Sunday, January 31, 2016

How Keep Your Goals in 2016

It's February and by now most of your New Year's resolutions are gone. You made that goal to give up chocolate, to work out more, to eat out less, etc., but now you've given in to temptation. Since you've given in to temptation why even bother continuing on and striving to that finish line you set? If you're one of those people, who is like the person I was a few years back, you would have just given up. I'm here to tell you it's not futile! Don't give up!

Realize Growth is NOT Linear

Contrary to what we've been taught achieving goals is not linear. Personal development is not linear. We're human. We're bound to make mistakes and give in to temptation. It happens. However, it is how you react to those moments after they happen that makes the difference. I like to image goals as one long line that curves up and down. There will be valleys where I might take a step back or two, but there is continuous progression upwards. The good ole' saying, "Two steps forward, one step back" comes to mind. What is important to keep in mind is that you still take one step forward. There is still progression.

Do not beat yourself up when you take a step backwards. That hurts your progression and takes away that step forward you've made. Whenever I falter in my goals, I take the time to introspect. What was the trigger for my step back? Am I self-sabotaging? What can I do to prevent this from happening? From there, I will write down my conclusions and make a plan to prevent that mess from happening a second time.

Write & Map Your Goals Out

One of the biggest mistakes I'm guilty of making when it comes to goals is not writing and mapping them out. I'm not going to go over SMART goals in this. That is important, but I think going in to detail about them is not going to help you. Plus, I think everyone knows their goals need to be SMART.  My biggest problem is that I don't physically write my goals down and map out how I will achieve them.

Now the biggest tool I have found with acheiving my goals is to map out milestones for each goal. I attach a physical date with each milestone.  For example, if I want to lose weight, I set milestones for each ten pounds. I say I want to lose my first ten pounds by the end of next month and set incremental milestones based on that first one. If I don't make that first milestone, I correct the rest of my milestones based on when I acheived the first one. It creates a system that is achieveable. I can't be discouraged because I'm not meeting that main goal all in one month!

It is important to plan things out so that you can reward yourself. The whole concept of having one big long term goal broken down into short term goals is KEY.  Writing down each short term goal and marking it in a calendar makes you accountable to that goal. I also recommend putting reminders in your phone weekly about upcoming goal "milestones."

Make Yourself Accountable to Someone

Instead of relying on yourself completely in terms of accountability, tell a friend or family member your goals and ask if you can talk to them about your progress. It can be as simple as sending them a text at the end of the week saying you went to the gyms 5 times in the past week or you can meet with them and talk to them about your struggles and accomplishments. I have made it a point to tell Joseph my goals and plans. Whenever I decide to do something like I recently gave up gluten, I let him know and ask him to help hold me accountable.

Whenver you make a goal, you need a support system that's going to push you to those goals. Joseph is my support system. He does little things like help me find restaurants that have gluten-free options or eats all of the free bread that comes with our meal before I get a chance to mindless eat them. Having that extra support system can be make or break for your goals!

Whatever your goals are for 2016, I hope you accomplish them! Hopefully this post helps to give you that extra post to continue towards the end of the line! What are your goals for 2016? What are your plans? Tell me below!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Why I Drink Shakeology & My Favorite Way to Drink It

Some people have recently asked me about the daily shake I drink and what’s the point of it. I know some of my family seem skeptical towards the benefits that Shakeology can provide. However, since starting Shakeology back in June, I have noticed tons of benefits for myself! It’s hard not to share the usefulness of Shakeology.

Back in June, I had terrible skin. I, unfortunately, suffer from mild adult acne, it’s never been horrible like some adult acne can be like, but it has been embarrassing for me. I don’t like having to cover my skin up in heavy, heavy foundation to had my acne. However, I routinely caked on makeup just so no one would notice it! This is definitely not the best way to treat your skin and caking makeup on tends to bring out your blemishes more than it hides them as I learned! 

That’s when Joseph’s sister mentioned Shakeology to the both of us one night when we were over for dinner. I didn’t think anything of it. I had heard of Shakeology and had always thought it was bologna! No way could something like that provide anything more than a not-so-filling meal replacement and a placebo effect. 

Yet, weeks went by and I couldn’t get the idea of Shakeology out of my head. That’s when I decided to take the plunge and order a challenge pack from Team Beachbody. I thought it wouldn’t hurt to find a nice at home workout routine and the Shakeology that came with it would be a good way to try it out. I started taking it every day, no matter what. From the first taste, I thought it was delicious! I started experimenting with the various recipes that Beachbody gives you with your Shakeology. 

My benefits started adding up. It was like a supplement that actually worked! I couldn't believe it as they started adding up:

1.) My skin was not only clearing up but glowing!

2.) I felt full until lunch time! Normally, I would have breakfast before going into to work only to feel starving an hour later. With Shakeology, I have noticed I stay full for much longer and am less likely to binge on junk food!

3.) I had energy through the morning. Seriously, instead of drudging along, I was moving and nearly skipping to work. 

4.) No more junk food cravings = weight loss. 

With all of those benefits, who wouldn’t want to drink Shakeology! As a previous skeptic of the products, I can attest that everything everyone claims about the drink is true. It will help you with your weight loss, it will help your skin, it will help your energy levels, etc! If you would like to try a sample of Shakeology without the commitment, contact me and I’ll hook you up. Once you try it, I promise you’ll want more. 

My favorite way to drink Shakeology every morning is a very simple recipe that ends up tasting like one of my favorite candies! I love Reese’s. Seriously, I could eat them every day and all day. They are so addicting. The recipe below for a Peanut Butter Cup Shakeology is hands down my daily dose of Reese’s without the whole super processed, bad for you junk food bit. It tastes like a cheat meal when it’s not! 

