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Giveaway Winner & Motivation Monday!!!!

Happy Monday!

The past few days have been a bit rough for us :-/ I will explain more tomorrow. Today however, we have a giveaway winner to announce! The whole month of September you have been entering to win the Saturn Supplements Smart Whey protein.

And the winner is …….

Aurora C. 

Congratulations lady!!!!! 

Now to get motivated for this week!!!!

Don’t forget to check out NPC Figure Competitor Hope Trask’s Lady Swole Monday!

I hope you all have a fabulously fit day!!!!!

 

Be back soon

Normally I would have a lot to say today, but had some sad things happen and will be off the grid for a bit.

 

Detours & Progress Report

I had someone ask a while back why I started my cut so early? Reason being was to make sure I was doing this as healthy as possible, plus I wanted to account for set backs.

I certainly am human and do have them 😉 I didn’t go too crazy with my cravings while on my cycle, but certainly did enough to affect my progress a little.  I am not going to beat myself up about it, I chalk it up to learning and having a weak moment. Again, I am only human.

One week of set backs has my weight up one 1lb, my body fat % is the same at 18.9 (note calipers are not always accurate), My waist measurement is the same, hips are down one inch, thighs are down 1/2 inch, calves and arms are the same.

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As I have mentioned before, I have been doing a ton of research on Layne Norton and his methods on nutrition. I came across this article when I started my cut and have been trying my best to model my cut on it. I feel even with my minor detour, I am still very much on schedule with my progress. Goal is obviously to lose fat, but without losing much of the mass I have worked so hard for. This is the reasoning behind starting so early 😉 You can check out his article by CLICKING HERE

Hope you all are progressing well with your goals! Do you let setbacks get you down, or do you just brush it off and keep moving? Hope you all have a fabulously fit day!

 

We Love Autumn & Macro Friendly Pumpkin Cupcakes

When Autumn starts you start hearing everyone talking about pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Pumpkin coffee, creamer, beer, ice cream, cookies, soaps, candles, etc. Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin!

Okay we are no different! WE LOVE PUMPKIN!!!! Our house is loaded with Pumpkin candles, soaps, coffee creamer, Josh’ has even loaded the fridge with every pumpkin craft beers (trust me this has been torture ha ha) We love this season. All the colors, smells, flavors, cooler weather, not to mention Josh and I are both October babies, so birthdays too 😉

We spent our family fun day yesterday looking for Halloween costume ideas for Zoe, shopping for food prep, and enjoying the beautiful weather ( although it did get a little warmer than I like)

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Seeing all the Pumpkin cookies, cakes, and treats everywhere made me crave some sweet pumpkin greatness! We bought some sugar free cake mix and icing so we could have some to fit in our macros! 🙂

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1 box sugar free yellow cake mix, 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, and 1 cup of water. Just follow the instructions of the cake mix, omit the oil and add the pumpkin in it’s place, and instead of 3 whole eggs use 3 egg whites and 1 whole egg. Mix well….

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Add a teaspoon nutmeg and teaspoon cinnamon

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We did cupcakes to keep portion control easier to track 😉 It makes 24 cupcakes bake at 325 for 19-23 mins

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We did not ice them all, so it will also be easier to measure out the icing amounts. I use a teaspoon for one cake. It was plenty for me!

DSC_5327It is so nice to have an indulgence that I will not feel guilty about!!!! The macros make it a great little treat!

24 servings

1 Cupcake WITHOUT Frosting (We purchased the Pillsbury Sugar Free Vanilla Icing. I think adding cream cheese to it would be perfect, but it wasn’t in my macros last night, so I ate it as is and it was still fabulous!)

65 Calories, 15g Carbs, 2g Protein, 2g Fat, 1g Fiber

What Autumn treat is your favorite? Are you a pumpkin fanatic too? Hope you all have a fabulously fit day!!!

