6 Years Ago….


Face Before/AfterI’m a sucker for all those timehop/memory features things that social media has these days. It’s always fun to remember what was going on in my life in the past. Today is one of those days I don’t need a reminder of. You might already know my story in some aspect or maybe you read about it but I wanted to share it again for those who maybe don’t know. 6 years ago this very day, I made a decision that would change the entire course of my life. I decided enough was ENOUGH. I was tired of being overweight, tired of my knees aching, tired of being a slave to food, tired of using food as a means to soothe my emotions, tired of not being able to wear any cute clothes, tired of accepting that I was just “big-boned” and tired of being trapped within my own skin. I had gotten to a point where I was starting to accept that I was never going to be anything but overweight/obese. For my entire adult life I had been this way and it seemed impossible to be anything else. I had tried diets, workouts, but nothing ever stuck and often times after losing a little weight, I’d gain it all back and then some.

Before & After6 years ago I was 244 pounds and there were times before that when I was even heavier. Today I am about 85 pounds lighter but my weight still fluctuates, last year I was at my lowest weight and that brought my total lost to 108 pounds. Since then I’ve gained a little bit back because I was less active because of back pain and even fell back into some old habits, but what changed 6 years ago is still true. For me it was two BIG things and although they might sound a little obvious, I assure you, it’s not just that cookie cutter “Diet and Exercise” change. It’s a little bit simpler than that and less daunting! I tell everyone.. if I can do it, anyone can.

So here’s the two MAIN things that completely changed everything for me:

  • Learning more about nutrition and how to make BETTER choices but most importantly, KEEPING TRACK of everything you eat. That might seem tedious, and it definitely takes an adjustment but it was incredibly ground-breaking for me because a lot of my problem was the amount of food I was consuming without even realizing. The mindless snacking, the bites here and there, the handful of this and that, the going back for seconds and not paying attention to portions. Just being accountable to keeping track of everything that I ate, really helped me to see what I was doing to myself. Here’s the thing, you can STILL EAT the not-so-healthy stuff. Just try to make wiser choices majority of the time. You hear all the time “moderation is key” and it’s pretty true, but you also have to know yourself and your pitfalls. For me, I really have to be wise about eating anything with sugar, because I have a bad sweet tooth and a sugar addiction, but I don’t completely deprive myself either because then you want it even more and when you mess up (and you will!) then you spiral back out of control!
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  • Getting Active. Plain and simple.. I know, I know… *insert a collective groan here* No, seriously.. don’t groan, don’t roll your eyes. It’s not as bad as you think! It honestly doesn’t take much. When I first started, I didn’t join a gym, I didn’t dive right in to a hardcore workout. I slowly added activity. I looked at my daily routine and tried to pick out the periods of time where I was being a couch potato and I simply replaced that with activity. You don’t have to give up Netflix to lose weight. I watched the same amount of TV and movies, I just eliminated the part about being glued to the couch. I stood up and marched in place while I watched tv. That’s it. That’s all I did to start. After that I added more and more. When I had lost most of my weight I was then fast-paced walking around 3 miles per day plus doing a 30 minute workout of my choice. I notice Fitbit added this new goal where they encourage you to have 250 steps for at least 9 hours of your day. It’s the same concept. The more active you are, the more calories you burn! Get active! Any way that is easy for you!
  • Beyond that.. a lot of it is a perspective change. Believe you can do it. Tell yourself you’re going to do it. And remember that you will have bad days, you will fall off track, you will still gain weight here and there… but don’t let it defeat you. A weight loss journey isn’t about watching the scale go down EVERY DAY or EVERY WEEK (it’s going to go up and down). It’s remembering where you started and your OVERALL progress and the downward trend.

    16-04-12-11-46-55-689_decoSo it’s been 6 years of ups and downs on the scale and ups and downs of life. Yes, I lost a lot of weight and my appearance has changed but if you ask me what changed most through this process, it wouldn’t be my appearance or my health. Making that decisions 6 years ago ended up being far more than just a healthy change. It was a life change. My personality evolved. My confidence boomed. It empowered me to believe I can truly do ANYTHING I put my mind to. Since then I have been more brave, I have been more social, I have been more able to step out of my comfort zone. I still can’t even believe myself sometimes. I used to be a very different person 6 years ago. So if I look back, one of the main reasons I am thankful for making that initial decision is because it gave me LIFE! It’s enabled me to actively pursue finding my purpose in life. It’s enabled me to do and try things I never would have tried 6 years ago. It’s unlocked a passion for health and fitness and encouraging others through their own journeys.

