What Are You Training For? (Part II)

Uncategorized Nov 30, 2017

This is part 2 of the question “What are you training for?”

For part 1 click here

Part 1 dealt with the health, social, and scientific reasons of why we should live a healthy lifestyle. This post will go into the spiritual reasons for living a healthy lifestyle.

One of the things that I have wondered throughout the years I have spent deep in the fitness industry is where Heavenly Father stood as far as the fitness industry is concerned.

Let me explain, I work daily with those that want to:

• get six pack abs
• tighten up their thighs, butt, arms, (insert body part)
• Get bigger arms, chest, back, shoulders, legs, etc
• Lose weight, love handles, double chin, bat wings (back of the arms), etc.
• Run faster, jump higher, play (insert sport) better
• And all the other reasons you commonly hear advertised in the fitness industry

My question that I had quite often was, “Am I really even making a lasting difference...

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What Are You Training For? (Part I)

Uncategorized Nov 30, 2017

Why do you eat healthy and exercise?

Many people have different reasons why they eat healthy and why they engage in regular physical activity.

I read recently about an older gentleman that would frequently train at a gym with some very fit and much younger teenagers and guys in their twenties. When one of the younger kids noticed how dedicated this man was, how frequently and consistently he worked out at the gym, and the intensity at which he worked when he was there, he wanted to know what the man was training for.

He eventually went up to the older man and asked, “What are YOU training for?”

The older gentleman immediately replied, “What am I training for? Son, I am training for LIFE!”

I loved that. It is the perfect response.

I am training for LIFE!

What are you training for?

It is time we all train for life.

A healthy lifestyle will greatly reduce your risks of developing diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, and...

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Slow Down and Take Care of Yourself

Uncategorized Nov 30, 2017

I have a pretty nasty cold as I am writing this. My sinuses are stuffed, my head hurts, and I feel absolutely drained of all energy.

I have been overworked and stressed in many, many, different areas lately. Like always, I pushed through and got everything done.

During this time, my little 1 and a half year old baby boy has been walking around with a cough and a runny nose.

Even though I should know better, he is just too stinkin' cute with his chubby cheeks and long whispy blonde hair and I just can't help hugging the crap out of him and kissing his chubby little face.

I swear, if he had some horrible and contagious disease, I would be a goner.

Needless to say, his little cold has passed on to me and ramped up with a vengeance. 

My endless pushing into overdrive, lack of sleep, and overreaching has come back to bite me in the hind parts.

It is easy to see where I went wrong.

I should have slowed down and taken more time to rest, sleep, and recover.

I should have said "no" more...

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Quick 10-15 min Fat Burning Workout for the Busy Parent

Uncategorized Nov 29, 2017

It is the Holiday season.

That means things are about to get busy, busy, busy.

Wait a sec, I just said, "holiday" season. What I meant to say, is Christmas season.


I love Christmas!

Just because things are busy, doesn't mean we can't still get in a great workout.

If you are strapped for time and have an inclination to skip your workout because you only have 15-20 minutes, don't. 

Instead, pull up this video and get after it. 



The key to getting great results is to stay consistent. 

Rather than pushing the pause button on our fitness during the Christmas season, try simply dialing back.

That is why so many don't ever achieve massive results with their fitness and health. It is because they are constantly pushing the pause button when things get busy or hard. 

Doing this makes you have to start all over again. 

So, instead of pushing the pause button when things get busy, simply dial it back, but still do something.

Then, when things...

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Convenient, Healthy Snacks for the Busy Parent

busy nutrition snacks Nov 29, 2017

If you are like most LDS parents I know, you probably don't have hours upon hours of free time to search out Pinterest and make the 25 ingredient healthy snack that the single with no kids, professionally trained chef is highlighting and claiming to be "so simple to make."

Most of us don't have that kind of time.

Most of us are just trying to get something on the table or in our kids' mouths before we feel the last fume of our energy reserves wisp away. 

The fact is, that sometimes we don't want to have to make a snack and it is just so much easier to simply purchase something that is ready to eat and more convenient for our "on the go" stage of life.

This very thing can very easily derail us off of our nutritional goals. 

