Wednesday, November 21, 2012

So thankful that "Thankful" isn't a good enough word!

man oh man.... 'thankful' is an understatement!! What am I thankful for?? This may be a long blog...

My God. I would be nothing without His unconditional love and guidance.

My guardian angel - my daddy. *sigh* Enough words can't be spoken about how much I miss that man. My first love.

My mother. My everything. Everything that I am I owe to her.

Elliana - my life and my breath. My daily reason for living. My heart and my soul.

Nick. My rock. My strength. My love. He makes my heart beat out of my chest. Aside from my mother, I've never met anyone who has supported my every decision.

Lexi. My sister. My best friend. My ride or die. My confidant.

The super important women in my life: My step mom, my sister Savana, Mom-mom, MMQ, Tierra, Tamara, my mother in law, Nanny, Aunt Cissy, Aunt Sandy.

The super important men in my life: My stepdad, Bo-Pop, my father in law, Uncle Jeff, Poppy, Nathifa's daddy!

My Fans. I would not be Skinny Jeans Dreams without you all!

My fans, turned friends: Aarin, Janet, Nathifa, Frank, Ivette, Kimberly, the list goes on..

Diane Jackson - the first person to suggest I start a blog to begin with. The person who essentially made me "Skinny Jeans Dreams" and didn't take "no" for an answer when I said "I have nothing to say".

Nicole. The person I will take over the world with.

My home.
My nourishment.
The clothes on my back.
My faith.
A warm bed to sleep in.

Daniell - for not only being a friend but for convincing me that Beachbody was for me and opening a door of opportunity that I had been so afraid of.

An able body, despite my injuries and setbacks.

The internet. A place to share my journey and help so many others.

My way with words.

My willingness to share myself.

Work. Income.

My appreciation for life.


I am so beyond THANKFUL that "Thankful" isn't even a good enough word.

Wishing you all a VERY VERY Happy Thanksgiving!!!!! I don't have any words of advice on what you should or shouldn't eat or how you should act on  Thanksigiving. My word of advice is ENJOY YOUR LIFE. It's the only one you have!!! Accept that you are more than just this fitness journey. You have so much to offer the world. Health is SO important but not just in the physical form - mind, body, and soul.

Give yourself a hug from Skinny Jeans Dreams and send one to your family too.

I love you all.

Friday, November 16, 2012

My Room

One day....when I have lots of money....I'll have a house.

And in that house I'll have a room.

My room. 

I'm writing this blog as a dream and a future plan so I can look back when I get to where I want to be and say "I DID IT" .

The room will be all MINE. There will be a flat screen TV and racks of my workout DVD's. There will be my babies aka my SelectTech dumbbells, a treadmill, a weight bench, barbell, and other workout goodies....

But more important than just the workout gear, there will be my "space" where I can go to unwind, think, set new goals, plan, and pray.

The walls will be covered. I will draw on them with words and doodles that inspire me, post workouts, inspirational quotes, progress pictures of me as well as people who inspire me, self affirmations, and anything else that makes me happy.

One thing there WON'T BE is a scale. 

On the door to "my room" there will be a reminder that in this room, there is only positive energy allowed.

The words don't really describe how I picture it....but it will be great.

I'll post pics when I get there!!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What Is Shakeology??

This is not a sales pitch.

Since starting as a Beachbody coach, I have been asked by many of you "What is Shakeology" so I decided the best way to go about answering that is in a blog!

That's what the doctors have to say about it.

Here's how it's working for me: 

I have been drinking Shakeology for a few weeks now on a daily basis and do you know what I have NOT been drinking??? COFFEE. I haven't needed it... okay well that's a bit of a lie....I've been drinking decaf. (I can't help it...I love a hot beverage.) But the point is that I haven't needed the caffeine - I'm getting SO much energy from Shakeology.

