Dear Boys and Girls, When it comes to cooking and eating, I’m a simple girl. I can eat the same foods for lunch and dinner–say asparagus and chicken-for two or three days before switching to another dish. Yes, I’m lazy, but it works for me! Still, I do switch it up a bit. I’ve received many requests to share some meal ideas, so here you go! Eater be warned: I’m boring! But my meals are so simple to prepare that you can no longer use time or the fact that you may not be a good cook as an excuse. If I can do this, you can, too! Eating clean guidelines that I follow: In general, I stay away from whole wheat, dairy, sodium, alcohol, and sauces. Why? Wheat and dairy bloat me. I’m not a nutritionist and to be honest, I’m not exactly sure why it makes a…Details
Dear Boys and Girls, Back by popular demand: Another 24-Day Clean Eating Challenge. DATES: Wednesday, December 1st until and including, Thursday, December 23rd. If you adhere to these guidelines, you will see big changes. DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF little slips here and there. But if you fall, pick yourself up again. It’s consistency and not perfection that gets you to your ideal body! PART I of III: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT 1. You PRESS PLAY Five or Six Times a week, depending on your program. If you are not doing a beachbody workout, you should aim to do 3 resistance days and 2-3 cardio days. (Note: my experience is with Beachbody products. For that reason I can’t design a gym workout program for you.) 2. You EAT CLEAN six times a week. YOU GET ONE CHEAT MEAL PER WEEK, NOTTTT a CHEAT DAY. 3. No additional cheat snacks. ONE CHEAT MEAL…Details
Tis the season and I am craving pies, pumpkin, chocolate, and everything that’s probably not that good for me. So what’s a girl or guy to do? Before sharing a relatively guilt-free recipe with you, let me update you on where I am in terms of my fitness and progress. Last year around this time, I was going hard-core with my training and eating in preparation for the Million Dollar Body Contest. With the exception of my weekly splurge meal, I did not go off course. Absolutely no wine, no cheese, no wheat. Mentally, I was prepared to do that. I had a goal in mind. Reaching 12% body fat was more important than a piece of cake. I reached my goal and attained a level of fitness I never thought possible. This year, at least for a limited time (2 months to be exact), I’ve decided to relax…Details
Dear Boys and Girls, It’s Sunday morning. It’s one of those days where it all makes sense, where I have the clarity of mind and peace to fully appreciate where I’ve been, where I am, and yea, maybe where I’m headed. I have a doctorate in French literature. To be quite frank, I decided to go to graduate school because one professor, Adriana Bontea, believed in me, because I didn’t want to be average, and well, because at 21, I thought getting a PhD in French Literature would be cool. That’s the truth. Did I know what I was getting into? No. I devoted almost ten years of graduate study to pursue a field that interested me enough, but that I was not truly passionate about. I was, however, passionate about teaching. As a child, I would line up my dolls to lecture them. Sharing with others, teaching, makes me…Details
Dear Boys and Girls, In my last post I argued that it was possible to eat clean while on a shoe-string budget. If you haven’t read it, go back and read it, You really can. There is really no excuse. But, after I wrote it, I felt disturbed that I had left out Shakeology from my suggested meal plan, especially given the fact that many of the foods we eat today (particularly our chicken/fish/meat) are of such poor quality. It makes sense that Shakeology would make up for some of the nutrient deficient foods we consume as a society. But, the question remains: Can you afford it? If I left it out of my meal plan, then somewhere in my mind I was saying, “No, there is little room for it in a tight budget.” However, somehow that just didn’t jive with me. Let’s do the math together and you…Details
Dear Boys and Girls, Is it possible to eat clean when on a very tight budget? People think it’s not, but I’ve been saying for years that it is. It’s time to prove it. My plan (upon the suggestion of a friend) is to post three meal plans: one for folks looking to lose weight/eat clean on a shoe-string budget, one for those with a bit elasticity in their wallets, and the third, for those who are looking for optimum health without having to worry about cost. Ideally we would all be able to eat farm-raised, chemical free poultry/beef. After watching the documentary Food Inc., I’m sorry to say that when it comes to eating chicken and beef, folks on a tight budget really do get the short end of the stick. Organic, farm-raised chicken or beef can cost around $8 to $9 a pound. For many, that’s just outside…Details
Dear Boys and Girls,
I just wanted to share a new 30 Day Shakeology Recipe Calendar that Beachbody released. You can print it and post it on your fridge. Here it is:
Mmm. Okay, I just looked over the chocolate recipes again and I’m happy to report that they are low-cal and yummy!
Okay, that banana might have a lot of calories! It’s giant!
But, seriously, remember that Shakeology comes with a Bottom of the Bag Guarantee: if you decide after 30-Days that Shakeology just isn’t doing it for you, you can return it for a full refund.
If you order Shakeology, be sure to get it on autoship so you get FREE SHIPPING, plus 2 free workouts, a shaker cup, and recipe cards. You can cancel your monthly shipments at any point without penalty to you.
Happy Shakeologizing! Enjoy!
Barbie Decker, PhD
Dear Boys and Girls, I have said this many times before: I became a coach because I simply wanted to help people; I enjoyed helping others with their meal plans; being a motivator. I never intended to make a dime. Today, I have nearly quadrupled the income I make as a university professor and without hesitation, I can say that I expect that figure to double by the end of next year. My love of fitness, my knowledge, my confidence, and my desire to help others change their lives has only grown with time. The desire to help others has expanded to include both the physical and financial realms. I am living my dream. If someone would have told me when I became a coach three years ago that I’d be reading (BY CHOICE ) a book on taxes on this lazy Sunday morning, I would have insisted that…Details
Dear Boys and Girls, I feel as if I began hitting the breaks on my fast moving train about a month ago and only now is that train starting to slow down to a comfortable choochoo. Boy, I really do have a talent at packing it all in! Despite my insistence a short while ago that I can’t do it all, I found myself doing almost daily webinars for my team and saying yes to just about everything. The thing is: I want to help! I like challenges! With that comes saying yes, but also learning how to say no. Ahh, the art of being human and the perpetual journey of striking a balance. Today is the first evening in a while, I think, where I feel like, YES, I can fully take a break right now without feeling that I have a million things to do. The world…Details