Food

OH WHERE HAVE I BEEN

I have missed this space. I have missed writing and letting my feelings and thoughts flow onto the page. I cannot tell you how many times I have opened up this document and started to write a few sentences and then BOOM I am pulled in a different direction. It has been a long time AGAIN since I have taken the time to write here and just chit chat away. Work, life, and relationships take a priority these days and this space is last on the list. I want that to change...and it starts NOW!

What's Next?

You would think that working from home I would have so much extra time to do all the things and that is exactly the exact opposite. But I am tired of making excuses, so I am holding myself accountable to commit to this space, because there is something inspiring, powerful, and releasing for me, when I write it down. It opens up more space for me emotionally, because sometimes I am just better at putting my thoughts into words. Let’s just get started and start the conversation…

I’m A Sucker For Quotes - I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good quote. I use them all the time for my Instagram posts, share them in my Instagram stories, I have quote books all over my desk. When I read a good quote and it resonates with me, I soak in all the goodness and let it sit and use it where I see fit.

Simple and straight to the point, this one spoke to me. At 40 years old, I can fully admit that I am still learning, growing, and changing. It can be scary AF, but embracing the changes physically, emotionally, and professionally is empowering. I can be VERY stubborn when it comes to change, but this year and new decade has already taught me so much already and I am just going with the flow, instead of fighting it.

My relationships and my career are bursting at the seams with positive energy and I believe this has happened because of my willingness to change, to ask for help, to communicate better, and most importantly to believe in my TRUTH and my GOALS.

What's Next?

Giving Myself A Break - I am tired…I have been working my ASS OFF this Summer. It has been intense and it just is not slowing down. I am grateful for this workload and my clients, but goodness gracious the crazy world of social media just never ever STOPS. Between work, my own personal training, figuring out what the heck is going to happen with this brand and space, and travel, it has been just non-stop. We leave tomorrow for a getaway up to Wisconsin to see Shannon’s family and friends and I desperately need to give myself a break. I need to step away from the computer, the phone, and just REST. I am ready to be on the water without my phone and not to worry about posting. My brain and body need a break and I am going to gratefully give it just that.

I sometimes feel that in this space I repeat myself a lot and I probably do, because well sometimes we need to repeat ourselves to remind ourselves that we need to make changes to live better. RIGHT?! Oh hey there is that word CHANGE again…I will be the first to admit that some things I am willing to change and then others I have a hard time making a change…Work is one of them. But baby steps…I will eventually get there.

What's Next?

Upcoming Blog Posts - Lately, I have had all these topics that I have wanted to discuss here and maybe that time away was necessary, so that they come naturally, when I am ready to write. There is nothing worse than trying to force something. The time away has allowed my ideas to come forward, so over the next few months or weeks we can chat about: 

  • How to get your gut and body back after a FUN Summer weekend! My good friend Lauren, who is a Holistic Nutritionist, published author, and recipe developer, will be doing a guest post to share her tricks of the trade. 

  • What is it like working from home?

  • Workouts - Because it has been WAY TOO LONG and it’s time to have some fun with these again!

  • What Keeps Me In My Power? What Takes Me Out of My Power? While listening to Sarah’spodcast at the gym, this was a topic that definitely spoke to me and I thought it would be a fun, educational, inspiring, and get to know me kind of post!

And FOOD Of Course - I love eating and talking about food, but I am no foodie stylist or recipe creator. My meals are easy, simple, and what works for me and my lifestyle. Do y’all have any interest in seeing what I eat? What kind of food posts do you want more of? Tell me in the comments, as I would love to hear from you.

What's Next?

And that is it my friends! I am out of here…It is time to disconnect. It is time to enjoy the time away. It is time to rest. See y’all sooner than you think…Enjoy the Summer weekend! xoxo

LET'S CHAT...SHALL WE

Hello Friends! How is everyone? How is Summer treating y’all? Life has been busy, but good, and feeling grateful for everything that we have been able to do already this summer. Work Hard…Play Hard! I have been hustling and working incredibly hard and it just isn’t slowing down. Up before 6:00 AM and working until after 7:00 PM. It’s been NUTS, but in all honesty, I feel that I thrive on the intensity of work. I love a little bit of the chaos. I love what I do and all of this hard work is paying off. But SHEESH, I feel worked to the bone and Shannon has been working like crazy too. On a total side note, another one of the many things that I love about our relationship is that I am with someone who is an entrepreneur, works hard, and just gets it. We just do our thing day in and day out. As some of you know, when you work for yourself it is non-stop and if you do not get it done, no one else will. With that being said…

