7 Reasons Why I’ve Been a Coach for 7 Years

...mostly I like it because I get to drink beer on peddle taverns in Nashville

…mostly I like it because I get to drink beer on peddle taverns in Nashville

This week marks my 7th “anniversary” as a Team Beachbody Coach.  Over the past 7 years there are dozens (if not hundreds) of times I didn’t think it was for me and I seriously considered quitting… but I’ve stuck with it and here’s why:

  1. It Keeps Me Accountable: As a Coach, I’m responsible for helping other people reach their health and fitness goals but here’s the secret – I’m really the person who benefits most from this! I want to be fit and strong (really strong… it’s a short person complex I think) but I’m not super motivated on my own. When I’m helping others, it literally forces me to “practice what I preach.” I don’t think I would be obese if I wasn’t a coach, but I certainly wouldn’t be in great shape… and I wouldn’t have energy… and I would probably be a little depressed – because that’s how I feel when I’m not staying accountable to my goals and to the things I’m “preaching” to others. If I get nothing else from coaching besides the fact that it keeps me accountable to my own health and fitness goals, I’d stick with it for 7 more years.

  2. It Literally Transformed Blake: Of course I have a “transformation” story… Beachbody helped me lose the 12 pack of beer I carried around my midsection and helped me gain a 6 pack (although I’m still working on getting that back after baby #2) BUT Blake has an amazing transformation story. He went from being an overweight, pothead, smoker (sorry babe, it’s true) to a smoking hot fitness fanatic (see… I made up for the overweight/pothead/smoker thing there 🙂 ). I didn’t make him do it (we weren’t even married yet… barely even dating)… he saw me working out one day, asked what I was doing and then made the change on his own. He literally swapped super unhealthy habits for the healthiest of habits. I knew Beachbody fitness programs worked after they helped me but it wasn’t until I saw what they did for Blake that I truly believed in how much they could literally transform someone’s life. If I get nothing else from coaching besides the fact that it allows has given me a healthy husband, I’d stick with it for 7 more years.

  3. It Helps Me Set The Best Example: As a mom of 2 girls, I know it’s my responsibility to show them how to respect their bodies and to feel strong and capable of doing anything they want. My mom was a yo-yo dieter – she never seemed completely happy with how she looked or felt… I paid attention to that and while there are a TON of things I want to do exactly like my mom did, yo-yo dieting is not one of them. Carter is not even 2 years old yet but she gets that mommy and daddy work out. Health is never something that should be taken for granted – Beachbody Coaching lets me show that to my girls. If I get nothing else from coaching besides the fact that it allows me to set a great example for my girls, I’d stick with it for 7 more years.

  4. It Pushes Me: I know this is going to sound a little cocky but I feel like I can do really great things… like BIG things. But I have a lot of self-limiting beliefs that keep me from even trying sometimes. My biggest fear in life is not realizing or reaching my potential (I know… kind of deep, right?). Beachbody Coaching has pushed me so far out of my comfort zone but in doing that, has taught me how to overcome some of those self limiting beliefs (I’m still working on some). With Coaching, there is a HUGE emphasis placed on personal development… something I’d never heard of before becoming a coach. Learning about myself and learning how I can be better and accomplish those BIG things is one of the greatest blessings Beachbody has given me. If I get nothing else from coaching besides the fact that it pushes me to be a better person, I’d stick with it for 7 more years.

  5. It Allows Me to Help Others: Helping other people is one of the greatest feelings ever! Outside of coaching, I have a full time job as a sales and marketing manager… not exactly a position of “service.” I want to serve others. Coaching gives me an outlet for that desire. A lot of people have a negative view of multi-level marketing business because their representatives pressure/hassle/push them into buying something they don’t want or need… a very fair assessment. I try really, really hard not to do that. I always want to come from a place of service, of helping. Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. HealthCare costs are absurd. I feel like everyone can stand to invest a little more in their own preventative health care by exercising and eating a little bit better. I want to help others find a way to stay accountable to their own preventative health care and for it to actually be FUN! If I get nothing else from coaching besides the fact that allows me to help others feel better and actually BE better, I’d stick with it for 7 more years.

