Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ultimate Reset Week 1.

Well as most of you know from my IG overload of all things Ultimate Reset related I took on a BIG scary goal of mine, its been a goal of mine for the past almost 3 years to do a 21 Day Cleanse called the Ultimate Reset but I notorious for putting off scary things. I attempted our 3 day cleanse a few times and ALWAYS cheat during it so in how in the heck could I make it 21 days without cheating!?

Well I decided to SUCK IT UP and try it due to some recent health issues that have arose and an upcoming surgery on March 14th. As many of you know, we lost our 5th son last year 20 weeks into pregnancy, I lost a lot of blood, ended up with two blood transfusions and honestly my body never recovered. I looked like I recovered from the outside, but inside I was still a mess. Brain fog, issues sleeping, anxiety, PMS out of control, emotions all over, aches and pains, constipation, cystic acne from hell, low energy ALL DAY LONG, and just feeling like crap every single day. I was experiencing insanely heavy periods and mid cycle spotting which my doctors again and again tried to chalk up to hormones and it being normal but I was satisfied with that answer. If it was normal why did I feel like such a mess? A few tests later and they found a nice culprit inside me, uterine polyps which are caused by a hormone imbalance. A hormone imbalance also causes every single symptom that has been wreaking havoc on my body since we lost Henry a year ago. I was FED up and have had enough of the ups and downs. I wanted to feel GOOD on the inside for once and reclaim my life, so I bit the bullet and jumped into the Ultimate Reset.

In a nutshell the Ultimate Reset is a 21 Day cleanse that brings your body to a natural setting while eliminating the top food trigger items (dairy, meats, sugars, grains) and allows your body to heal from the inside out, when the reset is finished I will have a great base to introduce these foods back in and see if symptoms come back, if they do I will take note and decide if I want to keep that certain food in my life or if I want to cut it out.

So right now lets chat about week 1.

My top hesitations were:
"I never stick to anything, how the heck will I do this?"
"I love bacon, how will I live without meat"
"I hate eating grass (aka salad), how the hell will I eat it daily?"
"I don't like rules or following a structured plan, how will I react!?"
"I doubt these veggies will fill me up, I will probably be starving and HANGRY"
"How the heck will I manage this with 4 kids and a husband eating normal!?"

So #1 hesitation, I never stick to anything. Welp, time to change that negative nancy attitude right now. One major thing I did was I took it ONE WEEK at a time. I didn't skip ahead and look at weeks 2 and 3, I kept my eyes on the prize and only looked at the 7 days ahead and it helped so much!! I was able to keep my goals more simple and it helped me get through the week without any real issues (other than my negative attitude popping in from time to time!) haha

#2. I love meats. You have meats and eggs the first week, I ended up cutting meat after day 2 just to get it over with and had no issues honestly. I just said "you will not eat meat so just get it out of your mind". The first days of no meat were hard but not because I wanted meat, but because I am so used to eating it throughout my days. I had to continue making the boys meals which all included meat, and was fine.

3. I hate salad. I don't think this one will change haha BUT if I want a change in my health it means getting uncomfortable and trying to eat more greens. I can tell you right now, I feel so MUCH BETTER when I am eating salads. SO MUCH BETTER! I would get so negative and think "ugh salad again" and then I would catch myself and think "dude you are so blessed to have a beautiful plate of veggies in front of you, health, nutritious and packed full of goodness, when people across the country do not have safe, healthy food. SUCK IT UP" and that put me in my place. I become more aware of how blessed I am by ANY food.

4. Structure and me are not friends. Well we became BFFs that first week because I had to, you have to have an empty stomach for supplements, so I had to space everything the way it was planned. I set my Fitbit alarms to go off when I should take supplements and when I should eat and it was SO EASY, I am going to keep the alarms going even after this reset because before this I could go hours without eating and it would be midday and I was starving, and if I had just spaced meals right I would have felt better.

5. I will be starving. NOT AT ALL THE CASE. I couldn't even finish most of these meals, it was insane. I was not HANGRY at all. Any time I wanted to snack it was out of sheer boredom. Heres a peek at all 7 days of meals.

TONS of food right!?!?!? I was SHOCKED!

7. How will I do this when I have 4 boys and a husband to cook for. Well this one wasn't bad at all honestly because I knew how crappy I have felt and how BADLY I needed this change so my mind was so set on not feeling awful physically like I have and that kept me straight and narrow. I made them waffles, pizza, chicken, cookies, all sorts of things that usually make me cheat and I kept on track the entire 7 days!

So what happened during week 1 as far as changes mentally and physically.

