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Thursday Thoughts

1. Happy Thursday! I can’t believe this week is passing so quickly, just a few more days and I am heading back out to Colorado for GOOD! No, no job yet, just some networking opportunities that I want to take advantage of! Plus I get to see my adorable niece… 🙂

2. Last night I went to another workout class with my Dad! I’ve loved getting to be a part of his life a little bit while I’m home in KC.


3. Speaking of exercise, did I mention I’m starting to run again? Once I’ve pooled together the money, I’m going to sign up for the Denver Rock N Roll Half to run with my friend Bailey who will be coming in town for the race!


4. Is everyone excited for Mother’s Day weekend!? I finally decided what I’m getting my mom. It’s simple, I know she’ll like it and it’s inexpensive… because, well, #funemployed

5. I miss this weird little guy. Thank goodness his mom loves snapchat.


6. On Monday, I went to a luncheon for R!KC and Children’s TLC and the main speaker was Jeff Bauman, a Boston Marathon bombing survivor who recently published the book Stronger. The whole event was great, but this is my only photo… which I chose to share because whenever I wear these sunglasses my mother calls me Katy Perry. Thanks, mom.


7. This was too super cute not to share:

8. Have a great Thursday!

My rule of life: #1 "If you want something you never had, you have to do something you've never done.": Do you ever workout with family or friends?

What’s your favorite charity to support? 

March Group Announcement!

Well hey there everyone!

I have had quite the 24-hours, not at all what I expected for my week… but I am so glad this March group is coming up so I can focus on finding some beautiful, loving, and supportive women to join in with me! (Take a look in the mirror- yep, that’s probably you!).

If you want some extra details about this group or the strength training program that I have been doing (and LOVING), visit this post and if you want to learn more about me and my health & weight struggles over the years, you can check that out here.

But on to my March group! March is going to be a big month of changes for me, so I am really looking forward to having a group of amazing women to work with, check in with, and keep ME accountable too. I love these groups because they create such a sense of community; we all love being a part of something bigger than ourselves.



This group isn’t about losing the most weight and inches, it isn’t about dieting or sticking to a “plan” 100%, it’s about feeling confident in your own skin- both body and mind. I never make promises for results, but I do know that if you put in the effort and time, and let go of your fears, you will leave this group a happier, more confident person than when you started.

Are you ready to do something just for you?

When you join I have you fill out a form so I can get to know you better and know what your goals, strengths, and weaknesses are. Then we pick out a fitness program that is best for YOU and that fits your lifestyle. Whether you’re a total beginner, looking for something to up your game in a serious way, or want something that will compliment your current training plan, we’ll make it work for you.

And of course, Shakeology. Yes, I require Shakeology for my groups, but guess what? It has a satisfaction guarantee, so even if you finish the whole bag, you can send it back if you decide you don’t like it. Basically, there’s no risk (other than falling in love with it).

Why do I require Shakeology?

Because 1) I have found that women who commit to drinking it every day get better results, health and fitness-wise, than women who don’t and 2) I know how GOOD it is for you! It is packed with 70 superfoods (dried and grounded up) that give you what you’re missing from your diet even if you eat perfectly healthy all the time. Have you ever heard of the diet cycle? When you cut calories, or any type of macro or micro nutrient, your body starts craving foods because it’s missing that nutrient. Then you binge or indulge, feel guilty, and give up. Then it starts over again. Shakeology helps curbs those cravings because it’s providing you with what your body needs. Need more info? Check out this great post about Shakeology.

So what else do you get?

Four weeks of:
+ one on one coaching and support from me,
+ an accountability group of women JUST like you,
+ daily motivation, tips, and check-ins,
+ and a packet of recipes, meal planning and meal prep ideas!

PLUS you get to join my lifetime Be Your Best Self Facebook Group where I post motivation, recipes, tips and inspiring articles every day.

Still not enough?

The first three women to purchase a Challenge Pack (Shakeology + fitness program) will get a customized pdf printable from my Etsy Shop. Whatever quote you want, however you want it to look.

Are you ready?


Email me at peaceloveandoats@gmail.com or leave your email below. Feel free to ask any questions and we’ll chat about whether this is the right opportunity for YOU.

