Pay NOW, or pay LATER!

Why Shakeology? Why pay $130 a month for a protein shake?!?!? I’ll tell you why!

My main goal in changing to a healthier lifestyle to BE MORE HEALTHY! That means whole foods, clean eating, and to stop putting garbage in my body. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done! Seriously!

I’ve tried forever to “get healthy”. I would count calories, cut out sweets, eat low-fat and low-cal foods. What I didn’t know then was that those things really don’t work. You can’t just look at calories, or fat…..you have to check the INGREDIENTS!!  

Did you know there’s over 40 ways for manufacturers to hide sugar in something? Did you know that enriched, bleached ingredients basically have all the nutrients stripped out of them?

So when it came to drinking a meal-replacement shake….I did some research. I’m a bargain hunter, and skeptical by nature. I started the Beachbody program blindly…but quickly decided I needed to dig more for facts to back up the claims.

Shakeology is packed with whole, superfoods! It contains ZERO artificial ingredients! NONE! No dyes, sweeteners….nothing fake!  

Some of my favorite ingredients are:
Maca Root — This is an all natural PMS aid ladies! It boosts energy and also balances hormones!
Sacha Inchi — This helps your heart and balances your cholesterol.
Chlorella — This mighty ingredient helps remove toxic heavy metals from your body and also boosts your metabolism!

These are just 3 of the amazing ingredients that I drink everyday!! I’ve seen my skin clear up, my energy sky-rocket, and my hunger and cravings are curbed. The best benefit though is that I’m losing weight!  

The cost to me now to drink Shakeology and better my health is NOTHING compared to what I would pay later in medical bills if I hadn’t taken control NOW! I was on the road to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and who knows what else!

So yes, the shakes may seem like an expensive luxury…but for me they are a necessity!  

  

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Stronger Than My Excuses!

This is one of the Beachbody quotes that really hit me when I first began this lifestyle change.  I am stronger than my excuses.  It’s a powerful statement really.  What does it mean?

We all make excuses for things that we don’t want to do or that are hard.  Everyone does this.  For years I made excuses to myself about my health and fitness.  I told myself, and others, that I was “big boned”, I was just made to be a fat person, I can’t lose weight because I had tried, I can’t afford a weight loss program, I don’t have time, I’m too tired, I don’t like to eat healthy food, and on, and on, and on…

I made excuses for years and sat on my couch and did nothing and ended up where I started a year ago.  Miserable.  The excuses weren’t true.  They were lies to make myself feel better.  I could actually make myself believe for a while that they were true.  No way could I afford to spend money on a weight loss program…I was spending it all on fast food and JUNK!  No way did I have time to workout everyday…I was spending all my time watching tv and getting fatter!

The truth is I was afraid to fail.  I was afraid of ONE MORE program that wasn’t going to work and would leave me right back where I started.  There’s nothing more humiliating than starting a diet program only to fail and be worse off than when you began.

This time was different for me though.  This time I wasn’t doing some fad diet.  I wasn’t joining some gimmicky program.  This was real, and it was working.  I gave up my excuses and started to do the work.  Once you decide for yourself that there are no excuses…that you are STRONGER than your EXCUSES!  Once you do this BIG things and BIG changes start to happen in your life!

What excuses are you making that are keeping you from being happy?  reaching your goals?  doing what you love?  What excuses are you tricking yourself into believing?

   

 

  

This Mom Lost It

Do you have kids?  I have two beautiful angels!  I love them more than life itself and thank God EVERY day for allowing me to be their mother!  EVERY day.  Every…single…day…

Okay, that might be an exaggeration.  I may not thank Him every day.  Actually, I probably haven’t thanked Him in a while.  In all honesty…my kids have been terrible lately!  TERRIBLE!  They’ve been ungrateful, rude, entitled, mean to each other, lazy…you get the idea.  I still love them with the strength of a thousand suns though, and that’s why I had to do what I did.

My kids went to school last Friday and thought that it was going to be just like any other ol’ normal day.  And it was that morning.  They wouldn’t get out of bed.  They yelled at me and their dad when we tried coaxing them out of their blankets, and when we pulled the blankets off, and when we peeled them physically off of their sheet. They wouldn’t brush their teeth or hair.  They were rude when I offered breakfast and help making their lunches.

