One thing I do is talk a lot about self love.. But one thing I struggle with is practicing what I preach.
I’m about to open up a lot to many who follow me but do not know everything…
WHY?? Because I feel me being honest is the best way to be relatable! I may lose followers and that’s ok.. I know I cannot relate to everyone.
In the past and even up until this year, I may have had pictures taken in a 2 piece and HATED the fact that this huge scar is covering my lower abdomen. So what did I do?? Just used makeup or an app on my phone to cover it up.. Then no one will know it’s even there.
But I’m done doing that. I am who I am and I look how I look. It’s time to be proud of ME, who I am, and yes, even what I’ve done.
Let’s take it back 4 years. I had my second son which was another best thing that happened to me. I love being a mommy, I am totally in love with my boys and would not trade ANYTHING for them!! When I was 6 weeks postpartum, I decided to take control of my physical state of unhappiness and disgust and get back into shape. I had a harder time losing the baby weight than my first for sure. That body just doesn’t always go back to where you started– moms, can I get an AMEN?!
So I started with working out at home doing Insanity, a home fitness program, and drinking Shakeology, and eating clean. I knew I didn’t have the ability to go to the gym during the time I had available.. and sure as heck wasn’t waking up my newborn and 1 year old to drive to the gym at 5 am… plus no daycare at that time. So thats what worked for me. I had great results, loved what I was doing, moved on to Turbo Fire, P90X, and decided keep going with all the Beachbody fitness programs.. What really helped me get to my very lowest goal weight and body was the 21 Day Ultimate Reset! It was 21 Days of very strict eating,
cleansing my body, and that was when I really saw my ABS!! When I saw my abs, I realized I’ve done all I can!! I’ve worked my ass off, but something was still in the way… all that extra damn skin!
Notice in the pic on the lower right, I was leaned back so my skin wasn’t hanging… the top right, I pulled my skin back on my hips. I still earned and worked for this body. I had abs, I was very lean, but the extra skin made me crazy!
I know my babies are worth every stretch mark and piece of loose skin, I call my stretch marks, their trade mark on my body! But the loose skin made me feel so extremely uncomfortable, especially as I got into fitness coaching and helping others, I felt that me posting pics with hanging skin was not attractive.. to others, but more so, to myself.
In mid 2013, I had a slight mishap… well big mishap.. one of my breast implants popped after breastfeeding my son (yea flat tire I call it), and I was traumatized.. It was so extremely noticeable to see one “DD” and an “A cup” on the other side… so when I went for a consultation to get “fixed”, I mentioned to my Dr. about the “mommy makeover”. If you are not familiar with that, its a breast augmentation, along with a tummy tuck.
I decided that my happiness and confidence is on me, and I’ve worked hard and controlled what I can, so I did it. I fixed my “flat fire” and also had my tummy tuck done. It was a very difficult recovery of sleeping in
a chair for 6 weeks, not being able to move very much, then dealing with not just being unhappy with loose skin, but now a huge scar going across my abdomen that I thought was going to look like a 2 inch C-section mark.
Iv’e honestly struggled HARD up until this year. Mind you its 2016. So for the last 3 years, I have struggled with my body image of having this huge scar.. so bad, I even took it upon myself to have laser scar removal done.. Yes, I burned my skin to have this go away. Painful.. absolutely.. expensive.. yes.. but that was how miserable and uncomfortable I was.
After all my mental struggle through this physical journey, I have realized, IT’S OK!!! I’m still me.. someone who has worked extremely hard to reach her fitness goals, has accomplished competing in Figure Competitions the past 2 years (not having the body due to a tummy tuck, but by working hard in the kitchen and gym), and someone who still has a passion for helping others and doing it the “right way” to reach their goals.
My journey over the past 3 years
This scar does NOT define me or the person I am. I simply wanted to feel better in my own skin.. I had confidence issues afterwards, but am FINALLY being good with my scar, my stretch marks, and ME!!! I do not regret getting my tummy tuck, because my goal was to have my flat stomach without my skin hanging over my pants or when I bend over. I do regret hiding my scar and story for so long because I know others have gone through the same thing or something similar.. the same unhappiness about their skin and body.. but its time to realize that marks, scars, or appearance is NOT everything!!!
