My Birthday Blog… A Last Minute Re-Write

My Birthday Blog… A Last Minute Re-Write

Turning 41…

Its 4:15 pm on Thursday and I’m rewriting my blog for tonight. My original blog was a recap of 18.3 and a small gripe about turning 41. I don’t WANT to be another year older but really…. why the heck am I complaining?! Instead I want to share something with you as I embark on another year of life.

As you know, I’ve been doing more personal training over the past few months. I love it. It’s my passion and I know it’s what I was meant to do on this earth. I’m building […] Read more

Your Mind is a Powerful Thing

Your Mind is a Powerful Thing

I have been in a major funk since returning from vacation. Not sure if it’s the lack of Vitamin D, jet lag or time change but I am having a hard time finding my rhythm. I thought vacation was supposed to refresh me. Instead it’s been just the opposite. My energy has been low and self-doubt has begun to sink in. In this industry it’s my job to motivate and encourage others. But how can I do my job if I too need motivation?

I went searching for answers and came across this quote.

I am human. I don’t always have it […] Read more

Weightlifting Belt; Too Wear or Not to Wear…

Weightlifting Belt; Too Wear or Not to Wear…

Monday we had Deadlifts. You may have noticed that day (or even on other days) that some gym buddies were wearing a weightlifting belt.

If you’ve ever wondered if a weightlifting belt is for you I like to give you my take on it, some benefits and how to use it.

Personally, I’m a BIG fan of using weightlifting belts. Even though I’ve used a belt just a handful of times in my ‘extensive’ lifting career;-) My objective for using them would be for powerlifts and if I going for a HEAVY lift or PR! You really won’t see me using them in a conditioning […] Read more

Cleansing Southwest Soup …

Cleansing Southwest Soup …

Today is the perfect day for some delicious soup.

This soup keeps the “Taco Tuesday” theme and is so great for the gut!


1 1/2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 large onion, peeled and chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

14.5 ounce can “fire roasted” crushed tomatoes

2 quarts free range chicken or veggie broth

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinaigrette

1/2 teaspoons turmeric

1 bunch of sliced celery diced

4 cups chopped cabbage

3 cups small broccoli florets

3 cups of cauliflower

2 avocados, peeled and diced

Dash Salt and pepper


In a Crockpot place chicken, oil, chicken or veggie stock, diced tomatoes, garlic, veggies, and spices. […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts March 12 – March 16

CPM Week of Workouts March 12 – March 16

Every exit is an entry somewhere else.


Ready to make it an amazing week CPM!

Monday:  Start with some bar work as we work on our Deadlift. Then we have sit-ups, step-ups, deadlifts and doubles.

Tuesday:  KT Throttle with some running, box jumps and wallballs.

Wednesday:  Back to the bar with some Power Cleans, Hang Cleans and Clusters. Get those hands ready for Toes 2 Bar, Box Jumps and Cleans.

Thursday:  If you didn’t get enough OH squats at Friday Night Lights, here’s your chance to try them again. Part B is Power Snatches, OH Walking Lunges, and Pull-ups.

Friday:  Faux-Open workout. Come hang at the […] Read more

Friday Night Lights – The Best One Yet…. 18.2

Friday Night Lights – The Best One Yet…. 18.2

12 Crazy Minutes!

I was instantly in love with the 18.2 workout. Wait, no I wasn’t. The burpees were bugging me but I was excited about the rest.

12 Minutes
DB Squat (50/35)
Burpee over Bar
With remaining time…. 1 RM Clean

Let’s see, the dumbbell squat at 50/35 sounded challenging but doable. I figured I would struggle with the burpees. The 1 RM clean ? I was in love with the clean and thought it would be a real crowd pleaser at the end.

As soon as I started I knew I had underestimated the squats. It wasn’t that I needed to […] Read more

Perfectly Imperfect

Perfectly Imperfect

You are strong enough.

This week I am taking a break from my usual videos to talk about patience and progress.

It can be very easy in the beginning to see results and to feel great and to challenge our bodies and our minds past what we were used to. Eventually the results aren’t coming as fast and it can be easy to get discouraged about what we are doing. While it’s fun to see dramatic before and after pictures we need to celebrate the little victories that we hit along the way.

