No matter how laid back or formal the wedding, everyone wants dessert, and most of us want cake. Traditional wedding cakes are not as simple as mixing up some Duncan Hines and pouring it into your old casserole dish. These creations can be extremely elaborate and could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Over $1000.00 for a cake? Yep! Crazy, right? Today we're going to pick apart the frosting options. Some bakers may try to persuade you to one style or the other depending on their preference, or there may be a large cost difference between the two, so I want you to go into your tasting fully informed so you know what you're getting yourself into!
Let's start with Fondant...
As you can see, fondant is super versatile. It can be smoothed to perfection for the bride with an eye for details who wants everything to be flawless (left). It can be molded to provide certain textures, like a quilted pattern or be cut and shaped to make flowers (center), or it can be used to make a unique, whimsical, sculpture-like creation (right). It is, however, typically the most expensive option because of the labor that goes into making these gorgeous confections. It's hand rolled, laid over the cake, and smoothed out by hand. Although it does look great, in my opinion the taste leaves something to be desired. If you've been to a wedding that served a fondant cake, you will likely remember peeling off the fondant and flopping it to the side of your plate. It's not a big deal, but it really isn't edible for most people. It's essentially gum paste (Think sugary play-doh). If you want perfection or a unique design, go ahead and get fondant. It will be beautiful. Yes, your guests will likely "peel" off the top layer, but most bakers have a signature frosting that they layer underneath and of course there are TONS of filling options (Mmmm filling...). You will still have a totes delicious cake despite the discarded fondant.
If you are into something beautiful AND completely edible, or maybe something just a bit more textured or rustic looking...my personal pick is always buttercream...
Cake makers all have their own variation on the buttercream recipe, but it's basically the sweet frosting-y goodness that your mouth is watering for right now. Some are more sweet, some more creamy, depending on the ingredients and method used. You will want to interview cake shops and set up a tasting (Yay!) to see if their buttercream is to your liking. As for looks, buttercream can be smoothed quite well by most professional cake artists (a near perfect example is the cake on the right). If you want 100% edible and delicious, and are ok with or prefer not having the absolutely flawless look of fondant, buttercream is the way to go. It will almost always be the less expensive option compared to fondant.
What ever type of cake you decide to go with, get what YOU like and what falls within your budget (I'll have some tips for cost saving in a future blog). It's your day, and all that matters is that YOU like the cake that you're cutting into.
Just kidding. These aren't pupcakes. I just really like the word "pupcake". I found this recipe a while back and wanted to tweak it a little bit. Originally I used all flour, and they just didn't seem to have the right texture. I know this because my girls told me "mom, these need more texture", obviously. So this time, instead of all flour I decided to add some old fashioned oats. They are super cute and Ginger has literally turned into a cookie monster over them. She has taken to sitting in the kitchen entryway, honking until I give her one. I really hope you'll try these for your pups. They take about 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake.
1 cup whole wheat organic flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
2 jars of baby food, any flavor but one with onions or garlic, because those ingredients are bad for your pups. I used turkey and sweet potato.
Mix everything together and roll into balls (about the size you'd get from a melon baller).
Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 for 20 minutes! Let cool and serve!
When you start to get fit, you will have A LOT of haters crawl out of the woodwork. It's just a given. When you start to better yourself, people who do not have the drive to do the same will try to bring you down. The office asshole will say things to you like "Oh, she's too good to eat donuts..." or "You don't need to exercise, you're skinny enough already". People will say NOTHING if you load TONS of calories and saturated fat into your body. They won't even blink an EYE if you sign up for the local hot dog eating contest. But the second you pick up an apple instead of a bag of chips, suddenly errybody's got an opinion. At some point you just have to block out the haters and remember that you're doing this for YOU. (Warning: <--Sometimes the haters will even be your own family). You just have to remember that it says more about THEM and THEIR issues than yours. I have dealt with this many a time and typically years down the road, those haters are still unhealthy and miserable while the person who chose to make a change is living an INCREDIBLE life.
