Change of Plans

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Hi Folks:

So my original plan was to finish P90X3 then move on to The Master’s Hammer and Chisel in January, however I decided to go ahead and change my plans and start Hammer and Chisel on this past Monday. If you haven’t heard about it yet, this is the new Beachbody program from Beachbody trainers Autumn Calabrese and Sagi Kalev.

Why I chose this program:

Simply put, I enjoy a challenge! I love workouts that tax my mind and my body and push me to be my very best. I get bored easily so the daily variety is helpful. This program also includes portion fix containers and a meal plan to assist in the ever important nutrition aspect of your wellness journey.

I am a week into my program and I absolutely love it so far. Partially because of the short workouts but also because the nutrition is easier once you plan out your week and prepare ahead of time, limiting any surprises.

Beginning January 4, I will be hosting a 60 day accountability and challenge group to start the New Year off right. The group will feature the Master’s Hammer and Chisel plus Shakeology, however you can use any Beachbody program. I just want you to use the program that best suits you and that you can commit to completing.

This will not be a time to quit on ourselves, but rather a time to commit to our health and well-being. Taking the 30-40 minutes a day to workout is an easy way to begin to prioritize yourself and not allow the challenges of daily life to get in the way of you living your best life.

If you’re interested in joining the challenge group and want to get your copy of The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, click the link below:

http://www.teambeachbody.com/checkout/-/bbcheckout/challengepack/hammer-chisel?referringRepId=782033

Remember to order by December 14th to receive by Christmas (with standard shipping) and December 21st to receive by New Years (with standard shipping).

Jess

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3 – Day Refresh – Day 3 Recap

Hi Folks,

Today, like yesterday was pretty good. My energy levels were higher and can’t complain at all.
Here’s what I ate:
Breakfast: Greenberry Shakeology with strawberries

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Mid morning: Fiber Sweep
Lunch: Lemon Pepper Cauliflower with 1/2 pear and Vanilla Fresh Shake

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Mid afternoon: no snack,  not hungry
Dinner: Vegetable stir fry with Vanilla Fresh Shake.

How I feel:
I’m feeling pretty good. Not as tired at all.  I’m sleeping well too, which I’m grateful for because that can be a challenge. I’m also happy to report that I’m down another 1.8lbs. Now just waiting to see my final numbers in the morning. 

Jess

3 – Day Refresh: Day 2 Recap

Hi Folks:

What a difference a day makes!

I’m so glad that today was so much better than yesterday. 

Today I ate:

Upon waking: Water

Breakfast: Vanilla Shakeology and 1/2 Apple

Mid-morning: Fiber Sweep

Lunch: Curried cauliflower, 1/2 apple with almond butter, Vanilla Fresh Shake

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Mid Afternoon Snack: Wasn’t hungry!

Dinner: Salad, no dressing, with Vanilla Fresh Shake (no pic, sorry)

I also drank a lot of water and some tea.

How I feel:

Today I feel great. No headache and my energy levels are coming back up. 

Total loss so far: 1.4 lbs

Feeling great!

Jess

3 – Day Refresh: Day 1 Recap

Hi Folks:

So day 1 of my refresh is in the books. I’m so excited that I started this and I know that as long as I can remain consistent and stay the course, the results will come.:)

First let’s talk about what I ate today:

Upon waking: Water

Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology and 1/2 Apple

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Mid-morning: Fiber Sweep

Lunch: Lemon pepper broccoli, Vanilla Fresh Shake, and the other 1/2 apple

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Mid Afternoon Snack: Carrots and Hummus (forgot to snap a pic, sorry)

Dinner: Steamed Coconut Veggies (Carrots, Cauliflower, and Broccoli), Vanilla Fresh Shake, and broth

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I also drank a lot of water and some tea, in fact I’m not done so I guess I’ll be up tonight going to the potty.

