Saturday, January 24, 2015

No Bake Shakeology Energy Bites

This afternoon, I was craving something sweet. I thought about running to the store for some ice cream, but let's be honest... that would counteract my workout from this morning and leave me feeling yucky afterwards.

So, I settled for something healthier that is sure to satisfy my sweet tooth just the same--and without all the guilt. I chose this healthy little pick-me-up, and it sure was a great choice!


Minutes to Prepare: 15
Minutes to Cook: No Baking Required; Freeze for 2 Hours
Number of Servings: 25

Ingredients:
1 c. Oatmeal
1/2 c. Natural Peanut Butter (may use other nut butters)
1/3 c. Honey
1 c. Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
1/2 c. Ground Flaxseed
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together as you go. Use a spoon or ice cream scoop to form the mixture into about one inch balls. Place them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and place in the freezer for at least 2 hours. These can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Enjoy!


Sunday, January 18, 2015

January Fitness Accountability Group Details


Did You Know?
1. The number one resolution every year has to do with health and weight loss.
2. People who exercise regularly have lower occurrences of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
3. They also have higher energy levels and sleep better.
4. The CDC notes that people of all ages, ethnicities, sizes and shapes have the power to extend the length of their lives by regularly engaging in physical activity.
5. Eating well and getting proper exercise offer mental benefits as well as better physical health.
6. Exercise stimulates brain chemicals that make people happy.
7. Practicing a healthy lifestyle helps sharpen thinking, learning and judgment skills, and reduces the risk of depression.
and MOST IMPORTANTLY...
8. No matter how old a person is or what kind of diet and exercise pattern he or she follows, it's possible for that person to make adjustments and improve health. 
If you're SERIOUS about and READY to commit to a healthIER lifestyle, I want to help you reach your goals. I am SO excited to be hosting an exclusive 21-day online accountability group starting January 26th.

READY? Join us HERE.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Is Beachbody a SCAM?

The simple answer to that question is NO!


As I was sitting down to read some personal development, meal plan and get prepped to begin another round of the amazing 21 Day Fix, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on something I realized while driving home after my 12-hour shift at the hospital last night.

I began thinking about college and where I was physically, mentally, and emotionally at that point in my life. It is crazy to think that 6 years ago the mere thought of working out made me cringe. In fact, I despised it. It was "too hard" and I was "too out of shape" (although I know now just how true that statement was!)

I remember wandering around the student activity center dumbfounded on what to do. What machine to use... and better yet, how to use them! I spent many hours on the elliptical and stair master with zero results. What I didn't know at the time, was how little I actually knew about living a healthy lifestyle.

This was a time in my life when healthy eating meant choosing the "healthiest" sounding options at fast food places. These included: chicken tacos instead of beef, ordering the "healthiest" sounding burrito (even if it was still 1,000+ calories), getting a salad--with fries--instead of a burger. I lived off fast food, carry out from local restaurants, lean cuisines, chemically and artifical-filled protein shakes, and pizza. Not to mention the four nights a week going out to the bars and late night snacks that followed.

My skin was always broken out, my energy was low, my self-confidence and self-esteem were virtually non-existent. I had no idea what I was doing. Looking back, I realize just how much time and energy I wasted because I was uninformed.

Around the middle of my last semester in college, I went to the store and was scouring their shelves for a "quick fix" -- diet pills, workout DVD's, you name it. I ended up buying a couple DVD's that promised results. I took them home and pressed play. It took everything in me to make it through the first five minutes that day. I couldn't breath, I felt nauseas, and I was so weak! But, I pushed through that 45 minute workout. Then I did it again the next day... and the next day... and the next day.

About a month or so after, I found myself online searching for other DVD's. I was getting sick of doing the same workout every day and although I felt stronger, my results were at a stand still. P90X had just been released, but there was no way I would tackle that. (at least not yet!) So, I settled on Turbo Jam by Chalene Johnson. I remembered a friend of mine mentioning this program to me before and I wanted to see what the hype was about. It arrived in 5-7 business days, and I committed to that program for two months straight. Before I knew it, the weight was coming off. I was stronger. My clothes fit better. Some were even too big! That was when I knew this would be how I'd get results.

