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Half Marathon #3 Recap

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I figure since it’s been a month, I can finally do the recap for my third half marathon.  As disappointing as it was, I also learned a lot and it hasn’t scarred me permanently 😛 Thanks for following my journey!

Training:
I had planned on doing the 12 week Hal Higdon plan, like I did for the first two.  The first week of the 12 was the last week of Beachbody’s Health Bet challenge, and there was a week where we had a pre-scheduled trip to Snowshoe Mountain resort so I rested from running those two weeks and only trained 10. The change of routine actually helped me increase pace.

Though I had increased my pace during my last training, it had been over a year.  So this time around I started at roughly a 9:45-10 minute mile.  The last week of my training I was averaging 8:30-9.  I knew I needed about 9 for the race to hit PR.  In retrospect, I should have done more run/walk intervals since I figured I wouldn’t be able to run the whole thing, but pace was where my focus was.  Run/walk intervals based on feel is now the plan for my first marathon and hoping to PR on a half during the training for that.

Time/Results:

  • I finished in 2:03:54 (previous times were 2:01:45 and 2:06:26)
  • 1696 out of 5445 overall (31%)
  • 731 out of 3280 females (22%)
  • 136 out of 559 females 35-39 (24%)
  • Pace was 9:16 min/mi at the 10k split
  • Overall pace was 9:28 min/mi

Gear:
Went against my better judgement with wearing some new gear, but everything worked out! I figured since the conditions were already less than ideal, it couldn’t hurt too much more ha.

  • TreadBands headband – never slipped ONCE and so excited for that!  I ended up buying two after a demo at the expo.  They are guaranteed for life, so I figured what the hell!  I was nothing was happy with them!  Check them out!  http://treadbands.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/TreadBands/.
  • I wore a new Shamrock tank from the expo, but it was a Brooks tech shirt so thought it would be better in the rain than the cotton tanks I brought with me.
  • New running jacket with air vents on the sleeves and upper back.  It stayed put, never chafed, and kept me cool and warm at the same time.  I had owned it for a few months but the weather never gave me the “opportunity” to need it for a training run.
  • I ended up wearing a thinning pair of compression socks rather than my double layer SwiftWicks. I thought those would get heavy once wet.
  • Saucony Guide 8s that I was training on since day one.  I started training with 9s last fall for the half I ended up deferring but I strongly dislike the new EVERUN layer.  The extra cushion is great for walking, but make my feet feel heavy running.  After three weeks of painful running (last fall), I ended up ordering another pair of 8s online, in the same color I had for 2015’s half training.  Love them. I had about 130 miles on them at the start of the race.  Gonna look into other stabilization shoes from Saucony – saw some Hurricane  ISOs at the expo that felt good – whch is also a stabilization shoe. bt I do need to get my gait and form looked at again. I’m starting to think having “corrective” shoes might have turned me into a neutral runner, which is what might be causing part of  the pain in my foot.
  • Nike Epic Run Dri-FIT Crop — Ah – May – ZING.  Love them.  Will never go back.  I have two pairs now.  Mesh air vents  behind the knees keep you cool.  There are three pockets, one with a zipper, and they are a compression pant.  They stay put and they are mid-calf so don’t ride up on my knee like my other capris, too.
  • VS Incredible sports bra – no bounce…very necessary.
  • Body Glide on pretty much everything , and Aquaphor between my toes. Never chafed once, anywhere.

During race:
Conditions – 39 degrees, 20 mph sustained winds, 40 mph gusts – constant rain.

Route – out of the VA Beach resort area, next to First Landing State Park, through Fort Story, then ending on the boardwalk at King Neptune (seeing him once you get on the boardwalk…objects in distance during a half marathon are farther away than they appear at first glance…you still have almost a freaking half mile then). At least there was very little elevation gain.

Food – had some farina with maple syrup before the race and two scoops of Energize.  Had Jelly Belly sports beans for on the course – I think 6 of them.  Will bring more next time, and also train with Gu so I can use that at mile 5.5 (I bought one to train with and forgot).

I was scheduled to start in Corral 4, but was hoping for a sub-2 hr. PR, so I moved to Corral 5 to be with the pacers there.  It was a little confusing at the beginning, too, since he bumped some of us up to Corral 3 and then had to slow his pace to wait for the ones stuck in 5.  I stayed with the 2 hr. pacer until mile 9 or so.  Should’ve just done my own thing, since I knew I’d have to walk eventually.

