Friday, April 13, 2018

Healthy Gluten Free Pancakes

I grew up on Bisquick pancakes and Aunt Jemima syrup! Delicious, but TERRIBLE for you! 🙈

I didn't just flip a switch one day and start eating healthy. It has bee a GRADUAL process of learning, and always progress, NOT perfection (obviously, as I continue to work on my emotional eating). 😍

I have tried LOTS of healthy pancake recipes and this is for sure my FAV! 

In fact, my little guy just told me, "Mommy, you make the BEST pancakes (although, truth be told- DADDY is usually the pancake maker at our house ;) )!" ❤️ But I'll take it- feeding him healthy foods when he doesn't even know it! 👏👏

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 large eggs
1 large ripe banana
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 dash sea salt
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 tsp coconut oil

1. Place everything EXCEPT coconut oil in blender. Cover. Blend until smooth
2. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat
3. Pour 1/4 cup batter into the skillet; cook for 2-3 min. Flip. Cook another 90 sec.
4. Continue with remaining batter
5. Serve with berries, pure maple syrup, peanut butter- whatever is your fav healthy topping! 😘

Monday, April 9, 2018

Are You Following Your DREAM???

I admit- 5 years ago, I didn't even THINK about what my dreams were! I sure didn't have ONE big DREAM that was pushing me to be better every day and driving me to WORK and getting me EXCITED!

I was just SHOWING UP to my life, not proactively MAKING things happen! I was settling for WAY less than my potential and I was honestly OK with just getting by and being "comfortable."

Do you feel that way too???

I know for me, I was a dentist, making enough money, floating through life easy enough, going through the MOTIONS of life. I wasn't excited about much, was depressed about leaving my baby every day, and was sick and tired of being sick and tired.

But it wasn't ENOUGH. I didn't care enough to actually CHANGE. When I discovered coaching and started doing it for ME, I was INSPIRED. I found something I loved and was PASSIONATE about again. I'm not saying that has always been perfect- trust me, I've run out of willpower in that realm too before- I mean, it's still WORK. ;) But, because of it, I discovered my love for READING again and I have been reading books on leadership, growth, productivity and goal-achieving for 5 years now!!!

This February, I became a John Maxwell Team certified coach, speaker and trainer. I have read so many of his books and to now be associated with him and able to TEACH his philosophies and trainings- kinda a BIG DEAL. But guess what? I've been NERVOUS and holding myself back from actually STARTING to SHARE more about it and change even MORE lives through what I've learned.

But, more and more, I've realized my DREAM of SPEAKING! So, this last weekend, I WENT FOR IT, and gave my FIRST real presentation about Putting Your Dream to the Test. You can watch it HERE.

I want to encourage you TODAY to watch and to DIG DEEP and discover YOUR dream and START pursuing it NOW!!! Be the one who ACHIEVES your dream and sets the EXAMPLE for your doubters and for your family!

I would LOVE to know- what is YOUR big dream???

Saturday, April 7, 2018

80 Day Obsession Round 2!!!!

OMG! I cannot even believe I'm almost DONE with our AMAZING 80 Day program! Seriously- it has changed my outlook on fitness, my confidence AND gotten me back into my skinny jeans! Whoop Whoop!!!!

In all my EXCITEMENT, I will be starting ROUND TWO on April 30 and I'm taking 10 NEW ladies with me!!! Talk about MASSIVE benefit for you since I've already been through it and had SUCCESS because new I get to give ALL my tips and tricks with YOU!!!

So if you've been stuck with the muffin top and dreading looking in that closet every day- paralyzed by all the clothes that DON'T fit anymore- I got you! That's EXACTLY where I was just THREE months ago!!! And honestly I DREADED getting started with a new program for fear of actually sticking with it for 80 days! But, I've done it! Yeah, I have a week left (including travel to Bermuda!), but I already have it planned and KNOW I'm gonna ROCK it- because I have a PLAN and am DETERMINED (and you can grow this determination too!).

From a closet full of clothes that did NOT fit to a peek of ABS!
I've got a couple big trips coming up (Bermuda and Mexico) so I'm gonna be working out but not following 80 Day Obsession, but we'll be back ALL IN on April 30! Making the deadline for this AMAZING support system April 23!