After graduation, I moved home and the workouts stopped being consistent. I tried joining a gym again with a friend and paid every month for a year, while only going a total of 7 or 8 times. I fell back into my old ways with the elliptical and stair climber, and occasionally tossed in an "abs" class for fun. Hours of my time spent there... and zero results.

I shouldn't have been shocked. I knew what worked! So, back to the drawing board I went. I did at-home DVD's I bought at Target, continually adding to my collection. Were they good? Absolutely. The problem was, I only got one or two workouts with each DVD that I'd have to do over and over again... because I surely wasn't able to put all my workouts together into an actual 30/60/90 day program!

Fast forward to 2013. I was living on a lake... I was exhausted, stressed, on anxiety medication, and felt plain awful about myself. I ate whatever, whenever and let myself go. I was "skinny" in most people's eyes... but I didn't feel like it. I wanted to be FIT and feel confident in a bathing suit.

I hopped online to order Focus T25 and the healthiest meal of the day, Shakeology. The first workout took me 58 minutes to complete. (Note: it is only 25 minutes long!) I stuck with it... no matter what! I came home every day and got it done. I got better. I was able to do the moves faster. I could keep up with the cast, for the most part. My muscles became more defined. I felt better. My energy was up. I was choosing clean foods over processed. I was sleeping better. All-in-all, I had found my solution and was seeing real results. I loved it so much, that I signed up to become a Coach to help others just like me who need support and guidance to achieve their goals and live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. It is not a sales gimmick or a scheme. Coaching is real people offering their time and motivation to help others through their health and fitness journey. We strive to live our lives with purpose and lead with passion.


Fitness + Nutrition + Support = RESULTS
(it's the total package!)

If you are at a stand still in your workouts, looking for something you can do anywhere, anytime... I have the total solution for you. I would love to hear from you either in the comments, through email (getfitelle@beachbodycoach.com) or you can message me over on the right sidebar of this blog.

For more tips on living a healthy lifestyle, check on the "recipes" and "motivation" section.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

FIT vs. SKINNY


In January 2013, I got out of work and drove to the sporting goods store to make a purchase on something that I had no clue would change my life as I knew it. What followed was the most amazing and trying journey I had ever embarked on.

I remember it was a cold winter day much like today (except not in the negatives temperature wise). I had been reading reviews online for weeks. I walked into the fitness section and picked up a 90-day at-home workout program they were selling. It was relatively inexpensive at the time, and I was so excited to get started I couldn't wait for an online order to ship. I picked a start date, and when day 1 came... I realized how truly unhealthy and out of shape my body was.

I'll add that I have never been necessarily overweight, but I definitely did not ever watch what I ate, and working out was something I tried to do here and there (hating it within minutes and giving up each time) with the assumption I could then eat whatever I wanted and still get "skinny". Yes, that is what my goal was back then. I can't believe how naive and silly that sounds now. I took the easy way out with my workouts every time. I would modify instead of pushing myself just because I hated how much my body struggled. I tried to keep up with the cast, and sometimes I think that did more harm than good. I wanted results, and I wanted them NOW!

Looking back, I wish I had someone to help me realize sooner all my misconceptions about getting healthy. During the first couple weeks, I could barely workout with 3 lb. weights! I was incredibly out of shape, but willing to work towards my goal of finishing the program. I moved up to using 5 lb. weights... then 8 lb. weights by the end of the program. I never let time be an excuse. If I worked late, I still made sure to get my workouts done before going to bed. Even if it sounded like the worst idea and I was too tired or lazy. My nutrition was another story... I dabbled in healthy eating, but that cookie or candy was just too good to pass it by. Every. Single. Time. Yet, I had no idea how much nutrition played a role in my results.

I made my health {fitness-wise} a priority, never an option.

