Baked egg and cheese ham cups!

I feel like with a recipe name like this, I don’t really need to list out what ingredients are needed, but I’m going to anyways to sound like I know what I’m doing in the kitchen…👌🏼

These were SO good. I don’t know why it took me 33 years to figure out that simple recipes can be good too…but we’re here now and that’s all that matters!

We’re low carb/keto-ish over here, but if you’re not and want to add some frozen hash browns to this, go right ahead!

Here’s what I used:

– 5 scrambled eggs

– Sharp white shredded cheddar cheese, regular shredded cheese

– Deli ham, regular sliced (just double up if you’re using thin sliced!)

– Bacon bits

Add whatever else you’d like! I’m pickier than my 2 year old, so this was fine for me…but add some green or red peppers, onions, tomato…whatever!

Preheat your oven to 400 degree F and while that’s warming up…prepare for the hardest part of the recipe.

-Place the ham in a greased muffin tin as shown in the picture

-Be relieved that you’re done with the hardest part of making this meal!

-Pour eggs into the ham cups and top with whatever toppings you choose 🙂

-Bake for 15 minutes or until the eggs are done and enjoy!

These are kid and husband approved – even dog approved! Our kids just love feeding the dog from their high chairs…(sigh…)

Will you try these?

Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Friday!!



Well, it finally happened…

Someone was mean to my daughter.

It took about 2.5 years for this to happen and it’s a moment I’ve tried desperately to avoid but I literally let her out of my sight for a minute and BOOM – a kid yelled at her and made her cry.

Here’s the backstory: we ran some errands on Saturday morning as a family, because these days, going to the post office and Target together constitutes as a family outing. Our 1 and 2 year old don’t know that it’s really no place ‘fun’ and as long as their dad is there making them laugh in the household cleaning section of the store, it doesn’t really matter where we go!

To cap off this fun-filled morning, we decided to get lunch at Chick-fil-A. It’s fast food but it doesn’t *feel* like fast food because the restaurant is incredibly clean, there are sanitizer wipes on the highchairs, and everyone in there is just so darn nice. My husband said to me he could never work there because he wouldn’t be able to be fake nice on a day he’s in a bad mood. Ha!

Ok, so we’re having a wonderful lunch…our kids are loving their chicken nuggets and fries…and we decided to go into the play area before we went home.

Now, I remember these play areas from when I was little. Crawling up plastic slides…the static electricity building until I eventually got a shock that made my eyes temporarily cross…jumping in the ball pits and not really caring what I was jumping in or on. But this was the CHICK-FIL-A play area. Smaller, clean, and for kids 3 years of age and under. Perfect!

We took the kids’ shoes off and let them roam. It was a super small room, which was nice – but it started getting increasingly more crowded…especially when some older kids came in. I didn’t want to be the Chick-fil-A play area police, but they were definitely older than 3. Looked to be about 6 or so. At least that’s how I described them in my police report after this incident. (Ok, just kidding.)

I turned around for literally one minute, heard a little boy yell, ‘GO DOWN THE SLIDE!!!!’ and then heard my poor daughter start crying that cry when she’s scared or something has spooked her.

It was all I could do to not do one of those CrossFit kip pullups to get myself up on the slide to get her, but of course I remained calm, and just mentally prepared for a rumble with this kid’s parents in the parking lot.

Though, I didn’t see which kid it was or else I would have said something.

(Ok, I think I would have said something. I’d like to say I would have said something but I’m the type who thinks of REALLY good argument points AFTER the argument has been settled for days. I can also write a really good argumentative text, but it’s that on the spot stuff that I struggle with.)

I felt so bad! I mean, I get that this stuff happens. And it’ll happen more and more as she gets older. But man…I wasn’t prepared for the first time! My husband wasn’t prepared either. But not for the first time his daughter was temporarily ‘hurt’ by someone – he wasn’t prepared for me to start crying about it on the way home.

‘Um…are you ok? Are you crying too? Wait…why?’

(Meanwhile our daughter is in her car seat, kicking her little legs up and down while singing her ABCs…)

So, what’s the point of me telling this story?

I’m not sure I have one. I’m sorry – I am still new to blogging…am I supposed to have a point with each post…?

All kidding aside- here’s my point: I would love to hear your experiences with these types of things! Do you remember the first time this happened to your child? Or how you handled it? How do you currently handle these types of situations?

