My Atkins Journey {New Year’s Resolutions and Atkins Shakes}

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Oh my gosh I cannot believe it is a new year! It seems like just yesterday I was starting my amazing Atkins Journey! It has been a great few months and I couldn’t be more excited about how far I’ve come! Not only have I lost an amazing 25 lbs, but I have gained a completely new outlook on food and eating right! Atkins has changed my life and my husband’s life and also my 70-year-old mom’s life! Both my husband and mom started Atkins after they saw how awesome I was feeling and the weight I was loosing!

So as I mentioned it’s a new year and you know what that means? New Year’s Resolutions and declarations! Last year my resolutions were…well lets say ho-hum. This year I am starting the year healthier, happier and lighter all thanks to eating right with Atkins and working out! Today I would love to share some of my “Fitness” 2015 declarations of change with you!

2015:

  • Hit my goal weight! {Last year I wouldn’t have even thought this was kind of possibility}
  • Share my Atkins success though my blog and reach people who maybe haven’t heard about it!
  • Become a personal trainer {or at least start my schooling!!}
  • Run a 5k at least every other month! {I’ve checked locally and there is a 5k every month, I will be doing my first ever 5k in 2 week and I cannot wait…far cry from last year…I wouldn’t have even considered doing a 5k}

For the first time in a VERY long time I am excited about the new year, I’m excited about my birthday, I’m excited about summer and I know that Atkins helped me get to this point!

So far in my Atkins journey I have fallen in love with Atkins Meal Bars, Frozen Dinners , Breakfast Sandwiches and Endulge Treats! The entire Atkins line is AHHHHmazing and I have saved my favorite Atkins product for last! Introducing my “Will never leave home without it” and “My fridge is always stocked with..” favorite….drum roll please….

Atkins Shakes!!! Ta Dah!

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Seriously have you tried these? Wow they are amazingly delicious! My absolute favorite in the Dark Chocolate Royale Shake {they have a bunch of different flavors like, Mocha, Latte, Vanilla, Milk Chocolate and Fruit shakes} I have tried all the favors and they are ALL delicious…I just REALLY LOVE Dark Chocolate 😉

You may be sitting there reading this thinking “Yuck I have had “Diet” shakes and they gritty, tasteless and all around nasty” and honestly I know what you mean…I have had some of those too..yuck! But, let me be clear with you about one thing…That is NOT what Atkins shakes are like! They are Smooth, thick and creamy…and taste divine!

unnamed-3 copyThe taste is not the only reason I love these shakes…

They are extremely portable, I always have one in my purse or stashed in the glove box!

They bottles have a screw on lid so you don’t have to drink it all at once or don’t have to worry about it getting knocked over {with three kids, 2 dogs and a cat that is something I really have to consider}

You can add ice and make the most delicious frozen shake ever!

The main reason I love these shakes it because they fit my life! I’m a chocolate lover like I mentioned  and I’m trying to lose weight…generally those two things do not go hand in hand, but with Atkins they do!

The Dark Chocolate Royale Shake has 2g of carbs and only 160 calories! I can feel like I’m really indulging but at the same time know that I am not completely ruining all my hard work!

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My favorite ways to enjoy my Atkins Shake:

  • Blended with ice to make a yummy frozen shake
  • With fruit as a start to my morning or after a morning work out
  • As a pick me up when it feels like it 9pm and its only 1pm
  • As an energy boost when I’m out shopping or on the go and don’t want to ruin my eating plan

The bottom line is that I HIGHLY recommend these awesome shakes {and the entire Atkins line to anyone!}

So tell me…How do you enjoy your Atkins shakes?

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My Atkins Journey {Update, Healthy Start with Breakfast and Atkins all new breakfast sandwich}

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Over the past few months I’ve mentioned a couple of times that used to never eat breakfast. I rarely would eat anything before lunchtime and sometimes I wouldn’t even drink anything before lunchtime. How that work out for me? Well, I delt with dehydration and extreme fatigue because I was not putting nutrients into my body first thing in the morning…I was ready to go to bed by 11 AM or noon almost every single day. Have you tried to work out, lift weights or run when you’re suffering from extreme fatigue and about to fall asleep where you’re standing? I have and it’s very difficult.

Around May I started putting a lot of effort into eating breakfast. I had created such a horrible habit of not eating breakfast for so many years that it was extremely difficult to eat breakfast. But, I worked up from being able to eat breakfast once or twice a week to eating breakfast most days a week! I started losing weight, I had so much more energy and my fatigue was definitely decreased!! Then summer happened and we were go go go, then fall happened and it was back to school and the success that I had made with eating breakfast had started to dwindle off. What’s a girl to do?

