Greetings from gorgeous Beaver Creek!

It’s official! As of February 26th, I finished my Sports Nutrition course and I’m now a certified personal trainer and sports nutrition specialist! I can’t tell you how excited I am to begin this new career and combine my health and fitness passion with my love of nutrition and cooking.

Oh and hello from Beaver Creek. Surprise!!

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So here I am, relaxed with my feet up on a fire pit enjoying my free time. The others are out hitting the slopes. I only started skiing a few years ago. I’m not the best but I can hold my own on the beginners/Green courses. Lol I think I’m more of an enjoy the surroundings type of person. Can you blame me? I did, for the record, go to the top a few times last year and successfully made it down sans fatalities!

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Even though I’m on vacation, I don’t want to completely sabotage my diet. Especially since I’m at the end of my 8 month bulk/reverse diet. (Trying to put on as little fat as possible here.) Not the easiest thing when you’re on vacation and the smell of hot chocolate and fresh crêpes are looming in the air. It’s an intoxicatingly sweet, delicious smell that’s hard to resist. So, to help any ounce of willpower I may need, I made some chocolatey-peanut butter protein brownies. What a life saver these babies are turning out to be, especially since American Airlines doesn’t give snacks. What kind of poppycock is that?! Every year we fly out here, I’m astounded by it. So I finally came prepared.

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These brownies are quick, easy and a healthy treat you don’t have to feel guilty about. Stay tuned for the recipe. It’ll be posted shortly!

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Come out, come out, wherever you are!

Well, folks. It looks like I took quite a hiatus! Unintentional, to say the least. But, well, sometime life happens and things get lost along the way. Do I even have followers anymore? It’s me, guys. Are you out there?? Is it me you’re looking for? Hah ok, ok, enough with the jokes.

A lot of things have happened since I last wrote. I quit my desk job in December to finally put my nose to the grindstone and finish my Sports Nutrition Certification. Yay!!

Becoming certified is something I’ve been trying to achieve since I began this blog last year. Having a full time job just wasn’t allowing me to pursue it. So, I took a leap of faith and here we are! I’ve completed my course and am just waiting to attend my CPR course and brush up on my knowledge. Being a Certified Personal Trainer AND Sports Nutrition Specialist will allow me to combine my passion for fitness with my love of cooking. I have so many ideas and things in the works! Not too much longer. So, time to buckle down these next couple weeks and go for the gold! dun dun dun dunnn!! I have faith, though. I have to, right? (I AM a pretty horrible test taker; for the record.) But if I don’t believe in myself, who will? Too cliché??

I’ve still been cooking up a storm, training and have even changed my diet. Remember I was carb cycling before? Well, stay tuned because what I have to say about the long term effects of caloric deprivation might hit home for a few of you struggling with weight loss. Needless to say, I’ve slowly worked my way up to eating almost double what I was before, way more carbs and am stronger than ever! I’m gaining the muscle I was striving for and have found that elusive balance so many of us are in search of.

Life has been good to me; as I hope it has for you, too, my friends. 2014 is looking to be a fantastic year, with every opportunity I could imagine and I look forward to sharing my journey and upcoming projects with all of you!

Always remember to Eat, Lift, Laugh, and most importantly, LOVE!