Day 66 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 66

I have learned so much and have grown so much through this challenge.  I am feeling stronger and more powerful as each day passes.  I love that I don’t have the cravings like I used to and the attachments to certain foods like I used to.  It took me about three months to feel like I can let go of the addiction to caffeine and sugar.  I feel so empowered!  I now use food as fuel instead of as a drug to pacify my emotions.  I am so honored to be able to walk with women just like you and help you overcome these struggles and work together to renew our minds.  Our mind shift is the most important part of this challenge. We will never be perfect but with each day we will get closer to our goals as long as we are willing to do the work.  Most importantly, we are learning to accept who we were designed to be and that is priceless:)

 

1.) Wednesday -Upper Body Day!

2.) Food- Super Food of the Day! Cauliflower!!!

Oven roasted cauliflower recipe, made with cauliflower florets, garlic, lemon, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. Yummmmm!!!!  Found this on Pinterest!  Follow me and check out all the recipes….Follow me on Pinterest:)

 

 

3.) Mantra of the Day!- Don’t Run Away!

Stop running and start dealing.  Our health is a direct reflection of how we feel about ourselves.  When you escape with that pizza or chocolate cake, you are not dealing.  Your body is a temple.  How do you respect it?  This is difficult.  We have been conditioned to stuff ourselves with every craving our hearts desire.  This will not help you succeed.  Start today with self control and self discipline.  You are worth it and that moment of pleasure will not give you the results you want in the future.  You can do it!!!
Love you guys and I’m rooting for you!!!

Day 65 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 65!

WOW!  Look at what you have accomplished in the last month!  By now, you are getting used to clean eating and working out consistently.  You feel great and are encouraged by great results not only in your weight but your heart as well.  You should be so proud of yourself!  Keep fighting and keep setting small goals.  Make your goals measurable and attainable.  Instead of rewarding yourself with food, learn to reward yourself with a new pair of jeans, running shoes, or a massage:)

 

 

1. Tuesday- Stretch, Cardio Day
Do a variety of cardio exercises!  HIIT is a great choice.  All you need is twenty minutes:)

 

 

2. More on metabolism! Metabolism 101

 

3. Mantra For the Day!!!

Think about where you were when you first started this program.  Look at how far you have come!!!  Look at how strong you have become and how much you have overcome!!!  It’s truly an honor to be a witness to your transformation and I’m so grateful that I get to be in this journey with you.  You are not alone.  I am here for you and I believe in you.

Love you guys!!!  I’m rooting for you:)))

Day 64 of 90 Day Challenge!

Happy Monday!

Day 64!  The trick this holiday season is to eat clean MOST of the time.  You will have days to indulge and eat stuff you normally wouldn’t.  That’s OK!  It’s what you do MOST of the time that will bring you victory.  Get rid of the mindset of, “I’ll just start next year!”  Don’t do it!  I guarantee you that it will be much harder to start off the year with extra pounds.  Have a goal.  My goal is to maintain my weight this holiday season.  I’m not looking to lose weight or cut body fat.  I’m just here to enjoy life and eat responsibly:)))

 

1. Monday- Cardio & Leg Day!

 

2.) Metabolism-

 

3. Mantra for the Day!!! – Overcome your Past!

This picture was taken almost 22 years ago.  This was taken during some of the darkest times of my life.  I was shooting a music video (Yes, I didn’t go around sporting a blonde wig for no reason;) and I thought I was sooooooo fat!  I was about 113lbs during this pic and I was so full of self hatred.  I remember being at the video shoot and being so self conscious and insecure amongst all the beautiful dancers.  My diet consisted of cigarettes and junk food and even though I was a dancer, I was totally unhealthy.  I wouldn’t trade my life now for that time.  I feel so whole, so happy and so blessed now at this place in my life.  It was a long journey to learn to love myself and I’m here to help you do that in your life.  I’m grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and the people that have helped me.  Most importantly, God has healed so many of my hurts and that is where it all began.  So, if you are struggling in this area, stay tuned.  We’re gonna overcome this together:))))

This is me today:)  A genuine smile and a healthy lifestyle.  I’m so grateful to overcome and battle my past.  You can do it too!!!

