Fruitful Frustration

I woke up this morning feeling good, did my usual thing of emptying the dishwasher, preparing breakfast. Sat down to eat and do my daily devotional, check schedule for the day and BAM! Seriously how does your back go out while you are sitting doing nothing. It started with a muscle spasm and worked its way to full blown back attack.  I have been battling a torn disc and recovering well.  This is what I call frustrating. Down right irritating. Writing this from my bed, flat on my back.  I was going to go coach my TRX class.  I had plans today.  

Do you have plans and they get derailed?  Do you have frustrations or set backs?  Just when you thought things were going your way you are hit with a curveball.  Life is full of them.  Yes, I would like to throw something, like a real hissy fit.  How do you handle your frustrations? 

Frustrations can allow an opportunity to let God work through us.  We can allow God to shape us, mold us, mature us or guide us through our struggles.  I am choosing to grow through the pain, work on my mindset, and let God lead me where I need to go.  I am choosing to meet my frustrations with a positive expectation.  Look for the silver lining and deepen my faith.

Take your setbacks and grow.

 Dig in a little deeper and come out stronger than before.

There lies your potential. 

Trust in the Lord and he will see you through.




Life is Short Eat Dessert

Chocolate Mug Cake.  Just the thought of it makes my taste buds go a little cra cra! I was having one of those days, maybe a bit of a pity party.  It was raining outside, I am home recovering from a back injury.  I keep thinking and acting like I am still 25.  I need to quit the flips and craziness and act my age. LOL, Never. 

Well, ok maybe I will skip those extra classes, do more low-impact,  after all I am almost 57 and really don't feel my age except when my back HOLLER's "HOLD ON WOMAN," You ain't doing that no more, no more....

Funny how mother nature really let's you know you have had enough.  You see I come from the old school of training.  It was drilled into my young brain that you never quit, you never give up, you keep pushing.  Well that can be good and that can be bad.  Fast Forward 34 years of teaching group exercise, millions of classes, thousands of flips and inverted positions and all of a sudden your body wants to put the brakes on.  A couple of MRI's later you learn you are not as young as you think you are.  Spinal Stenosis, herniation, arthritis, and blah, blah, blah.  You know I am not a fan of Arthur. Never really did care for him and his inflexible attitude.  

So, it was the perfect storm and bam I am flat on my back.  Well, thank goodness the good doctor helped me out, and I can sit and stand.  What am I going to do, I can't teach, or train today?   So I love to cook dessert and it got me to thinking, chocolate. It has healing properties, I need my antioxidants and surely it will help with the inflammation.  I peered into my cupboard and what did I find but a box of brownie mix with all the wrong ingredients, processed hogwash and thought to myself. ( I have no idea how it got there),  I already feel bad enough so make a healthy alternative.  

My friend shared a fun recipe with me and I thought I would give it a go.  If you can make dessert in 3 minutes with 5 ingredients or less that's a keeper!   So giving myself permission to indulge, after all it is my pity party. You can cry if you want to.  Better yet come on over and have dessert instead!

So I made this not that.  I choose me over my pity party. Sometimes you have the answer right in front of you.  Choose You.  Choose your health, enjoy dessert and make it a fun party in your mouth.  We are all worth taking care of.  Remember that.  Say it every day.  I don't always choose this, sometimes I choose that.  When I do I don't beat myself up.  Life is Short.  But when you have a choice, Choose You, Choose your health, You are worth it! 

Try this amazing recipe.  Don't have any Shakeology?  I would love to share some with you. It is whole foods, amazing nutrition, and makes a great dessert when you need one.  Check out my website to get yours or send me a message and I can share.

1 packet Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
3 TBSP water
1 Egg
1/4 tsp. baking soda
Mix all together and pour in a microwavable mug. Top with 1 Tsp. Peanut butter and microwave for 1 minute and 10 seconds. Came out perfect and delicious!

Celebrate You!

If we could all be our authentic self, lose self-doubt, embrace our gifts and talents and shine brightly for all to see, the world would be a better place.  I believe you can. I believe you can stop being who you think you should be and start being who you truly are.  

It starts with Self-Love.  

Stop the comparison game, start lifting others up, and focus on your best self.  Strive to be 1% better each and every day.  Women need to empower one another.  With random acts of kindness, positive words and a simple smile or genuine compliment you can impact a life.  