The final day to sign up is February 25th! 

I’m so excited!

A Day In The Life – 21 Day Fix

So I haven’t done a What I Ate Wednesday post in a looooong time, but today I wanted to give you an idea of what it was like to follow the 21 Day Fix workout and meal plan. When I first heard about the plan I was completely put off: those tiny containers!? Are they kidding me!? When I’m told exactly what I can and can’t do, I fall into a spiral of anxiety; I don’t like being boxed in. But then I did a free Challenge Group where several other women, as well as friends were doing the Fix and loved it. So I did my research, I read as much as I could about it, I did some prep and tried to follow the guidelines on my own for a couple weeks and then I bit the bullet and bought the 21 Day Fix Challenge pack.

So for today’s WIAW, I’m going to share one day of eating from the Fix! It’s important to note that during this fix I was avoiding grains because my doctor told me to do so. All food groups are allowed on the Fix, just in moderation: portion size is the key!

Thank you to Peas and Crayons for hosting WIAW!

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Morning: Wake up, drink some water, throw on my workout clothes and turn on my 21 Day Fix workout DVD. 30 minutes later I’m a sweaty mess but my workout is DONE! After my workout I have Shakeology, which is a nutrition drink that gives you energy, a ton of vitamins and minerals, as well as protein – perfect for after a workout. I usually make mine with almond milk, stevia and a tsp of coconut oil.

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Mid Morning: about a half hour or an hour after arriving at work I am hungry and it’s time for my real breakfast! Two eggs scrambled with spinach, mashed sweet potato and guacamole! IMG_4944

Noon/Early Afternoon: Lunchtime! A chopped up turkey burger, steamed broccoli and a sweet potato!


Afternoon: Snack of an apple and an orange container of sunflower seeds.

Evening: My current favorite meal: Spaghetti Squash Casserole! Okay, it’s been my favorite for about 2 months, but it’s so easy and delicious: Spaghetti squash, tomatoes (or marinara sauce), ground beef, italian seasoning and whatever veggie I have. Pictured is zucchini!

spaghetti squash casserole

Usually I have a leftover fruit portion and nuts portion in the evenings so I’ll have some frozen berries and almonds for an evening snack. Or if it’s a day that I saved up a treat or a glass of wine for, I can have that!

It’s really simple to follow and the best part is: it’s ONLY THREE WEEKS! Whenever I wanted to cave and grab a piece of candy at work I reminded myself that I can do anything for three weeks. By the end of the Challenge I actually didn’t crave candy or sugar like I used to (although Christmas may have derailed that…). I knew what foods made me feel good and what foods did not and I had finally gotten back into the habit of morning workouts!

I loved doing the Fix and there’s no way I could have gotten through it without my challenge group – we all checked in with each other, shared our wins and our mistakes (or “lessons learned…”) – it made me feel more accountable!

If you’re interested in a challenge group starting January 12th, just shoot me a message or an email and I’d love to chat and see if it’s right for you!

Have you ever done a challenge group?

What is a habit that you would like to challenge yourself to follow for three weeks? 

Weekend & Workout Round Up

Well hello there! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I’ve been in Kansas City for almost a week now, and I’m heading back to Chicago this afternoon! It’s been quite a weekend and I got to spend a lot of time with family and friends so I haven’t been on my computer or taking many pictures, but I do have a few to share!

On Thursday I did the Turkey Trot 5K with my Dad (more to come later):

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And that evening we headed to my cousins’ for Thanksgiving dinner. My mom and I realized we were almost outfit twins!

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Friday I had lunch with a friend and went to an engagement party (congrats Bailey and Vince). Then on Saturday I got some work done at my favorite coffee shop, The Roasterie.

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I was also inspired by Carly to take a selfie because I thought I just looked so darn cute. I love my hair curly but I got a haircut that I hate… so I might be straightening it a bit over the next few weeks.

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After the Roasterie I headed to The Legends, which is where a bunch of outlet stores are. I got some great deals at JCrew and Ann Taylor LOFT, including this Peplum dress for 60% off! Who says you have to face the crowds on Black Friday?

