Yearly Archives


Becoming a Hero of your Home

December 31, 2013

December 31, 2013 I received a painful email tonight from a couple moms featured in my 2014 No Excuse Fit Mom Swimsuit Calendar.  I felt their words as they described hurtful comments people made on their courageous swimsuit pictures. I wanted to tell them to not take it personally, to focus on the positive and not discuss any specific comments with family and friends. I wanted to tell them I didn’t cry. That I didn’t feel vulnerable to attacks and…

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10 words of Advice for New Year’s Resolutions

December 30, 2013

Two days left before the New Year. Do I do resolutions? Absolutely! The New Year is a time to reflect on 2013 and DESIRE to do better in 2014. Whatever excuses that prevented you from hitting goals this past year hasn’t changed – the only things that has changed as we approach Jan 1st is your attitude. Every year we start with new hopes, ambitions and dreams, but according to statistics, only 8% of you will see that goal realized.…

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The Real Story

December 20, 2013

December 20, 2013 I’ve shared my life online for nearly 9 years. People have read as I transparently talked about my battle with Bulimia, my courage in quitting my corporate job, my struggle in finding my fitness passion and my anxiety when I first met my soon-to-be husband. I spoke openly about the challenges in moving back to my hometown, traveling to very poor countries, beginning a family without financial preparation and dealing with depression after having children.  I was…

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Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake

December 19, 2013

I love to bake. I bake 1-2 times a week and our cookie jar is rarely empty. So, for my son’s 2nd birthday I originally wanted to make a watermelon cake, but (duh!) watermelon isn’t in season. So I opted for a chocolate vegan bundt cake. It was very easy to make and only took me an hour. Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 tablespoon corn starch 1/3 cup cocoa 1/2 teaspoon salt 1.5…

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Sorry but not sorry.

November 26, 2013

November 25, 2013 There are not many things I’m sorry about in life, but recently I’ve been feeling a deep sense of sadness within me. After being blocked on Facebook and reading the Yahoo article explaining the ban, I feel completely misunderstood. While I speak strongly about making one’s health a priority, the very last thing I intended to express was any level of shame. No one should be ashamed of who they are, at the same time, in order…

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4 words I will Never Use.

November 25, 2013

There are certain terms I rarely use in my vocabulary that has been used a lot lately via comments on my Facebook page and website. While I am often portrayed as uncompassionate by viewers, personal friends and family members know I am highly sensitive and very direct.  I don’t view life with negative lenses, I see how people react as a reflection in how they see themselves or what they are intimately experiencing in their own life. Since my influence…

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I am banned from Facebook

November 23, 2013

November 22, 2013 I am banned from Facebook. This morning I decided to vent on the current state of our obesity crisis in America. I was motivated by constant body (fat) acceptance campaigns strewn all over the internet followed by comments with the context of ‘you go girl!’ and ‘more power to you!’ The popular and unrelenting support received to those who are borderline obese (not just 30-40lbs overweight) frustrates me as a fitness advocate who intimately understands how poor…

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Pain Gives Us Strength.

November 14, 2013

November 13, 2013 My world is so silent. Besides the sounds of my playful sons, the car radio, the gym’s music and the noise my key strokes make, I don’t hear much. My husband has been away at Team Rubicon’s Headquarters in LA and will most likely leave abroad to assist in the relief efforts in the Philippines. It’s a small sacrifice not having him around – a calling I’ve been accustomed to since he also left after the hurricanes…

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List of TV Appearances

November 8, 2013

In the last few weeks I’ve been making my rounds with the media world. Silly me, I never realized rivalries between networks or how fast news flies! The week Yahoo posted my pic online I started a media tour that included radio shows while getting ready, skype interviews at the airport, in-studio interviews and satellite shows from my hometown of Sacramento, CA.  I don’t have all my interviews but here’s a snippet of a few: TV SHOWS: Good Morning America:…

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The 5 issues with America Today

November 5, 2013

I’m alive! After the onslaught of last week’s media blitz and feeling like a punching bag from commenters, emailers and news/talk show hosts (won’t say who) I feel like I can still smile knowing that the many who got my message, truly received it. I do have to admit though. I have looked at this man to my right and asked “what is going on?” a few times. (thanks hunny for your support) Here’s what I believe is going on:…

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