  6. Shakeology: Yo, Shakeology is legit. Shakeology alone can be transformative in your life…it has been in mine. I don’t have any health issues… it’s not because I eat well (I don’t!! I lived off Ramen noodles for years!),  I swear it’s because I drink Shakeology. I’m not going to make this a sales pitch on Shakeology, but it is hands-down the best health decision you could make for yourself (unless you’re a smoker in which case… stop smoking first). It has the highest standard in ingredients – you would be amazed at the crap they put in most protein/health drinks to make them taste like ovaltine or fruit punch or a milkshake… Shakeology doesn’t have that crap. The integrity and quality behind it is unmatched. If I get nothing else from coaching besides the discount I get on Shakeology, I’d stick with it for 7 more years.

  7. It Helps Takes the Pressure Off Blake: When I started coaching, I didn’t even know Blake so this reason didn’t become relevant until the second half of my coaching life. We’re now a family of 4… we have 2 kids (and 2 pups) to support! It’s expensive. I have a great, full time job which I love. Blake has a growing landscape business. BUT still finances are TIGHT. Blake has done an amazing job growing his landscape business but when the cash flow isn’t… flowing, finances become stressful. Coaching provides that extra boost to take some of the pressure off of Blake. As our girls get bigger, they will undoubtedly get more expensive. We don’t live an extravagant lifestyle but we both want to provide a good life for our growing family. With a growing family and a growing landscape business the stress over finances could get out of control. Thanks to the income coaching has provided, we can usually keep the financial stress in check. If I get nothing else from coaching besides the ability to take some financial pressure off of Blake, I’d stick with it for 7 more years.

  8. BONUS REASON- I Get To Go on Peddle Taverns: Ok, I’m going into a bonus reason only because I came up with 8 reasons in about 5 seconds so I felt like it should be included. Coaching is FUN and I get to hang out with FUN people and learn from FUN people. I’m a natural introvert so it’s hard for me to “bond” with others but coaching has given me a team of like-minded people to bond with and more importantly learn from. (One of the ways our team bonds is to go on Peddle Taverns in Nashville… I like our style!).

Sometimes coaching is a struggle for me. Sometimes I’m unmotivated. Sometimes I go months without working out (see: the past 7 months). Luckily you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic or a constantly motivated/positive person to be a coach. I’m looking forward to what the next 7 years of Beachbody coaching brings to me and my family. I know it’s going to bring BIG things.

I’d love for you to join me if you can relate to any of the above or if you just want to start some preventative healthcare (a regular/fun workout & nutrition program)… that’s a “salesy” as I get. I promise if you stick with it, you won’t regret it either!! If you’re interested at all (even just a little tiny bit) – shoot me a message or an email!



Marriage Isn’t Hard – Reflections on 4 Years of Marriage

About a week ago, Blake and I were in the car after church and Blake asked “Do you think marriage to me is hard?

My first thought: “That’s a loaded question”

My actual response: “No.”

I still stand by my response, here’s why: Marriage is a promise..no, a covenant I made to Blake (and to God) on August 4, 2012. Promises and especially covenants aren’t made to be broken.

Making the decision to get married was hard. There were multiple times while Blake and I were dating and even while we were engaged that I seriously considered not marrying him; but when I did marry him, I was sure of my decision. In my head, once I made the decision (and promised before him and God many things including “until death do us part”), I would never reconsider.

Marriage isn’t a decision I make every day… it’s a decision I made once but one that I won’t change. Really, that’s a freeing thought.

If I had to “decide” on marriage EVERY day, I wouldn’t stay married long. I don’t think anyone would.

When we were in the car that day, Blake asked for further explanation on my response. This was my further explanation: “Marriage isn’t hard. Getting along with you everyday is hard.” Luckily Blake is a guy and the didn’t ask for further clarification there. The conversation ended. He knew what I meant.

