Did you know that the average person gains 7-10 lbs over the holiday season!?
That is 7-10 lbs maybe on top of what you already wanted to lose or its going to force you to feel sluggish and less energetic for the things you need to get done this season. Its insane to think about all that right ? If you’re someone on your health and fitness journey, the holidays are also about survival mode when it comes to reaching your goals. This is the time of year when most people make excuses as to why don’t have the time to workout or why they don’t have the money to eat healthy.
I know for a fact that if you have a strong desire and motivation to do anything then you will find a way. If you are not highly motivation then you will find excuses instead! I hear it a lot. For the last 2 years of coaching people to reach their health and fitness goals, I see excuses, I see people lose motivation and give up , but I also do see people that succeed. You can stay on track during the holidays! Here are 4 characteristics you need to have to stay on track this season and always.
Whypower. A strong driving force or ” WHY” to change their nutrition and fitness. You can’t “sorta” kind of want to change. You have to really want to change! If your why isn;t big enough, it will be that much harder for you to stay consistent. The work you put it now will be a reflection of your results next month and the month after . The work you put in NOW does not need to be perfect. You just need to have a good balance to get through this tough season. Its possible!
Commitment. Commitment means staying loyal to the things you said you were going to do; long after the feeling of wanting to do it goes away. People that succeed are committed. They are willing to do whatever it takes to be successful and they are not quitters. They may feel like they failed from time to time but they are all in !
Faith. People who succeed have faith! They believe that without a shadow of a doubt that somehow , some way , they will be successful at this . Its just that, it’s a series of trials, errors and triumphs before you find what works best for you . Everyone is different.
Stick To Planning. Preparation and planning is key. Successful people follow the nutrition plan. Yes , I know most people don’t want to hear this but it’s the truth! The people who have the MOST success are those that really do truly follow the nutrition plan laid out in the program.
I am on a mission this holiday season to keep people including myself ACCOUNTABLE and MOTIVATED to continue their health and fitness journey. Have you applied yet?
You can apply HERE and I will be in contact with you
What is Gut Health?
I’m sure you’ve seen, heard , or yove u’d a conversation about gut health . Have you heard the term “leaky gut“?
Everything starts in your gut . It’s the “Home” station in your body and basically means it’s the starting point to our health. So why wouldn’t we want to take care of our bodies right ?
Did you know that problems with your immune system, skin, inflammation, digestion issues, emotional health , can all mean there’s a problem with your gut?
It all boils down to what we put in our gut . The majority of people are putting bad bacteria in their bodies and it’s the GOOD bacteria that we need more of !
Here’s the deal … it’s connected to all of our issues. What we feed our bodies causes inflammation. … Sugar , processed foods , and gluten. It all breaks the lining down in our intestines and allows the bad bacteria and toxins we’re exposed to daily leak into the bloodstream.
Crazy right ?
If toxins are leaking out of your gut and into the bloodstream, it’s no wonder you’re feeling horrible .
It affects us in forms of pain; inflammations, fatigue , and auto immune issues …. Serotonin is even affected! So this is what I’ve learned …
If we feed our bodies things that don’t keep it whole, that’s when we see more things like depression and anxiety go up!
Listen to your body, it’s your vehicle. It wants to run at its best. Fuel it do what it wants to do .
Biotic means life and antibiotic means death: probiotic gives our gut the good kind of bacteria . Aka Flora! This helps your digestion, boosts the immune stem , and helps your body see and feel good things that are happening to it . The prebiotic in my shake is one of the BEST probiotics that can actually break down the acid in your gut ! Most don’t even get that far .
It’s made out of Whole Foods with no chemical or artificial sweeteners! Whole Foods help heal your body naturally! Don’t rely on meds or do do the job. Medication is not natural and your body doesn’t know how to deal. In return, it will just be a temporary bandaid for what’s really going on.
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Guys! I can’t even express to you how excited I am about Beachbody’s newest program! I am totally itching for a kick in the butt and Im ready to make the shift. I do so well with structure and when I have something to follow . Are you itching for a new and AMAZING workout program that not only helps you get fit and lose weight but ALSO shifts your mindset in a more positive awesome way?? Well you definitely do not want to miss out on Chris’s workout! He is so motivational and inspiring!
Click Below To Check Out Chris Downings Latest Fitness Program!!!
Summer is here and it’s a busy time for everyone! A couple of weeks ago , my health and fitness coach was selected to be in the official test group of this program by trainer, Chris Downing. It has been such an incredible experience watching her journey of transforming her body in just three weeks! I have absolutely no doubt that I want to do this program and see the results on myself. Both my husband and I are going all in and following it to the T. Im going all in for the month of July and you should join us ! The workout program launches July 12th. It’s a 6 week rev-up program designed to help you attain amazing results by intensifying the workouts and shredding the meal plan.
