Join me as I take my fitness business and mentorship business to the next level!

I started a new in-person 6 week boot camp round this week. So fun!

I started a new in-person 6 week boot camp round this week. So fun!

I hope you’re having a great week! Mine has been full of swimming, family time, boot camp, and entertaining. My in-laws and brother-in-law are at the “Tress resort” (AKA my house) for the annual Tress family vacation. Our weather has been perfect for swimming this week, and today it’s a bit rainy (great news for my lawn) so we plan to shop versus swim.

It’s been 14 months since I quit my full-time digital marketing job and became 100% self-employed last year. Since then, it’s been whirlwind of new clients, business opportunities, campaign initiatives, start-up projects, and more. I’ve truly enjoyed every new project that I’ve been a part of, but it has taken some time to find my “sweet spot” in terms of work/life balance. Just last week, I had to step away from an awesome project that I was really passionate about – simply because it was taking too much time away from my family. It was very hard to step away, but I know that I made the right decision.

As a result of leaving that particular project, I had some extra time to consider my fitness business and business mentorship program this past week. My goal is to continually grow and expand the reach of my businesses. Over the past few years, I’ve tried a few at-home workout programs including P90X and Insanity. I really loved the Insanity program in particular, and even incorporate several of Shaun T’s moves into my boot camps. I knew that these workout programs were part of a larger company called Beachbody. I was also aware that individuals could sign up as Beachbody “coaches” to promote the workouts in a marketing relationship. Over the past few months, a few Beachbody coaches have signed up for my mentorship program. It has been fun to work with them and learn more about the mission and vision of Beachbody.

I hope to retire at 34 and allow Brandon to cut back to part-time shortly thereafter so we can enjoy as much family time as possible while the kids are growing up.

I hope to retire at 34 and allow Brandon to cut back to part-time shortly thereafter so we can enjoy as much family time as possible while the kids are growing up.

Earlier this week, I reached out to a Facebook friend of mine who is a phenomenal mom with two kiddos. She’s guest posted on my site, and I’ve respected her business sense and social media influence. I simply asked her how much she makes monthly with Beachbody. Her answer blew me away. I won’t disclose the figure, but let’s just say it takes a lot of shock me … and it completely shocked me. She and I set up a phone call, and I liked everything I heard. So, I decided to sign up as a Beachbody coach after chatting with them about a non-compete agreement since I have my own professionally produced DVDs. My desire with the Beachbody company is to expand my fitness and mentorship business reach and make as many people as possible fit both physically and financially. I would like to have the ability to retire at age 34, and allow Brandon cut back to part-time shortly thereafter.  I am on track, but I think this Beachbody company partnership will only help to expedite the process.

It’s been an awesome few days as part of the Beachbody company. This week, I am actively recruiting 10-15 individuals to be part of my core Beachbody team. The members of my team will automatically be enrolled in my business mentorship program, and we will use the curriculum from the program to ramp up their Beachbody businesses online. So far, I have 4 team members officially signed up, 2 who have verbally committed to signing up today (or who have tried and had website glitches), and several others in the pipeline for my team. Woo hoo! I am so excited to work with these young professionals and help them make a significant income while working 100% from home and helping others become the best version of themselves. My main focus with my team will be to develop a healthy work/life balance and learn how to properly and effectively market to experience the best possible ROI (return on investment) of efforts.

Would you like to join my team and become an influencer online in the fitness industry? I would love to help you ramp up a business that you can do from the comfort of your own home and is easily duplicated/multiplied. If you would like more information about joining my team, please fill out the form below. I will email you to set up a 5 minute conversation.

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How to Stay Fit as a Busy Parent

Race w kids

I am thrilled to feature Bess as a fit mom featured blogger for my site. Meet Bess and learn how she stays fit and active as a busy parent.

Hi! My name is Bess. I am a wife and mom to Libby (2 ½ years old) and Jack (9 months). I live outside of Charleston, SC on a little beach island.

I grew up in a small town in South Carolina surrounded by farm land. In high school, I loved running with my dad and working out at my hometown gym with my friends. I also played softball and danced pointe (ballet), but not very skillfully; I do not consider myself to be athletic, nor coordinated. I enjoyed eating healthy things in high school, when the low-fat, high-carb diet was all the rage. After high school and college, I enjoyed going “home” and doing cardio classes with my mom and sisters. My siblings and I have also participated in races together.

