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30 Minutes and DONE!! ✅✔️✅✔️✅✔️ Now that’s what I call a KILLA’ workout!! I HATED most of it 👉🏻Football runs 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻😩😫🔥🔥 but my quads will thank me later!! No waiting around for a class to start or driving 20 Minutes there and another 20 Minutes back! All done before the kids even got up!

It just hit me this morning...🤓 I got my workout done in less amount of time then my commute to the gym used to take!! 👏🏻😳🤔 🤜🏼Now it’s your turn! I provided the moves for FREEE.... so get up and get your butt moving! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 {1 full minute for each move- besides the ones marked “30 seconds each side”. Repeat the series 3 times!}

80 days stands before me come January 15th and today is the day that I officially COMMIT! 🙌🏻✅ and get all the tools that I need to tackle this new program that is going to create change from the inside out!! 👊🏻 Come He🏒🏒 or high water I WILL complete this program from start to finish and will have a group of fitness minded friends doing it right alongside me! 👭👭👭 We will be cheering 📣 each other on and pushing each other every step of the way!! 💪🏼 I WILL put an hour aside for my health 6 days a week 💪🏼I WILL spend a few hours on my weekends planning my families and my nutrition out for the week to make sure we are eating healthy 💪🏼I WILL give 💯 % to this program and do the best that I can around Mom life and a busy work schedule 💪🏼I WILL give myself grace to know that there will be difficult days. Days where despite my best efforts, I will fail, slip up, even miss a workout, but my intentions will always be positive
The New Year brings with it endless possibilities and when you truly take OWNERSHIP of your day rather than living a reactive lifestyle and over committing yourself to things that put your life out of balance ⚖️, it’s amazing what the possibilities are!! 💞

It’s important to balance it all! Health, family, friends, relationships, mission/work, finances, hobbies, spirituality, emotions, and adventure! I truly believe that If something is important enough to you, you WILL find the time for it!
Will you be joining me in 2018!? Spots are open for this challenge ☺️👏🏻 If you are ready to commit, want more details, or simply just curious about it, comment below with your favorite holiday emoji ❄️🎄⛄️🌟🥂🍾 and I will be in touch!!

Tabata Power day👌🏻 #max30 #naptimegrind

A couple friends recommended her podcasts, so while Alexis naps and I get some stuff done, this will be playing in the background. 😁 @chalenejohnson kicked my butt physically this morning and now she’s gonna whip my mind into shape this afternoon!

at home with a sick baby means a little extra time to work on a custom #mugdesign 🙏🏼 being the mug hoarder that I am...it’s a pretty fun project ✨#naptimegrind

Flashback Friday!! ⚡️⚡️ to when I was using a belly binder to workout at 2 months post-partum! 🤱🏻 Hey you gotta start somewhere🤷🏻‍♀️ and after my second c-section delivering my 9.4 lb bundle of joy 👧🏻, I had about 35 lbs to lose AFTER delivering her. The abs are finally back! 🙌🏻 and I’ve got the stretch marks to prove how far I’ve come! 👊🏻 There’s NO way you would have caught me at the gym with this thing on, another reason why I did it ALL from home. With two under the age of two at the time, this was the only chance I had to make a change and get to a place where I was feeling AMAZING about myself again! You 👉🏻👱🏼‍♀️ deserve to feel your best too!! Who cares where your starting point is or how long of a journey you have ahead of you! Baby steps will get you there, along with celebrating every success along the way!! 🌟We all had to start somewhere and certainly my starting point wasn’t pretty.. Will December be your starting point!? It’s Day 1 🗓 and I’m ready to run with Ya if you’re ready! 😉💞 ✋🏻

At home sculpting while the baby sleeps! 💪🏼 #noexcuses
Next ten pounds, I'm coming for ya!
#fitness #momlife #momworkout #love #pilateslovers #turbojam #bootyburn #muscle #slim #sculpt #happiness #naptimegrind

Flexing versus reality 😜
After a 25 Minutes ab session today, the picture on the right is “real life”. I can flex my abs all I want but in real life this is the relaxed version of them and I’m darn proud! Flab, stretch marks, and all!
I’ve always been a perfectionist but after having kids I’ve let a lot of that go and it feels so much better to just be satisfied with all of your successes, even the smallest ones. ☺️ I was reminded this morning while reading some personal development 📚 that those who are never satisfied are never at peace. Dissatisfaction is disconnection. Being satisfied instead Simply means accepting and taking pleasure in what IS. It doesn’t mean “settling”. It is allowing yourself to feel contentment whether or not a thing is complete or “perfect”. Thank you @brendonburchard for the reminder 😉

Be truly “satisfied” no matter what part of this journey you are at. Don’t get caught up in social media and what appears to be reality because it probably isn’t. I’ve worked really hard for the past 2 years on reversing the damage from diastasis recti (separation of the ab muscles) following both pregnancies, and I’m proud of how far I’ve come. My stomach may still hang out (these pants are also holding it all in 😬) but you better believe I’m gonna enjoy those Christmas 🎄 cookies in a few weeks! 😉

MOST RECENT

80 days stands before me come January 15th and today is the day that I officially COMMIT! 🙌🏻✅ and get all the tools that I need to tackle this new program that is going to create change from the inside out!! 👊🏻 Come He🏒🏒 or high water I WILL complete this program from start to finish and will have a group of fitness minded friends doing it right alongside me! 👭👭👭 We will be cheering 📣 each other on and pushing each other every step of the way!! 💪🏼 I WILL put an hour aside for my health 6 days a week 💪🏼I WILL spend a few hours on my weekends planning my families and my nutrition out for the week to make sure we are eating healthy 💪🏼I WILL give 💯 % to this program and do the best that I can around Mom life and a busy work schedule 💪🏼I WILL give myself grace to know that there will be difficult days. Days where despite my best efforts, I will fail, slip up, even miss a workout, but my intentions will always be positive
The New Year brings with it endless possibilities and when you truly take OWNERSHIP of your day rather than living a reactive lifestyle and over committing yourself to things that put your life out of balance ⚖️, it’s amazing what the possibilities are!! 💞

It’s important to balance it all! Health, family, friends, relationships, mission/work, finances, hobbies, spirituality, emotions, and adventure! I truly believe that If something is important enough to you, you WILL find the time for it!
Will you be joining me in 2018!? Spots are open for this challenge ☺️👏🏻 If you are ready to commit, want more details, or simply just curious about it, comment below with your favorite holiday emoji ❄️🎄⛄️🌟🥂🍾 and I will be in touch!!

