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I had the opportunity to review Thresholds by Sherre Hirsch.  It is a book on how to thrive through life’s transitions to live fearlessly and regret-free.

I found this book to be very uplifting. She really gives you some real life ways to apply the methods. They are nothing too crazy or out there, just methods you forgot about it. I liked that she said there is “no magic pill” for happiness. Some people believe if they’re not always in a great mood, they should go see a doctor and get medicated. Turning to prayer and your inner peace is much better for the body.  I found the book to be a fast read and very enjoyable. Living with no regrets isn’t easy, but much more manageable through the ways of this book.

Pina Shakeology Coloda

I really LOVE pina coladas and on this hot day I just had to have one.  I’ve been meaning to try this recipe and it tastes as good as it sounds!



  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple/mango chunks
  • 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 container of Oikos Triple Zero Coconut Crème greek yogurt
  • 12oz water


Blend all ingredients and enjoy!  Even my mom thought it was amazing!


Insanity Max: 30…Week One

After completing PiYo for the past couple of months I decided I wanted to try something new.  I am doing the Spartan Run in a couple of weeks and feel like I need to amp up my endurance.  I decided to do Insanity Max: 30.  I needed a workout that was 30 minutes or less and one that would get me strong.


I have never done an Insanity workout, but I have completed T25.  I thought it would be similar to that.  I was super excited to start!


After the first workout I felt so out of shape; I “maxed out” at 8:12.  I didn’t realize every single day was going to be so intense and so much cardio.  I literally drip with sweat after each workout.


I think it’s great, though.  I am working a lot harder than I did with PiYo, so I think it was a smart choice before doing the Spartan Run.

I am proud to say I completed the first week and am excited for my rest day tomorrow.


I weighed myself, took measurements, and before photos.  I will be posting them at the end with my results.  Look out week two, I’m coming for you!

Living with Intent, by Mallika Chopra

IMG_6358A goal of mine each day is to read something positive, uplifting, and motivational.  I try to avoid reading or watching the news since it’s usually packed with negative stories, cop hating trash, and overall nothing positive.  I’m always looking for new books to read and had the pleasure of reading, “Living with Intent,” by Mallika Chopra.

The book is centered upon Mallika’s search to find more happiness and purpose in her life.  It not only covers her successes, but she also shares her failures.  This is something I really liked.  I love to hear how people can rise above their failures and come out ahead.  She has divided the book into 6 steps of her journey to achieve intent: Incubate, Notice, Trust, Express, Nurture, and Take Action.

Each chapter entails Mallika’s journey, who has inspired her, her ups, and downs, etc.  My favorite part of the book is the end of each chapter.  She wraps up each one with a Reflection and Practice.  She tells you what she was trying to get across and how to carry it out in your own life.  Mallika talks a lot about meditation and how it has changed her life.  Someday I would like to include it in my own life.  It is very hard for me to shut off my brain and just think about nothing, so I think it would really be beneficial for me.  Overall, a really great read and easy to relate to.

For more info on Mallika Chopra, you can find it here:

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Transformation Tuesday

It has been 8 months since I really became serious with my healthy way of life.  I started at 140 pounds and a size 10 almost size 12.  Today I am happy to say I am at 127 pounds and a size 4 almost size 2.  I cannot tell you how much better I feel about myself.  I have energy again, and self-confidence.  I don’t feel sluggish and bloated.


Did it happen overnight? Absolutely not. Was it easy? Heck no.  I worked hard, and stay committed.  I did not give up, and I’m not done yet.  Did I eat like a bird and never eat snacks, desserts, fast food? Absolutely not.  I have found that eating healthy 80% of the time, along with Shakeology daily, has helped me achieve my goals.

If you are ready to make a change in your life, I would love to be your accountability partner.  Being healthy is NOT a destination, it’s a way of life.  Taking the first step is half the battle.  One day at a time.

PiYo: A Fresh Start

After trying out a few of the workouts from PiYo I have decided to do the entire 60 Day program.  My first day was yesterday, yes a Friday.  I used to always have the mentality of I’ll start Monday, or I’ll start next week.  Not anymore. I’m trying to take one day at a time and live each day healthier than the last.  So yesterday I took my before photos.  Taking a before picture of your body is so important.  You need a visual of where you started.  I will post my before picture side by side with my after photo in 60 days.

I also weighed myself and took measurements.  Since I’ve already lost the bulk of my weight, thanks to P90X3, T25, and 21 Day Fix, I don’t have too much more to lose.  I’m more concerned with toning up and losing inches.  So, I measured each of my biceps, each of my thighs, my waist, and my hips.  In 30 days I will measure and see what I have lost.  My weight was 131, and I’m really hoping to get to 126 in 60 days.  I’m hoping I can stay on track with my nutrition so I can achieve this goal!

The best part of PiYo is I can do it with my kiddos. Annabelle just loves exercising with mommy on her own pink yoga mat.


So what is PiYo?

Think Pilates and Yoga squished together in a very low-impact, but high-intensity workouts. Burn lots of calories, get long & lean muscles, without jumping or running.  All of the workouts are choreographed by Chalene Johnson, and she is such a sweetheart.  She is very motivating, clearly explains the exercises, and is just very kind-hearted. I love working out with her each day.