This past weekend was Easter. We went out of town to my in-laws house, which requires a bit of a road trip. This all meant I had a LOT to figure out.
No matter what I have done for weight loss, I always just kind of “do what I can” when we go out of town or have big events. The road trip means we have to eat a meal at a restaurant on the way. Being in someone else’s house means I am at the mercy of what they cook and serve. Road trip back home means another meal out. So when working on weight loss, or when maintaining, I always just kind of figure well, not too much I can do about it, except watch my portions.
But I knew this weekend was going to have to be different. This weekend, I knew I needed to put in a lot more effort. Because now, my goals are much bigger, much more specific. Working on prepping for a bikini fitness competition takes a whole new level of commitment.
So for the first time ever, I planned out all my food, and packed it up in a cooler...
Only one week in with my new competition prep, and I’m already learning so much about this sport, and about myself. I’m excited to blog about it, because as I go through this journey, I want to make sure I don’t forget!
One thing to understand - the sport IS the preparation. The sport IS all the training and sacrifice. The sport is not the stage. It’s not the end contest. The stage is simply the awards ceremony of the sport. It’s to see if you won the game. The prep IS the game.
It’s important for ME to remember that. Because I am an athlete. It may not be the most traditional sport, but it’s a sport nonetheless. I am an athlete, and every day is game day.
Here is what my first day looked like:
Woke up 4:14 am - that’s when my 3 year old got up
6 am - leave for work
730 am get to work, have hot tea with stevia
930 am - ate breakfast - ½ cup oats with cinnamon, cooked in microwave with water
1130 am - snack - protein shake with...
People say all kinds of things to me when they are triggered. What is more telling is the fact that they ARE triggered.
There was a time where a comment like this would have crushed me. I would have doubted myself, my business...I would have tried to water down my message, try to say things in ways that wouldn’t be taken wrong.
But now, I know better.
When someone is triggered, it’s because they have a problem with THEMSELVES. Not me.
It doesn’t matter what I say or do, or how. There’s always going to be someone that lashes out.
Because I happen to be in the business of helping people see their life as it is now as well as seeing what’s possible.
For some, that means they see they are unhappy and aren’t taking the steps they need to be happy. So they lash out. They play victim.
I’m thankful for all the growth I’ve done in the last couple years. I’m thankful for the wisdom to see beyond someone’s hateful words and instead...
There’s a result you desire.
Maybe it’s weight loss, maybe it’s to achieve a specific lift or run your first 5k, or maybe it’s to get off your blood pressure medication. Whatever the goal is, what I’m going to talk about applies.
If you or someone you know has ever gone to extreme measures to lose weight – HCG injections, diet pills, surgery, starvation diets, etc – the chances are VERY small that they were successful. And if they were, chances are that they couldn’t sustain the result. I’m going to tell you why…
They were chasing a result while ignoring the process.
To be successful with anything long term, whether it’s nutrition, weight loss, fitness, business, performance – literally anything –you have to learn to fall in love with the process.
It’s not some grand action that gets you to lose 30 pounds. It’s the accumulation of the choices you make each and every day...
Sometimes I feel like quitting. It happens about once a month. Sometimes it gets pretty bad… full on ugly crying and everything.
I think it’s compounded by my history with mental illness. Depression, anxiety… and so usually around the time I’m having my ladies days (you know what I’m saying lol), it all comes up and feels hard. Everything feels heavy. I satrt to feel like it’s not worth it.
I think, that’s it, I’m done, I’m quitting my business. It would be so much easier to just have my 9-5 and collect my paycheck and just go on with life.
I think, I don’t need to have the lean body, who cares, I’m just going to eat whatever I want and it’s too stressful trying to make it to the gym all the time.
I think these things, and it hurts. I feel like a failure. I feel like I’ve been working on my goals so hard for so long, and at the same time I feel like I’m not doing enough, that I’m not doing...
Before you get the wrong idea, keep reading.
I’m not talking about sexy as in the way your body looks. The fact is, women can feel sexy at ANY size or shape, just like they can feel unsexy at any size or shape.
What I’m talking about is the fact that exercising gives you confidence - and confidence is sexy!
One of the BIGGEST changes I’ve had, and the one my husband comments about the most, is the changes I have had in my confidence. I have more confidence now than I’ve EVER had the entire time he’s known me In fact, more than ever in my entire LIFE.
When you take care of your body, when you feed it well and exercise regularly, something shifts inside you. No matter what size you are, the shift still happens.
I see it in my clients ALL THE TIME.
Taking that action, STARTING, moving and improving gives MASSIVE confidence immediately. It’s fact!
I’m telling you - if you want to feel sexy, if you want to feel energized and ready to take on...
So, I did a big scary thing.
I’ve been trying to decide how to tell you all what I’ve done… partially because I’m so excited it’s hard to put into words, and partially because I’m so scared it’s hard to put into words ...
This thing I’ve done is going to drastically change my life. It’s going to change my social life, my family life… all the things.
It’s something I have wanted to do for years. Something that I’ve been too scared to do. Haven’t had the confidence to do.
I’ve been afraid of the investment cost. Afraid of what I’m going to have to change.
I’ve been afraid to commit. Afraid of how long it’s going to take. Afraid of the discipline and consistency it’s going to require.
MASSIVELY afraid of failing.
All those fears are compounded exponentially by putting it out there for the world to see, btw lol.
But here is what I have learned – we never truly feel...
These are seriously some of my favorite muffins of all time! They are warm, satisfying, fluffy and moist. Best of all, they are gluten free, dairy free, and low carb! I hope you give them a try! Drop a comment and let me know what you think!
SWEET POTATO RAISIN MUFFINS
1 small sweet potato
5 packets monk fruit sweetener, or other natural zero calorie sweetener of your choice
1/4 cup organic coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup + 5 tbsp almond flour
3 tbsp coconut flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1/2 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350. Meanwhile, peel and cube sweet potato, and boil on stove until soft. Drain, and place in a mixing bowl. Use hand mixer to puree the sweet potato.
Add eggs, sweetener, ACV, and coconut oil to potatoes and mix.
Add dry ingredients and combine until just moistened - do not over mix. Stir in raisins, then transfer to greased muffin pan. Should...
I’m feeling very triggered today.
The weight loss industry is ruining lives. And I can’t take it anymore!
I can scroll down my newsfeed right now and see post, after post of “take this pill each day and lose 30 pounds!” or “Lose 50 pounds for only $24.99” or “who wants to drink this yummy thing and burn all your body fat in days!” or some other variation of these messages.
STOP. For the love of everything, STAHHHHHP.
It is NOT TRUE that you can just pop a pill or drink a thing and suddenly become skinny, or toned, or healthier. Deep down, you know it’s not true. That’s where your skepticism comes in. But you get distracted by the promise of how EASY it is, how FAST it will be, and how CHEAP you can do it. So you decide to try it.
But let’s be honest - if it were REALLY that easy and simple, wouldn’t EVERYONE have their perfect body?? Would obesity still be on the rise? NO. Because we would all do the...
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