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Save the bees

Save the bees!!!

Save the bees. 
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This has been a public service announcement brought to you by Jilly (buzz goes the) Bee. 
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Fresh ((fruit & veggie)) juice

Green juice = honey dew, cucumber, kiwi, lime, and kale
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Dark orange juice = rainbow carrots (with greens), pineapple, apple, lemon, and ginger. 
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Superfoods

First we exercise ...then we drink superfoods!

Shake 1: Cashew milk with frozen dark sweet red cherries, strawberries, and bananas ADD 1 scoop superfoods ((chocolate vegan for me)) then blend.

Shake 2: Almond milk with blueberries, spinach, and a banana ADD 1 scoop superfoods ((chocolate)) then blend.

Perfect to fuel your body right after a workout!

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LEGS!!!

As we sit here and eat breakfast, we're talking about how proud we are of ourselves and each other. We've set goals and we're making progress toward them each day. 
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We did T25 lower focus this morning and ((as you might've guessed)) it's ALL LEGS! I feel like I've been doing nothing but legs for a week already. 
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But hey ... ya can't have a good side kick without strong legs. Right?!!? I'm getting used to the intense focus and the soreness that follows. It's awesome!!! Lol
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Want to start sweating with your loved one?!!? I heard somewhere that couples who sweat together - stay together. Sounds legit to me. Working through hard 💩 ..then getting those endorphins rushing in is a sure fire way to bring people together. Facts!
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#MotivationalMindset

 

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Sweating Together

We made sweat puddles in our living room this morning! The hubs pre warned me that this is NOT my favorite workout. 
((T25 total body circuit is serious))
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We got it done together..like we always do!!! At this point I'm just trusting my legs to keep working and not give out on me- to say I'm sore would be the understatement of the century!! Strong legs are EVERYTHING- well that's what I keep telling myself anyway. 
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We got GOALS!!!

Day 2/21 is done. 
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Sarah and I did some much needed yoga. YOUga if you're in on the inside joke. Lol. 
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Sore af but we didn't let it stop us. We got goals. 
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Workout Buddies :)

Workout #3 done. 
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Hello jello legs. 
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Sarah kicked ass today. No excuses. We're on a mission and day one for my girl is in the books. I'm so proud of you!!! 
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Zucchini Noodles

I totally meant to take a picture of the zucchini noodles I ate for dinner. It was my first attempt and not only were they beautiful (you'll have to take my word on that😏) but the were delicious (obviously I inhaled them😋). I'll be making it again so stay tuned for a better picture in the upcoming days. 
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Veggie Tacos that are FIRE!!!

That dinner was smack yo momma good. What'd she say??
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It's an expression...I wouldn't really smack my mom- she's awesome! Anyway it was delicious. Super simple and quick. Perfect for any busy person who doesn't want to sacrifice quality for time. 
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Corn tortilla topped with brown rice, black beans, corn, pico de gallo, avocado, and cilantro. I could live on this. 
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Who wants to be apart of my free clean eating group? Starts on the 6th so get in on this!!! 
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A girl and her BIG SALAD

Lunch for 1️⃣ but I used the family sized salad bowl to hold all the veggies. And the vegetable miso soup was delicious. I'm kinda kicking day 1's ass- if I do say so myself. Wearing my MOTIVATION shirt to keep my mind right and I'm girl bossin' it up. I brought the hubs his lunch and he liked the soup (f'ing win) but the celery root in the salad was a no go. Lol. He's come a long way and I'm super proud of him. 🍜🥗🥒🥕🍅
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5 minute lunch and I'm getting really good at it ;)

YUM :)

What I'm eating for lunch today:
(In case you were wondering 🤔🙄🤣)
Veggie broth with rice noodles. I added Not Chick'n bouillon by Edward & Sons Trading Co., Inc. with some scallions (I like a lot). Cannot forget the sweet chili oil and sriracha because they make this quick and easy (it tools 5mins) lunch just perfect. 
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I'm getting good at this!! 
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Just 3 easy steps and this delicious lunch is done. 
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1️⃣ Sauté chickpeas and mushrooms
2️⃣ Cook steamed rice noodles in veggie broth with organic spices
3️⃣ Add sriracha and sweet chili oil. Combine.. Enjoy.. Eat well


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You CAN do hard stuff-

Yellow Belt I'm coming' for ya!

Look who has all five stripes on her white belt. 

It's never too late to start something new. Don't give up on hard things because of what other people think. Following your dreams and doing what YOU wanna do- takes courage. Be whoever you want...do whatever you want...have whatever you want. YOU are LIMITLESS. 

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Who's ready to ROCK!

Let's ROCK!

