Fiesta Lime Shrimp and Zucchini Bowls

Fiesta Lime Shrimp with Zucchini

Is it really Wednesday already? Time has just been flying by this summer and soon all the kidos will be back in school. This is the time of summer where families are taking their final vacations before getting back into their school year routines. Vacation shouldn’t be used as an excuse to get off track with your goals. We work so hard to be swimsuit ready for summer vacations but then go off the rails on vacation and ruin all the hard work and progress we’ve made. Here are a few things that I always try to do when on vacation to stay on track with my goals but still have fun and enjoy vacay. Continue reading

Backyard 30 Minute AMRAP

Crossfit Class

It’s Friday, Friday, Friday! I did something cool this week, cool for me anyways. I attended and survived two crossfit classes! I have done crossfit style workouts on my own, but never a class. A friend invited me to her crossfit gym (box?) to try out a class. I was never the “group training class” type of person but I decided to give it a whirl. Well, I loved it and now want to join the gym and add “crossfitter” to my resume. Going to this class was definitely out of my comfort zone. I usually keep to myself at the gym and get in and get out. With crossfit, you are surrounded by others and being coached as you workout so it was pretty new to me. But, if I wouldn’t have taken that step outside of my comfort zone I would have never known I would enjoyed crossfit class as much as I did. In order to grow and become better, we must go out of our norms and try new things. I challenge all of you to pick something that you normally wouldn’t do and do it! Just give it a try and it can be anything! Yoga, spin class, weight training, eating a new food, etc. Who knows, maybe you will find a passion that you never knew you had. Continue reading

Healthified Banana Bread

Banana Bread

So much has happened in such a short amount of time. We FINALLY moved into our very first home – we are officially home owners!! It was a long weekend moving and getting settled but man does it feel good! I am proud to pull up my driveway everyday, I am excited to paint and decorate and I am happy to have our very own space to do what we please. The weekend went much smoother than anticipated (shout out to the parentals for that!) and I have already unpacked every single box and I all my gadgets fit in the kitchen. Boom. The hubby has been working his little butt off outside pulling weeds, edging, fixing our lawn mower, moving the fire pit and a bunch of other manly things that I am so thankful I have him for.

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8 Minute Ab Circuit

Fit this circuit in at home, in a hotel room, at the gym or anywhere you can squeeze it in. Finish any workout with this circuit or if you don’t have time for a full workout, get your heart rate up a bit and do this!

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8 Minute Ab Circuit

1 minute each exercise – no rest

– Plank

– Side Plank

– Side Plank (other side)

– Lying leg raises

– Full sit-ups

– Scissor kicks – demo video

– Mountain climbers – demo video

– Russian twists – demo video

Salted Caramel Mug Cake

Salted CaramelMug Cake

For the last 8-12 weeks or since my first body building competition in May my focus in the gym has been heavy weight training to add as much muscle to my frame as possible. I like weight training and lifting heavy but the monotonous movements and schedule gets tough on me after so long. This got me thinking and asking myself why am I doing a workout routine day in and day out that I don’t fully enjoy? What do I enjoy? What am I good at? What makes me feel good? My first thought, Continue reading

Dijon Mustard and Thyme Marinade Grilled Chicken

Marinaded Grilled Chicken Breasts

Another obstacle race is in the books! Over the weekend I participated in a small town 5K obstacle course and it once again solidified my passion for fitness, health and obstacle racing. I was never one to enjoy running, still hate it. However, get me on a trail in the woods and I can just go and go. The rush and high I get when the race is over is unlike anything I have ever felt before. Not to sound sappy on this Monday morning, but Continue reading

Cardio with a Twist

Bicep Flex

FriYAY – kick this weekend off with some MOVEMENT. The body was made to move and do physical work. Don’t deny your body its purpose. In order to make progress you don’t have to spend countless hours at the gym lifting like a bodybuilder. Kick up the intensity once in awhile and get in a kick ass workout in 30 minutes or less.

Cardio with a Twist

10 minute run

THEN

1 minute each exercise

– burpees

– push-ups

– sit-ups

– jumping lunges

– diamond push-ups

–  hollow hold

2 minute rest and then repeat two more times

THEN

10 minute run

Diamond Pushup

Herb Infused Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet Potato Wedges

Remember my excitement from last week about our fun mini trip up north? Yea, that didn’t happen. Anything that could have gone wrong last weekend pretty much did. I am not going to explain everything that went down because this post would turn into a novel. What I do want to talk about though is how much our outlook and attitude about unforeseen circumstances can change the situation for the good or the bad.

As my dreams of sitting on a beach drinking cocktails were slowly fading away I had two choices. Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie

These cookies are bomb. Seriously, I want them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and then again for breakfast. No, they are not paleo because I use oat flour. If you remember a few weeks back I told you I will be venturing outside of the strict paleo world and sharing other recipes that are still healthy. If you missed that post, read it here!

We are going on a little mini vacation this weekend with friends and I am so excited! I think I am more excited about creating the menu for the weekend. I volunteered to be in charge of breakfast because I absolutely love breakfast. I am thinking of making Continue reading

PB&J Bacon Burger

PB&J Burger with Bacon

I have found the golden ticket to having motivation in the gym. Workout next to a celebrity. Simple as that. So get this, I was just about done with my workout for the day Friday afternoon and Jake Owen walks in with his crew. JAKE OWEN! I live in Eau Claire, WI which is home of Country Jam USA. Fun fact, I used to work for the festival. If you don’t know who Jake Owen is, that’s a shame but google him so we can all swoon together. Continue reading