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Bars Attack

Bars attack!  You may remember my Kashi Bar attack a couple weeks ago.


Well, it happened again!  This time with Lara Bars!


However, it is worse than x2…here’s the story…

And as always, if you don’t know me yet, be sure to read my story and follow along on Facebook.  You should also click the pic below and get email updates so you never miss a thing!

Lastly, good things come to those who share!  If my journey has been helpful, informational, motivating, inspiring, or entertaining for you, I would love and appreciate it if you helped share it with someone else!  Thank you!

Start Before You Are Ready

IMG_4883As some of you know, getting up early is not easy for me.  However, I am proud to say that TWO days in a row now I have been up at 6:00!  Thank you to Chris for helping with this.  Lately, I have been a BIG proponent of following this advice…

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Of all the lessons I have learned in life, this one is pre-tty, pre-tty important!  Start BEFORE you are ready.  With ANYTHING that I have been wanting to do lately, I follow this motto.  Don’t get me wrong, my brain often gets trapped in the “planning” phase.  I am now much more aware of how much time I spend THINKING about something I want to do rather than just DOING IT!  No more wasting time planning (because things never go as planned anyway).  Plus, the sooner I jump into something, the sooner I get to the fun parts – making mistakes and LEARNING how to get better at it.


So, yesterday I found myself planning out how I would start implementing a daily morning routine.  I was going to make a list, prioritize, plan out how much time each item would take, blah, blah, blah…then I became aware of what I was doing.  NO MORE PLANNING…JUST START DOING!!!  So I did.  This morning I got up and just started doing things that I WANT to do in the morning.  It went well.  Here is the order in which things happened:

1) Chris pulled covers off me

2) Groaning and begging to sleep 15 more minutes (NO – GET UP!!!!)

3) Poured coffee like a zombie and let myself truly wake up while I sat on the couch with NO social media

4) After the magic of coffee kicked in, I cleared the sink of dishes and got Chris’s shake and coffee ready

I knew I needed to feel more AWAKE so…

5) Put real clothes on (normally I mope around in my bathrobe in the morning), brushed my teeth, put  my hair up, and hung up the bathrobe

I want to start meditating in the morning so I thought “maybe I should get online and research apps.”  NO – JUST FIND ONE, DOWNLOAD IT, and START!  So I did.

6) 5 minutes of guided meditation with the first free app that popped up

7) Did my itty bitty workout while listening to a short 10 minute personal development podcast

8) Reread my journal (which includes my goals, daily affirmations, and other fun happy things)

9) Daily journaling/blogging (doing it right now 🙂 )

And after this…the BEAST

10) Daily workout – I WILL start doing this in the AM – no more procrastinating!

So, for some daily reflection, what are the things you are wasting time just “planning out” right now.  What should you just START?  What small action will you take today to get closer to whatever it is you want to do?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

action always beats intention
And as always, if you don’t know me yet, be sure to read my story and follow along on Facebook.  You should also click the pic below and get email updates so you never miss a thing!  Also, good things come to those who share!  If my journey has been helpful/informational/motivating/inspiring/entertaining for you, I would love and appreciate it if you helped share it with someone else!

Tips for Eating Out With Self Control

We eat out A LOT!!! How do I keep myself under control?  Here are a few tips for eating out with self control.

1) Order something I WANT but make a healthy modification (fruit instead of fries and then I just eat some of Chris’s fries…hehe)
2) Ditch lots of the sauces (here I scraped off the sour cream)
3) Eat SLOW
4) Drink LOTS and LOTS of water while eating slow
5) Leave LOTS on my plate and take home for later


Not only do I fill up FAST by eating slow and drinking lots of water, I also take a lot home so I get two meals out of it therefore saving $$$!

What are your tips for eating out and staying healthy?  Share in the comments!

If you haven’t read my full story be sure to do that!  I have online fitness and nutrition groups starting soon on Facebook.  Be sure to head over there and click “like” to follow the fun!  You can also click below for email updates so you never miss a post!  I look forward to connecting with you!

Are You Getting Uncomfortable?

Today I finished up the book, You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero!  GREAT READ by the way.  I highly recommend it for a positive, uplifting, life boost!12002361_10100537085569860_6218415006216777796_oAnyway, there were sooooooo many take aways and I flagged them ALL!!IMG_4457I plan to turn many of them into inspirational quotes images for Pinterest.  Who else is obsessed with pinning quotes?!  Here is one I made today 🙂walk around with sunbeams shootingWell, there was a quote about getting uncomfortable that really struck me.  It struck me so much that I felt the urge to TALK about it rather than just WRITE about it.  So, here is a quick video of me blabbing about getting uncomfortable!  By the way, I originally made the video for and online health and fitness group I am running but it definitely pertains to everyone!  Also, be sure you are following me on Facebook to stay updated about all my online health, fitness, and wellness challenge groups!

