The Blackout

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Well, hello there. It's been a while, huh? If you haven't seen my post on my personal Facebook, I have kind of taken a little step back from the whole 'internet thing' and social media world. It really can get crazy and addictive, right? And quite honestly, I was losing myself to the madness. Sometimes you just have to take a step back and reevaluate.

So that is what I have been doing for the past couple of months. I have done a lot of praying about what is best for myself and my family. And honestly kind of getting back to WHY I started this blog and all of my posting in the first place. Sure there was the business part, but truly I wanted to be able to make a difference and also have the extra accountability for myself. I KNOW what it feels like to feel alone on your health journey even if you are surrounded by family and friends. I KNOW what it feels like when you are working your butt off and yet you are seeing no progress. That has been my life for the couple of years. So I knew it was time for some reflection.

It's funny because over the past week or so, I have been thinking even more about what the fate of my blog and the Facebook page would be. I have let them sit too long. It is time to either drop them or do something. Recently in church, we had a message all about helping others and making a difference. THAT is why I started doing this in the first place. Somewhere along the way I got so wrapped up in everything else that I lost my reason why.

So I've decided that I'm going to give this one more try. I want to be able to find a balance between sharing what I am doing, holding myself accountable and being able to hopefully help/inspire you and staying true to myself and family. I have promised myself that it will NOT take over my life again. Then there is also part of me anyone still there? Haha :) But that's ok. Because this also gives me some extra accountability as well.

I have still been working hard but the process has been slow and maddening.  I got sick at the beginning of December and have lost some motivation since I haven't been able to workout much.

The end of the year is the perfect time for reflection and resetting. That is what I am starting to do in preparation for a fresh new year. I'm starting a new workout program. I am making this the year my nutrition finally clicks. It is a daily struggle for me. I overthink, stress out over it, and then eventually give up. Not this time. I am more than ready for a change. Now that I am finally feeling relatively healthy thanks to my naturopath, I can start focusing on other areas. with the new year is to a fresh start. A fresh new beginning full of possibility. The road will no doubt be long, there will be struggle and it won't be easy, but in the end it will be worth it.

3 Year Back Surgery Anniversary & Failing Forward

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It's not our abilities that define us, but our choices = ahealthyresolve.comThis month marks the 3 year anniversary of my spinal fusion. I think back about how I felt then. I was depressed. I could barely walk. I thought my life as I knew it was over. But I decided that wasn't how it was going to end for me. I made a change in my mindset. I started pushing myself and making no excuses. I started making PROGRESS.

I've been doing a lot of soul searching lately. I am frustrated in my own journey because it feels like all of that progress has stopped.  In a lot of ways, I feel like I'm right back to where I started when it comes to my body image. It can be maddening when you get to this point. I keep 'saying' that it is time to get on track and then I let life take me in another direction. I can blame it on a lot of things...It's tough when I'm home with the kids all day, it's summer, it's my genetics, and the list goes on.  But here is the thing, these are all just excuses. If I were working with a client and they came to me with all of these 'reasons' why they can't, I would tell them the same thing.

If you want something different, you have to be willing to do something different. You have to be willing and have the dedication to take a step back and say 'where am I failing and how can I change it?'.

I have been lying to myself for a while.  I have come to the realization that I am putting so much into helping my coaching clients, and I have been letting my own stuff slide. Yes, I still work out every day but we all know that isn't enough. What you do the rest of the day matters just as much, if not more.  I know my nutrition has not been where it should be. I take the time to make meal plans and then they get tossed out the window as life gets busy. Have you been there?

Failure is only the opportunity to try again, only more wisely. - So I know that I need to take a step back and reset. I will still be focusing on my clients, but I want to do so also by leading by example. I need to be holding myself as accountable as I hold those whom I help!  We are getting ready for vacation, but I still plan on getting my act in gear! 

I'm not going to go crazy stressing while I'm gone, but I will be taking some time on the plane ride home to come up with a solid plan. I will be starting a new program when I get back. If you are looking for some extra accountability yourself and want to join me, fill out the application below. We will start on the 24th.  I will get back into my routine with running and preparing for my 10K at the end of September.

