Vanilla Protein Peanut Butter Cups

Happy Saturday! I hope you’re having a great weekend so far. Here’s a little not-so-bad for you sweet treat that I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

You’ll need:

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  • Vanilla Shakeology
  • Coconut Oil
  • All-Natural Peanut Butter
  • Muffin cups

Instructions:

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Melt 2 tablespoons coconut oil in the microwave.

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Add 4 tablespoons Shakeology and stir- consistency should be pourable, adjust as needed.

Add approximately 1/2 inch layer of Shakeology mixture to bottom of each muffin cup. Place in freezer until solid (2-3 minutes).

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Add 1 tsp peanut butter to each muffin cup, top with remaining Shakeology mixture.

Freeze until solid (about 10 minutes).

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Enjoy!

Are you whipping up anything delicious this weekend? I’d love to hear about it!

On The Menu This Week…

Hey there! I haven’t tried any new healthy recipes in awhile, and I can’t wait to try these over the next few days!

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I have a spiralizer… it’s about time that I put it to work! This recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny will be perfect, and gives me an excuse to buy a new basil plant.

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This afternoon, I got some local honey from a friend and I can’t wait to put it to good use with this sweet potato wedge recipe from Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers. How good does that look?!

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A new recipe list wouldn’t be compete without a sweet treat, right? These vegan Elvis bars from Angela at Oh She Glows are going to be Oh So Good.

Will you try any of these? I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

#TransformationTuesday- The Mental Stuff

I shared the following on Instagram today, and wanted to elaborate here.

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Today’s#transformationtuesday is a mental one- not a physical one. I had an early appointment this morning. I have a long, full day at work, filled with deadlines and ends that need to be tied up. I have 15 coaches on my list that I need to check in with today. I have a glance into coaching group starting next week that I need to create. I have two challengers who are getting started today and need my help. A year ago, having such a full day would have caused me to do what I thought was “simplifying.” I would have skipped my workout, skipped breakfast (to save time), ran on coffee and takeout, and collapsed, tired and anxious, when it was all done. Now… I know how much more productive and pleasant I will be if I put my well being first. Clean lunch (chicken salad, blueberries, banana, Shakeo) was packed last night. Breakfast was made at home. The workout will happen the mi it’s I get home- before I open my laptop or respond to texts. Consistency is hardest, and therefore most important, on days like this.

I used to think I was doing myself favors by doing more in less time. By skipping breakfast, I could get a few more things done around the house and get to work a few minutes early. The other side of that is I would be crazy hungry and therefore have trouble concentrating on anything from 10 a.m. to noon. By skipping my workout, I was able to mindlessly decompress by watching tv. The other side of that is I would wake up anxious and antsy (yet somehow even more tired) because I didn’t take the time to move my body and get my endorphins flowing. By giving myself the short end of the stick, I felt that I could offer more to others.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

I’m NOT saying that we should always put ourselves first- I don’t believe that- however, I am saying that self-care cannot come in last place. When we don’t love and take care of ourselves, how can we possibly help those around us? When we’re tired and run down, no one is getting our best. The people around us are getting the short end of the stick… and we end up feeling miserable.

Bottom line: If you want to give others your best, you must start by treating yourself with respect.

3 Day Refresh RESULTS!

100% DONE.

And it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.

For anyone who hasn’t been following me over the past few days, I’ve been completing the 3 Day Refresh- a program that focuses on resetting your body for clean eating, getting garbage out and and getting loads of vitamins and hydration in. Was it always easy? No. Was it worth it? Totally.

A few people have asked me if I was hungry the whole time- not. at. all. The first day was rough with hunger, but I’m pretty sure that was actually my sugar cravings hard at work due to the “throw caution to the wind” way I had been eating on vacation during the previous week.

THE RESULTS:

Starting weight (Wednesday morning): 137.8

Ending weight (Saturday morning): 133.2

High points: If you follow me on Facebook, you already know- the morning of day 3 (and, really, the morning of day 4) feel incredible. You feel lighter in the best way, cravings are gone, skin looks great, energy is high. I can totally understand why someone would do this multiple times. You know that feeling you have when you eat a ton of garbage and feel like a slug (kind of like I felt after my Oreos-dipped-in-Nutella binge on vacation)? The high points of the Refresh are like the opposite of that feeling.

