Category Archives: Non-fitness Related

Friday with the Fam

This week I accomplished a lot. I had some insightful meetings, I put a few thoughts into action, had some amazing workouts and yeah did some of that thing called…uhh….school, I think. The end of my senior year is 4 week away. Let me repeat. Four. Weeks. Away. It’s crazy. Of course, I have one summer session after the spring semester but it will be done mid July and I’ll be finished with school forever. With that said, I’ve had some really fun senioritis where my mind wants to neglect everything, my attitude towards school is rotten and I just want to be out. So much time has been wasted sitting in those classes and I’m ready for to get some real experience under my belt. As most of you know, my real passion in life is fitness and health. I want to “simplify your diet and fortify your body” with delicious, simple and clean meals that are attractive to every kind of person. I’ve started to coach people one on one but I have FINALLY made some more concrete programs. I am now offering a 3 month transformation package, a month-to-month package, a one time nutrition program and a 12 week workout routine. WHAT WHAT! I really hope some of my readers will be interested in these packages because my dream in life is to be a health coach. Check out my pricing and program details here. I’ve already had several clients lose 10 pounds each in under a month. I LOVE seeing my clients succeed with hard work and effort. Congrats to all of you that are doing so well!

Sweet! So other than that my parents came into town last night and we had some delicious feasting to do. In case any paleo peeps in Austin (really, not just paleo- anybody that even remotely likes meat) read my blog and are interested in a new restaurant, try out Lambert’s BBQ. It’s located downtown so it’s fairly easy to skip over amidst all over the other fancy pants sushi bars and tex-mex places. Lambert’s BBQ is absolutely divine. For an appetizer, we indulged in some spicy paprika deviled eggs, which I ate way too fast, and then I ordered the natural black Angus brisket with a side of Brussels sprouts smothered in brown butter sugar and bacon. Sounds pretty raunchy, I know. It was.


Afterwards, stuffed, sleepy and happy, we waddled over to the Book People and REI just cause that’s always what I do with my parents when they come to visit. My Dad is a big outdoorsy guy and my mom is a bookworm. Since they’re right next door to each other it makes a nice little stop.

Saturday morning we visited a little place called the Snack Bar which is actually known for having pretty bad service, less than decent food and ridiculously over-priced plates. We usually have good experiences there but this morning all those little known rumors surfaced and proved to be absolutely true. There was absolutely nobody there, yet they made us wait for 45 minutes. The food was okay (actually…mine was great but my parents weren’t so lucky) and the service was stanky.


This is called the Avocado Quinoa. It has pineapple, avocado, red quinoa, arugula, chicken and some very light citrus vinaigrette. I actually love this dish. And I plan on making it myself sometime.

Afterwards, my sweet mom was trying to think of some place I really like that she could treat me to and of course (she knows me so well) she took me over to Vitamin Shoppe for some new protein.


New Myofusion peanut butter cookie dough whey, coconut oil and probiotics!! No manicure, leather jacket, MAC eyeliner or fashionable purse could even close to this little package here:) My parents are so cool.

Unfortunately they could only stay for the morning and had to be on their whey. Womp womp. So now I’m watching the Oxygen channel (It’s Complicated, Just Friends and now Juno) passing the time away as I put some touches on my new programs. So glad to have this blog to give me a mental break from my oh so terribly busy weekends;)

What have you been doing this fine Saturday?

PaleoFX 2013 Recap

Wow. I just had an absolutely amazing weekend. In case you haven’t been keeping up with my posts on Facebook and Twitter, I just spent the past 3 days meeting some of the best and the brightest in the paleo community. I was a volunteer for the wonderful event and I was fortunate enough to be able to reap all the benefits of the events by attending lectures, watching cooking demonstrates, meeting extremely awesome vendors and of course, oogling all of my favourite paleo bloggers. If you know me, you know I love bloggers. Paleo food+ authors+bloggers+cooks+workouts+awesome people= the most perfect convention ever.