Grab some coffee, tea, or a glass of wine and let us just chat today about life and such…

LET'S CHAT SHALL WE

LIFE: It has been busy. There have been some ups and downs, just like everything else, but it has been fun. We just got back from a quick trip to Aruba with friends. It was AMAZING and it felt good to soak up the sun…drink all the drinks…eat all the food…and spend time with new and old friends. YES…I had to work and I worked out, but that’s me and it is what works for me. I was able to disconnect and I did cut back on my workouts and I did sleep in, so it was a successful trip. We will definitely be going back and I cannot wait. We have some other trips planned for the summer, so it is going to be a busy one, but it’s how we roll and I am so grateful that we can live this life we live!

LET'S CHAT...SHALL WE

WORK: It has been crazy busy and this work never ends…No matter what day of the week, you can find me scrolling, liking, commenting, sending emails, placing orders, writing, creating, connecting, and basically doing it all from my desk in my home or on some tropical island or in the air or on the road. I cannot remember the last time that I did spend some sort of time doing work, but that is OKAY and for me it works. Of course, I have moments of burn out…or doubt…stress…major frustrations…but such is life and work. Especially in this kookie world of social media it is always changing and you just have to breathe, keep trucking, and learning. I love the direction that my clients are going. As far as my own brand, it’s been hard to put a lot of time into this, as I can only do so much. For example, I love posting about food, fitness, and little pieces of my personal life. But I cannot stand doing my own Instagram stories. I do not like doing them. I do not have the time to do them and honestly, they are not serving me in my life at this time.

I have to do what pays the bills, what pays for my lifestyle, and what speaks to me. Making my clients shine is what is inspiring me and that is exactly what I am going to do.


FOOD:

SUPER simple and SUPER easy…Nothing fancy is happening in my kitchen! Let’s be real here, I really don’t like to cook, but I am so grateful to have friends who LOVE to cook and when I am with them, they feed me well. Rib-Eyes and homemade caesar salads and good wine…YES and PLEASE!!! Does anyone else love rib-eyes as much as I do? When my body craves red meat, it is game on and that meat does not stand a chance. And all the juicy fat…it definitely does not go to waste. I need the fat and the iron. SO DANG GOOD!

LET'S CHAT SHALL WE

When it comes to my meals and Shannon’s, we both eat very differently. At the end of the day, Shannon typically eats early and I eat late. I typically will eat dinner between 7:30 and 8:00 PM, depending on work and if I am still responding to emails. There is nothing to brag about my meals, but if you even care or want to know, they look a lot like this. I am tired. It is hot as heck outside and I just want simple and easy. I have been eating a lot of chicken salad and tuna salad sandwiches, lots of crunchy chips taco salad kind of ensembles, salads, burgers, and even bacon and eggs. I want it ready FAST. It is what my body is craving and I am feeding it what it wants. But the craving for tortilla chips lately, has been through the roof. My favorite ones are these that I get from Costco!

LET'S CHAT SHALL WE

WORKOUTS:

As of lately, I have been all over the place with my training. I am just doing what my body craves! The sweat factor though has been UNREAL! Sometimes I wonder where it comes from and how I can literally sweat that much on a daily basis. YES, the heat and humidity are a big factor, but if you could see what I look like after, you would understand. I LOVE it though and to me, it’s just my body getting all that crap out!

If you want to workout with me in Charleston make sure to join me at Method Ride as I have been spending A LOT of time at this studio. It also helps that it is less than 2 miles away from my home, so it is kind of a no brainer. I have been craving getting back on the mat again, so more yoga at The Works will be happening!

Since it is Summer and I know that a lot of people are traveling, including myself, I have got another sweaty workout for YOU! No equipment needed, just that beautiful body of yours, some music, and some water! it is ONLY 15 minutes, but it gets the job done. If you have more time to workout, take it up a notch and do more rounds…add some dumbbells…or even add some cardio in between each circuit.

