Inspiration

Change Your Inner Dialogue

Positive change begins with your inner dialogue. Be kind to yourself. Encouraging to yourself. Forgiving, grateful, and loving. When we believe the devil’s lies, we start down a dark path of doubt, fear, lack of self worth, and unhealthy patterns. If you truly want change, it has to start with your inner dialogue. The inner

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: Try Every Class 3 Times

I’m keeping today’s tip short and simple! Try every fitness class a minimum of 3 times. The first time is to see what the class is all about; the second time is to get over your mental baggage to see what your body can really do; and the third time is to take the mental

Faith

Importance of Quiet Time

You probably know the scene: that witching hour around dinner time when the house is a-buzz with crazy kids releasing any pent up energy left over from the day as they ramshackle the family room, kitchen, and basically any other room they can get their sticky paws on. This scene in my house typically ends in one of

Motivation

Monday Motivation: Sharing Health Online vs Reality

Ever feel like your blog or social media presence isn’t getting the viewership or growth you want? Maybe you’re a little discouraged. I have moments when it feels like I’m putting a lot of time into my blog but no one is reading it. Or that I’m “competing” with too many others that are generating similar

Faith

A Month of Thanksgiving

It’s November. How is it possibly November already?! Is time going by at warp speed for everyone else? October is certainly my favorite month of the year, but that period between Halloween and Thanksgiving holds a dear place in my heart as well. I love Thanksgiving. I love that it’s about family, food, and presence…not presents.

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.

Fitness

What “I Want To Get Back In Shape” Really…

One of the coolest things about growing up is seeing how your friends turn out. Luckily, the majority of my friends were all good, smart kids, and so it’s no surprise to me that they’ve all been quite successful in life. One of those friends, I’m proud to say, is now the owner and founder

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

Clean Eating

Produce for Kids

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. If you truly are what you eat, then my oldest son would in fact be a cheddar Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. I’m not proud of it by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m also not as disgusted by it as many of my fellow health/fitness bloggers. Mostly because I grew up eating

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

Fitness

Re-Igniting Motivation

I’ve been thinking about motivation a lot lately. Mostly because I’m lacking it. Do you ever have days where life feels like one big obstacle course? Maybe it’s just par for the course when you’re in the throws of raising little ones, but distracted is way too common a feeling I have right now and I

Accountability

Forward Focus

I’m done wallowing in frustration and disappointment that my body failed to carry our third child. I considered writing a big, long blog post about that, but I’m not going to do it. No words exist to properly explain it to someone who has never been through it and anyone who has suffered a miscarriage

Fitness

Online Motivation

Last week I decided to take the Tone It Up (TIU) challenge of 150 miles by Summer. TIU’s unique approach (which I love and appreciate so much) is that the mileage is not just calculated by running miles alone. Instead, the challenge honors 10 minutes of heart-thumping cardio exercise as 1 mile. For a Zumba junkie like me, this

Opinion

Magic in Simplicity

One of my friends posted this Huffington Post article a couple weeks ago and it’s been in the back of my mind ever since. “I’m Done Making My Kid’s Childhood Magical” is of course an attention-seeking headline at first glance, but the content of the article nails exactly what’s been going off-course for our plugged-in

Fitness

3 Times the Charm!

On Monday, I took a Les Mills BodyPump class for the first time. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but a couple of my friends always rave about it, and it aligns with my postpartum fitness goals of increasing strength, stamina, and muscle tone, so I finally got the courage to try it. In just one

Fitness

Sweat is…

I saw this quote on Twitter the other night and thought it was hilarious—and true! LOVE IT!!! Using the iPhone app, Over, I used an up-close shot of my yoga pants as a background and reworded it slightly. 

Goals

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