When Is Being Sick TOO Sick To Workout?

Finding Balance

It’s that time of year again where everyone is fighting germs and trying to stay healthy. One question I get often is, “Should I workout when I’m sick?” There is not a clear yes or no answer to this question, however, I have pulled together some resources to help you decide if you can aim for a light workout, or if you need to rest. The best rule of thumb is to do what I like to call, the “neck ch ...[Read More]

New Year-New Plan

With every new year comes an opportunity to set new goals for ourselves. The fresh slate that a new year represents is always refreshing. It’s the day-to-day accountability and consistency that most of us find challenging. Don’t fall into the same old path and make sure to start the new year off right. This year, instead of focusing too much on the outcome, or the goal itself, focus more on the ac ...[Read More]

Losing The All Or Nothing

Whenever I do my workouts at home it never fails....I always have littles crawling on my back when I do planks, pulling on my shorts as I do calf raises, or wanting to be held as I do squats. I used to get frustrated with my kids because my workouts always would get interrupted by, "mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mommmmmmmm" or at the gym I would have to stop when I would hear on the intercom, "Natalie ...[Read More]

Do I Really Need to Do a Warm-Up?

Do I Really Need to Do a Warm-Up

Most of us were taught a form of “stretch before you exercise to avoid injury” did you know that we’ve known for years that this isn’t a successful strategy? Stretching (stretch-and-hold) before higher intensity exercise decreases our power output and increases our risk of injury due to momentary relaxation in the supporting structures in the joint (muscles, tendons, and ligaments). Doing a stretc ...[Read More]

When You Lose Motivation

I want to talk to you about what to do when you lose your motivation to workout and eat healthy; and I want to share you with you some tools that I use that help keep me going during the rough patches. Here is the thing about motivation: it is fleeting. There is a reason that persistence is the key to success and not motivation: nobody is ever motivated all the time. We all hit roadblocks and plat ...[Read More]

Small Decisions Can Make a Big Difference

I know what it’s like to feel discouraged and uncomfortable with my body. After having children I remember feeling this way so many times. You may be feeling this way today for a variety of reasons, but I want you to know that change is possible. Change happened for me because I didn’t give up and change can happen for you if you don’t give up. I have not been perfect, but I have been consistent. ...[Read More]

Speaking Kindly to Yourself

Speaking Kindly to Yourself

A while back I stumbled across a very interesting study on self compassion performed by researchers at Duke University, Wake Forest University, and Louisiana University. Some of the main takeaways from the study were that (I am paraphrasing here): -People who were self compassionate tended to be more optimistic and had a tendency not to believe that their problems were worse than other people's pr ...[Read More]

Perfectly Imperfect

Perfectly Imperfect

We all have flaws. I try to be very transparent with you all and share many of my own. My skin isn’t “flawless” without makeup, I’m not great at decorating, my skin on my stomach is stretched out after having two 10 lb. babies, and the list can go on. No matter how “perfect” someone else may appear, we all have things behind the scenes that are imperfect.   If we allow them, our imperfections ...[Read More]

Cauliflower Breadsticks

Cauliflower Breadsticks

    A delicious low carb option to serving your meal with bread. I have never served these to anyone who didn’t enjoy them, even my non-veggie eating brother scarfs them up! Sometimes you just have to disguise vegetables to get picky eaters to realize they enjoy them wink emoticon Ingredients (makes 15 breadsticks): 1 medium head cauliflower (650-800g) 1 whole egg 1 egg white (46g from c ...[Read More]

When is the Best Time to Workout ?

When is the Best Time to Workout ?

Why I like working out in the morning: – I usually eat better during the day when I’ve worked out in the morning (just a psychological thing for me I guess). – I’ll eat a small breakfast before I go, like greek yogurt that has protein and some carbs, and then about an hour before my workout have a little Driven pre-workout (especially if it’s leg day!) and then afterward some of MRM’s strawberry w ...[Read More]