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Life Lately and a Few Blog Tips for Newbies

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holy smokes how is it friday already? but really. thank the lord. This week has seemed long…IDK why? but I guess there will be weeks like that! Here is what has been the happenings!

Life Lately and a Few Blog Tips for Newbies

.Races. One trip to the local race track last Friday night and I think B is hooked! He went back Saturday night and then we were both back Wednesday night of this week. I grew up going to the car races as a kid and a few times in high school, but it had been years! And the fairgrounds isn’t far from our place so we thought why not? Is it just me or is it kind of relaxing to listen to the roar of the cars. I must have been that weird baby that fell asleep to all the noise…
In workouts.

On week two the second round of a 21 day program called The Shift Shop! This week the workouts are intensified to 45 minutes alternating cardio and strength training. Core work is also incorporated in! (SO important for runners to keep and/or build a strong core!) I do love the workouts and have been somewhat following the eating plan too! Cutting out processed foods and actually eating MORE than I usually do! Last night I was EXHAUSTED though and same thing this morning. The LAST thing I felt like doing was rushing out of bed at 5 am to get my workout done outside…and then getting ready and RUSHING off to work! So you know what? I pushed snooze. Got up still PLENTY early for work and drank coffee, had breakfast and read some personal development. I need to reset my body and soul this weekend. TGIF!

above is the book I just started – and I have a feeling it’s going to be a tear jerker. About a neurosurgeon that finds out he is the one becoming a patient when he faces a terminal cancer diagnosis. He is a SUPER talented writer and has great perspective… Has anyone else read this one?
Man I have just been so off this week emotionally and mentally and I just can’t figure out why. Ever have off weeks like that? Anxious. Questioning every decision. Feeling insecure. – I could go one. ALSO I feel super puffy and my digestion is really taking a hit this week and I have NO IDEA why. Need to get that figured out real soon…today i’m focusing on WAATTERRR and rest! I find that keeping a water bottle with me AT ALL TIMES is key for me! Any tips that work for you?
My meal prep group is seriously changing my life. It is so much easier I thought it would be to have creative and healthy meals ready in way under 30 minutes five nights a week! And its NOT eating the same thing for every meal!!! Want in next time around? Simply fill out THIS FORM! 

In other food news…

​From the around the web! I really want to “break in” my new oven this weekend and have some shredded zucchini and OVERRIPE bananas calling my name…

THESE POWER MUFFINS with banana and chocolate chips look amazing!
THESE CINNAMON ROLLS have me drooling….cream cheese frosting is my favorite!

How fun are these THESE DONUTS: https://www.biolayne.com/articles/recipes/funfetti-cereal-doughnuts/… makes me crave kid cereal! I totally need to get out my donut pan!

What an awesome way to use my green beans from the farmers market: www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2017/08/thai-green-beans/

Brownies anyone?

​this Zucchini Pumpkin French toast is DEFINITELY on my to make list: immaeatthat.com/2017/08/22/zucchini-pumpkin-bread-french-toast-with-dreamy-peanut-butter-pumpkin-spread/

sorry – i just HAD to drop that picture somewhere in this post because I love it so much! When my team and I were at our conference in New Orleans we had pictures taken! – SERIOUSLY this sums up how fun we are…well almost. All the fun can’t truly be displayed in one pic…

People ask me all the time how I got into blogs and how they can too!

First – create a FREE account on www.bloglovin.com
Be sure and follow me 🙂

Search around on the topics that interest you and you want to learn more about and follow their blogs. This creates a “newsfeed” of all the blogs you follow and you can read their most recent posts! Awesome way to learn about ANYTHING and it’s where a lot of my recipes and inspiration stems from!

Every been to the races before?

Any current reads lately?

Anyone else ever have an off week? – what are the things that YOU do to help?

I don’t do dairy, minimal gluten – I use my daily Shakeology for probiotics and know I get plenty of fiber. Any other digestion suggestions that have helped YOU with IBS?

Do you follow any blogs? Which are your favorite? What topics do you like learning more about?

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Working Out is Not Hard and Hanging out in the Woods?

Shared some thoughts on my fitness page…you can find my page HERE

Had some thinking today during my workout… dude i was sweating my lady balls off (ha!), my heart rate was in the 160s and man was it challenging but it really wasn’t hard. Hear me out.

