Friday, November 30, 2018

Introducing the NEW 20 Minute Workout!!!

If you're a busy mama like me (which I bet you are if you're reading my blog LOL)- time to workout is at a PREMIUM- like NO time for extra "stuff" like that ;)

When I first started working out after becoming a mom- a fulltime working one at that- TIME was the #1 thing holding me back from STARTING. So I started with just 10 minutes and worked my way up.

My BIG fitness transformation came from the SAME creator of our BRAND NEW 20 minute program- 1st Insanity and then T25! And now I get to go through this program as a #mommyofthree with my TEAM and I get to invite YOU!


Brooke-
📌3 months postpartum with baby #2 when we started and 4.5 months postpartum at the end.
📌Exclusively breastfeeding and zero issues with my milk supply!
📌Lost over 10 inches and 8lbs.


Transform :20 is a fast, super-intense fitness program created by Super Trainer Shaun T that will transform your body—and your mind—in just 20 minutes a day over 6 weeks. Be forewarned—it’s hard. But the results will be worth it. Transform :20 is a breakthrough total-body workout without breaks. It’s just you, Shaun T, and a Step. After 5 minutes, you’ll be out of breath, at 10 minutes you’ll be sweating, in 15 minutes you’ll be looking at the clock, and by minute 20 you’ll be done. You’ll blast your core, legs, glutes, and upper body— no weights required. 

There’s a different workout every day, 6 days a week, done in real time with the cast. No do-overs and no repeats. Transform :20 is divided into three 2-week chapters: COMMIT, CLIMB, CONQUER. In each chapter, the moves evolve and get harder. 

Daily Transformer challenges will push you physically, and daily ShaunFirmations will help get your mind focused and keep you motivated. The Beachbody® Nutrition Guide has been tailored to Transform :20 to make sure you’re getting the nutrients and fuel you need throughout the program to help you achieve your best results. It also explains how to incorporate Portion Fix® or the 2B Mindset™ into your eating plan. Finally, weekly behind-the-scenes videos, “Transform Your Life with Shaun T,” feature Shaun T and the cast as they discuss their own challenges, with the goal of motivating everyone to stay committed and strong. 

Michelle:
"Totally LOVED Transform :20 and that was a shocker!!
Truthfully Shaun is not my JAM, I'm a bit slower paced than he is!😜 So this totally freaked me out, HOWEVER after the first few days I realized...ANYONE can do this!!
I am 44, with PCOS! Basically all hormones stacked up against me! I followed the 2B MINDSET program BUT measured my protein, carbs and fats with containers!
I lost 11.2 lbs and 12inches! FEEL AMAZING and have had NOT ONE moment of wanting to go binge on all the things like I usually have in the past after "sticking" to a program 100%...
This program is different...Shaun T is just SO MOTIVATING...it's almost like you don't want to disappoint him, even though he has no clue who you are...😂"


If you wanna learn more, we've put together a LAUNCH group just for YOU- totally FREE, no commitment, no pressure. We'll share even more info, I'll go LIVE to share my experiences and you'll even get some FREE recipes and meal plans (including a 10 Day Sugar Detox plan you'll LOVE and can use NOW!)

Click to join our FREE info group- can't wait to share more and help you figure out if this is right for you!




Friday, August 3, 2018

Meal Plan Week 4

Week 4 of my 4 day/week workout program- COMING UP!!!! And I'm FINALLY getting back into the swing of things with my meal planning! I've been out of town A LOT on the weekends (this weekend being no exception) so I got out of the healthy habit of planning. Summer fun means SIMPLE meal plans for me! No meals that take tons of time. I like to have foods prepped (think rice, chicken, ground turkey, already shredded carrots, cut up strawberries, ready-to-use spring mix, etc) so I can just throw some things together and have easy healthy options!

This week I'm even gonna be at the office ALL day, EVERY day which means it's EXTRA important to have the foods prepped ahead so I can grab and GO in the morning (no matter what time I get up in the mornings, I still seem to struggle getting out the door on time LOL). Know what I mean?

