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Make the Shift

Let’s talk shop…SHIFT SHOP!

Shift Shop is Beachbody’s newest program and it does NOT disappoint!

It is geared for ALL fitness levels.  There are modifications for beginners and there are hard core moves for fitness gurus.

Chris Downing is the newest super trainer for Beachbody and he is genuintely motivating and encouraging.  He lifts you up.  He makes you feel good.  He makes you feel like you CAN.

He pushes you.  He works with you.  He gives you EVERYTHING you need to get RESULTS – fast!

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Here is the official blurb:

Using a breakthrough “ramp-up” method, Chris starts you out slow in Week 1 with 25-minute cardio and strength workouts you can really do, and a nutrition plan you can stick with. In Week 2, you push harder with 35-minute workouts, and consume more protein to fuel the burn. But it’s nothing you can’t handle. Finally, in Week 3, you kick your shift into high gear: 45-minute workouts and clean eating.

Can you really get results in 3 weeks?  YES!

This is me…16 days into Round 1!

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Now…I’ll be honest with you (because you can always get that from me).  I didn’t stick to the meal plan all that well.

I’ve been traveling.  I’ve been staying with my in-laws for the past few weeks BUT I’m not saying I’ve been eating like crap either.  I have been doing my best.  I have been drinking Shakeology daily.  I have been eating clean (the majority of the time).

I think that if I stuck to the meal plan that is prescribed with the exercise program I would have seen even BETTER results in 16 days.

So, with that being said…I am about to start Round 2 on Monday, August 7th along with a whole bunch of other ladies who are ready to get it in gear and MAKE THE SHIFT to a healtheir, more confident version of themselves.

For Round 2, I will be more dilignet about sticking to the meal plan.  (I will still be out of town for the first week, BUT I will do my damndest regardless).

Why am I telling you this?  To hold myself accountable!  It’s one thing to say it in my head but it is a completely different thing to say it out loud….to put it out there on the internet for all to see.

To honor the fact that I am planning to really ramp up my nutrition (along with my fitness) – I wanted to share a few of the recipes that are in the Shift Shop meal plan (These recipes are approved for Week 1):

Egg White Omelette

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Egg White Omelet with Mushrooms, Tomato, and Cheddar

Arugla Salad with Chicken and Black Beans

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Arugula Salad with Chicken and Black Beans

Chickpea Curry Chicken

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Chickpea Curry with Chicken

Cloud Bread

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Cloud Bread

 

If YOU would like to join my next accountability group (August 7th) where you can get access to this AMAZING exercise program AND nutrition plan – then find me #thisfitlife on Facebook!

Start at the Beginning

Let’s say you are at the book store.  You’ve got your coffee in one hand and the newest, just released, thriller from the hottest New York Times Best Selling Author in your other hand.

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You sit down in a cushioned chair (that has an awful floral pattern on it).  You  put on your reading glasses.  And you turn to….

The middle section?

To the 40th chapter?

To the last page?

NO!  Of course not.

You begin…at the beginning.

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Everything else in life is no different than this…starting a new career, a new relationship, a new fitness program, a new hobby…no matter what it is….you have to begin at the beginning.

So why is it, then, that after spending, let’s say, a week, exercising religiously and following a meal plan to the exact number of carrots we are allotted per day, we throw in the towel because we aren’t seeing results?  Because the scale hasn’t moved?  Because that dress still doesn’t fit?

Y’all!  It takes TIME.

We are a society of instant gratification.  We (and I am definitely including myself in this “we”) want it NOW.

You can’t expect to start doing a fitness program by doing 100 burpees when you’ve never even done one.  You can’t expect to look good in that bikini after a week of exercise.  You can’t expect to have end results when you are still at the beginning.

Everyone has to start somewhere.  The MOST important thing is that you just START.

If you want to start exercising…than just START.

If you want to eat healthier….than just START.

If you want to switch careers…than just START looking for a new job.

The month of August has just begun.  A new month.  A new  start.  A new chance.

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What will YOU do to START working on your dreams?

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In honor of new beginnings and a new school year already starting in some areas, I wanted to share some tips on how to pack a healthy lunch for your kids!