I have been married to Brett since 2010. As a couple, my husband and I strive to have an active lifestyle, to be physically fit, and to eat healthy meals. However, we are not strict or restrictive; we enjoy treats, too, especially at birthday parties and when dining out.

Every day, I work towards being a fit parent. Personally, I define being fit parent as having an active lifestyle, working out, and eating healthy things every day. I go for a short run every morning, and I love participating in local races, from 5Ks to half-marathons. My kids have participated with me in the jogging stroller in two races, so far (and our third is coming up in May)! In the summertime, I work out at the gym, where I run on the treadmill, do the elliptical, and take group fitness classes, too. For days that I cannot get out of the house, I love working out with HIIT videos on my iPad. I have enjoyed two fit pregnancies; I stopped running, but I walked 2.5 miles every day. I ate a lot of healthy food during my pregnancies, gained a reasonable amount of weight, and, therefore, was able to “bounce back” quickly after each baby. Right now, I am still breastfeeding my youngest child, so I eat A LOT. I try to eat healthy things every day, and I define that as eating whole fruits and vegetables every single day, no matter what. I really love green smoothies, too. My husband is very good about the vegetables and salad part. He is an excellent cook, especially on the grill. As for my children, I feed them a lot of whole fruits, chopped up. The only vegetable my daughter will eat these days, however, is a pickle!

The beautiful weather and beaches where we live inspire us to be a fit and active family. As a family, we love going to the beach, walking in downtown Charleston, and going for bike rides. My husband is a huge support in my fitness journey; he works out every day, watches my children so that I can go on long runs when I’m training for a race, and brings home healthy meals for our family.

Of course, I am especially inspired by my children to be a fit mom. I want my children to learn that leading an active lifestyle and eating healthy foods will make them feel good about themselves in a positive way. I hope that I am and will continue to be a healthy role model for them. I want to be positive and enthusiastic; I hope that I will not put down my body shape, my lack of athletic ability, or my food choices when they’re not the best. I want to provide encouragement regarding making healthy food choices, rather than be overly strict or restrictive regarding eating unhealthy things. For our family, being fit and healthy is really all about fun activities, enjoying food, and finding a healthy balance, together!

Please join me on my Fit Parent journey, by checking out my blog at bessbeehealthy.blogspot.com, follow me on Instagram @bessbeehealthy, on Twitter @bessbeehealthy, and like my page on Facebook at facebook.com/bessbeehealthy.

 

Mamas of Boys – How do you do it?!

Cole Tress

Baby Cole is one year old! I just can’t believe it! Now that he’s mobile, I have to watch him like a hawk because he is getting into everything! We have hundreds of toys and books for him to play with … but here’s the only things he’s really interested in doing:

1) Throwing my stuff in the toilet.

2) Taking his diaper off and throwing it in the pool.

3) Playing with any cords — but mostly the one’s he’s not supposed to play with.

4) Playing with technology or throwing it in the toilet/pool.

5) Being held by me.

Obviously it would be too much to ask for him to play with some of his toys. LOL — seriously, boys will be boys.

Mamas of boys — how do you do it?!?

Register Now: Online Boot Camp and Eat Clean Challenge

Participants in the Virtual Boot Camp will receive my Body After Baby Boot Camp DVD for FREE.

Participants in the Virtual Boot Camp will receive my Body After Baby Boot Camp DVD for FREE.

Thanks again for your interest in my next Online Boot Camp and Eat Clean Challenge! The Online Boot Camp will start on Monday, July 7, and finish on Sunday, August 10.

Have you been working to get into shape, but are lacking the motivation and/or needing accountability? Do you have specific fitness or nutrition goals that you just can’t seem to reach on your own? Are you looking to shed excess fat, and aren’t sure what workouts are most effective? I am excited to bring you the best Boot Camp possible and help you reach your fitness and nutrition goals.

What can you expect from my Boot Camp?

  • FREE copy of my Body After Baby Boot Camp DVD
  • Convenient multi-week, Boot Camp program that fits your busy schedule
  • Eat Clean Challenge which will maximize your results
  • Accountability and a supportive approach that keeps you on track to accomplish your goal
  • Affordable package option that is among the lowest cost option you’ll find
  • The focus, quality, intensity, and commitment you’d expect from me, a trainer with 9+ years of success!

