Healthy Living

Truth Pants, Not Scale

Truth Pants are a pair of your favorite jeans (or any pant with a button and zipper) that you feel great in and are sized in your comfort weight zone. Truth Pants are the barometer of if you’ve lost some inches, gained some inches, or are spot on to where you feel healthy. Truth Pants

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

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.

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.

Goals

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

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

Fitness

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

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

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

Goals

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

Fitness

Product Review: Polar FT4

For anyone who follows me on Instagram (@belowthefork), you know that one of the ways I keep myself accountable is by frequently posting photos of the end screen of my Polar FT4 watch after a workout, touting the length of my workout session and the calorie burn. I’m often asked about it, so I thought

Healthy Living

Eating Clean on a Small Budget

I recently read a couple articles whose titles promised tips for eating clean on a small income, but they then proceeded to suggest buying organic everything. Umm…I don’t know where these authors live, what their other bills are, or really what they’re even considering a small income but in the realistic land of inflated prices

Fitness

Importance of Daily Stretching

I see a wide variety of massage clients: triathletes, stressed out corporate workers with no time to exercise (aka my old self!), MS and arthritis sufferers, men who only exercise during golf season, student athletes, stay-at-home moms, and everyone in between. I give them all the same advice though—stretch EVERY single day, if not multiple

Fitness

250 Miles for the Year!

I began running at the end of March to prepare for my first 5K in mid-April. I started with the “Ease into 5K” iPhone app and was initially “running” 14:07 miles. It took till Week 4 Day 3 to reach a respectable 11:09 pace for a 5K run and on May 14th I ran 4

Goals

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

Wellness

Setting Weekly Goals: Week 1

Every Sunday night I like to reflect on my past week, and set a new weekly goal for myself.  Part of the reason I do this is to make up for years of “Sunday night dread” and negativity, but I also think it’s an excellent way to create a plan of action and make yourself

Fitness

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