Link Love #72

Good news! Last night I met with a new personal training client who ended up signing up for a bunch of sessions AND I’m meeting with another new client this morning! Between not working in a traditional gym where I would be handed clients and not having much of a network in California, it’s taken a bit longer than I expected to grow my clientele but I’m feeling like we’re actually getting somewhere these days. It’s pretty darn exciting and I’m really hoping things are going to be picking up even more in the near future. Woo!

Health

5 Popular Pieces of Nutrition Advice that Fall Short Raise Healthy Eaters

5 Popular Pieces of Nutrition Advice that Fall Short – Raise Healthy Eaters

5 Popular Pieces of Nutrition Advice that Fall Short – Raise Healthy Eaters
Why Bad Workouts Aren’t So Bad – Lifting Revolution
FYI Friday – Nutrient Requirements for Active People – Protein – Pretty Little Grub
Questioning the Idea of Good Carbs, Bad Carbs – The New York Times Well
The psychology of eating | small behavioural changes add up to big results – FitKnitChick

Fitness

5 Exercises to Strengthen Your Knees Love Life Surf

5 Exercises to Strengthen Your Knees – Love, Life, Surf

5 Exercises to Strengthen Your Knees – Love, Life, Surf
CrossFit Inspired Running Workout – Blonde Ponytail
Full-Body Chair Workout + 5 Ways to Inspire Your Active Life in 2015 – Fit Foodie Finds
Sweaty Elliptical Workout – Pancake Warriors
Fit Bit Friday 177: The All Push-Ups and Squats Workout – Eat Spin Run Repeat

Food

Winter Chopped Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato and Blood Orange Vinaigrette How Sweet It is

Winter Chopped Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato and Blood Orange Vinaigrette – How Sweet It is

Winter Chopped Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato and Blood Orange Vinaigrette – How Sweet It Is
One Dish Fish and Veggie Bake {Paleo Friendly} – Cotter Crunch
The Very Best Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Brownies – Half Baked Harvest
Chopped Carrot Citrus Salad – Running to the Kitchen
Harissa Carrot Salad with Feta Cheese – Simply Delicious Food

Food for Thought

What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #71

I deem this week hell week. I’ve recently started working at a new gym on top of Athleta and my existing gym. My schedule is pretty nutso but I at least made it through Monday which was the longest one. Success! There is, however, a light at the end of the tunnel. Next week, we’ll be all moved into our new place and I’ll hopefully iron out some crazy schedule kinks. Not to mention, once we move, we’ll have a whole slew of visitors! It’s going to be an exciting 6 months 🙂

Health

2 Steps to Make Healthy Eating a Reality Love Life Surf

2 Steps to Make Healthy Eating a Reality – Love, Life, Surf

2 Steps to Make Healthy Eating a Reality – Love, Life, Surf
Making Fitness News: Which Is Best Cardio Or Strength Training For Decreasing Your Waist? – Lifting Revolution
20 Post-Workout Food Options – Coconuts & Kettlebells
Stop Being Disappointed With Your Body and Start Making Changes – Greatist
A Guide to FAT: Healthy Fats vs. Unhealthy Fats – The Little Honey Bee
FYI Friday – Nutrient Requirements for Active People – Iron – Pretty Little Grub

Fitness

Cardio Tabata Superset Workout Pumps & Iron

Cardio Tabata Superset Workout – Pumps & Iron

Cardio Tabata Superset Workout – Pumps & Iron
4 Compound Exercises Great for Tabatas {And a Workout to Try} – Cotter Crunch
Make Your Move with Weight Training – Hungry Healthy Girl
Developing Upper Body Muscles – Blonde Ponytail
What’s Your Fitness Missing? – Mark Crabtree via FitFluential

Food

Chewy Chocolate Crunch Hemp Protein Bars Peachy Palate

Chewy Chocolate Crunch Hemp Protein Bars – Peachy Palate

Chewy Chocolate Crunch Hemp Protein Bars – Peachy Palate
Paleo Cashew Coconut Protein Fudge – The Big Man’s World
Short Rib Black Bean Beer Chili – The Beeroness
Spinach, Prosciutto and Butternut Squash Pizza – A Zesty Bite
Savory Oatmeal with Soft-Cooked Egg + Bacon – According to Elle

