Tricia Jones - Beachbody Coach and NASM CPT

Friday, July 19, 2013


my motivation for becoming and staying fit: 

It is not being Vain. It is not being Selfish. It is the complete opposite. I am a mommy of a 13 month old and (almost) 2.5 year old. My life is CR-AZY. I have moments that only other mommies and daddies can understand. The past 2 years has been the most challenging part of my life as well as the most rewarding...and most don't even know the whole story. 

A switch was flipped in my brain before our little girl was even born. I knew a change was needed in how we were eating and also in how we (my husband & I) were not prioritizing working out. But it was finding that motivation within me to actually do it. I started with eating clean and making small changes to my diet but the biggest challenge for me was fitting in that exercise. I had the mindset that you needed to workout for hours in order to be fit. But I learned different and everything changed. 

Being Fit is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise! I can not tell you the relief I felt when I first read this about 1.5 yrs ago. (I was 7 months pregnant, already had a 13 month old and also had 0% energy and no time.)  I knew I could handle the 80% clean eating for awhile and I did... I think GOD kept us mommies in mind when he made us. Having being FIT achievable through 80% nutrition and 20% exercise is a Godsend. It is not easy (in the beginning) but its certainly a time saver in spending hours at the gym. lol

Eating clean will only get you so far - Exercise is absolutely necessary. There are crazy amounts of reasons why you need to exercise and for me - the biggest one is stress reliever. I have been working out since I was 15 years old as my stress outlet.  I had gotten into a bad habit of not exercising and this was doing more harm than good. Some may say - when you have little ones your not suppose to be thinking about working out. You should only be thinking about taking care of your babies. <<INSERT EYE ROLL HERE>> For me ... working out is a time I needed so I could take care of my babies.  Remembering this about myself I knew what I had to do and also knew the only consistent time I can get in my workouts are/is before "life begins" at 5am. It took me months to get to the point that when that alarm went off - I could actually get out of bed. but again - something changed...I got fed up with myself. enough was enough.

Once I was in the routine of getting up at 5am (in the dark winter!) I started to realize that the benefit of working out outweighed the 30-60 minutes of extra sleep I would get if I was to hit that snooze button. 

When I get up, I immediately throw on my workout clothes, sign in to my Beachbody account and log my workout. I grab water, my heart rate monitor and head out to our garage where we have very small home gym. I do cardio and weights for about 45 minutes (maybe an hour, if there is time).  I come in, make coffee for myself and husband, Jump into the shower and get dressed. By the time I am finished - my kids are anxiously awaiting my arrival to their rooms to start their day. I put in a solid 12 hours of non-stop activities with them and then a few more hours after they go to bed to do what I need around the house and on here. Like so many reading this days are long and exhausting. 

That time, I give myself in the AM has been the best gift I could have ever committed to.  My self-esteem in accomplishing my health and fitness goals has skyrocketed, my priorities in life have soared, I think clearer, I have more energy to run and play with my kids. I can "uppy" both of them at the same time! My son is 37 pounds and my little girl is about 22. I am fit. and my kids benefit from it.

My husband has also benefited from the happier, fitter me. We are closer than we ever have been. He's amazing, super supportive and my soul mate. I cook clean and help encourage him to take care of himself as well. We understand this life we have is a gift and we value what we have. We value it so much that we are committed to being the healthiest we can be in our own power. We do this for each other, for our kids. Dan is benefiting.  

But my passion has grown even stronger. I want to reach more than just my family. I want to reach other families. I think of those parents out there with the desire to better themselves but think they can't do it because of lack of time, energy - all those reason I have overcome. I think of their kids... I think we all have it in us to achieve our goals i - its just looking deep inside ourselves, figuring out what it would mean to us and committing to it. once you have committed it has got to be  your  "non-negotiable". you have to make being fit and healthy your protected priority. Because what you have to gain from it is so Beneficial.  Trust me.

So to help me better get this out there and hopefully inspire someone,  I enrolled with NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and working towards earning my Certified Personal Training Certificate. I have also teamed up with Beachbody. They put out AMAZING workouts for home gyms (perfect for those parents with NO time) and a dense health drink called Shakeology. I believe both these platforms will help me motivate others in striving to live a healthy lifestyle and become fit. I also know, I am not going to stop with this. I have big dreams for my family and am going after them.

My motivation is much deeper than what you see ... Where is yours?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

So what is up with Super Foods?

I read so much about "super foods" and have decided to dig a bit deeper on some that were unfamiliar. 

