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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Ingredients
  • 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. 

Directions 
  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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xoxo 
The Griffith Family 



The Beginner's Challenge

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After being a coach for 3 1/2 years I have to say I wasn't a "beginner" anymore when it came to eating clean and exercising. Before getting pregnant I was the fittest I had ever been. I had clean eating down and I felt awesome. Then I spent the last 10 months being pregnant and lost a lot of muscle and quite honestly willpower to eat clean all of the time.

Now that I have been cleared for exercise again after being 6 weeks postpartum, I am feeling like a beginner once again. I am about 14 lbs away from what I was when I started and I swear all 14 lbs are resting in my back. For some reason all of my weight went there. Anyways, I am really excited and motivated to get started with my new transformation.

I am looking for some friends to join me in what I am calling the beginners challenge. This challenge group is for people who are at the BEGINNING of a transformation / weight loss journey. I want this group to be a safe space for those who are just learning. Sometimes I think the other challenge groups  that I run can be overwhelming for those who are just starting because often there are clients in the group who have already "been at it for awhile" and it makes them feel like they have so far to go. This group will not be that way. Because we will all be beginners, I think we are going to not only get some great results but also form some really special friendships.

During the challenge we will be following a meal plan and practicing clean eating all the while starting an exercise program and drinking Shakeology daily. Once you fill out the application below if you are interested, I will be in touch and we can work to find a program that best suites you and the goals you have for yourself.

Remember, your journey starts with you and a decision to not stay where you are anymore. Will it be easy? Nope, nothing worth having ever is but you will be so glad you started now and not six months from now.

Looking forward to getting to know you better and helping you along the journey. The challenge group will begin pre-season week on Monday July 10th.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Postpartum Journey Week 5 Update

Postpartum Journey Update - Week 5

If your following the postpartum journey you may have wondered where last weeks "update" was. Here's the thing there wasn't one. We traveled home to visit family and by the time I got back home Monday night I was more worried with making a meal plan and shopping than I was with blogging. Last week was more of a survival week. Needless to say it was a good week. I find myself getting more and more adventurous with going place with her. I remember with my first I was afraid to GO ANYWHERE with him until 8 weeks. This time around I have enjoyed more outings and I swear it's helping to keep me sane. 
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Enjoying my little love and admiring the body that helped to grow her. Instead of hiding the imperfections that postpartum brings along with it, I am trying my best to embrace it and see beauty in it. 
I did a video about this on Monday on my Facebook page which you can check out by clicking here but this past week I got brave and did ONE workout with my hubby. Why you ask? Because I am planning to use the new  Beachbody workout that is coming out called Shift Shop to be my postpartum bootcamp. They were having a one day screening of the workouts and I wanted to see what I was getting myself into. Boy did I ever discover how out of shape I am right now. It was humbling and both exciting to know I have my work cut out for me in the coming weeks. 
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Post workout - sweaty but proud! 
All in all my nutrition was pretty good this past week. I made a blueberry coffee cake for my hubby on Friday that was way too tasty looking not to try so that set me back a little, but I have been pretty intentional with what I have been eating. This picture below is one of my many meals I had this past week. Some have asked me if I feel like I have enough food using the meal plans that I am. My answer is yes absolutely. If anything I am struggling to actually have the time to eat it all. I may find that once I add in daily exercise I might need more to keep up with my supply. I will adapt if needed, but for now all is well in the nursing department. She's an awesome breastfeeder and terrible at taking the bottle. This was so not the case with my son when he was little. She HATES the bottle and almost refuses to take it. I think I am going to have to try a few different types of bottles in the coming weeks. Otherwise mom is going to struggle getting to go anywhere alone in the coming months.

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One of the many clean eating benefits I have been enjoying is easing back into my pre-pregnancy clothes. The tops all fit again. It's the bottoms that I am struggling with. I was a size zero ALL my life and even went back to that size after having my son. I stopped to try on clothes and see what size I am right now the other day. 4's were fitting nicely and I am planning to go back and do a little shopping because I can't keep wearing the same pair of shorts each day.

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New respect for high waisted "mom" pants. They make my postpartum belly not look so postpartum. 
As for my little one, she is an awesome baby. Only cries when she is hungry or needs a diaper change. She is growing like crazy. Her newborn outfits are getting snug. She is starting to wear 3 month stuff. She adores being worn in my Solly wrap and I love the snuggles while having my hands free to multitask. 

