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Month: December 2016

Top 10 Moments From 2016

Top 10 Moments From 2016

I have started a nightly routine where I think back on the day and give thanks for the positive things that happened.  So many times I spend the time right before drifting off to sleep worrying/stressing about things that are out of my control (at least at that moment).  So I shifted that thinking this year, and I have to say I’ve been sleeping much better.  And I’m so exhausted by the end of the day I generally only make…

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Feeling a bit introspective

Feeling a bit introspective

I recently received an email from one of the coaches at Newell Strength asking for my input on a few topics.  They are putting together a Fit Moms program, and are looking for feedback from various moms to get ideas on the best way to structure the program.  I read the email right before I left work on Tuesday, and spent that evening really thinking about my answers.  Once I started typing out my reply I went into autopilot, just letting…

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Nathan’s Journey to Health

Nathan’s Journey to Health

I have been wanting to share Nathan’s journey to health for awhile now, but it’s such an emotional thing to relive that I have been pushing it aside.  But if this post can help even one person, it’s worth it.  To give you a little back story, Nathan and I met when we were living in Colorado (I moved out there for a job right after completing graduate school).  When we met he was an “endurance event junkie,” and seemed…

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Monday Morning Coffee Date

Monday Morning Coffee Date

Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful LAST weekend before Christmas.  Aagh!  I still can’t believe we are less than a week away from Christmas.  Last year on this day we moved into our new house.  I still don’t understand how I was able to keep it together through all of that – moving in, trying to organize, hosting my in-laws, and still attempting to make Christmas special for the kids.  Oh yeah, and I was sick too!  No…

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Why I Throw My Diet Out the Window on Vacation

Why I Throw My Diet Out the Window on Vacation

Who goes on vacation and doesn’t worry about gaining weight?  I think we all do.  All those temptations (dessert, alcohol, restaurant meals) – it’s all too much to resist!  Up until maybe 2 years ago I would get anxious going into a vacation.  I mean, I work so hard week after week choosing healthy foods to put into my body. I didn’t want to blow it all in one week!  Looking back at that person makes me laugh (and cringe…

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Our Favorite Travel Destinations (Pre-Kids)

Our Favorite Travel Destinations (Pre-Kids)

Before having children Nathan and I did a ton of traveling.  It started as simply exploring the amazing state of Colorado (during our time there).  Skiing and snow-shoeing in the winter.  Hiking and mountain biking in the warmer months.  Every Friday afternoon was generally the same conversation – where are we going and what are we doing this weekend?  We would usually head out of town first thing Saturday morning (and by “first thing” I mean 6am – at least…

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Repurposing Leftovers for Quick & Easy Dinners

Repurposing Leftovers for Quick & Easy Dinners

I feel like our family is in a good groove with dinners.  I generally cook 2-3 nights/week and we eat leftovers (and have 1 cheat dinner out) to fill in the rest of the week.  On Nathan’s gym nights he eats his own dinner, leaving the kids and I to fend for ourselves.  About a year ago (when we were still living at the buffalo house) I started a weekly tradition of making the kids pancakes and bacon on Tuesdays….

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Five Fact Friday

Five Fact Friday

It’s Friday!  And in the interest in keeping things light around here, I thought I would take the lead from Emily over at One Lovely Life and roll with some fun facts on this Friday.  I hope you will chime in in the comments  1.  Kids say the darndest things I guess it comes with the territory, but age 3 is actually really hilarious for the things they say!  On our way home from cutting our Christmas tree last weekend…

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My journey through pregnancy, breastfeeding, and beyond

My journey through pregnancy, breastfeeding, and beyond

There is a lot of information out there about food and pregnancy.  What to eat, what to avoid, how many additional calories you need, the “perfect” amount of weight to gain each week, etc.  It can be so confusing!  When I found out we were pregnant with Graham I started feeling sick almost immediately.  The constant “gnawing” feeling in my stomach, food aversions – it was awful!  So the first trimester I basically ate whatever I could stomach and didn’t…

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My protein shake secret weapon

My protein shake secret weapon

Protein powder is a great supplement for those of us that don’t get our recommended daily protein.  There are lots of ways to integrate this protein source into your daily eats.  Protein pancakes, protein bars, and of course the ever-popular protein shake.  For years I drank a protein smoothie every morning for breakfast. My version always included some type of milk (almond, cashew, or coconut), protein powder, peanut butter, a banana, and frozen strawberries.  It tasted delicious and was a great…

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