#FitnessFriday Confession: I’m Not Happy With My Body Anymore

current body situation may 2015

I’m not happy with my body and I’m doing something about it.

I love my body and am grateful for all it can do. My frame is small, I’m generally slim, but I am frustrated by my personal trouble zone (read: Belly) and my overall lack of muscle tone. (That last pic above, I’m flexing with all my might, and you cant see an ab for miles.) And it’s all my doing.

It hit me hard a couple days ago after I booked our cruise but my feelings of discontent have been simmering on and off lately for a while now.

I booked the cruise and went to send a note to John saying “Only 25 days til we cruise!” Then I got punched in the stomach. 25 Days? 25? I can’t be beach-ready in 25 days!! OMG I have to diet, OMG I have to go run, OMG OMG OMG…..

Then I got my shit together and got real. There’s only so much that’s happening in 25 days, and I’m not the crash diet / overdo exercise type. (Plus that’s useless and causes yo yoing)

I had to take a look, a hard look, at what I have been doing lately.

I eat well, but I do eat a lot of sweets. I workout, (currently the 21 day fix workouts) but only a few times a week mixed with running.

I have the safety net excuse of “but I work out” to pardon myself for not eating as clean as I could be. But when I really look at it. Ummm I’m in my 30s and had two kids close together, 3 days a week of exercise (and not the most intense) just aint gunna cut it anymore, especially if I’m not eating super clean.

I then had to look at what I haven’t been doing lately.

  • I haven’t been pushing hard at my workouts
  • I haven’t been turning down the myriad sweets at the office
  • I haven’t been staying away from Rohan’s plate after he’s done eating
  • I haven’t been declining the ice cream John brings me at night
  • I simply haven’t been diligent

It’s not easy to face your failings, and yes, I’m fairly slim, but I don’t look (or feel) fit. It brought up a lot of feelings of fraudulence. Like “how can you be helping women create healthier lives when you’re messing up your damn self.”  Hello, Imposter Syndrome.

But no, I know what I do brings value, and helps my clients, when I feel down I can just look at the thank you emails I’ve saved LOL! (yeah, I read em when I need a boost, #judgemeifyouwanna!)

So what do you do when you’re slacking (by your own standards) and need to kick your fitness into high gear? For me, it always starts with setting a goal.


My goal: Abs

Yep. Abs. #that’sit

By year’s end, I will have a flat tummy with some visible ab definition without having to suck my belly in…. too much. HA!

I know it sounds simple, but having abs is the result of me doing what I need to do. It’s a visible representation that I am consistently eating clean and low(ish) carb, and consistently working out hard to reveal them. I wake up at 5:30, and most days I do a workout, but I’m going to go full out with my 21 Day Fix workouts each morning for 21 days (then switching to p90x3 after our return)


 And I’ll be continuing my slow carb diet. I LOVE the 21DayFix workouts, but wont be doing the meal plan (though I suggest everyone try it at least once. GREAT at teaching portion control.)

My starting point is pictured above… I can’t wait to be able to post my afters. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about being the best I can be, healthfully and challenging myself.

So, goal is set, and plan is in place. I personally need accountability, which is why T25 was so beneficial for me. I was in a challenge group and had the accountability, constant motivation, support and inspiration from the others. 



Clean Eating Recipes – High Protein Breakfasts

high protein breakfasts okdani blog

So I’ve kind of combined a couple ways of eating lately based on a few books I’ve read, my trip to Guatemala back in 2010, and what just feels right and makes sense to me. A big part of how I’m eating lately is starting my day immediately with  high protein breakfasts. When I say immediately, I mean within 1/2 hour to an hour after rising in the morning. (This is from Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Body – the Slow Carb Diet)

I’ve noticed that when I do this, I feel full but not stuffed, and don’t get hungry for a while after. Also, this has helped me cut my morning coffee/tea habit down tremendously! I’ll have a cup of water, and cook my meal, once I’m done eating, I don’t have a taste for a hot cup of tea or coffee, so I just have another cup of water instead. (Which helps with my goal to drink more water too)

I hope what I’m currently doing blends nicely with The 21 Day Fix that I’m starting on Sept 22. (Come do it with me!) With the program, you don’t have to alter your favorite foods, you just learn proper portions for your proprietary calorie level, so I should be OK. The materials haven’t come so I’m not certain yet what changes I’ll need to make.