    Recently, even I have forgotten about that passion and today and right now as I’m remembering where I was 6 years ago, what I was facing 10 years ago. I’ve decided to get back on track. To find my will power again and to remember again, that I am stronger. I am stronger than that craving. I am stronger than that desire to be lazy. I am stronger than using food to soothe my emotions. For that matter… SO ARE YOU! So if you find yourself in that place that I was (and currently am), please don’t feel defeated. YOU ARE CAPABLE! And YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

    It’s very much a battle and a war with yourself that you are fighting, but you have to also be doing it for the right reasons. Do it for your health! Do it out of gratitude for being alive and having a body. Do it to stop taking your health and life for granted. Do it to extend your life. Do it so you can be a blessing and an inspiration to others. You’ll find if you have the right reasons, you will do far more than you ever expected or imagined!

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    Philippians 4:13

    The Comparison Trap & Finding What Drives You


    Along this four year health and fitness journey I have often gotten people approaching me asking me questions about how I did it, if it was hard, asking for advice or people just looking for motivation or accountability. I gotta tell you, it’s one of my FAVORITE things about the entire process. I love sharing my story, my progress and my struggles. I love giving hope to people who are currently standing in the same pair of shoes I once stood in. I not only welcome but I encourage others to feel free to come to me if they ever need to talk or are looking for help or just a little encouragement. I hope that’s what this blog is for some people because I know it’s always been and still is a huge comfort to me when I find people out there who have faced and fought this same battle. YES! I said it, it’s a BATTLE and I’m still fighting it every single day.

    Give Up Being PerfectI hate to admit it, but I often find myself getting caught up in the comparison trap. It’s really NOT a healthy place to be but, unfortunately, it’s extremely easy to get stuck in it. We’re surrounded by beautiful people on TV and in Movies, of course, but a lot of times it’s not always the photoshopped models in magazines that we compare ourselves to. It can just as easily be someone walking by on the street or even people you know and are close to. I know I struggle every day, even being in the best shape of my life, comparing myself with others and looking at people and wanting what they have. Wishing I could be like that naturally skinny girl I know that never eats anything healthy and can still confidently rock a bikini like nobody’s business. I catch myself thinking: “If I just had her tummy, it would be so much easier to shape the abs I want.” WHY do I do this to myself?

    After confessing that, I feel like I should clarify something: I have never been more confident in my own skin or in myself than I am right now and yet I still get caught in this comparison trap. Although many of us might not admit it, I know it’s pretty common. I bet even the most beautiful and most confident women out there have similar thoughts from time to time and that makes me kinda sad. Where does this come from and how is this even encouraging to those who are trying to lose weight and be more healthy?

    You have to find something that drives you and drives you for a good purpose. I suppose wanting to have a body like someone else is one way to get motivated as well as wanting to get in shape for bikini season, for a special event or wanting to shed weight from your pregnancy, those are all good reasons to start getting serious about health and fitness but what happens when you meet that goal or make that weightloss deadline? What then? Better yet, what happens when you DON’T meet your goals?

    This is why you have to find something that not only drives you but KEEPS driving you. When you do that, you will not only meet your goals, but you will surpass them!! I’m not saying you shouldn’t set goals, you absolutely should and it’s NECESSARY to set goals along the way, but I’m saying your journey should be MORE than that. Think about the people you know who have had success losing weight AND keeping it off. I bet they’d all tell you that it wasn’t diet and exercise, but a decision to live a healthier life. If your goal has an expiration date then most likely your results are going to expire too.

    So you might be asking what drives me? Well, I have a few things that constantly drive me (because, back up plans are wise!) and maybe one or some of these will help you find your own! So here are three ideas..

    Respect & Care for the Body You’re Given

    Our bodies are a gift from God. If we spent more time thinking about our bodies this way, I think we’d all find we would be a little bit more conscious of what we’re doing to it, what we put into it and what we’re thinking about it. Instead of fueling it with things that will eventually lead to health issues and instead of comparing our bodies to others, we should be thankful we have an able and healthy body! My brother was born with a heart condition and he was a HUGE reason I decided to take better care of my body. He was born with health conditions that he had no control over and yet, I was born in perfect health and was not taking care of myself. I got to thinking how much he would have loved to be able to live a long life and have a healthy body and here I was taking that for granted. Don’t take your body and health for granted. Respect it, appreciate it and be thankful for it!

    Make It About More Than Looking Good

    Psalm 139:14A lot of times we want to lose weight because we want to look better and be more attractive. While this often comes with the territory when you lose weight and become more fit, if it’s the only thing driving you, then it won’t last. First off… you are already BEAUTIFUL. Until you learn to love and appreciate yourself and the skin you’re in, you might never really commit to changing it. The main reason you need to ditch ‘appearance’ as a driving factor is because it can steal your motivation. I’m going to be honest with you, it takes A LOT of time and a LOT of hard work. Think about the years you’ve been overeating, eating unhealthy and/or neglecting physical activity. It took you YEARS to do the damage, it’s going to take a considerable amount of time for you to see the change you really want. I’ve lost over 100 pounds and I am STILL unhappy with the appearance of certain parts of myself. I know how easy it is to adopt the mindset “Well, I’m not seeing a change on the scale and that little fat roll is still there, why should I keep going?” Here’s why… every time you quit it just gets harder to start again. You’ll remember when you DID see a difference and wish you hadn’t lost all that progress you had made. So if you make appearances your driving force, you will always be unhappy. Make it more about FEELING your best, HAVING more energy and BECOMING a stronger healthier version of yourself! Nothing builds strength more than wanting to quit and, instead, persevering. I have pretty much let go of trying to be a certain weight or trying to look a certain way and I’m just trying to keep healthy. That’s not to say I don’t still have areas I’m trying to improve on, but that’s not what keeps me on the healthy path. Remember: You are ALREADY beautiful and you were fearfully and wonderfully made by God himself!

