Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shake

For anyone who doesn’t know, I’m a Coach for Beachbody, I don’t mention it a lot because well, I just don’t 😉 But if you ever have any questions about Beachbody or it’s products, let me know! When I started up, I purchased Shakeology, I was a little skeptical, even though everyone raved about it. Now that Spence and I have been drinking it for awhile, I’m a believer! This stuff really is quite awesome.

Up until today, I’ve just been mixing it with either water or milk and lots of ice which makes it taste like a chocolate frosty. Then, I found a website with a bunch of different recipes, so I decided to try one today

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  • 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • lots of ice ( I use about 10 cubes)
  • Sliced strawberries (I used 1/2 a cup, but the more the merrier)

 

Place all in blender and blend until smooth and frosty like. I usually let it blend for about 3-4 minutes…just depends on how much ice I used.

Seriously amazing. I had it for lunch today and it was perfect.

After dinner tonight, the elementary school was having a pre-first day of school ice cream social. I’m insanely shy around people I don’t know, so I just stuck to watching the kids play at the playground and enjoying some ice cream.

After that, I headed to Target to get a few things and spotted this little notebook on the clearance rack. I always keep a notebook in my purse for meal ideas, blog post ideas, workouts I want to try, books I want to read, and a million other things. This one was calling my name.

Nothing like a blank notebook to bring out the inner nerd in me!

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5 Things Friday

1. My sister is on her way here! I hope you have a safe flight sissy, can’t freaking WAIT to see her! She will be here for 10 days and we are going to have a fabulous time.

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2. I think I’m sick of eggs. I can’t stomach the thought of eating eggs lately. What’s happened to me?!

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3. Baked oatmeal is moving up to top breakfast favorite

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This morning was baked banana/blueberry oatmeal

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Topped with a spoonfull of this:

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4. Chocolate Shakeology. Seriously amazing.  I mix this with a handful of ice cubes, cup of vanilla coconut milk and blend away. My husband takes a shake for breakfast every morning and I’ve been having a shake for lunch.

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5. New Larabar flavors! I got this package in the mail the other day and I can’t wait to try all of the new flavors!!

 

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They all look so good, I don’t know which one to try first!

Beachbody

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A few years ago, when I was really into Turbo Jam, I was contacted by a Coach for Beachbody and asked if I was interested in becoming a coach as well. I jumped on that and was really excited to get things going. Unfortunately, things happened in my personal life and after losing my Dad, helping others lose weight was the absolute LAST thing on my mind. Along with everything else, I turned my back on Beachbody and drifted in a depression that I think I’m finally over coming.

I signed back up with Beachbody again today to be a coach, but I’m taking a different approach this time. I’m focusing more on my own journey before trying to help others. I want to show people that these products DO work and when you become a coach, you get out of it what you put into it.

With that being said, I’m not a sales person. I have no intentions of trying to recruit anyone or making every post about how awesome Beachbody is (even though it is…). If you have questions, feel free to ask me! I will be talking about the workouts I’m doing, because that’s what this blog is about!!!

I’ve been kind of missing the past few weeks, I’ve just been trying to get things in order with myself, my house and my family…and then I read the book that’s been changing everything for me.

NightRoad

This book is about a family friend who makes a mistake one night in judgement and being the one who had the least amount to drink at a party drives home and hits a tree, injuring herself and her boyfriend and killing her best friend who is also her boyfriend’s twin sister. As I read about this family grieving, mourning and trying to move forward, I saw a LOT about myself that I needed to change. I have spent the past two years mourning, grieving and essentially keeping myself pissed off and in a bad mood. I’m really surprised anyone still talks to me. I’ve decided that it’s time. It’s time to pick myself up and move forward, not move on, but move forward. Remember the good times, the happy memories and keep his smile in my heart.

This post has gone on long enough, so I’ll end for tonight!

Progress

I’ve been lifting weights lately and when I did a particular weights DVD, I would only use my 5lb weights because I thought more than that would be too much. I’m on a mission to stop babying myself and to push a little harder every day and today when I did the DVD, I decided to do exactly what they were lifting instead of modifying it and only doing 5lbs.

