Don’t Lie to Yourself 

  
For YEARS, I believed that what I have now achieved wasn’t a possibility for me anymore!! I was over 30 and I had tried just about everything! Wraps, pills, liquid diets, Weight Watchers, Atkins…even starvation. I was beginning to believe the lies I told myself that I couldn’t have the body I wanted, I couldn’t have the life that I wanted. 
Then one day my friend asked me to be a part of her online challenge group. I was super hesitant-I had pretty much given up on trying to lose weight. I watched her for awhile and saw her getting great results but I didn’t want to spend anymore money. I had spent thousands trying to lose weight and failed my way up to a size 16 and living a miserable life. But something kept me thinking that this was it, this was going to be the time it actually worked… And it did!!!! 
I am so thankful that I STOPPED believing the lies I told myself and started believing IN myself! Now I’m SUCCEEDING and I get to help others do the same!!! I love my job and the fact that I get to help people feel the way I do is such an amazing thing!❤️
My next challenge group starts January 4th. Click the link below or just let me know if you want in! 
You can do anything if you believe in yourself! 💪🏼
http://bit.ly/JanuaryLifestylistChallenge

Shakeology Freezer Fudge

My family, especially my husband, has a huge sweet tooth. Sweet tooths? Sweet teeth? My family has huge sweet teeth? Meh. My family likes sweets. And they like to have the house stocked. Cookies, Popsicles, ice cream, you name it.

In order for me to resist temptation, I needed something healthy and easy so I don’t get caught off guard and gorge on birthday cake ice cream sandwiches with the rest of them.

And Shakeology saves the day again!  I’ve tweaked this recipe a bit from my previous go to “Shakeology Fridge Fudge” both are good but this is better!

Here’s what you’re going to need for Shakeology Freezer Fudge.

  • 1 scoop chocolate, vegan chocolate or vanilla Shakeology
  • 2T coconut oil (extra virgin, unrefined is preferred)
  • 2T peanut butter, almond butter or my fave, Sunbutter.
  • Nutmeg, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Just a dash
  • Stevia. I use it in liquid form and just add a small squirt.

First you’re going to put the coconut oil and nut butter of your choice in a flexible plastic container.


Then microwave for about 30 seconds.

 Add a squirt of stevia and a dash of spice and mix it around. I love nutmeg with the chocolate and pumpkin pie spice with the vanilla.

 Then add your Shakeology and stir it up.

 Pop it in the freezer and in about 15 minutes you have your “fudge”

I know, I know.  “But that’s so much oil and fats”.  Shut up! I don’t eat the whole damn thing! I just break off a piece when I get a sweet craving or when my family is elbows deep in Nutella and it does the trick for me!

 The vanilla tastes like frozen cookie dough and the chocolate tastes like brownie batter…dough… Whatevs, it’s amazing, not mention healthy and good for you.

Want more ideas for staying on track? Contact me! I live with 3 boys and have about a million ideas to keep you from getting derailed and I would love to help!

Contact me!

21 Day Fix Review

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Fitness is like a relationship, so treat it like one. I really need to remember this. Sometimes its hard to stick to the plan and get your workout in every day. So I decided to do the 21 Day Fix for my next program. Because…21 days.

I can do that.

I can!

Plus I was really excited about the nutrition part of the program. How can you go wrong with color coded containers and portion control? I was in the first bracket so I was allowed 4 green containers (veggies), 4 red containers (protein), 2 purple containers (fruit), 2 yellow containers (starches/carbs/treats), 1 blue (fats cheeses and nuts), 1 orange (seeds and dressings) and 2 teaspoons (oils and butters). I found an app on my phone that let me track my containers each day. It was a rill, RILL easy way to track my portions.

21 day fix meal guide

THE WORKOUTS

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Three weeks, 30 minutes a day. 2 active recovery days. Pretty simple. I like easy!

TOTAL BODY CARDIO FIX

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Besides Leo stealing my yoga mat, I really enjoyed this workout. It was over SO FAST! Autumn Has the workout set up into rounds, 2 or 3 moves in each round 60 seconds each move, repeated twice. By the time you get exhausted from one, its over and onto the next. This workout wasn’t HARD but you could totally make it harder. She has tips on how to increase the intensity of the moves and then theres always Kat, the modifier that you can follow to ease up on the intensity a bit.

