Week 1 – #30DaysNoLattesChallenge

by Mandy B. Anderson on September 1, 2014

Week 1 Recap – #30DaysNoLattesChallenge
Health & Nutrition

By: Mandy B. Anderson

I did it. I survived week 1 of the #30DaysNoLattesChallenge. And it hasn’t even been hard! Seriously. My feet have not crossed the threshold of a Starbucks or a coffee shop of any kind, my tastebuds have not been soothed by a steaming cup of sugary frothiness called a latte, and I have not spontaneously combusted from the deprivation of it. In fact, I’ve actually been energized and empowered because of this challenge!

And here’s what I know: if I can do it, you can too.

But maybe you’re wondering how to go about this challenge exactly. If so, here’s a quick run down of how my first week has gone.

Day 1 300x300 Week 1   #30DaysNoLattesChallengeDay 1: Prepped healthy lunches and snacks for this week so I’m not caught off guard during a hangry moment! Pictured here: Homemade Protein Balls with JP+ Complete Shake Mix, hard boiled eggs, pre-cooked quinoa ready to grab, pre-portioned kale, avocado, nectarine, and tomato. Healthy crackers are pre-portioned as well. All I have to do in the morning is make my Complete Shake and then grab these items and go! Easy peasy!

Day 2 300x300 Week 1   #30DaysNoLattesChallengeDay 2: First day back in the gym after a month long break. Totally telling the Mandy’s in my head to shut up and crush it no matter how it feels! I’ve had 2 shakes today – Chocolate Complete this morning and Vanilla Complete pre-workout. So thankful for this whole food nutrition!

Day 3 300x300 Week 1   #30DaysNoLattesChallengeDay 3: This recipe has been pinned 242 times so far and it’s YUMMY! I made these this week and I’m enjoying them for breakfast today. Click here to nab the recipe and enjoy!
 
Day 4: If there was ever a day to FAIL and give in to a grande caramel machiatto craving it would be today. I feel a bit drained after a long day yesterday with little sleep. But instead of following an old habit I’m going to make a new one and walk my body to the kitchen for a healthy shake before heading to the office. That’s right – new habits require new actions!

I know you can do it too – be intentional!

Day 5 300x300 Week 1   #30DaysNoLattesChallengeDay 5: I love water! This isn’t a new habit for me, but it is an important one to embrace, and that’s why I’m highlighting it. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces every day – MORE if you’re super active! I go through 4-5 liters every day easily.
 

Day 6 300x300 Week 1   #30DaysNoLattesChallengeDay 6: It’s a bit chilly here so I made a fresh cup of coffee with some JP+ Chocolate Complete mix for added protein and flavor. I don’t even miss lattes because I’ve got better things to fill my body with!

Day 7 300x300 Week 1   #30DaysNoLattesChallengeDay 7: So thankful for the shipment of Complete bars that arrived yesterday! Healthy on the go nutrition as I head to church this morning.

Praying that today YOU will be blessed, be healthy, and be inspired!

So that’s my Week 1 recap. I will be here next week with a run down of how week 2 has gone. In the meantime, keep up the great work that you are doing on your end. Celebrate the small victories and rise above the challenges! I believe in you!
Are you up for the challenge? If so, here’s how to START TODAY…

1. Say NO to lattes for the next 30 days. Only black coffee is allowed (almond milk is okay to add if needed). If lattes aren’t your thing, but soda or energy drinks are, then switch the challenge to 30 Days No Soda or Energy Drinks.

2. Replace your latte cravings with a healthy Juice Plus+ Complete Shake at least once a day in either chocolate or vanilla. Order here.
IMG 1525 Week 1   #30DaysNoLattesChallenge When you do, you’ll get FREE access to my secret Healthy Living #HLR JP+ Facebook group where I will be sharing weekly tips and recipes to help you be successful with your health goals. It’s also a great place to meet a community of people excited about better health!

3. Add more fruits and vegetables to your plate – or shakes – every day to feed your body with great nutrition.

4. Contact me for one on one health coaching to take your health goals to the next level, FASTER!

Until next time…
Be blessed, be healthy, and be inspired!
~Mandy

This challenge is sponsored by The Juice Plus+ Company. Big Blue Couch Coaching, LLC is only associated with the health coaching services mentioned above.

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The Best Yes Book Review

by Mandy B. Anderson on August 28, 2014

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Lifestyle
By: Mandy B. Anderson

“Never is a woman so fulfilled as when she chooses to underwhelm her schedule so she can let God overwhelm her soul.” ~Lysa TerKeurst, The Best Yes

Underwhelming my schedule has been the unintentional theme of my 2014. In the midst of launching a new company with my best friend, learning to say no to the wrong things and yes to the right things in  business has been easier than I anticipated. Not because I’ve got this thing mastered. No, not at all. But because I’ve spent the better part of the last five years learning new business skills and applying them one small step at a time. Finally the seeds that have been planted are sprouting through the soil. In business.

