Easy, Healthy (DELICIOUS) Pumpkin Squash Soup Recipe

Pumpkin Squash Soup Recipe AmandaPlazek.com

 

I recently went to Panera Bread and had their squash soup. Now, I should mention that I’m not a squash type of person. Spaghetti squash creeps me out. The texture is…strange.

But I guess I hadn’t tried any other type of squash soup before, because this blew my mind!

 

On top of that, this recipe is incredibly cheap to make. Squash, when in season, is under $2 in my area. Combined with a $1 can of pumpkin and a $2.50 quart of vegetable broth, you have an immense amount of soup with very little money spent.

 

And so I give you….an incredibly healthy and cheap pumpkin squash soup recipe. (adapted from Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen)

My coconut oil for roasting the squash in the oven. I love this La Tourangelle brand- it's such a pliable, almost "fluffy" coconut oil.

My coconut oil for roasting the squash in the oven. I love this La Tourangelle brand- it’s such a pliable, almost “fluffy” coconut oil.

The squash is oiled and ready to be roasted!

The squash is oiled and ready to be roasted!

 

The soup is done and ready to be eaten! It's smooth and creamy and really healthy for you.

The soup is done and ready to be eaten! It’s smooth and creamy and really healthy for you.

 

Ingredients: 

1 whole squash, diced

1 can pureed pumpkin

3-4 cups vegetable broth (depending upon how thick you want it to be!)

1/2 cup almond milk (or….1/2 cup of heavy cream, which adds some richness! It’s also what I had in my fridge)

1 1/2 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp curry powder (I use mild curry powder)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp grounded black pepper

 

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Remove skin of squash; cut squash into about 1-inch cubes.
  • Place on foil-lined pan and drizzle with oil. Make sure all squash pieces are covered!
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes in the oven until they are easily smashed with a fork.
  • Pour cooked squash pieces into a quart-sized sauce pot; smash with a potato smasher.
  • Add pumpkin, vegetable broth, and milk; blend using a hand immersion blender. (Seriously one of the best wedding gifts we received!)
  • Put pot on stove, cook at medium low, adding honey and spices. Cook for 15 minutes or so until the soup is bubbling warm.
  • Serve and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Will you be making this pumpkin squash soup recipe? Share it with your friends and spread the healthy around!

 

In peace & health,

Amanda



8 Ways to Eat Healthy On A Budget (Yes, you can ACTUALLY save money this way)

I’ve been (mostly) eating healthy for about 3 years now, and I have to tell you, I get where you’re coming from.

Healthier eating, at first, SEEMS more expensive than when I used to just buy 3 Lean Cuisines at the grocery store and call them lunches.

But I knew that if I wanted to stick with this “healthy eating” thing on a musician’s salary, I would have to learn some tricks to keep the cost low and the food nutrition high.

 

 

And so, after 3 years of continued trial and error, here are some of the things that I’ve learned to eat on a budget and nutritiously.

 

Let’s break it down:

Our total budget for food, per month, is $600/month, including Shakeology for both of us.

If we were to do the math…..

$600 / 4 weeks = $150/week;
$150 / 7 days = $21.42/day;
$21.42 / 4 meals = $5.35 per meal;
$5.35 / 2 people = $2.67 per meal.

We eat healthily for under $3 per meal. And that includes Shakeology.

 

How do we do it? Here are some tips for you to follow, you money-savvy reader, you. 😉

 

1) We don’t buy much junk. Greg’s vice is ice cream, mine is chips. We may buy one container of that, every other week. But other than that, we really try and keep it to that.
2) We use everything that we buy. Example: we don’t buy many fruits because we’ve found we don’t eat them before they go bad. We only buy apples now. We also buy frozen fruits so that they don’t go bad as quickly and we can blend them into our Shakeology. Our pantry is pretty sparse because we use 90% of what we buy each week.
3) We buy frozen broccoli and fresh spinach. Those are our two EASY, quick veggies. Again, we don’t buy tooooo many other veggies on a regular basis because we tend to forget about them when we are exhausted and don’t want to make food. I buy frozen broccoli for $1 per package, which gives us enough veggies for our dinner meal.
4) We don’t eat out that often. (this is the big one.) We probably get pizza once a month (which is a struggle for me, hahahahahah), but lately we’ve tended to buy nicer meats (i.e. pork tenderloin) instead of going out to eat. It still saves money and is healthier.
OH! We also get restaurant gift cards for our birthdays/Christmas, so we save them for going out about once-twice/month. (So you can ask for restaurant gift cards to your favorite places for Christmas!)

