10 Reasons Women Should Lift Weights!


I have done so many different types of workouts: cardio, dance cardio, running, kickboxing, yoga, etc…but nothing has ever given me the kind of results that lifting weights has! When I added strength training…I FINALLY saw the kinds of changes in my body that I had always wanted!

So I stick with what works, while including some of my other favorite workouts too, of course! I just make sure to lift weights at least 3 times each week. The heavier I lift, the better results I get! I used to be afraid I’d get ‘bulky’, but I was uninformed. The truth is, lifting weights made me leaner and stronger than I had ever been!

If you’re still not convinced that you need to lift weights, here are 10 reasons you should reconsider.

1. Burn more fat. It has been scientifically proven that lifting weights keeps your metabolism elevated for several hours after exercise.

2. Change your body shape. You will NOT get bulky! Women lack the body composition and hormones for that! Keep your nutrition clean, and you get leaner and toner and skinny jeans readier!

3. Boost your metabolism. As we get older, we begin to lose muscle tissue, bummer right! If you diet alone, you will lose muscle even faster! Lifting weights will help you build muscle tissue, thus elevating your metabolism, thus burning more calories all day long!

4. Get stronger and more confident. Strength training will make you better at every day activities too, like lifting kids, bags and bags of groceries, etc…And being stronger will make you feel confident and bad ass! (true story!)

5. Build strong bones. Women MUST lift weights to avoid bone loss! When you lift weights you improve your muscle strength and bone density at the same time! Say NO to hunched over brittle bones!

6. Fight depression. Endorphins are endorphins! Yoga, running, weights…it all makes you feel pretty damn good!

7. Improve sports fitness. Biking, hiking, skiing, whatever strikes your fancy! You’ll be better, stronger and faster!

8. Reduce injuries and arthritis. Your joints, ligaments and tendons will be more flexible and stable. This will help you stay safe! And even those who already arthritis see improved movement and strength with weight training. And less pain too!

9. Get heart healthy. Pumping iron, gets your heart pumping too! A pumping heart, is a strong heart.

10. Defend against diabetes. The more lean muscle mass your body has, the more efficient it is at removing glucose from the bloodstream when can reduce diabetes symptoms and prevent type 2 all together!

So now that you have 10 reasons…you just need a plan!

When I was first starting out, I didn’t have a clue what to lift, how many times, which days per week, etc…I would aimlessly wander around the gym just looking for things to pick up and put down. Not very effective. When I started P90X it was a relief to have a program that someone else had designed with a purpose in mind. It really takes all of the guesswork out of it for me! I’ve got enough to think about, I don’t have the time to figure out a weight-lifting program, too!

And since I got such great results with P90X, I was hooked on the at-home format. I cancelled my gym membership! Next I moved on to Chalean Extreme, Les Mills Pump, Body Beast, and now I cannot wait to start my next program!!!


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What is the Master’s Hammer & Chisel?

The Master’s Hammer and Chisel is a new resistance-training system that incorporates three muscle-sculpting phases – Stabilization, Strength, and Power – or SSP Training. This is how co-creators and expert trainers, Autumn and Sagi help efficiently build, chisel, and refine a masterpiece physique in just 60 days.

Program Details

1) 6 day/week program with 30-40 min workouts

2) Nutrition is based on the proven 21 Day Fix & Fix Extreme Meal Plan, using portion-control containers, with 3 options of different routes to take. You decide what path, depending on your goals.

3) Equipment Recommended:  Dumbbells, workout bench OR stability ball, chin-up bar OR resistance band with door attachment (not included in base kit).

Check out this video for more information!


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Time for Change


It was this time about 3 years ago that I took a look at myself in the mirror and decided I was finally done being unhappy! I had been stuck in a rut for FAR too long. Looking at pictures of myself from summer vacations really opened my eyes to what was happening. It was slow, but I was steadily gaining weight and finding it harder and harder to fit into my clothes.

August 2012 Not happy with this picture at all!
August 2012
Not happy with this picture at all!

There were a lot of things I didn’t want to admit to myself. I wasn’t REALLY giving it my all with workouts anymore. I was just kinda going through the motions. I wasn’t REALLY eating all that healthy. There was a lot of processed garbage finding its way into my grocery cart. Convenience trumped health. I was complacent, uncommitted and UN-motivated!

I think you go through phases when this starts to happen.

1. DENIAL: It’s my clothes. They shrunk. My scale must be off! (Don’t tell me you haven’t tried to convince yourself with these same lies!)

