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If Everyone Knew This, No One Would Be Fat

Here is my question to you, please feel free to answer it or leave a comment below.

If you stayed at your current weight, would you be happy?

Could you go through the next 30,40, 50 years in the shape and weight you are right now and be happy?


Some people might think and tell you that your physical appearance should not be tied to your happiness or state of mind, I say they’re wrong.

So many people are consumed…yes, consumed, with unhappy thoughts because they’re over weight and out of shape. They live in a constant world of darkness with outward smiles and inward pain.

Before you start telling me I’m wrong or having an argument with the words you’re reading, let me say…I’m speaking from first-hand experience.

When I was at my heaviest (225lbs + ) there were days that all I could think about was how much happier I would be if I could just lose weight. Then there were days that all I could think about was which decadent food I would eat next. Often while I was eating mouth watering, fat filled, calorie packed garbage.

It was a vicious cycle and I am still tormented by it today.

I know I am happier now for a few reasons. Being over weight is not an all consuming thought. I am able to be active and do activities that I never dreamed of doing before. I am happier now because I don’t beat myself up meal after meal, which is exhausting. I don’t shy away from mirrors. I don’t hide my body in baggy, bulky clothes.

If you aren’t willing to make some sacrifices then you need to make peace that you are where you are and your weight will not change, but it will probably get worse. That’s just the way the aging cycle works.

In fact, and this is not to fear monger but to open your eyes…your weight will go up. Getting older and not being active means you slow down. Your hormones are involved (menopause) your metabolism slows to a grinding halt, add in stress and you have a recipe for obesity.

What will your life look like in a year, 2 years or 5 years if you continue to do nothing?

What will you feel like in a year, 2 years or 5 years if you continue to gain weight?


I guarantee…I mean I guarantee that if you start to put focus on your health you will feel better, you will stop feeling fat, ugly and miserable. Today is your day. Monday is the start of a new week…you get to start doing something-anything that will help you get into shape.


If you do nothing and keep doing nothing you will be unhappy…plain and simple.

The emotional side of being overweight is so mentally taxing but aside from that you are taking years off of your life…which is a fact. Why would you want to do that?

Today is your day. Today is the day that you will make healthy choices and do some real physical activity.


I said in the subject line…if everyone knew this, no one would be fat.

If they knew what?

Losing weight isn’t a chore. It isn’t depriving yourself. It isn’t avoiding great food. It isn’t as hard as you think.

Losing weight is freeing. It is opening yourself up to new possibilities. It is getting more out of life. It is extending your life. It is taking pride in yourself and honoring God. He didn’t make any junk, but that doesn’t mean He’s good with you looking junky either.

Here’s what you need to do.

Stop being OK with where you are and do something about it. Make a change.

Start by going joining this weight loss program; My Breakthrough Academy – 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
We have a great community that are all going through the journey of change and becoming healthier and loving fitness.

100% support, 100% effective, 100% result oriented.

Meal plans, exercise videos, cooking videos, motivation, support and for a price that is incredible value.

If everyone joined the MBA – 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge, no one would be fat.

Meals On The Run

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As a nutritionist, trainer, coach, and Mom, I can tell you that food is one of the biggest hurdles people have.

  • What to eat?
  • How to prepare it?
  • When do I eat?
  • Do I need to eat after my run?
  • What do I eat after my run?

The “healthy food” world is confusing. What works for one person doesn’t always work for you. Add into the mix allergies, reactions, discomfort, sensitivities…it can be tough to know what foods help and what foods might hurt your performance and your general well-being.

Runners are a unique group of athletes. Runners are dedicated to their training schedule. We will drag ourselves out of bed at 4am to get our run in. We will show up early on a Saturday morning to get our long run of the week completed, without excuses! But many of us will skimp on proper fuel.

Long gone are the days of carb loading and just refueling with wasteful carbs with little or no nutrient value.

Today’s runner needs to be smart when it comes to nutrition. If you are investing your time, effort and money into the sport of running, food/nutrition needs to be high on your list.

