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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Making Memories

Blouse: c/o Madison and Sixth Jeans: Target Boots: Nordstrom   Bag: c/o Curl Girl Designs  Bracelets: c/o The Shine Project

This past weekend was one that I would not mind reliving.  We went to a few family parties and had some great family time.  We have sort of created this new tradition for our family where we go to Chili's and have the molten cake. You know the one that has little to no nutrients, but tastes so good?  Yeah and eating it was even better! I love being able to let loose once a week and just eat however I want because I know that I am in control of my life and one treat meal isn't going to hurt me.

My daughter Olivia gets to happy when I tell her we can go get that cake and seeing her excitement makes me happy.  The time my family and I get to have together is priceless and when we are all happy, just makes you want to hold onto those moments even longer.  I am trying to be more mindful in creating long lasting memories for myself and my children because let's be real, that's what matters most!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Stop Starting Over

Have you been starting your diet over and over again? Do you feel like one week you are so on top of things then the next week, you can't seem to wrap your mind around going to the gym or eating all the vegetables you bought at the grocery store?

Friday, September 26, 2014

25 Minute Elliptical Workout

You all know how much I love a good quick fat-blasting workout! That's why I create these fantastic workouts for you all to try and see what you like.  When I do cardio at my gym, I get really bored of the same machine each day.  As great as a treadmill is, it can get boring and there are plenty of other machines that offer a great workout as well! Plus it keeps things interesting and working out becomes exciting! This workout would make me burn around 200 calories.  It's seriously awesome! If you did it twice in a row (which I recommend if you'd like to try) you'd be burning over 400 calories in 50 minutes.  That is some serious burn!

Like always, if these resistances are too high for you, take it down a notch.  Just as long as your heart rate is high and you are getting some great sweat going on!

If you want to try my other workouts, you can find them here!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jump Start to Weight Loss class is LIVE!

I am so excited to finally announce that my Jump Start to Weight loss class is LIVE! I have been working on it for the past few months and since it's here, I just can't wait to tell you all about it! 

This class is different than other health coaching classes because I am not just saying you should only eat these certain foods or exercise a certain way, I am more explaining how to find the strength within yourself to stay motivated and to keep going even when you feel like giving up! Weight loss has become some sort of mystery for a lot of us so I am excited to teach this class to help those searching for a way to really understand their full potential! 

This week only you can get the class at discount for 50% off with code NEWCLASS50!! This is a huge savings! Instead of the class being $50 you get it for $25 and classes start immediately.  There is no timeline on when you need to get things done although there is homework! But the homework is more meant to help me help you!  If you want one on one online coaching, we have an upgrade available for you that is $200 for the class AND the upgrade.  You get to have me be your coach for 8 weeks where I really help you understand and figure out what your goals are and how to get to them.  Needless to say, this is my true passion and I am really excited that I get to be offering this class to you all!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Number One Piece of Advice

I had been eating super healthy and exercising every single day for 17 days.  I was keeping track of every day because I wanted to lose weight so bad.  I had weighed in at 273.  A number I could never say allowed.  Not even my husband whom I had been married to for just a year knew this number.  I didn't exactly know what I was doing or what my goal was, only that I needed to start going to the gym and eating better.  

Weight loss was scary and I felt so overwhelmed with the whole idea.  Each day after work, I would walk to the gym near my house which was less than half a mile.  I would walk really fast on the treadmill because running was not something I could or wanted to do.  Then I would come home after I was sweating enough that I felt I had done a good job.  I would come home and eat some (yoplait) yogurt because I thought that was healthy.  Then I would have some peanuts because nuts are good for you, right?  Then that night I would have chicken and vegetables for dinner.  I stuck to this for a month and a half until I just broke down and binged on Taco Bell and just couldn't take it anymore.  Why am I telling you this story of my failed attempt at weight loss before kids?  Because I have tried and failed numerous amounts of times before, but I was missing one key thought: Strive for Progress not Perfection.  

All the times before now when trying to lose weight I would just give up anytime I "failed."  It was too hard therefore what is the point.  I ate like crap anyways, might as well just keep going.  I was trading my desires for the moment rather than my desires for long-term.  I didn't understand that it's okay to keep trying even when we think we fail.  There is going to be tons of mistakes and choices you make when losing weight that may not be the best, but guess what? That is life! And you have to live it.  You cannot control every little thing that happens so might as well accept that and just keep doing your best.  

