Sunday, March 22, 2015


Two years ago I made a decision to make a CHANGE! I was not happy in my own skin and was really struggling to find the motivation and accountability to do what I knew I needed to do to get my health and fitness back on track.

I had an eight month old baby boy and used every excuse to spend my spare time on the couch watching TV. This also meant eating junk all the time. My lunches usually consisted of: hot dogs, cheese, doritos, Chef Boy R Dee (yep even as a 30 year old!!!), more cheese, and maybe some reeces cups. WOW! Talk about the eating habits of a CHILD. That was me though! I thought it would be too hard to make a change and kept putting it off.

One day I decided that I had to change my habits, not just for me, but for my husband and little boy. If I expected my family to be and eat healthy, then I had to lead by example! I wanted to be the reason my family developed life long healthy habits, NOT the excuse they have in 20 years when they're addicted to junk food and have this huge hurdle to overcome.

Thank goodness I discovered the support and accountability of challenge groups. I knew I was not going to go to the gym because I didn't want to take the time away from my family, so I was happy to find that I could get some amazing results by working out at home. Plus, I replaced those terrible lunch choices with my healthiest meal of the day in shakeology!

I had my doubts, but I will tell you, the ONLY thing that kept me going, focused and determined was knowing that I had a group to support me and keep me accountable. When I didn't want to workout, I did it anyway because I didn't want to check in and say I slacked off.

Before finding the support and accountability group that worked for me, I used having a baby as an EXCUSE to be lazy, to slack off on taking care of ME and just get a little lost, losing my purpose and sense of self. I made the choice to be the positive influence I knew I could be for my little boy and make a change.

Now, I have 2 precious little ones, and I could easily say I don't have the time or energy to invest in myself, but I have learned that I cannot be the mom I want to be and that they deserve without first taking care of myself. If you have been making the excuse that you don't have time because you have to raise your kids, I encourage you to look at it from another angle and make them your REASON instead of your EXCUSE. You'll be amazed at how quickly your kids will follow your lead and start picking up on your new healthy habits! Just 30 minutes a day and a PLAN can make ALL the difference!

June is already practicing her superman pose to get her core tight
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Best shoes for high intensity workouts

I often get asked about the best shoes to wear for high intensity workouts.

In short... cross trainers NOT running shoes.

When I first started working out at home, I wore running shoes because that was all I had. They worked ok, but restricted my movements and sometimes gave me blisters. OUCH!

best workout shoes, crosstrainers, nike free 3.0

These are my FAVORITES that I have been wearing for over a year now- Nike Free 3.0's. I only wear them for my indoor workouts so they don't get worn out too quickly and they have not steered me wrong yet. That being said, everyone's feet are different and you will likely have a different preference, but if you're still searching for your perfect pair, you should at least go try these on for size.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lemon Herb Cod

If you're like me, cod has never been much of a staple in your diet.  With the nutrition plan I'm following, though, it's mentioned a lot,so I thought I'd give it a try. I found this recipe at Sarah's Cucina Bella and was pleasantly surprised. It was pretty quick and easy too!

clean eating, healthy, 21 day fix extreme

1 lb cod
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
1 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped (I only had dried so I used that and it was good, but I would recommend using less than 1 tsp if you only have the dried powder on hand)
sea salt
9x13 baking dish- I lined mine with tinfoil just to make clean up easier

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Rinse cod filets under cool water and place in baking dish.
Drizzle with olive oil and lemon.
Then sprinkle with garlic, thyme, salt, pepper, and paprika evenly.
Bake for 13-17 minutes or until opaque
Eat by itself or on top of brown rice with sauce drizzled on top.

If you are on the 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme, this will be one red container and one tsp. Enjoy!

Monday, March 16, 2015

21 Day Fix EXTREME Meal Plan

This is my second week on 21 Day Fix Extreme. I did well with my eating last week by just keeping track of my food with writing it down. This plan is very specific for how much of each different food group you can have in your diet so I had to figure out a good way to plan and keep track of exactly what I'm eating.