What Does it Mean to be in a Test Group?
A test group is a selected group of coaches who’ve been asked to review the program in a private group and provide feedback throughout their journey. Each coach participates in the program’s nutrition plan and fitness plan. It allows the creators and production team to make any tweaks to the program or to the nutritional plan before it is released to the public. They provide the company with testimonials and transformations to be used for endorsement.
What are Workouts Like?
Beachbody describes Shift Shop as a “3-week rapid rebuild.” (Check out the results below, can you believe most of them are from just 3 weeks?!) What Chris has created is a mix of cardio and strength training, with each week ramping up in length and intensity.
Week 1: Shorter 25-minute workouts 6-days a week to help you focus and get committed to the program.
Week 2: As your body begins to get use to the workouts, 10 minutes are added to each workout—35 minutes each!
Week 3: Just like the previous week, the length and intensity ramps up. Be ready for 45 minutes of high intensity fitness! It’ll be challenging, but week 1 and 2 will have prepared you for it!
Sundays are a rest day, but include an optional stretching program to help you recover.
What is the Shift Shop Meal Plan?
Have you ever used the Portion Fix containers by Beachbody, like the ones used in 21 Day Fix? Shift Shop uses these same color-coded measurement containers, but adds it’s own little twist. Each week, as your workouts change, your meal plan will also change.
Week 1 will feel similar to the meal plan you may have followed in other programs using Portion Fix containers, but with a more specific list of foods.
Week 2 will ask you to cut down on starchy carbs, revving up protein and veggies.
Week 3 takes it a step further and completely cuts out your yellow container (carbs), while increasing healthy fat and proteins with unlimited vegetables.
Who is this program for?
ANYONE! That’s the joy of this program. If you’re just getting back into fitness after falling off the bandwagon, this is a great program to get to back into the swing of things. If you’re just starting your fitness journey and need to lose weight, you’ll see tremendous results! And if you’ve already been working out regularly, you’ll take your fitness to the next level!
This program isn’t geared specifically toward people looking to lose weight or looking to gain muscle. It involves BOTH cardio and strength to help you lose weight and feel stronger!
Is Shift Shop a hard workout?
The program is challenging, but it’s something that anyone can do! Each week amps the a little helping you gain the stamina and strength to keep up. Plus, for each workout there’s a modification. So if you’re struggling keeping up, switch over to the modification and you’ll be able to keep on going!
What equipment will I need for Shift Shop?
The Shift Shop markers
A set of weights (the size is up to you and your strength)
A good mat to add bit of cushion for certain workouts
If you’re using Beachbody On Demand, the markers will be available to purchase separately through Team Beachbody. If you purchase a Challenge Pack they’ll be included in your order!
Are You Ready to Make the SHIFT with me ?
It’s time to get started on that new routine you’ve been yearning for! Let’s face it , no matter how healthy we think we eat, how much we think we exercise, there is ALWAYS room for improvement. Every time I challenge myself to keep track of my food, to amp up my workouts, I notice big jumps in my energy level and how I feel overall each day ! Im definitely looking forward to making the SHIFT.
I know it’s easy to get off track. I know you’re scared of commitment . It starts with a slice of pizza here and there , an ice cream here and there , a cookie now and then , a few drinks with friends and before you know it you feel tired and crave all the bad! All the working out in the world isn’t going to take away the bloated and sluggish feeling you get when you over eat. This virtual bootcamp will focus on grilling tips , eating on vacations, going out to restaurants , summer temptations with BALANCE and not feeling deprived!! That sounds good right ? Don’t be afraid to commit. Be afraid to miss out because time passes whether you’re on board or not.
We are going to jump start our weight loss by clearing out the junk and working on those bad habits by replacing them with new ones. I want you to maintain what I teach you and for you to make progress .
If you want to try Shift Shop for the first time right along side me and a bunch of other amazing people, fill out the form below and you’re in! I will be in contact with you within 24 hours.
Coming back from vacation was enough time away for me to get my motivation and spark going again. My clean eating habits and the time change completely threw me off and I missed my 80/20 balance! It’s ok because my kids had a blast at Disneyworld and it was all worth it! I came back with every intention to focus hard and truly dial in to my health and fitness and ensure all of my challengers are feeling and seeing progress. Every ounce of fire in me wants to see people to succeed at this too. One of the biggest things I’ve learned on my health and fitness journey is that life sure has its share of ups and downs. We have no control over what, when , and why, but we can only manage to control how we choose to feel. It’s ok to get knocked down, to feel defeated, and to be tired. But its even more important to get back up and get yourself off the floor. Let yourself have those off days. But choose to be your own motivation too. Your desire to change has to be greater than remaining the same.
