Apr 26 2016
What is Beachbody On Demand?
Don’t like DVDs? Me either! Which is why I LOVE Beachbody on Demand so much! BOD is a new feature from Team Beachbody where you can stream Beachbody’s many proven fitness programs. Premium team members can work out anywhere, anytime when they stream the Beachbody workouts. Ultimately it offers you unlimited access and a one-stop shop to hundreds of awesome workouts.
You can access On Demand through a web browser or through the Beachbody On Demand app/channel on supported devices. To access on a web browser, simply log into club.teambeachbody.com and sign in, or sign up.
How Much Does It Cost?
- $39.95 for 90 days access (weekly breakdown of just $2.99)
- 30-day free trial!
What is Included?
- Dozens of Beachbody workouts
- 10% discount on future purchases in the Team Beachbody store
- Meal plans customized for your unique lifestyle and goals
- VIP access to celebrity trainers and experts, including live chats
- Your own personal coach for one-on-one guidance and support
- Message boards and chat rooms for answers to all your questions
What Programs Are Included?
- Member Library The fitness programs available to stream under the Member Library section currently include: P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Insanity, TurboFire, Brazil Butt Lift, Ten Minute Trainer, ChaLEAN Extreme, INSANITY: The Asylum (Vol 1), INSANITY: The Asylum (Vol 2), Tony One-on-One (vol 1), Tony One-on-One (vol 2), Tony One-on-One (vol 3), Hip Hop Abs, Hip Hop Abs Deluxe, Tai Cheng, Rev Abs, Rockin Body, Shaun T Dance Party, Turbo Jam, Total Body Solution, Yoga Booty Ballet, Ho’ Ala ke Kino, Power Half Hour, Great Body Guaranteed, Get on the Ball, Power 90 and Project You, Slim in 6, Slim Series Express, Slim Series, Brazil Butt Lift Master Series and ChaLEAN Extreme Deluxe. Also included are Niche Workouts by Sagi Kalev, Autumn Calabrese, Joel Freeman, Jericho McMatthews and Tony Horton. They are added monthly and only available in the On Demand Member Library. Check out Leandro Carvalho’s new exclusive On Demand workouts Carnivale & the 4 Active Maternity workouts for new & expectant mothers (see NICHE WORKOUTS & TRAINER Q&A below for details).
- Purchased Programs Allows Premium Club members to stream DVD programs they have purchased from Beachbody, Team Beachbody, or the Beachbody Amazon storefront, if available. Programs available to stream after purchase under Purchased Programs currently include: 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Body Beast, Focus T25, Insanity MAX:30, P90, PiYo, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, CIZE, CIZE: The Next Level and 22 Minute Hard Corps. And, for a limited time, buy the Digital Unlock for Body Beast, Cize, or Focus T25 to gain On Demand streaming access without DVD purchase (for details, view FAQ 1282).
- Premium Content
& Sample Workouts Premium Content programs are Purchase Programs that a Club Member has not yet purchased either as a DVD or a Digital Unlock. Sample workouts (previously “Sneak Peek”) are available to stream, and can be found on each Premium Content program page. Sample workouts available to stream currently include: 21 Day Fix: Total Body Cardio, 21 Day Fix Extreme: Plyo, Body Beast: Total Body, PiYo: Sweat, Insanity Max:30: Sweat Int., P90: Sculpt A, Focus T25: Alpha Cardio, CIZE: Work Your Body, Hammer and Chisel: Iso Speed Hammer, and Hammer and Chisel: Total Body Chisel.
- Challenge Du Jour A daily rotation of workouts selected from different programs in the Beachbody Catalogue, as well as new monthly workouts performed by Beachbody Live Master Trainers exclusive to Beachbody On Demand. The rotation of workouts is carefully chosen to create an overall balanced fitness regimen. Master Trainer Challenge Du Jour is a special Challenge Du Jour that is always available. Master Trainer CDJ can be accessed through the Challenge Du Jour or Master Trainer pages.
Workout Anytime Anywhere:
One of the greatest perks of Beachbody on Demand is the fact that you can stream workouts from virtually any device such as web-enabled laptops, tablets, and even mobile devices. This adds so much opportunity in terms of where you get your workout on! And yes, it even works internationally!
