Mission Hot Body version 2.0 – Day 1

Here we go!! Day 1 of this 6-week summer shred…aka Mission Hot Body version 2.0 is here! My workout didn’t happen today…because myself a new car! Being stuck at the dealership way longer than anticipated didn’t leave me any time to workout as I initially planned. Oh well…life happens sometimes. This is how my week will shape out, to adjust for not working out today:

  • Tuesday – legs
  • Wednesday – PT
  • Thursday – cardio
  • Friday – PT
  • Saturday – legs
  • Sunday – cardio

There is some wiggle room with my weekend but that’s my plan as of right now. Despite having tons of junk in the house – I stuck to my guns and was very strict with my diet today. Here’s what day 1 looked like:


  • 1/4 cup of oats with cinnamon & flax
  • Caramel latte protein coffee (made with almond milk)

Snack: 100 calorie almonds


  • tuna with avocado (4oz)
  • carrots

Snack: RX bar


  • Two turkey cutlets (4 oz)
  • 2 oz butternut squash
  • 2 oz string beans
  • Salad with chick peas and a sprinkle of cheese tossed very lightly with balsamic vinegar and a drop of olive oil
  • Raspberry like seltzer (2 cups)

Water – 6 glasses 

Macros on point 👌🏻

Looking forward to another day of delicious food…and a hardcore workout. Have a good night everyone 🤘🏻



Take Fitness on Vacation

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It’s hard to believe…or even accept…but summer is almost over! With Labor Day weekend upon us, I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of my tips for staying fit on vacation!
Let’s face it – we’ve all been guilty of considering a vacation our “reward” after dedicating ourselves to eating healthy and working out. It’s perfectly fine to indulge a little and let yourself truly enjoy your vacation. However, you can make tons of memories without destroying all of your hard work!
For starters, you can keep up with your workouts! One of my favorite ways to get some exercise while on vacation is to run or walk by the beach! Get up a little early and hit the boardwalk before the heat kicks in! You can even add some strength training to the mix. Be creative and just soak in the moment – after all, it’s not everyday that you can run next to or on a beach! Another great idea – hiking! Find a trail or mountain near where you’re staying and spend your morning exploring. You can even include your whole tribe on the fun! Lastly, when all else fails – workout in the hotel! Even if the hotel you’re staying at doesn’t have a gym on-site, you can get creative and workout in your room. A short workout to begin the day is better than none at all 🙂
Now, the hard part – food & drinks. I’m okay with indulging here and there – especially if it’s foods you would not be able to get or wouldn’t eat at home. However, often times people use a vacation as an excuse to just eat everything in sight. You’ve spent months getting ready for this vacation – so why throw it all away now? You can still eat reasonably healthy while enjoying a few treats from time to time. Pick and choose! For instance, if you want that Belgian waffle for breakfast make sure to have a salad for lunch and a sensible dinner. If you want to enjoy a few pina coladas poolside, just make concessions elsewhere throughout your day.
It can be hard to stay on track especially when you go to a fast-paced place like Las Vegas. Las Vegas is known for many things…but being a healthy vacation destination is not one of them. However, you can make it work no matter where you are! In Las Vegas, you can enjoy all of the sights and sounds the town has to offer…by walking the strip!
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The Las Vegas Deals page on Vegas.com has deals on tours of that very strip as well as tours of the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and more! It’s the perfect way to exercise while exploring & enjoying time with loved ones. Vegas.com also offers some fantastic deals on hotels & those once in a lifetime shows that only Las Vegas can offer. Go check them out!
Whether you’re hitting the Vegas strip, heading to the Caribbean on a cruise, or just heading to your nearest shore point, you can still be healthy while making memories that will last a lifetime. The most important thing to remember is to enjoy yourself and not spend every waking second agonizing over a few extra calories or a few less workouts. Don’t stress it; just do your best to be as healthy as possible while having the time of your life.
As always, feel free to shoot me an email at TheFight2BeFit@gmail.com if you have questions about anything in this post or any of my online coaching/nutrition packages.
Stay strong & stay in the fight!



