Success Saturday: Jennifer T.

Jennifer and I have been online friends for almost 6 years now. I’ve seen her try everything she could to keep her weigh under control. She finally found the combination that’s worked for her. She has pushed through several family losses and continues to be a force in her own life. I am so proud of her 50 pound and 42 inch loss!!!

Fitness + Nutrition + Support + Success!

Fitness + Nutrition + Support + Success!

 

1. Why did you decide to lose weight/change your lifestyle? (Any and all reasons)

I wanted to be healthier and set a good example for my friends and family.

2. What exercise did you do? (List everything)

Les Mills Combat program through Beachbody

3. How did you change your eating?

I changed from low carb to clean eating. I cut out artificial sweeteners and replace one meal a day with Shakeology.

4. Did you use any nutritional supplements?

Shakeology

5. Did you have support? (Group, friend, online community, etc.)

I have the support of friends, family, my Beachbody coach and accountability groups.

6. What do you feel is the top thing you have gotten out of your journey?

I feel a lot better and have more energy.

7. What is your next goal?

To lose the last 10 pounds by my birthday September 7th.

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Success Saturday: Pam G.

Pam and I have been online running friends for a while now. Her fitness journey has been been one of determination! Her change both inside and out has been pretty awesome to watch! I’m really proud to have her as one of my coaches and on my team as well.

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1. Why did you decide to lose weight/change your lifestyle? (Any and all reasons)
I decided to change my lifestyle because I wanted to make sure that I was healthy enough to play with my grandchildren as I do with my children. That was the main reason, the secondary reason was because I was hitting 30 and the weight wasn’t staying off…. I knew that it was time to change what I was doing.

2. What exercise did you do? (List everything)
I started with walking and elliptical, and then went to running. I currently still run, but have added different cross training workout programs, like Turbo Fire, Hip Hop Abs, and Brazil Butt Lift Master Series.
3. How did you change your eating?
With my eating, I have become way more conscious of portion control, and I am trying to eat less processed foods.
4. Did you use any nutritional supplements?
The only nutritional supplements I use is B12, and I drink Shakeology everyday.
5. Did you have support? (Group, friend, online community, etc.)
I have some awesome support with my coaches, and my online challenge groups. I also have a wonderful running partner that does every race with me.
6. What do you feel is the top thing you’ve gotten out of your journey?
The top thing that I have gotten out of my journey is my change of mindset. I am now more confident and I feel so much better!! I know that I can do what I want to and I will succeed.
7. What is your next goal?
My next goal is to run another marathon within my goal time of 5 hours. I also want to continue to tone and become more healthy.

Success Saturday: Erin B.

Erin is a long time friend of mine, and came to me a few months ago for some help to get healthy for herself, her husband, and her two adorable girls. We worked on her nutrition and she started on an exercise plan that she could also do with her girls at home, while working on her Master Thesis and her doctor approved of her doing.  Here is a little bit of her story while she is still working on meeting her goal!

 

Erin B. Nutrition + Exercise + Support + Success!!!

Erin B. Nutrition + Exercise + Support = Success!!!

 

1. Why did you decide to lose weight/change your lifestyle? (Any and all reasons)

After having my second child in Dec 2011, and gaining a bunch of weight in 2012, I decided to make 2013 the year that I got healthy. It wasn’t about a size or a number on a scale, but about feeling better and being a better mom and wife as a result. Of course I want to fit back into those old skinny jeans in the back of the closet, but my focus has been on feeding my body the right fuel.

2. What exercise did you do? (List everything)
I walk 30 min a day on the treadmill.

3. How did you change your eating?
So far I have lost over 30lbs since Jan by cutting my calories and exercising. Shakeology for lunch has been critical to my success. It is quick, easy, low calorie, low carb, versatile, etc.  As a mom of two kids I don’t have time or energy to worry about my lunch!
4. Did you use any nutritional supplements?
Nope
5. Did you have support? (Group, friend, online community, etc.)
My family supports me in my efforts, as well as my fabulous Beachbody coach Carin Schaab! Carin is always there for me when I have questions or need a boost 🙂
6. What do you feel is the top thing you’ve gotten out of your journey?
 A commitment to myself. Before, I never had time or money to diet, but once I made the decision that I would MAKE time and FIND the money for ME, I have been more committed than ever to my health.
7. What is your next goal?
I would like to lose apx 30 more lbs, but the number is not as important as watching my body transform and shape up and gaining extra energy!

Christmas Chocolate Bark

Probably the most nutritious treat you’ll eat in the holidays!

I love a sweet treat. I love it even more when that sweet treat is super nutritious! Try this one out this holiday season. I might even be making it after the holidays.

