The key is consistency. That’s it. Measure in the exact same places every time. Here’s what I like to do. The morning or the day before my next workout program begins I wake up and take my measurements before anything else happens. If you work out, eat or have coffee, your body will be inflamed and/or swelled. This will give you an inaccurate measurement. In order to be consistent, please make it the first thing you do.
Begin by stepping on the scale. It really is a love hate relationship, but she’s honest and tells you the facts. Step on, see the number on the scale, take it in, and then write it down. I like to use the same little notebook everytime. That way I can flip back and look at my gains anytime I want.
Put the date at the top of the page and write down your weight. Then write in chest, hips, stomach, thigh, bicep and calf. Then pull out your handy dandy measuring tape and measure those areas. If you click the video you’ll be able to see how i do it.
**Remember, this is not to be used for measurements for clothes or a bridesmaid dress. It’s just to show you a simple way to take consistent measurements in between programs. Please see a professional for your clothing needs. I am NOT that person.
The scale might not move between now and when you finish your program. But that’s okay! There’s a few reasons this could occur. Muscle weighs more than fat. Muscle is SUPER dense and the more muscle you have the more your metabolism increases.
So with that being said, you could weigh 146lbs and fit into a size 6 one month and then can weigh 146lbs and fit into a size 12 another month. I’ve personally been there done that. But how can that be?? It just meant I had significantly more muscle than fat. I was lean and trim and had a lot less inches on my body. See! Inches mean everything! Another reason it’s so important to take your before and after measurements.
So earlier I posted about my 3 day cleanse and how it all goes down. Basically it’s 3 days of unicorns and sunshine right? NOPE! So I wanted to do a follow up of what was really going through my mind during all of this so called cleansing of my temple.
It’s fucking hard! Day one you’re totally pumped and all “I SO GOT THIS” and then 2pm sets in and you’re thinking, “I’m an absolute Moron!” Negative thoughts begin to set in, like why am I doing this again? What was my plan here? What the F was I thinking? And then you get to eat and you’re golden for another 2 hours...and then the doubt sets in again. This is a vicious cycle over & over again for 3 days. But don’t worry, there’s hope! Here’s how to survive. Just follow my rules...
Rule #1: Don’t do a workout the morning of Day 1 like INSANITY! It was only after I completed the workout that I decided to complete the 3 day refresh. Shaun T does that to you. He makes you think you can do anything! Damn him!
Rule #2: Plan on doing nothing. I’m serious, talk your kid into watching Disney’s Moana, all the extra’s on the DVD, and then watch Trolls, followed by all the extra’s and maybe even the Party version, and then see if you can sneak in some My Little Pony on Netflix. I’m not kidding, I totally did this. I was good with energy in the mornings but then the afternoon my body was like NOPE.
Rule #3: If you can, try to schedule this while you’re at work. Day 3 I was so distracted with being busy that I almost forgot to eat at one point. It’s great to have distractions that don’t involve a lot of physical movement.
Rule #4: Make your significant other get your kid their toast with butter at 8pm at night. OMG, you should’ve seen me spreading that delicious creamy yellowness on the toast. It smelled SO GOOD! I held strong! I even cut it into little squares per my Princess’s request. She’s seriously spoiled!
Rule #5: Don’t take little bites here and there of your kids lunch/snacks. It’s only 3 days, you can do this! Stick to the plan. I made V a cheese crisp and a little piece fell off and I had it in my hand. It seemed so natural to put it directly in my mouth. But I stopped and thought, NO. Stay strong!
Rule #6: Don’t plan any big events. You need your energy, plus you might say something you didn’t mean out of being #hangry. Just stay home, don’t shower, and watch Trolls again.
Rule #7: COLON BLOW!!! Come on you laughed. This is what you think is going to happen right? But really, that’s not the case at all. Yes I pooped, but nothing out of the norm. There’s a packet that you mix with cold water and then chug, called Fiber Boost. To me, all I saw were the words COLON BLOW, aka, “sitting on the toilet all day long.” Bahahah! Why is that so freakin' funny to me? Sorry, my inner 5 year old keeps coming out. But really it just gets stuff moving and shaking. I was gassy, but honestly I think it was the broccoli I ate and not so much the shakes I was drinking. So rule of thumb when you’re going to fart, go in another room. It does tend to be a little more richer than normal.
Rule #8: Get encouraging friends. 2 of my BF’s checked in on me, one told me “You’re a ⅓ of the way there, no reason to stop now!” In my head I’m staring at my kids, kids meal from McD’s and thinking, oh I have reasons. I could so eat that right now and no one will know. (insert evil laugh) Except…. I would know, I would know that I wasted a day all for what? McDonalds? Gross! If I was going to cheat it’d better be for something amazing! But guess what, when you think about it? What is the definition of “amazing” when it comes to food? I’ve tasted everything and yes Cold Stone Creamery is up there, but I know what it tastes like. I know that it give me pure joy for the 39 seconds I’m scarfing it down, and I also know it give me crazy gas and makes my pants tighter. So, Do I really NEED it? No, I don’t. (INSERT WAKE UP CALL)
Rule #9: Get over yourself, it’s not that hard. It’s 3 days. You can DO it! It’s all mental.
The biggest thing I learned from completing this is, you really don’t need that much to function. Eating my cup of veggies 3x times a day & drinking the shakes showed me that yes, I was hungry, but 30 minutes after I ate, I was actually full. Talk about a wake up call! A freakin’ cup full and I was full?! Now, again, my energy level is nothing, I’m not doing vigorous activity, but still!
When I thought about all the wonderful foods I could eat the morning of day 4, do you know what I thought about? I thought about eggs with spinach. Chick with veggies, maybe even a sweet potato. I didn’t dream about Vanilla Bean Cheesecakes, endless glasses of wine, or Twix bars. It was the healthy foods that I know and truly DO love, I’d just forgotten about them. Fast food is easier, alcohol is easier, sweets ARE easier. It’s harder to have willpower to say no, then it is to just give in. But these 3 days were the mental check I needed. The reality is just so simple & now I know.
