Tonight I am celebrating! Want to know why? Because for the VERY FIRST TIME in….well, like FOREVER, I have followed a meal plan, and STUCK WITH IT, for a SOLID WEEK. Yes, I know, Janessa Butterfield, BEACHBODY and Motivational Coach should have had this down pat a long time ago right? SURPRISE! I’m human! Working out has never been a problem for me in the last 4 years. Daily workouts are entirely part of the norm for me, in fact, if I don’t workout, I get grumpy and am pretty darn miserable to be around. But despite sweating regularly, I hit a wall this year. I stopped birth control medication in January because I was tired of putting artificial hormones in my body, and well, let’s face it, when you’re my age, it’s probably not a necessity anymore, for reasons I don’t need to go into. When I stopped taking that tiny pill, I experienced a NOT SO TINY jump in my weight, to the tune of about 10 lbs. So what was once 5 pounds away from my “goal weight” has NOW become 15 pounds, and a complete standstill. No amount of sweat, lifting, running, starving, or calorie counting has proven successful for me. After seeing all of the amazing success stories, and meeting some new fit friends in Nashville a few weeks back, I knew it was time to go all out, or I wasn’t going to get further than what I’ve accomplished so far.

So, with the help of a little strong willpower, the FABULOUS Fixate cookbook and my 21 Day Fix meal plan, a steady workout with a healthy mix of cardio, strength and flexibility, I’ve been going steady for a SOLID WEEK! This is also the first week in probably FOREVER, that I’ve completely given up sugar laden breakfast cereal in place of healthier steel cut oats, fruit and oatmeal pancakes, healthy shakes with fruits and veggies. And I feel amazing! And my belly pooch I’ve dealt with FOR-EV-ER IS FINALLY (finally) shrinking down.

I haven’t stepped on the scale yet, but I can already feel my entire body feeling more taunt and toned. I have energy! I don’t have cravings for junk food, and I feel easily satiated with real food. I am super proud of myself, and have prepped and planned into the coming week as well.

I can’t wait to see where I am in two weeks time! Hopefully closer to my goals.

Dinner Is Served!

Enjoying A Bowl Of Delicious Homemade Soup Straight from the Fixate Cookbook this evening. Tonight is the last of the sauce I made on Sunday being incorporated into my recipes for the week. Which only means one thing…it’s time to make more! The sauce was phenomenal, and works with so many recipes. You have to try it!

The Sweat is REAL!

Whoo wee!! This is 30 minutes of dancing for you! The sweat from CIZE is FOR REAL! Who would have thought. I am not a huge fan of cardio, but I know how important it is to reaching my fitness goals. I think I FINALLY found a program I can enjoy and look forward to. I took my before pics this morning, and we’ll see where I am sitting in 30 days. :)