Chocolate!!

You know those days when you want to just devour a King Size Snickers?!  Maybe a never-ending handful of M&Ms?!

Today was THAT day for me!  Thank goodness I try not to keep those temptations in our house because they would be long gone!

I decided to make these beauties instead!  They are a perfect little snack anytime, but especially when those sweets cravings are hitting hard!

Chalene Johnson’s Shakeology Balls

Click HERE for the recipe!

 

I’m also so thankful for my cute “helper”!

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Gratitude

bandlI’ve seen an article floating around in my newsfeed this week.  You can find it HERE.

You see a few years ago, I would have read that article and listened to every word.  I would have soaked it in and used it as reassurance that I’m not the only one struggling.  I would have fed into the excuses and told myself that now is just not the time to try to accomplish my goals and aim for my dreams.  The article says that I need to wait to be happy so that’s just what I’ll do.  I’m going to settle for what I have now.  I would feed into the stereotype.

Back then, I was a new stay-at-home mom who showed up to playdates with a hat and yoga pants.  Stay-at-home moms didn’t have time to put themselves together and ACTUALLY wear make-up, right?!?  Yoga pants are part of the stay-at-home mom uniform, right?!?  The thought never even crossed my mind that there was a man that came home from work every day who may have found some enjoyment in seeing his wife in normal clothes.  I never thought to look nice for him.  I fed into the stereotype.

I didn’t have goals for myself.  I lost sight of who I was because I was told that being a mom is hard.  I was told that this little 2 year old was going to rock my world and change my life forever.  I COULDN’T workout, have any hobbies or even sit and read a chapter of a book without interruption.

Yes, I could.  I just chose not to.  I fed into the stereotype.

Opinions of others is one of the reasons that we fail to achieve our goals.  We cling to other people’s opinions as if they are the truth.  We use them for justification as to why we can’t succeed. We come up with a well-planned lie (an excuse) as to why we can’t live a life that we want.  So because this article is telling me that I can’t get myself back until I’m 40 years old, I’m just going to sit back and settle in my comfort zone for another 6 years?!?! No….HELL no!

When we are in our comfort zone, we breed dissatisfaction.  We start complaining about EVERYTHING!  Our house becomes a mess, we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t do what we want…we become ungrateful and don’t see value in what we have.  We start telling ourselves that we “just don’t have the time” to do what we want to do because of the kids, the cleaning, the errands…..ugh, excuses.  This complaining and negativity is going to lead to much bigger problems….low self-esteem, marriage troubles, depression, and the list goes on.

How do we get out of this vicious cycle?  We need to have a vision for where we want our life to go and NO ONE is going to motivate us except for ourselves.  We have to stop relying on other people to fix our problems and change our attitude.  We have to set goals for ourselves and find something to call our own.  We do NOT have to wait to live a life that we love.  We CHOOSE joy!  You are ALLOWED to put yourself above your kids.  You are ALLOWED to lock yourself in your closet for 5 minutes just to have a moment of peace.  You are ALLOWED to be happy!

Last year, Jeff was getting ready to deploy.  How was I going to balance full-time work, 2 kids, a house, the grocery shopping, cooking, and EVERYTHING on my own?!  I made a decision to surround myself with positive and motivated people.  I could have surrounded myself with the negativity and the ones that struggle to live when their husband is away.  I chose to be happy and be around strong women despite the circumstances.

So how do we change our mindset away from this “it is what it is” mentality?

1) Start with gratitude.  Every night before you go to bed write down 5-10 things that you are grateful for.  Some days you may just be thankful for your pillow and that’s ok….write it down!

2) “A man without a vision will perish.” Create visions and write them down.  Where do you see yourself in the future?  Write down a vision for your family, career, finances, physical wellbeing… Keeping these at the front of your mind will drive your goals and your actions in your daily routine.

3) Make daily to-do lists.  Writing down your goals and crossing them off will give you a sense of satisfaction and motivate you to aim higher.  Even if you put away one load of laundry…that’s success for the day!

We have no idea if tomorrow is promised.  Don’t you dare let excuses get in the way of achieving your dreams today!  You CAN and WILL achieve greatness!  Embrace the craziness and find the positive in every situation!

 

Don’t Cry Over Spilled…..water

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This was my morning. I dropped the entire Keurig water container on the floor and water was everywhere!💦

I started reading a book yesterday called The Energy Bus (and I almost finished it in one day)! I think that so many of the principles in this book apply to every aspect of our life including fitness. The book is filled with 10 secrets for approaching life with a positive attitude and that leads to true accomplishment at work, at home and at school.

Rule #1- You’re the Driver of Your Bus
You control where you want your life to go. If you’re not the driver, you will always be subject to other people’s plans. Today there are so many people out there that don’t feel like they have control of their bus. No one can change your attitude, your energy or the direction of your bus except for you.
First, you have to decide what you want then start creating it. You can’t let the world create you; you create your world!

