Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Life Updates + October Challenge


Sage didn't get the selfie memo.

How are you?  How is fall treating you?  It's been a few weeks.  I've actually started many posts but they never seem to get published.  I start a post during Sage's nap and then he wakes up and I never finish it.  Or I think about posting after he's gone to bed but then decide to just relax with my hubby and pup.  That being said, I still love this little space of mine and I'm here.  I make a bigger appearance on Facebook and Instagram these days.  I'm trying hard to grow my Facebook page as I dive in as a Plant-Based Health Coach.  

I'm having lots of fun!  Helping people feel their best rocks.  I'm a foodie and it's wonderful being able to give others ideas of delicious and nutritious foods to eat.  I love following this passion of mine.  

Life is busy, busy, busy as I'm sure you can relate.  We've been doing lots of fall stuff around here.  Here's a glimpse of some recent life moments:  apple picking, pumpkin picking, apple crisp making, pumpkin pancake mornings, cuddling with Sage in the dark hours of the morning, new (used) fall boots (got Loft boots for $14 from a consignment shop!!), jeans everyday (my work went casual!), holding hands with my baby (ok, toddler) when I drop him off at the sitter, relaxing with my husband at night and watching crappy (awesome) tv shows, two dates with my hubby this month (first time in a year we had been out just the two of us!), vegan chocolate cake, Chipotle weekly family dinners...

In other news, I got a mole by ear removed.  They shaved a tiny patch of hair by my ear and seven stitches later it's all taken care of.  Boy am I glad I got it removed because it turns out that it was precancerous.  Skin cancer is scary stuff and I'm so glad to have it behind me now.  I go back to the doctor in six months and I'm guessing I'll be doing that for the rest of my life, and that is perfectly fine with me.  

Time to talk about what is in store for you this month!  I'm hosting another 5 Day Shakeology Challenge beginning October 19th.  Two and half weeks to get you signed up for the fun!  Last month's challenge went great.  Another coach and I ran the challenge and we'll be doing this challenge together again.  For five days us coaches and the participants drank Shakeology for breakfast and stuck to clean eating for the rest of the days.  We were all in a private Facebook group together and us coaches provided tips and motivation.  This October challenge will be similar.  It's a fantastic way to give Shakeology a try and see how it can benefit you.  I've been drinking Shakeology for breakfast for six weeks straight and I'm hooked.  I look forward to my shake every morning to start my day right.  

So, think about joining the challenge.  I would love to have you.  It's just an awesome way to refresh your body, start to lose weight (if that's your goal), and do something for YOU.  Email me at or message me to chat.  I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.

I got to run (off to bed), but I'll be back soon.  

Happy Thursday!

What's a goal of yours for October?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Party Fun & Peanut Butter Cups


I haven't done a weekend post in a while.  I love the weekends.  Even when we don't really do anything big, it's just nice to slow down a bit and relax.

Yesterday I made my husband and I shakes to start out the day.  I gave strawberry a try and it was tasty, but chocolate is still my favorite.  Chocolate at breakfast everyday, please!  We then went grocery shopping as a family at like 8:30 in the morning which is really a great time to go.  Sage likes staring at everything in the grocery store and there's no rush.  You don't have to worry about being in peoples way in the aisles.  Most importantly then you have all your food for the week before the weekend has hardly begun.

 After shopping we all came home and my husband and I did CIZE.  I'm a little sore this morning.  I want to do it again today.  Sage joined in the fun and walked around us while we were doing our workout.  I think he liked the music and he let us get through the full 30 minute workout which was fantastic.

Around lunchtime, Sage had a birthday party for his buddy that lives right across the street from us.  They are only a month apart and it's really fun watching them grow.  There was a ball pit.  I think Sage's expression tells you how thrilled he was about that.

There also was a slide.  Exciting stuff!  Sage had never been on a slide before (silly me!) and boy did he LOVE it.  He must have climbed up it and slid down 20 times.

After the party we were all tired.  Sage took a nap and soon it was dinner time.  We made udon noodle stir fry with broccoli and tofu and peanut butter cups for dessert.  Once fall weather hits I just love being in the kitchen.  It's suddenly not too hot to be cooking anymore and it's simply my favorite time of year.  So, peanut butter cups happened and they were incredible.  