The Paleo book station.image-47

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Ummmm yes. That’s Robb Wolf and Sarah Fragoso.

305247_10200980854784596_1865714654_n  Yup. Juli Bauer from…..I really embarrassed myself by bombarding her right as she was signing in but I was just so EXCITED. She’s one of my top favourite bloggers and I really couldn’t believe that I got to meet her. Such an amazing woman and really down to earth.

Little did I know at the time, standing next to her was the amazing George Bryant from Civilized Caveman. I had seen his pictures a few times but I didn’t even recognize him until I stared down his name tag. I got to listen to his transformation story and watch him and Juli do a cooking demo later in the weekend. Probably my two favourite parts of PaleoFX!883394_574156929270030_833520195_o

Also Nora Gedgaudas! Another amazing woman.

And then Thursday night, I got to attend the PaleoFX Hangout dinner, where we saw…


Some white peacocks. And ate some…image-45

CRAZY DELICIOUS FOOD. This isn’t the best picture (I blame the dim lighting) but I had grass-fed lamb, kale, sauteed broccoli, parsnips-carrots-beets-in-ginger salad and roasted sweet potatoes. Basically, Thanksgiving for the health-conscious.

Day 2 I met Nell Stephenson, also known as the Paleoista….so incredibly nice. And girl’s got some guns.


Saturday I heard an amazing panel about transformations.


This one was definitely my favourite. They shared their stories and talked about some of the challenges they have had to face throughout their journeys. Most people probably think they have everything altogether but they definitely had to fight through some hard times and doubts to get where they are today. I was really glad to be in that room because it really inspired me and helped me to love my body every day, no matter if I’m at 10 % body fat, 6%, 17% or whatever.  Heck these guys don’t give a crap about body fat. They care about their health on the inside as well as the outside. They are mentally healthy and have their priorities right in life. Really awesome.

I also met some other really incredible people, including Jimmy More, DH Keifer, Able James Bascom, James Fitzgerald, Dr. Lauren Noel, Amy Kubal, Todd Dosenberry, Keith and Michelle Norris, attendees, and of course the other volunteers on my team. Overall I would say it was an incredible time and I’d love to help out again next year. If you want to read up on the speakers and visit their websites, click here.

So what else have I been up to? Well, a lot of homework, cooking, eating, working out, reading, writing and researching. That’s what. I’m not with my family for Easter which is a major bummer. Holidays just aren’t the same without family:(

At least I was a little productive though. I cooked up 20 lbs of chicken, a few sweet potatoes and I’m ready to hit the week. And GAME OF THRONES is tonight!!! Happy Easter everybody!

New Obsessions

I can’t get over the fact that it’s possible to combine two of my favourite things. Edward Scissorhands and clean eating.


I laugh every time.

Today, I worked out my back and biceps, or in other words, it was a “pull day.” I think I had one of the best back pumps I’ve had in a very long time. Nothing too crazy but when you lift heavy for EVERY set and control every rep, you really feel the burn.
And yes, I have a new food obsession. As always. If you’ve been keeping up with my instagram then you know I’ve been making sweet egg concoctions. “Sweet eggs” are just eggs seasoned with cinnamon and stevia. And then I mix it with whatever is on my mind and in my fridge. Yesterday I made fried apples (apples in the skillet with coconut oil) and mixed them with my eggs and almond butter and it was surprisingly awesome.
269246_569999206352469_275501035_nThe pictures of these meals never turn out to be the most beautiful but don’t knock it till you try it! You may surprise yourself and really love the concept of mixing eggs with…uhhh..just about…everything. Or maybe I just love it because I’m a little weird:)

Okay, that’s all for today. Tomorrow I should have a WIAW up so stay tuned!


I really hate when I don’t have time to blog. Really hate it. So right now, I’m “making the time” to blog. I’ve been pretty busy the past couple days, which is ironic because it’s my spring break and I’m supposed to be a lazy bum, sleeping in and chillin all day long. Instead, I got a 4 day job working at a trade show for SXSW (for those of you not from Austin, TX SXSW is a huge music and film festival for people all over the globe) from 11ish to 6. It’s been a great job considering the product I was promoting was only one of the coolest inventions ever.