So, if you're ready to get your SUMMER BODY and drop the muffin top- fill out the form or message me so we can reach our GOALS together!! :)

Fill out my online form.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spicy Parmesan Zoodles

OK, gotta be honest! I was a little AFRAID of Zoodles aka zucchini noodles! But, on my quest to eat MORE veggies (and loving all things HEALTHY that taste NOT healthy ;) ), I decided to give them a try! And I was pleasantly surprised with this yummy recipe!!!

Now- I'm all about EASY so I grabbed my already-spiralized zucchini noodles from the Veggie Noodle Co. They were PERFECT and this yummy recipe was actually right on the box!

2 minced garlic cloves
1/2 C diced onion (I like mine SUPER fine so I actually put mine in a food processor)
1 tsp EVOO
2.5 Cup Kale (this was in original recipe but we didn't have any on hand so left it out)
1/2 C grated parmesan
1/4 tsp pepper flakes

Heat skillet over medium-high heat.
Add olive oil, garlic, onion, red pepper flakes, and kale.
Saute for 2-3 minutes or until kale wilts and onion is clear.
Add Zucchini spirals and toss for 3-4 minutes until al dente.
Toss in 1/4 cup cheese.
Top with cheese as desired.

Check out even more recipes HERE.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Healthy Gluten Free Brownies

So, every other Wednesday, I get to REFUEL with so many CARBS!!!! I eat lots of carbs EVERY day, but nothing with sugar or white flour! So today I feel totally spoiled! This week, I made these AMAZING brownies- BOTH of my older kids approved, so you KNOW they're good LOL.

And they were quick and EASY to make- pretty much one of my main requirements ;) This recipe is from Fixate :)

1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
¼ cup unsalted organic grass-fed butter
2 large eggs
½ cup pure maple syrup
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp. baking powder, gluten-free
1 pinch sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
¼ cup semisweet (or dark) chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Line 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
3. Place chickpeas, butter, eggs, maple syrup, extract, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in blender (or food processor); cover. Blend until smooth.
4. Add chocolate chips; mix by hand until blended.
5. Evenly spread batter into prepared pan.
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of brownies comes out clean.
7. Cut into 16 squares.
8. ENJOY!!!!

SERVES: 16    Prep Time: 20 minutes   Bake Time: 25 minutes
Container Equivalent: 1 Yellow

I'd love to know your FAVORITE dessert that you want a healthier recipe for!!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

80 Day Obsession Phase 1 Review

Ahhhhhh!!!!! We are DONE with Phase 1 (aka 28 days) of our 80 Day program!!!! Nope, it hasn't been EASY - but it also hasn't been NEAR as "hard" as expected! Seriously though- the last week of this phase involved flying to Park City and being there, away from home, for 5 days!!!

In that month, I've lost 5 lbs and 5 inches! I'm fitting into SOME of my goal jeans and wearing some shirts that are actually FITTED instead of covering everything up!

Yep- no pizza, no ordering in, no fast food for a MONTH- and I feel the happiest and healthiest I have in YEARS!!!! And TODAY is Valentine's Day and I've managed to AVOID the sweet treats haunting me from my kids' bags of candy LOL.

No denying when you see RESULTS from the BACK!
If you've been feeling lost in the yoyo diet cycle- I feel ya! I have been there FAR too long! Having an EXACT plan to follow has SAVED me!!! I'm actually feeling strong and confident- believing in myself and what I can do again! TOTALLY worth it!

If you'd like more info on how YOU can get your habits under control too- check out more info here and fill out the application so i can be your coach!

Stay tuned for my travel tips blog on how we stayed on track, but I just wanna reassure you that it's TOTALLY doable! The nutrition is timed, there are no question marks, super straight forward and you are armed with a PLAN, which is EXACTLY what I need! This mama has a FULL plate, and having my week LAID OUT for me has made my life SO MUCH EASIER!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

FREE Love your AAA Challenge

Ok you know I LOVE me a good FREE group to GIVE you some tips and tricks to help make your life BETTER!!!

