Tuesday, July 16, 2019

10 pieces of advice to boss up your workouts and your mind

 For the next 6 weeks I'm hosting what I like to call a "fitness experience" at my home gym for a group of 10 women. I came up with rules for the group that will be like our code of conduct. I really wanted this program to be a safe space to show up, give it your all and leave feeling like you had accomplished something big that day. I knew I had the tools to train the women for physical improvement but it was also important to train their brains to realize that working out isn't punishment, movement is a gift and that being "skinny" is no longer relevant. I encourage you all to work these into your daily life and leave me a comment of something you would add to this list. 

1. Community over competition.

2. Speak nice to yourself.

3. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

4. Stand in your greatness and OWN it. 

5. The only way to refer to your body is fit. Words such as skinny or fat are no longer part of your vocabulary.

6. Show up and be present. 

7. Exercise is not punishment for what you ate. It’s a celebration of what your body is capable of achieving.

8. Exhale the bullshit. 

9. Being able to move your body is a gift…be grateful for something most take for granted. 

10. HAVE FUN!!! (my life motto)

Freckled Fox Photography 

Be Well,


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Ice Age Meals Review

Happy Wednesday friends! Life has been really busy for us at the 'ol Stavely homestead which means meal planning and cooking has been somewhat non-existent. I've been busy at the store with engagement season, styled wedding photo shoots and a HUGE bridal event that I have coming up with Tesori. Long story short, cooking has been put on the back burner! Mark and I really don't like to eat out during the week so Ice Age Meals has literally been a lifesaver.  I was skeptical at first when we came across Ice Age Meals... Mark couldn't convince me that a frozen meal could actually be healthy and tasty.  After a month or so of scrolling their website we finally pulled the trigger.

The benefits of these meals are that they are properly portioned with the right amount of fats, carbs and proteins according to the zone diet. Obviously each persons needs differ based on their goals so you may need more or less food depending on what you're trying to accomplish. All of the food they use in the meals are non GMO, gluten and dairy free. While not every ingredient is organic they are all fresh. I love that the owner of Ice Age Meals, Paleo Nick, as he calls himself says that anytime he adds a new meal to the site he cooks the meal up for his family first to taste test.

Photography by Sarah Pape of Pape Weddings 

You order the meals directly from their website and can do packages that they preselect for you or you can build a box. I recommend building a box so you can choose exactly which meals you prefer. The minimum amount of meals you can order at a time is 14. Sounds like a lot of meals but you'll go through them quickly. They ship the meals directly to your door and come packed in dry ice. From the time of ordering the meals they take about 2-3 business days to arrive to your doorstep.

Photography by Sarah Pape of Pape Weddings

Reheat in the microwave for quickest cooking and voila! The tastiest and healthiest meal you've ever had. SERIOUSLY! The first meal I heated up and pulled out of the microwave I was shocked that it looked like real food cooked in my own kitchen which was refreshing. Each meal we've had is a major flavor bomb and much tastier than anything I would prepare. Let's just say Mark didn't marry me for my cooking abilities 😂 I'm not going to lie...the only reason you see us adding avocado in the picture below was for color. The meals really don't need anything added to them.

Photography by Sarah Pape of Pape Weddings

We've tried almost all the meals and so far our top 3 favorites have been the butternut squash lasagna, pastel de papa, and chipotle turkey chili with butternut. My least favorite was the thai meatball curry and it's not that it wasn't edible or "bad" I just didn't enjoy the flavors as much. Mark and I try to hide our favorites at the bottom of the freezer from each other because the obsession is real in our house! 

Special  thanks to Sarah of Pape Weddings for coming to my home and photographing me awkwardly eating. She's seriously the best!  

Be Well,


Click here to visit the Ice Age Meals website.
"Our purpose is simple – we’re preparing food that meets your nutritional goals and tastes great at the same time. The beauty of properly frozen food is convenience – our meals are ready whenever you need them." -Paleo Nick


Click here to go to the Ice Age Meals website. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

50 shades of pink


Happy Valentine's day my loves! I'm not going to lie... I love V-day. Not because of the flowers and chocolates but really just because it's a silly holiday and I'll use any excuse to celebrate the people I love! Mark and I usually celebrate by just spending time together instead of buying gifts so we're planning a fancy dinner and getting all dressed up.  And for a Wednesday, that's pretty wild for us! You can typically find us at home during the week relaxing and whipping up something fairly healthy for dinner. I can't wait to hear what everyone else has planned for Valentine's Day! I love that this holiday has turned into more than just celebrating with your significant other. I can totally get behind this whole Galentine's thing.