The problem is that this wasn’t new.  This had been going on for longer than I’d like to admit, and I HAD HAD ENOUGH!  I don’t want my kids to be the entitled jerks that I see so often who think the world owes them everything and that they shouldn’t have to work for anything!  It’s hard when you want to give your child the world, and you want them to have everything you didn’t when you were growing up.  It’s hard to say no when they ask for things.  I’ve realized though that I’m not doing them any favors or the world by creating little monsters.  Something had to change!

After they were dropped off at school my husband and I got to work.  We packed EVERYTHING up in their room.  All electronics, toys, games, stuffed animals, crayons, pens….everything.  We left them their lamps, beds, clothes, and some books!

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Then we waited.  My husband works evenings, so he wasn’t with me when I picked them up from school and brought them home.  They took a while to notice that there was something missing in their room.  I think they both thought that we had just cleaned for them.  Then the reality hit them and started to sink in.  We had taken their things and they were UPSET!  The tears, and crying, and pleading for their things back.  I explained that it wouldn’t be that easy.  That their dad and I would come up with a way for them to earn their things back, but that it wasn’t going to happen that weekend, and I didn’t know when we would have it all planned out.

It’s been 5 days and I think this punishment for them has hit the mark.  They’ve asked constantly what they can do to earn back computers, phones, toys.  It’s been just as hard on us because they don’t really have anything in their rooms to entertain themselves other than each other.  I have seen some positive changes though.  They’ve been more polite, they’re actually playing made up games with each other instead of staring at electronic screens, and they also have managed to keep their rooms clean.

We’ve come up with a list of things that they can do and will also teach them some responsibility, give them some work ethic, and also includes some giving/being nice to others.  I’m not sure how this will work…or even if it will, but it’s a start.

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So all you moms and dads out there say a little prayer for us!  And if you see us out in public a little nod of solidarity might help our spirits.  It’s going to be tough…but I refuse to have asshole kids!

Wish me luck!

xoxo Jamie

 

A girl’s gotta have goals!

My main goal in my weightloss journey is to be healthy! #1, numero uno…absolutely HEALTH is the most important thing! But…a VERY close number 2 is not shopping in plus-sized stores.
Can I take a minute and say how ego-crushing it is to have to shop for “plus sizes”! Why are they plus? Why aren’t they normal sizes but just bigger? I don’t understand that! Why do they have to be in a different category of stores instead of just being a regular clothing store?!?!?! I even heard one place that called them “mamma sized”. Ugh! I can tell you that at 18, when I was FAR from being a mom, the last thing I wanted to hear was that I looked like I had already had kids. That was really GREAT for my confidence!!

Also, did you know that a size 12 is considered a plus size?!?! A twelve! And if you’re a model then size 10 is plus! What lunatic world looks at a size 10 woman and says she’s the person to represent overweight women? Morons! That’s who! A woman’s pant size is just a number…I’ve seen women who were a size 14 that were in better shape than most and had zero flab!

Any way…I digress…

So one of my biggest goals is to no longer have to shop in these stores. It’s not that these are bad stores, or that the clothes are sub-par, or that the clothes are ugly or different… I just want to be like my friends! I want clothes with the same labels! I want to be able to go shopping WITH them! We don’t have to share clothes or be the same size…but it might be fun to have a matching shirt!!

I’m always embarrassed when someone asks me where I got something that I’m wearing. It’s almost shameful to have to say the plus-sized store name that I go to. Sometimes I lie and say I don’t know. I always fold my jackets or hoodies in a way that no one will see the tag if they pick it up. I don’t want them to know where I got it. It’s crazy…I know. I even used to cut the tags out of my clothes.

I’ve also noticed that the clothes in the plus stores are waaaaaaay more expensive than others. A t-shirt at Old Navy can be $10-$12, while the same one at Torrid is $40!! For a woman who has to worry about more than just looking cool it can be hard to build a wardrobe. If I didn’t have bills or kids I might be able to blow all my money on the coolest clothes, but I can’t do that. I know what you might be saying, more fabric costs more money. You might be surprised to know that this isn’t always the case with men’s clothes. Often it doesn’t matter what size they buy…if a shirt is $15 then it’s $15!

