Day 15 of Clean Eating Challenge!

Day 15

There will be days when you will feel like, “I don’t want to do this anymore.  This is too hard.  This takes too much effort.”  In those moments, I want you to look at your goals. I want you to ask yourself, “Are these goals still important to me?”  If the answer is “YES” then stop whining and complaining and keep going.:)))  If you decide that the goal is too much for you then go ahead and quit.  You have come this far….what are you going to do???

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1.  Monday- Stretch and do 30 min of solid cardio and lower body work. I expect you to push yourself hard today.  I want sweat & tears!!!  DO IT:))) Stretch your body and breathe!

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2.  Food- Clean, healthy food doesn’t have to be boring.  Since I’ve been on this journey with you guys, I have discovered so many new foods that are good for you and rich in flavor.  I hope that you are enjoying it as much as I am.  Be adventurous!  Try new ethnic foods, be courageous and just go for it!  In the last couple of weeks, I have tried Indian food, Thai, Mediterranean, Vegan, and many others.  Try something new this week and tell me about it:)  Oh, and did I mention the ‘clean’ treats are AMAZING!!!!  I am getting my sweet fix and it’s in the plan:)  Woo hoo!!!

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3. Mantra for the day:  Quitting is the Enemy to Success!!!
If you even ‘think’ about quitting, then you have already quit.  It’s so easy to quit.  It takes so much more character and a strong will to persevere.  Dig deep in your soul and remind yourself that you are worth fighting for.  It’s not too hard, too difficult, too painful, too (fill in the blank)…You are worth it and you deserve to live the life you were designed to have.  Be proactive about your health and wellness…It’s the only one you have:)

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

 

Day 14 of Spring Clean Challenge!

Day 14!

Happy Monday my friends!!!  I hope you had a victorious weekend and that you worked out and ate clean all weekend:)))  If you didn’t, don’t fret!  Today’s a NEW day:)))  Start fresh, hit restart, and let’s go!!!

 

 

1) Monday-Stretch, Cardio and Lower 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 7 of Spring Clean Challenge!

Day 7!

Happy Monday!!!  I hope you had a fantastic weekend and even if you didn’t, this is your chance to restart and reboot your system.  You will always hear me say, ‘Champions have a short memory!!!’  When we dwell on our mistakes and failures, it takes our focus and energy on things that are in the past and we can’t change that.  Re-focus on what you have the power to change and that’s the present.  Be engaged and intentional today about your diet and activity.  You can do it!!!

1. Monday- Lower body workout day.  Start with a good stretch and some cardio to get your heart rate up.

 

2. Food-  If you don’t meal plan, you’re missing out.  Meal planning saves money, time and energy.  It’s a little overwhelming at first if you are not used to it, but it will make your life so much more manageable. Here’s some great lunch ideas.

Isn’t that beautiful!  The more colorful your plate is the healthier it is for you!  Enjoy:)))
Check out this cool site with recipes and ideas….Bento Menu Library

 

 

 

3. Mantra for the Day!

First of all, I’m so proud of all of you for taking this challenge and really making the commitment to honor your body.  In order to see changes, you will have to change some things in your life.  Your eating habits and exercise habits obviously need to change if you are to see changes in your body.  More importantly, the number one thing that MUST change is your mindset.  Victory is won in between the ears:)))  Your mind is more powerful than your body.  Make a decision to change and you will change.  You need to change the tapes and replace it with positive, faithful voices.  You CAN do this and you WILL overcome!!!  If you tell yourself that you can’t, you’re right.

 

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

Day 22 of February Sweetheart Challenge!

Day 22

Happy Monday!!! I’m ready for this week!  I hope you are too.  Make sure you are intentional about your workout, eating, and stress management.  Take some time to plan so that your week will go smoothly:)))

 

 

1) Monday- Cross Fit Inspired Workouts!

I’m going to try these with my class today.  My goal is to make them cry!!!:)))) LOL!

