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Articles: Mindset

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 […]

How To Not Care What Other People Think Of You

I am a writer, speaker, and activist with an online following. Among the topics I write about are wellness and body image. I make no apologies nor do I feel obligated to give any explanations about the appearance of my body. Judgments about my body, and even who I am as a person, are hurled […]

May, 29 Jen Comas Mindset

Are You A Fitness Bully?

“The Biceps Guy” — That’s what I had nicknamed a gentleman who I always saw at one of the gyms I went to. As a gym regular, I often see the same people working out, and I have become pretty familiar with the exercises that they do. I know who I’ll see squatting on Mondays, […]

How To Deal With Toxic People

Step one: realize that they’re probably not that toxic (in most cases, anyway). When caught in a difficult or uncomfortable situation, it’s not uncommon to want to believe that we are the one being wronged; that we are the victim of someone else’s behavior. We’ll reel at our friends about how unfairly we’re being treated, […]

What We CAN Do About the Objectification and Sexualization of Women in Fitness

Note from GGS: We asked Erin to write on this subject in response to a disturbing trend we’ve noticed regarding reactions to the sexualization and/or objectification of women—particularly in fitness, but really, in the media overall. So often, people are quick to call the woman in a photo a whore and make assumptions about her […]

What Is Exercise Addiction and Dependence?

Note from GGS: We get a lot of questions regarding exercise addiction and dependence. “How do I know if I’m addicted to exercise?” “Why do I feel so guilty if I miss a training session?” “I HATE rest days! Do I have to take them?” This is a really tricky subject, and we are happy to […]

The 6-Step Process To Changing Any Habit

Note from GGS: If you’re interested in learning how to truly change a habit, we highly recommend reading through Part 1 and Part 2 of this series from Dr. Brooke.   If you’re not satisfied with your weight and your body, I’d be willing to bet that you are pretty excited when a new diet book comes around promising […]

How to (Truly) Change Your Habits

Be honest. What habits are keeping you from what you really want? Identifying behaviors that are sabotaging your efforts – in detail – is a key step to making real change. Change efforts fail because you don’t realize that you have to be more clear on why you do what you do and how the events […]

Why Motivation Doesn’t Make Lasting Changes

Turn off autopilot if you want a chance at change. Recently, my good friend and Girls Gone Strong Co-Founder Molly Galbraith had a great post on her Facebook page suggesting we pick one habit that will yield big results, and change it. Solid advice, but sometimes it’s downright hard to make change. In fact, I’d say that’s […]

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