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The Pelvic Floor & High Intensity Exercise

The Pelvic Floor&High Intensity Exercise

I love to do high impact/ high intensity exercise. It is no secret that I love running, jumping, and lifting heavy weights. Did you know that those factors alone place me in a higher risk category for pelvic floor dysfunction? You might be thinking.... well you lift weights, doesn't that make everything stronger?... Nope! We wouldn't expect our biceps to get stronger by doing more squats. Likewise ...[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]

Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

With the holidays coming I wanted to share my ooey gooey homemade cinnamon roll recipe. This is a favorite in my family and I thought I would pass it on to you. Makes 12 Rolls Plan for 4-5 hours from start to finish to allow dough to double rise. Ingredients: -1 package yeast -1 tsp sugar -1/2 cup warm water -1/2 cup sugar -1/2 cup Crisco -1 egg -1.5 cup warm water -1 Tablespoon salt -6 cups flour ...[Read More]

What You Need To Know About Post-Baby Workouts

"Being a mom can do some seriously crazy things to your body. There’s lots of talk about “getting your body back” but very few resources to help you find the right way to do that. The sad fact is, the exercise routine you had before becoming a mom may not work on your post-baby body. Many of the exercises you used to do may actually do more harm than good." A blogger recently wrote a testimonial f ...[Read More]

Strength, Courage, and Confidence

Strength, Courage, and Confidence

What does it mean to be a healthy, strong, confident, and courageous woman? How do we cultivate the habits and behaviors of lifelong health and strength? We want to be healthy, to be fit, to feel strong, to avoid preventable diseases, and to enjoy each day. Having confidence in our ability to set and reach attainable goals is a crucial marker of success. Self-efficacy is the confidence that we hav ...[Read More]

Testimonial of the dreaded mom pooch

"The 'mom pooch' is a loving term and can be worn as a badge of honor, but really, I just want to be able to work on my abdomen when I'm at the gym and get where I want to be! I'm proud of my body, and I know that I'm strong, but it's at my core of where I'm craving more strength - because I know it's in there! I have been having the hardest time with my "mom pooch" area - so I was excited to try ...[Read More]

Common Training Mistakes

Common Training Mistakes

Time and effort are valuable and I wanted to share 8 common training mistakes. I see you busting it in the gym. I know you are working hard! I'd like to make it a bit easier to dodge the things that don't work for the most people. As we work on our health and fitness it is helpful to avoid the things that cause us to trip up, full blown face-plant, or fail to see results. Your time matters. Let me ...[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]

Face the Fear of Getting Started

I want to talk about something that we have probably all struggled with from time to time – and that is the fear or intimidation of getting started. I know that I can definitely relate to those feelings. After I had my daughter, I tried to go for a run and I kept falling. Like, actually falling down when I was trying to run. Even though I had been working out during my pregnancy, I had lost so muc ...[Read More]

Come on a vacation with me!

Vacation with Natalie

Are you feeling burnt out? Are you tired with everyday life, your current health, and feel like you have lost the person you used to be? Natalie Hodson and Drew Manning want to help you by taking you away on a 3-day California retreat where they will personally help you get rejuvenated, give you the tools to take hold of your health, and find yourself again! With Natalie’s motto of embracing your ...[Read More]