Thursday, August 25, 2016

Yes We Can!

A few of the things I am enjoying right now, but certainly not a sales video -- I just want to share and if it inspires you -- let me know and I'll help you get started or find the things that I use.


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pilates is from the Devil

When I started 21 Day Fix on August 1st -- I would have told you that I expected for Pilates to be one of the easier workouts in the program. Boy, was I WRONG! It's not a lot of cardio so you're not getting your heart rate up quite like you are with the other workouts... but you sure feel the BURN! It is physically demanding in ways that I never even expected to be thinking about.
In addition, I want to give Autumn a friendly slap every time I hear her say the words "Bonus Round" -- I mean really. Just own that extra and put it in there with the rest of it. If I'm going to be doing 5 rounds -- that's cool, it's still only a 30 minute workout... but lets just be honest upfront and say "5 Rounds with however many exercises in each round" -- then I don't get into a "stabby" emotional place. 

It's all good though, I'm proud that I've kept up for the most part... and as she says each time I do a little more than I did the first time, and I call it a WIN. The fact that I've worked out now for 12 days straight and haven't quit... it's HUGE for me. 

I'm always ALL or NOTHING with my approach to fitness/lifestyle in the past -- NOT this time! So the fact that I haven't worn myself completely out or given up totally is a major accomplishment in itself. I'm focused right now solely on my workouts, and making better food choices -- next time around I'll hit the food choices harder -- in that I'm trying to work most of the processed foods out of our house without throwing a ton away upfront and losing a lot of money. 

Anyone else out there done that? I mean every time I try to start something new, I go all out and throw away half of my pantry -- only to make it a few weeks and then bring back in those forbidden foods. I'm done with that -- I'm being more realistic and taking note of all that I'm eating to make choices based on my calorie allotment for the day. For now, I'm planning meals and things based on what we have -- but soon I will be moving to whole foods and trying to make most of those things on my own or what I can't make -- getting the best product that I can afford for our family. 
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Sometimes the thing that you need in life is a big scary change. A push in a direction that you didn't really think that you needed to go. I got that nudge in the last month, and when I say that it might have been the best thing to happen to me in a LONG time -- it might be an understatement.

You see, up until about 3 weeks ago -- my life was stagnant. We were existing and making our plans for the new school year that was coming, but I couldn't say that I was happy or even really content for that matter.

I really feel like God gave me a big nudge in a direction I wasn't even expecting to go. God closed a door, but he opened a flood gate of really great stuff at the same time! A very dear friend's, Suzanne, life changed, and she started the wave of what was to come... without even talking about it or planning for it -- she started me on a path that I will forever be grateful for.

She woke up on August 1st and decided that she was going to change her life by starting to get healthier. So, in a way that is totally unlike me -- I joined in her journey. We both started doing the 21 Day Fix workouts. Now since I hadn't planned on this -- I didn't really have a plan for eating exactly, but we both started tracking everything on My Fitness Pal and stuck within our calorie allotments for the day. I made the best choices I could based on what we had at the house -- I normally go through the pantry and fridge and throw a ton of food away and start over spending a TON of money on specialty products. This time I just jumped on a moving train and let the rest of it figure itself out.

 It's now been almost the entire 1st cycle around of 21 Day Fix, and we haven't quit. In many attempts before -- I would have quit, but I haven't. Partially because I know that she is going to do her workout, and I don't want to let her down. Also because I want to model for my kids what healthier living looks like. James does almost all of the workouts with me, even if he is mostly just jumping around. Tyler, I'm still working on encouraging him along -- and now that I've got more energy and hopefully in the not too far future, it'll cool down again and we can take their bikes out and hit the roads walking/riding for some exercise.

In the process of all of this, I also met the most amazing lady -- now my coach, Juliana -- who is the most inspiring lady I've known in a long time. She is always there pushing herself to be better and to grow personally. I hope that one day the three of us will be able to look back on August 1, 2016 as the anniversary of an amazing friendship/partnership.

In the process, I've gained so much. I'm now watching my kids benefit from my life changes -- we are doing much better with getting our school work done, we are now working out for an hour a day rather than 30 minutes, and I feel great. So great in fact, I've become a coach as well.