    Don’t Do It For Anyone Else But Yourself

    Be TRULY free...I know sometimes we feel pressure from our families and loved ones or maybe we feel pressured by society, but you can’t make a LIFE change for someone else. In order to succeed, it has to be your choice. Not only is it easier to have motivation when you’re doing it for YOU, but it is so much more rewarding when you can look back and see how far you have come and it was ALL your doing! I am a stubborn person and I mean REALLY stubborn. I don’t mean to say that if someone tells me to do something I just won’t do it. No, I’m the really really BAD stubborn type of person in that if you pressure me to do something, I not only WON’T do it, but I will do the opposite just to be spiteful. It’s terrible, I know! I’ve been this way since I was a kid (Sorry Mom!!) and definitely not much has changed there! So for me this is a given but for others it might not be as easy. I know it’s easy to be consumed by what others think of us and to do things more because we care what others think, but be reminded today that it’s not about what others think of you and sometimes you can’t even trust what you think about yourself. On those days, be driven by what GOD thinks about you. He loves you unconditionally, he thinks you’re special, strong and capable of far more than you even imagine. If that won’t motivate you, I don’t know what will!

    So if you’re having trouble finding motivation or staying motivated, think about what is driving you and find your BEST driving force(s)! Maybe you want to extend your life so you can meet your grandkids someday or maybe you want to have the energy and stamina to keep up with YOUR kids. There are so many more reasons to get more healthy and be more fit, make sure you pick the ones that will keep you the most motivated and constantly REMIND yourself of them on a regular basis. It’s all too easy to forget why you’re doing it in the first place!

    My Main Struggle: Emotional Eating


    Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a tendency to use food as a way to cope with my emotions. Stress, sadness, boredom, you name it and I’d find some snack to enjoy to feel “better”. Decades later, not much has really changed except maybe that now I’m aware that this is a tendency I have.

    The last few months have been a little busy. It’s the busy “birthday” season for me and my family, lots of friends expecting babies which means lots of baby showers and lots of crochet projects to complete on top of that I was preparing my house for my boyfriend’s visit, planning for his trip as well as launching my Perfectly Posh Business and preparing to launch my Crochet Shop all while staying on top of my 21 Day Fix eating plan and workout schedule! I wanted to set myself up for success and get ahead so that when my boyfriend visited I could focus on spending that time with him. I knew that when he visited I wouldn’t be able to stick to my eating/workout plan and I figured two weeks off would be okay and that I could just pick up right where I left off. However, what I neglected to think about was that pesky emotional eating tendency. As soon as he left, I didn’t care about eating healthy. I didn’t care about working out. I had the blues and that meant the nasty emotional eating tendency was in full effect. Bring on the chocolate! Bring on the greasy food!

    Emotional Binge EatingSo this week, that has been my struggle. I’d eat pretty much on plan and healthy during the day at work, but as soon as I get home it was like a challenge to find and destroy any and ALL of the food in the house. Add to that the fact that most of my “healthy” food stock was completely depleted. Late nights are the worst. I’d just go to the kitchen and graze. It’s safe to say my lowest weight no longer applies. I’m not even going to bother measuring myself to see the damage done on that front but I’m not going to beat myself up about it! It’s natural and I already feel myself getting back to normal and I plan to restart the 21 Day Fix on Monday!

    I know there’s a lot of people out there who ALSO struggle with eating to soothe those pesky emotions. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Some people may look at me and my success and think I never go off track and always work out, but the truth is, I’m a human being. I have struggles and I don’t always eat on plan. Sometimes I get overly-obsessive about it and forget the importance of eating off plan (it’s actually GOOD for your metabolism to give it a little shock of some “bad” food from time to time) and self-guilt myself for going so overboard. I might even be overly critical and think I ate TERRIBLE when I didn’t even really. It’s all part of the struggle! I thought I’d share with you all a few helpful tips to overcome the bad habit of Emotional Eating.

    1. PAUSE and ask yourself if you’re really hungry.

    Chances are you are bored, stressed, etc and you’re not ACTUALLY hungry. Before hitting the fridge in search of the quickest snack, try pouring yourself an 8oz glass of water and drink it. A lot of the time we “crave” because our bodies NEED something. No, that doesn’t mean your body need that chocolate, right now. If the water doesn’t satisfy, ask yourself what it is you are specifically craving.

