Thursday, January 15, 2015

SAM's club epiphany!

Ok, let me be straightforward here in letting you know this post is going to be about Beachbody Coaching.

So, stop now if that's not your jam! :P

I am sure many have noticed for the last (almost) 2 years I have been blessed by this coaching opportunity more than I could have EVER imagined.  I share about it a lot of Facebook.... because how can I NOT!?  It's life changing.

What started out as a desperate desire for accountability to lose a few pounds has turned into a thriving business for me and my family.

Thursday's in Beachbody Land are a pretty wild days.  It's the day you can see how much your business is compounding and developing over time, its when you can see how the coaches on your team are growing and creating a thriving business for themselves... and it is also payday (!!!)

But, today, it was kind of a "ehhh" day.  Coming out of the holidays and finding the groove post-vacation kind of showed itself in my payday total.  I glanced at it, accepted it, and kind of chalked it up as an "off" week and went about my day.

Well, later on in the day I headed to Sam's Club (for ANOTHER box of pull-ups...come on potty training!!) and I was struck by the total of my receipt.  I recognized that number.

Totally odd, and very unlikely, my Sam's Club total was the EXACT total I earned this morning through Beachbody.

I swear to you, I spent the entire walk out to the car just in amazement staring at my cart.  I felt like I was having a "Come to Jesus" talk with myself about gratitude. I could not believe what I was so easily calling an "off" day has provided my family.

It's one thing to see a number on a screen but another thing to see it right before your eyes as something tangible (and necessary) for your family.

I am so fortunate.  So thankful.  So humbled and blessed to show that this "kind-of-weird-week" was able to provide us with--


1 box of bulk diapers
1 box of bulk pull ups
2 boxes of bulk wipes
2 Jumbo packs of laundry detergent
1 carton Blackberries
1 carton Strawberries
Bulk pack of organic chicken
1 gallon milk
1 large bag of shelled walnuts
1 case of Chobani yogurt
1 box of Gogurts for the boys
1 large bag of sweet peppers
 1 veggie tray to bring to a party this weekend
{baby not included}






And that is money we don't need to pull away from planning family trips, paying for swim lessons or savings.

This is a business that is tangible for you.  This is something that can maybe pay for your gas, maybe buy some bulk groceries,  maybe put a down payment on a home (or a brand new ear).  All you ever have to do is ask and see if it seems like a good fit- maybe it is, maybe it isn't.  But you'll never know unless you ask.

It is just AMAZING to me.  So thankful God placed me on this path and I cannot wait to see how this all plays out!


Monday, January 12, 2015

BREAK UP with your SWEET TOOTH!

I can't even tell you guys how much FUN I had over the holidays AND how excited am I that everyone is dedicated to getting HEALTHY in 2015...from one holiday to the next--> here comes VALENTINES Day!

{{ BREAK UP with your SWEET TOOTH starting January 24th and ending in time for Valentine's Day! }}

Our group is going to focus on NUTRITION-- 

Starting with the 3-day Refresh to break the cycle of bad eating and get a jumpstart on healthy weight loss; 21 days of removing refined sugars from our diets, drinking Shakeology once a day to curb those GNARLY sweet tooth cravings (hey...breaking up is hard to do!) and start planning how to stay on track with your Nutrition Plan after you indulge -just a little- on Valentine's Day!

I want you to join us in BREAKING UP with your SWEET TOOTH!


Email me at krystanymark@gmail.com for more information or comment!


Saturday, January 3, 2015

A sweet goal of mine...

I am scared to even admit this is a goal for me this month.  Because it WILL be hard.  It WILL be a challenge.
It will really test my commitment.

I plan to completely revamp my diet this month and go  refined SUGAR FREE  for 21 days, and I need people
to be here in the trenches with me!

I can see you, cringing, thinking about your coffee and your baking.  I am right here with you!

But with the holidays behind us, and a fresh slate before us, how amazing will it feel to clear out the junk and
 have your body feel amazing and using food as fuel--  and not running on empty sugars?

I am going to be honest here, I can commit to a workout any time.  For me, that's the easier part to commit to
and I too often use it as an excuse to eat what I want.  But I have big goals to
achieve and my discipline the the kitchen needs to match the discipline I can
put into my workout schedule.

