#TotalMommyMakeover Round 1, Week 3

I’d Rather Modify Than Quit.

It’s time for me to admit something rather painful: I’m not as young as I used to be. Actually, I am not so much bothered by my age. I know I don’t look 40 and I know I certainly don’t FEEL ‘old’. It’s my body that concerns me. I haven’t taken care of it like I should have and now I’m *choke* modifying exercises.

Although really, is there any shame in that?

Heck no! There is absolutely not one iota of shame in starting where you are at and working toward being a better you. I’ve become rather fond of Kat. She is a strong woman who put herself out there – like all the rest of the fitness pros – because she IS a fitness pro.

Do you think you have to have a 10 body to be fit? N. O. but then again, what is a 10 body anyway? A size 10? A specific shape? What I learned from this: health comes in all shapes and sizes.

Sunday, December , 2018
Total Body Cardio Fix

Got this in during our Miracle Morning and totes crushed it. We were shocked we did so well and fist bumped in celebration. We finally started our 21 Day Fix meal plan today and we totally crushed it. It was wild to see how the three of us took up one entire notebook page once I wrote down what each of us had. I think Skylar was the only semi-fail. She didn’t eat her carrots, broccoli, and mushrooms (green container).

Speaking of Skylar, ya’ll, I really don’t understand how I’m supposed to get a 4-year old to eat 1,200-1,400 calories a day. My daughter is supposed to eat as much as I do? 😳

The 21 Day Fix containers and the vegan diet outline make it easier but yikes.

Monday, December 3, 2018
Upper Fix

Once again, we got our workout in during our Miracle Morning and we’re stoked about being more on track than last week. We struggled a bit because of soreness but otherwise, all went well!

We forgot to write down what we ate today so our notebook entry is pretty sparse. 😧

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Lower Fix

CJ and I alternated workout times today. It seems there’s not enough space for us to workout together. He’s a lot sorer than I am but it’s mostly in his legs. On another note, I can’t believe I gained 6 pounds! The nurse, doctor, and I were all like, what?! The nurse said it could be due to my anxiety and depression medication but 6 pounds, really? I am attributing it to eating more. A lot more. I don’t think I’ve eaten as much as I do on the 21 Day Fix vegan diet. Which sounds weird considering how much weight I packed on but I think I was in that hibernation mode where the body thinks it needs to conserve or something. Honestly, I don’t know. We’ll see what happens in the coming week(s).

After that surprising routine doctor visit, I decided to get more serious about keeping a food diary. I actually got all Excel spreadsheet about it and plan to print them out on a weekly basis. I’ll add the printout to our Beachbody folder. Well, it’s actually a magazine holder now. 🤣

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Pilates Fix

Owww. This one is usually my favorite but a childhood injury has come back to haunt me. I fell off the side of a deck and landed hard on my booty bone. All the half-reclining is just killing it. I am breathing harder through the pain and trying to figure out a mod that will still get me the same results. CJ was a little stiff today but he worked through it.

We’re still on track, 21 Day Fix vegan meal plan-wise but we’re only about halfway through the containers. Getting our protein and purples in has been super easy since we started using the vanilla Shakeology to make smoothies. The blues, yellows, and oranges are also easy and delicious to get in. It’s the greens we’re struggling with. I’m alternating between homemade refried beans or sauteed chickpeas with EVOO, mushrooms, spinach, and onions but there are only so many times you can have it before you just say ENOUGH.

Note to Self: Look up more green recipes.

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Cardio Fix

Friday, December 7, 2018
Dirty 30

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Yoga Fix

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Wishing you much peace, happiness, and success,
Pearl Lane-Soliz | Mom. Writer. Blogger. Podcaster. | PearlLaneSoliz.com
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Delicious Store-Bought Smoothies And Shakes – At Home!

Don’t give up your smoothie or shake habit.
Replace it with a better, healthier version!

Have you ever tried making your own, homemade smoothies or shakes but come away disappointed and discouraged? Maybe you gave in to temptation and guiltily snuck in a drive-thru quickie. It’s sooo yummy but Lord have mercy! All those calories, additives, preservatives, syrup flavor, etc. etc. really bring you down.

Store-Bought Deliciousness – At Home!

Ya’ll, I have to – and I mean HAVE – to share my accidental discovery with you. Yes, I know it’s all over the internet but you never really know if that recipe is actually going to taste as good as they claim. (I’m looking at you vegan pancake recipe posters!)

