5 Ideas To Spark Your Weight Loss Goals!

It’s the beginning of the year, the second month of the year in fact, have you fallen off the band wagon yet? Don’t worry, according to a study done by Strava shows that January 12th is the date majority of people quit their resolutions. In fact, the study goes on to show that 80% of people who make resolutions do not keep them.

How about we put that statistics aside and focus on your goals? Here are 5 ideas to spark your weight loss goals!

# 1 – Water, Water, Water.

I can repeat myself over and over and over again. Drink your water. Seriously. Drink at the very least 80 oz of water. I aim for at least half my body weight in ounces every day. Water is an essential part of weight loss. Water is an essential part of the human body functioning. PLEASE DRINK YOUR FREAKING WATER. Also, if you’re asking why you’re not losing weight, check your water intake.

# 2 – Just 2 lbs At A Time.

Have a large weight loss goal? My long-term goal is over 30 lbs. However, I know that if I focus on 30 lbs even the smallest little weight loss will still be discouraging. Instead, try focusing on just two lbs at a time. You’ll be thrilled for each 2 lbs you shed off!

# 3 – Meal Prep.

Again, like water, be prepared. You want to meal prep so those work/school/etc vending machines do not tempt you. Meal prep doesn’t have to be extravagant. Pick a protein, pick a veggie, pick a small but, complex carb. You can even do sheet pan meals to make it easier! You can find all of my meal prep ideas on my Pinterest account under Meal Prep Central.

# 4 – Document Your Journey.

This is important. No one deserves for you to document your journey more than YOU. Use your journey as personal development. Why are you on this journey? How did you get to be the weight you are now? Be incredibly honest, raw and real with yourself. Keep it to yourself, or share it to the world.

# 5 – Stick To It.

Let’s say you’re on a roll. You’ve lost weight, you feel great, so you have a treat. And that one treat turns into another, then another and again, another. It’s important for you to stick with it. Treat, not cheat! Yes, you deserve that sweet treat for being consistent. But, ensure that you don’t cheat. When you do cheat, you are only cheating yourself.

Each month is a new month to be successful. You’ve got to grab life by the horns and stick to your guns.

Xo, Sabrina.

Motivation Monday: Consistency.

Happy Monday! Are you groaning because it’s Monday again? Who said Monday’s have to be so bad? Turn your frowns upside down and let’s talk about your Monday Motivational – Consistency.

Success does not come from what you do occasionally. Success comes from what you do consistently.

Let me tell you what makes my Monday’s great. Want to take a guess? It’s consistency. Whether it is a day off Monday or a work day consistency makes a huge difference for me. My routine for work days includes the following:

  • Wake & Rise 3-330 AM
  • Work Out 330-4 AM
  • Shower/Freshen/Leave – 4-420 AM.

I know that this routine to others is astonishing. Who willingly wakes up at 3 AM? Shall I remind you, I have newborn twins. Getting up and working out is my only “me” time.

My days off are just slightly different. I’m still the first to wake in the home. I need that time to myself.

  • Wake & Rise 5-530 AM
  • Work Out 530-6 AM
  • Wake Girls/Start Laundry/Hot Coffee 6 AM
  • Wake Boys/Begin Day 7 AM

I’m not here to tell you that waking up early is easy. In my mind, that’s a complete lie. There are several days where I just don’t want to get up. However, it’s important to me to have time to myself. It’s important to me to invest in myself in order to have a better day. It’s important to me to be consistent.

There are several ways consistency can improve your day, and I mean every day not just Monday’s. Meal prep is a consistency that makes each day easier. Daily rituals, devotionals and more can make you a happier person.

You see the common theme here right? Now let’s talk about a different version of consistency. “New Year, New Me” – Nah, same year, same me – NEW adventures!

Do not live the same year 75 times and call it a ‘life’.

Robin Sharma

I’ll say it again, same year, same me – NEW adventures. You can still be consistent while living new adventures. Can we be honest here? It’s February already and I have yet to have an adventure. Unless you consider trips to multiple doctors adventures, ha! My goal for February is at least one family adventure, and that scares me. But, even if I take the adventure I will still be consistent in working out, making Monday’s great and enjoying our time off together.

Be consistent in taking time for you. Be consistent in adventuring. Be consistent in living a life worth living. Be consistent in making memories. Whatever you do, just be consistent!

Happy Monday!

Xo, Sabrina.

Easy Meal Prep for Week Day Success!

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Hey there! I’ve gotten a few questions recently about my meal prep. Again, one of my goals for 2020 is to focus on my health. You can read about all of my goals here.

As a mom of five, a wife and a full time employee one of the most frequently asked questions I get is HOW. How do I do it? I’m not kidding, some days I truly don’t know how I do it. BUT! I do know that meal prepping is one of the many things I am able to do to make my life easier. Because it makes life easier for me, I thought I’d share my easy meal prep steps to make your week successful!

