Oxygen Magazine, March/April 2017

Food for Thought

This issue was fun to produce. Not only did I get to spend the day with Erin Stern when she was in the office shooting “The Michelangelo of Muscle” (Page 46), but I also had a great time in the chilly outdoors (pretending it wasn’t cold!) shooting the medicine-ball workout. I also enjoyed putting this issue together because it’s our nutrition issue.

Just like many of you, I started a new training program in the new year, and I also resolved to start eating better. I’m not going to lie — I eat like a 14-year-old boy. Unfortunately, at 47, I don’t have the metabolism of one. As a recent trip to the Napa Valley proved, I can no longer eat and drink whatever I want without consequences. I gained extra weight, and I haven’t been able to shake it. And even though I’m less concerned about the number on the scale, I want to get rid of the weight because some of it has settled into my belly, and as Oxygen readers know, belly fat increases your chance of heart disease and diabetes, among other health issues.

Even though I know better, I convinced myself that I could out-train my bad diet, but the reality is, the conventional calories-in-calories-out thinking just isn’t true, especially because all calories are not created equal. It didn’t help that I was having a hard time getting through my workouts because I wasn’t properly fueling my body. I can squat until I drop and do hours of high-intensity interval training, but it’ll never be enough to burn off those french fries, bread and wine.

Now that I’ve (finally) come to terms with that, I’ve slowly been making changes. I’m eliminating sugar, Diet Coke and a bunch of other junk from my diet, and I have been adding in more lean protein, healthier fats and energy-producing carbs. I’ve also gotten smarter about when I eat, something I’ve been pretty lax about before. In “Feed the Machine,” Page 72, we make it easy for you to figure out what you should eat and when to eat it in order to reach your goals. 

I’m finally getting on the right track, and I’ve been sleeping better, I have more energy and I even dropped a few of those extra pounds. Here’s to eating smarter!

Maureen Farrar




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On The Cover

The Michelangelo of Muscle

Ready to sculpt a new body of work? Try Erin Stern's Art of Lifting program for artistic results.

By Lara McGlashan, MFA, CPT | Photography by Cory Sorensen

Med-Ball Mash-Up

Medicine balls remain one of the must diverse pieces of equipment around, and they could very well be the perfect prescription for improving strength and performance while burning scads of fat.

By Lara McGlashan, MFA, CPT | Photography by Cory Sorensen

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