Are you living in your comfort zone?  How do you plan to push yourself out of it?

Change Your Mindset

I have been reading sooooo many personal development books lately and I am pretty amazed at how I have taken back control of my thoughts!  Even just being more aware of what my brain tries to do to me is progress!  I am truly learning that with ANY big goals (health related or not) you HAVE to learn to change your mindset.

If you want to join me in my personal development reading you can!  I have a Facebook Group open for ANYONE!  I post regularly (most days) with chapters and reflection questions.  You can work at your own pace through the book!  Click here to get to the group – feel free to add yourself.  We are just about to finish up You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero and the next book up is Rising Strong by Brene BrownRising StrongFollowing the concept of “change your mindset”, I am also starting a group tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 26) called “Mind Over Matter”.  Here’s what it entails:

✔5-Days of “Mental Prep” to get you motivated and inspired
✔Daily journal activities to dig through some mental demons
✔Group atmosphere but private (share only if you’re comfortable)
✔See what these challenge groups are all about!
✔Finish the group feeling READY to reach your health/fitness goals!!

Email me at or send me a message on FB (are you following me – if not, click here). We start Monday so I need to know ASAP!  Oh, and you can actually jump into the group TODAY ONLY and view a video from me to see if it looks like something you want to do!  Click here to view the “Mind Over Matter” Group for a quick peek!

Expand your beliefsYou can DO ANYTHING!

Your Health is Priceless

When I start something new, my motivation is high. I am ready to take on anything and invest in anything. Inevitably, the initial motivation wears off and self-doubt starts to creep in. Can I actually do it? Am I dedicated enough? Do I have the patience? Do I have the strength? Am I trying to reach for something that is out of my league? My excuses start to fill my head. I don’t have enough time. I don’t have enough energy. I don’t have enough money. I don’t have enough will power. I don’t want to do it anymore. Then I have to remember that without my health, I would have nothing. There is no amount of money or no length of time that is more valuable than that.  My health is priceless.  Your health is priceless.

#youarepriceless #loveyourself #takecareofyourbody #noexcuses #findaway #dontgiveup #whatdoyouwant #goalgetter #gethealthy #stayhealthy

your body is the most priceless

Are you taking care of yourself or are you making excuses?

Badass Bookclub

Some of you know that I lead an online Badass Bookclub via Facebook that ANYONE can join.  We read personal development books to make us better/happier/healthier people!

Click here to find the group and feel free to add yourself!  Everyday I read a couple chapters and post my thoughts and favorite quotes that really resonate with me. I thought I would start sharing some of them publicly too! I won’t be sharing everything (you have to be our book club to get that), but I will share quotes that really hit me.

12002361_10100537085569860_6218415006216777796_oHere are today’s (all from the book You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero):

“…fear will always be there, poised and ready to wreak havoc, but we can choose whether we’re going to engage with it…”

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

>>>>This one also really hit home for me>>>> “We’re unwilling to make other people more uncomfortable than they just made us.”

“Never apologize for who you are. It lets the whole world down.”

When someone takes a leap of faith

I hope you join in the Badass Bookclub fun!

Push Yourself

Recently, I have had to push myself outside my comfort zone in sooooo many other areas of my life besides my physical fitness. It is scary. It is hard. It is unknown. It is exciting. It is emotionally exhausting. Some people understand and some people don’t. It WILL all make me a stronger person ultimately. Just like a challenging workout…it’s hard to take the first step, it’s exhausting while you are doing it, it’s still hard even after you’ve done it a few times, and some people will think you are crazy!


What are you doing to push yourself?  We can help push each other!  Find me on Facebook!

What is an Online Coach?

I have ALWAYS dreamed of having a side business in health and fitness. Well, some unpredictable life events have happened and now I will be diving into the deep end! Have you ever considered becoming an online coach yourself? Are you in the beginning of your health journey, in the middle, or somewhere near the non-existent ending?

Wherever you are in life, becoming a online coach yourself can HELP you be the BEST and HEALTHIEST you! YOU can help others while helping yourself! I am offering a sneak peek into my new adventure. For those who are even the slightest bit interested in simply learning more, email me at and I will add you to a secret Facebook group.  You will be able to read/watch videos that answer some common questions! There is no commitment…this is just information for you, from me smile emoticon

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Hard Times

During hard times I MUST keep my mind thinking positively. I talk to myself out loud. I write things down in a journal. I find daily affirmations and write them and read them. I put post-its around my house. Anything to keep my mind from turning on me and holding me back. Trying to find the opportunities in everything will get you through anything…hard workouts, hard choices, hard life!