Here’s how it works:

  • Six week Boot Camp from July-Aug
  • Boot Campers will be expected to follow a 5 day per week workout plan that includes written workouts and hyperlinked videos.
  • Boot Campers will be asked to participate in an Eat Clean Challenge with a listing of approved and unapproved foods that will maximize results.
  • Exercises will be appropriate for all levels with modified options for beginners. The workout will include plyometrics, running drills, and pilates.
  • Participants will be required to pay in advance and fill out all health forms, waivers, and liability forms before the Boot Camp begins
  • Participants will be required to log their food and do daily checkin’s with me via text or email.

The Boot Camp will be only $20 per week payable via cash, check, or PayPal. If you participated in Amanda’s Boot Camp program earlier this year, you will receive a $20 discount.

Please register for the Virtual Boot Camp below. After you register, I will send you an invoice via PayPal and contact you to touch base via phone or video chat re: goals and expectations. You may pay via PayPal, check, or cash. I will also send you the health forms, waiver and liability forms. Payment (in full) and all forms are due prior to the start of Boot Camp. Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

 

5 Tips to Smart (and Fit) Parenting

Click this photo to visit diapers.com and receive $12 off your order by using discount code: WOWHUGGIES

Click this photo to visit diapers.com and receive $12 off your order by using discount code: WOWHUGGIES

Do you ever wonder how smart moms juggle it all or how to effectively maximize your time?

I am thrilled to be partnering with Huggies and diapers.com on a marketing campaign sharing tips for smart parenting. The campaign is one of several I am working on right now through my digital marketing company. I also recently accepted a role as a general manager for a new business accelerator out of Crossroads Church in Cincinnati.  As you can imagine — I am juggling quite a few items at the moment. All very wonderful opportunities, but on top of my digital marketing clients, personal training, and being a mom/wife, it calls for the need to be highly productive.

A couple months back, I shared my tips for being a highly productive mama. Today, I want to share 5 tips to smart (and fit) parenting that I have discovered through trial and error, or by watching other super moms around me. Us moms are busy 24/7. We get no down time – no vacations. All of us need ways to maximize our time so we have MORE time to relax, a chance to pamper ourselves, and the opportunity to spend quality time with our family.

  1. Set the alarm for the crack of early. Most smart, successful, and highly productive moms I interface with have one thing in common – they wake up early. As hard as it can be (and tempting to hit snooze multiple times), it’s always worth getting up, showered, and organized before the kiddos wake up. I typically wake up to my alarm, get showered and ready, and then drink my coffee outside by the pool while I check and respond to emails. It’s so great to get some work accomplished in the quiet of the morning before waking up the babies.
  2. Keep the TV off and steer clear of distractions. I often go for weeks or months without even turning on the TV news in the morning. I am easily sucked into watching mindless TV, so it’s just best for me to keep it off. I also try to check social media only a few times per day. I need to get MUCH better at this because recently I have been slipping and getting a bit distracted. Yesterday, I did not put any IG posts up (my favorite social media) or spend much time checking my feed because I needed to focus hard on some hot deadlines.

    Meal Prep and grilling up some chicken on the weekend ensures that I am able to eat a quick and healthy lunch.

    Meal Prep and grilling up some chicken on the weekend ensures that I am able to eat a quick and healthy lunch.

  3. Meal Prep on Sunday. If you follow me on FB and IG, you know I am literally the worst cook on this side of the Mississippi. However, I learned from several of the fit moms I follow on Instagram, about the importance of meal prep. I am still able to eat healthy and ensure that my family has healthy foods to eat each day because of some weekend prep. This past weekend we marinated and grilled chicken breasts for lunches. We also make our egg casserole for easy/quick breakfasts through the week. Many of my clients cut up veggies and bag almonds or trail mix in snack baggies for work.
  4. Workout at home. One of my very best time saving tips is to workout at home. I do love a good lift at the gym, but it’s so easy to lace up my Under Armour running shoes and jog outside or do my Fit Pregnancy or Body After Baby DVD. My online personal training clients are extremely successful because they are able to maximize their time by working out quickly and effectively at home with my online circuits and DVDs.

    Save time by working out at home using one (or both) of my DVDs!

    Save time by working out at home using one (or both) of my DVDs! Maximize your time with effective workouts.

