My goals for 2016

I’m terrible at keeping New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe because they don’t usually fit the SMART plan. I’m a very goal oriented person, but I prefer short term goals. It’s easier to check them off my list. 🙂

I have several categories of 2016 goals:

  • Spiritual
  • Relationships
  • Running/Fitness
  • Homemaking
  • Business

Today, I just want to share my running goals. These are very easy to measure.


  • Run 2 half-marathons – time goal – below 1:59
  • Run two 5Ks with the girls
  • Compete in a few local 5Ks – time goal – below 26:30

With my health coaching clients, the next thing I would ask them would be…  How are you going to make this happen? So, it’s only fair I ask myself the same question.

I plan on using my January Reset Challenge Perk to get stronger in the off season. We have asked US kettle bell competitor and trainer, Rick Martins, to assist us with the strength training piece of the January Reset!  It will include Rick’s tips for:

  • Nutrition tweaks to maximize your fitness and strength
  • How to incorporate the 4 phases of strength training into your running plan
  • Workouts to become a stronger runner

I am super excited about this! You don’t have to be a runner to participate in the January reset though! It’s just an added bonus if you happen to be a runner. Our main focus will be on cleaning up your diet, increasing your energy, and finding joy & comfort in other things besides food!

Do you have any physical fitness goals for 2016?


Happy Holidays & Meal Plan

We have had a fun-filled several days! I am so blessed!

My favorites. 🙂

On Tuesday, just my sisters and I went out to lunch and to an awesome holiday symphony. My middle sister lives about 18 hours away from me. I think my youngest sister would agree that it was soooo good to be with her several times this past week.


Miss Spunky said she was going to “set the mood,” by playing some Christmas songs.


Because we were gone on Christmas day, we celebrated Christmas at home Saturday. I always make snow man pancakes for breakfast and then we spend the rest of the day playing and relaxing!

Our family likes strategy games. This is new, New York 1901. There’s going to be a bit of a learning curve with this one!

On to the meal plan for this week:

Sunday – Leftovers

Monday – Butternut squash soup

Tuesday – A modified version of this Spanish Hash and fresh fruit

Wednesday – Homemade pizzas – everyone chooses their own toppings – veggies and cashew “cheeze” for me

Thursday –  Veggie chili and snacks/appetizer food for NYE –Vegan stuffed mushrooms and

Friday – Southern black eyed pea skillet, salad, roasted potatoes

Saturday – Out for Little Lady’s 9th birthday

How was your Christmas? Does your family enjoy playing games?

Chocolate Truffle Cookies

These taste like little brownies. Yum.


1.5 cups chocolate chips (Enjoy Life for Dairy free)

1/3 cup coconut oil

3 T. flax meal + 1/2 cup + 1 T. water

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1.5 all-purpose Gluten free flour (I use Meister’s – already contains xantham gum)

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1.5 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Mix flax and water together. Set aside for 10 minutes. Melt first 2 ingredients in microwave. Mix sugar and flax together using a stand mixer. Mix flour and baking powder together. Add flour mixture, vanilla and chocolate mixture to the sugar/flax. The mixture should be stiff, not runny. Drop by tablespoons onto baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for 10-14 minutes.



Menu Planning – 12-20-15

It’s Christmas break! Woohoo! We had  our first big Christmas celebration yesterday at my Mamaw and Papaw’s. We had a fun time and we’re looking forward to some down time over the next 2 weeks. We will actually have our Christmas celebration, just the 4 of us, on Saturday because we like to be able to enjoy the whole day together!

On the menu:

Sunday – Tuscan vegetable soup

Monday – Black Bean tacos

Tuesday – Leftovers

Wednesday – Veggie Minestrone

Thursday – Veggie omelets

Friday – I’m making spaghetti squash casserole and roasted brussel sprouts to add to the family meal!

Saturday – Snowmen pancakes and hot chocolate for breakfast, appetizers the rest of the day – OSG Life Affirming Nacho dip, stuffed mushrooms, Mexican dip, roasted cauliflower, and fresh fruits and veggies!  I haven’t decided on dessert yet… I’m definitely picking up some SoDelicious Dairy free “ice cream!”

High Five Friday – 12-18-15

I’m linking up for another High Five Friday today!

  1. Today was our last day of homeschool before our Christmas break. Woohoo! I love homeschooling, but when you are a homeschooling Mama, Christmas break means a break for you too. 🙂
  2. I taught a super fun gluten and dairy free cooking class last night. I love teaching, experimenting with new recipes, creating my own recipes, and sharing with others. My kids love sampling. It’s a win-win situation. I made Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies (recipe coming soon!), No-Bake Peanut butter protein bites, Salted-Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles, and Almond Flour Sugar Cookies.
  3. We have been doing some holiday crafting. It’s amazing what you can do with shaving cream.


4. This article – Yes. If you are a homeschooling parent or know one – you should read.

5. Today is the last day of December’s Fresh Fix. I love this group. There are workouts included. I have really been trying to incorporate more strength training in an effort to make it to my next race goal, and these workouts are a great way to make it happen! Contact me if you want to join us for the next Fresh Fix beginning Monday, January 11. I’m also hosting a 21-day whole foods reset beginning that same day with bonuses for runners.

