Thursday, December 17, 2015

Tortilla Soup

I've tried quite a few tortilla soup recipes. I really liked this one. I made some adjustments to make it 21 Day Fix approved, and it was delicious! Try it out and let me know what you think!

Tortilla Soup
4 small chicken breasts
1/2 onion, minced 
2 garlic cloves, minced 
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed well
1 can corn 
1 15 ounce can tomato sauce  
1 can green Chilis
32 ounce chicken stock
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp dried cilantro
1 tsp cumin
pepper to taste
1 lime, juiced
1-2 tortillas cut into strips
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
plain Greek yogurt-1-2 tsp per person

In a large pot, boil chicken in water (fully submerged)  for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is completely cooked. Remove chicken from pot, place on cutting board and set aside. Drain water. In same pot, sauté garlic and onion in 2 tsp coconut oil. Add black beans, corn, tomato sauce, chicken stock, and seasonings, bring to boil.Boil 5-10 min. Cut chicken into cubes and juice the lime.  Add chicken, remove from heat, add lime. You can add shredded cheese, plain Greek yogurt and tortilla strips as garnish. 

Makes 8-10 servings, 1 cup is a serving and counts for 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue, and 1 tsp.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Love your body

I've seen it over and over again, the picture that says something like, "I wish I was as fat as the last time I thought I was fat." I remember after I had my daughter, I thought about that a lot. If you've read my previous posts, you know that I had an eating disorder while I was in high school and college. If only I had appreciated my body back then. I would have treated it better, and wouldn't have gained so much weight when I got married and during my pregnancy. I started getting super hard and down on myself again. 

While I was nursing, I had a lot of preconceived ideas of how I needed to eat while I nursed, and I couldn't lose any weight. I felt frumpy and uncomfortable in my skin until I stopped nursing. Then, I started going to the gym for at least two hours a day. I started restricting calories. I beat myself up everyday, and worked myself till I was exhausted. I didn't lose much weight. I didn't feel any better about myself. In fact, I felt a whole lot worse about myself than when I was pregnant with a huge belly. 

I finally found a program that helped me lose weight (basically by starving myself and eating prepackaged foods). I lost the rest of my pregnancy weight, but I still felt awful about myself. I continued to belittle myself. The day I found out I was pregnant was a very hard day. I still hadn't reached my goals, and I wasn't planning on getting pregnant for at least another year. I didn't want to gain a ton of weight again. I decided to make a change. 

There's something about growing a baby inside that makes me feel better about myself. I continued to workout at least 5 times a week, and I watched my body grow in a healthier way the second time around. I didn't love myself yet, but I was starting to. 

Fast forward to a few months ago, I had lost even more weight. I weighed less than I did my junior and senior year of high school. I went and got new clothes. I felt better about myself, but things still weren't feeling right. I was so proud of myself, but I still looked in the mirror and saw flaws. I realized that I will always have flaws, nothing can change that. There is no such thing as perfection. But I could love my body anyway. It really made a huge change for me. It helped me look back and love my body even when I was at my heaviest. I appreciated all that my body had been through. 

No matter what we are going through, where our bodies are at, or what our bodies have accomplished, we should love them. Our bodies are gifts from God. I think about my brother who no longer is with us, and think about how I'm sure he wishes he still had his body. 

What good does it do to beat yourself up? What good does it do to belittle yourself, point out every flaw, and hate your body? It does NO good. Absolutely none. In fact, it makes things worse. Believe me, I know. 

Love your body. Care for it. Eat like you love yourself, move like you love yourself. Make good choices for your body. It will make a positive difference. You will eat better, and workout harder if you do it out of love instead of hate. I promise.

Friday, December 11, 2015

How to get Shakeology Free

Shakeology is an excellent product. The company goes all over the world looking for the best ingredients. This product has done so much for me and for my family. My husband and I have both lost weight, we've had an awesome quick meal for those rushed times, have more energy, are able to focus on tasks better, my blood pressure has improved, it's helped with my sugar cravings, and it's tasty. We have to fight our kids off to be able to drink it. It's also something that's safe, so if I want to share with my kids, I feel comfortable with doing so. 

