I've been hearing about Beachbody's Ultimate Reset for years now. I've never really been too interested in lengthy detoxes or cleanses, but I have always been a little curious about the Ultimate Reset because I've heard some good things about it. Problem is that most of the good things I'd heard were coming from people who in some way were affiliated with Beachbody, so I never knew for sure what to think. At one point, about a year ago, I even tried to look up some reviews. The only detailed reviews I could find were from Beachbody coaches and it was only positive points that were listed. I remember thinking, why can't I find an honest review? I mean come on... any 21 day detox, I don't care how awesome it is, has to have some crappy aspects to it. This isn't a measly weekend detox, 21 days is a good chunk of time. It can't be all roses and rainbows.
I've always mostly detoxed or cleansed in natural ways through particular foods, infused waters, and Epsom salt baths and I didn't have any real intentions on doing the ultimate reset anyway so I moved on with my life. A few times in the past, I've completed a 3-day detox, but I never thought I'd ever actually do a 3-week detox. That sounded not so fun to me.
However, in spring of this year I found myself a little bit off track. Then my husband and I took a trip to Nashville and by the time I got back home, let me tell you... I was a lot off track. In addition to being off track, I was (not liking to admit this) in a super lazy funk. All I wanted to do was go back to Nashville and eat more Hattie B's (not even playin').
I didn't feel like thinking about anything or figuring anything out, so for the first time ever I seriously considered doing the Ultimate Reset 21 Day Detox. After pondering it for a few weeks, I decided to go ahead and try it. I figured maybe it would get me back on track and that my curiosity would also finally be quenched about this detox. As soon as I made the decision to do it, I then also decided that I would write an honest review about it. I would write the detailed review I was once searching for, one that doesn't spew any bullshit and just gives it to you straight.
I didn't get paid for this review, I have no ties or affiliations to Beachbody, and I bought this Ultimate Reset Detox with my own money. All of the opinions are my own and boy do I have a lot of them. I give you a blow by blow and I don't hold back. I give you the good, the bad, and the ugly. Find out if this detox is for you...
Today's blog post is comin' atchu with some healthy summer tips to keep your bod healthy, your mind right, and your soul happy! Summer is often the time we slip up the most and relax our health regimen. With a different summer party around every corner and ridiculous temptations scattered across countless picnic tables and party buffets, it's so easy to throw caution to the wind and gobble up everything in sight. The nonstop events and filled calendars leave little time for our regularly scheduled workouts and essential meal prep time. Find out how you can join in all the fun this summer AND still stay healthy and happy!
Today's article talks about food addiction and how you can learn to use that addictive personality to work on solutions instead of causing more problems. When you can change your perspective on a problem, you can take back your power and find a way to cope that isn't destructive. I share how I was able to overcome my food addiction and why I think the same technique will work for you. You don't have to take orders from the food in your pantry anymore. You can take control of your mind and of your life and finally start living the life you want to live.
Here's a delicious blueberry protein smoothie for those days you're just too busy and don't have time to make a meal. This smoothie is jam packed with 27 grams of protein to help you stay full. This smoothie is also perfect for right after an intense workout! My daughters and I love this smoothie and have been drinking it for years now. I hope you enjoy it!
Are you gaining the weight back that you busted your ass to lose? Are you feeling angry and ashamed of yourself because you're starting to pull your fat clothes out from the back of your closet again?
Don't worry! We're going to talk about how to stop the gaining and take back control of the situation. I have very simple steps for you to take to get back on track! I lay out everything for you.
It's okay, I promise!
Even though this article is geared for those of you who have lost weight and now are gaining it back, the solution steps I talk about will help anyone! These steps would be perfect to follow for someone who is just starting their weight loss journey too!
Keep reading to find out how to start losing weight again!
You'll never believe what I found from my past that has made me start eating brussels sprouts again. Oh man, seriously, I'm pretty sure I need some therapy. For multiple reasons actually. But that's an entirely different kind of article for an entirely different kind of blog. Today, to spare you all the unnecessary madness, I'll stick to giving you a delicious brussels sprouts recipe.
Check it out, my peeps!
Need a quick protein?
