My Newest Mom Life Hack: Daily Harvest

I recently gave Daily Harvest a try and I was NOT disappointed. As a busy women and mom, I love anything that makes my life easier, and these my friend should be a staple for anyone looking for just that, especially when it comes to meal time.

They make it almost too easy, if you can say that.  You log into your account, select how many you would like per week or month then make your actual selections (cauliflower rice and pesto is my current favorite).

They arrive via FedEx on the date selected, packaged with dry ice (my 8th grade self would LOVE this as I did my science fair project on dry Ice).  You place them in the freezer until you’re ready to eat then it’s simply microwave for 4 minutes or use the stove top, eat and ENJOY.

I won’t lie.  My first experience I was expecting it to be what you would expect from your “typical” freezer meal and THEY ARE SO MUCH BETTER!  If you didn’t know any better, you would think it was home made right there in your kitchen.

You can get smoothies, harvest bowls, soups, lattes and more!

I have been choosing harvest bowls as I’m not a huge soup person and have a set smoothie recipe that works for me at the moment.  The best part is, that if you don’t eat them in a certain time frame, they are still good as they stay in the freezer.  What?!?!?  Mind blown.

I don’t know how they do it but the flavors go beyond what you would expect from frozen goods and any meal delivery service you can find (trust me, I’ve tried quite a few!)

Don’t take my word for it though, give it a try for yourself.  (But use my code so you get 3 FREE!)

80 Day Obsession – Fight For Me

For the last year, my motivation has been on a roller-coaster ride.  I allowed external “things” to get in my way, to control my emotions and get in my head, clouding my goals.

We moved house, which I actually wanted.  I have been working through postpartum anxiety.  I have nerve issues in my back that I let get the best of me.

All of these took its toll on me, throwing me a curve-ball that I didn’t quite know how to deal with.  Finally, in December, I had enough and was ready to push myself through, gaining control of myself back and getting back to working on a stronger, healthier me not just for myself but for my family.  My son is my everything and I didn’t want him to watch me give in, to say screw-it but to fight for me.

In January, my company was launching a brand new program that I just knew was exactly what I needed and at just the right time.  But, I had no idea just what that effect was going to be and just how life-changing it was for me.

“It’s only over if you quit”

What I’ve learned in the last 44 DAYS:

  • I have the ability to let the scale determine my CONFIDENCE, my WORTH, ME
  • The scale is only a number.  You hear that so often but I used to be someone who got on the scale every morning and let that number determine my day. How happy I was or sad or defeated I felt, all based on that ONE NUMBER.
  • The problem is that it is just a number.  YOU ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.
  • I am stronger than I think. At times, I doubted myself but when I chose the heavier weights I felt empowered by MY OWN STRENGTH
  • This is MY JOURNEY, stop comparing yourself to anyone else, that can also led to you feeling defeated and not being proud of you own accomplishments
  • It is more MENTAL than you think.  You can do anything you set your mind to.
  • It is OKAY TO MODIFY.  Previously, I would allow my back pain to be an EXCUSE for me to not workout.  Now I know that it is simply a matter of modifying the moves that I need to

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Since starting on my NEW JOURNEY 44 DAYS AGO, I have only allowed myself to get on the scale once a week for my weekly check-in but with it, I also check my measurements and take my photos.  This has helped me to see a WHOLE VERSION of the work I am putting in.

These last 44 DAYS have also shown me that this is truly a journey, it never ends.  I will never give up on myself or my health.  Once you feel like you’ve “completed” a program, you start to let things slip which simply creates a downward spiral to going back to you OLD WAYS.  Think of this as the beginning of your journey.

Take time to truly work on your self.  There is so much power in taking some time for yourself.  It could be in taking a bath or getting a massage or sitting outside with a good book.  It has more effect on your mind, body and soul than you may think.

During these first 44 DAYS, I was away from home for 9 of them and I still worked out and did my best to stay on track with my nutrition without feeling deprived.  I set myself up as best as I could for SUCCESS while on vacation.

Don’t ever give up. Focus on those non-scale victories and remember this is a JOURNEY.

