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Commit To Get Fit 2016 Specials!


Now that I’m settled back in the States I’m ready to start taking clients again!

The new year is a time for setting goals, making resolutions, and hopefully committing to improving your life. We reflect on the previous year, see how we rocked it, and decide what we missed out on or what needs a facelift for the next year. I’ve decided to offer some pretty badass specials and new services to help you reach your health and fitness goals for 2016.



Sign up for the 28-day Wellness Reboot Online program and get a personalized fitness program designed for you for only $125 more! This will include 2 phone/skype check-ins over the course of the 28 day program (a savings of over $100!!!).

** For new customers only that have not previously done the reboot. Fitness program only valid within 5 weeks of signing up. Your Wellness Reboot starts the Sunday after you register online and your fitness program will be delivered before the following weekend.

DFW Only

Private yoga class
1 hour class $50
Add a friend for $25

In-home personal training
1 hour session $50
Add a friend $25

Call or email today to set up your session! 

Live 28-day Wellness Reboot (DFW only) – $325 per person
(a savings of $750!!! Food costs not included)

Looking for 2 couples or 4 friends who want to do the 28 day wellness reboot challenge together. Each week one person will host a live cooking session with Christy and the group to prepare your meals for the week.

One group cooking session costs $375 so you are getting four for the price of one!!

Please let me know if you have any questions about these services! I can’t wait to help you reach your goals and new year’s resolutions!

Posted on 11/13/2015 | Leave a Comment

Vegan Bacon & Brussels Pizza – Untraditional Thanksgiving Meal

I know I owe you a blog about my yoga teacher training with Trimutri. But first I wanted to share this awesome pizza my friend Nanette and I made on the fly! You can watch the video here.


Since I was making this up as I went the ingredients are totally estimates. You’ll need a store-bought pizza crust or make your own about 10-12 inches in diameter. Feel free to adjust the spices as you like.

Vegan Bacon & Brussels Pizza
Makes 2-3 servings

2 cups Brussel sprouts
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
Dash olive oil
Sprinkle red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon each thyme and nutritional yeast
Dash each red pepper flakes, black pepper, and sea salt
Upton’s bacon, half the package, cut in pieces
Pizza crust

Toss everything but the bacon and pizza crust together in a small casserole dish until well coated. Place in a preheated oven (400F) and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and toss with bacon. Cook another 10 minutes. While this is happening make your tofu cheese.

Tofu Cheese
One block extra firm tofu, crumbled
1/5 cup nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons white or yellow miso
1 tablespoon each tamari and red wine vinegar

Mix everything together until well combined. Roll out your pizza dough and pre-cook for 5-8 minutes as needed. Layer tofu cheese across the entire pizza dough. Layer the Brussels mix on top of that. Bake for another 10-12 minutes depending on how crispy you like your pizza crust. Remove from oven and cut into 8 pieces. Enjoy!

Posted on 11/07/2015 | Leave a Comment

Travel log: Delhi and Taj Mahal

Marking things off the bucket list!

I got back from India last Friday. I’m officially a certified yoga instructor!! There’s so much I want to share with you but honestly I’m jet lagged and feeling pretty meh. I recall last year when I got back from Australia/Indonesia it took me 2 weeks to adjust back to normal. But nobody’s got time for that as I leave tomorrow for Mexico to lead the 2nd annual blissed out yoga retreat. Crazy times! I promise to tell you all about the yoga teacher training in due time :)

The last 6 weeks was a whirlwind. It went by so fast. The yoga teacher training at Trimurti was an intense 4 weeks. But before I headed to the beautiful mountains of Dharamsala I made a pitstop in Delhi to do a photoshoot and take a day trip to see the Taj Mahal. How could I go to India and not?


