#TBT What a difference one year makes. T

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#TBT What a difference one year makes. The chick on the left, while smiling, was nervous and didn’t feel comfortable in her surroundings and certainly not in her own skin.

While I may not have seem much change on the scale, I certainly have made a redistribution in my muscle to fat ratio. I could give you the list of things contributing to that, but it’s whiny and boring. Just ask if you really want to know.

While the woman on the right might not seem too different, she’s much more confident inside and out. Through a lot of hard work physically, and some serious work on self-acceptance, I am finding me again. She’s not the hot-ass old me from 7 years ago, she’s much more badass, and by far, happier.

I am redefining myself by accepting my inner Sweaty Betty who won’t take no for an answer anymore. This woman is a Lady Boss who’s new mantra is “Why NOT me?” On the road to becoming a hotter and sharper me.

So why not you? http://ow.ly/i/xiqhl

Ever play “Clean the Fridge” or “Kitc

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Ever play “Clean the Fridge” or “Kitchen Sink”??

OK, i just invented them now. But this salad helped us get down to nil leftovers before some travel. I hate to waste! My goal was to not buy new groceries and not waste anything before we got on the road. I am proud to say we did it (on, one butternut squash left, but I am confident it will survive until we get home).

One of my favorite websites to help use up groceries & ingredients is Allrecipes you can input what you have, and they’ll give you back a recipes! Give it a try! http://ow.ly/ZdCW30dUiYV http://ow.ly/i/x5Dty

{HELLLOOO Transformation!} I cannot beli

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{HELLLOOO Transformation!}
I cannot believe Ashley’s 60-Day results – so inspiring! She was convinced she’d never meet her goals, but wow – 20lbs down! I am on my way to doing the same! She’s proof the right program can get you in better shape and help meet your goals. Today only, a few programs are on sale, Ashley did Hammer & Chisel which is $40! If you want to get in on the deal before it’s gone, comment below and I will send you the details on my accountability group.

Seriously, Ashley, excellent work!!

Happy Sunday! You know I am all about sharing experiences…

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Happy Sunday! You know I am all about sharing experiences, side hustles, and striving to live the true American Dream of working hard and playing harder. One of the things I am most proud of over the last year is earning every penny of my trip to Ireland with money earned on the side, not using a dime from my day-job. if I don’t earn it, I should’t have it, right?! Those are my thoughts, anyway!

100% of my 13-day trip to Ireland was paid for through my Beachbody business, and I cannot express how good that feels. I was able to earn this extra money with a few hours of effort throughout the week over the course of a year.

Clearly from my photos I am still on my journey (uphill trudge through the mud) towards health and fitness. You can be part of this movement while working on your goals. I know you’re questioning that very fact right now – stop, we all do it. Why not achieve both your health and financial goals at once?

What could I do if I put just 10-hours a week into this business? I don’t know, but I am confident it will lead to more travel at home and abroad. Travel is my passion! I have room to expand my team. Join me? What would you do with a little extra cash each week? http://ow.ly/i/vdSQr

Whole30 Is Almost Over and I’m going for Round2 – Who’s with me?

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I’ve got five days remaining on the Whole30 and I FEEL GOOD! So, while I am going to take a day or two off, I’m restarting the next 30-days on June 5th.  You’re invited to join me and a few others who have expressed interest. What’s is going to cost you – just your own groceries!

Let’s make May 30 – June 4th your prep week. Enjoy the things you’ve got left in the fridge, and then say goodbye to them for 30 days. It’s not hard; cancer is hard, giving birth is hard (second-hand knowledge there!), changing eating habits is not that hard. Also, give up alcohol. This one is a bit more challenging (but not hard) I had a few during my first 30 days… now, I had NO alcohol in the first two weeks, and coincidentally they were my most successful with losing a few lbs. SO I am certainly tightening it up there. SO get to meal planning – see My Resources section below. 

Is this about weight loss? Not necessarily. The book recommends that you do not weigh or measure yourself, as this is more about detoxing the body and cleaning up inflammation, changing how your body burns food for fuel, and getting your energy back. I’ll say that I did weigh and measure myself, and I’ve done better. Official stats to come next weekend, but I did lose a few and I feel great. I’m down for keeping the momentum up.

What about working out? I’d honestly say, other than forcing myself to the gym once a week and a few 2-mile dog walks during the week, I didn’t workout for the first two weeks. I was tired. My body was changing. Now, after that, maybe around day 15, my energy skyrocketed and my energy is back – and better than ever. So I WANT to workout to see how much more I can burn! But that’s a personal choice to help reach my goals faster!

I feel fantastic. I really don’t miss the grains or dairy (both are non-compliant). I miss something convenient and easy, or crunchy, but I can live without it for as good as I feel. And yes, I look better. Vanity appeals to me too… but overall, I know my body is healthier and is on the way to running the way it was intended.

Directly from the authors:

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition, like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies, or chronic pain, that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms are often directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?

Strip them from your diet completely. Eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food, and the downstream physical and psychological effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day-to-day life, long term health, body composition, and feelings around food.

Here are a few of my small victories:

  • Less inflammation (headaches, body aches, restless legs…)
  • A deflated core/tummy (3 days in I was flatter!)
  • No sleep aids needed – I’ve battled sleep my entire adult life. It’s been incredible to drift off on my own and stay asleep past 3 a.m. I am ready to go when the alarm goes off.
  • Energy restored. No mid-day coffee needed (wanted, but not neededJ).
  • I am more focused on tasks and feel that I am able to think more clearly.
  • At last count, I was down about 5lbs. I have a long way to go, but it’s an encouraging start!

All I am asking is that you try. I feel so good that I’d be a monster to keep this to myself. Let’s do this together!

My Resources:

  • The Foodee – an incredible website of recipes. You can change your quantities of people you’re feeding, and it even makes you a categorized grocery list!! Make sure you use the top left button for “Whole30 Approved” recipes.

And as for workout programs, let’s talk individually. You know where to find me.

 

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