Having a program and meal plan to follow makes my life MUCH easier- I can make a plan that I KNOW will get results because my celebrity trainer helped me plan it!!!

Hope this helps inspire you to make healthier options this month!!!

If you have ANY questions on how to meal plan and prep efficiently to save you TIME every week while getting you RESULTS, I'm here to help!!! XOXO


Monday, July 9, 2018

Breaking the Identity Box

What the heck is this girl talking about?!? LOL- well let me just tell ya!

I'm working on this INCREDIBLE 5 Day Goal Workshop for my coaches so I've been working through MY goals and really focusing on creating this for them! I am so excited for these 5 days and what it will bring into their lives, but I wanna bring the VALUE!!! ;)

Have you heard of Lara Casey? If not, you should definitely check her out! She is the founder of Cultaiate What Matters and has a fun IG to follow and FB page! She also created POWER SHEETS, which is a FANTASTIC way to get all those goals WRITTEN down! Check out her WEBSITE.

Anyway- I get NO perks from sharing about her and her products- I just love following her and think my fellow mamas will love her stuff too! ;)

Soooooo- onto the good stuff and enough of my blabbering- so many times we set some random goal in JANUARY, forget about it and never actually take ACTION! Is that you? For MANY years, that was ME! Growing into my role as a health and lifestyle coach transformed the way I looked at goals which is why I wanna share with YOU!!!

The BIGGEST thing I find holding us back from setting and going after our GOALS is FEAR! YA FEEL ME??? So here's the thing- that FEAR is usually something we're MAKING UP in our heads- lies we're telling ourselves that keep us from living up to our greatest potential. And, as humans, we LOVE to prove ourselves RIGHT! So if we keep telling ourselves we CAN'T, we work really hard to hold ourselves back. If we tell ourselves it's too hard, it is! If we tell ourselves we don't have time, we don't. I could go on and on but you get the picture.
So- As Lara would say- Time to BREAK your identity box!!!!
What have you been telling yourself that you CANNOT do??? Like, I was telling myself the lie that I wasn't successful enough to build a team and inspire other women to discover and live their best lives. Maybe someone told you something once like you aren't good enough or that you couldn't do something and you believed them so you've made that your identity. Write out EVERY box you've put yourself in that has been holding you back!

Then, CRUSH that little box!!! What if you FLIPPED the script?!? What positive possibilities would open up in your life and others? For me, that would look like living into MY potential, speaking positive affirmations into my life, building a team, sustainable residual income bringing me financial freedom and helping other women do the same! Write out your thoughts!

Now- take ONE action to move yourself forward- away from that identity box you had yourself caged in. Maybe it's positive affirmations, maybe it's writing out your gratitude. For me- the positive affirmations and living OUT LOUD are what it takes. It could be anything! Tell me what you will do!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Flab to Fab in Just 4 Days/Week

Alright for REAL!!! Can I just tell you how EXCITED I am with it being SUMMER to have a program that is getting INSANE results in just FOUR days a week?!?! Like- kinda my DREAM!!! And, did I mention that the workouts are only 30 minutes each? WOAH- Count me IN! LOL

I know what you're thinking- NO WAY can I get results working out FROM HOME just 4 days a week! I feel ya, and honestly I was skeptical at first! But I've seen these other coaches FIRSTHAND and heard their stories and ti's LEGIT!

