Having a healthy pregnancy is so important.. important for mommy to feel good and not have complications, and also for baby to grow big and strong in the most important time of development! I know eating healthy and exercise is hard when your not pregnant, so doing while pregnant can be trying… but its not impossible!! This is the BEST thing you can do for yourself because it makes that 40 weeks so much manageable!
We know the healthy weight gain is approx. 25-35 pounds to gain during your pregnancy.. give or take a few pounds if you are underweight or overweight. It is challenging if you have cravings, or if you are one who is so sick and struggles to eat! It is important to allow some leeway with your cravings and I do not want to say stay away from all the food your craving, because it may help you feel better at times. But the key is MODERATION! If you eat your cravings in moderation, you are less likely to feel bad, feel more swollen, and even develop issues down the road in your pregnancy!
At 31 weeks, almost 32, I am going to admit, it is getting harder and hard to breathe and move!! Steps make me out of breath… even sitting here typing makes me tired and out of breath lol… kidding, but not kidding!! Oh and yes, I am STILL working out, but the increased contractions scare me slightly, so I am now starting to take it easy!! It is hard to believe this baby of mine is only 3 lbs right now!!!! There must be a TON of water in there!!! HAHA
What workouts am I still doing at 31 weeks?? Well, there are a variety I can still handle, but certain moves I do modify.. I do most 21 Day Fix and Fix extreme.. except any ab exercises, some Shift shop, and 22 minute hard corps! My upside down yoga poses are non existent, but am doing a TON of stretches so I know that is one of the best things I can do for myself and to prepare for my home birth!!
Now.. can we talk about nutrition?? Nutrition is key!! You cannot workout a bad diet my friends!! And eating healthy during pregnancy will make a HUGE difference with how you look and feel!! I know from experience from my first and second pregnancy where I gained 60 lbs with each baby, and my third where I actually am taking care of myself and doing things the right way and have only gained HALF the weight of my last pregnancies!! Crazy right?? And I even worked out with my other pregnancies, so it definitely matters what you ingest!!
Meal prep went down and I will say it was my “ME TIME”… maybe you are not a fan of meal prepping… I am, but if you are not, there is a way to enjoy it, but you have to start and get creative!
Meal prepping is my key to success!! When I prep my foods ahead of time, I know exactly WHAT I am eating and WHEN I am eating!! So there is no excuse to miss a meal or to say “I don’t have time to cook something up quick and I was in a rush!” Isn’t that why many fail along their journey?? They use time as an excuse and then when you mess up, well “I’ll just start next week”, or even you just completely fall off track!
Some of the recipes I made were….
Pumpkin protein pancakes!! They are really yummy just how this recipe calls to make it, but I do like to add some extra calories to my breakfast because that is my biggest meal of the day!! So I added some plain Greek yogurt, fresh blueberries and blackberries, and topped it off with some agave nectar and cinnamon!! SOOOO GOOD!!!!!
Another meal I made was Spinach, tomato, and mushroom chicken… and so simple to make!! The chicken was thrown in the crock pot for 4 hours
Then I have my *new recipe* Honey Garlic Shrimp! It is great on top of some good ol’ spaghetti squash!! It will be a great dinner for me because I like to have mainly protein and veggies at dinner time so the carbs are not sitting in my belly at night!
I try to focus on getting around 1800 calories a day… don’t get me wrong, I do more of portion control that counting calories and I will not obsess about my food, but the most important thing is getting healthy whole foods in!
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1/4 cup Braggs liquid Aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)
1 Tbsp fresh minced garlic
1 tsp chili sauce (I use the Sriracha brand)
1 lb medium uncooked shrimp, peeled
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Whisk the honey/agave, soy sauce/braggs aminos, garlic, and chili sauce together in a medium bowl.
Place shrimp in a large zipped-top bag or tupperware. Pour 1/2 of the marinade mixture on top, give it all a shake or stir, then allow shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes-3 hrs. Cover and refrigerate the rest of the marinade for step 3.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place shrimp in the skillet and discard the remaining marinade that was with shrimp. Cook shrimp, stirring every minute or so for about 4 minutes, and pour in remaining marinade and cook it all until shrimp is cooked through, about another minute or so.
Serve shrimp with cooked marinade sauce with your choice of spaghetti squash or brown rice! Of course, a green veggie like broccoli or asparagus is a perfect side!
If you are using spaghetti squash, you can cook that while prepping the shrimp! Simply slice the squash in half length wise, use a spoon to take out middle with seeds, place each half upside down (round part facing up) on a plate, and place in microwave for 12 min! Fork out spaghetti squash onto plate or keep it in and use it as your bowl! Simply place your shrimp on top!
3 medium ripe bananas, (the riper the better) sliced into 1/2″ pieces
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tbsp raw honey
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 cup uncooked quick oats
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 cup fat free milk (I use Fat Free Fair Life Milk)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375° F. Lightly spray a 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on the bottom of the dish.
