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Toddler Friendly Pumpkin Spice Balls

I’ll just start by saying these are both toddler friendly AND adult friendly. Also, hi!

It’s been a while, right? Sorry about that. I swear I get busy, time flies, and suddenly it’s fall (dangerously close to winter here in Colorado). Is anyone else experiencing that? Or is it only us crazies living at 8,000 feet? It actually snowed in September. What the hell is that about?! But, today, it’s lovely so no complaints.

Snow in September

I guess it’s time to put away those deck toys. Ugh. I am NOT ready for winter. I don’t think I ever will be though #summerforlife.

We’ve been having fun though! Going on hikes, celebrating birthdays (hello 33), hittin’ up pumpkin patches, and visiting with family.

(Snapchat is officially my favorite by the way.)


33rd birthday







Can we talk about the attitude on this girl? She don’t take no shit from no one. ?

This chilly fall weather just screams “bake!” To me…anyone else? I made two banana breads on Sunday actually. Two delicious, not remotely healthy, banana breads. Sometimes ya gotta stick to what works. My husband always rolls his eyes at me when I take a recipe and try to make it healthy. I have to admit, a lot of times, it just doesn’t work.

I’m talking all about baking but these balls are no-bake..even better, right? Don’t we all appreciate recipes that are a little less work?

These little balls are not only toddler friendly (as in they will actually eat them), but they can also help you in the kitchen. There’s nothing dangerous involved, just potential stickiness ?. My four year old actually rolled them into “snakes” initially. Then her unfun mom went back and rolled them into balls. Here’s the recipe:

Pumpkin spice balls

Super easy! You could substitute regular oats if you don’t have GF (or you love gluten), use peanut butter instead of almond, honey instead of maple syrup, and of course, leave out the chocolate chips if you want less sugar. I love snack balls because you can really customize them however you want. To make them more “adult friendly” you could add some protein powder too.

Let me know if you try them!

How’s your weather? Does it feel like fall where you are?


Recipe: Roasted Cherry Tomatoes


I’m sort of embarrassed to say that I’ve never cooked cherry tomatoes…or even regular old tomatoes?

Truth be told, my husband doesn’t like tomatoes, so I don’t use them often. My kids, on the other hand, love cherry tomatoes. They pop those suckers in their mouth like they’re candy (which, I obviously love!).

I’ve seen some beautiful pictures floating around of roasted cherry tomatoes and decided to mix things up one night and roast some of my own. Maybe the kiddos would love them like this too?

I wish I was growing tomatoes in our (sad) little garden, but sort of forgot about them since the hubs isn’t a fan. He does like marinara and salsa though so I could have made different sauces, etc. Oh well, maybe next season!

Anyway, I picked up a few little containers of cherry tomatoes-red and yellow-from the grocery store and roasted them up. This was actually super easy AND quick.


Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

  • 1 container of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil
  • garlic powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

I try NOT to use the oven much in the summer, but made an exception for these little beauties. The good news was: they only took about 20 minutes to cook so the house wasn’t on fire.

All I did was coat my tomatoes in oil, shake on some garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and cook in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes. I added a little parmesan cheese once the tomatoes were done.


So, I really liked these! I thought they turned out delicious. I definitely recommend eating them right away; they taste great when they’re hot.


My kids, sadly, were not huge fans. I guess they prefer the simplicity of raw cherry tomatoes. Hey, I get it..those are great too.

Will I make these again? Probably not often since I’m the only one that liked them. That being said, if you love tomatoes, give them a try! It’s a great way to add some variety!


Do you cook tomatoes? What are your favorite ways to use them?

Grocery Budget Challenge: Week 2

Hey friends! I officially survived my first week of a grocery budget. Like, literally, I survived. I didn’t starve. Shocking, I know.


I did do better this week. I had my goal in mind ($200 for the week) and stuck to it. I was still a little disappointed with my first grocery run of the week because I spent $129 dollars, only leaving $70 for the rest of the week. In hindsight, that shouldn’t be a problem, but I was hoping to spend less because my husband was out of town this week, therefore I was only feeding 3 mouths. Eh, it’s okay. Still met the goal, right?