Exercise & Invisible Illness



Anyone who suffers from an invisible illness can testify to the effect that it has on you, mentally & physically.

I suffer from two different invisible illnesses, PCOS & CFS. The PCOS has been under control for many years however I have been experiencing a very bad flare-up…which has caused my CFS to go mad. The combination has caused my workouts to stop, my weight to rise, and my mind to go bonkers. Let’s back up a bit so I can explain better.

Unbeknownst to me, the  (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) began in high school. I would get extremely sick every month and end up sent home from school, doubled over in pain. Soon after my graduation I went for my first ob-gyn appointment, and learned that there was a reason for my misery. I was placed on birth control and, barring some issues along the way, have mostly been fine ever since. Until now. Up until recently, I have not had the insurance to warrant my regular exams or medication. The results have my weight sky rocketing, my sugar cravings going absolutely MAD, my hormones completely out of whack, my skin breaking out like a teenager,  and my lower back in chronic discomfort. The more research I do, the more I realize I have been suffering with various symptoms of this all along but since the pain was gone, I had no idea. It also seems that some of my stomach problems may be linked to this. While there is no concrete evidence, I’m finding that the “PCOS-friendly” diet is actually the diet that helped my stomach most when I followed it a while back. While I do follow the high protein/low carb diet, I have been on sugar overload. Now I may love candy but even I can admit that my cravings have been out of control lately. All of this has my wheels turning and thinking that perhaps PCOS has been the cause of all of my health issues all along…but since it is not a proven fact I will just let that be for now. What I can say is that the PCOS, combined with my insane stress levels, have caused my CFS to run wild.

CFS, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is something that is very hard to explain…and even more difficult for people to understand. There are no visible signs. Your body aches as though you have a very high fever or the flu and you get extremely tired and feel this overwhelming sense of fatigue that no amount of sleep seems to cure. Your immune system also gets significantly weakened with CFS. Some days it just feels like my body is fighting a losing battle within itself.

With the combination PCOS & CFS wreaking havoc on my body, my exercise routine has taken a BIG hit. So much so, that my Summertime Shred has been put on hold. It’s been really hard on me mentally but I know it’s for the best. I have been doing my best to follow a very good (PCOS-friendly) diet and exercise whenever possible, but it’s still taking a toll on me.

Often times people who suffer from CFS feel as though they don’t have the energy for simple tasks such as going to work or taking a shower. That’s exactly where I’m at. Lately just getting myself out of bed has been a chore in and of itself. However, seeing how much you can accomplish and improve over time by exercising can be a big motivator and a way to feel better, both physically and mentally. I am doing my best to get some type of exercise in every day, no matter how little it may be.

A common trend that came up in my research for both CFS & PCOS is that of walking & yoga. Both seem to be exercises that are extremely effective and favorable to both illnesses. As the weather gets warmer (HELLOOO SPRING!!), I have been incorporating walks more & more into my daily routine. Despite the fact that I am not the biggest fan of walking, it does make me feel good to get my body moving. Since it seems to be working well for my body, I find myself doing this most often.

I have also found myself stretching a lot more. I’ve tried to take advantage of the foam rollers around me and, while I have never been the biggest yogi, I’ve also been using several yoga poses to help with managing the aches & pains. It has been proven that certain yoga poses promote hormonal balance and deep relaxation, which help to bring the adrenal and cortisol levels of otherwise stressed-out PCOS minds and bodies in check, while assisting in healing from chronic inflammation. The more my lower back hurts, the more I find myself gravitating towards this practice. Right now I’m doing some of the stretches/poses myself however, I may be trying out some yoga classes (or dusting off my old SkinnyGirl dvd) one day very soon.


If you are like me and have grown accustomed to a structured strength training regimen, having chronic pain & fatigue can be torture. However, I have found that resistance bands, in all their simplistic glory, are quite the amazing resource in such times. The bands are designed to keep your strength training up with as little impact & intensity as possible. Your muscles will feel as though they had a monster workout but you are actually putting in half the effort you normally would.

