Because it’s been too long…

I’ve been saying for months that I wanted to start blogging again but I have no idea how I’ll fit it into my life again.  But that’s the thing. I can sit on my phone for literally hours and get totally sucked in.  So much so that I’ve had to start setting a timer so I don’t waste my life scrolling through my news feed or through IG pictures.  Clearly it’s just making it a priority.

I’ve always been fascinated by people and what they were doing, what was going on in their lives.  I remember driving with my grandparents when we’d go home from visiting our family in South Florida and looking at the cars, just wondering where they were going.  Were they happy?  What were they talking about?  I think that’s why I’ve always loved blogging – both reading others and writing my own.  It gives me a sneak peek into what others are doing.  It gives me a chance to share parts of my life.

When I blog it’s like I can speak without being interrupted – mommas and teacher friends can I get an AMEN?!  I can share a part of me that may actually help someone else that may be going through something similar.  And really, it’s fun to go back and look at what I was doing in the past.  For some reason blogging is easier than journalling – maybe it’s just because I’m a faster typer than I am handwriter – are those even words?

I’d like to say that I’ll come in tomorrow and update on how different everything is, but I probably won’t.  So let’s just say this is a fresh start.  A chance to share my life from this point forward.  Because at the end of the day, nothing has really changed and everything has changed, if that even makes sense. So let’s just say that this little blog post is me taking a step toward the life that I’m capable of living.

Summit 2016: Biggest Take Aways

I’d really love to do a full recap of my entire Summit experience, but to some degree I feel like this moment right here says it all.


It was 12:15am after the Closing Celebration and we are working.

Are we tired?  Absolutely.  But the fact that we are awake, reaching out to people to help them change their lives, shows me that we all took away something from the last three days.

I know I did.  I feel like the same things kept being presented to me over and over again.  Not just at Summit.  But for the last month or two.

Be consistent.

Be patient.


Recipe: Pepperoncini Beef

This has to be one of my most favorite recipes ever, you guys.  Seriously.  Between it being easy and delicious, it just warms my heart with it’s beefy, juicy goodness.  Yes, I just said beefy and juicy.  I’m telling you, it’s that good.  You can serve this over rice, potatoes, spinach, or bread.  Seriously anything.

You may have seen this recipe floating around on the internet before but haven’t made it yet.  I first heard about it from my husband who had it at a work potluck.  He couldn’t stop raving about it and after he made it for me it for me I could totally see why.


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  • Ingredients
    • 1 jar of pepperoncini peppers
    • 3-5 pound beef roast
  • Directions
    1. Add salt and pepper to roast.
    2. Brown roast on all sides – don’t skip this step! Trust me!
    3. Place roast in crock pot.
    4. Remove stems from Pepperoncini peppers.  – don’t skip this step!  Trust me!  Put peppers in the crockpot and pour in the juice from the jar.
    5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
    6. Shred meat and enjoy!

TIP: You can also do this with pork but it doesn’t have quite as much flavor.  I’d recommend adding onions and peppers in with it.

Add this to your meal plan for next week.  It’s so good.

The scale

Tonight was a turning point for me, friends. Tonight, while Harper and I were at Publix we walked out of the bathroom and she saw the scale. You know, those big giant ones that when you step on, it feels like the entire store can see your weight? Harper looked at me and I knew she wanted to jump on and see how much she weighed. I encouraged her, and she jumped right on. “How much do I weigh, momma?”, she asked. “35 pounds, love! You are so big and strong!”, I said. Then she looked up at me, “What about you, momma? How much do you weigh? Why don’t you get on.” I paused. I looked at her. I looked at the scale. “I’m okay, love. I think I’ll pass.”

I’ve thought about this moment for four years, a moment that I knew would come. The moment I could make sure that my daughter would never, ever have a problem with the scale or use it to judge her self worth. And what what did I do? I said, “I’ll pass.” Luckily my child is nothing but persistent and she asked me to get on again. I looked at her sweet face and I got on that scale. She saw the hand on the scale go far past where it stopped for her. She looked at me and said, “What does it say, momma?” I said, “More than yours, love.” And we laughed together and walked out of the store and to our car.
In that moment I had a choice – and luckily I had two. But I never, EVER want to pass on my insecurities about my weight or size on to my daughter. The scary part is it’s just that simple, friends. It’s just saying “no thank you” or “I’ll pass” to a simple thing like getting on the scale in public that can make my child wonder why it’s not okay. Because if I’m not okay with my body, why should she be okay with hers? Maybe I’m making a bigger deal out of this single incident than necessary. But maybe not. I just know that I want to continue on my journey to find the best version of myself – to be comfortable in my own skin. To step on that scale without hesitation. To love myself.

Are you ready to take the step to Love Yourself Healthy? I’d love to have you join me and allow me to be a part of your journey, too. I don’t have to do this alone. And neither do you. Comment “I’m in!” or click on the link to submit an application:


February Announcement

Workout shaming


How many of you have every looked at someone’s workout post on Facebook or on another blog – with them all red faced and sweaty – and thought “Really?  You call that a workout?”  “That’s so easy and you’re sweating like that?”  “Oh you just must be a beginner.”  Oh don’t worry, I’m raising my hand high because I’ve definitely had that thought. And honestly, I’m ashamed of it.

