Having desserts doesn’t HAVE to be bad for you!! I’ve found and tried a few amazing recipes using my chocolate, strawberry and vanilla Shakeology. Some of recipes I use just for my shakes and others I use with breakfast or just a ‘dessert’ at night. Check them out!
CHOCOLATE SHAKEOLOGY OPTIONS
VANILLA AND STRAWBERRY SHAKEOLOGY RECIPES
DESSERT/BREAKFAST RECIPES (SOME OF MY NIGHTLY GO-TO’S!)
There are a few things I NEED every morning to stay sane throughout the day 🙂 The first is my 4:48 AM wake up call to get my booty out of bed and start my workout (before the boys get up)!!! Before I head downstairs to start my workout though I have been addicted to my E & E (Energy and Endurance) drink!!
It gives me that little extra energy to get through my 60-75 minute workouts–2 scoops into my 8 ounces of water along with my big 48 jug of water and down stairs I go!!
My daily workouts (during the summer when I have a little more time in the mornings) consist of a 30 minute 21-Day Fix Extreme workout, a 25 minute T-25 workout and 30-45 minute run or elliptical workout. More intense in the summer, but the workouts are quick and effective!!
My newest shoe find for these cross trainer workouts are my New Balance CrossTrainers– they are so much better than my Nike Run’s that I was using prior! On sale at Nordstrom’s even!! AND Kip heard me rave about them so much that he asked me to get him a pair! I love the men’s black and gold color!!
Set up the DVD’s (or you can even LIVE STREAM all workouts online), make sure I have my resistance band and 8 and 10 pound dumb bells, and before I know it, the workouts are over!! The best feeling is knowing that they are over by 6:30, the boys are still sleeping and I have had my ONLY ‘me time’ of the day– that’s all I need (other than my coffee) to start my day off right!!
Once the workouts are over and I’m showered and ready for the day, I make my first coffee and add it to my favorite Shakeology recipe— quick, filling and full of all the nutrients we need in a day!! And only 160 calories!!!
Check it all out and if you have questions, email me at email@example.com!!!
I was so excited to try a new meal from my new FIXATE cookbook last night!! I had always heard of eggplant, but never actually tried it or cooked with it, so it was a new experience and honestly quite scary! The result– AMAZING!! Kip, my husband, even had 2!!!
Very simple– made it all on the stove top.
sauteed green peppers and onions to top the burger.
added the sliced eggplant to the pan (used as the bun)
side of fresh cut corn and yellow squash (my husband calls it ‘crookneck & corn dish)
And we enjoyed!!
So many fun dishes to try in Autumn’s new cookbook!! Check it out here to order!
We too often act as if relationships are something to be squeezed into our schedules. We talk about finding time for our children, our family and our friends or making time for people in our lives. I too fall to this many times in my life. There are too many days where I am concerned about MY agenda; cleaning, laundry, house projects and the list can sadly go on. I forget that life is about relationships. Relationships, not achievements or the acquisition of things, are what matters most in life. When our schedules become overloaded with meaningless activities, we start skimming relationally, cutting back on giving the time, energy, and attention that loving relationships require.
In the past 4 years since becoming a mom, I have realized that life just continues getting more hectic and it’s going to continue getting worse– between kids events, working and just LIFE! I’ve watched so many of my friends with older kids ‘go go go’ all the time! They go from one event to the next and just do it because that’s the ‘rat race’ of society. Busyness is an enemy of relationships! We become preoccupied with making a living, doing our work, paying bills, and accomplishing goals as if these tasks are the point of life–They are not!
Love leaves a legacy. How you treat other people, not wealth or accomplishments, is the most enduring impact you can leave on Earth. 1st place medals, record setting stats and materialistic belonging will mean nothing at the end of your life– it’s how you treated people and the relationships you built with the people around you.
Granted we all have a list of family members and friends that we want to have amazing relationships with, it’s tough to reach out to them all and make the time to spend with them. I know, even with my entire family in town, it’s tough to make time each week to spend time together. Everyone has different schedules that conflict with each others, so when we finally SET a date with each other and spend TIME together, it’s amazing!! Like this coming weekend for the 4th, we made it a point to all be together at the Lakes– I can’t wait!! The Griswald crew will all be together! 🙂
I need to take this next statement into consideration from Purpose Driven Life and focus on holding to it: “It’s not enough just to say relationship are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is “T-I-M-E.” ”
So my biggest take from my reading today that again, I need to focus on, is to not wait until I’m on my deathbed to figure out that nothing matters more than loving relationships. We aren’t promised tomorrow. Circumstances change. People die. Children grow up. If you want to express love, we need to do it now!
The bible stresses it repeatedly. “Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone. Use every chance you have for doing good. Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it. Never tell your neighbor to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.”
I know this changed my outlook on my life and I hope it’s made you look at your different relationships and the daily agendas you set for yourself.
I have been on both sides as a mom…the “working mom” and the “stay at home mom.” When I was a working mom in the business world I loved the challenge of my job, and I loved an outlet to meet new people and have friends to talk to every day. On the flip side…it was really hard for me to leave my son with someone else for over 10 hours a day when you took into consideration the time it took to drive to and from work. I now substitute teach during the school year so really it is kind of the best of both worlds for me.
I am currently home with my 10 month old daughter, Leighton, and 4 year old son, Cale, for the summer. If I am going to be brutally honest, I will admit that some days I want to pull my hair out and I feel like I walk around in circles ALL day long. I wake up to a clean house and find that within an hour there is stuff everywhere. Leighton is at the age where she is teething and requires a lot of attention so there is a lot of crying going on some days. Our house is a split level design so we have gates EVERYWHERE. When I do attempt to work out or try and fold a load of laundry I am usually interrupted by either a butt to wipe, a boo boo to kiss, or a mess that I need to clean up. I feel like there are a lot of days I look back and think “what did I even accomplish today?”
