Monday, April 27, 2015

Honey Dijon and Garlic Salmon Healthy Dinner Recipe -- 21 Day Fix Approved

Honey Dijon and Garlic Salmon

What you need: 
-1-1 1/2 lbs. fresh salmon (cleaned, pin-bones removed)
-3-4 cloves garlic
-2-3 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped
-3 tbsp. honey dijon mustard.. (I used 2 tbsp. dijon mustard and 1 tbsp. honey)
-Juice of half a lemon
-pinch of sea salt
-1/8 cup olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 and line the baking sheet with tin foil. Set aside.

In a bowl mix together honey dijon mustard, juice of half a lemon, olive oil, garlic, parsley, and sea salt. Whisk together. 

Cut the salmon into preferred portion sizes. Top with the mixture. Bake for 15-20 minutes.--Keep an eye on it! 

Serve with your favorite sides! (I cooked up some squash and zucchini with onion, garlic, rosemary, thyme and sea salt! Yummy!)

Yummmmmmy!!! Can't you just taste it already?  I love salmon... and this is so simple to make!! Takes 30 minutes from start to finish!! Plus it's super healthy and 21 Day Fix approved, so you can feel good about eating it!! (especially if you go for extras like I did tonight!) ;)  

Just click here for more of my favorite recipes, including Chicken Marsalaskinny crock pot enchilada soup and honey dijon and garlic salmon... just to name a few! ;)


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Surround Yourself With Positive People -- Why I Love Being a Beachbody Coach!

"Choose your friends with care - they create the environment in which you will either thrive or wilt. Give everyone the opportunity to be a friend, but share your dreams and goals only with those who value them as much as you do."

In our everyday life we are surrounded by a variety of people. Some of the people we deal with on a daily basis are a joy to be with, and their loving presence nurtures and encourages us. Others may have the opposite effect: draining us of our energy, making us feel tired and exhausted through constant emotional bullying and manipulation. We must refuse to allow ourselves to be treated poorly. Our well-being is definitely easily influenced by those around us, and if we can keep this in mind, we will have greater insights into the quality of our social interactions and their effect on us.

Once we think more deeply about the people we interact with, it becomes easier for us to work toward filling our lives with people who help us to cultivate healthy and positive relationships. That's one of the many reasons that I love my Beachbody family. Today, I surrounded myself with 500 other positive, encouraging, fun coaches!!

I also had the honor of meeting 3 amazing ladies, and fellow moms, who I have looked up to since I began my business. They were honestly the sweetest, most beautiful women, inside and out, who have built super successful Beachbody businesses, by simply helping others and going for their dreams. They are women that I aspire to be like and I am already counting down the days until I get to join them again, along with some of my own coaches in Nashville!! I'm sure some of you may be tired of hearing about Beachbody, but I am that passionate about the opportunities it has presented me with and the huge support network of other coaches! It's one of hose things where you can't truly understand until you're a part of it and can experience it for yourself.

PS- Do you just love the sneak peek workout from Shaun T's Cize program that's coming out this summer??? So.MUCH.FUN!!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cize is the BEST Dance Workout by Shaun T! Workout and Lose Weight While you Break It Down!

Ahhhh!!! I am seriously SOOO EXCITED about this new dance workout program that's coming out soon!! If you know me, you know that I LOVE me some Shaun T!! His Focus T25 program was what started my whole Beachbody journey!
If you're interested in being one of the first to try out this program when it's released and joining my exclusive test group later this summer, please leave me your information in the form below so I can contact you with the details.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Be an Encourager, We have Enough Critics: Why I Love Beachbody

I want to live in a world where we have more people willing to help others grow and become better versions of themselves, rather than a place where so many people are trying to tear others down and be jealous of their success!  

This is one of the many reasons that I absolutely love my Beachbody family so much!! My team and the coaches who I have the luxury to learn from and mentor are like-minded, positive, happy people who just want to be healthy, have the freedoms that so many people never get the confidence to go after for themselves and they truly want to help others do the same, whether it's helping others lose weight, get healthy or build enough income to stay at home with their children so they never have to answer to a boss again and miss out on those precious moments and milestones!

I have been so blessed with my beautiful, healthy family, but I always had this empty void, which I honestly couldn't figure out for the longest time... I just felt like I was meant for something even bigger...I wanted to be able to make a difference in the lives of others somehow and I finally found my platform and feel complete with this coaching opportunity!