Fuel well / Feel well!!

I guarantee if you start eating better, you will be a better runner. Your body is craving real food, real fuel. It’s the same analogy of putting sugar in the gas tank of a car…it is going to die.

I was able to get a copy of Runner’s World, “Meals on the Run” new cookbook. It’s a 30 minutes or less cookbook designed by runners for runners–they understand #TheStruggleIsReal.

Meals on the Run separates recipes into categories so you dont have to over think the how, what, when, where and why. Pre-run nutrition, mid run fuel and post run recovery. It goes one step further, it breaks down recipes to show if they are gluten-free, vegetarian, good for hydration, etc.

Even something as simple as stocking your pantry is included in this book!! There are incredible ideas just from knowing what to have on hand.

The Fast Runners Kitchen, Meals on The Run

Every part of your day is covered with a fast and healthy recipe. Breakfast, snacks, smoothies, lunch/dinner, salad dressings <- (which I am always on the hunt for!)

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There is even a “kitchen sink” pizza recipe!! Who doesn’t LOVE PIZZA!?!?!?

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I’m a visual girl, so all of the recipe photos spoke directly to me! It gives me a better idea of what I’m making is supposed to look like.

Real food recipes are broken down in an easy step-by-step way to make it easy for every runner to prepare healthy meals.

As a mom of 3, I can very easily get into a “What to make tonight” rut. We have the same rotation of meals so this was great to have easy and fast recipes to turn to mix up the routine and keep everyone happy.  Cooking is like weight loss, if it is too complicated people tend to give up or just not try.

If your body is well nourished you will have better runs, reduce the risk of injuries and disease, have a better feeling of wellness and energy and who doesn’t want that????

Meals on the Run is my new go to recipe book. I’m looking forward to cooking my way through this book (see what I did there). I’ll be posting recipes and pics of what I make.

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I will leave you with this final thought… you cannot out train a bad diet.

If you want to be a better runner/athlete you need to do your work in the kitchen as well! If you take that part of your work out seriously, it make the rest of your workout seriously better!


You can pick up a copy of the book on Amazon

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Meals on The Run to review but I was not asked to write a public review. I’m writing this review because it is a fantastic recipe/cook book that I’m recommending that runners get a copy of. It is designed by runners, for runners.


National Honesty Day

So this is a “thing” thanks Facebook for keeping me up to date!

So here is my “Let’s get honest” post.

Gut Check Time.

How much is patting you on the back vs kicking you in the butt helping?

I want to encourage you – I want to help you face your fears.
It’s a disservice by not being hard on you.
Let’s be honest, you’re expecting more than what you put into it.
If you want results you have to work hard…set yourself to another, a higher standard.
Yes you are going to have to sacrifice, face fears but its worth it.
Be honest with yourself. What is your strategy?
Fail to plan…plan to fail?
We all want the “Do less and get more”  -that is not how the world works!
What are you prepared to do to see results?
Stop being mediocre, stop treading water.
If I moved in with you for 10 days I guarantee your life would change.
Get serious today.
Be hot or be cold – don’t be in between…its painful.
“I care” and “atta girl / atta boy” is ok, but most of the time you can do better.
This is your wake up call!!!
Stop wasting time.
Stop making excuses.
Distractions of life happen and they wont ever stop, but if you give up, that’s on you.
I want you to decide to be great – you have been around long enough to know what to do – make it happen
Decide to be great NOW.

Suck it up buttercup. Fight the weight loss battle and win!

15 Light & Healthy Salad Recipes

Spring is here, which usually means less comfort foods and more crave-worthy salads.But salads can often have more calories than you think! Here is a roundup of my favorite 15 Light and Healthy Salads that are far from boring!

Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Viniagrette – I love the combination of this simple salad of asparagus, hard boiled egg and bacon tossed with a Dijon vinaigrette – it has Spring written all over it!


Grilled Shrimp Avocado Fennel and Orange Salad – Grilled shrimp, slices of avocado, shaved fennel and oranges are served over baby kale and mixed greens then topped with a citrus vinaigrette.

