March Focus: Consistency

We are a week into the new month and I must be honest, I am still struggling with motivation and consistency. I am feeling better about some things and slowly working my way back to finding joy and contentment in things that used to make me happy. They’re baby steps, but steps nonetheless and I hope to look back in a few month’s time and see some changes and how far I’ve come in these baby steps.

I’m excited to be running the Trail Trashed 10K with the hubs this Saturday! We haven’t ran a race together since last January, so this will be fun! I’ll be sure to share a race recap next week! I’ve also signed up for a local half marathon in April to help me get my running groove back and prepare for Zion Ragnar in May!

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So, to help this process along, I’ve made a list of 4 things to help me stay consistent this month. Check them out and see if they can help you too! We’re in this journey together!


  1. Put all Workouts in my Calendar

    This is nothing new to me. I have been putting my workouts on my calendar for years. I even color code the workouts/runs in red. However, I’ve also been deleting or ignoring them for awhile now. Just always have some excuse, as to why it doesn’t get done. So, this time, I am being really purposeful and mindful of my days and ensuring that I plan my days out accordingly and that I am realistic of what I can do each day.

  2. Get dressed to workout first thing in the morning

    This may not seem like a big deal, but it’s been a huge help to me! My mornings are busy with getting the kiddos off to school and cramming in some work in between, so I don’t get to workout or run first thing in the morning. But, if I just get dressed in my workout clothes first thing, then I’m mentally preparing myself to get out there and take that Body Pump Class or to get out there for my run!

  3. Meal Plan + Prep

    I’ve been slacking on this one for awhile. I’m usually pretty good at planning dinners, but I’ve gotten lazy with planning and prepping breakfast and lunches. I tell myself I don’t need to do it because I work from home, but I know that when I don’t plan/prep, I’m more likely to graze and snack.

  4. Set Small Attainable Monthly Goals

    I don’t want to get overwhelmed with how far I still have to go, so setting smaller goals to work on throughout the month is supper helpful. By focusing on these reachable “mini goals”, I’ll be one step closer to where I want to be and how I want to feel! For this month, these mini goals are to do 30 burpees a day + drink 64 + oz of water daily!


I’m certain that if I stay consistent and focused this month, I will see results and those results will help me keep going!! I’m sure it will work for you too! Let’s stay focused and consistent together, shall we!

Ramblings about the New Year + Finding Motivation

Well, hello there 2019! I realize it’s been quite a bit of time since my last blog post. Looking back on 2018, it was a year of growth and trying new things.  It started out a bit rocky and then turned into this frenzy of busy that I struggled with. It’s ben full of adjustments and some figuring things out as we went along.  Hence, why I’ve dropped off the face of the blog world!

I look forward to continuing to grow and learn in 2019.  After 15 years as a photographer and business owner, I’ve learned that you never stop learning.  We must constantly evolve and not get stuck on our old ways because when we we don’t move forward.  If you don’t move forward, you will inevitably move backwards.  Sometimes what works one year or during a particular season, won’t work for the next and that’s ok.  You keep trying, you keep moving, and you will make progress.  I feel this is the same in all aspects of my life. There’s this ebb and flow in life that we must constantly reevaluate and keep adjusting.

Lately I’ve been feeling this a lot when it comes to my running and fitness level. I’ve felt tired and downhearted because I’ve let my life get in the way. I stopped following my own advice of making time for myself and I’ve let all kinds of excuses stop me from doing the things I loved. Rather than being consistent in running and working out, I’ve slowed down (literally) and I’ve been too tired or lazy to do much about it. I’ve cried about it, gotten depressed, and then gotten back up for a few days, just do get back down and fall into the same rut. I’m struggling hard with this and it’s kicking my butt!

