Transformation Tuesday

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Eeep!  Scary post!  It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Transformation Tuesday of my own to share, mainly because the scale hasn’t been going down and I didn’t want to just post past progress.  I recently went to Cancun, as many of you know, and finally put on the first bikini I’ve ever worn in public (picture on the right).  Though my confidence has grown since the picture on the left, it was still nerve-wracking and I felt embarrassed and self conscious after we left our room at the resort to head to the beach.  I even thought about hopping back on the tram to go back to the room and put my tankini on to cover up my tummy.  But as I stood there at the entrance to our section at the beach, I looked around at all of the other women there.  Not because I wanted to compare myself to them, but because I know everyone’s story is different.  Like an article I posted the other day, every tummy has a story.  There were some tummies around me that held babies in the past or even in the present; there were tummies that were a little “puffy” because there was so much delicious food at our resort; big tummies, little tummies, tummies in between.  I thought about my tummy and how I’ve lost 50 pounds, as well as 8 inches in my waist and 8 inches in my hips.  I have loved my body enough to get healthy, be active, and eat cleaner.  So why wasn’t I embracing the changes my body has made and be PROUD of my tummy and baring it to the world.  So I went out onto that beach, took off my coverup, and waded into the Caribbean Sea with a smile on my face and a bounce in my step.  I need to remember that feeling every time I’m down and out or not progressing further toward my goal as quickly as I’d like. I may not be at my goal weight, but I’ve sure come a long way and I need to love my body as much as I have loved this process. 😀

Feel free to connect with me at www.facebook.com/bbcatmcmaster – I would love to follow your journey, too!

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Summer Body Bootcamp!!

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Now accepting applications for my brand new Summer Body Bootcamp! 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, comment below with your email address or message me. I’m only accepting TEN people who want to be one step closer to their summer-ready body in only 21 days. You can also apply here:http://goo.gl/forms/5CwHxS4i5m.

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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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One year wrap-up in 905 words ^_^

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So today marks one year since I started this weight loss journey and decided to change my lifestyle to a healthier one FOR GOOD.  Though I did my first 21 Day Fix workout on February 24, 2014, I have to backtrack a little bit to when my challenge pack first arrived.  There was one bigger book with a whole lot of colors and lists, and like three little pamphets, plus three dvds, a bunch of containers that seemed so tiny, a shaker cup and this giant bag of Shakeology.  I was very nervous and trepidatious at first, because everything else I had been trying hadn’t worked.  I’d lose some weight then gain it right back the second I looked at chocolate cake or pizza.  It was logical to be skeptical right?  But then I sat down and started calculating.  TWO THOUSAND CALORIES.  The program had me eating five times a day and 2000 calories.  Sheyeah right.  I had literally been shooting for 1200 ever since I could remember…but I decided that I had to give it the three weeks and put my trust in something unknown to see what it could do.

My coach had added me to a private online accountability group and we had to check in, and show pictures of our food, and take sweaty selfies, and share our experiences with each other.  Not only had weight loss and fitness been a pretty individual thing for me up until that point, but a lot of the other challengers didn’t have much to lose and I felt like the token fat chick.  But I quickly learned a lot of things about myself and others in just those three weeks.  The first thing I learned was, just because someone is a size 2 doesn’t mean they are happy with their body.  I was confused why someone so small would want to be doing a diet and exercise program.  I had assumed that everyone did Beachbody programs because they wanted to lose weight.  Little did I know that the nutrition plans that were provided with the programs not only could help someone lose weight, but could assist in maintaining and even GAINING weight!  And the workout programs all have a modifier to make things lower impact, while there’s always some over-zealous person on screen to amp things up a bit, too.  And I was also participating in this group with some ladies that were very comfortable with their size 18 bodies, but just wanted to be healthier wives, moms, lovers, etc.  I quickly learned that everyone is on their own journey, and you should never compare your journey to anyone else’s.  We all have different steps to follow, and even missteps we will take along the way.  We have different reasons and motivation that push us in the directions we go, and temptations that will drive us backward if we let them.

