Thursday, October 5, 2017

Clean Week - Give this lifestyle a try before you commit

Clean Week -

 Test Drive The Lifestyle Before You Commit To It

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Want to learn more about clean eating and exercise but have no idea where to get started? I have an answer for you. Instead of jumping in and committing to do a month long program, just join me for a week long program to help show you the ropes. 

I will be hosting an event called clean week for my friends who just want help getting started and getting educated on how to navigate this lifestyle. 

Joining this group will get you access to beginner workouts tailored to help get you motivated and excited about fitness. You will get to pick out 7 days worth of Shakeology superfoods and you will receive a week long clean eating meal plan. 

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In addition I will add you into my support group where you will see me sharing how I go about living this lifestyle long term all while on a budget. 

Interested? Snag your clean week package here and shoot me an email so that I can get you added into the accountability group using the my challenge tracker app that we will use. 

Looking forward to helping you learn how to get started with this lifestyle. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Banana Oat Pancakes- Gluten Free

Gluten Free Favorites

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  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, gluten-free if needed
  • Fresh berries, peanut butter, banana slices, shredded unsweetened coconut and/or maple syrup (optional) for serving or any other topping that you see fit. 

  1. Heat a large skillet or griddle that has been sprayed with a nonstick cooking spray or greased with coconut oil over medium heat.
  2. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour about ¼ cup batter onto the griddle; cook for 2-3 minutes and until bubbles are popping over the top of the pancakes. Flip and cook for about 1-2 minutes more. Continue with remaining batter.
  4. Serve with favorite toppings and enjoy!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

-Strong Confident Woman Challenge -

Coming Soon -  The Strong Confident Woman Challenge 

There really is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is confident in her own skin. The challenge that I will be hosting for Septepber is about helping you get back to that place of self love and confidence or helping you to learn where that place is. The group is not going to focus on pants sizes or numbers on the scale. Instead it will teach you self love, self care and help you to feel confident and healthy in the skin you are in all while making healthy changes. 

The group will begin on Monday September 18th. It will run for 30 days. You can expect the following from me as your coach:
-Assistance picking which program is best for your own personal fitness goals.
- Meal planning ideas and tips
-Easy fall inspired recipes
- Motivation and support to help you accomplish your health and fitness goals that you set for yourself at the beginning of the challenge.
- Self care and confidence building activies
- Most of all you can expect a cheerleader. Not only will I be your biggest fan, but I will also get you plugged into the challenge group where you will have the opportunity to meet other women on a similar lifestyle change journey.

The spots for this group will fill up fast and I am keeping it small intentionally so those women can get the best of me. If you are in need of some help feeling healther, happier and more confident in your skin please fill out the application below. I will be in touch shortly.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Beachbody Coaching... What does it take?

Curious About Beachobody Coaching? 

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3 1/2 years ago I took a chance on a business opportunity that I thought would be a little side hobby to earn a tiny bit of income. I was just looking for a little bit more. My income as a teacher afforded me a comfortable life, but it didn't leave much room for extras. 

As I began my own transformation I loved how great I was feeling and wanted to help other people feel the same way. The teacher in me enjoyed the groups that I was in and I got excited about the opportunity to use my teaching skills in a different way. 

When my own coach invited me to the opportunity I couldn't help but want to give it a try. 

Little by little I grew the business far beyond my wildest dreams. It was hard work in the beginning and truthfuly still is now but man do I ever love it. After 2 1/2 years as a coach I had a hard decision to make. I needed to either slow down the growth of my business or take a step back and leave my day job as a teacher. I was burning the candle at both ends and I found that my heart was in coaching more than it was in teaching. The rewards were there. The pay was there and the freedom was there too. We weighted the decision and felt it was best for me to work from home.

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I promise you this was not what I had envisioned for my life. I assumed I would be a teacher or principal for the next 30 years. I never ever imagined the financial posibility that I have now as a coach or that I would be able to be "retired" and home with my kids all before turning 30 years old. (You can read all about that here.) 

I cannot express how wonderful it feels to still be able to make an income for my family while getting to spend more time with my husband and kids. 

Just a few months ago I had to slow things down with my business because we welcomed our miracle baby Grace into the world. As much as I wanted to go go go and keep up with the fast pace I was working at before I had her, I knew I needed to slow down and soak up the time with her as a newborn. I am finally feeling like I can give more of myself to my team and new coaches again and will be taking applications for new coaches.

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The group of coaches who I train in August will be getting the best of me. I mentioned I was a teacher but I didn't say what kind. Well - I should tell you I was a business teacher before. I taught marketing, social media, advertising and many other business subjects. All topics that I teach to my coaches. My job as your coach is to help you get a good start. Why not learn to build a successful business by being taught by someone who really understands and loves business. 

Think you might be interested? Fill out the application below. I will be in touch about the opportunity and getting you a spot in the training group. 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Back To School - Brown Bag Challenge

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Are you the one who gets stuck packing lunches in your house? Yeah... me too. By June I often find myself bored to death with what I am putting in the lunch boxes.

Since school is starting up soon,  I wanted to create a free group where I share some fun healthy new ideas to make your lunch box packing a little easier as you send your children back to school this fall.

In addition to the fun ideas, I will also be doing some "lunch box goodies" giveaways.

Want to join us? Simply click here and request to join. (You would need to add me on Facebook so that I can add you into the group. Please send me a friend request.)

The event will take place August 7th - 11th.

Postpartum Wrap Up

I have no idea where the last two months went. Somehow I blinked and she is already smiling at me and starting to coo. Our family now feels complete and we are finally starting to adjust to all of the "newness" of life with a newborn. She still gets up several times during the night as most breastfed babies do, so we are sleepy but we sure are happy. 

I am proud of myself for my dedication I put into my postpartum journey. Although I wasn't working out, I was committed to taking care of myself and trying my best to eat clean. There were certainly days when that didn't go according to plan, but I really was happy with the results I got from the effort I put in. I entered the labor and delivery floor weighting 167 lbs. Today I am sitting pretty at 130 lbs. I have ten to go to get back to my pre-pregnancy size. 

I rocked it at getting enough water. I aimed for over half of my weight in ounces each day. It helped to keep up with my milk supply and to keep me feeling hydrated. I noticed a huge difference in my skin the more I was able to drink. When I was slacking I saw it show up in the form of dry skin and dullness. Each Sunday I would meal plan. Some days I would find myself so busy I forgot to eat some of my meals but I tried my best and that's what matters most. 

I did incorporate Shakeology into my diet. I stuck with vegan. Gracie goes not have any dairy issues but I wanted to be sure so I stayed away from the whey that is in the regular version of Shakeology. Since I am drinking this, I have stopped taking my prenatal vitamins and am only using this. 

The doctor cleared me for exercise on a few short weeks ago. This week I just stared a 21 day rapid burn program called Shift Shop to kick my butt back into shape. The meal plan is high protein and fat with low carb. It is different than the one I am used to following so I am excited about this new challenge.  I plan to modify if I need to which is fine because the program has a modifier. After only doing light workouts for almost a year I am finding myself rather out of shape.

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Strength is something that develops with time. 
At first the early morning workouts seem awful, the cookies seem more attractive than the veggies and the voice inside your head tries to convince you to quit. 
If you can keep showing up it gets a little easier each day, but you first have to struggle thru the transition. 

So for now I'll groan when the early morning alarm goes off, I'll settle for the lighter weights and I'll convince myself the veggies taste delicious. 
I'll fight thru the beginning because I know what's in store if I refuse to quit. Challenge yourself to get uncomfortable and push a little harder today.

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My week one meal plan. This week is rather similar to what I am used to when it comes to meal planning but each week as the program progresses I will have more carb elimination take place. 
I will continue to share my journey with you as I take on the Shift Shop program. I have exactly ten pounds to drop and I plan to do it in the next month or two. Come back each week for a recap of my progress and a meal plan. If you would like to join me - fill out the application below and I will get you a spot in my next support group so you can get results similar to mine. 

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Grace Elizabeth - Our Rainbow Baby Birth Story

After Every Storm Comes A Rainbow.... 

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It's only fair to share the birth story of our sweet rainbow baby girl with our followers. You followed our journey thru infertility, miscarriage and pregnancy. It's fitting that we share the best part with you all as our way of saying thanks for the support the love and the oodles and oodles of prayers that have been prayed to get her here to us. 

Tuesday May 16th - My scheduled induction date. I was instructed to call at 6:00 am to see if we could come in for the induction. We were ready, excited and anxious about this part. Everyone had a "plan" for that day. We planned out who was watching our son, my hubby was off work, our family was on standby ready to come and visit,  the house was clean, bags were in the car - we were ready. That was until I called and they told me that the night before was super busy and unfortunately they didn't have room that day. Since I was an elected induction, I would have to wait until tomorrow as long as there was room. At first I was crushed. Like lots of tears and a little grumpy that I had to WAIT ANOTHER DAY!!! After accepting the fact that I would have to wait I changed my attitude and reminded myself maybe it was for a reason. 

Some asked why induce? The answer was my recovery. My son came in RECORD time and made me have a terrible recovery because of how uncontrolled it was. My body labored so quickly and they assumed it would do the same again so they thought this was the way to go. 