I'm following my dreams, helping people change their lives for the better, all while being able to help contribute to my family financially and put away money for my kid's futures, which is something we slacked at for a while! It's amazing what you can achieve in your life when you lose the negative self-talk and encourage others, as well as yourself, to do something outside of your own comfort zone, throw away all the fears and doubts holding you back and just GO FOR your dreams!! It's an amazing feeling when you begin to see them start becoming REALITIES!! 
#Mompreneur #GirlBOSS

Friday, April 10, 2015

God Has a Purpose for your Pain, A Reason for your Struggles and a Reward for your Faithfulness. Never Doubt Him.

I don't think that it's a coincidence that I haven't seen this picture in years, but over the past couple of days, it's popped up a few times and stopped me in my tracks.  At first it made me sad and reminded me of the most painful, dark time of my life.  I was 20 weeks pregnant, scared and excited all at the same time, my now husband, Peter and I had only been together for a few months when we got pregnant... I felt like I had let myself, my parents, my friends and my family down.  I was no longer able to cheer at Virginia Tech, I was hiding it from most of my family and friends, I wasn't sure if I was ready to move away from my family to start my own at just 20 years old. I was ashamed for the longest time to even tell anyone that I was pregnant, so only my immediate family and closest friends even knew I was expecting.

Now although I had all of these fears and doubts running through my mind, I knew one thing without a doubt, and that was that I would do what was right and I would have this baby and become a mom.  I found a man who I loved and who had my back and I was ready to give up the life that I knew and trust that God had another plan for me.

Then right as I began to get excited about this baby and accept that this was going to be my new life... it was all suddenly ripped away from me!  I was hit by a truck in the driver's side door of my car, the day before my appointment to find out the gender of our sweet baby.  Peter was like my guardian angel that day. Being the "paranoid Pete" that he is, he stood on his back porch to see that I made it across The Parkway safely.  But when he heard the screeching tires and crashing cars, he raced to my side and called 911.

The med flight helicopter picked me up and flew me to the hospital and all I could remember was them saying that they couldn't find a heartbeat.  I was still in shock and wasn't fully comprehending what was going on, but I remember balling my eyes out when the news really sunk in. And to make matters worse, I had to stay in ICU for days until I could safely deliver my baby boy (yes, we found out that it was a boy the day that I was supposed to be having my ultrasound).  Four days after the accident, I had to undergo surgery and got a metal rod and 6 screws put in to hold my hip and pelvis together since it was crushed by the impact of the accident.  I was wheel-chair bound for months and had to move back home where my mom could take care of me.  Peter stayed by my side as well and we helped each other through the shock and grief of losing our first baby.

Now why would God put me through this??  Why would God take away my baby and not only put me through the physical pain and suffering, but the excruciating emotional pain that I had to experience on top of that?  Well for many years, I couldn't understand the point of any of this!  What was the point of getting pregnant so unexpectedly, then finally coming to terms and becoming happy about it, only to have it taken away from me?  It didn't make ANY sense, whatsoever.  God's plan was STUPID in my opinion and I think I was angry with Him for a while.  I doubted his plan for me.

Today, I have grown, I have coped, I have more faith and I know that if it weren't for this experience, I wouldn't be where I am today.  I may not have the 4 beautiful children that I have today. And I may not have grown into the strong, confident woman that I have become through this experience.  After my accident, I had people constantly feeling sorry for me and treating me like a victim and I couldn't stand that feeling!  But with the depression that I was going through, on top of the physical handicap that I was experiencing, it was hard for people not to feel sorry for me... and after a while, I just fell into that role and began to just feel sorry for myself.  I had no confidence left. I didn't know what I was supposed to do from there.

So, I know this is a long post, but I think I've come across this picture over the past few days for a reason.  This picture is a reminder of how God really does use difficult times in our lives to make us stronger.  I believe that God has been "nudging me" to share this post with some of you, so I hope that even if just one person can benefit from it, then it was worth me sharing.  If you're going through a tough time right now, you may not be "far enough out" yet to realize why you are going through such a painful experience and you may be blaming God or questioning his timing, but I promise you that He has a plan.  He always does.  You just have to have FAITH and know that in time, He will reveal the significance of today's struggles if you just trust Him and stay faithful.  I pray that through my experience, I can help someone through theirs.  The pain of losing someone will always be there, but finding peace and turning your trials into some sort of personal growth will turn that trial into a triumph. God Bless!

Rest in peace my little angel. In memory of B.L.W.