Let’s Celebrate!!!

For almost two years I sat back like a fly on the wall as a Beachbody customer never ever completing a single program let alone making it past week two in most cases. I ate like garbage, I didn’t drink Shakeology, I didn’t work the tools I had been given. I literally had everything I needed to succeed yet I sat on my ass and just watched. Watched others succeed. Watched others crush their goals. Watched others overcome their obstacles. I repeatedly asked my self “why not me?” Um, duh! Because I didn’t put in the work! It’s not rocket science!

Well guess what folks…yesterday I pushed play on the final workout of Beachbody’s LIIFT4 program. It is the first program in almost two years that I have completed in its entirety and the first program I have now completed as a coach! And let me just say, I bawled my eyes out! And I am not shameful in admitting that at all!!! I did the workouts, I drank the Shakeology, I followed the shred plan. I put action behind the tools I had been given and crushed my goals!

I am down 9.3lbs and 27.5” in eight weeks! And I did it all while living and loving life! I didn’t deprive myself of my cravings! I enjoyed my poolside cocktails and Marshmallow Dream Bars. I ate up all the Philly Cheesesteaks and Juicy Lucy’s the hubby whipped up on our new @blackstoneproducts griddle! I certainly did NOT starve!!! I followed the program, I used the tools, I trusted the process. And in doing so I’ve achieved so much!

But I’m not stopping here. I will continue on to the next program on Monday. Who’s going to join me? Just take a look below at my four week results. Why only four weeks??? Because I was too scared and ashamed to take my photos at day one and I regret that decision every single day.

Down 9.3lbs and 27.5” in eight weeks.
Down 9.3lbs and 27.5” in eight weeks.

Stop being a fly on the wall! Stop watching me crush my goals. Stop sitting back and watching me succeed asking yourself, “why not me?”

Why not you??? That’s the question I ask of you. Whether as a coach or simply as a customer I am here to help you succeed. Stop waiting. Stop watching. Simply put action behind your goals. Tag a friend who might need some extra inspiration! Drop a ❤️ if you’re ready to join me.

Excuses Are Like Weeds

Excuses are like weeds! You give them an inch and they will gladly take over!

Take responsibility and initiative for yourself. Stop blaming your circumstances on others. Stop blaming where you are at on things you have the power to change. Absolutely NO ONE is too busy! It’s a matter of priorities people!!! I used to use the excuse ALL the time that there just weren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done! Seriously! Ask any of my family and closest friends and they will attest to it! As a matter of fact three years ago almost to the day I actually posted on my Facebook that there just weren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. Thank you Facebook memories for the reminder on how far I have come. I used that excuse DAILY! But truth was, I was just plain LAZY!

It’s time to take care of those excuses just like you would the weeds in your yard. Time to cut that shit out and hose it down with some serious weed killer.

Not enough time? I can help you.

You don’t know where to start? I can help you.

Not enough money? I can help you.

You have bad habits? I can help you.

You don’t know what to eat? I can help you.

You’ve never worked out a day in your life? I can help you.

You’re scared? I can help you.

Make yourself and your health a priority! Excuses will always be there, opportunity won’t. Take this opportunity! Don’t let it pass you by! The time is now. It’s your time to shine! Tag a friend who needs to hear this. Drop a 🌟 below if you’re ready!

Recipe Time – One Pan Turkey with Veggies

They say that nutrition counts for upwards of 80% of your results. Well in my experience that number is more like 90%. My relationship with food sucked! I was eating all the wrong things for all the wrong reasons and sometimes for no reason at all!

I never had to ask myself HOW I became so over weight. I was lazy as hell and ate like shit! I was depressed, I hated my body and ate more in attempt to eat away my feelings. I drowned my sorrows in fast food, carbs and Marshmallow Dream bars.

But all of that changed when I decided to make the change. “Say no to anything that doesn’t get you a yes.” – Trent Shelton. The day I decided to say no to the fast food, carbs and abundance of Marshmallow Dream Bars was the day that I truly started to gain momentum and see changes in my body.

