Submitting Your Results- A How To!

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!

Welcome to the week! We are having fabulous weather out here in Dayton, and I hope your day is beautiful too. I can’t wait to spend some time outside later today!

I’ve had a few of my amazing challengers wrap up their first program, and I am so proud of them (you awesome ladies know you who are ;)). One really cool thing that Beachbody does is award customers for completing programs in two ways:

  1. Everyone who completes a program, submits their before/ afters and completes a questionnaire gets a free program T-shirt (really- I have 3 of them).
  2. Everyone who completes a program, submits their before/ afters and completes a questionnaire ALSO gets entered into a pretty amazing contest. Beachbody chooses one transformation for a DAILY (yep, every freaking day) $500 prize. All daily winners are entered into the monthly competition, in which the winner receives a $1,000 prize. All monthly winners are entered into a quarterly contest, in which the winner receives a $5,000 prize. All quarterly winners are entered into the annual contest, in which the winner receives (get this) a $100,000 prize. ALL for completing a program and submitting pics/ answering some questions!

So HOW do you enter?

Step 1: Log into your Team Beachbody account. If you don’t have an account, click here to join.

Step 2: Look at your menu bar at the top. Hover over “Beachbody Challenge,” then click “Challenge Contest.”

Step 3: Haven’t started a program yet? Click “Commit now.” Already finished your program? Click “Enter My Results Now.”

Step 4: Upload your pictures, answer the questions, and that’s it! Your T-shirt will arrive in a few weeks, and you’ll be contacted via e-mail if you’re in contention to win one of the prizes.

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Round Four. Day One. Thank God.

Hey there! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We were lucky enough to get to go home to Northeastern Pennsylvania to visit with some family and friends. The drive is LONG (about 8 hours), especially with little Stella in the backseat, but it’s so worth it. I always forget how much I love the mountains of Pennsylvania until I see them again. It’s easy to get used to the flat, flat, and more flat scenery of Southern Ohio, ha! We got to visit with family, I got to go to Super Saturday for the first time (more on that tomorrow!), and Stella got to play with her cousin Silas- puppy bliss!

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So along with all the family, friends, and relaxation of home came pizza… and steak… and the Easter baskets that my parents make for Justin and I that showcase all that Jelly Belly, Hershey’s, and Cadbury have to offer! I didn’t go nuts, but I definitely had more sugar than my body is used to- this morning, I woke up this morning feeling like I was hungover, except I wasn’t. My body was pisssssed. Kitkats and I are no longer my friends, and my stomach made sure that I was aware of that.

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Luckily, my 21 Day Fix challenge group kicked off today and I decided to jump in and do this round with my challengers! I’m working my way through a protein-packed, super hydrated day, and I’m almost feeling like myself again (but not quite). Café latte Shakeology for breakfast, a big salad with honey mustard pork for lunch, and a whole wheat pasta/ shrimp scampi dinner tonight are exactly what I need. I’m pairing a day of healthy eating with a double workout tonight to get myself on a successful path through April.

How was your weekend? Do anything fun?

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LAST CALL!

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LAST CALL for my Fixin’ For Spring April 21 Day Fix group! This program does an amaaaazing job of combining nutrition and exercise in a way that is totally doable and is PERFECT for people who are short on time. You will get more than enough food- most of my challengers report that they have trouble finishing it all!

In this group, you’ll get:
– Portion controlled, color coded containers to help you piece together your meals in a way that fuels your body
– 30 minute workouts (both DVD and streaming)
– 30 days of Shakeology (our superfood meal replacement shake- counts as one of your containers and a multivitamin)
– Eating guide
– Tracking app
– Weekly meal plans
– Weekly grocery lists
– Recipes
– One on one coaching with me
– Group support

You ready? Let’s do this. I’ll be there for you every step of the way. Send me a message: amandaturner612@gmail.com or comment “I’m interested” on this post (leave your email) so I can give you the details!

I Tried It: Cloud Bread

If you follow any health/ fitness people on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve probably seen these delicious looking fluffy little pillows all over your feed. Cloud bread is supposed to be a high protein, low fat, low carb option to replace bread. Naturally, I had to give it a try when one of my challengers posted a link to this recipe in our challenge group.

