The Best Cheat Sheet to Meal Planning

My whole life I have battled with eating right and being healthy. I grew up in a house where we thought broccoli with cheese on it was healthy, had dessert nightly, and soda was the staple beverage.

I fell in love with working out but could never get the food right, which is why I never got the body I wanted.  Five plus years ago I tried something different and committed to making it work.  Through that process I found accountability and someone who helped me see that eating right didn’t have to be as complicated as I was making it out to be.

I was introduced to meal prepping and planning!  To be honest, this process at first scared the crap out of me!  How the heck was I going to find time to do that with everything else going on in my life?  But once I started the process, I realized it wasn’t that difficult.  In fact it made my life easier and got me the body I had always wanted.

During my pregnancy with baby #2, the meal planning went out the door and it didn’t happen after he was born either.  I was struggling just to be a mom of two young boys, a wife, work, and do everything else I thought I was suppose to do.  Adding meal planning  stressed me out.  And not having a meal plan in place, definitely did not help with losing the baby weight.

So, when it came time to think about my goals for 2017, I knew meal planning needed to be a goal.

And what a difference it has made!

I have more energy, I wake up naturally and ready for the day and I swear my mommy pouch is going down! I’m limiting getting on the scale so I don’t have an actual weight loss to share and it’s not always about the weight loss.

For me, feeling is more important right now…I want to feel amazing and meal planning is helping me with that.

So how did I get back at it?

Luckily, that part was simple to do since I created a checklist a while back and was able to start there.

Since using the checklist again, I started to notice certain things were missing and decided to revamp it!  The checklist is the same but I have now provided a tutorial on how to use it and 5 tips to make it super successful for you!

This checklist is sure to help you make meal prepping a habit and help you with mindful eating (stay tuned for a blog post on this coming soon).  I promise this checklist will NOT stress you out or take countless hours to do. The best part…. it’s FREE!

Click the link  to get your copy!  You will receive an email confirming you want the checklist and once you click accept, you’ll get your checklist immediately!  A couple of days later, you’ll get an email with the bonus I talked with the tips and tutorial.

Let me know what you think and if you have any questions.

Till next time…sparkle on!

What’s in the name?

I have to be honest, I was uninspired to write a blog post this week.  I know… how could I?

It happens!

Luckily, I have a Pinterest board dedicated to when things like this happen.  I pinned a list of 113 things to blog about, pulled it up and this one spoke to me.  Tell your readers what’s behind the name of your blog!

It sounded fun and since I haven’t formally done it, why not?

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled blog post next week but for now enjoy this one and let me now what you think!

I had a blog awhile back called Stacy’s Fitness Focus (it’s my email address still).  At the time I created it, fitness was my thing and I put a lot of time and money into the website, which got me nothing.  As I evolved, that blog didn’t fit me anymore and in my mind I felt it was a waste.

I literally one day, shut the site down.  I didn’t save anything.  Just wiped it clean and thought I was done with blogs.

Time moved on.  I started working a lot on myself and trying to understand why I was in such a dark place after having my second child and the urge to blog came up over and over.

After the 5th or 6th time thinking about it, I quickly signed up for a WordPress account and thought of a name.  I wanted this one to really connect with readers not just on a fitness level but on the total package of being the best version of you inside and out.

I sat on it for maybe a day and then it came to me…..

Mind. Body. Sparkle.

Mind for my personal growth and journey I knew would be helpful to my readers.  I wanted to share my meditation practice, yoga, intuition, etc. and show it isn’t about perfection, it’s about the first step.

Body to keep the health and fitness going as it truly is part of who I am.  If I don’t share that, then there is a big part missing from this blog to help others down their health & fitness journey. Plus who doesn’t like a delicious healthy recipe or a tip or two on how to get the workout in?

Sparkle because I love anything that shines and my whole focus is to help others find their sparkle and show it to the world.

I changed my Instagram to the same name because as I wrote the blog and as I thought of what I wanted to accomplish out of the blog and on my Insta account I knew Mind. Body. Sparkle was perfect for both!

So there you have it…that’s how the name came about.  If you have a blog or a company, how did you come up with the name?  I’d love to hear about it.

Till next time…sparkle on!

P.S.  Don’t forget to sign up to get my weekly emails with tips, motivation, recipes and more ways to make you shine in 2017.  Click here to get on the list!

I have a secret…

Last week I told you things I was afraid to share with you and I got so many amazing comments…thank you for taking the time to read this blog!

This week I’m letting you in on a little secret.  I told you this year was about connecting and being open!

I am enjoying not working out.  Yes, you read that correctly.

