New fitness challenge starts Jan 7th–spaces are limited!


I have a new 90 day fitness challenge starting on Jan 7th!

What does this fitness challenge entail? Well, here’s the list:


  1. ย Free one on one fitness coaching
  2. ย A small, private group on Facebook where support, motivation,and comfort will be given, and effort rewarded. People will share tips, accountability, and results
  3. Commitment to your chosen health and fitness goals
  4. Staying in touch both with me as your coach and with the members in the group
  5. Access to the Beachbody Challenge contest where you will be eligible to win $500 daily and over $100,000 for sharing your results!


Challenge packs are available which include one workout program, a 30 day supply of Shakeology with your choice of flavor, and a 30 day free trial to Team Beachbody. It’s a great way to get into shape, improve your diet, and pinch your pennies. The packs come with a 30 day money back guarantee.

Together we will bring on the New Year in STYLE! Join me and get all of the help you’ll need on how to achieve your goals ย and live a happy, fulfilling life!

Spaces are limited, so if you’re interested contact me! For more information, please visit this link.

Reset your body, reset your life!

I’m continuing to recover from the patellar tendonitis (overtrained on plyo and hurt the tendon in my knee) and have been given doctor’s orders to start running (YESSSSS I can’t wait mwahaha), and I’m jumping back into Chalean Extreme and starting with the Lean phase next week. I had hoped to restart sooner, but such is life.

I plan to continue Chalean Extreme and my crazy walking schedule right up until the Avon Walk, then finish up the last bit of the Chalean Extreme until May 30th.

And what will I do on May 30th?

Yup, I’m starting the Ultimate Reset! It’s a 21 day cleanse/detox program which phases out meat, eggs, and dairy and gets people to reset their body based on a whole foods, plant based diet along with various supplements. Naturally that elimination is irrelevant for me since I’m vegan, but I think it’s pretty cool that people get to give a plant-based diet a try for the sake of their health. I’ve been hearing reports of people dropping absurd amounts of cholesterol points (20-50 points!), fat %, pounds (10-20 appears to be the average), eliminating health issues, you name it. I’d also like to be at my best before I dive into P90X2, which I plan to do once the reset is over.

Naturally being both vegan and a coach, I thought it’d be cool to get people join me on the reset journey and do a 21 day challenge group together. And those who are used to a more standard American diet with meat and dairy can get to try something new, and who better to do that with than someone who did a similar transition and stuck with it?

I suffer from severe environmental and seasonal allergies and wheat hates me. I’ve had an amazing amount of success with 5 day juice cleanses and did a 45 day detox/reset of my own last year. I think that this program will be interesting to try, and a wonderful challenge to embark on after walking a marathon and a half!

We deal with pollutants and toxins day in and day out, and I meet so many people who have crippling addictions to caffeine that I am now afraid to touch coffee and watch the caffeine content of the tea I drink. It absolutely scares me what people consider to be both “food” and a “healthy diet”, and I often wonder how much of the crap we breathe in, ingest, and are used to as part of a “normal” day inhibits our fitness goals, especially in the realm of weight loss and athletic performance.

If you want to give the reset a try with me, go here to learn more about the reset and/or join me for the ride. I begin on May 30th and am already armed with the shopping lists for what foods will be needed.

Transform your body, transform your life!

Looking to get going on some fitness goals in time for the swimsuit season? I know there are a LOT of people coming here for my recipes and sound health advice who could use some more intense one-one-one coaching, and to those of you who fit that description…I have some good news for you!

I’m starting up a 90 day fitness challenge starting May 21st. You don’t need to attend a gym. You’ll be able to do your workouts on your own schedule. You’ll be in a small, private Facebook group with other people just like you who have their own goals that they’re working hard to meet. It’ll be fun, challenging, educational…and potentially life-altering!

Have an interest in trying any of the following exercise programs?

    Chalean Extreme
    Power 90
    Turbo Jam
    Turbo Fire
    Hip Hop Abs
    Tai Cheng
    Brazil Butt Lift
    Les Mills Pump
    Insanity: Asylum

…or are they already paid for and sitting on a shelf in your home somewhere, collecting dust bunnies, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Get in touch with me, sign up at Beachbody with me as your fitness coach, and join my fitness challenge!