I watched the video, and I was skeptical. I threw the egg whites in my KitchenAid and watched them turn to foam, then added my egg yolk/ yogurt mix and salt… and I was even more skeptical. The resulting concoction was the texture of that weird foam that washes up on the beach. Nevertheless, I soldiered on. I cooked these puppies at 500 for about 8 minutes and…

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They look beautiful, right? THEY DID NOT TASTE BEAUTIFUL. Nope, nope, nope. They were like pancakes, if pancakes were made of omelettes, and the omelettes didn’t have any of the things (cheese, peppers, onion) that make omelettes delicious. The outside reminded me of the leather of an old purse, and the inside retained that strange sea foam quality.

Have you tried cloud bread? What did you think?

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What Coaching Has Done For Me (And What It Can Do For You)

Hey there! I hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday. Anyone else have a long Easter weekend coming up? We have off Friday and Monday, and I can’t wait!

I’m always working on getting more veggies into my diet. I wish I was one of those people who naturally loved veggies, but I’m just not, ha! I’m always trying to mix things up in different ways to get more greens into my system, and this salad for lunch was perfect. 3 greens of spinach/ cherry tomato/ cucumber blend, 1 blue of sun dried tomato goat cheese, and 1 orange of organic no sugar/ no sweetener feta dressing. Perfection!

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While I was eating, I got to thinking about how a year ago, I would never have eaten this amount of vegetables in a meal. I probably wouldn’t have eaten this amount of veggies in a day either, or, let’s be real- a week. Eek. Coaching has changed my life in so many ways.

Physically: I am in the best shape of my life, and I got there in a healthy, sustainable way. I wake up with energy, I look forward to working out, and I love getting creative with healthy food! I’m not laser-focused on a number on the scale like I used to be. I’m happy with what I see in the mirror, and I eat in a way that shows that I respect myself. I know that when I eat healthily and exercise regularly, I feel really good, and I want to feel really good as often as I can. On the rare occasion that I fall off of clean eating for a few days and feel tired/ crabby/ grumpy, I always think about how that’s how I used to feel all the time. I wish I had known that it doesn’t have to be that way.

Emotionally: I have an amazing team of women (both coaches and challengers) behind me who have brought my confidence to a level I never could have imagined. This carries over into every aspect of my life. I’m better at asking for what I want. I’m no longer constantly apologizing and tripping over my words when I voice my opinion. I feel proud of what I have to say and what I bring to the table. My anxiety has gone from something that paralyzed me on a daily basis to a rare annoyance.

Financially: I feel weird even posting this, because no one likes to talk about money, right? It makes us all feel a little bit icky and uncomfortable. That being said… if I knew what coaching could do for me financially, I would have started sooner. When I began coaching almost a year ago, I was making $60 or so a month from my coaching business… which was great! I put couple of extra dollars into savings. Now, coaching pays for my student loans, vet bills, groceries, the car payment- it’s huge for us. I’m making over $900 a month from coaching, and it’s doing amazing things for our family. Is it my full time job? Not yet. Is it a tremendous help? Absolutely. I have worked HARD to grow that income, but every bit of that hard work also helped me grow as a person. I truly enjoy it.

I would love for you to see if coaching might be a good fit for you. Will you join us to learn more?

My team, Positively Strong, is hosting a Glance Into Coaching FB group from March 27th-31st, and we would absolutely love for you to join us. The group is strictly informational and obligation-free.

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22 Minute Hard Corps- Day 1

First of all, I want to thank all of you for being so incredibly supportive of me yesterday! I’m excited to get out for a long run this weekend and see how things go, but honestly, like I said, I’m ok no matter how this turns out. What a great feeling.

Yesterday, I began to dig into a new program, and I’m kind of obsessed with it already! This is my first Tony Horton program (the guy who does P90X), and I wasn’t totally sure what to expect- it was awesome! I was pleasantly surprised to see how my running endurance translated into endurance in this program. I was able to do so much more than I thought I would. I definitely slowed down from minute 15 or so until the end, but I was still able to hold my own!

