Sunday, November 29, 2015

Yesterday I ate a pint of Ben&Jerry’s ice cream.

It’s exactly as bad as you think. There is no reasoning that could explain it. There are no extenuating circumstances to validate it.

It wasn’t impulsive. I thought about it, and decided to do it. I walked to Tedeschi and bought it. Then I ate some of it. Then I ate most of the rest of it.

I was stone cold sober.

I am a Beachbody coach. I help others build healthy fitness and nutrition habits. This is my job. I run accountability groups structured around giving people the support they need to accomplish these goals. Yet I ate Ben&Jerry’s last night.

It wasn’t part of my plan. I didn’t work hard on my fitness and nutrition all week so I could earn this. I worked hard all week to earn some splurges on Thanksgiving dinner. I enjoyed them thoroughly, got right back on track, and then for some reason, 2 days later, I went off-track.

I tell you this because I want you to know that it’s okay if you’ve done this too. You’re not alone. We have so much working against us. So many industries (unhealthy food, quick-fix weight loss) want our money and are willing to do anything to get it. There are so many people, and so many companies ready to shame us so that we’ll give them our money.

The only way we can fight it is to talk about it. The only way we can try to build healthier fitness, nutrition and mindset habits is to own every piece of it, and help each other through it. Which is why I’m telling you all about this.

So wherever you are on this journey to a healthier lifestyle, I beg you… Please talk about it. Whether you’re happily on your way to a healthier you, barely hanging in there, or somewhere in between, talk about it. 

I didn’t get into this business so I could run accountability groups full of people who did everything perfectly the first time, all the time, right away.

So how are you?


Why I became a fitness and nutrition coach

In case you’re wondering why I became a Beachbody Coach, me, with my body image issues, my disordered eating crash diet history, and my lovehandles:

It’s not because I am an expert nutritionist, doctor, or personal trainer. It’s not because I have the perfect body, and it’s not because I want the perfect body. In fact, at my strongest and my thinnest, I still found fault with myself. It’s bigger than my body composition.

I do this because we have so much working against us…

→ unrealistic standards
→ companies trying to capitalize on our insecurities by selling us quick fixes
→ media designed to shame us no matter what our size
→ unhealthy options everywhere we turn

…and the only way to fight all that negativity is as a team. The only way to make a difference on a large scale is to work together.

I do this because want my future children to grow up knowing that food is not the enemy, exercise is not a punishment, and fitting rooms are not places where we cry surrounded on all sides by mirrors. That mindset starts with me.

I do this because I deserve to feel happy and comfortable in my own skin, and so do they, and so do you.

Transformation Tuesday #1

Before, you'd either find me exercising for 2+ hours a night at the gym or sitting on the couch. I was very much an all-or-nothing exerciser. For stretches of time I'd be toned and in pretty good shape, but when things got stressful, I'd lose strength, muscle tone, and endurance.

Now I work out 6 days a week in my living room using weights and resistance bands aka my new love. I work out for half an hour some days, and an hour on others.

Sometimes I go to the gym down the street, but most days I'm content to work out in my home gym. No commute. No waiting for machines. If I decide to work out, 3 minutes later I'm working out. No excuses.

This is the smallest house I've ever lived in, and it's packed to the brim with books from my classroom last year (as you can see in the photo) but you know what I realized? I don't need a lot of space. I don't need a lot of equipment. I just need weights, a resistance band, and an amazing team of accountability partners cheering me on.

Oh, and a good sportsbra of course. Let's be real.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

How I'm avoiding the unhealthy spiral of the holiday season!

No one needs to be on a diet during the holiday season. Whether you want to lose 0 pounds or 200 pounds, you don’t need to count calories, cut out entire food groups, or miss out on social events with your friends and family. You can even LOSE weight, if that’s what you want.

What you DO need is a plan, because without a plan, the unhealthy spiral begins.

For me, it starts with Thanksgiving.

  • The dinner stretches late into the night because I go back for seconds (okay fine thirds).
  • I have leftovers for breakfast on Friday.
  • Everyone is in town for the holiday, so we inevitably go out Friday night (and/or Saturday) and then I drink too much bourbon and inhale a box of Cheez-its at midnight (which I bought from Tedeschi because I don’t keep Cheez-its in the house).

The spiral continues from there through New Years...through New Years...
  • I’m hungover, because I forget that I can't drink like I'm 22 anymore, so I order pizza and swear to eat healthy tomorrow.
  • I wake up late, don’t pack a lunch, require 3 cups of coffee to function and then end up being up half the night.
  • My friends throw a “Holiday Party” between Thanksgiving and Christmas so we can celebrate when people are in town. Cut to an entire table full of desserts. I eat 8 brownies.
  • I get takeout, because why at this point what’s one more day.
  • I feel sluggish so I don’t exercise. This compounds my sluggishness.
  • My mood suffers due to lack of exercise.
  • I binge-watch a show on Netflix and order Thai food. I do NOT select the delicious AND healthy items on the menu.

The spiral continues.

  • The parties continue.
  • I avoid the gym because the thought of putting on spandex is horrifying.
  • I regret not buying some phony weight loss supplement from Amazon Prime on Black Friday.
  • I start googling workout plans despite my frustration with the people who mob my gym after New Year’s (I can’t stand them even when I am one of them!). 