Ready to sign up for the Beachbody On Demand membership? CLICK HERE to get started!
Mar 25 2016
Our Free Trip
Free Trip….are you kidding me?! At the end of 2013, I had heard of this “free trip” but didn’t understand how it worked. I asked my husband, he just said I needed to help 3-5 people a month. I already had the passion to help women find their health and fitness, now I had just that much more motivation. See, there is still always that little bit of fear, nagging in the background. Not with this! I was going to get that free trip! So in 2014 I accomplished my goal. I helped 3-5 women a month…sometimes more and my husband and I, (yes you can bring a guest), got to go to the Moon Palace in Cancun in 2015!!
It was amazing. Literally blew my mind that we were there and not having to pay to be there! Talk about a dream come true! It also kept my fire lit. I already had been hitting my goals for 2015, but it really pushed me to become more of a leader. I really buckled down. Guess what? I earned my second free trip, this time on the largest cruise ship in the world, the Oasis of the Sea! We were heading to the Caribbean to visit both the Bahamas and Jamaica! I also must mention….the relationships we have built online around the country and Canada, but seeing everyone in person is also part of the “dream come true”. It is beyond amazing!
For this trip, we headed down to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida a day early and got prepared to board ship the next day. We got on the next day around 2 PM and get acquainted with the ship and started saying hi to all of our friends and join 6,000 other coaches to a cruise ship totally rented by our company. We all see each other usually twice a year, so it is definitely a reunion every time. The fun had begun! The next day was the Bahamas. There was so much to do, we chose to walk the town, checking out a local Rum Distillery, from the early 1800’s and then hung out on the beach. Absolutely beautiful and the culture was amazing!
After that we got to have a formal night on the ship, we dressed in our best, my hubby even wore a suit and tie, and we hung out with 3 different groups of friends! So awesome! The next day we were at sea all day. Every morning there were celebrity trainer, live workouts. Tony Horton from P90X, 22 Minute Hard Corps and P90, Autumn Calabrese from 21 Day Fix and Hammer and Chisel, Sagi Kalev from Body Beast and Hammer and Chisel, and Joel Freeman and Jericho McMathews from Les Mills Pump were at different times every morning. You could go to one or all 4 workouts!! It is always breathtaking to be with a huge, like minded group of people do a live workout! Right afterwards, all the pool bars had turned into Shakeology bars!! Amazingness!
The next two days were awesome! We went on an excursion in Jamaica, got to hang out at a private beach and have an authentic Jamaican lunch…delicious by the way and really just relax. We took naps, we worked out, we had a few drinks, we had cheat meals….a lot and really enjoyed our friends. It was perfect. It is beyond a blessing and so much fun. Take a look at all the pics!!
To say the least, this free trip is just another reason why this business we do has changed our lives. My husband I are so grateful for this opportunity. My goals were set in January and we have almost earned our free trip for 2017 in the Dominican Republic mega resort, Punta Cana!! I am so excited and can’t wait to be there with our team! As I write this, I want to make sure you have the opportunity to join me and my team. If you are at all intrigued… stop waiting and reach out. Health and fitness are what we are about, this is just one of the perks for getting yourself in shape and helping others do the same!! Send me a message here! I look forward to connecting and working on your goals!! Free Trips are the bomb! 🙂
Feb 01 2016
The Girl with no Goals
The girl in the before picture never made goals, felt self-conscience ALL the time, and had no idea how she was going to teach her kids about not giving up-because that’s all she knew how to do. She wasn’t in a place of need or guidance from God because she balanced it all on her own shoulders. She stayed in her comfort zone. Goals weren’t even in her thoughts. She ate her emotions and hid her true feelings from just about everyone. This was 9 years ago.
Fast forward 6 years and there was an opportunity placed in front of her. She watched as others shared their stories of where they came from and what they had accomplished. The goals they had made and accomplished. She wondered, why not me? Why couldn’t she earn extra money and make my own hours, actually make goals and hit them?
Working at Nordstrom’s left me wanting to not give up the niceties of life. Hello fashion, shoes and cosmetics!! Being able to support the family using the talents God gave me would be a win/win, right? Being healthy in mind, body and spirit for a career seemed pretty legit. To have something that fit in the cracks of my mommy-life and build on itself seemed too good to be true. I didn’t have all the health answers but I knew what was working for me and loved encouraging people. To have something that would teach me to step out, learn to fail and get back up and would continually build my character. Here’s more of my full story!
