3-Minute Journaling

3-Minute Journaling

Do you ever feel like you're completely, utterly STUCK?I remember feeling like I was swirling down a helpless sink hole during my first winter in Chicago.I was in my early twenties (which feels like a lifetime ago) and I was working 12-16 hour days, commuting on public transit to four different gyms and studios all over the city,  and I was creeping towards my heaviest weight ever. It's always difficult to not feel at home in your skin, but I felt an extra layer of shame because I was a fitness professional. It was my job to help people live healthier lives... and here I was, approaching severe exhaustion and extreme hopelessness about my own health. I don't know when or how, but one beautiful spring day, a LIGHT BULB switched on in my head. Out of nowhere, I realized:I don't have to live this way. This doesn't need to be my reality any longer.Money had been my biggest concern, and...
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The 30-Minute Postpartum Workout SECRET that Changed Everything

The 30-Minute Postpartum Workout SECRET that Changed Everything

The Story Behind the Movement https://youtu.be/cn90L5FuFJQ When I first decided to get back into working out with an unpredictable newborn schedule, I had three notable options: a) Randomly piece my own workouts together, praying that I'd "make" time or "find" energy. I had an idea about what I "should" do, but I couldn't quite get there. I lacked an intentional plan, so I ended up feeling frazzled, frustrated and like I was wasting precious time rushing through a workout that left me feeling more stressed out than when I started. b) Drop serious money on a gym membership, yoga classes or maybe even a personal trainer. Sure I'd appreciate the structure, but I couldn't afford that time away from home and I didn't have it in me to research the most cost effective option. Great resources, just not my path at this season in my life. c) "Press play" on a video workout. Honestly, this method worked on and off for me, but that was precisely...
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Egg Roll Bowl

Egg Roll Bowl

Egg Roll Bowl If you're a busy parent who's hellbent on serving your children the healthiest, organically grown, nutrient-rich food... yet you're floundering when it comes to making your own healthy meals, you'll find so much value in this recipe.Now, I know cabbage isn't the sexiest vegetable, but it is beautifully practical. It rivals kale in health benefits, and it absorbs flavor like no other Brassica. Whether your goal is to find more healthy meals for your family, to get in the habit of simple meal prep, or to begin a lasting weight loss journey, this recipe is a refreshing place to start. Refreshing because this cabbage-filled recipe is:filling and satisfying, yet it doesn't leave you feeling overly full.like a classic black top: you can dress this dish up or down by altering the toppings, base, or both.incredibly satiating; it contains the perfect combination of sweet, salty and astringent flavors to leave your taste buds happy until your next meal.I'm going to...
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8-months postpartum: wellness starts somewhere

8-months postpartum: wellness starts somewhere

The difference between these two? One year. Our bodies change DRASTICALLY when we have babies (DUH) but I have found that the shift within our MINDS can be even more significant. Just in case you're anywhere near where I was 3 months ago, don't YOU DARE settle for "I guess this is just how I am now." (As in cranky, tired, apathetic, giving up on myself, did I mention irritable?) HIDING behind cozy flannels, behind my exhaustion, behind my excuses was quickly becoming my new MO. GOODNESS, the shift did NOT happen all at once, but it DID take ONE simple but CLEAR "I need something to CHANGE" moment. That made THE difference for me. Start with nourishing food. Or start with empowering workouts. Or begin with a gratitude journal. WHEREVER you start, just make sure you begin. Because, life is too short, a year passes in a flash and the truth is: you DESERVE to feel your best. No matter what. YOUR BEST might not mean feeling comfy in...
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4-steps to transition into a postpartum fitness program

4-steps to transition into a postpartum fitness program

The recovering perfectionist, extremist, yo-yo-queen, in me wants to tell you a secret that you PROBABLY already know in your heart: The question has NEVER been "will x, y or z work." I mean... the reality is that any pill, wrap, chemical powder, extreme diet or crazy workout program WILL work. For a little while. But what I know is that most of us don't have the time, energy or emotional resilience to ride that roller coaster anymore. We deserve so•much•better. Can we just be DONE putting our bodies through those crashes and disappointments? D O N E. And I'll admit: I was afraid, coming off of the (breast-feeding friendly) cleanse that I did this Spring. I feared that I'd return to my eating-while-standing-with-my-baby-on-my-hip habits, grabbing whatever I could put together with one hand and hoping his extraordinarily long {and freakishly STRONG} arms wouldn't intercept my next bite. Rather than letting that FEAR eat at me, I chose to do what I recommend almost every...
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5 months postpartum: FORGET diets

5 months postpartum: FORGET diets

If I could tell you about the GAP between these moments - the tears, frustration, sleep deprivation, teething... oh the teething - then it would make a little more sense when I share this: F*ck diets, hot trends, and OTHER PEOPLE's side-by-sides (including mine). YOU need to find what works for YOU. And (WARNING: tough love comin' at ya) you need to STICK•to•that•plan. I struggled for the first 5 months of my little man's life because I KNEW what worked well for MY body. I knew what I needed, but I told myself that I didn't have the energy, time, motivation, etc to IMPLEMENT. Maybe that was true. It sure FELT true. But the MOMENT I started OWNING my excuses + GIVING a little more to ME, my body AND MY MIND started to shift. I felt a little less anxious. I felt energy slowly return. I felt my moods even out. I felt stronger. I felt capable. Finally. I felt content in my skin. Confident even. I felt like I get beyond...
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2-months postpartum: honor the journey

2-months postpartum: honor the journey

My sister and I were talking about how frustrating it can be to only see "the end," particularly "the end" of the postpartum journey. It's definitely easier to share the "I MADE IT" moments. While that can bring others, who are in the thick of the journey, hope, ONLY sharing the finish line can also leave the rest of us feeling alone.... like we're moving forward at a snails pace... questioning if we're even moving forward.... Some days I barely know the day of the week, I HOPE I'll get through my embarrassingly small checklist, and I feel blessed beyond measure to get 30 minutes to myself to MOVE. Other days are better, BRIGHTER, easier... *and I have to be careful that I don't ONLY share the light. So, this is me today. Still ON the journey. Often feeling like I've barely begun. Working my HARDEST to let go of that "not good enough" feeling. Doing my best to become STRONG over thin, HONEST over surface-y, and KIND with my inner...
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6-weeks postpartum – the new beginning

6-weeks postpartum – the new beginning

Alright, Team NO Judgment if you continue to read. Deal? I hated being pregnant. Yes, OF COURSE it was worth it - OF COURSE. But we have the option to own or truth despite the highlight reel on social media and my truth is: growing this sweet peanut drained me mentally, emotionally and physically more than any other phase of life. So, this isn't about a "before and after." It's about the freaking journey. 40 weeks pregnant vs. 6 weeks post-Max TODAY I feel squishier and much weaker than I've been in a long time (just being real) BUT then I remind myself: You birthed a (pretty sizable) human being. You (somehow) feel energized again, despite that little sleep situation. You ARE strong, just in different ways than before. You are evolving simply by recommitting to yourself WHILE nurturing your baby. You get practice compassion with yourself by being consistent with your self-care. You survived the first six weeks. I'm one of those crazies who's excited to start moving again mostly because it...
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