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September is upon us, and while it’s not the official first day of fall, it sort of is in our books.   It’s the perfect month to ease into fall as the kids go back to school and the summer weather is still lingering, but slowing changing.  Kate and I together decided we wanted to challenge ourselves to focus on personal health and fitness goals for 1 month, 30 days straight, and we thought it would be even more fun if you all joined us!  September is tomorrow!  If you want to jump in,  this post is for you.  Don’t forget, we have an amazing resource page linked on the front page of our website where you can find tons of info, recipes, workouts, playlists, inspiration, and more.  Just click the “Fit Club” link on the front page, or go here!

People have been asking us for a little more guidance and structure so this post is all of the steps that we go through ourselves and we’re hoping it helps all of you to get in that mindset as well.  Let’s get started!

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Quick Candied Nuts

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