    2. Put down the bag of chips and do something constructive.

    I know for me if I keep myself busy with other things I “forget” to snack. So start a new project, learn a new hobby, pay some bills, clean house, go for a walk, get some exercise, SOMETHING! Getting out of the house and getting some physical activity is probably the best option because it removes the kitchen from the equation. Bottom line is ANYTHING constructive at all will distract you from making a beeline for food!

    3. Make sure your kitchen is stocked with healthy snacks ONLY.

    Funny thing about emotional eating is that we typically want the BAD stuff. I go on an all out search for ALL the carbs and sweets in the house! If you keep yourself surrounded with healthy snacks you might even find that when you go on the prowl that the idea of eating healthy in that moment isn’t even all that appealing. If you know there is a particular type of food you CONSTANTLY go to when you are feeling down, you will definitely want to make sure you DO NOT keep it in your house.

    4. Remind yourself of the true purpose of food.

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    Food’s TRUE purpose is to fuel our bodies. Sure, a lot of food TASTES good and is enjoyable to eat, but keeping in mind that food is NOT a fix for your emotions might just make you more self-aware and keep you from eating as a means to soothe your bad mood.

    5. Determine what the true problem is.

    How are you feeling? Are you sad? Stressed? Is there something else you can do that will make you feel better that does NOT involve food?

    These are just some ways to combat emotional eating but you really have to find what works for you. For me #2 is the best solution. I have to pour myself into something else and eventually I will feel better and stop turning to food to comfort myself. Do you struggle with emotional eating? What do you typically choose to eat when you’re having an emotional eating attack?

    So you had ONE bad week…


    A Little Chocolate Doesn't HurtI restarted the 21 Day Fix plan last week after straying from the plan for the last three days of my first round, but I guess I needed a week off first.

    I half-way followed the plan last week but I also ate a lot of Easter chocolate, A LOT of nuts without paying attention to how many, a small slice of birthday icecream with cake, a frosty waffle cone, half of a donut, cookies, a mcdonald’s biscuit and lots of other snacks that definitely don’t count towards containers. To summarize… A LOT OF FREAKIN’ CARBS! I still followed the workouts everyday, though, except I forgot to do Yoga yesterday (WHAT? THAT’S THE BEST ONE!). GOOD NEWS? At least I didn’t gain any weight. BAD NEWS? You can’t out exercise a bad diet. So it was pretty much like walking in place for a week and not moving forward at all so I feel like I need to RE-RESTART this week. So I’m going back to following the plan to a T this week. And will be finishing up a week late.

    Keep Food Out of Sight Out of MindAnyway, the point of sharing all this is to encourage all of you out there. So you had ONE bad day, ONE bad week, ONE bad month… etc. don’t let that ruin your motivation. It’s easier to get right back on the horse NOW than to give up completely and have to start ALL over again. You’re allowed to stray from your plan from time to time. Enjoy some unhealthy food, treat yourself to something good but don’t beat yourself up about it afterwards! You might come to find that straying just a little bit doesn’t even have the same effect that it used to and start to miss how you felt when you ate healthier. I know for me the minute I give in to the “bad” carbs I start craving them like crazy all over again but afterwards I feel so bloated and drowsy. It’s usually not worth it… however CHOCOLATE = Always worth it. Even if now my face is currently erupting like volcanoes because of all the Easter chocolate I consumed. Oops!

    So here’s to a NEW week and a FRESH start and here’s the food for thought I will leave you with today: A NEW start is always right around the corner. Don’t throw in the towel because of ONE bad day/week/month/year! You can overcome that obstacle, that plateau, that temptation, that reluctance.. whatever it is that holds YOU back!

    What’s all this about Shakeology?


    If you know me at all you know that I’m not exactly the loudest or most talkative person on the planet. However, when there’s something that I’m really passionate about, I pretty much won’t shut up about it. When I think about the things I won’t shut up or just look at my twitter, the main things I don’t shut up about are:

  • God/Jesus/My Church
  • Health/Fitness/Weight Loss
  • Crochet
  • Shakeology
  • I’m sure I annoy people when I get to be a broken record on some topics and I’m sure I’ve lost a few followers/friends here and there because they’re tired of hearing me talk about the same things over and over. The truth is, when I’m a broken record about something, it’s probably because deep down I want everyone else to be on my level and see why I’m so fired up about it to begin with.

    This is definitely true about Shakeology! I love it so much that I think everyone should hop on the bandwagon. I get a lot of people asking me about Shakeology because I’m always talking about it. I’ve convinced some people to try it, some are still drinking it on a regular basis, some drink it occasionally, some just decided it wasn’t worth the cost, some didn’t have time to make them, etc. I’ve heard a lot of success stories and heard a lot of “not for me” stories so I wanted to make a post about what Shakeology has done for me, why I still drink it, why I enjoy it and why I have made it a priority in my budget (despite it being very pricey) and why I think everyone should try it!