Sea Scallops Arugula and Beet Salad – This salad is restaurant quality! Sweet yellow beets, arugula, goat cheese and sauteed scallops tossed with a honey vinaigrette. Quick and easy!
Grilled Shrimp and Watermelon Salad is one of my FAVORITES! Chopped romaine tossed with sweet, juicy watermelon, grilled shrimp and goat cheese and a golden balsamic vinaigrette.
Lentil Salad is a healthy, vegan salad packed with fiber and protein.  The perfect salad to make for lunch or enjoy at the beach or picnic…
Italian Tuna and Brown Rice Salad is inexpensive and perfect to make ahead for lunch for the week. To make it quicker, I buy frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s, it’s delish!
Marinated chunks of grilled chicken breast served over a bed of lettuce with feta and fresh diced vegetables make this Mediterranean Chicken Kabab Salad delicious…
Italian Antipasto Salad requires no cooking, which makes it perfect to whip up or pack for lunch…
Coconut Chicken Salad with Warm Honey Mustard is of my most popular salads here onSkinnytaste! And it’s no wonder why with warm oven-fried coconut chicken over a bed of baby greens, cucumber, tomato, shredded carrots topped with a warm honey mustard vinaigrette…
As a main course salad, this Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad would be more than enough for six people or if you are bringing it to a party where it will be eaten as a side, this would certainly serve a lot more…
Arugula Salmon Salad with Capers and Shaved Parmesab – My favorite way to use up leftover salmon!! Loaded with healthy fats.
Vietnamese Shaking Beef if beef is what you crave, this delicious salad is for you!
Two Bean Fiesta Salad is perfect for lunch, Meatless Mondays, or even as a side dish with grilled steak, shrimp or chicken…


Strawberry and Gorgonzola Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing tossed with slivered almonds, this salad is delicious on it’s own or perfect as a side for grilled chicken or shrimp.
Steak and Caramelized Onions with Arugula and Quinoa Penne – I’m a sucker for a good steak salad, and this one is AWESOME!
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They’re Not Afraid to Say It: ‘Fat Yoga’

Ms. Ipox does not answer yes. Instead, she said, “I make them say it: Say, ‘Is this Fat Yoga?’ ”

That’s the proper name of the studio, and one that many people struggle to spit out. One caller, typical of others, refused to respond directly, instead replying, “Well, how do I know you’re fat?”

“People think ‘fat’ means slovenly, uncontrolled, dirty or lazy,” Ms. Ipox said. “It doesn’t.”

In addition to the fact that the word fat feels fraught, it’s not usually paired with yoga. Yoga conjures stringy, bendy, barely clothed bodies — not soft, round ones. But that’s the stereotype that specialized classes and studios, like Fat Yoga, around the country are trying to combat in an effort to reclaim the practice for people of all body types.

In New York, there’s MegaYoga, Buddha Body Yoga and Yoga for Abundant Bodies. There’s Curvy Yoga in Nashville, HeavyWeight Yoga in Austin, Tex., and Big Yoga in Buckingham, Va., among others.

“I’m more interested in working with the large bodies,” Mr. Hayes said.CreditBrian Harkin for The New York Times

“Many fat people have had terrible experiences at a regular studio, where the teacher assumes they’re a beginner, is unwilling to touch them or is condescending and sees them through their own prejudice,” said Ragen Chastain, a writer in Los Angeles who blogs at danceswithfat.org.

She said she applauds the honest labeling of these specialized studios.

“If you sell bubble gum, you want a sign that says you sell bubble gum,” Ms. Chastain said. “These names say, ‘fat yoga here.’ If you’re fat and want to do yoga, go here.”

The language is not incidental; it is no mere marketing gimmick meant to set people whispering.

“I wanted something that was unapologetically and enthusiastically voluptuous, and not as p.c. as ‘Yoga for people who have pleasing curves,’ ” said Megan Stancill, who teaches a class called MegaYoga at studios in New York. “People pussyfoot around saying it, and I wanted to make it really clear who this was for. It’s for people who are large.”