But at home, in my personal life, I sometimes feel like I’ve taken a few steps back. I strongly believe that priorities in life need to follow the line of God, Family, Work. At the same time, seasons come and go and right now I feel the tension of protecting my time with my husband, and nourishing the parts of my soul that need fun, with the delicate balance of focusing on the thrilling momentum of a new company. My focus has shifted a bit, and that’s not necessarily bad, it’s just…different. A fear years ago that wasn’t the case. In fact, in 2012 I was in a season of protecting and nourishing my personal life and family time. Work wasn’t the focus. And the lesson to be learned here is that each season brings it’s own challenges. No one is exempt from this fact. Not even me.

So when I picked up Lysa TerKeurst’s new book, The Best Yes, my soul was ready – thirsty even – for the wisdom nestled within its’ pages.

Anyone flipping through the pages of my copy can tell because page after page are colors of teal, pink, purple, or green pen strokes underlining the thoughts that I desperately needed to tuck into my heart. Words that not only struck me as profound, but impacted me to the point of never wanting to forget them. That’s what this book did for me. It invited me in. Encouraged me. Challenged me to intentionally choose the best yes for my life.

My heart is clinging to the following golden nuggets from this book that I highly recommend…

  • “There is no perfect choice. And if you understand this, it will set you free from the fear of making a mistake.”
  • “It’s better to step out and find out than to stay stuck.”
  • “Our decisions point our lives in the directions we’re about to head.”
  • “We’ve got to get good at chasing down our decisions. See where they will take us. And make sure that’s really where we want to go.”
  • “It’s not the activities or accomplishments we string together that make lives well lived as much as it is the hearts of wisdom we gain and use along the way.”
  • “Much of what I live today is the result of the choices I made yesterday.”


As my eyes fell upon the last sentence in this book, my heart soared with the dedication to not only tuck what I learned away, but to live it out loud. I want to live my Best Yes life…not just in business. At home. With my friends. At church. With my family. Everywhere I go.

Chances are you do to. If so, grab this book by clicking here. Open the pages and drink it in. Apply it. Live your Best Yes.

Until next time…
Be blessed, be healthy, and be inspired!
~Mandy

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30 Days No Lattes Challenge

by Mandy B. Anderson on August 25, 2014

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Health & Nutrition

By: Mandy B. Anderson

It’s true. This week on The Girls on the Big Blue Couch™ Show I’m confessing my weaknesses. I get real with you on the topic of food addictions – specifically, my own food addictions. It’s not an easy subject, but it’s one that must be addressed.

Why would I do this?

Why would I admit any kind of struggles with food to you? After all, I’m a Health Coach. I’m supposed to have it all together all the time. Right?

Wrong.

Poor planning, traveling, and a surgery and hospital stay made it challenging for me to keep up with the healthy eating lifestyle I’ve come to thrive on. So I gave myself grace and set a date to reset my taste buds. You see, perfection is a recipe for disaster and the moment we expect perfection from those we look up to, as well as ourselves, we set ourselves up to be let down. To fail. There’s a difference between perfection and an attitude of excellence, and it’s true when it comes to our health too. So besides baring my weaknesses with you with the full intention of helping you learn something new to apply to your own life, I’m also challenging myself – and you – to take the…

30 Days No Lattes Challenge!

Are you up for it? If so, here’s how to START…

1. Say NO to lattes for the next 30 days. Only black coffee is allowed (almond milk is okay to add if needed). If lattes aren’t your thing, but soda or energy drinks are, then switch the challenge to 30 Days No Soda or Energy Drinks. 

2. Replace your latte cravings with a healthy Juice Plus+ Complete Shake at least once a day in either chocolate or vanilla. Order here.
IMG 1525 30 Days No Lattes Challenge When you do, you’ll get FREE access to my secret Healthy Living #HLR JP+ Facebook group where I will be sharing weekly tips and recipes to help you be successful with your health goals. It’s also a great place to meet a community of people excited about better health! 

3. Add more fruits and vegetables to your plate – or shakes – every day to feed your body with great nutrition.

4. Contact me for one on one health coaching to take your health goals to the next level, FASTER!

So that’s it. Easy peasy!

I can’t wait to see your progress 30 days from now. You can do it! You’re not alone! And most of all…I believe in you!

Until next time…
Be blessed, be healthy, and be inspired!
~Mandy

This challenge is sponsored by The Juice Plus+ Company. Big Blue Couch Coaching, LLC is only associated with the health coaching services mentioned above. 

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