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VEGETARIAN & VEGAN VIBES DAY 8-9

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Days 8 and 9 of the food challenge gave us a chance to try a soup from 28-Day Plant Powered Health Reboot and a lasagna from Thug Kitchen. I wasn't able to vlog my cooking process but here are my thoughts...

VEGETARIAN & VEGAN VIBES DAY 5-7


We have been meatless for a whole week? How are you feeling? What changes have you noticed? 

I've been having some hi's and lows. The meals have been pretty good. Here's what I made over these past couple days...

VEGETARIAN & VEGAN VIBES DAY 4


Are dying to have a piece of meat yet? Me either. I've noticed a few changes already and we're only on day 4 of the challenge. 

Here's what I'm liking about the plant based life so far...

VEGETARIAN & VEGAN VIBES DAY 2


How did day two go for you? So far, so good over here. Savannah did ask for chicken yesterday but once she tasted the deliciousness of the Baked Spanish Rice and Wilted Greens she wasn't missing her chicken at all.

Here's how day two went for us...

VEGETARIAN & VEGAN VIBES DAY 1


August is finally here! This month we have challenged ourselves to eat plant based meals for 31 days. After watching so many documentaries on food and the food industry I had to test out the "plant based is the only way" theory for myself.

What changes do you think we'll see after 31 days?

WHAT TO EAT: AUGUST 2017

plant based meal plan
I am so excited to be sharing this month's meal plan with you! After all of my stay at home Mom research I've decided that this month will be a plant based meals month. I have chosen a vegetarian and a vegan cookbook to help us cook our way through the month.

Here are 31 healthy meal ideas to help your family as we all vibe to a new way of eating...

VIDEO: How to Eat Healthy & Save Money from the Today Show

This segment aired on the Today Show with some great tips on how to eat healthy and save money. It's part of a series about meal planning and shopping smart. If you're gearing up to participate in the August Vegetarian and Vegan Vibes food challenge check out this video to learn more about eating healthy on a budget.

I'll share some of my own tips in a video soon. I practice a lot of the things they talk about here!

The Importance of Bible Study for Fitness Lovers


This school year I attended bible study every Tuesday morning with the boys after school drop off. I didn't know it then but it was quite possibly one of the single most best things I could've done for myself and my fitness goals.

Here's why...

VEGETARIAN & VEGAN VIBES


Over the past week I've watched Food Inc. and Food Choices on Netflix. You can't unsee that stuff. I don't know what got to me more. The way the food industry has changed or the way the food industry treats the animals and farmers. I wasn't ready for all that truth. 

Those documentaries left me clutching my invisible pearls for dear life...

FitFam: A Family That Hikes Together


Holiday weekends can really throw a wrench in your goals. All those cookout invites. The bottomless Sangria cup that continues to runneth over. Summer gatherings can be fun but they can also be fit. 

Here's a recap of our family 4th of July hike and 5 reasons why I think every Mom should be doing this with her family...

WHAT TO EAT: JULY 2017

fitness motivation

A new month of meals is upon us! This month I am challenging myself, my family and you to incorporate some vegetarian and vegan meals into your meal plan. I just want to feel good from the inside out. Here's how and what we'll be eating during the month of July.

Summer CIZE Series!


There's a NEW class being offered this Summer! Register now to secure your spot in this 6 week Cize Summer Series. Learn simple dance moves that result in serious sweat for a total body workout. Bring a yoga mat for core work, water and a friend! Message me if you have any questions! See you there!

DISCIPLINE over MOTIVATION

Starting a new fitness journey can be tough. So often I hear people talk about lacking motivation and how that impedes on their efforts. Being motivated is great but what happens when you lack motivation?

How do you stay on track?

SUMMER 2017 CHALLENGE


Summer is here. How are we feeling? Are you happy with where you are? Do you still have some work to do? Are you feeling less motivated? Have you hit a plateau wall like me?

Let's talk about Summer and how we're gonna kill it...

fitbit Blaze Review

fitbit blaze

Last year I only asked for one thing for Mother's Day, a fitness watch. I can't remember what I got in 2016 but I know I didn't get the one thing I asked for. This year I thought I'd ask for a fitbit Blaze again. My family surprised me with one just before Mother's Day and I am so glad they did.

Here's what I think about this stylish fitness watch...

WHAT TO EAT: JUNE 2017


Is it starting to feel like Summer around your way yet? I actually got a little sun glow over the weekend and it gave me all the Summer vibes. I'm so ready for school break, days at the splash pad and lots of relaxing. I. Can't. Wait.

Advice from The Gut Makeover


21 Day Fix March Challenge


Today is the big day! We're starting a new 21 Day Fix challenge and I am so excited. The last time I completed this challenge I lost 11 inches, gained confidence and changed my life for the better.


My Tips for Eating Well Consistently


Between the women in my family, friends, the ladies in my bible study class and the women that attend my fitness classes I talk to a lot of women in the course of a week about getting in shape. Everyone has their own struggle with living a healthier lifestyle but the one thing I find that we all have in common is eating well. Today I want to share how I set myself up for success in the kitchen.



Fitness Accountability Log

fitness tracker and food log

One of the most important aspects of living a healthy lifestyle is accountability. There are so many ways to hold yourself accountable to your goals these days.

MEAL PREP TIPS: Salad Spinner


If you are on a healthy lifestyle journey you need one of these. The salad spinner is a meal prep miracle for all the salad lovers. I could literally eat a salad everyday. I'm part of that small population of people that actually loves places like Souper Salad, Cosi and Sweet Green.

Salad themed restaurants are great but I can't always go out for lunch so I like creating my own little masterpieces at home.


Activewear Style Inspiration

cute workout clothes


I never really cared to spend money on workout clothes before I started teaching fitness classes. Now that I'm an instructor I've started building an activewear wardrobe. Why are workout clothes so expensive? Are y'all really spending $80 on one pair of leggings to sweat in?



2017 GOALS

yellow flower


2016 wasn't all bad. There were some amazing high points. Personally, I achieved many of the goals that I set for myself and my family. But that was then. This is now.

A new year opens the door for a fresh start. New opportunities start to bloom and blossom and everyone is all abuzz with their goals and resolutions. I have a few things that I want to get done this year too. I'll share those in another post. Today I want to talk about something that I'm bringing into 2017 that I didn't quite conquer in 2016.