Goals

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

Inspiration

Confidence

Confidence. It can be the difference between seizing an opportunity, or missing an opportunity. For me, confidence has been the difference between staying in Corporate America in a job that made me miserable and leaving to become a stay-at-home-mom. And the difference between having a piece of paper in my hand that said I was certified

Fit Tip Friday

Fit Tip Friday: Building Balance

Happy Friday guys! Today’s Fit Tip was inspired by the BodyFlow class I taught this morning. If you don’t know, BodyFlow is a hybrid of tai chi, yoga, and Pilates set to beautiful, contemporary music by artists like the Broods, Ingrid Michaelson, Maroon 5, Sia, and George Ezra to name a few featured on recent

Organization

2016 Planner

2016! Yikes! Part of me thinks I’m jumping the gun by posting this; the other part reluctantly realizes that it is indeed that time of year to start talking about organization, and calendars/planners for the new year that begins in less than 2 months. Eeeek! Two years ago I purchased my first big-girl, grown-up, old-school personal planner. And

Fit Tip Friday

Fit Tip Friday: Actually, I can.

Have you ever had someone—especially a friend or family member—doubt your goals? Maybe it was just their expression, a polite concern, a condescending comment, or a flat-out laugh-in-your-face mockery of your impending failure. Maybe they didn’t even do it on purpose, but the truth is written all over them: they don’t believe you’ll meet this goal. It hurts.

Product Review

Whole30: Done & DONE

Whole30 is brilliant. Whole30 is stupid. Whole30 is going to change my life. Whole30 is making my life worse. Whole30 is something I can do ALL the time. Whole30 is cruel and unusual punishment. Whole30 should be required of everyone. Whole30 is complete utter BS. I have deeply felt and believed every single one of

Whole 30

Whole30 Update: Days 16-22

As the litany of egg yolks and roasted chicken photos on my Instagram feed suggest, I am in the last half of the Whole30. It has been easier than expected, and yet now on Day 22, I’m starting to get over the whole no dairy thing. (And yes, I realize in my last update, I

Whole 30

Halfway Through Whole30!

I’m officially at the two week mark of my Whole30 Challenge! It’s somehow been both better and worse than I expected. Here’s an update! The Good I took on the Whole30 challenge after experiencing bloating, stomach pains, brain fog, and mood swings for most of August. These closely resembled—if not, beat—the symptoms I used to

Whole 30

Whole30? Challenge Accepted.

I have started the Whole 30 program today, September 1, 2015! Basically it’s 30 days of REAL food like meats, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and healthy oils. And LaCroix, because that deserves a category shout-out all on its own. You are not allowed to have grains of any kind, no sugar, no dairy, no corn or

Fitness

Age is the Silliest Number of All

Today I taught a Pilates class to the best of my non-Pilates-certified ability. This particular class time is turning into a Les Mills BodyFlow class when our club’s Fall schedule begins next week, and so it was a convenient substitution choice for me to present a low-impact, Pilates-inspired warm-up, followed by 30 minutes of BodyFlow.

Clean Eating

Ditch the ‘Fish Update

It’s been 12 days since I announced to my household that we are ALL supporting Produce for Kids in embracing healthier eating habits. I’ve been referring to this mission as Ditch the ‘Fish (Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers, that is) because we have been focusing on replacing processed crackers and pretzels with healthy snacks in addition to our already healthy

Fitness

First Time Teaching: How To Get Started

Saturday morning was the big day…I got to co-teach my first group exercise class! Last March, I began my journey of becoming a certified group fitness instructor with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). The material is no joke, and I pulled heavily from the anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology knowledge I learned in massage school. I

Inspiration

Comparison is a THIEF of JOY

“Comparison is a thief of joy” –unknown. This may be the truest quote I’ve ever found. It makes me think of two kids—the first is thrilled about the carrot sticks and ranch dressing she’s been given as a snack….until she looks over and sees her brother was given a cookie. Suddenly, her snack is an

Gluten Free

3 Years of Gluten-Free Living

I just realized this week marks my 3 year anniversary of being gluten-free but, more importantly, 3 years of being completely off drugs for ADHD. I can’t believe it has been that long but I have never felt better! There are still days where it’s rough—mainly at holidays and parties—but the pain and discomfort I feel

Life in Photos

Instagram Round-up Week 2

After a year of being a stay-at-home mom, I started a new part-time (quarter-time?) job this past week at a health club! I had seemingly outrageous criteria, and they were able to meet it all. It’s only about 10 hours per week, but I am loving this sweet taste of adult conversation again! And, of

Fitness

Officially ACE Fitness Certified!

I am so excited to announce that I am officially a nationally certified group fitness instructor through the American Council on Exercise! I have been studying for the past 3.5 months and I just passed the board exam this afternoon. By adding this certification to my existing massage therapy license, I am intentionally adding more

Personal

I’m Fit Possible!

I’m very excited to announce that I am now an I’m Fit Possible Ambassador! This just means I will have more access to, and inspiration from, others in the health and fitness community, as well as more opportunities and content for my blog! Taken from Imfitpossible.com, the philosophy is: We are a fast growing group of fitness

Clean Eating

GIANT Gift Card Winner & Grocery Haul!

The results for the $25 GIANT gift card giveaway are in! On behalf of GIANT food stores, Produce For Kids, and Below the Fork, thank you so much to everyone who participated. A huge congratulations go to Shelly S.! I’ll be mailing the gift card to her this week and cannot wait to see what yummy produce

Fitness

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