What The “Burrito Baby” Phase of Pregnancy Is Teaching Me

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Me and my “Burrito Baby”

Hey guys!

It’s time for an honest moment here that I’m not too proud of. The end of the first trimester/beginning of the second trimester of pregnancy is ROUGH on the confidence, especially when it comes to finding clothes that fit. This is what I refer to as the “burrito baby” phase of pregnancy. You’re not showing enough to tell your pregnant, but your belly has grown enough so that none of your clothes fit right and it looks like you swallowed a ginormous burrito whole and it’s just laying there horizontally in your belly.

I can’t even begin to explain to you the mental tug-o-war that has been happening for me during this time of our pregnancy. On one hand, I am SO INCREDIBLY THANKFUL that our baby boy is growing, that he’s healthy, and that he’s ALIVE! After losing our last baby, you would think this is where ALL my focus and mindset would be. But, I fall prey to self-conscious thoughts like anyone else. I lose my positive mindset and become my own worst critic. I get frustrated that even my yoga pants are tight, that my tops don’t fit right. I look bigger than I am in really loose clothes and I just look chubby in form fitting ones. The struggle is real…

My gracious husband is patient with my craziness everyday, he always tells me I’m beautiful, and is the one who proposed the idea to me of sharing this on my blog. He had a great point. This isn’t my first rodeo. I know I’ll gain healthy baby weight, I know it’s something to celebrate because that means baby is14107731_929688749774_1334724430284143122_o growing, I know what it’s like after delivery, and this time I know EXACTLY what to do in order to whip this postpartum bod into shape! Let me also clarify that a woman’s body is freaking bad ass! The fact that we can literally grow a human from the size of a microscopic egg to a 7 pound healthy human inside our bellies… that we grow our own disposable baby sustaining organ called the placenta, push them both out of our bodies, and then are able to sustain our new precious tiny human life with milk from our own body’s is INSANE! It’s important for ALL of us (I’m speaking to myself here) to be gracious and patient with our bodies through this entire process.

As you guys know, my MISSION and PASSION in this life is to help others learn how to live at 100%, to give this life all they’ve got, and to feel their absolute BEST. I also know that if I am not living at my best, I won’t be able to be there 100% for my growing family. More than external looks, THIS is where my motivation lies. I want to feel good in my clothes. I want to feel CONFIDENT in a bathing suit and not embarrassed. I want to be the strongest happiest version of myself because my husband deserves that in his wife and my boys deserve that in their mama. I know if I “let myself go”, if I don’t invest in getting me healthy, strong, balanced, fulfilled, they will get the empty, drained, sad, low self esteem, low functioning version of a wife/mama. I WILL NOT let that happen.

13412890_772318359571659_3106254048819551717_nI see so many parents put everyone else first in their life in every area while they’re barely able to survive. They eat fast food from Taco Bell or McDonalds every day because they “don’t have time” to eat anything else. They don’t sleep, they are barely functioning only because of a never ending supply of energy drinks and mocha coffee drinks. They don’t take any time to breathe, to dream, to play, to be present. Physically they’re there, but mentally and emotionally eventually they check out. They feel unfulfilled, bitter, even resentful at times. They have super low self esteem that always negatively impacts their marriage and many times divides the family. We all see this all the time. Maybe you’re living this. Please know, I am NOT judging you in any way. I see you, I hear you, and I’m here to tell you that there’s a different way. It doesn’t have to continue like this. You can be that strong, confident, healthy, happy individual you’ve always wanted to be! But you can’t just wish for it. You have to be willing to put in the work.

I need to work on my positive mindset in regards to my own body image. I own that. It’s MY choice every day I look in the mirror with a frown and sigh instead of a smile with excitement. It’s MY choice every time I get mad at my body instead of appreciate that it’s growing my beautiful baby boy. MY choice. MY responsibility. If I continue to have this mindset that ruins the day, ruins my relationships, and sets a bad example for everyone around me, everyone watching me…that’s ALL on me. Just like your lifestyle choices are on you. Your responsibility. You choose the example you are to those around you. Heavy, huh? See why my motivation is so strong now to live my best and help others do the same? Think how drastic of a difference we could make in this world if we all took ownership of our own actions!