But let's be honest, it's a pricey product. Something I've learned time and time again, however, is that you get what you pay for. Sure, you could go to Walmart or Costco and get a protein shake for a lot less. But is its second grade ingredients going to do what you want them to do? Are you okay with not getting all the nutrients and benefits, because Shakeology is SO much more than a protein shake. I have done my research. My husband, who is even more thorough than I am, has done research. Shakeology is JAM packed with things you can't get anywhere else. Plus, it's replaced my prenatal, and now my multivitamin now that I'm no longer nursing. 

To get to the point, everyone could use this, heck NEEDS this shake in their life. I dare you to try it for 30 days. The company is so certain you will love it that they have an empty bag money back guarantee. Meaning, even if your bag is empty (within 30 days) you can get a refund if you aren't seeing the benefits. 

So how can you get this at a discount or even better, free? It's pretty simple. You can get friends to try it with you. You can recommend it to people. You have a favorite mascara you like, what do you do? You tell your friends. They go out and buy it, and do you get a credit for that? No. How many times has your love for a product made that company money? It's crazy to think about. 

If you'd like to try Shakeology for free, send me an email  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


If you're shopping for someone who lives in workout clothes this Christmas, this list might help you out. Or if you don't know what to tell your family/spouse/friends to get you, pass this along. What do you want for Christmas?

What would you add to this list?

Monday, December 7, 2015

Loaded Potato Soup

It was a great, rainy day today! I did yoga, wore pajamas all day, and cuddled with my kids. It got dark around 3:30, what's up with that? So dinner came early. Luckily, I started it early! Here's a delicious soup your whole family can enjoy! I plan on making this for a pot luck coming up soon.

Loaded Potato Soup
4 large russet potatoes, roughly skinned and cubed
1/2 onion diced
2 cloves of garlic
32 ounces organic chicken stock
1/2 tsp thyme
8 slices of turkey bacon (or 2 per person)
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
pepper to taste

Place potatoes, onions, garlic, chicken stock, and thyme in crock pot. Set to low for 5-6 hours. At some point during those 5-6 hours, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil, spread out bacon, and cook for 17-20 minutes, depending on how crisp you like it. After 5-6 hours, crumble the bacon and add to soup. Add cheese, unsweetened almond milk, pepper, and stir.

We added a tsp of plain greek yogurt and sprinkled cheese for this picture, but it's good without too! If you have chives, that would also be yummy!

Serving size is about 3/4 cup, makes 6 servings. Counts as 1 yellow, 1/2 red, and 1 blue.

Chicken Noodle Soup

I had to make one of my favorites, a classic, 21 day fix approved. It's quick, easy, and perfect when your sick, homesick, or feeling blue.

Chicken Noodle Soup
3 large chicken breasts (or 4 if you have smaller chicken breasts)
2-3 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 celery stalks, sliced
32 oz organic chicken stock
1/2 onion, diced
1 tsp basil 
1/2 tsp dried oregano 
2 cups whole grain noodles
pepper to taste

In crock pot, add chicken, carrots, celery, onions, seasoning, and chicken stock. Set on low for 6 hours. After 6 hours, remove chicken and shred with two forks or cut into cubes. Replace chicken. Add noodles, cover. Leave for 20 minutes, or until noodles are cooked. 

Makes 8 servings, 1 red, 1 green and 1 yellow containers.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Cookie Dough Bites

Sometimes we just want to make cookies so we can have cookie dough, am I right? Here's a guilt free, protein packed snack you can feel good about eating!

Cookie Dough Bites
1 cup old fashioned oats (I use the gluten free kind, just to be safe)
1 cup protein powder (I used vanilla Shakeology, you can use chocolate too!)
1 cup peanut butter or almond butter
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Mix ingredients, scoop up and roll into balls. 

