Clean Eating on a Budget!

imageSeveral days ago I posted a photo to Instagram and Facebook of my groceries for the week. I asked if anyone would be interested in My opinion and tips on how clean eating can actually be more affordable than traditional, over-processed fare.

 

The hr response was a little overwhelming. SO many people wanting to know how I do it that ice put off his post for far too long in hopes of perfecting it.

 

So, let’s just get this out of the way right now. I’m not perfect. Groceries are still expensive. There are foods we buy in bulk that help keep our costs low. And yes, I still buy some of that processed junk occasionally- especially in the summer!

 

In my post I mentioned that this was groceries for a family of six for two weeks, and cost only $150. Please know that we have a freezer full of pork that was raised by family, buckets full of flour we stock once a year, and tons of other staples in the pantry, such as brown rice, quinoa, and oatmeal, which we buy bulk only a few times each year. We do make weekly stops at the store for a few fresh staples such as melons, bananas and salad.  If we had to buy these pantry items weekly the cost would change drastically. But what you see in the picture was indeed all we needed for two weeks with a family of six, along with our food storage.

With that being said, I’ll give you my grocery list and ideas of how I use each item in our menu.

*I was also asked how I can get my kids to eat so much produce, but that’s a topic for another day. Don’t worry…I’ll get it posted soon!


Meat, Poultry & Fish

Tilapia, about 3 lbs – We use this for fish tacos, or coconut crusted tilapia

Chicken – this was four packages of thighs and legs that were on sale for $.88/lb. I divide them into four meals for our big family and we grill them with various seasonings and a salad on the side.

Al Fresco Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage, 4 pkgs – we LOVE these for breakfast! Dice hem up and Waite with veggies for an omelet or scramble, or sauté them whole with sliced peppers and onions

Deli Meat, 1 lb – We don’t buy a lot of deli meat, but when we do it’s the high quality, whole meats, not the pressed, processed stuff. We just watch for specials on our favorites, like this Black Forest ham. Use it for sandwiches or tortilla rolls at lunch, wrap it up inside a lettuce leaf with other veggies, or make hot sandwiches in the oven with your favorite rolls, meat, and cheese.

Bacon, 1 pkg – Bacon is also rare. I only buy it as a topping for a big Cobb salad, soups, or other dishes. We never use it as our main protein.

Eggs, 5 doz – we eat a LOT of eggs in our house. Breakfast, hard-boiled for a snack, lunch, or to top a salad… We rarely go a day without eggs and probably go through three of these big cases each month.


Dairy

Cottage cheese, the big tub – My kids go through cottage cheese like its candy. I usually buy it to use in some recipe, or as a quick protein for my snacks or lunch on a busy day. Typically, this big run lasts no more than two days once my children discover it. Try it with tomatoes, salt and pepper, or peaches and cinnamon. I’ve also been told it’s amazing with grapefruit but haven’t been quick enough to actually try it.

Plain Greek Yogurt – I typically use this in recipes that call for mayo or sometimes sour cream, but it’s not my favorite. Lately I’ve started to enjoy it alone with some vanilla, cinnamon, and stevia. SO delish!

Cheese! We enjoy cheese a LOT in our house and use it often to jazz up a boring dish. Feta cheese is a regular salad topping. Cheddar or Monterey Jack are our go-to for most dishes. We grate a bit into a bowl of soup that’s a little too spicy for the kids. Mozzarella cheese is for the lasagna or pizza nights! Sometimes we slice up the cheese with Rotz crackers and ham to make our own lunchables–that is a huge hit with all of the kids!

Go-Gurts – No, I don’t recommend them for a healthy eating lifestyle. But we’re being real here, and balance is important. I buy a box very rarely as a treat (bribe) for the kids. They are loaded with sugar so I avoid them as much as I can.

Milk – I didn’t buy milk this time but wanted to include my tips because I know it is a staple. We were the family who went through five gallons each week, and it was SO expensive. We have cut back our consumption a LOT after realizing how much extra calories it was adding to our diet. Now we usually have a gallon of 2% in the fridge for an occasional drink or for use in creamy sauces. I also buy unsweetened almond milk which we use in our smoothies, and hot cereals.


Pantry Items

Olives – We buy olives on the regular to jazz up our pizzas, salads, tacos, or nachos.

