So I Had a Craving…

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True story, this how my Saturday morning went, kind of ashamed but it is a daily struggle that I go through.

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Disclaimer: Not my picture, I found it on Pinterest. 

So I had a craving for something sweet and I had the itch to bake. I love to bake. Back in high school it would be nothing for me to bake banana bread, banana cream pie and a cheese cake all in one night.  This is what happened with my craving:

I wasn’t going to leave the house so I had to find something to bake with what I had on hand. Ohhhh, I have brownie mix, the search for brownie ______ was on.

After an extensive search on Pinterest I decided on Browine Batter Frosting and it was made.

Hmmmm I still have half the bag of brownie mix left, I should just mix it up and bake it, so I did. Hmmm, that is a lot of chocolate and it could really use something else, like a caramel something else.

Now the search is on for a homemade caramel sauce. I could find lots of receipes but…I had no heavy cream 😦 Wait, what is this that I see… A receipe that replaces heavy cream with coconut milk! I have coconut milk! Caramel sauce is made.

Holes poked in brownies and caramel is poured over, let is cool and top it off with the frosting. Mmmmm, I can’t wait for the kids to take a nap so I can devour the whole pan myself. For now I will just take a forkful or two…

Hmmmm it, taste good, but not satisfying. Maybe another forkful, hmmmm, yup still not quite doing it. One more forkful, yup that’s it, my stomach hurts! You know what would taste good veggie juice. What?? Veggie juice? Did I really just think that, what is going on with me? I would rather have veggie juice then a brownie.

Moral of the story, trust the process. I have been having my Shakeology everyday, eating healthier (for the most part) and just recently started drinking veggie juice.  Now I would prefer to have veggies over a brownie, I never thought that day would come.

Love Always … Tam

Ps. After I realized I wanted veggies instead of brownies I tossed the whole pan in the trash and made some veggie juice. Moving Forward.

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Obligatory New Years Post

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Obligatory New Years PostSo here it is, my New Years post, the one that will (hopefully) define how I will be in the new year. That I promise to better myself and lose those extra 10 (or 100) pounds. Will this be the year I will actually stick to my resolution?

This year’s resolution will be a little different then years past. Instead of just resolving to just lose weight (which is still a big part for me) I have decided that… My resolution this year is…. To do the best for me and keep moving forward. Meaning, when prompted at a situation I will ask myself “is this the best for me?” Is it best for me to get up and work out or sleep in? That answer will most always be to get out of bed! Is it best for me to eat pizza tonight with my family or go for a healthier alternative? This one is where I will change my way of thought… At that moment is the family time more important then what I eat… And sometimes Pizza will win. This then leads me to the next part of my resolution, to keep moving forward, if I chose to have pizza that night, fine, it’s done and move forward. No feeling guilty about eating it, no taking a few days off from healthy eating, just move on.

Happy New Year

I also have few other goals for 2016, Double my income with Beachbody, Pay off my last student loan…. If you know me I love a good old fashion planner, the kind you write in with a pen and has nothing to do with your smart phone. I found a bloom Vision Planner and I love it! Besides your normal planner stuff it has, your goals for the month and then how are you going to make those goals happen. That is the part I really like, actually having to write down how are you going to achieve these goals.

Plans in place, I have already stuck to two of my goals today (cleaning out the pantry and blogging at least 1x a week) but I missed out on one (Shakeology daily) and I’m ok with it, moving forward, tomorrow’s a new day.

Love Always … Tam

3 Day Refresh Review

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I know that this is long overdue and I apologize. I had it all written out and went to go save it and lost it all!!! I’m sorry to report that this post won’t be as witty as the first one I wrote, it was pretty good.

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My first thoughts that come to mind when I hear “3 Day Refresh (Cleanse)” is 1) I’m going to starve!!! and 2) I’m going to sh!t my pants. I am happy to report that neither of those happened during my 3 days.

You start out your day with your Shakeology, still get 2 snacks, lunch (Shake) and a meal for dinner. Oh and there is this digestive drink too…. I can’t say I loved it, but I did’t hate it, but I reccomend drinking it ice cold and really fast….. Same with you lunch time shake, ice cold.

For your snacks and dinner I just went with raw veggies most of the time, I  prefer my veggies raw and they are fast and easy. I will admit that I did have a moment of ” I can’t do this, I’m going to starve and ate a few 21 Day Fix approved items. Of course after my week moments I realized I wasn’t going to starve to death and regretted my decision.

Nevertheless the scale did move in the right direction at the end of my 3 days….drum roll please…. I lost a total of 4.8lbs is 3 days and I didn’t starve myself either! Funny all those years I thought not eating was the way to lose weight.

So would I do it again, Yes,  perhaps another after the new year.

Oh and Happy (Late)  Halloween from the Purple Minion! Yup thats my real hair!! Sad it only lasted the night, I was really digging the purple.

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Love Always … Tam

 

Shakeology Recipes: Fall and Summer Throwback

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What has my life come to, it is Friday night and I am at home looking up new Shakeology recipes!! But I am just so excited that my new Vanilla Shakeology will be here next week. It is now October, so all you hear about is pumpkin spice everything. However I am not a pumpkin lover, so I have a couple of Fall Apple Shake recipes to bring on those lovely Fall feelings.

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Not to forget about Summer I found two Summer Throwback recipes- Pina Colada and Root Beer Float….take me back to summer!

Pina Root Shake

Speaking of October the new monthly promotions are out and guess what is on special this month…. my favorite… 21 Day Fix! This month when you purchase the 21 Day Fix Challenge pack you save $70! If you have been waiting to try it out this is a great opportunity, plus think of the pounds you could lose before the Holiday season (Thanksgiving is just over a month away). Click below if you would like to contact me to learn more or you can click on the 21 Day Fix to go directly to order your Challenge Pack.