And this one you’re gonna LOVE!!!

This new program has already got me down over 6 inches (and fitting in my SKINNY jeans) in just 21 days. It's unlike ANYTHING I’ve done before and I’m gonna share some of my FAVORITE moves with YOU!!!

I'll be working right alongside you because this girl has GOALS too!

We’re talking 5 days of Arms, Abs, and YEP- A@@ moves to start getting your body in tip-top shape!

And it all takes place in our FREE community (plus there are GOBS of other goodies- like workout moves, meal plans and MORE!)

Come join us- it will be FUN and there are PRIZES, plus you never know what awesome new friend you might make!!!!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Grace Not Perfection

One of my latest reads TOTALLY struck a cord with me! I'm really focusing on balance and being PRESENT where I am this year- and that can honestly lead to some overwhelm some days when my scheduled didn't go as planned or my day didn't feel "balanced" or I found myself reaching for my phone WAY too often! ;)

The book, Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley, is a great place to start if you're always catching that "Mommy guilt" bug.

And, I feel like, especially as moms, we have such a tendency to automatically go to guilt and question ourselves and what we're doing- if we're spending enough time with our kids, if we shouldn't be working, if we're awful moms because we have our own dreams and goals that fall outside of motherhood!

Hope this video and tidbit of book review is helpful! I loved this book as I loved Emily's other book A Simplified Life. I highly recommend both of these books- especially if you're a mom who has big goals and dreams! :)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

80 Day Obsession 2 week RESULTS and Review

You guys- if you have been NERVOUS to start a new program or have no idea WHAT to do to reach that New Year's resolution of reaching your health and fitness goals- I truly BELIEVE that this is gonna be the ANSWER for you!

I was SCARED when I started this program- not gonna lie! My eating habits have been AWFUL- like OUT OF CONTROL with reese's cups, any sweets I could get my hands on and popcorn and chips. And I was NOT excited to give those bad habits up, honestly.

But- I DECIDED. I COMMITTED. and I went for it! Then, the BEST part happened- my hubby decided to JOIN ME! For the first time in FOUR years, we decided (even though I had to drag him along for a minute ;) ) to do it TOGETHER.

5 AM wakeup calls and workouts TOGETHER!

I've been a coach for FIVE years and have never meal prepped, planned and been so dedicated to a program before! It's ALL laid out for you and very specific- which is EXACTLY what I need to stay on track- give me a plan to follow with rules that make sense and get me results! I could not BELIEVE my results after just two weeks! Honestly, I was questioning the process and then BOOM- down 6 lbs and 6 inches after rest day!

Plus the workouts are FANTASTIC- unlike anything I've ever done before! Yep- some of them are an hour. Yep- I didn't think there was ANY way I'd be able to do it! But we're making it happen- getting up at 5 AM on days the hubby goes into work and 6 or 7 on the days he doesn't!

Baby woke up EARLY which meant nursing and booty day!
The food has been DELICIOUS and I am eating SO MUCH! It's been an adjustment but we're doing what is BEST for us for the first time in a LONG time!!!

When I realized I need to go UP in calories and NOT be hungry!
Example of meals for a day 
Weekends have been the toughest- but not because I wanted to CHEAT like I expected, but because we wake up a little later so getting all the meals in with timed nutrition has taken some adjustment.

If you're looking to TRULY make a lifestyle change, EMBRACE the hard work, get EXCITED about RESULTS, and go ALL IN- getting RID of those bad habits for GOOD- this is for you! Nope- not a quick fix but one you can STICK WITH and STOP that yo yo dieting cycle!

Wanna learn MORE about 80 Day Obsession? Check out my blog post HERE and fill out the application to set up a time to chat with me!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Start Balancing: Book 2 of 52

Alright- y'all know I'm on the quest to read/listen to 52 books in 2018! Here's to my 2nd book DONE!!!

Start Balancing was quick and easy read by Kristy Dickerson. She is GREAT and I love her PLANNER too!

The great thing about this book is that it's more of a workbook so you fill out pages and really work on your dreams instead of just reading about making a plan. It pushes you to take ACTION right there in the book!