2015 Team Beachbody Coach Summit - Nashville

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As promised, I wanted to do a recap of our amazing Coach Summit in Nashville! I'm still so sad that it is over. It is THE event to attend when it comes to this business. It is the one time of year, when the entire network of coaches get together to celebrate, attend trainings and learn from each other. With coaches all over the country, it is also a time when everyone within our own team gets the chance to actually get together in person and have a great time!

We decided to caravan to Nashville. While a flight would have been faster than the 8 hour drive, who doesn't love a road trip with friends? :) Plus it meant we didn't have to be as restricted with our packing!  And we LOVE shopping at the Beachbody store so we knew we would need the space. Haha

Nashville Here We Come!

And then the shenanigans began. LOL!  I have never laughed so much on a car ride!  These fun peeps make 8 hours in a car so much more fun!

Road Trip Fun
Road Trip Laughs
Once we got to Nashville, we all split up to get checked in, stretch our legs and get cleaned up. We packed a bunch of healthy food so that we wouldn't have to eat out for every meal.  And of course that includes our daily Shakeology!

CIZE Week 2 Clean Eating Meal Plan & New Fixate Cookbook

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2015 Coach Summit - Nashville
2015 Coach Summit - Nashville
Hey there, stranger! To say that life has been crazy has been an understatement. I just got back from our annual Beachbody Coach Summit in Nashville and it was a BLAST as always. I will do a recap of the trip later this week. But until then, it is Sunday so it is time for prep and planning!

If you follow me on social media, you may have heard of the new program that was released called Cize. is so much fun! LOL!  I am realizing how terribly uncoordinated I have become (unlike my younger dancing days), but I am having a blast learning these routines. I don't even realize how hard I am working until I'm drenched in sweat! It's awesome!

There are two different schedules that you can follow for the routines. The one I am following alternates between 2 different routines all week so that you can perfect them. And as you get better, you can start adding your own groove which makes you work even harder! There is also an 8 minute ab routine that you work in a few times a week.  So far, I'm really enjoying it.

Focus on the Progress

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I hope this message helps you to see yourself in a different light. We all struggle. But never lose sight of the fact that progress is still progress. Perfection should never be the goal!!

PS Excuse the crazy kids in the background. LOL It's a nice little peak into the insanity that is my life with two boys and a puppy! :)

Join Me for a Mid-Year Reset!

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Join me for accountabilty, support recipes, tips and results! Let me help you reset and refocus on your health and fitness goals! Click HERE to join!
Can you believe that we are already half way through 2015?! Have you stayed on track with your health and fitness goals? Somewhat? Not at all? So many of us start off the year with fantastic intentions and then life gets in the way right? If you have been following me, you know that I have been dealing with similar issues. My health has made it difficult to stay on track and focused. But I'm so happy to say (and I almost don't want to say it out loud and jinx myself :P ) that I'm FINALLY starting to feel better and I'm MORE THAN READY to recommit to finishing my workouts strong and staying focused on my nutrition!

Are you looking to reset and refocus?! Do you need some guidance and support along the way? I would love for you to join me!  Even the smallest step in the right direction can end up being the biggest step of your life!! I can guide you along the way. You are not in this alone!

My Mid-Year Reset accountability group will give you the tools, the tips, the tricks, and the motivation YOU need to get YOU the results you want!! You just need to show up and put in the work!! 

Join me for accountabilty, support recipes, tips and results! Let me help you reset and refocus on your health and fitness goals! Click HERE to join!

Time to Make a Change

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Repeat after me: I can do this!So if you read my last post, you know I have been going through some 'stuff'. I have somewhat unintentionally allowed it to become an excuse for a lot of things. I don't feel like doing anything so I don't. I want to just kind of hide in my own little depressed world so I do. Emotional eating takes over and instead of fighting it, I give in. It's been a train wreck quite honestly. And guess what! I FEEL like dirt too! I can tell that I haven't been on my 'A' game. I have been sporadic with my workouts which has made me feel lazy. I have been all over the place with my nutrition which means my stomach has been a mess. And while I often preach about staying away from the scale, I know that in this case it doesn't lie. Through this process, I have gained almost 10 lbs. TEN POUNDS! Each and every one of those pounds that I have worked so hard to get off, have come right back on so quickly! It's not fair how that happens is it? 