  5. Shop online! Wow — what a wonderful convenience of our modern culture. I rarely spend time shopping in stores (I also do 100% of my banking online) and this saves me SO much time. One of our biggest shopping list items currently is diapers for Baby Cole. I am thrilled to be able to offer all of you a discount code to purchase Huggies diapers from diapers.com. You have access to an exclusive (and time saving!) promotion for $12 off your first time purchase of a Huggies diaper case using the code WOWHUGGIES at checkout.  Click here to visit the diapers.com site and use the discount code for your purchase.

We love Huggies diapers for Baby Cole. He is a busy boy, and Huggies helps to keep him clean, comfortable, and dry at every stage with trusted leak lock protection.

Here’s a little more about why we choose Huggies for Baby Cole and some features for a NEW & Improved Fit that Lasts Over Time:

  • The NEW Huggies design includes Double Grip Strips that fasten at four points, for a better fit that provides your baby with a hug that lasts.
  • The stretchy SnugFit Waistband helps HUGGIES® Little Movers Diapers stay in place.
  • The Huggies absorbent LEAK LOCK® Technology gives your baby up to 12 hours of leak protection.
  • Adorable © Disney designs feature Mickey and Minnie

Remember, you have access to exclusive savings of $12 off your first diapers.com purchase of a Huggies diaper case using the code WOWHUGGIES at checkout. In addition, you will get free shipping on an order of $49 or more (offer only available to new diapers.com members).

Diapers.com Diapering products include more than 1,411 items. You’ll get great prices on all products. No lines. No heavy bags. No driving. Just the products that keep your life in balance, conveniently shipped to your door faster and easier than any errand you’ve done before.

I hope you are able to enjoy this great promotion and time saving tip. What other tips would you add to my list for smart (and fit) parenting?

We are gearing up for Baby Cole’s 1st birthday this coming weekend. Ah, how did the year possibly fly by so quickly? Stay tuned for party photos on my IG and FB page. Enjoy your week!

Vega Sport Energy Bars Review

Pic on the left is 6 years ago, and photos on the right are this past weekend.

Pic on the left is 6 years ago, and photos on the right are this past weekend.

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend with your families and are enjoying a fabulous start to the week. We were in the pool for most of the weekend, and it was wonderful!

This past week, I started an in-person boot camp in town. I led one last summer starting two weeks after Baby Cole was born, and it was a TON of fun. I have already really enjoyed getting to know the ladies in the boot camp, and I can’t wait to see their results. Like my online boot camp program, we are combining effective HIIT workouts with some running, and proper nutrition. I am following the eat clean challenge that I created with my online and in-person boot campers, and I feel SO good. Honestly, even after delivering two babies, I believe that I am the healthiest I have ever been.  Here is a photo (left) from 6 years ago before I had any babies or the stresses of my own company and a house to manage, and two photos (right) from this past weekend. It IS possible to be fitter and more healthy AFTER having babies.

A huge part of my personal wellness plan includes a clean, whole foods, balanced approach to my food intake. 6 years ago, I was careful to “count calories,” but not necessarily eat the nutrient dense foods that my body needed to fuel my workouts. Now, I don’t count calories at all or measure portion sizes, macros, etc. I eat clean, whole foods to satisfaction.

The chocolate coconut almond bars were SO delish.

The chocolate coconut almond bars were SO delish.

My current food intake is a high veggies, high protein, high [good] fats plan. Recently, I had the opportunity to taste-test the Vega Sport Energy Bars as part of a SweatPink and Vega Sport Fuel Your Better campaign. The box I received was chocolate coconut almond. Oh my goodness … SOOOOO delish. I am a sucker for anything chocolate and almond, and adding in the coconut gave the bars a perfect taste.

The Vega Sport website says the following about these amazing bars:

“Moist and delicious, plant-based Vega Sport Energy Bar is easy to eat mid-workout to help you go the distance. Each function-focused bar features:

  • 27 g carbs from whole food ingredients
  • High and low glycemic carbohydrates for immediate and sustained energy
  • 1 g Omega-3

Formulated by Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete and bestselling author on performance nutrition, Vega Sport Energy Bar is part of the three-stage Vega Sport Nutrition System.

Non-GMO, gluten-free, and made without artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, enjoy Vega Sport Energy Bars in Chocolate Coconut Almond and Apple Cherry flavors.”