-The lady between mile 10 and 11 with box of tissues was a GODSEND.  I normally pack tissues into my pockets – one for each mile – so I can blow my nose.  I did that (thanks hotel guy) but they were wet wads in my pocket before I even reached mile one – threw them on the side of the road (sorry cleanup crew).

-Foot pain afterward.  Both feet hurt.  Don’t think I stretched enough after.  Was heavy footed because of the rain and training on mainly treadmill for the last four weeks didn’t help.  I need to make sure to get outside as often as possible during marathon training…

Shout-outs:
Holiday Inn VA Beach – they were super nice and helpful.  They explained about road closures and how to find everything easily, knowing most of the guests were there for the race.  We got an automatic 2 p.m. check-out if in the race block. They offered a carb-loading dinner the night before in the hotel.  There were also free breakfast packs to two people in the room (muffin, banana, water) – available before the regular breakfast time of 6:30 which is helpful since the half started at 7.  The guys at the desk were handing out garbage bags for makeshift ponchos, tissues for snot and crying, and just overall support.  They were awesome.

Back Bay Gourmet – yummy carb loading on Friday night.  Super delicious sweet potato biscuits and amazing food overall – great beer selection!

Green Flash Brewery – really affordable drinking!  Sample cups were like 4 oz. and only $1.25.  Full pours (16 oz I’m guessing) for $5!  Lots of options, but no tours :-/

Repeal Bourbon & Burgers – OMG YUM.  The burgers were perfectly cooked.  Bacon dust – just get it.  The mac and cheese is the bomb, too, and their drinks were yummy.

Home Republic – Gouda cream…on EVERYTHING.  Decent beers, good food. Just don’t expect soup before dinner time haha.

Duck Donuts – they’re just always amazing no matter where you are – but better fresh. Great to have in the car on the way home when snack sensations hit (and calorie burn is at its max).

Future:
Ended up doing my 5th annual Monument Ave 10k less than two weeks later.  Took it easy and ran the whole thing, which was something I wasn’t sure would happen after the foot pain.  I’m signed up for the half in Richmond in November, but planning on upgrading to the full once we get closer (have to decide before 10/31).  Marathon training starts tomorrow (4/18) and we’ll see how I progress up until the final decision time.  We’ve already signed up for the Dolphin Challenge during Shamrock next March which is the 8k on Saturday and Half on Sunday. The route was great – let’s just hope the weather conditions are better!  And I’ve committed to joining my friend on her “race in every state” challenge – with no time limit to complete it.  I already have NY, VA, MD, DC, NC, and NV.  Excited to add to the list!  Stay tuned for another post on that 🙂

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Beachbody OnDemand All-Access Pass!

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Okay, okay, I know I haven’t posted in a long, long time…but that’s all about to change!  And I wanted to start it off by announcing some CRAZINESS!  Seriously, Beachbody is off of their rocker haha.

ALL ACCESS BEACHBODY ON DEMAND MEMBERSHIP NOW AVAILABLE!

So I’m super excited about this INCREDIBLE opportunity that Beachbody is giving all of us.  If you’ve been following my journey, you already know that over the past almost 2 years, I’ve done SEVERAL of the incredible Beachbody workout programs and loved every one of them. So it’s always tough for me when people ask which program is my favorite! Because they ALL are for different reasons. And when I help people get started for my Challenge Groups, I ask them several questions in order to help them determine which one program is for them! That has worked out really well because they get started with that program and see such amazing results that they want to keep going and try out another program in order to switch things up! But in order to try out another program, they have to spend the money to BUY that next program…

Well…NOT ANYMORE! Because now OnDemand can be ALL ACCESS, which includes:

EVERY SINGLE PROGRAM THAT BEACHBODY HAS EVER PRODUCED! PLUS THE ONES THAT WILL BE RELEASED in 2017!

Yes, you heard me. That’s not a typo. You will have 24/7 access to all of Beachbody’s trainers and their incredible programs! And you can do all of these workouts at home or even stream them on your phone, tablet or laptop no matter where you are (hellooooo, vacations or out of town business events! Or bring the workouts with you to the gym!). And yes, I seriously mean ALL of them!

