What goes first?

“You always have time for the things you put first.”

But what do you put first? And, more importantly, how often do you put YOU first? I can say that for a long time I was very much towards the bottom of my list of things. My husband, our house, my work, my students, and now my baby are usually prioritized about my own self. Does my list change constantly? You betcha! Last year, I would leave myself towards the bottom of the list and focus on those around me.

It wasn’t until recently that I realized that I had to put myself higher on my list in order to better serve those around me. As I finish up Core de Force (I’m on day 26) I have made my health a priority in my life and, because of this decision, I always have time to get my workout in.

img_4396

To most people reading this post, the picture above just looks like a bedroom. And, most days, that’s exactly what it is. But for a small amount of time each day, it is my solitude. It is where I go to focus on me; to focus on my health and my well-being. I push play and for that time I only focus on me.

My results in a few days will not be a dramatic weight loss but it will be so much more in so many ways.

As I was working through the rounds of MMA Speed last night, I felt the difference from day 1 to now. I remember thinking ho hard the 6 rounds were on day one and questioning if this would even work. Tonight, I’m left wanting more. 6 rounds were nothing and I could see and feel my muscles working differently than they had the first night.

In the course of this program, I’ve fit back into pre-pregnancy pants! I’m talking multiple pairs of pants! Pants that I couldn’t button last month! I’ve had more focus throughout the day, both at work and in my home life. Because of my gained focus, I am getting better at planning and executing my day. Things on my daily to-do list are getting crossed off! I have energy and don’t feel stressed like I typically do at this time of the school year.  img_4261

While I know I am not done with focusing on my health when CDF ends in a few days, I now have the tools to maintain a healthy life and focus on the habits that allow me to better myself and those that depend on me. As a society, we so often put ourselves at the bottom of our lists. Move yourself up and see the benefits it has on all aspects of your life.

Sunday Meal Prep

img_4213

I’ve spent the last three weeks using my Sunday to meal prep for each week. Prior to this I would plan my meals for the week but cook throughout the week.I prided myself on having the week planned out and treasured our Sunday morning grocery shopping trips. Until recently,  I hadn’t realized the value and time of meal prepping.

With Emery becoming more and more active, and our schedules getting busier (welcome to Spring semester!) I needed to find a way to save time throughout the week – especially at night. I’ve read about meal prepping. I’ve pinned recipes and blogs about meal prepping. And yet, I’ve never meal prepped. Until now.

I’m not one to reinvent the wheel – especially when it comes to cooking. If it’s tried and true (and tasty) it’s a keeper! In another world, I would love to invent my own recipes and spend hours in the kitchen. In my current world that isn’t a possibility so cook books, Pinterest and family recipes it is. I’m using this same strategy with my venture into Sunday meal prepping. I use the Team BeachBody website and Pinterest to find meal plans and prepping that I can do in a couple of hours. This week I tackled the 90 minute meal prep off the TBB blog: https://www.beachbody.com/beachbodyblog/nutrition/1200-1500-calorie-level-meal-prep-in-90-minutes-or-less

The end result was a fridge full of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options for the week. Just grab and go!

img_4217

What I really liked about this week’s meal prep was the step by step directions that help you tackle it all. My biggest hold up with meal prepping before was the idea that it seemed time consuming, tedious and a bit overwhelming. Seriously, all meals for a week? Cooked at once? Is that even possible?

Not only is it possible, it is totally worth it! 90 minutes in the kitchen today will save me anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour each night this week. That’s time to spend with Jared and Emery, or a workout, or a TV show, or extra sleep! I’m excited to continue my meal prep Sundays and trying new recipes. What are some of your go to meal prep recipes?

Easy Spinach Chicken Pizza

Healthy and pizza dont always see eye to eye but in this recipe they do! It’s quick, easy and healthy. What more can you want? 

Ingredients:

Corn Meal

Whole wheat pizza dough

Rotisserie chicken (shredded)

1 Tbl Olive Oil

1/2 tsp rosemary

1/2 tsp minced garlic 

1-2 cups Shredded Mozzarella 

2 Roma Tomatoes, diced

1 cup Baby Spinach, chopped

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2) Sprinkle corn meal on a pizza stone or baking sheet. 

3) Roll out pizza dough to edges of pan. 

4) Mix olive oil, rosemary and garlic in a small bowl. Spear over pizza dough. 

5) Top pizza dough with shredded chicken, dived tomatoes, chopped spinach and cheese. 

6) Bake for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. 

7) Remove from oven, slice and serve! 

Because I’m Happy!

Happy Friday all! We made it through the first week back in school and I made it back into a pair of pre-pregnancy jeans! Lots to celebrate today. 🙂

The other day, I was challenged with listing 10 things that made me happy. Try to list 10 items without over thinking the list. Just write down the first 10 things that come to your mind.

