Skoogfit Blog

Dec 02

A Fresh Take on Tuna Salad!

On a short break between clients, I came home completely ravenous. When I squeaked open my fridge, my cupboards, I saw nothing: no ready-made food, no leftovers, no quick grab-n-go’s. Frankly, we’ve been so spoiled with leftover Thanksgiving veggies that I forgot to prepare meals this week! I needed to eat something – so I scavenged my way…

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Dec 01

Losing the Baby Weight


For many women, pregnancy is a time to “eat anything” because cravings must mean that “the baby needs it.” This attitude has led many tearful women to my doorstep after childbirth in search of quick, magic weight loss. Unfortunately, every extra pound gained during pregnancy is a pound that new moms will have to work…

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Nov 25

T-Day 2014: A coping strategy

Thanksgiving 2014. I know, right? Balls, this year flew by!
I lead my post with this quote:
For people who are already overweight, the holiday weight news is worse. Although the average gain is only one pound, people who are already overweight tend to gain a lot more. One study found that overweight people gained five pounds or more during the holidays.…

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Nov 24

A letter to my Dad

I live more than a thousand miles away from my pop but we might not have been this close had I not moved away. I guess distance does make the heart grow.
Dad and I communicate via email through my mom and shout at each other on the phone (his hearing is dwindling). I send him books for Christmas, cookies on his birthday and New Balance running sneaks for Father’s…

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Mar 20

Part 2: Getting Sexy Back

Getting your body back after childbirth can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve experienced a tough labor and delivery. Many women wonder where to even start. After properly stretching and lengthening tight muscles (featured in yesterday’s post) I recommend performing the following strength exercises 2-3 times per week.
1. Seated 1-arm…

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Mar 19

Post-Childbirth: Getting Sexy Back Step 1

After the final few months of weight gain during pregnancy and then childbirth, it’s no wonder my clients have so many joint issues, muscle aches and pains! Consider that new moms spend most of their time caring for their newborn in a seated or hunched-over position for weeks at a time. With very little (or no) time to correct imbalances, motherhood can…

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Feb 18

It’s not about you.

In the last few weeks since the Biggest Loser finale (in which Rachel Frederickson loses 155 pounds in 7 months), clients and friends have asked me to weigh in. “Did she go too far? Do you think she’s too skinny now? Is she anorexic?”
I don’t watch the show. In fact, I had to do a bit of research to get the facts on this one. My opinion is this:…

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Feb 12

Help! Diastasis Recti!

After giving birth, it’s time to get back to the gym, bust a move and get that pre-pregnancy figure back STAT, right?  Let’s get sexy back!!!!!!!
Welllll, not so fast there, speedy. Approximately 70% of new moms develop diastasis recti at some point in their third trimester. This common problem is the separation of the abdominal wall, specifically…

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Feb 10

Say NO to Fitness Fads

Is your trainer/fitness teacher/coach certified? Can they back up the program you are on with scientific evidence? Or are they shooting in the dark and making the class “hard” for the sake of sweat?
With all of these fad workouts springing up everywhere (and more on the horizon), it’s tough to weed out the fluff and tempting to try every single…

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Feb 08

Candy Hearts No More

Brace yourself: I’m a recovering sugar addict. Well, mostly in the beginning of the year, but any unseasonal jelly bean would have sufficed. Going to CVS or Target after Christmas was a test of willpower that I failed miserably most of the time.
After I got engaged, I desperately wanted to change my ways. But as Valentine’s Day approached, I felt…

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