Makes 24 balls, 1 ball is a serving. Counts as a yellow container (treat swap).

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Strawberries and Cream

At the grocery store, my daughter likes to throw random things into the cart. I don't stress the fight, and find ways to get the stuff back out of the cart while she isn't looking. Sadly, I missed some strawberry syrup that you add to milk this last time we were at the store. She's been asking for it every morning. I used to let her have chocolate milk every day, before I changed my views on sugar. I decided I would keep it around for ice cream, we do have dessert here and there. 

This morning, I told her no she couldn't have strawberry milk, so she asked for a strawberry shake. I usually add frozen strawberries to my chocolate Shakeology, why not try vanilla. I added a few extras, and it turned out pretty good! She drank her entire serving I gave her, so we got the Kallie approval!

Strawberries and Cream Shake
1/2 cup ice
1 cup strawberries-I use frozen strawberries
1 scoop vanilla Shakeology, or vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp sugar free cheesecake pudding mix
1 cup water

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

You CAN!

It bothers me when people assume that I don't have struggles with working out. Like it's not hard to just get it done. Every day, I have to make the decision to work out, just like everyone else.  Is it hard decision? YES! Sometimes it's easy. I really enjoy my workouts. But the majority of the time, it doesn't matter how amazing the workouts are or how amazing your body is starting to look thanks to said workouts, it's still working out. My bed feels great, I didn't get enough sleep, I am so comfortable vegging on the couch, I just want to cuddle with my kids, I want to go shopping, I want to clean my house...I have a ton of excuses just like.everyone.else.

The difference is, I realize these are excuses, and then I find reasons WHY I need to work out.
I love this quote. I am framing it in my office. It can go for so many things we make excuses for.
I have a piece of scrap paper with a list on it in my night stand. I made it one morning when I was struggling to get out of bed and go workout. I had 3 hours of sleep that night. I was bloated. I had already lost so much weight, and felt good about myself. I think I had every excuse in the book floating around in my head. I turned on my phone, and saw this quote, and found the first piece of paper I could see, an envelope from my internet company, and made a list. 

My hand writing is sloppy. There's 2 water rings on it from setting my water bottle on it at night. It means something to me though, and I look at it often. 

What are reasons why I CAN? I can because I am physically able. God gave me two legs. He gave me two arms. He gave me a healthy body. I can because it shows gratitude for the healthy body I've been given. I can because I want to. Not always initially, but it feels so good when I'm done. I can because I've been given the great opportunity to inspire others and show them it's possible. I can because my husband let me invest in these workouts, even though at the time we were very short on money. I can because it's an investment of time in myself,. I can because my kids are asleep, or I can distract them or they can play, or do the workouts with me. I can because we are blessed with a nice warm home, electricity to turn my TV or lap top on, and press play. I can because I know this program works. I can because it makes me a better person, I am happier and more patient. I can because I can do hard things, and it makes me stronger. 

What about YOU? I'd love to hear your list. 

Upcoming Holidays and staying on track

I've had so much fun being a coach, and being a mom, I have forgotten my blog! I post recipes here and there, but I haven't kept up on it like I was planning on doing. I've really been stressing out for my customers and friends, as well as myself, for the upcoming holidays. I know how easy it is to get into a habit of eating whatever you want because you're trying to enjoy the good seasonal food while you can. There's nothing wrong with indulging here and there. The problem is that it's so easy to let ourselves lose control. When that happens, it's even harder to break those bad habits. How many times have you lost your self respect because of how much you ate during the holidays, set New Years resolutions to do better, and then made it maybe one or two days? Just me?? Surely not!

That's what happens to me nearly every year. I hate the way I feel when I go to a family get together, tell myself I can have one piece of pie, and end up eating three. Or set a limit on how much I can eat at dinner, and double it when the time comes. Food is good. If it wasn't, no one would have a problem with over eating! Well, that's not true because if we got into emotional eating, that's a whole separate issue. 