Getting along with each other is hard. I’m hard. I’m hard on him. I’m sarcastic and harsh sometimes. Blake would probably have a gentler life with someone else but he chose me. He probably doesn’t choose me every day, but he doesn’t have to… he chose me once and he committed to that decision. Even when he doesn’t like me, he loves me and he is married to me. And vice versa.

Full disclosure: Blake annoys the shit out of me sometimes. We don’t agree on a lot of things (namely: how to assemble anything – crib, bookshelf, kegerator, Dr. Browns bottle…anything). But we made the decision to get married and we both honor that decision. No matter what we say to each other, how harsh we are toward each other, or how much we annoy the shit out of each other – we are married. We have to figure it out. If we don’t agree with each other, we figure it out. If something about him annoys me, I usually let him know… why? I’m married to him. If it annoys me now, it will annoy me more in 1 year or 10 years or 50 years so I better go ahead and let him know now. Every argument is worth it. Every disagreement is worth it. Every hard conversation is worth it.

The covenant we made to each other and to God is worth it.

We’re only 4 years in, so this whole blog could be naive, but I really hope it’s not.

(pic above is from our joint bachelor/bachlorette party…still one of my favs!)


When the Phrase “Agree to Disagree” Doesn’t Sound Hostile Enough


There are a lot of ways Blake and I differ in personality. To name a few:  I’m calm under pressure, Blake is… less calm; I’m not great at showing emotion, Blake wears his emotions on his sleeve. In most ways these basic personality differences complement each other and make us stronger as a unit.

While we definitely have differences in our personalities, our view points on most major issues align. We share the same religious, spiritual and political beliefs. We have almost identical priorities. In fact, off the top of my head I can only think of two areas of disagreement (although I’m sure we will stumble upon more throughout life).

The first point of contention is relatively minor. It involves the importance of condiments to overall food taste.

I am not, and have never been, a fan of condiments. No ketchup, mustard, mayo, dressing or hot sauce for me… ever. Recently I’ve accepted barbecue sauce in limited circumstances but generally speaking I’m not a “dipper.” I don’t need the flavor enhancement and I don’t want it. I can taste a hint of mayo in the cheesiest of pimento cheeses.  I cannot handle the hot of hot sauce.

Blake, on the other hand, puts sauce on EVERYTHING. A $50 steak NEEDS ketchup. We buy hot sauce by the gallon. In my opinion, it’s a little ridiculous BUT we agree to disagree. No big deal… very little impact on our relationship.

The other point of contention is substantially larger.

Blake is a UNC fan, I am a die hard Duke fan. Still to this day I don’t know how we’ve made it work.

I was born and raised a Duke fan. The walls of my childhood bedroom were literally covered in Duke memorabilia and posters. One of the my biggest disappointments in life was when I found out it actually did make the most financial sense for me to attend UNC-Chapel Hill for college (gasp!)… yeah it was dramatic. Throughout my 4 years at UNC I stayed strong to my roots and continued to pull for the Blue Devils. I will NEVER change.

Blake moved to NC when he as in elementary school. Unfortunately, his russian roulette method of choosing a NC team to pull for landed him with the Tar Holes Heels. Tragic. While he hasn’t been a life-long fan, he does have a solid 20 years of fandom under his belt and seems uninterested in changing his allegiance. Sadly, he most likely will NEVER change (although I haven’t given up total hope)!

When we started dating, we were aware of this glaring difference in opinion. We found out quickly we could not hold a calm conversation where either team was involved… if the conversation was about both teams it ended in a heated and unresolved argument every time.

When college basketball season starts I can feel the tension build. Duke and UNC are guaranteed to play each other twice per year… sometimes three times (thankfully they have yet to meet up 4 times in any given year).

When we got married we knew this huge point of contention needed to be addressed.

I promise to honor and embrace our differences as I do our similarities/ even if that means we have to watch the big game in different rooms. ~ Excerpt from our wedding vows

We do have to watch “the big game” in different rooms. We’ve tried to watch it together, all attempts have been unsuccessful.

