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Cleanish house

I do NOT like to clean. I believe in the importance of a tidy house but the joy of cleaning and all that jazz evades me.

I remember when I was just starting to put my big girl panties on and actually decided to have a clean house, I turned to Pinterest. Pinterest is rude. The cleaning lists on there typically amount to more than I would do in a year. And that’s like the weekly cleaning list.

Ummmm.

No.

I’ve found, personally, that if it’s too big of a task I won’t do it. If I can chunk it down to 5 minute tasks, I am able to push myself through that.

So, my cleaning “regimen” has all been broken down into small tasks. I call it 30/30 but I am 100% sure I don’t spend 1 hour cleaning a day. But I DO know some days require a bit more than others so I CAP it at 30 minutes.

30 / 30? What’s that? (Insert lengthy tirade about decluttering / tidying up)

 

I divide my cleaning into 30 minutes of tidying and 30 minutes of actual cleaning (but remember, not really). Tidying up is simply putting things away. Where they belong. Cleaning involves like…cleaning. Ugh.

I do that as a SAHM because, supposedly, that’s my job. Working full time that goes down with a little more family effort added in on the weekend.

 

To make it even less awful, I break it down into 15 minutes of each, twice a day. And I break those down too. It’s ridiculous, I KNOW. But if I can just get through each 5 minute set, I know I’ll have a clean home. And 5 minutes isn’t overwhelming.

I leave the house each morning around 930 or 10. Before I do so:

  • 5 minutes on the dishes / wiping off counter / table
  • 5 minutes putting things away
  • 5 minutes going into each room straightening (PS-I make the kids tidy their rooms before they leave)

When I get back home, before I sit down, I do 15 minutes of cleaning. Depending on the day, it’s a different task.

Monday is Vacuuming / Sweeping / Mopping. This is my least favorite day. UGH. I hate all of these tasks. HOWEVER…the weekend definitely dictates the necessity of them, doesn’t it? Everything is gross from the weekend of fun, so you need to sweep / mop / vacuum everywhere. Well…I only vacuum upstairs every other week. Oops. I make a game out of it, try to get it over with quick like a workout…I listen to something awesome during it because, like I said, it’s my least favorite.

  • Vacuum (5 minutes)
  • Sweep (5 minutes)
  • Mop (5 minutes)

Tuesday is Bathrooms, 5 minutes a bathroom. If you’re wiping your bathroom down every week, it takes VERY LITTLE time to keep it clean. No really. It does. I actually use clorox wipes for everything to make it even simpler. I know I should / shouldn’t use chemicals depending on your camp, but it’s just what works for me. They’re pre-moistened, kill gross things (I hope), easily disposable and easy to store instead of a million other types of things.

  • Toilet
  • Sink / Mirror
  • Tub / Shower
  • Floor

Wednesday is Laundry. I don’t count the swithcing and stuff even though it’s my least favorite part. When the kids are home I make them do it. Other people hate the folding / putting away. I hate the switching. I would love one of those machines that does both washing and drying. Anyhoo, it really takes a minute to start / switch. The PITA is the folding / putting away. So, I mentally commit to 5 minutes each load. I do three loads (Me & hubs, kids & household stuff) usually on Wednesday and Sunday. I recommend doing it by family member / item, then take the basket to whichever room and do it there, folding and putting away immediately. Eliminate the extra work of folding it somewhere and then taking folded clothes to the right place! It’s small, but it helps. I know this because my son told me to do it and he is really good at finding corners to cut. LOL.

  • 5 minutes folding / putting away load
  • 5 minutes folding / putting away load
  • 5 minutes folding / putting away load

Thursday is Bedrooms / Dusting. So, if you’ve already tidied up, this is easy peasy. You take your Norwex or whatever you use and wipe down dressers, beds, night stands, window seals, baseboards and VIOLA! It’s super fast and you’re in, you’re out.

  • Wipe down all surfaces in bedrooms (2 minutes a room or so)
  • Wipe down all surfaces in non-bedrooms (2 minutes a room or so)

Friday is the kitchen. It’s never not needed, that’s for sure. First,  you need to heat up water and vinegar (equal parts) in the microwave for five minutes. It makes the microwave super easy to wipe down and then you can use the hot water in the fridge to wipe up anything sticky pretty easily.

  • Move everything and wipe counters completely. (5 minutes)
  • Wipe down cabinets / appliances top to bottom, left to right. (5 minutes)
  • Wipe down microwave and fridge. (5 minutes)

TADA! You’re done. ISH. Now, if you do that stuff every day / week, you’ll be GOOD TO GO. Like, your home will be legit enough you can rest easy.

