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 thinking....do 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.



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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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Friday, July 7, 2017

PostPartum Journey: Taking My Health Back






When I received the picture on the right from our photographer, I couldn't help but look back at the picture on the left.
That was a picture that she also took for our son's 6 month pictures.
I even showed my husband and he said 'whoa! I didn't realize all the progress you've made!'
Gosh...I almost couldn't believe the difference.
I have so many of these 'before and afters' from this past year that even I sometimes get lost in the progress.
But that line between those two pictures...that's where the work lies. All the drive-thrus I reluctantly drove by, all the workouts I gave my all on, all the really great recipes I've tried and loved,
All. Of. It.
That white line also represents six months of being determined in my mind that I WOULD take my health back. That I was done with the phase of life where doctors tell me to be careful how much I can even walk, I was done with units upon units of hormones, I was done with recovering from surgery, I was done with all of it.
It was my time to REMEMBER that of all the things that I haven't had control over for the past 18 months...that's done. My health is my own. And I decide how this story unfolds.
You might be saying to yourself, 'Candice, chill, women lose weight all the time after having babies, you're not the only one to go through IVF, and you're certainly not the only who has had a baby.'
No, I'm not.
But that's why my story is worth being told...because I know the struggle of just munching on some tortilla chips because you're too tired to make a real meal, because you've had two hours of sleep in the past 24. I know the struggle of having my favorite pizza place on speed dial. And I DEFINITELY know the struggle of comforting myself with food in the midst of learning the responsibility of being a mom.
I also understand the struggle of comparison.
My weight has been slow to come off. While I saw other friends' who looked just as they did pre-baby about 8 weeks later. That thief of comparison would capture my thoughts and convince me that I could never be fit again, and even if I was, I CERTAINLY wouldn't look how I did before.
Lies. And worse than that, they were lies that I believed.
You see, this wasn't JUST about weight loss anymore, this was about false beliefs.
So I dove head first into finding ways to correct those lies.
And you know what, bit by bit, it's helping.
And wouldn't you know it, the MORE I believed in TRUTHS, the easier this weight loss thing became.
Gosh, I can't emphasize ENOUGH that what we THINK affects us so much physically.
This post is getting long, and I'm getting all rambly and emotional.
Please know that I want this for you.
The physical stuff, yes.
But the mental stuff....it's so essential!
KNOW that you are WORTH fighting for.
Maybe your story isn't post partum.
But I can tell you that you're thinking of it right now, and it's time to take it back.
Please comment below, or send me an email, and let's chat my friend! 
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

4 Years Later: Why I am STILL a BeachBody Coach





Why did I join Beachbody 4 years ago?
Because if I hadn't joined, I would have kept searching for that THING I was missing.
No, not money.
I can tell you with certainty that I had no idea how I was supposed to make money doing this. 
I joined because Beachbody was sharing a message that I not only could get behind, but one that I believed in.
Beachbody STILL shares that message:
Help people by giving each person THE BEST tools:
💥 A workout from world renown professional trainers
💥 A meal plan created by said professional trainers
💥 A superfood shake that is 100% plant based
💥 A strong community of support
I was totally on board with all that. And still am.
And in sharing that message, it has allowed me to do what I would be doing anyhow. Doing my best to feel healthy & fit.
You see, before Beachbody, I was looking, I was learning....I liked it, it was fun to me to try new recipes, live a healthier lifestyle...and still eat a cupcake here and there. 
So when my friend asked me to join, I joined without hesitation.
Because Beachbody FIT with who I am....and who I was striving to be...and still am!
I'm a lifer.
Because this healthy thing... isn't a fad.
It's a forever thing for me.
If you feel the same, ask me about what I do and how you can be involved. Either comment below or send me a message.
Decide. Commit. Succeed. 





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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Overcoming Fear & Discouragement: July 10th Bible Study & You're Invited!



Hey Friends!

So, I have actually been doing this bible study thing for 9 weeks, but I didn't want to post anything about it super publicly until I had my bearings on it, and I KNEW that I would stay consistent in it myself.

