Pilates arms

Um, can we just talk about arms for a second? Look at these. I feel like they’re kind of ridiculous. Ps taking pictures of yourself in a bathroom is awkward.

I walked into the bathroom and felt like my arms were super toned. You know, sometimes you get that feeling like after a workout all the blood is flowing to those muscles making them look extra lean? Well, that’s how I felt today. After my 3rd day in a row of pilates. I never go 3 days in a row, always every other day, usually 2 times a week.

Anyway, what I’m saying is that Pilates on the reformer is awesome. And it works. Besides the few Jillian workouts last weeks I haven’t done any arm weights in who knows when. My mom was even talking this weekend about how good they look. And I’m not trying to talk about this to be braggy, I’m talking about this because I think having toned arms is super important. You do not want to be that old lady with the turkey gobble for a tricep. Consider this your public service announcement. Go try a Pilates reformer class. I know they’re expensive but you won’t regret it. I promise.

In other news, my lunch was delicious because I used leftover blackberry chipotle sauce poured over some grilled sweet potatoes and goat cheese (hard boiled eggs for protein). It was much more tasty than this picture makes it seem. Honest.


And then after work I went to acupuncture. One of my favorite things. It has been awesome in helping my tight IT band and all the inflammation in my knees. I swear I could have needles poked in me for hours.

And after that I was suppose to make shrimp tacos but I was tired so I stopped at the Planet. Bubba in a bowl for me, Holy Moly in a burrito for Chris. Each of us saved half for lunch tomorrow as I didn’t eat any chips with it. Gold star.

And I’m out. Off to probably fall asleep in the couch. Me=tired, old lady.

What about you? Has anyone tried acupuncture? Do you love it?

Blackberry chipotle chicken

Can I just give you a little rundown of my day?

  • 5:20: Wake up/brush teeth/wash face/put on gym clothes
  • 5:40: Make & eat breakfast, make lunch, make coffee, make Chris’ smoothie
  • 6:00: leave the house
  • 6:30 – 7: cardio intervals on the bike with Mandee. (30 sec fast/1 min recover)
  • 7-8: Pilates reformer with a sub who was amazing!  If you live in the Portland area you have to check her out.
  • 8:30-6: Work.  Mostly meetings, including a 2 hour working lunch where I brought my own and avoided the cookie.  Go me.
  • 6-7: Honestly I’m not sure where this time went.  If you account for traffic, a stop at Rite Aid, a PB & jelly rice cake snack and a random look at some property with Chris I think that makes up just about an hour.
  • 7-8: Make dinner.  It was delicious but relatively time-consuming.
  • 8-8:30: Eat dinner
  • 8:30-9: Clean up from dinner
  • 9: Finally sitting down on the couch to relax.

It was a good day but it just feels like a lot.  I love getting up and working out in the morning but I usually just do it at my house.  Rachel the awesome pilates sub is also teaching a class Thursday and I’d love to go but it means Chris has to also come in early and I’m not sure if that will work.  I’m toying with going to the 6am pilates class and then coming home, getting Chris and going back to work.  We shall see.

What about you?  What’s your favorite time to workout?  Does getting taught by a certain teacher make you want to go to an out of your ordinary routine class? 

Oh and because blogs are always better with pictures, here are a few visual.

Egg + pepper pouf for breakfast

Salad for lunch

My new favorite snack (1 ate 3! Whoops)

And now for dinner.  It was amazing!

Blackberry Chipotle Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries

For the chicken – sprinkle organic/boneless/skinless chicken breast with Italian seasoning.  Grill. This takes about 15 minutes.

For the sweet potato fries – scrub and chop up 2 sweet potatoes into skinny “fry” shapes.  Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with cayenne, sea salt, garlic and paprika.  Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 45 minutes.  This time I baked them on top of a wire rack inside a cookie shake and that seemed to make them crisper than if I didn’t use the rack.

For the oh so delicious sauce – mix 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce, 1/2 blackberry jam (if you want it a little sweeter add a little more jam or a drizzle of honey), 1/4 balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon garlic and the sauce of 1 can of chipotle chilies in adobo sauce.  Bring to boil and then turn heat to low, stirring until it thickens.

Then you pour the sauce (which is also good for fry dipping) over the chicken and enjoy.