 

5) We don’t drink lattes. Seriously, though. We don’t go to Starbucks or our local bistro for a quick frothy coffee drink, which easily saves us $4-5 per day, per person. Think about it: That $4-5/day could EASILY be the cost of our lunch or dinner!

 

6) We drink Shakeology. I know, I know, I’ve already mentioned this one.
Now, this might seem like something to break the budget, as Shakeology is a pretty penny to buy. But Shakeology actually saves us money in the long run. As someone with SIX part-time jobs (yes, you read that right, SIX), I essentially live out of my car on many days of the week. There have been times when I was driving from one job to the next and had NOTHING to eat in my car except an old bag of stale almonds, and my Shakeology. But Shakeology gives me a nutrient-dense meal at a stoplight, eliminating me from grabbing Panera (which is EASILY $9 for a soup and salad) or something unhealthy like Wendy’s (which would still be around $5, making it more expensive than my Shakeology).

 

7) We buy in-season foods. I’m writing this in the fall, which means that sweet potatoes and squash are a GREAT buy right now. I got a 3-lb bag of sweet potatoes and a whole squash for .99 cents each! I actually made a DELICIOUS, pumpkin squash soup that only cost $2 to make and will give me and the hubby enough soup for at least 3 meals. (that’s insane)
So when it comes time for the blueberries to be out of season, I bid them adieu until the spring (unless they are frozen blueberries, see #2).

Just another delicious example of eating healthy!

Just another delicious example of eating healthy!

 

 

8) Keep. It. Simple. Honestly. You don’t need to buy all of your foods at a fancy Whole Foods Market store. You simply need the foods that will serve you and your loved ones, nothing more. It took a lot of self-discipline to get to where we are today (in terms of not eating out as much, etc.) but it’s made our budgeting easier.

 

 

 

And so, I ask you: What’s in your cart? How do you work to keep things budget-conscious? How do you save money with healthy eating? Or more importantly….do you struggle with eating healthy and want help? Please contact me and I would be happy to set up a free consultation with you!

 

In peace & health,

Amanda

 



Recipe Time! Cinnamon Pumpkin Oats Recipe

I love comfort food. There’s something so warming and wonderful about the mixture of creamy oats, cinnamon, pumpkin, and all sorts of goodies together into one little breakfast package.

 

And voila! I give you….a easy, nutritious recipe for cinnamon pumpkin oats. Enjoy!

 

AmandaPlazek.com Cinnamon Pumpkin Oats Recipe

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup pureed pumpkin (I used canned, I’m lazy)
1 tsp cinnamon

Optional (your pick!):
-1 tsp stevia
-a handful of raisins/craisins
-walnuts/pecans

DIRECTIONS:
*Heat 1 cup water until it boils.
*Add 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats. Stir while cooking for 5 minutes. *Add pureed pumpkin and cinnamon; stir to combine.
*Add whatever you like next! Stevia, nuts, raisins..the choice is yours.

Enjoy!

 

Do you know someone who would like this pumpkin oats recipe? Share it with them!



Beat That Cold! What to Drink for Cold & Flu Season

Beat that Cold! Easy Natural Remedies at AmandaPlazek.com

 

I can’t believe I’m writing this article. 3 years ago I would have rolled my eyes at the homeopathic/natural things that I do to keep myself healthy and breathe easier, but I’m definitely a new person now.

 

 

It’s getting colder outside, which means cold & flu season is upon us. Since I work 6 different jobs, getting an illness can really throw my entire schedule out of whack. For this reason, I drink several different things to keep my body moving and in tip-top shape. Here we go!

