My Favorite Shakeology Recipe

It is no secret that I am not a fan of vegetables.  So when I was introduced to Shakeology by my coach Kim, I was skeptical.  I have tried multiple protein and vitamin shakes and every one of them had that chalky medicinal taste.  But she had an offer that I couldn’t refuse…buy Shakeology and I could get the 21 Day Fix for FREE! I was concerned about the price so my mother suggested that I look at home much money I was wasting in other areas.  I was shocked! I was spending over $97 a month just on breakfast!  When I added in soda it was well over the cost of my Shakeology.

To further help with the cost I signed up to be a Discount Coach which saved me $200/year! After realizing that I could actually help people while helping myself I decided to coach as well.  You can see the story of my beginning here.

So, needless to say,  I jumped at the opportunity and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have such a strong support system and so many people that I rely on to keep me accountable.  My only goal with this business is to transform myself into the person I was meant to be and help others do the same.

So back to Shakeology.  Of course you can just mix it with water but I doubt you like the result (especially at first).  My favorite recipe is what I call Cinna-coco.  I feels like I am cheating every morning for breakfast. It also makes a great post-workout drink because of the protein and nutrients in it.  It is more nutritious than a salad but tastes like a dessert!

Cinni-Coco Shakeology - cheat Recipe

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology

Combine all ingredients into a blender and tada!!  I don’t actually measure out the ingredients so you can really tweak the amounts to suit your taste.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning sand artI love tacos…..the end.

To me tacos are one of the most perfect foods ever.  Friend to both those that love vegetables and those that don’t.  They are so versatile!  I used to have little packets of store bought taco seasoning falling out of my spice cabinet but not anymore!  After testing multiple recipes I found online I stumbled across an almost perfect concoction!  Thanks to Rachel from  I modified her taco seasoning recipe into what my family considers the perfect taco seasoning.Taco SeasoningIt is the perfect blend of spices and is so much better for you.  The store bought blends have so much more salt in them.  I will never buy store bought taco seasoning again unless I am really in a pinch!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Ingredients:Taco Seasoning3

  • 1/2 cup plus 3 Tbsps chili powder
  • 2 1/2 tsps garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 tsps onion powder
  • 2 1/2 tsps oregano
  • 1 1/2 Tbsps paprika
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 Tbsps cumin
  • 1 1/2 Tbsps salt (more to taste)
  • 3 Tbsps finely ground pepper

1.  Combine all ingredients in a small mason jar (I use a pint) and shake, shake, shake!

2.  To use add 2 to 3 Tbsps to your cooked hamburger (or other ground meat of choice) and 1/2 cup of water.  Mix, stirring occasionally. Simmer for 5 minutes or until most of the liquid is gone.

I keep a jar of this on hand at all times.

Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowls

I have been on a lower carb journey for a long time now.  It has been known for my entire life that I DO NOT like vegetables.  Pasta, potatoes and bread are my best friends; however, they also like my hips!  Because of this, I have been on a search to improve my diet by substituting different vegetables in place of my addictions.  One such vegetable is the spaghetti squash.  If you have never tried one you need to.  It is the weirdest thing to be able to run your fork through a squash and actually have it separate into what really looks like spaghetti!

The other night my husband wanted mexican food.  I didn’t even want to look at a tortilla shell, because I knew if I did I would eat WAY too many of them!  I also am not a fan a lettuce so taco salads were out of the question.  So I decided to combine my new found love of spaghetti squash and my love of mexican food to try and create a Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowl!

Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowls

I searched online and found some ideas but none were exactly what I wanted so I tweaked their recipes and came up with my own version.  It was a success!  They were awesome!  It was one of the most filling meals that I had in a long time.  I almost couldn’t finish it!  Since I loved it so much I decided to share it with the world!

Just roast spaghetti squash in the oven for 45 minutes.  That leaves you time to prep the filling.  I use this time to get in a quick workout.  That is what I love so much about the 21 Day Fix program, because all of the workouts are 30 minutes.  I usually workout while dinner is marinating. Then when you are done with your workout you are that much closer to a meal that is to die for!

I use my own taco seasoning recipe that has been trialed with both my family and my small group at church and it seems to be a hit.  It gives the meat better flavor and decreases the salt content.  It is much healthier and also cheaper than purchasing the packets at the grocery store!Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowls2

Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowls

Modified from’s recipeSpaghetti Squash Taco Bowls


The best thing about this recipe is it was husband approved!!

Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowls3

How to Fix a Scratched DVD

So I LOVE the 21 Day Fix workouts! It has completely changed my outlook on life. I was on day 1 of my second round when my husband decided that he was going to do it with me and insisted on moving to the basement where we have more room.  Well, the basement also has my ancient DVD player.  I put the in the 21 Day Fix and heard the most atrocious noise coming from the player….I didn’t get the DVD out in time 🙁

How to - scratches

There was a huge, deep gouge in my most used DVD.  I wiped it off and put in another DVD player to get my workout done.  Ten minutes in….frozen. Then it skipped two exercises.  Devastation.  I immediately jumped online and researched how to remove scratches from DVDs, and I found TONS of ideas but didn’t have any idea what actually worked.  So I started experimenting and surprisingly the one that worked was the weirdest!  I tried to find again later so that I could cite it but was unable to find it again.

Things you will need:

Scratched DVD
Peanut butter
Diet Coke
Baking Soda
Sealed container
Paper Towels

How to - scratches ingredients

Disclaimer – This process is messy but effective on the deep scratch that I had!  Lay down a paper towel to work from (your counter will thank you later!) Cover the scratched side of the DVD with toothpaste followed by peanut butter.

How to - scratches mess
Using a paper towel, buff the DVD until the largest part of the toothpaste/peanut butter mixture is gone.  Don’t worry about getting it completely clean because you are going to repeat this process.  Once all the “goop” is gone again cover with toothpaste and peanut butter.

How to - scratches buff

Place DVD with mixture still on it into a sealed container.  Pour in enough Diet Coke to cover it.  I’m sure you could probably use any kind of soda but since Coke will eat battery acid I figured I would stick with that!  Sprinkle with baking soda (no more than a teaspoon).  Cover and let it sit for 5 minutes.

How to - scratches waiting

When the five minutes is up, take out the DVD and place on your paper towel again.  Buff the DVD clean again, but this time it has to get completely clean (don’t want to be gooping up your DVD player!)  This part may take a while to get all of the peanut butter off.  When it is clean it may appear like there are tons of tiny scratches and I had honestly thought I completely ruined the DVD during my trials; however, the deep scratch was gone!

How to - scratches all done

Now for the moment of truth!  I popped in the DVD player (not the one that scratched it 😉 and played the first workout all the way through without a single skip!!! Success!!!  I am sure that other, less messy methods probably work also, but this one saved my favorite workout from extinction!



My Beginning

I am a Beachbody online coach.  What this means for me is I get to be my own boss!  I am officially CEO of Team Living Healthy!!  This is by far the biggest adventure I have ever gone on.  My husband thinks I am crazy for trying to take this on while already working two jobs, but I know I can do it.

So why did I become a Beachbody coach? This part is depressing so be prepared. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired!  I had no energy, no oomph,  no will to do anything really.  I would get home from my full time job (which I love), throw a pizza in the oven, sit down and watch tv all evening.  My house was a mess, I was a mess and I couldn’t find the capacity to care.  Then one day, my shoe came untied and I realized that I had to hold my breath to be able to tie my own shoe….seriously?!  Bending over to pick something up off the floor was a chore.  Putting on socks or my bra…the stuff that should be a no brainer! Then I got on the scale.  You can guess how that went.  A shudder ran down my spine as I saw 303.2.  I always told myself that the numbers on the scale don’t matter, it is how you feel.  Well to be completely honest I felt like crap!

I ran back through the catalog in my brain of all the quick fixes that I had seen on television or heard people talk about recently and kept coming to the 21 Day Fix.  I thought to myself “I can do 21 days” when in all reality I had never made it past day 2 of a program because everything hurt so much!  I remembered a girl at work mentioning that she was doing the workouts from the 21 Day Fix.  Doubt crept in quickly because she was fit already.  I didn’t want to die during the workouts!  I just wanted the pounds to melt away while I watched people exercise!  I didn’t want to feel the pain that is associated with working hard when I had spent so much time hardly working.  Surely if these workouts worked for her they would be too hard for me.  I mean, come on, I almost weighed 200 lbs more than her!  I weighed an entire large male more than her.  She assured me that there was a modifier and that I could do it.