I have been extremely successful in my weight loss.  I have lost over 100 lbs! I am still losing and building muscle.  My body is constantly transforming and getting stronger.  I am constantly learning about my body and how much farther I can push it.  And all along the way I have not been perfect.  Not even close!  I have given into temptations, I have eaten an entire thing of ice cream.  I have skipped many many many workouts.  I have given myself little breaks to mentally recouperate.  But I have still lost weight and am still doing that.  I get asked by many others what they would suggest for someone just starting out and my number one piece of advice is just this! Just make sure you are striving for progress, don't try to be perfect.  You won't ever be and that is the best part! You don't have to be and you will still see results.  I think we give up easily because we think it't just too hard.  While weight loss is challenging and makes you really practice patience, it's not meant to be difficult.  When you feel like you can't handle certain things, just take a step back and realize what you can handle. If you working out 6x a week and feel that is too much, then only do 4-5.  If you are craving all the foods every single day, give yourself 2 cheat meals a week.  You just need to practice the habit of a balance healthy life not one of deprivation and misery! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Healthy Holidays Chart

I posted on Instagram a few days ago how I plan to stay healthy during the holidays.  In year's past, I have just not even thought twice about the extra cookies and deserts that seem to come out of nowhere during this time of year.  My favorite holiday is Halloween and probably because I love candy! However, last year was my first year really getting serious about my weight and controlling my cravings.  I was able to lose weight during the holiday season instead of gain...it's possible!!

This year I want to get ahead of schedule and plan out how I will stay strong during this holiday season.  As much as I wish I could just say that I will be good and not indulge (too much), I know myself well enough that it won't happen.  That's why I created this chart to keep me motivated and accountable.  For some reason checking off a box each day telling myself that I completed my goal is very satisfying and just works for me.

I have done this in the past and have been very successful, not perfect but pretty close.  The days where there is a heart means that's a free for all day and I won't have any restrictions on my diet or exercise. I made sure those were days were holidays, birthdays and vacations.  Then I placed a few more hearts throughout just to keep myself sane.

I created a free download for you all to help you stay on track with your goals.  I want everyone to commit to a healthy lifestyle during a really tempting part of the year.  I think that everyone should indulge, just not everyday and you will stay be able to lose weight.

Monday, September 22, 2014

How I fit in workouts

You all know that I am a mom of two little kids. My older child goes to Preschool twice a week for 2.5 hours, but other than that I am with them.  The time I have to work out is limited since my husband goes to work 8 hours a day (most of the time 9 or 10, if we are being realistic), so I have to make sure I can get in a workout somewhere between the hours of 6-8 am or 7-10 pm.  I prefer to workout without my kids because it's just easier for me to get it done and not have to stop a few times for their needs.

When looking for gyms to join a year ago, Anytime Fitness made sense because I could go anytime.  I need that luxury of being able to fit in my workout around my schedule not the gym's schedule.  It's a little more a month than a Gold's Gym pass, but I pay for convenience.

For me, most days I get up at 6:30 am to get to the gym at 7 am.  I workout for an hour and make sure I am home by 8 am for my husband to leave for work. I love this schedule because it's nice to get it done with and out of the way.  Plus, it gives me the boost of energy to conquer a new day.  If I don't get up (which a lot of mornings, it's tempting to turn my alarm off), then I will go workout after my kids are in bed.  I will probably workout at 8 pm for about an hour.

If neither of those times workout, I will bring my kids along with me and we will usually go for a jog in the stroller or I will do an at-home workout.  This rarely happens only because I never get a good burn in so I try my best to avoid doing this.  Plus I hate having to make my kids go with me when I know they don't want to.  The morning and evening workouts are my 'me time' so even though it may be a struggle to get out because it's early or too late, I always end up feeling much better than before starting.

Then there are those times where I just don't have time to get in a workout.  It happens and when it does, I embrace it and don't feel guilty because that is life and I know I will make it up.  Those are usually the days that I don't feel well, too busy with life or just don't feel like it (it happens!).  I try and get in 5-6 workouts a week.  I take Sundays as my rest day but if one of the days during the week, I don't get in workout then I know it's fine.
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