Nutrition Challenge For Week #8: Eat Protein at Every Meal


If you want to achieve your fitness and fat loss goals, you need to rethink protein. For week #8 of the Nutrition Challenge, it’s time to become a protein pro! Protein is made up of amino acids that are the building blocks of muscle tissue. When you lift weights, your muscles actually tear as you break […]

When Her Job Almost Ruined Her Health, Kelli Fought Back! – #MyIdeal


“Seriously, I’m probably lucky to be alive,” Kelli Herbert told us at the Ship Shape Challenge retreat this past September. Like so many, her weight loss journey spans years and is riddled with obstacles. At 368 pounds, Kelli knew she needed to find a solution. But she had a career that demanded 90-hour workweeks. When […]

New Study: Soda Linked With Premature Aging

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Think bacon burgers and pasta are your worst enemies in the fight against fat? Think again. The CDC reports that America’s increased consumption of added sugars is one of the biggest culprits behind the mass increase in body weight. While there’s added sugar in all kinds of processed foods, sodas and energy drinks are PACKED […]

Nutrition Challenge #7: Plan Your Meals Like a Boss!


Following a meal plan and preparing your food in advance is actually one of the simplest ways to overhaul your nutrition while maintaining your sanity. Just think: no more thinking about what to eat. No more staring into the cupboard in the middle of the afternoon, starving, desperate for something to jump out at you. […]

How David Palmer Got His “20s Body” Back! – #MyIdeal


When David Palmer started out in the Air Force, he was in awesome shape. But over the years, his job required increasing amounts of desk time and sitting in an airplane for 10-hour stretches. “I wasn’t in the shape I wanted to be,” he says. “I wanted to get back to where I was when […]

Nutrition Challenge #6: Drink More Water


Dehydration will thwart your fat loss goals faster than you can say “I’ll have an iced tea.” So this week we need to talk about how to make sure you’re drinking enough water. If you’ve missed any of the previous weekly challenges, you can get them all here. Each challenge will dramatically speed up your fitness results, so […]

5 Foods to Avoid Before a Workout


Getting nutrients into your body before a workout is important in order to perform at your best. Your body needs nutrients such as carbohydrates for energy. In fact, you should be getting about a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein before your workout and very little fat. Even though a pre-workout meal should be an […]

“I Lost 81 Pounds for My Son, My Sister and Myself” – Christine’s #MyIdeal Story


Christine was always the heaviest kid in her class, and when she became pregnant at 19, her weight challenge got worse. Eating away from home and eating whatever she wanted to, she gained 50 pounds before giving birth to her son. Despite being a young mother in her twenties, Christine had trouble keeping up with […]