Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

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Great, healthy snack the kiddos even love.

I pop mine in the freezer and pull one or two out whenever I want something a little sweet.

-1 cup of chocolate protein (I use chocolate Shakeology)

-1 cup of natural peanut Butter

-1 cup of quick cook oats

-1/2 cup of honey

Mix all ingredients in a bowl with your hands (wearing gloves makes the process a lot easier!).  Roll into balls.   Keeping them in a baggie in the freezer also keeps you from eating the whole batch at once. 🙂

DYING FOR ‘THE MAN’

I’m risking unpopularity with this, but I just have to go there.
I see this all the time and it just makes me sad.  I work with so many clients who are having trouble taking care of themselves because work gets in the way.  (Now, first off, I have to give props to them for taking the most important first step, which is reaching out for help).
When I hear that they skipped breakfast to run out the door so as not to be late for work, they didn’t eat lunch until 3pm because they were so busy at work that they forgot, they went through the drive through for a quick dinner because they didn’t get out of work until 8pm…here’s what I see:
I see a person working their A$$ off for the man.  Making someone else’s dreams come true while your own health declines by the day so that he may advance his business.  I see you building someone else’s future at the expense of your own.  Maybe you are working feverishly to hide from the fact that you aren’t taking care of yourself.  By drowning yourself in your work, you can avoid making the decision to take action, to clean up your diet, to start a workout program.
It makes me want to scream!  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve been there, done that.  I understand that it’s your job, your income, your livelihood.  That NOT following through on your job description could get you fired.  << Do you see the irony with that??   That in a moment’s notice, you are replaceable.  Left with yourself, your body, your health that you neglected for way to long in order to ‘do your job’.  Is your boss going to care about you then?  You are forgotten the moment you walk out the door.  Don’t let that moment be what forces you to face the harsh reality of what is ahead of you.
My only point is this:  the time is NOW.  There IS no perfect time.  If you plan on working for someone else for the rest of your life, you simply have to make the time each day to take care of your needs.  If you’re lucky to work for a great company that values your health, you might have free or discounted access to a gym.  You might get an extended lunch break for a quick workout and a healthy lunch.  But, if not, you MUST take control. Nobody is going to do it for you.  Because, in the end, what you are doing is SACRIFICING YOUR LIFE for his. Plain and simple.
Stick it to the man!

Stick it to the man!

“One Who Has Health Has Hope, and One Who Has Hope Has Everything”

It has been nearly 6 weeks since I hurt my back.  Like, HURT my back to where every move I made was difficult, uncomfortable, painful.  I was taking painkillers and muscle relaxers to just function minimally to take care of my kids and house.  I saw a chiropractor multiple times and got a referral to see a back doctor who told me there was no indication of any major issue;  most likely a strain that would heal on its own within 4-8 wks..  This really pissed me off because I didn’t believe him.  I felt he was brushing it off.  I just KNEW it was something more.  There was no way I could be experiencing that amount of pain and limited mobility and NOT have really done some damage.

Welp, it’s been 5 and 1/2 weeks and I’m at about 80%.  Yesterday I met a friend at the park and when she asked me how my back was doing, I was almost taken aback to realize that I was actually doing OK.  I was able to sprint after Max when he decided he wanted to play in the forest instead of the playground.  I could lunge to knock the bottle cap out of his hand while it was on its way to his mouth.  I could take him in and out of the stroller with no pain.

On the way home, I RAN. Yep, about 1/2 mile. Not earth shattering, but it felt incredible. My heart was pumping, I was breathing heavily and breaking a sweat. You guys, this is a biggie because it’s the first time in nearly 6 weeks that I have moved my body like that. I didn’t want to push it, but it felt ok, so I kept going. It just made me think how blessed someone is to have an able body. We sooooo take it for granted until we lose it. My favorite inspirational health quote (it is even on my business cards!) is: “One who has health has hope and one who has hope has everything.” How true is that?!

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You just don’t realize until you’ve been knocked out by the flu or broken a bone or hurt yourself and been out of commission, how AWESOME it is to have your health back. Hurting myself like that was truly terrifying. I thought to myself, if I’m this fragile at 40, what the heck is my body going to be doing when I’m 50, 60, 70 years old? I really saw myself with a cane, a walker, a wheelchair. My perspective has changed dramatically as a result.

Our workouts should be about doing something great for our body that is going to enable us to run after our kids at the park, to unload groceries from the car, to play at a waterpark, to throw a frisbee on the beach. <<< THIS is quality of life. Exercise will keep us young, agile, able, and injury free so that we can CONTINUE to do these things as we age. The only images I have of my grandparents are elderly, sick, grandpa in a wheelchair with one leg amputated due to complications from diabetes, grandma smoking until her dying day. But, I also know 70 and 80 year olds who are vibrant and spry. THAT is who I want to be. My workouts are taking on a whole new meaning. It is no longer about ‘HOW MANY CALORIES DID I BURN?!?!?’ or “How many reps did I do?” It will be about moving and breathing and strengthening and stretching and nurturing my body for that 30 minutes. It will be about just DOING it, so that I can continue to do it daily.
I hope that you all have this perspective about your fitness journey. The weight loss and firm muscles will come as a result, but let’s shift our perspective to one of ‘lifelong health and vitality’, shall we?

