Results that Transform Lives

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Happy Monday y’all! Today I have a story to share with you from my friend Jenna about how she’s transformed her life. Jenna is one of the coaches on my team & I am SO PROUD of the results she’s had so far. In my challenge groups, we are not just getting results that will only last temporarily. You will learn how to make this a lifestyle & not gain all your weight back. We are getting results that transform lives.

I did an interview with Jenna about her  journey that I would love to share with you.

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First let me say that I am so excited to be featured on my sister from another mister’s blog! It truly is awesome to be recognized for my achievements! icon smile Results that Transform Lives

I will be turning 29yrs young here soon, I live in Ohio and am married to a Marine Veteran and we have 2yr old son. I absolutely love music and my son really is my life. I am now working as a Barista at Starbucks, and I love it! If I’m not at work or cleaning the house I am hanging out with my family just doing whatever. When fall and the holiday season rolls around we love to all go out and venture around different stores looking at decorations and lights!

How’d you get started on your weight loss journey?
I’ve had such a yo-yo experience with weight loss, honestly. It all started in 2003 when my Mom moved us out to Washington State. I was in my Senior year of high school, having lived in the same town since I was 3yrs old. It was a huge change! I went through a lot and it greatly affected my weight because I turned to food. I went from 150lbs in 2003 to 210lbs by 2005! I looked in the mirror one day in a size 16 pants and and XL shirt and just said, this is ridiculous! I was not used to what I saw because I had never been that big in my entire life and I was a dancer and pretty athletic. So, knowing I needed to make changes I started watching what I ate and how much I ate. Within a year I dropped to 170lbs. I stayed there for awhile, we moved back to Ohio and I lost 5lbs more!

I kept at that weight for a good while, got a job and got in to a relationship and did the ‘comfort eating’ thing, I packed on 20lbs, stayed at 185 until about 2007 and I wasn’t happy with myself so I started portion control again, dropped down to 175. Then in 2009 I met my husband, did the ‘comfort eating’ thing again and got up to 190/191, got pregnant with my son in 2010, dropped back down to 175 in the first 3 months but then by then end of my pregnancy I was back at 210!! I couldn’t believe it, but I was pregnant so I chalked it up to baby weight. I had my son and weighed myself a week after being home and was down to 185. I nursed him for 6 months and got down to 175. If you’re unaware, nursing a child burns 500cals per day, so it’s easy to gain weight when you stop, and when I didn’t nurse anymore I went back up to 189!

In June of 2012 is when I started to get serious, watched what I was eating again, tried to be more active when I could. When we moved in to our own place I started doing Zumba a couple times a week and Jillian Michaels DVDs and  I just really watched my nutrition and took my son for walks whenever I felt like it. I hit my first goal of 175 and was SO ecstatic! So then I continued to set small goals for myself, usually 5lb increments, I read more, studied more, and it all worked! I am currently sitting at 160lbs.

What has been the toughest part for you?
The toughest parts would have to be my insane sweet tooth, and my boredom eating. Believe it or not it’s hard for me to really feel like I always have something going on, even though I’m a Mom and I work; especially since my son likes to do his own thing a majority of the time. But, if there’s nothing else to do I tend to snack because then it feels like I’m doing something. And, I’ve often found that it doesn’t even have to be a physical activity, as long as your mind is busy you should be good icon smile Results that Transform Lives And, I’ve alwaaaaaays loved ice cream and Oreos! Those are 2 things I feel like I could eat non-stop, all the time if I allowed myself to!
How did you overcome that struggle?
I have just tried to be strong-willed enough to eat as best I can and watch how much I eat as well. And, I also try not to keep sweets in the house because it’s a lot harder to eat it if it’s not readily available!
What workouts have been your favorite so far?
I have actually only done a little bit of P90X and am now doing T25. I LOVE P90X Plyometrics and Ab Ripper X, just absolutely love them, not quite sure why, ha! And, T25 is an amazing workout in only 25 min, who wouldn’t want that?!

How has Beachbody helped with your journey?
I decided to become a part of the Beachbody community because I know, first hand, how much easier it is to lose weight and achieve your goals when you have solid support, and that’s what Beachbody does. It gives  you a sense of belonging, a REASON to workout because  it’s kind of like your letting more than just yourself down if you don’t achieve your goals. It just makes you want to do more overall.

