Should you diet or exercise; or both?


When it comes to losing weight, we feel overwhelmed and under-informed.

We believe when our best friend, Jan, tells us that the Keto diet is the only way to lose weight.

We get caught up in the latest hype, thinking this must be a new research finding that finally works wonders.

But the only truth is that it’s simpler than we actually want to believe. We want to believe it’s more complicated because at least that would give us some clarity on why we haven’t achieved our goals – and kept them – after so much practice. Does that say something about us?

Yes and no. We want to believe the hype because it’s, well, hype.  We love hearing the latest gossip, watch the latest episode of our favorite reality tv show and are obsessed with scrolling through our favorite social media newsfeeds.

How can weight loss and fat loss be so boring? It’s basically the same old thing you’ve heard a million years ago:

Move more + Eat less 

Ya, I know, BORING!

But so true and when you get down to it and finally accept this truth, it can actually help free you from ever believing another hyped up claim of fat and weight loss. You can simply smile and nod when your besties tell you they finally found the “golden bestest weight loss plan ever!” Because you now know better.

But it isn’t easy to give up our old habits this easily. We may feel like a fraud. We might secretly believe that there really is going to be another magical potion or balance of macronutrients that will burn off fat faster and give us the freedom we’ve always dreamed of.

But no. Not going to happen. Ever. So let’s stop putting off the inevitable and just start already! You can start today if you truly are ready. Just start tracking your foods. You don’t even have to count the calories yet. Just write down what you eat, make sure to take note of the amount and portions and tally it all at the end of the day. Easy peasy. Or is it?

At first, this is going to feel like the hardest thing you’ve ever done! But just trust me and stick with it. It will get easier. You might have to cut back on some of the foods after a day or two of tracking. If you aren’t sure how many calories you need to lose weight, I have a video tutorial on how to find your personal magical weight loss calorie deficit range.

Now that you know how to find your calorie range,  you have no reason not to succeed, right? Or do you? I find the biggest component of weight loss and successful results come from accountability and support. We all need to feel like we are not alone in any of our efforts and it’s important to work with someone who can answer our questions and help us when we get stuck or hit a plateau. If that’s something you are interested in, you need to join my support system. Just shoot me an email to: and tell me what your goals are for this month.

Here’s a fun and FREE workout you can try out with your favorite playlist to motivate you through! (message me and let me know if you give this a go!)


FREE Playlist Workout Challenge (from Fitness Bootcamp Pros Newsletter):

Choose 4 of your favorite pump-up songs – they should be between 3:30 and 4:30 minutes long.  Each circuit is done for the duration of the song.

Warm up with 5 to 10 minutes of light cardio, then some moving stretches (leg swings, arm circles, etc)

Song 1:

– 10 Jumping Jacks

– 10 Reverse Lunges (10/side)

– 10 Mountain climbers (10/side)

– 10 second rest (if needed)

Song 2:

– 10 Push-ups

– 10 BodyWeight Squats

– 10 Bent-Over Rows (10/side)

– 10 second rest (if needed)


Song 3:

– 10 Burpees

– 10 High Knees (10/side)

– 10 Walking Lunges w/ twist (5/side)

– 10 second rest (if needed)

Song 4:

– 10 Glute Bridges (hold 3 sec at top)

– 10 sec Side Plank (10 left / 10 right)

– 10 Mountain Climbers

– 10 second rest (if needed)

Tips to losing the last 5-10 lbs

Let’s be honest, those last 5-10 lbs we have to lose always seem to get stuck on our bodies like super glue, right? It’s so much easier to lose the initial weight we have in the beginning of our new programs and goals than these final suckers. Have you ever been stuck at a plateau before and not quite sure what the heck you’re supposed to do either…so you decide to just do the same things over and over again?

Yes, I know this is true cuz I’ve been there too. Definition: INSANITY 

I was always so excited in the beginning of my journey (more times than I care to count) because it just seemed so much simpler to drop those first pounds and inches, right? I mean, you can cut out the sodas, and the sugars and the breads and all of a sudden POOF! The scale responds in the right direction and we think we have found the perfect plan at last!