RUNNUR is basically a hands-free carry all. A minimalist bag for people who live an active lifestyle. Look at me, giving you my sales pitch and whatnot. But really, people from all over the world were coming to the booth to buy these things and Andrew, the creator, was cool enough to give me one. I wore it to the gym today and it was perfect because there was a spot for all my regular gadgets, plus my head phones and water.



We all had a blast working together. I also met a lot of cool people from all over the world. India, South Asia, the UK, Argentina, some other random places and definitely people from every state. I LOVE meeting new people….especially….

image-38those that get lost at sea. Like Wilson. Yes, I got to meet Wilson. And he’s actually a pretty cool guy. I get why Tom loved him so much.

Hmmm what else is new with me. I decided to take on my first clients this past week. I’m doing nutrition and meal plans for them. Definitely a learning process for both of us but I’m really grateful to have people that want help and want to help me help them! If that makes sense;)

I also planned to do a lot of my school reading over break. It’s already Thursday….definitely didn’t happen. Dang it.

Last but not least, I had the most beautiful dinner ever last night. Made for me, not by me. But it’s oh so very lovely.

image-36I gotta say, ahi tuna may be the best gift God has ever blessed the sea with. I’m eternally grateful for tuna. Raw tuna.

Gotta run. Shows to see, music to hear, workouts to enjoy and food to EAT. Gunna try and enjoy the last few days of my break while I still can!

My Week In a Nutshell

So not every week is going to be amazing. Not every week can I expect to make some huge personal record, develop new relationships, keep all the ones I have or do something life changing. For me, this was one of those weeks. Monday started out “meh” and just went downhill from there. Before I explain my week I’d like to take a moment to say, I hate you Blue Monday.

bluemondayyearinreview In case you didn’t know this fun little fact, I’m going to be the one to enlighten you on Blue Monday. Apparently, the 3rd week in January is known to be the MOST depressing week of the entire year. Because of a simple equation calculated years and years ago, the stars, the moon alignment and all other things science-like, it has been recorded that the 3rd week in January is a particularly awful week for just about everybody. And I quote….

“According to a press release by a mental health charity, the formula is:

\frac{[W + D-d] T^Q}{M N_a}

where weather=W, debt=d, time since Christmas=T, time since failing our new year’s resolutions=Q, low motivational levels=M and the feeling of a need to take action=Na. ‘D’ is not defined in the release, nor are units.”

Get it?

So if you had a not-so-superb week, blame it on science and praise Jesus that today is a new week. With that said, I don’t want to elaborate on the nitty gritty details of my life but I had to work out some relationship issues which ended in a breakup. This was rough but it was right. After the first couple days of uncomfortable emotions, separation and change I worked it out in my head and found reasons as to why it needed to happen. Then, because my hormones were raging, when I went to get measured, my bf% increased due to our little friend cortisol, and of course that stressed me out even more. I know I’m not supposed to be worried about body fat while building muscle but that’s merely added to my already crappy week making it slightly worse. Then, as I’m stepping out the door to go to a dinner Friday night I received some of the most painful news I’ve gotten in a long time. I very close friend from high school, who I had unfortunately lost contact with over the past 4 or so years, had passed away. I wrote this blog post already and then deleted it because I can’t seem to find appropriate words for a situation like this. She was a beautiful, inspiring and strong girl who turned so many “okay” memories in high school into great ones. She was always laughing, loveable and just down right fun. I’m praying for her family, close friends and my hometown. This was not fair for her and she deserves much more life but heaven gained a very sweet angel and I know she’s at peace.

