Dynamo: Kerri

Dynamo #6 Kerri

THE BACK STORY:

Watching someone’s fitness journey is exhilarating.

While I followed Kerri around and listened to her talk with sincerity and respect about herself and her clients, I couldn’t help coming away feeling good about myself. She is empowered to make a difference. She not only has her own health journey to focus on, but the health of her clients as a personal trainer. She’s the kind of trainer that will lift you up, really listen to you, and push you forward.

When I first met Kerri, she has was pregnant and had just become a personal trainer. Now she is working towards her own fitness goals and has helped hundreds of lives. I love her passion for hard work and goal setting. I love that one of her favorite qualities about herself is friendship. She’s candid and dedicated and working on a life-balance just like the rest of us. She’s a mom, a personal trainer, and knows that we only grow when we fail.

Kerri is joining my community of Dynamos. This is a series dedicated to showing real people, real power-houses, who inspire me and people around them in their healthy living. You might not always think you do, but I believe that we all influence others more than we realize or recognize. That inspiration is empowering for others and ourselves. I believe in the good of every person and I believe that these stories can change our outlook, our personal dedication, and our perception of the people around us. Only through coming together can we move forward in love, acceptance, and power.

Introducing, Dynamo Kerri…. 

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Vegan Hawaiian Haystacks

Hawaiian Haystacks

How long does it take you to make dinner?

This dinner takes me until the rice is done cooking. Fast. It’s easy to throw together last minute…bonus points that everyone feels like they get to own what they make, personalizing their topping choices. I love mixing different flavors and textures together, so this is pretty close to the best dish. It’s not fancy, but it’s colorful.

More color = More healthy

(Last night one of my kids said, “Then it can have candies all over it, because they’re colorful, and it would be healthy!!” No. They would try to get away with saying that.)

If you’re new to hawaiian haystacks, the key topping ingredient is pineapple.

If you’re already familiar with them please consider changing up your options! Seriously, take out the meats and cheese (vegan!) and explore a little. I think you’ll be surprised at how tasty it can be. Consider this as a meatless Monday option!… 

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How I Cured My Runner’s Knee

How I Cured My Runner's Knee

It was so painful that I would be right to the edge of the pain, right when I was ready to cry, and slow to a limp. I’d do a slight hop on my current good leg and then walk it out. Then it would be sore going down stairs or sitting for a long time or even squatting to pull laundry out of the dryer. I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t even go 1/4 of a mile. Sometimes it even hurt up into my hips.

Hello runner’s knee.

This was 8 years ago. At the time my husband was in grad school and rode a shuttle to work. Knowing my struggle with wanting to run, and being athletic and a runner himself, he had overheard a conversation on the shuttle that changed my life…. 

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Blueberry Orange Scones

Healthy Blueberry Scones

Do you think soft, melt-in-your-mouth, and citrus infused when you think of scones? I didn’t.

I often think hard, dry, and a poor-excuse for calorie intake. Not with these guys.

I love how these are just sweet enough to feel like an indulgence but at the same time light enough to justify every bite of consumption. Blueberry lemon scones…yum…. 

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Goal Setting Guide & Template

Smart Goal Setting

 

It’s real, people. After hours and hours I’ve put together a guide and template for goal setting. I’m so excited to share it with you! I want you all to have it, seriously I think there’s some good stuff in there. You can even print out the worksheets, they will be helpful in keeping a forward momentum for your goals.

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A while ago I was talking to a friend about running and she was asking how I set goals. In the conversation I realized how much I set goals, even if I don’t go into a given situation thinking in those terms, that’s how I come out of it. I see the outcome I want, I set the goal, lay out the steps to get there, and don’t give myself any excuses. But that’s me…and I might be weird. And at the same time that I might be like that…I often need a jump start as well. This guide will inspire you to jump into your next goal…whether or not it’s running.

My friend felt baffled at how to do this. From that conversation and from a conversation with my super awesome sister about goal setting, self love, and happiness, I knew that we could all benefit from this goal setting guide. I know have.

Where my blog has recipes, workout stuff, and Dynamo…it’s all for the purpose of helping you start a healthy life, giving you some tools to move in a direction where you feel like your best self.

May you make a Happy New Year full of lots of love and balance and healthy living! Cheers!

Dynamo: Amarylis

Dynamo Amarylis

THE BACK STORY

When I talked to Amarylis, she automatically put me at ease. She has a soul that is brimming with love and acceptance. I felt comfortable and really listened to. I listened as she told me her story, her hopes, and her attempt at balance in life. When I walked away, I knew I’d met someone that influences people in a gentle prodding way, a spiritual guiding way even. It was love, all love, that she shared with me and her class of beautiful pregnant yoga mamas.

This was the first time I had met with Amarylis.

One day my husband came home from work saying one of his running buddies has a wife that teaches yoga as well as being a mom to a 2-year-old. Having recently gotten into yoga, I immediately asked him to contact his friend and hook me up with her info. When I emailed Amarylis, she agreed to my interview and photo shoot and I couldn’t have been more grateful.

Yoga to me is kind hearts, self love, patience, and spreading peace. Amarylis and her yoga practice embody that fully. Amarylis is joining my community of Dynamos. Dynamo is a series dedicated to showing real people, real power-houses, who inspire me and people around them in their healthy living. You might not always think you do, but I believe that we all influence others more than we realize or recognize. That inspiration is empowering for others and ourselves. I believe in the good of every person and I believe that these stories can change our outlook, our dedication, and our perception of the people around us. Up next in the Dynamo community, I introduce Dynamo: Amarylis…. 

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