1. Clearer MIND. Praise the Lord
2. Decreased Anxiety
4. Fatigue GONE
5. Mood seems stable vs hormonal ups and downs.
6. Wake up energized
7. Bloating GONE.
8. Happiest I have been in a LONG TIME!

(all of that in SEVEN DAYS)

Plus this was a bonus. -4lbs and -4.5 inches gone!

All in all week 1 was a success! Here is my week 1 recap video

Follow along the journey over on IG @alliedarr
For more info message me at alliedarrlifecoach@gmail.com

Monday, December 5, 2016

Meatball Bar!

I am a huge lover of hosting parties and having all my friends and family under my roof. It’s the time of year where we have parties and gatherings every weekend, which means needing lots of quick and easy food ideas to simplify my life with 4 kids. While trying to brainstorm how I could possibly simplify these meals but make them fun and exciting, I came across Farm Rich Meatballs (ready in minutes and packed with protein!). Now, I am a huge meatball lover as is, and I had an idea to mix it up with different flavors so each person would have something they liked vs just plopping the Meatballs into BBQ sauce and calling it a day.

I call this the Meatball Bar.
It is perfect for gatherings or just a Meatball Monday meal as we do weekly with our family.

I tossed the Original Meatballs into a crockpot to heat and then had 3 different flavors of sauces for my guests to choose from. I chose to do a marinara, a sweet BBQ and an orange Asian sauce. The other up side of these Meatballs is that they are easy to eat; you don't need to worry about getting your fingers dirty at all. The size of Farm Rich Meatballs is literally the perfect bite size, easy to use a toothpick or fork with.

This quick 2-3 minute prep recipe is a HUGE blessing this holiday season. Your guests will love this personalize-able treat and think you spent hours making those tasty Meatballs!

Farm Rich is also a family favorite because they are a company that embraces the messy real life of moms like me. They simplify meals and make our lives so much easier. They even have a full page dedicated to mom hacks and funny stories, and make you feel at ease knowing that meals do not have to take hours upon hours to prepare!

This holiday season, take the stress away and create your own Meatball Bar for your guests!

Local friends looking for even more meatball ideas, the Farm Rich Meatball Truck Tour is coming THIS WEEK. The Meatball Truck Tour will be visiting local Toledo Walmart Supercenter locations. At each stop, there will be free Meatball samples, recipes ideas and food inspirations to help busy shoppers during the holiday season. The dates for these stops will be 12/7-12/11 and also another visit on 12/14. I know my boys and I will be dropping by to get some free samples of these tasty Meatballs! Find store locations and times by clicking here or by visiting the Meatball Tour tab on their Facebook page (@FarmRichSnacks).

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Official Country Heat Test Group

I was asked in May to be a part of our brand new program being launched in July called Country Heat, its a line dancing workout. I laughed because I am NOT a dancer, I have TWO left feet and cannot seem to move the top half of my body with the bottom half, so why in the world would they ever choose me! 😂

I chose to accept because #1, what a freaking honor and #2, I need to push myself outside my normal limits and get uncomfy!

Not only did this require me to dance but it also required ne to follow an actual Meal Plan. I have avoided meal plans for years because I have four kids, I am not a planner and I just thought it would be awful and hard. I honestly didn't do it because I knew I'd fail at it.

So I entered June a tad scared, meal planning and dancing, two of my biggest fears.

I was blown away by both aspects. First I'll show the results and then drop a few fun meals I made during the meal plan.

In 30 days, I lost 13lbs and 13.5 inches. I couldn't believe it. After 4 kids back to back I never thought I'd hit my high school weight again. I gained over 200lbs between all my pregnancies so I was less than healthy all those years. The best part is I've reached the lowest weight in a healthy way, by eating the right stuff and exercising.

My body is completely different, my legs are the most toned they have ever been. I was channeling Carrie Underwood for inspiration. I didn't lift ONE weight y'all, this is ALL line dancing. The other cool part is I broke down the hours I actually spent working out over the 30 days. There are 720 hours in 30 days. I spent ONLY 16.5 doing this program. Not too shabby right??? Its less than 30 minutes a day!!

So here's a few questions I get asked!

Experience needed? None at all!!! This is perfect for all levels of fitness, I've been working out fir 2.5 years and still had results. Its also a great beginner program! Everyone in our test group had killer results regardless of beginner and advanced fitness leading up to this. There is also move breakdowns for every routine that simplify the moves.

How long are the workouts? The workouts are less than 30 minutes. You workout 6 days a week, Sundays are off.

How is the meal plan? Be honest!- guys I loved the meal plan, I didn't realize how off my eating was. This simplified everything for me. I prepped once a week and was set without having to plan anything for the remainder. In my VIP group I'm giving all my top tips to make the meal plan work for busy people.

