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 email@example.com 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
Dec 22 2015
Hammer and Chisel Starting Now!
Friday workout d-to-the-DONE! Had my little man right beside me! I’m officially starting Hammer and Chisel Monday ??
Was just talking to a friend about how I used to sabotage all my hard work just for three weeks of Christmas “fun.” You know where that “fun” would leave me? ??Bummed out, my clothes all tight, & self-esteem lowered because I had let myself down.
Matt and I are keeping a tight reign this year. He’s actually doing better than me so far! I vow to make this Christmas season more about the events and people than all the food. ? Shakeology is daily….maybe even twice! Definitely not joking around! I vow to start 2016 strong! I vow to stay next to all my clients and cheer them on. ??? We have so much more self-control and determination than we give ourselves credit. ?✨⚡
The sports bra and capris are both Unity, purchased at Nordstrom Rack….picked out by my husband! 🙂
Now to go wash my spray tan craziness off in the shower? Let me know if you want to know more about Hammer and Chisel!
Dec 18 2015
Gluten-Free Recipes – Gluten-Free Brownies
It is not always easy finding quality tasting gluten-free recipes. If you are looking for a yummy but also “healthy” treat to take to a Christmas gathering…look no further. This recipe even passed the husband and kid test, I’m in no way taking credit! The creator of the 21 Day Fix Autumn Calabrese put it in her new cookbook. #genius
FLOURLESS CHICKPEA CHOCOLATE BROWNIES – One of the Best Gluten-Free Recipes
Makes 16 brownies and for better nutrients and taste, use all organic ingredients
- 1 can chickpeas-rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup grass-fed butter or coconut oil, melted (by favorite brand is Tropical Traditions because it doesn’t have a strong coconut flavor)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder, gluten-free
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat over to 350.
2. Line 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper. Lightly coat with spray.
3. Place everything except the choc. chips in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
4. Add c. chips and mix by hand.
5. Evenly spread batter into prepared pan
6. Bake for 25-28 minutes
7. Cut into squares and enjoy!! If you use an 8×8 inch pan the brownies will be a thicker.
1 square = 1 yellow container
These are so much better than you think they will be. If you want the cookbook for you or a gift, today would be the last day to get it in time for Christmas. Here is the link to my website:http://teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/ShkSuperSmpl… If it doesn’t pop up, just search for the Fixate Cookbook. I know some people have made these with Shakeology…I have not tried that yet….but I will!! Another one of my gluten-free recipes, that will be made over and over!
Dec 09 2015
How to Lose Belly Fat!
How to lose belly fat? Well, the problem with belly fat, is that a lot of times it comes off last. So for most, we will work hard for a while, stay consistent for a short period of time and then not see the results we want. For anyone wanting to know how to lose belly fat, this is great info!
Do you feel like you are doing everything “right” but it isn’t happening fast enough? Before you give up understand THESE things?
First Way How to Lose Belly Fat – Make a Plan
♥-It takes a 3500 calorie DEFICIT to lose one pound of fat. To lose an average of 2 lbs a week you need to burn or deplete 7000 calories. Two pounds of fat loss a week may not seem like a lot but that is 104 lbs in a YEAR! Now you may vary slightly, but losing “30 lbs in a month” of FAT is probably not the best for your body. You are losing MUSCLE mass at that point and you WILL rebound from that, gaining back fat, as muscle takes a lot more work to build.
So, start with a plan. My Fitness Pal has both a great website and app that work wonderfully for counting calories and macros. Macros are your main nutrients that food provide you. Protein, fat and carbohydrates. We are not going to break those down today, but I will in the future. I am a phone girl and love this app. It let’s me look back quickly at what I had the previous days and where I am at throughout the day. They have a barcode scanner that works amazingly well. Overall it really is a game changer and keeps us on the right path as we learn how to lose belly fat.
Talk to people. Seriously, don’t be afraid to talk and reach out to people that you know try to eat healthy. When I started this journey I knew nothing compared to what I know now, but I had to start. My husband and I tried lots of different things and had successes and failures. We still do!! We are always learning! There are people that know much more than me! That doesn’t stop me from trying to be the best I can…which takes a plan. So, write down what you are planning on doing and stick to it. And if you fall off the plan one day, jump back on the next and know that there are 365 days in a year!! It’s a war, and we want to win more daily battles than we lose…that’s where we will see the change.
