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Mamas embracing ME time

To the busy mom who is sitting there, watching, reading, thinking “I’d love but I just don’t have the time/the money/the motivation”  to join one of those online fitness and health challenge group I want to ask – how can you afford NOT to INVEST IN YOU? 

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Now before I get into this I want to say I truly UNDERSTAND that feeling of I can’t. I do…when I bought my first challenge pack exactly 4 YEARS AGO I had to contemplate it for WEEKS. Until I hit that tipping point – where my DESIRE to change outweighed my DESIRE TO STAY THE SAME! But it got there through a pivotal moment.

My Time Hop “on this day” app reminded me that around this same time – 4 Years ago today I was asking for prayers as we were rushed to Children’s Hospital holding tightly to VERY sick little boy.

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My 9 month old’s deteriorating health was dismissed as “a bad cold” before we got in to see HIS doctor who quickly sent us by ambulance to Childrens Hospital to get the best care.

We received his diagnosis: Pneumonia, double ear infection, bronchiolitis, and very high fever.

We spent two tiring nights there and while my little man attempted to get comfortable and rest I simply watched him.

Sleep just wasn’t happening for me and I remember when he finally settled I grabbed my phone for a mindless midnight scroll.

And there it was…

  • Amazing side by side transformation from someone I didn’t even know
  • Shared by an old college friend
  • Talking about a program launch coming soon
  • With the possibility to lose 5-15 pounds
  • Where you are required to drink a chocolate & peanut butter superfood shake
  • And be surrounded by other LIKE minded women WHO JUST GET IT  

And, well my SCROLL – STOPPED ✋️✋️✋️

I saw the importance of GOOD HEALTH. Good health for myself and my FAMILY.
I saw a NEED to ditch the fast food, weekly pizza splurges, countless ice cream trips and become more DISCIPLINED.

Because I don’t only have to keep myself healthy but I have to keep MY FAMILY healthy and they are forming their daily habits based off my ACTIONS.

I was still holding on to a few post baby pounds and at that moment I decided to stop wishing and START DOING.

And the rest is HISTORY!

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February 2014 – December 2017

For 4 years now I’ve been on my own journey WHILE ALSO helping other women get started and stay accountable to their health and fitness goals.

I can’t seem to think: what if we never had that scary experience…would I have seen things differently? Would I have ever caught a glimpse of that simple post?

It was “JUST a challenge group” at the time but what I learned in that group became a pivotal point in my life!


I know its an INVESTMENT and I hear so often how HARD it is for MOMs to INVEST in themselves when there are so many other things you can MUCH MORE EASILY INVEST in.

I know you’re busy. I’m busy.

We’re all busy. But your HEALTH is not something to put on the backburner.

There will never be a GREAT TIME to make a change – you have to make a decision TO JUST DO IT. 

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I have opened enrollment in my MOMS ONLY –  30 days of “Mama NEEDS ME time” accountability group and I cannot wait to lock arms with you.

Together we are going to BEGIN A JOURNEY.
If you’re interested in JOINING me – read on for the requirements and check the application at the bottom:

What are the requirements?  

  1. I must be YOUR coach. If you are not currently working with a TeamBeachbody coach you can create a free account by clicking here.  Create Free Account
  2. Complete the Challenge group application below so I can help you select the best program fit for you and make sure this challenge will help you meet your goals.
  3. Commit to a workout program of you choice and Replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology. Why Shakeology??  It simple:  it’s amazing and it is going to make you FEEL better as far as daily energy (so you can chase those kiddos), it will complete your daily nutrition, it is one meal you don’t have to think about, and its quick, convenient, and honestly while you may be thinking “the taste though” it truly is delicious! But here’s the kicker – if for some crazy reason you’re not convinced – you can actually return the bag – FOR A FULL REFUND! I leaned into that GUARANTEE when I started and if you’re sitting on a pile of doubts I encourage you to too!
  4. Commit to our CHALLENGE GROUP – to staying accountable not to JOINING but to FINISHING. TOGETHER.

I am well aware this group will be an INVESTMENT for you. But I have learned over time when you put in nothing you get out nothing. BUT when you INVEST in yourself the RESULTS are beyond WORTH IT.
You’re worth it.




Finding the time to value YOURSELF

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Do you value your own health and fitness?

