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This week #SweatPink asks: “What are your current fitness and healthy living goals? What’s your strategy for staying on track with achieving your goals?”

This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, with the season change quickly approaching {where I live at least} and the face that I’m currently battling a significant slipped and bulging disc that is pinching a nerve in my back {do to a serious fall} and lot of taking it easy {Bummer!} This seems like a perfect time to set some new goals! Hmmm, you know what? Some time a little reevaluation is exactly what you need to get motivated!

My Current Fitness & Healthy Living Goals

  • Heal & find workouts that I can do with my injury:

Because I really have to take it easy on my upper back and shoulder I’ve really been focusing a lot on lower body workouts, walking and running with my husband!  I have been doing Zumba and honestly a whole lot of Pinterest searching for lower body workouts that will be gentle on my back, that will make me sweat, and give me the cardio I’m looking for. Like this one from the always encouraging and lovely Natalie Jill

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Let’s talk ZUMBA!!! Honestly guys, if you are feeling down, discouraged or just not motivated I HIGHLY recommend Zumba! It’s so much fun, gives an awesome cardio workout and you can do it at home when ever you want! For me personally there is a huge plus, even with my injury I can still ZUUUMMMBBBAAA! Here are some of my favorite YouTube videos all from CLUB FITz…my personal fave! These 6 videos can act as a super fun and intense cardio workout {the first video is a slower warm up video. I end with it again or stretches}

I dare you not to have fun and feel ready to conquer anything the days throws at you after doing one or all of these Zumba routines! I know I do injury and all!

  • Give my body the right Fuel:

I have recently really gotten back on track with my healthy eating goals! YAY! A few months ago I kind of slipped off my low-carb eating…ugh…yes I paid the penalty and gained back some weight. I was extremely disappointed {even thought it was my own fault} so my husband and I reassessed our eating and realized we needed to get back to our low-carb lifestyle and hit it hard! I have already seen results {we were on vacation and ate like crap but I didn’t gain at all!} I feel so much better, I have so much more energy and I know it’s because of my low carb lifestyle!

One of the ways that my husband and I have achieved our low-carb lifestyle is honestly by using the entire Atkins line! I have shared before how much I love the Atkins so I won’t go on and on about it! See my posts about Atkins HERE!

  • See my progress: 

Keeping track of my fitness, weightloss and eating is really important for me. There is just something about writing it down that makes me feel more accomplished! For this I have been using a few different printable that I created months ago for my readers!

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  • Get more sleep:

This remains an ongoing struggle for me.  I aim to be in bed by 10:30/11. However I have a really bad habit of  “oops I forgot” until oh 11pm. My goal is to delegate my “day” time better and learn that I DO NOT have to do something I forgot to do during the day….it CAN wait. It will be difficult but I am determined to get the sleep I need and my family needs me to get!

What are your current fitness and healthy living goals? I’d LOVE to hear! 

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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!

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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!

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My Atkins Journey {Update, Meal Bars and staying on track! }

So here we are about one month into my Atkins journey! I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way my body has changed the way my eating habits have changed and my overall energy and fitness level!! As of November 30 I have lost 22 pounds! I seriously couldn’t be more giddy 🙂

During my time on I can I’ve learned that one of the most important things is staying on track with my eating especially with my snacking! Case in point, my husband and I have a tradition with our children of black Friday shopping. We don’t get up super early or anything but we like to go after the stores I’ve been open for a few hours (I’m talking the 5am openings NOT the midnight…we like to sleep!) we like to go see what deals we can get.

For the last six years our first stop has been the same store it is our all-time favorite store that one of the main reasons that we go on Black Friday is because they have free donuts, coffee and juice. Every year we look forward to the yummy donuts but not this year. The kiddos did have donuts and juice but my husband and I packed our Atkins Meal bars I have one of my faves chocolate Chip granola and he had a mudslide! And just in case we were out later than expected we each brought along a yummy dark chocolate royale shake!