 

 

 

2) Food- Plan and Prepare for Victory!
I’m going to try the Paleo diet for a couple of weeks.  I like switching things up and learning about other methods.  At the end of the day, it’s all about moderation and clean eating.  Try this with me:))))

Paleo Menu Click Here…




3. Mantra for the Day-  Unplug!
Challenge yourself to really be present and engaged today.  Look at people and really ‘see’ them.  Smile:)  In this world with such advanced technology, we have become so distant.  Even in social media, we have the appearance of intimacy but in reality we are starving for connection.  We had some friends over today and we’re going to be hosting a mixer/party for our single friends to meet each other.  We are calling the party “Unplugged”!  Guests have to check their phones in at the door and they actually have to communicate with one another.  What a novel concept! LOL!  I have to admit, this is hard for me.  I live in the virtual world.  It’s a good reminder to experience life instead of posting about it.  How about you!?  Are you ready to unplug?  Challenge yourself to have time during the day to do just that.



 

 

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

 

Day 8 February Sweetheart Challenge!

Happy Monday!
All right!  It’s time to take away all the excuses and start the week with a vengeance!  Work out with full intention and be completely present and engaged throughout your whole workout.  Whatever you do, do it with all your heart!  Now, drop and give me twenty!!!
1) Start the week with lower body exercises!
2) Food- Clean Treats!
This recipe had three ingredients and looked like it could do the trick.

I made them and after about fifteen minutes in the deep freeze they were ready.
These tasted just like a frozen ice cream bonbon. The banana inside had frozen up to taste much like smooth ice cream. My kids were elated, my husband…well…I kept catching him sneak into the freezer drawer…even in the morning!
I hope your family enjoys them too.
2 Large bananas cut into chunks
1/3 cup of dark chocolate broken into pieces
1/4 cup of natural almond butter
Place the chocolate and almond butter in a glass bowl and microwave for one minute.
Stir rapidly till it is melted together and smooth.
Dip the bananas in the chocolate and place on parchment paper over a cookie tray.
Place in freezer for fifteen minutes or overnight.
Enjoy!  (found on Pinterest)
3)  Love post of the day:  Love Unconditionally
It’s funny how I want to be loved unconditionally and yet it’s so hard to love others with the same standard.  I can easily get irritated and self righteous.  If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times!!! LOL!  I need to stop and ask myself, “How would I want to be treated right now?”  My husband is a great example of this.  He’s always so full of grace with me.  I need to be more like him.  So, the challenge of the day is to love unconditionally.  Love your spouse, your kids, your parents, your boss, etc….even if they don’t deserve it.  Actually, especially because they don’t deserve it!

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

Day 8 of January Detox Challenge!

Day 8-

Happy Monday!!!  Let’s start fresh and get ready to have a great week!  Let’s do this!!!

 

1) Monday- Lower Body Day!

I live in Los Angeles and we are experiencing some really bad weather! LOL!!!  Most of you that live in other places are probably laughing at us Angelenos because we are so freaking out!!!  I mean, it’s 30 degrees!!!  What in the world!?!?  Well, if you don’t want to go outside, try these:))))
Then work the legs..try these….

 

 

2) Food- Day 8

 

3) Mantra for the day:  What you do Matters!

Everything that you do has a consequence.  If you are not intentional, you will end up being mindless and complacent.  It will be easy to just skate through life and accept mediocrity.  You are too good for that!!!  Make the right choices and do things that will get you closer to your goal.  If you make the wrong choice, then you have to deal with the consequence and you will make choices that will get you farther away from your goal.  You can do it!!!  Stay in the game!  Stay present!  XOXO:)))

 

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

 

Day 1 of January Detox Challenge!

Happy Monday!
It’s a New Year and it’s time for a New You!!!  Just like many people during this time of year, we are making resolutions, writing down our goals, and making decisions to change and do things differently.  Well, I hope you’re ready for the detox!  We are going to retrain and recharge our taste buds:)))  Forget about what happened or didn’t happen in 2012!  It’s time to start new and make DAILY decisions to take steps towards your goal.  You got this!!!  If you signed up for the program, make sure you connect on the private page and keep plugged in.  The magic is in the community.  We were not meant to this alone.

 

1) Lower Body Workout- Make sure you stretch before and after and do some cardio to get your heart rate up.  Don’t be afraid of weights and work those squats and lunges.  Try some of these workouts.