  1. Skip the juice box!  It has tons of added sugar and unnecessary calories.  Pack milk or water.
  2. Pack a balanced meal.  Include fruits, veggies and protein
  3. Breakfast for lunch is always a hit!  Pack a hard-boiled egg, turkey sausage and a multi-grain waffle with berries.
  4. Make your own lunchables.  Bento boxes are a fun way to pack a variety of foods into your kid’s lunch.  Here’s an example – you can find tons more on Pinterest.

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5. Dessert is okay – in moderation!  Give them one cookie instead of a whole package.  Better yet, make your own cookies at home, with your kids, and put one in their lunch – they will be proud of their contribution!

 

 

Introducing Team Fight For Fit

In honor of the fact that I have FINALLY picked a name for my growing team of BeachBody Coaches, I wanted to share what this team is all about!

TEAM FIGHT FOR FIT

I have been racking my brain for a year (literally) with what to call my team.

WHY?

Because our name needed to convey our true identity .

Our name has meaning.  It has purpose.  It describes our mission – what we stand for and what we want for ourselves and others who join us.

Fight For Fit means we NEVER stop working on our health and fitness.  We fight for ours and we fight for others to do the same.  We show other Mamas out there that it is NECESSARY and POSSIBLE to take care of themselves.

We want you to know that you need to FIGHT for what you want- how you want to feel on the inside and look on the outside, how you want your life (all aspects) to look and the type of person you want to be.  All of this goes hand in hand and makes up your level of “fitness”- mental, spiritual and physical.

ANYONE can have this – the level of “fit” they desire.  Whether you are a mama of a 2 year old, tantrum-throwing toddler or a mama of 3 kids in college, YOU can do this.  You too, can FIGHT for what you want…for what FIT looks like to you.

Introducing…TEAM FIGHT FOR FIT…

Who We Are:

  • Women
  • Mamas
  • Work-at-home- Mamas
  • Former Air Force
  • Spouses
  • Military Spouses
  • College Graduates
  • Post- College Graduates
  • People Who Make Mistakes
  • People Who Keep Trying
  • Counselors
  • Teachers
  • Ballet Dancers
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Care Takers
  • People with MS
  • Volunteers
  • Writers
  • Readers
  • Dreamers
  • Doers
  • Hikers
  • Runners
  • Positive-minded
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Learners
  • Fitness Lovers
  • Fitness Beginners
  • Foodies

Who We Are Not:

  • sales people
  • pushy people
  • fake people
  • drama people
  • perfect
  • negative-minded

If YOU are looking for:

  •  something more in your life
  • something of your OWN that you can build
  • a community of positive people
  • a work-at-home opportunity
  • more friendships
  • a chance to help others
  • freedom to create your schedule
  • freedom to design your life
  • extra income
  • a healthy lifestyle that is SUSTAINABLE

Then you owe it to yourself AND your family to join Team Fight For Fit

I’m REALLY excited to be building a team of other like-minded Mamas who want to work on their health and fitness goals while earning an income from home and helping others do the same!

Being a Team BeachBody Coach allows me to have something of my own and it allows my family to have the lifestyle we truly desire, the freedom to choose and the income to do extra things that we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.  I want other mamas to have this opportunity too!

I am inviting YOU to learn more by sending me a message on Facebook @thisfitlife

I can’t wait to talk to you and introduce you to our growing team!

Shame On Me

Shame on me.

Shame…shame…shame on me.

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As I sit here and write this, I’m shaking my head at myself because I know better.  I really do.  And yet…

And yet…

I still had to learn the hard way.  Or, should I say – I had to remind myself the hard way.

Let me explain.

It is easy to get caught up in the hype of new trends-especially diet trends…especially when one of your guilty pleasures is scrolling through Pinterest.  And then there’s Facebook too.  You know what I mean?

And it seems like everyone is posting their before and after pictures and photos of their  food they are eating and it looks delicious and they are posting new recipes and they are talking about this new product they are using and they feel amazing and they have lost all the baby weight and if you just try it you can feel and look that way too.

