Did You Give In?

So.. how did you do this weekend? Did you cave to temptations? Remember on Friday when I decided to put my foot down and stick as close to my meal plan as possible through the weekend when I so often fail? Well, I can successfully say that I DID NOT fail!! I strayed from my plan twice — once for sushi dinner on Saturday and then I had an extra Shakeology on Sunday evening while watching the Walking Dead. I was SO proud of myself. Especially because my husband came home from Wegmans with two extra pumpkin muffins that were just sitting on the counter staring at me and saying, “Eat me. I am so delicious and pumpkin-y.” NO YOU EVIL MUFFINS!

I stayed strong.

I am now more determined than I have been in awhile to achieve my goals. The motivation I’ve been lacking is FINALLY back! I had so much motivation for such a long time and then poof! it was gone. It feels good to be out of my fitness funk!

Are you in a funk? Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help climbing out. I know the feeling!

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Weekend Temptations

Why is it that the weekends are when we tend to fall off the healthy habits wagon? Is it because we aren’t really set to a schedule? Because we think we deserve to relax and be rewarded for a long week? Because we can get drunk and sleep in? (No sleeping in for parents!) I think it’s a little of all of the above.

I get super lax on the weekends and like to treat myself here or there. We also like to do fun stuff as a family which often revolves around eating out or being gone longer than planned which means we have to grab food. You know that quote: “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” That has been so true for me lately.

So, I’m taking a stand today. This weekend I won’t fall completely off track. I have been finding myself saying, “Oh I’ll just be REALLY good starting Monday.” and then I pretty much eat and drink my face off all weekend. But that is NOT getting me closer to my goals. I had a big wake up call when I stepped on the scale earlier this week. 130.4. I haven’t been in the 130s in A LONG time. I worked really really hard from my starting point of 165 last year and I need to reevaluate.

So who else is with me? No more slacking on the weekends. Can I indulge a little? Of course! But no more wild and crazy temptations. I’ve come too far to throw everything out the window each weekend.

Let’s crush some goals!

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Favorite Healthy Snacks

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Throughout this weight loss journey of mine I have had a fondness for different kinds of healthy snacks. Just like life, my snack selection changes constantly. So I thought I would share what some of my favorites are right now. As I have mentioned a bunch of times on the blog, I no longer eat dairy, so unfortunately my beloved yogurt and cheese sticks are out now. I get my healthy fats from avocado and hummus. YUM! So here are some snack ideas for you that are SO easy and super healthy:

  • 1 slice Ezekiel toast with 2 tsp almond butter and a drizzle of honey. Add a couple banana slices for extra mmmms.
  • apple (sliced with almond butter is delish!)
  • 1 cup of grapes
  • 1 cup of strawberries/blueberries
  • deli turkey
  • 2 slices turkey bacon
  • Shakeology!! (of course!)
  • Nuts — my favs are almonds and pistachios
  • avocado (1/4)
  • raw veggies with hummus
  • wine (hahahah is anyone reading this far? but it’s made from grapes….)
  • and now i’ve been drinking too much wine and can’t think of anymore snacks that i like

I also made a video for my challengers in my FREE ab challenge!! Check it out!

30 Day Ab Challenge

Did you know the average person gains between 5-7lbs during the holiday season?! Crazy! I decided to go ahead and host a FREE 30 day ab challenge for everyone to get a head start on the holidays and use this as a way to jump start a fitness routine to beat the holiday pounds!

If you are ALL IN then PLEASE join me here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1485162521751812 AND send me a friend request!

We kick off October 6! Here’s our challenge

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Super Easy Rosemary Chicken

Newsflash!! Sometimes I don’t meal plan and I’m staring into my fridge at 4:40pm wondering what I’m going to cook for dinner. The old me would just order pizza but that is neither good for my body and skin nor my bank account. Thankfully, I typically always have some kind of protein on hand that I can whip up in a jiffy. (Who says jiffy? I’m such a mom.) Here is a SUPER EASY and QUICK rosemary chicken recipe I made for dinner last week.

Super Easy Rosemary Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1lb chicken breast
  • Himalayan salt to taste

Directions

  1. Pound out the chicken breasts to your desired thickness — the thicker the breast the longer it takes to grill and you may end up charring the outside
  2. Cover each breast (on both sides) with the spices listed above. Honestly, I do not measure… just shake shake shake.
  3. Grill for about 5 mins on each side. Feel free to use oil on your pan… I use a coconut oil spray.
  4. DONE! Serve with a delicious veggie side or slice up in a salad!

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Should I Workout Today?

Let’s talk working out. I have a love/hate relationship with working out. I really do love it a lot — I mean, I made it a HUGE part of my job because I love it so much. But I only love it AFTER it’s over. Those crazy endorphins are addicting, right? Almost every day I fight an inner battle with my mind: I don’t want to work out. I’m too tired. I’m too busy. I don’t have enough time. One of the kids isn’t napping. However, I’ve gotten REAAAAALLY good at squashing those excuses.

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You see, that is exactly what all of those things are. Excuses. Excuses that are keeping me from getting healthier, reaching my goals, setting a good example for my children and ultimately making me happy. And I want to be happy! Exercise and feeling good about myself both make me REALLY happy!