NO. MORE. EXCUSES.

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July 17th, 7 days from today, our team is starting our own “Test Group” for Beachbody’s brand new program Shift Shop! Every day of this program, I’m going to be encouraging to myself and others about our individual journeys we’re on. While I’ll be modifying as needed, I’m going to be pressing play right along with everyone else in this new 21-day program! I want to know whose ready to take ownership for their life.

Whose ready to make positive changes?

Whose ready to STOP making excuses for every little thing?

Whose ready to get real results instead of wasting money and time on pills, patches, wraps, and programs that don’t work?

Hear this…TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO DO THIS PROGRAM WITH US! We are going to be having a BLAST, keeping each other accountable, getting healthy, feeling awesome, increasing our energy, shredding fat, and taking OWNERSHIP for our health and our lives together.

Are you in?

Read more about this program on a previous blog post here.  

If you’re in this, in order to get started, you’ll need to purchase the Annual All Access Challenge Pack today. Lucky for YOU, it’s on SALE! Click the photo below to place your order. Once ordered, email me at TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com to let me know you’re joining us and in your email I want you to tell me WHY you decided to do so. 🙂

Welcome to the team my friend! Get ready for a life changing experience!

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Make today AWESOME!

  • The Health Patriot

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The Truth Behind Shakeology’s Pricetag

Fact- I am not a bazillionaire (not yet atleast! Ha!). My family, like many other families, is on a budget and we refuse to spend more than we make. We refuse to work so hard at our jobs and live lifestyles that don’t allow us to save a certain amount of money each month.
That being said, while we know our health is our most valuable and important investment, I’m not one to go spend a ton of money on something I don’t believe in whole heartedly or on the latest fad going around. For me to invest my hard earned money in a nutritional anything, there can’t be one thing I disagree with, and it better have multiple health benefits.

If you’re comparing Shakeology to other protein powders, or even other meal replacements, I can almost guarantee you that Shakeology has more than what you’re comparing it to. That’s not to say there aren’t other amazing products out there because I know there are! But when comparing, look at the ingredients and formulas, and the quality of those ingredients, not just the nutritional facts.

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Let’s break down what’s actually inside a bag of Shakeology, shall we? Well yes Jessica, I never thought you’d ask! 😉

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1. Super Protein Blend

  • This part of your shakeology will change depending on if you order the vegan formula (as shown above) or if you order the regular whey protein. In both cases, there is a protein complex used to develop the protein aspect of this shake. Even in the whey protein shakeology flavors, the other superfood plant based proteins are included. And NO SOY! Woohoo! The whey that is used is exclusively from pastured, grass-fed cows and processed at a low-temperature to ensure nutrient retention. This is AWESOME and often overlooked in most protein formulas.

2. Super fruit/ Antioxidant Blend

  • I’m sure you’ve heard of antioxidants, they are popular for their anti-aging, cellular regenerating, and heart health properties. I wish I had the time to explain to you the benefit of each of the ingredients listed in this category. Just know…your vitamin C tabs have NOTHING on these superfood powerhouses! Beachbody has included the ALL-STARS of immune boosting antioxidants in this blend. Camu Camu ALONE is insane not to mention goji berry, acerola cherry, and then there’s ROSE HIPS which SPECIFICALLY are paired with high vitamin C herbs to enhance our body’s ability to absorb all that C goodness! See you got me started…this stuff is so fun!! (insert nerd emoji here).

