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Top Signs Your Body Needs a Detox (and 3 Day Refresh results!)

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The results are in!  But first, why I did it…

The holidays were really rough for me with nutrition, exercise, and drinking my water.  I THRIVE on routine.  When I’m at work and following my regular schedule for the week, I do just fine (for the most part).  But when I’m not on that routine, I just don’t give it the full effort.  It’s not because I don’t want to, time just passes before I realize I haven’t drank any water or done many steps in that amount of time, and it’s hard to catch back up.  Then you throw holiday treats, parties and such in there…it’s a MESS.  So at the end of the year, I found myself exhibiting all of the signs of needing a detox.

My energy level was way way down, even though I would still exercise here and there…the motivation to do it was seriously lacking.  My belly was so bloated that I was muffin-topping like nobody’s business in most of my pants :-/ I knew I had put on some weight, but was afraid to step on the scale.  I didn’t step on until the morning of the day I started my Refresh and oh, boy.  Bad news bears.  I was craving anything and everything.  All stuff that I don’t deprive myself of completely, but seriously limit when I’m staying on track because of my addictive personality…chocolate, pasta, cereal, anything desserty…I couldn’t keep my hands off of it, and before I knew it entire boxes and packages of things were gone.  And I didn’t even share 🙁 My head was getting cloudy and I was getting more forgetful, which just isn’t me.  I rarely have trouble sleeping through the night and was waking up constantly…it was super annoying and would be no good going back to my regular schedule.  I was starting to get sick, which was crazy for me since I hadn’t been sick since November 2015 and we’re pretty sure that was e coli (so not really avoidable ha).  I’m usually able to stave off everything, especially working around kids all day!  So that was a huge red flag. And finally, my eczema had come back full force.  Some of this was from overwashing of my hands and the cold temps, of course, but normally it’s much easier to keep in control when I’m actually on track with my nutrition and water.

So day one of the Refresh I weighed myself and I was back up to 182.6.  Now this weight may not be bad for some of you, but think back to when I did the Ultimate Reset in August.  I got down to 166.6.  That means that in 4 months I had gained back 16 pounds.  That’s pretty much what I lost on the Reset in the first place…and I felt so damn good when I finished that.  I had vowed to limit my dairy and meat, be careful with sweets, and such.  I did really well for awhile, but then reverted back into some old habits.  Now don’t get me wrong…I love my treats.  I indulge once in awhile for sure…but not like I was at the end of the year.  It was an every day thing, not just a once in awhile thing.  And that’s just not me.  I knew I needed to get back to the basics with my Shakeology, healthy fats, fruits and veggies…to fuel my system with what it needed and flush all the toxins that had built up.

So here we are after completing day three…I’m down 7.6 pounds and feeling amazing.  My head is clearer, my bloat is gone, my cravings have seriously diminished, my skin is clearing up, and I slept through the night.  I am so stoked and feel prepared to continue on to our Health Bet challenge starting Monday!  I’m gonna CRUSH my goals!!

So, if you’re exhibiting some of the signs that your body needs a detox, you may just want to do just that.  I can give you info about the 3 Day Refresh, but this isn’t a selling ploy.  It’s just something I know works for me!  You can just go back to the basics for a few days or a week to get your body in a better state.  Start with drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day, adding more veggies to each meal, eating some lower sugar fruits, and limiting or eliminating dairy and meat for a few days.  The Refresh has you cut out regular carbs for those three days since you’re getting them from your protein shakes, Shakeology, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, but at least limiting them can help your body process things easier and better. If you want more info about the Refresh or more advice about how to detox without the use of a program, let me know.  I’d love to help 🙂

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Fresh Start 2017

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I woke up this morning, drank a full glass of water before I even got out of bed, and started my 3 Day Refresh. This will help me kickstart this new year, fresh start.  No new year, new me…I’m still the same person today than I was last night at 11:59 p.m. 😀  But, as 2016 was ending last night, I couldn’t help but find myself reflecting on all of the stuff that happened over the course of the year and there were definitely more positives than negatives.  But it definitely got me thinking about 2017 and the big goals I have set for myself this year!