I used a variation of this recipe and this recipe.  They were so good that I have to share this combination though.  It makes 12 peanut butter cups.

Melt these ingredients in a pan over low heat and then dish into the muffin tins:

1/2 cup earth balance butter
1/2 cup cashew butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup rice krispies
1/4 cup coconut sugar

Then melt the chocolate layer over low heat.  I used the same pan.  No need to dirty another one.

1 cup chocolate chips (I used Wegmans brand which are vegan)
1/4 cup almond milk (I used unsweetened)

Then dump the chocolate on top of each peanut butter layer.  Put the tray in the freezer.  They'll probably need to be in the freezer at least an hour before eating, but it will be tough to wait.  The first one I ate was still pretty soft, but didn't stop me.  I keep them in the freezer all week, but in reality they never last that long.

Sorry, I got sidetracked sharing that recipe.  This morning we had a few more errands to run.  Sage picked out a new toy.  He's a cool dude.


My other plans for the day are going to a consignment shop to drop off clothes.  I'm cleaning out!  I'm sick of having clothes in my closet that I don't wear.  I'm sure I'll cook up a storm at some point.  I want to get in another workout as well.  I guess I better get to it!

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Giveaway + Opportunity for You

Hi there!

I’m super excited about this post.  It involves a giveaway and an opportunity for you guys, but you already knew that from the title.  I’ve done one other giveaway over the years and it was a while ago.  It’s about time, right? 

I'm first going to tell you about the awesome event coming your way at the end of the month.  It’s a chance to 

refresh your body, 
feel better, 
do something for YOU.  

This is an opportunity to eat healthier and get support along the way.  This is a chance to lose weight (if that’s your goal) and get tips on how to do it.  This is a chance to focus on your health and be proud of yourself.  Here’s the scoop:  I am running a 5 day Shakeology Challenge starting September 21st.  The terrific lady that got me into coaching and myself will be running the challenge.  All participants will be invited to a private Facebook group where us coaches will provide grocery lists, meal plans (optional, of course), tips and support throughout the 5 days.  Basically you’ll be hearing a lot from me and it’s going to be really fun!  

We’ll be drinking Shakeology for breakfast (delicious recipes provided) to start each day feeling like superheroes.  I’ll share all the wonderful whole foods I’m eating each day to feel my best and I hope you share too!  This challenge is about doing something good for ourselves for 5 days, and the goal would be to carry on these happy and healthy habits.  The 5 day challenge is also the perfect way to see how Shakeology can benefit you.  It only costs the price of the 5 days of Shakeology and our coaching services are complimentary.  I’m already excited to drink my chocolate (vegan) shakes.

Wouldn't it be great to start out the fall season feeling fantastic?  Email me at if you're intested or want to chat more.

Maybe you’ve never heard of Shakeology and if that’s the case then you definitely should enter my giveaway.  Onto the giveaway!

I’m giving away one Shakeology packet and blender bottle.  Entering is simple.  Just jump over to my Facebook page and go the giveaway tab.  The giveaway closes on September 14th. Let your friends know to enter too.  Open to U.S. residents only (sorry to all you awesome people that live abroad).  

Good luck!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

My Skin Cancer Story

Hey hey hey!

I debated doing a post on this topic.  I was going to post about it months ago then I decided not to, but the more I thought about I realized that I really should.  My reasoning being that I want to raise awareness.  Let me start my saying I had skin cancer, not the really scary kind, but skin cancer nonetheless.  

I never thought at the young age of 28 I'd get skin cancer.  I'm not even that big of a sun person.  I rarely just sit outside for the sole purpose of getting tan and to be honest I can't even remember the last time I did that.  That being said, I have spent hours in the sun running.  In 2013 I was training for a marathon and I spent miles on the road with the sun beaming down on me.  For years before that I was training for races all in the glorious sun.  I took vacations in high school and college and for sure had some sun burns.  Growing up I would play in the sun and I definitely got sun burns then too.  The thing I learned about skin cancer is that your skin remembers every burn.  It was the accumulation of all those times that I was in the sun too long without sunscreen that added up to skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma to be exact).  

