Get It In Where You Can.

When your kid (or the kid you nanny for) has soccer practice and you haven’t worked out yet…you use what’s in your car and what’s around you to get in a good workout. For those who may not have TRX hanging around in their car, use your body! Try this next time you’re waiting on something or someone and want to get some movement in:

Each exercise for 35 seconds, rest for 15 seconds. Go all the way through, rest 1 minute, repeat at least 2 or 3 times, but as many as you’ve got time for!

Right lunge

Left lunge

Push-ups (could use a wall or fence to brace up against if you don’t want to get all the way down)




Overhead tricep extension (using your cell phone, water bottle, or purse for resistance)

Arm Circles

Try it out! Makes the time go faster and you’re getting some movement in rather than sitting and waiting. Good luck!


Let’s Get Spiritual.

Here’s the deal. This place, this blog, it’s not just about your physical health (or my physical health) — because that’s not all there is to the story. To be fully healthy is a total view of physical, mental, and spiritual health. This week, I’ve been all about the spiritual growth and I’ll tell you, I feel inspired in a new way after even just these last few days of diving in. 

I am so blessed to have friends and family who also understand the importance of spiritual growth and personal development and have awesome books to recommend as well. Specifically speaking to this week: thanks, GVZ, for recommending Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs — that book spoke to me as if it were my own words and life, it’s crazy. And thanks, KM, for the recommendations to read Annie Downs’s other book, Let’s All Be Brave and Rebekah Lyons’s You Are Free (starting that soon!) — and, the podcasts!! I’m getting into them and thankful for recommendations because what I’ve listened to so far is so good.

If you haven’t read any of these books, please check them out. You’ll be so glad you did. 

Here are the 3 quotes from Looking for Lovely that spoke to me the most, and give you an inkling of what it’s about and how it will transform you.

  • “Who would I be if I had pushed my mind past the place where it said all the things I couldn’t do?” (!!!!!)
  • “Be the same person on the surface that I am at the depths of me” — Bob Goff (talking to the author, Annie Downs)

I am so bad at pushing through things that are hard. I don’t do things I’m not good at. I’m afraid to fail. I’m afraid to disappoint. And that’s what this book spoke to — looking for the lovely in the hard, in the pain, in the suffering. 
When I say I feel inspired in a new way, it’s real. These books have helped awaken my soul and help me push along the journey of what I’m meant to do, what I want to do, feeling free to make mistakes, and not be afraid of the desires and callings I’ve pushed way down deep because I’m afraid of failing. I knew that I was in a place of disillusionment spiritually and that my soul felt unsettled and untouched lately, but I didn’t realize how much I had quieted my spirit until this week and these books and podcasts brought it all to the surface.

If you want to chat about those quotes/these books and what they’ve meant to me, or what they meant to you if you’ve read them, don’t hesitate to reach out! I’m all about connecting over a good book. And, if you’ve got any recommendations, send them over!

*I promise not all posts will be this long — but I had to share about these! 

It’s Been a While.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. About a year, in fact. So, let’s get real. Life happens. I’m on this journey the same as anyone else. In the past year, I’ve left a full-time job with a company I loved, worked part-time for said company in different roles, built up my personal training business, and taken a job as a nanny full-time. And that’s just my professional life.

Personally, I’ve made it through the first year of marriage, struggled through quitting a full-time job, struggled through feeling purpose-less, and simultaneously been the most disheartened and the happiest I’ve ever been before. Who knew that was even possible!?

But, throughout it all, I’ve been here. Perhaps not posting, but still working on the process. And now it’s time to get serious. Get real. Be tough. Push through. Who wants to join me?!



Let’s Get It.


Best thing for ridding stress and strife of the start of the work week? Ball slams.

Grab a slam ball (the black and grey ball pictured here; preferable) or medicine ball and raise it over your head coming up onto your toes as you do. Then, bring it to the ground with all the force you’ve got as you come down into a low squat – dropping the ball as it hits the ground. Pick up ball, repeat. Using a 10-12 lb slam ball, 10 or 12 reps is usually plenty (for the first set, then repeat 3 times…)!

