Food Diary: Steamed Broccoli and Milkshakes

I know a lot of people think it's totally crazy that I weigh and measure my food to track every gram of carb, fat, and protein I eat. Sometimes even I am over it! But mainly, I'm on it haha! 

What I like about counting macros, or flexible dieting, is that there are no "bad" foods. I can have any food, so long as I am conscious of how much of that food I have. Now, just because I can have anything doesn't mean I should have anything. Obviously, I know my body will

What to wear: Spring in Maui

Some people lean more toward comfort and some toward style when they dress. And while there are certainly times when I'm perfectly content grunging around in uggs, sweats, and a puffer vest sans make-up (and dare so say it, even a shower), most of the time I'd prefer something comfortable AND fashion forward, or at the very least, on trend. This is especially true when

The trouble with competition

I'm just going to come out and admit this. I don't enjoy competition. Or maybe, just not one I know I can't win. Until I'm sure that's not a possibility, I'll fight for it tooth and nail, but the minute I know I'm out of the running, my heart just isn't in it anymore.

Over time, I've found the only real competitor I'm willing to gut it out against is myself. This explains my aversion to CrossFit competitions. Very rarely, I make exceptions. This was one of those cases.

Things that Go Unsaid: How to Try CrossFit for the First Time

Nothing made me happier or more excited over Thanksgiving break than to introduce my mom and little sister to CrossFit. After more than three years in the CrossFit community, and nearly that much time as a co-owner, it meant so much to me to share my passion with them! They were incredibly good sports about my making them not only work out on vacation, but also workout by doing CrossFit...four times! Sorry guys:p! Nonetheless, my nearly 60 year old momma of five rocked some seriously impressive squat form, and my little sister really pushed herself on the assault bike! Geez I'm jelly of her long legs! #shortpeopleunite After the week ended, my sister bought a pack of classes to her local area CrossFit gym. DAY. MADE. 

Their experience got me thinking though about how to put someone who has considered CrossFit at ease and help them have an amazing experience their very first time.

A Holiday Recipe for Abs

The next several weeks promise to be a whirlwind of festivities, from company celebrations to Secret Santas, gift baskets, family dinners, and parties with friends. All your favorite seasonal treats are on the menu, and if you're like me, you might be planning to bake a few too! This is my favorite time of year. But while I fully plan on taking advantage of all this season has to offer, I'm also mindful of my nutrition and fitness goals.

An Ode to Pie

I am going to give you the recipe for what I call, the pie of my childhood. My mom was a stay-at-home farmer's wife with five children and she Baked. Her. Heart. Out. In addition to loaves of freshly baked and buttered french bread, I came home most days to pies. In high school, my cousin and I would go for a three mile run along our road and without a word, return home and head straight for the drawer. We each pulled out a fork, grabbed a pie, and dug directly into the tin until it was gone. Looking back, thank goodness our metabolisms were fast enough to handle that routine! 

What's for Lunch | Macro Friendly Baked Ziti

Sometimes, counting macronutrients (see my post What is Flexible Dieting) can be overwhelming. When I first started this meal planning method, I was helping to manage our CrossFit gym, working full time, and trying to pay off $165,000 in student loans in just over three years. Needless to say, I was stressed AND pressed for time. I needed macro-friendly options that were quick and easy to throw together as I ran from one thing to the next.

What to Wear | Shades of Grey

Think "monochrome" and you typically think, "safe" and "boring". But this look is all about mixing textures and shades to pull off a monochromatic look that is anything but! The result: a polished, pulled-together look that can go from casual Friday at the office to the street, to a house party. 

Eight options for a protein packed breakfast

In addition to ensuring our body can perform the basic functions it needs to survive, protein helps satisfy hunger for longer periods of time and aids in muscle recovery. 

For some, increasing their protein can be daunting. I hear time and time again, I just can't eat that much meat! Or for some, I just don't like to eat that much meat! While I'd recommend whole proteins like egg whites and lean sausage for breakfast, there is hope for those that don't have a taste or the time for that type of breakfast fare!

A Pilgrimage to Maine

A few weekends ago, the hubs and I spent a whirlwind four days in Maine. Steve's family is originally from there, and we hadn't been back in eight years! As soon as we paid off our loans (another post;), we made it a priority to go back and visit! We arrived via redeye early Friday morning in Boston, where Steve's parents met us on their drive up from Pennsylvania. Then, we headed north!

What to wear | Girls Weekend in Walla Walla

Every year, my squad makes a point to get away together. This year, we wound up Walla Walla, Washington wine country. Thankfully we got a break from the rain on Sunday, and an afternoon shopping outting wound up as an impromptu photo shoot! Overcast skies and low sixties called for a fancy sweatshirt, dark wash skinny jeans, booties, and a fun hat!

What is Flexible Dieting?

Flexible dieting is a way of achieving specific aesthetic and fitness performance goals by determining the amount of calories necessary to sustain your energy on a daily basis, and then adjusting those calories and macronutrients (macros) to your specific goals. 

Huh?

Let me break that down.

PNW Getaway | Seabrook, WA

My husband, Steve, and I have been married for over seven years, and this year, we decided to do something a little extra special for our joint birthday month. Past birthdays have gone by with far less fanfare (although just as much sentiment) due to our financial goals (we paid off $165,000 in loans in 39 months--I'll touch on that in another post). So now that we've reached our goal, a little getaway was in order. We happily chose to return to the quaint little town of Seabrook on the Washington coast, and it did not disappoint!

Blueberry Scones

This year's birthday trip to the Washington coast called for a favorite throwback--blueberry lemon scones! One of my best friends turned me on to this recipe by Tyler Florence from Food Network a few years ago and I made them for my husband. For this trip, he made them a special request. I love baking for him, so I was all too happy to oblige:). 

Simple, Easy Top Knot

The top knot is a super easy style I love for many reasons. Thank God it's trendy, because it's so convenient and versatile! It works not only for the office, but also for everyday, or even a special occasion. I get a lot of questions like, "Oh are you using a sock? Or one of those foam donuts," so I love surprising people when I tell them it's secured only with a bobby pin and a few hair bands!