HOWEVER. If you can find it within you, we want to spend another 15 minutes in the evening doing the EXACT same thing we did before. Dishes, kitchen & putting things away. It’s WORTH it so when you get up you’ve got a clean (literally & figuratively) slate.

Then, if you’re feeling REALLY fancy you can add on another 15 minutes to your cleaning block. This is where you pick ONE of those annoying deep clean activities based on what area you’re doing that day. So, if you’re already in the kitchen, now’s the time to tackle the oven or polishing the silverware (do people really do that?) If you’re in the bathroom, it’s time to scrub tile or clean the trash can. If you’re oding bedrooms, you might pick a set of blinds to clean. All of these tasks take 15 minutes or less. And if you rotate them in, you won’t have to dedicate huge chunks of your life to cleaning that way.

I also recommend adding in organizing / projects to this extra 15 minutes when appropriate. So, once a season you might need to purge kids clothes. Add that in during the 15 minutes on a bedroom day.

In this way, you can have a CLEANISH home all the time that you can be proud of but yet not a slave to. What do you think?

If you need help getting your home to this level of maintenance, I’d love to offer you my Home Detox course. It’ll help you reset, restart and love your home again!

Download 30 30 if you’d like. Or, a very simple checklist.

 

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Household Management

Pairing down the wardrobe

They say that you know what you’re passionate about just by knowing what you can’t shut up about. Minimalist living is definitely one of those things for me.

Today I was in need of some therapy so I decided to take it out on my closet. So much so that I didn’t take any before or during photos.

Here is the aftermath.

That pile doesn’t look as big as it was. But I discarded probably 60 items, maybe more.

I asked for these pretty teal & pink velvet hangers for Christmas with the intention of reducing my closet to only those hangars. Coincidence they’re labeled Joy (after the designer)? No. Not a coincidence.

Three days after Christmas we moved and my closet space tripled. So it was tempting to not make that move. But I did!

Ish.

I’ve always wanted a capsule wardrobe but budget and attention span haven’t REALLY allowed it. This was a major step in that direction.

First I took everything out of my closet. To be fair, I’ve been purging (keeping for joy) for a while now, I even teach it now in my Home Detox course. So I don’t have as much as most people probably do to begin with.

For this “final” purge I had 10 pink and 10 teal hangars. What I did first was pick out the things I KNEW were staying and out those on hangars. You know you have those favorite-wear them all the time-feel amazing in them items. That’s what we are talking about.

My tops are teal hangars, pants & dresses are pink hangars.

Tops weren’t too hard, surprisingly. I guess because I had 10 hangars for this category alone.

For tops I kept:

  1. Black tank top
  2. Teal tank top
  3. Black long sleeve top
  4. Teal long sleeve top (are you seeing a pattern yet?)
  5. Rust short sleeve top
  6. Short sleeve striped chambrayish top
  7. Chambray
  8. Grey sweater
  9. Pink sweater

Then things got tricky. I got creative. Or I cheated. You tell me.

For dresses I kept:

  1. Pink sleeveless churchy
  2. Pink long sleeve
  3. Teal sleeveless churchy / Teal sleeveless date nighty (on the same hangar, scandalous)
  4. Black fancy
  5. Black business
  6. Gray date nighty
  7. Blue summery x 2 (on the same hangar)

So you see what I did there. If I get one set of black velvet hangars I can be a rule follower. But for now, I’ll have to live with the guilty feeling.

This means I had 3! hangars left for pants. The horror. Not really, I’m no fan of leg prisons. I have too many as it is.

  1. Black / teal / multicolored leggings (also a small black skirt that was awkwardly alone)
  2. Light denim & dark denim skinny jeans
  3. Grey skinny jeans & Seven jeans

Tada!!

I know what you’re thinking. No way that’s my entire wardrobe! You are right!

I have 6 jackets (one not pictured). I’d purge some but dang it’s winter and we’ve had a bunch of snow days. And I’m always cold. I DID purge a hoodie and pullover though. Major for me.

The rest of my wardrobe is in my dresser. I wanted to downsize to one dresser but hubs wants his own. 😂

I LOVE my dresser. Even if I did install the photos above it off center and uneven. 🧐 I got it up, I’ll fix it soon. Perfect is the enemy of good. And done.

