Changing things up…

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In honor of Transformation Tuesday I thought I would talk about what happens when we aren't transforming....plateaus!  I have reached one.  In my blogging...in my creativity...in my exercise...in my eating.  I have become complacent in the areas that I don't want to be complacent in.   It's not an entirely bad place to be, in fact my routine is a fairly good one but it's not moving me forward in ... [ Read More ]

Meal Plan Monday & Mango Salsa recipe

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Happy Meal Plan Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  We had a little too much fun so it's time to get back on track with clean eating for the week.  You will often hear me talk about trying to stick with an 80/20 plan when it comes to eating clean and let's just say we definitely got in our 20% of the not-so-good stuff over the weekend.  Here's what I have lined up for dinners ... [ Read More ]

So what do I do next?

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I wanted to write this post because one of the questions I get e-mailed about the most is...what did you do when you finished the 24 Day Challenge?  When I answer this question I normally start by asking what the person's goals are now that they have kick started their weight loss.  Do they want to lose more weight, more inches, gain muscle, increase their endurance, see more muscle ... [ Read More ]

2014 Surf City Half Marathon Recap

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Hey...did you guys know I ran a half marathon last weekend?  You know, if I didn't have some photos and a medal I am not sure I would believe I did it either. I had been quiet about the race, these last few months, because I wasn't sure if I was going to even sign up in the first place.  Between taking 6 weeks off from running due to my surgery and then only having 5 weeks after that to train, ... [ Read More ]

2014 Advocare 24 Day Group Challenge: UPDATE

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Just 3 months ago the Advocare 24 Day Group Challenge Facebook page I have, ran it's very first fun, successful and inspiring group challenge.  At that time there were about 75 of us.  Fast forward to today...we are up to over 450 challengers (and growing daily)!!     The sudden growth can be chalked up to two things....the program works, and the amazing people experiencing these results, can't ... [ Read More ]

Meal Plan Monday: Clean eating banana muffin recipe

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Hello friends.  I hope you all had a healthy and happy weekend!  It's Monday over here and it definitely feels like it.  Greg's car got towed away this morning with a completely dead battery, Nathan spilled his bright red smoothie all over my new area rug and then proceeded to use a entire roll of toilet paper to overflow the toilet!  All before 9:00am making us late for school and feeling very ... [ Read More ]

Meal Plan Monday and 24 Day Challenge kick off

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I hope you all had a great weekend...it sounded like it was a cold or snowy one by a lot of you!  I hope I can send some warm weather to those of you who are in need of it.  If it doesn't make it your way the door is always open for a visit to So Cal :) We had a really nice weekend.  It was a great mix of fun and productivity.  Greg and I went out for an early date night on Friday and we ... [ Read More ]

What does January 1st mean to you?

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I can remember this exact time last year so well.  I was struggling with my weight and making every excuse imaginable for why all those extra pounds were sticking to me from both pregnancies.  I thought I was eating healthy, I was counting calories, I was going to the gym when I had time...but it just HAD to be that my metabolism changed.  I couldn't think of any other reason why nothing was ... [ Read More ]

Five on Friday: Thanksgiving edition

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It's rare that I ever say this...but, surprisingly, this week flew by!   So here I am again, linking up with Darci, for another Five on Friday post.  Instead of throwing out 5 randoms for you this week, I wanted to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving Pinterest finds with you all.  Enjoy! {ONE} We are clean eating this Thanksgiving.  Call me crazy, but I'm pretty convinced it's going to ... [ Read More ]

Halloween & Ladies Alive Weekend Recap

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Hey friends...it's been awhile!  Can I post a few photos from Halloween or are you too busy decorating your Christmas tree to take a look? :P  I'm not going to lie, our exterior Christmas lights went up the morning after Halloween...yup, right over the cobwebs, tombstones, ghosts and giant spiders.  Don't worry I'm not insane, we have them hung professionally by a company in our neighborhood and ... [ Read More ]