Throw in some kettlebell swings and dumbbell lifts for good measure, and you’ve got a quick workout to work off any type of stress you could have.

Questions? Need someone to try it out with? Let me know!


You work out on your snow days. But, sometimes, your team (go Panthers! #keeppounding) is playing in the NFC Championship game and all you want for dinner is “football food” while you watch. Hence, action dip and tortilla chips. IMG_1679

And you know what? That’s okay – enjoy the special occasions without feeling guilty for treating yourself!!

Just be ready to start back the next morning with a good breakfast and a good workout to stay on track toward your goals. Remember, it’s not about eating healthy 100% of the time; but, about making that effort to eat healthy 80-90% of the time so that for that other 10-20% you can enjoy all of your “non-healthy” favorites!


Why Me?

From the get go I am always going to be real with you.  AND…I’m relatable – I don’t claim to work out every day or eat only healthy foods, and I’ve never run a marathon; however, I do know how to set goals and reach them! Together we’ll set realistic goals and I’ll support you in reaching them!  We will work hard, have fun and you will be on the way to a happier, healthier YOU!

Are you ready to get started? Want more info? Let’s chat!

At Home Workout

Let’s get in a quickie. Workout, that is. Try this during commercials of your favorite show!

You’ll need:

-a chair, couch, or coffee table

-a mat (or rug space!)

-a wall

Here you go!

-start by warming up with 1 minute jogging in place

30 second wall sit, 10 second rest, 30 second wall sit (with back on wall, sink into a squat and hold)

10 tricep dips (hands on chair, couch, or coffee table; feet on floor, knees bent)

chair step ups, 12 per leg – lead with same foot for 12, then switch.

30 second plank, 10 second rest, 30 second plank (on elbows or full!)

Repeat this circuit 3 times for a quick and easy workout to end the day!

*no rest between exercises, about 1 minute rest between each time through.

Let me know how it goes if you try it out!



I’m so glad you’re here! While working at the YMCA, I have developed a passion for serving people through the fitness and health field – and now, I want to share that passion and my knowledge more widely. One of the things I love about this is that broadly it’s the same across the board: help folks reach their best health; but, more specifically when you look at individuals, this can mean so many things! Each person’s goal is going to be different in order to reach their best health and I’m so excited to be a part of that journey with people.

A little about me and my health journey…

I have gone to all extremes of the health and fitness spectrum. I’ve always had an “athletic” build, which in middle and high school just made me think “big”, but now simply means broad-shouldered, full hips and thighs, and overall, strong. In high school, I ranged from Weight Watchers, to not eating at all, to overexercising, then to college and overeating, bingeing and purging, to mostly giving up by the time I was in graduate school outside of the occasional workout at the Y where I worked – all this, despite both my undergrad and grad degree being in the health fields. Then, I met a guy. We got engaged. And I wanted to look good in a white dress. But, what happened over the course of our engagement and this journey is that it became more about feeling good rather than looking good. To be honest, I haven’t lost a lot of weight or inches, but my body and my mentality have changed. I’m stronger than I’ve been in a long time, I feel more confident on a day-to-day basis, and I know that I’m healthier on the inside as well because of the changes I’ve made. I’m still not perfect – I don’t work out every day, I still eat sweets (I’m a sucker for some chocolate…), and I love a cold Diet Coke…but, I’m more mindful about the choices I make and how they’re going to affect the way that I feel.

In addition to finding Garrett, my now-husband, the biggest change has been a shift in mentality. Health isn’t about your weight, your size, or your shape. Health is about your heart and how you feel. So no matter where you are in your journey, I ask you… Is your heart (or blood pressure, cholesterol, etc…) healthy? And do you feel good and confident about yourself? If either of those is no, I would love to chat with you and see if I can help you change that!