I am really focusing on teaching my current coaches and challengers the importance of taking care of yourself no matter how tough life gets. It doesn’t matter how busy we are. We have to make the time. I’m super excited to see and hear that everyone is feeling results. First and foremost, if you do not own a copy of “Eat Clean Recharged” by Tosca Reno go out and get your copy now. It not only tells you exactly how to get started eating clean but it really gives you the history behind why eating clean is the most beneficial for your body. There are so many areas that Tosca touches upon in the book that were like “ah ha” moments for me! I love how every single fitness program I love to follow is incorporated with the same clean eating principles, except its way more simplified.
Portion sizes This strategy does not count calories or points. Instead you are guided by simply following correct portion sizes and pairing the correct foods together. So it is very easy to stick to the correct plan and make this a lifestyle because you don’t need any fancy sliders to figure out your calories or scales to measure your food. A serving of protein is the palm of your hand. A serving of complex carbohydrates such as apples, oranges, veggies is 2 cupped handfuls and a serving of starchy carbs is the size of 1 cupped handful. I use these awesome portion control containers to simplify my portions and they’ve helped me so much. If you follow the correct portion sizes you will stay on track and are less likely to over indulge. When you combine a complex carb and a protein together, you are keeping your energy levels stable and avoiding the sugars to crash and make you hungry faster.
Get a lunch tote or cooler 31 handbags sells these great lunch totes that are perfect for packing healthy snacks and meals. On Sunday I always sit down and plan out my meals for the week. I make my grocery list and then I cut up fruits and veggies and portion into serving sizes for the week. I measure out hummus, all natural PB and nuts as my proteins to pair with my fruits and veggies. Then, if I am out doing errands I always pack a snack and even an extra one! I always throw in my shaker cup and shakeology because you can always find water somewhere! I try to avoid being stranded and starving! I will never let myself get to the ravenous stage where I eat everything in sight! This has been my saving grace.
Carry a refillable bottle with water everywhere you go. You can add lime, lemon, cucumber and strawberries to your water to give it flavor. NO SODA OR JUICE! I’m telling you that it’s full of empty calories and you are not going to lose the weight if you drink soda or juice! Just WATER!
Drink green tea when you are hungry I noticed that this helps with my cravings especially in the late afternoon or evening! I always strive for green or herbal tea in between my meals for a little pick me up. In fact, Im drinking some right now.
Buy In Bulk. It is better to buy fresh produce than frozen. Especially in chicken they infuse it with salt water as a preservative. I prefer to buy organic too. Pick a day that you can make some proteins of your choice for the week ahead of time. When you wake up and you’re running out the door, having some protein you pre made really sets you up for a good day of eating rather than wondering what to eat or saying you don’t have the time. You can easily pull out your chicken and throw it into a salad or a bowl.
Plan For Leftovers. Cook extra for dinner and place in containers for lunches throughout the week. Get used to planning out your week with a few leftovers for your lunch the next day.
Eat Often . Do not deprive your body. Eat six small meals a day. Eat every two and a half to three hours. I literally had to set the timer on my phone for a few months to remind myself to eat what I had packed. Now that I have been doing this for so long, my body automatically tells me that its time to eat! I do eat a lot and when Im off track, my body and energy levels feel it.
Make Breakfast A Priority. I love breakfast. You should be eating breakfast everyday. I drink my shakeology for breakfast or I will eat a large colorful quick breakfast. It all depends on my mornings and what we have planned.
Always Eat A Combination Of A Lean Protein And A Complex Carbohydrate. A lean protein would be your plain unsalted nuts, almond butter, all natural peanut butter, and meats such as chicken and fish. A complex carb is your fruits and veggies such as bananas. apples, oranges, cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes to just name a few. Incorporating a healthy fat in there makes it even better! This is why I love using my container system . It allows me to see just how many I need to have each day.
Eat The Best Quality. Depend on fresh fruits and vegetables for fiber, vitamins, nutrients and enzymes. Limit your starchy complex carbs to two to four servings each day. I suggest not relying to heavily on juices. I would aim to get your servings of fruits and veggies each day from actulaly eating them. This way you get the added fiber from the skins of the fruits! Juices more often than not have added sugars and additives that our bodies do not need.
Eating clean is not always easy when things come up or life happens. But its that one lifestyle that can work for everyone. There is no magic pill. Combining these rules with just 30 minutes of working out daily will not only help you lose weight, but it will allow you to feel better than ever! There is no perfect balance. The true formula comes down to 80% nutrition plus 10% exercise, and 10 % genetics.