Food for Thought

What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #53

Thank you all so much for all of the shares and comments on yesterday’s post! I love making other blogger’s recipes and it’s fun to see other people so excited about one of my recipe ideas. If you do try them out, tweet or instagram a picture to me so I can see 🙂

Speaking of other blogger’s recipes, I love my Tuesday link love posts because not only do I get to share some of my favorite posts from the past week, but I also take some time to revisit them too. Even if there are some posts here that you’ve already read, I’d suggest giving some of them a second look; you may take away something new than you did the first time. You may also get some new killer workout moves.. I know I’m looking for some new ones for when I’m training Nathan [watch out! ;)] Enjoy!

Health

How to Embrace Mental and Physical Rest Family Sport Life Cotter Crunch

How to Embrace Mental and Physical Rest – Family Sport Life via Cotter Crunch

How to Embrace Mental and Physical RestFamily Sport Life via Cotter Crunch
5 Tips for Better Sleep – I Heart Vegetables
How to Eat Intuitively | A Guide to Mindful Eating – fannetastic food
Holistic Fat Loss: Is It More Effective? – Workout Nirvana
Don’t Be Fooled By the Sugar-Free Label – The Lean Green Bean

Fitness

Crazy 8s Sprint Workout Blonde Ponytail

Crazy 8’s Sprint Workout – Blonde Ponytail

Crazy 8’s Sprint Workout – Blonde Ponytail
5 Ways to Increase EPOC aka Workout After Burn – Trainer Paige
Kettlebell Training for Beginners – FitKnitChick
15 Minute Thunder And Lightening Workout: Kettlebell & Jump Rope – Lifting Revolution
Full Body vs. Body Part Split Routines – Reach Your Peak

Food

Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus The Healthy Maven

Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus – The Healthy Maven

Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus – The Healthy Maven
30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef and Toasted Sesame Noodles – Half Baked Harvest
Mini Pumpkin Pie S’mores Tarts – Treats With a Twist
Lamb and Millet Tagine with Cinnamon and Prunes {Gluten-Free} – Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Broken Farro Porridge with Coconut Milk, Almonds, & Roasted Plums – Blogging Over Thyme

Food for Thought

What’s one of your favorite post from the past week?

Link Love #43

In all of my home craziness, I missed the chance to share my favorite posts last week so this week I’m going to share a little extra! And let’s throw a few more pictures in there too, shall we? 🙂

Health

Who Are You To Be Successful And Fabulous Lifting Revolution

Who Are You To Be Successful And Fabulous? – Lifting Revolution

Who Are You To Be Successful And Fabulous? – Lifting Revolution
Choose FOOD, Not Drugs, For Weight Loss – Slim Sanity
Meal Planning & Intuitive Eating – Mindful Meals
Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle When Life Gets Busy – Perfection Isn’t Happy

The Boxed Lunch Or You Cant Have It All Kath Eats Real Food

The Boxed Lunch, Or You Can’t Have It All – Kath Eats Real Food

The Boxed Lunch, Or You Can’t Have It All – Kath Eats Real Food
Why I’m Transitioning Away From Veganism… – The Blonde Vegan
How to Use Micro-Goals to Blast Away Fat – Workout Nirvana

Fitness

Justins Sweaty Workout Jessie Loves 2 Run

Justin’s Sweaty Workout – Jessie Loves 2 Run

Justin’s Sweaty Workout – Jessie Loves 2 Run
Top 5 Body Weight Workouts – Blonde Ponytail
power of two 18 minute leg burning workout purely training #67 – Purely Twins

Afternoon Energizing Stretch Fitnessista

Afternoon Energizing Stretch – Fitnessista

Afternoon Energizing Stretch – Fitnessista
1776 Rep Workout – Lifting Revolution
RUNNER’S GUIDE: 8 Tips for Road Runners – PFITblog
Join me for Strength and Sweat! A Plyometric Workout You can Do Anywhere – Cotter Crunch