Whole tomatoes – We by a lot of canned tomatoes for various sauces (spaghetti, pizza, lasagna) and to put into or soups and stews. I learned recently that the best tomatoes are used in the whole canned tomatoes, while the lower quality are chopped up for the diced, stewed, or sauced tomatoes. I put it to the test, and the flavor is SO much better when using whole tomatoes! It adds an extra step of cleansing or mashing the tomatoes but it’s well worth it for the added flavor.

Refried Beans – I prefer to make my own, but occasionally I buy a can for a quick meal, usually just 7 layer bean dip.

Broth – I’m a pretty picky cook, and broth always taste better than bouillon. I spring for the good Swanson’s broth for the reduced sodium. We use it for soups, stews, sauces, and meats.

Coconut oil – yes, it really as good as they say. Coconut oil is a super heathy fat to add to your diet and is even used as a supplement. We use it for cooking, put it in shakes occasionally, and even use it to create healthy candies.

Mac n Cheese – Ick. But yes, it’s summer vacation and I buy a few boxes each payday for days when I REALLY don’t want to deal with feeding my kids lunch. 😜

Corn tortilla chips – These are pretty much a staple in our house. We use hem for nachos or 7 layer bean dip, or as a topping for tortilla soup.

Tortillas, corn and flour – Tortillas are another staple–we love our Mexican food! I can’t convince the family to go whole wheat with tortillas, they just aren’t very good yet. We use flour tortillas for tacos or quesadillas, & corn tortillas for fish tacos.

Yeast – I love making our own whole wheat, whole grain bread! I buy a lot of yeast!

Whole wheat noodles – I have successfully switched my family to whole wheat noodles! Spaghetti, lasagna, or whatever we come up with, we buy whole wheat. If you’re struggling to convince your family to make the switch, I recommend going 1/2 and -/2 for awhile before switching completely to wheat.

Salsa – This is a super good way to spice up any dish, though when I say spice, I really don’t mean it because my family is a bunch of gringos and we buy super mild. We use it on our breakfast burritos, tacos, nachos, etc.

Himalayan salt – You may have heard of this or seen the pretty pink salt in the stores. There’s a good reason for its popularity. Basically, all the BAD things you get from salt are the GOOD things you get from Himalayan salt. It has so many health benefits that it is used as a supplement and has been used in the native villages where it originates. I have replaced table salt with this and buy it bulk from my grocery store.

Dates – Dates are a fruit that get overlooked a LOT. I have recently discovered them during my sugar-free adventures, and use them to make a TON of treats that call for sugar. Blend it up into a paste and use it for pancakes, breads, desserts, jams, etc. I buy them bulk in my grocery store.


Produce

SO much produce! It’s too much to list here in this post, but just know that if the store sells it, we buy it. I will try to post more of my recipes and ideas for fresh produce and link to them here in the near future. In the meantime, if you have any questions about a particular produce and how to use it, store it, or convince your kids to eat it, please feel free to message me on Facebook or email me at kandice_mcdermott_fitness@gmail.com

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Hawaiian Rice Bowls {Clean Eating Family Friendly Dinner Recipes}

I have been obsessed with fresh pineapple this spring! I’m loving the fact that they are so affordable and so delicious every time! You could easily use canned pineapple chunks for the topping, just try to find a brand that doesn’t add sugar. 


 

Hawaiian Rice Bowls

1 pork roast (mine was big, probably 5ish pounds, but you could use smaller)
1 can tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
1 can crushed pineapple
1 TB chili powder
1TB cumin
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp granulated onion
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp pepper

Toppings: Prepared brown rice or quinoa, roasted veggies of choice, fresh pineapple


First, place roast in a large skillet over medium-high heat and sear on all sides. While roast is cooking, add remaining ingredients to slow cooker and mix well. Remove roast from skillet and place in slow cooker, turning to coat all sides.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours. Remove roast from slow cooker and shred. Return to cooker and mix with remaining sauce.

Serve over prepared brown rice or quinoa (I used the coconut quinoa from my coconut crusted tilapia recipe), top with desired veggies and sliced fresh pineapple. 👌🏼604_1672515882988663_7240425903147169781_n

We are All Connected {personal development motivation team}

This week in an activity with the young women from our church, we played a fun “getting to know you” game.

We all took turns reading a “This or That” question, and everyone who had the same answer as the one reading it would wrap the yarn around their wrist before passing it on.