When I first started practicing yoga about 4 years ago, […] Read more

But Is Your Mobility Even Useable?

But Is Your Mobility Even Useable?

So now that we have the rules of Flexibility I beg the question… But, why should I stretch?
We want something USEABLE. Something(s) that will transfer over in Real Life that we can use everyday.
What is “Useable Mobility”?
?️One, injury prevention. We want the stretching we perform to improve our strength in a range of motion. This stretch helps prevent injury. For example, what if you slip on some ice and needed to catch yourself or even drop a bit into a split:-O. Life (and our workouts) is unpredictable so we want to be strong everywhere. If we train and strength end ranges we […] Read more

Fit Chic Protein Balls To Boost Your Workouts

Fit Chic Protein Balls To Boost Your Workouts

I made these for our opening Friday Night Lights Event.

I had given a member at the gym this recipe, and since making them he said he has felt amazing before and after the workouts.

Call it coincidence, but I like to think it’s balls that are doing the job!

Upon request, Here is the recipe you can see for yourself!


2 cups of gluten free oats

1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1/2 cup of almond or peanut butter

1 scoop of vanilla protein

1 Tbsp of Raw Honey

1/4 cup of vanilla or regular coconut creamer

1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips


In a […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts March 5 – March 9

CPM Week of Workouts March 5 – March 9

The BODY achieves what the MIND believes.


Welcome to another wonderful week of workouts!

Monday:  Fun shoulder work with Strict Press. Great partner workout with some rowing, rope climbs, KB swings, and push-ups.

Tuesday:  2k row for time. Then an AMRAP of farmer carry, sit-ups and doubles.

Wednesday:  Barbell fun with Front Squats (from the floor). Getting you ready for some squat cleans, running and T2B.

Thursday:  All about the gymnasty work with pistols and wall walks.

Friday:  Start with some ab work and finish strong with rowing, KB swings, sit-ups, box jumps and dips.



The O-Board Says…

Part A
Strict Press

Part B
AMRAP 20min (partner)
100 Cal Row
10 Rope Climb
100 KB […] Read more

FNL Week 1 Recap and My Thoughts on Being Kind

FNL Week 1 Recap and My Thoughts on Being Kind

Stop Being Mean!

Before I dig into FNL week 1, I wanted to share a quick thought with you…. be kind. Posting on social media puts a person in a vulnerable position. This week I received a message that was obviously meant for someone else but it was sent to me. The comment was about my current physical condition and it wasn’t nice. Stuff like this isn’t necessary and it gains you nothing. So before you send that message or write something that may be offensive, give it a second look.

As much as I hate […] Read more

Sun for the Soul

Sun for the Soul

As you read my blog this week, I will be enjoying my last few days in the Caribbean. This is something my husband and I commit to doing yearly. Although the finances don’t always look like we can afford to go, we say each year that this is something that we can’t afford not to do.

With the daily hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to forget about the person you married. This is our time to reconnect, spending quality time together away from the kiddos to help us refuel after a long season of busyness.

Maintaining our health routine […] Read more

Do You Even Stretch?

Do You Even Stretch?

Do you stretch with a purpose?

Or do you just stretch for the sake of stretching?

Sure, you have mobilized some. Pulling your leg behind you until you feel a strain on your quads, or kicking your leg up on a bench and leaning into it before a run. Real stretching is not part of a warm-up or cool-down though, real stretching is work. Sweaty, dizzying, (occasionally) nauseating work.

Let’s clarify one point before we get too far. When I talk about stretching (with a purpose), I am talking about actively working to increase your range of motion and your flexibility, with the intention of achieving […] Read more

Good News CPM’ers … Eat More Lose Weight!

Good News CPM’ers … Eat More Lose Weight!

We all know the power of food is to our bodies.  For years, we’ve been focusing (in my opinion) on the wrong aspects of food. Low Fat, Low Calorie, and Empty Caloric foods such as (diet coke, 100 calorie packs, fat free dressings etc).

