On a scale from 1-10, how CONFIDENT and RADIANT do you FEEL in your life right now?

 
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If it’s anything less than a 10, you’re selling yourself short. You deserve MORE.

You see, almost every woman I work with comes to me because they want to simply “lose weight.” While using the scale is a great tool to measure progress, it surprises me that so few women understand how creating a healthier life will make them FEEL!

How would you FEEL if you slept 7-9 hours a night? ⁣

How would you FEEL if you fueled your body with the nutrients it craves?⁣

How would you FEEL if you consciously chose to ate dessert simply because you WANTED it, without any strings attached or without using it as a comfort for stress or emotions? ⁣

So... how do you bump your confidence up to a level 10?

You remember that you always have a CHOICE, and that is your POWER. Decide to take action. ⁣

If you’re not happy with how you FEEL, how can you change your daily actions (which directly changes your feelings)?

Are your WEEKENDS a WRECK?!

 
 
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One of the BIGGEST ways I see women sabotaging their weight loss progress is by going overboard on the weekends.

You know what I’m talking about, and heck, it’s happened to ME before! What STARTS as a well intentioned happy hour drink on Friday often turns into:

Wine, Cocktails, Dessert, Burgers, Fries, Pizza, Tacos, Doughnuts and more.

Now there is NOTHING wrong with enjoying a cocktail and your FAVORITE meal on the weekends. I do this at least once every weekend!

Check out my best 3 tips to help you stay on track during the weekend:

1. PLAN AHEAD — Look at your weekend schedule and figure out WHEN you want to indulge and WHAT you plan to eat and drink. Then, swing by the grocery store and pick up some healthy foods for your other meals. Be sure to grab plenty of lean protein options (eggs, lean meats, almonds, greek yogurt, etc.) and veggies!


2. ONLY EAT WHEN YOU FEEL HUNGRY — I believe that this is a habit that every.single.human should try to adapt. There are NO reasons that ANY of us should eat if we don’t feel hungry. Often times weekends turn into two days of grazing… which leads to overeating. Before eating ANYTHING during the weekend, ask yourself if you feel hungry first.


3. WATCH THE BOOZE — Many of us use alcohol as a way to relax and socialize on the weekends, and that’s OKAY… But it’s super important to find other ways to decompress and relax too! Watch a show on Netflix, go for a walk, workout, read a book. There are a MILLION other things to try doing to help you unwind!

Weekends are meant to be ENJOYED. Part of having fun and enjoying SHOULD include your favorite foods and drinks. It is 100% possible to still LOVE your weekends and make progress towards your goals, too! It all comes down to being mindful.

Do YOU have a strategy that helps you stay healthy on the weekends?? Share it below!

The KEY to losing weight and LOVING your life.

 
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BALANCE. ⁣ I teach my clients that YES they can drink wine and eat chocolate and still lose weight.

Heck, one of my clients drank a large mocha and ate homemade lasagna and STILL lost 2 pounds that week! The best way to ENJOY your favorites and still lose weight is to PLAN AHEAD and PRIORITIZE.

Look ahead at your schedule this week and ask yourself... What is worth it to YOU this week to enjoy⁉️ ⁣ ⁣ Is it dinner with girlfriends? ⁣ Or date night with your significant other? Or birthday cake at your child’s birthday party? ⁣ If you find that you have a busy week with a few fun social events/meals planned, then it comes down to prioritizing your absolute favorite food or drink.

You simply CAN’T eat unhealthy foods and drink booze 3-4 days a week and still expect to reach your goals. It just won’t happen. ⁣ Do me a favor... grab your calendar and check out your upcoming week. Using ONLY an emoji, drop the favorite food or drink you plan on enjoying in the comments below!

BIGGEST reason most women struggle to lose weight!

 
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It’s NOT because they eat chocolate or pizza or drink wine....⁣ ⁣

It’s because they aren’t CONSISTENT enough with the nutritious foods they eat while still enjoying their favorite foods.