Find purpose in your experiences, in your pain, and share your story.  We all have a story worth telling.  Be your authentic self, you have so much to offer.  Celebrate you!  Celebrate each and every day you have, live your life with passion and pay it forward.

I am toasting you today and every day!  Join me and let's celebrate each other and what we can contribute to the world.  For you lady entrepreneurs check out the Girl Code.  My team just read it together and it was uplifting and inspirational.  When you finish reading it message me.  Let's talk and celebrate what's right in the world!



Get your Healthy Mexican Fix

Chicken and Black Bean Burrito Salad in a Mason Jar

Here is another fun Salad in a Jar Recipe! I plan on making it this week for us to enjoy. 

This Mason jar salad has all of the delicious ingredients you would want in a burrito, and like a burrito, it comes in it's own perfectly portable package.

Serves: 4 servings


  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. + ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, divided use
  • 1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium jalapeno, seeds and veins removed, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups canned black beans
  • 4 oz. shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup chopped jicama
  • ½ cup thinly sliced radishes
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce



  1. Place lime juice, 2 Tbsp. cilantro, garlic, and jalapeno in a blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
  2. Slowly add oil, blending continuously, until well mixed. Evenly divide dressing between 4 one-quart Mason jars. Set aside.
  3. Evenly layer beans, chicken, jicama, radishes, onion, tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, and remaining ½ cup cilantro on top of dressing in jars.
  4. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Shake before serving.


Love Your Body

 Make today your day, be thankful for your body! It is the only place you have to live. I found this writing in my notes and wanted to share it with you. Sometimes we take our bodies for granted and need to remind ourselves how amazing our bodies are and to honor them by taking care of them every day.

Thank you, God, for this body.

For the things it can feel, the things it can sense, the wondrous things it can do.

For its bright vigor at the day's beginning; for the hard, sweet satisfaction of it walking, working, playing. For its very weariness at the days end, and the dear comfort of it sleeping. Sometimes for even its pain...if only to sting me into some new awareness of my own existence upon this earth.

I look upon it sometimes in reverent amazement....for we are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made. All of its secret silent machinery meshing and churning. All of its muscles coordinating. The whole of it so neatly functioning.

Lord, don't let me hurt it, scar or split it, overindulge it or overdrive it; but...don't let me coddle it either. Let me love my body enough to keep it agile and able and well, strong and clean.

Thank you that I live within this body.....the real, eternal, forever existing me. That it has been made to serve me so happily, so well, so long. And, until the day comes when I have no further need of it, let me appreciate it to the fullest and be grateful for it...MY BODY

Adversity is your Advantage

I think the struggles we all go through can change our life for the better.  We have a choice to take adversity and turn it into advantage.  Sometimes we just need to flip our mindset.  Problems can be solutions and your struggles can turn into growth.   We just want a quick fix. An instant solution to our weight gain,  a pint of Ben and Jerry's to numb our pain.  Instead we should lean into the uncomfortable and feel the emotions and grow from them.  

Instead of looking for a quick fix,  true success is earned one step at a time.  Being a little stubborn I had to learn through the school of hard knocks.   By sharing my lessons it might save you some bumps and bruises.  The best part is being able to look back and laugh at yourself. Learn to be vunerable, learn to love yourself and give yourself grace.  These lessons my friends are called Life.  

So here I was a junior in  college and  the doctor announced how overweight I was.  He literally asked me, "What happened to you?"  I felt crushed.  Feelings of inadequacy, failure, and shame begin to take hold of me.  I am FAT. How did I get this way?  After quitting gymnastics I thought I was home free from weigh- ins, judgement and constant worry was I enough, was I thin enough? After leaving the doctor's office I was devasted. I had no idea how to fix my weight issue.  All I knew before was training for competition not training for life.  My nutrition plan wasn't spot on either.    I think the late night honey buns, strawberry daiquiri's, donuts in the cafeteria and those orange cheeto's were a problem.  

I started searching for answers and some were in the wrong places.  Like the time I bought that rubber suit you work out in and sweat to death or the all you can eat diet, the low-fat diet, the starve yourself diet, the binge eating diet, the workout for hours plan followed by a hot fudge sundae.  I laugh at the time my friend and I drove through McDonalds for fries.  After we scarfed them we were too embarrassed to drive through again so we hit another McDonalds.  We didn't want to be recognized.  I was searching in all the wrong places for help.  There had to be a balance, a way to feel good, eat right and live inspired.  

