Thursday Thoughts

1. YAY FOR THURSDAY!!! I’m getting a sorta short week in that I’m leaving work tomorrow at 2pm! My church is a satellite location for a big Women’s Ministry conference called the IF Gathering, which will go late into Friday night and all day Saturday. It sounds loooong but I know it will be an amazing experience for me.

2. Anyone else?

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3. I am still totally in love with the strength training program I’m doing, Hammer & Chisel. I’m on week FIVE of eight weeks and I still never get bored. This week has been a struggle to get going in the morning, but at least I have these workouts to enjoy once I get started!

4. I think Molly is ready for motherhood. I got her this stuffed log full of little squirrels (chipmunks?) for Christmas and I’ve been informed that she is carrying the little creatures around gently and snuggling with them. She is such a weird dog. Love her.


5. While cleaning out some of my things, I came across this headband that I got at my very FIRST healthy living blogger conference! Now I’m wearing it all the time :)


6. I have had an old camp song stuck in my head for weeks. It’s such a weird song too… “C, that’s the way it begins, H, I’m the second letter in, oh I, I am the third…” until you spell CHICKEN. CHICKEN! Doesn’t even make sense. But there it is.

7. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but next week I to help a group of women dig deep into how we feel about ourselves. Join me for my FREE 5-Day Self-Love Workshop, next week from Feb 8th-12th. You’ll get:

+ Daily emails with motivation, positivity, personal stories, “homework,” and journal prompts to get your mind whirring
+ One on one email coaching with me
+ A private facebook group of women going through the same experience, where you can open up, chat and get support
+ A free printable mantra page to keep as a background or print and hang up in your home.

Are you in? Leave your email in the comments or email me at I can’t wait to work with you!

Self Love Group

8. Happy Thursday!!!


Do your pets do anything weird? 

Want to join my workshop next week?! YOU KNOW YOU DO! <3

12 Things You Don’t Need To Apologize For

1. Saying no.

Women have a tendency to be people pleasers and peacemakers (especially us middle children), but it’s okay to say no. You can’t do everything and you can’t make everyone happy. Say no, they’ll understand.

2. Dancing when you’re sober.

A lot of people say they have to have a few drinks in them to hit the dance floor, but guess what? You probably look ridiculous either way. Go for it; have fun.


3. Being guarded.

In a world of reality TV and social media that expects us to quickly open ourselves up to others, it’s okay to keep things to yourself. If someone really wants to get to know you, they’ll work for it.

4. Cutting toxic people out of your daily life.

We only get one life, and certain people can just bring you down. Don’t apologize for backing away from the relationship to keep yourself together.

5. Staying in on a Saturday night.

You may be called a grandma (or call yourself one <- me!), but taking care of yourself and spending time with just YOU is critical for self-reflection, self-love and re-filling your own cup.

6. Having crazy dreams.

I’m not talking about the dreams where you wake up wishing you could go back to sleep and keep being married to Ryan Gosling. Everyone has the capacity to dream of, and go for, big things. It’s okay to be different, and if anyone tells you otherwise, they’re just scared themselves.

7. Posting something that you enjoyed on social media.

No, you’re not annoying; you’re being yourself and sharing your inspiration, motivation, laughter, etc. Some people will like it, and some people won’t. If the don’t, they don’t need to be following you.

8. Talking about your faith.

If you follow a religion/faith, then that is the largest part of who you are. Don’t play it down, just be yourself. As long as you’re not trying to force your ideas onto other people, sharing your beliefs is not something to be sorry about.

9. Being a nerd.

It’s okay to love learning. It’s okay to choose books over TV, neurons over puppies (trust me, she exists ;)), or the museum over the movies. Enrich your life in whatever way you wish- it’s YOURS!

10. Laughing at your own jokes.

I think I’m hilarious. I’d rather live my life laughing at my own jokes than being too worried about what someone else thinks. Trust me, someone will enjoy your sense of humor.

11. Expressing your emotions.

Many of us try to hold in our emotions and react how we think we should, rather than actually express how we feel. It’s so much healthier, and honest, to express what you’re feeling. Having a rough time? Find a good friend, family member, or even a journal and share everything you’re feeling. It can really help you come to some realizations.

You saw this coming… 

12. Not caring what everyone thinks of you.

I’m not saying throw social courtesies out the door, but stop worrying about what other people think of you. As long as you are happy with the person you are and how you treat others, just be you. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t “cool.” Just be you. Trust me, you’ll enjoy life more that way.

Do you have anything to add to the list? 

What’s something you love about yourself?!?

Link Love #63 {Favorite Articles of the Week}

It’s MONDAY! Another week, another round of my favorite posts and articles with Link Love!  link love my week

Favorite Articles of the Week


5 Beauty Must Haves for the Low Maintenance Girl

Valentine’s Gift Guide for Him

Valentines Gift Guide for Her

Who I Follow on Social Media

Sleep Consistency Matters


What To Do When You Only Have 20 Minutes to Workout

20 Min Arms & Abs Circuit Workout

Should You Be Tracking Your Food To Reach Your Fat Loss Goals?