If you feel like you are constantly searching for healthy snacks that you can purchase, but don't quite know what is healthy or not, then fear no more.

Simply follow my 10/10/10 Rule, and rest assured that you and your kids are getting great...

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Two pink lines

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2017



This past October as the air was starting to turn crisp, the leaves were changing colors, and the promise of fall was in full sway  we found out the happy news that we were expecting our 7th baby. We were thrilled. There was a healthy dose of nervousness with a whole lot of joy. I remember driving down the leaf strewn streets dropping off my son to kindergarten and just relishing that feeling of hope and sweet anticipation. It was precious news that we hadn't shared with more than a handful of people, and it felt kind of like Christmas morning. Unfortunately that happy news was short lived, when we ended up miscarrying on our 4th sons birthday almost a week later. We spent the day wrapped up in celebration for our son's 6th birthday and soaking in all this beautiful time with our little family. My husband and I held our boys a little tighter, our smiles a little braver and each other a little longer. With our 6 previous healthy pregnancies, this was the...

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Overcoming Emotional Eating

nutrition step 4 Oct 18, 2016

You Can Overcome the Beast of Emotional Eating

Emotional eating is something that every single person in this world struggles with. No one is immune to emotional eating. It gets the best of us.

However, that doesn't mean that we have to just lay down and accept it. All that will do is lead to failure, more emotional eating, lessened self-discipline, and a body that we aren't particularly proud of.


What is emotional eating?

FIrst, before we can go much further, we need to define what emotional eating is. Despite its name, you don't have to be crying while eating your ice cream in order for it to count as emotional eating.

The simplest definition of emotional eating is eating for any other reason other than hunger. 

So, if you are eating because you are stressed, tired, bored, angry, or happy, you are emotionally eating.

Even eating because the food is right there and everyone else is eating is a form of emotional eating.

So, once again, eating for any other reason ...

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Look to the Lord...

faith step 1 step 2 Oct 11, 2016

This last weekend has been filled with challenges as well as beautiful moments. But isn't life just like that? Every day and every moment there are things that stretch us and help us grow. It is up to us how we choose to see those moments.

And who we choose to look to. 

Today i heard a beautiful song on the radio. One that I've heard many times, and yet it was new again. In exactly teh moment I needed to hear it, these are the words that touched my soul:

I see my child, my beloved
The new creation you're becoming
You see the scars from when you fell
But I see the stories they will tell ("Mended," Matthew West)

I was reminded again that I am HIS daughter. And sometimes you just need to remember that. 


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Follow the prophet, he knows the way

Uncategorized Oct 07, 2016

Tonight I was planning on sharing thoughts about step 4. This step is so important to me. It's something I thought I understood, but it wasn't until the last year or so that I gained a deep personal witness of these powerful truths. I will share some of those thoughts in later posts during this 31 day challenge. But tonight I just want to share this.

Any time our prophet speaks it's crucial for us to pay attention, and during priesthood session he gave a talk that was less than 5 minutes long. What did he choose to talk about in those few moments? He gave counsel on the Word of Wisdom. About following the Lord's commandments to take care of our bodies. These precious gifts that we've been given.

And if the Lord wanted to remind us of the importance of following these principles, which He did, then we should all reassess how well we are doing at making them a priority in our lives.  


cover photo from lds.org

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Family prayers and kitchen tables

Today has been a rough day of sorts. We found out that a sweet neighbor got robbed in the middle of the day when she was away at a doctor's appointment. And have you heard any of this bizarre clown stuff going around? I just heard about it myself, but my poor boys have been hearing about it from kids at school and because of that it fueled our family conversation at dinner tonight. It was just a heavy emotional day. 

It seems that the world is becoming a heavy emotional place. 

Which makes me increasingly more thankuful for the messages of General Conference so fresh and new in my heart and mind. Today President Nelson's talk came flooding back (apparently that talk is one I need to study lots, because it keeps making it's way into my heart) as Seth and I talked with our precious boys about the world we live in. How it can feel like a scary place at times. But that God is always and forever in control and watching over us. We are living in the last days and the...

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