Transformation

Do you notice a difference? I’m not gonna lie I was not expecting one. Nor was I expecting the wave of emotion to come over me this morning that smacked me right up side the face!!! I am rarely at a loss for words but as I type this I find myself so caught up in those emotions that I’m struggling to put pen to paper and express what I am feeling in this very moment.

I realized this morning that it has been quite a while since I had updated my side by side from the very start of my journey to now. I am so focused on taking things day by day, week by week and sometimes just praying to get through that one particular moment that I hadn’t really looked back at how far I had come up to now. Can anyone else relate?

Sometimes life goes by so fast and we get so busy it’s easy to forget just how far we’ve come. But as I put my updated side by sides together I just started bawling. I cannot believe that was me, is me! This is me!!! This is how far I’ve come. No filter, no editing, no sucking it in, no makeup, horrible lighting and all…it’s me, the real me, all of me. This is how far I have come.

I am overcome with emotion and excitement! I am so stinkin proud of myself! I am down 12.9lbs and 34” overall in two months time!!! The Shred Plan, the Superfood Shake, the workouts, the accountability and support…all of it got me to this point. No smoke and mirrors here! This is the real deal! What are you waiting for? Join me! Let’s crush this together!!!

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Recipe Time – Taco Pie

This creation came about one night when I was craving tacos but we didn’t have our usual fresh veggie spread of toppings on hand so made this bad boy recipe up as I went along!

This masterpiece is stuffed full of sooo many vegetables you wouldn’t believe if I told you. As a matter of fact Justin came flying down the stairs for seconds with his mouth still full saying how incredible this meal turned out. But he absolutely did not believe me when I told him all it had in it! Definitely a new staple in the meal rotation for sure!!!

INGREDIENTS :

x1 TBS Grass Fed Butter

x1 7oz Container of Pre-Chopped Pico de Gallo

x1 Package Green Giant Riced Veggies Cauliflower and Broccoli Medley

x1 lb Grass Fed Beef

x2 TBS Penzeys Spices – Arizona Dreaming

x2 TBS Penzeys Spices – Salsa & Pico

x2 tsp Penzeys Spices – Cinnamon

x1 Cup Chopped Green Onions

x1 Can of Cream Style Sweet Corn

x1/2 Jar of Tostitos Salsa Con Queso

x1 Pkg Mission Gluten Free Soft Taco Shells

x1 Pkg Mission Corn Tortilla Shells

x1 8oz Pkg Follow Your Heart Dairy Free Cheddar Shreds

Salt

Pepper

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Sauté the Pico de Gallo and Riced Veggie Medley over butter with a sprinkle of S&P for approximately ten minutes or until all ingredients are warmed through. Add the Ground Beef with an additional sprinkle of S&P. When the meat is cooked completely through add the additional spices including, Arizona Dreaming, Salsa & Pico and the Cinnamon. Stir well and cook covered on simmer for about five to seven minutes or until most of the extra water from the Frozen Veggie Medley has boiled off. Add the Creamed Corn and Queso and stir thoroughly.

Spray the bottom of a 7 1/2 x 11 3/4 casserole dish with a cooking spray of your choice. Begin the layering process with the starting with the meat and veggie mixture first. Followed by a layer of Gluten Free Tortilla, sprinkle some cheese and green onion, then add a layer of corn tortilla and repeat until all the meat and veggies mixture is gone. Make sure your final layer is always cheese and be sure to save some green onion off to the side for topping after baking. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for a half hour and serve!

Taco Pie

BONUS!!! This recipe is a two for one!!! If you are ever out of taco seasoning and need an extra yummy alternative simply brown your meat and add the following:

x2 TBS Penzeys Spices – Arizona Dreaming

x2 TBS Penzeys Spices – Salsa & Pico

x2 tsp Penzeys Spices – Cinnamon

Taco Seasoning Blend

I promise you it is life changing! The cinnamon adds an extra little hint of flavor that will not disappoint you! Sounds a bit out of the ordinary I know but trust me! Try it out and let me know in the comments below what you think.

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.

Self-Care

It’s definition is uniquely different from person to person but equally as important to each individual at the same time. For me, I didn’t even know where the hell to get started! But through practice, patience and persistence I found enjoyment in things like skin care, personal development, bible study, and playing around with makeup. Simply put, I started working on ME.

As a mother I’ve learned the hard way just how important self-care is! Learn from my mistakes. Don’t repeat them. It took over four years for me realize that in order for my son and husband to get the very best of me I have to love and care for myself first.

Man was it a hard pill to swallow! It felt so incredibly gut wrenchingly selfish! But once I gained some direction and momentum I became unstoppable!

Beachbody gave me direction. My up line coach and the AMAZING team that I am a part of gave me the inspiration, support and momentum. This isn’t a scam! It’s the real deal! The work you put in is given back to you ten fold and then some! I’m not blowing smoke up your ass here guys…this is legit! What on earth are you waiting for? Hop on board with me and enjoy the best ride of your life!!! I promise you will NOT be disappointed.

Share this with someone who might need a swift kick in the ass. Drop your favorite emoji below if you’re ready to hop on board.

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