I truly stumbled across finding out that it was cancer.  It starts with the fact that I had a pea size spot on my arm that looked like a scar that just never healed.  I cannot pinpoint exactly when it appeared.  I did go back and look at pictures from my wedding three years ago though and turns out it was on my arm then.  I cringe at the fact that I went tanning before my wedding now.  It's that veryyy little red dot on my left shoulder.  I never paid any attention to it.

At the end of June I went to the dermatologist for an appointment for Sage.  You may remember that he had bad eczema around 8 months old and I took him to the skin doctor.  One of my very good friends had noticed the spot on my shoulder and told me I should mention it to the doctor.  So, at the end of Sage's appointment, quite literally as we were getting up to leave, I asked him if he would just glance at the spot on my shoulder.  His response was, "Not to freak you out, but that looks like skin cancer."  Now I know he sees skin cancer everyday so he's sort of immune to it, but I was not.  I had my baby boy in my arms and I must have looked like I'd just seen a ghost because he clearly felt horrible and told me they would remove the spot that day and have it tested.

Sage was such a trooper with me that day at the doctor.  It was way beyond nap time at this point as we waited for the doctor to remove the spot on my arm.  The shot to numb the area was the most painful part.  I got a call within the week that it was skin cancer and they would need to remove more of the area.  That appointment was scheduled and last week I went to it.  This appointment was much more surgery like.  The area was numbed with another shot and a larger portion of the area was removed.  There are 10 stitches in my arm and it's presently healing.  I go back next week to get the stitches removed and to find out if they need to take more of the area.  Recovery hasn't been bad.  I just have to be a bit careful with my arm right now and make sure to keep it clean and change the bandages daily.

I'm getting another spot removed by my ear this month.  The doctor said it doesn't look cancerous, but he's taking precaution because of my history.  I'll have a little patch of hair shaved by my ear and the skin removed.  I'm going to have to get some cute headbands to cover that spot.  I'll continue going to the skin doctor yearly and most importantly I'll be wearing lots of sunscreen.

I'm telling you this becuase I know there are a lot of people out there like me who never would have expected it to happen to them.  I'm so grateful that Sage had eczema which led me to go to the skin doctor, but otherwise I'm not sure if I ever would have gone.  I'm very lucky that it's not the life threatening kind of skin cancer and that they caught it early on.  It definitely has changed my mindset on the sun and I know better now to take care of myself.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday Morning: I Spy Autumn


It's Saturday morning and Sage is napping.  My husband just made french toast and now we're relaxing before our boy wakes up.  As soon as he's up it's go, go, go!  He was up bright and early this morning.  I made my shake and Sage had toast and blackberries.  We played with his toys for a bit and then took off for a morning walk.

I didn't realize fall had made an appearance until I looked at this photo.  Check out those leaves!  I love fall.  It's by far my favorite time of year so this gets me so excited.  Last fall I was off work on my maternity leave.  So many mornings Sage and I enjoyed the autumn beauty.  Boy has he grown from this picture taken a year ago.

So the fact that I know fall is around the corner makes me want to start diving into what I consider fall recipes.  I'm not quite ready for pumpkin, but butternut squash here I come!  I really don't reserve butternut squash just for this time of year, but I see it a lot more in recipes around now.  

Oh, and if you haven't made this recipe for butternut squash alfredo yet, it's a must!  Best part is you just store the sauce in the fridge and can whip up a quick delicious dinner on a busy night.  I'm a big fan of pasta when the weather turns cold.  We aren't there yet, but I'm gearing up.

Today my parents are dropping their two little dogs off at our house because they have a wedding to go to.  Sage loves the dogs so they will be his entertainment for the afternoon.  

In other news, there's been some fun packages arriving at our door lately.  Even Jax looks excited, right?  If you missed my last post, check out this awesome opportunity coming your way in September.  I'm also planning on hosting a 7 Day Clean Eating Challenge that will be FREE to all of you!  More details on that to come.  I use Facebook as my main way of spreading the word.  I also posted a few videos last week on simple dinners.  Visit my page so we can stay connected!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

What recipe do you associate with fall?

Is it starting to look like autumn by you?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Join the Fun as Autumn Arrives

Hi there!

I wanted to share something very exciting with you...

I’m running my first CIZE Challenge Group starting September 23rd!!!   

