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Last year, in the first few days of January, I felt a deep sense of regret for letting myself get caught up in the hoopla of the Christmas season. I felt like I had spent too much, ate too much and created a lot of extra work for myself in terms of putting up a…

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Grain-Free Coconut Cauliflower Risotto & Shrimp Recipe

grain free cauliflower risotto with coconut

It’s been raining like crazy in the bay area lately. It’s dark, wet and chilly, which calls for VERY short dog walks, sweatpants and warm, gooey food. So here’s my own version of one of my husband’s favorite dishes. I got extra kudos for making him this last night. It’s pretty much the easiest thing in…

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My Fit Inspired Holiday Gift Guide + 3 More

gift ideas for the fitness enthusiast

Is your credit card still smoking after this holiday weekend’s shopping festivities? Mine is a little, but it was all clothes for me. The hubs and I have decided not to do gifts this year and opt instead for an experience (like hopefully a week at this place). But! That did not preclude me from…

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5 things you’ll appreciate this Thanksgiving weekend

happy thanksgiving

As we head into the holiday weekend I want to do two things: Tell you how much I love you guys for being here. A blog is not a blog until somebody reads it, much like a tree falling in the forest doesn’t make any noise if nobody hears it (or so I believe). Set…

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So you ate too much last night – now what?

never let setbacks define your outcome

Back when I was training for Ms Bikini Universe, I’d jump on a weekly conference call with my team to get a little pep talk from the head coach.  Typically this came in the form of a Q&A and no doubt, some poor well meaning gal would get on the call, crying that she binged…

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What happened to J Crew? And other fashion woes.

wtf j crew bad fashion

Okay, I need help.  This is not food or fitness related advice.  It’s just me asking you for some straight up fashion advice. I’m the first to admit that I’m not great at dressing myself. Part of the downfall of working from home is that you collect far too many pairs of sweatpants and not…

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Why women gain fat in their 40’s (and how to prevent it)

weight gain in your 40's

As a 44-year-old, I am all too aware of this process. Not just for myself, but also my girlfriends who are about the same age and happen to be going through the exact same thing. I generally hear the same comment from all my friends: “This is not my body! I’m not doing anything different…

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Protein Pumpkin Pie Recipe + A Fit-Inspired Thanksgiving Menu

protein pumpkin pie recipe, gluten free, no sugar, low carb

Holiday feasting can be a goal killer. I’m well aware of this. But it with a little forethought and creativity, it doesn’t have to be a another year of gut-busting, nap enduring over feeding as it’s perhaps been in the past. There are ways to avoid feeling like an overstuffed farm animal and it’s not…

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I can’t get healthy (and other stories we tell ourselves)

the stories we tell ourselves about our identity

This is a common thing that so many people struggle with as they start their journey to better health and fitness. It’s true that creating new habits in your life can be awkward, time consuming and uncomfortable at first. It takes time to get into a groove of making better food choices or going to…

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7 Things I Simply Can’t Live Without.

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After a recent road trip up the coast with limited space and 10 days to pack for, I was forced to really appreciate what it is I can live with, and without. Not surprising, there’s not that many things that are absolutes. I can totally relate to the whole minimalism concept (particularly when I venture into…

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