Lemme give you the back story:

About 5 years ago now, my husband joined the military, and was heading off to bootcamp.  We had been married for three years, but we both just had this nagging feeling that there was MORE that we could accomplish than where we were currently at.  And, to make a very long story short, my husband felt a very strong pull to join the military and fulfill a lifelong dream that he had.  And I was so excited for him, and 100% backed him up.

So when the time came for him to leave, the church I was currently attending had a bible study open up on James.  It was an Inductive Bible Study and I had no idea what that meant, but I knew that with him leaving I NEEDED to be involved in a community of women that was going to be uplifting, but also, something that could challenge me as well.

If you know anything about the book of James, you know that it is all about how to overcome trials, to find JOY in the tough parts of life, and to be STRONG in Christ.  Whew, how timely was that?

That bible study changed my life.

I knew that I wanted to help other women study the bible in this way, and it was always on my heart...but as each year passed, I joined other studies, but still felt this tug to start my own.  The only problem is that most of the women I knew had crazy schedules....because I also have a crazy schedule...and it's so hard to actually get together when you have young kiddos, jobs, military life, etc, etc., so I began hosting this group on Facebook.



We're not fancy.  I tell you what you need to get started, and each day, I go Live in the group to share what I learned from that day, and invite you to to do the same.  That's it.

But gosh, the growth that I personally have experienced has been immense!  And to see our group grow from 6 members to over 20 now, just lets me know that I am not the only one who seeks this kind of community.

So if you would like to join in, if you are longing for that community, while also seeking a way to study the bible that is easy to understand, but also challenges you to ask questions and seek truth, please send me an email, or make a comment, and I'll chat with you about the upcoming study on July 10th!

Thanks for reading, friends.


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Monday, July 3, 2017

Keto Friendly Shakeology Fat Bomb Recipe

Hi Friends!  So, if you follow me on Facebook, I just chatted for a bit about my recent discovery into the high fat, low carb world.  I won't go into it in this particular post as I know that you just wanna know how to make these amazing fat bombs, but to give you a BRIEF idea, since I started on this high fat, low carb diet I have:

Lost SEVEN pounds
Mood is WAY better.
Clarity & Focus are actually a thing.

I will definitely chat more about my decision to try this out in a later blog but for now, I wanted to share this amazing discovery.

A friend of mine shared her recipe with me, but I tweeked it a bit and left out the sweetener that she had added, so, without further adieu, the Shakeology Fat Bomb!

If you'd like her recipe, please go here.

Her is recipe is JUST like mine, I just took out the sweetener.

Time to make: 10 minutes 
Serves: 12

Nutrition Info: 

11 g Net Carbs
16 g carbs
32.5 g Fat
15.8 g Protein


So, here's what you need:

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Shakeology (I chose vegan chocolate, but you could also do this with the original chocolate!)

1 Cup of Coconut Oil

1 Cup of Peanut Butter (organic, creamy, and check the sugar on it!)

Directions:

1. In a saucepan combine all ingredients on medium heat.
2. Stir constantly until smooth, melted and well blended.
3. Place cupcake liners in a cupcake pan.
4. Pour the mixture evenly into the cupcake liners (I poured the mixture into a large measuring cup so it was easier to pour)
5. Place cupcake tin in your freezer
6. Wait about 30 minutes (I usually waited an hour just to be on the safe side!)
7.  Take each cup out of the cupcake liner.
8. Place in ziploc baggie
9. Eat & Enjoy!



A couple things!  I realize that there are a HIGH amount of carbs if you are on the low carb diet, so, one thing you can do is make them smaller and sort out the nutrition info for yourself.  I just happened to have full cupcake tins, but if you had a mini one that might work better if you want them smaller.

Also, my nutrition info is APPROXIMATE.  I just did the math and divided by 12, and I tried my best to pour evenly, but, some are slightly larger than others, so you may be getting a little more or less depending on how precise you are with your pouring!

I am excited to try some different variations with this!  I've head about peppermint patties, which is absolutely next on the list, ha!

So, hope this helps as you continue on your own health journey, and if you have suggestions of other recipes to try, I'd love to hear them!  Thanks for reading friends!