Best part?!? Because you’re only working out 4 days a week— you’ll be able to live your life. Again- HELLO SUMMER!!! The rest days are strategic—they allow you to recover so you’ll have more strength and energy to bring to each workout. Plus, you’ll be ramping up your nutrition and supplement game—even getting an optional nutritional “cheat day” (can you say Summer BBQ???) that helps keep you motivated and committed. Each workout is structured to keep your heart rate up, through tempo lifting and timed HIIT intervals, to help maximize calorie burn and targeted muscle-building. This program is designed to work smart, giving you maximum efficiency and hitting your entire body in just 4 workouts a week. The 3 recovery days give muscles time to rest so you can push harder, lift heavier, and get better results faster. There are two phases for maximum results. For the first 6 weeks, you will build, strengthen, and define your body, followed by 2 weeks to burn through calories and fat, revealing your ultimate physique. And since a hardworking body needs fuel, the LIIFT4 Program & Nutrition Guide lays out everything you’ll need to help your body get maximum results—including how to incorporate Shakeology® and Beachbody Performance™ Line! OMG- does it GET any BETTER?!?

Here's a video if you love the visual (and for my ladies- TRUST ME- Joel is pretty easy on the eyes too ;)




For even more free info and to check out our community, just click join HERE!

Here are a couple testimonies too! :)

Meet Andrea. She says:
"I'm in the test group and find it sooooo interesting how when we RELAX about our fitness and make it fun the way Joel did with this program... our body relaxes too in a positive way. 
Meaning we're not stressed about missing a workout or having a treat meal. I've had better results in the first 5 weeks of a 4 day a week program than ANY other program I've ever done. It's sooooo easy to fit into life, chill out and enjoy the process of fitting fitness into your lifestyle in a way you can maintain. This program isn't giving us a summer body, it's giving us a forever body because you can 100% maintain the results...
I have done zero outside workouts. Just the 4 days a week. I've included treat meals per the program guidelines. I've been traveling through the program and still on track. This is sooo dang doable for anyone and I couldn't be MORE thrilled with my results so far. Not even done yet!
I'm wearing jeans I haven't worn since my 20s. (I'm 35) 
I just bought body suits for the first time since I was 12 lol!
I FEEL better than I have in my WHOLE life! 
My confidence is NEXT LEVEL.
One thing we joke about in the test group is how much we seem to check ourselves out in the mirror hahaha! But it's TRUE! Sometimes it's hard to believe that we are looking so dang good from just 4 workouts a week which is roughly 2 hrs of workouts.
I saw my BF last week in NYC and she said "OMG you look like a teenager!" I haven't been this lean since prob around 19 when I was dancing 3-4 hrs a day 5 days a week.
There's something to be said for how RELAXED we feel!!!! I'm sure that's a huge part of why our bodies are changing so much!
I'll likely miss my workout today because I"m traveling from west coast to east coast (currently in air) and I feel ZERO stress because it's not like it'll throw my whole week off. I'll just catch up tomorrow. Before that would have derailed me!"


Andrea, age 35

Meet Amy- She says:
"From someone who was already considered “fit” and who relied on workouts EVERYDAY to stay that way, I found that with LIIFT4 I could go hard 4 times a week, dial in the nutrition and STILL get great results! It’s also been a blessing to have a quick effective workout to work around my busy schedule with two kiddos."


Amy- from 'fit" to RIPPED

If this looks like a program that will work for you and you'd love to be in with us with your VIP Access, you can join our free INFO group HERE and fill out this quick form so I can help you more:

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mexican "rice" with chicken

I admittedly am NO chef!!! I literally threw this dish together in like 10 minutes, though so if I can do it- you TOTALLY can LOL.

I've been shifting my MINDSET about food and this new program I'm doing is helping SO MUCH! And I get to eat A LOT!!!

As I'm learning to love NEW veggies (yes I'm also one of the PICKIEST eaters you'll meet UP UNTIL NOW ;) ), making NEW quick and easy recipes helps a TON! So, I hope you love this one as much as I do!!!

If you're a rice lover, you have GOT to try cauliflower rice- seriously buy it FROZEN, already "riced" and you have so many options! Don't close your mind to this healthy option until you've tried it MORE than once!

I made this recipe with my already prepped from my Crockpot Chicken Tacos which made this super easy! It IS spicy so if you don't love too much spice or you're making for the kiddos too, I would scale back on the red pepper and chili powder :)


Ingredients:
1 bag frozen riced cauliflower
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp chili powder

Directions:
Place olive oil in hot pan.
Add cauliflower.
Stir constantly until cauliflower is translucent.
Add in spices and stir until well combined.
Serve with chicken on top.

