Transitioning into Intuitive Eating & My Dieting Story; Part 2

Continued from Transitioning into Intuitive Eating & My Dieting Story; Part 1.   It was time. Time to end the extremes, end the restriction, stop focusing on aesthetics only, and start focusing on health. Time to start really living life. I knew there was a way to stay lean but still have balance, a way to be fit for life while still enjoying and actually living my life, without being a slave to the scale/mirror/food scale. I knew it was...

Transitioning into Intuitive Eating & My Dieting Story; Part 1

Intuitive eating is a term that has blown up recently in the social media/fitness/healthy living world. It basically means listening to your bodies hunger cues – eating when you’re hungry, stopping when you’re full. Something that has come to us humans naturally since birth. Think about when you were a baby or a kid – you would eat what sounded good to you when you were hungry, and be done with it when you got full. It’s natural up until...

Behind the Blogger: Part 1

Hi loves! Since I’m trying to get back to blogging regularly after a┬álong hiatus, I thought it would be fun to dive a little more into who I am as a person. Especially since times have changed a LOT since I was blogging regularly – I have grown and evolved as a person, and life has changed drastically. Of course, there are so many things that have remained the same, as I am still the same person at my core....

Body Image Struggles During Pregnancy

Yesterday, I realized I was 16 weeks pregnant. Yesterday marked the beginning of month five of this pregnancy, which is just C R A Z Y to me. I can still feel the tightness in my chest, the dizziness, the nervousness, the pressure in my cheeks because they hurt from smiling so hard, and the extreme excitement/hyperventilation when I saw those positive pregnancy tests on June 24, 2017. If you’ve followed me for a long time, you know how badly...

I’M PREGNANT!

If you follow me on Instagram, Youtube, Twitter or Snapchat, you may have already heard the news. If not, I’m sure you can guess from the title ­čÖé Yes, I am in fact pregnant with my first child and I couldn’t be more excited!!!!! Those of you who really know me or have been keeping up with my journey for a while, know that I always say that my purpose in life is to become a mama. After going through...

How To Build Lean Muscle

When people say they want to build “lean muscle” or they are going on a “lean bulk” what they are essentially saying is that they are going to build muscle and bulk in a┬ácontrolled manner. There is just MUSCLE. Not lean, not bulky. It’s all the same muscle. Similarly with the word toned – there is no such thing as being “toned”. What toned actually means is that the person who you are referring to as “toned”, has taken time...

What NOT to Do When Trying to Lose Weight

The act of weight loss or fat loss has become so complicated for so many people due to all of the misconceptions, scams, and (excuse my language) bullshit that has surrounded it. Between crash dieting, crazy different diets, cutting out entire food groups, detox teas, waist trainers, and a ton of other irrational ways to ” lose weight”, no wonder people are confused! Today I want to squash all of those illogical weight loss tips you hear and to help...

Lost Your Period? Why You Lost It & How To Get It Back

A healthy, functioning female body gets a monthly visitor known as menstruation. The uterus gets thicker to prepare for a fertilized egg if a woman is to become pregnant. If she doesn’t, the lining is released, and is known as a period, aunt FLO, mother nature, whatever you want to call it. All women get periods for a reason, obviously for pregnancy, but also because it’s a natural function of a woman’s body. Not getting your period is a sign...

Don’t Compare Yourself.. To Yourself

“Don’t compare yourself to others.” I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase┬áover and over, and for good reason. Comparing yourself to other people is a waste of time, energy, and emotion that probably isn’t positive. I know that the time I’ve spend comparing myself to other people tend to be negative and simply put me down. It happens sometimes still, but I’m much more aware of it and catch myself once I start to fall into this comparison trap. You may...

Reality of Bikini Prep – Will I Ever Compete Again?

This past weekend I competed in my second, and most likely, my last bikini competition. Prior to this weekend, I competed one other time in October of 2014. I had a decent prep and ended up winning my class at the show in 2014 and I thought I really enjoyed competing. I decided to take quite a bit of time off after my body not responding to another prep that I tried to start in February of 2015. I ended up...