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Monday, May 22, 2017

Shift Shop Meal Plan Recipe: Tomato Garlic Shrimp


Throughout The Shift Shop test group I have focused on keeping my meal prep simple, streamlined, and fast because I'm a busy mom of 2 working full time.  I know that meal prep takes time (and energy) and those are two things I don't typically have an abundance of.

I threw this dish together one night when I was home alone with the kids and feeling slightly desperate to NOT eat another grilled chicken breast on week two of The Shift Shop.  I didn't realize I was creating something that would become a staple for this meal plan.  It's delicious!



Ingredients:
  • 1 small-medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 package frozen deveined/detailed raw shrimp
  • minced garlic
  • EVOO (olive oil)
Roast Spaghetti Squash:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Slice spaghetti squash in half long way and scoop out innards.
  3. Lightly brush inside + outside with EVOO 
  4. Bake insides facing down on pan for 40 minutes
While that is cooking, prepare your shrimp:
  1. Rinse and drain shrimp.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp EVOO + 1-2 Tbsp minced garlic in frying pan.
  3. Add shrimp and cook for 4-5 minutes until pink.
  4. Add can of fire roasted tomatoes and heat through.
  5. Serve over spaghetti squash.
**If you use the Portion Control Containers, this counts as 1 green, 1 red

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Shift Shop Week 2


Week 2 is almost over!!  In case you didn't see my results from Week 1 you can read the full recap here or follow my journey daily here.

In just one week I lost 6.2 pounds and 6.25 inches.  I shared my before/after selfie, but I've decided not to share any more until day 21.  So, this is what you get other than what you notice in normal pictures!


I can see huuuuuuuge changes in my midsection (problem area).  I've noticed I've gone down a notch in my bra as well and my clothes are definitely fitting a lot better.  And, you know that bulge you get in the car when the seatbelt is across your lap?  Yeah, it's going away.  In fact!  Today, I'm wearing a pair of jeans I tried to wear last Friday and couldn't!


I'm going to take a minute to talk about my mindset because even though these physical changes are huge and make me very happy and motivated, I think my mindset is even more detrimental to this process.  You guys, for the first time in a long time, I'm feeling energized, confident, proud, excited, committed, motivated, and satisfied with the results of my hard work.  I can't exactly put into words the difference in how I think and feel today as compared to 10 days ago, but I wish I could.

I was no where near the depression that I experienced with my son, but I was definitely consumed with motherhood, making bottles, cleaning spills, bath time, work, and attempting to fit in time with my hubby in between.  I was struggling.  It is so easy to fall into that motherhood mindset where you just do everything for everyone else and you put yourself on the back burner.  Forgetting what it feels like to prioritize yourself and take care of your body happens so quickly when you have a new baby in the home.  And I was in that rut...



I have kept my nutrition on point and I honestly haven't struggled with that - I'm having the opposite problem of struggling to eat everything.  The spacing of the meals and snacks is so perfect that I'm not hungry at all.  I have had a few headaches here and there due to my body detoxing from the crap I was eating before I got started.  (I quite literally was eating whatever I wanted.)

I have created meal plans for Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 if you are interested let me know here.


One of my coworkers asked me this week what this workout was like and I had a hard time explaining to someone who wasn't an athlete (if you were an athlete you know what agility workouts and preseason/postseason work is like).  But this is what I said...
It's similar to the workouts in 21 Day Fix or a typical "gym workout" except you have this coach in your ear who is truly rooting for you and cheering you along each step of the way.  He isn't just telling you what to do and how to do it; he's rooting for you.  And, in my world, it's what makes all the difference.  Heck, it's why I chose the OBGYN I chose to deliver my babies!!

I'm loving this program so much that I'm already working on creating a group specifically geared toward women who are in the same headspace I was and are looking to make the shift.  If you are interested in being part of that group and getting more information fill out this form and I will be in contact with you so that we can get you started!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Teachers are the Best Coaches


Growing up there were 2 things I wanted to be: a mom and a teacher.

