21 Day Fix – Week 1 Review

Last Monday, Bruce and I started our 21 Day Fix round… together! I decided to write about the entire experience with a weekly blog post over the next three weeks. I’ll be breaking it down into nutrition (what did we eat?), fitness (how did our workouts go?), difficulties (what did we struggle with?) and successes (what did we totally rock?). So, without further ado – WEEK ONE!

Nutrition

Before starting our 21 Day Fix, I did ALL of our meal prepping. I’m used to meal prepping for myself, but meal prepping for me AND Bruce wasn’t as easy as I thought. Mainly because Bruce gets SO much more food than I do (lucky bastard). So, to make things easy, I used three of the pre-formulated meal plans from the Beachbody blog! I searched for ones for my calorie bracket (“A”, the lowest) and then added in things to Bruce’s to bulk his up to “D”, the highest bracket. That way we were still eating the same thing so I didn’t have to make two different meals throughout the week, and Bruce could get Continue reading →

Staying Organized

A few weeks ago, a co-worker of mine reached out and asked me how I stay organized with everything I have going on in my life. I sat back and thought about it for a day or two before responding… because honestly, I don’t think I really stay organized at all! I have A LOT going on right now. I’m still working full time in the corporate world while building my coaching business as well as transitioning into teaching group fitness full time. Not to mention I have to stay on top of my own journey which either consists of running during training season, or at-home programs, meal prep, yoga, etc. I’m also a homeowner, dog-mom and girlfriend. So yes, my plate is quite full right now! When she reached out I just laughed at my desk because most days I feel like I’m going in a million directions. But when I really thought about it, there are things that I do on a daily basis that help me from feeling completely overwhelmed and keep me able to pursue my dreams and manage my time between the billion things I have going on. So I thought I’d share them with you! Continue reading →

Marathon Day Advice

Last week I shared my tips and tricks for marathon training… but what about for the big day?? With the Richmond Marathon a little over one week away, I thought today I’d share my advice for race day! Read on for a few things I learned while running my first marathon and things that I’ll put into practice on November 11th as I take on my second!

Wake up EARLY: I know, I know, you’d much rather grab a few extra moments of sleep before you head to the start line… but it’s extremely important to wake up early and prepared on race day! This means, if you want to get some extra sleep, you should be starting prior to the night before 26.2. Make sure that the week leading into the race you’re clocking in a bit earlier than normal to keep your body rested so that on race morning you can be up and moving with plenty of time to eat, shower, get dressed, and yes, to poop before heading to the start line! I like to be awake about two hours prior to needing to leave my house. That gives me PLENTY of time to do all of the above and have some time to relax and watch a little TV before heading out! Continue reading →

21 Day Fix Challenge Group!

For the past four months, running has been my life as I’ve been training for the Richmond Marathon. With less than two weeks to go to race day, I’m starting to think about what fitness program to jump into after the big twenty-six point two is over. I’m super pumped about our newest program, Shift Shop, which is all about agility training (and the results from the initial groups is INSANE!)… but I do have another half-marathon about three weeks after the Richmond Marathon, so I don’t want to dive into a program that’s TOO intense until I’m officially done with racing for a bit.

So… what better at-home program to take on for the three weeks after the marathon than my favorite go-to, 21 Day Fix! This program is what I initially started with when I first began my journey with Beachbody. It taught me all about portion control, clean eating, and making fitness a daily habit. It’s also the perfect program to come back to when you need to re-focus on your goals. After running for four month… that’s exactly what I need! And I’d love to invite you to join me!! Continue reading →

Superfood Pancakes

I don’t know about you, but pancakes are my comfort food. They remind me of my Nana and how every time I visit her in the Shenandoah Valley, she makes me homemade pancakes. It doesn’t matter if I’m an adult now, I can always count on Nana to pull out the griddle for some fluffy, golden cakes around the table! Comfort foods are amazing. They have this ability to conjure up moments in time and memories from your past. For me, pancakes are childhood summers spent on Nana and Pop-Pop’s farm… so much fun!

Sadly for grown-up me, pancakes aren’t exactly all that healthy. Most pre-made mixes are loaded with preservatives and ingredients I can’t pronounce. And the made from scratch versions are heavy handed with sugar, flour, and butter. So I decided to find a way to keep my comfort food (there’s nothing like warm pancakes on a chilly fall morning), but make it healthier. And what better way to make something healthy than with using my focused-nutrition go-to, Shakeology! Continue reading →