    Shakeology

    What Is Shakeology?

    It’d be easier to link you to the website because there is a TON of information there but here’s a brief explanation: A lot of people think Shakeology is just another protein shake on the market with too big of a price tag. While it definitely DOES have some protein it is SO much more than a protein shake. It’s a protein shake, a meal replacement shake, an antioxidant drink, and a probiotic drink all in one. It’s JAM-PACKED full of superfood nutrition AND it tastes delicious to boot.

    Why I Drink Shakeology

    When I started my healthy lifestyle, I learned the value of breakfast. I was skipping breakfast nearly EVERY day when I was obese and the first thing I changed was I started eating decent breakfasts. For me, this is not always easy. I like my sleep and don’t really have time to make a substantial healthy breakfast unless I wake up early. So that’s what first appealed to me about drinking a meal replacement shake. I had a friend let me try a sample and I was pretty much sold after first trying that and the main reason was that it gave me a HUGE energy boost. I felt a whole lot better overall too. I’m already eating better and exercising and it definitely is a great addition to a healthy regimen. I know it helped me get over a LONG plateau and really boosted (and continues to boost) the results of my weight loss. I had a shake EVERY single day while I was following the 21 Day Fix program, have you SEEN those results?

    So to summarize, here’s why I drink it:

  • It’s A Quick & Healthy Breakfast
  • It Gives Me A Boost of Energy
  • Keep Me Regular (TMI, Sorry!)
  • Aids In My Weight Loss/Fitness Goals
  • It Tastes Delicious!!
  • How It’s Helped People I Know

    It seems a lot of people have had different experiences with the shakes. Some notice a boost in their energy, some don’t. Some find that it keeps them fuller longer and that they don’t get as many cravings. I think it definitely varies by the individual. My Mom is pre-diabetic, has extreme asthma and other underlying health issues. She was complaining about fatigue and so I recommended that she try one of my shakes. Since that first shake, she’s had one every single weekday morning. She’s lost 50 pounds since starting to drink Shakeology and she is NOT following a workout routine, just eating somewhat healthy in addition. Not only that, she SWEARS it helps her breathing issues and it even keeps her blood sugar regulated.

    On The Taste

    It’s available in SIX different flavors and I have tried almost all of them: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Greenberry, Chocolate Vegan and Tropical Strawberry Vegan. Chocolate is my favorite and the main reason is because it’s so versatile and because it makes me feel like I’m indulging and cheating on a healthy eating plan. One of my favorite things about Shakeology is that you can always change it up. When you order Shakeology it comes with a double-sided recipe calendar with two month’s worth of different Shakeology concoctions to try.

    Strawberry ShakeologyI’ve had a few people tell me they don’t really like the taste. Personally, I’ve tried other shakes before that have tasted like nothing they were supposed to taste like, maybe had a chalky texture and a disgusting after-taste. I personally find none of those to be true with Shakeology (NOTE: I haven’t tried Vegan Chocolate but I did find the Tropical Strawberry Vegan to be a bit chalky tasting when I tried it, however they have since improved the taste so it might taste better now). But I do believe if you don’t like drinking them straight up that there is a recipe out there for you that would make it more to your liking. The only flavor I enjoy as is would be Vanilla. Reason being is that the vanilla flavor is pretty overpowering and so far I haven’t really found anything that is worth adding in the extra calories. I do plan to try Vanilla Chai soon, though and mixing the vanilla with a cup of coffee = AMAZING! Right now I’m obsessed with Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana and Chocolate Spice or Chocolate Chai!

    Greenberry probably sounds/looks gross to a lot of people but before there was Tropical Strawberry Vegan or Strawberry flavors that was the only “fruit” flavor so I wanted to try it. It actually was my second favorite flavor until the regular strawberry flavor was released just recently. Sometimes you just want a fruit smoothie right? That’s why I enjoyed Greenberry and I especially enjoy it mixed with banana and mango! I’ve only JUST tried out the new Strawberry flavor and it is pretty delicious and quickly rose to my SECOND favorite flavor. I’m a little obsessed with strawberries and strawberry flavors (candy, milk, icecream, etc.) so I was really excited about getting a straight up Strawberry flavor and I was not disappointed. Right now my favorite way to have Strawberry Shakeology is a concoction I like to call Peanut Butter Banana & Strawberry Jam AND it’s 21 Day Fix friendly! I’ll share that recipe soon!

    On The Price Tag

    The most common reason I hear for people not drinking Shakeology is because of the hefty price tag. Look, I get it. We live in scary time where money is concerned. We’re worrying about getting jobs, keeping jobs and supporting our families and probably paying off all those loans. Life isn’t cheap. Do I like the chunk of money Shakeology sucks out of my account every month? Nope. Yet, I’ve been getting a monthly shipment of Shakeology for nearly two years now. A single-serving of Shakeology equals around $4.00. Do you know what other drink costs that much that a lot of people drink EVERY day? Starbucks Coffee. I guarantee you that if you chose to spend that money on Shakeology instead of your daily cup of joe, you’d rather spend it towards Shakeology too! I’m not saying to replace coffee (I still drink it and often drink it mixed WITH Shakeology) but I just use that as an example. All things considered, it’s not really as expensive as you think. I think this video is a good example of what you’re getting in Shakeology and shows that you’re actually getting a lot more for your money than you think.

