Friday, May 31, 2019

Typical Low Carb Day Eats

Happy Friday Y'all!!!!


Did you catch my Instastories on Tuesday? I showed you guys a full day of eats for a typical low carb day on the FASTer way to Fat loss. No...this isn't SUPER low carb. This is doable and delicious!!



Q. Why do we do low carb days??

A. Our goal is to deplete glycogen (stored carbohydrates) before they are converted to fat and stored!

Let's see what a day looks like for me!!

My day always starts with coffee!! I usually have two cups of Nespresso coffee with 1 Stevia packet and 2 tbsp. Nutpods per cup. I love drinking coffee black but ever since I got the Nespresso....I like  a nice froth on the top!





I usually break my fast around 10:30-11 am because I finish up my eating the night before around 6:30-7 pm. I slowly drink the coffee and hydrate all morning with a ton of water!!

On low carb day I like to break my fast with a smoothie. Loaded with protein and healthy fat...this one is delicious!!






Next up for lunch is a super simple salad with baked chicken thighs, spring mix, sunflower seeds and Tessamae's ranch. SO good and you can't get much easier than this!!





I love these Bai drinks and these are usually my afternoon go-to. They only have 2 net carbs and 10 calories. Perfect for any day of the week!




Dinner was also a really easy go-to meal for me. Breakfast for dinner. My kids beg for this meal! I made a big batch of scrambled eggs and bacon. I served these with a simple salad consisting of greens and more Sir Kensingtons Raspberry Peppercorn dressing! Topped it with some avocado and mini bell peppers stuffed with goat cheese! Delicious!!



No day is complete without a little bit of chocolate...Am I right??? Super dark chocolate with some peanut butter and almonds are perfect on the side of my lavender chamomile tea.



This is just a few of my favorite low carb meals!! Follow me on Instagram for more meal/snack ideas!!

My first round of FASTer Way starts July 8th if anyone wants to join me! I would love it!!! 




Saturday, May 25, 2019

FASTer Way to Fat Loss Round 2 Results and BIG NEWS

Hi lovelies!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook...I am sure you have heard me talk about FASTer way to fat loss a few 100 times! HA! It has been a huge part of my life. As y'all know....after years of healthy eating and working out consistently something started to change. I started gaining weight....losing energy and relying on coffee to get me through the day constantly. I wasn't blogging through most of this time period because I felt like...."What do I know?" If I can't figure out how to eat healthy correctly...how can I share with people how to be healthy in their own life. I really needed a lot of answers that no one could answer for me. Maybe it was my age, my hormones, my stress level, what I was eating, how I was sleeping?? I needed someone to tell me HOW to feel better.

This is around the time I started seeing some of my favorite bloggers talking about the FASTer way to fat loss. I didn't jump right in initially. No part of me liked fasting for any length of time {lol} and I surely didn't want to have to track my food! I didn't think there was anything wrong with the way I was working out and I didn't really want to do any of it. One day I heard NashvilleTash on Instastories and she was emotional in saying how this program was LIFE CHANGING! Not just the amazing fat loss portion of it but the way that she FELT! That spoke to me. I wanted terribly to FEEL BETTER!!! I didn't care so much about the number on the scale but I wanted to have energy and feel like ME again. I took the leap ya'll and the rest is history. 

I fell hard!! I was excited but so intimidated about it all at first. The best part about this was that someone was giving me all the answers to all the questions in my head. No more second guessing myself. I was SO AFRAID to eat so many carbs and calories! I kept repeating in my head..."Trust the process...trust the process!"  I listened....I did what my coach Allie told me to do macro wise. She told me little things I needed to tweak. She taught us not only about macros but about fasting, sleep, hormones, gut health, etc. She asked how we were FEELING!! They never expected perfection out of me or anyone. They cared that we were making progress in our life no matter how that progress looked. It's just so different and trusting them...paid off!! 

The first round I lost 10 inches and 5 lbs!!!!!!


I was SO thrilled with how I felt...how the fat was melting off...I had ENERGY, I was sleeping like a baby but maybe one of the most beneficial results that I had was that I enjoyed so much having this community in my life. These women/men are just like me. They want to do their best and feel their best. I loved being in the facebook group with the other girls. Hearing their wins inspired me. I loved having a coach to ask questions to and to help me navigate tracking macros. I wasn't ready to be done yet so I signed up for another round!!

I have enjoyed it just as much. We have had so much going on in our life and this program was so easy to fit into a busy schedule. It is totally doable no matter what kind of craziness you have in your life.