So do you have a plan in place? Do you set rules for yourself? You can make the holidays even more enjoyable if you can avoid the guilt of over eating, I am certain of that! 

One thing I am personally doing is focusing on how I eat NOW, to prepare for all those get togethers in a few weeks. If I can control how I eat when I'm on my own, I can control how I eat when I'm around others. If you're like me, eating around others isn't as comfortable. I do this by following my meal plan, watching my portion sizes, eat slowly and chew thoroughly. If I'm mindful of HOW I eat, I'm more mindful of WHAT I eat. 

I am also making my workouts a habit NOW. I workout 6 days a week. I firmly believe in a rest day. My workouts, of course, are 30 minutes a day. Sometimes I have enough motivation to add in a little run with my dog, Lily, but I don't make it an rule. Am I going to beat myself up if I don't workout 6 days a week the week of Thanksgiving? Or Christmas? No. Beating yourself up isn't productive, or helpful! I'll probably get a run in early Thanksgiving morning, but I would also like to sleep in and cuddle with my husband on Christmas morning. It's important to get exercise, as I've stated before, I battle depression, and I feel happier when I workout. The holidays are stressful, and working out relieves stress. It's good for you. 

You can make exercising fun for the whole family during the holidays. One thing we are planning on doing is 10 pushups for every time someone rings our door on Halloween night. Obviously my kids won't be able to do 10, but my husband and I can, and my 3 year old can do at least one! Here's a list of different challenges you can do during the holidays with your family to make fitness fun! 
These are just a few ideas I came up with for the holidays, you can create a whole list for each holiday with your family. Include things even the younger kids can do. We mostly create our list for my husband and I, but my daughter does try to do them with us. You'd be surprised what kids can do. When they see you having fun with it, they have fun with it as well. It doesn't have to become a chore, or a fight, make it fun! 

I'd love to hear some of your ideas and plans to stay on track! Message me what your goals are, and how you're going to achieve them!

Monday, October 26, 2015

One Pot Cheesy Sausage and Spinach Pasta

This was a very simple recipe, I would make some changes for the next time, like adding tomatoes. It also gave me some ideas for some future recipes. I'm loving these crock pot and one pot meals! So easy and quick, perfect for working and busy moms, or dads!

Cheesy Sausage and Spinach Pasta
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 package of Aidell's sausage, sliced
1/2 onion, minced
16 oz chicken stock
2 cups pasta
2 cups spinach
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 crushed red pepper
pepper to taste
1 cup mozzarella cheese

Heat oil in large pan on stove top over medium heat. Saute sausage and onion, stirring occasionally until sausage is browned on each side.
Add chicken stock, and bring to a boil.
Add pasta, cover.
Once pasta is cooked, about 5 minutes, add spinach and seasoning.
Stir frequently until spinach is cooked. Add mozzarella, stir. Enjoy.

Crock pot saves the day!

I love when I work hard all week, and look forward to a fun weekend with my family, and then the weekend comes and we're all sick. That's pretty much what happened to us this weekend. It was actually a pretty eventful week. My brother came home from serving a two year mission in Argentina. We got to email him once a week, and talked to him on Mother's Day, Christmas, and when our younger brother passed away, but besides that we hadn't seen him for two years. It was so nice to have him back! Plus, he got to meet my 1 year old for the first time!

My kids were very rambunctious all week, mostly from excitement with Halloween coming. We did lots of shopping, running errands, and going to the library to keep busy and get through the week. I REALLY look forward to having my husband home to help with the kids on the weekends. Saturday wasn't too bad, the kids were just starting to get runny noses, I had a sore throat. It was a crummy day out, and we had a lot of yard work we wanted to do. We got our lawn mowed, that's about it. 

When we feel crummy and it's crummy out, we like to make soup. I'm sure most people do. There's something therapeutic about having the smell of a savory soup permeate your whole house for several hours. I love it. 

