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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Meal Prep 101: How to Plan

One of the questions I received when I posed this question on Facebook and here is

I don't even know where to get started.  How do I start?

I get it, you guys!  Trust me, I do.  I was exactly where you are about 2 years ago; I knew I wanted the organization in my life.  I knew I liked clean eating and cooking healthy recipes.  I just didn't have any idea how to make it all work for my family without spending hours inventing recipes.

So, I put together this worksheet to help you plan out your weekly meal plan.  It's got the necessities without any bells and whistles.  I'm sure there are other fancier planning sheets available, but if you're like me, those get distracting and then nothing gets done.  So I streamlined it.

When I started planning my family's meals, I focused on dinners.  To me, they were the hardest thing because they required me to think about more people, their likes/dislikes, evening activities, etc.  I'm a firm believer in starting with the hardest thing, tackling it, and then working backwards.  

So, I'm going to recommend that you do the same!  Think about your schedule.  If you have church on Wednesday nights and t-ball on Thursdays, those nights should be quicker and easier dishes.  Quicker and easy don't mean hitting up the drive-thru or unhealthy/tasteless frozen dinners either!  I will put together a list of healthy, quick dishes for those busy nights in the near future.  (That was another popular concern.)

You may find it easier to prep some meals in advance.  For instance, Sundays I typically roast my vegetables for the week so that at meal time I'm simply reheating them rather than taking 45 minutes to roast them.  My husband will often grill extra chicken so that we have grilled chicken for a quick salad or lunch throughout the week.  Do whatever you can upfront so that you aren't strapped for time later - we are busy enough during the week.

Take into account that you will undoubtedly end up with some leftovers by mid- to late week

I started finding recipes by scouring Pinterest for "21 Day Fix Recipes" or "Healthy Freezer Meals" or "Quick Family Recipes" and based my search on what I knew I had on hand or what my family likes.  You can follow me on Pinterest to see some of the recipes that I like here.  I have entire boards dedicated to clean eating, whole 30 meals, and food in general because...I love food.

I included a section for your shopping list because I find it easier to create my shopping list as I'm meal planning.  I generally meal plan on Fridays and check my cupboards/refrigerator to see if I have the ingredients needed to make the recipes I want to make.  Then, I add to the list anything that needs to be replenished or purchased making it easy so I'm not in the middle of cooking only to realize I am missing something.  

Let me know how your first week of meal prepping goes!  I will share my meal plan next week and some quick weeknight healthy meals you can use on those busier evenings.

Download my FREE Weekly Meal Prep Planning Sheet here!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Fear Less

This past weekend we got together and celebrated one of the girls on my team, Melissa, hitting a major goal in her personal health/fitness journey.  She ran her first half marathon!

Honestly, I was reflecting on the way home about the little pool party and these women that I'm blessed to call friends and it was just so nice to have something like this in my life.  I don't know about you, but I spent a good portion of my early adult life trying to fit in.  Surprise, surprise, it didn't work.  But - NOW - it's not about fitting in; I belong here.

I won't lie...leaving my kids for even just a few hours to go hang out with other people is something that makes me uncomfortable and anxious.  I just don't get enough time with them, ya know?!  But, the anxiety I felt about this particular party was excitement, not dread; big difference.

The introvert in me has struggled with that for a long time.

It's hard to imagine that if I hadn't started my own business {almost} 3 years ago, I wouldn't even know some of these women.  I wouldn't have been at this little party.  I wouldn't have this place that I belong.  I might still be struggling trying to fit in.

I can't recap the weekend without sharing that our community was rocked last week with the loss of a student in a car accident.  A 17 year old HS junior was killed in a wreck and it instantly hit me.  As a mom, I cannot imagine losing my child.  Seventeen years just isn't enough.  But, then I started to think about all of the things in his life he won't get to experience; all the firsts that have been taken from him entirely too soon.

Events like that have always hit me hard, but this one really hit home.  It definitely makes me want to give my fears to God and just truly live and experience every moment.  I want to say no less and experience more.  I want to love hard and grow every day.  I don't want to have anything left to give at the end of this life; I want to leave it all out on the field.

