1395296_10200671573018321_2008978916_nMy husband, Dave, would never call himself a superhero. But he IS a superhero to our four children and me. I shared this post on our adoption blog a few years ago, and it still holds true today: What Makes My Husband an Awesome Daddy.

I am so grateful he loves God and is a spiritual leader for our family. When it comes to homeschooling, Dave takes an active role in planning the year. He helps me see the big picture when I get bogged down in the day-to-day challenges. And he keeps me sane on the crazy days.

Even after a long day at work, he is often outside with the kids playing basketball or throwing the baseball around in the evening. Recently, when he was returning home from a work trip, he rushed from the airport straight to the ball field so he could make it in time to see our son’s baseball game. I know it meant a lot for my son to see him at the game.

I am so grateful I have Dave by my side to navigate this crazy thing called life! Happy Father’s Day to my husband, to my Dad, and to all the awesome dads out there!

11392993_953280014722706_3986917064435913154_nThis was my lunch from Zoe’s Kitchen today. Our Wednesdays are always really busy with piano lessons, tutoring appointments, and driving all over the place. A friend recommended Zoe’s Kitchen to me a few months back. I learned that I could place our order ahead of time online, and it’s ready to be picked up when we arrive. (I would love it if they had a drive-thru, but it only takes five minutes to run in and pick it up.)

For lunch, I had the chicken kebab entree with a side of roasted veggies. I requested light oil on the veggies (just trying to keep them healthy!). I used to order this with the Greek side salad, too, but I prefer just the roasted veggies.

If there is one thing I have learned since I started doing the 21-Day Fix, I don’t eat enough veggies. I am supposed to eat three green containers per day when following that eating plan. On days I don’t plan ahead, I will get to dinner and still need to eat all three containers. Have you ever tried to eat three cups of broccoli all at once?! It’s a little much. I have tried to be more intentional about eating veggies throughout the day. Now I grab baby carrots as snacks when I want something crunchy; I order food like this at Zoe’s; and I’ll sometimes saute spinach to go with my eggs for breakfast in the morning.

What are your favorite fast food restaurants? Do you have healthy on-the-go options for when you are busy? 

It takes a lot of courage for me to write this post, because I prefer to just share my successes. But I want to be transparent in my personal journey. I spend so much time coaching others in their health and fitness, pointing them to tools that will help them reach their goals. But this is a journey and even though I have been successful in losing weight, it is still a struggle each day to be intentional about making healthy choices. Whenever I share photos of my journey, I put dates on them…because I don’t believe in “BEFORE” and “AFTER” photos; my progress photos are more like “THEN” and “NOW”. (I am hesitant to post a photo with this post, but that’s where I am at and I can’t wait to show you a progress photo in just a few weeks!)

I screwed up but I am not going to let this setback derail me from my goals: Fitness + Nutrition + Accountability = SUCCESS

I screwed up but I am not going to let this setback derail me from my goals: Fitness + Nutrition + Accountability = SUCCESS

So how did I screw up?

Last month, I decided to a do a “No Weigh May” challenge, vowing not to weigh myself until June. That was a mistake. I know it’s probably not healthy to weigh myself everyday, but the daily weigh-in helps keep me accountable to myself. That, coupled with a very busy May schedule and vacation, led to about a 4-lb weight gain last month. I am not at all happy, especially since my summer clothes are feeling a bit too snug. In the past, I would let myself get discouraged and allow the weight gain to continue. No. Not this time.

Here is where I have been screwing up, and the changes I am making:

I love the 21-Day Fix, but it only works if you are consistent with using the color-coded containers and sticking to the eating plan:

  • My teaspoons have become tablespoon-size servings.
  • I haven’t been eating all my green containers.
  • And I have been going overboard with yellow container foods.

I do okay with meals but it’s the snacking (little bites, licks and tastes throughout the day) that add up. ACTION STEP: Starting this week: the containers will be on the kitchen counter and used for everything I eat, and I will be using my app to track my containers through the day.

Workouts. Well, I have been a little unmotivated lately. I did jump into Insanity last Monday but think I might die! ACTION STEP: I need something I can look forward to, so I am going to change it up and go back the 21-Day Fix Extreme (which I LOVE).

I’m not going to let the number on the scale get me too down. But I don’t want 4 lbs to turn into 8 lbs and then have that multiply until I’m up 20 lbs. That was the old Cindy. But I know better now and I know what I need to do to get back on track. And if there is one thing I know, the BEST way for me to get back on track is to let my challenge group hold me accountable. We check in with each other on the good days AND the bad days, and we encourage one another, striving for progress not perfection.

Would accountability help you in your fitness journey? I would love to partner with you. I will be starting my next group on June 22. If you would like more details, let’s get connected. Click here and send me a message. 

I’ve been needing to change things up with my fitness. Thanks to BeachbodFit Test Resultsy on Demand, I now have access to several fitness programs (including all the workouts and nutrition guides). One of those programs: Insanity.

I watched the Fit Test on Sunday afternoon and decided to jump in for June. WHAT WAS I THINKING??! It was a lot easier watching it than doing it! Here are the results from my first Fit Test.

I’m going to be honest and just tell you, I am struggling through these workouts. They are more intense than any other workout I’ve ever done. I have focused on strength-training so much, I can see where my cardio endurance has really diminished. I’m looking forward to seeing some improvement in my results in the coming weeks.

What is your favorite fitness program? Have you done Insanity?