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Paleo Through The Holidays - October's #PaleoChat

The holiday season is almost upon us. (HOW did that happen?!) This time of year can be especially challenging to those trying to eat Paleo, Primal, or gluten-free.

Join me Wednesday, October 2nd at 9 PM Eastern (on twitter) for October's #PaleoChat. We'll be discussing being Paleo through the holidays.
One lucky chatter will win a copy of:

And YES this month's chat giveaway is open to our Canadian chatters as well!

Please note: this will be the last chat of 2013. There will be NO #paleochat for November and December. Chats will resume in January 2014.

Hope to see you there!

Happy National Coffee Day!

Tomorrow is National Coffee Day. AKA my favorite holiday AKA a day that is most celebrated among my people.

I'm often asked if coffee is Paleo. My short answer: I don't care. My long answer: I am absolutely convinced that cavepeople of my lineage were roasting coffee beans over a campfire, smashing them with rocks, and pouring hot water over them. Obviously.
If we're friends on Instagramtwitterfacebook... OK, pretty much anywhere, you are well aware of my passion for coffee. Yes, yes I've been known to call it happy-rainbow-unicorn-sunshine-juice. You also may be vaguely aware of my love of all things Starbucks.






I call that little photo montage "Tuesday".
Let's just say I was mildly excited when Starbucks wanted to send me a bag of their newest coffee to celebrate with this National Coffee Day.
A little info on this new coffee and Starbucks National Coffee Day promotions:


Starbucks honors the birthplace of coffee with the global introduction of Ethiopia, an…

Dick's Sporting Goods and Rage Fitness Invite You To...

Hey Colorado friends! Just wanted to share some info on a fun event:

DICK’S Sporting Goods and Rage Fitness Invite Denver-Area Residents to Train with Top Local CrossFit Instructors WHO:  Top CrossFit instructors from throughout the Denver area, including CrossFit Stapleton, CrossFit Cielo, Qi Extreme and CrossFit Eminence.
WHAT:  An interactive demonstration and workout with local CrossFit coaches, showcasing the latest Functional Fitness training programs and products.
This free in-store activity is geared toward active individuals looking for a different type of workout, or people who simply want to start a new fitness program.
Local trainers will lead instruction and exercises, share their experiences and training tips and provide demonstrations of Rage Fitness products.
Rage Fitness is the exclusive provider of Functional Fitness equipment to DICK’S Sporting Goods and on the day of the event, the Broomfield store will offer shoppers a 20% discount on Rage Fitness products.
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Body After Baby 13 Weeks Postpartum UPDATE

Finished 30 Day PUSH Focus. It's an easy thing to lose. I have to say that the online 30 Day PUSH challenge helped me immensely with this. Not only in my health/fitness, but even more so with other aspects of my life. Definitely recommend this challenge to all of my blogger friends.
A Jillian DietBet In an effort to encourage focus I've joined a friend in the Jillian Michaels Dietbet. People have been asking what I think about Dietbet in general; I'll give a full review at the end.
Daily Eats I've had several requests for an overview of what I eat, what a day of Paleo looks like for me, etc. You can always follow me on instagram, I try to share meals there, but here is yesterday: New Scale It seemed a new scale was in order for the Dietbet. Just wasn't convinced my old scale is entirely reliable. I of course picked the pink one at Target. Meet Taylor: Taylor sadly weighs me a pound heavier than my old scale. So, my initial Dietbet weigh in was 196.2. Moving on...
What's…

Fitness Fashion Review: MARIKA

Last time I was working on losing baby weight it took me a very long time to buy new workout clothes. I made do with what I could squeeze into, I borrowed my husbands t-shirts, I didn't think it mattered.

Then, even though I wasn't at my goal weight, I bought some cute workout clothes. Let me tell you: IT MATTERS.

Not only do good workout clothes simply perform better, but they also change my entire attitude. I FEEL better in cute workout clothes. Sorry, not sorry.

Since that epiphany I will always have fitness clothes that fit. Whether I'm at my 'goal' or not. It's so worth it; I'm so worth it.