I plan on posting here as much as possible (aiming for once a day, but I have to be realistic haha)…that’s one of the goals. It was recommended that I blog about everything going on – fitness, health, running, traveling, books, etc.  And I think that’s a great idea! These are all a huge part of my life and I make an effort to focus on as many of them daily as possible! I juggle a lot of things and I think they’re all important. So these goals are going to be very eclectic, but that’s me 😀

I definitely do better with lists, because if they’re written down they HAVE to happen!!…so this year’s goals, in no particular order:

-Post more in this blog/website
-Run at least one race a month
-Get a half marathon PR
-Run a marathon
-Log 2017 miles (running, walking, crawling) in 2017
-Lose 20 pounds
-Read 50 books
-Take a ski trip out west
-Spend more quality time with my husband, without electronics nearby
-Have a game night at least every other month, with friends
-Visit more wineries
-Get more boxes unpacked and things put away in the new house
-Organize the garage
-Go golfing
-Try many new recipes
-See a play on Broadway
-Focus on more personal development
-Complete the Breakthrough Academy

And there are some things that can’t really be considered goals since they are already planned and definitely taking place, but they’re just things I’m really looking forward to doing!!

-Dance-A-Thon featuring Country Heat Live in January
-Snowshoe ski trip with friends in February
-Shamrock Half Marathon with friends in March
-Monument Ave 10k (my fifth time!) in April
-OBX trip with family in April
-Punta Cana trip with Beachbody in April
-The weddings of two close friends in May
-Parents’ 30th anniversary in July
-Summit in New Orleans with my team in July
-Richmond Race in November (half or full…remains to be decided!)

So I encourage you to get out there, add to your bucket list, set some goals, and look forward to all of the things that 2017 can bring!  Whether 2016 was good, bad, or a combination of both, learn from it and move forward.  Keep looking ahead, challenge yourself,  and do what needs to be done to reach all of your goals 😀

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The Last Hoorah!

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I’m looking for TEN people who want to start the new year feeling AMAZING rather than the other 98% of the world feeling miserable. Wake up on New Year’s Day ready to dominate 2016 instead of making the same old resolution every year that doesn’t happen. The holidays are quickly approaching and while all of the parties and events are amazing, food (and lots of it) typically comes with each of them. Unfortunately many of us will put on extra weight. Like me…last year I definitely put on some pounds (damn pumpkin pie). Thankfully I had the tools and support already to help me jump right back in it and I lost the weight…but it wasn’t easy!

I have decided that THIS year I am going to be prepared. WHO’S WITH ME?! Establishing a healthy nutrition plan before the holidays will help us to be more aware of what and how much we are eating. Plus, losing a few pounds before they arrive will give you a little wiggle room to indulge here and there! tongue emoticon Hey – we are only human after all!

You still have three more months left in this year to rewrite your story. You CAN stick to your goals…TOGETHER we’ll find the best solution to help you work toward starting 2016 feeling the best you ever have. Can’t wait to start!! Email me at losingfatwithcat@gmail.com, find me on my Facebook page and shoot me a message, or you can drop some info here: http://goo.gl/forms/DK2lzSt36C.

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Can you Relate?! :-P

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So today I tackled my dressers and closets for the FOURTH purge since I started this journey. Now everything I own either fits or will soon and nothing is too big. For the last three purges I kept things because I was worried I’d gain it back or not be comfortable wearing things that actually fit correctly haha. Well, not anymore. GOOD RIDDANCE. I’m so proud of how far I’ve come and am so thankful for all of your support as I’ve gone through the ups and downs of weight loss. I truly am blessed to have amazing friends, family, fellow Fixers, and followers! Thank you Carl Daikeler and the Beachbody Challenge for motivating me to be my best, get healthy, and help to ‪#‎endthetrend‬ of obesity 😀

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Giveaway!!

