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 ❤

Far From Perfect

My journey has been far from perfect. I tried just about every diet known and might lose a few pounds but then I gained it back. It has been quite an emotional roller coaster.

My heaviest weight was 235+, why the plus? Because I was so heavy that I stopped weighing myself but I know that I still had to buy clothes in a bigger size. The 235 was the last time I weighed myself. 😦

During the last 7 years I have gone from 235+ to 140. It wasn’t a matter of not knowing that I was eating the wrong food and I knew that I had to workout BUT I just couldn’t keep it off. I was a fat skinny gal. I would lose the weight BUT I did not change my way of thinking. Which of course made it the perfect opportunity for the weight to creep back on and I ALWAYS gained back everything I lost plus more.journey

And now I am happy to share that things are going in the direction that I want…finally. I have gained control over my emotional eating. I no longer take laxatives or make myself sick to lose weight. I also don’t bike 20 + miles, hours on a bike to lose a few ounces.

What’s changed? The way I think, the amount of healthy food I eat AND what I am doing for workouts. My workouts are no longer than 40 minutes tops. Mostly they are right around 30 minutes.

So if you ask me WHY I became a Beachbody coach this is a prime example. My roller coaster ride is over, my mindset has changed and now I know how to lose the weight, tone up AND keep it off. My life has definitely changed and I love to share my journey with others. Even those photos that used to be hidden away. Now I love to show them because they show how far I have come.

I have an accountability group starting on January 30th and I have a few spots left open. Comment below if you are ready to fill a spot and get your own journey started.

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Shakeology Super Food Spotlight ~ Cacao

After drinking Shakeology for two years, I am ashamed to admit that I had no idea what was in it.

When I first started drinking it, I had been told that it was good for me and it would be a game changer in my health journey. I was told it would help me lose weight, but that is just one benefit from drinking this amazing shake.
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So, I started drinking it. Yes, I saw the effects. I had more energy. My skin was softer. I didn’t have to take 8-10 stool softeners a day. My hair and nails were growing really fast. I wasn’t depressed anymore.

The benefits of drinking Shakeology are amazing to me and well worth the money I save each month to make sure I am NEVER without it! I decided I wanted to know more about the ingredients.
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This week’s Shakeology Ingredient Spotlight is Cacao. Normal cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols (the things that keep you young and healthy). A recent study suggested that between 60% and 90% of the original antioxidants in cacao are lost through common “Dutch processing”. (frombegoodorganics.com)


Some of the amazing health benefits are:
1- It has 40 times the antioxidants than blueberries. That’s truly amazing!

2- If you are on a plant based or vegan diet and looking for a great source of iron, than CACAO is for you! Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g. This compares to beef and lamb at 2.5mg, and spinach at 3.6mg. To get the full benefits of it, make sure to combine it with a vitamin C source.

3- Cacao is also one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in the Western world. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus.

4- Cacao has more calcium than cow’s milk. I would never have guessed this one. 🙂 It has 160mg per 100g vs only 125mg per 100ml of milk.cacoa6

5- Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression. A natural, healthy, delicious (and legal) way to get your happy buzz on.

Just 5 more reasons for me to drink my Shakeology every day.

I challenge you to get your hands on some raw organic cacao and add it to your life this week. Let me know how you add it. 🙂

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Thankfulness Instead of Negativity

I am trying to get rid of the negative energy that has been surrounding me this past month.  I figured that the best way to do that is to share something that I am thankful for.  Of course I am thankful for my daughter, but this post is about SO much more than that!thankful

I am thankful to Carl Daikeler and Beachbody today.  You have absolutely NO idea why and that is ok.  Let me explain.  Being a Beachbody coach is about changing lives right?  RIGHT!  I work with others on their physical transformations BUT there is a lot more to it than just the physical side.  We also work on mental transformations.  Changing how you feel about things, what you focus on.  Thankfully this is not just for my clients BUT for myself as well.

Beachbody has given Kaitlyn and me something to share besides being related.  We are BOTH coaches! ❤  Last year I was blessed that Kait and I were able to go to our FIRST Coach Summit in Nashville and we had an amazing time.  We were able to meet other coaches from our team, who have become closer than some family members.   I am having a great time bonding with her over something that I am very passionate about.  ❤ ❤ ❤

In 2016,once again, Kait and I  met in Nashville for ANOTHER coach summit and I was so excited!    We will worked out with Autumn Calabrese AGAIN and met up with a lot of other coaches!  It was such an amazing time.  I love being surrounded by all of the love and positive vibes from the other coaches.

Anyhow, long story trying to be short, thank you Beachbody and Carl  for not only giving me an outlet to help other women achieve their goals BUT for also giving me the opportunity to see my beautiful daughter and achieve my own goals.  This is our yearly visit and I just wanted to say thank you for making it happen.

I am so excited that this July we will be going to New Orleans!  I have never been there and it is going to be absolutely amazing.

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.
 You can also reach out to me by email at: darlenecaronfitness@gmail.com
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Nutpods To The Rescue?

