Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Day 3: Getting Organized for the 80 Day Obsession

I was watching an episode of 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee', and Jerry Seinfeld was talking to Michael Richards, and they were talking about the process of comedy, and how they got to their best moments.  And Jerry said something alone the lines of 'we're all trying to get to the same island, whether you swim, fly, surf, or skydive in, it doesn't matter.'

I agree with that on a lot of levels.

Sometimes, when we start a new health & fitness plan, we get a little nuts.

We think we've gotta have a certain app downloaded, we have to do it how 'that really fit person does it'.  And, I mean, you should probably follow some of their actions.

But getting organized?

That's all on you.  

I think it's good to establish what kind of person you are: 

Are you techy?


Are you pen and paper?

I'm pen and paper.

Getting a white board was a little high tech for me.  ;)

But here's a few tips regardless of the process you use to stay organized.

One: Decide to GET organized. This isn't going to just happen.  You can't just go to the grocery store and hope for the best.  You have to know what you're getting.  SOME of this will be trial and error as you go on, but get the foundation of what you'll need.

Two: Do the prep, don't procrastinate.  I can sheepishly raise my hand on this one.  I have procrastinated on so many things, and there are loads of books out there that will tell you why you're doing it.  But here's the thing.  When I prep ahead, when I read what I need to know, when I write down my measurements, take my 'before' pictures, get my challenge groups set up, I FEEL ready.  And more than that, I KNOW I will succeed.  Prep is a powerful tool, don't allow procrastination to take it away fron you.

Three: Keep it Simple.  I've got a binder and a white board.  Those two tools are with me now, and they'll be with me on day 80.  They are ALL I need to know where I'm at, and how I'm doing each day.  The binder provides information for me (my food lists, workout logs, and meal examples are in there), and the white board gives me accountability.  Decide what your tools will be, and stick with them.  If you find an app that you love that helps you track your progress, that's great!  Whatever your tool is, make sure it's something that you can easily check into daily.  That's the key.  

Tomorrow, I'm going to begin to dig into the meal plan of 80 Day Obsession, so stay tuned!  

Thanks for reading, friends!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Day 2 of 80 Day Obsession: Patience & Grace = Success

Today I want to talk about something that you may not see when other people chat about this program...or really any change made when it comes to health and fitness.

Patience & Grace.

As I start this program, I'm a stay at home mom, who runs an online business, and my husband is currently deployed.

I wash every dish.
Change every diaper.
Scoop up every dog poop pile.
Make every grocery run.
Wake up for every 2 am cry.
Pay every bill.

All of it.  All. of. it. Relies on me.

I don't say that proudly, I say it as my personal reality.

So, to take on an intense program like this will require two very important things.

Patience & Grace.

Don't misunderstand that to read 'Excuses & Pity'.

Those are different.

And here's how.

Patience & Grace tells me that if my son wakes up in the middle of the night, I do NOT need to get up at 5 am to start my timed nutrition, it'll be there waiting for me when he gets up for the day...I am the only one here running things, and I refuse to be sleep deprived (as much as any mom can say that, ha!).  

Patience & Grace says that my son might swipe some food off of my portioned out plate, so I may have to scoop a little more for myself.

Patience & Grace says that there may come a day that he has to join me for a workout if he wakes up earlier than normal...which isn't my preference, but we'll get through it, imperfectly and all.

THAT is what patience and grace looks like.

I extend even MORE patience and grace in the first week, as I fumble with bands, get used to timed nutrition, and eating new foods (hint: eat the same foods all week, keep it SIMPLE so you stick to it...get fancy the more comfortable you become with the meal plan...SUCCESS is most important, not cute pinterest pictures).

This is something I tell my challengers because we often want to do the opposite of patience and grace.  We want to be PERFECT because we're so excited about something new (and also a bit nervous!), but I promise you, if you keep the meals simple, just get down the rhythm, and realize that you are NOT quite a pro at every workout move but give them your best, you WILL get better.  Your confidence WILL grow, and as a result, you WILL succeed.

So as you look up your 1 millionth pinterest board, and as your grocery list grows, I challenge you to fight that urge, and keep things simple.  Extend patience and grace...even MORE if you have a demanding job, or in general, a busy life.  ;)

Thanks for reading, friends.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Day 1 of 80 Day Obsession: A 2 Step Overview

Here I am at Day 1 of a brand new program, all revved up and excited.  Why am I excited about a
meal plan that not only tells me WHAT to eat but WHEN to eat?  Why am I excited about doing workouts that are 60 minutes when I've been doing 30 minute workouts for a LONG time? 

