Save Time with Meal Prepping

Meal Prepping   Meal prepping might seem intimidating to someone who’s never done it before. Or it may seem super time consuming. However, it’s actually pretty straightforward – and ends up saving you a TON of time – once you get started! As someone who used to hate meal prepping, but now actually enjoys it … I want to share the best tools that will help make you a meal prep MASTER!! These tools help make prepping food easy and fast. I mean, no one wants to spend 2-3 hours meal prepping, right? Here are 7 tools that will make your meal prep fast, easy, and almost effortless. 1. Grocery List and Meal Planner Never underestimate the power of writing out your food plan for the week and making a grocery list – AHEAD…

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Vanessa’s 2014 Fitness Training – Part 1

Fitness Training Kickoff of 2014! Here is my progress so far… On January 7th, I started my 6-week training for Spartan Race! I had gained some unwanted pounds during the holidays and I needed a push. Plus, on my list of fitness goals was to really define my abs – which has always been my trouble spot. Instead of focusing on “losing weight” or “starting a new program” or “dieting” … I decided to relabel my efforts that would keep me super focused and determined. I wanted to TRAIN for something. You know, like an athlete! And conveniently enough I had an upcoming mud race in February. Perfect! That would be my fitness training goal: Spartan Race! So if you haven’t figured it out by now … I’m not trying to really…

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Workout Motivation: How to Stay Focused on the Weekends

Keep Your Workout Motivation Going on the Weekends!   There’s a natural tendency to want to have some fun on the weekends.  But you can still have fun AND stay on track! I mean, why throw away all your hard work you did during the week to then feel guilty about it on Monday, right?! Here are 5 ideas to help you stay focused and motivated on the weekends: Get on the buddy system.  Having a friend or family member helps you stay accountable, especially on the days you don’t “feel” like it. Surround yourself with affirmations. Put these positive quotes on your bathroom mirror when you wake up, on your fridge, in your car, in your planner … where ever you will see them throughout the day. There’s also a variety…

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Shakeology and Crohn’s Disease

Shakeology and Crohn’s Disease – how this nutrition dense shake helped Kelli gain control  The best success stories arrive in the most unexpected ways! One of my December challengers was struggling with being consistent with her exercise due to a variety of things from some personal matters and a VERY hectic work schedule … on top of it being the holidays. The challenge was an opportunity for her to FOCUS and get back on track. Working out to ChaLEAN Extreme and drinking Shakeology every day, I followed up with her progress within our challenge Facebook group along with private messages. About mid-way through the 30-day challenge she she shared with me that she had Crohn’s Disease and Shakeology was giving her RELIEF and CONTROL like nothing else had before. I was…

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Is there such a thing as TOO much cardio?

Hey Cardio Queen — Slow It Down! A few years back I was definitely “cardio queen!”  This was during my “big gym” days when my efforts were focused primarily on the treadmill, elliptical or group fitness classes. Cardio was my focus … I wasn’t really friends with the weights section. I would attempt a few reps … not really knowing what the heck I was doing. But who cared! I needed to lose weight and all I needed to focus on was my cardio. WRONG!  direct online installment loan lenders Unfortunately, there’s a huge misunderstanding about fat loss in our society. Many people, especially women, think that if they starve themselves and put in 2-3 hours of cardio daily that the pounds will melt away. Here’s a rude awakening: performing too…

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