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Whole30: Final Thoughts

Whole30: Final Thoughts

I (sort of) did it! I survived my first Whole30 challenge! Previous posts: I’m Doing the Vegetarian Whole 30, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4. Technically, I didn’t finish Whole30 because I added grains back into my diet the last week. But, I was at the […]

Whole30 Update: Week 4

Whole30 Update: Week 4

As I write this, I’m on my last day of Whole30! I (kind of) made it to the end! I’ll do a full recap next week of my overall thoughts and feelings. If you’ve got any Whole30 related questions, leave a comment and I’ll touch […]

Whole30 Update: Week 3

Whole30 Update: Week 3

With just about a week left in my Whole30 challenge, the end is in sight! So, let’s talk about week 3! Previous posts: I’m Doing the Vegetarian Whole 30, Week 1, and Week 2 What I Ate As dairy is not allowed on Whole30, this challenge seemed […]

Whole30 Update: Week 2

Whole30 Update: Week 2

And, just like that I’m halfway through my Whole30 challenge! Previous posts: I’m Doing the Vegetarian Whole 30 and Week 1 Update What I Ate Smoothies continue to be a staple of my diet. It feels a little weird drinking them in the middle of winter, but […]

Whole30 Update: Week 1

Whole30 Update: Week 1

I survived the first week of Whole30! Earlier this month, I wrote about the whats and whys of vegetarian Whole30. What I ate Going into the challenge, I knew from many people that meal planning and food prep is crucial to succeeding. I’ve tried meal […]

I’m Doing the Vegetarian Whole30

I’m Doing the Vegetarian Whole30

Early in December, Kayla asked if I wanted to join her in a Whole30 challenge starting in January. I read It Starts with Food, the book detailing the what and why behind the plan, earlier in the year. I knew I’d need a reset to my […]

Post-Election Thoughts

Post-Election Thoughts

Yesterday, I voted in the Presidential election. This isn’t a political blog and I don’t intend for it to become one. Regular health and fitness content will resume tomorrow. But, I hope you’ll finish reading this because what’s happening in our country tonight is bigger […]

I’m a Personal Trainer!

I’m a Personal Trainer!

The title for this post says it all: I’m a personal trainer! Let’s go back to the beginning of the story, shall we? Last year, I called the National Academy of Sports Medicine and enrolled in their Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) program. It was something I’d considered […]

Race Recap: MSU Gran Fondo 4

Race Recap: MSU Gran Fondo 4

On Saturday, June 25, I participated in the MSU Gran Fondo, a cycling/fundraising event in downtown Grand Rapids. The money raised from this event goes to skin cancer awareness, prevention, and research. I feel fortunate that I don’t have a compelling story to share for […]

Race Recap: Grand Rapids Sprint Triathlon

Race Recap: Grand Rapids Sprint Triathlon

I’ve only done one other triathlon prior to now, a sprint in 2012. I didn’t have the most amazing experience at that one and I think it made me shy away from the sport a bit. But, I’m back in the triathlon game after completing the […]