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Hi Everyone! My name is Erica, and I am from Wisconsin! I am a 5�1� working mom of 3 who is constantly trying to find time to fit everything into each day that needs to be done, a truly impossible task. I�ll start with where I am now because to me that�s more important than where I�ve been. I am currently about half way to where I need to be and feeling stronger every day. With the help of Chalean Extreme & Turbofire I�m working towards,my goals to be the healthiest me possible. In ...
Hi Everyone! My name is Erica, and I am from Wisconsin! I am a 5�1� working mom of 3 who is constantly trying to find time to fit everything into each day that needs to be done, a truly impossible task. I�ll start with where I am now because to me that�s more important than where I�ve been. I am currently about half way to where I need to be and feeling stronger every day. With the help of Chalean Extreme & Turbofire I�m working towards,my goals to be the healthiest me possible. In addition to my chalene workouts I also try to get out and walk with the kids as much as possible I love yoga and also weight lift multiple times a week. Food is where I struggle, I LOVE to eat! I still struggle daily to fight cravings and eat correct portion sizes but I know how good I feel when I eat clean, I love how it makes you feel light and full of energy and that helps motivate me to eating right.

Do I still have those days when I want to skip my work out? Absolutely, do I skip workouts? Sometimes and sometimes I sit around in my sweat pants watching Disney movies and eating really cheesy pizza with my kids. I am not one of those extremist who counts every calorie and works out nonstop, I am a much flawed human being, a work in progress who still enjoys ice cream and pasta as much as yummy smoothies and veggie trays. Why do I tell you this? Because if I have learned nothing else it�s that we sometimes set our expectations for ourselves too high and this will almost always set you up to fail. Will I try to workout daily? Yes! Will I eat clean a majority of the time? Yes! Because I do love eating clean, I just love it 80% of the time, and I do love the feeling I get after a good workout, but I also enjoy occasionally laying in bed all day (well as much of the day as a 3 and 1 yr old will let you stay in bed for) I believe that everything should be in moderation, life is to be enjoyed! I still have a ways to go, ideally I would like to be under 130 but I am not focusing so much on the number as on the feeling. When I feel healthy and happy and fit then I will say I am at my goal weight until then I will keep on rolling and hope that in the process I can set a good example of what healthy is for my two girls and for everyone else out there who needs it!

And now since I�m kind of a backwards person here is my beginning to give you an idea of where I am coming from, I have been riding the rollercoaster of weight gain and loss since middle school, not a fun ride. The ups and downs have wreaked havoc on my body going from 115 in highschool to 158 by 19 back down to 125 at 21 (in a very unhealthy way) and up to an all time pre-baby high of 195 by 23, in short my body is a road map of stretch marks. My first wake up call came when I was pregnant with my first child and the scale was tipping 205 after just a few months. The doctor said you have gestational diabetes, it was scary but not scary enough to make me change too much even after I was forced to start insulin shots. Afterwards I carried around my baby weight for a year before I decided to do something about it I tracked my food and did some low impact workout dvds at home and managed to get down to 175 at which point in time I found myself pregnant with daughter #2. This one was a much healthier pregnancy and I managed to keep the weight gain to 20lbs all of which I lost within a month or two of giving birth. The year after was a blur of trying to find my niche, during that time I tried cleanses, clean eating, the fast diet, basic calorie restriction, weight lifting, joined and quit a gym, tried T25 & Chalean Extreme, a few different kettlebell workouts, some basic walking programs and a few random workout dvds. For all that effort I now sit at 159 and have gone from a size 16 pants to a size 10. The biggest take away from all that experimenting is surprise surprise, I feel best when I eat clean and strength train. I know this is not a new concept but sometimes it doesn�t matter how many times you hear it from other people you have to try and fail yourself (sometimes many times) before you can really grasp it. So that's me in a nut shell I hope that you can find something motivating in that story to take away since I know that there have been so many others here who have motivated me over the years as well and I just really want to do the same for others now!
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I am a beachbody coach and love their programs! I am currently mixing in Chalean Extreme, Turbo fire & PiYo, but have done other programs in the past. I focus on eating clean 80% of the time and never feeling guilty about the other 20% ;)

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5/16/2015 12:40:26 AM

Try this little "trick" this week . . . the “1 Times 10 Trick”

Find 10 opportunities during the day to raise your heart rate for just 1 minute at a time. You can do anything for only 1 minute, right? You’ll burn as many as 300-400 extra calories a day by doing this little trick alone!!! emoticon emoticon



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5/8/2015 11:26:25 PM

Little mini-challenge for you this week! Hopefully, you’ll be reminded of this every day, when you check your sparkpage:

Tone up—without leaving the comfort of your bed! Before getting out of bed each morning, spend just a few minutes doing exercises (or stretches). The softer surface of a mattress forces your muscles to work harder, for stability and balance. Try hip raises (bridges), bicycle-abs, the clam, side-twists (while sitting up, maybe add arm circles to that one). Don’t forget stretches, too. A great one would be pulling your knees towards your chest (good for sciatica). We’ll call it---Fitness for Lazy Days! emoticon emoticon



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5/1/2015 4:17:17 PM

Little mini-challenge for you this week! Hopefully, you’ll be reminded of this everyday—when you check your sparkpage:

“Get Up & Move”—at least once an hour. Studies show that hours of inactivity change the way your body processes glucose & fat. Continuous sitting causes metabolic changes that increase blood sugar levels & decrease the amount of fat used for fuel. Both then cause an increase in fat storage—not what you want to happen! Let’s “Get Up & Move” throughout this 5% Challenge!! We can do this, my friends! emoticon emoticon



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4/30/2015 6:51:13 AM

Congratulations for being in the spotlight, living a healthier lifestyle! Shine on, Health Star! emoticon



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