A Tale of 2 Beach Vacations

These pictures were about 1 1/2 years apart but there is a world of difference – both in what you can see, and what you can’t see.

About 4 years ago I took a look at myself in the mirror and decided I was finally done being unhappy! I had been stuck in a rut for FAR too long. Looking at pictures of myself from our summer vacation really opened my eyes to what was happening. It was slow, but I was steadily gaining weight and finding it harder and harder to fit and feel comfortable in my clothes.

There were a lot of things I didn’t want to admit to myself. I wasn’t REALLY giving it my all with workouts anymore. I was just kinda going through the motions. I wasn’t REALLY eating all that healthy. There was a lot of processed garbage finding its way into my grocery cart. Convenience trumped health. I was complacent, uncommitted and UN-motivated!

I think you go through phases when this starts to happen.

1. DENIAL: It’s my clothes. They shrunk. My scale must be off! (Don’t tell me you haven’t tried to convince yourself with these same lies!)

2. AVOIDANCE: Scale? What scale? I like baggy, stretchy clothes anyway.

3. DEPRESSION: Why is this happening?! I workout! I eat ‘pretty’ healthy food. It’s not fair! Get away from me with that camera! WAHHH!!! I’m going to assume the fetal position in a dark room. Leave me alone!

4. DEFEAT: Well, what the hell. I’m getting older. This is just what happens. There isn’t ANYTHING I can do about it. I’m not going to live the rest of my life worrying about it. I want to ENJOY life and eat whatever the hell I want. Working out is stupid. I don’t care anymore.

5. REALIZATION: I feel like shit. I don’t fit into any of my clothes. I’m tired all of the time. I’m not enjoying life at all right now! I’m sick of feeling like this. I gotta do something!

What stage are you in? If you’re in 1-4, let me save you the trouble and spoil the ending. You’ll eventually get to #5, because no matter how hard we try to convince ourselves that we can’t, or don’t want to feel look and feel healthy, we do. You’re not kidding anyone (or yourself) when you say otherwise. I know…I tried!

There’s a happy ending though! 🙂 I had to dig deeper than ever, and really connect with WHY I wanted/needed to make some changes, and really give it my absolute, 100% ALL!

If this resonates with you at all…I would love to help you find your path to feeling better and more confident in your summer vacation pictures! My new group: “2017: This Will Be MY Summer!” group starts on April 3. Sign up below!

 

Busy Mom to Business Mom

 

When I first signed up to be a coach with Beachbody it was because I already loved the products and programs and I was just looking for a way to save some money.

Along the way, people would ask me almost daily what I was doing, and how they could get started. I started sharing a little about my journey. I put some groups together where we could talk about our workouts, healthy recipes and just support each other every day and help each other stay on track.

A few months and 24 pounds later, I realized I could turn this in to a real SIDE HUSTLE and maybe contribute some additional money to my family and the ever-growing grocery bill! (family of 6 eats a lot!)

But it turned in to more than grocery money. I was able to set aside money for family vacations. We replaced our aging vehicles. I even started my own little college savings account a few years ago! As I was doing my taxes this year I noticed that ‘little’ account is up to about $15,000! That makes me feel immensely proud of myself!

4 and a half years later that SIDE HUSTLE has replaced my full time income, though I only “work” 2-3 hours/day doing something I LOVE to do! Essentially I get paid to get fit, and help other people do the same!

I’m not a fitness expert or nutritionist. I’m just a busy mom who took a little leap of faith and became a work at home Business Mom. I love what I do! I love the people I’ve met. Paying it forward to other busy moms is a gift! I often say I would do it for free but they insist on paying me!

Do you have a side hustle? Whether you’re a stay at home mom like me, or work part time or full time…you can make this work! And I teach you how! Want to see if this would be a good fit for you?

“What is Coaching?” Sneak Peek

Interview with 3 different coaches TOMORROW (3/22/17)

You’ll hear from a “discount coach”, a “hobby coach” and a “side-hustling business mom coach” (me!) :).

*You can watch the 10-20 minute interviews throughout the day and ask any questions you might have. No pressure. No obligations! My only regret is not starting sooner!

*If you’re not a coach or working with a different coach, contact me and I’ll add you to the group!