Second way how to lose belly fat – Nutrition
♥-I want to start of this section making a brief point about “water weight”. Losing excess water and bloat is NOT a bad thing. Many are so bloated from poor processed food diets high in sodium and allergens. That excess water usually comes off week one, in addition to fat, on a healthy plan, which is why there is a greater loss week one of starting a program. Starvation and severe calorie restriction will NOT work. If you eat too little too frequently, you WILL train your body to STORE fat. Output must exceed input! If you eat more calories than you burn, you WILL GAIN weight. Period. YES, you should be eating protein, the right carbohydrates, and healthy fats, but PORTIONS still matter. Too many calories of ANY type of food will cause you to gain weight. If it sounds too good to be true, then it IS too good to be true. The only way to LOSE FAT and to keep it off is to workout hard and EAT unprocessed natural foods.
This fully ties into one’s nutrition. If you want to know how to lose belly fat, you have to be willing to really take a hard look at what you’re eating. I can have 1700 calories a day of junk, such as chips, candy, fruit, bread, which are high in carbohydrates, or just one piece of fruit, one piece of bread and fill in my other portions with leafy greens, Shakeology, lean meats, and other healthy variety of foods. Your daily intake of food makes all the difference. We all need healthy fats in our diet. For example, avocados, nuts of all variety are going to be a healthy sort of fat. But adding in ice cream daily, which can be broken down into calories just like almonds, can really make a difference in how to lose belly fat. One is healthy and gives you necessary nutrition, the other just hurts your body.
One of the main things you need to remember is that water is your best friend…..and lots of it!! Not a glass here or there, but a plan to drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day. I weigh around 140lbs…..yep, I told you my weight…. and I try to drink at least 80 ounces of water a day. It keeps me hydrated, my body functions better and think more clearly. I also find that I have a lot more energy. The biggest benefit has been that I always feel less bloated and my belly looks trimmer. Seems weird, but that’s the way it works!
Third Way how to lose belly fat – Workout…..Hard
♥-You have to WORK when you “workout”. I know what the magazines say: long walks in the park, doing laundry and household chores, lifting your groceries are all forms of exercise. They are all movement and that is great for a healthy lifestyle but to CHANGE your body you need more than that. Unless you are working out with intensity (intensity for you whatever that is) and unless you continually PROGRESS and CHALLENGE yourself you will not make changes to your body.
This means that you have to push yourself for 25-50 minutes 4-6 times per week. And this means making your body sweat to the point you will need to wash your clothes! The reason I chose to work with Beachbody was because I find that the at home workouts give me much less excuse not to do my daily workout. I get a daily schedule, nutrition guide, Superfood shake and have a great plan of attack!
So, go make a plan. Start learning a lot about nutrition and healthy options. Then go work your booty off! As you go through this process you will learn how to lose belly fat. It is such a tough area on all of us and there is no shortcut for anyone. You just have to work hard and make it a lifestyle! I love helping others along this journey. I am always in the journey as well, in my own life! I will never reach a peak! I am always growing and changing, learning from others. If you do need some motivation…reach out, I love helping people! I believe I have the tools for us to succeed in this process and never ending battle, but you have to reach out and make the effort to connect! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject line “Looking for a change!”. Then tell me a bit about what you’re looking to change! I look forward to learning from you as you take the steps to see major changes! Thanks!
Nov 30 2015
Hammer and Chisel is Almost Here!
Hammer and Chisel, a new program, launches in 3 days!!! Don’t wait to grab your partner and get your groove on before the new year! My husband and I are about to do this together!
Seriously though, rewind 5 yrs ago…we were always sick, ate family size Papa Murphy’s pizza’s and I would make us homemade chocolate chip cookies ( all in one night ?)! We didn’t think long-term about our health yet and we thought fitness and nutrition were two separate things. Well, he got serious while I was pregnant with our second baby and then I got serious. Now we’re both serious if you can’t tell by our faces!
Has it been easy? Nope! But we can finally say after all the arguments and discussions about who wants to workout when and who bought junk at the store ect ect ? we have a plan and we stick with it. The bonus is….we get to do some of them together. We will also be sticking to the meal plan, and yes it comes with containers to help you prep correctly!!!
Hammer and Chisel is Official Sagi Kalev and Autumn Calabrese teaming up to bring an amazing 30-40 minute workout you can do with limited equipment and space. We start Dec 14th and we are going to rock it through the Holidays. If you have to start late, that’s okay! At least grab your stuff before it sells out and have your plan!
What do we do from here? You comment below “I’m Interested” (as long as you’re not working with another coach) and we will add you to our group. You get first access to the challenge pack once it launches. Then we help you get started when the time is right for you! You can also email me at: email@example.com. ?