4.23.2015

Shakeology: What's in It for You?

It's no secret that I love my Shakeology.  Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Greenberry - I love them all!  I post about it on Facebook and Instagram all the time and I honestly never get bored of it.  



I have felt some many benefits from Shakeology that I can't imagine going back to a time before drinking it - and I definitely can't imagine giving it up!  

It's true, though, that a lot of other shake products are out there.  Some are protein shakes, some are weight loss shakes, some are meal replacement shakes, but from everything I have read (and I do my research!) nothing really compares to Shakeology as a healthy option.  

It is not my place to bash these other options, and I'm not interested in doing that.  There is enough negativity in the world without me adding to it.  I am not a certified nutritionist, but what I am is a consumer - and I like to know exactly what I'm getting!



So I'm introducing a new feature to this blog - a Spotlight on Shakeology and What's in It for You!

Each week my goal is to delve into something related to Shakeology.  Some weeks it will be an ingredient, some weeks it will be an ingredient that is not in Shakeology that may appear in some other products (without naming names!), what some of the wording on the packaging means and just more information on it as a product.  I know that it is good for us, but my goal is to really share more information on it!

What would you like to learn about Shakeology?

And remember - if you'd like to try Shakeology along with learning about it, the option to purchase packets is available on the right hand side of the screen!


4.22.2015

Skip the Scale

I'm about to get honest - I hope you're ready! Don't worry, it's nothing too scary! 
When I first started my health and fitness journey two years ago, do you know what I was concerned about? Losing weight. That was it! I wanted to see the number on the scale go down and I wanted to see my body shrink. That was it! I am SO glad that I found Team Beachbody (after having done a 7-day juice fast) because looking back, I was a bit desperate at that moment in my life. The core beliefs of Team Beachbody are personal growth, promoting healthy lifestyles and helping each other - all great things! Becoming a part of the Beachbody family showed me that health isn't measured by just a number on a scale. It means SO much more than that!



It's true, the number on the scale is the easiest way to measure our progress, but it should not be the only one nor should it be the most important! Before I got pregnant with Bonnie Ann and when I was in the best shape of my life, the following things were the things that had the biggest impact on my life and, today, they are the things I am most anxious to get back to! If I never lose another pound but I gain all these things I will be a happy happy lady!
- Energy - My energy skyrocketed! Before Beachbody I would loaf on the couch most nights and didn't even have energy to do the dishes. Getting fit and active gave me more energy than I could have imagined!
- A clear head - Working out gave me a chance to clear my head and re-focus on me for a brief moment in time each day. I was able to center myself and it left me more easily able to tackle other tasks that came up during the day.
- The ability to say NO - Sure, I could say no to some things, but before Beachbody I was rarely able to say no to dessert, an extra helping of food or a drink. While in my challenge group I learned this skill and it is a GREAT skill to have!
- A willingness to try - Along with saying no to unhealthy things, it also gave me a willingness to try new things! Before my first challenge group, I would often say no to activities or events - whether it was a dinner out, a volleyball game or even just a walk. Why? Because I was so uncomfortable in my skin I didn't want to deal with getting dressed and ready. If I had been invited to an activity that required me to move? Heck no! I was afraid I'd pant or sweat - and I was embarrassed!
- Confidence - Confidence to rock a new outfit, confidence to try new things, confidence to say NO to things that weren't going to help me further my life in the direction I wanted it to go. That confidence is the best feeling in the world!
THOSE are the most important things I have gained from challenge groups, the Beachbody family and my health and fitness journey! What would YOU most look forward to in a new fit life? And I am asking just about YOU and how your life can be changed - not about husbands, kids, family or work - just you!  It is ALL possible - it just might take a little bit of work!  But truthfully, everything work having takes some work!




If you could benefit from any of the things I listed above or are interested in other benefits, I'm here to help!  Taking the first step is the hardest - but I'm here to make it easier!  All you have to do is fill out the application below and I will be in touch to help get you started!


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4.20.2015

Beauty? Beast?

Beauty?  Beast?

The time for beast mode is here.  Yesterday I woke up early, grabbed my weights and water and started a brand-new program (to me!), Body Beast.  The picture on the front of Body Beast is a little bit intimidating, and although my goal body looks nothing like the body advertised (first, he's a man.  second, he's hugely ripped.  Neither of these appear on my goal body list.) I am very excited to see what changes I create over the next 83 days!


When I first bought Body Beast, I was in the middle of Focus T25, in the best shape of my life and was ready for a challenge and to try something entirely new.  I was pumped!  Before I completed T25, though, I found out I was pregnant and the fatigue and feeling crappy got the best of me - I was definitely not feeling up to starting in on Body Beast.

Today I am 4 1/2 months post postpartum, I feel great and I am ready to start getting my body back!  I have been doing The 21 Day Fix for quite a while and I love it.  I have lost weight, but even more importantly than that I have gotten stronger, my midsection has shrunk up a bit and my sweet tooth is back under control.  Lately, though, I've been feeling like I'd like to take it up a notch.  I was wavering between Body Beast and another go at Focus T25, but since I never got to try out Body Beast before I decided to jump right in!

I'm pretty sure I need this shirt!!!
After just one full day on the program I can say this: I love it so far!  I tend to enjoy workouts that are a bit more on the intense/extreme side of things - I enjoy a challenge and this is definitely is!  My arms have always been one of my weak spots (both in actual strength and in self-confidence) and I know this program will do great things for them!  The first day was Build: Chest and Tris and it was awesome.  These aren't worked this intensely in other workouts, so it was fun (and difficult!) to push myself).  Although I might miss the cardio, I do get quite a lot of movement in throughout the day with taking Bonnie on walks!  

