Committing.

As I reflect on my fitness and health journey, as well as continue to share my progress in my challenge groups, I thought it would be fun (and appropriate with New Years coming up) to talk about how “commitment” has helped me see fitness in a new light.

Back in the days of my running I created a plan and I stuck to it. Life was a bit simpler then.. I was in school/newly graduated.. Didn’t have a baby.. For part of it I was single and had no one to report to or check in with, it was just me myself and I.. and then when Matthias and I got back together we both were very committed to our fitness goals and didn’t mind each other spending time on them.

Slowly life started to shift (as it always does), and I started to lose my running Mojo after completing a marathon. I wanted to try other things, but I didn’t really know what, and I didn’t really have a plan. I spent a year enjoying crossfit, and then another year enjoying yoga, but again with no plan keeping focused – no goals I was working towards.

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Pre-Marathon “Glow”

At THAT point in my life, that is exactly what I needed. I had been so focused on structure for so long that I needed NO structure. That also left my level of fitness at the lowest it had been in a while, I was feeling softer and a bit more fluffy, but I wasn’t too concerned about it.

I really dropped off the commitment train when I went through my first trimester of pregnancy, and for some time after that I struggled. I wasn’t in super good shape so I didn’t feel confident to start a workout program, so I kept up with light activity plus spinning once or twice a week.

Fast forward to Quinn. And all the emotional stuff that came along with that transition and I was truly grasping for anything to help me feel like “me” again. So I took the plunge and committed myself to 90 days Turbo Fire.

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1 Month Postpartum

Beachbody recommends doing some form of Personal Development every day, and I must say, this has been so important for me. I’m always looking to grow and improve so PD aligns perfectly with my values. I’ve been reading, listening to podcasts, and watching webinars and videos on Youtube.

There is one thing in particular that stuck out to me that helped solidify my commitment. I was watching a Webinar and the person speaking talking about how she looked at getting in her workout as a part of her job. As a health and fitness coach you need to lead by example. Looking at your workout as a part of your job means you have to show up. Period. If I didn’t show up to my nursing shifts I’d lose my job. If I don’t show up for my workouts I won’t be building a successful business.

So what about those folks who don’t work in the fitness industry?

Think of it this way – It’s your job to show up for your family every day. Now most days, that is a good thing, but lets be honest here, not every day is sunshine and rainbows. Those days are the ones you especially want to be on your A-game. Working out can help you feel like a better and happier YOU. You need to show up for your family and lead by example. If fitness and healthy living becomes a part of your values and you believe it is something important it will be a lot easier for you to commit to your goals.

Now that I have completed two programs – Turbo Fire and the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I am setting my sights on my next program – The Masters Hammer & Chisel (releasing TODAY!).

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As far as my goals for the New Year – I’m planning to run the Woody’s 1/2 marathon, so I will be creating a training plan for that and going from there, probably early February is when I will start to train :)

In summary:

  • Think of a way to incorporate Fitness/Healthy Living as a part of a JOB you have to do
  • Find ways to work on YOU every day – podcasts, health articles, books, educational videos
  • Set realistic goals, if your goal is to not have structure, that is okay too :)
  • Write it down! I find that if I have a plan written down or if I schedule my workout into my day I am much more likely to follow through with it.
  • Accept where you are today in the journey, its exactly where you need to be right now, don’t worry about tomorrow or yesterday, focus on what you can do today and what you have control over right now

The Cost of Shakeology – Lets Do the Math

shakeologyShakeology. Just another Over Priced Protein Shake, right?

Not quite.

I’ve been talking about my love of Shakeology for over 2 months now and people are interested in it but they are weary. $155 for a meal replacement? PLUS Shipping and GST? That equals a whopping $169.75.

The number one objection I hear is cost related. People don’t want to invest that kind of money in their health.

{Local Friends – I will happily give you a scoop of my Vegan Chocolate Shakeology to try at any time. Send me a message/email/text if your interested in trying it out!}

Let me break down the cost a little bit more for you:

The cost of a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is $5.41. Pre-Shakeology I was drinking a Starbucks Latte 5 out 7 days a week. Not kidding. And I know I’m not alone in doing this. That right there is $108.20 a month. And sometimes I was ordering a pastry or breakfast to go along with it. It easily adds up. Since adding Shakeology? I drink Starbucks once a week.

I purchased Tim Horton’s Breakfast at least twice a week. A coffee and a breakfast sandwich and sometimes a hashbrown totaled $5.51 each time I went through the drive-through.

Before Shakeology I was taking Vitamin D, a multi Vitamin, vitamin B12, Calcium and Omega’s. Shakeology is full of Vitamins, Minerals, and Superfoods. Check out this Ingredient List and Nutritional Breakdown:

Did you know that Shakeology is a source of Adaptogens? An adaptogen is a herb or complex that the human body can use to maintain a homeostatic equilibrium. Too depleted? It will give you energy. Feeling stressed out? It will help calm you down. It brings you back to that level state.

Sacha Inchi is a super food grown in Peru. It’s grown without pesticides and herbicides and offers a wide variety of Calcium and Magnesium. It also is a plant based protein source and has a perfect balance of Omega 3, 6, and 9.

Chia has hydrophilic properties meaning it can keep you hydrated over a longer period of time. It also has soluble and insoluble fiber which can help keep your cholesterol in check and your bowels regular. It also has 6x the amount of Calcium as a serving of milk.

Maca – iron, iodine, magnesium, zinc, calcium, potassium, b vitamins, vitamin c.

Astragalus is an immune system modulator. It can help keep you healthy and make you healthy when you are sick.

Shakeology also has antioxidants such as acai, goji berry, camu camu, and more.

What I’m trying to say is that I no longer need to buy a wide variety of supplements to take throughout the day with questionable absorption or limited bio-availability.