(Also, I’m not trying to relate this to actual bullying or anything along those lines – that is much more serious and I would never make light of those types of situations. This is more about the first time, as a parent, you realize you can’t protect your sweet children from everything you’d like to!)

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Talk to you soon 😊


Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Until a meal plan comes out that allows me to exclusively eat ice cream and macaroni and cheese, I will settle for this keto meal plan that is all about bacon!

I made bacon wrapped shrimp last night on a whim…I like to keep my husband on his toes when he comes home from work – and while he would have loved the 8th variation of low-carb pizza I had originally planned, he was SUPER excited to see this instead. (Maybe a little too excited – starting to think I need to venture away the pizza recipes for a while…)

Anyways, it was super simple, super delicious, and CHEAP! I’ll tell you where I bought everything.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb of cooked, peeled, and deveined shrimp. Mine were frozen so I just thawed them under cool water for a few minutes but they don’t need to be frozen
  • 1 lb of bacon. Whatever kind you like!
  • 1 bottle of champagne or wine. This part is important!

Here’s what I did:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut each strip of bacon in half
  • Wrap each piece of shrimp with a half piece of bacon
  • Season however you’d like! I used Old Bay on half of the shrimp and left the other half as is.
  • Put the shrimp on a baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes
  • Drink a glass of champagne or wine while you’re waiting for the shrimp to bake. DON’T SKIP THIS! It’s essential after a long day with the kids ☺️
  • Optional: pan fry the cooked shrimp if you like your bacon crispier (like we do!)
  • ENJOY!

Now, this involved a few more steps than my normal ‘throw it in a crockpot and let it cook itself’ type of meal – but it was totally worth the effort and tasted SO good!

Oh! I bought the shrimp and champs from ALDI too! Score! (We LOVE Aldi frozen shrimp. We actually prefer it to more expensive brands in the grocery store – it’s so good!)

Next time, I’ll make a sauce to go along with this but am unsure what that will be. Do you have any suggestions?

Let me know if you’ll try this! 💙

Talk soon,


Is it hard to stay on track with a meal plan?

Depends. Maybe. It can be. Yes. Most definitely.

Why is it so hard sometimes?! (Hint: it became a lot easier once I switched to a meal plan that has variations of PIZZA…)

I used to really gear up for any new meal plan I started. I remember the first time I actually started (and completed) a diet – it was the Bill Phillips Body for Life 12 Week Challenge. I bought the book, studied it, made the grocery shopping list, bought all of my food, prepped it and stored it in 624 different containers in my fridge and felt ready (??) to go!

Now, that book and meal plan are both wonderful. Where I went wrong with it was totally ME and I’ll explain why.

I live in the moment. I do before I think. (And that my friends, is why our kids are so close in age…ha! Just kidding.) I purchased the domain for my blog without having the slightest clue as to what a blog really even was…and if that’s not living on the edge, then I don’t know what is.

Here’s the flip side to living in the moment and being spontaneous – I am NOT a planner. Planning something out in advance with lots of detail is not my cup of tea. Or cup of bulletproof coffee, I should say…I have a short attention span. Organization is not something that’s associated with my name. I was so excited last weekend to have bought 8 storage bins (on CLEARANCE) for all of our Christmas decorations. Proud to say, I packed all of the decorations in them, labeled, and sealed the bins. Not as proud to say that they’re still sitting upstairs instead of down in the crawlspace where they belong. (Took the picture and STILL didn’t put them away. Maybe later today…)

What does any of this have to do with eating?

Maybe you’re like me and can relate to any of those ‘issues’ I listed above. I can do the meal prep and planning if there’s an end in sight – which there was when I completed the 12 week program. But what happens after that?

For me, I went right back to my old ways because I felt as if I had been released from a lifestyle that I wasn’t GOOD at.

Is that an excuse for not toughening up and making necessary changes in my life? I hope not!

It took me a while to realize this but I truly believe you MUST find a meal plan/lifestyle that fits YOU. Additionally, once you find the meal plan you like – MAKE IT YOUR OWN.

Do you want to cook a different meal each night? Go ahead and do it! If not, keep your meals the SAME each week to take the thinking out of it. (That’s what I do!)