Making legal happy: Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill.

Last Month to Save on All-Access!

Last Month to SAVE on the Annual All-Access Beachbody On Demand and Shakeology Challenge Pack!

This has been such a game-changer! The value is unbelievable! And the convenience of every single Beachbody workout ever made means there is something for every one and every mood: yoga, strength training, kickboxing, pilates, dance, and so much more. Finish a program, and jump right in to another one. Don’t love a program, cool! Just switch it up and try something else! Workout at the gym? Sweet! Beachbody on Demand is portable, you can take it with you on your smart phone and use the equipment at the gym! And…IF you can’t get to the gym, you’ve got a back-up plan at your fingertips!

Deanna says: “I’ve been really liking my Beachbody On-Demand subscription! Still go to the gym some days but it helps me fit in a workout on days when I can’t get there. I’ve even done some workouts on my phone at the gym!”

Ready for a Challenge Pack with the best value ever? For a limited time you can get the NEW Annual All-Access Beachbody On Demand and Shakeology Challenge Pack—available NOW until February 28th, 2017 at a special price.

You will get access to EVERY program on Beachbody On Demand for an entire year, including all of the premium programs like 21 Day Fix, CORE DE FORCE, and Country Heat. PLUS you’ll get access to ALL new products that launch during your 12-month subscription.

You will also receive a 30-day supply of Shakeology and the Portion Fix system which will set you up for a full year of healthy results.

Check it out!

SAVE BIG with these options:

  1. Annual All Access Beachbody on Demand and Shakeology Challenge Packover $6000 value!

  2. Annual All Access Beachbody on Demand membership only – no Shakeology

 

Let’s do the math!

Let’s compare!

If saving TIME and MONEY is important to you, than consider your options! Convenience is very important to me, as a busy mom of 4. I don’t have a lot of extra time. So being able to access top notch workout programs in my own house, on my time, and for a fraction of the cost of a gym membership…that means a lot!

Just some of the programs included…

*AND…of course you’ll get free access to my coaching, support and accountability throughout the year in my private challenge groups where I share daily tips, recipes, meal plan suggestions and motivation!

I will be there 24/7 to guide you and encourage you every step of the way!

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Order the Annual All-Access Beachbody on Demand Challenge Pack before this deal ends!

ORDER HERE

and get my support all year!

Husband’s View of Coaching

“Angie, you were doing it anyway!”

My husband is so stinking smart, for many reasons, but recently he pointed something out that made lightbulbs turn on over my head!

Last week he agreed to sit down with me for a live interview, sharing his thoughts about this whole coaching gig, from his point of view. How it’s affected me, our family, our income, our physical and mental well-being, our future goals, etc. We both know that spouses can be one of the main reasons people either jump in to something like this, or don’t.

Now this is a guy who won’t sugar coat anything! He’s the most honest person I’ve ever known in my life – incapable of speaking anything but the truth and exactly what’s on his mind! He even warned me that he might say something that wasn’t necessarily what I’d want to hear…but I took my chances.

He pointed out that it was a big adjustment at the beginning. I was spending time on my laptop and phone learning how to build a successful at home business. I was changing the way we ate as a family, and of course I was making sure I got my workout in every day – no matter what.

As a result, I was developing a new-found self esteem and confidence in myself. I was sharing my story on Facebook. And these things were new and different! He has always been very supportive of me, but he does not like ‘different’.

I started dating my husband when I was 15 years old! GASP! And he knows me better than anyone! To see such rapid changes happening was no doubt a little disconcerting. But he hung in there. We adapted. And we continue to make adjustments to be sure that we are doing what’s right for ourselves and for our family.

But he pointed out a couple of things that really stuck out to me.

He said, “When I considered the alternative – you going back to work, away from home 8-10 hours a day, buying a new work wardrobe, correcting homework all night, commuting to and from work, paying for before and after-school care, missing ball games and kids’ activities, etc…Beachbody coaching was the clear winner!”

And in a recent follow up discussion with him he said, “Well…you were doing it anyway – using the programs, working out, trying to eat healthy – you might as well get paid to do it! The extra money you were making was just a bonus!”

