Goal Setting

Fitness is all about goal setting. Set a number of miles you want to run in a workout, the amount of weight you want to lift in a set, or setting a calorie goal for yourself. If you take on too much at one time, you will most likely not follow through on it. Personally, I have tried running before in the past and pushed myself too hard. To the point where I would stop and get discouraged and stop all together. Taking small steps has been a huge help in my fitness and clean eating journey.

First, I started with trying to eat better. I did the 24-day challenge from AdvoCare. It jump started my clean eating. I also had to change my eating habits because I was having liver problems due to my diet. I had to cut carbs almost completely out of my diet. So I stopped drinking soda, cut out a lot of sugar, pasta, tacos (sad, I know) and started exercising more.

Here are some small changes you can make to help you with your diet/exercise regime:

  • Go to the gym two to three times per week, or do whatever you are comfortable with
  • Go for a walk form 30 minutes two to three times per week.
  • Instead of going out to eat, find recipes that you enjoy and cook at home.
  • Drink coffee with less cream or substitue sugar for stevia.
  • Drinking more water and less soda! I cannot stress how important this is!
  • Cut your carbs in half. This is tough to do because you don’t realize how many carbs you actually do eat in a day. And they are in everything.

If you are just starting to make small changes, you will see big results! Do not get discouraged. Any change you make for yourself is a good change.  This is something I need to continue to tell myself. Results take time, but feeling good because of the good nutrients you put in your body happens almost instantly. So I challenge you to make at least one or two changes to benefit your health and the results will come!


-Brenna 🙂

Crunched for Time?

We have all heard the excuse before, “I don’t have enough time to workout”. However, sometimes you literally don’t have the time, but doing something is better than doing nothing. A 20 minute, 100 calorie workout is better than 0 minute, 0 calorie workout. A study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology found that 15 minutes of resistance training was just as effective at boosting participants’ metabolism as 35 minutes. Plus there are some major benefits to working out at home! 1. It’s affordable. 2. No excuses! You can do your workout in front of the TV if you choose to! 3. Minimal equipment. You can get creative and use household items to add weight to your squats or lunges. Here are a few workouts that take 20 minutes or less out of your day that even the busiest person could find time for.

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15 squat jumps

5 push ups

25 high knees

7 burpees

10 lunges

7 squats

5 push ups

7 squats

15 squat jumps

1 minute wall sit

5 push ups

25 high knees

Repeat 3 times

Once finished with whatever workout you choose to do, it is extremely important to stretch your muscles! The workout above focuses a lot on legs, with some upper body. Here are some general stretches to do after your workout! Do each move 4 times for 20 to 30 seconds.

Forward bend

Good for: Hamstrings

Sit on floor with legs extended. Maintain straight back while reaching toward toes (even if you can’t touch them); hold.

Runner’s lunge

Good for: Hamstrings and calves

Stand 10 inches away from a wall; place palms on it. Step back with right foot. Bend left knee, keeping right heel down; hold. Repeat on opposite side.

Shoulder stretch

Good for: Back and shoulders

Raise right arm and bend elbow over head at a 90-degree angle. Use left hand to grab right elbow and pull it gently to the left; hold. Repeat on opposite side.

Heel drop

Good for: Ankle and foot joints

Stand on bottom step of a flight of stairs with balls of feet on edge of step. Gently allow heels to drop; hold.


Walk This Way

Happy Saturday!

I’ll start off this post by saying, I live in Wisconsin. It is the middle of February and it is currently 60 degrees outside. If you are from the Midwest, you know this is not usual for Wisconsin in the beginning of the year. I am just getting over having the flu, which was the worst week of my life so far, and I needed to get outside and do something on this gorgeous day.

I wanted to go for a run, but I am not sure when I should re-introduce it into my routine. After all I am still sick, and I definitely do NOT want to prolong it. So I did the next best thing…went on a walk.

Walking is low intensity, but a great fat burning exercise. It is easy on your joints and gets your endorphin pumping the same way running, or other exercises would. If you get outside and do at least 30 minutes of walking every day, great health benefits come with it.

Walking for 30 minutes each day will: Improve circulation by strengthening your heart, help you lose weight (by improving your heart circulation and increase you metabolism), loosen stiff joints, and will make you happy.

You will only regret the workouts you do NOT do! No matter what kinds of exercises you do, or what level you are at, you are lapping everyone on the couch. As cliche as that is, it still holds true. Trust me, your body (and probably your dog) will thank you. So what are you waiting for? Wherever you are located on this planet, get outside and go on a walk!

Resource: http://womensrunning.competitor.com/2016/10/health-wellness/benefits-walking-30-minutes-every-day_66812#oYWYTqXvcMWjXqfR.97



Ever heard of it? AdvoCare, that is. AdvoCare is a company that sells nutritional supplements, weight management, energy, and sports nutrition dietary supplements. I first heard of AdvoCare when my mom was looking at a diet program. We decided to try the 24-day challenge together (In January of 2015) to jumpstart our healthy eating. The 24-day challenge is a supplement and nutrition program that is designed to jumpstart your body to help you reach your goals. One thing to remember when considering a “diet” is that it is not a simple “quick fix” for weight loss. I believe that dieting does not have long lasting results, however, if you are committed to making a lifestyle change with your eating habits, then you will see results and in turn, feel better.

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After the 24-day challenge I feel it really helped kick-start my desire to eat healthy. I did the challenge about two years ago now and have not done it since because it helped me get on track with creating a better diet for myself. When I use the word “diet” I am referring to my eating habits, and not a typical “diet”. However, I do still order a couple products that I used during the challenge. One of those products I use almost every day… Spark.