The Girl with Goals…..and Hitting Them!
Fast forward to present day. I’ve been able to use the gifts God has given me. I actually have made goals and hit them!! To invite others to join me in having more energy for their families. To stay home with the kiddos and work in my Juicy Couture sweats. To be challenged daily and fight the good fight of life and NEVER give up.
Maybe you don’t have kids yet but you want to make a career out of something that keeps you accountable to your own health goals? Maybe you’re a mommy but want something on the side for yourself? Or perhaps you want to grow a business at your own pace for when the kiddos are in school full time or off to college? Maybe you want to switch careers to something more meaningful than what you’re currently doing.
As I look at how much I’ve learned and grown, I can’t keep this to myself. I set goals, hit them and now help others do the same. Coaching has given this worker-bee girl a sense of pride and purpose. It allows us as a family to give more and be together lots. No more punching time-clocks for me. Only freedom to pay it forward and teach others how to share their stories. Message me to join our group next week to learn more….let’s hit some goals! ??
Jan 28 2016
My Healing Process
Oh the healing process….having patience in this area is not my at all my forte. As I sit and recover from the 3 surgeries I’ve had over the past 2 1/2 months, I think about this time last year. It’s funny how health changes, and how life changes. My hubs is in the exclusive Test Group for the soon to be released 22 Minute Hard Corps, and I haven’t worked out at all. His nutrition is on point and mine is right up there but not as perfect. He looks better this year than last, me…not as much.
When I see this picture it makes me proud. It was at our earned trip to Cancun, Mexico with our Beachbody family. I almost had a six-pack…say, what??!! I worked relentlessly, I pushed almost daily. Sure, it was simple nutrition and 30-40 minute workouts at home, but it worked because my heart and soul were in it. These plans I talk about work!!!
What this makes me want is to say that YOU can give your heart and soul to your health. You can make better choices and continue to learn about what works best for your body. You can get over any hang ups that hold you back. You can get stronger and gain flexibility, if you really want it.
I am growing ever more thankful as each day passes as the healing process continues. The fact that I am even able to do fitness at all is a HUGE blessing for me. I whisper prayers of thanks as I do my workouts because I know working my body is a gift from God. Feeling the endorphin high and muscle soreness is an addiction I will never quit!!! I miss it so much! For those of you working out today, will you comment below and post that you got your sweat on? You better believe when I am released to workout again, I will be ALL over it! Our next trip is 6 weeks away and I want to feel just as good as I did last year knowing I gave my all….heart and soul! So now I will continue waiting as the healing process takes its course!
Jan 27 2016
Salmon Gluten-Free Dinner
I love have a gluten-free dinner that my whole family enjoys. I was the queen of white bread sandwiches with the crust cut off. Doritos. Candy. Fast food. Frozen dinners. All throughout my 20’s. As my husband started his health transformation, after our daughter was born, and I started seeing how much his nutrition made a difference, I really started finding new options. Finding staple gluten-free options is now a priority.
Now at 37, I don’t have time or the freedom to have my energy completely zapped from me with poor nutrition. I have fought the good fight to say bye-bye to fast food and that was a slow process! Our kids don’t even know what McDonald’s is. Extreme? Maybe, but we want them to have proper fuel just like we do. They ate this for dinner last night too! Meals like this used to be boring to me and now they are a blessing.
Salmon Gluten-Free Dinner Recipe
- Broiled wild salmon with Trader Joe’s garlic salt on it (7-10 minutes under a 500 degree broil).
- The topping is a recipe from ohsheglows.com
- One avocado
- 1/2 cup of cilantro
- 1-2 Tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1-2 Tbsp of water
- Food process until smooth!
So very delicious as a dip for anything! We steamed broccoli and there you have it. A wonderful, absolutely balanced gluten-free dinner that really keeps the body happy and healthy. Do not think that you aren’t making a difference when you put the right food in front of your family. Their bodies will love you for it! As the mother of the house, I really take pride in providing the best options possible, especially for my kids. So go make your gluten-free dinner and your family will love you for it!
