“Put The Fork Down, Fatty!” -Love, MealEnders

It may sound harsh, but sometimes a little tough love is exactly what we need!

slap unhealthy food out of my hand ecard

I mean, how nice would that be? No more relying on the almighty willpower… no more having to talk yourself down off the overeating ledge… no more inhaling an entire bag of Oreos in one sitting… just someone to keep you on the straight and narrow so you don’t self-sabotage!

While it’s probably not likely that you’ll find a person to do this for you, there is a fantastic alternative that I’ve recently learned about! It’s called MealEnders!

mealenders four flavors

MealEnders utilize both physical and psychological cues to help you avoid overeating and master portion control.

Unlike other diets or diet aids that focus solely on your stomach, MealEnders cue the cessation of eating by targeting the mind’s attention and the body’s reaction to sensations. MealEnders keep your mind occupied for up to 20 minutes (the Overeating Zone), giving your brain time to realize you are actually full and don’t need to continue stuffing your face!

You may be wondering, “Won’t gum or an Altoid do the same thing?” Yes and no. For some people those alternatives will work. But, for those of us who are serious over-eaters and constantly find junk food tapping us on the shoulder tempting us to indulge, a simple breath mint isn’t going to do the trick.

I’ve struggled with overeating for as long as I can remember. It doesn’t matter that one or two pieces of pizza will fill me up – I need to eat four pieces because I just love pizza so damn much. So why not just stay away from pizza? Because a world where I can not eat pizza is a world where I don’t want to live. 

There has to be a better way – willpower is out. If one more person tells me, “just don’t eat any more,” I will punch them in the nostril. People who don’t struggle with overeating simply can’t understand what we go through. It sounds good in theory to just not eat junk food or to stop eating when you are no longer physically hungry but in reality that is a hell of a lot harder than it sounds for many of us. In some cases it feels downright impossible.

I’m thrilled to report that although nothing has helped me in the past, MealEnders ‘Duo-Sensory Taste System‘ has finally been the salvation I’ve been looking for. Never before have I felt so free from overeating and mindless junk food snacking! First the delicious Reward Layer treats you to the sweet taste of dessert – a signal we typically associate with the end of a meal. Then the Inner Core’s Active-Taste Layer releases a proprietary blend of gentle, cool tingling sensations on the tongue, making you really feel satisfied.

mealenders

Not only do I use MealEnders to keep from overeating at meals but I use them when I’m having major snack attacks. If I ate lunch at 1:00 and by 2:00 I’m wanting to eat everything in the house, I know I’m not physically hungry. My desire to eat is probably just because I’m stressed, or I’m bored, or the Dorritos are calling my name – in that instance I pop a MealEnders and I’m good to go!

I can’t express enough how grateful I am to have learned about MealEnders from Sweat Pink and for the opportunity I was given to sample MealEnders. I’ve been telling everyone about MealEnders and giving out samples to friends and family! Everyone loves them!

Annnnnnd…..MealEnders has been kind enough to allow me to give away four bags to one of my fantastic blog readers! The winner will receive one bag (containing 25 lozenges) of each flavor, Chocolate Mint, Mocha, Cinnamon, and Citrus.

Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win! Entry period ends Tuesday, March 30 at 11:59pm ET. Good luck!

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Don’t Go Goin’ to #FitBloggin’ Without Me

It’s that time of year again, the time of year when my Twitter feed becomes a flutter with everyone’s excitement about the upcoming FitBloggin conference and I really hope to be able to go. I was fortunate enough to attend FitBloggin’ in 2012 when it was in my hometown, Baltimore.


Why do I want to go to FitBloggin’ so bad? Well, here’s the description:

For bloggers interested in fitness, wellness, good food and a healthy lifestyle. Two days of education, networking, friendship and fun.

Since I began my journey with Beachbody last July, my passion for health and fitness has grown by leaps and bounds as I pursue my personal goals to be as healthy as possible while helping others do the same. Through talking to people in person to utilizing my social media channels and my blog, my desire to spread the healthy fit lifestyle message has never been stronger.