Spark® is a unique blend of 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients that work synergistically to provide a healthy and balanced source of energy.


For me, I use this product in the mornings to give me a boost of energy when I am feeling sluggish. I feel it helps me get my day going. My favorites are the Strawberry Mango and Cherry. Lots of flavor! The AdvoCare website claims this about the product “Spark contains an effective amount of caffeine to give you a quick boost, B vitamins to enhance your body’s natural ability to produce and sustain its own energy, and neuroactive amino acids that help increase your mental focus and alertness.”

I had a great experience with AdvoCare and its products. While I think AdvoCare is a great company and I have had success using their products, it is not meant to be a replacement for nutrients our bodies require from the different food groups. With all supplements, do your research and find what works best for you, but do not neglect eating healthy in place of dietary supplements.

DISCLAIMER: I do not sell AdvoCare, but I do use and buy their products. I am not a nutritionist nor do I have any expertise on dietary supplements. This is solely my opinion on products and experiences I have had. The company is not affiliated with this blog/ post.

“Can’t” Run? No Problem!

Hi Everyone!

Have you ever uttered the words “Not doing that, I can’t run”? Well I have. I would always make jokes about it and my fitness level, but secretly always wanted to be a runner. I was my own worst enemy when it came to exercising. Running is for everyone, but it takes a certain kind of crazy to truly enjoy it. Running is something I do to relieve stress and as training to someday run races. I ran my first 5k last September. At that time I had just started getting into running. I ran it in 40 minutes, which I was really proud of because I had only been running/ training for a month before that.

So, long story short, I would use self deprecating humor as excuses to not run or exercise. Eventually it turned into something I really liked.

I first started running using the Couch to 5k app. It can be downloaded in your phone’s app store. Couch to 5k app is a running plan that is designed to have you running a 5k in 9 weeks. Each week you progressively do more running. I used this for a while, however, I am still not the greatest at keeping up with it. So I have had to go back to week one a few times. This app is great for someone who does not know much about running, or their limits. I will almost always push myself too hard when it comes to exercising, so this was a great way for me to slowly ease into the process.

I am a new runner, so by no means am I an expert. However, I feel so much better when I do run. It has become something I look forward to everyday. Don’t believe me? Here are some benefits of running.


1.) Running makes you happier.

In a study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, researchers found that even a single bout of exercise—30 minutes of walking on a treadmill—could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive order. Let’s get those endorphins going!

2.) It helps you get fit.

This is an obvious one, I know. But in general, working out in any shape or form will help you get fit. Even after your workout, you continue to burn calories. This happens when you’re exercising at an intensity that’s about 70 percent of VO2 max. (That’s a little faster than your easy pace, and a little slower than marathon pace.)

3.) Running strengthens your knees (and your other joints and bones, too).

Running increases bone mass, and even helps stem age-related bone loss. Studies show that running can also improve knee health.

4.) Running will keep you sharper, even as you age.

A study published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review concluded that regular exercise helps defeat age-related mental decline, particularly functions like task switching, selective attention, and working memory.

5.) Running can reduce your risk of cancer.

While running is not a cure for cancer, it can help prevent it.  A vast review of 170 epidemiological studies in the Journal of Nutrition showed that regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers

6.) Running adds years to your life.

A giant study in the journal PLOS Medicine shows that when different types of people started exercising, they lived longer. Smokers added 4.1 years to their lives; nonsmokers gained three years.

Reference: http://www.runnersworld.com/start-running/6-ways-running-improves-your-health/slide/6

Step Your Way to Fitness!

Hey Fit Friends!

My fitness journey started back in my first year of college. I wanted to be healthy, but wasn’t truly committed. I didn’t start taking it seriously until I had some health problems with my liver in my junior year of college (not because of drinking! I promise!) because of my weight and diet. I weighed 181 at my highest weight and my height is 5’5. First, everyone’s body is different and gaining/losing weight looks different for everyone. I had to work on eating healthier and losing weight to get my liver to return to normal. Fitbit helped me step up to the challenge!

(Disclaimer! This is my sole opinion on Fitbit products. The company is in no way affiliated with this post.)

Fitbit fitness trackers are great because there is something for everyone. Whether you like something simple, or complex, there is something for you. I purchased a Fitbit to help me become more aware of the activity I do in a day and to motivate me to become more active.  Fitbit not only tracks your steps, but it has the ability to track your exercise, food, weight, sleep, heart rate, calories burned, distance traveled and more!

I bought the Charge HR because I like knowing my heart rate when I workout. It also has this pretty fancy caller ID display that flashes across the wristband when I get a call. I usually miss all of my phone calls, but not anymore!



Investing in a Fitbit is definitely something I would recommend to anyone who, like me, wants to be more aware of their activity level , or wants some more motivation to get out there and go.

In addition to helping me become more fit, I use my Fitbit as a social outlet. There is an app that you can download and you can connect with friends and family! There are many challenges to get involved in. For example, Last week I was in the Workweek Hustle. I had all week (M-F) to get the most steps and beat my friends. I ended up winning the challenge with almost 60,000 steps! I have a competitive edge, so that was a drive for me to win and in turn I exercised more at the gym and ran more miles.

If you are wondering which tracker would be best for you, the Fitbit website has a quiz that will find the perfect device for your lifestyle. Link below!


Happy stepping!

Brenna 🙂