Why Shakeology, How to Mix, Get Healthy

I am so grateful you have decided to try Shakeology and take control of your life and health. Many of us tend to put ourselves at the bottom of our to do list, and then we forget to maintain our health. Our necessities do not get met, too often we worry about family, children, friends, way before we think of ourselves. If your child was sick and the doctor told you he/she needs to be on a special diet or therapy, how important would it be to make sure they get what they need?
Why are you not as important, you take care of your children, and family, you are needed at work and from friends, so give your body priority, allow it the nutrients it needs and get the energy and happiness you need to enjoy your day.

Comparisons of other meal replacements or drinks won’t compare and you can tell usually with just these 3 simple steps.

Look at INGREDIENTS if it has any of these 3 it is not healthy or the same quality:

1. Proteins is it Soy – made super cheap, been shown to lower immune system, affect thyroid, mental cognition and reproduction. Soy is Genetically Modified.

2. Artificial Sweeteners – stimulate the appetite by increasing insulin which increases carb cravings, & cancer causing agent long terms.

3. Artificial Flavors – to help taste, our taste buds are tricked to thinking real foods are boring unless all this sugar and chemicals are added. These flavorings are linked to ADD, causing asthma, headaches, and affecting the thyroid.

QUALITY
The process that goes into finding the right (healthiest) nutrients is long and detailed. Beachbody goes to the ends of the earth to find the best of the best when it comes to superfood ingredients. Quality Assurance is well defined and there is no supplier or manufacture that does the work for them. Beachbody knows the farmers; we know every step the ingredients take. Check the Supply Chain of the product you are consuming, where did the ingredients come from and do you trust the company you are buying from to get quality ingredients. Today food is at a nutrient deficient and Shakeology is not. 😀

PHYTONUTRIENTS
You get everything your body needs, in one simple meal. Diversification of nutrition is one of the keys to being healthy. Each serving packs up to 17g of protein per serving along with whole-food nutrition from some of the most nutrient-dense superfoods on the planet. This combination of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, probiotics, prebiotics, phytonutrients and rare adaptogens is unparalleled. Versus the stuff competitors’ use like heavy fat, artificial flavors, sugars, carbs, (sugars and carbs are very complex and go on many different levels). Sugar is ok in proper portions and natural sources, but if you see no sugar then that is a huge clue that, this company is probably using all kinds of chemical based sweeteners to make it taste good and then market as no sugar. Marketing, Marketing vs. the Real Nutrition our bodies need and desire.

What to do With your Shakeology
Mixing Shakeology: (that is a preference, and experiment process)

I can put mine in a shaker cup with water, and run out the door

I put mine in a blender with peanut butter and almond milk

I put mine in a blender with 1 cup water and 1 cup almond milk and 3 ice cubes

It all depends on your personal preference and what YOU like. You can get a 30 day supply big bag of one flavor or get a box of 24 packets that come in individual packets, and you can get more than one flavor. Convince, grab and go!

Flavors of Shakeology: (Vegan or Regular)

Vegan: Strawberry and Chocolate
Regular: Strawberry, Chocolate, Greenberry, Vanilla, and Café Latte

Difference is vegan has all plant proteins in it, all are gluten free (but not certified), and each flavor will have slight difference in some ingredients but they will all still be all natural and the best quality nutrition you can get for your body. All Shakeology formulas have a common “base” of proprietary superfood blends.
30 Day Guarantee:
You have 30 days to use the product, and can call in and return the empty bag for a full refund. We believe in our product and we believe in providing the best nutrition possible for our family.

Success Stories, Recipes, and to Order can all be done from this site. http://www.shakeology.com/AmandaT34

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ABS are Made in the Kitchen

Unfortunately for me, ABS are made in the kitchen. I can do workouts daily and even kick in a few extra but the truth is I will not get the ABS I want until I stop eating sporadically. I do watch what I eat but I also eat too much sometimes and too often. My eating is really an emotional tactic for me. If I am stressed then my eating will go from pretty clean to consuming a large quantity of carbs. Also when stressed your body released Cortical which will help you hold onto that belly blubber. This is not such a good thing, rather contradictory for what I am trying to accomplish.
I do not diet, I try to eat as clean as possible most days, but as stated before when things go array I look for other food. I do keep most processed food restricted but also they make it into the house during Christmas, Birthdays, Easter and other times.

