FREE 21 Day Clean Eating and Workout Challenge!

I have been blessed so much that I decided to pay it forward next month! I am going to spend the month of April sharing with others and helping them with their health and fitness journeys. Free of charge. 🙂
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I truly want to help as many people as possible in April in ANY way that I can. I have had so many other coaches helping me over the last two months and sharing their knowledge I figured it was time for me to give back some. And the way I am going to do that is by sharing what I can to help YOU reach YOUR goal in time for tanks and shorts weather. Spring and summer break are coming ya’ll and I want to help you feel comfy on the beach or on your vaca!
 
I am going to be holding a 21 Day Challenge where I will provide tips, tools, recipes and help you learn how to eat clean and not over complicate it. There will be some fitness challenges to help you tone and tighten and get ready for shorts and swim suits. I believe that everyone should look and feel good about themselves and not spend their summer like I used to…covered in baggy shirts and pants so no one could see what I looked like under neath.
 
Making your health a top priority is a great way to start!
 
Comment below if you want be added to the free group that will be starting on April 10th! This is going to be awesome and I can’t wait to start this with you! ❤
Sending strength, hope and love!
Darlene ❤

Fit for Christmas

Did you know that the average America gains 7-10 lbs from Thanksgiving to Christmas? I say this year we switch that and lose 7-10 lbs!  One of m15328219_10206387152712609_121862797_ny greatest struggles during my health and fitness journey is what I eat.  I never know what to eat, how much and then the kicker is when you think you are eating healthy but find out it’s really not!  UGH!
Every year when the holidays roll around I have the best intentions but usually end up giving in to my bad habits and eating what I know I shouldn’t.  This year is going to be different.  This year instead of gaining the dreaded weight during and after Thanksgiving, I am actually losing and I am very proud of myself.  I am sticking to my meal plan.  I have tried quite a few new recipes and finding some that are not only healthy but delicious as well.
I am finishing up my last week of Core de Force and started the 21 Day Fix yesterday.  I have found that being in an accountability group helps me stay on track and keeps me focused.  15355942_10206387152472603_1425385641_n
I am so excited to announce my next group …Fit for Christmas. This FREE group will have a daily healthy recipe, daily fitness tip and a daily tip to survive the Christmas season. Plus…YOU get ME as your coach! 🙂
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What do I mean by free?  Exactly that!  I don’t care if you are walking, using a program or going to a gym, you are welcome to join.  The only catch is that you MUST be a client, a personally sponsored coach or willing to sign up with me as your free Beachbody coach.
Space is limited so contact me today to reserve your spot. .
If your not a client but would like to sign up with me as your free coach, message me and I will send the link. 🙂
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3 Day Refresh Day 1 Review

Yesterday was the beginning of a 3 day journey for me.  With my surgery coming up I admit that I have been worrying about losing the progress that I refreshhave fought so hard for.  I mean, with having hypothyroid it is hard enough to lose weight and get toned up, so this is just one extra part that I wasn’t counting on this winter.  I figured if I wasn’t going to be able to work out without a lot of modifications then I would at least make sure my eating was on point.

The 3 Day Refresh is a great way to kick start a healthier lifestyle.  To make a clean break from bad eating habits. This isn’t a starvation or an all liquid fast.  It is low on calories, about 900 a day.  It is packed with protein and giver, so while I will be nourishing my body I will not be going hungry. 🙂  So how does it work?

Here is what my day looked like.

I woke up at 2 am and drank 12 ounces of water to get my system going. I didn’t wake up that early for this refresh, I had to be at work by 4am so it was a very early start for me.15356099_10206363784288413_2022362648_n

I ate breakfast at 3am.  My breakfast yesterday was a cafe latte shakeology and a banana.

I had a cup of green tea at 4:30 with stevia.  I usually have a coffee so this was a little different for me.  I really missed my pumpkin coffee.

At 7:30 I drank some water and I was supposed to drink a fiber sweep drink.  Unfortunately I had no idea what I did with it so I just drank another cafe latte shakeology.

Lunch was around 11:30.  I had a Vanilla Fresh shake, a banana and a cucumber with a little bit of avocado.

When I got home from work I had a pumpkin chai tea which was delicious.

