Are you ready for anything?

So, this is our summer home. And even though I gave my hubby "that look" when he showed up with her, I must admit, he made a great executive decision. When I'm stressed (as I have been in a super awesome, exciting way lately), I'm crazy indecisive about "fun" stuff. So bless my man for taking charge of finding a way to get me to snap into that parasympathetic (relaxed) state and embrace some serious family bonding this summer. It's SO easy just to pickup and go. The first few weekends, my…


A Conversation with Resistance: How I Shut That Shit Down

You have two voices; one that says you can’t, one that says you can. One that says you won’t, one that says you will. Overcoming the voice of Resistance is a daily feat. Resistance loves to come in the form of excuses, providing you with an unlimited number of reasons to get in the way of your goals, dreams and deepest burning desires. Resistance is always teaching me about the strengths within myself. Even if it’s just on the simplistic scale of deciding between going to the gym, or not. You…


I'm Not the Same Gal He Asked to Marry Him...

Every so often, my husband will lovingly remind me that I am NOT the girl he asked to marry him. That simple comment always takes us on a trip down memory lane... And WOW... I've changed. That girl standing before me over a decade ago... She loved diet coke and all things fat-free (well, when she was dieting - which was like an every other week), chewed a pack of gum a day to keep the cravings away, drank coffee in the morning, mid-day and evening, was totally cool with cheap beer and wine and…


Grounding: Good for You & Easy to Do

It’s not exactly warm out – yet – here in West Michigan… BUT I couldn’t resist taking my shoes off and planting my feet in the grass for a bit. I needed this for MANY reasons but TWO specifically: It’s been a hella week - an awesome week - but dang, the stress was riding me and I had to really dig deep to actively keep it from taking over. This called for more sleep, movement and staying true to nourishment and my meditation practice. As part of my stress relief technique, my workouts went up…


Fuck the Scale

Fuck the scale. There I said it. I’ve had enough of that seemingly harmless everyday object haunting and tormenting not just you, but hundreds of thousands of women across the globe. It’s time that we take back our TRUTHS and end this toxic relationship for good. I’m fired up about this for good reason... At the gym the other night, I was in the midst of seated shoulder presses facing the mirror and I caught myself genuinely admiring my physical strength and the shape that was taking place…


Eat Your Butter, Darling. Your Body & Mind Will Thank You!

I’ve been confused about food for most of my life. In my late teens, I began to form my “own” beliefs for healthy eating. A sponge to mainstream guidance, I did as I was told.  Not by my mom or grandma, but by far more “smarter” sources like Katie Couric, Matt Lauer and those health columnists from Seventeen. It was very clear to me that fats and oils would make me fat and that I should only use them sparingly. Just like the USDA Food Pyramid and “health” experts still tell us to do today. My…


The #1 Thing You Need To Do To Make Your New Year's Intentions Come True

There’s excitement that surrounds every New Year, but this year just feels different. Doesn’t it? The energy on my end is so intense. I wake up every morning feeling a surge of excitement. Yet at the same time feeling an inner peace like never before in knowing, with every fabric of my being, that this is going to be one amazing year. Like you, I made a list of intentions for the new year. Intentions that will take my world to new heights and push myself to new limits. My truth: I believe that…


Daily Detox for $0.63

I’ll admit it. I still have a tremendous amount of cleaning, shopping, wrapping and food prepping ahead of me. My to-do list is starting to feel never ending! During times like these where stress levels can easily spike out of control, it’s so important for me to love on myself in as many ways as possible. Trust me, I do not want cortisol knocking at my door NOR do I want my immune system suppressed. It’s the holidays, after all, and I want to look and feel my absolute best! And I know you do,…


How I Prepared for a Natural Hospital Birth

Most of the like-minded people in my life are surprised to learn that I chose to have a hospital birth. They literally say (as they gasp), “You had a hospital birth? That surprises me!” I never know if I should take that as a compliment or be slightly offended. It’s true. Not only did I have a natural hospital birth, but mine screamed “failure to progress” and would have ended in a c-section had I not been fully prepared. Thanks to education, proper nutrition and exercise, a whole lot of…


How I Lost 30 Pounds of Baby Weight

It was a beautiful weekend, wasn’t it? As part of my Labor Day festivities, I ran a 5K race as a fundraising effort for my {very small} hometown. The last time I ran a 5K, was this same race the year prior, three months postpartum and 30 pounds heavier. My relationship with running is deep. Throughout my life, starting in middle school, I turned to this method of movement to help me lose weight. Yet, all the miles I logged and the dozens of 5Ks, 10Ks, Half-Marathons I ran, didn’t change the…