10 Things That You May Not Know About Me

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Contrary to the fact that it may seem like I post my life in social media for the world to see, I actually prefer to keep most things to myself. Maybe it is a protection mechanism? So today I thought it would be fun to list 10 things that you may or may not know about me.

1. If you ask me what my favorite color is, I can't decide. However if you look in my closet, it's probably safe to say it is purple. :)

2. While I do live in a big city now, I actually grew up in a very small town. The first 10 years of my life I lived on a dirt road. To this day, there is still only one traffic light in the middle of town, my dad knows EVERYONE (much to my dismay when I was trying to get away with things as a kid!), and I cherish my childhood memories of bonfires, riding atvs as a family and small town high school football games.

3. You never have to wonder what I'm thinking...because I will tell you! LOL! This is both a blessing and a curse. It has gotten me into trouble a time or two. :P

4. I didn't always know that I would want a family, until I met my husband. But once I knew that I wanted kids, I knew that I would be a mom of boys. Don't ask me why. Maybe it was just luck, but I'm not the least bit surprised to be a boy-mom. I LOVE it!

5. I love to laugh and I love even more to make others laugh. I'm trying to get better about showing the 'real' silly, awkward, dorky, crazy self that I actually am in the online world so that hopefully I can make you laugh too! :)

Living Life by My Design

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Don't Limit Yourself - ahealthyresolve.comI was doing some reflecting today. I was trying to remember where I was last year at this time and how far I have come. While on the outside, it may seem like not much has changed, I truly feel like a different person on the inside.

When I started my health journey and then my coaching journey, I never could have imagined the places it would take me or the people I would meet. I never could have imagined how much I would grow and how many lives that I would touch and would touch mine. There truly is NOTHING like that feeling of knowing that I have had a positive impact on someone's life. It gives my life purpose. It allows me to pay forward all of the kindness and support that I have received. I get to live my life by my own design. I stay home with my boys. I am here to attend their school parties and take them to the pool in the summer. This is exactly what I wanted to be doing. But I also get to fulfill the part of me that craves the adult interaction and providing for my family. This opportunity is such a blessing and I want to shout it from the rooftops for everyone to hear!

Are you ready to live your life by YOUR design? - www.ahealthyresolve.com
Do me a favor. Sit back and think for a moment. If you could design your life any way you wanted, what would it look like? Would you be working at a corporate job? Would you be a stay at home mom? Would you own your own business? Would you want more freedom? Anything you can imagine. Now. How will you get there? My design is that I want to be home with my boys. I want to have a positive impact on others and help them get healthy both physically and financially. I want to be financially secure and free with my time. That may not be everyone's cup of tea and that's ok! But if it is yours...if you are thinking 'I wish I could do something like that', I am here to tell you that you can! All it takes is a leap of faith and trust in me to get you there.

Tantrums About Nutrition & Week 3 Body Beast Vegetarian Meal Plan

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I know. I'm late. I usually post my progress and meal plans on Sundays in hopes that maybe it helps you with ideas for your own planning. And now it's Tuesday. Here's the deal...I hate counting calories. HATE IT. If you have followed me for long, you may have seen me express this before when talking about 21 Day Fix and thought it was just fluff f or that post. First of all...I never fluff. :P I'm always brutally honest to a fault (and sometimes to my friends' dismay! haha). Second, it's true. MyFitnessPal is an awesome app that you can get for your phone. They make everything easier by having access to their huge database and you can import recipes. It should make it so convenient right? I still hate it. For me, there is something about having to figure out every single macro that makes me insane! As in ready to curl up in a corner and just order a pizza and forget about it insane! Case in point...my meal plan for the past two weeks has taken me HOURS to do. HOURS! Ain't nobody got time for that! 

Awesome family time moments. - www.ahealthyresolve.comIf this is your first time reading (thanks for visiting ;) ), I have been working through the Body Beast program for the past couple of weeks with my husband (and sometimes the boys!). I LOVE the workouts. All of the lifting makes me feel so strong! I love that I'm getting stronger. I don't love that I have to track the calories the way I do for the nutrition plan. So here's the thing, I'm not going to do it anymore. Not every plan works great for every person. We are all different. We all have our own quirks. So I will be pairing the 21 Day Fix EXTREME meal plan/containers with the Body Beast workouts. I will still calculate the calorie range based on the Body Beast plan and then use the corresponding bucket from 21 Day Fix EXTREME nutrition. Counting calories I hate, loathe, detest...have I gotten my point across yet? LOL! Counting colored containers I can do. It is so much less time consuming and realistic for my lifestyle. Because here's the thing, if my meal planning takes me several hours on two different days, I will just stop planning. I will let my nutrition sit back burner and I will get NO results. I know that nutrition is 70% of where your results come from. It's so important! It's just as important to find a method that works for you. So there you have it. My plan! This week doesn't show where the containers are but next week you will start seeing the multi-colored meal plans again. :) 

Why Do You Gain Weight When Starting a New Workout

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Evil scale - Funny
I try very hard to stay away from the scale. I'm a firm believer that it is evil and tries to make us feel bad about ourselves! Ha! But inevitably, I will step on it a time or two during the week. I mean it is sitting right out in the open just calling my name. It can be really discouraging when you are working really hard at the beginning of a new program and you see those numbers start to creep UP instead of DOWN. Why does that happen?

First let me tell you...it's TEMPORARY! I know it may make you want to toss that scale off a rooftop, but don't do that just yet.

When you first start a new program, whether you are a beginner or you have been working out for a long time, your body goes through muscle confusion. This means you are moving in a way that your body is not accustomed to. In turn, that can cause muscle soreness. This pain that makes it difficult to walk stairs, wash your hair or heck even use the bathroom normally ;) is just your muscles trying to protect themselves. As you are working out, you are tearing muscle and harming the tissue so that you can create new. Your body will work to heal those tears. In doing so, it becomes inflamed and also retains water. (see where I'm going here?) Therefore, some people can experience up to 4-5 lbs of weight gain in the first few weeks of a new program.

You may be saying, 'I'm not sore but I'm still gaining weight!'. Not everyone gets sore. It is a very individual thing, however everyone's muscles tear and repair. So you could still be inflamed and retaining water, even if you don't feel super sore.

Weekly Vegetarian Clean Eating Meal Plan & The Struggle

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Fitness is more than a physical challenge. It's a mental one. - www.ahealthyresolve.com
I have a couple of confessions to start off this post.

Confession #1: I haven't done a real meal plan in 2 weeks. Yep. 2 weeks I have fallen off of the wagon with planning and it shows! We haven't derailed horribly with our nutrition, but we haven't been eating enough for sure. Especially since starting our newest program. Fail to plan and you plan to fail! It really is true!

Confession #2: I complained the entire time I was working on this week's meal plan and it took me much longer than usual. We have been moving towards a vegetarian lifestyle. Personally, I have never really liked the taste nor the idea of animal protein and honestly I was tired of fighting with myself over food. I would either have to gag down whatever I was eating, I would not eat all of the food I should have because I couldn't gag it down OR even worse...I would say just forget it and we would order take-out from somewhere because I didn't even want to deal with it! I'm keeping it real here. This has been a majority of my food struggle over my adult life. My husband doesn't really care how we eat so he is on board with this new plan. The challenge with eating this way is making sure that you are properly balancing your macros (carbs, fat, protein). This is where it gets tough. This is where I'm struggling somewhat, but I will figure it out! And I plan on sharing with you along the way so that if you too struggle with this, hopefully you will benefit from my struggle! :)

It's your road & yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. - www.ahealthyresolve.com

California Quinoa Salad

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I'm going to be honest (as always), when I was putting the salad together I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out. I mean...mango and coconut with balsamic vinegar? I don't know why it works, but it does work! :) Give it a try! It was a hit with my family and I hope it is with yours too!  We actually thought it was even better after sitting overnight and chilled in the refrigerator.   It is going to be a great side dish for the summer picnics that are just around the corner. Enjoy!

Clean Eating California Quinoa Salad - This would be a great addition to your next summer picnic! - www.ahealthyresolve.com

California Quinoa Salad

March into Spring - It's Time for Your Fresh Start

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You know it has been a rough winter when the temperature rises to 45 and you are ready to leave your house without a jacket! Haha! I don't know where you are and if you have had the cold temperatures we have, but the idea that spring is FINALLY starting to show its face over the coming week makes me so happy!

Along with the warmer temperatures, we will find ourselves coming out from under our sweaters and sweatshirts. How have you been treating your body this winter? Maybe it hasn't gone quite as planned and you are ready for a restart? If so, I invite you to join my March into Spring accountability group! It kicks off on March 16th!

Spring is FRESH START and a great time to re-boot your fitness! Join my accountability group to get started! - www.ahealthyresolve.com

I know how it is, trust me! I can't even tell you how many winters that I have let myself hibernate under warm blankets and comfy clothes. Then spring and summer come along and I kick myself for not spending more time working on me...on getting healthy and feeling comfortable in my own skin. Maybe you are feeling that way too now? Let me help you get started down the path to self-love! :)

Top 5 Reasons Beachbody On Demand ROCKS

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Hey there! First I want to apologize. I have not been posting as much as I would like on my blog. But that doesn't mean that I've been sitting on my hands. :) There are tons of exciting things coming down the pipe. I'm so excited to share them with you over the next few weeks!

See my Top 5 Reasons the Beachbody On Demand Rocks! - www.ahealthyresolve.com

First up...Beachbody On Demand! So you may be asking yourself 'What exactly does that mean?'.  Beachbody On Demand gives you the ability to instantly stream any workout in the Beachbody digital library to any mobile device with an Internet connection. Along with the workout programs, you have access to digital versions of the workouts calendars, program guides and nutrition plans to go along with them! Awesome, right?!  I'm so pumped about this new opportunity for my customers.  I thought it would be fun to put together my Top 5 Reasons Beachbody On Demand Rocks list. Haha! Enjoy!

Learn more about Beachbody on Demand - www.ahealthyresolve.com

Top 5 Reasons Beachbody On Demand Rocks