New Adventures

When Advocare stopped being an MLM company, I wasn’t sure which direction I was going to go in. Some people were planning on sticking around, most people jumped ship all together and some decided to wait it out. At first, I thought my MLM days were over, I was pretty bitter about the whole thing. While I didn’t have a huge empire of distributors, I was a part of someone else’s and it seemed real crappy that with one phone call, their 10 years of hard work of building a team was just wiped out. At that moment, I decided I was done all together with them. The more I thought about it, the worst I felt about sticking with a company like that. Ok, now that I got that off my chest (it’s been festering for MONTHS), it’s time to talk about new directions and new adventures.

Yes, I’m a personal trainer and I do love my job. I love creating workout plans for clients and working in a gym environment, but when it comes to my own workouts, I was getting crazy burned out on getting to the gym long before my shifts or having to stay long after them and so I started doing at home workouts again. My journey with Beachbody is a long one and it began about 11 years ago when my baby at the time was just about 1.5 years old and my other 2 kids were 3 and 6. I was a new stay at home mom and money was tight, so a gym membership was out. I was up breastfeeding the baby one night and saw an infomercial for Turbo Jam and I was instantly hooked. I went on to get Turbo Fire and ChaLEAN Extreme as well; Turbo Fire is my ultimate soul mate workout! At that point I was contacted by a BB Coach (which was relatively new at the time) and I jumped in and was quickly an Emerald level coach. But then the unthinkable happened, my Dad was killed in a head on collision and my entire world stopped and was shattered. I stuck around for awhile, but ultimately I left that world behind.

In 2016, two years after the birth of our 4th and final child, I was looking to make an income from home. Beachbody brought back too many memories and I just couldn’t do it. But now, I’m ready. I’m ready to jump back in and start a fresh, new chapter in my life and ready for new adventures. I decided to join again because that world is 100% different than it was 10 years ago, there is actual coach training now, I am learning how this all works to be successful and there are SOOO many workout programs and plans for ANYONE!!! I love that I can get up in the morning and knock out my own workouts before spending the day at the gym and keep myself on track.

On July 29th, I’ll be joining my team in doing the newest workout, Morning Meltdown 100

I am so excited to get started on this journey and help others as well.

Keto Strawberry Waffles


The first time I attempted Keto was in November 2018. I expected quick, rapid, immediate results and when that didn’t happen, I quickly said I was done and it wasn’t for me. There is only so much medication can do for you as a type 2 diabetic and unless you are willing to change your lifestyle, you are in for a lifetime of insulin injections and waiting for a miracle. I chose to be a bit more proactive. While weight loss is high on my list of reasons for jumping back on the Keto train, using it to control my Diabetes is number 1.

My new mission in life is to make this lifestyle just that- a lifestyle…not a quick fix and to do that, I am ketofying favorite foods so this isn’t deprivation. When I stopped looking at Keto as a list of things I COULDN’T have and started looking at as a way to get creative, life got much better!

And so these waffles were born, borrowing ingredients from a few recipes, this one is my favorite.

Keto Strawberry Waffles

Ingredients:

2 eggs, 2 egg whites, 4 oz ROOM TEMP cream cheese, 2 Tbsp Splenda, 2Tbsp coconut flour, 2 Tbsp almond flour, 2 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 heaping Tbsp sugar free strawberry jam

Directions:

Using a stand mixer, blend all until well blended and then get those waffles cooking! I use a 1/3 cup per waffle and it makes the perfect size.

Food Freedom

Pizza- specifically this Asian Chicken pizza from Hungry Howies (and it’s my favorite pizza of all time) used to have complete control of me.

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I would sit and eat slice after slice and wind up feeling bloated and miserable. And then the binge cycle would begin.

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The following thoughts would run through my brain:

I messed up, I may as well eat anything I want the rest of the day, I’ll do better tomorrow.

But the One/80 program taught me SO much about food, the way I look at food and I removed it’s power. Food is food. It’s not good or bad, it’s just fuel for my body. I ate 2 slices and then went on with my night. No food guilt, no food binges followed.

This is my food freedom. I have achieved it. It’s the BEST feeling!!! Obviously my journey is still going and I’m still working on myself every day, but to feel like I’m making progress is something I have been striving for and I am finally achieving it.

Meals (Tuesday)

 Breakfast – Egg Quinoa Bake (full recipe will be posted in a few days)

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Lunch – Leftovers (chicken sausage, quinoa, broccoli)

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Dinner– Unpictured, but it was breakfast. Eggs, turkey sausage and hashbrowns

Exercise (Tuesday)

Emma has been working really hard on riding her bike and she is getting faster and faster, I’m walking and almost running at points to catch up to her. We have officially reached a major milestone in this house and I’m going to be selling our stroller! We are DONE with it! Now that she can ride her bike for as long as she can, I’m so excited! Baby days are done and gone behind us and I can not be more excited. Some people love babies and newborns, I’ll take preschool age and teenagers any day. And that’s where we are. Finally!

Ok, so we did 1.62 miles of her riding and me walking/running beside her.

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Later I did Abs 10 (10 minutes of ab work.) I hate ab work so I never do it and I never do it because I hate it. But, 4 babies and 4 c-sections also means that I have 0 strength so I’m making myself do it and then I finished off with Fat Burn Challenge. It was 1/2 hour of a series of 2:00 cardio drills followed by a 30 second break. I loved it and can see it becoming one of my favorites!

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Closed out my day with 12,000 steps.

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