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This Thursday is my six week postpartum appointment. Anxious to go and be cleared foe exercise again. This clean eating has been fun but I am ready to take it up a notch in the coming weeks. Anxious for my transformation. 

Below you will find this weeks meal plan. As usual, it is gluten free (I have Hashimoto's disease and feel a million times better without gluten in my diet.) It is also pretty low carb. I use the portion control system and am still drinking Shakeology each day. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about my meal plans. 

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Are you on your own postpartum journey and find yourself struggling? I would love to help. Each month I run accountably and support groups for women and would love to include you. Please fill out the application below and I will be in touch. 
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Postpartum Journey - Week 3 Update

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How in the world can my baby already be three weeks old? I have no idea where the time is going. I will be quite honest, I have been lost in a fog of newborn life. I have been getting SO much less accomplished than usual and have simply been soaking her up. At first this was stressing me out. Each day I would make a to-do list and only accomplish like half of what was on it. Then I started to remind myself how much we wanted this baby. How hard we prayed and how short this period of time is. So I decided to change my perspective and just slow down. This is a season. I can do more later. For now I need to just soak her up. 

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One of my many healthy meals I enjoyed last week. 
Still no workouts this week and still following my meal plan using the portion control containers along with drinking Shakeology daily. There were a few days that Shakeology really helped stop my chocolate cravings dead it their tracks. I was glad to be able to drink that instead of the brownie blizzard I was craving all week from Dairy Queen. I stopped using my prenatal vitamin now and am only drinking Shakeology in it's place. The baby seems to be fine with me drinking it. No stomach issues for her. I have even tried both the regular and vegan formulas to see if it made a difference for her. Often babies have trouble with dairy so some of my clients have to do vegan because of that, but it seems she's good either way. 

Some have asked me if my meal plan was enough to keep up my nursing supply. My answer is yes for sure. This is PLENTY of food. To be honest I have even been pumping a few times a day to start building my stash for the freezer.

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Clean eating and shakeology are working well for me. Postpartum belly is starting to go away! 
As I mentioned last week I am not taking measurements or pulling out the scale right now. I need to be patient and kind to my body and my body image so I can't tell you how much I "dropped" but I can tell you I am liking what I see in the mirror when it comes it my waistline. Little by little the pregnancy look is going away. To the extent that I actually wore my bikini this week outside. Okay I didn't GO ANYWHERE in it and I won't, but I did manage to wear it and play with my little guy in his pool outside. I am going to need a new swimsuit though to wear in public. The tops that I have right now are WAY to small for this nursing momma. I am still not sure what kind I want to get. I sort of want to get a sexy but chic one piece. Some of them are great. It's not that I "can't" wear a bikini it's more so that I don't know if I want to this summer. Between nursing and that dark dark line I have going up my belly from pregnancy, I may just keep my stomach covered up this year. One pieces can look awesome too right? Besides I am starting to feel a little old for a bikini anyways lately. Stay tuned on that one.

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GOAL - To be able to fit back into my wedding rings again soon. My hubby was less than amused when I asked if he could buy me a new one to wear for now. It was a firm no. Guess I have some work to do. At least it is now fitting half way down my finger. 
Here is what I will be eating this coming week. I have to admit my sugar monster is getting better the longer I am eating clean like I have been. The first week back to eating this way I was craving sugar like it was my J.O.B but that is starting to subside. I am finding myself crave heathy foods again. I have also been doing a pretty good job of sticking to my gluten free lifestyle. Towards the end of pregnancy I got away from it and my body was hurting because of it. This meal plan like all of my others is gluten free and as a result pretty low carb as well.
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Most weeks I like to have this all typed up but I am learning that life with a newborn is all about survival. I should just be happy I have a meal plan right? ;) 
I am getting closer and closer to be able to exercise. Feeling so ready for some toned arms and legs again. Momma misses her workouts! 

In the event that you too are a postpartum mom and are looking for some support, please take a minute to fill out the application below. I will be in touch about including you in my bouncing back after baby challenge group.

Until next week friends! Thanks for following the journey! 