Optional: You can add cheese, Greek yogurt and/or avocado for extra touches!

You can find more of my recipes HERE. And if you want even more healthy recipes and to learn about the sustainable healthy lifestyle through a PLAN that still allows you to eat what you love and live without guilt or shame in relation to food and END your emotional eating cycle, let's chat more- just check out my post all about it and fill out my quick FORM.

Please let me know how you like the recipe and if you have any healthy recipes you love, I'd love for you to share!!! :)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

End Emotional and Binge Eating for GOOD


I’ve been keeping a little secret! In March, i got to be in an EXCLUSIVE, invite-only, coach TEST GROUP for our BRAND NEW program, 2B Mindset! So I got to see ALL the materials, put the concepts to the test and learn a new way to get RID of emotional and binge eating habits! 

And you DO NOT have to workout!!! It’s an EASY to follow, nutrition-based program! I have absolutely LOVED it and truly believe it will change the way you look at food and eating and your health and fitness goals- making them WITHIN REACH and getting you EXCITED to reach them!!!



These are just a FEW of the testimonials from our test group:

“My weight had plateaued (or so I thought) since November and I assumed I’d be stuck there until I stopped nursing my baby. 30 days in and I lost 7lbs while maintaining my supply and stayed there on vacation! This is total and complete proof that it is all about your MIND and I was my greatest obstacle. Thank you thank you Ilana Muhlstein for your knowledge and support 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 You’ve truly changed my life for the better.” -Erin

“Officially down 13 pounds!!!! I feel amazing. This has been so effortless and stress free. I can't believe what my body has been able to do by eating foods that I didn't have to measure or count.” -Amber

“The moment you step on the scale and lost 2.5lbs OVER NIGHT. I’m down to 194 & that makes 18.5 lbs since starting 5 weeks ago ... that’s an average of over 3.5lbs gone a week. This is WITHOUT working out folks!!! I’ve just been focusing on the principles and exercise here or there!!” -Chrissy



Included with the 2B Mindset Kit is:   
• Permanent streaming access to all 2B Mindset videos, including: 
  -  21 short videos that teach the basic principles of the program, including how to understand food groups, what to eat and when, Ilana's proven secrets to a positive  mindset, plus real-life strategies for managing any eating situation (i.e., eating out at restaurants, while on a trip, for vegans/vegetarians, etc.) 
  - 5 videos that help address the most common challenges to losing weight and establishing a healthier relationship with food
  - 15 recipe videos where Ilana shows you how to cook her favorite time-saving, delicious and satisfying meals…in no time
  The Getting Started Guide, which includes step-by-step instructions for putting the program into action 
  My Go-to-Guide, a handy resource that accompanies the videos, featuring food lists, grocery shopping lists and more 
  2B Mindset Recipes booklet, a collection of Ilana's favorite healthy meals, which can be printed for handy reference 
  My Tracker, a 90-day journal you can use to track your meals, progress, and all the daily inputs that can influence your weight loss journey and success
  A special 30 oz water bottle that helps get you drinking more water with Ilana's motivational sayings to keep you on track

AND starting on 6/4/18, you'll have access to the Beachbody Nutrition+ App that lets you view all 2B Mindset videos (and program materials) on-the-go, and gives you a place to track your meals and your progress, right on your mobile device (iOS only)

When you get your pack BEFORE May 14, you will also get EXCLUSIVE access to our PRIVATE group JUST for our customers doing 2B Mindset! That means extra support, motivation and tips JUST for you!

If you want IN on our PRIVATE group JUST for our 2B Mindset SUCCESS finishers, fill out this form and I'll get back with you ASAP!

Fill out my online form.

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! 👏👏




Ingredients:
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

Instructions:
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!! :)

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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!


Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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 :)


INGREDIENTS:
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

RECIPE:
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!