GET IT DONE WORKOUT

What else can I share with you??? We have a few trips coming up that I am looking forward to. These quick getaway trips always help me get out of my routine and take some time to breathe, which as of lately, has not been happening much. It’s summer though and it is my favorite time of year and I am just happy, grateful, and ready to ENJOY it and make my business grow, thrive, and ROCK IT ALL!

So tell me…

What’s new with YOU!?!?!

A Week In Review

HELLO Beautiful Friday! How are you doing friends? How was your week? No small talk needed, so let us jump right into today's post before I kick off the weekend and disconnect. After working a little too much last weekend, it is time to step away from the devices. Happy Friday friends! XO

My Weekly Reminder...I love this quote! Thanks Leslie for posting this on Tuesday! I have spent this week worrying too much about my social media numbers and it ends up being annoying and exhausting. There is so much more to life and happiness! So YES, I am looking forward to time away from my devices this weekend. To enjoy the tangible things in life that bring me joy! 

Week Of Workouts...There has been lots of running involved over the past couple of weeks, which has me thinking about signing up for a race. It has been way too long and I am itching for something to help me stay motivated with a goal in site. I am even thinking about triathlons again too...HA! I am not sure what has gotten into me, but I am kind of excited about it! 

The weather on the east coast has been cold and snowy, so any sort of running outside is not safe. I do not mind the treadmill as long as I have some good shows to watch. It is usually my time to either catch up on the news of watch the Food Network. And to beat the boredom on the step mill, I always bring my book. 

  • Sunday - 45-minute run + Strength Training (Legs + Triceps)
  • Monday - 45-minute on the Step Mill + Strength Training (Chest + Shoulders + Core)
  • Tuesday - 6-mile treadmill run + 25-minute outdoor walk with Lucy (the sun was out WAHOO!)
  • Wednesday - 45-minute on the Step Mill + Strength Training (Back + Core)
  • Thursday - 90-minute walk with Lucy
  • Friday - TBD
  • Saturday - OFF

Favorite Eats Of The Week...I forgot how good and easy preparing spaghetti squash is and I finally roasted it on Sunday when I was stuck inside ALL day because of ice. It is a great substitute to pasta. I can do without pasta, but bread...heck no! Crispy Italian bread slathered in butter and dipped in sauce...DELICIOUS! I had that meal 2 nights in a row and it just hits the spot on cold winter nights and leaves me feeling satisfied without the bloat. 

How did I prepare my spaghetti squash:

  • Cut in half + take out the seeds + drizzle in olive oil and salt;
  • Place flat side down on a baking shee;
  • Roast for 50-60 minutes at 400 degrees! Shred out the insides or eat straight out of the half!

Sweet Breakfast Bowl - Eggs + Fruit + Nut Butter

More BIG Beautiful Salads (except this time it's not in Tupperware)

Spaghetti Squash Bowls - Mom's Meat Sauce and Crispy Bread

Recent Reads...I LOVE to read and it is the best way for me to SLOW DOWN at the end of the day! I start working every morning between 6:45 AM - 7:15 AM, so I am pretty tired at night. Disconnecting earlier from all of my devices and reading instead of watching TV in bed, has definitely made a huge difference. Since I have made this change into my nightly ritual, I have been flying through books! These 2 are great reads to help you unwind at the end of busy day!

  • A Dog's Purpose - Funny, sad, heart-warming, and so TRUE, this book is for dog lovers!
  • Eligible - The modern day version of "Jane Austen" this book was so much fun to read! 

I am ready for the weekend and hoping the sun will stay out and grace us with her presence! Enjoy friends and see you next week!

What is the best thing you ate this week?

What was the last good book you read?

    Building A Beautiful SALAD

    Snow days make for the perfect days to tackle the "To Do List" that you have been ignoring for long periods of time. It is good to hunker down with lots of coffee and get it done. Even though my taxes are staring straight at me as I work away, I am still going to ignore that task and instead talk about FOOD! Food is fun...Food is good...And food fuels this lifestyle! This weeks obsession is SALADS. Instead of consuming all the sweet potatoes, I have been eating lots of BIG, flavorful, and nourishing salads for lunch and with dinner. It is all about that crunch and using whatever leftovers are around to make these beautiful meals. 