Its our personality that makes us!!! The way we help others, serve others, present ourselves, is what truly makes WHO WE ARE!
Ok that felt good to get it out there!!! I may feel 10 pounds lighter!!! LOL!!
I hope you continue following my journey. I will NOT stop here.. This is JUST the beginning of a long and amazing journey ahead!!!
Autumn Calabrese is the creator is the 21 Day Fix and Fix Extreme and decided to create a new program for people who love Country Music and Line Dancing, but more so, to be able to have fun with your workout and burn more calories to help you reach your fitness goals! It took her lifelong passion for country music and brought it to the dance floor, collaborating with Beachbody to create a high-energy, low-impact dance workout that’s so easy to follow, anyone can do it. The best part is it’s 30 minutes of nonstop dancing to today’s hottest country hits, so you’re guaranteed to work up a sweat — and a smile — whether you’re a country music fan or not. The fun country flavor and the simplicity of the steps are a huge part of Country Heat’s appeal, although the workout itself will definitely give both pros and newbies alike a good sweat. And results.
Country Heat is the perfect workout for reshaping your body. The custom-designed moves coupled with consistent cardio help burn calories and kick your metabolism into high gear, so in 30 days you’ll see some real results — a more toned and tightened body everywhere from your booty to your legs, shoulders, and arms.
Autumn designed Country Heat to be easy to learn and follow — anyone can jump right in without missing a beat. Each routine is infused with energy, fun, and cardio-centric moves all set to catchy country tunes. So 30 days later, you just might be ready to get back in the saddle all over again.
The Country Heat program includes five dance workouts, one full-body dance- conditioning workout, a quick-start guide, a 30-day calendar, a nutrition guide with 7-piece portion-control containers! These portion control containers have helped so many get on track with their nutrition and we all know sometimes those portions are not always what they should be!
No other equipment is required. The whole program, from the workouts to the music to the nutrition, is designed to be so simple that anyone can do it, and so much fun that everyone will want to.
SNEAK PEEK AT ME DOING COUNTRY HEAT:
WHAT CAN YOUR RESULTS LOOK LIKE?
Each person is different. We all have different body types, genetic, etc. but I will say the people who committed to Beachbody’s Test group did incredible!!! Some being personal friends of mine and watched them go through the journey over the past couple months!! Here’s what they look like:
Why incorporate SHAKEOLOGY with your fitness programs?!
Ok so most people struggle with nutrition the most.. its just a fact of life. Food is a drug that people don’t seem to get away from.
This is your chance to get help with your nutrition. To get those nutrients and dense superfoods your body doesn’t normally get from your every day foods, to boost your energy, get rid of those cravings, and get on track with eating and feeling good! This is one meal you KNOW you will be getting the best of the best! All- natural, super dense, and so easy and convenient for all you other busy mamas out there (one of the reasons I fell in love)!
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Who likes a little buffalo chicken in their life? I could seriously eat it every day!! Now there is an easy recipe that I’m excited to share with you all that you will LOVE!!! Perfect lunch, dinner, or appetizer!!
I had no idea about these egg wraps, but saw a similar recipe on Pinterest and figured I’ll change it up a little and this is what I got!
6 egg wraps (or rice spring roll wrappers)
3 4oz chicken breasts (cooked in crock pot for 4 hours– easy for shredding)
1/4 cup franks red hot
1/4 cup Sriracha (you can add less Sriracha and more red hot if you cant handle the spice!)
1 cup shredded cheese (I used mexican blend)
1/4 cup Greek yogurt ranch (for dipping)
Shred cooked chicken after cooked for 4 hours in crockpot
Add Franks red hot and Sriracha and mix evenly into chicken
Dip rice wrappers in water until soft and lay out on clean surface
Add 2 oz chicken to each wrap
Sprinkle cheese evenly over chicken in wrap
Wrap up sides first, then roll front to back and place on cookie sheet
Bake at 425 for 20 min or until wrap golden brown on top
Dip in Greek yogurt ranch (healthy version) or Blue cheese if you want to have a cheat!
