Recipe: LivingHealthyWithChocolate’s Carrot Cake Truffles

Do I even need to explain anything that says “Living Healthy With Chocolate.”

Me: seems legit.

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If you haven’t already check out the wonderful Adriana Harlan on her mouth watering site, Living Healthy With Chocolate.

You won’t regret it….. ever.

One day.. meaning yesterday.. I was scrolling through my Instagram and came across a recipe for Paleo Carrot Cake Truffles, suddenly I couldn’t stop thinking about them.  I was on a mission to make these things.

So I did.

IMG_0216“I want to see more of them!!”


I…. uhh….

already ate them all (I had help, don’t worry 😉 )

The only thing I changed was adding chia seeds for a leeeetle extra protein.

Check out this freakin’ scrumptious recipe.  You won’t even really have to pretend that these are extra healthy because it’s basically a salad.  A carrot salad.  Dessert = Salad.  Everyone’s winning. IMG_0240

Recipe: Carrot Cake Dark Chocolate Truffles 

Show some fellow blog love and throw Living Healthy With Chocolate a follow on Insta ❤ IMG_0242

Open Fitness Journal: February 16


Yasssss Monday was great yesterday.

A proper butt kicking was handed to me atop a pile of pull ups and push ups.

Slowly as this day goes on my arms are starting to scream at me more and more. Guys, come one, we have some more work to do today, you’ll be okay.

To be completely honest, Sunday’s training session sucked and I couldn’t hit anything.  I left the gym feeling really discouraged.

On Monday, I changed my attitude and decided to crush it.  So boom. That’s exactly what happened.

How are you going to change your attitude this week?  Get up and get moving, make yourself smile.

Warm Up

500 m row

dynamic stretch

quad and ankle mobility

5 x 15 GHDSU @ 15#

Barbell WOD cycle 2.16.15

Fave part?

3 Rounds 

5 DL @ 155#

5 box jumps @ 24″

Front Squat

3 x 3, 3 second hold at bottom of squat

14 minutes to build to max



10 pull ups

10 push ups

rest 2


9 toes to bar

9 burpees


8 front rack lunges (75#)

8 back squats (95#)

3 + 18, 3 + 2, 2 + 3

(That lil weight change is pretty tricky 😉 )

Open Fitness Journal: February 11-15 (#IFellOffTheWagon)

…… but I didn’t really.


I’ve simply been overcome by the awesomeness (trying to find the silver lining here) of what happens when ALL the out-of-staters come to town to ski and it’s -5 degrees #RealFeel -49 so they end up gobbling to their hearts content and drinking


warming their insides up with local yummies instead.

So really what that means is working on a job that pays the bills, instead of this fun stuff (some day soon, right?)


I’m going to get all the love into this post and I hope that it fills you up.

Oh please forgive me for neglecting you this week.  


**you ready? 😉 😉 **

What to expect:



I know I slipped that one in there, like best surprise EVER.

Kind of like when he drops his album the day before Valentine’s Day and I’m all, “Drake, how’d you know I needed a Valentine?” and then I think about it for a second, like DUH, he drove in the snow for me.

😉 What a gentleman.

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Da Nitty Gritty

So real talk I’ve been on that Barbell WOD grind for over two weeks now and I’m kind of obsessed I think.  I’ve got all these mixed feelings about the CrossFit Open that is coming up but the programming that Cal Strength is giving me has been delivering me more and more confidence.

Everyday I seem to have this moment where I’m all, “I’m tired,” but then I work out and I’m all, “I love CrossFit even more than I did yesterday, I’m a bad ass.”  Does that ever happen to you?

My favorite WOD’s from the past week?


10 min clock
Accending ladder of:
3 shoulder to OH (135/95)
3 pull ups

15 + 27

2. I Can’t Feel My Shoulders

30 – 20 – 10
OHS (55#)
15 – 12 – 9
Push ups

Time: 6:10

1. 1 Minute Assault

1 min max cal on AB test

15 calories

Girls Gotta Eat


girls gotta eat with an extra large steak knife?

Do you even #RestDay

What about for your crazy body thoughts, do you ever take a rest day on that????

I’m sorry but

what if one day a week (like a cheat day) we took time to love ourselves unconditionally.

Confidence kicks serious ass.

I’m sorry I’m being all aggressive but this is serious stuff.

Here’s a little Eat To Perform nugget.  You could read it if you wanted to..

War on the Bikini Body Ideal

Also here’s THIS:

if youre


this its

too late

you know why


Open Fitness Journal: February 9



Monday rocked my socks off this week fuhhh-reals.

uhh, Mimi, when isn’t Monday your favorite day of the week?

