Ok, I lied

I totally forgot about writing since I went back to work full time in July…. sort of. I think about it all the time but just never find the time to do it. It’s a terrible thing because writing has always been one of my favorite activities – ever since I was about 8 years old and my second grade teacher started us on journal writing. But somehow through the years I’ve gotten busy and lost it. I used to draw too. I stopped when I was 16. I don’t want that to happen with writing. But I digress…

Recently (last week), I decided to train for a half marathon. Because why the fk not. I had a baby almost 2 years ago and turned 40 a couple months ago so I really feel like I need to stay on top of things fitness wise. I feel great when I work out. I feel like shit when I don’t. It’s pretty much a no-brainer, right? You’d think so. Yet I haven’t worked out regularly since I started working full time in July. Everything has fallen to the wayside except for my employment and child. Once I get going on this half marathon thing, I’m thinking about triathalon training and mud runs.

I’ve gained about 10 lbs and 35 points on my total cholesterol since I started this job – my first sedentary position ever in my life. It’s not healthy. And while I’m not technically overweight on a standard American weight chart, I’m pushing it… and I’m overweight FOR ME. I do not feel light on my feet and energetic like I used to. My clothes don’t fit. I was sinking into depression, and for me, that means anger and bitchiness which leads me into a whole host of other issues which I will leave for another post.

So yes, I am training for a fking half marathon now and I’m loving it. My current goal is to get to 3 miles in 30 minutes. Right now I’m at 2.3 miles in that time. I’m excited about this. Really excited. It’s the first goal I’ve had in months and that feels good. If you’d like to join me in this training, I’m only on week 2, so shoot me a message here or to my regular gmail and we can virtually train together, yay!

Super Busy Mama!

I have not forgotten you, dear readers. I started a brand new, grown up 8–5 job last Monday. I have been trying to squeeze in workouts and study for the NASM personal trainer certification whenever I can.

I ran twice this week, did plyometrics one day, cardio another, and yoga nearly every day. If I don’t get my body moving and my heart pumping, I just don’t feel well. I’m hoping to run daily this week, as I settle into my new schedule, and I’m doing a big wildflower hike near Silverton, Colorado on Saturday. I can’t wait. Stay tuned for amazing photos next weekend!


Post Run Power Yoga 🤸🏻‍♀️

I don’t have a lot to say today about my workout. I did the first day of week 4 of the Couch to 5k program and it was a little bit crazy. Running for 5 minutes straight would have been impossible for me a month ago. I brought the stroller and the dog and we ran to the grocery store and I DIDN’T get a cinnamon roll, which is a big accomplishment for me. I love those cinnamon rolls! Then we walked home. My dog is almost 11 and while I know it’s good for him to jog, he gets tired for sure. He did go in the river today and looked happy as sh** while he waded out into the currents and drank.

For this yoga session, I was following along with a video posted recently on Yoga With Kassandra. She’s a bad ass and I know I’ve said this before, but she’s my absolute favorite yoga channel. 

Namaste, motherfuckers. 🙏🏼

Hungry Baby

Tonight I made a delicious pumpkin bread recipe I found on The Lean Green Bean. Except I made pumpkin mini muffins. The baby loved them. I loved them. My 6 year old niece took 5 of them home. And we froze the rest. 

Here is the recipe (which can also be found on the aforementioned blog):

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 11/2 cups white whole wheat flour

Combine butter, pumpkin, eggs and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Add remaining ingredients and stir until just combined. Pour into greased loaf pan (or two mini pans) and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. (Note: I cooked for only 25 minutes and they were very done.)

The baby also chowed down on a hard boiled egg, and a corn on the cob. I get so excited when she eats, I just stare and take photos like the rookie mom that I am.

It Tastes Like Chicken

Last night I somewhat half-followed the meal plan I have written out for my toddler. I made her chicken breast and edamame, and then sliced a couple cherry tomatoes, strawberries, and pepper jack cheese. 

Unbelievably, she ate almost all if it! Well, everything except the tomatoes and edamame, but I ate those. Maybe this toddler feeding thing will improve as time goes on and I get better at cooking and momming, and she gets better at chewing and swallowing. It’s not hopeless after all.

Betty Rocker 30 Day Challenge

​While I’m busy studying up for my personal trainer certification, I decided to try out different online challenges to see what I like and don’t like about each one. That way, when I start creating my own challenges, they are going to f**king rock so hard. 