Delhi was my first foray into Indian culture and food. I don’t recommend spending much time there because it’s hot, dirty, trashy, smoggy, and depending on where you stay you’ll be constantly harassed by taxi drivers and shop owners (I recommend Green Park area for a different experience!). There is however some amazing food to be had! I started by having a big fat dosa from a vegetarian fast food place called Haldiram. You order at the counter, and have a large number of choices from both North and South Indian cuisine. My lunch was a meniscal 150 rupees, which is like $2.50. Total score.

Keep in mind that most of India will not quite understand what vegan means. They LOVE their dairy. The phrase “pure veg” means vegetarian without eggs, while in some other countries it means no dairy or eggs. So it was difficult to explain and for that reason I only went to pure vegetarian restaurants to keep contamination to a minimum. No coffeeshops, except Starbucks, had soy milk, and I had to go to three markets to find a carton to take around with me.


My first hotel was not so nice. The photos lie people! Since it was inexpensive compared to what you would pay for a hotel in the US, I opted to move to a nicer place called Bloomrooms. The area is right by the New Delhi Railway Station, which takes you to Agra where the Taj is, but beware that it is the busiest part of town. Bloomrooms was a sanctuary from the loud, smelly streets and it was the best decision to spend a little extra for my room here. I got a single room that was just like the photos, air con, free wifi, free filtered drinking water, and a nice big bathroom for about $30 a night.


My next meal was an Indian thali from Navdanya Organic Cafe, a wonderful organization trying to keep organic farming alive in India. It’s located inside Dilli Haat market (Rs 20 admission required), which has handicrafts from all over India and is a great place to do all your gift shopping. The cafe is outdoors and is also a shop where you can buy organic grains and more.


They happily switched out the non-vegan parts for me. This was probably the best meal I had in India all for around 4 bucks. I also bought some vegan cookies made of soy flour from the store.



The next day I set up a photoshoot to document my new yoga journey amongst some of the coolest monuments of Delhi. We started bright and early, but it was still hot and humid. Thankfully the photos don’t show the dripping sweat all over my body. I haven’t got the final photos back yet but will share some when I do! Above is just a sample taken at Humayun’s Tomb with my lovely iPhone.


The next day I took a train to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal! I arrived pretty early and it wasn’t too crowded. But of course it was sweltering hot! I was so uncomfortable that it was hard to enjoy my time in Agra. I hired a tuk tuk driver (these are all over Asia, it’s basically a motorcycle with a enclosed bench on the back) for the day for a cheap 800 rupees and he took me to a number of sites. My return train wasn’t until past 9pm and we were done by 5pm so I sat in the train station for 4 hours reading and playing solitaire on my phone. It was super annoying. If you are going to do a day trip to Agra take the earlier train back to Delhi!


These sweet gals wanted to take a photo with me. I had strangers coming up to me all the time wanting to take my photo. But if you are blonde you will be harassed even more since they aren’t used to seeing anyone with light colored hair.

After a few more tasty meals around town I headed for the mountains. It was a turbulent situation getting to the airport and I had written off India completely. It wasn’t until I came upon the rice fields of Dharamsala that my mind was put at ease. Stay tuned for my next blog about yoga teacher training and finding vegan cakes and tofu of all things!!

Posted on 10/20/2015 | Leave a Comment

Travel log: Barcelona Part II

Now we talk about the second half of my time in Barcelona! I apologize it has taken so long to get this out but my yoga teacher training is super intense! More than imagined it would be (more on that soon!).

So, back in Spain, that evening Marissa, Chris, and I met up to go to Rasoterra in the Gothic Quarter. I couldn’t wait to eat late so I had a little something before (a tofu burger from Veggie Garden that was super delicious) so ended up getting something small at Rasoterra. I wish I would have had a full course meal there because the menu was the most unique I saw and the few things I tried were amazing. They had tempeh! Rasoterra is fully vegetarian and we were happy with the vegan offerings they had available though small. Note that it does fill up with reservations so make one or come on the earlier side (we went at 8pm) to get a table.


