Saturday, September 5, 2015

Shakeology Mug Cake Recipe!


When the boys are having a special Blizzard for dessert-- mommy better come up with something healthy quick to stay on course!

This is my first go at a Mug Cake and it's a super HEALTHY version.  It was good and satisfied the raging sweet tooth!

Ingredients:
1 mug
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
Dash of salt
1 or 2 tablespoon of PB2
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 to 1 tablespoon honey
1 egg


Directions are as easy as they come!
1. Add dry ingredients to mug and mix.
2. Add in wet ingredients and mix.
3. Microwave for 90 seconds.


Enjoy & happy mugging!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Working from home!

I have my own super exciting first day picture to share!
🚸This week I was able to see the kids off to their classrooms on the first day of school. 
⏰I took Emerson to her pediatrician appt without having to take time off work. 
🚌 I had the official right of passage waiting to pick up the boys in the car line.
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And it's only Tuesday. πŸ™†πŸΌ
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You guys, I am a realist. My head was NOT in the clouds when I became a Beachbody coach. As a matter of fact I never even VISUALIZED reducing my hours at the school as a goal because...well, it honestly didn't even occur me. It was too far "out there" for me to conceptualize. 
Staying home in this season of life just wasn't in the cards. Last year was hard....I feel you working mommas. I was in the trenches with you...
But, here I stand....In the position to finally have work/home balance. πŸ˜Œ
I'm going to be frank here... Going part time this year Is possible SOLEY because of Beachbody. Jud and I have great traditional careers...But we also have student loans, mortgage payments, three young children and special expenses this year (πŸ‘‚πŸ»). 
We realized in the Spring I had the choice.. Full time vs part time. An opportunity I never even KNEW I so *desperately* wanted because I didn't ALLOW myself to want it. 
Then it slapped us across the face---the FREEDOM we could choose where I spend my time this year.
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It still takes my breath away. 
Checking off YES I can volunteer brought me to tears tonight. πŸ‘‡πŸ»
It's not just BEING home more. It's being able to be PRESENT with more patience, energy and balance. It's going to be so good for ALL of us. 
Im thankful God had a plan to help me find balance and time at home long before I did. πŸ™πŸ»
If you want to learn more about Beachbody, with no commitment or pushiness, I would LOVE to share. See what it is and see if it's for you, no strings attached. Fill out the questionnaire below or send me a private msg for a coaching SNEAK PEEK! πŸ‘‡πŸ»


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

YumBox Review

I'm already a little bit obsessed with our new way to pack lunches this year. πŸŽ
Meet the YumBox. 
No more baggies. No more losing 10 pieces of tupperware for the dips each week. 
Leak proof, portioned, kid friendly to open & dishwasher safe...AND fits in a standard lunchbox with room for a water bottle! πŸŽ‰πŸ‘
Mom win.

http://www.yumboxlunch.com


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

FIXATE :: Mexican Taco Lettuce Cups Review

Still making my way through the FIXATE cookbook.  Was feeling the need for something that felt like a "cheat" and decided to go with Mexican.  This was absolutely delish!  I used grass-fed beef and romaine lettuce leaves because I couldn't find the Bibb lettuce at Publix.

Everything else was simple ingredients from the pantry- corn, black beans, homemade taco seasoning, shredded carrots, some sharp cheddar and fresh salsa.

Filling and JUST as satisfying as a normal taco's with a big CRUNCH.  A simple recipe but filled with healthier stuff in side-- I can honestly say I haven't added shredded carrots to my tacos before tonight.

Totally a winner!



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If you want to learn more about ordering FIXATE, or the monthly fitness+nutrition groups I run, please click here!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Edamame Salad Review:: FIXATE Cookbook



This was a winner with everyone in the family- adults and kids!

Very simple ingredients went into the dressing and the salad itself.  The only thing that required a little effort was making sure when we went grocery shopping we knew what we were looking for when it came to "Napa Cabbage".  We've never used it before but everyone enjoyed it and the cabbage didn't how a overwhelming flavor at all.

I had made a similar Asian- inspired salad a few weeks ago that called for sriracha.  This was a nice alternative because our younger kids could eat it and it wasn't spicy.  It was a great recipe to use as a side salad and with some shredded chicken added in it could easily become the main course.

The whole thing probably took about 10 minutes to put together and the leftover saved well for today's lunch!

Healthy and yummy!