2. AVOIDANCE: Scale? What scale? I like baggy, stretchy clothes anyway.

3. DEPRESSION: Why is this happening?! I workout! I eat ‘pretty’ healthy food. It’s not fair! Get away from me with that camera! WAHHH!!! I’m going to assume the fetal position in a dark room. Leave me alone!

4. DEFEAT: Well, what the hell. I’m getting older. This is just what happens. There isn’t ANYTHING I can do about it. I’m not going to live the rest of my life worrying about it. I want to ENJOY life and eat whatever the hell I want. Working out is stupid. I don’t care anymore.

5. REALIZATION: I feel like shit. I don’t fit into any of my clothes. I’m tired all of the time. I’m not enjoying life at all right now! I’m sick of feeling like this. I gotta do something!

What stage are you in? If you’re in 1-4, let me save you the trouble and spoil the ending. You’ll eventually get to #5, because no matter how hard we try to convince ourselves that we can’t, or don’t want to feel look and feel healthy, we do. You’re not kidding anyone (or yourself) when you say otherwise.

There’s a happy ending though! 🙂 I had to dig deeper than ever, and really connect with WHY I wanted/needed to make some changes, and really give it my absolute, 100% ALL!

If you want to know EXACTLY what I did…I’ll tell you! 🙂

  • I invested in myself and added strength training to my life! Not just half-ass, cute little pink dumbbells, but a program that taught me chicks CAN and SHOULD lift HEAVY weights! Nothing has changed my body more than that did!
  • I committed to eating 100% CLEAN for 21 days straight! NO processed food, no alcohol, no soda, no eating out, etc. Just whole foods, prepared at home, where I could control every bite. And one Shakeology (all natural, dense nutrition, super food meal replacement that I FIRMLY believe boosted my results!) Now this might seem extreme, but I was so focused on what I wanted, I just laid it all out there to my husband and my family. They were supportive, and only made fun of me a little! 😉
  • I joined a group of other people who were working on their own health and fitness goals, and the support and accountability was the extra OOMPH that had been missing, and I really needed it!

In 25 days, I lost 8 pounds and 9.5 inches! That was the fuel I needed to fuel my fire and keep going!

Clean Eating Results

After 90 days…


But forget the pounds and the pictures…what you can’t see here is the transformation that took place in how I felt! I couldn’t believe what I was doing! I wasn’t quite done yet! I went on to lose 8 more pounds and about 6 more inches. resultsbefore_after_Collage_results









So…are you ready to start your journey?! Fall is the PERFECT time to make some changes and turn over a new leaf!

I think Peter Brady said it BEST!

Join me starting Monday October 5 and see what you can achieve when you put your mind to it! We’ll work together to find what’s going to work for you, and get you the results that you’ve been wanting! I’m going to offer exactly what worked for me. A private daily support and accountability group (right on Facebook) where I share tips, recipes, and motivation. We post daily to the group to keep each other on track.

Don’t wait for this. Next thing you know, ready or not, the holidays will be here! Don’t wait until after to get serious. Start now! There are 98 days until 2016! Think of what you could achieve by then!

Deadline to join is September 28!

Your time is now! Fill out the form below…let’s get started.


Ultimate Chopped Salad with Creamy Avocado Pesto Ranch Dressing

What do you do on Saturday afternoon when you have a thousand things to do and yet another vacation to start packing for…COME UP WITH A NEW RECIPE OF COURSE!

I was craving a salad…go figure…and I had all the fixins for this amazing chopped salad! The dressing is totally amazing! It is seriously bowl-licking good!!!


You could really interchange the veggies, based on personal preferences and what you have on-hand!

The amounts I used here served 2-3 people.

I used:chop_salad4

  • 1 romaine lettuce head
  • 4-6 Roma tomatoes (from our CSA)
  • red onions to taste (from our CSA)
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado

Directions: Chop all of the veggies into small, bite-sized pieces. In my opinion, that is what makes a good chopped salad! Place all of the veggies into a big bowl

For the dressing (should be MORE than you need):chop_salad2

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 c. Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove – chopped/minced (I used garlic scapes from our CSA.)
  • 1 T. white balsamic vinegar
  • Juice from 1/2-1 lemon (depending on size and taste)
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves (or just a nice bunch!)
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

chop_salad1Directions: Place everything except the oil into a blender or food processor and pulse until it starts to come together. Then blend, while slowly drizzling the olive oil into the mix (may use less or more depending on taste and desired consistency). Add by spoonfuls into the veggie bowl and gently toss together until everything is lightly coated with dressing. Reserve the rest for later!