Nine drawers, three are super small. I use TWO of those drawers for bras. Yes, it’s serious like that. I talk about having my bras roll out of a drawer like they do at Victoria Secret in my Home Detox course. You’re the model, this is your dressing room!

So, one drawer has regular bras

  1. T-shirt x2
  2. Push-up
  3. Strapless

Another has 4 sports bras. Haha. I wear them everyday and at one point I was completely our of luck because two of them busted (I use front zippers) in ONE week. I decided never again! I also have two nighttime bras. Yeah. Enough said. Lol.

Then I let myself have TWO drawers for workout gear. This is my real weakness. It’s also my job, so there is that. So, I decided 7 sets. A set includes a tank top / shirt, pullover and shorts OR leggings. Not too bad right? 😂 Unless you realize, like I did, my workout clothing is the same number-wise as the entirety of my non-workout clothing wardrobe. Lol.

Another drawer is dedicated to intimates (that I never wear, but it’s a small drawer). 💑 Another to summer gear. 👙

I have an underwear / sock drawer. It’s pretty spacious since I only have a week’s worth of both. Lol. I have a pajama/lounging drawer which has one tank, two tshirts, two long sleeve sweatshirty types, two pairs of shorts and one pair of sweatpants. Done son!

Finally I have one drawer for shorts. Haha. Not sure how this happened. I’d like to add a nice pair of black shorts and a less booty pair of denim shorts this summer, we will see!

Finally, shoes! I think we are all sensing I love the number 10 for wardrobe. Okay, I am sensing that. 🤪 Now that I am sensing that, I know without a doubt I’ll be amending everything to equal that special number 10.

  1. Cowboy boots
  2. Black booties
  3. Fancy flip flops
  4. Not fancy flip flops
  5. Running shoes
  6. Workout shoes
  7. Heels
  8. Fancy sandals
  9. Date night shoes

Therein lies the problem. I’m currently in the market for winter/rain boots and casual tennis shoes. Soooo. Something is gonna have to go y’all. Maybe the not fancy flip flops. Lol.

So that’s it, that’s my entire wardrobe. It’s crazy and most wouldn’t go for it. I know at any given time, any item I grab will:

  • Go with most other things in my wardrobe
  • Make me feel fabulous
  • Need to be washed at least once a week

It frees up my brain from decision anxiety, from having clothing around that wastes my time and tries my emotions.

Wardrobe is the first thing I tackle in my Home Detox course. It’s so important because it’s your statement to the world about who YOU are. And it also tells YOU how you feel about YOU. Think on that for a moment.

If you want to think on it more, or you are ready to have the clutter purged, I invite you to check out my course. If you have tips and ideas, drop them in the comments below.👇🏻

Family, Household Management

Teaching kids to win with $

We’ve been listening to Dave Ramsey for a while now but we really JUST started following the program recently. Like any other life improvement skills you learn, I think it’s natural to want to teach your children.

I want to launch my kiddos into the world PREPARED for awesomeness. I was taught the value of hard work, earning a living and being *kind of* frugal, not terribly materialistic as a child. But I wasn’t necessarily taught how to “win with money” as Dave says. And I’ve had a lack mindset most of my life, a paycheck to paycheck mindset, a car payment mindset. What’s annoying is we certainly don’t lack. I’ve long been aware of God’s blessing, but it’s just recently that I’ve been able to see it moving to ABUNDANCE.

I want to teach my kids everything I’ve learned before they leave. I want them to be able to be successful with money as they graduate. That requires work and intentionality. Luckily, Dave has laid much of it out. In fact, one of the things that inspires me the most for them is Dave’s Ben. Vs. Arthur example.

 

My goodness, if we can get our kids started NOW…the implications! Money affects our lives in so many ways…makes us take jobs we might not like, causes us to miss out on certain opportunities…might even cause us to bend our values here and there. Of course, in a relationship, money can be one of THE biggest sources of stress. And, if we teach them now, maybe they won’t be worried about being able to retire like most people I know. Even more, the implications of being able to be generous, to live life with one handful of tranquility and the other hand open with generosity. That is a vision I have for my entire family.

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Teaching them these things requires me to be more diligent than I ever could do on my own. They’ve been doing chores and helping around the house since they could walk but I’m not as disciplined about it as I could be. And I’m not that way with paying them either. So, that’ll be part of truly teaching them.