Not everyone buys into yoga’s new linguistics.

“Words are tricky,” said Tracy Weber, who holds a class called Yoga for Round Bodies at her Seattle studio. “ ‘Fat’ may be an empowering word to someone, but for me it’s a word that made me feel less than. If someone puts that word to me, I feel bad.”

But most of these instructors have a similar intent: to associate yoga with images that transcend the Instagramification of perfectly fit people in the King Pigeon pose, so that it feels accessible to all.

“It’s been said that yoga in America is miles wide but only an inch deep,” said Abby Lentz, who owns HeavyWeight Yoga. “But it’s spreading to places that it’s never been before, and that includes people who thought, ‘The only way I’m going to be able to do this is if I lose weight first.’ ”

Mr. Hayes leading a yoga class. CreditBrian Harkin for The New York Times

Instructors of yoga aimed for large people customize the practice for their clientele. In yoga, unlike other workouts like running or Zumba, it is necessary to adapt your practice to your body size — something some teachers don’t know how to do, said Amber Karnes, who teaches Body Positive Yoga in Charlottesville, Va.

Jayvin Jordan-Green, 28, a student at Fat Yoga, found the studio by Googling “fat yoga,” he said. He wanted a place to practice where the teacher wouldn’t assume he was going through the flow to lose weight.

“I’ve had teachers who said, ‘This is going to help you stay thin,’ or ‘This is going to get rid of this unwanted roll here if we keep practicing,’ he said. “It’s like, ‘Maybe I like that roll, maybe the people I date like that roll.’ I had a lot of teachers treat me like I’m their special project. They’ll say, ‘I’m going to make you the buffest person.’ They see me as the ‘after’ picture, when I don’t want to be the ‘after’ picture.”

Some purveyors are adamant about exclusivity. Michael Hayes, who owns Buddha Body Yoga in New York, refuses to let smaller people take his classes; if you’re too skinny, you are shut out.

“Am I excluding small people for larger people?” he said. “The answer would be yes. There are lots of studios for people who are smaller.”

At his studio, he once refused three tiny women who wanted to take a class.

“People who are slender aren’t happy about it,” he said of his policy. “The shock, annoyance and pissed-off-ness is really profound. But I’m more interested in working with the large bodies.”

But other yogis are more flexible. Ms. Ipox of Fat Yoga said the point is to welcome people of all sizes. She said potential students often ask, “Am I fat enough?”

“I had to find a way to say to someone, ‘You’re plenty fat’ or ‘It’s O.K., you’re fat,’ ” she said. “The script is completely flipped. A lot of people wouldn’t call themselves fat anywhere but Fat Yoga, where being called fat is a good thing.”

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.

40 Travel Tips that will change your life!

There are so many great suggestions on this list. Take note and use them on your next trip!
Let me know what tips you have that are not on the list!

#1. Use a private or incognito window when booking flights and hotels online.


Travel sites often track your visits and will raise the price simply because you’ve visited before.

#2. Keep loose chargers and cables organized with a glasses case.


#3. Use straws to carry travel-size amounts of skin care products.


#4. Put a dryer sheet at the bottom of a suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh.



#5. Use a spring from an old pen to protect chargers from bending and breaking.


#6. Skip the long lines for airport bathrooms.


quora.comIt may seem like common logic, but the first bathroom in the terminal is the most crowded one. Use the next one to skip the long waits and save precious time.

#7. Use a binder clip to protect the head of shaving razors.


#8. If you forget your wall plug, charge devices through the USB slot on a TV.


#9. Roll clothes, instead of folding, to save tons of baggage space.

Roll clothes, instead of folding, to save tons of baggage space.


#10. If you have clothes that need to be folded, use tissue paper to keep them from wrinkling.


#11. Use a pill container to keep jewelry organized and untangled.