A few of my favorite things from this book:

1- She starts by encouraging you to really get to know YOURSELF- reflecting on who you truly are and what you want out of life. I feel like so many of us skip this critical step and just dive into our to-do list- then we are left unfulfilled when we achieve those goals we THOUGHT we really wanted. This prevents that.

2- She talks about getting ORGANIZED- one of my FAVORITE things LOL. You wouldn't always know it by looking at my house, but I do enjoy organizing and figuring out the best systems to make our home peaceful and welcoming. It's a work in progress for sure, but I know when we are more organized with our time (aka using a calendar to focus time on the areas that matter most), organized in our home (aka things have a PLACE so you can find things easily and have a SYSTEM to make life easier) and organized in health and fitness (having a PLAN to follow and planning prepping food)- our lives will be so much less stressful!!

3- Managing your TIME- oh how I could go on! Time is the ONLY thing we're given in this life and the most VALUABLE of assets. How we use our minutes will turn into hours, days, weeks, months and years so every second counts! Just a few of her tips: wake up early, create a to-do list, prioritize, eliminate distractions, block your time, say NO, and optimize your work environment.

4- Becoming efficient- Are you still doing ALL the THINGS and feeling like you're running ragged? Why don't you outsource some things- could you get groceries delivered, hire someone to clean your house, someone to do the yard work? Could you automate some systems at work- maybe automatic email responses or scheduling social media posts? What about creating a workflow and system- like things you do EVERY night before bed and EVERY morning when you wake up- can you write ALL the things down so that others in the house might can help with them too? Maybe do a few things the night before to save you time the day of?

5- Establish healthy habits- You KNOW I'm all about this one!!! (And if you're struggling to establish some, I would LOVE to help you!) Write down some UNHEALTHY habits you have that you'd like to get RID of. Write down some HEALTHY habits you'd like to START. Then pick a DATE and COMMIT to START!!!

I could go on, but I would highly recommend this book- especially if you are a working mom trying to find that elusive balance and feeling like you're burning the wick at both ends and just going non-stop, but maybe not truly accomplishing what fulfills you! :)

Monday, January 15, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: A Simplified Life

 So one of my BIG goals this year is to SIMPLIFY and BALANCE a happy and joyous life so I can soak up the moments that REALLY matter!

I'm reading 52 books this year and I want to SHARE what I'm reading and what I'm LEARNING as I go in hopes to help you too!

I kicked off 2018 and my year of 52 books with A Simplified Life by Emily Ley!

This is a BEAUTIFUL book you'll be proud to display on your bookshelf too! And it's full of practical tips with pages to actually WRITE DOWN your thoughts and make a plan to simplify  your life!

It's a super EASY and QUICK read and I really feel like it will make us BETTER, which is what I'm ALL about!

Excuse my messy workout hair LOL- reading happens in the morning before my workout!

Some of my FAVORITE takeaways:

1- It started with your SPACE- which is KEY for us to feel sane and at peace. "No matter what space you're in, you have the power to make your space provide the rest and connection you deserve." She promotes getting RID of stuff that is no longer serving you and doesn't make you HAPPY, not just organizing all the STUFF and presents it in a doable way!

2- Every chapter ends with ACTION STEPS to take RIGHT NOW so you really feel accomplished- not just that you've read a book with no implementation.

3- Stress-free mealtimes- you know I'm all about simplifying this! Simple, yummy, healthy recipes where more time is spent EATING than COOKING! ;) You know meal planning is key so it's time to IMPLEMENT.

4- She encourages you to spend MORE time doing what you LOVE and less time being "busy"- providing time in your schedule for what matters MOST.

5- Taking care of YOURSELF is important too! As moms, we so often forget to take care of ourselves because we're taking care of everyone else. Guess what- ya can't pour from an empty cup so we HAVE to fill ours FIRST! "You get to decide whether you will live your life insanely busy or embrace simplicity, make active changes, and slow down.

If you're looking for guidance to embrace and focus on what matters MOST- this is a great place to start! Emily is so down to earth and reassuring, but also motivating with tactical tools on how to simplify and find happiness in the smallest things!

I definitely recommend you check it out!