Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tips on Grocery Shopping Success

Do You feel LOST when it comes to planning a grocery list and even more lost when you go to the grocery store? I am told all the time about this feeling from many, and I remember first feeling surprised, and then that changed pretty quickly when I realized that it gos back to how we are raised and what we are taught as children and what examples were set for us. This doesn't need to continue in your life, there is HOPE. You can now learn how to make a grocery list and how to use the list at the store!
I will help you!!!!! So get excited, maybe for the first time about Grocery Shopping!!

1. Wake up and say: Today is the day I plan and get my kitchen and pantry cleaned out and ready for all the food I am to eat that will feed my self and family the foods that will help us have: Energy, True Health, help us lose weight and or just plain feel better!!!!!!
Out with the Crap!! Any food that is loaded with sugar and fat like those donuts, Twinkies, cupcakes, cookies, chips, sugar cereals, ice cream, packaged tray dinners, canned goods loaded with salt, sugar and oils....... Get it. Now get rid of it!! Some of these foods may be OK later and in moderation. BUT if they are a trigger for you and can cause you Sabotage, Get rid of it!!

2. Pen to paper: Write out what foods you need and what staples you need to flavor your foods and any supplements you need to pick up too. Here is a sample to help you plan:

Flavor helpers, staples: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, Sea Salt, pepper, Red pepper flakes, other spices and herbs, mustard, Fresh Salsa, lemon juice, lime juice. So much more too.
Protein sources: Eggs, All whites brand Egg whites ( no egg beaters), Chicken Breasts and Turkey Breasts, Lean Ground Turkey, Extra lean ground turkey, turkey burgers, lean meats if you like red or pork, protein powders, Shakeology, White Fish.. Even more....

Carbohydrates: Oatmeal, Quinoa, Ezekiel wraps and breads, sprouted grains, Sweet Potato, Brown Rice, Rice Cakes no salt, Whole Wheat Pastas, even more....
Fruits and Veggies: Organic Apples, and berries, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, bananas, pears, tomatoes, celery, carrots, spinach, asparagus, green beans, snap peas, broccoli, kale, greens, and more....

Fats: Natural Nut Butters that you stir and put in fridge, Raw Almonds, Avocados, Olive oil, Flax seed meal, Flax oil and more.....

3. Meal planning: check out the Eat Clean Tab Above for sample meal plans to help you put together a day worth of food and help you calculate what amount you need to get at the store.

4. Write out Grocery List: First visualize the store you are going to visit and write your list out according to the outer part of the store by all the fruits and veggies and meat, then any Aisle that you need to go down for any additional items. Like herbs and seasonings, wraps, coffee etc...

I shop at a couple of different stores to find what I need, now that I am used to it I can get it done pretty quickly. I actually enjoy going and taking a little more time now and looking for anything else that I think is new, exciting or something that I want to research and check out.

My Store Choices: My TeamBeachbody shop on line, Fruitful Yields, Jewel and Target!!! :)
TeamBeachbody is where I get my Shakeology, Protein powders, omega and other vitamins, Fruitful yields other vitamins, Bragg's apple cider, many meats and seasonings, Jewel some meats and produce and Target some meats, produce and much more.


5. Stay Focused when at the Store: Stick to your list, after all you created it for exactly what you need for the week, so stick to it!! Your new focus and desire to be healthy should be your thought the whole time your in the store. If you pass something that temps you, Say: What will that do for me? May give me a minute of pleasure but it will keep me further from my goals and when I reach my goals each week I will have even more Pleasure than what that crap could ever give me!!

I hope this helps you and I would love to hear from you. Please comment below!
Love Life, Laugh as You Live and Stay Fit,
Dani

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Figure Transformation and Show Results!

I did it!! I did it!! My Dreams are coming true!


Check out my video above. It shows you where I was at when I decided to compete in my First Figure Competition.

If you have read some of my old posts then you know how much this dream meant to me! IN a nut shell I have been in the fitness industry for almost twenty years and I have always wanted to compete in Fitness or Figure!! Well years ago financially and medically I just couldn't! Moving forward in life and getting in the best shape of my life happened about four years ago using programs like P90X and my own workouts as well as eating clean! After this I crashed and ended up being diagnosed with hypothyroidism and also my migraines were out of control on top of abdominal pain that required my diseased gallbladder to be removed. UGH!!! Weight Gain!!! 12 pounds up and body fat went from 15% to I think 26%!!!! BOOOO!! What a battle. I added in Shakeology after my surgery and started feeling better, I just kept battling the weight up 3 down 4 up 2 down 2!! Can you relate??

It was time to focus on my goals for my Fitness level again!! As well as re visit a dream. One of my friends did her first competition and took 2nd place, the fire was lite under me to do it too. Yeah, Keneese McNamer!!! Forever thankful for you girl! During all of this journey I have been growing my business by adding in more online consulting as well as Growing a team of coaches through the business opportunity from Beachbody!! Thank God!! From Beachbody alone I Financially am at a point where I make more money in about ten hours a week then my hubby does working his full time job. WOW!!! Yes, its possible and all from helping others reach their goals and directing them with a Solution! I share this with you because this is how I was able to Compete!
Taking on a competition is expensive! There are lots of workouts, lots of food, suits, shoes, tan, makeup, nails, figure coaches and of course being able to enter in to a show cost money too! So yah!!! I am doing it!!

I started this journey in October of 2011 and I decided to add some help to my goals so I got involved with a figure coach in January of 2012. Her name is Staci Boyer, she has an amazing book out called Motiv8n'U and I read it and felt we had a lot of similar ideas and goals and passions. I hired Staci to help me put more together to reach my goals. Just like people hire me to help them, I as well need to have help too! :)
So I became part of her team called Team Fab. Check it out at: http://www.teamfab.us

My first Figure Competition was on March 31st 2012. It was the Mid Illinois Figure and Bodybuilding Championships, NPC, in Ottawa IL. I placed in my height class! Class C: 3rd Place!!!
I am very happy about this and I look forward to doing better and better!!
My next show is this Saturday April 7th 2012. This is a natural show, Yah me, I am all natural!! It is at the Bolingbrook High school in Bolingbrook IL. Come on out and cheer me on!!

Thank you to all my family, friends, fellow Beachbody Coaches, Lori McGraw my friend and training partner, My Team Fab girls. My heart is saying most of the thanks gos out to my husband Tom and my kids for living with me during this time of complete dedication!! My Mom and Dad for always being here for me and yes my family's love and support you all know who you are. I thank God everyday for you all and for this dream being real in my life!!!

Love Life, Laugh as You Live and Stay Fit!!
Dani