Live Like That Now

If you want something different only you can make that decision and start the process of getting there. No one is holding you back except yourself!

See it. Grab hold of it within your heart. Run towards it in all you do and with all your might. Make it such an actively compelling image within you and you will, with passion and conviction, create it in the very present living reality around you. Quitting will never be an option. It is ALWAYS before you. .
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Phil 3 – 12 I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize. 13 My friends, I don’t feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I strive for what is ahead. 14 I run toward the goal…
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I literally got to the point I HATED how I FELT in my body! I had to change how I was living to make the make the reality of my life different! . I was taking it out on Donald and allowing our relationship take the hit and that wasn’t fair to him or to me. I craved intimacy but ran away from it at the same time because of how yucky and uncomfortable I felt in my own skin.

I HAD TO DECIDE that I had had enough… it couldnt be for Donald or anyone else! It had to be MY VOICE within saying to chuck the excuses and just do it already!!
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It’s crazy to think it has been 4 years already! But how I started is how I maintain today. It has been the ONE thing to help me make the CHANGE! I DECIDED to commit to my healthiest best version of me , before I ever saw her in the mirror I saw her in my mind and heart. I developed a VISION for what her life looked and felt like and decided to LIVE LIKE THAT NOW not later… so that later I could FEEL like that, too. I knew consistency would bring the change I craved, and the desire to keep it going.

Making change isn’t easy, sister. But it is so much easier with a coach and a community that understands you and your struggle as well as your dream.
I love that I’m now paying it forward by being the coach to others. You can create YOUR change this year!! Learn more about my fitness challenge groups here or my nutrition+ mindset course here and let’s transform together in 2019 ♡.

It’s never too late to start transforming with me!

xo,

Angel

I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:13-14).

“I don’t have time to eat healthy.” CAR CHAT

It’s not always about how much time we need, but how we honor the time we have with the tools and resources already at our disposal.

Just a little car chat for ya as you’re wrapping your brain around returning to your normal routine after this Thanksgiving break and think about how to start your life fit with the time you DO have between now and Christmas.

So many mamas just hide their bodies until February under baggy clothes… but that doesn’t have to be us, sister! We can honor our health and bodies right now, right where we are, with what we got.

Watch here-

https://youtu.be/ylHq5YDEOgQ

So, mama…

Are YOU Ready to start your future life fit self today? Have you got some real goals you’re tired of pushing off for the “someday” that never comes?? Are you willing to trust me and take my 25-30 min workouts a day with the virtual trainers I use and the online community of support that helped me drop 5 dress sizes and make healthy a doable lifestyle ??

Let’s make every day between now and Christmas count in my online 25 Days of Fitmas Challenge here. (Get it this weekend while it is on sale)!

I’ll be your ‘forever coach’ through every victory and transformation you achieve. I’m not satisfied until you are, and I’ve always got your back. I’ll share my faith for fitness with you to help you connect to your greater purpose and reason WHY so you’re less likely to quit on yourself, more fired up to see it through, and amazed at how you’ll see getting fit with a whole new refreshing perspective than the traditional “dieting” methods that make us cringe and leave us defeated .

This experience I am offering you is so different, sister. Are you willing to do this for YOU? For your family?

Sign up here.

Can’t wait to meet you and support you in your goals!

♡,

Angel

🎄👑 25 Days to Fitmas

🎄🎁 My 25 Days to Fitmas 🎄🎁online Life Fit Mama Bootcamp is NOW ACCEPTING Applications & there are just a FEW️ spots up for grabs this year!!! ⠀⠀


These last few weeks of Fall are our gentle prelude to winter months, when I’m somewhere between pumpkin spice and maple & brown sugar delightful temptations.

What are the seasonal scents & activities you enjoy this time of year?

For me, I imagine the scent of Peppermint Hot Cocoa, Pecan Pies, Sweet Potato Casserole, & Forgotten Cookies with my kids. I think about the neighborhood ladies’ christmas sock exchange, my husband’s work party, and all the treats & holiday crafts the kids bring home from school before Winter break. And of course I think of my December birthday! Lol (often looked over bc we are all so busy this time of year)🎄🎁

What do you not really look forward to? all the gifts to buy and the house to-do before guests arrive? The holiday “food baby” weight gain? 🍭🍫🍰 Up until a few years ago, I had no plan for keeping the “holiday 10” at bay… you know what I’m talking about! Those extra 8-10lbs that so easily creep on because eating for energy and healthy gut goes out the window or it’s just so easy to nibble on all the readily available treats!! 🍬🍪

I would tell myself there’s too much going on to workout or eating healthy was impossible during the entire months of November through January! Can you imagine?! 🍕🍟