For more health and nutrition tips, healthy recipes, daily support and motivation to help you reach your fitness goals, please fill out the application below for a spot in my next online fitness challenge group/support group! This is for anyone with goals to tone, lose weight, gain muscle, or even just get on a good routine of healthy eating!
I have been SOOO MIA for the past week and I am so sorry!! But I’m back and really excited to start and complete 2 weeks of the 21 Day Fix Extreme before I start the upcoming release of Country Heat Test Group!
So yes, the 21 Day Fix Extreme is obviously 21 Days long, but I want to show you even what 2 weeks can do!! So I am on day 2 today!!! I just finished my workout, and I’m already feeling it! My upper and lower body is sore, but I love it!!
It’s crazy what just 30 minutes can do for you! People think they need to go and spend 2 hours at a gym and you know what? Im a HUGE gym lover.. but I look and watch people and they spend two hours, but only have their heart rate up for not even half the time because they socialize, or don’t even know what their doing half the time! So having these programs allows you to watch the trainers do it with good form, you have a schedule to follow, and certain exercises to do so you are working every body part and getting a good workout!
Yesterday, I also did some meal prep! I got some chicken, turkey burger, chicken sausage, fresh fruit, veggies, hummus, almonds, eggs, oats, sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, and will be having my Shakeology daily!
Crock pot Chicken is so easy to make!! Literally, I threw 4 pieces of chicken in the crock pot, threw some pepper, garlic, and onion powder in, set it to 4 hours, and walk away! So I’m going to have chicken stir fry with fresh veggies and brown rice as a few meals!
Coconut Chicken- Ok so I LOVE this meal!!! Cut up chicken breasts into strips, had a bowl with an egg, and a bowl with shredded unsweetened coconut (add some pepper to it) and dip the chicken in the egg first, then the coconut mix, set it on a cookie sheet, and bake at 425 for 30 min or until brown on top!
Turkey Meatloaf is another easy meal that myself and my kids love!! I used a pound of ground turkey meat, added 2 cups salsa, 1/2 cup quinoa, pepper, 1 tbsp garlic, and mixed together and placed it in a small pan and baked at 350 for 35 minutes! WALAH!!
Seriously, healthy eating is not that difficult!! I love prepping for the whole week and that way each day, I’m not rushing around trying to figure out what to eat because its already done! I don’t have excuses of not having anything prepared which keeps me away from fast food or eating out!
Quote for the week:
“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”
Take advantage of the opportunities you have to do what you want, but you must be willing to plan, prepare, and make small sacrifices to get their in order to achieve your goals!!
If you are ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle and reach your health and fitness goals, please fill out the application below for a spot in my next 30 day fitness challenge! You will be required to check in our accountability group on Facebook daily, along with following a home fitness program, and eating healthy (80/20 rule- don’t worry your allowed 1 cheat meal here and there 🙂 )!
How in the heck do you stay on track with your nutrition, especially over the holidays?!?! It’s 4th of July weekend and I know people are about partying, food, and alcohol! But… it doesn’t necessarily have to be unhealthy!! You can still have fun and be clean about your choices of food and drinks!!
I’m leaving for vacation tonight once kids are in bed and I am prepping some food now to take to South Carolina for some get togethers with our team and family!! I want to show you that it’s still possible to travel, go to parties, and be healthy all at the same time!! Sounds like a lot of work huh? Lol
For the road-
It’s easy to say “Oh, I don’t have anything with me, lets stop at a fast food restaurant.” Ummm or NOT!! It’s called, plan and prepare my friends!! It’s easier to plan and have it all with you than to stop, waste time, money, and your body!! Treat your body as a temple, its the only place to live!!
So here are some foods I have prepared for the road:
It’s all about moderation, portion control, but having fun with your food too!! You don’t have to eat greasy, fried, unhealthy food to enjoy it!! You just get a little creative!
Most of all, keep in mind that holidays are not about food.. It’s about celebrating the holiday with friends and family and appreciating what we have!!
To get daily support, motivation, nutrition and fitness tips, and help with your fitness journey, please fill out the application below for a spot in my next fitness challenge held online. You do not have to go anywhere!! You workout in your home (not needing a ton of equipment), eat healthy, and get the support by checking in daily in our group!