I lost 5lbs in 3 days. Yes, I’ll probably gain some of it back in like a day, BUT, now that I know I have the will power and the drive to succeed. I’ll get back into my workouts & really put more focus on the foods & portion sizes that are going into my body. I’m so glad I did it and more importantly didn’t give up when it got tough.
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Think of this as a “Do Over” for your body. Like, old school Nintendo where you hit the “Reset” button and then pull out the game and blow into it like 7x to get it working right? That’s exactly what the 3 Day Refresh is, but for your body. Sometimes you just need to clean out all the crap, blow out all the dust, and start fresh.
So that’s what I did! I hit RESET!
Here’s how it works. When you get the package it comes with detailed instructions of what to eat/drink and when to make your specialty drinks. There’s 4 different drinks you make during the day.
Morning: Shakeology with fruit Plus Black Coffee & Green Teas
Mid Morning: Fiber Sweep
Lunch: Vanilla Fresh with fruit. Veggie + Healthy Fat (avo plus sea salt & pepper, yum-o!)
Snack: Veggie + Healthy Fat 5 asparagus with a tsp of EVOO
Dinner: Vanilla Fresh, plus a specific menu item, with lots of water throughout the day. I did 1.5 cups of veggies with 1/2 tbs of EVOO.
The food is specific but there’s a big list to choose from & the recipes are simple to follow.
No, you can’t have TWIX bar, hamburger, French fries, dairy, sugar, candy or crap. It’s REAL. You’re eating vegetables, fruit and healthy fats. Healthy? And Fat? In the same sentence?? How does that work? Did you know you’re not supposed to have more than a ¼ (2 Tbsp) of avocado a day? Think about the last time you had guacamole. Light bulb go off?? You probably at the whole tub right? I always do. I seriously LOVE me some Guac!
What really sunk in while completing 3 Day Refresh, is that I really don’t need massive quantities. I can survive and be content on eating smaller amounts. The truth is, the right foods fill you up. You’re not hungry 5 minutes later AND you can eat so much more of them.
Cleansing isn’t something to do every day, every week or even every month. The last time I did this was in August. So I’d say 2x a year is what works for me. I personally can’t do juice cleanses or that one with the lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper? What is that all about!? NOT my jam. I need to eat! I need to feel the crunch of food in my mouth and in my belly. I need sustenance and I need to not feel deprived. I’m not a Dr. or nutritionist, nor do I pretend to be. But I do know how my body feels. I know what it needs. This works for me.
Now I’m ready to continue on with my next program, 21 Day Fix Extreme. The portion control container system is the same as 21 Day Fix, Insanity Max 30, Core De Force, Country Heat and the other programs that utilize the container system. The difference is THIS TIME I’m sticking to it! THIS TIME I’m going ALL IN! Can’t wait to show you all my progress.
Update! When I wrote this I was happy and half way through day 1. Be sure to read my blog post titled "Cleansing and the Devil" to get the REAL down low on cleansing :).
Losing a pet is no fun, no fun at all. They’re your family, your smile everyday you walk in the door. They’re the only ones in our crazy busy lives that never pass judgment. They’re there for you through thick and thin. Their sole purpose in life is to love and serve you. They’re, in a word, selfless.
I don’t know about you but there’s not many people out there that I can think of, besides my Mother, who truly are selfless. We’re talking no alternate agenda. Just there for you and only you. Our pets are a rare phenomenon. They’re beautiful inside and out. Just being in the same room with one has proven to make serotonin levels rise. That’s huge!! That’s your happy hormone, it’s the same thing that gets released when you eat chocolate, exercise or have sex. It’s kind of a big deal! #powerful
I write today from a point of view of sadness and regret. Sadness because we put our beloved, Crockett, our 100 lb plus German Shepherd, down today. Regret, because I wished I gave him more hugs, frisbees, tomatoes and more love. Life’s WAY too damn short. He deserved so much more. Don’t get me wrong this dog was loved, spoiled even, but I guess this is the guilt/denial stage of loss that I’m feeling right now. Aren’t there like 5 steps or something annoying like that?
Anyway, he recently had a splenectomy and was shortly after diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. They said he “could” live up to 6-9 months, I thought we had a little more time. But we only had 2 weeks. It’s crazy, he was gaining weight back, even picking up his beloved frisbee wanting to play so desperately. I would toss it and he would jaunt over to it after it had fallen. Normally this dog is the Michael Jordan of dogs! We’re talking major air here! And he LOVED it! It’s his true joy!
Hug your pups, cats, hamsters, whatever it is that you hold dear today. Our pets are a rare breed and they deserve to be worshiped. My morning workouts won’t be the same without my #1 fan there rooting me on. But Kristi? Don’t you have the orange dog still? Yes, I do, but she’s more like a cat. We’re talking, super independent, will come and allow you to pet her when she wants. There’s no way she’s getting up that early! I wouldn’t call her a true dog, she’s a dog on the outside but a cat on the inside. Haha, oh Roxi…. She’ll probably live to be 20 and she’s already 12!
Crockett you are the dog that would choose a tomato over a T-Bone. You wouldn’t miss a story read to Violet at bedtime, you wouldn’t miss the chance to follow us from room to room. If we could’ve held all 100lbs of you, you would’ve been able to be the lap dog you tried to be oh so many times. You’re not in pain anymore. You’re free of that stupid disease. Be you, be free, and we will throw you a frisbee in the big field of sunny skies when it’s our time. I love you Crockett.
When the shit hits the fan it really hits the fan!