We are both logical and fairly grounded but when it comes to The Rivalry, neither of us are graceful in our disagreement. The phrase agree to disagree doesn’t seem hostile enough.

Tonight will be tense. I will watch The Game upstairs, Blake will watch The Game downstairs. If it’s a close game we may not speak until morning. But we will stay married… after all we love each other more than we love our respective teams (most of the time 🙂 )

Go Duke!


My New “Go-To” Lunch


This burrito bowl has been the only lunch I’ve gotten excited about in a long time. I’m not sure if it has to do with being pregnant, but I’ve been having a hard time figuring out what I WANT to eat lately – Blake suggests this isn’t a “new” thing for me but he’s at peace with the fact that I blame all ailments on pregnancy at this point.

My top three priorities when choosing a great meal are these: ease of preparation, nutritional content, taste.

The burrito bowl does require some prep but the prep usually makes 3-4 lunches so it’s worth it. Also, it nails the other two priorities. I count it as a win.

This was my prep process –

The night before:

  • Open a can of organic corn, drain, place in container.
  • Open a can of black beans, drain, place in a container.
  • Have husband prepare chicken. Tell him it’s for a burrito bowl so to season it appropriately (I have no idea what this would entail which is why I delegate)
  • Contemplate buying pre-made pico de gallo at walmart ($3.00) or make my own. This time I made my own with Roma tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalepeno and lime juice. Cutting the onions makes me cry EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Next time, I’ll probably buy it pre-made.
  • Buy an avocado… hold off on cutting it as long as possible.
  • Make some brown rice. Easy peasy.
  • Grate some cheese because we don’t have shredded cheese… wait, what?? Normally I would just buy shredded cheese. Freshly grated tastes better but a’int nobody got time for that – plus I eat more than half of it in the process of shredding it.
  • Buy lettuce. image

The morning before leaving for work:

  • Frantically search for additional containers to re-portion all ingredients just for lunch. Realize after doing so that I should have just taken all the ingredients to work as is and then portion out throughout the week as I actually make lunch (the perks of an office fridge!)… clearly there is room for improvement here.

At lunchtime:

  • Spend half of your lunch break meticulously organizing all ingredients for an instagram-worthy lunch (see pic above).
  • Devour the entire bowl in less than 5 minutes.

There you have it… my new “go-to” lunch. It’s good, you should try it.




19 Week Update… Do I have to workout? Yes, Yes I Do.

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I’m officially 19 weeks today which is almost halfway to the end- assuming she comes on time which is never a safe assumption. According to AlphaMom the little peanut is actually 5.5 in long and about 7 oz so not the size of a peanut but more like the size of my iphone (including the case). I could carry literally carry her around in my back pocket although clearly it’s advisable for her to stay put exactly where she is. It’s funny though because I often tell Carter I wish I could carry her with me all day in my pocket – which actually sounds really weird so I’m going to stop saying it.

It’s interesting that the AlphaMom 19 week analysis talks mostly about pregnancy fitness. I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t been at the top of my fitness game over the past few months. I’m tired. I’ve heard this excuse from people before: I’m too tired to workout. I hate that excuse. I know it sounds logical but really it isn’t. To lift yourself up off the couch and away from the TV seems like it takes a TREMENDOUS amount of effort BUT once you get past that initial very, very hard part and actually start the workout it’s amazing how quickly the fatigue goes away and the energy starts to flow. It is really easy to use pregnancy as an excuse not to exercise. Most people (including my husband) won’t argue about proper fitness routines with a pregnant lady (he’s a smart man). But here’s the thing, we all know we should do it. It’s hard. We’re tired, We want oreos (is that just me)? BUT in the end we know it’s worth every bit of effort to get our growing rear ends off the extremely comfy, inviting, and non-judgmental couch and go get the blood flowing to our disintegrating muscles.