Jan 26 2016
22 Minute Hard Corps Update
22 Minute Hard Corps is now into week 4 for my husband Matt! I am going to have him tell you all about it!
“Wow….all I can say is WOW!!! 22 Minute Hard Corps has to be the best workout program I have ever done. I have done Body Beast, P90X, Insanity, T25, 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, P90X2 and P90X3. I have done half of Hammer and Chisel, got interrupted when I was rudely invited to do this test group, by corporate Beachbody!! So here I am. Already through an entire three weeks and I cannot believe how much my body has changed!
I am already down 13lbs and down over 7.5 inches…..most of the loss is in my waist and chest…my two hardest areas to tone. I have never had good definition in my abs and they are on there way to be the best I’ve ever had…..and it’s only been three weeks!! This is an eight week program! It is difficult though. There are awesome modifications, so no worries there, but it is fast pace. Tony Horton, the man, really takes this workout program to an entirely new level!! He makes 22 Minute Hard Corps the extreme. If you are already in shape….this will challenge you.
I would say I started this program in decent shape, or so I thought. As soon as I began, I knew I was going to have to dig deeper than ever before. I thought I could jump right through 22 minutes! I mean common….it is only 22 minutes!! Nope, it is awesome. Here is a little example of one of the moves. I could probably do 3 or 4 of these at the beginning, now I can do over 20!!
This last week, my wife had to go through a 3rd surgery, the 3rd in the last 3 months! It has been a challenging time. The thing I always forget is that when you are doing a full body, cardio, circuit style training, you not only gain muscle, but you gain so much energy! Energy has just gone out the roof. I have had so much fun playing with my kids at night…we will rough house for up to 3 hours after dinner! I used to be gassed after an hour! 22 Minute Hard Corps is really changing my life. I am feeling so amazing!
I also did have a slight setback…but I didn’t let that get in my way.
22 Minute Hard Corps Nutrition
This is the part that I needed a lot of work on. Prior to 22 Minute Hard Corps I had been trying to bulk. At the beginning of 2015 I was doing Body Beast. I am a tall 6’7″ man. Getting meat on my bones has not been easy, getting fat is. I can gain weight quickly. I decided to really work on it all of 2015. I did one full round of Body Beast, then almost all the way through a second round. After that I began doing a lot of circuit training with heavier weights. This meant one main thing. Food and lots of it! Definitely mostly healthy but definitely not perfect. I was averaging between 3500-4500 calories a day.
With 22 Minute Hard Corps I have lowered my calorie count to around 2400-2500 per day. I am having a ratio of 1:1 protein to my weight, higher fat and middle of the road carbohydrates. I have Shakeology (learn more about it here) once a day, sometimes twice depending on how busy I am. I really do mix macros and 21 Day Fix food containers. It is a perfect balance. The nutrition is so very important to me. I am having only natural sugars through some fresh fruit and occasional dry fruit. I am not drinking alcohol right now. There comes a point when you just want to see what your body is capable of and how it will react. I am trying to eat six meals a day. I try to keep my yellow containers to no later than 4:00PM.
This is also the part that I have to have the most discipline with. Late night snacking has always been an issue for me. Through this time I will only have Recharge (learn more about it here), an amazing Beachbody supplement or a Vegan protein shake. I do have whey protein as well, but very minimally. I use both Vega and Orgain protein powders. I tend to stay away from animal products because I am having a decent amount of meat. I always try to have greens with my meat, the fiber will help with digestion. I also have a staple kale dish I have almost everyday. I am continually tweaking it.
22 Minute Hard Corps Continues
I can’t wait for Stacy to join me. I know she would be doing far better than me at this point. Her crazy physical craziness, (you can read about it here, and here) have really taken a tole on her and I can’t wait for her to be back at it! I need my partner keeping me focused! I have one of the workouts down fully. I can do every move all the way through and am now cutting out some of the rest times….don’t worry, their not very long! I still modify pull ups and chin ups, since I still can only do a few. It is fun to see the progression! It is amazing to be in a challenge group, where everyone posts and we are all a team, focused on getting results!