 

  1. Water. Water. Water. Water. This is such a basic element but is so crucial. It filters your body and keeps it fighting germs. I aim for at least half of my body weight, in ounces, each day. (Example: 200 pounds = 100 ounces of water/day)
  2. Shakeology. This superfood shake has kept me healthy for 3 years, and I don’t know what I’d do without it. For more info on my secret weapon, check out my other blog entries or contact me. I can get you set up with my “secret weapon” too! 
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar. Ah, yes, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. This stuff tastes awful but works like an absolute charm on a sore throat. Its natural properties kill the bacteria in your throat/body, making it a cold-buster for sure. I drink 2 tsps-2 tbsps in a big glass of filtered water, OR I drink the same amount in hot water with lemon and honey.
  4. Raw kombucha tea. I have been stocking these in my fridge for awhile now, since probiotics are so good for you (and most of your immune system is in your gut- did you know that?). After mistakenly drinking an entire 16 ounce bottle in one fell swoop (….don’t do that), I tend to drink about 4 ounces/day. I do buy it at the store, but a $3 bottle of the stuff lasts me for 3 days, so I am okay with it.
  5. Green Tea. So simple, yet so effective. When cold & flu season hits, I try to drink at least a cup of this per day.

 

 

And lastly…I eat as much natural food as I can. Meats, beans, veggies, fruits, you name it. I work on eliminating all unnatural sugars (i.e. candy) from my eating routine, as that doesn’t help your immune system. My staples are raw spinach, kale, and apples for sure.

 

 

What do you do to stay healthy during cold and flu season? Are there any suggestions that I missed?

 

Share this blog entry with anyone that could use some cold and flu season tips too!

 

 

In peace & health,

Amanda



These are a few of my favorite recipes…. [Shakeology, that is!]

I’ve been drinking Shakeology almost every day for 3 years now, and I can easily say it’s the first thing that put me on track for a healthier lifestyle. It gave me the energy I needed to finally work out and eat healthier.

 

On top of that, I’ll forever sing its praises after what it did for me in my jaw surgery recovery. It was nothing short of miraculous. 

 

 

I’ve decided to compile some of my favorite Shakeology recipes for your tasty reference! Every recipe is gluten-free and typically uses ingredients already found in your pantry.

 

Shakeology Recipes for Every Flavor

 

NOTE: All of these recipes should be blended (…in a blender. Just for clarification.) You don’t need a fancy schmancy one- just one that turns off and on. Here we go! 

 

Chocolate Shakeology (can be Regular or Vegan Shakeology) 

The Reese’s Cup

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 tbsp peanut butter
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!

 

The Mocha Frapp(ucino)

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 3/4 cup cooled coffee
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!

 

The Chocolate Sundae

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy! (It also tastes like a chocolate covered strawberry)

 

“The Elvis Delight”

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp peanut butter
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy! 

 

 

Strawberry Shakeology (can be Regular or Tropical Strawberry Vegan Shakeology) 

 

The Strawberry Banana Bliss

  • 1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ice
  • blend
  • enjoy!

 

The Double Berry Boom!

  • 1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup raspberries (frozen or fresh)
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!

 

The Tropical Paradise

  • 1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
  • 3/4-1 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy (preferably with a paper umbrella in it)

 

 

Vanilla Shakeology

 

Amanda’s Ultimate Favorite: the “Banana Bread” Shake!

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!

 

The Orange Creamsicle Dream

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • optional: 1 banana (for creamier texture!)
  • optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Pie Shakeology

  • 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • optional: a handful of pecans (yes, blended in it- it adds a nutty flavor!)
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!

 

Greenberry Shakeology 

 

Fruity Pebbles Galore!

  • 1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!

 

Tropical Greenberry Island

  • 1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology
  • 3/4 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!

