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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.
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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Thoughts on LDS General Conference *It’s Really All About LOVE*

Thoughts on LDS General Conference *It’s Really All About LOVE*

This past weekend was so amazing! I always enjoy General Conference, but this year, my kids really got into it and listened, and I was able to just relax and soak it all in. For those who are not LDS, let me explain. Twice a year, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints holds a church-wide general conference. It includes five sessions over two days, and is designed to teach and inspire its members to come unto Christ. We…

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A Fitness Approach for REAL Results and a BONUS FREEBIE

A Fitness Approach for REAL Results and a BONUS FREEBIE

Have you ever heard of RAGNAR? It’s coming up for me, my first ever, and I am giddy with excitement about it! So what it is? From their own website: “Here’s what we do: long distance, team, overnight running relays that take place in the most breathtaking places in the world. Teams come together to conquer a course over two days and one night, and push their limits, on little amounts of sleep, with friends and a community of runners…

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Negative Body Obsession: Is It Affecting YOU?

Negative Body Obsession: Is It Affecting YOU?

I see it everywhere. The friend who sends a Christmas card every year with beautiful photos of her children, but never herself. The lady on the side of the pool who hasn’t been swimming with her kids for years because there is no way she is wearing a bathing suit. The neighbor who loves hearing about your vacation, but still needs to lose 30 pounds before she can go.  The beautiful woman who has been hiding in her sweatpants and…

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Gratitude:The Small Tool for BIG Changes

Gratitude:The Small Tool for BIG Changes

When I was in high school, I went out for the track team. I wasn’t particularly fast, but I found that I could endure pain well enough to be a middle distance runner. And I was crazy enough to love it! The workouts were not easy. Often, we would run repeats of a certain distance, maybe 300s, or 600s, and we had a goal pace we were trying to hit each time. These workouts were great for increasing our speed…

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How to Overcome FOOD Confusion

How to Overcome FOOD Confusion

“Simple, clear principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior.” –Dee Hock-VISA International   Early in my volleyball coaching career, I attended a clinic to help me become a better coach. One of the first questions they asked all of us coaches is “Where do you get your methods?” The responses were things like: from a class I took, from something I read, or from other coaches. For me,…

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