Tuesday, March 25, 2014

T25 Week Six Results ~ Harrisonburg Virginia Fitness ~ Nutrition and Wellness

Week SIX!!! I can't believe the half way mark is here and gone!! I am on week 7??? What??? So anyhow, week six is the start of the Beta cycle of T25. Let me tell you.... Beta is a whole new level of T25 and I love it!!! Just when I was getting used to the Alpha round workouts.... Shaun T switches it up. Speed 2.0 is fast and intense and I definitely had trouble with it, however the Rip't Circuit and Upper Focus definitely were my speed in working out.... the weights and strengthening are awesome!! I highly recommend to anyone considering this workout to purchase a small set of 5 lb weights to go a long with the Beta round. In my package I got a resistance band which they do have someone on the bands throughout the workout but I prefer the small weights.

So this week I am down another 1.5 pounds for a total of 16.5 pounds! I haven't done my measurements since the hubs helps with that and he is out of town... but my clothes are definitely looser and I am starting to see a significant bagginess throughout my wardrobe. Hehe! I love it!!!

Our motivational group online has lost 115 pounds. Most of the ladies have been doing the program for 2-3 weeks. Which is one of the greatest parts about T25 and Shakeology, you get almost instant results in the first 2 weeks, which motivates you to keep going knowing that you are doing something right!!!

I am really excited to finish these next four weeks strong! I really want to make it another 12 pounds.... I can visualize it... so it will happen!! I am grateful everyday to have the amazing support from my closest friends and family! This is a life changing journey and I haven't been happier making small changes here and there to better my life as a whole!

Much Love!!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

T25 Week Five Results ~ Harrisonburg Virginia Independent Team Beachbody Coach ~ March 2014 ~ Beachbody in the Burg

This was my final week of the Beta cycle for T 25 and brought me to the end the first five weeks of my program.  T 25 has an Alpha cycle which is five weeks and Beta cycle which is five weeks long, so this marks the halfway point to my first goal...... Finishing T25 and getting my t-shirt. ;)!!!! Because everybody loves a free T-shirt...lol. Especially one that you whole heartedly earned.

Since I am documenting this whole journey I decided to take some after photos for the Beta cycle. I wish I was confident enough to share them at this time, but the change in my body is unbelievable. I have remained the same weight throughout the last two weeks.... Which is fine with me, I have learned throughout this journey that results come from sooooo many more things then just a scale. I have pictures to show these insane results and that is enough to make me a believer that what I am doing is in fact working. 

Most of you know that I am constantly behind the camera so for me to be documenting something that I am doing personally is kind of crazy. Especially since just a short while ago I despised any photos being taken of myself. However my guard is down and I am shamelessly parading these photos on the internet. I figure that I don't have anything to lose by doing so and those that decide to judge me or make fun of me.... I am totally at peace with that and really I could care less. I am working my butt off over here and the last thing that I will consume myself with is negativity.  HATERS gonna HATe ... Lol! Anything that anyone does that is positive, someone out there is going to have something to say.... And I honestly could care less. The only thing I am nervous about is parading my half naked self, in the worst shape of my life for all the world to see. I am working up to it and I have shared the results with several people. So have patience ..... They are coming just give me a minute, ;)

I don't have too much to report this week! I was out of town all this weekend.... I took a break for the insanely healthy eating and drank some delicious mimosas.... I saw my bestest friends and spent the weekend just hanging around and getting excited for my bestie to have her little baby girl. I hope that you all enjoyed St. Patricks day and I will have some more inspiring posts later on this week!

Much Love,

Saturday, March 8, 2014

T25 Week Four Results - Harrisonburg Virginia Independent Team Beachbody Coach


I wrote this blog post over the course of Saturday and Sunday. Since it was such a strange week with results and diet. 

And so it begins ....... 

Today has been a beautiful day and its not even close to being over. The air is fresh, the first bees of spring are buzzing around and I drove around today just taking in the scenary. I also went over and visited with one of my friends, motivators and coaches.... to take some headshots and chat. It was awesome and I am so so so grateful for this journey and the positive people that have come into my life. It is not everyday that you meet women that you just get along with, that have the same goals, aspirations, drive, and ability to get things done. A lot of people know that I am not a big talker. Okay I am a huge talker but not in the sense that I don't back it up. Most of the time when I say I am going to do something, if I commit, its getting done. I don't agree to do things that I can't actually do or don't do.

This blog post is not as exciting about the weightloss this week. I will go ahead and just let everyone know that I remained the same weight as I was last week. Which is still great. At least I didn't gain any wieght!!!! I did however lose inches this week. Which means I am getting stronger muscle wise and I can feel myself getting through each workout easier and easier. Muscle wieghs more then fat, so the inches in the important areas.... (waist and booty).... are still shrinking... as a matter of fact 8 total inches lost since last week. So I know that what I am doing is working, I just can't focus solely on weight. This is why it is important to do your measurements. Sometimes throughout a journey like this we plateau at losing the actual pounds but it doesn't mean that we are failing. Our bodies are adjusting and its about the end results. As long as you are getting results in one of the areas, you know that the program is working. 

How is the Shakeology??
I tried the chocolate this week and oh my goodness, it is soooooo tasty!! So I ordered another bag to alternate flavors. There is a recipe at the bottom of the blog. I found that the chocolate with a half of banana blended with ice and almond milk is super tasty. 

A total transformation of mind, body and soul requires discipline and the ability to see positivity through times that may be negative. I could have looked at this week and stopped writing or ignored the fact that I didn't lose weight. However, my commitment to this process is being completely transparent with whomever is reading this and especially to myself. I decided that I would be open and honest about this program and that requires telling the world about ALL the things that happen along the way. 

This week has been truly amazing. I have so many awesome new friends in my life and I have reconnected with some old ones. These woman are amazing and they are working so hard at their own transformations. In our challenge group over the last few weeks there has been a total of 50 pounds lost. Which is amazing. That number is huge!!! We are talking about a select group of people not like 100 and the fact that they are succeeding makes me feel even better. Its as if I am succeeding in my journey because they have started  seeing their own result.. YaY!!!!!

Mental happiness is a HUGE factor in all of this and the reward that I feel about weightloss is just a stepping stone to the ultimate goal..... being a positive, motivating, healthy person. I don't hide things and I don't lie to myself. Positive thinking may sound so cliche but I am telling  you it works. It is affecting my familiy, my photography business, my friendships and my marriage.... everything is getting better as a whole which is creating the foundation for success. Surrounding yourself with like minded inspiring people only brings out the best in you. 


I am crazy. I am sure that if you meet someone that has known me for more then 5 years.... they could enlighten you with a story or two. Throughout life we are presented with challenges some may be mountainous and some may be small. However, regardless of our failures it is up to us to either let them own us or figure out how to make it into a success. I know, I know, its easier said then done.... and if you are reading this in a negative mind set... you may be judging that I didn't loose weight this week or questioning whether or not T25 works,  or doubting that I will finish this journey......I have news for you... It works and I am. Nothing is going to stop me.... because before the only thing in my way was myself (and booze lol!!!).  

A solid mindstate and foundation are the keys to succeeding in even the smallest form. I feel like I succeeded this week because I feel so freaking good!!!! I will be carryiing on with Week 5 this week.... which means that I am almost halfway through the  program. And I am halfway to my goal. I am dedicated to providing a real look into my life and a real look into these workouts and what its like to go through a Beachbody program. Its not easy but its awesome. It is truly the best decision that I have  made for myself in a really long long time. 

I want to thank my long time best friend Becky for getting me started and being the foundation and support that I needed to start. She is an amazing person.... funny, smart and beautiful and I couldn't have asked for a better friend and partner through this journey. Thank you Becky!! I love you!!!! 

I hope you all have a super week!!! 

Much Love, 


Here is some of the awesomeness from this week!!! 

Water is SOOOO good for you!! Get some fruit in there for some all naturALE flavoring. 

Egg white and spinach scramble with garlic and goat cheese with a side of raspberries and blueberries. 

Grilled chicken with roasted peppers, mushrooms and onions. 

Super fruit shake! 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Water Water Water - Believe the Hype

Water. Something that we consistently hear to drink all the time. "It's soooooo good for you" or "Drink lots of water!" If you are like me (former me) ..... Why do we need water and why is it essential to our workouts? Well I went out and got the cold hard facts about water and wanted to shed some light on why it is so incredibly vital to our daily lives.

Water makes up 6o% of our entire body..... That's a whole lot of water (hah!) but seriously it is such a huge proportion of our bodies and we don't even realize it. When we look at ourselves we see the outer physical parts.... Skin, hair, fingers, we know we have bones.... we know that there are muscles in there. Some of us may not believe that but they are there.

When we are trying to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle everyone preaches about drinking lots and lots of water.... but why? Does water have this amazing weight loss potion that will shed the pounds off? No, BUT when substituting water for something like juice or soda, that could mean HUGE results in the long run. High calorie beverages are calorie wasters. I know easier said then done to set that soda aside, It took me awhile but now I really don't even crave it like I used to.

Here are a few links to help you discover the wonderful world of water and why it is beneficial to your health and your body.