Also, after two weeks of drinking it, I found myself  able to sleep ALL the way through the night, which I haven't done since I was pregnant......unfortunately we decided 2 nights ago to switch from the crib to the toddler bed for the peanut so I've lost the luxury of being able to enjoy a full night's sleep for a while but before that, those straight 8 hours were glorious!!

Before Shakeology I had not been a fan of meal replacement shakes, as I like to eat my points/calories but in the months before I decided to become a coach, I was looking for a way to boost my vitamins and minerals and make sure I'm getting everything I need to stay healthy this winter and year 'round - Especially as I am working to tone up and really get in tip top shape. Since I was asking so many questions about Shakeology and asking so many questions about coaching, it only made sense that I did both at the same time and I am definitely happy with both decisions!!

I have seen some pretty amazing side effects in the past few weeks and I am definitely looking forward to the long term effects of my daily milkshake! :) (I mix it in the blender with almond milk, a banana, PB2, and ice and it's literally like a chocolate peanut butter milk shake! )

Common questions: 
-How many PointsPlus? ANSWER: 3  PP for the chocolate (not 100% sure about all flavors but at most, 4)

-But does it keep you full? ANSWER: Abso-freakin-lutely! Especially when you mix it with some milk and ice

-What is the difference between this and other shakes? ANSWER: Shakeology is chockful of 70+ super foods, all natural, high quality ingredients - nothing processed! Most other meal replacement shakes have fructose or some other kind of processed ingredient (Not ALL....don't jump down my throat if you love another shake!)

-Can I afford it?

For that answer, I will share with you this:

The cost of Shakeology on autoship (you get free shipping) is $119.99. Plus tax, say around $126, for one month’s supply (1 serving a day for 30 days). Each shake comes out to about $4.20. The coach price* for Shakeology on autoship is $89.99 or around $96 total. Each serving comes out to $3.20.

**** If you are interested in learning more about the coaching opportunity, I am looking to build my team! Serious inquiries only can email me at*** 

Subjects in a 90-Day study lost an average of 10lbs when they replaced just one meal per day with Shakeology.

The cost of an average lunch at a restaurant or take-out: $6 to $9. Plus, even Subway sandwiches which are reputably low-cal average 460 to 560 calories. Shakeology has 140 calories, less than 1 gram of fat per serving, annnnnnd it is truly nutrient rich.

The cost of an average take out or restaurant dinner: $10 & up to be sure.

The cost of a home-cooked lunch or dinner: 6-8 ounces of chicken = $2.00 (and we are talking low-grade chicken), veggies= $1 (frozen veggies are really okay! hurray!) and 1 sweet potato = from .5 to $1.00. Total= about $3.4.

ANSWER: Probably!

I'm just wishing I made the jump sooner!

So that's about it...feel free to email me with any questions!! If you would like to check out the website, you can do so by clicking this link .

Love and hugs,

Monday, November 5, 2012

These Legs...

Happy Fabulously FIT 25th Birthday to me!!!

This morning I knew I would wake up....

I knew I would workout....

I knew I would most likely run....

What I didn't know was that I was about to break a personal record...

What I didn't know was that a long time goal was about to get crossed off the list!


I put on my favorite running pants...

Checked the weather....39 degrees.....I don't do weather that cold....

Treadmill it is.

Got on the treadmill...the legs felt fatigued from yesterday's workout...

Must do at least 2 miles....

By mile 3, the legs were cruising....I knew something was up....

3.1 ....5k....I still have more....

3.5mi - Damn cramp! Maybe I'll stop....slowed down....thought about it....caught my breath....

Kept going....

Decided I was going to break a personal record today....

Mile 4.....I made it this far, go for 5!

Mile 5 ...

What better day to cross something off your goal list than your BIRTHDAY??

November 5th, 2012...

I woke up. I laced up. I ran..........and I ran....and I ran.... and....

