The Best Fitness Posts of 2017

The Top 10 Fitness Blog Posts of 2017

Every year I post a "Best of" post with a list of the most popular blog posts from lifeinspandex.com. I'm still going to post this list below. However, the best part of 2017 had nothing to do with what I've done and everything to do with how you've contributed. Creating a strong, friendly, and empowering community of #bossbabes has always been my ultimate dream. But it's far from easy! All of you have so many different awesome fitness, health, and lifestyle influencers to choose from. I am humbled every time you choose me to help guide you to self-love, fitness goals, health, and strength in mind, body, career, and relationships. I've experienced a lot of growth personally and on this blog

Cauliflower Cranberry Stuffing featured

Healthy Cauliflower Cranberry Stuffing

What if I told you you could indulge in stuffing every night. Would you believe me? I bet you'd think there was a catch. And, well, there is, sorta. But not so much of a catch as a swap. A swap from heavy to light, carbo-loaded to nutritious, delicious to still very yummy. You should know that I will never swear off indulgent foods, like stuffing. But I also know that eating a plateful of bread and gravy each night won't help me feel or look my best. So, I save the real deal for special occasions. The rest of the year, I make a few healthier swaps to turn my favorite treats into daily meals. You guessed it, I've

6 Tips That Will Change the Way You Lose Weight

A lot of people ask me what I do to prepare for photo shoots and events to feel confident and look my best. I've never been shy about sharing my short-term exercise and nutrition habits before big occasions. But let's get one thing straight. The rest of the year, I practice a balanced approach to health and fitness. I treat my body with love and respect by eating mainly whole, unprocessed foods, taking daily vitamins and supplements, and staying active. The week before a shoot is just a little umph to give my abs a bit more definition. So don't expect any crash diet secrets here. Hello! Do you even know me? Life is too short to go without chocolate , wine,

5 effortless ways to stay healthy through the holidays featured

5 Effortless Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

The poor holiday season gets such a bad rap from the fitness industry.  Between warnings of holiday weight gain and pressure to not give in to temptation, it's no wonder so many people find themselves either completely stressed out trying to stay "on track" or ditching their health and fitness goals for a month of bloat and guilt. The holidays should be exciting and fun. A time where you can dedicate more time to friends and family, enjoy your moms famous pies, and drink champagne while laughing until you cry with your besties. NOT a season to turn down party invites because it may ruin your "diet" or an excuse to eat every sweet in sight. If you've been in

Apple Pie Protein Donuts featured

Apple Pie Protein Donuts

Pumpkin rightfully holds a lot of the spotlight this time of year. However, I think it's about time to give it's close running-mate a little bit of the stage. If we're being honest, I would choose an apple crisp or pie over pumpkin any day! Oh yes, I said it. Come for me pumpkin police! I love the tangy and sweet taste of apple. I also love the crisp texture of raw and the soft, gooey texture of baked apples. Unfortunately, eating apple crisp on a regular basis would make me feel sluggish, bloated, and give me crazy blood sugar crashes. That doesn't mean I'm not enjoying the decadent taste of baked apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and buttery almonds.  Instead,