Since I did spend slightly more than I was hoping, I saved my receipts to see where I could cut down on spending next week. Here’s what I found:


  • Egg Whites– $4.99 These are store brand, but still a little pricey. I eat egg whites almost everyday, so I’ll probably keep these on the list. I hate to buy or use regular eggs just for the egg white. It seems wasteful to me.
  • Magazine– $3.99  Oops. My grocery temptation: the magazine. I notice I’m especially prone to buying magazines when my hubs is gone because I flip through them at night. It’s not the worst thing (or most expensive thing) in the world, but they add up. They just do. Most of the time too, I don’t find anything useful in them so I’ll try to watch that habit of mine.
  • Spaghetti Sauce–  $4.19 Little pricey for spaghetti sauce, but here’s my reason for buying this brand: no sugar added. I swear I looked at a million different labels and almost all of them had added sugar. I like that about this brand so I’ll probably keep buying it.
  • Apples– $4.60 Hmmm…apples. They’re not in season, so maybe they’re a little more pricey than they are in the fall. Honestly, I don’t really know. Maybe I could buy another fruit that’s in season and a little cheaper, like peaches? It might be worth looking into. I like having apples around though because they’re a.) healthy, b.) easy to transport, c.) yummy.
  • Peanut Butter and Co. Peanut Butter– $4.19 Sort of an impulse buy…oops. I just love having some sort of flavored peanut butter or almond butter around. I guess it satisfies a sweet tooth. Hey, at least I didn’t buy Justin’s or something? Could have been like, 6-9 bucks instead of the 4. So, I kind of cut down on costs… :).


My second trip to the store during this week was pretty good too, only spent $20.34 (but again, just three mouths this week).

My expensive items during this trip were a head of cauliflower ($5.37) and green grapes ($4.52).

These were the highest priced items on my receipt, but both of these provide enough food for at least 2 meals/snacks so I think they’re worth the price.

I actually looked up what the price of these items are on average and found that cauliflower usually runs about $4 for a head, (so I paid more), and grapes are around $2.87 a pound. I paid less for the grapes at $1.99 a pound #winning.

Total For the Week

My total grocery spending for this week was $149.83. I came out under my $200 AND under $150, which is awesome!

Overall, I did a pretty good job sticking to my lists. I see a few spots I could work on (impulse peanut butter), but I’m satisfied with week #1.


Next on the agenda I’ll be tackling Amazon orders, whether coupons are worth it, Costco, and Farmer’s Markets.

What are your best strategies for cutting costs at the grocery store? Do you use coupons? Hit up Farmer’s Markets? Buy in bulk? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Review: Kirkland Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar


Does everything Kirkland/Costco do hit it out of the park? Pretty much, yeah. (No, this post is NOT sponsored… I just like finding yummy new treats and I’m betting you do too).

I saw these bars all over Instagram and they looked amazing; I had to pick them up. I’ve been trying to stay away from Costco lately because…well, see the budget post :). I have a tendency to impulse buy there and that is NOT a place you want to impulse buy. This time, I went in with a purpose: protein bars.

The box comes with 20 bars in 2 flavors: chocolate chip cookie dough and a brownie bar (ten each). The price of the entire box was about $18 dollars making each bar about .90 cents. Not too shabby.


My immediate reaction to the cookie dough flavor was that it looks just like the chocolate chip cookie dough Quest bars. Quest fans, am I right?? Do they taste as good? YES they do.



The flavors are different, but in my opinion, both bars are delicious. This Kirkland bar had some major chocolate chunkage which I am all about. They actually tasted a bit fresher to me too…which I don’t even know how to describe to you, but it was a good thing.




The nutrition facts are very similar to Quest bars too:

  • calories: 190
  • Fat: 9 grams
  • Carbs: 22 grams
  • Fiber: 15 grams
  • Sugar: 1 gram


So, these Kirkland bars (at least this flavor), are a win. They are significantly cheaper than other bar (for example, Quest bars are about $2.40 a bar depending on where you buy them), taste great, and have good nutrition stats.

