Goal Digger of the Month: Samantha Rockin’ Her Beach Body!

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I’ve decided to do a transformation series on this blog, because these stories inspire me and overload my love tank every single day! Sam was one of my first customers. When we started chatting about her goals she explained to me that she wanted to tone up before her upcoming trip to Florida. Based on her goals and her current routine we hooked her up with Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix EXTREME challenge pack.

If you want to talk about committing to a program….Sam is a PERFECT example of what I mean. This girl knows the nutrition plan front to back, asks questions when she has them, drinks Shakeology daily, and crushes the workouts every. single. day.

Throughout her first round of the program she’d tell me how good she was feeling and that she was loving her results. Still, when she shared this before and after picture I was blown away. I mean, seriously…BEACH BABE, am I right?? She lost 10 pounds and gained lean muscle. You can feel her confidence shining through in that second picture. I also want to share with you that Sam’s journey to health didn’t just start in February. Since June 2013 this inspiring woman has lost 50 pounds. 50 pounds, people! She took the first step, hasn’t looked back, and so can you.

This is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. Yes, you lose weight and inches, but this is about SO much more than that too. It’s about taking back control of your health with knowledge and workouts that empower you to be the best version of you.

Sam quickly became a coach as soon as she started to feel those waves of change ripple through her. Now she’s helping others along their health and fitness journey. Nothing worth having ever comes easy. Sam WORKS for it. And that’s what makes her success that much sweeter. I couldn’t be more proud to have her in my life or on my team of coaches.

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Thin Mint Shamrock Shakeology

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No visits to McDonalds today for my family! I blended up a batch of chocolate Shakeology today that tastes just like Girl Scout thin mint cookies! I added the recipe on the picture of my little buddy enjoying his St. Patty’s Day shake. I actually used Young Living Peppermint essential oil instead of mint extract, but I know not everyone has that on hand.

Let’s compare, shall we?

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake nutrition facts in a 12-ounce cup:
530 calories
10 g protein
16 g fat
88 g carbs (74g sugars; 0g dietary fiber)
Loaded with artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup, and other ingredients I can’t even pronounce.
Chocolate Shakeology Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookie nutrition facts:
160 calories
18 g protein
4.5 g fat
17 carbs (6g sugars)
…All natural with 70 different ingredients including super fruits and vegetables.
My choice is clear 🙂

Homemade Sweet Potato Chips

homemade sweet potato chips

I CRAVE salty crunchy goodness. These sweet potato chips do the trick without me having to open up a bag of the unhealthy alternatives. Plus, I have my 21 Day Fix portion control container so I won’t overindulge. Which is easy to do because these are SO GOOD!

Ingredients
1-2 small sweet potatoes, washed an dried
1 TBS olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cut the potatoes in 1/4-inch-thick slices (I recommend using a slicer!) In a large bowl, add the oil and seasonings. Add the sliced potatoes and toss to coat. Place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned and crisp, about 10 minutes.

You can get creative when you make these! Next time I might try a little cinnamon 🙂 Enjoy!

Healthy Pineapple Whip

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If you’re looking for a fun and healthy treat this week then you have to try this pineapple whip! It’s only three ingredients and so good. We served my son’s in an ice cream cone and put it in dishes for us adults 😉

Healthy Pineapple Whip

Ingredients
– 1 cup frozen pineapple
– 1/2 cup almond milk
– 1 TBS honey

Directions: Blend ingredients in high speed blender. We use our nutribullet! Serve, enjoy and daydream of summer!

March of Dimes Fundraiser – This is my WHY

On May 16th I’ll be walking to raise money for March of Dimes. This foundation helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, they offer information and comfort to families. They research the problems that threaten our babies and work on preventing them. That is the what. Here is my why.

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I went into preterm labor with my twins at 28 weeks pregnant. I was transferred from one hospital to another so I’d have access to a NICU that could support babies born that early. I’d never been so scared in my life while I was hooked up to the IV and monitors. I tried to channel all my energy towards the babies. Otherwise, that fear would have surely choked me. I was poked, prodded, monitored, given medication, put on bed rest and given both worst case scenarios and best case scenarios. By the grace of God and modern medicine, I gave birth to my babies at 37 weeks, 3 days. I’m so grateful for the screening test that identified my early labor, for the steroid shots that helped develop my babies’ lungs faster, and for the Procardia that helped to spread out and lessen my contractions.

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Not all preterm labor scares end with the best case scenario like mine did. I’m walking for the miracle babies that are born early and thrive against all odds. I’m walking for the angel babies that are watching over us from heaven. I’m walking for the families of these babies, because they are warriors too. For all that I have been given this feel likes a small way I can give back.

There are two ways you can support my walk.

  • Make a secure donation by clicking this DONATE NOW link to be sent to my fundraising page
  • From March 1st through May 16th I will be giving 5% of all the commissions I make through my Beachbody coaching business directly to this fundraiser.

Thank you for helping me give all babies a healthy start!