Fitness, Recipes

Baked Oatmeal Varieties

A few weeks back I posted this recipe for Baked Berry Oatmeal. I am mildly obsessed with this baked oatmeal and have made it every Sunday for the last four weeks. No joke. It's that good. This oatmeal is the perfect make-ahead breakfast. I bake one batch on Sunday and that's enough to get me… Continue reading Baked Oatmeal Varieties

Fitness, Transitions

Confidence

Confidence is a fleeting feeling. Sometimes you get on a roll and confidence is limitless. Other times, confidence wavers. In the last few years, my confidence has been pretty consistent. How did I build that? How do I regularly feel confident? It's because I keep the promises I make to myself. If it sounds simple,… Continue reading Confidence

Recipes

Vegan Broccoli and Cheese Soup

One of my favorite things to order at Panera before going vegan was their broccoli and cheese soup in a bread bowl. What wasn't to love about it? The soup was creamy and hearty and that bread bowl was fantastic. It's definitely a meal that I've missed since eliminating dairy from my diet. This recipe… Continue reading Vegan Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Recipes, Transitions, Veganism

Meal Preparation- Setting Yourself up for success

It's no secret that I love to cook. There's just something about taking ingredients and combining them in ways that make delicious meals that soothes my soul. It's therapeutic for me and it's also the way I show those that I cook for that I care. What can I say? I'm Italian. Feeding people is… Continue reading Meal Preparation- Setting Yourself up for success

Recipes, Transitions, Veganism

Cold weather meals ~ Vegan Jambalaya

I live in Florida. I love living in Florida. Especially when it's literally freezing everywhere else and it's in the 70s here. I do not love cold weather. I do not love the layers and the constant battle against the frozen nose and toes. I do however, enjoy stews, chili, and jambalaya which this ridiculously… Continue reading Cold weather meals ~ Vegan Jambalaya

Fitness, Transitions, Veganism

Why does going vegan seem so hard?

I was recently approached by a gym friend about the fact that I'm vegan. He had no idea that I was until he saw my Instagram page (which makes sense since we usually just have the cordial, 'Hey! How's it going?' chat). As we were talking, he kept mentioning how hard it must be to… Continue reading Why does going vegan seem so hard?

Fitness, Transitions, Veganism

Setting Big Goals and Making Small Decisions 

I've really been enjoying listening to podcasts lately. After my last competition in July, I had been feeling a bit uninspired by music in general at the gym. I tried training without music and it was uncomfortable and not in the way that helps you to improve. At about the same time I was seeing… Continue reading Setting Big Goals and Making Small Decisions 

Recipes, Veganism

Beer Macaroni and Cheese

It's been a while since I've blogged. Okay 2 months. But we've been busy! Kyle and I are all moved into our very first home! It's coming along so nicely. While I've been on hiatus, I stumbled upon a fantastic macaroni and cheese recipe on Pinterest (see the link in the recipe below). I️ loved… Continue reading Beer Macaroni and Cheese

Fitness, Transitions, Veganism

How fitness has changed my life… for the better

We all know that exercise is a good thing for us. But how can getting up for that walk our doctors recommend really, truly, and practically impact our lives? Before I get started, I want you to realize that I'm speaking here from first hand experience. In my short life, I've gained and lost over… Continue reading How fitness has changed my life… for the better