I have also found in my research…and my own experience…that it is often easier to divide daily exercise into two sessions, to avoid symptom flare-ups. Activity may be alternating and brief, spread throughout the day and/or followed by rest. If you experience a worsening of symptoms, you should return to the most recent manageable level of activity.

It’s important to keep in mind the following when beginning a workout routine, under the stress of any chronic pain/illness:

  • The more gentle the exercise, the better it will likely be for you. It may seem like you are doing nothing (especially at first) however it’s important to ease into a new routine that will suit your current needs.
  • Start slow – It’s not about the ego! I’m guilty of trying to do more than my body will allow but it’s critical to monitor your symptoms and adjust your workouts accordingly.
  • Push yourself to get moving, but don’t push yourself to do more until you know you’re ready. You want to make sure you get your body going…but not overdo it to the point you make a bad situation worse.
  • Expect some setbacks – you’ll need to experiment to find your current level of tolerance.
  • Remember that exertion comes in all forms. Don’t try to exercise on a day that you’re also going to the grocery store or doing something else that’s strenuous.
  • Take breaks when you need them, but don’t give up! The payoff could be less pain, more energy and a better quality of life.

**Note: Many people who suffer from chronic illness/pain are so ill they can barely get out of bed, let alone leave their home. In this instance, there should be a very modified & careful approach to exercise. Hand stretches and picking up/grasping objects may be all that can be managed at first. Gradually increasing activity to the point where you can handle essential activities of daily living such as getting up, personal hygiene and dressing would be the next step. Those in this situation, should focus on improving flexibility and minimizing the impact of deconditioning so they can slowly increase function enough to manage basic activities.

I always struggle with sharing my setbacks on here and on my Instagram but the goal has always been to inspire others by sharing my story…no matter how good or bad it may be. I want you all to see that no matter how hard things get and whatever life throws your way – it IS possible. I have been feeling really defeated lately, especially as I am trying to build a fitness business. However, I know that I work hard and I will get myself back to looking AND feeling good soon enough. As a matter of fact, I have recently obtained insurance and have already begun taking the necessary steps to alleviate this whole mess! I may not be able to crank out my own crazy workouts right now but that doesn’t mean I can’t help others achieve their goals. I know how hard this journey is and I know what it takes to succeed. I have always said that nothing worth having comes easy – and this is by far the biggest test of that. The best advice I can give anyone (including myself) is to take it one day at a time…one step at a time…and above all, just keep going!

Stay strong & stay in the fight!



6-Week Summertime Shred

HERE WE GO!!! Every year I create a challenge for myself…and this year is no exception. Join me as I get summertime fine with this 6-week shred!

The original plan for this 6-week shred was to happen a bit closer to summer. However, with an upcoming trip to Florida fast approaching I figure there is no time like the present. Besides, better to get into good habits now rather than wait until its beach time anyway. Everyday I will document my meals, using MyFitnessPal as well as all workouts.

The workout plan that I will be using for this round is taken from Bodybuilding.com and is based upon the 30-Days to a Fitness Model Body plan that Kelsey Byers created. I will be adapting the workouts to last an additional two weeks…and to not further injure this bum shoulder.

The workouts alternate between specific muscle groups each day, varying the weight and reps with each week. It also incorporates a lot of cardio. Now, as I posted on my Instagram account (@FinallyFit23) not so long ago, I will be aiming to run a race before the year ends. In order to keep with that mission as well as this training plan, I will be doing fasted cardio 5 days of the week, barring the two days when I have to be at work for 6 a.m. On those two days, I will incorporate a different type of cardio routine into my daily plan. No matter what, there will be two-a-days happening from here on out.

As far as diet goes, I will be making it a lot more strict but no where near what it was the last time I did this. No fish for breakfast for this girl! I have been practicing flexible dieting a lot and I believe that there is a way to be just as shredded without making yourself gag first thing in the morning. Personally, I like to have certain things at certain times of the day. Call me crazy but chicken or fish first thing in the morning just doesn’t appeal to me. Maybe it’s because I spent most of my life NOT eating breakfast…but even though our body has no idea what time of day it actually is…I know. And it’s something I can’t bring myself to do. To each is own. I will be having my normal meals, at their normal times, but I will be limiting my dairy considerably as well as my sugar – God help us all.