What we’re doing now is a take on Dave’s “work for pay.” Dave wants you pay your kids on commission. As in not an allowance. You get paid when and if you work. If you don’t, you don’t get paid. He has a junior version of FPU you can buy for $25. His goal is for you to teach kids the value of work as well as of money. PS: He also teaches us that there should be some things they’re doing just because they get to live there. We call that family duty. So, for my kiddos that’s going to school and doing their homework, keeping their room clean and their personal hygiene. And things like unloading groceries, helping with their sister and setting the table. Just basic things. Their “chores” are doing the trash and recyclables, kitchen duties, cleaning the bathrooms, laundry and cleaning out the car. They can earn an extra quarter by doing certain yardwork or if their dad or I need extra help with something.

We decided we wanted them to make about $10 a month, so they get $2.50 a week and have the ability to earn more. We have a checklist on the fridge, each chore is worth a certain amount of money. Mine is pretty boring, but check out this one. She did a wonderful job.

We also want to teach them the principles of giving and saving. So, at the beginning of the month, they set aside $1 to give. They set aside $0.50 each week to save. Then they get to do what they want with the rest. My son wants to save every penny and his sister already has it spent before she gets it.

Rachel lays out the basics in this video. In FPU, she says she had a clear container (think cheese balls or pretzels) where she saved cash as a kid. It was a rule and it allowed the Ramsey kids to see their money. I like that idea, and so would my son (especially the eating cheeseballs part). But…

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Goodness, that’s a lot of stuff. AND THAT’S NOT EVEN ALL OF IT!

We are fortunate that the local credit union partners with their school. The kids opened a savings account and are able to make deposits every other Friday at their school. They get prizes, deposit slips and general money skills with it and it’s really an awesome program. I am very grateful the bank does that-though I know they have their aims-because it is assisting us. It just happened to line up that they started this school right when we started Ramseying (I’ve made it a verb). I mean…no it didn’t just happen. God happened, am I right?

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As far as giving, my church has taught my oldest about tithing pretty well. I also want them to save money to sponsor a child themselves next Christmas. I’ll do an entire thing about…I think it’ll really teach them about giving and generosity.

As I said before, the goal here is to put them out into the world with wisdom! Especially with wisdom that I wish I’d had. By giving them wisdom and requiring discipline now (that’s really the trick to it, isn’t it?) I HOPE they’ll be able to win with money. When we attended our first FPU class and went around the group, nearly every single person said teaching their kids these principles (and the rest of the 7 baby steps) was a huge motivation for them. As it is with us. Dave always says we can “change our family tree.” I think teaching them these things is a BIG BIG part of that. Sure, I hope that we get to step 7 soon and can be outrageously generous. But I REALLY want my kids to be the first ones that don’t worry about money in our family tree. The first ones that don’t panic when someone mentions retirement. The first ones that don’t live paycheck to paycheck for decades. The first ones that don’t see spending less, doing less, abstaining as the only way to make ends meet. I want them to see ways to build wealth, not reduce expenses. I want an abundance mindset that is rooted in faith, discipline, hard work and generosity!

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What about you? What are you teaching your kids? What’s working? What doesn’t work? What are your hopes for them?

Household Management

Joyful entry

Do you have friends that are handy and love to upcycle things? Friends that enjoy painting?

I’m not one of those friends. Nope, not even a little bit. I see painting as a means to an end. Others see painting and the end, relaxing, being creative.

I’m far too impatient for that! However, I also happen to be too stubborn to buy things that are expensive. And I’m certainly too impatient to build furniture.

And, so, we now have an entry table that used to be a changing table. Well, it was at least in the nursery for 9 years, though never had anyone laying on it.

At one point I moved the table out of the girl’s room. It was a clutter catcher and I was over it! (All the toys were banished to their closet). I happened to move it by the door for a day or two before I could get it out to donate. Then it sinned on me, this table would be perfectly functional as an entryway table!

It was ugly though. Much like MOST furniture in my home…oak. Ish. 15 years ago I liked that color. I’m VERY MUCH over it. We are on a budget, so I can’t fix everything.

But I could fix that!

Being on a budget also means I have to be selective about what projects I do around the home we just moved into last month. Because I felt I could do this rarely cheaply and because I feel like The entryway is so important for function AND feeling, here’s where I started!

Started sadly. It’s never ending winter here stuff forever everywhere. And then there is the empty oatmeal canister. Why is that there? I don’t know. I just don’t.

Step 1 was to set the vision and see what I could pull from around the house so I didn’t feel the need to buy a bunch of stuff. Those bins have been around at least 8 years, I think $1 at a garage sale. I’m not a brown fan but they FIT in so many places so well.

