I’m an adult. Whoa.

Helllllo Healthy People!!!!

How is the challenge of the week going??? Have you tried to juice yet? My favorite recipe has an organic apple, kale, spinach, piece of ginger root, wedge of lime, and a beet! If you experiment you just might find that you have a favorite too!

So since graduation on May 5th I began my brand new job at Athletic Edge in Lakewood Ranch, FL which I absolutely LOVE. It’s sometimes funny to watch the intensity downstairs in the strengthening and conditioning area. They look like this:

I am upstairs with the yoga and group fitness studio. Along with my own desk to do marketing and administrative work. All in all, I love it and the people I work with are awesome.

But…of course I can’t just have one job. So I applied at a spinning studio called GoLegs and a fitness center called Sarasota Memorial Healthplex.  I got the job at both places!!! So I technically have 3 jobs now woo. Busy bee.

My first big girl purchase now that I am officially in the real world (cue Matchbox Twenty music…) was of course…my slot in the Walt Disney World Marathon!!!! 26.2 Miles babyyy in January.

If you’re interested in signing up too here’s the website: http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/events/rundisney/wdw-marathon/index?page=walt-disney-world-marathon

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna

Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by CIGNA

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Start/Finish: Epcot®

The Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by CIGNA is the final race of the weekend, where you will complete the most magical 26.2 miles on Earth. The course takes you through all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, starting at Epcot®, continuing on to the Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park andDisney’s Hollywood Studios before an exhilarating finish back at Epcot®.

The Walt Disney World® Marathon will feature:

  • 26.2-mile course through all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks
  • Disney Entertainment on-course
  • Event Weekend Transportation for Walt Disney World® Resort guests
  • Family Reunion Area with live entertainment and characters
  • Indulge and unwind at the Downtown Disney® After Party (Sunday evening)

It’s a fantastic course that takes you through the Disney Parks.  This was where I ran my first half marathon in January 2004 just shy of 14 years old. So my goal for a while has been to run a full marathon at the location of where my racing career began.  When you are a beginner marathoner I have heard the goal is to just FINISH. So technically….that’s my goal. Because if I finish I will seriously be the happiest girl ever.  But my secret (not so secret anymore….) goal is to complete it under 4:30…more so around 4 hours.  I have looked up several training schedules and wanted one that would progress in a long duration so I can add mileage slowly…so my knees wouldn’t get all angry with me.

This guy Jeff Galloway has been running “injury free” for forever and has a plan just for that. So it starts in about two weeks and I can’t wait. Check out his website. This was actually the trainer that Disney Recommends!!!


If you have never raced before or are new to running maybe plan a goal in the next 6 months to find a 5k or 10k in your area, look up a training plan online and get to it! Before you know it you will become addicted to racing!!! It is a wonderful experience and the energy and excitement is contagious!


Happy Eating and Exercising,



Black Bean Burgers

Happy Tuesday Healthy People!!!

(I don’t think he got his awesome 300 physique eating burgers….just sayin’)

When I was little my cousins had this “Burger King” fake plastic play set up that we would play pretend and make burgers. Only problem is when I was little, for some reason there was noooo way I could pronounce Burger.  Every time I said it, it sounded like BOOOOGER.  Cute. Slash gross.  Anyways, all of the other 5 year olds loved this and made me be the drive thru window person who has to repeat burger the most. Needless to say…I was a vegetarian so the word burger didn’t even need to be located in my vocabulary…until…


Let me just be honest. These burgers are BANGIN’

I found this recipe from webmd.com so you know it’s definitely legit.

But like I’ve said before I change up all my recipes from time to time so I like to put avocado spread or guacamole on mine or sometimes break it up and throw it over salad to lessen my carb intake.

Vegetarian, vegan (replace the egg with egg replacement!), carnivore, prescatarian, whomever you are….you gotta try this!!!

We are always looking to expand the diversity of food so you’re in for a treat.

This week’s challenge is to try a JUICE at least once!!! If you have a juicer…great! If not head to your nearest organic food place or google where there is one closest to you.  Seriously, you will get hooked on micronutrients in no time!