Stay strong, and keep going.
Flowers can be the most beautiful as well as the most pointless part of your wedding day. The cake will be smashed into your husband's face and enjoyed by your guests. The invites and favors will be nice keepsakes. The dress will live on in pictures and one rainy day 20 years from now you'll do your best to fit into it. The flowers...will most likely end up in the garbage. Why are they so darn expensive? Because they are essential and florists know it. There are all types of brides out there. There are low maintenance brides who want a small barefoot ceremony on the beach, and there's brides who want the 5 star experience complete with every Hollywood wedding detail. They will all carry something down the aisle, and 99% of them will carry flowers. A bridal bouquet alone will cost at least $150. Factor in bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen, corsages and boutonnieres for family members, and any other miscellaneous floral needs and you're looking at yet another $1000.00 added to your growing budget. What ever happened to the days when you spent $7.00 on your prom date's boutonniere? You didn't order that from a florist...Your mom called the local supermarket and picked it up on her way home from work, right? Exactly.
When planning your bouquet and floral arrangements for your wedding, my best advice is to contact your local supermarket (provided they have a floral department, of course). Many times a grocery floral department will do just as good of a job as a traditional florist, and sometimes they will do better! A bridal bouquet from a grocery florist will run between $25.00 and $50.00. A standard bridal bouquet from a traditional florist will be typically between $100.00 and $200.00. A boutonniere will run around $10.00 from a grocery store, whereas a florist may charge $30.00-$50.00. Most grocery store florists will also sell bunches of flowers to you at cost. If you are thinking about using gerbera daisies floating in shallow bowls or carnations in mason jars as centerpieces, you will save considerably if you order this from your local grocer and ask a friend or family member to set them up for you before the reception. If you decide to go with a supermarket florist, you will literally save HUNDREDS of dollars. So why doesn't every bride do this? Well, even though it is usually your least expensive option, there are some drawbacks.
1. No delivery.
This one is not a major problem for many brides who have family and friends offering to help out with anything they can in preparation for the special day, but for some brides with limited resources or large orders, this can be a draw back.
2. Your options are limited.
Most supermarket florists order the standards only: Roses, tulips, gerbera daisies, carnations. You may get lucky and have a fabulous florist in your local market that orders (or has the ability to order) different types of flowers like peonies, freesia, hydrangeas and callalillies, but most likely you're looking at the typical rose bouquet. You will also only be able to use what is "in season." Grocers do not typically go to the ends of the earth to get an out of season flower the way that a traditional florist might.
3. You will probably not get the full on "bridal experience"
One would hope that employees of supermarket floral departments are there because they love arranging flowers, but some employees may have ended up there because they weren't fast at scanning cans of beans and laundry detergent. Worse than that, some may not care at all and just be there for the paycheck. At a quality florist, you will get a full-on consultation, where the florist will ask you to describe your vision for the event, show you pictures from bridal magazines or samples of different types of flowers that they have on hand, and truly help you come up with the perfect arrangement. For some brides, this is worth the cost. At a supermarket floral counter you need to already know what you want, more or less. Chances are the employee will not give you much one-on-one time to create something unique. If you are a "red rose only" kind of bride, or can already envision multicolor gerbera daisies and baby's breath, this may be a good fit for you. Something I would encourage every bride to do is set up a consultation with a traditional florist, decide on what you like, ask for a quote, and then head on over to the local market to see if they might be able to meet your needs at a fraction of the price. You are not locked in to anything with the florist unless you put down a deposit, and when planning a wedding, price shopping is a must! You may find out that you want to spend the extra money for the quality experience of working with an experienced florist.