Oh, still never. Okay.

In case you needed some motivation, maybe check out my post from yesterday on ALL THE BODY LOVE.

I kicked off my #LookBackAtIt Campaign and couldn’t be happier about the response I’ve gotten so far.  I am so grateful that you all are liking and sharing the goings on of be true. be you. be strong.

You guys are serious #rockstars ❤

Warm Up

500 m row

Dynamic Stretch

thoracic mobility focus

Squat Cleans

15 minutes to find 1 RM (finally hit bodyweight!!! +3 lbs)

Push Press

4 x 5 @ 65% of 1 RM clean and jerk

Back Squat

16 minutes to find 5RM (omg #PRParty 😉 )



2 pistol squats (each leg)

9 pull ups

2 hand stand push ups

9 box jumps

Ca$h Out: 24 Clean and Jerks @75#



who else are you going to wink at when you leave the bathroom?

you look freakin’ awesome. 

you are so confident it is refreshing to me.       **surprised face

looking at another smokin’ hot lady: giving her a mental high five.

you will see progress and remember how every day, you. get. better. 

Look back at it

we all come from somewhere that is worth our gratitude. 

(Mental talk game so strong tonight guys and now you know… try it.)


Disclaimer monologue : Something somebody might think (and if they don’t now they will) is this:

‘Look back at it’ could be seen as a potentially degrading statement towards a woman. But real talk: what I take out of it is that it’s a compliment to’look back at it,’ we obviously have got it going awwwn.

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(seriously, Damon Salvatore is already winking at you.)




it! rah rah rah 

Build each other up and take back this saying,

#LookBackAtIt and

give a real compliment and mean it. Nobody deserves to be called fat. Bodies are different. Let’s find some integrity in our strength and be confident, so confident that it’s not a surprise anymore and everything is radical and nothing sucks.

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bing bang boom.


Today I’m sharing with you my #LookBackAtIt campaign where other confident and strong women leave you little nuggets of why bodies are awesome and why we should love them. #AllTheLove #AllTheTime

You guys are rockstars.


Liza Hill, 19 Years Old


Open Fitness Journal: February 3

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Anybody else right there with me?

Feeding time is the second best time of the day and that isn’t to say that it happens just once a day– because that is wholly inaccurate.  But food just makes me happy, ya know?


And just in case you don’t know, work on it.  Food shouldn’t be scary and meal time shouldn’t be stressful.  Make it work for you and put yourself in an environment that can support the consumption of healthy foods.  <— THAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT!

So remember that it’s all about your macros and just like anything in life there needs to be balance.  Like today, for example, my macros were spot on AND I even got to eat peanut butter.


xo- mimi

Warm Up

500 m row

Dynamic Stretch

5 x 10 GHD back extensions

Hatch Cycle: Week 1, Day 1

(that happened, can’t even wait to keep this going) #somethinaboutsquats

AND if you don’t know–  here’s a Hatch Cycle template, so do it up —>

Clean Complex

1 x 5 @ 65% of 1RM Clean and Jerk

Squat Clean, Front Squat, Thruster, Push Press


Chipper Style

10 clean & jerks (55#)

25 thrusters

40 mountain climbers (2 count)

55 double unders

40 mountain climbers (2 count)

25 thrusters

10 clean & jerks (55#)

Time: 10:18

Rest Day: January 31


Okay, okay, with all this snow it’s hard to not want to explore the entire world, isn’t it?


You know what?  It is really cold, but that’s okay, because in a month it’ll be just a bit warmer.

Remember how six weeks ago it would get dark at like… uhh… 4:30 in the freakin’ afternoon.

Well, now what happens?  It stays light out until like 5:15 (admit it, that is still life changing for bed time.)

Slowly but surely the light comes back to us as the seasons go, just like the sun will come back and heat up the world.  (Even though it feels like forever.)

Invest in a blanket and adopt it as a coat. 

Problem solved. 


Open Fitness Journal: January 29

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Happy Rest Day 😉 if there is such a thing.

But seriously, #forgetthesehaters #somebodylovesya

Yes, I just hash tagged Miley lyrics. #whatsyourproblem?

and here’s the video.  Because contrary to popular belief, I think that Miley is a badass that we can all learn a thing or two from this queen.