 

Fall Nature Hike/Scavenger Hunt

 Yesterday’s Nature Scavenger Hunt was a blast! Zoe and I hiked 2.1 miles on the Long Trail.

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She was so excited to start looking for all the items.

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And of course wouldn’t leave the house without her rain boots ha ha ha

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I just adore how awestruck she got around every corner! She would get so enthused whenever we were able to check things off the list.

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We found all but 4 things. Can you believe there was not a cloud in the sky!?!?!

I swear she has some connection to nature ha ha seems like every time we go on a hike she just draws animals in 😉

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She just walks right up to them and they are okay with it lol

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Last year she would walk a while, then ask to be carried, so I was a little worried that I might have to carry her a ways. She never asked though 🙂 She only asked to sit a few times. Other than that she was go go go. It was so much fun explaining what things were and how things worked.

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Just us and nature. It was just a beautiful experience! We had a picnic lunch when we got back to the nature center.

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I think getting children out into nature is important. There is so much to teach and learn in the wilderness. Plus, it is an awesome way to keep your kids active!

I just adore making memories with her xoxo

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DSC_5234 How do you keep your kiddos active? What are some of your favorite ways to make memories? Do you love the outdoors?  Hope you all have a fabulously fit day!!! xoxo

 

It’s Monday & I Am Already Motivated!!!!

Woot It’s my favorite day!

I am stoked because it is finally cool enough to comfortably go hiking again!!! Zoe and I are headed out this morning to do a nature scavenger hunt.

I am already rev’d up for today!!!!

CLICK HERE to check out Lady Swole Monday with NPC Figure Competitor Hope Trask

Hope you all have an amazing day!!!! xoxox

 

Celebrating The Start Of Autumn

Yesterday was a busy and productive day for a rest day! I spent my day as I usually do working on Zoe’s lesson plan. We worked on her cutting skills. Talked about the corn harvest and many ways corn is used.

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Popcorn craft was perfect for snack time 😉

She had her power nap with Beardog

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Super hero pretend time

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Then she worked on a fall harvest cake for her and daddy

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Longest 30 mins of her life ha ha ha ha

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She was pretty excited about how it turned out 😉

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Don’t ask for the recipe ha ha we pretty much winged it on ingredients I had in the pantry. It was a free for all I tell ya ha ha ha. Turned out great though and Zoe said it was the best cake EVER! I love how proud she gets when she makes something.

How did you spend the first day of Autumn? Do you have little traditions? Hope you all enjoy your Sunday!!!

 

I Need Your Help!!!!!

If you follow me on my social networks, you may have already seen me posting a lot about the Blum family. Misty Blum’s husband Michael retired from the marines 4 months ago after 20 years of service. The transition proved to be too much for him and he took his own life on September 15th. He leaves behind a stunning wife and 3 beautiful children. The tragic news hit hard among me and many of my friends. We went to school with this couple and the news was just shocking to everyone!

I honestly could not imagine being in Misty’s shoes right now <3 To make matters worse, Misty recieved a phone call from The United States Marines letting her know that they have denied payment for funeral expenses incurred from Michael’s death. Misty was also informed that she does not qualify for survivor benefits. So not only are they heart broken, but left with financial worries and burdens.

I have been posting and searching far and wide for those who want to help this family! Here is a news article you can read more about them by just CLICKING HERE This man fought for our freedom for 20 years! In that same time, his family sacrificed for the same cause. It is the least we can do to show our soldiers support!

You can donate to a fund the family has set up by CLICKING HERE as well as check out the Event they have planned to help this family by CLICKING HERE

Any and all help as well as prayers are appreciated. I have already had a couple of phenomenal people step up and want to help! A local radio DJ has volunteered to MC the event and Robin from Ripped Cream has stepped up with a generous raffle package for the event. If you or anyone you know wants to donate a service or items to be raffled off at the event, contact me on my facebook page. If you can spare a couple of dollars please donate to this family and of course we can never get enough prayers or love xoxox

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Thank you all in advance for being awesome!!!!

 

Skin Updates!

SO sorry I skipped the last two weeks on my skin updates!!!!

With the mud run on the 7th, I didn’t roll that week. I was worried that I might get an infection during the run. I decided to play it safe 😉

Last week I did roll. I had to wait for it to heal though. I had a break out occur shortly after the mud run. I believe it was caused by not drinking enough water, poor food choices, and anxiety (not from the race) from family issues among other things. Even though the spots had healed, my face still looked red and puffy, so I didn’t think you could see much of a change in the skin texture. I was highly frustrated, because I really want to keep you all updated with my derma rolling weekly. I will say, that my mom was so impressed with my skin when we were up to visit, that she ordered her own roller (she ordered a .5mm) to help smooth out the signs of aging that she has!

This week I am SO excited to compare results from day one! Even with the break out last week, my skin is softer, more supple, more even in color, and more even in texture. The pock marks have lessened greatly as well as my pore size. Fine lines are starting to diminish and I am getting my youthful glow back. In certain lights, it seems I can see my pock marks more than others, but I am much less embarrassed about them. The improvements have been awesome, so obviously I am going to continue my treatment weekly.

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I do believe that my skin will return to what it once was or very close to it! Even with being an uncomfortable treatment at times, it has been well worth it! Having confidence back in myself is a HUGE victory for me!!!!

Hope you all have a fabulously fit Saturday!!! xoxo

 

I Can’t Always Be Wonder Woman

I was suppose to be posting my weekly results today, but mother nature has made me not feel the greatest. I have every symptom that I don’t normally have 🙁 irritable, bloated, cramping, migraine, and super sleepy. I think I will just curl up in my bed till I have to go to the gym. As much as I love to think I am Wonder Woman, I can’t be super everyday.

I actually started feeling this way yesterday afternoon. Josh was very understanding and instead of going to the gym I just lounged around on the sofa starting the recuperation process. Before I started feeling really bad, we did manage to get our Christmas shopping started 😉

Too early for Christmas? Yeah maybe a little lol, but we like to get a head start. Josh’s parents will be down next month, so we plan on taking advantage of the visit by having them take Zoe for a few hours so we can do our shopping without her. This way she can have some awesome surprises come Christmas morning. Yesterday was more just going to the toy store and taking pictures of things we saw that she loved. She gave us a ton of ideas!!! It makes shopping so much easier to just have her tell us all the things she wants lol.

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Once at home I laid down and started reading more of Layne Norton’s blog and learning as much as I can about macro-nutrients and training. I am excited to gain more knowledge about my passion!

For now rest, so I can have an optimal training session this afternoon. I will be training legs & biceps, then getting a little cardio in. Hope you all have a fabulously fit day! xoxo

Don’t forget to checkout my sponsor Saturn Supplements!!!!

 

New Stack & Changing Nutrition Mentality

I am a week into using my new stack from Saturn Supplements.

I am excited to say that so far, so great! I have been having more focus in the gym and I feel my recover has been more efficient when I started using the new aminos. Plus when I mix them with the k-pump it has an orange creamsicle flavor which rocks!!! Instead of drinking it as a pre-workout I have been using it as my beverage of choice while I train since it also has electrolytes to keep me hydrated.

I woke up yesterday feeling leaner than I have in a while I am excited for the check in this week to see where I stand!

This cut has been SO different than last year. I think because I am more lax on my calories, I have incorporated cheats, and am actually full every night vs going to bed feeling like I am starving. I am doing more research on Dr. Layne Norton and his methods. I have friends who are being coached by him now.  His methods WORK and I love that none of his clients are starving. It is all a macro science. I currently have my macros set at 40/40/20 but most days I eat 45/30/25 Here is a video he posted about Clean Eating vs IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) You can CLICK HERE to check it out. I feel by what I am learning with him, I will be modifying my nutrition.

I have already learned so much this past year and have changed so much of my training mentality. The more I learn the better I get 😉 The sky is the limit!!!