I’ve started with the Betty Rocker Free 30 Day Challenge. I am going to refrain from mouthing off about my opinions and judgements until I do several more days of her workouts. So you guys will just have to wait. 

Above is day one, the Full Body Burn. I used an interval timer. It’s 3 rounds of these exercises, 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off. If you’d like to try this challenge along with me, go to the Betty Rocker website.

Feeding a Toddler

Almost every day, I think to myself how lucky this baby is to have been breastfed…. otherwise she’d be either completely emaciated or dead. I’m only sort of joking.

I’ve struggled with food for most of my life. I had eating disorders in high school, and have always felt like it was me against food. It’s never been a healthy relationship, period. So now that I have responsibility to feed and nourish this little growing human, I sometimes find myself overwhelmed.

Nevermind the fact that she never wants to eat. Like, never. I cook up a meal for her and she just says “no,” shakes her head and walks away. Or, she puts it in her mouth and acts like she’s eating it, then spits it out on the rug 35 minutes later. She’s a doll. That’s really not the hard part though. It’s sticking to a schedule, planning meals and shopping, remembering that it’s mealtime, etc.

I am an extremely erratic eater, and I will binge out on junk, for example, and then forget that it’s time to make dinner for the baby. Then I’m left scrambling to find something to give her at 7pm when she’s too tired to eat. Or I simply don’t know what to feed her. I’ll shop and then half the food goes bad because I have nearly zero practice with cooking and meal planning.

So this week, I decided to break out MY meal planning journal, and just use it to plan HER meals instead. I found this awesome mommy blog with LOTS of ideas for toddler meals, and I chose a bunch of those for the week, did the shopping, and planned out the week. Tonight, she had veggie sausage, peas, broccoli, and a tiny bit of quesadilla. Mostly sausage and broccoli though. And then she ate some strawberries! I am always super stoked when I find something she likes.

Have any of you struggled with feeding your young toddlers? Or with feeding yourSELVES? What worked for you? Any new solutions would be greatly appreciated. I’m trying out a new recipe for her in a couple days. I’ll update you guys with photos and reviews (from me AND Mia) just as soon as I get it going.

Leg Day Motherf**kers!

Instead of a run, I did a leg day today. Although I quit coaching, this is a beachbody workout, from the 21 Day Fix Extreme. The leg and booty workouts from that program are insanely effective. I then did a couple core strengthening exercises, and ended with some stretches (not shown).

There are 12 exercises here, plus 2 core exercises. Do each one for 30 seconds with 15 seconds off in between. I used 5 lb weights. Don’t overdo it. You want to be able to walk tomorrow. Notice that I put the weights down for the jumping exercises.

Here they are, numbered for your convenience.

  1. Squats
  2. Jumping Squats
  3. Weighted Lunges
  4. Lunge High Kicks
  5. One Leg Squats
  6. Jumping One Leg Squats
  7. Side Lunges
  8. Side Lunge Kicks
  9. Plié Squats
  10. Plié Jumps
  11. Backward Lunge
  12. Plyo Lunge
  13. Core Exercises
  14. Plank Steps
  15. Dolphin Planks

(This post is from yesterday. I never uploaded because we were evacuated due to wildfire on the ridge behind our house. OMG, right? Well, fire is still going but it seems to be under control today.)

Post Run Yoga 

Early morning post run yoga. I’m doing the Couch to 5k running program, not because I’m actually a couch potato, but because I’m NOT a runner. I’ve already made it through the first 3 weeks and I’m up to 9 minutes of running—amazing if you consider that I have a bad knee which I’ve managed to overcome by strengthening it VERY slowly. 🏃🏻‍♀️🤸🏻‍♀️ For this one, I was following a YouTube video by Yoga With Adriene. She has a whole playlist for runners, as she is a runner herself. 

The Truth About Shakeology

I’ve been a pretty die hard fan of chocolate vegan Shakeology since I tasted my first delicious mouthful of brownie batter flavored yumminess in September 2016.

