• What do fitness and finances have in common?

    I’ve been chatting a lot about money and budgets lately over in my IG stories @thesadiesimpson but I realized that you might not be following me over there yet and I wanted to bring you into the fold. Someone DM’d me the other day and asked:  You’re a personal trainer. Why do talk so much about budgets and money in your Instagram stories?  Valid question. My response? There are so many similarities in building a body and building a budget. Both require: Taking a deep look at your goals – both short term and big picture Intention and structure if you want to see results Focus. We both know that what you pay attention to is what gets accomplished: When…

  • the first time I lifted weights: #embarrassing

    Over the last 4 weeks, 60+ women (…and a few men!) tested out one of the workouts in Strength Made Simple – my 9-week strength training program. I am suuuupppeerrr grateful for those who did, because I used their feedback from the sample workout to make edits and changes to the program before releasing. In getting that feedback, I asked the workout tester-outers 5 quick questions; one was this: What still confuses you about strength training? What are you still unsure of? One of the most common responses was something along the lines of… I get the basics of strength training because I take a lot of classes. I am just terrified of going into the weight…

  • how strength training changed my body (and my life)

    Hi  Recently, someone asked how I got into strength training. I haven’t shared this story with you before (…or at least that I can remember…”mom brain” is such a real thing) so I’m going to tell you about it today.  I’ve been working in the health and fitness field for almost 12 years, and believe me when I say, I’ve seen and tried it all. I was never athletic as a kid; I dreaded the mile run in P.E. I hated playing sports. I truly despised anything physically active and preferred to lay on the couch and watch TV (…okay, some things haven’t changed. I still love a good Netflix binge…

  • Tommie Goes Camping

    It’s 11:40am. We’ve officially been camping for almost an entire day. Not a huge deal, normally, but this is the first time we’ve attempted to camp – in a tent – with a 1 year old. I brought my laptop camping with me (…WHO EVEN DOES THAT…) because I knew there would be random times where the rest of my family was out riding bikes and doing things while I stayed back with Tommie.  For the past two-ish hours, it’s been just the two of us here at the campsite. And it’s been freaking challenging. He’s been really damn whiny. I’ve given him a billion snacks. We’ve gone on some…

  • Two quick ways to get better results from short workouts

        This blog is a transcript from a video I recorded for Facebook Live on 6/12/18. To view the video, click here I first started working out I was always so fixated on that 1-hour time frame. I thought that in order to get in a real workout, it had to be an hour. Maybe it’s because all of the classes I took were based in an hour time slot? Or maybe it was because of the elliptical or treadmill: you know how they tell you how many calories per hour you’ll essentially burn if you are exercising at a certain level? You know, that’s probably exactly why we…