    Can I Sample It?

    I used to give samples away for people to try thinking they would absolutely get hooked like me and order their own but I probably lost about $40.00 doing that. So now I sell them separately or just encourage people to order a Sample Pack. But also, there is a Money-Back Guarantee that they have if you really wanted to give it a try and hated it. You can even get your money back after drinking an entire month’s supply. That’s a pretty sweet guarantee! Anyway, I’ll stop being an infomercial now. I’m sure there are a bunch of skeptics out there saying that I’m only trying to earn some commission. Sure, commission is nice, but if you really think that’s the only reason I talk so much about Shakeology then don’t order it from my site, go order it directly from the website and thank me later for giving you all the information and convincing you to try it! I just want people to benefit from it like I have!

    Where Can I Buy It?

    If you just want to take the plunge instead of trying a Sample Pack first, you can get a ton more info on Shakeology and order it here!

    So I think that about covers it. If you have any specific questions about Shakeology, how I drink it, recipes or ANYTHING please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email! I LOVE Shakeology and I love talking about it! Also, please do let me know if you order/plan to try it! I would LOVE to hear your thoughts, share recipes, etc. Also, I plan to post any recipe inventions here in the future, so keep an eye out for those!

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    The Scale is Irrelevant – 21 Day Fix Results


    I officially completed one round of the 21 Day Fix! I heard a lot from others about their experience being life-changing and I see what they mean. Aside from my results (I’ll get to that in a bit) what I found to be most life-changing was the Eating Plan. I thought I was already pretty savvy when it came to eating the right things and I still think that’s true, but this program taught me that sometimes it doesn’t matter if you are eating healthy… what is most important is the proper BALANCE. I liked vegetables. I thought I was eating enough, but when I dumped out that first green container onto a plate and saw how much vegetables that was, I realized I was NOT eating enough vegetables. I also found that in limiting my carb intake a little more and not eating sweets (always my downfall) I didn’t even crave them at ALL after about half-way through the first week. The minute I strayed off plan and ate a little unhealthy for Easter, the craving RETURNED.

    I wanted to give the program the entire effort. I wanted to stick to the Eating Plan 100%, do the Double Workout Option on the last week and finish strong with the 3 Day Fix diet on the last three days. Unfortunately, I was unable to follow it perfectly. I knew there was no way I’d be able to do the 3 Day Fix Diet when I was going to spend 2 of those 3 days mostly at Church all day and I knew that also meant I was probably going to have to eat off the normal plan a bit too. But beyond that, I DID do the workouts EVERY DAY and I managed to do the entire last week of Double Workouts, too!

    With that said, my results were STILL pretty remarkable. The scale really didn’t move all that much through the program but DAYS in I was already seeing physical changes in myself and it was further motivating me to stick with it! So here are my results after ONE round of the 21 Day Fix!

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  • Weight: -4 Pounds
  • Chest Inches: -1″
  • Arms: -1″
  • Waist: -2″
  • Hips: -2.5″
  • Thighs: -2″
  • bodyprogressSo even though some people lose up to 15 pounds with this program, I’m THRILLED with the results I achieved. I’ve definitely gotten to a point in my weight-loss journey where the scale means nothing. When I originally started I just wanted to be 150. I hit 150 and I still felt like there was work to be done. Right now it’s a lot less about the number on the scale and more about the inches and just the overall toning, shaping and getting more fit! So this program DEFINITELY helped me towards that goal. I’m actually not even currently at my lowest weight (I was 138 at my lowest) but I definitely think the pictures show better shape than when I was at my lowest. I weighed in at 140 just before I took the photos above!

    Face Before/AfterAnd can I just take a moment to celebrate how far I’ve come in the last four years with a few Before & Afters? I’ll get these added up to the About page as well! Remember: Anything’s possible and you are far more capable of achieving things than you think. You might think this could NEVER be you but I promise you it CAN be. Once upon a time I had accepted that “overweight” and “obese” was just who I was supposed to be. You will never ever regret this journey.. no matter HOW long it takes you. It’s worth every small victory, ever small gain along the way and EVERY SINGLE loss. What you will gain in return is far greater than you can imagine!

    I’m hoping to take some new “after” photos soon. Maybe something a little more professional as a gift to myself but I have never been more comfortable in my own skin. Is there still change I’d like to see? Of course! However, I’m thankful and proud of how far I’ve come!