If you have a mug and a microwave, then you can make this meatloaf... IN FOUR MINUTES!
Okay, I know this sounds weird at first. Meatloaf in a mug? Not something you hear everyday. In fact when my husband, Jay, walked in on me experimenting with this in the kitchen, he looked at me like I lost my damn mind. I think his exact words were, while scrunching up his face, "What in the hell am I looking at right now?" After I told him I was trying to make a mini meatloaf in a mug he didn't look any less weirded out. In fact it was at that point that he pivoted and walked straight out of the kitchen while mumbling something about me being crazy. Whatever, dude.
I've been slacking on my protein intake lately. This mini meatloaf has been the perfect solution! Find out how quick and easy it is to make! ...
Please do not read any further if you are offended by adult language. There are F-Bombs ahead.
I was morbidly obese for over 10 years. Everything I tried to lose weight for those 10 years didn’t work. So what finally happened? How was I able to finally lose my weight, all of it, all 120 pounds? I started reading everything I laid my eyes on… articles, weight loss stories, and anything at all related to health and weight loss. I researched every night. I figured I better actually learn about my body: how it works, how certain foods react to it, what kinds of processes happen inside of it. I also started studying everything involving exercise: how different types of activity affected the body, what burned the most calories, how to lift weights, how to build muscle.
I can't even tell you how many hundreds and hundreds of hours I spent reading. Every spare moment, my face was either in a book or a screen. Finally it was time to stop reading and get off my ass! It was time to put my knowledge to the test. Once I started, I found successes and failures, excitement and frustration, short-cuts and derailments... and a slew of other emotions and conditions. I've taken all of my experience and I've narrowed down my success into the four of the most valuable lessons and pieces of advice that saw me through my journey. The four things that made it possible for me to lose every bit of my weight. Believe me, I'm going to save you a shit-load of time and ass-ache by sharing this with you. Please, please learn from my mistakes.
Are you ready for your Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card?
Here we go...
I have say right off the bat, I had nothing to do with today's post. I gotta give 100% of the credit to my 12 year old, Gia. This creative and crafty little one (okay maybe not so little anymore *whimpers*) made her mama a jar of this peppermint sugar scrub for Christmas. I love it so much that I had her teach me... and all of you how to make it! It's so easy you won't believe it!
This would be a fantastic gift to make for Valentine's Day!...
What if I told you I was going to show you how to make two healthy family dinners AND a big batch of magical and healing bone broth...
I'm going to walk you through all three. You won't believe how easy it is and how much money you'll save...
Okay we all know how it works. You go on a diet, you lose a couple pounds, then you hit a wall, and then you quit. Or maybe you lost 30 pounds and you were happy at that, but then six months later you’ve gained 15 of it back. Or maybe as many times as you’ve tried to even start, you can really never get going. I could go on forever with the or maybes and come up with a ton of different scenarios but they all end the same… a weight loss journeys that never succeed. Why? I mean with all the efforts that we've all put in for years and years, why aren’t there more success stories?
Think about it. How many people in your life do you know who've tried to lose weight? I bet a lot. But just for shits and giggles, let’s say you only know a few. If everybody that walks the planet knows just one or two people who've tried and failed at losing weight, well, uh that’s a lot of friggin people!
So why do almost all of us fail? ...
#1. It's easy.
#2. It's healthy.
#3. It's friggin delicious.
When I make these carrots, my family gets excited. First off, we are a carrot-loving lot. All four of us love carrots. It's not often that you find any type of food that the whole family loves. Well, unless we're talking about...
Cool shiz that the fit men in your life will actually get excited for! There are fabulous gift ideas in this list for every type of fit dude, any-level athlete, or someone who is just about to embark on a Get-Buff journey. Remember, those New Year Resolutions are coming!
After scrolling through this list, you'll be able to check some dudes off of your Christmas list. Just like that. Done...
Okay seriously? Has dinner ever been this friggin adorably frightful? No, no it hasn't. Let me tell you, when I called my family to the table for supper and they saw these monster feet on a platter, they went absolutely NUTS! Even my husband had a huge smile on his face. I believe his exact words were, "Gab, you are really something. This is awesome." That's right, buddy, don't you forget it! Kneel before me. KNEEL I tell you! Well, okay, I guess maybe we don't have to go quite that far. Just pick up your socks and I'll be happy. Maybe throw in a wink and an ass slap. Hehe.