I know this is a very heavy post and I’m sorry but I simply wanted to write and I couldn’t seem to write about anything until I got this out first. My creative juices just wouldn’t flow because I had this huge dam right in the middle that I needed to break through. Now that the tough stuff has been spilled out, I can focus on regrouping this next week and dwelling on the positives. Luckily school hasn’t been too difficult as of late, I enjoy most of my classes, I’m LOVING my new gym and I’ve had some good reading time. With this week, I hope I can make a new goal and successfully achieve it. What that goal is…..I have no idea. Yet.

Love you all:)

Stuff I’m Loving Lately

1. Girls
girls-show-hbo-comedy-Okay. This show. Is great. If you’re a girl and find humor in the every day awkward moments of life and are cool with being uncomfortable 90% of the show, than you’re gunna love it. After watching the Golden Globes, I was intrigued by how much recognition this show got and decided to give it a try. The only bummer is that there’s only one season released and I can’t spend hours on end watching it cooped up in my bedroom.

2. Parenthood
parenthoodSecond best show in my life. I had heard some pretty great things about Parenthood and after just two episodes, I was hooked. Just like Girls, there’s so much truth and reality grounded in this show that I can see why it’s so popular. Every day for this huge family is full of coming-of-age challenges, sass-mouthing kids, parenting lessons and sibling chaos, all while making you laugh, cry and want to pull out your hair at the same time:) I love everything about it.

3. ACV Detox Morning Drink

This is pretty much the ultimate metabolism-boosting-detox-digestion-helping drink ever. 1 packet of green tea, 1.5 tbs apple cider vinegar, 1 packet of stevia, 1 tsp l-glutamine and a dash of lemon all in a warm mug of water. I’ve started drinking this in the morning with breakfast and I feel like it’s been doing wonders for me. Love it.

4. Pure Austin Fitness

This ATX Gym is freaking amazing. Kayaking, rock climbing, pool, towel service, and then the only area that I will most likely be using- an awesome weight room. For me, a fresh start means a new gym. Typical Maddy Moon.

5. Game of Thrones books
Game-Of-Thrones-Season-1-602x602Love the show but the books are, of course, even better. I started reading the first one over winter break and I loved it but of course once school started I had to put it on the back burner and I haven’t been able to pick it back up. Once some more free time comes around, I’ll be finishing this one first and then devour the rest of the series.

6. Live Like A Warrior- Matisyahu Gatsby REMIX

It’s a little techno-ish but it’s a good workout song and I really love the lyrics. It’s one of those songs that says the exact thing you need to hear at that moment. The world often tries to distract you from what you really want in life and you just have to stay true to yourself and live like a warrior.

New Years Shenaniganz

AH 2013 is finally here!! It’s about time, y’all. As much as I love the holidays, I’m so ready to be done with all the sugary food and parties. I’m ready to start making goals and achieving them again. First off, it’s still muscle building time (for me at least). I’ve only had 2 months of it so far and I would say my diet hasn’t been as clean as it’s been for the majority of the year. I’m trying to tell myself that’s okay, it was the holidays and now that the new year is here, it’ll be easier to stay on track with my diet and workouts. Oatmeal, rice, chicken, eggs, broccoli and green beans here I come. But don’t worry- the recipes will still keep on coming! I just need to stay focused and try to hit my macros every day, which has definitely been a lot harder lately.

Anywho, New Years was a blast.
image-1We danced, we drank, we sang, and we ate. That was quite a way to end the year. What’s better than dancing to Earth, Wind and Fire in the rain while sippin on champagne next to this cutie patootie?! Mmmmm probably nothing. After all the fun was had, we spent the first day of the year watching Netflix and lounging. I did manage to get in some oats, egg whites, chicken and broccoli somehow.

I guess I should say a little something about my plans for 2013. There are a few things coming up this year that I’m excited about

1. Graduating from the University of Texas
2. Finding my first big girl job
4. Live on my ownski
5. Get good at photography with my awesome new canon rebel
6. Love more, worry less
7. MAYBE competing again

These are more of goals instead of resolutions, but either way I want to strive to make them successful.

So cheers to the new year, the “new” you, new memories and lots of adventures.

