Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Things That Make Me Hangry!

(Disclaimer – this was written after angrily and unsuccessfully peeling hard boiled eggs.)

On my way to work a few days ago, I heard about a recent study where women claimed dieting is harder than child birth. While this may seem preposterous to most of you, there is something to be said about this theory. Depending on your pregnancy, carrying a child will range on average 32-42 weeks and the delivery at max will last few days. Translation, and END in sight. However, as our Pinterest feed is flooded with the new tips and tricks we are all HUNGRY for …..eating clean, counting calories, watching carbs, fasting like Daniel & eating like a caveman. They are a constant reminder that as we get older, we have to DIET. Yes, it’s a four letter word no one likes, and these “latest and greatest” tricks are just new ways to do it.

Today, I had an epiphany on why we all despise this quest, it’s the foods themselves! Have you ever stopped to think about how easy it is to eat bad food, and how hard it is to eat foods that are good for you? It takes time, planning, patients and energy to eat healthy food. For certain foods, I’m totally up for the challenge! After all, artichokes are one of my favorite foods. A veggie my husband absolutely hates to prepare from its raw form.  But for others….half way into the process I can’t help but to say “Are you freaking kidding me!”.  

For those of you who were not born with amazing metabolisms, the “I can eat whatever I want and still look amazing in a bikini”, this GIF is for you, (AND ME!)

Tastes SO Good – You Know You Wanna Be Bad 

(Top Left – 1. Pizza – it’s so easy you can have them on a bagel, from the freezer and even delivered to your door! 2. Cookies – between the “We don’t take no for an answer” girl scouts, and the packaging of these bad boys, we are all screwed. 3. Pasta – raise your hand if you have given into bottomless pasta bowls at Olive Garden, or finished off your child’s mac-n-cheese? 4. Potato Chips – there is a reason two separate companies have created slogans like “You Can’t Have Just One” and “Once You Pop You Can’t Stop”. They are genetically engineered to make discipline impossible.  5. Donut Holes – For when eating a whole donut is too hard of task…..they save the small centers so cute, you just can’t say no.)

Are You Freaking Kidding Me!

(Top Left – 1. Artichokes – you have to boil, peel, slice and cut these babies to even reach the edible part. 2.  Nuts – You are nuts if you try to eat these pre-shelled! 3. Crustaceans – Smart little creatures who’s shells make us all think… I really want Shrimp and Lobster tonight? 4. Pomegranates – and other tropical fruits that not only come with their own amour, but you need a set of instructions to consume. 5. Hard Boiled Eggs – The bane of my existence, and the inspiration for this post.) 

Happy Lunch time friends! 

Xoxo -



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Let's Go 60 Days - Personal Challenge

It’s the beginning of the third week of January, and its GAME time. SkinnyMom's Instagram photo yesterday was the perfect mental kick in the yoga pants I needed.
SkinnyMom Instagram
There are million excuses for not being the healthiest version of myself….for why I didn't "drinking enough water", "eat", or "make it to the gym".  If I’m honest, it boils down to not challenging myself and laziness. 
So today, on January 20th, I am making a proclamation for a no excuses 60 day challenge, where I commit to the BEST version of myself in 2015. The conditions......
  • Water – 72 OZ or More
  • Food – Commit to eating clean 5 days a week, leaving room for 2 cheat meals per week
  • Fitness – Workout 4 times a week,  at least 2x at the gym, if not more
  • Find Joy – regardless of how well I do day to day, week to week….I will find a way to tap into my inner bliss and find something that makes me happy every day

So far day one is off to a roaring start! With almost 10k steps, clean meals (dinner thanks to Seasons 52) and more water than my bladder knows what to do with! 

I promise, at the end of this challenge, I will share my results! Feel free to join me and follow my progress!
#liveenergized #letsgo60days #gametime

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Themed Workout

Happy Halloween everyone! Before we all begin our nights with warm and hearty soups, festive beverages and a sampling of our kids Halloween candy....I wanted to share a festive workout my bootcamp buddies and I did this morning. So you can enjoy your treats, guilt free!

Warm Up:

  • 60 Second Carioca or Grapevine Drill
  • 50 Second Creepy Crawly Walk (Bridge walking backward on hands)
  • 40 Squats
  • 30 Jumping Jacks
  • 20 Second Sprint
  • 10 Push Ups

Cardio Bootcamp - Grab a partner and watch the calories burn! I recommend doing each workout 3 times, 40 seconds on...20 seconds off. Have fun!