3- Ingredient Cookies

What do you do when you’re hit with the sweets craving and you don’t want to plow through the Samoas?   You make these amazing cookies! 

So super simple and chances are you have the ingredients on hand. 

You’ll need:  (I doubled the recipe)

– 2 ripe bananas

– 1 cup rolled, uncooked oats

– 1/4 c. chocolate chips

– 1/2 c. chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts)

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  

First, mash bananas.  

Next, add oats and chocolate chips (and nuts, if you are using them).   At this point, I also added a nice sprinkle of sea salt to cut the sweetness.  

Give it all a nice mixing.  

Line cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.  Give it a spray of nonstick cooking spray.  

Using a 1 T. measure, roll out cookie balls.  



Place in oven, set the timer for 15 minutes and take picture of cute toddler drooling through the window.😍



Things things are so darned good.  The kids didn’t know what hit ’em.   You could experiment with different types of baking chips and nuts.   I’ve even made them with unsweetened, shredded coconut before.  

I hope you like!  

It’s OSCAR Night– This Calls For Kettle Corn!

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The Academy Awards to women are like the Superbowl to men.   Am I right, ladies?   An event such as this calls for munchies!  After all, there’s the red carpet interviews, the pre-red carpet fashion analysis, the ‘what do the stars do to prep for the Oscars’ show, and then the actual 3 hour SHOW.  We’re talking hours of tube time.  I like to have a sensible snack available that’s both kid and adult friendly and won’t leave me in regret on Monday morning.

I am a sucker for KETTLE CORN.  My absolute favorite is our local Humdinger.  I discovered it years ago and pretty much stalk them around town at local farmer’s markets.  But, at $6 bag and who knows what type of oil and sweetener they use, I decided to try my own.  I was surprised at how simple and TASTY it was.  There are many variations you can make, but I like the simple sweet/salty balance.

You’ll need:

1/4 cup coconut oil*** (This makes it ‘healthy’, right??) 🙂
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt

Pair of oven mitts

(Have everything ready to go–this is a super quick process!)

Directions:

1.   In a large pot with a lid, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat.

2.  Add 3 kernels and replace lid.  Once you hear the kernels pop, this indicates the oil is ready to go!

3.  Add the kernels and sprinkle the sugar over them.  Here’s where you put on your mitts!

4.  Cover and shake the pan until the popping slows down. The popcorn should be done popping in about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and quickly pour the kettle corn into a large bowl (otherwise it will burn and stick to the sugar at the bottom).

5.  Sprinkle with salt and toss. Enjoy!  (Try not to eat the whole batch!)

Note-the kettle corn will keep for 2-3 days. Store in an air-tight container or Ziploc bag.

Backstage Pass into Beachbody Coaching– Feb. 23-27!

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Curious about this coaching thing?  Well, good news!  Next week my team is hosting a sneak peek, behind the scenes look at what being a coach is all about!  No commitment, no obligations, just a fun, informative ‘backstage pass’.

Learn about common misconceptions and get answers to:

– How do you make $$$?

–  What if I’m not at my goal weight?

–  What if I’m an introvert and don’t have a large network?

–  I don’t want to SELL anybody anything!

–  How much time does it take?

If this is something you’re considering, before you go any further, read this article from 2013’s top coach, Lindsay Matway.  She sums up my words perfectly!

Lindsay Matway: 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BECOMING A COACH!

Here are 5 things you need to know before making the BEST decision for YOUR life!

#1 – Coaching is NOT a “Get Rich Quick Scheme”

If your number one priority is making bukoo bucks… You might as well save your $39.95 (sign up cost) and keep looking for the right opportunity for you… Because coaching will be a big fat waste of your time… NOT because you cannot end up making BIG MONEY… because you DEFINITELY CAN… but because in THIS business, the only people who make money are the ones who actually care to make a difference and help people change the course of their lives! Your income will ALWAYS be a direct reflection of the number of lives you help change!

#2 – You have to “BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN… YOUR BUSINESS!”

You’ve probably wondered, what the heck do you actually DO as a coach, just SELL stuff? Absolutely not! It’s SO much more than that! As coaches we are BEACONS of light. (okay, slightly dramatic… but it’s TRUE!!!) We use our life, and the way we live it, to inspire and encourage others. What happens when you see a friend that you haven’t seen in a few months… and they have lost 20lbs, are beaming with energy and a whole new outlook on life? Well, I know what I DO… I ask them, “What the heck have you been doing girl!? You look INCREDIBLE!!! I want your secret!” — That’s the best way I can explain the basis of coaching. YOU are that person who, in this story, committed to changing their lives for the better… and thus EVERYONE around you wants to know YOUR SECRET. Mine, well, it’s BEACHBODY! P90X first changed my life after having my daughter London… then came Shakeology that literally was a health GAME CHANGER for me and has helped me to avoid being sick for coming on 3 years!!! and NOW, COACHING… which has taken me from a BANKRUPT BARTENDER with zero business experience… to a Top ranking Business owner making well over six figures a year… in just TWO YEARS mind you! WHY? Because I focused on changing ME first… Then shared my “secrets” with others who followed suit!