 Ok, so maybe its easy to immediately, quickly, answer YES.  But if say “yes” – can you say your actions meet your words? Do you treat your body the way it should be treated? Do you fuel your body with healthy foods? Or do you choose convenience and cost over true health benefits? Do you make sure you get some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week? Or do you make excuses as to why you can’t find the time to get up and get moving?

Alright – so that was a lot of questions but I really want you to stop for a minute. If you think about your answers to those questions and you really do act as if you value your own health and fitness – then good for you!!! You are LIVING and LEADING a healthier more fulfilling life and chances are you generally feel pretty darn good about yourself! But if you aren’t really valuing yourself – how about you start now – start TODAY!!!

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I never understood my husband’s “all or nothing” attitude. He was either riding the healthy living train or not. I on the other hand had the “well I worked out which means I EARNED a bowl of ice cream” attitude. And truth is – you can’t burn off an unhealthy diet! Take it from me – I did the T25 workouts for almost 6 months but didn’t change a thing in with my nutrition. And yes, you guessed it, my results matched my efforts – I DIDN’T LOSE A POUND! And I was frustrated. I didn’t understand why other people were getting results and I was at a stand still. Turns out it wasn’t the program’s fault – but rather the choices I was making in the kitchen – or better yet – bakery! But…I switched gears and gave the 21-day fix a try and actually committed to following the meal plan AND doing the workouts AND joined a challenge group and low and behold – RESULTS!!! Turns out when you start looking at food as your body’s FUEL rather than a reward the rewards will come on their own. True results and a body that looks as good as it feels!!!

The 21-day fix changed me and my family. Not only from an appearance standpoint but the way I looked at food. I learned about clean eating, portion control and made small changes that made a big impact in our lives. My husband joined me on this journey and we embraced the change-TOGETHER! We started coming up with ways to take old favorites and turn them into healthy clean meals we could all enjoy! Not only did we both lose weight but we both FELT better, had more energy to play with our kids, and we were actually eating more food – but in the right portions – and at the right times! As we continued to embrace this change and clean eating, the more it simply became OUR LIFESTYLE.

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Shakeology Pudding – in a SOLO cup!

We are a clean eating family. We focus on healthy portion sizes, we eat 2.5-3 hours apart, there are very little to no processed foods, and we drink a heck of a lot of WATER. When we travel we not only have snacks for the kids but our own snacks – healthy snacks – and we don’t look for excuses. Is it always easy? No! But is it always worth it? ABSOLUTELY!

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The one thing that has played a HUGE rule in this lifestyle change has been SHAKEOLOGY.

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I’ll start by saying as I began this whole Beachbody workout routine I remember seeing posts from other people who just LOVED this shake and I couldn’t possibly think of how some powdered “meal replacement shake” could really be THAT GOOD and REALLY worth the it. Well you know what they say – don’t knock it until you try it!!! It took a few go arounds but once I decided to give it a try and committed to drinking it for one week straight to “see what the hype was about” my only thought after those 7 days was “Why did I wait so long!” This would have been a godsend in those very first early newborn baby stages!!!!

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This stuff was what I needed!!!! I was struggling to balance my newborn who thought sleep was the worst possible way to spend his time and a busy toddler who just wanted to go go GO. Sitting down to eat any meal was simply never going to happen – but I could shake up a shake or blend something creative in the blender and fuel up while tending to the needs of my kids without having to sacrifice my own nutrition! And now mom doesn’t have to be the last one to eat 🙂  I used to be the Queen of “granola bars” but if you are one to grab one and go – check out the label on some of the most popular “breakfast bars” – you can’t even pronounce half the ingredients!!! They’re essentially glorified candy bars! Needless to say, Shakeology quickly became my “duh” meal. Life just doesn’t make sense without it!!! With my busy schedule I need something that I can depend on every single day. Shakeology is a full meal replacement shake (NOT A PROTEIN SHAKE!) and it takes about 60 seconds to make and includes all the dense nutrition of several servings of salad all in about 150 calories per glass! The energy it gives me is insane and so important to help me get through each day!!!


Do you feel as though you are living the life I mentioned above? Or can you relate to at least one aspect? Are you stuck in a spot where you WANT to be healthier but you can’t seem to figure out how you can possibly fit one more thing in your day?