After those 90 days were up, I felt empowered. Like I could do absolutely anything I put my mind to. I was confident for the first time in my life, because I did something I previously didn't believe I was capable of achieving. Did I achieve awesome physical results? Not really, due to my nutrition... but I sure felt good mentally.

That was the turning point in my health and life.

A month or so after completing the program, I finished my first semester of nursing school, moved in with my boyfriend, and started to fall off track. I wanted that feeling again of doing something I didn't think I could. I wanted to get in even better shape. Healthier. Stronger. I wanted to learn how to eat right for my body and the results I was looking to get.

I began scouring the internet for weeks, looking for another at-home program that I could do in the comfort of my home since I had no idea how to utilize a gym and could not afford a personal trainer. I came across Shaun T's Focus T25 and ordered it almost immediately when I got home from work. Terrified to try this program since he is also the creator of Insanity, I went back to the moment I started my first home fitness program just months before. I remembered how far I came with it, and all that I knew I could achieve with Beachbody's newest program, at the time.

With one round of Focus T25 in the Summer of 2013, I lost around 11 lbs. and 19 inches overall. I began figuring out the importance of nutrition and fueling your body with the proper nutrients. Better yet, I felt amazing and was finally comfortable in my own skin. I was finally healthy and fit!

Since then, I have become an Independent Coach with Beachbody and have done multiple home fitness programs such as Chalene Extreme, P90X3, Brazil Butt Lift, multiple rounds of the 21 Day Fix, and now I have recommitted to a second round of Focus T25. >> Today was Week 2, Day 4!

It's amazing how much stronger I am than the first time I did T25... and how much more I am able to push myself than I was at this same time two years ago. Not to mention my confidence has increased tenfold, I sleep better, was able to get off my anxiety medication, have more energy, and feel at my best thanks to all the tools I have available to constantly learn nutrition tips and recipes.

If you're ready to get HEALTHY -- whether you are looking to lose weight, maintain your weight, build lean muscle, or learn healthier eating habits... I would love to help you!

Fill out this form so I can learn more about your goals to help you out best: bit.ly/FabFitAccountability

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Chase Your Dreams


Last night I had a dream I was back in nursing school. Needless to say, it made waking up a little rough when I realized it wasn't reality.

So this morning, I had a long chat with my Dad about my future. Although I'll admit I didn't want to listen to him, he did bring up some good points about DREAMING BIG and going after what you want. I've been searching for something to fill a void that's overcome me these last few weeks since nursing school didn't work out. Feeling lost, emotional, and scared, I began jumping from one idea to the next, exclaiming how "happy" or "fulfilled" it would make me if... "x-y-z" happened.

WHO WAS I KIDDING?!

I kept thinking if I had a different job, more money, this or that... I would be happier and fulfilled. What I failed to come to terms with is that MY HAPPINESS depends on myself. Not on another person or thing.

Through some tears, it finally hit me about an hour ago. I realized my future and the success I do or don't have, will only be a result of my hard work and dedication to the task at hand. It's not hidden anywhere, but in the burning passion I have for helping others live happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives. This is my avenue for pursuing happiness and fulfillment in my daily work. This is my PASSION.

I am READY to create a life of success and financial freedom through something I love and enjoy. Therefore, I am making it a personal goal of mine to help FIVE women each month get healthIER... AND to get certified in personal training and nutrition by the end of Summer 2015.

Whatever your dreams are {big or small} CHASE THEM and don't stop until you're where YOU want to be. Don't let society dictate where or what they think is "right". I know it took me a lot of trial and error over the years to figure out what I truly want. I was too busy searching for something that would make others proud of me, rather than focusing on what I would be proud to do.

Follow your heart. Dream BIG. Believe in yourself. Success will follow.


Best Wishes in all your future endeavors.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Why I Chose Nursing School

*Disclosure: this post is not being written for sympathy. I am simply writing it to get my thoughts out of my head and onto a platform that may be able to help someone else in my position.

"Everything happens for a reason...
Maybe God has a bigger plan for your life that you just don't see yet."