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If you want to learn more about ordering FIXATE, or the monthly fitness+nutrition groups I run, please click here!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FIXATE DESSERTS:: Flourless Chocolate Chickpea Brownies Review

Today is my 30th Birthday!

So, I decided to give Autumn Calabrese's Flourless Chocolate Chickpea Brownies, from her new cookbook FIXATE, a try so I can stay on my nutrition plan while indulging a little bit!

I mean, what is a birthday without some chocolate??

The very first thing I was very happy to see is that the recipe called for ingredients I already had around the house.  Many of the ingredients are common throughout her recipe book- so you often have what you need on hand which is cost efficient and time-saving!

I have made cookie and brownie alternatives before with chickpeas so I had already worked through the initial weirded-out process in the past.  It is a surprisingly good substitute to flour!  It makes the brownies dense and fudgey.  And honestly, it just takes on the taste of whatever you add into it.  You will need a blender or food processor on hand to whip it up and make the mixture smooth.

Prep was fast and the entire pan was in the oven after about 5-7 minutes of prep.

28 minutes later, I had a warm, gooey chocolate pan of brownies.

My son was excited and what was planned to be a post dinner treat became a post-lunch treat (I kind of knew that would happen in this house!) He didn't notice the difference at ALL (and didn't see me prep the brownies) and gobbled his right up.

I also enjoyed the brownies but made a note in my cookbook next time to omit the coconut oil and go for the butter.  I had committed to a VERY clean brownie today but I can usually detect coconut oil in my baked products and it's not my personal favorite.  So for me, I noticed that flavor more than the others.  Next time I will try with butter (which is listed as an option in FIXATE as long as it is organic & grass-fed butter).

Overall, I was super happy with our midday chocolate birthday treat and I know I will be making again!

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If you want to learn more about ordering FIXATE, or the monthly fitness+nutrition groups I run, please click here!





Friday, July 24, 2015

Power Greens Shakeology BOOST Review

One of the most exciting benefits of attending SUMMIT, Beachbody's annual conference, is being able to try out the brand new products before they are released to the public.  I was excited to get a sneak peek into one of the new Shakeology BOOSTS, Power Greens, before it became available this past Tuesday.

A major part of the reason this BOOST was created to compliment Shakeology is to help consumers meet their daily requirements of vegetables.  It's perfectly designed to complement the nutrition already found in the shake and help those who have maintain a vegetable-challenged diet (aka-- people who are NOT making a happy plate!).  

Personally, as someone who does eat a lot of greens in my diet I could see the benefit of this Boost for spouses or kids who resist that kind of diet.  And I could also see the benefit of having the boosts on hand for those events which you know you do not have as much control over menu options.  Such as eating while traveling, camping, etc.

The reason these power greens are not already in Shakeology is because the basic Shakeology is designed to provide dense nutrition but also maintain the sweet integrity of the taste. With the Power Greens BOOST, shake-drinkers can control how much additional vegetables are added into the shake.  And honestly, depending on how much is added, the shake does take on a more "earthy taste."  The taste is not bad-- but it does lose some of the sweetness which you can tell is replaced by more dense greens.



Overall, I liked it!  I wasn't surprised by the "green" flavor of the shake.  I feel that anyone who has added extra green to smoothies, shakes, juices, etc knows the kind of flavoring that comes with these kinds of vegetables.  The boost tasted less sweet- But, I felt the compromise of losing some of the sweetness was outweighed by getting extra kale, spinach and leafy greens into my body.

One major benefit of putting this power into the consumers hand is that they can ease into adding more and more vegetables and their palette can get used to the flavor changes over time.  It does not need to be a full scoop right off the bat!  You can work your way up!

Happy drinking!

Learn more about the Boosts & Shakeology at my site!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Shakeology Focused Energy Boost Review

This past week at the annual Beachbody conference, SUMMIT, I was able to sample the new Energy & Focus Boost for Shakeology before it was released to the public!

SUMMIT is an exhausting, barely-any-time-for-sleep, kind of event to begin with... but it didn't help any that I was wide AWAKE on one particular night and reduced my potential 5 hours of sleep down  to 1.

Luckily, the next day they surprised all the coaches by offering a free Focused Energy BOOST at the Shakeology bar.  I knew I needed to give it a try- especially running on fumes.

I am the type of person that lack of sleep destroys.  I become nauseous, I get terrible headaches, and it  makes me a complete emotional train wreck (occasionally the I-am-so-tired tears).

Well, I can say definitively that the Boost WORKED!