It was CJ’s turn to cook dinner and well, he didn’t want to. So we brainstormed other ideas. Neither of us had hit even half of our 21 Day Fix portion container allowances so anything would have been good right then and there. He wondered out loud if we could have shakes. I thought about it like any concerned mom would and poof! I figured why not add our purple (fruit) containers in as well? That’s when we discovered …

You can TOTALLY make that delicious store-bought smoothie or shake at home with just a few ingredients and a blender. No. Freakin’. Joke!

Supplies / Ingredients

  • Vanilla Shakeology (Vegan is available!)
  • Frozen fruit of your choice. (Purple containers.)
  • Coconut water or milk. (If desired.)
  • Blender

Instructions
Put 8 ounces of either coconut water or coconut milk in the blender. Add your frozen fruit. Top with 2 scoops of vanilla Shakeology. Blend.

Holy frothy goodness, Batman!

The coconut water is great for smoothies! Use room temperature or refrigerated fruit for a more liquid texture and frozen fruit if you like the thicker version.Sort of like adding melted vanilla ice cream into your smoothie to make a delicious shake! The coconut milk will make the richer and give it a tiny bit of a coconut-y aftertaste. (Add more fruit if you’d like to disguise it more.)

⚠️ Warning ⚠️

These smoothies are deliciously addicting but according to the vegan 21 Day Fix food list, we can only have coconut water or milk three times per week. Don’t worry though! These bad boys taste AMAZING with plain filtered water too!

🎤 This Is How We Do It 🎶

We blend our smoothies and shakes individually because we want to make sure we each hit our 21 Day Fix portions but you can make yours a family treat if you want to. We prefer to use Pur filtered water and frozen fruit to have all the thick frothiness without killing our portions and save the coconut water for treat days (3x week!).

Wishing you much peace, happiness, and success,
Pearl Lane-Soliz | Mom. Writer. Blogger. Podcaster. | PearlLaneSoliz.com
Pearl Lane-Soliz

P.S. If you are interested in something and do not see it on my Training Calendar, let me know. I'd be happy to help in any way I can!

 

#TotalMommyMakeover Round 1, Week 2

Scrapped.

This week we learned something really important: what you don’t prioritize, you won’t do. We started out like a wobbly racehorse leaving the gate and collapsed before the week was halfway through. We weren’t taking our nutrition seriously, we didn’t do our Miracle Morning (which includes working out), and we didn’t honor our commitment to ourselves.

Round 1, Week 2 Report

What is your journey about?

The 21 Day Fix challenge is a 21-day event but it’s part of a larger, LIFETIME commitment to self-improvement. Having abs and being chiseled like Autumn Calabrese would be amazeballs but heck, imagine getting PERFECT scores on all of your bloodwork. Imagine having all the energy you need and want to keep up with your kids or grandkids. Imagine being in such AMAZING health that you can be self-sufficient until the day the Good Lord calls you home.

How many of us want to have someone wiping our bottoms because we can’t? I certainly don’t! Even if it’s inevitable, I will fight that day with everything I have. Which goes to show how wrong this week was.

It turns out, we have to fight for every day. Every workout. Every 21 Day Fix container we consume and log. There’s a reason for all of this. It’s called life and living the best one we can. We forgot our why this week but we’re committed to this as a lifetime journey.

So, next week, watch out! We’re ready and gunning for you.

Wishing you much peace, happiness, and success,
Pearl Lane-Soliz | Mom. Writer. Blogger. Podcaster. | PearlLaneSoliz.com
Pearl Lane-Soliz

P.S. If you are interested in something and do not see it on my Training Calendar, let me know. I'd be happy to help in any way I can!

#TotalMommyMakeover Round 1, Week 1

#TotalMommyMakeover Round 1, Week 1

Start Where You’re At.

Okay, I know I’m out of shape but darn it, I’m still pretty flexible! For crying out loud, I can go beyond touching my toes and place my hands flat on the floor. So I thought that I’d just be dealing with sore muscles.

HA.

I almost threw up while doing Day 1’s Total Cardio Fix!

First I got dizzy. So I put the weights down and kept going with the modifier. Then I started to get that tummy swirling feeling and had to stop before anything came up.

Yuck!

The exercises themselves aren’t crazy hard. I’m just really out of shape. Apparently.