I’m here for ya. I’ve been there, done that in regards to fitness goals, weight loss goals…and I know what it’s like to struggle. You don’t have to do it alone, nor do you have to try out a million fad diets or pills that don’t work.

Decide. Commit. SUCCEED!

Want to learn more? Contact me!

How to avoid injury

First of all…good luck with this idea! Injuries if you are very active are almost inevitable at some point or another. You have to take them as learning points and tend to them quickly before they take you out of your fitness regime for lengthy periods of time. I’ve been VERY fortunate, given my level of fitness activity: I have only genuinely been injured as a result of my workouts once, and it was due to not enough conditioning of certain body parts before attempting particular exercises.

I am now going to physical therapy for patellar tendonitis, or “jumper’s knee”. No more jumping jacks in my office for a while. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have been doing a ridiculous amount of plyometrics in my cardio routines, undoubtedly to the point of overtaining. First it was my knee making a strange crunching sound while doing lunges or sumo squats, and now it will actually get sore and swollen if there’s a lot of jumping, lunges, etc.

Not fun.

I have been informed that had I been running prior to doing all of this crazy plyo, I could’ve strengthened the tendon and the muscles around it, and I would’ve been fine. Because I don’t do running in the winter, I was not in peak physical condition. I had done the Insanity program and stupidly thought I wouldn’t have a problem. However, I had started that particular program after I had already been running for about a month.

Hm. Go figure.

I’ll also need to do more exercises for my calves and quads. Squats will be fab for this, no doubt. And of course, I’ll have to get back into running. Thankfully the weather is good for it since I don’t have a treadmill. ๐Ÿ™‚

I expect to limit my cardio to the P90X Kenpo X workout and other cardio programs which don’t implement too much plyo. Ugh, I love plyo. Apparently I unknowingly became a plyo junkie, who knew?? I guess if I jog in place in lieu of the jumping jacks I could be okay.

Doing crazy amounts of exercise is something I’m used to, so it was easy for me to overuse parts of my body that weren’t accustomed to it. I’ll have to learn what is best for warmups, recovery, and strengthening of various muscles so that this won’t happen again. Adding more stretching in between workouts will benefit me as well. What happened to me could happen to anyone, regardless of how in shape you are.

So…learn from me! Overtraining bad. Underconditioning bad. Strength training good. Stretching GOOD. This is why you have proper warmups, cooldowns, and why so many people recommend yoga for flexibility, strength training, and mobility.

Pushing it, bringing it, on FIRE

I’m now on my third week of the Push phase of Chalean Extreme. Based on my Bodybugg data, I’ve been adding in additional workouts whenever I can: walking, running, Turbo Fire, P90X…you name it.

I’ve also been tacking on other things. I joined up with a five day long dare/fitness challenge to do 500 squats daily. After losing about half an inch or so in my thighs in five days, I think that the potential of squats is not to be underestimated. I don’t do them with weights, and I spread them out throughout the day. Also in the mix is a second five day fitness challenge–60 planks for a minute a piece. I thought that this would be easy until I realized–holy crap, that’s an hour’s worth of plank poses!! Where do I get that extra hour from?? Once again…will have to spread this out throughout the day.

In short, I’m ridiculously busy. I somehow manage to fit in errands, sleep, and some vague attempt at a social life into this. Sound familiar? Can you relate? ๐Ÿ˜€

In any event…I still need heavier weights! Hoping to pick up that second 25 lb dumbbell and two 30s this weekend. Squats with 20s are NOTHING to me now, and I need to go heavier if I want to keep up the momentum. I still run into women afraid to “bulk up”, like they have the same amount of testosterone as men or something. ๐Ÿ˜› I’m getting smaller as I lift, and more defined. I’ve never had arm definition in my life, and I’m getting it now!

I’m also hoping to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and hit the nearby bike trail for some serious walking. I have only 46 days to go until I walk 39.3 miles in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, so I’m upping the walking, the training…breaking in my two pairs of walking sneakers! Since the trail is ten miles each way, it’s perfect for the walking practice…and it’s a beautiful walk besides. ๐Ÿ™‚

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