The Strongest Factor in Success is Self-Esteem

Good morning and Happy Friday!! Another one of my favorite quotes this morning is all about believing in yourself. You aren’t going to be successful if you don’t BELIEVE you can do it.

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YOU have to see it, YOU have to WANT IT, YOU have to dig deep and find that inner-strength and let it DRIVE you towards your goals. No matter where you are, on whatever journey you are traveling, BELIEVE YOU CAN DO IT and you will.

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#WineWednesday: Shakeology No-Bake Cookies Paired with Wine

Yes I said wine. Yes I said Shakeology. Yes I love the 21 Day Fix. Both these DELICIOUS chocolate-peanut butter cookies AND red wine are 21 Day Fix approved – just proving one more time this is definitely not some limiting, restrictive diet!

How did this come about? Well, I belong to a wine club with several of my girlfriends and each month we take turns cooking – this month I was tasked with dessert! So what’s a 21DF girl to do? Shakeology cookies, of course!

The recipe is quite simple. The only difficult part was relinquishing some Shakeology that I won’t have for shakes for a few days <sad face>.

shakeology no bake cookies recipe

RECIPE:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter (I used low-sodium, creamy)

1 Cup Raw Honey

1 Cup Chocolate Shakeology (If you don’t want them to be super chocolatey you could do 1/2 chocolate & 1/2 vanilla or even try all vanilla)

1/2 Quick Oats

Directions:

Mix peanut butter, honey, Shakeology, & quick oats in a bowl until combined. Roll batter into aprox 1 inch balls and flatten between palms into cookie shape, leaving cookies aprox. a cm thick. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving (I left them in the fridge over-night.)

21 Day Fix Container Count: 

1 cookie = 1 yellow container treat (that’s how I count them, but some count 2 cookies as 1 yellow – I like to be on the conservative side though)

4oz wine = 1 yellow container treat

Original recipe & nutrition information.

Now the wine-pairing part. If you use all chocolate Shakeology they have a very rich chocolate flavor with which I’d recommend pairing a Port, Sherry or Madeira. (For our wine club I grabbed a chilled, sweet raspberry/Merlot mix due to price constraints and it wasn’t great!) If you go with vanilla/chocolate mixed or all vanilla you could go lighter – maybe even a Sparkling Moscato with an all vanilla Shakeology cookie! Enjoy!

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I’m Working on a New Me

Happy Hump Day Pump Day, Workout Wednesday (we’ll discuss Wine Wednesday later lol)!!

Starting a healthy & fitness journey to be a better you is not about hating old you, it’s about making a new and improved you!! Let’s face it, you’re already AWESOME but why not strive for SUPER AWESOME?! What will you do today towards improving old you??

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I Already Know What it Feels Like to Give Up, I Want to See What if Feels Like if I Don’t

Good morning! I absolutely love this quote. It totally keeps me going. As a former yo-yo dieter, my motto for this journey with Beachbody on the 21 Day Fix has been that I have finally started for the last time.

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I now know what I need to do to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle and I’m not going back. Between having a great foundation laid via the 21DF – finally learning how to eat healthy and proper portions + having awesome 30 min at-home exercises I can do at my convenience means I’m finally in a place where I don’t have to fear stopping a program and gaining the weight back. There’s nothing about this that I don’t like that I’m looking forward to stopping – I love living this way.

There’s a phrase you often hear in 21 Day groups which is, “it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change” and you don’t really get that until you’ve been doing it – but it couldn’t be more true.

What is one of your favorite mottos? What keeps you going?

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Getting Sweaty in My Living Room with The 21 Day Fix

HEY-O Monday workout check-in! 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio & 10 Min Abs DONE! Before the 21 Day Fix I never thought it was possible to get a good, sweaty workout in without going to the gym – well Autumn Calabrese has proven me quite wrong! I was freezing in my house when I started today and stripping down by the end! What was your workout today??

i don't use machines to workout i am one

 

 

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Reclaim Your 2014 Health & Fitness Resolutions by Finishing the Year Strong

This year let’s not wait until New Years Day to start fresh with our health and fitness goals. Let’s remember back to what we said we were going to do in 2014 and no matter what has happened – let’s finish the year strong together!

I’m starting a November 3rd, Challenge/Accountability Group and you are invited to join me. We’ll pick the best fitness program for you that aligns with your current struggles, obstacles, and goals + an optional daily meal replacement shake that takes the guess work out of getting the best possible natural nutrition that your body needs to be energized, keep you full, and fight the cravings and temptations that surround us this time of year + you’ll receive daily tips, recipes, & nudges of encouragement to help you stay on track via our accountability group where you can check-in as often as you want to/need to.

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You will not be alone, you will not purchase a program and let it sit on a shelf collecting dust, this time you will do it because you will have unlimited help and support along the way.

If you are interested reply here in the comments, private message me on FB (fb.com/akstout18) or email me at akstoutemail@gmail.com and let’s take the end of 2014 by storm!

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#MotivationMonday: Get Rid of Your Excuses

Good morning! Happy Monday! Who’s ready to kick some serious you-know-what this week?! What are your goals? What’s one excuse that’s been holding you back that you are ready to let go? YOU CAN DO THIS!! Take this week one day at a time, one hour at a time and BE AWESOME! Have a great day!!

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#ToughLoveTuesday: YOU Have to Want It

One thing I’ve noticed on this journey of finally “starting” for the last time with respect to my health/fitness/weightloss and trying to help as many people as possible do the same is… YOU HAVE TO WANT IT FOR YOU.

Buying the 21 Day Fix and becoming part of my accountability group is not the first step – the first step is getting on board mentally – or at least being open to the idea of giving yourself a fair chance by knocking down old walls and looking for opportunities versus falling back on your excuses.

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Only you can want something better for yourself, only you can take the steps necessary to get to where you want to be – but you have to really want to make a change. As a your Coach, I can put up posts like these every morning and send out check-ins and reminders throughout the day but unless you are ready mentally, that’s as far as my help can go. So, no matter where you are in this journey – if you are struggling – stop and really think about where you are mentally and work on that first. I want it for you – DO YOU WANT IT FOR YOU? 

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Strawberry Colada Shakeology Recipe

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Shakeology Recipe:

  • 1 Packet Strawberry Shakeology
  • 8oz Caramel Macchiato Coffee (brewed/chilled/unsweetened)
  • 1 Cup Frozen Pineapple
  • 1 Tsp Coconut Oil
  • Splash of Almond Extract
  • Ice for desired thickness (I used about 6oz)
  • Blend and enjoy!

21 Day Fix: 1 Red, 1 Purple, 1 Tsp

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Coffee brewed using a Keurig Single K-Cup Machine

Recommended Blender: Ninja Professional

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Why Drink Shakeology Every Day? It can help you:

  • Lose weight – especially if you replace a meal with Shakeology every day.
  • Reduce junk food cravings – drink it in the morning to enjoy this benefit throughout the day
  • Increase your energy and feel healthier.
  • Improve your digestion and regularity.

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21 Day Fix Approved Snack: Greek Yogurt & Frozen Grapes

21 day fix approved snack

This is my favorite go-to afternoon 21 Day Fix approved snack!

Plain Greek Yogurt = 1 Red

Frozen Grapes = 1 Purple

Cinnamon = Free

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