Happy Eating and Exercising,



Dietitian’s tip:These black bean burgers may be prepared ahead of time and frozen. They’re higher in fiber and lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, so they make an excellent stand-in for regular hamburgers.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Serves 6


    • 1 1/4 cups dried black beans, picked over and rinsed, soaked overnight, and drained
    • 3 cups water
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 2 plum (Roma) tomatoes, peeled and seeded then diced
    • 1 yellow onion, chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    • 1 tablespoon wine vinegar
    • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, minced
    • 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
    • 1/2 red bell pepper (capsicum), seeded and chopped
    • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
    • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
    • 1 green (spring) onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 3/4 cup fresh whole-grain bread crumbs
    • 6 whole-grain hamburger buns
    • 6 slices tomato
    • 6 slices red onion
    • 3 bibb lettuce leaves, halved


In a large saucepan over high heat, combine the beans, water and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover partially, and simmer until the beans are tender, 60 to 70 minutes. Drain and discard the bay leaf.

While the beans are cooking, combine the tomatoes, half the yellow onion, half the garlic, the tomato paste, vinegar, chipotle chili, 3/4 teaspoon of the cumin and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced and the mixture is a thick sauce, about 5 minutes. Set the chipotle ketchup aside to cool.

In a frying pan, heat 1/2 tablespoon of the canola oil over medium heat. Add the remaining yellow onion and saute until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the bell pepper and the remaining garlic and saute until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, transfer the mixture to a bowl and let cool. Set the pan aside.

In a food processor, combine the drained beans, onion mixture, brown rice, pecans, green onion, the remaining 1 teaspoon cumin and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Pulse several times until the mixture is coarsely pureed. Fold in the beaten egg and bread crumbs. Form the mixture into 6 patties, each about 3/4-inch thick.

In the same pan used for the onion mixture, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook, turning once, until nicely browned on both sides and heated through, 7 to 9 minutes total.

Serve each burger on a bun topped with 1 tomato slice, 1 onion slice, 1/2 lettuce leaf and a dollop of the ketchup.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: 1 prepared burger
Calories 389 Sodium 791 mg
Total fat 11 g Total carbohydrate 59 g
Saturated fat 1 g Dietary fiber 15 g
Monounsaturated fat 5 g Protein 16 g
Cholesterol 35 mg

Peanut Butter!

Hellllo Healthy People!!!

Happy Winesday. Hope you are currently sipping on some deep red and getting your antioxidants! How’s the challenge of the week going? Have you worked out with your mom, someone who will be a future mom or a lady in your life?? Jump on it! Did you know that it is also women’s health week (what a coincidence….)

Anyways tonight’s post is about one of my all time favorite things.

…Peanut Butter.

It is soooo good on everything including a spoon.

Me when I’ve had too much but want more…










But what’s so great about peanut butter…and I’m most definitely referring to the natural stuff (not “natural” JIF) but rather the stuff that says Ingredients: Peanuts. Or maybe even some salt. But that is it!!!…is all the different ways to use it (that are healthy.)

Peanut butter is a great way to get protein (nuts in general are ways that vegans & vegetarians can get the protein they need!)

Where to add peanut butter???

1.) On a spoon, naturally.

2.) Slice of bread.

3.) Apple Slices!

4.) Celery Sticks (with raisins = ants on a log, perfect for the kiddos!)

5.) Add it to your spicy stir fry…it sweetens it up!

6.) Whole wheat crackers and a glass of almond milk…

7.) On pancakes!!! and belgian waffles!

8.) As a marinade with cayenne pepper and a little bit of water!

9.) on a banana…probably one of my favorite snacks!!!

10.) Add to smoothies!!

11.) Inside cookies??? Have you tried my Earth Cookie Recipe?

12.) SOOO good as a dessert, make little balls of peanut butter and dip in powder sugar or chocolate!

13.) spread on a piece of dark chocolate!

14.) Swirled into your morning oatmeal? Yum.

15.) If all else fails…dip your clean finger and lick away!



If you don’t like peanut butter or are interested in alternatives…try almond or cashew. They all have a little different taste so definitely experiment!

