Paleo Zucchini Bread

I always try to practice what I preach and I am really good at it, most of the time. I am always saying to keep it simple [silly], hence the name of my site. I’ve been working on some projects lately that are really important to me, but very time consuming. I’m trying to keep up on life, working out, cooking healthy meals, developing new recipes all while trying to find time for my work in progress projects. To say I have become overwhelmed is a bit of an understatement.

After a minor freak out last night, I realized I am the only one adding this overwhelming amount of pressure on me and I am overcomplicating the things I need to do to be successful with my projects. I took a step back, went back to the basics, reminded myself to keep it simple and it was like a huge weight was lifted off my chest. I got a Continue reading

Mango Salsa

Oh, happy Monday! I am one who actually really likes Mondays. It’s the day you get to set the intention for the rest of the week. It’s the day to get back on track if you fell off over the weekend, it’s the day to plan the other days of the week to conquer them. It’s the day you set yourself up for another successful week. It’s another Monday, another week, another opportunity to crush life!

I am kicking my week of by dedicating myself to a 30 day fitness challenge! I’m excited to be part of this challenge because it is all about simplicity and consistency plus a whole lot of encouragement and fun! What’s going to be shared will be simple and quick home workouts from a variety of people. The best part? Continue reading

Cardio and Ab Circuits

It’s FriYay! I haven’t been following any sort of workout program for awhile now and I am actually really enjoying it! I have been integrating body building, circuits, HIIT, yoga  and some power lifting into my weeks and I haven’t been this happy with my workouts in a long time. I get in, do movements that I am feeling that day, sweat a ton and am on my merry way. I used to follow specific programs to a tee (and I am sure I will again) even if I dreaded every second of the workout. Taking this time to just listen to my body and do what it is craving has been refreshing and motivating to get to the gym every day. Have you been lacking motivation lately? Listen to your body and do what it is telling you it wants. This might be amping up your workouts, incorporating more active rest or trying something completely new. The other day I went into the gym with the intentions of lifting but ended up doing this cardio and ab circuit instead because I just wasn’t feeling the weights. Let’s get it done! Continue reading

Farmer’s Market Roasted Carrots

Summer is just the best because there are so many options to purchase fresh, natural, organic, pesticide free vegetables and fruits! Heading to our local farmers market every Saturday is becoming one of my favorite things to do on the weekends. The vibe, people and fresh smells draws me in and makes me feel good and confident that I will be purchasing and eating high quality foods. I used to think buying fresh fruits and vegetables was expensive, especially from a farmers market. I left the market with a big bundle of carrots, an entire basket of zucchini, bundle of beets, flowers and a 3lb bag of sugar snap peas. Wanna know the damage? Continue reading

Raw Beet & Apple Salad

Happy Monday! I don’t know about you, but I could use a day to recover from the weekend. It was one of those weekends that we didn’t really have set plans but we ended up doing literally everything. Ever have one of those? It was one thing to the next to the next to the next! I can’t complain because my husband and I got in some quality time and we got to spend time with family and friends doing fun things like going to a Beach Boy concert! Today I am back to my routine though! Just like many of you, I like to kick it on the weekends and just enjoy the weekend but I don’t like to stray from my routine for too long.

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Full Body Strength Circuits

You guys, the endorphin high is a legit feeling. Yesterday was one of those days that my motivation to workout was at an all time low. After debating with myself all day long I finally made the choice to just drag my butt to the gym in hopes of it getting me out of my mood. After breaking a good sweat for about 45 minutes I was feeling the endorphin high and loving on life again! Our bodies aren’t meant to be stagnant, they need to move! The more we move, the more blood flow we have, the happier we feel. If you feel down or unmotivated do everything you can to get in a good sweat session. You won’t regret it. Continue reading

Strawberry Fat Bombs and the Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has become widely popular and for good reason! There has been proven research showing the many benefits of incorporating coconut oil into your daily lifestyle. Coconut oil is a healthy fat. Yes, certain fats are healthy and our bodies need these fats to perform and live optimally. And not to mention, healthy fat helps burn fat! We have two types of cholesterols in our body, which we need both of but in different amounts, and coconut oil helps increase our healthy cholesterol. It not only helps increase the healthy cholesterol, it also helps change our bad cholesterol into the healthy cholesterols which will help improve heart health and lower the risk of heart disease.

Other health benefits of consuming coconut oil on a daily basis include: Continue reading

Chocolate Mocha Protein Energy Balls

What’s going on, guys? Summer is almost half over and soon it will be cooler and pretty fall colors will be gracing us with their presence. Crazy to think that 2017 is more than half through and Christmas is only five months away. Do you remember your New Year’s goals? Are you still going after them? I hope you are. If you are, that is absolutely amazing and keep up the hard work. The more consistent you are and the more energy you put in now to reach your health goals, the more long term success you will have. Keep going!

If your goals have fallen by the wayside, how come? What changed that you no longer have the drive to meet that goal? Most people set goals as a motivation to be better at something. Whatever your goal or New Year’s resolution was, you set it for a reason. Do you remember that reason? Maybe it was to look sexier in a bathing suit, have more energy to play with your kids, to feel more confident or to be able to carry the groceries in the house without a struggle. I bet you still want to feel those things. Who wouldn’t want to be Continue reading

Sandbag Workout

This workout had me sweating a very uncomfortable amount and it probably didn’t help that it was 90 degrees and humid outside. If you don’t have a sandbag, don’t fret! This workout can be done with a barbell, kettlebells, dumbbells or even a plate. Whatever it is, find a weight and get it done!

We are running the Minnesota Warrior Dash tomorrow! We (meaning me) are doing this race to get back to the fun and joy of obstacle course racing. We have another couple coming with us who haven’t ever done an OCR so I am excited to just have fun and show them the ropes, literally! I have put so much pressure on myself the last few races that it honestly took the fun out of doing them. I got hooked on OCR because of how much fun I had doing my first one so I am ready to get back to that. Doing physical activity that is fun and enjoyable will set you up for success in the long run. Stop doing what you think you have to be doing to get a certain result and start doing what truly fills your happy tank! Long term success will follow. Continue reading

Watermelon Lime and Cucumber Cocktail

And just like that the long holiday weekend is over! I’m sad to have had the weekend fly by so quickly but am happy to get back to my routine and back on track with my nutrition. No matter what food or drink choices were made over the weekend, it is time to move forward and get on track again. When I get out of my routine for a few days or eat some foods that don’t make me feel the best I have a few things I like to do and stick to for a couple days to start feeling normal again. Continue reading