Do you need Shakeology? - Shakeology is 100% up to you. I have used Shakeology for 2.5 years daily because its one less meal a day I have to think about. When we travel it makes the easiest meal ever as well. My results came directly from the meal plan and Shakeology once a day, its fully up to you.

When does it launch?- the program launches to the public (through a coach) on July 28th.

When does your VIP group start? My VIP group starts August 8th and I will run one every month going forward for new people. This is an accountability group where you get meal plans, recipes, support and have fun laughing at yourself for the 30 days (its ongoing after your first round so you'll always have me)

Can I try before I commit? Yes on Monday July 18th there is a FREE preview day on Beachbody on Demand, where you can try one of the full routines and see how you like it!

How can I sign up? - shoot me an email at alliej86@gmail.com for more info!!!

Can I see some meals?- of course, I took pictures of every meal I made during the test group. Here's a few.

More Q&As and also my BIGGEST change of all on my live video here:

If you have any questions please email me, I'd love to help you on your journey alliej86@gmail.com 

Monday, February 22, 2016

One week....

Its been one week almost to the minute that Jordan arrived at my 19 week doctors appointment. During Vincent's pregnancy he darn near almost attended every single check up, but being that this was baby #5, he didn't attend unless I asked him to specifically. We had already scheduled the 20+ week ultrasound to get a good peek at Henry in the coming weeks, we already knew he was a boy, our fifth, finding out around 11 weeks with the cool Panorama blood test that gives a chromosomal diagnosis and also a gender. Part of me now wishes I had never taken that test because it gave me a sense of false hope but I am grateful on the other hand because it let me know that our baby was indeed our son, Henry Jordan.

Last week was just a quick routine check up, my 15 week appointment was legit maybe 4 minutes total and I was on my way, so I had my day scheduled and wasn't expecting to be there more than a half hour. We got through the normal small talk and moved on to the fetal doppler. For weeks I had been a tad anxious because my belly wasn't growing at the rate it did in the other boys pregnancies, and I chalked it up to me being healthier because I started 10lbs lower than normal so it kind of made sense, I even bought a fetal doppler for at home and found a heartbeat in the 140's which I assumed was Henrys. Well it was like a horrible dream when she couldn't find it after a minute, and then she kept searching and searching and NOTHING. I was watching her eyes as she traced by belly with the doppler, she remained calm but I knew she was scared. She told me we were going to need to do a ultrasound and she needed to see if the room was open. Of course she told me not to worry which in my mind means PANIC, I texted Jordan asap and started praying, sending your husband the text "They cant find his heartbeat" is heart-wrenching in itself. I was in a trance when my midwife and I walked to the ultrasound room, the silent room was dim and I wanted to crawl out of my skin. She applied the jelly and up popped Henry. He looked perfect and I started bawling because there was no movement. I was wearing a hat so I pulled it down over my eyes and started losing it. My midwife was holding my hand so tightly and they were both saying "Im so sorry" over and over. They wanted to check measurements and see if they could find maybe a sign of what went wrong, so I allowed, it felt like 5 hours sitting there crying and having them look at him via ultrasound. They spotted a cystic hygroma which indicates chromosomal abnormalities. We walked back to my original room and I felt like someone had taken all my insides out and I was just a walking zombie. Everything was in slow motion, I called Jordan to confirm that he needed to come there NOW, it felt like hours until he walked in the door, we both cried and were so confused. Shocked this was happening to us this far into the pregnancy. We miscarried at 6-7 weeks a few years ago and always assumed that once we passed that 12 week mark we were in the clear. We discussed the next step and rallied to figure out how we would function with me being in the hospital for 2-3 days with 4 kids at home who needed someone to watch, feed, and get them to school. We decided we would start the labor at 8am on Tuesday and we left the doctors, with that plan in mind. We walked out like zombies, confused, and feeling like we were sucker punched. I kept feeling as if maybe it was a bad awful dream and I would just wake up. Knowing that Henry was inside me was comforting but also at the same time terrible, knowing he had passed away. The thought of delivering him the next day was by far the biggest fear on my mind.

This week I will explain more about the labor process and us finally getting to meet Henry and say hello and goodbye. This experience is something I always dreaded and feared would happen to me, you read about these stories sadly all the time and thank your lucky stars that it isn't you and then in one instance it is YOU and there is nothing you can do about it, you cant run, you cant hide, you have to deal with it. In the weeks before this when I was worried about Henry and my stomach not growing fast I looked up all these stories of moms miscarrying at 17-19 weeks and it was awful, I told my best friend I was so scared that would be me and that I would NEVER be able to do that, of course I voiced my worries and friends also said they had those fears but to keep my chin up and that Henry would be fine, the at home doppler also reassured me to everything being fine.

