Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fall Boot Camp Session Begins August 27- Register!

The Fall Boot Camp Session will begin on August 27 and run thru October 19. 

3 Day Session= Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
2 Day Session= Pick which of the days you plan to attend

Time: 5:30-6:30 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday
          6-7 a.m. Saturday

Location: 4148 W. Smith Valley Road, Greenwood, IN

Cost: $160- 3 Days
          $130 -2 Days

Register here on the blog!

Boot Camp consists of barbell workouts, kettlebells, jump ropes, fast paced intense workouts to shred fat and improve your health!  Come join a great group and get encouragement while reaching your fitness and health goals!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Another Year Older and Wiser

Today I’m another year older.  Do I want to pull the covers over my head? No!  Am I disappointed that I’ve gained another year?  Hell NO! 

I’m not upset about this birthday nor will I be when I turn 40! Why?  Because I’m healthier and happier than I’ve been in my entire life.  I don’t worry about getting older because with each year I feel even better.  I believe this is because I am cautious about how I treat my body and I understand the importance of eating healthy to maintain a healthy life.  Earlier I was in self-destruct mode.  I never cared about what I ate or drank.  I didn’t care about exercising and mentally I was drained. 

It’s true some people get better with age and I feel that as I get older I am getting better.  I mean my mom is in her early 50’s and is getting ready to run a full marathon!  She only started running a little over a year ago.  I think anything is possible.  I watch the CrossFit games and I see the Masters (aka) older competitors and I’m pretty sure some of them could kick my butt!

Don’t get discouraged as you get older.  Instead take control of your life and be open to learning new things.  Take care of your mind and your body because you only have one life.  You don’t get to exchange it and it was a gift given to you. Don’t continue to abuse your body and miss out on so many adventures.  Enjoy your children and playing with them, don’t sit on the sidelines; watching and wishing that you could play with them.  They’re only young for a short time!

I’m looking forward to another year and achieving more goals! 
Birthday WOD 3 Rounds Race

Birthday WOD in Action!


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Food: The Instant Pleasure but Horrible Pain

During my pregnancy with my oldest son I was horribly sick after eating dairy.  I had violent stomach pains, nausea and vomiting.  I worked with a lady that used natural remedies and she determined it was the dairy and that HE was intolerant.

When my son was born he did great while I was breastfeeding.  At about three months old I had to supplement feed him because I couldn’t keep up with his feedings.  At birth he weighed 9lbs. 12oz. and by three months he was almost 15 pounds.  Once we began bottle feeding him he made these horrible sounds when he was breathing.  He was treated for bronchitis several times because the doctor believed that’s what he had due to the rumbling sound he made while breathing.  At age six months I decided I couldn’t take anymore sleepless nights because of the fear I had from his labored breaths and we met a pediatrician.  At that time he was diagnosed with lactose intolerance, asthma and a heart murmur.  Once we stopped the dairy based formula feedings and started treatment for asthma he was better.

Fast forward fourteen years later and he’s able to understand how horrible dairy foods make him feel.  Today he told me he’s noticing after he has dairy products like milk, cheese and ice cream he feels miserable.  Since I’ve began following the Paleo eating I have noticed a lot less inflammation in my neck and I’m hoping I can incorporate this eating style in his diet. 

What pains are you willing to accept to eat foods that give you that euphoric feeling?  I’ve decided that no matter how great the pleasure is from a food it’s not worth the pain and discomfort it brings later.  The horrible stomach pains or the painful joints aren’t acceptable to me.  It’s important to listen to your body.  Be mindful when you eat and take note of how you feel before eating.   Write down what you eat and how you feel after you’ve eaten those foods.  Once you do this you may begin to recognize a pattern.  Then you need to determine what you are willing to accept. 

I know when I did my first cleanse and eliminated dairy, breads, and all starches I noticed an extreme change in my stomach.  I no longer had the bloated look and I felt much better.  If you or your children are feeling discomfort after you eat, it’s probably time to reevaluate your diet.  Find what works best for you and your family and take little steps to begin eliminating the things that are harming you.


Good luck!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Are you Determined?

I know from my own experience this is true, “there is no force equal to the strength of a determined woman”.  When I first began my journey to lose weight I was unsure of how I was going to achieve my goal.  One day I was told my goal might be unrealistic and I was possibly setting myself up for failure.  At that very moment I was more determined than ever to continue on and reach my goal.  I succeeded and I surpassed that goal.  Not only did I lose the weight I wanted but I became healthier than I’ve ever been in my life.  Also changing my life has opened doors to many new opportunities for me and I enjoy encouraging others to reach their goals.  I’ve met people who’ve inspired me along the way.  I train with some great coaches and my best friend is a huge fitness junkie like me.   I’ve watched moms just like me that had low confidence and just weren’t sure if they could achieve their goals, dig deep and succeed. 

