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!