Why Weight Loss Is Not a Good Enough Goal

Weight loss. One of the most, if not THE most, common goal women have when starting a fitness and nutrition program is weight loss. I talk to potential new clients all the time who tell me they’re reaching out to me because they want to lose weight. I will never accept “weight loss” as a

How to Set Goals You’ll Actually Accomplish

We’re a day away from the last month of 2015. What?! I can’t believe it! This year flew by. As we’re full-throttle into the holiday season now, it’s imperative that we utilize the lull of this post-Thanksgiving week, to really start formulating our goals for the new year. I intentionally stay away from the phrase

Milestone: 1000 on Instagram!

Ohmygoodness! I’m so excited! @Belowthefork just hit 1000 followers on Instagram! You guys, this is a milestone I’ve been trying to reach for quite some time. Maybe it’s just me, but I felt I had to work a LOT harder for this than on Twitter; however, I love the community on Instagram so much more

Certified LesMills BodyFlow Instructor!!

After passing my initial training certification in April, I’ve been living, breathing, and team-teaching BodyFlow for the past couple months. Last week I filmed my full-class video and submitted it to LesMills as the final step in the certification process. Well I just received notification today that I PASSED and am officially a certified BodyFlow/BodyBalance

Little Goals Add Up!

Sometimes people let an all-or-nothing gung-ho attitude stand in their way. If they can’t go big, they go home…and sit on the couch and eat pretzels. Goals don’t have to be extreme like “I’m signing up for a half-marathon in 2 months!” when you’ve never run one mile. It’s one thing to have a larger

Getting ACE Certified!

I’m so excited to announce that I’m working towards becoming a nationally certified group fitness instructor! After debating between a few NCAA accredited organizations, I chose the American Council on Exercise (ACE Fitness) for it’s curriculum, offerings, support, and reputation. After taking (and passing!) the board exam to become a fitness professional, my goal is

Setting Weekly Goals: Week 4 ~ Just Breathe.

It’s Monday, so I should be posting a very positive congratulations to those who accomplished their goal last week (myself included) and motivating others to take on a new challenge at the start of this promising week. But alas, today has been the worst day I’ve had in a long time. My goal for this

Setting Weekly Goals: Week 3

Happy Sunday! Once again it’s time to reflect on the past week–applaud ourselves for our victories (as big or small as they may be), acknowledge and learn from our failures, and set a new goal for the upcoming week. This past week my goal was to eat grain-free. I was 90% successful with it and

Setting Weekly Goals: Week 2

I have no idea where the month of September went, but alas we find ourselves on the first of October. The last few weeks have been full of beautiful Fall weddings, outdoor runs, first seasonal bouts of stomach bug, and even a few sweaters. The leaves are slowly starting to change, and the hunt for

Making New Goals

Today was the first time I felt running a 10k race could be a legitimate new goal for me. I ran a consistent 6.2 miles this morning–the longest I’ve run since I began running 6 months ago.  Aside from the mileage, I am particularly proud of myself because I pushed my 27 lb toddler in