So far I’m down 6lbs, 10 inches and I’m not stopping

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Are you ready to get healthier, stronger or simply need someone in your corner??

I’d love to be in your corner helping you, motivating you. And I have a whole group of MOMS ready to be in this with you too!
Get plugged into a community of other BUSY MOMS just like YOU working to get their confidence and energy back: http://bit.ly/29yhrRQ
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Mommy Needs A Minute

Gone are the days of me thinking of it solely as “Self-Care Sunday”, now I feel like it’s better to happen whenever YOU need it.  With an, at-times, blurry line of work/life balance and more and more people working to get healthier, this is something that should be happening more than simply once a week.

 

It’s not only about healing muscles, but in relaxing your mind and spirit too.  Being overworked and stretched to the limit can have serious effects on you on all levels.

 

I have found in the last year that I can have a habit of slacking on my self-care, and I know, as a mom, we all have this tendency.  You put everyone else first and then, when and if there is anything left, that is when you take care of you.

 

When you focus on YOU, then you will become better with taking care of everyone else.

 

Here are some great ways to give YOURSELF a little TLC:

  • Meditation: A simple way to start. Give yourself an extra 5 or 10 minutes every morning or evening to relax your mind.  You can do this yourself by getting into a quiet space, sit or lie down, close your eyes and just focus on your breathing.  You can also find some great (free) apps to help with this, if you would like more a guided meditation.
  • Bath: Add some Epsom salt for tired, sore muscles, maybe some candles or dimly light the room for a bit more peace
  • Massage: Please Mamma’s . . need I say more?!?
  • Manicure / Pedicure: I’m not a big manicure fan.  I just don’t seem to find it relaxing but I LOVE a good pedicure!  I like to listen to audio books, close my eyes and zone out.
  • Yoga Class: Hot or not, it just feels good to stretch it all out.  Get out of your head and let the chill yogi vibes (???) take over.
  • Foam Rolling: I won’t lie; this was a bit strange for me at first but go with me here. These are great for helping with muscle relief.  They come in what feels like a million variations so if you are new to this maybe go check some out at the store.  Places like Target or Dick’s carry them.  Start slow and build your way up.  I know add this to the stretching portion after almost every workout.
  • Sleep: This is so much more crucial to having a healthy body and mind than most people give it credit for. Start by tracking your sleep and seeing how you feel.  How many hours a night do you get?  Is it hard for you to fall asleep?  Do you struggle in the morning?  Maybe you could try going to bed a little earlier each night or giving yourself some time to simply relax before hitting the sack to see if that helps you.

 

 

What are some of your favorite ways to unwind and help get yourself back to a state of calm, ready to take on the world??

 

Thursday Taste: Easy Egg Cups

This is real life.

I’m not a chef. I’m not trained. I’ve actually always had this thought that cooking was meant to be hard, take a long time to make anything worthwhile and always steered towards the “easy” way.

Truth is. I am simply a mom, trying to make a healthy lifestyle change for myself and my family.

Truth is. Most of the meals I make are NOT “Instagram worthy”. But you know what. That is real life. That is mom life.

Truth is. Most of the time I suck the first time I make something. But I keep at it. I keep trying.

And today I learned that I will not use baking cups when making egg cups again . . . 

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick spray or reusable silicone baking cups
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • 2 cups Egg Whites
  • 1 cup chopped peppers and onions
  • Dash of himalayan salt and ground pepper, if desired

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

2. Line a twelve-cup muffin tin with fun silicone baking cups or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

3. Combine almond milk and egg whites in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if desired; whisk to blend. Set aside.

4. Evenly divide chopped peppers and onion between prepared muffin cups.

5. Evenly pour egg white mixture over onions and peppers.

6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of egg cups comes out clean, and eggs are set.

7. Enjoy! 

 

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MAKE THE SHIFT Online Fit Group

Summertime typically means a season of travel. With the kids off from school, it makes it the perfect time to get away with your family. It can also mean it’s the perfect time to get away from your workout routine or indulge in sweets and tempting cocktails like mojitos and margaritas on the beach. But what it doesn’t have to mean is falling off the wagon.

Joine me for 37 days (1 week of prep and 4 weeks of clean eating and 30 minute workouts) for some SUMMERTIME accountability!