And there you go.  Another must-try recipe.  It’s going to become a staple here, I hope it becomes one in your house.

Night :)






The time I ate cereal for dinner

I’ve tried not to complain very much about the heat around here.  But tonight it was hot.  92 degrees during the car ride home.  Dinner was a struggle-fest.  Even though I’d planned on making pork loin Chris said he wasn’t feeling it and wanted BBQ chicken with Annie’s.  Which sounded great except that I hadn’t thawed and marinated the chicken so that was out.  After going through many other choices we landed on Chris’ favorite chicken penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes because we could thaw the chicken but didn’t need to marinate it.  Not my fave but what can I say, I’m a good wife :)

Except then Chris worked in the yard until after 8.  And I got hungry.  So I had some frozen grapes (which might be the best hot weather snack ever).

Along with some chips and hummus. And then I decided it was just too hot in the kitchen and I was not in the mood to cook anything.   So I had some cereal (at least I added a few freshly-picked-from-the-backyard blackberries) and Chris had leftover pizza.

To be honest, it was kind of refreshing not to have to cook.  I love cooking and I love making healthy foods for Chris and I but sometimes it’s exhausting.  Sometimes I want a night off (and let me clarify, Chris cooks but lately it’s been almost 100% me.  He tends to come up with more cold-weather meals). And it was nice.

Especially since I kicked my butt on the workout front.  I got up this morning and ran 5 miles and then I did a pilates reformer class at lunch.  It felt just like Hood To Coast training days.  I love/hated it.  It sucked to get up in the morning but I felt so good when it was over.  I just need to be careful about not pushing it too much.  My knees are doing pretty good right now and I’d like to keep it that way.

Do you guys ever have nights where you don’t want to cook? What’s your go-to auto pilot dinner?

PS – Shameless plug alert – I’m up for an award over at Around The Plate.  If you feel like voting, I’d love a little vote for me :) I’m in the healthy eating champion category.

Top 5 benefits of Pilates (including killer abs!)

If you were here yesterday then you know I had Mandee from You Say It Best telling the story of her pilates journey.  And you’d also know that I cut her off right when things were getting good.  Right when she started talking about the benefits of pilates.  So without futher delay, here is pilates instructor Mandee with the rest of her story.

Need to get caught up?  Read part 1 – Pilates Demystified.


My Top 5 Benefits of Pilates

1.)   Killer Abs. This is true because Pilates works the deep ab muscles—not just the superficial (top layer) muscles that you often work doing crunches. Pilates exercises strengthen the transverse abdominis—the ab muscle that wraps around your middle and has no action associated with it. What I mean by that is that obviously for crunches you are working your rectus abdominis, the ab muscle that goes up and down. And for rotation exercises you can target your obliques. But there really aren’t a ton of exercises that target the transverse except Pilates, and I think that is the key to killer abs. Plus, pretty much ALL of the Pilates exercises use the abs, even if you are doing a leg series your abs are stabilizing and the tranverse and pelvic floor are working, which is toning your abs.

2.)   Cross training benefits. Having a strong core can make life easier in so many ways—you will probably find your other workouts benefit from Pilates. For example, if you are a runner you may notice your posture is easier to control once you master the art of scooping your core and engaging your pelvic floor. The pelvic position you practice in Pilates is similar to the way you’ll want to hold your posture while running. When you run, think about scooping your abs in the same way you did in class. You will automatically stand up taller and have better form. You will notice your core strength benefits you in your other forms of exercise as well, not just running.

3.)   Toned arms and legs without ever lifting a weight again. Yup, I just said that. The reformer provides resistance enough to tone your body from head to toe. You will become strong and lean. Your triceps will be defined, your butt will look better and your legs will be toned. Goodbye reps of arm curls and squats with the dead bar. You will see the same if not even better results by using the reformer 2-3 times a week! The same type of results can be attained from a Mat class, but it helps to incorporate props like the resistance band, the ball and the fitness circle. Yes, your own body weight can tone your muscles, but I am a firm believer that the reformer is what transformed my body.

4.)   Realignment and good posture. Pilates is important for the health of your spine. The exercises work together to create fluidity and realignment of your spine. It isolates the vertebrae one at a time to massage them and puts your body in positions to lengthen and create good posture. I often hear that it is hard for people to stretch before and after a workout. Pilates stretches your muscles as you work-out. After I do Pilates, I feel centered, lengthened, refreshed and balanced.

