When Food is Your Best Friend and Worst Enemy

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Do you feel like this is you? You’re not alone!! I lost 60 lbs a few years ago & have maintained that weight loss since then, but I have been struggling lately with the food aspect. Food is by far the toughest part about a healthy lifestyle, but it is the most important. Your results are 80% food & 20% fitness. So, what do you do when food is your best friend and worst enemy? I’ve finally figured it out today & wanted to share with you.

If you’ve been reading my previous posts, you know that for the past few months I’ve been eating a very bland diet. When I say blend, I mean egg whites, veggies, & the occasional bowl of oatmeal or slice of Ezekiel bread. And my Shakeology of course. That was it! I was working on getting more toned, but over time I realized this was not sustainable. I’m not going to be in a bikini competition so why deprive myself so much?! I started binging on the weekends whenever it was supposed to just be my cheat meal. I realized that food was my best friend and  worst enemy.

So here’s the deal y’all! We have to go back to the simple basics:

  • Eat more fruits & veggies. I aim to eat one of the two at every meal.
  • Get your exercise in. Shoot for at least 30 minutes a day 4-5 days a week.
  • Get enough sleep. Relax. Don’t stress.
  • Listen to your body, not what others tell you.
  • Calories in vs. calories out. You must be burning more calories than you’re consuming.
  • Everything in moderation. If you make a food “off limits,” you’re just going to go out of control whenever you do consume it. Or you’re going to just keep eating other stuff until you fulfill that craving.
  • Make healthy versions of “naughty” foods. There are TONS of substitutions that you can use to make recipes healthier. For example, instead of mayo use plain non-fat Greek yogurt.

So are you still wondering what to do when food is your best friend and worst enemy? Well, it does take time y’all. You do have to be patient, persistent, & dedicated. But, it doesn’t have to be restrictive. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. And if you’re still unsure of what to eat – I have great news for you!

I am currently working on two major projects that will help you figure out how to have a healthy relationship with food.

  1. Recipe E-Book – I will be releasing an E-Book with my friend Sarah with tons of delicious recipes that are simple & healthy. We are aiming for November, so keep your eyes peeled!
  2. Holiday Survival Guide – I am launching a 6 month program where you’ll learn how to survive the holiday season without gaining weight, but still enjoying delicious foods. You will learn how to make this a lifestyle change & even lose weight & keep it off for good.

Here are more details on the holiday project:

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I really hope this article helped you because I’ve personally struggled with my relationship with food my entire life. I’m finally back at a happy point with it again & I can’t wait to help you do the same. So now I hope you know what to do when food is your best friend and worst enemy! I truly also hope to see you in my holiday group as well, it’s going to be amazing!

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Save Time & Lose Weight

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Does losing weight just seem like it takes up too much time? I completely understand! We all have so may different demands in life between our jobs, families, church, volunteering, & other social obligations that it is easy to put our health on the back burner. But, if you are healthy it is that much easier to manage everything you’re juggling right now & you will be so much happier. Let me tell you my story today & how you can save time & lose weight.

If you’ve been following me, you know that I was overweight half my life & lost 60 lbs back in 2009. I have maintained that weight loss since then as well. I felt like I did not have enough time to lose weight because I was working more than full-time, doing an internship, & I was in college full-time. Then one day I woke up & realized that I wasn’t healthy & had to figure out how to lose weight. I figured out how to save time & lose weight.

Here are a few tips that will help you get on track to save time & lose weight:

  • Do interval training for workouts. This is simple & effective. Get on the treadmill for 30 minutes. For 1 minute walk/jog at a normal pace (between 3.0-4.0 mph). Then for 30 seconds go as hard as you can (between 6.0-9.0). Interval training burns 10 times the amount of calories as regular cardio. Yesterday I burned almost 400 calories in 30 minutes just from doing intervals on the treadmill. 
  • Record what you’re eating. My Fitness Pal is an app that can be downloaded on any smart phone & is very user friendly. You can scan barcodes & foods from most restaurants are in their database. When you’re tracking what you’re eating, you’re more likely to stay on track.
  • Get enough sleep. This one couldn’t be more simple. Sleep between 6-8 hours each night. You’ll be less likely to crave unhealthy foods.
  • Drink one of your meals. Shakeology is my go-to meal when I’m in a hurry. It’s literally so easy to just blend up, it gives me energy, gives me a healthy immune system, & tastes delicious. To learn more about it you can click here.

