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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dad

Happy birthday, dad.

Reflecting on the last 30 years, I realize never once have I felt like I let you down.
You have been the best role model, supporter, and cheerleader I could ever ask for.
You've loved me even when I made it hard.

And you're the best Grandpa CT could ever ask for.
He knows your love so well.

I hope you have the best day.
I only wish we could be there with you (or you with us to avoid the snow) to celebrate.

Love you.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bacon and Cheese Quiche

Yesterday I shared my broccoli quiche recipe and today I'm sharing another version I make.  I typically make both at the same time. They go in the oven together and we have enough for the whole week.

If then men in your life are anything like the men in mine it's not a meal unless there's meat.

So of course, I had to make a version with meat in it.  The nice thing about quiche is you can pretty much throw anything in there and it's probably going to come out good.  So you could substitute sausage or add some veggies in with this one, too.

Bacon and Cheese Quiche:

  • 8 slices cooked bacon
  • 1 pie crust
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 1/2 c cheddar cheese
  1. Cook bacon until crispy and allow to drain.
  2. Blend 4 eggs and milk together until well blended.
  3. Put bacon and cheese in pie crust.
  4. Top with egg and milk mixture.
  5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
Again, very easy and quick for midweek meals.  This recipe also reheats really well and everyone always loves it.  I hope you and your family do, too!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Healthy Recipe | Broccoli Quiche

This has turned into one of our favorite meals at our house.  It's easy, inexpensive, and yummy.  And most days I have all the ingredients on hand.

I especially like this recipe because my one year old will not eat eggs.  I think he hates the texture.  But, he will chow down on some quiche!  I have a hard time being certain he is getting enough protein so this is really a big deal for me.  Do you have a hard time getting your little one to eat protein?

I initially created this recipe when some friends were coming into town so that I wouldn't have to stand at the stove and make breakfast in the morning while they were there.  I wanted to be able to enjoy their company.  This is a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner and it reheats really well.

Broccoli Quiche:

  • 1 cup broccoli 
  • 1 pie crust (I buy the frozen store brand)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c mozzerella cheese
  • 1 c milk (I use whole)
  • 1 small onion
  1. Sautee cut up broccoli and onion in a pan until tender.
  2. Put broccoli in pie crust.
  3. Beat 4 eggs and milk together until blended.
  4. Pour cheese over broccoli.  Cover with eggs and milk.
  5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
*I always line a baking sheet with tin foil and place the pie crust on that while baking.  It never fails that my egg mixture overruns the sides of the crust and makes a mess to clean up.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Healthy Recipe | Vegetable Soup the Whole Family will Love

This is hands-down the easiest, quickest, healthiest meal your family is going to love!  It's perfect to make in advance and freeze to have on hand for busy weeks.  And it's easy enough to throw together on a week night after work.  Not to mention, the entire family is going to love it!

In fact, the lady who shared this recipe with me (amazing coworker and friend) said that her grandson requested this instead of Domino's pizza one Friday!  Instead of pizza!!

While eating it for dinner my husband said, "I can see what the kid was talking about!"

Here is what you need to make this for your family...
  • 1 bottle V8 (you can use spicy but I wouldn't recommend it for kids)
  • 1-2 lbs hamburger/ground turkey/ground sausage
  • 1 small onion 
  • 1 bag frozen vegetables
  1. Brown meat in pan and drain grease.  Add onion and allow to soften.
  2. Place juice, meat, and vegetables in stock pot.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are cooked through.
  4. Top with seasoning of choice (oregano, basil, salt, pepper, etc.) and serve hot.

I make this and freeze a few ziploc bags full for nights when I know it will be cold and I won't have time to cook due to school functions, work responsibilities, or exhaustion.  

Let me know if you try it!  Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Confessions of a Fit Momma

So, I've been thinking about all the stuff I post on Instagram, Facebook, and this little bloggy space here and I realized a few things:
  • I never share the moments of self doubt, poor body image, or negative self talk that I encounter
  • I only talk about all the things I'm doing and there are a great many things I'm not doing nearly as often as I should
  • I may appear to have it all together and that makes me laugh.  really hard.
Being a mom and taking care of myself and my family takes a lot of time, compromise, and sacrifice.  Luckily I married a man that is willing and does help out around the house a lot.

In all honesty, there are nights when the dirty dishes sit in the sink and the clean ones sit in the dishwasher because I want to read and go to bed.  There are times when I wouldn't eat anything that falls on the floor because I can't remember the last time it was swept/mopped.

