One Man’s Tale To Weight Loss, Weight Gain And The Barrier Determining Long Term Success

Check out this article from Doctor Jonathan – All About Healthy Choices




All About Healthy Choices

12521214053_d8b0285e8d_bCROPPED500How many times have you read stories where people stated, “until I saw myself in that picture, I never realized how serious my weight problem was”?

fat-doctorHow many times have you heard doctors say, “you’re in remarkably good health” even though you know in reality you’re overweight, sedentary, depressed and likely taking multiple prescription medications? If your doctor resembles the picture above, do you think his opinion may lack credibility even though you want to believe him?

The following is a story many of you will relate to:

A 57 year old man (we’ll call him Mr. Smith) weighing 377 pounds was driving to work when he began to experience right arm numbness. He wasn’t overly concerned because a month earlier he had his annual physical exam that revealed NORMAL blood pressure and NORMAL cholesterol findings. Mr. Smith interpreted these two values as a “clean bill of health.”…

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Tone It Up 21 Day Fitness Challenge | #TIU21



The days are getting shorter, the air is cooler, and the leaves are changing color… it’s officially fall and time for the Tone It Up Fall Fitness Challenge!

I’m so excited! I’ve posted about Tone It Up before and whenever someone asks me for a little guidance in the fitness department, TIU is always at the top of my recommendation list!

I’ve been sick for about two weeks and I’m finally feeling better! So this challenge comes at the perfect time!

It starts on Monday (Oct. 9) and it will be 21 days of workouts, support from the amazing TIU community, delicious recipes, and a lot of fun!

Now is the time to set or reevaluate your goals and jump right on in! I’d love for you to join me in this fitness challenge!

Visit for more information and to sign up for free!

As always, I plan on keeping tabs with my own personal journey right here each week. You can also keep up with me daily by following me Instagram.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you are planning on joining the challenge! Let’s keep each other accountable! 🙂





Jump Back In: 8 Powerful Fitness Quotes to Inspire You to Workout!

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday and Happy first day of October!

The season of comfy, over-sized sweaters, boots, and hot drinks is upon us! Now is the perfect time to revisit our goals, edit and revise as necessary, and then jump back in with both feet! This is true especially regarding our health and fitness goals.

As much as it pains me to think about, Christmas is only weeks away. Just imagine for one moment: if you start today, how amazing will you look and feel by Christmas?

If you set small, manageable goals, you will already be headed for success into the new year! Now that is something to get excited about!

This week, I’m sharing some of my favorite powerful quotes that will help inspire and motivate you as you begin working on your new goals. In addition, I’ve linked some articles for further reading that might be helpful in guiding you to a starting point or to give you some fresh ideas!


Let’s get started!


Don't limit your challenges.Challenge your limits.


Strength doesn't come fromwhat you can do.It comes fromovercomingthe thingsyou once thought you couldn't


The hard partisn'tgetting your body in shape.The hard part isgetting your mind in shape.


Fitnessisn't aboutbeing better than anyone else.Fitnessis aboutbeing better than you used to be.


Don't let the scale define you.Be active.Be healthy.Be happy.


Eatto fuel your bodynot to fuel your emotions.


If you want to get fityou only have to give awayone thing-your excuses.




For Success:

Get Fired Up: How to Stick to Your Fitness Program and Achieve Your Weight-Loss Goals

Getting Started with Working Out At Home:

Ditch the Gym and Workout at Home: A Beginner’s Guide 

My Favorite YouTube Fitness Accounts for an Amazing Workout:

Workout At Home: 5 Amazing YouTube Fitness Channels for Women

My Favorite Arm Workouts:

Best Arm Workouts for Women

My Favorite Ab Workouts:

Best Ab Workouts for Women

My Favorite Booty Workouts:

Best Booty Workouts for Women

For daily fitness inspiration follow me on Instagram



I hope this was helpful! Leave a comment below and let me know what your fitness goals are this month or your favorite inspirational fitness quote!

Stay tuned to the blog! Coming this month:

  • More Fitness Inspiration
  • Recipes
  • Halloween Decor Ideas
  • and much more!

Have a wonderful week, friends!


Summer Tone Up 2017 | Weeks 5 and 6 Check in | #TIU

Good morning friends!

