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Powerlifting, Fitness, and Pregnancy

 So, I’m pregnant. I’m almost 20 weeks, or half-way through my pregnancy which seems INSANE. Sometimes it seems like it’s flying by, but most of the time I just wish it would fly even faster so I can finally meet our baby! Pregnancy was not in my plans for this year. I expected I would feel “ready” mentally, emotionally, and financially when I got pregnant on my own perfect timeline – preferably another couple of years down the road if you would have asked me before I took the test. When I found out I was pregnant, I had just made (non-fundable) payments to fly to Spokane, Washington and compete in the USAPL Raw Nationals. I had just barely gotten my...

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Healing

It’s hard to string the right words together to express what it feels like to experience healing from an eating disorder. For me, it’s come in waves and stages. It is a constant progression of modifying my thoughts regarding food, then changing my physical habits, rinse and repeat. I'll always be healing.  The first stage for me was re-learning the role food played in my life. I made an idol out of it by spending too much time thinking about it. What should I eat? When should I eat? How will it make me feel? What should I binge on? How will it make me look? What restaurant has single-person restrooms? What if I’m still hungry? What if I’m still fat?...

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Peanut Chicken Recipe

If there are two types of food I love most, it's anything Asian and anything peanut butter, which makes this recipe and obvious choice for my first recipe blog! This is my mom's Peanut Chicken & Rice recipe, full of veggies and all of my favorite flavors! My mom and I spent a LONG time perfecting this recipe and making it taste perfect without going overboard on unhealthy or artificial ingredients.  Here's what you'll need: Main Ingredients: 20oz Lean Ground Chicken or Turkey (somewhere in the 90% range of leanness) 1 Red Bell pepper 1/4C Chopped Onion 3/4C Sugar Snap Peaa 1.5C Broccoli or Broccoli Slaw 1.5Tbsp Olive Oil 4tsp minced garlic 3C Cooked Rice OR 1 Cup Uncooked Rice   Peanut...

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Program Highlight: At-Home Workout Program

In an effort to bring more clarity to the things I’m selling on my website, I’m going to start highlighting them one at a time to give you a more in-depth look at what I offer and who the programs are best fit for! First, I’m going to be talking about my best-selling program: the 30 Minute At-Home Workout Program.   What It IsThis program is 6-weeks-worth of workouts that you can accomplish in the comfort of your own home with 4 workouts every single week. No single workout is repeated throughout the program, which means you get 24 unique workouts when you purchase it. They are designed to target two muscle groups per day, which means you can be...

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What is Online Coaching & Who Needs It?

Probably one of the most frequently asked questions I've gotten since starting this little business of mine is "so what exactly is online coaching?" As someone who has been involved in the fitness industry as a consumer for a few years now... it didn't cross my mind that this was something that was new to most people! Essentially, paying for online coaching is like hiring a virtual personal trainer. Let me explain: An online coach is a fitness professional. When you hire an online coach, they should be certified and experienced enough to be writing your workouts and suggesting your nutritional guidelines. An online coach is someone who is qualified to be a personal trainer, who has an understanding of various styles of...

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