My office view for the past 2 days during the “nap time hustle” ☺️💛👩🏻‍💻 ❄️Snowy scenery, Holiday 🎄 tunes 🎶 playing in the background, and coffee ☕️ while listening to some training materials and checking in with everyone who is committing to my January fitness group! Love being my own boss!! Yes this business is a lot of work! Working a couple hours in the morning before the kids are up, an hour or so while my daughter “rests” in her crib in the afternoon and my son plays with play dough or puzzles, and then another hour or two in the evening after the kids are in bed seems like a lot. To me it is WAY less hours than I was putting into my corporate job, and it has given me back the gift of time with my kids while they are young! I can manage my work around their schedule and plan my time off accordingly. 🙌🏻 This “job” has enabled me to have the freedom that I always wanted even before I had kids, but even more so now that I do have kids! What better time of year to have that FREEDOM of time than around the holidays!? 🎄🌟 Some of the most DIFFICULT days running my own business from home while taking care of my kids STILL outweigh some of the better days that I’ve had working for a big corporation.
Are you living your life for you or are you trying to measure up to someone else’s idea of who you are and what you’re capable of? Live a life that is yours and pursue your own dreams because there is no joy in seeking acknowledgment from others! 💞

Flexing versus reality 😜
After a 25 Minutes ab session today, the picture on the right is “real life”. I can flex my abs all I want but in real life this is the relaxed version of them and I’m darn proud! Flab, stretch marks, and all!
I’ve always been a perfectionist but after having kids I’ve let a lot of that go and it feels so much better to just be satisfied with all of your successes, even the smallest ones. ☺️ I was reminded this morning while reading some personal development 📚 that those who are never satisfied are never at peace. Dissatisfaction is disconnection. Being satisfied instead Simply means accepting and taking pleasure in what IS. It doesn’t mean “settling”. It is allowing yourself to feel contentment whether or not a thing is complete or “perfect”. Thank you @brendonburchard for the reminder 😉

Be truly “satisfied” no matter what part of this journey you are at. Don’t get caught up in social media and what appears to be reality because it probably isn’t. I’ve worked really hard for the past 2 years on reversing the damage from diastasis recti (separation of the ab muscles) following both pregnancies, and I’m proud of how far I’ve come. My stomach may still hang out (these pants are also holding it all in 😬) but you better believe I’m gonna enjoy those Christmas 🎄 cookies in a few weeks! 😉

Dinnertime at my house 💁🏻‍♀️ I swear I have total control... really I do.... 😆

What I would LIKE to think I looked like the whole 60 seconds of the decline push-ups this morning vs. what I actually looked like after the first 20 seconds.... 😹

Yep 👍🏻 couldn’t get past that 20 second mark without modifying but I still challenged myself even with the modification. 😏

So many people tell me, “I could never do those workouts that you do. That is way too hard for me”. Or “I’m too old. I have bad knees”. Um hello 👋🏻 !? Do you think I was doing these pushups 8 weeks post c-section, which is when I started working out again after having each of my kids? Um.. HECK NO! 🙅🏻‍♀️ I probably did pushups on my knees the first year after having my kids and STILL do them on my knees. I modify way more than what you can probably tell from the pictures I post. And thankfully my trainer gives me a modification for almost every move 👌🏻 I too have bad knees, lower back issues, and a core that is still rebuilding after 2 big babies and diastasis recti (separation of the ab muscles) following both pregnancies.
You’ve got to start somewhere though 🤷🏻‍♀️. With every workout that I do I can tell you that I
am doing my knees, back and core a favor. Weak muscles are the cause of a LOT of the aches and pains that we experience. Everything is related!
Every workout I am getting stronger 💪🏼 not only physically but also mentally! 🧠

Start somewhere! ✔️ Your body will thank you! 🙏🏻

Sometimes life hurts like hell....
Sometimes I feel hopeless and unworthy....
Sometimes I feel like I can’t survive one more second....
It’s in those moments that have forced me to shed all the damaged skin from the old me and given me the courage to build a more solid foundation for myself and the people who depend on me each day.
I won’t allow myself to be my own demise...
I will keep pushing to be better until the day I die for I am my biggest competitor❤️ #iwillrise #progression #proudly #addicted #tobecoming #stronger #mindbodysoul #bodybeast #backandbiceps #sosore #ouch #needyoga #pressplay #everyday #noexcuses #justdoit #homeworkout #homegym #naptimegrind #wakeupwithdetermination #gotosleepwithsatisfaction #fitmom #momswholift #joinmysquad #hitmeup #imheretohelp 💪😘

Seems to be a common theme these days that the day unravels around dinner time! 😩 We had a great morning at Target and then.... Miss thing did not nap and so the afternoon was filled with much fighting between both kids, followed by yours truly dropping the largest Pyrex dish that I own 🤯 which shattered all over the kitchen floor while it was hot out of the oven 😬 (luckily both kids were watching TV in the other room and I had taken our cooked dinner out of it before dropping it 🙏🏻). Trying to keep 2 dogs and 2 kids out of the kitchen while cleaning up glass 👎🏻 . Definitely not easy! What was supposed to be a quick meal turned into a 2 hour long Ordeal of going over the kitchen floor 5 different times with the vacuum. Proceeded to feed the kids after getting everything cleaned up and that’s when the “horsing around” began. Carter fell off his chair, bit his tongue and needed an “ice pack”. Then Reese of course was jealous because Carter was getting all of the attention. 🙆🏻‍♀️ These days are definitely long, but Im getting better at reminding myself that the years at short. Today I just tried to embrace the chaos and appreciate how much these kids need me right now even if it took me 2 hours to be able to eat my dinner after reheating it 3 times. Someday I know I will miss being needed so much! And someday these kids will sit through an entire meal without getting up! (I won’t hold my breathe on that one though! 😏) Embrace the chaos Mama! It won’t last forever and then we certainly will miss it! 💞😉

🆗 My husband thinks I’m a weirdo 🤪 but I don’t care!! 🤷🏻‍♀️ I made him take this picture NOT to brag but to reach other mommas who want to be able to contribute or add more to their families income!

As a full time stay at home momma of two, I am SUPER excited that I was able to pay for all of our kids Christmas presents 🎁 from last Saturday’s shopping trip ➕ the presents that we donated to church And school with my last two paychecks from my little fitness business. May sound silly to some that I’m excited about this! For me it’s really not about buying gifts though, it’s more about being able to HELP contribute to our families income even AFTER quitting my full time job and taking on the role of being a full time Mom. Being a stay at home mom is INCREDIBLY rewarding and fulfilling, don’t get me wrong! 😉 but there is no paycheck and sometimes that can be very difficult to feel like you aren’t helping your family out on the financial end of things. I know there are others out there who may be struggling to figure out how they will make ends meet this holiday season and it may not even be related to buying gifts. It may be related to covering the cost of Christmas 🎄 dinner or paying the utility bills. I never thought this business was something I would have success with. I truly signed up because I love fitness and wanted to help others take control of their health. Health is really the greatest gift 🎁 that you can have in my opinion. 💛 The income I’ve received from it has really been the added bonus. This business has given me a purpose as a stay at home Mom, has filled my cup on so many days when I am feeling frustrated or feeling like my worth is measured by how many diapers I change 😆, and has allowed me to Meet so many amazing people! 🎄If you are Feeling like you need something to fill your cup, a way to Stay more accountable to your own health and wellness, or just a way to help pay off Christmas and create an emergency fund for your family, please reach out to me. This business may not be for you, but you never know unless you check it out! I would be happy to at least chat with you to see if it’s a good fit! ☕️💁🏻‍♀️ 📥😉

