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So, I turned 30.

I turned 30 on March 8 and somehow forgot to tell you all about it.

Or maybe it was intentional.

For about a week, I was in denial. When you’re in your 20s, you feel like you will be there forever. Or at least I did.

My 30th birthday was shared with the people I hold most dear: my hubs, my sweet baby boy, and my mom and my dad.

We ate good food, drank great wine, and enjoyed being together! I especially loved these fancy things:

My “30” wine glass!

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My new motto:

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Bless my dear husband’s heart for getting this right:

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Liam tried icing for the very first time………..and threw up (no pictures for you-you’re welcome). Yes, I know, I’m the mother of the year.

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These 30 years have been very good to me and I know that the next 30 will be just as good, if not better. Two things have happened in the past 8 months that have made me really stop and think and have COMPLETELY changed my perspective on life:

1.) Becoming a mother

2.) Turning 30

I’ve been blessed these 30 years that I’ve been able to climb Machu Picchu in Peru, marry my best friend, do yoga in the Red Rocks of Sedona with my mom, bring a beautiful,  healthy boy into this world, and many, many wonderfully amazing things.

I’ve decided that turning 30 isn’t the end all. It’s not some mile marker that will define who I am or who I will be. It’s just a number.

It is just a number.

I have big plans and those plans include getting back into the best shape in my life, loving my family (those right under my roof and those many, many miles away) fiercely, and striving to be the woman that I was raised to be.


I did have a “30 meltdown moment” and went out and bought $60 eye cream.


I should’ve just had a glass of wine, went for a run, or eaten a cupcake. Do I hear any amens out there?

EMBRACE your age because that number doesn’t define you.

Who you are, what you say, and how you live defines you.

I don’t care if you’re 60 and wanting to learn to paint for the first time, go for it. I could hardly master paint by number.

I don’t care if you’re 15 and want to start lifting weights for the first time. Press play on “beast mode.”

I don’t care if you’re 30 and have no clue what you want to be when you grow up. I don’t but I know whatever it is, I’m going to be a damn good one.

PS-I hope that genetics plays a part in looking as good as my parents do in their 50s…………

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Eat Clean, Pump some Iron, and Be a Fit Fox.

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MASH UP Conditioning + Giveaway

Happy Monday, my fellow fit peeps!

Since I know we all have a case of the Mondays, I thought I’d try to make it better by offering a giveaway! On top of it being Monday, I’m having a case of “why is it snowing in Utah when it’s supposed to be Spring?” I’m assuming that a lot of you are in my same boat.


The nice, ridicuosly in shape people behind MASH UP Conditioning, sent me their DVD to try out and review. Before I dive into how badly these workouts made my buns burn and how much time I spent laying on the floor post workout, I’ll share a little about MASH UP Conditioning.

First off, MASH UP Conditioning was created by these two hot mamas:


M-AS-H stands for Mind/Body, Agility & Strength, and High Intensity Intervals. There are 7 Tempo workouts on the DVD and each tempo workout is 15 minutes. That’s right, only 15 minutes.

Each Tempo workout provides a nice 15 minute countdown in the lower left corner of your screen (if you like that kind of thing. If you don’t like the countdown, I suggest yelling at the TV screen during your workout). The Tempo workouts are broken into 3 segments (Agility & Strength followed by High Intensity Intervals, and concludes with Mind/Body). You do a certain exercise for 60 seconds before switching to a new exercise. The HIIT portion has you do an exercise for 30 seconds followed by 30 seconds of rest.

Thank heavens for the rest part.

The Agility & Strength portion utilizes weights but honestly, if you don’t have them, just go through the motion and try Level 2 or 3 to challenge yourself even more. What I’m saying is if you don’t have weights, don’t panic and make a mad sprint to Wal-Mart, use cans, a water jug, or absolutely nothing and you’ll still get the benefit.