3. Super Green/ Phytonutrient Blend

  • “Phyto”= plant – “nutrient”= the stuff that makes you a super human! Super greens are like miniature gift bags exploding at the seems with all sorts of benefits for your machine of a body. I’m such a weirdo, I get SO excited about these incredibly nutrient dense foods! These supergreens aid in detoxification, purification, and alkalinization of the body. They feed our cleansing powerhouses (liver and kidneys) to function optimally and create homeostasis in our body. Let me also note here how critical pH balance is in the body… did you know in 1921 Dr. Ottoman won a NOBEL PRIZE for discovering that cancer cells cannot survive in oxygen-rich, alkaline environments, but THRIVE in oxygen deprived, acidic environments?!?! Say what? Why isn’t this all over the news?? Ya…I know!

“All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception. “Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.” Dr. Warburg has made it clear that the root cause of cancer is oxygen deficiency, which creates an acidic state in the human body. Dr Warburg also discovered that cancer cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen, as found in an alkaline state.

4. Adaptogen Blend

  • This formula, I am SO excited about. America has the special characteristic that most other countries don’t quite have….we are all freaking stressed out all the time! We’re so stressed that we don’t even realize we’re stressed because stress is our “normal”. Go to Europe, and you’ll know what I’m talking about. We all move at a million miles a minute, are worried about deadlines, dates, projects, work, appointments, etc…we rarely rest. Well, guys, when we live these awesome lives of ours, we burn out our hormones, especially our adrenal glands (The adrenals control the release of the stress hormone cortisol and have a domino effect on the rest of our sex hormones as well as our thyroid). The herbs in this formula are in a class of their own called adaptogenic herbs. This essentially means that they help bring us back to baseline. If you are stressed & anxious, they’ll help bring you down; if you’re lagging, depressed, and have no energy, they’ll help bring you up. It’s that simple. These amazing herbs help NOURISH our hormonal system to find homeostasis, which in turn revs up our metabolism and helps us (especially women) lose that dreaded belly fat! These adaptogenic herbs go above and beyond helping with hormonal balance and stress management, but you’ll have to look them up individually on your own time to see what I’m really talking about. I could go on for hours…they’re SO incredible!

5. Prebiotics, Probiotics, & Digestive Enzymes

  • The superstars of gut & immune health, these suckers are vital to decrease belly bloat and improve digestive function, moving out the gunk and creating a health flora within the intestines for optimal absorption of key nutrients. I could do a whole class on the importance of this area alone. There is a theory that all disease starts in the gut. The gut is where we absorb our nutrients and where we can create toxic sludge. If damaged, the digestive system can make our lives miserable! 70% of the immune system resides within the digestive system, which also makes addressing this area HUGE in preventing disease and illnesses of any kind. It simply cannot be overlooked in order to achieve optimal health. The probiotics available in Shakeology are specifically chosen and designed to survive the stomach acid and make their journey to the small intestines where they are really needed to clean house and heal the intestinal lining. Enzymes are also SO very important in aiding the body with absorption, decreasing inflammation, and so many other important benefits. THIS formula is why so many find digestive aid when they start Shakeology. It’s bomb.com.

Now that I’ve addressed the various formulas available in Shakeology, I also want to inform you that the QUALITY of these ingredients are held to an incredibly high standard. All ingredients are continuously tested to make sure they are not contaminated by GMO’s (SUPER IMPORTANT TO AVOID!), and that they are grown in nutrient rich soil free from toxins and pesticides. Do you know how HARD that is to find these days?! If you haven’t noticed already, the price of this bad-ass formula is incredibly reasonable for what you’re getting in each serving. If you were to purchase each of these 5 formulas seperately, even ON SALE, you’d spend WAAAAY more than what you’d spend on Shakeology, even before the coach discount!

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If you’d like to try out Shakeology or have any other questions, I’d love to talk with you! Feel free to contact me at TheHealthPatriot@Gmail.com I understand that finances can still be tight for some people. However, if you WANT this nutritious goodness in your body, my recommendation is to become a coach, help other people get healthier, and EARN your protein superfoods!! It’s that easy! I’ll tell you exactly how I did it too!

