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Thursday, September 27, 2012

W.O.T.D. ~ 09.26.12

So I've decided to start working a,specific body part each day...yesterday was LEGS! I did Tone It Up' s Love Your Legs followed by their Thighs workout. I also did Fire 55 EZ from Turbo Fire in the morning. My legs are killin' me...too much lactic acid build up ~ I guess! That's my story.....and I'm stickin' to it ;)

Watch "Love Your Legs Workout | Tone It Up Tuesdays" on YouTube

Thursday, September 20, 2012


I'm super pumped for the upcoming weeks! I have a couple of things that are coming up that will make me a better me...

This coming Sunday is the start of the Unglued bible study - whoop whoop! Cause God knows that I come "unglued" VERY quickly to the people that mean the most to me. I need to get that in check REAL quick. You should join the bible study with all of us. It's online and super easy to maintain. I believe we'll be reading 2 chapters a week. That's totally do-able...if you want to change.

Is this you....

The next thing I'm SUPER DUPER pumped about is starting Insanity with my friend Sandra. Day 1 is Oct 1 which will be here sooner than I can even imagine. Not to worry though...I've already scheduled my time to go over the nutrition book and jot down some simple recipes that I can eat daily. I'll still be eating whatever I make for the family for dinner, but the rest of the day is going to be Insanity approved meals. Momma needs to do something before her birthday in November - I don't want to be the same as I currently am.

AND the last but definitely not the least thing I'm pumped about is this book I picked up the other day at B&N...Intuitive Eating. This book was recommended by one of the chicas whose blog I follow...Healthy Hits The Spot. Here's the book description from Amazon:

First published in 1995, Intuitive Eating has become the go-to book on rebuilding a healthy body image and making peace with food. We’ve all been there—angry with ourselves for overeating, for our lack of willpower, for failing at yet another diet. But the problem is not us; it’s that dieting, with its emphasis on rules and regulations, has stopped us from listening to our bodies. Written by two prominent nutritionists, Intuitive Eating will teach you:
• How to reject diet mentality forever
• How our three Eating Personalities define our eating difficulties
• How to find satisfaction in your eating
• How to feel your feelings without using food
• How to honor hunger and feel fullness
• How to follow the ten principles of ”Intuitive Eating”,
• How to achieve a new and safe relationship with food and, ultimately, your body
• How to raise an "intuitive eater"–NEW!

• The incredible science behind intuitive eating–NEW!

This revised edition includes updates and expansions throughout, as well as two brand new chapters that will help readers integrate intuitive eating even more fully into their daily lives.

Check it out cause we need to get rid of this "diet" mentality. I know I'm truly screwed up by it and my major focus is that I don't want my kids, especially my daughter to grow up with the mentality that I have. It's a freakin' vicious cycle that has no winners in the end.

And last but definitely not least AGAIN...I'm on day 12 of PUSH! Whoop Whoop! I've stuck with it. I must admit that during the weekend I was lazy, excuse me...I didn't take the initiative to read. BOO on me - I know! But I did catch up...I only had 2 chapters that I got behind on. I'm almost half way done with it which will be an accomplishment in and of itself since I've never finished the book.

Here's to OUR success everyone!

Work HARD, Play HARD...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Why I Drink Shakeology...

When I first heard of Shakeology, it was pitched to me as a meal replacment - that's it. So can you imagine my surprise when I went online to the lady's website who gave me the sample to see how much a bag...a 30 day supply cost. My immediate reaction was "Hell No!"

So pretty much I never tried the sample she gave me. It just sat in my pantry for months. Until...until the day that I was approached by another lady who was also a Beachbody coach but who lived all the way in Michigan. Suprisingly, she sent me a full page email explaining what exactly Shakeology was. It wasn't just a silly 'ol meal replacement like the ones you can buy at your local grocery store. HECK NO...this "meal replacement" is filled to the brim with all sorts of GREATNESS! Greatness that I can't even pronounce to say the least. It has your vitamins, your aminos, your minerals, your protein and carbs AND so much more. There are 70 ingredients in each serving of Shakeology.

