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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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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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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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YEAR END RESULTS!

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10 months, 47 pounds, 38 inches down…18 pounds to go until my ultimate goal weight!

For those of you that don’t use pictures or measurements as motivation, you should start!  The scale isn’t the only place to see changes…and sometimes it can really work against you and be very unmotivating.  See it and feel it.  KEEP GOING!!!march-dec

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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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21 Day Fix, Round 3, Week 1

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Finished week one with NO CHEATS!  Got my workout in every day, plus trying to hit at least 7500 steps a day.  Lost 3.8 pounds this week!  Not measuring or doing photos until after the 21 days (the after pictures in my heading are the befores for this round).  Also was finally able to BIND in my yoga fix yesterday! See photo below the food ^_^

Started out this round at 173.3 pounds (up almost 5 since two weeks before the half marathon…took off a week and a half from working out and went out to eat too much!!), and am happy to report that I’m back down to 169.5 after this week. So I’m well on my way back to my goal of 50 pounds of weight loss by Christmas 🙂  A little less than 5 pounds and I’m there 🙂  Here’s some photos of what I got to eat on this “diet” this week (can you tell I like green beans best?!)!  Connect with me on Facebook if you want recipes and more ideas!

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Feta-stuffed burgers w/homemade sweet potato fries and green beans!

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Tilapia w/ herbed potatoes and green beans!

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Turkey tacos with homemade shells!
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Turkey breast with mashed baby reds and green beans!

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Spiced apple-onion pork with saffron couscous and green beans!

 

And finally, what you’ve been waiting for (maybe?!) – my BIND!
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October Specials!

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There are now FOUR great challenge packs on sale for the remainder of October…plus Body Pump and Body Combat standalone programs and accessories are all on sale!  Get them while they last!  Limited supply!

Pump Base Kit (save 40%) – $99.99
Combat Base Kit + FREE gloves! (save 40%) – $35.95
Pump Barbell Weights 2-5 lbs (save 50%) – $8.45
Pump Barbell Weights 2-10 lbs. (save 50%) – $15.95
Combat gloves (save 50%) – $19.98
Step with 4 risers (save 50%) – $49.95
Barbell with Speed Safety Clips (save 50%) – $28.45

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Spiced Apple/Onion Pork with Herbed Potatoes

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My husband and I have been trying to come up with delicious dinner ideas from items we always have around our home.  Tonight’s concoction?  Spiced apple/onion pork with herbed potatoes!  We served it with a side of simple steamed green beans.  This recipe makes FOUR servings, so great leftovers or when you’re having guests!  Fix-approved with 1 red, 1 yellow, 1.5 green, .5 purple, and 1.5 tsp per serving (as shown).

Ingredients:
16 oz. boneless pork tenderloin
1 sweet onion (we used vidalia)
1 tart apple (we used honey crisp)
3 medium red skin potatoes
2 tbsp. EVOO
Himalayan sea salt
Pepper
Cinnamon
Side veggie of choice (we used green beans)

Pork
-Pour 1/2 tablespoon of EVOO into skillet/frying pan
-Season pork with salt/pepper
-Cook pork on each side until golden (3-4 minutes) over medium-high heat
-Once cooked, remove pork chops from the pan, and add 1/2 tablespoon of EVOO to same pan
-Add onions and apples, both thinly sliced
-Add cinnamon while cooking
-Cook until tender and caramelized
-Serve on top of pork chops!

Potatoes
-Fill medium saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil
-Wash and cube potatoes
-Boil potatoes until tender (about 10 minutes)
-Drain potatoes and return them to the saucepan
-Add 1 tablespoon of EVOO and other seasonings you like (we used paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, Himalayan sea salt, and oregano)

Green Beans
-Steam and enjoy ^_^

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