Will I buy again? YES!

I haven’t tried the brownie flavor yet, but once I do, I will post a review on that one too!


Have you tried these bars? What did you think? What’s your go-to protein bar?

Grocery Budget Challenge: Take 1

Hey guys! Sorry about the major lack of posts lately. I go out of town (in this case, back in March?), then fall out of the habit of posting regularly. I’ve been meaning to before today, but to be totally honest, have just been lazy. Typing on a computer? Ugh. So much work (but not really).

My new goal is to post 3 times a week on the same three themes. Right now I’m thinking 1.) eating healthy on a budget, 2.) a food review (like, a new protein bar, for example), and 3.) a recipe. What do you think? If you guys have suggestions on posts you’d like to see, I would love to know what you think!! Gotta give the people what they want :).



Anyway, let’s talk about grocery budgets. Or in my case, lack thereof.

Ugh, where do I begin? I’ve followed a budget for groceries before but always fall off the wagon. I’ll be honest here, I never grew up understanding budgeting and definitely didn’t follow one in college. So, my “adult years” have been a little inconsistent when it comes to spending.

At this point in my life, I spend the most on food. Should I be embarrassed about that? Gone are the days when clothes and makeup made up the pit that my money would fall into…now it’s food. But food is awesome so nope, no shame here.

Of course, food can and DOES add up quickly. Especially when you start shopping at places like Costco or Sam’s Club. You have to have a budget for those places otherwise the money just vanishes. Or you can take my approach and steer clear of them unless you really need something (my approach for now).

Average Food Budgets for American Families: 

For someone like me, who really doesn’t know how much is considered “a lot” when it comes to food budgets, it’s great to know what a typical family spends on food per week. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) actually posts a breakdown of the average individual and families cost of food at home by week and month.

My family is a family of four with two kids- 2 and 4. Under this group, here is the breakdown of average food costs at home per week (info was from February 2015):

  • Thrifty Plan– $131.00 per week
  • Low-Cost Plan-$167.30
  • Moderate-Cost Plan– $207.10
  • Liberal Plan-$256.50

(Here is a link to that page).

Just looking at these numbers, I believe we would (or could) fall into the Moderate-Cost Plan. We eat most of our meals at home or pack lunches, so we should be able to pull this off.

My Current Situation

My current “budget” for grocery shopping is…I have no budget. True Life: I’m 32, a mother of two, and have no grocery budget (does anyone else miss that MTV show True Life? True Life: I have calf implants..ha! Maybe they still have it… I donno..again, I’m 32).

My guess on how much I spend weekly on groceries is probably around $300. Some weeks more, some less. That is only groceries. So, you can see that we go above and beyond liberal.

Of course, what you spend on groceries depends on your personal income. Without getting into too many details, I will say $300 ish a week, is too much. We could and need to shave that down.

The real issue for me is just keeping track of where the money goes. Instead of going to the store and buying whatever catches my eye, therefore spending who knows how much, keeping track will give me and my family a good idea of spending, budgeting, and self control.

My Weekly Grocery Budget Goal:


My NEW goal for groceries only is $200. Two hundred dollars for a family of four (2 small kids). That’s basically the moderate-cost plan.

I could do this the hard way: show up, buy some stuff, and whatever amount is left for the week will have to get us through. Or, what I assume is the easier way: take an inventory of food we have (hello, pantry!), plan out meals for the week, shop accordingly.

For now, I’m only going to shop at our local store-NO Costco. Costco is another beast for another day. Baby steps.

I’ll update you next week with how the week went! Anyone want to join me on this budget challenge?

Do you stick to a grocery budget? Any good tips?? 

Amazing Abs Workout

*This post was originally posted back in 2012. But hey, I still like training my abs in 2016…anyone else? 🙂 *

I am NOT a fan of working out my abs. To be honest, they are the weakest part of my body (legs coming in close second) so exercising those muscles is just plain hard.