The answer is simple.

It. Is. Time.

It is time for me to challenge myself in a way that I haven't in a long time.  I am in a season where I feel ready for something intense.  And I should say, something intense that I actually get to choose.  Right now, my husband is deployed, and although yes, we chose this life, I most certainly don't choose the times that he leaves, and this program should take me close to the time that he returns home.  What better motivation, right?!

So, each day, I intend on writing a blog post, telling you the ins and outs of this program.  I hope it can be used as a reference for questions and concerns, so if you are doing this program along with me, or you've recently started, by all means, ask a question, and I'll do my best to answer it!

So today, I want to give you a quick overview of what makes this program unique from others, so this'll be quick!

1. The Workouts:  The workouts are unique for this program for two main reasons.  One, is that each workout is different.  That's right, for 80 days when you push play, you will never push play on the same workout twice.  I find that very refreshing as someone who has been doing home workouts for nearly 5 years now, and quite often you find yourself going through a series of workouts over and over.  The other unique thing is that these workouts are intense.  Most are around 60 minutes, which is quite unusual when many workouts at home have been 30, 25, even 22!  The need being met was 'I don't have time', but this workout begs to ask the question, 'are you ready to step it up?'  I like that.

2. The Meal Plan:  At the end of 2016 I chose to do a cleanse called the Ultimate Reset, and one of the things that I liked about it was that I was told precisely what to eat, and when to eat it.  Sometimes, when I'm feeling like a rebel during a meal plan, I'll add food in, take some out...essentially, the meal plan can get a little lost.  There are times when I need things to be strict, and I'm perfectly fine with someone else deciding when I should eat, and this is one of those times!  You can choose what you eat (from an approved list of course), but I appreciate that we are told not only when to eat, but what type of food to eat at that time (in the morning it's a carb, protein and veggie!).  It feels simple, because I believe it is simple.

All in all, even though this is 'different', there's not one ounce of me that hesitates.  Beachbody programs have helped me lose 45 pounds post partum, and prior to having my son, I was in the best shape of my life by using P90X3.  They know what they're doing, and I believe I will yet again, be in my best shape after these 80 days are completed.

Trust the process.  The results have been proven over and over and over. 

We've got this! 


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Perfectionism: How It's Stopped Me & How It's Not Going to Anymore

Recently, I just finished a book by Jon Acuff, called Finish.

I read a lot of books that are often filled with personality tests, goal setting ideas, steps on becoming a good leader, nutrition, time management....and I love them.

But this one.

This one SPOKE to me.

I thought I was going to read another book about achieving my goals.

Which I was pretty jazzed about.

Instead....what I read, chapter after chapter, was a book about me.

About all my self-sabotage ways.

And all the bizarre mind games that I play with myself.

It was like....I don't know....other people have these thoughts too (who knew!)

But you know what ALL of them were connected to?


Ever since I was little, I wanted to be perfect.

I wanted to do things in the best way, I longed to take the hard road because it made me look gritty and respectable, and I have had a bizarre pride in sacrificing my goals and dreams because 'people need me'.

In his book, Jon Acuff talks about all of these thoughts, and so many others that I thought only I had.

Turns out, a lot of other people are being jerks in a 'humble' sort of way too.

And, it also turns out, none of us are doing anything about the goals that have been in our hearts and minds for years.

We just keep getting stuck in a weird loop of perfectionistic thoughts.

Don't get me wrong.

I've known for a while that I have perfectionism stuff going on.  I've known that I can be my own worst enemy when I want to finish anything.  But man, when every. single. chapter. is a conversation that you've had with yourself at some realize that all of it....all. of. it.  points to this issue of wanting and needing to be perfect.

To say that it's been something that's been a little mind blowing would be an understatement.

By the end of the book, I was crying.  Not like a sob....don't worry Jon! 

More like tears that what I was reading was true about me.
And that I had a lot of work to do.
But that I'm ready to do it.

So, I'm actually going through the workbook for the book, so I can put his suggestions of how to beat these thoughts into practice.

If you struggle with being perfect.

Or stuff like, desperately wanting to finish, but then you sit and watch 4 hours of Gilmore Girls.

That's the kind of stuff perfectionism doles out to us.

You wouldn't think so, right?

Perfectionism is tricky that way.

You would think that a perfectionist would be this super human who is wildly successful. 

And maybe some are.

But as one that has literally a million goals and ideas floating around in my brain at all times, and haven't had the guts to finish any of them because I want to 'make sure I have enough time to do them right'.  Then you might be my kinda perfectionist.