FitBloggin’ speakers cover topics ranging from “How to Build Readership Though Social Media” to “Eat, Move, Love: Finding Yourself Without Losing Your Mind” – and there are workouts, too! I know from my past FitBloggin’ experience that the takeaways from this conference will be priceless not only in my own personal health and fitness journey but in helping me learn what I can do to be a better Beachbody Coach and mentor.

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Why should you not go to FitBloggin’ without me? Well, because… who will retweet you and repost your Instagrams if I’m not there? Who will immediately send you a Facebook friend request and make sure we stay “real” friends forever? Who will become your loyal blog follower and help spread YOUR message in my absence? No one but me, that’s who!

Ok well…. maybe I got a little carried way. Those things will most likely happen with or without me at there, but why leave it up to chance?!

In all seriousness, FitBloggin’ is not only fun, it’s a really fantastic opportunity to meet other like-minded people, share your goals, your dreams, and build a support system of friends outside of your inner-circle – while learning lots, too! Whether you are just starting out on a fitness journey or you are an uber-passionate fitness enthusiast, FitBloggin’ is for you. If you have a blog and/or you share your health and fitness journey on social media – you DEFINITELY MUST GO!

I hope I get to go to FitBloggin’ and I hope to see you there, too!

PS: I can’t let you go without mentioning you can wear yoga pants at this conference – forget business casual – you go fitness comfortable!! Now I know you are sold!

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Beachbody 3-Day Refresh Sample Meal Plan

After a week of being sick and indulging in comfort food without exercising, I can’t think of a better time to do the Beachbody 3-Day Refresh! (For complete details of the 3-Day Refresh read this post.)

I studied the Program Guide, planned my course of attack, and hit the grocery store!

beachbody 3-day refresh

beachbody 3 day refresh sample meal planThe 3-Day Refresh Program Guide spells out each day, meal by meal and then gives you items from which to choose for each of the categories of Veggies, Fruits, Healthy Fats and Dinner Recipes. The book even has spaces for you to fill in what you’re going to eat to make it super easy!

So, here’s what I came up with for my 3-Day Refresh meal plan:

Day 1:

Upon Waking: 8-10 oz water (I will be adding apple cider vinegar for its health benefits but it is not noted as part of the program)

Breakfast: 1 serving chocolate Shakeology blended with frozen cherries, a splash of almond extract, and ice

Optional Morning Green Tea

Mid-Morning: 1 Fiber Sweep packet mixed in water

Lunch: 1 Vanilla Fresh Packet blended with a banana, spinach, cinnamon, coconut oil

Afternoon Snack: Carrots & hummus

Optional Afternoon Herbal Tea

Dinner: 1 Vanilla Fresh packet packet mixed in water with cinnamon & Spinach Salad recipe

Optional Evening Herbal Tea

Day 2:

Upon Waking: 8-10 oz water (I will be adding apple cider vinegar for its health benefits but it is not noted as part of the program)

Breakfast: 1 serving chocolate Shakeology blended with frozen strawberries, a splash of vanilla extract, and ice

Optional Morning Green Tea

Mid-Morning: 1 Fiber Sweep packet mixed in water

Lunch: 1 Vanilla Fresh Packet blended with a banana, kale, cinnamon, coconut oil

Afternoon Snack: Cucumber & hummus

Optional Afternoon Herbal Tea

Dinner: 1 Vanilla Fresh packet packet blended with water, ice, and cinnamon & Veggies Stir Fry recipe

Optional Evening Herbal Tea

Day 3:

Upon Waking: 8-10 oz water (I will be adding apple cider vinegar for its health benefits but it is not noted as part of the program)

Breakfast: 1 serving chocolate Shakeology blended with frozen cherries, a splash of almond extract, and ice

Optional Morning Green Tea

Mid-Morning: 1 Fiber Sweep packet mixed in water

Lunch: 1 Vanilla Fresh Packet blended with a banana, spinach, cinnamon, coconut oil

Afternoon Snack: Red pepper & hummus

Optional Afternoon Herbal Tea

Dinner: 1 Vanilla Fresh packet packet mixed in water with cinnamon & Cucumber and Tomato Salad recipe

Optional Evening Herbal Tea

Plus plenty of water, water, water each day!

There’s no reason to worry that you aren’t getting all the nutrients your body needs to operate. Between the Shakeology, Fiber Sweep, Vanilla Fresh and all the fruits and veggies – you’ll be in great shape!