THESE LEGS ran their first 10K!!!!!!!!!
THESE LEGS ran for 65 minutes!!!!!!
On the same treadmill that they ran their first 30 seconds...
The same treadmill that they ran their first minute....
The same treadmill that they ran their first mile and held me up as I cried...
These legs that once carried a 250+ pound woman, ran 6.2 miles today and took me across my imaginary finish line to cross a BIG goal off my goal list!!! 
 I dont have a medal to show for it or an official chip time. Just a SMILE, SWEAT, and PRIDE!! 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Who wants to Skype with ME??

Soo tomorrow is my birthday and here's my birthday gift to you! Who wants to Skype with me???

30 minutes - ask me whatever you'd like, talk to me about whatever you want to talk to me about. I'm an open book and all yours for a half hour.

Here's how to enter to win: 

Come up with ONE thing you have learned from me since following my page, write it on a piece of paper (as creatively as you would like), snap a picture of yourself holding that piece of paper, email it to me!! You have until Tuesday to enter & I will choose a winner Wednesday!

NOTE: All entries will be placed in an album on the Skinny Jeans Dream Facebook page - Why? because I love you guys! That's why.

I may even pick two winners.

So hop to it!! I'm excited to talk to you!!



Friday, November 2, 2012

Fake It Till You Make It

"It took me a year to lose the weight physically and 10 years to lose it mentally" - an old WW leader

My mom told me that quote from her former Weight Watchers leader and it rings so true for so many! I have people ask me all the time "How do you see yourself differently? I still look in the mirror and see 'a fat person' . I just can't get my mind to catch up with my body" 

That is a sad truth for so many of us who have lost a lot of weight. While most days, I am able to look in the mirror and see the hard work that I have put in, there are still some days when I don't and the "Picking apart" that I do now is worse than when I was overweight. THANKFULLY, I talk to enough people about this issue all the time and I am conscious enough to realize I am doing what I'm doing and stop the behavior but it's not always easy.

The mind can be your own worst enemy or your own best friend. 

Example: This morning I woke up and I felt fine....then I started thinking about if I worked out yesterday (Answer: No) , the day before? No. Day before that? Nope. And all of a sudden my mind started mind decided that I shouldn't feel "Fine"...I should feel bad about myself... I must be on a downward spiral if I am okay with missing 3 days of workouts and eating pizza and wings...I must have given up....I'm gonna gain my weight back.

^ This is not ME thinking this....this is my messed up mind that still has "Old Krystle tendencies" to think I am not worthy enough...I'm not doing enough....being enough....

Thankfully, I was able to snap out of this mindset rather quickly because I have PRACTICED doing so. My positive, conscious mind was able to jump in there and *scccreeeeeeecchhh* stop those negative thoughts by replacing them with positive ones. --"You woke up in your bed this morning, you have had a rough week, you worked out 6 days the past 4 weeks....stop worrying about a couple missed're beautiful and strong and a couple "off days" doesn't change that...stop being critical and just love yourself!" 

The point is that I am not perfect.
The point is that this journey doesn't end when you reach goal and everything is peachy.
The point is that the physical part is easy. It's the mental part that is the challenge.
The point is that we have to be kind to ourselves!!

I was talking to my friend, Nicole, the other day and we were discussing how when couples go to theapy because they "Fell out of love", often the assignment is to pretend that they are in love and do things as if they were still in love and before you know it, that couple has fallen back in love with each other. In essence - FAKE IT 'TILL YOU MAKE IT.

The same goes for the "bad days" we all have....and we ALL have bad days.... if you don't have bad days, I would love to know your secret. But we can't let those bad days or moments define us. We have to step in there with are positive, conscious, loving minds and knock those negative thoughts out of the park.

This next statement is completely robbed from Nicole but the next time you are with a group of women who start talking about everything they don't like about themselves, start talking about what you DO like about yourself AND...what you like about your friends. Change the tone. Be the leader. It's practice for the days you will need that extra boost and nobody is around except YOU. 


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