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It's Always Something, right?

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Life has a funny way of throwing curve balls at us often.  Fate, dumb luck, God's will, karma, or just the way the cookie crumbles...whatever you call it, we can all agree that it happens to every one of us.

Last month I had surgery. Last week I had the flu. My iPad keeps crashing as I type this....Seriously. Five times.

How many times do you end up telling yourself "I should do this or that."?  And then you also give yourself an out.  "But this happened.  And then this."  And then you make promises to yourself you know you won't keep.  "I'll start after this thing happens.  It will be easier once this thing is done."

Bullshit.

Those curve balls are going to continue to keep coming at you and it may or may not get any easier.

This applies to every aspect of your life, but I am mostly talking about fitness here.  Why?  Because it's valuable.  I know fitness is on your "should" list and you really don't need me to tell you why…

New Month New Challenge

I just finished up my first round of Body Beast!  YAS.  I feel strong and am so proud of myself for finishing.  Here are a few things I've learned:

You can usually lift more than you think you can!I need to get more weights.Building muscle takes food.  Good food.I need to get better - a lot better at taking before and after pictures!
Now that I've finished (check out my progress at the bottom of my post!), it's time for something new!  That's right - consistency means showing up every day.  So, it's time for another challenge.

My kids have Spring Break next week...for real. And since the weather was 85 degrees last week, it's hard for me to protest.  The good news is, it's the perfect segwue into a dorky theme for fitness!

Spring by lisakmanchee

I'll be enjoying my spring break with the hubby and kiddos between now and our start date WITH my daily routine of Beachbody On Demand.  It's the perfect way to sample all the amazing programs so I can plan w…

For the LOVE

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The month of LOVE is coming up and there will be a new TWIST on my fitness challenge group that I am LOVING!


February is full of love, so why not embrace that and give some LOVE to yourself?!

The focus of this challenge will be to learn to love yourself. Love who you are and learn more about self acceptance. Today's culture screams for perfection and pulls us in every direction. Some times we feel lost in latest new trend or "research". It's hard to find peace with yourself when every day feels like a battle to do what is best.

Yes, fitness and nutrition will still be part of our challenge. But, we will be using those tools as a way to show our bodies LOVE, not hate. It's amazing what we can do. It's amazing how much we can grow and learn. It's time to give ourselves some credit for all the ways we shine.

Loving yourself for 21 days will include:

💗  30 minutes daily of activity that brings your body love.
💗  21 days of nourishing your body wi…

Move over meat. Seitan will save you.

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Are you looking to change up your nutrition as part of your goals this year?

Maybe you're looking to cut back on your meat consumption or to make healthier food choices?  I just want to say that even considering your nutrition is a wonderful step to treating your body well.  So, thumbs up there.
I've discovered that an easy way to change out a less desirable habit, is to exchange it for a more desirable habit.  Trying to drop something without replacing it with something else isn't fun.  So, with food, this can be to simply replace one thing with another.  An easy example of this could be replacing your diet soda with a bubbly water like La Croix or putting almond milk creamer in your coffee instead of cow's milk creamer.
How about a more difficult habit to exchange?  Meat consumption.
According to the CDC, the number one cause of death in the US is heart disease.  A quick bit of research and you will find that cleaning up your diet - and reducing your consumption of …

ALL ACCESS NO EXCUSES

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Holy Schnikes.  It's been too long since I've gotten on my bloggy soap box.  But man, do I have something to say now.

ALL ACCESS.  ALL YEAR.  ALL PROGRAMS.ALL RESULTS!

Beachbody has really hit it with this one.  They have released the best On Demand package you can get.  It really is AMAZEBALLS.


Digital access 24/7 on nearly any device.Access to EVERY.  SINGLE. PROGRAM.  Even anything new that comes out this year.Portion Fix containers and guide.  Get that nutrition on straight, yo.30 Days of Shakeology included.  Been too scared to loosen those purse strings for the good stuff?  Now's the time.Me as your coach.  Holla.
There is seriously no excuse not to get your fitness on.  You have a leg up on 2017 goals.  This deal is better than any gym, subscription, or coach you could get your hands on.  You know you don't like driving to the gym.  You know you don't want to grind and sweat in front of 178 other new year's resolution strangers.  Don't even give me th…

Before the Flood

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"If you try and have a conversation with anyone about climate change, they just TUNE OUT."
Friday nights are usually pizza and movie night in our household.  We've been missing that for a while due to a busy schedule.  Most nights I'm just too damn tired to turn my brain on for a super long movie, but something drew me into watching a new film last week.

Since I am sucker for a documentary, the ads for Before the Flood have been popping up every where.  Either Facebook's targeting is getting way too good or the universe wanted me to watch this film.  Either way, I'm glad I took the hint.

I don't know many people who are super into documentaries, but this one definitely stands out.  It was engaging to watch, the facts were well communicated, and the imagery was impactful.

Escapism is a popular reason we all see movies.  We want to be amazed and to be taken to a place outside of ourselves.  To be released from all the decisions we have to make and the real…

Hauntingly Delicious

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Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!

It's still one bazillion degrees outside here in North Texas nearing the end of October.  Regardless, we are still going to pumpkin all the things in this post.

I love making themed food.  I have no idea why.  Maybe because I would have thought this was cool as a kid, or I just think it's fun now.  Whatever the reason is, I hope that my family will have fond memories of the holidays at home and also learn that we can enjoy those fun things without destroying our bodies.

If you are familiar with Pinterest, or even Facebook, you've seen many, many ideas on how to make fun treats for the holidays.  I did a quick search on Pinterest, and within the first few results I saw M&Ms, pizza, brownies, rice krispie treats, cupcakes, etc...

Now, I know you're thinking "Hey, it's Halloween, lady.  It's all about the treats."  I agree.  Kind of.

Your kiddos are going to spend an entire evening (and …