My next fitness program..

Since I finished LIIFT4 it’s time to pick a new program! I took last week off since I was in Orlando Thursday-Sunday for a leadership retreat (more on that later this week). I knew it was time to pick a new program, so I took a few things into account:

  1. Time. LIIFT4 was 8 weeks. I wanted to do something shorter than 8 weeks BUT with workouts around 30 mins or less a day.
  2. Meal plan. I’ve been following 2B mindset LOOSELY but I need something strict right now. I haven’t had my recommended amount of veggies in weeks. It’s time I get back at it.
  3. Limited core work. I won’t be able to lay on my back and do core work much longer.
  4. Not a lot of equipment – I want to do this in my bedroom so I don’t have to convince myself to go to the basement to get started. Continue reading “My next fitness program..”

LIIFT4 results and review

Alright guys – I finished ALL 8 WEEKS of LIIFT4. It’s a 4-day a week 30-40 minute program that’s a mix of lifting and HIIT. It’s by Joel Freeman – and looking at him is reason enough to give it a try. But in all honesty – I loved the program!

The extra days off gave a lot of room for cross training (running). And it definitely helped during those early pregnancy weeks when I was super tired to not have long workouts.

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Results wise, my results are cleary skewed since I’m pregnant haha. However – I did continually get stronger (raising my highest weights from 20 lbs to 35 lbs by the end of 8 weeks) and I didn’t gain any weight. I was inconsistent with my eating due to nausea but that’s just part of the game right now.

I definitely suggest the program to anyone! It’s fun, it’s effective, and it’s short! haha. If you want to try – hit me up!

Aldi came thru with generic halo top!

Yal. Anyone who knows me knows I shop FAITHFULLY at Aldi. Idc about no name brand anything – it’s all basically the same (except some cereals) and the savings is AMAZING. But there are some things I’d venture to Kroger/Target for…. and one of those was if I was having a halotop craving.

If you don’t know about halotop – basically it’s icecream with way less calories and less sugar and less fat and ALL of the taste. It’s bombbbbbbb. The ingredients aren’t perfect (I don’t do a lot of sugar alcohols because they bloat me.. but so does regular ice cream so I may as well choose something friendlier to my goals LOL).

Anywho, HaloTop typically runs around $3.99 per pint. It’s worth it. I spend it. However this week at Aldi, hubby grabbed some of their low fat icecream. It’s a halotop generic, with similar ingredients and macros. It costs $2.99 per pint.

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I was skeptical because I LOVE HaloTop. But I gave it a try last night and YAL – IT LITERALLY TASTES JUST AS GOOD! The texture is also similar. The main difference I noticed is HaloTop is a little hard – it says right on the carton to let it sit out a few minutes before you start eating. The Aldi brand is not like that. You don’t have to let it thaw some before eating.

I immediately flipped to the back to check the macros. Compared to halotp, the macros per serving are actually better. The Aldi brand has less calories, sodium, less cholesterol, less total and saturated fat, less sugar and sugar alcohol, and more calcium (HaloTop has more iron though).

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I had to take a look at the ingredients and compare.

HaloTop ingredients: Skim milk, eggs, erythritol, prebiotic fiber, milk protein concentrate, cream, organic cane sugar, vegetable glycerin, natural flavor, sea salt, vanilla beans, organic carob gum, organic guar gum, organic stevia leaf extract.

Aldi low fat icecream ingredients: milk and cream, milk protein concentrate, erythritol, chicory root extract, egg yolks, glycerin, sugar, vanilla extract, locust bean gum, guar gum, monk fruit extract, vanilla bean specks, vitamin A palmitate

In my opinion neither is perfect, but HaloTop appears to use higher quality organic ingredients. It looks like there’s less cholesterol in the Aldi brand because of using egg yolks instead of whole eggs. Aldi also doesn’t use any salt or Stevia.

Naturally HaloTop has more flavors as well as having a wide selection of vegan flavors too. At our local Aldi there were only a few flavors of the low fat icecream.

In my opinion, the changes don’t cause a difference in taste (though I haven’t done a side by side). I’m not sure how much you’d save at $1 a pint per year – but if you are already at Aldi weekly like I am – may as well pick up a pint a try!

How do you handle stress?

How do you handle stress?

In the past, I had a lot of unhealthy ways of handling stress. Probably because I am just generally an anxious person so I am constantly feeling some level of stress. But I try to focus now on what I’m feeling, why, and how i’m dealing with it. It’s hard – because I want to escape the stress but sometimes it’s necessary in life.

Today I am stressed. There’s no particular reason, I just feel anxious. It’s actually almost a crime to feel so anxious on such a good hair day (day 4 wash and go. Look at this! Like, hello!)

But really, I feel super behind on things for my business, on blog content, on housework… on LIFE.

Honestly, I know in reality I’m no further behind that I always am.. but it doesn’t feel that way. I feel stressed and kind of trapped.