We started with the gyoza, which came inside a mini cast iron skillet where it was baked and seared. The appetizer of tempeh and eggplant satay was perfectly prepared with crispy tempeh and eggplant that wasn’t mushy. Then, you guessed it, we went for gelato. This time I had strawberry and chocolate and it was heavenly! Marissa and Chris had to leave for France the next morning so we called it an early night and I went to bed early.


I had one more full day to explore and eat by myself and took full advantage of that. I wandered around town a bit, trying to catch anything I had missed. I stopped into Juicy Jones for a wonderful smoothie. It’s an eclectic place with brightly painted walls and free wifi. It definitely got me going for the day! I didn’t do the sights listed on the guidebooks (except Park Guell) while in Barcelona. I wasn’t really feeling like being a tourist. Not sure why, but it was definitely more of a foodcation for me than anything else, as you can see from my last post and this one.


In the afternoon I headed to Veggie Garden for their pre-fix lunch menu, which I had seen was available when I got a tofu burger the previous day. There were so many amazing choices it was hard to choose! VG is purely vegan and with a huge menu so I highly recommend it when you go to Barcelona. It’s an eclectic mix of foods from Indian, to American, and Spanish. I loved the variety.


The weather was beautiful so I sat on the patio. I was the first to arrive but it quickly filled up and I saw all the things offered on the lunch menu. They all looked amazing! Lasagna, a sweet potato tart, and what I ordered, the veggie crepe. I started with a black bean soup (I was tired of gazpacho at this point), the main was a thick crepe filled with sautéed veggies, served with potato salad and a green bean salad. Not sure what the sauce was, kind of like a creamy red pepper sauce, and it paired perfectly with the crepe. My belly was happy. I kind of wish I had stayed near VG so I could eat there more!


After lunch I spent the afternoon at Park Guell, a famous museum compound type thing featuring the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. You can see this style all over Barcelona. The park is sort of a tourist trap but it was interesting to see how far out a style of building would be accepted back in the 1890. Barcelona is full of interesting architecture that goes alongside it’s turbulent past.

For dinner, HappyCow listed a vegan place right near me so I headed to Enjoy Vegan when they opened at 7pm. It was a pleasure going to eat out and not having to ask what was vegan or if such and such dish had dairy, etc. As a vegan you know what I mean!


Enjoy Vegan has everything freshly prepared in a glass case for you to view. The guy working came out from behind the counter to try and explain everything to me in English. It was a bit tricky but I got the jist of what everything was. The menu was heavily Italian influenced since the owners are from Italy (they had gnocchi!). This was a nice change of pace from the other restaurants. I opted for the lasagna which came with a salad for 6.50 Euro. This might have been my cheapest meal in Barcelona. And it happened to be the best lasagna I’ve ever had in my life! You could also choose two options for 10 Euro but I wanted to save room for dessert!


What was even more of a treat is that they had a selection of cakes and pastries. I didn’t find vegan cakes at any other place I visited. They had so many to choose from! I went with the one in the front of the photo above, which I can’t recall exactly what it was, but it was just sweet enough, moist, with a thin layer of frosting. Since I knew I’d be on a train to Madrid the following day I got the “meat”balls and a chocolatey cake to go. Those were both amazing too.

Again I wished I had more time to eat more meals at these wonderful places. People say that eating vegan is “so difficult” in Spain because they really love their meat and put ham in everything. But if you stick to the massive list available on HappyCow you will never go hungry. For me personally, I don’t even bother going to places not from that list because I don’t want to deal with the frustrations of communicating my dietary needs. I want to be able to go through the menu and easily decipher what is vegan or not. It makes traveling in a foreign country so much more pleasant. That’s just me. With HappyCow on my side I haven’t found it difficult to eat vegan in any country I have ever visited! We are privileged and blessed. Go forth and enjoy all that vegan food!

Posted on 09/26/2015 | Leave a Comment

Travel Log: Barcelona Part I

Ten days in Spain was not enough!