But seriously, as I was thinking about this blog post and what I wanted to say, I shit you not (pun intended) my 4 year old, potty trained daughter, walked into my room with her iPad in hand and said, “Mommy I poo pood in my pants.” Me, “uh? How’d that happen?” Daughter, “I was watching my iPad and then it just came out?” Me, “So basically you couldn’t put your iPad down for 2 minutes to go poo poo in the toilet?” Daughter, “You have to pause it first!” Me: OMG!!! #momfail #nomoreipad #wtf
And it was everywhere. We had to take an emergency bath to get it all handled. We even talked about getting rid of the iPad but heaven forbid she not have her iPad on Sunday’s when Daddy’s watching football on the big tv. But whatever, as Mother’s you all feel me, you know what I’m talking about. But that’s not the worst part of my week. It’s just the icing on the cake, and a real shitty one at that! (pun intended...again….okay last one I promise).
So this week was supposed to be super awesome because it involved me leaving for a fun filled bachelorette party weekend in Vegas! That’s right, KRae’s little sister is getting married! Oh how I couldn’t wait to get there already! I LOVE Vegas! I love the food, the energy, the shows, the tables, roulette, craps, the slots, the people watching, the sights and sounds! I just get a high off of being there! I was counting down the minutes till I could board the plane.
So before my departure date, my pool decided to break. Not because it truly is broken but because my amazing pool man (aka my husband) never cleaned the leaves out of the basket in the filter and the thing got clogged up. Okay, lesson learned, paid the guy to fix it, no problem right?
Then my #1 fan, Crockett, named from Crockett & Tubs on Miami Vice. He’s the big ol’ German Shepherd by the couch in my Instagram Videos, you can see him @mrskristirae. My sweet, loyal, wants to be near you at all times, German Shepherd had appeared to be losing weight since Christmas time. As in went from 106lbs to 86lbs rather quickly. So I take him to the vet on Monday, only to hear that she has no idea what’s wrong with him and calls for $454 worth of blood & stool tests. Awesome…No biggie, it’s only money right? Lets just get him healthy. Meanwhile I move on with my life and then get a voicemail from the Vet saying to call them immediately. Um, yah, they left that VM around noon which means I didn’t check it until 6pm that night. Who leaves VM’s??
They didn’t have any answers for me except that his white blood count was at 220,000 and it should’ve been at 80,000. They recommended some emergency place to take him and said he needed a CT scan. Me: “How much is that going to cost?” Them: $900. Me: “Um Okay…” Meanwhile Crockett is now staring at the cabinets. Like, he’s totally not himself and acting funny. I call the place and they say they’re all done with CT’s for the day. So no biggie, we’ll take him in the morning right? NOPE, my Vet had a little freak out of her own and said “Get him down there now, he needs to be on fluids, IV, possibly an antibiotic. We really don’t think he’ll make it through the night if you wait!” Me: Are you kidding me? Cue up frantic emotional spazztic crying. Husband comes home, takes him away and I hug him like I’m never seeing him again.
We get the call early the next morning, I remember because I was in the middle of picking which 15 second video clips to put on insta to show the world that I worked out that morning. #mylife.... Anyway, Dr’s recommending emergency surgery with a lot of “We’ll know more when we get in there’s.” They’re throwing around big scary words like Cancer and a whole bunch of other stuff. All I’m thinking is, my poor baby & how much is this going to costs?
Well. I’ll tell you. $6,000 Six freakin’ thousand dollars to find out his spleen had detached, reattached, and then reattached itself recently. This spleen, had also been the BIGGEST spleen the Dr. had ever seen! Crockett had 1.5 liters of blood in his stomach, a result of the detached spleen leaking into it. Had they not reacted when they did he wouldn’t have lasted the night. It might have been a LOT of money but to have him back home makes all the difference in the world.
So now we’ve paid for the pool to be fixed, Crockett’s blood test, Crockett’s surgery and as I’m driving home from seeing him, keep in mind, the night before I’m supposed to leave for “Adult” Disneyland! I close the garage behind me and then all of a sudden….wait for it….this shrieking sound and a loud thunk! I turn around as if the door had insulted my jeans, and then yelled for my Husband.
Low and behold, the garage door cable snapped and we are now trapped in our home. Well, that’s being a little dramatic, our cars are now trapped. We can walk right out the front door. Unfortunately terminal 4 at Sky Harbor isn’t exactly within walking distance. So at 11pm at night I call the garage door man repair service. Who promptly does NOT show up when he’s supposed to the next day, and then turns around and charges us $760 to fix the damn door. OMG, I’m pretty sure for a few bucks more I could’ve had an entirely new door. Awesome.
But you know what? That’s not getting me down. Because it’s fixable right? Crockett’s spleen, the cable on the door, the pool filter system, my kids inability to put down “My Little Pony” and not shit herself, all fixable. It really is just a domino effect of crappy circumstances. No one had died, no one has been hurt, everyone is fine. It was just a shitty couple of days. I will take these kinds of days all day long if it means my loved ones are healthy. At the end of the day, that’s truly all that matters.
I’m grateful we have a garage door that keeps our cars warm at night. I’m grateful for my audience of ONE every morning because my other dog couldn’t possibly be bothered to wake up before the sun is up. I’m grateful for my own personal cabana man that takes care of our beautiful pool, even if he does forget to clean the baskets out. I'm grateful I got to see Ms. Britney Spears in Vegas for a second time! #Loveher
This life has been so good to me & I’ll take a shitty, expensive week any day if it means we’re all alive & healthy at the end of it. Family is everything! The rest is all material. What are you grateful for?
UPDATE: We are sad to say that after a total of $9,400 in vet bills, they have just informed us that Crockett has stage 4 cancer. He’s recovered from his surgery, is eating well, climbing up and down the stairs, and back to his old self again. So we’ll keep him comfortable and when it’s time, we’ll make sure he’s not in pain. Please think good positive thoughts for our poor baby boy.
The next 30 days….
I don’t know if it’s the wine from last night or my pure excitement for starting a new program tomorrow that’s got me all wound up and unable to sleep any longer! It’s 6:30am on Sunday morning and I couldn’t wait to get out of bed today! I have to work, I have a 4 year old, I even have a broken dog that needs to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes, but man I couldn’t stay in bed! So here I am, calendar in front of me, crayola markers with the caps off, I'm so ready to get my schedule ready for the month!
The 1st day of the month is such a symbolic day. It means so much more than Day 1 of the month. To me it means a fresh start. A new beginning! Oh, and I need to change out my contacts. But, seriously! My next 30 days just so happens to begin on a Monday too! O.M.G. I seriously cannot contain myself! A new month! 30 days! Aren’t you people jumping with joy?!
So what are my plans for the month? I’ll tell you. I’m totally going to clean out my garage! I’ll take pictures, you’ll see, this is not your average garage. Or maybe it is? But to me it’s my burden, the thing I see everyday and am disgusted with. This is not an, “I’ll do it in one day” type of project. It’s an absolute DISASTER! Which means I really need to spend some quality time. I have four, 4 hour windows while my daughter is at school to accomplish this in the next 30 days. If I take it a section at a time, I should be able to knock it all out during my time slot and even have time for a shower before having to pick her up.
I’m so excited!
So that’s my days off and what I’m planning on doing. Self love to my home. She’s been good to me, and now it's time to be good to her. We do so much for our things and our families. We plan our date nights, we plan our outings with the kids & friends. We plan our yearly vacations in advance and put them on the calendar. And then we show up! We show up on time and rock our Hawaiian getaway like Rockstars! So why can’t we show up for our bodies? Without our bodies we can’t go to the Bahama’s, we can’t push a broom to sweep the garage, and we definitely can’t function at work or take care of our kids, our signifigant others, OURSELVES!
Why is taking care of ourselves always on the back burner? Why is cleaning out the garage more of a priority than my own physical & mental health? I literally said that I look at my garage and am disgusted. Do I look at my body and think that? Well, no, I happen to love my body and I have been taking care of it, but I know I can always do better! I can always improve! I love seeing the changes that are taking place. I love putting my size 12 & 10’s in a super air tight bag, way back in the dark side of the closet, never to be seen again!
Guess what, the next 30 days, my new workout that I’m doing is 30 minutes long. So you know what that means? I can wake up, put the coffee on, push play on my new workout, and then rock my day. 30 minutes is literally 2% of my day. I can make the time. And I’m going to! Swimsuit season is right around the corner and this Mom is going to show up this year! I don’t want to wear a one piece anymore. I don’t want to wrap a towel around my waist the second I walk outside. I want to wear a bikini! Or at least mentally feel like I am! I know my goal isn’t a quick fix. This will take time, dedication and focus. But I know I can do it!
So get out your calendar’s & your wacky gel pens and write it down! Write out your agenda, put it pen to paper! I’m telling you when you sit down and use an actual pen, and not just type it into your device a connection happens. To me, it’s like I’m signing a contract. I’m in. Locked in! No going back once it hits my calendar. It’s 30 days. Not a New Year’s resolution. Just the next 30 days! The time is going to pass either way. Let’s make it count!
Results are in & I AM LOVING THEM! 8.5 Inches GONE! & Down 7.5lbs!
My Oh My What A DIFFERENCE! In only 60 Days!
Just goes to show hard work does pay off!
I can't stop staring at these photos! High five to myself!
Here’s what I did: My program began on November 1st and ended December 30th: 60 days long. I printed the calendar and followed the program guide every morning. Insanity's workouts for the first 30 days are about 40-50 minutes long & 6 days a week. The next 30 days are about 40-60 minutes long & also 6 days a week. You get a full day of rest on Sunday’s and an easier routine on Thursday’s. I personally wasn’t a fan of the “easier” routine on Thursday’s so I did CIZE or Turbofire, during this scheduled time.
I modified A LOT. We’re talking, literally every day! It wasn’t until the last 2 weeks that I was able to complete the warm up all the way through without modifying or taking a break. BTW, the warm up is 6 minutes long…it’s not hard physically, because the moves are simple. It’s hard mentally. What I mean is, your body CAN do the workouts, you just have to get your mind on board as well. You’ll breath heavier than you ever have before, you’ll sweat like no other, your heart will beat faster and you’ll probably drop at some point and say, I can’t do it anymore. There’s a reason why it’s called INSANITY. But, don’t let it scare you. You push through, or "Dig Deeper!" As Shaun T, the Amazing Trainer behind Insanity, says.
I did what I could, modified when I needed to, and most times completed 40-45 minutes of the workouts (Who’s got time for an hour??). And LOOK what happened to me?! I literally transformed! I LOVED this workout! The fat MELTED off of my body & I will definitely do it again!
I tried to stick to the eating plan as best I could and never missed a single day of my Shakeology. This is a vigorous workout so you get to eat a good amount, as in, all day long! I truly couldn't have made it through this program without my challenge group. I seriously LOVE this group of women! They're all so supportive, positive and up lifting. THEY are what kept me moving forward day in and day out. One of the gals keeps count with every post she puts up. "Day 49:60" I'd see her post every day for her own workout and think, "Okay only 11 more days to go! I got this!" It really became my driving force to stick with it. Never mind the fact that there's a counter on the app, that wasn't the point. It's the little things like the human element & relationships that keep you pushing play each day. I'm so grateful I fell into this!
BTW.......Did anyone pick up on the fact that this transformation happened during the holidays!?! Were talkin' Christmas, New Year's, work parties, bunco, wine - just because it's cold and it sounds good, AND cookies!! Oh so many damn, delicious, amazing, sugar filled cookies!?! Imagine what I could've done if it were January! Another high five to me!!
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Fit Test 30 Minutes
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Cardio Power & Resistance 40 Minutes
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Max Cardio Conditioning 50 Minutes
Max Recovery 50 Minutes
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*Disclaimer alert - Kristi Rae is an Independent Beachbody Coach and results may vary from individual to individual. These opinions are totally her's and her's alone. She is a true product of the product and is damn proud and wants to share it with the world! ...You gotta admit she does look good! :) Get this girl some makeup already!