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Love Always … Tam

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Non-Scale Goals: A Sweatshirt, Jeans and The Doctor

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I don’t know about you but most of the time I judge myself on having a successful or bad week based off the number on the scale. I tend to not pay attention to the other things that are improving with my body like having more energy or not waking up and feeling all bloated. This is why I have decided to dedicate the next 4 weeks to a couple non-scale goals.

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For the past two years I have gone with my friend Debbie to see her son play football at Northern Illinois University. Last year I purchased the sweatshirt above, this year it is fitting a little tight. On October 24th we will be on our way to NIU for our annual trip, I would like wear this sweatshirt again and to have it fitting comfortably. I also dug out a pair of jeans from my closet that I haven’t had on in a while, they were a bit tight. My goal for the jeans is that when I wear them they don’t dig into my belly! So, deep breath, here is my before picture of my NIU outfit….

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To accomplish my goals I will be starting with a 3-Day Refresh on Wednesday (as long as it comes in the mail by then). Then I will follow that up with a round of 21-Day Fix and Shakeology. To track my progress I will be weighing myself and taking measurements on the first day of the 3-Day Refresh and the first 21 Day Fix. I will not re-weigh or measure until the day following, the last day of the 21 Day Fix. This will be hard for me, I will probably have to remove the scale from my house, but I don’t want the scale to define my progress. To hold myself accountable I will be giving day by day updates on my Facebook page. And if you really want to follow along I plan to overshare with pictures and quite possibly videos of my food and workouts on my Snapchat account @tamcam10. If I know that you are out there following along (and I’m hopefully inspiring you) it holds me accountable to do as I say.

My other non-scale goal has to do with that lovely yearly exam at the doctors. For the last 5 years the doctors has said to me “well it looks like you have put on some weight” My goal is to not hear that statement at my visit. I would like to hear “you have lost some weight” but I am good with being the same as last year.

So here is to goals and not letting the scale define them!

Love Always … Tam 
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21 Day Fix: Round One

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Sunday was the last day of my first round of The 21 Day Fix. I have a lot of emotions thinking back on those 21 days… I could of done better, but I did do better then before, I lost, but I didn’t lose enough… And on and on the constant battle. This may be a long post so bear with me. 

My thoughts on the program as a whole: I like it. Yes there is meal prep and that takes time. But failing to plan is planning to fail, cliche I know but it is true. Meal planning helps me stay on track and curbs my bad food choice making. 21 DFX simplifies how you measure your foods, if it fits in the container you count it as 1 and you know ahead of time how many you get, so simple! No calorie counting, no figuring out your macros. Not only am I eating healthier but since I have more healthy choices around my family is eating healthier. Tonight at dinner Vivian asked if she could have carrots instead of potatoes, um yeah!! 

Shakeology: I usually have my Shakeology for breakfast, which I never used to eat. I blend it in my Nutribullet (life changer!) with one green cup of spinach and a red cup of either cottage cheese or Greek yogurt, for liquids I either use water or almond milk (depending on my yellows for the day). Now comes the fun part, creating different flavors! My base is the Chocolate Shakeology, you can drink it plain chocolate or mix it up for some fun. Chocolate Peanutbutter, Cinnamon Roll and Almond joy are my favorites!! Just add in some extract, spices (both are freebies) for peanut butter flavor I have been using PB2 powder. Oh and did I mention that my son loves the shakes too!!  

 
21 Day Fix Exercises: Confession time….. I never worked out these 21 days… Ok one day on the treadmill. I will do better! 

My eating behavior over the 21 days: I had my good days and my bad. I would say I gave  it about 60% and I say that because I did lose weight. Oh course I’m all in when I first start, eating great and then I revert back to my old habits, sometimes I don’t even realize it. I have two major weeknesses, the weekend and emotions. On the weekends I get out of routine, I get busy or we have plans with people (were the food involved is not 21 DFX friendly) I make poor food choices. I feel like people already see me as fat so why not eat like a fatty. Emotional eating, why can’t I be one of those who likes to run to clear their head!! Instead I’m halfway thru a double cheese burger, fries and a large coke!! 

My Results: I did lose, nothing huge but still a lose. Remember I only worked out one day and ate healthy about 60% of the time. So with that being said I didn’t retake my measurements but I did step on the scale and was down 4.5 pounds, which is better then gaining. 

  
Final Thoughts: I’m not giving up. Instead of seeing things as an all or nothing deal it is one day at a time, heck one choice at a time. Just because I messed up on Thursday doesn’t mean I have to wait to start over on Monday or that I failed and I might as well quit. 21 Day Fix round 2 starts in the am! 

Love Always … Tam

The weekend and my Birthday…

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So this weekend was spent at the family cabin. We left Friday afternoon so my eating up until then was great! When we got to the cabin it was another story… one night we had a deep fried smorgasbord! Then there was one night of drinking, followed by some cardio aka dancing. I did make some good choices I got my Skakeologly in everyday, I swam with the kids instead of sitting on the boat and I made sure to get in a good amount of veggies. Come Monday morning the scale reflected my choices made… not too bad, but not as good as it could of been. But instead of drowning my sorrows in food, I got to play with these really cute kittens at the vet… it was hard not to take them home.

Monday was also my birthday and I thought I was getting by with no cake. Then my mom felt guilty with no cake and that my daughter didn’t get me anything so she had her decorate some cupcakes all by herself for me. It was cute and she was so proud of herself.

I posted this quote to my Facebook page because it rings so true and I have to remember that this isn’t going to be easy and that I need to take things one day at a time…

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Love Always … Tam