My Favorite Fitwall Workout: ‘Gone with the Waist’

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Fitwall. 

Hi friends!

Can you believe that we’re already halfway through September? My month has been a very active one, between Fitwall classes, hiking, strength training, kickboxing and yoga.

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You may remember that a few weeks ago I introduced you guys to Fitwall. You can check out my workout overview post here, but the basic gist of Fitwall is that it’s a high-intensity 40-minute strength, cardio, and flexibility class that focuses on training on your own “wall” space, as shown below.

Dog at Fitwall

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IIN Chat: Health & Wellness Quotes I Love

Last weekend I aced my third test for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which means that I am 75% done with my health coaching certification! Time really does fly when you’re studying and doing work that you’re passionate about and are infinitely interested in.

Being the quote lover that I am, when I was studying for my last test, I noticed some favorite concepts and quotes that I had jotted down throughout my recent lessons. Since I think that you all may enjoy them too, today I thought I’d share them. Let’s get to it!

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Creamy Raspberry Chia Smoothie

While every man, woman, and child is talking about making soup and eating pumpkin everything (both of which I love, might I add), it is feeling steamy here in California. The past several days it has been 90 degrees with a strong, shining sun above – which is hot for San Diego County and the weather-spoiled residents of this area!

I definitely will be happy to see 65-75 degree days come back, especially since my house has no air conditioning and it has felt toasty at home. Until that time comes, my smoothie habit is in overdrive, and I’m going to just keep sharing the new recipes I’ve come up with for refreshing liquid meals. Sound good to you?

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Awesome Ways to Eat Apples this Autumn

Happy, happy Friday!


So in case I haven’t told you before, I’m obsessed with fruit. Every type of berry, banana, melon, kiwi, peaches… and the list of fruit that I can’t get enough of goes on and on! Fruit is sweet, it’s a natural whole food, and it can easily be incorporated into a diet in endless ways.

apple slices

Topping the list of my favorite fruits is the illustrious apple. In my household apples disappear quickly. I buy probably a dozen of them every time I make a food store trip, which you think would last for at least a bit with only two people in my house, but they don’t. In fact, I’d love to be eating an apple at this very moment, but we unfortunately ran out yesterday. Each of us eats at least an apple a day. But hey, I’m not complaining, because you know what they say… An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Just why do we say that? Because apples contain lots of goodness, including:

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Date Bites

Any time I have guests in town, I make sure to have some good meal ideas, ingredients on hand to prepare to prepare those yummy meals, and restaurants ideas for a couple of delicious meals out. I’m pretty sure that anyone that knows me expects nothing less – After all, I call myself a foodie for a reason! :)

When my mother-in-law was in town visiting a few weeks ago, we enjoyed some pretty awesome eats. We strolled around at the Vista Farmers Market one day….


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5 Delicious Ways to Eat Pancakes + My Go-To Batter

Hello and Happy Monday! Hope that you all had a great weekend.

Let’s dive right into my weekend highlights!


After another awesome workout at Fitwall on Friday, I knew that strength training would need to be kept to a minimum over the weekend so that I could let my sore body recover. On Saturday morning, my little family and I headed to Elfin Forest to hit the trails.

Hiking 9.6

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Train Smarter, Not Harder with Fitwall Workouts

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Fitwall. 

As you may know, I love to switch up my fitness routine and try new workouts often. I’m always looking for ways to keep it fun and interesting! That’s why I’m excited to be adding a new type of workout to my exercise regimen this month called Fitwall.

what's fitwall

Fitwall classes are 40-minute sessions filled with strength, cardio and flexibility training. Every class participant trains in their own workspace – a personal “wall” area that has rows to stand and hold onto, cables, and a step that you can connect to a row for certain exercises. With a brand motto to Train Smarter, Not Harder, and the unique approach of training the body as a whole to burn mega calories, Fitwall aims to make workouts as efficient as possible. This video shows you more about what Fitwall’s all about:

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The Power of Now: Practicing Mindfulness

With the start of September here and Labor Day having just passed, I kept noticing the past bunch of days how much people love to jump ahead and say sayonara to summer before August is even over. Everyone seems to be moving on to pumpkins and Halloween already!

Carlsbad sunset

Don’t get me wrong, I get it. I know that for many, Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer – back to school, pack up the beach gear until next year. But in reality, the summer season lasts for most of the month. In the Northeastern U.S. where I grew up, September is one the best months weather-wise. Actually, as everyone is getting ready to pull out their Uggs and sweaters, today was the hottest day of the summer in Jersey. So what’s one of the reasons why everyone has been saying RIP to summertime?

Because us humans love to get ahead of ourselves! We pretty much all do it, and I certainly don’t think there’s anything wrong with planning and looking forward to things – actually I love to do so! – but the hype around the changing of seasons has got me thinking a lot about just how much we think about the future, rather than focusing on the now. I believe that living in the present and practicing more mindfulness can help us lead happier lives.

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Foods to Eat for Strong Bones

Happy Friday! Are my fellow American readers as excited for a three-day weekend as I am?!

So today I’m talking about the health of something that we all have about 206 of…. bones!

When my great grandfather was still alive, I remember that he fractured his foot while in bed sleeping. His bones were so brittle that just moving around in bed proved to be too much force for them. Like me, I’m sure that most of you have known someone older who has had osteoporosis, but why is awareness of the disease important for young people too?

osteoporosis - word man


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