I am going to follow the 21 day fix, every time I do, I get to feeling so much better and the bloat goes away. Protein and Vegetables will be my main consumption for the next 21 days. Right now I am also addicted to sugar so I will be eliminating all refined sugar out of my diet as well.

21 Day Fix Extreme Details

21 Day Fix Extreme Details

21 Day Fix is such a great program that many clients prefer to start their journey here.  You get your workout DVD’s, Nutrition Guides, Containers, Bonus DVD, Support Group and Beachbody Website Access, (depending on which deal you decide on).  With the program you get a mix of workouts for Cardio, Strength Training, Abs, Plus learning how and what you should be consuming, no counting calories or measuring foods, and still much more.  People have had such great results with the 21 Day Fix that Beachbody teamed up with Autumn Calabrese, the Celebrity trainer for this program, again for the 21 Day Fix Extreme.  The Extreme Version is a little more intense than the 21 Day Fix.  In this aspect I would recommend that you start with the first version and then up your challenge to the 21 Day Fix Extreme.  Anyone can start with the 21 Day Fix, there are such paths to take that can vary to your fitness levels.  If you are a beginner there is a modifier and Autumn goes over what to do if you feel you need more to eat.  For those looking for a challenge this also is a great workout to change things up and still push your limits.  Below I will be posting the links to the programs just so you can find them a little easier for purchase to start or continue your journey with Beachbody.

21 day result

21 Day Fix Extreme Base Pack without Containers

21 Day Fix Extreme Base Kit with Containers-USA

21 Day Fix Extreme Challenge Pack for Customer-USA

21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme Combo-USA

21 Day Fix Extreme Ultimate Kit

21 Day Fix Kickstart Challenge Pack

21 Day Fix Extreme Combo Pack

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Calorie and Exercise Mood Enhancers or Destroyers