#12. Scan important documents before leaving for your trip.


lifehack.orgIn the event of theft or misplacement, it comes in really handy to have extra copies of your passport, identification cards and flight itineraries that you can easily access on your smartphone or tablet.

#13. Speed Up Going Through Security


When going through security, stuff your small belongings like wallets, keys and phones into your bag before placing it on the conveyor belt. It eliminates the need for separate bins and saves you time.

#14. Tuck your soap and wash cloth together with this easy-to-fold pouch.


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#15. A shower cap is an easy way to cover the bottoms of shoes.



#16. Put smartphones in airplane mode to save battery and charge faster.


#17. Keep your headphones from tangling by winding them around a binder clip.

Keep your headphones from tangling by winding them around a binder clip.


#18. Keep hair clips tidy with an empty Tic Tac container.


#19. When packing, line collars with a belt to keep them crispy.

When packing, line collars with a belt to keep them crispy.


#20. Sit in the seats near the wing of the plane for the least turbulence.


complex.comThe seats along the wings of a plane usually have the least amount of bounce when flying because it has more structural support.

#21. Keep your travel-size containers and refill them, instead of buying new each time.



#22. To use Google Maps offline, type “OK Maps,” and the visible area will save for future access.



#23. Cram the most into your carry on.


mywomenstuff.comVacuum sealed bags can save you a ridiculous amount of space in your carry on. Makes the need for checking a bag obsolete.

#24. Instead of buying water at the airport, bring an empty bottle along and fill it up after passing security.


#25. When reserving airline seats for 2 people, get the aisle and window.


If no one takes the middle seat you get a full row, and if someone does, just ask to switch so you can sit next to your travel partner.

#26. Pack your suit coats inside out to keep them clean and avoid creasing.

Pack your suit coats inside out to keep them clean and avoid creasing.


#27. Wait to buy airline tickets until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.


Typically this is when the big Airlines reduce their fares in order to compete with the discount airlines like Southwest and JetBlue. If you’re looking to save some money, this is the time to buy.

#28. Prevent messy spills in your luggage.

Prevent messy spills in your luggage.

Just unscrew the lids and place a simple patch of saran wrap on the top and screw them back on. This will prevent any liquids from ruining your trip.

#29. Certain times are better for using the airplane bathroom.


quora.comSince most airlines don’t let you stand in line for the restrooms, the best times to use it are right after the plane has leveled off and 15-20 minutes before landing.

#30. Get the WiFi password for many establishments by checking the comments section of FourSquare.



#31. Use your GPS when traveling abroad.


If you’re traveling abroad without an international plan, turn on airplane mode and turn off data to use the GPS without connecting to the internet. Simply load the Google map of the area before heading out the hotel, and you’ve got a fully functional map to navigate the area.

#32. Get a free cell phone charger if you forgot yours at home.


quora.comForget your charger? Often times hotel front desk’s will have a box full of chargers left by previous guests.

#33. Skip the wait at the baggage claim.


lifehack.orgEven if it’s not, marking your bag with a fragile label leads to gentler handling by airport staff. Also, they’re often loaded on the top of the other luggage meaning it’s one of the first to come out at the baggage claim.

#34. Save time packing on the go.

Save time packing on the go.

davehaxHanging organizers can be packed ahead of time making it really simple to slide into your suitcase and leave in a hurry.

#35. Remove other tourist from your vacation photos.


#36. Use ATMs instead of airport currency exchanges to save money.


Many ATMs will offer much lower rates than what you can get from the airport currency exchanges.

#37. Get free WiFi at airports


security.stackexchange.comWhen you’re at the airport, add “?.jpg” to the end of any URL to get around the ludicrously expensive WiFi. Alternatively, you can sit right outside an airport club lounge: Wi-Fi signals often glide through the walls.

#38. For bonus points, travel with a power strip and be the airport hero.


#39. As a treat to yourself, send yourself a postcard from each day of your travels


It’ll be a nice treat to come home to and make the transition back to reality easier.

#40. On your last day in a foreign country, collect all your loose money and give it to the homeless.