Summer Ready Series Pre-Gaming

Summer Ready Series Pre-Gaming

Good morning Friends!

I haven’t been blogging the past few days because I have been doing the 3 Day Refresh cleanse and I want to wait until tomorrow to give the full update! So far it is going very well. Stay tuned for the full recap tomorrow! Until then, I will recap my day before the cleanse. Saturday morning, I took a few progress pictures and then decided to let loose and have fun (sugarless fun) for the rest of the day before I began my Summer Ready Series on Sunday. Here’s the food and the fun!

Summer Ready Series Pre-Gaming


The fun began at Marlow’s Tavern in Duluth where Jason and I met our good friend’s Rhonda and Pasquale. These two are getting married in October and I have the honor of being a bridesmaid! We had so much fun with these two catching up and chatting about the wedding. I indulged BIG TIME here with kettle chips that we shared, shrimp and grits, and beer. So good! I’m sure there was some sugar in the sauce on the shrimp and grits but I wasn’t worried about it. This isn’t something that would just completely derail all of my efforts because I couldn’t stop eating it. This totally happens with things like cake and cookies.

Rhonda and Pasquale had a long drive back home so we ended our time together around 5pm. It was so good to see them and I can’t wait until October!

Next we drove back home to this little bar that Jason and his friends like. I NEVER go to this bar with him but I decided to go this time since we were meeting some more of our friends up there. The night ended up being a blast just hanging out and laughing with Kathleen and Ginger. It’s great to just take a break from the norm and let loose once in a while.


Good times!!!

But oh my gosh, I was SO READY to begin the 3 Day Refresh on Sunday haha.

Have a great Tuesday yall!

Links to Easy Clean Recipes

Links to Easy Clean Recipes

Links to Easy Clean Eating Recipes


Peanut Butter Berry Smoothie

Fresh Herb Omelet

Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats

Greek Yogurt Partfait

Mushroom and Spinach Omelet



Chicken and Vegetable Salad

Clean Eating Turkey Wrap

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats



Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli

Quinoa and Vegetable Stir Fry

Clean Eating Cobb Salad

Chicken and Mushroom Quinoa

Cozy Quinoa Buddha Bowl

Getting Ready To Get Summer Ready + Viking to Vegan Update + MHC Day 31

Getting Ready To Get Summer Ready + Viking to Vegan Update + MHC Day 31

Happy Friday Peaches!

I’m so ready to get summer ready! My Summer Ready Series kicks off on Sunday with the 3 Day Refresh and I could not be more pumped to begin. Even though the series doesn’t begin until Sunday, I need to plan and prep for the 3 Day Refresh today since we will be spending some long awaited time with our friends Rhonda and Pasquale tomorrow.


The prep won’t be too difficult since all I really need to have on hand and prepped for the cleanse is my preferred fruit and veggies and of course the 3 Day Refresh shakes. I won’t be completely quitting coffee for the cleanse but I will be cutting back so I do need to find a good caffeine free tea . Any suggestions? Other than that, I am just making sure that I am nice an organized and ready to go so that I don’t have to think about anything on Sunday. Of course, I did have to get a whole new progress journal just for my Summer Ready Series…….. I love notebooks! And mechanical pencils!

Oh and progress pics, can’t forget those!

Update On Viking to Vegan


I have been keeping a vegetarian diet for most of the week in preparation for the 3 Day Refresh. I am pleased in the fact that I am not all hungry and unsatisfied feeling like I thought I might be, but I have to admit that when I stepped on the scale this morning and was up a pound I was a little discouraged especially since my weight has stayed exactly the same for almost a whole month. But I know that the pound is not fat. It’s water because with carbohydrates comes a little bit of water retention as well. Plus, I measured myself as well and I am exactly the same size. So no sweat, but my stall in progress is definitely a driving force in my readiness for the next few months. Onward!

Day 31 The Master’s Hammer and Chisel

Today was my start of the second half of this program. Chisel Balance was a great way to kick it off since it is pretty difficult and balance is just a weak point for me anyway. Even though I managed to get all of my workouts in for the first half, I feel like I could have focused more and just could have made a better effort in each workout. Seeing my lack luster results, I’m coming at month 2 with a vengeance.


That being said, my balance still needs a lot of work haha.


How are you getting ready for summer?

Are you already summer ready? If so, wow!

Have you every done a cleanse?

Does a setback motivate you or paralyze you?

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!



T25 + No Waiting

T25 + No Waiting

Good morning!

This morning I decided to take a break from The Master’s Hammer and Chisel and do something else. I have been wanting to try T25 ever since doing Insanity Max 30 so that is what I chose!


I REALLY liked this short, sweaty cardio workout. I love weights but I feel so good when I get a really sweaty cardio session in. I needed something different and T25 was just what the doctor ordered this morning.