I'm disgusted with myself. I know that I haven't been feeling well, but that's no excuse for letting things get to this point. 10lbs may not seem like much to some people, but when you have a body like mine that FIGHTS to lose every can feel like a defeat. :(  But I'm NOT going to give up. Every day is a new chance to start fresh. I have been letting my accountability slack in my laziness and that has to stop. I haven't been doing meal plans and we have just been eating 'whatever'. That has to stop. I have been slacking on my workouts and not consistently following a plan. That HAS to stop. It's time to take charge of my body. I promised myself that I would never go back to that person I was when I started. Will you hold me accountable? My commitment to myself and to you is to be more present on social media in my accountability. And as always, I will be honest with my successes and struggles because I feel like it is so important for everyone to know that this road is difficult for all of us! It isn't a cakewalk! There are so many social media personalities out there that only show you the 'ideal' and never the struggle. I will always keep it real because that is just the kind of person that I am!

Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow.

Reset, Recharge & Refocus

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You can't live a positive life with a negative mind.
I had this big post started where I was explaining how terrible I have been feeling lately and how much it has affected my posting, life, etc. But quite honestly, I hate how negative it sounds. I have been feeling like a big black cloud lately. My current treatment has been really tough and sometimes I can't get out of my own head. But I have decided....ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

I am making the decision that I'm not going to let this cycle of negativity to continue. I took a week off of my workouts and social media in general (with the exception of my groups of course). And I think it was exactly what I needed. I am back on track this week and easing back into my routine.

I also decided tonight that I have really been missing running. I didn't realize it until I had gotten into my zone and starting thinking back to when everything felt 'in line'. That was when I made running part of my weekly schedule. I really love my morning workouts. I love pushing my body to its limits. But as a stay-at-home mom, it is not often that I have alone time. When I'm running, I get to be alone. Even if I am running with a friend, it is still different because we are generally quiet and I can spend time with my thoughts. There is a lot to be said to be able to spend time just being, letting your mind wander, and getting lost in the music. So I have made the commitment to myself to make it a priority again. Hopefully it will help me with my journey to become centered again. :)

So that's it. That's what has been going on. For anyone who has been following me and wonders where I have been, there is your explanation.

The funny thing about a health journey is that it is ever evolving. It is never really done. There is always room for improvement and new things that you can do to keep yourself moving forward. I love the challenge and I look forward to seeing what the future holds!

Sometimes the people around you won't understand your journey. They don't need to. It's not for them.

~ Tina

CIZE - The end of Exercise Coming Soon - Get a Sneak Peek!!

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Find out how to get a sneak peek of this new program!

I am so pumped about this program that I can barely contain myself!! I danced for most of my high school career. I still love to dance. And Shaun T has heard our cries and created this awesome new program called CIZE!  Seriously guys, it is SO FUN! I tried a sneak peek workout of it this morning and I was sad when it was over! How fun does this look?!

You guys may think I'm being dramatic but I had so much fun this morning doing this program. And for those of you who think it wouldn't be a very good workout??

Get your own sneak peek of the new CIZE workout!! Contact me to find out how!

Food Addicition and Meal Planning

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There are not enough hours in the day to entertain all of the ideas in my head.Does it ever feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day? I tell you what...I feel like I have been running 15 different directions at once! LOL I apologize for being so absent here. I am quite active on social media, so feel free to follow me there as well! what has been going on the past week? I started reading a book called The Hunger Fix. If you have been following me for long, you know that nutrition continues to be a struggle for me. It is so frustrating...almost maddening that I haven't been able to get it under control. Why do I KNOW what I need to do but it almost feels like I have no control over it! Then I started reading this book and it is like a light bulb went off for me. Now, I know that there may be someone reading this thinking food addiction isn't a real thing, but I assure you it is. And science has begun to prove it! I have always said that I am an emotional eater, but I don't think I truly understood that it truly is similar to a drug addiction. It is that 'false fix' as she calls it in the book. It is that thing we use for temporary comfort. When I'm bored, sad, stressed, or even is always involved. And many times, it is involuntary.  It's a horrible feeling really. And it is SO incredibly embarrassing to share right now. I'm a grown woman who helps others every single day to eat better and reach their own health goals and yet I, myself am still a mess. But what really matters is that I am trying to do something about it. This book has some great techniques to change your habits and increase the number of receptors in your brain. It helps you to gain control again. So I hope that you will follow my journey as I go through the steps of the book and try to gain control of my addictions. I pray that this will be the information that I needed to get on track. Just as much for myself as for my clients who need the same kind of help!

