Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Ultimate Reset is Complete!

I can not believe these past 3 weeks have flown by!

I also can not believe I completed this program.

I was scared that I was going to start and then give up since it is such a detailed and regimented program. But I found the opposite true. Having it all laid out for me made it totally doable and I also had the support of a group of other coaches and challengers doing this with me at the same time. I needed that support and accountability. It was nice to have people to listen and chat with about what was going on with myself during these past three weeks. My husband and family were also a huge support! I could have done it without them having my back as well!

I was never hungry and the recipes rocked! I am planning on using a lot of the recipes again and share them with my family. I love that this program was so rich in food and not about starving or drinking just shakes. I am a type 2 Diabetic and I need to eat! Through out these three weeks I monitored my blood sugars and they were always in a good range. I also had my blood pressure taken at my monthly doctors appoint for my Diabetes and it was perfect. something that was slowly creeping up even with exercise.

Week one meals.

Through these three weeks I felt great. I had lots of energy and had some self growth. I had some stressful days and I was able to deal with those without turning to food. I by no means was always perfect on the Reset. I had a few things that were not approved but I did not over do it. I did not eat a excess. I tasted and moved on. That is huge for me! Food has always been crutch and now I see food as fuel not something to help cope with the crazy of my life.

So here are the results 11 lbs and 13 inches are gone!

Now to submit my results to Beachbody and see about my free tshirt for completing this program!

Thanks for reading and all the support over the past 3 weeks!!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ultimate Reset

So I decided the other day that I will be doing the Beachbody Ultimate Reset in the month of June.

The ultimate Rest is a 21 day reset/detox with lots and lots good food! I feel at this point my body needs this reset.

While I have lost 20 pounds since January I still need to work on my nutrition and I think this will help me lose some of my bad eating habits.

So stay tune for regular updates!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


I feel like I am always overwhelmed.

I know I am not the only one that feel this way.

I feel like we are all so over scheduled and then there are the distractions around me that I need to set limits on so I don't fall behind and get you guesses it OVERWHELMED.

So one of the things I put off but love doing is blogging. I am hoping to get better about adding this into my weekly regime. I have been slowly adding things into my day. Once I mastered adding the task I then add another. This is helping me not feel so overwhelmed and if I miss something I remind myself it is okay and I move on.

I have to remember I need to put me first, then my family and then everything else. I want to be healthy so I am around for my kids and I want to have a happy healthy marriage and I want to be a great caregiver to my dad.

No more feeling overwhelmed just keep in focus what is important!

so just a quick post today with the promise to be blogging more!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Transformation Tuesday

Today is Transformation Tuesday.

I am going to share with you today my transformation to date. I say to date since my transformation is still in progress.

The transformation picture I am sharing today has a picture from 2011 and one I just took last weekend when I finished the first 4 weeks of Insanity Max:30.

As I look at the picture from 2011 I don't recognize that person. I ask myself a few question How did I let myself get that heavy? How did I let that happen? I promised myself back in October 2009 when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes I was going to get healthy. Focus on me for once.

Then about a year after that picture was taken I was pregnant with my daughter and I was put on a strict diabetic diet and I had to switch to insulin. I HATED giving myself those shots and the bruising that was all over my belly from those shots. I stuck to the plan gained no weight. I lost weight even.

Then after giving birth and going off the insulin I slowly gained some weight back. Finally January 2014 I had enough of weight gain and talked to my friend who was a Beachbody about T25 and Shakeology. After our talk I knew I needed to take the plunge and order T25 and Shakeology.

A year later and I am so glad I did! My blood work shows my hard work is paying off. My A1C is in pre diabetic range and I was able to lower my cholesterol back into normal range and NOT have to start medication!

I did one round of T25. Then 2 rounds of 21 Day Fix with some Piyo thrown in-between 21DF rounds. The finally this January (2015) I started Insanity Max:30 and if you asked me a year ago if I would do any Insanity program I would have told you you were nuts! But I LOVE this program and most importantly I can do this program (with modification for my knees). I LOVE the meal plan the 21 Day Fix comes with. It is now we now eat 80% of the time.

