Lifting · spiritual

You Don’t Need a Makeover: Food Freedom Friday

You don’t need a makeover.
Yep, you read that right – no matter your weight, size, shape, gender or age, you DON’T need a makeover. The fitness/diet industry does. 

Imagine if you had a store that sold a single size of clothing – or offered a single, specified entree – or if Jamba Juice offered ONE smoothie?

It’s illogical to sell one specific item because we all know people are different. Some people like berries, some people like citrus fruits. Some people are short, others are tall. 

Yet, the diet and fitness industry gets away with selling us a single ideal per gender – a tall, muscular, chiseled and well portioned man, coupled with a slender, yet muscular, yet still distinctly feminine woman. And they make billions of dollars a year on the mere fact that the majority of the population is physically incapable of achieving the image they’re selling.

If you sell an unreachable image, customers will never stop buying. If we all looked perfect, why would we buy powders and pills and capsules and workout programs? There’s no money in the achievement; there’s money in the chase. 

So no, you don’t need a makeover. Healthy eating and exercise do yield a wonderful breadth of benefits, like increased energy, deeper sleep, higher dopamine and serotonin levels, better focus and cognitive function, improved digestive health, and the list continues. But being healthy looks different on every. single. person. Be you, and be healthy if you choose – but don’t let clever marketing and photoshop make the choice for you.

Lifting · Running

Spartan Race Christmas Giveaway!

Merry (almost) Christmas, Spartans! I’m super excited to announce that I’m hosting a very merry Spartan Race giveaway! This prize is good for any open-heat race on the continental United States. Yep!

Entering the race is super easy: just follow this LINK to get to the giveaway page and follow the prompts. Good luck Spartans!

Also, the Spartan team has released brand new, extra badass medals for the new year. Check em out!

Lifting · Running · Uncategorized

Motivation Monday: Do what feels right.

The other day I woke up at 4 a.m. for a 15-mile long run before work. I was sore, tired, under slept, achy, grouchy, hungry, and cranky the day before. I was positive I wouldn’t wake up for my run and subconsciously sleep through the alarm as an avoidance tactic. Begrudgingly, I set my clothes, shoes and water out the night before. Just in case.

When the alarm rang at 4 a.m., I popped right out of bed and laced up my shoes. I didn’t feel any of the cranky feels of the previous day or even tired or mildly annoyed at such an early wake up time. It just felt right.

As I took off on my run, it felt even more right to be winding through dark, empty streets and cool air before the heat kicked in and the rest of the world woke up. I watched the city I so dearly love awaken, as the light gently began to creep in as the darkness faded away. Honolulu slowly rubbed its eyes and awoke and unfolded its morning and I was there, with each and every step and breath, to see it.

The key with a healthy lifestyle – just like every other aspect of life – is to find something you truly enjoy. Even something you love. If I had to cycle, or lift, or swim for over two hours I would have been ready to throw a temper tantrum – in fact, I probably wouldn’t have even made it out of bed.

Find something you dig. Discover what works for you, and then run with it – literally ๐Ÿ™‚


Lifting · Running

Motivation Monday: Reaching Goals


Every Monday is a gift. A fresh start, a clean slate, a chance to start the week with an open mind, positive vibes and a grateful heart.

We all have goals. Whether itโ€™s to eat better, or run farther, to train for a race or show or just to see some definition in our arms or abs, we all work towards something. Goals are the ultimate motivation, because our efforts are moving us forward. With that momentum, weโ€™re pretty much unstoppable.

Hereโ€™s some goal-oriented motivation for your goal-oriented selvesย and a kick off towards a great week!

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Lifting · Running · Thoughts

Motivation Monday: Self Love

When we talk about goals, we tend to think in numbers: weight, reps, speed, inches, pace. We measure our progress by how fast we ran out last mile, or the breadth of weights on the squat rack. But maybe – just maybe – we’re getting it totally wrong.

Self progress shouldn’t be solely quantitative. What about self acceptance? Confidence? Self love? We all search to build a better body in order to love ourselves, but we’ve got that recipe backwards. Health and wellness are the physical outcome of inner peace and acceptance. Loving ourselves first is the path to a happier and more abundant life.