I have learned so much about my own personal health & fitness and truthfully how I feel when I fuel up with good food that I don’t want to go back to my old ways! And I want to share that with YOU!

You’ll learn:
* Balance between those summer treats and your goals
* How to travel and eat healthy
* How to make a meal plan
* Healthy summer swaps
* Proper portion size
* 30 minute total body workouts
* At least 1 cheat meal per week

My goal is to teach you how to make a lifestyle change, not a crash diet, or something you feel deprived by!

You will be given KNOWLEDGE, SUPPORT and INSPIRATION daily to workout, eat healthy and crush your goals! Stop making excuses and start forming habits that will last a lifetime.

ARE YOU IN??? Respond that you are GOING to the event, invite some friends & let’s do this!!!

Complete my application here to get started today: http://bit.ly/29yhrRQ

NOTE: You cannot already be a coach or working with another coach!

Thursday Treat: Watermelon Pizza

Here’s a little Thursday Treat for you that your little ones are sure to enjoy. . . WATERMELON PIZZA

Ingredients:
• Fresh watermelon slices
• 4 tbsp reduced fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
• 4 medium strawberries, sliced
• 2 tbsp fresh blueberries

Instructions:
• Spread each watermelon wedge with 1 Tbsp. yogurt
Top evenly with strawberries and blueberries

BREAK IT DOWN: The Ultimate Reset

I’m going to get REAL with you for a minute here.  I just conquered the Beachbody Ultimate Reset and I’m here to tell you all about it.  It’s a 21 day cleanse for your whole body broken into three weeklong segments.  Each week comes with its own set of challenges but believe me when I tell you that you still get to eat, it’s just under strict guidelines.  This is no juice cleanse.  It is not a quick fix.  It is about retraining your brain and your body with how you look at nutrition, how you process food.  This is about getting rid of bad habits that may be stumping your progress and hopefully creating new ones.

Each week you will cut more and more out of your diet.  Starting with refined foods and animal products then eventually grains and legumes, which will have you eating a diet of fruits and veggies for your final week.  I loved that it was a gradual process and not cutting everything out all at once.

Each day you will eat 3 meals and 1 snack (which is optional).  And yes you can still have your Shakeology, of the Vegan variety (of which there are now more options!!)
For me, doing this detox was about getting over a plateau that I had been struggling with ever since I stopped breastfeeding my son.  It was about stripping down my nutrition to figure out what is and what isn’t working well with my body.
There were two issues that came up for me while on the reset: First, NO WORKING OUT FOR 21 DAYS.  That was more of a struggle for me than I ever thought it would be. But when you spend the last year focusing on your health and fitness, my workouts had become more of an outlet for me and I didn’t fully realize that until this moment.  And second, I was forced to cook up three separate meals every night.  Yikes.  My son has quite a few allergies so he gets his own dinner, then my husband and finally my own dinner.  This got old for me real quick so lucky for me they also have what they call the “Reset In A Crunch” meal plan which became my saving grace.
Here is a sampling of my meals during my 21 Days:
I won’t lie to you.  I did have a cheat or 2 during my 21 days.  But I didn’t let it get me off track and I jumped right back on the plan ASAP.  It is also imperative that you hydrate, so lots and lots of water.  Aim for a gallon of water a day.
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This program is hard but YOU WILL GET RESULTS!  Stick with it for 21 days and you will feel better, you will lose weight, you will cleanse your body of all that nasty stuff, you will have created better habits and broken yourself of bad habits.
My results were quite astounding: down exactly 10 pounds and over 4 inches in my waist and hips alone.  But now it’s about how I continue to keep moving forward and not ruin my results by going back to my old ways.
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Interesting in learning more or trying the Ultimate Reset for yourself??  Email me at jennsanny@gmail.com
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Thursday Taste: Crockpot Pork Chop with Onions and Potatoes

It’s no lie when I say I am no Martha Stewart or Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen.  Prior to becoming a Beachbody Coach, I had only made two meals – Beef Stews and Macaroni.  I am all about easy, convenient and tasty.  So when you see recipes on my blog it is because they taste good, are healthy and relatively easy to make.  This is one I thought up in my sleep and decided to give it a try.  I think you’ll like it!