How I feel:

Overall I’m feeling okay. I’m not feeling overly hungry which is great. I have a little bit of a headache, probably because of the lack of caffeine. I’m also a little tired and I’ll be doing a little bit of yoga as my exercise for the day. I’m not feeling as bloated as I did before. I’m really hoping that tomorrow is a bit easier and I can pick up where I left off on my exercise.

Feeling good!

Jess

My 3-Day Refresh starts tomorrow!

Hi Folks:

So with yesterday being a pretty busy day starting with picking out fixtures for my bathroom remodel, picking up a few last minute baking supplies for my cupcakes, baking more cupcakes than I’ve ever made before, and attending my daughter’s volleyball banquet I forgot to mention that I got my 3-Day Refresh in the mail.

I’m planning out my meals so that I can be successful on the 3 days and will be starting it tomorrow. I think that the hardest challenge will be the lack of coffee but I’ve been preparing for that by drinking half decaf in my morning cup so that I don’t experience an extreme decrease in my caffeine intake and get a headache. I will be having green tea, which does contain some caffeine, in it’s place.

Before we get to far, you may be asking what a 3-Day Refresh is.

The 3-Day Refresh is a program designed to help you kick start your health and nutrition efforts and help you make a break from your negative habits. For me this is important because I’ve been a bit off for a while and I need that extra push to get me going.

Check out this quick video about the Refresh:

http://beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/JessicaMarie76?bctid=3591210905001

What do you get in the pack:

During the 3-Day Refresh I’ll be enjoying 3 daily shakes, a fiber drink, fruits, veggies, healthy fats and plenty of water. All of this is designed to keep you full and keep your energy levels up and metabolism cranking. The kit contains Shakeology, Fiber Sweep, and Vanilla Fresh (a protein rich shake). It also comes with an easy to follow guide that gives you step by step instructions for completing the 3 days and if you have everything that you need, there is no way to mess this up.

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For the next 3 days I will be completing the following:

Wake-up: Drink 8-12 oz of water

Breakfast: Shakeology + a fruit option

Mid-morning: Fiber Sweep

Lunch: Vanilla Fresh Shake + Fruit + Veggie + Healthy Fat

Afternoon Snack: Veggie + Healthy Fat

Dinner: Vanilla Fresh Shake + a meal from the dinner recipes + Organic veggie broth (optional)

You are encouraged to drink half your body weight, in ounces, of water every day to help with the increased fiber intake.

I will also be completing mild to moderate exercise during my refresh, nothing super strenuous.

I’m pretty excited about giving this a try and will be documenting my daily results here. Stay tuned!

Jess

Every. Single. Day!

Hi Folks:

Since becoming a Beachbody Coach a few months ago I’ve learned a few things.

  1. Just because I’m a coach doesn’t mean that I will automatically get “skinny”.

We live in a society that really loves the idea of instant gratification. Meaning, we love the idea of losing 40 pounds overnight. I say that in jest, but the reality is that we really do look for so many ways to short cut the process. I’ll be the first to admit that I would love for the process to go so much faster than it has, but without my struggle, I know that I won’t appreciate my changing body the way that I should. Yes, I fluctuate quite a bit, but I’m working towards being better, doing better, and teaching better on a regular basis, and I’m ok with that.

  1. Just because I’m a coach doesn’t mean that I will never crave sweet and salty treats.

I do crave sweets from time to time. This is usually a result of stress, hormones, or boredom. Being a coach doesn’t make me immune to these pressures, I just have to make a conscious choice to do what’s right for my body. It is ok to indulge from time to time, but that occasional indulgence cannot turn into a daily recurring activity.

  1. Just because I’m a coach doesn’t mean that every single day I’ll “feel” like working out.

There, I said it. I DO NOT always want to work out and there are some days that I have to literally force myself and others where it simply may not happen. That said, I try to limit how many days I skip workouts because it doesn’t benefit me in any way to sit and do nothing. Change doesn’t happen by wishing for it. I have to get up and do it.

  1. Just because I’m a Beachbody coach, I do have access to some of the most amazing fitness programs, nutrition and support.

