Accountability

Evolving Your Blog Into a Business

Here are my top 4 tips for evolving your blog from an idea, into a business. Share and promote your posts! It sounds so basic, but people get nervous about sharing. Believe in your content. Even if you’re just inspiring one person; the time you have spent on your blog is worth it. Just do it!

Online Fitcamp

Online Fitcamp Coming January 18th!

Does holiday weight gain have you feeling out-of-control and unbalanced? Do you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to take care of your family, responsibilities, and yourself? Is getting to a gym difficult, too expensive, or are you overwhelmed by group classes and cardio equipment? I completely understand. As women, it is exhausting trying to do

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

Product Review

What is Periscope?

Social media. Just when you think you’ve mastered one app, a new one is released. On March 26, 2015 Twitter’s live video stream app, Periscope, launched on iOS with the Android version launching shortly thereafter in May. I think it’s going to be the next big thing. Periscope is like the love child of YouTube

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

Organic

Homemade Toxic-Free Deodorant

Toxic-free deodorant was something I considered making or purchasing for several months. Then I read a VERY convincing, and thoroughly researched article on Mamavation about the cancer-causing toxins found in mainstream deodorants and anti-persperants like Degree and Secret (check now to see if yours says “active ingredient: aluminum” on the back) and knew it could no

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

Life in Photos

Instagram Round-Up

One of the main reasons (excuses?) I can sometimes neglect this blog is the ease of Instagram. Quickly uploading a photo already in my phone—or even taking the photo through the app—adding a couple of quick remarks or a recipe, hashtagging it, and automatically sharing to my other social media accounts is so convenient! Too

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

Fitness

Product Review: MyYogaWorks.com

My parents have officially moved 1,000 miles away—to say I am heart-broken would be an understatement. The drawn out anticipation leading up to this move and then the actual move itself has left me so drained. I’ve been desperately trying to stay centered and grounded, and ironically, last week I received a free 6-month subscription to

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

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

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

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

Gluten Free

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Over the weekend I attempted Roasted Chickpeas as a cheap, healthy snack. I’m not sure where I stumbled across this inspiration but it was somewhere in my Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest feed. Gluten-free, grain-free, very low in calories, and made enough to last for a week of yummy snacking!  They look like beer nuts but

Nutrition

Benefits of Flaxseeds

The running joke in our house lately has been that flaxseeds are my “signature ingredient.” I put them in everything! It meets the need for improved texture, crunch, and health benefits of any dish. Just 2 T of flaxseeds alone achieves 132% of the recommended daily requirement of omega-3 fats at just 74 calories! For

Fitness

No Gym Membership Required

I’ve always felt that a quality workout can be found outside of the gym, and today it was made even more apparent to me that you really do not need fancy equipment to complete a kick ass workout and get fit. In fact, personal trainers are intentionally recommending exercises that use your own body strength

Fitness

Spinning: Oh the Burn

When is the last time you tried something new? I’ve been getting that nervous but excited feeling a lot lately as I try out different classes at the gym. Today was no different. I decided to try spinning class for the first time. Intrigued by the class description (“Ready for an hour of adventure? Music?