This soup was purely an experiment, but I would like to think it turned out pretty well! We all had a cup for dinner Saturday night, left overs on Sunday, and there's only enough for me to have so me for lunch today. Usually we can have soup for dinner three nights in a row. Someone had seconds (I won't name any names, but he's the only full grown man in our house...)

Anyway, here's the recipe! Hope you enjoy it!

Crockpot Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup
4 chicken breasts 
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stocks, chopped
1/2 onion, minced (I actually ran out of onions so I used a tablespoon of dried minced onion, but fresh certainly would have been better!)
3 cups chicken stock, or low sodium chicken broth
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano 
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
fresh ground pepper to taste

Place chicken, vegetables, seasoning, and chicken stock in crock pot.
 Set to low heat, and leave for 4-6 hours. Once chicken is falling apart, shred with two forks.
Stir in almond milk and pepper.

Serving Size: 1 cup
Makes: 8-10 servings

For 21 Day Fix, a serving counts as 1 red, 1/2 green

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Piña Colada

I'm going to be realllllllly honest with you, I used to be envious of the people who would drink their healthy green smoothies and actually like them. I would try to make them myself, and they'd be gross. Or not super green. It sounds so dumb now, but I wanted to have a healthy drink that I enjoyed. I'm so glad I found Shakeology! I got Greenberry first. I liked it best with ice, water, and some plain Greek yogurt. I've heard people like it with frozen berries too.

Chocolate Shakeology will forever be my favorite, but every once in a blue moon I want something fruity. Yesterday was one of those days. I'm so glad I experimented and tried this shake, and now I'm going to share it with you!

Piña Colada Greenberry Shake
1/2 cup crushed ice
1/2 cup coconut water
1 scoop greenberry shakeology
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup frozen pineapple
1-2 Tbsp shredded coconut

Blend all the ingredients in blender until smooth.  To avoid any pineapple chunks, you can put the shake through a strainer. For extra fun, sprinkle some of the shredded coconut on top.

This would make 1 serving, and count as 1 purple, 1 1/3 red, and 1/2-1 orange (depending on how much coconut you add in)

I hope you enjoy this shake as much as I did! 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Vegan and Vegetarian meal plans and options

Throughout the several months of coaching, I have chatted with a few people who are vegan. One is a coach and has been eating a vegan diet for 5 years, and has been doing the 21 day fix eating plan for a little over a year. She told me that she didn't have to change much when she started 21 day fix, just had more direction of what to eat. Everyone else I've talked to were people who were interested in the 21 Day Fix.

Here is a meal plan I put together (just an example) of how you could eat while on the 21 Day Fix:
Now I'm not vegan, and have never been vegan, so if you see anything that needs changed or removed, I'd love the input. I did get some help from the coach I had previously talked to, but didn't get her to look this over yet. 

Here is a list of sources of protein you can have while on the 21 Day Fix. Some of the items on the list are actually considered carbs when you aren't vegan, so if you aren't vegan, you can't count beans, quinoa and a few others they have listed here as protein. 

I only listed the carbs and proteins since that's the only thing that would be different, except of course the dairy for vegans. 

Are you vegan? I'd love to hear how you're doing on the program! 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Mug Cake

I LOVE my chocolate mug cake, I make it nearly once a week. With it being Fall, I figured I'd spruce up my recipe, and make it more Fall appropriate. Plus I had a ton of extra pumpkin puree to experiment with.

It's quick and easy, and even Princess Anna (AKA Kallie) approves!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Mug Cake
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 scoop vanilla Shakeology, or other protein powder
1 egg
1 Tbsp pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp semi sweet or dark chocolate chips

Mix ingredients together in a mug. Microwave for 90 seconds. Keep an eye on the mug to make sure it doesn't overflow. The edges will start coming away from the mug when it's done.