Favourite Books of 2012

If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a huge reader. I have a goodreads account, I go to the bookstore at least twice a week, I’m an English major and book signings are how I would prefer to spend my Saturday evenings. Being an English major is great fun but it also has its downsides. I was in three upper division English courses this semester, so each class had me reading several books at the same time. These aren’t exactly 21st century novels either. Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Matthew Lewis, Jane Austen and a lot of great classics. Though they’re all great, reading these “heavy” novels take up a lot of time and analyzing, which can leave me with no extra time to do pleasure reading. Since I have 20 something days till my next semester starts, I’m hoping to get in a few good books that I’ve been waiting to read. But, with that said, there were some GREAT books I read this year that I want to share with you. They weren’t all written in 2012 but they’re books I read in the year that I would definitely recommend.

Madelyn’s 2012 Book List:
1. A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of WitchesThis book. Right here. Was amazing. I cannot even begin to stress how great this novel is. The sequel, Shadow of the Night, is already out and book three of the trilogy is currently in the works. Basically, a witch who has “neglected” her abilities comes to a time in her life where she can no longer ignore them. She falls in love with a vampire (of course) and together they must find a valuable manuscript in the depths of the Oxford Bodlein Library amongst other witches, vampires and not-so-friendly daemons. It’s not a Twilight book, I promise. It’s much more mature and well-written with a terrific plot and the characters never cease to surprise you.

2. The Help
4667024This one has been around for awhile but I didn’t get a chance to read it until this June when we went to the beach. It was a great summer read and completely inspiring, eye-opening and even funny. If you’ve seen the movie already, don’t let that keep you back from reading the book. Like always, the book is better than the movie;)

3. Gone Girl
0806_gone_425Description from Goodreads:
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

4. Sense and Sensibility
sense-and-sensibilityAhh the neoclassics vs. romantics. The sensible vs. the sense-filled. Esther and Marriane portray two very different ladies, one of which can easily be wooed and swayed by the most eligible of bachelors without much knowledge on him and the other who cannot let herself feel anything physically without being mentally attracted and secure in her faith of her potential partner. I love this novel because it’s the exact definition of a well-written love story. No fluff stuff, just great writing and a good plot.
5. White Jacket Required
UnknownMore than anything, this book was very inspiring to me. I love coming across real stories, about real people with real dreams and passions. Especially when they’re clean cut, sweet and generous. I got to meet Jenna at her book signing and she just gave me the extra boost I needed to get blogging and try to make it as fulfilling as possible. Her book describes her journey in cooking school, the death of her brother, a breakup, a new love, finding a job and multiple great recipes. I definitely recommend this book to any foodie, blogger or both! Jenna is the author of the blog Eat, Live, Run

Of course there are tons of books I wish I could have gotten to this year but with my school work piled high, I didn’t get around to as much pleasure reading as I would have liked. Maybe that can be a resolution for me this year! What books did you enjoy in 2012??

Holiday Favourites

Merry Christmas Eve, from the Moon Family!!
132734_10200104369271509_202462299_o(**taken last night pre-candlelight church service**)

I’m sitting on the couch next to my parents watching Little Shop Around the Corner, debating making these cookies, listening to the fire place roar and enjoying this clean meal I made for our dinner.

16624_524745540877836_755377724_nNot a typical Christmas dinner but we wanted to eat healthy tonight because the past two days we haven’t been exactly spot on clean and tomorrow we most definitely won’t be! Also mom had lots of baking to do so I decided to take the reigns and cook up some of my spicy turkey burgers with sweet potato fries.

Then I stumbled upon this Holiday Favourites Survey soooo here we go:

1. Favourite Holiday Cookie
My mom makes these things called Hello Dollies every year that are extremely dangerous. They have chocolate chips, graham cracker crumbs, coconut flakes, a bit of butter and chopped walnuts all baked together in a big dish. So they’re more like brownies but they’re AMAZING.

2. Favourite Holiday Song
Carol of the Bells- especially this version

So beautiful! Also check out Sufjan Steven’s Christmas Album. It’s all the classics but he completely transforms the songs to make them that much more beautiful.