However, I called this #MyMommyMakeoverChallenge for a reason: it’s a challenge. I knew I was going to struggle with something and probably someone (me). So I gave myself permission to use the modifier and to modify the modifier if I had to. The point is that this isn’t a one-time deal.

Don’t be embarrassed about having to use a modifier now and then (or all the time, at first!). I confess that I quit the first time I tried 21 Day Fix. That was about 2 years ago. Imagine where I’d be now if I’d cared less about where I started and more about where I wanted to be. #DecideCommitSucceed

This is Round 1 of an infinite number of rounds. I’ll get better with time. For now, this is how I’m doing:

Round 1, Week 1 Report

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Forgot all about my self-declared start date. What more can I say? I totes did not even have one thought about it!

Monday, November 19, 2018
Total Body Cardio FixDecided not to waste another day. Roped my 16yo son into doing a 21 Day Fix challenge with me. My 4yo daughter watched and commented. Later, she did a little yoga on her own. The coffee-flavored Shakeology I ordered made my tummy feel icky. I didn’t like the flavor either. I was told the vegan options taste REALLY good and adding a few extra fruit pieces in there would make it even better. #ToDo

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Upper FixMy son and I did today’s workout with mostly positive emotions. There was a little complaining about soreness but nothing major. Workout went surprisingly quickly. Tried to drink the Shakeology – I don’t like to waste things – but I got that odd nauseated feeling and bloatiness again. I think I’m going to stop trying and just order a new flavor. I like the idea of a superfood shake and let’s be honest, the last thing I want to do after working out is put effort into plating and chewing food. [I know, I know! Lazy butt!]

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Lower FixMy son and I are sore but we did today’s workout. We laughed at how we had to modify our movements to do things like sit down or get off the floor afterward. (Hint: Team building faith-drop and flop like a fish.)

BTW, there is apparently such a thing as too many yams. Nooo! What energy the soreness left over was taken by the yams. They held my tummy (and me by extension) hostage! That pre-Holiday trip to the library and the grocery store for last-minute items? Ha. We were late and it was crowded.

On the Shakeology front, I’ve sent a message to my coach asking about ordering advice. Multi-pack vs. single pack and recommended flavor combos considering my issues We’ll see what he says.

Walking around the grocery store actually helped alleviate almost all of the soreness! Try it and see how it works for you!

Thursday, November 22, 2018
Pilates Fix

(My favoritest day! ❤️)The unintentional walking yesterday REALLY HELPED! CJ and I woke up to minimal soreness and about 99.5% full range of motion. No more faith-falling backward to sit or flopping like a fish out of water to get back up. Woot!

On the “oh poop!” side of things, I almost gave up on getting today’s workout done. Yeah, it turns out there’s a reason why Exercise is accounted for in the Miracle Morning. CJ and I were off on our energy levels (per usual) and frittered the day away. I waited for him in the morning, he waited for me in the afternoon. We finally squeezed the Pilates into our Ta Da (to do, done) list sometime around 5pm.

It was a “do it now or it doesn’t get done” moment and I’m proud of us for doing it. We did it because we decided we were committed. We’ll just have to git ‘er done earlier from now on. #DecideCommitSucceed

There was no walk today and we felt it. We started getting a little stiff and achy again. The walking thing will need to be a daily event – somehow. With the weather changing, we’re getting the cooler weather storms and on/off rain. I don’t want us out there, getting sick, but a walk is an easy, healthy way to ease our beginner workout-er pains.

Skylar kept saying we were doing karate and imitating Autumn, walking around, giving instruction. 🤣

Friday, November 23, 2018
Cardio Fix

Umm, we unintentionally skipped out on this one. We didn’t do our workout first thing as part of our Miracle Morning and the day just flew by!

Saturday, November 24, 2018
Dirty 30

Same as yesterday. 😢

The Other Stuff

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Wishing you much peace, happiness, and success,
Pearl Lane-Soliz | Mom. Writer. Blogger. Podcaster. | PearlLaneSoliz.com
Pearl Lane-Soliz

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Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Shakeology (2 Ways!) | Pearl Lane-Soliz | FitHappyLittleMomma | Faith. Family. Fitness. Food.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Shakeology (2 Ways!)

🎤 It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter. 🎶  In Texas. FINALLY! My 4-year old daughter and I LOVE cooler weather. My 16-year old son? Not so much. Although he’s into snow just as much as we are.

Yeah, I don’t get it either.