See how smart he is?! 🙂 And he’s right. I WAS doing those things anyway, but without all of the support, accountability and money in my bank account!

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Want to learn more?

Have questions? I did too! My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner. So you owe it to yourself to get the info you need to decide if coaching might be a good fit for you too!

Let’s chat!

 

Healthier Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

I LOVE a warm bowl of soup…especially when it’s freezing ass cold outside! My phone informs me that it feels like -3° at the moment. I might need to take a BATH in this soup!

This Zuppa Toscana REALLY hit the spot. Only trouble is…I made it and didn’t have time to eat it right away. I thought I had planned it out to a T! I knew exactly how much time it would take to make in my Instant Pot – which isn’t long by the way! I freaking LOVE this thing! I just hadn’t allowed time to defrost the meat! DANGIT!

So the second it finished cooking, I had to run out the door to take my daughter to dance. I quickly blended up a chocolate peanut butter Shakeology for the road, but knew that the steamy warm goodness would be there waiting for me when we returned. I didn’t even take off my coat. I filled up a bowl and slurped it down! SOOOooo good! And with an Instant Pot…SOooooo fast! (Just make sure you have thawed your meat first!) 😉

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground mild Italian turkey sausage (or use this recipe if you only have the ground turkey)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 large baking potatoes, unpeeled, halved long-wise and sliced into 1/4-inch slices.
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2-3 cups fresh baby kale
  • 3/4 cup milk (unsweetened nut milks, 2% or half and half if you like to live dangerously!) 🙂

Instructions

  1. Using the “saute” function of the Instant Pot, heat the olive oil. Add onions and cook until they begin to become translucent.
  2. Add meat, crumbling up into smaller pieces and cooking until browned.
  3. Add garlic and cook about a minute – until it starts to smell all nice and garlicky!
  4. Drain off excess grease if desired and return to pot.
  5. Add potato, carrot slices and chicken broth.
  6. Lock the lid into place and set to “sealed.”
  7. Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes on the Manual setting.
  8. When cooking finishes, allow a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, followed by a quick release.
  9. When pressure valve has dropped, remove the lid and add kale to the pot. The heat from the soup will wilt the kale as you stir.
  10. Pour in the milk or half and half and stir to combine.
Makes about 6 servings.
Recipe inspired from This Old Gal
Fix containers: 2 cup serving, 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green

Current Groups

What’s on SALE this month?

Crack Slaw

There’s a reason this is called ‘crack slaw’.

It’s easy to stay on track when you find delicious food you could eat again and again. We fight over leftovers with food like this. 🙂 It’s got a great flavor without pasta or rice to fill you up and make you feel bloated.
This is so quick and easy to make, too! Great for meal prepping for a week of healthy lunches/dinners. If you’re following a container nutrition plan (like 21 Day Fix) this is great! No yellows!  Those precious yellows can be hard to avoid…you won’t even miss the carbs. It’s also paleo-friendly!

Ingredients 
1 pound lean ground turkey (or beef)
1 T. sesame oil (any oil would work)
2-3 cloves garlic – minced
3 green onions – chopped
1/2 large head green cabbage – chopped
1 carrot – shredded
1/4 cup broth (chicken/veggie whatever)
3 T low sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos
1/2 t hot sauce
1 t. vinegar (apple cider or white work fine)
1/2 t. ginger (fresh would be great! Dry is fine too.)
4-5 drops of stevia extract (or small amount of sweetener of choice)
salt & pepper to taste
Directions
Brown turkey or beef in skillet, seasoned with salt and pepper. Meanwhile combine soy sauce, hot sauce, vinegar, ginger and stevia. Once the meat is cooked thoroughly, remove from pan, drain and set aside. Add oil to pan and sauté onions, garlic, carrot and cabbage. Add the broth. Cook until cabbage is as tender as you like. Add sauce mixture and meat. Mix to combine and enjoy!Makes 4 servings: 1 red and 1 green

 

What’s on sale this month?

Simple Healthy Ramen

Quick second blog post today cause I shared my lunch on Facebook and lots of people wanted the recipe. This seemed easier than privately messaging everyone who asked for it.

Remember back in college when we were dirt poor and didn’t know how to cook?!

Ramen to the rescue!