I want my house to look nice, but I want to lead a happy, healthy life more.

I just believe that if I don't take care of myself then how am I going to take care of my family?!  I mean, if I'm feeling bad physically and emotionally, how am I expected to make other people happy?

The best and easiest way for me to feel confident and happy is to exercise and take care of myself.  Therefore, it's a priority for me.  So a lot of times that means laundry piles up until the weekend or clutter litters our dining room table.  Sometimes it means folded clothes sit in baskets littering the bedroom floor.

I try to wake up early and get my workout in so that I have time for those other things in the evenings.  I do a good job waking up and exercising, but somehow things still pile up on me.  Life is busy.

It doesn't mean we don't deserve to take care of ourselves.

I'm going to make a commitment to be more transparent.  I want you to see that I'm not some crazy lady who never sleeps.  I'm just trying to do the best I can with what I have.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My 2015 Word | Shine

Every year I pick a word that sort of represents my goals for the year.  Last year's word was embrace; I wanted to embrace each new moment of motherhood and truly drink it all in as I experienced each milestone with my little family.  I think I did just that.  

This year my word is SHINE

Shine: (v) to give forth or glow with light
to be bright with reflected light; glisten, sparkle

This year I want to shine.  I want to reflect the happiness, blessings, and spirit within me to others.  I want to do this in my role as wife, mother, teacher, and coach.  

I want to be a blessing to my husband.  I want him to look forward to coming home each evening.  I want to make life easier on him and love him unconditionally.

I want to be a rock for my son.  I want to advocate for him and ensure his safety and nurturing.  I want him to feel like mommy is superwoman and she will take care of him at all costs.  

I want to be a bright light in my students' days.  I want them to look forward to my class and see me smiling as they come down the hallway.  I want them to be sad to say goodbye.

I want to help my coaches reach the level of success I've reached within Beachbody.  I want them to love this business and enjoy helping others as much as I do.  I want to help my challangers reach their goals.  I want my success story to become their success story.  I want them to exude the same light and confidence that I do.

What is your 2015 word?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Moms on a Mission | Free Group for Moms

When I first had Carson I truly thought I was going to be Supermom.  Not only did I think I would do it all, I thought I would do it all on my own (with the help of my husband of course).

Yeah, I didn't realize how hard it all is.  I mean, waking up throughout the night, going to work, preparing a meal, packing lunches...  Oh, and then there's all the diapers and bottles.

That's why I am so excited to be sharing this FREE opportunity with you all today.  My friend, Erica, and I have put in all the time and work for you so all you need to do is fill out this application and you can be part of our Moms on a Mission FREE challenge group for February.

We are both moms.  We are both employed.  We are both housekeepers, wives, daughters, friends.  We are stretched way too thin just. like. you.  We both struggled to lose the baby weight.  We struggled to come up with healthy meal ideas.  We didn't take care of ourselves in the process.  We get it!

That's why we decided to host this group where not only will you get to focus on your own personal health and nutrition, but that of your entire family.  Through this group we will share healthy *toddler & husband approved* snacks and recipes.  We will share tricks to make meal prep quick and easy. And we are going to get you moving and motivated so you get that confidence back!

We want to help you take care of yourself and your family all while keeping it simple.

This will be a small, intimate group of moms supporting each other, sharing, and growing together.
We are looking for women who are:

  • moms or pre-school age children
  • trying to lose the baby weight
  • want to feel happy and confident again
  • are tired of being tired
  • want to transform their family's eating habits

If this sounds like something you would be interested in all you have to do is fill out this easy application and join us!

If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment below.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

3 Day Refresh | My Personal Thoughts

I decided to do the 3 Day Refresh after the craziness of holidays died down and the big 3-0 passed.  So many people were asking me about it and it is on special for the month of January.  I just felt like I needed to experience it myself rather than share other people's testimonies, so I figured after all the Christmas cookies, broccoli cheese casserole, and birthday cake was consumed what better time?!

There's a few things you should know about me first:

  1. I have a hard time promoting a product I don't have experience with.  I had my coach's testimonies to share, but I really wanted my own to share with potential challengers.
  2. I love food.  Eating is one of the main events my husband and I schedule our vacations around.  So giving up food for any type of cleanse just isn't going to happen for this girl.
  3. Being hungry quickly makes me hangry.  
  4. I had plenty of excuses not to do this; I almost quit once or twice.  I'm just like you.
Day 1:
I started the day with my normal Shakeology so even I had myself convinced, "No big deal," in the beginning.  It wasn't until that mid-morning Fiber Sweep that I really figured out what the difference was going to be the next 3 days.

