Are green coffee beans a weight loss miracle pill?

As I am sure you have noticed, the internet has been all abuzz lately about Dr. Oz’s recent run in with the Senate’s Consumer Protection panel. If you have no clue what I am talking about, then count your lucky stars. And if I’ve piqued your interest, head over to CNN for a concise article that details the charges against Dr. Oz and the misleading claims he has made about chlorogenic acid (aka green coffee beans) and gardenia... Read More

Post Partum Fitness Routine

I am 8 months post partum and the sleep deprivation of the first months of L’s life is starting to wane. It’s amazing what a little sleep can do for your energy levels! Our routine is starting to develop and I feel that I can finally put some real focus and determination into my workouts, which I am loving! All of my skinny pre-L, post-M clothes are starting to fit and I am gaining my confidence back. Having babies and the resulting... Read More

Hitting the Barre

How was your weekend, friends? We’ve been a little under the weather over here. Luke has been teething up a storm with SIX new teeth coming in. Two of them finally popped through last week, giving him some relief. But seriously, that boy wants to ensure that he has at least one tooth for every month he’s been alive. He has two more days until he is 7 months old and one of his bottom incisors is just about to make it’s appearance.... Read More

Postnatal Fitness

If you have been reading my blog for some time, you have heard me talk about my struggle to lose weight and keep it off pre-baby. Just as I reached my goal weight, I got pregnant with Matthew. I gained 40 lbs during my pregnancy with Matthew and it took me about a year to shed the access weight. When I got pregnant with Luke, I vowed to keep my weight gain closer to 30-35 lbs, so that I wouldn’t struggle with weight loss postpartum. Apparently,... Read More

Pregnancy update: 15 weeks

Welcome to week 15, my little one! When I look in the mirror I feel like I look very pregnant. Although, having been through this before, I know that this is nothing compared to how I will look and feel come August! My maternity clothes are starting to fit properly, or at least not completely hang off of my body like I am a little girl playing dress up with her mommy’s clothes. I like to feel put together and am just starting to feel like I... Read More

Prenatal Fitness

During my first trimester I experienced quiet a bit of fatigue and nausea which significantly impacted my energy level. I was determined to keep working out, so I decided to pick up a few prenatal fitness DVDs to keep myself motivated and my workouts first trimester appropriate. I know that many people are able to keep up their regular workout routine right through their first trimester; however, I was not feeling up to my intense Supreme 90 and Body... Read More

A Spot of Sun

We have had the most glorious weather here in Minnesota! I know that many of you have also been blessed with a mild January. I feel like with Matthew’s afternoon nap and our busy schedule that we have not been able to fully enjoy the weather. However, knowing that the blessing could be over at any moment, this week Matthew and I were determined to make the most out of it while it lasts! Yesterday we ventured to the Wood Lake Nature Center for... Read More

Ten Things Thursday

1. My mother-in-law treated my mom and me to a girls night making evergreen centerpieces to adorn our homes for Christmas. We had a wonderful time and came home with beautiful centerpieces. 2. When I arrived home from indoor playgroup this morning I found one of my spruce top pots had fallen over either by the encouragement of the wind or a clumsy door to door solicitor who papered my door. Either way, I know what I will be doing during nap time... Read More

Work It

It’s been a while since I have talked about my fitness routine. Two months ago I decided to take some time off from heavy weightlifting and The Female Body Breakthrough. I have primarily been lifting heavy since I had Matthew and was feeling bored with my heavy lifting routine. Aside from yoga videos, I had never really used workout DVDs and thought that it might be a nice change of pace to have someone else telling me what to do for once. So... Read More

Circuit Training Punishment

Hello my friends! Just stopping by after a hardcore circuit workout from I am dripping with sweat and loving it! photo source At some point last week I got bored with my weight lifting routine. I lost motivation to do my routine. After completing The New Rules of Lifting for Women in June and then starting The Female Body Breakthrough in July, I have been lifting heavy for a LONG time. I am definitely seeing results from weightlifting,... Read More

Apple Cider Donuts

Hello my friends! Things are starting to settle down around here. I am loving not having the urge to check email every five seconds to ensure that everything at work is ok. Rachel Cosgrove (via The Female Body Breakthrough) is still kicking my butt at 5:30 AM. I added in a little Yoga is Yummy on Thursday morning, my body needs a good stretch once a week! And I am starting to get used to being a brunette. Although, Allan keeps thinking that I am a... Read More

Tides of Change

Becoming a Mom has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It has caused me to reevaluate my life from top to bottom. I have learned to quietly listen to God’s commands, acting on them in obedience. Today was a paramount day in my life. I quit my job. Stop questioning with your mind and start believing with your heart. You may remember that back in May, I significantly reduced my hours at work. However, I felt torn between being... Read More


Good Morning! My posting has been sporadic lately because Matthew and I have been super busy! Matthew is constantly on the go and we are always doing something. One of his new favorite games is tag – we take turns chasing each other around the house. It is so much fun and quite a good cardio workout for both of us. Each day he becomes more and more confident on his feet and is falling less often. In addition to our regular stuff, this week we... Read More

Workout Like an Athlete at Home + Winner

A lot of people believe the misconception that you need a gym membership to workout like an athlete. However, I am here to tell you that is not the case! With minimal equipment you can get you ripped in no time! The following is a look into our home gym that allows us the comfort of working out whenever we feel like it. But first, here a few of the reasons that we like working out at home. 1. Motivation. Half the battle of working out and being fit... Read More

Vibrating Toes

Look what I picked up today… photo source I am super excited to begin wearing my new Vibram Five Fingers Komodosport LS shoes. I have always been a little balanced challenged and hope that wearing these during my lifting and HIIT sessions will improve my stability and balance while strengthening my toes. Diagram source Does anyone else use Vibram Five Fingers? Do you use them for weight lifting?  Read More

Make A Wish

Today was a lovely day. The day started with Blueberry Almond Breakfast Bakes using this recipe as a base. To keep things interesting, I tried my hand at a little experiment… I subbed almond pulp, leftover from making homemade almond milk, for buckwheat flour, omitted coconut oil and traded out cherries for 1 cup frozen blueberries. We all LOVED these bakes, although they took about 10 minutes longer to cook, which was no bueno. I will do a... Read More

June Goals

As I have mentioned in other posts, I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight and have been for about two months. Actually, I weigh 3.5 pounds less than I did prior to becoming pregnant. However, I would still like to loose a few more pounds… 7.5 to be exact. Unfortunately, in the last month I have hit a plateau. Two years ago when I was initially loosing weight, at almost the exact same time of year and at the exact same stage in The New Rules of... Read More

Summer Sunshine

Yesterday I finished Stage 5 of New Rules of Lifting for Women. I cannot wait to start Stage 6, it is hands down my favorite stage of the series and I have been looking forward to it since I re-started NROL4W back in September. NROL4W recommends that for optimal muscle recovery, you take a week off from heavy lifting and organized exercise in between stages. However, I am way too excited to take an entire week off. So, on Monday I plan to start Stage... Read More