It Really Is This Simple: Calorie Deficits

It doesn’t take rocket science to understand when you eat fewer calories than you burn, you’ll lose weight. This phenomenon is known as creating a calorie deficit. As you can see, every popular (and unpopular) diet actually works due to this key component: eat less + burn more = lose weight. I covered the basic […]

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Backyard Transformation: DIY Paver Patio

Our house continues to become a home, one project at a time. Since buying the Apple House in October 2018, we have demolished walls, refloored the entire upstairs, gutted the bathroom, changed windows, and painted every wall and ceiling. With warmer weather and COVID keeping us home, Spring 2020 was the perfect excuse to complete […]

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Coping With COVID, Murder Hornets, and Closed Wineries

Coronavirus, murder hornets, economic instability — oh my! What an odd time in which we are living. 2020 has not been the start to a new decade that anyone expected. In the United States, the majority of the country has entered into some sort of “quarantine mode” with many businesses closing their doors/offices and forcing […]

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[Super Simple] Overnight Oats

Servings: 1 Time: 5 min (prep), 8+ hours (refrigerate) INGREDIENTS 1 Chobani Greek yogurt cup (any flavor) 1/2 cup rolled oats 1 Tbsp chia seeds DIRECTIONS Mix all ingredients in a seal-able bowl. Mix well so oats and seeds are covered in yogurt. Seal and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy a quick, nutritious meal! Keeps in the […]

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My “Why” For Walking Up To The Starting Line

Everyone has a starting point. They are different for everyone, but we all have one. My current “starting point” began in December 2019 and took several months to inch my way to that actual starting line. After attending several get-togethers where my sole focus should have been the festivities of the holiday, I was having […]

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Strawberry Salsa

Servings: Depends… Time: 5 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 Tbsp honey 2 Tbsp lime juice 4 cups strawberries, diced 1/4 cup red onion, diced 2 Tbsp cilantro 1 jalapeno, diced DIRECTIONS Mix strawberries, onions, cilantro, and jalapeno in a seal-able bowl. Pour honey and lime juice over the mixture. Seal with cover and shake to combine. Serve […]

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The No. 1 Question to Ask to Ensure Your Success

There is nothing I read more about than mindset and habits. And though there are hundreds of thousands of different strategies out there, the majority of what I read share one basic guideline — a single question to ask yourself in order to ensure lasting success. That question is: “Can I keep doing ______ forever?”

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What “80/20 Clean Eating” Means to Me

Moving forward in my health journey requires having a game plan. I’ve been steadily increasing my movement since the beginning of the year, but my eating habits are lacking in discipline. I may eat super healthy one week, but completely fall off the wagon the next. My issue is deprivation: I do not handle strict […]

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Caprese-Stuffed Mushrooms

Servings: 4 Time: 30 minutes INGREDIENTS 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley 4 large Portobello Mushrooms, stem removed, washed and dried with a paper towel 1 cup crumbled goat cheese 1 cup grape (or cherry) tomatoes, halfed garlic salt, to taste fresh basil, shredded to garnish ¼ cup […]

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