Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Transformation Tuesday: Joanna M.

Meet Joanna M.! She participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for November 10th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I started my journey at 240 pounds. When I started, I was sad, depressed and felt hopeless! I had just had my daughter, and, in a time that should have been filled with joy, I was angry and sad. I couldn’t believe that I had let myself get to that point! I would never go out of the house, and I rarely let people come over.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My daughter! I refused to settle with this body! I refused to let her see me unhappy because of my physical appearance! I wanted her to have a healthy happy mom that sets a good example of what health should be! I did it for ME! I knew there was something better than this, something better than waking up depressed and feeling fat every morning!!
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The greatest challenge I faced before starting was overeating! I had absolutely no self control! I ate my weight in chocolate cake most days, and then I wondered why I wasn’t losing weight! Once I started 21 day fix I figured out that it was my portions and probably the pounds of junk I ate daily. Once I started drinking Shakeology, paying more attention to my portions, and working out harder, the weight started dropping off, and my confidence started to comeback!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
When I first started 21 day fix I was 205 pounds. I have lost 45 lbs so far! That’s a huge accomplishment for me! I can now do burpees. When I first started, there was no way I was doing even one burpee!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life is completely different! I am so much happier and confident. In return, that has made me a better mom! I have this new passion and outlook on life! I am now a Beachbody Coach, because I truly believe in this product and in Beachbody products! I have a purpose now and a passion to help other moms find their confidence again!
You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge, for the ultimate motivation to get fit! Select any Beachbody program and once you complete it, share your results for your chance to win cash and prizes.
Need help selecting the right program for YOU? Email me at candace@flabbymomtofitmom.com TODAY!

Friday, December 26, 2014

New Year New You Challenge Group - starting January 19th!


Starting January 7th, 2015

Well, the holidays are over and now you maybe sitting here wondering how in the world you are going to get back on track for the New Year.  You might be wondering how you let it get so far out of hand.  You may also be wondering how you packed on that may pounds in a short period of time.  

But don't let that get you down.  Just because you made some bad health choices doesnt mean you can't turn it all back around!   You do what I like to call a U-Turn!  You just find the right path and get back on it.  The key to getting back on the right path is having someone to do it with!  I would love it if that person was me!!!
Hey! That's ME after two challenge groups!

So check out my plan for the New Year and let me know if this is something YOU would like to be a part of!

How many times have you made a New Year’s Resolution that left you feeling like a failure less than a month into the new year?  It happens to the best of us!  Last year I made a New Year's Resolution to get organized and if you could see my closet, garage, or office...well, you would know I failed!  I sit here today with a disorganized desk but a totally fit and clean body! Some things we are motivated to change and others we are not.  But I can tell you that I have pinned some awesome tips for organization and added some organization websites to my favorites.  I'm setting specific fitness and organization goals for 2015 and I can already see the shift in thinking happening.  There is something about being surrounded by people with similar goals in life that keeps you on track!  So this year I want to surround you with positive energy, fitness support, and clean eating lifestyle tips and tricks to get you in shape for the REST of your LIFE!

The definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results,” right?! So why do we keep doing it?

 Let’s stop being insane and actually commit to changing ourselves with the goal of making a lasting change - whether that takes 3 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, or a year! This means let’s stop trying to achieve a YEARLY resolution in the first few weeks of the new year and let’s take small steps each month that make positive changes lasting all year (and beyond!) long.

We want everyone to create maintainable change. Start small and build on top of practical goals. Stop being SO results driven. That’s exactly why I have set up my New Year, New You Challenge month by month, and better yet, day by day. Let’s face it, simply saying, “this is my new years’ resolution,” no longer works. We need this to be "this is my LIFE'S resolution!"

Here are the guidelines for our challenge—yes, “our,” which means I am doing this with YOU!

  • Each week I will pick a positive topic video related to improving fitness and wellness (mental and physical).
For Example: clean eating in January, heart healthy habits in February, balanced nutrition, family health, etc.
  • Focus on incorporating positive habits based on our weekly topic each day during that month.
  • At the end of each month, I will pick a New Year, New You Winner based on the results of the previous 30 days.
    • Each participant will have the opportunity to fill out a form sharing their 30 day results change for extra points!!
  • I will provide tipsmotivation, meal plans, recipes, accountability and challenges each day through a closed facebook group !  Which means no one but you can see what is posted or what YOU post.
  • Keep yourself and ME updated and stay accountable through social media or email candace@flabbymomtofitmom.com also.
    • Post pictures and status updates tagged on Facebook for points
    • Tweet @CandaceGTaylor
    • Refer friends to the Challenge for points and free stuff!
    • Follow/share on Instagram —  Follow: flabbymomtofitmom and hashtag #FlabFab2015 We will have a Photo a Day Program going on each month as well. The more you follow the Instagram Photo a Day, the more chances you have to win!
    • The more you share, the more we motivate one another!   
      --->As a participant in this group you will be required to commit to a Beachbody Fitness Program which I will help you find the one that best fits your personal needs plus invest in your health by replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology for the duration of your fitness program.  In return you will have my 100% commitment to helping you reach your health and fitness goals.  I have helped over 100 people this year reach their health and fitness goals and I want to help you to!!!  This is your year!!!<----

    • ----->It is important to note that if you aren't into social media and have no idea what a hash tag or instagram is have no fear!  You can still be a part of the challenge group.  You don't have to do the extra assignments! It's just EXTRA! <------------>

    What’s in it for you?

    What, you mean you are not solely motivated by incorporating positive changes in your life all year long? Okay, well how about some PRIZES?!?! That’s right, each month we will pick a participant based on the changes and challenges you share to win AWESOME PRIZES from your ME your COACH!!!!!

    *If you do not want to participate in optional assignments you must rate your day every day   (Not including optional day off Sunday) or will remove you from the group !!! We need everyone to stay active for this to work and be effective !!! This is a Challenge :) I will show up everyday  and I expect the same from you !! 

    So are you ready to get started?!?!
    I hope so, because I'm totally fired up!

    So what's next?!  Even if you are not sure that you want to do the challenge group, go and sign up for a free TeamBeachbody Account with ME as your COACH!  Then, you will receive an email from me and we can determine if this program is a good fit for you!  Together we will pick a fitness program that will meet your needs, choose a flavor of Shakeology that you will enjoy drinking everyday and develop REAL, achievable health and fitness goals unique to you!

    Note: If you already KNOW what flavor of Shakeology and which program you would like, you can proceed to sign up and get your program and Shakeology HERE

    21 Day Fix - A Christmas Journey Week 2 Results!

    21 Day Fix - A Christmas Journey - Week 2 Results! 

    So, here they are - I'm down two weeks with the program and this is what I have accomplished so far - I have lost 4.6 lbs and I don't know how many inches as I will take those on Day 22. I have one week left with the program and will detail my plans to maximize my results below! 

    And, just in case you forgot -- this is where I started two weeks ago...

    Now, my plan to finish my 21 Day Fix out strong is to do doubles as laid out in the guide and to complete the 3 Day Refresh starting on Monday. The 3 Day Refresh pretty much dictates what your diet will look like for 3 days, so that's nothing crazy - until then I will be continuing to do lower carb, drinking my Shakeology everyday, drinking at least half my body weight in ounces of water, and avoiding junk food and soda. I'm officially 3 weeks clean of any type of soda! Yeah! 

    Ready to get the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology?  Click HERE to get yours today! 

    Wanna join me in getting healthy and fit?? Look out for my next challenge group OR sign up for a FREE Team Beachbody membership with me as your COACH to receive an email from me for a one on one discussion of your goals and what you would like to accomplish with a specific Beachbody program! <3 You can email me at candace@flabbymomtofitmom.com or sign up for your membership HERE

    Sunday, December 21, 2014

    Christmas Morning Recipe - Pecan Pie Muffins

    This is my first Pinterest recipe that I have actually cooked!  Can you believe it?? I have tons pinned and regularly drool over the beautiful food photos that can be found there, but have never actually made one of said recipes...until now! And, man, did I pick a good one to give a try! These muffin/cupcakes were found on the Bake or Break website and are absolutely delicious!  Please note that these are a TREAT - not a regular occurrence recipe. I was looking for an alternative to actual pecan pie because I'm not a fan of the goop - but love the pecans off of the top!  This was just perfect! All of the taste of pecan pie without all of the mess!

