Day 5 – Workouts

In this Member's Only video, I go through Day 5 workout of the Strong Start Program alongside you and talk about why today's post workout treat is written into the program. -------------------------

Speaking Kindly to Yourself


  I recently stumbled across a very interesting study on self compassion performed by researchers at Duke University, Wake Forest University, and Louisiana University.  You can read the full study here, but 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 ...[Read More]

20 Minute Fat Burning Cardio Workout


Here is a great little 20 minute cardio session that I did today that is perfect for fat burning and increasing your speed. These speeds may be too fast for you if you are just beginning. If so, start with 8.0 speed on the sprints and increase as you feel capable. For the 25 second sprints, you should be running as fast as you possibly can, 10 out of 10 effort. I'd love to hear your feedback in th ...[Read More]

Killer Bicep, Tricep, and Ab Workout


I'm finally starting to get my strength back after spending so much time in the mountains this summer. We had a blast fishing for salmon in Idaho for 4 weeks, but there are no weight rooms in the back country and so I lost a decent amount muscle. My arms are shot after this workout, try it and let me know what you think. Because of the supersets, it is a pretty quick workout. I'll put the weight I ...[Read More]

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]

10 Minute Fat Burning Workout


  Remember a while back I mentioned I've been having a hard time squeezing cardio into my workouts? Well, I have found a few quick HIIT cardio workouts that I can sometimes squeeze in  after I lift weights - they are each 10 minutes or less and will leave you drenched in sweat like I was today. Try this and let me know what you think (no hands on the rails - that is cheating!): On stair maste ...[Read More]

Outdoor Leg Workout with Kids (video)!

Outdoor Leg Workout with Kids!

Last week I randomly stumbled across this really cool National Park just about 20 minutes from my house.  I was so impressed with the park and our family will definitely be doing some camping here in the near future.  The visitor center they had was really impressive....apparently there are TEN ecosystems in the Big Thicket!  It was so cool because you would walk and see pine trees, you would walk ...[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.

First Workout After Baby Was Born

First Workout After Baby Is Born

I had my first workout in the gym today since my little girl was born.  Most doctors or midwives tell you to wait 5-6 weeks before working out again.  Because I had stitches after Phoenix Rae was born I needed to wait the full six weeks post partum to start any kind of workout.  But, I finally got clearance from my midwife to start working out again this week (Phoenix will be six weeks old on Wedn ...[Read More]