Being a Beachbody coach has opened my eyes to the impact of home fitness programs. I used to not be able to motivate myself to push through a program and actually complete it. However, since becoming a coach I have completed 21 Day Fix twice and I’m chipping away at P90X3. The daily dose of nutrition that I get from Shakeology can’t be beat! I’ve tried a lot other shakes before and nothing compares to what I get and how I feel from using Shakeology. As far as the support, I’ve typically not been one to share a lot on social media but because of coaching, I’ve been way more active and guess what, people are cheering me on the whole way. Accountability is huge with Beachbody and I have met some pretty cool people that I would have never come in contact with if I hadn’t made the decision to start coaching. I also have access to great mentors who are helping me develop my business. The access that I have to people who are making it work is incredible.

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I named this post “Every. Single. Day!” because we are a direct results of our actions every single day. Every day we decide how we are going to respond to external pressures that try to come at us. Every day we decide whether or not to prepare healthy foods ahead of time or risk falling into the trap of fast food. Every single day we decide whether or not we are going to get up off the couch and press play!

A few days ago I shared on Facebook that I would be starting a 3-Day Refresh as soon as I got it in the mail. I’m not doing it to lose a few extra pounds in a few days, I’m doing it because my body needs to regroup and I need to recharge my metabolism. I’ve been stressed for a few weeks and because of that stress, I’ve indulged in more junk than I should have. Now that things are starting to normalize, it’s time to get my nutrition back in order and I’m using the Refresh to kick start that process. So, every single day through my Refresh, I’ll be sharing my progress and keeping you up to date.

Also, today is day one of a DietBet with a few other coaches. The goal is to lose 4% of my body weight by the end of the month (including the feast of all feasts, Thanksgiving) so that I can possibly get some cash. While I won’t post my daily progress for the month, I will be checking in weekly so that you can see just how well I’m doing. I’ll share what I feel like works and what doesn’t. I recently started the 2nd Block of P90X3 and I’m really enjoying it. Its 30 minutes of whatever torture Tony Horton decides on but I’m having fun. So much fun that I noticed that my weights were getting a little light so I had to go out and get some more. That’s what I love about these programs, you have to write down where you are and how it feels and if you need more, it’s easy, increase your weights. A little bit at a time is good, not jumping from 8 pound weights to 20 pounders, but gradual increases make a huge difference in how well your body responds.

I have a few other big things in the works for the month of November that I’m pretty pumped about, mostly because I know that I’m making the necessary changes to set myself up for success in the coming year.

Continually striving for progress and not trying to be perfect. Every. Single. Day!

Jess

Happy October!!!

Hi Folks:

It’s the first day of October, my favorite month of the year! Why do I love October so much? Partially because it’s my birthday month, but also because it is one of the most beautiful months in the year. The leaves change and you really have an opportunity to experience all of the beautiful colors found in nature. I know, I know, the fall season officially starts in September, but it really doesn’t seem like it’s here until October.

I’m also excited that I’ve also began to see some benefits from my nutrition and fitness efforts. Since I’ve started coaching, I’ve become much more accountable. I have to actually complete my workouts regularly and eat right 80% of the time. I’m not perfect, no one is, but I am able to give my best effort at all times. I recently shared with my challenge group some before and current pics of me and while I felt that my progress wasn’t huge, or significant, they encouraged me, the coach, and let me know that they do see the changes and that I was doing great. That’s the beauty of an accountability group. We are there to push each other when it’s needs. But we also encourage each other when we need that too! And it’s a beautiful thing.

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My results are from using 21 Day Fix. I will say that while I have started P90X3, I am still using the 21 Day Fix eating plan because it’s what works for me. I tend to be one of those people who can consistently lose a half pound to 2 pounds and a half every week. Some people can do more, but with my body, this is what happens. Either I can sulk about that because I see other people who can lose 3-5lbs in any given week, or I can be happy about it and look forward to what that really means for me.

There are 13 weeks left in 2015.