I am far from done but I can look back at that picture from 2011 and remember how far I have come since that day!

I also remember I am going this to be an example for my children and be around to see them grow!

Thanks for reading!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Veggie Breakfast Burrito

Yesterday I went to town roasting broccoli, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts to go with the chicken I was grilling in the Forman for dinner. I knew I was going to have leftover veggies because I was roasting so many of them. So I starting forming a plan for the leftover veggies and I came up a breakfast burrito.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Breakfast Burrito

1 tsp Olive Oil
1 C Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower
4 Slices chopped turkey bacon
2 eggs, whisked
1 whole wheat tortilla

Heat olive oil on med high heat in a skillet. Then add veggies and turkey bacon. Cook until heated through about 5-10 minutes. Then add your whisked egg and stir until well combined and egg is cooked. Once cooked place egg/veggie mixture into the tortilla and rolled it up!

You can do this with just about any veggie you have leftover or in the fridge. If you want cheese that can be added too. I didn't add any additional spiced to this burrito because my broccoli and cauliflower was well seasoned when I roasted them the night before with garlic powder, onion powder and pepper.

Best part about this burrito it is 21 Day Fix friendly!

Monday, January 26, 2015

It's snowing and I am bored!

I am trying really hard today to not eat my way through this snow storm!

In the past I would be baking all kinds of yummy treats and stocked my pantry with chips and diet soda. Instead I hardly have anything to bake with in the pantry. I might be able to scrap together enough flour to make blackberry scones. I have no chips and no soda. I had my groceries delivered yesterday and pick up some extra eggs and carrots to dip but that's it.

So now I am like what am I going to do with my hands to keep busy in-between fights and "I am bored" from the kids.

Well I am going to redo a bookcase!

I discovered a new love of redoing/painting furniture that we have in the house and few things we have picked up at Goodwill. This keeps my hands busy and covered in paint so snacking happens only when I hungry not bored.

Here is a collage of the latest project I did over the past week. It is a toy box my husband picked up at Goodwill for $6.

I used Annie Sloan's Old White, dark wax and soft clear wax. I had to use wood filler to blend the bear back into the wood. I also sanded the dark wax before applying and buffing the soft wax.

I LOVE the way it turned out and can't wait to fill it with C's dress up clothes!

Now this is the piece I will be working on so I am snacking my way through the snowstorm!

Thanks for reading and stay tunes for pictures of the bookcase redo and how we are fairing with the snow!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Spinach Egg Scramble

I made this yummy spinach egg scramble the other day and I wanted to share! I was super easy and the kids even ate it!

We get a weekly CSA (community supported agriculture) and I try to plan our meals according to what is coming that week. We find out on Monday and I pick up on Wednesday. This gives me time to look up recipes or think what I am going to pair with a meal.

We go some fresh spinach and I have been in a egg mood lately so here is my Spinach Egg Scramble.

Spinach Egg Scramble

2 teaspoons of olive oil
1 onion, sliced
4 cups fresh spinach
6 eggs, scrambled
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in your skillet, then once heated add the onions. Cook the onions until clear and slightly brown about 5 mins. Then add the spinach and a cook until bright green. Stir eggs into the spinach and onions. Keep stirring until eggs are cooked. I split this between 6 servings.

I served this with some bacon and a slice of whole grain bread.

If you are tracking your food with the 21 Day fix meal plan. The containers would be 1 green and 2 reds (with bacon) and 1 yellow if you do a carb/starch.

Friday, January 16, 2015

My Why

Last week I had to make a new WHY video for a Coaching At a Glance group my Beachbody team is having this week. This was a challenge for me not because of the WHY part it was the video part. I always feel like I am not making sense in my video. I am not getting my message out. So after ripping off the band aid and posting in the Coaching At a Glance group and then the team group page and several people telling I sounded like I was making sense I have decided to share my WHY video.

