August 3, 2016

My Instagrammed Life

Do you want to finish the summer strong? Have you lost focus on your health and fitness goals or need to kick things up a notch? . With all the vacations, social activities, kid activities and weekend get aways, pounds can start creeping up and we can fall back into some bad habits. I know you don't want to start Fall with your clothes tight. I certainly don't. . Why not focus on what we're doing NOW and slide into the Labor Day weekend feeling more confident, in control and fit? . Join me on my next 30 day challenge and we'll finish out this summer strong instead of feeling like we need to cover up in our hoodies, sweats and sweaters this Fall. . . #ahappyfitlife via Instagram: @chrissymartinez

July 17, 2016

My Instagrammed Life

So pretty!! I love just going out to the backyard for fresh flowers for the week!! #ahappyfitlife via Instagram: @chrissymartinez

July 15, 2016

My Ultimate Reset final results, what I learned and my before and after pics!! (I can't even believe them myself!)

Oh boy.....I hesitated putting these pics up.  It's not easy being totally vulnerable, putting yourself out there and letting the world know just how much you had let yourself go.  But I'm doing it because I want to show you that I'm real, I'm human and we all have our ups and downs with our fitness and nutrition.  Yes, I'm a Beachbody Coach and I help motivate and inspire others to change their life, but I too get caught up in life and I can fall off track too.  It happens to everyone.

I had gotten not only off track, but the train left the station and derailed.  It was bad, really, really bad.  I was still working out, but I knew that because my nutrition and my eating habits were so far off, the workouts felt pointless.  I was in a downward spiral big time.  

I was feeling sad, depressed, my emotions were kind of all over the place.  I was tired all the time, I was breaking out, I had an upset stomach a lot, I had gas, I had a TON of bloating (I constantly looked like I was 4 months pregnant), I wasn't "regular."  Because I was feeling like total crap, I would eat to feel better.  I would have a glass of wine or two, sometimes three to feel better.  And you know what happens after you have a drink, you reach for even more crap because it's easier to talk yourself into it.  I started to not really care.  I can feel better.  I know what my body can do.  I know what my body can look like and feel like. 

But I was feeling angry at myself.  I had let myself go and was feeling like a frumpy 44 year old.  None of my clothes were fitting.  Everything was getting tighter.  That made me feel even worse about myself.  I'd make some changes here and there.  I'd change up my workout routine, I'd eat a bit better, but I never really went 100% all in. I kinda sort did it.  Kinda sorta doesn't produce results.

I was feeling like a total fraud.  I talked the talk to my challengers and customers.  I'd motivate and inspire them to do all the things I was not even willing to do myself!!  

I decided enough was enough. I had been toying with the idea of doing the 21 Day Ultimate Reset for quite some time and always told myself there was no way I could do it and why would I want to do it anyway?  I did more research, 2 people that I know well were doing it and posting their journey.  As I watched them, listened to their journey and saw their results I just had to do it.  What's the worst that could happen?  My body was toxic, I had to break the many bad habits I had gotten myself into and I had to be serious, focused and intentional to do it.

I am so freaking glad I did it.  Was it hard?  Yes and No.  It was hard because it's summer and we are social people.  It was over the 4th of July weekend and we had parties to go to.  It was hard to not have all the delish food everyone else was having.  It was even harder to not have wine or a cocktail.  You see I'm very, very introverted.  It is very challenging for me to be in big social gatherings in the first place and without a cocktail or two to relax me and help me be chatty it was harder.  I even had a friend text me the day after a party to make sure I was okay because I seemed down at the party.  I wasn't down at all....actually feeling quite great but I'm way less social when I can't hang out around the food table or have that drink to help me be more sociable.  This is absolutely something I must work on!!  I shouldn't need food or alcohol to be sociable!  That's just ridiculous!!

I learned so much about my eating habits.  Before the Reset I was eating to eat. I wasn't hungry but just felt like eating.  I snacked on crap.  Even a Cheez-It
here or chips there add up.  I was horribly dehydrated.  The amount of water I drank while on the Reset was more than I ever drank and it made me feel so good.  I am still drinking a ton of water and I'm so glad I got that habit back.  Whenever I feel hungry now, I think about how much water I've had and now I know I'm just thirsty instead of hungry.

