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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lacey Nobles
30 years old
45 pounds lost

When and why did you decide to start your weight loss journey? 

I started my weight loss journey in January of 2014. I started because my self-esteem was low and I was tired of not having energy. It had been a very long time since I was happy with myself and my body. I was going through a lot of struggles during that time of my life so I decided it was a new year and to put myself first and start on my journey. I had struggled several times trying to get a good workout going and eating healthier. I would lose some weight and put it back on. That summer I completed the 60 day Insanity program and had awesome results. It not only made me feel better but it boosted my confidence knowing I could complete such a hard program and lose the weight without yo-yo dieting.

What keeps you motivated along your journey?

The way my clothes fit. I have gone down several sizes in clothes. I feel more confident and happy. When I lose my motivation I just look at my pics when I first started and remind myself of how unhappy I was when I first started.

What are your fitness goals?

I would like to lose the last 5-10 pounds or just get more tone. I should be proud because this is my weight when I was 19 years old.

What does your weekly exercise schedule look like?

I decided to start Insanity Max. I love all Shaun T workouts. Insanity Max is 6 days a week and I also integrate running and hiking with that workout.

What nutritional goals do you strive for?

I have a hard time eating completely healthy because I am such a picky eater. I would like to eat more protein and add more vegetables in my diet. I have gone more towards a clean eating diet. I do still allow myself to cheat every now and then so I don't feel deprived.

What “tips and / or tricks” do you have for others?

The hardest part is to be able to change your mind frame and tell yourself that you CAN do it. Unfortunately, when you’re unhappy with your weight and how you feel our brains tell us; this is the way it is, you can't do that, and so many more negative comments. I’m here to tell you that you CAN do it. Whether you go to the gym, workout at home, go running, etc. you have to make the step in the right direction. When you wake up sore or tired and you don't want to work out tell yourself don't let the negativity win because in that situation once you work out you will be proud and know that you did it. Tell yourself that you are worth it! Always take one step at a time. Start with small goals to achieve your biggest goal. Treat or reward yourself along the way.

How has your life changed since the start of your weight loss journey?

I am without a doubt so much happier. I feel confident in my clothes. I have been able to motivate others struggling in their journeys. Yesterday I went through all my clothes and got rid of all of them that were too big and no longer fit. I will never go back to that weight or the unhappy person I was.

What are some of your favorite motivational thoughts and / or quotes that inspire you?

In my bathroom I placed a cork board on the wall. I have placed motivational quotes, pictures, and old pictures of myself to see every morning knowing how far I have come and the motivation to keep going. There aren't any specific quotes I like. I would tell you to make yourself a motivational board where you can see it every day.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Amanda Ponusky
33 years old
107 lbs loss

1)    When and why did you decide to start your transformation journey?

I stared my journey in 2012 with exercise and weight lifting, but it really started in 2009 after seeing my wedding photos weighing in at 300 lbs at the time.  I was so devastated at my photo that's when it really started me into fixing my surroundings but it was always a yo-yo dieting thing. I did that for 3 years till I really started buckling down. I joined a gym in 2012 and started walking 30 minutes and 30 minutes nautilus equipment one day arms one day legs 5 days a week. After a year I started free weight lifting. Since then the rest is history. I really started getting into body building and now I'm currently at 193 lbs body fat 33%. I lift about 45 minutes a day and 20 minutes of cardio 6-7 days a week.

2)   What keeps you motivated along your journey?

I keep motivated by my fitness page (Amanda’s new fit life) I started in December 2013. I started my page to first keep me accountable now it is my reason for getting up every day and showing my followers what is like to live fit.

3)   What are your fitness goals?

Goals I would like to achieve: 20% body fat and possibly competing in figure someday.

4)   What does your weekly exercise schedule look like?

   I work out 6-7 days a week and I now have a trainer that dictates my workouts but I lift and do cardio every day.  I do have scheduled rest days or active rest days each week.

5)   What nutritional goals do you strive for?

I stay with a clean eating life. No processed foods no artificial sugars. All natural foods.

6)   What “tips and / or tricks” do you have for others?

Squat low, stay on track, don't give up it’s all worth it I promise.

7)   How has your life changed since the start of your transformation journey?

My life has changed with no more pain in my joints and back. I always have energy now and I feel so much younger.

8)   What are some of your favorite motivational thoughts and / or quotes that inspire you?

My favorite quote of all times is - "commit to be fit" after reaching my goal of 100 lbs loss I tattooed commit to be fit on my foot to remember every day how hard I worked for this and to stay with it.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Heather's Story: I started my journey 6 years ago. I was overweight and tired of my pants not fitting. I joined a gym and started working out. I had been working out for about three months. I would do the elliptical and some light weights. One day all the machines were taken and I was stuck with a treadmill. I decided to run. This was the first time I ran a mile since high school. I thought I was going to die! It hurt so bad, and it took me forever to finish. I had such bad shin splints I had to wait for them to go away before I could drive home. Something ignited inside of me, despite the pain I went back the next day and did it all over again. Eventually it got easier. I started losing weight and felt good about myself. I started counting my calories and began to lose even more weight. Six years and a baby later I have kept 20 lbs. off! I ran 3 miles every other day for 5 years! A year ago after I had my baby I wanted to meet new people in our community. I decided to join a running club since I loved running so much. I met so many incredible people and that it added fuel to my passion and I became a long distance runner. In the last year I have ran a marathon, 5 half marathons with a PR of 1:45:26 and a handful of 10 and 5k's. My focus isn't so much on calories anymore as it is on nutrition. I love how good eating healthy makes me feel that I want to share it with others. This is my story and I hope you continue my journey with me and share yours as well.