Do you like having your meals prepped and ready to go in the fridge every day? Do it! Does the idea of meal prepping on a Sunday make you want to scratch a chalkboard for 4 hours instead? Find simple, easy meals that you can make on the spot that are on track with your meal plan!

Here’s my breakfast when I’m not drinking bulletproof coffee for breakfast: sausage and 2 eggs. Hot sauce. Takes 2 minute to make.

My point is this: you have a unique lifestyle. It’s different from mine, so what works for me MIGHT not work for you. And vice versa. Finding ways to cater your meal plan to your lifestyle is KEY to sticking to it.

So back to my original question – is it hard to stay on track with a meal plan?

It’s as hard as you make it!

If you don’t like to plan, prep, or cook…don’t pick something that requires you to plan, prep, and cook the majority of the time! If you like simple, fast, and easy to make meals…find foods within your meal plan that are easily accessible and simple to make. Don’t feel like you need to make extravagant meals every single day. You don’t! I don’t, and it’s been quite simple to stay on track. I literally eat the same thing every single day during the week – with some variation at dinner. Is that boring? Maybe to some, but it takes the thinking out of what I’m going to eat and keeps me on track.

What do you do to stay on track with your own meal plan? I’d love to hear it!

Until next time…


Low carb taco cups! 🌮

I’ve seen this recipe everywhere, but it’s literally so simple, I can write it here from memory!

The hardest part with this was transferring the cheese into the muffin pan to form the cup. I used a super thin, metal spatula (see picture below) and ruined the first 3 that I tried…but I’m happy to say that a piece of cheese didn’t get the best of me, and the remaining 5 cups turned out great! (It’s the little victories that add up to the big stuff, right?)

Ok so here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 package of sliced cheese. I used Colby Jack!
  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • Taco seasoning (packaged, or you can make your own!)
  • Taco toppings – I’m boring, so I just used shredded cheddar cheese and salsa, but get creative with it! Sour cream, diced tomatoes, lettuce, onions…are all great options 😀

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Bake the cheese on a baking sheet on top of some parchment paper.

After about 5 minutes, or when the cheese is bubbling, carefully transfer the slices into a muffin pan to form the cup shape. Let these cool and set for about 10 minutes!

(Notice how they get progressively better…I’m proud to say I’m a fast learner! 😂)

Cook your ground beef and add the taco season. When the cheese cups are set, fill them with your meat and whatever other taco toppings you like!

SO.SIMPLE. Filling as well!

Will you try these? I’d love to hear what you would add to it if so!

Talk soon,

Pam xoxo

The Social Media Fitness Mom

Ahhhh…the fitness mom you follow on social media. She makes it look so easy, right?

She’s up every morning, excited to exercise. Her workout is followed by a light, fresh, and healthy meal. She takes the kids to the children’s museum where they laugh and skip while holding hands and then it’s back to the house for a lunch of organic arugula with grilled chicken and vegetables scattered throughout that have colors more vibrant than a rainbow! All of which her young children eat too, because she would never be caught feeding her kids chicken nuggets with ketchup!

(Honestly, these days, I’m just happy if my kids actually eat the food instead of throwing it to the dog. Even if that means dinner is pepperoni, teddy grahams, and puffs…)

So, I have to admit…and rather humbly I may add – I totally got caught up in this when I first started my social media/business building business last year.

I thought I had to know everything about everything (which I still do if you talk to my husband, ok?), show that I ate perfect ALL of the time, talk about how exercising in the early morning was just so easy, and if you’re really serious about hitting your goals, you’ll stop finding excuses and just figure out HOW to do it.

Well, that’s inviting, isn’t it?! Who can relate to that? It’s not a good thing when you can’t even relate to your own Facebook page that YOU created…

That lasted for a few weeks until I realized that was in no way who I am and wondered how I even got sucked into that world anyways…

OH – maybe because that’s what we CONSTANTLY see…all of the time! It’s ‘keeping up with the Jones’ – Facebook style! Especially when it comes to health and fitness.

‘Look at that mom who had a baby a day ago and is skinny already, eats perfect, exercises every day, cooks dinner every night, has a clean house as seen in her pictures, has kids who are smiling and happy all of the time dressed in baby Versace, and STILL has time to read 17 personal development books during the day! I want to be like HER!’