I now reach for an apple as a snack. I have veggies cut up in the fridge that I reach for.  I crave these things.  I missed chicken a lot!  I was totally satisfied with good, whole food not crap!  Filling my fridge with fresh produce till it busting out the seams makes me feel so happy.  My girls are eating better because all this food is in the fridge and ready to go.  I don't miss the crap at all because I know it will make me feel like crap.

I slept amazing!  I woke up alert, clear headed, full of energy, no headache or groggyness.  Totally focused  on the day ahead.  I am not tired at all.  I sleep great, wake up refreshed and just repeat!  I have more energy for my workout than ever before. I am seeing results so much faster due to the good, clean food I'm having.  My body is so much more efficient and works at changing my body, leaning me out and giving me results because I'm fueling my body for the workouts.  

I felt so much more in control of the day by prepping all my food and having it ready.  Nothing was going to be by chance.  I never had to stop for something quick and not healthy because I wasn't prepared.  Being prepared for all circumstances is the key. Making good, healthy food as quick and easy to grab as crap is really changed me.  I knew this of course, but making it happen every day for 21 days just drove the message home even more.

My body really needed this detox.  I ate a TON of food.  I was so full every day.  The recipes were simple and easy and so good!  The supplements probably helped with that but it was also the quality of the food I was eating.  You can eat a ton of food if it's whole food.  Crap may fill you up for a bit but you are right back at it a few hours later.  I cooked a lot.  I was prepping food a lot.  I was in the kitchen all the time.  That got a little old but by the end I was getting better. I was prepping for more days in advance than just that day.  I liked so many of the recipes.  There are so many that I will continue to eat forever. I made soup and I've never made soup!  Delish soup too!!

Alright so you made it all the way towards the end so you want to know the results right?  Okay, okay....I want to preface my results with a few things.  

1) I didn't eat ALL the food each day.  Why?  I was full.  Probably not what I was supposed to do.  They are put together for a reason, you eat these things to fuel your body and help get rid of toxins so by not eating it all I may have hindered a few results. 

2) You are not supposed to work out at all during the Reset.  You are only supposed to walk or do yoga.  Well.....I couldn't do that.  I felt so freaking amazing and had so much energy I just couldn't waste it.  So I continued my workouts....Insanity, lifting weights, group fitness classes.  The reason you are not supposed to workout is because your body works to repair your muscles and puts all its energy on recovering from the workout instead of detoxifying your body.  

3) I did have a couple of cheats. I had to have some tastes of some food and I had 2 small glasses of wine in the 21 days.  One time I ate meat when I wasn't supposed to.  You know how I felt after I had those little cheats?  Like total crap!  My stomach hurt, I bloated back up instantly.  It is no longer worth it to me to feel like that. I now know and understand completely how food is supposed to make you feel.  It energizes you and gives you fuel!!

But I still had amazing results for me.  I lost 8 pounds and 8.5 inches.  5.5 inches off my waist alone!!

I didn't do this just for weight loss.  It's nice but I did it to get back in control.  To detox, clean myself out and feel better.  I had lost all control over my nutrition.  I have it back now.  I feel so amazingly good.  I'm just eating clean now.  Have the occasional glass of wine, have tastes of things but I'm back to feeling more like me again.  I had totally lost myself and I'm back baby!!  Not having control over myself was the worst feeling.  I still have a ways to go, but now I will be making my changes faster because my mindset is right again.  I'm making better choices, I no longer crave sugar and carbs like I did before.  I crave fruit and veggies like crazy now.  I make better choices because they make me feel better!

Would I do this again?  Yes I would absolutely do this again.  I think that I should do this at least once a year for a tune-up!

Want to try it?  I can help you! It's not as hard as you might think.  :)