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While shopping my friend Bailey texted me to see if I wanted to go see Catching Fire. I am a big Hunger Games Triology fan and hadn’t seen it, so of course I was in! We started with some frozen yogurt (a must) and then headed to the theater. Before we walked in I saw this sticker on a car!

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If you know what that means, then we can be friends.

The movie was AMAZING. Seriously. And I am again in love with Peeta. Love him. Moving on, Sunday morning I needed to get my 8 mile long run in, so I ran along the Trolley Trail in the Brookside area of KCMO.

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It was a chilly but gorgeous morning and I cooled off even more with a nice ice bath! Refreshing…

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Then it was back to the Roasterie for some coffee with another friend and then the CHIEFS GAME!

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We won’t discuss that.

Now on to workouts! I have to say I really dropped the ball on Purley Fit Workouts this week. I kept up with my running but just never had either the time or the drive to do the Purely Fit workout afterwards!

Monday: Yoga

Tuesday: 3 miles + Purely Inspire Workout 14 (weights)

Wednesday: Purely Inspire Workout 15 (HIIT bodyweight workout)

Thursday: Turkey Trot 5K with my Dad! + Purely Life Workout

Friday: 4 miles + Purely Life Workout #35

Saturday: REST

Sunday: 8 Miles

And now here’s what I have going on this week:

Monday: Purely Fit Butt Workout

Tuesday: 3 miles + 20 min Purely Fit Low Impact Workout

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: 4 Miles

Friday: 3 miles + Purely Fit 21 Jump Rope Interval

Saturday: My schedule says 5K race, but I think I’ll just do speed intervals for 3 miles since I don’t really want to pay for a race… haha + Purely Inspire Workout 11

Sunday: REST


Do you have a hard time getting in your scheduled workouts when you’re visiting family or on vacation?

Have you ever taken an ice bath?

Did you get in any shopping over the weekend?

My Workout and Running Plan

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend! Mine was pretty… low key. Haha. Most everyone was out of town or busy so I spent a lot of time relaxing,  aka listening to Harry Potter Audiobooks and reading this month’s book club choice, Orange Is the New Black.

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I also had a fun experience at GoldPlaited (more on that tomorrow), got my apartment pretty much put together, and tried out my sister-in-law’s church in Lincoln Park.

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Those of you who’ve been reading for a while might remember back when I posted weekly workouts, including my running schedule. Well, if you’ve noticed I haven’t been following any kind of exercise or running plan for probably the past 6 months. With all the stress of studying and passing the bar I didn’t need one more schedule to deal with, but now that all of that is behind me, I’m really ready to start a new plan. I’ve learned that to see results you really need to stick to some sort of program for 2-3 months.

Although I’ve loved Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp in the past, I wanted to try something new. After starting to read the Purely Twins blog, enjoying their recipes and general attitude about life and exercise, I decided to join in on their Purely Fit program. Each session runs for 3 months, and there are 4 during the year so it’s always happening. To learn more about Purely Fit, check out their explanation post and video.

Every week they send out the workout schedule, which includes 1 rest day, 1 day of yoga or stretching, 1 day of cardio springs and 4 days of strength and circuit type workouts. One thing I love about their workouts is they are SHORT. The longest one I’ve done took me 26:56 and that’s because we were supposed to do it as quickly as we could and it just took me forever… haha. Yesterday’s was 12 minutes!

This works very well for me because I’m also getting back into running and about to start a half marathon training plan. This way I can do their workout and a short run all within an hour and be done for the day!

So now about that half marathon training plan…

After weeks of slowly building up my mileage (I’m at about 10 miles per week right now) I’ve decided it’s time to sign up for a race again. I miss having my running schedule, having a goal in mind, and a reward for all my running work (yes, I consider a race a reward – you get a medal!). However, this race is an even bigger deal than normal.


Remember those awesome roommates I had at the Healthy Living Summit this year? Well they invited me to visit them in Phoenix and I took them up on it! I’ll be running the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in Phoenix, AZ on January 19th and I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!

I’m planning to follow Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 Half Marathon training plan, and I officially start the last weekend in October, so I have a couple weeks to get up to 13 miles per week, which is where the plan begins.


Are you signed up for any races?

Do you follow any kind of workout plan?

Are you visiting friends this year?