Christmas Chocolate Bark
(Makes about 12 servings, 1 square each)
  • ½ cup natural smooth almond butter
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
  • ¼ cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped pistachios and dried cranberries
1. Combine almond butter, Shakeology, banana, oats and nuts in a medium bowl.
2. Shape mixture into the bottom of a square pan, sprinkle with Himalayan salt; Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
3. Cut into 1 inch squares (makes about 12 squares); store in refrigerator in an airtight container if not serving immediately.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 101
Carbs: 8g
Protein: 5g
Fat: 6g
Sodium: 45mg

 

 

 

Shakeology Fudgy Oat Bars

My friend and teammate, Allison Tibbs, shared this recipe with me from the Team Beachbody website, and I cannot wait to use it during the holidays, both as foodie gifts and for my sweet tooth.

This is the ultimate sweet snack that is tasty, decadent, and good for you.  This is one sweet treat that can curb that craving while not setting you back on your journey of being healthy and fit! Enjoy! Make sure you comment below if you try them.

 Total Time: 1 hr., 10 min.Prep Time: 10 min.Yield: 4 bars

Ingredients:
• 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
• 1 scoop Beachbody Whey Protein Powder
• ½ cup natural peanut butter
• ½ banana
• ½ cup rolled oats
Preparation:
1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Freeze for at least 90 minutes in an 8″ x 8″ pan.
4. Remove from freezer, cut into 4 squares.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 249
Fat: 10g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 13mg
Sodium: 76g
Carbohydrate: 25g
Fiber: 4g
Sugar Total: 6g
Protein: 16g

Free Les Mills Combat Drawing!

Everyone wants to hit their New Year’s goals or “resolutions” as quickly as possible. With your health and fitness, it takes both nutrition and exercise to get you where you want to be.

I’ve got a way to help you out before the New Year even gets here. I’m having a drawing for a FREE Les Mills Combat program!

Bring out your inner warrior!

If you love kickboxing and any form of martial arts, this program is for you! All you have to do to get entered into the drawing is to order any flavor Shakeology HD from now to December 10. It’s that easy.

Shakeology will get your nutrition on track with the top notch nutrients your body craves, and Combat will get your exercise on track in no time.

Feel free to comment below or message me at jockinaskirt@gmail.com

How It All Began

All my life, I had been a fit athlete. Even after having children, one of my priorities was to get back and stay in shape anyway I could. I was always muscular and 150 was my average weight, but I knew muscle weighed more than fat, so I never really paid it much attention.

In December 2008, my brother was KIA in Iraq, 4 days before his scheduled return date from his second and last tour. Throughout the funeral and weeks following, including Christmas, I forgot about taking care of myself and balanced taking care of my family and my parents. After the New year, I basically crashed and went on auto-pilot. I got up, worked, took care of my boys and went to bed. At the end of January, I realized my largest clothes barely fit. I no longer looked like the soccer player I had been for years. I got on the scale and realized I was 175, the heaviest I had ever been. Even at the end of my two pregnancies, I did not weigh that much.

With the number 175 burned in my mind, I decide to do something about it. I started walking and running 4-5 times a week. I slowly retaught myself about nutrition. Within 2 months, weight started coming off quickly. By my birthday, I was back at 150. I didn’t want to stop there. I wanted to be in the best shape of my life.

I researched and found a soccer league to join. I loved it! Doing my first passion combined with running, I thought I was in heaven, but I knew I needed some training. I found P90X. I did a few of the workouts here and there combined with the rest of my training. I continued to drop weight slowly…down to 140.

I maintained140 for 2 years. Yet, I still never completed a full Beachbody workout. In May 2011, I fell ill with a kidney stone from dehydration. After a month of recovering, I decided to Bring It! with P90X to rebuild my strength for my soccer season starting in August. I fell in love again. By month 2, I was back to full strength and no longer modifying exercises. By month 3, I was in the best shape of my life, and I could see the results of my hard work on the soccer field and in my running. I didn’t lose weight, but I lost inches  gained muscle in a way I never have before despite all my previous training.

During my P90X journey, I became a fitness coach with Beachbody. I found encouraging, motivating, and helping others make changes towards a healthy life motivated me even further. I fine tuned my nutrition. I moved onto P90X2 in January 2012. I became leaner, meaner, and fitter than I ever have in my life. As of June 2012, I busted through a plateau and dropped several inches and 9 pounds down to 131. That’s a weight I have never remembered seeing before! I continue on every day, motivating and encouraging others, because it keeps me motivated!

Halfway through my journey. Left: Sept. ’09. Right: June ’12