Adversity is your Advantage!  If I had not gone through my own struggles with weight, self esteem, self-worth I would not be able to help the many women I work with today.  Stay tuned for the rest of the story....





Open your heart to Gratitude and Change

Opening up your heart to daily gratitude instead of saving it for special holidays can bring joy and happiness every day.  Gratitude is good for the soul.  I start my day by turning on my GPS daily.  When my alarm goes off I hit snooze, not just to sleep more but to start my day. I take the next 7 minutes to practice Gratitude, have Prayer, and Set my Intention for the day.

It is a fun morning ritual I give to myself.  It is amazing how just little things like this can make you feel good, start your day on the right foot and live your best life.  Maybe, just maybe you should try it for a week and see how you feel!  If you really want to live your best life more than likely you will have to change what you are doing.  

Oops, there is that word, CHANGE!   I am not talking loose change either.  Does change scare you?   You mean, let go of my daily habits that keep me stuck in a rut and comfortable?  Yes, those habits that keep you from being your best self and living the life you deserve!

Change can cause anxiety, stress, fear or you can be an agent of change and create freedom for yourself. Freedom from stress, fear and anxiety.  Its your choice. I choose change.  That doesn't mean I don't resist it at times.  But being uncomfortable, being scared to change can keep you stuck or it can be the best decision you can make.  Change is a process to overcome and  grow into your best self.  So I decided to change.  I decided to work on myself. That journey of a lifetime began when I decided to change for the better.  I decided to take care of my health.  I made a promise to never be unhealthy, overweight and out of shape again.  I choose gratitude and change every day.  How about you? 

Journey of a Lifetime

I think I spent more time upside down than right side up as a kid.  My mom bought me a trampoline after I got a concussion from jumping on my bed and hitting my head.  The neighbors called the fire department when I climb the street light pole, only to slide down with no worries.  Maybe it was the time I jumped off the neighbors roof thinking I could fly that lead me to pursue gymnastics. Anyway, mom enrolled me in dance and gymnastics to channel my energy in a more positive way. Lol.

I feel in love with gymnastics, dance, and physical activity.  It was movement for my soul. It allowed me to express myself in a unique way and helped define who I am today.  I spent my childhood, teen years and part of college training.  Training for the Olympics I thought, when in fact it was training for life.  I have so many incredible memories from gymnastics and then I have some struggles the sport left me with. 

One of those was a poor body image and that feeling that I was never enough.   You may wonder how you go from being a super fit athlete to out of shape, and overweight and lack self confidence.   It happens.  Just like many of us life takes over and we forget to take care of ourselves, fuel our bodies well and we just wake up in a body we don't recognize. 

I woke up one day and decided I was sick and tired of struggling with my weight, body image and being out of shape.  Exhausted from worrying about what other people thought about my looks or my weight or letting the numbers on the scale determine my self worth, I decided to change. 

I never wanted to feel that way again.  My journey began...

Gymnastics 1979 age 19 I have very few pictures of my years in gymnastics.  Back then there just wasn't the availability for photo's like today.  

Gymnastics 1979 age 19 I have very few pictures of my years in gymnastics.  Back then there just wasn't the availability for photo's like today.  

What I know for sure

What I know for sure is less is More.  The less we focus on what we have and focus on who we are the more fulfilling our lives will be.   It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and strive to fill our life full of material things, numb our emotions with food, and avoid getting uncomfortable and dealing with our inner being.  I challenge you to join me on a journey of growth, joy and personal development. As I share stories from my life I hope to inspire you to live your best life, let go of things that don't really matter and find your best self. 

We all need a really great sense of humor to enjoy this journey we call life.  Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself, and see the lessons your experiences can bring.  I try to at least make some crazy faces in the mirror daily. If you know me I am sure you've seen a few of them!  Laughter really is the best medicine, so next time you need a good laugh watch a rerun of your favorite comedy show, a skit from SNL, or call a friend that always makes you smile and enjoy a great big belly laugh! One of my favorite quotes is from Milton Berle- "Laughter is an instant vacation"

 Don't take yourself too seriously, and have an awesome day!  



Let's just say some days are better than others! Live your best life every day!

Let's just say some days are better than others! Live your best life every day!