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WIN a Beachbody Starter Kit!  You’ll get your choice of one of EIGHT different programs, a shaker cup and Shakeology sample.  To enter, make sure you LIKE my fitness page (www.facebook.com/bbcatmcmaster) AND COMMENT on the Giveaway post pinned to the top of the page.  Once my page hits 1000 likes I’ll pick one lucky winner!  Share this with your health & fitness loving friends, too!  This giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by Facebook in any way.  Good luck 🙂

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She believed she could…

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I’m still reeling in all that has happened this week, but I had to get some things down in writing before I moved on for the day.  So this isn’t cohesive, planned out, or edited…just me. 🙂

A little over a year ago, I hit my breaking point.  I had steadily gained weight since moving to Virginia, especially after getting into a comfortable relationship, quitting smoking, and following an easy, but unhealthy, daily routine.  I don’t know what my highest weight was before then, because I had literally stopped weighing myself.  I tried to keep the pictures people took of me from the neck up, because I was ashamed of what was below…but I didn’t really do anything about it.  My diet consisted of convenience food – microwavable meals, snack bars, packaged products, fast food, and the like.  My husband and I tried to cook healthy dinners more often, but sometimes time got the best of us and the excuses were stronger than we were.

As you know, my journey started on February 24th, when I did my first 21 Day Fix workout and followed the nutrition plan for the first time.  Looking through the book was super eye-opening because a lot of what I’d been eating that I thought was healthy and better for me was actually hindering me.  Granted, a lot of it was better than the alternative, but there was still so much more I could do.  53 weeks ago I didn’t even set any goals, because I didn’t believe I could.  Mentally I had already failed, would never succeed, and was brutally beat down by previous attempts.  In those first three weeks I lost 6 pounds and 9.5 inches.  I was severely disappointed.  Like most everyone else, I wanted something quick…I expected RESULTS!  But then I realized that amount in only 21 days really is results, and thankfully the results kept coming.

In all honesty, I decided to become a coach because I wanted the discount.  I wanted to be able to get more programs, keep getting Shakeology, and save money while doing that.  I never intended to really share everything out in the open.  But I was so excited with the results I had gotten, knowing I had found something that worked and that was easier to follow because it was all written out, plus I only had to dedicate 30 minutes a day to working out.  I could handle this…but I knew others could, too.   When I lost more weight, I shared it.  When I dropped a pant size, I was so excited and had to post about that.  When people asked me about it, I told them.  And that all motivated me to keep going and keep sharing, and little by little as I was shrinking, something else was growing.  My confidence, my strength, my business.

Today was a great day for two reasons – I became a Diamond coach and I finally reached FIFTY pounds in weight loss.  Some of you may have read my one-year wrap-up, and noticed I had only gotten to 49.1 at that point.  Even though I didn’t initially place any goals for myself, because of fear of failure, I did modify that decision along the way.  I wanted to be under 200, then I wanted 175.  Once I hit 175 I decided that 150 wasn’t that far away.  That’s still my ultimate goal, but obviously the sky’s the limit, and as long as I keep at a steady pace and do it in a healthy way, I don’t have any doubt that I will reach that goal and EXCEED it as well.  When I stepped on the scale this morning, I felt really silly for doing so since it had only been three days since I started 21 Day Fix Extreme.  Not only do your muscles tend to retaliate and retain water when you start a new workout program, but I’m a woman and, well, you know… Lo and behold, I was down EXACTLY the 0.9 pounds I needed to hit 50 pounds of weight loss.  And I’m so happy that I get to have that memory along with making Diamond Coach.