Im getting together two new groups this month. First we will focus on the clean eating principles, how to pair our foods together, and I will share just how easy this is. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Then we will move on to incorporating these habits combined by following a workout program together.
What do you need to do?
Commit to starting on May 29th and staying committed.
Prepare to be surrounded by busy positive people who want you to succeed with them!
Have a chance to win prizes!!!!
Are you in? Are you ready to focus on YOU , get healthy , involve your family , and learn better habits with us? Be sure to comment MORE INFO or email me at Jaclyn@TheFitHairdresser.com and I will share more details with you . Spots must be reserved by June 1st.
One of the most common things I hear people tell me is how they feel meal planning and prepping is hard. It can seem like such a daunting task when you let it overwhelm you because you live a busy lifestyle. Living a busy lifestyle is all the reason you should get into the habit of planning your week out as much as you can. Here are a few ways you can start implementing meal prepping into your week.
A few things you should consider before getting started:
Did you write out your goals?
Are you trying to lose weight?
Gain weight? Build muscle? Save money ?
Free up time during the week ?
When it comes to being prepared, planning and prepping is key to accomplishing your health and fitness goals. It’s important to know that meal prepping doesn’t need to be done perfectly and it definitely doesn’t need to stress you out. There really are ways to make this fun and the more you do it, the easier it will become. Meal prepping doesn’t always have to happen on a sunday either. You choose what day works best for you. Social media outlets and the internet are full of resources and pictures of people with their picture perfect preps. When you’re a busy working mother like me, time is of the essence and you will be lucky to have time to plan and prep some food ahead. Believe me when I tell you, it can be done. Don’t compare your planning and prepping to someone else’s who has been doing this for a long time. Their goals are different from yours.
Do you have a system in place ?
I love to plan my week out by using this blank template. You can view and print HERE. I spend some time looking at my calendar for the week and plan out our meals for the week. If it seems like my evenings will be pressed for time, I will try to use my crockpot more. If I will be home a little earlier, I will try a new recipe. The more you discipline yourself, the more you will look forward to this process because you will feel results. When you feel results, you will notice the difference between planning and not planning. Fail to plan, plan to fail.
Some people work night shifts, some people have weekends off, or some people work weekends. This needs to be a plan that fits your lifestyle. Sometimes, just simply having a few ready -to -go meals available and on hand will give you more flexibility to pick what you eat on the go. It is the best strategy. This doesn’t have to be perfect. You learn and find a system as you go.
How do you start?
In my private health and fitness groups, we always discuss the importance of eating a good balance of lean proteins , complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. I love living by the clean eating principles because they are easy to stick to and I never feel like I’m depriving myself. Will you be counting calories or counting portion control containers like me? I’ve been watching my portions with these awesome containers and I love them.
I love to include a good range of fruits and vegetables into my menu. If you plan on prepping some food, I always suggest you write down a list of meals that you will want to eat during the week. You want to consider your breakfasts, am and pm snack, lunch , and dinners. If you find that you go too long without eating, planning and prepping is key. If you’re trying to make healthier choices, start by eating 5-6 small meals during the day and eating every 2.5-3 hours. This will allow more structure into your diet and will help your energy levels throughout the day. You will not have blood sugar crashes if you’re eating the right foods. I always suggest to my challengers to set an alarm on their phones to get into this habit. Its hard work when you first get started, but your body will eventually crave it and love that you are keeping it fueled throughout the day. This will also help you not overeat throughout the day.
If you fill out your menu and grocery list, you will be able to go to the store and specifically get what you need.It will also save you money in the store because you won’t spend as much buying things you don’t need. If you are someone who is making multiple people food like me, doing this will help because you need to be prepared more than ever! It makes things a bit more challenging but well worth it! Before I started my health and fitness journey, my husband was not on the same train as me and my daughter could never eat a vegetable . Lets just say that consistency and results will influence your family within time if you make this a priority. How bad do you want those goals to come true? Then stick to planning and prepping every week. You have to put in the work.
Another way you can start this process is by starting small. If you want to start making healthier choices, start small but prepping some of those healthier choices. This is a great way for you to avoid temptations . If you’re not used to cooking a lot of food and find this challenging , start by prepping just 1-3 days ahead of time. This is what really works best for me . Most of the time, I always have fresh fruit and veggies washed, pre- cut , and visible in my refrigerator. If I don’t , it’s much easier to avoid them . It’s easy to try too much too soon, get overwhelmed, and make you not want to put in the effort anymore. So give yourself a reality check and make the best choices for your lifestyle.