WE'RE ON A COUNTDOWN AND READY TO ROCK!!!
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In less than week Mr. Hole-in-One and I are starting the Ultimate Reset again, but this time we're doing it together!!! We're super excited because the Beachbody Ultimate Reset is a complete, three-phase, 21-day mind/body program that provides everything you need to help:
• Reclaim your body’s natural balance
• Release unwanted compounds that hold your system back
• Restore your system to its maximum efficiency
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Yeah all the stuff on the inside is awesome, but here's what you'll physically notice:
• Improved digestion
• Healthy energy
• A more positive mood and
• Weight loss (improved BMI) 
• Better focus
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BOTTOM LINE- the Beachbody Ultimate Reset is a breakthrough program that will help you gently restore your body to its “original factory settings” so you can feel and look healthier.
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Who's ready to rock this thing called life by being the best version of yourself possible?? Holla at ya girl because if you got goals...I got you!!!
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Join my Countdown to September Squat Challenge

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Join my Countdown to September Squat Challenge

ONLY 6 MORE DAYS to get in on my
#Countdown2SeptemberSquatChallenge
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For 7 weeks.. leading up to Labor Day.. we'll be doing 7 minutes of spot training each day.
#7week7minBootyBlasting will have you looking #FierceInFall
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End summer with a firmer backside and better habits. Who couldn't use those?!? ..bc you know the holiday season sneaks up.
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Target Area:
BOOTY + INNER/OUTER THIGHS
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It's completely FREE and in addition to providing a quick routine each day to target these areas...I'll also be offering up some clean eating recipes. Feel free to add your own recipes too and we'll all share!
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Let me know if you want to join us and I'll add ya to the private group.
#ItsGonnaBeFUN
#MotivationalMindset:) feeling motivated.

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My Ultimate Reset Results

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My Ultimate Reset Results

Results are in (well they've been in for a while now)

     I am the worst at posting on schedule. The problem is that, I honestly don't have a 'set schedule', and clearly winging it isn't working out that great. I apologize for the delay on my post. If anyone even cares. lol. I do this for fun, so I don't even expect anyone to read this. On the off chance there is anyone looking for some results, here are mine:

     So, there ya have it. I lost 15.5 pounds and 7.5 inches. I am so thrilled with my results. A lot of time people use the Ultimate Reset as a way to...well, reset the body. Duh ;) My point is, that most people don't do it as a lifestyle change. Everyone gets amazing results in weight, inches, and over health. So many people lower their cholesterol and blood pressure significantly as well.
Despite having such good results, many people will end up gaining some of the weight back. This happens as a result of your eating habits afterward. If you go on vacation the very next day after finishing and over indulge for a week you will feel accordingly vs. someone who gradually reintroduces grains, dairy and eventually meat. There are some people, like myself, who have chosen to stay vegan and actually make it a lifestyle.

     I have wanted to be vegan for many years and used this as a platform. I love my results and thing their transformative. My lifestyle is what has completely changed. I've continued to drink mineralized water and keep up a variety of other habits as well. Including dry brushing. If you've never heard of it- check out the previous post I made about how to do it and the incredible benefits.

     Since I've changed my lifestyle I've only gained back 1.5 pounds and it's all muscle. I feel fantastic and highly recommend this to everyone. We all suffer from toxins in the environment in our diet and even our levels of stress. The reset is a way to renew your body and replenish it to its most pure and natural state. Even if you have no intention of living a vegan lifestyle or enjoying a plant based diet on a regular basis-- I still can't say enough about how much this program is for EVERYONE! We all deserve to remember what it feels like to have a healthy and perfectly alkaline body. I plan on doing this every year...as a bodily spring cleaning :)

     Ask me anything. If you want results like these...and possibly even better, I can help ya get 'em. My husband was so impressed with how well I did and the results I had that he decided to do it as well. I asked him to do it with me but he was reluctant. Once he saw me do it and how fast the 21 days passes and the phenomenal results and improved mood that I'm always in now-- he said why not?!!? And he's on day #5 now and he's rockin' it out! He jumped on the scale after 3 days and had already lost 6 pounds. WoW!!!!

     I started with Beachbody last September (2015) and I never would have dreamed that it would have brought as much wonderful opportunity and amazing people into my life, I wake up everyday thankful to have my passion for life reignited. So far I've lost a total of 65 pounds. If you'd like to join my team and have your own results...contact me. I'm here! And feel free to find me on social media as well.

     Thanks for reading-- for anyone who is...or might ;)

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Holy Breakouts Batman!!!

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Holy Breakouts Batman!!!

My skin and hair are oily

     I have never had the greatest skin. I have always had acne (I'm 32) and issues with my skin such as stretch marks and other things. So I pretty much knew when I started the Ultimate Reset, that my skin would probably get worse before it got better. One of my main goals and outcomes I want from this reset, other than becoming fully vegan, is to have clearer skin.