This is one serving, and counts as 1 1/2 Red, and 1 Yellow (treat swap)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Funny story. When we were first married, my husband decided to be cute and make me breakfast in bed. He made a huge deal about it all week. On Saturday morning, I heard him sneak out of bed, and then rummaging in the kitchen. The microwave dinged, and a few minutes later he brought a plate in. I pretend to be surprised and stretched, and looked down at a burrito. A burrito with beans and hot dog in it. For breakfast. I tried to stomach it, but I had to turn it down. He continues to make me laugh with the food he comes up with. He actually eats and enjoys his crazy creations.

Anyway, have I mentioned in the past that I love my crock pot? It's easily my favorite item in my kitchen. During the fall and winter I can make soup every day without slaving in the kitchen. During the summer I don't have to have my oven on ever. Any time of the year, I just throw random stuff inside it, turn it on, and it almost always turns out.

Tonight was another success. I love minestrone. Back in my non-gluten free days, I loved Olive Garden. The hardest decision I had to make was soup or salad. I love their minestrone! It's also easy to make, so that's always a plus. There are tons of variations, adding beans, different types of beans, carrots or no carrots. I prefer to add sausage so I don't have to bake chicken or some other meat. It's just a one pot dinner! Done and done!

The recipe calls for fire roasted diced tomatoes, but the kids and I don't like tomato chunks, so I substituted that for tomato paste and added a little more seasoning. Opted out of celery because of all the food my husband will eat, he won't eat celery (I know, bizarre right?)  And added sausage, of course. You can do green beans in the place of zucchini.

1 package sausage sliced (I used Aidell's apple chicken sausage)
2 cans of beans (I used a can of black and a can of kidney because that's what I had)
2 cans of chicken broth
2 carrots peeled and chopped
1 celery sliced
1 onion minced
2 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
2 bay leaves
ground pepper to taste
2 cups small whole grain pasta (we used small shells)
1 medium zucchini
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Place sausage, beans, chicken broth, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and seasoning in crockpot, cover, and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Add pasta and zucchini, cover, and cook an additional 30-60 minutes.

Remove bay leaves. Stir in Parmesan, or sprinkle on top of each serving as garnish, and serve.

1 cup is a serving and equals 1 red, 1 green, and 1 yellow.

Makes 6 servings.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Lime-Chili Chicken

I'm pretty picky when it comes to meat. I LOVE this chicken recipe. I had to share it the moment we finished dinner. Enjoy!

Lime-Chili Chicken
4 chicken breasts (I used the HUGE frozen ones from Costco, so I only used 3)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup water (unless you use frozen chicken, then you could use 1/3 cup)
3 large limes
3-4 garlic cloves
1 Tbsp chili powder
*You could also add 1 Tbsp of crushed red pepper for a little kick

3/4 cup= 1 serving: 1 Red and 1 Teaspoon

Turn crock pot on to Low. Melt 1 tbsp coconut oil on bottom of crock pot. Add chicken breasts.
 Zest 1 lime (or all three for extra flavor) over chicken. Juice all three limes over chicken.
 Press garlic or mince and add on top of chicken. Sprinkle chili powder over chicken.
Add water and cover for 4-6 hours. Once chicken falls apart, you can use two forks to shred, or keep whole.

We shredded ours, and added most of the juices from the bottom of the crock pot in to keep it moist. I made brown rice quinoa mix and we added the chicken on top. 

It would have been really good on top of Spanish quinoa! I added avocado and plain Greek yogurt in substitute of sour cream. There is something magical about the lime and avocado when they are together.

This makes around 6-8 servings. I can't wait to have left overs for lunch tomorrow. You can have it on top of salad, in enchiladas, with rice and beans, or even make nachos with it! Mmm...that gives me some great ideas!

Quitting is not an option.

It's Monday once again! Monday's are hard for me, it's the day I lost my brother. But I work hard at being strong, and not letting that pain be an excuse.

Last week I reached my original goal weight. I didn't celebrate it or post about it like I thought I would. I think it's because it came, and I realized I wasn't where I want to be. I can do better. I can be better. I can be stronger. I reevaluated my goal weight. I also made goals that have nothing to do about weight, but about strength.

