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T25 Done!


Well update! My husband and I finished T25, let Shaun T into our home Again :) Finished and loved it! We have been doing beachbody for over 2 years now and this program was amazing!

Me: I decided to do T25 because with 2 kids there just wasn't time for anything, I felt like I was stuck and I needed something that would get results. I ordered a challenge pack, and finally took the Dive into coaching. I was surprised how my attitude for shakeology changed, and how my body was loving Nutrition and Clean eating. I lost -10lbs and -14inches in 10 weeks doing 25 min a day! I did do double fridays, on occasion, and when I was just “too tired” I would do it saturday. I enjoyed the freedom and easy 25 min and done. Sometimes I would forget I even did it, because I would get it done before my shower in the mornings. Alpha was where it happened, that was lots of plank and shoulder work. Beta really worked my core and was IMO too much cardio with little strength even tho we added weights to workouts. I love this program and it will prolly be my go to!

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Matthew (aka the husband): This is a follow up to a previous post! I was so excited with his 30 day transformation I just couldn't hold it in. I posted it last month so you can read it by looking down the blog :) He lost -15lbs and -9.5 inches and is looking amazing! I am so proud of him! He lost his baby weight and then some...Next up Body Beast!


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I love my husband!

I love my husband!

Alpha Phase!

When I got Pregnant, my husband and I both put on weight... Mostly because he has no will power and will eat what I make/or get. Say, a certain pregnant woman had to have a cookies and cream milkshake from Chick Fil A every night... and so would her husband! Ok enough of the back story..This isn’t Phineas and Ferb.  

We have been doing Beachbody workouts for over 2 years now, so when T25 came out we were all over it! 2 kids and only 25 min, we had time for that. The glee when that box showed up on the doorstep :D I was excited. It is 2 phases Alpha and Beta (with the now Gamma) We worked out and I took his DAY ONE photo.... (I also have mine but waiting for the end)  We worked our booties off 5 days a week, followed a mostly clean diet, and had Shakeology daily (as a snack or breakfast) We only ended up missing one day of Alpha because of our sons first birthday :) (cue the awwwwws, he truely is adorable)

Now we are Starting Beta and are loving it! After our first Beta workout I forced my husband to take pics! (I am so proud of him that's why!) I'm writing a blog... pimping out T25... showing off my husband... like a proud wife should right?!

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I say, I was disproven!


I say, I was Disproven!

Today was the end of my week 2 Focus T25 challenge. I measured in and was down another 2.5 inches, shocked and excited that this was working! I went on with my day just really bothered, I could not figure out what was bugging me so much. I have been a skeptic of Shakeology for YEARS! I hate meal replacement shakes, just the idea of replacing food aggravates me. So going into this challenge I committed to do T25 and the Shakeology just to prove myself right.

Standing in the kitchen later in the day I turned to my husband pointed at my Shakeology bag and said something like "that really makes me mad" (prolly not that PG) I went on to tell him about how eating whole foods and working out was the best way to get results. Sigh..... I ...OMG say IT! I am wrong! I was refuted by my own DATA! that I had planned on using to say nener nener nener...

Its ok to change your opinion when confronted with new evidence :)

So on to my next Skeptic move! Attacking the Ingredients... to which I also cannot deny are amazing... balls

So here I am promoting Shakeology! It tastes great, it is non GMO, and It really works

also one on the best protein powder comps I have found! (for the record Shakeology is NON GMO, and the vegan ones do not have whey)



3 Day Detox Reboot


Mel's Crazy Idea!

What You Need

3 Cups Raspberries
3 Cups Blueberries
2 Cups Peaches
1 Pineapple
2 Green apples
3-6 Bananas
6 Lemons
2 Limes
6 Cups Kale
1 Avocado
3 Cucumbers
1 Cup Spinach
12 Stalks of Celery
2 Liters of Coconut Water
1.5 Cups of Almond Milk
Cayenne Pepper
Almond Butter
Coconut Oil
Green tea

For Detox Bath

Epsom Salt with lavender or lavender Drops

Morning Detox Tea
Green tea, Lemon slice, Stevia

Take vitamins

Breakfast Shake/Smoothie
1Cup Raspberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup Spinach, 1 Tbsp. Almond Butter, 2 tsp. lemon juice, 1 Tbsp. Flax Seed, 1 Cup water.