Since I hate doing them, I make myself do it. A strong core is extremely important, especially after having kiddos when all your ab muscles are obsolete. I try to give my abs/core some attention at least a couple times a week.

Like I said, this workout is one I posted on YouTube back in 2012, but the exercises are still good to go! Speaking of, I should get back on YouTube..right?!

This workout should take you about 10 minutes if you run through it once. All you will need is a pair of light dumbbells and a swiss ball but if you don’t have equipment, I show you some modifications you can do.

Here are the exercise:

  • Mountain Climbers
  • Hand to Toe Touches– Switch sides after 30 seconds
  • Side Plank Dips– Switch sides after 30 seconds
  • Swiss Ball Passes
  • Side Plank with Shoulder Raise– Switch sides after 30 seconds
  • Russian Twists
  • Supermans with Shoulder Press
  • Plank

That’s it! I hope you guys like it. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!



Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Pizza *Recipe for Kids*


How young is too young to help in the kitchen? There’s obviously no real answer to that question. I do think, however, that getting those kiddies in the kitchen with you early on is a good thing. There’s something about making a dish or creating something, that fires kids up and actually makes them want to eat their food. They may destroy your kitchen in the process, but hey, it’s worth it :). (clean kitchens are overrated…oh wait, no they’re not).

My oldest daughter is going on four (come September) so she is definitely ready and old enough to be recruited for some kitchen work. The best part is, she wants to participate. The minute she hears a blender, food processor, or mixing bowl going at full speed, she drags her stool in to see what I’m making.

I don’t make too many “kid-centric” meals. Meaning cutsey, stereotypical, fun kid food. Honestly, I should probably do it more. There’s a reason people make “kid food” or food cut into shapes, made into animals, whatever it is! IT WORKS. I guess food tastes better when it’s shaped like a heart.

I saw this recipe on the Disney Channel actually. I thought it looked pretty cute but my daughter was the one who said she wanted to make it. So make it we did!

Just a head’s up, our pizza was not as cute as theirs, but we all got the idea. It still tasted good!


Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Pizza

(original recipe found on Disney Channel website)

  • whole wheat pizza dough (store bought)
  • hummus (store bought)
  • golden raisins
  • black raisins
  • dried figs
  • parsley
  • jack cheese

Obviously, you can go more of a homemade route with homemade pizza dough and homemade hummus, but I was all about store bought.

First, we broke the pizza dough into three equal pieces and molded each section into the shape of a magic carpet.


Next, I baked the pizza dough for about 12 minutes at 400 degrees (or until they were slightly browned).

Now for the toppings! We spread some hummus on each pizza, then topped it off with raisins, figs, and finally cheese.


The original recipe is super cute with the raisins alternating colors around the edges of the pizza and the figs sliced and placed down the middle. We sort of went for that…then just piled them on. 🙂


I baked the pizza’s for another 5 minutes or until the cheese was nice and melted then topped with a little parsley.



This was so fun and such a cute idea! My daughter loved every minute of the prep and then of course, the eating. But I think she would pick prep over eat any day. It’s so easy to get caught up in day to day stuff and just to focus on “getting dinner on the table.” Sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and let kids join in on the fun. It’s messy, but again, worth it.



Do you make special kiddo meals? Any cute ideas? 



Flapjacked Mighty Muffins Review

** This review is my personal opinion of this product. Flapjacked did NOT send me items to review. I just like talking about fun, new, products out there! :)**

*One more disclaimer: I’ve only tried the chocolate, apple cinnamon, and maple pumpkin flavor*

I’ve been buying these Flapjacked Mighty Muffins now for a couple of months. There are tons of things I love about them…and a few things I don’t. So, I’ll share my thoughts!

What are Mighty Muffins?

Have you seen mug cakes/muffins? I feel like they were a rage for a couple of years there…as they should be! What a brilliant idea. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, there were recipes for mug cakes popping up all over the place. A mug cake is basically a single serve piece of cake (yes, the size of your mug). You throw together a few ingredients, mix in your mug, microwave, then eat it up! They are awesome when you need some dessert in your life, but don’t want a whole cake in your house. Anyway, Mighty Muffins are basically mug cakes (or muffins in this case).