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What is a Beachbody Challenge Group?

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If you are new to Beachbody Challenge Groups let me tell you a little about what you can expect. It is a private group on Facebook, hosted by yours truly. It is a place for daily accountability, motivation, support, and guidance as you work to reach your health and fitness goals. 

Sounds AMAZING right?!?

If you are serious about your journey and you are ready to get started here’s what you need to know:

#1 - It’s 28 Days. The first seven days make up “prep-week” where I share lots of tips, tricks, and resources to prepare you for success (usually you’re waiting for your program to arrive during this time.) The following 21 days is when you do the work! That’s right, this isn’t all fun and games. You will be doing an at-home workout program of your choice which can range from 10 minutes to 60 minutes per day (depending on the program you choose.) Once you’ve gone through one Challenge Group cycle, you are always welcome to move on to the next one to continue working towards your goals.

#2 - Nutrition is very important! Because I know that you may be limited in time to prep meals for the week and/or you’re faced with many obstacles and temptations to eat out with colleagues, friends, and family, I’m hopeful that all Challenge Group participants can commit to replacing one meal a day with Shakeology… and I mean EVERY SINGLE DAY!! (If you absolutely can not squeeze Shakeology into your budget, let’s talk, I don’t want anyone to be excluded on this point. I’ll help you figure out a solution that aligns with your budget.)

#3 – There will be PRIZES!! Participate daily to earn points towards the Challenge Grand Prize (and some surprise prizes here and there) by checking in, sharing your workouts, favorite motivational quotes, healthy recipes etc… The whole point is that we build a support system and break your old bad habits to help you achieve INCREDIBLE results!

#4 – You could win $100,000!! (No, that is not a typo!) Just complete any Beachbody fitness program and share your results on the Beachbody website (I will show you where.) Beachbody is giving away over $1 MILLION this year, including two $100,000 grand prizes, big daily cash payouts, and more! (Oh, and you’ll get a free t-shirt featuring the program you completed just for submitting your before and after photos!)

#5- We will have FUN!!

Now I’m not saying Beachbody is the ONLY way to lose weight and get healthier, but I am saying it is a fantastic guide that takes the guesswork out. I have been hosting challenge groups for many months at least once a month and the consensus is HANDS DOWN, the people who commit to a Beachbody fitness program AND Shakeology while checking in daily with their Challenge Group GET BETTER RESULTS. The ones who invest, the people with SKIN IN THE GAME, seem to stick with it and take it seriously.

If you are ready to make an investment in YOU and your health and fitness click here to select your Challenge Pack. Once you have completed your purchase, I will contact you via email with the link to join the Facebook Challenge Group.  If you’d prefer to contact me to help you choose the best program to fit your needs, I’d be happy to do so!

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What Can You Undo in 3 Days? Find Out with the Beachbody 3-Day Refresh

WHAT IS THE 3-DAY REFRESH™?

The 3-Day Refresh is a scientifically designed program that helps you fast-track your weight loss, kick-start healthy eating, and get a clean break from bad nutrition habits. 3-Day Refresh is a simple, straightforward program that will help cleanse your body and improve the way you feel— without starving yourself. Unlike juice cleanses or liquid fasts which tend to be high in sugar and low in protein (leaving you feeling weak, hungry, and sluggish), this easy-to-follow program helps support your metabolism while nourishing your vital organs.

beachbody 3 day refresh with shakeology

WHY REFRESH?

Maybe you feasted like a king or queen over the weekend, and want get back on track. Perhaps you simply just want to lose that last bit of annoying pudge. Maybe you used to eat healthy but little by little you fell off the wagon and now are ready to climb back on. It’s also possible you’ve never had a healthy diet but you’re finally ready to start. Sometimes you want to quickly drop a few pounds for an upcoming social event. Or perhaps you’re kick-starting a new workout program and want to shift into high gear right away. Or maybe, just maybe, you’re ready for a few days of clean eating just because it’s the right thing to do. Whatever your “maybe” may be, we all have those times when we want to get our nutrition on track—and that’s what the 3-Day Refresh is all about. This program is the easiest way to break the cycle of bad eating habits while creating new ones, conquer your cravings, flatten your stomach, feel lighter and more energized, sleep more soundly, detoxify your body, and dramatically improve the way you feel—ALL WITHOUT STARVING! (Honestly based on my experience with the 21 Day Fix, I’m worried it may be too much to eat!)