 

Love you guys!  I’m rooting for you:)))

Day 62 & 63 of 90 Day Challenge!!!

Day 62 & 63!

It’s the weekend!  Tis’ the season for holiday parties!  I love this time of the year.  Normally, I would just go for it and forget about my clean eating and eat whatever I wanted.  I always work super hard come January 1st!  Well, those days are over.  This is a lifestyle and not a fad.  I’m so grateful that switch finally got turned “ON”:)))  Don’t be part of the statistics of people who will gain between six to ten pounds during the holidays.  Be smart and make wise choices.  Keep it moving:)))

 

1. Saturday- This is your day to work out with your loved ones and try something new and fun!  I love workouts that don’t feel like workouts:)))

Sunday- Don’t forget to REST!  Take a rest day:)  You need it to replenish your energy!

 

 

 

2.) Food- Holiday Pot Luck!
If you are going to a party, offer to bring a dish.  Eat before you go and be mindful.  Here are some great potluck ideas!  So cool:)))

 

 

 

3. Mantra of the Day!!! – Take Inventory!
As we close out the year, take some time to take an inventory of your life.  For me, I realized that I need to cut some things out of my life and simplify.  I need to take more time to rest and chill:)  This is very difficult for me.  I’m excited about learning to slow down.  Another thing I’m doing is taking an inventory of people in my life.  Some people are drama and toxic and I need to have clear boundaries.  I also want to surround myself with people who inspire me, challenge me and make me a better person.  I’m so excited to see what the New Year will hold.  2012 has been amazing but it’s just the beginning!!! 2013 is gonna rock!!!

 

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)))

Day 61 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 61!

Something great is waiting on the other side:))))

 

 

1)  Friday- Core Day!!! Everyone wants defined abs.  We are obsessed with the six pack!  Well, it takes a lot of work!  Cardio, weight training and super clean eating.  Some people are blessed with genetics and can get definition quickly.  Others have to work really hard.  Wherever you fall in the spectrum, don’t focus on it too much.  Focus on strength and how you feel.  It will happen. Keep persevering.  One way to make sure you’re utilizing all your core muscles is to open up your hip flexors.  Stretch them often.  It also loosens up your lower back.  Here are some great hip flexor stretches.

Check out these hip flexor stretches

My abs inspiration!  I love that she still has her curves:)

 

2.) Food- Here are some gluten free ideas!!!  Looking forward to trying out these alternatives.  For recipes, follow me on Pinterest.  These are all on my board titled, “Food I can Eat!”  Follow me on Pinterest:)  Can you believe these are gluten free???  Must.Try.

 

 

3.) Mantra for the Day!!! -Focus on Abundance not Scarcity!!!
It’s easy for me to look at all the food that I can’t have right now.  Sure it makes me sad but the more I focus on all the things I can’t have, the more depressed I’m going to be.  If I focus on all the new foods I get to taste and discover, the more excited I get!  This goes for clean eating too.  This is the best time to choose healthy eating.  There are so many great tasting recipes out there that won’t make you feel deprived at all.  Our taste buds will adjust.  Focus on the abundance today!!!  Keep an eye out for a cook book that my sister Karen and I are working on.  She is a genius and we’ve been working on amazing, healthy recipes that taste sinfully delicious!  So excited:)  Stay tuned!

 

Love you guys!  I’m rooting for you:)))

 

Day 60 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 60!