Just the name scared me: I worried I would take residence in the bathroom the rest of the day.  (I didn't in case you're wondering - in fact the entire 3 days was surprisingly gentle on my digestive system.)

It was not nearly as bad as I had feared.  It tasted a lot like Lipton iced tea that wasn't completely mixed.

Lunch was good and surprisingly (lots of surprise this first day) very filling.  I was worried when I saw the tiny portions on my tiny plate.  But, the Vanilla Refresh Shake was very tasty (I added half my strawberries to my first one) and really helped satisfy my hunger.

I had a mid-afternoon snack of half an avocado and it made waiting for dinner easy. Don't skip this!

 For dinner, I ate a large serving of roasted cabbage with slivered almonds.  It was pretty amazing.  In fact, my husband said, "This is actually really good.  I could eat this again."  There's your proof.

I attempted to do the PiYo Drench workout that night.  This is when I really started to feel the affect of having no carbs in my system.  I made it about 30 minutes into the workout before I had to just sit and watch Chalene do her thing for the rest.  My energy levels just weren't where they needed to be.

Day 2:
Day 2 I woke up feeling a little tired - no more than usual.  I wasn't looking forward to working all day while doing the cleanse, but internally I was feeling so good that I just knew it was going to be worth it. 

 I had my Shakeology and some strawberries for breakfast and headed out the door like any other day.

Due to scheduling, I wasn't able to leave my room to drink my Fiber Sweep because I had students during that time.  So, I put the water and mix in my blender cup while they were taking a 3 minute comprehension assessment.  All was fine and well until the timer went off, I needed to collect papers, and the Fiber Sweep was only half down.

**Do not let the Fiber Sweep sit out!!**  Not even for 30 seconds.  If I thought it was a strange texture on Day 1, Day 2 just about did me in.  At one point I honestly thought, "What will my kids do if I throw up in front of them?"  

I realize I'm making this sound awful.  It's not.  I mean, it's not yummy, but it's not awful.  

Lunch this day was. so. good!  Seriously, I looked forward to it all morning (not because I was hungry; I was just excited).  Lunch was a huge serving of strawberries (12!) and half an avocado with hot sauce (not sure if that's on the plan) and fresh lime juice, and 5 baby carrots.  Again, I was completely satisfied after drinking my Vanilla Fresh shake.

By mid-afternoon I wasn't hungry, but I knew I wouldn't make it to dinner if I didn't eat something so I peeled the orange I brought to work only to find it was moldy.  Unfortunately, I didn't plan for this and ended up with no mid-afternoon snack. 

That's what did me in on Day 2.

By 5:00 I was ravishing.  I texted my coach saying I was thinking of sabotaging and eating all the bagelseggowafflesscrambledeggsmeatloaf in the house.  Yeah, it got weird.  She talked me down (which is exactly why I love Beachbody and what makes it so different from other products on the market) and told me to eat some fruit and prepare dinner.

I listened.  And I'm so glad I did.

I doubled my veggies that night since I had missed my mid-afternoon snack.  I had roasted asparagus and this cucumber tomato salad that was absolutely delicious!  My husband and son loved them as well.

I didn't even attempt a workout this day.  I knew I wasn't going to have the energy so I went to bed early and let it pass.

Day 3:
Day 3 I woke up soooo glad that I had not abandoned the program.  I had a ton of energy and was ready to drink my last Fiber Sweep.  

Unfortunately, because I had been so tired the night before I had not prepped my meals as well for Day 3 as I had the other 2 which did cause some problems.  But, I threw everything I needed in my lunch tote and off to work I went. (I made sure to bring extra fruit this time just in case I wasn't able to eat something - I definitely didn't want to go hungry again.)

Breakfast was the typical chocolate Shakeology with a splash of coconut extract so that was easy.

I'm not gonna lie, the best part of Day 3 was definitely drink the last Fiber Sweep.  In my eyes, it was quite the accomplishment!

For lunch I had blueberries and leftover cucumber tomato salad with half an avocado.  My mid-afternoon snack was 5 baby carrots, 2 Tbsp hummus, and a banana.

