It fits!!!!

My bridesmaid dress fits!!! Happy wedding day Michelle and Casey :)


St. Pattis Day and How to Stay Healthy on a Business Trip

Okay, so this post will be completely random and weird cause I'm posting from my iPhone. Just FYI.

I tried to honor St. Patrick today, but the best I could come up with was a green necklace...

On another note, as you can see on the picture my hotel dresser is loaded with organic apples, canned unsalted green beans, coconut water, and tuna in water. Not pictured is a bag of almonds, some
Bananas, and some oranges.

All to say, it is HARD to stay healthy when traveling and eating out!!! I stick to veggies and chicken for restaurant dinners and I'm eating what you see on my counter for breakfasts/lunches.

Although I might have snuck in a caramel macchiato somewhere in there ;)

I hope your St Pattis Day is the best ever!!

<3 Beth


Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie

Happy Friday!

I don't have much time (I am leaving for a business trip in 20 minutes!) but I wanted to share my delicious and nutritious breakfast with you.


Dairy free, gluten free, vegan, paleo...

This smoothie contains: 

1 large frozen banana
Two large handfuls of FROZEN spinach (I buy mine fresh and then freeze it)
Two scoops almond butter (tastes like peanut butter!)
Two large scoops of all natural cocoa powder
1 tsp honey
Almond milk (enough to get everything moving)
Two ice cubes

I promise that you can't taste the spinach AT ALL! It's an amazing thing to get two servings of veggies in when you think you are drinking dessert.

This smoothie is SO SO SO YUMMY. You must try it!

Oh, and don't forget to lick the almond butter spoon :)

 Have a great weekend!

<3 Beth


Update :)

Today is National Women's Day, and I must first tell my beautiful mom thank you for being such an inspiration and positive influence in my life :) 

This week has been insane, to say the least. Cooking and working out takes up so much time!!!! I miss my hubby. I am going to try to steal him for a date next week before I leave for my business trip!

What I really need is another vacation to Paso Robles...

I also need some more Jesus time!!

Last night, I went to the gym at 6:00 pm to sign up for the 6:30 Body Pump class...and it was already completely full! I will have to get there even earlier in the future. Sigh. Instead of the weight lifting class, I did a quick 20 minutes on the stair-elliptical thing (with hard resistance...my whole body was burning!)

Afterwards I did another 20 minutes of HIIT. 

15 Burpees
15 Squat Jumps
15 Mountain Climbers 
Hold plank for 1 minute
50 Squats 

I repeated this three times, totaling about 20 minutes. 

Then, I did a series of Pilates/Core/Leg toning exercises to tighten things up. 

All in all, it was a great workout!!

Dinner was sauteed spinach, mushrooms, sausage, and avocado.


I Lifted Weights!!!

Breakfast this morning: 

It has been a crazy week! Luckily, I have been able to be very consistent with my nutrition and training schedule to fit into my bridesmaid dress on March 22...only a half inch in my chest/ back to go!

On another note...I LOVE that Jamba Juice gives out Competitor Magazine for free!! It is such an inspiring read. Next time you are getting some juice (remember to stay away from the sugar infested smoothies!!) grab a copy of this mag...it might motivate you to sign up for a race!

There is a really great article in the current issue about race training for speed.

Dinner Last night: 

Eggs, Tomato & Mango salsa, bell peppers, steamed asparagus, 1/2 avocado

My Breakfasts and Lunches have been looking like this lately: 
Hard boiled eggs, salsa, celery, chicken, fruit, avocado. 


I took a Body Pump class last night and finally tried weight training! 

I liked it except I wished there was more of a focus on abs/butt isolation...I'm also not that sore, which shows that maybe I didn't lift heavy enough? I don't want my arms to get too buff! Everyone tells me that my arms won't get buff by lifting heavy, but my arms are already pretty toned/buff and I don't lift at all!

I am going to try another class tonight and see if lifting heavier makes a difference. You would think after doing 150 (or more?) squats my legs/ butt would be sore...but no. 

I am going sign off and devour a bag of fruit.


<3 Beth


Pinterest Fitness Inspiration

I hope you are all having a lovely Tuesday!

I have been spending quite a bit of time on Pinterest lately (perhaps too much?), and definitely too much time catching up on the third season of Downton Abbey (how DARE they kill my favorite character!!). Since I can't stream my favorite D.A. episodes on my blog, I figured a little Pinspiration might suffice to explain my happenings as of late (or, I suppose, what I would LIKE my happenings to be of late, since I have been sick in bed for the last few days).

Side Note for my Mom:  I don't endorse dressing like a hoochie mama while working out...I like these pictures because they display strong women who have worked really hard to achieve their fitness goals!

And here, my friend, is a glimpse at last night's Costco grocery run:

($3 giant bags of romaine!!! Costco is my happy place.)

Where do YOU shop for groceries???



National Eating Disorder Awareness Week


 As last week was the National Eating Disorder Awareness week, I thought it appropriate to re-blog this article to promote awareness. Katie Levans is a blogger (you might have also seen her on the latest season of The Bachelor) I follow on the reg, and I love her approach to health, fitness, and body-image. The following article was originally found on Elephant Journal's website


To read the original article, click here.

To view Katie's blog, click here.


Beyond the Body: Yoga & Disordered Eating. ~ Katie Levans

Photo: Courtney Linnehan

Photo: Courtney Linnehan

February 24 – March 2 is National Eating Disorder Awareness week.