Plyo on a Monday morning is not my best strength! 😆

Add some 15 lb weights and I was really feeling the challenge this morning.
I had to remind myself that I carried around an extra 55 lbs with each of my pregnancies 🤰🏻(still hard to believe, but not hard to remember how uncomfortable I was!), so an extra 15-30 lbs should feel like nothing today!
Still It was not easy by any means. Pushing yourself daily never gets easier but you get better at it. You get stronger. 💪🏼 You learn to show up more, cope better and be more conscious of the struggle and your own journey.
Eventually the obstacles seem smaller and you begin to find your path and make it your own. You stop comparing yourself to others and THEIR journey and start focusing on YOURS. It took me a long time to be able to just put my blinders on and stop the comparison game. It’s easy to get caught up in the social media scroll and see others progressing quicker than you or seeming to have more success (in any aspect of life). But when you can finally say “F—-it”, trust in yourself, in your journey, and lean forward, that is when the next level will open up for you! 💞

I’m getting ready in the next few weeks to start something new. It may be scary. It may push me to the next level, but I’m going to trust the process and lean in so that I can get the Most out of it! 😉

Probably one of the BEST habits I’ve developed over the past few years since having kids is meal 🥘 planning for the week!! Yesterday I sat down and spent about 20-30 Minutes choosing healthy recipes from my online fitness library 📚, jotting some of the recipes down, and from that I made my grocery list! ✍🏻 I know exactly what meals I’m making this week and what I’m eating for every meal and snack. It may sound crazy 😜 to you, but doing this for almost 4 years now has helped me eat healthier AND has saved my family tons of money! .
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I’m no longer buying random foods and piece parting meals together (the “I’ll figure it out later mentality used to be my motto at the grocery store 🙋🏻‍♀️). By the end of the week, our fridge is usually empty, which means we aren’t throwing much food out that didn’t get eaten. It still happens occasionally (because kids 🧒) BUT definitely have saved some money! 💰 .
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Do you meal plan? Don’t you just feel so
Much more organized when you do?! 😁
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What are your favorite websites for finding healthy meal options? 🤔

Breakfast with Santa 🎅🏻 #1 ✔️ 2nd picture with Santa this year and Reese would NOT sit on his lap for anything!! 😆

We have one more breakfast with Santa next week. Stay tuned! 😏

I hope you are FREE Sunday night!!!?? Because if you ARE, I would ❤️💛❤️for you to join me!! I’m going to be chatting LIVE 👩🏻‍💻📲💻with some peeps who are interested in hearing more about the latest fitness program coming out in just a few weeks!! 🤗🙀👏🏻
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I’m going to be DIVING 🏊🏻‍♀️into this program headfirst when it comes out and I CANNOT wait!!! 😁👏🏻These Test group Participants got some truly AMAZING results!! .
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Finally a program that is not only going to give me a nutrition plan put together By a dietitian AND personal trainer, is not only going to tell me WHAT to eat in a given day, it’s actually going to tell me WHEN to eat, how to space my meals apart for maximum results, What are the best foods to eat before a workout, after a workout, at the beginning and end of the day. AND it’s primary focus is flattening ______the abs and toning the booty!! 🍑 Sounds good to me!!
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🎉 The New Year can certainly bring a New YOU if you are ready for it!! 👊🏻🙌🏻👊🏻
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Grab your spot in this live chat NOW!! If you aren’t free on Sunday night, no worries! I will be recording the event and would be happy to get the recording to you! ☺️ .
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Not sure you are quite ready to jump in just yet? 🤔No worries! I’ve got some sneak peek workouts up my sleeve that you can do for the next 5 weeks until this program comes out!! 🤗🤸🏻‍♀️ Comment below “interested” or message me for all the details!! 😉✌🏻💛

It’s Friday!! I’m tired 😴
I’m SPENT from the activities of the week, meltdowns, toddler mood swings 🤦🏻‍♀️, absolutely no naps this week, and all the holiday to do’s that are on my list as Christmas is fast approaching!! ...BUT.... I showed up first and foremost today for ME and for all of YOU who I aim to bring a glimmer of positivity, mom life, and inspiration every morning before my day as a Mom truly begins! 🌟

I may not have FELT like it, but Friday is a non-negotiable day for me to get a workout in no matter what!! I feel so much better after I got this workout in!! Alive! Awake! Alert! 💃🏻 And ready for the day!
Some may not care, some may ignore, some may unfriend, unfollow, and that is ok!! 👌🏻👍🏻☺️ There are still more who DO need a message of positivity every morning.....a reminder that they are important 💛......that their health matters......and that it’s never too late to make that lifestyle change for themselves. A positive mindset and improved quality of life can be just around the corner if you want it badly enough! 😉
Happy Friday Friends!! 🤸🏻‍♀️🤸🏻‍♂️🤸🏻‍♀️

Lunch! My Aladdin’s look 👀 alike pita 🥙😋 When you can’t actually get to your favorite Middle Eastern restaurant, but the Lebanese side of you is craving some of their yummy food, you Make it yourself!
This was super simple because I made it vegetarian style.
Chopped 🔪
Carrots 🥕
Cucumber 🥒
Spinach 🌱
Tomatoes 🍅
Kalamata Olives
1/4 cup hummus as a spread!
Middle Eastern Food is a staple in my life!! 💁🏻‍♀️Cleveland friends, where is your favorite place to get Middle Eastern food?

30 Minutes and DONE!! ✅✔️✅✔️✅✔️ Now that’s what I call a KILLA’ workout!! I HATED most of it 👉🏻Football runs 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻😩😫🔥🔥 but my quads will thank me later!! No waiting around for a class to start or driving 20 Minutes there and another 20 Minutes back! All done before the kids even got up!

It just hit me this morning...🤓 I got my workout done in less amount of time then my commute to the gym used to take!! 👏🏻😳🤔 🤜🏼Now it’s your turn! I provided the moves for FREEE.... so get up and get your butt moving! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 {1 full minute for each move- besides the ones marked “30 seconds each side”. Repeat the series 3 times!}

Being HOME 🏡 for the holidays with my kiddos is what it’s all about in my book!! 🎄🌟☃️ I never thought I could have my cake 🍰 and eat it too, but here I am living proof that you CAN have it all. For me having it all means having T I M E to enjoy my children while they are still small but still being able to pursue my own dreams and interests while being able to contribute to the household income.
I was a career woman and workaholic for about 13 years after I got my masters degree, but burnout was a real thing, the stress levels were not worth the income, and the holidays always seemed to be the BUSIEST time of the year in healthcare management. Everyone was struggling to meet their budgets and clinical outcomes before December 31st. Trying to find a way to take a day off in between all that was not easy. Sure I had the PTO time banked, but being able to use it without taking massive amounts of work Home was not always possible!! 2 years ago I did not have The ability to take this kind of time off around the holidays and I always felt like I was missing out! I FINALLY have the GIFT of time to spend with my kids 🕰. The best Christmas present 🎁 ever in my book! When I left my job, it was important for me to continue to grow, learn, and feel challenged. Now I get to do all of that on my own terms which was always my dream!! 👩🏻‍💻I have my business to run as I wish, work hours to be scheduled around naps and other pockets of time in my day, and time off can be scheduled as I need. 🤷🏻‍♀️Sure being a health and fitness coach isn’t everyone’s jam!
BUT! If you have ANY kind of passion for health and fitness, are already working in the industry, or just want to HELP others get healthy while working on your own goals alongside them, then I ENCOURAGE you to take a peek at this business!! We are gearing up for our busiest time of the year and I would love to have you on this journey with me!! Message me and we can set up a time to chat! ☕️ I’m looking to bring 5️⃣new women on my team to mentor in the month of January! Will you be one of them? 😉