I am by no means perfect! I still slip up from time to time but this time around I have the support of my AMAZING team to back me up. I’ve also re-found my love for cooking! The foods I eat do NOT suck! If they did I would’ve given up ages ago. And you know it’s a damn good recipe when my husband and son demolish the entire meal!

My newest creation is 100% shred plan approved and so incredibly tasty! Justin and Hunter had no idea this dish was void of any carbs! It’s a protein and veggie packed powerhouse that will bust your lips with flavor!

One Pan Turkey with Veggies

INGREDIENTS :

x1 TBS Grass Fed Butter

x1 Large Sweet Onion Chopped

x1 TBS Minced Garlic

x1 lb Ground Turkey

x1 Package Green Giant Riced Veggies Cauliflower Medley

x1 Cup Frozen Peas

x3 TBS Penzeys Spices – Brady Street Sprinkle

Sauté the Onion and Garlic along with the butter and a sprinkle of S&P for approximately ten minutes or until the onions become soft and translucent. Add the Ground Turkey with an additional sprinkle of S&P and cook completely through. Add the package of Riced Cauliflower and frozen peas. Stir well and cook covered on simmer for about five to seven minutes or until the frozen veggies are warmed through. Turn stove off completely, add the Brady Street Sprinkle, stir completely through and serve!

You want to have a better relationship with food? You want results without feeling deprived? Join me!!! I will teach you the science behind the foods we eat, provide you with meal plans and teach you what to eat and when to get amazing results! And the best part…you can still enjoy that cocktail or Marshmallow Dream Bar!!! What are you waiting for? Tag a friend below who might enjoy this recipe. Drop a 🤤 below if you’re ready to join me.

Celebrate the Non-Scale Victories

I woke up this morning feeling a little bummed. I was up 1.2lbs when I stepped on the scale. It didn’t come as much of a surprise as I thoroughly enjoyed my Mother’s Day weekend and all the treats and lazy poolside play that came along with it. But that’s where the feeling ended folks! Right there at that scale.

The old me would’ve declared it the worst day ever and thrown in the towel giving up on the entire day. My butt would’ve immediately curled up on the couch under a blanket and I would’ve sat there binge watching garbage TV, wallowing in self pity, only getting up to stuff my face or pee.

But today I decided to push play instead and CRUSH my workout! I gave my workout my absolute all! I gave it everything I had and increased my weights wherever I could. Afterwards I felt I better and was proud of myself for getting it done. I gave myself a little pat on the back and continued on with my day.

However, the real magic didn’t happen until after I showered and changed. I walked into my closet and grabbed a random t-shirt from a still unpacked box tucked in the back corner, honestly thinking it was one of my husband’s men’s size large shirts. I threw it over my head and walked past the mirror and y’all…it was this shirt…a shirt I got free from a bar way back when I was 21 years old. This shirt is one I haven’t seen in YEARS and one that I haven’t fit into in even more time than that. This shirt right here is a women’s size medium. Talk about a non-scale victory!!!

So tonight I am celebrating! But I am not celebrating this non-scale victory alone! I have the most AMAZING team to back me up and celebrate right along with me. If you want to join me on my journey drop a ❤️ below. I guarantee your life will change. And I will be right by your side every step of they way. Let’s celebrate each other’s victories together!!!

Happy Mother’s Day

“Being a Mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” – Linda Wooten

Hands down the most magical day of my entire life was the day that I became a Mom. My journey to motherhood was NOT easy. My pregnancy however, by text book definition was phenomenal and nothing short of a miracle. Hunter himself IS a miracle and proof that God does exist. Looking back I wish I had more of a connection with him during my pregnancy but as some of you know, that first time I felt him move inside of me was terrifying! It was the most alien-like experience imaginable! I hated every minute of it. But the very second he was in my arms that connection was INSTANT! The bond, UNBREAKABLE! The love, GREATER than anything I’ve ever felt!

