Wednesday, August 28, 2019

My Healthy Girls Night In

Photography by Jo Johnson.

Last week I hosted the first ever Camp Cut Social at my home. If you've been following along then you know I've created Camp Cut which is a 6-week fitness experience at my garage gym specifically designed for women to not only get in a butt kicking sweat session but develop consistent habits to create an overall healthy lifestyle. When I came up with this idea I didn't want it to be JUST about fitness. I wanted there to be a social aspect for my Campers because working out is more fun when you like the people you're with and you're all putting in the hard work together. I don't even know where to begin because there were so many fun things planned for this night and honestly it was all because everyone came together and so generously offered up help. Lots of talented women in this group!
Photography by Jo Johnson

I'll start with the food and drinks because every good get together involves both : ) I opted for a healthy version of a girls night. I know what you're thinking...wommmmpppp wommpp!! But, you can do healthy and tasty. We started with a snack tray I had one of my long time friends (over 20 years!) throw to together a snack tray for me. Kenlie is the cheese board connoisseur and has been making them for our get togethers and parties before cheese boards were even a thing. You should see some of the things she's created! Check out Kenlie's other creations on IG @thatcolorpalette.

The tray include guacamole and hummus with lots of veggie slices, an assortment of roasted nuts, parmesan crisp and of course some cheese. I also did another tray of skinny pop and dark chocolate because you gotta live a little! 

Photography by Jo Johnson

I have mastered the art of finding recipes that are very little effort but look like all the effort was given. I like to actually enjoy when I have people over so for me finding meals that involve the least prep possible is usually ideal. 

Photography by Jo Johnson

I did one massive chicken cobb salad for the group- presentation is beautiful and involves VERY little cooking. The only thing I actually had to cook was the bacon and the boiled eggs. I'm a big fan of using premade rotisserie chicken in recipes that call for chopped/shredded chicken. Saves a lot of time and it's delicious...probably better than what I would have cooked myself. I have found that Whole Foods has the best rotisserie chickens when it comes to quality and taste. The thing about a cobb salad is it's hearty enough that you don't feel like you're eating rabbit food. I did go a little lighter with the bacon and the bleu cheese and instead of using iceberg lettuce I did a combo of iceberg and spinach. The iceberg gives you a little crunch so I didn't want to take it out completely. I drizzled this bad boy with some olive oil, balsamic vinegar and garlic and called it a day. The ladies loved it and were impressed with my salad that literally took no time to throw together.

Photography by Jo Johnson

I LOVE me a big 'ol glass of wine but I try to keep my adult beverages to a little baby roar and enjoy on Saturday night when I do what I like to call my adult happy meal. When I want a little somethin' something' other than just water I'll do sparkling water in a fancy glass topped with berries. Okay, so it's not as exciting as the real thing but you do feel like it's a little something special! Everyone has their favorite sparkling water and mine is Waterloo. It has more flavor than most of the other brands out there and has a natural taste. The flavors I keep stocked in our fridge are watermelon and strawberry. 

(How cute are these behind the scenes shots??! Love the personalities coming through in this picture!)

While we were doing all the eating and snacking Jo (amazing friend and wedding photographer. Find Jo on IG @jojohnsonphoto) was taking photos of each of the girls and giving tips on how to look natural in photos which for me is no easy fete. As adults and especially you mamas who are normally behind the camera it's hard to find a photo you actually love so it was so nice to have a picture to be proud of! And as if the evening couldn't have been better Kirsten, owner of Riffraff and one of my closest friends so generously gifted each of us a $100 gift card so we didn't have to stress over what outfit to pick for photos. (Find Kirsten on IG @kirstenblowers and her shop on IG @shopriffraff)

Photography by Jo Johnson

Y'all!!! I can't say enough things about this group that has come together over the 6-weeks to support not only me but each other.  This is what life is all I'm thankful for this season of life and being able to pour into these friendships. 

Be Well,

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Your fitness doesn't have to look like anyone else's....

I've been thinking a lot about my own fitness journey and how it has evolved over the years. We are bombarded with the latest fad diet or new wave of  workout routines and instantly feel like what we are doing is inferior because it's not what's "in" at the moment. I think what I'm trying to say is not all health and wellness routines are a one size fits all approach. You've got to try different things out and see what works for YOU.

Don't fall into the diet lie. The lie that you have to be on a diet to lose weight. I honestly get offended when people make comments to me like "what diet are you on? You must be on a diet because you look fit." I know 99.9% of the time it's coming from a good place but hear me out... A diet implies that you are eating in a specific way to lose weight with an end date or goal (usually aesthetic) in mind and typically in one way or another restricting certain foods or calories. We need to change the way we think about our eating habits and diets. Eating clean and making choices that fuel your body is not a diet... it should be a way of life just like brushing your teeth. As Americans, our view of what meals look like are so skewed and why wouldn't they be??! We are hit with so much conflicting information it's overwhelming. Remember the Netflix documentary a few years back that was telling us eggs were bad for you??! I mean what are we supposed to eat people??!

This is just a friendly little reminder that you don't have to this insane exercise routine and stringent diet to see results.... what you need to see results is consistency, the drive to want to get better and allow yourself to get uncomfortable. You get better when you're out of your comfort zone and that applies to exercise or saying yes to that thing you're scared of.

Photography by Brock Chaffin

Ps, I'm still working on this whole blog thing and being vulnerable and authentic. I am all about gorgeous curated photos but just don't have that part of blogging nailed down yet. So, here is a photo of me doing what I love.... lifting weights. I feel like my best self when I'm working with a barbell and just outright sweaty.

Be Well,


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