Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Calling All Gym Rats!

Yes you over there! Reading my daily at home workout posts on facebook thinking, yuck I'm never working out at home, I love my gym routine.

Congrats! I'm totally jealous. I love the idea of the gym but I'm really so self conscious when I'm there. Am I alone in the??

So today is not about the workouts. Today is about how to make what is working for your routine even better!

Getting to the gym whatever time of day, not matter your lifestyle is all about Scheduling, right?

I've been there. I 've been a single woman, making time in a busy work/social schedule, then I was a young married/working mom and hitting the gym was like date night for my husband and I in our early years of marriage.

We loved our gym routine! However meals, and planning and energy where always on my mind. If you go early in the morning before work you want to eat after, but what do you have time for ?
If you work from home at hit at lunch time you have lost your lunch break. Then you have the evening routine, and I don't know about you but filling my belly in the evening after a workout just never worked for me, and my crazy stomach!

This is where Shakeology comes in for me! Grab a packet, water and shaker cup, shake it and go! The nights that I coach gymnastics this is my go to dinner! It keeps me full and I know I am getting all the nutrition I need for the day. Plus my cravings for sweets has really diminished!

Then you have the energy issue, some days we just drag right? But you really want to kill it in the gym today!

Thats where E&E Beachbody's Energy and Endurance formula comes in !

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"Fuel up your workouts for faster results!
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Thinking one of these 2 might help you reach the level you want in your gym workouts?
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Monday, September 29, 2014

The Story behind the story... Part 1

Nearly 3 years ago a good friend called me up and said "hey I'm doing Insanity, do you want to do it with me?" and thats where my Beachbody Journey began.

But not my health and fitness journey.
That story has been  more then 20yrs in the making.

Picture this, an awkward teenager feeling like an ugly duckling. A goofy school dress code when I had yet to discover my own sense of style, not skinny but not fat, lets go with chunky. In place where skinny blondes, movie stars and beach beauties in my teenage mind seemed to rule the world.  I had a tough time building relationships with people (again in my mind ) and I related all of these feelings to the shape of my body at the time.

Part of my family genetics, is pasta, I mean Italian. So starving myself really wasn't an option, that would be noticed, but bulimia, well no one would notice or care about that, or so I thought. Eventually a teacher and friend helped me get the help I needed. I started the road to recovery.....

.....Never realizing it would be something I would struggle with well pretty much always. The road to healing for me was to learn to cook, and choose a way of eating that made me feel better about myself and more in control. So I became a vegetarian, and my loving parents (especially my Dad maybe the true creator of the baconator) Ate many a stuffed  acorn squash or veggie pancakes.

I followed in my fathers footsteps and starting running and bike riding, and took my first group fitness classes at our church in the form of step aerobics! Some days were better then others, but it was the true beginning for me of learning and knowing the power of what we put into our body has over our mind, body and spirit.

This was just the beginning though, and how I didn't realize that my college plan at this point should have been in the form of Nutrition, exercise or social work, I'm not sure, but I'm so happy to have found that road now.

If you know someone struggling, help them, ask questions, don't look the other way and assume the don't want help. Be the help!

~ B

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pumpkin, Pumpkin Everywhere...

This may shock you.... I am not a huge pumpkin fan. Yep I said it, I know its #PSL time of year and everyone was so excited about it being released early, but me not so much.  The boys in my house (this includes my husband and son- the end- they are seriously out numbered by girls, even all the pets are girls!) they love pumpkin pie for Turkey Day, but thats about the extent of our pumpkin love outside of carving and the local pumpkin patch trip every year.

My younger two however have become obsessed with baking, and cooking. On a recent trip to my favorite bulk item store, Sofie kept asking for muffins, muffins, please can we have muffins, so I thought ok lets go home and make some! It is something I love to do (just ask my mother and grandmother how many messes I made in their kitchens as a kid/teenager/adult lol, but on our journey to become a healthier family, with clean eating, I have really struggled in the baking category. So I really just haven't done it much. Dinners, breakfast & lunch, I can whip up a healthy meal that everyone loves (well mostly) pretty fast. Most of my baking attempts have been a pretty epic fail!