Then it would be New Year🙁 and I would be so reluctant to regain control ove my emotional eating binges or ongoing love affair with chocolate kisses, until my pants were too tight to button without an extra bulge when I sat down or the button feeling like it would pop off.😨👖👚


Since then, I have created my own Christmas Countdown 4 Step Plan & chosen go-to workouts “fit” for Christmas hustle season! It is a simple simple process I follow to keep myself from gaining the “Holiday 10″🛍👑 and can still enjoy the treats I want most but maintain my goal weight, maximize my time for holiday activities, fully be present in the parties, and also stay accountable to my health and fitness through my online group. ⠀

You may remember me inviting you to my #thanks4giving10 challenge last month and yesterday I reminded you during my.live that I actually use these same 4 steps to help mamas finally drop their dreaded last 10lbs or simply avoid gaining it for the 3-4 weeks leading up to Thanksgiving… then I open it up again for Christmas for anyone who missed out but know it’s for them!🎄☕🙌🏼

This year I am partnering up with my very dear friend for an exclusive Faith for Fitness Experience you don’t want to miss. She and I serve with the same heart, and I know you’ll love her energy, tips, and insights.

In addition…

Ongoing support for workouts of your choice
BOD membership
Sprinkle in recipes & tips as usual
Fun advent calendar keep it exciting / Transformation Ready for the New Year
Holiday Survival Guide with my friend Janice & me
Christmas devotional FOCUS ON JESUS
Parties , travel, meal planning cocktails, holiday treats
Group chats PLUS 1:1 support & calls with me privately every week to help you strategize your week ahead!!

So… come on, mamas! It IS on YOU to fill in the application form below and say you are interested in my fast approaching FITMAS CHALLENGE !

We will include a fun advent calendar for our workouts the entire 30 days …running until the end of the year!

Here is what you can expect from this group:

1.  A nutrition and fitness program to fit your needs in 30 minutes or less each day.

2.  Sample meal plans, holiday treats and bevs, and family friendly recipes to help you stay accountable, to help you with quick easy meals and snacks to fit your lifestyle.

3.  Daily accountability inside our closed (private) online accountability & strategizing VIP group,  plus access to optional 1:1 calls with me as your coach!

4.  Tips on handling holiday parties, a restaurant guide, traveling tips, healthy alternatives to holiday favorites.

5.  Motivation, Accountability every single day to help you end the year stronger than you started.

What if you could lose a few pounds  by Dec 25th, rock around the Christmas tree and ring in the New Year feeling confident and stronger, leaner, less stressed and more at peace… and yet be HAVE A REALLY GREAT AND ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY SEASON?

So what do you need to do to totally rock your Holiday dress and be a part of this group? !

1.  Simple!  I must be your assigned coach, and you must commit to a  fitness program and nutrition plan in which we will discuss options that are best for you, your ability level, your time constraints and your needs.  Your corresponding workout calendar, eating guide,  and a month’s supply of nutritional protein shakes will be provided (included).

2.  You must commit to checking into the 25 Days of Fitmas group daily and tell us your progress, share your victories.  In other words… participate ♡.

Are you in?  Does this sound like something you would like to do???

 

I am pumped to kick this group off with you all. I’m just brainstorming up some new ideas on how to make this an incredibly positive and powerful group.

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So if you have not already make sure that 🎄complete the application so I can get you matched up with the right plan and add you to the group.

One of the things we are going to focus on in my VIP Fitmas Group is meal planning and healthy treats!

I will give you a blank template with The steps to creating a meal plan which I show you how to do!

Recipes & Holiday Party Tips
Healthy Swaps for favorite treats
Accountability
Support & guidance to make it your own!

Plus 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄we are going to practice balance! Having what you want most and also still achieving the results too!

You in!? *free book from me* when you register by 12/27.
We are Kicking off 25 Days of Fitmas + HOLIDAY SURVIVAL Guide Dec 1st! Super fun advent calendar 🎄🎄🎄🎄

Dont worry about perfection just show up and have fun!!!

You’ll be able to fully enjoy your holidays and I’ll share so many party and social tips for staying on track! ⠀


Grab your Fitmas spot with comfort & joy!🎄🛍 by filling out the application below!

If you’re ready to shop to secure $20 off plus your free Black Friday /Cyber Monday weekend Gifts from me… shop here and I will reach out to you!

https://goo.gl/forms/2QMRnULlbvRGrW9n

Honeydew Berry Popscicles

Our youngest’s elementary school participates in a 21 day healthy snack challenge every fall, and she (our daughter) loves to participate.

The school makes a big deal about it, and usually has a cute pep rally type of announcement from the school’s PE coach and (sometimes also the PTA Healthy Lifestyles Chair) to promote it to the kids and get them excited about eating healthy snacks for 3 weeks. They are provided a recipe booklet for healthy snack ideas.   There is usually a prize offered to every kid who completes the challenge, and an online assessment given before and after the challenge to measure the students’ daily snack habits.

