These Jeans have a Story…

These jeans have a story!
…let yours tell one, too!
{details at the end of this post}

jeans story

These jeans are one of my favorite pairs from college. I wore them long past graduation and they still fit nicely in the summer of 2013.

That August was the first time since high school I decided it was time to take control and feel comfortable in my own skin. I joined one of these “online accountability groups” I’m now always talking about, stuck to my 3 month home workout program called “ChaLEAN Extreme,” and lost 11 inches total and 5% body fat.

Sometime during that 3 month transition, my husband proclaimed that we were going pants shopping because my jeans were too big and I needed to stop walking around with a “saggy ass” (…now that’s love!). You can guess where most of that 11 inches came from…….

Fast forward a couple years, and cue baby Nora…!

Last month while I was visiting my parents, I found these old jeans. I thought I’d try them on just “to see” if they fit. Somehow I squeezed them over my butt and managed to barely button them…muffin top and all. Yup! That’s real life.

It was a little discouraging that these same “saggy ass” jeans were now barely buttonable, but I’d just had a baby so I decided to cut myself some slack, stop sulking, and set a goal.

Three weeks ago, when I got back home, I hosted one of those same “online accountability groups” with an absolutely remarkable group of challengers and chose 21 Day Fix as my weapon. The “21 Day Fix” is a Fitness program made up of 30 minute home workouts & a top of the line nutrition program (where you really get to EAT! A LOT). Yesterday was our final day; I took measurements and THIS photo this morning.

Look at these jeans now! That’s what I call a “non-scale victory!”

I’ve been wearing these jeans the last three weeks, noticing that they’re “getting bigger” but it wasn’t until I SAW with my own eyes the number on my tape measurer….I lost 5 inches overall; 2 of which were in my waist!

What a change from that muffin top in just 3 weeks!

Here’s the best part: my results “could have” been even better.
This is me being transparent…
✔️I missed two workouts.
✔️I strayed from the nutrition plan a time or two each week and guiltlessly celebrated birthdays or cheered on the Packers.

…and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Here’s WHY-

This program isn’t a “diet” but a lifestyle change. To me, “diets” have strict rules, focus on what you CAN’T do, and have hard start/stop dates without any of your new habits carrying over into your actual life. This program, on the other hand, helps facilitate a new way of taking care of yourself with exercise and healthy food long after those 21 Days are over. You better believe I will always promote a program that allows you to have a “real life” too.

College jeans: conquered.
Next up: pre-pregnancy jeans.

The 21 Day Fix program is on sale for 6 more days for only $10. Send me an email (alischroeder.fit@gmail.com) if you want to see a REAL, healthy change like I did!

I’d love to hear YOUR story and get you started on conquering your goals.

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Dark Chocolate Banana Bites

A friend introduced me to these sweet treats and now it’s my turn to pass them along!

They’re a healthy snack… easy to pop on the go!
My husband loves a few of them just before he works out; I like to have one (or two!) after I feed the baby.
Plus, this sweat treat is KID APPROVED. No dairy or eggs, either 🙂

The ingredients are simple:
✔️bananas
✔️nut butter (I used almond butter)
✔️unsweetened applesauce
✔️vanilla
✔️cinnamon
✔️nutmeg
✔️ground clove
✔️old fashioned oats
✔️dark chocolate chips

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First thing’s first- mash the bananas with a potato masher…

 

Add all ingredients except the chocolate chips & oats:

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Mix with a hand mixer until batter is smooth.

Fold in your chocolate chips and oats: photo 5-3

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, scoop a round tablespoon onto the sheet, and pop in the oven at 350 degrees:
25 minutes for extra gooey
30 minutes for soft & chewy

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Remove and Enjoy!

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Full Recipe: makes 18-24 bites
Ingredients
2 ripe bananas
1/2c nut butter
2/3c unsweetened applesauce
1tsp vanilla
1/2tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
dash of ground cloves
1/4c dark chocolate chips
1 1/2c old fashioned oats

Directions
+preheat oven to 350
+line a baking sheet with parchment paper & set aside
+mash bananas in bowl
+add nut butter, applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, & cloves and mix with hand mixer until well blended
+fold in oats & chocolate chips
+spoon round tbsp of mixture onto cookie sheet, leaving an inch or two between (flatten slightly if you wish)

+Bake for 25 minutes & allow to cool slightly
>>> 25 minutes extra gooey
>>> 30 minutes soft & chewy

5 Halloween Candy Shakeology Recipes

Enjoy the taste of Halloween without cancelling out all your progress!

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Enjoy these 5 Candy Bar Recipes this Halloween!
Snickers
1 scoop chocolate (or vegan chocolate) Shakeology
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp PB2 (or nut butter)
2 tbsp slivered almonds or walnuts (or 1/4 tsp almond extract)
1 tbsp sugar free caramel syrup (or 1/4 tsp caramel extract)
Add ice & blend!

Almond Joy
1 scoop chocolate (or vegan chocolate) Shakeology
1 cup coconut milk
3ish tsp coconut flakes
1 tbsp slivered almonds
Add ice & blend!

York Peppermint Pattie
1 scoop chocolate (or vegan chocolate) Shakeology
1/3 cup water
2/3 cup almond milk
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
Add ice & blend!

Butterfinger
1 scoop chocolate (or vegan chocolate) Shakeology
1 cup almond milk
1 1/2 tbsp butterscotch pudding mix
1 1/2 tbsp PB2 (or nut butter)
Add ice & blend!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
1 scoop chocolate (or vegan chocolate) Shakeology
1/3 cup water
2/3 cup almond milk
2 tbsp PB2 (or nut butter)
Add ice & blend!

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend using pudding mix on a daily basis, but it’s Halloween! Indulge a little without feeling guilty!