That evening I got my hair cut and went grocery shopping; I got home rather late so dinner was poorly planned again on my part.  I ended up eating half a cucumber with some kosher salt and a handful of raw almonds with my Vanilla Fresh shake.  Surprisingly it was plenty and I went to bed feeling very proud of the fact that not once even in my moments of weakness and poor planning did I give up.

I woke up feeling amazing.  Lighter, less bloated, and ready to take on the world.  I made sure to eat breakfast before I attempted a workout and was so excited to pull out my mat and do my Upper Body PiYo dvd.

I was shocked when I saw my before and after pictures.  I honestly didn't see the results of the 3 days until I looked at this.  I ended up losing 2 pounds and 1.5 inches in my waist!  Unbelievable.

Some things I learned from the Refresh:

  • I think my biggest take away is the need to drink more water.  
  • I will start my day by drinking an 8 oz. glass of water every day from now on.  This made a tremendous difference in how I felt throughout the morning and into the afternoon.
  • Food can play tricks on your mind.  I realized that I think about food way. too. much.
  • Healthy food is filling.
  • Honestly, this wasn't easy, but it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.  I thought I was going to be starving all 3 days.  I wasn't.  I worried I would have to gag the shakes down.  I didn't.  I know I make the Fiber Sweep sound awful and although it's not great, it's bearable.

    Will I do it again?  Maybe; if I ever get so off track that I need to, yes.
    Do I think this is a great way to kickstart your weight loss?  Absolutely.  Hands down, yes.
Have you tried the 3 Day Refresh?  What were your results?

*If you're interested in trying the 3 Day Refresh or hearing more about the other products and program Beachbody has to offer, simply fill out the form on the right sidebar of my blog.  I would love to talk to you about your goals!*

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Goal Stepping Stones

A while back I posted about my mini-goal incentives that I was working toward as I worked to lose the rest of the baby weight.  Just because the baby weight is gone, doesn't mean the stepping stones toward my goals have disappeared with it.

My goals may not be about weight loss anymore, but I still have things to work toward.  It's important to note: working toward something doesn't mean you're unhappy where you are.  It just means you want to better yourself.  It's a growth mindset.  We should all have one.

I have committed to doing PiYo every single day for the month of January and February.  I'm going to record my progress at the end of each month and turn in my results to Beachbody for my FREE t-shirt (they reward you for reaching your goals).

On February 28th if I've completed the program, I'm going to purchase the brand new Insanity Max 30 program.  I have been so excited to try it!

You deserve to reward yourself when you make small steps toward your goal.  If you don't, you may give up or lose sight of it altogether.

If you struggle with accountability, motivation, and success use these tips to make this year different than the others:

Find an accountability partner.
I cannot stress enough the significance an accountability partner has in your success of failure.  If you don't think you have a friend interested in this, join one of my challenge groups; I will be your accountability partner.  I have challengers that I text at 5a.m. to encourage them to get out of bed and get their workout in.  I have some that text me every night letting me know how they are.  I am an accountability queen - seriously, I need it so I love providing it for others.

Make your goals visual.
Write them down or create a vision board.  Whatever you do, put them in a place where you will see them every day.  My vision board is on my computer desktop so that I can stay focused each day.

Subscribe to podcasts or pick up personal development literature.
I didn't even know about the podcast app on my iPhone until recently and now I listen to one every change I get.  On the way to work, I listen to a podcast instead of the morning talk show.  I always made excuses that I didn't have time to read and turns out, that was because I was aimlessly scrolling through Facebook.  Now, I try to read at least 1 chapter before I go to sleep each night.  It has made a tremendous difference in my motivation levels.

Someone out there is struggling with the same things and they need you to share what you're doing.  It will help to hold you accountable and it will help to motivate them to put their best foot forward.

What goals are you working toward in 2015?  How are you rewarding yourself on your journey?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Healthy Recipe | Cucumber Tomato Salad

I am currently doing the 3 Day Refresh cleanse from Beachbody.  One of my favorite parts of this cleanse is the fact that I still get to eat food.  Not only that, it's pretty good food!

This recipe is in the cleanse handbook and I tweaked it (following the 3 Day Refresh guidelines) to suit our family.  Even Carson was begging for cucumbers during dinner!