I never in a million years thought I would say that.  I’ve been working out for 20+ years.  It’s who I am.

After injuries in 2016, I thought I was done with them but I wasn’t.  On my first day of a new workout program for the new year, I pulled my hamstring which made me  have to take a break from the workouts.

At first I flipped out and got really mad that yet again I was injured.  And then I took a step back….

I turned it around and said to myself, “where I am now, is where I’m suppose to be.” So, how can I make this “problem” into a positive?

I decided I’d still get up early because getting up before everyone else makes me feel accomplish and it’s my time to just take care of me.  I realized with past injuries, I didn’t do this and it made things worse with my frustration.

So, that meant my morning routine needed to change.  Instead of working out, I’d stretch my hamstring, drink my water, journal, and meditate.

That’s what I’ve done and it has been AMAZING!

As my hamstring heals, I actually feel stronger and fitter without the workouts.  I’m growing my mind and keeping my food healthy.

During the shift in my morning routine, I also came to terms that I had been over training, which was leading me to my injuries. Deep down I knew this but kept pushing it aside.  I think I was scared to admit I’m getting older.

All the self-development and meditating has helped me understand it’s okay if I need more rest and recovery time and to change my workouts to not be as intense.

I started working out again this week but my hamstring is sill not 100%.  I thought it was but after 2 days of doing a stretching workout with yoga, I know I need rest.  So tomorrow, I will rest.

With each day that I get stronger, I will add in workouts that will work for me.  So basically working out for me will be a day by day thing and a work in progress.  And for the first time ever, I’m 100% okay with that.

My goal for this year is to be strong, fit and do things that feel right.  Being sore feels good…being injured does not!

Lesson learned….take a rest and enjoy that time.   Do you take rest days?  If so, how many a week do you have?

Till next time….Sparkle on!

P.S.  Don’t forget, my Goal Setting group starts Monday 1/16!  LAST DAY of the special rate of $9.95.  Tomorrow it goes up to $19.95.

If you want to find out more about what it’s about, click here to my blog post about it.  If you already know about it, and want to sign up, click here to get your guide and all the info you need on the group!  (make sure to leave your email in the payment comments– it’s the only way I can get you the materials).  REMINDER:  Rate goes up today (at midnight EST) to $19.95, so hurry!. 

Things I’m Afraid to Tell You

I love a new year…how it’s a fresh start and the possibilities are endless!  It’s why if you read my last blog post, you know why I created the program that starts 1/16/17.  (more at the end of the post on that).

Last week, I took off from work, which didn’t allow me to listen to my podcast like I normally do on my commute in and out of the city.  However, I was able to listen to a few and one struck a cord in me, The Lively Show podcast!

The title of her podcast is the same as this blog post (yes, I stole it from her).  When I read the title, I had to listen immediately and then when I heard it, I knew I had to do the same on my blog.

I have been holding back on you guys and 2017 for me is about making connections.  The only way to do that is to be real.  So here I go…this is what I have been afraid to tell you in 2016.

#1. Beachbody

I’ve hinted to it and posted it in a blog post recently that I am no longer doing Beachbody Coaching.  I am now officially a “discount” coach.

I have stopped drinking Shakeology because I was tired of it and to be honest it wasn’t making me feel good to drink it.  Now I have it once in awhile.

I stopped the workouts because it wasn’t working for my body, causing me more pain and injury than weight loss.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the workouts but right now I need a break from them.  I know I’ll incorporate them again when I’m ready.

More importantly, why I haven’t come clean earlier is so much deeper than not drinking the shakes or doing the workouts.

You know my story of after having Linc, how I had a postpartum “awakening”, which is the whole reason I started this blog to work through that and help others who might be in a similar situation.

But deep down the reason for that depression and self hatred was that I was unable to accomplish a goal I had given myself in regards to Beachbody.  To go full time by the time Linc was born.  That didn’t happen..didn’t even come close and I felt like a failure, a fake, a fraud and worthless.

I had busted my ass at Beachbody and it was always the same thing…I was up and then I’d come crashing down.  Never understanding why some coaches were killing it and I couldn’t when I did everything, if not more than they did.

What I realize now is not meeting this goal was a blessing.

I am not cut out to be a stay at home mom.  Some moms are great at being a stay at home mom (if that’s you, you rock…seriously I think you are amazing!)…that is not me.  I go nuts and then I become a bad mom.  I work much better being away for a bit and then I can pay full attention to my loves.

I became a coach to help people feel better about themselves.  I did not become a coach to meet certain corporate success status, or to appease other people.  I did it for fun, not for stress.