I felt a lot of calm energy (none of the crazy jitteriness that I get from coffee) during the afternoon activities.  I felt wide awake and focused on the speakers at the different seminars but my hands and feet weren't bouncing all over the place.  I could feel the difference where it mattered-- alert & focused.

I felt energized as I got ready for a night on the town with some of my team.  The festivities lasted well into the evening and I felt great.  And the best part- after a long day and night I fell asleep with no problems.  Sometimes, even when I am totally whipped, coffee after noon can keep me up well into the night.

Some of the highlights of the Boost is that the mental clarity, alertness, focus and increased stamina comes from 100 mg of natural caffeine (from guarana and green tea).  There are NO artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners or preservatives.

The Boost isn't designed for everyday.  It's for those days you know you need something extra and it is made to compliment your daily Shakeology!

Learn more about the Boosts & Shakeology at www.beachbodycoach.com/KRYSTANYMARK




Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DIY Laundry Detergent for High Efficiency Washers!




If I am going to be completely honest...  I wanted to make my own laundry detergent so that way I could have the powder displayed in a pretty glass jar.
....and that's how this post came to be!

We all know one pretty glass jar can lead the way to bigger and better laundry room makeovers.

One small step at a time over here, folks.

But, really, there is a lot of money-saving potential if you want to take a few minutes to make your own detergent.  The entire process took me about 15 minutes and it was WORTH it!

I found all four products at Publix for roughly $13 total.  The products came in the exact quantities needed for the recipe.  The mix should last for 200+ washes!  Of course, the container is a one time purchase as well as a grater-- [if you don't already own those].


Here are the supplies you will need:

1. 1 Bar of Fels-Naptha Laundry Soap
2. 1 Box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda [55 ounces]
3. 1 Box Borax [76 ounces]
4. 1 Box Oxi-Clean [or similar brand]
5. Glass container [I recommend a 2 gallon jar]
6. Cheese grater




The next step is to grab any kid helpers who like to be involved and literally dump the powdered ingredients into the jar.  Lastly, you will want to grate the bar of soap and then mix, mix, mix.  {I reminded Owen multiple times during this process this, in fact, is not grated cheddar cheese!}


Finally, once you have it all mixed up find a tablespoon measuring scoop to keep in the jar.  Each load takes one scoop-  if you have a VERY dirty/heavy load, you can use two tablespoons.


I did a lot of research before diving into to this to be sure it was HE machine friendly.  In the process, I learned what really makes HE detergent specific for those HE machines is that it is a low suds product.  The HE machines use a lot less water than the old fashioned kind and you don't want a flood of suds.

I have done about 6 loads of laundry with our new mix and I can say I LOVE it.
-The clothes are nice and clean.
-The laundry machine has functioned normal and smells nice.
-And the clothes have absolutely NO scent, which is exactly how I like it.  

For those of you that do like to add scent to your laundry you can always consider adding a bottle of "Fireworks" from the GAIN brand, a scent enhancer for laundry--totally optional though.  It really doesn't need it (and saves you $6.00!)  It smells fresh and clean on it's own.

And that glass jar gave us enough inspiration to tidy up the drab laundry room.  Hopefully more improvements coming soon!  Now that it is more functional we can work on the beautification process.

It all starts with a glass jar. 

BEFORE
AFTER

Happy Laundering!





Saturday, July 4, 2015

Artwork Scrapbook for the Kids


I posted this idea on Facebook the other day and it got a lot of great feedback so I will post it here as well!

This is a simple solution for all the adorable -or hilarious- artwork that kids bring home from daycare or school.  Sadly, it is just no realistic to save every single piece.  My sons must have brought home HUNDREDS this year.

As they bring their work home I do a preliminary sort-- things that I know I won't save make their round son display and then discreetly get thrown out.  The stuff that is really cute, funny, sentimental, well-done all goes in a big pile and I don't think about it again.  The simple pile strategy is nice because it keeps things in order of development/seasons and it keeps the kids work separated as  I make a pile for each child.  I usually store it high in on a closet shelf after it's had its time on display- out of sight, out of mind, and out of reach.
At the end of each school year I sort through the pile and pick out my absolute faves...usually a couple from each season or anything particularly cute or funny. 

At this point I toss the rest and I trim them up and collage them into a scrapbook. I like to do this at the end of the year once I have made all my finals sections.  If I tried to scrapbook along the way I know I would end up keeping way too much stuff.  This lets me look at the entire year and use the best pieces. 