    A couple of things you should know about my salad creations:

    Building A Beautiful Salad
    • I always eat my lunch salads out of a Tupperware container...Why? Because I like to mix all the ingredients together...Shake it up...And then let it marinade for a little bit before I devour it!
    • I always add leftovers from the night before! Whatever is leftover from dinner or hanging out in the fridge goes into my salads. I hate wasting food!
    • LOTS of CRUNCH! I love texture and when it comes to my salads, the more crunch the better. It is just like my obession with crunchy nut butters!
    Building A Beautiful Salad

    Here is how I build my SALADS:

    Building A Beautiful Salad
    • Protein: Chicken, tuna fish, salmon, fried eggs, or roasted chickpeas are my usual go tos! Adding a protein is a MUST when making a beautiful salad. Make sure that you are getting all the great benefits of proteins, because they are so important for our bodies, especially if you live a active lifestyle!
    • Fats: Diced avocado, leftover guacamole, goat cheese, or a heaping handful of mixed nuts are my favorites to add to a salad. Adding fats to your salads are key to helping you stay satiated. 
    • Fruit: Pick one of your favorites and add it for some natural sweetness! As of lately, I like to dice up an opal apple for added crunch. Minneola and moro oranges are really good additions right now for that much-needed Vitamin C. 
    • LOTS of Vegetables: Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumber, Peppers, Red Onion, and a mix of greens are always in my salads. Sometimes I like to add roasted broccoli and cauliflower. You can never go wrong with adding any vegetable to a salad...so load it UP friends!
    • Dressing: Typically I do a balsamic and olive oil combo, but thanks to my friend PAM, she introduced me to Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressings and they are FABULOUS! A nice way to switch things up and try something new. 

    That is it my friends! Now go have fun and be creative with your salad creations and remember you can always keep it simple, healthy, nourishing, and FUN. Salads can be a side dish or a meal and are always a good decision. You just need to know how to build the right one to keep your belly happy and satisfied. Let me know how it goes! XOXO

    Do you eat your salads out of Tupperware?

    What do you put in your salad for that extra CRUNCH?

    Food TALK

    I LOVE food! I LOVE to talk about food! I really LOVE to eat food! I can put it back like a champ! But, like most women in today's society, I have had my own battles with food and some days still do. A woman's relationship with food is complicated, as we are emotional beings, and we are freaking hard on ourselves. We are all different, with different needs, and different goals when it comes to health and fitness, so figuring out what works with us for food is hard. Food can be complicated and frustrating! 

    I had a slip up this past weekend! I had one of those nights after being out with friends, that the chips, cheese, and ice cream did not stand a chance. I woke up the next day and felt like garbage. Well of course I did...who the hell eats that much like that? In the past, I would beat myself up about this. I would restrict what I ate through the week. I would bust my ass at the gym to forget about what happened. But honestly...that kind of mind frame SUCKS! Here is how I approached this moment instead:

    • SHIT happens...It is called life and we all make mistakes! Recognize it...Own It...Learn from it;
    • I took the day off from training and enjoyed the rainy day and was uber productive;
    • I talked about it...Wrote about it in my journal...And just let it be...It is what it is;
    • I recognized why it happened...boys + emotions + not eating enough = recipe for disaster;
    • MOVE FORWARD and have a good week of workouts and foods that make me feel GOOD!

    Banana Peach Protein Nut Butter Green Smoothie

    Food Is GOOD

    Greek Yogurt With Nut Butter And Cherry Chocolate Granola

    Honey Crisp Apple With Nut Butter

    Food Is GOOD

    Open Faced Chicken Breast Sandwich With Cole Slow And Tomatoes

    Food Is GOOD

    Roast Sweet Potato With Chickpea Salad With Mixed Greens And Avocado

    Food Is GOOD

    TACOS TACOS and MORE TACOS (I had 2x plates of this...YES)

    Food Is GOOD

    It is not easy to open up about these sort of topics, but I know I am not alone! I am not ashamed of my stories. These experiences are part of who I am. It is part of my journey. It is part of me healing. And the best part of sharing is knowing that I am only getting better, smarter, stronger, and more beautiful inside and out. 

    It was so wonderful this week to have read the below blogs to remind me to not be so hard on myself. To enjoy life and FOOD more often! To just inspire me! Again, friends, this is a place for us to be REAL...to share our stories...and most importantly to SUPPORT each other. This is a beautiful and safe community! ENJOY!

    Have a beautiful weekend friends! XOXO