Unfortunately, that was what it was becoming stressful, appeasing other people and setting my goals based on corporate goals.  It was time to say good bye…it was tough but I know in my heart I did the right thing and I had a positive experience for the most part that will carry with me through other areas of my life.

#2.  Manifesting, Intuition, Meditation and everything inbetween

You know I try to meditate and be mindful.  But did you know I actually signed up for a manifesting coaching group and loved it!  I haven’t told you guys this because I understand it could be a little woo hoo for some.

For 2017, one of my goals is to really tap into my intuition, be present, manifest what I want and find peace within.

More blog posts will most likely be around these themes as it is a big goal of mine and sharing is caring:)

#3  I created a coaching program!

As I mentioned under my #1 thing I’m afraid to tell you, Beachbody was a positive experience and I’m taking what I learned and creating a life coaching program focusing on getting fit, eating right and loving yourself.

I have been hiding my coaching program I created in September from you.  I have no idea why…well that’s a lie.  I do know.  I was afraid.

It will launch in March and I’m so excited about it because no one has anything out there like it.

Similar, maybe?

My program incorporates making lifestyle changes for good, moving your body, using your mind and loving yourself in a way that the fitness industry seems to be missing.  Tying all these together creates the best version of you and creates lasting results…no more up and downs.

As I type this part of the blog post, I’m getting excited to share this program with you and a weight has been lifted…finally it’s out in the open!

#4 Corporate Life

Lastly, I’m a corporate women by day and I like it.  I want to succeed in my career.

I rarely talk about my corporate job here as I think it will be viewed as a bad thing.

I haven’t talked about it because I didn’t see how I could do both.  I felt if I succeeded at my corporate job then coaching wouldn’t happen and if I succeeded at coaching, I’d be stuck where I am in my corporate job.

That is crap.  I can do both because my coaching is up to me, no one else and I can make it work within the life I have.  The success at my day job will bring success into my coaching.

With a plan anything is possible.  And I have a plan!

So there you have it, four things I have been afraid to share with you.  I know when I hit the send button, I’ll be freaking out inside but this is me and I’m not hiding it anymore.

I’d love your feedback so please share with me below in the comment section what you thought of this post and what you want to see more of in 2017.

Till next time…Sparkle on!

P.S.  Don’t forget Goal Setting for an Epic Year is starting 1/16 and you have till Wed, 1/11 to order your copy for the low price of $9.95.  Need more info on what’s included, read my last blog post here.

Ready to make 2017 Rock?  Click here to order your copy.  Once your payment goes through you’ll receive an email (make sure when you send payment you leave your email address) with all the info you need to join the group and the guide.

 

What does 2017 look like

Happy New Year!  2016 was over in a blink of an eye. They were right it goes by faster when you have kids.  Now it’s time to look ahead to 2017.

What’s your typically plan for the new year?

Do you write goals for the new year?  Just say them to yourself?

Or are you lost with the whole process?

Do you want to make this year different?

I love planning and goal setting.  I’ve been doing it for years and each year I tweak it a bit more to make it my own.

This year I created the workbook that has helped me get the results I want when i commit to it and I’m sharing it with you!!!!  This is that project I kept hinting to in my posts and on Instagram.  And if you watched my Instagram Stories on 12/31, you saw that I finally told you guys what I was up to!

I developed a 10 page Goal Setting Guide workbook for you to print out and use anytime of the year. Click here to get your copy!

To kick 2017 off right, I’m doing a few added things to help you get the results you want from the Goal Setting Guide for a super special price!

Here’s what’s included:

  • The 10 page Goal Setting Guide workbook
  • Facebook group that starts Monday, 1/16 and goes through 1/27 for accountability, answer any questions you have and to walk you through each step
  • 6 emails starting on 1/16 breaking down each step to do when
  • 6 Facebook Lives to coincide with the email

I created the Facebook group because lets’s face it, goal setting sounds great but sometimes we need accountability.  Plus if you are just starting out with this process, you might feel overwhelmed and have a ton of questions!  I did, that’s why I created this guide.

The FB Lives will be a way for us to connect  and to be honest, they are fun and it’s way better than just looking through FB posts.  I’ll also share my process and goals for 2017 during these calls…I’ll be doing this right along with you!

So are you ready?

Great, for this first time, I’m offering the Guide and group at a super low rate of $9.95.

Click here to get order your guide and info on how to join the group. Once the payment goes through you’ll receive an email (make sure to include your email with the payment.  This is the only way I an get the materials to you) with all the information you need to rock this year!

You have till Wednesday, 1/11 to sign up for the special offer of $9.95!!!  After that, it will go up to $19.95.

Let’s make 2017 the most epic year yet!

Till next time…Sparkle on!