Each boy has a "pre-k" book. A gallery of all their best (or hysterical) pictures up through kindergarten! And I'll probably do the same through Elem. Once everything has been pasted down I go through and label the years.   It;s a nice, organized and NON cluttered what to save some of these gems!  πŸŽ¨

Saturday, June 27, 2015

6 years!

Happy 6th anniversary, Jud!

I am beyond thankful that our paths crossed so many years ago and the endless funny stories, high school crushes, sorority date functions, and long distance love that got us to our wedding day 6 years ago.  Being able to grow up with you an has been the greatest joy of my life.

I am always hearing that marriage is hard.  I disagree.  Yes, marriage can be full of compromise, growing and changing together through challenges.  For us that looks like 6 years of 5 moves, 2 layoffs, 8 job changes, 3 kids and 9 ears.

But through it all our marriage has never once been "hard".

Because, at the end of the day, it's aways you who I want a hug from when I feel angry, frustrated, or exhausted.  It's you that can annoy me to my wit's end and then turn right around and make me laugh harder than anyone.

I feel so thankful our marriage is a constant in my life that never waivers. It's never something I have to doubt even when life gets hard.  As we continue growing, changing and facing challenges-  I am thankful I have you in my corner.

I love you, always.  Happy Anniversary!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Simple Baby Easter Basket Fillers

I love the holidays, and I often have to hold myself back from making every holiday a spending spree.  Luckily, I have a husband who plays a good sounding board and can often let me know a reasonable price cap for a 7 month old baby who will be more interested in trying to chew the plastic green grass over what's actually in the basket.

This Easter I was challenged with keeping Emerson's Easter basket to $20.  I love a good challenge.



1. Pat the Bunny.  A classic book with touch and feel fun for baby. $6.41 on Amazon.
2. Infantino Peter Rabbit.  Good teething toy for the little one.  And it keeps with the classic bunny theme. And he rattles and jitters. $7.99 on Amazon.
3. Peter Rabbit Organics. Averaging about $1.40 each you can fill up baby's basket with healthy, and themed, foods.  I find mine at Target, of course.

Very simple.  But very cute.  What more could a 7 month ask for?

Well, maybe this 100% organic, smiling carrot teether.  But I wanted to stick to the budget. :)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

How to workout with kids. Some tips!


You guys, I love my kids.  I love them a whole lot.  As a matter of fact the sun might as well rise and set on their gorgeous, glowing little faces.  They are my life's best work and the apples of my eye.

But, holy moly, some things can just be EASIER to do without a 4 year old, 2 year old and 7 month old, am I right?

Some of those things might include: cooking a fancy dinner (or any dinner), cleaning the house, a long car ride, a "quick" trip to Target, taking a nap, blow drying your hair, reading a book, pushing a grocery store cart, paying bills online, using the restroom, taking a picture, making an important phone call....and, yeah I will admit it, working out.

You guys, I hear it ALL the time!  "It's too hard to work out with the kids. I just don't see how I can get it done with them around all the time and ALL over me."  

You know what?  I'm not afraid to say it.  Oh, HECK yes it is easier to get the workout done without kids around.  As a matter of fact, I spend a good few minutes of everyday planning out where in the day the most opportune time is to fit in my workout where maybe even just ONE of them will be preoccupied.  

So, ok, you're right, it probably IS hard to get it done with the kids around.

But, so is...everything?  

I mean, if you were kind of chuckling along with me a few paragraphs up about the silly little things that become much bigger tasks with lots of kiddos around and you were nodding your head in agreement.... I am sure you are already a pro at finding new ways to get a lot of things done. Us moms are expert multi-taskers. 

I mean, certainly, you're still finding a way to make an occasional serious phone call, style your hair for a night out, getting the groceries you need with ALL kids in tow, figuring out how to sneak in a shower or a small project around the house. 

Right?  Life doesn't stop.

And, kids don't need to be the reason to prevent you from doing the things you need to do.  It's about being creative.  Making priorities.  Figuring out how to involve, or preoccupy, the kids so you can accomplish your daily to-do list.


So, with that being said, I will leave you with my top 7 tips for working out with kids [and not get annoyed].  (Because, that's important too!)  [And I chose 7 because that's how many legit tips I have, I didn't want to bore you with 3 pointers full of crap :P]

7. Always have sippy cups filled and a snack within their reach.  You bet those kids will ask for a snack the moment you press play.  And promptly 18 seconds later they will ask for a drink. 