Recently Marika sent me the following to review:
Marika Tek - Summer Delight Venus V-Neck Tee Marika - High Impact Sport Bra Marika Tek- Artificial Reality Galaxy Print Capri Legging
I have to say I love them all, but I'm obsessed with the capris! I can't gush enough about them. The fabric is amazing, the fit is perfect, they have a key pocket in the waistband, and …

Tracking Progress: Goal Outfit VS The Scale

A while back NUX USA featured me as Inspirational Woman of the Week during their Fit Mom's Month. (A huge thank you to NUX for choosing me, I was honored). 

As part of that they sent me a beautiful NUX outfit. Even though I was pregnant at the time and knew full well I wouldn't be my regular size immediately post-baby I chose to have them send it in my regular size.

Why?

To track my progress.

Yes, I weigh, I measure, I track my progress in many ways. But...


There's just nothing like having thatGOAL OUTFIT.
A goal outfit calls to me. It entices me in a way the scale cannot. "You know you want to wear me," it says. "We'll have such a wonderful time doing yoga together," it coaxes. "You and I are going to look so amazing together," it tempts. Somehow it manages to keep my mindset in a more positive place than scale watching.

A goal outfit also makes the finish line so much more tangible than some number floating out in space. I can see where I'm …

Body After Baby 12 Weeks Postpartum UPDATE

Holy. Cow. 12 weeks postpartum?! How did that happen?

It's definitely taken me much longer than I expected to get my, ahem, stuff together. But I feel like I'm finally in the groove and even... making progress!!


My stats: Weight: starting-196 current-195
Bust: starting-44 1/2 current-44
Waist: starting-37 current-37
Hips: starting-44 current-44
Clothing Size: starting-13/14 current-13/14
Hooray for progress. One pound down and 1/2 inch down, I'll take it!

I think my new-found forward momentum is mostly attributed to sleep. My little one is sleeping much better and usually only wakes once in the night. Sweet, beautiful sleep. It makes me feel like I can conquer the world! Well, at least this postpartum weight loss thing.

Round 2 of Body Revolution is going really well. It's just what I needed right now. The workouts are only 30 minutes, it's a structured/planned out program, and it's weights and cardio together. Perfect.

I've substituted runs for all of the cardio only…

Body Revolution for Beginners

Is Jillian Michael's Body Revolution for beginners?Would you recommend Body Revolution for a beginner?Can I modify Body Revolution to suit a more beginner fitness level? These are questions I've gotten a lot since blogging through Body Revolution last year.

Before I begin answering these questions I want to point out: I am not a doctor, trainer, or any type of health professional. What I am giving are my thoughts and opinions. Always check with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.
When I did Body Revolution for the first round I was at a more advanced fitness level. Straight from the beginning I was doing most of the moves at the most advanced level Jillian shows. Adding weights, jumping, whatever.
However, now I am doing Body Revolution again at a much diminished fitness level post-baby and feel better equipped to answer the questions on how people at a more beginner fitness level will fare with this program.
Here are my thoughts...

I do not think Bod…

Body Revolution - Round 2 #BodyAfterBaby #WhatsBeautiful #iWill

I've been loving the 30 Day Push Challenge (book and online) that I've been doing. It's really made me think hard about things in all areas of my life; from my health to my blog it's really brought focus.

Back in my life are things like goal-setting, to-do list making, and frog eating. I definitely recommend the book (I would say a bit more of a health/fitness/weight loss slant) or the online challenge (great for more general life-stuff).



One thing Chalene talks about in the book is a soulmate workout. Now, I'm one of those weirdos that enjoys working out. It's been really tough on me to feel out of shape to the point that I can't do the workouts I normally enjoy. So when thinking about a 'soulmate' workout I couldn't narrow it down.

Basically I love anything intense. HIIT, plyo, tabata, running (especially sprints or speed intervals), heavy weights... On and on. I couldn't pin one specific workout down.

Then today I had this thought: sometimes …