To put it lightly at the end of the day, what this boils down to is that IT SUCKS. It sucks so bad. I have so many thoughts and emotions rolling around and each day I am trying to dig deep and figure them out. I went into this pregnancy terrified and so tightly wound over having another baby, I was adamant after Sam and my postpartum depression that having another baby wasn't going to happen, but in the world of NFP, anything can happen. I was trying so hard to control something because I was so scared of the what ifs. I was using my past weakness as a crutch, I was guarding my heart and soul to never go through it again. I was terrified the day I found out I was pregnant, could I handle the post partum again? Would it come back? Would I really be able to handle 5 kids? but as the days and weeks went on Henry showed me how strong I really was, that I could and would be able to handle anything that came my way. I was so excited to welcome this little man into our family, the boys were so excited for Henry and sweet Luke asked daily while rubbing my belly when we could get Henry out. He was a part of our family, we had the calendar planned around his due date and were just waiting for the weeks to pass. We were HALFWAY there. We had so much planned and it hurts to see his personalized coming home outfits, his carseat still in the box in the dining room, and working through all the things that were supposed to be. Its a battle in my mind over what was supposed to happen and what DID happen.

I am not mad as of yet, I have seen babies upon babies in the past week and my heart is not at all upset with those families, I have 4 amazing beautiful boys and I know the joy that each child brings to a family so I could and would never be upset over that, because each life is a blessing and a gift. I am also not mad at God, not by a long shot. I know He is the reason I am coping so well. Its surreal, you envision how you will react to something like this, like I said earlier and you can never imagine you being in that situation and surviving. I really envisioned me crying the entire labor and when I saw him but I just marveled at him. Every inch of him was a miracle. He was small but he was a complete tiny human. I keep searching for an answer to why, and I really think that cystic hygroma, which was clear as can be when we saw him was the cause, I think he lived longer than he was supposed to but those extra weeks I think were needed for me and he stuck around to show me how much of a blessing a new baby and life was. That I didn't need to be scared of the future, that I could tackle and handle anything that stood in my way, even if I didn't think that was true. I wanted him so badly, so badly, I wanted to squeeze him, snuggle him, nurse him and love him. It was so easy to kind of brush off the idea that Sam was our last baby when we found out I was pregnant, so I wasn't letting all Sam's last moments dig as bad because I knew we were getting another full blown baby stage this summer and now we are back at square one. And square one is not bad, we are extremely blessed, its just resetting my heart and mind to our new reality.

Off to visit my counselor, which came at the perfect timing. He day after I delivered they called me to give me a reminder of my appointment on Monday, couldn't have been timed better.....

If you are going through this please listen to this song. It has helped me insanely. I listened to it through the whole labor.

If you have no idea what the hell is going on, here it is.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stuffed Peppers that will ROCK your WORLD!

These little babies are packed full of flavor and goodness, my 4 boys are obsessed with them, as well as my husband and they are pretty darn simple to make. I would call this one of my more advanced recipes since we are hard core crockpotters 75% of the time!

Like I said this is PROBABLY the longest recipe of mine. I cannot stand long recipes, they kill my soul. Plus cooking with 4 kids is not the funnest thing in the world. I need things to be quick and easy. This one takes a decent amount of time. I searched high and low for the perfect stuffed pepper recipe and ended up making my own. I usually wing it on most things and make it taste how I want vs what the typical recipes call for. Also most stuffed peppers call for rice and I try to cut that stuff out so no rice in these babies.
 You will need:
4-6 peppers 
32oz jar of diced organic tomatoes 
2-3 TBS Garlic (I buy it already minced because I'm lazy haha)
Worcestershire Sauce 
1 large onion
2 lbs of sausage
Cheese (I used some shredded Parmesan and Feta)

Directions: Start cooking your sausage in a sauce pan. Meanwhile start dicing. Preheat oven to 350.
Dice up your onion.
 Add everything to the cooked sausage and let simmer together! 
Cut the tops off your peppers. 
Boil the peppers in a large pot of water. Boil til they are stab-able with a fork. 

 I add a few random spices to the sauce. Then I also do a few circles of the woschesthire sauce in the pan of sausage while it's simmering together. Taste to your liking. I would say I do about 1/4 cup. I also grate the cheese in the meantime while the peppers are boiling.
 Once they are done, get the peppers out and place in a dish, fill them up with all the meaty goodness. I use a 1/4 cup to help lessen my mess and it helps to pack them in! 
 Plop a heaping mound of cheese on top! 
 Place those babies in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is all melted! 
 Take them out and enjoy!