Being a mom isn’t easy and I am by no means perfect. But I give it my all EVERY SINGLE DAY because it’s what brings me the most joy. And on the days I struggle I seek strength from God and those around me to pull through. Because at the end of the day absolutely no one is perfect but Hunter deserves nothing but perfection. He is in my eyes and God’s absolutely perfect in every single way. He is my “why”, he is my heart, he is my soul, my everything. And without him I would not be who I am today.

Happy Mother’s Day to ALL my beautiful Mommas! However you wish to define that and any way you wish to define that. You are all special and appreciated.

The Day I Chose to Take Charge of My Life

Flashback to just over a month ago…I was standing in front of the bathroom mirror after a shower dripping in sweat when it hit me…the triple digits here in AZ were just around the corner which means pool season will be upon us before I know it. Yet here I am at my heaviest weight since giving birth to my son 4 years ago!!!

I grabbed my stomach flab, did a spin and fell to my knees. Tears rolling down my face I was sobbing uncontrollably. Sobbing out loud for only God to hear. I felt defeated. I felt weak. I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin. I did not recognize my own reflection any longer and that scared the shit out of me! So many questions came flooding in…How on earth did I let this happen? Why on earth did I let this happen? How in the world can I expect anyone to love me if I don’t love myself?

There were two questions that I DIDN’T have to ask…How did I get here? and What am I going to do to change things? I knew in that very moment what needed to be done. The excuses were no longer acceptable. I knew I was eating wrong and sitting on my ass every chance I had. I knew I had all the tools in the world right at my fingertips to be able change my life. So I picked myself up off the floor, dried my tears, swallowed hard and took the plunge. I made the decision to become a Beachbody Coach and couldn’t be happier!!!

For the first time in FOREVER I simply put myself first. Over the last 5 weeks I have given my all to focusing on eating right, working out, taking better care of both my body and mind and strengthening my relationship with God. I’m down 7.5lbs and I feel amazing!!! I’m becoming the absolute best version of myself that I can be. And guess what?!? My husband and son get to experience the best version of me every step of the way too!

A fire has been lit deep within and I feel unstoppable! I have found my passion. I have found direction. I’m kicking ass and taking names! My goal is to INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE, UPLIFT and EMPOWER each and every one of you to do the same. I’ve teamed up with one of the top teams in the country and I invite you to join me on my journey. WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER!!! Drop a 💪🏼 below if you’re ready to join me. Or simply click here!

Recipe Time – Cheesy Turkey and Rice Soup

Yes it’s soup time again! For those of you who know me well, I know this won’t come as a surprise. I LOVE soup so so so much!!!

But in my defense it’s hot here in Arizona and people don’t typically eat hot soup when it’s hot outside. Hence why there aren’t many great soup places down here. Additionally with the pandemic the store shelves are empty when it comes to things such as canned goods. So a good old cup of Campbell’s isn’t an easy option for the soup obsessed.

With this recipe the Red Onion and Worcestershire Sauce are a powerhouse combo that tickle both the scent and flavor senses while the Beef Bouillon brings an extra depth of flavor not achieved by the Chicken Broth alone. The Yellow Carrots are far more mild in flavor for those of us (ahem, me) who do not prefer cooked carrots in general. I hate them actually but tolerate them in soups and casseroles. The hubby (who is not a fan of me cooking with ground turkey) likes this recipe so much he’s been begging that I duplicate the flavors in a casserole type version instead of a soup. So stay tuned for that in the near future.

What are some other ingredients you would add to this dish? Perhaps some corn or asparagus. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

INGREDIENTS :

x2 TBS Olive Oil

x1 Large Red Onion Chopped

x1 Cup Yellow Carrots Chopped

Half Bunch Celery Chopped

x4 Cloves Garlic Minced

x1 lb Ground Turkey

x1 TBS Penzeys Spices – French Thyme

x1 TBS Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

x1 tsp Garlic Powder

x4 TBS Worcestershire Sauce

x32 oz Low Sodium Chicken Broth

x24 oz Water

x1 TBS Better Than Bouillon Roasted Beef Base

x1 Cup Whole Milk

x8oz Velveeta Cheese

x2 Cups Brown Rice

S&P

Sauté the Red Onion, Yellow Carrot, Celery and Garlic along with the Olive Oil and a sprinkle of S&P for approximately ten minutes or until the onions become translucent. Add the Ground Turkey with an additional sprinkle of S&P and cook completely. Add the French Thyme, Lawry’s Salt, Garlic Powder and Worcestershire Sauce. Give everything a good stir and sauté for another ten minutes or so.