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~Christina Martinez

June 23, 2016

My 21 Day Beachbody Ultimate Reset Journey - the PRE-CRAVINGS

June 16, 2016

Oh boy!! I am off my freakin rocker!! I'm starting my 21 Day Ultimate Reset on Monday and I'm eating freaking everything I can get my hands on that I crave!! Why oh why? What is going on?
The last couple of days I've been totally craving a delish, creamy, chocolate marshmallow malt. I mean a really decadent one. I found a recipe online by Bobby Flay (ya, I went searching for recipes and looking at all the delish pics) and I went to the store..., bought all the ingredients and made one. Okay, I made one for everyone in my house, but I was so excited for mine. Then, because I still had ice cream in the house, I had a bowl last night with hot fudge and marshmallow cream. I know right?
What happened today you ask? Ummmmmm......Panda Express Orange Chicken of course!! Oh I got it with brown rice though. LOL!! Like it really matters. It's like ordering a diet coke with your burger and fries. HA HA!!
My craving button in my head has turned on, my willpower and ability to turn it off ran away fast!
I have to tell you....I felt completely awful after eating ice cream and I'm sure I will feel the same a bit later after scarfing down this Panda Express. He's a cute little panda though isn't he?
Anyway....I don't know what's happening. Is it the fact that I know for 21 days I will be totally dialed in, no cheats, no tricks? Eating and drinking exactly what I'm told and when I'm told to do it? Am I fearing the cravings so I'm getting them out of the way? I have no clue but I have to tell you I cannot, really, truly, cannot wait to do this. This randomness that is going on with me right now is killing me!! I workout hard, really hard and I'm totally undoing it all with what I put in my mouth.
I think during these 21 days I will have plenty of "aha" moments about myself, my relationship with myself and my relationship with food. I'm sure it will uncover a few things that I didn't know and I welcome it!! I really want to embrace it all and totally rock this challenge out of the park.
Well......time to dust this off and let it go. I can't undo it now. Just do better from this moment on. Crossing my fingers for no cravings tonight!!

My 21 Day Beachbody Ultimate Reset Journey - the decision

June 13, 2016

I made a really big decision today that really makes me nervous but something is calling me to do this. For the last couple of months I keep hearing that little voice in my head telling me to do the 21 Day Ultimate Reset. I keep telling that voice to keep quiet. I have even had dreams about this Reset. They are really trying to get this message through. Soooooo.......I decided to listen. After watching a fellow coach's journey through the Reset this month and another friend and Legion of FIT coach doing it for the second time now I feel like it's my time. I purchased the 21 Day Ultimate Reset today.

My body is really needing me to do this. I feel like I have too many toxins built up and it's time to get serious about getting healthier. The 3 Day Refresh felt amazing and gave me a great jumpstart. I feel so good when I do the Refresh so I know I will feel even more amazing doing the Reset. My body hasn't been feeling well lately. I'm reacting more to what I eat, I'm getting more headaches, feeling very sluggish and I'm not able to shed any pounds so these are all signs that I have some unhealthy toxins built up.

So.....I'll be embarking on a 21 day journey when I get this. I hear that the food is absolutely amazing and delish. The absolute hardest part for me, to be totally honest, will be the no alcohol part. I mean absolutely none! Not a drop..... so please support me friends. Doing this in the summer will be tough but it's only 21 days. I will be doing this over the 4th of July so it will definitely be a challenge for me. I think it will be a mental challenge more than physical. I need this. I need to do this for me. I need to completely Reset my system to wake it up.

I need cheerleaders!! I'll let you know when I start and I'll probably video journal my experience through this. I know I can do it!! I just might be crazy, but I will succeed and it will be worth it.

June 19, 2016

My Instagrammed Life

This man I have loved for 28 years. Not only has he been an amazing and loving husband, but his absolute best comes out as a father. The way he treats his girls is priceless. He's showing them how they deserve to be treated by a man by the way he treats them and how he treats me. So full of love! Everything is about love and how you show that to everyone in your life. He's full of such wisdom and advice. We love you Edde and I thank you for our life and absolutely everything you do for us. Happy Father's day my love!! #ahappyfitlife via Instagram: @chrissymartinez

My Instagrammed Life

TGIF!!! This is absolutely why I do this "Beachbody thing." This makes me so happy and in tears to be able to play a small role in changing someone's life! Heather is a busy mom and, like so many of us, she put herself on the back burner for too long. Heather took a chance one day and contacted me and she hasn't looked back since. She has taken her life back and she's making her life better not only for her but also for her family. Seeing this note from her first thing this morning just made me so happy and so very proud!!! Heather this made my entire week!! Thank you so much for doing all the hard work for getting you to this place of feeling healthier and fit!!! You do it all, I'm just there for support and motivation. I've told you many, many times how proud I am of you and continue to be. I offer up new challenges and you are always the first to say "I'm in!" I love your inspiration, dedication and consistency. You are putting your health and fitness as a priority in your life and it's showing. What a victory for you! P.S. - You will be an absolutely amazing coach!! Just sayin! :) #ahappyfitlife #takeyourlifeback #thisiswhyIcoach via Instagram: @chrissymartinez