Cherry Berry Shakeology

So I wanted to share my FAVORITE Shakeology recipe. It came out of my love for faux banana ice cream. I made it a lot and it helped me stay away from Ben and Jerry’s. This recipe is really simple and is really helping me out on days I feel lots of cravings.

Ingredients: 1/3 frozen banana, approx 1/4 cup frozen cherries, enough almond milk to blend, 1 scoop strawberry Shakeology, ice

Directions: blend all ingredients. Add ice as needed to get a good smoothie consistency. Enjoy!

And if you would like to get Strawberry (or any other flavor) Shakeology, just go to my shop for all the options.

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The New (old) Me

Hey friends!

I know, I’ve been a terrible blogger this year.  Life has taken some serious turns with work and now I work in Minnesota and live in the Twin Cities.  Yep.  No more Virginia/east coast and YAY to being back to the midwest.  My soul feels so much better in the midwest..it’s my home.

The time here has been good so far BUT I have had a really hard time adjusting to the time zone change.  Well I was doing ok then daylight savings time hit.  And yes…it would seem that it should be easier to adjust to than it was…but it was not.  I was pretty much exhausted for 2 weeks.  And still adjusting to the new job (which I LOVE by the way.  I haven’t loved a job like this since my first job out of college.  Which is not a surprise since I went back to that same type of job for this job.)  I got off my fit game because I was not sleeping well at all.  And when I’m off my fit game, my eating gets meh.  So after completing the 21 Day Fix and feeling pretty good body wise I feel like I kind of reverted back.

So.  Today I have the kitchen grooving.  I have artichokes in the oven roasting.  I’m making a 21 Day Fix friendly spaghetti.  About to make some stuffed peppers and some other meals.  And it’s time to get back on the grind.  I’m going to be 32 on Friday.  And I am going to start the year the way I want it to go – strong and consistent and dedicated.  I have not really found a groove since I found out I got this job in January to be honest.  Actually I haven’t been in a groove since I had to switch contract jobs back in August to one I rather hated.  I feel like I can say that now that I’m out of that industry…I hated my job.  I hated the place I worked and I missed my prior assignment like crazy.  That’s partially why I think I stopped blogging as much because I was so cloudy with that fact.  That’s how I realized that lifestyle was just not for me anymore…the inability to control my career and to lose a position I loved off of nothing I did and with nothing I could do about it…yeah it pretty much made me about as sad/mad/annoyed and a few other words and I didn’t shake it for a long time.  Probably not until last month.  So yeah, with that said,  I’ve been on and off.  Mostly on but up and down and not making the progress I want.  But I’m making a decision that tomorrow morning is going to be the start of being back to being 100% ON POINT again.  It’s really time.  I’m in a work happy place.  I’m in a life happy place.  And I’m settled as much as I can be.

So the plan?

1. 21 Day Fix nutrition.  Kind of.  I love the program.  I really do.  I felt in control and lost weight and looked pretty good at the end.  BUT I just can’t eat as much meat as the program requires at my weight.  I can’t.  I feel sick and I feel like I have to pick between the meat and the veggies as both make me really full.  I prefer a vegetarian lifestyle but even with that I don’t like eating a lot of fake meat.  So…what I will do is focus on the produce first.  Then when adding the protein I’m going to give myself some leeway.  I will do mostly eggs, yogurt, and of course Shakeology for my servings a day.  I am not going to beat myself up if I am short and this time I will choose the produce over the veggies if it comes down to making a selection and being stupid full.  As I lose weight and my protein servings come down this won’t be an issue.  I know this isn’t the program…but it’s my spin on it that I can keep up with long term.

2. April Workouts – Emily’s Schedule of Doom.  So one of my Team Consistency girls Emily made a CRAZY schedule.  It combines 21 Day Fix, Insanity, P90x3, Asylum 1 and Asylum 2.  I’m pretty psyched about it because it will mix a lot of fun workouts and get me back on a schedule again since right now I’m kind of between calendars.  It’s going to be hard and that’s good.  I thrive on that shit for real.  I don’t like easy workouts, I like to be beat down.  My back up workout (in case I over sleep which lately is like a daily thing) is the gym at work.  To be honest I might for a while do both.  Just because I tried the lunch gym thing last week and I LOVE getting away from my desk in the middle of the day and moving my body.  I tend to get tired in the afternoons when I do a lot of desk work so this was a GREAT way to stay energized and one I really love.  Even if I just go walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes…it’s a really nice break.  So yeah….doubles some days?

That’s the plan.  It’s not a complicated plan but it is a better one than I’ve had in a while so yay!  I’m determined to reach my goal weight this year and that means I have to stop living in the fog and start really focusing on my goals.