The video has 3 participants each showing a different level to perform each exercise. Level 1 is a nicely round pregnant women and I have to be honest, I often found myself following her! What a preggo rockstar! I found that I was able to make it through each Tempo workout without face planting by switching back and forth from Level 1 and Level 2.

Level 3 is a whole other story. It’s a well built beautiful man (eye candy, ladies) who is hopping and jumping and literally blowing my mind with his ability. I will work up to that. I may reach 40 before then but my goal is to do all 7 Tempo exercises at a Level 3.


What I like about MASH UP Conditioning is that I feel like I got a good, solid workout with my heart pumping in 15 minutes. MASH UP recommends completing these workouts 2-3 times per week (I do 3 times, MWF) for 15 minutes or combine them to make 30, 45, & 60 minute workout options. The insert inside the DVD provides a handy dandy workout recommendation as well as an eating guide.

We all have 15 minutes a day to workout. Stop shaking your head, stop it.

As a new mom to a 7 1/2 month old, working full time, traveling 2X per month, attempting to keep myself lookin’ fine for the hubs, cooking, etc, I found this DVD to be doable. Definitely doable and commitable. I’m a fan.

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I ate a Twix.

You’ve read the title of this and may hesitate to read but I will tell you this: I ate a Twix and I lived to tell the story.

Last week, I was subjected to work training. In a classroom. For hours and hours. Sitting. Not moving. Reading material. You get the point: terror.

I had eaten a solid breakfast of a banana + bowl of oatmeal with craisins + 2 hardboiled eggs compliments of the hotel breakfast. I had continued to drink a plethora of water (not just because it’s good for me but because I was hoping that it would make me have to pee nearly every hour just so I could get up and leave 🙂 ) I already had to get up every 3-4 hours to go pump but that just wasnt’ enough.

Lunch was catered and it was a salad and pizza bar. Blasted. I piled my salad plate high and got 2 pieces of the chicken and basil flatbread (delish). Drank more water and high fived myself for being so good.

Then 3 PM came.

The hotel staff brought in a platter of Snickers bars and Twix bars.

I stared at my bag of almonds and peanut butter crackers and had a heated inner battle with myself to not give in to the Twix. I honestly don’t remember the last time I had a candy bar and I lost. I fell flat on my face (not literally) and picked up the Twix bar.

I sat it on top of my booklet and stared at it (gave it the evil eye hoping that it would grow legs and walk itself off of my table). It did not.

I ate it. It was good but not as good as I remembered…………….or hoped.

Immediately, I felt a huge wave of guilt. I even found myself embarassed. I couldn’t even focus and really began to hate on myself.

Over 1 stinkin’ Twix.


When dinner came, I didn’t even look at the salad or fish and went straight to the sandwiches and meatier entrees because I was so upset that I ate the Twix. So upset that I ALMOST ruined my dinner. Why do we do this to ourselves?

Why do we allow 1 misshap, 1-250 calorie, 24 g of sugar candybar destroy our ENTIRE clean eating day? And our entire mood?

It makes NO SENSE.

I ended up ordering mahi mahi over a bed of sauteed vegetables and 1 glass of wine and enjoyed my dinner.

My point is, do not let 1 cheat ruin the hard work that you’ve done. I was about to destroy my entire dinner and order foods that I normally don’t and would probably end up with an upset stomach and miserable night all because of a Twix. Dumb, right?

Sometimes, I have to remind myself to take a step back. To breathe a little. I had a Twix. So what? Move on.

Eat clean, Pump some iron, and Be a Fit Fox!

When I was a Runner.

I chalk it up to breastfeeding but ever since having Liam my body aches. With being all achey and the weather being all frozen, I haven’t had a chance to make it outside and run. Like really run.

And I miss it. I find myself staring (creepily) out my front window or the kitchen window or any window for that matter, watching runners and I find myself almost drooling.

Or maybe I just need to eat.

