do diets work


Do Diets Work?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been on a diet. Most of you at one point of your life, whether it be for 2 days or 2 years, have tried out a hyped up diet plan. Am I right? Most likely, it didn’t last. As a former dancer and actress, I have definitely had my experience in dieting. Did I lose weight? Yup. But only temporarily. Did it work? Nope. As soon as I “fell off the wagon” and went back to my normal eating habits, I went through mental turmoil caused from bloating, water weight, and putting pounds back on. These little “experiments,” though they made my stomach flat, left me miserable and usually in tears when I felt like Read More

Best Blog Posts of 2015


Best of 2015!

I know we’re all thinking it, where in the world did this past year go?! Looking back at 2015, I feel really good about the things I accomplished and I’m hopeful that 2016 will top it! I created Life in Spandex about a year and a half ago when I quit my full-time marketing job to become a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. However, it wasn’t until July 2015 that I decided to really go for this whole blogging thing. I started posting more regularly, worked on outreach and networking, gave the website a whole new look and feel, updated my imagery with professional photo and video shoots, got branded, started a YouTube channel, got on the Pinterest train, Read More

My Vegan Thanksgiving


My Vegan Thanksgiving

I can’t believe Thanksgiving has already come and gone. I guess when you’re cooking all day, time flies! This year I spent Thanksgiving at my Dad’s with my (not so) little brother and his girlfriend. It was small, quaint, perfect, and…. completely vegan! Yup, we had a plant-based, meat and dairy-free Thanksgiving dinner. And, it was delicious! My brother decided to go vegan a couple of months ago after watching Cowspiracy and realizing the harmful affects our agricultural system has on the environment. He’s so passionate about it he managed to convert his girlfriend and even my meat-loving dad into vegetarians! Some of you may know that I followed a strict Pescatarian (fish-only) diet for about 4 years after reading Michael Read More

Birthday Cake Protein Pancakes


Birthday Cake Protein Pancakes – Grain, Sugar, & Gluten-Free

Yup, yesterday was my birthday! I love my birthday. It feels so good to receive so much love from friends and family on a day that celebrates my life. Thank you all so much for making me feel adored! You guys are the best :D. My birthday is also like a refresh button. I use it as a reminder to reflect on the past year, the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly. I learn from what worked and what didn’t, and then I wipe the slate clean. For some, a birthday can also be a trigger for comparison. Instead of celebrating the gifts life has already given us, we dwell. We nitpick the missing pieces of the life we planned to Read More

Double Chocolate Walnut Protein Mug Cake


Double Chocolate Protein Mug Cake – Gluten-Free and Low Sugar!

Disclaimer for any males (or females) who do not want to hear me talk about “that time of the month,” go ahead and scroll down to the recipe haha. You won’t want to miss this one! ;-P Cravings, bloating, fatigue, cramps, it just sucks. My period symptoms are pretty moderate the majority of the time, except for my chocolate cravings! Sometimes they sneak up on me like suddenly feeling the bottom of an empty bag of SkinnyPop. I dwell on all the possibilities of how I ended up with chocolate creases in my lips and stains on my shirt. I brainstorm, usually out loud to my patient boyfriend – maybe I haven’t been getting enough protein or calories or maybe I’ve suddenly Read More