Friday, April 26, 2013

{high five for friday}

Linking up for the first time for high five for friday! All i've got to say, is thank goodness for fridays! As a teacher, friday's are treasured days and weekends are amazing! 
 1// it's always a good day when not one, but two packages arrive at your door. Thanks to Katy from Neighborhood Barre for sending my this beaut of a tank! Also pumped to get my AdvoCare Distributor Kit and get some people started on some wonderful products! Contact me for more info!

2// spark, polar watch, and lululemon  make for a perfect jazzercise outfit combo!

3//my sweet cuddly, Polo. What would I do without you?

 4//Lululemon, how I love thee. And my teeny tiny "boogie" shorts. They are reversible so kind of like 2 for the price of 1, right? Just a few more squats to go before I reveal these babies in a public place!

5// a tasty morning smoothie: 1/2 c oats, 1 T PB2, 1 frozen banana {figured that one out after I made the first one} and 3/4 c rice milk {or milk of your choice}

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


I have some exciting news, ya'll! After my 24 day challenge journey {here} I fell in love with AdvoCare products. So much so that I could not stop using them after the 24 day challenge. I wanted to find a way to help change other people's life too. Thanks to my awesome friend {Amanda} I am now an official AdvoCare Distributor. I'd love to help you achieve your personal and fitness goals! 

AdvoCare is a health and wellness company offering world-class energy, nutrition, weight-loss, and sports performance products, along with a great business opportunity. 

I'm still working on my website but you can visit here and check out all of the wonderful products!

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at

Friday, April 12, 2013

{the 24 day challenge results pt. 2}

The only thing that I regret is not doing the 24DC before our wedding almost 2 years ago. {wow time flies}

I weigh 9lbs less now than what I did when we got married.
That's kind of embarrassing!

7 lbs {my goal was 8} but 17.8 lbs since my "heaviest" weight!!! 
17.5 inches!!! I am amazed at these results!!
3 total inches from my waist alone!!!

I am not stopping here! The great thing I have learned is how to listen to my body. I know exactly what my body needs for fuel and exercise. I will continue to put healthy foods into my body and nourish it as best as I can. There was a time where I just plain did not care. That was the old me. This is the new me and I want to be the best that I can be! I am going to continue the "lean in 13" meal plan and vitamin regimen.

Ok so I know I said i wouldn't be posting pics of my 6 pack but, how could I resist? 

I am so so proud of my results!
I'm proud that I challenged myself.
I'm proud I learned the right way to eat healthy.
I'm excited that I basically have a whole new wardrobe and options of clothing to wear.

Being on the 24 D C definitely gave me self confidence getting in a bikini for the first time of the warm season. 

Same Dress! 

I had an amazing cheerleader in {AMANDA} while on my cleanse. She was so positive and so motivating during the whole cleanse. Seriously, if you want any AdvoCare products please visit her blog or like her {Forbes Fitness facebook page} and shoot her a message!! 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

{the 24 day challenge results pt. 1}

If you would've asked me two weeks ago how I felt about the 24 day challenge I would've told you
just o.k.
Ask me now?
I'm 100% O B S E S S E D

I am so proud of how far I came and the progress I've made. The thing about the 24DC is that it is a lifestyle change. Is it hard to meal prep and plan for the entire week every single meal and snack? Yes. Will I continue meal prepping and eating this way post 24DC? Absolutely! 

Prior to the 24DC I ate what I considered "healthy". My #1 fault? Not eating ENOUGH. Wait, what?
I never ever ate breakfast {flaw #1}. I would eat an apple and pb around 9:30. Lunch was always something like greek yogurt and granola --or-- nibbling off the school lunch tray {nasty}. I usually had some kind of snack after school. Work out. Then ate a BIG dinner. And would probably have some type of sweet somewhere in between.

On the 24DC you eat 5 small meals throughout the day. At first, this was super hard for me. Now, I'm obsessed and will definitely continue this after the challenge is over. I am never "starving" or even really get hunger pains. 

My favorite things about the 24 DC was the meal replacement shakes. I will continue to drink these post 24 DC. When I wake up I am never ever hungry so it is hard for me to choke down breakfast 30 min. after waking up. These meal replacement shakes are amazing. I put about 5 oz of water and 5 ice cubes in the blender with my packet {and sometimes add chia seeds} whip it up, pour and go! It's amazing and keeps me full until my snack! I drink the berry flavor!

I am also completely and utterly obsessed with SPARK. you drink it on an empty stomach in the morning {and in the afternoon if you need a "pick me up"}. It's a healthy addiction :) I've put away the coffee pot. 

Listen, I have the new Polar FT4 watch and it counts your calories as you work out. One day at jazzercise I only burned 565 calories without SPARK. The next class, same exact routine, I drank a SPARK prior to class and burned 630 calories! That stuff WORKS! 