My plan of action is to start with the three day refresh and continue from that with 18 more days of sugar-free eating- eating whole foods and Shakeology as a once a day (and to curb those sugar cravings!) meal replacement.




Not sure what the 3 day refresh is?   Here is a little teaser..

"Users looking to lose a few pounds quickly and/or to look and feel better in just 3 days can use the 3-Day Refresh.
The program is for those who have "fallen off the wagon" with their nutrition and want to get back on. It is for anyone
 wanting to kick start clean eating habits for the first time or just wanting to prepare for big event, milestone or trip
and look his or her best. The program is also for people seeking to undo the "damage" of a recent binge. Overall, this
product is for anyone wanting to lose weight quickly, to feel lighter, to feel cleaner and healthier, to improve
digestion, to curb cravings for junk food, or to improve mental clarity."


--->Sounds good to me! I could use all the above, please & thank you!

I am going to start the refresh for January beginning on the 19th and finish up well before
Valentine's Day!

I KNOW it will be hard, but what gets me through these challenges is having a support system in place.

I have had amazing results in the past in online challenge groups and I would like to
invite you to join in with me!

Challenge groups give you a private place to check in, stay accountable, share recipes and
meal planning, win fun prizes, and work as a team towards goals.

Msg me, leave a comment or email me {krystanymark@gmail.com}to get signed up!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

The brinks of 2015

Ironic, as I sit down to write a post to think about how I want 2015 to look for me and my family that Jud turns to me and says, "so, what are we doing with 2015?

How amazing, and overwhelming, is that kind of question?  What WILL we do with 2015?  We have some ideas where we are heading this year- some goals we would like to accomplish and adventures to go on.  And we go forward into 2015 with all the insight and lessons learned in 2014.

But for me, this year, one major and personal goal I have for myself is to learn the patience to slow down.  I can go very, very fast.  Moving so quickly through each day that I wonder where the month, and the month before that, have gone away to.  I felt that way with this Christmas.  As we packed up the last of the decorations this week  I wondered to myself where did the weeks of anticipating Christmas vanish to?

Maybe this is what happens as you approach 30.  Maybe this is what happens when you have three young children.  Time seems to dissipate a whirlwind and you wonder how your own childhood summers and holidays felt so long. So, I want to learn to to not put the pressure on myself to take on everything all at once.  I want wake up each morning intentionally looking for the beauty that is hidden in the routine and exhale out each evening the stressors and the to-do list of the day.  I want be present with the people I love the most 100%.  When the boys ask for an extra bedtime story I want to say yes without hesitation and not worry that the laundry that is piled a mile high. Because life is so much more than folding the clothes.

I plan to soak up 2015.  Because this year is a once in a lifetime for me.  One of the few precious years where I am knee deep in young children and babies.  This is a chapter that we are in the thick of, and believe me- we are feeling the craziness it entails, but it's fleeting. If I didn't believe it before, I know it now....  "The days are long but the years are short."

And though it can be exhausting, and sometimes it leaves me and Jud  giggling as we reflect on the chaos of our days-- it is so beautiful.  Welcome 2015.  I know its truly unique one that will give me some of the sweetest memories of my lifetime.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Owen & a long time coming update!

Eeek!

It's been quite a while since I updated on Owen's journey with Microtia & Atresia.  I always have to remind myself of when he was born and I was sitting in the hospital room I would be SO happy to come across blogs of other moms who were documenting their journey... and I would become so frustrated when the trail of posts would just STOP. 



There was always chapter 1. Making decisions. The surgeries.

But what about chapter 2? How were the kids doing now? How did they do in school? How did the post-op go?

So, I will keep writing for those that are googling for the first time. Momma's still in the hospital bed, I got you covered. :)

After the initial couple months of obsession, Owen's ear just became what it was- the smallest part of his make up and not a major topic of discussion in our house.  What happened was Owen emerged as the charismatic, all-encompassing Owen that that we all know and love. With more than enough personality enough to fill a room his ear is just a side note.  An interesting detail in a far more interesting kid.

He's busy eating snacks, I'm busy kissing boo-boo's, daddy is busy doing the morning school drop off grind.  And in between there's a lot of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, potty training and snuggles. Owen has always loved a good hug.