Working Out is Not Hard and Hanging out in the Woods?

This might be my favorite picture ever. Ok well one of them.

It’s almost BOW HUNTING OPENER Y’ALL! Ok. So I have a bow…but I don’t hunt that much..but B and I went out to the hunting land and practiced shooting our targets. And NON SCALE VICTORY for me was that I think I shot about 50 arrows before my arms gave out. DUDE. It’s hard. My bow is only set to about 35 pounds of pull? (somewhere in there – I know it’s just at legal setting) but still. I did it. 50 times. I remember last year getting tired about 20-30 shots in. So that is proof that my workouts are making me STRONGER!

Then me and B went into the woods and hung out watching for deer. Just a couple does and holy coyotes were calling. Seriously though those things are CREEPY. They were going NUTS! If you follow me on instagram you can hear them going nuts in my insta story!

The peace sign because why not… ha. ok I had to remind myself that I had two rounds down and just had one to go!

If you haven’t already you can read HERE about the workout I have been doing and the changes (for the better) I’m seeing.. not what you think)

Working out is not hard.
Brave statement right? – hear me out.

YES. your heart is most likely pounding out of your chest. You are out of breath. You are sweating. Your legs feel like jello. Your arms are shaking.

It’s challenging. You are tired. but it’s not hard.

Having someone close to you pass away…that shit is hard.
Dealing with heart disease, brain disease, cancer – you or someone else…that is hard.
Having your spouse deploy overseas…that is hard.
Losing a limb in an accident….that is hard.
Dealing with depression and anxiety. That is hard.

But getting out and challenging yourself and moving your body? That is not hard.

so get out there and do it girl. You are stronger than you think.

Wanna work on it with me? Fill out the form here and let’s get working on YOUR BEST YOU.
Strong AF.

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Girl Talk – hormones, birth control, seed cycling and other girl talk

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I’ve been seeing these topics floating around online – various blogs, articles and podcasts. And after listening to the JJ Virgin podcast this morning I wanted to share and get YOUR thoughts too! A lot of these things are “hush hush” like HELLO don’t TALK about your lady friend right? that’s so personal! – Well hello…I’m a nurse and poop and stuff is usually just lunch talk.. ha! ANYWAY! on to the good stuff.

Girl Talk – hormones, birth control, seed cycling and other girl talk

Your period. Fact of girl life right? But its so different for everyone! It can be irregular, on time and consistent or even sometimes it can go MIA – All depends on US – our hormones. And it turns out that these sucks are soooo heavily influenced by stress, nutrition, lifestyle habits, medications and others stuff. This article did a GREAT job explaining some things – so shout out to the Real Life RD – Read it HERE

She does a great job breaking down the signs and symptoms of low estrogen progesterone, and thyroid dysfunction also.

This morning I was listening to the JJ Virgin Podcast – seriously you guys FOLLOW her if you don’t already (awesome stuff about brain health, gut health, nutrition and everything is super interesting!) – She had a guest speaker on talking about the after effects of being on birth control pills – AND what happens AFTER you go off them and the effects they still have on you. It was amazing to hear what the percentages are of people that are currently on a hormone pills OR have been on one in the past! And most of the reasons that women are on them aren’t for pregnancy prevention but for things like clearing up your skin, regularity with menstrual cycles, side effects of menopause and much more. And sadly many times the pills are MASKING the symptoms and not providing a solution –

You can check out her podcast HERE and be sure to follow the JJ Virgin show on itunes or podcast addict is the app I use.

Seed cycling…Ever heard of it? I hadn’t either until recently! But basically it is adding specific amounts of certain seeds into your nutrition – you follow the plan according to what your cycle SHOULD be – super super interesting and you can read more about it HERE
Did you know there is something going on FREQUENTLY that people in the fitness world are silent about? Amenorrhea.  or the LOSS of your period. This can happen to people who are over stressing their bodies with workouts…not enough nutrition…too much OTHER stress.

Guess what. This HAPPENED to me. When I got more into running during college it went MIA for SIX MONTHS. You guys…this is a problem if it goes on for too long and DOESN’T get attention (no worries I’m all good now) – women are having issues with infertility, bone density loss and OTHER complications that come with amenorrhea.

Alright ladies … YOUR turn!

Have you heard of any of these things?
What did you find the most interesting?
Have you struggled with this in the past or struggle with it now at all?