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Happy Labor Day!

I hope you all have had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Ours was pretty low-key, but still fun. Labor Day is bittersweet for me because I see it as the end of summer, but I also get to welcome fall which is my absolute favorite time of the year. The temperatures are cooler, hoodies/sweaters + jeans + boots are the norm, football season starts, crockpot soups, beautiful falling leaves, our anniversary & PUMPKIN everything. I just love it! I could gush about fall all day, but I’ll save you :). (more…)


Lazy Weekend & Renewed Focus

If you are anything like me, some days I just do not want to workout. This weekend became one of those days. It frustrates me that I had to say plural days. I wanted to sit in bed, relax and zone out this weekend, especially after attempting to let Reese soothe herself to sleep. We thought she was ready, but I’m not sure if she will ever be ready for that method now. Let’s just say that is not the way our baby rolls. I swear she hated us for awhile, but Ryan convinced me that she doesn’t (I’m sure she doesn’t…I just cringe to hear her full out cry and see her so mad when I walk in to calm her).

So, we are back to walking her to sleep, but working on a gentle “no cry” sleep method to eventually get her to a point where she will let us put her in her crib awake. It seems to be working, but means we still spend many hours in her room every day getting her to sleep until it fully works. I feel like I still have a newborn!

Needless to say, my workouts have been non-existent this weekend & my eating has been emotional. We did sneak in a few walks with the pup and Reese at least. I have been feeling pretty tired from my new job (project director on a very exciting grant) starting this week (YAY!), photography shoots & finishing proofs for clients, pt clients & studying to take my CPT exam soon. This is all on top of trying to be the best wife & mom I can be, which will always take precedence over any job or extracurricular activity.

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This kid knows how to enjoy life!

What is the logical next step when you feel run-down, exhausted & have had a few too many cheat meals? Accept that you are human and MOVE ON. You cannot change the past, so don’t beat yourself up. Here is what I am going to do tomorrow to get back on track:

1. 3-4 mile morning run – I am doing a half marathon in August and I have a lot of work to go. No more excuses!

2. Meal prep for the week – I have not meal prepped since Reesie was sick, but I am ready to go at it again.

3. Be more mindful about the food I am putting in my body and HOW MUCH of it I am eating.

4. Enjoy life! I often am too hard on myself and just need to let it go. We had a great time today on our “day date” :).

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Fully enjoyed a day date on the Harley


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Passenger Selfie (don’t worry folks…we were only going 15 mph in this one)

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Pub food & it was delicious! (I barely ate any of that ranch in case you were wondering). I did consume that beer though 🙂


Online Personal Training – Julia’s Success (13″ & 8 lbs GONE!)

A few months ago, I wrote about why I want to be a personal trainer and why I have held myself back from following my dreams. When you decide to follow your dreams, it is not all cupcakes & rainbows. There are days when I question my decision to start my own personal training business while having a mobile infant, continuing my part-time work in higher ed (including a new position!), managing a photography business with my husband, maintaining my own fitness and achieving balance for myself & my family. I don’t question my decision, but my timing. When I doubt the timing, I remember that I felt called at this time and had so much peace about this decision back in March.

Seeing my personal training clients already achieve so much success is even more reassuring that I did the right thing at the right time. Some days are very stressful, but I can only take it one day at a time (sometimes one hour) and remember to cherish the time I have with my family & friends. I have had to become even more efficient (I didn’t realize that would be possible!) & ASK FOR HELP. If you know me, I don’t like asking for help, but I also want my daughter to get the attention she deserves. So, my wonderful cousin takes care of Reese two mornings a week so I can CRANK out work. I also have the luxury of having a husband with a wonderful schedule, which helps immensely because he gets home earlier than 8-5ers.

Anywho, enough about ME. Let’s talk about my wonderful client, Julia. She is a single, full-time working mama of two wonderful boys, so you know she has her hands full!

Julia’s Goals:

  • Six pack abs
  • Thinner legs
  • Plays more easily & longer with her kids

After 8 weeks of training with me (customized weekly workout plans, nutrition accountability, a few in-person pt sessions and weekly check-ins with me), she has achieved two of her three original goals! She is still working on her six pack abs, which we all know happens more in the kitchen than in the weight room.