As we celebrated my sweet friend, I couldn't help but feel overjoyed by this amazing group of women that I belong to and the awesome life we are creating for ourselves + our families.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Shift Shop Focus Group Preview

This has been in the works for a time and I've been collecting email addresses from women just like me who are interested in this program + just prioritizing their health and fitness in general.  So, I made a decision - WHY WAIT?!

The Shift Shop will officially be released in July, but there is nothing keeping us from joining together now in a Preview Group where I can share all the goods with you starting NOW!

When I say goods I'm talking all the things you need to start crushing goals before the program is even released:

  • Insider Tips - tips I've learned along the way to ensure your success with the program
  • Meal Plans - sample meal plans that you can implement now
  • Family/Toddler Friendly Recipes - recipes you can introduce to your family so everyone benefits
  • Move of the Day - sample moves from the workouts that you can incorporate into your daily workouts
  • Sample Workouts - LIVE sample workouts led by yours truly
The group will officially kick off on June 10th and really amp up as we get closer to the launch of the program, but throughout the month I will be sharing daily. 

If you're interested in joining complete this form and join my Facebook group here.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Busy Moms Unite + Meal Prep

Are you too busy?
Are you EXHAUSTED when you get home?
Do you run from work to daycare to PTA to ball practice?

Man, I was in a RUT 3 years ago.  Between momming, wifing, working, adulting, there was NO TIME to be cooking, exercising, or worrying about being healthy.  At some point I threw my hands up and said, ENOUGH!  And decided to do something about it all.

I won't lie, it was overwhelming at first.  I didn't really know where to start and thinking about a whole week's worth of food at once + taking into account schedules was just too much.

But, I've practiced long enough to get it down to a science (for my family and me).  I completely understand that what works for one family doesn't work for every family, but I also believe in sharing the knowledge when you have it just in case it might help someone in your old situation.  So, I'm  putting together a mini-series here on my blog called MEAL PREP 101.

I want to share tips and recipes and strategies with you to help you and your family have MORE TIME TOGETHER, less stress, and start a healthier lifestyle in baby steps.

So, my question to you:


Ask me anything!
I want to know what your concerns are, your hesitations, your questions, everything because I want to help you find answers that allow you to make this part of your life in turn maybe feeling a little less busy.

Such a popular buzz word these days...we're all busy, right?  I'm hoping to launch this mini-series next week and will answer your questions, share recipes, trips, and strategies that work for us over the course of the following weeks.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Shift Shop Week 3

Y'all!  Week 3!  Wowza!  Sorry for being late with my recap - life happened.

So, Chris warned us that week 2 would be when we really had to push through and he wasn't lying.  Week 2 was when I realized I wasn't just making a physical shift, but a mental/emotional one.  I'm talking crying through workouts, overcoming cravings, and just believing in myself enough to stick to the plan and not cheat. cheat. cheat.  I won't lie.  I thought about it.

Week 3, on the other hand, was by far the toughest meal plan, the most demanding workouts, but I feel amazing.  Nothing could hold me down!  Seriously, I didn't struggle to eat all the food like I did in weeks 1 and 2.  I wasn't dragging midway through the week from exhaustion.  There was a sense of clarity and focus that I haven't experienced in a long time.  And I'm not just talking about my workouts.  It's like everything in life is coming together...or something.

This week makes me realize how GOOD it feels to take care of yourself.  I know we all know it feels good to take care of yourself, but this is like legit - GOOD.  Like mind, body, and spirit in sync.

Sunday was a rest day before starting week 3 and Chris does provide a mobility workout option for that day to keep it active.  Rather than doing that, I decided to pack up the kids while my hubby was out of town and head to the zoo.  It was a good feeling to be able to get around the park by myself without being winded.  We even jumped on the carousel together which is something I probably wouldn't have been comfortable doing by myself just 3-4 weeks ago.

Like I said before, this week was full of wins and good feels and it made it super easy to say no to cake at a graduation party for our neighbor's daughter and make sure I was eating all the protein in my meal plan (I struggle with meat).