  1. Pumpkin Toss (Medicine Ball works too!) - Grab a partner and toss the pumpkin back and forth while running horizontally the length of a room.
  2. Monster Walk - Place a tight small band around your ankles, walk in a half moon shape forward, alternating legs.....think Thriller! 
  3. Frankenstein Lunge - With a hand weight in each hand, lunge forward keeping your hands at shoulder height the whole time. 
  4. Spider Push Up - Starting in a plank, step forward bringing your foot to shoulder height, then pushup. Alternate on each side.
  5. Bat Burpees - Standard burpee, but jumping into a "bat" pose (aka start jump).
  6. Goblet Squat - Grabbing a pumpkin, or a kettle bell squat. For extra calories, add an upright row or overhead press.
  7. Bon Fire Outs - Go into a deep squat, feet spread wider than shoulder width. With a bench or low surface in front come up into a lunge reaching out and coming into a elevated plank. 
  8. Zombie Get Ups - Starting laying completely flat, come up to full standing...without using your hands. You can however..cross your feet.
  9. Full Moon Rises - Laying down with a exercise ball between your feet crunch up to pass it to your hands, alternate.
Of course this can also be done tomorrow, to burn off today's festivities. Or you can just join me tomorrow at Allstar Backyard Bootcamp at 9am, to see what we come up with next!

Xoxo -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

6-Month Hiatus

For those of you who know me well, 6 months of silence is quiet out of character. I’ve learned a few things this year that I believe are worth sharing. Being a mom is a privilege, but to call it a "hard job" would also be an understatement. Not due to the lack of sleep and constant change in our children, but the inner insecurity that nags at us all. The feeling like no matter how happy our family is, or how clean our house is…we still feel like we aren’t doing a good enough job. Its something I’ve struggled with, and from those of you I’ve talked to, I’m not alone.

Today I spent the day home with my sweet baby Lincoln, who woke up with a slight fever, and now is sleeping soundly and feeling much better. I am so thankful for this day, just your average Thursday and yes, I have a mountain of laundry that has overgrown my sofa now begging to be folded. But I don’t care.

A good friend of mine once said, sometimes its ok to just…be….still. She shared when her kids were little she would feel the needed to constantly doing something…cooking, cleaning, working out etc. It’s a wonder most of us go to bed at 9pm exhausted, still making to-do lists in our head as we fall asleep.  So I say this to you amazing mothers out there, and to myself. Your best is amazing, and tomorrow rather than being your own worst critic…..lets try to be a cheerleader instead.

Missed you guys, happy to be back.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April (No Fools) Ab Challenge

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Spring has officially sprung! My first half marathon, The Flying Pig is less than 5 weeks away, so I am tasking myself with a new challenge. My friends at Bob Roncker’s have made it quite clear you not only need mileage, but a strong core to cross the finish line.
Since Lincoln is 8-months-old tomorrow, I have decided to dedicate my last month of training to rebuilding my post baby core! While it may not look the same as it did before baby, how I hate that pesky little line that just won’t fade away. I know I can feel just as strong as I did before my muscles were stretched out for 9, ok let’s be honest, 10 months!
To complete this challenge, I will be leveraging several things:
  • Pinterest Workouts – I even created an AAC board which houses ideas and workouts
  • DVDs – for the days I can’t get out of the house
  • Classes – now that warm weather is rolling in with Spring, I’m going to get out of the house (and my comfort zone) and try a few new core strengthening workouts
  • Swimsuit slimming secrets – let’s be honest, you can do a hundred sit ups and have the strongest core ever. But if you don’t balance that hard work with a good diet and proper nutrition, that beautiful six pack will be hidden under layers of flab. So I will also share healthy eating tips about giving my body the fuel it needs to showcase my new strong core

I promise to share weekly what is working, and what is not. Last, I vow to do something I have never done before, something that I know will hold me accountable: share before and after pictures. GASP!
Anyone else up for the challenge?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Good Gifting - Homemade Spa Products

My gift to my beautiful baby shower hostesses,
see the final package below.
Having a natural obsession for spa products — particularly those made with natural ingredients — I decided to try my hand at making a few at home spa products. Creating these products make fun DIY projects that may even save me money in the long run.