Sprinkle 1/4 tsp of the cinnamon, honey and cover with foil. Bake 15 minutes, until the bananas get soft.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the oats, half of nuts, baking powder, remaining cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and salt; stir together.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, light brown sugar, milk, egg, and vanilla extract.
Remove the bananas from the oven, then pour the oat mixture over the bananas.
Pour the pumpkin mixture over the oats, making sure to distribute the mixture as evenly as possible. Sprinkle the remaining nuts over the the top.
Bake the oatmeal for about 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the oatmeal has set. Serve warm and ENJOY!!
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I am catching up on life (remodeling a kitchen and office at once really puts you in a tizzy lol) and wanted to share our amazing weekend that our top leaders went on this past week!!!
As a fitness coach, my goal is to not only keep myself accountable for my own fitness journey, but also help others along the way!! As I have been able to help others, we have also found that growing a team of other like-minded go getters has really helped us with freedom for our families and financially… and since my team has made so many sacrifices and worked so hard to get to where they are today, this retreat was a way to congratulate them, but also allow them to enjoy a little vacation while spending some QT together!!
One thing that was extra special to me this trip was that my husband Brent was able to join me on this trip!! This was his very first Beachbody event that he attended… now it was not planned by corporate so he didn’t see the huge training and extras that go with those events, but this was a perfect first that he watched me host, so that made it so special!
The only way he was able to go with me was if he was my assistant and helped with cooking all the meals for 25 women and helped keep the place clean! I would say him and our other male friend Jessie who came to do the same did an amazing job!!! I am so blessed that Brent was able to not worry about taking off work to be here with me!
I must say, I have to give him so much credit because there are not many husbands or guys out there who are willing to be in a houseful of 25 women to do what they did and not one time complained about ANYTHING!! Not even me being slightly needy and pregnant at the same time!!
This was also our very first big trip together and flying together! If you don’t know our story, we did things pretty quick.. Met, got engaged in 4 months, married in 6, pregnant in 7! And never had the opportunity to have a honeymoon because our schedules with work and kids just didn’t match!
So back to the trip!!! It felt so good to be able to grab a 30 person house to have us all stay together and get to know each other more and spend time together!! We came from all over the US: PA, WV, CA, MI, and
more!! We may not see each other as often as we want, but when we come together again, it feels like we have known each other forever and we pick up right where we left off!
Our theme for our retreat was “EMPOWER”- Our mission to to EMPOWER others to shoot for the stars, to overcome fear and do what makes them happy and what is important to them! So many people hold back because of fear, but we are all for taking leaps into the unknown, because as we did it ourselves, we found a beautiful world on the other side of fear and doubt!!
As I took this trip at 28 weeks pregnant, I did not know what I was going to get myself into with swelling and being in sunny Florida with 90 degree weather… yea, I have no clue how pregnant mommas do it lol!! I was SOOO swollen every day!!! But I didn’t let it get to me, I just kept on moving!! Yoga, MMA workouts, we did it all.. and rocked it!
Im proud to say this was my yoga buddy and I working out on our last day before we travel back home!! #committed #goals
I guess since we are fitness coaches, we can tap for a minute about nutrition! We had planned healthy meals for each breakfast, lunch, and dinner while in Florida:
Buffalo chicken Sweet Potatoes
Taco night (healthy version)
And for breakfast, Green Protein Pancakes!! Ok I may have added peanut butter and bacon on it, but it was SOOOOO good lol!! Ps. Don’t knock it til ya try it!
Anndddd then came evening time.. I swear if my friends didn’t love cookies and didn’t suggest ice cream sundae parties, I would NOT have fallen off lol!! I can blame them right?? or blame it on the pregnancy??
Yes, my ice cream sundae was eaten in my two piece at 28 weeks pregnant and my belly was my table! LOL
During our retreat, we did have some training to continue empowering our leaders! Even leaders and successful coaches are hungry for more knowledge and growth!! And then after 2 days of training, we did finish off with a day in Epcot for the 25th year anniversary and wine and food festival… hold the wine please.. I’ll just take a sample of all the food!!
And then we did more work and had a photoshoot for some professional pictures.. as you can tell, with the little time we have, we get lots accomplished.. because busy people get stuff done!!!
I loved taking my pregnancy lifestyle pictures because this truly is ME!!! I love having the ability to be me, work from home, in yoga pants or comfy cotton dress with my belly hanging out, and helping others around the US/Canada, and soon to be UK!! Thanks to social media, it allows me to reach and help so many more people than just those in my community!!
It is so crazy to know this is our lives!! We pick the hours we want to work, we travel just a couple times a year (if we want) to meet up, have fun, get more training, and create memories, but we are women of all sizes and ages working on ourselves and our own fitness journeys, and hoping to help others who can relate to us along the way!