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But somewhere along the lines, we get stuck. And when I say “stuck“, it’s like those pounds are never going to budge from our bodies! I know for me, it’s happy to sit in my waist and hips. ugh….


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So what’s a girl to do? I’m so glad that you asked! 😉 This is my honest and real life recipe for getting to your goals for good.

Let’s start with our workouts (cuz honestly, it is the easiest thing to focus on first!)

Have you been doing the same workouts and/or exercises for more than 60-90 days?

Since I’ve committed to better progress and change,  I switch my program every 8-12 weeks. It not only keeps my body happy and changing, but it also keeps my mind from getting bored and slacking off. It’s within the 60-90 day time frame, that our bodies have adapted to the workouts and needs a change to be challenged again.

Another important aspect to change is in the workout intensity and the weight selections used in these 60-90 day plans. If you keep doing push-ups on your knees but after a few weeks, you can rock out more than 20 reps without breaking too much of a sweat; it’s time to start with at least one or more reps on your toes to up the ante. How about the intensity in your cardio and weight lifting? Do you just go through it ho-hum style cuz you can…or do you commit to push to your limits as often as possible?

If we aren’t struggling then we won’t change…and honestly, it’s going to be a better idea to just get some extra sleep instead if we aren’t willing to push the extra mile. It’s also important to note that we need to work all areas of fitness; cardio, strength training and flexibility.

If you are scared of lifting weights that are heavier than 5lbs and doing cardio for umpteen hours, you really need to change it up more strength training. True story. This will allow you to lose fat, gain lean muscle and raise your metabolism which all leads to better results than just mere cardio.

Now let’s talk about nutrition. This topic is pretty deep so I’m going to keep it basic but touch on why it’s our first priority if we really want to make lasting changes. Are you someone who eats less than 1200 calories a day? Are you someone who doesn’t count or measure portions and calories at all? Are you someone who just eats “clean” and considers that a success all it’s own? Are you someone who believes you can eat all you desire bcuz you’ll be working out for 2 hours or more in the gym after?

Any of these issues above will lead to the dreaded stall we are talking about. When I got to my breaking point and was sick and tired of going up and down in my plateau of the last few pounds, I knew there was something I needed to change that would push my body into the direction I was working so hard to reach. I just didn’t know what that meant. My solution? Sign up for a bikini competition!

Yes, I did. The. Hardest. Thing. I. Have. Ever. Done.

And I have to say that I’ve run a marathon before.

The reason I share this with you is that the bikini competition was the push I needed to scare myself into making new changes that would WORK. No more dabbling in the process and thinking “I’m close enough and can have this extra treat” 

I put skin in the game. I plopped down money to hire a professional competition trainer to tweak my meal plans and workouts for 6 months. I paid over $700 for my custom-made and crystal blinged out bikini for the competition. I was ALL IN and when I ask my current clients to give me the same focus; I can say that I know what that feels like. It’s scary as all get out. But you know why it’s scary?

No, you don’t have to do what I was going to do; and get on stage in front of judges in a bikini…but you do have to get the heck out of your comfort zone!!

That 5-10 lbs is not just extra “weight”; it’s your COMFORTABLE SKIN!!


Okay, here’s the scariest part of all. If you want to truly change your body and lose those last few pounds here is what “ALL IN” means for at least a month or so.

  1. No alcohol (Yes, I said it!)
  2. No whole grain breads, waffles or bagels.
  3. Carbs equal; quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes and oatmeal
  4. Cut back or cut out dairy
  5. Cut out sodium.
  6. Get back to basics.
  7. Cut out the FLUFF…you know what I’m talking about!
  8. Go all out and accept no excuses.
  9. Invest in supplements to bridge gaps in your nutrition and help your body repair and recover as needed.
  10. Know what you need for YOUR body and not a cookie-cutter program you find on pinterest. (yes, I said it)

Trust me, if you follow the program and follow what I’m saying, you WILL reach your goals. You WILL enjoy a tight belly and lifted booty and less fluff around the middle. But keep spinning your wheels where you are today and you will likely stay exactly where you are now.