Starting out I was terrified of the gym.  Now I break PR’s of my own and I train other women to be strong and not intimidated by the barbells and dumbbells.  These ladies embrace their strength and their defined arms, legs and booty’s they’ve achieved.  Focus on you and remember all the skinny, no muscle girls on television on magazines at the checkout aren’t who you want to look like.  Embrace your body and learn to listen to it!

Remember to stay focused and most importantly be determined to reach your goals.  Don’t let others discourage you!  If you fall off the wagon just get back up and keep going!  Find friends with likeminded goals and the best place to do that is a local boot camp or gym.  You never know you might find a mom at the park ready to change her life too. 

No Weights Needed Boot Camp

This morning the girls did a no weight workout.  All you need is a timer and jump rope and even if you don't have one you're okay. 

The Warm Up- complete 4 times as a circuit.
The workout complete the entire list through and repeat.
Beginners: 1 Round
Intermediate: 2 Rounds
Advanced: 3 Rounds

Finisher: Advanced with Kettlebell Knowledge 25# KB or Heavier!
  •  10 Swings/ 3 Plyo Squat Jumps for 5 minutes! (AMRAP, As Many Rounds As Possible)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Paleo Style Breakfast Egg & Bacon Muffins

My kids love breakfast for dinner and it's one of the simplest meals to make.  I'm usually good about throwing things together to make a quick meal so here goes.

  • 12 Whole Eggs & 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 3 mini bella mushrooms washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh salsa
  • 10 pieces of cooked nitrate free bacon extra crispy and crumbled
  • Grapeseed oil (Sprayed into muffin pan)
Pre-heat oven to 350
Scramble all ingredients together pour 1/2 cup of egg mix into the muffin pan.
Bake until eggs are thoroughly cooked. 

Finding My Way: Primal Eating

I’ve been trying to eat more primal lately and this seems to be a trial and error thing for me.  I started reading the book It Starts with Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig.  I’ve eliminated grains, peanuts, beans and I’m almost off of milk.  I’m weaning myself off of skim milk in my Americanos.

It’s funny the comments I’ve received regarding the Paleo eating habits.  One of my favorite comments so far, “The Caveman didn’t live a very long life”.  Really, was this due to their diet or because of extreme weather conditions, lack of adequate shelter, harsh terrain and accidents, lack of food during animal migration periods or the lack of medical attention? 

Our lifespan is much greater but it comes with a higher price.  Today we are living longer but suffering from major diseases; cancer, obesity, heart disease, Type II Diabetes and much more.  I’m sure that many people who suffer from these various health issues would gladly turn back the clock, change their eating and lifestyle habits in order to avoid suffering such prolonged miserable deaths. 

We really need to look at the evidence; a poor diet in our fast nation has got the best of us.  The United States is the most obese country.  We are beginning to test our children at the early age of 10 for high cholesterol and guess what it’s not only obese children they are finding with high cholesterol.  Wake up every one!

I noticed just within the first week of changing my eating and eliminating grains that my stomach felt so much better and the inflammation in my neck had subsided.  I had a meal just this past week that included bread and I felt horrible.  I had severe stomach pains and my stomach was hard as a brick.  I can assure you it really wasn’t worth all of that pain.  I’m not saying you need to be an extremist but I am saying try to change your eating and eliminate grains and dairy for a week and see how you feel.  Make a note of how you feel if you slip up and have something from these two groups. 

This is a work in progress.   I will get it but I’m being realistic and I know it will take some time to fully change my habits.  I don’t have a problem avoiding processed, zero nutrient foods like sugar pastries or chips.  I’m focusing on eliminating the foods that upset my digestive system or cause inflammation in my joints. 

An example of the inflammation for me is chronic neck pain.  I have arthritis in my neck and the week and a half that I fully eliminated dairy and grains I was pain free.  I had a rough day celebrating my daughter’s graduation and consumed a cheeseburger on a bun and I had beer; now the pain is back. 


If you want to join me in trying to eat more primal I would love your support and feedback about how it’s working for you! Email me at


Best of Luck!


Boot Camp is Still Open!

If you're still interested in coming to our boot camp but because of vacations etc. you haven't been able to make it please contact me at and I will give you the pro-rated price amount. 

The boot camp schedule is Tuesday, Thursday 5:30 a.m.-6:30 a.m. and Saturday 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.
You can come 2-days a week or 3-days and pricing will be modified based on the days a week you plan to commit to.