To avoid dropping back into unhealthy habits – for stress relief – I plan. I believe that I have stress because there is an issue I need to solve. Today my issue is I spend a lot of time worrying about what I’m not getting done – instead of getting it done. My time could be better used getting something done. I’ve recently started planning for my business and it has made me feel 1,000x better – but I dont’ do the same for my home/mom life.

In order to maximize my planner I went out (after being encouraged by Shay at http://www.shaybudgets.com) and got some stickers. This should help me get more into each space and also just make things prettier.

I also plan on, instead of leaving the center block of my planner blank, planning activities for LB and I. Along with not just making – but sticking to our weekly meal plan.

Starting out this planning already has me feeling so much less anxious. I know it’s not for everyone, and some of my friends think I’m crazy – but it’s what works for me.

What works for you?

How to stay on track while you’re traveling

I travel a lot more than usual now that I’m free from my 9-5 (see more details here). One of the hardest things about traveling is that it gets me all off schedule fitness wise. However, I have figured out a way to not ruin all of my progress or fall off the wagon while out of town.

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Riviera Maya!

I’m behind as heck on posting blog content so I’m going to be pumping it out at lightening speed. First and foremost, a recap of my trip to Riviera Maya with hubby free of charge with my business πŸ’ƒπŸΎ

Guys, it was a trip of firsts. I’d never had a stamp on my passport (only left the country for cruises in the past). I’d never left my son overnight with anyone other than Brian (he stayed with my parents). I’d never had a professional massage at a spa! Never met Autumn Calabrese! And of course never worked for a company that offered me and my family all expense paid trips once a year ❀️

When I was first offered this trip I planned on taking Beezy. I was still working full time and honestly didn’t think I’d really be quitting my job at the end of the year. But hell now here I am! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. It was 3 weeks before the trip when I looked at Brian and said “… should we go alone?”

It took a lot of soul searching but I knew I needed to do this for our marriage. At first my in-laws planned to come up from MS and stay with LB. but they were hit by a surprise TORNADO 4 days before we flew out. luckily my parents stepped in so we didn’t have to cancel the trip.

I worried a lot on the way there, but once we were at the resort and I face timed him I knew he was having a good time and being spoiled. I only cried once – Saturday when Brian was out golfing and I had a minute alone to think and really miss beezy. I love that boy.

A typical day at the rest consisted of sleeping in as late as we want (aka 7:30 AM πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) and waking up to order room service which was AWESOME and even better when it’s free. Some days we went for a run or to the live workouts hosted by either Autumn, Chris Downing or Joel Freeman. After that we could grab free, already blended shakeology for a post workout.

Then heading out to the pool to meet up with my team and their spouses. Sitting out there soaking up sun and having drinks until hunger struck. Then heading to one of the awesome restaurants to eat or eating at the grill at the pool.

Next would be a shower then getting dressed up for a nice dinner and then night life.

This was NOT a training event like some of the other trips I’ve been on so there weren’t any classes or required work to do. We literally just chilled. We did have a scheduled massage one day and I had earned a photo opp another day, and there were some celebration ceremonies but other than that everything was unplanned and relaxing. And did I mention free?

Anywho! Nobody cares yal just want pics so here you go! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

If you want to learn more about earning FREE trips, AND a full time income from home – fill this form! I’d love to talk to you about what I do as a coach and how I’ve grown this business to support my family and give me freedom and time with them.

PS – body by 80 day obsession. I’ll be posting full results (2 months late😩) soon!

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Guys, I struggle with emotional cravings. I want the foods I ate at highs in my life to make me feel that good of them. One of them for sure is junk chinese food. Not the real kind. The Americanized sugary fatty mess.

Usually I head out and grab some but I decided this time, I shouldn’t. Because I’d had Panda Express like 5 days ago. And it’s time to quit acting like my meal plan doesn’t matter. LOL.

So I made this up spur of the moment and it was LIT so I thought I’d share.

 

Ingredients –

  • chicken breast
  • whole grain rice
  • pineapples
  • bread crumbs
  • soy sauce
  • sweet n sour sauce
  • honey sesame sauce
  • olive oil

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I knew I wanted the chicken to be breaded. I’m ok with breading as an occasional ‘healthy cheat’ and I count it towards my yellow containers (80 day obsession meal plan). But what I don’t have a lot of space for in my diet is fat. So I wasn’t going to fry it.

I took the chicken and seasoned it (heavy, like I was always taught LOL) and then dipped it in sweet n sour sauce and honey sesame sauce. Once it was all coated I put it in a ziplock bag with breadcrumbs and additional seasoning and shook it up.

I ‘fried’ in like a few drops of olive oil.

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Here’s a visual of everything I used for the chicken.img_0602

I also added some pineapples because they’re lit.

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While all this was going on I had my rice in a rice cooker. It’s so worth it to have one.

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I flipped each piece over to get it all evenly cooked. Once it was all done I served it on the rice and had a side of edamame. Oh, I added a little soy sauce to the rice and some sweet and sour sauce over the chicken.img_0605

 

Yum :). Because of all the sauces, I counted this meal as a 2x yellow, 1x blue, red, purple, and tsp.