This statement has been told to me multiple times this week. It's taken me a few days to realize that maybe everyone is right on that. Sometimes the path we think our life should be on is turned in a different direction towards something even better.


As I sit down to write this post I am filled with a mix of emotions. On one hand, I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted from my shoulders. On the other, I feel like I have had the wind knocked out of me.

Nursing has always been something I have wanted to do. It took me 24 years to realize that and make the choice to go for it. After two years of applying, I was finally accepted for a January 2013 start in a prestigious nursing program. Ecstatic doesn't even describe my excitement. I did not know just how demanding this program would turn out to be, but I was ready to go all in.

Fast forward to the end of 2014, and I was officially dismissed from my institution's nursing program due to being just under the percent I needed on my exam total. Two years worth of late nights, early mornings, a lot of coffee and studying. I failed to make the cut... AND THAT IS OKAY!!!

Even though this isn't where I saw my future... I would do it all over again because it was something I enjoyed. Stressful? YES. Worth it? EVEN MORE.


PLEASE DO NOT let this discourage you from pursuing such a rewarding and amazing career. I can't even put into words how fulfilling it is to hold the hands of your patients and comfort them in their time of need. To cry with them and talk with them... and show them that you care. You are making an impact on their lives, even if you don't feel like it at the time. The best part is, at the end of the day they are also making an impact on yours. It is the most special feeling.

This week has been hard, no doubt about that. I've cried a lot and wasn't sure what to think or how to feel. It's embarrassing and somewhat freeing all at the same time. The constant stress of excelling was starting to wear me thin and affect my relationships with people I care about. I'll admit I struggled a lot with the change in how the nursing curriculum is run as I have never really been an "A" student to begin with. However I have made some great strides in my studies over the past couple of years, learned a lot about myself, my strengths, and my weaknesses. It has opened up my eyes to the fact that everyone is going through something and even though we may feel rushed to hurry through the motions of life, it is important to stop and really soak up the moments...

To be present. To listen. To smile.
Most importantly, to enjoy every minute of this beautiful life.

I know I am meant for something great. I can feel the fire lit in my soul to turn these circumstances into something incredible. Nursing school may have not worked out for me, but if it is your passion... GO FOR IT!

Give it everything you've got and never give up on yourself.

Maybe someday I will go back for nursing... but right now, I am content with putting my faith in God and letting him guide me down the path he has mapped out for me. I will be switching my major to Population Health Management. Ideally with this degree, I would like a career working with today's youth to end the trend of obesity. I will keep you posted on how it all works out.

"Every time life knocks you down, it gives you an opportunity to get back up and rise even higher!"

No matter how BIG or how small...
Follow your heart. Chase your dreams. Give it your all.
These are my recipes for a happy and successful life.
Best Wishes!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Whatever Is Meant To Be... Will Be.

I just got the results from an exam in nursing school that I was so STRESSED OUT and sick to my stomach over... and I PASSED!!!

I am not posting this to brag, but because this semester has given me a run for my money. Hours of studying, long days of early mornings and late nights. Last week, I felt like I hit rock bottom. Defeated. I cried every single day, and was sure that my future in nursing was done. I even went so far as to make a list of back up career options, as a "just in case".

Being 28 years old, living at home, and barely being able to work due to the demands of school is tough. Throw in the possibility of all your hard work, thousands of dollars in student loans, and your future career path thrown down the drain... and it's a recipe for feeling pretty lost.

Some may think that is a bit dramatic, but I will say that to date, my track record on exams has been just below the percentage mark we need. It's embarrassing and disheartening to keep falling short, time after time.

Especially when I KNOW I will make a great nurse!

However, something changed the other day. I was sitting at a stoplight, and had an "a-ha" moment. I realized how silly I was being for focusing on the worst possible outcome. I've come way too far to turn back now. I decided to change my outlook, pick myself up, and give it my absolute best. A few tears of exhaustion later, my hard work finally shined through!

It just goes to show that when you want something bad enough, you will do your absolute best knowing you couldn't have possible done any more. If the end result is meant to be, it will be.