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I was able to talk Justin into doing this with me- and he loved it so much that he wanted to do it again this morning!

22 Minute Hard Corps is an 8-week, 22-minute (duh) program full of bootcamp style cardio and strength training workouts. I’ve been craving getting something other than running back into my schedule, and this is an awesome fit! Tony does an awesome job of explaining each exercise and demonstrating proper form before hand. Also really cool- all of the people in the video are veterans, and Beachbody is donating a percentage of the profits from this program to vets. How cool.

The workout I did yesterday, cardio 1, consisted of 3 rounds of 6 exercises, each for varying time limits per exercise. We did burpees, bear crawls, T jacks- definitely worked the whole body. I’m seriously feeling it in my abs today, which surprises me and makes me really happy! I have trouble isolating my abs, and I feel like this workout did the trick.

The meal plan that’s recommended with 22MHC is the 21 Day Fix, which I already follow- perfection! I can see that nutrition will be key to keep that high energy up for the full 22 minutes. I’m so excited to share my progress with you all!

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Officially In The Trenches

I’m officially in the trenches of marathon training. This is the nitty-gritty, it’s not fun anymore, sucky, down-in-the-dirt part of training. This is the part in which I’ve thrown in the towel before. This is the part that includes runs that don’t get finished, getting sick, and feeling exhausted. This is the part where every little thing I eat matters, not eating enough matters, eating too much matters… the water matters, the sleep matters… every little thing counts.

It’s hard.

I don’t like it.

On Tuesday, I woke up feeling God awful. My throat was on fire, I had chills, and I decided that I was going to go out and attempt my 16 miler anyway. First mile was ok. So was the second. Third was good. Fourth was shaky. Fifth needed a walk break. Sixth was at a 13 minute pace. Seventh was at a 13 minute page plus walk breaks.

I stopped and called Justin at work and told him that I was calling into question whether I’m even capable of this whole marathon thing in the first place. I told him that I wanted to just quit and not do it anymore. He gave me a very real pep talk that included the fact that I’ve been loading up on sugar lately… and he was so right. I’ve been crazy hungry from all this running, and I’ve been using it as an excuse to eat a ton of healthy food… and more than my fair share of not so healthy food. I haven’t even realized it. When I told my mom a few days ago that my runs were feeling sluggish, she asked what I was eating, and I told her that my diet was perfect- and I believed it! I thought that I was eating amazingly, but perfect does not include random chocolates throughout the afternoon, pizza every week, and coffee all morning. I had the idea in my head that I was burning it all off, and I was, but it’s the difference between buying premium fuel and buying the cheap crap. My weight has slightly lowered (of course it has, you can’t run like this and not have that happen at some point), but the quality of food I have been eating has not been great. I have had it in my brain for so long that calories are all that matter… but I know better now. I can’t believe I slipped back into that old mindset.

After that failed 16 miler, I came home and almost immediately fell asleep. I slept for 14 hours, and then another 12 hours the next night. This is the first time I’ve gotten sick in training, but with putting my body through all of this, I suppose it’s expected. I’m hoping to feel recovered enough by tomorrow to get in a quick 4 miler, then make up the 16 miler next week.

This is getting real. It’s so freaking hard. 

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#FaceToFaceFriday- From 20 to 30

Hey there! Today in my challenge group, one of my fellow amazing coaches posted a face to face Friday shot, and inspired me to do the same. I fell down the rabbit hole of my own Facebook pictures from way back when, and I came across the photo on the left. It got me thinking about how much I’ve changed since then, both physically and emotionally.

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The girl on the left was a party girl. Not just the typical go out and have a few beers with her friends party girl- I was the type of girl that rounded up friends to go out on a Tuesday night when I had an 8 am class the next morning. The kind of girl who would try to find the next party after the bar closed at 2 am. The kind of girl who would lay in bed hungover with bloodshot eyes and dirty feet until 6 pm on a Sunday afternoon, only getting up to answer the door when the delivery guy showed up. I remember drinking entire pitchers of Long Island iced tea on my own (my fellow Penn State grads know exactly the place I’m referring to), then going about my business like it was nothing (if I did that today, I’m pretty sure I would die). I would overdraw my checking account on nights out without a second thought. My well-being in general was awful, to say the least. I was plagued with anxiety every time I woke up the morning after one of those wild nights, and instead of digging into what was causing the anxiety, I would just shut up those feelings by going out and doing it again. I would get sick all the time. I ate out more often than I didn’t. I was constantly loaded with caffeine. I was always exhausted and nervous.