So back to the water container that I dropped on the floor this morning. I could have said “Ugh it’s going to be a terrible day.” or I could have let it ruin my attitude for the rest of the day. Instead I stopped, took a deep breath and got out my steam mop. I’ve been meaning to mop the kitchen floor so this was the perfect chance. Now I have a clean kitchen floor! 😀

Choose to look at the positives today. It’s your choice!

GIVEAWAY!

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Thank you ALL for the birthday wishes!!
As I reflect on another year, I can’t help but smile. It’s funny how you think back and just watch things unfold in front of you and you realize that things happen for a reason.
It was about a year ago that I had my results from my first round of the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I thought “WOW, this really works!”. It was at that moment when I realized that programs like it, challenge groups and coaching could be beneficial to other people and I just wanted to help.
I started coaching for the discount ONLY in May 2015. I did not think that I was worthy to coach or motivate anyone. Why would anyone care what I had to say? I wasn’t a fitness expert, I didn’t always eat healthy and I didn’t want to be a yucky sales person. I decided to dive into some of the team trainings for fun. Well, I soon realized that coaching would be the best thing to get through a deployment and the best thing to keep me on track and accountable. It’s so much more than the products.
I am on a team that does charity work/fundraisers for the poor, they run team calls that are motivating and inspiring, there is a focus on building relationships and strengthening marriages above all, they run spiritual groups and book clubs and it’s about helping people in all aspects of life, not just health and fitness. I am so grateful to be surrounded by such amazing people. When Jeff and I had a date night last week, he said that I’m a different person than I was a year ago. Our marriage is the strongest that it’s ever been even after a deployment. If I would not have been a part of my team, things may have been different. I only wish that I could have all of you on that team right along with me. My only regret is that I didn’t jump on board sooner.
I am so thankful that I pushed fears aside reached out to people, started challenge groups and embraced this journey!
Take risks and step outside of your comfort zone. Everything that you could ever dream of is on the other side of fear.
 
Now for the REALLY FUN part! Anyone that would like to jump into a new fitness program, try Shakeology or even join my team during the remainder of this month will be entered to win the latest workout through Beachbody….COUNTRY HEAT! This program will be released next month and I will have the chance to pick up a copy when I go to Summit in Nashville! I will also provide you with the best accountability group that you could have to remain on track and committed to results!
 
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Sweet tooth= satisfied

I’m on day 3 of the 21 Day Fix Extreme and I have to admit that it’s the hardest.  My body is still wanting some of the sugars that it’s been missing.  There are times when I just want to devour every salty and sweet snack in sight!

Well, I didn’t start this program just to quit!  I decided to take the healthier route and make a dessert that would not only solve my sweet tooth issue, but also provide some superfood goodness!  Easy and DELICIOUS!

Chocolate Shakeology Pie

Mix together the following ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of plain Greek Yogurt

1 scoops of Chocolate Shakeology

1/2 cup of all-natural peanut butter (I actually mixed up some PB2 ahead to get the amount I needed)

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 whole wheat graham pie crust

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Refrigerate for at least an hour or until firm.  Makes 8 servings.

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Sunday= FOOD PREP!

image2Sundays are definitely a day for rest, but since I’ve started eating healthy it has become prep day too!  I would much rather spend 2-3 hours in the kitchen on Sundays to save time the rest of the week.

I did things a little backwards today.  Usually, I’ll come up with a meal plan, shop, then prep.  To save money and trips to the store, I just prepped first with whatever we had in our pantry/refrigerator.  I have some go-to healthy recipes that we like to have for snacks and I used some leftovers that we already had.

Here are some of my top tips for meal prep…

1) Portion out bigger containers

Not only do you save time scooping out your portions later, but you have them to grab quickly on the go or to pack lunches the night before work/school.  You will also save money buying the bigger containers rather than single serve containers.

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2) Wash, cut up all veggies/fruit ahead

Again, such a time saver!  You are much more likely to grab those healthy snacks if they are already ready to go.  They also make great snacks for the kids!

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3.) Try to plan meals that have some of the same ingredients

Not only will this save you time, but it will also save you money!

So here is what happened today.  I decided to make Berry Quinoa Parfaits for mid-morning snacks this week.  It is quinoa, Greek yogurt, fresh berries and a tbsp of honey.  So easy and so delicious!

I made a few of these using whatever strawberries I had left in the refrigerator, but I ended up with extra quinoa.  Instead of eating it plain later on, I remembered that I had leftover grilled chicken and I could make Chicken Stuffed Peppers from the FIXATE cookbook.  I went ahead and boiled some peppers and prepped the stuffed peppers for tomorrow night’s dinner.  The remained grilled chicken leftovers went on top of salads that we will eat for lunches during the first part of this week.

I use my FIXATE cookbook almost daily.  Find out more about it HERE!