I want to change more than I want to stay the same.

The Hunger Fix & Insanity Max30 Clean Eating Meal Plan

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Love Long Weekends
Doesn’t it always seem like the more days you have off over the weekend, the faster it goes? I’m so blessed that I get to be home every day and work my business when I want, but I am always sad when my hubby has to go back to work. I just love being with my family!

Anyway, a new week means new plans and a new chance to get it right. Every week my focus is always just to strive for progress, not perfection. My workouts have been awesome. I really feel like I’m making some great progress in my strength and my longer max out time. I have one more week of the first month. My nutrition however continues to be a battle. And because of this, I know that my results are not what I want them to be. That said, I WILL still post my day 1 & day 30 progress pictures.

I often find myself wondering what is wrong with me. Why is it so difficult just to eat what I know I need to eat to get the results that I want? This is something that is so difficult for me to talk about. It’s embarrassing. Why does food have so much control? Why can’t I just make the change and get the results. Recently I listened to a podcast that talked about the book The Hunger Fix and things like food addiction. I felt like they were talking to me. There are certain emotions etc. attached to certain foods that almost make it an uncontrollable response. No matter how hard I try, I keep going back to the same habits. The Beachbody programs are fantastic. They WORK. I have seen them work. But if you aren’t able to follow them, especially when it comes to the nutrition part, then you aren’t going to get the results that you want. So this is me…painfully admitting….that I’m still struggling. But every day I am getting up and trying again. I ordered the audio book for the Hunger Fix and I also ordered the hard copy. I am hoping that there will be some great tips in it to help me break the cycle. And don’t worry, I will be sure to pass along anything that is working for me! :)

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction, ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.

High Five for Friday

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Yikes! Where did this week go? I have not abandoned you. :) Life has just been crazy with end of school activities and baseball season. I have to say though...I LOVE IT! I haven't done a High Five for Friday post in a while, so I thought I would do one today to catch up on what has been going on!

1. I just wrapped up my 3rd week of Insanity Max30. I can't believe that I am almost through the first month. I have been working hard on my push-ups and every day I feel stronger! They still aren't pretty but they are getting there! :) Admittedly, I have NOT been good about meal planning and it has definitely been affecting my food choices but I WILL be doing one this weekend AND posting it so stay tuned! 

One Day Closer One Day Stronger

2. Baseball season is in full swing for my oldest and he LOVES it! He says he will never play another sport. :P I'm so proud of him! He is doing awesome and even got the game ball for a great game he had last week!

My baseball All Star with is game ball!

3. My baby boy finished up his last day of 3 year old preschool this week. (insert sob) He only has one more year left until he is in Kindergarten. WHY must time go so fast?! Wasn't I just delivering him?!

Do More of What Makes You Happy

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In the past, this time of year has always been a cause of stress for me. We are coming out of the winter...or as I like to word it 'The season of sweatpants and bulky sweaters' to the season of what feels like barely there clothing. This is when I would always start kicking myself for not getting healthier over winter and for giving in to all of the comfort food.  It's easy when it is January, cold outside, and you are snuggled under a blanket to think 'I have plenty of time to get going'. And then you blink and here we are preparing for swimsuits and shorts!

Now really...I'm a mom of two little boys.  I don't care about being 'bikini ready', but I DO care about feeling comfortable in my own skin. I do care about whether or not I feel like I want to hide versus getting out and enjoying life with my family.  That has always been the struggle for me. I have actually missed out on important events because I was embarrassed with how I looked. I DO care about how I feel on the inside.

Can you relate?  Have you been there too?  I still deal with these mind games to some extent. I am still working on my body, but I have come so far from where I started.  I give so much of the credit for my mindset now to finding my coach and Beachbody. It may sound cheesy but they truly have saved me from myself.  Not only was I at a point where depression had taken over, I was also the heaviest and most unhealthy I had ever been IN MY LIFE. I was on a fast downward spiral and I didn't see a way out.