I guess I better write a blog (or three) about Spain before India completely envelopes my brain and memories. Let me start from the beginning. I decided around May that I would go to India to do my yoga teacher training. After doing days of research it was actually cheaper to fly there and do it than it was anywhere else in the world (and I really wanted to leave the US as an excuse to travel). With it being the birthplace of yoga and all it seemed fitting to go there. I found a program that spoke to me, Trimurti, and signed up even though I was a bit scared to go to India. More on those fears in a later post.

My retreat in Mexico was scheduled right after the training so I didn’t have the option to travel around after. I decided to make a pit stop on the way to India and chose Spain for that destination after a bit more research (I really wanted to go to Greece but everyone I knew discouraged that). It was only $350 more on my flight to take a little detour. I decided on 10 days, split between Barcelona and Madrid. Moving around a lot doesn’t usually appeal to me so this seemed like a good pace.

Let’s start in Barcelona (which after starting this blog post I realized would need two!). Many of my friends have said this is one of their favorite places in the world so it had quite a bit to live up to. I flew Lufthansa for the first time mainly because it was the cheapest flight. They make you layover in Frankfurt and this is seriously the most annoying airport I’ve ever experienced. You had to walk forever to get to a toilet. It’s like Germans didn’t ever have to pee. Also both times we landed our plane was parked off to the side and we had to take a shuttle bus to the gate. This coupled with a mediocre vegan meal will keep me from ever flying Lufthansa again. Maybe I’m a spoiled American, but I’ve flown on other airlines with more leg room, better service, and better meals.


I arrived at 1 pm bright eyed and ready to settle into my hostel. A few days earlier my sleep schedule was moved a bit to get on Barcelona’s time zone. I always do this for out of country travel so I don’t waste any time with jet lag. I unpacked my things then hit the streets.

Barcelona is very touristy. If you plan to visit I would suggest trying to figure out when the slower times are because it is very crowded in September. Maybe it’s always like this but I’m not a fan of huge crowds. Since I missed the walking tour I opted just to walk all over on my own. Barcelona has tiny little streets that you can get lost amongst. That’s half the fun of new cities to me. Walking around, exploring, and eating vegan food of course! There wasn’t a day that went by where I wasn’t walking for miles. And each day I stumbled upon new vegetarian restaurants. Score!

Because of HappyCow I know where all the veg restaurants are whenever I travel and they are plentiful in Barcelona. Normally I would make many of my meals in (one of the main reasons for staying in a hostel is they have a kitchen, not only less expensive and best for solo travelers) but I literally ate every single meal out in Barcelona because there were so many restaurants to choose from. This is a great problem to have as a vegan!!


I decided to have my first meal at BioCenter. When I turned up around 6 pm there was only one other couple there. Spaniards do things a little different with lunch around 2 pm and dinner sometimes later than 9 pm. That’s cool though; I didn’t mind being in an empty restaurant!


I decided on the seitan in white wine sauce, which came with a side of couscous and I ordered extra veggies. It was so comforting and the seitan just melted in my mouth. Not bad for my first meal in Barcelona!

The next day I hit the free walking tour and learned all about the history of Barcelona. I had no idea it was so turbulent! My tour guide was a bit political and a pagan so it was an interesting morning. For lunch I searched for a restaurant I found on HappyCow but it was closed for the day. I had stumbled upon La Vegetalia the day before and our tour ended right nearby so I headed there for the set lunch menu (10 Euro). It was simple but filling. Gazpacho was first, then a vegan burger served with salad and rice for the main, ending with a mini fruit smoothie.

Pro tip: if you are going to eat out in Spain do so for lunch. Every restaurant has a pre-fix three or four course menu for way cheaper than you would pay ordering a la carte.

That evening my holiday got so much better. When I decided to go to Spain Marissa from Vegan and Beyond emailed me to let me know she and her brother would be there at the same time. I was thrilled to have company and someone to eat more vegan food with! We met up for dinner and started the night with a pitcher of sangria. Sidenote: I rarely drink (and neither does Marissa). Maybe once every couple of months. It’s a social thing for me. But I drank quite a bit while in Barcelona. No shame here. When in Spain!! Their drinks were incredible. The best sangria, mojito (I didn’t even like them before I came here), and gin/tonic I’ve ever had in my life.