Food

Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles Inspiralized

Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles – Inspiralized

Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles – Inspiralized
Blueberry Flax Superfood Smoothie – Fit Foodie Finds
Apricot Strawberry Grilled Crisp – Edible Perspective
Toasted Coconut Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee – Ari’s Menu

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Brownies The Lean Green Bean

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Brownies – The Lean Green Bean

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Brownies – The Lean Green Bean
Blissful Blueberry Oat Cobbler Healthy Bites – Cotter Crunch
Quick Honey Ginger Pineapple and Summer Veggie Chicken Stir Fry with Caramelized Cashews – Half Baked Harvest
apple trifle with bourbon whipped cream + caramel drizzle – Climbing Grier Mountain

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from the past 2 weeks?

Link Love #37

Yesterday was a first for me—Athleta got a ton of new product in so we had a “flip” where the entire store is rearranged and new product is incorporated into the displays. It’s not really anything I thought about before, but when I got into work at 5 a.m. yesterday, you bet I was thinking about it! It was kind of nuts but I also kind of enjoyed it. I was also finished with work by 10 a.m. so that’s a plus. Oh, and there’s some pretty cute new stuff that you should definitely check out [come see me!] The 4 a.m. wake-up call had me walking around like a zombie for pretty much the rest of the day, but I have to admit, it’s nice to really feel tired again.

Nathan also found out about a Target deal good through 5/24 for $10 off your $50 grocery purchase. We also had a $10 gift card so I was pretty excited to get $50 worth of groceries for $30. It’s the little things 😉 I also made him come with me to keep me on track ha! Anywho, it’s catch up time and as usual, there are some goodies.. enjoy!

Health

How to Improve Your Self Esteem Smart Fit Chicks Barefoot Colorado

How to Improve Your Self Esteem – Smart Fit Chicks via Barefoot Colorado

How to Improve Your Self Esteem – Smart Fit Chicks via Barefoot Colorado
9 Habits Of People With A Healthy Relationship To Exercise – HuffPost Healthy Living
8 Habits To Stop When I’m A Mother To Daughter – Lifting Revolution
Balanced Living or Healthy Living? – Cowgirl Runs
Why Hydrating After Exercise is Not Enough – The Lyons Share

Fitness

20 Minute AMRAP Crossfit Workout Blonde Ponytail

20 Minute AMRAP Crossfit Workout – Blonde Ponytail

20 Minute AMRAP Crossfit Workout – Blonde Ponytail
A Fun, Full-Body Resistance Band Workout – Workout Nirvana
10 Minute Workouts You Can Do At Your Desk – Peanut Butter Fingers
At Home & Travel-Friendly Total Body Resistance Band Workout – Trainer Paige
Making Workouts Purposeful – Cotter Crunch

Food

Beet Chips Avocado Mayo Peachy Palate

Beet Chips with Avocado “Mayo” – Peachy Palate

Beet Chips with Avocado “Mayo” – Peachy Palate
Easy Apple Noodle & Rhubarb Crisps – Inspiralized
Banana Bread Truffles – The Lean Green Bean
Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados – Half Baked Harvest
Fresh Pineapple Avocado Pea Shoot Salad – Pineapple & Coconut

Food for Thought

What’s one of your favorite posts from last week?

Favorite Workout Round Up

Have you entered my Bob’s Red Mill giveaway yet? Today is the last day!

Over the past few weeks since Best Body Bootcamp has finished up, I’ve really concentrated on figuring out what is right for my body in terms of food and workouts. I’ve experimented with more intense weeks of workouts and lighter weeks. I realized recently that stress has been tearing me down and the lighter workouts have been my friend [thank you, Lindsay]. That said, I’ve still been killing it at the gym, just at a more relaxed pace. Funny what happens when you actually listen to your body, huh?

Ironically enough, I’ve started incorporating more running into my workouts. It’s also made me realize I have some core work to do.. gotta get that strength!

In looking for inspiration, my ever-growing Pinterest board has been quite helpful. Turns out, I’ve pinned some pretty awesome workouts and I wanted to share some of my favorites that I’ve done with you.

