Everything is going to be okay

Life, it can pack up a punch sometimes, right? You wake up with determination and before you know it the day runs you over and you’re just trying to stay on your feet.

–> You might be holding some lottery tickets that didn’t pan out.
–> You might be fighting with loved ones or friends.RTC 252
–> You might have had the best of intentions to stay positive but the day ran you over.
–> You might be struggling to find the sun through the clouds.
–> You might be dealing with sickness.
–> You might be working at the worst job ever.

You’re facing something hard right now, I know it.

But listen to me, every little thing is going to be okay. It might not all come together today, tomorrow or this week but it will all be okay.

Inhale.
Exhale.
Just breath.
It will all be okay.

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Have a good day.

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Bad days happen all the time but a bad day doesn’t mean you have a bad life.

Let go of the past, lift your thoughts to today.

Today is a good day to have a good day….even if yesterday sucked.

Your story isn’t over yet.

A year ago, I was lost.

We had been out of the Air Force for 6 months and things were still a mess. Everything about our future was uncertain. I was filled with fear and scared.

But in my heart I knew that that’s not how my story would end. In my darkest moments I clung to the hope that I had the power to change our ending.

–> I got up everyday and worked through my fears.
–> I wiped my tears and poured my heart into my business.
–> I used my story to help inspire others.
–> I showed up when it was hard and didn’t back down.
–> I never, ever gave up.

Looking back, I know that those hard times were put in my path to shape who I am today. I’ve learned more about myself, refined my vision for my life and grown into who I needed to be to make my dreams come true.

Here’s the truth: You might be going through some crazy dark moments and life might feel impossible. The burden’s you’re carrying feel so heavy and you have no idea how you’ll make it through. But that was how I felt last year too and I made it out. So will you. Keep believing, keep trusting and never lose hope. You can change your ending. Just have the faith, it all comes together when it’s supposed to.RTC

Transformation Tuesday

Transformation Tuesday:

I’m so excited to share this story from my coach Susan. She absolutely blows me away with her strength, determination and desire to change her life and the lives of those around her.

Her top weight was 205 pounds and she had hit a plateau at 175. She was looking to find something that would help her get past it, but was skeptical if the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology was the right thing. We talked about it and I asked her to trust me and if she wasn’t happy she could send it all back. She made a commitment and with the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology was able to get down to 150 pounds.Susan Results

I am so proud of all her hard work and she’s proof that you can find your health at any age! But don’t take my word for it, here is what she says:

“I think as we get older, we think we can’t do it. Or it’s for younger people. But we can do more than we realize if we’d just try.”

What do you see?

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What do you see when you look in the mirror?

–> Are you seeing a distorted image of who you are?
–> Are you seeing only flaws and imperfections?
–> Are you comparing yourself to everyone?

Here’s some truth: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!!

Stop talking to yourself negatively.
Stop beating yourself up for not being a certain weight or size.
Stop being so hard on yourself.

Love yourself where you are today, even if you want to change. It’s impossible to reach new goals if you’re constantly berating yourself for who you are today.

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
Repeat after me: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL

Eat your veggies!

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Are you eating your veggies?

I love salads but after awhile they get kind of boring. My favorite way to cook veggies is to roast them in the oven.

Today’s medley: brussel sprouts, carrots, butternut squash and red potatoes.

Directions: Roast them in the oven at 425.  Take them out when they’re fork tender.

If following the 21 Day Fix: 2 green and 1 yellow.

LOVE YOUR BODY

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Your body is an amazing thing and you need to respect it by feeding it healthy food, taking care of it with exercise and loving it where it is today. Even if you’re not at your goal you need to love your body for all that it is today. Your body is doing amazing things for you as you work towards your goals.

21 Day Fix Approved: Mexican Soup

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I have wanted a Vitamix for a very long time (read how I got one here) and originally my plan was to just blend up my Shakeology and make smoothies for my kids.  I knew it could do all sorts of amazing things but I didn’t think I’d even try that stuff but I was wrong.  It took me less than 2 weeks and I was ready to see what all this amazing appliance could do for me.

At lunch time today I was about to have my normal (boring) salad that I have almost every single day.  I pulled out the recipe book for my Vitamix instead.  I decided I’d make a soup but I didn’t have all the ingredients for one in the book so I created my own recipe.

21 Day Fix Approved:Mexican Soup

  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1/4 of an onion
  • 1/2 cup cabbage
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can chick peas
  • 1 can of Rotel
  • 1 pound of cooked chicken

I put the first 8 ingredients in my Vitamix, set it to soup setting and turned it on.  It blended for about 5 minutes and worked it’s magic. When it was done, out came a green puree (that was already warm!) that I poured into a bowl, leaving 1 cup of puree behind. I added the remaining ingredients and pulsed them until they were chopped but not pureed.  I added it to the bowl, stirred it together and at it up! It’s not the prettiest thing to look at but it was tasty!

Optional Add Ins: 

These are things I would have added but didn’t have on hand.

  • red or yellow pepper
  • cilantro
  • sour cream or greek yogurt
  • tortilla chips
  • corn
  • garlic

If you’re following the 21 Day Fix: 1 Red, 1 Green, 1 yellow per 1 1/2 cups serving.

I’m always running 21 Day Fix/21 Day Fix Extreme accountability groups and if you’re looking to start your journey and would like me as your coach, just apply below.

Food Matters: Spaghetti Squash

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Spotlight on…SPAGHETTI SQUASH!

I just started using spaghetti squash in place of noodles when I eat spaghetti and it’s delicious!

Spaghetti Squash gets its name because when it’s cooked the inside flesh pulls apart and into long strings and looks like spaghetti pasta.  Spaghetti Squash is considered a summer and winter squash and is available year round at the grocery store.

Benefits of eating Spaghetti Squash:

  • It’s full of a wide variety of vitamins; Vitamin C, A, B-6, Niacin, Thiamin and Folate to name a few.
  • It has a good dose of fiber which will keep you full longer.
  • Spaghetti Squash is a great alternative to high-calorie, high-carb traditional pasta.
  • With only 42 calories and 10 carbs in a 1-cup serving of cooked spaghetti squash, this vegetable is a safe addition to any diet.

How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash:

Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds from the middle.

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Place in baking sheet upside down and add 1/2 cup water to the pan.  Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees; until it’s fork tender.

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Rake a fork back and forth the flesh to make strands like spaghetti.

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21 Day Fix Approved: Measure the spaghetti squash in the green container and serve with fix approved spaghetti sauce.

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One Pan: Mexican Quinoa

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This delicious, one pan meal is 21 Day Fix Approved and very easy to prepare!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound of chicken breast
  • 1/2 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can of Rotel
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 cup of carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced peppers (I used red and orange)
  • 1 tablespoon homemade taco seasoning (see recipe below)
  • Kosher Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime.

Optional ingredients (things I wanted to add but didn’t have on hand!): Avocado and cilantro

Taco Seasoning:

  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Directions: 

Gather all of your ingredients

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Season your chicken with homemade taco seasoning and cook in pan until cooked through. Remove chicken and dice it up.

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Add jalapeño, peppers and onion to the pan and cook for 3 minutes.

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Add these ingredients to the pan: quinoa, chicken broth, beans, corn, carrots, rotel, taco seasoning.

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Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in diced chicken, avocado, lime juice and cilantro.

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You could also serve this in tortillas as a healthy taco filling too.

21 Day Fix Containers:

Serving is 2 cups: 1 red. 2 yellow and 1 green