I am also taking emails! If you are interested at all in doing 22 Minute Hard Corps, it will be available in March, I would love to get you in a group, so that I can notify you of it’s release as soon as it comes out! So comment on this post or better yet email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put in the subject line “GETSOME”! That is the official hashtag of this program! Stacy and I look forward to going through this process with you!!
Jan 18 2016
The Reason For This Mom’s Breast Augmentation
Oh man…..breast augmentation. This is so exciting for me to sit down and write but very terrifying all at the same time. I have been waiting a few years now to go through this “mommy makeover” so to speak. Oh man, oh man, oh man…..breast augmentation. I have learned, since becoming a health coach 3 years ago, that sharing my struggles, journey and thoughts can help other women feel like they are not alone. So here I am sharing something super vulnerable and scary but I hope to educate, inspire or whatever else you need from this glimpse into the most recent part of my journey.
A little background on me. I have a 5 year old girlie girl named Samantha and a 3 year old sweetie pie little man, Jude. I nursed both kiddos for 2 years each. Between the 45 lbs I gained with each pregnancy along with the pumping and nursing, let’s just say….the poor chest area was used well. I went back and forth for a long time trying to decide but as much as I loved the flat chested look, or as I call them “flaps of skin”, I also wanted to be proportioned in a swimsuit and sports bra. I was concerned on what I would tell my sweet daughter about the surgery but my logical husband reminded me that she is 5. Only 5! She will really only remember me this way and I don’t need to explain every detail. I basically told her that having “mommy milk” took all the fluff out of my chest so I just filled them back up so the skin wouldn’t hang…something like that. I didn’t even talk about the surgery before it happened and my amazing mom and pop-in-law were so cool to take them for 5 days for us so I could heal. I believe part of how we approach things is how they are received, so we kept it simple.
Backstory on me, I am that girl that has a 6 pound baby and comes home to weigh myself and I’ve only lost 3 pounds, lol. Being a PCOS sufferer, it not only took me over a year to get pregnant with Samantha but I do not lose weight easily and I put it on even easier. After having a transformation with some amazing home workouts and daily nutrition from the company I work with, I lost all my baby weight plus some. That left me with the below photo of more muscle than breast tissue.
The Cost of a Breast Augmentation
I had a close friend that went to a doctor in Bellevue and loved her results and as we researched, we found him to be one of the best in the Washington State for breast augmentation. This is how we made a decision to use him. We scheduled our consultation, paid the $75 for that appointment and decided that day to pay the $500 deposit and schedule. Total cost for everything was almost $11k but we got Care Credit, zero interest, for 12 months. This included the breast augmentation and a lift. A reminder….4 years of nursing creates the need for a lift…there was definitely a lot of excess skin! My finance major of a husband is on the payments quick so we pay nothing extra 🙂
We ended up having to extend it a year from a car accident in 2014, but was finally able to schedule again and get in. It takes anywhere from 3-12 months to feel “normal” again after breast augmentation so we knew having it done in November was the perfect timing. I took the nurse and doctor’s opinion on size. That was scary for me because they don’t tell you what cup size you will be. In fact, you can’t really buy a fancy bra for 6 months until everything settles. I could tell they were confident about their opinion and I OVERLY shared my fear over being too large, lol. Nothing would be worse to me!! I brought 5 shirts to try on with the implant insert in my bra. I wanted to be sure all my shirts would still fit. I was fearful of not looking or feeling like “me”. I did not want them to make me look “heavy.”As my hubby and I discussed size options and tried on different sizes of inserts, I really took my time to process it all. Picture us in the room full of mirrors and silicone balls being pondered over.
They recommended 450cc but none of my friends had more than 350cc put in. This tip might really help you because it finally gave me the peace I needed with it all. I tried a 400cc on one side and the 450cc on the other in a workout tank. The smaller insert looked more fake because it appeared to look like a ball on my chest, when the larger one looked like it fit my frame and shoulders better ( I was a swimmer in High School so they are built from that). The decision had been made on the 450cc!!! They actually said I should do 475 because the extra 25cc was only equivalent to 1 Tbsp of water and as they settled they would look like a solid 450. The doctor didn’t give me a choice on shape, nor did they offer both saline and silicone. He strictly does silicone and designs them per woman. I also didn’t want a huge gap in between where my cleavage was but that we really don’t have control over this. The cleavage is what it was before, regardless of breast size. I was a bit scared about the lift, but he didn’t remove the nipples like I was scared of and only cut the extra skin off around them. He did a crescent shaped incision under the breasts which won’t be noticeable at all. Okay, that part was done!!