As I sit here in my torn Gap maternity leggings that I bought about 3 years ago and still wear almost every day, looking out into my bedroom with laundry thrown all over the place (is it clean or dirty? I don’t think we’ll ever know…), while typing on my HP laptop that really should be an Apple Mac (at least from what I see in the pics of other bloggers!), I thought I’d share some things I’ve learned over the past year when it comes to being real with health, fitness, and motherhood.

Here we go:

Eating right is not easy

  • We see this with almost every diet or meal plan there is. ‘It’s so simple!’ ‘You won’t be hungry!’ ‘Kale chips are good!’ Sorry, but eating right when you’re a busy mom cooking mac and cheese and pizza for your kids is really hard. Sometimes ‘just a bite’ turns into ‘wow, I’m kind of full from those 6 small bites of their Mac and cheese I just had…’ It’s especially hard if it’s a new lifestyle change and the temptation to binge is strong. Please keep in mind that the fact you’re even THINKING about making some healthy changes to your diet is something to be celebrated because not everyone even gets to that point!

What I suggest to help with this:

  • Find a meal plan that fits your lifestyle. That might sound odd but it’s something I figured out somewhat recently and wished someone had told me years ago! I’ve always thought clean eating was the only way to true nutritional success. I mean, it’s not a bad meal plan by ANY means, but once we discovered keto – a whole new world opened up to us! I can eat less, feel full for a longer period of time, and find easier meals to make for dinner?? Sign me up! But does keto work for everyone? No, of course not. It works for us though which has made it much easier to stick to than other meal plans we’ve followed in the past!

Not one fitness professional or public fitness figure gets excited for their workout

  • If I’m dragging in the morning before a workout, sometimes I’ll scroll through Facebook or Instagram and look at various fitness pages to give myself a little extra motivation to get started. A lot of times it works, but sometimes I’ll look at someone else’s fitness page and think ‘ehhh…good for them, but sitting sounds better to me this morning than doing burpees in my basement…’ What typically happens after that is I start to feel guilty for not getting my workout in when I’m watching others who have completed theirs. So basically…my plan of getting motivation has backfired and now I’m feeling guilty for taking a rest day. I don’t think that’s the point of fitness pages, right??

What I suggest to help with this:

  • Understand that whoever it is you’re watching on social media as a fitness motivator has their off days too. They have days they skip or workouts they just barely get through because they don’t want to do it. Remember- social media typically shows us the best of the best…NOT the every day, real life struggles with getting exercise in on a weekly basis! Physical rest days are important so our bodies can rest but MENTAL rest breaks are just as important too, in my opinion. Take the day if you need it. Typically when I take a random day off because I’m just not feeling it that day, I’m anxious to get back into the next day and I usually have a really good first workout back! Don’t feel guilty if you need a break.

Being a mom is hard work

  • Did I just hear you mutter to yourself, ‘DUH!’?? Ok, I know being a mom is hard work but hear me out: I talk to so many moms who tell me their schedules and it tires me out just listening to it! ‘I wake up at 5 am, get myself ready before the kids wake up, get them up, fed and dressed, take them to school, go to work, pick the kids up after school, help with homework and snacks, make dinner, do baths and bedtime, so the only time I have to work out is at 9 pm after all of that is done and I’m just so tired by that point and feel bad about myself that I can’t get a workout in at night!’ Are you one of the moms who thinks that? If so, please re-read that incredibly long sentence and tell me how exhausting that looks! There’s no WAY you should feel sorry about not having time for a workout if that’s your schedule! You know those fitness professionals or public fitness figures you’re following and comparing yourself to? Fitness is their JOB! Like…it’s what they get paid to do. Their day revolves around working out and eating right. You don’t follow Carla- the totally ripped, in shape, eats perfect, mom to 3 who ALSO works a 9-5 desk job and coaches volleyball 3 nights per week on Instagram right? No! It’s because she doesn’t exist.

What I suggest to help with this:

  • Make one of those paper chain countdowns to when your kids go off to college so you’ll see exactly how many days you have left until you get free time! 🙂 I’m totally kidding of course. If you find that you literally have no time during the day to work out – and I do believe that happens with a lot of moms, focus on your nutrition instead. Exercise on the weekends or get up and move around during your lunch break, but really focus on what it is you’re putting into your mouth because nutrition is the backbone to health/fitness success anyways. If you still want to get some activity in during the week, aim for 1 or 2 nights per week for those 9 pm workouts. Find a home program so you don’t need to leave the house. Make small goals for yourself to ease into any new type of lifestyle, and increase the goal once you are consistently hitting the smaller goals.