If I lose .5lb/week: 6.5lbs

If I lose 1lb/week: 13lbs

If I lose 1.5lbs/week: 19.5lbs

If I lose 2lbs/week: 26lbs

Obviously what happens from week to week varies because, let’s face it, I’m a woman and my hormones get all out of whack. I sometimes I eat what I shouldn’t, I sometimes retain water, you name it. I’m also strength training so my muscle growth can skew what is really going on. But as long as I continue to move in the right direction, I’m going to be ok.

Another thing that I’m excited to share with you is that beginning today, the program that has helped me get this train moving, 21 Day Fix is this month’s promotion.

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In this Challenge Pack you’ll get the 21 Day Fix fitness program, Shakeology, and a free 30-day trial membership to the Team Beachbody Club, where you can stream your workout anytime, anywhere. Plus, for a limited time only, you’ll will also get a 21 Day Fix Insulated Tote Bag. For the month of October you’ll get all of this for only $140, a savings of $70 (if you purchased everything individually). If you’re curious about 21 Day Fix or you’ve been wanting to try it out, the time is now. Click the link below and get started today.

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Finally, I’m excited because the October Team Motivate Coach Basics Group is starting on October 5th. As I shared before, coaching has already started to change my life because I enjoy sharing my experiences, my ups and downs with others. I also love that I’m able to help other people along the way. Coaching, for me, has gone beyond just health and fitness. I’m here to motivation my group in so many different ways, and I love it. I feel like I’m making a difference in the lives of other people. And that matters to me. If coaching sounds like something that you’re interested in, leave a comment below and I’ll contact you to discuss the opportunity further.

Jess

21 Day Fix – Update

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Hi Folks:

First I want to say that I hope that you like the new blog format and colors. 🙂 Fun Right!

Just wanted to give you an update on where I am on my fitness and coaching journey. So, as usual, I am above and beyond busy with work and family stuff, but guess what? This time I didn’t allow the daily grind to take me out of the game. Being a coach has helped to keep me accountable to the ladies that I’m helping because I can’t help them if I’m not willing to help myself. Go figure!

I’m also hosting a FREE – 30 day Fitness and Nutrition Group on Facebook. In this group the members are receiving tips and tools on fitness as well as meal planning and prepping. I’m sharing some of the “best practices” that I use in my day to day life, as well as recipes for slow cooker meals that I use when I know that I won’t have time to cook (i.e. after school activity nights). These tips really cut down on the amount of time and money spent in the drive through lines. Plus I know that I am providing my family with healthy and wholesome meals.

I’ve already completed my first round of the 21 Day Fix and I lost nearly 5lbs. Today I am on week 3, day 1 of my second round and I’m down 3lbs in this round. I’ve not been perfect but I have been better than I was before. Weekends are still hard because I tend to not be a regimented and I don’t eat on the same schedule that I do when I am at work all day. The biggest change, outside of weight loss is the inches that I’ve lost. I’ll have final measurements soon, but having your hubby and kids point out that your pants aren’t fitting so great is a good indicator. J

As I finish up this 2nd round of the 21 Day Fix I’m starting to think about what program I want to do next. I’m thinking P90X3 is on tap for me. The 30 minute workouts are the perfect 1…2… punch for me and I can get it done and move on. Right now, extremely long workout are not feasible for me so I’m always looking for something that I can get done with minimal impact to my day. The 90 days will be a challenge because I think that I have a bit of ADHD and if I look at it from a 90 day perspective, I might be a little intimidated. If I look at it as 3 separate 30 challenges (phase 1, phase 2, and phase 3), then I can be successful.

Part of implementing any new thing in your life is understanding who you are and what your specific needs are. As for me, I get bored, I know that, but the beautiful thing about Beachbody is that there are a ton of programs to choose from. Pick the ones that will work best for you, wherever you are on your journey. My fitness journey is not yours and yours is not mine. All I can do as a coach is to help you find that thing that you love and push and motivate you to be your very best. I can be your biggest cheerleader or your toughest drill sergeant depending on the situation.