I even got back into the majority of my closet.  The morning I tried on these pants I truly didn't expect them to fit, but the size 4s slid right up with no problem.  I was ecstatic because these are some of my favorites.

The workouts this week got amped up to 45 minutes each which was nerve-racking considering I have a pretty short time frame in the mornings before work.  I was able to do it no problem and I enjoy the workouts so much that it didn't bother me to set the alarm 10 minutes earlier.

I started Round Two yesterday and I'm going for abs this round!

What do you think of my results so far?
I'll share more details about my overall results later this week!  All I have to say is: this program is for EVERYBODY!  If you're interested in joining me as soon as it's released complete this form so that I can keep you posted on all the news and share some insider tips now.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Shift Shop Meal Plan Recipe: Banana Berry Muffins

I started to struggle in the middle of week 2 with the amount of protein on this meal plan.  Mainly due to the fact that I am not a huge fan of meat in general and most of the foods are very savory and high in protein.

The first 2 weeks I would bring egg cups to school for my morning snack and they were delicious!  By week 3, I needed something different and I had found this recipe for 3 ingredient muffins and adapted it to fit within the meal plan for The Shift Shop.  I looked forward to these and they didn't disappoint!  They were the touch of sweetness I needed in my day and helped me to get in another protein (week 3 requires 5/day for my plan).

I will definitely keep these on my meal plan rotation and maybe even add some chocolate chips when I'm no longer in The Shift Shop test group.

If you make them the way I've shared 3 muffins is 1 red, 1 purple when using the portion control containers.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Book Review: Daring Greatly

I've been making a point to read more - since getting my certification in nutrition and wellness I actually have time to read things by choice rather than studying and reading my texts.

The first book I picked up was Uninvited by Lysa Terkurst; loved it.  I learned a lot about myself in that book and even sent out a few text messages to old friends who I think I had pulled away from simply because of my own perception of being uninvited.  It was a real eye opener.

Then when someone saw me reading that they suggested Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.  I could hardly put this book down.  It resonated with me on a very personal level which is one of my favorite things about books.

This is the book that made me realize I have struggled with shame my whole life simply because I'm a perfectionist.  I didn't even think of myself as a perfectionist, but the truth it I found my self-worth growing up in the things I achieved and earned.  So, when I don't achieve or earn, I feel unworthy or shameful.  This explains SO much, you guys!  I wish I had read this book as a junior in high school; it would have possibly prevented me from making some of mistakes I made as a young adult.

Ho hum....isn't that the way life goes?

What I really want to share about this book is the last chapter.  It's all about parenting and how to live "wholeheartedly" and how to raise "wholehearted" children.  I really took away that we don't have to look perfect in our children's eyes.  In fact, by trying to be perfect, we are doing a disservice to them.  They need to see that we are just as vulnerable as they are and that we are imperfect; we certainly don't want them to think the rules don't apply to us.

My favorite parts are the manifestos she includes; particularly the one on parenting:

I'll stop preaching and just say: you need to read it.

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!

  • 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

*Follow my journey at #coachlindsayspostbabycomeback *

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


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


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 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 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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Friday, May 5, 2017

What pisses you off?

Excuse the fresh up there in that title, but it's a legit question.

What really pisses you off?

I'm asking because so often people will say to me, "You've found your thing.  I can tell.  That's why this works for you."  Well, yes - I have found "my thing."  It's the thing that I love doing, the thing I'm passionate about, the thing that really pisses me off...

Let me explain, so many people tell me that they can't figure out what their thing is or they just haven't found their passion yet or they can't DO their calling for one reason or another.

And, you guys, that's crap.  This is what you need to do - you need to figure out what pisses you off because whatever it is that really gets you angry is the exact thing that you are most passionate about.

I get pissed when I see children eating slim jims for dinner or drinking Mt. Dew from a sippy cup.  I get pissed when I hear people say they don't have access to healthy foods.  I get pissed when someone succombs to the side effects of diabetes or obesity or heart disease.  I get pissed when people smoke.