Visit the Vega Sport Fuel Your Better to learn more about how to properly fuel your body for workouts. The site is fabulous and very informative. It covers the topics of motivation, overtraining, stamina, muscle burn, and the importance of proper fueling.

I am so thrilled that I had the opportunity to taste-test the Vega Sport Energy Bars, and I definitely recommend that you try them as well! Enjoy.

Trip to Seattle!

This week, the hubs and I flew to Seattle for a 5 day vacation/business trip … without the babies! I am currently on the flight back to Ohio (hubs is in Seattle for a few more days), and I cannot want to see Baby Cole and Emma. This was my first trip away from Cole, and only my second or third away from Emma.

We took a run up to Kerry Park for a great view and visited the Space Needle on the way back.

We took a run up to Kerry Park for a great view and visited the Space Needle on the way back.

We had never been to Seattle, so we had a ton of fun exploring the city and surrounding area. The first two days, we stayed with two of our friends from college, and were able to get a great tour of Ballard, Seattle with the guys. We also visited Rattlesnake park and hiked up a mountain for a beautiful view. The trip highlight was likely visiting Pike Place several times and enjoying a LOT of amazing local food at both the market and small restaurants.

It was rainy for our first two days of sight seeing, but the weather cleared up on the third day!

It was rainy for our first two days of sight-seeing, but the weather cleared up on the third day!

The hubs and I decided to stay fairly close to our eastern time schedule, so we woke up around 5 a.m. pacific every day to get an early cup of coffee and hit a few fun spots for breakfast. I love being out in a city early in the morning while it’s still peaceful and the sun is just starting to come up.

We had fun with our friends from college!

We had fun with our friends from college!

Before heading to Seattle, we expected the weather to be rainy from the very little we knew of the area. Well, we were right. It was rainy. But … it was also sunny. The weather changed from hour to hour, and we were able to enjoy indoor activities in addition to outdoor runs and hikes.

I definitely enjoyed some delicious desserts while I was in Seattle.

I definitely enjoyed some delicious desserts while I was in Seattle.

As I mentioned earlier, this was my first trip without Baby Cole. And it was tough. We had toyed with the idea of bringing him along, but ultimately decided to leave him home and get some extra help for my mom who was scheduled to watch Miss Emma. It was HARD to leave him. The first evening we were in Seattle, I really regretted going. I missed Baby Cole and he was having a hard time with me away as well. By the second and third days, we were both getting a bit more used to being apart, and I was able to enjoy some of life’s little kid-less pleasures — like 1) going to the bathroom with the door closed. 2) drinking my coffee in peace. 3) eating anything without two little birds whining for a bit. 4) traveling without a car seat, diaper bag, pack-n-play, bottles (you get the picture). There were definitely some major advantages to traveling in Seattle without a baby. However, every time I saw a baby or toddler on the street, it made me miss the kiddos.

We enjoyed an awesome hike with my girlfriend from college at Rattlesnake park.

We enjoyed an awesome hike with my girlfriend from college at Rattlesnake park.

I am so glad that I can say I have visited Seattle. I had a great time and really enjoy the city. If I had to do it all over again, I would leave for one or two nights versus 5 days. I did FaceTime with Emma and Cole yesterday, and that was a huge mistake! Cole lost it and I started missing him even more!

One of our favorite spots was Pike Place. We went there several times, and our hotel was just a few blocks away.

It’s about 7.30 pacific, and I will be with my babies by 7 p.m. ET (assuming I don’t hit any travel delays). It’s a LONG travel day, but thankfully I was able to get WiFi on the plane and will be working on several projects while I fly!  I cannot wait to see my babies!!!

Register Now: Online Boot Camp and Eat Clean Challenge!

Participants in the Virtual Boot Camp will receive my Body After Baby Boot Camp DVD for FREE.

Participants in the Virtual Boot Camp will receive my Body After Baby Boot Camp DVD for FREE.

Thanks again for your interest in my next Online Boot Camp and Eat Clean Challenge! The Online Boot Camp will start on Monday, July 7, and finish on Sunday, August 10.

Have you been working to get into shape, but are lacking the motivation and/or needing accountability? Do you have specific fitness or nutrition goals that you just can’t seem to reach on your own? Are you looking to shed excess fat, and aren’t sure what workouts are most effective? I am excited to bring you the best Boot Camp possible and help you reach your fitness and nutrition goals.

