It Can’t Hurt To Try

Before we get to today’s What I Ate Wednesday, I wanted to reach out to any of you who might need a change, a way to mix things up for a month, or a new challenge in your life. If you’ve been reading recently then you know I became a Beachbody Coach just over a month ago and with that has come a considerable amount of personal development. I have been pushed out of my comfort zone in ways I never imagined and it has given me so much confidence and empowerment, which I never imagined finding. I thought being a coach would be all about helping others! I had no idea how much it would help me as well.

One big thing that I’ve learned from the past month is that it’s okay to fail. Not only is it okay to fail, but it’s GOOD TO FAIL. Did you hear that? Yep. When we fail we know we’re trying something new, we’re testing our limits. When you fail, you get back up, try again and maybe make it a little further the next time.

Success is not final

Well, in February I’m doing the 21 Day Fix again and I am so excited to give it my all. But this time I would love some of you to do it with me. I need you to keep me motivated and accountable and I’d love to do the same for you. Beachbody has made such a huge impact on my life that I want to share that with the people around me and you, my blog readers, have been around me for so many crazy ups and downs in my life. Many of you really do know me just from reading, you know I’m real and open and honest – I 100% believe in Beachbody and Shakeology and this stuff you might hear me talk about on here on on Instagram. I’m not here to make a buck, I’m here to make a difference – to leave this world a little bit better than how I found it.

So if you’re ready to be pushed out of your comfort zone and try something new, shoot me an email or leave me a comment asking for more info here. I would rather try a thousand times and fail every time than never try at all. You don’t get anywhere in life without pushing yourself outside your comfort zone!

P.S. it’s zero risk money-wise (you know I’m budget conscious!) because you can send the whole challenge pack back for a full refund if you didn’t like it!

And now, on to today’s WIAW and a SPECIAL VIDEO!!!! So embarrassing and yet I love it. Thank you to Peas and Crayons for hosting!

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After my workout, I always start my day with Shakeology! I finally decided to film my own Shakeo video, so if you want to know why I love it so much, check it out here:

For breakfast I tried a new grain-free oatmeal recipe. Haha doesn’t look like much but it was pretty good! It’s called Sugar Detox Carrot Cake Pudding and mostly has carrots, almond butter and coconut cream.


For lunch I had roasted carrots, sauteed collard greens, a baked sweet potato and a chicken breast. I’m actually scared to cook chicken (haha maybe I should jump out of my comfort zone there!) but I found this pack of four pre-cooked chicken breasts at Trader Joes and it was perfect!


My afternoon snack was roasted sunflower seeds and an apple. This day I was actually extra hungry and ate another little container (from the Fix!) of sunflower seeds to hold me over.


For dinner it was a Turkey Burger (from TJs) and roasted broccoli and roasted okra. This broccoli was SO GOOD! I forgot how much I love roasted Broccoli!!!



I didn’t snap a picture, but later I was still hungry so I also had another handful of sunflower seeds and a Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar. Perfect end to a great day!


When was the last time you were pushed out of your comfort zone? 

What’s your favorite thing you’ve eaten this week? 

WIAW – Mixing Things Up

A couple weeks ago I showed you what a day looked like while on the 21 Day Fix, and then I ate the same meals for like 3 weeks… When it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Haha, well I decided to mix things up last week and give you another look at what I’ve been eating. Thank you to Peas and Crayons for hosting the link-up!

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I’ve been adding in a lot more fats and, per my doctor’s recommendation (i.e. this was recommended specifically for me and my personal health so consult your doctor before significantly changing your diet), I’ve cut out all grains for a few weeks. 

Without grains I have really been missing oatmeal (helloooo blog title!) so I tried out a recipe I found online for paleo oatmeal. Not exactly the same, but it works for now! Before breakfast, and after my morning workout, I had my SHAKEOLOGY! I know, I’m obsessed. But now that I’ve drank the cool-aid I just don’t get why everyone wouldn’t want to try it (pssst if you don’t like it you can return the empty bag for a full refund!) Haha okay, anyway, I had my shakeology with some spinach blended in and coffee in my new french press! SO fancy.


After an hour at work I had my breakfast, which was Paleo Oatmeal made with coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut flakes (see a theme?), an egg and half a banana:



I know it looks questionable… but it was pretty good, especially the next day when I added tons of cinnamon :).

For lunch and my afternoon snack I went back to the usual: turkey burger (TJs frozen section), kale and a sweet potato.



And then an apple and sunflower seeds:


For dinner I tried out Anna’s Zoodles with Beef & Veggie Bolognese Sauce:

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So good! I can’t remember what dessert was this exact night, but it was either a quest bar or some frozen blueberries and a handful of sunflower seeds. P.S. did anyone know how cheap sunflower seeds are??? Fantastic.

And there you have it!


When was the last time you tried out a new recipe? 

What has been your favorite dinner this past week? 

Piña Colada Oatmeal

Well happy Wednesday everyone!

I hope you are all having a good week, and to get you over the hump I have a new recipe for you: Piña Colada Oatmeal! I was actually quite proud of myself for coming up with this one. I had bought some frozen pineapple from Trader Joe’s last week and I always add coconut oil to my oats, so somehow I put two and two together and BAM! It was a winner!

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And no, there is no rum in this recpe… But I won’t judge you if you add some.

By the way, I’m linking up this recipe to Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday! If you’re new to WIAW then head on over to her blog and see what it’s all about!