Low points: End of day 1 was my lowest point, no doubt about it. If I hadn’t told my fellow coaches that I was doing the Refresh, I would have quit. The only thing that kept me going was knowing that the vast majority of them have already done it. I would have felt like a piece of crap leader if I couldn’t do it too (thanks ladies for all your cheerleading along the way). As far as the day-to-day, I found that late afternoon was a little bit tough, but this was only due to poor planning on my part. I should have brought my afternoon snack to work with me instead of having it when I got home.

I was a little worried that I wouldn’t see significant change in such a short period of time, but… looks like it all worked out (before on top, after on bottom):

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I will definitely be doing this again after holidays and vacations. It took that “I’ve got to get back on track” thing that can take months and squashed it into 3 days. Crazy happy with this process and the results.

Ready to refresh yourself? Send me a message, and let’s chat!

3 Day Refresh- Day 3

Allllllmost there!

Today has been so much easier than Days 1 & 2. I woke up with renewed energy and felt fabulous. I’ve heard that this tends to happen on day 3, but with the way I felt on days 1 & 2, I didn’t really believe it… but it’s oh-so true. I now completely understand why people do this every few months- day 3 (and therefore, I would imagine, the days following day 3) feels incredible.

Here’s how today played out:

Breakfast– Vanilla Shakeology, cup of coffee (totally out of habit- oh well!), 4 cups water

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Mid-morning– Fiber Sweep, plus 3 additional cups of water. Was not at all sad to throw away this last empty packet!

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Lunch– Vanilla fresh shake, 1/2 c. black cherries, 1 c. steamed veggies topped with salt, cumin, and 2 tbs olive oil (it’s crazy how filling veggies are when they’re topped with healthy fat- I’m going to remember that when this is over and use it to my advantage)

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Mid-afternoon– 1 c. salad, 2 tbs hummus (may have been more like 3 tbs hummus), plus 2 cups water.

Dinner– Vanilla fresh shake, 1 c. salad, 2 tbs hummus

Here’s how we’re feeling today:

Energy

Amanda- 10 (seriously- maybe more like 11)

Justin- 6

Hunger (1 being the lowest, 10 being highest)

Amanda- 2 (it’s completely flip-flopped)

Justin- 8 (womp womp- maybe this is a little tougher for guys!)

Mood

Amanda- Light, happy, at ease.

Justin- Good!

If you’re on Day 1 or 2 of the Refresh right now- hang in there! I can’t wait to hear how you feel on Day 3!

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3 Day Refresh- Day 1

33% DONE.

(That’s what I’m repeating to myself so I don’t mindlessly end up stuffing my face with baklava down the road at Gyro Palace)

So here’s how Day 1 broke down:

Breakfast: Cherry Vanilla Shakeology, 4 cups water. This picture is from yesterday, but I made it exactly the same: 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology, 4 ice cubes, 1/2 c. pitted black cherries, 1 c. cold water. Reminds me of whitehouse cherry ice cream!

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Mid-Morning: Fiber sweep, 3 cups water. I was expecting the fiber sweep to be SO MUCH WORSE than it was! It tastes like a very, very healthy, slightly sweet lemonade. I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not exactly looking forward to it tomorrow, but I’m not dreading it either.

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Lunch: Vanilla Fresh Shake, 3 c. romaine lettuce topped with 2 tbs. hummus, 3 slices watermelon. Totally forgot that we’re allowed to have fruit at lunch, so I took a minute to get away from my desk and run to Whole Foods for some watermelon!

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Afternoon: Mixed veggies topped with olive oil

Dinner: Vanilla Fresh Shake blended with 1/2 banana, 3 c. romaine lettuce topped with 2 tbs. hummus, 2 c. water.

(We’re picking those white center pieces of lettuce out of the bag)

Justin: You know, I don’t usually like these pieces of lettuce.

Me: Yeah, me neither. But now they’re great. They’re like chips. Except they’re not. Not at all.

Here’s how we’re feeling: 

Energy (1 being low, 10 being high):

Justin: 3

Amanda: 2 (This is also likely due to the fact that I only got 5 hours of sleep last night- totally my own fault. Going to bed super early!)