What would you like to High-Five this week?

Monday Motivation

I am an over planner. I also fight perfectionism. Hunky husband (he knows me soooo well) wrote this for me for my daughter’s first Christmas. It is framed and we set it out every Christmas. I hope it motivates you to remember the important things not just this time of year, but always.

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1st Christmas with My Mama

I’m not dreaming of a Christmas white, Or reading ‘Twas the Night

I don’t worry if the stockings are hung with care, Or if the mantle is plain and bare

I don’t care about dolls, candy, or balls, Or even Rudolph, the most famous reindeer of all

Frosty or chestnuts on an open fire, None of these are my desire

You can fill my closet with toys and clothes, But I don’t need any of those

You can stuff me with candy, sugary and sweet, But time with you will never be beat.

You know I spell Love, T-I-M-E, So how about several hours just you and me

No cares, no worries, stress, or fuss, Just lots of fun for both of us

You can’t put it under a tree or wrap it with a bow, But loving you is all I know

I don’t need fancy paper that goes on for miles, Just your warm touch and a couple dozen smiles

A day with you is all I need, Cause holidays with Mama are the best indeed

We can hug and crawl too, My Christmas wish is a Mama just like you.

Menu Planning – 12-13-15

Hello! We’re feeling festive at our house!


This Saturday, we will have our first Christmas celebration at my Grandma’s house which also means I get to SEE MY SISTERS! My middle sister lives about 18 hours away from me. I can’t wait to see her.


Tomorrow also kicks off December’s Fresh Fix. We focus on cleaning up our menus but leaving a little wiggle room because being healthy is NOT about perfection!

Sunday – Roasted Red Pepper soup

Monday – Bean burgers with Raw broccoli salad and cashew sauce

Tuesday – Sweet potato chili

Wednesday – Individual homemade pizzas (I sub cashew sauce for cheese – YUM)

Thursday – Leftovers (I’m teaching an evening class)

Friday – Veggie omelets

Saturday – Family Christmas time! I’m taking spaghetti squash with my red cream sauce  and cookies

What’s on your menu? What kind of cookies should I take?

High Five Friday – 12-11-15

I’m linking up with Happy Fit Mama for to share some of my favorite things this week.

I love this bracelet. Life is not always exciting, fun, and easy. I need to find joy in the Lord. Find joy in the small, mundane things of life because, honestly, that is what makes up most of our lives.


This weather has been unbelievable. It has been nearly 60 degrees most days this week. In the Midwest! I’m so thankful.


While Miss Spunky is at basketball practice with Hunky Husband, Little Lady and I are staying home to work on sewing projects. This is one of my “Find Joy in the Journey” moments because I love being able to spend one-on-one time with my daughter, but I have a love/hate relationship with sewing…


Sing! We recently got the new Pentatonix album. Sing is our new favorite song. I’m not gonna lie. We’ve been having lots of dance parties.

My Shaklee cleaners. I love that I can clean my kitchen with non-toxic products that actually work!


What do you want to “high five” this week?




A Day in the Life of a Homeschooling Health Coach

Sometimes I get the feeling that people have incorrect views on what homeschooling is like. Some think I stand up in front of my daughters and impart wonderful knowledge to them from 8-3 everyday. Some think I sit around and eat bon bons. Then, of course, many wonder, “What on earth is a health coach?” “I thought you were a Pharmacist?”

So, I thought it would be fun to share what a typical day is like for me.

5:50 am – Alarm goes off. I put Hunky Husband’s lunch in a cooler. I’m off to the basement for quiet time with God and a workout. Then it’s time to shower, fix breakfast, start a load of laundry, maybe put something in the crock pot, and call my awesome older friend whom I talk to briefly every morning.

8:15-8:30 – We start our school day. We begin our day with Bible study together. Then, I balance my time between the 2 girls. While I go over a new concept with one, the other is doing independent work. We work like this until it is time for “Gym time” and snack. When they are both working, I will work on planning for the next week or grade some of their papers. Then, together we finish up by tackling Science and Social Studies.

We have been studying human anatomy – the skeletal system. So, we took some leftover cooked turkey bones from my Grandma’s at Thanksgiving for an experiment!
The best thing about experimenting with recipes is having 2 sweet little girls who want to lick the beaters!

12:30 – Our school day is usually finished and I start preparing lunch.

1:30 – I try to accomplish a chore or two. Yesterday, I dusted and wrapped a few Christmas gifts.

2:00-4:15 – Client sessions, preparing for teaching Health Coach workshops, writing newsletters, paperwork, etc…

4:30 – 6:30 – Various activities like piano lessons and basketball practice

6:30-8:30 – Supper & family time. I make Hunky Husband’s lunch for the next day.

9:00 – Kids are in bed. I finish up any work I didn’t get to in the afternoon, check e-mail, etc…

10:00ish – Bedtime for Mama.