I remember when I stopped eating. It was Christmas break of my junior year of high school. The holiday was over and we had a little over a week before returning to classes. I don’t know why or how but I made a very clear, very conscious decision not to eat until New Year’s Eve.

I’d always had a preoccupation with weight and appearance. I wasn’t obese by any stretch of the imagination (or medical definition), but I certainly held on to my “baby fat” well into adolescence and therefore, never got behind that ’90s girl trick of tying one’s shirt into a crop top with a knot on one side. (In the end, I suppose that’s a fashion bullet I artfully—albeit accidentally—dodged.)

I preferred baggy sweatsuits and leggings and wouldn’t wear a pair of jeans until middle school. Swimsuits were absolutely out of the question unless paired with an oversized t-shirt, an accessory that—let’s be honest—only drew more attention to my feeble attempt to disappear.

Today I’m a full-time yoga teacher and I live and breathe in nothing-left-to-the-imagination spandex, grateful every single day for a strong, healthy body that carries me through life and for the practice that taught me to finally love and appreciate that body.

But growing up my body was at no point something to celebrate. I never saw it as a living, breathing miracle of science rapidly replicating cell upon cell, building a framework of flesh and bone and blood that would house my soul for the rest of my adult life. Instead I always saw it as something shameful, something imperfect, something to change.

Where did I learn this? Certainly not from my mom who didn’t allow scales in the house and always disapproved of plastic surgery horror stories on the news, shaking her head and reminding us we were perfect the way we were. In fact, I can’t recollect a time I have ever heard her speak negatively of her own appearance let alone mine.

I guess I could blame TV and movies, airbrushed magazines that misrepresent what the human form is, and the resulting “beauty ideal” that is neither attainable nor existent.

And, really, it’s a combination of all of the above. The fact is we’re born into an image-obsessed world that is constantly telling us to be something and someone else: thinner, taller, tanner, sexier.

Skinny jeans not working with your actual genes? We can lipo that! Pale? Spray on a tan! Pudgy? Pop a diet pill! Perfect? Impossible!
It’s sick, really.

My decision to stop eating in high school didn’t seem so abnormal to me at the time.

Everyone was dieting. Lots of girls wanted to lose weight. What started as a week of seemingly innocent weight control quickly spiraled into a lifetime of disordered eating behaviors, including extreme calorie restriction, crash dieting, binging and exercise-induced anorexia, all habits that people around me seem to consider “normal” girl behavior.

I always choose my words carefully here: “disordered eating” instead of “eating disorder.” Part of it’s because it sounds, ironically enough, a little prettier. A little less crazy, if you will. And part of it’s that I’ve never had an actual diagnosis and I feel that claiming an eating disorder without really having one trivialize the estimated eight million, sometimes fatal clinical cases in the US.

What I’ve experienced is what’s called an Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS), a catchall classification in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) that covers any pattern of disordered eating behavior that doesn’t fit the definition of Anorexia Nervosa or bulimia.

Unfortunately, the sad reality is that 70 percent of all eating disorders fall under this category and, therefore, are largely undiagnosed and untreated. In fact, our view is so warped on the subject that clearly disordered behaviors have somehow become the norm: skipping a meal to save calories, over-exercising to compensate for an indulgence, eliminating entire food groups, bingeing (even without purging) and an unrelenting preoccupation with food are all disordered eating behaviors.

I’m not saying that healthy eating and weight loss are to be abandoned, but an unhealthy preoccupation with either can be more damaging—mentally and physically—than most people realize.

Photo: Wanda Koch

Photo: Wanda Koch

Recovery from eating disorders is rare, and while treatment programs can help to normalize and stabilize, most associated behaviors will last a lifetime.

Personally, I’ve never sought professional help, but I have found—quite by accident—some semblance of normalcy only through an unexpected practice of yoga.
When I first started practicing yoga six years ago, I did so (not surprisingly) to lose weight (and ideally look like Jennifer Anniston, who I heard through the tabloid grapevine was on her mat on the regular). But what started as an exercise rooted in a preoccupation with my appearance quickly taught me to transcend beyond my physical body to something bigger.
I don’t recall one specific moment of clarity or the ever-elusive sense of enlightenment yogis chase, but I do know that over time I slowly stopped viewing my body as something to torture and starve and punish with exercise and instead looked at it as an incredible machine capable of carrying me through seemingly impossible poses and into a life of unlimited possibility. For the first time ever my body became something to celebrate.
Photo: Courtney Linnehan

Photo: Courtney Linnehan
While my experience is anecdotal, I know my story is not the only one of its kind. In fact, there is even some emerging research that supports yoga as a successful adjunctive therapy to standard eating disorder treatments.
One study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found a decrease in eating disorder symptoms and decreased food preoccupation in a group of boys and girls ages 11-21. And another in the Psychology of Women Quarterly found that women who practice yoga report lower self-objectification, greater body satisfaction and fewer disordered eating attitudes.

What’s so beautiful about yoga, I think, is that the practice uses the body to ultimately disconnect us from the body.

It seems counterintuitive at first, but dedication to a physical yoga practice is what led me to the realization that I am not my body, that I am not limited by its physical limitations nor defined by its dimensions. And for that, I am forever grateful.

Katie LevansKatie Levans is a full-time yoga teacher, writer, fighter of hunger and dietetics school dropout with a Master of Science in Nutrition. She lives, works and plays in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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