This isn’t the ramen we made in college…

But it’s become my new obsession! I’ve made this at least three times in the last week.

I buy millet and brown rice ramen at Costco (no sodium packets included). And then I use my own broth and fixins to make it deelish! This took me about 10 minutes start to finish! Less than 300 calories and 8 grams of protein in the noodles alone.

 

My Health Ramen Lunch

*serves 2 (or 1 if you you’re hungry and/or don’t like sharing)

 

 

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 t. sesame oil (or your fave oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1/4 tsp ginger (I used powder. Fresh is always nice.)
  • 2 cups broth (chicken, veggie, whatever)
  • 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms (fave variety)
  • 1 T. reduced sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • 1 ramen cake (I use Lotus Foods millet and brown rice)
  • 1 cup leafy greens (spinach, kale, etc)
  • 1 carrot – grated
  • 2 green onions – sliced
  • 1 hardboiled egg (or lean protein of your choice, or skip it!) 😉

 

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger. Saute, stirring frequently, untilfragrant (1-2 minutes).
  2. Stir in broth, soy sauce and add mushrooms. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add ramen cake. Reduce heat and cook for 2-3 minutes until loosened. (Follow the directions on the package.)
  4. Add greens, carrot and onions. Stir until greens begin to wilt (1-2 more minutes).
  5. Serve and enjoy! (Careful! It’s blazing hot! Just like when you tried to eat ramen in college and it almost burned your face off!) 😉 

    fun little ramen cake

Just for fun…let’s compare the nutrition labels! Pay specific attention to the ingredients! And sodium! OMG!

College:

More ingredients than I can count or pronounce! And 830 mg of sodium!!!??? In HALF of a serving! And everyone knows if you’re making a package of ramen, you’re eating the whole thing! That’s 1660 mg of sodium! The American Heart Association recommends an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day (no more than 2,300 milligrams (mgs) a day).

 

Not College:

2 Ingredients: organic brown rice flour and organic millet. Sodium: ZERO mg. Ummm…ya…no brainer here. And here’s the thing, it tastes amazing!

If you try it, leave a comment below and let me know what you think. 🙂

 

What’a on SALE this month?

Mint Chocolate Muffins

Mint Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate muffins that will fool friends and family members! These healthy, flourless muffins are quick and easy, 21 Day Fix – approved and dee-lish! So moist and chocolatey, they are a perfect treat for when cravings strike! And nobody will know about your ‘secret ingredient’.

I’m always looking for healthy treats and snacks for the kids, and well…sometimes they are TOO tasty. These were gone in less than 3 hours from the time I made them. But the are so quick and easy to make…I don’t mind whipping up another batch. 😉

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • ½ tsp. pure peppermint extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with muffin papers or coating with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Place chickpeas, eggs, honey, cocoa powder, baking soda, coconut oil, and extract in blender or food processor; cover. Blend until smooth.
  4. Place batter in a medium bowl.
  5. Divide batter among 12 prepared muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely and enjoy!

1 muffin = 133 calories and 4 grams protein
containers = 1 yellow, 1 tsp

What’s on sale this month?

CURRENT GROUPS

2017 is here! Big goals ahead!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got BIG goals in 2017! I get excited about the new year – what’s not to love about the prospects to make this your best year yet! I’m looking forward to a full-recovery from foot surgery and very optimistic about returning to my beloved workouts in the coming weeks! It’s amazing how much you miss something that might formerly have been a struggle to do, when you’re told you can’t do it!

I’m so ready to start 2017 strong! I’ve been in such a slump! I have used every excuse in the book – some legit, some not so much – to NOT workout consistently the last couple of weeks!

I have felt discouraged that I can’t workout the way I want to until my foot heals from surgery. I feel lost without being plugged in to a program. We were super busy with the holidays. Our house has been in a state of total disrepair for over a month during remodeling. The kids have been sick off and on…

And blah blah blah! As a result I feel like yuck! I’m doughier than I’d like to be and I’ve fallen in to some old bad habits. And now I’m just over it!

I’m sick of myself and my excuses. The fact is I CAN workout – it just looks different than before. I can make time – even if I have to reschedule and/make a few sacrifices. I can eat healthy food – even if it’s a struggle sometimes.