5.)   Injury recovery. If you have back pain, are recovering from an injury or have other types of physical ‘issues’, I recommend Pilates. Working with an Instructor trained in rehab is hugely beneficial. I have seen clients come in with a large amount of pain from a car accident they had been in or simply from living a sedentary lifestyle for years and years. Pilates sets them free from the pain. I have worked with clients that have Muscular Dystrophy, fibromyalgia, have recently given birth and many clients that have been in car accidents or are hypermobile. In all of them, it is so heartwarming to see that they are healed and feel better by Pilates. When my clients leave their session with a huge smile, a sigh of relief and tell me they feel so much better, I am reminded of the power of Pilates.

If you have more questions, feel free to email Mandee at pilateswithmandee@gmail.com. She offers private Mat Pilates in your home or hers, and group classes in SW Portland on a beautiful rooftop terrace with 360 views of Portland.

Pilates Demystified

Pilates on the reformer is my absolute favorite type of exercise to do and as long as you combine it with cardio you don’t have to do much else to stay long, lean and toned. Seriously.  I’m not pulling your leg.  It’s an amazing workout, especially for your core.  You want good abs, do pilates.

I’ve been going to classes pretty religiously at least twice a week for the past couple of years and I met Mandee during a noon session about 2 years ago.  You always chat it up with people in class and we hit it off, talking about pilates obviously but also that we were both runners, doing Hood To Coast, blogged…you know.  Important stuff.  And just recently, Mandee did something that totally inspired me – she  became a certified pilates instructor!  I’m so proud of her :)  I mean, talk about chasing your dreams.  And because I do my best to be motivating on this little blog, I wanted to bring in someone who motivates me and so I asked her to come share her story.  Read what she has to say below and then follow along with her on her site, You Say It Best. You can also find her on Twitter.

And with that, take it away Mandee…


I’d like to tell you about an exercise that changed my life and my body. Right after college I started working for a large sports company, where everyone seems to be fitter than fit. There are several sports facilities on campus and it seemed like everyone was always working out—and not just working out, but hard-core working out. Since I had just come out of THE most unhealthy year of my life—think binge drinking, late night snacking, 4th meal and way too many ‘study snacks’ I felt like I did not fit in. I still remember one of my first time’s in the gym here. A co-worker invited me to go to spin class with her on lunch hour. I had still been working out despite my lifestyle, so I was able to keep up in spin. But afterward, we showered and started getting ready together, I remember looking in the mirror while getting dressed and noticing how lumpy and pudgy I had gotten! Something needed to change—all of these women in the dressing room looked amazing and I did not fit in. What was their secret? If it was the intense work-outs, count me out. I cannot do a Jillian style workout 7 days a week, and those are the main types of classes that are offered in this gym. It took me a while to find what worked, when a few months later I discovered reformer Pilates and it quickly changed my life and my body!

What is Pilates? Pilates is a series of exercises created by Joseph Pilates. The exercises were created with the intention to strengthen the human body and mind. They have an emphasis on a strong core, so many of the exercises will be abdominal related. The most popular type is Mat Pilates with a close second of Reformer Pilates. Whit asked me to clear up some of the questions people have (what exactly is a Pilates reformer?) so here goes.

Pilates began as a Mat routine but many of the initial clients Joseph had were sickly and in the hospital, so he began to make apparatuses to assist in the exercises out of things like mattress springs. Hence, the reformer is born.

The reformer uses springs to give resistance to the exercises. Many of them are the same as the Mat routine, but there are many more exercises you can do on the reformer that are unique due to the opportunity to add resistance and further stretch your body. For me, the reformer was the key to getting toned. I NEVER lift weights, but do Reformer Pilates twice a week. My triceps are defined and I have plenty of muscles in my legs, not to mention my core strength is pretty great. There is a huge variety of exercises you can do on the reformer and the straps and springs help lengthen and stretch as you exercise. There are also several other types of equipment such as the Chair, Barrels and Cadillac, but I won’t overwhelm you with those just yet.

Concentration is super important with Pilates. This is not one of those exercises where you can zone out and go through the motions—you must pay attention to the muscles that are working and make sure you are engaging the correct muscles, as well as always engaging your pelvic floor muscle. (read—the muscle you contract if you were to stop peeing mid flow). This muscles works together with the transverse abdominis to give you the abs you are looking for!

