Dec 27 2016
Join the Health Bet…and see how you can get the All-Access Beachbody on Demand challenge pack!
What Is The All Access Beachbody On Demand Challenge Pack & Membership?
Team Beachbody launched a brand new option for its customers and coaches called the All-Access Beachbody On Demand Challenge Pack. It’s an insane value and will change your whole mindset on fitness!! Check this out!
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There are now more options than ever to have access to the tools that can help you achieve the look and feel that you want! I discovered Team Beachbody when I was pregnant with my son 4 years ago. I decided to start a program called TurboFire after I had him because I knew I needed something to give me energy and get my body back in shape after two pregnancies. It seriously kicked my BUTT and it totally changed my life. Every afternoon when the kiddos were napping (or no napping) I would pop in my DVD, move the ottoman from in front of the couch and workout. I learned how to eat clean through my coach and our challenge group. I found support in other women who were also setting goals and wanting more for their families. I was forever changed because of the accountability and daily nutrition I found in my simple meal, Shakeology. This whole experience that I now get to pay forward to you, has changed the course of my family’s culture in more ways than I can even start to describe.
So here’s what is happening!!!
Last week, the CEO of Team Beachbody Carl Daikeler announced a new option for anyone to take advantage of. The Annual All-Access Beachbody On Demand Challenge Pack & Membership which provides total access to every program available on Beachbody ON Demand, plus future releases. So that means that every single program Beachbody has ever created from P90X, Turbofire, Insanity, 10 Minute Trainer to new ones like Cize, T25, 22 Minute Hard Corps, Hammer and Chisel, Insanity Max30, 21 Day Fix and Fix Extreme, Core De Force and more are on a digital library you can access plus anything new that Beachbody releases you get INSTANT access at no additional charge for an entire 12 months. That is incredible!!!! Starting on December 27th you will be able to purchase either an annual membership or the Annual All Access Beachbody On Demand + Shakeology Challenge Pack. This is an incredible opportunity for me to help you get even better results.
WHY is this so Awesome?
I love the All Access Challenge Pack because it gives you:
- 1 Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand (BOD) with all content included, plus future releases.
- Shakeology (choice of 30-day supply on home direct)
- Portion Fix (includes 7 piece portion control container system, eating guide, large blue container and shaker cup)
- Business Starter Kit Waived if you choose the coach enrollment option.
- You get all of this for $199 for the entire year (12 months) and there is no monthly fee.
The points I listed above is worth thousands of dollars and for 12 months you are getting access to everything that Beachbody has ever created plus anything new through the year. That is awesome but the real reason I am excited is this. You can purchase this pass and together we can choose to start with, for example, 21 Day Fix. You can complete 21 Days of the program, at the end of the 21 days we can have a discussion around what program you are going to do next. What your goals are, what you have already accomplished and how we can help to tweak your plan to get you results. Maybe after the 21 day fix you decide you want to add in more cardio. We can move over to T25 or Core De Force as the next program. Or let’s say you have an injury that is preventing you from completing the 21 Day Fix, we can switch programs and move over to the 3 week yoga retreat until you are feeling well enough to go back to your T25 workout. The key here is you now have options that help YOU achieve YOUR goals. We can continually tweak and change your plan so that you do not lose momentum and drive. We don’t want you getting bored and we want YOU to get the results you’re after.
Each fitness program through BOD has the calendar of workouts and what to do when. Each program has a nutrition guide you can download and tracking sheets!! This is not about just starting and completing 1 program, it is about moving through each stage of your journey and entering into a lifestyle of proper nutrition and fitness.
The most important part of this whole thing is the SUPPORT! Sure, anyone can just buy a program, but where you see most people getting results is when they have a community of support around them helping them to get results! That is where the magic truly happens!
I used to go to the gym and do a machine for 25 minutes and then wander around ending up doing a few weight machines and crunches. It took so much time to drive there and I had no clue what I was doing. The time, money and frustration it caused me is the main reason this smart fitness has turned my life around. I don’t have to come up with anything new, I simply follow the plan and it works!!! No more fad diets, I drink my superfoods daily and push play, I love it!!!!
So this year is YOUR year! If you are like me and you need structure, support, guidance and accountability then I can tell you this will work.
YOU are invited and I know this can change your life like it has mine!
I am starting our “Renew and Refocus” Group that will be run through the Beachbody Challenge Tracker App. You will set realistic and achievable goals, log your workouts, your nutrition and Shakeology daily through our app based program and I will be there 24/7 to provide support, accountability, guidance, recipes and meal planning to make this a lasting lifestyle change.
What is the cost of the All-Access Beachbody On Demand Challenge Pack & Membership?
