Ramble On

My number one fear was that I would never be the same again. I wasn’t going to be able to do the things I loved, be the person I was, or live the life I wanted. I was right to be afraid…

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Post Concussion Syndrome

Concussions. I instantly relate them to football, headaches, and athletes. I never thought I’d be the one dealing with the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. For over 8 weeks now, I have been given strict orders (over and over again) to do NOTHING until I feel no more pain. But the pain resides, and only gets numbed by pharmaceuticals that I don’t want to be ingesting in the first place. Continue reading

Fall Goals

In order to stay motivated and on task, we have to set goals for ourselves. Whether they are career goals, relationship goals, or fitness goals, they require time, patience, preparation, and a plan.

This Fall I’m looking to improve my cycling endurance, gain strength, and shred a little more fat.

Here is the plan I’ve made for the next 4-6 weeks:

I devised it using Google Drive Spreadsheets. I used IIFYM calculator, also known as If It Fits Your Macros. They have a great Fat Loss Calculator along with their famous macros calculator. According to IIFYM, if I want to lose 4% more body fat, I will have to eat 1500 calories a day, train 6 days a week, and stick to my plan for at least 5 weeks to see results. 

If you want to get serious about athletic performance, you need to focus on correct macros. The best way to acheive your goals is by seeing a trainer. Don’t haphazardly go about fitness. If you want more flexibility, make a plan for it. If you want awesome back and arms, then work for it. If you want less love handles and more definition, then plan it out. You can come to me for a FREE fitness assessment and I’ll help you get started.

If you want to know more about acheiving your goals, please contact me today.

Best Health,


PS: Fall may be here but that is no reason for your efforts at the gym to fall as well. Stay strong and healthy year-round, even on holidays! If you want fitness to be your lifestyle, and if you want to stop “starting over,” then stop giving up! Just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to skip your gym day or take a WEEK off! Let your mind rest from work, but keep your body healthy and well. 

A Relationship with Food

A relationship with food is similar to all other relationships you encounter in daily life, such as with a friend, spouse, or business partner. These take time, preparation, planning, dedication, comittment, care, thought, and more. You have to schedule time and activities to maintain these relationships and to keep them healthy. Your relationship with food should align with the efforts in your other relationships. Do you slack off remembering birthdays, cheat on your spouse, and play hooky at work? Do you also find yourself slacking at the gym (or not going!), cheating on your healthy diet, and forfeiting the idea to challenge yourself physically? Continue reading

Mindful Moments

No matter how hard you live healthy and happy, like a marathon runner who drops dead from a heart attack, uncontrollable s**t is always going to come flying your way.”

I’m one of those people who learns things the hard way. I must go through them, I can’t just be told. I’m not a cheater; I take every test life has to give and put in my full effort. No skipping out on the hardships, no skimming over the good times, I’m a full on, balls to wall kinda gal. Well this year is no exception to the rule. The universe has decided to throw me a few curve balls but fortunately, I know I’m not the only batter up. Continue reading

Cuppow Review and Giveaway

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Hello Friends! I have recently paired up with this amazing company to bring you an eco-friendly solution to your life on the go. CUPPOW! has made your life easier by supplying an adult “sippy” cup lid to any mason jar to bring your drinks on the go.  They also supply a indoor-cup feature if you like to snack on the run. Cookies and milk for a post-class snack or apples and peanut butter for a post-workout fuel, BNTO has you covered:

My personal favorite is to use a lid to drink more water. There is something about sipping it that actually makes you drink more! Stay hydrated, stick to Cuppow! The BNTO bowls also double as perfect portion control for ice cream, when not in use as a travel cup. These products make life more fun, and if you’re not down for that, you’re missing out! Smile, and get some CUPPOW in your life today.

Well since I know you’re dying to try one of these amazing products, I’ve got good news for you. I have a few extra to give to a lucky reader. Simply follow the steps here :a Rafflecopter giveaway: to enter!

We Are Lonely But Never Alone

I usually write about physical wellness but it’s time I put my feelings out there and open up. Here goes a rant of thoughts I’ve been having…

In our time of social media and absolute difficulty of disconnecting, we are never alone. But you may find times of the night you are lonely. You don’t just want attention from the world, but you find a need for it. You pick up your phone, call, text, or tweet. We all do it. We’re weak. We can’t just sit and be fine – alone. Indefinitely alone in a moment of time.

It’s no shame, I’m on every single platform there is. I was raised on AOL/AIM, then Myspace, and now Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WordPress, Pinterest, and the list goes on. Sometimes I want to just disconnect. Sometimes I want to wander out into nature and enjoy life the way it was supposed to be enjoyed: tactile, fresh, real, live. IRL. In Real Life.

We need this. We all need this. I read a quote this week that said if you experience insomnia, a week in a tent in the woods without any cell phones or internet resets your circadian rhythm. Besides your internal dark/lightness monitor, it resets your mental status. You become connected to a whole new self-fulfilling fullness. Nature. Fresh Air. Life.

So we can’t all just get up and go camping randomly, or have the know-how or equipment. But we can turn off technology, log out, log off, and go for a hike or walk. We can and we should more often.

Make our own music. Make our own entertainment. Ride a bike in dirt instead of to/from work. Write a song. Talk. Read a real book. Get lost. Find yourself. Relax. Truly, relax.

Disconnect to be able to reconnect.

It’s Not About Winning…But That Doesn’t Hurt

I’ve officially joined hands with Erik Strouse to change lives, create healthy habits, and help people lose weight over the next 8 weeks. It’s the Vida Fitness Weight Loss Challenge, and I’m ready to WIN. But that’s not why I’m so excited today…

I’m truly passionate about training. The fire inside me is incited when I meet someone who is lost, hopeless, and slightly inspired to change. I wake up, get excited, and jump for joy that I get to come into someone’s life and help them become happier. Nobody is joyous when their health is waning, their confidence is low, and their body is ill. I want to be that person that enters your life and changes it all. That’s what my life is about, that’s what my job is about, and now that is what this competition is about.

I want my team to be inspired, elevated, excited, and just as passionate about health and fitness as I am. I’m writing this to you, team. I’m here to make a difference, and I want you to be committed. I want this to be that program that opened your eyes and made you think differently. I’m here for you 24/7, even if I only see you 3x per week. I want my face, my workouts, and my nutrition tips in your mind 24/7. All day, every day – health. Health. Health.

When following the nutrition plan, write down what you eat and don’t lie to me or yourself. When you come into the workout, be energized and ready to work.  Don’t make excuses. Don’t fail. Don’t give up. Trust and believe in the process. Trust and believe in yourself. You can do this. You can all do this, together.