My trip to NYC: Healthy Food Picks While Traveling

My trip to NYC: Healthy Food Picks While Traveling

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While traveling, most people are stuck between abandoning their healthy eating plans or not traveling at all. It can be tricky to eat healthy while traveling. With a little planning ahead and smart choices, you can stick to a healthy eating plan while traveling.

Let’s talk about snacks for the road and what to take. If you have a long road trip coming up and you are the type that doesn’t like to eat on the road or doesn’t really like the unhealthy options on the road then you will find this travel snacking tips very useful.

Here are some healthy snacks I pack when I am traveling with my family:
• Some hard-boiled eggs.
• Turkey and wraps to make some turkey roll-ups with hummus.
• Protein bars
• Meal replacement shakes for breakfast.
• Beverage mix, it’s got protein in it and it counts as a snack.
• Bananas that are getting a little ripe to make some healthy muffins.

Whenever I travel with my family we like to stay in an Airbnb because we are in and out of meetings the whole weekend. I also love having a kitchen because I can make my own breakfast and dinner, and I can just come down to the refrigerator if I need a midnight snack. I can keep some yogurt, or some eggs in there, and I can just have a snack before bed if I want.

So if you will be staying in a hotel or in a rented Airbnb, try to take things that will be easy for you to put together to make a quick snack or meal and that way you won’t be tempted to snack unhealthily. Some other things that I take along with me are jerky, and cut veggies. I also put either hummus or peanut butter in a mason jar, and cut up celery sticks and just stick them in there. And, that way they’ll just be ready to go.

 

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Key Ingredient to Success

Key Ingredient to Success

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Are you wondering why some people find success and others don’t? There is one thing that sets the successful people apart. Learn the one thing that set your on your path to success, in anything you do.

Having total confidence is the number one thing you need in business if you want to be profitable in your field. It doesn’t matter if you work from home, or you have a brick and mortar, or if you are a professional working under another brand, you need to have full confidence, and it is the thing that sets people apart from being successful or not.

You need this inner knowing that you have what it takes, you have what your client needs, and you know how to solve their problem. This is so, so important because as a customer if I’m coming to you with a problem, I want to hear from you that you know what you’re talking about and that you are confident that you know how to fix my problem. If there’s any hesitation in your voice or your body language at all, people will sense it so you have to always thrive to build your confidence level.

So, how do you gain confidence?  It’s already in you, you just need to work it and you need to know how to bring it out. Here are some few things I do to help me step into that confidence:

Dressing Up. I work from home, and I love to be in yoga pants. But when I feel like I really need some fierce confidence, especially if I’m getting on live video, I take a few extra minutes to really think about what I’m wearing. Just having a nice pair of pants on, a nice top, doing my makeup, and having some jewelry on, it just puts a pep in my step to know that I am a super savvy businesswoman, rather than just a mom hanging out in her yoga pants. Dressing up helps uplevel my confidence.

Write down things that make you great:  Write down, make a list of the top 10 or 20 things that make you awesome, makes you amazing. These could be things that no one else can do. These could be things you’ve overcome or that you do for your clients. But having this list so you can refer back to when you are having kind of gloomy day or not really feeling it, you can look at this list and it is an awesome list and a list that says, “Wow. Look how awesome you are. Look at all these things you have done or you can do.” I think that is all really important.

Good Music. I love music, nothing gets me in the mood, in a higher vibration than some good dancing music and it can help you uplevel your confidence when you’re not feeling so great.

 

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How to Build a Home Gym for Busy Moms

How to Build a Home Gym for Busy Moms

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Disclosure: Affialiate links are included in this post and I may receive a compensation if you choose to purchase. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.

For years, I didn’t workout and used the excuse that I couldn’t get to the gym. There came a time that I had to get over my excuses and get into action.

With 2 kids and running an in home daycare, I had no time for the gym.

It’s true that I lost my first 20 pounds without ever stepping foot in a gym. Read more about how to fit in your workout.

A gym is not required to lose weight or workout. Not everyone has access to a gym, based on location, schedules or if you have childcare. Even if you don’t have access to a gym, you can build your at home gym, with these equipment upgrades.

With a few small investments, you can have everything you need at home, to get an effective workout for burning fat. Whether you are just starting out or if you are looking to add new workouts to your routine, start adding these essentials to your at home gym.

 

Here are some recommended tools to have in your home gym:

Dumbbells. I recommend having dumbbells in several sizes, anywhere from three all the way up to twelve pounds. If you’re just starting out, you might want to start with maybe a five or eight-pound dumbbell and as you get stronger, you can increase the weight, up to a ten, twelve, fifteen-pound dumbbell. You can use it for everything from upper body work out, bicep curls, to shoulder press squats and lunges. Dumbbells are very versatile, you can work up multiple muscle groups at the same times unlike a lot of machines at the gym that usually works only one muscle.

Kettle Bells. They are a free weight and very similar to dumbbells but can be used differently, like kettlebell swings.

Medicine ball. A medicine ball is just a weighted ball and this is great for your core. Sometimes, if you’re working out from home, it can be a little hard to target the back and one move that a personal trainer taught me: bounce the ball off of the floor, or on the ground, or off a wall. It really works your back in a way that dumbbells just don’t.

Your body. Your body is such a great tool, and you can do a lot of workouts just with your body alone. If you know how to use bodyweight exercises, you can work out anywhere: at the hotel, at the park with your kids, which I do quite often. If the kids want to play and I just didn’t get time to go to the gym or get my workout in, I can do some workouts right at the park with my kids.