21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Insanity, Insanity Max 30, Core de Force, PiYo, Cize, Country Heat, Hammer & Chisel, P90X series (so yes, X, X2, AND X3!), 3 Week Yoga Retreat, T25, Brazil Butt Lift, 22 Minute Hard Corps, Turbo Fire, Body Beast…I mean, I can’t even name them all because there are just way too many. And beyond that, the Beachbody trainers even make EXCLUSIVE workouts that are only available through the BOD Membership! Y’all, there is over $6,000 worth of workout programs that are going to be available to you!

PLUS, when a new workout program comes out through Beachbody (they typically release 2-3 per year!), you’ll AUTOMATICALLY have access to it…no having to buy it, waiting for it to ship, or anything! I mean, holy crap. I’m seriously freaking out right now because this is the most incredible thing ever!

I know I’m probably sounding like a lunatic haha, but I’m seriously just so blown away by this offer! Let me break it down a little bit more for you:

What IS The Beachbody on Demand All Access Membership?

The Beachbody on Demand All Access Membership is an annual membership where you can digitally stream every single workout program that Beachbody has ever created.  It also gives you access to each program’s nutrition plan, full meal planning with grocery lists, menus, recipes, and tools for success.  You can watch Fixate, Autumn Calabrese’s cooking show, along with other shows yet released.  And anything new that Beachbody decides to add in the next year!

How Much Will the Beachbody on Demand All Access Membership Cost?

There will be 2 options to purchasing the Beachbody on Demand All Access Annual Membership.

The first, and my personal recommendation, is by Purchasing the Beachbody on Demand Annual All Access Challenge Pack! This Challenge pack will ONLY be available until February 28th, 2017! It includes the full annual all access membership where you can digitally stream all the workouts, and you will also receive a full month supply of Shakeology (the nutrient dense meal replacement shake that I drink every single day!) as well as a full set of the Portion Fix containers that work with all of the Beachbody program nutrition guides! PLUS, when you order through me and make me your Team Beachbody Coach, you’ll also have access to all of my Challenge Groups for the entire year (I run one each month)! So you’ll have ALL the tools you’ll need to get started and STAY motivated for the entire year!

The Beachbody on Demand Annual All Access Membership Challenge Pack with Portion Fix containers & month supply of Shakeology is only $199!

The 2nd option will be to just purchase the Beachbody on Demand Annual All Access Membership! This will be the digital subscription only and allow you to access and stream all of Beachbody’s workout programs for an entire year!  This Digital All Access Subscription is available for $99.95!

ALL ACCESS BEACHBODY ON DEMAND MEMBERSHIP NOW AVAILABLE!

Ordering Options:

The All Access Annual Membership & Shakeology Challenge Pack: With this challenge pack, you will get a one year subscription to the All Access Beachbody on Demand, plus a set of color coded portion containers and a month’s supply of Shakeology, the nutrient dense meal replacement shake that I drink every day, in your choice of flavors! So you will literally get EVERYTHING you need in order to start the year off strong! Cost: $199. Order HERE.

Annual All Access Membership: Already have the containers and Shakeology, or just want the OnDemand? You can purchase just the year of all access membership for $99.95! When ordering, be sure to select the 12 month option as that is the only option with ALL ACCESS! Order HERE.

What Programs will be Available with the BOD All Access Membership?!

Seriously, I mean it when I say EVERY SINGLE PROGRAM that Beachbody has ever created will be available. There are far too many for me to name them all, but here are a few…21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Core de Force, 22 Minute Hard Corps, Insanity, Insanity Max 30, T25, Country Heat, Cize, PiYo, TurboFire, TurboJam, TurboKick, Chalene Extreme, P90X, 3 Week Yoga Retreat, Brazil Butt Lift, Body Beast, Hammer & Chisel…the list goes on & on my friends!

Plus, there are also tons of EXCLUSIVE workouts that you can only get through BOD!

What if I don’t end up liking the Shakeology or any of the programs?!

If for some reason, you are not completely happy & excited with any aspect of this Challenge Pack or All Access Membership, you will have 30 days to return it for a complete refund!

So what are you waiting for?!

These options are only for a limited time (through February 28th, 2017!). So don’t wait another second! I have already upgraded to All Access – who’s joining me?! 🙂

ALL ACCESS BEACHBODY ON DEMAND MEMBERSHIP NOW AVAILABLE!

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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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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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She believed she could…

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50 pounds diamond

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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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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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.

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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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