Feeling Better Already

You guys…we aren’t even three full days into April and already I’m feeling so much better from working on my April Goals.

Seriously, I felt bunk after getting back from Arkansas. I ate more butter and cheese during that weeklong trip than I had in months and months. And my body didn’t take too kindly to it either. This morning was the first morning that I woke up and felt good. No bloating. No constipation (TMI). No fatigue. No headache. I’m feeling like I’m on the right path for sure.

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Today was also the first real workout I’ve had in over a week and a half! Sure, I did some farm walking (and donkey petting) in Arkansas and even took the dogs on a 3 mile hike for Hula’s birthday, but today I actually put on a sports bra and got my sweat on. It felt so good. I did the Love Your Body Kettlebell routine from Tone It Up. And speaking of TIU…they’ve announced this year’s bikini series starts April 13. I can’t wait! You should sign up today.

I’ve also finally been eating the way my body prefers I eat. I’m telling you…my gut was wrecked all through my trip and up until this morning (I’ve been home since Monday!). It took avoiding dairy, lots of digestion juice (water with lemon and ginger) and plenty of produce, beans and grains (aka ALL THE FIBER) to get me back to normal.

So OMG what do plant-based people (aka vegans) even eat?? Don’t you just sit around munching heads of lettuce or what.  Au contraire mon frere. I’ve been eating good.

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mint chocolate overnight oats

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mango cashew smoothie from deliciously ella (you MUST freeze mango & banana or it’s gross, otherwise it’s my current favorite green smoothie)

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tropical daydream oatmeal…holla if you want the recipe

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ginger chickpea scallion wrap

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roasted broccoli salad with chickpeas and apple

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hummus and avocado toast

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Tone It Up 3 Ingredient cookie plus chocolate chips

And you can’t say “oh no wonder you’re feeling better all that food is so healthy” cause there’s also been copious amounts of oreos (yes they’re vegan), diet dr pepper and even Chinese food yesterday. It’s totally the dairy that’s been sabotaging my bathroom habits. RIP Pizza (for now at least).

Tomorrow starts my first preceptor day for school. I’m in a state of excited panic to be in the ICU. Wish me luck and happy weekend!


Gratitude List


I find myself being very happy lately. I’ve seriously had multiple moments in the past few days alone where I had to stop, take a look around me, take in a deep breath and just be amazed at my life.

I wish I could say this was because I won the powerball or something but honestly I’m just happy and I feel incredibly lucky to have this happiness in my life.

I thought I’d share a gratitude list with you today and try to capture it all before I forget!

Living in Colorado – I was hiking with the pups on Saturday and I had to stop for a moment to take it all in. Even after living in Colorado for 5 years now it continues to take my breath away. I cannot believe that a view like this is right out my backdoor! This is a hike at the top of our neighborhood that takes 2 minutes to get to…2 minutes! It’s our Saturday tradition to go up and hike in the morning when the world is beautiful and quiet. Well quiet except for the panting 😉

Steve – I just love my husband so much. Our relationship is stronger and better than ever and I am very grateful to have found him. He makes me laugh every day and he also laughs at my jokes which is just as important to me. He makes me feel safe and loved and needed. Okay…mushy moment over. photo 3

Fall – I don’t want to jump the gun here but FALL IS HERE….FALL IS HERE. It’s my absolute, hands down most favorite time of the year. We are planning to drive up the mountain and see the changing aspens on Thursday and I cannot wait. Fall means school and college football. It means pumpkin spice lattes and comforting chili. It means a crispness to the air that is cleansing and refreshing. Fall feels like more of a fresh start to me than new year does.

School – speaking of school I am so glad to be back. My work situation isn’t the best right now and having school in my life keeps me happy, motivated and fulfilled. With each week that passes I am more and more sure of my decision to go into nursing. Plus, I’m finally feeling confident and together this year – it only took a whole month!

Vacation – not to dismiss school so quickly but we are going to the beach in approximately 2 months, 19 days, 6 hours and 2 minutes. So yeah, I’m a little excited.

Being inspired in the kitchen – yes, this is something to be happy about. For a while I just didn’t want to cook or spend time prepping food but I’m back in the swing of things. Food is my passion and I love to create healthy new meals that keep me feeling good.

Recipe for TIU

The pups – last but certainly not least. I love these two goobers more than I could put into words. They make me so happy every day. When Hula grows up she wants to be just like Franco.

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Remember, happiness is a choice. No matter what is going on in your life you have the power to choose happiness every day. I hope you do.

Weekly Workouts 8.3 – 8.9

A day (or two) late and a dollar short. Story of my life 🙂


 Sunday – Easy 2 mile run followed by the Bikini Body 2 Routine. I waited until the hottest part of the day to it it (No A/C in our house!) and this was a mistake fo’ sho. I don’t do the heat.

Monday – did an outdoor bootcamp/HIIT/fun workout with a coworker. We did a lot of sprinting with some plyo moves mixed in like burpees, jumping lunges, low jacks. Plus bootcamp style moves like walking lunges, mighty mikes, planks, pushups. We also prancercised for our recovery bits.  It was soooo hot outside we only lasted 25 minutes but my legs were still tired. Nice to take it outside. We a

Tuesday – yoga//resting to prep for our trip

Wednesday – 12 mile hike, 6 of which was BRUTAL. Woowee  my buns were burning (full hike recap coming soon)

Thursday – 10 mile hike, 5ish of which was downhill. Hello quads.

Friday – 10 mile hike. Easy hike, just long. My dogs were barking.

Saturday – the gentlest stretching you could imagine. I was stiff!