Keep it simple
Keeping it simple means combinations like chicken, brown rice, and broccoli for dinner, and salmon, roasted carrots, and spinach for lunch. To add flavor without calories, stock up on herbs and spices. Once this becomes a little easier, you can start preparing staples — like rice, oats, lentils, and yams — in bulk. We are huge fans of yams in this family. I will make the whole bag in the oven and use them for breakfast and dinner sometimes. You can make a pot of rice, use some now for a meal, refrigerate a portion, and freeze a portion to be used later. Find what works best for you . Do not try to make a bunch of new recipes all at once because you will overwhelm yourself.
How can you make this even easier on yourself ?
Before you start your health and fitness journey, you need to draw your line in the sand and tell yourself that you can do this. Planning and prepping takes work yet it saves you plenty of time once you get home from a long day of work and you avoid eating out because you have food easy to grab at home. Include some no-cook recipes in your meal prep too. Snacks like my favorite superfoods and foods that don’t require cooking (like salads and overnight oats) can help save time in the prep process. When prepping, use the oven to cook several things at once. Veggies can generally roast together, and there’s a reason that sheet pan dinners are so popular in this house. I definitely use my oven all the time. Another thing you can do is to avoid shying away from the Crockpot . It’s a huge time saver. Just add ingredients, set, and forget. While it’s doing the work on one recipe, you have time to focus on another.
Consider making extra of the meals you make and serve them again for breakfast and lunch. Most foods ( except soups) can also be added to an omelet for breakfast or put with a salad for lunch. Another easy trick is to make salads or store leftovers in mason jars. You want to keep the liquid ingredients at the bottom for salads, then meat/toppings, then lettuce, and store them in the fridge. Then, the meal can be re- headted easily and put onto a plate and serve. I do this all the time.
Do you meal plan? What tips do you have that have helped you ? Share below!
Are you someone trying to live a healthier lifestyle? I’m getting together a new health and fitness group starting the 8th of May. We will all be working towards our goals together and I will help you get back on track. Im going to teach you the system that has worked for myself and others. I will be providing a meal plan, grocery list, daily motivation, recipes, and tips to help get you started right. Comment Below ” Interested ” or email me at Jaclyn@TheFitHairdresser.com. I will contact you to share more info! Last day to join us will be the 1st of May .
“After gaining 50 lbs. with my pregnancy I needed drastic results. Thanks to Beachbody I not only lost all the weight, I am smaller than I was before I got pregnant! My core products are P90X, Insanity, Turbo Fire & Shakeology. I am a coach for my own accountability & to share the steps I took so others can enjoy health & happiness. Let’s End the Trend!”
I’m looking for 2 more people who are READY to make a change like this. Are you overstressed, eating poor…ly, not sleeping well, and lacking energy? I’ve been there and I can mentor you step by step on how to make a lifestyle change. This includes having a positive support system, which is KEY and the piece most people miss, teaching you all about food and how it affects you, I give you meal & snack ideas, and you’ll get access to an entire year of workouts that you can literally do in 10-30 min each day. You will also get a dense dose of nutrition daily which will give you veggies, fiber, superfoods nutrients and protein – to help you curb cravings and get your nutrition in check.
You must be serious about this being YOUR TIME to Get Back on Track. You can do this all before the summer weather is here. I do not teach fads or quick fixes. I teach good nutrition, portions, quick fitness for busy people and mindset. I am committed to this because its what changed me completely. We start our new Busy Mom’s Health & Fitness Group on Monday!
Why not now? Why can’t this be YOU? It can!
“The girl in grey used to smile to hide the pain, frustration, and sadness she felt. She was unhappy, unhealthy, tired, embarrassed, depressed, and felt terrible about herself.
That was the very first picture I took when I began my fitness journey in July 2012. Insanity was my very first program. I weighed about 190 pounds.
Fast forward to sometime in 2014 with consistent workouts and Shakeology, I had lost about 40 pounds!
It’s very difficult for me to post transformation pic…tures because I’ve always been so critical of myself. But I think it’s an important illustration to encourage you to be persistent. Be diligent. Be determined. Be encouraged. Be consistent. Be fierce. Be brave. And the most important thing NEVER GIVE UP!
I’m had many setbacks along my journey. But, I’ve learned to let that sh*t go and move forward. You can’t let that derail you. It’s consistency that will eventually get you to your goals.
I’m a mom of 2. I’m in my 40s. I’m an autism mom. I’m an RN. I’m the breadwinner. I’m stressed. I’m busy as all what not. We are all busy. Make that commitment to yourself and have a no excuses attitude. You will be a better parent, a better partner, happier, healthier, and more confident.
Fitness is a journey, not a destination. I’m not looking back!”
My new health and fitness group starts on March 27th and I am looking for 5 people who want to get healthy and fit with me this Spring and learn to love themselves again. I’m going to teach you how I lost over 50 pounds and found my spark for life again. This isn’t about deprivation or starving yourself. it isn’t a quick fix where you can commit for 30 days and go back to bad habits. It’s about creating healthy sustainable life changes so that you can live your best life for the rest of your life.