 

 

 

Tips:

  • If you want an even creamier texture, you can do 1 full cup of milk instead of 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water. I just like it half and half! (Not the creamer, that is….)
  • If you need to bulk up your shake with even more protein, try adding plain Greek yogurt to the mix.
  • Lastly, if you want to make it even more ridiculously healthy, try two things:
    1. Adding a Shakeology Boost to your shake, or
    2. add raw kale or spinach to your drink. Kale will make it taste different, but spinach will not.

 

 

Need more help? Reach out to me at info@amandaplazek.com and I can help you find the best mix for your personality!

 

 

Do you have any favorite Shakeology recipes that are tried and true in your household? Do you know someone who could get some Shakeology recipe ideas from this blog entry? Share it with them!

 

In peace & health,

Amanda



Product Review: Beachbody Performance Hydrate

Over the summer, the Beachbody company (known for P90X, Insanity, the 21 Day Fix) released their own line of supplements for athletic performance. Let me preface by saying that I am not a supplement type of person. This doesn’t come naturally to me. The only “supplement”, per se, is my nutrient-dense superfood drink, Shakeology. Otherwise, I keep it simple!

 

But I decided to try some of the new Beachbody Performance line to see how they helped me (or if they did nothing).

 

Today I am going to share my experiences with the Beachbody Performance: Hydrate supplement.

Source: beachbody.com

Source: beachbody.com

The Hydrate supplement is meant to help people recover the electrolytes lost during peak performance in exercise. You may immediately think, “why not drink Gatorade? That’s supposed to do the same thing.” Yes and no. Gatorade is made from many more ingredients, including TONS of sugar and artificial colors and flavorings. (One 24-ounce bottle can have up to 40+ grams of sugar in it!)

 

I was interested in the Beachbody Performance Hydrate because each serving has 9 grams of sugar (only 3 grams more than my plain Greek yogurt). As someone who has hypoglycemic issues, I really appreciated the much lower sugar option (not to mention the more natural side of things, too!). This Hydrate made from natural sugars (beet sugar, stevia) to keep it lower-sugar but still natural. Excellent!

 

I began to take 1-2 scoops with me as I taught group fitness classes, especially the more tiring ones (P90X). I immediately liked how light the citrus flavor is! It’s NOT overwhelmingly sugary in taste. I drink about half of my liquid during my workout and then the rest immediately after I’m done, simply because I’m teaching and don’t have much time to drink water.

 

I’ve noticed that I feel less drained by the end of my workout and feel great, even at the end of the day. My husband (who does Body Beast, a weight lifting program) didn’t feel much of a difference, but as a group fitness instructor who talks throughout her class, my throat gets dry. I get more dehydrated than many. I like the added boost!

 

Overall review:

A canister of Beachbody Performance Hydrate lasts me 2-3 months, which is great. More bang for my buck!

The taste is light, but the color is bright yellow. (No changing to taste, though!)

Overall, I like it for really tough workouts. It gives me extra hydration and have noticed less fatigue.

4.5/5

 

Have you considered Beachbody Performance supplements?

Did this Beachbody Performance Hydrate review help you? Share it with others!

 

Do you want to give Hydrate (or any other Beachbody Performance supplement) a try? Reach out to me at info@amandaplazek.com and we can get you started!

 

In peace & health,

Amanda & the fit family

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My Big Announcement: Europe 2016!

Today I’m thrilled to make a big announcement! I share this absolutely not to brag, but to inspire others to DREAM BIG too.
I hope it speaks to your heart, your dreams, and your future.

I LOVE to travel. Long before I heard of Beachbody, God gave me the opportunity to travel to Germany to see Pope Benedict XVI, with a trip that can only be described as life-changing.

I’ve been blessed to see churches of the world and play church organs in famous cathedrals.

But our lives are changing. Our financial landscape is shifting towards the future: our wedding, our debt-free goals, our future home….the list goes on.

And while these goals are wonderful and bring new adventures, they don’t leave as much room for travel as I had hoped.

But one of the things I love about my husband is that he loves to travel as much as I do. So when we were making our vision board for 2015 (yes, that’s a thing we do), I put “Europe Trip” on there….and see if God was willing to bring it into our life.