Anyway, cooler weather means a switch in our foodie treats. It’s time for a freaking Pumpkin Spice Latte, ya’ll!

It’s sooo easy to fall into the mental trap of shooting down deliciousness because we’re taking our fitness seriously. We’re faithfully following our chosen workout routines and being deliberate about everything we put into our bodies. There’s no room for treats!

😜🤣😘

Ah, Fabulous! You make me giggle!

Regardless of what workout or menu plan you are following, you KNOW there’s a way to have at least one Pumpkin Spice Latte (or three) per week AND have it fit into the recommended guidelines to boot!

Pumpkin Spice Shakeology Latte

There are two – yes, 2! – ways to have your Pumpkin Spice Shakeology Latte:

  1. Using Pumpkin Spice Vegan Shakeology
  2. Using Vanilla Vegan (or Vanilla) Shakeology

Obviously, the easiest way is to have thePumpkin Spice Vegan Shakeology but it’s not that much harder to go with the Vanilla Vegan (or Vanilla) Shakeology method. There’s only a 2kcal difference between them and both have just one step (blending) so either would be a great choice.

 

Pumpkin Spice Vegan Shakeology Recipe

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Shakeology (2 Ways!) | Pearl Lane-Soliz | FitHappyLittleMomma | Faith. Family. Fitness. Food.
Serves 1, 190kcal
Time: 10 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • ½ scoop Café Latte Vegan Shakeology
  • ½ scoop Pumpkin Spice Vegan Shakeology
Instructions
  1. Place almond milk*, ice, and Shakeology in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Portion Information

  • P90X/P90X2:1½ Protein, ½ Single-Serving Snack
  • P90X3:½ Carb, 1½ Protein
  • Fix Containers:1 Red, 1 tsp.
  • 2B Mindset Plate It!: A great snack(tional) or enjoy as part of breakfast.

 

Vanilla Vegan (or Vanilla) Shakeology Recipe

Serves 1, 192kcal
Time: 10 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • ½ scoop Café Latte Vegan Shakeology
  • ½ scoop Vanilla Vegan (or Vanilla) Shakeology
  • ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
  1. Place almond milk, ice, Shakeology, and pumpkin pie spice in a blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Portion Information

  • P90X/P90X2: 1½ Protein, ½ Single-Serving Snack
  • P90X3: ½ Carb, 1½ Protein
  • Fix Containers: 1 Red, 1 tsp.
  • 2B Mindset Plate It!: A great snack(tional) or enjoy as part of breakfast.

 

Boom Zahramay!

You can have a Pumpkin Spice Shakeology Latte today! With just a few ingredients and one step, you can indulge knowing you are still on track with your fitness and fuel goals.

Wishing you much peace, happiness, and success,
Pearl Lane-Soliz | Mom. Writer. Blogger. Podcaster. | PearlLaneSoliz.com
Pearl Lane-Soliz

P.S. If you are interested in something and do not see it on my Training Calendar, let me know. I'd be happy to help in any way I can!

#MyTotalMommyMakeover The Challenge Begins

#MyTotalMommyMakeover The Challenge Begins

[ This post was cross-posted at Happy Little Momma on November 21, 2018. ]

#MyTotalMommyMakeover is a direct result of hitting the big 4-0 on February 20th. To celebrate, I decided this is going to be the year of me. To purge, delete, replace, or add whatever I need to in order to be my happiest, most at-peace self.

Part of that is losing the 80 pounds of anxiety, depression, and internal abuse scars. To finally be free to live.

Really live.

Like, you know, be happy without feeling guilty, worrying about when the other shoe is going to drop, or letting someone else have so much power over my emotions/happiness/peace. Reclaiming my personal power and empowering others to do the same.

Yeah, this is going to be so amazeballs.

To make this happen, I decided I was going to give myself a Total Mommy Makeover. It’s an ambitious goal that I’ve failed at before because I lacked the a Circle of Support.

This time, I won’t be alone. I have a fabulous coach, supportive physician, and a group of like-minded individuals on their own wellness journey. I’ve also got my Everyday Superhero: CJ, my 16-year old son.

CJ is going to be joining me on this journey. 😀

While his goal isn’t to lose weight, the workout program I chose should help him to get started on the 8 pack of his dreams.

Angles, Lighting, and Cover-Ups
This is a pic from last month. You won’t see a full body or no-makeup picture of me unless my ex-husband shared it.