Have you tried the Atkins meal bars?? Oh my goodness you need to! These bars are amazing every single one…yes I have tried ALL of them and they are GREAT! There a lot of ‘diet’ bars, or ‘meal replacement’ bars and honestly I have hated every agile one of tried…they often taste like tree bark or nothing and are so chewy my jaw physically cannot take it! That is so not the case with the Atkins Bars! The are two kinds the larger meal bars that are oh so yummy and very filling and the snack bars that are equally and yummy just in a smaller snack size!

So, November has come and is now gone and I was able to stay right on track and eat the carbs and calories that I needed to maintain my steady weight loss as well as actually lose weight. Now it’s December… and December 1 is our wedding anniversary!! Every year my husband takes a weeklong vacation. Usually it’s a staycation but this year my amazing hubby decided to surprise the whole family an amazing ocean vacation!! Awesome right!? But here’s the thing this means that our family is going to spend about 80 hours in the car driving to the coast and stopping along the way at various landmarks, museums and so on. The concern? Staying on track while were away from home. “Gotta stay on track” has been swirling around in my head for the last two weeks. Am I worried? No! absolutely not because Atkins has the most amazing line of shakes, frozen meals and my absolute favorite meal bars and snack bars! We leave in a few days for vacation and my husband and I have already packed up a whole lotta Atkins deliciousness!

Staying on track is not something that just ‘happens’ it’s something that I have to work at and plan for! For instance last week my mom and I went last-minute thanksgiving shopping. I know her, she ALWAYS get starving and ends up wanting to eat at a fast food place…in the past I would have been totally down…now not so much. So I planned ahead and threw a meal bar, snack bar and a shake in my purse (I packed that much because shopping with my mom can easily turn into an all day extravaganza!)

Here are a few tips and tricks that have helped me stay on track!

Plan Ahead:

Look ahead and your schedule and pack yourself some shakes or bars accordingly. Does your daughters ballet class take place during lunch time? Need a snack after the gym? Do you always have a long wait at the doctor’s office? By simply grabbing a few bars and shakes you will find it less likely to even be tempted to hit he drive thru or pizza place!

Toss a few meal bars & snack bars in your glove box:

When was the last time that you wanted to quickly hit a store to pick up something only to find out that the store across town has what you are looking for. Or my all time favorite getting stuck on the mountain pass because of heavy snow fall (this is a very common occurrence in the Pacific Northwest) When you have a Atkins stash in the car you will know that you will ALWAYS be on track! Oh but don’t forget to restock!! 🙂

Know yourself:

If you know that every single day at noon you want a candy bar or Starbucks then make sure you have meal bars and shakes. At first glance you may feel like that will not suffice, but I promise you it really will!

More is always better:

You know the saying “less is more” well that is just not the case when it comes to being prepare! I didn’t used to feel this way until about 3 weeks ago when my hubby and I decided to take the kids on a hike up a local mountain. It started out great, we passed a few people who told us we were almost to the summit…we after almost 4 hours I beg to differ. Our quick family hike turned into a horrific 7 hour nightmare…pain, thirst, hunger and the tears oh the tears! I had packed a little bag of small snacks and one bottle of water ONE! Since then my husband ALWAYS wears a backpack on our hikes FULL of Atkins and stuff for the kiddos. We pack as fit we are going to be stuck in the wood for 7 hours because…we’ll it could happen!

So there you have it…in an extremely large nutshell 😉

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My Atkins Journey {Frozen Meals & Endulge Treats}

All this month I’ve been sharing about my new journey on the Atkins 40 diet/meal plan {You can read the previous posts here and here}

Today I wanted to give you an update on how it’s been going and I want to tell you all about Atkins frozen meals!

First off, here I am about three weeks-ish into my Atkins 40 diet! Things are going absolutely wonderful, I’m losing weight but most importantly I’m so happy with how I feel, my energy level is so much higher and I’m really feeling good about myself…it hasn’t been that way for a while.