They tend to eat too much chocolate and pizza and drink too much wine without even realizing how much they’re eating.⁣ ⁣ In my weight loss coaching program, the Freedom with Food Formula, I teach women EXACTLY how to lose weight but still enjoy pizza, chocolate, wine, and even French fries .⁣ ⁣If you want to learn more about the 5-step process I take my clients through in the Freedom with Food Formula, comment below.

FOOD WILL NOT SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS.

 
 
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Here’s the truth — It is 100% possible to lose weight and lead a healthy life while still enjoying wine and chocolate.

I know this because I’ve done it myself, and I’ve helped my current clients lose over 270 pounds without EVER giving up their favorite foods. ⁣ ⁣ The problem begins when you use food as comfort to help you feel better or to escape your stress and emotions. No matter how hard you try, food is NOT the solution to your problems. ⁣ ⁣

In my coaching program, the Freedom with Food Formula, I teach women exactly how to process and feel their stress and emotions WITHOUT turning to food as comfort. ⁣ ⁣

At the end of the day, what’s most important is that you eat your favorite foods when YOU truly want them, as opposed to using your fav foods as a comfort. ⁣ ⁣ Want to beat emotional eating? Take your emotions and your stress out of the equation.

Remember that YOU control your actions... Not your emotions. Allow yourself to indulge in your favorite foods (like this awesome PB Brownie) when YOU want them, as opposed to letting your emotions/stresses dictate what you eat. Share ONE way you can process your emotions/stress outside of eating in the comments below!

 

Want to know my SECRET for exercising to LOSE WEIGHT?!⁣⁣

 
 
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Find something you ENJOY doing, and GO with it! Some of my clients love yoga, while others love running. Others like walking their dog, and others lift weights. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

Exercise should NEVER be a punishment, nor should it be something you dread. It doesn’t mean spending hours in the gym... Heck, I can kick my own ass in 20 minutes in the gym.⁣ ⁣ At the end of the day, exercise should be something that you enjoy and do consistently. It empowers you and leaves you feeling stronger than you thought possible. ⁣⁣⁣

In my weight loss coaching program, the Freedom with Food Formula, I help my clients create an exercise routine that is FUN, safe, effective, and unique to each woman! ⁣⁣ ⁣Share YOUR favorite workout in the comments below!

FOOD WILL NOT SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS!

 
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Here’s the truth — It is 100 % possible to lose weight and lead a healthy life while still enjoying wine and chocolate. I know this because I’ve done it myself, and I’ve helped my current clients lose over 350 pounds without EVER giving up their favorite foods. ⁣ ⁣

The problem begins when you use food as comfort to help you feel better or to escape your stress and emotions. No matter how hard you try, food is NOT the solution to your problems. ⁣ ⁣

In my coaching program, the Freedom with Food Formula, I teach women exactly how to process and feel their stress and emotions WITHOUT turning to food as comfort. ⁣ ⁣ At the end of the day, what’s most important is that you eat your favorite foods when YOU truly want them, as opposed to using your fav foods as a comfort. ⁣ ⁣

Want to beat emotional eating? Take your emotions and your stress out of the equation. Remember that YOU control your actions... Not your emotions. ⁣ ⁣ Allow yourself to indulge in your favorite foods (like this awesome PB Brownie) when YOU want them, as opposed to letting your emotions/stresses dictate what you eat. ⁣

Share ONE way you can process your emotions/stress outside of eating in the comments below!

HEALTHY meals at home do NOT have to be boring!!

 
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Does cooking healthy meals at home SOUND bland and boring to you?

If so, keep reading..⁣

SO often, I talk with women who believe that losing weight means eating meals that TASTE boring and flavorless, like plain chicken and broccoli, and that’s simply NOT the case.