Either way, running is very much a part of who I am and I miss it. This week has been crazy warm (Utah warm) and the sun has been beaming sweet rays of feel good warmth and I had to take advantage of that and take a run outside.

And I did.

But I did it a HECK OF A TON slower than I have ever ran in my life. It still felt good (in my head, my body not so much). I felt like I used to when I was a runner.

When I made it back home, I looked at my Ipod (after almost dry heaving in the driveway) and found that I ran 12 1/2 minute miles. Seriously, the way my chest was pounding, I thought that I had sprinted.


When I was a runner, I could really run. I’m not built like a runner (I really need to stop saying that and I know it) but I could really run.

I, frustrated, took off my shoes, grabbed some water and slumped against my couch in defeat. When I was a runner…………I’m an idiot.


Just because I’m slower and tire more quickly, I am a runner. I went back out there and I ran. I ran with a different body than before. I ran with extra weight than before but by goodness, I ran.

I’m a different runner than I was before and it may take some time to get back to where I was but that’s fine with me.

You go out and you try. It may be slower. It may feel different. But you still do it. Go on with your bad self.

Pumpkin Protein Muffins-Clean Eating Goodness

Liam is at an easy age (almost 6 1/2 months) so I can pretty much sit him anywhere and he is the happiest kid. This allows me to cook and bake and do all of the things that I used to do pre-baby.

This afternoon, I realized that I had NOTHING made for breakfast this week (for meals I made a black bean zuchinni stir fry, quinoa stew, pan seared salmon fillets, and have cabbage, asparagus, and broccoli for sides) so I decided to play around with some muffins. And from the ashes crumbs, arose an absolute delight:

Pumpkin Protein Muffins with a Maple Walnut Topping


1 ripe banana

1 can of pumpkin puree

1/4 cup apple sauce

8 drops vanilla stevia

4 egg whites

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup sweetener of choice

1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1 1/2 cups oat flour

2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder

1 tsp each baking powder and baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

All of the cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and pumpkin spice you want

Add all wet ingredients; mix well. Add dry ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well. Incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients.

For the maple walnut topping, add the following ingredients together and mix well: 2 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tbs melted coconut oil, 2 tbsp oat flour, and a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts  

Place muffin mixture into a greased lined muffin pan (makes 18 muffins). Add a dollop of maple walnut mixture ontop of each muffin. Press topping lightly into the muffin mixture with back of spoon.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. ENJOY!




Post Baby Body Update-Month 6

I have a 6 month old? What the what????


Seriously. Where does the time go?

Liam turned 6 months on Valentine’s Day which was super sweet so we did a super corny dinner at home. My parents always spent Valentine’s Day with us (the 3 kids) and it made us feel special so it’s a tradition that we wanted to carry on with our little family of 3.

Valentine’s Day also marked my 6 month post partum date and let’s just jump right into the nitty gritty, shall we?

If you’ll remember, I forgot to take my 5 months post partum pictures and weight (not intential, I promise-just super busy that week and traveling).

At 4 months post partum, I weighed 182 lbs and looked like this (smokin’ hot 🙂 ):

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At my 6 months post partum, I weighed in at 178 lbs and look like this (double smokin’ hot!)

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Not going to lie, when I stepped on that scale, I was shocked! 4 lbs lost in 2 months? REALLY? I am fitting into my old clothes, I can visibly see a big difference, and I can actually start to see and feel my hip bones so why the heck only 4 lbs??????

I’m building back muscles, fools. I’m still nowhere NEAR where I need to be and am still 13 lbs from my pre pregnancy weight but I feel better and know that I look better.

I’m still 100% committed to breastfeeding. As much fun as it is pumping in the bathroom stalls of airports (I travel about 2X per month for only 1-2 nights each time) and as annoying as it is to skip out of meetings to go pump every few hours (I’m sure that people think that I have irritable bowl syndrome), it is still very important to me to breastfeed Liam.