The combination of pretty intense cardio (running for me, spin or intervals for others) Pilates and a healthy diet is what I think is the winning combo to a fit lifestyle and body. I don’t believe you can ONLY do Pilates and have the results you want—you need to add some cardio in there as well. After 3 years of doing Pilates on the Mat & Reformer, and one year spent intensely studying to become a certified Instructor, here are my top 5 Benefits…

To be continued tomorrow :)

And it was just getting good right?  Trust me, you’ll want to come back to hear more of what Mandee has to say.  The girl knows her stuff and has the body to prove it.

If you have more questions, feel free to email Mandee at pilateswithmandee@gmail.com. She offers private Mat Pilates in your home or hers, and group classes in SW Portland on a beautiful rooftop terrace with 360 views of Portland!

Horrible Shoes

If my feet could talk they would be screaming obscenities at me for what I just put them through.  A 30 minute round-trip walk of pain.  I was walking back from a meeting and just about the time I took this picture I was seriously considering taking them off and walking the rest of the way back to my office barefoot.  But it’s hot out and the pavement would have burned my feet (not to mention my co-workers would wonder what I was up to) and I figured blisters would be better than burns?  I might be regretting that decision tomorrow. Who knows.

I’ve had these shoes for at least 5 years and have never experienced anything like this before with them.  In fact, they’re some of my go-tos for comfort so I’m not quite sure what happened.  I guess they will now be relegated to the back of my closet, only to come out to play on days when I’ll be sitting at my desk for long periods of time.  Sad.

They did manage to get me through my walk to the gym where I changed into sneakers and did a pilates reformer class (my abs were on FIRE!) and 25 minutes of intervals on the elliptical.  Note, we had a mini photo shoot session in class today to accompany an awesome guest post I have coming your way all about pilates.  Hopefully I’m building up some good anticipation.  Seriously.  Get excited.

They also got me through a walk to the coffee cart where I got this:

Grande iced Americano with a splash of rice milk

and this:

I love coconut

Luckily the day is almost over and I will definitely not be wearing them when I walk Chance dog tonight or when we’re eating leftover BBQ Chicken Quinoa salad for dinner.   Cardio tomorrow is going to be rough and band-aids for my blisters are definitely in my future.  Stupid shoes.

Do you guys have shoes that look cute but kill your feet?  Any good flat brands you’d recommend? Clearly I’m in the market.


Snack Attack

Can we just talk for a minute about this amazing snack I had yesterday?  I mean, like seriously the best thing ever.  Are you ready?  Have I built up enough suspense?  Are you totally dying to hear what I’m going to say?  How about an iphone edited Instagram photo instead? (side note – I’m obsessed with Instagram.  You have to get it.  You can also follow me @whitlikesfit, but be careful.  You might find yourself turning all your iphone pics into fancy vintage shots).

What is that you ask?  I’ll tell you…

Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt

All you need is 1 non-fat plain greek yogurt cup, a bunch of cinnamon and an organic apple.

I considered chopping up the apple into the yogurt but I was a little lazy so I just stirred the cinnamon into the yogurt, chopped up the apple (yes, I store a sharp knife in my desk) and then dipped the apple slices into the yogurt.  I wish I could share taste with you through the internet but because I can’t, you need to trust me when I say that what I tell you here is the truth :)  You need to try this.  I will admit this was an amazing apple.  Super sweet.  It wasn’t a pink lady but something similar and I’m sure that helped with the sweetness so if things are still a little sour for you then add a tiny bit of honey.  It’s kind of like a creamy apple pie.  Yum. I will be having it again this afternoon.

To be honest, the above snack was the most exciting thing that’s happened to me in the past 24 hours hahah.  Dinner was leftover BBQ chicken pizza and a strawberry salad. My workout yesterday was a pilates reformer class, 30 minutes on the elliptical (varying between levels 7 and 15!) and then I did a 5 minute wall-sit!  I didn’t mean to sit that long but Boyfriend by Justin Bieber came on and embarrassingly enough rocking out to that song (in my head, my body was pretty static) helped carry me through.