Hunger (1 being low, 10 being high):

Justin: 8-9

Amanda: 7

Mood:

Justin: Relaxed and calm.

Amanda: Sleepy and quiet.

We’re staying strong! We both had those moments of “let’s not do this” today, but we’ve pushed through them and we’re ready for day 2. 

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#TransformationTuesday- My Story

 

The highlight reel.

We’ve all heard this term, right? It’s meant to remind us that when we read blogs and scroll through social media, we’re seeing the parts of life that others want us to see. The perfect birthday parties, the homemade sushi, the cocktail garnished with garden fresh herbs, the perfectly posed after-workout selfie. Rarely do we see pictures of piles of laundry that went unfinished, greasy Chinese containers on the counter, or workout calendars with tons of unchecked boxes.

There’s nothing wrong with sharing positive things- we all do it- but rarely do they paint the whole picture. Thinking about this made me want backtrack a little bit and share my fitness story. I don’t want you to think that I was always some 5 am- wakeup- do a workout- post pictures- drink a shake- pack a healthy lunch person, because nothing could be further from the truth.

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November 2014

I was a 6th grade science teacher at a charter school in Philly, and I was subsisting mostly on coffee (large iced, 7 pumps of mocha, 7 packets of Equal, extra milk- I can’t make this stuff up) and Dunkin’ Donuts breakfast sandwiches, with the occasional Wawa turkey on white, oil and vinegar, provolone… stuffed with Doritos and polished off with a king size candy bar.

I was perpetually exhausted. My sleep schedule was erratic. I stayed up too late, woke up too early (only because I had to- my workload was not manageable for me), and was riddled with anxiety and irritability. I would come home exhausted, give myself yet another jolt of caffeine and sugar, toss and turn all night, wake up exhausted… you get the picture.

One day, while I was teaching my students, I got a text from my then-boyfriend, now-husband, Justin, telling me that we got orders, and we were going to be moving. Fun thing about the military: they’re not too keen on unmarried couples moving together. We had already planned on getting married in 2015, and we couldn’t bear the thought of Justin leaving and me not coming along (<3) so we changed up our timeline. We got engaged just before Christmas, and we went into overdrive and planned a wedding for January 31, 2015. I was so excited, but also felt an incredible amount of stress. I was quitting my job, finding a new one, leaving the city that had become my home, getting married (into the military, no less), and moving 7 hours from my family.

I wish I could say I dealt with this stress in a healthy way… but that would be such a crock! As my stress increased, so did every unhealthy habit I had. I ate more garbage (shout out to Pizza Hut), guzzled more caffeine, exercised even less, slept less, drank more. I was looking for stress relief in the wrong places, and I didn’t find it.

February 2015

On February 15th, we moved to Dayton. The next day, Justin went to work. I did not, because I didn’t have a job. Instead, I puttered around my empty house and tried to busy myself.  I wanted to make friends, but was too nervous to put myself out there, so instead, I binge watched Army Wives on Netflix in hopes that I would find something semi-realistic that I could relate to so I’d feel less alone.  I would wait and wait with anticipation for Justin to come home for lunch. I would eat when he was there, and I would eat again after he left. I remember going through an entire box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch in one day on more than one occasion.

I was feeling like garbage, yet again. I heard about this thing called Diet Bet, and asked Justin if he wanted to give it a try with me. At that point, I’m pretty sure he would have done anything to snap me out of my funk. We did a few rounds and lost a few pounds, which was exciting, but what I was doing wasn’t sustainable. It was a lot of crash dieting right before the deadline, only to gain those pounds back after the submission day.

While scrolling on Facebook, I noticed one of my friends made a post about a clean eating group. I didn’t know what clean eating was, but the concept sounded so… refreshing, especially compared to what I was doing. I called my friend and asked her to fill me in, and she talked to me about how clean eating focuses on a diet consisting of whole, real food- not packaged stuff. I remember feeling a little confused at first. If I wasn’t eating packaged food… what could I eat? What else was there?

