Today Is My Monday

Today is it. It’s time to get rid of ALL the excuses. It’s time to make shit happen! I have made out a eating plan and also a workout plan. It’s time to get real.

Life has been crazy since my last post. (Update post will be live soon) I need someone to hold me accountable. If you are on Instagram – follow me. (beinspired_betrue) I am going to start posting meals (once a day), fit bit stats daily and workouts!

I have to do something. I am tired of not feeling great about myself. I am also tired of being tired all the time. This could attribute to my possible thyroid issue. (more on that after April 13) But I know that when I change my habits, I will start to feel better. I know that I need to do this. I just get bored  and then the motivation leaves. If I could get my brain to realize I won’t see change over night. I didn’t get this way over night!

 

So here’s to today!

 

 

Reward If Found

Wanted: Motivation
Reward if found!

Lack of motivation has been around lately. I find it while I’m spending a few hours minutes on Pinterest or browsing Instagram but then after I am done browsing, the motivation leaves. The negative talks outweigh the “I can do it” conversations. The “it takes to long” “I get bored” excuses come flowing like there is no tomorrow. Then the frustration with myself starts and it’s time to repeat the process.

I really want to be able to be one of those success stories. I want to be able to show my daughter that I can do this for her, for me. I WANT and NEED to do this. I need to feel better during the day. I want to be able to feel good about myself.  Mentally I know that it will take longer then a day but it’s like my brain just won’t grasp that concept. It won’t hold onto that reality of this journey.

So tell me…
How do you keep the motivation?

New Adventures

You have probably noticed that I have been a little MIA lately. A new adventure has begun in my life. I have become an Independent Consultant for Ava Anderson.

If you are like me, before I had a friend become a Consultant, I had ever heard of the company. Let me give you a little background on it.

At the age of 14 Ava Anderson realized that many personal care products contain hazardous and toxic chemicals. In 2009, Ava Anderson Non Toxic was born with 6 skin care products and in just 7 years there are now 17 different categories of non toxic products!

The Mission at Ava Anderson is “to educate consumers about current health risks in personal care and home products and provide non toxic alternatives and in doing so, build meaningful businesses with many Consultants”

So, let me tell you about why I became involved in Ava Anderson. The process started before I became pregnant with Princess. I started the healthy lifestyle transition. I wanted to make myself the best I could be to be able to provide a healthy home for Princess to nest for 9 months in. After she was born, I have felt it is my job to keep her as healthy as I can, not only in food choices but also in every day life choices. I have done my best, I thought, to show her how to live a healthy lifestyle. The reason I say I thought was because I never even considered all the toxics that we come across in every day life!

I made the decision to become an Independent Consultant was because I want to reduce the toxics in everyday life. I want to share my passion with others and educate them in ingredients to avoid.

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Are you someone who would like to learn more about the products or ingredients to avoid? I would love to be able to share with you the knowledge that I have for the products with you or anyone you know. Comment below. Find me on Instagram. Find me on Twitter. Find me on Facebook.

 

Did you know… A woman is exposed to 168 chemicals, on average, before she leaves the house in the morning. Think soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, cosmetics..etc (Source: EWG)

 

My Emergency Snack Kit

Holidays are over and now it’s time to work on the new goals for the year. Over 90% of people make the “resolution” to loose weight on January 1..EVERY.SINGLE..YEAR! How many really stick to it? They become bored with it. They want instant results. They set themselves up for failure by not planning.

This brings me to my topic of the day today. How many of you actually plan snacks for during the day or for road trips? Having a 2 year old, who eats 12 hours a day (I would LOVE to have her metabolism!!!), makes me plan even more then I already do. So whether we are going on a 2 hour car ride trip or running errands for the day; I have to have an emergency snack kit on hand with me.

Having one for her gives me the confidence that I won’t ruin all the better choices I have made throughout the day with getting that king size candy bar in the check out line.

I have a small container that stays in the car and has snacks for myself, husband, or our 2 year old princess. And (drum roll please!) here are the details of the snack kit that you have been waiting for:

  1. Granola and Protein Bars: These are my favorite because they can also be thrown in my purse/diaper bag if we are heading into the store.
  2. Trail Mix: I am a huge fan of making it myself. I add almonds, M&Ms, cashews, peanuts, chocolate chips, and coconut flakes!
  3. Popcorn: This is made the day of the trip and put into small baggies.
  4. Goldfish Crackers: This is just for the little princess. She enjoys these and if we are going for a long car ride..whatever makes her happy makes for a happy mommy and daddy. (within reason of course!!)
  5. Fresh fruit: This is also added the day of. We usually take a small cooler if we are heading out for the day and the fruit will be added into the cooler.

What are your favorite snacks for road trips? If you need ideas or even maybe some birthday gifts; Head over to Nuts.Com and check out their products and ideas. They have some fantastic ideas and gifts.

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33 Things in 2016

Wow! Can you believe it? We are already almost a week into 2016.  I have decided that this year, I want to accomplish 33 things. Why did I pick that number? Simple! Because I will be 33 in 2016!

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So here is my list: I will come back in 365 days and see where I am at! So here’s to 2016!!!