So get creative!! Peanut butter in moderation is not only good for you it’s yummy!

Plus…kids love it!

Happy Eating and Exercising,



Floridian back in Florida..leg workout and challenge of the week!

Hey Healthy People!!!

SO…the last few days have been spent packing up my place in Virginia and driving 20 hours to not only Nags Head in the OBX to spend some time with some awesome friends (and fit in my first flat run in months).  Then about 11 hours to visit a cousin in Jacksonville where I got to go to the TPC golf tournament. Then about 4 more hours back home to the west coast.

I know you were probably like this…waiting for my next post:


Graduation was an awesome celebration.  And I am SOOOO thankful to begin work at Athletic Edge in Lakewood Ranch, FL (Have you checked it out yet?)

It seemed like the graduating class the year before was a lot more like this:

But it seems that almost all of my friends have graduated with awesome jobs to begin their adventures post college!  So kudos to them and everyone who has worked so hard and believes in their dreams. You gotta work hard to become successful in ever aspect of your life whether it’s health and fitness, financially or even spiritually/emotionally! Be happy, because life is so short!

Now that I’m finally moved back home to Florida I cannot wait to start blogging about the awesome activities to do here and new and fun exercises I learn at my new job.

This week’s challenge (I know it’s Tuesday but bear with meee) is in honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday.  The challenge is to get your mom, your friend’s mom, a future mom, or some lady to work out with you! Anything works, go for a walk, hike a mountain, take a cycle class…just get moving!!!

LEG WORKOUT Routine to try this week:


With weights resting on your shoulders, feet a little wider than hip width apart, toes and knees pointed forward (weight in the heels)…squat counting slowly at first:

1.) Begin counting down for 2 up for 2 (4 times)

2.) 8 Single Squats

3.) Change it count down for 3 counts up for 1 (3-2-1 up 1)…4 times, reverse and do down one up for three.

4.) 8 regular singles


Then work your way into lunges by sticking your right leg up and left back making sure knee never goes passed your front toe and imagining a string is pulling you up and down not parallel to the ground. Weights on your shoulders in an option

1.) Perform the same exact counts that we did with the squats on both the Right lead and the Left lead.

2.) BUT in between switching legs go back and re run through the squat routine.

Back to squats after finished with opposite leg!

1.) Re run through the squat counts.

Things to keep in mind?

Squeeze your glutes as you come up on both squats and lunges. Tighten your belly button to the back of your spine. On lunges weight is evenly distributed between your feet. On both exercises make sure  your knees are never passed your toes (fron leg on lunges…check yourself in a mirror it’s a great help)! And remember weights only add to the intensity. If new to these exercises try it with just the change in the counts.

Want to make it a little more intense?

On the lunges when you are performing 8 single lunges add a knee to chest by lunging down and as you rise your back leg comes up and your knee goes into your chest balancing on your leading leg!!!

Hope you all have had an amazing last couple of days and celebrations with the women in your life for Mother’s Day.

I know I wouldn’t be who I am today without my momma ❤

Happy Eating and Exercising!



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Power Songs: Hip-Hop/Rap

Hellllo Healthy People,


I Graduated!!!!! Woo (also the reason why I haven’t blogged in a few days! but I’m back for good now I promise!)

Before it rained….

Ceremonies began at 9am on Saturday…aka 6am wake up so we could all take showers and get there early for photos. The day began with a beautiful sunrise…but quickly quickly brought storm clouds and with it…rain.

Rain is lucky right?

post rain and post official graduation!!! woo

I didn’t do a challenge this week because I didn’t have time to post for this week….but don’t think that’s a break! Try doing one of the challenges I’ve posted about already or continue with last week’s challenge of working out with a friend and being their motivator!!

This week I made a video about power songs to work out too…maybe they will give you some ideas, maybe not…but it is something to consider when making your workout playlists! So next time a song comes on and pumps you up make a mental note that that would be your “power” song.


Definitely laugh at the awkward dancing and just plain randomness to this video. It was around 3am and I was a little out of it haha! But I do hope you enjoy!!


Happy eating and exercising!!

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