CROCKPOT PORK CHOPS WITH ONIONS AND POTATOES

Cooking time: 5-6hours

Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1lb Pork Chops
  • 8 oz Pearl Onions
  • 1 cup Low-sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2-3 Medium Potatoes, chopped
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • “Dash” of Rosemary
  • 2 tsp Honey

 

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to your crockpot, except the honey
  2. Cook on low for 5 – 6 hours
  3. Add honey after 4 – 5hours, cook on high for the last hour
  4. Serve and ENJOY!

Thursday Taste: Apple Butternut Squash Soup

Fall and winter are the perfect time to cozy up with a yummy bowl of soup.  Butternut squash is one of my favorites so I thought why not add some apples, make it crockpot friendly and give you something extra special from my kitchen to yours!

 

Apple Butternut Squash Soup

 

Cooking Time: 6-8 hours

Yield: 8 servings

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs. butternut squash
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 medium Jonathon (or Granny Smith) apples, peeled, chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth
  • 1 thin slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp. Mrs. Dash No Salt Seasoning

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Preparation:

  1. Prepare and cut the Squash into chunks
    1. Poke holes in the Squash using a fork
    2. Place in the microwave for 5 minutes to soften
    3. Peel the squash then cut and de-seed the squash
  1. Place all ingredients in crockpot

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  1. Cook on low for 6 – 8hours
  2. Use immersion blender to blend until smooth.
  3. If you find your soup is too bitter, start by adding some honey to it and blend. Squash can vary in taste so you may need to amend this recipe as needed.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

21 DF: 3 Green, 1 Purple, ½ Red – per serving

244 Calories per serving

Perfectly Imperfect: Finding YOUR Balance Challenge Group

I am human. I am not perfect. I don’t eat salads 24/7/365. I don’t workout all day, everyday. I don’t judge you for your food choices. I will help you find YOUR balance in life. I will help YOU figure out what works for YOU. I will help you find your PERFECT BALACE to reach your goals. This challenge group isn’t about me, it’s about YOU and letting me help you.
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Since college, I had always struggled with my weight. It was one diet and crazy fad after another. And believe me, I tried them ALL! I was the chronic “Monday Dieter”, i.e – I was constantly telling myself I’ll start Monday. Maybe I would eat well and workout during the week but the second the weekend hit, I went crazy, think children’s birthday party. I was always telling myself it was okay because my diet would start Monday.

Well, wouldn’t you know, that perfect Monday never came and for years my weight was a rollercoaster of highs and lows. I never could get it right . . until NOW!

Over the last year, I have spent time figuring out what works. Being able to live my life but in a healthier way.

**I have learned how to travel and vacation without gaining weight ** I have learned how to eat out and not lose sight of my goals ** I have learned how to have balance ** I have learned that I don’t need to spend hours at the gym to get in shape

YOU CAN STILL LIVE YOUR LIFE AND GET FIT!

Let me teach you –
• Meal planning made easy
• Simple, easy portion controlled nutrition
• No counting calories, no counting points
• Healthy swaps
• 30 min / day workouts
• Workouts you can do from ANYWHERE with wifi
• How to eat out and travel without ruining any progress you have made
• CRUSH YOUR GOALS!

Would you believe that in ONLY 4 weeks you could make serious changes?!

My goal is to teach you how to make a lifestyle change, not a crash diet!! I want to give you tools that will last a lifetime!!

>>WARNING<<
Side effect: you may get into the BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE and feel AMAZING!!

30 days with me requires you to have 100% commitment & willingness to step out of your comfort zone and get down to business!

This group requires that I AM YOUR COACH & that you commit to a fitness program that we will decide on together, replace 1 meal a day with Shakeology and actively participate in the group online.

Are you ready to do this?!?!

Are you in??? Respond that you are going to the event, invite some friends & make sure to fill out the application below!!!

Complete the application below: http://bit.ly/29yhrRQ

I will be in contact with you in the next 24 hours with details.

NOTE: You cannot already be a coach or working with another coach!

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