Be yourself, because that person is awesome.

be true, be you, be strong



A Reminder To Love Yourself…

Hey beautiful…

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Over the past weekend I took a two hour workshop at IndyYoga in Duxbury, Vermont about Self Care, lead by Indy Ewald (Yoga & Mindfulness instructor) and Angie Anderson (life coach.)  The workshop began in a circle where I had the honor to sit with 20 other women all interested in taking better care of ourselves.


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To name a few… there was the woman in her Mid-40’s who had just finished her breast cancer treatment the week before and was now in remission.  There was the mother of three in her 30’s who had traveled all the way from Massachusetts.  There was the 65-year-old woman from England who had moved with her husband to Vermont to start a new life in the states, and then there was me, 19-year-old CrossFitter, recovering from eating disorders, still learning how to navigate in my own life.

I realized as soon as I sat down and faced these women that every woman is still learning how to love herself no matter what age she is.  We put ourselves on the back burner to please others when really we’re flailing in our minds.  I’m not good enough.  She’s prettier than me.  She’s skinnier than me.  She’s stronger than me.  He’ll never notice me.  I’ll never make enough money.  I’ll never hit that PR.  

As women, we’re always judging.  We look in the mirror and judge our eye brows, acne, hair, butt, stomach… need I go on?  I’m sure you’re thinking of exactly what you judge every time, I don’t need to give you more examples.

So I ask you, why is that?

Ladies, where are these confidence issue coming from?  Men?  Other women? Our parents?  Our friends?


Our confidence issues come from ourselves and how we look at ourselves is solely our own.

What I want to share with you is this:

A reminder to speak to yourself with the same compassion you would someone you love unconditionally.  

You are enough.IMG_9643

You deserve to be taken care of.

Be fierce with your self-love, ladies, because you have these crazy mind games working against you.  You have pre conceived notions and self-hate to work through.  Trust me, I know.

DISCLAIMER: I am not perfect.  (In fact, I am probably the weirdest human you’ve ever met, and slowly, I am learning to be okay with that, even though recently, it’s been pretty lonely, I’m learning a lot about independence.)

With independence comes confidence.

This could be uncomfortable, but remember, there is no way we can learn anything without stepping way out of our comfort zones.  It’s like the butterflies you feel stepping up to a loaded barbell, how will you ever PR that lift if you don’t make your body a little bit uncomfortable and pick up the damn bar? 

Body love becomes a little easier for me when I spend hours in the gym everyday, but not because of what I look like.  But because of how I feel.  A five-pound PR will make me feel beautiful and a failed 10# PR makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world because in two weeks, I’ll hit that number, too.IMG_9637

Be patient with yourself because it’s okay to have a bad day. 

Something I learned this weekend:  being in the box is great for my body and being outside is even better for my head.

I’ve been beating myself up about a lot of things this week, feeling frustrated about feelings that I have, a negative headspace I can’t seem to shake, and the fact that I’ve been stuck on one movement for the past week and can’t seem to hit it like I usually do.

But then I climbed a mountain today.  

Not figuratively, like, I literally went for a snowy hike with my best friend and made it to the summit of a mountain and saw the light.

There were steeper parts of the hike that were hard to climb and made my heart beat fast and there were icy parts of the path that were almost impassable– but then in about an hour we were sitting on top of this mountain, sipping on Kill Cliffs, and surrounded by something out of a movie.  We had one of those, “Is this real life?” moments and I was so thankful.  

IMG_9630This could be the most cliché analogy to life or self-love, but today, I got it.  There is something incredible about reaching the summit of something after fighting to get there.  So fight for it.

Be fierce, but be flexible, because it’s okay to have a bad day, too.  

What I will leave you with is this:

A reminder to be fortuitous when fostering an attitude for gratitude towards yourself and all things.  When you foster gratitude for the things that are important to you, (YOU BEING ONE OF THEM)– you will find that your daily intentions will become more pure and the challenges you face in loving yourself will be easier to navigate.

You are light.  You are love. 

Fill yourself up.


xo- mimi

Open Fitness Journal: January 23



I’m getting so much better at this, I swear, listening to my body and understanding when WOD-ing or lifting on some days just isn’t an option.  There’s been a lot of injuries recently at the box I’m training at and most could have probably been avoided by taking just one more day of rest.  Or actually recovering for a day and not just resting. (Remember that article?)

Reason #129841928 why I love CrossFit: it’s functional fitness.  We hammer ourselves day in and day out in the gym and sometimes we get caught up in the fact that we’re not performing as well as we’d like to in WODs, but take a day off from the gym, and go climb up a snowy hill, or stack wood for a few hours, or go skiing…

That’s functional.  Your body will love you.

Love it right back.