Since Mark and I don't usually do gifts I figured I could treat myself to something I need want. Right now, I'm ALL about the head-to-toe monochromatic look whether I'm headed out for a night on the town or hitting up the gym... it always seems so chic to me. And did you know that dressing in one tone is slimming?! BONUS! This look is so versatile because you can mix and match pieces in with regular clothing and can totally wear this to yoga class or take it out to brunch with your girlfriends. If you're not a pink girl don't worry...these items all come in neutrals. Leave me a comment on how you're celebrating today 💓

Be Well,


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

SMELLS yeah! How to care for your athletic clothes + keep them stink free.

These days we all wear our athletic clothes for MUCH more than just working out therefore I don't mind investing a little more moolah in them.  I've ruined so many of my athletic/performance based clothing because the fabric requires a little extra loving.  I've rounded up some of my favorite products to preserve your favorite pair of yoga pants or that sports bra that fits justttt right. (((On a side note: I don't put on "real" pants unless I absolutely have to so this whole athleisure trend was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.)))

Wash immediately after wear:

I'm just going to throw this out there...and I hope we're in the NO judgement zone. BUT(pun intended), I sweat mostly in what I like to call my under carriage areas 🙆 therefore I like to wash my workout clothes ASAP. I don't think I need to get in the nitty-gritty details but can we all just agree to wash our sweaty clothes instead of leaving them in the clothes hamper for 2 weeks like you do a pair of jeans. K, Thanks!

Mesh/Lingerie Bag:

If you don't have a lingerie bag for your laundry you NEED one. You can use this from everything from delicate panties(still can't say this word with a serious face) to a sweater you don't want snagged in the wash. I mainly use it to protect my workout clothes that have mesh panels from harsher fabrics, zippers, etc.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Yes, you read that right! Apple cider vinegar not only is good for your metabolism but it also gets that musty, sweaty, stench out of clothing and towels. This sounds crazy but I put this in almost every load of laundry I do. It works!

Slow down on the laundry softner:

Downy is one of my favorite things in life. But, it's terrible for your performance fabric clothing. It breaks down the integrity of the fibers and overtime stops the fabric from doing whatever it's supposed to do A.K.A wicking abilities.

Gentle laundry detergent:

I use a special laundry detergent from The Laundress that I use only on my workout clothes. It seriously smells like sunshine and unicorns! And bonus, it's not tested on animals and is nontoxic, biodegradable AND allergen free. I didn't want to like it because I didn't want to use different detergents for my laundry but it's totally worth it. You can also use this on swimwear and it got that weird chlorine smell out of all my suits too.

Invest in a drying rack:

Never ever ever dry your workout clothes. It breaks down the fabric and shrinks them and the last thing I need is a TIGHTER sports bra. No thank you! You can purchase a rack for $20 or less at Target...as if you needed another excuse to go to Target. 🙌

Be Well,


Special thanks to Jo Johnson for the rad pictures and Sit & Spin for letting us take the rad pictures. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Full Body Firecracker Workout

Photography by Jo Johnson
Happy [almost] 4th of July!  Every year we head to the lake to visit my cousin and her family sometime around the 4th...it's our tradition and we look forward to it. This year is no different and I've been planning my snacks and sides for several days now that I'll be taking. I wish I could say it was healthy but if I'm being honest it's all junk food and I'm okay with that! It's a little thing I like to call balance. I'm all about a good food splurge when it comes to holidays but one thing I always try to stick to is getting a workout in. I know I won't be eating clean, healthy and whole foods but what I can control is burning some extra calories and get a good sweat session in. It's easy to make excuses to not workout over holidays because of time and especially because of travel. That's why I LOVE no equipment workouts you can literally do from anywhere. Scroll down for my full body firecracker workout. 


