My Little Secret

Time to let the cat out of the bag. I’ve been hiding something from y’all and you will never guess what it is! 29 days ago I woke up and decided right then and there that I was going to do the #75hard Mental Toughness Challenge by Andy Frisella. Yup, that’s right! In a year of absolute chaos and poor health I decided to take on the toughest challenge out there to see if I could really make 2020 my healthiest year yet!

For the last 28 days…I have completed 28 workouts at home, 28 walks outdoors even in triple digit heat (now y’all understand my plea for fall weather), I have read over 280 pages of a good old fashioned paperback personal development book, I have drank over 3,584 ounces of water, and for 28 days I have followed a nutrition plan, no cheat meals and ZERO alcohol!

Not every day has been easy. Matter of fact some days I just plain don’t want to do it anymore. I know I have a ways to go. I know the holidays will be difficult. But I am determined to succeed! I kept this between my family and closest friends up to this point because I’m not doing this for all of you. I’m not doing this for fame, notoriety or bragging rights. I’m doing this for me, myself and I!

Y’all, I’ve had the few friends I’ve told, tell me right out the gate that I will fail. There have been days when I myself, have felt like I might fail. But here I am on day 29 still going. Only 47 more days to go and I’m frickin proud as hell of how far I’ve come. I’m excited beyond words for the challenges I’ll face this next month and a half. When I say #noexcuses I mean it!!!

I would like to give the biggest thank you to my family for all the love and support these last 28 days! I appreciate your words of encouragement on the toughest days I’ve faced so far immensely! I could not have made it this far without each and every one of you!

For more details on the #75 Hard Mental Toughness Challenge go to http://www.75hard.com

Transformation Tuesday

Based on looks alone, which girl do you think is healthier??? The girl on the left or the girl on the right? I’m giving you full permission to critique and judge. Go ahead and drop your vote in the comments below.

The girl on the left…always ate out or never ate at all and sometimes threw up her food if she felt she ate too much. She drank a minimum of three energy drinks a day and that didn’t include the pot of coffee and the multiple five hour energy shots. She smoked a pack a day, never worked out a day in her life and tried to drink herself to death.

The girl on the right…eats clean and has a far better relationship with food than every before. Her drink obsession of choice is water but she does still enjoy a good cup of coffee or the occasional drink. She hasn’t smoked in over three years and never will again. She moves her body daily but also feeds her mind and soul. She’s determined to live her life for herself and for her family. She still struggles every single day with the bad habits of her past but she no longer lets those habits consume her.

Now I’ll ask you again but with the information I just provided above, which girl do you think is healthier???

Happy 12th Birthday Athena

When I rescued this pretty puppers twelve years ago she was emaciated, scared of everything under the sun and had been found in a home that was breeding a fighting pitbulls.

Although quite particular and not a fan of new and unfamiliar faces, with time and patience she comes to love everyone most dear us. Her special bond with Hunter is pure magic. She would do anything to protect him. She is Justin’s little shadow following him everywhere he goes. She is my not so little cuddle bug always trying to sneak up onto the couch or bed, forever thinking she and all her 80lbs can pass as a lap dog.

She’s has grown leaps and bounds and has overcome so many fears and obstacles. She has been the one constant in my life and has helped me through some of the most dark and difficult times. I don’t know where I would be without her. Quite frankly I don’t even know if I would still be here if it weren’t for her. Being able to come home to her each and every day gave me purpose at a time when I was so so lost. The day i rescued her I thought I saved her life. But in reality this little miss has saved mine!

Check out her birthday slideshow here…Happy 12th Birthday Athena.

Hunter’s Kitchen – Episode 3: Mummy Pizza and Earthworm Pasta

Welcome to Hunter’s Kitchen!!!

We have a special Halloween episode for y’all today! Chef Hunter will show us how to make a “Mummy Pizza” and “Earthworm Pasta”.

MUMMY PIZZA:

Grab a simple store bought cheese pizza and the toppings of your choice along with a single burrito sized flour tortilla and use your creativity to create a spooky mummy.

EARTHWORM PASTA:

Cook some spaghetti noodles according to package directions and set aside to cool while you mix some store bought Alfredo sauce and a bunch of different food coloring to create the earthworm color you like best. Mix it all up and enjoy the creepy crawly deliciousness.

Check out the full video here!!! Hunter’s Kitchen – Episode 3: Mummy Pizza and Earthworm Pasta

We want to give a special thank you to my Mom/Hunter’s Nana for the idea of the Mummy pizza. We love you!!!

Give these recipes a try and be sure to tag us in your own creepy creations! We’d love to see the variations y’all come up with!!! Drop in the comments below what you would like to see Chef Hunter make next. And don’t forget to wash your hands and be sure to stay safe in the kitchen kids!

KiwiCo Box – Bubbling Cauldron

Hunter got a surprise gift in the mail from Grandpa and Nana! His first @kiwico_inc box…Bubbling Cauldron, just in time for Halloween!

As a parent, I appreciated how easy it was to follow the instructions. I particularly loved Hunter’s focus and concentration throughout the process of putting this together. As a kid, Hunter absolutely loved the chemical reaction as the bubbling cauldron started to bubble up and over. He played with it well after the experiment was over.