I remember teaching my stuffed animals and Cabbage Patch dolls countless lessons in my parents office.  My family has lots of teachers in it and I just really have always had a heart for kids.

If you think about it, teaching is probably one of the most important jobs in our country and possibly one of the least appreciated.  We don't just teach curriculum, we nurture, foster, and love on your babies while you aren't there to do it.  We shape lives!

As teachers, we have to have a growth mindset.  We are flexible.  We must think on our toes and react quickly and appropriately in all situations.  We must listen and give of ourselves even when we don't know if there is anything left to give.  We have to have energy on our more tired days.

I love teaching.  Love working with kids.  However, I hate all the testing and legislature around the classroom setting.  Some days I don't feel like I'm truly making a difference because I don't have time to between the rules and regulations set on me and the assessments I'm mandated to give.

This is where coaching comes in.  No matter what, every day I get to help, nurture, foster, and love on people through my coaching business.  This is why teachers make the best coaches - we already have all the skills and mindset needed to be successful and truly touch people's lives.  So many of the skills I use in my classroom, the things I LOVE doing that are now being limited within school walls due to lack of time - those are the things I get to use in my coaching business every. single. day.


With coaching, I get to teach a bigger audience.  And I get to teach them something that I am truly truly passionate about: health and fitness.  I also get to help women start and grow their businesses so that they can reach financial freedom which is a pretty awesome process to be part of.  I'm constantly learning and growing and stretching myself, which as a teacher, is one of my favorite things to do!

As a coach, I run monthly accountability groups (sort of like small groups in my classroom) where individuals are pushed and encouraged and supported through their journeys.  I teach other women (and some men) how to start, develop, build, and master their own personal businesses.  I'm a mentor just like in the classroom.  I'm a lifelong learner; every day I'm reading, writing, stretching myself and in turn I'm growing mentally, physically, and spiritually.


As a coach, I lesson plan - I create valuable and informative content for my monthly accountability groups. I help my challengers and my coaches set and reach for their goals.

As a coach, I communicate with my challengers and coaches on a daily basis.

As a coach, I collect data on my challengers' progress.  I analyze what is going well in my business and what needs to change in order to reach more people and be able to help more.  I monitor progress and help people make decisions about how to push themselves even further.

As a coach, I teach my coaches how to run successful businesses and help their teams do the same.

As a coach, I have a growth mindset as I continuously learn, grow, collaborate, and adapt so that I can be the best leader, role model, and human being possible.

Oh - and the best part?  Summers are off!  Just like in teaching.  ;)

If you're a teacher and you've been trying to figure out what you're doing this summer for a part-time job, don't get one!  I haven't worked in the summer since I got married 7 years ago and it's the BEST.  In the past that meant summers were tight, but now I don't have to worry about that; I'm living a passion, building a dream, and supporting my family.

(If you're interested in hearing more about joining Team EVOLVE fill out this form.)

Friday, May 12, 2017

#coachlindsayspostbabycomeback


You guys!  Wow!  Week one has flown by...seriously!

If you've followed my journey on Facebook and Instagram, you already know that I'm in it to win it with this test group.  Taking these before photos was eye opening in a super scary way.  I have started seeing results, but definitely didn't see myself this way when I looked in the mirror.  I'm not about body shaming, but I'm glad I've got some inspiration to really put in the work now!

I promised weekly recaps with a little more depth so let's get started!

Sunday night I was so freaking excited, it felt like Christmas Eve!  I know that sounds a little backwards, right?  Definitely didn't wake up to gifts haha, but I was just ready to put in the work!  I took one of these before going to sleep so that I would rest well and still woke up 3 minutes before my alarm was about to go off.  

Confession: I've always been the type to buy flavored Greek yogurt at the grocery store.  I know it's better to get plain and add your own fruit, but I like plain on my baked potato - not with my coffee in the morning.  I am so devoted to this test group that I bought plain and decided to try it the right way.  You guys, it's delicious!  Like dessert!  This is 1 cup plain Greek yogurt + 1 Purple container frozen mixed berries + 1/2 Blue container of sliced almonds.  AMAZING.