WHEN TO REFRESH?

You can use it anytime you need to lose a few pounds quickly. Or kick-start a cleaner diet. Maybe after a long weekend of eating everything in sight. When you want your clothes to fit a little looser. Before, during, or after a workout regimen. You may choose to do it once a month to keep your habits sharp and your body healthy. You can pretty much do the 3-Day Refresh whenever you feel like recharging. Personally, I’m going to do it once per month beginning on March 2nd. March 2nd is also the start date of my next Beachbody Challenge Group so I will use it to kick my butt into gear for that 3 week challenge.

beachbody 3 day refresh

WHAT IS THE 3 WEEK CHALLENGE?

Every month I host (and participate in) a 3 week Beachbody Challenge Group. The Challenge Group is run via a private Facebook Group where we can share, ask questions and help keep one another motivated and accountable. To participate in the Challenge Group, you simply purchase one of the Beachbody Challenge Packs, and you’re in! I will email you a link to the Challenge Group so you can jump right in. When you join a Beachbody Challenge you are eligible for prizes (both gifts and money!) depending upon your efforts. Each 3 week Challenge begins with a Prep Week. During Prep Week I provide tips, tools, and resources to help you hit the ground running when the Challenge officially starts. We’ll talk proper hydration, nutrition, meal planning, positive thinking strategies, and much more.

CAN I DO THE 3-DAY REFRESH AND THE 3 WEEK CHALLENGE?

Of course! As I mentioned earlier, I will be doing the 3-Day Refresh during the first 3 days of the next 3 week challenge. This month my favorite Beachbody program, the 21 Day Fix is actually being offered as a package with the 3-Day Refresh and Shakeology for $70 cheaper than the regular price. Purchasing this 21 Day Fix Kick Start Challenge Pack would be a great way to do both the 3-Day Refresh and the 21 Day Fix during the 3 week challenge. There are a few other programs that also come bundled with the 3-Day Refresh & Shakeology, when you click here to see all of the Challenge Packs, the ones that include the 3-Day Refresh have “Kick Start” in the name.

the beachbody 3 day refresh

HOW DO I PURCHASE THE 3-DAY REFRESH BY ITSELF?

If you already have Shakeology ► Shakeology is part of the 3-Day Refresh but if you already get Shakeology monthly and are currently stocked up, you can click here to purchase just the 3-Day Refresh without Shakeology.

If you do not have Shakeology ► You need it! You can either click here to purchase the 3-Day Refresh Challenge Pack with includes a month supply of Shakeology or click here to purchase the 3-Day Refresh with 3 Packets of Shakeology.  Personally I recommend the Challenge Pack which gives you a month of Shakeology because after you do the 3-Day Refresh and are feeling great, you’ll want to continue taking care of yourself and getting your daily dose of super foods and nutrients by replacing one meal per day with Shakeology.

ARE YOU IN?!

As a reminder, here are the dates I’ll be doing the 3-Day Refresh and the next 3 Week Challenge if you want to follow along with me: Prep Week of the next 3 Week Challenge starts Monday, February 23. The 3 Week Challenge starts Monday, March 2 and I will be doing the 3-Day Refresh March 2, 3, and 4. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment, reach out to me on Facebook, or email me.

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If You Worked out but Didn’t Blog about It Does It Count? #FitFebruary Days 13, 14, 15, & 16

Guys, I’m back! Don’t worry I didn’t fall off the workout wagon – my #FitFebruary workout streak lives on! I just didn’t get a chance to blog for three days. I’ll take that over not working out!

So let’s recap….

Day 13 was Valentine’s Day. The boyfriend and I took the dog for a 2.5 mile hike and then I did 21 Day Fix, Dirty 30 in my “Naughty” socks in honor of the occasion☺ I was on point with my hydration and nutrition until we went to a play and out to dinner to celebrate the day. But hey, who can blame me! It was well worth it, too!