Embrace the Struggle - Transformation Tuesday

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The start of my journey came at a time when I had reached my lowest point. I may have been smiling on the outside, but I was dying on the inside.

Here I was with this beautiful family and so much to be thankful for and yet I was bitter. I was angry that my body had failed me.I was angry that I was in my 30s and having major back surgery. I looked in the mirror each day and was unable to recognize the person staring back at me.
This journey...this is so much more than what you see on the outside. The REAL journey is the growth and change on the inside. When you start to find your confidence again. When you realize that you are stronger than you ever thought possible. When you can look in the mirror and be PROUD of the reflection staring back at you. 

My journey is far from over. But I know that I was brought through this season of my life for a reason. Because of my struggle, I have learned my strength. Because of my struggle, I have found my calling to help others through theirs and actually truly UNDERSTAND what they are going through.

If you are reading this and shaking your head 'Yes'. Know that you are not alone. Don't give up! Know that you are stronger than you realize! If I can do this, you can too! If you need support, reach out to me and I will do what I can to help you!

I know that I will never give up. I will embrace the journey, no matter how hard it gets because I know that I can do this. I know that I can make a difference with my story and my mission!

- Tina

Changing it up - Transitioning from Body Beast to Insanity Max30

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I will miss my workout buddy. Life has been CRAZY around here! We have had two birthdays in the past 6 weeks, our Mexico trip, spring sports starting, the kids' marathon and my AWESOME accountability groups that are kicking butt. It has been fun but there are not enough hours in the day sometimes. :) One thing that has remained constant as always are my workouts. However...I'm going to be totally honest...I've kind of gotten a little bored with Body Beast. I like lifting weights, but I miss the mixture with cardio and weights. I know...I can't believe I just said I missed cardio either! LOL! I always tell my clients that they need to be doing something that they like to do (as much as anyone 'likes' to workout) or they won't be able to stay consistent. That is the point I was getting to. I was really struggling to get myself up to go downstairs and do a workout that I wasn't thrilled about. So last weekend after talking with my husband, the decision was was time to switch things up.

For me this is more than just switching up my workout. You may be thinking 'Big deal?!'. But I hate quitting anything. It just drives me nuts, but I also know that I won't be happy for the next 5 weeks if I keep doing it. An even bigger issue for me is that I have LOVED working out with my husband. It is such great quality time together that we get in the mornings. It makes me sad that we won't be doing that anymore because he is planning on finishing Body Beast and starting another round. But I know this is the best decision for both of us. So here we go. :)

This little cutie makes workouts extra fun when I get a late start!All of that to say...if you haven't already noticed through social media...I am starting another round ofInsanity Max30. I really went back and forth between that and P90X3. I love both programs, but really it came down to timing. We are heading to Summit in Nashville in July and I don't have enough time to do a full round of P90X3 before I go. So Insanity Max30 it is! :) I do really like this program. The cardio is so challenging but it is also awesome for building strength and I don't need any equipment. Bonus!

10 Tips for Staying Healthy on the Weekends

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10 Tips for Staying Healthy on the Weekends -
The weekend is coming. Along with that comes warmer weather, cookouts, campfires, and fun with friends and family. It may also mean eating 'ALL THE FOOD'. Haha! Right? There are so many goodies to be had over the weekends and let's not even get into the beverages. How can you stay on track? Here are my top 10 tips for staying on track over the weekend.

1. Don't skip your workout.

When you know that your nutrition may not be as on track, skipping your workout is the last thing you should do. I know that the weekend schedule may be busy. I get up earlier when I know I am going to have a hard time fitting it in so that I have NO EXCUSES! If I have time, I will even try to do a little bit more than I typically have time for during the week. Maybe it is a scheduled rest day, but that doesn't mean that you can't do any activity. Go for a walk, bike ride, or play Just Dance on the Wii with your family. :P Whatever! Just get moving! Active rest is great recovery for your body!

2. Eat like you do during the week.

Schedules change on the weekends and I know it becomes more difficult to make sure that you are eating when and how you should, but it is so important. I know for me, I can easily miss meals on the weekends because we are so busy. So I still plan my food, pack it and take it with me if we aren't going to be home. This helps keep me from becoming too hungry and stuffing my face with whatever is closest! Haha!

3. Eat before you eat.

Ok. So you have a party, cookout, whatever. You know that there will be food there but you may not have control over how it fits into your lifestyle. Eat ahead of time! An apple with peanut butter, cottage cheese and fruit, or any other typical snack that you would have during the week. The last thing you want to do is go to a party hungry. It makes it really hard to maintain your will power!

Pittsburgh Super Saturday & New Coach Training

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I am hot off the heels of our Success Club Trip and last weekend was Super Saturday. This is an event hosted in cities all around the country where coaches from all over the network and guests come together and bond, learn and do super fun live workouts! These events are awesome because they give us the chance to see everyone in person. :P We all talk to each other every day on social media, but since this job can literally be done from anywhere, we often don't see each other in person until these live events. I have formed some of my best friendships through coaching and I love to see everyone in person!

Pittsburgh Super Saturday with my girls! I'm so grateful for so many things this opportunity has brought into my life but mostly the wonderful friends!

This past Saturday, a few of my teammates and I met at the Pittsburgh Super Saturday. It was hosted at Heinz Field this year which was pretty cool. We heard the announcements from corporate and received some pretty great training from some of the other coaches in the area.

We had so much fun today with my girls at Pittsburgh's Super Saturday! Corporate announcements, training and a fun Live workout! We tested out Shaun T's new Cize workout and it was so much fun! These Beachbody events are not to be missed!

The Prisoner

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Have you ever felt like a prisoner in your own body? You may feel a certain way and no matter how hard you try, you just can't break free?

I haven't been feeling like myself for at least 9 months now.  Some time towards the end of last summer, I really started to realize that something was off. I have been to conventional doctors more times than I can count to have them all tell me that I was fine. One endocrinologist even told me that I needed to see a therapist because I was trying to alter my nutrition to combat how I was feeling. Nice, huh?  So I went in search of alternative methods.  I have been seeing a naturalistic doctor now for the past couple of months. I finally found someone who listened and was interested in TRULY getting to the root of what was going on. I have many things out of whack with my body. I have already gone through one round of treatment and currently I am being treated for Lyme along with a couple of other things. She says your body is like an onion. As you heal one layer, it peels away and other things can come to the surface. She warned me that it would get worse before it would get better. I was mentally prepared for it...or so I thought. This is so hard for me to talk about here. Contrary to the fact that it may seem like I blast my business on social media, I still keep a lot to myself. It's uncomfortable to make yourself vulnerable in this way. I try really hard to be a positive light in the lives of others.  I smile in pictures and post positive messages but some days quiet honestly it is all I can do to pull myself out of bed. I want to sleep 24/7. I am emotionally, mentally and physically drained.  That is my reality right now.

Maybe you are wondering why I am sharing this here...well...I just wanted you to know if you are reading this and you are going through something similar, you aren't alone. You may feel trapped. You may even feel a little crazy. I know I do! But that doesn't mean that better days aren't coming. I have hope. I pray each day for healing to get through this. I want to feel like me again. My goal throughout this entire journey has not been just weight loss. That will just be a happy byproduct. I just want to be healthy. I want to be able to live life to the fullest. I want to be the best mom possible to my boys and the wife my husband deserves. I know that I'm not there right now, but I'm working on it. We are all works in progress regardless of where we are in our journeys.  Don't give up. I'm saying that as much to myself as I am to you right now. We can't give up. There IS a light at the end of the tunnel and we WILL get there!

Forever hopeful,

A strong woman believes that she is strong enough to face her journey, but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong.

Cancun, Mexico - 2015 Success Club Trip

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I truly don't even know where to start. How does one explain how awesome, inspirational and valuable this trip was? I guess I will start at the beginning!

I am a coach because I love it. I get to wake up every morning and try to have a positive impact on the lives of others. I would do it even without a pay check. But the beautiful thing is that I DO get paid to do something I love AND I get extra bonuses like earning a FREE all-inclusive trip to Cancun, Mexico for myself and my husband!

The beautiful beaches of Mexico. - 2015 Success Club Trip
Flying into Cancun, Mexico
We stayed at the Moon Palace Golf and Spa resort. We could see the ocean from our balcony and our room was gorgeous.

Checking in, our room & the beautiful ocean view - 2015 Success Club Trip
Checking in, our gorgeous room and the view from our balcony!

Finding the Fire Within

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I felt alone. I felt ashamed. I felt weak. Where I came from was a dark place. Have you ever been there? I was a few months post-op from major back surgery. I was the heaviest I had ever been in my life. I couldn't get around or move like I wanted. I had this beautiful family and amazing husband and yet, I was empty inside. As much as my wonderful husband tried to make me feel better, I just couldn't seem to pull myself out of the hole.

One day, I was looking at pictures from Christmas a few weeks before and it was like reality smacked
me in the face. I knew that if I didn't turn things around, my future was in jeopardy. I wanted to be there for my kids. I wanted to run around and laugh and have fun. I had been so depressed that I had lost sight of that. So I decided enough was enough. I found my coach on Facebook and joined one of her private accountability groups. Little did I know that it would be the best decision I have ever made.  And slowly but surely, I started to feel that fire building inside of me. That part of me that could start to see and FEEL how my body was changing from the inside out. The part of me that loved the support from my fellow group members as much as I loved supporting them. I hadn't felt this good in MONTHS, maybe even years.

Repetition of Affirmations & Body Beast Week 5 Update & Vegetarian Clean Eating Meal Plan

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I know that I have been slacking on my weekly meal plan updates. That is for two reasons 1) life has been crazy busy and while I'm still doing my planning and working with my groups every day, it takes even more time to prep everything for a blog 2) I don't want you to get too bored with my weekly "Here's what I'm eating" posts. :P So here is my bi-weekly status update. Haha

Body Beast is going awesome. I can't believe how much stronger I am getting each week. I have even started curling 20lbs on arms days which is a lot if you knew how many bicep curls we do on those days! LOL! However, as well as the workouts are going, the nutrition has been a struggle. I am not eating badly. In fact, the opposite is probably true. I just continue to struggle with eating enough as I continue to adapt to a vegetarian lifestyle. You may be asking 'Why is she doing this to herself?'. Well, if you haven't read my past posts...I just want to. I'm so much happier eating this way. I don't have to gag down my meals. I don't dread meal time. But with a program like this one where we are burning so many calories, I am hungry ALL OF THE TIME. I know I just need to find the right tweaking of my diet to make it work. I'm constantly researching and learning the best ways/things to eat. I know that my body is changing even if I can't see it and the scale continues to taunt me. I swear I hear it giggling as I step on it. Most times, this wouldn't bother me but with Cancun looming (NEXT WEEK!!!), I'm feeling pretty insecure. I am continuing to undergo treatment prescribed by my naturopathic dr. I know that a lot of my lack of progress comes from the stuff going on with me right now. I KNOW it will take time to heal my body. But as you may be able to relate...I'm impatient and frustrated! Along with that I am exhausted all of the time. Today we went to a movie with our boys and I seriously slept through half of it. I have NEVER been that person that needs to sleep in the middle of the day. :( So let's all of this added together, makes things a struggle and an extra sensitive and insecure Tina! But I will get through it. I know I will be stronger for it. So I will keep pushing and praying and believing!

It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that believe becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. - Muhammad Ali

Chocolate Bark

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I had a huge craving for chocolate today and we had been talking about this chocolate bark in one of my accountability groups. So I decided I would give it a try. Honestly, when I was making it I was really skeptical. It is still really thick when you spread it out on the cookie sheet. But trust the process! LOL! It will be good once you freeze it! It is a great way to get your chocolate fix while staying on track!

Life's hard. Eat Chocolate! - Enjoy this yummy guilt-free chocolate recipe!

Chocolate Bark


1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
2 tbsp unsweetened coconut or almond milk

Optional: You can add toppings as well such as chopped nuts or shredded coconut


  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Spread mixture out onto cookie sheet evenly.
  • Put in freezer for 15 minutes or until mixture has hardened completely.
  • Break apart and enjoy guilt-free!

If you are following 21 Day Fix portions, this entire treat would be 1 red & 3 tsp. If you add any toppings, you will need to account for those as well.

