30 Day Elimination Plan halfway point

Good morning Day 15:

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We have officially kicked off week 3 off our 30 day Elimination plan and while YES it is at the beginning of a Holiday week here (hello Thanksgiving) and YES I will enjoy a few fall favorites – NO – I don’t feel like I’m “cheating” or “splurging” – I’m simply living a life in BALANCE and that feeling my friends is INCREDIBLE.

THAT is what this plan is about for me!

Soooo – how could eating pumpkin cookies and some southern dressing (that’s like stuffing to us northern peeps) on Thanksgiving day be IN LINE with my 30 day elimination plan?

Because this plan is made up of a set of rules – That I SET – based on things I have noticed and how they IMPACT ME!

This plan is not about deprivation or cutting carbs or eating high fat or following a trend…

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This plan is about LISTENING to how my BODY reacts to different foods. In the last two weeks I have lost 3 pounds. But you know what – that doesn’t hold a THING to what I’ve gained.

  • -Strength to understand when I am eating for fuel vs. eating for boredom
  • -The sense to prioritize SLEEP and to give myself some GRACE #ImHumanToo
  • -The realization that I do not need sugar to enjoy life #15daysnoCookies #ThatsARecord #IfIWantOneIWillHaveOne
  • Turkey Chili and Taco Tuesday are just as good without the cheese or tortilla chips
  • The courage to try new things, journal how they go, and course correct as needed
  • Understanding sometimes you have to EAT MORE to get MORE RESULTS

And I couldn’t have done it without the help of my FitFam ❤

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These ladies aren’t just a group of fellow coaches. We are LEANING in to each other and asking for ideas and sharing tips and cheering one another on and picking one another up and this ATMOSPHERE is one that would allow anyone – who wants to – to THRIVE!
If you don’t have this sort of support network and you’re struggling to get into a HEALTHY balanced routine, then please REACH OUT! I am here to help!

We are traveling to visit family on Thanksgiving day and will enjoy some gatherings and I will no doubt be out of my routine.

But while there are things I cannot control – there are things I CAN control.
I’ve already prepackaged my vegan superfoods – combined with digestive health boost (c’mon my traveling friends, you know this is needed) and the power greens boost, because well not much of Thanksgiving dinner screams GREEN. But I want to make sure I am still getting my nutrition in…PROBLEM SOLVED.

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I will choose the foods I LOVE and let the others be.
I may enjoy a sweet treat, if I’m feeling it.
Perhaps I’ll sip a glass of wine.
Time will tell

But I will tell you I will not feel like I am stuck on a DIET, I will choose and do what’s best for me and I couldn’t task for a better sense of satisfaction in my own skin.

I mentioned last week I was starting Intermittent Fasting and after 7 straight days of it I am happy to say I DIG THIS STYLE!

When I first heard of the idea of “fasting” for a portion of the day and not immediately eating post-workout I got a little nervous. I didn’t THINK it would be in the cards for me but honestly when I broke it down it ended up making my mornings EASIER.

Typical morning:

  • I would wake up,
  • Drink my energize,
  • Workout,
  • Get showered and ready,
  • And amongst getting the two minions up, fed, dressed, ready for school and out the door I would shovel something in or sip my shake during the crazy.

Now – I just get all that done and when I come HOME I make my shake and enjoy my breakfast.

Here are some of the fabulous meals I enjoyed last week!

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I’ve been generally fasting for 16 hours with an 8 hour eating “window”

Here’s an example of what my day looks like:

  • Sleep 10:30 – 5:30
  • 5:30 Wake up, down energize, workout @ 6
  • 9:30-10:30 Break – the – Fast
  • 12:30ish – Lunch
  • 2:30ish – Snack
  • 5:30 – 6:30 Dinner

There are two main things I’ve noticed:

  1. I am no longer sneaking a bite of the pancake or soggy cereal that the kids leave behind – nor their fruits and veggies that I would normally think of as “freebies” – #IamNotAGarbageCan #LessonLearned
  2. I am not mindlessly snacking late into the evening

Those two little things are going a LONG way!!!

