Why is change so difficult?

Living in the Los Angeles area and always on the go (and I mean always), I rarely have a moment to just relax and breathe. Having spent the last two weeks focusing more on family, nature, and requiescence, I’ve had more time to reflect on life in general.

Without getting too deep, the last 5 years of my life have seen a lot of change. While some circumstances were out of my control and I had to adapt, there were other times when the choice was mine to make. Those moments were never easy and I’ve second-guessed my decisions. A lot. But the thing that keeps me moving forward is the knowledge that I’ve learned so much about myself and this thing called life we’re all trying to understand.

A few days ago, my 10 year old asked Google “what is the meaning of life”? While Google had many quotes and memes from others who were trying to decipher life’s purpose, I don’t think either of us was really satisfied with the answers. And if no one really knows, why do we spend so much time worrying about what other people do/think when we ourselves are searching for answers to the same questions as everyone else? How often are you (and I am actually speaking to you as an individual) held back by the fears of what people will think, what the consequences will be, or whether you’ll succeed/fail when you want to improve yourself by making drastic changes to your life?

Will my loved ones make fun of my choices or support me? Will they hold me back or try to boost me up? What if I can’t do it? Why would anyone listen to me? What happens if I fail?

The list of reasons “not to” is endless! At some point you need to let go of the fears and embrace whatever is going to come your way after stepping outside of that comfort zone. There’s no need to wait for a New Year’s resolution to make the needed/wanted changes in your life.

Let us all embrace both the scary and wonderful parts of shifting our lives around to make them better and more fulfilling in the long run!


More Monday Madness

Whether you’re on vacation, back to work , or still at work, you can make this workout happ’n, cap’n!

  • 21-15-9
    • pushups
    • kayak twists
    • bench dips
    • squats
    • shifting planks
  • Finish it off with 9 burpees if you’re up to the challenge!

Asparagus Breakfast

Paleo Breakfast

  • Ingredients
    • asparagus
    • eggs
    • cooked bacon crumbles
    • fresh tomatoes
    • salt & pepper
    • oil for cooking

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat asparagus with olive oil and salt & pepper. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until asparagus has slight bend when held between thumb and forefinger. (The stalks will continue to cook for several minutes once you remove them from the oven. This is called “carry-over cooking”)
  2. Fry eggs to desired consistency. (I prefer mine over-easy so the yolk serves almost as a dressing!)
  3. Slice fresh tomatoes and sprinkle with a pinch of salt
  4. Top breakfast with bacon crumbles (or leave bacon out for a vegetarian version)

I made this breakfast with garden fresh tomatoes and farm fresh eggs! It really doesn’t get much better than that…


7/22 – Make Your Day

  • 7 burpees
    • 11 dumbbell reverse fly
    • 11 tippy toe squats
  • 7 burpees
    • 11 kayak twists
    • 11 mountain climbers
  • 7 burpees
    • 11 half squat row
    • 11 leg kickbacks on forearms
  • 7 burpees
    • 11 dumbbell reverse fly
    • 11 tippy toe squats
  • 7 burpees
    • 11 kayak twists
    • 11 mountain climbers
  • 7 burpees
    • 11 half squat row
    • 11 leg kickbacks on forearms
  • 7 burpees
    • 22 bicep curl squats

Berry Picker

And a quick Friday Challenge for this weekend: do something outdoorsy! Whether it’s berry picking, a campfire, or riding a 4-wheeler through the fields of a hundred-acre farm, get out and have fun!

Back at it!

  • 2 pullups
    • 20 lateral leg raise squats
  • 2 Crossfit (wo)man makers
    • 20 hover crunches
  • Repeat 3 times through!

Do you ever feel like time gets away from you? That’s totally what has happened to me in the last week. Between teaching classes, summer camps, and family visits, it’s been out of control (but in a good way). I may have temporarily slipped off the bandwagon, but let’s get back on together!

Dancer Countdown

Big news today! I’ve been invited to be the Zumba guest instructor at a local outdoor health clinic this afternoon. Sharing my love of health and fitness through dance and music is a gift and I’m so excited for the event! Let’s get ready with this Dancer’s Countdown workout:

  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
    • lateral dumbbell raise
    • tippy toe squats
    • backward lunges
    • oblique side bend (each side)
    • leg kickback on forearms (each side)

Confused about any of these exercises? Check out Fitness in a Minute to find out!


Have fun today and I’ll post more about Zumba tomorrow!

Monday On The Double

There’s no reason to let a Monday morning slow you down. Let’s get movin’!

  • 20 jump ropes/jumping jacks
    • 2 dead lift high pull
    • 4 tippy toe squat
    • 2 half squat row
    • 4 lateral leg raise squat
  • 20 jump ropes/jumping jacks
    • 4 dead lift high pull
    • 8 tippy toe squat
    • 4 half squat row
    • 8 lateral leg raise squat
  • 20 jump ropes/jumping jacks
    • 8 dead lift high pull
    • 16 tippy toe squat
    • 8 half squat row
    • 16 lateral leg raise squat

Confused about any of these exercises? Check out Fitness in a Minute to find out!