The main point behind this little exercise was to show us that we are ALL connected in some way. Even if we don’t know someone well, we are connected. We are all brothers and sisters in the gospel, and we can always find something we share with those around us.

An unexpected-and humorous- lesson came about when some of us had trouble catching the ball of yarn tossed at us. The ball would drop to the floor and roll out of our circle, and out of our reach. At which point we would look at each other going “Now what?!” 😂

Together, we came up with a system. We would all stand and slowly walk toward the ball of yarn, spider web in tow. 😜 I’m sure we looked ridiculous.

However…every single time, we were able to retrieve the ball without anyone leaving the circle. Working together, we were able to press forward with the exercise.

Life can be hard. We have obstacles coming at us from all sides nearly every day. And it’s easy to want to tackle those obstacles alone. After all, by ourselves we only have one schedule, one set of values, one opinion to deal with.

But working together makes us so much stronger. Working together, we can all persevere in whatever goals we have in life.

This concept applies in so many areas of our lives. I work with my family and my brothers and sisters in the gospel to press on in our efforts to become more Christlike, and to earn our spot in the eternities. After all, without my friends and family, what’s the point of eternal life?

It even applies to my business. My team of coaches is constantly working together to press forward, having faith in our mission. We reach out to support those who struggle (much like we reached our yarn-tied wrists forward to give the girl reaching for the yarn a little more slack). And together, we persevere, we change lives…others’ and our own.

How about a fitness goal? Have you heard over and over that you need accountability? You need a friend to hold you accountable to your goal or a group to support you. This is how I personally help my clients to reach their goals, by giving them both one-on-one and group support, and it works! Why? Because EVERYTHING is easier when you work together.

So when you feel like going it alone, stop and consider the power of working together, as part of a unit. You will never regret forming those bonds of friendship and love, and you’ll reach your goals every time. ❤️

-Kandice

Tangy Lemon Bars {Sugar Free Clean Eating Dessert Treat}

So, I post the majority of my content on Facebook. It’s my jam. (And if you haven’t already, you should head over and follow my page!) However, I’m discovering that even I have a hard time finding my recipes after more than a day or two have passed. 

What. A. Pain.

So, I am recommitting to this little old blog, if for no other reason than to create a simpler way of storing the awesomeness that I create in my kitchen. On the good days. 

However. Doing so has brought up ALL the old issues that had me running away from blogging in the first place. 

Perfectionism. 

Ugh. I am indeed a perfectionist. Especially in regards to anything that has anything to do with one of my passions. In this case, there are two. Three.

Photography. Cooking. Writing.

See why I ran away? 

So, to make this work, I’m admitting something to myself, and I’m gonna need y’all to remind me once in awhile if I go overboard. 

I. Am. Not. A. Food. Blogger. 

There. I said it. I’m not a food blogger. I’ve always wanted to be one, and in another life I think I could rock it. But for now, I’m busy being mom, wife, coach, and mentor. Food blogging is going to have to wait. 

So, my recipes are tested, tried and true. My photos will be the best they can be with my top-of-the-line Apple thingamajig. But I will NOT whip out my big ol’ SLR camera, and I will NOT photograph step-by-steps. Whew! 

Oh, wait…you wanted a recipe? Crap, sorry. Here you go.


This was a recipe I created for Superbowl Sunday. You know…otherwise known as Foodie Sunday. Day of the Heart Attack. Bountiful Butter Day. See-How-Much-Junk-We-Can-Consume-Before-the-2nd-Quarter Day.

You know. That one.

I was pretty dang proud of this recipe. The lemon bars are freaking DELICIOUS. They are a tad bit more tangy and tart than the lemon bars I’m used to, and I’m perfectly happy with that. I can actually TASTE lemon in these! ❤

So…here you go. Tangy lemon bars. Give them a try, and let me know what you think!

Tangy Lemon Bars

Crust:
1/3 cup almonds, toasted
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3 TB coconut sugar
1 TB coconut oil
1/4 cup cold butter

Filling:
3/4 cup coconut Greek yogurt
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 TB grated lemon rind
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
1 pkg 1/3 less fat cream cheese
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350*

For the crust: place all ingredients except butter in a food processor or quality blender. Pulse until nuts are ground into fine crumbs. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Pour mixture into greased 11×7 baking dish. Pat mixture down gently in an even layer. Bake for 23 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely.

For the filing: In clean processor or blender, add remaining ingredients. Pulse until smooth. Pour mixture over cooked crust; bake at 325* for 30 minutes or until set.