10 Life Changing Reasons to Drink More Water

Sunday, March 2, 2014

T25 Week Three Results ~ Harrisonburg Virginia Independent Team Beachbody Coach ~ Beachbody in the 'Burg

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind. All of sudden I am smack dab in the middle of one of the most positive experiences I have ever endured. It couldn't have come at a better time either. Sometimes, [a lot of times in my life, lol] I have found myself  in a place that my dad has coined "THE Pit." Some of you may be familiar with this dark area, with one of my friends we refer to the journey to "THE Pit" the downward spiral. We text back and forth with things like "I am spiraling" or for some of us.... forget the spiraling.... we have been living in "THE Pit" for some time now. We may not be miserable all the time but our level of happiness and positivity is much lower then its ultimate potential. Our perceptions of life are just misconstrued. Surrounding ourselves in negativity doesn't help much either. We LOVE to meet each other in "THE Pit" and if you aren't in it.... its like "UM... yeah... freaking Miss perfect over here" or "polly positive" or "she just doesn't get it" we don't want anyone with all this positive energy messing up our negative lifestyle or commiseration. The other really crazy thing about "THE Pit" is you can't get out of it unless YOU want to get out. People can try their hardest to help but something about this dark place doesn't allow us to believe that things don't have to be this way and NO one can make you believe otherwise. It is something you MUST figure out for yourself. I decided to change and that is what all this craziness is about and  it was the best decision I have made in a really long long time. 

 Once you take that first step its tough, the first step seems like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and the second step is maybe a climb up Mount Washington.... here is where it gets good.... after those first two steps out.... you feel like you can conquer Reddish Knob no problem.... and then you are running up hills and walking with this forgotten pep in your step. It is happening. You are taking the steps to a better mental state and this is the foundation for living a fulfilling and better life. Part of being better in the physical sense is mental. Believing in yourself is the key. If you don't believe with your whole being then what's the point. Why should anyone else believe in you? 

I am speaking metaphorically about the mountains (duh) clearly I know that just because I finished three weeks of a workout program, my booty is in no shape to climb a mountain in Tanzania. BUT mentally I feel like I can do anything I want now. Pain is a factor and I get asked about that regularly, however if I was going to live in pain I might as well start living and stop feeling sorry for myself. I am speaking for myself. If you find that this hits close to home, I hope you don't feel like I am being insensitive. This blog is about MY journey NOT my judgements on others that may be in the same PIT that I was in just a short month ago. Pain is a REAL thing. It causes immobility and depression. It causes us to slip into a hole and and start watching the world go on without us. It is depressing, dark, lonely and sad. When you can't find the energy to work through the pain and live, you start putting on the pounds. Food becomes comfort and working out. HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! YEAH RIGHT! Whatever. That's what I said at least. 

Everyone has different goals, motives, aspirations and lifestyles. We all have a story just most of us are too embarrassed to tell it. I for one.... am too embarrassed to share my weight with even my closest friends. That is okay. No one is pressuring me to tell them and when its all said in done.... and I am comfortable I will share the exact numbers with everyone. I have them all written down since day one. 

So enough with the blabbering on.... I know what everyone really came here for.... THE RESULTS. 

This weeks results brought me to tears, not gonna lie. I have been working really hard. A month ago I would not have thought that I would be in this place. Three weeks ago I would not have even imagined that coming this far was attainable. So drumroll please........ 7 more pounds down!!!! For a running total of 15 pounds in the first three weeks of T25. I am still drinking Shakeology everyday and a TON of water. I carry water around with me everywhere. 

I cut soda completely out...... see ya later fizzy stuff.... and I am just making better choices food wise without overwhelming myself with a strict diet. This week I am however taking it one step further to be the healthiest, best me that I can be and I am going to start an eating plan that will be really awesome for my family. My kids started eating salad and more veggies

I offer them to my girls everyday and now they are slowly cutting back on asking me for fries. If they don't want to eat what I serve....well then they don't eat. I figure if they get hungry enough.... veggies will eventually start tasting delicious. NO I am NOT starving my children! I am trying to get them on the right tract to eating the proper things that children their age should be eating. I blame myself for these bad habits from the start! 

So here are some snapshots from this last week....... most of you know that I am a photographer. I am using my iPhone to photograph this journey because I don't want anyone thinking I am photoshopping myself or something of the sort. These are real results from a regular human being. 

Much love, 


More awesomeness arrives at my house!!!!
One of my besties and fellow Independent Coach Krystal. We are meal planning for next week! 

My meal planning with the T25 nutrition guide. 

My goal tracker!!!! Can't even believe it!!! This can be found in your team beachbody member profile.