I’m talking about ketones and the Keto diet.  (Google it if you aren’t sure what I am talking about)

Now, before I go any further, I would just like to say that I am not, in anyway, bashing these products, the people who take them or sell them.  That’s not my intention at all.  They seem to really work for some people.  Some people seem to be getting great results and that is awesome!

I am just sharing my experience, what I’ve learned and how it affected ME.

So…I decided to give it a go (even though my husband told me not to.  I rarely listen to him the first time around).

I was so excited when the ketone supplements came in the mail!  I ripped open the package and immediately made myself a ketone drink.

I was so ready to feel the surge of energy and the mental clarity that so many raved about.  I was ready to lose the last 10 lbs of baby weight that just seems to be hanging on no matter what I do.

BUT guess what?  I ended up feeling like crap.  Like serious crap.  I was nauseous, couldn’t think straight, had a pounding headache and was completely exhausted.  I was so exhausted that I sat my kid in front of the TV (which I hardly ever do) and took a nap because I just couldn’t function.

My friend said I was  probably just dehydrated since ketones are a diuretic.

“Okay,” I thought.  “I’ll try again.  Maybe I need to drink more water.  Maybe I need some salt.  Maybe it’s just my body adjusting to this new stuff.”

Day 2 – I still felt like absolute sh*t.  My brain was all foggy.  I had no energy.  It was hard to eat because I was nauseous.  It was SO hard to take care of my kids.  I thought – I probably shouldn’t even be driving them around right now.

My friend gave me some more suggestions about what I needed to do while I adjusted… but I just couldn’t. I didn’t make it to Day 3.   I couldn’t go another day feeling like that.

And just like that – I learned my lesson.  AGAIN.  Because I already knew better.

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Yes, I am a BeachBody coach.  Yes, I talk about eating clean and healthy and drinking Shakeology and exercising.  Yes, I tried Ketones because I thought they could give me an extra boost.

BUT guess what???  There are NO quick fixes!  There is NOTHING out there that can do what healthy eating and exercise can do.

This is my third kid.  It will take me longer to lose the rest of the weight.  It will take me longer to get my body back.

I have to be patient.  I have to be KIND to myself.  I have to REMEMBER that eventually, it will come – the results I want…the results that I have been working hard for…they WILL come.

 

I Would Walk 10,000 Miles

Do you have a Fitbit?  Do you have trouble getting your 10,000 steps in?

I know I do!

Some days are better than others but I wanted to share with you some tricks and tips to log those steps in and burn a few extra calories along the way!

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Even if you don’t have a Fitbit, these are GREAT tricks to gettin’ your body moving!!

  1.  Do some exercises during commercial breaks (this is my favorite one!)
  2. Use half of your lunch break to go for a walk
  3. Use a treadmill desk (It’s a desk with a treadmill underneath so you can keep moving all day- so cool!)
  4. Park further away.  Yes, I know we all like to circle the parking lot, looking for the closest spot BUT what if you skip all that extra time behind the wheel, park at the back of the parking lot and get in some extra steps?!?
  5. Choose the stairs (rather than the elevator or escalator)
  6. Skip the shortcut – take the longer way.  I know it’s hard to do in a world where we want everything NOW, but take a few extra minutes and go around
  7. Play with your kids – you can get in a lot of extra calorie burning moves by playing hide and seek or tag (plus it’s healthy for them too and it’s good for your relationship!)
  8. Take extra trips – Do you have a lot of groceries to unload?  Good!  Take fewer bags at a time!
  9. Walk with a friend – instead of meeting for coffee, meet for a walk (or better yet, walk to a coffee shop and take it to go)
  10. Take a walk after a meal – helps with digestion and it’s a nice, relaxing way to end the day.  In fact, bring your kids with you!  It’s a great way to spend some quality time together

There are so many benefits to walking and so many more reasons to do it than just to get your 10,000 steps in – although it is nice to have that sense of accomplishment!

Here are some other reasons why it’s important to include walking in your daily routine:

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  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles.
  • Improve your mood.
  • Improve your balance and coordination.
  • Reduce the risk of depression.
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Releases endorphins