I know how to do what it takes to feel better!
I’m done talking about it.
I’m just gonna do it!

And with the BIG release of All Access Beachbody on Demand, I have EVERY tool to do it!
If you’ve got goals too…join me and we’ll do it together! 🙂

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Introducing the Annual All-Access Beachbody On Demand and Shakeology Challenge Pack

Ready for a Challenge Pack with the best value ever? For a limited time you can get the NEW Annual All-Access Beachbody On Demand and Shakeology Challenge Pack—available NOW until February 28th, 2017 at a special price.

You will get access to EVERY program on Beachbody On Demand for an entire year, including all of the premium programs like 21 Day Fix, CORE DE FORCE, and Country Heat. PLUS you’ll get access to ALL new products that launch during your 12-month subscription.

You will also receive a 30-day supply of Shakeology and the Portion Fix system which will set you up for a full year of healthy results.

Check it out!

SAVE BIG with these options:

  1. Annual All Access Beachbody on Demand and Shakeology Challenge Packover $6000 value!

  2. Annual All Access Beachbody on Demand membership only – no Shakeology

If you’re a visual person…LOOK at what you get!

If you’re a numbers person, check this out!

How much does fitness for a year cost?

For comparison, the average gym membership costs $58/month! And gyms count on you NOT coming. They enroll thousands of people, while the gym can only fit around a hundred people at a time. You can get real results at home! This is literally everything you need: fitness + nutrition + support.

*You’ll get free access to my coaching, support and accountability throughout the year in my private challenge groups where I share daily tips, recipes, meal plan suggestions and motivation! Will a gym give you that?

I will be there 24/7 to guide you and encourage you every step of the way!

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December offers extended in to January (email me for details)

angie@angieinprogress.com

Thinner Thinner Turkey Dinner

4500 calories

The average # of calories a person eats on Thanksgiving!

There are some traditional dishes that are really easy to lighten up! Get all the taste with half the calories, and a lot less regret!

I have a FREE group starting TODAY where we’ll share some healthy holiday recipes, tips and even give away some prizes! It’s a complimentary group and anyone can join! You’ll take away a collection of healthy recipes to use this week, for upcoming holiday parties or just whenever!

JOIN HERE

Recipes like this healthier green bean casserole! *I’m a sucker for a GBC! No canned soup in this recipe which cuts the calories, fat and sodium in HALF!

Ingredients

  • 5 Tbsp. whole wheat purpose flour, divided use
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 medium onion, (½ onion thinly sliced, ½ onion chopped), divided use
  • 3 tsp. olive oil, divided use
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves removed and chopped, stems discarded
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ cup nonfat milk
  • 2 Tbsp. dry sherry wine
  • 1 lb. frozen French-cut green beans
  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Combine 2 Tbsp. flour, paprika, and garlic powder in a medium bowl; mix well.
  3. Add sliced onion; mix until well coated. Set aside.
  4. Heat 2 tsp. oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Add sliced onion mixture; cook, turning once or twice, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel. Set aside. Wipe skillet clean.
  6. Heat remaining 1 tsp. oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Add chopped onions; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 4 minutes, or until translucent.
  8. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the liquid released from mushrooms is almost completely evaporated.
  9. Add remaining 3 Tbsp. flour, onion powder, thyme, salt, and pepper; mix until vegetables are coated.
  10. Add milk and sherry; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until bubbly and slightly thickened.
  11. Add green beans; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.
  12. Add yogurt; mix until combined.
  13. Place green bean mixture in casserole dish. Top with onion mixture.
  14. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until casserole is bubbly.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 91
Total Fat: 2 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 1 mg
Sodium: 199 mg
Carbohydrates: 14 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 6 g
Protein: 5 g

Containers
1/2 Green
1/2 Yellow
1/2 tsp.

 

But…what if you overdo it anyway…

Right now you can get the 3 Day Refresh, get back on track after the holiday weekend, and save $10! 

What is the 3 Day Refresh?
LEARN MORE HERE!

It’s a great way to get back on track after a particularly over-indulgent weekend.

Check out Chris’s results! He lost 7 pounds and 11.25 inches in just 3 days! .