Breast Augmentation Surgery…..the Real Thing!
Now, let’s talk the surgery! The day before, make sure to be well hydrated. You can’t drink anything after midnight so the cotton mouth feel was the worst. I would have drunk up until the cutoff of 11 p.m., if I had to do it over again. The surgery recovery process hurt worse than I thought it would. Let me just saw that now! I had both babies naturally at a Birthing Inn so here I was thinking I was tough stuff. Everyone handles surgery different and apparently I don’t’ do well. Those tiny child ice packs fit perfectly into your bra, by-the-way, they have been a lifesaver. What happens with the pain is, the muscle gets mad since they are trying to make room for the implant to go under them. I didn’t get any bruising after the surgery but let’s just say, I could not sit up on my own for almost two days. It was crazy!! Make sure you send the kiddos away for 2-3 days since you are moving hardly at all for the first 3 days. I did leave the house on day 4, but I was high on vicodin and valium and a bestie drove us for pedicures and a Sephora stop. I probably should have stayed home but it was fun to get out! Here’s my before and after, the after is one month from the time of the breast augmentation surgery.
The Complications of the Breast Augmentation
Almost a week after surgery, I came down with a fever. 101 temp! I called my doctor’s cell and he was already in New York for Thanksgiving Holiday. He asked me if one side hurt more than the other but I was so achy I could barely tell it was the right side that hurt. He called in a prescription luckily right before the pharmacy closed. I was so SICK! I went straight to bed after taking my antibiotics and we had to go see the on-call doc in Seattle the next day. When I sat up that morning to go to the bathroom a runny, yellow-reddish fluid dripped all down my right side. The infection was bad. The on-call doc wanted to admit me to the hospital for IV antibiotics but we were not excited about that. Not only would it cost us crazy amounts of money, I did not want to be in the hospital over Thanksgiving. I hate hospitals, hence the Birthing Inn. I digress.
I did end up staying home on Thanksgiving (and missing the fun) but we knew healing was more important than anything. My husband was a saint. Taking care of me like it was a full time job. Feeding me his famous egg and kale dish, peanut butter and raspberry jam toast and Shakeology. Thank God for Shakeology. He had me sleep as much as possible and changed my gauze every few hours. I teased him about being Kathy Bates in the movie, “Misery”. He urged me to stay in bed for almost two days straight because I don’t like to rest. What mom is used to resting anyways, right? It was tough but I needed to do it. If the infection did not heal, I would have to lose my right implant for up to 3 months before they could put it back in. Can we talk about what was going through my brain when I heard that fun fact. A cruise with my Beachbody family in 3 ½ months fully earned, paid for and reserved and I could be having another breast augmentation surgery a week before we left? Um, NO!!!! Talk about nerve racking, TEARS and lots of prayers. Made me so grateful for my health and so much compassion for any woman that has had cancer! Oh my heart.
So, I ate no sugar or anything bad that whole time. I did not want my body fighting bad food as well as the infection, etc. Knowing what I know about nutrition was a huge help. As soon as my doctor was back in town we went to see him. He got me in two days later to re-open the incision and clean out the breast as he soaked the implant to put it back in. Good news was, everything was very mild and it looked like I would heal up well. The second time around I was more nervous going into the operating room but trusted God, that He had it all under control. Going under anesthesia is never fun and trying to put on compression socks with no chest strength is nearly impossible!
During this time, we grew even more grateful for our health and fitness business. Matt was driving me an hour to and from the doctor more times than we really wanted to count. I was able to work from my bed and keep up with my clients and coaching team. Our income didn’t go down, it actually went up because Beachbody had just released a new fitness program and they do a ton of marketing along with us coaches doing our own. Even though I was out for about 6 weeks, in and out, we had the best month we ever had. I don’t know of any job that we would have been able to say that with. A true blessing and confirmation that being Beachbody coaches is God’s perfect plan for our family.