You’re probably wondering what that is.  Basically anyone who joins the challenge group will participate in a 28 day journey to improve their health and fitness.  We’ll use the CIZE fitness program which is a BLAST, so much so that you’ll actually forget that you’re getting an amazing cardio, core and strengthening workout the whole time.  Shaun T breaks down the dance moves and you don’t have to be a dancer whatsoever, I promise!  CIZE is just super fun for you, your kids, whoever wants to join in!  There will be meal plans (if you’re interested) and the option to drink Shakeology (YUM)!

As you know, I'm a busy mom of a toddler boy and I work full-time, and there isn’t a lot of extra time each day that I can focus on me.  Being able to pop in the DVD once each day on my time frame is crucial.  This is all on your time to benefit you!  I’ll be sharing my journey over the 28 days and providing daily support with tips and motivation within the private challenge group on Facebook and I encourage you to share your experience too.  A lot of times when it comes to eating healthy and exercising, it’s just about being accountable.  We will support each other and cheer each other on.  This is a unique and really exciting thing to be a part of and I can’t wait to begin.  Whether you’re new to the fitness world or have tried other Beachbody fitness programs, this is a great opportunity.

If your goal is to lose weight, I encourage you to join in!  If you want to tone up and get lean, this will do the trick!  Or if you just want to do something new and really FUN, here’s your chance!  Share with anyone you think might want to join in.  Message me on Facebook or send me an email at if you want more information.  If you’re interested just in giving Shakeology a try for the 28 days, or maybe you’ve heard of a different fitness program that you want to try, that’s an option too.  I’d love to chat about your health and fitness goals.

Autumn is my favorite time of year and this is just a really fun way to kick off the fall season.  I’ll be back very soon with my regular posts, but I wanted to share this with you because I’d love for you to join! :)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mean Green Juice + Weekend Fun


It's been a very good weekend.  We got a lot accomplished and had a bunch of fun.  Got the yard mowed, laundry done, kitchen cleaned (after being durtied numerous times), lots of food bought, meals cooked and lunches prepared for the week.  Most importantly there was lots of quality time with Sage.  

We played outside and Sage practiced walking all around the driveway.  We went to Trader Joe's and Sage consumed an entire peach.  That was a site seeing my one year old figure that out.  So stinking cute even if he was a huge mess.  On Saturday night we went out for a family dinner for Thai food.  Sage provided the entertainment.  I also got in a 2.5 mile run earlier in the day so I was ready for some good eats.  Jax got more baths than we can count and finally we think the skunk smell is just about gone.  Jax spent lots of time outside and we were having him sleep in our foyer because we didn't want him in our bedroom.  Poor guy had a rough week.  In the (almost) six years I've had Jax he's never gotten sprayed by a skunk and I sure hope it never happens again.

I whipped up a storm in the kitchen this weekend.  Breakfast shakes, quesadillas, sesame tofu and sauteed kale, cumin lime black bean salad, chocolate chip cookies.  I'll have to share the cookie recipe soon.  I used coconut sugar and tons of chocolate chips.  

I made Mean Green Juice earlier today and as promised I'm sharing the recipe.  I took a break from juicing for a while for no particular reason.  I just got back into it and I'm loving it.  Juicing is fun and so tasty!  I'm trying to get Sage into it too so that definitely inspired me to jump back in.  Here is the recipe for Mean Green Juice which I took from Joe Cross (you may have heard to the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead - this juice essentially saved his life).  I used to be intimated by juicing but then I got a juicer (Target, on sale for $40) and it's truly no big deal.  After I made juice the first time I was shocked at how easy it was.  It makes you feel really awesome because of all the vitamins and nutrients that go straight to your system. 

So, here's my adapted version of the recipe:
1 cucumber
4 celery stalks
3 apples
2 kale leaves
1 lemon
2 in piece of ginger

Basically chop up the produce so it looks like this and put it through your juicer.  I like to use produce thats been stored in the fridge because I like my juice cold, but that's just me.  I posted a super quick video of my prepping for juicing on my Facebook page.  I swear my videos going forward will be much better.

How was your weekend?

Are you into juicing?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Little Bit of Mommy Guilt

Hey hey hey!