Upper Body

Peanut Butter Fingers PBFingers Biceps Triceps Workout

Peanut Butter Fingers PBFingers Shoulder Shredder Workout

Lower Body

Blonde Ponytail GNC Lean Legs Workout

Core

Lifting Revolution Abs in April Challenge

Pumps and Iron Bodyweight Ab Workout

Tone It Up TIU Best Ab Workout

Combo

Slim Sanity Shoulders Legs

Full Body

Cotter Crunch 30 Min Workout

Nut Butter Runner Body Burnin 100 Rep Workout

Tone It Up TIU Frisky Fall Cardio

Tone It Up TIU Something Blue Cardio

These will all get your heart racing and muscles burning. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Food for Thought

Where do you look for workout inspiration?

Link Love #30

The Orioles won yesterday! And that’s not an April Fools joke 😉 Excuse me while I bask in the glow of of a perfect record right now. I’m also super excited because Nathan decided to surprise me with tickets to the A’s game this Sunday. I think watching the Orioles game yesterday really got us extra pumped for baseball season. We have a couple fun things planned for the weekend so I’m already psyched for the next few days to fly by. In the meantime, let’s play a little catch up.

Health

Benefits of Strength Training Slim Sanity

Benefits of Strength Training – Slim Sanity

Benefits of Strength Training – Slim Sanity
8 Tips to Have a Positive Body Image and Stop Obsessive Eating Habits – Trainer Paige
My Addiction to Exercise Permanently Damaged My Body. But It Also Taught Me How to Love Myself – Tara Fuller via Greatist
Antioxidants 101 – Nutritious Eats
How Rigid Diets Threaten True Digestive Healing – Mind Body Green

Fitness

Core Workout for Runners Crazy Running Girl

A Core Workout for Runners – Crazy Running Girl

A Core Workout for Runners – Crazy Running Girl
30-Minute Bodyweight AMRAP Workout – Pumps & Iron
10 Advanced Ab Exercises for the Summer – Lifting Revolution
7 Boredom Busting Treadmill Workouts – Run to the Finish
Leg Burnout Workout – Blonde Ponytail

Food

Sushi Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing The Healthy Maven

Sushi Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing – The Healthy Maven

Sushi Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing – The Healthy Maven
3 Gluten-Free Recovery Snacks for Coffee Lovers – Cotter Crunch
Lemon Vanilla Brown Rice Pudding with Berries – Edible Perspective
Microwave Breakfast Berry Crumble – 24 Carrot Life
Black Pepper Rub Chicken Fingers with Greek Yogurt Ranch – Half Baked Harvest

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #29

Have you entered my LÄRABAR giveaway yet? Today is the last day to enter so don’t miss out!

Yesterday was strange. Do you ever just have those days where you wake up in a funk and can’t quite seem to shake it? I wasn’t in a bad mood yesterday, just kind of out of it. Unfortunately my mood killed my workout, but I plan on making up for it with my other workouts this week. Less energy one day = more energy the next, right? 🙂 These will get me started nicely..

Health

Guest RD Rev Your Metabolism Kath Eats Real Food The Real Life RD

Guest RD: Rev Your Metabolism – The Real Life RD via Kath Eats Real Food

Guest RD: Rev Your Metabolism – The Real Life RD via Kath Eats Real Food
5 Steps You May Not Have Heard of That Will Improve Digestion – Della Terra Wellness
Confessions of a Former Cardio Queen – JillFit
Two Steps to a Bathing Suit Body – Carla Birnberg
10 Reasons Your Weight is Not Shifting – Food & Nonsense

Fitness

Lean Lifting (fat loss without boring cardio) Eat Lift & Be Happy

Lean Lifting (fat loss without boring cardio) – Eat Lift & Be Happy

Lean Lifting (fat loss without boring cardio) – Eat, Lift, & Be Happy
Lucky 7s Body Weight Workout – Blonde Ponytail
The 10 Best Kettlebell Arm Exercises For Women – Lifting Revolution
How to Get to Pull ups Faster Using Bands – Workout Nirvana
10 Minute No Equipment No Time Workout – Trainer Paige