Final Monday in August!

And time for another Summer Tone Up Check – in. I woke up sick on Tuesday the 15th, so that week was pretty much shot. Fun times.

Wednesday I was so happy to get in the car, feel the sunshine, and have a cup of coffee. It’s the simple, little things.


Week 5 saw me easing back in by Thursday, my body retaliating and me getting sick again.

Because of that, I’ve been taking it easy. School starts tomorrow and I have to be on my A game. Definitely cannot afford to be sick.

I alternated workouts and took lots of breaks. I had a nap most days which helped immensely. I still did my yoga challenges.. because that wasn’t as demanding. Plus it felt good to move and stretch.

Day 9 of #YogisAndTheSource brings us the lovely #lotuspose 🏵 . . Agnes, the peace plant and one of the newest members of our family joins me today. I chose #halflotus with #eaglearms 🦅🕊 I love to come to this posture when life gets crazy or stressful.. it really helps to reconnect with the breath, find #stillness, and center myself. 💖🙏 . . “The mind is like water. Whenit’s turbulent, it’s difficult to see. When it’s calm, everything becomes clear.” -Prasad Mahes 🙏 . . Hosts @yogini_priestess @moonyogini Sponsers @re3life @teapraycrochet @earthrunners @little_miss_gypsy @gypsyarts @wild.heart.whimsicals . . #yoga #yogalove #yogalife #yogaandsunshine #Meditation #halflotuspose #mindfulness #mindset #reconnect #quote #inspire #igyogachallenge #breathe #bepresent #spiritualaf #yogaeverydamnday #summeryoga #houseplants #peacelily #peaceful #namaste

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The good thing about being sick was that I felt very thin… until I plumped up when I was able to eat again. haha!

So as you can imagine, I was dreading measurements. But I took them anyway.. and I was pleasantly surprised. I gained .5 inches around my waist, but lost .5 inches around each leg. I stayed the same everywhere else. Not too bad. 🙂

This past week, I’ve incorporated my Tracy Anderson workouts, and switched up the Tone It Up workouts with Tracy Campoli when necessary. I did the live Barre workout, which was intense and awesome. I also attended the live workout yesterday. So, I’m feeling pretty good.

30 will be here in about two weeks. I’m more than ready. We have some fun things planned, which is exciting. Normally, my birthday is pretty low key. It’s still going to be, but with a few trips mixed in.

Overall, I’d say a successful-ish week. I didn’t gain too much, slowed down despite not wanting to, and my jeans are fitting a little better.

Cool. ❤


Summer Tone Up 2017 | Week 4 Check in | #TIU

Good morning friends!

It’s Monday already! Yesterday marks one month until my birthday… one more month of the 20’s decade.


Today is also the start of week 5 of the Summer Tone Up Fitness challenge. That means it’s time for a check – in… and measurements.

I will admit, I was nervous taking these measurements. There’s something frightening about having to face the reality of the tape measure. Last night I felt thin and confident… but after a few hours of sleep and 2 cups of coffee, I wasn’t feeling like I was going to enjoy what the tape measure had to say.

Before I reveal the results, let’s discuss how the week went.

I started this week by honoring my body. I rolled out the mat, put on my Spotify playlist, and just moved. It was absolutely perfect and exactly what I needed.

Because I found myself getting tired of doing the same workouts every week for this challenge, I found myself gravitating toward Tracy Campoli videos. I love her workouts and it was nice to switch it up. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need to refresh your mind and body.

In addition to that, I’ve been doing a separate booty challenge that my friend, Kaddie is hosting. That is killer, but is definitely helping accelerate my results.

I attended both Live workouts this week and they were so good! I love working out with Karena and Katrina in real time. It’s so fun!

I worked out every single day, and I’m getting stronger and more flexible… which is apparent in my yoga challenges.