 

Thursday- Yoga Day!  Even if you don’t like Yoga, you should keep trying it.  I hated Yoga for the first three years!  Every time I was in class I would wish for it to end! I learned to surrender and accept.  The mental part of Yoga is the important part.  Enjoy:)))

 

 

2. Food- Spaghetti Squash!!!  Why am I just discovering this now!?!?  WOW!  Sooooo good!  Since I try to eat gluten free, I miss pasta very much!  This was eating pasta without the guilt:)  Check out these beautiful photos I found on Pinterest.  ( Follow me on Pinterest:)  If you have good recipes, send them my way…

 

 

 

3.  Mantra for the Day:  Nothing is Impossible!!!

 

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Day 59 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 59!

Thank you for all the amazing responses to yesterday’s blog.  I’m so grateful I get to witness transformation!  It’s so encouraging and faith building!  You can do this:)))

We want YOU to be our next transformation story!!!  Send us your story!  We want to hear from you:)))

 

1) Wednesday-Stretch, Cardio and Upper Body workout!  If you think too hard about working out, you’ll talk yourself out of it!  Just do it:)))

 

 

2. Food-Portion Control!  This is something we constantly have to keep reminding ourselves.  The portions just keep getting bigger! If you’re not reading labels, you should be.  Be aware.  It’s your body, it’s your responsibility!  Yesterday, we went out to dinner.  I automatically asked for a to-go container and wrapped up half of my plate.  I had more than enough for dinner and enjoyed the other half for lunch!  Check out this great chart….

 

3. Mantra for the Day!!! -Visualize your Life!!!
Are you using the power of visualization in your life?  In your time of quiet and peace take some time to visualize how you want your life to look.  Take some time to envision what it would be like to run after your kids at the park without being in pain or being winded.  How would it feel to be able to shop at certain stores and wear certain clothes?  If you can see it, you can achieve it.  Keep pictures up in a special place that will motivate you.  If you haven’t discovered Pinterest yet, it’s a great site where you can create your own boards. (Follow me on Pinterest:))  Keep a pair of jeans or a dress that you want to fit into out where you can see it daily.  Strive everyday to move towards your goal.
Everyday spend some time imagining and dreaming about the life you want to have.  Then do one thing that will move you closer to that goal. When you are engaging in an activity or ready to eat a bite of something, ask yourself, “Is this going to get me closer to my goals?”  If the answer is “NO!”  Then get rid of it or stop doing it.

 

I love you guys and I’m rooting for you!!!

Day 58 of 90 Day Challenge!

 

 

Day 58!

I received a message from one of our transformation members and I felt the need to share it with you.  It was overwhelming to see this kind of openness and vulnerability.  I am so grateful that we’ve created a place where people feel safe to share what’s really going on deep inside. There is power in honesty because it gives others strength to be honest in their own lives.  I hope this helps you and begins to heal this area of your hearts…

 

Message from Transformation Member: (She gave me permission to share this)

“I have a confession to make. I’m afraid. I’m afraid to lose weight and still not be enough… I have never been anything but chunky or fat. So the fear of losing this weight and still be not pretty enough or cute enough or good enough makes me think. Why bother!? Obvious answer is that I will be healthier and that should be motivation enough, right? It is and it isn’t. The fear makes me self sabotage. I want to be pretty. And feel pretty. I never have and it scares me to think that at 41 I’m too old to ever feel it. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so the saying goes, but what this beholder only sees ugly fat me. I’m sorry.”

 

 

My response:

“Thank you for your candid confession of what we can all relate to. I feel like this is an area in my life I can finally be authentic and surrendered in. It’s only taken me 40 years:))) I knew that being an online coach was going to hold me accountable to practice what I preached. All the blogs and messages I preach, I preach to myself;) The message is simple. “I am enough!” Not “I will be enough when I lose the last five pounds or the last 100 pounds!” You see, the amount of weight is not the issue. We have to get to a place of self love and acceptance. When we honor and respect our bodies, we will treat it well. When we self sabotage, there are deeper issues of feeling like we don’t deserve the victory. We have to ask the question, “Why not?” We make excuses and we blame our circumstances and we stay stuck. Look at yourself and ask yourself, “Why not me? Why don’t I deserve to be happy and healthy?” You were not designed to be overweight. Some of us are designed to be more top heavy or bottom heavy. That’s called genetics. But we are all designed to be healthy. You can take charge of uncovering what that design is supposed to look like. This should be so empowering to you because the choice is yours. The ball is in your court. For me, turning 40 turned on a switch and I panicked a little bit. I felt like my time was ticking. I had to make radical decisions to change. Everyday is an opportunity to make the right choice. Everyday is an opportunity to love yourself more. This is the first time in my life I can look in the mirror and not hate what I see. That to me is such amazing growth and progress. This journey is so much more than losing weight, learning how to eat the right foods and exercising. It’s really about finding yourself and falling in love with who you really are!!! Believe it….you are wonderfully and fearfully made. You are not here by chance but you are here by design. You are going to inspire so many people in your life by your example. Be a role model! I am honored and humbled to be in this journey with all of you. I love my life and what I get to do. All my struggles and hardships are here to help others just like you are going to help so many people overcome. This is an epidemic. Women hate themselves. This is what our daughters are seeing. Let’s stop the cycle. Be confident and know that you are beautiful!!! You really are. Thank you for being here:)))”

 

 

I felt the need to share this because we can all relate to this in one way or another.  Please take some time to give yourself encouragement, kindness and love today. You are worth it.  You really are:)

 

Tuesday- Pick a cardio workout and do it with joy:))))

I love you guys and I’m rooting for you!!!

 

 

Day 57 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 57

I wanted to remind you about what this program is all about.  We are trying to balance mind, body and spirit.  We are trying to juggle relationships, careers, laundry, 2am feedings, taking care of kids, husbands, room mates, school, studies, etc….We are trying to figure out how to eat well and feed our loved ones a better diet.  We’re trying to exercise and get fit and feel strong.  Sometimes, when we look at pictures and media we can tend to have an unrealistic expectation of what our progress should look like.  Just to remind you, these models are super fit and have about a 12 to 18 body fat percentage not to mention the best lighting and the magic of photoshop.  In order to have that, it takes a lot of work and dieting.  This program is not for that.  So don’t beat yourself up if you don’t have a six pack yet.  Aim for feeling stronger and healthier.  XOXO:)))

 

1.  Monday- Leg day!

 

2.  Food- Food is not the enemy. Food is not bad. There’s nothing wrong with indulging here and there.  The more you deprive your body, the more you’ll be likely to binge.  Give yourself a cheat day.  You’ve worked hard for it so don’t fret if you have something that isn’t normally on your diet.  In our program, we try to get you to eat without the guilt.  The mental part of this program is the hardest because we have to retrain and reprogram our thought patterns.  It’s OK!  Enjoy life!  Live a little!!!  It’s the holidays!!! But don’t do it everyday and don’t do it in excess.  More importantly, don’t beat yourself up and get down about it all week!!!  OK, I’m going to have a cookie now:)))

 

3. Mantra for the day:  Embrace your Battle Scars!

Do you have an unrealistic view of what your body is supposed to look like?  Especially after having children, our bodies change.  It’s not better or worse, just different.  For some of us, it’s really hard to fathom that our forty year old body doesn’t resemble our twenty year old body.  Again, I blame the media for the unrealistic expectations it puts on women after kids.  Let us surrender and accept that our bodies have changed.  We have had the honor to house another human being in our bellies!  That’s quite traumatic.  Embrace your battle scars.  It’s a beautiful thing!  Even if you’ve never had kids, age does affect our bodies.  Maybe we’ve abused our bodies and haven’t taken great care of it.  It takes time to restore it.  The beauty is that your body will bounce back and be healthy and strong again. Work with what you have and make it the best body it can be.  You are beautiful!!!

 

Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)