What can you expect from my Boot Camp?

  • FREE copy of my Body After Baby Boot Camp DVD
  • Convenient multi-week, Boot Camp program that fits your busy schedule
  • Eat Clean Challenge which will maximize your results
  • Accountability and a supportive approach that keeps you on track to accomplish your goal
  • Affordable package option that is among the lowest cost option you’ll find
  • The focus, quality, intensity, and commitment you’d expect from me, a trainer with 9+ years of success!

Here’s how it works:

  • Six week Boot Camp from July-Aug
  • Boot Campers will be expected to follow a 5 day per week workout plan that includes written workouts and hyperlinked videos.
  • Boot Campers will be asked to participate in an Eat Clean Challenge with a listing of approved and unapproved foods that will maximize results.
  • Exercises will be appropriate for all levels with modified options for beginners. The workout will include plyometrics, running drills, and pilates.
  • Participants will be required to pay in advance and fill out all health forms, waivers, and liability forms before the Boot Camp begins
  • Participants will be required to log their food and do daily checkin’s with me via text or email.

The Boot Camp will be only $20 per week payable via cash, check, or PayPal. If you participated in Amanda’s Boot Camp program earlier this year, you will receive a $20 discount.

Please register for the Virtual Boot Camp below. After you register, I will send you an invoice via PayPal and contact you to touch base via phone or video chat re: goals and expectations. You may pay via PayPal, check, or cash. I will also send you the health forms, waiver and liability forms. Payment (in full) and all forms are due prior to the start of Boot Camp. Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

 

Mother’s Day Giveaway!

We are installing a pool and cannot wait to swim!

We are installing a pool and cannot wait to swim!

It’s amazing to realize that Mother’s Day is coming up and we are almost in summer mode! Our weather in Ohio was absolutely horrendous this winter, so I am eager for consistent Spring weather and the start of summer. And guess what?!? We are installing an in-ground pool in the backyard! I am so pumped, and the kids can’t wait to swim every day this summer. We are hoping the pool is finished by next Friday.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I am holding a giveaway for YOU — fellow fit mamas and friends. I’ve had the opportunity to review a great stroller hook and yummy protein powder just for mommies. And, of course, I will add your choice of my Fit Pregnancy or Body After Baby DVD for the winner.

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This makes trips to the shopping mall and grocery store much easier!

Have you ever been walking around the mall, park, or grocery store and struggling to carry you purse, plus diaper bag, plus gym bag, plus groceries, plus — and the list goes on. I know I have! Well, the Baby Bubz stroller hook is perfect for adding an extra hand. The stroller hook rotates and secures to your stroller or shopping cart with strong velcro straps. I can now leave room in my grocery cart for groceries versus my diaper bag, and purse!

Happy Mother’s Day — I want to extend a 40% discount to anyone who wants to purchase this stroller hook on Amazon. Please use the following coupon code: PQ6MUHDW. The package comes with two hooks for only $9.99. 

I also had the opportunity to enjoy some Mommi 3-in-1 protein powder in my shake this morning! I am still nursing Cole, so this is a great way to get some much-needed protein, essential vitamins, and nutrients I need to fuel my day.

Mommi_3-in-1_Launch Photo

Here is some info below from the Mommi company’s official press release.

“Most women who are pregnant or nursing aren’t aware that they need an additional 25 grams of protein daily, or between 70-95 grams in all,” said Dr. Yvonne Bohn. “It can be a challenge for women to manage weight while ensuring they are getting the extra protein, essential vitamins and nutrients they need – like DHA for the baby’s nerve and brain cell development. Mommi 3-in-1 is an easy way to get everything nutritionally women need during pregnancy in one place. It is essential for giving women and their babies a strong, healthy and wonderful start.”

Miss Emma enjoyed the protein shake too!

Miss Emma enjoyed the protein shake too!

You can purchase Mommi 3-in-1, order a sample, and get delicious recipes, weekly pregnancy tips and more, by visiting mommi.com. You can also connect with Mommi on Facebook at facebook.com/MommiLife, on Twitter at twitter.com/mommihealth, on Pinterest at pinterest.com/mommihealth and on Google+ at plus.google.com/+MommiLife.”

The package instructions said to add the powder to milk. However, I crushed up some ice, threw in a bit of water, a scoop of peanut butter, the protein powder, and had a delicious shake. Miss Emma and Baby Cole loved it to and referred to it as ice cream.

