A long time coming

I have a little gift to say thank you, too. :)

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend <3 

I feel like there is so much to look forward to this holiday season. From Thanksgiving and allthestuffing, to Christmas cheer (which is even more magical with a little one), Liv’s third birthday, and the release of my first book! It will hit store shelves just in time for the holidays, but the official launch is January 5th. Mark your calendars for great giveaways and other events. 

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Even though I submitted my final draft months ago and we’ve been cranking away on edits and behind-the-scenes logistics, it still doesn’t feel real. Since I was very young, I always had a book in hand, and writing a book has been one of my life goals. It wasn’t an easy one to accomplish (I think I ended up writing seven full proposals before fate looked my way). Proposals are kind of a beast to put together. Mine ranged from 40-80 pages and included a bio, marketing plans, chapter synopsis, and sample material. With each one, I would think “this is the one!”…and it would be rejected. I kept with it, but constantly re-working a book’s premise and focus wore me down and I was ready to take a break. Not even a three days later, I received an email from an editor in New York asking me if I’d considered writing a book. I responded immediately, sent an intro letter to my agent, and haven’t looked back since.

The timing was perfect, and it was the type of book I wanted to write. When I finally started typing, the words couldn’t come quickly enough. I immersed myself in HIIT and fitness research, and created something that I’m proud and excited to share. Thanks to the guidance of my editor and the incredible work of the Demos Health team, “HIIT It!” is on the way.

Without all of you, this book wouldn’t have happened. Even when I was rejected and feeling bummed out, your support and the beautiful community here on the blog encouraged me to keep going after it. I am so very grateful to all of you.

In the pages of “HIIT It!” I share my personal weight loss and health story: the (many) diets I tried, my fitness confusion, and getting sucked into the “more is more” mentality. I’ve always loved learning about health, fitness, and new workouts; however, when I was just getting started, I had NO IDEA how take this information and create a plan for myself. I go over some of the things that I had to learn the hard way:

Meal-wise, I didn’t know how to prep in advance. When the hunger monster struck, I often found myself diving into an unhealthy snack or frantically trying to put a meal together.

My love for activity turned me into a cardio queen. I was doing way too much cardio and had no idea how that can actually negatively affect your body.

What you’ll learn in this book:

All about High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). HIIT is what saved me from eating away my precious muscle on the cardio equipment and transformed the way I work out. I go over a brief HIIT history, how it works, and how to incorporate it into a routine. There are also research-based HIIT strategies, and tips to use this effective training technique in your own workouts. The beauty of HIIT is that the workouts are short and intense; no more feeling like a hamster on the dreadmill.

How to create a plan for yourself according to your fitness levels and goals. Weeks of full fitness plans are included, and they’re divided into sections based on how many days you can train each week. For example, if you want to do 3 days of cardio and 2 days of strength, you’ll have full weekly plans to follow.

How to track macros in a sane and math-free method to create satisfying and nutrient-dense combos. I track my macros, and it doesn’t involve any crazy math or calculations. This method is an easy way to make sure you’re getting a balance of nutrients, and one that can be maintained as a lifestyle instead of a quick fix.

Tips and strategies to set yourself up for success throughout the week. All of the recipes can be made in advance to enjoy throughout the week. Full weekly plans for various dietary guidelines (omnivore, vegan, gluten-free and Paleo) are included, too.

Macaroon recipes. All of them are there! I’ve been waiting to share my macaroon recipes with you all, and all of the flavor combinations are in this book.

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While I was editing the pages for the last time, I was excited to see everything come together. I really poured my heart and soul into creating this, and I was determined to make it an awesome resource for you! I hope you love reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

Who this book is for:

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