Lunch Green Shake/Smoothie
1 cup pineapple, 1/2 cup almond milk, 4 celery stalks, 1 cucumber, 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil, 1 Cup Kale leaves, 1/2 Green apple, 1/2 Lime, 1/2 Cup Almond milk


Dinner Shake/Smoothie

1/2 cup Peaches, 1 cup blueberries, 1 1/2 cup Coconut water, 1 Tbsp. Flax seed, 1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper, 1/4 Avocado, 1 tsp. lemon juice


Snack shake is whatever shake you want again

Detox bath
1 1/2 cups Epson Salt & lavender oil (10 drops)

 (sorry no photos of me in the bath ;) hehe)

This is what happened...


Day 1
Had my morning green tea and my breakfast drink it was very yummy. The only thing that I don't like would be the seeds from the raspberries, and the flax. Amazing enough I love flax outside of in drinks, it just doesn't work as a texture thing, for me at least. I feel no different than any other day so far because I normally start my day of with a shake, just not one completely made of fruit. Most days I have a protein shake with almond milk, protein powder and a fruit. (a banana) as part of the detox I started taking acidophilus as well, last time our family started taking this it helped my husband but made me crampy and sick. (Hopefully not this time!) I'm getting excited for lunch! :)

It's lunch time, the drink is nasty! Matthew likes it but I'm not a fan.  It took me over an hour to eat it, and I only finished about 3/4ths of it. Tomorrow I will try and adjust the drink, and maybe eat some of the ingredients out of the drink.

Around 4:30 my husband is claiming he is starving, yet I am feeling fine. I will be having my dinner shake at 6, and if I get "starving" I still have a snack drink. I'm looking forward to trying the dinner shake it has peaches, blueberries, avocado, and  cayenne pepper and that sounds odd yet good to me. (Anything is better than celery and cucumber yuck!)

The dinner shake/drink was amazing. I loved the flavor, it had just the right sweet and spicy. I think that will be my snack tomorrow. Today for my snack I decided to give the breakfast drink another go. It tasted  great but still the consistency is odd with the seeds. Overall I'm not starving and feel satisfied.

Last thing of the day was to take a "detox" bath 1 1/2 cups of Epsom salt and 10 drops of lavender oil and soak for 25-30 min. About 1/2 way in I was exhausted I wanted out and in my bed! But I stuck it out and sweated my ass off. I am thankful for the water I am currently drinking, and so ready for bed.

Day 2
I woke up this morning after being told to get up twice. (Hehehe) the baby was put into his crib for the night, he still woke up, and for the first time out of my room I didn't think it was that bad. Having enough sleep is what really was amazing. I woke up came down stairs with my tea all ready to drink (thanks Matthew) and felt good not overly tired it was truly a gift. Now it's time to get my breakfast drink in and later today I'm gonna try and workout at least 30min. Day 2 is feeling good.

Lunch was still nasty but was better this time around, and dinner was yummy again. I really could not wait for dinner to get here I was starving. Mostly I was starving from all my trying not to eat popcorn at the movies. I was very strong by not eating the popcorn.. even with the fact it is my most favorite food of all time! Right now I'm finishing my detox bath and it was not as bad as yesterday I feel good and ready to spend some time with my husband before bed.

Day 3
I woke up early today so I could make the shakes for my husband before work. It was wonderful actually having breakfast together. We hung out watched some TV drinking our shakes talking. A nice change but I do enjoy the little sleep I get before the kids wake up. Anyways! So this morning I feel amazing. I went to bed feeling a little hungry, but this morning I'm feeling somewhat normal. I am not dragging around, tired, or crabby just mostly normal for this early. Surprisingly I don't even feel the need for coffee, do I want it (yes, yes I do) but need it to stay awake and start my day, not one bit.

It's official I am starving! I want chicken, broccoli, rice and cheese. I am currently making my snack shake and can't wait for tomorrow's breakfast cookies and cream protein shake. (I know extreme change right lol) I'm really glad that I did this and my body is responding positively. I can't wait till tomorrow when I can share my entire experience. Also looking forward to chewing my dinner. :)

This is my last detox bath, I'm only a few minutes in and I'm sweating again. This is probably my favorite part, because I have trouble sleeping and this has worked wonders. I think I will be taking a detox bath at least once a month from now on, kinda like a recharge. Well now that I'm officially done I'm ready for my next adventure. Here is to 50 more pounds!