Ever notice how your mood changes drastically day-to-day when you are watching your calories or limiting you foods. I am one of those people who want to eat Pizza like the rest of the family, but then comes the guilt and regret. Unfortunately I am one who just has to avoid these instances b/c if I start eating what I have deemed as “Not supposed to,” then I tend to way over eat. All of this boils down to my mood and then how I will be snappier with the rest of the family. My husband will bring home ice cream for the kids and that won’t bother me, but put cookie dough in the fridge and that is torture. I will think of it 50 times a day and have to fight myself on whether I am going to cave or hold strong.
So I used to think if you just ate less and exercised hard and long then you would be on the right track and lose weight. To me that was being healthy and doing what was necessary to lose the weight and get the body I wanted. Well that is not true, and I was so wrong. It is known that when you are “hangry” (hungry and angry) this can be due to lack of calories. Your brain chemistry affects your mood, which is affected by you not eating. A recent study in Biological Psychiatry noted that when you’re hungry, levels of the brain chemical serotonin — a neurotransmitter that regulates mood as well as appetite and sleep — fluctuate and make it difficult to control your anger. Turns out, being famished goes hand in hand with being frazzled. When researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, put women on a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet, they found that test subjects produced more of the stress hormone cortisol and reported higher levels of perceived stress. (fitness mag) Calorie intake depends on each individual’s body chemistry and activity levels. Make sure you know the amount of calories you should be having daily to be healthy and remember that exercise is good for you and your mood but not to over do it.
I used to go to the gym and workout for 3 hours at a time, leaving tired and accomplished but than later feeling like I needed to do it all over again. Your muscles need time to re-coop, to re build so you can become stronger and leaner. If you do intense workouts pushing too hard and lasting for a long time, then you are doing your body more damage then good. . “A workout that is too rigorous or lasts longer than 60 minutes can dramatically decrease blood sugar, which can affect mood and the ability to think clearly for days,” says Michele S. Olson, PhD, a FITNESS advisory board member and professor of exercise science at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama.
Another diet I used to do was limiting or cutting out any and all Carbs. Not necessarily the best way to go if you are trying to better your mood and be sane. My body would have withdrawals/cravings of nothing but sugar and grains. In fitness magazine I read that “people who followed low carb diets had higher scores on “anger hostility, depression, bewilderment” scales then those who followed low-fat diets.” Honestly right now I am going through a sugar hangover, I binge on sugar/carbs all weekend for a birthday and now that is all my body is craving, and I do not have the will and energy to get through my workouts like I was before the sugar high. Sugar is addicting, it stimulates areas in the brain linked to pleasure and addiction. So my journey to health, takes a new turn and I am back to avoiding situations where I may cave to sugar.
So what I have found is to feel good, be positive and get results you have to do the research and what works for you. I need to avoid foods that I seem to have less will power over, meaning let family and friends know that for Christmas it would be best not to make candies this year, or to have them removed from my house. Tell my husband to not be bringing home sugar snacks that I have a hard time with, the kids do not need them anyway. To figure out my correct calorie level depending on what workout I am doing at the moment. For instance if I am doing Insanity I will need more calories than if I am doing 21 day fix program. Finally you need to have a balance and variety of foods that you provide your body with. Omega 3 fats, carbs, Veggies, Fruits, nuts, healthy alternatives to the snack machines, these are all nutrients that need to be considered in my daily journey. No be healthy is not the easiest in the world, but I will say that even though each day may be a new battle I am ready and willing to keep striving for Health. One day at a time, One meal at a time, One workout at a time
I will get the body I deserve and the mind/mood that will keep me at my Goal. I love my workouts and without them my family would not like my mood, and I would be stressed constantly.  I hope this will help someone to start their Health Journey or during their adventure, keep up the good fight. Health is a Lifestyle not a diet, What doesn’t Challenge you won’t Change you. God Bless
you body with. Omega 3 fats, carbs, Veggies, Fruits, nuts, healthy alternatives to the snack machines, these are all nutrients that need to be considered in my daily journey. No be healthy is not the easiest in the world, but I will say that even though each day may be a new battle I am ready and willing to keep striving for Health. One day at a time, One meal at a time, One workout at a time
I will get the body I deserve and the mind/mood that will keep me at my Goal. I hope this will help someone to start their Health Journey or during their adventure, keep up the good fight. Health is a Lifestyle not a diet, What doesn’t Challenge you won’t Change you. God Bless

Baking Soda Uses, You will be Surprised

Baking Soda is not only great for cleaning, cooking and for in the refrigerator, but so much more.  Sodium bicarbonate, known as Baking Soda is used as a Medical Treatment, whitening, itching and on and on.  As I was doing some research I came across some info that just shocked me and has me reconsidering that little white powder, maybe it is a Magical Mixture.  Baking Soda is not new to us, the Egyptians used it and it dates back to the 1700’s and maybe further.  I found Baking Soda can be used for all of these occurrences.

*A DIY body scrub. Yep you can use this to clean your body and also clean your pores.  Here is a recipe I found, fill a container with 2/3 coconut oil, 1/3 baking soda, and tea tree oil and scrub over your body in your bathtub or shower. The coconut oil is a natural moisturizer; the tea tree is a refreshing cleaner; and the coarseness of the baking soda will leave your skin smooth and silky.

*Alkalize your body.  The most common dosage is this, 2-3 Tsp per gallon of water.  Yep drink 2 tsp a day and you can  keep disease at bay.  Todays diets produce much more acidity within the body, which compromises immunity and causes a variety of health symptoms. Baking soda is an alkaline compound that reduces acidity in the body.

*One or two teaspoons of baking soda in an eight ounce glass of water twice daily is a common recommendation for people wanting to increase the alkalinity of their body. Of course, dietary changes are helpful too.  (Livestrong)

*Baking Soda  on bug bites to reduce the itching.  Mix baking soda and water into a paste and apply topically to the bite to remove the itch. This works for taking the ouch and itch out of bee/wasp/hornet stings, spider bites, etc.
*Baking soda will help clean and brighten many things.  Washing your towels with hot water, a cup of vinegar, and two tablespoons of baking soda, will not only get rid of residue, but it will increase the absorbance in the towel as well as restore its color.
*When you over indulge in Alcohol, baking soda has been known to be a hangover cure.  1 Tsp in a glass of water before you go to bed is supposed to reduce the chance of having a hangover.