Least favorite thing was most definitely the fiber drink. Oh my word that thing was AWFUL. I only had one day out of 7 where I could choke it down without gagging. That crap tasted like sawdust in a jar. I stirred that thing as fast as I could, stuck a straw in it and down the hatch it went. Definitely, what ever you do, do not like that drink sit. It gets a gel type consistency and you will never be able to drink it. I was thankful it only lasted 4 days, then you skip 3 and go back on it for 3 days. YUCK! 

Favorite Foods: at first I ate the same thing every single day for lunch and wow that got boring real quick. I started off loving it but after a week of the same lunch, you begin to get a little bored. For lunch, days 1-10, you have a protein, complex carb, and a veggie. I ALWAYS ate baked chicken, quinoa, and lettuce with salsa. At first--delish. After a week or two... not so good! I started to try new things--I made {this} delicious chicken quinoa soup, and {this} healthy egg salad. 
Turkey burgers on the grill are always a huge hit!! Especially sprinkled with Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning!

...part 2 with results will continue tomorrow because it's too good to squeeze in to one post!

...if you are getting pumped about AdvoCare go visit my girl {AMANDA FORBES} for some AdvoCare products!! 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

{what i'm loving wednesday}

I am linking up with jamie for what i'm loving wednesday! 

Although I don't link up every single week for WILW, I am obsessed with loving way too much not to share.

I'm OBSESSED with how all of my clothes are fitting. I feel like I have access to a whole new wardrobe now! Wearing clothes I haven't been able to wear since early college years. I put on a pair of jean shorts over the weekend and they were huge! I also can finally wear a pair of j.crew linen pants that I tried to give away to my skinny friends last month! I honestly feel the best I've ever felt! Thanks 24 day challenge!!

I'm loving this warm, summer like weather we have been getting lately. I teach special education so we are a little more lenient  in our school day schedule. I took my kids out twice today because we had 6 out of 10 absent. We played with sidewalk chalk and bubbles! 

Now I'm sitting on my back porch trying to soak up some sun--with my SPF and floppy hat, of course!

I'm loving that my husband just had a test {that he freakin' rocked} so now he has a little bit of down time. We took a 2 hour walk with Polo last night. I told him, "wow, it feels good to act like a normal married couple for 5 seconds!"

I'm loving that we are going to be able to use our new grill for a huge cook out!! Warm weather...I am welcoming you with open arms!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

{healthy egg salad}

So, as you know, I am doing the 24 day challenge. 

I am L O V I N G being in the kitchen practically 24/7 and creating new recipes. 

Being in the kitchen with a good playlist on Pandora is my happy place! 
I am able to "get lost" in cooking and relax! 

Yesterday, my girlfriends and I took a trip to Knoxville. This would be the first time I would eat out since being on the 24day challenge. Thank god for Zoe's Kitchen! I could get my favorite meal, an egg salad sandwich. After eating there, I knew I could make it even healthier myself at home. 

Here is what I created today. 

8 eggs
2 T Olive Oil Mayo
Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning
1 Lime 
1/3 c purple onion 

Boil 8 eggs
To boil eegs: place 8 eggs in a pot and fill pot with water. Place your pot on the stove and let it boil for apprx. 10 min. After boiling, place a bunch of ice in a colander , put hard boiled eggs on top, and place more ice on top of eggs. Let it stand for like 10 more min. 

While eggs are chilling, chop up about 1/3 c of purple onion. 

Peel eggs and wash off with cold water. 
Take out 4 egg yolks and leave 4 eggs whole. 
Put eggs in glass container or bowl. 
Mash up the eggs really well with a fork. 

Put 2 T of olive oil mayo 
add in 1/3 c purple onion
sprinkle about 1/2 lime worth of  juice over mixture
sprinkle about 1 T Mrs. Dash Southwest Chiptole on top
Mix together

Refrigerate because egg salad is MUCH better cold!

Place on top of a slice of low-sodium Ezekiel bread

{healthy chicken noodle soup}

Ya'll know that I am T E R R I B L E 
at writing down and following recipes. 
Typically I will glance at one and then just throw what ever I have in a pot and cook. 

I use a recipe as a "guide". 

You'll have to bear with me. I'll get better one day. 
Or maybe not, I kind of enjoy being rebellious. 

Healthy chicken noodle soup:
1 carton of low sodium organic chicken broth
3 cups of water
3 chicken breasts - boiled and shredded
4 stalks of celery- diced
2 handfulls of shredded carrots
1/2 white onion diced 
dried oregano
dried basil
salt and pepper optional to taste 
1/2 c dried quinoa

Cook your quinoa as directed on the packaging. If you want more added flavor, I always cook mine in low sodium chicken broth instead of water. 

While quinoa is cooking, boil and shred chicken. 

Throw all of your ingredients in to a pot, simmer for approximately 40 min. or until your veggies are soft.