So you may be asking...well what convinced you to spend your money on this stuff?! Well, plan and simple - I love the way it makes me feel. I feel so much better physically when I drink it and I also mentally feel much better about myself. I know that what is going in my body is the best of the best. For sure, when I first started drinking it I only looked at it for a weightloss solution but not anymore...it's more to me than that now. It's my secret to not ever being diagnosed with a lifelong disease that I'll have to take medications for (which is one of my worst fears). It's my way of knowing that when I drink it, I am getting my veggies in (and that can be hard for all of us). 

Now the plan is to get the family drinking it! My hubby drinks and loves it - especially if I make it for him. But my kids don't drink it and I'd love for them to, but they just look at it like it's some crazy, nasty drink they aren't interested in. So I've got to come up with a plan...

My whole point in writing this post is to tell you that I'm willing to pay for the price of my health NOW. When are you going to be willing to do it?! Why does our health carry a price tag with it? Why are we willing to spend money on things that do not make us healthy but given the opportunity to make a better choice we do not. And don't get me wrong...I struggle daily with making poor choices and I feel upset with myself about it. But every choice I make and that you make doesn't have to be a poor one. Pay for your health NOW so that you don't have to pay for it later with doctors visits or daily medication. And don't forget that all those medications out there...unfortunately have side effects that come along with them. Isn't that just crazy?!

Anyways...sorry for ranting!

Make your day a better one by making a choice that will benefit you in the long run............

Friday, September 14, 2012

Am I Going ToO Far?!

So here is my menu for next week...do ya think I'm going too far with the crockin'? All 4 nights require the use of the crockpot and I even added Saturday morning breakfast which is also in the crock.

I'm wondering if my family is going to even know what regular cooking is when I do it. So I've planned for not so many crock meals for the following week.

Do you use the crockpot?

W.O.T.D. ~ 09.14.12

Mornin' y'all...I'm writing this super early today. I just finished up my workout and I'm eating my breakfast - overnight oats...yummy! Right now its very dark outside and rainy. The temps have FINALLY dropped and hopefully they'll stay here! I'm so ready for Fall and Winter y'all...

So today's workout was HIIT 20 and Stretch 10 from the Turbo Fire schedule. I followed that up with Tone It Up's Sandcastle Workout and some much needed foam rollin'. Tonight is football so I won't have any extra time to do any workouts - gotta get it in early!

So I'm going to leave you with this...I saw the other day and it really has made me think. It's not just for "students" it's for all of us. We can all learn from this message.

Have a great FRIDAY!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

W.O.T.D. ~ 09.12.12

I werked it early today! I got up early and did Core 20 and Stretch 40 from Turbo Fire. Core 20 is all about working every area of your core and not just your regular sit ups. Stretch 40 is amazing...its Chalene's version of yoga. It felt great to get in a really good stretch.

And today I decided to REALLY pay attention to what I'm eating. And let me tell ya my body is a talkin' to me. I'm striving for every 3 hours and as soon as 1 hour has passed my belly starts talking. I've also felt light-headed...like I just want to go lay down. And please don't think I'm not putting nourishing food in my body because I am. I went back to using MyFitnessPal to track my food's calories, water intake, and exercise. If you're on there or decide to join...my username is TonedStef. Come join the fun over there.

Workout Music

Right now I'm totally lovin' on Demi Lovato. I can't get enough of this song...

And it is now part of my playlist. I start off with just fast paced pop songs and then get into the hardcore rap songs of motivation!