In preparation for this monumental moment, a gallon of blood (it seemed like) was drawn and various tests run. Everything came back normal and my doc gave me his blessing (orders, really) to shed a few pounds (or 65).

The ideal weight for my 5’3″ frame ranges from 104 to 127 pounds. I currently weigh 187.

Losing 60 pounds would get me right to that top number.

Aiming for a total loss of 65 pounds would give me a little wiggle room for the inevitable weight fluctuation women experience monthly.

To be clear, my doctor just said he wanted to see a few pound weight loss by the next time he sees me. I am the one who decided to give myself a Total Mommy Makeover and losing 65 pounds is a part of that. I’ll be documenting this part on this blog.

#MyTotalMommyMakeover

Losing weight isn’t the only part of this challenge. There are actually 6 major steps involved in my makeover (the ones I’ll document at Happy Little Momma):

  1. Spiritual
    It’s amazing how much our spirituality has to do with our mindset. It doesn’t matter what religion you follow (or don’t follow). Our inner self, our spirituality, directly impacts our hope. Faith is simply the belief that all things work out for good and that everything has a reason, even if we don’t know what it is. Building spiritual muscles strengthens your resiliency and previously helped me combat depression and anxiety (but that’s a story for another time).
  2. Emotional
    We all feel things and sometimes we all react out of our feelings. We get angry, sad, happy, mad, stressed out, etc. Most of the time, we’re good at “controlling ourselves” but we all need a way to deal with our emotions. We need positive outlets to honor our feels, feel our feels, and then let our feels go. Pent-up emotion can make us sick: tummy trouble, migraines, anxiety, high blood pressure, etc.
  3. Wellness
    Weight is just one aspect of our physical wellness. If you want to be there long-term for your kids, aging parents, and even your sweet pets, then you HAVE to take care of yourself. I have two kids, my mom, and a menagerie to think about. I would also like to save my little corner of the world, one volunteer session at a time. Which means that I need to have the good vitals, energy, strength, flexibility, and stamina to keep up with it all.
  4. Relationships
    One of the most important relationships we can have is with ourselves. I want to treat myself better than I have been by scheduling time for myself to de-stress. My relationships with my kids are also a priority. I’d like to add some Mommy and Me playdates/dates and camping trips to our schedule.
  5. Professional
    Instead of changing myself to be someone or something I’m not, I want to find and work with amazing people – like you! – who I can empower and inspire while being my authentic self. I’m a remote administrative support specialist (virtual assistant) but I’d love to mentor/coach and spare someone the pain and trouble I’ve gone through.
  6. Financial
    Let’s just acknowledge that I didn’t know what I was doing when I turned 18 and things didn’t get much better as I got older. My desire for a family, to belong, has caused me and my kids so much unnecessary drama. I was rejecting success because I wanted a family but you need money to raise a family and to live. That was dumb. (That’s why the free Money Smart workshops I volunteered to lead are so special to me!)

The Master Plan

My plan is to use a hybrid of:

Oh yeah, somewhere in there I’d like to completely transition my little household to vegan everything but realistically, it’s going to be a year-long journey. Mostly because I don’t know what I’m doing, don’t have a dummy proof transition menu, and it’s crazy how some vegan items aren’t actually vegan!

Accountability

Fabulous, YOU are going to be my reason for not giving up.

Yeah, sure, I know the bullies and Debbie Downers in my life will try to use anything I post – even admitting my weight – as ammo to tear me down. Honestly, it’s worked in the past so why wouldn’t they keep trying to insult, berate, and mock me?

The difference is this time I don’t give a fig. I really don’t. I’m tired and you know what? I never claimed to be perfect or have all the answers. I just want to help who I can and fix what I can fix in this world.

After what feels like a gajillionty years of struggle, I’ve finally jumped off that rollercoaster.

Family is what you make it, home is where you feel like you can relax, and just being yourself is freedom. I’m ready to be 100% me. Not just me but the best version of me that I can be.

Hopefully, my journey will empower you to step out in faith and make your life what you want it to be. If I don’t inspire you, at least I’ll serve as a warning. 😆

Wishing you much peace, happiness, and success,
Pearl Lane-Soliz | Mom. Writer. Blogger. Podcaster. | PearlLaneSoliz.com
Pearl Lane-Soliz

P.S. If you are interested in something and do not see it on my Training Calendar, let me know. I'd be happy to help in any way I can!