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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Headbands that Don't Slip - Sparkly Soul

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Recently I discovered Sparkly Soul Headbands and OMG they are THE BEST!!!

I have SUPER THICK HAIR and I like to workout, BUT my headbands would always slip and fall off in the middle of my workouts.  Honestly, it was so annoying.  I could feel them as they would start to slip.

ENTER SPARKLY SOUL.  I first got to try one of their AWESOME HEADBANDS when my Blogger Friend San Briego gave me one as a gift.  And I LOVE them.  First time I wore one, I got through my whole workout and FORGOT I was even wearing a headband, which ALMOST NEVER HAPPENS!  I was shocked it stayed on throughout the entire cardio and strength training workout!

Plus, I love anything that SPARKLES.  I also like that there's no black elastic in the back.  It's just a velvety material which is softer on my hair.  And no, this is NOT a sponsored post or anything.  I don't get a commission whatsoever.

Here's their website if you're interested in checking them out:  SPARKLYSOUL

I don't know about you but I always get a little more excited about my workout when I have CUTE GEAR to WEAR!


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Sunday, November 8, 2015


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Last year, inspired by a touching story I heard, I embarked on a simple JOURNALING CHALLENGE to record DAILY the Reasons Why....
I LOVE my Husband
I APPRECIATE the things he does
I didn't miss a day and I tried to find something different to write about each time. And over the course of doing this, it COMPLETELY CHANGED MY MARRIAGE and made it 100X times better, and he DIDN'T EVEN KNOW I WAS DOING IT. It was LIFE-CHANGING.
For this Challenge, you CAN PICK ANYONE to do this journal for. It doesn't have to be your spouse. It can be for your Mom, your Dad, your sister, your brother, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your friend, or anyone else you choose smile emoticon
EACH DAY, as part of the challenge, I'll share a prompt to remind you to make an ENTRY, and I'll also share personal examples to help you think of something if you get stuck.
I thought it would be AWESOME to kick this off next week and FINISH IT JUST IN TIME for CHRISTMAS in case you wanted to give this UBER THOUGHTFUL GIFT to your LUCKY RECIPIENT.
My HUSBAND actually said this was the BEST PRESENT EVER heart emoticon
IF you would like to JOIN ME in this FUN and EASY CHALLENGE, just REQUEST to be ADDED TO THE GROUP HERE

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Free 5 Day "How to Survive the Holidays" Challenge

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I don't know about you BUT right about THIS TIME LAST YEAR, I was like "You know what?! I give up! There's too many potlucks, sweets, candies, celebrations, parties, get togethers etc that I'm JUST GOING TO ENJOY MYSELF until AFTER THE HOLIDAYS." Sound familiar???
But you know what? That usually results in me GAINING 10 LBS and then feeling FAT, bloated, and honestly, a little bit ashamed.
Well, I BELIEVE there's a HAPPY MEDIUM. You don't have to go all out BUT you shouldn't just throw your hands up and do whatever you want either. BECAUSE I PROMISE YOU, come the NEW YEAR it will be 10X HARDER to get BACK ON TRACK than if you had just STAYED RELATIVELY ON TRACK the whole time.
It's not supposed to be a diet.
It's just EASY TIPS and TRICKS to get through the HOLIDAYS a little BETTER than you did last year.
We're talking SMALL CHANGES here.
We start next MONDAY NOV. 9th!

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Second Week of the 21 Day Fix

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So, I would say I conquered Week 2 of the 21 Day Fix Workout-wise.  I totally bombed though on the nutrition.  I cannot really even blame Halloween.  I did not have too much candy, but I let old habits creep.  There were multiple catered lunches at work, and my true achilles heel is eating ice cream at my parent's house.  I do not keep desserts in my house because I know I would eat them.  You cannot cannot always control what other people have at their house.  I had been pretty good for several months, but have lapsed more than I would like in the last couple weeks.

You get in this mode where you tell yourself, one scoop of ice cream is not going to make a difference.  The problem is, once you do it, it makes it easier to do it again.  Then what should be an "occasion" becomes a daily bad habit, which compounded over time leads to unwanted weight gain.

Sigh.  I am not giving up though.  I'm brushing myself off and continuing on.  I want Week 3 to be THE WEEK, where I not only dominate each workout BUT I also lock down my nutrition.  It helps that I am kicking off a 21 Day Challenge for MY TEAM tomorrow.  There is always strength in numbers :)

Here's a quick recap of this previous week:

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Day 6 of 21 DONE!!!
Man this is tough. Not gonna lie.
The workouts actually aren't too bad. I'm coming to enjoy them BUT THE NUTRITION IS HARD!!!

O sure in theory it's good. And intellectually I get it. I know now why I had plateaued for so long. Even though I was eating generally clean, I was eating too much!

I just enjoy snacking. I mindlessly snack. I've recognized that I just like the act of eating. I'll eat watching tv, when I'm bored, just because it's there or when I'm emotional. Not good!

Now that I'm tracking my food, I realize what I'm doing. I pace around the kitchen and realize I could easily eat all my containers in one meal without thinking twice!

So for me, at least, this 21 Day Challenge is really teaching me and retraining me to fuel my body properly and not eat out of habit.