So here is my "Cardio" playlist:

  1. Part of Me - Katy Perry
  2. Only Girl (In the World) - Rihanna
  3. What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) - Kelly Clarkson
  4. Give Your Heart A Break - Demi Lovato
  5. What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
  6. Scream - Usher
  7. Fighter - Christina Aguilera
  8. In The Ayer - Flo-Rida Ft Will.I.Am and Fergie
  9. Drop It Low - Ester Dean
  10. Work Hard, Play Hard - Wiz Khalifa
  11. Out Here Grindin' - DJ Khaled
  12. Ms New Booty - Bubba Sparxxx
  13. Where The Hood At - DMX
  14. All I Do Is Win - DJ Khaled
  15. Winner - Jamie Foxx
  16. Hustle Hard - Ace Hood
  17. Till I Collapse - Eminem
  18. Cashin' Out - Cash Out 
  19. I Can Only Imagine - David Guetta
  20. Make It Rain - Fat Joe
  21. Ambition - Wale
  22. I'm So Hood - DJ Khaled
  23. We Takin' Over - DJ Khaled
What songs get you pumped?!

W.O.T.D. ~ 09.11.12

Well, yesterday I didn't wake up early to workout even though I knew that I had a lot to do after work. I noticed that my day wasn't as pleasant as it is when I start it off with a good sweat. Finally listening to my body!

So I got home and I was in a super rush to do day 6 of Turbo Fire. It was Fire 30 followed by Stretch 10. Let me tell ya that I love Stretch 10...feels so good to do after a sweat fest!!!

I forgot to mention that I went home during lunch to start dinner. It was another crockin' day! I chose to go with IowaGirlEat's version of Tomato Sauce. Man, when I came home it smelled so delish...mmmm. So while it was still cooking I made the noodles (some whole wheat kind from HEB) and I did my Turbo.

After this workout I decided my dinner was going to be a Shakeology! I had my fav Tropical Strawberry Shakeology with a cup of Trop 50 OJ and some ice. It was gooood ;) And then I jetted to a meeting I had for a football committee I volunteered for.

The meeting finished a little after 8:30pm and I met my son at the gym. We WERKED our chests. I really have a great time working out with him (he's my personal trainer - ahaha)...we laugh at each other and he really pushes me to try to keep up.

We finished up close to 10pm and I went home to make a protein shake...because remember...protein is like muscle fertilizer (per Jaime Eason). I just blended my Gaspari Myofusion Protein Cinnamon Roll with some water, Glutamine, and ice.

Monday, September 10, 2012

W.O.T.D. ~ 09.10.12

Today's workout started bright and early at 5am! I felt good afterwards...but I was strugglin' during it. I'll get it back though probably by next week I'll be up to par and doing better with breathing.

So today was officially day 4 of Turbo Fire and it consisted of  a LONG workout...

Today, or should I say this evening was pretty busy for me. I went grocery shopping after work and they had the perfect salad blend for me...kale & spinach.

Then  I picked up an old fav...Jennie O's Turkey Burgers. These are so good. Yeah, you have to cook them in a pan but they are so worth it.

Dinner tonight was a brewing in the crock pot (gotta love these things!) and it was a recipe from my new fav chicas - The Crockin' Girls. Best of all they are right here in Texas! We had their Slow Cooker Carne Guisada...yum-o!
I tried to do the burrito thing...but it was a hot mess. So I'd advise to eat the stew way or over rice.
Now I'm just prepping for tomorrow's dinner. And yes, it's another crock potter...I know what you're thinking "does this girl ever really cook?!". And yes I do, I've just fallen in love with crockin' and it's super easy. And now that I got crock pot liners...clean up is SUPER easy. Tomorrow will be a little busy for me as well - I have a meeting for a football committee I volunteered for. And YES again, it's taken me 12 years to get involved with my son's football. Hey...after all it is his senior year...I gotta do something!
Day 2 of reading PUSH by Chalene Johnson is underway. I'm actually reading it with another chica that I discovered started it yesterday. So I asked her if it'd be ok if we did it together and she agreed!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

W.O.T.D. ~ 09.08.12

So today is a rest day for Turbo Fire so I didn't do any cardio. BUT when you do Tone It Up workouts your heart rate always gets pumping - something I really love! Here is what I did...it was LEGS day and they got WERKED!