    Ingredients (yields 24 mini muffins):
    1 cup chopped pecans
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup packed brown sugar (I used light brown)
    2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
    2 large eggs

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a 24 cup mini muffin tin.

    Combine all ingredients and mix well. Fill each muffin cavity about 3/4 full.

    Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until edges are browned and centers are set.


    Note: I doubled the recipe - except for the butter - and they came out great!  I watched them and they only needed to cook around 14 minutes in my oven. But, as you are well aware, all ovens cook differently - the above is a general rule. Keep an eye on yours to make sure that they don't burn! :)

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    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    21 Day Fix - a Christmas Journey - Week 1 Update!

    21 Day Fix - A Christmas Journey

    Week 1 Update

    Progress Photos

    So here are my week 1 progress photos. I'm down 2.6 lbs and I don't know how many inches. I didn't take measurements this week. I'll take them at the end of the three weeks. 

    Something that I will be doing going forward is exercising on an empty stomach in the morning to optimize fat burn. Studies say that you burn 20% more fat when doing fasted exercise in the morning. And, I'm ALL about that FAT burn! I will also be following a carb cycling plan as closely as I can while also following the 21 Day Fix plan. I know that I will be eliminating my yellow containers two days per week and introducing them in 1 by 1 during the week until I use both on my high carb day. 

    I will be sticking to around 1200 calories per day on my low carb and medium carb days and around 1900 calories on my high carb day - which also conveniently coincides with LEG DAY! 

    This new part of my journey will be a struggle, but one that will prepare me for getting ready to compete in late 2015. I am looking forward to the challenge and accept it.

    A sample of my meal plan and what it will look like on LOW CARB days is as follows:
    Meal 1: Oatmeal & Egg Whites
    Meal 2: Grilled Chicken and boiled potatoes
    Meal 3: Orange Roughy and broccoli
    Meal 4: Shakeology & 12 almonds
    Meal 5: Fish filet and salad
    Meal 6: Turkey breast and asparagus

    If you are interested in learning more about the 21 Day Fix or Shakeology, shoot me a message at candace@flabbymomtofitmom.com

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    Thursday, December 11, 2014

    Gluten Free Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins

    These things are the BOMB.COM! No joke - and especially great since they are also gluten free! 

    I don't remember where I wrote down the recipe for these from, so if you know, please let me know so I can give proper credit!  Thanks!

    1 cup quinoa flour (you can make your own by milling quinoa in high speed blender or just buy quinoa flour)
    1/2 cup coconut sugar
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp pink himalayan salt
    1 egg
    1 cup pumpkin puree
    1/4 cup grapeseed oil
    1/2 tsp vanilla

    Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, pie spice, cinnamon, and salt. Mix egg, pumpkin, oil, and vanilla. Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Pour into muffin cups (makes 6), top with pepitas (pumpkin seeds) if you like. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. (Check for doneness all along as ovens cook differently in different areas.)

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    21 Day Fix - a Christmas journey

    The 21 Day Fix is a program that combines at home exercise with a portion control meal plan to optimize weight loss and toning. The portion control part of the plan involves using the color coded containers to measure out your food.
    Your container allowance per day is calculated based on your weight and the average of 400 calories burned per fix workout.  Then you are given a range you need to stay in!
    For me, I am in the 1,200 to 1,499 calorie range! That gives me 3 green (veggies) 2 purple (fruits), 4 Red (protein) 2 Yellow (starchy carbs) 1 Blue (nuts, ect) 1 Orange (nuts and dressings) 2 spoons (nut butters, olive oil).  