Jump Ropes. Jump rope is great for getting your heart rate up and getting you into the fat burning mode. You can get jump ropes and most any Walmart or Target, but Amazon has some cool ones, like these.

Yoga Mat. Yoga mats are great for stretching. Stretching is so powerful, and just doing a couple yoga moves, or when you first wake up, can really make or break your day. Just getting on your yoga mat for a few minutes to stretch out your body is great.

Mini-Trampoline. The mini-trampoline is great for getting in that little bit of cardio and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. It is great for winter time when you don’t go out or to the gym as often as you want to. It is also great for multitasking and you can do it first thing in the morning while listening to something positive.

And even my kids love it!

So if you’re having trouble getting to the gym, maybe you work crazy hours and you can’t always get there, or you’re too tired, I encourage you to go to your local store or Amazon and get these tools and start losing some weight.

Just getting started on losing weight? In my next masterclass, I am revealing how I lost over 30 pounds without a gym. Join here.

 

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Stretch Your Wardrobe While Losing Weight

Stretch Your Wardrobe While Losing Weight

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Have you ever found yourself going to your closet and nothing is fitting? Maybe you recently lose weight and now you are in an akward phase of all your clothes being too big? The opposite can happen too, and this is common in early stages of pregnancy.

There are some very important wardrobe essentials you need as your body changes. These essentials will prolong your wardrobe as you’re losing weight and will grow with you. Changing your whole wardrobe can be the most expensive part of losing weight, as nothing in your closet fits and you have to get new clothes. However, if you still have weight to lose, you may not want to spend a lot of money on a new wardrobe, just yet.

Here are five wardrobe essentials to always have in your wardrobe that will grow with you:

Stretchy Fabrics:  This is a very important piece to own. A lot of jeans now come in stretchy materials and they have a bit of stretch to them so they stay fitted and grow with you whether you are losing weight or building muscles.

Elastic Waistbands:  Having skirts and pants with elastic waistbands in your wardrobe is essential as they can grow or slim down with you.

Wrap Dresses or Wrap Tops: This is really important because they’re really expandable and very flattering on a lot of different body types, they can adjust with you as you are going up or down in sizes. If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant these are also great because they can grow with you and then they can go back down once you go back to your regular size. Wrap dresses are really a great thing to have in your wardrobe.

 


Empire Waists:  An empire waist stops right at your bust line and then the rest of the top just goes down and it can be really flattering if you’re a little self-conscious of your tummy and it will really prolong your wardrobe.

Accessories:  Accessories can bring or lead the eye where you want it to go. I love to have a big flashy necklace or earring because it brings the eye up. Other accessories like belts can also accentuate the waistline and create an hourglass look especially if you’re more square shaped and don’t have much of a waistline.

Some of my favorite places to shop are ThredUp, Le Tote and Lulus.com

Are you looking for a community of women who are committed to looking and feeling good? Join the private Facebook group

 

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3 Essential Ingredients for Reaching Your Goals Faster

3 Essential Ingredients for Reaching Your Goals Faster

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You don’t necessarily need a New Year to set new goals, however, it is good to reflect on where you were last year, what progress you’ve made,  where you want to go, what goals have not come into fruition and what new goals you are setting for yourself.  It is also important to keep up leveling and striving towards getting better so as not to lose yourself completely. No matter the type of goal you are setting, whether it’s a  New Year’s resolution or not, these tips works for any kind of goal you have set for yourself.

Here are the top five New Year’s resolutions and goals most people set and how to can crush them:

 

  1. Health And Fitness. This is the number one goal every single year and so health and fitness is an important one and a couple of years ago that was my most important one.
  2. More Self Love. I love that more people are taking better care of themselves and they want a better relationship with themselves. I just love that because having self-love definitely has improved all areas of my own life.
  3. Self Improvement. Self-improvement could mean career, relationships or better self-improvement. You could learn more, read more books, attend seminars or whatever it means for you.
  4. Less Screen Time. When I first started working out one of the things that I did, which wasn’t necessarily a goal of mine but help in achieving my goal was getting rid of our cable and instead of watching TV, I started working out and so, that hour or two a day that I was watching TV, was more time for my workouts.
  5. Time or Money Management. People should learn to get better with money whether that’s cutting back on expenses, increasing your income, being more mindful of spending or being more strategic with investments and savings.

Now, let ’s talk about how to crush these goals,  It is not fun to set goals and then at the end of the year you look back and didn’t accomplish anything. Whatever your goal is, it doesn’t have to be weight loss or health related it can apply to everyone. Here are some ways to crush whatever goals you have set for yourself.

  • Write your goals down and keep it front and center because you need to have that visual constant reminder. It’s actually a proven fact that people who write down their goals are actually more likely to hit them and even better, you can have it somewhere where you have to look at it as a visual representation every day like a vision board. A lot of people write down their goals, but, then they put it in a notebook and never look at it again for the full rest of the year and they forget what they were striving for and sometimes life happens and they get sidetracked so that constant reminder is needed.
  • Ask yourself ‘’what can I do daily to help me get to that place where I want to be’’?. It’s not about those big astronomical steps you have to take, but, something daily. They say if you want to change anything in your life, change something you do daily. Tracking your food intake in a food journal is really helpful, tracking your money daily is really helpful and can show you where you’re spending money or food or calories or whatever. Whatever your daily activity is in that area can be really powerful by taking those baby steps every single day
  • Believe in yourself. Make sure that you absolutely know that you can do this, remember that you have had a lot of success in different areas of your life and you can do this one too. Constantly remind yourself that you’ve got this, I can do this and I know I can make this happen if I just focus on those daily baby steps.

 

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