A six pack won’t fix all our problems, but radical self acceptance will – and make it easier to snag that six pack if its really that important to us.

Just a thought ๐Ÿ™‚


Spartan BEAST & Giveaway!

Iโ€™m ecstatic that we will be conquering our first every Spartan BEAST at the Hawaii Trifecta Weekend in August! Weโ€™ll be conquering 13 โ€“plus miles riddled with 30 to 40 obstacles like mud, barbed wire, spear throwing, rope climbing, traverse walls and sandbag carries. Nestled above the ocean and in the stunning hills of Oahuโ€™s Kualoa Ranch, this wil be a test of grit, athleticism and endurance โ€“ and my boyfriend and I will be tackling it together.

The Beast is the most difficult of Reebokโ€™s Spartan Race Trifecta โ€“ the Sprint, Super, and Beast. The Hawaii Trifecta Weekend offers the grueling opportunity to complete all three in two days and earn the coveted trifecta medal. But, while Iโ€™m a little crazy, Iโ€™m not that crazy. At least not yet. 

To train, weโ€™ll be hitting the track for sprints, sandbags, and tire flips, which are all necessary skills to compete in such a grueling race. Weโ€™ll also be doing plenty of burpees, climbs, and dynamic squats and jumps to get ourselves ready. While weโ€™re both already active and fit and love to workout together, this will be a badass new challenge for us to take on as a team!

To celebrate our race, Iโ€™m giving away a free entry into any open-heat Spartan Race on the continental U.S.! Itโ€™s super easy โ€“ just CLICK HERE to enter the giveaway!

Side note: I am currently reviewing the badass new book, Spartan Fit! Stay tuned for a full review and giveaway in the next few weeks!

Good luck & AROO!

Lifting · Running

Stay Fit While Sick

A few weeks ago, a brutal cold knocked me OUT. I mean sleep-for-three-days, don’t-leave-my-house and drink-nothing-but-green-tea sick. I was forced to rest because I didn’t have much of a choice, but the second I got better I went right back to working out. What can I say? Old habits die hard.
The first day I felt a little better I played a soccer game, woke up the next morning for a morning swim and played another game that night. Except I couldn’t play much, because my body completely gave up. My legs locked, my lungs ached and I couldn’t breathe. It was bad enough to that I finally gave in and went to the doctor.

I found out I had bronchitis, because I hadn’t rested properly and let my sinuses and lungs heal from the congestion. Now, I had to pay the price of taking a full week off. Which for me sounded like torture.

I was training hard for a half marathon before I got sick, and had built up strength, stamina & endurance I did not want to use. Even though I couldn’t work out per say, I used my free time to focus on these activities to stay as fit as possible while I was sick.

1. Stretch 

If you’re a runner, you know the plight of stiff muscles – such a buzzkill. To keep my legs and core strong & loose, I did a few gentle yoga routines every morning and stretched liberally before I slept each night.

I found this to be really good for my sanity, too. I woke up peacefully and drifted off to sleep with ease. This is one practice I’ll keep in my daily routine even after I’m back to 100%.

2. Walk

People tend to underestimate the power of walking, but our grandparents had it right. Walking is good exercise and a great way to keep legs strong & loose. It also provides some mental clarity and a spiritual boost, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Walking is also really easy to fit into your routine. I walked during my lunch break, to the store, on the beach, with my boyfriend’s dog…you name it.

3. Eat well

This one is super import if you’re sick, injured, of healing. I filled my meals with nutrient-rich fruits, nuts, veggies, seeds and herbs that offered a breadth of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins to boost healing. I cooked all my dishes with coconut oil, garlic, ginger and tumeric, threw spirulina & dark leafy greens in all my smoothies and covered my salads with nuts and seeds.

I also kept my food relatively bland and easy to digest, so my body could focus on healing. Eating this well made a huge difference in the recovery process; I actually could feel myself healing from the inside out. 


The best part about being sick was given myself free permission to nap. I went to bed at 8, took naps after work and on Saturday mornings. Sleep is a pivotal cornerstone of health, wellness and recovery in general – even more so if you’re active.

Happy healing everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you have a great week!