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The Biggest Workout Mistake You Might Be Making

I used to be a dancer. In fact I spent over 3 hours a day often in a leotard staring at myself in the mirror. As you can imagine this lead to some pretty hefty body image problems, as well as some frighteningly scarce diets.

When I stopped dancing and actually started eating again, I was pretty unhappy with the weight gain that followed. It was then that I began working out to get skinny. This meant that I ditched the strength training workouts I once did, as a dancer to prevent injury, in favor of hour long sessions on the elliptical, step classes, and just about anything that would get me burning as many calories as possible and breaking a sweat.

You can imagine my disappointment when my workout to get skinny plan was an absolute failure. But I didn’t see this as defeat. Instead I doubled up on workout sessions, started running, and kept my fingers crossed that someday I would just wake up skinny.

When my plan backfired I was stumped, frustrated, and just plain tired. I was subsisting on my low calorie diets that had worked in the past, I was exercising like a maniac, and I was still not losing weight.

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It was during this period of frustration that I decided to try CrossFit. I went to my initial class and loved it. My toes weren’t numb from standing on the elliptical for an hour, I wasn’t bored out of my mind, and for once I didn’t spend the entire length of the workout wondering how skinny this would make me.

After my first class I signed up for CrossFit the following week. At the time I was following a liquid meal replacement diet. I was desperate. After my first workout, a running Cindy (5 pull ups, 10 push ups, 15 air squats, then a 200 M run as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes), I realized shakes weren’t going to do it.

CrossFit has taught me a lot about my body and myself but the biggest take away I got from CrossFit was that I was no longer working out to get skinny.

Since that very first day of going to CrossFit, I became hooked. Slowly my elliptical workouts became obsolete, my endless string of diets became few and far between, and for the first time in a long time I learned just exactly what my body was capable of doing.

I have never once entered my CrossFit box hoping that my workout will burn enough calories to make me skinny. Not once. If you’ve ever struggled with your weight like I have you know how big of a deal that is. Thanks to CrossFit I don’t workout out to get skinny. Tweet it! I don’t workout to look a certain way. I workout to clear my mind, to move my body because I am capable, to set and achieve goals, to learn about myself, and most importantly to see just how much I am capable of.

I can now tell you that it is possible to live a life that is free of the frustrations of diets and working out to get skinny and nothing can make me happier than that simple fact. Want to learn more about this? Check out my free guide to ditching the diets and ditching the misery by signing up here.

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Does Eating out Give you Anxiety? Part 1

I’ve been trying to write a post to pinpoint my feelings on eating out for a very long time. I always got hung up because it is such a fearful topic for me. It wasn’t until I went out this past week that I really got clarity on what I had to say.

Let me know if you can relate to this: because I was always “on a diet”, eating out was a very taboo thing to do. I despised not knowing what was in my food, feeling like I couldn’t control my portions, and feeling like I had to stick to my diet, but most of all I hated to eat in front of people.

We’ll talk about the hating to eat in front of people in part two but for now let’s address those fears from eating out. So this past week I made plans to go out to dinner with a friend. Totally normal, right? Since I’ve been fighting my fears of weight gain and battle with ditching the scale I have gotten so much better about eating out.

Needless to say when my friend suggested going to a gluten free pizza place, I started to freak out a bit. I thought I had passed my fear of eating out so why all of sudden was there a lump in my throat? Why was I scanning the menu to see if there was a salad I could order instead?  Multiple thoughts ran through my head before going: would I have the energy at CrossFit the day after? Would I have a major “fat day” the following day? Would I eat everything in sight after eating the pizza? All this fear over a piece of gluten free pizza. Seriously.

It was after this minor freak out that I realized something; this was about so much more than just the “pizza”. This meant I was letting go of another one of my “food rules” I had created in my mind. If I fought this and went out and had some gluten free pizza I would realize that it was totally okay to eat it. I would see my progress and most of all enjoy my time with my friend. So I went, I ordered gluten free pizza, paid attention to my hunger, and enjoyed it. Not once did I actually stress about what I was eating while I was there.

This story has two main points, one is I want to show that I too still struggle and I plan on continuing to struggle, but I also plan on fighting. Had this been a year or two ago that pizza would have never been eaten, instead I would have eaten a bowl of lettuce, and gone home starving, probably left to eat more than I would have with just the pizza. Either that or I would have cancelled with my friend, and yes I was that bad.

Now while this certainly caused me some anxiety I was able to get through it and totally enjoy myself and I absolutely think you can too. My other point is that I was totally fine eating the freaking pizza. I ate it, was satisfied, woke up normal and hungry the next day, and had plenty of energy to work out. So the next time you start to freak out about breaking a “food rule” you have created or get that major anxiety rush that eating out can cause, I want you to reality check yourself. Ask is it worth the fear? Is it worth the obsession? Take that leap and step outside your comfort zone. You might surprise yourself

Anyone else struggle with eating out? What creates the most fear for you and how have you overcome it?

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How to accomplish your “when I’m skinny” goals without ever losing a pound

“The Future Belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”-Eleanor Roosevelt

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I want to share with you a secret…one that took me a very long time to figure out. If you don’t dream or set goals you will never ever accomplish them! Writing our goals down our paper makes us so much more likely to actually accomplish them.

I want you to think about your dreams…leave behind the ifs, buts, and when’s, and just dream. How can you accomplish them?

