New Video by Nike – Just Do It, Then Take It A Step Further

Check out this video from Nike I watched today, and use it as some inspiration to get your Thursday work out on and set those goals! Don’t Just Do It, kick it up a few notches : )

Challenge accepted Nike, challenge accepted!


Friday At The Fair Photo Dump

Photos from Friday night at the Iowa State Fair. A great night with the farmer at the Train concert where Matt Nathanson opened!


The farmer and his father admiring the antique tractors his dad used to use


the 5th and 6th generation farmer’s

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talking shop


You know its been a long week when you think this is the back of your hand


I didn’t get my error until my husband showed me his hand


he makes MY heart beat faster : )


Matt Nathanson


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IDEA Conference – Latest Addition To My Goal List

IDEA Conference Recaps – Add this to my goal list!

This week and last I had so much fun scouring the web for posts and recaps of all the happenings at the IDEA Conference and Expo in L.A. I hope to get to attend one day soon myself! From what I read, it seems like all the big names and brands in the health fitness industry attend the show. Attendees try new products, workouts, attend speakers among other events. Checkout some of my favorite recaps I read below.

Turning Tuesday Around – New Smoothie Shop, Alive, Review

Hey readers! I don’t know about you but I’ve had a tough week already. Yesterday my little moments of sunshine were downloading some new free wall paper for my iPhone by Victoria’s Secret Pink (you can get mobile or desktop), enjoying a sushi girls night out with my Mom and sis, and hitting the hay early after reading a little bit more of my new book, The Cuckoo’s Calling.

Today I was ready to get back at it, but my morning didn’t start so well at work. I decided to focus my lunch break on turning my frown upside down. Because sometimes a girl’s gotta make her own happy. Ya know?

make your own happy

make your own happy

I kicked my bad mood to the curb over lunch thanks to some time with my old friend the elliptical machine. I was able to get two miles in under 15 min. I was pretty please because running is not my thing, and although I know the elliptical isn’t the same as running it makes me think maybe I could learn how to pace myself and train for a race.

After a few abs, next stop was finding some actual food before heading back to the office. I had to drop a package off at UPS and found this fun place to try right next-door called Alive. Alive is a new smoothie shop near my office Johnston. They make smoothies with Herbalife products. I’ve heard of Herbalife before, but I’ve never tried their products.

With just about 100 different smoothie options all ranging from 220-240 calories, I was just a little overwhelmed!

Ginormous smoothie menu

Ginormous smoothie menu

Thankfully the workers were very friendly and helpful! They let me know that all of their smoothies contained 28 grams of protein with the option to add more. They graciously walked me through their menu.


I went with option 2, which they let me know was most popular. With their help, I decided to try the Crunchy Carmel smoothie. It was delicious. The crunch reminded me of crushed up graham crackers.

IMG_1080While I was waiting for my smoothie I got iced tea. They had 5 different flavors. I went with Raspberry. I also got an aloe shot which I just added to my tea thanks to the recommendation of a fellow customer. The aloe is said to aid digestion. The tea was a nice balance to the sweetness of the smoothie. The tea supposedly burns 150 calories. How? I’m not quite sure. I felt a little bad drilling the girls with so many questions, and they didn’t have any informational flyers. Next time, I go back I hope the owner is there so I can get all my questions answered!


back at work with the goodies

Back at work with my goodies, and a smile on my face, my coworker and fellow workout enthusiast was jealous of my haul. I think I might have some friends joining me on my next trip.

Tonight after work I’ll be coaching two Kosama kickboxing classes, my fav, and letting out any leftover aggression I may have from this morning! Exercise is such a great stress reliever.

After that, date night in with the Mr., a new episode of Suits is on. I love it when we have a show we both enjoy watching.

How’s your Tuesday treatin’ ya?

Have you ever tried Herbalife?

Friday Finds And Favorites

Happy Friday All! Here are some of my favorites and finds for the week.


My sis and I ready to get our sweat on

My sis and I ready to get our sweat on

Sister Time

Last night after work I met up with my sister for hot barre! It was fun, it had been too long since I had visited the studio. I was missing it and needed the stretch. We followed up barre with dinner and sister talk, just what I needed!