Not only did she achieve her goals, but she also LOST 13 inches & 8 pounds (with 4 1/2 in. coming off her thighs)! She did the majority of her workouts at home, with the exception of a few in-person sessions we had together. Now, her pants fit better & she is able to keep up with her two boys while playing basketball at the park.

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Julia’s 8 Week Transformation

As you can see, this is not a 50 lb weight loss story, but that is not what she needed & you have to admit that this mama looked pretty DARN good before she started working with me! She showed discipline & dedication over these past few months and I couldn’t be more proud of her. Not only is she improving herself, but her family. Great job Julia!


If you want to see results in how you look & feel, but can’t seem to figure out what you are doing wrong, let me help you! Please fill out the contact form below if you would like to hear more about my online personal training program.


What Are You Afraid Of: Jillian Michaels Maximize Your Life Tour

As you may have seen on Instagram, my husband bought tickets to the Jillian Michaels: Maximize Your Life Tour for my birthday. I was beyond stoked. As in more excited than I was at Christmas when I was a kid! I simply love Jillian Michaels. The work she most enjoys doing is so empowering and inspiring to me (and I’m not talking about The Biggest Loser). Her true passion lies in being able to educate and connect with the masses. She does this through her weekly podcast and speaking engagements. Her podcast is full of great tips and is downright hilarious. If you haven’t heard it, you have to check it out. The best thing is that her weekly podcast is FREE! Yes, you read that right F-R-E-E.

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The Jillian Michaels

If you are planning to see her live this year, SPOILER ALERT below. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 😉

Jillian focuses on three things during the show: nutrition, fitness and yourself. The first two sections she covers heavily in her weekly podcast. It was great information, but I had already heard her talk about it in the past or read it in an article. The third section of her show is what really hit home for me. Here’s why:

1. What is holding you back? She asked this question mainly relating to the audience’s health, but it can include any area of your life where you hold your true emotions and thoughts back. For me, it has been fear of changing careers. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in higher education (and still do), but I have wondered for YEARS if I should be doing something in the health and wellness world (enter FitLifeWithE :)). I love fitness, healthy eating and truly enjoying life. I am passionate about helping others accomplish their health goals & discovering what their bodies are capable of. I want women to feel empowered to take charge of their lives because they can control how they look, feel and how their image is projected to their children. What an amazing example of a healthy lifestyle that we can demonstrate to our children, which will be passed on for generations to come.

2. Why am I holding back? FEAR! It is probably the same reason that everyone holds back. Fear of rejection. Fear of failing. Fear of doing the wrong thing. Fear of saying the wrong thing. Fear of taking the wrong path. Fear of wasting your time and money. Fear of the unknown. Yes, I have a lot of fears, but I don’t think I’m alone. Being able to admit to having fears is a great first step for me. I don’t like to not be in control. I like to have a plan. I love when the plan works. You are probably guessing that I am type A…yes, yes I am.

3. What do you have to lose? So, here is the conclusion I have come to regarding fear. You can either let it rule your life or ride the waves. (If you don’t ride the waves, the tide is going to suck you in no matter what so you might as well RIDE THE WAVES.) It’s ok to be afraid. Fear can motivate you to be a better wife, mom, sister, daughter than you ever thought imaginable. I am changing my fear into reality. I may fail. I may succeed. If I never try though, I will never know what I am capable of. This applies not just to careers, but marriage, motherhood, friendships, just to name a few.

4. In five years, would you rather have tried and not been successful or not tried at all? This is the question I have been asking myself. Let me repeat, I like things to be familiar. I like to know exactly what I am doing. It’s ok to be a “newbie.” Everyone has been a newbie at some point in their life. (I don’t think anyone has come out of the womb as a fully adjusted adult! ;)) Pray on your dreams and act on the opportunities. We only have one life. Why not live it in the way that will bring the most fulfillment to yourself and those around you?

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The hubs & I after the show

I can’t help but post a few pictures of my sweet little girl. She is such a doll baby! Her disposition truly amazes me. We are blessed beyond measure.

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Checking out flowers I received from a client!


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Reese loves bath time


Do you need help making healthy changes in your life? Would you like customized workout plans, nutrition accountability, a free Clean Eating eBook and a supportive fitness trainer? If so, I would like to train you! Please fill out the form below if you want more information about my affordable online personal training program.

Question: Has anyone else been afraid of making a major life change? Did you make the change or do you still need to make the change?