I’m looking for some accountability partners (who are not my husband) to help keep me on track. I’ll reciprocate the gesture and keep you on track too! If you’re pregnant and tired and don’t feel like working out but know you need to get back in the groove so you aren’t completely out of shape as you attempt to push a baby (who will no longer fit in your pocket) out of your body- please message me or email me. I need your help and I can help you too! Yay for camaraderie!


Our New Year’s Goals & Resolutions


I’m generally in favor of New Year’s Resolutions. I like the idea of getting better as a person and trying to improve different aspects of life. This year, instead of doing individual resolutions, Blake and I had a mini-planning session and made goals for both of our businesses and our family for the year. (After reading that sentence, I feel like you may be led to believe we have it together way more than we actually do… it’s all really an organized mess but that’s one of the things we’re working on). So, after making some goals we figured out what needed to happen on a daily and weekly basis to get everything done… and alas we arrived at some resolutions.

For our own personal accountability, I’m making our resolutions public via this blog… here they are: (disclaimer: we didn’t write our specific resolutions down (only our goals) so these are the “resolutions” that come to mind… basically this is what we’re implementing to improve ourselves):

  1. Morning Quiet Time Together: this is my favorite resolution and I think it will have the most positive impact overall. It’s not a secret that I’m absolutely NOT a morning person, but waking up 30 minutes early to spend time with God and Blake is definitely worth it! We spend the 30 minutes reading from The Bible or a devotional, talking about what we each have planned for the day, and then praying together. We’ve never done something like this before but I’m really excited to see how it improves our relationship with each other and with God.
  2. Business Power Hour: this one applies more to me than Blake. Blake runs his/our landscape business full time so he’s working towards the goals we have for that business all day. My business as a fitness coach is only part-time but I want to maximize my success even though I can’t commit full-time hours. To accomplish that, I’m committing to a daily “power hour” – meaning I spend one hour each day doing the most purposeful tasks to grow my business. Last year was the first year I starting investing time and effort in to growing my fitness coaching business and the results were amazing (so much more so than I anticipated), so I can’t wait to see how intentional, daily activity will continue that growth trend.
  3. Create a Budget & Stick to It: As we grow our businesses and grow our family this one is essential. Prior to our planning session, I created a draft of our budget. We made a few minor changes… now it’s all about sticking to it. Easier said than done.
  4. Monthly Planning Meetings: Creating goals and resolutions is great, but if we don’t stick to them it’s kind of a waste of time. So once a month we are going to re-convene to see where we’re at with our goals and determine what specific things we need to do the next month to keep moving toward our goals. Also, we like going out to eat so this will give us the opportunity to do that (while still sticking to our allocated budget for “restaurants”)
  5. Spread our Influence: we all have the power to influence others and make a positive impact on their livees. Sometimes we get so consumed with our daily lives that we forget to think about other people and how we can help them. With my business, I’m in a unique position to help people with their health and fitness goals (from my experience, improving your health and fitness also creates a boost in confidence, productivity, attitude and a whole lot of other great things). So for me, I would love to help a whole lot of people with their health and fitness goals this year.

One thing we really struggled with this past year was keeping our house clean – so a cleaning schedule was going to be part of the goal list as well… but then we got a Roomba. It is amazing and if you don’t have one, you should get one. Also it will knock a whole line item off your goal and resolution list.

I am really excited for 2016. I just have this feeling that it’s going to be awesome. Oh yeah, and we’re having a baby so it’s pretty much guaranteed to be awesome!


The First Trimester: In A Few Sentences


I’m officially at Week 14 so no matter how you count it, the first trimester is over! 33.33% of the way there. Just for fun here are 1-2 sentences that capture the thoughts, feelings or general circumstances surrounding each week.

Week 1: Absolutely nothing has happened yet, but I distinctly remember having a conversation with Blake that went something like this: Blake – “When do you think we should have another kid?” Me – “Well I definitely don’t want to be pregnant over the holidays again so let’s re-address this in December or January.” The irony.

Week 2: According to most “pregnancy calculators” we unknowingly created a baby sometime this week – I have zero recollection of when this might have occurred.