Somebody give me an air high five or something.

Eat Clean, Pump some Iron, and Be a Fit Fox!

Where the eff did January go?

Seriously, where did January go? This past month went by so fast that I completely spaced taking my 5 month post baby body update. I didn’t even take pictures or check my weight. Blasted.

You’ll remember from my last post that I wrote a letter to myself with some resolutions (requests, if you will) for 2014. Here is my update:


Can we just say that patience is not in my vocabulary? I still haven’t tried to run yet. Why? Aside from the polar vortex that is taking place in my backyard, my body is hurting. I’m still exclusively breastfeeding and this kid is getting all of my nutrients. My goal is still the same-to run the 2014 half marathon and even if I pee myself multiple times throughout, I’m going to do it.


You will be happy to know that I’ve stuck with shaving my legs. It hasn’t been more than once a week but at least I’m doing it. Matt is thankful. 🙂


This one has been harder than I thought. For the first week, I noticed that I did give myself a compliment every day but it was from the neck up. Nice eyes, Amanda. Rockin’ freckles, Amanda. Well proportioned ears, woman. What? So, I’ve really had to condition myself to compliment my BODY.


I did the lazy giving thing and increased my monthly payment to our Bangladesh sponsorship by $5. We’ve sponsored a little girl, named Munni through World Vision, for 6 years now and write her letters and send little gifts each month.

Not enough. I’m still looking to give my time, however, Matt told me that I’m not allowed to volunteer at our local animal shelter. He said that I will bring home every animal that comes through that door. He is right. That’s the only thing he’s right about. 🙂


This has been fun! I sit Liam in his bumboo chair on top of our kitchen island and turn on my jams and he just watches and laughs as I make a mess of the kitchen. I’ve made black bean quinoa, Jamie Eason’s blueberry banana protein bake, and pan seared salmon to name a few. Yes, pan seared salmon is new for me. I’ve ALWAYS baked it. I tell you what, I’m never baking it again. Pan seared literally rocked my face off.


This has also been tough. I’ve done better in the mornings to not check my phone first thing but I still continue to check emails throughout the evening and night. I’m going to continue to work on this-life is too short to have your face buried in emails. I sell cheese for a living for heavens’ sakes. Checking cheesy emails at night is not necessary. 🙂


I’ve done this and it has always been workout related. I’m doing the Biggest Loser’s 8 minute body blasts. Good Lawd. I’m doing Powercakes plate challenge. Face plant: check. I need to get a bit more adventurous with this one, though. Like try a lipstick with actual color. I’m just too committed to my Carmex.


This has been a bit of a joke-my big toenail fell off and the others are flaky. Did I give you a visual? Excellent. Plus, the ridiculous amount of snow we’ve had I haven’t even seen my feet unless I’m in the shower. It’s flippin’ cold-I keep my feet covered.


This has been, by far, the most fun! I write a letter or make a care package each Sunday. It’s a blast. I choose a family memeber that is on my mind and just write out my guts and thoughts and feelings and some mushy stuff. It’s great. I highly recommend this to everyone. Grab a pen and paper and write a letter.


Can I skip this one? Or take it back? This is a challenge for me-I’m still learning to just relax and breathe a little. Work in progress.


Again, another one that I’m really working on. Especially when it comes to Matt. He is interested in everything that goes boom and fast. I am not interested in things that go boom and go fast. He LOVES to talk about things that go boom and go fast and I’m learning to LOVE to listen to it. 🙂


Oh, have I relished this one. It is the small things. I love our little family and I love watching Liam’s face when Matt comes through the door. Liam has the most precious smile-it overwhelms his face-and to see his reaction is just priceless. I love the moments we share in bath time and reading to Liam each night. I love the moments where the 3 of us are lying on the floor giggling. This is why I’m here. This is why I live. For these small things that matter the most.