A Diamond Coach rank is something that less than 3% of Team Beachbody coaches achieve.  Not only am I a part of a rockstar team of coaches, The Elite Edge, that ranks in the top 70 teams of almost 400,000 coaches, but my own team, The Fierce Elite, is now 13 strong and they’re pushing me to be a better coach every day.  I will have my name announced on our National Wake-Up Call Monday morning and be published on our website.  This month I also earned Success Club All Stars, which means I was consistent every month for the last year and will be forever branded as an All Star.  ^_^ I get to attend our Summit conference in Nashville, TN in July, as well as a cruise to Jamaica and Haiti in a little over a year, BOTH FOR FREE.  I have been able to pay off one vehicle, two credit cards, and pay down a huge chunk on other debts that have accrued over the years, as well as have extra spending money for races, ski trips, and all the new clothes I need haha.  And the best part?  All I had to do was help others reach their goals, get healthy, lose weight, tone up, and/or feel better about themselves.  And while helping them, they were motivating and inspiring ME, and keeping me accountable.

I’m glad that I dropped all of my excuses and decided to believe in myself.  I would never have made it this far without having more confidence in myself, and knowing that I could do whatever I put my mind to doing.  I couldn’t be more proud of my team and those that I coach, and I couldn’t be happier than where I am right now.  I am so thankful for all of the support I’ve gotten in every endeavor I’ve ever had, but especially in this last year.  Your pushing kept me pushing.  I know that being a product of this company has changed my life in so many ways, and I can’t wait for the next step!!

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Better Body Bootcamp!

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Now accepting applications for my brand new Better Body Bootcamp program! It’s only 21 days, and it’s got everything laid out for you. You’ll know EXACTLY what to eat and what workouts to do to get amazing results. If you want details, like this post or comment below with your email address and I’ll send you info. I’m only accepting TEN people who want to be one step closer to their dream body in only 21 days. You can also apply here:http://goo.gl/forms/5CwHxS4i5m

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Help Wanted!

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**ATTENTION** HELP WANTED!

I’m looking for some partners…comment below with your email address if you want more info! I have been extremely blessed to be able to bring in extra income to pay off debt, support my hobbies, and live more comfortably than ever (plus get healthy and in the best shape of my life while doing it!). I want to help you do the same! I will lead you through your first 3-6 months to help you be consistent, maximize your earning potential, and earn incentives.

This is for those who:
-are open to creating extra income for their family while working from home!
-are looking to finally get in the best shape of their lives!
-wouldn’t mind being supported and working with a team of amazing people!
-want to help friends and family get healthy!
-desire to work on personal growth to become happier and have better relationships!

If any (or all) of these apply to you, then please COMMENT BELOW with your email address and I will send you details soon! Spots are LIMITED, so ACT FAST! The people I’m looking for are ready for a change and a new beginning to something exciting and fun.

A health and fitness background is fine, but it’s absolutely NOT necessary. You don’t have to be a fitness expert or in the best physical shape (I started coaching almost 50 pounds heavier!). You DO however must be willing to lead fitness first, meaning that you focus on your own health and fitness so you can lead by example. I found this to be great motivation for me to reach my own goals.

Got a friend you think would ROCK this? Refer them here! Better yet, ask them to join you on this journey! Can’t wait to connect with you!

If you know YOU’RE READY NOW, then fill out the form at this link and I’ll be in touch as soon as possible!!

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Reflection on 2014 and Best Wishes for 2015

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When 2014 started, I honestly didn’t have any expectations of the coming year.  I gave up on New Year’s Resolutions a long time ago!  But when I think back over the last 364 days, I realize there were a lot of monumental changes in my life this year.  Not only did I finally get my health and fitness on the right track, but I achieved a lot of goals that I set out for myself along the way.  And I have come to the realization that setting smaller goals and achieving them little by little was the way that worked for me.  I certainly didn’t start out January 1st planning on running a half marathon in November.  And I definitely didn’t know I would eventually lose over 46 pounds and almost 40 inches before December 31st.  I decided to sit here for a moment and list the things I was able to achieve this year  so that I can start thinking about the goals I want to set for 2015.  I also included some important things I’ve gained, along with the losses.  I hope I inspire you to do the same…remember little changes lead to big ones.  There is no accomplishment too small to count!