I was having one of those days that I described above and was telling my husband the other day how I sometimes don’t know if I am cut out for being a “stay at home” mom. Some days I feel like I don’t have as much patience as I should. Some days I feel like I am just going through the routine and in ways wonder if I would be a better mom if I wasn’t home all day with my kids. I received an email from my husband, Tim, that same day that put things in perspective for me. He always seems to have a way of doing that for me.
Your purpose right now is being the best Mother you can be. You have a more important job than I have when you think about it. Don’t overlook that responsibility. Put your energy into training Cale and Leighton teaching them right and wrong. I don’t have the time to spend with them that you do. Don’t take it for granted and take your role lightly. We will both have to answer to God on the way we raised our kids. I want to be able to say that we did the best we could and I am certain you do too.
I was ashamed of myself after reading this email. I know that my husband had no intention of making me feel this way but it really hit home to me that I can try to do better at this job. This job that is the most important one I will EVER have. At the end of the day the only one that is measuring what I accomplished for the day is me. The laundry, the dishes, the organized closets and tupperware…there really is no deadline for these tasks. These moments with my beautiful children on the other hand…these moments are fleeting away.
I want my children to grow up and be good people. I want Cale and Leighton to know right from wrong. I want them to have a relationship with God and the desire to serve other people. I have the best job in the world being able to guide them on that path. When I do answer to God someday on how I raised my children, I want him to look me in the eyes and say “well done.” You see the reality is mama’s…it doesn’t matter if you are a stay at home mom or a working mom, we cannot take this job lightly. This job is the most important one we will ever have…the job of “mom.” I needed to be reminded of this on that particular day so I hope this will provide some encouragement to some of you that may have days like I described where the role of motherhood does not seem all that glorious. Your role is important. Do not take it lightly.
Just a little about me and where fitness falls into my life—I’m NOT a trainer at a gym or a fitness guru, I’m a married 31 year-old, momma of 2 boys and business teacher to hundreds of teenagers throughout the school year!! Do I have a passion for health and fitness?!? YES I DO!! I have always been someone that works out regularly (usually at 5 in the morning before our kids get up and interrupt or before I can come up with an excuse to not workout) and recently I have become even more into the HEALTH part of fitness. I have been a long time runner (5-8 miles daily—insane, I know) and have always eaten pretty healthy. There is a lot of will power in that! But about 2 months ago, my older sister came to me with a program, Beachbody 21 Day Fix, that she wanted to start. First off, you have to know my sister, which would take me into a whole novel of a post (love ya Li J)— but she is one that loves to start different programs (an “I’ll start tomorrow type) and so I wasn’t quite sure what type of program this would be. See, Linds is a very tiny woman (34 with 2 kids of her own) who doesn’t always eat the healthiest and hates working out (complete opposite of me).
Anyway, you’ll hear lots about Lindsay throughout this blog, but she inspired me to start this program with her and man am I glad I did!! Autumn Calabreese, the fitness trainer in 21 Day Fix (regular and Extreme), teaches about portion control and the RIGHT types of food our bodies need. She has a series of 30 minute workouts, which are amazing for busy people and kick your butt, that I have grown to LOVE!! This being said, I have stopped my 5-8 miles runs since May 1, 2015 and have been doing 2 workouts a morning of ’21 Day’ and 30-60 minutes of cardio throughout the day (sometimes right after my DVD workouts and sometimes in the afternoons—elliptical, walks, etc.). Funny thing is—I don’t miss my runs!! I feel SO much better doing this program—it works all parts of my body and focuses on fueling my body! For me, it was a major A-Ha moment where I realized what I truly needed to focus on with my health.
SO WHAT NEXT?!?
Welllll, I have enjoyed this so much, and so has my sister, that we decided to coach and motivate our own Beachbody teams! Lindsay joined under an amazing coach before I did, but we have come together under that coach and are building our own teams. One thing I want to get straight though—we aren’t in it JUST to make money and sell to people—we are in it to help motivate and work to get our friends, acquaintances and family on a journey to great health!
“My goal is to inspire you to get off your butt and do something significant with your life. We all have something special inside of us that is meant to be shared with others. However, sometimes it takes a while for us to believe in our potential. If I can help you discover that potential….well, that would be the coolest thing EVER! But hey, I can’t do the work for you!”
My favorite thing about this whole experience is that journey never ends. Even when you cross the finish line or cross the last workout off your calendar you’re never really DONE. There’s always a new challenge waiting around the corner, and tomorrow is a new day.
I am so thrilled to announce that me and my sister, Lindsay, have taken a step into the fitness industry and partnered with makers of P90X and Insanity, and Team INSPIRE, a group of nearly 300 fitness professional and enthusiasts. We cannot wait to help as many people as possible become fit and healthy!
As I’m sitting here typing (when I should probably be in bed), I’m thinking and worrying about tomorrow. My plan is to get up at 4:30 so I can get my workout (21 Day Fix Extreme- Cardio Day)in before we have to bring Kollin, our 2 year old, to get tubes by 6:15. Our oldest had them at 15 months, but my nerves get the best of me when thinking about them putting him out. I know I need to have more faith in God and just let it be, but I struggle with it. It’s something I know I need to improve on! Do any of you get this way? It’s a procedure I know has been done millions of times, but I still stress! I have grown so much in my faith but have so much further to go— any ideas?!?
This is my first real post on my blog and thought I would start with something REAL and how I am feeling as I’m going to bed— more posts to come and promise they will be more intriguing 🙂