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Beachbody Summer Sale

Grab Them Before They Sell Out 

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Just a few times a year Beachbody offers a killer sale. They mark down programs and products upwards to 75% off. While I am not one to post often about sales, I can't resist sharing this one with you. This promotion is going to kick off on Monday June 5, 2017 for US residents and Tuesday June 6th for residents of Canada. The sale will last for one week. Items will sell out quickly and will not be restocked at this price so I recommend grabbing them while you can. The sale pricing will launch no later than 3 pm pacific time and could be earlier in the day depending on when Beachbody loads everything to the site. 

If you have questions about a particular product and would like more info before ordering please email me using the following address: S.Griffith27@gmail.com


Happy Shopping friends!


* Sale prices listed are for US residents. Canada resident pricing will vary slightly. 
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Postpartum Journey - Week Two Update

Taking It Back To The Basics 


I knew that if I did it once, I could do it again. Except this time I wanted to do it faster than last time. What am I talking about? I am taking about dropping the baby weight from my pregnancy. 3 years ago I started my own weight loss journey to get back in shape after having my son Carter. He had just turned two when I started and I could no longer say it was baby weight because honesty,I let it hang around for TWO YEARS. It stopped being baby weight and ended up just being excess weight as a result of poor eating, stress, lack of sleep and motherhood. While I was able to lose the weight I feel like I waited too long to work on caring for myself again. 

Now that I am doing this again for the second time, my plans were to get right to dropping the baby weight. This time around I gained 47 lbs and I don't regret any of that weight gain. It grew me a perfect baby girl and my body did it's job. Now it's time for me to do my job and thank my body by taking good care of it. I made a choice not to exercise until I am cleared by my OBGYN at my 6 week appointment, but I did want to begin the journey by focusing clean eating. 

I took it back to what started the journey for me and that is eating mindfully by using the portion control containers that came along with my 21 day fix program as well as incorporating Shakeology into my daily routine.
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One of my daily Shakeology treats! I like adding in coconut oil and shavings. It helps to build the immunity in your milk supply for the baby. 
This past week went better than I had expected. I was worried that going back to the mindset of caring about my portions rather than eating as much as I felt like it would be hard. After all, I just spent the last 10 months eating until I was full. While my nutrition during pregnancy this time around was much better than last I was still very lax in my ways. I found that instead of feeling hungry it actually was as much if not more than what I was eating while pregnant. I felt satisfied after every meal and stayed full for about 3 hours each time. To ensure that my milk supply didn't dwindle I made an effort to drink excessive amounts of water in addition to having my Shakeology each day. I am still having one small cup of coffee each morning but am finding that I don't even finish it. All in all it is very little caffeine intake and so far the baby seems to be fine with my one cup a day approach.
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One of my many meals I got to enjoy this week. While this picture may make you think it's not much food, it's actually PLENTY!!!! You will not feel hungry when using these containers. 
I did begin to walk daily as my form of exercise. Nothing intense at all probably only half of a mile. I walked my son to school and tried to pick him up each day using the stroller instead of driving. (It's not far at all.)

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I will say I caved once this week and had to have a cheat meal. Friday night we had our newborn photo session and I did not have my foods prepped ahead of time so I ended up with pretzels from Sheetz and a peach iced tea follow by a small ice cream treat. Okay so it was kind of a big cheat meal but all in all I am happy with my ability to stay on track this past week and love how great clean eating has me feeling already. It's really been helping me with recovery both physically and mentally. It's a good feeling when your making an effort to take care of yourself. 

Below you will find this weeks meal plan. I will try my best to follow it to a T. Stay tuned for next weeks updated picture and weekly progress update. 

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If you were interested in getting help with your own postpartum journey, please fill out the application below. I will be in touch and would be glad to include you in my postpartum moms support group. 

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Post Partum Survival Challenge

Calling All New Moms... I NEED YA!!! 

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As you may already know I am about to embark on my own weight loss transformation as I adventure into the "4th trimester" and begin recovering from pregnancy. I will begin my work to get my body back to where it was prior to having my sweet baby girl. I realize that this is going to be a journey and I plan to be kind to my body. I have to remind myself that it took 9+ months to gain the 47 lbs that I gained in pregnancy and that it will take some time to get rid of it. I am planning to wait until I am cleared by the doctor to resume exercise and will spend the next five weeks getting my nutrition under control all while keeping my breastmilk supply up. 