Add one x32 oz box of Chicken Broth being sure to scrap the yummy brown bits from the bottom of the pan as you do so. Also add x3 additional cups of water and x1 TBS of Better Than Bouillon Roasted Beef Base. Bring to a hard boil for ten minutes then reduce heat to a simmer.

Finally add the Milk, Velveeta Cheese and Rice. Leave the soup on a slow simmer for a minimum of an hour before serving to really let the flavors develop and melt together.

Cheesy Turkey and Rice Soup

These Hands

These hands are the heart and soul of the family. Cracked, swollen and bleeding they show visible signs of the love and hard work that’s put in on a daily basis to make the household run smoothly.

The scrubber of toilets and floors. The cleaner of messes and spilled milk. The washer of dishes and clothes. The wiper of tears and the comforter of sorrows. The creator of crafts and doer of experiments. The washer of hands over and over and over again. These hands go through it all!

The responsibilities are endless but these hands never quit. Nor does the woman behind these hands.

I wear an abundance of hats and hold many different titles. My hands help me juggle it all. My hands are the heart and soul of our family. Cracked, swollen and bleeding they show visible signs of how much I love my family and how hard I work on a daily basis to make our household run smoothly.

Recipe Time – Sweet and Savory Pot Roast

This recipe came about by complete chance and turned out to be an absolute hit! It was getting late on a Friday and I hadn’t been to the grocery store that week. But I desperately wanted something homemade as opposed to ordering take out.

Enter this delicious savory but slightly sweet concoction…Sweet and Savory Pot Roast. Thanks to some staple pantry items and always having carrots on hand for Hunter to snack on I was able to make a hearty homemade meal that would carry us thru the weekend with the leftovers. As a side note I would like to mention that I do not have a “Instant Pot”. I have the 8 Quart Nuwave Digital Pressure Cooker. So some of the terminology, buttons and settings mentioned below may be different depending on your device.

INGREDIENTS:

x3lb Chuck Roast

x2 tsp Lawrey’s Seasoned Salt

x1 tsp Garlic Powder

x1 tsp Onion Powder

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

x2 TBS Dried Parsley

x1 TBS Canola Oil

x1 tsp Better Than Bouillon Beef

x1 tsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic

x2 TBS Worcestershire Sauce

x2 TBS Balsamic Vinegar

x2 TBS Ketchup

3/4 cup Water

1/2 Red Onion –

x1 Jalapeño – Diced

x1lb Red Potatoes – Chopped

x4 Large Carrots – Peeled and Chopped

x1 TBS Cornstarch

x1 TBS Water

In a small bowl mix together the Seasoned Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Black Pepper and Dried Parsley. Rub mixture evenly over the entire roast. Add the Canola Oil to your pot and turn on the “Sear” setting. Sear all sides of the roast for a minimum of three minutes each side or until browned. While browning the roast, in a measuring cup mix together the Beef and Roast Garlic Bouillon along with the Worcestershire, Balsamic, Ketchup and Water.

As soon as the roast is browned on all sides slowly pour the sauce into the pan being sure to scrap any brown bits from the bottom. Add the diced onion and jalapeño. Close and seal the pot. Cook on manual for 1 hour and 15 minutes. As soon as the time is up allow the pot to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes before switching the pressure valve to “Open”.

Once the pressure pin drops open the pot and add your chopped Potatoes and Carrots. Close pot and pressure valve and cook on manual for 3 minutes. Again, allow a natural release for 10 minutes before opening the pressure valve and the pot. Thoroughly mix the Cornstarch and Water. Once the pot is open slowly stir in the slurry until the sauce thickens. Serve along side some crusty bread and enjoy!!!

What are some of your favorite pressure cooker/Instant Pot roast recipes? Share them in the comments below.