You know why?  Because I value health and fitness in a way that makes me angry when people don't think they can live their life in that way.  I have a huge heart for others and I really want to help them learn how living healthy is not that hard.  I want to show them how to make it work for their family and how to change or potentially save their lives with the food they eat.

So, yes, I found my thing.  And finding your thing doesn't require you to make a list until you write down a word that "speaks" to you.  It's about figuring out what pisses you off and then doing something about it.  You may not think you have the ability to change this world, but you do.  Every. single. life. you touch; everyone you come into contact with is changed by you.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

25 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me

So it's been a while since I did a post like this and I thought it might be fun to share 25 random facts in the event I have some new readers around here.  Some you may know, some you may not.  Most probably won't mean a thing to you. Haha, but let's get started anyway!

I was a huge tomboy growing up with skinned knees and no sense of style whatsoever, but definitely played Barbies for longer than most girls.

I believed in Santa until I was in the 6th grade and got into a pretty heated debate with a boy that year when he tried to tell me he wasn't real.

I am petrified of worms.  Snakes aren't great, but worms really tear me up.

I was on a bowling team through high school.  We were the Pink Ladies.  Apparently, I was also born in the wrong decade.

The Easter Bunny took my blankie for her baby bunnies one Easter when I was 4 or 5-ish years old.  She needed it because they were cold and I was a big girl and eventually she brought it back.  Oddly enough, one day it appeared in the bottom of a wagon we were using to pick bottles up off the side of the road...

I worked at Bath and Body Works for 3 years when I first started teaching.

I never saw Dawson's Creek.  In my defense we didn't have cable or satellite so all I pretty much got to watch was TGIF every Friday night and Sesame Street every Saturday morning.

Leonardo was my favorite ninja turtle.

I read the entire Baby Sitters Club collection, but after the 7th or 8th book, I started skipping the first chapter because it was the same every. single. time.

I have an obsession with sneakers.  Always have.

I'm allergic to the cold.  Seriously.  It's a thing.

I started skiing when I was 3.  I rocked some Mickey Mouse skis.  And I still remember the day I went ahead of my dad and got on the chairlift by myself - breaks my heart to think how he felt when he realized his little girl didn't need him to scoop her up.

Ever since I was little the one thing I wanted to be when I grew up was a mom.

Then for a while in my early 20s I questioned that.

Now, my favorite thing in life is motherhood.

I can still sing every TLC, Salt-n-Peppa, Destiny's Child song word. for. word.

My running playlist includes DMX, Kari Jobe, ACDC, Kanye West, and Journey.  Doesn't even make sense to me...

I was completely against online shopping.  Like against!  Until I became a mom of two.  I use to love browsing racks and trying things on and now I'm a big fan of Nordstrom's free shipping both ways policy and avoid the mall like the plague.

I still get a thrill out of a good Target run, though.

I want a coffee bar cart in my home in the worst way - I just can't figure out where I can make it fit.  But, seriously, drinking coffee that was made on a coffee bar cart sounds so much more fun than drinking coffee that was made on my kitchen counter.

I HATE washing my hair.  HATE.  I use to wash it every single day without fail.

When I see things with flamingos, they 99.9% of the time come home with me.  It doesn't even really matter what it is or how many I already have.  It just happens.

Marshmallows are my jam.

I like the smell of sweaty babies.  Maybe it's just my sweaty babies.  But something about a sweaty baby makes me just want to squeeze them closer.  Is that too weird?

I long for simplicity, but I keep buying more stuff.  I need to find a balance.

So, yeah....weird little ole me.  Hopefully you still come back for more after learning all that.

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Sampling

I know!  Trust me, I know.

When it comes to spending time or money or pretty much doing anything for yourself it just doesn't happen.  We, moms, are extremely good at putting everyone else's needs before our own.  Am I right?!

I also know that this is why most of us do not prioritize our personal health + fitness.  It's because we are exhausted and feel selfish the minute we do something for us.

It's what made the decision to work on me so hard two and a half years ago, but since making that decision I've learned that putting myself first a few times a day really benefits everyone.  With that said, I understand that making the initial investment can be a little scary.  So, my team and I are working together to give you a taste of what we have to offer.