This isn’t to say that I was a total disaster- I had good grades (I shudder with regret when I think about what my grades could have been if I had my life together), I was able to pull in scholarships, and I had solid friendships. I kept jobs and (occasionally) made myself go to the gym to spend half an hour on the elliptical, and maybe I would play around with the weights a little bit. I ate something green every once in awhile, and I would go to yoga with my friends (usually heading to a pizza place afterwards).

I wish I could say that something clicked for me and I suddenly decided not to live that lifestyle anymore, but I suppose if there were a magic way to cause that kind of drastic, awesome change, everyone would know about it by now. It was a series of slow (like over years and years) changes that led me to living my life the way that I do now. I realized it wasn’t fun to throw away Sundays anymore- I had things to do. For quite some time, I tried to blend my old lifestyle with the type of life I knew I wanted to lead. I would stay out until 2 am, AND go to church on Sunday morning. I would drop $80 at a boozy Saturday brunch, then meal plan for the week later in the day (astounded at what I had done to my food budget for the week).

There were a few things that clicked for me in the past few years:

  • I wanted to feel good.
  • I didn’t want to feel anxious.
  • I wanted to feel financially secure.
  • I wanted to be proud of how I looked.

There is a quote that put all of this into perspective for me a few years ago, when my changes really started to shape my life.

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The things I wanted had to become more important to me than all the other garbage. I had to want to feel good, emotionally and physically, more than I wanted to go out and drink martinis until the sun came up. I had to want to pad my savings account more than I wanted to eat out every night. I wanted to live a happy life more than I wanted to indulge in things that made me happy for the short duration of the time I was enjoying them.

If you would have told me that I’d be happier at 30 than I was at 20, I never would have believed you. At 20, I thought I was at the pinnacle of my life- carefree, doing what I wanted when I wanted to do it, no rules, no worries. In reality, I was desperately insecure, seeking relief from anxiety in any way I could get it, and subsequently dealing with consequences that were sending me into a downward spiral.

The girl on the right is in the type of healthy marriage that she thought only existed in movies. The girl on the right wakes up happy and ready for the day. The girl on the right had educated herself about finances and knows how when to splurge and when to adjust the budget. The girl on the right enjoys nights out in ways that don’t destroy her body and her emotional health. The girl on the right enjoys fueling her body with things that make life better, not worse. The girl on the right knows that exercise is a key to health, and gets it done, even when she doesn’t feel like it (real exercise- not the 20 minutes on the elliptical once a month stuff of the past). The girl on the right has figured out that life is about balance, and balance can be pretty amazing.

If you are living a life that you are not happy with, it does not have to be that way. It is never too late to make a change. It is never too late to make your life what you want it to be.

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Marathon Training: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

 

Hey there! I hope you’re having a lovely Wednesday and are getting the chance to get outside and enjoy some of the not-so-freezing weather that we’re lucky enough to have here in Ohio. Marathon training is quickly ramping up, which means that the big day is looming closer and closer:

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Marathon Training: The Good

On Saturday, I had my longest run to date- the 13 miler, and I’m so glad to be placing this in the good category. My mind was right, I was hydrated, my nutrition was right. It still wasn’t easy (and I don’t think running 13 miles should ever feel easy, if you’re doing it right). I did feel strong the whole time, and only had one of those “maybe I should stop?” moments.

Nutrition is also falling into the good category, which is awesome! Shakeology every day + 21 Day Fix is doing wonders for me, and I find that the more on point I am with nutrition, the easier my run feels, the better I sleep, and the faster I recover. When I was first getting started, it was taking me 3-4 days to really recover from a long run, and now, within 48 hours, I feel good to go, with no joint pain or soreness.

Best for last here: the weather!!! I am finally able to run outside again, at least for the time being. I cannot stand to run on that damn treadmill anymore. I cannot. Just thinking about it is making me anxious and angry, lol, and I hate feeling that way!

