30 Day Challenge: 30 Days of No Makeup

This has been life changing. I had no idea how 30 days would change my perception of myself and who I am. (Never knew makeup could be so powerful, huh?) I sit here writing as a changed woman.

When I first started this 30-day challenge I was skeptical. I thought that I would still want to go back to my makeup. I would feel insecure about myself and the moment Day 30 hit, I would go running back to all my tinted lotions and eye-opening potions. I thought that I wouldn’t be able to get over the “incompleteness” that I felt when I looked in the mirror with nothing but my skin. (And mascara, but the reason why I didn’t give that up is in my other post…Continue reading

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30 Day Challenge: Day 20 No Makeup

At this point in my journey, I feel like I’ve positioned myself between a rock and a hard place. I’m 20 days in and once I hit day 30, I’m not sure where I’m going to go from here. This whole entire experience has not been at all been what I expected and here’s why…

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30 Day Challenge: Day 10 No Makeup

I am a third of the way through my makeup-free challenge! So, how’s it going? Well, I’ll start by saying that I came into this with a lot of skepticism. After wearing makeup almost every single day for the past five years, it was hard for me to initially go from what I thought was “fab” to “drab”.

How have I been coping? Let’s just say that Continue reading

Girls Who Lift: No, You’re Not Going to Look Like Mr. Olympia

This weekend I had a fun time sitting in a coffee shop listening to yet another person bash girls who lift weights. He dissed how awful it was to see women who were strong and muscular. Women lifting heavy weights and owning the weight room. It is important for me to share with you why I started lifting, the different lifting programs that you can follow, and the benefits of lifting that I have learned along my journey to Swolehalla. Why I became a Swole SisterContinue reading

30 Day Challenge: No Makeup

IMG_20171120_095534702.jpgThis is exactly what you think it is.

30 Day No Makeup Challenge

(disclaimer: except mascara, because love lashes)

Many of you may be thinking that this sounds like an easy challenge to crush. That waking up in the morning and just walking out the door might be exactly what you do and starting your day without makeup is another one of those things that comes naturally. But, for a lot of others out there, like myself, this isn’t easy.

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Eat Your Garbage

For those who know me, I love my Garbage Pans. That’s right: I eat my garbage… well, sort of. Almost every week I end up throwing together a pan of whatever looks like it’s about to get funky (not-so) fresh in my fridge and whip it into excellence. Here, is how I eat my garbage…-ish.

First, let’s talk about exactly what I’m talkin’ about. I’m talkin’ about eating the stuff that is about to get weird in your fridge. Continue reading

Don’t Cater Your Life to Your Diet, Cater Your Diet to Your Life

IMG_20170617_143439386_HDR.jpgEating what you want, when you want, while still doing the things you love. Yes, I believe in exactly just that. I believe that I can not only achieve my goals to stay healthy and fit, but I can do it all without sacrificing my love of food and adventure!

Back in 2013, I made the decision to lose weight and take control of my life again. After gaining 25 pounds after high school, I was feeling lumpy, unmotivated, and not nearly as photogenic as I used to. It was a picture of me and my little, petite friend Ally that woke me up to the “new me” that I had truly become. It was in that moment that I decided: I choose a healthier me.

Almost five years later and 30 pounds down (YES. I am in better shape than I was in high school!), I live my life to the fullest while staying lean and eating delicious food! Here’s how I do it. Continue reading

Swole Kitchen: Cooking with Plant Based Protein Doesn’t Have to Suck

I’ll be the first to tell you that cooking and baking with plant-based protein is not for the faint of heart. It will leaved you frustrated, confused, and looking for a glass of water faster than the chalky glob can squish between your teeth . . . I might be a little jaded, but, never fear, if there is a will there is a way!

Protein pancakes, protein banana bread, protein sludge bars (I’ll be referencing these guilt-free morsels of goodness below), making all of your delicious favorites packed with plant-based protein is a total possibility!

Now you may be thinking, “Why PBP?” (We’ll be calling plant-based protein PBP from now on…) Well, my tummy doesn’t do the best with dairy or soy based products, so soy-free, PBP is my go to for supplementing additional protein into my diet to help my muscles can grow big and strong! I do concede that it is a little more expensive than your common whey isolate, but being able to consume food that doesn’t make you feel like a sack of crap afterwards is totally worth it to me.

Before we get to the niddy-griddy, I would like to share with you my favorite Continue reading

Recharging: Much Needed Zzz’s

Please do not replicate without permission.

I am up bright and early this morning reveling in the silence and solitude of my house (well, besides my miniature schnauzer licking his chops from his breakfast…yeah, pretty gross) just feeling so grateful for a much needed night of sleep. Just a month ago, I would have never thought those words would flow through my fingers to a keyboard. Continue reading