Weekly Workouts & My Beautiful Meal Prep

My mom sent me a video of my niece at her swim meet this past weekend.  I am a very proud aunt but this video in particular really struck a chord with me.  The video begins with her starting the race and then skips ahead to the finish where she is clearly gassed.  Watching, I recalled a vivid comprehension of that exhausted, want to give up, “where is the GOD DAMN FINISH LINE?” feeling.

She was doing backstroke.  In order to not be disqualified, you must stay on your back.  The last few yards, it’s as if you can see her weighing her options…turn over and see how much further she has to go, giving up the last bit of the race or, keep going.  Every time she started to lean toward the first option, a coach was yelling, “No, keep going Audrey!”  And she did.  She finished.

I can’t begin to explain the pride I felt seeing her make the choice to finish.

I thought about how many times that energy depleted, desire to “throw in the towel” experience has presented itself in my life.  Before or during workouts.  Long weeks consisting of work, to-do lists, and parenting.   Late nights awake with sick children.  In the last year, waiting for grief to subside…

It is one thing to have motivation and to use it as a catalyst to complete a task.  It’s totally another to keep going and to finish at the summit of physical, mental and/or emotional exhaustion.  In that place of burn out, it becomes easier to talk yourself out of completion.  The reasonable arguments to give up can become so much more convincing than the voice that says if you keep going, it will be worth it.

In these moments, when we are faced with the choice to keep going or give in…there lives a beautiful opportunity for growth and to acquire a unique element of strength.  By choosing to finish, POTENTIAL, shifts into EXISTENCE.  You demonstrate, with hope and uncertainty that you are capable.

You never lose this kind of strength.  The bar is never lowered.  The standard for which you can push yourself, whether it be mentally, emotionally or physically will forever be at that new height.

Every time you prove you have a greater capacity for discomfort, you become a more self-assured, resilient, powerful, consequential version of yourself.

So whatever your endeavors this week, choose to finish.  Despite pain, fear or exhaustion, FINISH.

And then breathe in that accompanying growth and splendid accomplishment you just earned.

I promise, it’s worth it.



  • Cardio Fix Extreme
  • Yoga Fix Extreme


  • Swim 15 minutes
  • Kick 15 minutes
  • Pull 15 minutes
  • Swim 15 minutes


  • Lower Fix Extreme
  • 10 Min Hardcore (Abs)


  • Upper Fix Extreme


  • 2 X [300 Swim, 200 Pull, 100 Kick]
  • 6 X 50 Free STRONG
  • 400 Kick
  • 300 Pull
  • 200 Swim
  • 6 X 100 IM

[Total Distance: 3000m]


  • 200 Swim, 200 Kick, 200 Pull, 200 Swim
  • 4 X 200 [25 Kick, 50 Swim, 50 Kick, 50 Swim, 25 Kick]
  • 4 X 200 [100 Free, 100 IM]
  • 200 Kick
  • 200 Pull
  • 200 Swim

[Total Distance: 3000m]




  • Coconut Turkey Hot Dish
    • 2 lbs. ground turkey
    • 1 sweet onion, 3 cups bok choy, 5 large carrots, 1 bunch kale, 1 bunch asparagus
    • 1 can coconut milk, 2 tsp. turmeric, 2 tsp. ground coriander, salt and pepper to taste.
    • Put everything in a Crockpot – cook on high for 6ish hours, stirring occasionally.
    • Garnish with cilantro, avocado or a little bit of cheese.
  • Cheeseburgers
  • Chicken Breasts


  • Smashed Baby Potatos
  • Basmati Rice


  • Asparagus
  • Brocolli
  • Greek Salads
    • Cucumber, Red Pepper, Heirloom Tomatoes, Red Onion, Kalamata Olives, Crumbled Feta Cheese
    • Dressing – 1/2 Tbsp. Kirkland Pesto & 1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salad kits


  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries/Blueberries
  • Raw Almonds
  • Hardboiled Eggs
  • Protein Shakes (Dry Ingredients – protein powder, shredded coconut, chia seed)
  • Cut some Lara Bars in half for easy grab and go snack portions.
  • Overnight Oats
    • 1/3 cup quick oats, 1 tsp. shredded coconut, 1 tsp. vanilla, sprinkle of cinnamon, 1 tsp. coconut palm sugar or maple syrup, frozen raspberries, Silk unsweetened coconut beverage.
    • Mix everything together and put it in the fridge overnight!
    • You can warm this up or eat it cold – both ways are awesome.
  • Ruby’s meals – I started putting her baby food meals in containers for 3-4 meals ahead of time.

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Cheers to a week full of beautiful finishes!!!





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