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What a difference! There was one set where I have only been lifting 5lbs, but today she was using 25lbs and since I only have weights (for now) up to 10lbs, I went for it. I could actually feel the muscles I was working. I think 25lbs would still be too much for me, but I for sure don’t need to stay doing 5lbs anymore!

I still have a long way to go, but today I proved to myself that I’m capable of doing anything I want. Anything I put my mind to.

Feeling {that} Burn

I actually thought about shutting down. I let other websites dictate my feelings and blogging and then I realized I’m not in high school anymore and I can do what I want. This is my site, I’m paying for it, and I decide the content. If you’re looking for serious, thought provoking posts, this isn’t the place. I blog for fun and to keep myself accountable.

In other {more important} news, Turbo Fire is kicking my butt!!! I have been doing some of the easier DVD’s, but yesterday decided to start following the actual schedule that came with the program. There is a 9 week prep schedule and then 20 week actual class schedule. Up first, Fire 30 and Stretch 10. Wow. My Polar FT7 heart rate monitor was going nuts, I really need more cardio in my life!!!! At the end, I was s.p.e.n.t. I had sweat coming out of places I didn’t know could sweat and was exhausted!!

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540 calories burned in 58 minutes. I’ll take it! This is the highest calorie burn I’ve had to date and I earned every one of those calories burned.

Today was supposed to be weights day, but I woke up in some serious pain. I can’t raise my arms overhead and my obliques are on fire…all signs of a good workout, but I don’t want to burn myself out so I took a rest day. I’m not sure if that was the best idea or not, but it’s done.

Taco Night

I have had mad cravings for mexican food and pizza this week and when that happens, it means something is arriving. The cramps and bloat kicked in yesterday and, well, I don’t have to explain the rest to you Winking smile 

Thankfully, my kids’ favorite night is taco night! They love them and it was just what my uterus was craving as well.

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So good. So sad there wasn’t enough for leftovers for lunch today.

After dinner, I changed and did Turbo Fire: Stretch 40. This is only the 3rd time I’ve done this DVD, but last night was the one where I noticed how much progress I’m making. I did the planks, the pushups, everything! It’s pretty exciting to see my body responding well to exercise…and really motivating!

The downside to everything: I have a weigh in tomorrow morning at weight watchers and last month this time I had a 3lb gain because of my period bloat and I really don’t want that to happen again!

Is there anything I can do to combat the bloating today?

Burn

On my schedule for this morning was a Chalean Extreme DVD- Burn Circuit 1. I’m not thinking it was a good sign that I was out of breath and sweating by the end of the 5 minute warm-up.

Oh, and sorry, but you won’t be seeing action shots of me working out…I’m too busy trying not to die.

I’ve done this DVD before, but something has come over me and I’m no longer content half-assing my way through the workouts anymore. I gave it every thing I had and I even did attempted the section with push ups! I know it’s only been a few days, but honestly, I am finding myself actually looking forward to working out. I’m looking forward to sweating and finding out what my body is capable of. Is it safe to say I’m on the path to success?

Yes.!

I’ve also noticed that I’m STARVING. I used to just eat to eat, but now that I’m busting my butt working out, it’s legit hunger and, wait for it…

I want foods that are good for me! I no longer wake up craving mcdonald’s or craving diet cokes. Can you believe I woke up this morning craving a green smoothie?! Who am I?

I’m also finding myself happier. Those endorphins are no joke! Pretty sure a newer version of the old Jen is coming back…and I like it!

For breakfast this morning I had an egg-wich.

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  • 2 slices whole wheat toast
  • 1 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • egg whites
  • turkey bacon

And then a sliced kiwi on the side.

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We had to go to Trader Joe’s for 2 things; spinach and broccoli slaw. I left 3 bags and $30 later. Happens every time.

My little sidekick and I are finally going to remove Christmas from the house today. I’m pretty sad about it.

Where is a store your credit card (or any type of money) cries when you walk in? Mine is Trader Joe’s, Target and Costco. I can never leave with out spending more than I planned!