Results from my Second round:

The second round I lost another pound and 2 more inches making that a total of 12 inches and 6 lbs in 12 weeks!! My body composition is changing and I plan to keep building some muscles!! It is hard because I am wimpy but I would love to get more definition in my arms and legs!

BIG NEWS!!!!



SOOOOO...I had so many people message me throughout my journey and ask me if I was a coach and that got me thinking?? I have always wanted to be a health coach. I am so passionate about helping others with their nutrition and health but going out on my own doing that was scary. Helping others is the whole reason why I went into nursing years ago. I am not ready to be back in the hospital though!    I like this so much more. I like having a community around me and I KNOW this lifestyle WORKS!! I want to teach it to everyone!!!


Whoa! Can this be the last sports bra pictures that I need to post for a while!! HAAA!!!
I interviewed a couple weeks ago to be a coach in this program. Thankfully I made it in and I studied my butt off to pass the exam!    I PASSED!!!!

So whats next???

Well I am joining their VIP membership as a client because I have heard so much cool stuff about it. Hormone specialists, macro specialists, doctors....you name it....they have all of these resources available. They are also adding in A TON of on-demand workouts. This is the part I am the most excited about!!! 

As for coaching...I am starting my first round on July 8th and I would love, love, love if you would join me. I want to make this first round out of this world!! I am an open book and I am unfortunately or fortunately always on my phone so if you need me.....I've got you!! We are in this together and I can't wait for each and everyone of you to get amazing results and FEEL your best!!!!

Click here to sign up for my next round!!!!!


Thank you guys so much for your support and encouragement in the last few months! I am so so much happier and healthier now and I am so grateful for all of you and the FASTer way for helping me get to this point!!

**Disclaimer: Results may vary.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

EASY, Healthy Meal Ideas for BUSY MOMS

I know we are all super busy. Sports, homework, work etc, etc, etc, I would love to have an hour or so to prepare a really nice, well thought out dinner but let's face it....I am not in that stage of life right now. HA! Don't get me wrong...I love it but let's just make our lives easier, Right?!!

I have been loving a handful of throw together meals that take very little hands on time so I thought I would share them with you all. If you follow me on Instagram....you've seen these meals on repeat. There is a reason. They are crowd pleasing and ridiculously easy!


Beetnik Meatballs/Zoodles/Marinara



 This is a meal I make at least once or twice a week for dinner! I LOVE Beetnik Grass fed meatballs. No....this is not sponsored! HA!! I just love them! I get them at Walmart in the freezer section.  I love to meal prep these to eat all week but my favorite way to cook them is to throw these frozen in the crockpot and add my favorite marinara. I cook these on high for about an hour or so. I usually make gluten free pasta for the fam but I am more of a zoodles fan. I grab a bag of frozen zoodles and throw those in a skillet with avocado oil. Just let it cook until all of the water is absorbed and they start to brown a little. I like to add some garlic powder, salt and a little Parmesan cheese to finish these off. Hands on time for this meal is 10-15 minutes and everyone is happy!

*** If you can't find Beetnik in your area....just find the cleanest pre-made meatballs you can find!


 Lemon Chicken with Rice


I get a pack of organic boneless skinless chicken thighs. Add those to a casserole dish. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and squeeze over some fresh lemon juice. Add a chopped onion all around the chicken pieces and sprinkle the whole thing with pink salt and pepper. Bake this at 400 for about 45 min to an hour. I like my chicken thighs VERY done. The crispier the better. I even broil it at the very end to get these even crispier. Pop a bag of steamer rice and steamer broccoli in the microwave 10 minutes or so before the chicken is done. Add the chicken and some of the extra sauce to the top of the rice and broccoli and it's delicious!! 

Breakfast for Dinner


I can't stop...won't stop making breakfast for dinner at least once a week for my family. Who doesn't love breakfast foods?? I usually bake my uncured bacon at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until crispy. While this is baking...make a big skillet full of scrambled eggs for the kids and fried eggs for me. Chop up or wash any fruit you have in the fridge. I like to throw in some spinach and avocado to give it a healthy boost.  EASY!!!!


 Burger Salad


This is my favorite low carb dinner. I buy grass fed burgers from Walmart. I add these to a cast iron skillet with some avocado oil. Cook to desired doneness and top with a piece of dairy free cheese when they are almost done. Add some spring mix to a bowl. Top with cheeseburger.  Diced up tomatoes, sliced pickles,and uncured bacon bits are my favorite toppings. I use Tessamaes Ranch dressing or Blue Top brand Street sauce for my dressing on these burger salads. SO good. My kids like the cheese burgers chopped up with ketchup on the side and usually a side salad with ranch. 


