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Not another Motivation Monday Post ?!

YES, another one!!

WHY, because it’s Monday and someone might need it right now.

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Don’t get trapped in that negative mind warp thinking you will never reach your goals.

YOU WILL and YOU CAN but you actually have to do the work.

Small daily changes lead to big wins!

The fact you aren’t where you WANT to be should be motivation enough to get going!

You can talk yourself into or out of anything!!

Look around this blog, I have tons of free resources to get you started.

Stop making excuses and start taking care of yourself!!

Stay strong my fit friends!!

Talk to you later.

WATCH this video. It will help get you motivated!!!

Cheaters Always Win

I don’t know about you but I’ve witnessed a lot of cheating in my life time. There are so many people who do everything they can to win, to get the extra advantage, to be a step ahead of the competition and if we’re being perfectly honest here, I have seen a lot of cheaters win.

I know the conventional sayings are that, “Cheaters never win.” or “Cheaters never prosper.”

Think of some of the most prolific cheaters of all time.

Lance Armstrong (Cycling)
He won and he won a lot!

Ben Johnson (Olympic 100m Sprinter)
He won and won a lot!

Bill Belichick (NFL Coach)
This guy never stops winning

They win and win and win.

But, they also have no credibility. No integrity. No respect.

None of the things in life that really matter.

How many times have you ever heard the word, “Cheat meal.” or “Cheat day.” when it comes to health and fitness? Trainers and coaches say it all the time…to me they are telling their clients, “I think you’re a loser and you can’t win with honesty, integrity and intestinal fortitude…so cheat away.”cheat-meal-pic-updated


I never subscribe to the idea of a cheat.

A cheat is a short cut. A side-step of the rules. A blatant disregard for ethics…yes, even with meals on diets.

I love to teach healthy options. Ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your sweetness.

Cheat meals lead to cheat days which lead to cheat weekends. They also signal your brain to think that it’s OK to cheat from time to time if you have a weak moment or need to satisfy a craving.

Cheating is never OK. Cheating is a mentality of failures.

Cheaters always do win. They win the race to unhealthy habits.

They win the race to quitting.

They win the race to the easy way out.

But cheaters never win where it matters…to themselves.

Don’t ever cheat because as much as we do see cheaters win, they really do lose…even when they aren’t caught.

Have an awesome day!

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Let’s Crank Up Your Coffee

Boost Your Coffee With This Fountain Of Youth Protein.

My #FitFriends in the MBA already know this about me…I LOVE COFFEE and the first coffee I have every day is BUTTER COFFEE.

If you don’t know what butter coffee is, slap yourself in the face, read the rest of this and then watch this video to learn all about butter coffee <- Video I did that explains it what it is.

Coffee + Butter = Great
Coffee + Butter + MCT Oil = Amazing
Coffee + Butter + MCT Oil + Collagen = HEAVEN (picture yourself taking a sip and suddenly you’re surrounded by angels playing harps).

What the heck is Collagen? Slap yourself again.

Collagen is a protein.  It’s the #1 protein in your body. It’s found in everything from our muscles and bone, skin and hair…it’s an inside outside protein.

It’s kind of a big deal…collagen makes up about 30% of your inside and 70% of your outer covering (skin). 

You naturally produce collagen, but as we get older our collagen production slows down. Add in stress and sickness and it plummets.

  • skin loses its elasticity
  • hair and nails grow more slowly and lose their strength and shine
  • ligaments get stiff..

We also get collagen from the food we eat. Animals, like us are made up of a lot of collagen…remember it’s a protein.

A couple of years ago, Bone Broth Soup started to get really popular and early this year it was huge! I’ve been having it about once or twice a month for a couple of years. (PRO TIP #1: Don’t try making it…it’s an all day process…just buy it).

The other way I supplement my collagen is with powder. Back to the coffee. (See, it all comes back to coffee).

I put a tablespoon of collagen powder in my butter coffee and give it a stir. (PRO TIP #2: Don’t blend it…it breaks it down and makes it kind of useless.)

Here’s why I supplement with collagen.

1. It can cut down on wrinkles, and give the skin more elasticity.
Cut down on wrinkles?? Give me a drum of the stuff!

2. It improves bone and joint health and may improve hormone production.
Hormones…middle aged hormone help. Sign me up!

3. Adding collagen powder to your diet may even cause the body to make more collagen on its own!

Put it in your smoothies, sprinkle it on your oatmeal, put it in tea…how ever you start the day.

Have an awesome day!

Carrie

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Who I am and what I believe.

 

THIS IS WHO I AM AND WHAT I BELIEVE

I am always pretty open about my beliefs and how I see the world.