Ahhh- the dream!

     So here I am, on my 5th day and so far everything has been really great. I haven't had any major headaches or fatigue from sugar and caffeine detox which is awesome. I am, however, starting to notice that I'm breaking out A LOT! I am about a week away from my 'lady time' of the month and that does tend to cause a breakout anyway, but I can tell how much more oily my face is than usual. I mean, I have less than ideal skin, but oily has never been the main concern. I have been feeling like I need to blot the oil of my face for the past few days already. So I have been. lol. Sure enough though, my whole face is broken out. They're pretty big and kind of painful pimples too.

     Ugh!!! I expected this, so I definitely don't want to complain or dwell on the fact that I look like a teenage with raging hormones. I tease. Seriously I am just trusting the process and allowing my body to release the toxins in whichever way is best. I keep telling myself that I will have a clear complexion after this-- so we'll see how it works out. I'll keep you guys posted. Thanks for taking your time to read this. If you want more... check out the video I made on my Facebook page. Oh, it's on my YouTube channel as well. Click on the icons at the bottom of any page on my site to connect with my other social media outlets.

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Dry Brushing: what it is and why it's AWESOME!

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Dry Brushing: what it is and why it's AWESOME!

Dry Brushing: What is it

     The skin is a complex system made up of nerves, glands, and cell layers. When healthy, it serves as a buffer that helps protect your body from extreme temperatures and chemicals. It also produces antibacterial substances to protect you from infection and enables your body to produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun. Your skin contains densely packed nerve cells that act as messengers to your brain. Skin a crucial part of a persons interaction with the world. Your skin also helps to support optimal detoxification. So, if your skin is overrun with toxins or dead skin cells, it will not be able to eliminate wastes from your body efficiently. This is where dry skin brushing can be invaluable! Not only in brushing off dead skin cells, but it activates waste removal via your lymph nodes as well. I was introduced to this practice by an acupuncturist many years ago and had since forgotten all about it until I saw it as part of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset. I ordered one immediately and it arrived today! *squeals*

Here are the 7 Key Benefits of dry brushing your skin:

1. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System

     In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Eliminating waste on a cellular level-- think about that. Too often we take for granted what our bodies are capable of. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage. Amazing right?!!? When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease; therefore, by stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.

2. Exfoliation

     Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to "breathe." I am looking forward to seeing a difference in my skin clarity.

3. Increase Circulation

     When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation. This encourages the elimination of metabolic waste. Increase your bodies ability to matabolize better by brushing your skin...I'm in!

4. Reduce Cellulite

     Dry skin brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This may help to diminish the appearance of cellulite. Dry brushing is also said to help reduce cellulite by removing toxins that may break down connective tissue, although some believe the effect is temporary. This isn't something I personally struggle with, but i know a lot of people who do and absolutely love dry brushing for this purpose. Good to know because nobody is above getting cellulite- no matter how fit you are.

5. Stress Relief

     The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative (especially if you do it in a quiet space) and may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage. I plan on making this ritual an experience like this.

6. Improve Digestion and Kidney Function

     Dry skin brushing may go even deeper, helping to support your digestion and organ function. According to some skin care and spa experts. A lot of people struggle with digestive issues (which is why I always recommend Shakeology) and lack proper hydration which leads to poor kidney function. Many natural and homeopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins.

7. It's Invigorating

     Many people become "addicted" to dry skin brushing (in a good way) because it simply feels so good. Along with glowing and tighter skin, regular dry skin brushers report feeling invigorated after a quick session. Who wouldn't want that?!!?

Dry Brushing: How to Do It

     First you'll need a high-quality dry brush. Look for one with bristles made from natural materials. They should feel stiff but not overly so. Ideally, choose a brush with a long handle so you can reach your entire back and other hard-to-reach spots. I got one with a long handle but it also detaches and fits around the hand. This makes doing smaller circles closer to the body easier, but still allows the flexibility to reach more challenging areas of the body. Dry skin brushing should be done daily for best results, or even twice a day if you like. Try incorporating it into your normal daily routine, such as doing your brushing before your morning shower and then again after work (avoid doing it too close to bedtime, as it may leave you feeling energized).

     When brushing, always brush toward your heart, which is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. You can brush your entire body (including the soles of your feet). Start at your feet and work your way up your legs to your arms, chest, back, and stomach. Avoid brushing your face (unless you have a special brush designed for this delicate skin), your genitals, or any areas with irritations or abrasions (including varicose veins). I did get a smaller brush specifically designed for the face to use. I'm so excited!

