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.

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

 

 

 

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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

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