By the way, I’m not excluding dads with this by any means. As millions of other dads/husbands out there…my husband works incredibly hard to support our family and I’m eternally grateful for him. I just talk to moms wayyyyy more often than dads about these topics, so that’s what I’m basing this off of!

What are your thoughts? Are you unfairly comparing yourself to someone else’s ‘best of the best’ life pictures they’re sharing on social media? Tell me what you think in the comments!

Well, I’m off to go get my midday Sunday afternoon workout in followed by a huge garden salad and green smoothie!

Just kidding. Today is a rest day and we have Doritos that are looking like they’ll be my dinner downstairs…:)

Talk to you soon!


Is going low-carb hard?


Fathead pizza crust

Not at all! Just seclude yourself from the outside world since you’ll be extremely irritable due to lack of carbs and you will be just FINE!

I get it, going low carb seems daunting, especially if you’re on a carb heavy meal plan. Or just eat carbs every chance you get. Or dream of sitting in a pool of macaroni and cheese while eating pizza. Wait, is that just me?

I had a different experience than most when starting my low carb/keto meal plan, and while I’m not intending to convince anyone to switch meal plans, I thought maybe it could offer some insight into where most newbie low-carbers go wrong and get turned off by the lifestyle.

Now, as much as I’d like to be, I’m not a doctor or nutritionist so these are based upon my opinion – though if Kim Kardashian can write a book and technically be known as an author…then I want to be taken seriously too! 🙂

Ok, so I have 3 tips for starting a keto or low carb lifestyle that are based on my own trial and error. OH and that reminds me – I’m purposely using the word ‘lifestyle’ because diet has such an icky feeling to it. Right? Like, I think of a diet and remember my Slim Fast shakes (just a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and a healthy dinner! Ok, so where’s the part where I eat?!) and immediately feel hungry.  Also, diet implies a short term change. ‘Can’t wait till I finish this diet so I can go right back to how I was eating and gain all the weight back that I lost…’ No. We want any healthy change to our life to be with us for the long term – hence the word lifestyle.

Here’s a freebie tip to get us started:

REASEARCH!!  Do you understand why low carb/keto  meal plans work? Do you have an understanding of ketosis and how that works in our bodies? I had a general understanding from my schooling at East Carolina, but didn’t think too much of it before starting and that was a big mistake. If you understand how and why this works in our bodies, you can avoid a lot of unpleasant side effects to the low carb life. Like that dreaded KETO FLU. It’s a real thing and it’s awful.

Tip #1: Drink plenty of water. Like…more than you think you should have. Most of us are dehydrated as it is. Isn’t it so hard to get water in during the day sometimes? Some days, I feel so accomplished when I’m good with my water and other days, my husband will come home from work and I’ll randomly remember I haven’t drank any water all day. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Carbs tend to allow our bodies to hold on to water, so when we reduce the amount of them in our meals, we’re going to lose water. If we’re already in a dehydrated state and we’re losing water, we’re not going to feel good. At all. Regardless of the meal plan you’re on, it’s so important to remain hydrated but it’s ESPECIALLY important when you’re low carb or keto. Water is our friend! (Unless your sump pump breaks in the middle of a bad rain storm…but that’s a different story…)

Tip #2: Replace your electrolytes! Who knew, right? I didn’t. Electrolyte imbalance isn’t a fun feeling. It’s like your first trimester of pregnancy only more frustrating because you think you’re eating healthy and you’re still feeling miserable. At least in my first trimester when I was eating pizza by the box, I wasn’t expecting to be full of energy and feeling svelte. If you’re not replacing your electrolytes, your body is going to tell you in the way of sluggishness, headaches, brain fog, irritability…etc. When our bodies are in ketosis, a lot gets flushed out. Which is a good thing because we lose excess water weight and feel lighter from it. However, electrolytes are part of what gets flushed out as well. The good news is that they’re super easy to replenish and if you find yourself in that miserable state, you can typically feel a difference soon after getting some back into your system. I take a trace minerals tablet that I buy off of Amazon that replaces the potassium, magnesium, and sodium that are lost. You can go that route or try to get them back in through the foods you eat. Table salt, Himalayan Pink Salt, leafy greens, certain types of nuts all have different minerals in them to aid with replacing your electrolytes. I also have a Propel or PowerAde Zero from time to time as well…though you will need more than just one of those drinks to get enough of the minerals back into your body.