Enter Atkins in late October! When he first started Atkins there was a number of things that I was really excited about; of course the weight-loss and eating healthier topped that list but the importance of eating breakfast really stood out! I knew if there was one thing that was going to get me to eat my breakfast from now until forevermore it was this desire to lose the weight that I have been carrying around on me and since the birth of all my children. Skipping breakfast is actually tied to being overweight…well that sucks!

My “Breakfast” Progress: It is been five weeks since I started Atkins and not one single day has gone by that I have not had a good and nutritious breakfast to start my day!!! That’s huge, considering just at the beginning of the year I was eating breakfast maybe once or twice a week and suffering because of it!ATBREA

Why is it so important to have a nutritious breakfast every morning? Well, in my experience there’s a number of different reasons:
First and foremost when you eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast you are instilling that healthy lifestyle and desire in your children and I believe that that is extremely important! Our kids want to do everything that daddy and mommy do so let teach them to live healthy and active…can I get an Amen!

 

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  • gives you a boost of brainpower
  • helps you lose weight
  • gives you energy
  • helps give you nutrients and that you need to tackle the day
  • improves your immune system
  • gives you healthier looking skin

How do I keep myself on track with eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast? Here are a few tips that will help you eat breakfast and stay on track!:

Plan ahead: sometimes I think we feel overwhelmed in the morning especially if we wake up and are running late. How many times do we have no idea what we’re going to eat for breakfast {in my case often times I would just decide not to eat breakfast} Instead skipping breakfast I’ve started planning my breakfast the night before that way if I’m going to make something like overnight oatmeal I can just get it ready that night and it’s ready to go in the morning no hassle and no fuss! If I’m going to have scrambled eggs, I actually like to mix up the eggs in a blenderbottle and just leave it in the refrigerator until the next morning that way even if I’m running a little bit later than I would like I can still easily grab the bottle, give it a shake and dump it in the pan and the scrambled eggs are ready to go.

Stock up on healthy: I’ve learned that if my pantry is full of things like pop tarts,  sugary cereals and commonly unhealthy food I’m going to eat…let’s face it it’s easier to throw pop tart in the toaster rather than making eggs. To thwart this I like to stock our pantry with things that are going to be healthier options like the fore mentioned oatmeal and eggs as well as my all-time favorite Atkins meal bars and snack bars {eek there are some Brand New Atkins breakfast sandwiches…I’ll tell you all about in a few minutes!}

Consider getting up a little bit earlier than usual: I know that this is not going to be everybody’s favorite option but if you are notoriously late and skipping breakfast truly consider getting up even a half an hour early and making yourself a healthy nutritious breakfast. I promise this is going to make you have a better morning, a better afternoon, just all-around better day because you will put those nutrients in your body and boosted your energy first thing!

Count calories, carbs and keep a food journal: this is one of my most favorite things to do and I honestly never thought that I would be a person that would say that but there is something inside of me that just loves seeing the calories being counted, what I’m putting into my body {whether it’s good or bad} and just keeping track of it it helps me be more in control and I am able to see exactly the changes that I need to make.

Ok now to the really fun part! Remember above when I mentioned that Atkins has some brand-new breakfast sandwiches? Well they do and they are oh so delicious!

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I was really excited when I went to Atkins had come out with some frozen breakfasts. Don’t get me wrong I love my mornings with my Atkins meal bars and snack bars but there are some days when I’m really craving something hot and something with meat! These breakfast sandwiches really hit the spot!

There are four different breakfast sandwiches:

  • Bacon with egg and cheese
  • Canadian bacon with egg and cheese
  • Sausage with egg and cheese
  • Sausage with egg

So far the only one that I’ve been able to get my hands on is the sausage with egg and cheese and I love it, it is so good! The package comes with two English muffin sandwiches! My husband and I love having this breakfast together!atkins2

Something that I really love about the Atkins breakfast sandwiches is that they are so convenient and portable whether you are at home or you’re on the go at the gym or at work this sandwich is perfect; you can take the frozen sandwich and just pop it in the microwave when your ready to have breakfast at the gym or at work. This is a far better option than the notorious office donuts!

But how do they REALLY taste Britni?

I thought you’d never ask! Seriously friends these are DELICIOUS! Keep with the Atkin ever so tasty form! These little sandwiches are very similar to those chain fast food restaurants but WAY healthier and in my opinion taste far better! Have a look at the nutrition facts:

Sausage with egg and cheese sandwich:

19 g protein

no sugar

340 cal

5 net carbs

Whoa right?

So where can you pick up some of these bad boys? So far I have found them in alms all of our local stores {small and chain} I cannot wait to try the Bacon and Egg one…I really love bacon!

Whats your favorite breakfast? I’d love to hear!

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