Waist 32-31.5
Hips 43-42



I Took the Photo!


I Took the Photo...

I put on my big girl pants (well haha since I dont have pants on!) and took a starting over pic :)

If you read my blog, you know how hard this photo was for me to take. So here I am starting over. After reaching my 1/2 way point and finally comfortable with how I looked I found out I was pregnant again. I was overjoyed I really had given up and didn't think it would ever happen again (love my miracle cupcake!) But the after baby bod... ugh

My Before pregnancy, My birthday after my 1 mile run! (aka day before birth), and my today <3 Here is to taking off the 51 more! and getting my body back!!


Halloween before and after


 Halloween Before and After


I was/am feeling really down today. I felt like I was huge, frumpy.. you name it I felt it. Right now I'm struggling with just having a baby and my body image (AKA the aftermath!)  Just trying to be honest. I hate how I look, I'm trying to avoid mirrors...I couldnt even bring myself to take a photo for my workouts. I need to snap back into Mel! So I decided to make a before and after photo... then I pondered on what/when and well its halloween so I went back to halloweens past... this before is my lowest point in my life and I realized I needed to snap out of this funk... if I can come back from broken I can do anything. In love with this after :)


<3 Mel



It's That Time of Year...Stuffed Acorn Squash


Stuffed Acorn Squash


Ingredients for taco filling (I saved leftovers for tacos later this week)

1lb ground beef
1 can of black beans
3/4 - 1 cup frozen corn

1. brown ground beef, drain and rinse
2. add beans
3. add corn
4. cook until heated


Acorn Squash

Total 550 Per serving 275 (2 servings)

1. cut in 1/2
2. spray with olive oil or pam
3. place face down on cookie sheet
4. cook until tender (about 30-40 min)
5. flip and fill with taco filling (about 1/4 of the filling)
6. bake about 10 more min
7. eat! (and add cheese if you want)

Mel's Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana


Mel's Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana

Total:  3181 Per serving: 265 (12)



1lb of Italian Sausage
6 slices of bacon, chopped
1 container of vegetable broth (or chicken)
4potatoes sliced and chopped into bite size peices
1 cooking onion, chopped
2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 hadfulls of kale, roughly chopped
1 cup heavy whipping cream
salt and pepper to taste



1. brown sausage, drain and rinse (set aside)
2. brown bacon till crisp (set aside and crumble later)
3. add broth, potatoes, onion, garlic, bacon, sausage into crock pot... top with water
4. cover and cook on low 4-6 hours until potatoes are tender
5. add greens and whipping cream stir
6. cook 30 more min and season with salt and pepper
7. eat!


It's all about the Veggie Chili

It's all about the Veggie Chili
2 Sweet Potatoes cubed
1 can chick Peas
1 can Black Beans
2 cans Chili Beans
2 cans Kidney Beans
1 large can Crushed Tomatoes
1 Large can Tomato Diced
Chili seasoning pack (spicy for mine)
V8 (I used great value this time because it was cheaper, and some was leftover)
(Pictured but I didnt have enough room to fit, tomato puree and chili style tomatoes)
If wanted... Onion,Garlic,Jalapeno, and hot sauce (didn’t have this time, each time varies)




Cut and cube potatoes place in crock pot. Add all beans, and chick peas and drain the ones that need it. Add tomatoes, crushed and diced, seasoning packet (garlic, jalapeno, hot sauce if you want, I didn’t this time) to the crock pot. Fill to the top with the V8 (or veggie juice) put on high for 2 hours, (or low all day) then turn down to low for however long you want. The longer it is cooked the better
Serve with crackers, cheese, sour cream, green onion... or even cornbread


You are Beautiful

I was feeling down...When I got dressed today, I could see the stretch marks all over my body. Was Feeling seriously sad about them. I logged into Facebook and what do I see, the exact photo I needed today.  Turned my busy day around! Flaws are beautiful because they make you, you! :)
I pinky a food blog soon :P
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