They pack way more nutrition though! Mighty Muffins are gluten free, high protein, high fiber, and super easy to make. The muffins typically pack around 200-240 calories, 20 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of sugar. 

I love the high protein count. The other thing I love about these muffins is how quickly you cook them. All you do is add a little water (very little. There’s a line that shows you) then microwave for 35 seconds. That’s it. You could take these anywhere and cook them. So easy!

They come in 6 flavors: double chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, cinnamon apple, peanut butter, maple pumpkin, and s’mores. (I’ve only tried double chocolate, maple pumpkin, and cinnamon apple).

In case you don’t have time to read any of those paragraphs, I’ll break down my pro’s and con’s:


  • Nutrition Facts: protein: 20 grams, fiber: 5 grams, calories: 220, sugar: 8 grams
  • Added probiotics to aid in gut health/overall immunity. I don’t know the details on their patented strain of probiotics, but I’m sure they couldn’t hurt.
  • Take 35 seconds to cook.
  • The taste! Maple Pumpkin is the bomb. Seriously. I thought it would taste kind of funky and artificial, but it’s really very tasty. I think I like the apple cinnamon better than the chocolate which surprises me. Chocolate is good, but I love getting those bites of cinnamon sweetness.







  • Price: I’ve been buying a pack of them (6) from Amazon at $21.99. That comes out to $3.66 a muffin. On their site, I don’t see the 6 pack only 4 or 12. They are slightly cheaper there. Vitamin Shoppe sells them too, but I believe only single muffins at $3.39. So, yeah, they’re not cheap.
  • Adding the right amount of water is crucial: So, this might be user error….I admit, it’s possible. There is a line on the side of the cup showing you where to add water to. Clearly, sometimes I’ve gone over this and am basically left with sort of a doughy mess. That’s a bummer..considering the cost I just told you about. I usually eat it anyway because I’m gross. 🙂  Every now and then too, I notice too little water? The muffins can be a little dry. Overall though, they’re good.

I like these Mighty Muffins although I have to control my consumption since they are pricey. I usually save them for a busy morning when I want something quick or an after snack when I’m madly craving chocolate.



I may or may not continue to buy them. I’d love to keep them around, I’m just not sure it makes sense given the cost.

Like I said, you can find them on their website, Amazon, and Vitamin Shoppe. 


Have you tried Flapjacked Mighty Muffins? Anyone try the other flavors? Thoughts?

28 Minute Hotel Gym Workout

Hello friends! How are things?

I sort of disappeared for a couple of weeks, right? The fam and I went to California for almost 3 weeks. That’s right. Pretty epic. It was a great trip! We saw lots of family, showed off our kiddos to some friends, and even enjoyed a wedding sans children. It was a nice, long trip, but we’re happy to be home and back into our regular routine.

Speaking of routine, trips can definitely throw you off your game when it comes to workouts and eating right. I feel like there’s always so much to do, so many people to see, delicious foods to eat, etc. that the time flies by and you find yourself missing your regularly scheduled workouts.

Like I said, my husband and I were able to sneak away for a wedding weekend. We stayed at a hotel, so I definitely tried to make the most of their gym. Most hotel gyms are pretty weak, but hey, at least it’s something! This hotel actually had a few items that were really helpful like a bosu ball, swiss ball, cable machine, and (small) weight rack.


I put together a couple workouts for our time there and they were actually really hard!! (<—my husband was not a fan). No slacker hotel workouts here! Of course, you can do this workout at your regular gym or even at home if you have some equipment. Here’s a breakdown:

There are two sets of exercises. Perform the first set of 4 moves as many times as possible in 7 minutes. Once your timer goes off, head into the next set of exercises (for 7 minutes). Then repeat the whole thing one more time for a total of 28 minutes.  This workout structure (the 7 min. chunks) is basically how Kayla Itsines outlines her workouts.