     The pressure you apply while brushing your skin should be firm but not painful (avoid "scrubbing"). Your skin should be pink after a session (not red or irritated) and you can brush for as long (or as little) as you'd like. An average dry brushing session may last between two and 20 minutes. I'm going to start out at 5 minutes sessions and increase the time as I see fit. Try It… You'll Probably Get Hooked :) The investment in dry skin brushing is small – you can find a high-quality brush for under $20 – but the pay-off is large. If you've never tried it, you're likely to be pleasantly surprised. Let me know what ya think.

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Shopping at Costco is the best (even for a small family)

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Shopping at Costco is the best (even for a small family)

Here's why I love shopping at Costco

     I've always shopped at Costco, but when I lived closer to my mother things like sharing a dozen cans of corn or 24 rolls of toilet paper was no big deal. We loved it. So when my husband, daughter and I moved from South Florida to North Florida (7+ hour drive) I considered whether or not shopping at Costco would still be the best option for our family. It is and, in fact, I love it even more now.

     We're lucky enough to have enough storage to buy items like toilet paper and cleaning supplies, as well as a decent size pantry for lots of canned goods. This is a huge issue. If you don't have the place to store certain things than getting them in bulk isn't practical- no matter the amount of money saved. This is where your family size also comes into consideration. Larger families will go through supplies quickly and storage space won't be taken up for very long. Smaller families will need to have the proper space to keep these items without cluttering up their home.

     Organic food is plentiful in Costco. Everything from oils (olive, avocado, coconut) to spices... both fresh and frozen foods. The options are endless. When I first started buying organic products, I was pleasantly surprised to find a good amount of things at Costco. Over the years, they have continued to increase their number of organic products. I have converted the majority of my cleaning and laundry supplies to organic also. I love it. Every time I'm there I feel like I'm discovering something new.

     Healthy snacks are everywhere! This falls in line with the fact that I love to buy organic whenever possible. Costco is full of snack items that are perfect for children or adults. I personally love the organic fruit snacks as well as the different type of nuts. There are also dried fruits that I use with a variety of nuts and seeds to make our own trail mix bags. They're perfect for taking on the go. The hummus is amazing to put inside wraps at lunch or for dipping pita chips and veggies. My daughter loves the organic juice boxes and the frozen fruit pops...of course ;)

     The saving when you buy in bulk is great. A lot of people think that if they're on a strict budget that shopping in bulk is out of the question. I have found that it is really a cost saving way to budget and shop. When we buy snack items and other things that are in a large amount- they last us a while! I don't buy snacks every single time I go. There are so many items that last for a while. The maple syrup comes in a large container and so does the peanut butter which is actually a 2 pack. Organic strawberry jelly is in a large jar but only one...so I but the jelly more often than the peanut butter. I love that actually because sometimes there are specialty jellies like blueberry pomegranet or cherry...something delicious and new to try.

     It is beyond perfect for meal prepping. As some of you may know, my hubs and I are on a healthier lifestyle journey. We've been exercising more and incorporating healthier foods. We also began practices like yoga and meditation. It's been wonderful so far. When eating better, it becomes easier to transition into a healthy lifestyle when things are ready to go without much thinking or hassle. This is where meal prepping comes and Costco is perfect for it.

     If you have a smaller family, buying a huge bag of sweet potatoes seems silly because they'll go bad before you can eat all of them...right?! Wrong. When I come home from a shopping trip I plan on making a good amount of the fresh veggies that day or the next. I will cook all of the sweet potatoes as well as a big pot of rice or quinoa and beans or lentils. Then once they're all cooked I portion them into meal containers that easy for my hubs to take to work or me to grab and make real quick. We also buy so many organic bananas for our shakeology each morning. Even though we use a lot, they still ripen faster than we can use them. Once they're nice and full of all the brown spots I go ahead and peel them, cut them in half, and freeze them. SO GOOD! Frozen organic strawberries, blueberries, mangos, and cherries are also amazing in our shakes. *obsessed* No fuss about thinking what to make that's quick and easy but also good and won't go against the healthy life changes we've made.

     If you have a specific dietary needs Costco is a great option. They have so many options that are gluten free as well as vegan and kosher. There are many people who follow strict diets or have restrictions due to allergies and because of it will have to shop at a variety of stores to fit their needs. I am such an enormous fan of Costco because their quality is great and there's no need to go to specialty stores if you live a vegan or gluten free lifestyle. So rad right!!!

     Clearly there's no mistaking my favorite place to shop. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do. What's your favorite items to buy at Costco? If you've never been, it's worth checking out. They offer trails for people who don't have memberships. Also, I think I read somewhere that you can shop at Costco online without a membership, but I'm not sure about that. I bought something from them online once, but honestly have no clue whether or not they asked if I was a member. It's worth looking into if you're interested.

 

 

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