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? -
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 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'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. -
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. -

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 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! -

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! -

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! -

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 -

Top 5 Reasons Beachbody On Demand Rocks

High Five for Friday

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Happy Friday! Honestly this week has been a little cruddy since my baby boy was sick, but I'm still going to celebrate the good! So here we go!

1. For those that follow me on Facebook, you may have seen that I finally made it to a naturopathic doctor last week.  I have been feeling pretty cruddy for a long time and conventional doctors have continued to basically tell me I am crazy. Well she finally figured out what is going on! I literally cried during the appointment. FINALLY. Proof that I'm not creating all of my symptoms in my head! :P I am now on a mission to heal myself from the inside out. It will take some time, but the hope of feeling better has me FLOATING on cloud 9!

2. Hubby and I wrapped up our first round of 21 Day Fix EXTREME this week. We are discussing what we will do next. To be completely honest, with the addition of my new homeopathic supplements, my eating has been off for the past week and a half. The good news is that I have gone from being insatiable to finally having a normal appetite, but I'm still trying to figure it out. So I don't have huge results to report other than some major changes in my strength. I'm still super happy about that. It's all a process!

I will not starve for this, but I will work hard for this. It may take longer doing it the healthy and right way, but it will last longer this way. It will be better. I will be happy and healthy. -

Hot Chocolate

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It has been downright frigid around here but Saturday we were blessed with 'warmer' temperatures. It was actually warm enough to play in the snow and the boys loved it!  When we came inside, it was the perfect opportunity to make some homemade hot chocolate! I kind of threw this together with a little trial and error but it turned out good! The kids loved it! Give it a try and stay warm!

Homemade Clean Eating Hot Chocolate

Clean Eating Homemade Hot Chocolate

Ingredients: (organic & non-gmo if possible)

4 cups unsweetened coconut milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 cup raw honey
2 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp unsweetened powdered cocoa
1 tsp vanilla


  • Place all ingredients in a sauce pan on medium-high heat.
  • Stirring continuously with a whisk, heat until all ingredients are blended and the hot chocolate is hot.

Apple Pie Oatmeal

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It has been bitter cold here for the past few weeks. So when both boys were home from school due to cold temperatures, I decided it called for a nice warm breakfast! It only took me about 5 minutes start-to-finish to make this oatmeal. It was quick, easy and so yummy! The boys loved it! Enjoy!

Clean Eating Apple Pie Oatmeal

Clean Eating Apple Pie Oatmeal

Ingredients: (organic & non-gmo if possible)

1 diced apple (sweeter the better - ex. Honeycrisp or Macintosh)
3-4 chopped dates
1 cup quick cooking oats (can use regular or steel-cut but it will increase cooking time)
1 3/4 cups water
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice


  • Add all ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, lower heat to medium-low.
  • Cook for approx 2-3 minutes stirring continuously until heated through and thickened.

Make Fitness Your Business

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When I think back on how far I have come with my business over the past year and a half, it is pretty amazing. I can still vividly remember how I felt when I first signed up as a coach. I was terrified! LOL! I knew that I loved the products. I knew that I loved the accountability groups. I knew that I wanted to help other people with their journey as I had been helped. But at that time I had less than 100 friends on Facebook. I RARELY posted anything on my profile. I had no idea what I was doing when it came to social media. I was a stay at home mom who LOVED being home with her boys but I wanted to do more. I had been considering going back to work at the time, but the idea of leaving my babies broke my heart. So when the coaching opportunity was presented to me, I decided that I wanted to give it my best shot! Never could I have imagined where I would be now.

Having fun and learning with my amazing team at Coach Summit 2014
Having fun and learning with my amazing team at Coach Summit 2014
When I first started, I felt like I was going into this blind and praying for a miracle! LOL! But I stepped forward in faith. I joined all of the trainings offered by my coach. I started sharing my story and things that have helped me. And guess what! Something amazing happened. I started to connect with people. I started to help others and let me tell you THAT feeling is pretty amazing. As if that wasn’t enough, in my first full year as a coach, just for helping others with their journey and sharing my own, I was able make a significant income and help to support my family while earning a free trip to Cancun for myself and husband! Happy 10 year Anniversary to us! :P