So, here’s how YOU can win the protein powder, and a copy of either my Fit Pregnancy or Body After Baby DVD!

Leave a comment on my blog for each of the actions you complete below:

 

Eat Clean Challenge Update

Week 1 (left) versus Week 3 (right). Can you see some progress?

Week 1 (left) versus Week 3 (right). Can you see some progress?

It’s been nearly four weeks since the hubs and I started our eat clean challenge. If you remember, I created an “approved” and “unapproved” foods list for us to follow. The intention was to do a “sugar detox” of sorts to get sugary treats and junk food cravings out of our system, and focus on a high protein, high fat, low carb meal plan. The approved list was very close to Paleo, but had a few “extra” items.

So, here’s a little update for you. Days 1-3 were hard … but doable. When I set my mind to something, it’s fairly easy to stick with it the first few days. In fact, I was barely even craving sugary treats since I had made up my mind not to eat them.

Then day 4-6 happened.

Wow — super rough.

On day 4 I started craving carbs like crazy. I also hit a low-carb wall and began feeling a lot of muscle fatigue while I worked out. Carbs turn into glucose and are stored as glycogen in the muscles. And the worst part was — my mood turned sour. See — carbs increase happy hormone levels in the brain.

When I hit the low-carb wall, I started to think that maybe the eat clean challenge was a stupid idea. And then I did an ab check on Thursday evening. WOW — I was already starting to see some definition. In fact, my progress after just four days was pretty significant. Also, because I cut the processed junk food out of my food intake, I wasn’t feeling gassy or bloated in the least. Seeing and feeling some good progress on day 4 got me through day 5 and 6.

We built in a cheat day on vacation!

We built-in a cheat day on vacation!

On days 5 and 6, man I was feeling the need for some treats. We made a sugar-free peanut butter cookie on Saturday evening — not very tasty. Then we made some sugar-free peanut butter cookie dough no-bake bites on Sunday with ingredients from my “approved foods” list. Holy goodness — super delish!

Since the first week, it has been far easier to eat clean! I haven’t really been craving sweets or whole grains much at all. Prior to our challenge, we had been eating pop corn and ice cream every single night. Now, I barely even think about it — success! I think my body is getting more used to my new eating routine, and I find that I’m not hungry in between meals either. I’m only drinking one cup of coffee per day, and making it a point to drink lots more water. I am finding that I am craving water versus coffee even in the morning.

One of the most significant improvements that I’ve seen is a little more subtle. Baby Cole caught a cold at church the weekend we started the challenge. He’s been dealing with a nasty cold ever since (poor guy). This entire winter, I was getting sick immediately after the kiddos got sick — there was literally no hope for me and it seemed like my immune system was totally shot. Now that I’ve completely taken out sugar and processed foods in my diet, I’ve been able to avoid catching Cole’s sickness. Coincidence? Not a chance. It’s because I’m not in taking immune-killing sugary treats on a regular basis.

The hubs and I are both feeling GREAT!

The hubs and I are both feeling GREAT!

I truly believe that the hubs and I are already looking and feeling better as a result of our eat-clean challenge.

Also, this Saturday I plan to build in a cheat-day, and we’ve built-in a few throughout the challenge (especially on vacation).  I am a huge proponent of balance and moderation, so now that we’ve re-set our systems a bit and gotten rid of select cravings, we will add some items back into the “approved foods” list. Here’s the list for the next couple weeks with new items bolded:

Approved foods:

  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Steak
  • Chicken
  • Tuna
  • Spinach
  • Green beans
  • Green pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Oats
  • Sweet potato
  • Almonds
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sugar free hard candy and popsicles
  • All-natural peanut butter
  • Fruit (one serving per day)
  • Dessert item (one serving per week)

Unapproved foods:

  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Sugar and treats
  • Carbs (except complex carbs from approved foods list)
  • And anything NOT on the approved foods list

I have not lost any weight on the challenge. My goal was to redistribute weight a bit, and get some definition in my midsection. I don’t own a scale, but happened to weigh myself on vacation last week, and I am exactly the same weight as before I had Cole (5 or 6 healthy lbs heavier than before I got pregnant with Emma).

Overall, I feel GREAT, and plan to continue this lifestyle long after the challenge is over!

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