Cucumber Tomato Salad:
  • 1 T white vinegar
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 3 t lemon juice
  • 2 t extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium cucumber sliced
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 T chopped red onion
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice
  1. Combine liquids and set aside.
  2. Combine cucumber, tomates, and onion in bowl; mix well.
  3. Drizzle dressing over mixture; toss to blend. 
  4. Sprinkle with parsley, squeeze fresh lime juice, and serve.
**makes 2 servings

Let me know if you try it!  Next time, I plan to add fresh mozzarella to the mix (it wasn't part of the 3 Day Refresh guidelines) for even more flavor.

**If you're looking for more clean eating, family friendly recipes, I am co-hosting a challenge group in February specifically geared toward families and moms of pre-school age children.**
Contact me if you're interested in joining!

Plum Paper Planner Review | Discount Code

Since starting my Beachbody business, life has gotten even more hectic in the best possible ways.  So one of my resolutions for 2015 was to figure out a way to organize my life so that everything felt accomplishable.

I seriously don't know how some women keep a clean house, make homemade meals, bring home the bacon, and keep their children alive!  So, I'm hoping this planner will help me do all that.

I've always purchased an inexpensive planner at the beginning of the school year to lesson plan in and organize myself at school.  But, I really wanted something that was more personal for my day to day.

Plum Paper couldn't be more personal.  I purchased a family planner and I was able to personalize each section of each day to fit the specific needs of me and my family.

Plum Paper is generously offering each of my reader's a 10% discount on a planner of choice with the code: DOMESTIC10

Monday, January 12, 2015

For Two Fitness New Year Giveaway

I am thrilled to partner with For Two Fitness for an amazing New Year giveaway. If you recall, I wore For Two Fitness apparel through my pregnancy and they quickly became my absolutely favorite maternity fitness apparel brand. For Two Fitness is running a phenomenal giveaway for the New Year. Read the details below.
Happy New Year! We are so thankful to YOU — our community, customers, and friends. To express our thanks, we are hosting a huge giveaway this week in partnership with some amazing brands and our ambassadors. The Grand Prize is valued at $1000.  We have phenomenal prizes, including the newest offering from BOB - a Revolution FLEX  jogging stroller - plus prizes from ASICS, Ergo and Maison Drake baby boutique, and For Two Fitness – all facets of your healthy mom lifestyle are in this prize pack!
The grand prize winner will win everything you see listed here.  Prizes have been furnished by our wonderful brand partners in connection with a sponsoring ambassador (Katie from Mom’s Little Running Buddy and Melody from Will Run For Margaritas). Here are more details about the amazing products that have been generously donated for you to win and enjoy:
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Grand Prize Giveaway items:
  • The New BOB Revolution FLEX single stroller
  • For Two Fitness maternity athletic outfit (top and bottom of winner’s choice)
  • Ergo 360 Baby Carrier furnished by Maison Drake baby boutique
  • Asics Running Shoes (1 pair of the winner’s choice)
Wow!  We are thrilled to give away these amazing prizes.  This contest runs from Monday, January 12th through midnight on Friday, January 16th.  Visit the For Two Fitness site to enter.  Be sure to follow @ForTwoFitness and our co-hosts @run4margaritas and @momslrb on Instagram in order for your entries to be valid.
Thanks for celebrating the New Year with us!  Good Luck!!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Seeing, not speaking my goals.

2015 is going to be a big year for me.  I can feel it.  And, in my opinion, it's all about the approach.

I am an extremely visual person so creating a vision board seemed like the most natural way to get my goals down on paper.  I didn't want to simply write them, but see them.

I need to see them, not just speak them.

If you're the same way, you can easily create your own vision board using these helpful tips:

  1. Dream big.  At first some of my goals for 2015 were too small.  It took sharing them with a teammate to decide that in 12 months I can do even more.
  2. Be specific.  Clearly state what you want to accomplish.  This makes it impossible to make excuses later on.
  3. Create steps to work toward your goal.  Make a plan of action.  A goal without a plan is just a dream; you must have a plan to make it come to fruition.
  4. Find a push partner.  Share your goals with a friend or family member and encourage them to hold you accountable and push you to work for what you want.

I talk all the time on here about accountability and sharing what we're doing so that when people ask us about it we can be proud of our accomplishments.  I, for one, need to share what I'm doing so that people are aware.  That way they can inadvertently hold me accountable simply by asking how things are going.  They don't even realize they are helping me!

Here are my 2015 goals:

Be the best mom and wife I can be.
I want to be more attentive to my family.  I want to appreciate the moments and spend quality time with my husband and son.