I’m looking forward to the day that I’ll be able to walk into ANY clothing store and shop for myself. That’s my #2 goal! I’m getting close…and I’ll be sure to let you know when it happens!

xoxo Jamie

I eat COLORies not CALORies!

Over the last 10 months I’ve asked myself several times why the 21 Day Fix program has worked for me when so many others have NOT!  I think I finally know why…and it’s HUGE!

The 21 Day Fix is unique in many ways from other programs, but the one I think is worth mentioning here is the color coded portioning containers!

Autumn Calabrese designed this program to be FAIL-proof…and it totally is if you do it correctly.  The first thing you have to do is determine how many calories you are supposed to eat daily.  I’ve tried dozens of diets that made me count calories.  I’ve never been good at determining how many calories are in certain foods, how many I’m supposed to be able to have, and then also keeping up with what I’ve eaten and what I still have available to eat.

The 21 Day Fix comes with 7 color coded containers that take the work out of it!  You have a container for protein, vegetables, fruit, carbs, nuts, fats, and then you also get teaspoons of certain oils and things as well.

Once I was able to determine with the provided chart how many calories I’m supposed to eat every day I go to the chart she provides as well and it tells me how many of each container to eat daily.  THAT’S IT!  I do NOT count how many calories I eat every day.  I do make sure that I stay within the number of containers though.  For example, I am allowed 4 red protein containers every day.  As long as I don’t go over that number, and I’m filling it with healthy proteins four times a day, I will not eat too many calories from protein!

It almost seems to simple to be true…but it’s totally NOT!  I count my COLORies every day…and the weight is dropping off!

Recently Autumn released a cookbook called Fixate.  It’s full of recipes that are 21 Day Fix approved and she even tells me how many containers and which color containers each recipe uses!  It’s been a HUGE help in my kitchen for mixing up meals and sticking to my containers!

You are always welcome to learn more or join the fun by contacting me for more information!

xoxo Jamie

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A day in the life…

I hate being a hypochondriac. I HATE it. I try so hard…I really do.  Every night I tell myself that tomorrow is going to be better and I’m not going to worry.  And then…

So my day starts out with me immediately thinking that something is wrong when I wake up. I usually don’t know what it is…I just know that something is probably wrong.  I pee and have to check the color to make sure that it’s not related to that. The same thing happens with #2, only I don’t worry about just the color I also look at the shape and every aspect of it. (I thank Dr. Oz for this fun daily ritual.  He posted a poop chart on his website and explained all of the maladies that you can diagnose based on the color and consistency of your shit! Thanks Oz!)  Then I sit and check my phone for a while and just listen to my body. I make sure that nothing hurts, nothing feels weird.

While I’m dressing I’m checking all of my parts by touch. I want to make sure there isn’t a lump somewhere that I haven’t noticed yet. I check the color of my skin, the size of my breasts, and make sure all my freckles and moles don’t look different than they did yesterday. If there’s anything that I’ve been worried about specifically I will spend minutes going over it again and again to make sure there aren’t any changes and that it still the same. More than once my husband has interpreted this little dance as an invitation for him to “check” my body too.

I don’t like watching certain television stations through out the day because they show too many cancer related commercials.  I will mute the t.v. or change the channel if one comes on.  I can’t watch anything with an actor that died from cancer. I stopped watching Jeopardy one day because Patrick Swayze was an answer to a question. This really sucks because I used to love watching Dirty Dancing…and who doesn’t want to pump themselves up on a Saturday with a viewing of Roadhouse, amiright? If I’m in a conversation with someone and they bring up a relative or someone they know with cancer I leave the conversation, or try to change the subject.  If I’m checking Facebook and someone posts about cancer I unfollow them and hide the post. It’s not that I don’t care about other people’s issues or relatives or friends…it’s that if I stay and listen I’ll obsess endlessly over what they’ve told me and talk myself into having it.