I knew I had to do SOMETHING, so I joined the next clean eating group she was a part of. I knew that the group was Beachbody-related, but I didn’t know Beachbody from Advocare/ Herbalife/ Isagenix/ Slim Fast/ South Beach Diet, honestly. I started to get the hang of it- Ezekiel bread replaced hamburger buns. Eggs were served with salt, pepper, and sriracha instead of piles of cheese. Turkey replaced beef, a shake replaced pancakes, and daily walks replaced TV time (at least once in awhile).

April 2015

I saw progress eating clean- my energy was up a little, and so was my overall mood. After the ended, I didn’t want to stop. I talked to the leader of the group and asked if she was running anything else, and she asked me to join her challenge group. All of the women in the group seemed to be doing programs, and I remembered that, years before, in a moment of I-don’t-even-know-what, I had ordered Insanity off of an infomercial. I found the box, dusted it off (literally) and put the DVD in the Xbox. I was only trying the workout so I could be like the other girls in the group.

That first workout sucked. There’s no other way to put it. I had to take break, after break, after break. My asthma was a mess. My stomach hurt. I didn’t have a good time. I was annoyed by the women in the video because who looks like that?! Regardless, I saw the women in my challenge group posting their sweaty selfies and pushing through their workouts, day after day, so I did too.

Then, something weird happened- I completed the entire first month of the program.

There was something magical to me about that 30 day mark- I felt like I had accomplished something big. I realized that just as these women in my challenge group had motivated me to make a change, maybe, maybe,  I could motivate other women to make a change as well. I had always been pretty good at motivating students, so perhaps I’d be good at this too?

I talked to the coach running the group and got myself signed up, with no idea what I was doing. I plodded along for months, sometimes telling others about my workouts, sometimes getting really into eating clean, sometimes ordering pizza three nights a week, sometimes following a program, sometimes not, and saw very slow, yet consistent, progress in my own fitness.

December 2015

We were at home in Northeastern Pennsylvania visiting with my parents, and my mom had a Beachbody package show up. It was supposed to be Turbo Fire, a program she wanted to try, and instead, it was… the 21 Day Fix? Total shipping error. I got on with our customer service team for her, they sent her the correct program, and told her to go ahead and keep the Fix. She wasn’t particularly interested in it, and I felt like I should give it a go, simply because I was a coach and lots of coaches did it.

I took out the little containers and couldn’t believe how small they were. I downloaded the app and stuck to the plan (for the most part- there were two pizza nights, if I recall correctly). I drank my water, got consistent with my Shakeology, and stayed on top of my workouts.

That shipping mistake changed EVERYTHING.

Those stubborn pounds that had been hanging around for a year began to melt away. My energy levels soared. My anxiety decreased. I was sleeping like a baby and waking up with intense energy, no caffeine required. My mind was clear, I was decisive, and within a few days, my cravings were gone. The payoff I got from eating crap was no longer worth the consequence.

July 2016

Now, after many rounds of the 21 Day Fix (as well as a round of 21 Day Fix Extreme) as well as a handful of other programs (major shout out to Cize) I’m closer to my goals than I ever have been in my adult life, and I’ve done it in a healthy, sustainable way. I still eat crap sometimes. I am not perfect. There are nights when I don’t get enough sleep. There are days when my workout doesn’t happen. Takeout is still a thing in my house.

All those things being said… most nights, I do get enough sleep. Most days, I get my workout in (bonus point- it usually happens in the morning!). Most days, all of my food is home cooked and clean.

For some people, lifestyle overhauls happens overnight. For me, that wasn’t the case. Please remember, if you’re taking steps to be healthier every day, you’re moving in the right direction. If you’re making progress, no matter how small, you’re moving in the right direction. If you’re feeling happier, less anxious, more energetic, and less controlled by food, you are moving in the right direction. 

I’d love to hear about your fitness story!

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6 Ways to Break a Plateau

Stuck in a plateau? I totally know the feeling- I was there myself a few weeks ago! Plateaus are when sticking to the plan becomes so, so hard. SO MANY PEOPLE give up/ fall off as soon as the progress stops or slows. I get it- You’re eating right, you’re working hard, you’re planning your meals, you’re tracking… and the scale stays the same! Of course, progress is not all about the scale. If you have more energy/ your clothes are fitting better/ you’re feeling less stressed, you’re making progress! Sometimes, though, we want to see those numbers move, and I totally get that. Chalene Johnson, the mastermind behind PiYo and The Chalene Show, went over some tips that helped me break through my last plateau. I’ve included some of hers as well as some of mine below. Hooray for these things helping get back to the 130s!