#Fire55 - Definitely not the greatest workout, but still better than nothing 😁
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#ProjectFit #accountability #sweatitout #iheartendorphins #naptimegrind #turbofire #homegym #noexcuses

Today’s mood: “do I really have to!??” 😫

I woke up feeling like Santa’s 🎅🏻 sleigh has run me down!! 😆
Insert plant based energy ➕ a check in with my challengers about the importance of water (it probably should’ve been about the importance of sleep!! 😏 because I obviously am not good at that aspect of My life!) and I was ready to push play!! But seriously parenting is a constant struggle between going to bed early to catch up on sleep 😴 💤 or staying awake to finally get some ALONE time and get some stuff done. Obviously I chose the latter last night!! I’m a work in progress. I know I need sleep but sometimes I just get In a rythym and want to stay up to get everything done on my to do list!
Do you struggle with this too??

Shout out to Stacy for her amazing transformation!! 👏🏻👏🏻🙀💪🏼 Stacy always felt lethargic, exhausted, and bloated. 🙁 She was TIRED of feeling this way and knew she had to do something. After seeing friends have success with home based workout and nutrition programs, she decided she could do the same!

10 months and 4 programs later and she has lost 43.4 lbs and 35.75 inches!!! Here’s what she has to say: “I feel so much better! I have more energy, confidence, and have met many of my goals. These programs make setting up my workouts faster and easier! It’s exciting having so many options to choose from!” 🙌🏻 Results don’t come overnight, but they sure are worth the wait!! 🧡

I’m SUPER pumped that yet ANOTHER new program is being released into my virtual home 🏡 gym in just a few weeks!! This one’s taking it to the next level and promises to challenge me in SOO
many different aspects! When you have trainers and nutritionists that you can access right through your TV 📺 who literally spell it all out for you, the only thing left to do is follow the plan and trust the process!! I’m certainly up for this challenge!! Will you be joining me❔😉

I’m Going all in!! Today’s as good of a day as any 😏 January 1st will not 🙅🏻‍♀️be my starting point.
Day 1 can be any day of the week and certainly doesn’t have to be marked by a New Year on the calendar!! There’s going to be lots of treats this month and you betcha I’m still gonna enjoy myself...to a point! 🍪☕️. Christmas 🎄 cookies are my downfall (and whose kidding.. homemade raviolis are too 😆🍝) but luckily I’ve learned moderation and how to work all the “IMPORTANT” (umm yes Christmas cookies are VERY important!!😁👌🏻) treats into my life without getting completely derailed 🚂, having to put in HOURS at the gym, or coming off the holiday season with 10 pounds of extra FLUFF ☁️ 😬

Coming from someone who used to eat EVERYTHING during the holidays and then try to exercise like a crazy person or starve myself to UNDO all the damage, I’ve made huge progress if I
Do say so Myself! 😉

This morning’s workout was a nice 30 Minute blend of weights ➕ using my own body weight to really challenge my muscles!! 💪🏼 Minimal equipment and time, maximum results! 🙌🏻 Day 5/31 complete!! 👏🏻👏🏻

Tasty Tuesday today!! ✌🏻 Vegan Orange Cherry Muffins 🌱🍊🍒 (Courtesy of Fixate cooking channel) ☺️ Mix all dry ingredients together:
1.5 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour sifted; 1/2 cup almond flour sifted; 2 teaspoons baking powder; 1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts; 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

Mix all wet ingredients and blend in blender:
1 T. Zest of orange; 3/4 cup fresh orange juice squeezed from orange; 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil melted; 3/4 cup pure maple syrup; 2 tablespoons peanut butter; 2 teaspoons ground flaxseed; 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract; 1 cup thickly sliced banana

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix all together. Add 1/2 cup chopped fresh cherries to the mixture. (I used dried cherries because fresh are not in season 👌🏻) Line your muffin pan with muffin wrappers. You can spray them with coconut oil so that the muffin mixture doesn’t stick. Scoop 1/4 cup mixture into each one. Makes 12

Bake 375 for 18-20 Minutes 👍🏻 {If you’re following the food plan that I follow, 1 muffin = 1 💛 1/2 💜 1/2 💙 1.5 tsp}

Pulled “chicken” 🐓 His & Hers 👩🏻👨🏻 I ate all my carbs earlier today, SOO I got my pulled chicken on Bibb lettuce 😋

This recipe was really good! The whole family loved it. 🧡 My son even requested seconds!

You can make this with pork, but this recipe called for chicken so I gave it a try. We aren’t big pork fans so I was curious to see how the chicken would taste. 🐓I took six chicken breast and let them cook in the crockpot yesterday with some low sodium chicken broth until they were done. (I wanted enough for leftovers!) 🐓Remove chicken from the broth and shred it

To make the sauce Mix the following in a sauce pan on low heat:

2 T. Apple cider vinegar
2 T. Honey
1 cup chicken broth (use the broth from crock pot)
1 cup ketchup (use one with no added sugar)
1 T. Orange marmalade
1 T. Worchesterchire sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp mustard powder (I didn’t have any so I used Dijon mustard)
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
Mix 3/4 cup chicken with 3 T. Of the sauce for one serving 👌🏻 *recipe courtesy fixate cooking channel ☺️

at home with a sick baby means a little extra time to work on a custom #mugdesign 🙏🏼 being the mug hoarder that I am...it’s a pretty fun project ✨#naptimegrind

My Monday workout has presented me with challenges that are completely out of my comfort zone. 🙀

Ask me how many headstands I’ve executed successfully in my life? 👉🏻⭕️ How about cartwheels? 🤸🏻‍♀️ 👉🏻⭕️ I’m definitely not built like a gymnast, but today was a plyo workout that took me out of my comfort zone. I gave it my best and actually think I slayed those donkey kicks!! 💪🏼 My point is this...If you don’t at least try to push yourself out of your comfort zone, you will never make changes in your life 🤷🏻‍♀️ Today My December virtual fitness group kicked off With 44 members. 44 ladies and gents who are PUSHING themselves out of their comfort zones to tackle their health and fitness goals during the HARDEST month of the year you guys!! They aren’t waiting for a New Years Resolution to give them a kick in the pants 👖 they are going for it now!
Because what do you have to lose really? You’ll never know unless you at least try. 💞

Any parents who need some ideas for their elf! 🙋🏻‍♀️ Here ya go! Courtesy of bounty.com
Please tag someone who can use it!

