04
15
2018

LISA, WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO??

April 20, 2015. My mouth waters with sickness as I write this, even today, replaying that day in my head again. It was overcast and gloomy, like God already knew the results.  Yet on our way there, we belted out “girl crush” by little big town, like our lives weren’t about to change forever. *** “It’s cancer,” the doctor said. My mom and I looked at each other and couldn’t fight the quivering lips or the fear running down our face in the forms of tears. No. No. No. NOT my mom. She’s young. She’s...

04
08
2018

WHEN SATURDAY NIGHT GOES “BAD”

Chips, salsa, guac, pulled pork burrito with pineapple salsa. That sure doesn’t sound like a meal on any dieter’s meal plan, huh? Well, it’s what I ate last night. It’s one of my favorite meals at a restaurant I enjoy with friends I love. In the past, I would have “saved up” all day and gone to dinner starving, worrying about how I’d get all the chips I wanted and stuffing myself without even realizing it. Sound familiar? Or maybe you tell yourself since you’re out to eat it’s permission to eat...

04
01
2018

MY 10 MINDSET TIPS THAT KEEP ME FEELING GOOD

1. Have FUN and SWEAT. I sweat most days. A couple days without sweat has me craving it. And if it’s a hair washing day? I absolutely want to drip sweat. It isn’t because I think it burns more calories. It is because I actually like it. It feels invigorating.  Plus, I love the hot shower after it. Aside from a feel good sweat, I want to have fun doing my workout. It is not to punish me for what I ate or to make room For what I’m going to eat, but to just feel strong and good. And No, not every w...

03
25
2018

STEAKHOUSE, ITALIAN, MEXICAN, DESSERT, ALCOHOL…OH MY!

Steakhouse. Italian. Mexican. Dessert. Alcohol. This is the food I’ll be celebrating my birthday with. One with my fiancé, one with my dad, one with my mom and sisters and one with my friends. All in the same week.  Oh and let’s throw PMS in there, too. Just to make this really juicy. I wrote about my birthday festivities last year and I decided to do it again because I honestly wasn’t sure I’d still be a recovered food restricting, over exercising, binge eating, yo-yo dieter another year later....

03
18
2018

Happy 6th Birthday, IN MOTION FITNESS

It’s that time of the year again. Yup, my gym, In Motion Fitness, is celebrating its birthday. It’s 6th birthday to be exact. When I opened, we were the only fitness facility on our village strip, aside from a 24 hour access gym. Today, every few buildings consists of a fitness facility. And we are still here. When I opened In Motion Fitness, I was just looking for a private place where I could serve my clients. A place that was clean and inviting that didn’t consist of many members of a public...

03
18
2018

I DON’T GIVE A GUAC!!!

I love food. I love being fit and healthy. For the longest time, I thought I couldn’t be fit and healthy unless I denied my love for food. I thought I couldn’t eat my favorite foods and be fit and healthy because everything I read and saw told me otherwise. It told me that I needed more willpower. It told me to keep my eye on the prize. It told me any of my favorite foods were reserved for “cheat” days only. It told me I was basically pathetic and would die for eating “bad” food. It told me rest...

03
04
2018

THOU SHALL NOT FEAR VACATION

I’m writing this blog for those of you who fear vacation. For those of you who fear gaining weight on vacation. For those of you who fear not having fun because you’re too self conscious. And for those of you who fear “losing your progress” on vacation. I hear you. I posted a picture of my body on day one and day ten and a few in between. This is to show you that I didn’t fear my vacation and I also didn’t “get fatter” or “lose my progress.” I also posted a collage of all the “scary” foods I ate...

03
04
2018

WHY I DON’T COUNT MACROS

In case you weren’t sure…️ I’m a nerd. A love math. I love the step by step approach to get a final answer. To get a specific answer. You’d think I would LOVE to count my macros. Make all the puzzle pieces fit. Make my equations work out just so. But actually, I really don’t care to track my macros. Scientifically, this approach works. And for some people, this approach works. However, I really found I didn’t want to be preoccupied with tracking and doing math just to eat a freakin meal. T...

03
04
2018

THE ONE THING I WANTED TO LIVE WITHOUT

So you gained weight, you’re ok. Do you freak out when you’ve gained some pounds? Do you go into panic mode like you need to make the changes today so you can get those said pounds off ASAP? And let’s say you lose them. Have you stayed there?? I am a self confessed recovering yo-yo dieter. And from my past, I can 100% support the fact that NOTHING IS FOREVER. NOT 12 pounds up and NOT 12 pounds down.  Our life is and always will be, seasons and stages. We are lying to ourselves if we think otherw...

02
11
2018

An Ode to Valentine’s Day – A Few of My Loves – Food, Fitness & Wardrobe Style <3

This week, I am giving you all a Valentine’s Day gift!  As a chocoholic, Valentine’s Day is not that much different than any other day of the year, to me. My fiance and I will workout together.  I will cook our favorite meal.  And I most certainly will eat some chocolate.  But, for this Valentine’s Day, I want to share with you all of these things, and then some. 🙂 These are my current LOVES, in no particular order 😉 1.  MY FAVORITE LEGGINGS:  I know these are not the most affo...