- The Annual All Access Beachbody On Demand Challenge Pack is $199
- The Annual All Access Beachbody On Demand Membership is $99.95 and that does not include Shakeology & the portion containers.
- If you are an existing Beachbody On Demand Customer you will HAVE to cancel your current membership by calling customer service at 1800-470-7870 and canceling and then you will be price adjusted accordingly. Then, you can complete this form to upgrade to the all access subscription. www.BODMembershipChange.com You cannot do this until the 27th of December when it is launched.
- If you live in Canada your All Access Beachbody On Demand Membership is $99.
- If you live in Canada your All Access Beachbody On Demand + Shakeology Challenge Pack is $239.
- You can also choose the Beachbody on Demand Kick Start Challenge Pack which includes the 3 day refresh, which is truly the BEST option to start fresh, cleanse and get on the path to success in the new year and that is $239 US and $277 Canadian.
- If you already have Beachbody on Demand you can upgrade to the annual all access membership for $99.
Who Can buy this Challenge Pack??
- If you are an existing customer you can cancel your current On Demand and get this option.
- If you are a new customer or coach you can utilize this option as well.
- It is for EVERYONE which is awesome!
When can I buy this Challenge Pack?? It’s available December 27th! Fill out this Form below and I will be contacting you within 24 hours!Fill out my online form.
Apr 12 2016
Transformation Tuesday! Talk about Weight Loss!!
Transformation Tuesday! Are you Kidding ME?!!!!!
My girl, Jenn Anderson, has gone crazy and done 4 rounds of 21 Day Fix and has been having Shakeology daily. This is the result! Consistency is the key with the right tools. No crazy diet, just moderation and eating the right food daily. Way to go Jenn!! Here’s what she had to say:
“4th round in the books!!!! Honestly this one is a little emotional for me! I CANNOT believe that’s me in my before pic! I wanted to keep wearing the same clothes to show the difference and now my shirt is baggy!!!!!!! UNREAL! Listen, I DID NOT want to start this program! I thought I would fail! Thought I was “happy” eating whatever and not subscribing to “skinny culture”. I still don’t subscribe to that…however I had no idea how bad I felt. How much of my health was being compromised! I feel like my real self is being restored everyday! SO THANKFUL! If you’re at all curious about joining me, DON’T WAIT!!! Seriously, you won’t regret it!” ~Jenn A. Anderson
Jenn, you are an inspiration to all women, and especially to us moms! Thanks for sharing and motivating us to keep pushing!
Mar 25 2016
Free Trip!!! Bahamas, Jamaica and the Oasis of the Seas!
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 11 2016
Shakeology – Why It’s So Convenient!
Shakeology – The Convenience Factor!
When I used to go on “diets” I, for some strange reason, gravitated towards tuna. In my mind it was one of my diet foods lol! Don’t even know where I got that idea and sure, tuna is fantastic in small amounts but not when you’re within 5 feet of any human…..mint please!! ??? Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with tuna, but it is mainly just a protein, with a few other benefits. But it was a “go-to”! Well, time teaches you lots of things and when the oh so wonderful Shakeology came into my life, I knew I was finally making a lifestyle change.
I no longer “diet” (thank God) but I do pay attention to what I put in my mouth. I read labels and stick to whole foods 80% of the time. My favorite thing about my Shakeology is that I can drink it in between spa clients, it keeps my tummy trim and I don’t smell like a fishery haha. I could have really used Shakeology when I was working at Nordstrom. I would be have days where I there was no possible way I was going to take a bite of anything. But having a healthy superfood shake…..would’ve been perfect.
Another huge convenience is with having kids! This superfood shake isn’t only good for adults….it is great for the kids as well. Since we have Vegan Shakeology, it really is a fool proof way to get them a daily dose of vitamins in a few short minutes. Then, they usually drink it while we are heading to an appointment or what not! So easy! I used to fool myself too. I would tell myself, “I’m giving my kids a totally balanced meal…everyday….”, ya right! There are so many times where in the busyness of life, the meals aren’t balanced. This allows me to pack in 70 different superfoods into my kiddos without them batting an eye, or complaining one bit. The Shakeology ingredients are no joke! See for yourself, take a look at them here! Oh and it is gluten-free. I always like to remind people of this.
My flavor of the day is vegan strawberry Shakeology with power greens, frozen blueberries, water and ice! Blend and go!! #366ers
Feb 01 2016
Goals Were Never Even A Thought, Now They Are Everything
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 26 2016
22 Minute Hard Corps Test Group is Getting Serious!
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 protected] 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
A Mom’s Reason For Breast Augmentation.
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 11 2016
❤❤ FIT MISSION BY VALENTINE’S DAY ❤❤
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!