“It is not hard.  Don’t you dare tell us this is hard.  Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.” – Melissa Hartwig

Ok so maybe it’s not hard but in my humble opinion, it is bitter and disgusting.  I have tried for 12 days to drink my coffee black and without any sweetener AND ALL I get is a bitter cup.  I was desperate one day and was able to gulp down a half a cup of joe before I had to call it quites.  Every other aspect of the Whole30 has not been an issue EXCEPT drinking my coffee black.  Which makes no sense because in December I went without coffee for 3 weeks with no issues.  So why am I craving it so much now? coffee-1

I have no idea!  But I do know that I have tried everything that my friends and I can think of to make it drinkable.  I have added salt…umm yeah …NO!  I have added baking soda…umm NO way!  I have added ghee…the oil spill on the top of my coffee was thoroughly disgusting…so No!  I have added coconut oil, coconut milk…no and NO!

Then I heard about this product called Nutpods which is Whole30 approved.  I figured it was my last shot and being able to drink coffee during this journey.  I looked in the stores close to my house, and when I say close I mean a half hour away.  They didn’t carry it.  I traveled to Super Saturday 2 hours away from my house and figured I would check the stores there.

Whole Foods and Trader Joes did not have it OR I just couldn’t find it.  Wow, Whole Foods is absolutely amazing and if you are the owner please note that we REALLY need one in Bangor Maine. I’ll be your first employee and customer!  Pretty please!!!! 🙂

So I had given up ALL hope of finding Nutpods.  I had even tried Amazon but they were out of stock.  UGH!  So imagine my surprise when I am shopping last night at the Natural Living Center in Bangor and find that EUREEKA!!!!  they have Nutpods.  I had three choices…original…french vanilla…and hazelnut.  Of couse, I immediately go for the coffeehazelnut to find that it is NOT Whole30 approved.  The coffee gods are against me. lol

BUT original and french vanilla are.  I bought both and even though it s 8 pm when I got home, I brewed a cup and I am happy to announce that YES, Virgina, I was able to drink a full cup of joe. 🙂  The Nutpods took the bitterness away and I thoroughly enjoyed my coffee while watching the Patriots playoff game.  Still no sweetener in it but it was enjoyable.  Actually, I think I will go have a cup now. 🙂

Enjoy your Sunday and if you do happen to try Nutpods let me know what you think. 🙂

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 accountability and support groups that I offer.

Sending strength, hope and love.

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Put On Your Oxygen Mask First

There have been many times that I have traveled with my children when they were younger. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the flight attendant go over the safety procedures and say make sure to put on your oxygen mask first. As a parent I have thought but what about my child?
Put on your oxygen mask first.
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This applies to other parts of our lives too. How many times have I agreed to help someone else, to add to my already busy day? Taking care of my parents, my children, my husband, my friends, putting in extra hours at work because of being short handed, putting in hours to help people that I have never met. Adding to my busy day.
The last person I help is myself, taking time for me, reading books to help me grow as a person, working out, eating healthy, getting enough sleep.
Put on you oxygen mask first.
If I don’t take care of me first then I can get sick and exhausted then how am I going to take care of others?
It is time to make me a priority. It is time to put on my oxygen mask first. It is time to focus on me and my journey.
Then I can help others. 🙂
Are you looking for accountability, support and guidance to build routines to get results?
This is not a quick fix. This is all about building habits that will help you make the changes you want for life.
If you are looking for customized fitness and nutrition plans with me as your Beachbody Coach, then join my 30 day health and fitness challenge. I can hook you up with the All Access Beachbody On Demand, Country Heat, 21 Day Fix, Hammer and Chisel, Core De Force and tons of other programs.
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Happiness Is The Key

This year has been extremely shaky for me. I was letting other people tell me what I should and shouldn’t do to make me happy. I let them decide how I should proceed with my business to the point where it was taking the fun and happiness out of coaching.

People that I trust and love tried to tell me that coaching wasn’t for me, that Beachbody is a scam and that I should just give up and quit being a coach altogether. For a moment or two I will admit to thinking that maybe they were right.

Yesterday I went to the Maine Super Saturday with a fellow coach. When I first got there I was annoyed and wasn’t sure if I wanted to stay. I was struggling with feeling like a failure. I have been doing some searching within myself trying to figure out if it is worth it to continue with this. I have tried so hard to help so many but why did I feel like such a failure at this?

I was talking to a fellow coach and he gave me some very wise advice and I am so thankful. It gave me a lot to think about last night that’s for sure. Thank you Ryan Crocker. You were just what I needed yesterday and I appreciate your kind words.

I decided that he was right about a lot of things. I need to STOP letting other people take the happiness that I have found from being a Beachbody Coach away from me. I need to be in charge of my own happiness. Being a coach and helping other people with their journeys is exciting to me. I love meeting new people. I love going to events like Super Saturday and in July the Coach Summit in New Orleans.

BUT…one of the things I love MOST about being a coach is that I finally feel like I belong! The coaches that I talk with don’t judge me. They don’t call me a failure. They don’t tell me to quit. They give me support and inspiration to keep going.

This year is going to be about me. I am going to focus on my journey and see where it takes me. I am not going to focus on numbers or the different ranks in coaching. And if I am able to help others along the way, well all the better!

Success is NOT the key to happiness,
HAPPINESS is the key to success!

Sending strength, hope and love.

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