6/28/15

Shakeology ~ and a Giveaway!

So what IS Shakeology? 

Don't worry. That's what I wanted to know right off the bat too. As excited as I was about the Beachbody opportunity and the amazing workout programs they had to offer, I wanted to be 100% on board with all of it. I knew that there was no way I could tout the benefits of a shake I myself didn't love. 

It's very important to me that I know what's IN the nutritional supplements I choose to take for a couple of reasons. 
  • I don't want to just throw random ingredients into my body and hope for the best.
  • I want to be sure that my money is going towards the best things for me.
  • I've always been extra sensitive to supplements. This is in part due to the MTHFR genetic mutation I have.

Because of this, I will always scrutinize and research the ingredients of any new product I decide to take. Lastly, I count on my own body to give me feedback as to whether or not "xyz supplement" is going to work for me. This is so important I believe! And I'll give you an example why.

Being into health and fitness I've tried many different whey protein powders over the years. Experts say it's one of the easiest things for our bodies to absorb post-workout - whey that is - because it's easily absorbed by our muscle cells that are open and ready for replenishment after being torn apart during exercise. I never stayed with them long though because I could tell that my body couldn't handle it. Immediately after making a shake (that may or may not taste so great - usually not!) I would get gassy and bloated. Fun right? If you know anything about nutrition you know that gas and bloating directly after a meal means your body isn't digesting and absorbing what you just took in. So what is the point of spending X amount of dollars on a protein powder that my body isn't even going to reap the benefits of? No point.

I loved the ease and simplicity of blending up a shake but I never came across one that I actually looked forward to, felt a difference from drinking, and even craved.

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Until Shakeology! Ya'll, I'm going to be real with you. I'm not good at lying. I was always the kid in class who spoiled the joke the rest of the class tried to play on the teacher or who ruined a surprise for someone because I felt so vigilant about speaking the truth. I don't have it in me to tell you how great a product is, if I really don't think that it is. I can't say, "Shakeology has given me so much energy!" if I haven't seen a difference in that area. I can't chug something down each day for breakfast that I don't honestly think tastes good.

I started off with 4 sample packets - 2 Vegan Chocolate and 2 Vegan Tropical Strawberry. I chose the vegan over the regular for two reasons. 
  1. The above mentioned MTHFR that I have. Because of that, I need to avoid folic acid in my food and supplements. Shakeology is filled with vitamins and minerals that for most people obviously don't pose a problem, but for me, I needed to go with the vegan to avoid the vitamin fortification. (I take special methylated vitamins of my own.)
  2. Also like I said before, my body has never loved whey protein. (People with MTHFR often don't handle dairy well.) The vegan shakeology is plant protein based - perfect!

Being at the end of my first trimester, I was still having a hard time getting enough protein in due to a huge meat aversion. After just a few days, I truly began craving these shakes filled with protein and a slew of super foods and nutrition that my body just hadn't been getting the past ten weeks. Hello, nausea!

I even stretched out my samples until my first order could arrive. And I've been drinking them every day since, alternating strawberry / chocolate every other day. I add banana, peanut butter, fruit, milk, water, ice - and it transforms into this amazingly thick, frosty drink that has become my favorite part of the morning. And so quick and easy to drink as I drive to work.

I also DID noticed an increase in energy! Shakeology contains no caffeine but after just a few days, I really started feeling great. Energized is really the only way I can describe it and for a busy mom - energy is everything. I was making it further into the day before I felt tired and I just felt ALIVE. No gas. No bloating.

I could go on :-) But I'm going to stop for now and let you take a look at what really goes into each serving of Shakeology. We're talking protein, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, adaptogen herbs, prebiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. 
















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6/26/15

T.G.I.F.

It's been a crazy week around here! I feel like I've pretty much gone non-stop every day and I am very much looking forward to a little downtime and r&r this weekend. However - it's been a GREAT week!