UPPER FIX

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Yep I wore the same workout gear the next day. I slept in it! EW! Whatever, judge me if you want. I was comfy.

I loved upper fix. A mix of light and heavy weights. Different moves to work all of your arm/shoulder muscles. Not too hard, and you can always up or lower your weights to increase difficulty or to modify.

LOWER FIX

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So I showered, put on fresh clothes and LOVED Lower Fix. You can also see my little app there.

PILATES FIX

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So this is supposed to be an active recovery day…

Yeah…I call bullshit! My ass was on FIRE! I kind of hate Pilates. But that probably means that I need it.

At least I got to wear my new cute workout tank.

CARDIO FIX

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Ok so for the first time in this program I felt defeated. This was HARD, yo! I had to take some breaks and yell at Autumn a little. Prepare yourself for Cardio Day!

DIRTY 30

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This was fun, and challenging and I loved it!

I love weights! Weights are my favorite!

YOGA FIX

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Just kidding, yoga is my favorite. Always and forever. Its my ish! And Autumn rocked at it. Great, relaxing, recovery day!

Namaste.

MY MEALS

The nutrition was SO easy y’all! I’ll be following it with prolly ALL my future programs.

Here Is a typical day..

BREAKFAST

Shakeology-1 red

1 squeezed orange, half a banana-1purple

( I add the juice and banana to my Vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeo MMMMMM Heaven)

SNACK

cottage cheese-1 red

pears-1 purple

LUNCH

ground turkey-1 red

zucchini-1 green

brown rice-1 yellow

(I like to make a little stir fry and eat it for lunch throughout the week)

SNACK 2

cucumber-1 green

hummus-1 blue

DINNER

Roasted broccoli-1 green 1 teaspoon (oil)

Grilled Chicken-1 red

spinach salad with dressing-1 green 1 orange

SNACK 3

Almond butter on a brown rice cake-1 teaspoon, 1 yellow

Get your 21 day fix here -> http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/21DayFix?referringRepId=319016 

Or try it with the healthiest meal of the day, Shakeology -> http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCP21D160?referringRepId=319016 

I’ll be sharing some of my 21 Day Fix approved recipes soon!

Here’s a little looksy.

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Get your 21 day fix here -> http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/21DayFix?referringRepId=319016 

Or try it with the healthiest meal of the day, Shakeology -> http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCP21D160?referringRepId=319016 

Insanity Max 30 Finished!

Its done! Well it was actually done months ago and I forgot I was blogging about it! Super freaking typical of me. But its cool, I can pick up where I left off.

Month 2

It was harder, there were less breaks. I sweat…a lot. I was tired and I didn’t want to do it and it took me a week longer than it should have. BUT I did that ish!

I did it hard! And I lost 8 lbs and 8.25 inches!! Not bad for 60 (67) days of working out and eating clean. Oh yeah, and only following the modifier! I didn’t even go balls to the damn wall and I feel like I got rill, RILL good results.

I also got super strong. Like super human strength! I was able to finish out my final week without maxing out in any workout!

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If you want to give it a try, head here –>> http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/MAX30Base?referringRepId=319016 

Or try it with Shakeology and maximize your results –>> http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCPIM205?referringRepId=319016 

Month 1 of Insanity Max:30-Modified

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Month one is DONE! And I was finally able to make it through Friday Fight without maxing out, it only took me 4 tries 🙂

I have to say, for someone that really hates cardio, this was FUN!! I’m really excited to see what Month 2 will bring. Thats where the “magic” happens and you really see your body transform.

I have been doing this program following the modifier and it was still a challenge. I was quickly able to make it through most workouts without maxing out. But that doesn’t mean it was easy! It was CHALLENGING! I tried to push myself until the next break, “If I can make it 2 more minutes, I can take that break and I can make it through the whole thing.” I talk to myself a lot through my workouts, I also talk to Shaun T. a lot too, mostly yelling at him. And even though I hate him for that 30 minutes, he really is awesome. He is super motivating, I actually feel like he is in my living room making me push harder, go longer and cheering me on.