Here are a few tips for you to get started, stay on track, and/or reach your own goals:

  1.  Start today, NOW! Like RIGHT NOW!!!! Don’t wait until Thanksgiving or after Christmas or once the New Year begins…START NOW!  Why? Why not??!! Like I said in my Healthy Holiday Goals post a few days ago – you can start now or you can wait and see if you fall into that average “7-10 pound” weight gain most people experience during this season. Its your choice. But do me a favor – and consider: Can you imagine how you’ll FEEL if you decide to commit today??? Imagine how your clothes will fit…imagine how you’ll carry yourself…imagine how you’ll FEEL. Then let me know if you’re ready!

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  1.  Start small – make a list of what you need to change and start making little changes each week. I’m not saying you have to jump right and start working out 7/days a week eating only 100% clean foods, etc… But start making small changes. Become aware of the ingredients in the foods you’re putting into your body. Chances are if you can’t read the label or pronounce the word you probably shouldn’t be eating it! Give yourself a self evaluation on your exercise, nutrition and water in take – what needs the most attention? Make a new goal/positive change each week. For example, your first step may be to rid your house of all the “bad/unhealthy” foods, next you may need to start getting 30 minutes of exercise at least 3x a week, then increase your water intake and/or decrease/eliminate soda or any other sugary drink you consume. And yes – this counts diet soda too! As you continue to make these changes, add in something new until you’ve transformed your LIFESTYLE.
  1.  If you can’t control the sweets – keep them out of the house. Ok – this is where I struggle the most. My daughter and I LOVE to bake.
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    My little man LOVES mommy’s shake!

    My son naps, we bake. Its just our “thing”. Its fun and we get a yummy treat out of it! But let’s be honest – no one needs dessert everyday! Besides – it certainly doesn’t do anything to benefit our kids! We’ve been able to shift gears and start doing art crafts during naps and when she REALLY wants to bake I try to take a healthy spin on it like my sweet potato brownies. And if we are going to splurge and make some chocolate chip cookies I will do it on a day when we can take them somewhere and share them so one cookie doesn’t turn into a lunch filled with cookies for her or me! Then they’re gone and we can all focus again!!!

  1.  If you struggle with finding the time in your day to make healthy meals then replace 1 meal a day with shakeology.  Why??? I’ll ask you this way – WHY NOT??? There is nothing else out there even comparable! I know I said it once but I’ll say it again – SHAKEOLOGY is NOT A PROTEIN SHAKE like a lot of people think. Shakeology is a full meal replacement with the right carb to protein ratio to fuel your body and keep you full for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  It has the fast burning carbohydrates with the slower burning protein to keep you satisfied.  The one aspect that sets this meal replacement drink apart from anything else out there is that it is loaded with all natural ingredients, not processed ingredients, that are going to meet your daily requirements for vitamins and nutrients. Maegan Blinka, healthy snack, meal replacement shake,  healthy meal replacement on the go, Shakeology, Shakeology cheesecake, vanilla shakeology, Shakeology recipes, clean eating, clean snacks, breakfast on the go, meal replacement Most people notice an increase in energy levels as it provides the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs! Your cravings for sweets are also decreased which is typically caused by a vitamin deficiency and that you will no longer experience. I do want to make something clear – it is not a weight loss shake – although it is clinically proven to AID in weightloss. It’s a nutritious meal replacement shake that will help you lose weight naturally. I drink it Every. Single. Day. And with all the benefits I can see and feel, I’ll take this $4 meal over any other option out there! I’m not going to pretend like it’s not an investment-because it is. It is an investment in your health-and-you should invest in your health because when you feel better you are more confident, healthier and happier! Plus the convenience aspect of being able to grab – shake – and go – can’t be beat! There’s no drive-through for this busy mama!!! Food is your fuel for your body – FUEL your body RIGHT!
  1. JOIN A CHALLENGE GROUP! There’s Power in numbers my friends!!! There’s other options out there besides Beachbody – but no other company combines it all for you. The Fitness you get from the top of the line workout programs with some of the best trainers, the Nutrition from Shakeology combined with the nutrition guide that will come with your DVD workout program and the SUPPORT of a challenge group. Surround yourself with people with similar goals, similar likes and similar desires and you will see you pushing each other further and further along!  Join my next challenge group and I promise you – I will help YOU reach YOUR goals! Fill out the application below for a spot!!

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