Jokes aside, I am very excited to be embarking on a new challenge. I invite you all to join me on the quest to become summertime fine! I am offering free meal plans and workouts to anyone who wants to participate. Shoot me an email at the address below for more details. Let’s make the summer of 2016 the sexiest summer yet!

Stay strong & stay in the fight!




Summertime Struggles

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t been posting much this summer. I’ve actually been struggling a lot with various medical issues, specifically with my breathing trouble. I guess that’s made me feel defeated in some ways. I worked really hard to get to this place and the last thing I want to do is go backwards.

Back in May, I completed a very vigorous 4 Weeks to Fit challenge—which got me in shape for bathing suit season and into a size 2-4. A few weeks after that challenge, I completed the Roc Race in Philadelphia….and the struggles began. I ended up hurting my shoulder on the monkey bars obstacle. Although that put my lifting on hold, I still maintained cardio and leg days. Everything was going pretty well…so I thought.

About a month ago, I went for a run in my neighborhood. I made it about two miles before I started feeling weird. I decided to stop running and walk the rest of the way back to my apartment. However when I got to my steps, my vision blurred and I was shaking. By the time I got through my door I could barely see anything in front of me. I sat down and everything went black. I must’ve passed out because the next thing I knew I was waking up on my floor, drenched in sweat. It was really scary and I still don’t really know what caused it.

Thankfully, that hasn’t happened since but my running has really suffered. I find myself getting worn out much faster than usual and my running has slowed down drastically. I also notice I am sweating much more than normal. Oddly enough, the only good run I’ve had recently was the day I ran four miles. It was the first time that I ever ran that far and despite it being almost 37 minutes of running, I wasn’t super tired and I was able to continue my normal workout routine after. I am still running but I find myself getting exhausted and being afraid to push myself, which causes me to stop much sooner than I’d like. I have spoken to my doctor, who advised me to come in ASAP for a breathing test and to get a new inhaler. Hopefully after the appointment and test is done (which I was lucky enough to get in two weeks), this issue can be solved.

I preach a lot about the importance of motivation and surrounding yourself with genuinely supportive people during this process. In the past, these obstacles would have been an excuse to give up. I didn’t have a support system or the mental strength to push through the hard times. In fact, I spent the majority of my life surrounded by negative people and a lot of negative energy. I didn’t know how to be positive or happy…until now.

A little over a year ago, an amazing person entered my life and forever changed me. He is someone who has taught me patience and by believing in me, he’s helped me to believe in myself. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had someone care enough to not give up on me…even if I wanted to give up on myself. He’s also been a tremendously positive impact on my life and makes me want to be a better person every single day. From the wake-up calls & texts to the constant reminders of my progress, none of this would be possible without his support. I may have done the actual work but I never would have come this far…physically and mentally…without him. No matter how discouraged I get, he always makes sure to keep me accountable and remind me of my goals. Most importantly, he never fails to put a smile on my face. I truly consider myself the luckiest girl in the world to have such an amazing guy in my life.

Though I may have struggled most of the summer, I still workout almost every day. I always go by the motto: go hard or go home–and while my workouts may not always be intense, I give it 100%. I am blessed to now have someone there pick me up when I fall and not let me beat myself up for things I can’t control. I try my best to keep a positive attitude because no matter how bad things may seem, they can always be worse

My advice to those of you who may be struggling: surround yourself with great people and keep a positive energy. You will be amazed at how different your mindset becomes. Your struggles may not change but your reaction to them will. Keep your head up and always remember: nothing worth having comes easy.


Stay strong and stay in the fight!