Then we headed for the famed Teresa Carles, an upscale vegetarian restaurant with other varying locations and a juice pressery. Marissa and I both took full advantage of the cold-pressed juices available and they were probably the best juice combinations I’ve ever had. The tempeh and pumpkin salad pictured above is probably the best salad I’ve ever had at a restaurants. We also had nachos and tempura. Teresa’s is a bit more expensive but totally worth it. With sharing and no drink my bill only came to about 15 Euro so it is possible to keep your budget in check and still enjoy the finer vegan restaurants.


Of course we had to go for gelato at Gelaaati di Marco who had two rice milk gelatos (dark chocolate and hazelnut) along with 5 or so fruit sorbets. We subsequently went here the next two nights Marissa was in town. It was hella good.

The next day I grabbed takeout from Vegetart, which was inexpensive and filling. I met up with Marissa to head to Cat Bar in the evening. Everyone said it was a must. I thought there might be actual cats there but alas there was only drawings of cats on the walls. It’s a little hole in the wall with vegan burgers and beers on tap. The food was very salty and left us with tummy aches. Kind of overhyped if you ask me, but the beer was good!


Then we headed out on the town! We planned on hitting up an indie, post punk club called Sidecar that evening, but it wasn’t set to open till 1 am. Yes, bars stay open till 6 am in Spain!! It is literally the country that never sleeps. So we walked around, got gelato, and had drinks at various places before dancing the night away. When I left at 3:30 am it was just getting crowded!


The next day I slept in and then headed out on a mission to find vegan brunch. I stumbled upon DosTrece on one of my many strolls around town and it answered the call with daily vegan brunch food. I got the french toast and a side of tofu scramble. I was wanting something familiar and this hit the spot.

Stay tuned to Barcelona Part II!

Posted on 09/15/2015 | Leave a Comment

Vegetarian Summerfest 2015

As many of you know I’ve been focusing more on the fitness side of my business. This means that I’m giving more talks and fitness classes at conferences and vegfests. I had the opportunity to do both of those at this year’s Vegetarian Summerfest instead of a cooking demo like last year. Cooking is still a passion of mine and I do love getting people excited about cooking up their own meals. But broadening my horizons is the name of the game this year!

Last year’s Summerfest was so much fun I really wanted to go back this year. Thankfully, they were happy to have me and gave me the opportunity to give two talks and hold two bootcamp classes. The first talk was on meal planning, the second on weight training and why it rules, then Saturday and Sunday I gave early morning bootcamp classes and people actually came to workout at 6:30 am! I had a blast making people sweat and exposing many to HIIT (high intensity interval training) for the first time!

IMG_1053_2The food is always a big bonus about this conference. You can imagine the excitement that endless rows of vegan food brings and not having to ask if it’s vegan is priceless! Mark Reinfeld of Vegan Fusion runs the show and plans out the delicious menus with the help of his assistant, Chris Jolly, who runs the raw food bar. You will not go hungry! If anything you may gain 5 pounds. There are gluten-free and oil-free options available for every meal. I dabble in all the sections because my diet has #nodogma, and happily eat the desserts as well.

Some options at the raw bar are pictured to the left; the massaged kale salad and nacho cheese sauce were my favorites of this night. The creamy brazil nut soup with basil was my favorite on the first night. Other highlights were the “meat”balls, key lime mousse, and raw tacos. The raw food bar is probably the most popular because it’s all so unique and most people aren’t going to make elaborate raw foods for themselves at home.

I did not get enough photos of the food unfortunately because it went into my face verIMG_1064_2y quickly! Some of my favorites of the cooked food: I loved all the soups, the tempeh reuben was amazing, I rarely ate breakfast because I don’t normally eat it at home but definitely enjoyed the pancakes, tempeh bacon, and breakfast potatoes on the last day. Each night there is a party with more tasty treats.