I'm totally a self sufficient machine. I either handle it, delegate it out, or restructure so I can get it done. We’re talking smooth running machine! Okay, that’s not true at all. If my head wasn’t connected to my body I’d literally get in the car, put the car in reverse, and then wonder why I couldn’t see? I’m a mess, not a hot mess, but a controlled mess. A hot mess is being everything that I am, but not showering. I shower, everyday. A controlled mess would be kinda like a functioning alcoholic. They’re intoxicated, not wasted and falling down, but you can smell the alcohol oozing out of their pores, they’re definitely happy, yet they still rock their day as if they were totally normal. So there you have it, I’m a controlled mess who secretly wishes I could function as an alcoholic by day. Wouldn’t that be the life? Luckily for the world, I’m not that talented and definitely couldn’t multi-task that life.
So anyway, back to my story...
Do you ever have the best intentions to be organized? Like when you buy your brand new 2017 planner for the year. You buy an 8 pack of the new colored gel tip pens too. You get home, open your shiny new planner and set all 8 pens next to it. Then you decide which color belongs with each task. The kids activities will be in purple, your bunco night in blue, your meals in green, and your workouts in red - because hey, we never miss our workouts. You have it all right there and it’s a freakin’ work of art! You know you’re going to keep up your design & planning process each & every month. Why wouldn’t you? You have colored gel pens!
Yep, this is totally me! I just did this not even 2 months ago. I have a silver glittery calendar and when you open it up you’ll see each day’s workout in a different color for the workout program, Insanity. I even have little stars around my recovery day because well, it’s a star filled kind of day! I made it to recovery! Yeah! That deserves lots of stars and, you guessed it, they’re all in different colors! Love my gel pens!
If you pulled $1,000 out of your pocket right now and said, “go find your calendar and this money is yours.” I’d have to cry. I have no clue where I put the damn thing. And forget about the gel pens!! I’m sure they’re with my daughters never ending supply of crayons we can never find? Does anyone else have that problem? There’s like 30 crayons in a box and I swear I’ve purchased at least 8 boxes over the 4 years I’ve known this kid. Do you know how many crayons we currently have? Two! Two flippin’ crayons. And one of them is broken.
I only know this because my daughter pulled the two crayons, a screw driver, Gus Gus a Cinderella glass figurine that’s missing an ear and my two 5lb metal weights out of the couch cushions tonight. WTF?! No wonder I hate that couch, now I know why it was so uncomfortable! Two 5lb weights, seriously? I didn’t even know they were missing?
We all start with good intentions and then our mornings, afternoons and soon the whole damn day has gone by and we’ve done nothing on our list. Someday’s I look back and think what the hell did I do with 15 hours? I know I went to Target (duh), had my coffee, did we eat? I’m sure we did. But what did we do with all of that time? And why am I so tired?!
One of my good friends told me today that she had all of her Christmas shopping finished and, get this, all of her presents are wrapped too! Meanwhile, over in Kristi’s magical glitter-sparkle world, I’m speed walking from store to store getting my bicep workout in from all the dang bags I’m carrying just praying they don’t bust open Home Alone style.
Did you know I literally sat on the toilet at the outlet mall today and checked my instagram? I just wanted a break, a peaceful break. I was in there for like 10 minutes! Who pee’s for 10 minutes?! It was actually very nice, no one bothered me, I was in a stall so I couldn’t be distracted. Just the lovely sound of water running and an occasional toilet flush. It was actually quite pleasant now that I look back on it.
Anyway, my point is, we’re all different. We all have our systems in place. Some are a little more chaotic than others, some are a little more organized than others. I”m all for improvement and next year! I’m totally writing in my calendar in the color pink “START SHOPPING NOW,” on November 1st! Get your list ready early next year, Mama is on it! I’ll let you know if I find my calendar, and someone should probably remind me to write THAT down.
We don’t have to have it all figured out. As a super high stressed individual who feels the need to control everything in her life, this year it finally hit me, I don’t have to be a crazy psycho path all the time. I can go with the flow. I can sit in the outlet mall’s bathroom for as long as I want. What’s the saying? “Stop and smell the….” wait...that doesn’t apply here. You get my point.
We can’t always do everything the way we want to everytime. In a perfect world yes, but life isn’t perfect. We can’t control every little detail so there’s no need to stress over the small stuff. Will I get all my gifts wrapped in time? Of course I will. That’s what gift bags are for. Shove it in the bag, toss in some tissue paper and voila your done!
I have been making improvements to my daily schedule. I can tell you that on the days I get up early and get my workout in, those are always hands down, guaranteed, my more productive days. The other days when there’s no workout, I feel as if I’m constantly playing catch up. I’m finally learning that just because I’m not a morning person, I’m better if I start each day as if I was. Fake it till you make it! That’s my slogan at 5:45am!
Most will say, “Oh I can’t workout that early, I just don’t have the energy.” That’s okay, the best time of day to workout is the time when you’ll actually do it! If your routine is to hit play during your lunch hour, or when the kids take a nap, or when everyone’s in bed, that’s great! The point is, you hit play, you got your body moving and you do what’s best for you and your body! No one ever said, “Man, I wish I never did that workout today.”
With 2017 rapidly approaching everyone will be making their New Year’s Resolutions. I’m totally guilty of it! I make a goals list every year and have it in my phone on my notes app. It’s a great reminder to keep me on track for the year. Do I hit everything? Nope! But I try. The point is, when it comes to feeling good about yourself, health and fitness shouldn’t be a New Year’s resolution. It should be a daily resolution.
Did you know that a 30 minute workout is only 2% of your entire day! 2%! With stats like that, there’s no way you can say “I just don’t have time.” Make the time. You’re allowed to make a 2% investment in yourself. That’s a better return than any savings account will give you!
My Mom and I are starting our New Year’s off right! We’re taking our 2% and putting it on our calendars (I’ll find mine before January 2nd, you’ll see!). We’re starting a workout program called 21 Day Fix. It’s 30 minute workouts that you do every day for 21 Days. The idea behind the program is that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. It comes with a very detailed eating plan. It’s not strict as in, “you must only eat this or that.” But it’s kinda like weight watchers, except there’s no point system. So you can eat whatever you want, but once you’re out of containers for the day, then you’re done. So if you eat clean, you get to eat more containers.
But, Kristi Rae, what containers? What are you talking about? The program comes with different colored containers all measured proportionately. So for instance, a RED container is 1 cup and that 1 cup is designated for protein only. Green is also 1 cup and that’s for veggies. Yellow is for carbs, purple is for fruit and orange is for dressings and seeds. Based on the calculation chart that it comes with I will get to eat 3 reds for the day. It tells you specifically based on your current weight and where you hope to be at the end of 21 days. It’s kinda cool actually.
Combine eating clean with working out 21 days in a row and you’re bound to feel 100% better! And…you’ll probably lose some inches as well! The point of this program is to develop a healthier lifestyle and make it a habit.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of my Mom. She’s been working with her container system & drinking her Shakeology, which helps curb her cravings and keeps her full for about 2-3 hours. She’s been doing her best to eat clean for the last 45 days or so. Those of you that are lucky enough to know my Mom, know that she loves her glass of wine and won’t miss a meal out with friends and family. She’s basically living her life, making better choices & eating better with the help of the portion controlled container system. She has recently added pushing play to her lifestyle & has been doing a workout program called Slim in 6. At 66 years old she’s getting up and pushing play! I’m SO INCREDIBLY proud of her and EXCITED to say that she has lost 13lbs!!! 13lbs! That is INSANE! When she told me I almost cried! I was so excited! It just goes to show you that health can be achieved at any age.
I’m counting down the days till January 2nd and measuring our progress together! We’ll be on the challenge group app together and would love for you to join us. Let’s get 2017 started right with 21 days of a new habit!
Message me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about the group & pricing on programs. 21 Day Fix can be streamed for as low as $9/month, you just have to ask me how.
"Merry Christmas you Fabulous Animals!' Did you see what I did there? I took it right back to Home Alone and substituted Filthy with Fabulous? Did you notice? Know what line I'm talking about? No? Only me? Okay... Apparently I've seen that movie one too many times. Love you all! Muah!
Picture this. A 34 year old woman, she's married, has a little girl age 3 and 3/4, works a full time job, and for the most part has her shit together. I mean she's a Mom, wife and career woman, regardless of title, do we really ever have it all together? I digress, her birthday is coming and soon she'll be the big 35. No biggie, it's just another birthday. They seem to come every year regardless of want or need. So she's responsible and schedules her yearly Dr's appointments.
She does it all. Dentist, check. Optometrist - New contacts, new prescription, thicker glasses and she still can't see. Whatever, it’s done, check it off the list. Dermatologist, check. Life as usual right? Next stop OBGYN. No one likes these exams, they're not a good time, like seriously ever. She wishes she could say that the only time she's been to see this particular Dr. is at her yearly exam. But, that's not the case. She's been going about twice a year since her daughter was born. Don't freak, there's nothing physically wrong with her, she's just been trying to get pregnant for 3 years now.
We're talking 3 years of each and every month being emotionally kicked in the pants. Peeing on a stick only to see one line. ONE freakin' line! To say the "odds are ever in her favor" is an understatement. She's got 36 months under her belt. Normal time frame of conception for the average healthy adult is 6-12 months. She's due!
Her personality is very much one of determination and perseverance. When this girl wants something she stops at nothing to achieve it. You could say, she's very goal oriented, organized, in the zone (Okay Britney Spears), no one gets in her way, or whatever you want to call it.
She's done everything right. She's changed her diet, she's changed his diet, she's read every article, downloaded every calendar, did every ovulation test, literally has looked at every option. She's "relaxed and it'll happen when it's supposed to." She's "taken a break." She’s “gone on vacation.” She's listened to all the unsolicited advice and only told one person to shove it...that one time.
She's been such a freak about "how to get pregnant now" that she's on the verge of losing her partner in life. Passion - gone. Fun? Fun flew out the window. Sexy? What? Is that a four letter word? I've heard of that, what is that?
She gets home from work, eats dinner, gets the kiddo to do bath, brush, books, & bed routine. Throws on her super comfortable pajama pants, BIG ol' granny panties and a baggy loose fitting t-shirt like clock work. You could say these items are her favorite clothing line. In fact, she looks for these items in the high end stores because she knows they'll be softer and more high quality. WTF?!? Is this her life? What has happened?
Now she's sitting with her OB GYN discussing life, ovaries, self breast exams, future pregnancies, AND THEN....The Dr says those words. That nasty, nasty, worse than the F-word - word. "Advanced Maternal Age." It went something like this actually, "Well now that you're 35 you're of Advanced Maternal Age and I highly recommend...." OH GAWD JUST STOP NOW. Then words like specialist come up, fertility Doctors, fertility plans, hormones, sperm testing, clomid, and other options.
Referrals are flooded her way in the form of multiple business cards. Possible procedures for having your tubes cleaned out are discussed & basically the “what you need to do next.” Wait...Hold on? Did you say “tubes cleaned out?” What? Her body is not a vacuum cleaner! She's thinking, How is this my life? Now, keep in mind this isn't the first time she's heard the "next steps" speech. She's actually switched Dr's so she could hear the same spiel from a different Dr. You know, keep it fresh. She's presented these options to her husband and has tried to get him on board, but he's of the mindset that it will happen when it happens...... Great. The control freak in her is literally losing her shit.
