Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Beyond Diet {my reveiw}

 *I am NOT being compensated by BD.  
These are my own results and opinions.

I have been doing Beyond Diet (BD) for 4 weeks.  I am down 9 pounds, and feel great!!!  I had seen advertisements for BD on Facebook for a while and was always thinking, "yeah, right", NO calorie counting, NO point counting, blah blah blah.  Until one day I watched the entire video and thought, "maybe this does work".  So I sighed up.

You can watch the video HERE

I didn't have a lot of weight to loose, I had previously gone back to Weight Watchers to get back on track, but after 3 weeks of tracking everything I ate, and gaining .4 the first week and remaining the same weight the next two times, I decided, I didn't have anything to loose. (now, don't get me wrong, WW is a FABULOUS program and I lost 30 pounds 6 years ago and have kept it off, but I think my body needed something different).  

I read through the online manual and the Quick Start Guide and thought, "OK this doesn't sound too bad at all".  The hardest part for me was buying FULL FAT greek yogurt and eating avocados (since those were always too high in points for me to justify), and half and half for my coffee (Coffee Mate is full of BAD STUFF PEOPLE ~ SAD, I KNOW).  It was all I could do to eat that full fat food and not be afraid I would need bigger pants.  

The first week I lost 4 pounds (what?).  My pants were already fitting better.  The third week I lost 3 more pounds (was my scale broken?  It kept going down.).  After I finished the Beyond Diet 4 week program, I decided that I wanted to kick it up a notch, so I joined the BD Edge program.  This is a 21 day program with an exercise plan included.  Now, I am not a fan of exercising, but once I checked out the program, it didn't seem hard at all.  It takes me about 20 min every other day.  After the first week I was down another 2 pounds, and I feel great!  I am not sure how much more I want to loose, but I am already weighing less than my WW goal weight.  

There is no magic, it is clean eating, that is the key to it!!  I never realized that the processed food we eat, turns to fat because our bodies don't know what to do with all the "junk" in the ingredients.  If you don't know what you are eating, you shouldn't eat it, it is that simple.

This is one of my favorite meals:   

I get excited to tell people about the program and have had 4 other people I know join (NO, I am not getting any payment for this, I just get excited that people are getting healthy), and have success (one of them is Ashley, and when she went to WW on Saturday to weigh in, she was below her goal weight).  It isn't expensive at all and you get a complimentary subscription for a friend or family member, so if you know someone else that wants to join it is only half price.  (*and it is 100% satisfaction guaranteed, so if you don't like it, you get your $ back).

*You do have to prep ahead (especially if you work outside the home) for meals.  Since you are not eating convenience food items, it is a little more work.  I like to double my dinner recipe, so that Mike and I can take that for lunch the next day, and I prep on the weekend (grill chicken/cut veggies, etc) to make my weekly dinner and lunch process go smoother.

What you get on the program:
Access to the BD website, which includes the online manual (you can purchase a hard copy separately, which I did), meal plans (this is my favorite part), shopping list, metabolism test (plus other tools), tons of recipes, online support/coaching, and so much more. 

I know, I sound like an infomercial, but when I find something I like and makes you healthy, I just have to share!! 

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or email me.

Enjoy Today!

Monday, July 28, 2014

weekly iphone photo dump july week {four}

From left to right:
1.  I am addicted to zucchini and summer squash noodles so much that I am going to upgrade my veggetti to this.
2.  I am LOVING my Beyond Diet experience!!  The best eat real food (that is delish) and are not hungry!  I have had a few people ask about it, so I am going to do a review this week (Wednesday)!!  I promise!
3.  Just crazy Pete, he wouldn't look at the camera, silly cat!
4.  Living in AZ, you get these alerts several times a week during monsoon season.  It is especially funny at work, when everyone's phones go off.
5.  Sophie modeling her new collar.  I am not a fan of spiked collars, so when I found these online, I ordered them right away.
6.  The Hersh came over on Saturday to visit.  It makes me laugh that he puts Sophie and Bella in their places.  I honestly don't think Soph and Bella know what to make of him, because he is so little, LOL! (I am sure Ashley would like me to add that Hersh is getting groomed this week, he looks  he is a hot mess, LOL!).
7.  On Saturday we celebrated 3 of my favorite Peeps, who have July birthdays.  
8.  We went to the BP (bark park) on Sunday.  Here is Bella taking a little break from all the ball chasing and stealing (she is a kleptomaniac!).  
9.  I joined the Beyond Diet Edge program, and have been successfully doing my workouts for 2 weeks.  And if you know me, you know I hate to work out!!

Enjoy Today!