I didn’t go to many talks this year, which I’m a bit disappointed about. There were so many great speakers I had never seen before. Glancing at the program gave many options for classes including those on healthy eating and diet, on animal rights, compassionate living, health oriented classes like reversing diabetes and weight loss tips. There really is something for everyone here! When you are teaching each day yourself it can be hard to fit in more stuff. Last week I was rear-ended, though it was a minor car accident it left me with a huge migraine on the first day that had me in bed for hours. I never get sick so when I feel anything short of awesome I turn into a big baby!


Another great thing about conferences is connecting with like-minded people. I hung out with the ladies above at all our meals and throughout the conference and we had so much fun! I’m so grateful for the friendships that blossomed at Summerfest and all the friendly people I met. One thing I would like to see in the future is a greater range of age groups there. I didn’t find many people around my age and I know the 30/40-somethings crowd would have so much fun. So if you are reading this and in my age group consider coming to Summerfest next year!

What do you love about vegan conferences? Share with us in the comments!

Since I’m going to India in September/October I don’t have anymore speaking engagements on my calendar until Portland VegFest in November. If you’d like me to speak at your local vegfest or conference be sure to put in a good word for me with the organizers! I’d love to come to your city next year!

Posted on 07/17/2015 | Leave a Comment

Cha cha changes happening around here!

newlogoYou may have noticed my website domain changed! Last year I changed my logo and brand name (to The Blissful & Fit Chef) to this awesome cartoon (it totally looks like me right?!) to incorporate the fitness side of my biz into my brand. But for some reason I was having trouble changing over my website and social media since I had been “The Blissful Chef” for so long. I guess I was having attachment issues!! And change is scary, amiright?!

I also thought I would lose people. When you’ve had the same domain and social media for 8+ years and have built your whole business around a name or symbol it can be frightening to change that. In hindsight, it might not have been the smartest idea to choose a brand that isn’t just me. So after many years expanding my brand to include fitness I’m not just the blissful chef anymore!

I am however just me: Christy Morgan.

My business encompasses many things, both food and fitness related, and is built on the mission and passion of helping others. I never wanted my business to be about “me”, which is why I created a brand, symbol, or moniker that people would remember. As I’ve said in all my public speaking engagements, being vegan and helping others has brought me so much bliss, hence the name of my brand. Now that I have the fitness component in my life I’ve experienced more bliss than I can imagine possible! And I’m excited that I’ve been able to share that journey with all of you.

If you’ve been following this space for awhile you know that I haven’t been playing the part of “chef” as much. I rarely post recipes anymore and I’m not working on a new cookbook (even though people keep asking!). I’ve thrown myself into creating a magazine that empowers women to be the best version of themselves and allows them to define themselves however they see fit. I don’t see the point in publishing a book when I can create and publish useful, relevant, and timeless content every 3 months through Definition Magazine.

So if you’ve been waiting patiently for me to create a new book, please subscribe to Definition. Every issue includes up to 100 pages of (almost) ad-free content you can use. A book might have 200 pages and is a snapshot in time. Through a magazine I can give you triple the content at the same price. It really is incredible what we’ve created and I’m practically giving it away. Just take a look at last year’s issues and you will see what I’m talking about. Next to Blissful Bites and my online wellness program, it’s my greatest, proudest achievement.

There’s a lot of cool stuff on my horizon. First up is Vegetarian Summerfest where I’ll be giving two lectures and teaching bootcamp classes. Then I’ll be heading to India in September to get my yoga teacher certification. When I return I’ll head straight to Mexico to lead the 2nd Annual Blissed Out Yoga & Wellness Retreat (there’s still space and you can save $100), then my plan to move to Portland will happen at the end of the year. Throughout all this excitement I’ll be working on Definition and figuring out how to take it to newsstands next year.