How has having me as your coach helped you ?
Well, first, you’re now one of my closest friends, and a friend like you is hard to come by. And, you are open and honest and a great listener which are qualities good leaders should posses! You push us to do better, you’re constantly encouraging us as well. You actually connect with us, and you’re not a ‘boss’ who we never see or talk to. You’ve found your purpose in life, and that makes it so easy for you to help some of us find ours. icon smile Results that Transform Lives

So that last statement just made me cry, she’s too sweet! icon smile Results that Transform Lives I wanted to share with you Jenna’s transformation from the past year. She looks amazing!

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I really hope you enjoyed Jenna’s story today. I’m so thankful that she shared it so I could share it with all of y’all! I know there are so many people out there struggling in every way and I’ve been there before, too. Her story just shows that Beachbody is a community that really helps people get real results that transform lives.

If you’d like to join one of my challenge groups and also get real results that transform lives, head over here to get started.

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

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

Chocolate Shakeology Protein Pancakes

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The past week I have been so inspired by some of the accounts I follow on Instagram to start experimenting in the kitchen. I was overwhelmed by the response on my pictures that people actually wanted the recipe to what I was making. I used to be terrified of cooking & never thought I could make something look so “pretty.” Since so many people have asked the recipes, I decided to do another post! icon smile Chocolate Shakeology Protein Pancakes

 Yesterday I made these delicious Chocolate Shakeology Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce. They’re clean eating, delicious, & easy!  They’re very similar to my Clean Eating Banana Protein Pancakes from a few days ago. Here’s how I made them! icon smile Chocolate Shakeology Protein Pancakes

I blended the ingredients below & then poured them from my blender in to an oiled pan. Just how you would make any other pancake:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology

Then I made up a yummy strawberry sauce to top them with by blending:

  • 6 strawberries
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup 0% fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tbsp honey

So, there it is! My Chocolate Shakeology Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Cookie Dough sauce layered in between from today is very similar.

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These were the same exact recipe for the Chocolate Shakeology Protein Pancakes above.

The Peanut Butter Cookie Dough sauce I made by blending:

  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup natural chunky peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup stevia

I will be sharing my recipes from the past weekend later this week for my tasty spicy mustard marinade from grilling out skewers & also my Clean Eating Blueberry Compote Granola Parfait with Homemade Coconut Ice Cream.

Please let me know in the comments below if you tried out these recipes & what you thought of them! RT & share with those who may enjoy them as well icon smile Chocolate Shakeology Protein Pancakes

Remember to always love yourself,

xoxo <3

Jess

Clean Eating Protein Pancakes

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I never actually thought of posting recipes on my blog because I don’t think of myself as a talented chef in the kitchen icon smile Clean Eating Protein Pancakes But so many of you asked me for my recipe for these clean eating banana protein pancakes.

These may not look the best, but they were so yummy in my tummy yesterday! One of my friends I met on Instagram, Samantha, makes so many amazingly delicious recipes every day that I’ve joked with her saying that I’m going to hire her to be my personal chef. icon razz Clean Eating Protein Pancakes Please check out her amazing blog with all her yummy recipes.

I used to despise cooking & when I was working full-time I really didn’t do much of it. I used to always think that cooking took forever. But, now that I only work 20 hours a week from home (or wherever), I’ve been experimenting with cooking more. I’ve realized that eating clean doesn’t have to be boring. One of my new hobbies will now be cooking icon smile Clean Eating Protein Pancakes And making these clean eating banana protein pancakes makes me want to try many more versions! I was even able to use my new yummy vanilla Shakeology in the recipe!

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So I blended the ingredients below & then poured them from my blender in to an oiled pan. Y’all know how to make pancakes icon smile Clean Eating Protein Pancakes

  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology

Then I randomly made up a yummy sauce to top them with by mixing:

  • 1/4 cup 0% fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tbsp natural crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tbsp honey

So, that’s it! There’s my secret recipe! Super duper easy, I don’t like complicated icon smile Clean Eating Protein Pancakes I hope you try them out & enjoy!

Remember to always love yourself,

xoxo <3

Jess