I mean....how easy are those meals? You can repeat these every week...just make small variations to make it interesting!! 



So tell me.....what are your FAVORITE throw together meals????




Friday, May 3, 2019

FASTer Way to Fat Loss Round 1 Results and FAQ's

HIIIIIIIII !!!


It has been SO long since I have written a blog post but I was thinking about starting to blog a bit more again? I have felt really motivated and excited to share what I have been doing lately because I guess for the first time in a while....what I am doing is WORKING!! By working....I mean...I feel great, feel energized, feel like I have my health under control, feel like I have support and have lost a bunch of lbs. and inches. Can't forget that last part because well....most people would love to lose a couple inches...right?

I have been riding the struggle bus for years! Not that I haven't been eating healthy and working out....because I have. Something has been missing though. No matter how healthy I ate....I was gaining weight and feeling lower and lower on energy. Probably a hormonal/adrenal thing...who knows? I didn't know how to fix it. I am a research kind of girl. I read everything....google everything...try everything. I just wanted to FEEL good again. Like I did back in the day when I switched to whole foods and starting being more active. I just couldn't get it right.

Fast forward a few years of struggling to 2019. I kept seeing bloggers talking about the FASTer way to fat loss and seeing their awesome results. I thought it was probably just like every other thing I had tried and that didn't work and I really didn't want to spend the money. One day I finally decided that I should just try it. Spend the money on myself and jump right in and see how I feel. Y'all...best decision ever.


At first I was overwhelmed because it is so much information but I just stuck with it. Allie Janszen is my coach and she has been a blessing to me. I asked her every crazy question in my head! I no longer had to figure out health on my own!! I had someone to tell me EXACTLY what to do!! Finally after the first or second week....it just clicked. I finally understood what my goals were and wasn't so intimidated.


I love the accountability of this program. That is something that I feel like makes this program so much better than any other program out there. You will not find another program like this. You will be surrounded by a community of girls just like you. You won't feel alone. Not for one minute. You will feel better. You will look better. You will have energy and you will see results. I promise you that I would not tell you to try anything that I didn't 100% stand by. If you have followed me for very long...you know that I am VERY honest with my opinion of things. This is the best thing I have ever done and I want to share it with all of you because I want this for all of you.

Let's start with my before/after shall we???


I always cringe at sports bra pictures!! ugh! 
I lost 5 lbs and 10 inches in 6 weeks!!!


I was blown away! I feel like I had eaten wayyyy more than my norm and I finally saw some changes in my weight and inches!! This is a non-scale program!! Hallelujah...right? Throw it away. They don't care. They focus on your measurements, pictures and how your clothes fit. For the first time....I don't care about the scale!!! HUGE VICTORY for me!!

What is the eating like? Do you get meal plans?

This program focuses on Intermittent Fasting paired with carb cycling and effective workouts. If intermittent fasting sounds scary to you...don't be scared. Start slow with a 12 hour fast (at night) while you are sleeping for the majority of the time and slowly work you way to a 16 hour fast and an 8 hour eating period. You will learn more about this during prep week so you will definitely learn about the benefits and tips and tricks to make this easier. Most people think this is super easy and love the fasting portion. Yes....there are meal plans, meal ideas, snack ideas. You will get A TON of info. More than I have ever received with any program in the past.



How are the workouts?

The workouts aren't required if that is not your thing but they are highly recommended to maximize your results. They aren't super long. I would say 20-30 min and there are beginner/gym/home options. VERY doable no matter what your fitness experience is. I mean...I work out in my bedroom with a 5 and 10 lb. set of dumbbells. No crazy equipment that you need to buy if you don't have a gym membership.




Do you track your food??

Yes....and I used to hate tracking food! LOL! I thought I would hate it and it would make me anxious but actually it does the exact opposite. I love focusing on hitting my macros because I know that I will feel my best if I do. This is not calorie counting. They don't want to limit your calories...they want to make sure you are FUELING your body correctly!! I was under eating for years and had no clue. I have been forced to eat CARBS for the first time in my life and it feels so nice to include ALL food groups into my diet again!!


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I mean.....do you see how large of a priority rest is?? Sign me up!! HA!


I would really love for y'all to join me in this. I don't plan on stopping this program! It is my new lifestyle! I love getting questions and having my friends on Instagram/Facebook join me so we can talk about it and share tips!! If you join using my link....you will be set up with my coach, Allie. She is the only couch I can vouch for because she is the reason for my success and I know you will all love her! I am on my second round with her now and I love it!!