What help make my decision to post it today is because today is the day I lost my mom 12 years ago to complications from her diabetes and pancreatic cancer. My WHY has a lot to do with that fact I lost her at 22 and she never got to see so many wonderful events in my life and in my brothers life. Losing her (she was 54) made me realize I need to take better care of myself so I can be there for my kids and their future life events.

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in October of 2009 and my cholesterol was great. So I was paralyzed with fear of not being around for my son and any other kids we would have. So I joined the gym and started Weight Watchers. I did ok but something was still missing.

Fast forward to 2012 I got healthy because I was pregnant and lost a bunch weight while pregnant because I was on insulin. I had a beautiful daughter I was feeling great eating well. Then the weight crept back on about a year later. I knew I need to make BIG lifestyle changes. I saw a friend doing great with Beachbody and I knew I need to join her. So I did last January and I am glad I did. My blood work has improved since drinking Shakeology and working out regularly. I am have very little weight loss but I lose weight at a snails pace.

I use inches lost, my energy level and what my blood work says to indicate my success and I have been VERY successful over the past year!

So here is my Why I Became a Beachbody Coach video .

I am hoping by sharing my story I inspire you!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Frittata Recipe

I am sure I have posted this before and if I have it just means it is that good!

One of my favorite egg dishes to make is a Bacon, Mushroom and Kale Frittata.

I make this whenever I am not sure what to make for any meal. I have had it for breakfast lunch and dinner. Plus I love it is all cooked in pan and bakes in the same pan.

Bacon, Mushroom and Kale Frittata

4 strips of bacon

1 onion sliced

1 8oz package of mushrooms(I used steak mushrooms)I cut them into smaller pieces

3 cups of Kale chopped

8 eggs scrambled

1 Teaspoon Garlic powder

Salt and Pepper to taste

1/4 cup cheddar cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 375

Then place the 4 strips of bacon in a skillet and cook.

Once bacon is cooked remove from skillet and place on a plate with paper towel to absorb the grease. Keep the bacon grease in the skillet.

Add your onions to the skillet cook about 5 minutes (until fragrant). Once the onions are cooked 5 minutes add the mushrooms and cook until the mushroom are soft about 5-10 minutes. Then add the chopped Kale and cook until it is cooked down and bright green about 5 minutes.
Crumble bacon and add to the onions, mushrooms and kale in the skillet. Add your garlic powder, salt and pepper and mix well. Then add scrambled eggs to the skillet cook about 5 minutes, add cheddar cheese and then put the oven safe skillet in the oven and bake at 375 for about 30-40 minutes.

Let sit a few minutes and then cut into 8 slices.

If you are following the Fix meal plan I believe this would be 1 red, 1 green and part of a blue.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Day 1 Insanity Max:30

Today was the first day of Insanity Max:30 and I loved it! It was the craziest 30 minutes of a workout I have even done. I modified 90% of the workout and I am was still huffing and puffing. My max out time was 6:02. That was about the time Shaun T wanted us down on the floor and I needed to take a few seconds before I got down on the floor. I loved that there were water breaks and that I could split the screen. One screen with the group working out and the second screen was just he modifier. That helped me keep focus so I can be sure my form was good. The next thing I LOVE about this program are the food guides. The Nutrition to the Max guild is broken down by the container colors I have been using since the 21 Day Fix came out and I feel in love with that meal plan. It also has a No time to Cook Guide. I am trying really hard not to eat out but with crazy after school schedules it happens. It gives great suggestions to try and what to skip.
I am looking forward to the next 60 days and all the changes that will be happening to my health! Now time to have a one of my favorite shake that I make with Shakeology. Recipe below! Vanilla Banana Peanut butter Shake
One pack of Vanilla Shakeology 1 cup unsweet vanilla almond milk 1 banana dash of vanilla extract 1 tbsp. of PB Fit about 5 ice cubes Put all the ingredients in the blend and blend.