Until now!

Mini pumpkin muffins - 3.5 dozen gone in 3 days! The best part is it was a quick easy recipe, we whipped these up while working on homework.

I recommend the mini muffin pans, purely for portion control, although you may have to chase down your children who have grabbed handfuls of them directly out of the baking pans while they were cooling!

Hope you enjoy!

~ B

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Funday Announcements!

Too much fun to talk about all at once! Its a farm market full of wonderful, fresh things this time of year and Beachbody has decided to celebrate fall with a new and exciting announcements!

One of the things that continues to draw me in and keep me believing in this company is the passion and belief from the top down. They continue to make products to help people, we were all saying time was an issue and the they brought us  workouts, that well work and leave us much needed time in our busy days!

So much my crazy brain doesn't even know where to start. This week the man I that saved my self esteem with the original P90x and got me to my 35lb weight loss, well he has a 30 minute program in a new P90!

Most people - especially woman say to me - You really did that? Yep I really did, and I did every workout, for 90 days. And well they are long, really long.
But not the NEW P90 the workouts are from 25-45minutes! Tony Horton and P90x are they only workouts that have ever given me abs that I was excited about! My goal this year is to be at coach summit in Nashville and Thank him!  I cannot wait to see what I can do with this program. Its available in 2 days and only through a Beachbody coach!  The man himself had this to say about his new program..... I can't imagine not being successful when there is passion behind it!

 "is the result of everything i've learned in 20 years.  here's the key . . . in as little as 25 minutes a day, p90 will help you completely change your body—not by working you harder—but by keeping it simple. simple cardio. simple resistance training. a simple approach to portion control. i won't say these new workouts are easy . . . but they're a whole lot easier to get done now. and that's how p90 will help you finally get the body you want."tony horton creator of p90x®, p90x2®, and p90x3® 

Excited about P90? Well wait there is more, eek!  My brain hurts! Shaun T - Who doesn't love this man? and hate him all at the same time, I mean really. Even my 3yr old has yelled at him while we are working out.  "stop saying that " she tells him!  He is an awesome motivator and the way he speaks at beachbody events he really has a heart for people!
Where are all the crazy Insanity people ? Did you not think that Insanity was insane enough? Oh you didn't well great ! They heard you and just in time for Christmas Insanity Max will be here for all you crazies! But guess what its only 30 minute workouts! I'm pretty sure you will have to peel me off of the floor!

 Tomorrow starts week 3 of the 21 day fix for me. I have seen such amazing results on this program already I can't wait to see what happens in the final week. And now even more I'm excited for my valentines day present, yep you read that right, valentines day. Amazing, Awesome Autumn will be back with 21 day fix extreme! and it will be complete with a nutrition guide to biking competition. This will not be available until Feb 2015 so if you haven't tried 21 day fix this is great week to order it so you are ready for the extreme version next year!

This one looks a little intimidating to me, honestly, but I have until February to get ready for it right? Are you interested in a new program but do not know where to start? Thats where I come in ! email me, friend me on Facebook, send me a message and we can figure out where you need to start!

We are all different, what is good starting point for me, may not be the same place to start for you, but the key is starting, and then to keep going, with support, friends, and whole new way of approaching your life. It may not be easy but you just need to take the first step.

Is today that day?

Enjoy your Sunday, I hope its a beautiful one ~

~ B

Sunday, September 14, 2014

21 Day Fix Week 1

As promised I'm keeping you up to date with my actual attempt at the 21 day fix.

Who knew 30 minutes a day could leave you feel sore, sculpted and stronger! Dirty 30 is my favorite by far!

