At Home Abs Workout

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      Summer is right around the corner. Will your abs be ready? Soon it will be time for swimsuits, tank tops, and days at the beach. Now is the time to start dialing in your nutrition plan and ramping up the exercise, including training your abs. Check out this quick and easy abs workout…

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Weekly Meal Prep 101: Five Tips for a Fit and Healthy Week

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“Abs are made in the Kitchen” Maybe you’ve seen that phrase thrown around social media and wondered “what the heck does THAT mean?’ Maybe you’ve wondered if it’s actually true. The short answer is…..yes. Well, mostly. Proper nutrition accounts for 80% (or more) of your results. You can train your butt off in the gym,…

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My Favorite Recipes: Italian Turkey Meatballs

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Wondering what’s for dinner tonight? This recipe is my “go to” and is always a crowd pleaser. They’re great as a stand-alone protein source or served with marinara sauce and a side of pasta. Kids love them too! Jacqui’s Italian Turkey Meatballs (makes 4 servings) Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 1 lb lean ground turkey 3/4…

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My Fitness Journey and the Road to Flexible Dieting

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It seems that some people are born with natural athletic ability. I, however, am not one of those people. Everything I’ve achieved has been earned through dedication, persistence, and sometimes sheer stubbornness. I’ve succeeded, I’ve failed, and  I’ve learned the hard way on many occasions Starting Out I never excelled at school sports. If there…

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My Return to the Stage: Oh How Times Have Changed

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On April 12th,2014, I returned to the stage to compete in the NPC figure division for the first time in nearly six years. I am truly grateful for the experience and for everyone that helped me reach my goal. It was a long and arduous road but ultimately I am so happy that I overcame…

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In Response to Fit Mom Memes, Fit Shaming, and Women In General

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As I begin this article, I want to state for the record that I am not a mom. However, I am a career fitness professional that trains primarily women and makes it a point to stay on the pulse of what’s happening in the fitness internet universe. And I do not have a six pack. …

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How to Stop Dieting

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What thoughts or images come to mind when you think of the concept of “dieting?” Maybe you think of massive suffering, restriction, and deprivation. Maybe you remember the times you’ve tried to follow this- or- that diet, and failed. Maybe you remember how you gained back more weight after the diet than you originally set…

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How to Have Your Fittest Year Ever

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Let me ask you a question… How are your New Year’s Resolutions Going? Statistics show that 95% of people have totally abandoned their resolutions by this week. How are you feeling? How’s your motivation? If it’s starting to wane, or you feel like you’re stuck and can’t figure out how to get unstuck, I’ve got…

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Recipe Review: Spicy Peanut Chicken

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Can I just say for the record I LOVE asian food? Well, really I just love food in general, but that’s not what this post is about.  Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, you name it, I love it.   However, noodles, fried foods and copious amount of rice, fried or otherwise are not typically included in my…

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Recipe Review: Turkey Stuffed Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

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Yes, I make New Year’s Resolutions, but they’re not of the traditional “ I resolve to lose weight” or “ I want to read more” variety. My resolutions have to do with enhancing my life and the lives of those around me. This year I’ve made two resolutions: 1). To be the “Captain of Fun”…

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