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Piña Colada Oatmeal:


1/3-1/2 cup oatmeal

1/3-1/2 cup milk of choice

1/2 cup water

1 egg

1 packet Stevia

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup pineapple chunks, chopped

1/2 banana, sliced

1/2 T coconut oil (topping)

1 T almond butter (topping)

1-2 T shredded coconut (topping)


First, place all dry ingredients in a small sauce pan. Add water, milk and vanilla, turn on heat and allow to simmer. Mix in pineapple and banana. Stir occasionally. Once the oatmeal is near cooked, add your egg (or egg whites, or protein powder) and stir to make sure the egg is mixed in. Allow to cook a minute or two longer until oatmeal reaches desired consistency. Top with shredded coconut, coconut oil and almond butter!

And here it is all packed up and brought to work! Not quite as pretty as my nice bowl and wood table…

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And I realize What I Ate Wednesday should show more than just my breakfast, but I haven’t had a chance to put together a good post about my experience with Cook Smarts! (<– affiliate link!) But here’s a sneak peak…

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Taco Salad! YUM! And so easy.


What’s the weirdest breakfast concoction you’ve made?

What are you having for lunch today?

What’s your favorite fruit right now?

WIAW–Breakfasts Lately

Happy Wednesday!

For today’s WIAW post, I thought I’d share some of the breakfasts that I’ve been making over the past couple of weeks to bring in to work with me. I get up early to head to the gym, come home and shower, get ready and by then I really just don’t have time to sit down and eat. I’ve found that bringing my breakfast to work makes things a lot easier and a few other people on my floor do the same!

If you’re new to What I Ate Wednesday, head on over to Peas and Crayons to see what it’s all about, as well as the other participating bloggers!

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The first two are things that I actually eat at home. When I do strength training (or if I’m just extra hungry, like yesterday) then I’ll make something quick with protein and carbs to eat right when I get home from the gym.

I was out of protein powder for a while (great for smoothies) so I came up with this quick concotion. I slice up a banana, put the slices down on my small pan, and then pour in some egg whites (about 1/3 cup maybe?). Then I’ll flip it like a pancake once it’s cooked a bit and voila!

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So good! I also make green smoothies when I have the chance. I’ll blend a handful of  spinach, about a half cup almond milk, a scoop of Sunwarrior Protein powder and half a banana.

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I’ve really been mixing things up for breakfast. For several weeks I brought overnight oats and, while delicious, I wanted to go out of the box.

First up, I tried Robyn’s Pumpkin Breakfast Bake, topped with almond and coconut butter. This was AMAZING. And it smelled so good! I’d bake it the night before, re-heat it in the microwave and then add the butters on top. By far one of my favorites!

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The next thing I made was… Whole Foods! Haha. Just threw this one in there – last Friday morning I really needed to run to Whole Foods before leaving for the weekend so I cut my morning time short and went before work. Since I didn’t have time to put together breakfast, I grabbed some eggs, bacon, potatoes and fruit from their breakfast bar!

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My most recent breakfast of choice (Because it’s so quick for me to make) has been oatmeal! I’ll make it that morning while I’m rushing around getting ready and then reheat at the office and top with almond and coconut butter.

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In the oats: 1/3 cup oatmeal, 1/2 T ground flax, almond milk and water, vanilla, stevia, cinnamon, and either 1 whole egg or 3 egg whites.

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And finally, this is the breakfast I’ll throw together if I’m in a real rush. I microwave the sweet potatoe (for about 4.5-5 minutes, wrapped in a wet paper towel) and then top with two scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil, and some ketchup and pepper.

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And there you have it!


What is your go-to breakfast?

Do you have to pack any food for the day?

WIAW–Palmetto 200 Food

Happy Wednesday!

This has been a loooong week for me, even though it’s only Wednesday! I arrived in Chicago at 7:30am Monday morning and headed straight to work, then my small group met that evening and I didn’t get to bed until about 10:30pm (which is very late for me…). I finally made it to the grocery store last night to grab a few essentials, but I didn’t get too much since I’m heading out of town again straight from work Friday night! I’m already exhausted just thinking about it, but I’m going to Kansas City and always love a good trip home.

For today’s What I Ate Wednesday, I wanted to share a lot of the food we ate during the Palmetto 200 Relay. How do you pack and figure out meals when you’re up and running for 32 hours? Well here’s what we did!

I did hope to show everything I ate during the race, but I kept forgetting to take pictures, and that rain put a damper on photography, but I did my best! If you’re new to WIAW, head on over to Peas and Crayons to find out what it’s all about and see the other participating bloggers.

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First, breakfast! I already mentioned Le Peep yesterday… But I got their Colorado omelet, which had turkey, avocado, mozzarella cheese, and tomatoes, with potatoes on the side. It was pretty good, but I will never again eat an omelet on race day, no matter how many hours later my run is.

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My next two “meals” were half an Udi’s bagel, the first with almond butter and a banana, the second with almond butter and some jelly we “secured” from Le Peep.

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For dinner I had a baked potato from Wendy’s and some chili. I don’t know what little town that Wendy’s was in but I don’t recommend it… They were not the most well-functioning fast food place. I also don’t recommend gas station coffee at 11:30pm. That was an experience.

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For breakfast, we stopped at Starbucks in Mt Pleasant where I had blueberry oatmeal. Snacks included trail mix, snack bars, cuties, starburst jelly beans and some Healthy Bites sent to us from Lindsay!

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Earth Fare and Attune Foods were kind enough to donate food to our whole team to keep us fueled, which we very much appreciated!


Can you only eat certain foods before a race or big workout?

What are your favorite travel snacks?