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The cute email invites we sent out

Girls Night In

Remember how I told you all about my top picks from the new Stella & Dot fall collection? Well I loved it so much, I decided to have a party of my own. It was a great excuse to make me clean my place, invite others to my home, see family and friends and of course shop! Lauren, my Stella & Dot stylist of choice was such a sweetheart. Make sure you visit her page. Don’t forget to check out the super cool versatile pieces like the 5-way Sutton necklace, too cool!

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Sorry I don’t have a better photo!

Cowboy Caviar

At girls night, I wanted to serve light, refreshing relatively easy snacks so I decided to give this recipe for Cowboy Caviar a go. It was delish. I’ve had other variations before, but I think this is probably the healthiest. The leftovers were also a winner at the office the next day. Pictured above is my lunch along with some of said leftovers! I was too busy to remember to take a picture Monday night.

IMG_1006The Mat by Lululemon

Last night at hot barre I finally got the chance to try out my new mat. I got The Mat by Lululemon for my birthday and just hadn’t gotten a chance to test it out yet. Let me tell you I was not disappointed. It is ever bit as good and wonderful as the reviews say. Can’t wait to take it to hot yoga this weekend!


Don’t you love their motivational packaging?

Cookie Dough Quest Bars

Thank goodness I was able to get restocked on the delicious protein packed cookie dough bars yesterday. They’ve been selling out all over in my neck of the woods. I was hooked after my first one! Definitely my favorite so far Quest, keep em’ coming. I couldn’t have found them at a better time either because I’m working on my diet and trying to get 40% of my daily calories from protein. Easier said then done, but I like a challenge!

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J Crew T’s – on Sale!

These super cute wear with anything tees are on sale in stores and online. I love the button detail, vibrant colors and the ability to pair them with slacks, a skirt or jeans and killer Stella & Dot statement necklace. Available in stripes and solids you can’t go wrong. Happy shopping!



I know I can’t be the only one who has been wondering what tabata was. Thanks to Erin at Fit Bottomed Girls for the downlow and tips for first timers. I’ll be trying tabata soon, don’t worry I’ll let you know how it goes.

Make sure to check out Fit Bottomed Girls blog, I love their tag line “Keeping a lid on the junk in the trunk”. Made me smile

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White Chocolate Raspberry Quest Bar

I finally came across one of these yesterday when I was stocking up on my Cookie Dough flavored Quest Bars. This is another new flavor for Quest. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m super excited too.

Screen Shot 2013-08-09 at 11.20.15 AMSpecial Edition Must Have Fall Style Box by Pop Sugar

I love me some Pop Sugar! Especially FitSugar, but all those ladies know whats going on. Anyways, I’ve seen them offer these boxes before, there are both month and special edition options, to sample products they recommend for the upcoming season and this time I just decided to go for it. I can’t wait for it to come and to give you guys the full scoop on everything it contained and how I liked it. If you want to order too visit their site before they sell out.

What are you finding and favoriting this week?

Farm Facts- Crayons

Did you know that one acres of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons?


Thanks to Iowa Food and Family Project for the photo and the fact, make sure to check them out on Facebook

Who knew? I sure didn’t! Fun fact to share with your kiddos as you prep for back to school! I don’t know about you but I still love to color.

Geek confession: I always loved shopping for school supplies

Are you or your kids getting ready to go back to school?

Weekend Recap

bikeI took the day off Friday and went bike shopping. Found this beauty and fell in love. She is a Bianchi which is an Italian bike and also happens to be the oldest bicycle company still in existence. That lovely blue is Bianchi’s team colors. Quite the upgrade from the mountain bike I was riding that I had received as a gift for my tenth birthday though about the same size, some things never change.

Saturday started off bright and early with Initial Assessments at Kosama for 100 new members! Always so exciting to meet new people ready to make a change for the healthier!

After assessments, fellow trainer and friend, Tiffany and I did the leg workout below. A step towards my goal. Now I just have to figure out when I’m going to get that arm day in!


I received a sample of Chocolate Cake Protizyme in the mail from Metabolic Nutrition and tried it after a bike ride on Saturday. It was delicious! Sunday, I stopped by the Vitamin Shoppe and picked up their Peanut Butter Cookie flavor to try. I’m loving it, and it is gluten free!


What did you do this past weekend?