Monday, July 21, 2014

weekly iphone photo dump {july 2014 week 3}

From left to right:
1.  There is still a lot of doggie paddling going on around here, that is why the blog posts have been sparse (sorry!!).  But on a side note...I have some new ideas for my blog that I hope to implement in the next few weeks.
2.  I am LOVING  Beyond Diet!!  I whipped up one of the recipes from the website, Latin Stir Fry,  for dinner one night this week~so yummy!
3.  I go through breakfast phases, right now I am on a protein shake breakfast kick.  I use 1 scoop of BioTrust Protein Powder (Vanilla), half of a frozen banana, half a cup of coconut milk, a quarter cup of water, and 5 ice cubes. It tastes so good, it is hard to believe it is good for you.
4.  Mike bought me a new water cup, since my old SB's one broke.  I love the stainless steal version, it keeps my water cold for hours!!
5.  Just some more of my food.  2 egg omelet with salsa and sweet potato hash (can you tell I like to eat?).
6.  I discovered a new doggie camera app called barkcam.  This one has sounds that make you dog look at you and then it snaps their photo.  I tried it out with Bella.
7.  And Sophie (see #6).  So far I think it will be a great asset to all my other camera apps!
8.  I love when my menu is made for the week and my grocery shopping is done and put away.  Not one of my favorite jobs!
9.  OK, I am a kitchen gadget junkie!!  Have you heard of Veggetti??  I bought one on Friday (specifically for this recipe pictured), and let me tell you...It is AMAZING!!  I whipped up at batch of zucchini noodles for my meatballs and sauce.  So GOOD!!  (*I found mine at Bed Bath and Beyond and used a $5 off coupon, only cost me $10 bucks).

Enjoy Today!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

weekly iphone photo dump ~ July week {two}

From left to right:
1.  I bought an onion chopper (it is not only for onions) last week. I LOVE it!!  THIS is a similar one.
2.  I started working out with the Beyond Diet Edge Program.  You use an exercise ball, and just let me say...IT IS HARD!!  I didn't realize how out of shape I am!!
3.  Just Soph swimming with Mike.  This is our nightly routine.
4.  Cereal is not on my Beyond Diet program, but I have found this yummy replacement:  Quinoa, with coconut milk, walnuts and berries.  REALLY YUMMY and I can pronounce everything on the ingredient list.
5.  Sophie and Bella are really loving to swim!  On Thursday when I came home for lunch, I let the pups out (like I normally do), and was wondering why they were not wanting to come back in?  Soph was exiting the pool and Bella was just getting in.  Silly dogs!!
6.  Mike and I went to Pita Jungle for lunch on Saturday.  We usually dine outside on the patio, but since it has been so hot, we decided to dine inside.  I never noticed the bicycles on the ceiling before. Very COOL!
7.  This was my lunch (see #6), it was so big, I actually had it for dinner that night too -- YUMMY!
8.  We took the dogs to the bark park on Sunday, we have not been in a while.  They had a lot of fun seeing their furry friends.
9.  Mike took Bella to get her rabies shot on Sunday.  They love her (and Soph too, of course) at the vets office, how could you not? She is such a cutie!!

Enjoy Today!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Project Life {November 17-30}

Hi all, 
I did manage to get one more of my PL pages done 
over the holiday weekend.  

Here is the second part of November (which was pretty busy for us)
It was the time right around Josh & Jess' wedding.  
I  will probably have a few pages 
to document that big day (hopefully next week).

Left Page
*Just Add Color Kit*

Right page

Enjoy Today!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

weekly iphone photo dump - june week {four}

Last week was a big fat FAIL for blogging!!  I am hoping to fix that, but I am not gonna schedule is just not cooperating.

From left to right:
1.  It has been hot, hot HOT around here!!  But luckily it is a dry heat, LOL!
2.  Mike and I ate at Kneaders for lunch, since this was our second time going there, it is now one of our regular spots.
3.  I am keeping up with my challenge of walking AT LEAST three times per week~the heat does not make it easy.
4.  This is still going on every night, since the sidewalks are too hot to walk on for puppy paws (and going for a walk at 9pm is just too late for us early to bed people), LOL!
5.  I starting my 3rd week of Beyond Diet.  I am LOVING it!  I hope to do a review this week.  And besides all the clean eating, I am down almost 5 pounds and back at my WW goal weight.  I am hoping to drop 5 more just for fun!
6.  On the Beyond Diet lifestyle, you get a cheat day.  I chose Saturday to be my cheat day, and one of these babies was on my list!!
7.  Just silly Soph.
8.  I attempted making coconut milk (did you know that the store brands have all kinds of weird things in them?).  I thought it would be a difficult process...NOPE!  SO EASY.  Go HERE to learn how.
9.  I am loving strawberries at the moment.  So DELISH!

Enjoy Today!