How’d you do? Did you get 10? If your list shorter or longer? When I answered this challenge I found my list at 15. Here’s what I had:

  1. My husband
  2. Baby girl
  3. Sleeping in on a rainy morning
  4. Fresh coffee
  5. Music
  6. Spending time with my family
  7. Freshly painted finger nails
  8. Saying my prayers
  9. Checking things off my to-do list
  10. Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, lol
  11. Running on a clear morning
  12. Finishing a workout I didn’t think I could do
  13. Watching my students succeed
  14. A clean house
  15. Warm laundry right out of the dryer

After I finished the list, I took a minute to really reflect on my top 15. How many items on my list are materialistic objects? How many are people, relationships, memories, personal triumphs, etc? Which ones of these are a daily thing for me?

2017 has been a mind shift for me. For so long (I’m talking years), I focused on material items- new clothes, new shoes, new jewelry- to make me happy. I thought if I wore certain things or filled my shelves with statement necklaces that I would be happy. What I’ve realized from all of this is that I wasn’t truly happy with myself. I was chasing someone I thought I should be. It wasn’t until just recently that I decided it was time to be happy with me. I’ve built a life for myself that I love. I have the best husband, baby girl and family I could have hoped for. My relationship with God has never been stronger. I’m focusing on being happy with the things that can’t be measured by a price tag and with the realization I’ve found that I’m happier than I’ve ever been.

Find what makes you truly happy and go all in.

 

Meal Prep

While the baby sleeps, momma mops and meal preps. 🍇🍠 Brown rice with grilled chicken, baked sweet potatoes and red onions, spinach and homemade dressing. Bagged up grapes and made to-go peanut butter containers for easy snacks. Took a little bit of time but will save time in the mornings this week! #btsprep #cleanmealprep #fitmom #fitlife #teambeachbodycoach #maximizeyourtimetumblr_ojhd7ijGYk1rzdluco1_500.jpg

Little Miss Em

Just in a week this little gal has changed soooo much! 💗 Not only did she cut her first two teeth, she now crawls in and out of her ball pit at her leisure, runs through the house in her walker, is infatuated with Mom & Dad (not going to lie, best thing ever) and is pulling herself up to stand! 😳 She is already getting good at letting go and standing for a brief moment. #daredevilbaby As cool as it is to watch all of these changes occur, I can’t help but wonder where my little baby has gone? 👶🏼 #emeryjanecastle #31weeksold #changingsomuchtumblr_ojg19pkwve1rzdluco1_500

January Jump Start Final Call

Our January Jump Start group is forming! Don’t miss out! If you’ve been on the fence about joining a fitness group, jump off that fence and join us! What do you have to lose? Over the course of the group you’ll have access to clean eating meal plans 🍎🍌🥑, workouts 💪🏼, and the best one- support! 👯Leave your email below if interested. I’m sending out group details today! #teambeachbodycoach #januaryjumpstart #allaccesspass #dontmissout #whatdoyouhavetolose #beabetteryou #support #fitlife #fitmomtumblr_ojddo3glin1rzdluco1_500

January Jump Start

It’s been said that with the New Year 🎉comes a blank slate. Why not use your blank slate to become a healthier version of you? 🥗💪🏼Are you looking for a jump start but not sure where to start? 🤔Talk to me! 🤚🏼I’ll be starting a challenge group for those that are interested in using Team BeachBody to jump start their new year! The group will officially kick off on January 16th but we will begin all of our prepping next week. Here’s what you need to be willing to commit to in order to join the group:
✔️Follow any TBB program for the duration of the group ✔️ Check in daily with the group ✔️Focus on you and your health ✔️Not be in another coach’s challenge group. That’s it! Seems pretty easy right? 😺Let’s jump to it! Leave your email in the comments so I can add you to the group! #teambeachbodycoach #januaryjumpstart #itsallaboutyoutumblr_oj7vqudti31rzdluco1_500

All Access Pass!

This is just what I needed for the new year! Team Beachbody is offering an ALL ACCESS PASS to every. single. workout. evvvrrrrr! Plus unlimited access to new workouts as they’re released! 😱 With a little one that hasn’t been cooperating at the gym I can workout in the comfort of my own home while she wanders around in her walker. 😂 I can choose from Insanity, Core de Force, Cize and so many more! Such an awesome motivator to lose the last few baby pounds. This special isn’t around for long though. If you’re interested let me know and I’ll get you the specifics. Seriously, if you are trying to figure out how to balance work, life and exercising this is for you! #teambeachbodycoach #allaccesspass #fitmom #fitlifetumblr_oj6l4ryvib1rzdluco1_500