Before We Begin…

I know you’ve searched high and low for meal prepping pictures. You’ve looked on Instagram, Pinterest and so much more. Each picture looks so delicious and yet, seemingly difficult to prepare.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Meal prep is so simple. So simple a caveman can do it, no offense to my caveman readers. Before you begin you’re meal prep there are a few things you may want to pick up.

Meal Prep Containers. Depeneding on your work schedule and how many people you prep for, you’ll want to get containers for your meals. For example, I prep for myself. I prep based on the weeks I work. I work 5 days one week, and 2 days the following week. I also eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at work. Therefore I need at minimum, 15 containers. I currently use the Good Cook brand of containers. I use the two compartment, half cup for breakfast and a three compartment for lunch and dinner. These come in a variety of colors and sizes so add your personal flair!

Lunch Box. Another important tool in preparedness is something to take your meal prep with you when you go! I have tried countless lunchboxes. The most important thing about lunchboxes is the ability to fit your meal prep containers. I was lucky enough to be gifted a lunchbox for Christmas that fits all of my containers and then some! You can find my lunchbox here.

Room in the fridge. Clear room, especially if you are a Monday-Friday employee. You’ll need space in your fridge to store the meals as you grab and go for the rest of the week.

Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy.

I’m gonna let you in on a secret. Are you ready? Come in close…

I’m no expert on meal prep, I draw ideas from my Pinterest board and “build” my own.

Shocker, I know. But, seriously! I look for simple ideas on Pinterest. I find things that look good, that look appetizing and that are easy to modify. Check out my Pinterest board, Meal Prep Central for your own inspo.

I typically meal prep the day before my shift. So if I work on a Monday, I’m meal prepping Sunday. If I don’t work till Wednesday, I’m meal prepping Tuesday. That means I’m gathering the ideas, shopping and ready to prep before these days!

To begin, I look at my weeks work schedule. Let’s look at next week for me. I work Wednesday and Thursday next week. I’ve already pre-planned my two meals. I eat the same thing for both days.

Breakfast – 2 Eggs/2 Oz Johnsonville Chorizo/2 oz Steamed Sweet Potatoe w/onion.

Lunch – California Sushi Roll Bowl W/Cauliflower Rice.

Dinner – 1 Cowboy Turkey Burger, Slaw, 1 Cup Grilled Zucchini.

See, how simple it is?! I cook starting with breakfast and make my way down. Any extras I have I utilize on my day’s off. I try to keep it as simple as possible. I will admit, I am not great at sticking to recipes but I do try! The most complicated thing on this meal prep is the California Sushi Roll Bowl but it’s still simple! You just have to break down what works for you. Protein, Veggie, Carb. That’s it.

You can do this same thing with dinner, though I prefer using my Instant Pot. You can find all of my favorite Instant Pot recipes or ideas on Instant Pot Dinners, here.

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Have your own essentials for meal prep? Recipes to share? Comment below or on any of our social media. We’d love to chat!

Xo, Sabrina.

Try It Tuesday – Shopping Aisles

Happy Tuesday!

As many of my followers know, I have been on a fitness journey for quite some time. I can attest that I have tried lots of different diets such as keto, paleo, NSNG, and so, so much more. Yet, with all of those diets, one thing remained consistent. Whatever I lost, I gained back almost immediately. Can you believe that? I can, and now I understand why! The diets I was trying were not sustainable for me. I was limiting and restricting myself so much, that every treat became a cheat for not just one meal but every meal.

I changed that consistent fluctuation of gain and loss with small color coded containers for portion. I changed my mindset by utilizing a program called Ultimate Portion Fix. Now, I had known about the containers previously and had been using them since Autumn Calabrese came out with them. Shes definitely my girl crush, FYI! But, this program was a game changer for me!

Ultimate Portion Fix isn’t just a one size fits all program. Oh no! This is a program that provides you the education you need in order to make smarter choice regarding portion control, grocery shopping and so much more! So, for this ‘try it’ Tuesday, I am encouraging you to give this a shot!

At the grocery store, do you often find yourself gravitating to the inner aisles? You too, huh, know that you are not alone! Food is quite literally, addictive! In an average year, we consume well over 100 lbs of sugar each year? This sugar is found almost every where, especially in processed foods, which you guessed it is in the inner aisles of our grocery stores!

Take a trip to the outer aisles of the grocery store, can you make a whole shopping trip out of these aisles? These include the produce, the meats, the dairy, frozen, and deli sections of your store. Can you plan a week’s worth of meals on these aisles alone?

I know I can, and I’d love to show you how too! If you’re interested in a FREE work shop on meal planning and grocery shopping, I run a free work shop every month! Let’s get together and focus your family on nutrition!

XO – Sabrina