certified NASM personal trainer

by purelytwins



Did 8 minute #plankworkout followed by an equalizer circuit.

We did: 4 rounds of 10 reps : tri-cep dips, pull-ups, push-ups, ab leg raises and single-leg squats.  Love the different body weight challenge the equalizer provides our at home workouts.

plankworkout copy

If you want strong flat abs DO PLANK!  As you can see we do planks almost every day to get a strong core!



Michelle’s Saturday highlights:

coffee and pncakesAfter my workout I took my morning supplements, vanilla marshmallows, and decided to have bacon, coffee and pancakes for breakfast!


Topped my gluten-free pancakes with lots of coconut oil of course! Love these coconut carob pancakes! We have shared a few variations of this recipe like our single-serving pancake, egg-white grain-free pancake, and of course gelatin no-sugar grain-free dessert cake. Looking for vegan ideas check out our egg-free mini cake, carob chia seed mini cake and our baked thin mint.

The ones Lori and I enjoyed yesterday were similar to our coconut flour waffles.

Here is what we did for our morning pancakes:

  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp carob flour
  • few drops of stevia
  • 2 whole eggs

Mix and cook on a skillet for fast and simple fluffy pancakes. Top pancakes with your favorite topping – ours is coconut oil.

seek happiness in the present moment

My morning was filled with lots of smiles, giggles, hugs and happiness.

Spending time with my niece reminds me to seek happiness in the present moment.

Nothing like living in the moment to really feel alive and  present, do you agree? 

green juice

Later on I finally got around to making myself some green juice.

As my morning was filled my playing with my niece, my afternoon was spending time with my grandma! She is doing so much better, so thank you for all the prayers!


Also got to try on some of Raw Threads new good girls shirts!! Love them all.  So excited for Disney’s Princess race coming up this weekend! Get ready Lori, they’re going to be very long days! 


Rest of my eats were pretty much the same as I have been eating. Leftover shrimp and scallops with turnips, cabbage and coconut oil. I did enjoy some chocolate, hehe, had a coffee cocoa marshmallow and chocolate truffle. Dinner was liver beef meatballs with grilled zucchini, dulse, avocado and mixed greens with coconut oil. I joined in the celebration (more from Lori on that below) with my margarita kombucha cocktail!

Michelle’s thoughts:

Overall I had a good day. Some bowel movements throughout the day. No stomach issues. Energy was good. I had about 9 cups water.  Took all my supplements and magnesium before bed.  I truly lived in the moment yesterday and just ate when I was hungry.

Lori’s Saturday highlights:

After early morning workout it was time for some green juice.


Juice was kale, carrots and cucumber. A lovely way to start my day to get me focused for the day.


Breakfast was coconut flour carob pancakes with a side of bacon. mmm soo good perfect pre-test taking food 😉


And of course some black coffee.

Then it was test time! Yep test time.

Do you remember when I mentioned about trying a new career path? Well personal training test day was yesterday morning, as well as it being an extremely cold and wintery mix kind of day too.


I passed!!!

I did it! I am a certified NASM personal trainer. Can’t believe it finally happened 🙂

Thanks to Jax my study buddy! 


Post-test lunch was a beef burger  (from us wellness meats) with sautéed broccoli carrot slow, baby boy choymand left over cauliflower and coconut oil.

celebrating-wholefoodsThen went to Whole Foods for some shopping and little celebration time too.


Late afternoon I got a little hungry so made myself a perfect fit protein egg bake topped with coconut oil. Just those three ingredients. Simple and yummy.


Then went for a family walk and ended up SNOWING!!! So turned around and came home to play in the snow.

It was Jax’s first time seeing SNOW!

Can’t believe it snowed, crazy!


He would play in the snow forever if he could.  It was so much fun to see Jax playing around in the snow.


Did our best to get a family picture but hard with a moving object – aka- Jax.


Gary made our very first snowman at our new house.  Not bad for our first one 😉 fire

I felt like staying in last night instead of partying it up. I enjoyed a nice fire thanks to Gary and a movie – Legends of the Fall. Perfect night in.


Celebration dinner was some lovely wild caught salmon from Whole Foods served with some roasted broccoli, half avocado, sautéed kale and coconut oil. I also remembered to take my pre-dinner pills and HCL pill before this meal. Also enjoyed some celebration drinks – tequila with ginger flavored kombucha.

Lori’s thoughts of day:

I had a GREAT DAY!!!! Besides eating yummy food all day long, enjoying some snow…I passed my NASM personal trainer test! Still living on the high of passing the test, after weeks and weeks of studying! I did have a good bowel movement in the morning. I drank about 8 cups of water and had no bone broth. I had NO stomach pain or complaints all day long. I felt great 🙂 The two pimples under my lip/chain area are starting to get smaller and going away slowly.