2) Food- For the first three days, we are only juicing greens, carrots, lime, and lemon.
Experiment and tell us how it came out:)))

Greens ideas to juice:)))
Greens Ingredients:
Arugula – spicy, grassy
Basil – sweet, spicy
Bell Pepper – hydrating, sweet, zesty
Cabbage – mildly grassy
Celery – zesty, hydrating
Chard – grassy, sweet
Cilantro – sweet, fragrant
Collard greens – grassy
Cucumbers – hydrating, sweet/sour
Endive – bitter
Fennel – anise, zesty
Green apples – very sweet, tart
Green grapes – very sweet, tart
Green onion – zesty, spicy
Green pears – very sweet
Honeydew – sweet, hydrating
Jalapeno – spicy, zesty
Kale – grassy, dark
romaine – hydrating, mild, grassy
Limes – sour, zesty
Mache – grassy, dark
Parsley – grassy, zesty
Spinach – grassy, dark, pungent
Watercress – spicy, grassy, hydrating
Wheatgrass – very grassy
Zucchini – hydrating, mildly bitter
Mint – vibrant, minty, cooling
assorted green herbs

 

3) Mantra for the day-  Actually I can….

I was thinking about how grateful and lucky I am to be doing what I get to do.  I have struggled with insecurities, quitting, fear, anxiety, you name it!  The voice that would badger me and criticize me was much louder than the gentle whisper of encouragement.  Once I started choosing which voice to listen to, I started to feel more confident, secure, faithful, and excited about my path.  During this journey, CHOOSE to listen to the voice that says, “YOU CAN DO IT!!!”  If you can’t hear that voice right now, then listen to me:)))  I’m here to be your biggest cheerleader.  I’m excited to be on this journey with you!

Love you guys and 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 43 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 43!

Happy Monday!!!  I hope you had a fantastic weekend and even if you didn’t, this is your chance to restart and reboot your system.  You will always hear me say, ‘Champions have a short memory!!!’  When we dwell on our mistakes and failures, it takes our focus and energy on things that are in the past and we can’t change that.  Re-focus on what you have the power to change and that’s the present.  Be engaged and intentional today about your diet and activity.  You can do it!!!

1. Monday- Lower body workout day.  Start with a good stretch and some cardio to get your heart rate up.  Check these exercises that you can do at home.

 

2. Food-  If you don’t meal plan, you’re missing out.  Meal planning saves money, time and energy.  It’s a little overwhelming at first if you are not used to it, but it will make your life so much more manageable. I have the hardest time with lunches.  Here’s some great lunch ideas.  Let me know if you need help with this:)

Isn’t that beautiful!  The more colorful your plate is the healthier it is for you!  Enjoy:)))
Check out this cool site with recipes and ideas….Bento Menu Library

 

 

 

3. Mantra for the Day!

First of all, I’m so proud of all of you for taking this challenge and really making the commitment to honor your body.  In order to see changes, you will have to change some things in your life.  Your eating habits and exercise habits obviously need to change if you are to see changes in your body.  More importantly, the number one thing that MUST change is your mindset.  Victory is won in between the ears:)))  Your mind is more powerful than your body.  Make a decision to change and you will change.  You need to change the tapes and replace it with positive, faithful voices.  You CAN do this and you WILL overcome!!!  If you tell yourself that you can’t, you’re right.  Make this a daily habit to meditate on a mantra.  As a Christian, I meditate on scriptures and read spiritual books to help me. No matter where you are in life and what you believe, make sure you focus on the good.  Whatever you focus on you will get more of.  So if you focus on hating your thighs, butt, and stomach, guess what you will get more of????  So stop it!!!

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

Day 18 of 30 Day Challenge!!

Day 18!

Happy Monday!  I hope you guys enjoyed your weekend and were able to celebrate all the Dads out there!  This week we are going to kick it in gear and kick it up a few notches.  Add ten to fifteen minutes to each workout.  Add a cardio day and eat as clean as possible.  You can do it!!!

1) Lower Body Day!  -Start off with a stretch and get your heart rate up.  Today let’s work the legs to fatigue.  Make sure you stretch after your workout and drink lots of water!

Do as many lunges as you can!  Target those glutes:))))  XOXO!!!

 

2)  No Junk Food Challenge!!!  For the rest of the challenge, get rid of all of these items from your diet:))))  You can do it!!!

 

3) Mantra for the Day- This is when your life begins…..:)

 

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