This morning I took Sage to the sitter before going to work.  He was having a bit of a rough morning and just wanted someone to stay by his side.  He’s got another molar coming in.  I got him breakfast and gave him as much cuddles as I could and then my husband was playing with him while I got ready for work.  Mornings can be tough because I generally only have an hour to get ready before I need to get out the door, which is hardly enough time.  There’s getting Sage up and ready, making sure the diaper bag is set, packing food for the day (and that takes a lot more thought now that it isn’t just milk), I need to make myself look work appropriate, Sage often has more than one diaper change, Jax needs to be fed… The hour goes by in a blur.  I’m generally walking out the door with Sage in one arm and my protein shake in the other, and my husband is either already gone or rushing around trying to get himself out the door as well.  I have yet to get a workout in before the workday, but it’s a goal.  I just need to get up earlier.  Easier said than done…

So, I brought Sage to the sitter and I know he loves it there.  His sitter has two kids that Sage adores and they love him.  However, Sage is now at the age where he knows that him going there means that I’ll be leaving.  The majority of mornings he just starts playing as soon as we get there and I easily slip out, but boy did he know what was happening this morning!  As soon as I started to leave he starting crying looking right at me and my heart sunk.  It felt terrible.  The thing is I know this is normal for kids and my sitter confirmed that he was a happy guy within five minutes of my leaving, but still!  I felt crappy driving to work this morning with his look of sadness embedded in my memory.  That’s mommy guilt.  Because even though I know my working actually hugely benefits him and his life, it doesn’t mean there aren’t tough moments.  Instead of walking out the door when he was crying, I wanted to run back, scoop him up and hug him.  But I’d never get to work if I had done that. 

When I picked Sage up in the afternoon he was a happy guy.  That molar was still giving him grief, but he's a trooper.  He had dinner and my husband and I ate in shifts.  I then gave Jax another bath (yup, the skunk smell was still lingering) and Sage played with daddy.  It quickly became bathtime for Sage and my husband put him to sleep while I did laundry and cleaned the kitchen.  Ok, I cleaned enough of the kitchen that it only looks like a mild disaster now.  

I’m sharing this today because I’m trying to get back in the habit of posting regularly.  I used to blog daily and I like sharing real life.  It’s what I can relate to when I read other bloggers’ posts.  I think it’s easy to paint a picture that life is perfect as a blogger.  In the spirit of authenticity, you’ll be seeing more posts like this.

What do your workweek mornings look like?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

My Journey to Finding Happiness: Body Image and Beyond


Well, my day started at 5:45 when I woke up naturally, which hardly ever happens. Normally the alarm alerts me that my day is starting.  Jax, my pup, was anxious to get outside, so I rolled out of bed and let him out.  I saw Sage starting to wakeup on the monitor so I prepped a bottle and went to the back door to let Jax back in and quickly smelled the scent of skunk.  Jax ran to the bedroom and sat on our floor and I knew I had made a big mistake letting him in.  My husband immediately woke up and shooed Jax back outside onto the deck leaving the lovely scent he had brought into the house.  Fantastic.

Thankfully my mom was arriving in the next hour.  I left to go to work in a frenzy fearing that I smelled like skunk.  My mom was on baby duty and my husband on Jax duty.  An hour into my workday I got a text that my husband had purchased cinnamon pinecones and my house smelled like Christmas.  I’ll take that!


In my last post I announced that I am now a Beachbody Health Coach – woohoo!  In reality, that’s just a title though and it’s going to take time before I feel like I truly own it.  As promised, I’m going to start by sharing my journey as it relates to body image and food.  I think everyone has a story to tell about how he/she feels about themself when it comes to food, fitness and overall health.  I think that in order for me to help others, I need to be honest about the fact that I wasn’t always so content with my body.  It’s been a work-in-progress essentially since college.  There are key things that happened in my life that were hugely beneficial for me and I’ll make sure to touch on those factors.  My journey has led me to wanting to coach others because I believe that eating and exercise does not need to be a stressful thing.  It can be rewarding and so much fun!  But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let me begin.

I played field hockey all through high school which kept me looking athletic and fit.  My first serious issues with body image didn’t happen until college. During my sophomore year I was eating and drinking more and working out less, and I packed on a little weight.  My clothes were snug and it took me by surprise.  I had quit field hockey (played freshman year) because my heart wasn’t in it anymore.  I didn’t keep up with any sort of fitness routine, but I did keep up with late night eating and weekend drinking.  By the end of the year, I was really unhappy with how I looked.  I'm not sure how I stumbled across the idea to count my calories, but I did, and I started counting every calorie I consumed.  

