7.28.2015

Eight Months with Bonnie Ann


Someone, please pinch me so I know this is real.  We officially have an eight month old in our house!  I swear it was just last week that I was writing about Bonnie Ann turning seven months old, and now here she's gone and aged another month already!
The last month has been a lot of fun and we have definitely been kept on our toes.  Bonnie and I had our first stretch of time apart from each other when I went to Nashville for Beachbody's Coach Summit.  I was gone from Wednesday through Sunday and when I got home all I wanted to do was snuggle that little lady!  


Over the last month she has cut three new teeth - three!!  Let's just say there has been a lot of drooling going on around here (No joke.  There has been a lot of it!)  The new ones are her top front teeth and her top left-of-center tooth.  They're not completely grown in, but they've made an appearance so the chewing she had been doing in the beginning of the month has slowed down a lot.

Bonnie Ann has also become quite a crawler!  It was a couple weeks ago that she started to pull herself forward and she's getting better at it every day.  It's still a bit of an army crawl, as she hasn't quite figured out how to move forward while holding her belly off the ground, but she's getting there!  She can rock herself back and forth while on her hands and knees, so I think she'll be full-on crawling soon.


Clapping has become her favorite thing to do lately.  Jake and I both clap with her fairly often, and it always cracked her up when we would clap her hands for her.  Slowly but surely she figured out she could do it by herself and now she loves it!  I might just be a proud mom, but I think she's starting to learn the pick up on what the word 'clap' means, because if you ask her to clap she will do it most of the time.  Hard to say for sure, though!


Bonnie has been trying out a lot more food and she's doing great with them.  Sweet potatoes, carrots, cherries, apples, peas, nectarines, peaches, grapes and pears are just some of the things she's tried.  She loves having fruit in those mesh grippers and feeding herself.  Frozen cherries when those teeth were coming in were a lifesaver!


Six month clothes are still fitting, but nine months are also worn fairly often.  When she was first born I couldn't imagine her filling out nine month clothes, but I know she'll be growing out of them soon.  Aaaah time, slow down!


Along with clapping and crawling, Bonnie has been learning how to pull herself up on people and hold onto something to balance herself so she can stand on her own.  I think we still have a while until she's walking, but I know she's interested in figuring it out!  

Her babbles are starting to sound more like actual speech, too.  Instead of the baby grunts and groans,they're turning into recognizable noises that sound like actual speech.  Da-da-da-da is the most common so far!


I can't believe Bonnie Ann is already eight months old - but I know the next month will fly by as well, and before I know it I'll have a nine-month old! I'm excited to see what the next month has in store for us!

Until next time,






7.27.2015

Cize Results, Week 1

My first week of Cize is already over - where did that time go?!  They say that time flies when you're having fun, and I think they are right.  Cize has been an absolute blast!  I have honestly enjoyed every single day of my 'workout' (but it doesn't even feel like a workout - it just feels fun!)  When I'm done with the workout though?  That's when it feels like a workout.  Every day I am just dripping in sweat (and I love it!)



If you're not already familiar with Cize, I'll tell you a bit about it.  Cize is a new dance/workout by Shaun T.  Shaun T also created Insanity, Focus T25, Insanity Max 30, Hip Hop Abs, Rockin Body and others.  Personally, he's kind of my fitness trainer spirit animal - I have had the best results with his programs and I have enjoyed each of them!  When I heard about Cize coming out I knew it was going to be on my play list immediately!

Basically, Shaun T teaches you a dance (that is set to a current, popular song) and gets you sweating along the way.  He introduces one move after another until you have built up to knowing the entire dance.  Once you've learned it, it's time to "Cize it up!" where you give it everything you've got. 
Cize comes with two plans - beginner and advanced.  In a typical workout program, the 'beginner' version is for people who need to use modifications or are just starting on their health journey, whereas the advanced is for people who are already physically fit and just working on continuing the journey.  Cize, though, is a whole new ball game!  In Cize, the beginner version is for people who are not as fast at picking up choreography, whereas the advanced is better for people who have quick muscle memory.  For the first round I am doing the beginner plan, but I think I will do the advanced plan after I finish this first round.



In case you can't already tell, I love Cize! 

It is intense, but not crazy intense with burpees and lunges for days {I.Hate.Lunges}. 

