80 Day Obsession: Phase One

Four weeks in, and “Phase 1” of my newest at-home program, 80 Day Obsession, is in the books! This past month has been unlike any other I’ve ever taken on before with a Beachbody program… read on for my full review!

So, what exactly is 80 Day Obsession? It’s a… you guessed it… 80 day program that you can complete entirely from your own home. It includes workouts and a timed nutrition meal plan, along with the use of Shakeology and Beachbody Performance Line for making the most of your nutrition and workouts (Shakeo and Performance Line are totally optional, but I’ve seen incredible results with both over the past two years and would HIGHLY recommend them!). It’s from celebrity Beachbody trainer, Autumn Calabrese, the creator of hands down the BEST program for beginning your fitness journey… 21 Day Fix! 80 Day Obsession was filmed live, so you actually start with the “cast’ on day one and you progress with them throughout the 80 days… how cool is that?! Continue reading →

Race Review: Frostbite 15K

A few weekends ago I laced up with my running partner to tackle the Frostbite 15K for our first race back together since the Richmond Marathon in November. I won’t lie, I was a little nervous! I’d never run this one before, and I hadn’t raced since the Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon in December (which I PROMISE I’m going to review soon!!). So the thought of heading out for 9.3 miles without too much training was a little stressful. BUT, I was told there would be donuts at the end… so I figured what the hell, let’s do this! Read on for my full review of this fun distance!

Expo and Packet Pick-Up: Richmond Road Runners Club hosted this race and packet pick-up could not have gone smoother! Pick-up was the day before the race at Road Runner in Carytown. I walked in, was warmly greeted by several store employees and race volunteers and within two minutes had my bib and shirt… easy as that! There was no expo for this one (it’s a small local race with less than 1000 participants), but I’m always down to spend some time browsing a running store for things I don’t need (I mean… do I REALLY need another pair of Feetures socks? Probably not, but they’re just so amazing… sorry, not sorry). So, long story short, packet pick-up was in and out with ZERO problems and the volunteers were wonderful! Continue reading →

A Year of Progress Challenge Group!

Can you believe that 2017 is almost over?? It seems like I blinked and it was December, and I have no idea where the year actually went! 2017 was a big year! At the end of 2016, I made a decision to stop doing a challenge group each month and to switch to a year-long group instead. Mainly because I hated having to re-send an invite and have my ladies go through the process of getting set back up in a new group every 30 days. Once 2017 started and the year-long group began, I knew it was something special. We’ve become so close as a team and have been able to share highs, lows and everything in between on our journeys over the past twelve months. Continue reading →

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

 

Y’all, this recipe is my new jam for breakfast! I grabbed it off of the Beachbody Blog and made just a few tweaks. It’s delicious, nutritious, and heats up SO well for breakfast all week long!

Ingredients:

  • One small yellow onion, chopped
  • One bell pepper (use a colorful one for brightness), chopped
  • One big bunch of kale (de-ribbed)
  • One bag Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles 
  • One sweet potato
  • Chili Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Ghee (or butter)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

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21 Day Fix – Week 2 Review

And just like that, week 2 of our 21 Day Fix is complete! This week was a bit more tough than last, as we were traveling and had a lot of “extra-curricular” events to attend… one of which was Thanksgiving! Read on to see how we did with sticking to our meal plan and workouts as well as what went super great and what didn’t.

Nutrition

Let’s face it, Thanksgiving is centered around eating. And it’s normally centered around eating not so good for you foods! I personally am a huge believer in the fact that you should NEVER feel guilty about what you eat… but that you should treat food as fuel. So, the week started out strong. I had lunch with a girlfriend on Monday and stuck to my plan even when dining out (hello yummy salmon and kale salad!) and our dinners were delicious and right on point. When we left for Lynchburg, VA (my hometown) on Wednesday afternoon, we knew that we would have to really stay committed to make it through. My mom is a ridiculously good cook and there are always delicious treats around the house! Continue reading →