Getting Back To Normal

Leading up to Summit Adam and I were hard core eating healthy and working out!

We managed to trim way down and I was delighted that I could wear crop tops to Nashville. This was the first time in my life I felt comfortable showing a sliver of stomach! Hallelujah. Heehee.

I felt AWESOME! 

I had done the 21 Day Fix Extreme program using the Countdown to Competition eating plan and I really noticed a difference in the flattening of my tummy. 

  
  
  

But then we came back from Summit and we had several days of cheating and fun, then we had a week long vacation that we completely relaxed and let ourselves have way too much fun. Before we knew it we had out funned all our hard work. *sigh*

What made it worse was the Holiday season was coming up and the typical weight gain over the last few months of the year was looming over me. I was a bit concerned I would gain on top of the weight I had.

I was disappointed I let it get that far, but I was confident in my ability to whip myself in shape again. Once you’ve done it it is much easier to do it again. Your mindset is so different than when you are starting for the first time.

So I set out to do something I never thought I would do, Insanity!

I truly truly never ever ever saw myself doing Insanity. It just didn’t look like fun. I had finally reached a point in my fitness where working out was actually enjoyable so the thought of doing something that would intentionally be the hardest thing you could ever do… Well that was not something I’d ever do.

But I all of a sudden just decided to go for it. I have no idea what I was thinking or how I even got it in my head that I could do it, but I told myself it would be a good challenge and I was scared. I was afraid I would, in fact, be unable to do it and I didn’t want anyone to see me fail.

I felt deep down that maybe it was time to push myself to something harder (mentally) and try to expand my idea of what I can do.

Scary?! You bet! 

But I believe in over coming obstacles and challenging myself, to grow as a person.

So here I am, finally doing INSANITY!!! 

This Is Not A Diet

not a diet but a healthy lifestyle

 

Did you know that I have lost 30lbs!

 

Actually I’ve lost WAY more than 30lbs if you count all the times I’ve lost 10lbs then gained 5lbs then lost 8lbs then gained 2lbs.. hahaha.

It is SOOO much more than just WEIGHT, I am SHAPING my MIND!

For me this is not a diet, it is not a fad or trend.
I am CONSTANTLY learning, growing, diving in deeper.. falling off the wagon.. JUMPING back in FULL FORCE.. struggling EVERY.DANG.DAY and SUCCEEDING!

It is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE for me.
I want to LEARN as much as I possibly can about being as healthy as I can. And I have changed SO much since starting my journey. I am a different person.

AND I am learning more and more how to help OTHERS get in shape and make HEALTH a lifestyle change for them too! It is no longer JUST ABOUT ME!!
I have a OBLIGATION to society to help others CHANGE THEIR LIFE and the life of their FAMILY BETTER!! <3 <3 I have researched the heck out of gut health, diabetes control, IBS, skin disorders, etc. I’ve just finished my THIRD ONLINE COLLEGE NUTRITION CLASS to help me BE BETTER!(and NO I am not interested in getting a degree or changing my profession, just picking and choosing what I want to learn FOR ME- I have no desire to change professions right now) All I want is to STAY CURIOUS! To KEEP LEARNING and continue to better the world a little everyday, one person at a time!

We should all do our part to BE HEALTHIER and help those around us to be healthier too!

Pass it on! Keep learning! Team up with a friend.

If you are stuggling with losing weight or eating healthy and would like to join my next 30 Challenge contact me and fill out this form.

I would LOVE to help YOU become SUCCESSFUL.

It isn’t about SIZE, it isn’t about numbers on a scale!! It is about YEARS OF YOUR LIFE added!!

Take A Stretch Break

Often hit by the 2 p.m. slump? A new study suggests a quick fix for those daily lags in energy. And no, it’s not a cup of coffee.

Periodic stretching throughout the day can be beneficial for our health.

take a stretch break

How?  We all know that sitting at work all day can cause health problems, but how can stretching help our body?

Movement and exercise stimulate flow throughout the body, which leads to a brief period of hyperoxygenation in the brain. The phenomenon lasts only a minute or two, but the effects linger – increasing both energy and attentiveness.

Take a 5-minute stretch break – stand up, roll your shoulders around, and do a couple of air squats, or just take a lap around the office. Sitting all day is terrible for your body, but you can avoid most of the damage just by taking the time to stretch every half hour or so throughout the day.

Other ways to incorporate movement into your work day:  taking the stairs, standing up during meetings, walking around the office more and switching out traditional office chairs for exercise balls all help.

 

Quotes:

“For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking” ~ Martha Grogan, cardiologist, Mayo Clinic

“Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression, and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease.”~ James Levine, MD, PhD

“Prolonged sitting should be considered within occupational health and safety policies and practices just like other elements of posture.”~ British Journal of Sports Medicine

 

Want more office workout ideas? Check out this article and this article.

 

Avocado Toast

I know sometimes it can be hard to think of healthy meals, but sometimes the SIMPLEST meals are the HEALTHIEST!

We don’t always have to have tons of ingredients to make a yummy meal. Sometimes we just need a little INSPIRATION to think outside our box.

So, I am sharing a SUPER SIMPLE recipe with you. Maybe you already eat this or maybe you NEVER thought to put avocado on a piece of toast! Either way.. this is one of my favorite quick breakfast options that is HEALTHY and TASTY!

I LOVE avocados and sneak them into as many meals as I can.

 

avocado toast recipe

 

AVOCADO TOAST

∙ ½ avocado, mashed
∙ juice of ½ a lemon
∙ 1-2 slices sprouted grain bread (like Ezekiel Bread)
∙ dash of sea salt
∙ black pepper
∙ crushed red pepper (optional)

Mash avocado in a bowl and stir in the lemon juice.

Spread the mixture on a slice or two of toasted bread.

Sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper.

For a sweeter option: Skip the salt and pepper and spread a dab of
local honey on top of the avocado.

Got another few minutes? Top the toast with a hard-boiled or poached
egg for extra protein.

Time-saving tip: Boil your eggs ahead so you can grab and go!

Did you know that avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals?

Here are some of the most abundant nutrients, in a single 3.5 ounce (100 gram) serving (3):

Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
Folate: 20% of the RDA.
Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
Then it contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin)!

YAY! HERE’S TO THE AVOCADO!!