Round 1 

Ten reps for each exercise

  • Squat with Cable Shoulder Press
  • Skater Jumps with Medicine Ball Twists (10 reps both sides)
  • Reverse Lunge with Cable Row (10 reps both sides)
  • Bench Jump with Burpee

Round 2

  • Lunge Jumps with Medicine Ball Twist
  • Swiss Ball Roll-Ins with Leg Lift
  • Bosu Burpee
  • Pushups with Medicine Ball

Some of these sound a little complicated so I’m going to break them down further:

Squat with Cable Shoulder Press- So, you’re going to need a cable machine, which can be found at probably any gym.



This is basically the same thing as a squat and press, which is typically done with free weights. Instead, you’re pressing with the cables. (If you don’t have this machine accessible, you can use free weights). So, you’re going to stand in between the cables with them set pretty low (you’re facing away from the machine).

Squat down, grab the cable handles and bring up above your shoulders. Once you stand, press the weight up, then squat back down. Repeat.

Skater Jumps with Medicine Ball Twist- Grab a medicine ball (or 1 free weight). Starting on the left foot, jump to the right landing on your right foot (try to keep the left off the ground), and twist the medicine ball to the right. Jump off the right foot back to the left twisting to the left.

Reverse Lunge with Cable Row– Start in front of one of the cable handles. Hold the handle with your right hand. Lunge your right leg back and when you come back to standing, row the cable, then right back into the lunge.

Bench Jumps with Burpee- Stand in front of a bench or sturdy box. From there, jump onto the bench, landing lightly with knees slightly bent. Then jump back onto the ground and immediately perform a burpee. Repeat.

Lunge Jumps with Medicine Ball Twist- Grab a medicine ball. Start in the lunge position with right foot in front holding the medicine ball at chest level. Jump up and switch legs so the left foot is in front. Twist the medicine ball to the left. Repeat.

Swiss Ball Roll-Ins with Leg Lift-  This is an ab exercise. Get into pushup position, placing your feet on top of a swiss ball. From there, use your abs and legs to roll the ball in towards you, then roll back out. Once back out, lift one leg, then the other, squeezing your glutes. Repeat the roll-ins.

Bosu Burpee- Grab a bosu ball, black side facing you. Lift it up over your head and perform a burpee with it. So, you’ll bring the bosu ball to the ground, jump out into pushup position, jump back towards the bosu, then come back to standing and lift the bosu overhead.

Pushups with Medicine Ball- Grab a medicine ball and get into pushup position placing one hand on the medicine ball and the other on the floor. Perform a pushup, then roll the ball to the other hand and perform another pushup. Switch back and forth.


Sometimes these exercises are difficult to explain in text so if you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email!

This was a great, hard workout. Exactly what I was looking for! I hope you try it!




Sticking to a Workout Plan

*I originally posted this back in 2013, but thought it was a good one to revisit. The “diet” struggle is real friends*

These tips can apply to starting/keeping a workout habit OR your eating patterns. I, personally, don’t have a problem with the workout aspect but the diet, yes, yes I do. Not huge problems, but it could absolutely be improved. Unfortunately, diet is a huge part of leaning out and getting in shape. Probably more so than working out. I’m sure you’ve all heard the terms “abs are made in the kitchen” and “you can’t out exercise a bad diet”…what a shame! That would be super convenient.



As I mentioned in the previous post, I’m going to really try to stick to a workout AND diet plan. Since I’ve never really done this before, it’ll be interesting to see what the results will be (if any). Part of being able to see results is (obviously) sticking to the plan. Really committing to it!! Not committing for 2 days then giving up like I may or may not have done in the past..oops. I’m hoping posting it on the blog will help keep me accountable!

So, how am I going to keep myself committed? Lord, I wish I knew…just kidding here are a few things I’m trying to keep in mind to help me out:

Set Small Goals

This is huge for me. Basically, taking it 1 day at a time is soooo much easier for me than thinking, “I’m dieting for 3 months.” For some reason, long term changes to my diet intimidate me and I give up easily.  So, instead, I’m going to focus on smaller chunks of time. For example, “I’m prepping my meals and writing my workouts for this week.”