Anyway!  All that to say, Alara (our youngest daughter) is quite the joiner and anticipates the challenge each year.  We encourage her to choose 3 snacks from the recipe booklet for each week that she would like to try, and then we coach her through preparing them at home.  Sometimes we take pictures and/or videos of her snacks, and here is one of her snacks prepared for the challenge ;-).

Honeydew Strawberry Popsicles was the recipe, however we tweaked it for a couple of reasons.
1.  She wasn’t interested in making the layered effect of the popsicle with honeydew being separated from strawberry,  so we mixed them to make one single layer popsicle.

2.  The original recipe called for added sugar.   It turned out perfectly sweet without it!!

Below is a little snippet of her blending up the popsicles … She thought to share it with you because she loves watching cooking shows and crafty youtube videos, so she hoped it will inspire your little one to give it a whirl  😉

Now, usually my source for healthier snacks and dessert recipes are from here.  Which is where I found this other creamy popsicle alternative I’d like Alara to try next!   Here it is:

Avocado Banana Popsicles

Avocado-Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe avocado cut into chunks
  • 1 large ripe banana cut into chunks
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped lime peel
  • 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  •  tsp. raw honey
  • 1 to 4 Tbsp. water

Instructions

  1. Place avocado, banana, yogurt, lime peel, lime juice, honey, and 1 Tbsp. water in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. If mixture is too thick add additional water.

  2. Pour avocado mixture evenly into ice pop molds; freeze for at least four hours, or until set.

     

Does your little one participate in a healthy snack challenge at their school?  Where do you usually find healthy snacks recipes for your kids?

Living Life Fit,
Angel

 

100 Days to Brave – Day 18 – Pray

Prayer takes courage.

Courage to speak and make requests and praise and confide… even as circumstances seem to be falling apart all around you and not going like you thought they would or should.

It takes courage to pray anyway. It takes courage to keep the line of communication open and trust He is working things out behind the scenes. That He is still Sovereign. That He is still listening. That He is still active and operative and ever present. And very, very real.

Praying like He really is REAL, tangible and near despite the mess and mishaps, and even when the season of life you’re in may not feel like it. That’s you living in your most courageous self.

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100 Days to Brave – Day 17 – Dig Into the Word for Yourself

Last night I made a post about my FAVORITE scripture to shout out in class and speak to myself daily when I’m going through something tough and feeling like “I don’t wanna”
 
And this morning when I woke up and reviewed my post (I had to edit my typos because I typed it half asleep last night LOL) I remembered a time when I would be that person looking to the right and the left on Sunday morning at the women around me, wondering…
 
“How can she be so lit up from the inside out and on fire about the Bible, and it seem like such a chore or boring task to you – something you know you “should” do, or “have” to do??”
 
Welp… y’all… Annie apparently used to feel the same way! Today’s devo was so encouraging to read…. join me?
 
100 Days to Brave – Day 17 – Dig Into the Word for Yourself

How We Plan Meals Every Week

In case ya missed it, on Facebook last month, I shared a quick run down of how Donald and I approach planning meals for the week (yes, every week) before hitting the grocery store and definitely before diving into any recipe sites SO YOU SAVE THE MOOLAH (and your sanity)!  Keep it simple, keep it smart, y’all.

100 Days to Brave – Day 16 – Believe You Are Never Alone

You are never alone.  Even when you feel alone, you actually aren’t.  We can call on our Helper, and He promises He is always NEAR.

 

Healthy Mac & Cheese

As mamas, we are always looking for healthier ways to serve up kid favorites. So, when I discovered a recipe for healthy Macaroni and Cheese, I decided to dress it up a bit and make it something the kids would love AND I would still approve (and enjoy myself)!

The result? A bacon topped 3 cheese favorite I can have no guilt about. It’s good next to salad and steak (as pictured) or all on its own.

The bacon is totally optional, so feel free to make this your own!

P.S. it’s hubby-approved, too 😉

So, here’s my recipe for a Healthy Mac & Cheese that can be dressed up or down for any occasion:

Healthy Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 package whole grain pasta
  • 4 tsp. organic grass-fed butter (or organic coconut oil)
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • cups unsweetened plain almond milk
  • cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. (Do not use salt or oil if suggested in directions.) Set aside.

  2. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.

  3. Add flour; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute, or until brown (don’t let it burn).

  4. Slowly whisk in almond milk; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until mixture thickens and there are no lumps.

  5. Reduce heat to low. Add cheddar and parmesan cheese; cook, whisking constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until melted.

  6. Add pasta, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, or until heated through.

  7. Top with Feta and bacon. Serve immediately.

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