I jumped deep into the game of calorie counting the summer before my junior year and it worked.  I figured out how many calories I could eat to lose weight and I stuck to it.  I was obsessed.  By the beginning of my junior year, I had lost the weight I had gained and a few pounds more.  I liked the comments I got from friends and the attention.  Only, I wasn't happy deep down.  I didn’t like the way I felt about myself.  Calorie counting was a vicious game that had sucked me in and consumed me.  I thought about it all the time.  Looking back, I feel sad for the girl that I was at that time.

My calorie counting and obsession with being skinny continued for the rest of college.  It was worse at times and better at others.  However, I started running my senior year and it was the best thing that happened to me at that time.  I threw myself into running the way I had with calorie counting, but running was my good friend.  Counting calories was hurting me mentally and physically, and running was my friend offering support in my time of need.  My goal was to run a marathon.  It was a big goal, but I wanted to do it for me.  I bought a book and started following a training plan, and from January to May my senior year running was my life.  I loved it (and still do)!  It was incredibly rewarding and something I did on my own.  I covered miles on the country roads around my campus and it brought me so much happiness.  I still was consumed by being skinny, but running was my happy place.  Running also changed my body.  It brought back the athletic look of my muscles that used to be there when I was playing field hockey.  I was proud of how running was changing me.  I felt accomplished and was proud of myself after each hard run.  That marathon didn't happen for years later, but the idea was planted in my mind that year.

Running also inspired me to eat better.  It was the first time I really started to think about the food I was putting in my body and how it would help me as a runner.  I worked as a cashier at the local grocery store in college and runners from the college cross country team would come through my checkout line.  I paid attention to what foods they were buying.  My mindset around food was starting to change.  It wasn't all about calories now, it was slowly becoming more about nutrition.  

Graduating college was exciting and scary.  I hurt my IT band at this time (probably overtraining) and didn’t run for the year following college.  I went through an ugly breakup and was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.  All of this threw me back into my old ways for the first six months after college.  Then I came across the book that changed my life.  In the fall of 2009, I was at a bookstore on my lunch hour and read a review in a magazine about a new book out called The Kind Diet.  I knew nothing about being vegan and didn't know anyone who followed a vegan diet.  It was entirely new to me and I was inspired beyond words.  I wanted the health benefits!  I wanted to help the planet!  I wanted to feel amazing!  Learning to eat a proper vegan diet took me some time, but in the end it’s been one of the best things that’s happened to me.  Some people think that a vegan diet limits what one can eat, but for me, it opened up a world of incredible foods, superfoods, delicious foods…!  Meeting my husband was also crucial to my development.  He taught me a lot more about what to eat to be healthier and stronger and I started eating foods I never had in the past.  Chipotle quickly became my favorite place to eat.  I no longer feared food.  Also, my husband got me back into running.  We ran a half marathon together in the first few months of knowing each other.  I was eating more and running more and it all felt sooo good.

In the years that followed my discovering a vegan diet, I did not stick to it 100%.  I went back to eating meat in 2012, but by January 2013, I once again embraced a vegan diet and haven’t had meat since December 2012.  However, I have dairy occasionally now.  I eat eggs and cheese slips in occasionally.  I call myself a plant-based, whole foods eater these days and I’m so proud to be a plant-based eater because it changed my life.  I no longer count calories.  I focus on the quality of food.

I love to cook and bake new delicious recipes.  I've got a stack of probably 30 cookbooks that I'm constantly flipping through to try something new.  I thank my plant-based diet for a wonderful pregnancy and a quick recovery after having my son.  I thank my plant-based diet for keeping me strong and healthy during those early months of serious sleep deprivation after having my son.  My baby boy is quickly becoming a toddler and I want to always be able to run around with him.  I want him to look up to his mama and embrace food and fitness as he grows up.  I want him to know the joy of food and never fear it.

I eat plant-based, whole foods because I feel my best that way.  I’m constantly reading to learn as much as I can.  My goals these days are more fitness related.  I want to get back into running and I want to get stronger and toned.  I’m excited to kickstart my journey with the CIZE fitness program.  