Week 3: Still blissfully unaware and packing for a family trip to Cancun. Had I known I wouldn’t need the box of tampons, I would have had room for one more bikini to show off the abs I worked so hard to get back.

Week 4: Cancun baby! (pun intended). Luckily, we were chasing after a 1 year old most of the trip so while there was drinking involved it wasn’t as heavy as it could have been.

Week 5: Crap… I never used those tampons I packed. Maybe I miscalculated but I’m going to an open bar wedding this weekend so I should probably check just in case. Crap… not going to be able to take advantage of the open bar.

Week 6: Seriously, my abs were just there… where did they go? It’s only week 6. I worked so hard to get those back!

Week 7: Turns out the only thing harder than attending an open bar wedding while pregnant it attending a bachelorette party while pregnant. Although I didn’t drink, I did get to enjoy the feeling of a mutual hangover with everyone else each morning.

Week 8: Who stole ALL of my energy. SO TIRED. Also, why do I only want to eat spaghetti os?

Week 9: I heard a heartbeat and got a picture… I know exactly who stole (and is still stealing) all the energy. This just got a little bit more real.

Week 10: It’s confirmed – this pregnancy sucks a lot more than the first one. I feel crappy and am always tired. Thank God for Blake – who is cooking, cleaning and folding laundry like a champ BUT if he asks “why are you so tired?” one more time, I will use my very last ounce of energy to punch him in the face… I won’t even be sorry.

Week 11: I got the “go-ahead” from the doctor to consume up to 300 mg of caffeine per day and add Shakeology back into my diet – Hallelujah! For the record I’m not drinking 300 mg of caffeine per day… but I am enjoying coffee again or more specifically skinny vanilla lattes! (I abstained from caffeine during pregnancy #1… what a cocky jerk I was then.)  Also, I love you Shakeology and I’ve missed you for the past 4-5 weeks – at least I know I’m getting good nutrition now (in addition to the stellar nutritional content of spaghetti os).

Week 12: The “news” is public thanks to a pretty cute Christmas card featuring my favorite child who caused absolutely zero pregnancy symptoms. It feels even more real. We’re having another baby… Blake is excited; I’m terrified. Same as last time.

Week 13: The last week of the first trimester… isn’t my energy supposed to be returning. The answer is no. It’s not returning, baby #2 is still hogging all of it. My evening productivity is at an all time low. Blake is a super hero for keeping the household running (but let’s not kid ourselves, he’s always been the one that keeps the household running).

Only 27 more weeks to go… it better only be 27 more weeks- I’m talking to you Baby #2.. you have an opportunity to win some major “favorite child” points back by arriving on time, just sayin’.


It’s All Fun & Games Until Someone Gets Pregnant… Again


Blake and I were on the same page about wanting more than one kid. After all, Carter needs a playmate who doesn’t carry toys around in his mouth – she has picked up this habit from the dogs – it’s funny but also socially frowned upon. We were aiming for Baby #1 and Baby #2 to be 2-3 years apart… the way it’s looking now, they’re going to be 22 months apart… which rounds up to 2 years… if you’re the kind of person who rounds up.

It’s clear Baby #2 is not going to be quite as easy as Baby #1. When I was pregnant with Carter there were zero (read: 0, none, nada) symptoms. It was easier to rationalize extra servings of ice cream, but beyond that, no cravings, no nausea, very little fatigue. Life was good, and I pretty much rocked at being pregnant. I know, I hate me too.

This time around, I am left desperately looking for the Space Jam monsters who surely sucked out ALL of my energy and are using it to fuel the Carolina Panther’s improbable run at an undefeated season. For all you Panther fans out there, I’m taking one for the team. You’re welcome.


The nausea has be annoying but not debilitating and my abs disappeared almost immediately. I worked so hard to get those back, couldn’t they stick around at least through the first trimester? The answer is a clear: no.

Don’t get me wrong, we are excited about Baby #2 and in the scheme of things, I know pregnancy can be a lot worse so I am grateful. As of right now, I am healthy and the baby is healthy and Blake is ok with taking on extra laundry duties so relatively speaking things are going great.