If you have any of my other social media links saved you might change them. Hugs and thanks for all your support in this transition to my true, authentic self! <3

Definition Fitness Magazine

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Posted on 06/17/2015 | Leave a Comment

Vida Vegan Con III Recap

When I come back from conferences like Vida Vegan Con it’s not always easy to put into words what I experienced. This is the 3rd time I’ve been to VVC, first time presenting, and it’s bittersweet in numerous ways. First, it’s the last one. The three amazing women that organize the conference have full time jobs and it’s not sustainable for them to continue it. So maybe someone else will come along and carry the torch.


There’s a special energy to this conference because you meet people for the first time that you’ve known online for years. Those outside of blogging and social media would think it’s weird how connected we feel to each other, but it is the age of the Internet ya know. The con also gives me a chance to connect with people I met at the first conference that have now become close friends. Basically it’s a vegan love fest. I got teary on numerous occasions. And boy did we eat some amazing food!!


This was my first time as a presenter and I chose a subject that is outside my comfort zone. Usually I do cooking classes or talks about nutrition, cooking, meal planning and fitness. This time I talked about different forms of activism and how we can find unity in all of them. This podcast took my class a bit further if you want to take a listen. My intention with the discussion was for attendees to walk away with a bit more understanding and compassion toward others that may promote veganism in different ways. Really it’s a subject we could talk about for hours! I loved what everyone had to say!


My second presentation was actually a panel (with the badass Matt Ruscigno and Lacy Davis) about fitness and health so I felt comfortable there. I got to talk about my fitness journey as a whole for the first time, how awesome it is to lift weights, and how I’ve fallen in love with yoga all over again. Of course I touched on the fact that 1200 calories isn’t a magical number and we shouldn’t be afraid of eating! You can catch a little snippet of this panel in Jason Wrobel’s recap video.

I attended so many great classes, but Miyoko’s talk was the most inspirational as someone trying to get a vegan magazine off the ground. The other reason why the con was bittersweet is I actually left feeling like I needed to pull back and FOCUS. Rather than getting out there and doing MORE like many of the attendees felt, I feel like I need to do LESS. If I’m going to take Definition Magazine to print I’ve got a lot of work to do. A business plan needs to be created and I have to find ways to raise the funds. It’s a very daunting process that I have no experience with it.

It scares the shit out of me, but I believe in this magazine with all my heart.

In order to focus more on giving this magazine life I need to pull back, from this blog, from social media, from life. Creating the online magazine already takes so much time, unpaid, so I will probably need to get a “job”. I don’t know what the future holds but I know that I must tone down the outside noise and follow my dream.


If you haven’t already checked out the magazine all last year’s issues are free to download on Gumroad. You can get this year’s issues for a tiny $15, which makes each issue less than a soy latte! Every issue has up to 100 pages of (almost) ad-free content. I see people charging upwards of $20 for eBooks with half as many pages, so it is an incredibly good deal!

Your subscription helps me take the magazine to print, pay the team, and get us closer to spreading a compassionate message that women need so badly. We feature women of all shapes and sizes, we do not Photoshop or airbrush our models, we don’t use sensational headlines or write stories that make women feel like they aren’t enough, and of course there are no dead carcasses to look at. This is the first fitness and health magazine of it’s kind. And it needs to be on the newsstands. Women deserve to have a magazine that lifts them up, empowers them on their own journeys, and is full of content they can actual use!

I’m not just saying how awesome it is because it’s my baby. It really is awesome.

I greatly appreciate your support and thank you for sharing the magazine with your friends. If you have any tips or experience with magazines please connect with me! I won’t be posting anymore workout videos on the blog. I’m not sure anyone even watches the videos. You’ll see an occasional post from me here and there, and I’m not disappearing from social media completely. But you will see less of me at least in this space. If you want to stay connected I post on Instagram and Facebook the most. And I’m trying to build up the content over at the Definition blog (let me know what you want to see over there)!

