Thoughtful Thursday: On Food & Training

I love food… I could eat it all day, really. I could. There’s not much food I wouldn’t eat. Vegetables aren’t my favorite, but I’m learning to make them in ways that I like them.

However, despite all this, people try to make eating so darn complicated. Truthfully- it shouldn’t be that hard…RIGHT!? (And yes I realize, the actual science & nutrition might be more complicated than I’m making it out to be, but to us average joes, hear me out!)

It helps to always look at food this way:


Food is the fuel we need to live our daily lives, workout hard, and smash our goals. 

The simple rules I try to live by:


1. Try not to eat 100% junk all the time. Living by the 80/20 rule is a pretty good guideline.

2. Eat some fruit and vegetables every now and then. Incorporate them into each meal you have. Soon enough it will be habit.

3. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you aren’t. Over stuffing yourself does not feel good, try not to scarf your food down so you can pay attention to the signals your body is  giving you. 

4. Treat yo’self. (I miss parks & rec already). You work hard right? A treat isn’t going to hurt you. A piece of pizza will not derail your diet, and you will not gain 60 pounds in one night. What hurts you even more is depriving yourself of food you crave and then going overboard one night and feeling terrible. 

That’s it. That’s all I strive to do when dealing with food. Lately I’ve been lifting some HEAVY weight and really power lifting, because of this, I’ve been super hungry! Therefore I’ve been eating more. Work out hard and eat more? I’m good with that. I’ve been trying to get in plenty of protein, healthy carbs…but there’s always room for a treat every now and then :-)

This has to be my new favorite!



  • What is your perspective on food and training?

Tasty Tuesday: Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

I have a slight crockpot addiction. I would make EVERYTHING in the crockpot if I could. (Is that a challenge? I might accept!) This recipe is one of my favorites to do in the crockpot- so simple and delicious! :)

chicken tortilla soup


 This recipe is soooo good on a chilly day…(come on spring!)

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Serves 4
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83 calories
8 g
18 g
2 g
10 g
1 g
183 g
466 g
1 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 83
Calories from Fat 17
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 18mg
Sodium 466mg
Total Carbohydrates 8g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. -3-4 Chicken Breasts
  2. -1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  3. -1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  4. -1/2 teaspoon paprika
  5. -1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  6. -1 teaspoon sea salt
  7. -1 teaspoon black pepper
  8. -32 oz Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  9. -One small can green Chile’s (you can also use the one with tomatoes and chile’s)
  10. -1 can sweet corn
  11. -1 can can black beans (drained) (optional)
  1. Cook the chicken on high with seasonings listed, and enough of the broth to cover chicken on high for 4 hours OR on low for 6-8. Once cooked through, shred the chicken and add the rest of the ingredients. Let it heat up to you liking. I sometimes cook the chicken during the day while I'm at work and then add the rest to make it the soup and let it heat up for a couple more hours.
  2. Top with a dollop of light sour cream, cheddar cheese and tortilla strips. YUM!

 This is one of my favorite types of soup. 

  • What’s your favorite meal to make in your crockpot?

Motivational Monday

Happy Monday! I am fortunate to have half of this holiday off for some much needed catch up after working all weekend! How was your weekend?

My 10 Day Challenge group is doing awesome and it’s so fun to share workouts and recipes with a group. They have been keeping me motivated, to keep working hard to be a leader in fitness and health in other’s lives. I am still working hard for my goals, but sometimes I realize it’s hard not to get instant results…but you have to remember to keep going.



I have to remind myself every once in a while to know that each step and choice you are making is building your future. As long as I am looking towards the end result I want, it’s a bit easier to keep working hard without the instant gratification. The small things along the way like someone telling me I’m motivating them really helps to keep me going!

  • What keeps you motivated when you are working towards a goal?

All About Love

Alright- in the name of Valentines day tomorrow- I’m talking about Things I love, I get to link up with other awesome people in our Friday Link-Up.

Check out the other hosts here: Eat Pray Run DC , You Signed Up for What and Mar on the Run!

Todays theme is obviously all about love. Here are just SOME things that I am loving this week!

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1. My husband, Drew, and I have been doing some awesome Tabata workouts together at the gym! It is not fun getting up on these cold dark mornings, but when I have my husband to motivate me to get out of bed it’s SO much easier!

2. The Red Velvet Oreos are so darn good!

3. Lately we have been into Suits and The Good Wife! I love sitting down at the end of a long day for a few episodes.

4. Speaking of pedicures- I plan on getting one this week- I NEED IT!

5. I have been loving curling up in bed early, reading a little and passing out! A good nights sleep makes me a happy girl :-)


  • What’s your favorite show on Netflix right now? Or favorite show?
  • What are you loving right now?

My March Bootcamp

Hey there! I hope you are enjoying my new site! The last couple days I’ve been moving my blog over to become self hosted. I did everything myself-which took me a little longer than I thought haha! BUT somehow, someway I did it. I’m of course going to be working on it some more, because I need to tweak it here and there.

Anyways- I’m here today to announce my brand new 6 Week Bootcamp Program that will begin on March 2nd. I’m SO excited to be offering this in a group format. The group format gives everyone so much support and motivation, instead of you doing it on your own.

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I post videos and workouts/meals in the morning and then you can complete the workout as you have time. None of my workouts require equipment, so if you have room to jump around- you are good to go! 
If you are interested, please contact me below so we can chat more!

Motivation Monday

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling rather motivated this morning! My 10 day challenge is kicking off and I’m so ready to lead a group of some other motivated people this week!


I firmly believe in support systems when trying to achieve your dreams. One of the main reasons that I wanted to join Team Inspire was so that I could have other fitness professionals and passionate people as my support system. It is what has given me the belief in myself to pursue my dreams.

My hope for my challenege group is that they feel inspired and motivated by each other! They are ready to go for the next 10 days with workouts that can be done at home and completed at their convenience. Meals are simple and give you a healthy option for the week!

What do you hope to accomplish this week?

What’s your motivation this week?