My journey hasn’t been all sunshine and lollipops, one of the most difficult parts for me is not over snacking and my chocolate cravings. I married to the biggest sweet tooth I know and I have become accustomed to always having all different kinds of chocolate treats in the house! But when I told my husband that I wanted to do the Atkins diet he was 100% on board so this has been a journey for both of us. We have been diligently cleaning out our pantries and making healthier choices..rather than the bag of M&Ms or other snacks that we would have previously glommed on to. Honestly, I’d be lying if I told you that it been the easiest thing I’ve ever done in my life… it hasn’t been. It in fact was a little rough the first few days but honestly what has gotten us through it is the Atkins Endulge line of delicious treats!

My husband and I have been able to replace our favorite peanut M&Ms with the Atkins Chocolate Covered Peanut Candies. For a little perspective…the Atkins Chocolate Covered Peanuts come individually wrapped with a very good-sized portion, there are five packages to the box and they have 150 cal and ONLY 1net carb. Now go look at your favorite candy wrapper…yeah it’s pretty crazy!

One thing that you might be asking yourself is “but this is going to be diet food candy right?” Absolutely wrong! The Endulge line does have that diet food, sugar-free candy taste that I know a lot of you were thinking! The Endulge line is amazing, it is so good currently mine and my husbands top favorites are the

You should defiantly go try them…all!

Frozen Meals:

Okay, I know what you’re thinking “yuck frozen meals, they have no taste and are sick right?” Wrong! But, If you’re like me and you have had a frozen meal at any time in the past, you shutter at the thought of willingly eating one. Honestly it has been very few and far between that I have had a frozen meal that was actually good. So when I discovered that Atkins had a line of frozen meals, I was not over the moon and excited to try them because everything that I had experienced screamed frozen meals are just not good. So, you can imagine my surprise when I finally broke down and I bought four frozen meals. I figured ‘okay I’m going to give these a try’ The first one that I made was the Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry.

Friends, let me tell you this was probably the best sesame chicken stir fry that I’ve ever had…including restaurants…no joke! The sesame chicken stir fry is full of delicious white meat chicken breast, green beans, red bell peppers, broccoli and the sesame sauce is to die for…the best part? 350 cals and ONLY 7net carbs!! Once again Atkins has exceeded my expectations!

I want to take a few minutes and tell you about my other favorite Atkins frozen meals: {I have yet to have a frozen meal that I have not loved!}

The Beef Merlot:

Once again this Atkins frozen meal is delicious! It has tender beef with Merlot wine sauce and broccoli. This is one of my go to Favorite lunches, it’s wonderful AND it’s only 310 cal and only 6net carbs!

Meatloaf with Portobello Mushroom Gravy:

Now, I grew up in the South/Midwest and meatloaf was one of my mom’s most favorite meals to make when I was growing up, so, I know a good meatloaf when I taste one. I’ve got to tell you Atkins is onto something with this meatloaf! It is so amazing! This delicious meatloaf (which is a fairly large portion) comes smothered in the yummiest mushroom gravy with cauliflower and fire roasted zucchini and green beans! It has 320 cal and only 7net carbs

Swedish Meatballs:

Now, these are brand-new in the store that I regularly shop at. I was so excited when I saw them because I’ve always loved Swedish meatballs 🙂 and Atkins Swedish Meatballs did not disappoint! They are so good, they are pork and beef and come in a yummy rich sour cream gravy with tons mushrooms and onions! This makes a perfect lunch or dinner and is 350 cal and only 6net carbs

The Orange Chicken:

Just like the Swedish meatballs this too was brand-new and my regular store so I was very excited I absolutely love Asian food and one of my all-time favorites is orange chicken…I haven’t had orange chicken in a long while, because recently I decided to read the nutrition facts (whoa) This Atkins orange chicken was AMAZING! It’s grilled chicken breast with bok choy, edamame and carrots with a spicy orange sauce. All the flavors are so good together this is for sure going to be one of my absolute favorites! I even joked with my husband that if we have some friends come over we could get a couple different orange chicken meals and making them and see if our friends even notice that it’s not takeout…They won’t!