It is fun, which you don't always experience with workouts!
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Shaun T is motivating, but not in an annoying, overboard type of way.
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It gets you SWEATING!  I've heard from some people who are concerned that it's more about dance and less about working out - but believe me, if you put some effort into it you will definitely get an incredible workout!
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The workouts are short.  No hour-long workouts here!  They range from about 30-45 minutes, and that time flies by!
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They're family-friendly.  Bonnie's not quite at a dancing age yet, but if you had older kids who want to join in with you as you're doing your workouts but can't quite handle some of the more intensive workouts, this would be a great option!
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It comes with an awesome meal plan.  It is easy to plan out, easy to stick with and easy to understand.  If you have previously done 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme and are familiar with the portion control containers, then this meal plan will be a breeze.  It changes up some of the serving guidelines, but other than that it's very similar.  Even if you haven't done either of the Fixes, though, that's ok!  The Cize meal plan breaks each recommended portion down into measurements, so you don't need the containers.  (If, however, you want to use the containers, you can buy those separately.)

Results!  I'm only a week into Cize, but I'm already feeling great.  I have lost some weight and my measurements have gone down a bit, as well.  I'm hoping to keep this momentum up through next week - wish me luck!

Here they are, as of one week into the program:


Not too shabby!!

Two pounds in a week?  I'll take it!  I felt like I was able to stick to my meal plan pretty consistently (though, to be completely honest, I had a bachelorette party on Saturday night that included lemon bars.  Oops!  I didn't indulge in any alcohol, though, so I think I'll still call it a win.)  I've been repeating the same meal plan from day-to-day, with just a couple changes to make it exciting.  I love doing it that way because it simplifies the whole process!

My goal for next week is to be somewhere in the 215s weight-wise.  If it doesn't happen, that's fine, but that's what I'm aiming for!  Wish me luck!

Are you interested in trying out Cize?  If so, fill out the form below and I will be in touch with you!  I'm here to help you stay committed and see the results YOU want.  Let's Cize it up!

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Until next time,


7.22.2015

Today in History: July 21

Oops!  I'm a day late for this edition of "Today in History" - time slipped away from me!  So, let's call this one "Yesterday in History".  Which, I suppose, in a bit redundant, right?  


On July 10, 1925, the "Monkey Trial" began in Tennessee.  John Scopes, a teacher, was accused of breaking Tennessee law by teaching evolution.  What's really interesting about this is that Scopes planned to get accused of this - he wanted to go on trial for it because he wanted to bring awareness of what was going on and get the law changed.

On July 21, 1925, the Monkey Trial closed with a guilty verdict - but one that the defense had asked for, in order to leave open the chance of an appeal.  The law is always interesting to read about - I can't make this stuff up!

If you want to read more about this, I highly recommend doing so.  It's pretty interesting!  I'll add links to this post :)

But for now, do you want to try Chunky Monkey Shakeology?  (Hint: the answer should be YES because this stuff is delicious!)



I'd love to hear what you think of this one if you try it!  And, as always, if you'd like to try Shakeology for the first time, please let me know.  I have options to order packets along the right-hand side of this screen (if you're on a mobile device, you might have to view the full page to see it), or you can comment below or shoot me a message at ashleykrek@gmail.com.

This is one of my new favorites (though I do limit it because of the peanut butter and honey!)

Until next time,


7.20.2015

Cize, Day 1

Aaaaand it's finally been released!  This weekend when I was at Summit (more on that another day), Shaun T's newest program, Cize, was released for coaches to buy.  I bought it and couldn't wait to get home and pop that DVD in the player.  This morning I woke up bright and early (even though, let's be honest, all I wanted to do was sleep in!) and got my workout done.


My first thoughts?  This workout is FUN!  Often when I'm doing a workout, I'll be keeping a close eye on the clock in the corner so I know how much longer I have left.  Today?  I was shocked when it was already at just two minutes left - the time absolutely flew by!

Cize Day 1

It's hard to tell in these pictures, but I was a sweaty mess after Cize!

After doing Body Beast for 90 days, it was fun to get back into a cardio program, and I was excited to be back with Shaun T.  I loved Sagi in Body Beast, but Shaun T will always hold a special place in my heart because of my original weight loss with his programs.  I changed my life with Insanity and Focus T25, and I'm back to do it again - but this time I'll be dancing my way to results!

Speaking of results, I suppose I should share my beginnings, right?  Here is where I am as of today!

Cize Measurements

Cize Results

I'm not where I want to be, but I am on the journey and I WILL get back to where I want to be.  Cize had me sweating like crazy throughout the workout, and the nutrition plan that came with the program is really simple, using the ideas behind the 21 Day Fix but tweaking it to fit in with Cize.  