In week three, the schedule changes just a bit, adding Tabata Strength in place of Tabata Power. It may be my favorite one. There are no water breaks, just the 10 seconds “off” between each 20 second move. I feel like I got my best workouts in with Tabata Strength.

I loved seeing my improvements week to week. I am so competitive that I loved trying to beat my last time. Once I made it through a workout without maxing out, the challenge was to push harder next time. The one that had me maxing out dang near every time was Friday Fight, Round 1. I felt like a BADA** when I finally completed the whole thing!

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Even more bada**, I lost 6 pounds and 5 inches! BOOM! You CAN get results using the modifier, working out 5 days a week. I didn’t do anything extra, I ate clean and I stayed committed to my workouts, clean eating and my shakeology! No pills, no wraps…hard work, dedication and proper nutrition=results!

Speaking of results, my last challenge group lost over 100 pounds in just 3 weeks!! I host an online challenge group every month in a private Facebook group. I provide my personal meal plans each week and we get group support and motivation. This last group was so fun! A lot of the ladies continue in the groups each month to help them stay on track. If you’re interested, send me a message or friend request on Facebook and I can get you set up in my next group. https://www.facebook.com/julia.kelly2 or shoot me an email jmkpeterson@gmail.com

Insanity Max:30 Week 1, Modified

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Finally, my first post on my new page! This has taken waaay longer than expected so I appreciate your patience with me, especially because I really shouldn’t be allowed to “do technology”. I also welcome ANY advice on any of my screw-ups you see along the way. (It seriously took me half an hour to get that photo at the top)

So week one of Insanity Max:30 is done! I freaking LOVE IT! It’s intense, it is fun, it is HARD and Shaun T. is super motivating. If you haven’t heard of it, the point of the program is to go as hard as you can for as long as you can. When you finally hit your max and need to take a break, you write down the time. That is your “max out” time. Each time you do that workout, you try to go a little longer and push a little further than the last time. I am extremely competitive so this is fun for me. You’re competing with yourself and getting better and stronger as a result.

IM:30 is the first Beachbody program to offer a modifier track where the person modifying the moves (doing a low impact version of the workout) is on the screen the whole time. I decided to follow the modifier for the whole 60 day program for a few reasons

1. The modifier track is really cool and I wanted to try it out.

2. I just finished Body Beast and I was super “cardio-light” for awhile and I was scared of an intense cardio routine.

3. I saw before and after pics of a girl that followed the modifier for only 30 days and she had INSANE results!

4. I often have people scared to do a program because it seems too hard but they are afraid they won’t see results if they modify.

So here it is, week one! My experience, my loves, my hates, my struggles and my tips for surviving. Oh and my son sometimes decides to do it with me. He’s cute, his form is bad and he’s better than me at 5 years old. He may have some tips too.

Day 1: Cardio Challenge

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If you’ve ever done a Shaun T. workout before, there is a “fit test” that you take at the beginning and the end to gauge your progress. “Cardio Challenge” is the fit test for IM:30. So for my records, I was fit enough to make it through 17 min and 29 seconds of the modified (low impact) version before I needed to take a break.

Ok, this is harder than I thought. Ive been doing Beachbody workouts for over a year. I was just sure that I could do the modified version with ease…WRONG! I maxed out at 17:27. And that doesn’t mean it was easy up until then. I was sweating, I was pushing hard and I may have even cried a little during “plank-jack/in and out abs”.

It starts with a “warm up” for the first 5 minutes. I use that term loosely, it is still pretty intense. Then you get a 30 second break before he jumps right into the hard stuff. The good thing is that there is a 30 second break every 5 minutes. So if you can push through, you’ll get your breaks without maxing out. I think it was the scissor stance jacks that did me in and I’m not sure I could have held out for 2 and half more minutes until the last break. I’m actually not sure if I even tried to finish the rest of the set, its all a blur really. The moves are about 30-45 seconds each and you repeat them 3 times in each set. I think that knowing the time of each move is your frienemy. Sometimes its uber helpful and other times i think I’m done and realize theres still 28 god-forsaken seconds left and I want to throat-punch Shaun T. through the screen…but I just don’t have the energy.

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Next time. Next time will be better.