4. Customer service may be lacking.
The best advice that I have for brides on a budget looking to use a supermarket florist is to make sure that they are able to accommodate your needs when you first start planning the wedding, place the order about a month to two weeks in advance, confirm a week ahead of time (so that you know your flowers are ordered), and finally confirm a few days before the wedding. Again, these people may be completely professional and organized, but grocery stores have large numbers of employees and there may be some miscommunication. I have had a few brides use this option only to get there on Saturday morning to pick up their bouquet and have the worker behind the counter stare at them with a blank expression and then scurry to make something with whatever's been picked over by husbands picking up ready-made bouquets for their wives the night before. This option IS the least expensive way to go, but it is not the easiest. So please check, double check, and confirm EVERYTHING leading up to your special day. My advice is to find out when the floral manager is working and place all orders with he or she directly.
So, now that we're done with the disclaimers, you will have a lot to think about. If you know exactly what you want right now, and it seems to fit with what you've seen at your local grocer, it is absolutely my best wedding tip to save money. If you want callallilies in November, you may need to contact a traditional florist.
My true feelings on the 3 Day Refresh9/14/2014
I've never been a fan of "cleanses". To me they are a quick fix for people who don't want to put in the hard work, but want a "quick fix" at the last minute before they see all of their old sorority sisters at a reunion. I say that, because that was me. I've never been in a sorority (thankyouverymuch), but I have tried plenty of last minute "crash diets". I even tried the "master cleanse" a few years ago. You know, the one where you drink nothing but water, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and maple syrup? I didn't want to do any real work but had these "pie in the sky" dreams that I would miraculously drop 20 pounds and have the body of my dreams. Yeah...I lasted about 6 hours before I was heaving the concoction into my work toilet and heading to Bojangles.
About two years ago, I finally figured out that the only way to lose weight and be healthy is to put in the hard work...meaning eat healthy and exercise. Beachbody programs and products embodied that sentiment, always stressing health, not quick fixes...which was why I fell so in love with this company and decided to become a coach. So when Isabelle Daikler, creator of shakeology, announced at the Beachbody coaching summit this past June that she had created a three day cleanse formulated to be a healthy way for people to "slim down" or reset their cravings after an indulgence, I was a bit caught off guard. Immediately there was a buzz around this program. I made mention of it on my facebook page and right away had lots of interest...after all, everyone wants a quick fix, right? I was still leary, but decided to just TRY it and see if it would prove me wrong, because I knew that with the creators of Shakeology, I was at least being safe. My husband said he would try it too and reminded me that he lasted 5 hours longer than I did on the "master cleanse". So, we started on a Monday. I premade all of our meals and had them all laid out, ready to go on Sunday night. I gotta say, I found that not having to stress about what I was going to eat was really nice. So THIS is what people mean by "meal prep". Totally makes sense now. Anyways, day one was not as hard as I thought it would be. I didn't have any really bad cravings and I just set my intentions on being successful and it was relatively easy. I woke up not starving, but pretty hungry on day two. I went through my day and tried to stay positive, but as the day wore on, I got hungry and wanted pizza. I realize that scientifically, that's probably where the detox-y (technical term) symptoms were coming into play. I am a food addict, so this program was all about mental strength for me. I pushed those thoughts aside for a few hours, but at about 8pm when my stomach literally started growling, I knew it wasn't just mind over matter. I didn't give in though. I stayed strong, even throughout an hour long case of the hiccups (I often get them when I'm hungry. I've heard it's because the acid in the empty stomach upsets the diaphragm, but who knows). I felt weak and like absolute shit by the time my husband came home, who felt like shit as well, but again, I really do think this is part of the detox, AND we both realized that we hadn't been drinking as much water as we did on day one to keep us full. My one thing is that I do wonder if people who need more calories to maintain daily function may have a harder time with this program. It's no secret that someone who is 300 pounds uses more calories (i.e. energy) to get through the day than someone who is 100 pounds. My husband is about 100lbs heavier than I am, thus needing more calories, but I give him credit. He did the program right alongside me. Total trooper. Well, sort of...When he got home around 9:30pm, we decided that we would split a piece of bread with peanut butter on it. It wasn't much. We probably got 3 bites each, but it was glorious and it calmed both of our tummies. We surely could have made a better choice, but a little PB and some whole wheat bread really never hurt anybody. So, day 3 was better than day 2. I made sure I drank copious amounts of water to keep my tummy full, but still, by evening, I was a wee bit hungry again. Again, for me (a food addict/emotional eater) it was a total mind game, but I was able to stick it out a little bit better on day 3 because I knew the following morning I could eat WHATEVER I wanted. The result? Day 4: "It's here! I did it!" I woke up thinking about all of the options that were available to me! Burger king croissanwiches? Bojangles biscuits? Do I go to Dunkin' and get a massive iced coffee with cream and sugar and a peanut donut?" To my surprise, I didn't have a SINGLE craving! There wasn't anything that I NEEDED to have! (I ended up going with my tried and true chobani greek yogurt, oats, and blueberries). Before I could make breakfast though, I had to take my "after" pictures. Here they are. I'll talk about my results/recommendation in the remaining paragraph below.
