*Giveaway* Fit & Fresh Jaxx Fitpak Meal Prep Bag!

We are almost at the end of the first week of 2018! 

How has your new year been so far? 

Did you set any intentions, goals, or actions you’d like to focus on this new year? It’s totally ok if you haven’t (or if you don’t plan to). Setting goals and resolutions is definitely a to each their own’ thing. What works for some, may not work for others. Some people feel like setting goals creates added pressure, while others believe that added pressure= accountability. Whatever your take on the whole “new year’s resolutions” mindset is, just make sure you are doing what supports you in creating your happiness, healthiest life. Because when it’s all said and done, only YOU know yourself best!

Some of you have reached out to me on my social media channels after reading my last blog post on my own goals and intentions for the new year, specifically asking questions about the ketogenic way of eating. If you’re interested in learning more (or maybe even jumping in and trying it for yourself!), we’ve started a support/motivation/recipe sharing/info group! Just visit my Instagram page (@Orangespoken), and click on the link in my profile to request access to the group. It’s totally free and is hosted in a private group on Facebook. You’ll find TONS of resources and like-minded individuals in the group who are either finding great success with Keto, or are just getting started. And I PROMISE you this group is, in NO way, affiliated or associated with any type of product, “coaching” opportunity, or any other requirement to buy or do something. Scouts honor!

If you are like me, and have set nutrition goals to continue or start this new year, I’d love to support you with an AWESOME giveaway!

With all goals, preparation is key. Whether it’s a professional goal, a health and fitness goal, or another aspiration you’ve got your eyes set on, when you prepare specific action steps to take to achieve the results you’re hoping for, you’re more likely to succeed! When it comes to nutrition, I know that prepping my meals ahead of time is what has always worked for me- especially when it comes to my work. As many of you know, my job involves a lot of traveling- including places that I need to fly to, and places that are closer to home where I can drive a short distance to. When I work close to home, I pack my lunch and snacks to take with me on the road. When I travel away from home for a few days at a time, I try very hard to:

1) Book a hotel where there are refrigerators in the rooms.
2) Visit a grocery store when I arrive to stock up on healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the duration of the trip. 

If I absolutely can’t make this happen, I make sure to scope out options and menus ahead of time to see what’s around where I’ll working to ensure I’m not stuck without any options that fit into my way of eating. 

No matter where I am, I love love LOVE bags and containers that make packing a lunch a breeze. And I really love this compact, all-in-one  Fit & Fresh Jaxx Fitpak Meal Prep Bag! 

It is SO convenient and literally has everything you’d want and need in a meal prep kit (from the website):

  • It’s insulated and has an easy to carry handle
  • It has a PEVA lining that is easy to keep clean and PVC free
  • An interior mesh pocket
  • Full zipper closure
  • 8.5-inches wide by 6.5-inches deep (front to back), and 8-inches high
  • (2) 1-cup leak proof containers 
  • (4) 2-cup leak proof containers 
  • (1) 28-ounce shaker cup that blends ingredients perfectly
  • (1) pocket vitamin pack w/ 5 compartments
  • (1) large non-toxic ice pack
  • And the containers are microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe

I also love that these bags come in a variety of colors, are reasonably priced, come in BIGGER sizes and other configurations, (if you must plan more than 1 meal, or meals for two), and have the measurements clearly labeled on each of the containers for easy measuring! 


I am giving away 1 complete Fit & Fresh Jaxx Fitpack Meal Prep Bag (the exact model pictured above) including everything inside to one lucky Orangespoken friend! You will have a choice of colors and it will be delivered straight to your door! I will choose a random winner on Friday, January 12, 2018, and the giveaway is only open to US residents. There are a few ways to enter (and opportunities to get your “name in the hat” multiple times): 
1) Use the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below to receive a few entries. 
2) Visit this post on Instagram and leave me a comment for an extra entry!

Healthy cooking for beginners

Out of all the searches that drive readers to my blog, the top search phrase has always been “healthy cooking for beginners”. I get a LOT of questions about how to meal plan, how to shop and how to cook. I’ve had people tell me that their eating habits are horrible because they “can’t cook”, and resort to pre-packaged foods, fast food and dining out. I’ve heard this on the blog, social media and even in person. 

Well, I’m here to tell you that healthy cooking is EASY. No seriously, I promise! Here are my tips for getting started in a healthy meal prep routine… and making a habit of it!  Continue reading


Am I too fat to workout at a gym?

Lately I’ve had people searching for some interesting things that have led them to my blog:

“Am I too fat to workout at a gym?”
“Too heavy for Orangetheory?”
“Weight limit for rower”
“How to overcome humiliation at a gym.”
“How much should I weigh before I buy a gym membership.” Continue reading


Starting from where you are

So often I hear people speaking of regrets. 
How if only they had done x, y or z, life might be a little different, a little better, etc. 
How they’ve waited too long to make a decision, and now it might be too late. 
How they’re too old, or too out of shape, or too <enter excuse here> to reach a goal, try something new or fix a problem they’re experiencing. 

And when they do consider moving past those regrets, they’re often stricken with a bad case of the “what if’s.”
What if I can’t do it? What if it won’t work? What if I give up? What if it turns out badly?  Continue reading


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
I’m excited for the start of a brand new year, and I hope you are as well!
2015 was a VERY good year. PicMonkey Collage

I truly have a lot to be thankful for, wonderful memories to keep in my pocket, and moments to be proud of. I completed my first 1/2 marathon, traveled to some beautiful places, raced in memory of my mom, spent time with friends volunteering and enjoying each other’s company, and bonded even more with my main guy. I know that 2016 will be just as awesome!  Continue reading


Orange Theory Fitness Review

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, nor am I a registered dietitian, nutritionist or personal trainer. I am sharing my own workout and training experience which is unique, and may not reflect the experiences of others. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for them. Before considering any workout routine or lifestyle change, please consult your physician.

If you’ve been an Orangespoken reader for a while now, and follow me on the social media, you’ve probably heard me talk about Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) once or twice, or 1,000 times. It’s because I truly love the place. And that’s no lie. In fact, no one is compensating me for this post. I’m not “working” for Orangetheory (even though my blog title may say otherwise) 😉 I just really dig the workout. I’ve been there for over two years and each time I leave a 60 minute session, I walk out refreshed, energized; feeling strong, empowered and confident. Yes kids, it’s really that good. Continue reading


7 tips for working out in the morning

Breaking news: You don’t have to be insane to enjoy morning workouts!

I know right? I was shocked too. People ask me alllllll the time:
“How do you get up so early for workouts? I could NEVER do that!”
Guys, I’m telling you. Morning workouts are where it’s AT.  Continue reading


13.1 training & being a plus-sized “runner”

I wanted to start writing training posts when I originally signed up for the Sarasota half marathon in early December (especially a post about signing up because we all know that’s the hardest part and deserves its own post!), but I just haven’t dedicated the time to actually sit down and plan it all out. Continue reading