Well, that's the short version of how it went down.  Just writing it out shows me how far I've come and where I want to go.  I want to be the best version of me.  I want to feel my best.  I want to love myself and be proud of ME.  Most importantly, I know now that all of this is possible.

  My Shakeology arrived today and the CIZE fitness program is in transit.  I’ll be sharing my adventure every step of the way.  I would love if you'd like to join in!  We can go on this beautiful journey together.  Email me at if you’re interested or if you’d like chat more about what I can offer you on your journey.

Can you relate to my journey?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My New Journey: From Starbucks to Shakeology

Hey hey hey!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend.  My weekend was filled with celebrating Sage's first birthday.  He got two cupcakes this weekend and new toys so I'm pretty sure he'd agree that it was awesome.  We also picked up our pup, Jax, from my parents house after not seeing him for three weeks.  We missed him!  My parents watched Jax while we were on vacation and we haven't been able to make the trip to get him until now.  But now here I am writing this post in bed and I've got Jax sleeping at my feet.  That's why we have a king size bed afterall.

I want to bring you up to speed on my new endeavor.  I'm going to share it from the start.  Full disclosure along the way because I think that's the best way to do it.

I'm really excited to announce that I'm now a Beachbody Health Coach.  

You may have heard of Beachbody, Shakeology, or one of the fitness programs like 21 Day Fix, CIZE or P90X.  I remember hearing about P90X years ago and how hardcore it was.  Or maybe you have no idea what I'm talking about and that's cool too!  

If you've been following me for a while, it's probably quite obvious that I have a huge passion for living life at its best.  I eat plant-based, whole foods because they make me feel like a superhero.  I don't count calories or restrict myself.  I eat real, delicious foods that satisfy me.  I'm a runner and I used to run a lot, but since having a baby I haven't been running nearly as much.  I plan to get back into race mode eventually.  I'm a mama, wife, and I work full-time.  I've been wanting to do something in the realm of health and fitness for a long while.  I started Love A Latte as a means to share the day-to-day and I'm looking forward to sharing my Beachbody experience in the mix.

It just sort of happened.  My husband was chatting with one of his friend's from high school and came to find out she was a Beachbody Coach.  She shared how Shakeology and the fitness programs changed her life.  This wasn't the first time I'd heard this sort of story.  I'm a big fan of Instagram and I've seen this many times.  I also gave Shakeology (chocolate vegan flavor) a try close to a year ago just after Sage was born.  I remember the pamphlet on becoming a coach and glancing at it, but life was so busy with our newborn baby that I didn't give it a thought.  I just drank the shake and time went by.  I've come into my own as a mama now and I've got more time to focus on my passions.  Or maybe it's just that I'm not so sleep deprived lately that I can see them more clearly.  Basically this opportunity presented itself and I jumped on top of it.  I've purchased a challenge pack that includes Shakeology and the CIZE fitness program, and I can't wait to get started!  My husband is going to join me along the way too.  And just today my brother jumped on board and ordered Shakeology and Beachbody On-Demand.  

So why did I decide to be a Beachbody Coach?  

I'm inspired by helping others feel their best by living a healthy lifestyle.

Life is not perfect.  It's filled with good and bad days and I believe in giving my best each day.  I want to do everything in my power to be kind to my body so I can be the happiest and healthiest version of me.  

I want to help others in their fitness and health goals.

I'm not a nutritionist or a doctor, but I'm a knowledgable health enthusiast excited to share my journey and help others.  I'll share my journey in a post later this week, so be on the lookout for that!


I'm saying goodbye to my Starbucks habit (don't worry, not entirely) and bringing on the Shakeology.  If I had to bet, I think my body is going to thank me.  I'll be diving into the CIZE fitness program, so I'll be sharing how that goes down too.

Maybe some of this resonates with you.  Maybe you've been wanting a good kick to jump into a new fitness program.  Maybe you just want to start eating better and you need somewhere to start.  Or maybe you're just as curious as I am about all this Beachbody stuff.

That's what's going on in my world.  I'd love if you want to join in.  We could drink our shakes and get our fitness groove on together.  It's going to be fun, I swear!

Email me at if you're interested and want to chat.

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