The reason I decided to go ahead and become a coach now is that I'm not sure that there is a better time to put yourself out there. Am I a perfect product of Beachbody right now, no... but I'm putting in the work. I've got a LONG way to go, but at the same time -- I'm in the trenches with anyone that joins and chooses me as their coach. I'm learning, growing, and getting better everyday -- just like they will be. I love people, and dearly love encouraging them to reach for their dreams -- plus knowing that they are counting on me, is an extra motivator to keep me in the game. I see it as a win/win for all of us... me in that I will keep going, and others because I will encourage them to put whatever missteps they might have aside and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

I know truly, in my heart that my life has forever changed. If I can do this at my current weight -- I know ANYONE can do it -- and I'd love to be the one to help you start your journey. One thing that we hear on 21 Day Fix a lot is: Take it one day at a time, and one pound at a time. That is the absolute truth -- take it step by step.

If you're interested in taking that first step with me -- email me -- and we will talk through it and figure out what would be the best fit for you.
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Menu Monday - Trim Healthy Mama 2

Last week was our first full week trying to navigate doing all of our meals on the THM plan, and we had some really big wins. We loved several of the new recipes we tried, and feel really confident that we can make this plan work for us.

I did go through a little bit of detox being off of sugar and Splenda this last week, but I'm over the hump and moving on to greener pastures. It's hard to tell if that's the case because I also was dealing with some sinus issues and possibly some weather related headaches too -- so who knows, but all I know is that this morning I woke up and have been running all day.

I got up and immediately made breakfast -- Chocolate Waffles with Strawberries -- which meant that I ground some oatmeal into flour and used the waffle iron! Yay, ME! I put some mini chocolate chips and sliced strawberries on the boys' waffles, but for John and I - we just used the sliced strawberries and a 1/2 TBS of butter.

Tyler has fallen in love with some of these new foods -- which is amazing -- we are hoping to inch him onto the plan as well in a bit of a modified version. He LOVES the Strawberry Cheesecake Shake -- as you can tell -- since it is an afternoon snack everyday. I try to time it to be around his dinner time -- because they eat much earlier than Mom & Dad do. So we include it as a part of his dinner.

Have a great week and let me know if you're doing the THM plan too! I'd love to hear your favorite meal ideas!
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

International Boys

We've taken to liking some unconventional cartoons in our house -- thanks to YouTube! I'm not even sure how these two stumbled on these cartoons from other countries, but I know that they will watch them in English or any other language that they find... they just don't care. It's amazing. I think it would make me crazy to not know what they are saying.

Masha and the Bear was the first one that Tyler found, and loved it... and it was completely in Russian. I don't think to this date, we've found an episode of this one that has been translated to English.

Next up, we added in Ben & Holly as well as Peppa Pig - which is in English - but is more formal than what we have here in the US. So the boys started saying "quite" a bunch, and instead of vacation they would say "holiday." They also changed Santa's name to "Father Christmas" for a year or two. These boys crack me up!

Somewhere along the way they picked up Tayo the Little Bus from Korea, and literally for months that was all they would watch. It was cute, and had a lot of English episodes -- so they learned a bit by watching it about problem solving and being a good citizen & friend. Doesn't hurt that they are little buses and all sorts of other vehicles -- so it's perfect for a boy. They've also got an app or two that the boys were able to put on their iPads and enjoy.

Finally, we've added Pororo (which they say "Pododo") and they enjoy these cartoons so much too - I'd say it's our newest and most recent Korean cartoon love. These sometimes have some questionable content, but if you don't mind potty humor -- hello, we have two boys -- it's not that bad. Some of them are really cute and endearing. 

The most recent thing they've gotten is the Pororo Penquin Run app -- and I'm telling you these kids are hooked... well, lets be real - the 42 year old kid in the house is hooked too. It's their first real taste of a video game, and they love it. Thankfully, the game works on hearts that you earn over time... so they can play 6 times and then they have to wait about and hour or so before the hearts are fully restored again. So that does help with learning how to be patient. Although, John plays every night after they go to bed -- racks up about 30,000 or so coins, and within about an hour of them waking up -- they burn through all of the coins! It's a vicious cycle that plays out daily.

I'd like to think that these cartoons from all over the World gives the boys a bit of a worldview in learning different cultures, but really I'd just be happy if they learned some good citizenship skills from watching these.
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