Lastly,

The Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo: (sorry no photo I accidentally deleted it)

The very first time I had this, I couldn’t believe how good it smelled while it was cooking! My husband who works from home actually came upstairs and asked what I was cooking and told me that it smelled exactly like the olive garden! And he wasn’t wrong 🙂 This delicious meal is white meat chicken breast with broccoli and a real Parmesan Romano Alfredo cheese sauce it is so delicious and only has 330 cal and only 5net carbs

I don’t know what Atkins is doing but these frozen meals are amazing…and so is the Endulge line!

If you’re trying to watch what you eat or watch your carbs I highly recommend giving the Atkins Frozen Meals a try, if you have a sweet tooth but you don’t want all the carbs and all the sugar I also very highly recommend the Atkins Endulge line you will not be disappointed!

Keep an eye out at the end of this month for an update and I’m going to share with you about the Atkins meal bars!

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My first week on Atkins!

Remember at the end of October when I shared {in this post} that I would be starting Atkins soon? Well, today I want to tell you all about my first week on Atkins 40!

A Atkins 40 Reminder:

With Atkins 40 instead of doing the regular Atkins program broken down into phases, starting with 20 grams of net carbs a day, Atkins 40 has a program entry point of 40 grams of net carbs a day, this means, you can eat from all the food groups starting on day one of the program all while still enjoying weight loss success on a fat burning metabolism!

My 1st week in review:

My first week on Atkins exceeded my expectations! I honestly expected the week to start out a little rocky and stressful, but it didn’t! I was so pleased with how easy it was to basically do a 180 on my eating habits. The best part was that didn’t feel deprived or have to suffer through tasteless meals since Atkins has a whole line of frozen meals, meal bars, snack bars, treats and shakes to help me stay on track, and they are all SO delicious!

I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you some of my day 1 concerns and worries.

1.) Will I be able to count carbs?

Before starting Atkins I have to admit I was a little nervous about counting carbs, I’m a busy mom with very busy kids so I have grown accustomed to eating as I go and not reading food labels…it’s not a great system but up until Atkins that’s where I was!

Although there are apps out there to help stay on track I know me and I’m old school and prefer to write it all down so, I grabbed a journal and started writing everything down.

What I discovered is that I absolutely love keeping track of what I’m eating and counting carbs…it sounds weird I know 🙂 During the first week I became very vigil about reading labels and I was horrified how many carbs were in some of my family’s favorite “healthy” meals and snacks! After reading one such label on a seemingly healthy food and discovering it contained more than 36g of carbs (whoa) my husband and I decided we would be reading labels from now on! To be honest, it was a little hard not to look back on the way that I had been eating with shame, but I had to remind myself that what’s done is done and today is a new day and I am moving forward to a healthier lifestyle!

2.) Will I be hungry all the time?:

I was a little or a lot concerned that I would be hungry all the time. When I hear “diet” or “eating plan” the first thing that pops into my mind is “I’m going to starve!” It sound ridiculous I know…but hey I really like food! That was absolutely NOT the case! I was stunned on day one when I found myself still satisfied during times of the day when previously I would have been STARVING! I felt so much more content and healthy! Not to mention I had a TON more energy!