We are hosting a 5 Day Clean Eating & Shakeology Intro Group starting May 22nd.  This is going to allow you to try Shakeology for 5 days + clean eating + give you a 30 day FREE trial of Beachbody on Demand so you can see how to make this lifestyle work for you and your family and how much it blesses all of you when you do.

Here is what you will get when you join this group:

  • 5 day supply of Shakeology (your choice of flavor)
  • clean eating meal plan
  • access to 600+ workouts for 30 days
  • accountability group for support
  • a free sample of my favorite pre-workout formula
As an added bonus, when you decide to join my June accountability group after participating in this introduction group, I will personally gift you a cash back incentive.  This means, you will essentially get to do this 5 day group for free!

If you're interested in joining me for my 5 Day Clean Eating & Shakeology Intro group, fill out this form below:  (Cost is just $30 to join)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How I Solved My Stress Problem

You aren't going to believe me, but I pretty much solved my stress problem.

So, if you've followed my journey on Facebook or Instagram, you probably know I've struggled getting back into the groove after having my daughter, Laurel.  Laurel had a rough 3 months adjusting to "life on the outside" as I lovingly like to refer to her colic/acid reflux stage of life.  It was a looooong 3 months for her and me.

Then there was the flu and just a list of excuses that kept me from keeping my 5AM wakeup call.

Fast forward to now:
I am COMMITTED.  No excuses, y'all!

I started this 21 Day Bikini Bootcamp and the tone of the group is so motivating + positive that I have found my groove again!  So, here is the secret to how I solved my stress problem:

I started waking up earlier, pushing play on my workout, and prioritizing myself.

It sounds just as crazy to you as it does to me!  I mean, how in the world do I feel LESS stressed when I'm doing more?!  How do I have MORE energy when I'm giving up 45 minutes of sleep?  Sounds backwards, doesn't it? 

The other day as we were packing the kids up to get in the car (on time, mind you) I said to my husband, "You know, ever since I stared waking up at 5AM to do my workout our mornings are going so much smoother.  I don't feel rushed, I'm more patient, and there is no anxiety about being late."  Again, doesn't make sense - throwing in ONE MORE THING to my morning routine is making me feel less stressed and anxious?!

But, here is the thing.  Exercise releases endorphins, endorphins make your body feel good, and that makes your body have a higher immunity to pain + depression + anxiety + stress.  

Solution to my stress problem: pushing play and taking 30 minutes of ME TIME each morning before the sun comes up.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The One Thing You Must Do

I'm about to get real with y'all.  I get asked often, "How do you do it all?"  Or people will say, "I don't know how you do it all."  Key word: all.  Truth is: I don't.

Seriously!  WHO does it all?! What woman let alone mom has the time (and superpowers) to do it all?!  And do it well?  If you know someone, lead me to them so I can bow at their feet and learn their ways.

As a wife, mom, full time teacher, and nutrition/wellness coach there is just no. way. No way.

This year I started working through my Powersheets workbook and it really helped me to target and narrow down my goals + how I'm going to accomplish them for the year.  Not just business goals!  Personal, relationship, professional, all types of goals.  In that process, I realized a few things I could do to make my life easier and to allow me the maximum amount of quality time with my family (that's the whole reason why I do what I do in the first place).

It became very clear that many of my goals were formed around relationships which makes total sense because I'm not a details person, I'm a feels kinda person if you know what I mean.  I love relationships and spreading love and receiving that same love back.  So I figured out what I needed to do.

One word: DELEGATE

Sounds so simple right?  Try telling that to someone who likes control.  Ha!  Let me share a few ways I've done this and how this one thing has made the biggest difference in my life.\

The first thing I did was ask for help when I needed it.  This sounds so easy, but it's a humble act and if you have a lot of pride it's not easy.  Took me way too long to admit I can't do it all well without help and get over myself.  Life is so much better for everyone when you accept people's offers.