Check out my best 4 tips to help maximize the FLAVOR of your food (while still losing weight)!⁣

1 —- Use salsa, hot sauce, mustard, pico de gallo, or other low-calorie/low-fat condiments to add a kick to any meal.⁣
2 —- Cook your protein and veggies with garlic, onions, or to add some natural flavor without too much spice!⁣
3 —- Experiment with seasonings!  Oregano, red pepper flakes, dill, sage, and thyme are just SOME of the many options of seasonings you can choose add flavor to ANY protein or veggie.  The sky is the limit here!  Simply find a flavor you ENJOY and run with it!⁣
4 —- Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning.  Seriously this seasoning is SO GOOD!!!! I use it on veggies, chicken, turkey, sweet potatoes, and SO many more foods to add some flavor without adding extra calories or fat! ⁣

Instead of believing that healthy meals have to be flavorless and boring, use this as an EXPERIMENT to find seasonings and flavors that YOU love!

Do you have a FAVORITE way to make protein and veggies taste delicious??? Share it below in the comments!

Here's a fun fact...

 
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Here’s a fun fact: Sometimes sh*t doesn’t go the way we want it to. ⁣

This picture was take last August on the morning of the @crim_events 10-Mile race. After warming up and preparing myself to run, I lined up at the start line only to discover the race was delayed because of thunderstorms.⁣

I sat in this chair for over 2 HOURS waiting for the storm to pass. At first I was super annoyed and frustrated. I was READY to run. I could’ve wasted time complaining, or by playing candy crush on my phone, or by saying SCREW IT and heading home like so many other runners did, but instead, I decided to make my time productive. I used that time to check in with my clients and to plan my clients’ habits for the upcoming week.⁣

After the storms, I was nervous to run after sitting still for so long, but I felt GOOD knowing I had used my time productively. And guess what happened? I ran my FASTEST 10-miles to date. ⁣

Life is always going you a curve ball. You can’t escape that. But you are 100% in control of YOUR ATTITUDE and HOW you react to stressful situations. ⁣

I couldn’t control the weather on race day, but I COULD control my attitude and my behaviors. I made the best out of a situation that was annoying and frustrating, and I think my race results proved that! ⁣ I challenge you to DECIDE to make the most of a bad situation - you’ll be glad you did!

DITCH your DIET!

 
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Truth bomb time — I hate the word DIET.

Ugh. To me, it just SOUNDS miserable, restrictive, and unrealistic. Or it makes me think of processed foods (bars & shakes) that *promise* quick results and taste like plastic. PLEASE understand that you do NOT need a diet to lose weight. You simply need a SMART NUTRITION PLAN and a LIFESTYLE CHANGE.

There is a HUGE difference between a diet and a nutrition plan. DIETS are temporary. They have a start and a stop date. They require you to drastically cut calories, so you feel miserable, deprived, and hangry. Or, you are forced to eliminate your favorite foods or entire food groups, which leads to binging. Diets don’t TEACH you anything about your current eating behaviors. Nor do they TEACH you how to maintain your results long term. The diet industry WANTS you to fail so you spend more $$$ with them.

At the end of the day, diets simply tell you WHAT to eat.  They don’t help you understand WHY you eat the way you do, or HOW to change your habits long-term

A SMART NUTRITION PLAN is flexible, and allows you to ENJOY your favorite foods (like chocolate and wine) occasionally while eating the nutritious foods that your body craves MOST of the time.

Smart nutrition plans are meant to help you LEARN how to create healthy habits that are sustainable FOREVER.

In my signature coaching program, the Freedom with Food Formula, I help my clients to create & implement smart nutrition plans, and once they “graduate” from working together, they NEVER need another diet OR to work with me again because they have learned the skills to live a healthy life FOREVER!

PLEASE friends… Do yourself a favor and DITCH the DIETS for good. If you’re unsure of how to create a smart nutrition plan for yourself, please reach out to me! Let me help you take the first step towards a healthier life.

Confession time...

 
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Confession time — I am a cardio QUEEN!

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I absolutely LOVE teaching at Cyclebar and running outdoors!

There is NOTHING wrong with enjoying cardio.  Heck, it’s an AMAZING way to keep your heart healthy, to increase your lung capacity, to relieve stress, and to get those endorphins pumping.