Now that the pregnancy secret has been spilled, I will be blogging a lot more frequently. During the “we-know-but-aren’t-telling-anyone” phase, it’s hard to hold a conversation without feeling like you’re omitting a huge detail of massive importance – it’s a little bit like having to go pee really bad while on a car ride and trying to hold it for as long as possible. Once you finally go (or in this case, reveal the pregnancy news) it’s a huge relief.

For the record, I think it’s going to be a girl… more on how I feel about that later.



I Conquered Whole30… Here’s My Review



Last month a friend sent me a book called Whole30. I’d heard of Whole30 before but didn’t know much about it. These are the first few lines of the book:

“It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You won’t get any coddling, and you won’t get any sympathy for your ‘struggles’.”

I was intrigued. I liked their style. As I read more, I realized this Whole30 thing was pretty intense. The general idea is to eliminate all foods from your diet that could be negatively affecting you. It’s not necessarily that the foods are bad for you, but they could be preventing you from feeling as great as you potentially could feel. For 30 days you eliminate the following foods from your diet:

  • Added sugar of any kind (real or artificial – this includes splenda, honey, agave, maple syrup, stevia… the works)
  • No grains or anything containing gluten
  • No legumes (including peanuts, peanut butters, soy, any form of soy, and all beans)
  • No Dairy. period.
  • No MSG, sulfites, carrageenan (basically no processed foods)
  • No re-creating things you can’t have (basically, if you think it feels like cheating, it’s cheating)
  • No alcohol.
  • No snacking… this isn’t a hard rule, but a strong recommendation. The idea is to have 3 solid meals and no grazing in between.

After reading the restrictions, I knew it was going to be hard. Maybe not “beating cancer” hard or “quitting heroin” hard, but hard nonetheless. For that reason, I was going to do it. When I started, I don’t think I actually thought I would make it. I’m not great about long term commitments to programs soI assumed I would cheat along the way. But guess what: I didn’t.

I completed the Whole30 with absolutely no cheating. Yay!

Here are my top 15 key takeaways from the last 30 days with no dairy, beer, gluten, sugar or any other form of dietary pleasure…

  1. It’s a good thing I’m not a vegetarian. The Whole30 is based largely on a meat, veggie & fruit diet – I happen to love steak, fish, pork, eggs and sometimes chicken. I’ve also recently mastered of cooking and seasoning veggies so that helped.
  2. Meat and produce is expensive… but not as expensive as eating out
  3. I love Costco and buying humongous pieces or pork and steak and fish
  4. I eat a lot of Carter’s food while feeding her – it’s a bad habit I didn’t know I had until I couldn’t eat her food. Now the habit is gone… hopefully it will stay gone!
  5. If you cook extra at dinner time, lunch the next day is simple. Not sure why it took the Whole30 for me to figure that one out, but luckily it’s figured out and the habit of packing lunch out of dinner’s leftovers will stay in practice for the foreseeable future.
  6. Black coffee isn’t that bad. Not as good as a skinny vanilla latte but for being calorie free and packing a punch of caffeine, I’ll take it.
  7. I LOVE cheese, but I don’t HAVE to have it.
  8. Guacamole SAVED me during the Whole30. Guac is allowed… I ate it daily.
  9. I NEED snacks in my life. Going from 7am -noon and then noon-6 with no food is no fun. The no snacks rule is not sticking around for me
  10. There is added sugar in almost everything – lunch meat, condiments, bacon…seriously, as Americans, we have a sugar addiction.
  11. I missed beer the most.
  12. It’s easier with support. Blake didn’t think I could do it, but he was very supportive the whole time and, for the most part, ate the same things I did.
  13. I didn’t notice a ton of changes. A lot of Whole30 websites and blogs talked about an overabundance of energy that hit around day 20… I never got the “tiger blood” energy. I think I slept better…maybe… but that’s about it.
  14. It wasn’t THAT hard. In the beginning it was difficult but after the first 10 days or so, new habits were being created and I didn’t miss dairy or added sugar.
  15. I’m going to stick with it. I’ll add back beer and not be super strict with myself when eating out, but generally speaking I’m going to continue to drink my coffee black and stay away from unnecessary grains, dairy, soy and sugar.

