Paleo Cinnamon Apple Muffins

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#becausefall

Fall is absolutely my favorite season. Crisp mornings, warm afternoons, apple picking, pretty scenery hikes, it is all just perfect! I have a list of potential recipes to make for the blog that is about a mile long either containing apples or pumpkin. I don’t think I will be getting to them all this fall but I will sure try! My dad has a cute little apple orchard back home and that is another reason I love fall, endless apples! This recipe uses common ingredients, is completely paleo and very simple to make!

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Citizens Bank Park Stadium Spartan Race Recap

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The weekend I have been anticipating for a long time now has finally come and sadly gone. On Friday Nick and I packed up and headed to the airport to fly to Philadelphia to run in a stadium Spartan race. Earlier this summer we ran our first ever Spartan race at Welch Village, MN and I absolutely fell in love. I ended up placing 1st in my age group of females and 1st female overall. I participated in the open division which is the least competitive of the divisions but have the most amount of people. Let’s just say, I did not in any world expect to come in first, ever.

So, when I just magically happened to come across cheap plane tickets to Philly I quickly booked the trip and registered us for the Citizens Bank Park Stadium Spartan Race. I didn’t know what to expect because I only ran one Spartan race which was on a ski hill, not in a stadium and I was completely out of my element flying to a completely new city, a big one at that which I am not a big city girl. Anyways, we stayed with some family of mine so Friday night was spent just getting settled, relaxing and grilling out. It’s like, they know me or something. Saturday morning quickly came around and we were running at 8:30am. At this race, Continue reading

Triple 100 Partner Workout

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Happiest of Friday’s to you! The hubby and I are heading to Philly today to run in our first ever Stadium Spartan race tomorrow. More about that on the blog next week. This weeks workout is a partner workout because I strongly believe in accountability. Fun fact, the day my friend and I did this workout it was raining all day and was so gloomy. If I would have just planned on working out myself that afternoon I would have easily talked myself out of it because a good netflix series while listening to the rain sounded so much better. But, I knew she was coming over and I had to give her a great workout so that is exactly what we did. If you easily talk yourself out of doing a workout or eating pizza over a healthier meal, find yourself an accountability partner. I am lucky enough to have a lot of accountability partners in my life. I have friends that push me in ways I am not usually pushed, I have friends that rely on me and I have a husband who challenges me in the gym. Without them, I would skip a lot more workouts and not perform to my full potential. If you are sitting there thinking, I have no idea who my accountability partner could be. Don’t worry because I will be!

Triple 100 Partner Workout

With a partner, complete 100 reps (together) of each exercise. While partner A is working partner B runs.

  • 100 kettlebell swings
  • 100 front rack lunges
  • 100 roll-outs

THEN

7 min AMRAP

  • 300 jump ropes
  • Max effort V-ups

Crockpot Turkey Chili and Flexible Dieting vs Clean Eating

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Flexible dieting and cleaning eating “diets” are being talked about everywhere and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. They are talked about in a way that you can only stick with one of them at a time. If you are a flexible dieter you most certainly aren’t a clean eater. If you are a flexible dieter you only eat donuts, pizza and ice cream. If you are a clean eater you only eat plants. This is of course an exaggeration, but does it really have to be like that, though?

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Almond Butter Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

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Is it really Monday already? Why must weekends just fly by, WHY?! Saturday was a girls day spent driving the country side from winery to winery to brewery. It was wonderful. Over the last 6 months or so, I don’t indulge in alcoholic beverages like I used to. I don’t really have a specific reason except that I cut out all alcohol 16 weeks prior to my body building show and didn’t really miss it. So now, I have a drink here and there when I feel like it but that’s about it. On Saturday, I was that light weight feeling it right away before we even left the first winery. I planned ahead though and ate before we left and brought my gallon of water with because I knew we needed to stay hydrated. The girls were teasing me of course but I had the last laugh when they were all guzzling after the first stop.

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2016 Granite Games Workout

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Last weekend we hiked er up to St. Cloud, MN to cheer on a close friend of mine at the 2016 Granite Games competition. She competed on a team of all girls and this was her first time competing at the Granite Games. She totally crushed it and I am so proud of her! I have been working with her on her nutrition for the last few months and she has been able to release 18 pounds of unwanted body fat. Because of her commitment, determination and consistency she was able to meet one of her goals last weekend which was getting not 1 but 4 pull-ups! She is a prime example that when you put your mind to something and work hard, anything is possible.

Another highlight of the weekend was getting a photo taken with Brooke Wells! She is a 2 time Crossfit Games athlete and 6th fittest women on earth! She is a damn animal!

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All athletes had to endure 9 workouts throughout the course of the weekend! Here is one of the Sunday workouts that can easily be done at your local gym.

2016 Granite Games Workout

– Row 40 calories

– 25 box jumps

– 15 overhead squats

Special Ingredient Salsa

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I realize that not everyone is a veggie freak like me and eats them with every single meal cooked or raw. That’s why I was bound and determined to find a solution for people who can’t stand the thought of broccoli or spinach. I give to you, my special ingredient!

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Vanilla Chia and Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

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The other day on the radio there was a trivia question about the most obnoxious photos posted on social media and the top two were couples cuddling and images that showcase or “show off” ones fit body. This actually really peeved me. Why is it obnoxious to see photos of a couple that is obviously really happy in their relationship and love their significant other? Why is it obnoxious to see the hard work someone put in to reach their health and fitness goals? Is it maybe because the people who find these images obnoxious isn’t in a happy relationship or isn’t willing to put in the work to get their ideal body and envy those that are?

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Lower Body Circuit

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Last week, I stepped out of my comfort zone of lifting weights and joined a friend for a run, a 5 mile run to be exact. I am not a runner, nor do I enjoy running further than 3 miles so running 5 miles was quite the accomplishment. Once the run was over I felt great and the endorphins were pumping! If I would have stayed in my little box of weight lifting that day, I wouldn’t have felt those endorphins or that type of accomplishment of pushing my body in a new way. Stepping out of your comfort zone can bring you new experiences, new feelings and even a new found passion. I highly encourage you all to step out of your comfort zone this week and try something new. Maybe, it is starting with this lower body circuit!

Lower Body Circuit

Warm up with a 5 minute jog followed by 10 burpees

THEN

– 50 bodyweight squats

– 40 walking lunges (total)

– 30 broad jumps

– 20 jumping split lunges (total)

– 10 tuck jumps

Repeat 4 – 6 times

Strawberry Blueberry Jam

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I want to eat this jam by the spoonful, it is that good! This will be in my fridge at all times! Fall is just around the corner and I can’t wait to develop some fall inspired recipes. I have some ideas of what I want to make but if any of you have any suggestions, please comment in the comment section at the end of this post.

T minus two and a half weeks before the Philly Spartan Stadium race! Since it is a Spartan Sprint race (3-5 miles) in a stadium, I have been amping up my cardio in the form of sprints and stairs. I actually love sprints and would do them any day over just running. Sprints are a form of HIIT (high intensity interval training) and they do wonders for the body. HIIT is any workout that Continue reading