*Optional Extras: add some chopped grilled chicken, feta cheese, nuts, beans, etc…you can’t make a mistake with this!



For 21 Day Fix:
1 blue, 1 teaspoon, 1.5 greens per serving

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10 Tips to Get Back On Track After Vacation

If you’ve ever been on vacation – gee I sure HOPE you have! – than you KNOW it can be a real B!+(# to get back on track!

Vacations are SO fun! There’s eating out and drinks, late nights and snacks, treats and ignored workouts! And then…you come home…. Scale? What scale? I don’t see a scale! Please don’t make me stand on that scale! That’s when reality hits, and regret follows: WHY did I do it?! WHY WHY WHY!!!???

Nothing a little hard work and dedication can’t fix!

Here are my top 10 tips for getting back on track after a vacation!



1. Re-hydrate! Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day to help flush those toxins from all that fun OUT of your body! Add some cut-up fruit for flavor (lemons, limes, berries, etc…). You’ll feel less bloated and better each day!

2. Re-fibrate! Eat lots of plant-foods plus oats, chia, flax, seeds and beans to clean out your insides and move the junk OUT of your body!

3. No eating late! Close the kitchen early and give your body time to digest before you lay down to sleep. You’ll sleep better and feel better in the morning.

4. State your goals. If you’ve fallen off track and want to get back on, sit down with pen and paper and remind yourself WHY it’s important for you to re-commit and get to work. Then it’s REAL!

5. Create a game plan. HOW are you going to reach those goals? Schedule your workouts, create a meal plan and shopping list and stick to it!

6. Start NOW! What are you waiting for? Don’t put off your goals for one more second. Every little step forward gets you closer to where you want to be.

7. Tell a friend. Maybe they’ll want to join you, but at the very least you’re holding yourself more accountable to your goals when you tell someone what you’re up to.

8. Get moving! Lace up and get sweaty! You will always feel better when you get in a good workout each day. You are more likely to stick to your nutritional goals when you’ve worked out early in the day. Who wants to sabotage that early morning workout?!

9. Eat at home. You can control what you eat when you prepare your foods at home. On vacation we eat out and consume a lot more fats and sodium than we would typically eat at home. Take a break from eating out and feed yourself clean, whole foods.

10. Get your Zzzz’s! I struggle to sleep in a bed other than my own, so when I get home from vacation, I always feel like I need a vacation! Does that make sense? Sleep a little extra to help your body recover from lost hours of sleep while you were away.
I’ll be tackling almost every one of these with the 3 Day Refresh!

What is the 3 Day Refresh? Watch and learn! 😉

I’ve done it before with GREAT results, so I’m doing it again. And the best part is that I won’t be starving myself – unlike some other detox/cleanse type programs.


The last time I did the #3DayRefresh, I felt less bloated the first day! I could tell a noticeable difference the second day! I just felt leaner and my tummy was definitely flatter! And after the third day I woke up with the following results:

I lost 4 pounds! 
Waist shrunk 1.5 inches!

*Now, of course you cannot lose 4 pounds of body fat in 3 days, BUT you can shed excess fluid and CRAP (literally!) that your body is holding on to from feeding it ‘not so nice’ foods!

It was a great re-boot! And it’s a fantastic way to get back on track after vacations and/or holidays!

UPDATE! Here are my NEW results!!! LOL!

Exact same as last time! 4 pounds and 1.5 inches!


For more information click HERE.

To save some money when you bundle the 3 Day Refresh together with Shakeology, and/or another fitness program, click on the pictures below!

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Grilled Marinated Chicken Kebabs

First of all…you don’t have to ‘kebab’ this chicken if you don’t want to. You can just marinate it and grill it up…cause it’s really about the marinade! You could slather it on a shoe and it would still be pretty tasty!

But for the purposes of this recipe, let’s assume you’ll be grilling chicken (not shoes).



1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lime, juiced
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 honey
1 teaspoon kosher salt
ground black pepper to taste
This marinade is enough for about 5-6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves.


  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together.
  2. Cut up chicken (if making kebabs) into 1 inch chunks.
  3. Put the chicken in a large Ziploc bag and add marinade.
  4. Put the chicken in the fridge and try to marinate for at least 2 hours (less if you’re in a hurry and didn’t plan ahead).
  5. Place 5-6 pieces of chicken on each kebab stick (I pre-soaked mine so they wouldn’t burn).
  6. *Optional – feel free to add some veggies to your kebabs (mushrooms, peppers, onion, tomato…)
  7. Grill chicken over med/high heat and cook until juices run clear. (kebabs will take about 5-7 minutes on each side.



