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My Favorite Health & Fitness Things

With all the fitness and health trends out there, I thought I would share some of my favorite things with you. So, here they are:

EXERCISE:

  1.  HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training): fast, “fun”, effective
  2. Exercise Bands: so versatile and a game changer for exercises. Also, easy to take with you anywhere
  3. TRX Suspension Trainer: another versatile and portable piece of equipment. But, learn how to use it properly from an expert before getting one!
  4. Exercise with Friends: turning happy hours into workout sessions can lead to a healthier friendship. Go for a walk/run, find a workout class to join, grab coffee and explore your neighborhood, bike rides, etc.
  5. Finding Workouts You LIKE: and ideally will stick with. From yoga to zumba to HIIT and crossfit there is a plethora of workouts available. Find what you like and DO IT. Even if that’s walking with a friend

NUTRITION: (and even my kids and husband like all of these!)

  1. Chicken Crust Pizza: just try it! Easy, high protein, delicious, PIZZA
  2. Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies: yum, that’s all
  3. Organic Edamame Spaghetti: found at Costco. Spaghetti has never been tastier or healthier! I pair with shrimp and pesto
  4. Protein, Veggies & Whole Grains: it’s so simple and what I eat for almost every meal. A lean protein of choice, veggies galore, and occasionally some quinoa or brown rice or farro.
  5. Meal Planning & Prepping: makes life so much easier!

OTHER

  1. Self-Care: taking care of yourself makes you a better YOU which reflects in how you treat and care for others. Find what self-care works for you
  2. Investing in YOU: Investing in your health is important and worth every penny. Even though I’m a trainer/health coach I workout with a trainer once per week and I am seeing a nutritionist to help with some gut issues. We can’t do it alone!
  3. Goal Setting: whenever you are feeling unexcited about life, set a goal! It gives you purpose, power, feeling of worth, and excitement. Shameless plug – see below for my Goal Setting Workshop happening Monday.
  4. Positive Thinking: you can actually reduce stress by eliminating negative self-talk and adding in positive thinking.
  5. Podcasts: I’m in love. I learn, I get lost in them, I enjoy them while I workout, there are endless topics. My faves: This American Life, TED Radio Hour, Radiolab, Stuff You Should Know.
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30 Fun Facts About Me

With the creation of my online program and with a growing number of social media followers, I thought it might be nice to share a few fun facts about myself. And I’d love to hear some fun facts about you too! Comment below with your interesting facts.

  1. I am under 5′ tall, BUT I played basketball all through high school
  2. I was bit in the butt by a dog while running in the Philippines
  3. I danced one time for Joey McIntyre of NKOTB (he stood up and said, “this girl represents!”)
  4. I studied abroad in Italy and backpacked Europe in 2003. I was pick-pocketed once
  5. I LOVE coffee, like could drink it all day long love it (I blame my Sicilian roots)
  6. I am a mom to a 3.5 year old boy & a 1.5 year old girl and I adore them, but when I’m home with them too long I go a little crazy. I’m no pinterest mom
  7. My husband and I hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro for our honeymoon. That’s right, 7 days without a shower in tight tenting quarters (romance)
  8. I went skydiving over the Swiss alps and loved it. But that was when I was 20, now that i’m mid-30’s I have zero desire to do it again
  9. I was on the U.S. National Australian Rules Football Team and had my photo in the newspaper in Australia for it
  10. I taught English in Korea for a year and still felt short. I also made it in the newspaper there…this time an awkward picture of me on the beach in a bikini (I never saw anyone take the pic, just had coworkers bring me the paper later that week)
  11. People used to tell me I look like Avril Lavigne
  12. I did social work in Milwaukee and also worked at a rehab center for women with substance abuse issues
  13. I ran part of the Great Wall of China, just for fun
  14. I’ve had 5 concussions (fell out of shopping cart, fell down stairs, smacked head on corner of a low roof, fell off a windowsill, and got knocked hard in the head in a footy game)
  15. I LOVE to dance, but not choreographed dancing. I’m all about the freestyle dance
  16. I was a study abroad advisor and helped develop study programs in Asia
  17. I met Drew Barrymore in L.A. and I’m pretty sure she thought my friend Bridget and I were total weirdos (which we were) We also saw a taping of Friends that trip
  18. I was homecoming queen, but not because I was popular, more because my date and I put on the best skit EVER (SNL cheerleaders)
  19. The main reason I would cut class in college was so I could work (I averaged 3 jobs at a time throughout college!)
  20. I’m a cheesehead and proud of it. Wisconsin will always be home in my heart
  21. I’m NOT into a lot of “mainstream” things such as: InstantPot, Costco, Lularoe (I really don’t get it), Harry Potter, Star Wars, skiing (I know, don’t judge), Breaking Bad, spending too much money on clothes/accessories (ha)
  22. I’m TOTALLY into other mainstream things like: podcasts (This American Life, Stuff You Should Know, Ted Radio Hour, RadioLab), running, cauliflower, This is Us, the current Social Media trend, wearing workout clothes all the time (although I do actually work out in them at some point most days), Aaron Rodgers, reading, Apple Watches
  23. I met Payton Manning when he first arrived in Denver and shook his hand (he was very nice and seemed to appreciate my stopping him)
  24. I’ve eaten weird foods: live octopus (Korea), horse & raw chicken (Japan), chicken blood soup (Philippines), Beondegi aka silkworm pupae (Korea)
  25. I love taking baths, often because I’m too lazy to stand up in the shower
  26. I love wine and drink too much of it (can I blame this on my Sicilian roots as well?!)
  27. I love cooking SIMPLE meals. If it’s complicated or has too many steps I am NOT interested, but I am a good cook for basics
  28. I started a design company called Captured Ink and was featured in Westword
  29. I have a hard time sitting still for too long. A day of doing nothing always sounds good, but 15 minutes into it I am trying to figure out what I can do
  30. I love to travel (could you tell?!) and want to spend a month in Italy in the summer of 2019 with my family (know of anyone in Italy who wants to do a house swap??)

Drop me some comments about what we might have in common, or some interesting facts about you! And feel free to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.