Sure, it costs $129/month for non-members and $103 for coaches, but it’s worth it right? You get what you pay for! It replaces your prenatal vitamin AND your probiotics! I had my first serious doubts when I needed to re-order my prenatals and I remembered my coach telling me that Shakeology replaced them. So I read the label. I was drinking Chocolate Vegan so I cannot vouch for the nutritional content of other flavors, but here is what I found on the bag of my $3.57/serving Shakeology:

Sure, it’s great for what it is—a super tasty smoothie booster high in iron, fiber and protein. This shake will give you the most satisfying poops in the world. But that’s where it ends. It has virtually no vitamins to speak of. Only 4% of the daily calcium needs of a regular woman, nevermind a pregnant or lactating woman. This could in NO WAY replace prenatal vitamins. And at $4.30/serving for regular customers, shouldn’t there be a literal f**kton of nutrients in there?

I’ll tell you the never-discussed truth about the price: you are paying for your “free” coach through Shakeology. As a former Beachbody coach, the money mostly comes from Shakeology subscriptions, not the Beachbody on Demand membership. No matter how big your “downline” is (because it’s a multilevel marketing company), your money is still coming from Shakeology.

(I am not trying to badmouth Beachbody coaches. I had an amazing upline. My coach was great and she taught me a lot of valuable things. I learned a lot from my 10 months as a Beachbody coach, but the bottom line is that it’s not for me. This, however, could be a whole separate post. I just want to be clear that I’m simply comparing costs and benefits of a few different high quality supplement shakes, and the fact of the matter IS that the cost of Shakeology isn’t because of all the “superfoods” in there (the cheaper brands have almost identical ingredients)—it’s because you’re paying your coach to run your challenge groups and spend 90% of their lives on social media marketing themselves.)

So, for comparison, I went out and bought a couple other types of shakes for the taste test, and I then searched these brands to figure out their prices on Amazon and broke it down to price per serving. I tried Amazing Grass Protein Superfood, Garden of Light Raw Organic Meal, and Vega One All In One. All chocolate flavor. I scrapped the Amazing Grass from the comparison because it has almost no nutritional value outside of being a protein supplement. I then tried the same ingredients I use with my Chocolate Vegan Shakeology—a healthy couple handfuls of spinach, almond milk, banana, and frozen strawberries. The Garden of Light honestly didn’t cover the flavor (or the color) of the spinach at all. Sure, this isn’t a big problem, but the thing with Shakeology is you get your chocolate fix. While green smoothies can also be delicious, for a sugar addict like me, it’s not gonna give me a chocolate fix. This one also had the texture of sawdust. Grainy, rough sawdust. I also tried the vanilla and it didn’t taste much different. The only “flavor” I could recognize was the Stevia. Yuck.

On top of the shi**y taste/texture, this one also has almost no calcium, which as a lactating female, is kinda important to me. So I scrapped this one from the comparison as well.

The only one left was Vega One. At this point, I figured I would just stick with Shakeology. At least it’s INCREDIBLY delicious (because it really is). Then I mixed up the Vega One with the spinach and the other ingredients I just mentioned, and I could already tell by the color that it was going to be better than the Garden of Light sawdust.

And it was. Smooth and creamy chocolate. A little more Stevia flavor than I like, but sugar isn’t exactly healthy anyway. All the vitamins in this shake make it worth it. It has around the same amount of protein, iron, and fiber as Shakeology….but then it has a buttload of other stuff as well. It could almost….. replace a prenatal!

And at $2.27/serving, I’m willing to take something that tastes a little less like brownie batter and has a ton MORE nutrients than Shakeology (which was costing me about $1.20 more per serving. F that.

So there you have it. My honest, and freshly unbiased opinion on Shakeology (I officially canceled my coach account today).

Why even drink a supplement shake, you may be wondering? Well, it provides a nutritional boost and fills in the gaps in my daily diet, which isn’t always perfect (far from it). It’s also a healthy, organic way to disguise things like probiotic (or other) pills for my toddler. And sometimes it’s the only way I can get a serving of something besides pasta or mac n cheese into her mouth!

I just want to reiterate however—I met some amazing ladies in the Beachbody community, and there IS unlimited earning potential with the company. I learned a lot about personal development, read some great books, did some awesome workouts, and plan to continue my Beachbody on Demand membership because I LIKE it, and because it’s a great deal at $99/year. But the Beachbody coach thing isn’t for me, and neither is Shakeology. I hope someone found value in this post, and I hope I have not hurt any feelings in the process of posting it. Comment below or send me a message if you want to know more about any of this.