I worked long and hard to come up with this one so hopefully it will be easier in the future and hopefully it will help you too!

As a guideline if you are not familiar with the 21 Day Fix programs:
Purple= FRUIT

This particular plan is for the 1500-1799 calorie bracket since I am nursing my 5 month old baby girl and need to get extra healthy calories for her :) The 1200 calorie bracket= 3 green, 2 purple, 4 red, 2 yellow, 1 blue, 1 orange and 2 tsp.

clean eating meal plan

This program is amazing and has already helped me lose 4 pounds in just over a week. 30 minute workouts and super cute colored containers to figure out exactly how much a portion is.  For reference on the containers, here are the approximate sizes:
RED: 3/4 cup
GREEN: 1 1/4 cup
PURPLE: 1 1/4 cup
YELLOW: 1/2 cup
BLUE: 1/4 cup

Some recipes from this plan:
Turkey meatloaf
Avocado rice

Friday, March 13, 2015

Clean Eating CHALLENGE

These last couple weeks I have really been working on my nutrition and of course have been a proponent for clean eating for a while now!  It can be so confusing to figure out what clean eating really is and what you should or shouldn't eat.
 Fat free? Sugar free? All natural? Gluten free?

So many choices and recommendations coming from all angles!

If you want to learn and put clean eating into practice, THIS is your chance! I am running a FREE Clean Eating group starting on Monday. I will also be offering this as an email series as well, so even if you're late to the party, please complete the form so I can help you and make sure you're included!

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Turkey Meatloaf

So I have never been a fan of meatloaf. In fact, I can't even remember the last time I had some. But, when I found this recipe for 21 Day Fix Extreme I decided I would give it a try. My husband loves meatloaf and he was very grateful that I actually put this on the menu this week!

healthy, clean eating, 21 day fix approved

2 lbs         lean ground turkey
1 cup        all-natural mild salsa
1 cup        cooked quinoa, cooled
2               large eggs
3 cloves    garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp         sea salt (himalayan or celtic)
                Ground black pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Combine turkey, salsa, quinoa, eggs, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl; mix well by hand or with a spatula
3. Shape mixture into shape of a loaf and place on ungreased 13 x 9 baking pan.
4. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until center is no longer pink and meat is cooked through.
5. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
6. Cut evenly into 8 pieces.

For all you 21 Day Fixers, 1 serving (1/8 loaf) is 1 red (protein), 1/2 purple (fruit), 1/2 yellow (quinoa).

You can even freeze the individual slices for future meals!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Working out with a Toddler

Some days I use my time to workout as a time for ME. I think it's important to have some time to myself every day, even just 30 minutes. As a mom, some days can be extremely draining. I even have a nanny and still often feel this way because my almost three year old still only wants me most of the time. I do love having that workout time to myself, and honestly would not get it in if I didn't have the option to do it at home without paying for a gym membership and taking extra time driving to and from the gym plus the extra socializing- it would take more like 2 hours of my day and that's not how I want to spend my time.

There are a lot of days, though, that I share my workout time with my toddler, Benton, and it is often more fun and entertaining than anything else I do. I love the feeling that I am making a positive influence in his life by showing him that it is completely normal to prioritize our health and fitness. My hope is that he always sees it as important so that he never has to backtrack and gain control over his health because of poor decisions he made over and over again. I only have a short time in his life with this kind of influence and I want to be sure it counts.

 He also likes to steal my headbands and totally rocks the Richard Simmons look ;)

I took these videos today as we worked out together because I love watching him. He has just recently gotten to where he tries to do some of the workout moves with me, and he cracks me up.

These samples are from the new 21 Day Fix EXTREME. I'm only 3 days in but already seeing some results! Only 30 minutes and foolproof meal planning :)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Healthy Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups- 21 Day Fix Approved

These little beauties are DELICIOUS! I admit I was very skeptical at first, but they did not disappoint! My biggest fear being on the 21 Day Fix Extreme is that there is NO sugar allowed. This program will get results and the nutrition is a huge part of that! So, I've accepted it, but I still love my chocolate, and often want more than just one shake a day! That's where these amazing little drops of Heaven came in!