Those little containers weren’t so little after I realized how much food you really could eat when it was fueling your body for optimal nutrition and health.  Long gone were the days of starving myself on purpose, eating 1200 calories without taking into account the workout I did for the day, or chain-smoking to keep myself from overeating.  This was a much more advanced way of thinking but strangely simplistic and easy to follow once I got the hang of it.  The workouts kicked my ass, but in all honesty I hadn’t really put forth the effort I needed to start burning fat and raising my metabolism to help me from the inside out.   And 21 days later I was 6 pounds and 9.5 inches smaller and on my way to being healthier, happier, and more confident.  It was then that I made the decision to become a coach because I had found a solution that works and it was like the Fountain of Youth…I just needed to share it with everyone so they could see results, too.

Fast foward to today and here’s a quick recap of my accomplishments over the past 365 days, of which I’m pretty darn proud…

–I completed three dedicated rounds of the 21 Day Fix
–I nailed the 14-week Focus T25 program (Alpha, Beta, and Gamma)
–I dabbled in a TurboFire/PiYo hybrid while training for the half
–Oh yeah…I trained 12 weeks for and completed a half marathon (with no walking)
–I am three days from completing the 60 day Les Mills Combat program
–I am about to start 21 Day Fix Extreme on Monday, March 2nd
–I now coach 133 people and lead a team of 11 coaches
-I have lost 49.1 pounds and 36 inches.
-I went from a size 18 to a size 10; XL to medium.
-I have more confidence, I’m healthier,  I have plenty of energy to complete my tasks, my body is able to handle more than it ever could, and I’m happier.

And my journey is not over yet. No, I didn’t quite make it to fifty pounds before my one year, like I had imagined, but with everything else that I’ve gained (and lost) this year, I could hardly be disappointed in myself.  I’ve worked really hard, but played really hard, too.  I’m not perfect.  I make mistakes.  And I’ll be the first to admit that some of the choices I make still aren’t the healthiest.  But I make it work and I know how to reel it back in and get back on track.  This isn’t just a diet or a 21 day program…it’s a lifestyle.  And I’m never going back.

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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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Banana Yum

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Whenever I do another round of the 21 Day Fix, my husband helps me come up with “fix-approved” recipes that don’t take long to prep.  This is one of my favorite desserts, and it’s ONLY FOUR INGREDIENTS!

Ingredients:
1 small banana or 1/2 large banana (1 purple)
2 tbsp. shredded unsweetened coconut (1 orange)
1 tsp. raw honey (1 sweetener allotment)
2 tsp. natural peanut butter (2 tsp).

Directions:
1. Turn oven on HI broil.
2. Slice banana and place on plate.
3. Spoon a little bit of peanut butter onto each slice (I just use my finger haha)
4. Place coconut on an ungreased cookie sheet (the natural oils of the coconut keep it from sticking).
5. WATCH THE COCONUT UNTIL IT BROWNS.  It doesn’t take a long time and burns quickly if you step away from it too long ^_^
6. Sprinkle toasted cocout on top of banana/peanut butter slices.
7. Drizzle a tsp, of raw honey on top.

BANANA…YUM 🙂

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A family that weighs together, stays together?

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Ok I’m sure I’ll get some giggles and shaking heads from this, but it’s important to me because of their histories and I wanted to share.  My husband and I don’t have children yet (a major reason why I started this weight loss journey) so our two cats and pug are our fur babies.  We try to keep them healthy and happy, just as we would human children.  Those of you with a Wii Fit know you can weigh your animals, too, so today we all weighed in (including Ricky, but I promised I wouldn’t share his results haha).  So here’s a little background on our lovelies and their weigh in today.