Food

Jerk Fish Tacos Asian Slaw Avocado Lime Sauce Fit Foodie Finds

Jerk Fish Tacos with Asian Slaw and Avocado Lime Sauce – Fit Foodie Finds

Jerk Fish Tacos with Asian Slaw and Avocado Lime Sauce – Fit Foodie Finds
Roasted Sesame Asparagus Toasts with Poached Eggs – How Sweet It Is
Peppermint Patty Chocolate Almond Butter – PaleOMG
Banana Almond Teff Porridge – Eating Bird Food
Braised Pork Shoulder – Gabby’s Gluten-Free

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #19

It’s the first Link Love of the new year! And there have been some good ones to share 🙂

Health

New Year New Word New Workout Cotter Crunch

New Year New Word New Workout – Cotter Crunch

New Year, New Word, New Workout – Cotter Crunch
10 “New Ways” To Think of Fitness, Nutrition, Weight Loss, Strength In 2014 – Lifting Revolution
What If Every Day Were New Years Day? – Tina Reale
10 Nutrients Scientifically Proven to Make You Feel Awesome – Greatist
50 bite-sized resolutions for better health – NutritionElla

Fitness

A Sweaty Post Holiday Workout Blonde Ponytail

A Sweaty Post Holiday Workout – Blonde Ponytail

A Sweaty Post Holiday Workout – Blonde Ponytail
8 Exercises to Help You Say Sayonara to Saddlebags – FitSugar
5 Things to Consider When Starting a New Training Program – Breaking Muscle
Row, Row, Row Workout – Peanut Butter Fingers
Sexy Dancer Arms Workout – Livewell 360

Food

Meyer Lemon Roasted Carrot Strings with Lemon Garlic Sauce Running to the Kitchen

Meyer Lemon Roasted Carrot Strings with Lemon Garlic Sauce – Running to the Kitchen

Meyer Lemon Roasted Carrot Strings with Lemon Garlic Sauce – Running to the Kitchen
Detox Quinoa Salad – Kiss My Broccoli
Spicy Sweet Potato Egg Skillet – Peachy Palate
Miso Mushroom Zucchini “Ramen” Noodles
– Inspiralized
Crunchy Quinoa Granola – Iowa Girl Eats

Food for Thought

What’s your favorite post so far this year? 😉

Link Love #15

Holy cow, life is busy right now! I promise I’m not deserting you and I’ll be popping in from time to time 🙂

Health

Why I quit going nuts for nuts - My Healthy Happy Home

Why I quit going nuts for nuts – My Healthy Happy Home

Why I quit going nuts for nuts – My Healthy Happy Home
Why Every Athlete Needs to EMBRACE an Off Season. – Cotter Crunch
Progress – Snack Therapy
The Power of Carbs – Breaking Muscle
10 Ways to Worry Less – Huffington Post

Fitness

8 Steps For Creating A Fit, Fun & Fab Fitness Plan From Scratch - Lifting Revolution

8 Steps For Creating A Fit, Fun & Fab Fitness Plan From Scratch – Lifting Revolution

8 Steps For Creating A Fit, Fun & Fab Fitness Plan From Scratch – Lifting Revolution
5 Things to Consider When Using a Personal Trainer – Blonde Ponytail
Glycogen Depletion Training – Mommy Run Fast
Ab Circuit – Bess Be Fit
Move It Monday: Work Those Abs! – Tina Reale

Food

Raw Carrot Cake Bites The Sweet Life

Raw Carrot Cake Bites – The Sweet Life

Raw Carrot Cake Bites – The Sweet Life
Cranberry, Butternut and Brussels Sprout Brie Skillet Nachos – Half Baked Harvest
Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw with Pink Grapefruit and Maple Cider Vinaigrette – Flourishing Foodie
Pumpkin Pie Rugelach – She Knows
Sweet Potato Pomegranate Salad – Two Peas and Their Pod

Food for Thought

What was your favorite post from the past week?