGS Mindset

A Must-Read Message From Girls Gone Strong

Happy Black Friday. Yes, we are running a sale, but we will get to that in a minute. More important than anything else, we want to take this moment to update you on what Girls Gone Strong is doing. We’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about the mission of Girls Gone Strong. It’s […]

What To Do When You Feel Like Your Body Has Betrayed You

My original plan here was to write about how to train around pain. I was looking at it from the perspective of someone who thinks pain is the end; a stopping-block to feelings of achievement and happiness. I had plans, and my body let me down. However, today my heart is seeing this from another […]

Where Is Your Exercise Taking You?

I’m not a big fan of road trips.  Maybe it’s that I’m in my 40s, and I’ve had my share of them in my youth: … As one of three kids, packed into the family car (not even a station wagon, just a regular car) driving for days (yes, days) across Canada’s vast hinterlands in […]