#3 – Coaches are Independent Business Owners.

When you become a coach you don’t the work for BEACHBODY… You work for YOURSELF! No one gives you deadlines, tells you how much you have to work, when you have to work, WHERE you have to work, nor do they decide your salary… YOU DO! And yea, I KNOW… SOUNDS INCREDIBLE, right? *and it IS*… IF you are willing to learn to manage your time effectively, stay consistent, be self-motivated and most of all, self-disciplined. MOST of us have never worked for ourselves… We have had all of our tasks and responsibilities laid out for us, a BOSS to hold us accountable and scare us from losing our job if we didn’t stay on point, a pre-determined salary or hourly rate GUARANTEED to us (even if it wasn’t great… we at least knew exactly what we would make.) and business hours (good ole 9-5!). The BEST comparison I can give you to describe the difference between working for someone else and working for yourself is the difference between HIGH SCHOOL and COLLEGE. Everyone HAS to go to High School… there is set rules, schedules, learning materials, teachers, subjects, tests, etc… But college… College is for the ELITE, the ones who want MORE out of life! The ones who are willing to take responsibility and make something of themselves. No one calls your mom when you skip class… tells you what to wear, which major to pick, nor which class times you will choose. If you drop out… Well, that’s on YOU. Owning your own business is the SAME WAY… So are you ready to Graduate to the BIG LEAGUES?

#4 – Perceived PERFECTION = NO CONNECTION

Your success as a coach is directly linked to how CONNECTED others feel to you. So many times when I talk to people who are trying to decide whether or not they are going to become a coach… They mention “not being at their goal body yet”  as one of their reasons they doubt they would succeed. TRUTH IS… People don’t connect to PERFECTION… They connect to your STORY. The struggles you overcome on your JOURNEY… and the honesty and openness you are willing to share with them. THOSE are the things that inspire them to change! You want them to think, “Well, if SHE can…. So can I!”… NOT “Well, she is perfect… so, of course she succeeded!” Until I opened up and shared my story of losing myself after pregnancy… and having to file bankruptcy after acquiring $400,000 in medical debt…. Only THEN did they start to see I was human, just like THEM… with struggles, hold backs and experiences that I could have let hold me down. Question is: Are you willing to let down your guard and share?

#5 BIG DREAMERS make BIG DOERS!

ALL successful coaches have ONE THING in common… They started with BIG DREAMS that fueled their fire to succeed! You have to have a CLEAR vision for YOUR LIFE and know what you are working for! Just like college… You go through the learning process (not making money) all the while KNOWING it will be WORTH IT in the end when you graduate and land the career of your dreams. Only difference here is that college could put you THOUSANDS of dollars in DEBT with no guarantee of a job… when in Beachbody you can actually MAKE MONEY while learning the ins and outs of your trade. IMAGINE if you spent FOUR FOCUSED YEARS, the way people do in college, on BEACHBODY!!! You would likely be earning more than most DOCTORS by the time you “graduated” with no debt to speak of! My point is… You have to know where you want to go… and more importantly WHY! The more defined your WHY… the HIGHER you FLY!

I hope this gave you a better idea of whether or not coaching is right for you and your goals, it is truly not meant for everyone… but when it lands in the lap of the person described above… MAGIC HAPPENS and DREAMS COME TRUE!

When and If you are ready to take the next step… I would love to lock arms with you and be your Coaching “professor” of sorts to show you why I love this business so very much and why I think you just may too! When you become a coach on my team… Your dreams become MY dreams… and THIS dreamer is most certainly a DOER!

If you are ready to take a SNEAK PEEK behind the scenes, fill out this quick form below and I will get back with you right away!

https://shellchucker.wufoo.com/forms/new-coach-apprenticeship/

Day 2 -Meditation

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I can’t stop singing the Daniel Tiger song and focusing on my back pain, so I pick a word:  “Love”.  I begin to exhale “Love”.  No, wait…that’s not right.  Am I supposed to inhale love?  Yes, inhale love, exhale doubt.  I choose ‘doubt’ because it’s the first word that comes to mind as I reflect on yesterday’s blog post (should I or shouldn’t I have? Did I exude enough emotion?  Did I share too much?)  Is there a wrong way to meditate?  Because I’m pretty sure I’m not sitting correctly.  It hurts too much to sit upright, so I am reclined.

The good news is I’m pretty sure I saw out of my 3rd eye!  Seriously.  I’m not quite sure what that means, but it was a vision I haven’t experienced before.  I’m going to keep trying!