Cheers to 2015 – This year I WILL hit my goals

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Happy Saturday Night – as you can tell, I am being super-awesome and staying in tonight. #Snark? Usually, but not this time.

I am proud of myself that day 3 of the New Year have just completed #P90X #CoreSynergistics. I feel great and am determined to lose my #Divorce weight, which is in combination with my #GradSchool weight. Stress and unbalance were a huge part of the past two years and I’m combating it now!

I want to be bikini-hot by May 17, which will be my 1-year divorce-aversary. It’s a goal of mine to spend it happy, on the beach, and in a bikini. I will celebrate my freedom, recovery, and my ever-growing #resiliency.

 How will I do this? Well, through food portion-control, sweat, and through surrounding myself with positivity. And I WILL lose 30lbs. Will I be a tiny stick, no, but that’s not my goal. I want to be healthy, and on this body that’s probably still thick. I’m cool with that.

Why? I want to get back to me and feel good again. I want my energy back. I want to be proud of myself and get back into cute clothes. Let’s be honest here, I want to look good naked. That’s why. FOR ME.

OK, now that’s those #goals have been published, I better stick to it.

What are your 2015 goals? Financial freedom? Increase, or diversify your income? Lose weight? Build muscle? Eat clean? Read more books? Do more professional development?

Whatever it is – write it down. Check on those goals every few weeks. Just because you miss it one week doesn’t mean you give up. Doing more is just that, do more than you did last year, last month, or last week.

We can do it! Cheers to 2015.

Share any of my goals? Join me for the next challenge group starting January 5. We can get you set up and in the accountability group asap!

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How I plan to get fit even before the New Year Starts

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Last 48-hours on the Team Beachbody annual Holiday Sale. Workout programs beginning at $9.95. No time like the present to give the gift of health to yourself, or a loved one this season.

Last 48-hours on the Team Beachbody annual Holiday Sale. Workout programs beginning at $9.95. No time like the present to give the gift of health to yourself, or a loved one this season.

Perfect Paleo Pancakes

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Pancakes

A friend sent over a recipe today and I was hungry – excellent timing. Here’s how the Perfect Paleo Pancakes went down:

(Click the link above for the recipe from the creator.)

First, I made a few substitutions/additions:

2 bananas instead of the 2 plantains

1 packet/scoop of Vanilla Shakeology to tighten up the batter (and give me some more of those SuperFoods!)

After blending all ingredients, as noted in the recipe, I knew the batter was too loose for pancakes. I added one packet of Vanilla Shakeology to give it more of a thickness, but still thin compared to regular pancakes.

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They cooked nicely, but were now like thicker crepes, or really really thin pancakes. A few berries and a drizzle of honey, and viola – brunch is served.

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What I would do differently?… Add in a ½ cup of alternative flour such as almond flour or gluten-free baking mix. You can add more if needed, but it’s just a thought. I’ll work on that little gem the next time. *Also, I’d take more time with the art of pancake flipping!!

Overall, I’d do it again. I’m satisfied and know I put in good food for fueling my body. I have to change this diet permanently to make the differences I want in my body – there is no quick fix, no easy way out. Just a lifestyle change to improve my diet, and exercise to get this body burning excess fat!

Hot for Halloween – SOUNDS GOOD TO ME!

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Halloween one of my favorite days of the year and I’ve missed the last few due to personal drama… all water under the cauldron. Now, as I’ve mentioned before I am a recovering divorcee on a journey to get back to me…who is buried under the feelings that I ate over the last year. Anywho, if Halloween can’t light a fire under me I don’t know what can.

That brings me to the upcoming 12-Day Challenge “Hot for Halloween” that Yours Truly and a few friends are participating in to shed a few more before the festivities. What do we do? Via a Facebook accountability group we each report on:

  • Exercising at least 30 minutes per day, we can recommend workouts if you don’t currently have one,
  • Eating clean, made easy by our custom meal plan, and
  • Drinking Shakeology, it’s a blend of superfoods giving you all the good stuff you need each day.

Energy goes up and cravings go down while getting your body in balance.

And we measure our success in lbs and inches lost with before and after measurements (we recommend photos too!). Each day we share tips, what’s working and not, triumphs and failures. But the important thing is we do it together. It’s a great way to kick start your fitness goals or lose those last few stubborn pounds. Beginners and seasoned athletes welcome!

I am looking forward to seeing what progress I can make before my beloved All Hallow’s Eve, followed by Dia De Los Muertos, and All Saints Day. I’m getting in the spirit!! Join me? All you have to do is ask!

My experience with the 21-Day Fix

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Earlier this year I needed help to get off the rock and start losing the weight I had gained over turmoil of last year. Yes, I ate my feelings… whenever/whatever I damn well wanted. Between finishing grad school, marriage counseling and the decision to divorce, falling out of my moving truck and busting up my kidney, surgery on my foot unrelated to falling out of the truck (and all of that was in the fourth quarter alone!) I gained an additional 25lbs. Yes, stress and cortisol wreak havoc on your body and every ounce showed. Anyway, I needed help to get my eating under control while making it easy to take with me whether it was breakfast, lunch or dinner. I needed fresh foods readily available to help me cut the garbage, and excuses out of my life. The only one who could make that decision to change was me. 

Now, before gaining the additional 25lbs I was already overweight. I was out of control. As an inactive Team Beachbody I was looking to get back in health and fitness mode as I knew they could offer the help and support I so sorely needed. A few of my friends were raving about the “21-Day Fix” that was a workout program incorporating my beloved Shakeology, and making portion control easy. There was no “mulling it over” for me, no marinating on decisions, no hesitating. I needed this, and I needed it now. But, I hesitated when it went on sale and it was backordered. Stalled once again. But I didn’t let it get me down, I worked with what I had and cleaned out the pantry while I waited.

I started my 21-Day Fix program in March and did two rounds, 42 days, which helped me to lose 10lbs and to begin feeling like me again. I never lose weight quickly or easily, and those hideous stress hormones were, and still are floating around my body.

What I really think you want/need to know:

  • The workouts were more challenging than I expected, but it felt great
  • I was sore in the beginning, but good sore – not “hit by a truck / serious regret” sore
  • I love Autumn, the instructor – she’s a real woman, single mom, and knows how to push through adversity
  • The diet took prep work, but was so easy to follow. I felt great energy and was NEVER hungry, which is where I have failed in the past. I actually had to push sometimes to eat that last Green container, but I did it because it was delicious, and I knew I was doing something good for my body.
  • Will I do it again – YES. And I plan on making the eating plan MY lifestyle plan for food. 

What are the 21 Day Fix eating plan details?
 The 21 Day Fix Eating Plan is not a recipe-based plan like other Beachbody nutrition plans. Here’s how it works: Start by calculating a calorie level based on starting weight. Next, find the calorie chart that corresponds with the calorie level. This will indicate the daily allotment of Fix color-coded containers. From there, the Eating Plan shows a list of foods that can be eaten with each color-coded container. Then, just fill the containers with the foods from the list, up to the daily allotment of Fix containers. No required recipes. No required number of meals. No required foods or ingredients. If it fits in the container, it can be eaten!

My progress is slow, but it’s still happening. Right now I have moved on to PiYo, but am looking forward to getting back on the 21-Day Fix meal plan. I recommend the Challenge Pack as it includes Shakeology, any equipment needed, the portion control containers, and all guides needed to be successful.

I hope this helps you get on track too. I am here to support you in your goals, and I’d love to hear from you.