21 day fix dirty thirty ak stout

Day 14 was Sunday Funday! Due to a Fitbit Weekend Warrior Challenge, I got my butt to the gym to do the rowing machine and arc trainer since it was like -14 degrees outside and I couldn’t do my usual walk with the dog (sorry, Poe!) Following the gym, I did 21 Day Fix, 10 Min Abs then gulped down some chocolate Shakeology for my post-workout nutrition.

ak stout beachbody coach shakeology

Day 15 I hit the gym again because the boyfriend had off for President’s Day and I don’t really like to do my workout in the living room while he’s here watching. (And really, I was only motivated by my Fitbit to go to the gym. Prior to the Fitbit I would have used his presence as an excuse to skip my workout entirely.) I walked to the gym despite the below zero temperature and did a 2000m row on the rowing machine and 40 minutes on the arc trainer.

ak stout fitbit

And that brings us to today, Day 16! So far today I’ve done 21 Day Fix, Upper Fix & 10 Min Abs followed by chocolate ShakeologyI’m hoping to get to the gym this afternoon, too, to hit my 10,000 step Fitbit goal! I’ve done the 21 Day Fix Upper Fix & 10 Min Abs so many times I actually have them memorized so I watched Live with Kelly & Michael today while I did my workout – this really made the time seem to go by faster! As you can see in the picture they were both shocked and awed by my workout☺

ak stout 21 day fix upper fix

So there you have it. My #FitFebruary workout streak proof in pictures! Check back later when I unveil plans for my next Beachbody Challenge Group and let you in on how you can participate!

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#FitFebruary Day 12: Spreading the Fit Love with a Fitbit Zip #AmazonGiveaway

Happy Friday the 13th! My #FitFebruary workout streak lives on and I have my Fitbit to thank for that! Since I got my Fitbit Charge HR I’m OBSESSED with reaching my daily step goal! Why? Because of the awesome CHALLENGES you can do through the app. There’s a Goal Day Challenge, a Work Week Hustle Challenge, a Weekend Warrior Challenge, etc…. you can challenge 9 of your Fitbit friends to help keep them motivated to reach their goals. This totally ignited my uber competitive side and has pushed me to do everything in my power to reach my daily step goal.

Usually, weather permitting, I walk the dog 4.5 miles every morning so that pretty much takes care of my 10,000 step goal, but on a day like today when it was -2 degrees outside with wind chill that didn’t happen. Old me would have said, “Oh good, I’m sleeping in!” New me got her butt out of bed, did 21 Day Fix, Pilates Fix then walked to the gym to do the rowing machine and adaptive motion trainer. WHO AM I?! So right now it’s 2:30pm and I’m only 1,100 steps away from me goal – I can do it!!

Because I’ve been so crazy motivated by my Fitbit, I want to help YOU join in the fitness challenge fun by giving away two Fitbit Zips! You have Amazon to thank for my generosity here….they just rolled out their new giveaway platform and I was dying to try it! So click here go enter! But hurry, once there’s a second winner, it’s over!

amazon-giveaway fitbit

Now that the fun part is out of the way, I mean not that the rest of this isn’t worth reading….but I know why you are probably here☺ Instead of video recording my 21 Day Fix Pilates Fix workout this morning I wanted to work on my plank form so I took some pictures. I’ve always thought my plank form was pretty solid but when I looked at the first picture I was definitely suffering from “high-butt” syndrome. This really helped me correct my form and get the most out of my plank!

proper plank form

Next was my brisk, chilly walk to the gym. But, don’t I look happy about it?!

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Lunch was one of my protein-packed go-to’s. Spinach, can of white albacore tuna fish, 2 hard boiled eggs, 2 tbps feta, 2 tbsp roasted red pepper hummus and hot sauce!

21 day fix approved tuna salad

Dinner will be something from the Omaha Steaks package I got Geoffrey for Valentine’s Day!

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, make sure you enjoy the day tomorrow – don’t fret about your diet or anything like that, allow yourself to enjoy – you deserve it! (But don’t skip your workout!!)

 

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My Sevenly CauseBox Unboxing

I’ve been a fan of Sevenly for a long time now. I have purchased several of their T-Shirts with a portion of the profits being donated to charity.