However, if your goal is weight loss, adding in some resistance training (YES body weight exercises count) is KEY to your success! ⁣

Check out the BEST 2 reasons that strength training helps you to lose weight:⁣

1. Strength training helps build lean muscle.  Lean muscle burns more calories at rest than fat does… So, the more lean muscle you have, the more calories your body burns while sleeping… That’s pretty amazing!


2. Strength training helps you burn more calories throughout the ENTIRE day.  Although a weight training session doesn’t burn as many calories as a cardio session does DURING the workout, you reap the benefits of a strength training workout for up to 24 hours AFTER the workout.  In other words, your metabolism stays elevated for a longer period of time after a strength workout. ⁣

For all my other cardio queens out there, keep ENJOYING cardio (I know that I will! )  However, if your goal is to lose weight, don’t be afraid to incorporate some strength training to your routine too! ⁣

Not sure where to start?  Contact me and I can point you in the right direction!

In the meantime, let’s take a poll…. Are you a CARDIO QUEEN or a STRENGTH TRAINING GODDESS?! Let me know in the comments below

HEALTHY but FLEXIBLE eating!

 
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Throwing it back to our amazing trip to Paris and Rome this past spring! ⁣#tbt ⁣
What I LOVE about my healthy yet flexible eating is that it allows me to live and ENJOY life! ⁣

Thinking back on my trip to Europe, I drank lattes and ate croissants every single day for breakfast. ⁣

80% of my meals consisted of pizza or pasta in Italy.

Aside from walking, I did not exercise once on my 2 week trip. ⁣

I probably drank my body weight in amazing wine.

And I enjoyed gelato on most nights.

And guess what?! NOTHING HAPPENED. I didn’t gain 10 pounds, and I didn’t freak out or feel guilty for indulging. ⁣

Do I eat and move like that on a regular basis? Heck no! But what I consistently DO on a regular basis (eat nutritious foods and exercise) allows me to enjoy my indulgent vacations.⁣

Life (and especially vacations) are MEANT to be enjoyed. As you work on losing weight and creating a healthy life, be sure that you’re establishing habits that allow you to stay true to your goals but that also give you the flexibility to LIVE.

How do you feel when I say the words “MEAL PREP”⁉️ ⁣

 
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How do you feel when I say the words “MEAL PREP”⁉️ ⁣

Stressed? Anxious? Confused? Overwhelmed?

I feel your pain.  Seriously, I used to HATE cooking healthy meals. I found it super stressful and overwhelming.  I didn’t know where to begin, and thought I needed to spend HOURS every day cooking healthy meals.

Boy was I WRONG.  Over the last 7 years, I’ve learned that cooking healthy meals at home DOES NOT REQUIRE you to spend 5 hours in the kitchen… Nor does it require a $200 grocery store bill every week. ⁣Surprised?? Read on!

Sure, cooking healthy meals requires you to PLAN and PREPARE ahead of time, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend your ENTIRE Sunday cooking meals for the entire week.

Check out my BEST 3 hacks to help you turn into a meal prep ninja: ⁣

1. WASH, CHOP, and STORE ALL FRUITS AND VEGGIES AS SOON AS YOU GET HOME FROM THE STORE — Not only did this help save me time, but it also helped save money.  You’re MUCH more likely to use these if they’re already cut up and ready to eat! ⁣

2. DOUBLE and TRIPLE RECIPES — Whether you’re cooking for 1 person or a family of 4, try to double and triple healthy recipes and freeze the second and third batch.  Having healthy meals in your freezer that are ready-to-go can help for weeks that turn crazy busy!⁣

3. PREP SMARTER, NOT HARDER — Try to multitask when possible.  For example, try to bake 4-5 chicken breasts at once, and use it throughout the week on salads, sandwiches, & wraps.  While the chicken is in the oven, prepare your fruits, veggies and whole grains for the week. ⁣

At the end of the day, your meals don’t need to be FANCY in order to lose weight… They need to be NUTRITIOUS.  Every month, I share a healthy recipe pack with ALL of my clients to help them become masters at meal prep without spending hours in the kitchen. ⁣

Are there certain meals where you struggle to find healthy recipes? What do you do for meal prep?

