Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Flank Steak Stir Fry

This is what's for dinner tonight!!

We love our Chinese food around here, but come on... let's face it-- there is so much sodium in that stuff that we are bloated and feeling gross for days after eating it! So, my hubby and I like to put our own spin on stir fry!!

I am sharing this recipe with you to help you make your own delicious dinner without the guilt! It is healthy and so good! And as always, kid approved!!!



2-inch slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
3 1/2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. crushed red pepper
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. raw honey
¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame seed oil
1½ lbs. flank steak 

1 bunch of broccoli
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
sliced or julienne carrots (as many as you'd like)
brown rice

Cut steak into strips. 

Combine ingredients and marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Cook to your liking. 

Cut the broccoli and peppers up into chunks and add it to the stir fry about 5-8 minutes before it is finished cooking! We like ours to still have a little 'crunch' to them!

Serve over a bed of brown rice!


Monday, April 7, 2014


Val's Summer Slim Down Challenge

Are you tired of feeling down? Feeling crappy? Just feeling blah? Do you need a CHANGE. Something that you can do for yourself and become happy?!!
Are you dreading the summer months because they just snuck up on you? You know that beach season is literally a couple of months away and you are down in the dumps knowing that you let time slip away again instead of taking action and getting FIT!

I want to help you feel good about yourself. No matter what your size, shape, age or gender... we all have to feel comfortable in our own skin. When we don't then not only are we miserable with ourselves, but we tend to make everyone around us miserable too. Why not take a chance on YOU and make a change. A change that will help you become happy and healthy all at the same time. 

I remember the days of feeling embarrassed to be in a bathing suit. I would always wear a towel or a cover up over my mid section because I knew I had some 'extra fluff.' I also know the feeling of just having a baby!! And how you feel amazing because of the little bundle of joy you have in your arms, but then the extra 5, 10, 20, 50 pounds left over that you have to lose!


My game changer was six years ago. Six years ago after I had my first baby and I just looked down and saw the way that my stomach looked... it didn't look like that before I got pregnant, that's for sure! So, my mother in law surprised my husband and I with P90X. It had just came out and I was a HUGE skeptic. How could something that she got from an infomercial really work? It was all a gimmick. 

WELL, the JOKE was on ME! I humored my husband and we did it every night after we put our infant down to sleep. And let me tell you, that program was NO JOKE. And, although hard as heck.. I FELL IN LOVE! Tony Horton whipped my butt into shape! I had lost 10 pounds in the first month and I just kept pushing play. Everyday! -- And yes, there were many times that I had to hit pause, stop for a little bit, but then just played it when I was ready... and the results still came!

It's your time!

From there we basically went through all of the programs over the years. When I got to TurboFire, I KNEW that I had found my soulmate workout! Chalene Johnson was my GIRL! I had done TurboJam around the time that I did P90X and loved her in that. She and her sister Jenelle honestly just changed me! "Working out" with them everyday just kept me motivated and her words of encouragement filled my soul!!! 

So, now after my ramble of my love affair with all of the programs, I am getting to FOCUS T25. ---HOT HOT HOT! I'm telling you. I never had abs until this program. I seriously can go on and on about it! It is literally 25 minutes a day from start to finish. It is just an amazing program. Period. The moves are different from any that I've ever done in a program before. And I never did a single sit up! Pretty cool deal if you ask me!

T25 results

Okay- so here we are.. you are thinking-- "WOW! That's awesome! But, I don't know...." Well, I do know. YOU CAN DO THIS!! I WANT YOU TO DO THIS WITH ME!!

So, consider this your formal SUMMER SLIM DOWN CHALLENGE INVITE!! We start on April 14th and workouts officially kick off on the 21st. We can do this together! I promise you, I'm a pretty darn good coach and I have a huge success rate of clients. 
I'm normal. I'm a mom, I'm a wife and I'm a natural motivator. I WANT nothing more than to help you succeed. NOTHING more than than show you that a healthy lifestyle is NOT HARD. It is fun and necessary for not on your future, but for your children (if you have any!)!!

I KNOW that it is hard to ask for help. It is kind of like admitting you have a problem, right? Well, I don't look at it like that. Change is hard to do alone. We need a support system. This is where my groups take the cake (you like that pun don't you ;) ). Shoot, I have areas in my life where I still struggle with! I mean, lets face it.. we have a lot on our plates! I am a mom, a wife, a business owner, so I work full time from home and I'm also lucky enough to be here for my babes at the same time. I'm a 'maid', a chef, a 'nurse', a financial planner, a gardener, a pet taker care of er and the list goes on! I quit making excuses a long time ago! NOW, I just make lists ;) And when I do that, life goes much smoother. 

So here is the scoop!!!  This month T25 is on promotion which means that they have discounted the price about $90 for the challenge pack.  Plus T25 is by far the most effective workout I have seen.  Yes, you can actually get great results in 25 minutes a day 5 days a week. Trust me, you jump right in, you get started, you work hard and you get results.  Shaun T has great modifications so no matter what your ability level is you can do this workout!!!!  You can see from the pictures below that it works!!! 
So T25 is the program of choice, because lets face it we don't have hours to spend in the gym and we have to get on with life.  So this fits our lifestyle!!!! 

Then you are committed to replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology for the duration of the 10 weeks.  Yes, I know that some people don't want to do a meal replacement, they are afraid they won't like it, it won't taste good, its too expensive or they don't want to have to drink it forever to keep the weight off!  Well, the good news is this!  It is not your typical protein shake!!  It is a meal replacement with the proper carb to protein ratio to keep you full for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, to give you natural energy, to curb cravings for sweets, and to keep you healthy!  Most of us have good intentions of eating healthy, of cooking and preparing all our meals each day but lets face it that doesn't happen.  We run late, we oversleep, the kids misbehaved and we are finding ourselves running out the door without breakfast or lunch.  Instead of hitting the drive thru you literally grab a shaker cup, water and Shakeology!  Breakfast on the go minus the crap that weighs you down and keeps you from reaching your goal.  It's nutrition in a glass and its convenient!!!  So, trust me on this!  Give me 10 weeks of Shakeology and I will teach you how to plan out your meals, how to make better choices and at the end of the group you will be armed with all the tools to make healthy decisions and you can decide to continue or not at that time! DEAL!!!!!

So now what?!  What can you expect?!  When you sign up for my challenge group you don't just get a bag of Shakeology and a fitness program!  You get "ME"!!!!  LOL, well you get a lot!  So I run groups in which I add you to a closed online support group where no one but the members of the group can see what is being posted. Then, I have an entire week before we start and I call it "Pre-Season" and this is where we plan and prep.  I help you write goals, we do pics and measurements, we talk about meal planning in depth and I guide you in the right direction to be ready for day 1! 
Then each week you get a motivational Monday video from me, and a daily post with either tips, tricks, recipes, accountability to keep you on track.  Each day you log in, read the daily post, log your accountability stats and you stay focused on your journey!  There will be ups and downs, days you want to quit, or days that you feel like the progress isn't happening fast enough. That is why I am here!   I will help you stay focused and accountable so this program doesn't become something else you buy, have good intentions and then life get in the way and never finish!  This time it's different!!!!!

NOW is the time to do this. NOW is YOUR time. Prove to yourself that you can change. It is a learned habit and I will be there with you ever step of the way. Let's do this together! Do you have what it takes!?!

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