I went to bed that night knowing that MAY 17th may be the date we got to meet her but it also may not be. I had to prep myself for the possible let down in the morning. 

Wednesday May 17th - I set my alarm for 5:30 am that day. When the alarm went off I spent an entire half an hour praying. For the first 15 minutes I prayed for peace and patience in the event that I was going to be told I had to wait another day. The last 15 minutes I prayed for her safety and mine. I prayed that we could enjoy the moment and that we could see the beauty in today. We waited years for it and I knew it would be such an emotional time. I just wanted to be able to soak it all up. At six am I picked up the phone and called the hospital. Sure enough they said yep we are ready and waiting for you - come on in. I ran thru the house yelling wake up, wake up - it's baby day!! 

My son and husband were so excited!!! We quickly dressed my son and took him to preschool and headed over to the hospital. My hubby was so anxious on the way to the hospital. For some reason I wasn't. I felt a sense of peace over me. I think it must have been all the praying. 
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We got to the hospital and were greeted by the most WONDERFUL nurse. She was so happy and excited to spend the day with us. She will forever be someone special to me now after sharing that day with her. She made us feel welcome and at ease. It was such a different labor experience than the first time around. Nothing was rushed like it was with Carter. 

They admitted me and then checked me. I was 4 cm dilated which I had been in the office on Monday. I was started on pitocin with hopes that it would start active labor patterns. At that point I wasn't sure if I wanted an epidural or not. For some reason I was wanting to try it without one this time. We spent the morning just waiting. I was having some contractions but nothing too crazy. I spent most of the morning bouncing on what they called a peanut ball. My hubby and I watched a lot of morning television and I kept insisting I would have the baby by lunch time. The doctor ended up needing my nurse and had to do a C section, so she assigned me to someone else for a bit and said to sit tight. Around noon they all came back. The doctor checked again and sadly no progress had been made with the pitocin. They asked me to rethink the epidural again. If I wanted it, they suggested I do that first then they were going to break my water. I agreed to just do it and shorty after they came in to administer that to me. I don't know why, but this time around I was really afraid of it. I think because I knew it would hurt. As expected, it did but honestly I am so glad I got it. 

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This was in the room when we arrived. That tiny hat with the bow on it became my focal point for the day. We kept reminding each other someone would soon be wearing that pink bow hat. It helped me keep pushing when I didn't feel like it. 
Once my epidural was in they quickly broke my water and then said to "rest" while I could and that they would be back in two hours. I was like REST? Are you kidding, how can I rest when I know what excitement is coming. Needless to said I "rested" for about 45 minutes before telling Kevin I was progressing and needed a nurse. I was starting to feel a TON of pressure so I knew something was happening. My nurse came back and checked me and was surprised that I had made it to 8 cm in those 45 minutes. She stepped out for a few minutes and while she was gone the pressure got stronger. I had her check me again and was already to 9 cm in those few minutes. She said it was going to be baby time a lot quicker than we thought. The room started to transform very quickly. 

Lights came on, instruments were counted, blue drapes were starting to appear and a team started to arrive. My nurse and Kevin helped coach me thru the pushing. I kept my eyes shut to focus but I could tell by Kevin's expressions she was almost here. The doctor came in just as it was time to push her out. She didn't cry or scream until they suctioned her mouth and it was by far one of the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard. My crying got stronger too once I locked eyes with Kevin. We both felt such a relief that she was here and safe and healthy. There is no words to describe the emotion that hits you when they place that baby on your chest. Kevin got to cut the cord and we got to spend many hours just holding her. They didn't give a bath or anything they just let us enjoy her.

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A few hours later they weighed her and did a physical exam. She was 7 lbs 11 ounces and 21 inches long. She was born at 3:56 pm. Labor was really only an hour and 56 minutes. 

Around 6 pm our family started to roll in to meet her. Carter's reaction was adorable. He came with his present he made for her, flowers for me and also balloons. He loved her the moment he met her. 
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Around 9 pm after everyone left we got to go to our room. We snuggled with her and admired what a miracle she was. Around midnight she got her first bath in the nursery. We tagged along to watch. Before we ended the day, we read the same book to her that we read to Carter - On The Night You Were Born. Just as I did with her brother, I cried as I read the final lines - "Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn on the wonderful marvelous night you were born." I am sure they did baby girl, I am sure they did. 

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Someday, I will tell her how special she is. I will tell her how many people prayed for her and how special my pregnancy with her was. She was a light for others. She gave hope to those longing for a baby and reminded many others how special their own little miracles really are. She is our gift and our reminder that life can only give you so many storms before the rainbow shows up. 

Thank you for loving her and praying for her. 

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The Griffith Family