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I want to end this post on a positive note, because that’s what I do. I realize the problem, I address it, and then I make a plan to fix it. But, if I’m being honest with myself, I can’t seem to find an answer to this problem of mine, to this lack of motivation that is keeping me from enjoying the things I used to do. This lack of caring that is keeping me from meal planning and sticking to a healthy diet. So, although I don’t have a solution just yet, I felt it was important to admit this finally here in my little corner of the internet. Just writing down my struggles is helping me not feel so defeated. Maybe this is just part of that ebb and flow, it’s the part that’s not so flowy, I guess. My question is, how do I get it back? How do I get back that motivation I had for so long? I don’t know the answer, but I sure am going to try to figure it out!

2019 is going to be a year of learning and struggling to move forward, but I do plan to move forward. So far, I’ve signed up for a local trail half marathon that I may end up changing to the 10K because my training has been mediocre. I’m also signed up for a trail Ragnar Trail in Zion, UT for this May. I do want to focus on my nutrition more and get back to boot camps and other forms of exercise besides running. I will always consider myself a runner, but I think adding some other activities will help me find the balance I need and the love for working out again.

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Do you have any tips on how to stay motivated? I’d love to read them in the comments below! XO

PS. Come back later this week to catch up on what’s been going on these past few months!

Whole 30 | Weeks 3 + 4 Recap

Well, yesterday was officially my last day on Whole30.  Was I successful in the traditional sense of completing a Whole30? The "official" answer would be NO! But, I'm ok with that.  Here's how weeks 3 and 4 went down...

Week 3 was going as planned.  I knew I was hosting our monthly book club meeting that Friday and I actually created a menu that was Whole30 and was relevant to the book's story. BOOM!  However, I made one dang good charcuterie + cheese board and there went all my will power! Well, that and wine.  And by the time I got to dinner, I was like, oh well, I'll have the regular rice too and not the cauliflower rice I was supposed to have.  And, yes, you guessed it? I might as well have the dessert too! Add to that a few additional glasses of wine and nachos on week 4 and no it was not a successful Whole30. 

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But, it was not all for nothing! I still feel I benefited greatly from Whole30 and that I succeeded in a lot of areas.  Starting the Whole 30 program really got me out of my rut.  I was cooking the same boring foods, which just made me crave tasty and not-so-good-for-me foods on the weekends.  It was a bad cycle. I've made some really good dishes that I will continue to make and to add some variety, I'm planning to make a few new dishes a month.  So, if you have any yummy Whole 30/Paleo recipes you love, send them my way, please!  I've also been way more consistent on my running and workouts, which is so important for me and helps me not just physically but emotionally! At the end of the 30 days, I weighed myself and I'm down 5 lbs.  Could I have done better? Do I need to lose more? Yes and Yes. But, it's way better than keeping them or gaining even more.  

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The plan is to continue with my Whole30/Paleo meal planning and prepping each week.  I know that helps keep me accountable to myself and I'm way less likely to "graze" and snack on tortilla chips jus because they're available.  And on that note, I'm also not buying my "trigger foods" (ie. foods that I have a super hard time resisting!) I was buying these for the kids (wink, wink!) I am really feeling better about myself and my food choices and starting to feel like myself again.  

I'd definitely recommend the Whole 30 program to anyone who wants to feel better about  the foods they're eating and in turn feel better about themselves.  It's a lot of work and commitment and yeah, I'm not the best example but I learned a lot and it's helped me a ton too! I recommend checking it out and giving it a try for sure! 

Have you ever started something and even though you didn't complete it perfectly, still feel good about the results you got or where it left you? I'd love to hear about it and what you learned from it.  Doing Whole 30 taught me that sometimes, it's not about perfection.  It's not always about saying no 100% of the time.  It's not about beating yourself up because you ate a cookie.  Sometimes, we have to be ok with doing what we can and forgiving ourselves when we fall short of our goals.  There's grace and beauty in living our lives fully and with balance.  Balance is about knowing when to say no to the junk food and going to workout even when you don't feel like it and knowing when that glass of wine or slice of pizza is going to be good for your soul and totally worth it! XO