We keep forgetting to move ours! 🤦🏻‍♀️😬 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

Cleveland friends! 🤗

We saw some beautiful Christmas 🎄 lights 💡at GE’s Nela Park in Cleveland tonight!
The display spans across 6 blocks on Noble avenue.
For the first time since 1958, the displays INSIDE the Nela Park gates will be open to the public and accessible only by non-commercial passenger cars, trucks or vans on three Fridays --- Dec. 8, 15 and 22 -- from 6 to 9 p.m.

We are hoping to go back and see it! 🎄😊

Saturday of a holiday season we can easily get caught up in the hustle and bustle 🚘 of getting stuff done, shopping 🛍, and really just running ourselves ragged!! 😩

I know once the kids are up, my day begins and revolves around them, so I made it a point to get up at 530 today just to have some time for myself. I read some personal development, did some office work, and got a great Pilates workout in!
Take some time out for yourself today in whatever form that may be for you. ✌🏻💞

Happy birthday to my Mom! 🎂💞 All Reese cared about was that she was getting cake again today! 😂💁🏻‍♀️🍰

There are good days and bad. Being a mom is like a roller coaster ranging from Amazing and incredibly rewarding ➡️ to asking myself where’s the wine? 🍷 and when is it bedtime? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Some days like today, I feel like all I do is break up fights. {Kids fighting in one room, dogs 🐶 fighting in the other 👉🏻no joke} , redirect behaviors such as telling them not to climb on the couch for the 💯th time and a serious of requests :

Please don’t do that.
Don’t touch that.
Please leave her alone.
Don’t take his food you have your own.
Please don’t hit her.
Stop eating that (dog eating kids toys)
Please don’t pull every single toy we own out of the closet 🤦🏻‍♀️
And the list goes on and on and on..... And then I feel my anxiety levels and my voice rising because doing one simple task like moving laundry from the washer to the dryer requires 5 separate trips To the laundry room because of all the interruptions. 😩

I know not every day is like this but days like today, my nerves are shot by 5pm! 🙆🏻‍♀️ I just hope they remember some day that mommy tried. Even when she was tired and stressed. That I had every intention of being great, good, and grand, but some days (like today) all I could be was just ok.
For now I just continue to countdown until bed time! Tomorrow is a new day and I am lookomg forward to some wine tonight ✌🏻🍷

Yes! Focus on the positive, don’t get sucked into the negative, and forget about the rest!! 💕 Bless and release! 🙏🏻

New workout program this month = lots of change. I’m already feeling incredibly sore from yesterday’s workout. 💥 The crazy thing is that the workout I did yesterday was from a program that I completed two years ago!! I never in 1 million years thought I would be sore from it! But after having done strictly strength and weights the last 2 months, it’s time to adjust all over again to my cardio strength routines! Proof that our bodies need to constantly be challenged with new stuff every couple of months to see change! 👊🏻 Just when you think you are in great shape, 🤸🏻‍♀️you get a wake up call from your SORE as HECK abs that are tender to the touch! 😐
4+ years ago before having kids, I didn’t have the tools that I have now. I used to literally fumble my way through the equipment at the gym, not quite sure what combinations of sets and reps AND cardio to put together that would get me the results that I wanted! 🏋🏻‍♀️ I would end up working out for over an hour doing what I THOUGHT 💭 was a great workout but I was getting nowhere.
A few years Before I got married, I finally sucked it up and started taking actual classes at the gym and working out with a personal trainer. I learned from that that I CRAVE instruction and having a fitness professional literally lay it all out for me, so there is no room for question, just results! I got great results (at a steep price!) 😬but nutrition still remained an area that I struggled with. Now as a mom of two 👦🏻👧🏻, time is limited! I can’t get to a gym 6 days a week, nor do I have time to workout for over an hour. Nor do I want to spend hundreds of dollars on a trainer. 30 Minutes does the trick and I couldn’t be more grateful for these programs that I can access right on my computer or smart phone 📱. My kids can jump in with me on the crazy days 🤪 I have access to world class trainers. Everything is spelled out for me, including a nutrition plan put together by a registered dietician. It really doesn’t get much easier than that! I follow the programs and change them up every couple of months, I get results! Easy peesy! 😁If you are stuck in a rut, try changing things up! 😉

Well we got the results of this little guys sleep 😴 💤 study back, and although they weren’t really great 😕 I’m glad that we finally know what’s going on so we can move forward and hopefully improve his sleep quality.
I’m also glad that I trusted my gut on this one! I knew that something wasn’t right when we went on vacation and I could hear him snoring loudly at night and then he would stop and gasp for air. He has been waking up in the morning saying that he’s tired for months now, but he sleeps for an average of 11 hours a night, so something wasn’t adding up. He also tells me that he is tired in the afternoon almost every day but refuses to nap. 🤷🏻‍♀️ The sleep center called today and told me that his sleep study shows that he has a mild case of sleep apnea and and some jaw movement which indicates grinding his teeth.
We have an appointment with an ENT in January to see if he recommends removing the tonsils and adenoids. Thankfully a friend recommended an ENT that does a less invasive procedure and does not actually remove the whole tonsil.
Moms who have little ones who have had sleep apnea, what was the outcome for your little one?

That’s a wrap on a successful night! 🙌🏻 ➖Ended my night with a cup of tea 🍵 after a successful “refresh” the past 3 days! Cleaned the sugar and junk OUT of my system from the holidays and got rid of the bloat. I’m excited to get back to my regular scheduled workouts tomorrow!! 👊🏻 ➖Got to go live and talk about the coaching opportunity with some ladies who were interested in hearing more about it! 👏🏻 Love sharing my passion for this business with others!! You never know who you will impact in this life and who may need your help or need to make a change in a big way!! Never forget-
➕Your life has a purpose
➕Your story is important
➕Your dreams count ➕Your voice matters
➕You were born to make an impact 💕

Our first batch of Christmas 🎄 cookies! Came out fabulous!! The kids put the thumbprints (really “fingerprints”) in them! 😉

Flourless breakfast thumbprint cookies!

Yields 10 cookies
Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 very large)
3 tablespoons chia seeds or ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
8 teaspoons jam
Peanut butter (or almond or sunflower seed butter), for serving (optional)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a food processor, add the oats and pulse until a coarse meal forms. Don't process it into a flour, some big flakes are good.
In a large bowl, stir together the processed oats, mashed banana, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt until combined. The mixture will be very wet and dense.
With a retractable ice cream scoop or a spoon, scoop the dough into 10 mounds. (The cookies do not need to be spaced far apart on the baking sheet as they don't spread out.) Press your thumb into the centre of each cookie to create a well. Fill each well with 1 heaping teaspoon of jam.
Bake cookies at 350°F for 11 to 13 minutes, until the cookies are slightly firm on the outside, but soft and doughy in the middle. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
If desired, pipe on your favourite nut butter. These cookies also taste great with a pat of coconut oil on top!
Tips:

To make the cookies nut-free, omit the peanut butter topping or swap it with sunflower seed butter instead.

Recipe courtesy of ohsheglows.com!