Do you take aminos when you train? Have you heard of Dr. Layne Norton? Do you “Eat Clean” or IIFYM?

Hope you all have a fabulously fit day!!!!

 

A Motivating Lady Swole Monday!

Happy Monday!

Time to kick this week off right! I start every week with Lady Swole Monday 😉

Ha ha I still go even if I puke 😛

Let’s get out there and build some awesome bodies 😉 xoxox

 

 

Good Day Sunshine…..

Happy Sunday! And what a happy day it is!

I am SO happy we are finally getting some cooler weather. Bring on the campfires, hoodies, smores, hikes, and hot chocolates!!!

I am also happy and honored that Courtney at Journey Of A Dreamer nominated me for a Sunshine award!

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The award is circulated to those bloggers to let them know that their posts brighten your day.

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The Rules:
1.  Include award logo in a post or on your blog
2.  Link to the person who nominated you – Courtney at Journey Of A Dreamer
3.  Answer 10 questions about yourself.
4.  Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated.
 Here we go with Courney’s Questions…
1. If you could travel anywhere in the world – where would you go?
To be honest, there are too many to list!!!! I am hoping that Josh and I will be able to take our little family around the world to experience many different cultures. Ireland, Australia, Africa, India, many parts of the US lol I could go on and on.

2. What was your favorite christmas present as a kid?
My Easy Bake Oven hands down!!! Once I started baking, it became a passion. Who would have thought you could make tasty treats with a light bulb ha ha ha There is one on Zoe’s Christmas list this year 😉

3. If you won the lottery would you quit your job?
I am a SAHM, blogger, and training to be a figure competitor. All of which I love to do! 😉 If I won the lottery, I would most definitely keep my day job!

4. What is your biggest success up until now?
My biggest success is raising my daughter. Once I realized I was going to become a mother, my life changed in so many ways. (Those who knew me prior can attest to this ha ha) The faith I had forgotten about was re-instilled in my heart and I learned to love and live again xoxo

5. What’s your favorite book?
I read quite a bit.  I love murder, suspense, and mystery novels, but read a lot of religious books as well. The Bible is a must every night before bed. My most recent fave is When God Whispers Loudly. It is beautifully written and speaks to your heart!

6. If you could go back in time what era would you travel to?
Gah, another hard question!!! I would have to say to the mid to late 1800’s always intrigued me, but so did the 1950’s both for different reasons lol. The late 1800’s were the romantic era. Everyone was so prim and proper, yet the lifestyle was more primitive yet so refined compared to what we are use to now. 1950’s was an era of new technology, Elvis, the traditional housewife, need I say more lol
7. How would your friends describe you?
Honest, loving, trustworthy, relentless, strong, different, strange, smart, and with a sharp tongue when crossed lol

8. Were you named after someone or is there meaning behind your name?
My daddy picked Joanna because it means God’s Gracious Gift

9. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
No I am usually to sore and lazy for that ha ha

10. What was the last song you listened to?
Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
For the 10 that I nominate……
My questions for all of you are….
1. What made you start blogging?
2. What is one of your favorite kid movies?
3. If you could live in any State, where and why?
4. Do you prefer hot or cold weather?
5. What is one of your favorite indulgent treats?
6. If you get a week’s vacation, all paid, where are you going?
7. Who has been your biggest life inspiration?
8. Name one thing that terrifies you.
9.  Do you have any nicknames, if so, what are they?
10. If you won the lottery and was to donate part of your winnings, who would you choose to donate to?
I do so enjoy these awards, because I get to know a little bit more about others as well as share more about me! Feel free to answer these questions yourself in the comments section, or ask me some of your own! 😉 Hope you all have a fabulously fit day!!!

 

How I Deal With Food Cravings (Recipe)

I typically only have food cravings around that time of the month 😉 However, when I am cutting weight I seem to get them more frequently.