Hit me up in the comments below and let me know which meals are a challenge for you and I’ll share my best recipes!

RIDICULOUSLY effective STRENGTH workout!

 
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Warning—Only read if you’re looking for a RIDICULOUSLY effective STRENGTH workout!

Strength workouts DO NOT need to be hours long… Nor do they need to be complex or complicated.  Instead, they need to be SMART, SIMPLE, and EFFECTIVE. ⁣

The BEST way to SAVE TIME and get a great strength workout is to COMBO up your moves!  You end up working more muscles and burning MORE calories than with single-joint exercises (like bicep curls). ⁣

Grab a set of heavy weights, and check out one of my FAVORITE total body strength workouts below! ⁣

Complete 4 sets of each exercise… 12 reps EACH time! ⁣

1. SQUAT WITH OVERHEAD SHOULDER PRESS⁣
2. SUMO SQUAT WITH BICEP CURL⁣
3. LUNGE WITH OBLIQUE TWIST⁣
4. RENEGADE ROWS IN PLANK⁣
5. LUNGE TO FRONT RAISE⁣

Want a video demonstration of each exercise?  Quickly search each exercise in YouTube. ⁣

What is YOUR favorite strength training move?  Share it below in the comments!

What's the most IMPORTANT nutrient to boost performance??

 
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Can you guess the single most IMPORTANT nutrient to help boost performance for EVERY activity except for long endurance events? ⁣

Nope, it’s not protein… Or carbs… Or caffeine! ⁣

It’s WATER!

Here’s a SCARY statistic — 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Yikes! ⁣

The benefits of drinking enough water are countless… From clear skin to healthy kidneys to strong muscles, but drinking enough water is CRUCIAL for weight loss. ‼️ ⁣

So… How much water should you drink? ⁣

That really depends on your body, your goals, and your lifestyle, but as a general guide, try to drink 0.5-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. ⁣

Check out my BEST 3 tips to help you stay hydrated: ⁣

1. Have a water bottle or glass with you 24/7. Have one in the car… keep it at your desk… Even on the coffee table while watching TV! Simply SEEING your water bottle is a great visual reminder to drink more water.


2. Set a reminder on your phone. Set an alarm for every 2-3 hours to remind you to get up and drink a glass of water.


3. Include water-rich foods into your meals. Many of us forget, but ALL fruits, veggies, and even meats contain water. Adding nutritious, whole, healthy foods into your meals can add up to 20% of your daily water intake! ⁣

Can you commit to drinking an extra glass of water today? Let me know in the comments below if you are in!

Ready for an EASY way to portion out your meals at the speed of LIGHT?!

Seriously, this 4-part method is exactly how I portion out every single one of my meals, and you don’t need a food scale or measuring cups or any other fancy tool to use it. 

 
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All you need is your HAND!

Check it out below

1.  PROTEIN — 1-2 Palm-sized servings at each meal 🍗⁣
2.  VEGGIES — 1-2 Fist-sized servings at each meal 🥦⁣
3.  HEALTHY FATS — 1 Thumb-sized serving at each meal 🥑⁣
4.  SMART CARBS — 0.5-1 Fist-sized serving at each meal 🍠⁣

I PROMISE, if you use this system precisely you CAN lose weight without ever counting a calorie or macro! ;)

Do YOU have an easy way to portion out your meals that works?  If so, drop it in the comments below! 🍴

Food Cravings are NOT your problem!!!!

We’re often taught that food cravings are EVIL, and that we must AVOID the foods we crave at all costs.

 
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Women come to me asking “How do I get rid of my food cravings?” OR “What do I do when a serious food cravings hits?!” ⁣

The truth is that ALL of us have food cravings at times. ⁣

For some of us, it comes from the pure satisfaction of enjoying a particular food… And for others of us, cravings hit because we use food as a coping mechanism for stress and emotions. ⁣

When we fight our food cravings, we only WORSEN our relationship with food, because we try to completely eliminate and avoid the unhealthy foods that we crave... Which tends to lead to a late-night binge session... ⁣

Can you relate⁣?!