I have been really focusing on getting my water in over the last couple days, because when I was at Summit in Nashville that was a big struggle!  If I stay consistent with the workouts, the water intake and sticking to a meal plan of healthy food and Shakeology I know I will get the results I want to get; I can't wait to see them!

Each week I will be updating my blog with my results and some notes on how the week went for me.  Look for my first update post next week!  For now, I'll leave you with a question.  Are you interested in dancing your way to weight loss and healthier living?  I have a Cize Launch Group opening now and I would love to have you in it!  All you have to do is fill out the form below and I will get back to you within 24 hours.  

Let's do this!


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7.13.2015

Body Beast Results

That's it!  Stick a fork in me, I am DONE with Body Beast!  I honestly cannot believe how quickly the last 3 months have flown by.  I was a bit nervous to start Body Beast because it is unlike anything I have ever done before - but I am SO glad that I started it and stuck with it.  I have become so much stronger than I was and I love that I can actually FEEL my ab muscles when I'm working out again.  My arms are more toned and I just feel better and stronger overall.

Now, I will be the first to admit that I wasn't perfect while doing Body Beast.  I struggled with nutrition and meal prepping.  Some people assume that working out will be the difficult part of any health and fitness journey, and that's just not true!  Eating well is almost always the most difficult part.  I struggled a bit, but hey, I'm human!  I have no problem owning up to those struggles - and I have no doubt that I will overcome them!

I am absolutely beyond proud to report that I didn't miss a single workout.  A couple got pushed back a day or doubled up, but that only happened a couple times.  I would say that 95% of the workouts were done on their assigned day, first thing in the morning.  I started the Body Beast program on a Sunday, rather than a Monday, just because I would rather have Saturdays as a rest day than Sundays, and a lot of the rest days fell on "Day 7" of each week - so I made it work for Saturday to be the 7th day in my workout week.

So what did I think of Body Beast?  In short, I loved it!

I loved how it made me feel, I loved the pace of the workouts and I loved Sagi as a trainer.  He was funny, he pushed me, and he made me feel comfortable with the workout without getting bored.  Before Body Beast I had truly never done any type of weightlifting program before, so I wasn't sure what to expect.  It was a lot of fun and a challenge for sure, but in the best way possible!

When I first started Body Beast, I was torn between it and Focus T25 for another round.  I had had great results with T25 (you can see those here) but I was a bit nervous about the jumping and cardio because of my back.  I had screwed it up and was just in the healing process, so I ended up going with Body Beast.  I'm so glad I did!  My back is so much stronger than it was, and I feel a lot more comfortable moving forward with new cardio workouts - but I know that I will be back to Body Beast again!

Body Beast Woman's Results

So, how about some results?!  I am proud of my results, but there are changes I see and feel that can't be seen through pictures and measurements.  However, I'm still proud of what has changed!

The pictures above don't show a huge, drastic change.  I didn't trim down in a huge way, and they're not really pictures that would make you go 'holy crap those are huge differences"!  But, I can see that my midsection has flattened out and shaped up a bit.  The ever-present "muffin top" has been sucked in a bit, and my posture has improved.  My bra fits me better (I've kept this same sports bra for my progress pictures since I started with Insanity two years ago - I like being able to compare pictures when I'm wearing the same thing.

I know, with no question, that I was my own undoing when it comes to seeing better results.  I faltered on my meal planning more often than I would like, and that definitely slowed down some of my progress.  The important thing?  I didn't give up, I didn't give in, and I'm still in it to win it!


Body Beast Results Woman

The one thing that really didn't change much was my weight, and I have learned how to be ok with that.  So often we focus on just the scale and fret if it's not changing as quickly as we might like to see.  The fact that my measurements have changed, though, shows me that I have lost fat and replaced it with muscle, because 1 pound of muscle takes up less space than 1 pound of fat.  So I am totally happy with my results!  If I hadn't struggled with my nutrition, I am sure they would be even better, but I'm not going to dwell on that - I'm going to move forward!

And there you have it!  My results from my first round of Body Beast.  It's been an exciting and fun three months, and I'm excited for what's next: Cize!!

If you want to learn more about Body Beast, or any other Beachbody program and start on your own health and fitness journey, please reach out!  I love helping people set goals and crush them, and I would love to help you do the same!  All you have to do is fill out the following application; I will then be in touch within 24 hours to chat more about how I can help you!

Until then,


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