My husband didn’t realize that I had started a 3 day refresh today so he had cooked me some supper. I had steamed broccoli but I also had a few bites of deer tenderloin.  He got his deer on Thanksgiving and had been waiting to eat the tenderloin.  I felt bad with telling him I couldn’t eat it so I had a few bites.

I fell asleep shortly after.  Between always being tired from my thyroid and getting up at 2am, I was exhausted.  My first day wasn’t exactly what it should have been.  In all honesty I shouldn’t have had the deer tenderloin and I really meant to workout.  But I can admit that I did not feel hungry all day and I also didn’t have any cravings.

I woke up this morning with a slight headache but I feel pretty good otherwise. The scale says I have lost 1.8 lbs already.  This isn’t all about the weight loss but that is definitely a help too. 🙂 I have today off and all of my meals are already planned.  I am also planning on doing a Core De Force workout today too.

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Oatmeal Tropical – My Favorite Ultimate Reset Breakfast Recipe

Oatmeal Tropical

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  • Difficulty: easy
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The first questions I asked myself when I considered starting the Ultimate Reset is....What the heck will I eat? Am I going to be hungry? Am I going to have to eat nasty food? Some people will tell you that you have to eat seaweed and other stuff like that. You don't have to, there are substitutions. I have found some really great recipes during the first week of UR and they will be staying on my menu long after I am done. This is my favorite breakfast recipe.


Credit: Ultimate Reset

Ingredients


1 cup water
1 pinch Himalyan Salt
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 medium mango, diced
1/4 medium papaya, unripe, diced
2 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1 Tbsp chopped raw walnuts

Directions

  1. Bring the water and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the oats, cook, make sure to stir frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Place oatmeal in a small bowl and top with mango, papaya, shredded coconut and walnuts.

Enjoy!

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The Secret to Success

My health hasn’t always been at the top of my priorities. My family always came first. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have spent many hours at football games, soccer games, endless wrestling meets and don’t forget track! For all three kids! I don’t even want to think about how many hours at practices and driving back and forth to all of this would total.

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As I was waiting in the car for a practice to end, or driving home late at night from a game, I put on the pounds. I ate fast food all of the time. I think we made eating a full time sport as well.1919362_1091529023399_6135210_n As the weight crept on, my asthma got worse.1382013_10200139816373105_94249060_n

I remember one wrestling meet at the Portland Civic Center, where my son was going for an important match. I waited impatiently for them to call his name, and when they did, lo and behold it was on the other end of the civic center. I jumped out of my chair and raced all 220+ lbs of me to the mat. Only to get there just as they raised his hand. He had won but I felt defeated. I couldn’t even get from one end of the building to the other without getting out my inhaler.

I decided enough was enough. I talked to my mom and we decided to challenge each other to lose 1 lb a week. So, I counted calories and spent hours on my stationary bike. I would sit on my bike while I would watch the biggest loser, one hour. I would watch other tv shows and bike. After 52 weeks and many hours on the bike, I lost the 52 lbs and went on a fabulous cruise with my mom.

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But…as time went by that weight slowly crept back on. Why? I hadn’t made any real changes in my life. I was still eating the same food that had made me heavy to begin with. I didn’t have time to bike for 2 hours a day to keep the lbs off. I lost motivation. I was tired, I was depressed and I didn’t care anymore. I had failed to keep the weight off.
Here I am back at where I started plus I had gained additional weight. Ugh! What do I do now? I had to find a different challenge, more motivation and in came my coach Amanda. She told me about her challenge group and that she thought I would do great with it. I felt completely defeated but I figured why not? So, I ordered the 21 Day Fix and joined her group. I lost weight and I lost inches.
What is the secret? Challenge/Accountability groups. It doesn’t matter what you call it. They are a great way to stay motivated, inspired and get the support that I desperately need. I learned about clean eating, I did mini fitness challenges, and I started doing some personal development. Crazy at this sounds it worked!
I am thankful for the ladies in my challenge groups.  I help them and they help me.  It is a win win for all of us.  Send me a message or comment below for more info about my groups and if they might be a good fit for you as well.
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Are You Struggling?

Are you struggling with what to eat? Let’s be real for a moment.  I know a lot of people and I mean a lot, who say they exercise every day but they can’t figure out why they haven’t started toning up.  They still have their belly flab.  I will admit that I was just like them.

So, now my first question to them is what are you eating?  It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter what you are doing for workouts, if you are not watching what you put in your mouth, you will not see the results that you want to see.

