The truth about pyramid schemes

If you just joined or are thinking of joining a network marketing business and someone told you it’s just a pyramid scheme, or maybe you have that misconception…Pyramid schemes are illegal in the United States. The truth is, a network marketing business can bring in viable income for a person who doesn’t mind putting in the work.

Things I wish I knew before starting a network marketing business:

First off, this post is not promoting any one company or opportunity. I’m a big believer in the idea that you have to do what is right for you. This is a compilation of things I have learned over the last 3 years. I think a lot of people will find it useful; whether you currently run a business or are thinking of joining one. My hope is to help you form an educated decision on picking the right company/product and give you some encouragement if you have already done so. Continue reading

Sweet Potato Smoothie

Fall seems to be about pumpkin this and pumpkin that and although I love pumpkin and squash in general, sweet potato holds a special place in my foodie heart.

If you haven’t read my breakfast stuffed sweet potato recipe, you should. This is what resulted from the leftover sweet potato and the need for a snack before lunch. I don’t experiment too much in the kitchen because it usually ends up burned or bland…

the sorry truth is revealed

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Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potato

Recently I have found myself on the search for new breakfast ideas. Especially ones low in carbs, because I can eat carbs all day long but I prefer to time them after my workouts around noon. However, when I do eat carb for breakfast they must be from a good source. Sweet potatoes are a fit girl’s best friend. Packed with vitamins, iron and fiber the sweetness they do contain is natural and won’t spike your blood sugar. Those are my kind of carbs.

Which brings me to these stuffed beauties.

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Behold the goodness

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My Fitness Journey

You might have read my first post regarding my weight loss some time ago. That was primarily a before and after of a 5 month time period.

Well it’s been two years since that post and it’s time to update. Working out regularly became a routine for me, it’s something I feel incomplete without. The amount of energy I lacked before exercising regularly was shameful. Now, I feel tired if I DON’T workout.. go figure!

In that first post I talked about how I started with workout videos at home. I know that method works well for lots of stay at home parents. It does not work for me, my kids love to interrupt me or “join” me and by join they mean get in my way and steal my yoga mat. Continue reading

Healthy Pumpkin Roll

I usually attach memories to scents and music. I still gag when I smell a certain cologne thanks to a jack ass I once dated and we won’t get into music.

We don’t discuss exes here

Then there is food, now we all have our childhood comfort foods. The food our grandma made, the special occasion dinners, etc.

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Ugh, belly fat!!

I don’t believe in diets. I don’t like to deprive myself. I believe everything is ok in moderation and certain things should be rare small treats (like a See’s candy almond cluster *drool* or a carrot cake cupcake from My Delight Cupcakery… oh man).

A man after my own heart

Here are some tips for reducing belly fat stat! Continue reading

Breakfast and Oats

Breakfast is not my strong suit. In the past, I would have much rather slept in and skip into lunch than get up at a reasonable hour and eat breakfast.

The health and weight loss benefits of eating a good breakfast outweighed my laziness: more energy, increased metabolism, more balanced sugar levels, lower cholesterol, better memory… I could go on and on. So now I get up and put something in my belly. Every day. No excuses.

Now, I have a problem with creativity in the kitchen especially in the morning hours. So I have a few morning staples that I rotate and change up so I don’t get bored of eating the same thing all the time.

My most versatile recipe is breakfast oats. I use instant oatmeal but rolled oats are truly best for you since they have no additives. If you aren’t a fan of oatmeal texture, give ‘Coach’s Oats’ a try… They’re steel cut and toasted so they have a much better texture and more flavor than standard oatmeal.

I cook my oats in water to save calories for the stuff I put on top. I don’t sweeten with actual sugar most of the time, but I’ll use organic coconut sugar here and there. Continue reading

Welcoming a New Year

This past year was a bit of a rollercoaster.  About two years ago I felt my life was truly perfect and it scared me.  I felt that it couldn’t stay that way forever and I was right.  However, I’ve come to find that what you think of, you attract. So in some way I almost brought in that wave of challenges, thankfully I didn’t drown in it.

My biggest learning experience this past year was getting over myself.  I had to let go of the past and things that were holding me back from continuing my future.  I had to accept what cannot be and what I cannot change and instead focus on what I have power over. I learned to stop comparing myself to other people, your journey is your own and you must learn to embrace it if you are to enjoy it. Continue reading

My Physical Progress After Babies

I may have mentioned before, I was 21 years old when I had my first daughter. Just prior to getting pregnant, I had lost about 10 pounds with a low carb diet. That weight loss probably helped it happen. After having her, my main concern was this new baby and I didn’t focus on myself right away.

I went through a lot of ups and downs in the next few years, relationship issues, insecurity, depression. The tightness of my pants fluctuated constantly.

I’ve always been a big fan of food. I plan vacations around restaurants for pete’s sake. Before having children, my fitness routine was to go the gym a couple times a week and eat whatever I wanted… it worked well for a few years until it finally caught up with me.

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My undeclared hiatus

My life took a bunch of crazy twists and turns over the past year. I started a business. My husband lost his job. We moved (in with my mother!). My daughter started first grade in an English/Spanish dual immersion program. We gained full custody of my step daughter. I decided to get serious about my fitness. Those are the main things and I will elaborate further in upcoming posts. First, I need to apologize for my absence.  I think through the difficulty of having my husband, our head of household, become unemployed put me through a whirlwind of emotions.  It is one of the most humbling experiences to be forced into abruptly living below your means when your means are suddenly none.