Day 1 wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be which scared me a little.  Typically that means I'm too cocky and going to pay for it the next day.  I'm drinking Recover after each workout and it's really making a difference!  I am not nearly as sore as I should be the next day and that definitely helps me to get out of bed so early in the morning to make this work for our family and my schedule.

On Day 2, Laurel woke up about 5 minutes before my alarm was to go off.  And she wasn't going back down so instead of using that as an excuse to miss or skip (which I've been doing for the past 9 months), I fixed her a bottle and she got to watch Mama rock her workout.  It wasn't easy, I had to hit pause a few times, and she fussed a bit, but we did it! #strongasamother


I stepped on the scale after my workout this day and had already lost 2.0 pounds!  You guys, I haven't been able to BUDGE that freaking scale in months.  Mostly due to the fact that I've inconsistently exercised and overindulged in all the junk.  It was extremely exciting and encouraging to see the scale drop so quickly and to be at a weight I haven't been at in close to a year!  I'm already feeling the difference in my clothes and body, now I'm seeing it on the scale!


This picture could be a whole other post...maybe it should be.  You mommas out there know how hard it is to be selfish, but this time is mine!  

Chris Downing speaks such truth and energy into your life as you go through the workout that I'm really gaining so much from this.  He's pushing me to not only reach for my goals, but to establish what they are, why they're important, and what I need to do to get to them.  He's so motivating and inspiring!  This is a program anyone doing some soul-searching would LOVE.


So, you may or may not know this about me already - but when I was postpartum with my son I was STRUGGLING to say the least with depression and body image and just a lot of sadness.  I knew a lot of it stemmed from my lack of self-love and being uncomfortable in my own skin.  That's when I started researching all the different programs that were out there that could help me get myself back.  I was specifically looking for something I could do at home because going to the gym during this time would have given me so much anxiety, I would have wasted my money on a membership.  Again - this is another post in and of itself, but long story short - I was extremely skeptical about Shakeology.  I really truly thought it would taste like crap and I would force myself to drink it and lose the weight and never get it again while keeping the workouts.  I thought it was a weight loss shake.

I was wrong!  So, I don't know why I'm so surprised that I was also wrong about our Performance Line!  I "didn't believe in supplements" for the longest time until I finally tried our pre-workout formula and got hooked.  (Something that helps me get pumped for a 5 am workout and keeps me focused?)  So, when this Test Group suggested drinking Energize, Recover, and eventually Hydrate I just decided if I was going all in, I was going all in.

Game changers!  I'm not nearly as sore as I feel I should be.  It's day 5 and I'm rocking my 4:45 AM wakeup call so that I can crush this in plenty of time to get myself + kids ready for work.  I don't know if I'd be able to do it without all that!  (I haven't tried Hydrate yet - we start using that next week)

If you're interested in knowing more about The Shift Shop and being FIRST on my list when it's released fill out this form and I will keep you posted!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Affirmations

As a mom (and woman in general) I struggle with feeling "good enough" in some situations.

Is my house clean enough?
Are my children behaved enough?
Am I pretty enough?
Is my job stable enough?
Am I loving enough?

You get the picture.

As I'm going through The Shift Shop Test Group (day 3), I'm actually growing in so many ways I didn't realize I would.  For the first time since having baby #2, I'm realizing that I am "good enough."  More than good enough!  (I think it helps that I'm also reading through I Am That Girl with my current accountability group.)


As great as I feel during my workout, when Chris Downing is inspiring me and pushing me and believing in me....life happens.  And I don't always feel that same way the whole day through.  So, I'm writing down these affirmations and sharing them with you because I'm going to repeat these as often as necessary until I don't just remember them, I believe them.

I am one badass mother.
I am STRONG.
I am a great mom and wife.
I am prioritizing myself so that I can be my best.
I am making an impact.
I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
I am beautiful inside AND out.
I am loved.
I belong.
I am a smart, successful leader.
I am helping even in the smallest of ways.
I am inspiring.
I am worthy.
I am ALIVE and thriving.
I can do anything I put my mind to.
I will accomplish my dreams.
I am writing my own story.
I am working for my family's dream, not someone else's.
I am AMAZING.
I got this!