As always, I’m grateful to be a part of your life and I hope you have a blissful day!

Posted on 06/03/2015 | Leave a Comment

Retreat Details and Week 14 Circuit Workout


I’m super excited to announce the details for my next yoga, fitness, wellness retreat! Last year’s retreat in Bali was a huge success so I’ve decided to offer a retreat every fall partnered with some of the best fitness/yoga/wellness professionals I know! This time I’ve kept it closer to home and shorter to allow more people to attend. Many people expressed last year they couldn’t travel too far and many couldn’t take a whole week off from work and family. So here you go! Next year will most likely be longer and further away (I’m thinking Greece or Brazil!!) so take advantage of this retreat if you fall in the mentioned categories.

All the details can be found at this link!

I really hope you can make it! 5 days, 4 nights in beautiful Mexico with like-minded peeps is exactly what you need!

Week 14 Circuit Workout
3-4+ Rounds through the circuit
40 seconds hard/20 seconds recovery, up to 45 second rest or active recovery at the end of each completed circuit
All you need is one set of dumbbells

1. Mountain Climbers
2. Squat w/ wood chop (alternate sides, holding one dumbbell)
3. Reach and Tuck (opposite arm and leg, one side at a time)
4. Reach and Tuck – other side
5. Overhead Dumbbell Press
6. Glute Kickback – right side
7. Glute Kickback – left side
8. V-ups

If you try the workout let us know how you like it in the comments!

Week 1-13 Circuit Workouts at this link!

Posted on 05/22/2015 | Leave a Comment

Birthday Celebration and Week 13 Circuit Workout


So this was a pretty good week. I turned 36 on Wednesday. I started the day with a yoga class and pondered growing older. In this photo I’m standing next to a tree that my father planted in our front yard when I was about 6 years old. I’ve watched it grow to be the biggest tree in our whole neighborhood. It literally takes my breathe away when I look up at it, it’s so huge (and I kind of worry about the safety of our house if a big storm came!!). I remember when it was no taller than me! I had my dad take a photo of me in tree pose next to it to symbolize all the growth I’ve experienced over the years and the strength I’ve learned to cultivate.

I stand tall as I turn 36 and look forward to a new chapter in my life. I’ve signed up to do a yoga teacher training immersion in India in September (pushing my move to Portland to November). This is the first birthday where I didn’t feel like celebrating like crazy. Usually I would party all week, even all month. I’m not sure if it’s just getting older or whether this time of transition has me in a bit of a funk, but having a simple dinner with friends was all I needed. I used to be afraid of getting older but each year gets better and better with more experiences to be had!

Here’s to great health, following my passion, living my bliss, and helping the world around me to be a better place to live. I feel blessed to share this space with you! Namaste.

Now onto the workout this week! I was able to record this at a friends apartment gym. It shows a sample of the exercises. Hopefully someday I will have the proper space to record workout videos for you! Until then we’ll make do with my traveling schedule and lack of space.

Week 13 Circuit Workout
4+ Rounds through the circuit
10-15 reps each exercise
All you need is one set of dumbbells (I used 15 lbs but you may need heavier)

1. Quick Feet w/ Squat
2. Burpee w/ Shoulder Taps
3. Side Plank w/ Row – Left side
4. Side Plank w/ Row – Right side
5. Weighted Toe Tap Crunch
6. Double Suitcase Deadlift

If you try the workout let us know how it went in the comments!

Find Week 1 Circuit Workout here!
Find Week 2 Circuit Workout here!
Find Week 3 Circuit Workout here!
Find Week 4 Circuit Workout here!
Find Week 5 Circuit Workout here!
Find Week 6 Circuit Workout here!
Find Week 7 Circuit Workout here!
Find Week 8 Circuit Workout here!
Find Week 9 Circuit Workout here!
Find Week 10 Circuit Workout here!
Find Week 11 Circuit Workout here!
Find Week 12 Circuit Workout here!

Posted on 05/15/2015 | Leave a Comment