Stringer Bell. April 16th 2013 – October 31st 2016

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Two weeks ago, I said goodbye to my beloved pup, Stringer Bell. Back in July, he was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma and given two months to live. I knew the moment was coming, but even if they’d given him 10 years, I don’t think I’d have been ready to say goodbye. To say I adored my pup would be an understatement. Making the decision to end his pain was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but I know it was right. Anyone who’s ever lost a pet can relate to the pain I feel right now. While I ride out these waves of grief, I wanted to document how happy Stringer Bell made me.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on November 12th, 2016 3 Comments » Tags:

A Letter To the Fitness Industry

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Back in ’09, I took my first steps into leaving my couch potato life behind. I boxed, then I started running. I felt amazing, I tweeted about it and shouted it from the rooftops. This was pre-Instagram, pre-hashtag-fit-fam etc. There were no daily pictures with captions detailing my start weight and goal weight (mainly ’cause I didn’t give a crap about any of that). There was just a genuine, growing passion about pushing the limits of my body, how incredible that was making me feel and how it was affecting every area of my life.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on October 23rd, 2016 6 Comments »

From Noga to Yoga

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For someone who loves to move as much as I do, who spends as much time exercising, who could make a bed out of the mounds of Lycra I own, you’d think yoga would be one of those things I do regularly. But alas, no. I’ve done yoga probably a total of about four times in my life and I sucked in every class. I don’t know what it is, but I just don’t seem to get it. But when I was invited to a class taught by international Instagram Yogi sensation, Jessica Olie, last weekend, I swallowed my pride and took to the mat.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on October 12th, 2016 1 Comment »

Fresh Fitness Food

Last week I had the opportunity to try out Fresh Fitness Food‘s meal prep delivery service. I’ve seen a few people carrying around their signature green and black cooler bags and wondered what it was all about. They’ve just launched a vegetarian option and gave me the chance to try a week’s worth of their meals.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on September 28th, 2016 No Comments »

Stringer Bell: Super Pup

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If you’d have told me three years ago that this little ball of fur would completely change my world, I’d have scoffed it off. But that’s exactly what happened. Stringer Bell just has this way of lifting your spirits. A couple of months ago, he was diagnosed with advanced Lymphoma and given two months to live. Life since then has been endless vet visits, medication, tears and cuddles. But because he’s Super Pup, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on September 27th, 2016 1 Comment »

Sometimes it Takes a While

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Back in early August, the September issue of ELLE magazine hit the news stands. This was the first issue with my new monthly column as ELLE’s Fitness Editor in it. I posted the above pic on my Instagram, noting that I was the teenager who stock piled ELLE magazine and dreamed of working for them one day. And finally, at age 35, this is where I find myself. Sometimes the dream takes 20 years. So how can you stay focused, committed and keep hope alive all that time?

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on September 14th, 2016 1 Comment »

I’m Not Pretty & I’m Fine With That

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This week, I was a speaker at an event for ELLE Magazine and Matches Fashion. I had that nervous excitement going on all day. After finishing my talk in the evening, I chatted with attendees who all shared how much they’d enjoyed my story, I listened to theirs and was riding high off the energy of being lucky enough to do what I love and be in a room full of like-minded people who appreciate it.

ELLE had live streamed the event. I got home, caught up with texts from friends congratulating me and asking how it went, then checked the videos on ELLE’s Facebook page. The first comment under a clip of me introducing myself?

‘She looks like a man.’

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on July 17th, 2016 18 Comments »

Embracing Imperfections

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I’ve always been self conscious about my teeth. On a 1-10 scale of fucked up-ness, 10 being the worst, mine probably only ranked around a four, but it was enough to make me start hiding my smile. And that really annoyed me, ’cause I’m all about loving yourself for who you are and all that good stuff, but I just couldn’t find it in me to love my crooked teeth. So I battled with it, for a long while; find a way to get comfortable with them or get them corrected?

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on June 14th, 2016 5 Comments » Tags:

Feelin’ Yo’Self – Body Confidence

The latest episode of the No BS Guide to Life is all about body confidence, self acceptance, defining beauty for yourself and just being comfortable with who the hell you are.

Have a listen, share, comment, debate, etc.

Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on June 13th, 2016 No Comments » Tags: ,

The Hustle: Keepin’ it Real

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Pursuit of your dreams takes hard work. Long days, sleepless nights, constant graft. You’ve gotta live and breathe it every second of every day to get ahead in the game. This is what the internationally successful entrepreneurs of our time, like Gary Vaynerchuck, will tell you. Meanwhile, just writing those first couple of sentences tired me out a little. I’m driven and goal oriented, but sometimes when I look at the supposed schedule I’m meant to keep to become wildly successful, I question whether I can maintain my fiery gusto on that kinda level. It’s time we got real about ‘the hustle’.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on May 30th, 2016 1 Comment » Tags: