Being a Stay at Home Mom is the hardest job

Stay at home mom

Don’t run. Don’t touch that. Don’t hit the dog. Don’t run. Don’t run. Don’t run. Oh did I say don’t run……

To say this week in the new house has been hard so far would be an understatement. Toddler life is never easy but toddler life in a new home is hard. We have always been in an apartment and she has no experience with stairs or fireplaces. I had probably a million mini heart attacks this week and the kiddo has about a million tiny bruises.

She has gone face first out of her crib, face first into the iron spokes on the banister, fallen off of lots of furniture but thankfully has not tripped into the fireplace yet.

Oh man this Mom job is the hardest job I have ever had. Yesterday for nap time, we got into my room (because she is still scared of hers) and was refusing to nap. I closed the door laid on the bed and waited for her to decide to join me. She finally climbed up and told me she did not want to nap. Cried herself to sleep and I laid there with her for 4 + hours. Those 4 hours were the most restful I had all week hahahaha.

I took a nap, looked at my phone but then stared over at her little angelic face and continued to take it all in for a while. As moms we need to remember that these moments will not last forever. The hard times and the beautiful moments are just small moments in time. Enjoy them even when it is hard

I am also thankful that we decided to send her to pre-school and we are switching her to 3 days a week instead of 2. She is learning so much and the things she tells me when I pick her up are priceless.Plus she makes me crafts  It is worth every penny for my sanity and for her to learn and interact with other kids. I will enjoy the next few hours before pick up time

21 Day Fix Approved Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

21 Day Fix Approved Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

21 Day Fix Approved Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Tasty Tuesday Recipe Feature!! Since we moved to Dallas, Texas we have been OBSESSED with Tex-Mex and Mexican food in general. This is a healthier version of one of my favorites Chicken Enchiladas!!! The best part is that it is 21 Day Fix Approved!!

21 Day Fix Approved Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Total Time: 3 hrs. 28 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 3 hrs. 13 min.
Yield: 10 servings, about 1 cup each
Ingredients:
1 tsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 medium jalapenos, seeded and deveined, finely chopped
1 lb. raw ground chicken breast
1½ cups dry farro, rinsed
1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed, drained
1 cup frozen corn
1 (15-oz.) can diced fire roasted tomatoes (or diced tomatoes), no salt added
1 cup water
1 (10-oz.) can red enchilada sauce
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. ground coriander
Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
1 cup shredded jack (or cheddar or Mexican blend) cheese
3 medium green onions, chopped
¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
Preparation:
1. Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until onion is soft.
3. Add garlic and jalapenos; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until jalapenos are soft.
4. Add chicken; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
5. Place chicken mixture, farro, beans, corn, tomatoes, water, enchilada sauce, chili powder, cumin, and coriander in a 3-quart slow cooker; mix well and cover. Cook on high for 3 hours, or until liquid has been absorbed, and farro is tender.
6. Remove lid and stir mixture. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Add cheese; mix well. Cover until cheese has melted.
7. Top with green onions and cilantro; serve.

Serving Size 1 Cup in Containers Equals: 1 green container, 1/2 red container, 2 yellow containers and  1/2 blue container

Nutrition Facts:
320 Calories
Total fat 11 grams
Saturated Fat 2 grams
Cholesterol 12mg
Sodium 394mg
Carbohydrates 37 grams
Dietary Fiber 9 grams
Sugars 3 grams
Protein 18 grams

Recipe Sourced from Beachbody Blog

If you are doing 21 Day Fix and you are looking for a support group, contact me and let’s work together!! Email me joannebjung@gmail.com to get into my next fitness accountability group on Facebook.

This is my Why.

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Starting to feel better and went for a long walk today. Had time to do a little reflection. After being sick last week, I had lost 4 pounds and this would make the old me jump for joy. The new me put on my jeans that I think make my booty look awesome (we all have those right??) But my booty that is normally there was covered with sagging fabric. My jeans were loose. The old me would have LOVED this.

The old me, the girl on the left in the photo, would have been terrified to have the booty the girl in photo on the right has now. New me is proud to have that booty and I have done many squats to get there. I would like to thank Kim Kardashian and my hubby (who reminds me sometimes) for letting me get it into my thick head that curves are beautiful too. Let me introduce you to and let you get to know a little about the old me.

I was completely lost and miserable. I had been in and out of some really toxic relationships with people who did not deserve my love and attention. I felt drained, sad, lonely and decided that my unhappiness was because I was not skinny enough ( skinny equaled hot to this girl) to get and keep the right guy. Yep, these are the thoughts of a woman in her 20s that was immature, confused, had low self-esteem and had no idea what she was really worth. I had grown up overweight, shed the weight but was still not happy. So I obviously needed to be thinner. Then I would be perfect and worthy of all things great, especially that true love and family I desired.

This started my spiral into disordered eating. My life started revolving around days of starving myself (diet of cigarettes, coffee and a cup of soup), followed by days of binging, purging, diet pills, laxatives and depression. Eating and not eating consumed my every thought. I stopped spending time with friends and spent a lot more time alone. My biggest joy was that I was able to fit into a size 0. Guess what??I was more miserable than I was in the size 6 that my old boyfriend convinced me meant I was a “BIG” girl. I was in a hole and fighting desperately to find the way out.

When I tell this story, I am often asked how I got out of it. It was not something that happened over night. I knew I was in trouble and I knew that if I did not get out of it soon, I might never be able to. Plus my family was starting to ask questions and I could not stand lying anymore. They were concerned and they had every right to be. I was falling apart.

So I slowly stopped the days of binging, purging and diet pills. I started going back to the gym, I started spending time with friends again and I stopped convincing myself that my weight was what was keeping me from finding happiness. I needed to constantly remind myself that my worth was not tied to my weight or pant size.

It took me years to get it all together and I was still struggling when I met my husband. We dated long distance and there were times that when I was alone struggled with not eating for stretches of time. Then we got married and I had to make the choice to either let my disordered eating effect our married life or let go of that completely and thankfully I chose the latter. Only I could make the changes necessary to make that happen.

I bet you are wondering…. how did I end up where I am now. How did I decide to not only go from one end of the spectrum to actually wanting to help people lose weight in a healthy way?

After having our daughter I feared that those anxieties and doubts about my body would return and somedays they were there but then I discovered PIYO then 21 Day Fix and the Beachbody coaching community. This was life changing for me, for the first time I was able to focus on getting my body on track in a healthy way. This was new ground for me.

Because of this community and the people in it, I am mentally, stronger and healthier than I have ever been in my life. Physically I have never felt more comfortable in my own skin. I am fully committed to being a role model for my daughter. Someone that she can look up to and someone who can teach her a positive body image.

I am also fully committed to helping my past, present and future clients do the same. Our journey’s may all be different but we can find common ground in the process.

My next online motivation, accountability and workout group starts soon and I would love to have you with me. Let me know if you are ready to chat!

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Until next time,
Joanne Barnes-Jung
Independent Beachbody Coach

Core De Force Results and Review

Core De Force Results

I did not do a week by week results post for Core De Force because I wanted to wait till the end and give my results and opinion. First of all, Core De Force is my freakin’ soul mate program. I LOVE IT!!! The focus of Core De Force is on your core, total body strength and conditioning. My results have been incredible and I love that I haven’t used any equipment at all. I am beyond impressed with my results and the overall program. I went in with the goal of losing the 10 pounds that I had gained after the miscarriage that I suffered this past fall. I did not get all the way there but almost. It was also the holidays, weight loss over the holidays?? Yes!!!

I did the entire 30 Days of Core De Force by following the supplied meal guide, drinking Shakeology daily and healthy snack options. It was the holidays so I did have a few treats here and there. I was able to stay track minus a few meals over the 30 days of Core De Force.

Core De Force Results

I love the calorie burn I get from Core De Force!

This upcoming Monday January 9th, I will starting over with Day 1 using the Deluxe Core De Force version. This version adds in some new workouts like MMA Kick Butt, Agility Strength and Agility Power. I can not wait to try them and these ones also utilize the Agility ladder that comes in the deluxe pack! Another awesome part is that Beachbody on Demand has released 2 new workouts MMA Speed 2.0 and MMA Shred 2.0. I will swap these out instead of the regular version and I am sure my results will get even better!! I love that I can create a new schedule for my second round. Nothing worse than getting bored with your routine.

Since the holidays are now over, it is time for me to forget about temptations and get back on track. This Friday I will be kick starting my after holidays group by doing the 3 Day Refresh with a half-dozen other ladies from my group. The 3 Day Refresh is a cleanse that is low-calorie and still keeps you pretty satisfied. I will update you with my results from that! I feel pretty gross after the holidays and I have been looking forward to resetting my system.

Getting out of my routine does not make my body happy! I enjoyed the holidays but it is time to get things going properly and get back to my routine. We have no events planned or trips for the next upcoming month. That means I have an opportunity to really tackle Core De Force 100% for the next 4 weeks. I enjoyed that holidays and I always make room for balance in my life. If you do not have balance you will not stick with it!!

I am so excited to share my results with you and I have been making some crazy progress in  my core and on the scale. I have a 2.5 year old and she was a c-section baby, my core needs some work! With that being said my core will never be perfect but I am trying to get it as good as it can be. I am so proud of my progress with Core De Force!

 

Core De Force Results

Day 1 (left) and Day 30 (right)

Core De Force Results

Core De Force Day 1 (left) and Day 30 (right)

Core De Force Results

Core De Force Results Day 1 (left) and Day 30 (right)

Results

Day 1

Weight 146.5 Waist: 30 Chest: 35 Hips: 41 Left Thigh: 22 Right Thigh: 21.5 Left Arm: 11.5 Right Arm: 11.5

Day 30

Weight 138.4 Waist: 27.5 Chest: 32.5 Hips: 39.5 Left Thigh: 20.5 Right Thigh: 20.5 Left Arm 10.5 Right Arm: 10.5

-8.1 Pounds and -11 inches!!! So crazy!!! I love Core De Force!!

All right Mamas, who wants to have balance in your diet and still get results that you love? Let’s do this together!! Make sure to follow my Clean Eating Mommy Facebook Page for clean eating recipes, tips and motivation.

Plus join my next challenge group, for more information email me at joannebjung@gmail.com or message me on my Facebook page  I will help you set yourself up for success with goals that are attainable. Let’s get you to your health and fitness goals!

Sugar Free Oatmeal Pies

Did you know that the average American breakfast can have anywhere from 10-55grams of sugar or artificial sweeteners in it?

Think about what you normally have for breakfast:

  • cereal and milk
  •  muffin
  • pop tarts
  •  donuts
  • granola bar
  • coffee shop pastries
  • caramel latte

Here’s the deal. When we start our day off with that much sugar, we are setting ourselves up for a crash later! Literally, we eat a breakfast that contains lots of carbs and sugars, which gives us a kick-start of energy, but that doesn’t last long. There’s little to no nutrients in some of the items listed above, which means there’s nothing there to fuel our body long-term. Instead, we are running off of the sugar, until we burn that off, and hit a crash which is where our body says…”Hey, I need more sugar so I can keep going throughout the day!’

And that’s how we get into the addictive sugar cycle.

It’s not totally our fault though. The food industry has created these foods. Marketing them as great ways to start your morning. And don’t think for one second they don’t know what they are doing. They are educated and aware of the fact that sugar is highly addictive. That’s why it’s in so many items. They know that you will come back for more because your body will want it!

SO WHAT DO WE DO TO CHANGE THIS? HOW DO WE BEGIN TO FUEL OUR BODIES IN THE MORNING, AND STOP THE SUGAR CRASH FROM HAPPENING?

We choose foods that contain good sources of protein and healthy fats. These items give our body fuel to slowly burn off, plus they create that feeling of satiety, which means we are staying full longer.  Some of my favorite things to have for breakfast are a full of nutrition protein shake, or an egg scramble with lots of veggies added in. Let’s admit it though, many times we are barely getting out the door on time, and that’s without feeding ourselves or the kiddos breakfast. That’s part of the problem isn’t it? Those items listed above are all quick and easy! Grab-n- go is ideal for our busy lifestyle, especially when it comes to morning time.

That’s why I’ve added this amazing Oatmeal Pie Recipe to my Simply Sugar Free Cookbook that is on sale for pre-order right now. Full of 30+ recipes that are Sugar Free and delicious! My goal is to provide people with recipes that will make the idea of living a sustainable sugar-free lifestyle a reality!

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This month only you can pre=order my book at a reduced price and get it delivered before Christmas! 

Not only does The Simply Sugar Free Cookbook feature some yummy sugar-free recipes that you and the family will love, but I also share my own sugar-free journey with you. Starting with my decision to challenge myself to a year without sugar, and what eventually drove me to create a lifestyle of living sugar free, and teaching others to do the same.

Grab your copy of The Simply Sugar Free Cookbook HERE, and get access to these amazing sugar-free recipes to try just in time for the holidays! The last day to order for the pre-order price is December 5th.  Get yours today!!

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So let’s talk about how to make your morning routine less stressful, lower your sugar intake, and still enjoy a tasty, yet healthy breakfast on-the- go! How about a sneak peek to the Oatmeal Pies that are in my cookbook!

Try these and let me know what you think! Be sure to tag me on Instagram when you share a selfie stuffing your face on the way to work while you are loving these Oatmeal Pies! Use @BrittanySuell #SimplySugarFree

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Enjoy!  -Brittany Suell

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Hi, I’m Brittany. I am a wife to an amazing God-fearing man who has encouraged and pushed me along in my journey to create this Sugar Free Life for my family. I lead a busy life as a mamma to a brave little boy and joyful baby girl.  Born and raised in Texas, I love the outdoors, raising chickens, and going home to East Texas never gets old. I am a fitness professional, creator of the 21 Day Sugar Free Academy, and author of The Simply Sugar Free Cookbook. I offer in person yoga instruction, group fitness classes, and online fitness boot camps.  I love coffee, traveling, the small adventures of life, and there is no dream too big for me.  I am passionate about helping others live the life they are created to live! Watching my clients learn they can do more than they ever thought possible is truly fulfilling to me! I fully believe the Lord created each of us with a unique destiny and no matter how big or small your role looks in the eye of man, you were made for more!!!  I love inspiring and helping others live in the fullness of their identity as well as offering simple solutions to live the healthy and fit life that they desire and deserve. I believe that when you are taking care of yourself and your health, you are happier and able to live your best life!

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21 Day Fix Results: Week 2

21 Day Fix Results Week 2

21 Day Fix Results Week 2

I am back and so excited to share with you my 21 Day Fix results from week 2. Being the second week I was back in the groove of following the program and using the portion control system. I can tell you I love using the containers. It is not for everyone but it is definitely for me! It really helps me to take a step back and look at my portion sizes.

I have to mention this again because it is so important, if you use all the containers you will never be hungry. I was always satisfied with the amount of food for the day. I used to never be a breakfast eater and my breakfast of Shakeology is my favorite meal of the day some days! I mean if you can have chocolate for breakfast you are not going to crave sweets the rest of the day!

What has my day been looking like?

Breakfast: Shake and fruit
Snack: Plain Yogurt or Hard Boiled Egg
Lunch: Leftovers or Salad with Chicken
Snack: Fruit/Nuts or Hummus/Veggies
Dinner: Salmon (any protein), Asparagus (any veggies) and Sweet Potato/Quinoa or Brown Rice
Drink: Water, Water and more Water 🙂

Since it is Week 2 the workouts are not as hard as they were last week, definitely still very challenging though. I am also not as sore as last week, leg day had my quads still burning though! For those of you that are curious about the workouts, there is variety and you do not get bored. For the week you have Cardio, Upper Body, Lower Body, Pilates, Cardio, Mix of Cardio/Weights and then Yoga.

The third week was much more challenging since it also involved a move for us. Not a regular move but a move from New York to Dallas. SO there was some traveling, eating out etc. I will share more about this in my next post with my third and final results from the 21 Day Fix!

21 Day Fix Results Week 2

21 Day Fix Results Week 2

21 Day Fix Results Week 2

21 Day Fix Results Week 2

21 Day Fix Results Week 2

21 Day Fix Results Week 2

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Joanne Barnes-Jung
Independent Beachbody Coach

21 Day Fix Results: Week 1

A sample of my 21 Day Fix Meals

A sample of my 21 Day Fix Meals

21 Day Fix results from week 1!!! I have done the program before and loved it. I lost 15 pounds doing the extreme version after having Emma. I have had a rough few months and decided to re-do 21 Day Fix to re-set my body.

In August we found out that we were pregnant with our second baby. Most of August I spent nauseous and with little energy. I was not consistent with my workouts or with eating clean. This was also how most of September looked too. Then in the 3rd week of September we went for our first Ultra Sound and found out we had a missed miscarriage, the baby had stopped growing but my body still thought it was pregnant.

The last month was filled with physical and emotional complications from the missed miscarriage and then an incomplete miscarriage. Last week I was ready to start trying to get back on track and lose the 15 pounds that I had gained since the beginning of August. I knew that 21 Day Fix was a great place to start!

Since I had been down this road before, I knew what to expect food and exercise wise. The great thing about the 21 Day Fix and also the biggest misconception is that you think you will always be hungry. I never feel hungry on this plan. I always start with breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and sometimes even an evening snack. That is depending on how late I have dinner.