Since I’ll be breaking up my goals into smaller chunks, I’m also going to try and record the weight (amount and reps) I lift each weeks and what foods I’ve been eating.  Then at the end of the 3 months (or whatever) I can look back over the progress I’ve made.

One day at a time is way less overwhelming than “for the next few months” or even 30 days. Isn’t that funny? You’d think a 30 day challenge would be no problem since it’s really not long at all. I’m sure it depends on your personality. For me, it’s tough.

Meal Prep

I’ve prepped my meals a couple of times lately and I have to admit, it helps a ton!! You basically have no excuse when there’s 6 pounds of chicken breast already cooked in your fridge (and veggies cut, and fruit, etc.). It’s also pretty nice to just open your fridge and have food waiting for you to stuff in your face.

That being said, chicken breast can get old. It’s a favorite of fitness folks since it’s high protein and low fat but man, it can get old. Some other great options to have around to mix it up are fish, lean ground meats, tofu, turkey breast, and eggs!! I love eggs. Hard boiled eggs are basically the best snack ever-delicious and high protein!

(For more meal prep ideas check out Lindsay’s blog. She does meal prep Sunday every week!).

This takes time and planning, but if you can bang it out on one or two days a week, it really will save you time and headaches during the rest of your week.

Meal prep for me also means planning to-go snacks. We are in the car a lot and those are the days I struggle the most. If I don’t plan and bring food with me, I find myself sneaking chocolate graham bunnies out of my kids snack bags. It just gets too difficult. Gotta plan!

Exercise Bad Diet

Eat Every Couple Hours

I like this one the best (since I like to eat 🙂 ). This is a great idea because it never really allows your body to go hungry. When I get famished, that’s when I pig out. When you eat 5-6 mini meals a day, you’re always keeping your metabolism rockin’. Not to mention it helps you keep your energy up and it’s fun to eat.

When I say “mini meals,” you can theoretically eat a mini meal like some chicken breast and salad. Or you can make yourself a nutrient dense snack like cottage cheese with almonds or an apple with almond butter. Both will keep you feeling satiated without packing another 500 calories to your day.

Exercise in the Morning

Obviously this is not always possible. We all have different schedules and sleep is so darn important that sometimes, it’s worth sleeping an extra hour in the morning. If you can swing it though, it’s so much better (and easier). I’m sure you’ve all been there: planning on working out in the afternoon, then it comes and you’re so tired it’s just not gonna happen. That pretty much happens to me every time I plan to workout later in the day. So, if you can make it happen in the a.m., it’s definitely worth it! It sets the tone for the rest of your day too. I definitely think if I have a great workout in the morning, I’m more likely to eat healthy throughout the day. I especially feel like this when I take a yoga class. Anyone else? Yoga majorly changes my mood-for the better! Now that I’m writing this I realize I need to do more yoga.

Measure Your Progress

Take a picture! Grab a tape measure and literally measure your biceps. That sounds kinda weird, but when you measure them again after a few weeks of working out, you’ll feel pretty good about yourself when you’ve seen how far you’ve come. It’s important to measure the progress you’ve made because sometimes, it’s hard to tell since you see yourself every day. Literally measuring your muscles and knowing you’ve become stronger is a great motivator!!

You can also use apps like My Fitness Pal. I know some people are critical of “counting calories” or tracking your food, but even just doing it for a few days or a week is a great way to see what you’re really eating. This is another one where it depends on your personality. If you feel like tracking your eating habits may trigger something serious in you (like disordered eating), stay away from it.

Consistency is Key

I wish one week of good eats and workout resulted in a 6 pack but it just doesn’t. Think of it this way: it took several months to gain the weight, it’s going to take several to lose it. Stick to the plan! Stay consistent! Workout and eat right….it works…that’s basically the bottom line.


Any advice for sticking to healthy eating or working out?