Real Talk

I want to thank each and every one of you who reached out with words of support and encouragement and for all the kind DMs about yesterday’s post. Can I get the realest I’ve ever gotten with y’all??? I have an eating disorder. I have an addictive personality. I suffer from depression. That combination is a triple threat to my health and fitness and it’s something I work on each hand every single day.

I have the tools to succeed and a support system like no other but I am human and I make mistakes. I am far from perfect and my journey hasn’t been easy. I thought that the days of over eating and eating in secret only to purge what I ate were long behind me. But the truth is last week’s binge had me feeling like I was right back at day one. It was the worst feeling in the world and a feeling I haven’t felt in such a long time I didn’t know how to deal with it other than to lean into my support system.

When I tell you these men and women are like family that is the understatement of the century. We are all located across the world yet we find peace, support, safety and security in our little private group online. These people have been there for me in times that I do not yet have the courage to share with the rest of world. It’s my safe space and I find comfort in knowing that I’m not alone.

If you need the same sincere support babe I’ve got you! My hand is always open open just take it! My ears are made for listening just tell me what you need help with the most. If you are struggling with disordered eating, addictive personality or depression you are not alone! DM me your goals and I will send you a personal voice message. Let’s do this together!

Food Struggles

Do you ever lose control when it comes to food? Do you ever eat food in secret? Do you ever open a bag of cookies just to have one but then eat the whole package? Do you feel the need to eat healthy around others only to go home and binge then beat yourself up for it afterwards?

I’ve been there time and time again. As a matter of fact I was there just last week! I know the feeling. I know the shame, disgust, the sadness, the guilt, the sorrow. I’m not perfect and still learning as I go. We can’t beat ourselves up for our mistakes. One thing is for certain though…we CAN move forward with action and intention. And I’ve got everything that you need to be successful. When you sign up with me I hand over the road map to success on a silver platter:

x3 nutrition programs so there is no more guesswork when it comes to what to eat, when and why. 🥗

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World-class trainers you can access on demand anywhere and at any time of day. 💪🏼

A free coach (that’s me!) to help guide you every step of the way throughout your journey. 🙋🏻‍♀️

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You ready to take control of your health? Drop a ❤️ below or DM me your goals and I will send you a personal voice message.

Recipe Time – Superfood Treat Cups

No matter what life throws at me there is one non-negotiable and that’s this superfood right here! It’s my go-to EVERY SINGLE DAY without fail. And being the creative cook that I am I love to experiment with different recipes and ways to eat this bad boy superfood powerhouse. This is the current family fav…

Top Row: Carob Chips, Middle Row: Mini Marshmallows, Bottom Row: Annie’s Chocolate Bunnies Cereal

CHOCOLATE TREAT CUPS

x2 TBS Melted Coconut Oil

x2 Scoops Collagen

x2 Scoops Vegan Chocolate Shakeology

x2 Scoops PB Fit

A touch of water if necessary

Topping of your choice

Mix all the above ingredients together until you have a dry brownie batter type consistency. Divide into four silicone molds and top with your favorite cereal and pop in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Some of our favorite toppings include carob chips, mini marshmallows and Annie’s Chocolate Bunnies Cereal!

x2 Cups = x1 Serving ❤️💛🥄🥄

Above recipe makes x2 Servings

My Morning Skincare Routine

Ask and you shall receive. You want more skin care!!! I am a very frugal gal and am always looking for ways to “undo” the damage I’ve done by going YEARS without proper skin care and sunscreen, while also preventing further damage. Until the day comes that I can afford botox I will continue to do what I can at home.

Now I am NOT a Dr., Aestetician, Dermatologist or an expert. These are just a few of the products that I have found work best for me over time. My skin is very dry and extremely sensitive and I am quite picky when it comes to the products I use. Ladies and gentlemen I introduce to you my morning routine. And the best part…all these products can be purchased off @amazon!!!

@burtsbees Sensitive Facial Cleanser
@renskincare Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic
The Ordinary Argireline Solution (not pictured)
@naturium PHA Topical Acid
@naturium Vitamin C Super Serum Plus
Timeless Coenzyme Q10 Serum
@neutrogena Hydroboost Multivitamin Hydro Booster
@nuetrogena Hydroboost Gel Eye Cream
@naturium Niacinamide Gel Cream

You bet your butt I follow up with ample sunscreen. Don’t you worry your pretty little heads. Stay tuned for a sunscreen dedicated post real soon. What’s your favorite skin care product or step in your morning routine?