    One Week Down – 21 Day Fix Review


    I wanted to post this at the start of this week but this week has turned out to be quite the busy one! I’m not going to re-take my measurements or photos until the end of my first round of the Fix, but since I started my weight loss journey I’ve been in the habit of “weighing in” every Monday morning. After the first week, I’m already DOWN 2 pounds! Most importantly, however, I feel more energized, I feel stronger and I am definitely already seeing a difference in my arms, shoulders and even my abs! This week I did have a “cheat meal” but I set aside two yellows, 1 red and 1 blue box to allow for my meal and I’ve also decided to add in the 10 Minute Ab Fix every day this week (except I didn’t do it on Monday because I decided to do it yesterday).

    Create Your Own FutureMy abs are probably my biggest trouble spot. For people who have generally been somewhat thin all their lives or at least never in that overweight or obese range, they maybe just want to tone their tummies or flatten them. If I had been around this weight range for all my life I’m sure I’d be seeing a lot more ab definition after just one week, but I’m still undoing years of damage that I subjected to my body. My tummy is absolutely the most stubborn part of my body. Toning my legs has been easy. Ever since I was a toddler I had strong legs. Speaking of which, today was LEG DAY, my favorite probably because it’s my strength! This is definitely NOT true for my abdominal area. It’s my weakest muscle group and the hardest, most torturous part of any workout is any ab/core work. Point is, I’m not getting discouraged about it. As with many things, it just requires time and perseverance! That’s why I decided to challenge myself by adding in that extra 10 minutes of straight ab work every day. And let me tell you, it’s KILLER. Those 10 minutes FEEL like 30 minutes but it WILL get easier and I WILL see progress!

    As for the eating plan, I’m still going strong on that. It’s gotten a little easier now that I know how it works and I’ve got an idea of the size portions should be. I don’t know if I’ll 100% stick to the eating plan following the 21 Day Fix, but I certainly plan to at least use the premise and portion my food according to the boxes because I love how healthy I feel eating more balanced meals every single day!

    On Soreness: I was wondering how sore I’d be this week in comparison to last week. Personally, I LOVE when I wake up sore the day after a workout because it makes me feel like I’m making progress and getting stronger so if I don’t wake up at least feeling a LITTLE sore in some area, it makes me feel like I need to change it up. Happy to report that I’m STILL waking up a little sore but not QUITE as sore as last week. I’m going to try and push harder every single time and challenge myself so that I can keep that sore feeling going! And by the way, it’s not a “I can’t move. I’m dying.” soreness. It’s a manageable soreness!

    Recipe: Pan Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts (21 Day Fix Friendly)


    I made these delicious Brussels Sprouts with dinner last night as my final green container for the day and they turned out so good I just had to snap a photo and post it on Instagram! Who knew Brussels Sprouts were so desirable? I got quite the response as well as a couple people asking me for the recipe. Truth is I used this recipe as a basis and then changed it up to make what I specifically wanted! I thought I’d share here in case others were interested!

    Pan Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts

    Ingredients:

  • 4 Green Containers (About 4 Cups) Brussel Sprouts, Halved
  • 2 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic & Herb Seasoning Mix
  • Sea Salt, as desired
  • 1 cup Water (OPTIONAL)
  • Directions:

  • Melt coconut oil in large pan over Medium High heat
  • Add Minced Garlic and Saute for about a minute
  • Add Brussel Sprouts and Seasoning Mix & Salt and cook until the sprouts start to brown about 12 minutes!
  • Note: You can keep cooking them this way, but if you like them soft (like me) continue as follows:

  • Add Water, Increase heat to High and cover, stirring occasionally.
  • When desired tenderness is reached, lower heat and allow the rest of the water to cook out.
  • Recipe yields 4 Servings or Four 21 Day Fix Green Containers (and 1/2 tsp per serving).

    I also shared this recipe on Facebook. If you haven’t already, please “Like” my facebook page for more recipes, inspiration and tidbits throughout the week from my health/fitness journey! Please let me know if you tried out this recipe and share what you thought about it!

    Week One Woes & Wonders – 21 Day Fix


    I’m two days away from closing out my first week on the 21 Day Fix program. The first few days were definitely more challenging than I thought they would be. As someone who already eats pretty healthy I thought it would be a minor adjustment to my already established lifestyle. Boy was I wrong! It’s closer to starting from scratch!! However, after eating according to the plan for the last four days and following the daily workouts, I already feel stronger and more energized! It’s amazing what a difference it makes when you truly fuel your body with ONLY good things.

    Chick-Fil-A Waffle Fries

    Lemon Poppyseed MuffinsI had it in my mind that I was going to stick to this plan for the full 21 days and I wouldn’t allow myself to cheat even a single BITE, but boy there have been no shortage of temptations already! So far temptation has revealed itself in the form of Lemon Poppyseed Muffins and Chickfila Waffle Fries. I was in charge of bringing snack to my Community Group so I brought Blueberry and Lemon Poppyseed Mini Muffins (my favorite!) and a veggie tray. Somehow I mustered up enough willpower to only eat plain veggies! But the leftover Lemon Poppyseed Muffins have been dancing in front of me the last couple days and I’ve still managed to resist them.

