What’s Going On!

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Hi Folks:

So let me start out by saying that I completely and totally apologize for being MIA for the last few months. Life has been filled with so many ups and downs that I’m just grateful that I’ve made it this far. Now I won’t say that all of it is over with, but I am starting to gain a better sense of clarity through all of this. This is the deal; I can’t allow all of the stresses from work or any other section of life make me so stressed out that I let it impact how I interact with my loved ones. Life is so precious and the time that I have with my loved ones is precious as well. I cannot and will not allow challenges to impact my family life. Work will be there and if something happens to me, I can and will be replaced. Heck, I could be replaced even if nothing happened to me. My family will always need me and it is vital that I give them the best version of me.

Needless to say, all of this stress has not been good, mentally, physically, and especially from a weight loss and nutrition perspective. Stress eating has been in overload mode and I absolutely have to figure out the best way to reign this in. Cold turkey won’t work because I will lose it in a week and end up in the middle of a pile of junk food somewhere. So where does that leave me? Trying to find a perfect balance between healthy eating and occasional treats. Will it be easy, nope! Will it be worth it, absolutely!

I have to give the very best version of me to my family, the people that I care about and those who care about me. My best version is strong, healthy, with clarity of mind, not stressed out and eating way too much. It’s done, I’m over it, I’m moving on. I have some things inside me that I really want to begin working on and all of the noise, all of the drama, and all of the nonsense that I continue to allow in is not leaving me room to do those things. No more! I am choosing to get my health right and work on my other things.

Prior to my 39th birthday I had a great deal of hope going into this last year of my 30’s, but as my birthday came and went, so did my zeal and my plan on how this year would be epic. I have just over 6 months until I turn 40 and I had a goal to make some things happen before then. I guess there’s no time better than right now to push for the life that I want.

Jess

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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:

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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

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

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

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

Still Pressing

Hi Folks:

Just wanted to give you a quick update on my progress; I’m still pushing forward on my journey and I’m pretty darn excited that this train is still moving. While I haven’t had the “perfect” week in terms of my eating and my exercise I am pleased to announce another ½ lb loss. I’m not going to complain about that because my weekend I indulged a bit as my husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary.

For that dinner we went to Mitchell’s Ocean Club and let me just say that they NEVER disappoint when it comes to taste. I had the Sea Scallops that were on top of a parmesan risotto with English peas (I’m not a pea fan but I ate them). We also shared their jalapeno au gratin potatoes (one does not go there and not eat the jalapeno potatoes) and the roasted Brussels sprouts. I also had a martini and a slice of the 10 layer carrot cake. Let me be clear, I didn’t eat the entire slice of cake in one sitting, I saved half for the next day (and I split that half with my hubby).

My workouts were virtually non-existent last week but because my eating was not completely out of control, I was still able to lose some pounds.

This weekend will be a bit of a challenge because I am planning to go visit my family. I love my family but it is filled with a ton of great cooks and because they don’t see me very often they are always trying to feed me. It can be hard to walk away from all of that deliciousness, however my plan is to eat in moderation so that I can partake but not overload. I’ll just need to limit my breads and sweets.

I’ll say this, I’m not perfect but I will continue to try and continue to put forth effort. Can’t is not part of my vocabulary.

Jess

Let’s Try This Again

Hi Folks:

It’s been a while since I last checked in. Now for me silence means that I am probably not doing what I’m supposed to be doing and I’ve fallen completely off track. That said, I’ve gained back most if not all of the weight that I’ve previously lost and I’m completely not ok with this. What can I say except that I’m so tired of this yo-yo cycle and making progress and falling back into my old ways, which completely negates all the progress that I’ve made. With that said, it’s time! Time to get this train moving, time to stop playing games, time to get my life moving into the direction that I want it to go in.

Because it’s been such a long time since we last talked you probably don’t know that I started Crossfit. I love it because it’s really challenging and pushes me to my limits on a regular basis. I try to make it a point to go 3 days a week. In spite of the heavy workout regimen I’ve managed to keep the weight on instead of losing it. I am gaining muscle, but for as long as I’ve been doing it (since November) one would think that I would have lost something. I know that my focus should be on losing fat and gaining muscle instead of what the scale says and believe me I’m working on changing my focus there. My gym (box) Crossfit IFM is near my house and my coaches are great because they are always there to help me make sure that I’m doing the movements correctly and that the weight that I’m using is appropriate. There have been many times when a coach has made me put more weight on it to make sure that I’m working to my best ability. I really enjoy the strength moves, the cardio stuff like single and double unders (I cannot do doubles yet) and the running are just torture and I do not enjoy the days when those come up in the WOD (workout of the day). So far so good on Crossfit, I’m mostly having fun and look forward to continuing to make progress.

My hubs and I went on vacation recently and we determined that as soon as we got back we would get back on track with our eating. So last Sunday I went to the grocery and got everything that we needed to get our eating together. As you know, I do better when I have a plan and I take the time to prep ahead of time. While many Crossfitters follow a Paleo eating style, I am not really interested in being THAT restrictive. I am starting out trying to reduce my “need” for carbs and such by following the Atkins 40 plan. This is plan allows for around 40 net carbs a day. These carbs come from sources such as fruits and veggies and some of the Atkins meals or bars. I am working to limit or minimize my use of the Atkins products so that I can eventually move into a Primal eating plan.

Primal eating is not quite as restrictive as Paleo and still allows for things like dairy and starchy veggies, like potatoes and yams. We’re a little over a week into our eating program and I can say that once we got through the first few days of decreased carb loads we are both feeling much better and we are losing weight. My hubs has lost around 10lbs in a week and I’m around 5lbs. Again, weight is not the focus but it is helpful in tracking some progress. Beyond that I noticed that my belly bloat has started to decrease and that my energy level has started to increase.

I’ll post pics soon and keep you posted on my progress but eating relatively clean most of the time and doing Crossfit should get me to where I want to be.

Jess