Sometimes, we just need a reminder - I, for one, am going to reaffirm these things in my heart as often as necessary.  Until they are embedded in me.

You are SO MUCH MORE than enough.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Motivation vs. Commitment



For the past 2.5 years I've thought I could be the missing piece.  I thought I could want it enough for you, I could cheer louder than anyone else, I could push you and pull you and make your goals happen just by simply motivating you.

Truth is, I can't even motivate myself some days.  Shocker!!

For real though - some days when that alarm goes off I don't even want to think about getting out of bed and working out.  And there is no motivational quote on Pinterest that is going to make me change my mind.  At least not for long...

See, motivational quotes are great.  In the moment, they get us pumped, they get us excited, they get us moving.  But, a day or two later they are forgotten.

So although motivation can get us STARTED, it cannot keep us going.

That's where commitment comes in.  Life is like a marriage.  It's going to get hard, it's going to get ugly, there are going to be days when you love it but you might not like it.  However, you don't throw in the towel and say GAME OVER, right?!  You figure out a way to stay committed and make it work.  That's what we do when things get hard.

Although, I can't help you stay committed, I can share some tricks that I've put into place that really help me to stay committed along my journey:

  1. Share!  Share what you are doing - you can share it with your significant other, your mother, your Facebook friends, whoever.  Just sharing it makes you more accountable.
  2. No excuses - just do it.  I realize this sounds cliche, but it's reality.  You just have to get out of bed even on the days you don't want to.  You just have to push play even when you're sore.  You just have to DO IT and get over it.  It's never as bad as you think it is.
  3. Set mini-milestone goals for yourself.  What is your long term goal?  It may take a while so, instead, focus on some smaller short-term goals along the way.
You can get motivated, it's staying motivated that's tough. 

What are your tricks to staying committed?

Monday, May 8, 2017

Today is the Day!


I can't lie - I'm still in shock that I was chosen to be part of this test group for Beachbody's newest program releasing in July, The Shift Shop.  After doing a few of the workouts with celebrity trainer, Chris Downing, while in Punta Cana, I know this is exactly what this mama needs right now.

I'm going to be honest with you...sometimes what I say and what I do don't necessarily match.  I'm really good at helping other women justify and understand why it's so important for us to make time for ourselves.  I'm really good at preaching self-love and #treatyoself.  But, when it comes to doing it for me, I fail over and over again.

It's no secret that I've struggled since having baby #2 with getting back on the healthy and fit bandwagon.  I'll be real - baby #2 rocked my world.  I had just gotten the swing of things when we decided we were ready to add a little more crazy to already pretty crazy life.  DO NOT LET ME FOOL YOU - it was the best decision ever, we planned this, and we do not regret it for a millisecond.  It's just been a much longer adjustment period than we thought it would be.  I mean, after baby #1 you're a pro....right?!

Chris Downing is not just motivational, he's empowering.  And listening to him speak truth into the faces of women who were overcoming obesity and physical disabilities and still showing up to work out with him wile we were on vacation spoke to this little place in my heart that has been neglected for the past 9 months.

I've struggled to make myself a priority.  I do a good job for a few days or a week or maybe even 2 weeks in a row and then something throw me off.  I travel or the baby has a few nights with little sleep or something goes down at work and it takes me a while to get back on track.  

This feels different.  I'm part of this group and I've got all these supports going through the same motions as me and I don't want to let them down!  Most of all, I don't want to let myself down.  I've been doing that a lot lately.  

So, today is the day.  No more looking at motivational quotes; I'm committing to myself.  I'm doing this.

I've been trying to figure out a way to share this journey as transparently as possible (there are restrictions since the program is not yet released) and I think I will start doing weekly recaps on the blog, but you can bet I will be sharing my day-to-day on Facebook, Instagram, and My Facebook Stories.  I hope you join me!

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