A Little bit about me, where I came from and where I started....
|Me and My husband at the Daytona 500|
I'm a 32 year old OPTIMIST, artist, activist, DREAMER... & "lover of life"... My glass is always half full, and even though I may not have everything, I make the best of what I do have. "Life is entirely too short to hold grudges or wake up in the morning with regrets. Love the people that treat you right & pray for the ones that don't. If you get a chance- take it. You never know when one will come along again. And sometimes, there's no second chance. Don't dwell on what you don't have- look around & appreciate what you DO have... before it's gone."
Like some people I didn't have the best childhood. I have witnessed violence, domestic abuse, child abuse, alcoholism, and drug use... Proper nutrition & leading a healthy lifestyle were not things that were impressed upon me... Did it suck... yes, but I don't dwell on it. In fact I build from it. Every experience we face (bad or good) can shape the way we view things, they shape the person we become. We can either let them drag us down or we can kick adversity in the FACE... I consider my struggles as strength. They have shaped and molded me into a STRONG woman. No matter what happened I never let my circumstance hold me down because I knew my life was meant for something BIGGER!
|My 2nd pregnancy 200+ lbs. (2009)|
My depression finally came to it's boiling point my senior year, and I just stopped eating. For the first time I was losing weight and gaining the acceptance of my peers... my life completely turned around... the kids that once relentlessly teased me, now wanted to talk to me... I was happy, LOVED myself... and constantly hungry! I spent the next two year on the slippery slope of "eating disorders" and became very under weight (105) and sick. I finally passed out at a friends house because I was not fueling my body... I managed to pull myself away from that... and have spent the last 10+ years slowly putting all the weight plus SOME back on, add in two kids and BOOM, there I was taking my Day one Insanity pictures weighing in at a 180 pounds.
Once I started eating clean I restarted Insanity! Still even after all that I wasn't noticing that big of a change! I looked at my diet and my workout... both were Insane!! What was I missing?? I couldn't see it so I went on a forum and it was CLEAR... I was missing PROTEIN! Although I was eating what I thought would be enough... it wasn't even CLOSE! That's when I added "whey protein". I had always thought whey was for guys and for gaining weight not losing it! Boy was I ever WRONG! Once I added in the protein and got the amount I needed the weight has melted off!!
AND BOOM... Here I am now after two rounds of Insanity and 50 pounds lighter!! I have learned a LOT and grown a lot.... I have realized that proper nutrition and fitness are the way to go. I have tried every fad diet and gimmick over the counter weight loss "Miracle" on the market and NOTHING has worked like this! As hard as it was I even told my husband "you were right", for YEARS he has preached the importance of breakfast and working out! That was a hard thing to admit...
Now I am taking my fitness to the next level! I have added Shakeology into my diet and (getting ready to) start my third round of Insanity! I even bought a tiny size medium bikini (for accountability pics) that I fully plan on ROCKING when I finish!! At this point I am pretty happy with where I am for the most part, ... My belly an lower back are now my main focus. But this is a process and I am getting closer to my goals one day at at time.
I have spent a majority of my life feeling like the ugly duckling, feeling powerless to change it... but I am my own creator and I am creating myself as the SWAN! Not just for me but for everyone else who thinks they are powerless to change! We are not victims of our circumstance... we HOLD the power to determine where we want to be and where we are going regardless of the challenges we face, take control of your life and JOIN me on this journey!
What diet... I ain't on no stinkin diet LOL... It is eating CLEAN and it's a lifestyle... the end to all yo yo-ing... no more up and down DRAMA!! "
I get asked all the time "what a day in my eating clean world consist of"... here it is... this is the usual day, there are lots of recipes and way's to spice it up. For me this is A.) CHEAP and B.) EFFECTIVE!
- Breakfast-Whole wheat Cream of Wheat & fresh fruit)
- Snack- Protein Shake (OR fiber bar)
- Lunch- Fish or Boneless skinless chicken, brown rice and steamed veggys
- Snack- Protein Shake (OR yogurt and low fat string cheese)
- Dinner- LARGE Salad or veggy wrap with chicken
*** I sub one mean now with Shakeology
Protein was a HUGE factor for my weight LOSS! This is a BASIC idea. Check out my pinterest board for links to all kinds of GREAT clean recipes!!