I am officially in the “reintegration” phase of the Whole30 but I’m not planning on reintegrating very quickly (with the obvious exception of beer). Now I just have to find a good gluten free beer to try… any recommendations?

If you’re thinking about giving Whole30 a shot you should definitely go for it! I’d love to share more about my experience with you too so shoot me an email!



How To Break The Dreaded Diet Cycle

The Diet CycleHave you ever started a “diet” before or even just tried to adapt a healthier eating plan? I’m sure we all have at one point or another. But they all seem to go the same way.

The whole process starts when we notice what we’re currently doing isn’t working. Unfortunately pizza and ice cream don’t sculpt abs and a trim waistline, so we decide to make a change. Maybe even go on a “diet.”

Initially, we’re thrilled with our decision. We make a meal plan and go to the grocery store on a mission. We pass right by the snack aisle and stock up with fresh fruits and veggies and the leanest cuts of meat. We don’t even make eye contact with the oreos because it’s a new day and we don’t need those anymore.

We make it to day 4 and everything is going as planned. We’ve been cooking at night and eating well. We’ve even gotten into an exercise routine because if we’re eating all of this healthy food, we might as well expedite the process and throw in some cardio. We step on the scale… and BOOYAH – we’re down a few pounds already. We’re confident and in control – those skinny jeans will slip on like butter in no time!

… And then day 10 hits. The vending machine chips are calling our name. The rest of the office got pizza for lunch and we literally start salivating. The free cookie at Harris Teeter is staring us down. All the food smells so good and that’s all we can think about. The. Struggle. Is Real. These are the kinds cravings reserved for a special breed of humans: those who are on diets and pregnant women.

We try to tough it out a few more hours or a few more days, maybe even a week but the cravings are too much. We give in, feel guilty and then give in some more. At this point we say, screw it! Diets suck and I don’t like skinny jeans anyway. Bring on the sweatpants, I can live in those for the rest of my life and eat ice cream whenever I want! But we still feel like we failed.

Does that cycle sound familiar? Want to know why it happens every time?

Here’s the answer: Nutrient deficiency.

When we cut calories and start exercising our body starts screaming for nutrients because it’s not getting enough. Our body is used to consuming more food and burning less calories so it’s not used to working efficiently enough to get everything it needs out of the food we are consuming. It’s quest for more nutrients manifests itself in the form of cravings. The lack of nutrients also causes irritability, fatigue and general crabbiness. Sound familiar?

Keep reading because here’s where I provide a solution to the all-too-common problem!

If our body is able to get enough nutrients while restricting our diet and increasing our exercise, the whole down-hill diet cycle won’t happen. We’ll actually have more energy, feel better and recover more quickly. Because we’re feeling so good and our body is recovering; we’re able to feel energized enough to keep up (and even enjoy *gasp*) our workouts! Our bodies are able to properly digest and extract all the nutrients from the foods we are eating so we feel full so we don’t have to deal with cravings pulling us off course.

But HOW do we get ENOUGH nutrients. This is where Shakeology fits in.

Shakeology is a nutrient dense meal replacement shake (that can also be used as a snack if you aren’t trying to lose weight but just want to be/feel awesome and healthy). Shakeology covers your basic nutritional needs for an entire day. It provides an array of superfoods and digestive support to help you feel better, recover better, increase your energy, decrease your cravings and ultimately lose weight (if that’s your goal).

If you want all of those benefits but don’t necessarily want to lose weight, no worries! Shakeology is flexible in calories meaning you can add fruits, veggies, protein, boosts, etc to it to make it a higher calorie, incredibly nutritious snack.

Can you diet and workout without Shakeology? Sure you can. But Shakeology makes it so much easier and provides so many extra added benefits.

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