So with everything that you know now we can stop talking in 3rd person? I'm her. I'm that woman who's about to turn 35 and at the stroke of midnight become “high risk.” So what happens next? I literally leave her office in tears. Those 3 words mean so much more than a protected class, possible complications, high risk and an extra ultrasound. They mean I'm almost out of time. They mean that when I blow out my candles my clock is literally tick, tick ticking away and I can't do anything to stop it. I'm like Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny, stomping my feet on the ground screaming, "My biological clock is ticking like this!" (stomp! stomp! stomp!) Except I'm way too big to wear her outfit and there's no way I could do her accent justice. Love her, love that movie! Classic!
I can't control the situation. I can't schedule a baby. I can't call in the stork for delivery. With everything going on in my life, I know I can control my bank account, I can control my starbucks order, I can control the temperature in the room, but I can not make nature speed up the process without, a little extra help from science. And oh wait, my husband isn't on board with the "extra" help.
So you can guess what happens next. Depression through the roof. Negativity sky high. Anxiety, don't get me started. I'm looking into Dr's who'll prescribe me something, anything, for these symptoms I can't shake. My mental and physical being is not only affecting my home life but it’s now creeping into my work life, my bread and butter, my only source of income. I work in sales, and basically, if I don’t sell, I don’t make a dime. Would you want to buy something from a person who has anxiety & depression? Or appeared to be unconfident and super negative? No, you wouldn’t.
My partner at work, aka best friend, aka family, aka splits all commissions with me, one day told me, “You need to get it together.” Talk about a wake up a call! It’s one thing for me to be down in the dumps at home, but when your income is affecting someone else's livelihood too? Not good. I’m not that person. I don’t want to be that person and I know I’m better than this!
She became my new light at the end of the tunnel. A new focus. Each and every morning she posts 15 second videos on her instagram account of her doing her morning workouts. She was in her groove and getting her, “operation hot Mom” body back. She recently had her 2nd baby and was back to work as a full time employee with 2 kids under the age of two. To say she has her shit together is an understatement. She did and she rocked it!
She told me, “you need to do what I’m doing.” I was like, yeah yeah yeah...not interested. She’d let it go, but then it would come up in conversations here and there. We literally work in the same office, like 2 feet from one another, we talk, A LOT. The next thing I know, each morning I’d find myself grabbing my phone to see if she posted yet. I mean, it’s stupid right? She was sweaty, doing some moves full out, modifying with others, push ups on her knees, hair pulled back, no make up, kids running around in the background, but she was real. She’s no Jillian Michaels, I mean she literally just popped out a 9lb baby 3 months prior! She was just being 100% herself. She came back to work a totally different person. Happy, refreshed, glowing, driven, determined, and so much positivity. It’s like it was oozing out of her. Like, annoyingly oozing! Thank the good Lord that girl wore me down. I’m so glad she did!
I started my new life the same day I pee’d on my last pregnancy test. I’m SO done with those damn things! We talked about which program would work best for me and I ordered it through a link she sent me to her coaching website. I kickstarted my new life with The T25 Kickstart Challenge Pack. It comes included with a cleanse that you can eat on called, The 3 Day Refresh, a workout program called T25, which is a DVD set, a resistance band, the nutrition guide & the calendar for when to do each 25 minute daily workout, as well as, 30 days of beachbody on demand and a bag of Vegan Chocolate Shakeology.
The next thing I know I can’t wait to set my alarm for 5:45am! I’m setting out my workout clothes the night before and look forward to checking off my workout in the Challenge Group tracker app. My coworker, a coach, added me to her challenge group and I jumped in full force. I got a high off of sharing my workout with these women who’m I’d never met. It’s like I didn’t want to let them down by not posting that day. I know they could care less but I wanted to be present everyday. My new light was growing and then the pounds started coming off.
I lost 4lbs in the first 3 days of the cleanse and am now down a total of 12lbs! I went from a size 12 to a size 8! And you better believe I’m smiling as I type this post! Depression gone, negativity a thing of the past, and anxiety comes and goes. But I’ll take ⅔ any day! My new physical routine is literally my emotional therapy. I don’t know too many men and women who’ve lost weight talking to a therapist, do you?
I’m still not pregnant, but I know my new lifestyle will help the process. One of the ingredients in Shakeology is Maca Root. This is something that helps with libido & ovarian health. I was taking this in raw form at one point, gross!! ...Yes, I’ve tried everything…even Queen Bee’s jelly. Google it. It’s like $26 for a capsule of weird Queen Bee butt juice that you ingest. EWE!!!! Literally…..Tried…...Everything.
I do hope and pray that it will happen someday. A little baby brother or sister for my daughter would be the icing on the cake. I know this is in my future! My astrologer told me so! Except she said it would happen 3 months ago, so maybe we should just take her word with a grain of salt. But she sounded so dang confident and matter of fact, so I hope she’s right! Maybe she’s just off by a few months or 8...
I’m now down 12lbs from August. My BMI is 2 points lower and my Dr. said that although I wasn’t in the obese category to begin with. I was only .4 points away from being considered obese. To be 2 points lower is huge and means that my body is that much healthier. She was super positive and said, “this can only help.”
So with all that being said, you don’t have to have a “Why” story like mine where you’re struggling to have a baby. I’m sure your “Why?” has it’s own story behind it. The great thing about the simple question of, “Why?” Is that your answer to such a simple question can be your driving force & reason to make a change for the better.
This change for me has turned my life around. It’s given me a new focus, a new outlook, and a healthier mental and emotional state in return. I’ve definitely got my SEXY back! My confidence has sky rocketed and boy do I love trying on clothes again! I’m so grateful my coworker pushed this on me. I’m forever in her debt. Now, I want to pay it forward and help others. That’s WHY I became a coach.
What’s your Why?