How many times do you eat out a month? Be completely honest with yourself. How many times do you stop by a drive through? Or go in to Subway? Or even go into the Grocery Store to pick up a convenience meal already prepared to take home?

Shakeology blended with almond milk (or water) and a banana and natural peanut butter is my breakfast or sometimes my lunch. Which means I’m covered for an entire meal. Which means I’m also saving on my grocery bill.

So yes, Shakeology is expensive. But when I calculated how much I was spending on eating out, how much I was drinking Starbucks, how many times a week I was buying coffee and a breakfast sandwich from Tim Horton’s, and how much I was spending on supplements it was a no brainer.

Without the coach discount Shakeology works out to being $5.47 a day. That right there is my Pumpkin Spice Latte, not including all of the other things I’ve mentioned.

Is it still too expensive for you?

Beachbody offers this fancy thing called a Coach Discount. As a coach I pay $147 All-In per month for my Shakeology. That includes GST, Shipping, and my Coach Admin Fee. That workouts out to $4.77 a day. As a coach – you DON’T have to be actively selling anything. You can sign up to be a coach and enjoy the discount. Seriously. I’m not making that up.

You know what else helps this price sit easy with me? Sustainable and Ethical Farming, Non-GMO ingredients, No Artificial Colors, Preservatives or Sweeteners.

In conclusion, YES, the price tag is higher than other meal replacements (vegan or otherwise) on the market.

But you know what else is higher with this product? The quality, the taste, the texture, the ingredients.

 

5 Ways Beachbody Has Made Me a Better Mother

IMG_46711 – I’m eating healthier! Since adding Shakeology into my life I have felt great. I have more energy throughout the day which leads to less sugar and caffeine consumption. More energy also means I’m happier and more willing to cook healthy meals instead of sitting on the couch.

2 – I’m exercising consistently! I’ve really changed my tune now with the at home workouts. Before I was just so BLAH about them. Now that I am in a challenge IMG_4549group I feel more accountable because I want to set a good example for my challengers. Plus we do fun bonus challenges which mixes it up. If I’m not feeling Turbo Fire one day I can throw on BOD and try out a different workout. I’m also not dreading travel to and from the gym either when Quinn is awake and needs to be timed perfectly or when she is asleep and then I feel more lazy about it. Problem solved! Pop in a DVD, Press play, and if the kiddo is awake stick her in the exersaucer or on the playmat and if she is asleep then that’s even better!

3 – I feel more like the Old “Me”! They weren’t kidding around when they told you your entire life would change when you had a baby. Back when I didn’t have a baby I brushed this notion off… “Yeah, it happens to other people, but me? It won’t happen to me.” HAH. Good one. I struggled for a solid 10 weeks emotionally with the shift motherhood placed into my life. I thought I was ready… I wasn’t. (P.S. How in the hell do teenagers or people without their life “together” survive this?!) I really mourned the loss of my old life. It’s not like I was a party-er or really did much of anything that was exciting, but I still longed for something that was just mine – separate from Quinn. Beachbody has given me this. I feel passionate about something separate from my baby. This doesn’t make me a bad mother, it makes me human. 😉

4 – I’m a better wife and friend! I feel like I have sufficient “Me” time now between working out, working on my business, and juggling being a mom and wife and having friendships. By being a happier wife, I am improving my relationship with Matthias and in turn our relationship has grown stronger. A strong relationship with my partner makes me a better mother because it sets the stage for Quinn to have healthy relationships in the future. I also feel more inclined to reach out to my friends and set up play dates/get togethers. This time is always refreshing and positive. :)

5 – I’m setting a positive example! By eating healthier, moving consistently, and being HAPPY in my own life and relationships I am setting a positive example for my child and future children to do the same in their lives. Win win!IMG_4644

Recommitting to Postpartum Fitness

Just like with (almost) everything else regarding having a baby, I had grand plans for my postpartum fitness. Granted, I am only 7 weeks in, but I have felt the itch to exercise since about week 3, so for about a month now. I’ve done lots and lots of walking (almost daily!), and aside from the few pump workouts I got in, I’ve fallen off the exercise wagon.

It was really hard at first because I knew I wanted to exercise, but Quinn’s naps wouldn’t be more than 25-30 minutes long, and they were so sporadic and often broken up into smaller chunks separated by crying that I just had no idea how I could fit in day time exercise besides walking (I didn’t feel ready to run with her in the stroller yet). At night after I got her to sleep (shes sleeping by 8:30-9pm, but lays down to bed at 7:30ish), I really didn’t feel like working out. Most days, I’ve been up since 6:30am and I don’t nap well at all (so we all know where Quinn gets it from haha), so I was just not motivated enough to workout right before going to bed. All I wanted to do was unwind from the day.

Now that we are getting closer to a better nap schedule, and we are actively working on it every day, I am ready to start fitting in an early morning workout during her first nap (which is generally her best one, clocking in at around 45mins.

My plan is to alternate Pump Workouts with Online Yoga from the Breathing Room. On days when its pretty nice out I will start Running at the Dog Park with Quinn in the Stroller. I’m going to aim for 3-4 workouts a week, with walking on most of my off days, and work my way up to 5 workouts.

I’m also wearing my Fitbit Flex again, but it doesn’t count steps when my arms are stationary and pushing the stroller! Frustrating. I’d also really like to upgrade it to the Charge or the Surge, but that’s out of my budget for now because obvi I needed to buy another UppyMama Wrap (haha..).

beforeI’m one of those lucky people who actually loves my postpartum body more than I loved my body before (hello, I just grew the coolest (and loudest) little chick ever!), so here are my 4 week postpartum pictures. I gained way too much weight during pregnancy, and I am still far away from my comfortable body. No shame though. I’ll get to where I need/want to be in time. :)