SURPRISING THINGS I LEARNED WHILE DOING 80 DAY OBSESSION

SURPRISING THINGS I LEARNED WHILE DOING 80 DAY OBSESSION

I was SO excited to start 80 Day Obsession and the program didn't disappoint. It is touted as Beachbody's hardest program, and I felt like I was ready to take on my next level of fitness. With a year and half of working out daily, using portion control for my eating and drinking Shakeology for the past year, I knew it was time to turn up the heat. 

I worked out 6 days a week, for 45 minutes to an hour.  EVERYDAY was a different workout and it never got boring. I NEVER skipped a workout and NEVER quit on myself. 

Over the three months I learned some surprising things about myself...

I LOVE timed nutrition. Essentially, timed nutrition is a way of eating that fuels your metabolism. I originally felt like I was eating all day and in the beginning it was a hard adjustment. BUT now my body is so used to it, and I freaking thrive off it. If I go past the time that I supposed to eat, I know it. Since I am working out so hard, and lifting heavy, my muscles are practically screaming to be fed. 

I LOVE eating so many veggies. For my timed nutrition, I have to eat five servings of vegetables a day. That is a lot for sure! So it's been super fun to fill my plate with colorful veggies and my skin, hair and brain love it! 

I LOVE how disciplined I have become. I don't mess around with my workouts and my food. I took this program SO seriously and only cheated twice in three whole months. That's impressive I think. Being gluten free for the past 13 years gave me a lot of discipline, but this program definitely upped my game for sure!

I LOVED not drinking alcohol! I have never really been much of a drinker, so this part of the program was not difficult for me, but I loved not falling into temptation when my girlfriends were enjoying a margarita or a glass of wine. I totally fall victim to social pressures and then I sleep like CRAP that night. This program gave me an excuse to say no and hold my guns. And dude, I slept SO well for those three whole months. 

I LOVE lifting weights. I have done Autumn Calabrese's workouts in the past, 21 Day Fix & 21 Day Fix Extreme, but this program was a lot more weights than in the past. I loved feeling like a BEAST and lifting heavy. The heaviest I lifted in my first round was 15 pounds, and by the third round I was lifting 20's and doing kettle bell swings with a 35 lb bell. I felt like a BADASS. 

I LOVED seeing my body get cut, my stomach get ripped and my bootie lifted. I lost an inch in both of my thighs, gained a 1/2 inch in my arms from gaining muscle and now I have way more definition in my abs. I didn't have a lot to lose in this program, but let me tell you, I gained so much more than strength. 

I LOVE the freaking confidence I have to wear whatever the heck I want, strut around the pool in a bathing suit and how good I feel in my own skin. I have never felt this confident about my health and fitness in my entire life! 

Are you interested in doing 80 Day Obsession too? I am doing it again and I would love to have you join me. It's a game changer of a program. Reach out and I will hook you up with everything to get started, hold you accountable to reach your goals and even plug you into my current challenge group with other badass women who are pushing hard to reach their goals. 

 

Why I Read Personal Development Books

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A couple days ago, I was talking to a friend about reading personal development and he was quick to say that PD is a bunch of crap. 

Considering over the past year I have dove 100% into personal development, and learned a TON about myself, I was a bit in shock when he said this to me and it got me thinking about what I have learned over the past year. Here are my top 6 things I learned and did because of reading PD. 

1. I have really learned about how to harness my thinking and now understand that I can literally turn around how I think about things. For instance, If John and I are fighting, I can ask myself what is the story I am making up in my head about this moment? Is it actually true? And if it's not, then I come into the situation totally different and with GRACE. We all have little conversations in our head that are going on, and they are often self defeating and simply not true. 

2. When I became aware of my negative voice in my head, I became much more empowered, daring to take risks and loving towards to myself. I recognized that I was quite mean to myself and learned to switch the voice around to one that was loving, kind and grace filled. I now recognize when the voice is talking to me, and tell it to shut up! 

3. So many of the personal development books I read are by super successful people who share their best life tips that have lead to their success. For instance, when I read the Miracle Morning, I saw the value of waking up early in the morning and getting in some exercise, prayer and meditation and how good that is for the soul. With some "me time" in the morning, I have become so much more productive, happy and balanced. This idea came straight out of personal development and has been the BIGGEST GAME CHANGER IN MY LIFE over the past two years. 

4. Most people describe me as a positive person, but reading PD has amped up my positivity and optimism BIG time. And because I have started to give positivity out to the world (by writing posts like this), I have attracted like minded people who have similar mindsets and go after it daily. Its all contagious. I also have people tell me EVERYDAY THAT I INSPIRE THEM! Dude, that's rad. 

5. I also now understand how important it is to give my boys the tools to change their negative mindset into one that is positive. I am currently reading The Five Love Languages for Children, and even though this is a "parenting book" I consider this personal development book, because it's making me reconsider how I love EVERYONE in my life. Since reading that book, I have seen a dramatic change in how we parent and how my boys feel loved. 

6. Because of all the PD, and now I lead a challenge group of 45 women who rock their workouts and nutrition daily. We do hard stuff together and build each other up. The stuff I read encourages us all and trickles down to everyone. It's pretty rad to be on a journey with a bunch of like minded women who are really going after it. 