Wanna join me in a challenge to prove it? I’ll be sharing all of my strategies, tips, recipes, food plans, help with typical struggles and help with balance and maintenance once you do reach your goals in my #30DayChallenge

Only the most committed need apply. This is for anyone with 5-20 lbs to lose. 100% guaranteed!

Day 1 of 22 Minute Hard Corps

My new program kicks off tomorrow and I am committed to pushing through my difficult areas; which usually (okay, always) revolve around following the nutrition plan as laid out! So here are my plans and I’m sticking to them!

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My workouts:

These will be done at 0500 hours. (see what I did there?) yes, there will be lots of that coming too! 😉

The workouts are just 22 minutes a day; 6 days a week. I will not be adding in additional workouts to make me “feel like I’m doing enough” either! I know many of us struggle in this area but this will only mess up with my nutritional needs and my recovery periods so as I know our programs are proven to succeed as laid out, I don’t need anything else!

*(I should note that I do teach 2 weekly gym classes but they are not counted as my workouts as I’m usually moving around and checking on other’s form and not using the weights that I would use if it was my workout alone).

So that’s taken care of. I also write down my workouts each day in my day planner like an appointment with myself. And I don’t cancel on myself EVER!!

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My Nutrition:

Now, here is where we get serious and knowing my previous struggles in this area; planning is key to my success. Knowing that this is only an 8-week program (and then I do another program based on my next goals…I never “stop” progressing and learning), I can set my mind to doing my best every meal, every day and every week until the end. Starting pics will be in tomorrow’s post. Follow me for support cuz I def need all that I can get!

I will make create more variety in my meals this challenge, than my “usual” normal plan. The reason I’ve decided to do this is because when I fall back into my “normal”; which is not “bad” in any way from the years of experience I’ve been adapting, it only keeps me in the same place. In order to make changes, much like in my workouts, I know that my foods need to shift up a bit too. Nutrition is key and so is supplementing, so my daily Shakeology and my energize boosts will be helpful to my success as I push for more.

Ready to see week 1?

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Extra Stuff:

Gotta fill up my 20# sandbag!! First…gotta get some sand! 😉


Here are my “rations”
How the meals break down based on calorie needs.
How the meals break down based on calorie needs.

How to shift your mindset about exercise and weight loss

Let’s talk about exercise.

I hear quite often from people who are struggling with their weight loss efforts and begin to feel frustrated because they are unable to reach their goals for many reasons that can be due to misconceptions about their basic plans. People crowd into gyms on January 1st after the much promise of “I want to lose weight this year”, New Year’s resolution has been proclaimed the evening before. Did you know that by February 1st, 70% of those “resolutioners” quit? They just quit! Why? Because it wasn’t a strong enough desire for them to continue long term. It was a short term “fix” to some deeper issues.

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Or how about people that commit to rigorous new exercise programs like Crossfit, Insanity or running, just because they heard someone say they had some success in it?  Although there is much success within these programs; it’s not all about the programs alone. What works for one person isn’t necessarily the best plan for another. If you are a beginner, for goodness sake, start with something that can be sustained and enjoyed long term at the get go, like walking? Movement is movement, bottom line. Just get off the couch and you’ll achieve better results than sitting and watching a Netflix season while bingeing on bon-bons. The goal for more challenging programs like those above should be for those who need it and actually enjoy being challenged and able to sustain the workouts along the way.

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We should never pummel our bodies into oblivion in order to “shape” it into the perfect body we imagine. Our bodies are meant to be respected and challenged according to our levels and any previous issues. I see too often, those who seem to be punishing their bodies with exercise. They almost seem to dislike what they are doing and aren’t happy about the time they spend working out. Many times, these individuals (when not taking precautions and training smarter..not harder) will suffer an injury or burnout at some point.

One thing I repeat quite often to my group exercise classes, (and yes, I teach Insanity LIVE!) is to smile when feeling like you want to quit or stop. (this applies to all fitness plans) To actually force a smile (and even if it looks forced) will immediately improve your mood. It’s a quick shift in our brains that we are not suffering; although it may feel like we are.  This has become a habit of mine in every challenging situation I am confronted with. Just to know that I can curl up the corners of my mouth and I will feel more confident and positive in the very moment is a powerful and quite amazing habit. Why not give it a go? What have you got to lose anyway?