If you’re interested in having me as your coach, contact me by clicking on the “Beachbody Programs and Coaching Info” link and fill out the “Contact Me” form. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you!

Jess

Why Beachbody Coaching?

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Hi Folks:

So if you didn’t know it before, I’ll share with you that I recently became a Beachbody coach. A lot of people have a lot of different reason for why they chose to become a coach. For me, I was looking for a way to start coaching others, considering the fact that I have put a lot of time and attention into the “learning” phase of my health and wellness background. What you may or may not know is that I hold my Masters of Arts in Human Services with a specialization in Health and Wellness. The kicker to this is that I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. I have so many reasons why I haven’t made this public knowledge, but the biggest is because I was afraid that people would judge me based on the fact that I’m not at my goal. What I am learning through my upline coach, Teresa, and what my good friend, Amber told me was that people can and will appreciate my journey. The fact that none of this is easy for me and that I have to fight for the time and consistent motivation to exercise and practice clean eating is something that people can identify with.

I chose Beachbody because I saw it as a way to help me begin my journey towards helping others. The fact that they provide guidance and support through everything is invaluable. Also, I would love to find a bit more financial freedom as I am getting ever so close to sending my kiddos to college.

I am working my way through my first week of the 21 Day Fix and I have to say that even though I’ve hard to change my schedule a bit (and to the dreaded early morning workouts @5:30am) I’m feeling really good. The 30 minute workouts can be modified to most any fitness level and the meal plan is really easy to follow. Every day this week I have had my Shakeology as well. I add fruit to it so that I can kill 2 birds with one stone.

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I’m totally and completely excited about this opportunity to help others along their fitness journey.

Jess

Whole30?

Hi Folks:

Can I just say that it never fails that as soon as you try to start doing the right thing by going to the gym and eating right, something pops up?

My pop up happened to be some weird lingering sinus/cold/allergy thing that sucks the life out of you. I started feeling bad last Wednesday, it came in like gangbusters and I felt like I got hit by a truck. In fact, I’m still dealing with it a whole week later. Needless to say, my workouts and food choices have been compromised. As far as working out, I can’t really fathom lifting weights when it already felt like an elephant was sitting on my head. My food wasn’t so great because if I don’t cook, we typically end up grabbing something quick and easy (translation: fast food).

With all of that going on, I’ve still somehow managed to lose another 2 pounds since last week. I’m grateful for it, because I have to continue to see progress in order to maintain my motivation. I’m still doing a modified Atkins and planning to move into a primal approach soon, but I’m currently reading “It Starts With Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig and it has raised some very real questions that may make it worth my time to complete a Whole30 before I completely move into primal. I say that because there are food items that I still currently eat that may need to be eliminated just for the basis of my general health and not for weight loss. There are so many of the health conditions that the book lists that I have or am experiencing and this is the kick in the behind that I’m using to do something about it.

I feel like the Whole30 will be doable because I am currently limiting my intake of added sugar (though I need to deal with the substitutes, like Splenda and Stevia), grains, and alcohol. I may not deal with a lot of the “withdrawal” symptoms that others go through because I have already gone through them. My challenge will be, as it always is, trying to deal with cravings and making sure that I have Whole30 complaint foods on hand that do not require a lot of effort.

I’ve learned that meal planning and prepping is the best thing that I can do to ensure that I have a successful week. When I take the time, like I did this week, to cook extra food and put it into containers, etc. All I have to do in the morning is grab and go. It makes my life so much simpler. Yes, I do get bored form eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch all week, but I try to mix it up for dinner and for my snacks. I haven’t decided when I want to start my Whole30, I’m still reading the book to get a full understanding of the program and I would like to make a meal plan for the 30 days so that I limit my risk for slips.

I’m praying that this will be an eye opening experience for me and my husband and that we are able to take this challenge head on, commit to it, and use it to move forward with the rest of our lives.

Jess