So if you made it to the end of all of this, don't be like my friend and scoff PD, but go on Amazon and buy some personal development books. My favorites are Big Magic, How to Be a Badass, The Miracle Morning, Compound Effect, Daring Greatly, How to Win Friends and Influence People. I hope you enjoy them!

Why I drink Shakeology

Why I drink Shakeology

I have to thank God for my mom. I grew up doing yoga, taking Echinacea way before it was normal, and drank bone broth since I was a kid. My cabinets are full of superfoods, and when I would make a green smoothie in the past, I was adding tons of superfood ingredients to my drink.  

I could easily go to Whole Foods and buy a thousand dollars worth of superfoods and go home and guess on how much to put in my blender. Or I could buy a bag of goodness, with everything already in it, and simply mix it with some ice and power greens. 

I am nicer to my kids, because there are actual adaptogens (mushrooms) in the formula that help me with my patience, anxiety and stress. I have really seen a huge difference in how I feel, from having long lasting energy to sleeping better at night. I know that my nutritional needs are being met with what I like to call my Sexy Momma Shake. It makes me a sexier wife, a nicer mom, a more energetic teacher and overall a better human being. 

And yes, there are TONS of other "shakes" on the market, 700+ of them to be exact. Beachbody has been one of the oldest on the block and it's expensive, because it has SO MANY incredible ingredients from all over the world. The creators of the drink were told they could put in the best of the best superfoods, from all around the world, to make the BEST drink possible. And it really is delicious!

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How to Make Kombucha

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I have been making Kombucha for the past two years and I am obsessed with it. To buy a bottle of kombucha it's $3-5, and considering a I drink it everyday, it's a must to make it myself. It's so fun to come up with different ways of flavoring my brew too. From pomegranates to mint, my kombucha is straight up legit, and from what others tell me, my kombucha is some of the best tasting brew they have ever tasted. 

 

So what you need to get started is: 

  1. Scoby: this is the starter that will build all the healthy probiotics and digestive enzymes. It looks disgusting, but it's pure goodness. If you don't have a friend who brews, you can use my link to buy one from her.

  2. One Glass Gallon Jar: You will use this to put your tea and Scoby in as it brews for 2-3 weeks.

  3. Glass Bottles for Second Fermentation: After your first batch brews, you will use these to flavor and carbonate your kombucha.

  4. Loose Leaf Kombucha Blend: Kombucha feeds off the caffeine in the tea, so it's vital that you use a high quality black or green tea. I love this blend and it lasts a long time. You can also just use black or green tea bags.

  5. Organic Sugar. The Scoby eats the sugar, so what you drink in the end has very little sugar.

  6. You will also need a measuring cup, a tea kettle, wooden spoon and if using loose tea, you will need something to put your tea in as it brews.

  7. High quality water that is filtered from all the bad stuff.

  8. Small plastic funnel

  9. Fruit of your choice to flavor (you won't need this till you are ready to do your second fermentation). I like to use cherries, ginger and lemon juice.

Once you have the ingredients and supplies, you can watch my video below for step by step instructions. It's so easy and fun to do as a family. 

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Superfood Breakfast Bars

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I have been making these breakfast cookies for years and with each new superfood I am introduced to, they keep getting healthier. They are truly delicious and even my kids love them. 

It's hard to get my kids to eat a healthy breakfast, but imperative to set their blood sugar for the day and set them up for greatness. Focus, less temper tantrums and better behaved kids is a win in my book, and these Monkey Balls Breakfast Bars help! 

This recipe is adapted from Bread & Wine, by Shauna Niequist. I have added a few extra superfoods to make them even healthier. 

3 mashed very ripe bananas

2 cups of gluten free oats

2/3 cup of coconut flakes

2/3 cup of almond flour

1/3 cup of ground flax meal

1/3 cup of hemp seeds

1/3 cup of chia seeds

1/4 cup of soft coconut oil

1 teaspoon of baking powder

pinch of seal salt

*if you want you can add a handful of chocolate chips and/or walnuts

First you have to mash the bananas and then add in all of the ingredients. Mix well with a fork. Then all you need to do is simply create little balls and put them on a cookie sheet. I have my boys do this part.

Bake for 16-18 minutes at 350' till they are golden brown along the edges. They will be soft even once they are cooked. 

And boom, you have breakfast for the next few days. Make sure to store in an air tight container and refrigerate after you consume the first few. 

Enjoy!

My Morning Ritual

Morning Ritual

Hello there! I wanted to create a space for some of my favorite recipes, tips on life and health. 

I am a mom of two five year old boys, a full time working momma and have a photography business in addition to coaching women to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. To say that my plate is full is an understatement. 

One of the ways I am able to create balance in my life is through creating an amazing MORNING ROUTINE. I wake up an hour earlier than my kids do, just to fit it all in. So yes, I wake up at 5 am! 

I used to think there was no way of getting up that early, but by the grace of God I am able to do it almost every day. I don't use an alarm to wake up, so my body is so used to this habit, that it naturally wakes up early every day ready to go. A bit of caffeine helps a lot too. 

Check out the pdf I made for you below and steal whatever you want and use it in your own daily morning routine. 

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