Tip #1: Sleep

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Stella does what she wants.

Sometimes, to lose more, you have to do less. That’s counterintuitive, right? When we aren’t getting enough sleep, our stress hormones build in our bodies and make it more difficult for us to drop fat. Some things that are helping me get more sleep are not eating past 7 (makes me restless at night if I eat later), shutting off the Netflix at a set time (anyone else tend to lay there and suddenly realize it’s 11:30?), and having a set routine that lets my body know that the day is winding down. Bonus: Those morning workouts come a LOT easier after a solid 7 or 8 hours asleep.

Tip #2: Water

So important, so simple, and so easy to forget. I’ve found it helpful to drink a full glass of water with a little bit of lime juice immediately after my morning workout, and another one on my way to work. This gets about half of my water out of the way for the day. Even if I forget to pick up another glass for the entire workday, I’ve already gotten a ton in. This makes me less prone to cravings, and it does wonders for my skin.

Tip #3: Workout Change

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Every once in awhile, you have to switch. it. up. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your enthusiasm for working out comes back once you get some different muscle groups moving. I loved 22 Minute Hard Corps, but as soon as I implemented some of these tips and threw CIZE into the mix, the pounds started falling off again. This has worked for me in the past as well!

Tip #4: Breakfast Like A King

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Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper. If you’re anything like I was about a year ago, you have this totally backwards. I get it. It’s nice to look forward to a big dinner after a stressful day at work, but when you’re packing in the food at the end of the day, you’re more likely to a) sit on the couch and watch tv all evening and b) have disrupted sleep. Increase the size of breakfast, decrease the size of dinner, and there’s a good chance that the scale will get moving again. I’ve found that a big plate of eggs, salsa and cheese for breakfast, a medium size lunch, and Shakeology plus a lean protein source works really well for me (along with snacks throughout the day, of course).

Tip #5 Workout Break

This one comes directly from Chalene- sometimes, your body needs a rest, and that is not something to feel guilty about. A lot of us (especially those of us in the coaching profession) have a tendency to bounce from program to program without really giving our bodies a break. It’s ok to take a week or two off and just do walking, or just do yoga, or just do nothing! Sometimes your body needs to rest to move forward.

Tip #6: Manage Stress

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Is there anything that relieves stress like curling up with a dog? Nope!

Meditate. Go for sunset walks. Hug your pet. Watch a favorite show. Re-read a book you love. Call your mom. Visit your BFF. Cook a favorite recipe. Listen to calming music. When your body is stress, all of your energy goes to that stress. Let go and you’ll help your body let go of the weight too.

Have you ever dealt with a plateau? How did you get through it?

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My 10 Tips For Getting and KEEPING Motivation

I’m into week 7 of my current program (out of 8 weeks) and I have had to dig in deep more than once to stay motivated and on track. I know that we all get that feeling of excitement and dedication when we start something new, but it’s so easy to let discipline and effort fade as time goes on, isn’t it? When the novelty wears off, when things aren’t so shiny and new, and we know what to expect, we suddenly don’t have that get up and go that we had in the beginning.

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Motivation has been something I have struggled with so much in the past, and it’s still a battle some days. I have a little arsenal of tricks I play on myself to keep my behind in gear:

1. One Hour, One Minute, One Second

My mom gave me this tip years ago when I was dealing with anxiety. She told me to remember that I only had to get through the next hour. If I couldn’t handle that, focus on getting through the next minute. If I couldn’t handle a minute, focus on getting through the next second… and boom, look at that! I made it through the second! This totally works for those workouts that you REALLY don’t want to do. Put the DVD in. Drive to the gym. Tell yourself that you need to work out for a minute (or 5, or 10- your call). If, after that, you can’t handle any more, ok- go home. Most of the time, you’ll want to keep going, and if you don’t, that’s ok too.