I have to say, if you are struggling with accountability and motivation, sign up for Instagram and join a yoga challenge. Even on the days when you don’t want to do anything, you’ll find that you push yourself to get it done because you have to post your picture to participate in the challenge. And, it helps you ease out of your comfort zone. Just look at that featured image of me in a handstand. I have this irrational fear of being upside down… I don’t know why, I don’t know where it comes from.. but it’s ridiculous. Anyway, in doing these yoga challenges, I’ve been, in a way, forced out of my comfort zone. I say “in a way” because I am choosing to participate in the yoga challenges. Had I not faced this fear and kept only doing the “safe” poses, I never would have experienced the joy of this posture. Now, I am far from being able to flip myself up and I am not quite at balancing on my own.. I need the assistance of the tree or a wall.. but I’m getting stronger and more confident. If you follow me on Insta, you saw that I was able to get myself into the EPK posture.. what? Amazing! While Yoga isn’t about “doing” the pose, it still feels pretty awesome when find that you are able to do more than before, as with anything in life. 🙂

Anyway, below shows you how I felt on Friday night…


And now for the results…

I was surprised and it is definitely a testament to “trust the process.”

I lost .75 inches around my stomach; .50 inches around my waist; .75 inches off my hips; .50 inches off each arm; I gained .50 inches on one leg, but lost .50 inches on the other – which is fine because now they are the same. Basically about 3 inches overall. Not too shabby. Since I tossed my scale a few years ago, and I’m not planning on going to the doctor anytime soon, I don’t know if I’ve lost actual pounds, but I’m not too concerned about that.

So I’m pretty happy with this and motivated to kick it up a few notches the next few weeks. I’m planning on making time for my Tracy Anderson workouts again and keeping up with the rest of the challenge. 🙂


Summer Tone Up 2017 | Week 3 Check in | #TIU

Hello friends! Happy Monday!

Week 3 of the Summer Tone Up has ended… it was a little rough for me. If you read my inspirational post yesterday, you know that I had a few setbacks this past week.

First, I somehow hurt my ankle. I don’t know how, but I got up from the table, started walking, and instantly felt a sharp twinge. Nice. I wrapped it up that evening and did a workout, albeit modified and slow.


Then as if that wasn’t enough, I woke up to a slight tickle, ache feeling in my throat. You know the one… the inkling that if you don’t start intensely taking precautions, you’re going to end up out of commission for the next week and a half to two weeks.



So, I took it easy. I figured a little bit of working out was better than going full tilt, getting sick, and being benched for up to two weeks.

It worked. I’m not sick. My ankle is fine, but I should probably take the 5 minutes to wrap it before working out each day.

But, I was supposed to take measurements yesterday.

That would have been a bad idea. I have bulked, which is normal for me in this stage of fitness challenges. I always, without fail, bulk up and then so long as I trust in the process and keep going, I slim out.

In addition to that, I have been ravenous, and I may have been indulging in more carbs than normal.

So… for the sake of my well being, I opted out of measurements yesterday. I will take them next week. 🙂

I have found myself getting a little tired of this challenge. Yesterday’s workout was once again beach ballin’ + a run. I wasn’t feeling it. I opted for music and a nice yoga sesh instead.

Today I’m feeling much the same way. So, I will do some HIIT, just not the TIU video. I get tired of doing the same videos, the same moves, over and over again. I need to switch it up and have variety.

In no way am I a fitness expert or fitness model.

I’m an Ohio gal, a mom, a wife, who has a deep passion for fitness and health.

And that is why I love these check-ins and despite thinking that I didn’t have much to say and wouldn’t write this post today, I decided to do it anyway. To show you that if you feel tired, discouraged, uninspired, unmotivated.. you’re not alone. We all feel that way from time to time.

And it’s okay to whine and complain for a little bit… then you stop. Take a deep breath. Suck it up. Put on your workout clothes, and get it done. Just like anything else in this life. Sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do. But we do it anyway. And guess what? You’re spending time doing it, you may as well change your attitude about it. Be grateful and smile because you are alive and you can move. Or be grateful and smile because you sucked it up, got it done, and now you can move on with your day.

Week 4, I’m coming for ya. 🙂

Summer Tone Up 2017 | Weeks 1 and 2 Check in | #TIU

Hello once again friends!

The Summer Tone Up Challenge started on July 17. My muscles have been s o r e.. and I’ve already noticed a change in my body and my mind. It feels so good to challenge myself with intense exercise.


…And let me say, it’s a challenge to show up for cardio some days, especially back to back.

But, I suck it up, and get it done. September will be here soon and I am determined to meet my goal. I also am loving the live workouts on Instagram! So fun!