I’m still looking. With my work schedule (traveling), I can’t do a during the week class and am looking for a Saturday class. Spinning? Unless someone sends me WELL cushioned bike pants, I don’t think that I can handle it.


Doing it. 🙂

Have most of you stuck with your resolutions? Let them go? Changed them? Please share!


Eat clean, pump some iron and be a fit fox!

2014 Letter to Myself

I’m writing a letter to myself and I definitely recommend that you do the same. It may seem odd but I strongly believe that it will make a difference in your outlook going into 2014 and also hold you accountable. I’m sharing my letter to myself to you. May you and yours have a very Happy New Year!

Dear Amanda,

You had a great 2013 but what I have planned for you is an even better 2014.

Be patient. You will start running again and even though your boobs may never feel the same again or your hips pop non stop, you will run again.

To Do: You will run the 2014 Top of Utah Half Marathon and it may not be as fast as the 2012, but you will run it. Be patient.

Shave your legs. Having a baby is no excuse to stop shaving your legs. Matt would second that.

To Do: Shave your legs at least once a week (twice would be nice but we have to start somewhere).

Be nice. Be nice to yourself. Don’t tear yourself apart at every piece of cellulite that you see or the stretch mark that glares you in the face. Be nice to your body.

To Do: Give yourself at least one compliment about YOUR BODY every single day.

Give. You have a good job, a good living, and a good life. Give to others!

To Do: Volunteer your time in areas that you are passionate about: nutrition education (that is what your parents spent good money on!) after school reading programs, animal rescue, and fitness (duh!).

Make at least one new clean recipe each week. You made and ate turkey chili every single week of 2013. Admit it.

To Do: Continue to bulk cook on the weekends but make something new each time!

Less Tech. Every morning , the first thing that you do is grab your phone. Stop that. Every night, you continue to check emails on your phone. Stop that. Do I need to further explain this to you?

To Do: Spend your mornings relishing special moments with Matt and Liam. Love the sounds that Liam makes instead of listening for your phone. Put away your phone/laptop when work is done and dedicate 100% of your energy and time on Matt and Liam.

Try one new thing every week. This one I’m leaving open for you. “Thing” can mean anything.

To Do: Try a new workout. Try rice milk. Try a new hair style. Try lipstick.

Keep your feet pretty. You may be a runner but your feet shouldn’t be all dry, scaley, and look like shiz.

To Do: Get pedicures at least once every couple of months. Use lotion on your feet after each shower. You’re welcome.

Write a letter each week.

To Do: Write a letter once a week to a family member or friend. Let them know you love them and why they’re so special to you.

Don’t be so serious. There are many times when you take EVERYTHING seriously. Laugh it off. Breathe a little.

To Do: Don’t be so serious. 🙂

Listen. You are often thinking about what you want to say while the other person is talking. Stop that.

To Do: Listen to the person talking. Truly take in what they are saying and take the time to process it.

Small things matter the most. Needs no explanation.

To Do: Stop and thank God everyday for your precious little boy, for your family and friends, and for the air you breath.

Take a Fitness Class. You need to get rid of your fear of fitness classes. You may look like an idiot. Your mom is a better step class worker-outer than you and that’s ok. Yoga doesn’t count as a fitness class, you already do that.

To Do: Try a non Yoga fitness class at the base gym or at the Rec center during 2014. You must go to the class at least 6 times.  

Hold hands more often. Just because you have a baby doesn’t mean that you should stop giving Matt a little love.

To Do: Kiss Matt multiple times a day. Hold his hand as much as you can.

Get after it Fox.


P.S. Call your grandparents, parents, sister, brother, and friends more.


Post Baby Body-Month 4

Well, my peeps, it’s been 4 months since little Liam made his entrance into the world! As much as I’d like to say that as his cheeks got chubbier my a$$ cheeks got smoother but that’s just not the case………..

At month 4, I weighed in at 182. Yep, you got that right. 3 lbs lost since Month 3. Seriously? It had to have been the pumpkin pie from Thanksgiving. Blasted.

