Don’t Be Afraid of Treats this Halloween

Happy Halloween!! But is it really “happy”?! For me it is! I LOVE HALLOWEEN! And even though I’m a bit of a health and fitness nut, I’m here to tell you to STOP HIDING from the treats you love this Halloween!

When you’re dieting and/or on a weight loss journey holidays can be downright terrifying. On Halloween we are surrounded by treats galore – candy corn, caramel apples, pumpkin beer, cider, etc…. most health and fitness gurus/enthusiasts will write blog posts this time of year with titles such as, “10 Tips to Stay on Track During Halloween” and “How to Avoid Halloween Temptations” – not this girl!! I’m here to tell you to JUST ENJOY! (But of course get back on track tomorrow☺)

Last year during this time I was doing Weight Watchers and I participated in a weekly Wednesday night Twitter Weight Watchers chat. The Wednesday before Halloween all we did was talk about how we were going to stay within our points and “be good” on Halloween – it was kind of a depressing chat to be perfectly honest – people were really, really dreading the October 31st temptations they’d be facing. When Halloween came I felt so tormented by all of the yummy treats that I wanted, I couldn’t enjoy anything….and when I did slip a few pieces of candy I FELT AWFUL about doing it, like I had failed myself, and I failed the plan, and my willpower just wasn’t strong enough. This sent me into a downward spiral of negative self-talk that threw me off entirely for a couple of days. I figured, since I had “cheated” on Halloween that I should just eat whatever I wanted for the next couple of days because “it didn’t matter I had already failed.” I ate out of emotion because I felt “bad” and guilty. It was just terrible.

on halloween we workout and enjoy our treats

This time, I’ve been following the 21 Day Fix nutrition and exercise program since July 28th. I get in the 30 min workouts 6 or 7 times/week, I’ve been eating healthy and minding my portions and through doing so I’ve been losing weight and getting lean and strong! And you know what?! This year I’m going to freakin’ enjoy Halloween!! I’m not going to figure out how many calories I’ve consumed in mini-Snickers. I’m not going to trade in my yellow containers for wine – I will have the pumpkin beer. I am coloring outside the lines of the 21 Day Fix meal plan today and I DON’T CARE. I’m going to love every second of it, I’m going to love myself and tomorrow I’ll be happy (okay maybe I’ll have a bit of a tummy ache) but I won’t be feeling guilty, I won’t feel like I “cheated”, I won’t feel bad about anything – I’ll be ready to get my workout in and get back to eating healthy. One day is not going to derail all of the hard work I’ve been putting in if I don’t let it!!

So enjoy today! Celebrate a fun holiday with friends and family, let yourself live, do what you want to do – have your candy and eat it, too!! Happy Halloween!

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Healthy for the Holidays Challenge

Want to get Healthy for the Holidays and earn some AMAZING prizes while doing it?!? My extended Beachbody Coach family is coming together for an AWESOME 30 Day Challenge starting November 3rd!!!

We’ll be sharing our FAVORITE Healthy Holiday Recipes and helping you to stay on track to reach your goals during this time of the year!! Do it for yourself and for the, “You look amazing!” comments from friends and family during your Holiday gatherings!

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To join, use the Challenge Pack Selector and pick the program that best aligns with your current fitness level & goals! ► http://bit.ly/holidaychallenge

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The Time You’re Waiting For is Now

We have FUN on SUNDAY but first we WORK! When I started the #21DayFix on July 28th I promised myself I was starting for the last time – starting on one final weight-loss/get healthy & fit journey…it’s my promise to me and it’s my promise to you. I will lead by example, I will not give up. I won’t gain back the weight I’ve lost like I have year after year. I.WILL.KEEP.GOING.

Are you tired of working really, really hard only to slip back into old habits? Are you waiting for that one thing that will “finally work”? Have you thought to yourself recently, “I really need to get back in shape and work on myself.”? Are you afraid to start because you’re afraid to fail?

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I’ve been there – over and over again. But I’m here to tell you that all of those reasons, and excuses, and delays are only mental – you need to get out of your own way – you need to let everything go – have faith in yourself and YOU CAN DO IT. One day at a time, one pound at a time. STOP WISHING FOR IT, and START WORKING FOR IT.

Who’s ready to join me? Who’s ready to take a leap of faith and put your all into starting for the last time? Who’s ready to see the expressions on your friends’ and families’ faces this year when they see a change in you – a change for the HAPPIER?!

I BELIEVE in this program – the 21 Day Fix is simple, healthy eating, 30 min/day at-home exercises and a delicious, uber-nutritious meal-replacement shake. If you give the program 21 days and don’t feel like it worked for you – you can send it back and get your money back. So where’s the risk? The only risk is in not trying.

Scroll through my IG {http://instagram.com/akstout18} to see me living this program. Email me with questions {akstoutemail@gmail.com}. Buy the program and have ME IN YOUR CORNER, every day, every step of the way helping keep you motivated & accountable. I won’t leave you to do this alone! What do you say? Commit to get fit today: http://bit.ly/21DayFixwAK

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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??

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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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