Today would have marked 30 days on The Master’s Hammer and Chisel and I have stayed the exact same size and weight for one month. I could chalk it up to being a plateau or that there is not a lot of cardio on the program, but I know it isn’t either of those things. During the first two programs that I did, I was very diligent about sticking to my meal plans 6 days out of the week and then doing a whole food carb up one day a week (maybe a beer here and there haha). Well, pretty much every single week this past month I have just eaten more calories than what is required to lose weight at this point. I know the closer I get to my goal, the more diligent I have to be.

So I have 30 more days on this program. I am not going to do what I have done countless times before and say “I’m starting again tomorrow so let me just eat what I want today.” I’m doing this today.

I do things ONE goal at a time. So my goal for the rest of this program is to focus on my night time eating and make sure that I do not veer from my meal plan at night. I am SO glad that the my challenge groups are beginning Sunday because I need the accountability too!

Onward Peaches!


Do any of you need to get your head back into the game today?

Let’s do this today! Go Left!


Day 29 MHC + Vegetarian Eating

Day 29 MHC + Vegetarian Eating

Hey Yall!

Day 29 The Master’s Hammer and Chisel: Total Body Chisel

Today’s workout in The Master’s Hammer and Chisel was Total Body Chisel. I really like this one because it is so reminiscent of my old gym workouts that I used to do. I have no picture nor can I find my post from the first time I did this workout…… is this the first time I’ve done this one? I don’t think so….. hmmm.

Oh well, it was great because I was right in my former comfort zone of 3 sets of 10 of basic bodybuilding moves. Ah, memories. You and I had a good time together, weights. Still do! Just in a different way. 🙂

Viking to Vegan 

I blogged this morning about the fact that I am eating a vegetarian diet for the rest of this week in preparation for the vegan 3 Day Refresh cleanse that I start Sunday. It’s a vegan plan but I won’t be entirely vegan because I opted to use my vanilla Shakeology rather than go with one of the vegan flavors offered.

So here is my first vegetarian day. I am really trying to consume more produce. Because of this I made a smoothie today with spinach, kale, blueberries, almond milk, and cinnamon….. it was ok haha. Not amazing. Back to the drawing board.


Goodnight everybody!

Viking to Vegan

Viking to Vegan

Good morning Friends!

I’m going from Viking to vegan!

Well, not a real vegan but close enough for me at the moment! If you follow my food/workout posts, you know that I call myself a Viking because lately all I seem to be eating is meat and dairy. I have no clue how vikings really ate but I picture them eating similarly haha. Actually, let me google it. One sec!


Ok, so not too much dairy mentioned here  but I was kinda right.

Anyway I didn’t mean to eat like a Viking. Here’s how it all started and the progression that lead up to my current way of eating.

-Discovered clean eating, changed diet, felt great
-Dieted too much, exercised too much, felt like crap
-Stopped doing cardio because I was sick of it, stops watching calories because I was sick of it
-Gained weight 😦
-Tried the LCHF diet, LOVED it!, lost a little weight but then couldn’t lose anymore, no problem because I felt so good
-Hormones went crazy after 3 months of no carbs because, well, you need some carbs in your life
-Started over with just a clean diet, sort of watching calories and sort of watching carbs
-Got pregnant with Anna, gained tons of weight
-Had Anna. Found weight loss success with a clean, lower carb diet with little carb ups here and there plus 21 Day Fix Extreme and Insanity Max 30, BUT still kept falling off the wagon when I had junk food
-Quit sugar, found it SO MUCH easier to stick to a meal plan
-Got busy being a mom of an infant and 4 year old and stuck to healthy eating by only eating the things that I didn’t have to steam or wash or cut up. I save and reheat whatever meat I make for the family for dinner and always have yogurt and almonds on hand. I boil a big batch of eggs on Sunday so I can grab them when I need a quick snack throughout the week
-Realized I had become a Viking

So that’s how I became a Viking. BUT Sunday I will be starting the 3 Day Refresh which is three days of having three of Beachbody’s shakes (1 Shakeology, 2 Vanilla Fresh), a Fiber Sweep drink, and then your diet is all vegan.

To ease myself into this, I am keeping a vegetarian diet for the rest of the week. I refuse to only eat yogurt, nuts, and eggs though so I am making the effort to add produce. I’m not going to lie y’all, I’m kinda nervous. But I am keeping an open mind and I am excited about adding more color to my diet! Lord knows I need to.

So that’s where I am at right now haha. We’ll see how this goes!

I would love to hear from vegetarians and vegans about your diet! So today’s questions are for the plant-based peeps!


Are you a vegan or a vegetarian?

Why do you love your eating style?

Do you find it challenging to stick to? Are you hungry all the time?

Any tips? Please!

Thank you in advance!