Also yesterday, I did have wine BUT I skipped the normal frozen yogurt and instead of lobster and mashed potatoes, I ordered their market fresh vegetable tasting platter and had a side of lobster. I will call that progress!!!

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Day 7 of 21 Done.
I've completed a whole week of workouts!
Now it could be SO EASY to recap and beat myself up right now for not following this program perfectly BUT what I have found SUPER IMPORTANT during any journey is to FOCUS ON THE PROGRESS and to only SPEAK TO YOURSELF POSITIVELY.

So here goes.
What I did well:
I worked out everyday and did the workouts in order smile emoticon
I tracked what I ate more than I have in the past several months.
Yesterday I had only one scoop of vanilla ice cream with my peaches when the old me would have had a whole bowl.
I had one spoonful of the neighbor's homemade tiramisu when the old me would have eaten the whole thing.
I split one carrot cake piece 4 ways and when my daughter didn't finish hers I didn't eat it when the old me totally would have!
I had a slice of butter on my potato last night. It's okay. I'll do better next time. The old me would beat myself up over it.

I am proud of my hard work over the last week. It was far from perfect BUT it was way better than it was the week

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I have a ways to go but I'm up for the journey. I'm going for long term change and that's not always easy.

Day 8 of 21 Done.
Surprisingly I felt really STRONG today.
There was a noticeable difference in both my ENDURANCE AND STRENGTH for today's workout compared to when I did it last week.
I was out of breath less and had more range of motion!

I will call that a NON-SCALE VICTORY!!! Woot woot!!!

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Day 9 of 21 Done.
It's weird but I swear it's getting A LOT EASIER TO WAKE UP and WORKOUT.
I know what you're thinking. Yeah riiiight!
But seriously, I read somewhere that you should get up the same time everyday regardless of how much sleep you got the night before AND everyday of the week including weekends. It somehow sets your internal clock. Shrug. All I know is it seems to be working.

So 9 workouts down. 9 days in a row. Now just have to tackle that "following a meal plan" part. I faltered a little yesterday after finding some frozen thin mints at my parent's house. BUT today's a new day. I will do better!

Remember, GREAT THINGS NEVER CAME FROM COMFORT ZONES. Get out of yours today!

Day 10 of 21 Done!
The old me would totally have skipped my workout today since I missed it this morning BUT I'm working on a NEW ME!

It's not easy. And I actually slipped up a bit on my nutrition today. It's tough when the food is free and you're

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celebrating birthdays. I ate a snicker doodle and had a piece of ice cream cake.

I also noticed I was more inclined to indulge today than on days when I workout first thing in the morning. I also noticed that after I did my workout tonight, all I wanted was a salad for dinner so I didn't undo what I just did. There's something to be said for exercising first thing I think. You just set the tone for the whole day.

I'm almost half way through this challenge! So excited. I may not be perfect, but I'm me and I'm making progress.

Gotta wake up early tomorrow. I'm dressing up for work and will need a little extra time to get ready.

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Day 11 of 21 Done!
I'm not even sore today. It's crazy really. I don't know why I didn't trust that following the workout schedule to a T would make such a difference. Of course the master trainer would have put the workouts in a specific order to optimize muscle recovery. Duh! That didn't stop me from jumping around and just doing the workout I felt like though before I started this.

I've already decided I'm going to do another round of this once I complete this. My goal is to NOT MISS A WORKOUT. And let's just say I have LOTS OF OPPORTUNITY to improve in the nutrition category.

What with potlucks and free breakfast at work today for Halloween, this time of year is REALLY HARD!!!

But I tell you what. I'm doing 10X BETTER than I would if I wasn't doing this challenge

Day 12 of 21 Done!
Today was a tough one. I feel like I barely made it through the workout. And you know what? That's okay. I did it anyway.


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And no beating myself up for poor food choices yesterday. I'm doing better this year than I was this same time last year. Can you believe I haven't broken into the Halloween candy yet???!!! I used to be someone who could snack on Reese's peanut butter cups, butter fingers, and twix all day. The fact that the candy bag I bought to pass out tonight is still unopened is a HUGE ACHIEVEMENT!

I am ALSO proud that I just finished my workout and my family isn't even up yet. About to record a welcome video for my new Challengers who are starting their 21 Day Challenge on Monday then I'm off to enjoy this Halloween Saturday with my family!!!

Cheers! Or should I say Boo!

Day 13 of 21 Done!!!
HAHA I had way too much fun thinking of how to capture this one. Have to say, I'm pretty proud of it. I knew that pregnancy pillow would come in handy again some day!

After a week of honestly, going off the rails nutrition wise, I AM BACK AND COMMITTED!!! I don't think it's a coincidence that it's right in time for my Team to start their own 21 Day Challenge tomorrow. This is actually why I became a Coach. I stay so much more accountable when I'm in/running a group. I don't feel so alone. I feel like it's easy to break a promise to myself BUT a promise to my Team is so much different.

I think sometimes people think that to be a Coach you already have to be fit and perfect. SO NOT TRUE. It's being real and sharing your journey that makes you so much more relatable. I struggle just like you. I just happen to share it publicly. I do so in the hopes that it inspires you to know that you don't have to be perfect to start. And you don't have to stay perfect to keep going.

Here's to the imperfect journey! That's what it's all about. 

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