This morning we got up and hit the gym before work.  I ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill (my knees hate me by the way), 25 minutes on the elliptical doing 1 minute intervals between levels 7 and 12, 15 minutes on the rowing machine and this 3 times through with very little rest between (wearing a short dress to the wedding this Saturday and need to get my legs in shape):

  • 20 squats (20lb)
  • 20 deadlifts (20lb)
  • 20 step-ups (each leg)

And then I brought bags of ice back to my desk and held them on my knees while simultaneously holding the phone with my other hand and talking on a conference call.  Multitasking at it’s finest.

Do you guys ever do wall-sits?  My family is crazy and we would have wall-sit competitions to see who could do it the longest.  Try it and see how long you can hold it for.  Here’s info on how to do a proper one. Key things to remember – knees over toes with a 90 degree bend in the leg.  This video says you can put your hands on the wall or your thighs but I always keep my hands out in front of me or clasped.  For an extra challenge hold a medicine ball in front of you or over your head :)

Do not try this at home

This morning I woke up and wanted protein pancakes which I’ve made many, many times.  Except I make them with cottage cheese and we don’t have any cottage cheese.  So I proceeded to make up a random recipe.  Um yeah, don’t try these.  Unless you like a weird, mushy-filled, good-smelling pancake.

Don’t try at home protein pancakes:
Makes 4-5

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 cup oats
  • 4 tablespoons almond milk
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour (pretty sure this is the culprit for the grossness.  Every time I use coconut flour whatever I’m making is not good.  You think I would learn my lesson by now right?)
  • 2 tablespoons water

But they just smelled so good so I ate them anyway with peanut butter (courtesy of my foodie penpal),  and honey. Side note – Right now Luke Bryan is on TV singing “Drunk on you” and one of the lines is about a drip of honey.

PS if you want good protein pancake recipes, I’d head over to Peanut Butter Fingers and check out Julie’s recipes.  They look amazing.

I completed my breakfast with a mug of coffee + almond milk and a blueberry smoothie sans protein powder.  I feel good that I no longer have any fake food in there but I’ll warn you that these take some getting use to.  Little sour since it’s non-fat, plain greek yogurt.  I put some honey and cinnamon in there this morning and it was much better than earlier versions.

Blueberry Smoothie:
Makes 2 16 oz glasses

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups spinach (today was a mix of spinach and kale)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup organic non-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 & 1/2 cups non-fat, plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • dash of cinnamon

As it’s currently 10:40 I need to start pulling myself together.  I’m thinking a 3.5 mile run (although my knee is feeling a little iffy) or 45 min on the spin bike.  We have a wedding to go to at 2:30 so I don’t have a whole lot of time to be lazy today.

Last night we grabbed drinks (I only had 1 glass of wine – go me) with some friends who are in town for the wedding from the Netherlands.  It was great to catch up with them and I’m excited we get to spend more time with them tonight.

And before that we had dinner:

Strawberry salad

And chicken penne pasta (minus kale)

Yesterday’s workout was a good one – a pilates reformer class plus 15 min on the elliptical (alternating between leaves 7 and 10) and 15 min on the treadmill at an 8:30 pace…so a little over 1.5 miles.  I’m going to try and get back into more of a 3 day a week pilates routine.  I’d been pretty consistent before my physical therapist told me to quit and in the time I took off I definitely noticed a change in my body.  Pilates really helps to keep my muscles long and lean and since I wasn’t doing that, instead doing more weights, I felt like I was getting a little too bulky.  Especially my arms.  So for the next couple weeks I’m going to try a pure pilates reformer/cardio mix and see what happens.  I’ll keep you posted.

Wow, I feel like I’ve written a novel and I still have one more thing to get though.  I wanted to let you know about this challenge that Powercakes is doing.  For the month of June, she’s challenging you to focus on clean eating, with a new meal/food to try each day.  Yesterday was “eat a rainbow” which actually was harder than I thought.  Today is to eat something red so I’m thinking yogurt and berries will be in my future later.  Let me know if you guys are up for trying it.  I’ll post what I eat on here for ideas but I think it’s a pretty cool concept.

Eat a rainbow

And I’m out. Finally.  Hope you all have good weekends.


I have jello legs

My inner thighs are killing me.  Is that even appropriate to say out loud?  I mean like I’m hobbling down the hall.  Awkward.

Why you ask?