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Friday, May 26, 2017

Before & After: One Year Post Partum



I have NEVER shown that picture on the left.
That was me 8 weeks post partum.
I had JUST received the all-clear from my doctor that I could exercise. And believe it or not, I had ALREADY lost 20 pounds of fluid & swelling from my time at the hospital.
I snapped this picture because I wanted to show my TRUE beginning of my post partum journey.
The thought in my head when I took it?
'I have got a long way to go...but I'm going.'
I was actually pretty empowered that day. I have been fit before, and I was, and am determined to be fit again.
The picture on the RIGHT, is me, today. Here's what's gone on over the past year:
<3 I have graduated from FOUR Beachbody programs.
<3 I drink Shakeology daily.
<3 I was incredibly imperfect over the holidays, and had to gain some of my hard work BACK.
<3 I supported other women on their own health & fitness path
It's crazy that when you HELP others, it makes you help YOU more.
By encouraging other women, I realized that I couldn't eat the sleeve of Oreos.
I had to PRACTICE what I PREACH. And I continue to do that month after month.
June 5th I'm going to have an EXCLUSIVE challenge group that is committed to NOT ONLY health & fitness. But looking at our fears, and give them a huge slap across the face.
Health & Fitness is PARTLY about our physical bodies. But it is MOSTLY about our minds, and what we tell ourselves.
I have been on BOTH sides of that coin.
And I can tell you, the fearless side is kinda scary, but really fun....especially if you have friends right there with you.
Will you join us? Are you ready to say I am sick & tired of SAYING I'll do this, and now I'm GOING to do this.
Take it from the girl who it took a year to post her 8 weeks post partum pics....you can do this. And I will be RIGHT THERE with you. <3
If you are interested, please fill out this one page form --------->  Challenge Group Form

I will get back with you within 24 hours of receiving it so we can chat about what is going to work best for you!  Excited to get started!

Thanks for reading, friends.




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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Post Partum Moodiness: Depression? Anxiety? Being a New Mom? The Answer That I Discovered.



I'm just a couple weeks shy of one year post partum.

I'm putting together a pretty awesome party for my little guy...and of course, I'm reflecting.

It's kinda my thing.

So, I want to start and say that I was never diagnosed with Post Partum Anxiety or Depression.

I'm not sure if I should have or not, but, based on my experience, if I had pushed it, been more diligent in talking to my doctor I think it could have gone that route.

I don't currently practice, but I'm a counselor by trade, so, I have this knack for being able to see other people's issue, but struggle when looking at my own.  I'm typically pretty hard on myself, and I also seem to think that I can just handle it, I really don't need help.  Such an oxymoron, right?

If you haven't read my story, please feel free to read snippets of it Here.

So, in dealing with three rounds of IVF, a pregnancy that also included my husband going on a 6 month deployment, and then a pretty intense labor experience....after ALL of that...I was tired.

I don't think that's anything special about being tired after having a baby, ha...in fact it's pretty common.

But this was all a FIRST for me.

I had never experienced PAIN in that way.
I had never experienced true EXHAUSTION.
I had never experienced that another person was 100% relying on ME.


ONE of these things would have been a challenge....when you put them all on a plate...I was kind of a mess.

So, here's what happened to me in the first few weeks:

I cried...like everyday...all the time.  I remember looking at my son and crying...not because I didn't love him, but because I was so filled with worry and dread that I was going to do something wrong...and also because I loved him so much...it was a strange feeling, but I could not stop those tears from flowing no matter how hard I tried.

I was so tired...this really got me.  I was having a really hard time with my breast milk supply so every two hours, I was feeding Magnus, then pumping.  And the two hours starts at the TOP of this time, not when you're finished.  So, I had about a half hour(ish) to I don't know....go to the bathroom, get a quick nap, shower, or something that was a basic need.  And, I was doing all of this while recovering from a c-section.

If you're a mom, you know, this is nothing extraordinary or crazy that I was doing.  This is pretty normal.

But gosh, it was not normal to me at the time.  And I struggled.  And I felt like I was going a little bit nuts.

ALSO, although the crying thing doesn't happen to everyone, in chatting with many friends, I found that this was very common...you've got a LOT of hormones that are leaving your body, and they leave in a literal storm of emotion.  It's hard and weird because (atleast for me), I felt like I couldn't control the tears, so, I did find solace in speaking with my friends that were moms.  Also, my sister came to visit in the midst of when I would say it was at its worst, and she kept reassuring me, which was so nice and so needed.