    However, with the Chickfila waffle fries I wasn’t as strong. Here at work in order to go to the restroom we have to walk through the kitchen where people leave food and snacks. A lot of the times my sister won’t finish her lunch so she’ll leave it out for people to grab in the kitchen. Those fries taunted me all day and finally I said.. “I’ll have JUST ONE!” but upon putting that cold and soft waffle fry in my mouth I said.. “This isn’t even WORTH it.” So I immediately spit it out and danced a little victory dance! Talk about empowering!! I remember when I first started my healthy lifestyle I somehow had some kind of super human willpower. I resisted everything and it got to the point where I didn’t even crave those things anymore and when I did eat unhealthy, it actually made me feel sick. That was one of the reasons I was really excited to try out this program. I needed something to ‘reset’ my eating habits again and something that would keep me from grabbing a handful of snacks here and there. It was to the point where I would say “Oh this won’t add up to much calories.” and then by the end of the day I ate well over my calorie intake! So it’s nice to have these colorful little ENFORCER portion containers and I’m starting to think of all my food in terms of color now too. Pretty silly!

    I only have a couple more workouts to try out plus the extra Plyo Fix & 10 Minute Ab workouts the standard program came with but so far I’m really enjoying the workouts, too! They are all 30 minutes long and it doesn’t feel tedious. I’ve tried some shorter workouts previously that felt like an HOUR because they were boring and tedious. Maybe it’s just that this program is fresh and new but so far I’m really enjoying the variety every single day of the week. That is a good thing for someone like me who loses interest PRETTY quick when things get repetitive! Plus, I love that I am still waking up a little sore every morning! Can’t wait to see how I fair next week in comparison!

    Feel free to leave me a note, question or share what some of YOUR biggest food temptations and workout woes are!

    Eating By Color – Thoughts After Fix Day 1


    Yesterday I started the 21 Day Fix program. I figured I’d wait until I was able to post about how I felt upon rising the following day to share my first impressions. Yesterday morning I woke up and immediately got ready to try out the first workout: Total Body Cardio Fix. The exercises themselves were pretty basic and I liked that the people doing the workout in the video were at all different fitness levels and still giving it their all. Really made me believe that anyone can do this program! Basic exercise or not, it definitely does the trick! I definitely worked up a sweat in those 30 minutes and my abs were feeling it for a few hours after and again this morning when I woke up along with my legs and inner thighs especially! It’s that good “I am changing for the better!” kind of sore!

    21 Day Eating PlanMy first meal of the day was a Chocolate Shakeology Shake with 1/2 of a banana. On the 21 Day Fix Plan you eat by COLORS, so this meant I had used up 1 Red and 1 Purple Container for the day. Shakes are pretty easy and don’t require much planning in advance so it wasn’t until my next meal came around that I started to feel a little overwhelmed. It’s definitely a lot harder to eat this way than I originally thought but only because you have to plan it out and you’re also cutting back on things you probably normally eat more of and eating more of the things you don’t eat much of.

    For me, I LOVE veggies and feel like I already eat quite a lot of veggies, but let me tell you… filling that green box 3 times each day. I apparently have NOT been eating enough veggies! Same goes for protein. Filling 4 of those red boxes? I realized I probably should have gone grocery shopping this weekend in preparation. My fridge is lacking in the vegetable and protein department! So I’ll be stocking up on the veggies, yogurt and cottage cheese this weekend!

    Breann's 21 Day Fix ResultsThe other container challenge for me? The Yellow container! I typically eat a sandwich for lunch. If you eat a whole sandwich using TWO slices of bread, your yellow is DONE for the day. Gotta use those yellow containers wisely! If you like your carbs like I do, you better pick and choose! That container fills up quick!

    All in all, I like the challenge of this eating plan. My eating habits aren’t terrible but they have been better and this is forcing me to eat more balance while also encouraging me to eat the best things to help fuel my body and give me the best possible results (hopefully).

    I’ve been reading a lot about the kind of success people are having after 21 Days on this plan and it’s really keeping me motivated! I mean look at the results that Breann got after her first round! I heard last night about a girl who lost 9 Pounds and 3 Inches but most importantly felt more confident, tight and toned after and said it changed her life! I’ve seen a lot of other very inspiring before and after pictures too so I really hope I’ll have a similar story to share at the end of these 21 days!

    One thing I’ve noticed is that there aren’t too many Container Recipes out there. I’m going to try and come up with some using other healthy recipes I like. We’ll see how it goes! I’m going to have to start hoarding recipes for this! Especially if after 21 Days I have created a habit of eating by color! As they say, it takes 21 Days to form a new habit. Let’s see if I can get rid of those bad habits that worked their way back in my healthy lifestyle and trade them in for something new!

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