My First 225# PR: Sumo Deadlift

I finally did a big lift with 225 pounds, which was a goal of mine for a while now. Check out my video of my very first sumo deadlift 225# pull. I’ve been meaning to share this particular video for a while now. Why? Because I’m proud of it — and want you to strive […]

280 Calorie Lunches (sausage included)

A coworker the other day seemed disappointed I didn’t want to order a sub from the sandwich shop with her.  She said, “You always bring your lunch!  I’m trying to do that but what I bring is so boring!”  Found out that her lunch packing skills consist of yogurt and some fresh fruit.  That’s not […]

Lemon Ginger Truffle Balls

    46 calories per truffle, 15-20 truffle balls per recipe…yes, please!  This is just what us sweet tooth lovers are looking for: Lemon Ginger Truffle Balls!  Granted, I usually enjoy chocolate or peanut butter to be a part of my sweet treat indulgence; I will say that these actually hit the spot regardless of […]

Dormant Bum Anxiety

I did stationary lunges in my office on Friday.  The door was not closed, it was impulsive.  Before I knew it, I was standing, lunging forward in my beige patent leather wedges and turquoise capri pants…then I squeezed my glute as my back knee touched the ground.  Oh yes, feel the hip flexor burn, Melissa. […]

Intermittent Fasting: A Tool Not a Rule

Last Sunday I ate a glorious Easter meal with my boyfriend’s family.  They are Italian, so there isn’t just ham, potatoes and a veggie.  There is pasta and ravioli, meatballs, pork, salad and THEN the ham, potatoes, stuffed mushrooms, brussel sprouts with bacon…… Needless to say, I ate a lot of great food.  When I […]

5 Reasons I’m Sticking With Strength Training

Good Morning & Happy Easter to those who celebrate it! I wanted to get a quick blog out to you all this morning, as it’s been a while and I really wanted to share my love of strength training.  Much of the time I focus on diet and food/recipes, but working out is just as […]

Foodie Friday: Sweet Tooth Filler & Lean Meatloaf

TGIF! I promised to those who follow me on Facebook (eh hem) that I would post the recipes from some of my meal prep this week.  So here you go, I hope you give one of these a whirl this weekend: Sweet Potato-Apple-Ginger Puree 4 cups (32 oz) vegetable broth 2 large sweet potatoes – […]

Obsession vs. Habitual Focus

Good Morning, All! Life happens.  We say that a lot.  It basically is a quick way of saying, “Deal with [it], this is how it is and figure [it] out.” The basis of my blog is to discuss how to manage fitness and solid nutrition as “life happens”.  So as I sit here drinking my […]

Recipe: Red Cabbage Apple Chicken

Good Morning! I’m going to keep it simple-simon — here is a fun, unique recipe that I gave a whirl last week and thought it was super tasty…..and it’s healthy with plenty of leftovers for your meal planning.  Enjoy: Red Cabbage Apple Chicken: 4 links of sweet/apple chicken sausage (recommend Applegate) 1 tablespoon coconut oil […]

Progress, Pace, Patience & Body Image

Today may be my most revealing blog yet — I’ve taken on the personal challenge to change my body composition but to have patience in doing so — AND taking progress pictures each month.  (YIKES!)  I just started this new journey in January, post-graduation, so I don’t have a lot of progress to show yet, […]