Here is one of my past days of meals with the Atkins 40:

  • Breakfast: two eggs, two pieces of bacon, one med tomato and 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Snack: Atkins Advantage Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Bar
  • Lunch: 5oz. hamburger with cheddar cheese, one med tomato, avocado, rolled in a mission low-carb tortilla
  • Snack: Atkins Advantage Milk Chocolate Delight Shake
  • Dinner: 6 ounces of rotisserie chicken, one cup of spinach, one small tomato, 1/2 cup chopped red peppers and 1/4 cup sliced cucumbers
  • Snack: Atkins Endulge Pecan Caramel Clusters

{Look for my big review on Atkins delicious frozen meals next week!}

3.) What about my chocolate obsession?:

I really REALLY like love chocolate so the idea of cutting carbs means no more candy or treats right? WRONG! The amazing people at Atkins have created the most unbelievable Endulge line of tasty little treats!

They have everything, brownies, chocolate covered almonds, chocolate covered peanuts, peanut butter cups and so many more {all with extremely low carbs} Got a sweet tooth? No worries with Atkins! Endulge has been life changing for myself and my husband {who honestly has the biggest sweet tooth I have ever seen!} We are truly able to have our cake {Peanut Butter Cups} and eat it too!

 

4.) Will I only be eating meat?:

Recently I was chatting with a group of friends and upon hearing that I was doing Atkins a few of them totally freaked out saying “you are only eating meat? That’s not good” and “too much meat is unhealthy” Atkins is often referred to as the “protein” diet {at least that’s what I’ve heard from my friends and family}

With Atkins yes, I am eating protein including meat, fish and plant-based proteins but Atkins so much more than just protein, in fact, did you know that with Atkins you eat more vegetables then the USDA even recommends?

In addition to all the yummy vegetables I get to eat there are all kinds of healthy fats including olive oil, avocado and nuts. Dairy like Greek yogurt and cheeses. Also, fruits and whole grains!

Atkins is all about finding the healthy balance between the protein, healthy fats and carbs you consume every single day, resulting in you body burning fat instead of burn carbs.

5.) Will I really lose weight?:

Since entering my 30s {ahem a few years ago} I’ve had a bit more of a difficult time losing weight, because this I find myself being more concerned with if a “diet” or a workout is going to really result in losing weight and inches.

On day one of my Atkins journey I made sure to weigh myself and take measurements. Honestly, I was so excited at the thought that I might lose a pound or two, maybe three! I might even loose an inch or two overall! The thought seemed awesome! Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m in a rut. Blah!

I counted my carbs, read labels, worked out and eagerly awaited day 7, I couldn’t wait to see what I had lost! Well, day 7 came and I didn’t lose 2 pounds, I didn’t lose 5 pounds, heck I didn’t even lose 8 pounds…I lost 10 pounds! To say I was ecstatic would be an HUGE understatement! I couldn’t believe it, there I was thinking I was going to limit carbs and start eating more vegetables and maybe in a week I lose a pound or two. When I stepped on the scale my jaw dropped and I thought “oh my gosh I lost 10 pounds!” then preceded to jump up and down! Wow! It was unexpected and AWESOME!

Oh but theres more…I lost more than just 10 pounds, I lost more than 3 inches of my waist and hips (overall). To be honest I didn’t even notice that I had lost inches until one day my family arrived home from a very long and extremely overwhelming day and all I wanted to do was put on some comfortable clothes and relax. When I went to change my mind was somewhere else, when I suddenly realized that I had taken off my previously tight skinny jeans WITHOUT unbuttoning or unzipping them…I hadn’t even realized they had gotten that baggy! Eek! I’m 10 lbs lighter and an entire pant size smaller and counting!!

Bottom line! Atkins is absolutely hands down the perfect plan for me! I cannot wait to see the changes to come! Keep an eye out for more updates by connecting with me

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Time for a Lifestyle Change with Atkins Weight Loss Program!

As I continue in my weight loss journey I’ve made all kinds of changes in my workouts and now it’s time for a total complete diet/lifestyle change! I’m so excited that starting in November {just a few days away} I will be starting the Atkins 40 diet/weight-loss program, and I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I am about this!