I am so thankful God has placed this opportunity in my hands almost 5 years ago when I was working full time swing shifts as a nurse with a newborn and 1 year old, and just wanting a way to have more freedom and time with my boys!!
This opportunity has allowed me more than I ever imagined: New friendships that I can call my other family, more freedom and time with my boys, financial freedom to provide for my family, more confidence as a person and mother, and a healthy pregnancy that I never had before this journey started!!
I am looking for 20 new women who are wanting to change their life!! Who are driven and hungry for success and freedom!! You must be fun to work with, willing to share your fitness journey, and willing to sacrifice some time to help others along their own journey— No education needed… my training will be good enough to help you grow a successful business of your own from home!!
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I am so excited to be launching my first ever Coach Apprenticeship and I’m even more excited that you are here reading about it!
If you have been thinking about joining my tribe of girl bosses, I have a week-long trial to help you decide if the coach life is for you!
Here is who I’m looking for:
women who love to uplift, empower, and support other women
motivated moms who are not afraid to work and are up for a challenge
ladies who are tired of the same old M-F, 9-5 routine
stay at home moms who love their title as mom but also want a little something more
women who are
tired of living paycheck to paycheck and want to contribute financially
ladies who are not afraid to share their journey on social media
Basically, I’m looking for women that want to live in yoga pants, work out at home, drink healthy milkshakes loaded with peanut butter, and be stay at home future mom bosses.
Here’s how it works:
Everything will take place in a private Facebook group!
You will subscribe to the FREE trial of Beachbody On Demand! I have selected my favorite workouts from various programs and will provide you with a calendar to follow Monday–Sunday!
Each day you’ll do your workout, then snap a sweaty selfie for accountability, and post it in ourprivate group! This is where the support and community come into play!
All the while, my business partners and I will be providing daily trainings on social media to help you dip your toe in the water and get comfortable sharing your journey!
At the end, you can decide if coaching is for you! If so, we’ll convert your free trial into an actual membership, enroll you in our New Coach Academy, welcome you to our team, and hit the ground running!
You have nothing to lose but so much to gain! This group will run from Monday, October 2nd to Sunday, October 8th! I hope you will join us!
To do so, please complete the following steps:
Subscribe to the free trial of Beachbody On Demand. You will be required to enter a credit card, but will NOT be charged until your trial expires. I will give you directions for cancelling or upgrading before then!
I am just about 26 weeks pregnant, and my body is changing BIG time!! I want to do this blog post NOT just for pregnant mommas, but also want to help those who struggle with their weight/fitness journey all together!
Being a mom, pregnant, and getting older are all reasons we can use when we fall off track with our fitness journey.. Can I get an AMEN?!?! I mean really, there are sooooo many things that get in the way of our goals and results.. we get too tired, busy, annoyed by results not coming fast enough, and the fact that others around you may look better, fitter, and prettier, DESPITE how hard you are working… we compare, get frustrated, and shut down.
It’s time to put those blinders on and focus on YOU, what you are capable of doing, and YOUR current situation! I use to try and be that mom who had it all together, and then when I see others rocking the gym with their babies, looking like they never had a baby even 6 weeks after baby comes…. ya know.. eating nothing but clean foods.. Sorry ladies and moms who got it together like that.. but that is JUST NOT ME!!!
I talk about my fitness journey on social media.. my followers KNOW I am a sucker for nachos, cheeseburgers, stuffed crust pizza, peanut butter, and cheese!!! I can’t hide and I won’t! I do love working out, but my home fitness workouts are my jam! The gym use to be, but for my lifestyle, but I love letting my boys sleep and get my workout done early, or even let them workout with me and watch what I do instead of gym babysitters.. not saying there is ANYTHING wrong with the other option.. this is simply MY choice and better option for ME and MY FAMILY!!! 🙂 So yea, my boys love jumping up in the mornings with me and get down before school and rock out some push ups!! I call it “teaching them early” and watching mommy be healthy so they can have a positive role model to hopefully take after and live a healthy lifestyle themselves and continue the tradition!
But let’s talk about what is NOT working with me on my fitness journey:
Too many cheat meals… it’s so easy to let those temptations get in the way. We crave a burger, and then you take the fries too. Then you want to eat out and the appetizers sound so good. Before you know it, your 1 cheat meal per week turns into 3 and 4. So yea, the 80/20 rule with nutrition is KEY!
Lack of water intake…. did you our bodies are made up of 60% water? Our bodies NEED water to stay hydrated, use water as a cleanse to get rid of toxins in our body, and more! I hate to admit that I have not had my daily allowance that my body needs every day. I am getting better, but some days, I am lacking!
Let’s talk about what IS working on my fitness journey:
Exercising! Even if I am not running every day or lifting weights every day, I am still doing SOMETHING: Stretching, lots of yoga, still jogging, and lifting also! No matter what exercise I am doing, it is helping me get stronger in different ways!