*How about a relaxing foot bath. 1/4 cup of Baking Soda in some Hot Water and your feet will be revitalized and ready to go.

*Showing signs of a Cold or the Flu, well Baking Soda can help.  Take 1/2 Tsp six times a day on the first day of onset of a cold.  The next day you reduce to 5 times daily and so on.

*Of course we know you can use Baking Soda to brush your teeth, for whitening of teeth, and plaque busting.

*Our bodies actually produce Sodium Bicarbonate, in the pancreas.  So if we are not producing enough then we may be on our way to health issues.  Want to Detox try, 1 cup apple cider vinegar,  combined with hot hot bath water, and 1/2 cup baking soda will DETOX your body while having a relaxing bath.  Baking Soda reduces your lactic acid in your system and plain and simple it detox your system.

*Have Acid Reflex with no help from prescriptions.  Well you may want to alter your diet, no high fat, high preservatives, high cholesterol foods.  Try using Baking Soda, relief is known to happen within 60 seconds.  Baking soda readily dissolves in water and is absorbed quickly in the intestines. Known to be helpful for acid reflex, indigestion or an upset stomach.

*Cancer Treatment with baking soda, yes seriously, certain doctors are using it when chemo and other treatments have failed, the baking soda alternative is working.  Take a look at “Rich man poor mans cancer treatment,” a book all about baking soda and cancer.  Dr. Tullio Simoncini’s treatment is primarily used for cancer of the digestive tract, including cancers of the throat, colon, intestines, rectal area, and other cancers in between.  Baking soda has also been used for skin and external cancers.  Curious here is his link.  http://www.curenaturalicancro.com

I have read enough that I will adding Baking Soda into my daily regimen.  I drink my Shakeology daily which help alkalize the body as well, but wow, I am just amazed at all the research being done on Baking Soda.

Well I hope you found this article interesting and useful.  Please follow my blog if you like family, health, and fitness.

Thank you and God Bless…

Need to change things up, Flavor Water Recipes are here

I’ve always liked drinking water, I was never really a strick soda person (maybe tea, orange or apple juice occasionally) but when I became a Beachbody Coach and realized how important water is to your body and to help you flush the toxins.  I decided I was going to research waters benefits and try to help those who would rather a flavorful drink! There are a lot of other ways you can flavor water naturally. You can get really creative with what you do! Here are some ideas I have gotten from a lot of different sites……

  • Add a slice of your favorite citrus to a tall glass of ice water…try lemon, lime, or orange slices. Or combine them…slices of lemon and lime…orange and lime…or Fresh Mint is a great addition.
  • Spice water up (literally!) with this tip: simmer a cinnamon stick in a cup of water, then use the resulting liquid as a concentrate that you mix with cold water and ice. Not only does the flavored water taste great, but cinnamon comes with a ton of health benefits; it can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
  • Combine lemon slices with fresh herbs in your water…try lemon with mint, rosemary, thyme, or sliced ginger root.
  • Cucumbers are great in water, too! Slice up a large cucumber and add it to a pitcher of water…it’s really refreshing. You can also try cucumber with some fresh thyme added in. Or cucumber slices with lemon or orange slices.
  • If you want a more intense flavor to your glass of water, squeeze the citrus and/or twist the herbs you are using before you add them to your glass.
  • Besides lemons, oranges, and limes, you can try adding other kinds of fruit to your glass or pitcher of water…a small handful of your favorite berries (or mixed berries) is a nice addition to a glass of ice water. Other fruits you can try alone or in combination are: watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, grapes, and kiwi.
  • Add Flavored Ice Cubes, whether you freeze coffee, water and pomegranate arils, or pureed raspberries and pineapple, love the idea of following Stephanie Lynn to make flavored ice cubes for your water. They add a cool, refreshing burst—and also just look pretty!