Accomplishments for 2015, in no particular order

-Completed a 3 week workout program (21 Day Fix) fully, three times
(Feb. 24-March 12, Sept. 1-21, Nov. 29-Dec.19)
-Completed a 14 week workout program (T25 Alpha, Beta, Gamma)
(Alpha/Beta March 31-June 9 & Gamma June 23-July 18)
-Completed a 12 week Half Marathon training program
(Aug. 25-Nov.15)
-Ran less than a 10 minute mile (April 12)
-Ran less than a 9 minute mile (June)
-Ran less than an 8 minute mile (Nov.)
-Ran a 5k in less than 30 minutes (Oct. 7)
-Ran a 10k distance (not an official race) in less than 1 hour (Sept. 28)
-Ran a half marathon in 2:01:46 without walking (Nov. 15)
-Lost 46.5 pounds and 38 inches (Feb. 24 – Dec. 31)
-Went from a size 16/18 to a size 10, XL/XXL to a M/L
-Did a yoga bind (Dec. 15)
-Became a Beachbody coach and now support almost 90(!) people around the United States and Canada on their weight loss journeys (March 1)

But beyond all of these accomplisments and losses, there are three very important things I GAINED throughout this year.

SUPPORT SYSTEM
Not only do I have the support of my loving husband, family, and friends, but I now have added a network of coaches, other runners, accountability groups, fitness junkies, etc. that I speak to DAILY about our goals, dreams, aspirations, and struggles.  Having this support system was honestly the key to my success.  Without all of you and your inspirational and motivational posts, pictures, high fives, and kicks in the butt, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.

CONFIDENCE
Those of you that know me personally know I’m not really shy, but it takes me a bit to open up about my personal feelings.  Having gained 80 pounds since high school has always plagued me, but I never had the courage to do anything about it.  Now I have the confidence to see how far I’ve come, know I can reach the rest of my goals no matter how rough, and help others do the same.

MOTIVATION
Once I figured out my “WHY” it made it all that much easier to start achieving my goals.  But your WHY needs to be STRONG ENOUGH and you have to be willing to put in the work.  I never realized that until this year.  When times got tough before, I gave up.  Thinking back to when my husband proposed to me, I wanted to lose weight for our wedding which was to take place 9 months later.  Though I lost a little, I still walked down the aisle in a size 18 dress.  I knew he loved me in the body I was in, and that was always lingering in the back of my head.  I know today that he’ll still love me no matter what my pant size is, how far I can run, what kind of food I eat, etc. but I want to be healthy for our future child(ren).  I want to end the trend of obesity in my own household so that we aren’t just another statistic.  I want to stop the risk factors we have for hereditary issues dead in their tracks and never look back.  Those wants are powerful enough to keep me going…to keep me working toward my ultimate goals, no matter how long they take.  And I know I have the support system, confidence and motivation to get there.

I hope your 2014 was monumental, no matter how big or small your accomplisments were.  Write them down, reflect, and think about what you have to do going forward to take you further.  If you need help, I recommend finding a support system.  Talk about your goals.  Post them around you so you can see/hear/reflect on them daily.    Share them with others.  Share them with me!  Make 2015 great, no matter what you’ve got going on around you!

I’m sure you’ve seen the posts and quotes around, but it is soooooo true!
Happy New Year!

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Common Misconceptions

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One of my first blog posts was called “The Ugly Truth” and though it was filled with lots of useful information, I felt it necessary to revisit some of those ideas, and also some common misconceptions that many have regarding health, fitness, weight loss, Beachbody, and Shakeology.

