Turkey Vegetable Barley Soup Recipe

Turkey Vegetable Barley Soup

If you’ve ever bought a box of Quaker Quick Pearled Barley, you may have seen the recipe for Quick ‘N Hearty Vegetable Barley Soup on the back of the box. My MIL was the first to introduce me to it, and since then we’ve made it more times than I can count. I’m sharing my modified recipe below for a higher protein, veggie packed, garlic powered version. What can I say… We love garlic! If you decide to mix it up, chicken makes a GREAT substitute as noted.

Turkey Vegetable Barley Soup


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Today is ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬!

This is me… In July, working out with 30K+ of my closest friends… 😉

Guess what? I’m still here… Making positive changes one day at a time and addressing my struggles as they come up, while helping others do the same. Our support community focuses on developing lifelong habits and staying healthy so we can lead the lives we choose and pursue our passions. Being healthy is possible and it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life. Making good choices doesn’t have to be complex and time consuming and neither does fitness.

Life is all about balance. If you’re ready to take a leap of faith, I’m ready to lead the way and show you what you need to do to be your best. Think you’re ready for 30 minute workouts and more food than you’ve ever eaten on a “diet” before? Seriously, though, I promise you’re not going to starve! I’ve been there before (and to TOPS, Slim-Fast, Nutri-System, Cabbage Soup, the weight loss “doctor,” etc… ‪#‎thislistismypast‬)

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Ask yourself why not…

Pay the Farmer to Keep You Healthy

I WAS one of those people who ate with very little thought to whether I was feeding my body nutritious food. I was reactive when it came to health issues. I was suffering from migraines and joint pain and arthritis from past injury.

All that changed when I recommitted to meeting my running goals, added in cross-training with Beachbody programs, and began drinking Shakeology.

Yes, I’m a busy mom, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse not to take care of myself. If anything, that’s even more reason to be proactive in keeping our family healthy. I couldn’t possibly ingest all the superfoods I get in Shakeology… So, it supplements the clean healthy fruits and vegetables my body needs and gives my body a protein boost and energy and cuts cravings at the same time. That’s a win/win for me. So you could ask yourself why *should* I be interested in or concerned about getting healthy, but the real question is why not?

Improving your health may not be easy, but it really is simple. If you want to hear more and are ready to take back control, message me, comment below, or fill out the questionnaire here. I’d love to connect with you.

FIXATE Cookbook Update and Corrections

Fixate Cookbook PurchaseSeveral people purchased FIXATE when it became available, and I gave away several free copies for people who joined my support group in July and August. After publication, there were a few corrections that were made to container equivalents and the mac and cheese recipe was released with corrections.  All of this information can now be found in one convenient publication.

If you have been waiting for this…  Click on the link below!

FIXATE Cookbook Update/Corrections

Just keep going…

There’s this really great book called The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. If you haven’t read it, YOU need it in your life.
The book perfectly illustrates and reveals how small consistent changes over time often have a big impact in our lives. This is true if your choices are positive, but it’s equally true if your choices are negative.
So whether you want to save money, lose weight, run further, lift more… You have to start at the beginning (where else would you start) and be consistent.
You can think of it like a child… Your infant didn’t go from laying in a crib to running… Why not give yourself the same grace?
The things you do every single day matter. If you have goals you want to reach, your decisions need to line up with them. Just stay on the path, and let your determination carry you marginally closer every day. <3

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Being a Beachbody Coach…

Momma and Liam playing on the swings during our work day.

I’ve been a stay at home mom to this miraculous little boy for 21 months tomorrow. Sometimes it seems like barely a day has gone by. I wouldn’t trade our time together for anything, but I remember that first year being so absorbed in him and our family that I lost who I was as a person and really didn’t take the best care of myself.

8 months ago, I committed to running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon, and 7 months ago, I became a Beachbody coach. If I had known then what I knew now, I would have sought out the opportunity sooner. I suddenly found myself surrounded with a family of people who supported and uplifted and cheered each other on. I was running toward health and fitness and business goals.

Today was a huge milestone when our family earned our biggest Beachbody paycheck to date. I’m still amazed every day that I get paid to share my experiences and help other people on their fitness journey.

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* to help others?
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Waiting out the storms…

She Adjusted Her Sails

I know everyone has one of “those” days… I woke up and by some twist of fate managed to gain 7 pounds overnight! 🙁 ?#thatdoesntREALLYhappen I had a 6 mile run scheduled today, but I wanted to get in 9 miles… ? Then Liam woke up early and that plan got tossed out. ✔️ 6 miles it is! We had a great trip to the doctor, and I took little man to get a haircut… Everything’s going great, and then while I’m paying the bill… He climbs up in the window to look outside and tumbles on to the floor. I’m just going to go out on a limb and say how UNHELPFUL it is to make the parent feel bad in this situation. #thanksrandomspectator

Things can go from great to terrible in two seconds. I’m convinced parenthood was an idea conceived as a mental test of fortitude. All ideas of shopping for a card for hubby’s birthday tomorrow and getting groceries for making that pumpkin french toast went straight out the window.

As much as it killed me to listen to his screams in the moment, I know that I can’t control everything that happens to him for the rest of his life. For a control freak like me, it sometimes seem impossible to cope with that lesson. Liam has taught me a lot, but the things that stick out today… 1) Enjoy the moment… The hugs, snuggles and love because they pass quickly and toddler emotions are mercurial, to say the least. 2) You can’t control winds of life, but you can control your reaction to them… I will always try to be the port to his storm.

I am humbled and reminded that THAT is my role. I’m not here to control. My job is to comfort, support and be a safe haven for him to return to. Sometimes, that means a mental adjustment for this momma so that hurricane Liam’s emotions don’t take us both out. 😉 Whatever your “hurricane” may be, know that you’re not in the storm alone… Others are out there battling by your side. For what it’s worth, he blew his very first kiss to me today. Somehow that little action soothed my soul and made my heart full again. ❤️

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Have extra Vanilla Shakeology and need a use for it?!? Look no further than these cookies!

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

I love variety in life, and sometimes I also need to get some superfoods into a picky toddler… So, what is a momma to do? Enter in these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!

They’re easy to make, taste delicious, and offer one more use for Vanilla Shakeology. If you decide to incorporate this recipe into your “fix” lifestyle or another Beachbody fitness/nutrition program using the container system, this counts as a yellow (treat swap).

For the cookies above, I mixed in dried cherries, but I personally prefer these without dried fruit.

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie


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If you make these, drop a comment and tell everyone what you think!

Root Beer Float Shakeology

One of my fitness partners inspired me to try something new with my Vanilla Shakeology this morning after I finished my run. While this recipe does not qualify as clean eating because of the tablespoon of sugar free pudding mix, it is tasty and gives you a little variety. It’s fun to do something different every once in a while. 🙂 If I come up with an alternative to the pudding, I will keep you all posted. Hope you enjoy this as a refreshing summer treat!

Root Beer Float Shakeology