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Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

Happy Veterans Day!  Let us not forget the men and women that served this country and are the very reason many of you are off of work today.  Thank you to those that have served and continue to serve so that we may have our freedom! [embedplusvideo height=”450″…

That Moment…

That Moment…

As I revisit my goals, nothing gives me more pleasure than crossing things off as I’ve accomplished them and adding lots of new goals in their place.  Without them, I have no real direction or reason to want to improve or challenge myself in any area of my life.  I am…

Starving to be Thin | Are Your Standards Too High?

Starving to be Thin | Are Your Standards Too High?

Recently, a 19-year-old girl reached out to me regarding her experience with being hospitalized for four months for the treatment of her anorexia. I was so touched because she told me she aspired to look like me.  I had tears rolling down my face at the thought of her…

Fall Into Shape!

Fall Into Shape!

Hope you had a super fun Halloween!  I am exhausted from the long day yesterday, but the kids had a blast.  It’s so much fun to watch them and reminisce about being a kid and what Halloween meant to me and my little brother.  I am in complete awe of how much candy is…

Hang on and Enjoy the Ride…in Moderation!

Hang on and Enjoy the Ride…in Moderation!

Happy Halloween! You’ve carved those pumpkins and they’re likely rotting and moldy by now, candy is everywhere you look and the stores have had Christmas decor and goodies out for weeks now, (can we at least celebrate Thanksgiving first?) so what’s next?  Feeling…

Better than the Best…You!

Better than the Best…You!

Sure, a little friendly competition is healthy, but the reality is, competing with yourself is the best way to improve in the long run.  I could compare myself all day long to my fellow figure competitors or other women in general, but I have my own genetics, my own…

Treadmill Workout!

Treadmill Workout!

Sometimes you just want to switch it up a bit.  Here’s a go-to workout I like to do at home when I have an off day from the gym or in need of some variety.  This is no simple workout, but you can modify your speed to accommodate your needs.  I’ve done this for 5…

Ring My Bell Workout

Ring My Bell Workout

Bored with the same old gym workout? Need something new and exciting to add into your training routine?  Have you every played around with kettlebells?  If not, I suggest you give it a shot.  This quick workout will jump start your metabolism and leave you a sweaty…

Fall, My Favorite Time of Year!

Fall, My Favorite Time of Year!

Having just returned from the kid’s fall break getaway, I’m so ready for the cooler weather already!  It is definitely cold up north and the days here in Phoenix are now the time of year we live for.  With cooler temps comes fall softball, baking and cooking lots of…

Chicken Chili of Sorts…

Chicken Chili of Sorts…

  Up in the high country this week, I decided to try out my own version of white chicken chili.  I won’t lie, it appeared more like chicken stew, but I ain’t mad at ya.   The kids are out of school on fall break for the week and I’ve been running outdoors daily…

Lara’s Story | One of Hope and Inspiration

Lara’s Story | One of Hope and Inspiration

From the moment I met Lara nearly 14 years ago, I would have never guessed I’d be sitting here today and writing about the tremendous struggle she’s faced over this past year.  This struggle would end on December 3, 2012, the day of her final chemotherapy treatment. …

Let’s Get Capped!

Let’s Get Capped!

Want nice, sculpted arms that look great this summer?  Of course you do!  Good thing shoulder pads haven’t been in style since my mom wore them in the 80’s.  If they were, I certainly would not need them since I’ve built my own, hehe. Here’s a sample workout of…

Mini Frittatas

Ingredients: 1 dozen eggs 1-2 C pre-cooked ground turkey or beef tomatoes spinach or kale onions salt pepper Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Whisk eggs, season with salt and pepper and pour into a greased muffin tins half or 3/4 to the top.  Add your veggies…

Herb Crusted Chicken

Herb Crusted Chicken

I recently prepared a pork tenderloin with these flavors and it turned out great. I prefer using organic chicken instead of the antibiotic filled variety.  This is great for when there’s no time to marinate your chicken overnight, but you still want a flavor filled…

Sandbag Home Workout #1

In an effort to get back into the swing, or sandbag swing of things, I will be creating and posting all new workouts once again!  I hope to do this on a weekly basis like I once did.  I love being able to skip the gym and train at home!  I’ve lived in the gym for the…

Paleo Zucchini Pasta with Tomatoes

Paleo Zucchini Pasta with Tomatoes

I love the simplicity of this dish and yet it looks way more elaborate than it really is.  I don’t have a lot of extra time and I really don’t want to spend much of it in the kitchen.  Yet, I want to make meals that are flavorful, healthy and simple.  I’m no Betty…

Back to the Basics

I’ve been enjoying the freedom of getting out of the gym for a bit.  Outdoor sprints, long distance runs a couple of times a week, sandbag training and all-around variety has made my workouts exciting again.  It can become monotonous if you don’t change things up from…

Game Changer

Game Changer

There are times when sitting out is not an option; when being a joiner is a must. When it comes to my children and their wants and needs, I am grateful to be forced into these situations at times, because they stretch me for the better.  And while its not always easy…

The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

I have the best AHA moments while out on a long run.  My mind wanders and I drift off into another dimension it seems.  I may be listening to my latest iTunes playlist on my headphones while finding my pace for the next 4 miles, it really doesn’t matter, things just…

Paleo Stuffed Peppers

Paleo Stuffed Peppers

  Ingredients: 3-4 Red, Green, Yellow or Orange Peppers 1 lb grass fed ground beef 1 package mushrooms 1/2 onion 1/2 diced zucchini 1/2 diced squash salt pepper 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic powder 1 can diced organic tomatoes 1/2 cup almond meal 1 egg Preheat…

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