And so, with an overflowing, grateful heart, I’m excited to share that my husband and I are taking a fully-paid trip to Belgium, France AND Switzerland this spring!!

On top of that, it is 100% being paid by our Beachbody coaching business income!!

I can honestly say that we wouldn’t be able to take this trip without it.

We’ve worked tirelessly to build our business, and now the seeds of our dreams are growing and blessing us beyond what I had originally imagined.

I don’t know how I got so blessed that I get to breathe self-love and positivity into women’s lives, and get paid for it. It’s overwhelmingly wonderful.

I didn’t know if this would happen.
I doubt my dreams sometimes too.
But I’ve learned that the only limitations on our dreams are the ones we place on ourselves.

And so, I say to you: if something tugs at your heart, give it a try.
Go after it.

Dream, grow and GO towards what you want.

No one else will do it for you!

 

Amandaplazek.com is headed to Europe!

 

PS. what are your dreams? Is coaching something that you’ve been considering? reach out to me at info@amandaplazek.com and let’s talk!

 

 

[Disclaimer: Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill!]



What Is the 21 Day Fix?

Lately a lot of people have been asking me about what this craze, the “21 Day Fix”, is all about.

21df pic_10-20-15

 

 

As you might have read before, I was the first person to be skeptical about it. I mean, you put your food in these teeny-looking containers! I am not about depriving yourself, and that’s exactly what this looked like.

 

THESE containers? no way, Jose. They are too small! Right?...

THESE containers? no way, Jose. They are too small! Right?…

 

 

But I learned that the 21 Day Fix caters to who you are: Man, woman; office worker to dance instructor; already healthy and fit to starting on their “Day 1” of their healthy journey….whatever it is, the 21 Day Fix customizes to you.

 

On top of that, the containers are portion control assistance, giving you multiple containers of each color per day. As a matter of fact, you eat a LOT on the 21 Day Fix plan. I know it doesn’t look like it, but it’s true!

 

Overall, the nutrition plan of the 21 Day Fix is to feed your body with the right combination of fruits, vegetables, protein, and healthy fats (yes, that is a thing!). Spoiler alert: this isn’t the keto diet, this isn’t Atkins….this is normal and human. It even allots for wine and chocolate (hallelujah)!

 

The other half of the 21 Day Fix are these 30-minute workouts that you do with minimal-to-no equipment, from home. Again, I was a skeptic. (What in the world was wrong with me? haha) As being someone who had been working out for awhile, I didn’t think that the 21 Day Fix would be challenging enough for me. Autumn Calabrese, the pillow-mint-sized trainer that tells you to jump higher and run faster, didn’t seem like too much of a threat for my already-trained-body. Right?

 

WRONG.  big time!

Autumn Calabrese. Who knew 30 minutes could be so tough.

Autumn Calabrese. Who knew 30 minutes could be so tough.

 

Each day has a different style of exercise, from lower body to cardio to pilates to yoga. Your body keeps guessing (i.e. “muscle confusion”), which results in a more efficient metabolism overall.

 

So with the nutrition plan and exercise calendar, your body is getting a 1-2 punch of nourishment. You may be sore at first, but by the end, you’ll be much stronger. What you’re doing is feeding your body the nutrition it needs, with exercise moves to develop muscle and burn the high-octane fuel you’re feeding it.

 

 

 

 

In a nutshell, that’s it!

Does the 21 Day Fix sound like something you’d be interested in? How did my 21 Day Fix review help you?

Reach out to me and I’d love to help get you started!

 

Have a healthy week, everyone!

In peace & health,

Amanda & the Fit Family

 

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Can Fitting in Fitness Be Fun?!

When people say “I’m really busy”, I struggle with finding too much sympathy for them. What I really hear underneath the surface is “I just don’t make it a priority.” Now, I don’t say this as a blanket statement for everyone, as I know that people have exceptionally difficult points in their lives, but I know that it’s very easy to continue on the excuse train for longer than we may admit.