Then, when they were done grilling, I took the pieces off the stick, and shoved them into my 21 Day Fix container to see how many would fit! I was able to fit almost 2 full sticks in one red container – which was a lot of food!



Not familiar with the 21 Day Fix?

Through the end of this month, you can get the 21 Day Fix OR 21 Day Fix Extreme FREE when you try Shakelogy (vs. a one-time order of Shakeology). Check them out below! And you also get a 30 day FREE trial of Beachbody on Demand!



Delicious Strawberry Vinaigrette!

‘Tis the season for fresh strawberries!

I have such fond memories of picking strawberries as a kid. My mom would take us and I remember laying down between the rows, so nobody could see me eating my weight in berries! I would come back with an empty quart container, a drippy red chin and a FULL belly!

strawberry_pick2Taking my own kids is a lot of fun too! They are excellent taste-testers! With 4 extra pickers, I usually come home with 10 million strawberries and then try to figure out what to do with them all!



I like to make my grandmother’s strawberry shortcake recipe. I’ll usually do some freezer jam. Of course, we eat them fresh too!

strawberry_summer_saladA tasty strawberry spinach salad is always a nice summer treat!


I made this one the other day, topped with some grilled chicken. But what made the salad was this AMAZING dressing! OMG! It was SO incredibly delicious. The kids were seriously trying to DRINK it! (Not kidding). When I told them they couldn’t drink the salad dressing, they poured it on their plates and licked it clean! Oy!



You could also make this with thawed frozen berries – but FRESH is best!

Strawberry Vinaigrette 

Total Time: 10 min.

Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 4 servings

2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. raw honey
¼ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
1⅓ cups sliced fresh strawberries

1. Place vinegar, oil, honey, salt, pepper, and strawberries in a blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

*21 Day Fix-Approved! 🙂 1 serving= 1/2 blue/orange


And here is the salad recipe I used for the above salad.

Spinach Salad w/Berriesspinach_salad_berries

Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 4 servings

8 cups fresh baby spinach
1 medium orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
½ cup fresh blueberries
½ cup sliced fresh strawberries
¼ cup slivered almonds
8 Tbsp. Strawberry Vinaigrette

1. Combine spinach, bell pepper, blueberries, strawberries, and almonds in a large serving bowl; toss gently to blend.
2. Drizzle salad evenly with Strawberry Vinaigrette; toss gently to blend.
3. Serve immediately.

*21 Day Fix-Approved! 🙂 1 serving= 1 green, 1/2 purple


And, if you’re ready to get to work and want support and accountability to help you reach your goals…

Busy Moms Bootcamp


Attention Moms!


Next month is OUR month! What if this year for Mother’s Day, you gave yourself the gift of BALANCE!?

I NEED this! With 4 kids, running my own business and a life full of time commitments, appointments, activities, etc…it is even more important for me to be at my BEST! And for me that means carving out some time every day to take care of myself! Fitness and clean eating is what saved me about 2 years ago. I finally put myself at the top of my list of priorities, and then everything else just fell into place. I feel so much stronger, confident and ready to take on all of my responsibilities now. And I’m excited to share what has worked for me with YOU!

We have SO many plates spinning, all of the time! Kids, career, friends, family, day to day commitments… How are we supposed to find time to do it all AND still have time left in the day for ourselves?! Our own health and fitness often take a backseat to everything else.

This group is for you. What if we could work together and learn how to balance all of the busy-ness AND make time for you, too?! Cause you know what? When YOU make time for YOU, your health, your fitness and your overall well-being, you’ll be better at EVERYthing else!

Starting Monday May 11, for 21 days we’ll focus on: 

  •  30 minute or less workouts that you can do at home – NO EXCUSES!
  •  every day, family-friendly nutrition tips & ideas
  •  weekly meal planning & prepping strategies
  •  simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love
  •  ways to lead by example for our kids by being healthy AND happy!
  •  AND time saving tips & organization strategies to help you balance it all, while keeping your head screwed on straight!

If this sounds like something you’d like to do for yourself, if you desperately NEED balance in your life, fill out the form below!

But HURRY! Deadline to join is this Saturday, May 2. Just a few spots left!

*For anyone who is not already a coach, or working with another coach.

Beachbody on Demand – Free for 30 Days!