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I know sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated & stay on track, I still struggle with it now. But, just focus on your end goal & why you’re doing this because nothing worth having comes easy. It will take time, so make sure you have someone to help hold you accountable like I do in my support groups on Facebook. Just don’t give up! Because you can save time & lose weight.

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Why the Scale Lies

The Scale Lies Why the Scale Lies

Did you step on the scale this morning? I bet most of you did. Did that number that flashed upset you? It did me. But, then I reminded myself that the scale is NOT an accurate description of how healthy I am. So let me tell you today why the scale lies.

If you’ve been following me for the past few months, you know that I’ve lost 60 lbs a couple years ago, the scale has been a mental battle for me. I’ve always known that muscle would make me weigh more & always wanted to be toned, but I didn’t want that scale to budge so I was literally living so unhealthy. I was eating 1200 calories a day & doing nothing but cardio workouts. I was still in the “weight loss mentality” & it became very dangerous. This is why the scale lies – because I was so unhealthy a few months ago.

Then one day one of my close friends told me that I needed to get over this & stop being unhealthy. So he helped me realize that I needed to start eating 1800 calories a day. I became so tired of having cellulite & flab, so I knew I had to accept this & just do it. So, I started doing Chalean Extreme to lift heavy weights. I discovered what clean eating was all about & started fueling my body with proper nutrition. This is what I looked like prior to starting my hybrid of Chalean Extreme & Brazil Butt Lift & then also my after.

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So this is why the scale lies – I weigh more in the picture on the right. I’m not sure if you saw my post a couple weeks ago, but right now I weigh 160. That is 20 more pounds than I weighed before I started lifting heavy weights, eating 1800 calories a day, & eating clean. I looked at my old pictures from college at the last time I weighed 160. Let me show you the difference – again – this is why the scale lies!

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Okay so seriously, have you gotten the point yet? icon smile Why the Scale Lies The scale lies! Your weight can fluctuate for so many different reasons including water retention, too much sodium, menstrual cycles, etc. So don’t let that number on the scale define your happiness! Too many times (even today) I let it get me down, but then I remember that I need to go based on how my clothes fit, how I feel, & focus on being the best me for God’s kingdom! So this is why the scale lies!

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Work Out The Fun Way – Who Needs A Gym?

Fun Workout Work Out The Fun Way – Who Needs A Gym?

Do you dread going to the gym to work out because it’s so boring? Do you call the treadmill the “dreadmill”? I used to loathe going to the gym! I never enjoyed working out until I started Beachbody workouts at home. Then I fell in love! So, get out of the gym!  Work out the fun way! Who needs a gym?

Turbo Fire is by far one of the most fun Beachbody programs I have done so far! I have several reasons why this program is my absolutely favorite:

  1. Chalene Johnson (the trainer pictured above) is super bubbly & energetic & makes the workouts so much fun
  2. The workouts are no longer than 45 minutes, most around 30 minutes
  3. The nutrition program that accompanies the program has lots of yummy foods
  4. This workout made me actually LOVE working out – I used to loathe working out, even after losing 60 lbs.
  5. The music is AWESOME – you are going to be dancing & having lots of FUN!

Doing Beachbody programs have literally changed my life! I’m finally now happy with the way that I look.  I feel confident for once in my life, I’m empowered & feel so strong, & I feel so much happier & healthier every day. So work out the fun way with me!  Again, who needs a gym?!

Check out the amazing results that ladies across the country are having with this fun workout! My friend Kate has lost over 50 lbs this year from doing this program! Turbo Fire Work Out The Fun Way – Who Needs A Gym?

So this my friends is why Turbo Fire is how to work out the fun way. If you’re like me & you’ve always hated working out, this workout is for you. If you’re ready to get work out the fun way, feel strong, & love your life let me know! This program is actually on sale this month as well, so head over here to join my online support group!