NOTE: I usually drink my flavored water the same day I make it…I think it tastes best that way. Depending on what you add to your water, it may get cloudy or bitter-tasting if stored in the refrigerator too long.

If you’re wanting to make a pitcher of flavored water, you basically just slice or chop up some fresh fruit, cucumbers, or herbs and place in a pitcher, add cold water and chill several hours. The result is water infused with a light, natural flavor. It’s ready to serve over ice, garnished with a slice of fruit or clipping of an herb of your choice. Here are some other recipes for flavored water you may want to try:

CITRUS CUCUMBER WATER

  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Place all the sliced fruits and the cucumber in a glass pitcher and add water. Refrigerate for two hours to allow flavors to infuse, then serve in glasses over ice.

CUCUMBER–HERBAL WATER

  • 5 cups water
  • 10 thin slices of cucumber
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary

Put water in pitcher and add lemon slices and cucumber slices. Crush mint and rosemary to release flavor, then add to other ingredients. Refrigerate for several hours. Serve over ice in tall glasses. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

CUCUMBER–MELON WATER

  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 honeydew melon, cubed
  • 1/4 cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1 half-gallon water

Place cucumber and melons in a glass pitcher and add water. Refrigerate for 2 hours, then serve over ice. Garnish with melon balls skewered on a swizzle stick.

HONEYDEW–LIME WATER

  • 2–3 slices of ripe honeydew melon
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 4 sprigs of mint
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add melon slices, lime slices and mint sprigs to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2–4 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Makes about 8 servings.

HERB AND BERRY–FLAVORED WATER

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, lightly crushed
  • 2  4–inch sprigs of fresh rosemary. lightly bruised  (to release more flavor)
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add blueberries and rosemary sprigs to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2–4 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Makes about 8 servings.

LEMON–LAVENDER WATER

  • 3 large lemons, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lavender
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add lemon slices and lavender to pitcher; pour water over both and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve over ice and garnish with a sprig of lavender.

LEMON–MINT or LEMON-BASIL WATER

  • 4 lemons, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh mint or basil leaves
  • 6–8 cups water
  • 6–8 cups ice cubes
  • Fresh mint or basil sprigs

Place lemon slices in a large pitcher. Rub the mint or basil leaves between the palms of your hands to bruise the leaves slightly. Add to the pitcher with lemon and pour in the water. Cover and chill 1–8 hours.

Strain lemon–water mixture and discard herbs. Divide lemon slices and additional fresh mint or basil sprigs equally among 6–8 glasses. In each glass, add 1 cup of ice cubes, then fill with lemon water.

LEMON, LIME AND ORANGE WATER

  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (optional)
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add citrus slices (and cilantro leaves, if desired) to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Garnish with your favorite citrus slice (and a sprig of cilantro, if you’re using that). Makes about 8 servings.

FROZEN FRUIT WATER

  • 2 cups frozen apple chunks, grapes, or berries
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add frozen fruit to a pitcher; pour water over fruit and let sit at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Stir to distribute fruit flavor and serve in glasses with some ice cubes. (Note: you can chop up the same kind of fruit, unfrozen, and follow same directions. You’ll need  to use more ice when serving the unfrozen fruit–flavored water).

ORANGE–MINT WATER

  • 3 large oranges, sliced
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Put sliced oranges and mint leaves in pitcher and add water; refrigerate for 2 hours to infuse flavors. Pour over ice and garnish with a sprig of mint and orange slice.

WATERMELON–BASIL WATER

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Pour water over melon and basil; refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve over ice, garnished with a sprig of basil.

FRUIT WATER

  • 1 each of the following fruits: apple, lemon, orange, pear
  • 4 large strawberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Cut large slices or thin wedges of each fruit; place them in a large glass pitcher and add cold water. Refrigerate 2 hours and serve over ice in tall glass.