I shared this video with my team about what I was doing and why:

Here’s the game plan for the week as I kick off with some holiday unknowns and wiggle room.

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I know during this time of year it can be EASY to throw your hands up in the air and just say “I’ll start in January” – but I encourage you…if this spoke to you, if you’re thinking maybe you should try something new or challenge yourself then I invite you to join my Mission Maintain: Holiday Survival accountability group.

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From November 27th – December 24th we’ll be sharing tips and ideas and motivation & meal plans & cleaned up cocktails & healthy twists on old favorites because the “holiday season” doesn’t have to mean you put your skinny jeans in the back of your closet!

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Mission Maintain: Holiday Survival

Did you know the average american GAINS 7-10 pounds between Halloween and New Years?!
Its true!!!
Afterall, its EASY to take the chunk of time, chalk all the mishaps up to holiday craziness and commit to “a new plan in January” – but you don’t have to call it quits yet!
Forget the NEW year resolution – its time for a YEAR END resolution!
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There’s still 6 weeks left in 2016 and I am pulling together the troops for one final round – TOGETHER – to help us SURVIVE the holidays.
Mission MAINTAIN isn’t about total deprivation.
Or total indulgence.
Its about BALANCE.
Its about helping ensure you’re not part of that “majority” that gains and feels gross about themselves come 12/31.
Its about finding the foods you enjoy most and truly ENJOYING them but passing on the rest.
And its about carving out those 30-45 minutes a day to better yourself so you can give more to others.
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So many people live uncomfortably those last months of the year with an attitude that they’ll just “start fresh in the new year” – but WHY WAIT?
IMAGINE how AMAZING you’ll feel if you make a commitment TODAY to end 2016 STRONGER than you started and start 2017 off with a fresh clean slate and positive mindset!
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  • Each participant will commit to 30 days of Shakeology. Not because I think you need this. But because I KNOW you need this! My participants see greater results, feel better and are properly fueling their bodies when this one mindless meal replaces one prior meal they were eating! It tastes AMAZING and with the busy holiday time – you’ll come back around to thank me!!!
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  • How to handle the holiday parties and practice MODERATION (yes, you can eat the cookie and drink the wine!)
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Holiday Survival Tips

If you’ve been following my Hammer & Chisel journey you may have noticed that week 3 kicked off with SEVERAL planned meals out – I mean its the holidays – tis the season right?!?!

Of course – but that doesn’t mean you can’t make some progress along the way too!!!

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We have had some holiday celebrations, my dad’s birthday dinner and just some time out with friends and family! But here’s the deal – I do believe you can have your cake and eat it too!

Each day I’ve been “picking my splurge” whether its the meal or dessert I pick one and do my best on the other options. I have found making that healthier choice doesn’t leave me feeling deprived but rather proud that I am doing something to better myself!

Hammer & Chisel week 4 meal prep

We even had a day date christmas shopping trip in the mix and at the suggestion of my hubs we packed all our meals – yup – snack 1, lunch and snack 2. Mancake bake, grilled asparagus and salmon burgers, some fruit, shakeo and plenty to drink! Hydration is key!!!

Hammer & chisel week 4 eating on the go

And in between running from place to place we would sneak in those meals, fuel up and get on our way! I tend to get HANGRY while shopping and often don’t want to take the time out to eat when I’m on a mission and this made it work out for everyone involved!!!

My sis came to visit which gave me that much more of a REASON – not an EXCUSE to stay on track – we simply made it something we would do TOGETHER! Family fitness is just one of the many things that fills my cup — I think she’s hooked for sure!

Hammer & Chisel week 4 with missy

The holiday season is tough – don’t get me wrong. And the temptations are everywhere but not impossible to survive by any means!!!

Here are my top HOLIDAY tips!

Holiday Survival tips

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