Join me for a Hot ?by Valentine’s Day Challenge ❤ including:
?A full meal guide with recipes
?30 minute workouts done on your schedule
?support the entire time from women wanting all the same things as you
?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 protected] or comment below!
Jan 03 2016
Meal Prep, It’s Soooo Important!
Meal Prep Monday!
Just got done with our meal prep! The hubby started his Test Group for 22 Minute Hard Corps today. I’m doing 5 days of clean eating with my girls!! Here’s the meals we are rocking for a few days:
?Baked butternut squash 1-?
? Steamed broccoli 1-?
? Broiled chicken 2- ❤ red containers
Shakeology is a protein (❤) and avocado, cheese or hummus is a healthy fats (?)
Meal prep was not always easy and still isn’t. It is a learned discipline and I still fight it. I don’t want to prep meals for the whole week, but I know that I, and my family, have a good chance at failing if I don’t put in the work on Sunday! So, I meal prep…no matter what. Sometimes my husband helps me, other times, he takes down Christmas decorations like this time! We try to work together and be productive.
I really think it has helped my husband a lot. Meal prep really sets the tone for him, so that he doesn’t snack. It also keeps me from going to the grocery store and buying a ton of items that are not on my list. It keeps me focused. Using the little containers with the three slots really helps too. I know I need a high dense carb, a nutrient filled vegetable, and some serious protein. I get the containers on Amazon, here is the link! The grocery store’s got nothing on me! I come prepared.
Here is my husband, Matt, taking us through what we bought at the store.
I Hate, with a capital “H”, counting calories so thinking of food in colors is way more up my alley. Love this!!! Go get your meal prep done and feel good about the week ahead. Don’t procrastinate, or it will hurt your goals. This is a hard lesson I had to learn, but it has made all the difference, not only my life, but my family’s as well!
Dec 21 2015
I love Shakeology and so do my Kids!
My daughter and son love Shakeology!
People have asked me many times if we have our kids drink Shakeology. The answer is a most definite “Yes”!!! We usually give them 1/3 of a scoop each, maybe a bit more and they get it in their own special cup! They love it and is getting all those super foods into their bodies at the ripe old age of 3 and 5!! We have actually been giving it to them since I started taking it, which was in March of 2012. So our daughter has been having it since before she was 2 and Jude has been having it since he could eat, on the fast track to superior health!!!
I will say this about Shakeology. It is safe for kids and adults alike. Some of the Shakeology ingredients might create allergic reactions, because there are of 70 superfoods in it. That should not scare you off. It has changed our family’s life. My husband as well as myself have seen some obvious outward examples. His hair stylist actually saw a drastic change in thickness and health in his hair. After six months she could not believe the change. He also has very brittle nails that crack very easily. After Shakeology, his nails never split anymore and grow like crazy. That is where I have seen a huge impact. Our hair grows like crazy! I have thick hair, but it never grew super fast. Now it grows ridiculously fast. Again, my hair stylist started drinking Shakeology after seeing the change in our hair! It’s crazy!
The other side of what has happened in our lives is our cyclical colds. In Washington state, where we live, the change in weather inevitably comes with sickness. It seems that no matter how careful we are, the colds enter our home! Why do I bring this up and how does it relate to Shakeology? Well since having Shakeology daily, when I get a cold, I find it is gone in only a couple of days and less extreme. My husband has definitely seen the change and our kids have been having it most their life and they hardly get sick at all! It is such a blessing.
I also know that Shakeology is not the fix all. Our overall diet and nutrition in general has become much more simple and healthy. We stick to a lot more raw foods, which doesn’t allow us to mess up and have a lot of processed food choices. We are learning about healthier alternatives all the time. It is amazing how many of our choices have come back and helped our body.
It is awesome to think that our family is truly on the path to leading our son and daughter on the right path of nutrition. Prior to 2012 that was not the case. Shakeology, Chalene Johnson with Turbofire and Piyo, Tony Horton’s P90X series, Shaun T with Insanity, Beachbody Ultimate Reset, Autumn Calabrese and 21 Day Fix and Fix Extreme, Body Beast and now Hammer and Chisel have all played a huge part in transforming my families habits. We are so much more active and my husband has loved the change in me!! We make health and nutrition a focal part of our life! We talk about it and don’t pretend to hide our food choices from our kids. They know what kale and spinach are, they know all about gluten-free, they know about moderation of sweets and junk food. As a family we want to do our part to end the trend of obesity. We do that by first living it out ourselves, then sharing with others ways it has worked for us and hopefully can work for them!!
This journey will not stop and it is exciting and new everyday Don’t cheat yourself, check out Shakeology!!