I don’t know why you wouldn’t give this a shot! It’s really SO stinking cool! And it’s FREE for crying out loud! You get an ALL-access pass to hundreds of proven workouts so you can workout anytime, anywhere! No DVD’s, all you need is a smart phone, tablet, laptop or even a smart t.v. and honestly…who doesn’t have at least ONE of those! Did I mention it’s FREE for 30 days! Try before you buy! 🙂



*You pay nothing today. And if you cancel by the end of the 30 days, you will not be charged! IF, however, you decide that over $2000 worth of programs and materials is worth a measly $2.99/week (paid quarterly)…you will pay $38.87 every 90-days, as long as you continue your Premium Club membership.

What workouts are included?

imac_program_box_art_011615_mwocc8P90X®, P90X2®, P90X3®, INSANITY®, TurboFire®, ChaLEAN Extreme®, Brazil Butt Lift®, 10-Minute Trainer®, Hip Hop Abs®, and more! Plus, get insider sneak peeks of PiYo®, 21 Day Fix®, Body Beast®, FOCUS T25®, and other hot programs!

And they’re all FREE for 30 days!

New workouts and programs are added every month, so you’ll never get bored, you’ll keep seeing results and never run out of streaming options!

But wait…there’s MORE!card-programs

With Beachbody On Demand, you get the complete workouts—end to end—plus step-by-step program guides, workout calendars, nutrition plans, and more—all online! That’s how you’re going to get RESULTS. And that’s what makes Beachbody programs the #1 home fitness programs on earth!

bbod-bag-devicesHow do I access Beachbody On Demand?

Stream your workouts from your web-enabled laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

This is GREAT for people who travel for work! It’s going to make working out on vacation SO much easier, too! Or maybe you’d rather do your workouts in the gym, now you can bring your Beachbody On Demand programs with you wherever you go.

Need a Personal Trainer?

How about 7?


In conclusion…have you clicked the link to sign up yet? 





The Big Bloom!



It’s transformation time!

There are buds on the trees. Daffodils and tulips are emerging. The grass is getting greener! Geese are returning after the long winter. I LOVE spring! It’s a time for new beginnings and fresh starts! It’s a time for change. And change is good!

Are you ready to make some changes and get working on your own transformation?
I started my journey about 2 1/2 years ago, and it wasn’t just a physical transformation…I changed inside and out! I have more energy and self esteem than when I was in my 20’s! My 4 kids get the best of me now, instead of the last of me. I’m a better mom, friend and wife as a result of this lifestyle change. And my kids are eating healthier foods, my husband has undergone his own transformation as have many of my friends and family members. One seed planted an entire garden, and it just keeps growing!

I’d love to invite you to join me, on April 20th, to start your journey, or continue a journey that you’ve already started! I’ll provide daily support and motivation, share healthy recipes, and help you stay on track to reach your goals. The group will provide the accountability that is sometimes missing when you join a gym, or try to get results on your own. You’re not alone! I’m here to help you every step of the way!

These groups WORK! Fitness + Nutrition + Support = SUCCESS!!!


Check out the options below, and let’s you you started on your garden!

Get started with a challenge pack – all of the tools you’ll need to get the results you want! You’ll get a new workout program of your choice (and I can help you pick), Shakeology, discounted shipping PLUS a 30 day FREE trial of *Beachbody on Demand, all at a discounted “bundle” price! *If you get the Beachbody On Demand Challenge Pack, you get the first 3 months access for FREE!
DEADLINE TO JOIN IS SUNDAY APRIL 12TH!Check out the sales this month below


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Save $85 for a limited time!Great if you’re trying to :

  • jumpstart
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  • looking for a supercharge!

The Ultimate Reset is a comprehensive, no-starvation, inner-body tune-up that offers much more than the typical cleanse and detox programs on the market.
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Half Marathon + Strength Training…it can be done!

I love a good training plan, but sometimes I need to make my own in order to accomplish the goals I am trying to reach! This time around…I’ve set my sights on a half marathon. BUT…the one thing that’s missing from most training plans is STRENGTH training!

I LOVE to lift, because I love how I feel, and how my body looks with lean muscle mass. Too much running, and not enough lifting, and my legs turn into little toothpicks. I also love that lifting weights turns my body into a calorie-torching machine! Ya, I burn some calories when I run. But if that’s ALL I do, my body adapts and actually starts holding on to extra calories to fuel those long runs. When I lift, I get the benefit of the ‘after-burn’! I keep burning calories even after my workout is done! BOOM!

So…with my half marathon about 2 months away, I’ve been working with a schedule that allows me to do both! I always start with the basic Hal Higdon plan, and then modify in order to fit in the strength training that I want to do each week!

If you’re interested…I thought I’d share! 12week_half_strength_pin


To download this FREE 12 week plan, just provide the information below, and you’ll receive an email with directions to download. 🙂 Happy running…and LIFTING!

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