So what would be a better route when choosing to get healthier and fit? If we can’t just focus on pushing ourselves in our workouts, what other way can we benefit and reach our goals of weight loss? Of course, you probably know it’s in our nutrition. I’m not even going to tell you how to eat here…just the fact of getting yourself on a plan that supports your goals, your energy levels, your preferences and the enjoyment of nourishing your body will be the best plan for you. I dislike diets because they are centered around deprivation.

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Stop eating carbs and lose 15 lbs!! Drink this diet potion 3 times a day and lose your unwanted belly fat! Drink this veggie smoothie every day for a month and lose 30 lbs! 

Sound familiar? Yea, and it makes me cringe when I see these headlines, advertisements and posts because it lures those who want the quick fix into thinking this will be the magic plan. This will be the week, month, year that we finally lose that unwanted weight and feel happy about ourselves again.


Diets work. Plain and simple. But they are temporary. It’s like a band-aid on a much larger issue. Pretending that this will “cure” our ailments of overeating, cravings, bingeing, etc is ridiculous and the diet industry thrives off of this mindset. We want “quick”; we want “instant” and we don’t really want to be too uncomfortable while we wait for these results.

Which brings me back to the first point made about exercise that can seem to be daunting or feel miserable. I am going to be honest and say I dislike running. Do I run? Of course! But instead of using it as a tool to lose weight or be able to eat all the carbs that I want; I use it as a challenge and work to my levels and listen to my body’s cues. This wasn’t always the case. I was enjoying my running with local friends and groups as a leisure experience that challenged my body and ultimately, made me feel proud after accomplishing a challenging route. I’m not sure when I thought it would be a good idea to enter to run a marathon…but that, I did. And I trained correctly. I followed a running plan that slowly increased in mileage over time (you should have heard my hubby freak out the day I was going to run 18 miles by myself!! “who does that???” he asked….lol) and then tapered back down just before the big day. I had a goal of finishing the marathon between 4 hours and 4 1/2 hours (although I secretly hoped I could qualify for Boston! ha)

I was proud that I actually finished the run in 4 1/2 hours and was able to cross the finish line…although, hubby caught me just after and literally dragged me to the recovery area. I remember, quite vividly how I felt in those final 4 miles. After mile 22, I couldn’t bare to take another step.

But another step, I did take. And again and again. It was quite painful at that point; body, mind and spirit. I had to reach in and gather every extra ounce of will to just get the race over with. I thought about people I knew who actually repeated this process. And I wondered WHY???

But in the end, I was proud that I finished. The reason I was able to finish, however, was because I trained right. I researched best practices for training and read up on nutrition and tips to keep me strong and help me recover between long days. I didn’t mix in another workout plan at that time because I just couldn’t. I focused on stretching, yoga, resting, nutrition, hydrating along the way instead. This was not for weight loss goals, though, it was about doing something I thought I would never accomplish. Why? Because I could!


True story!

But would I want to do it again? Probably not! I wouldn’t rule out a 1/2 marathon or shorter race but a full marathon I will leave to the professional lovers of running. My body and mind prefer lifting weights and circuit style training. This doesn’t mean that’s all I do. We should commit to doing the things we currently SUCK at. Not that it has to be perfect or that we have to learn to love it forever; but we should always know what it’s like to be challenged. Our minds are powerful tools and if we think of exercise as a tool to feel better over time (and hey, let’s face it…look better too!), we may start to enjoy it as we go along. Exercise, to me, is a way of feeling my best. I have more energy on days that I workout. I feel more positive. I am confident and feel healthy and stronger. I know that I’m setting a good example to those in my life who need it. I don’t exercise to lose weight. That comes from our nutrition, mostly. Exercise can help our goals but should never be the main focus. Haven’t you heard the saying, “You cannot out-exercise a bad diet”??? Been there…done that too! 😉