We all have said it… “I’m starting Monday.” It actually used to be a very popular phrase in our household. My husband and I were famous for it. As we would stuff our faces during Sunday morning brunch, my dad would say, “Let me guess, you’re starting Monday morning.” Ouch! Our mindset was “All or Nothing.” We found that… that mindset sucks! It didn’t leave much room for us to live life. It created such a yo-yo affect and wasn’t teaching our daughter anything good. The word “diet” was being used too often and not the way it should be.  We realized that if we didn’t change our ways, nothing good would come from it.

Just a couple months ago, we reluctantly decided we become Beachbody coaches. Sure I had read a TON of diet and workout books and was truly interested in the subject, but I wasn’t sure how well of an example I was. But something great happened after we had made the jump; we became consistent. It wasn’t all or nothing anymore. We had people who were depending on us. It has truly become a lifestyle.

We have learned a lot within such a short time. We’ve learned not to get discouraged if we ate something “bad.” We would just start eating right for the next meal. We used to intentionally miss a meal to make up the calories for something “bad” I’d eaten earlier. That doesn’t work. Now, we don’t miss meals anymore, because we’ve realized how much that makes us over-eat later. When we were ready to “diet,” we used to drop weight quickly doing the SouthBeach Diet, but it didn’t build any muscle. If we screwed up for only a day or two, the weight was back on. Now we are always doing something to build muscle. Muscle does burn fat!

There is so much more we have learned and I will be sure to share more later. Most importantly we have realized, it’s not a race. We are on a Fitness Journey. It will take changing our lives to get what we want, stick to it and not gain it all back later. As long as we make small, healthy changes and realize that it won’t happen over night, we will continue to see the wonderful results we are getting.

Here’s a small list of little changes we did/ are doing to make sure the fat keeps melting away:

  • Keep up on the water. At least 64 ounces/ day.
  • Have one “cheat” meal a week.
  • Replace one meal a day with Shakeology
  • Workout daily at home with a workout program (except Sunday)
  • Stick to the top 3 tiers (on non-cheat meals) of Michi’s ladder

Thanks for reading. If you found this post to be at all helpful to you, please share through FB, Twitter or email. As always, comments/questions are always appreciated.



Jamaica Mon…

Today is day #16 with P90X and I am feeling good. I have to admit that I checked out my flexing arms in the mirror and was pretty excited. Eating well has got to be the hardest part for me, but I just keep thinking about the fact that I have to post 30 days pictures soon and it keeps me from overeating and away from the junk.

Another motivating reason to eat well: my husband and I  just found out recently that we are going to JAMAICA in January! Needless to say I am super excited and nervous 🙂

“Goals are dreams with deadlines.”
—Diana Scharf Hunt

I made this goal for myself, losing 20 pounds of fat,  but a goal is only a dream until a deadline is put to it so now I have my deadline. It is real and I am going to achieve it. I plan on being able to wear a bikini even if I don’t actually wear it (it’s a company trip, I want to stay conservative.) I wore a bikini once about 5 years ago, but before that I haven’t worn one for over 10 years. I am dying to not only wear it but look great. So here it is, my deadline:

January 13, 2011.

There is only one problem, I will have to buy a bikini in off season.  If anyone knows of a great online retailer that I can get a suit from, please let me know.



Self-Declared Work-In-Progress

Becoming a Beachbody Coach was something I was a little hesitant in doing. Reason being: I still don’t have the body I want yet. I wasn’t sure how well I would be able to help others when I wasn’t a shining model of success yet myself. I approached my coach, L.T. (who does have an awesome after photo), with my thoughts and she assured me I was doing the right thing. She explained that the more people that see me go through my struggle of achieving the body I want, the more I would inspire others to do the same. It’s definitely not my favorite thing to do, you know, admit that I am not where I want to be, that I am a work0in-progress. But I figured if she is at all right, then I would be able to help oyhers through my transformation rather than just telling them about it after I got there.

To some, I might sound like a complete idiot, it’s not like I have a tremendous amount of weight to lose, but what I have found is not most people don’t. Most people have 20-30 pounds of fat that they want to shed. It’s that frustrating, annoying weight, that just doesn’t come off easily. I already lost 10 pounds but that was the easy part, cutting out the REALLY bad stuff from my diet and starting to exercise again. Now, I have to fine tune everything and kick it up a notch.

So here it goes, my journey:

My current stats:                                               My goal:

height: 5’4″                                                            I don’t want to change this 😉

weight: 143 lb                                                       127lbs

body fat %: 23%                                                   16%

Hopefully LT is right and you or someone you know can benefit from these daily blogs of my transformation.

Please share this with anyone that you feel might need a little extra encouragement.


Ashley Albeck