Let me be real…

Earlier was my post about change in my diet to gluten free and dairy free... a couple hours later, after talking to my Soul Sister, D, I realized, while that post is truthful and factual, it’s not the reality.

Here’s my reality (currently) when I’m in a grocery store:

  • I want to punch every loaf of bread I see
  • I want to punt kick everything in the bakery department
  • I want to pick up packets of Twinkies and throw them at people
  • I want to run down the milk aisle and swing a bat at the cheese, yogurt, milk, etc

Here is my reality when it comes to eating out:

  • I research EVERY SINGLE restaurant to see what I can eat
  • I then say “I can eat here and here” and my husband lovingly says “okay, I’ll eat anywhere.” or “but you could get a piece of grilled chicken from Chik-Fil-A…” What’s the point if I can’t have bread or cheese?
  • I’m not even 100% certain I can eat half the stuff I eat because I do not know if there is dairy in it.
  • I’m slowly hating eating out but I’m not all up in arms excited about cooking 21 meals every single – math: breakfast, lunch & dinner 7/days a week.

Here’s what I’m thankful for:

  • A husband who is supportive and caring and is trying hard not to “fix” the situation but offer helpful suggestions
  • Kids who will eat pretty much anything – there might be some fighting to get them to actually eat, but little to no complaining over what’s on the plate
  • Vegan Shakeology
  • Almond and Coconut Milk
  • 21 Day Fix container System & Insanity Max:30 using the containers
  • Fixate cookbook

A diet change

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Robin Sharma isn’t joking around with that quote. Change… it’s hard to accept and move with when you’re not ready for the change. There are times change is needed, I know it deep inside, but refuse to get out of my own way and do what is needed.

Two weeks ago, I received blood work back showing I have either a sensitivity or allergy towards whey, wheat and casein (dairy). I mean, really… all three? Why all three? It’s like someone is sitting up there going “Look, I’m going to force you to eat meat, vegetables and fruit and only meat, vegetables and fruit. This is what it’s going to take.” Well, thanks.

In two weeks I’ve done more research on what bad foods I can eat because the good foods are pretty easy to figure out – fresh produce and meat. But what about ice cream? And chocolate? What do I turn to when I have a sweet craving and can’t eat my normal dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

It’s a whole new path for me to follow. The morning I saw the results, I immediately made the changes I needed to make. There have been a few times in 2 weeks where I popped something in my mouth and then later realized it had dairy in it — I realized it when 30 minutes later I needed a nap and hadn’t felt that way prior.

I’m still in the first phase of “change” – with it being hard. It’s getting a little bit easier, maybe I’m in the mix of hard and messy, I don’t know. I know I’m trying hard to let go of old habits. I know I also want to take a baseball bat and start swinging at all the food on the shelves. The things I want but can no longer have.

The only thing making this somewhat easy is knowing the results came back high. Whether or not it’s a sensitivity or an allergy, I’ll treat it like an allergy, it’s easier that way. It’s how I treat eating seeds/nuts, I have issues with digesting them, I’m not allergic to them but i treat it as if I am. The thing I keep in mind is the end result of how I feel is not worth the temporary satisfaction of the taste in my mouth.

I’ve said goodbye to a couple items I love the past two weeks.

  1. Beer has been replaced by wine, gluten free beer and gluten free ciders. I’m taking this opportunity to be a gluten free beer taster (on my own accord) and I’ll try anything once.
  2. Chocolate – finding a dairy free, wheat free chocolate is hard. I’ve decided to look instead for treats which are DF/GF, just so I can have a running of list of something to satisfy a sweet craving, but as a few and farther between type of treat.
  3. Bread/Pasta: I think there is GF pasta, but I have to be certain it’s DF too. Bread, I’m determining the value of GF/DF bread is probably not worth the cost. Plus, whatever is on the shelves looks disgusting, and what’s frozen is just too pricey for me.
  4. Cheese… this is when I long for the casein to be more of an “intolerance” than an “allergy.” To take away chocolate and cheese is like a punch in the gut. I tried the DF cheese last week. I also put it in my mouth, and then let it fall out of my mouth onto my desk at work because it was disgusting.

Onward and upward to a new adventure in my quest for a healthy life. Though somewhat forced upon me, it’ll help me be a healthier version of me, as well as be able to instill eating healthy into my children as they grow up. I feel like they get to make out in this too… Pizza night with dad, while mom drinks Shakeology or make chicken and vegetables. Donut trip with dad, while mom eats GF oatmeal.

So if you’re Gluten Free and/or Dairy Free – please leave me some tips in the comments section below. I’ll take any and everything I can get. I’m a sponge of information for this right now.

80/20 Food Rule

A rule of thumb I always hear about when it comes to food is live by the 80/20 rule of healthy/fun foods. I never quite understood it. Like, I get it, I realize it’s eat 80% healthy all the time and you have 20% mess ups. I feel like I’m working my way there, I believe I’m at more of a 50/50 pace right now.

On the way into work, I was listening to Shaun T’s podcast from July. He talked about the 80/20 rule and he put it so simplistically, even I was able to understand it. And I thought, it would be great to just share it.