Grow my Beachbody team and become 2 Star Diamond.
I am so blessed to have amazing teammates and I'm so excited about adding more to my team.  I want more people to experience financial freedom, mobile work opportunities, and a healthier lifestyle through the Beachbody business.  This company has already done so much for me and my family and I want others to have that same experience.

Take a more committed approach to my fitness and nutrition.
I am going to start drinking more water each day.  I am going to get my daily dose of dense nutrition with my Shakeology each day.  I'm going to commit to PiYo and become certified this year.

Get organized.
I am going to write things down and keep a personal planner, not just a work one.  I'm also hoping to pay off the rest of my student loans this year.  Part of being organized is going to be taking better care of my home.  I want to get better about prepping my meals and keeping up with household tasks.

National Boards.
At this point in the game, I just don't feel like I can give up on my National Boards.  This is my last chance to retake and I need to do it regardless of cost, time, and workload.  I am .5 point away from passing so hopefully 2015 is my year!

What are your goals?  What are you going to do to make them happen?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

On turning 30...

Today I turn 30 years old.  A lot of people have asked me how I feel about this milestone and my answer continues to be...

I don't feel like 30 is old and I don't feel old so I'm really good with where I'm at.

The truth is, I'm really blessed.
I have a loving husband and a beautiful baby.  My family is healthy.  I am surrounded by amazingly supportive friends.  We have a home overflowing with comfort.  I am in the best shape of my life.

I have so much to be grateful for and I've worked so hard to invest in myself this year.  I'm proud of my accomplishments and I'm excited for what my year of 30 holds for me and my family.

How are you feeling?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fail Forward

One of the most common concerns I hear when running a challenge group is the struggle with consistency, maintenance, and commitment.

Truth is, temptation is everywhere.  And it is so easy to fall off the healthy bandwagon.  One challenger put it well when she said,

"we all deserve to 'fall off the wagon' sometimes
to give the wagon a break, to change its oil, fix a wheel,
of whatever.  When you get back on,
you're tuned up and ready to go!"


We are going to struggle, we are going to cave into temptation, we are going to choose to take a nap rather than go for a walk.  Those things happen and it's okay.

Bottom line: when we fail.  We must fail forward.

We must pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and learn from our mistakes.  One indulgence or one bad day is not going to make or break us.  It's what we do with it that makes the difference.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Little Eyes and Ears

Have you ever thought about what you're saying and doing for yourself and how it affects others?

I listened to this fantastic podcast by Chalene Johnson the other day about body image and family.

And I realized I hadn't really thought about the fact that what I say about myself, what I'm doing each day, and how I'm treating myself affect other people in my life.

Having a boy, I hadn't considered the effect my personal body image would have on my children.  Like so many people, I automatically assume boys don't suffer with body image issues.

Truth is, we learn from our parents how to approach food, how to take care of our bodies, and how to treat ourselves.  From an early age, food is used to soothe.  Think about your first instincts as a new mama when you hear your baby cry.  Or where your family congregates in the house.  Or what you gift to your coworkers/neighbors/friends at holiday time.

Food is love.

Whether we mean it
Whether we notice it
Whether or not it is our intention
our children are watching us and taking cues on how to view food and our bodies.

It is in our best interest (and their's) to take a positive approach.  So next time you find yourself looking in the mirror analyzing every bump or unwanted curve, remind yourself who's watching.  When you're on the phone with your girlfriend complaining about your size, shape, or wrinkles, remind yourself who's listening.  We don't realize the little eyes and ears around us each day are soaking up every little thing they see us do and hear us say.

I'm making a vow to be more conscious of what I do and say in front of my child.  I want him to grow up with a healthy and supportive outlook on life.  I want him to take care of himself because he loves his body, not because he hates it.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015: The Year of Change

Happy New Year, all!  I hope you started 2015 off with a bang yesterday.

I got a great jumpstart on my goals for the year.  Sure does feel good to be proactive.

If you've made your New Year resolutions, but you aren't quite sure how to get started let me help you. 

Starting Monday January 5th, my 2015: The Year of Change Challenge group sill be starting and it could just be the push, motivation, and support that you need to make this year your best year yet. 

We are going to work on changing our bodies and our MINDS.

If you're interested in joining me in making 2015 the year of change leave a comment below or complete the Beachbody form on the right sidebar of my blog.

I can't wait to join you on your fitness journey!

Happy 2015!


Happy New Year!
I hope you are out doing all the things to make your resolutions successful
and make 2015 the best year for YOU.

Thank you, for sticking with me for another year.