Pumpkin Oat Bars (with chocolate chips of course!)

October is my favorite month of the year.  Why?  Because it’s “Pumpkin Boot Camp Season!”  Yes, I did say boot camp.  While I love pumpkin, I love our Pumpkin Boot Camp even more.  It’s a fall, Halloween tradition!

And it’s just a ridiculously fun way to raise money for awesome charities, get a great workout in, and have a ton of fun doing all of it.  (By the way, it’s not to late to register, just go to and come join us!)

Pumpkin Boot Camp

The other thing too is that we usually get invited to make fools out of ourselves on TV (I say “we” but I really mean I, MYSELF, ME and OTHERS I BEG TO COME WITH ME).  It’s really a jolly good time!

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Anyway, along with the crazy pumpkin tossing and media appearances, I do like to bake with pumpkins – not just work out with them.  Here’s my latest fav….

Pumpkin Oat Bars with Chocolate Chips (Gluten Free)

You can leave out the chocolate chips – but why the heck would you want to do that?

  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 1/4 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 3/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips (I LOVE Hershey’s dark chocolate morsels)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix well.  (Did you see that it’s only ONE bowl?  I’m all about minimizing dishes!)
  3. Grease an 8 x 8 pan with coconut oil or non-stick spray.  Press into the pan and bake for about 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Enjoy!  This are SO great with a cup of coffee or tea!

Let me know what you think, okay?  I’d love to hear how you like them! Mmmmmmm…….

pumpkin oat bars

Committed to your success,

Priscilla Freed

Top Tricks to Make Fitness Fun

I’m in full “Pumpkin Boot Camp” mode over here so I thought that today’s blog could be about how to make fitness fun.  :)

I just had a conversation with a gal who told me she doesn’t like to exercise because:

  • Going to the gym is boring
  • I don’t know the right exercises to do – or proper form
  • I want to lift weights but don’t like being around all the men lifting weights

While those may sound like excuses (and often they are), I actually consider them valid reasons for not wanting to exercise.

Mainly, if fitness isn’t FUN it’s hard to sustain it long-term.

I mean, how could you actually look forward to grueling workouts, with people you don’t know, in a place you feel uncomfortable, doing exercises you have no clue about???

(Maybe that was a run-on sentence ending with a proposition but you get what I mean! ;)

If you find yourself in this situation, here are some things you can do:

1.  Stop doing something you dislike! 

What’s the point of being miserable when exercising?  How long do you actually think you can sustain that routine?  Instead, find something you actually WANT to do!

2. Get an accountability partner.

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, that two are better than one.  When it comes to reaching your fitness goals, being “an island” is definitely NOT in your best interest!

Ask a friend or your spouse to join you in your healthy efforts – and enjoy the camaraderie as you get fit together!  And you can add some laughs by wearing silly stuff (check out what Jo wore yesterday!)


What about you?

I’d love to hear what you plan to do to keep fitness fun – especially as the weather gets colder and the holidays make it easy to overindulge.

Please share your top ideas below!  You’ll be an inspiration – helping others to stay on track!


If you’re in the area, be sure to come join us on October 25th for our 8th Annual “Yippee Hippee” Pumpkin Boot Camp!  Talk about making fitness FUN!

Here’s what’s going on:

9 – 10 AM Pumpkin Workout

10 AM All-ages Trick or Treat!

10:30 AM Costume Contest (Wear your best Hippie outfit!)

There will be food, prizes galores, and tons of laughs!  You can register at or click this cute little picture below.  :)

Hope to see you there!

Committed to your success,

Priscilla Freed

Combat Stress and Eliminate Unwanted Fat

It’s not just your problem – it’s MY problem!

I have a confession to make.  I’m overly busy.  And my multi-tasking makes me burn things in the kitchen.  I’m most notorious for burning this…. which REALLY sucked.


Plus I’ve gotten about 1 speeding ticket per year since moving to Colorado – TEN years ago.  Yeah, you can imagine what I pay for auto insurance.

Anyway, I’ve always known I have a problem.  In fact,  I’ve wanted to teach classes on stress reduction for a long time – but never felt “worthy”, I’ve felt like a hypocrite!

But, all that being said, this info I’m about to share is CRITICAL.  Critical for having peace in your life.  Critical for increasing your energy.  And critical for eliminating unwanted FAT!

Seriously… reducing stress actually reduces body fat!  So, check this out.  And remember, I’m on this journey with you, so don’t judge me.  ;)

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