My meal plan has been pretty boring this week, everyone has been a little under the weather, so its been a pretty basic, boring week of cooking, soups,  salads, roasted veggies, and grilled chicken but I am definitely keeping tabs on my portions and these little color coded containers are my best friend!

However -

I did have a weekend fail - but it was fun.

We were able to spend time with a few friends we haven't seen for quite awhile ( why is it so hard to make time for friends these days?) and well I followed all my suggestions. Pre - eat, drink water, etc, etc.
Yes cheat meals are allowed as you change your lifestyle, heck even encouraged, but I have been playing around with these last few lbs for a while and I really just want them gone. So I told myself I was on lock down nutrition is key and I was just going to stick to the program. You are  allowed wine and chocolate on 21 day fix so really how hard could it be?

Well. Confession, I caved. I just had to taste a little of some of the yummy things that were right in front of me.  Oatmeal raisin cookie dip???  I am keeping my fingers crossed that it was a healthy option, I eventually had to move myself away from it but wow it was yummy!
Now don't get me wrong, I didn't binge, I did eat smaller portions, but when I have been carefully watching my intake of sodium, carbs etc and really watching my portions it was a little much.

So today I made sure my water intake was where it should be! really watched my fix portions and I will be right back on track!  I"m not going to let one fun night with friends derail me from my goals!

Do you need a little support to get you back on track? Portion control an issue for you?

Join my on September 22nd for my next challenge group! We can do this together!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What do you already have?

Its Wednesday, we need a little mid week motivation right now right?

School is in full swing, routines are here, and along with all of our jobs between home and work, we have goals for ourselves.  Maybe you have started on your journey and you just do not feel equipped to handle what you are working for?  Maybe you are looking to start but just do not know where to begin.

Just look a little deeper. Its there, you may not have all the tools you need to accomplish that one thing you are reaching for, but you have at the least the ability to start. Day 1. Get going, along the way you will learn what you need to finish, or maybe you will acquire the skills through hard work and determination. Either you already have enough to begin!

Do you have a goal you want to accomplish? Is it really a goal or still in the dream stage?

I am looking for 3-5 motivated people to turn their dreams into goals!  Starting September 22nd.

Message me for Details!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Simple Changes can bring success

Sometimes its as simple as saying to yourself "Right  now I'm going to start!"

Don't wait for a Monday, what is it with Monday's anyway? We either make Monday this magical mystical day where every new change is going to begin and we will have all the power to do everything we have ever wanted to do, or......... We loathe Monday like a baby trying green peas for the first time, making a face spitting it out and flailing our arms about like we can make it go away.

Yes I'm writing this on a Monday, but you change any day that you choose. If you are reading this on a Wednesday and you say "Monday I will start eating healthy.", or "Monday I will start reading personal development", you have lost so many days already that by the time you reach that next magical Monday you could have already reaped the rewards of starting when the thought first entered your mind.

As parents when we ask our children to change a behavior, we never tell them to change next Monday, do we? I know everyone has different parenting styles, but I've never heard anyone say to their kids, "susy please stop poking your sister, but don't stop until Monday". How crazy would that be????

If you are considering starting in my next challenge group but are on the fence, make a change today pick one thing and change it for the next 7 days and see how you feel. You will be amazed!

Just like the message I received over the weekend -

How much did she lose you ask? Keep reading.... 
The best part about this is not that she lost weight, that part is absolutely amazing - the exciting part is that she has the tools already in the pre-season week prior to us actually starting the full program. She began to implement eating clean, being active minutes a day, Making better choices, and guess what in 7 days..... 7.5 lbs gone forever!  That was in the pre-season week. Today we actually started the full challenge workouts and portion control. She is on Fire and I cannot wait to see what the next 21 days brings! 

If you have not yet joined a challenge group, don't wait until the day you decide to chose one. Start today. Make a choice today to something better then you did yesterday. 
If you would like information on my next group starting on September 22nd send me an email we can chat about what would work for you! 

~ B