3. Favourite Holiday Movie
My all time favourite would definitely be Elf


BUT….as of this year, I have a second favourite.

I had never seen this until this year! It’s absolutely brilliant and I’ll most likely be watching it year round.

4. Favourite Holiday Tradition
We have a tradition in our family where my grandpa reads Twas the Night Before Christmas. We puts words from the book in a hat and everybody pulls one out. When your word is read, you yell “ho ho ho” and then get an ornament that was bought specifically for you. My dad usually gets something that deals with fishing, my mom will get something to do with books or antiques and me and my sister get an ornament that reflects whatever stage we are in life! We actually haven’t done this in a few years but hopefully we will do it next year. Good times!
the-night-before-christmas_src_15. Favourite Holiday Breakfast
Monkey Bread! It’s like a cinnamon roll- biscuit- caramel- butter- concoction baked in a bundt pan. It’s been a tradition since we were little babies. Lately we’ve been making sausage and egg casserole which is also pretty great.

6. Favourite Holiday Meal
Stuffing. Always. My grandma made the BEST stuffing and fortunately my mom can replicate it perfectly.

7. Favourite Person to Shop For
Mmmm probably my mom and sister. My dad is always really tough to shop for.
image-288. Favourite Way to Open Presents
Out of a stocking!!

9. Favourite Kind of Ornaments
I prefer the classic glass balls over the handmade ones but they’re all special!

10. Favourite Christmas Quote
“I’m sorry for ruining your lives and cramming 11 cookies in the VCR”- Elf
“Guys, I’m eating junk and watching rubbish! You better come out and stop me!”- Home Alone

Your turn! I know Christmas is only a few hours away but it’s never too late to reminisce over good holiday traditions, even if it’s after the 25th! Do this survey and let me know your favourites!

So Merry Christmas everyone, hope yours is filled with food, family and great conversation. Don’t stress and enjoy every minute of it! If the holiday food gives you anxiety I beg you to read this article for a little perspective and then try to relax. Much love!

Blog Nomination

Yay, I got my first blogging nomination! I was nominated by fellow blogger RunningGirl, who also posts lots of great tips on weight loss, finding motivation and of course, running. Thank you so much for the Versatile Blogger Award!

The rules for accepting this award are:

  • Display the award certificate on your website.
  • Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers. 
  • Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.
  • Post 7 interesting facts about yourself

So here are my blogger nominations:


Here are my 7 interesting facts:
1. I love black jelly beans
2. My favourite author is Chuck Palahniuk
3. I only had 3 years of high school because I skipped my senior year and went to the University of Arkansas (later transferred to UT Austin)
4. If I could have any dog it would be an Italian Greyhound
5. I’ve always wanted to write a book
6. I usually can’t go to sleep unless I put on chapstick first
7. Favourite dessert combo is mint and chocolate

Probably not the most original facts but it’s all I could think of right now.
Anyways, 2 more days till Christmas and I have one last present to wrap. Bennett and I went out the other night, a grabbed a couple drinks with our friends. I’m usually a little iffy about having too many nights out drinking but hey, its the holidays and I’m having a good time. What’s your point of view on holidays and diet? Everybody is so different but I’ve made the conclusion that it’s good to enjoy good food and drinks in moderation.


We exchanged our Christmas presents before we went out. He’s so sweet- he bought me the most beautiful earrings made by a local Austin jeweler, Limbo Jewelry. He also bought me a Modest Mouse vinyl, some comfy American Apparel socks and….yes…the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. He knows I’m a huge nerd:) I got him a nice pen from Paradise Pens and a whiskey glass collection. Such a lovely Pre-Christmas exchange before we parted ways for the holidays. I’m now in Dallas, sitting in the kitchen, stuffed on chocolate protein pancakes (made with pea protein this time) and about to wrap those last few gifts. Merry Christmas everybody! What are you doing tomorrow night and Christmas Day?