Some might say that some of my thoughts and views on health/fitness/parenting/lifestyle are harsh and they are, but I’m ok with that.

 

I am cough well over 40 but I feel no where near that age.

 

I am starting to be ok with me now that Im in my 40’s – with age comes wisdom.

 

I married my best friend and I’m so blessed to have such a great partner.

 

I am a Virgo. If you look up the astrological definition of Virgo there just might be a picture of this girl.

 

I am a mom to 3. I have openly said that I have twins and because of that, nothing scares me.

 

Twins do not run in my family, a question everyone asks.

All 3 kids were conceived through IVF-a long and painful process but in the end worth every self administered needle and every surgery.

 

I was born and raised in Toronto. I live in Florida now and it’s home!

 

I am 5’1 BUT I think I make it to 5’3 in my running shoes with insoles.

 

I don’t weigh myself. The scale made me crazy when I was overweight. The heaviest number I saw when I was standing on a scale was 230lbs – I am sure I weighed more but that was the last time I got on the scale as an overweight person because all I could think about was that I weighed as much as Mike Tyson and I was only 5’1.

 

I was adopted.

 

My Dad died when I was six and my Mom raised me on her own.

As a Mom of 3, I dont know how she did it.

Sadly, I lost her on my 20th birthday (yes, on my birthday). I really dont look forward to celebrating my birthday since she died.

 

This is a TMI moment (you can skip it if you’re squeamish)

I didn’t get my menstrual cycle until I was 18. My mother took me to the Dr in total panic. I was quite content not having an answer or starting my cycle. Seeing all of my friends writhing in pain monthly did nothing for me. The Dr reassured her it was fine. She however, kept telling me that the blood was going to go to my brain and inferred I would likely die. She was wonderful at fear mongering and subsequently, I have developed that talent and passed it along to my children.

 

I regret not going to medical school. I had the opportunity and I didn’t pursue it. Oddly, I wanted to be a Dr despite the point above #funny – BUT I did finish my PhD in Nutrition in my 40’s and I am so proud of that. #DrCarrie

 

I became a clean freak and legit germaphobe once my son was born. It has not gotten any better and I am ok with that.

 

I overuse Purell and insist those around me do the same.

Roll your eyes if you will, I have heard the “we all need dirt speech” It’s a quirk and Im ok with it.

 

Im not a perfectionist but I want to be.

 

I expect a lot from those around me because I expect a lot from myself.

It’s an issue and no one is more critical of it than me.

 

I am one of the very few people who love what they do.

I “get” to help people change their lives.

I get to be a part of their journey. It is an honor and something I do with such pride and commitment.

 

The tone in which you speak can easily make me like or dislike you on any given day.

 

I love and overuse hashtag’s # – I think they are fun and the written word at times needs some comedy #LightenUpPeople

 

I am loyal to a fault.

 

Lying under any circumstances is not acceptable in my world. If you lie to me, I won’t forget it.

 

I go to church and I believe in and love God.

 

I hate fighting or conflict-it rips me up inside. But, to that point, I am as stubborn as a mule.

 

My spiritual walk has helped me love people on a deeper level.

 

When I come across as tough or mean on issues with health and fitness it is said or written with passion.

Being overweight was miserable and if I can save you from that, then yes, my words will be strong and harsh.

Life is not always rainbows and unicorns.

 

I hate movies that make me cry and even if it was a good movie I will say it was stupid if it made me cry.

 

My idea of parenting is that we are raising adults. I have expectations because I want my kids to be prepared and not blind sided.

 

I have some serious stretch marks from being over 230lbs. I also have loose skin because I had twins and ate gallons of ice cream while I was pregnant…I was eating for 3, gahhhhhh!

 

I am not opposed to plastic surgery. If it makes you feel better and you dont look crazy in the process then so be it.

 

I believe we should all have a charity we believe in and support.

 

I believe we all need to do some form of volunteer work regularly.

 

I can’t stand fake people (you know who you are). Be genuine. If you have a work or online persona and that is not you in real life IRL then you’re fake.

 

I can always justify buying new running shoes…always.

 

It is no secret I love donuts. I regret eating them each and every time.

 

I beat myself up daily with my lack of willpower.

 

My relationship with food is tormenting.

 

I am thankful and grateful for what I have and who I have become.

 

I know I can be better and I work towards being better everyday.

