This month marks one year since I’ve been regularly attending Crossfit and strength workout classes. I love the progress I’ve made, the skills I’ve acquired, and the community I’ve joined. I feel more confident in a lot of areas and the past two weekends of moving around furniture with Neil has been tiring but also a piece of cake. What I haven’t learned to love is how it has changed my body. There’s a popular myth that lifting weights will make you bulky. The truth behind this myth is that women don’t have the testosterone levels that men do to… View Post

I have a problem spending money. Ok, that not 100% accurate in that I don’t have a problem spending small amounts of money. Of course those small amounts add up before I realize it (ugh), but I struggle at spending what I feel is a lot of money…all at once…for one thing. Anyone else? Some things, I have learned over time, are worth the investment. I learned through repurchasing inferior products when one would break or from getting tired of putting in more work than was really necessary. Here’s my list of food and fitness products that are worth it.… View Post

I’ve been pretty open about the things I’ve been through and one of those is my problem with exercise addiction. Here’s a look at how I found my balance and some tips on how you can too. 🙂 One thing I’ve learned through my recovery from drugs and alcohol is that addiction is addiction and it simply manifests itself in different ways for different people. For me, it’s a way to control things that are outside of my control. When things in my life seem uncomfortable or unmanageable, I would seek to exert control by controlling those things I could.… View Post

During one of my workshops last year, our focus topic was on body image. We discussed the obvious sentiments of how we felt with the way women were (and are) portrayed in the media, things that make it more difficult for women to accept and love themselves, and our own personal struggles with body image and what we do to help overcome those issues (hint: we are still working on them). One comment stood out and this is why I love discussing things in a group of diverse and varied individuals. I learn things. I approach them from a different… View Post

I love smoothies. I love how easy it is to throw things in a blender and come out with a healthy, filling snack or meal. It’s an easy way for me to get more protein and greens because I’m notoriously bad at eating enough vegetables throughout the day. Smoothies are popular at gyms and even their own stand alone stores. The problem with some of these smoothies, however, is that many of them aren’t as healthy as they seem to be. There can be added sugar, unbalanced nutritional profiles, and inappropriate portion sizes. In order to make sure you’re actually… View Post