Cool completely and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

 

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Running with Kids – Family 5K {Running Fitness 5K Family Free Challenge}

So…apparently there’s this thing called running. It seems to be all the rage, and everyone’s talking about it.
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So I thought…hey…I’m gonna go with the “in” crowd. I’m gonna go running!

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Needless to say…that didn’t last too long.

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Then I managed to get myself wrapped up in this group of ladies called coaches. Fitness coaches. Me. Voted the most lazy, and I ended up running with the fit crowd.

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And when you run with the fit crowd…well…you kinda have to run.

Okay. That’s an exaggeration. I could overcome the peer pressure of all these hot, fit friends of mine doing the cool thing. I’m good. But then, I have these kids. They are getting kinda big. I’m not really sure how that happened. But all of a sudden they WANT to play sports. Say WHAT?

My daughter almost changed her mind on her chosen sport when she discovered that it involved running. Like..she was just gonna perch her pretty little self under the basket and shoot some hoops when her team was done with all that running mumbo-jumbo.

The fact that she still wants to play is proof that she’s serious…so I guess she gets to try! But first…we have to teach her how to run.

Okay…more exaggeration. But really. This girl puts molasses in January to shame. She moves at her own pace for sure. So we’re going to have to ease her into this. And me. We’re going to have to ease me into it.

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So I get this brilliant idea. Running! I’m going to start running with my kids this summer! Great idea, right?

Ask me in a couple weeks.

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But really…it’s a great idea! So…because I know myself, and I know I’ll quit…I need my support group. 😉 I’m opening up a FREE Facebook challenge group for us to talk about our progress. It will be AWESOME! And…I’ve even got some good runner friends coming to help us out. Cause you know…I don’t know the first thing about running. 😛

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Wanna join us? Go to www.tinyurl.com/kandiceschallenge and fill out my regular challenge group application, and just put in the comments that you wanna do the running with kids’ group. We start Monday…let’s do this!!!

Ultimate Reset Final Results {Cleanse Supplements Weight Loss Nutrition Whole Foods}

Woot! I did it! Did you hear that? I DID IT! I have a really hard time sticking to things, I get bored and like to hop around. So the thought of spending money to NOT be able to eat any of the foods I love…well, let’s just say it’s no wonder it took me almost two years to decide to do this thing.

But…I did it! Yesterday was day 21 of my Ultimate Reset  , and I can honestly say I gave it everything I had! Does that mean I was perfect? Heck no! Did I cheat on my nutrition? Heck yes! But for the most part, I was pretty disciplined (a lot more than I’m used to, that’s for sure), and I got the results to prove it.

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So…you wanna hear how I did? 🙂

Energy

Before the Reset, I was SO tired all the time! It didn’t matter how much sleep I got, I couldn’t drag my butt out of  bed and I could hardly keep my eyes open after 3 pm. I was having frequent power naps in the afternoon because I just couldn’t stay awake. It was awful!

As with most cleanses, the instructions for the Reset warn you that you may feel more tired than usual during the first or second week. Considering the state I was in before I started, I was prepared for two weeks of being absolutely

To my surprise…my energy was through the ROOF! Almost within the first 24 hours my energy levels were improving, and they continued to improve throughout the entire program. There were a few sleepy days, but those usually followed a later-than-normal bedtime. It felt SO good to finally be able to function normally!

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Complexion

For about three months before the Reset, I was dealing with the WORST case of teenage-style breakouts. GROSS! I am well into my 30s, I should NOT have to put up with zits! It was SO frustrating! One of the possible side-effects of the Reset is a major breakout, due to the toxins being released from your body. I was more than a little nervous! Before the first week was halfway over, my skin was clearing up, and I hadn’t had ANY new breakouts. CRAZY! I had one minor breakout at the beginning of week 3, but it was gone in a day and my skin has been clear since.

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Cravings

Before I started, I was not only craving the crap NON-stop, but I was NOT liking the idea of any of the healthy stuff I needed. Vegetables were grossing me out, and most of the time I wasn’t even hungry. Unless there was cake. Or brownies. Or ice cream. Now THOSE made my tummy rumble! But put a plate of yummy salad in front of me and I would almost have to hold back the gag reflex. Not exactly ideal when you have to feed a family of 6 and preferably, feed them healthy.

