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Author: Taffy

I'm a stay-at-home mom living on a cattle ranch with my rancher husband and five kids. I love fitness, and want to help other women learn to love their bodies and create a healthier version of themselves. I also love running, gardening, cooking, and traveling.
Lessons Learned from the Garden

Lessons Learned from the Garden

This week marked the beginning of one of my very favorite seasons: GARDENING SEASON! Now, for many, the end of May is mid-gardening season, or maybe you can garden all year long. But here in Wyoming, at 6900 feet elevation, gardening season is short. And so I try to enjoy every single minute of it! Gardening runs in my family. We joke that there is a “gardening gene” that we all inherit, but as a kid, I was pretty sure…

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How to Overcome Perfectionism, Part 1: Re-think Failure

How to Overcome Perfectionism, Part 1: Re-think Failure

FAILURE   You probably have some kind of emotion start inside you as you read that word. And it probably isn’t positive. Maybe you add a bunch of other meaning to it as well, like the words in the gloomy cloud above. I feel a weight on me just from reading those words. For perfectionists, FAILURE is our worst fear. And nearly everything falls within that label, because anything less than perfect must be failure. I have struggled with my…

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The (not-so-secret) Way to Boost Your Metabolism–PLUS 6 Amazing Benefits of Resistance Training

The (not-so-secret) Way to Boost Your Metabolism–PLUS 6 Amazing Benefits of Resistance Training

Did you know that most adults lose about half a percent of their muscle mass per year after age 25? We’re not talking about bedridden adults here—it’s most adults. So do the math. If you haven’t been doing anything to maintain muscle mass, this can amount to a huge loss! One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of muscle mass is metabolism. Muscle burns calories at a higher rate than fat. So the more muscle…

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From Surviving to Thriving: Living A Tempo Run Life

From Surviving to Thriving: Living A Tempo Run Life

I have been a self-proclaimed “runner” for over twenty years now. In high school, I ran track, and did the middle distance events, from the 300m hurdles up to the 1600m run. But once I was done with that season of life, I settled into longer distance running. I began running as my main (and sometimes only) form of exercise and entering a couple races each year, ranging from 5ks to half marathons. Other than the occasional long runs when…

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Recipe Challenge Winner–Clean Eating Pancakes

Recipe Challenge Winner–Clean Eating Pancakes

A couple weeks ago, I put out a request to send me your best recipes that include whole grains. We all need carbs, and grains, as a complex carbohydrate, are one of the best ways to get them in our diet. Whole grains are a fabulous source of fiber, often contain some protein as well, and include B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). A diet rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk…

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Wean Yourself From Willpower

Wean Yourself From Willpower

Have you ever wondered about those people who can stick with healthy habits? People who exercise daily, year after year? People who eat healthy consistently, not just when they are on a diet? How do they do it? How do they stay motivated? How does their willpower last so long? Let me tell you a secret. They’re not using willpower. WHAT?? They have TONS of willpower, right? No. They’re just really not using it. Not often anyway. So now that…

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From Hate to Love: How to Cross the River

From Hate to Love: How to Cross the River

On our ranch, we have a beautiful, secluded place that we simply, but affectionately, call “The River Bottoms.” It’s only about a mile from our home, but it sits down lower and is out of the way, away from any roads and houses, and when you go there, you just feel like you are the only people in the world. Completely away from it all. We love to go there for picnics, campfires, family get-togethers, friend parties, and camping trips….

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The Truth About Carbs and a Recipe Challenge

The Truth About Carbs and a Recipe Challenge

Every school seems to have a class that has a few bad kids, and the entire class gets the negative reputation. The class then carries around a stigma that nobody can seem to see through. They fail to see the good kids because of a few that hog all the attention, albeit negative attention. In the world of nutrition, this class is the carbohydrates. It’s true that there are some high-carbohydrate foods that aren’t very good for you. (Think sugary…

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The Feel-Bads: What To Do With Negative Emotion

The Feel-Bads: What To Do With Negative Emotion

In my recent post, Feelings Drive Actions, I briefly mentioned negative emotions. Simply put, these are all the feelings that don’t feel good–the “feel-bads,” as a friend of mine used to call them. Shame, discouragement, frustration, restlessness, boredom, anger, sadness, and hatred are all feelings that fall into this category. Although I don’t believe that negative emotion can inspire positive action, we all feel negative emotion. It is part of the human experience. And I think it is supposed to…

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