The Fit Girl’s Guide to The Best Protein Powders

Many of my close friends, family members, and likely some of my readers now, know that I am an eating disorder survivor. Without going into major detail about that part of my life (I could write about it for hours), I have spent years with trial and error trying to come up with a fitness and diet routine that works best for me. I’ve experimented with everything under the sun from weight lifting, yoga classes, at-home workout videos, and hours upon hours of kicking my butt on any & every cardio machine. I’ve dieted to dangerous extremes; eating only fruits & veggies for a week straight, the “military diet”, the “Egg Diet”, and everything else you can find on Pinterest or in Women’s Health Magazine. As women, I think we can all agree that it takes a little practice and a lot of sweat (might I add tears) to get to the level where we feel comfortable and confident & we are constantly looking for ways to enhance our endurance, improve our strength, and perk up that booty. Thankfully, I have finally learned after all this time that it’s important to treat my body kindly– to give it exercise

How to Love 13.1 Miles of Running

I have had a handful of friends reach out to me asking how I train for half marathons, so if you’re one of those who are wondering, I have good news for you: I am a runner not because I run fast, and not because I run far. I am a runner because I run. You must know this first before I go on with any more of my running advice. Running is a dreadful, awful thing (so some think), but for me it is a rewarding, amazing sport. I have learned to love it, let alone I have learned that I can not live without it. It isn’t about the times, the number of miles, or the most expensive shoes. It’s about you; pushing yourself, your mentality, your limits of what you think you can do. Whether you are prepping for your first half marathon or your 15th, make the most of your 13.1-mile experience — from sign-up to finish line — with these ways I’ve learned to love it. 1. It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop. I haven’t always been able to run a six minute mile. At one point, an

Want to Be Truly Happy? Start Your Day with a Morning Walk with Your Mom

Hey friends, how has your day been going? Mine has been full of babysitting: cleaning up messes, an afternoon walk to the park,  jumping on the trampoline, reading books at the Draper City Library, buying milk at the grocery store, cleaning up more messes, cooking dinner, giving baths, aaaand rinse and repeat. It’s nice to sit down and write for a minute. So, lets get to it. A fun fact about me: my patriarchal blessing states (and this is not verbatim): I will have “special experiences that will guide me to choosing a career that will bless the lives of my family, myself, and others who are seeking to become closer to God.” As I started college in 2011, I had specific plans to obtain a career in dental hygiene with no thought about that special promise from God. Nothing was going to stop me (except for human biology & anatomy, maybe) so I ran as fast as I could carrying these plans with me. I had always enjoyed writing and reading in high school but not once did it cross my mind for them to become my profession — until my English professor from my first semester at Utah State University

Your Freebie Guide to Ultimate At Home Exercise

Hi guys! I’m super excited about today’s post because I am giving away my first FREEBIE! Who doesn’t like free, useful stuff? Well, it’s free but I’m still clinging onto hope for the useful part. I’m a religious runner, as some of you know, but lately I’ve been thinking about why I run. I run because it makes me strong. My mind and my body are working together to reach higher goals and I’ve been craving the feeling of trying new things, like weight training. Running also makes me happy (and prevents me from causing any kind of harm against my husband. Right, Elle?!) Not only are there mental and physical benefits of running & exercise, but there are also spiritual benefits. Say whaaaat?! Yes, it’s true. Recently I came across the talk “Good Health — A Key to Joyous Living” by Barbara B. Smith from October 1978. She states, “The state of our health affects every facet of our life — our feeling of personal well-being, our approach to work, our social interactions — even our service to the Lord.” Wow. Our Heavenly Father blessed us with beautiful, strong, incredible bodies that were created to work, serve, and be treated sacredly.