What is a "Superfood"?
Superfood is the collective name given to the most nutrient-dense foods on our planet. Superfoods go beyond meeting basic nutritional needs; instead, they have high concentrations of multiple nutrients, such as antioxidants, phytonutrients, or adaptogens, that work together to support the immune system and help fight aging.

Examples of Superfoods are: 

Packed with fiber and cancer-preventing antioxidants

One of the most nutrient-dense foods available, it may help prevent cancer, lower risk of cataracts, fight birth defects, and build bone strength.

Chia Seeds: 
Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and are allergen-free

*Coconut Nectar: 
When the coconut tree is tapped, it produces a naturally sweet, nutrient-rich 'sap' that exudes from the coconut blossoms. This sap has a very low glycemic index score and contains 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamin C, broad-spectrum B vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH.

Flaxseeds are brimming with fiber and lignans, which are estrogen- and antioxidant-like chemicals. 

Goji Berries: 
Goji berries are filled with antioxidants, essential amino acids, and 21 other minerals. They contain very high levels of iron and vitamin C.” Benefits of goji berries include boosting the immune system, circulation, and eyesight.

Add spinach, kale, and arugula to soup, meatballs, and wraps to prevent diabetes and heart disease.

*Himalayan Salt:
Himalayan salt is a pink rock salt mined in the Khewra Salt Mines of Pakistan. According to information provided by the Natural Health International's website, Himalayan salt contains 84 mineral elements and benefits conditions such as irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, low libido, high acidity, sinus congestion, kidney problems, poor muscle tone, and low serotonin/melatonin levels.

Medical research has shown that Konjac foods have many positive health benefits. Some of the benefits include: Control blood sugar levels, Reducing LDL cholesterol, Regulating the gastrointestinal tract, Weight Loss Properties, A Diabetic Friendly Food and Reducing Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Konjac fiber has very high water absorbent and expansion rate, it is very helpful for control blood sugar level, reduce cholesterol lever, weight loss.

*Luo Han Guo:
Sweet Fruit Used as Sugar Substitute and Medicinal Herb

This organic raw powder, sometimes called “Peruvian ginseng,” is known as an aphrodisiac. Perhaps that’s enough reason to add it to cereal, but it also boosts energy and helps eliminate hormonal imbalances. 

Here is the nutritional breakdown of Fresh Moringa Leaves: 7x the Vitamin C of Oranges; 4x the Calcium of Milk; 3x the Potassium of Bananas; 2x the Protein of Yogurt; 4x the Vitamin A of Carrots; and ¾ the iron of Spinach.

Moringa leaves when dried become a even greater, powerhouse of nutrition containing: ½ the Vitamin C of Oranges; 17x the Calcium of Milk; 15x the Potassium of Bananas; 9x the Protein of Yogurt; 25x the Vitamin A of Carrots; and 20x the Iron in Spinach. (WHOA!)

I will be highlighting more super foods soon . . . but there are some here that I was especially interested in. I was also reminded about the benefits of broccoli. I've been in a KALE craze and ready to switch it up again.

. . . Now for my shakeology plug: 
The super foods I have * are included in my beloved Shakeology. Shakeology is a meal replacement shake that acts as a vitamin. It provides me my daily dose of dense nutrition all in 1 meal per day.

My Testimony:
As a momma of two very little ones - I began drinking shakeology about 3 months ago. Within a week I noticed I felt more energy. Not the jittery kind of energy you get from 5 cups of coffee but more of the energy that you get from a really good night sleep. I average an 18 hour day so this was a huge plus for me! I also experienced more regularity (*blushing!). Since having 2 c-sections, my stomach seemed different and now I am back on track. Finally, I was in a weight-loss rut. I had been consistently losing weight and was getting frustrated as I stalled out at the same weight for about a 1.5 months. After a couple weeks on Shakeology, I noticed my weight coming down again. I am now very close to my goal weight! YEAH!!! So what Shakeology promises is TRUE. Cross my heart and I am that passionate about it that I risk being annoying with it. I just want to share it and shocked that more people have not heard of it.

Who can argue with a company who offers a Empty Bag Guarantee (copied directly from their site):

Empty Bag Guarantee: We're so sure that Shakeology will improve your health, we've created an amazing guarantee.Try Shakeology for 30 days. If you don't feel healthier, simply call Customer Service within 30 days for a refund of purchase price (less shipping & handling). Even if the bag is totally empty.

Thank you for reading! 

"Happy Day!"
xo, Trish