So, there's not too much to report for the last two years.  The first couple months of Owen's life were about exploring options.  Then it was all just about being a family. And, somehow, here we are- that time where surgery dates are being set and the wheels are in motion.  The two years flew by.  And so now, for another small season of life, let's talk about the ear again as we embark into chapter 2.




Owen has medpor reconstruction surgery set for late 2015 with Dr. Lewin out in California.  Its been booked for over a year.  Long-standing appointment. You have to book early!  We had the opportunity to meet Dr. Lewin last year at a Microtia family picnic.  I felt drawn to her immediately.  I had the gut instinct she is the surgeon for Owen. Follow up phone consultations only confirmed this for me.  I also got to meet some of the little guys and gals who had an ear made for them by Dr. Lewin.  They looked absolutely amazing!

We are currently in the process of deciding if atresia repair (building an ear canal) is a good option.  He had a CT scan in October to determine if he is a candidate, and on a scale of 1-10, he scored an 8.  Which is a great score!  This score essentially translates into an 80% chance of restoring normal hearing.  Isn't that amazing?

(Side note, Owen did amazing for the CT scan. He stayed so still, no crying, and no drugs needed to knock him out!)

Anyways, we are in the middle of consulting with the Dr's in California to see if we want to go ahead and commit to the surgery.  If we do we are hoping it will happen during June or July of 2015.  Giving him 6 months to heal and medpor following that in Dec.

Once we have that piece locked into place- we can plan all the details, where to stay, flight arrnagements, coordinating the schedules for our other 2 kids. 

2015 is a big yEAR!

hehe, see what I did there? ;)

More to come soon!




Thursday, November 13, 2014

Post-Partum Piyo Results!

After baby number 1 & 2 I spent a long time wishing away the baby weight (and was somehow was angry that my method was't working!)  I had a lot of high hopes but not a lot of hard work.

Finally, after baby number 3 I have learned I just simply need to get the work done.  Slow and consistent progress IS progress.  I may not be where I plan to be...but I am moving in the right direction.

I'm excited to share my results from PiYo.  I finished  the entire program about 3 weeks ago- so proud to say I did not miss a workout.  To be honest, the scale didn't shift drastically, but I can see the results starting to come through! 

So exciting to know I am on a path that will get me where I want to be in a healthy & fun way.  PiYo was such a great program for low impact, strength & flexibility training.  A perfect program for a postpartum momma.

Well, without further delay....Here are some of my results so far!  

Stay tuned.  

This isn't my final"after" -- I'm chasing down my goals!




Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quinoa + Bison Stuffed Bell Peppers

This recipe was spurred by a quick need to get dinner prepped, not a very stocked fridge, and a lot of bell peppers on hand!  Luckily for me, I had just what I needed to pull this easy dinner off.

1.When I say that my fridge wasn't too stocked up- I meant it.  No ground beef on hand so bison meat it is! (...whaaa?  Don't worry, it tasted good and is super lean & healthy!) First, I browned the bison meat in a skillet and drained, then I added diced tomatoes, chopped fresh spinach, about 4 cloves of fresh minced garlic and garlic salt & red pepper flakes to taste.


2. OK, confession. The pantry was not very stocked either.  (Apparently, this lady needs to hit the supermarket in my spare time).  Instead of brown rice to add as a filling I made a cup of quinoa.  I prepared it separately, and kept it simple, following the directions on the package and then I added the cook quinoa to the skillet.  I washed the peppers and trimmed off the tops and then filled the peppers with the really good-smelling skillet concoction.


3.  For good measure I added one slice of provolone to the top of each pepper.   Because cheese is a miracle worker and has saved many a dish in my kitchen!  I added a little water in the bottom of the pan (by the way, I am SO not kitchen savvy- I know this is not a pan.  What is this thing?  A oven safe bowl? A dutch oven?) and covered loosely with aluminum foil.  I popped it in a preheated oven set to 375 and cooked for about 40 minutes until....


4. ....the cheese is nice and melty, the peppers have softened and the house smells like "Mmmmmm, mmm, good." (aka garlicky goodness).  Nom nom.


Not going to lie, the boys were a little hesitant to give the peppers a go.  But once they had a bite they ate their supper pretty well for the night.  I would go ahead and call this Jamin-and-Owen-approved!

Win!