Comment ” Interested” or shoot me a message at Jaclyn@TheFithairdresser.com
Have you ever felt that there’s got to be something MORE out of life? That you were destined to do something greater than what you are doing now?
Finding a better balance of family, fitness, marriage, faith, food, and tons of fun is what my life as a Coach has become!!!
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Are you looking for a positive place to get started on your own fitness journey? This opportunity can help you get physically, financially, and mentally fit.
I decided to go for it, dream big, and make changes . I decided I needed the change and that is exactly what started happening in our lives. My husband and I are the healthiest we have ever been and we are on this incredible journey together. Its not just the journey that matters, it’s the person you become.
After baby #2 I was able to get back into shape with the help of my awesome team and challengers. I was able to break through my postpartum blues and overcome a lot of mental sabotaging. The support I receive is amazing and I want nothing more than for everyone to have it too. If I can lose 50 lb. with this amazing lifestyle , anyone can. I have now been able to make this journey turn into a part time income, working on my own time.
Yes it is real life! I am a real mom of 2, wife, hairdresser, part introvert and extravert, and former self conscious women that steps out of her comfort zone, shares my new passion with others, and continue to stay true to ME!
What’s in this for you ?
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Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go , just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.
Its seems like I’ve been stuck in my own head a lot lately. We all get like this from time to time right ? Between the constant worries and daily battles, I sometimes feel defeated. Its easy to want to curl up in a ball and lock myself in my room. The constant juggling can catch up to me from time to time and my fears tend to kick in.
Is my son going to be ok ? Am I being a good mom ? Willy I be able to put him in a mainstream class? What if nobody understands him in preschool ? How is he going to defend himself ? Am I paying more attention to one more than the other? Am I showing my husband enough attention ? Am I showing my daughter enough attention ? Will I be as successful as I aim to be ? Is it ok to want to grow my business and still be a good mom ? Am I putting in my part in this marriage ? I get to thinking and my reasoning keeps coming back to me. Why do I strive for more? I strive for more so that I can be here for my kids. My kids are my why. My kids are the reason I want to take care of myself. My kids are the reason I want to build my businesses.
Elijah’s journey has been a whole journey within itself. I’m still shocked that my son qualifies for services after the age of 3. Why does this bother me so much ? Well for starters, being the parent in these shoes is something difficult to be in. Its even more difficult when you really don’t know what the diagnosis is or if there is even a diagnosis . The beauty of qualifying for services is that I know we are getting him all of the intervention that will benefit him later on . I feel like he is doing great. I can see that the intense therapy he receives is making a difference in his life . I’m exhausted and I sometimes want to lose it. Between having to muster up more patience than I thought I could ever have to constantly to explaining myself over and over, I love my son. It doesn’t matter whether or not he is diagnosed with anything . I just want answers. I just want to make sure I’m doing all that I can . Truth is, Im not in control . I run my day, yes. But God runs my life. Upon some research, I found that my son can possibly have a genetic mutation and that can be the cause of his laryngomalacia. I am going to ask for genetic testing to be done once this new schedule of ours settles in.
I truly believe my son has delays because of all the lack of oxygen he went through his first month of life . I will never know. When people see him , they see a beautiful little boy full of love and life. That’s exactly who he is. He is such a precious and loving soul who adores his mama. Its easy for anyone to mention their opinion or advice too. After all, that’s just society. Everyone has an opinion. But no one knows my life more than myself. I know my kid better than anybody else. Having a child with laryngomalacia and delays in other areas can be emotionally exhausting. But as a mom, we do what we have to do . We commit to making our child’s needs a priority because we love them and want what’s best for them. Its ok to be scared. Its ok to worry. Its ok to not know what’s next. I have to accept that its ok to be a mom who has a child with extra needs. Extra needs is extra needs and it doesn’t matter the severity of the needs. Extra needs is extra needs . The constant talks with therapists and specialists, the frequent doctors visits, and the never ending reports. It never ends. You almost wonder if it ever will. Its easy to get stuck in your own head and worry. But when I look into my son’s eyes, I see my little champ. My son is so bright, so loving, and so determined to get his point across. He sure is showing us that he understands what we are saying and he truly tries to communicate back. When I look into my daughters eyes, I see a little girl who loves her mommy and daddy. I see a sister who loves her brother unconditionally. His vocabulary is growing and he is starting to get physically stronger. I just signed him up for gymnastics and I think this is going to be better than weekly physical therapy sessions. The core and balance work is going to be great for him . Deep down, I feel so blessed and honored to be his mommy. God gave me this path to teach me many lessons. I can sit here and question all of the suggestions and things that therapists mention to me. But I choose to keep my head up and take action .