6. Kids LOVE to be around you.  Especially when you're doing something as interesting as plank jacks.  Make sure the area is CLEAR of disasters.  Don't leave your purse slung over the back of a chair.  Make sure important paperwork is out of reach.  There is nothing more annoying than yelling "no! no! don't touch that!" every minute.  Skip the clutter, keep it kid friendly.

5. Contain the ones that can't be trusted.  Little Emerson loves to scoot and crawl.  She will find any little leaf on the floor or tiny piece of wrapper or plastic.  I don't let her free range it when I know I want to focus.  First of all, I don't want her to scoot under me and get crushed and I feel much better knowing exactly what she can get her hands on.

4. Let the bigger ones join in on the fun.  Jamin, my four year old, loves to try and follow along to all the different moves.  He also likes to flex and take selfies.  Go right ahead little man,-- deleting 147 (out of 150- because some are tooooo cute) selfies later is worth it to keep you busy and happy.

3. Keep it interesting with "rare" toys.  We have an art table set up in our garage with lots of cool stuff the kids don't get to play with inside.  Play-doh with all the special play-doh tools.  Paints & watercolors.  Messy arts & crafts.  The kids NEVER have anything but crayons inside.  But hey, go buckwild in the garage kids!  I really don't care if some craft paint gets on the floor and the kids are always excited to play with their special arts & crafts and other special "garage toys."

2.  I heard this advice from a friend and co-worker one time that was so valuable. She told me her mother's philosophy was always right before you need some YOU time give the kids ALL your time.  Meaning, If you know you want to work out for 30 minutes...spend the half hour before actively with your kids.  Read them some books, have them help prep dinner, get on the floor and play toys.  Being actively WITH them will actually allow you a little bit of freedom to kind of distract them shortly after to do your thing.  And it helps with that pesky mom guilt too :P

1. Have low expectations.  I once shared this personal philosophy with my sister in law once who might of thought I was crazy.  But it goes a little something like this:

Before I was married and had children I pictured a pottery barn house, priceless photos with everyone smiling, made from scratch dinners & a greenhouse (what? I don't know- but its true).

Now, I am living what is STILL my dream life as a mom....but, I can't decorate the house with anything because it is promptly broken, I love a good crockpot meal, I hope for only ONE quality family picture each holiday (and by that I mean I can see your face looking in the general direction of the camera), and I buy my herbs at the market.

It's still the good life, folks.  The best, really.

But ,I am not setting my personal standard to a pintrest-worthy-level-of-success.  I am a real momma, living in a real world.  And it's OK to not have everything sparkly clean perfect.

So, I have to remind myself to allow some grace in.  And that's all I really mean by my tongue in cheek advice about lowering expectations. Give yourself and your kids some grace.

I'm not perfect.  My house is not perfect.  My kids are not perfect.

And hey, guess what, the workout may not go as planned.  You may have to press pause to address a diaper blowout.  You may have to skip a rep to catch your kid who is tumbling over.  You may need to call a time out to offer a hug (or to tell them, again,to step AWAY from the purse!)

And that's ok.  Life happens.  Not giving something a try because it can't be done *perfectly* will hold you back on too many things.

Live and let live.

And #pressplay, it's good for you AND good for your family. < 3



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Memory Making: Annual Valentine's Day Breakfast-for-Dinner Party

This past Tuesday we invited over the grandparents to celebrate Valentine's Day with our annual Breakfast-for-Dinner-Valentine's-Day-Dinner-Party.  Phew, wordy.  But a lot of words when strung together add up to a really fun night.


My mother in law does quite a wonderful job of hosting the big holidays, so around here, we go ALL OUT for the smaller ones.

Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo....watch out, I'm coming for you.  I'm armed with my dollar store decorations and themed food.  Like, Red velvet waffles....

{recipe for red velvet Belgium waffles found here}


So, this was the THIRD year we have had this tradition and get together for Valentine's.  A little simple, and fun, menu of breakfast for dinner.  That's it.  Nothing else on the agenda except hanging out with family and eating some breakfast in the evening hours.

But...that's the fun thing about childhood... the kids are SO excited about this simple get together for days- working on their valentines, Jamin asking to wear cologne so he will be "extra handsome" (true story)and sneaking peaks into the dollar store bags to see what trinkets are hidden.... and I must admit, I love having been given the honor of helping craft their childhood memories.