(Parker didn’t max out…jerk)

Day 2: Tabata Power

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Somebody shoot me! What the hell did I get myself into? I effing HATE cardio!! The 4 minute warm-up had effing lunges in it! LUNGES people!! I hate those jerks more than cardio itself! Ok, but just for 30 seconds, repeated twice…I survived.

30 second break before the Tabata madness begins. If you’re not familiar, Tabata is 20 seconds of a high intensity move (or in my case, modified) followed by a 10 second break. The ten second break sounds doable. I can handle it. Oh crap, its all LUNGES! Four moves, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, repeated twice. I made it to the second water break at 8:30. I deserve a cupcake.

The second set is all planks and pushups tabata-style, 4 different moves, repeated twice. I maxed out at 12:35. The push up/rows defeated me. But what really ticks me off is that had I pushed through for another freaking 25 seconds, I would have made it to the next water break at 13:00. Gonna make a note of that for next time.

LOVED the next set, all power jumps and high knees, which modified meant mostly high knees which I kind of rock at. The four and a half minutes flew by and there was another break.

Oh, now abs. Greeeeaaaat. Only 4:30 to my next break, I can do this! I kind of did it.

So the next 4 moves are variations of tricep dips which I’m super excited about because I really need to work on my triceps! I maxed out again. Man I really need to work on my triceps.

Last break at 26:30 (There are a LOT of breaks in this one, thank God) The last 3 minutes were a combo of every move that I hated in all of the sets- all 30 seconds each. I finished!!!

2 minute cool down

I deserve a cupcake.

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Once again, Parker didn’t max out although I’m not sure his form was really on point…but whatever.

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Day 3: Sweat Intervals

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Five minute warm up followed by a 30 second break. Easy, I’m getting used to this. Oh wait, not a water break, a stretching break. Can you call that a break?

First set, four and half minutes of some pretty fun moves even though squats were invoked. 30 second break at 10:00 i’m ROCKING THIS!

Ok so the next set wasn’t necessarily super hard but the moves were 45 seconds each. Home-girl don’t play that. Not with moving squat jabs and wide pike-ups. I maxed out at 13:35. Note to self: Effing BREATHE and tough it out for 1:25 longer next time. Water break at 15:00 I almost puked.

At 30 seconds for each move, I was able to stick this round out until the next break at 20:05

Next set, I’m feeling pretty good. 30 second moves, I’ve got this…Until the power knee. I maxed out again.

Break at 25:00 ( I really should be able to tough this crap out for 5 minutes at a time!)

Burpee lunge, cross-jack/jab, I got this ish yo!

DONE! Cool down-2:00. I’m feeling pretty damn good. I think I’ll do Ab Attack.

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Why the eff did I do ab attack? Right because I want abs. Well this should do it! 10 ab-wrenching moves-1 minute each. I maxed out at about 30 seconds on each freaking move!

I’ll do better next time.

Day 4: Tabata Power

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Lucky me! I get to do it twice in 1 week!! I wish there were an italic just for sarcasm.

So I increased my max out time by almost 13 minutes!! I wanted to quit around the same time I did Tuesday but I remembered that a break was coming so I stuck it out until 25:10! Feeling like a total bada** even though the cute little jerk didn’t max out…again.

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Day 5: Friday Fight-Round 1

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So I don’t really know when the warm-up ended and the workout began because THERE IS NO BREAK UNTIL 15:00!!! I maxed out at 11:39. I think it was “speed in and out abs” that did me in. I really need to down some E&E before this one next time.

As tough as it was, this may be my favorite one so far. Super tough but lots of fun. Combat, mixed martial arts type workouts are my favorite.

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(Really bad form, but he’s doing it man!)

I actually beat Parker. He maxed out at 9:08. In all fairness he said his tummy hurt. He jumped back in with me at the second and final break around 25:30. We are both POOPED! We deserve a cupcake but we settled for shakeology instead.

Day 6: Pulse (optional)

I decided not to do the optional 20 minute “pulse” workout because I didn’t feel like it and I’m grown and I do what I want! You’re not my dad! But Parker did it and I’m glad I skipped it. Although the extra stretch would be nice, it looked like a bunch of my most hated moves for about a minute each and then stretches for about 30 seconds in between the (much needed) static movements. I think it will be a good workout for the weeks that really kick my a**.

I will CRUSH week 2. Week 2 is my B$&*^!!