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I debated whether to post this publicly, but I decided to go ahead because I want to be a beacon of hope to anyone who needs it. A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with Lupus. For almost 3 years I have been struggling with chronic pain throughout my entire body, EXTREME fatigue, brain fog, swelling of my face and body, weight gain despite my impeccable diet and consistent exercise, and many… Read More

As a personal trainer I’m often asked what type of exercise is the best one to do for weight loss. The answer I give is often surprising, as well as somewhat frustrating, to those asking me this question. So, what is the best type of exercise? The type of exercise you will stick with. For a world that wants to be told exactly what to do in black or white, right or… Read More

It’s been a week since I took on the challenge of World’s Toughest Mudder 2018, a 24 hour obstacle course race just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Now that I’ve slept and my emotions have calmed, I’ve had time to reflect on my experience, and determine how I feel about it… A year ago I decided I would take on the Tough Mudder challenge the #questforthegrail to celebrate my 40th birthday this year…. Read More

We’ve all heard the expression “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” Well, my response to that is “It’s a good thing people aren’t dogs.” 😉 Making a change is hard. We all know this… but, why is this? Is it that the new behaviors we’d like to incorporate are that much more difficult than our current behaviors? No, it’s just that they are unfamiliar to us. We tell ourselves that… Read More

Growing up I loved the Superman movies with Christopher Reeves. I used to watch them frequently thinking they were pretty awesome. Watching them as an adult I see how cheesy they are and how bad the graphics are. lol… but, that doesn’t change the fact that Superman is my still favorite superhero. I always joke that Clark Kent is my perfect man… not only is he tall, dark, and handsome, I like… Read More

Two days ago I celebrated my 40th birthday. Holy. Crap. I’m just kidding… although it doesn’t feel real sometimes. I don’t feel 40, and I don’t think I look 40 (as was confirmed by the fact that no one believed me when I said it was my 40th birthday) 😉 Honestly, it felt like any other day. I went to work, and then came home and put on my mom hat. My… Read More

There are so many dietary approaches out there, but which one is the best one? High fat, low fat, high carb, low carb, Vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, Keto… to intermittent fasting, to one meal a day, to small, frequent meals every 2 hours… to extreme things such as cabbage soup diets and juice cleanses. It seems like each week there is a “new and improved” way to eat. When someone decides to change… Read More

One of the most common requests I get as a personal trainer is “I want abs.”. Ahhhh… the Holy Grail of fitness – the 6 pack. It seems as though that is the thing that will validate everyone’s hard work in the gym, and give everyone the confidence they need to finally love their bodies. To be able to strut around with a tight, toned midsection void of muffin top or “flab”… Read More

I had a discussion with a client the other day about loving ourselves, right where we are, while also working towards our goals. My client had the mindset of “I’ll love myself when I lose the weight.” I must admit I’m guilty of this myself. Self-love is something I’ve struggled with my entire life. As a very young girl, and well into my 20’s, I honestly bordered on hatred of myself… hatred… Read More

Intentionality (noun) – done with intention or purpose; intended This is the word my church has designated for 2018. I know that God is speaking this word over me as an individual as well. Last year the word was “transition”… 2017 was definitely a year of transition for me. I had no idea on Jan. 1, that it would be at all. Life was going well, and I felt very happy and… Read More