Potatoes and Pears Added to Dirty Dozen

Yes, this is true. I try to check out EWG.org a couple times per year to make sure I’m up-to-date on my dirty dozen and clean 15. Well, the big news is that Potatos and Pears have been added to the dirty dozen list. Bummer.

And the scary thing to me as a mom, “many baby food purees, including more than 1/3 of pear baby foods, still have too many pesticide residues to be sold in Europe.” I cannot figure out why our lawmakers help cover up information like this with the tricky labeling we have on our foods. But that’s a discussion for another day.

Don’t forget you can sign up here and get a free PDF shopping guide of the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen.

EWG also has done extensive analysis on TONS of cleaning products to determine their toxicity.  Just because is says “green” doesn’t mean it is.  You can search for cleaning products here.

EWG has a Healthy Living App. Have any of you tried it? Comment below and let us know what you think!

My honest review of Crossfit

I have NEVER liked going to gyms. NEVER.

I find them super intimidating. As soon as you walk in people start staring. You can never tell, of course, what they’re thinking. But I usually feel like they’re saying something that is mean, like, “that’s not very heavy.” Or something not nice about the way I look.

And all the mirrors.

And then every gym I’ve been to has that guy. You know the one I’m talking about. The one who has to come over and talk to you every day. He has to interrupt your workout, usually says something inappropriate, and is completely in our personal space. Honestly, you’re not quite sure how much working out he really does after he’s gone around and made every woman in the gym feel like she needs a pre-shower shower to get the sleaze off. Uh Yucko!  And the girls there.  They are so pretty and perfect.  And there’s that one who you idolize physically but there’s no way she would stoop to speak to someone like YOU.  Ya know her right?!

So here’s how I ended up in a Crossfot gym: I was getting frustrated because I was TRYING to do Body Beast. I kept hurting myself. And I’ve really been missing being competitive. And I’ve just been feeling a little lost as to what to do for fitness next. My friend had been talking about Crossfit and how much she loves it over the past couple years. So I thought, “You know. I probably could use a little help with my form. Going to a gym is going to suck. But ill have a coach to work on my form and also be a little competitive. I’ll give it a try.” So this past Christmas I tried it.

And here’s what happened: You know what? There’s no mirrors. And no yucko sleaze guy. There’s a different pretty girl with a peffect bottom. But she’s different – she’s REALLY nice and helpful. No one makes me feel like I’m doing a bad job. And the coaches at my gym makes sure you don’t hurt yourself. And everyone is really supportive and encouraging. I’m often the last one to finish and usually doing the lightest weight. But I ALWAYS leave there feeling like a badass. And I can’t wait until I can go back!

So…What does this mean? Well, it means that I’m going to keep doing Crossfit! So far I love it! The people in my class are really nice. I love my coach! And I drink Shakeology EVERYDAY! I’ve started using energize from the performance line for an extra boost. I am really started to feel excited about working out again and motivated to do my best.  (And I can already tell a difference in my strength)

3 tips to help you stick with your fitness

Ya’ll. Can you believe that it is February?! One of the things about this time of year is that it is the time of year where we start to give up on our New Years Resolutions.  They’re too hard.  Or something has messed up the routine.  We can find excuses!

Is losing weight or fitness on your list? If so, how’s it going? Don’t give up yet! I know there are tons of excuses. I hear a lot of people (including me!) say things like, “I don’t have time.” “It’s to much to get ready in the morning.” “I over slept so I couldn’t get my stuff together.” Here’s 3 things that I do to keep myself on track. And really it boils down to prep:

1. Pack all the lunches the night before. I know you’re ready to sit down and relax for the evening. But, if you go ahead and get all that food ready then you’re not rushing around in the morning. Hopefully it’ll only take a few to 10 minutes and then you can sit down! And as a bonus, you’ve got something healthy (or at least cheaper) and it lessens the temptation of eating out. I will use the divided containers and make several lunches at a time. Then I don’t have to do lunches every evening, but only a couple days each week.

2. On the weekend, set out your clothes for the entire week. This includes your workout clothes! I put one of these sweater hangers in Joe’s closet when I first went back to work. Every Sunday I set out his clothes for the week.  That way in the morning I wasn’t scrambling to pick out his clothes.  It finally registered that this will help me get ready for the week too! On Sunday I get through the laundry and put it all away.  While I’m doing that, I go ahead and set out what I’m going to wear that week to both the gym and work. That way, I’m not standing there in the morning frantically picking something out. And I’m not rushing around looking for running socks. Everything is right there! (Yes this is my messy closet!)

3. Choose your workout routine carefully.  If your excuse is time and/or inconvenience of the gym, ever thought about at-home workouts?  Walking and Beachbody workouts got me through that time when I didn’t have the freedom to leave the house with a new baby and the growing pains of going back to work. I started with 21 Day Fix.  But Beachbody has a really good deal right now with the All-Access pass.  You get every Beachbody program at your fingertips for a full year!  Every single one!

So try a couple of these and comment below if they help!  Have any other advice? Comment and let us know!


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What You Really Deserve

If you’ve been following the blog, you’ve read that last few months have been super stressful for me and my family.  And just like a lot of folks out there, when faced with prolonged stress, I’ve put on some weight.  Kinda a lot of weight for someone my size in that short amount of time.  I was posting/chatting with some gals in my coach’s Facebook accountability groups about what’s been going on with my diet.  I said to them,

I’ve been full of excuses why I ‘deserve’ those extra chips, crackers, extra beer, glass of wine, etc. now I feel like poo bc my clothes don’t fit.

Last night and this morning I really started thinking about my words.  I don’t “deserve” all that junk food.  Those foods I was indulging on really weren’t a treat.  My life is already stressful enough, I don’t ‘deserve’ to feel bad about myself on top of all that? Do I?  What is this toxic relationship I’ve had with food since my teen years?

The reality is I do deserve certain foods.  But I deserve the healthy stuff.  I’m an educated adult.  I read about health and nutrition.  I care about my health, my body, and setting a good example for my son.  I deserve beautiful fresh greens (I love greens!), not processed cheese food product!

This week I’m getting myself back in gear.  I cannot let the heartache of the past couple months ruin my hard work and impact my health (physical and mental). I’m working on meal planning strategies for our busy life.  I’ve started a new 8 week round of 22 Minute Hard Corps.  I’m also doing a 150 mile running challenge over the next 90 days that is a fundraiser for the American Kidney Fund.  And the third challenge is to to really change my food mentality.  Want to join me???

Gut Check

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Sometimes you read something and it feels like it punched you in the gut.  Like when Alli said in Breaking Busy, “Sometimes doing what’s right feels like a punch in the gut.”  And she’s right.  This quote has been on my mind a lot lately, not just with my own journey to Break Busy, but other aspects of life right now too.  It’s just that sometimes (?), a lot of times (?), doing the right thing is the hard thing.  That could be quitting/changing jobs, disciplining the kiddo, or walking away from a toxic relationship, and a bunch of other things.