The sugar cravings are easier for me to deal with. I buy sugar free candy and gum. One piece is usually enough to get me through the moment.

My salty cravings are another story. I love chips and dip! It is my guilty pleasure lol

Now of course there are a ton of ways to make healthier versions, which I typically do. However, when cutting weight I am a lot more strict on my macros. Carb and fat counts on most dips are pretty high, then you add chips and oh boy I am in trouble ha ha ha.

I had a serious craving for dip the other day. My go to dip is Chicken hummus. It still has quite a few carbs and fat, but all are healthy and I can make them fit into my macros easily 😉 It is also quick and simple to make!

1 can of Garbanzo Beans

1 Clove Garlic (3 grams)

1 Tablespoon Tahini

1 Teaspoon  Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

4 Ounces Shredded Chicken Breast

Salt & Pepper to taste

Drain the Garbanzo Beans I keep the juice in a bowl off to side. Add the ingredients to your blender or food processor and blend. Add some of the juice you set aside till the mixture is smooth. Sometimes if I need more fat in my macros, I will add a little extra olive oil to the top of my dip. I add chicken for the extra protein. It is quick, easy, and oh so good!!!! I would love to use pita chips for dipping, but it always throws my macros out of wack. Celery is low calorie and low carb, so it works perfect!

This recipe makes 2 large servings and the macro count is 335 calories, 32g carbs, 13g fat, and 23g protein. It works out perfect for me.

What gets you through food cravings? Do you crave sweet or salty more?

Hope you all have a fabulously fit day!!! xoxo

 

 

Saturn Supplements Quality, Purity, Innovation, & Service

I am SO excited to be working with and supported by a company whose products I truly believe in!

When I first did a review for Saturn Supplements in January, I knew that their products were in a class of their own. They sent me K-Pump and SmartWhey

The K-Pump has been and is still a huge part of my training! Mainly because it is not only a muscle pumping pre-workout/endurance drink, but is a fat burner, full of aminos, as well as electrolytes to keep me hydrated during my long workouts.  I drink it as I go and it keeps me focused on my training. It is actually one of their most popular products!

Smart Whey is an awesome protein! It is full of aminos, glutamine, and a whooping 32 grams of protein per serving. It, at the time, was one of my favorite protein powders……

Then 6 months later they sent me this greatness!!!! Nitrox Pro has been a staple in my supplement stack since I was graced with the opportunity to try it! It is without a doubt, my favorite now! I knew after the second time I worked with Saturn Supplements, that I wanted to be a sponsored athlete of this amazing company. It was more of a dream and I didn’t think that it was possible quite yet. Being able to say that I am a part of the Saturn team is a huge blessing for me!

They sent me my training stack yesterday, so you know I was pretty stoked!!! Of course you see it has the Nitrox Pro 😉 but there are some other goodies I am very excited to try!

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The Nitrox Pro is also enriched with BCAA’s and Glutamine and a HUGE 41 grams of protein per serving!

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Next up is the Amino Pump 50000 You all know I am a stickler about getting a ton of BCAA’s before, during, and after my workouts. This is a BCAA powerhouse! The greatest thing, is it tastes exactly like the Nitrox-Pro, so you know I instantly fell in love ha ha ha  There is also 71 servings in this bottle!!!!

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The Vitaplex is a daily multi-vitamin/mineral complex that also has CoQ10, Iron, and Garlic.

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Last but not least, Thermosene. This is a metabolism reving,all natural energizer.

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I am excited to see the results after adding better quality products to my everyday supplement routine. I think the results will be night and day!!!! I will be sure to keep you all updated on my progress 😉

Be sure to check out Saturn Supplements K-Pump by CLICKING HERE and don’t forget about the Nitrox-Pro Giveaway I have going 😉

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What Saturn Supplements products have perked your interest? What do you look for when picking your supplements? Again, HUGE thank you to Saturn Supplements for allowing me to build with the power of the universe!

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Hope you all have a fabulously fit day xoxox

 
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