I healed much faster after the second surgery and felt like the worst was over! Thank Jesus!!!! Had so many beautiful friends praying for me and faith that He was teaching Matt and I new things.
Fitness After my Breast Augmentation
Now, let’s talk fitness! You might think after surgery, “oh, I’ll do some yoga.” but can you imagine a Chaturanga? Ya, NO! I was pushing it really hard with Body Beast and Insanity Max 30 prior to surgery and the thought of not being able to workout for 4 weeks made me crazy!!!! C-razy! Since that time frame got extended-obviously-I relied on good nutrition and no sugar or alcohol. Having PCOS, those two specific things make me gain so quick and the bloat, oh the bloat… Christmas did get me in over my head with all of that, hence the Clean Eating Group I started January 4th! I kept my weight down on the scale for a while but it all eventually caught up. I am the heaviest I’ve been in a while. On January 12th, I was 149.8lbs!! I was just 140 mid December. Hmm, too much indulging and no workouts got the best of me!
Having a huge DVD library I started with Brazil Butt Lift (the same one I used when I was pregnant with Jude) and PiYo. I also did Lower Fix from the 21 Day Fix. Having these to fall back on was so nice. Now 8 weeks post-surgery, I branched out to some P90X shoulders and arms. I miss my workouts so bad!!! What happened the day after I did my first upper body workout with only 5 and 8 lbers? Oh just some swelling and soreness in my poor, right, previously infected breast. What??? Calling the doc again, sending in pictures and the next morning waking up to a puddle of fluid on my sheets and leakage for most of the day. I know you’re thinking if this horror will ever end. Trust me, I am too. Saw the doctor on January 11th and so far we are good and it was just a fluke. Praise Jesus!! He said the workout had nothing to do with the fluid so that gave me peace of mind to get my butt back to my consistent daily workouts.
When I start adding more impact, you better believe I will be doubling up on the sports bra. I’m excited to share the fun brands my hubby found for me!! Some fitness fashion to come, eeeek!
I still wear the bra they gave me at surgery. They told me 2 weeks straight with this support strap post-surgery but only 12 hours a day after that with only the bra, no strap. Most women wear it at night but I liked during the day. They get sore still if I don’t wear it for AT LEAST 12 hrs a day. Sometimes I still wear it 24/7, it just feels better.
So here I sit, 8 weeks post “original” surgery, 5 weeks post second surgery. I started Hammer and Chisel today to test it because I’ve been dying to start this program. Iso Balance was so FUN! Oh that endorphin high after, is the best drug on the market. Here is a clip of how I had to modify two moves with no weights, but the rest I did 5 and 7.5 lbs. I plan to continue trying the entire program as my comfort level allows.
Other Issues with the Breast Augmentation
Wait, there’s more! Right after I filmed this and was so excited to start sweating again, my husband checked my incision and there was some black!! RED FLAG!!! Goodness, we head back to the doctor tomorrow to have another hiccup fixed.
Video on my thoughts about this entire ordeal and the outcome coming soon!
A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey…but a woman of strength, has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong. <3
Jan 12 2016
Protein Pancake Recipe
This protein pancake recipe is fantastic. It is absolutely perfect for a yummy weekend breakfast or perhaps a fun breakfast for dinner idea? A great way to get some protein with your carbs. These pancakes are packed with protein and will be perfect for getting the kiddos full with a healthy meal! Matt took the original recipe on the back of the pancake mix package and changed it up. He said it took him about 10 tries before he finally found the right measurements. We will have these any time! When you are gluten-free it is nice having something like this, because literally, they taste better than buttermilk pancakes. A lot of time they come as gluten-free lunch ideas! So don’t just think they are a breakfast specialty…they’re not.
Here’s chef Matt’s signature Protein Pancake Recipe:
- Heat pan to med-high with 1 Tbsp of avocado oil
- 1/4- 1/2 cup Pamela’s gluten-free pancake baking mix
- Match the amount of water to the amount of Pamela’s you used
- Wisk in 6-8 eggs
- Add 1-2 Tbsp of avocado oil.
Makes enough for our family of 4. The kids love them so it fills them up the whole morning. Perfect if you have a busy Saturday!! I love the fluffy egginess (is that a word;)?) Sometimes a protein pancake recipe comes from just experimenting!