  1. Read 12 books
  2. Loose 52 lbs
  3. Walk 10,000 steps everyday (approx 1780 miles!)
  4. Ride my bike more
  5. Unplug at night
  6. Become a 3 star rated daycare program
  7. Transition Baby P into her big girl bed
  8. Find our forever home
  9. Take time for myself
  10. Start night yoga
  11. Become healthier (80/20 works for me!)
  12. Complete 5 craft projects
  13. Take Baby P camping at least 3 times
  14. Meal plan weekly..EVERY WEEK!
  15. Blog at least twice a week…EVERY WEEK!
  16. Stress Less
  17. Visit somewhere new
  18. Step out of my comfort zone and try something new
  19. Successfully finish at least one round of Whole 30.
  20. Get outside more
  21. Learn to love myself for who I am
  22. Turn off the TV
  23. Really listen and be present
  24. Get the whole house organized
  25. Feel comfortable in my own skin
  26. Love harder
  27. Get all of our friends together at least one time this summer
  28. Move more during the day
  29. Organize pictures
  30. Decorate the house
  31. Learn to say “no” and not feel bad about it
  32. Join a club or something to get more me time
  33. ENJOY, LOVE, and LIVE everyday!

 

What do you want to accomplish in 2016?

2016 Goals

Now that 2015 is over it’s time to get down to business! I am going to make 2016 MY year! Some of the bad habits have crept back in throughout the last 2 months (thank you holidays!!!) and I can feel it; mentally and physically. It’s my time to shine!

I am not one to keep or make “resolutions”. To me it means to resolve something and I am not resolving anything, I am setting goals for myself. Goals that I can obtain. Goals that I can create to make myself better both physically and mentally.

The goals I have for 2016 are:

  1. Make time for myself – This is important because I truly believe that I’m order for myself to become healthy I need to take the time for some me time every once in awhile.
  2. Lose 52 lbs – Why 52? That gives me the realistic goal of 1 lb a week! I will not stress on the number of the scale. I am only going to weigh myself once a month and I will keep track of it.
  3. Drink more water – This has been lacking a lot in the last 2 months. I have needed caffeine and I am seeing the bad habits of having a can of pop or worse yet resorting to the worse (energy drinks).
  4. Get organized – I am OCD in the organizing dept and I have been slacking and it is bothering me something fierce.

So tell me. Are you making goals for 2016? What are some of your goals that you are setting for you self?

MealEnders Review +GIVEAWAY!!

MmI was blessed with the opportunity from FitApproach and MealEnders to be able to review their product and also giveaway some to my fabulous readers!

Are you someone who is known to overeat? Do you have a hard time not giving into cravings? If you answered “YES!” to either question (or both, if you are like me) then you are in the right place!

What are MealEnders?
It is a weight management product that help to avoid overeating and clearing cravings. MealEnders do not only work solely on your stomach. The lozenges focus on the mind and body.

How do they work?
The lozenge will keep your mind and mouth occupied after a meal (to replace dessert) or when you want to curb a craving. The lozenge is made up two layers. The first layer is the sweet layer. This is the “dessert” portion of the lozenge. The second part is a cooling/tingling hard layer. According the MealEnders, this layer clears the palate and lingers on the tongue after the lozenge is dissolved.

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How did I use them?
I used them after meals when I felt like I needed to eat more but I didn’t want to overeat, and also on days that I felt like I couldn’t stay out of the kitchen. Working from home in a child care setting, I am ALWAYS in the kitchen and it’s hard for me to not graze all day long. On those days particular, I felt that the lozenges worked well. According the directions, you are not allowed to chew the lozenge. Allow the lozenge to dissolve completely. This step was hard for me because I am the type that likes to bit suckers, and hard candy. I can’t just let them dissolve! BUT I did it!

There are four flavors that are available from MealEnders. Each pack comes with 25 pieces. You can chose from the following flavors: Citrus, Mocca, Chocolate Mint, or Cinnamon. Prices start at one pouch for 14.95. You can also make a 30 day commitment for 34.95 or a 90 day commitment for 89.95 (SAVINGS of 45.00!!!) Plus if you subscribe to either the 30 day or 90 day commitment then you can save an additional 10%. Who doesn’t love a good savings?!

What are they made of?
Each flavor contains different ingredients – Head on over to MealEnders Ingredients page to check on the flavors that you would like to try.

My overall experience with MealEnders:
I have used them a handful of times throughout the days since my product came in the mail. I can defiantly tell a difference when I use them versus days I do not. The cravings are reduced on days that I use them and at 15 calories for 1, that in my mind is A LOT less then half a bag of chips, cookies, candy bars, etc!
I really enjoyed the citrus and the cinnamon. I am not a huge coffee fan so the Mocha was not one that I would pick and also the Chocolate Mint I let my husband try and he enjoyed that one since Chocolate Mint is a favorite flavor of his.

AND NOW for the FUN: MealEnders was gracious enough to allow me to giveaway a 4 pack (one pack of each flavor) to one of my lucky readers! (a $50.00 value) So if you want to win enter now! If you do not want to wait until the giveaway is over and you want to purchase your own at a 20% discount using the code FitHolidays20; Head on over to www.mealenders.com.

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How to Enter:
1. Follow me on Instagram – @beinspired_betrue (will check!)
2. Repost the pic below and tag me
3. Hashtag – #beinspiredgiveaway
4. Tweet About the Giveaway : “I just entered a @mealenders giveaway from @smltwngrl920 & you should too! #fitholidays #sweatpink https://myjourneymydestination.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/mealenders-review-giveaway/
5. Don’t have twitter: Leave a blog comment about your thoughts on this product!

All things must be done to qualify and Winner will be chosen on December 21!!!!  Good Luck!

 

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Disclaimer: I was given this product for free to review. The opinions are my own and not influenced my anyone, including the company.