Natalie’s Notes

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]

Overnight Strawberry Protein Oats

Overnight Strawberry Protein Oats

I am so excited to share with you another recipe from my new cookbook, Cook Smarter, Not Harder. With all this cold winter weather, it has me dreaming of spring, warmer days, and strawberries! This is a delicious breakfast packed with protein that keeps me full until lunch! What You'll Need: - 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk - 1/2 banana, sliced - 10 strawberries, sliced - 3/4 cup old fashioned oa ...[Read More]

10 Minute Cardio Routine…You Got To Try This!

Speaking Kindly to Yourself

Some days it just feels difficult to fit cardio into our schedule. Well, I have found a quick HIIT cardio workout that I can sometimes squeeze in after I lift weights - It is 10 minutes or less and will leave you drenched in sweat. Try this and let me know what you think (no hands on the rails - that is cheating!): On stair master- 1 round = 40 second intervals at Level 5 & level 13 each Level ...[Read More]

Clean Eating Beef and Barley Soup

Beef and Barley Soup

I am so excited to share with you another recipe from my new crockpot cookbook, Cook Smarter, Not Harder. This beef and barley soup makes a bunch and is so hearty, fulfilling and delicious! I also do this as a freezer meal. It is easy to prep and freeze to save for those busy nights when you just don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. What you'll need:-1.5 lbs Beef Stew Meat. Sometimes ...[Read More]

New Year-New Plan, May It Be Your Best Year Yet

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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]

How To Get Rid Of Your “Mom Belly” (Even If Your “Baby” Is Almost 10!”)- Testimonial

How To Get Rid Of Your “Mom Belly” (Even If Your “Baby” Is Almost 10!”)- Testimonial

"In the midst of the beauty that is being a mom, there is the toll that bringing tiny humans into the world takes on your body. Thankfully there is hope for getting rid of your baby belly… even if your “baby” is almost 10!" "I couldn’t figure out why nothing seemed to work for me, why these exercises I would see online or in magazines designed to tighten and tone your tummy, did not at thing… in s ...[Read More]

Whole Chicken In A Crockpot

Whole Chicken In A Crockpot

I am so excited to share with you another recipe from my new crockpot cookbook, Cook Smarter, Not Harder. Like you, I know how hard it can be to find quick, easy, healthy recipes to feed to your family, especially a dinner that everyone will eat! Here is a sneak peek at another recipe from my book. This whole chicken recipe is so easy and delicious, even my kids eat this! What you'll need: - 1 who ...[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]