How I lost weight

How I Lost Weight

Last August I competed in my first bodybuilding competition. And the number one question I got afterwards was “What did you do to lose the weight?!” This sounds familiar doesn’t it? When we see someone on Instagram or YouTube who has lost weight and looks great, most of us immediately want to know how. What…

May Challenge Lessons Learned

Things I learned from my May Challenge

Happy Wednesday! Thought it was about time I give you guys an update. For those who don’t follow along on instagram, I am proud to say I completed my #MayChallenge. That’s right. I went to the gym (or did some sort of workout) every.single.day in May. And now a few weeks later, I thought I…

May Fitness Challenege

Gym Every Day in May Challenge

Happy Wednesday! For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I’ve been using the hashtag #maychallenge. On May 1st I was talking to my friend Lauren (a personal trainer and blogger at Petite Curves Ahead) about the gym challenge I did back in November. I went to the gym…

Workout Music…for Free?

Hello! Happy Wednesday. Yes, I realize it’s been over a month since I’ve posted. But we all figured this would happen right? Life gets hectic, blog falls to the wayside. Anyway… Thankfully my friend Kelly reminded me of a post I’ve been wanting to write for weeks – how to find FREE workout music. I think everyone…

IIFYM Basics: Macros

Hi everyone. How was your weekend? The weather is finally warming up here in Chicago. I spent most of Saturday walking around Lincoln Square just to enjoy it. And then Sunday I decided to walk to the grocery store rather than drive. I’m super ready for winter to be over. Anyway, this is part two of…

IIFYM Basics: Calories

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? I’ve been trying to fight off a cold. Yay…The good news is it hasn’t really hit me that hard. The bad news is it won’t go away. As promised, here is the first post about how I got started following IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros). Originally this was…

Drink more water

Quick Tip Tuesday

OK so this seems like such a silly post but it’s made such a difference lately that I felt I should share. We all know we’re supposed to drink more water. It’s the #1 tip on every single health and fitness website. But do we ever really follow it? Probably not. At least I didn’t.…

what's in my gym bag

What’s in my Gym Bag

Just in case you haven’t been following the weather in the midwest, we got hit with a blizzard. And when I say blizzard, I mean we got dumped on. Seriously dumped on. 19.3 inches of snow. It caught a lot of us by surprise. Including me. Who mistakenly decided to drive to my lesson with my…

Switch:How to Change When Change is Hard

Motivational Monday – How to Stay Motivated

It’s Motivational Monday. Posted on a Monday not a Tuesday. See I’m getting better. Today we are going to continue our conversation about how to stay motivated. I blogged a few weeks ago how I’ve discovered that my motivation for eating healthy and exercising tends to go up and down. And I’m guessing since I…

5 healthy things I'm not into

5 Healthy Things I’m Just Not Into

Admit it. There are tons of healthy things you know you should be doing but you don’t. Maybe it’s getting 8 hours of sleep per night, or cutting out soda completely. Which is fine. I’m not here to judge. And since we’re not judging, here are 5 healthy things I’m just not into: 1. Coconut…