Considering how I usually feel by the time December 31st rolls around, is it any wonder that I hate New Year’s Eve?


This year I have a plan, and it involves eating healthy 80% of the time and splurging 20% of the time. It involves guilt-free treats most of the time, but sometimes full fat sugar-laden pie, because you can eat that occasionally when you HAVE a PLAN and you don't slide into the spiral I described above.

This year I have a plan, and it involves feeling good instead of depressed and lethargic as it gets cold outside. 

This year I plan to build muscle, lose fat, improve my flexibility and balance, and cook and eat great food. 

This year I say no to the spiral. 

Join me for a Game of Thrones-themed nutrition and fitness accountability group starting on November 30th!

We’ll focus on:

-Clean eating and portion control
-Half an hour of daily exercise
-Making a plan so we can enjoy the holidays to the fullest and get back on track the next day
-Game of Thrones-themed workout challenges, recipes and challenges!

Email me at OR go to my website to sign up for a challenge pack!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Game of Thrones-themed Fitness/Nutrition Challenge Group Alert!

Challenge Group Alert! And this one has a theme: Game of Thrones!

Winter is coming…

and it’s bringing with it holidays, parties, leftovers, wine, short days, and in my case, cold weather, snow piles, a general malaise and a whole lot of excuses.

I’ll start tomorrow.
What’s one more day?
Might as well wait until ______.
But it’s so COLD and DARK and MY CAT is in my WARM BED.

NOT TODAY.Not this time.
Not this winter.

This winter I’m going to improve my strength, flexibility and balance. I’m going to plan to eat pie and stuffing and plan to get back on track soon after, because this is real life, and I can eat cake sometimes without undoing all my hard work on my fitness, nutrition and mindset.

And I’m going to do it in style, with Game of Thrones themed recipes, mini-challenges, prizes, and excessive discussion of Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen!

Can you commit to some (but hopefully all) of the following on November 30th?

-30 minutes of exercise a day
-Clean eating and portion control
-Superfood shakes that taste like dessert, help with weight loss, and can be made into guilt-free treats.
-A private, online group full of accountability partners to support you.

I commit to:-build an amazing, supportive team to help inspire you and hold you accountable to your goals
-provide recipes and tips
-keep you motivated with mini-challenges and prizes!
-helping you build a healthier mindset

Get in touch so we can talk about your goals and I can save a spot for you!

Email me.
Visit my website
Comment below! 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

HEALTHY AND FIT for the Holidays Challenge Group!

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I HAVE NEWS. I’m hosting an 8-week staying fit and healthy through the holidays challenge group starting November 9th and I’m looking for 10 people to join me! Historically, the holidays are a hard time for me to make healthy choices. I fall into this “Well I’ll get back on track after [insert holiday here]” and before I know it I’m feeling miserable in my own skin and making yet another New Year’s resolution. BUT THIS YEAR IS DIFFERENT.

I’m hosting this group with two amazing, inspirational ladies. Lesley posted a great video explaining the challenge group, and I’ll share it at the end of the post, but here are the bullet points:

1. 30-minute at-home workouts
2. Clean eating and portion control
3. Superfood shakes that taste like dessert, help with weight loss, and can be made into guilt-free treats
4. A private, online group full of accountability partners to support you

I need to be really clear about one thing, though. Being a part of this challenge group does not mean no pie (cake, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc). This is a lifestyle, not a diet, and in life, there is pie, and I eat it. Being part of this challenge group means you will eat a portion of pie and enjoy it. You will not feel guilty, because if you’re feeling guilty while splurging on pie then you’re missing the point of the pie. Being part of this challenge group means you won’t eat 6 more pieces of the pie at 11 pm in your underwear in front of the fridge. You’ll get up the next day, exercise for 30 minutes in your house, and go about your day with no pie-related drama.

So if you’re interested, comment “pie” below or email me -->

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Recipe: Chocolate Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups

*Disclaimer: I cannot take credit for this recipe. It is from my Emily's website, which you should definitely check out, and was introduced to me by my coach, Lesley

Chocolate Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups


4 tbsp Coconut Oil
8 tbsp Chocolate Shakeology (or 1 scoop)
4 tsp Natural Peanut Butter
1 mini-muffin pan (but I once used an ice cube tray and it turned out fine)
1 bowl

  1. Place 2 tbsp of Coconut Oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds until the coconut oil is liquefied. 
  2. Stir in 4 tbsp of Chocolate Shakeology. Divide the chocolate mixture evenly between 8 spots in a mini muffin tin. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes. 
  3. Pull the muffin tray out of the freezer. Place a half a teaspoon of peanut butter on top of each chocolate disk. Spread evenly over the hardened chocolate with a knife. 
  4. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the microwave. Stir in the remaining 4 tablespoons of Chocolate Shakeology. Use this to pour on top of the peanut butter layer. (You will want to do this in 2 batches so it doesn’t harden up on you while the first layer of chocolate is hardening in the freezer.) 
  5. Place the muffin tin back in the freezer and leave it in there for at least 30 minutes. 
  6. The chocolate cups will slide easily out of the tin. Keep the cups stored in the fridge or freezer for the best consistency!
Keep in mind:

Try not to eat them all in one sitting. I'm still working on that.
Don't be surprised if your significant other steals some.