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Remember to always love yourself!

xoxo,

Jess <3

My Favorite Beachbody Workout For Women

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My favorite Beachbody workout for women would BY FAR be Chalean Extreme. I have several reasons why this program is my absolutely favorite:

  1. You’re lifting weights & building muscle so that you burn more fat
  2. Your metabolism will speed up due to the extra muscle
  3. Chalene Johnson (the trainer pictured above) is super bubbly & energetic & makes the workouts so much fun
  4. The workouts are no longer than 45 minutes, most around 35 minutes a day
  5. The nutrition program that accompanies the program will help you get healthy & achieve the best possible results
  6. This workout made me actually LOVE working out – I used to loathe working out, even after losing 60 lbs.
  7. I can eat more food, who doesn’t love that?!

As you can see, there are so many reasons to love this program & I recommend it to all my friends. This is my favorite Beachbody workout for women because gaining muscle will literally change your life. You will feel so empowered after each workout because you’ll find that you can lift a lot heavier than what you ever thought. Lifting weights isn’t just for guys & it doesn’t bulk you up. You’ll actually be leaner & more toned by lifting weights. Cardio alone cannot give you those results.

I wanted to share my story of Chalean Extreme & why it is my favorite Beachbody workout for women. I just competed my second round a couple of weeks ago. When I first became a coach I did this program, but my nutrition wasn’t in order. I didn’t really have any results & pretty much stayed the same. Since then, I’ve tried P90X, the Ultimate Reset, & Turbo Fire. But, I was honestly shying away from lifting weights because I knew that muscle weighed more than fat & the scale would go up. Here’s my transformation from a few years ago to today.

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Since I’ve lost 60 lbs a couple years ago, the scale has been a mental battle for me. I’ve always known that muscle would make me weigh more & always wanted to be toned, but I didn’t want that scale to budge so I was literally living so unhealthy. I was eating 1200 calories a day & doing nothing but cardio workouts. I was still in the “weight loss mentality” & it became very dangerous. I hadn’t yet discovered my favorite Beachbody workout.

Then one day one of my close friends told me that I needed to get over this & stop being unhealthy. So he helped me realize that I needed to start eating 1800 calories a day. I became so tired of having cellulite & flab, so I knew I had to accept this & just do it. So, I started doing Chalean Extreme to lift heavy weights. I discovered what clean eating was all about & started fueling my body with proper nutrition. This is what I looked like prior to starting my hybrid of Chalean Extreme & Brazil Butt Lift & then also my after.

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Oh and I now am toned & have MUSCLES! icon smile My Favorite Beachbody Workout For Women

Favorite Beachbody Workout My Favorite Beachbody Workout For Women

Doing this program has literally changed my life! It is totally my favorite Beachbody workout for women because everyone deserves to feel this way! I’m finally now happy with the way that I look.  I feel confident for once in my life, I’m empowered & feel so strong, & I feel so much happier & healthier every day. I hadn’t weighed myself the past couple of months & actually hid the scale because I knew it’d go up. I weighed myself Monday when I started T25 & discovered I’ve actually gained weight. I was emotional for a few minutes, but you know what? I’m okay with it. I look better than I’ve ever looked, I’m toned, have muscles, & feel happy. So I’m not going to let a number on the scale define me or my happiness!

So this my friends is why Chalean Extreme is my favorite Beachbody workout for women. If you’re like me & you’ve struggled with self-confidence your whole life, this workout is for you. If you’re ready to get empowered, feel strong, & love your life let me know! I host challenges all month that would be perfect to help you achieve your goals! Just head over here & let me know! icon smile My Favorite Beachbody Workout For Women

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Remember to always love yourself!

xoxo,

Jess <3

Beachbody Coach Summit 2013 Changed My Life

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As most of you may know from how I’ve been raving about the Beachbody Coach Summit 2013, I literally had a life changing experience! The picture above is a photo opportunity I earned with our amazing CEO Carl Daikeler. And if you don’t know have a clue what I’m talking about, I’m a Beachbody Coach & I just got back from our annual conference in Vegas, the Beachbody Coach Summit.

I became a Beachbody Coach in May of last year, but wasn’t really committed until October. Fast forward to today and I’ve now quit my full-time job at the age of 25. I didn’t think it would ever be possible, that I could ever be like one of those successful coaches that I heard talking about quitting their full-time jobs. I now get to make my own schedule & work from home. I am almost completely debt free. It has been a life changing journey so far going in to just one year as a coach. I have helped change hundreds of lives. THAT is what gets me out of bed every morning & puts that fire in my belly.