Tip #3: GO AT YOUR OWN PACE! Any lifestyle change we make does NOT need to happen over night. It can be very hard physically and mentally to do a complete 180 with anything having to do with our bodies- whether it’s a new way of eating or a new workout plan…so don’t feel like you need to wake up one Monday morning, go completely carb-less for the week and feel bad if it’s hard for you. What I suggest is slowly integrate carbs out of your day until you reach a point (amount of carbs per day) that you’re comfortable with. This is how it looked for me: I typically had a carb at each meal. When I started getting into this type of lifestyle, initially I went cold turkey and tried to eliminate all carbs right away but quickly found that didn’t work for me. It may for some, but didn’t for me. So, I eliminated my carb at dinner but still had them at breakfast and lunch. That led into taking the carb away at lunch and I went with that for a while, and eventually I eliminated my carb at breakfast and let me tell you – this was a much better way to make it work! Now I know to some, this may seem miserable. No carbs?!?! You know, I really didn’t have a problem with it because it was done gradually, I was incorporating other high fat foods into my day (they keep you full for a longer amount of time!!) AND I was noticing my body lean out which made it super simple to stick to. I also supplement with exogenous ketones which have definitely helped with all of this as well. Oh, and I still dive head first into pizza, ice cream, wine, and macaroni and cheese…but I leave it for the weekends and in moderation. My Monday – Friday is pretty strict, but easing up on the weekends helps to stick with it as well.

That’s not to say I haven’t found some low carb options for foods I love – like this AMAZING low carb pizza (shown above) that we have once per week! (Look up Fathead pizza crust. It will change your life!)

Or…these keto friendly peanut butter cookies as shown below. So tasty!

What do you think? Have you been wanting to give the low carb lifestyle a try?

I run an Intro to Keto group once per month that provides you with ALL of the tools to get started with this type of lifestyle. It’s only 5 days long but we pack a lot of information in those 5 days! If you have any interest in giving it a shot, just let me know!

Talk soon ❤


Cheesy Chicken Soup 🍲

I’m on a quest to find easy meals and when I find or think of something that only has 3 ingredients and can be cooked in a crock pot all day – it’s a done deal! We’re eating it!

It’s FREEZING in the Midwest right now, so this warm, filling soup was nice to have on such a cold night!

We follow a ketogenic diet most days of the week so I didn’t add noodles or anything starchy…but feel free to add what you like in it! Make it your own!

Ingredients needed:

  1. Chicken breast – as much or as little as you’d like. I used a bag of Purdue chicken breast- there were 6 in the bag
  2. Chicken broth – again, as much or as little as you’d like
  3. 1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese

Cook on low for 4-5 hours, shredding the chicken with a fork about an hour before you’re ready to eat.


What type of exercise program is best for you?

I had an interesting conversation with a friend via Facebook messenger the other day and it actually made me feel kind of bad after we were done talking. This is someone I’ve never met in person, but she started as a Beachbody customer of mine and we quickly became friends through our workouts and various challenge groups.

She’s had a stressful year and may have fallen off the wagon a bit (who hasn’t?! Nothing to be ashamed of if that’s happened to you!) so we were chatting and catching up and she mentioned that she recently started Weight Watchers. I immediately told her I thought that was great and am happy she found something she likes! Her response to that was something along the lines of – ‘oh good! I thought you’d be disappointed I wasn’t doing Beachbody workouts anymore!’

Wait…what?? Have I turned into the type of fitness professional that only ‘okays’ the programs and products that I do myself?! (For those that don’t know, my bachelor’s degree is as a Health/Fitness Specialist and I’ve worked as a personal trainer for a few years. It’s just taken on a different form now that I’m home with the kids!)

So it got me thinking about this topic – because we can’t go on any type of social media anymore without being bombarded with what we SHOULD do, what supplement we HAVE to have, and what type of workout is PERFECT for us…right?

Here are my thoughts on it:

We’re all different, right? That means there isn’t one type of workout program or one type of nutrition plan that will work for every single person.