As many of you may know, I signed up to be a health and fitness coach through Beachbody a few weeks ago. It's been a wild ride already and one I am absolutely loving! I can't express how much this has meant to me just in this short time and the great opportunity I've been given. I love that I get to help others GET HEALTHY. I love my TEAM. And I love doing what I'm PASSIONATE ABOUT. And I became an Emerald Coach - the first rank you can achieve in BB - in less than three weeks!


I promise this blog won't turn into a Beachbody advertisement but as something that's part of my life now - it will find it's way here now and then. :-)

Ryan's been traveling some for work which means Karlyn and I get to eat easy meals that involve pickles for mama and mac and cheese for her. She's watched way too many Special Agent Oso episodes while I work past bedtime at my new endeavor. I think we both woke up feeling it this morning too because after not enough sleep for several nights I felt like I'd been run over by a train this morning and Karlyn had fever when I picked her up from school. Hopefully this weekend we can get our groove back and rest up.

I had a snow-cone today! And it was delish! Does anyone else still call it that? Or do I need to be politically correct and say "shaved ice." #idontknow



I got Tiger's Blood and it was so refreshing - perfect to end a Friday with. I feel like I should have more to say but my brain is just mush! Too many emails. :> I am getting really anxious to feel baby Ivey move around in there. I'm about 17 weeks now so hopefully any day! And two weeks from today, I'll be announcing BOY or GIRL which thrills me to no end! We have names, which you'll probably get to find out too.

Karlyn's cheer uniform arrived yesterday so she wanted to be all decked out for practice today. I thought she looked adorable! The shirt was a little big so we did the side knot. Side...something?


She said, "Mom, could you take a picture so I can see what my bow looks like?"



<Side NOTE: My house sounds like it's about to blow over in this storm!>

I hope everyone has a FABulous weekend. We'll be keepin' it low key over here. 



6/21/15

16 Weeks




How far along? 16 weeks.
How big is baby? Baby is the size of an avocado. Which coincidentally, I'm starting to be able to eat again! Baby's length is roughly 4.5 inches weighing in at 3.5 ounces.
Total weight gain/loss? 3 lbs UP!
Maternity clothes? Not yet.
Sleep? My sleep has taken a little bit of a downward dive since I stopped the progesterone. I have to get up to to pee every few hours so I never really feel that rested. Or at least for very long periods at a time.
Best moment this week? Hearing baby's heartbeat on the doppler last Friday! Strong and steady at 150.
Symptoms? Nausea has let up thank the Lord but the past two nights I've been a little "meh." Energy is returning and I'm feeling a lot better than I did in the first tri.
Food cravings? The Lettuce-Wich at Which-Wich. You must try it. My Shakeology shakes. I seriously CRAVE them now!
Food aversions? Not really loving potatoes which is weird since I ate so many baked potatoes ala Wendy's first tri.
Gender? After going back and forth, I have no idea. It's either a boy or a girl. =) 
Labor signs? No.
Belly button in or out? In.
Exercise? I added this category just now! :-) I'm happy to say I've started exercising again which my body loves and hates. I love the energy boost but have been SORE from not doing anything for so long. Not to worry though - I'm keeping it low impact with light weights. Still. Sore!
What I miss? Not a lot. I'm loving this.
What I'm looking forward to? Feeling this sweet little munchkin move AND finding out the gender on July 9th! That day cannot get here fast enough!
Milestones? Second trimester is in full swing. Weight is going up a little. These things are good things.
Bump? I'm starting to get one! Depending on the top I'm wearing, it's more or less noticeable. Waistband is starting to feel a little tighter after meals. ;>



6/20/15

Happy Father's Day


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to our one and only! Karlyn is one lucky girl to have this guy as her daddy.
He pours her apple juice every morning and teaches her things at night. He lets her hog half his side of the bed if she begs long enough and he secretly loved the time she had to bring her purse outside to play "tennis."
We think you're only pretty cool DAD. Love, your girls.

6/18/15

Dear Friend~




I'm so sorry.