Not the familiar with Atkins? Well let me tell you all about it:

First and for most, Atkins is 100% FREE – there is no cost to do the program. Atkins offers an online community, resource center, recipes, tools and meal plans at Atkins.com

Did you know that Atkins is the original and leading low-carb weight loss program? The Atkins diet is designed to flip the bodies metabolic switch from burning carbs to burn fat! Who doesn’t want that?

That metabolic switch is flipped by protein intake and healthy fat intake as well as keeping carbs low.

Why lower carbs? When eating carbohydrates in excess it raises blood levels of saturated fat and triglycerides and lowers the good (HDL) cholesterol. When left uncorrected these increased levels can lead to type two diabetes.

What’s the Atkins 40?

Basically, instead of doing the regular Atkins program that is broken down into phases where you start the program with 20 grams of net carbs a day, the Atkins 40 has a program entry point of 40 grams of net carbs a day, this means I can eat from all the food groups starting on day one of the program all while still enjoying weight loss success on a fat burning metabolism! Yes!!

What to expect with the Atkins 40?

  • Lots of vegetables (in fact more than the USDA recommends!)
  • Proteins including meat, fish, poultry and plant-based proteins
  • Healthy fats including olive oil, avocado and nuts
  • Dairy including whole Greek yogurt and cheeses
  • A variety of fruits and whole grains

Wow, that doesn’t sound like I will be depriving myself of anything!

Why am I so excited about the Atkins 40 {other than the things that I’ve listed above}?

I love carbs but they do not love me. They taste good for a minutes but then they make me feel sluggish for the rest of the day and in the long run cause me gain weight (who wants that!) by starting the Atkins 40 I’m saying enough is enough! I’m sick of it! I want to take my health (and body) to whole new level!

Something that I really love about The Atkins program is that it’s broken down into small meals a day rather than the traditional breakfast, lunch, dinner. I absolutely love this. I’ll tell you a secret, I have very bad eating habit, I do not eat breakfast. I know that I should, I know that my body needs it, I know! However, for some reason I allow myself to ignore what I know is right and continue day after day not eating breakfast. I’m so excited that with Atkins I have to eat breakfast to get the fuel I need so that I can burn the fat and lose weight. Atkins is definitely the push that I need!! In additions to my pitfalls…remember above when I mentioned how excess carbohydrates lowers the good cholesterol? Well wouldn’t you know, about three days ago my husband got lab results back and we have found out that my husband in fact has high cholesterol. So he too is really excited about doing Atkins with me!!

Atkins.com has an awesome printable/pdf Carb Counter to make counting carbs easy!

There is an Atkins App!!

Within the app you will find all kinds of great stuff including:

  • Food Search – Get nutritional information on grocery items, restaurant meals, and over 1,600 delicious Atkins recipes and products. Search by keyword or scan the UPC label.
  • Progress – Keep up with your weight loss goals by tracking net carbs consumed each day based on your Atkins Phase, plus track your weight and how close you are to reaching your goal.
  • Daily Plan – Follow the optional recommended daily meal plan or create your own custom low-carb plan for each day based on your Atkins Phase. Add Atkins products, your choice of over 1,600 low-carb recipes, or add foods on your own.
  • Phases – Discover all the delicious foods acceptable in each Phase and create your daily plan based on your carb range.
  • Dining Out – Find a restaurant with menu items in your selected carb range. Search for restaurants based on meal type, name and location.

Atkins has a number of different products to help you achieve your weight loss goal and success! These can all be found in your local grocery store!

I’m so excited about all the great things that The Atkins 40 offers, like, more vegetables and less added sugars. Protein and healthy fats! I can’t wait to start a brand new low-carb lifestyle!

Lastly, I love that Atkins allows you to lose weight, feel great, all while you get to enjoy a healthy foods! No depriving yourself with tastelessness!

Keep an eye out for all my Atkins updates! I cannot wait to see my eating and body change! What about you? Ready to give Atkins a try?

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