I plan to follow the portion control system that comes along with the Beachbody fitness programs. In addition I will be incorporating Shakeology into my daily diet as one of my six meals that I have each day. Typically I try to drink at least half of my weight in ounces of water, but I will be increasing that amount since I am nursing. I will also be adding in an additional 400 calories to my allotted calorie bracket that is suggested for my current weight.

Below is an example of what a typical week will look like in regards to my nutrition. I will create a different meal plan that I will follow each week that aligns with the container system.
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I will be running an accountability group specifically for moms who have had a baby in the past year or are currently expecting. Others are of course welcome, but I will be incorporating specific help for those in a similar situation to my own.

Applications for this exclusive group are now being accepted. The group will begin on Monday June 12th and will continue into the summer to help you to stay on track once you get started.

Please fill out the application below to be considered. Participants should not be already working with another Beachbody coach.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

3 years in the making - welcoming our rainbow baby

One Week To Go.... 

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If you have been following our journey with infertility you may realize that the journey after three long hard years is about to end in less than a week. 

To be honest I am not sure how I feel right now. You would think I would be overjoyed and excited and just ready to meet her. While I am to an extent, I also have to be very honest and admit that I am terrified, worried and also anxious about all of the change that is about to come our way. I woke up this morning knowing that a week from today I will be induced to have her at some point on the 16th of May. I feel like I have a million things I need to do still to get ready, but I just don't feel ready.  

I keep praying that my anxiety stays down and that I calmly have an uneventful birth, but until shes in my arms I don't know that my fears will go away. I spent most of the first trimester worrying about a miscarriage. Then the second trimester worrying about how well she was growing and worried about her coming prematurely. Then I got to the third trimester and I started to have some major worry about the actual labor and delivery process. I am not sure why because my sons delivery was a breeze. I prayed a ton and that helped, but I still find the worrysome thoughts creeping in. 

I think all of this worry was my minds way of protecting me from the hurt and what we had been thru over the last three years. It's like I don't want to allow myself to get too excited until I know she really is here and safe. I would like to think this is normal when you walked the dark road of infertility, but who knows maybe it's not. 

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So for the next week you will find me waiting and waiting and waiting some more. I am praying big and hoping that all goes according to HIS plans that are waiting for our family and this sweet little girl. We have such a special life planned for her with lots of love waiting for her. 

I have envisioned the moment when they hand her to us over and over in my head and every time I envision it I cry. The hard ugly kind of cry.

I have no doubt that it will be one of best moments of our marriage and my life as long as all goes well. I hope that the labor and delivery nurses who are there with us have a tissue because I anticipate it will be an emotional moment for everyone in the room. 

There was a bible verse that I held near to my heart during our dark days. Romans 8:18 says that "the pain you have been feeling can't compare to the joy that is coming." I believed deep down it was true. That all of our hurt and pain was going to turn into something beautiful someday and sure enough it did. 

I will be reminding myself over and over of this verse during labor as I endure a few hard hours before meeting our precious rainbow after the storm. 

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks for coming along for the ride these past few years. We hope our story gave you hope for your own. God Bless you all. Can't wait to share her with you. 

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Turkey Quinoa Taco Dinner



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We are a TACO TUESDAY family, but lately I have been craving change and wanting to try something new. This weeks recipe was just the change I was looking for. I call it Turkey Quinoa Tacos. The protein from the turkey as well as the quinoa was super filling. I wish I could say I could got my son to eat this one, but it was a mom and dad kind of dinner. There was just too much in this mixture for him to be a fan. I used corn flour tortillas because I eat gluten free, but any kind would work well. May be something fun to make for Cinco De Mayo in the coming days! Enjoy. 
Ingredients 

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey (I use 99% lean)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Directions 

  1. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.
  2. When the skillet is hot add in the diced onion and cook for about 2 minutes until it starts to soften.
  3. Add in the ground turkey and minced garlic and cook until the meat is almost cooked through, breaking it up into crumbles with a spoon as it cooks.
  4. Stir in all the spices and the diced green chiles, cooking for another minute.
  5. Add in the black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, salsa and quinoa, stirring until everything is combined.
  6. When the mixture starts to bubble add in the water, cover the skillet with a lid and lower the heat to medium-low.
  7. Simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked, it should still have a slight bite to it, but not be hard and crunchy.
  8. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top and cover with the lid cooking until the cheese is melted.
  9. Serve as is, in tortillas for tacos
This recipe is awesome as left overs too or you could freeze any extras that you may have.