I'm sorry that you had maybe the wildest surprise of your life or maybe you had planned and hoped for this life. I'm sorry that joy filled your heart for a time and a thousand plans and dreams. I'm sorry that you mulled over names. I hate that overwhelming happiness threatened to overtake you and pure bliss. And then it was snatched away.

I'm sorry you lost your baby. And I don't mean I'm sorry in the way that most people say it - the way that only they can and they 100% will mean it in the right and good way, even if the words don't come out quite right. I mean it in the way that I know what you're going through because I've walked the path. As I sit here and cry tears for you and with you I know the heartbreak you are having to endure. I know the questions and whys and gosh, we were so excited.

I hate that you have to now add this "experience" to your journey called life - because no one should have to - but many have. Many that you will no doubt be aware of now for the rest of your life because you are forever changed.

Losing an unborn child is a loss like none other and demands grieving just like any other. So let yourself grieve. Let yourself cry and moan and be mad and shocked and any other other feeling that finds it way in. Work it over and then try as best you can to let it ride the same wave out, whenever you are ready. And no one gets to decide that for you.

Please know that there is nothing you did wrong. And that while that tiny child-sized hole in your heart never completely goes away, that it does somehow become easier to bear.

And God will take your grief and turn it over and over, and around, and ring it out like a soaking wet cloth and spill it onto those around you and in you for his glory. It's what He does and I have no idea how. Or how we continue to exist after times like these.

I wish in my heart of hearts that you never again have to go through the loss of your child, at any age. I wish that the fragility of life started once they were here and not before. I wish I could give you a hug right now and tell you that I understand and that it's horrible. But know that I will sit here and mourn with you, and praise our Father that He knows and loves us well. Beyond anything we can imagine, beyond the riches blessings we would hope to one day be ours. He loves us. In our pain, in our agony, in our lack of ability to control what's happening. I love you too.


And I'm sorry.


6/16/15

4 1/2


Karlyn. How are you already four and a half?! Like I told you the other night, you're not allowed to grow up. You have to stay four. Forever. I wish I could just bottle up your little four year old self and have it for always. You know, like when you're fourteen or twenty-four. To remember!

You continue to light up our lives and say and do the cutest, funniest things. Like "thinger." You can't say finger and it may be the very last word you mispronounce. You get upset sometimes when your "thingers" get all wrinkly in the bathtub. You like Shopkins, dresses and skirts, youtube kid shows, Special Agent Oso, macaroni and cheese, applesauce with cinnamon, scrambled eggs, and your Disney princesses.

You still sleep in our room. #nocomment

You want all your friends at school to come over for sleepovers and it's really hard to explain why we can't just randomly take someones child home from school each day.

You're getting just a little bit picky when it comes to eating and that may be in part because mom didn't cook for ten weeks straight. oops!

You like to wrap your heart blanket around you and pretend like it's a hospital gown. And make toilet paper "casts" with TP and tape.

You love your aunts - all three of them!

You are really excited about being a BIG SISTER and it was the sweetest thing ever when you kept telling me, "I'm so happy for you!" And, "Hey. Maybe you shouldn't be walking around so much with a baby."

I introduced you to the chocolate Frosty and we had a grand old time.

You have a tiny bit of perfectionist in you - but not when it comes to picking up your toys.

I can't wait for you feel your baby brother or sister, kicking soon. I can't wait to see you together.

Karlyn, you are one AMAZING kid and I thank God that I get to be your mom! Daddy thinks you're pretty great too!


WE LOVE YOU!


6/13/15

SATURDAY


 Early morning dog walk.

 Karlyn painting masterpieces. The bottom one is her fave.

I BOUGHT MY FIRST NURSERY ITEM! I like white noise and I LOVED this vintage looking coral fan.

 How I relax these days. So much greatness. So much awkwardness.

6:00 pm. This is what happens when we skip a nap. And so ladylike. 

 Nordic Naturals was SO kind to send me this package of goodies! I can't wait to look through it!!

 Dinner Prep.

I decided we'd make Chipotle-esque plates. Or bowls. Ryan went back for seconds so I'm calling it a win.