My kids are the reason I have big goals. Last year we spent over $2000 in copays. I want to be present for my children and give them more than I ever had. My kids are the reason I want to build a six figure business. I want to be successful so that we can move anywhere and I still have a job. I want to be able to afford college for my kids. I want to take that financial burden off my husband and we will be able to pack our bags and leave for the weekend whenever we want. I’m creating that freedom in my life by working this business. The only way to continue to do this is to work smarter. I’ve been focusing on time management. Penciling everything in my calendar is what really helps me. Separating business and family time is crucial. Its ok to be a mom boss. It most definitely is. I want to wake up each day and run my day. I don’t like when my day runs me. Through this journey of self love and self care, I am learning that it really doesn’t matter what happens to me . I am the author of my story and I choose to be the best mom I can be for my kids. I don’t have this all figured out and I don’t want to. Deep down I know what matters is that I take care of myself whole heartedly from the inside and out. This means I need to continue doing the things that makes me feel good. Taking care of myself makes me feel good . Being present for my kids makes me happy. God sent me this opportunity or me to show other mom’s that its ok to be stressed and overwhelmed. I will use my struggles to fuel me through my journey. We all have our problems. We all tend to over work ourselves and be hard on ourselves. Its important to put the pause button on every now and then and pay attention to our own needs. It does’nt matter what happens to you. What matters is what you do when something happens to you. Are you going to stay down when you fall or are you going to get up, dust yourself off and keep going ? I choose to keep moving forward.
Do you struggle with what foods are healthy to eat?
Do you struggle with how often to eat and portion sizes?
Do you want to learn more about how to fuel your body for energy and healthy weight loss?
Do you want tips to make healthy eating a lifestyle change vs a crash diet?
Join me for a one week group where I am going to teach you how I got started with clean eating.I am going to share a sample grocery list, snack ideas, simple easy 30 minute meals, and more! Its not about low fat and fat free. I tried that, it didn’t work! The quality of your food is the key to success. My goal is to help you learn and get started now!! This 5-day group is designed to empower and equip you to make healthy choices in your everyday life, to replace some bad habits with some better ones, all to assist you into becoming a healthier, happier, sexier version of YOU! Don’t misunderstand. THIS IS NOT A DIET. I have not designed this short 5-day group to be a crash diet, because crash diets are quick fixes and do not help you live longer or better in the long run. This is designed to motivate and inspire you to make small SUSTAINABLE changes everyday toward a better lifestyle.
What you can expect from me:
We will cover basic clean eating essentials, why they are important, share quick tips, food prep & recipes, and help motivate you toward your healthier lifestyle.
What I expect from you:
Be present in the group by posting questions, comments, or sharing a personal story or experience. Choose a few ideas from this group and implement them into your daily routine. Commit to get moving daily. It doesn’t matter what you are doing. Just exercise. Take a walk, ride a bike, lift weights, run a mile….just DO SOMETHING 🙂 And drink water. Lots and lots of water. THATS IT!
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Chances are you probably start off each week with every intention to make it healthier right ?
When it comes to be being healthy and fit, its not just about working out and what you do at the gym. Its what you do in your kitchen that really matters. Are you putting in the work ? How many times have you come home from a long day, looked in the fridge, found out you have nothing, and said to yourself ” I’ll just order pizza. ” By planning and prepping, you can prevent this from happening.
Chances are you end up scrambling around and wondering what you will eat for dinner. Because of our busy lives, serving our family healthy meals may seem impossible at times. When your alarm goes off each morning, its time to get going. There are children to care for, tasks to be dealt with, and work to get done. When the evening rolls around, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen making a nutritious meal. Its easier said than done, especially for a busy mom. But if you want to become healthier, make long lasting changes and habits, then you must be willing to put in the work.
Planning our meals for the week and making simple preparations ahead of time allows my family and I to eat healthy all week and enjoy home-cooked meals even on the busiest of nights. I am going to share with you 3 tips on how I plan my menu out despite how busy life can get. It will definitely be worth the time and effort.
1.Planning. A lot of fitness fanatics these days are into planning and cooking their meals for the whole week ahead of time. But you can still eat healthy without having to cook all at once. I plan a week of meals ahead of time . I prefer to start brainstorming either late saturday night of early sunday morning. I will sit down with my weekly planner and think about what events and activities the family has going on for the week. I also always ask my husband what sort of recipes does he feel like eating during the week. Yes I give him an option because I try my best to include him as much as possible when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle. After looking at my calendar, Im able to see what days I will have time to actually cook and other days where I will need to have something made in short time.