It’s T I M E............. Every now and then you have to take a break! Your body and mind will thank you for it. ✔️Taking breaks leads to positive emotions and greater productivity.
The week following a holiday can be tough to recover from on so many levels. We are back to the daily grind. Energy levels are low, our bodies are still adjusting to all the food that we ate 🤤 our mood may be off 🤨 exhaustion can creep in 😴 and we just may not feel like ourselves. 😑

During this holiday season Listen to your body and take breaks when needed!

I’m taking a mini break for a few days and refreshing my system. I do this every 3 months or so. Reboot my system with fresh fruits, veggies, Healthy fats and oils, and vegan 🌱 sources of protein 🥗🍎🍌🍓🥑🍅🌶🍯. Kind of like a mini detox. In addition I take a break from the high impact workouts and do some low impact yoga and stretching 🙆🏻‍♀️ I am starting day 2 of 3 today!
I know you are probably thinking 💭 “you always eat healthy so how is this any different?” Well actually I don’t always eat healthy. My weekend looked like this: Thanksgiving feast 🦃 pumpkin pie 🥧 Chipotle 🌮 cake 🎂 and ice cream 🍨. 😬😳 So in addition to loading up on the fruits, veggies and healthy fats, I’m taking a 3 day break from inflammatory foods like animal protein, caffeine, processed sugar, packaged foods, and dairy 🥛. I don’t eat a lot of dairy or processed sugar on a regular basis (besides this past weekend that is 😉), but the caffeine and animal protein is something I consume daily. I did give in to a cup of coffee ☕️ yesterday 😬 but otherwise was on track overall!! Cheers 🥂 to day 2 and giving my body a BREAK!! 🙌🏻 Operation refresh is well underway!

We headed out to see some holiday lights tonight! 🧣🎄⛄️🌟 No snow yet, but hoping for a white Christmas in Cleveland this year!
If you are in the Cleveland area and haven’t been to the “Winter Wonderland” at the Strongsville City Commons, it’s worth checking out! They do an amazing job with the lights every year! 🌟There is also a development in Strongsville that we have been checking out every year in Crown Point Parkway. They put on an amazing Christmas lights display every year and were ranked 5th best in the U.S. two years ago! Also worth checking out! 😊

Birthday 🎂 celebrations last night for my baby girl!
2 years old WAY too soon!! 💞

She was obsessed with the cake and kept saying “Can I have my cake? I want CAKE!!” 😂😂 Poor thing had to wait all week for her birthday cake!
I can’t blame her. I was looking forward to it too! 😋😁😉

Have you been THINKING about taking control of your health, but just can’t seem to get up the courage or know how to get started? Have you been doubting yourself? falling into the habit of negative self talk? Putting off what you really want to accomplish because you just don’t think you can achieve it? 🤔 Continuing to self sabotage your goals by telling yourself you will start tomorrow or by telling yourself that you can never change? ‘Tis the season 🦃🎄where it is INCREDIBLY easy to make excuses, put off your health for just a FEW more weeks, have that ☝🏻 more plate of food 🍝just a few more cookies 🍪, and heck throw in the extra 3 glasses of wine 🍷 too 🤷🏻‍♀️. Come January first my diet will start, right?! 😁

I’ve definitely fallen into that mentality in the past, but I’ve since learned how to live in the land of moderation. 😏 No more dieting, no more depriving myself, no more binging through the holiday months then going on a crash diet when it’s all over. It was always all or nothing for me. I either avoided it all together or I “over-enjoyed” myself and then beat myself up for it later! 😖
This weekend I enjoyed myself on Thanksgiving, but didn’t overdo it, and today will be another day just the same. Birthday celebration tonight for my daughter and You bet I’m having some birthday cake!! 🎂😋
I have my plans in place for the next few months. Have a “refresh” of sorts planned for this coming week, workouts planned out, and a balanced nutrition plan. I’m not waiting til January 1st to make a “resolution”. 🙅🏻‍♀️This is a LIFESTYLE!! 🤸🏻‍♀️
🙋🏻‍♀️Will you join me these next several weeks and learn what this healthy lifestyle is all about? Will you stretch yourself out of your comfort zone and this time try to make some permanent changes for yourself and your health? I’ve got a group coming up in just one week that will take you through the month of December : Nutrition plan, workouts, and ☝🏻super nutritious meal a day provided🥤. I’m offering a $20 Target gift card 🎯 if you sign up between now and tomorrow night! 🤩
Spots are limited, so get in touch with me by tomorrow to grab your spot! 📥📨

We miss you already Aunt Mia @_maria_fit5 and Uncle Dewek @deeee_rock1
fun day today at the Dinosaur 🦕 🦖 Museum, Lunch 🥗 and then got suckered into a second workout @oldschoolironcle
Wish we had more time with you! the kids had a blast!

Post Thanksgiving Turkey Burn 🦃🔥went down this morning!! I woke up feeling groggy and just plain exhausted for some reason. I knew my workout was what I needed to wake up and get my blood flowing.
Every day isn’t perfect. My workout today certainly wasn’t. You don’t have to crush all your goals in one day. Baby steps, self love 💕 along the way, and realistic expectations will get you there one day at a time, one goal at a time.
So Buckle up and enjoy the journey...as slow as it may feel! 🐢
Not sure where to begin? Stay tuned.. later today I will have a Black Friday deal for ya! 😉

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! 🦃🍽🍁💕

Happy Thanksgiving 🦃🍁🙏🏻 everyone!!! Many blessings to all of you today! 💞

Thankful, grateful, and blessed for so many things in my life!! First and foremost I had to knock my workout out 👊🏻 though 😉

Today is day 60 of a program that I FINALLY got the nerve to tackle! It was challenging for sure and took me out of my comfort zone but that is the only way that you grow! It took me More than 60 days to complete. There were rest days, interruptions from life, kids, sick days, and a mini break to try out a sneak peek of a new program coming out.
None of that matters! There was no rule that it had to be completed in 60 days. I worked at my own pace, modified when I had to, and listened to my body. 💪🏼It’s not about being perfect, or having the perfect conditions to get started. If you never give things a shot, you will never get anywhere in life.
It was fun while it lasted! but I’m most grateful to be moving back into my HIIT workouts and to tackle the next program on my list! 😁👍🏻 Will you join me? 😉

These next few weeks can make you or break you ⚡️when it comes to your health and taking care of yourself.
It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing mentality though! So often we make it that way however. We sabotage ourselves, have one bad day of overeating and then just throw the towel in on the rest of the holiday season! 🙆🏻‍♀️ You don’t have to give up all the goodies these next few weeks. I know I’m gonna enjoy my pumpkin pie for sure! 🥧
Instead Find that healthy balance⚖️ at the dinner table and in your fitness life. 20-30 Minutes, even if it’s just a quick walk around the neighborhood is better than no activity at all. Choosing healthy options more often than unhealthy is the key 🔑 and will get you through these next few weeks without putting you in a permanent food coma! 🤤