I hired a virtual assistant.  This was hard for me because I've built my business from the ground up; it is my baby.  Handing bits and pieces of that over to someone else has truly felt like leaving my baby in someone else's care.  And I pride myself on leading with heart - my heart.  So I am selective about what I have my assistant do; essentially the things that anyone can do without anyone noticing it's not me.  I still handle my accountability groups, team page, emails, interactions, etc.

I hired a house cleaner.  This is new.  I do okayish at keeping the house in order throughout the week, but I often find myself spending a few hours on the weekends picking up, folding laundry, etc.  I will just put this on the record - cleaning is not my favorite chore and although I thrive on organization, I'm busy.  So, those hours I spent doing those things will now be spent with my family as I pay someone else to come every other week or so and do the dirty work for me.  (See what I did there?)

I married a good man - this is something I did years before starting my own business or having kids, but it's especially important to note that marrying someone who believes that marriage is teamwork makes a huge difference.  He helps around the house + rides the entrepreneurial roller coaster right along with me.

So, if you find yourself wondering how to do it all, my solution is to delegate.  I realize not everyone needs an assistant; I never thought I would!  Or maybe cleaning is your jam.  More than likely, however, there is an area where you struggle and you could use some delegation.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Vow to My Daughter

Since having my son in December 2013, I made a promise to myself to be better.  
A better wife, mom, person.  I fail; every day I fail.  But, I'm truly trying to be better.  

Since having my daughter last August, I've been hard on myself.  
I've not been as loving or graceful toward myself as I am with others.  It's time I revisit that original promise and make a vow to myself and to her.

Dear Daughter,

I promise you that you will never hear your mommy mutter ugly words about myself, my body, food, or my relationship with it.  No ugly words under my breath, no ugly words aloud.  I also vow to do my best to keep those ugly words out of my own head so that my thoughts do not become my words.

I vow to better myself so that you do not spend the first 20+ years of your life struggling with body image, stepping on the scale, allowing anything or anyone (but you) to define your self-worth.

I vow to show you that you set the tone for your life; let us not give credit to what the media or society says we should or should not look like, talk like, act like, feel like, be like.

I vow to show you what a strong woman looks like, what a confident woman sounds like, what a selfless mom loves like.  I will teach you how to love yourself by showing you.  I will encourage you to let the light within you shine by being a light in the darkness myself.  I will empower you.

I promise that you will see me move every day.  You will see me caring for this amazing body.  You will see me embrace my curves and walk proudly.  You will see me lead an active lifestyle and you will have a mommy that gets down on the floor or the grass or the park swing and plays with you.

I vow to never let you see me beat myself up or slave away on the treadmill or deny myself the joys of good food.  I promise to show you what healthy balance is all about.

I promise to start slowing down, saying no to things that aren't important, and saying yes to coloring, race cars, and being outside.  I promise to work hard into the night and early morning hours so that I don't give up any time with you and your brother.  I promise to teach you that working hard and living a dream doesn't mean giving up the important things in life.

Most of all, I promise to love you with a love you may never understand.  I promise to put you and your brother first every time.  I promise to be the best mommy I can possibly be.  I promise to cherish each little moment as they pass by too fast.  I promise.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Traveling Outside the Country with Little Ones: What to Pack for Toddler

The Easter Bunny knows we are going on a trip to the beach so she is bringing the majority of the things my toddler needs while we are there.  She's so clever.
(Do you guys do a lot of candy or more gifty stuff in your Easter baskets?)

CT is not quite as tough to pack for because he will most likely be living in his swim trunks.  This kid is a fish and I can't imagine he will be getting dressed into real clothes too often if he can help it.  Plus, he's not nearly as messy as a baby.

what to pack for toddler

All that said, I do plan to over-pack slightly for him because I'm not sure what evening meals will look like.  I know there are a few events on our trip that we will be attending that might require more dressy clothing so I plan to bring 2 dressy tops for him and he can re-wear if needed.

Mix & Match Outfits: I like to bring bottoms that can be worn with a dressy or graphic tee this way I'm not having to bring multiple pairs of anything.  I'm trying to pack as little as possible and just wear the same items various ways while we are there.  