 

Now the really quirky side of me:

 

  • clutter and mess make me twitchy
  • I get weird about eating out and the thought of people (strangers) touching my food creeps me out
  • I bust out into dance moves at odd times, and I have no rhythm

 

  1.  I iron everything…and by everything I mean everything. So if you are thinking “does she iron (insert item here)….” yes, yes I do. I always have ironed everything and I always will. It’s weird, I’m fully aware.
  1. I don’t looooooove veggies. From time to time I think salad is lame. I eat them because I am not blessed with a great metabolism. I eat them because I know they are good for me and I tell myself that through each and every bite.

 

3. I have an obsession with Bath and Body Works. In my world you can never have enough hand sanitizer, soap, body lotion, lip gloss, candles or air fresheners.

 

4. I really like Monster Energy Zero….there I said it. Extra caffeine, zero calories, bubbles….come on, how great is that!  Simmer down, I know that pop/soda is bad but its just on the rare occasion I want a soda, it’s Monster Zero. #CaffeineAddict

 

5. NKOTB (New Kids on The Block) is my favourite boy band (man band). To this day they are still cranking out some fantastic beats in their 40’s….well done boys!! I still love them, and if Donnie Wahlberg ever calls, well….

 

6.  My favourite super hero’s are Iron Man, Captain America and Thor (he’s cute).

 

7.  I will never turn down steak.  A nice thick cut of glistening, right out of the broiler, sizzling steak.  I like mine medium rare…closer to rare…..rawwwwrrrrrrrrrr (that’s me growling).

Settle down Vegans, this is my list.

 

8.  When I go for a run I sing…crazy loud, tone-deaf kind of singing.  Yeah, I’m that girl you pass when you are driving by, “What is she doing?  Is she in pain?” Don’t judge, it just helps me run!!

 

9. If you get in a car with me at night you are taking your life in your own hands. I am completely night blind and my driving skills are well….

 

10. I would eat sushi 7 days a week but the fear of  glowing or growing fins from the mercury keeps me in check.

 

  1. I cannot stand…(I wanted to use the H word but I will hold back)…so read between the lines:

If you scrap your teeth on your fork while eating, be prepared.  I may launch myself across the table at you!  Also, if you lick or suck your fingers while eating I may throw my fork at you.

Get some friggin manners and tact…..gah….sooo gross.

 

Again, I know I can be better and I am working on it everyday.

 

Thank you for reading…now, you really know me…hope you still love me.

xo

 

What if you stayed the same?

Here is my question to you, please feel free to answer it or leave a comment below.

If you stayed at your current weight would you be happy?

Could you go through the next 20, 30,40, 50 years in the shape you are right now and be happy ? Honestly happy…not just settling.

 

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Where some might think that your physical appearance should not be tied to your happiness or state of mind, I say different.

So many people are consumed…yes, comsumed with unhappy thoughts because they are over weight and out of shape.

When I was at my heaviest (225lbs + ) there were days that all I could think about was how much happier I would be if I could just lose weight. Then there were days that all I could think about was which decadent food could I eat next. It was a viscious cycle and I am still tormented by it today.

I know I am happier now for a few reasons. Being over weight is not an all consuming thought. I am able to be active and do activites that I never dreamed of doing. I am happier now because I don’t beat myself up meal after meal, which is exhausting.

If you aren’t willing to make some sacrifices then you need to make peace that you are where you are and your weight will not change.

In fact, and this is not to fear monger but to open your eyes…your weight will go up.

Getting older and not being active means you slow down. Your hormones are involved (menopause) your metabolism slows to a grinding halt, add in stress and you have a recipe for obesity.

What will your life look like in a year, 2 years or 5 years if you continue to do nothing?

What will you feel like in a year, 2 years or 5 years if you continue to gain weight?

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I guarantee…I mean I guarantee that if you start to put focus on your health you will feel better, you will stop feeling fat, ugly and miserable. Today is your day.

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If you do nothing and keep doing nothing you will be unhappy…plain and simple.

 

The emotional side of being overweight is so mentally taxing but aside from that

you are taking years off of your life…which is a fact. Why would you want to do that?

 

Today is your day. Today is the day that you will make healthy choices and do some real physical activity.

 

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Happy February!!!

How is it February already?!

Did you make resolutions…and how are they doing??

I wanted to do a quick blog post and give a major shout out to our My Breakthrough Academy 30 Day Challenge Participants.

We had so many people change their lives in January, how amazing is that!!!

They ate real food, they did short focused workouts, they drank water and they were accountable!

There were no crazy food, pills, insane workouts or deprivation!

Real Results were EARNED!

I am so proud of everyone for taking back their lives.

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Real people, with real jobs, families, and responsibilities.

I am so proud of everyone that participated!!!

To see more of their results head over to www.mybreakthroughacademy.com

I hope you had a successful January and I hope your February is fit and healthy!

 

xo