Happy 5th Birthday Hunter!!!

Hunter George Stommel – For you, I prayed and prayed hard. I remember every little detail of my pregnancy with you and every single detail of your birth. You are nothing short of a miracle and I thank God each and every single day for choosing me to be your Mommy. You are the absolute sweetest, most loving and considerate little boys that I know. Always a little bit sassy and smart as a whip.

This past year was a difficult year for so many of us as we faced the pandemic. It was especially difficult for Hunter who is such a social butterfly. He understands what the virus is and what it was doing across the world. But even with his level of understanding it still got the best of his emotions from time to time. Especially when it came to not being able to see his best friend Mateo all year or being able to meet new friends at the playground or simply playing with the neighbor kids.

Hunter continues to excel at homeschool. We are still working on Spanish and Sign Language. He works on his school lessons daily via www.abcmouse.com as well as workbooks and hands on projects. We also took advantage of the year round nice weather here in Arizona and took the learning outside as much as we could. This past year he completed Pre-K and will be starting Kindergarten in the fall.

He is still a little foodie and we couldn’t be happier about that. Be sure to check out his “Hunter’s Kitchen” series over on our YouTube channel! The singular food item he sometimes turns his nose up is still Tomatoes but he cannot get enough of raw onions and cucumbers. Together or separate they’re his go-to snack at the moment. He is extremely caring and kind and always willing to help others out. He is constantly helping Mommy out around the house! He also loves streaming video games with Daddy. Ever the dare devil, we still opt for “feet first”, “hands out”, “tuck and roll” methods over “Hunter proofing”. His current hobbies include parkour and riding his new dirt bike. He definitely keeps us on our toes that’s for sure!

Hunter is still just as stubborn and independent as ever. 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’s still obsessed with dancing and putting Mommy’s moves to shame. His current song obsession is still “Old Town Road”. He has also taken up a love for working out right alongside Mommy.

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 5th Birthday Bug! Here’s to many many more!!!

So I thought it would be fun to do one of those fill in the blank/Q&A dealios again this year 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.

What is your name? Hunter

How old are you? 5

What are you? Strong, talented, loving, polite and handsome like my Dad

When is your birthday? January 20th

How old is Mommy? 1500

How old is Daddy? 56

What is your favorite color? Green

What is Mommy’s favorite color? Pink

What is Daddy’s favorite color? Green

Whats your favorite food? Fruit Loops

What is your favorite drink? Coca-Cola

What is your favorite fruit? Oranges

What is your favorite vegetable? Cucumbers

Who is your best friend? Carter

What’s your favorite animal? Giraffe

What is your favorite game? Minecraft

What is your favorite sport? Basketball

What is your favorite candy? Sour Patch Kids

What are you scared of? Darkness

What is your favorite television show? Blippi

What makes you sad? The virus

What makes you happy? Getting new video games

Where is your favorite place to go? Uptown Jungle

What do you want to be when you grow up? A gamer

What does love really mean? That my Mom and Dad love me

My Favorite Beauty Products

I’ve been getting a LOT of questions lately on some of the beauty products I use. My daily look is light and natural and all about hydration and glow. I present to you my essentials. I truly cannot live a day without these items and usually have a backup for each and every one of them in stock at all times. If ever the day comes that I run out of any one of them that would be a very very very bad day. And guess what…with the exception of the lashes which I order right here. I get the rest off @amazon! Because let’s keep it real, I never leave the house unless I have to. What’s on your essentials list?

@drunkelephant Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops
@sunbum Face Stick
@sunbum Sunscreen Lip Balm
@laneige_us Lip Sleeping Mask
@lumifydrops Eye Drops
Rotho Cool Max Rye Drops
@tula Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm
@blinkifly Lashes in The Darling and The Natural (use code MODERNWIFE10 for 10% off your order)

Meal Prep Made Easy

Can you relate??? You bust your butt all week, eat right, workout, do all the things. But then you fall waaayyy off track come the weekend. You get a little snacky after a couple glasses of wine. You’re on the go and running all over the place and always hangry. And in only two days time you destroy all that hard work you put in the week before! 🙋🏻‍♀️

Moving my meal prepping to Fridays has been an absolute game changer and life saver! So no matter what the weekends have in store for us I know that when I open that fridge I’ve got options ready to go that will keep me on track and off the vicious hamster wheel of regret and weight gain.