I won’t lie and tell you I didn’t get tired of vegetables even during the Reset. After three weeks of 80% vegetables, I think most people would struggle. But, I can say that I am back to loving my veggies and getting hungry at all the right times again. If I’m hungry, it’s because it’s mealtime, not because there’s a cake in the house. And I found some AWESOME new recipes in the process that will be a regular addition to our menu. Sweet potato nachos are bomb, and this quinoa salad is so yummy and versatile!

 

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Discipline

Have I mentioned how hard it is for me to stick to something? For real, I have always struggled to follow-through with something I’ve committed to doing, so the idea of committing to 21 days of healthy eating and supplements…well, let’s just say I was skeptical.

There were certainly days where I caved and added some chicken to my vegetarian meal, or sneaked a few licks of my toddler’s ice cream cone (cause it was melting, of course!), but for the most part, I was able to restrain myself and discipline myself like I’ve never done before. And bonus? I don’t even really WANT to go hog wild now that the Reset is over. I’m pretty content to allow myself a small treat here and there, but I don’t feel like I need to get in the kitchen and bake up a huge batch of brownies.

So, there you have it…that’s my results from the Ultimate Reset. All in all, I would say it was well-worth the investment AND the efforts, because I’m feeling better than I have in months! Thanks for stopping by to check out my results! Feel free to share this with anyone who is considering a cleanse system of any kind. Many of the “easy” cleanses out there (juice, anyone?) can do more harm than good, because you’re not providing your body with the most essential nutrients. Ultimate Reset takes care of you by providing all natural supplements to support your body while ridding it of toxins, so you’re not doing more damage. So if you, or someone you know, is considering a cleanse, shoot me an email at kandie_mcd@yahoo.com and we can talk in more detail about the Reset.

Kandice

 

What’s that? You wanted MORE? Oh, you wanted to hear if I lost any weight? Shoot, I forgot that part. 😉 Let me just say that being a Fit-Minded Mama is about FAR more than the number on the scale. Being fit is a journey, and it’s a feeling. It’s not an image. Yes, I want to lose weight, and yes, I want to look amazing. BUT, it is far more important to FEEL amazing and be able to keep up with my kids on all our summer adventures. It’s priceless to have the knowledge that I can do hard things and that I CAN complete something I’ve set out to do. So while weight loss is exciting and super cool…it’s not the whole picture.

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That being said…I did lose a LITTLE weight. Not a ton, mind you, but enough to make me happy. Who wouldn’t be pretty pleased to lose eleven pounds in twenty-one days? 🙂

If you would like to know more about the Ultimate Reset, or you would like to make ME your free coach so we can work on your health and fitness goals, just fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

Ultimate Reset Week 2 Review {Beachbody Ultimate Reset Cleanse Review}

Well, week two is DONE! I am freaking PROUD of all that I accomplished this week. I managed to survive a camping trip. I don’t know about you, but camping is synonymous with s’mores, licorice, candy, chips, cookies, and any number of other treats/snacks that are definitely NOT allowed. My mom and I planned all our meals around what we could eat and it worked out great! I even managed to avoid having even a single lick of my kids’ square ice cream cones!

Success? I think so.

I even survived the end-of-soccer pizza party last night, to which my boys convinced me to bring dessert pizza for the treat. OREO and COOKIE DOUGH dessert pizza from our favorite pizza buffet. That was a pretty big test!

But… I did it! Not a single bite.

And you know what? I wasn’t even all that interested!

So, here’s a quick-ish, rambling, probably a little annoying, video, reviewing my week and talking about my plans for after the Reset is done. In ONE WEEK! Check it out!

 

So, there you have it! Week 2 is done, now on to week 3 and completion of one of the HARDEST things I’ve ever done! What’s the hardest thing YOU have done lately?

Kandice

**If you want more info about the Reset or 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme programs, just fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

Sweet Potato Nachos {Healthy Clean Eating Family Ideas Free Challenge}

So, after almost two weeks of eating very little other than TONS of fruits and veggies…I have to admit, I’ve gotten a little bored.

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But you know…there’s nothing better than boredom to fuel creativity! It has been super fun to branch out from the recipes in my Ultimate Reset guide book and find something else that will work. Today I decided to *finally* try a recipe that’s been floating around for awhile…with my own modifications of course. (Have I ever told you that I refuse to conform to recipes? I’m kinda a rebel that way.)

Wow.

