I am Team Beachbody

✨Everyone has a story, and this is mine.✨⠀ I used to believe everything people said about me. The first time I was called fat I was 8. “You shouldn’t wear shorts like that with YOUR legs.”  ⠀ I believed them when they said I shouldn’t dance because I didn’t have “a ballet body.”  I believed…

I wanted more for my life than teaching could give me.

When you’re in graduate school for teaching, they don’t tell you that some months you’ll have to choose between the dentist and groceries – when you desperately need both – because you’re buried deep in student loans and your salary barely gets you by.

Healthy Hearty Vegetable Soup

This recipe is my go-to lunch. I pair it with fried eggs and I’m happy 100% of the time I eat it. It’s hearty, savory, and filling. The best part of this recipe is that it’s 21 Day Fix approved, so you know it’s clean, tasty, and satisfying. It also freezes well, but leave plenty…

Get the body of your dreams (Virtual Bootcamp!)

ON FEBRUARY 13TH, I’m going to help you get the body of your dreams. I’m going to help you transform your mindset so you BELIEVE in yourself, stop sabotaging yourself, and get to that goal you’ve had for so long it’s gotten blurry in the back of your mind. I’m going to help you learn…

Get paid to be imperfect with me. 

I’m not perfect. Sometimes I eat too much. Sometimes I skip my workouts. Sometimes I STILL fall into the “well, this day is a fail, might as well eat some more junk and start tomorrow” mind trap. ⠀ Sometimes I find myself contemplating a crash diet 2 weeks before an event I “thought I’d be thinner…

Clean Chocolate Chip Cookies

I should start by telling you that I have a long and sordid history with any dessert touted as “healthified” or “guilt-free.” For a long time, I didn’t realize I was eating 4 times as much sugar-free, low-fat ice cream as I would’ve if I’d just gotten the real thing. Plus, the sugar-free, low-fat stuff…

Holiday Fit Club 11/14/16

Last year I LOST weight over the holidays. ⠀ It feels SO DAMN GOOD to wake up on New Year’s Day and realize that you don’t need to make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight because you’re already well on your way. Everyone else is giving up entire food groups and joining overpriced gyms,…

Thankful Thursday

A husband who loves me, understands me, complements me perfectly, and who is also secretly a kindergartener, like me. My body because it does really cool things like renegade rows. Wait, I hate those. My body, because it does really cool things like frog burpees. Beachbody. My husband. The balls I grew over the past…

How to talk to your friend on a health and fitness journey

You can work hard to make your body different with nutrition and exercise AND love your body. You can be proud of it RIGHT NOW and want it to look different in 2 months. You can love the skin you’re in and still want to change that skin. It’s okay to do both at the same time. It doesn’t make you a hypocrite. It doesn’t mean you hate your body. Working on your strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance is self-love, not hate.

Strong Mind, Strong Body Accountability Group

This Flex Friday goes out to the amazing ladies in my accountability group this month. I see you losing weight and self-doubt, gaining muscle and confidence. I see you challenging your negative thoughts, making daily changes, fitting into “those jeans,” smiling bigger, lunging deeper, jumping higher, and getting closer to crushing your goals. I am…

Why I became a coach (Part 1)

I realized I was doing things in the wrong order. I was doing whatever possible to be thin, assuming it would make me happy, when what I really needed to do was focus on being happy first, and then try to lose weight. I needed to heal myself mentally and emotionally before I healed myself physically.

A thank you note to my coach

If it weren’t for her, I would be yo-yo dieting, with my hair falling out, spending thousands of dollars (and hours!) a year on fancy gym memberships, personal trainers, and elaborate powder and pill supplement cocktails from vitamin stores.