If I begin to feel hot at all I take my temperature…and then do it again and again to make sure I don’t have a fever. If something hurts or feels weird or looks strange I will google it for hours sometimes to find out what I’m dying from, probably cancer. I’ve spent all day before googling symptoms to determine what something is only to leave myself in tears. I keep searching thinking that I’m going to find something comforting soon that tells me I’m fine, but the reality is that never happens. I begin to google and my chest starts tightening, my breathing becomes shallow, and sometimes I’ll break out in a cold sweat. Even writing this post right now is starting to trigger some fear and worry.

The worst part is being surrounded by people and having this internal panic going on all day.  Everyone around you is going about their lives, and they seem happy, and they chat and are friendly…I’m over here secretly dying and I can’t say anything.  I just have to fake smile, and nod, and say “mm-hm” every once in a while, all the time I’m only thinking about the thing that is killing me.  I’ve canceled plans with friends because I couldn’t bear to be around them while they were chatting and laughing and I was struggling.

As I lay down to bed I pray and ask God to take away the awful thing in my body that is killing me.  I beg him to let me live a long and happy life and to see my kids grow old.  And then sometimes when I fall asleep I even dream about health issues and problems.

The next morning I wake up and start over.

xoxo Jamie

No turning back NOW!

When I decided to take control of my diet and health I honestly had no clue where to start!  I didn’t know what was healthy and what wasn’t.  I didn’t know how to count calories.  I didn’t know how many calories I needed, how many calories are in foods or how much of those foods I should be eating…I didn’t know anything!

If you paid attention to my last post; I was just sitting on my couch reading another woman’s success story on her fitness blog and hating myself, when I had the epiphany that I needed to make a change. So I studied, in depth, all the various fitness programs and workout plans and I picked the very best, easiest one!!  The End.  YEAH RIGHT!  LOL!  I was just testing you to see if you actually read my previous post! I didn’t know what I was doing, remember?!?!

Actually I was sitting there thinking of what I could do. I had already tried everything before. I remembered a friend posting about the 21 Day Fix.  She was already thin and beautiful, but I didn’t hold that against her.  In truth, she worked hard for her body.  I know this because she was posting nearly naked pictures of herself all the time on Facebook.  I would usually scroll past, whispering to myself “skinny bitch,” but not this night.  I found her and started a conversation about what I wanted.  I am so glad I did this because everything was about to change for the better, I just didn’t know it yet!!  That friend turned out to be a God-send in my life…a prayer answered!

My main concern at first was whether or not I would be able to do the workouts. I had gotten so overweight that I worried that I wouldn’t be able to finish them before getting discouraged and giving up. She assured me that nothing was “set in stone” and there were modifications for everything.

My next attempt to talk myself out of this:  I assumed that I would be hungry all the time.  She said definitely not because this program is all about eating healthy, whole foods that fill you up!  After much deliberation and self-convincing, I bought the program and texted her “NO TURNING BACK NOW!” I can’t believe how much my life changed after that!

So what works for me?  Here’s the program.  I drink one super-food packed, protein shake every day.  I can have it any time of the day, but I usually prefer lunch.  I also do an in-home, 30 minute workout every day!  They are hard and really push me…but I CAN do them!  I do NOT count calories, but instead use color coded food portioning containers to measure my food.  The eating guide that comes with the program tells me how many servings of each container to eat daily.  It also explains which foods go in each one!  THAT’S IT!

In the first week I lost 6 pounds. Let me reiterate, SIX POUNDS people!  And from there the ball was rolling!  I was so excited to get on the scale every day to see the changes!  Then I started noticing changes in my body, my mood, my attitude.  My clothes got smaller! Not due to shrinking in the wash, either! People were saying how happy I seemed and started noticing that my body was getting smaller! I want to express this feeling… I LOVED every day!  And nothing has changed.  I still feel the same way!  I just started the program again after falling off the wagon during the summer and right after school started and through the holidays…yeah I know…I took too much time off.  The good news is I didn’t gain any weight…a good sign for when I reach my goal weight.

I can honestly say that Beachbody, Shakeology, and the 21 Day Fix saved my life.  This isn’t some fad, crash, gimmicky, CRAP diet.  It’s a true lifestyle change and education on what we should be fueling our bodies with.  It’s the best!  And I can’t wait to see what I’m able to do with it this year!

xoxo Jamie

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