Nutrition… when I AM on track, I feel such a HUGE difference! I do drink my Shakeology daily,ecause it is one meal that gives me that great nutrition and superfoods! It’s easy, convenient, and yea, I will take it if it tastes like a milkshake! So, it definitely pays off to eat healthy!
Giving myself positive affirmations. It may sound silly, but there are times when I feel like throwing in the towel and giving up. Being on your fitness journey is not easy! If it was, everyone would be walking around with an 8 pack! But when I do struggle and feel like quitting, I talk to myself, give myself positive words of encouragement and push myself! It is amazing what you can accomplish when you change your attitude from “I can’t” to “I can” and “I will”.
This journey of eating healthy and working out is NOT easy, but it is totally worth the results!! My goal is to not allow myself to be on a “diet” because diets are only temporary and do not last forever.. once you get off that diet, then what happens?? Majority of the time, you end up gaining it back, plus more! So I am turning this into a lifestyle! If I fall off, have too many cheats, lack exercise a couple days, I do not give up.. I simply get back on track and pick up where I left off!
I am opening up 10 spots to my next fitness support group for those who have health and fitness goals and are ready to commit to a lifestyle change! I will help you create healthy habits, learn how to eat healthy, along with meal planning, and find a workout program that fits your needs and level of fitness!
Please fill out the application below to reserve your spot! Spaces are limited!
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As a health and wellness coach, my mission is to help others live a healthy and fulfilling life, and to feel GOOD in their own skin… love who they are, but in the healthiest way possible!! That is why I run monthly Challenge Groups to help people on a daily basis to create healthy habits, win small victories, and reach goals they never thought was possible!!
In my current challenge group, I have Bonnie B. who has done such an incredible job on her fitness journey!! She has been doing a variety of workout programs from All-Access Beachbody On Demand such as Shift Shop, Core De Force, and CIZE!
Not only is she doing 30 minute workouts in the comfort of her own home to get strong and tone, but she is also incorporating healthy eating and Shakeology into her regimen! Shakeology is one meal that she does not even have to think about, but is giving her the proper nutrition and superfoods her body needs that we do not get when we just shop at the grocery store!! High quality nutrients gives you high quality results!!
This journey is not about a diet, it’s about creating a lifestyle that you can live off of forever!! I am so super proud of this mom and friend for working so hard and being so consistent every day to push through those workouts, to eat healthy even when something is tempting her, and to show others what is possible!!
If you are looking to start your weight loss journey or get off a plateau you have been on and cannot lose those stubborn pounds that are making you feel uncomfortable and unhappy, please fill out the application below for a spot in my next fitness challenge! You will receive daily motivation, health and fitness tips, recipes, and accountability to reach your goals!!
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So if you have been following my journey, the Shift Shop journey is in FULL force!! We are in week 2… my hubby and I and are following our challengers in our big exclusive test group! Being 20 weeks pregnant, I wanted to pick a program to follow from home that still challenged me, gave me cardio, weights, and an easy meal plan to follow, yet allowed modification for when necessary!! I know my body and definitely do not want to over do it and hurt myself or the baby!! So, this is what we choose!!
Being half way through week 2, we are kicking butt with these workouts!! They are a challenge for sure, but I think my past workout programs I did really got me in great shape to still be able to do this program without modification yet!! As my belly gets bigger, there will be some moves I may have to modify!! But overall, my husband and I both LOVE the program and what it gives us!
We have been waking up every morning at 6 am and getting in our workout and it feels so good and have that 25-35 minute workout out of the way and really gives us energy to get our day going!
Let’s talk nutrition for a minute… nutrition is NOT easy for me!! It is what I struggle with the most! I use to struggle with eating at night… I craved sweets. Now that I drink Shakeology, it has SIGNIFICANTLY helped those cravings and I am good! Where I struggle with is snacking during the day and if I am out… which we have been traveling a TON lately!
But, I want to keep this pregnancy healthy and stay as in shape as possible and not gain those 60 lbs I gained with my other 2, so this Shift Shop program really allows us to focus on simplified nutrition and easy prepping with our food!
Breakfast for champions! Eggs with our fresh veggies from our garden! See, healthy eating isn’t expensive!!
Here is our meal plan for Week 2! I am using Plan B 1500-1700 calories! And I may add an extra spoonful of natural peanut butter here and there lol… hey, I am just being honest!!!
Dinner tilapia with our fresh veggies from our garden turned into stir-fry! I used Bragg liquid aminos in the stir-fry cooked with EVOO! This is a must try!!
With our veggie stir-fry, we are mixing it up with whatever veggies we have from our garden!! So basically TONS of zucchini, tomatoes, and adding mushrooms, kale, and broccoli or green beans from the garden!
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