NY Giants Health & Fitness Expo


This weekend NBC and the NY Giants hosted a Health & Fitness expo at MetLife Stadium. There were fitness classes, booths for health screenings and information as well as fun events such as autograph signings/meet & greet sessions, virtual Nascar, 50-yard photos, dive tank, red bull soccer, touchdown pass and punt, and even a locker room tour!

It was a two-day free event but I only attended yesterday’s festivities. I looked up the schedule ahead of time and tried to create a game plan accordingly. Of course once I arrived and saw all of the glorious free giveaways and the insane amount of things to do, that all changed. So, I decided it would be best to start out the day by doing a walk-through of the entire expo.

The first activity I took part in was to get a screening of my BMI and blood pressure. After losing over 70 pounds I have been curious for sometime as to what my body fat percentage and BMI was. I know that there are various ways to test this on your own but I always feel like it’s more accurate to have a professional do it for you. I was asked several questions, including how often I exercise and what type of exercises I do. They then measured and weighed me. After all of that, they placed this device on me, which printed out my results. I learned I have an excellent BMI of 20! My blood pressure was also tested and perfect (I wasn’t concerned for that though.) This was all very good news and so I continued on to other activities.

In researching this expo, I learned that they offered a variety of fitness classes including Zumba and Jillian Michaels’ BodyShred. I have wanted to take the BodyShred class for a while but it’s always been pretty pricey. This past winter with all of the terrible cold weather and boatloads of snow that we had, I took full advantage of the Jillian DVDs that I have in my possession to keep up with my daily workouts. Being able to take one of her classes would be a dream—especially if she was the teacher. So needless to say the opportunity to take this class for free was reason enough for me.

I excitedly went to the booth to sign up and gather information from the BodyShred instructors. The class began at 12:30p and was taught by a familiar face…one of Jillian’s girls from the DVDs!  It was a 30-minute class that combined a lot of her most effective and popular moves from her DVDs in one. It was definitely no joke. I worked up a good sweat…and I am definitely sore today. Bravo Jillian, bravo.

After the class, I decided I would take advantage of the amazing opportunity to walk onto the field at MetLife as well as tour the locker room. Being a lifelong Giants fan, I was in complete awe. I took a while to soak it all in and made sure to get a lot of pictures.

Although there were many activities set up on the field there was only one other thing that I was focused on: the chance to sit in a real Nascar racecar! They had a simulated drive/video game set up but all I wanted to do was sit in the car and have my picture taken inside. It was a really cool, once in a lifetime opportunity that I didn’t want to miss out on.

There was something for everyone at the expo and it was definitely beneficial for many reasons. Not only did I gather a lot of health information, I also got memories that will last a lifetime.

Stay strong and stay in the fight!


Progress NOT Perfection


Happy Monday fellow beach bums! I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved the beach. The sound of waves crashing, the feeling of sand between your toes, the sun shining down on you…it’s just always been my happy place. It’s a place where you can be carefree and put all of your worries on the back burner for the day. No matter how self conscious I may have been putting on a bathing suit at whatever weight I was over the years, I made sure to push that to the back of my mind the minute my feet hit the sand.

This summer something has been different. For the first time in my whole life, I think I’m finally becoming comfortable in my own skin. I tend to fall into old habits of putting myself down, probably to do it before someone else can. However, lately I’ve been looking in the mirror – not just glancing at whatever part of my face is getting makeup or the specific shirt I put on, but really looking. And what I see has been truly surprising. The hard work is really paying off…and it’s even better to be able to acknowledge that myself and not need someone else’s approval. That’s how I know that after struggling my whole life with diets, eating disorders and much more, it will actually last this time. I’m on this journey for myself…to create my own happiness and be the person I really want to be. They say you should strive for progress not perfection—and now I understand why. There really is no such thing as perfect after all.

For those of you embarking on your own journey, keep your head up. Remember: nothing worth having comes easy. You may not see a physical change every day or even every week but those changes are happening. Little by little you will start gaining more confidence and getting stronger mentally and physically. Above all, remember why you began this journey. Do it for yourself, create your own happiness…and you will be amazed with yourself in the end.

Stay strong and stay in the fight!