You can read my last post baby body post to see all of my photos but just to show the latest monthly progress, here is last month:


And here is this month (Saturday, Dec 14-4 months post partum)

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Will anyone out there give me a fist pump for showing my bum cellulite?!! Anyone?

I know that 3 lbs doesn’t sound like much but I feel like I can SEE a bigger difference this month. Maybe the weight is just moving to my boobs? One can only hope. 🙂

I’m still exclusively breastfeeding, still eating semi-clean (I still like to eat cheese and have a few more pieces of bread than I should), and am exercising only 3 times (in home) per week. Liam is waking up every 2-3 hours for the last month and it has wiped me out like no other mother.

I’m hoping that by month 5, I will be in the 170s but with Christmas lurking and my grandma’s sausage balls and sheet cake staring me in the face, I can’t promise anything.

I feel so blessed to have Liam and I do not take this gift for granted. In fact, it has made me a little easier on myself. I do look at other new moms like Natalie Hodson and Jamie Eason and want to punch them in the face shake my head wondering why I don’t look like them yet. Then I realize, I DIDN’T LOOK LIKE THEM BEFORE, so why the heck am I getting down on myself?

This is MY JOURNEY and only mine and I hope that you see that I am a real woman. With real hips. With a boo-tay. With cellulite. With a new body. I am real and I hope to give you more strength, more enthusiasm, and more PATIENCE with your own body in whatever journey, in whatever goal you’re working towards.

Since I left you with a nice dose of Liam last post, I’m going to leave you with a little more. 🙂

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. You all rock my face off. 🙂

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Post Baby Body

If you’re like me, you want to see the pictures first then read about it later………….don’t deny it……….it’s how we all function.

I’m in my underwear and bra……….consider yourself warned:

Pre Pregnancy Body (165 LBS)


39 weeks pregnant (220 LBS-Yep, gained 55 LBS)


1 Month Post Partum (198 LBS)


2 Months Post Partum (190 LBS)


3 Months Post Partum (today-11/14/13) (185 LBS)


I know that it may be hard to see the difference between 2 months and 3 so I’ll just tell you. I can now see my C section scar without having to lift up the roll of fat and skin and I can ALMOST see both hip tattoos whole without having to mush my skin. There.

I’m still shaking my head and asking myself why in the world am I showing y’all these? Honestly,  because I kind of feel like I’m the only one out there but I know that I’m not. I see other fit moms and their post baby bodies and they look lean and ripped (and I want to punch them in the face……nicely). I want to be very REAL and HONEST with you even if it means sharing the stretch marks, cellulite, and all.

I’m still 20 lbs from my pre pregnancy weight but what I have found even more dumbfounding are the inches that I’ve put on. From the side, I may not look so bad but the full frontal view is show stopping. Pre pregnancy my hips were 38.5 inches. As of this morning, my hips are at 42.5 inches. I am 4 inches WIDER than before and I believe that you can tell by the pictures. My hips, thighs, knees (yep), and calves (yep to that, too) are bigger than ever before.

All in all, I’m okay with this. I’m able to exclusively breastfeed my baby boy and know that I am providing all of the nourishment that he needs. Eh, I just lied a little bit there. I’m not ALL okay with it. I do find myself staring, squeezing, sucking in, and pooching it out (I can entertain myself) for no real reason. My “strict exercise regime” that I had started at 8 weeks post partum flew out the door after 2 weeks. Liam and I went to TX to visit family for over a week and I started back to work. Are either an excuse? Nope.

I know that I have a long road ahead but I am going to embrace the challenge. And I’m excited (and stupidly scared) to share this challenge with you.

Even when I start to think about all of the weight I gained, all of the weight I’ve lost, and how much weight I still need to lose, I’m reminded of my little creation, my miracle and I calm down.

Thus, I leave you with another obnoxious amount of Liam:

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