I am so happy that I can now follow a different career and dream of mine!

Michelle and I are working on some new things stay tuned!!

cuteline3-01more shout outs of eats

Love seeing everyone enjoying our broccoli breadsticks and chocolate peanut butter cupcakes!

Keep up the great work everyone – you all inspire us every day!!

til next time,




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Kristi @ lifesprinkles February 17, 2013 - 11:38 am

Congrats Lori!!

Also love that red and white polka dot coffee mug in Michelle’s breakfast pic. 🙂

purelytwins February 17, 2013 - 12:20 pm

thanks Kristi 🙂

Coco February 17, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Congratulations on passing your exam! It is such an amazing feeling to accomplish something that big! 🙂

purelytwins February 17, 2013 - 3:10 pm

thank you Coco!!!

lindsay February 17, 2013 - 1:50 pm

i am so so thrilled for YOU! and i knew you would ACE it! Can’t wait to see all the new plans and workouts. YAY!

purelytwins February 17, 2013 - 3:10 pm

thanks girl! Could not have done it without your support and encouragement 🙂 HUGS

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile February 17, 2013 - 3:03 pm

Yayayayyayyy congrats!! <3

purelytwins February 17, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Thanks Brittany!! 🙂

amanda j February 17, 2013 - 6:21 pm

so so excited for you, Lori! glad you both are having a great weekend so far. I also love those new raw thread tees – so cute! by the way, I’m starting to do plank as part of my regular little stretch/circuit in the mornings when I exercise at home. starting out with 30-45 seconds regular plank and then on each side, and that’s already pretty tough! I’m excited to build it up as I get stronger – your plank posts are motivation enough – you two have the best abs!

purelytwins February 17, 2013 - 8:44 pm

Amanda that is awesome girl!! keep going you will get abs too 🙂

raechel @the rebel grrrl kitchen February 17, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Congratulations, Lori! Isn’t it interesting how a good mood can impact our bodies? I bet there is a connection between your lack of stomach pain and your mood about passing the test. So hard to remember that our mindset is sometimes more important than anything else!

purelytwins February 17, 2013 - 8:44 pm

Yes!! exactly

Kyra February 17, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Yay! Congrats! What are u going to do with all your free time, now that u won’t be studying all day? I felt a bit “lost” after my exams lol

Any idea about where u want to work and what u want to do?

Where did u get the equalizer and how much was it?

Melissa C February 17, 2013 - 9:28 pm

Congratulations Lori on passing your exam!!! That is awesome news!! Do you have any ideas on what you will do with your PT certification?
I also want to thank you gals for you plank inspiration. This morning I finally held a plank for 2 minutes, after working on plank intervals for months!!!

purelytwins February 17, 2013 - 9:39 pm

awesome Melissa, so happy to hear this!!! keep up the great work 🙂
and thank you! I have a few ideas of what I might do with the certification. I do hope to take local clients and hopefully some virtual clients and do more videos and such. 🙂

lailja February 18, 2013 - 8:01 am

what a sweet, sweet delight! to feel your accomplishment coursing through your veins–as if each and every cell is smiling in you! to romp and play in snow like a gleeful child with your loved ones in celebration of Aliveness!
thanks for including us in your celebration 🙂

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 18, 2013 - 8:21 am

Congratulations Lori! I’m so proud of you and happy for the direction life is taking you! Becoming a trainer is one of the best things I’ve ever done! I love it!

I hope you guys have a great week! I know Disney is this weekend! That’s exciting. I wish I was going. Maybe next time! 🙂 Hugs to both of you!

purelytwins February 18, 2013 - 8:51 am

thank you Sarena!!! HUGS

Izabela (yoginiselfportrayal.wordpress.com) February 18, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Congratulations Lori. That’s great that you are done with your training. I am actually looking to do NASM certification as well. Would you recommend it?> Are you happy with the organization etc. Any thoughts which option of CPT is better?I would love to hear your opinion.
Anyways. I love your blog, I can so much learn from you guys. Thank you!!!

purelytwins February 18, 2013 - 7:56 pm

Thanks Izabela. Yes I would recommend NASM. It was very well organized and felt the online help was great. I know another good program is ACE. But I really liked NASM.

Izabela (yoginiselfportrayal.wordpress.com) February 18, 2013 - 10:03 pm

thank you Lori!!!

the delicate place February 19, 2013 - 1:34 pm

congrats lori! do you have plans in place for the next steps? so exciting! 🙂

purelytwins February 19, 2013 - 1:58 pm

thanks girl! yes I hope to share on the blog soon 😉 HUGS

Jennifer Houser January 13, 2015 - 7:22 am

Thanks for this post and recommendation! I went with your same program NASM. I am reviewing right now for the exam. Any tips you are willing to share with me for exam day?

Thank you so much!!



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