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About two years ago, our gray cat, Junior, was diagnosed with feline diabetes and we had to start giving him twice daily shots of insulin.  I was devastated.  Not only because we have diabetes in our family and I know how difficult it can be to maintain a good diet and healthy regimen as a HUMAN, let along taking care of a diabetic cat that can’t tell you how it’s feeling or if his sugar is low or any of that.  I remember the vet having me practice giving him a shot with saline and he bit at my arm and I broke into tears.  I never thought I’d be able to do it twice a day, plus watch him for signs of diabetic shock and deal with all of that.  Of course with the diabetes, Junior then went from a diet of purely dry kibble to mostly wet pate cat food with a sprinkle of kibble to keep his tartar down.  When we go out of town, we have to find someone to take care of him or bring him to a boarder that knows how to administer shots and be knowledgeable of signs.  It was a huge change for us, but Junior stuck with it and we stuck with him.  Two years later we’ve dealt with a lot, but he’s stuck with us and we’ve stuck with him.  His weight has fluctuated but we like to see weight gain, and in the past month he’s GAINED 0.2 pounds.  Go Junior!!

Lady is our pug.  When people see her, most are amazed with how slim and trim she is!  A lot of pugs we know are quite chunky haha.  When I met Ricky (and Lady) over 7 years ago, Lady was almost 23 pounds which was above where a healthy pug should be.  Short faced dogs overheat quickly in the summer, and it’s harder for them to breathe cold air in the winter, so appropriate exercise is difficult.  She can’t run around for hours and hours and hours like a bigger dog can, so we take her diet very seriously to help with that.  We put her on a decently strict regimen of food but she still ate twice a day and gets treats a few times a week.  We don’t feed her table scraps (unless you count what falls on the floor during meal prep and she scarfs up before we have a chance to bend down haha).  Over the years her weight has fluctuated a bit, but as of today she gained 0.2 pounds and is at an even, svelte 19 pounds, which is right in that healthy range of 18-22 for pugs!  Go Lady!!

Last but not least is Orion.  He’s featured this week because his story is a little different.  Orion was a shelter cat that I got back in 2009.  He was the only cat in our household amid a bunch of other dogs at the time.  When my husband and I moved to our condo, Orion only had to deal with Lady, which he didn’t mind.  When we moved into our house a few years later, we aquired Junior.  Anyone with more than one cat knows that they can eventually become the bestest of friends, but usually at first that is not the case.  Over the last four years they’ve had their ups and downs, but normally get along.  When Junior came around we changed the litter on Orion so he retaliated a bit (ew).  We got that under control, thankfully.  When Junior got diabetes, we changed their diet.  This in turn stressed Orion out a bit but he enjoyed the wet food, we just gave him less and a little bit more dry food.  It affected him and he started putting on stress weight.  It wasn’t from the food, because we didn’t feed him any more than he was getting, but I think seeing Junior get more food than him (since he had to keep his weight under control) and also the change made it harder.  A month ago I got on the scale with Orion and he had put on THREE POUNDS.  Three pounds in a year is like 20-30 for a human.  That’s a lot.  So in the last month I’ve made sure to vary his food a little more.  A little less wet, a little more dry.  Sometimes all dry, just to see if it made any change.  Today Orion was DOWN almost a POUND!  Great job Orion!!  You’re our Biggest Loser this week ^_^

I know this was a silly post, but the health of your pets is important, too.  There are just as many risk factors for obesity, diabetes, heart conditions, etc. with pets are there are with humans.  They can’t take care of themselves the same way we can as humans, and it’s our responsibility to keep them safe, healthy, and happy.  I’d like to think we’re doing an okay job ^_^

 

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Cat from 21 Day Fix

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I’m finding that a lot of the searches coming through to my page are those looking for the modifier, Kat, from the 21 Day Fix.  Sorry, peeps, I’m not her.  But I did have great results from following the Fix three dedicated rounds and using the meal plan about 80% during other programs, as you can see from the picture above!  Let me know if you have any questions about the 21 Day Fix or any other Beachbody programs and/or supplements.  I’d love to help you reach your goals 🙂
Email me: losingfatwithcat@gmail.com
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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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