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Resolving to Say NO.

December 31, 2012

December 31, 2012 As I write this there is just two hours left of 2012. I’m in a quiet hotel room. My sons are sleeping on a sofa bed and I just submitted my last magazine article before deadline at midnight. All day I’ve been thinking about the screensaver quote on my laptop. It says, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” I saved it nearly a year ago because it really hit home for me. I’m…

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Living a No Excuse Lifestyle

December 28, 2012

  Disclaimer: You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other fitness program as well as making any nutritional changes in order to determine if it is right for your needs. Opening thoughts: In Scott Peck’s opening statement of his famous book, “The Road Less Traveled”  he writes: ‘Life is difficult.’ It is not meant to be easy – and if you think this “No Excuse Plan” is going to be a cake-walk…

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Living a “limit-less” life.

December 27, 2012

December 26, 2012 A few days ago I took a picture of my excess skin. A few months ago I took a shot of my stretch marks. A few years ago I wrote about discovering my first of three pregnancies. Years before that I founded this website in 2005. I’m literally an open book. I don’t hide much, mainly because I feel like if you’re hiding, you’re scared. If you are scared, then you have something that limits you. I…

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Can I break all the rules – and still compete?

December 21, 2012

This was not an easy shot to take. Firstly, that’s a tough stretch. Secondly, I’m balancing on a bosu ball. Thirdly, I am pressing a camera button. Lastly, and most importantly, I trained after a long day and little sleep at 9pm. —- When I competed in the past I didn’t have a serious income. I was living at home with my parents. I didn’t have children. I had money I could use for travel, fashion and supplementation. I had…

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Fat Loss Supps FAQ’s!

December 21, 2012

I get so many questions about supplements and to be honest, I have ALWAYS been terrible at taking supplements. The only way I take them if it’s shaped like a gummy bear and coated with sugar! LOL. When I’m more serious about training, I WILL try to be more disciplined about taking a multivitamin and sometimes glutamine (Max Muscle brand) for muscle recovery and a fat burner for mainly energy. There are a lot of Fat Loss supplements out there…

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Clean Eating: Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

December 19, 2012

I made this on Thanksgiving and it was dee-lish!!!! It only took 20 minutes to make and tastes just like the real thing…texture and everything! I promise. Ingredients 1 medium head cauliflower 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup grated Parmesan 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1/8 teaspoon straight chicken base or bullion (may substitute 1/2 teaspoon salt) 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry chives, for garnish 3 tablespoons unsalted butter Directions Set a stockpot…

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Motherhood CAN make me better.

December 13, 2012

December 13, 2012 I’ve been toying with the idea of competing. Since I am prepping for a photoshoot in January, I thought, “why not compete at the same time?” The difference in my preparation for both endeavors is an extra 30 minutes of cardio, one less bite of my son’s pb sandwich and foregoing any holiday temptations outside the allotted ‘free’ meals.  Focusing on a contest will also motivate me to eat more consistently, sleep more regularly and train more…

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Mommy Fitness Blog: 7 week countdown

December 5, 2012

It’s been a while since I wrote an actual blog about my personal fitness. I’ve been so busy with several projects that it’s hard to sit down for longer than ten minutes (in the daytime) and do anything meaningful on the computer. Right now I am working with my nonprofit’s project manager to get our Family Boot camp’s organized for launch in January 2013. I’m also working on my Belly Ball (which will be available for shipment in January) and…

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Clean Eating: Roasted Brussel Sprouts

December 4, 2012

I love brussel sprouts. My ‘go to’ vegetables are usually brussel sprouts, broccoli or asparagus. While driving home from the gym today I started salivating thinking of the bag of fresh brussel sprouts in my fridge. As soon as I got home I soaked them in water (to clean it), then cut off the stem and halved them. Next I sliced thick pieces of red onion and added it to the bowl of brussel sprouts. Together I mixed a tablespoon…

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Marriage requires Faith

December 3, 2012

December 3, 2012 When my husband asked if he could volunteer with the nonprofit group, Team Rubicon, in Hurricane Sandy’s relief effort I was initially apprehensive. Firstly, handling a business and three tiny children on my own is already a tumultuous task. Secondly, I had a scheduled photo shoot with Sacramento Parent magazine and live television interview with Good Day Sacramento on the days he wanted to be gone. I didn’t want him to go – but I knew that…

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