I lost 5 pounds and just about a quarter of an inch in my waist. As you can see in the picture my tummy was NICE and flat on the morning of Day 4, so from an aesthetic point of view, it was a success. Clearly I did have positive results, BUT I do want to stress that this program is mostly aimed at "refreshing" your body. It's not a quick fix. You will lose that weight, but if you go right back to eating the way you were before the refresh, you will gain it back and the cravings will come back with it. So unless you NEED to drop 5 pounds to fit into your bridesmaid dress in 3 days, you really need to approach this one like what it is...an actual cleanse to help you reset your cravings. If you're going into it looking for a quick fix to a lifelong struggle with fitness and health, I'd much rather see you start with something more designed to change your eating habits and entire lifestyle, like the 21 day fix. The amount of weight I lost on the refresh is about equal to what I lost in my first 4 days on the 21 day fix, and that program not only helped me to lose 9 pounds in 3 weeks and keep it off, but it taught me HOW to eat for proper nutrition.
If you're curious, here's a pic of what I ate for 3 days! (to be clear, there was also a half, banana, a "fiber sweep" drink that I forgot to take a picture of, as well as another of the "vanilla fresh" shake).
For those of you who've been following me for a while, this may come as a shock....Just kidding, I hope it doesn't...I like things OTHER than fitness. I have a whole life outside of my passion for helping people get fit that quite honestly, I've been ignoring. I had a come to Jesus moment a few weeks ago when my husband, who is often my sounding board, said to me "Are you sure you're happy doing this?" I stopped dead in my tracks. "Holy crap, I don't even know anymore" was my response. See, while I LOVE helping people get their lives back through health and fitness, it is a bit difficult at times. It's hard to help someone who you know is unhappy with their body but doesn't have the internal strength just yet to make the changes necessary. It's hard when you KNOW someone would benefit from a program or product that has COMPLETELY changed your life, but they just won't make the financial investment or time commitment in themselves to do it (yet they post on social media about how they just bought the last 4 seasons of a popular television show on DVD...which costs money AND time). When it comes down to it, even though I love what I do, it still gets a little stressful at times because much of my work is KNOWING how unhappy people are and how badly they want to change, but then I end up wanting it more for them than they want it for themselves. So after I realized that something was missing, I took a day off. No social media, no friends, no nothing. I took myself out to lunch and got a mani/pedi in a completely empty nailshop. It was glorious, but more importantly gave me a lot of time to think. What I realized was that while I do LOVE helping people get fit, it has recently become ALL that I do. I am "on call" with some of my challengers virtually around the clock. I am available to my coaches at all times. And that's ok! But it has been weighing on me because I haven't done anything ELSE that I really LOVE in while. And what do I love? This is weird, but...Weddings. And college football of course, but yeah, weddings. If I had my druthers I'd be a wedding planner. I've even helped a few friends plan theirs! Unfortunately my life being what it is (I'm married to a football coach), I can't exactly commit to helping a bride plan her wedding when there is no guarantee that I'll be around to help see her through her big day. After coming to this realization, I came home from my day of luxury and looked back at my wedding photos for some inspiration. I didn't get to have my "dream wedding" due to circumstances that will be another blog for another day, but I did have a beautiful day and got to marry my Prince Charming...except for one thing...I was significantly overweight. The day of my wedding, I felt so happy and beautiful. It was amazing even though I didn't get to have the big gala that I wanted. And then a few weeks later I got my wedding photos back. I. was. devastated. I knew that I was overweight, because I desperately turned to "cutting carbs" a few weeks before the wedding (like that was gonna help) but I had NO IDEA that it was that bad. I cried for days. I had ruined my wedding photos. Even though I had this handsome husband and gorgeous scenery from Charleston, South Carolina, I had tainted the photos that were supposed to document our special day forever. There was nothing beautiful about the huge flab of armpit fat sticking out above the sweetheart neckline or the fat rolls that outlined my G-string under my dress. It was my breaking point. I've talked about this publicly, and on this blog before, so I'm not going to go into it again, but let's just say it didn't take much for me to get my shit together. So now, fast forward a few years. I've gotten into great shape and am super healthy (yes, that is the technical term that my doctor used for my last lab results). I now work full time helping others do the same, and for the ones that found a passion like I did, I'm helping them build financial freedom for themselves too. But something WAS missing. They always say "find your pain and you'll find your passion"....Well, a lot of pain came from my wedding day. Obviously it wasn't all bad because I've got an AMAZING husband, but it wasn't the DREAM wedding that someone who LOVES weddings would have had planned in their mind, and I didn't have that DREAM body filling out my dress. So I've decided to take my pain and shmeld it with my other passion, which is helping women get their confidence back through fitness. I'm not saying I'm not going to help people that aren't brides looking to get in great shape for their wedding. Obviously I want to help EVERYONE. But what I AM going to do is let a little of my inner wedding planner passion go free and share with you on this blog some other things that spark my interest, like gorgeous centerpieces, beautiful bouquets, and breathtaking gowns. I hope that's ok and that you will all continue to enjoy the content that I am putting out. And please feel free to leave me a comment or contact me if you are looking to get fit or get out of your 9-5 duldrums and figure out how to create the financial freedom to pursue YOUR passions.
So I've gone back and forth on whether I should write a post like this or not. Here's the deal. I am a beachbody coach. I DO get commission when someone purchases shakeology through me. There's my full disclosure, so yes, this will be a "biased" review. But here's the thing...I became a beachbody coach BECAUSE of shakeology. Not because I could make money off of people buying it. I'm gonna be honest here...there's a whole lotta people out there that spend a shit ton of money on things that don't benefit them one bit, but then say that shakeology is too expensive. Trust me...It's not EASY to "sell". I became a coach because I BELIEVE in it. It WORKED for me. It did exactly what I was told it would. It kept me satisfied throughout the day. It gave me energy. I had been doing beachbody programs for a year before I tried shakeology and guess what? I had "good" results with my first two programs, but after my third program AND shakeology, I finally had one of those informercial worthy transformation photos. My coworkers would complain about how they were exhausted at about 2pm daily, and I'd be wide awake. I didn't call in sick for work ONCE the year I started drinking it (wellll maybe the day after the holiday party...but that was a different kind of sick if ya know what I mean...) I found myself having NO desire to stop by Burger King for 2 egg and cheese croissanwiches and a small Dr. Pepper. I found myself not craving things like nachos and fast food (which I previously loved). I'm not saying I still didn't eat these things. I had plenty of date nights where I enjoyed Chuy's free unlimited happy hour nacho bar. But I didn't need to cave once a day to something bad for me, which I previously had done. I was able to CONTROL my cheats, and not let them run my life. What's more? I went back and got my blood panels redone a few months after I started drinking shakeology...My LDL cholesterol had dropped from 141 to 89! That was it. There was no more arguing about it not being a good investment. Yes, I was paying (after my coaches discount and coach fee) about $120 per month. But that's 4.00 per day! People say, "Well I DON'T have a latte from Starbucks every day" or "I DON'T have fast food breakfast everyday so it will be an added expense." I didn't either. But I did do it about 3x per week, and am willing to bet my LIFE that most people reading this do too. My order at Burger King, which had very little nutritional value, came to $4.45 (That's how often I went...I still remember the total). And if it wasn't BK breakfast, I'd stop at a sub shop for lunch and plunk down $5-7 for a combo meal. Even though I didn't have one ritual DAILY, I was still throwing away at least $10-15 per week on garbage (This is not counting date nights to the Olive Garden where our bill frequently topped $50). So that's $60 per month in fast food...So that's half the cost of shakeology...Let me ask you this? Would you be willing to come out of pocket $60 per month for something that could provide all of the benefits I listed above? I bet you would. So even if you aren't a daily fast food buyer who can easily swap out the price of a value meal for the cost of a FULL MEAL, PACKED with nutrition, I'd be willing to bet that there are at least a FEW small unnecessary food purchases per month that if you removed, would free up at least $30-40 which you could put towards the cost of this LIFE CHANGING product.