God gave me you…the song I first heard sitting in the airport parking lot the morning I kissed my husband goodbye for a year. While holding my 1 month old. Man, that was one of the most emotional moments of my life and I was a mess. That song, the meaning, the people God has blessed me with, it’s just a piece of my heart. I saw this at hobby lobby that year he was gone…and I made it mine!!Those flowers are two decades old. So many things are Brown I’m noticing. My Grandma made it/ gave it to me. Not sure. And then there’s the frame my friend gave me 1.5 years ago for my birthday that sat picture-less until this day. Even the picture came from my keepsake box! It’s hubs and I walking on the beach at sunset. First step was to paint the table. I would’ve done teal but I checked with the hubs first and asked if it would be too much. Not surprisingly, he said yes. So grey to “match” the couch just to the right of where the table sits is what I went with!I kinda sanded it with my palm sander but not really. Not that invested. Not that patient. Technically, it was too cold to paint both days at 30 something. I threw two coats on there. Painting outside by my huge shed near the woods with a cup of coffee. Sounds like a dream for someone!Then I had to shop for what to add to my area. I got a basket at the thrift store, yay. I also bought that mirror at TJ Maxx, the flower and mini chalkboard at Kirkland’s and the roses at Aldi’s. Everything else I had, hooray!! While Chris was gone for a year, I did a LOT of Pinterest projects. Well, I did a LOT OF PROJECTS period. That’s when I first stumbled into Marie Kondo. I also did the yard (jungle) work that was quoted at $1000+ to do. I paid myself in beer and free exercise. 😂Before those however, I got the state idea from Life Love Larson and others on Pinterest. I think this was done in my nesting stage as I finished it right before baby #3 (Florida) arrived which was kind of weird. Lol! When I finally read Kondo’s book, projects like this had already begun to set the tone for me to figure out what speaks joy for me. Simplicity. Color. Depth. Diligence is part of that depth, I think. Doesn’t it spark questions? The journalist in me likes having to think when I’m looking at things. Curiosity! Diligence is my word for this year, not that it’ll stay up there the entire time. It’s just a start. Finally, I got all the stuff and arrived home a few minutes after my father in law arrived in town for a visit. Well, an awesome trip really. He came to babysit our kiddos so we can start a new couples group at our new church. AND he happened to bring his toolbox WITH a picture hanging kit. It was meant to be. I explained to him that I do all things while his son is at work so not to entice questions, price tag scowls or unfinished work critiques. But it was VERY nice to have a professional hang it with all his tools and preciseness. I didn’t even have to ask! So nice!In the end, I believe the result is awesome! I will literally feel joy every time I walk in the door. This entry evokes my happy feelings and it also allows you to check teeth for food before you leave. It allows guests to arrive knowing we are warm, tidy, colorful, weird and grateful to God (although a little more work there is in the hallway). What do you think?

Nutrition, shakeology

Fighting Diabetes & Helping your thyroid

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Ugh!!! Yesterday I had two of my favorite people tell me they’ve received a diagnosis. Nothing unmanageable but it still makes me 😡. These two ladies happen to be members of my tribe because (but not limited to) they are both blonde, hilarious and super smart. AND they’ve been working at health and fitness so things like thyroid and diabetes are like a slap in the face.
This is why I push so hard. So many women I know are getting that thyroid diagnosis or an autoimmune diagnosis. And my genetic history tells me personally to fight against diabetes.
These things are a REALITY. I am all too aware of that.
The thing is thy CAN be overcome. So that’s a blessing. And they CAN be prevented too. Don’t ever let people tell you that you’re going to “get” something just because your family did. Sure, if you live the same lifestyle and don’t be purposeful with the way you live, your body might respond in the same way. But you have power in that.
As for thyroid–man we are so stressed out! That has a toll on the body. That’s why we say you need even MORE nutrition than ever before. And most of us are getting less thanks to poor food/farming quality. I also personally think birth control is taking its toll there but I have no science yet. 😜
Anyway, health is work in today’s age. I love working out. I enjoy eating clean because it makes me feel good. But I take Shakeology like it’s medicine for these reasons. I want to have every gun firing health wise. You should too. It’s clearly not a CURE-ALL but I think it can definitely help-I’ve had people report to me personally their doctors have noted the improvement and there a thousands of testimonies out there. Consider it!