Email me, I’d love to hear from you & have you join me on this AMAZING new journey! email@example.com Or if you're not ready yet, that's okay, follow me on Instagram @mrskristirae I'll be here when you're ready. This is lifestyle change for me. I'm in it for the long haul. It's not a fad diet or a get rich quick scheme (this company is not like that). If you want results you have to put in the effort, plain and simple. It's a true solution and it's making my life and others better. Thank you for being my therapy & listening. You're all amazing and wonderful people! I'm sending you hugs through the internet!
What is Beachbody on Demand?
It's the Netflix of Fitness! You can stream your favorite workout with the touch of a button and have access to over 400 workouts!
How does it work?
It can work on multiple devices.
Your phone computer, iPad, apple TV (4th generation), Roku 2 or higher, or Firestick from Amazon.
I have a device, now what?
Sign up for your free 30 day trial by clicking the button below.
Do not sign up through iTunes you WILL pay more for it. My Coach link will always get you a better deal and/or free additional workouts. Don't believe me? Try it. Trust me on this. When in doubt please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can always send you my coaching code and/or direct link to any product you desire. I truly appreciate it!
Once you have your login, and you've downloaded the app, this is what the sign in looks like from the app on my iPhone:
How much is it?
It's free for the first 30 days. When you sign up it will ask you for your credit card. If you choose to keep using Beachbody on Demand it will cost you about $13/month. It breaks down to about $40/quarter & you are billed quarterly. So if you decide you want to cancel, feel free to at anytime.
Speaking of Cancellations....I just cancelled my $38/month gym membership!
With Beachbody on Demand at my fingertips I don't need my gym anymore! Score! No more getting in the car, driving time & driving home. Now I wake up, roll out of bed and I'm at my workout instantly!
What Programs will I have access to on Beachbody On Demand?
Over 400 programs, their eating plans & their program materials! Plus more and more are being added everyday.
Insanity Max: 30
3 Week Yoga Retreat
Beachbody Yoga Studio
21 Day Fix Extreme
Hammer & Chisel
P90, P90X, P90X 2, & P90X One on One
10 Minute Trainer
Brazil Butt Lift, Brazil Butt Lift Carnivale, Brazil Butt Lift Master Series
Insanity the Asylum
Insanity the Asylum 2
Hip Hop Abs
Autumn's BOD Exclusives
Tony's BOD Exclusives
Sagi's BOD Exclusives
Jericho's BOD Exclusives
Slim 'n Six
For more Info on the above programs please feel free to take a look at my Coach Mrs. Kristi Rae Beachbody Page and click Shop. You can see multiple different workouts and their descriptions. If you have specific questions reach out to me, I'm here for you!
What if I want a Challenge Pack will I have access to my program on BOD?
Yes, Instantly! No more waiting the 3-7 days shipping. You can get started NOW!
Wait? What's a Challenge Pack?
The best way to purchase any program on Beachbody is via a Challenge Pack because it comes included with so much more! More bang for your buck!
For Instance, I'm beginning 21 Day Fix on January 2nd. This program is NOT on Beachbody on Demand, so I purchased a Challenge Pack. Total Value for the Challenge pack is $190. BUT... It was on sale for $140 due to end of 2016 specials! Yes please! (Normally $160)
What do Challenge Packs Come With?
Each Program has different included features, but let me show you an example. This is what comes included in the 21 Day Fix Challenge pack.
1. 30 Days free of Beachbody on Demand with my 21 Day Fix loaded instantly! That means I can begin my workout the same day I purchase! No more waiting the 3-5 days shipping to begin your new life. You can start now!
2. 30 Day Supply of Shakeology - Dense Nutrition Super Food! Do not confuse this with a protein shake, it is NOT a protein shake. Yes it has protein in it, but that is not why it was made. It's a super food. We feed ourselves so poorly and we never get all the nutrients our body needs. This is how I guarantee myself proper nutrients and I only need it once a day. It tastes great, and the best part is, it keeps me full for 2-3 hours! I no longer snack or have the desire to eat junk food & salt that I was craving on a daily basis. Vegan Chocolate, is my favorite flavor. And get this?! I'm not even Vegan! It's just super yummy, and I now have the bonus of no dairy added. Check out the multiple flavors available here.
3. Program Materials for your program: This will include everything you need to know to achieve maximum results! These programs have been tested over and over to take the guess work out of your success. If you follow these materials you will see results!
For Example: The 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack Comes with-
Calendar - Which workouts to do and on what day
21 Day Fix Container Plan
3 Day Quick Fix
Quick Start Container chart, Meal Planner & Grocery List
Vegan Eating Plan
4. The Container System (Included in 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack) This is a set of colored Tupperware that's measured specifically for your dietary needs. For instance the RED container is for protein only. This measures to one cup. The system I'm on requires me to have 3 RED containers a day. So I chop up my Chicken and fill it to the top and that counts as 1 RED container for the day. If I'm having eggs, 2 hard boiled eggs count as one container. Or 2 eggs over medium, count as one container. You get the gist. Your program materials break it down as to what counts as a protein, vegetable, fruit ect. It really isn't rocket science, you just follow the container system and check them off as you go throughout the day.
5. Exercise Programs Lead by the Industry's Top Trainers!
21 Day Fix Workout Programs are all 30 minutes each! Plus a quick 10 minute abs!
30 Minute - Total body Cardio Fix
30 Minute - Upper Fix
30 Minute - Lower Fix
30 Minute - Pilates Fix
30 Minute - Cardio Fix
30 Minute - Dirty 30
30 Minute - Yoga Fix
10-Minute Fix for Abs
A lot of information was thrown your way today. So please, if you have questions don't hesitate to reach out to me. I'm happy to help! You can email me at email@example.com anytime.
"You don't have to see the whole staircase....just take the first step."
-Martin Luther King
Don't forget! My next Challenge Group is starting on January 2nd and I'd love to have you on board! But Kristi Rae? ...What's a challenge group? You know I have an answer for you! :) Click Here for the latest news & details of my next Challenge Group.