Happy Thanksgiving Eve Turkey prep! 🦃 😉✌🏻

Exactly 2 years ago to the date ➡️ Today on my daughter’s 2 year birthday 🎁
I was on my way out the door to my scheduled c-section when I took this picture!
I worked out through my pregnancy 🤰🏻, ate as healthy as I was able to stomach 🤢, and yep I put on 55 lbs. Almost EXACT to my first pregnancy with my son. I didn’t stress over it though because I knew that having a baby didn’t mean that I would leave my healthy lifestyle behind. I knew that the plan was to keep taking care of myself after this baby was born, just as I did after my son was born, and I did just that!
Sure it may have taken me several months to get back to feeling good again, but I wanted to be sure that I did it the RIGHT way. Slow and steady always wins the race 🐢 . Anything that is fast 💨 or easy won’t last! I took my time, waited almost 2 full months to start up with my workouts but got right back to healthy eating as soon as my daughter was born.
I will NEVER say that it is easy because choosing to eat healthy 90% of the time and workout 5-6 days a week is definitely NOT easy, but it is possible and definitely SOO worth it! I can’t even begin to tell You how much better I feel today compared to those first few months Postpartum. I was weak, tired, drained, I had aches and pains from the surgeries and extra weight, I developed heel spurs while pregnant, low back pain, and the list goes on.
I could have chosen to remain in that place and just accept the extra 3️⃣5️⃣ pounds that I had left after having my daughter, but I knew I deserved better than that for myself and especially for my kids!
After all, why would we settle in a place where we are feeling less than our best, our confidence is down, or we are lacking the energy 🙇🏻‍♀️that we need to get through the day? So many people do though because they don’t believe that they can be better.
Yes pregnancy and childbirth are amazing things! and yes you should embrace and love your body at all stages of it! After all you created a human being! 💞 but there is nothing wrong with wanting to feel healthy, energetic and alive again! The numbers on the scale never mattered much to me. I just wanted to feel like myself again! 😊⬇

I finished making mini cheesecakes for Thursday, refilled my cookie jars and made 6 Christmas pillows out of old pillows all during nap time. I’m loving this holiday week home with the girls, I have time to spare to make up the guest room for my father in law 🙌🏻 #naptimegrind #momlife #nashville #nesting #kinda #😍

Chocolate 🍫 chunk cookies 🍪
#vegan #dairyfree #glutenfree
Makes
12-13 jumbo (4-inch) cookies Prep Time
20 Minutes Cook time
10 Minutes
Ingredients:

For the wet ingredients:

1/2 cup (120 g) natural smooth almond butter (no subs)*
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons (105 mL) pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons (45 mL) virgin coconut oil, softened but not hot
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the dry ingredients:

1/2 cup (50 g) gluten-free rolled oats
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (50 g) gluten-free oat flour
1/4 cup (33 g) arrowroot flour/starch
1/4 cup (25 g) almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
(150g) 55% non-dairy dark chocolate (about 1 1/2 bars)***
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a very large (approx. 21 by 15 inch) baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, stir together the wet ingredients (almond butter, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla) until completely smooth.
Stir the dry ingredients (oats, oat flour, arrowroot, almond flour, baking soda, and salt) into the wet mixture, one by one, until thoroughly combined. The dough will be a bit wet/oily, but this is normal.
Chop the chocolate into small chunks. Set aside 3 tablespoons (for topping the cookie dough later), and stir the rest of the chocolate into the batter until combined.
Using a large retractable cookie scoop (or simply a spoon and your hands), scoop mounds of dough (about 2 1/2 tablespoons of dough per cookie). Add each onto the baking sheet, about 3 inches apart, as they'll spread a lot while baking.
Press the remaining 3 tablespoons of chocolate onto the tops of the cookie dough mounds, evenly distributed. (Reshape the cookie dough mounds if they flatten a bit.)
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes (I prefer 8 1/2 to 9 minutes for gooey and soft cookies), until the cookies are spread out. If you prefer a crispy cookie, bake for about 12 minutes.
Recipe Credit : @ohsheglows ☺️

S•M•O•N•D•A•Y

Definition: The blur 🌫 between the weekend and weekdays. The moment when Sunday stops feeling like a Sunday and the anxiety of Monday kicks in!
I’m a mom, so every day feels like a blur to me! Laundry, dishes, and the every day demands of kids will creep in and leave you even wondering what day it even is because they all look the same! 🤔. A holiday week can really kick it up a notch in the anxiety department. So much that needs to be done, to do lists 📝 a mile long, family and friends to connect with, planning and preparation for guests, out of town travel, and the list goes on!! If you don’t make yourself a priority during this time, who will? No one is going to make sure you take care of yourself these next few weeks except you! Self care is so important and an adult time out 🙅🏻‍♀️⏳is sometimes necessary when the stress levels start to run high.
I just took my Monday time out and I’m that much stronger for just stepping away from my to do list for 30 Minutes. 💪🏼 My mind is clear, anxiety levels are decreased, and this mama is ready for this day! Are you planning some time out for yourself this week? 💞

I could have said FORGET IT! 🙅🏻‍♀️ Sunday’s are a day of rest and I was already behind on my weekend to do list since my husband worked most of the day yesterday. Besides, it’s a HOLIDAY week so now is the time to take a break right? Nope! I Sucked it up and reminded myself that I will not go back to my old ways of making excuses when life gets busy, using the holiday as a reason to take a break, and just letting myself go for the next 7-8 weeks!! Yes the holidays are a time to enjoy with family and friends but it DOES NOT have to be a FREE FOR ALL and excuse to try every dessert 🍮🍨 put in front of me, overeat at every meal, or fall off the wagon with my workouts until the new year! Living a healthy lifestyle does not have to involve: •Dieting •Deprivation •Starvation •Counting calories •Constantly checking the scale •Working out for hours on end. It is about balance ⚖️, choosing healthy options more often than unhealthy ones and eating reasonably so that you don’t have to workout for hours on end. I’m inviting you to join me for the next 7-8 weeks if you need a SOLID plan and some accountability to get through this holiday season!! 👉🏻You will get a meal plan put together by a dietician that literally spells everything out for you and still leaves room for 🍷&🍫 ☺️
👉🏻Enough Recipes to keep you cooking healthy meals for months
👉🏻A virtual accountability group ➕myself to check in with daily 👉🏻A workout plan put together by a certified personal trainer that meets you at your current fitness level, whatever that may be! (Yes there are even maternity and postpartum workouts ☺️🙌🏻🤰🏻🤱🏽)
👉🏻Superfood shakes to keep your cravings at bay and give you some amazing Whole Foods based vitamins and minerals. (This is my dairy free dessert 🍨 every day for breakfast! 😉)
Are you in or are you in?! 😙 Comment below with your favorite holiday emoji 🎄🍷 🦃 🌟and let’s get this party started!! 👏🏻👏🏻 Feel free to drop me a message as well ☺️ 📥 🤔Not sure if you want to hang with me for the next 8 weeks? No worries! 🤗 I’ve got a one week “sneak peek” that I’m hosting the week after Thanksgiving for you to check this out before you commit! 👍🏻☺️

