Training Tips

Beat the Trainer Challenge

Beat the Trainer Challenge

If you follow me on my Facebook page, you know that I've been doing a "Beat the Trainer" Challenge the past few days.  My gym is doing this really fun little challenge where each day there are a series of exercises you have to do, and if you can beat the trainer's score than your name gets entered into drawing for fun prizes like an iPod shuffle, tablet, etc. I didn't actually realize the challeng ...[Read More]

Top 4 Tips for Working Out Early

Early Morning Workouts

Yesterday I told you in this post here why I like working out early.  Pretty much every morning I contemplate sleeping through my alarm, and the first five minutes I'm awake I want to head back to bed.  But, once I am up and going I never regret waking up early to workout.  Whenever I fall out of my normal routine of waking up early to workout, it can seem so dang hard to get back into the swing o ...[Read More]

Why I Like Working Out in the Morning


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). When the craziness of getting the kids fed, bathed, teeth brushed, bedtime stories read, put to sleep, dishes done, kitchen cleaned and house tidied up (easier said than done with two littles) up is over I can relax instead of needing to head t ...[Read More]

4 Exercises to Get Bikini-Ready Abs

Bikini Ready Abs

In this video I show you four of my favorite ab exercises that you can do at home to get your abs ready for the beach.  If you try these let me know what you think! ------ Natalie is a mom of two showing how to balance family, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle.

Does Lifting Weights Make You Bulky?

Do Girls Get Bulky From Lifting Weights

I have been a long distance runner for most of my life.  I started running when I was in fifth grade because my best friend's parents were making her join the cross country team and she didn't want to go by herself.  I remember the day vividly because the only tennis shoes I owned were those old school white Keds, so that is what I showed up in for my first day of practice.  I think I ran in those ...[Read More]

Product Review! MRM All Natural Reload (BCAA+G)

MRM Reload

Today is Day 8 of my 30 Days of Blogging Challenge!  A while back I had a crazy idea to blog every day for 30 days.  You can click here to read more about it. I am always getting asked which products I use on a daily basis.  I am selective about which supplements I use, and keep my supplement list pretty basic with the products I see the best results from.  The supplements I take daily are: multi ...[Read More]

Where to Begin…

Abs Are Made In The Kitchen

Day two of my 30 Day Blogging Challenge! I often have friends or family members tell me that they really want to start eating healthier and getting back in shape, but they aren't sure where to start, or that it all seems so overwhelming.  I can always understand where they are coming from because that is exactly how I felt when I first got started!  Although I had been an athlete for most of my li ...[Read More]

Want Some Free MRM Samples?!

MRM Free Samples Sports Performance Kit

One of the questions I get asked all the time is, “what supplements do you use”.  For the past two years I have used MRM supplements.  I like this company because they use really high quality ingredients (for example their whey protein comes from domestically sourced cows where no hormones were used in the cows and the cows are predominantly grass fed, their salmon oil comes from salmon who weren’ ...[Read More]

Clean Eating Works!

Clean Eating Works! Awesome website from a mom who gained 60 lbs during prenancy and got back into shape. She shares recipes and workouts for free!

Clean eating works!! I wish so badly someone would have told me this after I had my son. I gained 60 lbs when I was pregnant and had a really hard time losing the weight. I always thought I was eating "healthy" but what I know now is that pre-packaged foods with a ton of ingredients and a lot of sugar won't get you lean and toned - even if the label says, "healthy". I didn't get lean by any crazy ...[Read More]

Benefits of Keeping a Workout Log

Workout Log Workout Journal

I always bring my workout log with me EVERY single time I go to workout, here is an example of a page from my log back in November 2011. I just bought a small 100-page Mead notebook at Office Depot (I put my hand there to give you a perspective of the size). There are a lot of different ways to track your workouts, this is just how I like to do it. I used to print off the logs from ...[Read More]