Happy Sunday! You know I am all about sharing experiences…


Happy Sunday! You know I am all about sharing experiences, side hustles, and striving to live the true American Dream of working hard and playing harder. One of the things I am most proud of over the last year is earning every penny of my trip to Ireland with money earned on the side, not using a dime from my day-job. if I don’t earn it, I should’t have it, right?! Those are my thoughts, anyway!

100% of my 13-day trip to Ireland was paid for through my Beachbody business, and I cannot express how good that feels. I was able to earn this extra money with a few hours of effort throughout the week over the course of a year.

Clearly from my photos I am still on my journey (uphill trudge through the mud) towards health and fitness. You can be part of this movement while working on your goals. I know you’re questioning that very fact right now – stop, we all do it. Why not achieve both your health and financial goals at once?

What could I do if I put just 10-hours a week into this business? I don’t know, but I am confident it will lead to more travel at home and abroad. Travel is my passion! I have room to expand my team. Join me? What would you do with a little extra cash each week? http://ow.ly/i/vdSQr

Whole30 Is Almost Over and I’m going for Round2 – Who’s with me?


I’ve got five days remaining on the Whole30 and I FEEL GOOD! So, while I am going to take a day or two off, I’m restarting the next 30-days on June 5th.  You’re invited to join me and a few others who have expressed interest. What’s is going to cost you – just your own groceries!

Let’s make May 30 – June 4th your prep week. Enjoy the things you’ve got left in the fridge, and then say goodbye to them for 30 days. It’s not hard; cancer is hard, giving birth is hard (second-hand knowledge there!), changing eating habits is not that hard. Also, give up alcohol. This one is a bit more challenging (but not hard) I had a few during my first 30 days… now, I had NO alcohol in the first two weeks, and coincidentally they were my most successful with losing a few lbs. SO I am certainly tightening it up there. SO get to meal planning – see My Resources section below. 

Is this about weight loss? Not necessarily. The book recommends that you do not weigh or measure yourself, as this is more about detoxing the body and cleaning up inflammation, changing how your body burns food for fuel, and getting your energy back. I’ll say that I did weigh and measure myself, and I’ve done better. Official stats to come next weekend, but I did lose a few and I feel great. I’m down for keeping the momentum up.

What about working out? I’d honestly say, other than forcing myself to the gym once a week and a few 2-mile dog walks during the week, I didn’t workout for the first two weeks. I was tired. My body was changing. Now, after that, maybe around day 15, my energy skyrocketed and my energy is back – and better than ever. So I WANT to workout to see how much more I can burn! But that’s a personal choice to help reach my goals faster!

I feel fantastic. I really don’t miss the grains or dairy (both are non-compliant). I miss something convenient and easy, or crunchy, but I can live without it for as good as I feel. And yes, I look better. Vanity appeals to me too… but overall, I know my body is healthier and is on the way to running the way it was intended.

Directly from the authors:

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition, like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies, or chronic pain, that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms are often directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?

Strip them from your diet completely. Eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food, and the downstream physical and psychological effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day-to-day life, long term health, body composition, and feelings around food.

Here are a few of my small victories:

  • Less inflammation (headaches, body aches, restless legs…)
  • A deflated core/tummy (3 days in I was flatter!)
  • No sleep aids needed – I’ve battled sleep my entire adult life. It’s been incredible to drift off on my own and stay asleep past 3 a.m. I am ready to go when the alarm goes off.
  • Energy restored. No mid-day coffee needed (wanted, but not neededJ).
  • I am more focused on tasks and feel that I am able to think more clearly.
  • At last count, I was down about 5lbs. I have a long way to go, but it’s an encouraging start!

All I am asking is that you try. I feel so good that I’d be a monster to keep this to myself. Let’s do this together!

My Resources:

  • The Foodee – an incredible website of recipes. You can change your quantities of people you’re feeding, and it even makes you a categorized grocery list!! Make sure you use the top left button for “Whole30 Approved” recipes.

And as for workout programs, let’s talk individually. You know where to find me.



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One month ago we left for Ireland. This


One month ago we left for Ireland. This was one of the most wonderful international adventures I have had the pleasure of sharing. It was made even sweeter that I paid for this adventure entirely through my passion of health and fitness. I can’t describe how happy I was to get my tax form from Beachbody and my final invoice for my trip in the same week. I paid for this trip entirely in cash prior to departure. Nothing to be paid on my credit card for later. I did this. I took ME on this trip. I provided the experience for myself. This sweetened the entire trip – and I take pride in working hard and helping others while I help myself. This IS my journey. http://ow.ly/i/uO7up