Two last things about Shakeology I'd like to clear up before I go. 1. Shakeology is NOT a protein shake. It's a health shake that has protein in it. There's a big difference. You likely don't need additional protein unless you are protein deficient, or want another option because you don't like other protein sources. I don't know where this whole "protein shake" movement has come from, but EXTRA protein will not cause you to lose weight. Which leads me to my final gripe. 2. Yes, you CAN eat healthy and BE healthy without shakeology. NO ONE is claiming that this is the ONLY way to be healthy. Here's the deal. I don't like vegetables. And even the ones I do like, I am SURE that I don't eat nearly enough of to get proper nutrition. I know, without a doubt, that as long as I've had my shake, I am getting everything that my body needs (and then some). Most of our country is in a health crisis. They will reach for a fast food hamburger made from God knows what, before they hit up the store and buy some organic broccoli. You know what else they will reach for before the broccoli? A chocolate milkshake. That's the beauty of shakeology. It gives you everything your body needs. All of these amazing benefits, AND it takes less than 3 minutes to make and tastes like a chocolate milkshake. THAT is why it's important. If you eat all organic, hormone free, blah blah blah, That's great for you! But that person in the next cubicle over? They are struggling. Their health is failing or they hate the way they look in the mirror because they (like myself) STRUGGLE with food. They need help, and Shakeology can help them. If you're looking for something to help you change your diet, I PROMISE this will help you. It's all natural, so you're not pumping your body full of chemicals, like some other "weight loss" drinks out there. I GET that it is costly to buy a whole month's supply up front. But one final thought...What if it DID do all of the things that I listed for you and then some? What if it DID help you get off cholesterol medication? What if it DID help you control those ice cream cravings so that you could FINALLY get that baby weight off? What if it DID give you more energy to help you get through the day and be a more present parent for your children at night? Would it be worth trying for 60 days then? Would a few hundred dollars for a few month's supply be worth it if you could look back 60 days from now saying you met your goals and are on your way to a healthier life for yourself AND the people that love you? Looking back? I'd pay double the cost if it meant I'd be where I am right now. If you're ready to invest in yourself, I'm here. Reach out and let me help you.
I've been a fitness coach for a little over a year now. When I first signed up, I thought for sure that I wasn't "fit" enough to be a coach. My friend (and MY coach) told me that I didn't have to be at my goal weight, I just needed to be willing to show people that I had changed my life, and have a desire to help others do the same. Since that time, I have continued to be a loyal Beachbody program customer, just like everyone else. I get excited to try new programs. Some I like, some I don't. I'm not programmed by beachbody to LOVE everything that they do. In fact, there are some programs and supplements sold by them that I can't see myself EVER using, and thus will never recommend to my customers.