Personal Suitcase: I know Carson is a very good traveler or at least has been as a baby and he is so excited to be going to the beach on an airplane.  I thought it would be really fun (and make things a little easier on us) if he had his own suitcase to pull through the airport.  I ended up finding this one on Groupon a few weeks ago for about half price.  It arrived recently and will be part of his Easter basket.  

Beachwear:  It is hard to be sure sunscreen stays on this boy!  So I make him wear a hat, sun shirt, and spray him down as much as I can throughout the days in the sun.  

Toys: I learned the hard way when we took him to the beach a year or so ago that if he sees someone else on the beach or in the pool with a toy that he doesn't have green eyes come out.  So, I'm bringing a few easy and small favorites along with us that he can play with on the plane as well as in the sand.  He loves playing with his little construction toys in the sand so I plan to bring those as well as an inflatable beach ball and a life jacket for him for the pool.

Anything I'm leaving off my list?!

Friday, March 31, 2017

How to Use Negativity as Fuel

Something you may not know about me is that I was bullied for years throughout my elementary/middle school years.  I believe this is why I spent the majority of my young adult life seeking acceptance and approval from anyone and everyone.  

I'm not sure why exactly it started, but I remember the girls in my class coming to school with handmade buttons they had made.  The buttons had "IHL" written on them which stood for "I hate Lindsay."  I remember the teachers figuring out what was going on and making the students remove them so the next day they came with pins that said "RSO" which was "IHL" if you went backward in the alphabet.  

I remember much of 5th and 6th grade just trying really hard to fit in and be accepted.  I'm not sure what I did to turn everyone; I'm sure there was something (not that it was my fault or I deserved this treatment).  I cried a lot.  I remember having long conversations with my Mimi about it all, but something I remember most is an overwhelming sense of being loved at home.  The love that I experienced at home made up for the dislike and hatred I was experiencing at school.  It didn't make it easier and it didn't make me happy while at school, but I was so motivated to make my parents proud, to please my teachers, to do what I knew was right because it had been instilled in me that I stopped focusing on the pins and the mean comments.

I really stopped caring or even really acknowledging the treatment (it went on through junior/high school) when I started playing sports.  I lived for soccer, basketball, and softball.  I put 100% of my focus into being the best athlete possible and everything else was a fog.

I am not some champion who wasn't affected by it - I have struggled so much with self-confidence and self-worth and still wanting to please people into adulthood because of the bullying I experienced throughout school.  I still struggle to really voice opinions in a lot of situations and mastered the art of being a diplomat.  I was never the "popular girl," but somehow I always came out on top, I always had a smile on my face, and I found my success in the things I set out to do.  And I did, in fact, make my parents and myself proud.

Here are a few tips on how to use that negativity in your life (we all have it) as fuel.

Immerse yourself in personal development.
If you aren't being fed positivity, it will not come naturally.  You must read and listen to works that  uplift you, empower you, and inspire you.  Some of my recent favorites are You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst, and #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso.

Cut out the cancer.
Anyone get that RHONJ reference?!

Seriously though, you know there are friends in your life who are your friend and they might even like you, but they aren't for you.  When I say that I'm talking about the friends that may be fun to be around, but when it comes down to you needing something or them supporting you it just doesn't happen.  It's not easy, but worth it.

Prioritize everything.
Really sit back and think about what is important to you and who matters most in your life.  Chances are the people who are bringing you down aren't contributing much to you and aren't at the top of your priority list either.  So WHY are they holding so much power over you?

Keep a Gratitude Journal.
This may seem silly, but simply writing down all the things you have to be grateful for is a huge way to focus on the good and let go of the ugly.  I mean, I'm even grateful for my dry shampoo most days.  It's the little things, y'all!

Do the thing that makes you tick.
Figure out your WHY a.k.a. your reason for doing whatever it is that you do.  Chances are it has NOTHING to do with the negativity in your life and if you keep it in focus the negativity pushes you to work harder to achieve it.

There have been a few things to happen recently that had the potential to really hurt me and get me in a slump, but instead, I chose to use them as fuel and work even harder so I can *hypothetically* give all those haters the middle finger as I celebrate my successes.