Shakeology + Diabetes Testimonials

I swear by Shakeology! It reversed 10 years of diabetic A1C levels in me in just 4 months of daily use. Can’t and won’t live without it! My endocrinologist has it written in my medical file as a requirement for me to take now, and another doctor was so impressed that she started taking it and it reversed her diabetic levels she had for 7 years. –Gwyn M.


My mom told me again earlier today how beautiful her blood sugars are. Shakeology has helped to dramatically reduce her insulin. Sometimes she doesn’t even need her insulin. I’m glad I made my mom try Shakeology a year and a half ago. ~Shakeology customer.


“Shakeology works, because I am a diabetic that was on 9 pills. But once I started drinking Shakeology, it changed my overall numbers in blood pressure, sugar levels, and cholesterol. To this date of 6 months of drinking Shakeology and working out – NO PILLS!!” –Sydney


I’m a 57 yr old insulin dependent diabetic, on insulin for 47 yrs. I’ve been using Shakeology daily since 4/8/10 and it’s a predictable meal, in that the carbs are exact. That has been a major benefit for me. Since then I’ve dropped 22 lbs, reduced my daily total insulin by nearly 40%, and am now off bp medication. Also, the only workout I’ve done is the one that comes w/ the drink mix… I call ’em Shake30 and Shake50 workouts. I haven’t worked out much at all the last six weeks, other than running a bit, but the weight continued to drop and it must be due to the Shakeology. _BH


Being DIABETIC, and HAVING KIDNEY & THYROID DISEASE, I had to do something.

Thanks to Beachbody, I have lost a total of 75lbs. and now living a more fit and healthier lifestyle. I come from a family of Type 2 Diabetics and was borderline diabetic myself, and had Kidney disease, Thyroid disease and back pains. Doing Beachbody’s workout programs and drinking SHAKEOLOGY has changed all that! My thyroid results are normal!!! My doctors are AMAZED at my results!!! My lab results are ALL NORMAL now and show that I am NO LONGER DIABETIC!!! I have so much more energy, strength and stamina than I have ever had when I was in my teens and 20s. I started at 196lbs. wearing a size 16 and am currently 125lbs. wearing a size 4!!! I have never been a size 4 before in my life!! ~Jenny, mother of 4, and works full time.


My wife’s Type 2 Diabetes was reversed thanks to Shakeology. – Sean K.


My friend’s doctor (YES DOCTOR) said she should try SHAKEOLOGY and she has DIABETES! SMART DR! -Stacie M.


I was borderline type 2 diabetic for the past few years. I also had gestational when I was prego. (3-4yrs ago) In December (2013)I signed up for shakeo and was just hoping to lose weight. But it dropped and regulated my blood sugar within the first few weeks of using it. I am no longer get the headaches from my blood sugar rollercoastering. I no longer considered borderline. My blood sugar is normal. -Amy S.


My fasting number this morning was no longer in the “diabetes” range but in the “pre-diabetes” range…with NO meds! I am so amazed. – Kristie M.


My parents have been drinking SHAKEOLOGY for a little over a month now. My mother’s sugars are almost normal! AND she was suffering from major diabetes headaches when she ate badly and we were getting ready to increase her insulin!!! She is now coming off her meds all together and is exercising and losing weight! Dad’s sugars are now under control and he is getting ready to cut out his meds as well! Shakeology has changed the blood chemistry in my household and family for the better! – Ilene W.


I have been drinking Shakeology from Beachbody everyday since the middle of December. I am proud to report that I had my A1C (for diabetes) tested yesterday​ and it is down from 7 to 6.3 I love the energy that Shakeology gives me and the best thing is it tastes great!!!! -Mayme Brown

Shakeology + Thyroid Testimonials

“I started drinking Shakeology in September 2009 after hearing about the good results it had for other people since it’s release in March 2009. After trying out a few different recipes for the Chocolate flavor, I found a few I liked and began making a shake every morning as my breakfast. A week or two went by and I began to notice that my energy level would pick up within the first 10-15 minutes of drinking it. I didn’t feel jittery like I did when I drink coffee, but I felt energetic, more awake. Funny thing was, I didn’t attribute that to the Shakeology at first because it had become such a part of my routine & my concoctions I made with it tasted so good I had forgotten how good it was for me. A month goes by and I notice my digestive tract is more regular than usual (which hadn’t been the case for awhile due to the side effects of varying thyroid levels) & my energy level continued to stay up for a longer period of time without that big crash you can get from drinking coffee or caffeinated soft drinks. For me, that was reason enough to keep drinking it. Before I would have days that I could barely keep my eyes open while driving into work and/or driving home from work. I have those days less and less often now.