I'm going to be totally honest with you here. For the first few months that I was a coach, no one wanted my help. The practical side of me said that this wasn't worth it and that I should quit wasting my time, but I MY body, and my LIFE changing with my very own eyes. I KNEW that what I was doing was working, and that even if no one else saw value in themselves enough to invest in a program, they were working for ME, and that was reason enough to keep going and keep putting my results out there. Slowly but surely, sharing my progress started to pay off, and I found more and more women coming to me asking me what I had done to get in such great shape. Because of that, I actually HAD people to coach! It was so rewarding to see women, some of whom were my friends, take control over their lives and begin to make themselves and their health a priority. They would check in with the challenge groups that I was running, respond to my private messages, and tell me about their successes. Then...inevitably, some would stop. I would guess that 3 out of every 5 people that I start working with stop within the first 30 days. They stop responding. They stop checking in with the groups. I send them private messages that are seen but not responded to. Then, I feel like shit because I know what's happened. I know that either the stress of life has gotten in the way and they are completely paralyzed because they feel like they have SO much to do and not enough time or energy to do it, or they have gotten tired of keeping track of their food, or saying 'no' to the nachos that their friends ordered for happy hour...and they've given up. I remind the people that I coach to never go more than a day without exercising. Once you miss two days, it's hard to get motivated on that third day. Miss three days, and it becomes "I'll start again Monday" and you start to go off the rails on your nutrition. Then before you know it, every Monday is a "do over" for the previous week. THIS is why the group is important. The ones who cling to the support get through these times more easily. The ones that don't, and decide to "go it alone" are the ones that end up struggling and ultimately giving up. When this happens with the people that I have invested in, my confidence starts to waiver... "Am I not supporting them enough?" "Should I be checking in more?" I worry that I've somehow let them down. But then, I go into my support group, and check in to find that there are STILL people posting in there. There are still people ENGAGED with the group, who are posting their victories, big and small. They are UTILIZING the opportunity that Beachbody has given them. They slip up and miss workouts or over indulge at times, but they always bounce back the next day. They begin posting about how they MISS working out when they are sick or have an injury. They talk about how their co-workers offered to buy them lunch from a fast food place but they said 'no' because they preferred their healthy packed lunch instead. It's then that I realize that not only have they made some new friends and developed a support system, but they've actually CHANGED THEIR WHOLE LIFESTYLE. For every 3 people that quit, there ARE 1 or 2 that have had their lives CHANGED...I mean COMPLETELY CHANGED. Having Dr.'s take them off of medications, being able to wear a tank top without being self conscious, lowering their blood pressure, or just being able to run around and play chase with their kids when they never have before. See, what I have to remember when someone goes radio silent, is that while THEY may not be ready, there are people who ARE ready. I feel like a fraud sometimes because all that I am doing is opening up an OPPORTUNITY for people. That's part of the reason why coaching is free. I do get commission, but when you purchase a program through a coach, you aren't just getting workout program in the mail. You are getting an OPPORTUNITY to change YOUR LIFE. I recommend programs and products that I think will give each person the best results, offer them my unconditional guidance, and hook them up with a great group of people for support. But I have to remember that's all I CAN do. Just like a personal trainer or a doctor, I CAN'T do it for them. I CAN'T monitor what they eat or do the workout on their behalf. When it comes to changing your life, you REALLY have to want it. It may not be easy, but it will be so worth it. If you really want it, I'm here. I will support you as long as you want my support and are willing to put in the effort to get the results. I'll even continue to try and support you when you stop engaging with me! But when it comes down to it, you have to feel that fire in your belly. You have to figure out your "why" that will keep you going when times get tough. YOU have to put in the time and effort . If you're ready to do it, I'm here to help. If you're not, I'll be here when you're ready!
Hi! I'm Andrea Cummings. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that I can MAINTAIN and that still lets me feel like I'm not being deprived. I like to exercise, but I also love to eat (nachos!). My main focus is to be healthy, not skinny, and to help others do the same! I love Jesus, but I also say fuck a lot, so if you're offended, I may not be the gal for you.