My breakfast usually looks like this:


{Eggs w/ – 1 can black beans (rinsed) and 3 huge tablespoons of Sofrito warmed together in saucepan}

kidney beans chili eggs high protein breakfast okdani blog

{Eggs w/ – 1 can Kidney Beans (rinsed), one can petite diced tomatoes, chili powder and cumin to taste, heated in saucepan}


{Eggs w/ – cooked quinoa, sauteed onions and mushrooms, leftover black beans and cilantro combined in skillet}

I could seriously eat the same thing for breakfast every day until I die. When I was working 9-5 I had the same coffee drink and bacon egg and cheese every. single. morning. #kindamissitnowthatimentionit #imissyoubacon #seeyouinheaven 

I got this combo of eggs and beans in Guatemala. At first I was like umm…. no gracias…. but it grew on me. Eggs, beans, some type of meat, maduros (sweet plantains), grilled or fried tomatoes, and pan fried bread. Yo….that’s heaven right there!

Anywaaay… My egg and bean combo thingy is really working well for me. Like I said, I stay full for a long while, but also it’s just really easy and quick to do. On Monday I will make the beans and it will last me until Thursday usually when I’ll make the next batch. So most mornings I just get up, scramble or fry a couple eggs then heat up beans and I’m done.

And when I’m lazy or time crunched breakfast looks like this: 


 I love my Shakeology (vanilla!), and I noticed a crazy difference when I wasn’t drinking it. (namely my sugar cravings and migraines came back and my poops went away.) When I have it for breakfast it’s with a quick fried egg, or with loads of peanut or almond butter thrown in the nutribullet. I tried grounding up some oats and putting it in, which I heard was good, but…they lied to me yall. The texture was really weird.

Here are a few other High Protein Breakfast recipes:

(FYI – Recipes are copied, and I didn’t follow them to the letter ::shrug::)

Power Protein Oatmeal

This oatmeal recipe is topped with your choice of nuts, dried fruit, and a dash of cinnamon. A scoop of whey protein powder makes it an even more satisfying breakfast that will fuel your morning!

Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: 5 min.
Yield: 1 serving

Protein: 25g

1 cup water
½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 Tbsp. raisins (or dried cranberries, dried cherries, or other dried fruit)
1 Tbsp. chopped raw walnut pieces (or almonds, pecans, or other nuts)
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 scoop Beachbody Vanilla Whey Protein Powder, or equivalent

1. Bring water to a boil in small saucepan over medium high heat.
2. Add oatmeal, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon; cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until oats soften and thicken. Remove from heat.
3. Add Protein Powder; mix well. If oats are too thick, add extra water.


How I do it… No walnuts, so I don’t die. And I use water and almond milk, a lil bit of agave nectar, cinnamon and nutmeg and even though this sounds weird, a lil powdered ginger too.


Spinach Omelet w/ Gouda

Try something a little different with this spinach and corn omelet sprinkled with flavorful smoked gouda cheese.

Total Time: 20 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 10 min.
Yield: 1 serving

Protein: 21g

3 large egg whites
Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
1 tsp. olive oil
2 cups fresh spinach
½ cup sweet white corn kernels
½ oz. shredded smoked gouda cheese (2 Tbsp.)

1. Place egg whites in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper if desired; whisk to blend. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Add spinach; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until wilted.
4. Add corn; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes or until warm. Remove from pan. Keep warm.
5. Heat skillet over medium-low heat. Add egg whites. Do not stir. As eggs set, lift edges, letting uncooked portion flow underneath.
6. When eggs are almost set add spinach mixture and cheese. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through. Gently fold in half.


How I did it… 3 egg whites and 1 whole egg, adobo powder and pepper to season, used diced tomato and diced avocado in lieu of corn. (Too much work in the morning…I probably won’t do this again, I may do it for dinner or lunch on a random day though)


Power Yogurt

Power up for your workout, or your day, with yogurt and sliced fruit topped with wheat germ and toasted coconut.