For example, dance is not my thing. I’m embarrassed to show my face at the golf course we celebrated New Year’s at because as it turns out, after a few glasses of champagne…I turn into a wannabe J Lo. It’s not good. SO – why would I pick a dance workout program? There’s no way I’d stick to it and it wouldn’t be FUN.

But…there are tons of people who love to dance and would love sticking to a dance type of program to aide them in reaching their goals.

You can get really technical with the types of exercises and workouts you’re doing but over time, my thinking has evolved to – it really doesn’t matter what program you’ve chosen to do. We all know that nutrition is the heavy hitter with hitting goals anyways. CONSISTENCY is the big thing with any type of workout program you’re doing.

Pick something you like and stick with it!

Often times, people will start a program and quit after the first week or two. Start another program and quit after a week or two. Start another program and…well, you know what I’m going to say. Perhaps it’s not YOU that’s ‘failing’ in keeping up with it. Maybe you just haven’t found the right fit.

When I was pregnant with our daughter and heavily considering a career in competitive eating, I think my parents got a little nervous watching my new found love for fried foods and pizza flourish (kidding-ish) and they got me a gym membership to use once I was cleared to workout again. In between eating spoonfuls of ice cream, I told them how awesome of a gift it was and how much I was looking forward to getting back in shape!

However, after having our daughter and then getting cleared to exercise again, I found getting to the gym while having a newborn was HARD. I didn’t want to go the gym daycare route. My mom would watch Addie at the time, but coordinating our schedules to find a time that worked for both of us for me to drop her off and then head to the gym got to be a little harder than I wanted it to be and I canceled the membership. It just didn’t work. But do you know what I’ve found that does work for me, in these days of being held hostage in my home by my 1 and 2 year old?

Home workouts! It’s the ONLY thing that I’ve been able to consistently stick to during this time. Will I do my home workouts forever? No – I would like to get integrated back into society at some point and talk to people face to face rather than through Facebook live videos but for now, it works.

Home workouts!

But maybe you’re able to make it out of the house and you really like the ballet type of exercise, for example. Did you know there are Barre exercise classes? How perfect would that be for you?! Do you need accountability with your eating and have time to leave your house? Give Weight Watchers a try and join one of their support groups! Are you a new mom looking to meet other new moms and get a workout in at the same time? We have something up this way called Stroller Strides and it does just that. There are so many options to choose from and I can almost guarantee that there’s SOMETHING out there that you will like.

If you scrolled to the bottom without reading this, here are the two takeaways:

  1. Find an exercise program you LIKE. Something you don’t dread doing.
  2. Be consistent with whatever you choose. This ties in nicely with finding something you like. If you like it, you’ll want to do it…right?

Are you looking for suggestions on how to get started with an exercise program? I’ve tried a LOT- from gyms, to trainers, to classes and home workouts…comment below or send me a message and let’s talk about how to find the perfect fit for you!

Until next time…

Pam xoxo



The no-pasta pasta salad!

I’m all about simple, easy, and quick meals. The reason I’m all about them is because I don’t have the time or attention span to plan out extravagant meals and spend hours prepping…

Some people may say the way I eat is boring…but keeping things simple and quick as much as I can helps keep me (and my family) on track with our nutrition goals!

I made this ‘pasta’ salad last night – and before I share my recipe…just know that I’m not giving myself a pat on the back for thinking this up because it’s really not hard. At all. However, I am proud of the fact I added some veggies in because I typically don’t do that.  I hate most vegetables and do realize ‘hate’ is a strong word but it’s what best describes my feelings towards vegetables.

Anyways, here it is! This is a great dish that can be used for a quick lunch or dinner…or even as a side!



  1. Green pepper
  2. Pepperoni
  3. Cheddar cheese
  4. Hard salami
  5. Carrots
  6. Olive Garden salad dressing

Now, this is just what I added. Feel free to add anything else you’d like! We follow a keto-ish type of meal plan so I opted not to added pasta, but go ahead and add some if you’d like!

  • Chop all ingredients
  • Add to mixing bowl
  • Top with Olive Garden dressing (I was so happy to see this dressing only has 2 grams of carbs and 2 grams of sugar per serving!!)
  • Mix everything together and ENJOY!

Simple, right?

Let me know if you’ll give this a try!

Talk soon,

Pam xoxo