Sweet and Savory Pot Roast

Happy 4th Birthday Hunter!!!

I’m in tears as I write this one folks I’m not gonna lie. I’ve had to walk away to compose myself multiple times as I am completely overrun with love and emotion. MY LITTLE MAN IS FOUR YEARS OLD!!! How did this happen? I just can’t believe my baby boy isn’t a little baby anymore!!! It seems like yesterday he was just a bitty little thing completely dependent on myself and his Daddy for every single thing imaginable. Now here we are four years later and not a day goes by that he doesn’t put an instant smile on our faces. If you ask him “what” he is he will proudly reply with, “smart, talented, loving, polite and handsome like my Daddy!”

Hunter at 4 years old.

Hunter is just as stubborn and independent as the both of us combined. He is extremely inquisitive and asks questions constantly. His love of learning grows each and every day. He is one smart little boy and has taken his problem solving skills to a whole other level. If he can’t figure something out himself he will look it up on YouTube first before even asking us for help. He loves to dance putting Mommy’s moves to shame. His current song obsession is “Old Town Road”. We listen to it all day every day and have been for weeks on end. No joke! ALL DAY, EVERY DAY FOR WEEKS!!! But hey, it could be worse…it could be “Baby Shark” or something along those lines. Am I right?!?

Hunter at 4 years old.

As his vocabulary and communication skills continue to grow he is not just learning English, but we’re working on Spanish and Sign Language as well! He works on his school lessons daily via www.abcmouse.com and is almost done with Pre-K! He is quite the little foodie and we couldn’t be happier about that. The singular food item he sometimes turns his nose up at is Tomatoes. He loves trying out new foods including all things spicy like his Mommy. He is extremely caring and kind and always willing to help others out. He is constantly helping Mommy out around the house especially in the kitchen! He also loves streaming video games with Daddy. Ever the dare devil, Mommy and Daddy have had no choice but to opt for “feet first”, “hands out”, “tuck and roll” methods over “Hunter proofing”. He definitely keeps us on our toes that’s for sure!

Hunter at 4 years old.

Hunter George Stommel – Nothing could’ve prepared me for how tough it would be as a parent to watch you grow. I constantly struggle with wanting you to be my baby forever and being over the moon excited at all you have and will accomplish. Mommy and Daddy love you to pieces and are so proud of the little man you are growing up to be. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you. Happy 4th Birthday Bug! Here’s to many many more!!!

So I thought it would be fun to do add one of those fill in the blank/Q&A dealios here not just to share with ya’ll where Hunter’s head is currently at but to also be able to look back upon this year after year and compare his answers. The following questions were asked of Hunter. His responses were given on his own without coaxing, persuasion or coaching.

  1. What is your name? Hunter
  2. How old are you? 4
  3. What are you? Strong, talented, loving, polite and handsome like my Dad.
  4. When is your birthday? The month of January.
  5. How old is Mommy? Old
  6. How old is Daddy? 4
  7. What is your favorite color? Red
  8. What is Mommy’s favorite color? Purple and Pink
  9. What is Daddy’s favorite color? Green
  10. Whats your favorite food? Broccoli and Pizza
  11. What is your favorite drink? “Mommy’s Water” (Flavored Water)
  12. What is your favorite fruit? Apples, Bananas and Lemons
  13. What is your favorite vegetable? Asparagus
  14. Who is your best friend? Mateo
  15. What’s your favorite animal? Athena and Taz
  16. What is your favorite game? Minecraft
  17. What is your favorite sport? Baseball and Soccer
  18. What is your favorite candy? Gummy Bears, M&Ms and Lollipops
  19. What are you scared of? Monsters
  20. What is your favorite television show? Blippi
  21. What makes you sad? When you’re angry at me.
  22. What makes you happy? When you’re happy at me.
  23. Where is your favorite place to go? Zoo
  24. What do you want to be when you grow up? Doctor and Firefighter
  25. What does love really mean? You
Be sure to check out the video dedication to Hunter’s 4th Birthday on Facebook and Instagram. Or simply click on the photo above.