Houston's got a lot planned for today 💤 #sunday #naptimegrind

In my book 📚 Monday’s and Friday’s are the most important days in the fitness world! 🌎
Monday’s set the tone for your week and Fridays set the tone for your weekend! If you are aiming to stay consistent, these are the ✌🏻days you don’t want to miss! They are the H A R D E S T days by far for me to get up and get it done, but I know that I’m going to be better for it!! This guy got up 5 Minutes into my workout, but instead of letting it get the best of me, I had him join me. WAY too often we use our kids as our excuse for not taking care of ourselves and I refuse to be that person!! 🙅🏻‍♀️ Our kids need us to be healthy and strong 💪🏼, be around for them for years to come, and be that positive example in their lives. Fitness is really not about looking good. It’s about taking care of yourself, not just in the physical sense but also in the emotional sense. So if you can’t get that moment alone to workout, have them join you!! Show them the moves! They may complain through it, but they will be stronger for it!! Triple A is the name of the workout today (Arms 💪🏼, Abs, and A@@ 🍑) and it didn’t disappoint!
I worked out through 101 questions from my little guy: are we done yet? what is that?? You sure do have a big butt mom. 😳😆 Your doing great, keep it up! There’s a monster over there Mom!!!! gotta love it!
Who wants to workout with us in December!? 🙌🏻
Day 3/5 👊🏻👏🏻😁

🙏🏻Thankful Thursday🙏🏻 So thankful for my crazy crew every day but especially today because this time of year is SOO fun with little ones!! 💞

My nerves are shot after this day, but nothing a glass of wine can’t fix!! 🍷 Yes I enjoy the occasional glass of wine, and believe it or not it’s even allowed on my food plan 😉
We got to hang out, listen to 🎄 Christmas music 🎶 and put up {some} of the decorations (it’s a slowww process with kids) 😆 I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet!!! But Carter has been asking for 2 weeks now to put the decorations up!
We let them decorate the tree this year. What do you think? 💁🏻‍♀️🤣 When do you put your decorations up? I always stuck to the “after Thanksgiving” rule, but all rules go out the window with kids!! 🤷🏻‍♀️

When you wake up early in this house, you get to workout with Mom! 👦🏻👩🏻😂 and he picked a good day for it! Today was booty lift day! 🍑👏🏻🤣 This kiddo has been getting up around 7 since the time change. That may not sound early to most but it’s too early for me when there are no naps! 😆
I may have had to pause ⏸ my workout, as I was about halfway through when he woke up, but I wasn’t cutting it short! I’m a no excuses kind of gal and once I’m in workout mode, I’m determined to finish! 💪🏼 In a world where obesity and unhealthy eating are just the new norm, I’m determined to teach my kids the importance of balance when it comes to healthy eating and the importance of getting your body moving for 20-30 Minutes a day.
He did pretty good! Learning how to use the resistance bands with me but not the best motivator as he kept telling me “I think that’s enough Mom. I think we are done now” 😆

I’m getting super pumped for this program release date in January. On week 2 of these workouts and loving them!! Ladies are you ready to flatten your abs and lift your booty with me!? It’s going to be AH-Mazing!! 😘

Love 💕 this Christmas 🎄 to do list from simpleasthatblog.com
We are entering the busiest and often most stressful time of year, but it doesn’t have to be unless we allow it to be.
This year my goal is to focus less on getting wrapped up in the craziness of the “to do” list and work on enjoying those around me more, being more present, and making more memories. 💓

Today was Day 1 of the new program that I’m getting a “sneak peek” of again this week! 👏🏻😊 I may have woke up feeling exhausted.. slept past the time I wanted to {AGAIN} 😔 , felt like I was floundering 🐠 through this new workout a bit, but I can’t help but feel P U M P E D for these next few months!! 🦃 🎄 🌟 The holiday season in the past was always the hardest time for me to stay on track with my goals. I never really had a good plan in place and would always end up completely blowing it through these next eight weeks. It would be like a bomb 💣went off in the nutrition department 👉🏻{insert about 100 Christmas cookies here} 👈🏻🤢 and my train 🚂 would inevitably A L W A Y S get derailed through the holidays. 🤨The whole 9 yards... bloated, ⬆️5-10 lbs, sugar shock (and always craving more sugar), headaches, stomach issues 💩 I’ll stop there.. Sure I would still get my workouts in, but you can’t outwork a bad diet and gosh have I learned that the hard way WAY too many times in my life!! The past 3 years have been different though thanks to the programs that I have been following since I had kids, and I know this year will be too!! I have my plans in place. I don’t even have to leave my house. 🏡 I know exactly which workout programs I’m Doing, down to the exact length of all of them, and can literally write my schedule out now. 👍🏻I also have all of my meal plans ready to go (thanks to my virtual dietician 🙌🏻) AND I have my secret weapon (my superfoods) 🥛 ready to go to help me with energy levels💃🏻 and keep my cravings under control. It has literally helped Me get a handle on my cravings for sweets for the first time in my life!! And how could I forget all my fit friends to keep me accountable and check in daily with in my virtual fitness studio!? 🤗

Are you ready for these next several weeks?!! 😉
I am super pumped!! Can you tell? 😆 Sure it won’t be perfect, but nothing is in life. Having a plan is half of my battle though!!

Today’s cooking edition was really a “crafting” edition!
One 3 year old mixing up the salt dough and one very bossy almost ✌🏻 year old eating Ritz crackers and supervising. 😏

We finished the basic ornament today but still have yet to paint it! Stay tuned for the final product and instructions in a few days 😉 🤓in the meantime you can check out the live demonstration on Facebook and get the actual DIY project instructions early if you can’t wait! Look for me on Facebook : Facebook.com/melissadeaconseeley

Seriously I never thought a quote about chickens and Eagles would be a good reference to accountability 🧐but when I looked up quotes for accountability, this is what came up!
And it really is true!! Between my 👉🏻virtual trainer who told me this morning that we were going to do exercises on this ball right here 😳😬 (ok perfect 👌🏻 -insert eye roll 🙄 here 😂) to my 👉🏻challengers, whom some of them had already checked into our online group and completed their workouts before I could even get my butt out of bed today, I’m blown away by just how much the accountability from these 2 sources keeps me on track every day!
Having my workout programs already put together for me is half the battle because I cannot S T A N D fumbling through a workout.. not being sure if I am doing everything right, if my form is right, what move to do next to make sure I’m targeting all the muscle groups, am I getting a good balance of strength and cardio? 🤔 And the list goes on. I’m not a personal trainer, but having access to several of them through my computer is life saving!! After having been an athlete through high school and college, I always had a “coach” telling me what to do for my workouts. After college, I used to fumble around the gym not sure what I needed to do to stay in shape. I spent way too many years running in circles on the treadmill, probably not even getting my heart rate up enough. And don’t get me started on the hour and a half elliptical workouts that I used to do. 🤭🤦🏻‍♀️. Seriously who has time for THAT!? And then there is my online accountability group of women (and a few men 😉) who hold me to
My goals daily. We all support one another and can check in when we are having a bad day, ate the whole box of cookies, or just need a pep talk! They are the reason that I get up and workout most days. If you have no one to check in with, how will you stay accountable? If you have no one in your life who is also working on their health and fitness goals, no one who makes their health a priority, it can be very hard to stay on track. My challengers are my “eagles”. ☺️We are on this journey together and we definitely keep one another in check!

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