Well, on Monday I went to a pilates reformer class and only one other person showed up so it was basically like having a private lesson.  We flew through things and ended with side splits.  Here’s an example if you’re not familiar.  We did the 1st series you see but not the saw.  We also did a series where you “pick the flowers” meaning you bend down and circle your arms around as you come back up.  Followed by “skaters” and some plie squats…all of these still on the reformer.  If you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, let me know.  I have a friend who knows way more about pilates than me and would be a great person to guest post on here.  Mandee…hint hint :)

I was a little sore when I woke up on Tuesday but it was so beautiful out (in the 80’s) that I decided to give it a shot and run anyway and somehow I managed to go 3.6 miles at an 8:30 pace!  I never run that fast, I’m always closer to 9’s.  I seriously couldn’t believe it especially because I felt like I was dragging during my run.  I don’t know if it was the heat or sore legs from pilates but I’m convinced that anyone driving by me must have gotten a good laugh.  It could not have been pretty.  In fact, I’m sure I looked like the bottom girl.

Image source

And because I apparently like torture I decided to do a quick weight circuit after I finished my run.

Leg press: 90 lbs.  3 sets of 12
3 sets of this:

3 sets of this on a weight bench

  • 25 V-ins
  • 50 roman twists
  • 20 step-ups each leg

Followed by some solid foam rolling.

No joke, when I got into the locker room to shower my legs were so shaky I could barely walk.  They’ll get like that during a workout but usually by the time I’ve stretched and cooled down they’ve stopped.  I’ll admit though, that I loved it.  I love the feeling of pushing my body hard and really working up a sweat.  By the way, my entire workout (run + weights) yesterday took me just under 60 minutes.  I dare you to try and beat it :)

Question for you – what’s your favorite legs workout?  The one you can always count on to make your legs shake like jello?


Exciting news – I’m part of FitFluential

Morning :) I have some super exciting news to share with you but first, a little recap of how yesterday played out…

I went to pilates reformer yesterday and there was only 1 other person who showed up to class.  It was great because I basically had a private lesson.  We moved through things pretty quickly and by the time it was over, I was dying although I think the majority of that was because it was a million degrees in the studio.  After pilates, I did a quick 25 min on the spin bike.  I made myself do intervals by peddling harder at the chorus of every song that came on.

We got home from work and I weeded the mini-tree forest as fast as I could.  Why did I speed through my chores as fast as possible?  Oh yeah, because I am obsessed with the Hunger Games.  I came back in and read for over an hour while Chris sanded the deck.  I seriously can’t stop with this book. It’s out of control.  I need my life back.

For dinner (which didn’t happen until after 8) we had BBQ chicken, Annie’s white cheddar mac & cheese, and grilled asparagus (spray with olive oil and add some red pepper flakes).  So good!

After dinner we sat down to watch Weight of the Nation.  I only got about 30 minutes into it when I started to fall asleep and had to stop, but it was super interesting.  You learn about a small town that’s been doing a heart study on patients since 1972!  The study was to investigate heart disease and see if it could start in childhood and the results are showing that it can.  It’s crazy to me to hear the stories of these people who have been getting their vitals checked for over 20 years and sad to see how overweight everyone is.  They just don’t have all the healthy resources in a small town that I take for granted in my big city.  I’ll be catching up on more of it tonight.  Did anyone else watch it?  I highly recommend tuning in.

And now for the big news…I am officially a FitFluential Ambassador!  What is FitFluential? It’s a growing family of fitness fanatics spreading a positive healthy message year-round. FitFluential is Fitness Found. You can read more about FitFluential here and if you’re a blogger, you can join FitFluential here.  Even if you don’t have a blog, you can still join FitFluential as an enthusiast here.

I am so insanely honored to be an ambassador.  When I started this blog, it was just for me.  A place to keep me accountable.  To write down my workouts and a place to store my recipes.  But somehow people found me and I’d like to hope that I am able to offer some inspiration to others.  My passion is fitness and health and if I could just help one person love it as much as I do, then I would feel like I’ve made a difference.  Right now our nation is in serious trouble.  By 2030 42% of the people living in it will be obese and this generation of children is the 1st that has a life expectancy less than their parents because of diabetes and heart disease.  This is scary stuff.  Something needs to happen to help turn things around and I would love it if all of you would join with FitFluential and help spread the word.  Be a fitness fanatic.  Make a difference.