Check out Shakeology yourself here!

 

It’s time for you to start investing in yourself, living our your purpose, and finding the energy and vitality to do the things you love!

Let’s Do This,

The Health Patriot

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The Mom Squad- Preparing for the battle

To be honest, yesterday, I was in the midst of writing one of my regular posts about 2 of Beachbody’s July promotions for challenge packs, and I was planning on finishing that blog post today and sending it out like an ordinary day.

But, I just can’t. Today isn’t an ordinary day.

Today, we morn with the families who lost their loved ones in the shootings in Dallas and across America as several other officers were shot at today. Today, we realize that the wounds of this country go deep and from those wounds, many are irrationally acting out in hatred with senseless acts of violence. We have flip flopped…what was historically considered “wrong” is now looked at as acceptable, and what was historically considered “right” is now prosecuted against and looked at as radicalism. If you are a melatonin deprived Christian conservative, who stands for morals and faith, you are all of a sudden looked at as a radicalist by so many! I can’t tell you how many social media posts have grouped all the white people and cops into racist people. What nonsense! I love all the colors! Heck, I’m pretty sure I AM all the colors in a melting pot. Let’s stop bringing division and start strengthening ourselves, our families, our circles, our communities, and our country. Today, as my mind was flooded with mixed emotions of anger, sadness, frustration, and fear for my family full of peace officers, I realized something.

Every day is a battlefield.

LIFE is a battlefield, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Let me tell you something, if you haven’t already realized it, in the months to come, things are most likely going to get worse, not better. With our pending election and the ever so popular 2 candidates we have, no matter which one is elected, we most likely will be immersed into chaos.

Either way, I want to be physically, mentally, and spiritually as ready as I can be. Training season has commenced in a very real way. Some of you may think I’m crazy, and that is fine, but I know for some of you women out there, I am speaking your language. You want to feel strong, capable, full of faith instead of fear, resourceful, knowledgeable, and you want to know how to protect yourself and your family from the evil that lurks around every corner. This is why I have decided to launch a women’s group, ” The Mom Squad”.

In this group, I will utilize the Beachbody programs to help encourage women to get physically stronger and more agile than they’ve ever been, we will talk nutrition & meal planning to optimize our nutrition for ourselves & our families, we will increase our superfood consumption, we will pray for each other and encourage each other in our faith, we will share resources related to our current daily life struggles, we’ll learn more about the immune system, digestive system, hormonal balance, we’ll learn to BUILD EACH OTHER UP AND NOT TEAR OURSELVES DOWN, we’ll learn the importance of inner confidence, and we might even talk about tactical readiness for women!

This is going to be a support group, and it’s going to be awesome. We’re going to get stronger in every way and motivate each other through our training. The accountability is going to be awesome!

If this resonates with you, I want you in the Mom Squad. You do not have to be a mom, but this will be a women only group.

 

PHYSICAL STRENGTH & VITALITY

The importance of this area goes without saying. To be a part of “The Mom Squad”, you need to choose one of two programs to follow. I’ve done both and both are amazing, and ironically both on sale for the month of July!

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22 MINUTE HARD CORPS & 21 DAY FIX CHALLENGE PACK OPTIONS

 

 

***I HIGHLY RECOMMEND LOOKING INTO HAVING A COACH MEMBERSHIP! YOU SAVE SO MUCH MONEY WITH A 25% DISCOUNT ON ANYTHING YOU ORDER!!! MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT ME TO GET YOUR COACH REGISTRATION FEE WAVED!***

 

Check out the links above and see which option fits you and your lifestyle best! I would be happy to speak with you more if you have any questions! I am SO excited to build “The Mom Squad” and create a space for some incredible bad-ass women to be loved on, encouraged, educated, and motivated to become their best self and become prepared for the daily battlefield.

LET’S DO THIS.

 

-The Health Patriot-

TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com

 

 

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