Full Body Firecracker Workout:

Circuit 1:
30 air squats
20 tricep dips
10 burps
x 3


Circuit 2:
30 mountain climbers (each leg)
20 donkey kicks (each leg)
15 fire hydrants (each leg)
x 3


Circuit 3:
30 russian twists (each side)
20 curtsey lunges (each side)
10 push ups


30 second plank (left side)
30 second - 1 minute plank (middle)
30 second plank (right side)
(Rest 30-45 seconds between each round of abs)

Tank via Riffraff │ Sunnies via Overstock │ Sports bra via Lululemon│Shorts via FLEO│Tennies via APL

Be Well,


PS, A BIG thanks to Jo Johnson for all the amazing photography. I was super excited to win a photoshoot from her. Go check her out HERE!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Doughbar Doughnuts + Dad's Day

Mark and I came across Doughbar Doughnuts and HAD to try them. They're a healthier option for a traditional doughnut and come in so many fun flavors. We ordered the variety of the month pack with flavors like s'mores, puppy chow, birthday cake and chocolate cheesecake. The first thing that grabbed my attention is that they're made from quality flour and are baked as opposed to fried...and the best part of all is the yummy toppings! I would definitely give these a try if you love sweets and want a guilt free sweet treat option or if you count your macros. The doughnuts come packed in cute little boxes and are individually wrapped which is nice so you're not tempted to scarf them all down in one sitting. 😜

The icing and toppings came in perfectly measured little tubs. We microwaved the individual icings and then promptly put on the toppings so they stick to the doughnut.

Each box of doughnuts comes with a sheet that breaks down the fat, protein, carb and sugar count so you know exactly what you're putting into your body. 

We put our best decorating skills to practice and got artsy with our doughnuts....or maybe lack of skills. Ha!

And I feel like I would be doing a disservice to y'all if I didn't share our "sad" doughnuts....I think I actually got some toppings mixed up because this isn't what the picture on the website looked like but we got a good laugh and the doughnuts were still tasty.

Frank got in on the action and may have got a bite or two and gobbled it up. I also have to give a shoutout to Mark for being a willing participant to support me in my blogging adventures. And a very Happy Father's Day to everyone out there... the human kind and the fur baby kind. We love you all!

Be Well,


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Happy 2 year "FIT-aversary" to me!

About two and a half years ago I was at a crossfit competition with Mark playing the role of "team mom" as everyone so lovingly calls me. I was in the hotel room getting ready for  the day and I caught the reflection between two mirrors of my backside and thought to myself "that doesn't look like my booty!" I had not been working out regularly and had been eating "healthy" through the week and eating like a NFL linebacker on the weekends. #treatyoself 😜 At that moment, I realized it was time to get back to the gym and make better food choices. So, I went to the gym and did the 30 minutes on the treadmill and intimidated by the weight room thing... this went on for about 6 months. I lost a little weight but overall nothing had changed. I then decided if I was going to spend time in a gym that I wanted to be able to see and feel a difference. In 8 weeks, with the help of a trainer, I had completely changed my diet and gained so much knowledge on lifting weights. Then, after having a trainer, I turned myself loose and put everything I had learned to practice. Some days were easy but a lot of day were really freaking hard. I learned to enjoy the suck and challenge myself. What got easier is when everything became a habit. Once eating healthy and going to workout became part of my regular routine it wasn't something I had to think about as a chore or that I HAD to do it. It really feels good to be at a place where I feel like I've accomplished something and even more rewarding to be able to share my experience with y'all.  Some things I've learned in  the 2 years to being dedicated to becoming a healthier version of myself:

👊Be consistent..with your workouts and your diet. In two years my body has completely changed but it's taken TWO years. BE PATIENT.
👊When you achieve one goal whether it be a certain amount of pounds lost, a skill in the gym or maybe it's the appearance of abs you will always find something else to improve on. I constantly hit a goal and find something else I want to get better at.
👊 Cute workout clothes in fact make you workout harder.
👊Go to the gym even on the days you don't feel like going. My rule of thumb is to  jump on the treadmill for 15 minutes...after 15 if you feel like going home then leave but I promise once you get going you will be ready to start your workout.
👊Don't let fear stop you from doing the damn thannnggggg! 

Photography by L.Taylor Photography 

tank via Lululemon
sports bra via Lululemon
shorts via FLEO (shorts in photo are sold out but I've linked one of my favorite prints from their brand new collection.) 

Be Well,


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