Marathon Training: The Bad

Caffeine. I’m pretty sure I’m over-caffinating my runs, and it’s something that I need to begin stepping down from. I’m finding that after my runs, my body desperately wants a nap, but I can’t fall asleep. It’s that typical caffeine-jitters feeling- heartbeat feels quick, brain can’t relax, a little shaky. For runs over 90 minutes, I’ve been doing a cup of coffee beforehand, a Gu 1/3 of the way through (20 mg of caffeine), and some electrolyte gummies 2/3 of the way through (30 mg of caffeine). I’ve been fully hydrated, but I’m still feeling these negative effects. I was talking to my dad about this yesterday, and he brought up a good point- caffeine may make running feel good, but running does not burn caffeine- it’s still sitting in my system when the run is over.

Marathon Training: The Ugly

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MY FEET. OMG. For a half second, I debated putting a picture of my feet on here, but that’s gross. My feet look like I tried to climb Mt. Everest in sandals, or like I’m a fire walker or something. On that note, I’m going to grab some new shoes in the next few days- I think it’s about that time.

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Five: A Blog Survey!

Hey there! Gina posted this survey on her blog- I always love reading these little tidbits of personal info, so I decided to answer the questions here.

Five places I’m dying to visit (we STILL need to go on our honeymoon, so I would be thrilled to hear your dying-to-visit list):

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Aruba. As long as Zika chills the F out.

California.

Fiji.

Pennsylvania. I’m a bit homesick.

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Egypt. I have always wanted to visit Egypt- I have a long running pyramid obsession. I recently had my DNA tested, and found that my family has North African/ Middle Eastern heritage, so now I’m absolutely dying to go.

 

Five foods I eat every day:

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Shakeology. (Obvi)

Hummus.

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Greek yogurt.

Apples.

Peanut butter.

 

Five talents I wish I had:

Music.

Drawing/ painting.

Public speaking. I have this weird nervous reaction whenever I have to speak publicly, and I don’t know why! I feel really shaky and like I’m going to barf. I actually kind of enjoy speaking, but I get easily tongue tied, and, therefore, easily freaked out.

Organization.

Speaking more languages.

 

Five healthy food bloggers I wish could cook for me every day:

Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers

 
Gina from The Fitnessista
 
Taralynn from Simply Taralynn
 
Angela from Oh She Glows
 
Ella from Deliciously Ella

 

Five Instagram accounts I love:

Run4PRs.

 
Kara Goucher.
 
Jenna Fischer.
 
Autumn Calabrese.
 
Heidi Powell

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These boots.

LuLaRoe leggings- I seriously try to find a way to get away with wearing them at least three days a week. So comfy!

The earrings Justin gave me for Christmas.

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The necklace Justin gave me while we were on our anniversary trip in Louisville.

 

Five songs I listen to on repeat:

“Motown Philly” by Boyz 2 Men

“SimpleThings” by Miguel- our wedding song and I’m still in love with it!

“Wop” by J. Dash- this is my jammmmm in the middle of the run, especially the remix.

“Next to Me” by Emile Sande (if you haven’t listened to this, do it now! you’ll thank me!)

Beautiful” by Mariah Carey ft. Miguel

 

Five beauty products I use every day:

Mary Kay TimeWise Firming Eye Cream

Garnier Moisture Rescue Refresh Gel Cream (<– lifesaver)

Rimmel London Glam Eyeshadow Quad (I use a dark one to fill in my eyebrows)

Smashbox Liquid Eyeliner

L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

 

Five movies I can watch on repeat (aka your clear indicator that I am the most stereotypical 30-year-old in America):

Napoleon Dynamite

Juno

Titanic

Zoolander

The Notebook

 

Five books on my list:

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
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The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson aka Dwight
 

Five random things I ate yesterday:

Cheesesteak omelette

Coffee shakeology

Turkey, spinach, and avocado wrap

Greek yogurt and blueberries (story of my life)

A chunk of white chocolate with a little peanut butter on top

 

Your turn! Pick one of the categories above and give me your 5!

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