So how do you over come excuses? You set yourself up to succeed! You wake up earlier to get your workout done before EVERYTHING else. Hate waking up early? ME TOO! Here are some tips to help you ease into it:

  • move your alarm across the room so you do NOT press snooze.
  • sleep with your workout clothes next to your bed
  • and if that doesn’t work, sleep IN them
  • tell yourself positive affirmations about how GOOD you will feel when you’re done and how you are making small changes every day that will help you reach your goals

The nice thing about the workouts I do is that they are only 30 mins (I do not have time for anything else), so squeezing it in is a piece of CAKE! I may have to move my schedule around a bit, but that workout is HAPPENING. Plus, doing them at home is a HUGE time saver — I don’t have to spend time loading the kids in the car, driving to the gym, dropping them off at the day care, picking them back up, loading them back in the car, driving back home. Do you know how much time that takes?!

My workout is an appointment with myself. So that I can be a nicer person and a more patient mom/wife. :)  Every day that you choose to workout you move one step closer and it will get easier every day. You just have to take the first step! And think about how PROUD of yourself you will feel!

Want to make these positive changes with my help, with the full 21 Day Fix program (daily workouts and Shakeology) and with the support of my online fitness challenge group where you’ll have daily coaching from me, daily motivation and accountability, and the opportunity to ask me questions as you go? You’re in luck! My next challenge group starts workouts on September 29th! Click the banner below to register.*

I WANT IN

*If you already have a Beachbody coach that you are currently working with, or if you are already a coach outside of Team PosiTude, you are unfortunately not eligible to join my September challenge group. But please feel free to connect with me here, on Instagram, and on FB for more workout inspiration! 

How to Make Shakeology

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Molly and I wanted to make you a little video with the two different ways we make Shakeology: Blended & Shaken. Or my way & her way! When I first started drinking Shakeology I did not have a blender, oh wait, yes I did… it was broken. Womp womp. So I used a Blender Bottle. It was my go-to. Every day I would have almond milk with my Shakeology and a tbsp of PB2. Then, for Christmas, my mom gave me a Magic Bullet and it changed my life!!! Now, it pains me if I’m out and about and can’t make my shake with a blender! But you know what, my kids prefer it shaken! And Burke drinks his out of a sippy cup (but he is known to be a Shakeology thief — “sip mama!”)

For those of you who are wondering what the heck Shakeology is, I encourage you to read this blog post, but I will tell you that it’s totally changed my life: more energy, less cravings, tastes freaking delicious and makes me feel SO good. Plus, the fact that it is filled with GOODNESS and not crap like a lot of other meal replacement shakes on the market (read the labels!!!!) means I can give it to my children and I know that it is safe for them.

How do you like your Shakeology? Haven’t found a recipe you like yet? Try one of these yummy Shakeo recipes!

We hope you enjoy our How to Make Shakeology video!

 

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Super Yummy Chicken

Oh chicken, chicken, chicken. You know what? I eat A LOT of chicken. It can get kind of boring sometimes so I’m constantly looking for ways to spice it up. I found this recipe titled The World’s Best Chicken, but I thought that was a pretty bold statement. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious and I greatly enjoyed it, but I think the world’s best chicken would have to be fried. ;) Not that I’m advocating going out and eating fried chicken, but I do eat it once a year and I enjoy every second of it! But before I go down a road talking all about fried chicken here is your not-fried chicken recipe:

 

Super Yummy Chicken

Ingredients
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt & pepper
  • Rosemary (dried or fresh)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, syrup, and vinegar.
  3. Place chicken breasts into 9×13 lined baking dish. Season with salt & lots of pepper.
  4. Pour mustard mixture over chicken. Make sure each breast is coated. Put some more pepper on, if you please.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes
  6. Season with rosemary.
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Fresh from the oven!

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Dinner is served!

What is PiYo?

Since I’ve started teaching PiYo classes I get the question a lot, “What is PiYo?”  Well, in short, PiYo is a hybrid workout created by Chalene Johnson which “combines the muscle sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga.” PiYo has been around in gyms for years now, but Beachbody just released a home version of it which is why you are probably hearing more about it now.

So, what can you expect at a PiYo class? I want you to wipe out thoughts of your last yoga class — this is NOT anything like a yoga class. Yes, there are sun salutations and warriors but the music is fast and you will not be holding poses nor focusing on clearing your mind. Speaking of poses, there are quite a few PiYo moves that you have never done before, but no worries, any level of fitness can take my class. I have modifications!

PiYo will challenge you and transform your body in ways you’ve never seen through other programs! I hope you can come partake in one of my upcoming classes. Bring your kiddos! This week all classes are FREE!

Tuesdays: 11-11:45am

Thursdays: 11-11:45am

Sundays: 9-9:45am

44710 Cape Ct, Suite 102 Ashburn, VA 20147 – http://fitnessinmotionstudio.net/

After this week pricing is:

$15 drop in
6 sessions for $80
12 sessions $170

 

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Cabbage Patch Doll – Twinkle Toes

Molly sure is one lucky girl to receive so many awesome toys to review! I was super excited for this Cabbage Patch Doll from Jakks Pacific because I was SOOO into them when I was a little girl. I even got to visit the Babyland General Hospital in GA when I was a kid. Talk about a fun trip!

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I don’t think Molly had ever seen a Cabbage Patch before, so at first she was like, what is this? But then she saw the light up Sketcher shoes just like hers and she immediately wanted to open the package. She, like most little kids, loves things that light up, especially shoes. The fact that this doll had light up shoes was icing on the cake!

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I will say that the shoes (which are battery operated and have an on/off switch) have gotten a lot more action than the doll. I think when she gets a little bit older she will be a lot more into it, but for now she really enjoys the shoes and using them as vehicles for her smaller figurine toys. Oh kids and their imaginations!

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