7 Glute Exercises to Help Your Running

Dumbell Core Workout

I Haven’t Exercised in Four Days

How To Measure Your Fitness Goals Without Stepping on The Scale


20 Minute Healthy Mexican Pizza

Gluten Free Breadmaker Bread

Kaleidoscope Miso Soup

Baked Almond Chicken Tenders

Easy Spinach Balls

Tropical Acai Bowl

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding

On Peace Love & Oats

Link Love

Five Tips for Exercise Motivation

Veggie Packed Smoothie Recipe

Thursday Thoughts

Last Week’s Workouts

Monday- Chisel Balance: A total-body scorcher that taps into your strength and endurance with killer stability and core training.

Tuesday- Max Hammer Strength: Pre-fatigue major muscle groups and follow it up with a maximum weighted lift to carve incredible definition and get you strong.

Wednesday- Chisel Cardio: Get your heart pumping and incinerate fat with this calorie-scorching, non-stop cardio burner.

Thursday- Iso Speed Hammer: A tempo-style workout that focuses on eccentric lifts help you shape lean muscle and build unprecedented strength.

Friday- Rest Day

Saturday- Hammer Power: Become more explosive with ruthless powerlifting-inspired moves to take your body to its peak level of fitness.

Sunday- Chisel Agility: Develop elite speed, coordination, and power with moves inspired by athletic training.


Have a great Monday!

Thursday Thoughts

1. Happy Thursday! Surprisingly, this week is going WAY faster for me- probably because I’ve been especially busy with after-work activities every day and a lot going on at work as well! I hope your weeks have all been good too!

2. I shared this on Facebook yesterday, but I wanted to share here as well:

“I’ve done a lot of different workout programs, worked with a personal trainer, and ran many, many miles, including a full marathon, but this program is like nothing I’ve done before. I love it.
I’m constantly being challenged and pushed past my limits, while at the same time reinforcing the hard-earned mindset that strength is more important than weight.
Guess what? You can do it too.
Comment below or email me at if you’re ready to get out of your comfort zone.
#deskselfie #Iseebicpes(lookharder)”

3. Duolingo always keeps me on my toes… SAY WHAT?


4. Do any of you have a regular “prayer time” during the day? Like in the morning or before you go to bed? I feel like I need this but despite all my tips on creating talents I just can’t seem to get started!

5. Tuesday night I got to take my friend Nora on a quick walk as I was heading home from work. LOVED seeing her again. I love her. And all the dogs.


6. I love that I’m re-evaluating who I follow on social media right now. I have so many inspirational women on my coaching team that filling up my feed and it’s helping me stay positive throughout even the rough days!

7. Does anyone else HATE that LinkedIn tells you when people are looking at your profile, but won’t tell you who it is?? Drives me insane. And no, I’m not paying for premium.


8. Have a great Thursday!

Be Kind.:

What’s on YOUR mind right now?

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Veggie-Packed Smoothie Recipe

I was given the opportunity by Blue Diamond to share a healthy New Years Resolution recipe with my readers featuring Almond Breeze. Since I already buy this brand almond milk almost every week, I was more than happy to say yes!

As many of you know, I’m almost halfway through an eight-week strength training workout program so I wanted to include a recipe that would help me stick to those healthy goals. Since I drink at least one smoothie every day, I knew I wanted to make this a post-workout smoothie recipe!

Almond Breeze Veggie Packed Chocolate Smoothie Recipe

First off, I included spinach in my smoothie recipe because not only is it great for your health, but it can be easily blended into a smoothie without affecting much of the taste. Spinach is full of vitamins and minerals and should definitely be in your rotation of leafy greens.

Now we’ve all heard that spinach is great for you (thanks, Popeye), but did you know that pumpkin touts many healthy perks as well? According to the Daily Burn, there are many health benefits to eating pumpkin, including fiber to help you feel full, beta-carotene and other antioxidants that can help protect against cancer, and phytoestrogens, which can lower blood pressure.

Lastly, I included chocolate protein powder in my smoothie. Since I’m doing a strength training program that is tough on my body and meant to grow muscle mass, I’m in constant search for sources of lean protein. Although I love to get protein from regular foods, I also like to include supplements, especially right after a workout to help replenish my glycogen storages quickly. Plus it tastes amazing (come on, I’m human too). You can definitely substitute vanilla protein powder and add a little cinnamon to give this more of a pumpkin pie taste as well.

veggie packed chocolate smoothie

Veggie-Packed Pumpkin Smoothie


1/2 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original Unsweetened

1 cup spinach leaves

1/2 cup canned pumpkin (or roasted pumpkin)

1 scoop chocolate protein powder (or vanilla + 1/2 tsp cinnamon!)

1 packet stevia (depending on your taste buds!)


Blend the almond milk and the spinach first. This is KEY to blending up the spinach so there aren’t any leaf chunks in your smoothie. Next add in the rest of your ingredients, adding the protein powder in last so it has less time to get stuck to the sides of your blender. If you want to be fancy like me, pour it into a cute cup and sip with a straw :)

I also decided to get a little crazy this time around and create a 20-second video showing you how I made my smoothie. Enjoy!

Do you ever put veggies in your smoothie?

What do you like to eat or drink after a workout?

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk, all opinions are entirely my own.