Stuck in a Plateau during Weight Loss and need Advice on how to Overcome

First and Foremost it is common to go through a Plateau during your Healthy Fitness Journey.  Normally a Plateau will last up to 3 weeks, and all a Plateau is when your body is checking your decisions {Are you sure this is what you want to do, this is the calories and workouts we want}.  Your body is an amazing piece of equipment, and protects itself for survival, we are always adapting and changing as our fitness levels do.  The best advice I can give you is to change things up, change your workouts, change your nutrition, like I stated your body adapts so if you stay with the same workout daily and then stick with the same number of calories, your body will start to modify so it uses the less energy and works more efficiently.  Therefore you are not burning as many calories, your body is only burning what is absolutely necessary.  Then if you try to cut calories to get the results you want, your body will adjust again and go into starvation mode by slowing down your metabolism.  So in other words, Do Not increase your exercise and then decrease your amount of calories, instead you need to adjust your workout and your nutrition.

Most of us know how many calories we need to lose or maybe just maintain weight.  So try Calorie Cycling, which is when you Zig Zag your amount of calories you take in daily.  Your calorie total will stay the same for the week but fluctuate daily.  For example you normally have 1600 calories daily, Day 1 you have those normal calories, then Day 2 you may have 1400 calories, and Day 3 you have 1800 calories {Zig Zag your calorie intake daily}.  Now remember your body will adjust so keep track and switch it up daily and weekly and when you hit a new Plateau then its time to switch it up again.

Another tip is to hold yourself Accountable, do a food journal, keep track of every thing you eat and drink.  After we have been doing a journey for a while we tend to slowly slack and head towards our old bad habits, not even realizing you are doing so.  Try doing Gluten Free for a couple of weeks or Dairy Free, just change it up and play with it to keep your body guessing what is going on.  So important to be accountable though, get a partner, join a group, and keep a food journal and document how you feel during these weeks you are changing things up.

While changing up your nutrition you can also change-up your workout routines.  One day lift weights, then do High Intensity Circuit Training, then throw in yoga or Pilates, and go to lifting again, cardio, change your schedule up so your body is always guessing, not just going through the motions but pushing and struggling through.  You should be constantly challenging yourself to  change yourself and see results.

Another tips is to take some time off, maybe a week or 5 days from your exercise routine and focus only on your nutrition.  Eat Healthy and Clean all week, no cheat meals….

Lastly you need to make sure you are getting good sleep (7-8) hours a night and try to reduce your stress level.  Stress can be from not getting enough sleep or enough calories, then your body is under stress.  Especially if you are trying to put it through a hardcore workout under those conditions.  There are also our daily life stressors, (work, boss, drive, neighbors, family, children, farm, whatever) and yes we all have them, but how do you manage them.  We need to learn to let our worries go to God and just be the best we can be.  Did you know that lack of sleep and your body under stress will cause you to store fat, yes what we are trying to avoid we can be telling our body to hold onto the fat instead of burning it off.

Remember to change things up, muscle confusion, nutrition confusion, if you want to change first you must challenge yourself.  Comment below if you found this helpful….

Thanks guys, and God Bless…

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Time Saving Tips for Busy Families

As a mother of 3 and always feeling like I am never a head of the game, I have dug up some tips and advice from the experts on how to stay sane.  Fascinating enough some of the tips were things I had already been doing, so I was a step ahead of myself after all.  Never knowing what could happen or what lies around the corner is a worry of mine, Luck favors the prepared…  Ever since the first little guy came across I have loaded the diaper bag full of things that I “MIGHT” need, and also stashed extras in every vehicle.  I also thought I was just a hoarder keeping extra candles and gift cards lying around, but to come find out this is a tip to being prepared….Well without ado let get to these tips, because we don’t have time to waste. 😛

Baby Blogger mentions that you should keep extras in your busy rooms of what you use frequently, this way you will stop wasting time running between rooms.  For example scissors, reading glasses, baby wipes…..  Also I found interesting to keep cardboard boxes labeled “trash,” “donate,” or “consign” in the garage or storage closet. Then routinely you are ridding your house of unused items and clutter.