My first inspiration came from a stay a year ago at an upscale hotel. They had a little welcome bag for my husband and I, including a bath tea bag. Loving any essential oils, Epsom salt and any bath fizzies I can get my hands on, this sounded like a great project for a spa themed gift. Here’s what you will need to make your own:

  • Dried chamomile flowers (about ½ cup)
  • Dried hibiscus flowers (about 1 ½ cups)
  • Dried lavender (about ½ cup)
  • Essential oil scented Epsom salt (or plain Epsom salt with the essential oils of your choice) (2 cups of Epsom salt)
  • Large (self-sealing) tea bags (I got mine at Teavana – great price!)
  • Iron
  • Large bowl

Measure and mix out the flowers, placing in the large bowl. Add in Epsom salt and mix. Scoop out and fill teabags half to three-quarters full. Use iron to press and seal.

Wrap with a cute ribbon for a gift, or place in a tub of hot water and enjoy for your self.

The second idea came from a gift my wonderful friend, Heather Loyall, gave me for Christmas. This little jar smelled so good, in a crazy pregnant moment I actually tasted it… .Then panicked I sent her a text that said “What was in that scrub?, I just tasted it ‘cause it smelled so good!” Luckily it only has three safe ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup Coconut oil
  • ½ Cup Brown sugar
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • Small Jars

That's it! To make a batch, I took the whole jar of coconut oil and scooped its contents into a large bowl.
Next added in the brown sugar, mixing well. Last, I added in the honey, mixing until smooth. My friend Heather said you can substitute the sugar for salt for a grainier feel and add in fun ingredients to mix it up, like:
  • Coffee grounds
  • Orange zest
  • Fresh rosemary
Then simply jar, decorate and figure out who you want to spoil!

This is what I gave beautiful baby shower hostess, last summer. Tag reads:
"From my shower to yours. Thank you for helping to prepare us for our little arrival. Now go pamper yourself with these fresh spa products."

Please know these measurements are what I used, but if you want a grainier scrub, or a bath soak that smells more like lavender and chamomile and lavender, just adjust to make it yours!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

New Year, New Goals

Some of you may find it ironic, that only 60 days after joining the world’s largest health and wellness website I decided not to make a New Year’s resolution. Particularly when some would say that’s the bread and butter of our business. In my opinion the term “resolution” is one you hear less and less after today. Fun fact, January 18th is known as the most common day people abandoning what they sought out to do in the New Year.

I've decided to set goals instead. After all, a goal is just a dream with a deadline. 
To not forget them, I have also made a collage to serve as motivation over the next 347 days.
  • Find balance between work & family – as new mom and working at company I have so much passion for, it can be tough to switch gears. I am very lucky to have many friends who are also working mothers, who have done a great job leading by example.
  • Help spread the Spark – I love my new company, and as a member of their team I would love to make us a house hold name!
  • Eat more clean meals, more often – yes, I love my fruit and veggies…but sometimes I need to eat more clean meals on a consistent basis. (diet confessional)
  • Be early – yes, I am one of those who walks in right as things start…it would be nice to be early more often.
  • Run my first half marathon – The Cincinnati Flying Pig, very exciting to run this with my wonderful HoneyBadgers!
  • Weekly blog posts – to share my ideas, content and life moments….that I hope you all will find interesting and useful!
  • Focus on the task at hand – I get overwhelmed sometimes when there are so many things going on, but I find when I make a list and focus on the tasks at hand, I feel amazing once they are complete. This is another situation when my planner is key to this year’s success.
  • Keep my positive outlook – I have noticed as a mom it’s easy to beat myself up for getting off track, but I have always been an optimist and a positive person…..So I am committing to not let that change.
  • Read 3 business, and 3 fun books – confession I am great at starting a book….but sometimes life prevents me from finishing them.
  • Take the stairs – yes, this is one area I am lazy….working on fixing that.
  • Make time to stretch – another fitness confessional.
  • Language – pregnancy was a great motivator to watch my words, but here soon I will have a little one who will repeating things….so this year I have decided to find new words for those moments when you just want to scream out things that require censoring.

So there you have it, my dozen goals for 2014. 

Happy New Year everyone!



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