When I did my morning post on Facebook this morning, sharing how Carl and I added 12-30 pound weights to our weight collection, I had this realization.  A realization that someone out there would think that just because I was only lifting 12 pounds during my Hammer & Chisel workout this morning I wasn’t getting a good workout.

Maybe this comes from doing CrossFit for nearly 2.5 years.  Don’t get me wrong, CrossFitters are some of the nicest, most genuinely caring and helpful people you will ever meet.  Everyone in a box wants to help and give tips on how to do a specific movement.  They will cheer on and encourage the other athletes and the person who finishes last typically gets the most high fives and cheers.  Trust me, I’ve been that last person many times.  But when you’re doing a nearly 200 pound dead lift on a regular basis I can see how  doing a 20 pound dead lift with dumbbells for 1 minute wouldn’t seem like much.  But trust me, try it.  Until you’ve tried a workout that someone else has done, don’t judge it.  For real.

Whether it’s a 10 minute walk around the block, a sub-five minute mile training run for a marathon, 100 burpees, 5 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, or 10,000 steps – it’s a big deal to the person who is sharing it.  Congratulate them.  Tell them they did a good job.  Give them a virtual high five.

At the end of the day, anyone who does a workout or chooses a healthy meal is making a step toward changing their life in a positive way.  And that, friends, is worth celebrating.

Sunday coffee chat – III


Hi friend!  I’m so glad that you’re here.  I feel like I have a lot to tell you because it feels like it was a really exciting week for me, personally and professionally.

I’d tell you that this week I decided to create a Facebook likes page for my Beachbody business.  I know it doesn’t sound that exciting, but trust me, it was a HUGE decision.  It meant that I decided to make my business a real business, and treat it that way.  I’m still trying to figure out exactly how to use it and what to post on it but I’ll get there.  It’s hard trying to be myself and share what I feel like is an amazing post only to have it reach 25 people or only have one person like it.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining and I’m not giving up, but it’s just a new piece of territory that I have to figure out.  And you know me, I struggle at not being the best at something. 😉

I also published my vision board for the year.

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There are some lofty goals on here, but I can’t wait to see how God moves through my life and makes these things happen.

I’d tell you that I’ve been reconnecting with some old friends on Facebook and it’s been so neat to see how everyone has grown in changed.  I’m also really enjoying connecting with new friends that I’ve met.  Everyone has a story and I love hearing about it.  People are truly fascinating.

I’d tell you that I spent way too much money at the Target dollar spot because everything they have there is just so cute.  Their marketing executives were brilliant to create that area because even though most things aren’t a dollar any more, they are still less than what you’d find in other areas of the store.  And seriously, my cart is full before I even get into the store!

I’d tell you that I have a ridiculous amount of laundry that I have to do tomorrow, but that we had so much fun running errands today and just being together.  I absolutely adore Harper and Carl.  Truly.  Yes, they make me want to scream sometimes, but God knew exactly what He was doing when He put them into my life.  Obviously, but you know what I mean.

I’d tell you that I am so.proud. of what the amazing ladies in my accountability group are doing for their health and lives.  Seriously.  Blown away by the changes they have made in just the week we’ve been together.

Tell me, how was your week?  What was a high point for you?  What was a low point for you?

Friday favorites

It’s been a while since I posted my last Friday Favorites so here I am with another round of things that I’m loving right now.

  1. Gallery Leather Academic Planner. I was working on making my own planner from different printables that I’d found online but on a whim I went to Barnes & Noble and found this gorgeous planner in aqua on sale for half price!  I did a little squeal with delight because it’s just what I was looking for – an agenda for the day split up into am and pm and then a notes section on the other side.  I had been using a daily with the to-dos on each daily page and it just wasn’t working for me.  With this set up I can write the appointments that I have for the day on one side and all of the other stuff that I have to get done during the week and I can check it off as it’s done without having to turn a page each day or assigning it a day – because it drives me crazy to have something written down on a day and not do it.

2. Using a backpack instead of a cute bag to carry all of my stuff in. I’ll be the first to admit that I have a bit of an obsession of trying different bags|planners|gadgets to try and find the simplest or easiest way to get something done (see #1) but I’m slowly learning that it’s more about the function of something than how cute it is – so if a backpack is going to be the best thing to corral my stuff – I’m carrying a dang backpack.  I’m just using an old one we had around the house and it’s a bit too small right now, but I’m going with it until I can find out what I really want in a bag rather than just buying something else.
3. Aldi.  These stores are just getting to us in my part of Florida and I know not everyone likes them but you just can’t beat their prices for veggies and fruits – many of which are organic!  Sure, if you buy a lot of boxed stuff and aren’t a big fan of generic brands it may not be the place for you, but the price of veggies and fruit almost make me want to take a separate trip out to go there.

3. My Beachbody Team.  Seriously some of the best and most encouraging women I’ve ever met.  From my up-line of amazing coaches to the small team I’m a part of to the super small (literally 1 person) team that I lead, I am amazed at how everyone truly roots for one another.  And the relationships that we build to help our businesses grow is truly awesome.

4. The Chill Out Pandora Radio Station. Sometimes I just need to tune everything out and work, but I can’t listen to music with words otherwise it distracts me.  This station has the perfect mix of funky and relaxing music that gets me into my working groove.


What things are you loving this week?