To save time on chores she recommends skipping the ironing and using the dryer for 15 min. to reduce wrinkles.  While we are on laundry she also recommends just washing everything all together in cold water, that way you skip sorting.  Store sets of sheets and pillowcases inside unfolded pillowcases to make bed changes fast and easy and minimize clutter in your linen closet.{I do this one and love it}

Keep disinfecting wipes in the bathroom for quick cleanups around toilets, sinks, and mirrors. You could even do a speedy wipe-down while you bathe the kids. One final tip she had that I found useful was to do 30 min of cleaning after supper and the whole family is to take part in the festivities…{I like that bring on the help.}

Kori Ellis is another blogger I got great tips from and she hit the nail on the head with number one. We tend to go-go go from the time we roll out of bed to the time we roll back in. To have a few peaceful moments to our selves we should get out of be 15-20 minutes before the kids do. Now I am not saying to cut your sleep as parents we need a healthy amount of sleep, so don’t go crazy here thinking you can be superman or something… Another great tip of hers was figuring out your time wasters, I think she got this from Chalene Johnson or maybe vice versa… We all have things we do that waste time. Do you spend 10 minutes looking for your keys every morning? Start putting them on a hook on the door. Do you waste an hour surfing the web every night before bed? Limit screen time in your house (for your kids and yourself). By figuring out your time wasters and finding solutions, you’ll save time and maybe some sanity. Need a tip for getting on the road in the morning without a screaming match or 3 extra trips into the house. Well try laying the kids clothes out at night after they go to bed, put your things by the door to grab on the way out, have all homework and school stuff put away and ready, you can even have lunches ready and made the night before. By doing a little extra the night before, you can cut down on the chaos in the morning, when people are tired and more irritable.

Tip for shopping lists from Maureen Nuccitelli. She suggests, hanging small dry-erase boards with markers inside the linen closet and pantry. As you run low on toothpaste or peaches, mark it down on the respective board. When you’re ready to go shopping, check the dry erase boards, make your list and wipe them clean.

Lori Radun mentions that you need to identify your non-negotiables boundaries to protect that time. Then you must set strong boundaries around those times and keep it holy. {For me that would be every night from 6-8 is family time (No computers, i phones, or kindles, and Sunday is mainly Family Day}

Now some of the things I had mentioned above that I do already. I always have extras in a bag that goes with us on trips and just to take a trip up town, I leave it in the car. I have diapers stuffed into the glove compartment and remember those fanny packs, well I have them stuffed with germx, baby wipes, bandaids, a paper clip, knife, a lighter, flashlight and anything I think that may come in handy. I also have books, toys and snacks with us wherever we may be going. You never know when you may get stranded and tempers flare and you need a distraction, or the kids may just get dirty and you need clean clothes, but I will tell you those extras have saved me many of times.
I also like to have gifts at my home, I have a cabinet where I store items that I can use as a present if needed. Candles, books, toys, towels, utility knives, flashlights, lotions, etc…. all these items I keep around just in case I forget to buy a present or the kids come home and inform me tomorrow is the teachers birthday, for any certain reason I may need a thank you gift. In my file cabinet I have a stack of cards as well ranging from wedding, showers, thank you, sympathy, birthday cards, for those emergency cases. That way you don’t have to make a mad dash up town and try to find that card and gift when you are supposed to be headed to their house. Luck favors the prepared RIGHT! ! !

As for my work I try to schedule things, for instance when I do dishes I am trying to get Clayton to realize that is his ART time. He can color, paint, use shaving cream, the intent being he is having fun while I get some work done. Another scheduled time we have is when mommy goes to do her workout, that is when Clay gets to play his video games. Therefore he is happy to finally get to play and I am thrilled to get my sweat on.

One final tip that I have for any parent is to take time to themselves. As caregivers we tend to take care of others not considering our needs. What happens then is emotions and negativity build up and eventually you get broken down due to not taking care of yourself. So I advise you to make time for yourself daily, whether it be a bath, or 10 minutes in a book, for me it is getting in my workout and checking in on my challenge groups. Something about having a great workout, sweating, pushing myself to do better, that is just refreshing to me and energizes me to continue through the crazy day. Whatever your revitalizing activity is Please set time out to do it, nonnegotiable, you need this time to yourself. Life is crazy enough without throwing in worn out, stressed to the max parents into the mix.