Will that help us achieve well-being, maintain our happy weight, and live the fullest life possible. It has been my mission to educate people that food is fuel and it is about eating good quality foods that nourish our bodies like protein, vegetables, and good healthy fats (like coconut oil, olives, avocados)  recent years, this trend has really […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts Feb 26 – March 2

CPM Week of Workouts Feb 26 – March 2

Good things come to those who sweat.


Got another amazing week of workouts coming up. Finish February strong and get a great start on March!

Monday: Great start to the week with 2 Rep Max Thrusters followed by Burpees and Barbell or DB Thruster.

Tuesday:  Chipper!! We have a little the everything so come have some fun!

Wednesday: Death By!! It’s our final Death By of February and I think we have saved the best for last. Then we have some running and walking lunges.

Thursday:  March starts with a Snatch build up. Part B is Toes 2 Bar, DB Hang Clean and Jerk and […] Read more

Friday Night Lights – It’s Go Time!

Friday Night Lights – It’s Go Time!

Let The Games Begin!

The build-up to Friday Night Lights went fast. Crazy fast! I’m taking a short break from Gym Rat Chit Chat to recap the FNL experience each week. The workouts, the people, the highs, the lows…. there will be lots to tell!

About 50 CPM members and coaches are participating this year and several of them are anxiously waiting as you read this to see what 18.1 will hold. Where do we find this information? Follow Crossfit on Facebook (click HERE). You will receive a notification when they go live to announce 18.1 where they will […] Read more

The Mod Squad – Friday Night Lights Special!

The Mod Squad – Friday Night Lights Special!

Who’s ready for some amazing workouts!

It’s hard to believe the Crossfit Open is here again. Seems like we were just watching the games! The excitement around the announcements, workouts and clues is all over the place and the enthusiasm is contagious.  We have some amazing people competing and I thought what better way to keep everyone healthy and moving than a little yoga!

I put together a 10 minute flow to stretch our back, hips and shoulders (places we all seem to hurt ?). Now you can take as much time or as little time going through the movements as you like. […] Read more

Lets Get Mental about FNL…

Lets Get Mental about FNL…

This coming Friday is the beginning of our 2nd Annual Friday Night Lights (#FNL).

Friday Night Lights is a Weekly 5 Week Workout Community Event. My goal is to create an environment that supports you challenging yourself to raise your mental, emotional and physical levels to a great level.  This is a POWERFUL opportunity to put yourself “out there” in an uncomfortable atmosphere to foster change and growth (in a friendly, supportive, motivating environment of course;-)

Now with great power comes great responsibility. With that lets dive into….

Good Competition vs. Bad Competition

Something very good or something very bad can happen to you…

You […] Read more

The Perfect Breakfast Crunch CPM …

The Perfect Breakfast Crunch CPM …

Breakfast is the most important meal, but “time” seems to be the biggest issue.

What if you could have the delicious recipe you are looking for, and make enough to grab and go from the fridge running out the door?

Here is one of my favorite recipes that tastes amazing and is the perfect treat in this cold wintery weather!


1 tbsp coconut oil

1 large apple or 2 small peeled and diced (I used gala)

1/4 cup raisins

2 tsps cinnamon

1/2 tsp of pumpkin spice

1/8 tsp of nutmeg

3 tbsp unsweetened coconut finely shredded

1 cup chopped raw nuts walnuts, cashews, pecans.

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, coconut, or cashew.

Toppings to serve with:

1-2 bananas sliced

melted raw almond butter

Additional cinnamon for taste


Heat […] Read more

CPM Week of Workouts Feb 19 – Feb 26

CPM Week of Workouts Feb 19 – Feb 26

Constantly challenge yourself.

Friday Night Lights start this week, are you ready? Come join your CPM community and cheer the competitors on!

Monday:  Starting with some Hang Cleans. Then grab a partner for some partner sprints, rowing and burpees.

Tuesday:  Part A kicks off with some doubles and sit-ups. Part B finish strong with a Farmer’s Carry and running.

Wednesday: It’s Wednesday so get ready for another fun Death By…come workout and see what’s in store. Then we have Power Cleans and Rowing for Cals.

Thursday:  Another great partner workout, so grab your gym buddy and join us for some squats, KB swings, burpees and […] Read more