Jan 11 2016
Fit mission in full effect! Today I was reflecting on all the things us ladies can wish we had (me included). We aren’t trying to be perfect by any means, but feel comfortable in our own skin! Here’s a few things I am working on, you can take from this list or put your own! (I know we are all at different stages of our journey!)
- Rounder booty (or a booty at all)
- Thigh gap
- H.S. Weight
- Flat tummy (with less loose baby love skin)
- To look good nakey
- More confidence
- More time
- No dimples and cellulite
The list goes on…
Even if we can’t have those things exactly how we want them, the one thing I know to be true is we can get better! This fit mission is about this and that in itself is a beautiful thing. Practice does make perfect, goals can be reached! Do I wish I could get to my H.S. weight? Yes! But does that make or break the progress I’ve made? NO! 140 lbs is PERFECT for me because that’s what my body likes naturally. There was a time I couldn’t get under 150 to save my life. I skimped, starved, worked out twice a day, felt so lost with fitness AND nutrition. It was unnerving and I was hurting myself mentally and physically.
Not anymore thanks to the nutrition and programs I’ve found. Now I’m right where I need to be.
I had to trust the process and invest for the long haul and boy it’s paid off. Sanity is a good thing 😉
What are you going to think when you look back on 2016 photos? Will you know you are doing everything you can to treat your body right or will it be another year on be books that you stayed the same? My joy is to show others what’s worked for me so you too can know you’re right where you need to be!
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?A full meal guide with recipes
?30 minute workouts done on your schedule
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?fun mini challenges within the group for prizes to be won
?One nutrient dense meal you don’t have to plan or prep
We start soon-Jan.18th! You’ll be joining me and thousands of other people doing the 366 day Shakeology challenge. Most people order chocolate first so the FIRST person to message me with the hashtag #366er and purchases their pack gets two free Tropical Strawberry meals to try ????Email me at email@example.com or comment below!
Jan 09 2016
The Busy Mom
Who reading this is a busy mom?!! I don’t think there is such a thing as not being a busy mom. Busy is our middle name. If I’m not doing laundry, cleaning, calling, emailing, texting, picking up toys, helping with homework, cooking, cleaning some more, breaking up a fight, counseling, drinking wine……..you get my point and I’m sure you can relate! Oh I forgot going to the grocery store, paying bills, doing makeup (randomly), driving to school, picking up from school, you name it…..we do it. We don’t know any different but it wears on us and at times we can get lazy….at least I can.
Then, while you’re doing all the things above, cause none of us are a busy mom at all, we get the, “Mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mooooooooooooooom!!!!”, about 50 times a day! 😉 We are distracted all the time, interrupted and everything in between. It is not easy being a busy mom, for me of two kiddos. I can’t imagine those of you structuring life with more! I applaud you!
But we have to remember something. Being a busy mom is not an excuse, it’s a reason????? They watch you, they pick up your habits, they need you to help them learn why they eat veggies. None of us are perfect but we can sure try. It may feel like survival mode for a bit but then it becomes easier and easier. See, I catch myself getting impatient. Instead of giving my kids broccoli, I put a gluten-free frozen pizza in the oven because it’s easy. Is there anything wrong with the pizza? No. But in this mindset it could be setting the wrong example for our kiddos. They see me being tired and I do the easy thing. I don’t want them to do the easy thing. I want them to give life their all! Their best! To be excellent.
So let’s encourage each busy mom to push through. Whether we are a “working” mom with a job or a “working” stay-at-home mom with a job ;), we all have to keep pushing one another! We need to remember the little guys and push through for them. Keeping focused on allowing them to see us push through as we press on to be the best busy mom we can be! I love working with women to be their best. A lot come to me having given up one of their most important strengths…their health. Are you someone that is fighting that?! That’s my specialty! Supporting a busy mom that has allowed the “crazy” to creep in a little too far. Trust me….I’ve been there, we all have. Don’t let another day pass you bye!! Come join me and the hundreds of women that are all on the same journey!
And for the record, the loose stomach skin we have from babies actually looks and feels tighter when our body fat percentage goes down!!! Mine fluctuates and I can really tell. It’s crazy! I call it love skin?? we love why we have it and hate it all at the same time. #loveskin #momlife
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