Okay, whoa... getting waaaaay off track there. My brain is like a runaway train. I have to constantly reel it back in. Yes, it's exhausting. Any hoo, the Feet Loaf. Can you even take it? Omg it's so cute I can't even handle it. This amazing Halloween-y and fun creepy meal is...
Doing something different today, my peeps! After many requests for videos, I'm finally showing my mug. I thought it'd be the perfect time to test out a vid since I wanted to show you how to apply an amazing and, more importantly, safe deodorant that I absolutely LOVE! Yes, there really is a safe deodorant that works! I didn't believe it either since I've tried every one on the market. But then this gem came along! I swear some of the natural deodorants I've tried actually made me smell worse than if I had just gone without any at all!
I mean ain't nobody got time for smelling like a hot Italian hoagie that's been baking in the hot sun! BO is one of the worst smells on the planet! EWWWWWW! It makes me want to gag. I certainly don't want to put harmful products on my skin, but omg I can't go around smelling like BO either! Well now I don't have to do either because I found a miracle. An armpit miracle!
*Please keep in mind that my video equipment is not state of the art. I'm simply using Photo Booth on my mac. If there's anyone that still wants me to vlog after this attempt and doesn't dreadfully regret requesting to see my ass while I talk to you, I may have to find a better camera.
PS: I'm not actually showing you my ass in this video! But I do talk about my thoughts on the safe deodorant that I've fallen in love with and I show you how to apply it.
PSS: I'm a weirdo. Just throwing it out there ;)
HERE'S MY VIDEO...
Fact #1 about me: I'm a Halloween Psycho! I love everything Halloween. It's beyond obsession at this point. It's more like neurosis. Halloween is all year round in my head. I need serious help. Now don't misunderstand me, I don't want help. I don't want a cure. I'm totally cool with it.
When I met Jay, he didn't like Halloween. It was almost a deal breaker. I mean, how the hell do you not like Halloween? I get it if you don't love it or don't participate in it once you're an adult, but to not like it? This shit is unacceptable. Since I was madly in love with this Halloween hating weirdo, I had only one choice. I had to shove Halloween so far down his throat that he'd eventually swallow it. Oh and did I ever. I poured it all over his life. Every year I forced him to start dressing up, I decorated our house like it was a scene right out of Halloweentown, and I coerced him into watching Hocus Pocus with me every season while we carved pumpkins. Nine years ago we even started an annual Halloween adult scavenger hunt for our entire community.
Can I just say that I do realize that this poor bastard deserves awards for handing my ass all these years? But I'm proud to say that after 17 years, he's officially a fan! And when he saw this Frankenstein chicken salad toast, even he was excited about eating! ...
Hear me now... You need to make this shit! OMG it is amazing! I can't stop.
I (and now you) have my 12 year old daughter, Gia, to thank for this dish. You see, for some reason Gia has been obsessed with avocados lately. I've been buying the big bags of them at Sam's Club to keep up with her habit so every time I go into the kitchen they're staring at me. I have to admit Gia's recent bout with them has stirred a mini-obsession of my own. I had forgotten how much I loved them. My nine year old can take them or leave them and Jay has flat out refused to even try a taste of one for the past 17 years. Let me tell you, the hubs has come along way since I switched to a healthy lifestyle eight years ago. He has given lots of dishes a try. Even ones with vegetables in them! But he has a threshold. Apparently the avocado is where shit stops for him. He says he doesn't like the look of it. I like to remind him that a package of Angus ground beef looks like a pile of brains, yet he'll knock over toddlers and the elderly to get to a big juicy burger. Okay, maybe he wouldn't go that far. Maybe. It would depend if he skipped lunch or not.
I have learned to not push him to try foods. Wait, actually, that is not true. I just re-read that first sentence and honestly laughed out loud! Then I was going to take it out and thought screw it, I'm leaving it in, haha! Let me edit that first sentence without removing it. The correct way to say it would be this...