My goal weight, although it's not that important to me what the number on the scale says anymore, is a number I haven't seen {healthily} since I was in middle school. It's not unhealthy, it's not too low for my body. It's actually higher than I could go, because I accounted for muscle I want to put on.

This morning, I just didn't want to get out of bed. My house was cold. My bed was so warm and comfy. I stayed in bed for a few extra minutes savoring the warmth, and then my daughter came in my room and wanted to cuddle, which is rare. I cuddled her for a few minutes. Then, I realized, I am just making excuses. Sure, I could miss my workout. I'm at my original goal weight, actually 1.5 pounds less. Missing one workout isn't going to make a big difference. But it will make it harder to get my workout in tomorrow when it's even colder in my house. I jumped out of bed, did 10 jumping jacks to warm my self up, and then got my workout in. I feel stronger, I feel better.

Quitting isn't an option. I have to remind myself of this as I struggle with depression. It was a tough weekend. I don't want to get into my personal battles too much, but I definitely struggled mentally. I am considering increasing my medication (with my doctors consent of course). I have days I just want to give up, life can seem pointless, but in those moments when I'm at my weakest, is when I need to push the hardest. I can't quit. I have TOO much. I have so many blessings.

YOU can't quit either. No matter what you're working towards, no matter where your progress is at, you can't give up. I've seen what it looks like to quit. I've seen people quit trying, and it isn't good. Remember WHY you started. What helps you continue on when the going gets tough?

Thursday, October 1, 2015


It's October! This year has flown by. I can't believe my baby will be 1 this month. I took September pretty easy. I didn't set very many goals. I had a birthday, my daughter's birthday, hurt my foot, and just didn't give it my all. I missed workouts. I cheated A LOT.

But it's a new month. I'm so close to my goals, I can taste them. I just need to push through October and give it my ALL. I have 10 pounds left to lose. I need to get more organized in my business. I need to continue to build my business.

I have amazing tools to reach my goals, I just have to do the work. I am going to do my workouts 6 days a week! I'll be doing the 21 Day Fix workouts in the mornings, and when I can I'll be trying some new workouts in the evenings. I am going to stick to the meal plan and meal prepping. I am cutting out sugar for No Sugar October. I thought I had made this up, but apparently it's Breast Cancer Awareness month and sugar is the #1 food that causes cancer. If you'd like to join me, you can search No Sugar October on Facebook and ask to join! I am going to be doing research and studying to be an even better coach for my customers! I am going to  read all the personal development books I can get my hands on to build my business. It's going to be a BIG month for me, because I say so and I'm going to make it happen.

What kind of goals do you have this month? Do you need help staying on track? Do you lack motivation? Message me and lets chat!

Friday, September 25, 2015

One Pot Wonder

I've seen some awesome recipes online of one pot dinners, and the idea has always interested me. I'm a big time crock pot user (NOT to be confused with pot user), but sometimes I forget to turn my crock pot on in the morning/early afternoon. I'm alllllll about the easy dinners, quick dinners, I didn't cook my husband did dinners, and this one is my favorite so far!

One Pot Pasta
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lb sausage, sliced
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 medium sized zucchini, diced
1 16 oz can tomato paste
2 16 oz can chicken broth
3 cups of pasta
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sausage, we used Aidell's apple and chicken sausage, and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the onion and pressed garlic, stir. Saute for 5 minutes.
Stir in the zucchini, simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Stir in chicken broth, tomato paste, or diced tomatoes (our family doesn't like tomato chunks), and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil. 

Add pasta, cover and let cook per pasta package instructions
Stir in Parmesan cheese, enjoy!

Serves 6
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins

I used brown rice spaghetti, but you could use and whole grain pasta.
A serving would be 1 cup, and would be 1 yellow, 1 red, and 1 green.

I'm kind of looking forward to left overs, and will be adding this to our menu at least every other week. I'll have to figure out some other variations as well!

Try it, and let me know what you think!

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