Now that you know a little about my story as a coach, I can get on about  the Beachbody Coach Summit icon smile Beachbody Coach Summit 2013 Changed My Life I arrived in Vegas last Thursday & flew in with one of my coaches I mentor, Whitney (see our picture below). We actually met through Beachbody, she was a customer assigned to me & we had never met in person before. I have seen so many amazing changes in not just her coaching business, but also her personal life since I’ve become her mentor. She’s lost over 30 lbs, gotten a promotion, & has increased her business tenfold this month. I’m so proud of her! It was our first time meeting &  I just love her to pieces! We checked in to the MGM Grand, where the conference was, & the life changing experiences started happening icon smile Beachbody Coach Summit 2013 Changed My Life

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Anyway, after checking in at the hotel we met a bunch of the girls on our team at the pool, around 25 of us went. We spent some time in the sun & then headed to the opening session. Carl Daikeler flew in on cables, he’s so funny! Then we got to hear some amazing success stories from the top elite coaches, new product information, & celebrate together. This was followed by the White Party, which we qualified for since we achieved Success Club consecutively. It was great music, tons of fun, yummy food, & lots of dancing!

Friday then started out with a workout with the trainers from Les Mills Combat at 5:30AM & then another workout with Sagi Kalev from Body Beast directly after that. Once we finished working out we headed to the personal development workshops with the top elite coaches & learned about how to grow our business this year. After that around 5:30PM we did another workout, this time we tried out T25 with Shaun T & it was absolutely AMAZING! I thought I was in good shape & didn’t feel like that after trying it! So, I decided to make it my next program! icon smile Beachbody Coach Summit 2013 Changed My Life Then a big group of us went on a party bus & toured Vegas!

Saturday started early again around the same time, but this time we did the super workout on the Vegas strip with all the celebrity trainers. We got to workout with the Combat trainers, the Brazil Butt Lift trainer, Chalene Johnson, Shaun T, & Tony Horton. We even got a photo with Chalene (below – my head is to the far left & is half cut off, but it’s okay) after the workout! Our day was chock full of more amazing personal development that will change my life & my business.

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Then the night ended with the Beachbody Challenge winners, which was a total tear jerker hearing these transformation stories! Andy lost 221 lbs. & won $100,000 for his transformation using Beachbody workouts & Shakeology, check out his story - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klVD8HZ61iE&feature=youtu.be. The top 10 coaches of 2012 were then recognized & we ended with a bang at the closing party. This was a lot more fun, dancing, great music, & a wonderful time with a community of positive like-minded people.

This experience was so life changing to me just because of the experiences during this trip. I was able to be around 7,000 other positive people who have the same mission in life as I do: to help others lead a healthy & fulfilling life. I absolutely loved having fun at the live workouts & at the parties! I love the fact that we are all on a mission to help people & the competitive part of me loves the fact that when I’m in the Top 10 next year & Top Coach 2015 that I will be on stage & be recognized in front of thousands of people.

I just KNOW that I will achieve those goals because all of the other top elite coaches started just like me – their first paycheck was only $38 when they first started! Believe it or not, that’s the exact amount of my first paycheck one year ago. I wrote all of this out to just share with you in hopes that I can help change your life. If you read about how my life used to look just a few months ago, you’ll see that anything is possible. Coaching has literally changed my entire life & I now have a life of freedom & happiness & love helping others achieve the same!

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If you’re ready to change your life & have thought about coaching, but you’re just not sure if it’s for you I so understand. It took me a couple months before I decided. It’s a big decision & a lot to think about. But, I will tell you my only regret is that I didn’t start sooner. This is the only job out there where you can work part-time but earn way more than a full-time income. I’m well on the way of earning a six figure income & know that since I’m committed & consistent with helping others that it’ll happen. How many other jobs allow you to do this & love what you’re doing? If you’re ready to join, I encourage you to read about how to join my team. I can’t wait to help change your life! icon smile Beachbody Coach Summit 2013 Changed My Life

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Remember to always love yourself! <3

xoxo,

Jess