This post could also be titled “stuff you should read” but I wanted to give a short preface.


I stumbled across the articles below in a timely manner. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but my training log has been pretty inactive lately. My low back spasmed on me about 6 weeks ago and I was out of work for 3 days. To make a long story short I haven’t been able to lift heavy like I normally do in training, and it’s killing me.

My weight’s crept up about 3 pounds and I checked my body fat for the first time in a while- and let’s just say I was not pleased. I was in a bad mood for the rest of the day!

This got me thinking in two different directions:

A. This proves the positive effects of lifting heavy.

B. Why do we need to be so obsessed with the numbers on the scale? Will being 15% body fat rather than 22% body fat really improve my health enough to strive for it? Does the mere stress of striving for it do more harm than good? I think the answer to the last question is yes.

To quote a friend of mine, Katie Mack: “Eating like a normal human being and training to get strong is probably the best way to live. ”

I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes I like to get pinkberry with my friends. And I’m not gunna stop because I feel like I can’t be happy unless I have 15% body fat. To put it simply: Having pinkberry makes me happier than having 15% body fat. Enjoying social situations with food is, in my opinion, one of the best parts of life.

My body isn’t perfect. But why does it need to be? I’m healthy, strong, confident and comfortable. (and not to sound conceited, but I’ve never had a problem in the … we’ll call it ‘flirting’ department).

I just had to…

So with that preface not being so short, here’s some ‘stuff you should read!’ The first is an article on body image from the website And the second is from a fantastic trainer/blogger named Nia Shanks. Enjoy!

How Perfect is the Perfect Body?

Letting Go of the Fat loss Mindset

Stop Weighing on the Scale- Why, How to get Better Results, and a Challange