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The Key to Successful Weight Loss

The key to successful, long-term weight loss? It's not a pill, special ab machine, or miracle meal replacement shake. In fact, it's not even a science-based nutrition plan or maintainable workout plan, though both of these are essential parts. It's your ability to identify, acknowledge, and respond to your "triggers." Your triggers could be a demanding work deadline, crabby children, a fight with your significant other, a snarky comment from a co-worker, a poor night's sleep, or feeling insecure after scrolling through social media. It's the little (or big) moments in your day that put a pit in your stomach, make your heart race, or get your mind racing about past regrets or future fears. These moments can be a

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

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Oozing Dark Chocolate Raspberry Mug Cake

The best part of October? Well other than it being my birthday month, the excuse to eat more chocolate (and cake... or chocolate cake)! Unfortunately, most store-bought Halloween treats are filled with artificial ingredients, tons of extra sugar, and trans fats up the wazoo! Homemade Snickers bars are great - if you have two extra hours to spare to food process and an extra paycheck to buy all the necessary ingredients. Stop the discrimination! I believe busy girls should also be able to enjoy healthier homemade sweets too. So, I came up with a delicious and healthy Halloween (or anytime) dessert recipe that only looks like it took lots of effort! It’s blood, no guts, no brains, no raspberry topping!!

5 Ways to Make Meal Prep Quick & Affordable

There's no shortage of glitzy, colorful, meticulous meal prep photos across Pinterest and Instagram. They're beautiful, but they can also be misleading and disheartening. It takes time and a whole lot of money to create that much variety. And, this sort of prep isn't always doable for anyone with a busy schedule and tight budget. Money and time are the two biggest excuses I've heard when it comes to not creating healthier habits. And they may sound perfectly legitimate in your head when you haven't been exposed to other options. Cue my dramatic entrance. I'm not letting you get away with those excuses anymore, sista! I will show you quicker and more affordable ways to prep meals for the week

Whoops… 5 Ways to Bounce Back

Have you ever had one of those mornings after overdoing it where even your fingernails feel bloated? Yeah, me too. Indulging over a special weekend, like the 4th of July, is totally okay! The time you spent with friends and family is priceless. And I'm sure that third s'more was totally worth it! However, feeling bloated, having indigestion, and being totally lethargic is never fun. I take these feelings with welcoming arms because they remind me why I make daily healthy choices. Sometimes letting lose for a day can actually help re-motivate you. As long as it doesn't become a consistent pattern, one or two days is not going to completely derail your progress. So do this with me, big