But here's the good thing about all of this.

You're not alone.

Hey, there was a book written about us, so there's enough of us that we need a book!

And, there's tools that can help us beat it.
And finish those goals that we've got.
And then ultimately, not live with regret, and help lots of people with those ideas that we have.

You can do this.  I can do this.

And now I'm going to post this blog entry without checking for mistakes.  Take that perfectionism!


Friday, October 20, 2017

Low Carb Peppermint Patty Fat Bombs

The hardest part about a low carb lifestyle is not having....


You know...carbs.

So, you figure out ways to 'cheat the system' a little, but you're really not.  You're kinda giving yourself more good things to eat.

Meet my friend, peppermint patty.

She's pretty awesome.

And SO easy to make.

So, here's what you need:


1 cup coconut oil
1 cup vegan chocolate shakeology
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

That's It!


1. Put the shakeology, coconut oil and peppermint extract in a sauce pan over medium heat.

2. Stir constantly until the ingredients become smooth and you can stir should take just a couple minutes!

3. Pour the mixture into a measuring cup with a 'pour' spout, it'll make the next step much easier.

4. Pour the mixture into a 12 cupcake baking tin evenly.  If you'd like to use liners you can, but I recently figured out that you don't need too.

5. Freeze for about 1 hour.

6. Take out by tipping the pan upside down.

7. Eat one...because they're delicious.

8. Put the rest in a ziploc bag for later.

So, I realize that a lot of fat bombs use cocoa powder and stevia....but for real, shakeology is so. much. better.  It is super foods that you can add to your meal plan, and makes the most of the carbs that you need in your day.

So, for my low carb counters, here is what you are getting when you eat one of these.

Bear in mind....that I did the math by dividing by 12, if you choose to use a mini cupcake pan then these numbers will change for you.

Carbs: 3.75 g
Fat: 19 g
Fiber: 1.25
Protein: 3 g

Nearly all of the fat comes from the coconut oil, and everything else comes from the Shakeology.  What I love about Shakeology is that it already has stevia in it, which eliminates the need to add anything else aside from the extract.

I hope you enjoy it, and if you would like to know more about Shakeology, I'm your girl!  Just shoot me an email, you can also find me on Facebook or Instagram.  Or, just comment below.  ;)

Thanks for reading, friends.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Coach Connection: A group that goes LIVE in New Orleans!

In a few days, I'm heading to THE biggest event for coaches.

It is IMPOSSIBLE to go and not feel inspired by the people around you, and the overall culture of this amazing company.

So it got me you want IN?

While I'm in New Orleans, I'm going to be hosting a group that will share what I do as a coach, while also sharing about all the fun stuff that will be going on.

That includes fun announcements, amazing transformations, fun ceremonies, ALL OF IT!

This will give you a GLIMPSE of what this coaching life is ALL about and WHY I am so in love with it.

If you've been curious about coaching, and you are NOT currently working with another coach, please fill out the coach application form Here.

Once I have that, I will e-mail you to ensure that you're added to the Facebook group, and it will give me a chance to chat with you as well!

Thanks for reading, friends.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Insanity Max 30 Graduate Results!

'I am leery and even weary of people who promise to take you up fast' T.D. Jakes

Right there with you, Mr. Jakes...and this year has proven to me that the journey is often more valuable than the destination.

I have SO MANY before and after pictures from this past year, but THESE are my most recent. The one on the left is my 'after' picture from my last program, and the one on the right was me, yesterday, so, 60 days apart from each other

What did MAX 30 do for me? Here's a few things:
 Fitting BACK into my pre-maternity clothes...and EVEN my 'fit' clothes (you know the ones!).
 Got me OUT of my weight plateau
 Not hiding my mid-section behind my son in pictures.
 Being confident in not ONLY in my body, but in my mind, and in my heart.

Could ALL of that have happened in a week? 30 days? 90 days? 6 months?
I don't know, that's not been my path.

In these 13 months I have had to exercise not only my body, but my patience, my thoughts towards myself, reassess my expectations...and I'll tell you, that was all MUCH harder than pushing play.

Here's what I DO KNOW:

When you TRUST the PROCESS, it WILL work for you.

And when you embrace it, you will learn SO MUCH as you head down the path.

Are you in the middle of your journey? Have you not yet started? Are you frustrated and feel like giving up?

I understand ALL of these things, because this has been ME, and I want to help you!

If you're ready, if you want to get STARTED, fill out the application Here.

Thanks for reading, friends.

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