    Then, each container is broken down in the manual with a list of foods that you can eat. I can easily pick from each list and create a meal plan for the week.  The foods are listed in order of importance, so the higher on the list the foods are the better they are for you! You should aim to have a variety of foods from the lists to give you appropriate nutrients for your body.

    I do not eat out of the containers, but I measure and pour onto my plate.  The containers LOOK deceivingly small, so I am amazed with how much food I am still eating.

    There is the option to drink milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut water, coconut milk and fruit juices but you have to sub out a yellow container and you are only allowed the subbed yellow container 3x per week - this container still staying within your yellow containers for the day!  So it does make you think about your drinks as far as what they would equal nutritionally, as well.  I tend to use black coffee instead of any type of milk or juice in my Shakeology so that I can have the carb later in the day to keep my energy level up!  Also you can have a glass of wine but you give up a yellow container which is a carb for the day!  In my case, I would rather eat food than drink wine!  I get hangry without food! 

    How does Shakeology fit into this??  It is counted as a Red container which is a protein! Making it the perfect meal replacement for me, since I tend to slack on my protein intake!

    There are also treats allowed as well. They give you a list of treat ideas (with recipes!) that replace a yellow container. 

    Recipes!  There are a list of seasoning mixes that you can whip up to prepare your food with! They are super easy to prepare and taste amazing!  There are container recipes for your veggies, protein and starchy carbs, as well.  I especially love the recipes for the homemade dressings!

    There is an awesome restaurant guide as well.  I like that they give you a list of restaurant foods and what containers that they will check off.  For example cheese and veggie pizza (1/4 of  12inch slice) is 2 yellow, 1 orange and 1 green!  In my opinion that would not be worth it to me!  I'm all about getting the most out of the foods that I eat!!!!  The one I would go with is lean meat tacos (soft corn) with cheese, lettuce, and salsa (2 tacos) is 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green and 1 blue!
    Now that is worth it and filling! 

    So now the hard part is figuring out how to keep track of all this and make it work for you!  Luckily we have made it easy for you!  On the Team Beachbody site there are tracking sheets that you can put your container allowance at the top and you can tally each meal of the day and check of what you have! This really gives you a visual to follow. There are also amazing apps available in the Apple Store and Android Google Play store!
    Now, the hard part - showing the good old 'goodbye' photos! These are my before photos for this round. Following a total hysterectomy in August and then 12 weeks of recovery - this is what I look like - not horrible, but not great either. I have a goal of competing come November of 2015 and want a solid start! Time to start stripping some fat off of this ole body!
    This is me in 2012 - time to get back to THAT!  I looked good and even better, I FELT good! 

    It's game on!!!!  You can follow my results over the next 21 days!!!  I'm ready to rock it!

    Do you want in on my 21 Day Fix accountability and Support?!?!  Sign up for your FREE Team Beachbody.com account HERE and email me at candace@flabbymomtofitmom.com to be considered for my next accountability and support group!  I will keep you on track to reaching your own 21 day success!!!!  The start of a new you, a healthier lifestyle and the body you have always wanted..... THE HEALTHY WAY!!

    Monday, December 8, 2014

    An apology...

        I want to apologize to all of you that read this blog. I have slacked on posting the things that I had hoped would inspire and motivate other moms to get healthy and lose weight. I have slacked on my fitness and nutrition. I have let LIFE get in the way. I have missed emails and comments and have just plain sucked it up.

        Well, my resolution for this year is to be better than ever at bringing you all quality content and helping you all to see the benefit in working out at home with your family. While my workouts are my "me" time, it never fails that a little guy will come wandering in wanting to join me and I wouldn't have it any other way - because we are the examples of healthy living for our children and healthy habits ALWAYS start at HOME. 

        So, in closing this apology, I'm starting my resolution early. Look for great content DAILY. Look for tips on how to fit your workout in, while balancing the rest of your busy lives. Will it be easy (on my end or your end)? No. Will it be worth it? YES! 

    Email me at candace@flabbymomtofitmom.com with questions or concerns. I'm open to fielding anything and everything.

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