The most common questions I hear is: “Do I have to finish all of the food?” That is a good sign right?

What about cravings? I used to crave sugar a lot. This has all changed after I started drinking Shakeology. Specifically, vegan chocolate shakeology. I love this stuff. It has been life changing for me. It keeps me satisfied and tricks me into thinking that I had indulged in something bad! I switched to vegan because the regular version was giving me belly bloat.

The weekend is my biggest struggle because we normally like to have some red wine on Friday and Saturday nights. The amazing part is that 21 Day Fix lets you drink wine!!! or the cocktail of your choice. It is all in the program, this is why it is easier to stick to than any other plan I have ever done.

I am on to week 2 and I can not wait to share with you the rest of this journey! Stay tuned 🙂 If you are interested in joining my next 21 Day Fix Challenge Group, here is how you can contact me:

email me: Joannebjung@gmail.com
message me on FB: Clean Eating Mommy

Check out my 21 Day Fix Results from week 1

21 Day Fix Results

21 Day Fix Results: Week 1 Front Angle

21 Day Fix Results

21 Day Fix Results Week 1: Back Angle

21 Day Fix Results

21 Day Fix Results Week 1: Side Angle

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Joanne Barnes-Jung
Independent Beachbody Coach

 

Slow Cooker Slim down: 5 Day Free Group

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I am beyond excited to be hosting a FREE Slow Cooker Group that starts on November 7th!! I will be providing a 5 day meal plan including slow cooker dinner recipes and workout tips, and it is completely FREE!!! This will be an amazing opportunity for you to begin your clean eating/fitness journey or help you with new ideas for your current plan.

This being fall and with winter coming, the slow cooker is the most used appliance in my house. I will be featuring all of my favorite slow cooker recipes and family favorites. This slow cooker group will be 5 days in length and will include dinner recipes for all 5 days. One of the best things about slow cooker meals is that you can take the left overs and freeze them!

Please comment in the event page or say you are attending to be included! I can not wait for us to work together in 5 days of recipes, meal tips and workout ideas!

*Please, only those who are not currently working with a coach *

Ulcerative Colitis and Probiotics

 

Just Thrive provided me with product for this review. There was no monetary compensation.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I do not share this very often, but I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 12 years ago. Up until last spring, I had gone 4 years without having a flare up. When I had that flare up, was the first time I had to actually do more research and look into how to manage my gut health properly. Something that kept coming up was using a good probiotic.

On my quest to find the perfect probiotic, I was given the opportunity to try out and review a probiotic that is different from the others. I was so excited to be able to review Just Thrive Probiotic.

What makes Just Thrive different?

Just Thrive Probiotic and Antioxidant is a supplement that you take once daily. It introduces good bacteria back into your gut and helps to restore its natural balance. Most probiotics make the similar products, but they get digested when you eat them and don’t survive long enough to do any good. Just Thrive actually has the bacteria that can actually survive the harsh environment of your stomach to make it to where they’re needed in your gut. That means the probiotic can actually do the job that it is meant to do, which is heal your gut health and get you back on track.

How did I feel after using it for 30 Days?

My flare up from UC has been gone for a while, but I have on-and- off symptoms, mainly slight cramping that can be quite uncomfortable at times. After a week of using Just Thrive Probiotics, I stopped having that discomfort. The great thing is that after 30 days, I still have not had any cramping or other GI issues. Because my symptoms do come and go, I cannot say 100% that this was all due to taking Just Thrive, but I can tell you it did make a difference in how I am feeling. I’m so happy to have found a probiotic that I can trust and is finally helping me feel great.

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Beachbody Health Bet 2016

Hey ladies!!

Myself and 3 other coaches will be running a challenge group starting September 5th. The group will be taking part in the Beachbody Health Bet. Beachbody will be splitting a pot that is now at 1.25 million dollars with the participants who:
Log their workouts at least 3x per week
Drink Shakeology 5x per week

The group will run September 5th-October 2nd and you will have a choice from a handful of Beachbody programs (PIYO, 21 Day Fix, Country Heat and more) plus 30 day supply of Shakeology.
The great part about our group is that each coach will be focusing on a specific segment. I am doing nutrition, my friend Mindy who is a fitness fanatic will be providing workout tips and my friend Allison is a self-care expert.

If you would like to get in on over a million dollars and get healthy at the same time, comment below of message me via my facebook page and I will help you enroll in our group 🙂

 

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Joanne Barnes-Jung
Independent Beachbody Coach