2. Accountability Partner

In the BB world, we call them success partners, and mine is amazing (I’m talking about you, Kelli). It is so crucial for me to have someone that I can text in those moments when I’m considering skipping a workout (or when I’m considering going face first into a pizza), or when I’m dealing with some lame excuses creeping into my head. Aligning yourself with someone who has similar goals gives you a huge advantage. It’s one thing to let yourself down, it’s another thing to let your buddy down. Get a partner!

3. Group Support

In addition to my accountability partner, I’m in a few support groups for women with goals similar to mine. Some of them are run by me, some of them are not, all of them are awesome. When I’m not feeling like eating right or working out, a quick scroll of the posts in the group (workouts, healthy food, struggles, victories) puts me in the right mindset. If you don’t have a group, join mine!

4. Non-Food Rewards

“I did so great this week, it’s no big deal if I eat half a pizza.” I used to say that to myself almost every Friday night! Now, I try to flip that around to, “I did so great this week, and I can keep it going this weekend.” I still think it’s important to have rewards for meeting goals- for example, a manicure after working out for 5 days in a row, or a new outfit after hitting a goal weight. Rewards are awesome, but food rewards tend to be counterproductive.

5. Public Accountability

This one isn’t for everyone, and I get that, but it works for me. Sharing goals publicly creates HUGE accountability! The knowledge that other people are watching has helped me stay on track more than once. This doesn’t mean you need to post a picture of your weight, if that’s not something that you feel comfortable with. This can be as simple as telling your coworkers that you want to stick to clean eating for a week, or telling your Facebook friends that you’re going to stick to a morning workout routine for a month. Ask people to hold you accountable and check up on your progress! Bonus: You’re going to inspire others without even realizing it. Is there anything more motivating than that?

6. Motivating Others

I have had so many friends who are now coaches ask me, “How can I motivate others when I can’t even motivate myself?” There’s beauty in the answer to that question. When you motivate or encourage others, you will end up lifting your own spirits and motivating yourself. Reach out to someone you know is struggling and share a healthy recipe with them. Call a friend who has been feeling down and ask them to hit the gym with you. Get your family to join you for a walk. Cook a healthy meal for someone you love. Helping someone else get moving/ get healthy will help motivate you to do the same.

7. Before Pictures

Every time I start a program, I get weird about taking before pictures. I usually put it off until day 4 or 5 of the program, and I’m totally aware of how nonsensical that is. There’s a certain nervousness that comes with before pictures, isn’t there? We take them because we’re recognizing that there’s something about ourselves that we want to change, and seeing physical proof of that can be a little scary. It’s somehow different from looking in the mirror. That being said, looking back at progress you’ve made is a crazy motivator. It shows you that even on days when you feel like it’s not doing any good, even on days when you aren’t feeling the get up and go you had in the beginning, what you’re doing is working, and you should keep going. Plus, if you’re doing a program with us, you’ve gotta submit those before and afters for your chance at the $500 daily giveaway!

8. Non-Weight Progress Tracking

We all (really, all of us) have those weeks (sometimes agonizing months) when the scale just isn’t moving in the direction we want it to move, or the muscles aren’t growing, or the pants still aren’t fitting. This can be so hard! There’s scientific reasoning behind why plateaus happen, even when we’re doing everything right, but that doesn’t make it any less maddening. In these frustrating times, I’ve found it helpful for me and my challengers to pay attention to the improvements in how we feel instead of just in how the numbers are moving. Do you have more energy? Are your moods more even? Do you feel proud of the work you’re putting in? Is your breathing better? Are you sleeping better? Is your body finally getting the vitamins it needs? Are you getting sick less often? All of those things are incredible and deserve attention!

9. Personal Development

Ok, ok- don’t roll your eyes and skip over this one. I know it sounds cheesy and fake, but it’s not. Find something that motivates you and listen to it on your commute, play it on your phone while you’re getting ready for work in the morning, stream it through your headphones while you’re working out. What we listen to is reflected in our attitudes. If you’re loading your brain with negativity day in and day out, that mindset is going to be reflected in your words and your actions. Same goes for positivity. Pay attention to what you’re feeding your brain. If you need some recommendations for some positive podcasts, audiobooks, or videos, I’m happy to help.

10. THIS. 

This video gets me riled up every single time. Rise and Shine.

How do you keep your motivation going? Do any of these tips work for you?

 

 

 

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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