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Taco Salad in a jar!

Salsa, homemade or store bought

Lettuce (shredded)

Tomatoes (quarter or sliced)

Black beans (rinsed and drained)

Corn salsa, homemade or store bought


Cilantro (optional)

Ground beef

Taco seasoning

Cheddar jack cheese (shredded)

Tortilla strips

Wide mouth mason jar

1. Cook ground beef/taco meat according to the instructions on the taco seasoning package.

2. While the taco meat cooks, slice the lettuce, cut the tomatoes, and shred the cheese.

3. Rinse and drain the beans.

4. When the beef is finished, assemble the jars, bottom to top. Remember to keep the dressing/salsa at the bottom. Salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, corn salsa, lime, and cilantro. I like to keep my cheese and beef separate, as well as my tortilla strips.

5. Tightly screw on lid.

6. Store in refrigerator until serving.

7. When you’re ready to eat, heat up the beef and cheese. Mix the salad in the jar and then combine. Lastly, add your crunchy tortilla strips.

8. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted and edited from

the Body Mind Soul Co.


I’m excited to announce the opening of Team Free Your Fire’s new wellness community: Body Mind Soul Co.! 🔥

#BodyMindSoulCo is your free resource for fitness, nutrition, and well-being.

Our goal is to empower & embolden you to be your ideal self, love your body and mind, and live a fortified & fulfilled life.

I wanted to create a safe space to share goals, recipes, workouts, struggles, and triumphs.

Wellness means taking care of your body, mind, and soul…

I’m lucky enough to have made wellness & self-love my career and I am stoked to have a place to encourage self-love for others too.


Join today:

January 2015 Clean Eating Challenge!


You know what you eat affects everything from your mood to your energy levels, right?! Well I have a brand new FREE clean eating challenge coming up to help you! Clean Eating 101! Who out there could use some help & some practice? Learn nutrition basics, clean eating tips, meal planning, weightloss tips, recipes, and more. If you want all the details just email me at or find me on Facebook.

My “So-Far” Fitness Journey

I don’t usually share my fitness *success* story for a few small reasons:

  1. Because I’m not where I want to be yet – I’m still on my fitness journey, and will be for my entire life.
  2. Because I haven’t lost weight, I’ve gained it, and some people just don’t relate to that.


Now here are a few reasons why I’m going to share it publicly anyways:

  1. Because I want to inspire other people to start their journeys – it doesn’t matter how many people don’t relate with me; all that matters is the few who do.
  2. Because weight isn’t what matters.


I was an athlete my entire childhood. I swam, I played soccer, basketball, water polo, football, you name it.

But just over a year ago, I was at a low in my fitness journey. I was taking naps every single day. I was eating a handful of food every day. I wasn’t exercising or playing sports often.

I finally realized something was going on when I passed out at a concert – no drugs, no dancing, just standing with only a belly full of food and only 1 drink. The medics were called and determined my blood pressure was very low.

I thought about seeing a specialist because I thought I might have a thyroid problem. I was also finally anemic (not enough iron in your blood) after being borderline-anemic for awhile.

Then I realized how sedentary I was, how little I ate and how I wasn’t as muscular anymore. So I started taking walks. Just long, fast walks with my German shepherd for about 40 minutes per day.

Within a week I was eating about twice as much food. Within a few weeks I was eating more like 4 times as much as I had been eating a month prior.

Now, over my fitness journey I have studied and worked as a personal trainer, ran several 5k’s, and ran the longest distance in my life so far.

I have gained about 10 pounds, lost around 5% body fat, gained 3+ inches on my hips, gained half an inch on my biceps, and lost 4+ inches off my waist.

I now eat breakfast every day, exercise regularly, I’ve met tons of amazing people, started a fitness business, and I’ve set amazing goals for myself that I would never have dreamed of before!!!

So there you have it, the landmarks and numbers of my fitness journey.

Everyone who begins a fitness journey starts out on a different page, at a different time, on a different level.

Maybe you want to lose 15 pounds. Maybe you want to lose 50, or you want to gain 20. Maybe you want to look better, sleep better, feel better, eat more often, run faster, have more energy, have better sex, or just hopefully not get diabetes one day. Whatever you want out of it, go out and get it! You will only get out as much as you put into it. If you want guidance or support on your fitness journey, reach out to me!! I would love to be your coach!

Baked hot wings and Avocado dip

Here are a couple of simple, healthier versions of classic recipes that I came up with
for the Super Bowl this year! Go Hawks :)

Baked Hot Wings



3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
20 chicken wings
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup hot pepper sauce


  1. Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil and cooking spray.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients.
  3. Toss the wings in the mixture until completely coated and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Refrigerate wings for one hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  6. Whisk together the melted butter and hot sauce.
  7. Dip the wings into the sauce and return them to the sheet.
  8. Bake until no longer pink on the inside, about 45 minutes. Turn the wings over once during cooking so they cook evenly.

Avocado dip to replace ranch

This quick and simple recipe is a perfect way to not only skip the extra saturated fat in ranch, but also to add some extra protein and more healthy fats to your diet!

  • 1 large fresh avocadoimage-1
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Mix and enjoy!

Sexiest Summer Challenge Group


Don’t let summer catch you off guard this year! Whether you are starting from ground zero or you’re ready to keep building that bikini body through the hot days of summer, a challenge group is the perfect way to stay motivated, inspired, and accountable! Commit to 30 days of an exercise regimen with a program like Insanity or Turbo Fire, and proper nutrition, plus drinking Shakeology once per day. See real results and you won’t quit when the 30 days is over.


  • Set your own goals
  • Meet new people
  • Learn new things
  • Challenge yourself mentally and physically
  • Confront your weaknesses
  • Improve your strengths

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