I currently work six part-time jobs and still fit in time to work out and be a fitness coach. Is it time-consuming? Absolutely. Does it make me insanely busy and obsessive about keeping my day planner next to me at all times? Why yes, it does.

Is it fun?
yes!
I have found that when I make my health a priority, a lot of other things fall into line. For example, I worked out with my husband last Saturday morning. He wanted to do Body Beast Cardio and I wanted to do P90X. We figured out that, instead of killing 45 minutes watching television on a Saturday morning, we worked really hard and had an incredible amount of energy for our day! I showered and immediately went straight to work. Was I busy on Saturday? Yes. Did I work out? Yes. Did it make me feel better? Yes!!

How could fitting in fitness be fun, you ask?
1. Find your fitness soulmate. If you don’t like running, don’t run! If you don’t like to lift weights so much, then don’t lift weights. If you like to feel like you’re dancing the whole time, then dance the weight off! Do whatever you will want to do almost every single day, and don’t settle for anything less. This is the most important thing. Find something that you like to do!

2. Find a way to commit. Do you like to work out with another person? Then make sure you have that person know your goals for accountability and support. Do you like to jump around in your living room alone? Then make sure you set a calendar alert on your cell phone and stick to it. Does your fitness program come with a schedule for a variety of workouts? Stick to that calendar 100%.

3. Don’t quit on yourself. Just because you’re out of shape doesn’t mean it will always be this difficult. The hardest thing to do is to establish new habits that counteract habits you have subconsciously maintained for years. You must push play on that DVD player every single day and do not quit on the process!

4. Celebrate the victory! REAL healthy habits equal REAL RESULTS! This isn’t rocket science! I’m not trying to sell you some get-thin-quick program. This is a lifestyle change that will continue to reward you! Imagine not being concerned about how you will fit into your winter clothes. Imagine knowing already that your bathing suit will fit just as it did last year.Could you put a price tag on that feeling? Investing in a fitness program that works for 100% of you is like investing in your future. It really is. You are investing in your health, which will mean a healthier, happier, longer life with the people you love. Can you put a price tag on that?

5. Do it today. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. Just go run around the block. Buy that fitness program that you saw on a Sunday morning infomercial. Just start for yourself.

And on that note, I must go press play and jump around in my living room. 🙂 Go out there and make this fun!

Just start! amandaplazek.com


3 Years Healthier: A Letter to My Former Self

3 years of being healthy

 

 

Dear Amanda,

Today you are 3 years healthier.

You decided, on October 1, 2012, that you would finally make a change. “Everyone has a ‘Day 1’,” you said. “Today will be mine.”

 

It’s been 3 years, and you’ve learned a lot.

 

You learned that 2 Lean Cuisines do not make a healthy lunch.

You learned that running on the treadmill, day in and day out, is boring and does not automatically mean “fit” and “healthy”‘.

 

You’ve tried different things, attended different fitness classes, and have gone out of your comfort zone so many times,  I’ve lost count. But you’ve found things that you like to do, and you’ve stuck with them.

 

You are a group fitness instructor now! People love to attend your classes, and you do fitness that’s actually fun. (Yeah, that can actually happen!)

 

amanda plazek, group fitness instructor

 

 

You work with people across the United States and Canada. You help them find self-love and motivation to make a change, from their own kitchens and living rooms. You’ve taught others that you can get in shape with just 30 minutes/day, in your own home. And that’s pretty cool. 🙂

 

You have made so many new, positive friends. They encourage you and want you to become the finest, most amazing version of yourself that you can be. They are your coaches and challengers.

 

I love our team!

I love our team!

group pic post super workout with watermark_jul 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sure, there were times when you didn’t stay on the wagon. so what? The old “you” would have quit and never tried again.

 

But you’re better than that now.

You’re stronger than that now.

 

I can’t tell you how many days or weeks you’ve added to your life because of your work over these past 3 years, but I can tell you already that your quality of life is higher, finer, and happier.

 

 

Don’t stop being the sarcastic, hard-working, motivating leader that you are.

Keep shining bright for others.

 

In peace & health,

you