So I took a leap of faith.  I googled 21 Day Fix and found that you could order through a Beachbody coach and that they would be your online coach for free!  Finally, the light at the end of my tunnel!  I could do Insanity if Shaun T was in my living room yelling at me to “Dig Deeper!”.  After talking to my future coach through a few emails I decided to take the plunge and ordered a 21 Day Fix challenge pack.  This was the best decision I have ever made and the worst one to explain to my husband.  Of course he was angry at first, reminding me of the elliptical, the treadmill, the zumba, the insanity, the two year gym membership (that I went to 5 times….that makes it $200/trip to the gym), the protein shakes, the supplements, the paleo diet…all of the things that I had “tried” and failed.  I assured him that this time would be different, but of course he didn’t believe me.

21 Day Fix Challenge Pack

So with the purchase of a challenge pack I was admitted into a private 21 Day Fix Challenge Group on Facebook where others like myself, with varying degrees of fitness levels, could get together and talk about the workouts, the meal plans, recipes, questions, etc.  First, I had to do before measurements and a picture.  Great…I had to photograph this physique that I was already ashamed of.  I found that it wasn’t the photo that really hit me though.  It was that I realized that I am literally as round as I am tall.  My height is 5’2″ or 62 inches.  My 5 foot tape measure would not go all the way around my hips.  At 63 inches I was literally bigger around than I was tall….yeah, I couldn’t really say anything after that either.  So I prayed for the strength to do this and the endurance to stick with it. I just kept repeating in my head Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me”, and I got to work.

Day 1 was great!  I made it through the workout without dying and felt great.  Then I woke up on day 2………….If you have ever wondered what a cross between a human and a penguin would look like you just had to watch me walk to the bathroom that morning.  The bend in my knees would only go to 45%, and I literally fell the rest of the way onto the toilet.  Every movement of my legs was painful.  Walking made me feel like I had bilateral above the knee amputations as my knees would lock back.  And don’t even get me started on the stairs…up wasn’t bad but down was impossible!  Doubt crept in as I remembered that was why I had stopped every program before.  That night I got on the group to complain about my soreness and someone had posted a pic that said “Excuses don’t burn calories” and for some reason that resonated with me.  One day of exercise, no matter how painful, was not going to correct all that I had done to my body.Excuses don't burn caloriesAfter day 2 my legs were still so sore and day 3 was leg day!  How was I supposed to squat when I couldn’t even sit on a toilet?!  I reached out to my new found friends on the Challenge Group to see if I should repeat upper day and leave lower until some of the soreness ebbed or suffer and do leg day anyway.  I received a resounding DO IT ANYWAY!  I shuddered but…did it anyway.  They were the worst squats and lunges I have ever seen, but I went as deep as I could through the pain (which was not very deep!).  The muscles in my legs felt like they were tearing on some exercises.  I just knew when I woke up the next morning I wasn’t going to be able to walk.

So I wake up, very slowly get out of bed, walk to the bathroom, sit down on the toilet, and then it hit me…..I just sat…without falling!  I hadn’t waddled down the hall!  Well, maybe shuffled but my legs didn’t even hurt a quarter of what they had the two previous days.  I had a light at the end of my tunnel.  To make my already long story a little shorter….I completed my first round of  21Day Fix successfully and never again felt the pain that I had experienced in the beginning.  I had lost 7 lbs and 14 inches in 21 days.  I realized then that I could this.  I could be successful.  I could be the person I wanted to be.

21 Day Fix Transformation

It didn’t seem like a big difference in the picture or in my clothes yet but 14 inches is 14 inches.  After my success post on our Challenge Group, my coach told me that since I loved the Shakeology shakes and was drinking them every morning that I could become a discount coach and get 25% off of all Beachbody products and not have to coach anyone!  I was stoked.  Just in Shakeology alone I would save $200/year!  That was a trip to the gym for me! LOL.  I originally thought that I would just sit back, do my own thing, and get great discounts.  Then, I realized that I was being selfish.  I wanted time to do my own thing.  I mean I was already committing to a half hour of exercise a day, what more did they want?!  How many more people could I help if I shared my journey with them?  How much more accountability would I have for myself if I knew people were watching?  So what if people look at my progress photos and think “wow she is fat”…because “she” is me and will always be me no matter what size I am. “She” is beautiful, and strong, and powerful, and successful.  “She” will succeed.