Just because you (or me), workout hard and are sweating like you just stepped out of the shower, doesn’t mean that you get to have a giant piece of chocolate cake.  Do you really think you will get trim and toned that way?  No!

So, what do I have to do?  I work out hard every day.  That doesn’t mean going for a leisurely stroll, that means breaking a sweat, getting your heart rate up.  Ok?  Check.  Next step, I log.  I log everything that I do,  I log everything that I eat and I log everything that I drink.  Drink?  Yes, drink!  Drinks can be a downfall if you are not careful.  Just because something says it is a diet soda does not mean it is good for you.

Ok, so maybe you are not sure what is good for you and what is not.  Let’s face it, there have been a lot of fad diets saying no carbs, no fat, tons of protein, eat all the bacon you want etc.

Send me a message and let’s talk.  I spent so much time struggling with my nutrition that it boggles the mind. Now, I have simplified it and between my logging, meal plans and prep, plus my containers, life is much easier for me.  I am starting to get the lasting results that I want, and all because I changed how I viewed what was in my kitchen and my workouts.

Thank you so much for the support and your interest in this blog!  If you haven’t already please make sure to check out Darlene Caron Fitness where you can find more recipes, fitness tips, motivation and information on upcoming Health and Fitness Challenge groups that I offer.

Make sure to check back often as I will be adding more of my favorite recipes daily.

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Emotional Eating and Still Lost 24.5 inches

A little over two years ago I started this crazy journey.  I can say that there have been some rough times but for the most part I have truly enjoyed it.

I wanted to share this to show that the scale isn’t always my friend.  I am an emotional eater and the last months have been hard on my body lol.


Last June, my youngest son graduated from high school and signed up to join the US Army. We are very proud of him, but needless to say we still worry.  In October, my husband and I went to Ft Benning Georgia with my daughter and my son’s girlfriend to watch him graduate BCT (basic combat training).  We enjoyed the time that we were able to spend with him but it was too short.

I kept telling myself that I was on vacation so I would eat what I wanted to with my family.  After all, this was the first vacation I had gone on with my husband since 1990!  I kept telling myself that I would hit it hard when I got home. That didn’t happen.

Before we had left I had been having some medical issues. At the end of October I was told that I would need to see a specialist for my carpal tunnel and ulna nerve damage in both wrists.  I was also told that another specialist would need to be seen because I have a pelvic organ prolapse.  Needless to say I have been stressed and very worried about working out with the organ prolapse.  The only thing that I hit hard was the food.    I ate ALOT of my stress and gained back some of my weight.

I have since then decided that I would not be a victim of my circumstances.  I am scheduled for my first surgery on December 20th.  I could continue to stress over it, but I am counting my blessings instead.  My son is coming home from Ft Sam Houston in Texas for his HBL for two weeks.  We pick him up at the airport on December 21st.  So I will be on a short term leave from work at the same time he will be home.  WIN WIN!
The point of this is to say that even though I have gained back some weight, I have still lost 24.5 inches.  My clothes are smaller and fit much better in the waist.  I would think that anyone could see the difference from my very first photo and now today’s.

The moral of the story.  Don’t think that the scale is your friend, because usually it isn’t.  If you are like me and step on it almost every day, then you can get upset about what your so called bestie has to say. For me this causes a vicious cycle where I get upset that I am gaining weight and eat more >>>convince myself to get off my lazy butt and get busy working out>>>lose weight>>>feel happy and proud of myself>>>something stresses me out, like jumping on the scale or life happens>>>then I eat again.  Like I said a vicious cycle.

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I have found that stepping on the scale is an emotional roller coaster for me, and let me just say that when you eat your emotions, well that is one roller coaster ride I don’t want to get on.  Instead, I take photos, I take measurements and I log everything.  This is how I keep track of my journey.  AND when I do get discouraged I just take a look at my before and now photos and I keep going.

If you are starting your journey or are even in the middle of one, then I URGE you to take photos ( you DON’T have to post them on FB, you don’t have to share them with anyone but yourself) and also take your measurements.  If your not sure how to take them, message me, I can walk you through it or even send a video.  I am more than willing to help.

You won’t regret using measurements and photos to measure your progress, I can promise you that.

Need help or just want to chat, send me a message. 🙂

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