If you are interested in joining me and my coach for the next round...Click here!!!!



Please feel free to message me on Instagram or Facebook with any questions you may have! I am an open book!!


**Disclaimer: Results may vary

Monday, July 31, 2017

Quick Update: Where have I been?

HIIIIII!!!


Just wanted to take a minute to give you all an update on ME! I have received so many sweet emails asking where I've been and if I will start blogging again so I wanted to answer a few of your questions.

First off.....I have been SO busy you guys. I know you get it. I know you all are too! These crazy three children of mine keep me on my toes without much time to myself to think....let alone blog.

Second....Am I still eating healthy...working out? Yes....I still eat healthy. Same ol' foods I have eaten for the last 5-6 years. Like I have said before....It is my lifestyle....not a diet. Working out has been on and off this year. I have..HAVE to get back to it. I feel so much better when I do. I have a good 5-10 lbs. from too much summer fun that I need to lose!

third...Will I blog consistently again? No clue. I just don't know. I don't want to half way do anything in life so if I can't give it my all...I don't want to do it. So maybe? My kids are getting older and will soon all be in school so at that time, I would love to get back to it. I also would love to start health coaching at some point in  my life so who knows???

Anyways....Thank you all for such sweet emails. Makes a girl feel special. I miss blogging...for sure. I still make a ton of my old recipes and the majority of my "What I ate Wednesdays" are actually exactly what I still eat! A ton of good resources on the ol' blog so enjoy.

Who knows? I may be back sooner than later! ;)

BEST,
Ashley :)


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

{What I Ate Wednesday} Paleo style

Hi!!!!!!

So it's been a week since I told you guys my plan to try out the paleo lifestyle for the month of March.

I'm actually doing pretty well. Luckily it's not a HUGE transition from my already clean lifestyle. I could see how going from a "not so healthy" diet to paleo would be much harder.

My energy is up and my stomach feels less bloated. The only thing I miss (at times) is Greek yogurt. I may add that back in next month. Who knows? My family is loving it too. I am so impressed by the different vegetables that my kids are trying and liking. This has definitely sparked my fire for cooking again. I am sure my husband is thankful for that!

On to my eats:

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with avocado and pineapple


Snack: Grapefruit


Lunch: Enchilada beef over green beans with fruit on the side


Snack: Honest Tea and fresh pineapple


Dinner: Chicken Basil Meatloaf with baked sweet potato and asparagus


Bedtime: Chamomile tea




Hope you all have a lovely day! So tell me....

What is your favorite paleo snack/meal??




Thursday, March 3, 2016

{WIAW and BIG NEWS}

Ya'll I am switching it up!!

I have been a clean eater now for 3 years. Loved every second of it. Lost a good amount of weight and have been feeling great....

BUT

I am in a rut. Bored with my food....no creativity for new recipes and feeling more fatigue than usual.

I decided the best way to spark some new interest....try out some new recipes and fuel my fire for food again was to try something BIG!!



For the month of March....I am going to go Paleo!!

Wanna know why??

 1. To shake my body up
2. For a challenge
3. To see if it will give me more energy and mental clarity
4. Because I love all things paleo that I have cooked in the past and like this style of eating

I hope you will enjoy learning with me!! Will I do this forever? Who knows, I don't see me giving up dairy and grains for life but I do think it is worth a try omitting them to see how my body feels when I add them back in. Paleo is clean eating.....just with a few more restrictions so this isn't too far off of my normal "clean" diet.



NOW...let me just say this....I am NOT DOING STRICT Paleo. I don't believe anything in life....especially your food....should be strict!! This is the way I interpret Paleo. I am learning as I go and excited to open my mind to new things!!

Oh and if you are interested in my workouts.....I am starting the 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene again because I loved it so much the last time I did it. ! I will be adding in some Tone it Up workouts and maybe a little Piyo. Who knows? I am excited to start really focusing on my health and switching it up!! I mean....Summer time will be here before we know it!! Woo hoo!



So now....on to my eats



Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with a side of PaleoKrunch granola with banana and coconut milk.



Snack: Coconut milk yogurt




Lunch: Grass fed burgers in lettuce wraps with salsa and avocado




Snack: Kombucha and a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar (my new obsession)




Dinner: Shredded pork (cooked in Crock pot with chicken broth and onions) with tostones and broccolini on the side! Huge hit with the whole family!



Dessert: Primal fudge


Yum!!! 



Where are my paleo friends? 

Has anyone tried this before?

What was your experience??



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