I started off with TIU Thighs...3x through!

My legs were burnin', BUT I still moved on and followed it with....

Also 3x through. Then I did a little foam rolling on my legs.

Have a great workout y'all!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Daily Journal ~ 09.06.12

I'm going to start posting a pic of my daily journals...

W.O.T.D. ~ 09.07.12

Mornin' Y'all...

I woke up bright and early (well not really bright out!) to get my workouts in for the day. It's a busy day for me and if I didn't do it then...it wouldn't stand a chance of ever getting done. No time at lunch since my workers and I are going out together for lunch. Normally something like that wouldn't be a big deal to someone, but after working here for 2 years we finally get to go! Then after work its straight to the football stadium for some tailgating before the game at 7pm. I love me some high school football...and it doesn't hurt that my son is playing!

That's him...#51...the starting center for Bowie High School. GO DAWGS!

Sorry...back to business about my workouts. I started off with TIU's Beach Ball workout from last year's Spring In To Bikini Series. And for some odd reason I couldn't find the video on YouTube so lucky I found a print out of it.

Then I followed it with TIU's Beach Bum workout...also from last year's series.

And then the grand finale...Turbo Fire's HIIT 15 followed by Stretch 10.

During my workout I drank some much needed BCAAs from SciVation called Xtend. I really like this one out of all the other BCAAs on the market because it includes:

•7000 mg of BCAAs in an ideal 2:1:1 ratio of Leucine:Isoleucine:Valine

•3500 mg of Leucine

•2500 mg of Glutamine

•1000 mg of Citrulline Malate

•1171 mg of Electrolytes

•640 mcg of Vitamin B6

•And, ZERO Carbohydrates or Sugar

And of course I had to have some protein immediately afterwards to rebuild my muscles so I drank PerfectFit Protein.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Back on FIYAH...

I have truly missed my "soul-mate" workout Turbo Fire. I did Fire 45 EZ yesterday and it kicked my booty. I'm so out of shape when it comes to Turbo Fire cardio! So with that, no strength training was done yesterday.

This morning I woke up ready to get my FIYAH burnin' and did Fire 30 and Stretch 10. Felt so damn good. I'm still a little winded since I haven't done Turbo in a long while. But it'll come back fast. The body is amazing like that!

I looked at the workout calendar that comes with  TF and I unknowingly did the first workout that is on the list. SOOO that must mean that I should do Turbo for 90 days.

I'll keep up the Turbo in the mornings and then do my strength training in the afternoons/evenings.

I did have a friend mention she wanted to do Insanity and was supposed to order it. So if by chance she did, then I'll switch to Insanity BUT until she tells me she's ready....IMMA BE A TURBO GIRL!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Biz Nuggets?!

Do you dream about your "dream life" like I do? I seriously do it EVERY DAY...seriously. Well, what are you doing to get to your dream life? What's your dream job? OR should I say how would you like to spend your time while making the money you need in order to have your dream life?

I realized early on that working a regular 9 - 5 wouldn't get me the lifestyle I wanted. I always knew that you needed to have your own business. Which is why I've dabbled in network-marketing for years. And I finally found my niche...I love fitness/health. Do you?! Do you love working out? Eating healthy? Or more like me...do you like trying to eat healthy?

Well, a funny thing I have just discovered, thanks to Marie Forleo, is the C.Y.P. Factor. Watch below to see if you have the C.Y.P. Factor about something you'd like to do in your life...

If health/fitness are your passion and you get the C.Y.P. Factor when thinking about doing it - contact ME!


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Weekly Dinner Menu

Finally finished next week's dinner menu! Dumbie left the original one I had been working on at work so I had to recreate. And guess what...its all crockpot cooking with the exception of chicken pot pie.

Hoping it goes well ;)