There are others who prefer to make a few meals ahead of time, freeze or refrigerate, and let the menu take care of itself. There really is no right or wrong way in meal planning as long as you don’t find yourself reaching for anything in site because you went to long without eating and you get famished, or you simply didn’t check to see whether or not you have the food you need on hand.
I start with thinking about what dinners we want to have for the week. As you consistently put in the meal planning effort and discipline yourself to make it a non negotiable , you will find that it gets to be easier and something you look forward to. You will find which foods you do and don’t like too. There are two days out of the week I do not like to cook and on those days, my husband will cook or I bring out the crockpot .When I am planning out my dinners for the week, I like to consider what I have on hand first. Whatever I have on hand , I try to make those meals first keeping in mind that I do not want any food to spoil. Are you a leftover type person? If so, maybe making extra during dinner time will ensure that you have your lunch ready the next day . Maybe you want to make one additional meal during dinner time specifically for your lunch? Play around with your options and your schedule. Do what works best for you. After I have considered our dinners for the week, I start filling in what I want my morning snack and afternoon snack to be.
The key is to keep it simple. Keeping it simple makes it easier to manage and its also easier on the budget too. I like to consider about four to five healthier snack options for the week. When considering different options, you want to be sure to eat something that is a good source of protein and pair it with a complex carb. You don’t want to just have sugar alone or a carb alone. Pair a protein and a complex carb together at once. This allows your body to digest the food better and maintain good energy levels throughout the day. I prefer to not have the same snack two days in a row and instead opt to repeat every other day. This keeps it more exciting for me and it helps us use what we have in our pantry.
Never skip breakfast. It’s extremely important to eat something for breakfast every morning. I aim to eat a lot of color in the morning. Eating a well balanced breakfast also helps you not get so hungry and have an energy crash during the day. Consider your breakfast options for the week and write them down . I like to pre make egg and veggie muffins like these http://thefithairdresser.com/egg-tin-muffins/ if I know I will be out the door very early. Overnight oats are a delicious option I eat a few times a week. I add some fresh fruit with it too. I also love having my favorite super food smoothie in the morning as well. It really helps me have all my vitamins and nutrients in my system and it helps curb any craving I have throughout the day. If you feel like you can never get your recommended amount of vegetables or fruits in your diet, lack energy throughout the day, then shakeology is a great addition to your day.
2. Shopping And Prepping. After brainstorming and thinking about what you want to eat throughout the week, take your list to the store and shop strategically. I used to be notorious for always forgetting my list at home and shopping by just grabbing whatever I thought I needed. That always resulted in spending way more than necessary. Are you guilty? When you come back from the store, its time to begin washing, prepping, and cutting some ingredients. Its also important to properly store ingredients to keep them as fresh as possible. I prefer anything glass as I can see what I have stored and I can microwave if needed. If you plan on making your meals the same day , consider washing the ingredients you might need to save you time. I like to keep in mind whether or not I will need to purchase pre cooked chicken or make my chicken ahead of time. I love to cook a lot of veggies at once. The oven has become my best friend because I can lay out all my veggies and roast them. I love adding sweet potatoes to my meals because they taste delicious paired with a good source of protein, and I can make the whole bag all at once. If you plan on having rice during the week, it will save you time if you make it ahead of time. Chopping your vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and anything raw really helps you save time and pre portion some really good snacks or ingredients for a salad. Get into the habit of making things all at once and hop on the mason jar salad bandwagon. You can find loads of ideas on Pinterest such as this one. I find it super important to stock up on berries, fruits, and raw unsalted nuts. These all make excellent portable snacks and my children love them. Just put in the work and that alone feels great. It doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to take a long time. Any effort equals progress .
3. Don’t Self Sabotage Yourself. Never eat foods you despise. Note that the more and more you implement effort and consistency, the greater the reward. Always remember that any progress is good. If you have time to try a new recipe, make a habit to try a new recipe once a week. Don’t stress yourself out. You can only do the best you can. The more you eat healthier, the more you will get to know and understand your body. Your palette will change and you will naturally want to eat cleaner because you will feel amazing. But plan ahead as often as you can and avoid those trigger foods. Don’t set yourself up for failure by buying your favorite guilty pleasure. Clear the temptations and stock healthy nutritious food. Try molding this lifestyle into your family and understand that it will take time for the husband and children to hop on board. It took my husband months. If you have to cook certain veggies or meals for yourself only, thats ok too. Do what works best for you and understand that this is a journey and it takes time. If you want healthy and long lasting change, you have to be willing to put in some work. You can also read some more tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle, check out http://thefithairdresser.com/it-all-starts-with-you/
For more meal planning tips or questions, you can contact me at Jaclyn@TheFitHairdresser.com and I would be happy to connect with you.