Be sure and check out the chemical reaction and all the fun over on our YouTube channel https://youtu.be/K3gTB9P58Yg!!!

Hello New Me…YOU ARE GORGEOUS!!!

Do you ever walk past a mirror and not recognize the person in that reflection???

I’ve experienced both the positive and the negative of this, and let me tell you…the hard work, the journey, the transformation that takes place is worth it ALL a thousand times over!

You see, I used to HATE my reflection. I didn’t recognize the depressed, anxiety ridden, over thinker, over drinker, over eating, over weight women staring back at me. Then take this photo as an example of the polar opposite…Do I really look this smokin hot IRL??? I doubted this reflection until I decided to grab the camera and snap a photo…

Is this how far I have truly come??? Wow! I mean like WOWZA!!! Here I am taking a whole body selfie in front of a full length mirror with a smile that made my cheeks hurt! All because I know exactly who I am now!!! No longer depressed 24/7, still facing bouts of anxiety and continuing to learn and grow every day, but with confidence through the roof all without the hangover! Hello new me!!! You ARE FRICKIN’ GORGEOUS!!!

You ready to say hello to the new you? You ready to make perhaps the scariest but most rewarding decision of your life? Let’s do this!!! Drop a 📸 in the comments below and let’s do this!

Fast Food

My biggest tip to those of you ready to start your own health and fitness journey…be sure your family and closest friends are aware of your goals.

The other day was super busy. I was out and about all day with a friend and we were having way too much fun to eat. So by the time I got home I was starving! Can anyone relate???

My hubby was a HUGE help and picked up dinner from McDonald’s but only for himself and Hunter, NOT for me, “because you have goals.” So instead of garbage food from McD’s for me he pulled out the ingredients for my current go-to quick and easy meal while I unpacked the car.

The Ingredients

1 Cup Stir Fry Veggies

1/2 Cup Mushrooms

x5 Spears of Asparagus

x1 tsp Coconut Oil

Pinch of Himalayan Salt

Microwave covered for 5 minutes

(Meal prepped air fryer chicken thigh optional)

Mixed Veggies and Chicken in 5 minutes or less.

Now I don’t know about you but that truly is FAST FOOD. And the kind I prefer to eat! Fast and healthy is my jam! Especially on those busy days when life gets a bit chaotic and your schedule goes haywire.

I’ve been having a TON of fun lately getting creative in the kitchen and coming up with new fast and healthy recipes. So be sure to stay tuned for more!!!

What is your favorite go-to quick and easy meal??? Let me know in the comments below. Also don’t forget enrollment for October’s life changing group is open!!! Email me ASAP of you want in on the fun!!!

My Why

This kid right here…he is my WHY.

He is my sunshine on cloudy days.

He is my daily reminder to smile.

He is my motivation on the tough days.

He is my biggest cheerleader throughout my workouts.

He is the reason I get out of bed every morning.

He is my heart.

He is my soul.

He is my best friend.

He gives me so much joy.

He gives my life purpose.

And gives the absolute best hugs.

All that I do, I do for him.

I work on myself each and every day so that I can give him the absolute best version of me. I work on myself each and every day to teach him the importance of living a healthy lifestyle in mind, body and spirit.

Plateaus

Can you relate??? I’ve been stuck in a rut lately. I’ve hit a plateau recently and it’s been such a mind f*ck! It seems like such an impossible thing to push through.

Sometimes you need to look at how far you’ve come to remind yourself that you are capable of anything. I am capable of anything, including pushing past this plateau. I have abs coming in for the first time in my life for crying out loud! I should be celebrating my accomplishments and not dwelling on being stuck. But I’m human and damnit it’s hard!

Are you at a plateau? Do you feel stuck? I’ve got you! I have to tools to push through plateaus and help you get unstuck. So what do you say? You ready to link arms and push through obstacles together? Drop a 🤝 in the comments below or email me!

Chores…Kinda

Normally I clean the house from top to bottom on Fridays. But if you watched my Instagram stories yesterday I got a little distracted…ok ok I got BIG TIME distracted and ended up playing with a new ring light all day. So today as I finish up the cleaning I realized I did all the chores I enjoy most yesterday so I’m left with all the chores I hate the most for today. And I’ll be honest, playing with that new ring light again sounds much more appealing.

What chore(s) do you hate most??? For me it’s cleaning toilets. FUN FACT…this actually was my favorite chore since childhood. Then I had a boy. The old saying, “if you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweetie and wipe the seatie.” Doesn’t seem to apply to the rest of the toilet. Sometimes I wonder what on earth he’s aiming at to get his “tinkles” all over the place! I also hate moping the floors. I put that one off the longest. I hate tile flooring! I hate having to scrub the grout. And I hate that it’s so hard to tell wether or not it’s clean. And wouldn’t ya know almost every house in the state of Arizona has an abundant amount of tile flooring so there is no escaping it. Lucky me! NOT!!!

Anyhoo…be sure to check out my IG stories throughout the day…I’ll be posting a little game for y’all as I further procrastinate on cleaning. And if you don’t already follow me on IG be sure and do so! You’re missing out on all the fun over there @modernwifeandmom.