But here's what happened....

By month 3, the worry and dread that I couldn't care for my son, subsided...by this I mean, I was still googling everything like a maniac, but I was confident in MY ability to meet his needs.

Also by by month 3 my sporadic crying had stopped.  I couldn't tell you why or when exactly but it did stop.  But I remember one day thinking, 'hey, I haven't cried in like, two days!  Go Me!'.

And EACH MONTH after month 3 the clouds began to part in my brain a little more.  And that's the best way that I can describe it.

I felt more capable.

I felt like I could think about other things that I cared a LOT about (relationships with friends, my business, the fact that I liked to read books, lol...it was like I remembered that I was still a person outside of being a mom).

I felt better physically. (I started going for walks, then I started up with my Beachbody programs, it felt so GOOD to move...I still couldn't go all out, but I was getting my strength back).

I started seeing a counselor.  I gotta tell you, that woman has empowered me.  I think it's so important to find someone that you connect with and encourages you, but also challenges you.  I am so thankful for her.  And even though I continue to feel better and better, I still see her about every two weeks, because she's a very important part of me taking care of myself.

I also started being more purposeful in doing activities that filled me up.  Some moms can be with their kiddos all the time, and that's amazing and awesome.  But my reality is one that it is often just me and him for weeks on end...and as we enter in another deployment, it will be months on end.  That is tiring to me.  We don't live near family, and my friends have their own kids that they need to care for.  So, I hired a sitter to come to my house about 8 hours a week.  And I am VERY purposeful with this time...in fact, that's how I'm writing this blog post right now.  I head to a coffee shop, and I take a book with me, I get some work done, if I have an appointment I need to get that time frame is when I try to book it...basically, it's a time for me to fill up, to focus in, and to breathe.  I realize that this is an expense, but I make sure that it's worked into our budget, because it's not just important, it's very necessary for me.

And, you know, I'm still learning....those clouds continue to still part.  I don't really anticipate that I'll be 'like I was before', because that's impossible in my opinion.  I'm a mom now, which changes so much, but I think it is rather large lesson in learning a new role, while also remembering your previous roles.  And when that happens, it's not going to be smooth, but it also doesn't mean that it's bad.  In fact, even in my most moodiest of days I would have shouted from the rooftops how happy I am that my son is here, and then rambled on about a million details, then showed you 357 pictures of him sleeping.

Momming.  The best, most challenging thing.

If you are new to this incredible tribe of women, and you find yourself in just a pit of worry, tears, and exhaustion....I hope that you have solace in reading this.  That you are NOT alone.




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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A DIALED IN meal plan: This ain't yo' mama's food pyramid.



I'm going on ONE year post partum in just two short weeks!

I also have an event coming up that I want to be in TIP TOP shape for in eight weeks.

So, there are some drastic things that need to happen NOW.

Some may look at me, and think 'you look great, why are you so worried?'

You've got it all wrong, my friend.

I'm not worried, I'm driven.

It's not that I think that where I'm at is bad, but I'm striving for better.

I am currently 15 pounds away from my pre-IVF weight, and 20 pounds from my ideal weight.  And, that ideal weight isn't from when I was in highschool, or something unrealistic...it's from 2 years ago.

Some people strive for different things...I think that when people strive for abs, or a cleaned up diet, or really, anything that has to do with their bodies or what they put in their bodies...you get some naysayers.  I have a few theories for why that is, but that's not what this post is about.

So, the first thing that I want to say about this meal plan, is that it's one that is temporary.

'Why would you do something that you can't always do?!'

Here's the thing...people do things in seasons all the time...and there are times that I think it's good to change up your food...try new stuff, see how your body is going to react to it.

It's often how people discover that they have sensitivities or food allergies.  Or how you find out if your body responds well to certain foods, and not as great with others.

Here's what I know so far about my body:

-I'm not intolerant to dairy, but a bowl of icecream, or definitely a milkshake is going to hurt my stomach.
-I do not have ups and downs in my energy or my mood when I don't have sugar.
-I feel my BEST when I cut out grains (or have very little...maybe oatmeal or toast in the morning)
-I will lose weight when I fill UP on lots of veggies, very few fruits, and lots of protein.
-(mentally) I do best when I have a PRECISE and simple meal plan to follow...not something that allows me to fill in the blanks.