Heather’s mission is to inspire others to live a healthy active lifestyle. She fulfills her mission through her home business that she runs 100% online as a health and fitness coach. 

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Friday, March 13, 2015

I love a good sweet treat every now and then ... so you better believe I was SUPER EXCITED to come across these two recipes:  A Mug Cake and Banana Oatmeal Cookies, they are husband and kid tested and approved, even requested on a daily basis now and I just made them for the first time last week :) 
Now I have seen several versions of the mug cake on Pinterest, so I used several of them and modified a little to suite me :)
The Banana Oatmeal Cookies are a spin on the Cookies in the 21 Day Fix Plan

Mug Cake Ingredients: 
1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tbsp. Honey (feel free to use whatever sweetener you like here)
1 Egg
3 Tbsp. 1% Milk / Water
1 tsp. Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. PB2
1 tsp. Almond Butter (optional for the topping after it cooks)

Mug Cake Directions: 
Mix Shakeology, Baking Powder, Cocoa Powder, PB2 together in a mug.  Add Egg, Honey, Milk, mix until "cake like".  Cook in the microwave for 60 seconds, possibly longer depending on your microwave.  Cake will pull away from the mug when it is done. Top with Almond Butter ... ENJOY!

For all you Fixers, the Mug Cake would be 1 1/2 Red and 2 tsp (if you use the optional Almond Butter topping, 1 if not used) 

Banana Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients: (Sorry no pictures, they were gone too fast)

4 Ripe Bananas
2 Cups Oatmeal (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free) 
Ground Cinnamon (I let my son do this part so it wasn't measured) 
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips

Banana Oatmeal Cookie Directions:
Mix all the ingredients together, spoon into balls on a cookie sheet (I sprayed mine with cooking spray) and Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. 

Makes 16 Large Cookies.  For all you Fixers, 2 cookies would be a serving = 1 yellow container + chocolate chips (not too sure how to account for those) 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Ingredients: Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana)

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

I love my HipS-Sister! I bought the Global Sister, Travel - 7" Band in black. It goes with everything and holds all the needed items. I layer it over my yoga pants, put my car keys and driver's license in the easy to access zip pockets, put my phone in the top-load slash pocket in the front, and head off to the gym. No purse. No bag to hide in a corner of the room. No worries. Everything I need is with me. 

I particularly like the width of the Global Sister. It sits comfortably on my hips and belly. I'm not a fan of low-rise pants, so my Hips Sister even makes low-rise jeans more comfortable for me. 

Now I can live life hands-free while I stay Wholesome & Fit!

Lynn Baca

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Get in my belly!!!

Since starting the 21 Day Fix, this has been my GO TO snack! It is so yummy!

All it is ... Greek Yogurt, Almond Butter, and Strawberries, for all you fixers that is 1 red, 1 purple, and 2 tsp. 

What is your favorite snack, please share, I would love to hear!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My desire to start WHOLESOME &FIT came from my most recent weight loss journey, which began after having my second child in June of 2012. I began my journey with the desire to lose weight, to drop 100 pounds. So far I have successfully lost 85 pounds! Somewhere along my journey I had an epiphany – a major change in my frame of mind.  I am not sure exactly when this happened, but it sent me down a new path.  Now I love myself, with all my imperfections (and my perfections, too J) and I want to live a healthy, active, and fit lifestyle for the rest of my days.

I am accomplishing my fit, healthy, awesome version of myself by eating as "clean" as possible, I am currently on my second round of the 21 Day Fix (I LOVE this program).  I am also exercising every day of the week, I am currently on day 44 of my Run Streak and the 21 Day Fix is a 7 day a week workout program. 

To be completely honest, I have plateaued, several times throughout the last two and a half years.  I have had huge weight loss weeks, no weight loss weeks, weight gain weeks. I have actually been the same weight since October of 2013, but I do not let that get me down. The truth is, however, I have had many “non-scale” victories.  I've gone from a size 22 to a size 12, from wearing an XXL to wearing mediums and larges.  I have built muscles, I am running faster, and I am losing inches.  In fact I am wearing the same size clothing I was wearing when I met my husband in April of 2004.   

I eat gluten free due to having been diagnosed with Celiac 11 years ago, and I have recently cut out a great deal of dairy and sugars.  The healthier I eat, the better I feel and the more energy I have. I am currently figuring out that I am fueling my body with food, not eating just to eat. 

I have not reached my goal weight, yet. I have another 15 pounds to go. After I reach my goal weight, however, starts the real work – maintaining my new weight.  Through clean eating, regular exercise, and positive collaboration with like-minded individuals, I know I will reach my goal and maintain my new weight.

I look forward to working with you, learning from you, and hearing your story. I invite you to join me on this journey and I hope it will become our journey!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Patience is a Virtue

So many times I look at the scale and I get frustrated, and for many reasons! The numbers on the scale are not changing, I've been working like crazy to hit a numerical goal, I went up in weight, etc. 

HOWEVER, the I have recently come to learn that the scale does not define me!!! It took me forever to have this mindset and boy am I glad I have it now.  I am much happier with where I am at both emotionally and physically.  

I can celebrate the Non Scale Victories; the lost inches, the muscle gain, the looser clothes, the faster runs, the ability to lift heavier weights, and the list goes on.  

Remember, it takes time and dedication, it is not a race to get there ... this is our lives, let's live them to the FULLEST!!!

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