Write a list down of 5 healthy foods you like; and a list of 5 fun foods you love.

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Then take 4 of those healthy foods and 1 of the fun foods:

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  • If you multiply 4 x 365 days a year it equals 1460
  • If you take 1 x 52 weeks a year it equals 52.

So over the course of 1 year if you eat 1,460 healthy foods for your meals and only have that 1 special treat every week, you’re not going to gain weight. You’re going to be living a healthier lifestyle and chances are, if you’re not eating this way now, you’ll lose weight.

When it was broken down like this for me, it’s like a light bulb went off. It’s not an 80/20 rule per day. It’s an 80/20 rule per week. And it’s not for every 4 things good/healthy you eat you get 1 bad thing. Plus, keep in mind portion control! You can’t eat 3lbs of grilled chicken in one sitting, yea it’s healthy, but unless you’re Beast-ing up with Sagi Kalev, you’re probably going to go outside of your calorie goals.

So what are my thoughts when it comes to birthdays, vacations and holidays?

  • Birthdays = in my mind are 0-calorie days. Don’t go hog wild, but at the same time, you know you’re going to have some sort of treat, don’t feel guilty about it.
  • Vacations = I know on most vacations, I can get away with eating a decent breakfast (mostly the Shakeology I brought of a Quest bar), and I’ll try to pack healthier snacks. It’s not always possible. But it’s vacation. If I’ve been working hard with exercise and food prior to my trip(s), what I eat in 5 days isn’t going to totally derail me. Now, if I’ve been eating crappy and drinking too much alcohol, I’m not really going into the trip with the best health to begin with.
  • Holidays = Thanksgiving is 1 day. Christmas is 1 day. New Years Eve is 1 day. If you’re not celebrating the actual holiday on the holiday, pick one of the times you will overindulge. OR if you celebrate Christmas 3-4x, pick the meal. You know you’re eating dinner at your in-laws, make sure you stay on track with breakfast and lunch being healthy and lighter meals.
  • I’m adding another holiday — Mother’s Day. This is the best day of the year, even better than my birthday. It’s my 0-calorie, judgement free – I don’t make decisions – I don’t do baths – I don’t do laundry – I don’t do anything – day. As long as it’s spent with my kids and my husband, that’s the most important thing. And if I want to stick a straw in a pitcher of margarita’s (and not share) that’s my decision. A judgement free day.

I have some questions for you! Sound off in the comments section of this blog post!!

  1. Do you have trouble with following an 80/20 rule? Why?
  2. Are you good or bad at portion control?
  3. What stops you from achieving the results you want?

Let’s get some discussion going.

Summit and Lots of New Things!!!

Beachbody Coach Summit

I’ll start with my experience at Coach Summit and then roll into the new products coming out.

Summit was great – minus the heat and humidity. I was able to see quite a few great speakers, like Chalene Johnson, Top Coach 2013 Lindsay Matway and Top Coach 2014 Melanie Mitro, as well as other fantastic coaches and speakers.

I did a live workout with Shaun T for his new program Cize. This was pretty much my main event (in my mind). To be in the same room with the man, to hear him provide motivating and inspiring words was truly a blessing and a dream come true (well, a dream since I started with T25 back in January 2014).

Meeting my upline team was awesome too. I found a great friend in my roommate, and she is also my soul sister. I haven’t laughed that hard over the amount of days we spent together, in a long time. We clicked from the minute we met and it was nice hanging with someone who was ready to leave when I was ready to leave.

All in all, it was a great time and a great learning experience. It has given me the desire to want to grow my business and my team and to be a great leader. I’m going to set some goals and start working towards achieving them.

New products!!!!!! NEW PRODUCTS!!!!

First and foremost


One of the most exciting workout programs to come out in a while is CIZE!! It’s FANTASTIC and so much fun!! Best yet, you don’t have to do burpees!!! If you like dancing, this is definitely for you. I still have 3 available spots for my August 3rd challenge group!! Order your copy today!!

*** Anyone purchasing the Cize Challenge Pack will recieve a $10 Amazon e-Card from me.

*** Anyone who purchases a challenge pack and signs up as a Coach will receive the Fixate Cookbook from me!

Next up….

Shakeology Boosts (Available today, July 21st)!!!

Focused Energy, Digestive Health, Power Greens!!!

Read more about them here: http://www.shakeology.com/blogs/2015/07/18/shakeology-boost-newest-member-family/

And last but not least (I put these in the order they’re available)

Beachbody Performance Line: Available July 22nd

I’m most excited about this line. I’m very intrigued by the Hydrate and Recharge. Once I finish my current batch for E&E I’ll order the Energize. I’ve heard great things about the Recover as well (a chocolate protein shake). Many have told me the chocolate flavor is amazing and delicious. I have a sample pack at home of each of the below items, minus creatine. I’ll post a blog about my experience with each of them and my thoughts.

The performance line can be purchased separately or there will be 3 bundles available:

1. Energize and Recover

2. Energize, Hydrate, Recover, Recharge

3. Energize, Hydrate, Recover, Recharge, Creatine