10 Non-Fitness Things About Me


So, I typically share all things fitness here. Although that is a significant part of my life, I do have interests outside of healthy living! 1. I'm a homebody. I much prefer to be at home with family than out and about. 2. Clutter makes me anxious. Let me clarify. It doesn't bother me in the least at other homes. However, in my house, I need a semblance of order. A tidy space = a clear mind. 3. I read every day. I'm currently reading Game of Thrones - Book 2. I love to escape with … [Continue reading]

Make It Count

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Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Some of you may still be in weekend mode with Presidents' Day today. Enjoy! Cooper certainly is. ;) We had a leisurely weekend, and spent it inside as it was bitterly cold with nasty winds here in Central Illinois. So, lots of coloring, Legos, dance parties, and reading to keep Jada busy. Meanwhile my hubby enjoyed +70 degrees and opening the season 4-0! Make Nap Time Count Nap time is my hurry-up-and-get-everything-done time. Jada … [Continue reading]

Sweaty Love

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Okay, so maybe Sweaty Love isn't the title you're looking for with Valentine's Day around the corner. But, it's more appealing title than Hairy Love, isn't it? My hairy sidekick, Cooper, is always by my side. Even during this 20 min AMRAP: 20 calories rowed 10 bar facing burpees 5 thrusters at 95# The Rx'ed WOD had thrusters at 130#! Yikes! I couldn't even do 95# unbroken. Are any of you signing up for the CrossFit Open? Deadline is February 26th. Love Your Legs … [Continue reading]

The Power of Protein

IsoPure Vanilla Protein Powder_4

If you are reading this, then you probably know that you need protein in your diet. Protein is an essential macronutrient, along with fats and carbohydrates. Protein does not make us "bulky". Fat does not make us "fat". And, we need carbohydrates to fuel our activities. (Sugar is the real enemy, but that's another post.) Protein Functions and Needs Protein is probably best know for aiding in muscle tissue repair, at least in the health and fitness industry, that's what we hear about … [Continue reading]

Morning Wins…With a Toddler


Getting out the door in the morning with a toddler on time is a morning win in and of itself. Parents, you feel me? I do most of my personal training in the morning, so it's imperative I start the day with routine and energy in order to get to the gym on time with a toddler. Here's a peak into our typical morning: Morning Routine Timeline 8:00 p.m.  I like to think our morning starts the night before with a solid bedtime routine. After dinner, it's play time with activities getting … [Continue reading]

A Day of Eating

banana and nut butter

Happy Friday! Today, I wanted to share a little bit more about how I have been fueling by sharing a sample day of eating. Fuel for Performance Let's talk about fuel. I like referring to food as fuel, because we are truly fueling our bodies to perform to their highest capability. Take Jada for instance. You have to check out the Instagram video of her climbing--the laugh at the end makes it worth it! She is non-stop, so she needs high quality fuel. ;) While this isn't an … [Continue reading]

Burpee-Pull-ups & Workouts Lately

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Here is a collection of workouts lately. Hoping a few of them inspire you! Super Bowl Despite the outcome of the Super Bowl, Jada & Spencer proudly showed off their Seahawks gear. Spencer is from Washington, so he has been a Seahawks fan forever. His sister, Jada's auntie, found Jada the cutest gear to make dad's most adorable accessory. Did you guys watch the game? The commercials? The half time show? My favorite commercials are probably no surprise: Budweiser Lost … [Continue reading]

The WHY behind the workout

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I love feeling fit, energetic and strong as a woman, and especially, as a mom. It's important to me as a personal trainer to "look the part."  But, Jada is the real WHY behind my workouts now. It's Not Selfish There's no doubt, I will always put Jada and her needs first. As a parent, you become completely selfless with regards to your children (fur babies included). However, I've said it before, making time to workout, makes me a better mom.  I don't feel selfish for taking that time … [Continue reading]

How to Live Active in 2015 + a Lorna Jane Giveaway!

Lorna Jane Live Active Diary

Can you believe we are approaching February?! If your goal is to LIVE ACTIVE in 2015, needs a little push, I have just the item for you today! The Lorna Jane 2015 Move Nourish Believe Diary is as beautiful as it is motivating. In fact, it is on sale for 50% off right now! But, one of my readers has the chance to win this amazing item thanks to Lorna Jane. Before we get to the giveaway, let's talk about how to LIVE ACTIVE this year. 1. Write down your goals & track … [Continue reading]

CrossFit Inspired Running Workout

CrossFit Running WOD

Happy new week and fresh start to you all. I posted a workout on Instagram last week that many followers loved (and tried), so I wanted to be sure and share it here. CrossFit Inspired Running Workout After a 1 mile warm-up on the treadmill, do the following. 6 rounds: 10 burpees 20 kettle bell swings [eye-level] 50# 10 push-ups 400m run [9.0 mph on treadmill] I failed to get an accurate time, but the workout took between 22-25 minutes, I think. You can modify this by reducing … [Continue reading]