Check out the following video to see just how simple I keep my Friday meal prep. Meal Prep Made Easy

Take a look below at one of my yummy “Kardashian” salads using @yourtaylorfarms pre-made salad kits, some extra veg and pre-prepped proteins. Drop you meal prep tips in the comments below. Was this helpful???

I Successfully Completed the 75 Hard Mental Toughness Challenge

Drumroll please…

I FRICKIN DID IT!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT I DID IT! I AM DONE! I have successfully completed the #75hard Mental Toughness Challenge!!!

10/19/20 vs. 01/01/21

For the last 75 days…I have completed 75 workouts at home, 75 workouts outdoors even in triple digit heat, high winds and even rain, I have read well over 750 pages of a good old fashioned paperback personal development book, I have drank over 9,600 ounces of water, and for 75 days I have followed a nutrition plan, no cheats and ZERO alcohol! I’m down 10.2lbs and my body fat has dropped 1.5%.

Not every day was easy. Matter of fact some days I just plain didn’t want to do it anymore. Like when Hunter had a super bad fall and we almost had to take him to the ER. Or the day that he split his head open with a rock. It was especially hard when the virus hit our household and my outdoor workouts were done in our tiny backyard. Yup that’s right, not even CV-19 could stop my from achieving this goal! The holidays were super difficult but I was determined to succeed! What possessed me to do this over the course of four major U.S. holidays I will never know but I’m so thankful for the experience.

10/19/20 vs. 01/02/21

I did not do this for fame, notoriety or bragging rights and I did not do this for weight loss either. I did this to prove to myself that I AM CAPABLE OF ACCOMPLISHING SO MUCH MORE THAN I EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE! When I said #noexcuses I meant it. Now please excuse me while I go stuff my face with Gnocchi and Marshmallow Dream Bars. Gonna get food drunk today for sure!

I would like to give the biggest thank you to my family and friends for all the love and support these last 75 days! I appreciate your words of encouragement throughout the challenge! I could not have made it without each and every one of you!

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

The Year of STRENGTH

2020 has been such a HUGE year for me! Dare I say this has truly been my best year yet? Cue judgy eye rolls…but it’s the truth! 2020 has been my best year! As I look back on what could’ve been the most difficult year I am filled with pride and am beyond grateful for it all. For me it’s been a year of strength, grit, determination, learning and growth. But if I had to decide which word best describes my year it would be STRENGTH for sure!

Strength is something I’ve never had and it’s definitely not something that comes easy to me. I had to work extremely hard to find it and continue to work just as hard to maintain it. This past year I’ve found the strength to commit to my physical health. I found the strength to open up about my mental health, my past mistakes and share openly just how far I’ve truly come. I found strength in sharing my spirituality and love for Jesus. I found the strength to work on me, all of me for the first time ever.

I found strength in sharing my journey with others. I found strength in the most amazing community of like-minded men and women whom have all become my second family. I found strength in letting go of my past and moving forward with a confidence unlike any I’ve ever experienced before. I found strength in my marriage and strength in my confidence as a mother. I found strength in letting God take the lead.

Thank you Lord for giving me the strength to make what could’ve been such a debilitating year my best year yet! There is not a single day that goes by that I do not feel immense gratitude for all you given me. You give me strength each and every day. The strength to show up for myself, for my family and for others. My strength comes from You.

Go Ahead…Eat That Cookie!

I used to be so fixated on everything I ate. And I mean EVERYTHING! “Treats” were “cheats” and if I over indulged I’d be so riddled with guilt and disgust I’d simply throw the food back up. But on this night while decorating Christmas cookies with Hunter I simply popped that cookie in my mouth and felt immense joy in the memories I was creating with my son! It was on the very last bite I realized there was no overthinking that darn cookie. There was no making up excuses with Hunter as to why I couldn’t eat the cookie. There was absolutely NO fixation or thought about that cookie beyond the experience and the memories being made. There was absolutely ZERO guilt. And not even a twinge of need to throw it up.

Mental strength is just as, if not more important than our physical strength. When I think of how far I’ve come I am hands down most proud of the mental strength I’ve gained and the healthier relationship I have with food. Do you need help? Are you struggling to enjoy life’s blessings? Do you want to be able to enjoy that damn cookie without guilt? Let me share with you the Shred Plan and program that changed my life! This lifestyle does not suck! Drop a 🍪 below for more details or DM me your goals today.