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For real, this was so much better than I ever imagined. I didn’t even miss the normal, salty tortilla chips. I liked it so much that I’m most likely going to have it again tomorrow…after I go to the store for more sweet potatoes.

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So, since I’m coming up with some pretty freaking amazing new recipes, I think it’s high time I share them, don’t you?? 🙂 I’ve decided to host a FREE 5-day clean eating DETOX group on Facebook this week! We’re going to DETOX from all the CRAP we eat and fill up on all this delicious, whole food!
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Have you ever done a clean eating group? It’s awesome! I’ll provide you with a complete meal plan, shopping list, weekend survival tips, and tons more. We will help each other stay strong through the 5 days and celebrate our successes when it’s done!

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Wanna join us? Shoot me an email at kandie_mcd@yahoo.com OR fill out the form below and I’ll message you ASAP. The group starts Wednesday, so don’t wait!

 

Kandice

Ultimate Reset – Week 1 Progress {Beachbody Ultimate Reset Cleanse Progress Transformation Results}

So, I mentioned it in my post yesterday, but wanted to elaborate a bit more. I’m doing a 21 day cleanse called the Ultimate Reset. Might just be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! But, it’s working! I feel so freaking good I can’t hardly believe it!

Today is day 8, so the start of week 2. I wanted to give a little more info about what I’m doing, and share my results. Check out my vid, cause that’s a whole lot easier than typing it all. 😀

Crazy, right? SIX pounds! I’m so dang excited to see what this next week brings that it’s making it a ton easier to be good. Today is the first day I haven’t had an afternoon snack (which is optional) the whole time!

And because I promised…here are my before/progress pics. This is just right before I started and today. I can’t tell you how hard it is to share that first pic. First of all….gross! Those shorts are nasty. 😛 I do NOT have a booty-short-body yet. BUT, it shows my shape well and helps me to see the progress. Still have a ways to go, but I’m happy to see the muffin top disappearing!

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All in all, I’m pretty happy with my results so far. It’s a dang good thing, cause I’d probably quit otherwise. 😛 I don’t know about you, but I need RESULTS to keep going! Stay tuned for more results as the time goes on. Two more weeks to go and I’m done with this and hopefully back to healthy habits that will get me through all the crazy summer food! Thanks for stopping by!

Kandice

If you are interested in knowing more about the Ultimate Reset, or would like MY help to keep you accountable to your health and fitness goals, complete the form below and we’ll chat!

 

Becoming a Fit-Minded Mama

If you’ve been around awhile, you might have noticed the change to our blog name. While I am still passionate about helping our entire families become healthy, I have come to recognize that it starts with the mama, and that I have more to offer if I’m able to focus solely on YOU…the women of the house. So we have morphed from Fit Mama – Fit Family, to Fit-Minded Mama. What do you think?
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My business is helping women become more healthy. At first glance, this means healthy eating, exercise, weight loss and muscle building. While all of that is super important and I work hard every day to motivate women to do these things, there is more to what I do. At least, if I do it the way I want to do it, there is so much more. I have become passionate about spending as much time (or more time) focused on strengthening my MIND than I spend strengthening my BODY.

Because of this, I work very hard to help the women who choose me as their coach become stronger mentally and emotionally, right alongside their physical strengthening. I recommend books that I think will help in their situation, share quotes, and otherwise try to inspire them to believe in themselves. Because of my passion for this practice, I dedicate a portion of my day, every day, to personal development.

What does that mean? It means I am reading books (or listening to audio books and watching videos) that help me to become a better person. I know, I know…I used to think these kinds of books were hokey and completely useless. I’ve even been gifted personal development books years past that I eventually got rid of without cracking the cover. *insert shamed face*

I am going to start sharing reviews of the books I am reading to give you recommendations and ideas of where YOU could start if you have a desire to become stronger mentally. Today, I finished an audio book that I think ANYONE would benefit from. It was amazing! The book is called Switch: How to Change Things When Things Are Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.

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How often do we try to make a change in our lives, only to have everything revert back to where it was within a few days? I don’t know about you, but it happens to me almost daily. Trying to change my habits, change our family’s habits, trying to change the way things in my business are run or trying to change the way I support and motivate my team.

This book had so many incredible insights into how to make changes in any situation…changes that STICK. There were a TON of awesome real-life examples and fascinating stories to help drive the points home, so it was actually a very entertaining book. I would give this one two thumbs up…you need to read it!

Kandice