Behind the Blogger: Part 1

Hi loves! Since I'm trying to get back to blogging regularly after a long 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. I also believe there is more than meets the eye, or shall I say, social media channels. Most of you who know me probably immediately think of health and fitness when you see or hear my name. While health and fitness is one of the biggest parts of my life, it isn't the only part and it isn't my only passion. There is more to me than … [Read more...]

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've always wanted to be a mom. As an extremely indecisive person, being a mom has been the only thing that I have always been 100% sure of. I have always stated that I feel as if it is my purpose in life. Can we have more than one purpose? In my opinion, absolutely. However, my other purposes in … [Read more...]

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 :) 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 amenorrhea, losing my period, and just tons of ups and downs in my health and fitness journey, I am beyond blessed that I have the opportunity to create life and bring a child into this world. I couldn't be more grateful. I pray every single day and thank God for this opportunity, and I truly believe things happen for a reason. Everything … [Read more...]

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 controlled 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 to build muscle and then also took time to shed the fat to reveal that muscle. On the opposite side of the spectrum is what we call a "dirty bulk" which in the bodybuilding world simply means to YOLO your diet, eat as much as you can, and just focus on gaining weight and not caring if it's fat or muscle. I personally … [Read more...]

When Should You Make Changes to Your Macros?

I get so many questions around the topic of macros - what should they be, when should I adjust, should I carb cycle, is there a specific percentage to use, how do you know if they're working, etc. I think one of the most common questions though is in regards to when you should CHANGE your macros, or adjust them. Lets say you've decided to figure out your macros on your own and do this without a coach. Great! It can certainly be done, you just have to be patient and know when to make changes and pay attention to your body. Okay, so you have your macros. You've started at this certain caloric range, a specific number of carbs, proteins, and fats, and you have started weighing your food and tracking these targeted macros. But then you … [Read more...]

When and Why to Forget About “Balance”

Balance. I feel like this is a word thrown around a lot lately, and everyone is talking about it - either finding balance, having balance, what is balance even, etc. Lets start with what is balance? Well, I'm sure it will mean something different to everyone, very much like the word "healthy" is different to everyone. Lets start with a fitness example, of course. Some people may think balance means not counting their macros and exercising how and when they want, but some people may feel more balanced when they do count their macros and having a specific plan to follow. Neither way is right or wrong, it's just different to different people. I feel like there is a lot of tension around this word, very much like there is a lot of tension … [Read more...]

Would You Give Up Sex for IBS Symptom Relief?

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by IBS in America. As always, all thoughts are my own.  Oh, IBS. I've been dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome for quite some time now, and I'm sure you all are aware. I've talked about it plenty of times on my social media channels that I often get emails from people who are also suffering and asking for advice. The crazy thing about IBS, is it seems to be like this mystery illness. No one knows why they have it, how to treat it, how to cope with it, and it's so very individualized. A lot of people also just feel defeated, myself included, and end up just learning to deal with it and try and forget about it. However, this shouldn't be the case. We should try to understand this condition more, … [Read more...]

Ignite Your Fitness – Puma Ignite XT

I think you all know my obsession with workout attire. I'm such a sucker for cute & comfy workout clothes, especially since I work from home that is basically all I wear. I'm either dressed like I'm going to the gym, or I'm going to the gym. ;) Not only that, but when look cute in the gym, I perform better. Call me crazy, but it's true! If I feel uncomfortable or don't like what I'm wearing, then that's what I focus on instead of my actual workout. Look good, feel good, perform good! I was lucky enough to be chosen to work with Puma for their forever faster campaign, where they focus on constantly innovating to produce new standards for fitness and fashion. Puma kindly sent me a pair of leggings, a sports bra, t-shirt, and most … [Read more...]

How to Get Motivated – Top 3 Tips

One of the most asked questions in the fitness industry is "how you you get/stay motivated?" I see this ALL.THE.TIME. Not only do I get asked that, but I see other fitness professionals getting asked this pretty much ever day, or multiple times a day. How do you get motivated? How do you count macros? How do you eat healthy? How do you do x,y,z... I really wish I had a special fairy dust that I could sprinkle on everyone and BAM everyone has this intense motivation they are looking for. Wishful thinking.... The reality is, no one can make you do anything. It honestly has to come from within (even though that sounds so corny) YOU HAVE TO WANT IT. It's really as simple as that. If you want something bad enough, you will make it happen, … [Read more...]

High Volume Leg Routine

I believe I shared on the blog that I haven't been able to work legs very much due to a pinched nerve. Well, I'm happy to report that I'm back in action! I completed a leg workout with my bestie, Sarah, yesterday and felt amazing the entire time. I didn't go 1 rep max status, but I felt good during all the workouts we did, even squats. I'm still taking time off from deadlifting since that's probably what caused the pinched nerve to begin with. Since I didn't want to go for strength and lift too heavy, we did a higher-volume leg workout. Holy cow, can I just tell you I am DEAD today. You know when you wake up and you try to get out of bed, but then you realize that you really can barely walk or move your legs because of how sore you … [Read more...]