Misconception #1: You have to eat less to lose weight.
When I was in college, I started an at-home workout program (from Beachbody, ironically haha) but didn’t follow the suggested food plan.  I ate 1200 calories, didn’t eat back any of the calories I burned, and a majority of those calories were from convenience foods lacking in nutritional benefits.  Did I lose weight?  Of course!  Did it stay off?  Not on your life!  I gained every pound back, and even more, the minute I ate more than usual or skipped a work out.  When I started this journey over in February, I was nearly 215 pounds and the program I was following had me eating 2000 calories.  Yes, 2000 and it was a TON of food.  And I still lost weight and inches.  It’s all in WHAT you eat, not necessarily the amount.

Misconception #2: Eating healthy is too expensive.
With a lot of what is in the media regarding food, diet, and nutrition lately, a lot of people think that eating healthy means eating all fresh foods, organic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.  and those options aren’t always as cost-efficient or as convenient as other things we are used to getting.  Each person has their own dietary needs and some follow certain guidelines because they need to rather than want to, for various reasons.  While eating some of these ways can be extremely beneficial, for others it is just not necessary.  My husband and I spend $75-100 a week (total, not each, and amyn times less) on groceries for the two of us and that includes lean meats, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, dairy, and yes, that even includes Shakeology for BOTH of us.  Think about how much you spend each week on fast food, coffee drinks, going out to dinner, and/or other convenience foods.  Is it more than $3.50 a day or $25 a week?  I pay less than that and every time I drink Shakeology I know I’m getting essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that come from whole foods, that curbs my cravings, helps my hair and nails grow, keeps me full until my next meal, and helps me to stay healthy (sickness is limited to seasonal allergies!).  Most convenient foods are full of additives and are high in sugar and sodium that is very harmful, especially for those with any health issues or those prone to them.

Misconception #3: What hasn’t/has worked for someone else, won’t/will work for me
Remember that everyone is different.  There is no “one size fits all” in regards to nutrition and fitness.  I wish it were that easy! There are a lot of different options out there and if you’ve tried something and it hasn’t worked, don’t give up.  Try something else!  I did WW twice and couldn’t handle all of the freedom it gave me.  I could eat all fast food and drink empty calories and still stay in my points, and I knew that wasn’t the best thing for me.  But it has worked for many of my friends and I’m super proud of their success!  I tried four or five different diet pills, but didn’t like how they made me feel.  I was jittery, plus nothing suppressed my appetite to keep me from making poor food choices anyways.  I’ve tried low-carb, no-carb, high protein, low calorie, super restrictive, etc. etc. etc. and nothing worked for me until I realized that for me it was all about portion control and balance.

Misconception #4: As long as you work out, you can eat whatever you want.
As much as we all would love to believe this statement, it just isn’t true.  For those of you trying to lose weight, food choices (see how I didn’t call it a diet?) are 80% of the battle.  If you just make changes in what you eat, you’ll see the pounds start to come off even if you aren’t hitting up the gym, using an at-home workout, walking, running, or whatever.  If you’re trying to stay within a certain amount of calories, you can always eat back at least a portion of what you burn with a workout, but your body needs FUEL to make the changes you’re hoping to see.  Food choices should work together rather than against each other to help your body recover, build muscle, and burn fat.

Misconception #5: You can never eat fast food, desserts, or chocolate, or drink beer or wine ever again if you expect to be healthy and lose weight.
If these are items you couldn’t dream of letting go, you’re in luck…you don’t have to say goodbye!  I’m sure you’ve heard it before…”All in Moderation.”  You can indulge from time to time, but if your daily menu consists of these items more than anything else, it might be time for an intervention.  Many of these items are lacking in nutritional value, and have no real benefit for your body except for comfort and, for some, stability.  There are plenty of choices eating out that are healthier than a super-sized fast-food sandwich, fries, and milkshake, with a pie on the side.  There are a lot of delicious desserts and chocolate options that are satisfying.  Plus an occasional alcoholic beverage or two (even three) won’t hurt too much, but limiting that consumption to one day rather than multiple days during the week will leave your body feeling better.

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