In addition, I’ve been adding in all the yoga challenges and my Tracy Anderson work.

So, all in all, I’d say week 1 and week 2 were a success!

I happy to move forward and challenge myself in week 3!

And ladies, it is not too late to join the challenge! Sign up at and join me! Leave me a comment if you do. 🙂

Follow me and my fitness journey on Instagram. I’m @CrimsnMacchiato

See you there!




7 Uplifting Quotes to Change Your Life

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

It’s bonus inspo week! Check out Inspiration for the Ages for some timeless wisdom.

I love Sundays because they give us a chance to pause and reflect. Also because they signify the beginning of a brand new week, filled with new opportunities and new possibilities; a fresh start.

It may sound cheesy, or cliché, but it’s true.

So, in honor of the Summer Tone Up Challenge, which starts tomorrow, I wanted to share a little inspiration and motivation for new beginnings.

Let’s go!

And suddenly,you know —It's time to start something newandtrustthe magicof beginnings..jpg




For what it's worth,It's never too lateto be whoeveryou want to be.I hope you live a lifeyou're proud of,And if you findthat you're not,I hope you have the strengthto start over.



There comes a daywhen you realizeturning the page is the best feeling in the world,becauseyou realizethere is so much more to the bookthan the page you were stuck on..jpg



Don't feel sorry for yourselfif you have chosen the wrong road.Turn around.



Don't worry about failures,worry about the chances you misswhen you don't even try.



Start now.Start where you are.Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking.Start with voice trembling, but start.Start and don't stop.Start where you are,



May the next few monthsof your lifebe a periodof magnificent transformation..jpg


Have a fabulous week, friends!




Summer Tone Up 2017 | Tone It Up Fitness Challenge for Women | #TIU

Hello Friends!

Happy Thursday! How is your week going so far?

I’ve been a little distracted the past two weeks… between not feeling well and having a bit of an existential crisis, it’s definitely been busy. I’m blaming it on the full moon and the stormy weather. haha!

And that is why I’m so excited about the Summer Tone Up Challenge! Fitness is excellent therapy and can solve many problems. In addition, I have two months until I turn 30, and I am ready to close this chapter and move on to the next one. I know it’s all symbolic, and nothing really changes (except a lower car insurance rate, right?) but I want to enter my 30’s feeling my absolute best!

Much like with the Bikini Series, I will do a weekly check-in post to help keep myself accountable, and hopefully inspire you on your fitness journey.

We start on Monday and I would love for you to join us! It’s a completely free, 4 week fitness challenge and it’s going to be amazing! The workouts are challenging and fun, and the TIU community is filled with incredibly loving and supportive women!

I joined Instagram last month and I was blown away by all of the support and inspiration from my fellow TIU girls!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up at

Leave me a comment and let me know if you are joining!

And stay in touch! Follow me on Instagram for daily inspiration, laughs, yoga, and lots of coffee!


See you soon!



Ignite Your Fire: Fitness Inspiration to Get You Moving

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday!

Summer is in full swing and isn’t it fantastic?

Since the Bikini Series wrapped a few weeks ago, I’ve been in full workout mode.

And I’m proud to say that I am not only looking and feeling thinner… but the tape measure reflects my hard work – 2.5 inches down.

Woot Woot!


As I’ve gotten older, my perspective and my priorities have shifted. Fitness is less about looking good and more about being healthy. 

With that in mind, I wanted to share a little extra fitness inspiration this week. 

Let’s workout!


You cannot always control what goes on outside,But you can always controlwhat goes on inside.jpg


“You’ve got to block out all distractions when you train. You’re focus has to be 100% into the rep. You’ve got to get into a zone…”
-Mike Matarazzo

Fall in love with taking care of your body.

“You’re far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way. ”
-Jennifer Freeman


The only timeyou're allowed to get low in your lifeis during yoursquat.jpg


“It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.”
-Dennis Waitley


Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.


The difference between your body this week and next week is what you do in the next 7 days to achieve your goal.


Eitheryou run the dayorthe day runs you


“It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.”
-Jillian Michaels


You don’t have to be extreme, just consistent.


Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.


Make progress.Not excuses.


I’ll leave you with a little music. Have a wonderful week friends!