Being hypothyroid, I really didn’t think this drink would help me lose weight, which has been another positive for others that drink it. At most, I have lost a pound or two while drinking Shakeology but I have noticed that I am able to maintain my weight very easily just by drinking it daily. I noticed this after drinking it continually for about two month and, for me, that is a huge positive! I am very close to my “ideal” weight so having something to help me maintain it is very exciting to me. I also use it as an additional way to keep my immune system strong. Although, I have had to fight off a few colds/bugs the past month or so – when I drink Shakeology everyday (along w/ taking my other vitamin supplements recommended by my doctor) I feel like it’s an extra boost to the immune system, which during these winter months is very important. With these positive results after four months of drinking Shakeology, I am happy to share it with others that have thyroid conditions and hopeful that you see many (if not more!) of these same results.” ~ Beth Y.


“I suffer with a debilitating energy-sucking disease. Most days I feel as though I am buried up to my neck in sand and it is a struggle to get out of bed. I am happy to say that I have found a way to energize myself and to be able to do a workout in the morning which is nothing short of miraculous. I will never go a day without my Shakeology ever again. It has literally changed my life and given me a new lease on life.” ~ Mickey K.


“As a coach and a fellow Hypothyroid patient I recommend Shakeology 10 fold. It has restored the function of my thyroid fully. I’m not saying that it can do that for everyone but it did for me and my #s were really bad and I was told I’d have to take meds for the rest of my life. Shakeology has such power-packed nutrient to support many aspects of the body. Don’t hesitate because of the price. The price is not bad at all and there’s no price tag for your health. I save money now that I’m on it.” ~ Alisha T.


“There is Iodine in Shakeology and it really boosts the function of the thyroid gland. I have hypothyroid and I haven’t had to take meds for almost a year because of Shakeology.” ~ Christina B.


“I was diagnosed with Hashimotos when I was 18 (but suffered from symptoms earlier) and struggled with all the side effects – depression, weight gain, inability to lose weight, dry skin, brittle hair and nails, no energy. I was taking 200 mcg of Synthroid daily. Within 6 weeks of regularly drinking Shakeology, my thyroid levels were staying consistent – and I’d been getting tested every 4-6 weeks for several years and my Synthroid dose adjusted every 4-6 weeks because my levels never were even. The next 6 week test my dose was lowered, and the next, and the next – and it consistently went down! My condition is hereditary, and I’m not fully off my medications, but I am at a very low dose now, and not having ANY of the symptoms! I’ve lost 57 pounds and feel AMAZING!” ~ Trish M.


“I have Hypothyrodism as well. Have had it for the past 16yrs. Been drinking shakeology for the past year, I haven’t lost a lot of weight. But I have noticed a change in my body. as well as some inches off of my waist emoticon)..I was going to stop drinking shakeology due to price,but have decided that the results speak for themselves. sometimes you get what you pay for. and with shakeology you really get a lot !!” -Mrs. Kato


“I am hypo and have been for 23 years! I started on Shakeology about 4 weeks ago with a Cleanse and I absolutely love it. It has given me great energy and appetite control. Since finishing the cleanse, I have replaced one meal a day with Shakeology and really like the results I am seeing. Not a lot on the scale (I never really do), but my body shape is changing dramatically. Much leaner and toner.” -Kim


“I have been hypothyroid for 15+ years, I have Hashimotos. I am completing my 1st month of Vegan Chocolate and LOVE it…I can tell a huge diff. I am on Armour thyroid, I switched to that a year ago and did get a little more energy but I think the Shakeology REALLY helps.” -Angie


“I also have Hashimoto’s Thyroid disease. Been up down and all around since 14. After my son’s birth o have been just hypo, he is five and I still have the baby weight. Started Shakeology and TMT June 11 and I’m down 16 lbs and 7 inches. I believe the Shakeology is the reason. I have always been active (as a competitive horse rider) but stayed over weight.” -Cait


“I used to suffer with hypothyroidism. I was on all kinds of medications…it wasn’t until shakeology that I started to lose weight! FINALLY! I lost 12 pounds & 2″ off my waist in 6 weeks.” -Priscilla


 

Nutrition

Meal prep tip!

Meal prep tip: Carrots edition. 
Carrots & nut butter are a great snack. Fat & raw veggies = good combo. But!

▪️Don’t buy baby carrots. Robbed of nutrition. They’re also more expensive. 