Sevenly was founded in 2011 by four people who shared the mission of leading a generation toward generosity. Based on a core belief that “People Matter,” they began a journey to do their part in helping to change the world for the better. Activating the “cause art” movement worldwide, Sevenly began by creating 7-day cause campaigns, inviting customers to purchase products that gave $7 to a weekly charity. Now widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading “social good” companies, mashable.com just named Sevenly “America’s most social business” and “one of the Top 10 Stories in the First 10 Years of Facebook.”

Recently Sevenly has jumped on the subscription box band wagon with the launch of their quarterly CauseBox.

In each box, you will receive at least $150 worth of products for women from Sevenly’s favorite socially conscious brands. We will also introduce a new, exclusive Sevenly product in each box (!) Everything inside the box reflects our belief that “People Matter,” but if we told you exactly what you were going to receive, it wouldn’t be a surprise :)

There are several charities from which you can choose to support or you can have Sevenly choose their featured charity each quarter.

sevenly causebox charity selection

Being both a Sevenly fan and a subscription box junkie, I was super excited to sign up and receive my first CauseBox.

So here’s a sneak peek of my first box!

The excitement mounts…

sevenly causebox

And the unboxing commences…

sevenly causebox people matter

Look at all the pretty goodies!

sevenly causebox what's in the box

How about a closer look…

1. This Bar Saves Lives

It’s simple: for every bar you buy, we give a packet of life-saving food to a child in need. We eat together.

this bar saves lives

2. sweetriot

When you purchase from us, you are supporting a women-owned company making all-natural healthy chocolate treats and snacks in a socially responsible way.

sweetriot

3. fashionABLE

Your purchase of a fashionABLE product creates sustainable business in Africa.  We are committed to long-term solutions to fighting poverty, and our main focus is creating opportunities for vulnerable women.  That means that your purchase creates jobs, so that the women are not dependent upon charity, but instead are a vital part of a developing economy.

fashionable able scarf

4. Sseko

Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that hires high potential women in Uganda to make sandals to enable them to earn money through dignified employment that will go directly towards their college educations and ensure they will continue pursuing their dreams.

sseko designs

5. Matterial Fix

Matterial Fix jewelry is inspired by charities empowering girls; their story is our purpose. Every purchase is a voice for change, a chance to make materialism matter. 10% of sales is donated to see girls educated, dreaming, and thriving.

Matterial Fix

6. Sevenly Change For Change Jar (Just a fun little extra gift/idea from Sevenly themselves.)

sevenly change for change jar

7. Gramr Gratitude Co. 

We’re making the world a more grateful place, and making it cool to write thank-you notes. Happiness starts with a habit of gratitude.

Gramr Gratitude Co.

The end!

I opted to pay $59.99 per quarter but I also had the option to pay for the entire year in advance for $49.99 per quarter. I totaled up my CauseBox items and figured roughly $130 not including the Sevenly Change Jar (because they don’t sell that.) I feel like I got a great value while helping some fantastic causes and am definitely looking forward to see what comes next quarter!

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#FitFebruary Days 10 & 11: Why You Should Record Your Workouts and Go to Happy Hour

Why hello there! I didn’t get a chance to blog yesterday because, well, I went to Happy Hour instead! That’s right, I’m a Beachbody Coach on a fit and healthy lifestyle journey with a weight loss goal and I freakin’ go to Happy Hour! And yes, Happy Hour absolutely deserves to be capitalized!

But let’s back up. Before I went to Happy Hour yesterday, I got my workout out on to continue my #FitFebruary workout streak. I walked the dog 4.5 miles in the morning and then did 21 Day Fix, Lower Fix (leg day) and 10 Min Abs.

#PictureProof:

I’ve been really enjoying recording my workouts recently for a few reasons… 1. I can watch myself and push myself to keep going 2. I can analyze my form and make sure I’m getting the most out of my movements 3. I’m not staring at the countdown timer so time feels like it goes by faster 4. I can go back and watch previous videos to see my progress week after week, and 5. I can give you guys a sneak peek into what the different Beachbody workouts look like.

Today for my workout the boyfriend and I got up early and went to the gym again! I did the rowing machine for 25 min (5000 m) then cooled down for 10 min on the adaptive motion trainer. After that it was another 4.5 mile walk with the dog.