Now, even though I know ALL OF THIS...it hasn't stopped me from having a Pepsi, celebrating my husband is home by having pizza, or eating some chocolate...okay, a lot of chocolate.

Old habits...whew..they die hard...and mine are still present at times.

But for these next 8 weeks, I intend on dialing it in.  After that, I absolutely intend on incorporating more fruit and grains...because I love bread, and strawberries taste like candy.  ;)

PREP:

Meal Prep Containers have been really helpful..you don't need them, but they have helped me organize.  If you'd like some, check out Amazon, there are a TON to choose from, and they are pretty inexpensive.  Here's a link to the ones I purchases, but again, look around to see if there's different ones that you'd prefer:

Meal Prep Containers

THE PLAN:

Everyday, this is what I'm eating:

3 servings of 6-8 oz. of protein
Unlimited Veggies (within a 1500 calorie bracket)
1 serving of fruit
2 servings of Shakeology

So, what does that look like in real life?  Here's how I've planned it so far this week:

Breakfast: 
3 eggs scramble w/ spinach & a red bell pepper w/ Frank's hot sauce

Snack:
Shakeology w/ 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 banana

Lunch:
Salad: 8 ozs. chicken, spinach, carrots & tomatoes w/ two tsp. balsamic vinaigrette

Dinner:
Chicken dinner: 8 ozs. chicken w/ steamed broccoli & zucchini w/ liquid aminos

Snack:
Shakeology w/ 2 tsp. peanut butter

NOTES

Now you can have pretty much any protein source you want...chicken just happened to be on sale this week, ha!  And, I personally find it easier to prep without cooking a bunch of different things...and I don't mind that my meals are pretty similar throughout the week.  But if you need more variety, just switch out different proteins & veggies.

I am NOT hungry....and I'm not just saying that.  I legit am not.  By the time I get to feeling hungry, it's time for another meal.

I am drinking a LOT of water...about 3-4 cups that are 25 ozs. each.  So, lots of running to the bathroom, but worth it!  I feel SO good!  Also, as an alternative, I do have sparkling water....because this is something that's trending, you can find them pretty inexpensively.  The more popular brands are LaCroix and Perrier...but I've been buying the Kroger brand these days.

This is BASICALLY the Countdown to Competition plan from the 21 Day Fix, but this plan was derived from a nutritionist that a friend of mine went to.

Normally, it's recommended to have just ONE Shakeology per day, but again, this is a SEASON, I've got some significant goals, and if for some reason I don't like the way I feel, I'll take it down to one.  But this is the easiest way to get a LOT of nutrients in one swoop...so I'm trying it out.

COST:

So, for 12 meals my groceries cost $62.47

This bought:

1 pound of ground turkey
3 pounds of chicken
2 1/2 gallons of almond milk
balsamic vinaigrette
dozen eggs
2 containers of grape tomatoes
4 bell peppers
4 onions
12 pack of seltzer water
2 garlic cloves
2 bunches of bananas
1 container of spinach
1 package of baby carrots

About 90% of these groceries were organic, including the meat!  This week was slightly unique because of the great deal on the chicken, that helped a TON.  But aside from that, a couple of things were $1 off, so, you may spend slightly more than I did...and I will probably spend slightly more at my next grocery visit.

Also, Shakeology is a cost as well, and for a 30 day supply (1 scoop per day) it's $130.  I have quite a bit of here at our house because we're stocking up for a big trip.  So again, if you decide to do one scoop per day, I personally, think that's fine, but just be sure you are eating another meal of protein and veggies.

I'm on day two of this meal plan, and I truly am loving it.  I feel really good, Shakeology is curbing my sweet cravings, and my stomach already feels a lot less bloated.

I hope that this helps if you are on a road of trying to dial in a few things and cleaning up your diet.  I don't believe that ANY meal plan is the end all, be all.  I personally like to change it up, I like to have treats, but ultimately, it's going to take clean eating and doing some measure of keeping track of what you're doing if you want to see and feel changes.

Thanks for reading, friends!





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