▪️Get whole carrots. Organic if you can. ▪️Wash but don’t peel. Keep a little wet to keep crispy. 

▪️Slice into own carrot sticks. 

▪️Store in meal prep containers but add the nut butter the day of otherwise it will harden. Boo.  

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Hammer & Chisel review

Day 1: Chisel balance!

This workout was the most similar beachbody workout to what I create for my clients that I’ve done!!

I loved the PIYO-esque warmup! I also loved that you could use a chair (I used my foot bench or whatever they are called) if you don’t have one for these moves. Great moves, my butt and hamstrings felt goooood!! Shoulders worked too. I am sure our backs will be feeling it too in a few days!

Side note-who decides the water bottle situation. Two of them have $20 Shakeology water bottles and two of them have $5 Walmart water bottles! 😂

Grade: 5! Loved it!

My review! Day 2: Hammer Plyometrics

I chose plyo because I know I hate It therefore I should do it. Might’ve gotten MORE out of masters cardio because I don’t have a pull-up bar or bench so a lot of moves had to be modified. Keep that in mind when you choose which one you want to do because day 2 is optional!

I was REALLY ANNOYED that he didn’t seem to know Chelseas name but he picked it up at the end there. And at the beginning I thought he was trying to scare me. 😂

It was a touch workout but even though his intensity made me chuckle, it worked because I kicked booty! 

My favorite move? Rev lunge to knee driver

Hardest move? Plyo push-ups!!!! 

Grade: 4 Short but tough. (Would’ve been a 3 if he hadn’t said her name!)  


Alrighty roo!! Day 3: Hammer & Chisel–ISO Strength Chisel! That was fun!! Felt some of those muscle fibers tearing! 😉 Favorite move was side step up. Hardest wasthe Bulgarian split squat. Rude. And the easiest one was the c spine crunch. I HAVE a six pack. Strong abs. They are just currently hiding. 😂😂

Autumn is very motivating. From the very first time I worked out with her I thought, “She’s a talking Pinterest fitspo board. 😂

Grade: 5 Felt the burn. 

Hammer and Chisel, Day 4 (kinda). I’m taking my rest day Sunday so I’m a rebel. ISO Soeed Hammer. This workout is less that 20 minutes of actual WORK. I’m convinced they are easing us in with this stabilization phase. I hope. 
I don’t have a chin up bar but otherwise that workout was too easy. Yeah. I said it! Especially if we were supposed to have a rest day yesterday!!! 

Grade: C 

Day 5: Hammer& Chisel Endurance done!! 

I liked it, similar to what I do on my own with balance and flexibility added into strength. Little too much spalining time though. I also like how there are options for those without a bench or pull up bar! Decline balance-y push-ups are hard. 😂

Grade: B!

Day 7: Hammer & Chisel Total body hammer!! 

Felt a nice overall burn and a gots good sparkle going. Too much taking, could’ve gone a little faster. 

Day 8: Chisel Cardio
This was a great cardio workout. Other than running I don’t like cardio 😂 There’s a meme out there that says-you mean lift weights faster? That’s what this was for the most part and I liked it. I also like function movements like step ups because they challenge balance in a realistic movement pattern. Woowoo. 
Burpees are always stupid but autumn has a way of making them tolerable. 
I felt like she was talking to ME when she said you don’t want to walk away not having Given it all you had. So I tried a little harder. 😂
Favorite move was the side step/kick. Didn’t love the plank kicks but I did them. 😂 And Alvin just doesn’t know how to row the boat!!😂
I still think it’s kind of easy. But that’s not terrible, you don’t have to feel like you’re gonna die to get a good workout right! 😂
Btw read in fixate that Autumn moved to Cali to be an actress. Welllllll. I think that turns out best case scenario huh?
Grade: A
Day 12? Is that right? Lol. Anyway… Hammer Power!

For me it was okay. Not the biggest fan of Olympic power lifting but it has its place in weight training!! I liked it at the beginning but then it was kind of repetitive at the end. I do appreciate doing something new though, and Sagi wasn’t too bad!!
🎯 Loved the illustration of him get getting kicked in the butt because that is EXACTLY what it looked like. 

🎯 Liked the use of light weights to warm up the muscles. 

🎯 Love how power lifting only involves like 10 reps max. Ever. 😂😂

🎯 Favorite move is deadlift. 

👎 Still waiting on biceps. 

Grade: C. Not because of the workout, I think it was a good one for other people. I’m just not a fan of cleans and jerks and snatches. 😂
Happy flex Friday!!