4.)  Make big portions

I am all about making huge portions of something to have leftovers for later.  I will sometimes quadruple pancake recipes so that I can freeze the rest to have throughout the week.  I also like to double up dinner so that I have leftovers for lunches the next day.  I do the same thing with homemade granola and egg cups.  Egg cups are perfect to have as great breakfasts on the run or a midmorning snack.  Here are some great recipes for them!

21 Day Fix Approved Egg Cups

I hope that these tips help you!  What are your favorite tips for meal prep?

But it’s SO expensive…

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The most common objection that I get as a coach is that the products are just “so expensive”!  Yup, I thought the SAME THING!  I started as a Shakeology customer about 2 years ago and ended up cancelling my home direct shipments because I just couldn’t justify the extra expense.  I loved the way that I felt while drinking it and it solved my problem with never making time for breakfast in the mornings before work.  I finally signed up as a “discount coach” because I loved the products and just wanted to save some cash.  Well, I’m here to tell you now that there is actually a way to have these products SAVE you money!

So let’s think about our lives for a second…

I know that all of us can trim the fat somewhere.  I know that I could!  Most of us have a gym membership that we don’t use as much as we should, eat out at a restaurant/order take out/eat fast food more than once a week, drive-thru Starbucks regularly, and give into those cravings that we know and love so much.  Now, I will be the first person to tell you…everything in moderation.  I’m all about enjoying a dinner out with friends or a nice cup of coffee, but there is always the element of want vs. need in finances.  Yes, it hurts sometimes to look at how we are spending!!

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So let’s do a monthly breakdown:

Gym membership- $60/month 

Starbucks- $40 (2 times a week)

Bought lunch out- $40 (Once a week)

Dinners out- $40 (Twice a month)

Pizza delivery for the family because of no dinner plan- $40 (Twice a month)

Monthly total= $220

So what just happened?  We found $220 out there that we could potentially trim from our budget each month.

So how does this help in my nutrition and fitness when I trimmed out the gym membership?!

I bought my first Challenge Pack for a one-time fee of $140 which included a full month of Shakeology, a workout program and a system that helped me control my portions and eat healthier.  When I had a meal plan, I didn’t need take out and drive-thrus.  When I had Shakeology, it helps me reduce my cravings, get all of my vitamins/minerals/antioxidants/amino acids.  I didn’t think about that sugar-filled Frappuccino from Starbucks because now I could make my own at home with cold coffee and Shakeology!

$220-$140= $80 to spare!

 

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Now here’s something even better!  If you continue getting Shakeology delivered and don’t want to continue the same workouts, you have Beachbody on Demand to choose from.  There are thousands of dollars worth of workouts at your fingertips to stream to your iPad/iPhone/computer.  It’s free for the first month then it’s $38.87/quarterly (12.95/month, $2.99/week).  I’m willing to bet that we can find $2.99 to spare in our week.

So with the $220 that we were able to trim, we can continue Shakeology ($140/month) and continue working out for $12.95/month.

$220-$140-$12.95= $67.05 to spare!

Want an even better deal?!  Sign up as a “discount coach”!

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It is hard to cut back in some areas, but it is so important to prioritize your health and well-being.  You are making changes now which could eliminate future health problems, more medications and doctor/hospital bills later on.  You can choose where your money goes!

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Positive mind

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I am currently reading a book called Push by Chalene Johnson. (Another reason that I love this Beachbody journey…I would have never heard of this book or had the desire to read it!) Although I’ve only made it into the 2nd chapter, it’s incredibly motivating. It is about goals, habits, your priorities and basically looking for your definition of success and happiness.

We all have things that we want to change in our life. We want to give up certain foods, lose weight, get healthier, workout more, save more money and the list goes on and on.

I’m sure that many of you have set New Year’s Resolutions that have gone sour by February.

Here is some food for thought….

Whether you believe that you’ll reach your goal and maintain a healthier lifestyle…or if you think that you’re wasting your time and you’ll never get where you want to be….either way, you’re right!
What you believe about yourself shapes your life! This thing hinges on your decision to try. Your mentality dictates your outcome.
“There must come a moment where you get over yourself and make a decision to do things differently….There’s no transformation, no life changing, no bangin’ body or better time management until you decide you are worth the effort.”- Chalene Johnson

Baby steps

Last week, I decided to write down 10 goals for the week. I’m reading a book right now by Chalene Johnson called Push. It’s about goal setting and priorities.
We have our hands on the steering wheel and we are in control of where we want to go. Sure, things happen that may throw us off track. If we have a map to guide us, we can find our way!
This is why setting goals AND writing them down is so important. Seeing them everyday gives you that motivation to get it done. Writing down your goals week after week will show you what your priorities are.
I was able to meet 6 of my 10 goals this week. Now I know what I want to work on (and continue to work on) this week!
They don’t have to be major life changing goals….baby steps. goals
Try making a list of 10 goals for the week with at least one of them being health related.
What is one of your goals for this week?