Peanut Butter Cup Shakeology


1 Packet Shakeology
1 Frozen Banana
12 oz. Coconut/Almond/Soy/Dairy Milk (I prefer a blend of Almond & Coconut)
2 TBSP of PB2 (or other powdered peanut butter)
1 cup ice

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy. 

I recommend always blending your Shakeology with a banana and ice at a minimum. You can drink it straight, but I find it always mixes best in a blender. You don’t get any chunks of powder that can make drinking any form of powder protein or meal replacement shake undesirable.  

Monday, January 4, 2016

Recipe of the Week: Holy Chicken Casserole

On cold winter days, all I crave is piping hot food with Texas Pete Hot Sauce. I want to cuddle into bed, turn on my TV, and eat the warm food to remove all feeling of cold from my body. Utah has recently been freezing! When it’s a single-digit temperature outside, it should be too cold to leave the house in my opinion, but I have to make a living so I have to brave the freezing temperatures. 

When I come home, I want something that’s going to meet two categories (1) quick and (2) warming.  This Holy Chicken Casserole is the epitome of quick and warming, especially when I cover it in Texas Pete Hot Sauce. It’s a simple five-ingredient recipe that will please any picky eaters and takes no more than a half hour to cook!

Holy Chicken Casserole
adapted from My Mom’s Recipe


1 Rotisserie Chicken
2 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
16 oz Tub of Sour Cream
2 Rolls of Ritz Crackers
1/2 Stick Butter (melted)
Texas Pete Hot Sauce (optional)


1.) Preheat over 350. Grease a 13x9 pan. I personally like to use an olive oil spray, but use what you have on hand. 
2.) Shred Rotisserie chicken apart. I try to get as much meat out of the chicken as possible. 
3.) Combine shredded chicken, cream of chicken soup and sour cream in a bowl. Once thoroughly combined, place in pan. 
4.) In a Ziploc baggy, smash Ritz Crackers. One they resemble bread crumbs, pour melted butter and combine. Pour over chicken mixture.
5.) Cook for 30 minutes.

I find this recipe is best served with rice and green beans! I’ll take a scoop of the casserole on top of rice and then pour Texas Pete Hot Sauce on it. However, my family also enjoys eating it with soy sauce. Serve it straight out of the oven and feel warm immediately! This is definitely a crowd pleaser so if you want leftovers, I recommend doubling the recipe. It'll go quickly!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Journey from Ballet to Zumba to CIZE: A Review

When I first saw the ads for Cize, the new workout series from Shaun T, I thought "been there, tried that." Seriously, I have tried to commit to doing Zumba every day and I sucked at the commitment. I would have to drive all the way to my gym, which is a could 25 minutes away from my apartment, and then my favorite instructors wouldn't even be there!

I don't know about any of you, but I have always been a bit uncoordinated. Yet, I have always loved dancing. I started ballet, tap, and jazz at a young age like most young girls and I loved it. As a kid it made me feel the emotions of the music and helped me express those emotions. I would get into the music and the moves, but I never really had the grace to move properly. In fact, Iv have probably always been a pretty bad dancer. My mom once told me that I always had the look of a ballerina, aka long and skinny, but then she would see me dance and realize I had no rhythm.
Some pics of me in all of my old dance costumes. 
In college, I would go to dances and dance parties religiously. We would get all dressed up and head out to go dancing, and it would make me feel alive! I had my friends try to teach me new ways to dance like all of my Latin friends teaching me some Latin dances. That's what lead me to try Zumba. I had already started learning Latin dancing and working on swaying my hips by the time I had gotten to my first Zumba class. I was enthusiastic and felt committed to doing the dance classes every day. I loved it at first. Going every day they offered it at the various gyms near me. However, I felt like I was never really learning the movements or getting the same flow that I saw other girls getting. Everyone who attended the classes with me got it. They had that grace that I still didn't have and it was frustrating! I thought that if I attended the Zumba classes consistently and kept at it, I would have at least gotten a hang of the dances, but I didn't. I struggled with it to the point where I stopped going. 

About a year later and 30 lbs later, I was depressed and felt awful. I was sluggish and decided to give Zumba a second shot. I bought a gym membership and decided to make the commitment to go every day the class was offered. However, that soon turned into a mess as the instructors I felt were really good for my learning style would constantly quit. I would finally get into the groove of things and then they would no longer be teaching at my gym. That's when I turned to the 21 Day Fix. 

From there, I discovered a new program that was going to be out in the next month or so. They had a free sneak peek of the new program on their On Demand site. It was a dance focused exercise program that promised to give you results. I decided to try it for the first time today, and I might even dare to say it was life changing! I felt like I was getting the one-on-one attention that I never got from previous dance based exercise class. It awoke the little dancer in me I thought I had forgotten. It was fun. It was easy. It was everything I have been searching for in an exercise program. 

One of the best benefits of this program is that I can't compare myself to others around me. I don't feel like everyone is watching me clunk around. I can feel confident and learn the moves in a judgement free zone. It's just me and my computer screen.

That's why I have decided to purchase the Cize program for myself. It is going to be an amazing program to have in my collection and is going to lead me to better results. I highly recommend everyone try it out! In August, there will be a Test Group that any of you can join if you purchase the Challenge Pack. There is limited spaces for 3 people to join me in this test group. If you want to challenge yourself and try this program, contact me today and I will get you into the group!