What a task to be blessed with...and, well, if it means just a little food coloring to see their faces light up --  I'm happy to provide it by the gallons ;)





{I think this bacon heart won my man's heart all over again, by the way.}



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

5 days of Sugar Free!

I am happy to say I am five days into our "Breaking up with your Sweet Tooth" and I am going STRONG right along with all my challengers!

AND in 5 full days I am down about 3 pounds (with exercise 4 of the 5 days as well).  I'm holding strong to those new years resolutions!



They say it takes 21 days to form a habit and I am cruising right along to the goals I have this year.  If my challengers come out of this challenge a few pounds lighter, but more importantly, with a newly formed habit of more often than not leaving that refined sugar behind--- then this thing is a SUCCESS!

Day 1 was a breeze (isn't that always the case when you get a new program going??)  Here's some yummy steak and eggs we had over the weekend.

Day 2 I woke up with a very slight headache but as soon as I ate breakfast it was gone.  This was the day that my husband got a little bit grouchy.  I'm so happy he is on board with me, especially because it is becoming more apparent as the days go on that he is the one more addicted to sugar--so, I think he needed this challenge to break his one-candy-bar-a-day-at-work habit.  It's an amazing what things you can accomplish when you are part of a bigger team and you have others on board with you to keep you going when things get tough.  Accountability is everything, folks.

Day3 I felt like I was finding my groove.  Check out these Spinach Turkey burgers and roasted broccoli with sweet potatoes all packed up for lunch.  YUM.


Day 4 was so busy at work.  Too busy for craving sugar to be a distraction that's for sure. The trick on these kinds of days is to be prepared!  This is one of those times when mindless eating could kick in or a stress induced run to the candy jar (and when you work in schools, there are a LOT of candy jars).  But my lunches have been pre-packed with healthy lunch and snacks so I'm never left hungry and looking for a quick, impulsive fix.

And today, Day 5, I decided to try some new recipes.  I had never roasted a chicken.  And when you are off sugar you are looking for new ways to be entertained by your food!   Here I present to you a very simple- and basic- roasted chicken with lemon, garlic,thyme and basil.


5 days down, 16 more to go!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Freebie 3 Day Refresh for my next challenger!

A challenger in our "Breaking up with your Sweet Tooth" group lost SIX pounds by jumpstarting her nutrition with this little gem--- the 3 Day Refresh!

Good news because it's a healthy & natural way to detox that includes actual FOOD, jumpstarts weight loss, and helps you get control of eating habits.

Yes, please.

In honor of waking up to such good news this morning.... I want to spread the love!

The next challenger thats ready reign in their nutrition and take their fitness by the HORNS by ordering a challenge pack (workout/ shakeology of your choice) gets a FREE 3 day refresh from me to you. 

This might just be the thing that makes the difference in your life. A small decision to test out a challenge group in April 2013 TOTALLY changed mine. Make the investment in you heart emoticon

Email me (krystanymark@gmail.com) to find out more and get this Refresh!



Monday, January 26, 2015

Post Partum Weight Loss Journey

 have never been able to "snap back" from pregnancy. Im not one of those girls who has babies without a stretch mark. I don't shed the weight in two weeks or even two months. Pretty opposite actually. 
After Jamin I felt discouraged and embarrassed. I was running half marathons and losing no weight. Silly as it sounds I felt my body failed me (ridiculous thoughts looking back...come on, I grew a human!) I totally gave up and felt sorry for myself. 
After Owen, I moped for a solid YEAR before even taking action. It took time and hard work but I was finally able to shed the lingering weight from both pregnancies. I had made a decision to not give up no matter what. I revamped my diet and amped up my workouts through Beachbody programs. Finally, I was was able to go into pregnancy #3 healthy and fit. 
And I thought it would be easy this time! 
This last pregnancy with Emerson I was put on pelvic rest at 5 months. (Since when does life go exactly as planned??)
But this time I am stronger mentally. I know if I put in the work I will see results. I don't feel defeated- I feel determined. 
And guess what? I'm still 13 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight almost 6 months post partum. And that's ok. Im not racing anyone. I'm making the small choices everyday that will add up to big results. I know my body has had three babies. I know my body doesn't "snap back" without hard work. I know that I am making progress and I'm not expecting perfection. 
Not afraid or embarrassed this time. Just ready to work. If you can relate shoot me over an email (krystanymark@gmail.com). I love having company on the journey!
Ps. This is me 1 month post partum with baby #3 and TODAY. Working that pooch away!



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.


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