I hope you have found these tips helpful and come back for more. Have a GREAT week.

Life’s Importances

As a teenager, or young adult, the ideas of what was important in life were definitely distorted.  At that age we tend to think life will last forever, and what we do right then and there will not harm or really affect us.  In high school I used to be a normal teenage girl, good grades, active in sports and other school activities, and we drank almost every weekend.  I was self-absorbed, appeared to have high self-esteem but really it was just all an act.   Inside I had no self-esteem, I starved myself just so I could appear to be thin and beautiful.  Not the best way to go about being Healthy.  I ran a minimum of 3 miles a day to burn off all those calories I had eaten that day (baked potato, salad, maybe some pretzels), honestly all my calories from then came from alcohol but as a kid I didn’t count those, you just pee them out…..Naive…..So yes I did lots of damage to my self as a young adult, and this continued on through College.

My eating did get better but I still drank too much and worked out excessively, you know heaven for bid I gain any weight.  To move out of this unhealthy stage you would have to advance to when I got pregnant with my first child.  Yes I was married and we were happy and ready to start a family, so the drinking stopped, and I really began to notice what true health, responsibility and Family meant.  I had taken so many things during my life for granted.  My wonderfully inspiring and heroic Mother, my father who did everything he could do possible for his family, my brother who always was there for me, even my sweet dog who was with me day and night.  Now I had a husband who loved me and I loved him and we were bringing into this world another person….Fear and Excitement ran through me.  I only hoped I could be half the mother I had growing up, but no matter what I was determined to be the best mother and being I could be for  this little guy.

So my Health Journey began, after he was born I tried counting calories but that wasn’t working for me, I tried something new Pilates, but honestly that wasn’t for me either.  I loved to run, but with a little one with me at all times, and my husband working the evening shift, I didn’t have a chance to make it out and run.  So I struggled with being a first time mom, gaining a ton of weight, and for the first time in my life wishing I could go back to the size of the girl I used to think was fat.  3 years past and with me struggling the whole way with motherhood,  weight, trying to find workout that would help me, and developing a possible gluten allergy, I joined a gym to try to get back to feeling like me.

Once again we decided to have another child and I got pregnant with a beautiful baby girl.  At the beginning I was worried I would lose her b/c of some stress I was under and I had quit the gym due to fear of harming her in anyway.  Later with this pregnancy I developed gestational diabetes and had to watch everything I ate and drank, plus went to using the elliptical with DR permission.  I still managed to gain a ton of weight, not ever losing everything from the first pregnancy, but it didn’t matter b/c I had two beautiful children.  Once things got settled down around month 6 (she cried and never slept until then), then I wanted to focus on trying to get healthy.  So I went back to counting calories, and really not getting anywhere.

However God had other plans and when she was a little over a year old, I found out I was expecting again.  This time we would have another little boy, but during this pregnancy I ate pretty well and was able to run almost to the very end.  We were blessed with 3 wonderful, talented, beautiful children, and I would not have changed a thing.  My body changed plenty, my mind and soul changed throughout too, and as hard it was I would do it all again the exact same way just to end up where I am today.

About a year ago I found Beachbody.  I saw these infomercials about Insanity, and well after a couple of times of watching I couldn’t resist.  I started the program and had good results.  I also joined an online accountability group with some friends who were also trying to be healthy happy mothers, and had luck with that as well.  After checking into Beachbody and knowing what results I had with them, and knowing the struggles I had been through to get my body back to some what normal, I decided it was time for me to join them and help out many others who were struggling with life, family, confidence, and happiness.

My point for all of this is that in the beginning I thought I was doing what was important by worrying about my image, and not the journey.   However it is the journey that is the most important of all, each step taken has gotten me to where I am today.  So I am grateful for that Naive young girl who did a lot wrong, and college girl who continued on that path, and for the mother and father who never gave up on me and turned me into the wonderful, loving parent I am today.  I am thrilled to have found my calling as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and life coach.  Through all challenge comes change.  I challenge you not to be scared of change but embrace it, strive for it.  Be the best you, YOU can be…