Total Time: 5 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 serving

Protein: 29g

1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
3 Tbsp. wheat germ
3 medium strawberries, sliced
¼ medium banana, sliced
1 tsp. unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted

1. Place yogurt in a medium serving bowl. Top with wheat germ; mix well.
2. Top with strawberries, banana, and coconut.


How I do it…First of all it’s usually for snack or part of lunch vs breakfast, but I add sliced toasted almonds, a small dot or two of agave, craisins or raisins and sometimes sunflower seeds….and I usually use flavored greek yogurt…::avoids eye contact::


It’s amazing how cleaning up my diet is starting to become fun for me again. I can’t wait til the baby belly is gone and the 6 pack returns…and by returns I mean shows up for the first time ever.

What are your favorite protein packed breakfasts?


Bright New Adventure!

The very first post…this is nervewracking!

How on earth do I convey everything I’m feeling and wanting to share?!

Guess I’ll just have to go one post at a time, won’t I?

Today I started a brand new adventure in my life. After lots of self doubt and procrastination I decided to start a new business and be a beachbody coach!

FYI….I’m currently 9 months pregnant, and ready to pop! Not the best time to sign up for a T25 Challenge Pack and decide to transform their business….I know….but something inside told me the time was just right!

I’m just a mom and wife who wants to be able to be home with her family. I currently work as a blogger, and a lifestyle coach but have always had an interest in fitness. My degree is in health, and I did Insanity in the past, and even tried a bit of P90X, though I didn’t stick with that program.

I did some research and joined a great team, so I am going to be able to pay it forward as I build my own team with this business. More importantly, I’m going to be able to help SO many more people through Beachbody than I ever could have before.

My husband is super supportive, and I am super excited. I’m going to transform my body and my life, while helping others do exactly the same. Win!Win!

Thanks for reading and I hope you stay and follow my journey as I change my lifestyle, and build a lucrative coaching business with beachbody.

If you want to join me, go HERE and sign up for a free beachbody account, then email me so we can chat!

Clean Low Carb Meals – Thanks to Fresh Direct

I totally forgot about the images I have been capturing with this trusty dusty phone of mine.  Did a lil dump and am sharing the fruits of my labor with you.

I should probably call this post: I have a hard on for fresh direct.  (Because I do.)  So, I order food there every week for the office.  The good thing about my job is all my meals are paid for, bad thing is I have to eat at my desk while working during lunch. Boo.  For free food…I’ll take it! 🙂  So fresh direct offers these freshly made meals (not frozen) that you heat and eat….I’m obsessed with them. Well, I was…


This is their vegetarian sausage, polenta and broccoli raab dish.  It’s so yummy.  It’s got a great fresh tomato/olive sauce and the polenta is soo cheesey.

Risotto with scallops and veggies (this was a frozen meal…but so good!)

Beef Burgundy w/ veggiesand egg noodles. yummmmmm

Now, I’m fully aware that this risotto looks like a bowl of slop in this picture…but lemme tell you it is SO good. It’s got all kindsa roasted veggies in it…my mouth is watering as I type.

I forgot I hated salmon and got this meal….it was pretty good…shocker.

Also I buy precooked chicken breasts and pop some marsala sauce or alfredo sauce on it and eat it with their sauteed garlicky spinach.  (FYI this meal has 4 total carbs)

Ummmm this isn’t a sponsored post for fresh direct….I swear!  I just take pictures of my food for some reason.

SIDEBAR: Back in June I read The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferris the dude who wrote the 4-Hour Workweek, and he said taking pictures of your meals was a mental tricking diet tool…I wonder if I subconsciously started doing it after reading the book.  It’s a great book by the way.

Also in my phone was my post-cut-puff.  I think it’s on a day old wash n go.

That window you see back there has the best view ever.

That green strip is central park.  I love being so high up and I love our building…..until my boss told me it was one of the target buildings for 9/11.  Thanks for that bit of trivia.  I could’ve really done without it.

When it’s rainy all I see is a grey cloud out of the window, it’s scary…but sometimes we get to see:

A double rainbow!! (do u see the weaker one on top of it, look top left of the pic)  I wish I found the pot of gold at the end. ::sigh::


OK this is officially the most random post ever.  Food…rainbows…I’m done.

Have an amazingly wonderful long weekend ladies.  Enjoy your extra day of freedom! Any good plans? Where’s the BBQ at? I’m coming!