So, since it was Day One that means I have some first day stats - and let me tell you, they're not that great!  The pictures below, however, are not at all something I am ashamed about.  My body spent 40 weeks creating a brand-new person, so I am not disappointed that my body didn't snap right back to what it had been (yes, I know that a lot of people get right back to their former weight.  That didn't happen to me - so I'm working to get there when I can and NOT stressing myself out over it - that won't get me there any faster!)

Here I am as of DAY ONE!!!  I can't wait to see where the next 83 days takes me!!!

Body Beast Day One Woman


Would you like to learn more about this or another Beachbody program?  Would you like to follow along on my journey?  Are you interested in getting started on your own journey?  Comment below or email me directly at ashleykrek@gmail.com to learn about how I can help you get started!

For now, wish me luck as I go through Body Beast!


4.17.2015

The End of Exercise is Coming Soon!

I'm so excited I could dance!!!  Which, in all truth, would be VERY fitting for my excitement!

It was just announced yesterday that there is a HUGE new program coming out this summer in the Beachbody catalog, by none other than Shaun T himself!  Shaun T is, and probably always will be, my trainer of choice.  It was with his Insanity program that I started on my fitness journey which led to losing 65 pounds before getting pregnant with Bonnie.  I am currently doing the 21 Day Fix and loving it, but I will definitely be buying this new program as soon as it comes out!

Cize workout


So what is it?  It is called Cize and it looks incredible!  Shaun T has a history in choreography, and this is a cardio dance workout that looks like it will be GREAT to shimmy and shake to!  

Cize is a 4 week dance fitness program that will get you burning calories and moving around the room while having fun!  No burpees here - just dance!  Shaun T will be teaching you the choreography and you'll be dancing during the 30-45 minute workouts; but I can bet that time will be flying because it won't even feel like exercise - it'll be dancing (with a whole lot more sweat involved!)


This program looks incredible but, unfortunately we have to wait a bit to nab our copy of it - it's not being released until July 20, 2015.  But if you want to be a part of my very first Cize challenge group (I'll be doing it right along with you!) click the link below and get on the list!  

Cize

I will, of course, be sharing more details as I learn them!



4.16.2015

Naan Salsa

A week or so ago a new food product made it into my home and I'm pretty sure life will never be the same.  Seriously - it's changed my life.  Its name is naan and I happened to get it when I was out shopping with my mom the day after Easter; it came in a pack of 18 or so pieces and can definitely be frozen so you don't end up throwing any away!  I decided to use it in my 21 Day Fix meal plan and it has been a perfect addition!  If you're not familiar with naan, it is an Indian flatbread that can be used for a whole ton of different things - two of my favorites have been naan pizza and the naan salsa recipe I'm going to share today.


 I've already done some Pinterest searching and found recipes for home-made naan; I haven't tried any yet, but it is definitely on my to-do list, as my local grocery store doesn't carry it (a girl can dream, right?)  When I get around to making home-made naan, I'll share that story here as well (though who knows when that might be!  Having Bonnie Ann at home has limited my "I'm going to try a random Pinterest recipe" endeavors by a great deal.  Someday it will happen!



Anywho, back to the recipe!  The salsa portion of this has really nothing to do with the naan.  You could make it with standard flatbread, a pita, or really anything you like (if it would work for a panini it would be GREAT for this!)



Here is what you'll need:

- Shredded cheese (or really any cheese you can shred yourself)

- Tomatoes (I used cherry tomatoes, you could use normal tomatoes too)

- Red onion (On my third go-around I realized I didn't have red onion so I substituted regular onion.  I'm a big fan of red onion, so I liked that version better.  If, however, you don't like red onion, go for white or yellow!)

- Bread

- Pre-cooked chicken or 1 can of tuna


As you can see, I'm pretty wishy-washy when it comes to my recipes.  I'm all about making do with what you have available!

To start with, chop up some of the onion and the tomatoes. When I've made this, I cut up about a tablespoon of onion and one green container (from the 21 Day Fix) of cherry tomatoes.  This is a bit over a cup of tomatoes, for you non-21 Day Fixers!  I put those all in my Ninja blender and chopped them up!

While you're doing that, put your bread in the toaster.  Not so it completely toasts, just so it is warmed up (that'll make the cheese melty, and who doesn't love that?!)  

When the bread pops up, take your cheese (a blue container in the 21 Day Fix) and spread it on the bread.  Spread it pretty evenly so you can get a bit of cheese in each bite.


When you have that set up, mix your salsa with your drained tuna or pre-cooked chicken (red container!) Personally, I try and have everything as un-liquidy as possible so the bread doesn't get soggy.  The tomatoes give you enough juice - we don't need extra!  Once you have it all mixed up, take that and spread it on your bread.


And then?  Eat on up!

Does this look good to you?  I'd love to hear what you think if you try it at home!  And if you make any tweaks to it I'd love to hear those too :)  

Does the 21 Day Fix interest you?  Would you like some help with meal planning and staying on point for your health and fitness goals?  Would you like more recipes like this?  Join my next challenge group!  I have a new one starting May 4 - the application is here:  http://www.ashleykrek.com/2015/04/whats-new.html and I'd love to share your health and fitness journey with you!