So, back to the GOLDEN question... ⁣

WHAT do you do when a food craving hits?! ⁣

You remember that YOU always have POWER over your decisions with food.  YOU ARE IN CONTROL of your choices. ⁣

Stop allowing your food cravings to control you. ⁣
Stop thinking that foods are “bad” and “good” ⁣
Stop letting your emotions and fear take control over your eating.

START TRUSTING YOURSELF.

Instead of fighting your food cravings, be mindful, make a PLAN to help you navigate your cravings, and learn to TRUST YOURSELF to take power over your food choices. 👍🏻⁣

I promise that THIS is one way to help heal your relationship with food. ⁣

Tag a friend in the comments below who needs to hear this message today! 

How many times have you “fallen off the bandwagon” when eating healthy or losing weight?

1?  10?  50?  1000?⁣

 
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Here’s the truth—It doesn’t matter HOW many times you stumble on your journey.

Seriously… ALL that matters is that you pick yourself back up, LEARN from your falls, and continue to make progress.

I was reminded of this lesson during my winter vacation to Utah.  Brad and I were skiing at Snowbird and Snowbasin, and we got SLAMMED with a blizzard overnight… I’m talking 15 inches of fresh snow!

I’ve NEVER skied that much powder in my life.  Can you guess what happened? ⁣

I spent half the morning on my butt as I made my way down the mountain, but guess what… I LEARNED from each fall. ⁣

By the end of the day, I was able to ENJOY skiing the powder, and had a super fun day! ⁣

It would’ve been EASY for me to give up after falling the first time… To tell myself that I suck at skiing powder, and to just spend the rest of the day feeling miserable about myself inside of the ski lodge.  The HARDER choice was to continue practicing, even though I struggled. ⁣

But where would that get me?! ⁣

In the Freedom with Food Formula, I teach my clients how to LEARN from their setbacks, instead of giving up on themselves... So they can continue losing weight and creating a healthy life, no matter HOW many times they stumble.

Do you have any tips that help you make a comeback after a setback?  Share one below!

Ready to IMPROVE your confidence and really SHINE?

On a scale from 1-10, how CONFIDENT and RADIANT do you FEEL in your life right now? 

 
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If it’s anything less than a 10, you’re selling yourself short. You deserve MORE.

You see, almost every woman I work with comes to me because they want to simply “lose weight.” While using the scale is a great tool to measure progress, it surprises me that so few women understand how creating a healthier life will make them FEEL!

How would you FEEL if you slept 7-9 hours a night? ⁣

How would you FEEL if you fueled your body with the nutrients it craves? ⁣

How would you FEEL if you consciously chose to ate dessert simply because you WANTED it, without any strings attached or without using it as a comfort for stress or emotions?

So... how do you bump your confidence up to a level 10?

You remember that you always have a CHOICE, and that is your POWER. Decide to take action. ⁣

If you’re not happy with how you FEEL, share in the comments below… How can you change your daily actions (which directly changes your feelings)?

My BEST Secret about how to exercise to lose weight!

Want to know my SECRET for exercising to LOSE WEIGHT?!

 
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Find something you ENJOY doing, and GO with it! ⁣⁣
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Some of my clients love yoga, while others love running. Others like walking their dog, and others lift weights.
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Exercise should NEVER be a punishment, nor should it be something you dread. It doesn’t mean spending hours in the gym... Heck, I can kick my own ass in 20 minutes in the gym.⁣

At the end of the day, exercise should be something that you enjoy and do consistently. It empowers you and leaves you feeling stronger than you thought possible.
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In my weight loss coaching program, the Freedom with Food Formula, I help my clients create an exercise routine that is FUN, safe, effective, and unique to each woman!
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Share YOUR favorite workout in the comments below!