Think about it, how often have you sat there and thought:

-“I’m sure I would have a boyfriend (or get engaged, or fall in love) when I lose the weight”

– “I would join that gym once I’ve lost a little more weight”

-“I will buy that dress when I’m a little happier with my size”

-“I’ll go on vacation when I lose the weight”

-“I can have the chocolate once I’ve lost a little weight”

How can you reverse this thinking? Make some goals and go after them. It can be as simple as buying a dress you’ve been wanting or as elaborate as planning a move to your dream location you’ve been waiting forever to move to.

Step One: Create a ten-year vision. Where do envision yourself in ten years? Who will you live with? Who is in your life? What do you do? Where do you live? How do you feel? How do you look? Write it all down. Make a vision board. Write daily reminders to remind you of your vision. Here’s an example: My 10-year vision is to live by the beach in California; my bedroom is currently decorated with starfish, blues, and beach pictures. It is a perfect daily reminder that my beautiful dream of living on the beach is 100% possible if I dare to dream it!

So we’ve created your 10-year vision, now set some specific goals for those ten years, then set some specific 5-year goals, and then some 1-year goals. When are you going to accomplish these by?

This is meant to be fun so I want you to dream. It’s totally fine if you don’t end up checking off anything on your goals list. The point is to dream about them. Maybe you don’t become a professional dancer but you might just start taking some dance classes. My big scary, dare to dream goal is to be a Crossfit competitor and maybe I won’t get quite there but I may just start committing to more Crossfit classes and finally get that strict pull up I’ve been waiting for.

So let’s do this: block off some time to dream. Set some goals, get after what you can, and don’t be afraid to dream. If you don’t ever dream it, it can never happen!

Let me know what you come up with in the comments below! 

P.S Sarah Jenks’ program Live More Weigh Less is officially open for enrollment! To check or to learn more sign up for her free training here

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Workout Clothes to your Door!

Awhile ago I shared with you my newfound love of stitchfix. I am a huge fan of these monthly “boxes” that are available lately for anything from vitamins, to food, to clothes. I’ve been debating signing up for PV Body for awhile now. I keeping seeing some other fabulous bloggers review their box from them and wanted more and more to try it out. When PV Body offered to send me a sample of a monthly box I immediately agreed. Those of you who know me know that I am rarely in “normal” clothes and almost always in workout clothes. Case in point: I currently have 2 pairs of jeans and 6 pairs of black lululemon pants.

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How did it work?? I filled out a brief survey on my clothing preferences and sizing needs and PV body shipped me out a workout top and bottom to try. If you sign up for PV Body every month they will send you a new top and bottom from their collection of brands and personalize it to your preferences. For 49.95 a month your top and bottom are shipped to you for free and you can try it on and decide to keep the two pieces or return them.

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The verdict: I loved it! They sent me leggings that fit perfect and a long sleeve top that was very similar to a swiftly from Lululemon, which is my all time favorite top for working out in. I found it pretty awesome that two of my favorite workout pieces came to me all from a simple survey. They got my style perfectly and I am in love with the light blue color of the top. I can’t wait to wear them to CrossFit. I also loved how simple the pieces were  as I am not a fan of very fancy or detailed workout pieces. I’m also impressed by the price seeing as a typical pair of workout pants are usually over $50.00 and tops usually average around just that much so to get two pieces for one is great.

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Most awesome was the shiny pink package everything came in!

You can find PV Body on facebook at and on Twitter @pvbody and sign up here!

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Not sold yet??? You can sign up through me and get 20% off of your order! Here’s the link!

Disclaimer: pv.Body contacted and provided me with a complimentary outfit for review and an affiliate link. All opinions are my own! 

What’s your favorite workout clothing??? Have you tried PV Body before?

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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

Happy National Candy Cane Day! I wasn’t quite sure what I could make Paleo to celebrate National candy cane so I decided to go with a gluten free recipe instead. Besides, my sister always approves of my gluten free recipes more than the Paleo ones, and her opinion counts! Even though Christmas has passed, which I can’t believe, the year flew by, doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate with holiday flavors. I always used to be so sad with the  end of the holidays when I was younger. It meant I was back to school and counting down to February vacation. Now it just means that we are a bit closer to summer and have a lot of snow and cold weather ahead. Yuck! This means I make sure to really pay attention to my mood and how I’m doing. When I feel a case of the “winter blues” coming I make sure to take extra good care of myself. Some ideas…

  • Planning a trip or vacation (even if it’s just a weekend)
  • Work on a project (cleaning my closet, decorating a room, organizing my kitchen, etc…)
  • Cozying up with the puppy in my comfiest sweatpants and watching a movie
  • Extra naps
  • Making time for CrossFit and dance classes when I need it
  • Going shopping
  • Extra manicures and pedicures
  • Lots of time with friends and family

peppermint chocolate chip sugar cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup sweet white sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum
  • dash of salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup agave (can sub honey or maple syrup here)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. pure peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips
  • 5 peppermint candies (check the label and make sure they’re gluten free)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine your flours, arrowroot starch, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt.
  3. Next add in your applesauce, agave, and egg mixing well.
  4. Add in the vanilla and peppermint extract.
  5. Lastly fold in your chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies.
  6. Drop onto a greased baking sheet in 1/2 tbs. sized portions.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Makes 12 cookies

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Anyone else suffer from the “winter blues”?? What are some things you can do to make yourself feel comfy and happy?

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