This afternoon I had a non-scale victory when I reached for carrots and hummus instead of pita chips and hummus. For dinner I made meatloaf in the crockpot and mashed cheesy cauliflower. I actually prepared the meatloaf two days ago and froze it until I was ready to cook it today. I’m definitely going to research more freezer meal options – it would be awesome to prepare dinner for the entire week during the weekend, freeze those suckers and pop them in the crock pot every day! Will keep you posted on my findings. I’m counting the mashed cheesy cauliflower as another non-scale victory – not necessarily for me but for Geoffrey….because he’s all about the carbs and the starches – if I had given him his choice of what he wanted with the meatloaf he most certainly would have had said potatoes. So I didn’t give him the option….and turns out he loved the cauliflower substitute!! I’m slowly rubbing off on him!

Ok so two days of workouts and one pretty healthy dinner…now back to that Happy Hour yesterday. I’m bound and determined to stick with my workouts, eat healthy 80% of the time and still lose weight while being able to enjoy my favorite things…like…you guessed it! Happy Hour! We’re not talking daily Happy Hours we’re talking one day per week (ok maybe two on occasion) but it’s certainly not going to kill me – if anything it’s going to make me work harder and not be a grumpy self-restricted health nut monster. So until this turns out to be a bad idea and seems to be stifling my progress…Happy Hour lives on! I’ve done strict, I’ve done restricted, I’ve done no carb, I’ve done low fat, I’ve done no sugar and IT HASN’T worked so why not give this a whirl?!

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#FitFebruary Day 9 Love, Hate, Dedicate + Taco Tuesday

#FitFebruary for me is all about figuring out ways to keep on the healthy and fit train. I’ve yo-yo dieted for years and years and years. Losing weight for me hasn’t been a problem – it’s the keeping it off part that is a big, huge, ugly monster that I can’t seem to conquer – so now I’m doing some major analyzing of what I’ve done in the past to try to figure out how to lose weight and keep it off for good.

My first step is the working out component. I know I need to stick with that. I need to be stronger than my excuses and push play even on days that I don’t feel like it. If I know there’s going to be an issue of time I’m going to get my butt out of bed as early as I need to and get it done. No excuses, no quitting. I must do this.

I’m tackling this monster head on by attempting a workout streak this month. I didn’t come up with the idea until Feb 2nd so today is day 9 and I’m still going strong! Today’s workout was 21 Day Fix, Upper Fix & 10 Min Abs and Les Mills Combat Kick Start. I probably mentioned this in a previous post but I am really digging Combat. Granted I’ve only done the one Kick Start workout and there are several more in the program but this is making me happy and helping me look forward to working out which is really helpful.

You’ll see in the video below I had a little interference in the middle of my workout! My dog, Poe, decided that my time to get down and plank was time to play! After I gave him a treat he went to his bed and let me carry on☺ Oh, and notice my new Love Fitness Apparel gear! I just had to have this “Love, Hate, Dedicate” shirt because it totally describes my attitude towards working out. The “Beast” socks came free with the shirt but they make me feel totally bad ass!

Workout…..check!

Now to the food part. This is my big problem. I like to eat. There I said it. I love food. I love good food. I love junk food. I love sweets. I love carbs. You get the idea. I’m beginning to realize that depriving myself of the things I like to eat because I’m trying to lose weight and/or keep it off is my downfall. So my new goal is to try to “health up” my favorite foods so that I don’t feel deprived and can still enjoy some good eats.

Perhaps you are familiar with “Taco Tuesdays”… I guess this came about because Taco and Tuesday both begin with “T’s”….probably some Mexican restaurant made this realization and all of the others decided this was a good way to run a special promotion. Whatever the reason, I like Tacos and today is Tuesday. So this Tuesday instead of heading to my local Mexican place, I made my own tacos! Admittedly tacos are one of the easiest things to make but I really don’t cook. Ever. So this is a pretty big deal for me.

21 day fix approved slow cooker carnitas

Just like yesterday I headed to my trusty 21 Day Fix Approved Recipes Pinterest Board and found an awesome recipe for Slow Cooker Carnitas….in a word…amazing. The boyfriend said I can add this to the list of his favorite meals I’ve made! Win! I used whole grain mixed with corn soft tortillas and garnished them with lettuce, avocado, shredded cheese and salsa. Happy Taco Tuesday!

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