2 scoops Chocolate shakeology
4 tablespoons coconut oil- if you are not a fan of coconut flavor, use expeller pressed
4 tsp almond or peanut butter

Line muffin tin with paper cups. The more you do the thinner and fewer calories these will be. I made 6 the first time, but am going to try for 8 next time (which will be very soon!)
Melt 2 tbls coconut oil in microwave
Add 1 scoop shakeology and mix well.
Pour evenly into baking cups
Top with almond or peanut butter

Melt remaining coconut oil and mix with 1 scoop shakeology.
Pour on top of almond or peanut butter.

Freeze for 10 minutes, if you can wait that long. Oh- these are YUMMY!

I stored mine in the freezer but they would probably do ok in the fridge too. You won't want to leave them at room temperature because of the coconut oil :)

Friday, March 6, 2015

My biggest Beachbody week EVER and an INVITE for YOU

So, I have never doubted the possibility with my this Beachbody coaching opportunity that has completely changed my life. Very early on in my journey I could see the potential and where my life could go.

This week, I had my biggest paycheck with Beachbody- 150% more than this exact week last year. Who gets a raise like that in one year? It's a little mind blowing! This experience is so much more to me than a paycheck, but WOW when you get paid to do what you love, help other people, and be surrounded by a team full of support and love! It's just amazing. If you think this sounds crazy or impossible, I urge you to take a look at your life and really dig deep to see if you are where you want to be today and if you are creating the future you want. If it seems a little scary for you, then it's probably a sign to go for it!

This week, I am offering a Sneak Peek into exactly what we do as coaches on Team Fusion. If you want to build a business and find  a group of support and positivity, you should definitely check it out! It is completely FREE with no pressure or expectations. It is on my heart to share with all who want to make a difference and impact the world this amazing opportunity. It has given so much to me and I want to pay it forward and give it to others.  Check out my quick video for more info and how you can get in this to find out if this opportunity could fit into your life and be just what you need.


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies- 21 Day Fix APPROVED

These yummy little cookies are so easy to make and hit the spot for your sweet tooth. These are from the 21 Day Fix eating plan, and are awesome to have as a healthy cookie alternative!

1 cup      old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tsp.      ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp.   sea salt
1 cup      unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup   chocolate chips
1/4 cup   chopped raw pecans, toasted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Place parchment paper on baking sheet
3. Combine oats, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl; mix well
4. Add applesauce, chocolate chips, and pecans; mix well
5. Drop by heaping Tbsp. onto prepared baking sheet. Flatten
6. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until firm

I stored mine in the fridge and really enjoy them cold!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Insanity MAX:30 Transformations

Well, we are officially DONE with Insanity MAX:30! This was a really great program for me to do after baby since it was only 30 minutes a day and made me really push myself to build my strength and endurance.

Beyond just my physical transformation, were my mental and physical strength and endurance. The first time I did this workout, I could only make it THREE minutes without a break! For the last test of this program, I made it the ENTIRE 30 minutes! That means I am 10x stronger now than I was! Wow!

abilities do not define us

My nutrition was far from perfect and most days I felt so inadequate with my workouts but I DID IT! Never missed a workout! Lost 11.25 inches overall so I'm really happy about that!

Insanity max:30 transformation male, month 2

My husband, Cass, did the full program as well but refused to let me take before pictures before month 1, so we just have a month 2 comparison for him but I can definitely see a difference in his waist, chest and arms! That's just in one month!

For me, I'm working hard to BALANCE my life! Working out just 30 minutes a day at HOME helps me tremendously! I honestly would not pay to drive and workout at the gym for an hour a day. I have 2 little ones at home that need me and my attention so it is a big deal that I can still take time for ME but do it quickly and in the comfort of my own home. My two year old usually even works out WITH me!

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